Braves: Kyle Muller is primed to contribute in September

Braves top prospect Kyle Muller

We haven’t seen much of Kyle Muller in Atlanta in 2022, but that’s likely to change when rosters expand this week. MLB Pipeline thinks Muller is a prospect that could impact the NL East race:

 

Kyle Muller, LHP, Braves (ATL No. 2)
The defending World Series champions are fighting the Mets for the NL East crown and a first-round bye. Muller, who was up briefly with the Braves for single starts in May and earlier this month, could help as a rotation depth option or as another left-hander out of the bullpen. Armed with a mid-90s fastball and a pair of bat-missing breaking pitches, he paces the Triple-A International League in strikeouts (135) and whiff rate (10.9 per nine innings) while also posting career bests in ERA (2.98) and walk rate (2.5 per nine frames).

 

Additionally, MLB just named him to the prospect team of the week:

LHP: Kyle Muller, Gwinnett Stripers (Triple-A)
Braves No. 2
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K, 0.90 WHIP

The deal to acquire first baseman Matt Olson sent a haul of top prospects to Oakland during the offseason, but Muller is proving that there is still plenty of talent in Atlanta’s system. The southpaw, who made his debut in The Show last season and appeared in nine games (eighth starts) for the Braves, was called up again this year for a pair of spot starts in which he threw to mixed results. Still, since returning to Gwinnett on Aug. 13 the 24-year-old posted a pair of quality starts, with his latest being a gem. Muller shut down Lehigh Valley over 6 2/3 scoreless frames on Thursday. He scattered four hits and a pair of walks while fanning nine. The performance lowered his ERA to 2.98 with a 1.09 WHIP and 135 strikeouts over 111 2/3 innings pitched for the Stripers this season.

Kyle Muller did make a start for the Braves in August, picking up a win and tossing five innings against the Marlins. Muller only allowed three hits, one walk, and two runs while striking out five. He can definitely contribute for the Braves as a spot starter or bullpen piece. He seems like the obvious choice, and if he pitches well enough, he could absolutely make the playoff roster and contribute in a way Kyle Wright did in 2021.

 

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