5 Atlanta Braves prospects who made big impressions in Spring Training
1. Bryse Wilson
The last performance we will touch on is that of starting pitcher Bryse Wilson. Wilson struggled a bit last year when called up to Atlanta. In 7 innings pitched, Wilson had a 6.43 ERA allowing 5 earned runs and 6 walks.
However, those numbers are a bit deceiving… and almost irrelevant.
In his major league debut, Wilson threw 5 innings of shutout ball against the Pirates in a very impressive start. The runs he allowed came in two relief appearances against the Cardinals and the World Champion Red Sox.
This Spring has been a different story and he has easily talked his way into deserving a spot on the Braves pitching staff. I don’t see Bryse taking a spot in the rotation simply because of how well Max Fried and Touki Toussaint have pitched. However, he is the perfect choice for the bullpen and would fill a nice long relief role.
So, what have his numbers been this Spring? In 13 2/3 innings, Bryse Wilson has a 3.29 ERA while only allowing 5 earned runs and striking out 13 batters. Opponents have only hit .231 against him in 5 games pitched.
One of his best Spring games saw the Atlanta Braves prospect toss 70 pitches in 4 innings and 49 of those pitches were for strikes. That is something the Braves bullpen drastically needs, a strike thrower. As for walks, he has only allowed 2 walks in all 5 games.
Wilson features a mid 90s fast ball, changeup, and slider. When he has control of his fastball, his breaking pitches are effective. His ability to pitch to weak contact or generate swings and misses are both reasons why he should be considered for the bullpen.