Angels get 3B Kubitza in prospect swap with Braves …

The Angels acquired third base prospect Kyle Kubitza and right-hander Nate Hyatt from the Braves for starting-pitching prospect Ricardo Sanchez on Wednesday.

To create room on the 40-man roster, first baseman/outfielder Marc Krauss was designated for assignment.

Kubitza batted .295/.405/.470 in Double-A this past season, with eight home runs, 55 RBIs and 21 stolen bases. Kubitza is 24, bats left-handed, is listed at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, and was originally taken in the third round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

With David Freese a free agent after the 2015 season and Kaleb Cowart struggling mightily in Double-A the last two years, the Angels were seeking a young third baseman who could take over by 2016 and believe Kubitza can be that guy.

Hyatt, 24, posted a 2.71 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP while striking out 10.4 batters per nine innings in Class A Advanced this past season.

Sanchez, 17-year-old left-hander, was signed out of Venezuela two years ago and was considered the Angels’ 10-best prospect, per MLB.com’s rankings.

— Alden Gonzalez

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