Owning a fastball that was clocked as high as 96 miles per hour, Markakis was widely viewed as a pitching prospect but the Orioles preferred his potential as a hitter.Markakis spent his first year with the Aberdeen Iron Birds and then the Delmarva Shorebirds in 2004, where he hit .299, 11 homers and led the team with 64 RBI despite missing the last month of the season playing for Greece in the Olympics.Rio Ruiz has been called from Triple-A Gwinnett in a corresponding move and could see regular starts at first base for Atlanta. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for waiver claim Christian Walker.
Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports I probably write about Nick Markakis too much.
The Braves could really use Markakis's OBP at the top of the order, but that would mean running with three straight lefties or dropping Ender Inciarte out of the leadoff spot. Freeman suffered the injury Wednesday when he was struck on the left arm by an Aaron Loup fastball.
Markakis, who has been hitting fifth, currently has a .388 OBP. The star first baseman is expected to be sidelined 10-12 weeks, into early August.
Given his lack of power or speed, if his batting average dries up there isn't much left to recommend him from a fantasy perspective.
Markakis went 1-for-3 with an RBI during Sunday's loss to Miami.
Markakis instead attended Young Harris College, where he played college baseball for the Young Harris Mountain Lions baseball team.