Drew Waters finds success with new organization
Of all the trades made by the Braves this season, perhaps the most shocking was the decision to send Drew the waters and Andrew Hoffman to the Royals for the 35th pick in this year’s draft. At the time, Waters was among Atlanta’s top prospects, even though he was battling in AAA. The Braves also needed a long-term solution in left field.
Adam Duval is a free agent after this season. He is unlikely to be re-signed, and Eddie Rosario and Marcell Ozuna provided next to nothing offensively or defensively. A path for Waters to become a starter in Atlanta wasn’t too difficult to imagine, but the Braves must have felt he was unlikely to produce at the top level and sold him as much as they could. before the MLB Draft.
Well, you know what they say – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. The saying rings too true when it comes to baseball. Waters was hitting just .246 with the Gwinnett Stripers’ five home runs before the trade, but he caught fire for Omaha — Kansas City’s AAA affiliate. In 31 games since the trade, he’s hit .295 with seven home runs, good for a .940 OPS and enough to warrant promotion to the Royals, where he hit his first league home run yesterday.