After losing Ronald Acuña Jr. for the remainder of the season, the Atlanta Braves have added another outfielder and bat to the middle of their order. The team announced Thursday that they had acquired outfielder Joc Pederson from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for first base prospect Bryce Ball.
Pederson got off to a slow start this season but has somewhat recovered after a stint on the injured list early in the season. He is hitting .230/.300/.418 with 11 home runs and has a 95 wRC+.
While those numbers pale in comparison to Acuña, there was never a chance that the team was going to be able to replace him in any one deal. What Pederson does bring is outfield depth and a strong left handed bat to the lineup.
Ball was a 24th round pick by Atlanta in the 2019 MLB Draft and burst on the scene hitting 17 home runs between Danville and then Low-A Rome. The reports on Ball at the alternate site last year were mixed and he is currently hitting .207/.354/.396 with six home runs and a 28% strikeout rate at High-A.