The Scott Proctor era has come to an end. The Atlanta Braves released Proctor Wednesday morning and called up pitching prospect Arodys Vizcaino from Triple-A Gwinnett. Proctor was 2-3 with a 6.44 ERA in 29 1/3 innings. His struggles were really apparent after the All Star Break, when he had a 7.59 ERA in 10 2/3 innings.
Vizcaino, one of the Braves' "big four" pitching prospects, is a 20-year-old flamethrower with a fastball that sits in the high 90s (and touches 100 mph) and a plus curveball. While he has been a starting pitcher for most of the year in the minors, the Braves recently put him in the bullpen to monitor his innings. Since he has had injury problems throughout his career, it is possible that the Braves view him as a reliever long-term, a role in which he would likely be dominant.
“He was throwing 100 this spring,” Jonny Venters said. “I didn’t get to see him pitch a lot. But there’s no doubt that he has an electric heater. I don’t know about his other stuff, but I heard he’s got a good breaking ball. And he seemed like a real good kid. I’m pumped. He’s going to help.”
As for Proctor, he was a great clubhouse guy who was well respected among his teammates. However, despite making it back to the majors after two elbow surgeries, his poor performance essentially forced the Braves' hand.
“It just didn’t happen,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Hopefully he gets another opportunity, which I think he will because he still throws the ball pretty good.”
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