Welcome back to the inaugural week of the Braves Minor League Hotsheet! There were a lot of solid performances this week from several of Atlanta's top prospects. Let's see who was the best of the minor league bunch!
- Tyler Pastornicky, Mississippi - 8-15, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K, 3 SB - Lately Pastornicky has been the forgotten man in the future shortstop debate with guys like Matt Lipka and Edward Salcedo making waves. Tyler decided to forcefully put his name into the discussion by hitting .533 to start the season. Most impressive is he didn't record a strikeout or a caught stealing during the first week.
- Randall Delgado, Mississippi - 5 IP, 3 H , 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K - Any number of pitchers could have been chosen with seemingly every important Braves pitching prospect having a good debut, but Delgado's start was just a notch above the rest. He didn't allow an earned run and struck out better than a batter an inning.
- Caleb Brewer, Rome - 5.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 K - Caleb Brewer is attempting to stay healthy for the first time in his career and and he couldn't have had a much better start to the year. They weren't the most impressive no-hit innings in history but he pitched 'effectively wild' collecting both strikeouts and walks. He is another guy with a great arm that adds to our already ridiculous pitching depth.
- Ernesto Mejia, Mississippi - 5-15, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 1K - Mejia isn't much of a prospect these days but the guy has always been able to hit. His two homers lead the organization at the moment and he is as good a bet as any to keep the lead through the end of the year. The fact that he walked more than he struck out is icing on the cake.
Honorable Mention: Julio Teheran, Gwinnett; J. J. Hoover, Mississippi; Brett Oberholtzer, Mississippi; Paul Clemens, Misssippi; Jordan Kreke, Mississippi; Arodys Vizcaino, Lyncburg; Edward Salcedo, Rome
- Dimaster Delgado, Lynchburg - 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 1K - After missing all of last season with a broken femur Dimaster Delgado's return to the mound wasn't successful. Nerves certainly played a part in his return and the Braves recognized this and hooked him after just five batters. Now that he has this out of the way hopefully he can return to his pre-injury form.
- Chrisitan Bethancourt, Rome - 1-12, 0 RBI, 2 K, 0 BB, 1 SB - (This list is through Sunday!). Bethancourt had a rough start to the season collecting just one hit and allowing a slew of stolen bases. The Braves appear to have faith in his bat as he has batted third in every game thus far. Something tells me he will break out of it soon...
- David Hale, Lynchburg - 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 K - Hale took an apparent leap forward last season when the Braves finally gave in to popular opinion and moved him to the bullpen. That momentum didn't carry over to 2011. Maybe if they move him back to starting it will fix itself again?
- Willie Cabrera, Gwinnett - 2-14, 2B, RBI, 0 BB, 3 K - My boy Willie Cabrera didn't hit well in Gwinnett last season during his two brief promotions and he hasn't started 2011 off well either. So far he is pulling off the impressive task of having an OBP lower than his batting average (.143 AVG vs .133 OBP).