While it’s never a good thing to see a guy playing as well as Tucker Davidson hit the IL, Braves fans will get a look at SportsTalkATL’s fourth-ranked prospect — LHP Kyle Muller.
The #Braves today recalled LHP Kyle Muller to Atlanta and placed LHP Tucker Davidson on the 10-day IL with left forearm inflammation.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 16, 2021
Thankfully, Davidson’s injury appears to be a minor one, resulting in Muller earning a start with the Braves. The big 6-foot-7 lefty was a former second-round pick of the Braves back in 2016, and he was a candidate to be the “next man up” if the rotation needed a lefty. Muller has a pretty standard four-pitch mix, featuring a hard fastball, changeup, curveball, and arguably his best pitch — a slider. His fastball has touched 97 before, which is incredibly difficult to hit off of a lefty with arms as long as his.
Muller hasn’t been setting Gwinnett on fire, allowing 18 ER over 31.1 innings. However, Muller had been downright dominant at every level before Gwinnett, so hopefully, he can get off to a hot start. Over 111.2 innings in Mississippi in 2019, Muller only allowed 39 earned runs and struck out 120 batters. His walks have been an issue in Gwinnett, but he’s striking out an eye-popping 11.8% of batters. With luck, Muller will give the Braves some juice, as their bullpen has not been holding up as well as they would like going into the summer stretch.