The Atlanta Braves have acquired 1B Matt Adams from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for minor league infielder Juan Yepez. Let\’s get into details.
Along with first base, Adams has played in left field this season. He seems to be able to play right field as well. But with star Matt Carpenter at first, and solid OFs Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty in the corners, the Cardinals mostly used Adams as a pinch hitter for the pitcher against righties. So, they didn\’t really need him. They didn\’t get much value in Yepez, but it\’s something.
The 19 year old Yepez was never been apart of the Braves top 30 prospect list. He hit .275 with a homer, 15 RBIs and four steals in 142 ABs for the Rome Braves (single-A) this year. He\’s hit .281 with six homers, 54 RBIs and seven steals in his three year minor league career dating back to 2015.
With star 1B Freddie Freeman out for a while, the Braves have been searching first base options. They called up Rio Ruiz, who hit his first MLB home run yesterday. They also signed former star James Loney to a minor league deal. But Adams seems to be the favorite to start the majority of the games until Freeman returns.
Adams, 28, hit .292 with a homer and seven RBIs in 48 ABs for the Cardinals this season. He\’s played in six MLB seasons, all with the Cardinals, with a .271 average, 56 HRs and 217 RBIs in 1429 ABs. He appeared in the 2013 World Series for the Cardinals, hitting .136, without an RBI and striking out seven times in 22 ABs. The Cardinals lost to the Red Sox that series.