Hector Olivera Making Atlanta Braves Debut Tuesday


Hector Olivera, the key piece the Atlanta Braves acquired in the three-team trade that saw Alex Wood and Jose Peraza go to the Los Angeles Dodgers, is making is his highly anticipated Major League debut tomorrow.

After a trade that left many Atlanta Braves’ fans in disarray, fans will now get to see exactly what John Hart bargained for by trading Alex Wood and Jose Peraza for the Cuban infielder Hector Olivera. Olivera figures to play everyday at third base.

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Although Olivera has very little experience at the minor league level, he had a career slash line in Cuba of .323/.407/.505, showing that he is a capable hitter. In 2015, he has split time between six minor league clubs, accumulating a slash line of .272/.326/.376.

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  • Hector Olivera does not project as a high power bat in the lineup, but he should provide stability in the middle of a Braves’ lineup that has struggled in almost every hitting category this season. However, since the trade from the Dodgers, Olivera has not found his stride.

    He has registered just 10 hits in 56 at-bats, with no home runs and just three RBI. Hopefully, we will see a different type of ballplayer upon his call-up than we have in the minors. By calling up Olivera, Adonis Garcia will likely be bumped from the starting lineup.

    Braves’ fans can hope that we see flashes of see flashes of the Cuban League Olivera instead of the disappointing Olivera of late. In addition to Hector Olivera’s struggling bat, he has committed five errors in 27 games. However, this should not stand as a reason to panic as he is likely just getting adjusted to the higher level of talent in the minor leagues.

    Although his recent struggles would suggest fans to worry, Olivera is likely suffering from a learning curve from seeing better talent in the minor leagues. His bat and glove should come around sooner rather than later, and once he does, he could be a boon for an anemic offense such as the Braves.

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    By making Hector Olivera a September call-up, this will give him invaluable experience at the big-league level, and it should pay dividends moving forward, especially with the Braves looking towards next season. Olivera is likely to struggle, but once he gets acclimated to the speed of the MLB, he could be a top performer for the Braves for years to come.

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