Word first came Tuesday that the Braves had sent left-hander Joey Wentz from the Gulf Coast League Braves to Danville. Then a few hours later, Kolby Allard posted on his Twitter account that he was on his way to Rome.
The promotions are not a surprise. Both pitchers have been doing extremely well and likely need to be tested at the next level.
Allard got three starts in Rome before Danville's season started. He had a 0-2 record with an earned run average of 8.25, as he allowed 11 earned runs in 12 innings, with four walks and 12 strikeouts. But at Danville, Allard was 3-0 with an ERA of 1.32. He allowed 18 hits in 27.1 innings, with only five walks and 33 strikeouts.
So on the season, Allard is 3-2 with an ERA of 3.66 in eight starts. He's allowed 34 hits in 39.1 innings, with nine walks and 45 strikeouts.
Allard will likely start the game for Rome Friday night as they host Lexington at State Mutual Stadium. Allard could get nine or 10 more starts this season in Rome, which could put him around 80 innings or so for the season.
Wentz, the second 1st round pick for the Braves last month (40th pick overall), was outstanding in his four starts with the Gulf Coast League. He will replace Allard in Danville's rotation and will also likely start Friday. Wentz did not allow an earned run in 12 innings in the GCL. He allowed three hits, walked five and struck out 18.
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