Terdoslavich Doubles Down While Graham, Cabrera and Wood Smoke The Opposition In The Atlanta Braves Minor League Hotsheet

Christian Bethancourt's bat finally broke out for Mississippi this week - CB Wilkins

Joey T knocks nine doubles on the week, Graham allows just one run across 13 innings and Christian Bethancourt starts to tap into his offensive potential.

Who's Hot?

  1. Joey Terdoslavich 1B, Gwinnett Braves - 13-29. 9 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1K - Terdoslavich put up one of the more impressive weeks I have seen from an offensive players in the time I have been doing these. He hit .448 for the week with an .862 SLG. His OPS coming into the night was .968 and he is leading the league in doubles.
  2. J.R. Graham SP, Mississippi Braves - 13 IP, 10 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 K - Now that Julio Teheran has graduated to the majors (for better or worse), Graham is the undisputed top pitching prospect in the organization and it doesn't appear he plans on relinquishing that title. All of his component ratios have been strong with 14 strike outs in 18 innings and a 2.27 groundball ratio, he is proving the doubters wrong that he couldn't stay in the rotation.
  3. Christian Bethancourt C, Mississippi Braves - 8-20, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 3 K, 2 SB - The most exciting thing about Bethancourt has always been his age relative to the league. He is still just 21 years old in AA, which is pretty impressive. Last year he struggled, but he probably should have been in Lynchburg to begin with. Either way, he has made some adjustments this year and is hitting .341 with a .500 SLG which is a massive improvement over his .566 OPS from last season.
  4. Mauricio Cabrera SP, Rome Braves - 12 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 6 BB, 9 K - Cabrera has been tagged as the next big thing in Braves pitching prospects and so far this season he has delivered on the potential. He is holding opposing hitters to a .203 Avg on 14 hits in 19 innings. His walks have been high so far, but his pure stuff has kept hitters from making solid contact against him.
  5. Alex Wood SP, Mississippi Braves - 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K - Wood is another guy who many people think will end up in the bullpen at some point, but the Braves have shown in recent history that they will let pitchers play their way out of (or into with Medlen and Beachy) the rotation. Wood's season line thus far: 16 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 17 K, 2.11 GB, .182 Avg. So far I would think the Braves are content with him being in the rotation.

Honorable Mentions: Tyler Pastornicky 2B, Gwinnett; David Hale SP, Gwinnett; Jose Constanza LF, Gwinnett; Christian Marrero 1B, Mississippi; Cody Martin SP, Mississippi; Robby Hefflinger OF, Lynchburg; Josh Elandaer OF, Rome.

Who's Not?

  1. Matt Lipka CF, Lynchburg Hillcats - 4-25, 2B, 3B, 5 RBI, 8 K - Lipka continues to be a grand disappointment. His .723 OPS from his first season still stands as the best mark he has put up. Even though he missed time last year with injuries, he is healthy and repeating the level with worse results. His speed is a big part of his game, and hopefully his injured hamstring has recovered enough to help him rebound in 2013.
  2. Edward Salcedo 3B, Mississippi Braves - 5-22, HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K, CS - Salcedo nearly deserves to be on the hot list simply for not making an error the entire week, but his hitting fell off a bit. He has just one extra base hit all season and his strike out rate is approaching 25%. He has been taking some walks, but his power has completely disappeared.
  3. Frank Lafreniere SP, Rome Braves - 5.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 2 K - The Braves didn't have too many bad performances from their pitchers this week, but Lafreniere put Rome behind early against the potent Ashville offense by surrendering nine hits. So far in 2013 he has been very vulnerable vs opposite hand hitters, allowing lefties to hit .423 off him.
  4. Jose Peraza SS, Rome Braves - 4-25, 0 XBH, 1 RBI, 2 K, 4 SB. 2 E - The knock on Peraza has been and probably will continue to be whether or not he can hit advanced pitching. His glove will play, even with the nine errors he has committed so far. Don't be surprised if the Braves push him on the strength of his glove like Bethancourt, and let the bat play catch up.
  5. Rafael Briceno SP, Rome Braves - 9.1 IP, 12 H, 7 R, 4 BB, 6 K - Briceno actually had a really nice start on 4/20 but his first start was of the disaster variety. His line: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 4 BB, 1 K. That start following another start where he gave up five runs in two innings. Hopefully what he found in his last start will be what carries him forward, otherwise the Rome bullpen better stay warm.
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