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Braves sign three, including top pick

Braves sign three, including top pick

LOS ANGELES -- If Braves director of scouting Roy Clark had his wish, he'd have been able to sign each of his top Draft picks within days after selecting them. But at the same time, he understands the same benefits can be realized if you've got to wait a little longer.

After a lot of negotiating, the Braves have signed Brett DeVall, their top selection in this year's First-Year Player Draft. Late Monday night, they announced that they had signed the right-handed pitcher from Florida's Niceville High School.

Clark was also happy to reveal that this past weekend the Braves signed left-handed pitcher Robert Stovall, whom they took with their second selection, and outfielder Adam Milligan, whom they'd drafted twice previously.

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"We're just delighted to have all of these guys signed," Clark said. "We're looking forward to getting them into camp and then getting a chance to watch them play."

Financial details of the signing bonuses given to these players weren't revealed.

While helping Niceville reach the state tournament semifinals this year, DeVall went 12-1 with a 0.41 ERA. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound hurler had 140 strikeouts in just 86 innings. He was named an Aflac All American after his junior season and had committed to play collegiately at the University of Georgia.

Stovall was named Mr. Baseball by the Alabama Sports Writers Association and was also the valedictorian of his graduating class this year. The 18-year-old southpaw went 14-1 with a 1.00 ERA this past season. Along the way he threw three no-hitters, collected six shutouts and recorded 187 strikeouts in 84 innings.

"He's just a tremendous guy," Clark said after selecting the prep hurler. "I think we had somebody watch every one of his starts this year. That tells you what we think about him."

Milligan is a strong outfielder, who displayed his powerful swing at Walters State this past season. He had committed to play collegiately at Vanderbilt University.

DeVall, Stovall and Milligan are all expected to report to the club's Spring Training headquarters in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. later this week.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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