This trade is about a lot of things.
It’s more than just a player swap, and it shouldn’t be viewed as players for players. Therefore, let’s do this by breaking down the different components: player talent/risk (rolled into one) and financials.
The Braves received Hector Olivera, Paco Rodriguez, Zach Bird and Miami’s Competitive Balance Pick A, which should fall in the 30s.
The Braves traded Alex Wood, Jose Peraza, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan and Bronson Arroyo.
Greenville (July 22-24)
C Aramis Garcia
It's been said a hundred times on this blog already this year, but Garcia has one of the smoothest and most balanced swings in Class A. There are zero wasted movements and he repeats it very well. It's one of the most basic swings you'll find on a pro hitter, and it leads to a lot of contact when he sees the ball well. Because of that, the hit tool shows above-average potential.
Something as odd as a player missing home plate on a home run is worthy of being news. When he misses the plate in the ninth inning and prevents his team from potentially winning the game, that's when you get national media coverage.
Talk to various Atlanta Braves hitters and personnel about the effects of hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, and you'll get similar praises across the board.
Andrelton Simmons said Seitzer has basically revived Cameron Maybin at the plate. Simmons himself has toned his violent swing and made more contact under Seitzer's direction. Jace Peterson's top compliment was how Seitzer helps him prepare mentally.
Aside from Maybin, perhaps the greatest testimony for Seitzer is Kelly Johnson's season.
Much has been written on Aramis Garcia's hot streak here and nationally, and for good reason. He's been one of the hottest hitters in pro baseball over the past couple weeks.
After walking and driving in two runs Wednesday night, Garcia's last 12 games go like this: .440/.463/.860 with three doubles, six home runs and 22 RBI in 54 plate appearances.
Wednesday, July 22 – Friday, July 24
Greenville Drive 12-13, 50-45 (Boston Red Sox)
Augusta GreenJackets 13-12, 46-48 (San Francisco Giants)
Georgia Regents has an outfielder with the talent for one of the more anticipated junior seasons in program history.
Center fielder Clint Hardy already produced a memorable sophomore season in 2015 by hitting .445 with eight home runs and 11 stolen bases while playing solid defense up the middle. He was named a third-team All-American in Division II by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, as well as Peach Belt All-Conference and All-Region.
His final batting average ranked eighth in the country.
After putting together a memorable hot streak over more than a week, Augusta GreenJackets catcher Aramis Garcia received the first of what should be several accolades for his performances.
Garcia was named the South Atlantic League Player of the Week for July 13-19.
The 22-year-old went 10 for 21 with a double, three home runs and 10 RBI over a five-game span that covers the award. The hot streak dates back to July 8 and so far spans 10 games, during which he's 20 for 42 (.476) with three doubles, five home runs and 19 RBI.
Two 2012 draft picks who spun their wheels over a few pro seasons are no longer in the San Francisco Giants organization after a flurry of recent minor league moves.
Augusta GreenJackets infielders Jeremy Sy and Ryan Jones are no longer in the system after Jones was released Wednesday and Sy retired Thursday. The two were drafted one round apart by the Giants in 2012, with Sy going in the 12th out of Louisiana-Monroe and Jones going in the 13th out of Michigan State.