It didn’t take long for Darius Vines to leave his mark on the Arizona Fall League. After debuting for Salt River on Oct. 18, the 25-year-old righty tossed 5.2 innings of one-run ball against Surprise, striking out nine batters while not issuing a single walk.
Vines got a late start to the AFL compared to some of his fellow Braves farmhands, as he spent much of the earlier part of the month with Atlanta as they made a postseason push.
Much like his AFL tenure this year, Vines regular season was also delayed, except this time it was due to a nagging shoulder injury that kept him sidelined until June.
Once he finally took the mound, Vines dominated at Triple-A Gwinnett, posting a 2.37 ERA across 49.1 innings. That performance earned him a promotion to the big league club in late August. During the last month-plus of the season, Vines made two quality starts with three appearances out of the bullpen. Overall, the righty spun a 3.98 ERA in 20.1 innings and will be one of multiple candidates vying for one of the final rotation spots going into spring training in 2024.