With a surplus of pitching talent knocking on the door of the Major Leagues, the Braves completed a deal that opens up a spot in their rotation. The team decided to deal Jhoulys Chacin to the Los Angeles Angels for minor league pitcher Adam McCreery. Not considered to be a prospect in what is one of the most talent-ridden farm systems in the league, McCreery has the physical tools that one can only dream of having. He is a southpaw with a 6’8″ frame with strikeout stuff. However, he is still in A-ball at 23-years of age and has drastic control issues.
Chacin really did not cost the Braves anything, however, and they got something for nothing in a sense. The former Rockie pitched well besides his latest outing with the team, and offers a lot more to a team that believes they have a chance at competing in 2016. He had some great years despite pitching in the hitter’s friendly Coors Field. However, the Braves have Williams Perez, John Gant and Tyrell Jenkins all knocking on the door of a rotation spot. This is not the sexiest move for the Braves, but it allows the team to develop it’s young talent. The rotation has actually looked good to this point in the season, it’s really just up to the lineup to score runs for the Braves to become a borderline competitive team in 2016.