Jakob Dalfonso was all smiles after a 4 homer week.
Jakob Dalfonso powered out 4 home runs, Myke Jones went on a tear after returning from a DUI suspension, and Arodys Vizcaino and Adam Milligan starred for Lynchburg to separate themselves as the hottest players in the Braves organization this past week.
Jakob Dalfonso 1B/3B/LF, Rome Braves - 11-23, 2B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, BB - Dalfonso had been a steady influence for Rome all year, hitting near the middle of the order and playing all over the field, but the 21 year old really turned things on in the last week, hitting .478 with a monstrous 1.043 slugging percentage, good for a 1.543 OPS. The lefty swinger has improved his season numbers to a .313 average and a .852 OPS. Update: Dalfonso was named the Sally league player of the week.
Myke Jones CF, Mississippi Braves - Jones missed 11 days after the Braves suspended him following a DUI arrest, and he came out of that suspension with renewed determination that led him to a .533 average, .650 OBP, and 1.450 OPS for the week. He missed all of April after suffering a stress fracture in his foot in Spring Training, so his time has been limited this year, but he's made the most of the at bats he's gotten, hitting .316 with a .460 OBP and .986 OPS in only 38 at bats.
Arodys Vizcaino RHP, Lynchburg Hillcats - 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 5 K - Vizcaino only made one start this week, but he tossed 7 shutout innings and allowed only 3 baserunner. The start was good enough for the Braves to promote him to AA Mississippi. He finished up at Lynchburg with a 2-2 record, a 2.45 ERA, and a 1.02 WHIP in 40.1 innings.
Adam Milligan RF, Lynchburg Hillcats - 9-24, 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 BB - Milligan has been plagued by injuries in his career, but when he's healthy the 23 year old can dominate like he did this past week, hitting .375 with a 1.007 OPS. He did strike out 8 times, which accounted for 35% of his at bats, but he also picked up 4 of his 7 walks on the season this week.
Honorable Mention: Stefan Gartrell, Jose Constanza, Matt Young, Brandon Hicks, Julio Teheran, Mauro Gomez, Erik Cordier, Gwinnett Braves; Willie Cabrera, Paul Clemens, Ernesto Mejia, Jesus Sucre, Matt Kennelly, Billy Bullock, Benino Pruneda, Mississippi Braves; Keenan Wiley, Joe Terdoslavich, Phil Gosselin, Todd Cunningham, Shawn McGill, Andy Wilson, Blaine Sims, Lynchburg Hillcats; Caleb Brewer, Aaron Northcraft, Evan Gattis, Christian Bethancourt, Rome Braves
- Carlos Perez LHP, Rome Braves - The 19 year old lefty has had a rough year so far, and his start last Wednesday was the worst of the season, as he allowed 11 baserunners to reach and gave up 9 runs, 7 earned. For the year his ERA is up to 5.68 and his WHIP is 1.50. He's allowing 10.3 hits per 9 innings and 3.2 walks per 9.
- Robby Hefflinger LF, Rome Braves - 5-22, 2 RBI, 12 K - Hefflinger started the year with Lynchburg, but was demoted to Rome after hitting just .114 with a .329 OPS in 44 at bats for the Hillcats, so he's dealt with struggles before this week. In fact, the .227 average and .454 OPS he put up this week was better than he did in his time with Lynchburg. Still, he struck out in 55% of his at bats this week, and has struck out in 37% of his at bats on the season.
- Randall Delgado RHP, Mississippi Braves - 0-1, 4.1 IP, 10 ER, 10 H, 0 BB, 2 K - Delgado has given up 23 earned runs on the season, and 10 of them came in his start last Tuesday. His season ERA jumped from 2.37 to 3.86 and his WHIP jumped from 1.26 to 1.34. The only bright side of the start was that it was the first one all year where he didn't walk anyone.
- Matt Lipka 2B/SS, Rome Braves - 4-22, 2 2B, RBI, BB, 6 K - The Braves' first selection in the 2010 draft had a rough week, hitting just .182 with a .535 OPS while putting up a terrible .217 OBP out of Rome's leadoff spot. He found his power stroke in May, hitting all 8 of his extra base hits, all doubles, on the season in the month, but he also saw a dropoff in his production, hitting .239 with a .281 OBP and a .591 OPS in May after hitting .273 with a .311 OBP and a .620 OPS in April.
Dishonorable Mention: Jordan Kreke, Richard Sullivan, Luis Avilan, Yeliar Castro, Brett Oberholtzer, Mississippi Braves; LV Ware, Joe Leonard, Willie Kempf, Lynchburg Hillcats; David Filak, Chasen Shreve, Matt Suschak, Bobby Rauh, Elmer Reyes, Steve Kent, Rome Braves