Just over two years after playing his last game in Hillsborough, Bryse Wilson is now one step away from pitching for the Atlanta Braves.
On Monday night, the Braves organization called up Wilson to Triple-A Gwinnett of the International League. After starting the season with the Florida Fire Frogs in the Single-A Florida State League, Wilson had pitched for the Mississippi Braves of the Double-A Southern League since his original promotion on May 4.
“I wasn't expecting it,” said Wilson, who was told about the promotion after Mississippi's 3-0 win over the Birmingham Barons in Pearl, Mississippi on Monday night. “I am delighted and can't wait to get to Gwinnett.”
Gwinnett will visit the Durham Bulls at Durham Bulls Athletic Park for a three-game set starting August 21.
In his final start on Sunday against the Barons, Wilson had eight strikeouts over five innings. In all five starts in the month of July, Wilson struck out more batters than he pitched innings.
In the month of July, Wilson led all of minor league baseball with 42 strikeouts, despite being the youngest player in the Southern League at 20 years old. He finished July with a 2-0 record, throwing 32 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, seven walks and held a 0.84 ERA.
“I've felt more confident as time has gone on,” said Wilson on Monday night, just before he departed for Gwinnett Tuesday morning. “I've had my slider working a lot better over the past few weeks. My changeup has developed. It's been great. I'm going to miss Mississippi.”
His early games in Mississippi were a work in progress. At one point, Wilson lost five straight starts with a 6.24 ERA through 44 2/3 innings. In each of his five losses, Mississippi scored three runs or less.
Wilson's longest start in Mississippi came on July 19 in a 2-0 victory over the Montgomery Biscuits, striking out nine over seven innings. He yielded only three hits and a walk in a no decision.
Currently the 12th ranked prospect in the Atlanta Braves organization, Wilson made five starts with Florida to begin the season before getting called up to the Southern League. With the Fire Frogs, Wilson went 2-0 in five starts with a 0.34 ERA. Wilson only yielded four runs in the Florida State League, and just one of those was earned. He struck out 26 and issued zero walks.
Wilson spent all of 2017 with the Macon Braves of the South Atlantic League, where he went 10-7 with a 2.50 ERA in 26 starts. He struck out 139 while walking 37.
Wilson, the son of Chad and Tracey Wilson of Hillsborough, is a 2016 graduate of Orange. He was selected in the 4th round by Atlanta in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft. As a four-year starter on the baseball team, Wilson went 33-4 with a 0.90 ERA in leading the Panthers to four Big 8 Conference Championships. His win total likely would have been higher if it wasn't for a shoulder injury during his sophomore season, which limited him to four starts on the mound.