The Atlanta Braves vaunted pool of quality arms became a bit shallower yesterday, as the club announced right-hander Arodys Vizcaino had undergone Tommy John surgery. The 21-year-old top prospect will be sidelined through at least the 2012 season.
Entering the season, Vizcaino was ranked the 40th best prospect in the game by Baseball America. It wasn’t the first time the Dominican native was honored by BA, as the promising young player had also cracked their top 100 in 2010 and ’11.
Last year, Vizcaino made a rapid ascent through the Braves minor league system. Beginning the year with Atlanta’s High-A affiliate, Vizcaino steadily moved up until eventually reaching the majors as a 20-year-old.
During his time in the minors last season, Vizcaino posted an ERA and WHIP of 3.06 and 1.134 to go with his 9.3 SO/9 and 2.6 BB/9. While he was used primarily as a starter in the minors, the Braves inserted Vizcaino into their bullpen after summoning him to the bigs. Over his 17 appearances, Vizcaino maintained a 4.67 ERA and 1.442 WHIP, striking out 17 batters over his 17 1/3 innings of work.
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