Braymer was optioned to Triple-A Fresno on Saturday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
Braymer was added to the 40-man roster in November to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, but he'll need more time in the minors prior to claiming a spot on the big-league roster. The 25-year-old made three appearances (one start) during spring training, posting a 9.00 ERA and 4:1 K:BB over six innings. The southpaw will need to demonstrate more production against higher-level talent prior to making his first appearance in the majors.
Braymer was added to the Nationals' 40-man roster Wednesday.
After recording a 2.51 ERA with a 0.97 WHIP over 79 innings with Double-A Harrisburg during the first half of last season, Braymer was promoted to Triple-A Fresno. He was less effective at the Triple-A level, as he amassed a 7.20 ERA with a 1.93 WHIP over 60 innings. The 25-year-old was added to the 40-man roster in order to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, and it's likely that he will need to develop more before making his major-league debut.
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