Four Under The Radar Atlanta Braves Trade Targets

The Atlanta Braves may not be done this trade season as there is always room to improve the team. While there are obvious names that can help the team, these under-the-radar players could be of use.
The Atlanta Braves should consider acquiring left Aaron Bummer.
The Atlanta Braves should consider acquiring left Aaron Bummer. / Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
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The Atlanta Braves bullpen needs a lefty, and Brent Suter fits the bill.
The Atlanta Braves bullpen needs a lefty, and Brent Suter fits the bill. / Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Brent Suter

The Atlanta Braves should know Brent Suter well, the 33-year-old lefty was with the Brewers from 2016 through 2022, but despite being a starter for three years, he’s only pitched against them four times, three with Milwaukee, all in relief.

In 2022 he threw three one-hit, shutout innings against Atlanta, striking out four earlier this year, and gave up two runs on three hits when the Rockies visited Atlanta in June.

This season for the Rockies, Suter’s thrown 44 2/3 innings, striking out 37, walking 14, and allowing two homers while pitching to a 2.62 ERA, 1.10 WHIP.

Statcast suggests that Suter’s ERA is higher than it should be, giving him a .248 xERA. It also rates him highly in several areas. His:

  • Average exit velocity of 8.64moh is in the 100th percentile
  • 24% hard-hit ball rate is in the 99th percentile
  • .275 xSLG and 7.7% barrel rates are in the 98th percentile
  • .203 xBA is in the 89th percentile

Suter throws a four-pitch, low-velocity mix; his best pitch is a 76 mph change with a 37.8% WHIFF rate that works off an 86 mph sinker and 85 mph four-seamer.

Suters pitched to a 2.13 ERA in 25 1/3 IP on the road where, oddly for a Colorado pitcher, he gave up both of his homers on the road, one to Eddie Rosario and the other to Christian Arroyo in Boston.

That’s a Wrap

I like the fit of Tanner Scott for the Atlanta Braves because he’s a power arm, and those are extremely valuable in postseason play. Scott would certainly cost Grissom because they need a bat more than anything else. I’d likely offer to take Joey Wendle as well because he can play second or third, and we might be able to fix his bat.

Aaron Bummer’s next for me because he keeps the ball in the park and would make it very hard on lefties. Suter’s change is one of the best around, and he keeps the ball off the barrel too, preventing lasers from flying all over the field.

Moll avoids barrels and hard-hit balls and all those annoying extra-base hits. He’s also the least expensive to acquire, which is important with a thin farm system. Whatever happens, we’ll keep you informed here at The House That Hank Built.