The Atlanta Braves assigned outfielder Josh Elander to Class-A Advanced Lynchburg on Thursday, one of three prospect moves expected within the Braves system.
Elander hit .318 with 22 doubles, three triples and 11 home runs, recording 29 walks and six stolen bases for Rome this season.
The catcher-turned-outfielder has a short, compact swing from the right side, but he shows above-average pull power with good hands that stay inside the ball. He knows the zone well and should maintain good walk rates.
Perhaps the most surprising part of viewing Elander is athleticism from the 215-pound player. He was always athletic for a catcher, and that allowed for the move to a corner outfield spot after the Braves deemed his glove better suited somewhere other than behind the plate.
The Braves assigned outfielder Kyle Wren to Rome. The son of Braves general manager Frank Wren was drafted in the eighth round this season out of Georgia Tech and went 9 for 22 with three doubles, one triple and three stolen bases in five games for Danville.
Wren should handle the South Atlantic League as a college product with a solid track record in a big conference. His game is athleticism, flashing solid speed and showing the ability for hard contact all over the field. He also profiles as an above-average center fielder.
The Braves assigned outfielder Blake Brown to Danville from Rome. The fifth-rounder in 2012 out of Missouri was hitting .203 with 11 doubles, two triples and one home run for Rome, recording a 36 percent strikeout rate. He wasn’t able to use his athleticism because he wasn’t on the bases enough, striking out at a 36 percent clip and stealing only seven bases.
Brown remains a raw hitter even as a college product. The Braves are hoping a trip to Danville will sort him out at the plate.
FIRST IMPRESSION: Outfielder Clint Frazier, the Cleveland Indians’ first-round pick this year at fifth overall, has made a big first impression in the Arizona League.
Frazier is 5 for 14 in his first three games, including a triple and home run. Both extra-base hits came in his first professional game Tuesday.
Frazier backed that up with three singles and two RBI in his second game the next day.
The Loganville, Ga., product has elite bat speed that is expected to produce great power from an otherwise average-sized frame. Frazier stands 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, but he generates power from strong hands and the use of his lower body.
There were questions surrounding his future position as a pro. He played center field in high school, but some reports doubted his ability to stay there because of an average arm and range. Those questions haven’t been answered with the AZL Indians; he has been designated hitter through his first three games.