Over the past week, the Braves have likely gained some fans from the Southeast Missouri University community. They stirred excitement among this group with last weekend's promotion of Shea Simmons, and then fueled it again on Friday when they took first baseman Matt Tellor in the 10th round of the First-Year Player Draft.
Tellor was named the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year after hitting .386 with 15 home runs and an impressive 1.102 OPS for Southeast Missouri this year. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound prospect made just four errors while playing 57 games at first base.
The Braves can only hope that Tellor's selection proves to be as rewarding as the one they made when they took Simmons out of this same Missouri school in the 22nd round of the 2012 Draft. Simmons fast-tracked his way through the Minor League system and made his Major League debut last weekend in Miami.
Tellor impressed with the strides that he made after hitting .311 with eight home runs and an .841 OPS in the 55 games he played during the 2013 season.
The Braves took collegiate products with seven of their first 10 selections. The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 1 p.m. ET.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.