Hard to find many Braves fans cheering today’s trade, but prospects guru Kevin Goldstein and the folks at FanGraphs think Wren did pretty well.
“Any headline on this trade that does not mention Arodys Vizcaino is totally missing the point,” tweeted Goldstein. “But it’s not Cabrera who makes this deal work for Atlanta – that’s Vizcaino, an underhyped 19-year-old who destroyed A-ball as a teenager,” wrote FanGraphs. “The classic projectable teenage arm, Vizciano throws a mid-90s fastball with a hard breaking curve, and has proven nearly unhittable in his brief professional career. He’s not close to the majors, but he’s a significant upside bet for Atlanta long term.”
Check out my round-up of the deal on ajc.com. I noted that Cabrera’s 2009 numbers were nearly identical to Anderson’s (Melky: .274-13-68, 28 doubles; GA: .268-13-61, 27 doubles) in roughly the same number of AB’s.