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Braves recall Akeel Morris, option Matt Wisler to Gwinnett

The Braves just bolstered their bullpen by adding a promising young arm from the minors in Akeel Morris

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The Braves bullpen has been beleaguered of late. From Arodys Vizcaino going on to the disabled list and Mauricio Cabrera basically being unable to throw strikes in his rehab stint to the Houston Astros doing Houston Astros things to them, it has been a tough road for the bullpen of late.

The Braves had recalled Matt Wisler in an attempt to get a fresh arm in the bullpen, but after giving up three earned runs in two innings of work yesterday...well that did not go very well.

It appears that the Braves are prepared to go in a different direction after giving Wisler multiple shots at winning a spot on the major league roster.

Wisler has posted a 7.41 ERA in eight games this season in Atlanta. He will likely head back down to Atlanta to see if he can gain some more traction as a starter even if his future in Atlanta in the rotation is tenuous at best.

Morris, on the other hand, has been excellent this season down in the minors. In 26 games in Double-A and Triple-A this season, he has posted a 2.17 ERA with 46 strikeouts and 18 walks in 37 13 innings pitched. The 24 year old RHP is holding opposing batters to a .206 batting average against him and he was also a member of our prospects to watch coming in to 2017. Morris’ best two pitches are his low to mid 90’s fastball and changeup that works well with a very deceptive delivery.

This will not be Morris’ MLB debut as he played in his first MLB game with the Mets in 2015. It was his only game in the majors and it did not go particularly well, so hopefully the results will be better for him this time around.

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