Braves ship 3 prospects to Royals for No. 35 choose

The Atlanta Braves acquired the thirty fifth choose in Sunday’s Main League Baseball draft from the Kansas Metropolis Royals for center-field prospect Drew Waters, right-handed pitching prospect Andrew Hoffmann and Double-A 3rd baseman CJ Alexander.

The draft selection, which is tradable as a result of it’s a competitive-balance choose given to small-market and low-revenue groups, comes with a slot worth of $2,202,100. The Braves’ bonus pool will swell to greater than $10.2 million, shifting them from the Nineteenth-most out there cash to ninth.

Waters, 23, was at one level a consensus top-100 prospect however has plateaued at Triple-A over the previous two seasons. A switch-hitter whose glove is sweet sufficient to maintain him in middle subject long run, Waters is the important thing to the deal for Kansas Metropolis, becoming a member of its younger core of Bobby Witt Jr., MJ Melendez, Vinnie Pasquantino and the soon-to-arrive Nick Pratto. Waters has been added to Kansas Metropolis’s 40-man roster and optioned to Triple-A Omaha.

Chosen with the forty first choose within the 2017 draft, Waters is hitting .246/.305/.393 in 49 video games at Triple-A this season. The emergence of Michael Harris II, the Braves’ rookie middle fielder, made Waters expendable.

Atlanta struck gold with Hoffmann, selecting him within the twelfth spherical of the 2021 draft and watching him dominate at Excessive-A this season. The 22-year-old is 7-2 with a 2.36 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 80 innings. In becoming a member of the Royals, Hoffmann is shifting as much as Double-A Northwest Arkansas, the place he might be teammates with Alexander.

Alexander, who turns 26 Sunday, is an enormous, highly effective left-hander with 15 residence runs in 289 plate appearances at Double-A. He’s hitting .258/.294/.465 and likewise has performed first base.