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Braves draft Salazar in 3rd rnd; Linehan, Wynns also picked Friday

Kerman High pitcher Carlos Salazar worked out for two major league baseball teams last week: Atlanta and San Francisco. The Braves made sure he didn't slip too far in the draft.
Kerman High pitcher Carlos Salazar worked out for two major league baseball teams last week: Atlanta and San Francisco. The Braves made sure he didn't slip too far in the draft.

Hoping to get picked during the first or second round on Thursday, Salazar instead was drafted Friday morning late in the third round, with the 102nd overall pick.

He plans to sign and turn pro.

"I'm not sure who said it but knowledge is power," said Salazar. "To pass on an education to go do something that you love, it's a tough choice but I hope it turns out well for me."

Salazar had committed to Fresno State.

As for the Bulldogs, they are doing quite well in this year's draft. Outfielder Aaron Judge was picked in the first round on Thursday (32nd overall to the Yankees). On Friday, pitcher Tyler Linehan was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers (9th round, 272nd overall) and catcher Austin Wynns was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles (10th round, 209th overall).

The MLB First-Year Players Draft ends Saturday with rounds eleven through 40.

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