The Richard Rodríguez trade was bad for both Braves and Pirates

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On Thursday evening, the Pirates announced the club has designated Bryse Wilson for assignment.

The former Braves pitcher was drafted out of high school in the fourth round of the 2016 draft and developed into an exciting arm on the farm. Prior to the 2019 season, Wilson even made an appearance on Baseball America’s top 100 prospects, and Alex Anthopoulos parlayed his projectability, along with Ricky DeVito, into a deal that would net Richard Rodríguez from Pittsburgh, which has turned into a trade neither side will remember fondly.

This trade is a reminder that no GM bats a 1.000. Despite AA hitting on Adam Duvall, Jorge Soler, Eddie Rosario, and Joc Pederson, Rich Rod was anything but.

Rodríguez actually looked pretty good to begin his tenure in Atlanta. Through his first 16.2 innings, the righty posted a 1.08 ERA, but his 4.13 FIP suggested severe regression was in line. And boy, did it come. Over his next 9.1 innings, Rodríguez had an unsightly 6.75 ERA, and his 9.81 FIP suggests that figure should’ve been even higher. Eventually, the Braves non-tendered Rodríguez at the end of the season.

Unfortunately, Bryse Wilson didn’t work out in Pittsburgh. Prior to the trade in 2021, Wilson only managed a 5.90 ERA through 23 appearances with the Braves before being dealt, and it didn’t get better with the Pirates. Over 156 innings and 28 starts, Wilson posted a 5.37 ERA.

Though he hasn’t had much success in the majors, Wilson still has facets of his game that are intriguing. He doesn’t walk batters very often and induces a ton of grounders while only being 25 years old. Surely he’ll attract interest from another club, but his drop in velocity could hold some back.

Photographer: Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire
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