Matt Wisler, who appeared to turn the corner late last season and continued to show improvement through May, now finds himself back at Gwinnett. Just like Aaron Blair earlier this year and Folty in 2015.
You keep thinking Folty has found himself and then he gets knocked around by the lowly Twins. I still don’t trust his body language — he seems to lose concentration or composure at the slightest bit of adversity.
Tonight’s starter, Tyrell Jenkins, has provided little reason for optimism, and that includes his time at Gwinnett, when he allowed 70 hits in 65 IP with just 45 Ks. In the majors he’s added poor control to his repertoire, walking 16 in 23 IP. If there were better options than Ryan Weber and Casey Kelly available Jenkins wouldn’t be here.
And there’s unlikely to be any better options in 2017. Sean Newcomb and Lucas Sims have regressed. Right now a healthy Williams Perez — Williams Perez — would be the Braves’ third starter.
The Phils, on the other hand, look to have a five-deep rotation of young, talented arms — Aaron Nola, Vincent Velasquez, Jerad Eickhoff, Zach Eflin and Jake Thompson, who has a 2.57 ERA and 1.125 WHIP at Triple-A. most of whom have already shown promising results at the big league level. All but Nola were acquired in trades, which suggests the Phils have done a much better job identifying pitching talent.
Maybe it says something about Roger McDowell’s tutelage.
It should be noted the most promising Braves arms are in the low minors so final judgments must be withheld. Results have yet to match potential, however.
There’s little potential in tonight’s line-up, which might have a hard time beating the Braves’ alumni squad:
Peterson 7, Beckham 4, Freeman 3, Markakis 9, Garcia 5, Inciarte 8, Pierzynski 2, Aybar 8, Jenkins 1