Pittsburgh Pirates News: Pitcher Bryse Wilson Traded

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have taken an interest in creating a better pitching staff in 2023. They have moved on from a veteran pitcher.

When the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Bryse Wilson from the Atlanta Braves, there were reasons to be optimistic. He along with pitching prospect Ricky DeVito was sent over to the Bucs in exchange for then-closer Richard Rodriguez. Unfortunately, the trade has not really worked out for either team years later.

At one point, Bryse Wilson ranked consistently on the Atlanta Braves top prospect lists. By the end of 2020, he was ranked as the Atlanta Braves' #6 overall prospect on MLB Pipeline. So obviously there was expected to be more upside in him than what the Pittsburgh Pirates would get. Throw in the fact that the Pirates could offer him a more consistent opportunity to pitch than the Braves.

Instead, the Pittsburgh Pirates got nothing but an innings-eater in the right-handed arm. The Pirates acquired him at the deadline during the 2021 season. Wilson would pitch 156 total innings in a Bucco uniform. Across that sample of innings, he would pitch to an ERA of just under 5.50.

So it should come as no surprise that the Pittsburgh Pirates would move on from the 25-year-old pitcher. Wilson showed no real progress from the first day that he arrived in Pittsburgh until the end of the 2022 season. Many thought he would potentially be designated for assignment this offseason, and that he was earlier this week.

The Milwaukee Brewers jumped the waiver line by offering the Pittsburgh Pirates a trade for Wilson. The Bucs were happy to get something rather than to just lose him on waivers. So the deal sent Wilson to the Brewers in exchange for Cash Considerations. It will be interesting to see if he sticks with the Brewers through this offseason. It would be hard to imagine him opening with their Big League club come Spring time. The Brewers announced the deal on their Twitter.