Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 9/5

Brett Oberholtzer finished his season by allowing just 1 earned run, walking none, and striking out 21 in 17 innings over his last 2 starts.

Gwinnett 1, Charlotte 5

  • B. Canizares 1-4, RBI, .340 AVG
  • B. Clevlen 2-4, .246 AVG
  • J. Ortegano 6 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 6.20 ERA
  • The offense really didn't get anything going and Jose Ortegano gave up a few 2 run homers cementing the win for Charlotte. After putting up some promising numbers last year between Myrtle Beach and Mississippi, Ortegano didn't pitch very well this year, with a 5.98 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, 11.2 H/9, 1.9 K/BB, 6.8 K/9, and 3.5 BB/9 in 131 innings between Myrtle Beach and Gwinnett. He had some issues with his arm that prevented him from taking part in Spring Training, so it's possible he never fully recovered from that.

    Mississippi 2, Birmingham 9

  • Y. Gomez 4-4, BB, .325 AVG
  • C. Colonel 2-4, 2B, .367 AVG
  • LV Ware 1-3, BB, 2 SB (2, 3), OF Assist, .381 AVG
  • T. Gustafson 5 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 4.63 ERA
  • Yasser Gomez extended his hitting streak to 8 games with a perfect day at the plate, reaching base all 5 times he came up with 4 singles and a walk. During that streak he's hitting .375 with a .459 on base percentage and a .865 OPS. LV Ware's overall numbers aren't overly impressive, with a .250 average and a .672 OPS in 380 at bats, but the 23 year old outfielder has played at three different levels, starting with Rome and moving up to Myrtle Beach then Mississippi, has stolen 30 bases, and is a positive presence in the clubhouse and the ultimate team player. He's definitely the kind of guy you like to have playing in your Minor Leagues.

    Myrtle Beach 8, Lynchburg 3

  • J. Kreke 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, .225 AVG
  • Mi. Jones 2-4, RBI, .284 AVG
  • S. Sime 2-4, 2B, HR (7), 4 RBI, .260
  • B. Oberholtzer 8.1 IP, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 12 K, 4.15 ERA
  • Brett Oberholtzer allowed 3 runs, but none of them were earned and he fanned 12 Dash hitters, just missing the complete game by  a pair of outs. In his last 2 appearances he combined to throw 17 innings, allow just 1 earned run, walk none, and strike out 21. He missed some time to injury, but he the 21 year old lefty had a solid year, with a 3.78 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 9.6 H/9, 5.5 K/BB, 1.5 BB/9, and 8.4 K/9 in 135.2 innings between Rome and Myrtle Beach. Sammy Sime drove in 4 runs on a homer and a double. In 4 September games the third baseman, who DHed today, is hitting .438 with a 1.125 OPS.

    Rome 3, Lexington 9

  • J. Terdoslavich 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB, .325 AVG
  • R. Hefflinger 1-4, RBI, .245 AVG
  • A. Northcraft 2.2 IP, 7 R, 5 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 8.16 ERA
  • D. Hale 4.1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 2 K, 4.13 ERA
  • Aaron Northcraft didn't fare very well in this one, making his overall numbers with Rome look pretty bad, but his numbers for the whole season were pretty solid, with a 3.90 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 8.7 H/9, 1.9 K/BB, 6.2 K/9, and 3.2 BB/9 in 67 innings between Danville and Rome. David Hale had the most helter-skelter season of anyone in the Braves organization. The year started off horribly for him as he just got shelled as a starter. His final numbers as a starter were a 9.00 ERA, 2.33 WHIP, 16.3 H/9, 1.0 K/BB, 4.7 BB/9, and 5.0 K/9 in 27 innings. But he flourished as a reliever with a 2.16 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 6.5 H/9, 1.8 K/BB, 4.0 BB/9, and 7.3 K/9 in 66.2 innings. When he was drafted it looked like Hale's future would be in the bullpen and this season seemed to confimr that. If he heads to the pen fulltime to start next season the 22 year old could rocket through the organization.

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