The Braves introduced a sequence of roster strikes at this time, recalling right-hander Huascar Ynoa and catcher Chadwick Tromp. To create room on the energetic roster, they’ve optioned righty Ian Anderson and outfielder Guillermo Heredia.
Probably the most noteworthy of those strikes is the demotion of Anderson, who has been entrenched within the rotation for fairly a while. First known as as much as the massive leagues in August of 2020, he made six begins within the shortened season and registered a 1.95 ERA. That was spectacular sufficient for Anderson to earn a spot within the membership’s postseason rotation, as he made 4 extra begins within the playoffs with a 0.96 ERA, as Atlanta reached the NLCS.
Final 12 months, Anderson seemingly proved he wasn’t a short-season fluke by pitching effectively over a full marketing campaign. Although he did make one journey to the IL, Anderson made 24 begins in 2021 with a 3.58 ERA, then made 4 extra postseason begins with a 1.59 ERA, serving to Atlanta win the World Sequence.
The 24-year-old has taken a step again right here in 2022, nonetheless, at the moment sporting a 5.11 ERA on the 12 months. His 29.7% strikeout charge in 2020 fell to 23.2% final 12 months and is all the way down to 19.8% right here this 12 months. His 11.3% stroll charge can be a profession excessive and his 47.4% floor ball charge a profession low. It’s doable there’s some unhealthy luck concerned, as his .318 BABIP on the 12 months is far greater than in previous seasons, however there’s additionally loads of blue on his Statcast page, with batters clearly making some good contact towards him. With the emergence of rookie Spencer Strider and the acquisition of Jake Odorizzi, it appears Anderson’s struggles have bumped him from the entrance 5. He’ll be part of the Gwinnett Stripers and attempt to get issues again on monitor.
The transfer isn’t prone to have a big impact on Anderson from a service time perspective, not less than within the quick time period. He got here into this season with one 12 months and 94 days of service time and has added round 120 extra days right here in 2022. Even when he had been to spend the remainder of the season within the minors, he’d end the marketing campaign someplace round 2.025. That will nonetheless put him on monitor to achieve arbitration for the primary time after 2023 and free company after 2026, although future non-compulsory assignments might additionally alter that timeline.
The recall of Tromp was required attributable to a leg damage sustained final evening by Travis D’Arnaud. Though X-rays had been adverse, per Justin Toscano of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, D’Arnaud will probably be unavailable for just a few days. That leaves William Contreras as the first catcher, with Tromp stepping in because the backup.