AJ Smith-Shawver

20-Year-Old PitcherRP
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Smith-Shawver, an over-slot prep righty whom Atlanta gave almost $1 million to after selecting him in the seventh round in 2021, has one of the best fastball/slider combos in the entire minors. His fastball touches the upper-90s with elite movement and his upper-80s slider is already a monster bat misser. Smith-Shawver is still very raw as a pitcher, however, as his delivery and command need significant refinement. He made 17 starts in Single-A last season and went five-plus innings with two or fewer walks on five occasions, so there were flashes of him putting it all together, but his 13.0 BB% and 1.35 WHIP on the year showcase how far he still has to go. Smith-Shawver's third-pitch changeup isn't very usable right now, but the main thing for him is streamlining his plus athleticism into a repeatable delivery that allows him to throw enough strikes to start. If he does that and stays healthy, the sky is the limit, even with a mediocre third pitch. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with Atlanta in May of 2023.
Selected to MLB roster
PAtlanta Braves
May 30, 2023
Atlanta selected Smith-Shawver's contract from Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday.
Smith-Shawver has ascended to the MLB level at the ripe age of 20 after dominating to the tune of a 1.09 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 45:12 K:BB in 33 innings (seven starts) this season between High-A, Double-A and Triple-A. The young right-hander has never worked out of the bullpen in his pro career, but that seems to be the role he'll fill for the NL East leaders. Lucas Luetge was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
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Impressing with Gwinnett
PAtlanta Braves
May 26, 2023
Smith-Shawver gave up two runs on four hits and three walks over seven innings for Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday. He struck out eight.
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Promoted to Triple-A
PAtlanta Braves
May 16, 2023
Smith-Shawver was promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday, Carlos Callazo of Baseball America reports.
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Devastating High-A hitters
PAtlanta Braves
April 25, 2023
Smith-Shawver has not allowed an earned run while striking out 17 in nine innings through two starts for High-A Rome.
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