With Max Fried set to come up from Triple-A Gwinnett for tonight’s start against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Braves would need to knock someone off their 25-man roster. It appears that they have made their decision and tabbed backup outfielder Peter Bourjos as the jettisoned party.
The #Braves today recalled LHP Max Fried from Triple-A Gwinnett and designated OF Peter Bourjos for assignment. Fried will start tonight’s game at St. Louis.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 30, 2018
This is yet another chapter in the strange saga of Peter Bourjos, Atlanta Brave. The Braves added him to the organization at the tail end of Spring Training, designated him for assignment a month later, released him on April 29, and then re-signed him to a minor league deal four days later. He was re-added to the major league roster on May 31 and lasted a month in a reserve role until today. In his 20 PAs over this month, Bourjos actually hit .316/.316/.632 with one homer. However, his season-long line is still a gross .205/.239/.364 (59 wRC+) over 47 PAs. With the presence of Danny Santana and Charlie Culberson on the 25-man and the return of Ronald Acuña Jr., Bourjos was expendable, though the choice of Santana over Bourjos is potentially questionable, if relatively meaningless.
Max Fried is being brought up for his second start and sixth overall appearance this season. He previously made a spot start against the Mets on May 28, allowing two runs (one earned) in five innings, walking four and striking out six. The Braves won that game on Charlie Culberson’s walkoff homer after being held to just a Tyler Flowers solo homer by Jacob deGrom in seven innings. Fried also pitched fairly poorly for the Braves in four relief appearances earlier this year.
This season at Triple-A, Fried has made nine starts and put up a 4.29 ERA, 3.22 FIP, and 3.43 xFIP. He’s made five career starts for the Atlanta Braves, with a 4.17 FIP and 3.96 xFIP.