The Houston Astros have dealt 28-year old lefty swinging CF Michael Bourn to the Braves for 24-year old lefty swinging CF Jordan Schafer, 22-year old lefty starting pitcher Brett Oberholtzer, 23-year old righty starting pitcher Paul Clemens and 26-year old righty reliever Juan Abreu. Schafer is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a chip fracture on his left middle finger, so it’s going to be a while before he makes his debut with the Astros. Schafer played in 52 games for the Braves this year and he was 47 for 196 (.240 avg, .623 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 1 homer, 7 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. He has played in 102 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 81 for 363 (.223 avg, .613 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 3 homers, 15 RBIs, 17 stolen bases and an amazing 105 whiffs. Brett Oberholtzer came into this season as the Braves’ #9 prospect according to Baseball America. He has pitched in 21 games (all starts) in AA-ball so far this year and he is 9-9 with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Oberholtzer has now pitched in 69 games (55 starts) in his first 4 years in the majors and he is 25-20 with 2 saves, a 3.35 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. Paul Clemens came into this season as the Braves’ #26 prospect according to Baseball America. Clemens has pitched in 20 games (all starts) so far in AA-ball this year and he is 6-5 with a 3.73 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. He has now pitched in 95 games (48 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 18-18 with 7 saves, a 4.09 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. Juan Abreu came into this season as the Braves’ #27 prospect according to Baseball America. Abreu has pitched in 41 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 4-2 with 1 save, a 2.25 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. He has whiffed 68 batters and he has only allowed 34 hits in his first 48 innings this year, which is pretty impressive, but he has also walked 27 batters and that’s way too many. Abreu has now pitched in 180 games (17 starts) in his first six years in the minors and he is 23-19 with 38 saves, a 4.41 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. Abreu will likely get a shot right away in the pen for the Astros.
Michael Bourn played in 105 games for the Astros this year and he was 130 for 429 (.303 avg, .766 OPS) with 64 runs scored, 1 homer, 32 RBIs and 39 stolen bases. Bourn played in 541 games in his four years with the Astros and he was 552 for 2,037 (.271 avg, .696 OPS) with 302 runs scored, 11 homers, 134 RBIs and 193 stolen bases. He is seventh in Astros’ history with his 193 stolen bases. The Astros are going to miss his speed and defense.
The Astros should have held the Braves up and got better prospects. The Astros went for quantity over quality in this deal which is a clear and easy win for the Braves.