Updated: Pitcher Resop called up to Atlanta

The Braves recalled right-hander Chris Resop from Triple-A Gwinnett, facing a Tuesday deadline to either put him on the major league roster, trade him or allow other teams a 72-hour window to sign him.

Resop said he received a phone call at noon informing him that he would be in uniform with the Braves for their series opener against the Rays Tuesday night. To make room for Resop, the Braves optioned right-hander Jesse Chavez to Gwinnett. Chavez was 0-1 with a 7.33 ERA in 18 appearances this season.

“I didn’t know what was going to happen,” Resop said. “I heard rumors I was going to be in Texas. I was going to be in Milwaukee, Arizona. I heard all kinds of different stuff. It’s hard not to think about it … but I figured I would sit down and wait for the phone call.”

Resop, 27, is a reclamation project of sorts. He is a former power-throwing reliever who reached the majors with the Marlins, Angels and Braves but to minimal success. After spending a year in Japan and adding a two-seam fastball, he has transformed himself into a successful starter.

Resop went 5-2 with a 1.84 ERA in 13 starts for Gwinnett. He was leading the International in ERA, was tied for the lead in WHIP (1.00) and third in strikeouts with 87. He will work out of the bullpen for the Braves.

“The past four weeks I’ve been thinking about [what would happen],” Resop said. “I was pretty fortunate. I had a pretty good year going for me. I was able to kind of put the ball in my court a little bit. At least I knew I was probably going to have a job somewhere. That was a good thing to know. It was good nervousness. It was going to be something for the better.”

Resop’s agent B.B. Abbott said the Braves did field some trade offers for Resop but ultimately decided teams weren’t offering enough.

“I know they got offers,” Abbott said. “But they thought he could help the club at least initially. Once (Jair) Jurrjens and (Takashi) Saito come back, they’ll have a decision to make.”

Resop is out of options, and if the Braves try to send him back to the minors when either of those pitchers returns from the disabled list, he’d have to clear waivers first and would likely end up with another team.

In the mean time though, “this could potentially increase his trade value,” Abbott said. “Maybe they want to showcase him.”

60 comments Add your comment

droopydawg

June 15th, 2010
10:48 am

First…that was fun

droopydawg

June 15th, 2010
10:48 am

As well as Resop is playing in Gwinnett, it would have been stupid to allow him to go on waivers, particularly with Chavez giving us nothing.

robz747

June 15th, 2010
10:49 am

FIRST – yesss send chavez down

Brave4life-1995 all over again

June 15th, 2010
10:50 am

Nice to see, i hope they replace him with chavez. Then when Saito comes back he can replace Martinez. Than JJ can replace Kimbrel on the roster spot. We will have the best pitching staff top to bottom in the majors.

Ron H

June 15th, 2010
10:51 am

Showcase him…

UNCBrave

June 15th, 2010
10:53 am

Chavez NOT Kimbrel better be sent down or I’ll FLIP..

FJR

June 15th, 2010
10:59 am

It’s going to be Kimbrel, then Chavez will go down when Saito comes back.

Brian from SC

June 15th, 2010
11:00 am

It will be Kimbrel. He needs the work in AAA.

Bubba

June 15th, 2010
11:01 am

I think depending on his performance that we should keep himas long as possible. Kimbrel should be at AAA working on being a closer. Chavez needs to go down and work on a viable offspeed pitch.

jim

June 15th, 2010
11:03 am

Kimbrel will most likely be the one to go down first. He is getting no work in Atl and needs to get the experience. As far as the Braves pen is concerned, neither one is getting any significant innings, so it does not matter which one stays for now.

Shane

June 15th, 2010
11:06 am

Exactly. It better be Kimbrell. He is getting ZERO work at this level. He needs to be pitching not sitting out in the bullpen doing nothing.

Brent

June 15th, 2010
11:06 am

Is it bad that I forgot Kimbrel was even on the roster?

JJ

June 15th, 2010
11:12 am

yeah, kimbrel AND Chaves need to go down, and only Kimbrel gets called back up in September. in fact, release chaves, keep Martinez. Trade Kawakami, make Medlen a starter, maybe bring up Minor or Dunn for now.

jim

June 15th, 2010
11:19 am

I hope JJ does NOT come back until he goes at least 6 innings in a rehab start. We are doing OK without him, and we don’t need him back until he is ready to go at full strength. This is effectively his spring training.

