Bryse Wilson pitching

Orange County native Bryce Wilson during a game in Atlanta earlier in the season. Wilson was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

Hillsborough native and Orange High School graduate Bryse Wilson was traded Friday to the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Atlanta Braves, in a three-player deal. Wilson, 23, was drafted by the Braves in the fourth round in 2016. He is 2-3 with a 4.83 ERA and 21 strikeouts in seven starts this season with Atlanta. 

The deal came just minutes before the Major League trade deadline. The Braves acquired Pirates reliever Richard Rodriguez, sending Wilson and right-hander Ricky DeVito to Pittsburgh.

Wilson wowed Braves fans last year in the National League Championship Series when he held the Los Angeles Dodgers to one hit over six innings for the win in his first-ever playoff appearance. Going into the 2021 season, Wilson was expected to take a spot in Atlanta’s starting rotation. But the Braves were deeper in starting pitching than were in the bullpen, and Wilson has mostly traveled back and forth between Atlanta and AAA Gwinnett, where he was 5-2 with a 4.23 ERA and 42 strikeouts in nine starts. 

He told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he was happy about the trade to the Pirates. “Just a great group of guys, and I’ve been welcomed with open arms — not only the team and staff but the fans as well,” Wilson said. “I couldn’t be more excited about doing what I can to improve and help this team get to the goal that we’re all after."

Wilson leaves the third-place Braves, a team that has hovered at the .500 mark for most of the season, for the last-place Pirates, a team that has 40 wins and 65 losses. But he is virtually guaranteed a heavier and more consistent workload for the remainder of the season, and potentially will be a starting pitcher on which Pittsburgh can build. 

The Pirates will waste no time putting Wilson’s feet to the fire, sending him to the mound Monday night to face the Milwaukee Brewers, the National League Central’s first-place team.