Andrelton Simmons showed as much power this week as he has in his entire career.
Andrelton Simmons doubled his career home run total this week, Nick Ahmed had a career high 5 hit game, and William Beckwith and Ian Gac slugged their way to the hot sheet. Joey Terdoslavich's offensive and defensive struggles continued, Tommy La Stella had a rare down week, and Ryan Weber and David Filak each had a rough time for Rome.
Andrelton Simmons SS, Mississippi Braves - 10-24, 3 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB - In the first 900 at bats of his career, Simmons hit 3 home runs, but he must love playing in Pensacola because he hit 3 homers this week in 20 at bats during a 5 game series against the Blue Wahoos. The first game of the series was the highlight of his week, as he went 4-4 with 2 doubles, a homer, and 2 RBI. His slash line for the week was an unreal .417/.500/.917/1.417, and he raised his season average from .286 to .305 and his OPS from .712 to .819.
William Beckwith 1B, Rome Braves - 9-26, 2 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, BB - Beckwith showed off his power stroke this week, with 5 of his 9 hits going for extra bases, propelling him to a .769 OPS for the week. Since returning to the team from Extended Spring Training, the 21 year old has hit .300 with a 1.024 OPS, 3 doubles, 4 homers, and 11 RBI in 40 at bats over 12 games.
Nick Ahmed SS, Lynchburg Hillcats - 10-27, 2 2B, 4 RBI, BB, 5 R, 5 SB - Ahmed had a career day on Friday, going 5-6 with 2 doubles and a RBI. For the week he hit .370 with a .837 OPS and his 5 stolen bases gave him a Carolina League leading 18 steals for the season. He's second in the league in at bats with 178 and runs scored with 36.
Ian Gac 1B, Mississippi Braves - 7-17, 5 2B, 3 RBI, 5 BB, 7 K - Gac had been struggling in May, hitting just .196 in 56 at bats, but he turned things around this week, putting up a .412/.545/.706/1.251 slash line. Strikeouts remain a problem for the 26 year old slugger, as he struck out in 41% of his at bats this week, and has fanned in 38% of his at bats on the year.
Honorable Mention: Ernesto Mejia, Cory Gearrin, Todd Redmond, Julio Teheran, Gwinnett Braves; Luis Avilan, Zeke Spruill, Alden Carrithers, Joe Leonard, Cory Harrilchak, Mississippi Braves; JR Graham, Gus Schlosser, Robby Hefflinger, Dimasther Delgado, Chris Garcia, Myke Jones, Adam Milligan, Lynchburg Hillcats; Navery Moore, Greg Ross, Kyle Kubitza, Elmer Reyes, Will Skinner, Rome Braves
Joey Terdoslavich 3B, Gwinnett Braves - 2-20 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K - Friday night, Terdoslavich went 2-5 with a homer and 3 RBI, but for the rest of the week he was 0-15. The week was an extension of a horrible May that's seen him hit .146 with a .406 OPS. For the season he has a .186 average and a .529 OPS, and has struck out in 27% of his at bats. He also made 6 errors this week, giving him 22 in 44 games at third base this season.
Ryan Weber RHP, Rome Braves - 0-1, 2 GS, 6.1 IP, 11 ER, 14 H, 0 BB, 3 K - Weber's first start of the week was pretty good, as he allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, over 3 innings, but his second start was awful, as he allowed 10 earned runs in just 2.1 innings. Before this week, he had only allowed 6 earned runs in 23.2 innings this season between Rome and Lynchburg. The lone bright side for him was that he didn't walk anyone in either start, and has only allowed 3 walks in 30 innings this season.
Tommy La Stella 2B, Lynchburg Hillcats -4-22, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K - La Stella had a tough week, hitting just .182 with a .432 OPS, but the 23 year old is still having a nice season, hitting .288 with a .832 OPS, 10 doubles, 4 homers, 31 RBI, and 8 steals in 153 at bats.
David Filak RHP, Rome Braves -0-1, 1 GS, 5 IP, 9 ER, 10 H, 2 BB, 7 K - Filak had a rough time in his lone start this week, allowing 9 earned runs in 5 innings after only allowing 11 earned runs in 47.2 innings over his first 9 starts of the season. The game ballooned his season ERA from 2.08 to 3.42 and his WHIP from 1.10 to 1.33.
Dishonorable Mention: Cory RasmusKeenan Wiley, Todd Cunningham, Mississippi Braves; Cody Martin, Edward Salcedo, Lynchburg Hillcats; Rafael Briceno, Ryne Harper, Jakob Dalfonso, Fernando de los Santos, Brandon Drury, Rome Braves