Aug 10, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT
Viczaino was acquired from the Yankees in the December of 2009 deal for Javier Vazquez and cracked Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects list coming into the season despite spending most of last year at low Single-A.
He’s blitzed through the minors this season, going from high Single-A to Double-A to Triple-A. And now the hard-throwing right-hander is in the majors three months before his 21st birthday.
Vizcaino has been working out of the bullpen since arriving at Triple-A last month, allowing just one earned run in seven innings, so the Braves are looking at him as a late-inning relief option down the stretch. And the potential is certainly there to dominate alongside the two-headed Craig Kimbrel–Jonny Venters monster, as Vizcaino racked up 100 strikeouts in 97 total innings between the three levels and held opponents to a .234 batting average.
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