Matt R. Wisler...Instagram: @matthewwisler...graduated from Bryan (OH) High School...before signing with the Padres in 2011 had committed to The Ohio State University.
Was in spring training with Cincinnati but designated for release or assignment March 28 and traded to San Diego in exchange for right-handed pitcher Diomar Lopez April 1....Made 21 relief appearances with the Padres, posting a record of 2-2, 5.28 ERA (29.0 IP, 17 ER) with
34 strikeouts and 10 walks....Designated for assignment by San Diego on June 29...acquired by Seattle from San Diego in exchange for cash considerations on July 4...reported to the club on July 5....Went 1-2 with four holds and a 6.04 ERA (22.1 IP, 15 ER) with 29 strikeouts and six walks in 23 appearances for the Mariners, including eight starts as an Opener....As an Opener, including two outings of 2.0 innings (July 28 vs. Detroit and August 10 vs. Tampa Bay); did not allow a run across 10.0 innings, while striking out 10, walking one and allowing four hits to limit opposing batters to a .121 (4-for-33) average against....In 15 relief appearances with the Mariners, posted a 10.95 ERA (12.1 IP, 15 ER), striking out 19 and walking five....Did not allow an earned run in 11 consecutive appearances July 20-August 23...over that span, held opposing batters to a .182 (8-for-44) average against....Finished the season by allowing 12 runs in 7.1 innings (14.73 ERA) over his final nine appearances (1 start as an Opener), beginning August 24.
On 7/30 was acquired from the Braves, along with RHP Lucas Sims and OF Preston Tucker, in exchange for LF Adam Duvall...the next day was optioned to Louisville and made 2 starts and 6 relief apps there...was promoted from Louisville on 8/31, when RHP Austin Brice was optioned...in that night's 12-5 loss at StL, made his Reds debut by pitching scoreless sixth and seventh innings in relief of starter Homer Bailey...became the 31st pitcher to appear for the Reds this season...2 days later, Lucas Sims became the 32nd pitcher to appear for the Reds, tying the 2016 franchise record for pitchers in a season...didn't allow an earned run in 9 of his 11 apps for the Reds.
Split his season between Atlanta and Triple-A Gwinnett, appearing in 20 games for the Braves, 19 out of the bullpen... Began the year in Gwinnett's rotation, before he was recalled to Atlanta on 4/23 for the first of six stints with the Braves…Optioned back on 5/3… Also up from 5/25-6/2, 6/10 as the 26th man for a doubleheader, 7/5, 7/24-7/26 and 8/19 through the end of the season... Made his lone start for the Braves on 6/10 in Game 2 of a doubleheader with NYM…Lost 8-1 after going 6.0 innings and allowing four runs, earned... Transitioned to the bullpen with the G-Braves on 8/2…Allowed two runs, earned in 6.1 innings over four Triple-A relief appearances…Went 6-5 with a 3.61 ERA (35 ER/87.1 IP) in 14 starts for the G-Braves... Went more than 1.0 inning in 10 of his 19 relief appearances with Atlanta.
Spent the majority of the year with Triple-A El Paso, compiling a 9-5 record with a 5.01 ERA (65 ER/116.2 IP) in 22 starts ...Went 5-1 and a 3.96 ERA (27 ER/61.1 IP) over his final 11 starts with the Chihuahuas, compared to a 4-4 record with a 6.18 ERA (38 ER/55.1 IP) over his first 11 outings for the club....Opened the season with San Antonio, going 1-0 with a 2.10 ERA (7 ER/30.0 IP) in six starts.
