Bryse Wilson did everything Atlanta asked of him on Monday night, and the offense did just enough in the first inning to get him his first big league win. He joins Kolby Allard, Mike Soroka, and Touki Toussaint as debut winners in the Atlanta rotation in 2018. Bryse posted a strong 5 innings in which his fastball and changeup both looked sharp. He outdueled trade deadline prize Chris Archer, only giving up 3 hits and striking out 5. Wilson did walk 5 men, which is not terrible for a guy looking to avoid mistakes in his first big league outing. Atlanta is continuing the trend of calling these guys up one at a time and giving them a taste of the big leagues before September. Outside of Toussaint, Wilson looked the best of the guys called up so far with Soroka on the DL.
But who’s going to toe the rubber for the Braves next? Let’s look at the candidates:
Kyle Wright (AAA): 2-1, 2.81 ERA, 25 K in 25.2 Innings
Patrick Weigel (GCL): 5 IP, 0 ER, 7 K
Wes Parsons (AAA): 6-2, 3.20 ERA, 61 K in 72 Innings
Patrick Weigel was on the cusp of reaching the majors last season before a torn UCL sidelined him. We have to think the Braves are going to be cautious with him, so I am gonna rule him out for starting in 2018 for Atlanta. Wes Parsons has technically already debuted in the bullpen, but he’s yet to make a start. I think he’s an excellent candidate for a spot start but he also seems to be destined for the bullpen with the crop of talent around him. That leaves us with Kyle Wright. Even though he’s only made a handful of starts, SportsTalkATL’s #2 prospect looks like he has nothing left to prove in the minors. You know Anthopoulos wants to get a look at this kid before the year is over. He has the most upside of anyone in the organization and has the makeup and pitchability of a true #1 starter. I expect to see Kyle Wright make an appearance this season, and with September looming, Toussaint and Wilson will probably be joining him.