The hitter's were the stars for the Braves across all the levels as the Braves minor league roving hitting instructor has been spotted in Rome and Lynchburg recently which may have something to do with the hot hitting we are seeing. Several pitcher's had rough weeks as well, especially J.J. Hoover who was recently promoted to Gwinnett and hasn't found the International League quite as comfortable as the Southern League.
- Matt Lipka, Rome Brave - 13-30, 6 2B, 7 RBI, BB, 2K, SB - Lipka started the season about as bad as you imagine. He went 150 ABs before he got his first extra base hit, but once he got that hit he piled them on with six in four games. He also increased his season RBI total from four to twelve in the last week. Lipka is currently sitting on an eight game hitting streak and has helped lead the Rome team to wins in six of their last seven games.
- David Rohm, Rome Braves - 10-25, 4 2B, 2 3B, HR, 11 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K - As hot as Lipka was over the past week Rohm may have been hotter. He hit a clean .400 on the week and seven of his ten hits went for extra bases and he nearly doubled his season RBI total. If he and Lipka can just learn to take some walks to go along with their newfound power they could be really dynamic.
- Brett Oberholtzer - 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 10 K - The Mississippi pitching staff has been amazing this season and Oberholtzer has been the worst one of the group! Over his last two starts he has allowed just runs and nine hits in fourteen innings while walking one and striking out sixteen. He is becoming a very impressive part of our system.
- Wilkin Ramirez, Gwinnett Braves - 8-20, 4 2B, HR, BB, 5 K, SB - Ramirez only played in five games this week but he hit safely in four of them with an extra base hit in every game he reached base. For the year he has 15 extra base hits with 29 total hits giving him a .265 ISO. If someone can teach the kid to take a walk he might still be able to salvage something. We'll find out this week after his callup to replace Jason Heyward.
Honorable Mention: Gwinnett Braves - Mauro Gomez, Dan Nelson, Todd Redmond; Mississippi Braves - Randall Delgado, Tyler Pastornicky, Paul Clemens; Lynchburg Hillcats - Andrelton Simmons, Barrett Kleinknecht, L.V. Ware, Arodys Vizcaino; Rome Braves - Caleb Brewer, Chris Garcia, Ronan Pacheco.
- Cory Rasmus, Lynchburg Hillcats - 11.1 IP, 12H, 8 R, 4 BB, 14 K - Rasmus just can't avoid the big inning. On Sunday he was cruising until the sixth when he got rocked for three runs before leaving with men on the corners and one out. On Tuesday he gave up four in the second inning but allowed just two batters to reach base the rest of the game. He obviously brought his strike out pitch this season with 40K in 26.2 innings but he needs to find a way to work out of trouble when trouble finds him.
- Edward Salcedo, Rome Braves - 5-24, HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 10 K, SB - This wasn't the best seven days for Salcedo who saw his OPS dip below .800 for the first time this season and drop all the way to .748. He has 39 K in 159 ABs. While everyone else for Rome was learning to hit Salcedo took a step backwards.
- David Filak, Rome Braves - 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 5 K - This week was just a piece of the bigger season for Filak who has had a tought time so far. His 6.82 ERA is disappoint but he has also walked just one less than he has struck out (24/25 in 33 innings). He is also giving up a .294 average against. There is very little going right for Filak this season but he ha nice arm and not a lot of pitching experience. It may take him a little while to figure things out but when he he could be a nice addition.
- J. J. Hoover, Gwinnett Braves - 5 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 6 BB, 5 K - Hoover was second in ERA in the Southern League when he was promoted to Gwinnett and for all intents and purposes looked to be ready after a solid showing for Mississippi late last year. His first two starts have indicated otherwise however as he didn't even make it to the second inning in his most recent start. The Braves will give him more chances to prove himself in Gwinnett after the injuries in Atlanta and Hoover will look to make the necessary adjustments to stick there. He normally takes a few games to get acclimated to a new level so hopefully this is just a blip on the radar.
Dishonorable Mention: Gwinnett Braves - Matt Young, Rodrigo Lopez; Mississippi Braves - Willie Cabrera, Cory Harrilchak, Tim Gustafson; Lynchburg Hillcats - Dimaster Delgado, Willie Kempf; Rome Braves - Elmer Reyes, Carlos Perez, Steve Kent.
Prospect Purgatory: Zeke Spruill, Lynchburg Hillcats - 14 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 10 K - For those who have been wondering what exactly I mean here Spruill pretty much defined it this week. In his first start of the week he threw a nine inning complete game shut out allowing just three hits and walking none. One of the best performances of the year from any Braves pitcher. His next time out he allowed seven runs in five innings on seven hits and was just all around bad. In the end his numbers fall pretty much in the middle of the road.