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Jordan Schafer Making Most of Second Chance with Atlanta Braves

June 25th, 2013 at 9:27 AM
By Cody Fields

Jordan Schafer has truly rejuvenated his career in his second stint with the Atlanta Braves, and he's actually proven to be a vital part of this year's team.

After Schafer was a highly touted prospect going into 2009 and homering in his first Major League at-bat, things went downhill. He had already been suspended for steroids in 2008, then after his homer in 2009, he was swinging for the fences before being sent back down after hitting .204 with 63 strikeouts in 50 games.

Schafer, who struggled with myriad injuries, didn't taste the Major Leagues again until 2011, when he was called up but then traded to the Houston Astros in the Michael Bourn trade. That's where he hit rock bottom for his career in the form of an Oct. 2011 felony marijuana arrest.

Then a shoulder injury limited Schafer to 106 games in 2012, leading the Astros to place him on waivers, leading the Braves to take a low-risk chance on him again.

Entering this season, Schafer's career-high batting average was .242. This year, he's been absolutely vital to a Braves outfield that has been nothing short of streaky. In 57 games this season, Schafer has posted a .313 batting average and .406 on-base percentage, both are higher than B.J. Upton, Justin Upton and Jason Heyward.

Speed has been Schafer's greatest asset. He's used it to provide some great defense at every outfield spot, and he currently leads the Braves with eight stolen bases.

Not bad for a guy who was let go by one of baseball's worst teams.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, B.J. Upton, Baseball, Houston Astros, Jason Heyward, Jordan Schafer, Justin Upton, MLB

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