Arodys Vizcaino RP ATL 1 month ago

Atlanta Braves pitcher Arodys Vizcaino was named the team's closer Friday following the trade of pitcher Jim Johnson, according to MLB.com. Vizcaino has allowed just one run in nine innings this season but could face competition from David Aardsma or Andrew McKirahan if he falters in his new role.

Arodys Vizcaino RP ATL 2 months ago

Vizcaino was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.

The hard-throwing right-hander has been idle for most of the season after serving an 80-game suspension for a positive PED test, but after making seven appearances with three different affiliates, it appears the Braves are ready to see what he can do with the big club. The 24-year-old could emerge as one of the top setup men for closer Jason Grilli if he irons out his control issues and is able to stay healthy for an extended period of time.

Arodys Vizcaino RP ATL 2 months ago

Vizcaino has been activated from the minor league DL and he's eligible to be called up by the Braves on Saturday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Given the issues the Braves have had in relief, Vizcaino should have an opportunity to contribute in Atlanta in the not-so-distant future. He's eligible for promotion Saturday as Friday marks the final game in his 80-game suspension for a positive PED test.

Arodys Vizcaino RP ATL 5 months ago

Vizcaino (suspension) was placed on the restricted list by the Braves on Sunday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Vizcaino was recently dealt an 80-game suspension for PED use, so the right-handed reliever won't be making an impact at any level until later in the summer.

Arodys Vizcaino RP ATL 5 months ago

Vizcaino, who was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday, will serve an 80-game suspension for PEDs, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports.

According to Passan, Vizcaino has thrown significantly harder this spring than he did in recent seasons. It still wasn't enough to make the Opening Day roster, so the right-hander will serve his suspension in the minors. Vizcaino won't be eligible to play until July, but it's possible injuries will free up a spot on the big-league squad by that point.

Arodys Vizcaino RP ATL 5 months ago

Vizcaino was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday.

Look for the electric righty to be back up pitching out of the Braves' bullpen at some point this season. He has a big fastball and a plus curveball and if he can figure out his command, he could be used in high-leverage situations.

Arodys Vizcaino RP ATL 10 months ago

Vizcaino was traded to the Braves on Sunday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Vizcaino was shipped along with the Cubs' second, third, and fourth international signing slots for Tommy La Stella and the Braves' fourth international slot. The 24-year-old posted a 5.40 ERA and 1.60 WHIP over five innings with the Cubs last season.

Arodys Vizcaino RP ATL 12 months ago

Vizcaino gave up two runs in an inning against Toronto on Wednesday.

Vizcaino has given up four hits and three runs in his first two appearances with the Cubs this season. He could compete for a shot at closing for the Cubs next spring, but he'll have to show he can get big-league hitters out first.

Arodys Vizcaino RP ATL 12 months ago

Vizcaino was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Vizcaino started the season in High-A but worked his way up to Double-A and then Triple-A before getting the call to the majors Tuesday. He pitched in 17 games with the Braves last season, posting a 4.67 ERA and 1.44 WHIP, and will look for a better showing in September, which could serve as an audition for next season.

Arodys Vizcaino RP ATL 1 year ago

Cubs optioned RHP Arodys Vizcaino, OF Brett Jackson, RHP Zac Rosscup and 3Bs Christian Villanueva and Josh Vitters to Triple-A Iowa; reassigned C Rafael Lopez, OF Mitch Maier and RHP Armando Rivero to minor league camp.

Vizcaino was unscored upon in three Cactus League innings, but he's missed the last two years due to elbow issues and needs to log some innings in the minors. The hard-thrower is a deep sleeper for saves this season.