Nevertheless, Wisler called the demotion “deserved.”
“Coming down here, it’s kind of helped,” said Wisler, who is scheduled to make his fourth Gwinnett start on Friday. “I can clear my head a little bit and just get back to work on what I need to focus on, not really worrying about trying to make people happy (and) ‘You had a bad outing, what are they thinking about me?’ Just go back to pitching.”
The Braves didn’t sent Wisler down with a to-do list of adjustments.
“Mechanically, he’s fine,” Reed said. “It’s just the execution of pitches. … At the major league level, you’ve got to execute pitches in critical situations to be able to survive.”
That starts with men on base. Wisler has been susceptible to the big inning in large part because of a .319 opponents’ batting average with runners in scoring position. Wisler said he’s trying to pitch more aggressively from the stretch.
“I slow down my body too much sometimes,” Wisler said. “So (I’m working on) staying aggressive and staying on the same attack that I am out of my windup.”
Simulating major league jams isn’t easy, he said.
“It’s a little different up there when you’ve got 50,000 people screaming at you on the road,” he said. “It’s a little bit easier when you’re at a Triple-A stadium. There’s no real pressure. Nobody really sees what you’re doing.”
But the Braves are watching. Reed called Wisler’s first three starts in Triple-A “encouraging.” He is 1-1 with a 3.66 ERA. Wisler has given up 19 hits in 19 2/3 innings, including two home runs, but only eight earned runs. He’s walked five and struck out 18.
“I trust my stuff almost a little more here,” Wisler said. “So (I need to) take that same approach when I go back up there — if I get the chance to go back up — into any situation, stay confident that I can get out of it.”