Arodys Vizcaino RP ATL 2 days ago

Vizcaino picked up his third save with a clean inning, including a strikeout, Tuesday against the Mets.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Vizcaino rebounded from a tough luck blown save in which he allowed an unearned run Sunday against the Cubs. He has yet to give up an earned run in any of his four save opportunities this year. Even though the Braves haven't given him many chances to close out wins, he has been electric, with 16 strikeouts and a 0.87 ERA in 10.1 innings.

Arodys Vizcaino RP ATL 2 weeks ago

Vizcaino has no runs allowed and one save in 4.0 innings over five appearances this season. He also has five strikeouts and three walks.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Owners would like to see that 1.50 WHIP drop a bit, but that's mostly due to allowing four base runners in his last appearance. Vizcaino is 1-for-1 in save opportunities and owns a healthy 11.25 K/9. He should continue to be the Braves' go-to guy in the ninth inning.

Arodys Vizcaino RP ATL 3 weeks ago

Vizcaino may not be available for Saturday's game against the Marlins, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After throwing 35 pitches in his outing Friday to notch his first save of the season, the Braves will avoid bringing him in for Saturday's matchup. If a save situation arises Saturday, Jason Grilli may get the nod, but Vizcaino will remain as the team's closer moving forward.

Arodys Vizcaino RP ATL 3 weeks ago

Vizcaino notched his first save of the season in Friday's 6-3 victory over the Marlins, surrendering two hits and two walks over 1.1 innings. He also struck out two.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Braves closer played a pivotal role in staving off a late Marlins would-be rally, striking out Marcell Ozuna with the bases loaded in the eighth. Vizcaino then worked himself into some trouble in the ninth before retiring J.T. Realmuto on a groundout with two on to end the game. The 25-year-old did labor a bit, throwing 35 pitches over his time on the mound. However, he's been solid overall over five appearances, pitching four innings of three-hit, scoreless ball so far in 2016.

Arodys Vizcaino RP ATL 1 month ago

Vizcaino is considered the primary option at closer, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With the heart of the Nationals' order due up in the eighth inning Monday and the Braves clinging to a 3-2 lead, Gonzalez turned to Vizcaino, who allowed one walk but no hits in a scoreless frame. Grilli came on for the ninth inning and blew the save, and while he was somewhat unlucky, the skipper made it clear afterward that Vizcaino is the preferred option over Grilli. Perhaps situations like Monday's will keep Vizcaino from seeing the usual number of save opportunities, but it sounds like Vizcaino will get the save chance more often than not.

Arodys Vizcaino RP ATL 2 months ago

Manager Fredi Gonzalez suggested Tuesday that he could use Vizcaino in a combination of closers with Jason Grilli (Achilles) and Jim Johnson, at least initially, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "It will be probably the same situation (as last year)," Gonzalez said. "I can use all three. Mix-and-match. Absolutely."

Competitive Edge Analysis

Grilli is still a question mark for Opening Day. If Grilli's unavailable to start the year, Vizcaino and Johnson will likely split closer duties, and Gonzalez added that he could deploy some sort of committee once he has all three at his disposal. "I feel that way now," Gonzalez said, "that if the matchup comes up, say in the seventh inning there's two or three guys the scouting reports say can't hit high velocity, maybe we run Vizcaino against those guys. That might be the biggest inning."

Arodys Vizcaino RP ATL 2 months ago

Vizcaino has allowed two hits while striking out five in two scoreless innings so far this spring.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 25-year-old hit triple digits on the radar gun in his Grapefruit League debut, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark, and followed it up with another multi-strikeout appearance Tuesday. Jason Grilli is on the verge of making his spring debut, so the competition for the closer role in Atlanta may start to really heat up. It would make sense if the Braves attempted to build Grilli's trade value back up by giving him the ninth inning to start the season, but Grilli has to prove that he's fully recovered from the Achilles injury.

Arodys Vizcaino RP ATL 4 months ago

Vizcaino agreed to a one-year contract with the Braves on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With Jason Grilli shelved with a torn Achilles for much of the 2015 season, Vizcaino capitalized on his opportunity as the Braves' closer, notching nine saves in 10 opportunities. That said, with Grilli on pace to return for spring training, Vizcaino will need to keep up his 2015 production to keep his grip on the closing role.

Arodys Vizcaino RP ATL 7 months ago

Vizcaino retired the side in order in the ninth inning Wednesday against the Nationals en route to his ninth save of the season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

All Vizcaino needed was 12 pitches to nail down the win for starter Williams Perez. The 24-year-old Vizcaino has now turned in eight straight scoreless appearances, with 11 strikeouts against just one walk over that span, and is 9-for-10 in save opportunities this season. He's making a strong case to keep the role to begin 2016.

Arodys Vizcaino RP ATL 7 months ago

Vizcaino recorded his eighth save in Tuesday's 2-1 victory over the Nationals, pitching a scoreless ninth while surrendering two hits and striking out a batter.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Vizcaino made things interesting in the ninth by surrendering consecutive singles to Jayson Werth and Clint Robinson to open the inning, but ultimately was able to strike out the red-hot Matt den Dekker to secure the victory. It was the fourth consecutive successful save opportunity for Vizcaino, and his seventh straight scoreless outing.