It was a busy day for the Braves’ front office as it made three trades to provide more international bonus money on the day when teams were able to sign young international talent.
The first trade was with Oakland, as Atlanta acquired international bonus pool slot number 53 for Gwinnett pitcher Cody Martin. That added $388,400 to Atlanta’s total that started at $2,458,400.
Then the Braves traded minor league pitcher Caleb Dirks and outfielder Jordan Paroubeck to the Dodgers for slot number 87, worth $249,000. Finally, Atlanta dealt minor league pitcher Garrett Fulenchek to the Rays for slots 73 ($299,000) and 103 ($195,200).
That additional $1,131,600 brought Atlanta’s total to $3.59 million. The Braves agreed to deals with two players – infielder Derian Cruz ($2 million) and outfielder Cristian Pache ($1.4 million) – that took up a large portion of their allotment.
The Braves have already been rumored to be heavily interested in two significant players who are available in next year’s international talent pool. So they did not want to exceed the pool allotment for this year’s talent, which would have heavily prohibited them from targeting those high-end prospects.
Cruz was ranked as MLB.com’s 24th best international prospect, while Pache was actually ranked higher at number 10. Cruz is a tall (6-0) shortstop with tremendous athleticism and speed, while Pache is a right-handed hitting outfielder with solid potential.
Martin started the season on Atlanta’s roster as a reliever. He made 21 appearances and had a 5.40 ERA, with 24 strikeouts in 21.2 innings. The Braves sent him back to Gwinnett, where he was in the rotation and had a 2.10 ERA in seven games (six starts). Martin joined the Braves organization as a 20th pick in the 2010 draft out of Gonzaga.
Dirks was Atlanta’s 15th round pick last year out of California Baptist University. Dirks had pitched in 17 games as a reliever this season between Rome and Carolina and had an ERA of 0.68. He had 29 strikeouts and 14 walks in 26.2 innings.
Paroubeck was acquired by the Braves in the Craig Kimbrel trade the day before the season started. He never played in the minor league system. Paroubeck was on the Danville roster but was on the disabled list.
Fulenchek, last year’s second round pick, had made one start for Danville this season. He was 0-7 in his 13 games (11 starts) in the Atlanta system.
With all the moves in the farm system, there was one more significant promotion. Steve Janas, the 6th round pick in 2013 out of Kennesaw State, was promoted to Double-A Mississippi. Janas was 5-0 in six starts with Carolina this season with an ERA of 0.49. He had allowed just 18 hits in 37 innings, with four walks and 24 strikeouts.
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