As I wrote earlier today, there’s no reason the Braves should continue to keep Sean Newcomb on their 28-man roster. After his performance last night, if he makes it past today without being DFA’d, I’ll be shocked. I also wouldn’t be surprised if the Braves opted to send Ynoa back to Gwinnett as well, so there will potentially be two open roster spots in the coming days, and the Braves have several talented arms that could fill them.
As of now, Muller is the most likely of the bunch. He’s left-handed, has yet to receive an opportunity in the majors this season, and has been lights out for the Stripers through three starts. In 15.2 innings, Muller’s posted a 2.87 ERA with 20 strikeouts, but the key with him has always been control. Coming into this season, he was averaging around five walks per nine innings. So far in 2022, Muller has only walked three batters. If he can do that in the majors, he will have a ton of success. I expect to see him with the Braves very soon.
Another guy that has had some early success with Gwinnett this season is Touki Toussaint. Through two starts (8.2 innings), he’s allowed just two runs and struck out a ridiculous 16 batters. Like Newcomb, Toussaint is running out of opportunities with the Braves. If he can’t succeed at the major-league level, he will be packing his bags as well, but the Braves are going to give him at least one more shot, and that opportunity could be coming very soon.
Davidson followed up his shoddy first appearance in Atlanta with another lackluster debut for the Stripers, allowing three earned runs off five hits in 4.1 innings. For that reason, he’s probably last in line of the three for another major-league trip, but I’m still very high on what Davidson could be for the Braves this season. Of the three players listed, he’s been by far the most consistent, and I was very impressed with the increased velocity he showed in Atlanta. Eventually, I expect Davidson to be a permanent member of the major-league squad in 2022.
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