The Atlanta Braves look for their third win of the 2022 MLB season on Tuesday night when they take on the Washington Nationals at Truist Park. Although the defending World Series champions' season hasn't started as planned, they're set to get a boost in the form of one of the club's top prospects.
The Braves announced Tuesday afternoon that right-handed pitcher Bryce Elder will make his first-ever MLB start against the Nationals. Atlanta also designated catcher Chadwick Tromp for assignment to make room for Elder on the 40-man roster.
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Bryce Elder MLB Debut
A fifth-round pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, Elder's play in the minor leagues last season has had Braves fans highly anticipating his debut in the Majors.
Elder started in 25 games across Triple-A, Double-A and High-A last season. When the dust settled, he finished with an 11-5 record across all three levels, along with a 2.75 ERA while averaging 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
The 22-year-old righty managed to make a pair of starts during the Braves' Spring Training schedule. He looked impressive in the 7.2 IP that he saw, striking out four batters without allowing a single hit or run.
Elder is currently unranked on FanDuel Sportsbook's 2022 National League Rookie of the Year odds list. Nevertheless, continuing his minor league and Spring Training play into the MLB season could have him on the list sooner than later. He's listed as the No. 5 overall prospect in Atlanta's farm system.
As for his first-ever start, things are looking promising for Edler. The Braves are currently -154 moneyline favorites over the Nationals (+130), according to FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB Odds.
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