Teheran Continues Utter Domination, And Gartrell, Mejia, And Snitker Slug Their Way Onto The Atlanta Braves Minor League Hot Sheet

Julio Teheran continues to make International League hitters wish he'd get called up to Atlanta for good, while sluggers Stefan Gartrell, Ernesto Mejia, and Troy Snitker cranked put up gaudy slugging percentages. On the down side, Caleb Brewer and Todd Redmond were terrible in their only starts of the week, while Myke Jones and Edward Salcedo had trouble getting on base.

Who's Hot?

  1. Julio Teheran RHP, Gwinnett Braves - 2-0, 15 IP, 3 ER, 9 H, 0 BB, 12 K - Teheran picked up his second International League Player of the Week award this week, and rightfully so with his 2 win, 1.80 ERA, 0.60 WHIP, walkless performance. He hasn't walked anyone in his last 4 starts and has dominated in June, with a 4-0 record, 1.00 ERA, 0.61 WHIP, 5 H/9, 0.5 BB/9, 7.8 K/9, and 15.5 K/BB.
  2. Stefan Gartrell RF, Gwinnett Braves - 9-27, 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, BB - Gartrell has been a poweful force in the middle of Gwinnett's lineup since the Braves acquired him in early April, and this week was one of his best performances, as he put up a .333/.357/.704/1.061 slash line.
  3. Ernesto Mejia 1B, Mississippi Braves - 8-13, 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, BB - The Braves reacquired Mejia in the offseason to serve as a veteran force in their AA lineup, and he's certainly done that job with aplomb, leading the team in all slugging categories. Even though he was only able to play in 4 games because of the Southern League All-Star break, this was still his best week of the season, with a .615/.643/1.154/1.797 slash line.
  4. Troy Snitker C, GCL Braves - 6-16, 2 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB - The son of Atlanta third base coach Brian Snitker was selected by the Braves in the 19th round of the draft earlier in the month, and he got his career off to a great start, knocking 4 of his 6 hits for extra bases and putting up a gaudy .375/.421/.875/1.296 slash line.

Honorable Mention: Gwinnett Braves: Matt Young, Chris Carter, Juan Abreu, Jaye Chapman; Mississippi: Billy Bullock; Lynchburg: Aaron Shafer, Adam Milligan, Zeke Spruill, Barrett Kleinknecht; Rome: Carlos Perez, Evan Gattis, Matt Lipka, Hilton Richardson, David Rohm; Danville Braves: Kyle Kubitza, William Beckwith, DSL Braves: Oriel L. Caicedo, Abraham Espinosa

Who's Not?

  1. Caleb Brewer RHP, Rome Braves - 0-1, 4.2 IP, 10 ER, 10 H, 3 BB, 4 K - The week started off well, with Brewer throwing a perfect inning in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, but he got blasted in his lone start with Rome, racking up a 19.27 ERA and a 2.78 WHIP for the game. Still, it's been a good year for Brewer, and this was just a bump on the road.
  2. Myke Jones CF, Mississippi Braves - 1-14, BB, 3 K - Jones only reached twice in 15 plate appearances this week, putting up a .133 OBP as a leadoff hitter. It's been a rough year for Jones, who missed all of April with a stress fracture in his foot and a week and a half in May after the team suspended him for being arrested for a DUI. Worse yet, after putting up good numbers in May, a .261/.397/.435/.831 slash line, he's struggled in June, with a .200/.347/.288/.634 slash line.
  3. Todd Redmond RHP, Gwinnett Braves - 0-1, 4 IP, 8 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 4 K - Redmond is having one of the best years of his career, with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP in 89.2 innings, but he had his worst start of the year this week. He had only allowed 9 earned runs over 46 innings in his previous 7 starts, but allowed 8 in just 4 innings in his start this week.
  4. Edward Salcedo 3B, Rome Braves - 2-14, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 5 K, 3 E - Salcedo's week had its high points, both of his hits went for extra bases and he drove in 5 runs in only 14 at bats, but he also hit just .143 for the week and committed 3 errors. The 19 year old has had a solid season offensively, hitting .261 with a .750 OPS, 7 homers, 33 RBI, and 12 steals in 297 plate appearances, but he's also made 28 errors, 19 coming at third base and 7 at shortstop, putting him on pace for a whopping 55 errors this year. Still, anyone who's seen him play knows Salcedo has the physical skills to be an average, or even above average defender, and there's a long history of competent defenders racking up the errors in Low A. Chipper Jones and Derek Jeter both made 56 errors as a 19 year olds in Low A.

Dishonorable Mention: Gwinnett: Mike Minor, Diory Hernandez, Yohan Flande; Mississippi: Benino Pruneda, Matt Kennelly, Donell Linares; Lynchburg: Matt Crim, Matt Frevert, Andrew Russell, Phil Gosselin, LV Ware; Rome: Willie Kempf, Kyle Rose, Ronan Pacheco, Robby Hefflinger

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