Braves to call up Lucas Sims for majors debut

Braves pitcher Lucas Sims. PHOTO / JASON GETZ

Braves pitcher Lucas Sims. PHOTO / JASON GETZ

The Braves said they will promote pitching prospect Lucas Sims from Triple-A Gwinnett to make his major-league debut on Tuesday against the Dodgers.

The Braves selected Sims in the first round of the 2012 draft out of Brookwood High School. Sims, 23, was one of their top prospects before the Braves reinforced the farm system with several trades.

Sims began this season with Gwinnett and has a 3.75 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) with 132 strikeouts and 36 walks over 115 1/3 innings. His majors debut comes against the Dodgers, who have the best record in baseball.

“He’s had a really good year,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said.”The numbers are really good. He’s worked really hard. It will be exciting to see one of our young kids get an opportunity. That’s what it’s all about. I’ve known Lucas for a long time. It’s going to be exciting to see him. ‘Welcome to the big leagues, you’ve got the Dodgers.’”

The Braves have an opening in their starting rotation after trading Jaime Garcia last week. Aaron Blair made a spot start at the Diamondbacks in Garcia’s place before being sent back to Gwinnett following the game.