Salcedo Slugs His Way To The Top Of The Braves Minor League Hot Sheet

Edward Salcedo hit .360 with a 1.047 OPS last week for Rome.

It's time to find out who had it going the last week and who needs to get it going next week, it's the Weekly Atlanta Braves Minor League Hot Sheet.

Who's Hot?

Edward Salcedo 3B, Rome -9-25, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB - Many doubted Salcedo's future after his poor showing with Rome in 2010, but the 19 year old has gotten off to a great start this season, putting up a .360/.407/.640/1.047 slash line in the last week. And after striking out 7 times in his first 4 games he struck out only 5 times in his last 6.

Carlos Perez LHP, Rome - 1-1, 11 IP, 2 ER, 10 H, 2 BB, 14 K - Perez's 2010 was cut short by a freak shoulder blade injury to his non-throwing right shoulder, but the 19 year old is making up for lost time this year, with a 1.63 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP, and a 11.5 K/9 rate this week.

Adam Milligan RF, Lynchburg - 7-18, 4 2B, HR, RBI - The 23 year old Milligan played in just 21 games last season, and was injured for most of them, so he was almost as productive in the last week as he was in 2010, putting up a .389/.389/.778/1.076 slash line on the week. The only knock on his week is his complete lack of walks, but when your batting average is approaching .400, you don't need to walk.

Mike Minor LHP, Gwinnett - 6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 9 K - After pitching poorly in an April 6th spot start for Atlanta, Minor dominated in his first start for Gwinnett. The 23 year old had a 1.50 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, and a 13.5 K/9 rate for that game, though he did receive a no decision.

Honorable Mention: Jose Constanza, Mauro Gomez, Dan Nelson, Jordan Schafer, Diory Hernandez, Todd Redmond, Rodrigo Lopez, Gwinnett; Ernesto Mejia, Donell Linares, Cory Harrilchak, Brett Oberholtzer, Randall Delgado, Richard Sullivan, Mississippi; Todd Cunningham, Arodys Vizcaino, Chris Masters, Zeke Spruill, Lynchburg; David Rohm, Jakob Dalfonso, Matt Lipka, Steve Kent, Rome

Who's Not?

Andrelton Simmons SS, Lynchburg - 2-19, 2B, BB, K - The 21 year old Simmons is an excellent defender, but he needs to prove he has a bat to go with his glove. So this week was a bit of a step backwards, as he hit just .105 and put up a lowly .308 OPS.

Benino Pruneda, RHP, Mississippi - 0-1, 2.2 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 1 K - Pruneda usually gets off to a great start then fades down the stretch, so maybe he's trying to switch things up this year. Over 3 appearances, the 22 year old allowed a 13.48 ERA, a 3.00 WHIP, and 13.48 walks per 9 innings.

Phil Gosselin 2B, Lynchburg -3-21, 4 BB, 5 K - Simmons' double play partner didn't fare much better, as the 22 year old hit .143 with a .435 OPS. His 4 walks were all that saved him from a completely abysmal week at the plate.

Joe Leonard 3B, Lynchburg - 4-21, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K - Struggles were contageous around the Lynchburg infield, as Leonard hit .190 with a .482 OPS. The 22 year old did manage to make his hits count, driving in 5 runs on the week.

Dishonorable Mention: Jacob Thompson, Cory Gearrin, Gwinnett; Tyler Pastornicky, Gerry Rodriguez, Kenshin Kawakami, Mississippi; Braeden Schlehuber, Yeliar Castro, Andrew Wilson, Lynchburg; David Filak, Wes Alsup, Elmer Reyes, Rome

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