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Kubtiza And Schlehuber Slug It Out While Hale And Northcraft Dominate On The Mound To Highlight The Atlanta Braves Minor League Hot Sheet

Kyle Kubitza and Braeden Schlehuber were ridiculously hot at the plate, while David Hale and Aaron Northcraft had dominating performances on the mound.

Who's Hot?

Kyle Kubitza 3B, Rome Braves -8-20, 3 2B, 3B, 7 RBI, 7 BB - Kubitza had a phenomenal week, hitting .400 with a 1.206 OPS. He's been an on base machine this year, with a .378 OBP despite only hitting .251. He leads Rome in games played (60), runs scored (39), hits (52), triples (5), homers (7), RBI (31), total bases (95), walks (40), strikeouts (62), and OBP.

David Hale RHP, Mississippi Braves - 1-0, 7.2 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 11 K - Hale only made one start this week, but it was an outstanding one, as he struck out 11 over 7.2 scoreless innings, allowing just 5 hits and 1 walk. Still, he's been inconsistent this season, with a 4.36 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 66 innings over 12 starts.

Aaron Northcraft RHP, Lynchburg Hillcats -1-0, 13 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 7 H, 6 BB, 8 K - Northcraft was good in his first start, allowing just 1 unearned run over 6 innings despite walking 4, and he was arguably better in his second start of the week, allowing just 1 earned run in 7 innings, giving up only 3 hits and striking out 6. For the season he has a 3.76 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP in 67 innings over 12 starts.

Braeden Schlehuber C, Lynchburg Hillcats -11-23, 3 2B, HR, 5 RBI - Braeden Schlehuber is having the best season of his career, hitting .305 with a .885 OPS, 6 homers and 25 RBI, and this was probably the best week of his career, as he hit .478 with a 1.217 OPS.

Honorable Mention: Ernesto Mejia, Julio Teheran, Jaye Chapman, Kris Medlen, Gwinnett Braves; Todd Cunningham, Mississippi Braves; Chasen Shreve, Dimasther Delgado, Blaine Sims, Andrew Wilson, Gus Schlosser, Edward Salcedo, JR Graham, Lynchburg Hillcats; Fernando de los Santos, Bryam Garcia, Brandon Drury, Tony Mueller, William Beckwith, Rome Braves

Who's Not?

Rafael Briceno RHP, Rome Braves -1-1, 11 IP, 14 R, 13 ER, 19 H, 2 BB, 6 K - Briceno actually picked up a win in his first start this week, allowing 3 run, 2 earned, in 6 innings of work, but he was shelled in his second start, giving up 11 earned runs in just 5 innings of work. It's been a very poor season for Briceno, who has the highest ERA (7.00) and second highest WHIP (1.75) in the South Atlantic League.

Joe Leonard 3B, Mississippi Braves - 3-24, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, 6 K - Leonard had a very poor week, hitting just .125 with a .327 OPS, and that's a continuation of an unimpressive season that's seen him hit .248 with a .651 OPS, slugging just .327 on the year.

Tommy La Stella 2B, Lynchburg Hillcats -4-28, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K, SB - La Stella had a phenomenal April, hitting .361 with a 1.059 OPS, but after hitting just .143 with a .500 OPS this week, his season numbers are down to a .263 batting average and a .775 OPS.

Tyler Pastornicky SS, Gwinnett Braves - 5-30, 2 2B, 3 RBI, BB - Not much has gone Pastornicky's way this year, as he hit .248 with a .605 OPS before losing his starting job in Atlanta, then hit just .167 with a .427 OPS this week, to put his numbers with Gwinnett down to a .190 average and a .465 OPS.

Dishonorable Mention: Todd Redmond, Gwinnett Braves; Christian Bethancourt, Mississippi Braves, Matt Weaver, Juan Jaime, David Rohm, Chris Masters, Lynchburg Hillcats; Abner Abreu, Ernesto Silva, Ryan Weber, Navery Moore, Rome Braves

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