The Atlanta Braves have acquired right-handed pitching prospect Billy Bullock from the Minnesota Twins for Scott Diamond. The Twins selected Diamond in the Rule 5 draft and had to place him on their 25-man roster if they wished to keep him.
Billy Bullock, a 22-year old from the University of Florida, was a second round pick in the 2009 draft. He's a big kid coming in at 6'6'' and 225 pounds. He's destined to be a late-inning reliever should he reach the Major Leagues. He recorded 27 saves and 105 strikeouts in just 74 innings last year in A and AA-ball. He was ranked as the Twins' 8th best prospect in John Sickels' most recent top-10 list, and this is what he had to say about him:
Grade B- : Could be a huge bullpen force if the command sharpens up a bit more.
Keith Law also had this to say about the deal:
Really like this move for Atlanta - Bullock > Diamond by a wide margin.
The front office has placed an emphasis on acquiring young, talented relief pitchers in recent history and Bullock certainly fits the bill. He's probably two years away from the Major Leagues, but he could be a solid late-inning option for the club if he's able to improve his command. He features a mid-90's fastball and good slider.
Scott Diamond, while talented, was buried on the depth chart and there was basically no chance he'd ever crack the starting rotation in Atlanta. Instead of losing him and getting nothing in return, we got a nice bullpen piece in exchange.
This is a good deal for the Braves.