Braves pitcher Chris Resop has never appeared in more than 25 games in the majors, never given a shot to show off his true ability. Resop posted a 3.38 ERA in 22 appearances, but for the most part, his success has been in the minors.
The Braves made Resop a starter in the minors despite only making six starts in his professional career.
But look at what the 27-year-old has done this year as a starter: He’s 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA in 48 2/3 innings at Triple-A Gwinnett County in the Braves organization, including another quality start on Thursday.
The Braves could potentially bring up Resop to use him as a starter, or they could look to spin him in a deal to a team looking for rotation help. In fact, Resop has a clause in his contract that gives him a way out if he is not in the majors by a certain date.
If the right-hander isn’t on Atlanta’s 25-man roster by June 15, Resop can ask the Braves to inform the other 29 teams that he is available. Interested clubs will then have 72 hours to respond, if they are willing to bring him to the majors immediately.
It is like going through waivers, but as Jon Paul Morosi puts it, going through waivers unofficially.