Atlanta's No. 2 prospect set for MLB debut on Friday
By Carlos Collazo
ATLANTA -- The Braves called up Matt Wisler from Triple-A Gwinnett after their 5-2 loss to the Red Sox Thursday night. Wisler will make his Major League debut as Atlanta's Friday starter in the opener of a three-game series at Turner Field against the Mets. Sugar Ray Marimon was optioned back to Gwinnett.
Wisler's promotion comes several days after the Braves sent down rookie right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, who posted an 8.04 ERA in his three June starts with Atlanta.
Wisler, who was considered a focal point of a trade between the Braves and Padres that sent Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton Jr. to San Diego, has posted a 4.29 ERA in 65 innings this year with Gwinnett.
The 22-year-old right-hander has a five-pitch repertoire that includes a low-to-mid 90s four-seam fastball, a sinking two-seam fastball, a low 90s plus-slider as well as a changeup and a slower curveball. MLB.com rates him as the No. 59 prospect in baseball and the Braves' No. 2 prospect.
Wisler's control has been heralded, and aside from his only game in 2011, he has never walked more than 2.78 batters per nine innings. This season, his BB/9 with Gwinnett is at just 1.80.
Carlos Collazo is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.