The Braves introduced this morning they’ve positioned Guillermo Heredia on the 10-day injured checklist, retroactive to April 30, with proper hamstring irritation. Fellow outfielder Cristian Pache has been recalled from the alternate coaching web site in a corresponding transfer. The group didn’t present a timetable for Heredia’s potential return.
Considerably satirically, Heredia solely acquired his name to the large leagues this season when Pache went on the IL rather less than three weeks in the past. The 30-year-old was seen as one thing of an emergency stopgap able to holding down heart area, however there wasn’t a lot expectation he’d produce on the plate. In spite of everything, he’d managed solely a .231/.311/.354 line for 4 groups from 2018-20 and had been waived by the Mets in February.
Nonetheless, Heredia has unexpectedly mashed to start his Atlanta profession. He shortly performed himself into the on a regular basis lineup and has hit .300/.429/.575 with a pair of dwelling runs over 49 plate appearances. Pache returned from the IL final week, however the Braves instantly optioned him to the alternate web site and continued to play Heredia in heart.
In fact, Heredia was more likely to take a major step again offensively in some unspecified time in the future. His 74.7% contact price this season is the bottom of his profession, a full eight factors under his general mark. He has all the time been a affected person hitter, however Heredia’s large 16.3% stroll price is an outlier, doubtless aided by his frequent work hitting instantly in entrance of the pitcher. And whereas Heredia’s 87.8 MPH common exit velocity is a brand new profession excessive, it’s nonetheless a bit under the league common of 88.3 MPH.
Even when Heredia had been to regress on the plate, he’d in all probability provide extra offense than Pache. The 22-year-old is already thought to be one of many sport’s finest defenders and is a consensus prime prospect, however he’s appeared overmatched by MLB pitching thus far. In his first 35 plate appearances, Pache has hit simply .147/.171/.206 with 13 strikeouts and one stroll. These struggles aren’t notably stunning for a younger participant who has by no means been famend for his plate self-discipline and hasn’t had a lot expertise above Double-A. With Heredia becoming a member of Ender Inciarte on the IL, although, it appears the Braves are more likely to flip to Pache in the intervening time, the place he ought to a minimum of provide a lift with the glove.