Braves: Expectations for Freddy Tarnok

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Today, the Braves called up yet another top prospect–this time, it is pitcher Freddy Tarnok. So what should we expect from the latest youngster to join the major-league squad?

Role

In all likelihood, Tarnok is just filling a roster spot, providing Brian Snitker with an extra arm that can be used in case of emergency. The Braves are expected to use either Max Fried or Kyle Wright in Thursday’s series finale against the Mets, so I wouldn’t expect Tarnok to actually start a game unless both Fried and Wright suffer setbacks. Tarnok is still just 23-years-old with only 26 innings above the Double-A level. However, those 26 innings have been pretty spectacular, as he’s recorded a 2.03 ERA and 0.983 WHIP

Unless injuries pile up, it’s highly unlikely Tarnok plays a role down the stretch run. However, with the way the Braves prospects have recently made an impact, who am I to say there is no chance that he sticks.

Expectations

As far as upside goes, Tarnok might have the highest ceiling of any of the Braves prospect arms. He may not have a wipeout pitch, but he builds off a plus fastball with other offerings like a curveball, slider, and changeup. 

If we do end up seeing Tarnok, expectations should be tempered. But regardless, I’m excited for what the future holds for this young man. He has the potential to do some big things at the top level within the next couple of years. 

Photo: Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire

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