Braves rookies didn’t have the massive impact on the 2023 team as they did a year ago, but several prospects did make their MLB debuts, one of them being Allan Winans. Winans made five starts for the Braves this season, including one yesterday, going five innings and allowing just two runs on seven hits against the Nationals. He’s not going to blow anyone away with his stuff, but he’s had a breakout campaign in 2023, which started in Gwinnett with the Stripers.
Winans posted a 2.85 ERA in AAA over 126.1 innings, which was the lowest ERA of any pitcher in the league, joining Bryse Wilson and Kyle Wright as other Stripers to win ERA titles in the International League.
With the International League regular-season ending yesterday, Allan Winans (@a_winans7) officially claims the ERA title at 2.85. He joins Bryse Wilson (3.42 ERA in 2019) and Kyle Wright (3.02 ERA in 2021) as @GoStripers to win ERA titles. pic.twitter.com/rm2vsiEVEn
— Dave Lezotte (@DaveLezotte) September 25, 2023
Winans was originally selected by the New York Mets in the 17th round of the 2018 MLB Draft after his time at Campbell University. In 2021, however, he was selected by the Braves in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 Draft after the Mets didn’t protect him.
Coincidently, Winans would go on to make his second big-league start against the Mets, pitching seven scoreless innings with nine strikeouts in a 21-3 Braves victory. It was the first win of his maj0r-league career.
MLB.com currently has Winans as the 30th-ranked prospect in the Braves farm system. Given his ceiling is probably a back-end of the rotation starter, it’s understandable why he isn’t hyped up like most other guys, but he proved this season that he can be a piece of a major-league pitching staff. It wouldn’t be totally shocking if he was apart of the Braves NLDS roster, especially after the injury to Charlie Morton.
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