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Yesterday, the Braves picked up Ryan Schimph through a trade with the Rays for a player to be named or cash considerations. Schmiph has not been impressive so far this Spring Training, with a whopping .000 BA (11 attempts), but that probably is not too abnormal for him.
The 29-year-old third baseman has 34 homers in just 527 career plate appearances. He is what you would call a true slugger–he either hits a home run or strikes out. He does have a surprising number of walks, however, with 69 (pretty nice, if I do say so myself).
I wouldn’t be surprised if the Braves add him as a power piece off the bench in case we need some late-inning magic–odds are he will strike out, but if he doesn’t, he just might hit one a long way. He may even add in a couple of IP for the relief arms, as he does have 1 career save (I don’t fully understand, either).
Don’t expect to see too much of him, but don’t expect to never see him, either.