Braves Continue to Make Bullpen Moves


The Braves have once again made more call ups as they continue to seek stability in their bullpen. On Tuesday, the Braves recalled RHP Brandon Cunniff, who was very effective out of the bullpen to begin the season. After earning the last bullpen spot on Opening Day when Craig Kimbrel was moved, Cunniff put together a 2.00 ERA in 10 appearances for the Major League club. Hopefully he can permanently keep his spot and continue his success. In a corresponding move, LHP Donnie Veal has been designated for assignment by the Braves to clear room for Cunniff, and since he has been outrighted prior in his career, he now has the option to become a Free Agent. Veal struggled in his three outings for the Braves, giving up 4 earned runs in 3.1 innings pitched. This leaves Luis Avilan as the only lefty in the Braves bullpen, as Ian Thomas was sent down last week.  The Braves followed up on Wednesday by calling up my most recent Prospect of the Week, RHP Williams Perez. Perez has been absolutely dynamic as a starter for AAA Gwinnett, as he owns a 1.33 ERA across 5 starts. The Braves responded by sending down RHP Michael Kohn, who despite not giving up a run in 4.2 innings, showed he was still having the control issues that have marred his career with his 6 BBs. It appears that the only weak link remaining in the Braves bullpen is Trevor Cahill, and it’s yet to be seen how his situation will play out, as Mike Foltynewicz continues to take his starts. Hopefully Manager Fredi Gonzalez can determine which group of guys he is comfortable with sooner than later, as the bullpen’s 4.33 ERA ranks 24th in baseball.



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