The Atlanta Braves have called up top pitching prospect Arodys Vizcaino according to multiple sources and he will make his major league debut this week. The 20 year old has pitched for the High-A Lynchburg Hillcats, Double-A Mississippi Braves, and Triple-A Gwinnett Braves in 2011. He began the season as a starter in Lynchburg going 2-2 with a 2.45ERA in 9 starts. He was then promoted to Mississippi where he was 2-3 with a 3.81ERA in 49.2 innings covering eight starts and three relief appearances. Vizcaino was converted exclusively to relief following a promotion to Triple-A in order to groom him for a role in the Braves bullpen, and he responded by going 1-0 with a 1.29ERA in six appearances out of the Gwinnett bullpen. Vizcaino began his career in the Yankees organization and came to the Braves in the trade that sent Javier Vazquez to New York. Braves fans can expect to see a lot of velocity from Vizcaino whose fastball can approach 100 MPH.
Phil Gosselin is probably best known for cranking a Home Run off the then unbeaten Stephen Strasburg that helped the Virginia Cavaliers beat San Diego State in the 2009 NCAA Regional. However now that he’s turned pro, Gosselin is beginning to makie a name for himself in the Carolina League as the second baseman is one of the batter hitters on the Lynchburg Hillcats. The Atlanta Braves farmhand is batting .272 with 22 doubles, five triples, five home runs, and 51 RBI’s so far this season. In the story below, Gosselin talks about staying focused in his first full season, playing close to home in Lynchburg, getting to see his Virginia Cavaliers make it to the NCAA’s once again, and playing minor league ball for Luis Salazar who lost his eye after being hit with a line drive during spring training.