Matt Wisler will finally have an opportunity to prove he belongs in a major league rotation. Wisler has pitched well in Triple-A, and according to David O'Brien of Atlanta Journal Constitution, Wisler will make his major league debut against the Mets on Friday night.
Atlanta acquired Wisler in the deal that sent Melvin Upton Jr. and Craig Kimbrel to San Diego. Baseball America named Wisler the 34th best prospect in all of baseball heading into the season while Baseball Prospectus ranked him 53rd. MLB.com's Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo both ranked him 69th.
Wisler's two-seam fastball is known for its plus sink although his velocity typically does not top 94 mph. At 22, Wisler has had a notable amount of success in Triple-A though his numbers may not reflect those of a top pitching prospect. He has posted a 4.29 ERA and 3.34 FIP in 65.0 innings while averaging 6.78 strikeouts per nine innings and 1.80 walks per nine frames.
As the Braves prepare for a three game set against the Mets, Wisler will take the rotation spot of righty Mike Foltynewicz, who was optioned to Triple-A. Alex Wood, Shelby Miller, and Williams Perez, and Julio Teheran round out the Braves' rotation, which lost several notable arms throughout the early portion of the 2015 campaign. Trevor Cahill and Eric Stults both struggled after being expected to add veteran depth to the club's starting five and a shoulder injury ended Mike Minor's year. As a result, if he pitches well, Wisler might remain in the Braves' rotation for the remainder of the season.
Wisler should not come too close to Super Two status, and if he remains with Atlanta, would be controllable through the 2021 campaign. Wisler will oppose Jacob deGrom, who is 4-0 with a 1.25 ERA over his last six starts, on the mound on Friday.
One team has not yet run away with the National League East and the promotion of Wisler indicates the Braves, who enter Friday night's contest three and a half games behind the Mets, are confident they can reach the five hundred mark quickly.
Sugar Ray Marimon was sent to Triple-A in the corresponding roster move.