The Augusta GreenJackets received two players Tuesday who should make an impact on the lineup following the promotion of their top hitter.
The San Francisco Giants assigned outfielder Shawn Payne and infielder Travious Relaford to the GreenJackets. Both have played in Augusta in past assignments, including Relaford at the beginning of this season.
Payne hit .229/.320/.305 with 14 doubles, two triples and one home run with 21 stolen bases in 325 plate appearances for San Jose this season. He played almost all of 2012 in Augusta, hitting .309/.413/.430 with 53 stolen bases that caused him to show up on some prospect radars.
Payne is a 24-year-old outfielder drafted in the 35th round in 2011 from Georgia Southern. His numbers indicate the ability to mash the lower levels while taking time to adjust to a higher level of play. This should bode well for the GreenJackets lineup.
Relaford, also a Georgia native out of Union City, began the 2013 season in Augusta and hit .231 with five stolen bases in 56 plate appearances before getting called to Richmond. After 32 games there, he was assigned to San Jose, where he hit .156 in 48 plate appearances. The 21-year-old infielder should spell the GreenJackets middle infield of Alberto Robles and Trevor Brown at times, also allowing Brown to see more time behind the plate.
The two additions should help offset the loss of shortstop Matt Duffy, who was assigned to San Jose following Sunday's game. He went 2 for 5 with two doubles and one RBI in his first game for the Giants on Monday.