Matt Wisler

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Matthew Robert Wisler

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Matt Wisler was selected out of high school in the 7th round of the 2011 amateur draft by the San Diego Padres. He made his professional season that season with the AZL Padres, where he gave up four runs without retiring a single batter. He recorded his first career out the next year, when he was 5-4, 2.53 as s starter for the Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Midwest League. He pitched 114 innings that year, recording 113 strikeouts. In 2013, he moved up to the Lake Elsinore Storm of the California League where he was 6-1, 2.03 in 7 starts, to earn a quick promotion to the San Antonio Missions of the Texas League. Making it to AA at age 20, he was 4 1/2 years younger than the average player in the circuit, but still excelled, with a record of 8-5, 3.00 in 20 starts. Between the two stops, he was 10-6, 2.78.

Wisler continued to do well in 2014. He was back in San Antonio to start the season, but after 6 starts, in which he went 1-0, 2.10, he was promoted to the AAA El Paso Chihuahuas. There, his ERA shot up to 5.01, but this was in part of a result of pitching in the high, dry air of southwest Texas, as his record was a solid 9-5, with 101 strikeouts in 116 2/3 innings. he continued to be among the youngest pitchers at his level, being 6 years younger than the average AAA player.

Wisler was one of two key prospects traded by the Padres to the Atlanta Braves on April 5, 2015, in a deal that netted them All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel; the other prospect was OF Jordan Paroubeck, while major leaguers Cameron Maybin and Carlos Quentin also went to Atlanta, with OF Melvin Upton headed the other way. The Padres also gave up a compensation round pick in the 2015 amateur draft in the blockbuster deal. In 12 starts for the Gwinnett Braves, he went 3-4, 4.29 to earn a call-up to Atlanta on June 19th. His major league debut was a good one, as he allowed only 1 run in 8 innings in beating Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets, 2-1. He went 8-8, 4.71 in 20 games, including 19 starts for the Braves, pitching 109 innings in what was a promising first season in the big leagues.

Matt was unable to build on his rookie season, however, as in 2016, he fell to a record of 7-13 and his ERA rose to 5.00 in 27 games. Things got worse in 2017, as he was just 0-1, 8.35 in 20 games, but only 1 start and in just 32 1/3 innings. In both 2016 and 2017 he also pitched for Gwinnett, going 7-5, 3.56 in 18 game (14 starts) the second year. In 2018, he went 4-4, 4.37 in 13 starts for the re-named Gwinnett Stripers and 1-1, 5.40 in 7 games for the Braves. On July 30th, he was one of three players sent by the Braves to the Cincinnati Reds, along with P Lucas Sims and OF Preston Tucker, to obtain OF Adam Duvall in a trade. He pitched 11 times for Cincinnati and put up an ERA of 2.03 in 13 1/3 innings. However, he failed to make the team out of spring training in 2019 and on April 1st was traded back to his original organization, the San Diego Padres, in return for minor leaguer Diomar Lopez.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Mark Bowman: "Wisler eager to learn from Glavine: Young righty, Hall of Famer to continue work on changeup", mlb.com, February 4, 2016. [1]

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