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36-24 5-5 W3
34-28 8-2 W5
30-31 4-6 L4
29-32 5-5 W4
25-35 4-6 L3

Top A.J. Smith-Shawver News

  • Braves' AJ Smith-Shawver: Set for first MLB start

    Atlanta general manager Alex Anthopoulos confirmed Tuesday that Smith-Shawver will make his first major-league start this weekend against the Nationals, Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

    The start will either be Friday or Saturday. Whatever the case, it's a highly favorable matchup for the young right-hander at home in Truist Park. Smith-Shawver fanned three batters over 2.1 hitless innings of relief in his MLB debut Sunday at Arizona, building on the 1.09 ERA and 45:12 K:BB he had compiled through 33 innings (seven starts) this season in the minors. The young right-hander should be rostered everywhere as he slides into Atlanta's rotation following Monday's demotion of Michael Soroka.

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  • Braves' AJ Smith-Shawver: Could make start this weekend

    Smith-Shawver could make a start for Atlanta on Friday or Saturday versus the Nationals, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

    Michael Soroka was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett earlier Monday, freeing up a spot in the rotation. Smith-Shawver made his major-league debut in relief Sunday in Arizona after Soroka struggled early on in his start, and the rookie fired 2.1 scoreless frames with three strikeouts. The 20-year-old barely has more than 100 professional innings under his belt, but his upside warrants rostering in most leagues.

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  • Braves' AJ Smith-Shawver: Dazzles in big-league debut

    Smith-Shawver walked one and struck out three in 2.1 scoreless, no-hit innings of relief during Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Stepping on the mound in a big-league game for the very first time, Smith-Shawver showed little in the way of nerves and fired 22 of 39 pitches for strikes while topping out at 97.1 mph with his four-seam fastball. The 20-year-old right-hander began the season at High-A before rocketing through Atlanta's system, and while he may be in a low-leverage role at the moment, it's worth noting the team had Spencer Strider in a similar long-relief role for his first 11 appearances in 2022 before shifting him into the rotation. If Atlanta follows a similar plan with Smith-Shawver, he could be on track to take on a much bigger assignment after the All-Star break.

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  • Braves' AJ Smith-Shawver: Selected to MLB roster

    Atlanta selected Smith-Shawver's contract from Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday.

    Smith-Shawver has ascended to the MLB level at the ripe age of 20 after dominating to the tune of a 1.09 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 45:12 K:BB in 33 innings (seven starts) this season between High-A, Double-A and Triple-A. The young right-hander has never worked out of the bullpen in his pro career, but that seems to be the role he'll fill for the NL East leaders. Lucas Luetge was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.

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  • Braves' AJ Smith-Shawver: Impressing with Gwinnett

    Smith-Shawver gave up two runs on four hits and three walks over seven innings for Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday. He struck out eight.

    The 20-year-old right-hander has finally been tagged for some runs -- four in 12 Triple-A innings -- after firing 21 scoreless frames between High-A and Double-A to begin the season, but Smith-Shawver is still having little trouble dominating minor-league hitters. Thursday's seven innings represented his longest start of the year, and across all three levels he sports a 45:12 K:BB through 33 frames. The 2021 seventh-round pick has taken a massive leap forward this year while flashing two plus pitches in his fastball and slider, and a big-league debut later in the summer can't be ruled out if he continues to impress.

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  • Braves' AJ Smith-Shawver: Promoted to Triple-A

    Smith-Shawver was promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday, Carlos Callazo of Baseball America reports.

    The 20-year-old righty started the season in High-A and has now become the youngest player at the Triple-A level. Smith-Shawver boasts a perfect 0.00 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP through 21 innings between the High-A and Double-A levels. It's unlikely that his hot streak propels him into the majors anytime soon, but he could be someone to keep an eye on in Triple-A.

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  • Braves' AJ Smith-Shawver: Devastating High-A hitters

    Smith-Shawver has not allowed an earned run while striking out 17 in nine innings through two starts for High-A Rome.

    We knew entering the season that Smith-Shawver had an electric arsenal, but the key to his excellent start to the season is his 8.6 percent walk rate, which is much more manageable than the 13 percent mark he logged at Single-A. At 20 years old, Smith-Shawver is also one of the youngest pitchers at High-A, and it wouldn't be surprising if Atlanta bumped him to Double-A if he keeps stacking starts of this caliber.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 215 lbs
Birthplace: Fort Worth, TX
Age: 20
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: R, R