The Braves 2020 draft class, even though it was only five rounds, has not disappointed in their first professional season. Bryce Elder rocketed through the system, quickly making it to AAA. And earlier this week, it was announced that powerful pitching prospect Spender Strider would join him. The fourth-round pick out of Clemson has dominated all levels so far this season with his high-90s fastball, and he flashed triple digits in his first appearance with the Stripers.
Here is Spencer Strider casually hitting 100 MPH in his @GoStripers debut.
1IP 1H 0R 0BB 3K pic.twitter.com/aIdbBRK6cN
— Gaurav (@gvedak) September 29, 2021
Yes, you also read that line right. In his AAA debut, Strider struck out the side.
After obliterating batters at the A-A+ levels, Strider ran into some trouble with AA Mississippi, which is to be expected. He posted a so-so 4.71 ERA over 14 starts; however, he was still striking out batters at an incredible rate — 94 in 63.1 innings — and opponents were hitting just .211 against him. Because of that, the Braves didn’t hesitate to move him up to AAA, and even if it’s one outing, he certainly doesn’t look out of place. I wouldn’t be surprised if he and Bryce Elder made their major league debuts as early as next season.
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