We had a different week for the Braves farms system as we had more hot hitters than hot pitchers for once. Gwinnett went 3-4 on the week, Mississippi 2-5, Myrtle Beach had a winning record at 4-3, and Rome went 2-3. None of the Braves full season farm teams has a winning record with Myrtle Beach and Rome both in last place and Gwinnett in second in their division though still 9.5 games out. The DSL Braves are 8-3.
Mycal Jones - 10-26 3 2B, 2 SB - Jones was the worst hitter for the Rome Braves in April but he exploded in May and got even better as the month wore on until he got his much deserved promotion to Myrtle Beach where he just kept on hitting. Those stats actually include the 0-7 he ended his Rome tenure on so he has been on an absolute tear with the Pelicans so far. Jones has shown better pop than I expected this season and while he is a little old for the leagues he has played in so far if he can keep producing and get a late season promotion to Mississippi he would solidify his status as the Braves best infield prospect.
- Chris Resop - 9IP 1H 0R 0BB 8K - Resop pitched the game of his life the other night and will be with a major league team in some capacity come June 15th. I don't know what the Braves will do with him and I would love for them to hold on to him but I don't think we really need him and if we can get something valuable for him we should do it.
Cory Harrilchak - 7-19 RBI, 4BB, 5 SB, 1 CS - Cory Harrilchak has been hitting up around .330 for the last month and a half with a 22:22 K:BB for the season. Year to date his SB numbers look a little rough but he has been 11/15 since the start of May after 4/9 in April. If he can develop any sort of power he could be a very useful outfielder in the future.
- Randall Delgado - 6IP 4H 1R 2BB 7K - Ho-Hum just another fantastic start for Randall Delgado. He has allowed just 10 ER since the start of may in just under 50 innings which comes out to a 1.82 ERA during that span with a 58/11 K/BB. I'll take that every day of the week.
Honorable Mentions: Gwinnett - Matt Young, Todd Redmond, Mike Dunn, Barbaro Canizares; Mississippi - Donell Linares, Willie Cabrera, Scott Diamond; Myrtle Beach - Jesus Sucre, Matt Crim, Julio Teheran, Brett Oberholtzer; Rome - Jordan Kreke, Robinson Lopez.
Mike Minor - 9.1IP 16H 12R 9ER 2BB 5K - Minor has actually given up 5+ runs 5 times this season though not all of those were earned. In fact, if you take out his June 3 start he has given up 19 runs in his last 15 innings. His K rate was also way down this week though his walks were down as well. Minor has been a bit erratic all season long and he has bounced back from these erratic stretches so hopefully this is just a bump in the road and not an indication of something dire.
Cody Johnson - 4-26 2B, 3 BB, 2 RBI, SB, CS, 15K - Cody just missed the top of this list by having an OK day today (still 3 Ks). Surprisingly this was better than his first week this month. In June he is batting .122 with just one XBH and 24K. I don't even know the last time he hit a homer, his lone calling card these days. He also has just 3 hits in 44 ABs against LHP this season with a depressing .298 OPS to show for it.
Jose Ortegano - 8.1IP 16H 13R 4BB 7K - Ortegano was actually pretty good in his first 3 starts with AAA after he started the season back at Mississippi even though he was good there last season (numbers game can be a pain). I wouldn't be surprised though at some point this season he made the full time move to lefty reliever that has been predicted for him as his stuff just may not play up to higher competition.
Cory Gearrin - 2IP 2H 2R 3BB 2K - It was actually kind of hard finding someone else to put on this list because there weren't a lot of terrible performances this week. Just a lot of mediocre. Gearrin however has been bad for a couple of weeks now giving up runs in 4 of his last 5 appearances and 3 straight. He has allowed 15 ER on the year and 7 of those have come since May 28. His command has been a bit shaky this season and his hits allowed are finally catching up to him this season. We will see if he can make adjustments and remain competitive in the Braves prospect reliever market.
Dishonorable Mentions: Gwinnett - Jordan Schafer, Brandon Hicks; Mississippi - Ricahrd Sullivan, Lee Hyde; Matt Kennelly, LV Ware, Arodys Vizcaino;
Stock Up - Any teenagers on the DSL roster. This team is winning games in bunches with only one guy on the roster than any of us really know anything about in Edward Salcedo, but guys like Aris Alcantara, Hector Garcia, Abraham Espinosa and Jesus Saldeno have all been having great seasons so far and giving us reasons to get excited just like Andy Otero and Edison Sanchez did a year ago.
Stock Down - Kyle Rose. I was super excited about this guy early on as he was hitting everything in sight, had a good eye and stole a lot of bases efficiently last season and he was even learning to switch hit! Well he has been caught in nearly 55% of his SB attempts, has K'd in nearly 25% of his ABs and his AVG is steadily falling (though he had a little resurgence this week) and he isn't learning to switch hit now. I know I got really excited about the guy at the beginning of the season but he is young and has time to turn things around, I think I just need to temper my expectations for him. He also has just 5 XBH in 200 AB this year.