by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
The Atlanta Braves are rich in prospects, especially pitching prospects. As part of their rebuilding effort they’ve targeted high level pitchers, and they’ve done well to stock the system with potential MLB contributors. That’s why it’s easy for someone to get lost in the shuffle and that appears to be the case for 2016 fourth round draft pick Bryse Wilson, though don’t expect that to last much longer.
On Tuesday the 19-year old righty tossed 7.0 shutout innings, allowing 4 H and 1 BB while striking out 11. It’s an attention grabbing stat line, but one that just highlights was he’s done all year at Single-A:
112.1 IP, 2.48 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 114 K, 26 BB, 1.47 GO/AO
Granted it’s the lower levels of the minors, but that’s the full skill set we look for on full display. There have been questions about his ability to stick as a starter, mostly because he’s generally worked as a two-pitch pitcher (though that’s not uncommon for a pitcher drafted out of high school). MLB.com has described his repertoire but saying:
“A football player in high school, Wilson brings a bulldog mentality to the mound. He goes right after hitters with what eventually could be a solid three-pitch mix, though it’s inconsistent at present. His fastball sits in the 92-94 mph range, but he can reach back for a few more ticks of velocity at times. His slider is slurvy, but he had made some adjustments to his long arm action to tighten it up under pro tutelage. Wilson didn’t throw his changeup much in high school, but there are the makings of a usable offspeed pitch in there. He does do a good job of throwing strikes with all three pitches.”
However it appears that he has made progress with the change up, which would obviously be key to his future projection. After his start on Tuesday Wilson was quoted by Bob Sutton of MILB.com as saying:
“I’ve been able to develop a changeup,” he said. “It has been one of my better pitches. It has definitely helped a lot. My slider is still there.”
Having that third pitch in his arsenal would go a long way in allowing him to stick as a starter moving forward. He’s certainly looking like he has the talent, and with the numbers he’s been posting you know people will start to take notice.
It’s not to say that he’s now a lock to be a starter moving forward, but you have to like that potential. If you play in a deeper dynasty league now would be the time to take a chance and stash him, because soon the price tag is going to start to rise.
Sources – MLB.com, MILB.com
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