We’ve been hearing about Kevin Maitan since before he could drive a car, and tomorrow the Braves are expected the land the prize of the international fee agent market. In fact, they’re supposed to have a deal in place with the 16-year-old widely considered the best international amateur prospect since Miguel Sano. But Keith Law reports the Nationals are making a late run at Maitan, so nothing’s guaranteed. No truth to rumors the Braves plan to convert Maitan into a pitcher.
Meanwhile, it looks like Julio Teheran is here to stay, which is good news. The odds against the Braves’ ace being traded are “99.9” percent, according to Coppy. So who will be dealt? I suspect Arodys will be elsewhere come August. Hopefully Markakis will be. Possibly Inciarte, who, while special with the glove, has been a dud at the plate. Notice how often that tends to happen with everyday players who become Braves? Might have something to do with the way they value their coaches. Atlanta is known for low-balling its staff, which is how you end up with the likes of Larry Parrish and Greg Walker as batting instructors. And who, outside of Cameron Maybin, has blossomed under Kevin Seitzer’s tutelage?
But none of that matters with the Marlins in town. If the Fish were Tom Glavine, the Braves would be Mike Redmond (21-for-48 vs. the Hall of Famer). Miami is 2-7 vs. the Braves, something they’re sure to forget if they barely miss out on a playoff berth.
No idea why the red-hot Jace Peterson is not in the line-up tonight. Seems an odd time to rest him.
Inciarte, D’Arnaud, Freddie, Adonis, Markakis, Francoeuer, Flowers, Aybar, Julio