Braves make two huge roster moves, including calling up their top prospect

Drew Lugbauer

It’s barely noon on the east coast, and it’s been an incredibly exciting day for Braves fans. Following the injury to Orlando Arcia last night, the Braves have decided to call up their top prospect Vaughn Grissom straight from AA to fill in at second base.

Grissom actually spent less time in AA than Michael Harris did before receiving his first crack at the majors. Harris played in 43 games, while Grissom has only appeared in 22, but desperate times call for desperate measures, and the Braves clearly have enough faith in their top prospect to call him up.

A big reason for that is the way Grissom has quickly adapted to AA pitching. In those 22 games, he is hitting .363 with three homers, three doubles, and a triple. This is a massive jump, so expectations should be tempered, but everyone should be excited to see what this 21-year-old can bring to the table.

Grissom wasn’t the only significant addition to the major-league squad, either. The Braves also re-instated reliever Kirby Yates from the Injured List.

Yates has essentially missed the last two seasons and is coming off Tommy John surgery, but he was lights out in his rehab assignment over 8.1 innings, allowing just one earned run. If Yates can be a shell of the player he was during the 2018 and 2019 seasons, when he was arguably the best reliever in baseball, then he will be a critical piece to an already loaded bullpen.




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