Top Prospect Update


We are almost into June and many of our top prospects have been playing very well and I just wanted to fill you in what they have done these first couple months. Our farm is one of the best and our abundance of pitching is the reason.







1. Julio Teheran Stats

Ups     - 7.83 K/9  1.65 ERA  0.00 HR/9  2.73 K/BB (AAA stats)

Downs-  Um... /StillThinking
 Teheran has looked very good in the Minors this season. He has all the stats you could want with great composure, personality, and durability. His change up has been dominant when next to his mid-Ninties fastball. But his #3 pitch (his curve ball)still needs at least the rest of the season to develop.  In his 2 spot starts he has had some trouble but his potential looked great. His change up was fooling hitters but all but one of his runs he gave up came on miss placed fastballs which just means he needs more seasoning. Overall very productive first 2 months.

 2. Randall Delgado Stats

Ups     -  1 CG  .303 BABIP  8.39 K/9

Downs- 8.80 H/9  3.86 ERA

Delgado is getting used to AA this year and is having some success and some failure. Complete games for the Braves are rare so I felt the need to put that stat up. His high BABIP means he is getting unlucky when the ball is in play, but it is hard for player to get the ball in play with his 8.39 K/9 ratio. What really alarms me is his 8.80 H/9. That is roughly a hit per inning which is not good when he is in AA or in any other affiliate. His ERA is decent, but we should except better from him. Overall, The Braves do not need to rush him and he should be ready by 2013 to hopefully come up and fill DLowe's spot.

3. Mike Minor Stats

Ups     - 9.23 K/9  2.73 ERA  3.86 K/BB

Downs- 1.09 HR/9

Mike has shown that he has the stuff. He is dominant down in AAA with stats almost identical to Cliff Lee's Minor League Numbers(Oh, how I wish). His K/9 is very good and as very good I mean BlitzCraig numbers. For almost every 4 strikeouts he only walks one batter. His ERA is quite good and He has gone 6+ innings every game except one and in that 5 inning performance he gave up his season high of only 4 runs. His HR/9 is the only slightly bad stat that he has. It is not horrible but we are used to pitchers that don't give up bombs because when they do someone around me usually gets injured from my rage. His 2 spot starts have been very impressive. He started in the second series of the season (a tongue twister there) and did not have a good outing, but that was his first start of the season so it did not alarm anyone. His second start was dominant and boost future trade value. Overall, He is ready right now and could replace a pitcher that is traded or he could be a center of a package for a bat.

4. Arodys Vizcaino Stats

Ups    - 2.45 ERA 6.9 H/9 8.3 K/9 1.00 WHIP

Downs- only reached atleast 6 inning pitched twice

 Vizcaino's Stats at first glance look great, but have a flaw. First off his ERA is great overall just like his H/9. Both are above average and is gonna be hard to maintain is AA at first. Again we have a pitcher with close to a K per inning. His fastball paired with his plus plus curveball is dominating. Lets take a look at his Game log

Last 10 Games: (Current team only)
Apr 09 @POT 1 0 3.60 1 1 0 0 0 5.0 3 2 2 0 1 6 1.25 .167
Apr 15 MB 0 1 1.80 1 1 0 0 0 5.0 4 3 1 0 1 4 0.71 .200
Apr 20 @SAL 0 0 3.38 1 1 0 0 0 5.1 9 3 2 1 2 5 0.67 .375
Apr 25 WIL 0 1 9.00 1 1 0 0 0 3.0 6 3 3 1 1 2 0.75 .429
May 05 @WS 0 0 0.00 1 1 0 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 3   .000
May 08 @WS 0 0 9.00 1 1 0 0 0 2.0 2 2 2 1 2 2 3.00 .250
May 13 @MB 1 0 0.00 1 1 0 0 0 7.0 2 0 0 0 0 6 0.25 .087
May 18 @KIN 0 0 1.80 1 1 0 0 0 5.0 2 1 1 0 3 4 1.00 .125
May 23 WS 0 0 0.00 1 1 0 0 0 7.0 3 0 0 0 0 5 0.78 .125
Totals   2 2 2.45 9 9 0 0 0 40.1 31 14 11 3 10 37 0.73 .207

Vizcaino seems to be lacking in durability and seems to be eithier on or off alot. He is 21 and seems to be fully grown, so eithier They did not let him get enough innings or as I said. He lacks durability. We will figure this out in his next couple starts in AA. Overall, He is pitching great and has acquired control which has not been present for his last couple years. Give him 2 years and he will be ready.

