The Texas Rangers have acquired 31-year old righty starting pitcher Lucas Harrell and 27-year old lefty reliever Dario Alvarez from the Atlanta Braves for 21-year old righty swinging 2B Travis Demeritte.
Harrell pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Braves this year and he was 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. He gave up 25 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 21 batters in his 29 1/3 innings with the Braves. Harrell has now pitched in 93 games (67 starts) in his first six years in the show and he is 20-35 with a 4.74 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. Alvarez has pitched in 16 games (0 starts) for the Braves this year and he was 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. He gave up 11 hits and 5 walks while whiffing 28 batters in his first 15 innings this year! Alvarez has now pitched in 26 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 4-1 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.
Demeritte came into this season as the Rangers’ #28 prospect according to Baseball America. Demeritte played in 88 games in A-ball this year for the Rangers and he was 90 for 331 (.272 avg, .935 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 25 homers, 59 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. But he has some holes in his swing as he has whiffed 125 times so far this year. He played in 298 games in his four years in the minors for the Braves and he was 259 of 1,063 (.244 avg, .820 OPS) with 208 runs scored, 59 homers, 164 RBIs and 34 stolen bases.
This was a case of the price being right to take a flier on Harrell for the starting rotation and Alvarez for the bullpen.