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