DOB
Will Saito be ready to return as soon as the 15 days are up? Will he need a day or 2 at AAA to rehab?

JT

June 15th, 2010
11:20 am

What are the chances that Resop goes in to the rotation until JJ is healthy and Medlen goes back to the pen?

clay

June 15th, 2010
11:21 am

Brave4life- how can you say send martinez down when all he has done is come in and strike out batters allowing no baserunners.

GTSteve

June 15th, 2010
11:22 am

Yeah , in any order really, Kimbrel, Chavez and Martinez back to Gwinett, replaced by Resop, JJ, and Saito….Kimbrel definitely needs to be pitching instead of hanging out in the bull pen…

GTSteve

June 15th, 2010
11:22 am

Did anybody see how JJ looked on the radar gun last night???

clay

June 15th, 2010
11:22 am

NOOOOOO dont not move medlen from the starting rotation. You dont fix something that aint broke. Resop will go to the bullpen. Unless he is starting tonight for KK, which i highly doubt.

phoenixfalcon

June 15th, 2010
11:25 am

BB

June 15th, 2010
11:30 am

Several pitchers have spent several years in the minors before learning how to pitch. If you know his story, Resop was a position player converted to Pitcher in his early 20s. He had never pitched from the mound. Going to Japan was the best thing that could have happened to him. Mid to high 90s 4-Seam fastball and also has an effective Split finger, 2-Seam FB, and Slider. I am excited to see what he is going to do. I would move him into the 5th starter role and move Kawikami to the bullpen temporarily. That way they can showcase Resop.

Good Luck Chris !!!!

jim

June 15th, 2010
11:31 am

JJ’s radar reading will be more meaningful in his 2nd or 3rd start at AAA. This is almost like spring training all over again.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

June 15th, 2010
11:33 am

send down Chavez!!!! Welcome Resop.

Leeeeeeeeee

June 15th, 2010
11:35 am

GT Steve, I believe they said his fastball was in the 90’s

bfred

June 15th, 2010
11:37 am

Man, I would hate to see Medlen stuck back in the pen. He has done everything asked of him (mop up/long relief, emergency starter, and – toughest assignment – replaced the injured phenom Jurrjens) and shown a lot more toughness than I expected. 4-1, 3.23 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 4.4 SO/BB and batting .284. This kid has b@lls. Let him start.

Bryan

June 15th, 2010
11:40 am

I thought I already posted but here is goes again.

Resop came up as a position player with a good arm. He did not take the mound until in his 20s. He would not be the first guy that took a few years to figure out how to pitch. Maybe the time in Japan was the best thing that could have happened to him. Mid to High 90s 4-Seam FB, good 2-Seam FB, Splitfinger, Slider and Change. I think they should move KK to the bullpen temporarily and use the 5th starter slot to showcase Resop. At least they will find out what he is made of. He has too good of an arm to not find out. He cant have any worse look than KK. Plus, JJ looked fair at best last night against Durham.

Bryan

June 15th, 2010
11:40 am

In addition – Good Luck Chris !!!!

chief pitchanono

June 15th, 2010
11:40 am

We need Kimbrel next year, gotta send him down and get him some work. Best situation would be to let him get his couple of issues worked out in the minors and then bring him up in September to work with Wagner for the last month. It should be interesting to see what they do with Resop, hopefully he continues his good work, if he does his trade value will rise allot in the next few weeks. Theres allot of close races going on in baseball this year, so allot of trades will probably be held off untill the last week and then it will go completely crazy. One thing for sure though if you’ve got good pitching to spare, (and we do),you will allways have the upper hand.

jim

June 15th, 2010
11:57 am

Putting Medlen back in the pen is not necessarily the worst option. He needs to develop a third pitch to be a long-term starter, and having a pen with Wagner, Venters, Saito, Medlen, EOF, and Moylan would give us the best and deepest pen in the league. It would give Cox a lot of flexbility to mix and match and not overwork any of the relievers. Adding Dunn and Kimbrel in Sept. only adds to the stregth of the pen. The bullpen is the biggest advantage we have over the oter teams in the division.

gcs

June 15th, 2010
12:18 pm

Please please please send Jesse Chavez to Gwinnett (or better yet, Rome) and not Kimbrel.

