Rome's Wilson fans career-high 11

Atlanta righty stays in groove with seven more scoreless frames

Bryse Wilson has thrown 13 consecutive scoreless innings at Augusta's expense. (Chris Robertson/MiLB.com)

By Bob Sutton / Special to MiLB.com | August 8, 2017 11:05 PM ET

Bryse Wilson doesn't really strive to be a strikeout pitcher, but he might be turning into one.

The Class A Rome right-hander continued his recent mastery of Augusta by striking out 11 over seven innings en route to the Braves' 4-0 victory Tuesday at Lake Olmstead Stadium. Wilson (9-5) allowed four hits and one walk.

"I think I can be a strikeout guy," Wilson said. "Either way works for me as long as I'm getting guys out and not giving up runs."


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The 2016 fourth-round pick has thrown 13 consecutive innings -- all against the GreenJackets -- without allowing a run.

"That's my first back-to-back scoreless (starts)," Wilson said. "I think it was just one of those nights. I was able to locate (my pitches) really well. I was able to locate my fastball really well, even got a couple of strikeouts looking with the fastball."

He threw 60 of his 91 pitches for strikes in topping his previous career high -- eight on June 11 against the Asheville Tourists. For the season, Atlanta's No. 22 prospect has averaged just above one strikeout per inning with 114 in a team-high 112 1/3 innings.

Wilson's also become known as a durable pitcher, logging at least five innings in his last seven starts. One month ago, he tossed a complete-game shutout against the West Virginia Power.

The 19-year-old, who pitched for Orange High School in Hillsborough, N.C., gave up a scholarship to the University of North Carolina to turn pro. After spending last summer in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, he jumped to full-season fall at the beginning of the spring. That, he said, was something that gave him confidence and he was intent on proving he deserved that assignment.

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Wilson attributes his groove to comfort with expanding upon his offerings.

"I've been able to develop a changeup," he said. "It has been one of my better pitches. It has definitely helped a lot. My slider is still there."

He currently stands second in ERA in the South Atlantic League with a 2.48, behind teammate Joey Wentz -- Atlanta's ninth-ranked prospect -- at 2.43. But he hasn't been crunching numbers when considering his goals for the final month of the season.


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"I don't want to get ahead of myself," Wilson said. "Just to finish strong. Keep throwing the way I have been and set my team up to win."

Right-handed reliever Matt Custred allowed one hit over the final two innings. He has made four consecutive appearances without yielding a run as Rome got back in the win column a night after its 11-game win streak was snapped.

Bob Sutton is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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