Nationals claim Braves prospect off waivers

Braves roster moves

Lost in the roster moves the Braves made over the weekend was their decision to designate prospect Roddery Muñoz for assignment. The hope is that he would clear waivers and re-join AAA Gwinnett, but given his age and upside, the Washington Nationals decided to take a chance on him, optioning him to their AAA affiliate.

After being used as a starting pitcher for most of his minor-league career, the Braves chose to move him to the bullpen this season. Over 37.1 innings, Muñoz posted an unspectacular 3.89 ERA with a 1.424 WHIP, and a lot of his damage was self-inflicted, as he walked 5.9 batters per nine innings.

Ideally, the Braves would have liked to keep the 23-year-old righty, but unfortunate circumstances forced their hand. He’s not major-league ready, and the Braves had to clear space on the 40-man roster to add Lucas Luetge, who is back in Atlanta following the injuries to Nick Anderson and A.J. Minter.

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