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Atlanta Braves: RHP Kyle Wright
Kyle Wright has been roughed up in four starts at the MLB level this season, posting a 9.72 ERA with 22 hits allowed and 13 walks in 16.2 innings.
However, he has been pitching extremely well of late at Triple-A with five straight quality starts.
The 23-year-old still has front-line starter upside if everything clicks, but for the time being, he could prove to be an asset in a multi-inning role out of an Atlanta bullpen that remains in a state of flux despite the deadline additions of Shane Greene and Chris Martin.
Miami Marlins: RHP Jorge Guzman
Flame-throwing Jorge Guzman has dealt with some command issues this season at Double-A, walking 60 batters in 115.2 innings while posting a 1.31 WHIP.
That said, he’s been much better of late with a 3.12 ERA and .194 BAA in his last five starts, and his last time out, he threw seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball, walking just two while striking out seven.
The 23-year-old continues to work as a starter, but his future may yet be in the bullpen, where his 80-grade fastball that touches 103 mph and good slider would undoubtedly play up. While he has yet to play above the Double-A level, he’s already on the 40-man roster, so a jump straight to the majors is not out of the question.
New York Mets: RHP Ryder Ryan
The Mets have a thin farm system, and top prospects like Ronny Mauricio, Andres Gimenez, Francisco Alvarez and 2019 draft picks Brett Baty and Matthew Allan are still several years from contributing at the highest level.
Digging a bit deeper into the system, right-hander Ryder Ryan is someone who could potentially help with the team’s push for a wild-card spot.
Since the beginning of June, he has a 1.45 ERA and .188 BAA in 18.2 innings, and he has recorded more than four outs in each of his last seven appearances. He’s currently pitching at Double-A and is not on the 40-man roster, but he’ll need to be added this winter, and he has the stuff to handle an aggressive promotion to the majors.
Philadelphia Phillies: RHP Enyel De Los Santos
Enyel De Los Santos still needs to further refine his curveball as a viable third offering if he’s going to make it as a starter in the majors.
That said, his lively mid-90s fastball and plus changeup is MLB-ready, and he’s capable of helping out in the bullpen for a Phillies team that has seen a lot of turnover on the pitching staff this year.
The 23-year-old has a 7.36 ERA in five appearances at the MLB level so far this season. However, he’s allowed just three hits and one unearned run in nine innings over his last two outings at Triple-A, and it could be time for another look.
Washington Nationals: 2B/SS Carter Kieboom
Besides homering in his MLB debut and going yard again two days later, Carter Kieboom had a forgettable 11-game stint in the majors earlier this year, going 5-for-39 (.128 BA) with 16 strikeouts.
The 21-year-old has annihilated Triple-A pitching all season, though, with a .312/.411/.525 line that includes 21 doubles, 15 home runs and 70 RBI in 401 plate appearances.
The Nationals recently signed Asdrubal Cabrera to provide some support for Brian Dozier at second base, but neither of those veterans will be around beyond this season, and both have produced below a league-average rate. Kieboom is the future at the position, and he could prove to be an immediate upgrade.