Some of the usual suspects showing up on the hot side of the list this week. A lot of the Braves higher ranked prospects are starting to rise to the top as the season moves along. Rome had a rough week across the board and I could have tossed a dart at the computer and picked names from that roster - but then I wouldn't have been able to type this.
- Arodys Vizcaino, Mississippi Braves - 7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K - Vizcaino is quickly becoming a name again after injuries derailed his momentum for about a half season. He has improved each game in AA culminating in this gem. As is always the caveat with Arodys is as long as his arm holds up he could be a star. Games like this make me very excited about him.
- Christian Bethancourt, Rome Braves - 9-22, BB, K, SB - While the peripherals aren't all that impressive, this ranking is more of a recognition of the work that Bethancourt has been doing. He has raised his average over 100 points in the last month and half and has really turned on the jets in the last couple of weeks. He isn't hitting for a ton of power at the moment and we all know that he needs to take some more walks but you have to love what he is doing at the plate. You also have to love that he is just 19 years old.
- Adam Milligan, Lynchburg Hillcats - 8-28, 2 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K - Milligan was sort of the antithesis to Bethancourt this week. He was impressive just in a totally different way. If you like running stats then you know that line up above works out to .286/.355/.714. Like I said in the recap, Milligan has been getting better and better as the season goes on and while he isn't perfect (his strikeouts are still high) he is the best bet we have at the moment for a power bat in the minors.
- Julio Teheran, Gwinnett Braves - 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K - Teheran's last three starts: 21 IP, 11 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 19 K. Teheran has been dealing recently and word is his stuff has looked phenomenal. It looks like he got a taste of the show and wants to get back there. I still worry that he is going to be the trade piece we use to bring another big bat one board.
Honorable Mention: Gwinnett Braves - Matt Young, Todd Redmond, Juan Abreu,; Mississippi Braves - Ernesto Mejia, Paul Clemens, J.J. Hoover; Lynchburg Hillcats - Joe Leonard, Phil Gosselin, Andrelton Simmons, Zeke Spruill; Rome Braves - Jakob Dalfonso, Evan Gattis.
- Matt Lipka, Rome Braves - 5-25, 2 RBI, BB, 4 SO, SB - Lipka has had an up and down season with a bit more down than up to this point. He has just eight extra base hits and all of those came in about a two week span last month. His plate discipline has gradually regressed throughout the season and he has posted declining OPS in each month: .620 in April, .588 in May and just .434 in June. So far it hasn't been a great start to his full season career, but he is still young yet and there is no rush to get him to Atlanta.
- Eric Cordier, Gwinnett Braves - 3.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R(4 ER), 2 BB, 5 K - Eric Cordier's adjustment to AAA has been a bit erratic. He started off well and pitched 7 innings of shutout ball in his third start but has given up eight runs in his last two outings. He has a nice arm but most prospect pundits who even deem to mention him have said he will end up in the bullpen in the upper levels. With the Braves depth and his performance recently its not hard to agree.
- Rome Braves - 0-7 with an 8 game losing streak going into the break, 25-45 Record - Over the last week the Rome Braves have just flat out sucked. They scored two or less runs in six of their eight games during their losing streak and they scored ten in one of the others. And still lost. The pitching has actually been pretty solid during this stretch allowing four runs or less in five of the eight games. Hopefully the second half will bring some new blood and a new attitude to the season.
- Dimaster Delgado - 7 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 9 BB, 10 K - I'm not even really sure Delgado deserves to be here because his line for the week is pretty weird. Just three hits allowed? That isn't bad. Ten strikeouts in seven innings from a lefty? Yes please! Nine walks? Five runs? No thanks. Delgado has made just three appearances since returning from the DL and they have been a mixed bag, but he has shown a lot of promise after coming back from a bad injury last season.
Dishonorable Mentions: Gwinnett Braves - Mauro Gomez, Yohan Flande; Mississippi Braves - Mycal Jones; Lynchburg Hillcats - L.V. Ware, Joey Terdoslavich, Barrett Kelinknecht, David Hale; Rome Braves - Edward Salcedo, Kyle Rose, Aaron Northcraft, Willie Kempf.