ATLANTA -- Five years after giving Edward Salcedo a $1.6 million signing bonus, the Braves have traded the once highly regarded prospect for a 23-year-old reliever who has not advanced past the Class A Advanced Minor League level.
Salcedo's days with the Braves ended Thursday night when he was sent to the Pirates for right-hander Bryton Trepagnier, who has been described as a potential late bloomer.
The swap of Minor League players provided Atlanta a chance to further tidy its farm system, which has drastically improved via some of the more significant deals the club has completed this winter. Salcedo spent the past season with Triple-A Gwinett, but there was reason to wonder if he might be moved back to Double-A Mississippi to begin the upcoming season.
Trepagnier will likely begin this year in Mississippi's bullpen. The 6-foot-4 reliever posted a 2.53 ERA with 40 strikeouts and 33 walks in 53 1/3 innings for Class A Advanced Bradenton this past year. While his high walk rate indicates he still needs to develop his command, he limited opposing batters to a .190 batting average.
After being selected in the 41st round of the 2010 Draft, Trepagnier was buried in the Bucs' system and totaled just 42 appearances through his first three professional seasons. He had a 4.95 ERA and a 1.77 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 43 appearances for Class A West Virginia during the 2013 season.
Though Trepagnier might simply prove to be a pitcher who provides organizational depth, the Braves believe there is at least a chance he might one day make it to Atlanta. The same could not necessarily be said for Salcedo, who stands as one of the recent busts that led the Braves to overhaul their international scouting department this offseason.
Salcedo batted .212 with 10 homers and a .651 OPS in 110 games with Gwinnett this past season. The former shortstop has compiled a .684 OPS over 586 Minor League games, and he struggled at multiple positions from a defensive perspective. Salcedo proved unsuccessful at third base, a position he was introduced to in 2011, and spent some time trying to get a feel for right field.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.