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The Braves optioned AJ Smith-Shawver to Triple-A Gwinnett Monday.
Smith-Shawver posted a 4.32 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP through four appearances this season. The 20-year-old impressed in his first few outings, but allowed eight earned runs over his last two starts. The Braves added Dereck Rodriguez to take Smith-Shawver’s roster spot.
Smith-Shawver struggled mightily in his third start of the season, allowing five earned runs over just 3.1 innings pitched in a high-scoring affair against the Reds.
The right-hander allowed four hits and two walks while striking out four on 73 pitches. Smith-Shawver carries a 4.32 ERA and 1.14 WHIP through four games this season.
AJ Smith-Shawver pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and one walk while giving up three earned runs and earning his second win of the season as the Braves defeated the Rockies 8-3 on Thursday.
With a 2.03 ERA and 7.4 K/9 through two starts, Smith-Shawver has been a solid addition to the Braves' rotation, boasting a 4.50 FIP and 2.75 K/BB ratio. Despite a low .200 BABIP, the right-hander will look to continue his success in his next outing.
AJ Smith-Shawver was impressive in his first career start, allowing just 3 hits and 2 walks over 5 scoreless innings against the Nationals, but was ultimately left with a no-decision as the Braves won 3-2.
The right-hander generated 2 strikeouts on 86 pitches, keeping his season ERA to 0.00 and his WHIP to 0.78 through 2 appearances. While he has yet to factor into a decision, Smith-Shawver has been dominant so far, posting a 5.87 K/9 and a 1.67 strikeout-to-walk ratio.