Brad Brach was acquired at the trade deadline to provide some depth to the late inning reliever corp. Because he was having a down year, the Braves were able to pick him up for just $250K in international bonus slot allotment.
He’s just a rental, but he could provide tremendous value down the stretch. He was an All-Star just two years ago when he posted a 0.91 ERA in the first half of 2016, but his first half struggles this year has taken some shine off.
Brach has a motion that causes him to throw across his body, which helps with deception, especially against right-handers. For his career, he’s limited RHBs to a .646 OPS. He sits mostly in the 95-97 range, and he’s topped out as high as 99. He has some closing experience, so they may ask him to close out some games until Vizzy returns.
So far, he’s appeared in 3 games for the Braves in the first 6 days of his tenure, giving up no runs with 4 K’s in 3 innings. He might be used even more down the stretch. He’d be a guy I’d expect the Braves to consider re-signing if they like what they see.
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