Luiz Gohara

Position: LHP
Born: 07/31/96
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 210
B/T: L/L
Acquired: Via trade from the Mariners on January 11, 2017, along with LHP Thomas Burrows, in exchange for OF Mallex Smith and RHP Shae Simmons (ATL). Originally signed as an international free agent (Brazil) on August 12, 2012 (SEA).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
7-4 with a 2.62 ERA in 26 games between Florida (High A), Mississippi (Double-A) and Gwinnett (Triple-A), striking out 147 and walking just 44 in 123 2/3 innings, allowing 106 hits for a .228 BAA.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Gwinnett on September 5 when rosters expanded.
MLB Debut Date: 09/06/17

Debut Details
September 6, in a 12-8 loss to the Rangers in the first game of a doubleheader. The starting pitcher, he took the loss, allowing six runs, all earned, on six hits in four innings, allowing four hits and walking four while striking out six. He also threw a wild pitch. Of 83 pitches thrown, 51 were for strikes. In the first inning, Delino DeShields grounded out to shortstop and Shin-Soo Choo struck out swinging before Elvis Andrus homered to center. Carlos Gomez then struck out swinging. In the second, Joey Gallo popped out to first before Mike Napoli reached on a walk. Roughned Odor then struck out on a foul tip and Brett Nicholas grounded out back to the mound. In the third, Miguel Gonzalez drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on DeShields' sac bunt, advancing to third when Choo flew out to center. He scored on an RBI single to center by Andrus before Gomez struck out swinging. In the fourth, Gallo and Napoli drew back-to-back walks to lead off the inning. After Odor popped out foul to the first baseman, Nicholas laced a ground ball double to left to score Gallo, and Napoli and Nicholas both scored on pinch-hitter Will Middlebrooks' triple to left. Middlebrooks himself came home from third on a wild pitch from Gohara before both DeShields and Choo struck out swinging to end the inning and the night for Gohara.

Player Notes
The Brazilian prospect, originally signed by the Mariners and just acquired by the Braves this past January in a trade, actually just finished his first full season when he made his debut, just over a month past his 21st birthday, and he did it in style, climbing through the top three levels of his new organization's system to the fourth and pinnacle icing on the cake. He spent 2016 between Everett (Short-Season A) and Clinton (Class A) where he combined to open eyes, going 7-2 with a 1.81 ERA in 13 games, striking out 81 and walking 23 in 69 2/3 innings while allowing 57 hits for a .224 BAA. His prior seasons he had struggled a bit, with a 3-8 record and 5.54 ERA in 16 games between the same two stops in 2015 and a 1-7 record and 6.66 ERA in 13 games (hopefully he's not superstitious) between Everett and the Arizona Rookie League. A breakthrough for him came when he got serious about conditioning and his mid-igh 90s fastball and slurve improved as did his prospect status. When dealt by the Mariners, he had just checked in as Baseball America's No. 3 Seattle prospect.