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September 16, 2013

Painting the Black

The Transactions We Didn't Analyze

by R.J. Anderson


Since January 1, 2013, we've published 102 Transaction Analysis columns, about three per week. While we don't cover every move, we do cover most moves with big-league implications. Yet sometimes moves that sneak through become noteworthy in their own right. Here are six players, listed in chronological order of their transactions, who passed us unnoticed but found success this season.

Jordan Schafer
The stats:.261/.338/.372 in 236 PA

The move: Selected off waivers by the Braves on November 1, 2012

What we would have said: "Schafer entered the 2009 season ranked as the 50th-best prospect in baseball, spots behind fellow promising center fielders Austin Jackson and Desmond Jennings. He homered in his first big-league plate appearance, but it's been all downhill from there. Traded to the Astros in the Michael Bourn deal, Schafer showed few marketable skills in 500-plus plate appearances with Houston; those struggles caused Jeff Luhnow—a shrewd talent evaluator—to bid him adieu for no more than the waiver-claim fee. Schafer returns to Atlanta, where he'll generate some easy copy and old-time nostalgia, but he's likely to hit the waiver wire again once the Braves assemble their new outfield."

What we should have said: "Schafer returns to his original organization in need of a niche. Although he's a skilled defender and baserunner, the offensive potential that led to star-quality projections and Steve Finley comparisons has not showed in some time. Atlanta figures to sign or trade for at least one more outfielder this winter, leaving Schafer fourth or fifth on the depth chart. He should benefit from the reduced responsibilities and expectations, and might even work his way into a platoon, depending on who else the Braves get. This is a make-or-break season for Schafer's big-league career. Given his prospect pedigree and the Braves' history of finding useful parts, bet on make."

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