Brave Trade Waters was directed to members of the royal family to select the draft

Brave Trade Waters was directed to members of the royal family to select the draft

The Royals struck their second deal last week, and gained a former overseas prospect Drew WatersMinor League righty Andrew Hoffman And the minor league corner player CJ Alexander From the Braves in exchange for a competitive draft credit pick (#35 overall). Both teams announced the trade.

The 15 selections in the two rounds of Competitive Balance – round A ranges from #33 to 39, round B picks 67-74 – are the only picks eligible to trade in a draft each year and can only be traded once (which means the Braves can no longer flip selection to another team). The 35th pick Atlanta receives comes with a slot value of $2,202,100, which will be added to the Braves league’s $8,022,200 bonus pool. This will raise the Braves from the 19th largest draft pool to the 10th place (excluding any additional deals).

The additional selection and financial power will give the Braves family some additional means to replenish the farm after giving up four possibilities to obtain them Matt Olson This offseason (not to mention the few deals made in each of the last few deadlines). Between those deals, low draft picks in the past few years (due to strong regular season performance) and the international free-agent penalties incurred by the previous front office system, the Braves ranch system has been a huge hit.

Waters, 23, ranked among the top 100 players in the sport from 2019-21, but has seen his stock drop sharply in recent seasons as he struggled against Triple-A. Waters is currently in his third season with Triple-A Gwinnett, but the .246/.305/.393 hitting streak is no improvement over the infantry production he scored there in both 2019 and 2021. Overall, in 788 board appearances at Triple-A level, The water is a .246/ .324/ .383 hitter. These difficulties are reflected in the fact that the previous second-round pick, once seen as a building block in the Braves organization, is now instead part of a three-player package that will net Atlanta a black-collar selection of just six places. The Top of Waters was picked half a decade ago.

with Ronald Akuna Jr. And the Michael Harris I am intent on retaining two-thirds of Atlanta’s stadium for the future – plus veterans Eddie RosarioAnd the Marcel Ozuna And the Guillermo Heredia All signed or controlled after the current season, there wasn’t much room for Waters to make an impact on the big league pitch anyway. Braves fans may be frustrated at the thought of what Waters might bring in a deal if he were transferred a year or two ago, but the team has managed to bring some value to the former Futures Game participant.

From the royal family’s perspective, the far-reaching picture is far less certain, so there’s good reason to seize the opportunity to get Waters back on track. Kansas City has been putting a winning product on the field for the past two seasons, and while the results aren’t there yet, Waters offers more immediate potential to help the team than anyone who would have been carried into the 35th overall pick. Waters scored a whopping 0.319 / .366 / .481 in a bowler-friendly Double-A game in 2019, when he was one of the youngest players in the league. Baseball America and MLB.com have ranked it in the sport’s top 40 overall odds for consecutive seasons.

with Andrew Benintende Everything except sure to be traded and the central player Michael A Taylor Candidate to go too – sign affordable to 2023 – the royal family will soon have some vacancies abroad. If the veteran Wait Merryfield It was finally moved on this year’s deadline, which would mark another offering from an overseas corps.

The organizational hope was that 25-year-old Kyle Isble He can claim a long-term place in the pitch mix, but currently only hits .216/.248/.328. Twenty-six years Edward Olivares He did well in a very limited role. In general, though, members of the royal family are weak in outside expectations. Showing colleges has been a focus of their drafts as they rebuild lately, and although they have outstanding young options on the shortstop/base three (Bobby Wait son), catcher (MG Melendez) and first base/specified hitter)Vinnie PasquantinoAnd the Nick Prato), there is no defensive player knocking on Majors’ door for the Royal Family at the moment. Waters is clearly a project, but it would give the royals an immediate option to join this young core if they could actually benefit from a change of scenery.

Also heading for Royals are Hoffmann, a 22-year-old right-hander selected in the 12th round of last summer’s Draft, and Alexander, a 25-year-old who demonstrated strength, speed and in-base struggles while playing against the youth competition. in Double-A.

Hoffman ranked 16th among Braves prospects in FanGraphs and 23rd in MLB.com, with Exploratory Reports pegging him at 6’5 as a high-probability back-to-back – a notable step forward for the player only a year after he was selected so late in the draft. So far in 2022, Hoffman has posted impressive numbers in Class A, starting 15 with a 2.36 ERA rate, 28.4% strike rate, 6.6% walking rate, and 46.3% floorball average. Hoffmann’s Fastball is in the 91-93 mph range – below average by today’s standards – and he relies heavily on an above-average order to help mitigate a basic lack of power supply.

Meanwhile, Alexander isn’t much appreciated – as one would expect for a player on his third trip through Double-A despite the fact that he turns 26 this month. In the 20th round of 2018, Alexander drastically reduced his strike rate in 2022, currently at 21.8% from 32% in 2019-21. He hit 15 and went 13 to 15 in steal base attempts with 289 board appearances this year, but Alexander also walked a meager 4.8%. Overall, his .258/.294/.465 isn’t particularly exciting, but it does give Kansas City another left-hand corner for the bat, because he’s able to play first base as well.

ESPN’s Jeff Bassan first reported on the trade (Twitter links).


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