Minor, Delgado, Masters and Crim Pitch Their Teams To Victory In Saturday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Gwinnett 3, Charlotte 1

  • J. Constanza 3-5 2 SB(8), .379 Avg
  • D. Hernandez 1-4 HR(3), 3 RBI, K, .259 Avg
  • M. Minor 6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 8 K, 1.45 ERA
  • S. Marek 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 0.00 ERA

Gwinnett wins their fifth straight game with some absolutely dominating pitching and a three-run homer from Diory Hernandez.. Mike Minor continues to own minor league hitters. Tonight he took a no hitter into the 6th inning before giving up a two out double. Stephen Marek came on in the 9th and struck out the side on eleven pitches - easily his most dominating outing of the year (which is saying something for a guy who hasn't given up a run yet). At some point both of these guys are going to force their way onto the Major League roster. 

Montgomery 4, Mississippi 7

  • W. Cabrera 2-4 RBI, .290 Avg
  • J. Kreke 2-4 2B, 2 RBI, K, CS(2), .309 Avg
  • M. Kennelly 2-2 HR(1), .167 Avg
  • R. Delgado 4.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R(1 ER), 1 BB, 7 K, 1.71 ERA

The Braves snap their five game losing streak behind a solid but inefficient performance from Randall Delgado. Delgado surrendered a season low one walk in this game but balanced that with seven hits allowed while working deep counts most of the game leading to 92 pitches through before getting through the fifth inning. I believe he is one of the most underrated prospects in the game but his efficiency and control are what keep him out of Teheran's league. 

Lynchburg 3, Frederick 0 - Game 1 - 7 Innings

  • L.V. Ware 2-4 2 2B, .333 Avg
  • J. Leonard 1-3 HR(1), 2 RBI, .224 Avg
  • A. Simmons 2-3 RBI, .261 Avg
  • C. Masters 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 0.73 ERA

The Hillcats put together their first winning streak of the year with a good start from Chris Masters and Joe Leonard's first home run (and extra base hit) of the season. I am a big proponent of Leonard's and I have been happy to see his plate discipline improve over last season but he hasn't been driving the ball as well this season. Masters had a fantastic start to 2010 (he started the South Atlantic League all star game) but faded as the season wore on. He got the start today after Cory Rasmus went on the DL. He will get a few games to prove that he can maintain his performance over time. 

Lynchburg 2, Frederick 1 - Game 2 - 7 Innings

  • L.V. Ware 1-3 2B, K, .333 Avg
  • P. Gosselin 2-3 PO, .196 Avg
  • T. Cunningham 1-3 HR(1), K, .259 Avg
  • M. Crim 5.2 IP 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2.31 ERA

Matt Crim made the start in game two so the rest of the starters wouldn't have to go on short rest and made his own case for starting in the process. Crim and Masters both soft tossing lefties but they get the job done differently. Crim is a ground ball pitcher with occasionally shaky control while Masters has fine control and can induce some swings and misses with his curve. Todd Cunningham added a home run as well. Cunningham was advertised as a polished hitter with an excellent approach but so far he hasn't walked much, doesn't steal many bases and has a low batting average. Obviously there is time for him to develop but I haven't seen any of the skills advertised when the Braves drafted him. 

Rome 4, Greensboro 5

  • J. Whitmer 2-4 2B, RBI, K, .296 Avg
  • C. Bethancourt 2-4 K, .190 Avg
  • C. Brewer 7 IP, 5 H, 4 R(3 ER), 3 BB, 5 K, 2.66 ERA

The Rome Braves spoil the chance for the organizational sweep. Caleb Brewer tossed another solid game and he also induced eleven ground-outs to just three fly-outs. He isn't known as a groundball pitcher but he had something sinking tonight. He has walked three or more in three of his four starts this season so his control is still an issue but once he gets that under control we will have another high potential arm in our system. 

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