Bryse Wilson had about as good of a debut as you can ask for from a 20-year-old, leading the Braves to a 1-0 win on Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Wilson was the youngest player to pitch in the majors this year.
Wilson finished his night after five innings of three hit ball, giving up no runs, along with five strikeouts and three walks.
He flashed his fastball up just above 97 MPH with some sink to it and his changeup was very good as well. He was missing away a bit with his slider, but he wasn’t missing badly.
Striking out two in the first, Wilson got off to a good start right out of the gate in Pittsburgh, and he kept the momentum rolling.
Perhaps the most impressive thing that Wilson showed was his composure with runners in scoring position. He ran into a bit of trouble a couple times in the five innings, and got out of it in impressive fashion by getting Francisco Cervelli and Corey Dickerson to hit into double plays.
At 6-foot-1, 225 pounds (Wilson has admitted he’s closer to 240 than his listed weight), Wilson went after batters from the jump, and it paid off.
“I’m just trying to go out and do the best that I can,” Wilson told the media after the win. “It’s worked out well for me so far. Hopefully I can go out and keep putting up good numbers and throwing quality pitches.”
Well, he threw plenty of quality pitches on Tuesday night, and manager Brian Snitker took notice, saying he believes Wilson will be back up in the not-so-distant future.
“About as good as it gets,” Snitker said after the game. “Impressed all the way around. Carried himself like I expected. A lot of confidence. You wouldn’t know he’s 20. … I’m sure we’ll see him again before the year’s over.”
Wilson was optioned back to Gwinnett on Tuesday, but he made an impact in Braves Country, and he’s going to be seen sooner rather later in Atlanta when the rosters expand in September.
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