BREAKING: Braves trade Bud Norris

 

According to MLB Network, the Atlanta Braves have traded starting pitcher, Bud Norris and minor league outfielder, Dian Toscano, to the Los Angeles Dodgers for left handed pitching prospect, Phillip Pfeiffer and right handed pitching prospect, Caleb Dirks. This comes as no surprise as the Braves were expected to deal Norris before or at the trading deadline.

 

Norris has pitched well of late, as in his last five starts he has a 2-1 record, 1.99 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 31 strikeouts (stats according to mlb.com)

 

Toscano has played with the Double-A, Mississippi Braves, this year. He has posted a .226/.310/.271 stat line (stats according milb.com)

 

Pfeiffer has pitched with Dodger’s full season Single-A team, the Great Lake Loons, and the Advanced Single-A team, the Rancho Cucamongo Quake. During his time with the Loons, he pitched six full innings, giving up one unearned run, nine strikeouts, and one walk, all while picking up one win. With the Quakes he is 2-1, with a 3.33 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 33 strikeouts, and 17 walks.

 

Dirks, actually returns to the Braves organization, as he was drafted by Atlanta in the 15th round of the 2014 MLB Draft. He has spent the year with the Dodger’s Double-A team, the Tulsa Drillers. While playing with the Drillers, Dirks is 3-2, with a 1.44 ERA,  1.02 WHIP, 35 strikeouts, and seven walks.

 

This trade was clearly another move to replenish the Braves farm system with pitching depth. Expect more of these types of trades to come in the coming weeks, as the Braves will be sellers this trade season.

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