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Atlanta Braves trade top prospect Drew Waters and two others in exchange for Kansas City Royals draft pick

The Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals announced Monday that the Braves traded their top prospect, outfielder Drew Waters, and two other players to the Royals in exchange for the No. 35 overall pick in the 2022 MLB Draft.  The Royals also received infielder C.J. Alexander and right-handed pitcher Andrew Hoffman in the swap. The Braves now have the No. 20 and No. 35 overall picks in the draft, which will be held Sunday.

The 23-year-old Waters joined the Braves in the second round of the 2017 MLB Draft. The outfielder has a .280 batting average, with 37 home runs and 170 RBIs in 453 games over five seasons at the minor league level. He hit .253 with six homers and 18 RBIs through 52 games so far this season at the Triple-A and Advanced-A level.

The 25-year-old Alexander joined the Braves in the 20th round of the 2018 MLB Draft. He hit .238 with 29 home runs and 109 RBIs in 250 minor league games over four seasons. Alexander hit .258 with 15 homers and 43 RBIs through 68 games this season at the Double-A level.

Hoffman, 22, was a 12th round pick in the 2021 MLB Draft. posting a 2.36 ERA and 7-2 record in 15 starts this season for the Advanced-A Rome Braves. Hoffman was the Braves’ No. 23 prospect.

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