Kyle Wright is one of the few young studs that has yet to get his opportunity on the mound for the Braves. It makes sense being that this is his first season in professional baseball, but when the Braves selected Wright in the first-round out of Vanderbilt they knew they were getting a player that was close to MLB-ready. That’s why he has already landed at #2 on SportsTalkATL’s Top Prospects List. An appearance with the Braves might be coming soon, but it will likely be in a different capacity than he is used to.
Wright was just getting his feet wet in Gwinnett, putting up a couple of quality appearances over four starts before the Stripers moved him to the bullpen on August 25th. As terrific as the likes of Touki Touissant and Bryse Wilson looked in their MLB debuts, it is actually Kyle Wright oozing with ace potential. He is going to be a starter in the future, but the Braves do not need a starter right now.
Atlanta has scrambled all season long trying to patch together a bullpen. Anthopolous has done a fantastic job bringing back Jonny Venters for nothing. Venters finally allowed his first earned run in his twelfth appearance since his return. Anthopolous was also able to add Brad Brach from the Orioles in a similar deal. Both have been able to become reliable late-inning options. Nonetheless, the bullpen is far from perfect and remains the one area that could use some tweaking heading into the postseason.
That is where the young guns are going to come in. Wright is going to get his shot coming out of the pen, and so will the likes of Bryse Wilson and Touki Touissant. It is not out of the question that one of the latter gets another start or two in September. They have certainly earned it and could even have an outside shot of starting a playoff game based off their performance. Wright, on the other hand, looks like he will strictly be used out of the pen when he receives the call. That call could be coming sooner rather than later as the rosters expand on September 1st.
In Wright’s first two bullpen appearances with the Stripers, he allowed no runs and two hits in two innings. He currently has a 2-1 record with a 2.60 ERA in Gwinett.