This Rookie Just Broke A Record Set By Randy Johnson

 It’s been a frankly unbelievable season for the Atlanta Braves' player development system. After using some of their top prospects as capital to acquire star first baseman Matt Olson, they have received contributions from their remaining prospects far exceeding what anyone could have expected. They reached another milestone on Sunday, as starting pitcher Spencer Strider broke the record for fewest innings to reach 200 strikeouts in a season with 130, beating Randy Johnson’s record by two thirds of an inning.

He accomplished the feat in a 10-strikeout, 1-hit outing against the Phillies.
He also became just the fifth rookie to reach 200 strikeouts in the Wild Card era. Despite the remarkable year he’s having, Strider is actually considered less likely to win the NL Rookie of the Year award than his teammate, outfielder Michael Harris II. The Braves have also gotten excellent production from second baseman Vaughn Grissom, which has gone a long way in making up for the loss of Ozzie Albies.

Getting such above-average production from youngsters has given the Braves a huge boost in the second half. Strider’s dominance has bolstered their rotation depth, and made up for the continued absence of Mike Soroka. Similarly, Harris II’s play has covered for the loss of outfield prospects Christian Pache and Drew Waters, as well as underperformance from Marcell Ozuna and Robbie Grossman, plus missed time for Ronald Acuna Jr. If the Braves are going to repeat as World Series champions, it will be thanks to a roster that looks a lot different from last year. 

© Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports