To begin the year Bryse Wilson was riding buses in High A Ball for the Florida Fire Frogs.
Last night he found himself making baseball history for the Atlanta Braves becoming the youngest pitcher ever at 20 Years 243 Days to win a 1-0 game in his MLB debut.
Wilson went 5.0 innings, giving up three hits, while striking out five and only issuing three walks in a game with a very questionable strike zone. Wilson’s year long rise through the Braves minor league system was due in part to possessing three go to pitches. An electric mid 90’s fastball, an above average slider, and a newly added changeup that rounded out his repertoire.
To begin the year Wilson started five games for the High A Florida Fire Frogs posting an impressive 0.34 ERA which immediately got him a call up to the AA Mississippi Braves. Wilson struggled out the gate in AA losing command of his go to fastball but after working with Mississippi Braves Pitching Coach Dennis Lewallyn, he decided to change his grip on the fastball and after 15 starts was called up to the AAA Gwinnett Stripers.
The month of July opened eyes to the Atlanta Braves parent club on Wilson when he posted an 0.66 ERA while striking out 34 batters while only walking four. His last start for the Stripers seemed to be the catalyst for his call up as he went eight innings only giving up one hit while striking out thirteen and walking none against the Cincinnati Reds AAA club the Louisville Bats.
With his start yesterday Wilson becomes the third Braves pitcher to make his debut at 20 years old joining both Mike Soroka and Kolby Allard in a very exclusive club. The last team to use three starters before they reached their 21st birthday in a season was the 1965 Kansas City Athletics with Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter, Don Buschorn and Ron Tompkins.
Bob Lancaster | @bowlinbob