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Braves add another 20-year-old, Wilson pitches vs Pirates

August 20, 2018

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have promoted another 20-year-old from the minors, calling up right-hander Bryse Wilson to start against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Braves purchased Wilson’s contract from Triple-A Gwinnett before Monday night’s game. Wilson will make his major league debut as the NL East leaders give their regular starters a rest.

Wilson will become the third 20-year-old pitcher to start in his big league debut for Atlanta this season. Mike Soroka was 20 when he started May 1 against the Mets at New York and Koby Allard did it on July 31 against Miami.

Braves rookie Ronald Acuna Jr., who’s also 20, was chosen as the NL Player of the Week on Monday after going 13 for 28 (.464) with four home runs in eight games.

Wilson began the season at Class A Florida and went a combined 8-5 with a 3.23 ERA in 23 starts in the minor leagues. He was the Braves’ fourth-round pick in the 2016 draft.

Veteran infielder Ryan Flaherty was designated for assignment to open a roster spot for Wilson. Flaherty hit .222 with two home runs in 76 games.

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