Resop is ready to pitch for some Major League club
Chris Resop has plenty of reason to believe he’ll join a Major League roster within the next week. The Braves now have to decide whether it will be theirs or one of the many Major League clubs that need to improve their pitching staff.
The one-hit shutout that Resop completed for Triple-A Gwinnett in Norfolk last night will likely spark enhance his position on the trade market. But despite the fact that he has spent the past three months dominating the International League, other clubs have shown just mild interest in trading for this 28-year-old right-hander, who has been rejuvenated since becoming a starter.
Sources have indicated that there wasn’t a single scout from a Major League organization in Norfolk last night to watch Resop complete this masterpiece. In fact the one scout that was present was representing a club from the Korean Baseball League.
With this in mind, there’s further reason to believe Resop could be in uniform at Turner Field on Tuesday when the Braves begin a three-game series against the Rays.
If the Braves don’t add Resop to their Major League roster by Tuesday, then he is contractually obligated to demand a trade or request to be a free agent. The latter option certainly won’t come into play.
Without gaining some return, the Braves certainly aren’t going to simply waive goodbye to a guy who has posted a 1.84 ERA and compiled an IL-best 81 strikeouts in the 73 1/3 innings he has completed for Triple-A Gwinnett this year.
It’s understanding that clubs are skeptical about a 28-year-old pitcher who has posted a 5.61 ERA in 57 career Major League appearances (all as a reliever). But at the same time, they have to recognize that his move into the rotation this year has led him to become more of a pitcher than a thrower.
No longer trying to blow his four-seamer past opponents, Resop has baffled opponents with a heavy dose of two-seam sinkers and a curveball that is certainly much better than it was when he last appeared in the Majors with the Braves during the 2008 season.
If the Braves are unable to trade Resop, they will likely add him to their bullpen on Tuesday. This would seemingly provide them a chance to send Jesse Chavez to Gwinnett to work on his secondary pitches, namely the curveball that he’s trying to develop.
Or the Braves could opt to send Craig Kimbrel back to Gwinnett to get the regular work he needs to aid his development.
Whatever the case, Resop will likely be in a Major League uniform at some point next week.
McLouth update: Still haven’t received any updates about Nate McLouth’s condition. If the Braves are forced to place him on the disabled list, it would make sense for them to promote Brandon Hicks to serve as a backup infielder while Omar Infante would spend the next couple weeks seeing more time in the outfield.
Brett Clevlen, who has been on the disabled list since May 24, still hasn’t resumed playing and Jordan Schafer isn’t even an option. Even if Schafer had not had some setbacks that prevented him from beginning to play in May, he needed to spend at least half this season and maybe longer in the Minors to make up for the time he lost over the course of the past two seasons.
Look ahead: The Braves will spend the next six games playing against the leaders in the AL Central (Twins) and AL East (Rays). They enter this stretch with a 2 1/2-game lead over the Phillies, the same exact advantage they held when they began this 11-game road trip.
Tim Hudson will take the mound looking to continue his success against the Twins. In 13 career starts against them, he has gone 6-2 with a 2.12 ERA. Justin Morneau (1-for-6) and Joe Mauer (0-for-3) have had limited opportunities to face the Braves right-hander.
But this would certainly be a good night for the Twins to put Jim Thome in their lineup. He is 9-for-16 with four homers in his career against Hudson.
Bobby Cox has opted to use Brian McCann as his designated hitter tonight. This gives Hudson a chance to throw to his good friend David Ross.
When McCann has been behind the plate this year, Hudson has posted a 2.62 ERA and seen opponents hit .246 with a .344 OBP. When Ross has served as his catcher, the veteran right-hander has posted a 2.20 ERA and limited opponents to a .189 BA and .237 OBP.