Open thread, 7/27, #Braves acquire a real live hitting prospect

It’s sure as hell a seller’s market, and Coppy took advantage. Travis Demeritte is no sure-thing. A year ago, the 30th overall pick in the 2013 draft hit just .232 with 5 HR in 53 games in A-ball and was slapped with a 60-game suspension for using a banned substance. But the Winder-bred prospect bounced back in a big way this year in High-A ball, with 25 HR, 13 SB and a .935 OPS. He was selected to appear in the Futures Game and is considered an above-average defender at 2B with the arm to play third. On the downside, he’s struck out 125 times in 88 games.

The cost — Lucas Harrell and Dario Alvarez — was minimal. We know about all the young pitchers, but the Braves have begun to stockpile some promising bats in the low minors: Kevin Maitan, Brett Cumberland (who has five multi-hit games in a little more than week, with 22 RBI in 82 AB), Austin Riley (rebounding from a slow start), Cristian Pache, Randy Ventura and Derian Cruz.

Folty takes the hill tonight, backed by:

Peterson 7, Beckham 4, Freeman 3, Markakis 9, Garcia 5, Francoeur DH, Inciarte 8, Pierzynski 2, Aybar 6 

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2 Comments

  1. I saw where a BA reporter said that High Desert inflates homers, however the next closest in homers in the California League was 16, so hopefully he will continue to flash the power. He can’t hurt since the Braves minor league team’s current HR leader is Matt Tuliasosopo with 11.

  2. I heard some numbskull here in the Dallas-Fort Worth radio market pronounce that Demeritte wasn’t among in the Rangers’ top 20 prospects, and now he’d be among the Braves’ top 10, because the Braves’ farm system sucks. Well, the Braves’ system did indeed suck a couple of years back, but since then, they’ve stripped the major league roster in exchange for prospects, fared far better in the draft, and just added the most highly talented Caribbean signee of the last decade, among others. Meanwhile, the Rangers’ touted system couldn’t hark up anybody better than Luke Harrell and Álvarez to fill the back end of the rotation and middle-inning relief respectively, and with the fragile 추신수 and Prince Fielder (like his going into the crapper wasn’t predictable) back on the DL (and Josh Hamilton permanently residing there), they really need another corner outfielder. So bite me.

    Anyway, trading away a couple of midseason flotsam signees for a player with a good upside (which, admittedly, he’s unlikely to achieve, given his whiff propensities) is a deal I always make without hesitation.

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