With so many prospects beginning to graduate, Bryce Elder is well on his way to becoming one of the Braves’ top pitchers on the farm. Last year’s fifth-round pick was impressive with High-A Rome to begin the season, but his consistency with AA Mississippi is beginning to turn heads. After a streak of five outings in which Elder went at least seven innings, he put together another remarkable performance last night, tossing six innings of two-run ball with seven strikeouts.
Elder, who the Braves signed well-above slot-value last year, hasn’t been unhittable in Mississippi, which can be seen by his 3.60 ERA on the season. However, his ability to go six-plus innings every time out is eye-popping, especially as a first-year player in the upper minors. If you haven’t been paying attention to Bryce Elder, it’s well past time to start. I don’t think it is outside the realm of possibility that we see him in Atlanta at least once next year.