The Atlanta enfuego drafted SS Bud Hooper out of Parkland Junior College in Champaign, IL with the top pick in today's amateur draft. Hooper is considered a 5-tool player with ability to be a solid defensive shortstop that carries a big stick. In his one year of college ball he hit .405 with 19 HRs in 189 ABs. He's also got some speed.
Atlanta wasted no time signing Hooper to a $4 million contract, in line with previous #1 overall picks. "I just wanted to get started. That's plenty of money for a 19-year old. I'll make a lot more once I reach the bigs." said Hooper. Hooper will play initially for Atlanta's rookie level affiliate in Augusta, GA.