20-Year-Old Pitcher – Atlanta Braves
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Gohara is listed at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, which seems sort of like the inverse of Andre the Giant being billed at 7-foot-4, 520 pounds. That is to say, Gohara looks suspiciously larger than his listed...
Gohara was traded to the Braves on Wednesday as part of a four-player deal, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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Atlanta Braves Roster
MajorsCabrera, Mauricio (P)
AABiddle, Jesse (P)
A+Commings, Sanders (OF)
AAcuna, Ronald (OF)
RookieAnderson, Ian (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Gohara primarily pitched for the short season Everett AquaSox in the Northwest League in 2015. Although he led the AquaSox in innings pitched, he struggled mightily all year, finishing with the second-highest ERA on the team. Gohara frequently pitched with runners on base with a poor .305 batting average against. Gohara is a power lefty with mid-90s velocity on his fastball that is backed by an average breaking ball and changeup. He is a top-10 prospect in the Mariners farm system and is currently projected to reach the majors in 2019. The Mariners will continue to be patient with Gohara as he struggles due to the vaulted ceiling of potential. It is likely that he spends most of the 2016 season back in the Midwest League.
Gohara was promoted to short-season Everett last year a month before he turned 18, an impressive feat for the left-handed Brazilian who's been in the system since he was 16 years old. While Gohara struck out 37 in 37.1 innings, he walked an astounding 24, leading to an 8.20 ERA in 11 starts. He'll probably repeat Everett this season with an eye on Low-A Clinton after he turns 19 in July. The 6-foot-3 Gohara already possesses an above-average fastball and could potentially develop above-average secondary offerings. A groundball pitcher, Gohara has frontline potential.
Gohara debuted last season in the advanced-rookie Appalachian League at a mere 16 years old. A shoulder injury limited him to six starts, but he showed his potential with 27 strikeouts in 21.2 innings. The 6-foot-3 and 210-pound Brazilian left-hander is an extreme groundball pitcher with a low-90s fastball, and scouts have praised the potential of his breaking ball. He will likely begin the year in Low-A this season, but the Mariners will take their time with him as he has a high ceiling.