March 24, 2021 –
BY KEVIN MCALPIN
680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – Stay ready, we’re going to need you. That was the message sent by Brian Snitker and the Front Office to a pair of Braves pitchers on Wednesday morning as the club optioned Kyle Wright and Jacob Webb to the alternate site in Gwinnett as the roster starts to get trimmed down even further. For Wright, this Spring was much like the last couple seasons. One or two solid outings, followed by a handful of inconsistent innings here and there. Overall, the 25 year old righty still showed a lot of potential and will definitely be back with the Big League club at some point during the regular season. In five starts during Grapefruit League play, the Vandy product posted a 4.50 ERA with 8 walks and 15 strikeouts over 16 innings worth of work. Meanwhile, for Jacob Webb, while his stuff looked solid during camp, he was the victim of being one of those younger relievers with options. The 27 year old allowed just one earned run over six spring outings, but his stuff was live and he had solid command of the zone, posting a line that featured a goose egg in the walks category.
Today’s moves help clear the way for a pair of veteran righties who have been extremely impressive this spring, as both Nate Jones and Carl Edwards Jr. continue to fight for roster spots in the Atlanta pen. An while the news might have been disappointing for both Webb and Wright, it doesn’t mean they’ll spend their entire summer in Gwinnett County. Webb has been good. Really good. And we’ll see him sooner than later and more than likely in late innings situations. Meanwhile for Kyle Wright, if any club knows the importance of depth in the rotation, it’s the Braves. Atlanta’s rotation took a beating last season, and with pitchers only throwing a fraction of their typical innings during a full season, reinforcements will be needed. So the mindset both need to take with them up I-85 is to work hard, stay focused and be ready. The Braves will need both of these young men at some point during this marathon 2021 season.
Kevin McAlpin has covered the Braves since 2012 for @680TheFan and the @BravesRadioNet.