Braves Release Devall, Acquire Lemon From Rangers

In a somewhat surprising move, the Braves released Brett Devall, their first selection in the 2008 draft. A big lefty with solid stuff, Devall carried some big expectations after being taken 40th overall, but his career as a Brave was highlighted by injuries. Just 10 starts into his 2009 season with Rome, he succumbed to arm woes and didn't return until May of 2010, and was forced to miss the last three weeks of that season as well. In just 170 innings the 21 year old had a 11-13 Record, a 3.92 ERA, and a 1.37 WHIP. Devall is the second high draft pick the Braves have parted ways with recently, as they traded 2006 first rounder Cody Johnson to the Yankees for cash back in November.

In a separate move, the Braves acquired utility man Marcus Lemon from the Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later. The 22 year old Lemon, a 4th round draft pick in 2006, hit .271 with a .680 OPS for AA Frisco. He was originally drafted as a shortstop, but last season he played 52 games in left field and 34 games at second base. He'll likely play for either AAA Gwinnett or AA Mississippi.

Update 4/1/11: The team has also released right handed pitchers Dalton Acord and Wilton Estevez, as well as lefty Tommy Palica. The 21 year old Acord was signed in 2009 as an undrafted free agent and reached as high as Rome, compiling a 3.65 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 49.1 career innings. The Braves signed the 23 year old Estevez out of the Dominican Republic in 2008. He also reached as high as Rome, with a 5.25 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP in 72 career innings. Palica was a 10th round pick in 2007 and played parts of the last two seasons with Mississippi. In 138 career games he had a 4.10 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP in 223.2 innings, striking out 10.2 batters per 9 innings.

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