The Atlanta Braves have a lot riding on the success of many players with their Triple-A affiliate, the Gwinnett Stripers. Here’s a recap of the past week down on the farm.
Kyle Wright got the start on Wednesday April 5th against the Norfolk Tides in a rehab start as he prepares for his major-league debut. Kyle Wright was slowed by a sore shoulder this spring and is beginning his pursuit of re-joining the big-league rotation. Wright pitched six full innings, which is the bright side of the stat line. The results weren’t so great as he gave up five earned runs on seven hits. Wright walked just one while striking out six.
There were good and bad to go with his outing. Coming off a league-leading 21-win season last year, the Braves are probably not overly concerned with an early rough outing for Wright.
The six runs were largely impacted by the second-inning grand slam by Ryan O’Hearn, outside of that Wright looked pretty sharp. Sixty-three percent of his pitches were thrown for strikes. Wright induced eight groundball outs, including a couple of double play balls.
Summary: It was a promising sign to see Wright throw 84 pitches, mostly for strikes, while completing six full frames of work. Six Ks and one walk is the type of ratio you want to see and the eight groundball outs is a trademark for the 21-game winner. This was a very positive step toward a return to the major-leagues.
Wright looks like he could be in line to make his next scheduled major-league start at home against the Reds on April 11th.