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meh

June 15th, 2010
12:23 pm

bring him up, show him off a little, and trade him for a 3B prospect.

Rabbit Maranville's chaw

June 15th, 2010
12:44 pm

Congratulations to Chris Resop for making it back to the majors. He had a great spring in 2008 and beat out Tyler Yates for the last ‘pen spot. Saw him hit 100 a couple of times in ST. Resop, unfortunately, did not yet have command of his talented arm.

Glad the Braves gave him another shot in 2010 after his Japan stint. Best of luck to him with the Braves or with another organization, as he has made himself valuable.

Chris Resop is the answer to the question, “Who was the last Braves pitcher to play another position in the field during a game?” Resop did it against the Pirates in April 2008 by shifting to LF for a batter so that Royce Ring could K Adam LaRoche, then Resop returned for the final out to the mound.

floydwiley

June 15th, 2010
1:29 pm

I know this sounds like a drum everybody’s been beating for some time, and believe me, I’ve read and re-read the myriad articles and blog posts about how Kawakami isn’t as bad as his eight losses say he is, but in reality, he’s probably not going to continue having starts like his last one. Basically the same can be said of Derek Lowe. Their ERA’s are too high, they will continue allowing 4+ runs through 4-7 innings regularly, making it difficult to play tight ballgames like in Minnesota. Are they capable of keeping it under 4? Obviously, just not with any consistency. Kawakami may be a solid number five man, he just VERY PROBABLY isn’t the best number five man for our rotation

The way I see it, Hudson, Hanson and Medlen are functioning 1-3 guy (approx. that order) which leaves us with two holes to be filled by any of Lowe, Kawakami, Resop, Jurrjens or even Venters given no concern to immediate timeline. (Obviously Jurrjens isn’t ready to start yet and will probably require at least one more rehab start.) Given the choice between–as it was aptly put on Chop Talk, the “glut,” of potential starting pitching, who do you fill those last two holes, assuming you see them as such?

Chris

June 15th, 2010
1:30 pm

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE put him in Kawakami’s spot in the rotation! It’s hard for me to understand why any manager would keep starting a pitcher who is 0-5, 0-6, 0-7, 0-8….unbelieveable.

Braves in 2010

June 15th, 2010
1:33 pm

Kimbrel needs to be send down and Chavez needs to be released. The guy simply cant pitch (Chavez that is). Remember too that Resop is transformed into a starter. If hes that good then we need to get rid of KK and Lowe.

Hudson, Hanson, JJ, Medlen and Resop. Lowe is sucking money and KK, well he needs to go back to Japan.

Braves fan

June 15th, 2010
1:34 pm

Bring Resop up, showcase him as a starter then trade a starter for a prospect? You have got to be joking. If the kid can pitch and hes a starter, he better bring more to the table then a prospect let me tell you!

Yogi 2

June 15th, 2010
1:38 pm

Time for Chavez to go we will need to make room for JJ,Saito, Dunn and Resop.

Yogi 2

June 15th, 2010
1:41 pm

TRade some of these extra pitchers for an outfielder with some power. then release Shafer and McLouse or just throw them in the deal

JJ

June 15th, 2010
1:41 pm

meh, make conrad our new 3B, or Glaus (though i highly doubt he will be resigned)

Starting Rotation:
Lowe
Hanson
Hudson
JJ
Medlen

Pen:

Wags
Saito
Moylan
Oflaherty
venters
Resop
Proctor(until he returns, Kimbrel)

Roy Hobbs

June 15th, 2010
1:54 pm

Hopefully Kimbrel goes down and gets some work. I am wondering how Resop will do out of the bullpen. Saito replaces Gonzalez and JJ replaces Chavez.

Our pitching looks great top to bottom at that point, if everyone can stay healthy.

floydwiley

June 15th, 2010
1:56 pm

@JJ

I’m assuming you don’t consider Lowe a number 1 man? He got the opening day start for some reason, but I mean he’s not even alphabetically top-of-the list. He’s a solid number three or four guy. I see KK isn’t even in the pen on your list. Unless we hear something before the end of the day I’m assuming he’ll be finishing the season on the 25-man no matter how you slice it.

Would KK be able to find a home in the pen?

Joey M

June 15th, 2010
2:11 pm

I for one would like to see KK start moved back a game and have Resop start in his place. Let’s see what we have.

