It is now official, According to David O'Brien of AJC.com and Mark Bowman of AtlantaBraves.com, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is in Atlanta and he will be making his major league debut against Freddy Garcia and the Phillies. Salty will be in the starting line-up as their catcher. Brian McCann and Brayan Pena are unable to play tonight, and luckily the Braves have an off day tomorrow so that will cushion the blow of not having McCann.
To make this day even better, it's Saltalmacchia's 22nd birthday today. He is he Braves’ top-rated prospect who is hitting .309 with seven doubles, six homers and 13 RBIs in 22 games for Double-A Mississippi, with 13 walks and 17 strikeouts. He has been rumored to be on a number of team's lists to try and trade for, including the Detroit Tigers who are looking for a top catching prospect. Here is Saltalamacchia's career stats since being the Braves number one pick in 2002.
The slugging switch-hitter known as “Salty” is at Turner Field today. Jarrod Saltalamacchia was recalled from Class AA Mississippi and will be in the lineup at catcher tonight against the Phillies.
I can't wait to see how he fairs, I really like him and I want to see how he hits against major league pitchers. Best case scenario is he kicks major ass and doesn't get sent down when both catchers are completely healed, I would love to see him learn to play first base so we can then move Scott Thorman to left field. That would give us one hell of a lineup. If he does hit well and we don't keep him up, that would mean the likelihood of him being traded for pitching help.