After just seven starts in an Atlanta Braves uniform, it appears that the Eric Stults experiment could be over for good.
Williams Perez will start in place of Stults on Wednesday. Stults will go to the pen.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) May 17, 2015
It was announced on Sunday morning that 23-year-old right-hander Williams Perez will replace Stults in the rotation beginning on Wednesday, with the veteran left-hander heading to the bullpen for the foreseeable future. In 40.1 innings with the Braves, Stults has posted a 5.36 ERA (5.41 FIP) and with some interesting arms in the minor leagues, this doesn't come as a surprise for many in Braves Country.
With regard to Perez, he has made two career MLB appearances, allowing four earned runs in 2.1 innings, but Perez has a reasonably strong track record in the minors, including a 1.33 ERA in five starts in Gwinnett this season. It should be noted that there are superior internal options (i.e. Matt Wisler or even Manny Banuelos), but Perez can serve as a stop-gap for the Braves, who appear to be reticent to promote an additional young arm after inserting Mike Foltynewicz into the rotation earlier this season.
It will be interesting to monitor Stults' usage in the bullpen, but it is entirely possible that the youth movement will continue in the rotation for the duration of the 2015 season.