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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
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Braves placed RHP Arodys Vizcaino on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain.
We knew something was wrong when Vizcaino lasted just three pitches Friday against Colorado. Vizcaino has been good but not great this year, converting 10-of-13 save opportunities with a 3.00 ERA and an 11.75 K/9. Jim Johnson should take over the closer role during his absence, though save chances have been hard to come by for the Braves this year. Jul 16 - 4:22 PM

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Arodys Vizcaino is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list due to an oblique injury.

Vizcaino, who recently missed a few days due to a topical infection in his elbow, threw just three pitches Friday's game against the Rockies. Oblique injuries are notoriously tricky and could leave him sidelined well into August. He has been a popular trade target, but this injury could obviously change that. Jim Johnson is probably the favorite for saves during his absence, but the hard-throwing Mauricio Cabrera is also worth watching.
Jul 15 - 11:36 PM

Arodys Vizcaino (elbow) will be available to pitch on Friday.

Vizcaino missed the final few days before the All-Star break due to a topical infection in his elbow, but it's not a long-term concern. The Braves plan to ease him back into things, so it's unclear if he'll be used in a possible save chance right away.
Jul 15 - 6:15 PM

Arodys Vizcaino pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Mets on Thursday to earn his ninth save.

Vizcaino issued a walk but no further damage in the frame. He's got just nine saves on the year, but that's not a knock on Vizcaino as much as it is a testament to how bad the Braves have been, as the right-hander owns a 2.01 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 44/15 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 innings. With other teams showing interest, Vizcaino could be a hot name around the trade deadline.
Jun 23 - 11:07 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports Arodys Vizcaino is drawing "intense" trade interest.

It's no surprise that Vizcaino is generating so much buzz. The 25-year-old owns an elite 1.83 ERA since the start of last season and is making under $900,000 this year. With that said, it's going to take a huge offer for the rebuilding Braves to even consider trading their star closer. As it stands now, Vizcaino won't reach free agency until 2019.
Jun 23 - 10:56 PM

Arodys Vizcaino blew his second save of the season in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Padres, surrendering two runs on three hits over 1/3 of an inning.

Vizcaino entered in the ninth inning with the Braves holding a 3-2 lead, but he coughed up a leadoff home run to Derek Norris to tie proceedings at 3-all. That homer didn't play so well on the 25-year-old's psyche. Alexei Ramirez followed Norris' homer with a single and moved to third after stealing second and taking advantage of a Vizcaino wild pitch. Vizcaino proceeded to walk Travis Jakowski to set the stage for Wil Myers to walk things off with a little single. With blown save No. 2 on Vizcaino's ledger, he is now 6-for-8 in save chances and holds a 2.25 ERA with a 34/8 K/BB ratio across 24 innings.
Jun 8 - 1:36 AM

Arodys Vizcaino recorded his sixth save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Marlins on Friday.

Vizcaino threw 16 pitches in the frame and notched one strikeout. He hasn’t received many save opportunities on an awful Braves team, but the 25-year-old has been fantastic this season. He owns a dominant 1.31 ERA and 30/7 K/BB ratio over 20 2/3 innings.
May 27 - 11:19 PM

Arodys Vizcaino had little trouble finishing off the Phillies on Saturday, striking out two over a perfect inning for his fifth save.

Vizcaino struck out Odubel Herrera and Freddy Galvis before getting Andres Blanco to fly out to end the game. Save chances have been scarce for the 25-year-old -- the Braves have only won 12 games all season, after all -- but he's converted five of six opportunities so far this season. The right-hander owns a 1.45 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 26/7 K/BB ratio over 18 2/3 innings. It's a shame he doesn't have a bigger stage on which to perform.
May 21 - 6:08 PM

Arodys Vizcaino issued a one-out homer to Jung Ho Kang, but recovered to secure his fourth save of the season in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Pirates.

Vizcaino entered the game with two outs in the eighth inning to take care of a small fire that was beginning to smolder. He got Andrew McCutchen to harmlessly fly out with runners on first and third. In the ninth, he made quick work of the Pirates, even with the solo homer to Kang, only needing 14 pitches to go 1 1/3 innings. The right-hander owns a 1.53 ERA, but saves have been tough to come by on such a poor ballclub.
May 18 - 10:13 PM

Arodys Vizcaino nailed down his third save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

On to protect a three-run lead, Vizcaino got a strikeout of Curtis Granderson and then a groundout and flyout to end it. Vizcaino has received just four save chances and blown one of them, but he's also allowed just one earned run over 10 1/3 innings.
May 3 - 10:22 PM

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

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

MLB.com'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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1A.J. Pierzynski
2Tyler Flowers
3Anthony Recker
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Jace Peterson
SS1Erick Aybar
2Chase d'Arnaud
3B1Gordon Beckham
2Brandon Snyder
LF1Mallex Smith
2Hector Olivera
CF1Ender Inciarte
RF1Nick Markakis
2Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Matt Wisler
3Michael Foltynewicz
4Williams Perez
5Manny Banuelos
6John Gant
7Lucas Harrell
8Jesse Biddle
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Arodys Vizcaino
2Jim Johnson
3Mauricio Cabrera
4Eric O'Flaherty
5Hunter Cervenka
6Chris Withrow
7Ian Krol
8Tyrell Jenkins
9Dario Alvarez
10Daniel Winkler
11Paco Rodriguez
12Andrew McKirahan
13Joel de la Cruz