The Braves announced just hours before the start of their game in Pittsburgh on Monday that 20-year-old right-hander Bryse Wilson would be making his major league debut, making him the second-youngest player in all of baseball to debut this season. Wilson had impressed at every stop in the minor leagues, but with just three Triple-A starts under his belt, a promotion seemed far-fetched. And yet, despite the aggressiveness of the move and the youth of the player, Wilson was outstanding against Pittsburgh on Monday.
After striking out the first two batters of the game, Wilson showed fortitude throughout the remainder of his five innings, escaping multiple situations by inducing double plays or recording strikeouts. Wilson finished with five strikeouts, three walks, and three hits allowed over five scoreless innings. In support of Wilson’s efforts, the Braves scored their only run in the top of the first inning as Freddie Freeman doubled with two outs and was promptly driven in on a Nick Markakis single. The only other notable offensive effort on the night for Atlanta came courtesy of Johan Camargo, who collected three hits.
Though the secret that was Bryse Wilson is undoubtedly exposed now, the general fan base may still not have a full grasp of what the young right-hander brings to the table. Our own Matt Powers shared his scouting report prior to Monday’s game, and provides an in-depth look at how Wilson operates.
Wilson isn’t the prospect with the best pure stuff on the farm, but his pitchability and willingness to challenge hitters has helped him move quickly up the ladder- especially in 2018. He has a ceiling as a middle of the rotation innings eater, and has a chance to be a high leverage reliever should starting not work out- not that I have any concerns about him as a starter with his mix of stuff and pitchability.
Braves phenom Ronald Acuna Jr. was recognized as the National League Player of the Week on Monday for his heroic efforts against both the Marlins and Rockies last week. Despite a mild injury and major dust-up with Miami, Acuna turned SunTrust Park into his personal launching pad to an extent that no 20-year-old had ever showcased prior.
It’s the first such award for Acuna, who’s enjoying a breakout rookie campaign in Atlanta. The 20-year-old hit .464/.559/.954 with two doubles, four homers, nine RBIs and three stolen bases last week, becoming the youngest player to homer in five straight games.
Monday night featured a very touching moment between A’s outfielder Khris Davis and a young fan in the Bay Area. If you missed this story, I encourage you to take a look at the video below.
The Nationals reportedly placed infielder Daniel Murphy on revocable waivers, and an undisclosed team claimed the 33-year-old on Monday. It remains to be seen which team made the claim, but further details should emerge on Tuesday.