The Atlanta Braves will send Kyle Wright to the mound when the Braves take on the Phillies on Sunday Night Baseball. Wright will be facing plenty of pressure against one of the better lineups in baseball.
Kyle Wright is one of many Atlanta Braves prospects but perhaps the most exciting. He has the stuff to become a top of the rotation pitcher that not only keeps Atlanta in games consistently but dominates.
If there is one thing Atlanta fans have learned, however, it is prospects are just that prospects. They don’t always follow through on their promise or their ability.
There is no question Wright has that ability, an ability that will be put to the test right away facing the Braves toughest division opponent.
Add in the fact that Wright will be making his debut on ESPN’s first edition of the regular season Sunday Night Baseball in front of a national audience and there will be no shortage of pressure on Wright.
Pressure to prove he is ready for a rotation spot and can pitch under pressure. Wright has four good pitches and breaking pitch that has already made many hitters look silly throughout the minor league system.
Now he will have a chance to prove he can translate that talent to Major League success. Wright and the rest of Atlanta’s young pitchers will have very little time to prove they belong in the rotation.
Early results will have a huge impact on who stays in the rotation with Mike Foltynewicz and Kevin Gausman both on track to come back from injuries after the first month.
Julio Teheran and Bryse Wilson will start the other two games in the series for Atlanta. Teheran will have earned his fifth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday. Thursday’s first pitch is scheduled 3:05 PM EST as the regular season finally gets underway for Atlanta.