Jose Constanza hit a ridiculous .613 this week.
Gwinnett received sterling performances from Jose Constanza and Julio Teheran, while Christian Bethancourt continued his resurgence for Rome. Mississippi All-Start Paul Clemens and Brett Oberholtzer struggled, as did their leadoff hitter Myke Jones, and the entire Lynchburg infield slumped at the same time.
Jose Constanza CF, Gwinnett Braves -19-31, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 5 SB - The diminutive Constanza was nothing short of phenomenal this week, with a slash line of .613/.647/.774/1.421, 3 games with 4 hits, and a 3 steal game. The 27 year old was an easy selection for the International League Player of the Week award, and he's improved his already good season numbers to a .356 average, a .398 OBP, and a .814 OPS.
- Julio Teheran RHP, Gwinnett Braves - 1-0, 8 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 11 K - The 20 year old top prospect made just 1 start this week, but it was his best of the season, as he shutout the Toledo Mud Hens over 8 innings, allowing just 3 hits, walking none, and tying his career high with 11 strikeouts. For the year he has outstanding numbers at AAA, particularly considering his age, with a 1.98 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP in 63.2 innings.
- Christian Bethancourt C, Rome Braves -8-20, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB - After struggling as an 18 year old last seeason with Rome, Bethancourt has come back strong this year, and hit his peak with a .400 average and 1.005 OPS this week. He had 4 multi-hit games, improving his season numbers to a .291 average and a .743 OPS.
- Emmanuel Daniel CF, DSL Braves - 8-13, 2B, HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB - It's often easy to ignore the players in the Dominican Summer League, since they're not even playing in the same country as the rest of the Braves prospects, but a .615/.667/.923/1.590 slash line is impossible to ignore. Daniel has gotten off to a torrid start this year, with a .433 average and a 1.119 OPS through his first 30 at bats. He's 19 and struggled mightily in the DSL last year, a .138 average and a .400 OPS in 159 at bats, so he's certainly not a top prospect, but if he can keep his fantastic hitting up he'll force people to learn his name.
Honorable Mention: Gwinnett Braves: Jairo Asencio, Yohan Flande, Todd Redmond, Shawn Bowman, Jaye Chapman, Jose Lugo; Mississippi Braves: Yeliar Castro, Willie Cabrera, Cory Harrilchak, Arodyz Vizcaino, Antoan Richardson; Lynchburg Hillcats: Chris Masters, Aaron Shafer, Zeke Spruill, Ryan Buchter, Todd Cunningham, Adam Milligan; Rome Braves: Eward Salcedo, Chris Garcia, Danilo Alvarez, Tyler Hess, Aaron Northcraft, DSL Braves: Mauricio Cabrera
Paul Clemens RHP, Mississippi Braves -0-1, 3.2 IP, 10 R, 7 ER, 11 H, 1 BB, 5 K - The 23 year old Clemens is having a breakout year, with a 3.36 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP in 69.2 innings, but he hit a rough patch this week, allowing 11 hits and 7 earned runs without making it out of the 4th inning in his lone start. In his last 2 starts he has a 12.00 ERA and a 1.92 WHIP, so he's clearly hit a wall, likely because his 12 starts are already a career high.
Brett Oberholtzer LHP, Mississippi Braves -0-2, 7 IP, 12 R, 9 ER, 16 H, 5 BB, 4 K - Clemens' teammate also had a rough week, though he managed to do it over 2 starts. The 21 year old lost both of those games, combining for a 11.57 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP. Oberholtzer has actually struggled since the start of May, with a 6.45 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP in 44.67 innings.
Joe Leonard 3B, Phil Gosselin 2B, Joe Terdoslavich 1B, Lynchburg Hillcats -9-69, 4 2B, RBI, 3 BB, 25 K - The Braves 3rd, 5th, and 6th round draft picks from 2010 all had a rough week, combining to hit just .130 with a pathetic .355 OPS while striking out in 36% of their at bats. Leonard hit .120 with a .320 OPS, striking out 9 times, which accounts for a quarter of his total strikeouts on the season. The 22 year old has not been productive this season, with a .230 average and a .651 OPS. The 22 year old Gosselin has played decently this season, with a .267 average and a .716 OPS, but he hit just .130 with a .297 OPS this week. Terdoslavich has played well this year, hitting .266 with a .836 OPS and a team high 11 home runs, but the 22 year old fell to a .143 average and a .455 OPS while striking out in 48% of his at bats. The other member of Lynchburg's infield, shortstop Andrelton Simmons, wasn't quite as bad this week, but the 21 year old only hit .250 with a .607 OPS, making it a rough week for the Hillcat offense.
Myke Jones CF, Mississippi Braves -4-28, RBI, 2 BB, 6 K - Mississippi pitchers weren't the only ones struggling this week, as their leadoff hitter managed only a .143 average and a .200 OBP. Last week, the 24 year old Jones couldn't get any hits, but managed to be productive by taking walks. He couldn't repeat the trend this week, with a lowly .343 OPS, dropping his season numbers to a .228 average and a .678 OPS.
Dishonorable Mention: Gwinnett Braves: Stefan Gartrell, Wilkin Ramirez, JC Boscan, Wilkin Castillo, Ed Lucas; Mississippi Braves: Luis Avilan, Donell Linares, Eddie Morlan, Richard Sullivan, Jesus Sucre, Jordan Kreke; Lynchburg Hillcats: Shawn McGill, Barrett Kleinknecht; Rome Braves: Tyler Stovall, Elemer Reyes, Evan Gattis