Split the season between Atlanta and Triple-A Gwinnett after the Braves acquired him on 4/5 in a trade that sent Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton, Jr. to SD…Finished fifth among NL rookies with eight wins and eighth with 109.0 IP…Won his Major League debut, 6/19 vs. NYM, after the Braves selected his contract earlier that day. Tossed 8.0 innings and allowed one run, earned, and no walks to become the first Braves starter to win his first career game since Kenshin Kawakami on 4/11/09 vs. WSH…Became the second Atlanta starter in franchise history (since 1966) to go at least 8.0 innings and allow one run or less in his debut, joining John Smoltz, who tossed 8.0 innings and allowed one run on 7/23/88 at NYM. Prior to Wisler, the last Major Leaguer to go at least 8.0 innings and allow one run or fewer in his debut was MIN's Andrew Albers on 8/6/13 at KC…Needed only 88 pitches to complete the 8.0 innings in his debut, becoming the first pitcher since 1988, when pitch counts were first recorded, to go as long in his first Major League game in as few pitches…Went 8.0 innings with no walks in his debut. No pitcher in Atlanta franchise history (since 1966) ever went as long in his debut with no walks. The only other Major Leaguer to go at least 8.0 innings with no walks in the last 15 years was CLE's Scott Lewis on 9/10/08…Became the fifth Atlanta starter to make his Major League debut against the Mets, joining Bruce Chen (9/7/98), David Nied (9/1/92), John Smoltz (7/23/88) and Larry McWilliams (7/17/78). Nied (7.0 IP, 1 R), Smoltz (8.0 IP, 1 R) and McWilliams (7.0 IP, 0 R) all won, while Chen (3.0 IP, 4 R) received a no-decision. With Wisler's performance, Braves starters in their debuts against the Mets are 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA…Won his Major League debut at the age of 22 years, 280 days, becoming the seventh Atlanta (since 1966) starter to win his MLB debut at that age or younger. The last was James Parr, who was 22 years, 190 days at the time when he beat WSH on 9/4/08…Joined with Williams Perez (20 GS) and Mike Foltynewicz (15 GS) to become the first trio of Braves rookies to all make at least 15 starts in the same season since 2008, when Jair Jurrjens (31 GS), Jorge Campillo (25 GS) and Charlie Morton (15 GS) all did it…Allowed one run or fewer in two of his first three career starts. Only seven Atlanta pitchers have done that, with the last being David Hale in 2013 and 2014, who was the only one to do it in three of his first three. Full Name: Matthew Robert Wisler Bats: Right Throws: Right M.L. Service: 0.108 Height: 6-3 Weight: 205 Born: 9/12/92 in Bryan, Ohio Acquired: Acquired by the Braves along with OF Cameron Maybin, OF Carlos Quentin, OF Jordan Paroubeck and a competitive balance pick (41st overall) in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft from the San Diego Padres in exchange for RHP Craig Kimbrel and OF Melvin Upton Jr. on April 5, 2015. Contract Status: Signed through 2016. MATT WISLER PITCHER 37 WISLER 30452 Braves Media Guide_164-230_Players-N-Z_r1.indd 224 3/21/16 11:28 AM 225 WISLER Wisler's Career Transactions…Selected by the San Diego Padres in the seventh round (233rd overall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft…Acquired by the Atlanta Braves along with OF Cameron Maybin, OF Carlos Quentin, OF Jordan Paroubeck and a competitive balance pick (41st overall) in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft from the San Diego Padres in exchange for RHP Craig Kimbrel and OF Melvin Upton Jr. on April 5, 2015…Tossed 5.1 shutout innings and allowed one hit and five walks to win 7/1, vs. WSH. Became the fourth Braves pitcher in the last 15 years to allow five or more walks and one or fewer hits in a start of at least 5.0 innings. Aaron Harang did it on 4/18/14 at New York (no hits, six walks). Russ Ortiz (7/17/04) and Damian Moss (5/3/02) also did it…Won 5-3 on 7/6 at MIL to become the first Braves pitcher to win three of his first four career starts since Mike Minor in 2010. Allowed seven hits and three runs in 5.2 innings. Struck out six…Went 5-1 with a 3.43 ERA (16 ER/42.0 IP) in his first seven starts, but then went 0-7 with an 7.71 ERA (38 ER/44.1 IP) over a 10-game stretch, nine starts, 8/1-9/17…Pitched 2.0 scoreless innings out of the bullpen in his first career relief appearance, 9/6 at WSH. Did not allow a hit and struck out two…Struck out a season-best eight to beat NYM on 9/22 and snap a seven-game losing streak…Went 3-2 with a 2.34 ERA (9 ER/34.2 IP) in five starts after his relief appearance. Won his final three starts, compiling a 1.19 ERA (3 ER/22.2 IP)…Tossed a season-best 8.2 innings…Finished 5-3 with a 2.93 ERA (19 ER/58.1 IP) in nine home starts. Went 3-5 with a 6.75 ERA (38 ER/50.2 IP) in 11 games, 10 starts, away from Turner Field…Entered the 2015 season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 1 overall prospect in the San Diego Padres farm system…Earned International League Pitcher of the Week honors twice (5/10 and 5/31)…Pitched at a 1.78 ERA while going 3-0 over six May starts en route to earning the organization's co-Pitcher of the Month honors for the G-Braves (alongside teammate LHP Manny Banuelos).
Opened the season with High-A Lake Elsinore making six starts before a promotion to Double-A San Antonio where he helped lead the Missions to the Texas League championship...Combined to post a 10-6 record with a 2.78 ERA (42 ER, 136.0 IP) over 26 starts for Lake Elsinore and San Antonio...His 3.00 ERA for San Antonio would have placed him fourth in the league if he had enough innings to qualify...Recorded a 3-1 record with a 1.86 ERA (6 ER, 29.0 IP) in six August starts...Made three starts for the Missions in the Texas League playoffs, going 1-0 with two no decisions allowing just one earned run over 16.0 innings for a 0.56 ERA...struck out 16...Following the season, rated by Baseball America as the No. 2 prospect in the Padres system...also enters 2014 as the No. 78 prospect in all of baseball according to MLB.com.
In his fi rst full season in the minors, spent the entire campaign with Class-A Fort Wayne and posted a 2.53 ERA in 24 games, 23 starts...Tossed a six-inning, rain-shortened shutout on July 1 at Lake County, allowing just two hits with six strikeouts.
Made just one relief appearance for the Rookie-Level Arizona Padres in his first pro season.