Atlanta Braves Minor League Hotsheet (4/26-5/2)

Another week and another Hotsheet! As always we have good and bad. Gwinnett has been hot lately but all three of the other teams have had it rough recently (especially Myrtle Beach). Let's see what players are doing well and which ones aren't.

Who's Hot?

  1. Mitch Jones - 10-27 3 2B, 3B, 4 HR, 9RBI - Mitch Jones has been labeled a AAAA slugger with some gaudy performances in the past couple of seasons but so far had looked like a AA slugger this season. Jones put all those doubts behind him this week as he crushed homers in 3 consecutive games and racked up 8 XBH and almost had a walkoff HR that was later reversed.
  2. Julio Teheran - 6.2IP 4H 1ER 1BB 8K - Teheran makes the list based on sustained performance as he has been consistently dominant in all of his starts this season. He has allowed no more than 4 hits in any outing and opposing hitters have posted just a .144 BAA  in the first month of the season. Murmurs are already rising about whether he will get the call to the hapless Pelicans but I say he holds in Rome till at least mid season.
  3. Gerardo Avila - 11-24 3B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 5BB - Gerardo Avila has been the only consistent hitter on a terrible offensive Myrtle Beach club. He is currently on a 5 game hitting streak during which he has 4 games with 2+ hits and homers in 3 of those games. For the season he is 3rd in the Carolina League with a 1.021 OPS and sits in the top 10 in several offensive categories.
  4. Gwinnett Bullpen (Not named Mariano Gomez) - 24IP 16H 2ER 15BB 24K - The Gwinnett bullpen has been pretty fantastic this season and this week was no exception. You can see from the stats that these guys shut down the opposition and helped the Braves to a 6-1 record on the week. Only two relievers gave up runs during the week (Mariano Gomez and Jeff Lyman), and while the component ratios don't blow you away (the walks are especially scary) a lot of major league teams would love to have this pen.

Honorable Mention: Barbaro Canizares, Brent Clevlen, Freddie Freeman, Wes Timmons, Gwinnett; Cody Johnson, Mississippi Bullpen (Not named Thomas Palica), Mississippi; Randall Delgado, Myrtle Beach; Kyle Rose, Cory Rasmus, Rome

Who's Not?

  1. Gerardo Rodriguez - 3-23 0 XBH, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 15K - Gerardo Rodriguez was the best hitter on the Pelicans early in the season (and last season), and hit 4 home runs in the first 10 games of the season. He hasn't homered since April 18th and the slump was capped off with an 0-7 6K game that saw the Pelican lose in 15 innings.
  2. JJ Hoover - 9IP 17H 10R 1BB 7K - Hoover actually had his best start of the season this week but he also had his worst. And the good one wasn't enough to cancel out the bad one. His transition to High-A has been rough going with him allowing a .347 BAA, and not being able to throw the ball past the more advanced hitters.
  3. Van Pope - 3IP 4H 5R 5BB 2K - Van Pope's conversion to pitching has not gone well so far. Twice this week he came in to get the hold and gave up the winning runs. Pope has always had a cannon for an arm but I just don't see him being a good pitcher. He is only 6 innings into his pitching career though so I won't write him off just yet.
  4. Scott Diamond - 10IP 15H 8R 9BB 6K - I really didn't expect Diamond to struggle this much with his second run through AA, especially with such an awesome name. As with Hoover, Scott had two starts this week and one of them was solid except for a few walks. The second start however was atrocious and ballooned his season ERA up to 6.94.

Honorable Mention: Brandon Hicks, Gwinnett; Donell Linares, Willie Cabrera, Thomas Palica, Mississippi; Everyone on Myrtle Beach not already listed; LV Ware, Mycal Jones, Rome

Stock Up - Cory Rasmus - Rasmus has been downright impressive all season, and while he has always had an interesting arm the injuries had eliminated him from many prospect lists. He had a good run in the Appy League last season, but he was old for the competition and struggled with command. So far this season he has breezed through the Sally League with a 1.15 ERA, and has begun to stretch himself out going 5 innings in his first start of the season. He also has 20K in 15.2 innings. His walks are still a little on the high side but not terrible. Keep an eye on him as he could be the first person promoted to Myrtle Beach.

Stock Down - Adam Milligan - Milligan came into the season as one of the most interesting prospects in the system. He dominated two levels last year and started off this year just as hot. Eventually the league made adjustments to him and he now has 20K in his last 10 games with just 3 walks. He has shown some life in the last week with a couple of multi-hit games and his only XBH. He has 35K so far in just 85 AB and has to make some adjustments if he is going to help out his struggling club.

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