Atlanta Braves could find needed depth in designated players
The “I didn’t see that coming” category
Three moves caught my eye in this rush.
- The Rockies designated first baseman Jordan Patterson
- The Rays designated first baseman C.J. Cron
- The Marlins designated Derek Dietrich
Unless you’re a Rockies fan, you probably don’t know Patterson. The Rockies drafted the big first baseman back in 2013. Since that time in full-season ball he’s never posted an OPS under .790, never hit less than ten home runs and only once did he hit less than 23 doubles.
He had a cup of coffee in Denver back in 2016 but since then called Albuquerque home. Before this season Fangraphs had him as the Rockies # 18 prospect.
Team Rank: 18Overall Rank: NAReported: 2018 – UpdatedETA: 2019
|Hit||Game Power||Raw Power||Speed||Field||Throws||Future Value|
|40 / 50||40 / 50||60 / 60||40 / 40||40 / 45||60 / 60||40|
In his last three seasons in AAA, Patterson hit .282/.363/.516/.879 with 66 home runs and 75 doubles. He’s strictly a first baseman/DH but a team that needed a bat – a first base bat – decided not to use him and are now letting him go.
I ask Ben for insight, and he suggested the presence of Ian Desmond may be a factor. He’s not a great fielder, but it’s odd in today’s game to let that kind of potential thump walk away He’s not alone, the Rays did the same thing with C.J. Cron.
Cron is gone
The Rays loved his 2+ fWAR, 122 wRC+, and 30 home run bat, but they let Cron walk away because he would earn $5.1M next season. In today’s game, $5.1M is pocket-change, particularly when that’s all it takes to add a two-win, 30 homer bat.
Like Patterson, Cron plays only first base, but he’s not a bad defender. One would think he’ll have a new home soon.
The player most interesting to the Atlanta Braves is Dietrich.