New Bedford MA native Jared Shuster made his MLB Debut on Sunday

Atlanta Braves pitcher Jared Shuster makes Opening Day roster

Shuster is getting ready to throw a pitch.

On Sunday, it was a well-awaited debut for New Bedford Massachusetts own Jared Shuster making his first career start in the majors. Shuster, 24, grew up living his dream of playing baseball while he attended New Bedford High School and then he later transfer to Tabor Academy in Marion Massachusetts. During his freshmen year at New Bedford HS he went 6-0 posting a 0.45 ERA for that season. That’s very impressive stats for a young kid just coming into high school. Next, he attended Wake Forest University for three seasons. In the 2020 MLB Draft, the Atlanta Braves selected him in the 1st round with the 25th overall pick. From then he worked his way up from Double-A up to Triple-A in the Braves farm system. During the minor leagues, he posted a 9-10 win-loss record and had a 3.69 ERA. Between Double-A and Triple-A last season in 2022, he posted a 3.29 ERA and his strikeout-to-walk ratio was 145:38 K: BB in 139.1 IP.

Shuster debuts against the Washington Nationals

Shuster strikeouts Nationals Joey Meneses.

In his first career start at the Major League Level, Shuster went, 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, and 1K on the afternoon. Not the start he had been looking for, but keeping his composer and being confident will be the key to success for this young man. When you make your debut you want to show your teammates and the league what you are made of.
“[The nerves] were there, but overall, I felt good out there.” “I’ve just got to make some better pitches,” Shuster said postgame.

Manager Brian Snitker had this to say about Shuster;

“I told him when he came out, I said, ‘You can breathe now,’” “It was good to see how he came in and competed. I’m sure it’s not how he had it drawn up [for his debut]. But to his credit, he got us into the fifth, which was big in the scheme of things.“It wasn’t the start he wanted and not the one we pictured,”

Braves catcher Sean Murphy on his pitcher’s debut;

“But he showed a lot of guts. He almost got through five [innings] for us and put up a bunch of zeroes after the first. He kept us in the game and gave us a chance to come back. I wish we could have [rallied] for the kid. But it was great. Lots to build off of.”

Just summing up what these two said about their pitcher was great because it gives him the confidence that he is looking for and moving

Shuster next time in the rotation

Shuster with his Braves teammate.

Due to injuries to Max Fried and Kyle Wright, Shuster will have another chance to pitch on Friday night. The Braves are welcoming the San Diego Padres to Truist Park and look for him to study the opponent well because they have a lot of good bats in the lineup. Xander Bogaerts, Manny Machado, Juan Soto, just to name a few. Look for Shuster to be fully ready to go against the Padres in his home ballpark.

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