John “Killer” Coppolella has struck again, this time liquidating the asset known as Christian Bethancourt. Bethancourt was moved to the San Diego Padres in a 3-player deal.
The Braves will receive right-handed pitcher Casey Kelly and minor league catcher, Ricardo Rodriguez.
Coppolella had this to say about the trade, “We are excited to add Casey Kelly and Ricardo Rodriguez to our organization. Casey will compete for a spot on our major league pitching staff this spring, while Ricardo brings another young catcher to our farm system who has a lot of promise and upside.
The 26-year old Kelly is ranked the Padres 30th best prospect by MLBPipeline.com. He pitched at the Padres Double-A and Triple-A levels in 2015. He appeared in 31 games and made 17 starts and finished the season with a 2-10 record with a 5.16 ERA.
You want to know why the Braves acquired him? He underwent Tommy John surgery in March of 2013. Here we all thought the Braves already had all the pitchers in professional baseball that have had Tommy John surgery. But they found another one.
Rodriguez is only 17 and has played in the Padres’ rookie leagues. He hit .266 (29 for 109) last season with 2 homers, 6 doubles and 15 RBI.