Jared Shuster gets second chance with Braves

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The Braves had a decision to make regarding who to start tonight against the Rangers, and they decided to go with the 2020 first-round pick Jared Shuster.

Shuster began the season in the majors, along with Dylan Dodd, and seemed to experience a bit of the yips. He walked nine batters over just 8.2 innings between two starts, surrendering eight earned runs. And if we are honest, he’s lucky the line wasn’t much worse. You can’t walk that many batters and get away with it at this level, especially when you don’t have elite strikeout capabilities.

Shuster is never going to be a frontline arm in the rotation, but he can give the Braves what they need, which is an innings-eater at the back-end. Since being optioned to Gwinnett, he’s been the most reliable starter for the Stripers, posting a 3.28 ERA over five starts. His most impressive outing came a couple of weeks ago, when he tossed six innings of no-hit ball with five strikeouts.

The Rangers lineup is no cake-walk, so this will be a difficult task for the Wake Forrest product, but it will also be easy to tell if Jared Shuster can give the Braves what they need based on his performance. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and I’m sure that’s what Brian Snitker will tell him before the game. The Braves just need him to make it through 5-6 innings and keep them in things. If Shuster can do that, I’m sure he will earn another opportunity to pitch in five days.

Photographer: Charles Brock/Icon Sportswire

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