The Braves purchased the contracts of minor league right-handers Jaye Chapman and J.J. Hoover and lefty Luis Avilan, adding the three to their 40-man roster to ensure they can’t be poached by another organization in next month’s Rule 5 draft.
Chapman, 24, went 3-3 with a 2.50 ERA and four saves in 52 games (one start) for Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett in 2011. He had a 2.98 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 54-1/3 innings for Gwinnett after an early season promotion.
Hoover was 3-6 with a 2.64 ERA in 43 games (14 starts) for Mississippi and Gwinnett, collecting 117 strikeouts with 40 walks in 105-2/3 innings. The hard-throwing 23-year-old excelled after a move to the bullpen, where he could compete for a major league job.
Opponents hit .174 against him in 12 games (two starts) in Triple-A. He has a 3.14 ERA and 425 strikeouts in 401 innings during four minor league seasons, and Baseball America rated Hoover’s slider as the best in the Braves’ pitching-rich system.
Avilan, 22, spent the entire season in Double-A and went 4-8 with a 4.57 ERA in 36 games (13 starts), including a 3.82 ERA as a starter. He had 78 strikeouts with 36 walks in 106-1/3 innings.
Avilan is currently pitching in the winter league in his native Venezuela and has a 2.92 ERA in six games (five starts).
With the additions, the Braves have 36 active players on their 40-man roster.