Luiz Gohara is set to make his MLB debut against the Rangers tonight. Gohara is widely regarded as the Braves second best left hander in the minors. He ranks 8th on MLBPipelines top 30 and was acquired via trade with Seattle in the off-season for Shae Simmons and Mallex Smith.
Gohara has blazed his way through the Braves minor league system this season after beginning the year at high-A Florida. He comes in at 6’3” 210 lbs. and is a solidly built prospect. He has a plus plus fastball, an advanced slider and a decent changeup from the left side. In seven games for Gwinnett he has a 3.31 ERA and a 3.11 xFIP.
Texas will counter with right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, who will be making his debut for the Rangers after being required from the Chicago White Sox to help them make a push in the American League Wild Card race. Coming into Tuesday at 69-68, Texas is just two games back of the Minnesota Twins (71-66) for the second of two Wild Card spots and they hope that Gonzalez’s 4.31 ERA through 22 starts with Chicago will help boost their starting rotation for the home stretch.
Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 Monday and is now slashing .317/.412/.611 with 24 home runs and 160 wRC+ through 92 games in 2017. Despite going 0-for-5 at the plate in the series opener, Ender Inciarte continues to be the most consistent hitter in Atlanta’s lineup as he boasts a .304 batting average through 134 games. With 175 hits, he is on pace to be the first Braves player to eclipse 200 hits in a season since Marquis Grissom in 1996.
Shortstop Elvis Andrus, who went 1-for-5 Monday with a home run, leads Texas offensively with a .300 batting average and 19 home runs. Additionally, Joey Gallo is batting just .212 on the season but has a team-high 37 home runs and 130 wRC+ through 120 games.
Game Date/Time: Tuesday, September 5, 7:35 p.m. ET
Location: SunTrust Park
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Radio: 680 AM/93.7 FM, Braves Radio Network