Hitter of the Week:
Johan Camargo, SS, Rome Braves: 11-30, 3 3B, 2 2B, BB/4K
Johan Camargo has been a bright spot recently for the 16-40 Rome Braves. The 20-year-old shortstop is slight of build, listed at 6'0" 160 lbs, but has been able to turn the corner after slashing .167/.242/.167 in April. His May line was much improved, hitting .309/.355/.402 which was helped by a five-hit game during the week where he fell a home run shy of the cycle. MiLB ran a great piece on the Panamanian born player, who is getting more comfortable at the plate as the results suggest - definitely worth a read.
The switch hitter has a smooth stroke from the left side as you can see above. His solid contact skills and overall awareness of the strike zone should allow him to move through the system. However, reports suggest that he could eventually be moved across the bag to second base because of a lack of range. At the end of the day, there probably isn't that high of a ceiling on Camargo, but if everything plays in his favor he could be a viable bench piece someday.
Honorable Mention: Daniel Castro, Jacob Schrader
Pitcher of the Week:
John Cornely, RHP, Mississippi Braves: 6.1IP, 2H, 0ER, 3BB, 10K
As a reliever, John Cornely's total line came over a three appearance span, but the final numbers were impressive to earn him TC's pitcher of the week. While there were a lot of candidates with similar numbers, Cornely's lack of hits allowed along with the double digit strikeouts, earned him the honor.
The recently turned 25-year-old has struck out over a batter per nine in 2014, which is actually a larger drop from last seasons numbers where he struck out 70 batters in just over 50 innings. Listed a 6'1", the righty possesses a filled out frame uses a fastball/slider combo to generate whiffs. Watching video of him, he whips his arm through the zone at a quick pace, finishing with a shortened and abrupt follow through. Other than that, there is nothing too put of the ordinary or deceptive about his delivery. He has been known for control issues as one can see in his elevated walk rates, something that is very hard to correct with more established pitchers.
With Shae Simmons now in Atlanta, Cornely could fight for the chance to become one of the more relied upon relievers in Mississippi. At the end of the day, the improvement on controlling his stuff will be his ultimate ticket to the majors.
Honorable Mention: Yunesky Maya, Aaron Northcraft, Jason Hursh