Atlanta Braves Minor League Hot Sheet: 5/17-5/23

Christian Bethancourt raised his batting average 25 points this week.

This week the Braves' affiliates combined to go 13-16 with Gwinnett going 2-5, Mississippi going 4-3, Myrtle Beach going 2-5, and Rome going 5-3.

Who's Hot?

  • Matt Young - 12-27, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, BB, SB - Young had more hits than any other Braves farmhand this week, rapping out a .444 average and a 1.205 OPS. He's not known for his pop, but he hit for the cycle for the week, slugging a cool .741. He also played several games at second base, increasing his versatility.
  • Arodys Vizcaino - 2-0, 15.2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 8 H, 14 K - A 0.00 ERA, a 0.51 WHIP, and 14 strikeouts compared to 0 walks say everything about how good Vizcaino was this week. About the only knock on him is that he isn't striking out a ton of guys, but that's a minor concern considering his control and effectiveness.
  • Christian Bethancourt - 11-23, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, SB - Bethancourt broke out of an extended slump in a big way this week, hitting at a .478 clip with a 1.130 OPS. It's also highly encouraging that he only struck out once the whole week.
  • Julio Teheran - 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 12 K - It's hard to make the Hot Sheet when you only make 1 start, but when it's as good at Teheran's was it's hard to leave him off. He dominated a veteran Winston-Salem lineup, striking out hitters at a 15.4 K/9 rate. He's putting himself into elite prospect status with every start.
  • Honorable Mentions: Jose Ortegano, Gregor Blanco, Barbaro Canizares, Freddie Freeman,  Mike Dunn, Gwinnett; Scott Diamond, Willie Cabrera, Randy Gress, Donell Linares, Mike Minor, Brandon Beachy, Mississippi; Cole Miles, Samuel Sime, JJ Hoover, Randall Delgado, Yeliar Castro, Brett Oberholtzer, Myrtle Beach; Myke Jones, Cory Harrilchak, Robby Hefflinger, Jake Hanson, Jordan Kreke, Robinson Lopez, Rome

    Who's Not ?

  • Jordan Schafer 3-22, RBI, 2 BB, 5 K - Schafer's return to AAA hasn't started well, as he hit just .136 with a .310 OPS this week. He's still trying to get back to form after injuring his wrist, so we'll all just need to be patient with him for a while.
  • Jeff Lyman 2 G, 4.1 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, K - It was a rough week for Lyman, who sported a 12.47 ERA and a 2.08 WHIP. Those are some bad, bad numbers. He was unscored upon in his previous 4 appearances, so this is likely just a hiccup in his season.
  • Cody Johnson 3-18, RBI, 4 BB, 11 K, SB - Johnson made the Who's Hot? side last week, but this week he went cold again, striking out in half of his plate appearances for the week, while he hit just .167 with a .485 OPS. You have to like the 4 walks, but the strikeouts, which it seemed like he had under control, and the lack of power are troubling.
  • Todd Redmond 0-1, 11 IP, 8 ER, 14 H, 2 BB, 8 K - Redmond has been solid at AA and AAA for the Braves the last 2 years, but he's had some hard times here recently, throwing up a 6.54 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP for the week. He's a pitcher who gets buy on guts and guile, but right now he's not fooling anyone.
  • Dishonorable Mentions: Mitch Jones, Brandon Hicks, Tim Gustafson,Gwinnett; Jacob Thompson, Mississippi; Gerardo Avila, Matt Kennelly, Luis Sumoza, Ryan Barba, Mike Daniel, Angelo Paulino, Gerry Rodriguez, Yoel Campusano, Armando Zazueta, David Francis, Myrtle Beach; Kyle Rose, Matt Weaver, LV Ware, Rome

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