Atlanta Braves fans everywhere now hate Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Loup. The Braves organization and fans hoped for good news after Freddie Freeman exited a Wednesday night game in May grasping his wrist. Freeman was hit by an inside fastball and fractured seven, yes seven bones in his left wrist.
Before Freeman’s injury he led the MLB in slugging percentage and was the leading candidate for National League M.V.P (Most Valuable Player). The Braves then proceeded to sign veteran first-baseman James Loney. When they saw Loney struggling in the minor leagues they knew they needed to make a change, and fast.
Atlanta pulled the trigger and traded for former St. Louis Cardinals slugger, Matt Adams.
Atlanta sent prospect Juan Yepez and cash considerations to the Cardinals in exchange for Adams. The Braves weren’t expecting much from Adams as he was simply an average fill-in for Freeman in most people’s eyes.
Adams has been absolutely crushing the ball as of late, as he bombed two home runs in June 12th’s game against the Washington Nationals. Adams has provided more than Atlanta could have asked for as he has 8 HR’s in his stint with Atlanta with an additional 19 RBI’s. Adams has also played very well defensively as he’s yet to commit an error as an Atlanta Brave.
As you can see, Matt Adams isn’t just an average fill-in player. Adams is a veteran first baseman that has provided power that the Braves’ offense has desperately needed since Freeman’s injury. Adams is also a great leader and locker room guy.
Matt Adams has blown away expectations of Atlanta Braves fans everywhere so far. When Freeman comes back from injury it should be interesting to see what the Braves do with Adams. Adams will more than likely have to take reps in right field or at third base, but as long as he’s hitting the Braves will continue to put up runs.