Buy or sell the Braves’ best breakout players in 2022 | Launderer’s report

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    The Atlanta Braves have done as well as any baseball team cultivating minor league talent over the past few seasons, and the pipeline continues to produce impact talent here in 2022.

    Starter Kyle Wright is a former top prospect who took a while to settle at the MLB level, but he’s throwing like an ace right now. Meanwhile, flamethrower rookie Spencer Strider has found a multi-inning reliever role, while outfielder Travis Demeritte is finally starting to show some of the power potential that once made him an intriguing prospect.

    But are they real?

    Ahead, we have opined on whether to buy or sell this early performance based on past track record and advanced metrics.

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    Travis Demeritte put his name on prospect’s radar when he posted a .915 OPS with 29 doubles and 28 homers at High-A during the 2016 season, but he struggled to make consistent contact in the upper levels of miners and its washed-out star prospect.

    He got his first taste of the big leagues after being traded to the Detroit Tigers as part of the deal that brought Shane Greene to Atlanta at the 2019 trade deadline, and before last season he returned to the Braves organization when it was claimed. .

    With Eddie Rosario on the disabled list, he was promoted from Triple-A in late April, and he’s hitting .303/.368/.545 with two doubles and two home runs in 38 plate appearances as he took over as a left primary. defender.

    His batted ball metrics don’t jump off the page, but he had terrific Triple-A numbers last year and improved his overall approach over the years to be a more complete attacking player. At least he’s an above-average fourth outfielder who can handle an expanded role when needed.

    Verdict: To buy

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    Armed with a fast ball that averages 98.6 mph and a true erasing slider, Spencer Strider opened his eyes this spring and worked his way onto the opening day roster. A 2020 fourth-round pick, he exploded through the minors to make his MLB debut as a call-up in September last year.

    The 23-year-old started the season on a high, knocking out five perfect innings on opening day while firing the radar gun.

    However, in four appearances since, he has almost as many walks (9) as strikeouts (11) in 10.2 innings, and he took the loss on April 23 allowing two hits, two walks and three runs. earned without registering a withdrawal.

    For a guy who’s only pitched 94 innings in the minors, the option of returning to Triple-A might not be the worst thing in the world, especially if the long-term plan is still to grow him into as a starter. The thing is electric, but there is still work to be done on his orders.

    Verdict: To sell

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    Kyle Wright was in the conversation to become No. 1 overall in the 2017 draft before eventually slipping to No. 5 where the Braves gave him a $7 million signing bonus that eclipsed the $6.725 million figure. dollars the Minnesota Twins gave to first pick Royce Lewis.

    He made his debut in 2018 and impressed with six shutout innings against the Miami Marlins in Game 3 of the 2020 NLDS, but in between he struggled to establish himself, and he entered the 2022 season with an ERA of 6.56 and a WHIP of 1.69 in 14 starts and seven reliefs. scattered appearances over the past four years.

    The 26-year-old started this year as the No. 3 starter in Atlanta’s rotation behind Max Fried and Charlie Morton, and so far has been the staff’s top pitcher, posting an ERA of 1, 74, a .97 WHIP and 37 strikeouts in 31 innings.

    Key to his newfound success is his curveball, a pitch he throws 33.0% of the time this year after using it sparingly in years past. Trading his slider for his curve ball as his breaking pitch made all the difference.

    Verdict: To buy

    All statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference and accurate throughout Tuesday’s games.

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