Early season success of the Braves top pitching prospects have given confidence to the potential of the future starting rotation. With so many arms in the Braves system, a lot of excitement is stirring around these top arms.
2016 First Rounder Ian Anderson: 1.98 ERA in 3GS with 8BB/23K over 13.2 IP.
2015 First Rounder Kolby Allard: 1.69 ERA in 3GS with 4BB/9K over 16 IP.
2015 Draft Class Mike Soroka: 1.62 ERA in 3GS with 1BB/18K over 16.2 IP.
2015 Draft Class Patrick Weigel: 1.84 ERA in 3GS with 4BB/18K over 14.2 IP.
2012 First Rounder Lucas Sims: 2.70 ERA in 3GS with 5BB/18K in 16.2IP.
Luiz Gohara acquired by trade in offseason: 1.93 ERA in 3GS with 3BB/14K over 13 IP.
Small sample sizes like this do not mean much in hindsight, but it gives a glimpse of the potential each of these pitchers has. The Braves are hoping these prospects can develop quickly and carry their early season success throughout the season.
Max Fried is the biggest name in the system to keep an eye on this season. A tall lefty with a power fastball and a dominant curveball shows he has all the tangibles to be a dominant starter in the league. This will be his first season in Double A Mississippi and second full season since returning from Tommy John surgery. A lot of pressure will be put on his development this season and depending on his performance, could possibly see time in Atlanta at some point. The Braves are being aggressive and have no plans to hold back any prospect and continue to challenge each player and push them through the system. A lot of eyes will be on Fried’s next start to see how he bounces back from a rough outing last time out by giving up 6 ER in 3 IP. With this being his first few starts in Double A, he has time to adjust to the talent level and continue on with his progression.
Matt Wisler is also throwing well for Gwinnett holding a 3.50 ERA in 18 IP. With only 2 starters under contract for the Braves in 2018, they are hoping he and Blair which holds a 5.79 ERA in 3 GS can develop properly and be in the rotation in 2018. Blair was just called back up to Atlanta to fill the long relief role while Collmenter gets a few days off after tossing 3 innings in relief against Washington. Blair and Wisler have a lot to prove this season before being considered for a rotation spot again. With the amount of arms in the system, there will be a lot of competition this season for players to prove they deserve a shot in Atlanta.