Wisler remains a relative unknown among more casual baseball fans because he pitches for MLB’s worst team. However, his numbers would suggest that he is well undervalued in most formats. Through 10 starts, the 23-year-old has stats comparable to some of the biggest names in the game.
The right-hander’s 1.01 WHIP is better than many well-known aces such as Jose Quintana, Max Scherzer, Jose Fernandez and Madison Bumgarner. Wisler’s efficiency (14.09 pitches per inning) this season is second only to three-time Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw (13.37). His six quality starts in May were tied for most in baseball, and in his last 17 starts dating back to August of last year, the sophomore has produced a quality outing in over 75 percent of them.
Wisler is no hidden gem to baseball connoisseurs, and his success in the minors would also indicate that he’ll be more than just a flash in the pan. Atlanta’s No. 2 pitcher, who was given praise by Hall of Famer Tom Glavine during spring training, was drafted out of high school in 2011 by the San Diego Padres and acquired by the Braves in the Craig Kimbrel/Melvin Upton Jr. trade in April 2015. Wisler has been a top-50 prospect on a number of lists since 2014 and there’s not much reason to believe that he’s not for real.
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