Constanza And Teheran Dominate While Clemens And Oberholtzer Struggle To Highlight This Week's Atlanta Braves Minor League Hot Sheet

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.

Who's Hot?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Who's Not?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

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