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January 7, 2022

Pirates

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Elder Minors RHP 4.1 3.3 4.1 4.9
Hernandez Minors RHP 0.6 0.4 0.6 0.8
Vodnik Minors RHP 1.2 0.9 1.2 1.5

Braves

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Bolton Minors RHP 5.4 4.3 5.4 6.5
Stratton 30 Majors RHRP SP Medium 2.0 2.7 2.2 0.5 0.5 0.7 0.9
2 Comments
  1. Mac Daddy

    As a Braves fan, I’d rather not trade 3 for 2 promising guys and I’d rather keep Elder in this, because he looks to me like he’s more likely ready to jump to the Majors in 202 over Bolton. I don’t have any “deep dive” knowledge of these prospects & Chris Stratton.

    I like this trade proposal because it’s full of intriguing players but I don’t think it’s much more than shuffling the deck. Package these names with a headliner and then, as a big fan of hypothetical trades, I’m entertained by learning more about how I feel ’bout it all. But without an emphasis on how a trade like this moves the needle, so to say, I’m blasé.

    • Noah Wright

      I’m a Pirate fan so I can give some insight on both. Stratton is a very solid reliever who is very durable. Can provide 70-80 innings while posting a 3.50 ERA. He’d probably be a 3.20-3.30 ERA pitcher with the Braves’ defense. He isn’t lights out, but durable and solid are his biggest strengths. Plus he’s a high-spin relief pitcher who didn’t see a massive RPM decrease after MLB started to crack down on sticky stuff. Bolton on the other hand was arguably one of the Pirates’ top 3 starting pitcher prospects before their rebuild started in the 2019-2020 off-season. He has a three pitch mix, all of which project to be average or better. The issue has been health as last year he missed all of 2021 due to a meniscus tear. Not the highest upside, but a guy with the ceiling of a solid #3 or high-end #4. I know three prospects is a pretty decent package, and I’d forgo either of Vodnik or Hernandez as if the Pirates really wanted to grab the ladder, they could in the rule 5 draft. Still, it gives the Pirates a few RHP’s with upside, the Braves a RHP pitcher with upside, and a worthwhile reliever who can fill mutliple roles.

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