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Arodys Vizcaino | Relief Pitcher | #38

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (25) / 11/13/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / UDFA / NYY
Contract: view contract details

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Arodys Vizcaino notched a four-out save Friday against the Marlins as the Braves finally snapped their nine-game losing streak to begin the season.
It wasn’t easy. After entering with one on in the bottom of the eighth, Vizcaino loaded the bases after Derek Dietrich walked and Dee Gordon reached on an infield single. However, he managed to strike out Marcell Ozuna to end the threat. He ran into more trouble in the ninth, but ultimately worked around a single and a walk. Vizcaino needed 35 pitches to lock down the victory, but it’s not like he has gotten much work in the early part of the season. Apr 15 - 10:41 PM

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Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez after Monday's loss to the Nationals that Arodys Vizcaino is his primary option at closer.

Jason Grilli blew a save chance on Monday, but Vizcaino pitched the eighth inning against the heart of the lineup. While things didn't work out as planned, Gonzalez said he'll continue to use Vizcaino in the higher-leverage situations. "Whether it's the eighth inning or ninth inning, [Vizcaino] is going to face the tough part of the order," Gonzalez said. "Today, it just so happened to be the eighth inning. We've got to think outside the box a little bit. Today, it kind of materialized."
Apr 4 - 10:50 PM's Mark Bowman writes that Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez "seems to have bought into using matchups and situations" with the closer situation.

In other words, it sounds as if both Jason Grilli and Arodys Vizcaino could be in line for some save chances. The common feeling had been that Grilli would get the first crack at the job as long as he was healthy (which he has been this spring), and he still seems likely to get the first save opportunity. However, Vizcaino is the better pitcher and probably a better bet to finish the season with more saves.
Apr 3 - 8:49 AM

Arodys Vizcaino turned in a hitless inning against the Tigers on Tuesday.

While Jason Grilli continues his rehab, Vizcaino has opened the spring with four scoreless innings and six strikeouts. He should be Atlanta's best reliever once again, though expectations are that Grilli will close if healthy.
Mar 15 - 4:27 PM

Arodys Vizcaino fanned all three Phillies he faced in his inning of work Friday.

Vizcaino projects as the Braves' best reliever, but he's likely to open up as a setup man if Jason Grilli shows he's healthy. He might get another chance to close later this year, whether it's due to Grilli getting hurt again, struggling or getting traded to a contender.
Mar 4 - 6:22 PM

Braves and RHP Arodys Vizcaino avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $897,500 contract.

It's a modest but notable raise in his first year of arbitration eligibility. Vizcaino posted a 1.60 ERA and served as the Braves' closer down the stretch last season. He could return to the role in 2016.
Jan 15 - 1:44 PM

Arodys Vizcaino worked around two hits to close out the Nationals, earning his eighth save on Tuesday.

Vizcaino gave up back-to-back singles to start the inning before a fortunate double play helped him get out of trouble. Vizcaino then struck out Matt den Dekker to end the game. The right-hander, who took over the closer role down the stretch, has a 1.74 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 35/12 K/BB ratio over 31 innings this year.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 09:51:00 PM

Arodys Vizcaino worked a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his seventh save in Wednesday's 6-3 victory over the Mets.

Vizcaino allowed a leadoff single to Juan Uribe, but immediately erased it with a 4-6-3 double play. He then got Curtis Granderson to ground out to end the game. The right-hander is 7-for-8 in save chances since making his season debut in early July, holding a 1.86 ERA with a 32/12 K/BB ratio in 29 innings.
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 10:11:00 PM

Arodys Vizcaino pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his fourth save as the Braves topped the Rockies 5-3 on Monday.

Vizcaino got Nolan Arenado to fly out, Ben Paulsen to strike out, and D.J. LeMahieu to ground out to end the game on 12 pitches. The right-hander has served as the Braves' closer since the beginning of August, but the Braves haven't given him many save opportunities. In August, Vizcaino is 4-for-4 in save chances with a spotless ERA and an 11/3 K/BB ratio over 9 2/3 innings.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 10:21:00 PM

Arodys Vizcaino picked up his first major league save with a scoreless ninth inning Thursday against the Marlins.

Vizcaino has turned in scoreless appearances in his last eight outings. The Braves might not generate a ton of save chances the rest of the way, but what they do produce is expected to go to Vizcaino.
Thu, Aug 6, 2015 10:51:00 PM

Arodys Vizcaino will serve as the Braves' closer following the trade of Jim Johnson.

Andrew McKirahan could get a few chances if the opposition is sending up a bunch of left-handed batters, but Vizcaino will be the main guy here. He's allowed only one run over nine innings since returning from a PED suspension. Obviously he needs to be added in fantasy leagues where he's still available.
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 08:33:00 AM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution thinks Arodys Vizcaino is the "most likely" to take over as the Braves' closer if Jim Johnson is traded.

Vizcaino has allowed just one run while striking out eight over nine relief innings since returning from his PED suspension. David Aardsma has also pitched well and would be a candidate, but it looks like Vizcaino is the one to scoop up if you're speculating on saves.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 12:27:00 PM's Mark Bowman thinks that Arodys Vizcaino could move into the closer role for the Braves if Jim Johnson is traded this month.

Johnson has moved into the ninth inning following Jason Grilli's (Achilles) season-ending injury, but it's possible he'll be flipped before the deadline. Vizcaino has made four scoreless appearances since returning from a PED suspension earlier this month. He's had control issues, but the 24-year-old has big velocity and could be the club's closer of the future.
Sun, Jul 12, 2015 09:53:00 AM

Braves reinstated RHP Arodys Vizcaino from the restricted list.

The right-hander was suspended for the first 80 games of the 2015 season due to a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs. The 24-year-old has a very live arm and will be used in middle relief for the Braves.
Sun, Jul 5, 2015 05:17:00 PM

Arodys Vizcaino has been suspended for 80 games for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that he tested positive for Stanozolol. Vizcaino, who was re-acquired from the Cubs over the winter, was just optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday after allowing eight runs over eight inning of work this spring. The 24-year-old will now be sidelined until around midseason.
Thu, Apr 2, 2015 05:02:00 PM

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