As reported by Corey Brock, heralded young right handed starter Matt Wisler has been bumped up a rung to AA San Antonio. Wisler spent all of six games with Advanced-A Lake Elsinore before his promotion, picking up where he left off after an exceptional 2012 for Ft. Wayne.
After putting up a 2.53 ERA and a meaningless 5-4 record for the TinCaps last season, Wisler has bested that thus far this year, going 2-1, aided by an ERA of 2.03. His three true outcome rates have remained favorable; he has averaged 8.1 K/9 and 1.7 BB/9 in his 31 innings this year after registering 8.9 and 2.2, respectively, in 2012. He has surrendered one home run, matching his total from 114 innings last year.
Wisler's curveball has been the subject of acclaim but, as Brock writes, his slider has taken center stage.
"He has a plus-fastball, good natural movement and can run through a lineup," Lake Elsinore manager Shawn Wooten said last week. "The ball jumps out of his hand; he has a nice, slow rhythm. He knows how to use his slider, which right now is probably ahead of his curveball.
In addition to his breaking stuff, Matt uses a pair of fastballs ranging from low- to mid-90s and throws a changeup which is still a work in progress. Well, I guess all of his pitches are works in progress but his changeup is more so.
The twenty year-old's stock has risen considerably since being selected in the seventh round of the 2011 draft. One can only hope that he can avoid the terrible luck that has plagued fellow pitching prospects in the system. If so, the 2015 rotation is shaping up to be like that of the Braves twenty years earlier.