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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 7/22

Impressive Stat of the Night:Ryan Weber of the Danville Braves has induced 37 groundouts vs just 7 flyouts in his last 4 games.

Gwinnett 5, Scranton W/B 2

  • W. Timmons 3-5 HR(4), 2 RBI, K, SB(18), .296 Avg
  • F. Freeman 3-5 CS(2), .291 Avg
  • C. Martinez 6.2IP 4H 1R 0BB 6K 3.57 ERA

The Braves are experimenting with Christian Martinez as a starter and in just two games it has been successful. He has allowed just 1 earned run through his first 11.2 innings as a starter and has 9K vs just 3 BB. The Braves definitely need more starting pitching depth throughout the minor leagues. Wes Timmons goes on my shortlist of guys who deserve to appear in the majors but probably never will get a chance.

Tennessee 5, Mississippi 3

  • T. Pastronicky 2-4 RBI, BB, 2 SB(3), .304 Avg
  • Y. Gomez 2-2 2 BB, 1.000 Avg
  • C. Resop 2.1IP 2R 1BB 1K 4.15 ERA
  • T. Collins 1IP 0H 0R 1BB 2K 0.00 ERA

There are a couple of items in this game I found interesting. First, I did not realize that Tyler Pastronicky is just 20 years old. That puts his exploits in a different light for me, especially considering he is in AA right now and doing well. We might actually have a good SS prospect in this guy. All of a sudden our INF depth is looking pretty good. The other item of note is Yasser Gomez, the Cuban defector we signed a couple of months ago made his debut tonight and any time you reach base 4 times I would consider it a successful debut. I don't know much about the guy except that he is 30 years old, but I wouldn't be surprised if he profiles similarly to Yunel Escobar offensively.

Myrtle Beach 4, Frederick 1

  • M. Jones 2-4 BB, .291 Avg
  • C. Harrilchak 2-5 SB(3), .276 Avg
  • J. Teheran 7IP 3H 0R 0BB 9K 2.98 ERA

Now THAT is the Julio Teheran that I know and love. He had a rough 3 game stretch where he wasn't super-human but tonight he reminded me that he is the best pitching prospect in the minors. I get really excited when I think about what we have with him, but sometimes I worry about that delivery of his. Mycal Jones hasn't been scorching the ball like he was last month but I was honestly expecting a drop off as the league caught up to his hot streak. He has been a bit cold in July but he has leveled off recently and still has better numbers for Myrtle Beach than he did in Rome.

Lexington 3, Rome 2

  • P. Goesslin 1-3 BB, .315 Avg
  • RSF 1-4 HR(1), .289 Avg
  • C. Bethancourt 1-4 2B, 3 K, .255 Avg
  • E. Salcedo 1-3 3B, BB, CS(1), .237 Avg

I just want to point out something about Edward Salcedo's struggles at the plate so far. One of my favorite tools for deciding if a guy is hitting the ball well is how many XBH a guy has vs how many hits he has. Salcedo has 7 XBH in Rome vs just 13 total hits. That is 54% of his hits going for extra bases (SSS warning). For some perspective Albert Pujols had 93 XBH out of 186 hits last season for 50%. No I am not saying Salcedo is Albert Pujols, but what I am saying is while he isn't making consistent contact, when he does make contact it is solid contact. Contact skills are often the last skill to come when a guy is promoted in the minors, so don't hit the worry button on him yet.

Pulaski 1, Danville 4

  • E. Gattis 3-4 2 RBI, .379 Avg
  • A. Simmons 2-4 2B, .265 Avg
  • R. Weber 7IP 3H 1R 0BB 6K 2.86 ERA

Andrelton Simmons has hit safely in 8 of his last 10 games with an XBH in 3 of his last 4 games. Simmons wants more than anything to prove he can hit in professional baseball and I would be ok with that as well considering our pitching depth and lack of impact middle infielders. I may be the only person on this website that put Ryan Weber on my midseason prospect list but when you have a 4-1 GB/FB rate for the year I am going to pay attention. He was demoted from Rome unfortunately but has been getting better and better at Danville and I hope he gets another chance in Rome by the end of the year.

GCL Braves 7, GCL Phillies 4

  • M. Lipka 3-4 2B, HR(1), BB, 2 SB(12), .347 Avg
  • C. Johnson 1-5 HR(1), 2 RBI, 2 K. .231 Avg
  • D. Falcon 2-4 RBI, BB, 3 SB(4), .476 Avg
  • E. Castillo 6IP 6H 3R 0BB 2K 2.45 ERA

This just in: Matt Lipka owns the GCL. I don't remember any hitter this season filling up a boxscore like Lipka did today. He is third in the league in SB and 5th in hitting and is top 10 in OPS. Also just in: Cody Johnson is the same hitter in the GCL as he is in the Southern League.

DSL Rangers @ DSL Braves - Postponed

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