The fifth spot in the rotation could have gone to a multitude of other pitchers. However, I chose to go with Bryse Wilson for two reasons. One, he’s yet to be given a fair shot in the majors. Despite making his debut in 2018, he’s been given much less of a chance to prove himself than some of the arms that debuted in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Two, he’s a former consensus top 100 prospect. He was also one of the Atlanta Braves’ highest-ranking prospects, even before the likes of Ronald Acuna Jr., Austin Riley, Mike Soroka, Ian Anderson, and Ozzie Albies graduated prospect status.
Bryse Wilson was acquired by the Pirates at the 2021 trade deadline as one of the two players the Pirates’ got back for Richard Rodriguez. The former prospect only had 76.1 innings across 4 different seasons with the Braves. While he struggled in those 76.1 innings, there was no semblance of consistent playing time in the major leagues for the young right-hander.
Wilson is a command/control pitcher. He tosses five pitches including a four-seam fastball, sinker, change-up, curveball, and slider. He doesn’t have anything overpowering, but he has done well throughout the minor leagues while showing plus command.
Wilson might just be one of the most underrated 2022 breakout candidates. He was a top prospect in a loaded farm system and his major league numbers have been intertwined with 16 different options to the minor leagues. He’ll finally get a shot to prove himself next season.