Here is a look at how some of the players traded by the Braves are doing with their new teams through the first four weeks of the season.
St. Louis outfielder Jason Heyward is struggling, with a .211 batting average, two home runs and only four runs batted in. The Cardinals have moved him out of the number two hole in the batting order and he has hit fifth and sixth. Heyward hit .208 as the number two hitter, while he’s at .176 in the lower spots.
Jordan Walden, who was sent to the Cardinals with Heyward, has done very well. He’s got a 0.87 ERA in 12 games, with 12 strikeouts and only four walks in 10.1 innings.
Evan Gattis is getting hot for Houston. He had two home runs Sunday to help the Astros win their 10th straight. Gattis has his average up to .198. He now has six home runs and has driven in 17.
James Hoyt, a minor league reliever that also was traded to the Astros, is struggling in AAA. He has an 8.68 ERA in his first 10 games for Fresno.
Kyle Wren was the first player traded last offseason. The outfielder is with Biloxi in the Southern League, the AA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. Wren is hitting .211 and has eight stolen bases.
Edward Salcedo is playing for the Altoona Curve, the Pirates Double-A affiliate. He’s hitting just .200 in 40 at bats with no home runs and eight runs batted in.
One player doing very well is Kyle Kubitza, a minor league third baseman traded to the Angels organization. He’s in Triple-A with Salt Lake and is hitting .311 with one home run and 11 RBI in 106 at bats.
Nate Hyatt, who was traded with Kubitza, has struggled in AA for the Angels. He’s got an 11.05 ERA in seven relief outings for Arkansas.
Josh Elander, sent to the Diamondbacks in the Trevor Cahill trade, has hit .269 in just 26 at bats with one RBI.
Gus Schlosser is in Double-A for the Rockies. He’s got a 7.84 ERA in five games (two starts), with 15 hits in 10.1 innings.
David Hale was also sent to Colorado in the trade for two minor league catchers. He’s making rehab appearances in the minor leagues as he recovers from a strained oblique muscle. Hale has allowed 10 earned runs in 8.1 innings between the Rockies’ AA and AAA affiliates.
The two relievers sent to the Yankees for minor league pitcher Manny Banuelos are doing well. David Carpenter has an ERA of 3.00 in his nine relief appearances, while lefty Chasen Shreve has a 2.70 ERA in his seven outings.
Tommy LaStella is on the disabled list for the Cubs. He hit just .167 in his six at bats before his rib cage injury.
And finally, the contingent for the Padres is doing well. Justin Upton had a two-run home run Sunday to help San Diego beat Colorado. Upton is now hitting .301 with seven home runs and 21 RBI.
Craig Kimbrel recorded his eighth save for the Padres in the win over the Rockies. Kimbrel has an ERA of 5.06. He’s allowed six earned runs in his 12 games, but he has 14 strikeouts in his 10.2 innings of work.
Pitcher Aaron Northcraft is struggling. He’s got a 9.19 ERA in his six games between AA and AAA.
There is no word when Melvin Upton will be making his return to the big leagues. He had a foot injury when the Braves traded him to the Padres on the eve of opening day.
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