The Atlanta Braves have acquired 28-year old lefty swinging CF Michael Bourn from the Astros for 24-year old lefty swinging CF Jordan Schafer, 22-year old lefty starting pitcher Brett Oberholtzer, 23-year old righty starting pitcher Paul Clemens and 26-year old righty reliever Juan Abreu. Bourn’s speed both in the field and on the basepaths are going to make the Braves into a brand new looking team…..and a better one. Bourn played in 105 games for the Astros this year and he was 130 for 429 (.303 avg, .766 OPS) with 64 runs scored, 1 homer, 32 RBIs and 39 stolen bases. He has now played in 663 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 586 for 2,164 (.271 avg, .697 OPS) with 333 runs scored, 12 homers, 140 RBIs and 212 stolen bases.
Jordan Schafer has been a bust for the Braves. He played in 52 games for the Braves this year and he was 47 for 196 (.240 avg, .623 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 1 homer, 7 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. Schafer played in 102 games for the Braves in parts of two years and he was 81 for 363 (.223 avg, .613 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 3 homers, 15 RBIs and 17 stolen bases to go along with an amazingly bad 105 whiffs. Brett Oberholtzer came into this season as the Braves’ #9 prospect according to Baseball America. He pitched in 21 games (all starts) in AA-ball for the Braves this year and he was 9-9 with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Paul Clemens came into this year as the Braves’ #26 prospect according to Baseball America. Clemens pitched in 20 games (all starts) in AA-ball for the Braves this year and he was 6-5 with a 3.73 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Juan Abreu came into this year as the Braves’ #27 prospect according to Baseball America. He has pitched in 41 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Braves this year and he was 4-2 with 1 save, a 2.25 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.
The Braves stole Michael Bourn from the Astros as they didn’t give up any prospects they will lose any sleep over. Look out for the Braves now as Bourn is going to give the team a new look both offensively and defensively going forward.