Braves call up pitching prospect Matt Wisler for MLB debut


Pitching prospect Matt Wisler, whom the Braves acquired from the Padres in the Craig Kimbrel trade on April 5, will make his MLB debut tonight against the Mets.

Baseball America ranked Wisler as its No. 44 prospect last year and No. 34 prospect this year. He hasn’t pitched particularly well at Triple-A, starting 22 games there for the Padres last season and 12 games there for the Braves this season with a combined 4.76 ERA and 150/49 K/BB ratio in 182 innings.

However, he’s just 22 years old and throws strikes while inducing lots of ground balls to potentially make up for the mediocre strikeout rate. He’s stepping into the rotation to replace fellow top prospect and trade pickup Mike Foltynewicz, who was demoted back to Triple-A earlier this week at age 23.