Braves top prospect earns All-Star honors

Braves top prospect Kyle Muller

One of the Braves top prospects has been named to the 2022 International League All-Star Team. League managers vote on the honors, and Stripers pitcher Kyle Muller was selected as the top left-handed starter.

The 25-year-old joins Julio Teheran as the only starter from Gwinnett to earn All-Star honors and joins 11 other former Stripers, including Freddie Freeman, Adam Duvall, and Ozzie Albies.

Muller was near the top of the IL in a slew of pitching categories, including leading in strikeouts (159) and third in ERA (3.41) over 23 starts and 134.2 innings. He also posted a 1.18 WHIP, which was fifth in the IL. Despite the impressive individual stats, Muller only mustered a 6-8 record.

Muller earned IL Pitcher of the Month honors in June during the MiLB season, in which he posted a 1.87 ERA, 43 strikeouts, and 0.77 WHIP over 33.2 innings. The towering lefty has shown he’s got the stuff to make it at the Major League level, but like with most pitching prospects, the control just hasn’t been consistent.

During the 2022 season, Muller made three appearances with the Braves with an unsightly 8.03 ERA over 12.1 innings pitched. However, if you look at the individual games, the picture is much brighter. In the latter two appearances against the Marlins and Nationals, Muller pitched 9.2 innings, striking out nine batters, allowing just four runs and two walked batters. He allowed seven runs in 2.2 innings and issued six walks in his first start. There’s hype around the 6’7” southpaw, and he’ll certainly have a shot to claim the fifth spot in the starting rotation next season.

Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

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