Alternated in his callup between looking like the answer to everyone’s righthanded setup man prayers and, well, a 20-year-old rookie who wasn’t ready yet. Vizcaino had 17 major league appearances last season. In eight of them he did not allow a hit, in six no baserunners, in three he struck out three men. He also had three outings in which he walked two men, including a disastrous four-hit, two-walk, five-run escapade against the Dodgers Sept. 2. He allowed only four other runs in his other sixteen appearances combined, though he did have to get bailed out a couple of times when his control deserted him.
Vizcaino has the ability to be a frontline starting pitcher, and as the Braves already have what looks like a frontline closer for the next several years there’s reason to not lock him into a bullpen role just yet. However, Vizcaino has a history of arm problems, which may keep him from being a rotation anchor. Moreover, he’s really a two-pitch pitcher right now, fastball and curveball. He threw his changeup just 2.2 percent of the time, and if it doesn’t develop he’s going to have to stay in the pen. The assumption is that he will start the year in the major league pen, but it might be best if he was in the rotation in Gwinnett. If Medlen is ready to go, Vizcaino wouldn’t be needed in the big leagues. If he’s not… Well, then you’re working with the Lisp, Anthony Varvaro, and/or Jairo Acencio as your righthanded setup men. In that case, they’ll need Vizcaino.