Atlanta Braves: Will the Team Trade for JT Realmuto?
Now that the World Series is over, the talk of free agents, trades, and prospects will be spoken very loudly over the next four months for the MLB. One of the rumors that is already picking up steam is Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto and the Atlanta Braves. Realmuto’s agent has already come out and said his client wishes to be traded and refuses to sign an extension. The quote set off alarms all over the sport.
The Marlins and Braves have talked about a Realmuto trade before. Both last offseason and at the trade deadline in July. They have not been able to connect, just as they weren’t able to connect for a Christian Yelich trade last offseason when the Marlins asked for Ronald Acuna Jr. The ask at that time was SP Mike Soroka, Austin Riley, and another prospect. It is expected for the price to be similar now.
With that said, the Marlins are going to want 3-4 prospects for their All-Star catcher. The Braves have 10 players in the top 100 prospects in the sport, with 7-8 of them being pitchers. They also have a few guys that are already in the majors that were considered prospects just a year ago. So, let’s go over the Braves top prospects that will be talked about over the next few months in a J.T. Realmuto trade.
Sean Newcomb – We all know Newcomb. He started for the Braves for most of the year. He’s a two-pitch pitcher that needs to work on control, not sure if he will ever figure that part out. Makes him inconsistent and limits him going deep in games most of the time.
Max Fried – He also pitched in the majors this year, although not as much as Newcomb. He’s also a two-pitch pitcher that is wild. I am not a fan. I am not a fan of pitchers that lack control. If he can get better at that, I may change my mind.
Mike Soroka – Best control pitcher in the minor league organization with three good pitches. Got a taste of the majors and pitched well before getting hurt, which ended his year. His ceiling may not be ace-type, but his floor is no lower than a #3.
Kyle Wright – Here is my #1 prospect in the Braves organization. Has four legit pitches with two plus-plus pitches. Solid control and likely has the best ace-like stuff in the entire minor league organization. If there was 1 untouchable guy for me, it’s him.
Ian Anderson – The Braves are very high on him. He’s a three-pitch pitcher with solid control, but he loses control too often for me. His stuff misses a lot of bats, so they will keep him around. Next year will be his year to explode.
Touki Toussaint – One of the big fan favorites as last year ended. He’s a two-pitch pitcher with those two pitches being very good. Another one that has control issues. He had a breakout year, but was it fool’s gold? I say to trade him while his value is high.
Luiz Gohara – Great fastball, like Newcomb. Had control issues 3-4 years ago but seems to have figured it out. Another two-pitch pitcher. Had a rough personal year, last year with the death of his mother and getting hurt.
Bryse Wilson – Getting a lot of hype, but I’m not a fan. He knows how to pitch, which is why he’s successful, but his stuff isn’t lights out. He’s a #3 or #4 starter at best for me. I use him as a sweetener in a trade to get Realmuto or another big piece.
Kolby Allard – I’ve been always high on Allard. Has the 2nd best control of anyone in the minors. He has a little bit of Jamie Moyer in him. I still like him despite the rough year, last year. He only has two pitches and neither is his fastball.
Joey Wentz – I’m extremely high on Wentz. I have him as a top 3-4 guy in the minor league organization. He has three above-average pitches with a good fastball. He’s a lefty that put up better numbers than Anderson on the same level.
Kyle Muller – He was the 3rd pitcher taken in the 2017 draft that netted them, Anderson and Wentz. He has 2 solid pitches, but neither stands out. Has good numbers early. I would use as a trade sweetener, like Wilson.
3B/OF Austin Riley – Has been voted to have the rawest power in the Braves minor league organization. Strikes out a lot but has been getting better at his plate discipline. He moved from A ball to AA, to AAA last year, so he’s on the fast track to the majors, if he isn’t dealt this offseason.
CF Cristian Pache – He is probably the center fielder in waiting if he isn’t dealt. Still over a year from the majors. Major wheel and will leadoff and steal a lot of bases for a team. Can really handle the bat and could be a .300 hitter in the majors.
OF Drew Waters – The prospect that no one is really talking about. Though the Braves drafted him just last year, Waters has shown 20-20 type ability. He has also played good defense. He is homegrown from Georgia and is a switch hitter. Look out for him in 2020 if the Braves don’t get a big right fielder.
C William Contreras – The brother of Chicago Cubs catcher, Willson Contreras. He may not have the skills of his brother, but early on he has shown a solid combination of bat and glove. He could be a name that the Marlins look for as a future replacement for Realmuto.
J.T. Realmuto is one of the best catchers in the league. He’s only 27 years old, had an over .800 OPS last year, and possibly most importantly, will only cost a team 6 million this year and 9-10 million next year. Any team that trade for him will have to give up multiple good prospects. The Braves have the most firepower to make a deal. Now the question is will they?
Now that you know the prospects better, who would you trade for Realmuto? Leave your comments.
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