Of all the pitchers to make an appearance for the Atlanta Braves, Adam McCreery was certainly one of them. The big 25-year-old left-hander was acquired by Atlanta back in May 2016, when they sent Jhoulys Chacin to the Angels. Since then, Chacin has accumulated 6.3 fWAR while the Braves have had literally just one pitcher amass that much value in that span (Mike Foltynewicz with 7.0 fWAR), so, that’s cool, I guess.
McCreery started his 2018 season in Double-A after causing a bit of headscratching when he was added to the 40-man roster ahead of last December’s Rule 5 draft. He did pretty well at Mississippi (3.83 ERA, 3.22 FIP, 3.66 xFIP) and was promoted to Gwinnett in early August. But, he ended up making just one appearance for the Stripers before the Braves recalled him to the big league team on August 7. Two days later, he made his first (and only) major league appearance, entering in the eighth inning of a game at Nationals Park with the Braves trailing 4-2.
McCreery’s outing was odd. Not like, “baseball is weird haha” odd. Just odd. He allowed three straight singles, got a strikeout and a flyout, then another single to score the second run of the inning, and then collected another strikeout. As a result, his seasonal line looks like this:
Good ol’ negative FIP. Love it.
The next day, McCreery was sent back to Gwinnett, where he would make seven more appearances to close out his season, finishing with a 2.35/2.68/2.83 pitching triple-slash there. The lefty is currently pitching in the Arizona Fall League.
Bottom line, what did he do in 2018? He pitched an inning. It was a weird inning.
Will he be on the roster in 2019? Probably. He’s already on the 40-man, so that could give him a leg up for shuttle duty. Based on his minor league stats, the Braves could probably do worse for a low-leverage arm, but I imagine he’ll spend most of his time next year in a Stripers uniform. Or, he could easily be roster-crunched out of the organization, if the situation calls for it.
What is he going to do next year? My guess is decent relief work at Triple-A, along with generic relief man performance if and when he’s called up to the majors.
Highlight of 2018: He got into a game, finished a season with a negative FIP, and even struck out a righty in the process.
Lowlight of 2018: He allowed two runs in his one inning of work.