Steve Kent, who pitched just 39.1 innings this season after missing all of 2009 recovering from Tommy John surgery, will make up for lost time by pitching in his native Australia.
Some of the players covered here are currently Minor League free agents, but until they sign with another team we're going to consider them members of the Atlanta Braves organization.
In the Arizona Fall League, Cory Harrilchak cooled off a bit for the Phoenix Desert Dogs, going just 3-15 this week, with 2 doubles, 4 RBI. Overall, his numbers are still fantastic, with a .344 average and 1.010 OPS in 61 at bats. Infielder Tyler Pastornicky went 3-12 with and RBI in 3 games. Righthanded sidearming reliever Cory Gearrin finally succumbed to the thin desert air, allowing 5 earned runs in 4 innings over 2 apperances. It's a testament to how good he started that his overall numbers, a 3.14 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP in 14.1 innings, are still solid. Fellow righty reliever Benino Pruneda also struggled in his lone outing, allowing 3 earned runs in 1.2 innings.
Outfielder Matt Young has continued to mash for Navojoa in the Mexican Winter League, going 9-20 with a homer, 3 RBI and a stolen base in 5 games. Over all he's hitting .380 with a .958 OPS in 92 at bats. Teammate Tim Gustafson continued to struggle, losing both of his starts, allowing 10 runs in 11.1 innnings. Overall the righthander has gone 0-4 with a 7.31 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP in 28.1 innings. Barbaro Canizares went 6-15 with 2 RBI in 5 games for Obregon.
Outfielder Wilkin Ramirez debuted with Este this week, going 2-15 with a homer and 2 RBI in 4 games. Teammate Mauro Gomez was 3-11 with a homer and 5 RBI in 4 games. Jairo Asencio, formerly Luis Valdez, was solid out of the bullpen for Este, allowing 1 run in 4 innings over 2 apprearances. In 7 games the righty has a 2.79 ERA, a 1.55 WHIP, and 3 saves over 9.2 innings. In 5 games for Escogido, infielder Diory Hernandez was just 2-17, striking out 6 times.
In the Venezuelan Winter League, lefthanded reliever Luis Avilan tossed 4 scoreless innings over 2 apperances for Lara, striking out 4 and walking none. Infielder Luis Bolivar was 4-14 with a double in 7 games for first place Zulia. Catcher JC Boscan was hitless in 3 at bats in his lone game with Margita.
In 2 games for Carolina in the Puerto Rican Winter League, catcher Orlando Mercado was 1-7 with a walk. In the Australian Winter League, which is operating for the first time in a decade, lefty Steve Kent made 1 start for Canberra, tossing 2 scoreless inning, striking out 2 and walking 1. Major League reliever Peter Moylan is on Melbourne's roster, but he has yet to appear in a game.