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Parsons’ wait is over, Braves call up right-hander

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By Jimmy Trodglen

Editor

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Wes Parsons started his trek toward becoming a Major League pitcher when the Braves signed the free agent to a minor league contract on July 30 in 2012.

Parsons has steadily climbed up the Braves’ farm system ladder, and received the promotion he had worked toward when the Braves announced they were calling up the 6-foot-5 right-hander following the Braves’ loss to the Reds Tuesday.

Parsons confirmed the promotion in a text with Clarksville High baseball coach Brian Hetland and in a late Tuesday night text with Tnsports360.com.

Mark Bowman with MLB.com reported the Braves had selected Parson’s contract from AAA Gwinnett Wednesday morning.

Parsons, who has spent all six years of his professional career in the Braves farm system, was promoted from AA Mississippi to Gwinnett on May 27.

Parsons has been impressive in his time with Gwinnett, owning a 3-1 record with a 2.83 ERA in six start. In his last outing on June 22, Parsons threw 6 1/3 shutout innings with five strikeouts. Parsons was scheduled to start for Gwinnett Wednesday.

Between Mississippi and Gwinnett, Parsons has made 13 starts this season and has a combined 2.10 ERA with a 1.07 WHIP. He has struck out 61 in 64 1/3 innings, with only 21 walks.

Parsons will likely work out of the Braves’ bullpen, which has struggled at this time season. The Braves are 45-33 and have a 3.5 game lead over the Phillies in the NL East.

The 25-year-old Parsons pitched with the Braves during spring training the past two seasons, but never pitched in a regular-season game. He could make his Major League debut by the end of the week.

Parsons pitched at Clarksville High before pitching for two seasons at Jackson State. He signed a free agent deal with the Braves when he was 19-years-old.

In his six seasons in the Braves’ farm system, Parsons is 20-22 with a 3.36 ERA in 112 games pitched.

Parsons is one of two former Wildcats who could make their MLB debut this season. Ryne Harper has five saves in 15 appearance for AA Chattanooga, an affiliate of the Twins. Harper has a 3.20 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings.  Harper was called up by the Mariners when he was at AAA Tacoma last season, but never made an appearance outside of the bullpen.

Alec Mills, who played at Montgomery Central, is pitching for AAA Iowa in the Cubs’ farm system. Mills is 3-7 with a 4.52 ERA in 14 starts. Mills has struck out 67 in 75 2/3 innings and has a 1.40 WHIP. Mill pitched in three games with the Royals during the 2016 season.

Jimmy Trodglen, editor, Tnsports. Twitter@Tnsports360