The 6’7″, 250-pound Kyle Muller was in the discussion for one of the final spots on the Opening Day roster, but ultimately lost out to the likes of Tucker Davidson and Spencer Strider. Muller’s consolation prize was the opportunity to start Opening Day for the Stripers, and he showed the Braves he’s ready as well if they eventually need an extra arm.
Tossing only 77 pitches, Muller completed 4 2/3 innings, allowing just four hits, one walk, and one run with seven strikeouts. The line itself is fantastic, but I’m most impressed with the control he showed during the outing. Muller is a young arm that is notorious for walking batters, averaging nearly five walks per nine innings over his minor-league career. The makings are there for him to be a really good piece for the Braves, but there’s no way he’s going to make it over a long period of time in the majors giving up that many free passes.
For most of the season, I expect the fifth spot in Atlanta’s rotation to be a revolving door. They have so many talented options, but no clear-cut answer. Until someone take’s the job by throat, expect several guys to receive an opportunity, and Muller should be the first in line.
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