The Braves and Rangers have swung a trade that will send righty Luke Jackson to Atlanta for righty Tyrell Jenkins and lefty Brady Feigl, a source confirms to SB Nation. FanRag Sports’ Tommy Stokke and Keith Law of ESPN were on it first.
Jackson, 25, was Texas’ 1st-round pick (45th overall) back in 2010 but has struggled to an 8.50 ERA in 18 major-league innings over two seasons. He is ranked by MLB.com as Texas’ 15th-best prospect, and is cited as having a big arm and deceptive delivery. Jackson projects as a reliever at the major-league level, and could crack the big-league bullpen for Atlanta.
Jenkins, 24, appeared in 52 major-league innings for Atlanta last year, posting a 5.88 ERA and 4.5 K/9 in that span. The former top prospect was sent to Atlanta as part of the Shelby Miller/Jason Heyward blockbuster two years ago, and could be an eventual back-end starter in the majors.
Feigl, 25, only appeared in six minor-league innings last season, and owns a career 2.74 ERA in 72.1 innings professional innings out of the bullpen.