The Braves released outfielder Ezequiel Carrera from the organization, per an announcement from the team’s Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett. Carrera was released by the Blue Jays in Spring Training and joined the Braves on a minor league pact later that month. He’ll now once again survey his options on the open market.
Carrera, 30, was reasonably productive for the Blue Jays in a part-time role from 2016-17, hitting a combined .266/.340/.382 with 14 homers and 17 steals in 635 plate appearances. He has experience at all three outfield slots, though defensive metrics generally view his center-field work in a negative light while looking more favorably on his work in the corners.
This season has been a struggle for Carrera, however. In 93 plate appearances for Gwinnett, he limped to a .146/.228/.220 slash. On the plus side for Carrera, he went 7-for-7 in steals in Triple-A, and much of his difficulty looks to be the product of a .177 average on balls in play. His 21 percent strikeout rate and 10 percent walk rate both suggest that his approach at the plate isn’t markedly different from recent seasons, and given his career .275/.344/.368 line in parts of nine Triple-A seasons, it’s reasonable to expect that he’ll bounce back over a larger sample of at-bats.