Braves acquire top 20 prospect from Rangers

Posted on Jul 27 2016 - 6:14pm by Brandon Sudge

The trade season is in full swing, and the Atlanta Braves made a move on Wednesday.

Infielder Travis Demeritte was acquired from the Braves in exchange for right-handed starter Lucas Harrell and left-handed reliever Dario Alvarez.

Alvarez warming up before a spring training game

The niftiness of the Braves front office is evident, as two players who were claimed off of the player market were able to be shipped in exchange for a middle-tier prospect.

Harrell was signed to a minor league deal on May 20 after he was released by Detroit. Just a few days later, Alvarez was claimed off waivers from the Mets on May 25. However, Harrell and Alvarez boosted their trade value with their impactful performances with the Braves.

Harrell in 29.1 innings pitched, finished his stint in Atlanta with 3.38 ERA. His best performance was on Tuesday night, throwing six shutout innings against the Twins, serving as a good audition to be swapped to a contender.

For Alvarez, he showed he had swing-and-miss stuff. In 15 innings pitched, the left-hander logged 28 strikeouts and finished with a 3.00 ERA. As the Rangers were in need of relief help, Alvarez has shown he can be impactful in different situations.

In exchange, the Braves add another talented prospect in Travis Demeritte.

Demeritte, an attendee of local Winder-Barrow High School, ranks fairly high on prospect lists. The 21 year-old is ranked as the 20th best prospect in the Rangers farm system, according to MLB.com. Demeritte also was a participant in the MLB All-Star Futures Game this July in San Diego.

In high-A ball this season, Demeritte is hitting .272 and has hit 25 home runs to this point. However, his strikeout rate is alarming, swinging-and-missing in 33 percent of his plate appearances.

The Braves will try and refine his swing and advance his development at the plate. His development could also be slowed due to serving a 82-game suspension in 2015 for performance enhancing drugs.

Nonetheless, the Braves see potential in the young infielder and get a steal by only having to give up two players that joined the Braves mid-season.

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