The career of Atlanta Braves outfielder Jordan Schafer in Major League Baseball has been up and down to say the least. Though most probably figured Schafer was done in terms of having a chance to contribute in any major way to an MLB team, he went through the entire 2013 season being called upon by fans who wanted him to start in the outfield every day. What happened to bring about this change?
Unfortunately there is really no answer for something like that, at least no way to be certain. We can guess however. Schafer came up in the Braves organization stamped as a future big-time center fielder. When he got his chance in the bigs however, nothing big happened at all. After a period of time he wound up playing for the 100-loss Houston Astros teams. That couldn’t have felt like a career high moment, mostly because of the way he played.
Something changed last year when he was brought back as a non-roster invitee for the Braves however. He not only earned his way onto the team but was able to become a large contributor to the team over the balance of the season. Heading into the 2014 season, Schafer has a newly signed short-term deal that helped him avoid arbitration. It is quite a long ways from where he was last season at the same time. Who could guess where one more good season could land him one year from now?