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Braves take Texas prep SS with first pick
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ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves took Texas high school shortstop Matthew Lipka with the 35th overall draft pick on Monday night.
Lipka has signed a scholarship with the University of Alabama.

He was selected in the supplemental round of the draft. He graduated from McKinney High in McKinney, Texas, northwest of Dallas.

The Braves gave up their first-round pick, 20th overall, to Boston when they signed closer Billy Wagner as a free agent last winter.

According to, Lipka was also a standout receiver at McKinney and caught passes from quarterback Zach Lee. Lee has been signed to the LSU football program and the Los Angeles Dodgers drafted him in the first round with the 28th overall pick.

According to The Dallas Morning News, the 6-foot, 190-pound Lipka was listed as Baseball America’s 76th overall prospect.

The Braves will have three total picks in the second and third rounds when the draft resumes on today.

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