Lucas Sims

Position: RHP
Born: 05/10/94
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 225
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Drafted in the first round (#21 overall) of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft (ATL).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
7-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 20 games at Gwinnett (Triple-A), striking out 132 while walking 36 in 115 1/3 innings, allowing 95 hits while limiting opposing batters to a .224 BAA.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Gwinnett on August 1, along with SS Ozzie Albies, when RHP Akeel Morris and NIF Micah Johnson were sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 08/01/17

Debut Details
August 1, in a 3-2 loss to the Dodgers. The starting pitcher, he took the loss, allowing three runs on six hits over six innings and striking out three without walking a batter. Of 92 pitches thrown, 62 were for strikes. In the first, Chris Taylor flew out to center, Corey Seager popped out to shortstop and, after Justin Turner singled to right, Cody Bellinger flew out to center. In the second, Joc Pederson struck out swinging before Logan Forsythe singled to right. The Braves then turned a nifty 1-2 double play as Yasmani Grandal struck out swinging and Forsythe was caught attempting to steal second to end the inning. In the third, Yasiel Puig led off with a double to left. After Kenta Maeda popped out to the catcher on a failed bunt attempt, Taylor doubled home Puig before Seager lined out to center and Turner flew out to center. In the fourth, Bellinger led off with his 29th home run of the season, a shot to center, and Sims hit Pederson with a pitch but then picked him off first. Forsythe then lined out to the mound and Grandal struck out swinging. In the fifth, Puig singled to left and this time Maeda's bunt was successful moving Puig up at which point Puig scored on a throwing error by catcher Tyler Flowers. Taylor then flew out to right and Seager grounded out back to the mound. In the sixth, Turner grounded out to third, Bellinger grounded out to shortstop and Pederson grounded out to second to end Sims' night.

Player Notes
Sims, who was a local star drafted with the 21st overall pick in 2012 out of Brookwood H.S. (Snellville, Ga.), turning down Clemson to sign with the Braves, pulled off the double-dip of leading the organization in both strikeouts and walks in 2016 as he combined between Mississippi (Double-A) and Gwinnett to go 7-11 with a 4.40 ERA in 28 games, striking out 159 (tied for fifth in the minors) and walking 92 (fourth in the minors) while allowing 120 hits in 141 innings and limiting hitters to a .233 BAA. He missed part of 2015 as one of the players injured during a team bus crash on a road trip, losing six weeks on the DL to a hip contusion, but was 7-6 with a 4.37 ERA in 20 starts between the Gulf Coast League (Rookie) where he rehabbed, Carolina (High A) and Mississippi, fanning 100 and walking 54 in 92 2/3 innings, allowing 75 hits for a .226 BAA. He has the best curveball in the system and had the best fastball before fellow prospect (and on-deck debutante, having been recalled August 5) Max Fried passed him, and also has a work-in-progress changeup as well.