5. Matt Lipka Stats

Ups     - 11 SB .256 AVG 14.1 %Ks

Downs- .40 ISO 6.5% walks

Again we have another young player that will need atleast 2 more years. He has shown speed with swiping 11 bags already, but has had only a average year hitting. But he is obviously a contact hitter due to his good K ratio. Matt has a good swing, and all that contact he is making will turn into hits as he grows. We would love for this guy to heat up because he is our futue CF/SS depending on Pastornicky, Free agency market, and trades. He has no power though with no home runs and only 8 doubles which is what you should except from a SS, but as he grows he might get maybe 5 over the fence each year. He is showing no patience at the plate with 6.5 % walks and this needs to change if he wants to get to the big leagues some day. Overall, He has been solid but not great and he seems to be a promising first round pick.

6. Edward Salcedo  Stats

Ups     -   .131 ISO 9.9 BB%  9 SB  .267 AVG

Downs-  23.9 K%    Errors

Salcedo is still not fully grown, but should fill out his frame at the beginning of the year next year. He is showing a little power that should grow over time  like his twin, Hanley Ramirez. He is showing decent patience unlike last year when he posted a 5.3 BB% so It seems like he is settling down in A ball. He is also showing speed by swiping 9 bags. He is handling the bat better than last year with his .267 AVG. There is 2 alarming stats though. A very high K ratio which is not very good at all. He needs to be getting the balls in play because as he grows there is more power and line drives. Also, As I have seen through Minor league Recaps he has had a unhealthy amount of errors. He has shown problems with this before. It all points to a move to 3b, but It great be great for him to stay at SS. Overall, He is showing great potential, but he just needs to work on fundamentals right now because we won't know really how good he is till he grows into his frame.

7. Carlos Perez  Stats

Ups     - 8.72 K/9 Durability

Downs- 53.2 LOB% 5.53 ERA

Carlos Perez has not looked good this season. He has been very hittable and it seems he can not pitch well form the stretch due to his 53.2 LOB%. He has only had 1 game when he did not give up a run, but It seems that even when he gives up runs he is consistent with 5 to 6 innings. One bright sign is his K/9 , but Its seems like all our top prospects have these kind of numbers so its no surprise to us. He is young, but he really needs to pick up his game. Overall, Carlos has had a bad year and his last game couple games has not shown improvement, so hopefully he will find his game again.

8. JJ Hoover Stats 

Ups     - 8.31 K/9  2.27 ERA  2.27 BB/9

Downs-  2 AAA starts

JJ Hoover has been ecstatic in AA. He was dominating, but his 2-3 record does not show it. Again we have another pitcher with almost a K per inning which seems to be a requirement if you are in the Braves system. A miniscule ERA shows how he just has not given up runs even when his team is losing. He has great control and has shown great promise even though he is the oldest of our top prospects at a ripe age of 24. So after his great AA stint FW decided to let him pitch in AAA during Teheran's spot starts. Lets just say he did not look like AA Hoover. He has a 10.00 ERA in those game and could never seem to sttle down in a 4 inning start and a 1 inning start. Overall, He has had a great season , but he needs at least more 2 months in AA until he gets promoted.

9. Christian Bethancourt Stats

 Ups     - recent 11 game hit streak .272 AVG

 Downs- 1.8 BB%

We had doubts in Christian last year. But this year he has shown what he is capable of. He has been very hot lately and all year he has been handling the bat quite well. He just has been so consistent kinda like TL2's boy, BMac.  But there is one big problem, his patience. That BB% is pathetic. He needs to calm down and rack up some walks. His average is great but a .281 OBP is Frenchy territory. He seems to be handling single A pitchers well by looking at there stats which is what a catcher's job to do. Overall, He has shown much more promise this year and he continues to rock those Oakleys while catching.

10. Mycal Jones Stats

Ups     - 19.2 BB%  .316 AVG  .986 OPS

Downs-  DUI

Jones has been hitting great in the limited ABs that he has had. He has racked up walks, had power, and hit for average. I see a promotion in the next 2 months for him and hopefully he can keep up these stats. There really isn't much to say about this guy except that he is hitting like crazy. But then there is a problem. He was arrested for DUI and everyone know that the braves are know for character. He made a mistake right after DLowe just did the same thing which is just plain unacceptable. Overall, He has hit very well and should get a chance for the job in the majors during spring training next year.


Thats the Top 10

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