John Cornely called up to Atlanta

The Braves are trying someone new in the taxed bullpen.

John Cornely got the call to the big leagues Friday. He’ll have a chance to rack up some innings in a very taxed Atlanta bullpen.

The soon-to-be 26-year-old Cornely is graduating after a very impressive 151-game stint in the minor leagues. He has a career ERA of 2.75 and has 297 strikeouts in 219.2 innings pitched. Cornely allowed just 156 hits in his minor league games.

This year in five games in Gwinnett Cornely had a 1.04 ERA and a 2-0 record. Cornely allowed just one earned run on five hits in 8.2 innings, with only one walk and 12 strikeouts.

Last year in 46 games in Mississippi, Cornely had seven saves and had 71 strikeouts in 68.2 innings, with only 45 hits allowed.

Cornely does not give up many his and strikes a lot of batter out. He has walked 116 in those minor league innings, so that is a bit of a concern. But the strikeouts are a what you are looking for in a reliever.

With Brandon Cunniff likely back soon after a short rest, Cornely will need to make a good impression to stay in Atlanta. Michael Kohn was also called up Friday, and he also has the ability to strike out a lot of batters. The pitcher that shows the best control could stick for a while in the Atlanta bullpen.

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