ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves tonight selected shortstop Matt Lipka from McKinney (Texas) High School with their first selection (35th overall) in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.
Lipka, a 6-1, 190-pound shortstop, was ranked by Baseball America as the third-fastest high school player in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft and was a perfect 15-for-15 in stolen base attempts in his senior season. In 30 contests in 2010, he hit .411 (39-for-95) with 11 doubles, eight triples, 22 RBI and a .588 on-base percentage. The 18-year-old was a member of the 2009 Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic Team and was also a two-time prep All-American and led McKinney High School to three consecutive District 4-A titles in his first three seasons (2007-09).
"Matt is a tremendous athlete who can really run. He has great makeup, he is a leader and he is a winner," said Tony DeMacio, the club's director of scouting. "We project him as a shortstop, however he has the talent to play a number of positions, including the outfield and third base."
Lipka, who was born in Atlanta, Ga., signed a national letter of intent with the University of Alabama in November 2009 to play baseball for the Crimson Tide.
Atlanta forfeited its 2010 first-round selection with the signing of free agent Billy Wagner (December 4, 2009). The last time the Braves did not have a selection in the first round of the draft was in 2004.
The 50-round First-Year Player draft will continue Tuesday (June 8) at 12:00 p.m. with rounds two through 30 and will conclude Wednesday (June 9) afternoon with rounds 31 through 50.