Bryse Wilson was acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates at the July 31st trade deadline. The 24-year-old Wilson came to the Pirates, along with Ricky DeVito, from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Richard Rodríguez.
Wilson is a former top-100 prospect who never got a real opportunity to pitch with any sort of consistency out of Atlanta’s starting rotation. Despite that, he did pick up a huge victory with a great start against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2020 NLCS.
After coming to the Pittsburgh Pirates last summer Wilson started to get a consistent look. He made 8 starts with the Pirates, logging 40.1 innings. Wilson posted a 4.91 ERA and a 5.35 FIP in these outings, walking 5.9% of batters faced and striking out 13.6%.
Wilson’s time with the Pirates has split up among 5 good starts and 3 poor ones. In his 5 good starts Wilson struck out 21 batters, allowed just a single home run and 9 earned runs in 27 innings pitched. The other 3 starts saw Wilson allow 14 earned runs on 7 home runs with just 2 strikeouts in 13.1 innings pitched.
Moving forward consistency will be important for Wilson. The best way for Wilson to work toward finding this consistency is to take the ball every 5 days at the Major League level.
Barring something crazy happening between now and then Wilson will open the season in the team’s starting rotation. Wilson should be given every opportunity to spend the 2022 season in the Pirate starting rotation to potentially solidify himself as a long-term building block in the team’s starting rotation.