Kyle Muller
Atlanta Braves – No. 66
Pitcher
Born: (1997-10-07) October 7, 1997 (age 24)
Dallas, Texas
Bats: Right
Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 16, 2021, for the Atlanta Braves
MLB statistics
(through 2021 season)
Win–loss record2–4
Earned run average4.17
Strikeouts37
Teams

Kyle Douglas Muller (born October 7, 1997) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was drafted by the Braves in the second round of the 2016 MLB draft. He made his MLB debut in 2021.

Amateur career

Muller attended Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas in Dallas, Texas. He was a pitcher and outfielder. During his senior year he set the national record for strikeouts in a row with 24.[1] He was named the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year after going 8–0 with a 0.46 earned run average (ERA) and 133 strikeouts as a pitcher and hit .396 with 15 home runs and 52 runs batted in (RBI).[2][3] Muller also played high school basketball.[citation needed]

Professional career

Muller committed to the University of Texas at Austin to play college baseball for the Texas Longhorns. He was drafted by the Braves with the 44th pick of the 2016 MLB draft.[4] He signed with the Braves, receiving a $2.5 million signing bonus, to forgo his commitment to Texas.[5]

After signing, Muller was assigned to the GCL Braves, where he posted a 1-0 record with a 0.65 ERA in 27.2 innings pitched. In 2017, Muller pitched for the Danville Braves where he pitched to a 1-1 record and 4.15 ERA in 11 games started.[6] He began the 2018 season with the Rome Braves,[7] and was promoted to the Florida Fire Frogs on May 8.[8] He joined the Mississippi Braves on August 6.[9] In 25 starts between the three clubs, Muller went 11-3 with a 3.03 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP, while leading the league with 16 wild pitches.[10] Muller spent the entire 2019 season with Mississippi. He had a 7-6 record and a 3.14 ERA in 22 starts.

Muller did not play in a game in 2020 due to the cancellation of the minor league season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[11] After the year, the Braves added Muller to their 40-man roster.[12][13]

On June 16, 2021, Muller was promoted to the major leagues for the first time after Tucker Davidson was placed on the injured list.[14] He made his MLB debut that day, pitching one inning and allowing two runs against the Boston Red Sox. He made his first career start on June 21 against the New York Mets, allowing 1 run over 4 innings during the 4-2 loss.[15] On July 3, Muller was optioned back down to Triple-A Gwinnett.[16] In 2021 with the Braves he was 2-4 with a 4.17 ERA in nine games (8 starts).[17] The Braves finished with an 88-73 record, clinching the NL East, and eventually won the 2021 World Series, giving the Braves their first title since 1995.[18]

References

  1. ^ Little, Greg (28 March 2016). "Texas baseball signee Kyle Muller strikes out 24 in a row to break national record". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ Zaleon, Avi (24 May 2016). "Jesuit senior Kyler Muller named Texas Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Kyle Muller wins Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year". USA Today. 6 June 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. ^ Wixon, Matt (11 April 2016). "Decisions, decisions; Jesuit's Muller faces choice between pitcher or hitter, UT or MLB". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Jesuit P Kyle Muller, Braves agree $2.5 million deal". WFAA. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Kyle Muller Stats, Highlights, Bio". MILB.com. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  7. ^ Mayo, Johnathan (April 5, 2018). "Where Braves' Top 30 prospects are starting season". MLB.com. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  8. ^ Wellham, David (May 24, 2018). "A look at Cristian Pache and four other key players at high-A Florida". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  9. ^ "LHP Kyle Muller Promoted to M-Braves, RHP Connor Johnstone to Florida". WLBT. August 6, 2018. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  10. ^ "Kyle Muller Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  11. ^ "2020 Minor League Season Canceled". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved 2021-08-16.
  12. ^ Burns, Gabriel (November 19, 2020). "Braves add LHP Kyle Muller to 40-man roster". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  13. ^ Bowman, Mark (November 20, 2020). "Braves add Muller to 40-man, claim Mayfield". MLB.com. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  14. ^ "Braves Promote Kyle Muller". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved 2021-08-16.
  15. ^ "Kyle Muller Stats, News, Bio". ESPN. Retrieved 2021-06-22.
  16. ^ Anthony Franco (July 4, 2021). "Braves Recall Orlando Arcia". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved July 4, 2021.
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  18. ^ "Atlanta Braves win 2021 World Series". MLB. Retrieved November 2, 2021.