Just minutes ago, the Braves announced they have claimed outfielder Phillip Ervin off of waivers from the Cubs.
The #Braves today claimed OF Phillip Ervin off waivers from the Chicago Cubs. The Braves 40-man roster is now full.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) February 22, 2021
Ervin had a decent amount of success as a bench piece for the Reds from 2017-2019, slashing .262/.326/.438 with 17 homers, eight triples, and 23 doubles in just 512 at-bats. He also has a knack for crushing left-handed pitching.
Phillip Ervin 2019 vs lefties: .349/.411/.628 1.038 OPS in 86 ABs
Career vs lefties: .277/.352/.459 .811 OPS. 122 tOPS+
Good speed. Solid OF.
Coming off a very poor 2020 but an intriguing option for the bench.
— Brian Chandler (@BrianC_Chandler) February 22, 2021
2020 was one to forget for Ervin, though. He hit just .086 in 35 at-bats with the Reds before being designated for assignment. The Mariners claimed him in September, but Ervin wasn’t much better in Seattle, recording just a .205 batting average with a .622 OPS. It’s not the sexiest addition, but this is just another example of Alex Anthopoulos bringing in major-league quality talent to compete for a spot on the bench.
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