Braves pitching prospect Aaron Blair dominated the Durham Bulls on Tuesday, tossing seven scoreless no-hit innings with a walk and 10 strikeouts. The club’s fourth-best prospect according to MLB Pipeline, Blair may now be in line for a promotion from Triple-A Gwinnett to pitch on Sunday against the Mets, per David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the organization took note of Blair’s performance against the Bulls.
“(Blair) pitched real well — seven innings of no-hit baseball,” Gonzalez said. “We had a real big discussion after the game yesterday. And (president of baseball operations) John Hart was there and watched (Blair) pitch, said he was real good.”
Blair, 23, has a 1.42 ERA and a 22/5 K/BB ratio in his first three starts with Gwinnett.
The Braves optioned Williams Perez to Gwinnett on Wednesday, leaving a temporary gap in the rotation. Gonzalez is also considering Mike Foltynewicz and Ryan Weber as possible options to pitch on Sunday.