The Atlanta Braves put a Band-Aid on their wounded outfield by adding a solid defensive outfield with thunder in his bat.
As Alan wrote last night, the team began the process by acquiring Joc Pederson from the Cubs for A-Ball first baseman/DH, Bryce Ball. I was a little amazed by the shock and anger trading Ball aroused in some fans, so I’ll clear up that issue before moving on.
Bryce Ball has light-tower power. I was impressed with that when the team drafted him, but let’s be clear about who Bryce is as a player. The Braves selected the unranked-by-anyone 1B/DH in the 24th round of the 2019 draft. He hit well in Rookie League play but hasn’t shown much of a hit tool this year.
Ball just turned 23 last week but looks at least three – probably four – years away from a shot in the majors. While he was a 40-future-grade player ranked the 12th best prospect in the Atlanta Braves system, those ranking are relative to the other players in the system. A 40-grade player is “organizational depth”.