Braves fans, it’s time to prepare for life without Jason Heyward. It’s inevitable. John Hart said there are no plans to discuss an extension with Jay Hey until after the season, and at that point what are the odds the Braves will outbid the competition? .00001 percent, at best.
So might as well trade him now, assuming you can get a better return than, say, Casey Kotchman and Stephen Marek. St. Louis seems to be a good match for a trade, and here’s a return I could accept (though signing Jay Hey would be preference):
*Carlos Martinez: Of all the Cards’ pitchers to come up within the last two years, C-Mart, who was a starter in the minors, has the best stuff.
His plus fastball has averaged just over 98 mph this year according to Brooks Baseball, and it features great late life. In longer stints as a starter, that is likely to sit more in the 95-97 mph range, but Martinez can also dial it up to the triple digits when he needs to.
His two-seamer, which sits around 92-94 mph as a starter, takes away just enough speed to get hitters off balance. Martinez’s changeup gives him another clear plus pitch, and his curveball, though inconsistent at times, is a fringe-plus pitch. That is quite an impressive arsenal for a 23-year-old, and it is why Martinez can still become an ace.
*Stephen Piscotty. A supplemental first round draft pick in the 2012 draft, Piscotty has put up solid but unspectacular numbers in his three minor league seasons: .292-.359-.435. He makes good contact, never striking out more than 61 times, and is solid defensively. They’re still waiting on him to develop power, but at the very least he projects as a Mark Kotsay-type offensively.