Lawrenceville, Georgia —— The Atlanta Braves sent big league relief pitcher Arodys Vizcaino to their Triple-A affiliate, the Gwinnett Braves, for a rehab assignment outing on Monday night. The 26-year-old righty threw a scoreless inning in the game against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies), allowing just one baserunner who reached on an error and later stole second before being stranded.
Vizcaino also recorded a strikeout in the inning, and sat 95-98 mph with his fastball all night, which came out of his hand free and easy with no signs of pain or hesitation in his mechanics. The Atlanta Braves reliever coupled his hard fastball with a 84-87 mph slider, and a changeup that touched 88 mph. Vizcaino was plainly more comfortable throwing the slider than the changeup, but each pitch showed good late bite and overall the big leaguer was smooth, in control, and throwing the ball very hard considering it’s his first since July 2 when he landed on the disabled list. His command was good considering the lay-off, and judging by the way hitters were reacting to his stuff—especially his fastball—tells me Arodys Vizcaino needs very little, if any, remaining rehab time before he’s ready to be re-added to the Braves’ 25-man active roster.
There has been talk of Vizcaino returning to the Atlanta Braves at some point later this week. He showed no obvious discomfort with his injured finger while hitting his typical velocity bands, so it’s reasonable to surmise that this may have been his only rehab appearance, especially considering his short stint bullpen role. Below, you can watch every pitch Arodys Vizcaino threw during his July 17 outing for the Gwinnett Braves. If you like what you see, please click here and subscribe to our YouTube channel for hundreds more minor league baseball prospect and rehab assignment videos.
Arodys Vizcaino, RHP, Atlanta Braves — July 17, 2017 Video