Atlanta Braves Minor League Hot Sheet: 4/18-4/24

Who's Hot?

  • L.V. Ware - 10-18, 4 2B, 2 3B, 4 SB - The Hillcats moved Ware from the bottom of the lineup to the top and L.V. went on a tear raising his batting average to .353 and his OPS all the way to 1.053. He is doing everything a leadoff hitter should: getting on base, stealing bases and generally being a sparkplug for the offense. In what is surely no coincidence the Hillcats ended their 11 game losing streak and won three straight over the past week. 
  • Mike Minor - 12.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 13 K - Minor has been flat out dominant since returning to AAA after his rocky outing in Atlanta. While the Braves appear to have made the correct decision by keeping Brandon Beachy in Atlanta I don't believe Minor will spending the entire season in AAA. At some point the Braves are going to have to find places for all of these pitchers. 
  • Brett Oberholtzer - 12 IP, 12 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 13 K - Another Braves lefthander that has been very impressive this season. I completely missed the boat on Brett last season when I left him off my top 25 completely. My bad Brett. For the season he has a 1.90 ERA with 22 K in 23.2 innings. 
  • Mauro Gomez - 10-21,  2 2B, RBI, BB - Gomez isn't necessarily a prospect but when you hit nearly .500 for the week then you get a mention here. The Gwinnett offense is pretty deep and Gomez is going to get tons of good pitches to hit this season. 

Honorable Mentions: Gwinnett - Rodrigo Lopez, Mat Young, Stephen Marek, Jose Constanza, Shawn Bowman; Mississippi - J.J. Hoover, Paul Clemens; Lynchburg - Zeke Spruill, Chris Masters; Rome - Caleb Brewer

Who's Not?

  • Edward Salcedo - 4-25, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 CS - Salcedo had one of the hottest starts to the year hitting for average and power but he fell back down to earth this week. His defense wasn't immune either tossing in a two error game.
  • Willie Kempf - 3.1 IP, 11 H, 12 R(11 ER), 2 HR, 2 BB, 2 K - Kempf cruised through three levels last season and began 2011 well. That ended this week with that frightening line you see above. I don't know if just didn't have anything working (obviously) but let's hope he can rebound in his next outing. 
  • Ed Lucas -  5-24, 2 RBI, 6 BB, 6 K - Ed Lucas was one guy I thought was going to carry the Gwinnett offense this season and maybe push himself into a role in Atlanta. Other than a bunch of walks though  his bat has not caught on yet. I have faith he is going to pick it up soon. 
  • Christian Bethancourt - 4-19, 4 K, CS - Bethancourt got off to a nice start but has since fallen by the wayside. He has just two RBI in his last ten games and hasn't walked at all this season. His average currently sits at .190 with a .514 OPS - nearly 100 points lower than last season. The season is still young - and so is Bethancourt at age 19 - but I was really hoping to see some sort of steady improvement after repeating the level. 

Dishonorable Mention: Mississippi - Tyler Pastornicky, Billy Bullock; Lynchburg - Robby Hefflinger, Phil Gosselin, Dimaster Delgado; Rome - Elmer Reyes, Matt Lipka

This week I am going to try out a new place I am calling the 'Hotsheet Purgartory' where I put a guy who was not really great but did something notable. 

Hotsheet Purgatory: Joey Terdoslavich - 6-26, 2 2B, 4 HR, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 8 K - This was definitely an interesting week for Terdoslavich. He bashed his way to the league lead in homers but otherwise he was pretty mediocre. If you stretch back to the 16th you add two more homers and I'd have him squarely on the "Who's Hot?" section but a .259 OBP isn't very striking. 

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