ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves made a flurry of moves on Saturday.
The Braves-- not even a week removed from Lucas Sims' pitching debut-- called-up one of their top pitching prospects, Max Fried, from Double-A Mississippi on Saturday.
Fried was drafted in the 1st round by the San Diego Padres in 2012, and he was later traded to Atlanta as part of the Justin Upton trade in 2014. He's already had to come back from Tommy John surgery, but he returned putting up good numbers in Single-A Rome in 2016.
This season, he's struggled with his command. He's 2-11 with a 5.92 ERA. The Braves are likely looking at the left-handed pitcher, who currently ranks as the team's No. 10 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, to determine the future need for pitchers for next season.
Fried has a mid 90s fastball and one of the best curveballs in the minors.
The team recalled Jason Hursch to Triple-A Gwinnett.
According to multiple reports, the Braves also traded utility player Sean Rodriguez back to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Rodriguez was not supposed to play for the Braves this season after his family was in a deadly crash in Miami during the offseason. But Rodriguez recovered quickly, and in 15 games he is hitting .162 with three RBIs.
The Braves received first baseman and outfielder Connor Joe from the Pirates in exchange for Rodriguez.