Former Buckhorn standout Kyle Wright was called up to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday, Jon Heyman of Fancred reports.
Wright had logged a 3.70 ERA and 1.34 WHIP across 20 starts for Double-A Mississippi at the time of this promotion. In addition, he posted a 105:43 K:BB with a 0.5 HR/9 through 109.1 innings. The 22-year-old right-hander will get his first taste of action at the Triple-A level in the coming days.
Wright employs a mid-90s fastball to go along with a plus curveball and slider. He will take Kolby Allard’s spot in the rotation.
Wright was selected with the 5th overall pick in last year’s draft and is among the more highly regarded pitching prospects in the Braves’ loaded farm system. While he has had some hiccups this year, he has still posted a 3.70 ERA and 3.42 FIP in 2018 while striking out nearly a batter an inning. Moreover, he has been much better than that lately.