The Braves have made some waves on the roster today, calling up Ian Anderson. The move gives the Braves a full 40-man roster, if Nick Markakis is included in that 40-man (technically he’s not since he’s on the COVID IL, but I’m sure the Braves aren’t in a hurry to fill it right now).
The Braves also activated Ronald Acuña Jr. from the IL and he will be in tonight’s lineup. While I’d like to see Dansby Swanson continue to lead off and insert Acuña behind him where his power can play up, I’d be fine with Acuña leading off with Dansby becoming the new Ozzie Albies.
Getting to Know Ian Anderson
Ian Anderson was drafted 3rd overall in the 2016 draft and signed underslot so the Braves could essentially grab 3 first round talents with their first 3 picks. Ian’s never struggled long enough to be forced to grow, but that’s not a knock on him, rather a statement for Braves fans to practice patience with a young player. Primarily a 3-pitch pitcher, Anderson has a mid-90s fastball, a big curveball, and a changeup that’s considered a LHH regulator.
Andy Harris, one of the better Braves Minor League minds out there, wrote this piece on Ian and discusses in detail his pitches and something that could be worrisome for the talented righty.
Braves Trade News
In a post where Mark Bowman was essentially forced into making up a trade for the Braves, he chose to reunite them with Kevin Gausman. If you leave out Gausman’s ERA, which is 4.65, his 1.7 BB/9 and 12.2. K/9 is quite great. His FIP is much lower than his ERA and that’s what the Braves bought into when they traded from him in 2018. While most of our mindsets want to set this trade on fire and sacrifice it to the baseball gods, let’s not forget that Gausman was essential in winning the division back in 2018 and could help a struggling rotation down the stretch…if he can keep the ball in the park. However, if the Braves get Gausman for very little, I hope there’s at least 1 more deal up the sleeve to grab another starting pitcher.
Late Roster News
I hope the trade deadline comes and goes and takes Ender Inciarte with it to another team. While the outfield could get crowded, having Cristian Pache in CF against RHP would add a lot of defensive value when flanked by Acuña and Nick Markakis. Adam Duvall is a great player, but once again has large splits and should be primarily be used against left-handed pitchers. If I had my way:
•vs. LHP: Duvall in LF, Pache in CF, Acuña in RF, Marcell Ozuna as DH
•vs. RHP: Markakis in LF, Pache in CF, Acuña in RF, and Ozuna as DH.
Lots to be excited about tonight! Go Braves!