Markakis hit .284 with nine homers, 55 RBIs and a .358 on-base percentage through 104 games. The Braves called up Adam Duvall, who recently set the Gwinnett home run record, to help in the outfield.
Nick Markakis was born Nov. 17, 1983 in Glen Cove, N.Y. Markakis graduated from Woodstock High in metro Atlanta and attended Young Harris College in northeast Georgia. In Markakis' first season at Young Harris, he was Baseball America’s 2002 National Junior College Player of the Year. Markakis was drafted in the first round of the 2003 draft by the Orioles. He was the seventh player drafted. He was drafted three times. The time he was a 6-1, 160-pound high school pitcher in 2001, by the Reds in the 35th
Still, it’s difficult to replace Markakis, according to team leader Freddie Freeman, who added: “He’s hit fifth for us all year, played Gold Glove defense, veteran guy. It’s tough to replace that. I don’t know if you can replace Nick. But someone’s going to have to come in and do the best job they can do. No one has to be Nick Markakis, we just need that person to be that person and help us win ballgames.”
It’s unclear if the latest circumstances will alter the team’s approach at the trade deadline. The Braves have focused on pitching, namely relievers, before losing two of their more relied-upon position players.
For now, Snitker anticipates using a combination of players in the outfield. Ronald Acuna and Ender Inciarte likely will spend the bulk of their time in right and center, respectively, while Duvall and Austin Riley handle left.