La Stella Keeps On Hitting And Wood Keeps On Dominating In The Atlanta Braves Minor League Hot Sheet

Tommy La Stella didn't miss a beat after a promotion to AA. - CB Wilkins

Who was hot and who was not for the week of May 6th to 12th.

Tommy La Stella flourished after a promotion, Alex Wood and Joey Terdoslavich continued to dominate, Elmer Reyes had a bunch of multi-hit games, and a pair of utility players had huge weeks.

Who's Hot?

Tommy La Stella 2B, Mississippi Braves - 10-27, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB - La Stella missed most of April recovering from a leg injury, but the 24 year old was on fire when he came back, hitting .550 with a 1.440 OPS in 7 games with the Hillcats last week before being promoted to Mississippi this week where he hit .370 with a 1.080 OPS, giving him a .447 average, a 1.254 OPS, 4 doubles, a triple, 2 homers, and 10 RBI in 13 games this season.

Alex Wood LHP, Mississippi Braves - 1-0, 7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K - Wood only made one start this week, but it continued the trend the 22 year old has set this season, striking out 5 over 7 shutout innings. He's only allowed 2 earned runs in 7 starts this year, posting a 0.47 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP, 5.9 H/9, 2.1 BB/9, and 10.2 K/9 in 38 innings.

Elmer Reyes SS, Lynchburg Hillcats - 9-20, 3 2B, HR, 6 RBI, BB, SB - Reyes had a few weak years with Rome the last couple of seasons, but the 22 year old has gotten off to a nice start this year with Lynchburg, hitting .309 with a .761 OPS, 10 doubles, and 21 RBI in 110 at bats. He turned things up a notch this week, hitting .450 with a 1.076 OPS, ending the week with 3 straight multi-hit games.

Joey Terdoslavich RF, Gwinnett Braves - 9-28, 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, BB - Terdoslavich had a fine week, hitting .321 with a .916 OPS, and he's been consistently good all year, leading the International League with 14 doubles, and his 87 total bases are good for second in the league.

Alden Carrithers and Emerson Landoni UTL, Mississippi Braves and Lynchburg Hillcats - 16-31, 3 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, SB - Both of these players have been discarded by various teams, Carrithers by the Tigers and White Sox, Landoni by the Yankees and Marlins, both are considered roster fillers, kept only for their ability to play multiple positions, and both have been promoted and demoted this season already, but they made some noise this week, combining to hit .516 with a 1.293 OPS. The 28 year old lefty hitting Carrithers has worked his way into regular playing time for Gwinnett, hitting .500 with a 1.272 OPS this week. The 24 year old Landoni hit .348 with a .922 OPS in 23 at bats for Mississippi before being sent down to Lynchburg this week where he hit .500 with a 1.202 OPS.

Honorable Mention: Jose Yepez, Gwinnett Braves; Ian Thomas, Christian Marrero, Dan Brewer, Kyle Russell, Pat Egan, Mark Lamm, Chasen Shreve, Jose Martinez, Mississippi Braves; William Beckwith, Ross Heffley, Will Skinner, AJ Holland, Ronan Pacheco, Wilson Rivera, Greg Ross, Lynchburg Hillcats; Frank Lafreniere, Patrick Scoggin, Lucas Sims, Zach, Jadofsky, Shae Simmons, Levi Hyams, Rome Braves

Who's Not?

Carlos Franco 3B, Rome Braves - 2-20, BB, 8 K, SB - Franco has struggled in his first taste of full season baseball this year, hitting .214 with a .604 OPS in 112 at bats and 12 errors in 27 games at third base, but the 21 year old was even worse at the plate this week, hitting just .100 with a .243 OPS, striking out in 40% of his at bats.

Jose Peraza SS, Rome Braves - 2-18, 2 K, 2 SB - Peraza has also struggled this year, hitting .245 with a .579 OPS in 106 at bats, committing 10 errors in 27 games at shortstop, and the 19 year old also struggled even worse this week, hitting just .111 with a .222 OPS.

Jarrett Miller RHP, Lynchburg Hillcats - 1 GS, 1 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 1 K - Miller only made 1 start this week, but it was an awful one, as he allowed 4 earned runs while only being able to complete 1 inning of work. After allowing 4 earned runs in 20 innings over his first 7 appearances, the 23 year old has allowed 8 earned runs in 7 innings in his last 2 appearances.

James Hoyt RHP, Lynchburg Hillcats - 2 G, 1 GS, 4.1 IP, 7 ER, 6 H, 5 BB, 5 K - The Braves signed the 27 year old Hoty out of the independent league prior to this season, and he got off to a great start with the organization, posting a 1.78 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP in 25.1 innings over his first 8 appearances. Things took a rough turn this week, as he allowed 7 earned runs in just 3.1 innings in his start on Thursday. He did pitch a scoreless inning of relief on Sunday, but his season ERA ballooned up to 3.64

Todd Cunningham CF, Gwinnett Braves - 4-24, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, 4 K, SB - After a breakout 2012 with AA Mississippi, the 24 year old Cunningham has struggled in his first taste of AAA, hitting .229 with a .591 OPS in 131 at bats. Things got worse this week, as he hit just .167 with a .408 OPS.

Dishonorable Mention: Roman Colon, Cole McCurry, Daniel Rodriguez, Yohan Flande, Joe Leonard, Tyler Pastornicky, Gwinnett Braves; JR Graham, Erik Hamren, Aaron Northcraft, Christian Bethancourt, Myke Jones, Mississippi Braves; Nate Hyatt, Navery Moore, Kyle Kubitza, Lynchburg Hillcats; Chase Anselment, Ronald Luna, Blake Brown, Casey Kalenkosky, Joey Meneses, Rome Braves

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