The Braves youth movement was set to take another step forward on Tuesday evening, but that had to be pushed back a day due to a rainout.
But on Wednesday, left-handed pitcher Luiz Gohara makes his big league debut in the first game of a split doubleheader, as the Braves wrap up a series with the Rangers.
Gohara, listed at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, is one of the young pitchers that the Braves hope to become a mainstay in the rotation in future seasons. This season, he has played on three levels of minor league ball (Advanced Class A, Double-A and Triple-A), and has compiled a 7-4 overall record with a solid 2.62 ERA over 25 starts.
In 123 innings of work, he has walked 44 batters compared to 147 strikeouts. For an in-depth scouting report, Talking Chop writer Matt Powers has you covered.
His opposite number will be Texas hurler Miguel Gonzalez, a sixth-year player who will be making his debut with the Rangers. He came over on August 31 in a trade.
Gonzalez has made 22 starts this season, and has a 7-10 record with a 4.31 ERA over 22 starts. Kurt Suzuki is the only active Brave to have faced Gonzalez, and Suzuki is 4-for-8 with 3 RBIs against him.
Gonzalez spent the first four years of his career with the Orioles, before spending the last two seasons with the White Sox. For his career, he has a 51-51 record, but hasn’t posted a winning mark since 2014.
The Braves have lost four of their past five games, including the series opener on Monday night, when Andrew Cashner hurled six solid innings and the Rangers roughed up R.A. Dickey in an 8-2 win.
The second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader is set to begin at 7:35 p.m. ET.
Game Date/Time: Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 1:35 pm ET
Location: SunTrust Park, Atlanta, Georgia
TV: FOX Sports Southeast
Radio: 680 AM, 93.7 FM (Flagship in Atlanta), WYAY 106.7, Braves Radio Network