The Braves recently agreed to minor league deals with a number of players, according to a statement by Double-A broadcaster Chris Harris.twitter link).Infielder among recruits Adini Hechavaryaoutfielder Magneris Sierra When forest walland reliever Brian MoranAll four players will receive invitations to off-roster spring training. ESPN’s Kylie McDaniel first reported Wall autograph session yesterday.
Hechavarria, 33, has the most MLB experience of the group. A daily shortstop early in his career with the Marlins, he settled into a utility role after being traded to the Rays midway through the 2017 campaign. Between his 2018 and his 2020 years he played for five different clubs, including his 51 games in Atlanta in his last two seasons. , which shows his recent success in the big league.
The Cuban-born infielder has decent batting skills, but was primarily the bottom hitter in the lineup due to moderate power and a below-average walk rate. He rounded up the line with just under 3300 major league at-bats in some of his nine seasons. Hechavarria had positive defensive performances at shortstop during his time at Fish, but by 2019 those performances were declining and he started getting more work at second and third base.
Hechavarria signed with Nippon Professional Baseball’s Chiba Lotte Marines during the 2020-21 offseason. 213/.238/. He splits his NPB defensive duties between shortstop and third base, adding infield depth to the Braves camp.
Atlanta is Ozzy Albies When Austin Riley They are fixed with cement at second base and third base respectively, Vaughan Grissom When Orlando Alcia Set to fight for short-stop jobs. As most outside observers would expect, if Grissom wins the job, Alcia will assume a utility role, but braden shoemake It’s also on the 40-man roster as a depth option. Hoi Park, Ehire Adrianza When Joe Dunand You can also get non-roster camping invitations.
Sierra, 26, has played at the MLB level every year for the last six years. The left-handed outfielder was highly praised for his speed and defensive acumen and was part of the package the Marlins received from the Cardinals. Marcel Ozuna trade. He played four years for the Fish but never hit hard enough to cement his status as a regular. His complete lack of power left Sierra unable to exert an offensive impact. Because he has yet to collect a major league home run in 636 plate appearances.
Last season, Sierra appeared in 45 contests for the Angels as a deep outfielder. 165/.200/.242 in his 96 trips to the dish, while in Salt Lake’s Triple-A affiliate he appeared in 76 games, averaging an approximate league average of .297/. It was recording 358/.437. Sierra is a .228/.273/.272 hitter for a big leaguer. He has hit 29 bases in his 38 attempts in the MLB while playing above-average defense in center field.
Rookie of the Year Michael Harris II Obviously locked in center field like every day in Atlanta.Sierra joins her fellow non-roster invitees Kevin Pillar By providing some higher levels of depth to compete Spring Training reps and potentially compete with Triple-A Gwinnett.
27-year-old Wall has also stepped into the mix, but he’s not quite there yet. A first-round alternate pick by the Rockies in the 2014 draft, he was noted for his contact skills and speed. Wall hit well in his first few seasons in the minor leagues and was dealt to the Blue Jays as a relief pitcher in 2018. Oh Seung HwanAfter a quality 2019 season in Double-A, the left-handed outfielder saw his bat stall at the top level of the minor leagues.
Wall played for the Mariners as a minor league free agent in the 2022 season. He hitter-friendly Pacific His Coast hit 467 at bats in his league, and had his six home runs in a .255/.333/.354 batting average. That wasn’t enough to make him a big-league look, but he continued to show athleticism that made him an interesting prospect.Wall led all Triple-A players with 52 stolen bases, though , was also thrown 12 times (his third-highest total at the level). He played mostly center field last year, but may be a better fit in left field thanks to his below-average throwing arm.
A sidearm lefty, Moran will join Sierra in the Angel organization in 2022. Like Hechabaria and Sierra, he is also a former Merlin. The 34-year-old has pitched in 18 big his league games during his three seasons, and in 11 1/3 innings he allowed 10 runs, struck out 17, and walked nine. He made his one-game appearance in his MLB at the Halos last April, where he gave up two runs while scoring one out against the Rangers.
He had a solid season in Salt Lake, posting 48 2/3 innings of 4.07 ERA balls in the PCL. Moran only punched out 24.6% of the hitters he faced against his walk percentage of 6.6%. The UNC product surprisingly hit hard with left-handed hitters, but was capped at . 286 on-base percentage for right-handed hitters in Triple-A.he adds depth in the back AJ Minter, Dylan Lee When lucas ryutge.