TROTTINGHOME

June 15th, 2010
2:27 pm

We will be getting a soper star outfileder before the trade deadline and we will trade one of 3 starters for an outfielder..REsop, KK or…I wonder who the third one could be?

TROTTINGHOME

June 15th, 2010
2:27 pm

damn…my spelling sucks

never seen a baseball game

June 15th, 2010
2:29 pm

the one guy i wouldent mind seeing the braves go after is denard span of the twins great defence fair hiiter and prob only cost a mid level prospect or two plus he can fly on the basepaths

charles harris

June 15th, 2010
2:35 pm

Please send Chavez down in the interest of fairness and the good of the club-he has tools but has yet to refine them! Also,here’s one more shout out to Kris Medlin for the great job he’s doing!

Glaus for mvp

June 15th, 2010
2:42 pm

no way do we push kk back a start cuz then we chance losng tonight then definitely lose tomorrow night with kk throwing…and tomorrow and thursday they have above 4 era dudes throwin so with hanson and hudson we got a good chance

braves fan

June 15th, 2010
3:00 pm

JIM HAVE YOU NOT SEEN MEDLEN’S CHANGE UP THAT BREAKS DOWN & IN ON
RT BATTERS-3RD PITCH? STAYS IN THE ROTATION

Ebenezer Snerdberg

June 15th, 2010
6:29 pm

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS!

They dumped Chavez. Proving there is life after Bull-headed for Cox. BTW, I wonder who leaned on his butt!?

Ebenezer Snerdberg

June 15th, 2010
6:42 pm

OMG, the line-up. Glaus @ cleanup where he should be and Chub in the 5 hole where he should be. Okay, who’s managing tonite. Cox is a) sick b) kidnapped c) gone to Nawlins to help with the spill d) all of the above!

duh

June 15th, 2010
6:47 pm

hey guy how are they gonna pay for a superstar OFer? :lol:

pascualperezfan

June 15th, 2010
10:27 pm

when is resop going to cooperstown,,is it 4 or 5 years after he retires ?

drlull

June 16th, 2010
2:16 am

This whole business with Kawakami is downright silly, much like the fable of the ‘emperor with no clothes’. A 7 YO kid can see that KK is overmatched with major league hitters 80% of the time. On the rare occasion when he can ‘right the ship’ and pitch as a major leaguer should the game is usually out of hand since he is a fly ball pitcher and his fly balls fly out of the park.

KK is getting 7.3 MILLION (yes, million) dollars a year for 3 years…guaranteed.

He pitches like your typical AAA pitcher who has been promoted to the Bigs and finds himself overmatched. We’ve all seen this movie before with the Braves, but not with a $22 MILLION dollar player.

I hope the scout who talked Wren/Schuerholtz into signing KK is banished to the lowest minors, never to return.

Resop stepped right in and pitched in the KK style. Sheesh!!!

JJ

June 16th, 2010
4:25 am

floyd, to me lowe is a number 2 or 3, he’ss just the first pitcher i though of. Hudson is our #1.

Resop sucks.

I have KK gone because I would trade him for a Carl Crawford or a Evan Longoria.

How about Melky, Brett Clevlen, KK, and Resop for Craword or Longoria or throw in Diory and get both?

JJ

June 16th, 2010
4:26 am

chaves isn’t far enough away. go to Rome. oh. go back to venezuela!

Chris

June 16th, 2010
9:51 am

JJ

Good idea, then we could trade Gregor Blanco for ARod and maybe JoJo Reyes for Strassburg.

JJ

June 16th, 2010
11:00 am

Good idea, then we could trade Gregor Blanco for ARod and maybe JoJo Reyes for Strassburg.

Never gonna happen. give ‘em hanson, jurrjens and freeman and then it might.

Raffy

June 16th, 2010
1:15 pm

How bout we trade brooks conrad and rafeal belliard for bryce harper and strasburg

JJ

June 16th, 2010
7:53 pm

see ya resop. trade him away, for a bat!

BravesFan248

July 16th, 2010
2:35 pm

RESOP IS AWFUL AND AGING! Trade Resop for a solid backup shortstop, recall the 2-0 Kimbrel and somehow get Chavez back to the majors, let Martinez mentor Luis Valdez or something until a roster spot opens. KIMBREL IS THE ANSWER AND THE 2011 CLOSER!!!!

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