Braves take local arm Janas in Round 6

Braves take local arm Janas in Round 6

The Braves went local for yet another right-handed pitcher, selecting Kennesaw State junior Steve Janas in the sixth round with the 193rd overall selection in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

Janas, a product of Lassiter High School in Marietta, Ga., underwent Tommy John surgery in March 2012 as a sophomore, returning in just 10 months to put together a spectacular junior season. He posted a 1.14 ERA in 2013, breaking the Atlantic Sun record, and carried a perfect 9-0 record into the championship game of the conference tournament, where the Owls fell to East Tennessee State.

Janas pounds the strike zone with his upper-80s fastball and also throws a changeup and slider, which has the potential to be a Major League-average pitch. His above-average command allows him to compete without premium velocity, but his 6-foot-6 frame suggests he might add more velocity as he further recovers from surgery.

"Another power arm, local kid from Kennesaw," Braves scouting director Tony DeMacio said. "We had him here the other day, too. We like the way his arm works. He's got a nice, loose, easy delivery, and we think he's going to throw a lot harder."

Eric Single is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.