Just because the trade deadline has passed does not mean Coppy and Co. are not still hard at work. It has been reported that Hunter Cervenka is headed down to join the Fish down in Miami, with a couple prospects in Anfernee Seymour and Michael Mader headed back to Atlanta.
Cervenka has been a nice story for Atlanta, going from playing in an Independent league in 2015 to being a regular contributor to a major league bullpen as a rookie in 2016. He has been above average out of the Braves’ pen, working to a 3.18 ERA in 50 appearances and holding lefty batters to a .145 average. However, the knock on Cervenka has been the walks. He has a 6.1 BB/9 rate, which is alarmingly high. Cervenka will help a depleted core of southpaws in the Marlins pen, but with the likes of Paco Rodriguez and A.J. Minter destined to join Atlanta’s pen this year, Cervenka was expendable for the Braves.
As far as the return goes, Seymour was Miami’s 8th ranked prospect (keep in mind their system is trash). He is a switch-hitting shortstop who ranks at an 80 on the speed scale. Power will never be a apart of his game, and he just made the switch from center field to shortstop. Seymour likely has an uphill battle to become an everyday big leaguer, but he is still in A ball so patience is virtue.
The Braves also got a lefty starter in Michael Mader, who was a third round draft selection in 2014. His arsenal includes a low 90’s fastball, curveball and changeup. He has had control issues in his young career but has made some tweaks in his delivery that has him posting a respectable 3 BB/9 this year. In his minor league career he owns a 3.87 ERA in 61 appearances (60 starts). He has been throwing for A+ Jupiter. He could end up being a nice project for the Braves, as lefties don’t grow on trees.