Harrilchak, La Stella, Lucas, And Mejia Power Their Way To The Top Of The Final Atlanta Braves Minor League Hot Sheet

Cory Harrilchak finished his season on a high note, with a 1.411 OPS in the final week.

Cory Harrilchak finished his year by excelling near his hometown, teammates Ed Lucas and Ernesto Mejia dominated as well, and Tommy La Stella finished off his fine debut season.

Who's Hot?

Cory Harrilchak RF, Mississippi Braves -7-18, 4 2B, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 2 HBP - Harrilchak finished his season with an away series against the Carolina Mudcats, playing just minutes from his hometown of Cary, NC. The 22 year old didn't disappoint his friends and family, putting up a slash line of .389/.522/.889/1.411 en route to his best week of the season. After a weak first half, he turned his season around, finishing with respectable numbers, a .266 average, a .737 OPS, 26 doubles, 5 triples, 7 homers, 56 RBI, and 10 stolen bases.

Tommy La Stella 2B, Rome Braves -9-21, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 7 RBI, 4 BB - La Stella had another monster week, putting up a .429/.520/.810/1.330 slash line. From August 1st until the end of the season he had a .386/.443/.646/1.089 slash line, helping him to have the best season of any Braves 2011 draftee, finishing with a .328 average, a .944 OPS, 13 doubles, 5 triples, 9 homers, and 40 RBI in 63 games played.

Ed Lucas SS, Mississippi Braves - 10-23, 2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 2 BB - After hitting just .218 with a .606 OPS in the first half for Gwinnett, Lucas was demoted to Mississippi, and he ended up playing well there, hitting .270 with a .785 OPS. Those numbers were greatly aided by the last week of the season, when he slugged .815 and put up a gaudy 1.194 OPS, rapping out 4 homers, including 2 in last Friday's game.

Ernesto Mejia 1B, Mississippi Braves - 9-27, 2 2B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 11 K - Mejia's monster season included setting new Mississippi single season records for hits (148), homers (26), and RBI (99), so it's no surprise that he finished with a great week, slugging .852 with a 1.185 OPS in his last 6 contests. The only downside of the week was that he struck out in 41% of his at bats for the week, which was much worst than the 31% rate he struck out at all year.

Honorable Mention: Gwinnett: Mauro Gomez, Wil Nieves, JJ Hoover, Wilkin Ramirez, Matt Young, Ben Swaggerty; Mississippi: Jose Lugo, Yeliar Castro, Zeke Spruill, Matt Kennelly, Chris Masters, Jordan Kreke, Sean Henry; Lynchburg: Ryan Buchter, David Hale, Mark Lamm, Shawn McGill, Andrelton Simmons, Joey Terdoslavich; Rome: Gus Schlosser, Tyler Stovall, Sean Gilmartin, Aaron Northcraft, Ryan Delgado, Matt Lipka, David Rohm

Who's Not?

Joe Leonard 3B, Lynchburg Hillcats - 1-26, RBI, 3 BB, SB, 7 K - Leonard had a tough year, hitting just .247 with a .689 OPS, and it ended with his worst week of the season, as he hit .038 with a .176 OPS in the year's final contests. When the Braves drafted him last year, they thought they were getting a power prospect, but he only had 36 extra base hits all year, slugging only .378.

Brett Butts RHP, Mississippi Braves -2 G, 0-1, 1.1 IP, 5 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 0 K - Butts is less than 14 months removed from Tommy John surgery, and he'd be the first to tell you he's not back to 100% yet, so it's no surprise that he's struggled in the few games he pitched this year. In his final appearance of the season he allowed 5 earned runs while only recording 1 out, and in his final 4 appearances he allowed 14 earned runs in only 3 innings, good for a 42.00 ERA and a 5.00 WHIP. He'll be back to full strength at the beginning of next season, and games like this will be a distant, awful memory.

Chris Garcia 1B, Rome Braves -3-26, 3 RBI, BB, 5 K - Garcia had a great year as Rome's cleanup hitter, with a .305 average, a .917 OPS, 24 doubles, 16 homers, and 67 RBI in 348 at bats, but the last week of his season was abysmal, as he hit just .115 with a .263 OPS.

Ronan Pacheco LHP, Rome Braves - 2 G, 0-2, 9.1 IP, 11 R, 10 ER, 16 H, 5 BB, 6 K - Pacheco lost both of his starts this week, putting up a 9.64 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP. The huge 23 year old lefty had a rough season overall, with a 5-9 record, a 5.00 ERA, and a 1.48 WHIP in 95.1 innings.

Dishonorable Mention: Gwinnett: Brandon Hicks, Jairo Asencio, Dustin Richardson; Mississippi: Luis Avilan, Myke Jones; Lynchburg Hillcats: Barrett Kleinknecht, Todd Cunningham, LV Ware; Rome Braves: Edward Salcedo, Robby Hefflinger

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