Williams Perez to Replace Eric Stults in Starting Rotation


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.

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