Rockies acquire pitchers David Hale and Gus Schlosser from Braves

Minor League catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O'Dowd head to Atlanta

The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has acquired right-handed pitchers David Hale and Gus Schlosser from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Minor League catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O'Dowd. Additionally, the Rockies have designated left-handed pitcher Jayson Aquino for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Hale.

Hale, 27, was a member of the Braves active roster for the entirety of the 2014 campaign. He posted a 4-5 record with a 3.30 ERA (87.1 ip, 32 er), 39 walks and 44 strikeouts in 45 games/six starts. He made his Major League debut in 2013, making two starts in September and going 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA (11.0 ip, 1 er), one walk and 14 strikeouts. The right-hander from Marietta, Ga. was originally selected by Atlanta in the third round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Princeton University. Hale was rated the Braves' 7th-best prospect prior to the 2014 season.

Schlosser, 26, was a member of the Braves' Opening Day roster in 2014, his first Big League experience. In 2014, Schlosser went 0-1 with a 7.64 ERA (17.2 ip, 15 er) in 15 relief outings. The Sarasota, Fla. native spent the balance of 2014 at Triple-A Gwinnett, where he went 7-6 with a 4.17 ERA (99.1 ip, 46 er) in 25 games/15 starts. The 6-foot-4 right-hander has spent the majority of his Minor League career as a starting pitcher and has posted a 29-19 record with a 3.11 ERA (434.2 ip, 150 er) in 98 games/67 starts. Schlosser was originally selected by Atlanta in the 17th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Florida Southern College. He was non-tendered by Atlanta on Dec. 2, 2014 and subsequently resigned to a Minor League deal on Dec. 15th. He is not a member of the 40-man roster.

Briceno, 22, spent the entire 2014 season at Single-A Asheville, his first campaign in a full-season league. In 2014, Briceno hit .283 (89-for-315) with 23 doubles, 1 triple, 12 home runs and 50 RBI in 84 games. The Maracaibo, Venezuela native has played 252 Minor League games in his five professional seasons and owns a career batting average of .280 (250-for-893) with 61 doubles, 2 triples, 24 home runs and 128 RBI. He was originally signed by Colorado as a non-drafted free agent on July 3, 2009.

O'Dowd, 24, split the 2014 season between High-A Modesto and Double-A Tulsa, where he combined to bat .271 (114-for-421) with 27 doubles, 3 triples, 5 home runs and 48 RBI in 113 games. The Cleveland, Ohio native has played in 208 career Minor League games and has hit .260 (186-for-715) with 36 doubles, 8 triples, 7 home runs and 73 RBI. O'Dowd was originally selected by the San Diego Padres in the 23rd round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Dartmouth University. He was released by San Diego on March 28, 2013 and signed by Colorado to a Minor League deal on March 31, 2013.

Aquino, 22, split the 2014 season between High-A Modesto and Double-A Tulsa, combining to go 5-10 with a 5.13 ERA (107.0 ip, 61 er), 38 walks and 83 strikeouts in 18 starts. Aquino was originally signed by Colorado as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2009. The San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic native has gone 27-26 with a 2.84 ERA (453.2 ip, 143 er) in 75 games/74 starts in his Minor League career.

The Rockies currently have a full 40-man roster.