After a poor start to the 2015 season Braves pitcher Eric Stults is being sent to the bullpen. Replacing him is Williams Perez, who was recently promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett. Having started 89 of his 109 minor league games, Perez could eventually join the starting rotation, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.
So far this year Perez has given up four earned runs in 2 1/3 innings for the Braves. All four runs came in one outing against the Nationals in a 9-2 loss. After that Perez came back strong, pitching two scoreless innings against the Reds last Wednesday. In his five starts with the Gwinnett Braves this year he went 2-0 with a 1.33 ERA, 21 strikeouts, and 9 walks in 27 innings of work.
Stults has gone 1-4 with a 5.36 ERA in his seven starts for the Braves this year. He went 0-3 with a 7.00 ERA in his last three starts. Stults is the Braves’ second starting pitcher to be demoted to the bullpen this year. The first was Trevor Cahill, who was replaced by Mike Foltynewicz after going 0-3 with an 8.03 ERA in his first three starts for the Braves.
Stults made the Braves starting rotation after being a non-roster invitee in spring training. He is owed $2 million this year.