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.
First Major League HR for Drew Waters!
Touch them all! pic.twitter.com/LSrveqVPLi
– Starting at 9 (@Starting9) September 6, 2022
Which also led to Waters winning a bet against Zack Greinke.
Zack Greinke bet Drew Waters he wouldn’t hit a home run before the end of the season
Last night he paid the Royals rookie his $100 🤣 pic.twitter.com/5ALM6N3DFA
– Farm To Fame (@FarmToFame_) September 6, 2022
In 13 games since joining the Royals, Drew Waters is hitting .237 with that single homer and a .720 OPS. Not a bad start for the former second-round pick.
Like most former Braves prospects, I will support Waters from afar. However, I’m going to be salty if he turns into a high-quality major league play before long. Even after a few lackluster seasons, I thought he had a bright future in Atlanta. To have Acuña, Harris and Waters locked down for the foreseeable future would have been a dream.
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