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Atlanta Braves Minor League Hot Sheet: 7/12-7/18

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Brandon Beachy was one of the top performers in the Braves organization this week.
Brandon Beachy was one of the top performers in the Braves organization this week.

This week Gwinnett was 1-3 (13.5 GB, last), Mississippi was 1-3 (1.5 GB, second), Myrtle Beach was 4-2 (2.5 GB, third), Rome was 2-4 (4 GB, fifth), Danville was 3-2 (1 GB, second), GCL was 6-0 (2 games ahead, first), and DSL was 3-1(1 game ahead, first).

Who's Hot?

  • Matt Lipka - 10-17, 2 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 3 SB - Atlanta's first selection in this year's draft, the 18 year old Lipka had a fantastic week as well, hitting a robust.588 with a .632 on base percentage and a .941 slugging percentage good for an unheard of 1.573 OPS. He's been everything the Braves could have hoped for, wreaking havoc at the top of the GCL order.
  • David Rohm - 13-25, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 9 RBI, 2 BB, SB - This year's 9th round selection had one of the best weeks of any Braves prospect all season, so good that the 20 year old earned a mid-week promotion from the GCL to Danville. The 20 year old hit .520 with a .556 on base percentage and a .840 slugging percentage good for an amazing 1.396 OPS.
  • Brandon Beachy - 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 13 K - After striking out a career high 11 in his last start, with a scoreless relief appearance and a scoreless appearance in the All-Star game between, Beachy topped that by fanning 13 in his lone start this week. The Braves seem to have unearthed a diamond in the rough, as the undrafted Beachy has been spectacular this year and has only improved since moving into the rotation.
  • Phil Gosselin and Joe Leonard - 17-47, 4 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI - This year's 3rd and 5th round selections respectively, Leonard and Gosselin were dominant for Rome this week. Leonard, the 21 year old third baseman, played 1 game for Danville before his promotion to Rome; for the week he hit .333 with a 1.333 OPS. Gosselin, the 21 year old second baseman, hit .385 with a 1.000 OPS, giving the pair a combined .362 average and 1.107 OPS.
  • Honorable Mention: Freddie Freeman, Diory Hernandez, Mitch Jones, Matt Young, Cory Gearrin, Lee Hyde, Steve Marek, Gwinnett; Jesus Sucre, Tyler Pastornicky, Tim Collins, Erik Cordier, Richard Sullivan, Mississippi; Myke Jones, Jordan Kreke, Cory Harrilchak, LV Ware, Luis Avilan, Matt Crim, JJ Hoover, Angelo Paulino, Chad Rodgers, Myrtle Beach; David Hale, Steve Kent, Christian Bethancourt, Jace Whitmer, Matt Weaver, Rome; Ryan Delgado, Barrett Kleinknecht, Elmer Reyes, Bobby Rauh, Joey Terdoslavich, Tyler Stovall, Aaron Northcraft, Carlos Perez, Willie Kempf, Danville

    Who's Not?

  • Brandon Hicks - 1-13, HR, 2 RBI, 7 K - Hicks' lone hit this week was a homer, but he also struck out in 54% of his at bats. For the year he's striking out in 25% of his at bats, which is double his career rate of 12%.Spending large chunks of the year on Atlanta's bench rarely getting an at bat hasn't allowed him the opportunity to get into a groove this year, but he's also only hit .227 with a .656 OPS in the Minors since the start of last season.
  • Robinson Lopez - 0-1, 2.2 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 2 K - Lopez is one of the most promising arms in the organization, but he was rocked this week, allowing a 20.22 ERA and a 3.37 WHIP in his shortest outing of the year. The summer hasn't been kind to him, as he's put up a 5.74 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 42.1 June and July innings.
  • Jake Hanson - 2-20, 3B, 10 K, SB - Many had high hopes for Hanson after he hit .279 with a .842 OPS in the GCL last year, but he hasn't been able to repeat that success this year, hitting only .243 with a .654 OPS in 52 games for Rome. This week things hit a new low, as he hit just .100 and struck out in half of his at bats. He's striking out in 34% of his at bats on the year, which isn't that surprising since he struck out 30% of the time last year.
  • Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg - 4-23, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K - After dominating the Appy League last year, RSF's season hasn't gone as hope, mostly due to missing several months with a broken hand, but overall he's been solid, hitting .294 with a .753 OPS in the 29 games he's played for Rome. But this week he laid an egg, hitting just .174 with a woeful .501 OPS.
  • Dishonorable Mention: Jordan Schafer, Craig Kimbrel, Gwinnett; Willie Cabrera, Tim Gustafson, Mississippi; Juan Abreu, Tommy Palica, Sammy Sime, Cole Miles, Luis Sumoza, Myrtle Beach; Todd Cunningham, Ramon Flores, Caleb Brewer, Brett DeVall, Rome; Ryan Weber, Danville