It has only been about a week since the Atlanta Braves designated Juan Francisco for assignment and they have completed a trade. They traded Francisco to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league lefty Tom Keeling. Especially with what has transpired over the last few weeks with bullpen injuries to two prominent left-handed relievers, Keeling is a very good return for the potential that Francisco has yet to realize.
With tons of power potential yet to develop, Francisco has an upside that the Braves don’t have time to allow to develop since they have a very productive third baseman in Chris Johnson that can play every day. Considering those facts it was a great move to trade the young Francisco. The Brewers will give him a chance to realize his potential while the Braves will watch another young left-handed power pitcher develop.
For a guy that throws in the low to mid 90’s and currently has a few options for breaking pitches, Keeling couldn’t be moving to a better organization. While they have had injury troubles over the past few seasons the Braves are still one of the top organizations in Major League Baseball for developing talented young pitching.
With the help of the Braves staff and coaches through the system Keeling will have a chance to make the big league club as early as next season according to what we hear currently. Looking at the two players involved, Keeling has every bit the upside that Francisco has, if not more. He is a player to watch.