Revisiting the Justin Upton trade

Justin Upton

How are the players involved in the Justin Upton trade doing for the Diamondbacks?

There is little doubt Justin Upton has been a good acquisition for the Braves. In his 228 games in Atlanta, Upton has hit .266 with 43 home runs and 116 runs batted in.

But with Arizona in Atlanta to start a three-game series, it's worth looking at what the players traded for Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson are doing for the Diamondbacks.

Martin Prado was the big major league player sent to Arizona. The fan favorite in Atlanta has hit .268 with three home runs and 34 RBI this season as the Diamondbacks' starting third baseman. He was actually mentioned in a trade rumor earlier today as reports were out that Toronto was scouting Prado for a potential trade.

Randall Delgado has pitched in 24 games out of the Arizona bullpen this season. He's 1-1 with a 5.92 ERA, with 39 hits allowed in 38 innings, 21 walks and 46 strikeouts. Delgado has made only two starts this season after making 19 starts for the D'Backs last season.

Shortstop Nick Ahmed was called up to Arizona earlier this week. He had been hitting .324 for Reno in the PCL. Ahmed had two home runs, 36 RBI, 10 stolen bases and a .390 on base percentage. It's an improvement for Ahmed, as last year in Mobile he hit only .236 with a .288 OBP. Ahmed's defense remains his calling card.

Right-handed pitcher Zeke Spruill has struggled this season with a 7.07 ERA for Reno. Spruill has started 11 of the 18 games he's appeared in for the Triple-A affiliate. Spruill has pitched in two games for Arizona this season and started one. Last season he pitched in six games at the big league level.

But without a doubt the story of this trade could turn out to be third baseman Brandon Drury. Believed to be a last-minute throw-in the deal, Drury has taken off in the last two seasons in the Diamondbacks' system. This season he's hitting .291 with a .355 OBP, 13 home runs and 54 RBI for Visalia in the California League. Last season in South Bend, the Low-A affiliate in the Midwest League, Drury hit .302 with a .362 OBP, 15 home runs and 85 runs batted in. Drury will turn 22 years old next month. He was Atlanta's 13th round pick in the 2010 draft.

The Braves got two starters in the deal with Arizona, so it's hard to complain about the talent given up when it provided 25% of the starting lineup. But the deal seems to be also working out for Arizona, both at the big league level and a solid prospect in Drury for the future.


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