Sent UT Sean Rodriguez to AA Mississippi on a rehab assignment.
Activate UT Micah Johnson from 60-day DL; option Johnson to AAA Gwinnett.
Demoted RF Stephen Gaylor from AAA Gwinnett to AA Mississippi.
Sent UT Sean Rodriguez to AA Mississippi on a rehab assignment
Sean Rodriguez’s tour of minor league parks comes to the Southern League. Catch him while you can.
Activate UT Micah Johnson from 60-day DL, option him to AAA Gwinnett
Johnson had been rehabbing a wrist injury suffered near the start of the season. Johnson’s activation is notable because it means he again counts against the 40-man roster, which fills the roster to its capacity. With fellow 60-day guys Chaz Roe and Sean Rodriguez on the comeback trail as well, some DFA’s will have to occur pretty soon (or others will be moved to the 60).
This is Johnson’s last option, so that creates a potentially interesting situation for spring training 2018. Johnson might be in the team’s plans as the 4th outfielder who can play some infield as well. The Braves obviously love defensive versatility, and the speedy Johnson fits that mold. We might see him at SunTrust Park this season, but for now he’ll just look to get 2017 going in Buford.
Demoted RF Stephen Gaylor from AAA Gwinnett to AA Mississippi
The 25 year old Gaylor was hitting .250/.318/.300 in limited play this year. That line wasn’t doing much to change the “limited” aspect of his playing time. Gaylor is an organizational bench player, and you can tell by his rather uneven line of promotion and demotion. He hit .241/.330/.272 at high-A last year and was called up to AA, where he struggled even more to the tune of .250/.289/.287. That he found himself in AAA after no mastery of previous levels tells us that his placement has more to do with farm club roster dynamics than Gaylor’s development. If a team needs a lefty off the bench who can give the prospects a day off, that’s where Gaylor gets sent. If that sounds bleak, he still gets paid to play baseball and know that he’s better at baseball than almost everyone on earth, and that’s pretty cool.