Facing an 8 p.m. Eastern time deadline to add prospects to their 40-man roster, the Nats so far have only announced the selection of Braymer, who went 4-10 with a 4.53 ERA in 26 starts between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Fresno this season.
Braymer, 25, was an 18th round draft pick in 2016 who was named the organization’s co-Pitcher of the Year in 2018 while at Single-A Hagerstown and Potomac. He opened this season at Double-A and excelled with a 2.51 ERA and 0.975 WHIP in 13 starts, earning a promotion to Triple-A.
As was the case for many others pitching in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, Braymer’s numbers suffered. In 13 starts for Fresno, he had a 7.50 ERA and 1.933 WHIP. After allowing only seven homers in 79 innings at Double-A, he allowed 18 in only 60 innings at Triple-A.
Braymer’s addition still leaves the Nationals with only 31 players on their 40-man roster. They have a host of veteran free agents who either must be re-signed or replaced this winter, but they could have chosen to use another spot or two on other prospects like Braymer.