Adam Duvall is raking at Triple-A, a good outcome for the Braves from multiple perspectives.
The slugger has regained some form, homering seven times in seven games. He’s on a 10-game hitting streak and has knocked in a run across seven consecutive games.
Entering Wednesday, Duvall was hitting .346 with six homers, 13 RBIs, two doubles and a triple over his past six games for the Gwinnett Stripers.
Duvall, acquired in July, has been underwhelming with the organization. But his sudden rebirth could make him a viable bench option, rather than a last resort. At worst, his power surge makes him somewhat of a trade asset.
“That’s why we wanted Adam to go down there, just continue to work on his swing and get himself going, and he has,” manager Brian Snitker said. “He’s put in the work and we all know what he’s capable of.”
In 33 games with the Braves, Duvall hit .132 with one double and no RBIs. Still, with a track record that includes back-to-back 30-homer seasons and Gold Glove-worthy defense, the team opted to tender him a contract and retain him.
Duvall was unable to make the opening-day roster, but his play in the minors gives reason for optimism, be it as insurance or a trade chip that could add depth elsewhere.
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