Coming into the 2018 season, if you one had made a list of the starting pitching prospects that could make it to the major leagues this past seasons, it is likely that Bryse Wilson would not have been on it. That is what makes Bryse’s 2018 season remarkable because he went from starting the season in high-A and not necessarily being seen in the top tier of Braves starting pitching prospects to getting all the way to the major leagues and opening a lot of eyes along the way.
Wilson started the season with the Florida Fire Frogs in high-A and quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with. He made five starts there and posted an eye popping 0.34 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 26.2 innings. The Braves rewarded his dominance with a jump to Double-A Mississippi. After a bit of an adjustment period where he struggled a bit, Bryse bounced back strong with a 3.97 ERA in 15 starts where he also struck out 89 batters in 77 innings.
Where things got really interesting were in his call-up to Triple-A Gwinnett. It wasn’t that folks thought that he couldn’t cut in the highest levels of the minors, but more that he had not dominated in Double-A and to see him get promoted so soon as a 20 year old was a bit of surprise. However, the Braves clearly saw something special in him and moved him up. Bryse made three starts in Gwinnett with the first two being eh to worse than that. However, his third start saw him go eight shutout innings where he gave up one hit and struck out 13 batters.
Seemingly out of nowhere, the Braves called up Bryse in late August for a road start against the Pirates where he threw five shutout innings. The Braves would go on to include Bryse on the major league roster for the month of September and while he was not used much (just two relief appearances that did not go well), he got valuable experience in the majors and his presence showed how much the Braves like him. He is among the best pitching prospects the Braves have and he is very much in the mix for a spot in the rotation in 2019.
Bottom line, what did he do in 2018? 6.43 ERA and 4.02 FIP in three appearances (one start) in the major leagues. 3.44 ERA, 125.2 innings, 143 strikeouts, and 36 walks across three levels of the minors.
Will he be on the roster in 2019? Very possible. Just due to the sheer number of guys competing for rotation spots combined with Bryse’s relative inexperience above the lower levels of the minors, saying he will start the season in Triple-A to get some more reps seems like a smart bet. However, there are a lot of things that could happen this offseason that could upset all of that (including trading Bryse or other guys that would be competing with him). That being said, if Bryse is still with the organization in 2019, expect to see him in Atlanta some time next season.
What will he do next year? Likely pitch very well in the minors to start the season before getting another shot in the major leagues. Bryse has all of the stuff needed to succeed in the majors and he did some good things in his short stint there this year. Expect his next stint in the majors to be both longer and better.