The Atlanta Braves are currently low on outfielders and nearly lost Ronald Acuña to boot. These three moves would help give them some insurance coverage.
Theres no replacement for Ronald Acuña. The Braves know that.
That doesnt suggest Atlanta needs to have some insurance for the star outfielder. They currently do not have breathing space with a slew of outfield injuries. Acuña providing them frightens himself must just heighten the requirement.
Here are a few ways the Braves can cover their bases.
3 moves the Braves can make for Ronald Acuñan insurance coverage.
Bring up Drew Waters.
Besides Cristian Pache, who is now on the injured list with hamstring tightness, the Braves have another intense young outfield prospect they might give a possibility to.
No. 2 possibility Drew Waters is currently with Triple-A Gwinnet awaiting his opportunity to go up.
Aside from his injury troubles, Pache looked likely to head back down to Gwinnet himself to continue developing. He has batted.113/.154/.210 so far in 2021.
Theres no warranty Waters would do much better than that at the MLB level, however the Braves will not understand until they attempt him out.
It didnt appear like there would be much chance to get a look with Marcell Ozuna, Acuña, Pache, Guillermo Heredia and Ender Inciarte available to start the season. However, Pache, Heredia and Inciarte are all out with injuries. Now is the time to be vibrant.
Acuña providing them terrifies himself needs to only heighten the need.
It didnt look like there would be much opportunity to get a look with Marcell Ozuna, Acuña, Pache, Guillermo Heredia and Ender Inciarte offered to begin the season. Pache, Heredia and Inciarte are all out with injuries.
Braves prospect Drew Waters. (Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports).