Minor League Barometer: The Last Days of Summer
Minor League Barometer: The Last Days of Summer

This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.

Technically, a 30-year-old should be long past the point of being called a prospect. However, in the case of Cuban defector Hector Olivera, an exception is made because he has only been playing in the United States for a short amount of time. He signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this season, then was jettisoned to the Atlanta Braves at the trade deadline as the Dodgers bulked up for another postseason run. The Braves had been extremely interested in Olivera during the signing process, and reportedly came in second in the bidding. In the end the Braves got their man anyway, and he's now primed to make his MLB debut at third base as early as this week after rehabbing from a hamstring injury. Though he is not the prototypical phenom due to his age, Olivera has the size, athleticism, bat speed and advanced approach at the dish to impact the Braves upon arrival.

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Jesse Siegel
Siegel covers college football, college basketball and minor league baseball for RotoWire. He was named College Sports Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
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