It has been another quick call-up for Atlanta Braves top prospect AJ Smith-Shawver, who was promoted to Triple-A on Tuesday. The right-handed pitcher earned a promotion after just two appearances in Double-A Mississippi and will make his first Triple-A appearance on Friday.
RHP A.J. Smith-Shawver, the @Braves No. 4 prospect according to @MLBPipeline, has joined the @GoStripers after just five starts (all scoreless) between @TheRomeBraves and @mbraves this season. The 20-year-old is scheduled to make his Triple-A debut on Friday at Memphis.— Dave Lezotte (@DaveLezotte) May 16, 2023
During his time in High-A and Double-A this season, Smith-Shawver has tossed 21 frames and struck out 32. He puts together a 39.5% K-rate.
Smith-Shawver becomes the youngest player in Triple-A at 20 years and 177 days old. He has pitched 98 minor league innings and fanned 151. He is the only player in minor league baseball to toss 20+ innings without giving up an earned run.
The righty may see some action in Atlanta sooner than expected, with a struggling Dylan Dodd and Jared Shuster. And with the Max Fried and Kyle Wright injuries, another promotion this season is not out of the question.
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