This morning, they called up Wes Parsons. Matt Wisler has been optioned, but a 40-man spot will have to be created for him.
Parsons is interesting. He was an undrafted free agent out of community college in 2013. He’s really never been considered a prospect, and when Atlanta traded for their glut of pitching prospects, he has been an after-thought for the last few years. He had not even been given a consistent rotation spot at his minor league stops as late as 2016 as he battled injuries, but he moved into Mississippi’s rotation in the second half of last year, and has been working as a starter exclusively since. This is his first stretch of his career where he’s been consistently healthy. He pitched well with good peripherals in 7 AA starts this year: 29.1 IP, 24 H, 10 BB, 28 K, 1.23 ERA. And in 6 AAA starts, he’s also been impressive: 35 IP, 24 H, 11 BB, 33 K, 2.83 ERA.
He’s 25 years old, 6’5″, and according to scouting reports, seems to have added about 15 pounds in the last couple years. He’s not a prospect, but he’s continued to pitch well the older, healthier, and longer he’s been in the system. As I said, he’s interesting.