Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 6/13

Scott Cunningham

Brandon Beachy made his last scheduled rehab start for Gwinnett on Thursday.

Gwinnett Braves 2, Rochester Red Wings 8

  • Jose Constanza: 1-4; (.273/.321/.322)
  • Todd Cunningham: 0-4, K; (.268/.361/.364)
  • Tyler Pastornicky: 2-4, 2 R, 3B (2), K; (.319/.363/.431)
  • Ernesto Mejia: 2-4, 2 2B (17), 2 RBI, K; (.260/.351/.542)
  • Joey Terdoslavich: 0-4, 2 K; (.310/.343/.541)
  • Joe Leonard: 0-3, K; (.241/.288/.335)
  • Paul Janish: 0-3, E (6); (.222/.281/.265)
  • Brandon Beachy: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 69 pitches, 38 strikes; (22.0 IP, 3.27 ERA, 22:12 K/BB)
  • Juan Cedeno: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 35p-19s; (24.2 IP, 4.38 ERA, 16:16 K/BB)
  • Kameron Loe: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 26p-18s; (17.2 IP, 4.08 ERA, 11:5 K/BB)
  • Wirfin Obispo: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 21p-16s; (33.0 IP, 3.82 ERA, 40:19 K/BB)
Brandon Beachy's final rehab start did not go smoothly. The 26-year-old gave up three runs, two of which were earned, in three innings of work, surrendering three hits, four walks, and a home run. Beachy turned the game over to Juan Cedeno in the fourth inning, who promptly gave up four runs of his own in only one inning of work. Offense was also in short supply for the G-Braves Thursday, as they were only able to push across two runs on five hits. Tyler Pastornicky and Ernesto Mejia had two hits apiece, including a triple for Pastornicky and two doubles for Mejia. After getting off to an incredible start in April in which he posted an OPS of 1.002, Mejia cooled off in May, hitting .215/.299/.484. The 6'5", 245-pound slugger has picked it up thus far in June to the tune of a .904 OPS, a marked improvement over his April line. Since he is on the 40-man roster, we should see Mejia in Atlanta in September.

Mississippi Braves 3, Tennessee Smokies 2

  • Phil Gosselin: 1-3, RBI, K; (.250/.296/.327)
  • Christian Bethancourt: 1-4, R, HR (2), RBI, K, PB (5); (.242/.253/.329)
  • Christian Marrero: 1-4, 3B (3); (.254/.406/.428)
  • Edward Salcedo: 0-4, K; (.265/.328/.413)
  • Kyle Russell: 1-3, K, E (2); (.252/.343/.384)
  • Mycal Jones: 1-1, 2B (9), SB (16); (.194/.288/.288)
  • Jaime Pedroza: 1-3, K; (.276/.344/.344)
  • Dan Brewer: 1-3, R, 2B (11), K; (.267/.350/.391)
  • Luis Nunez: 1-1, R; (.214/.229/.310)
  • Cody Martin: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K, 85p-58s; (67.0 IP, 2.82 ERA, 71:27 K/BB)
  • Thomas Keeling: 0.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 6p-4s; (20.1 IP, 4.43 ERA, 23:14 K/BB)
  • Andrew Russell: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 23p-16s; (36.0 IP, 3.50 ERA, 27:20 K/BB)
  • Ryne Harper: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 14p-6s; (21.0 IP, 2.14 ERA, 21:6 K/BB)
Mississippi came out on the winning end of a close contest on Thursday. Cody Martin started the game, going 6.1 innings and allowing only one earned run on four hits while striking out 11, posting his second-highest game score of the season (69). The Braves' offense pushed across two runs in the top of the sixth inning, as Phil Gosselin hit a sacrifice fly to score Dan Brewer, who had doubled to lead off the inning. Christian Bethancourt followed with his second home run of the season. The Smokies' answered in the bottom of the 7th, scoring two runs to tie the game. The M-Braves manufactured a run in the top of the eighth inning, taking a 3-2 lead that they would never relinquish. Ryne Harper closed the game, throwing 14 pitches, inducing two flyouts, and striking out one. Christian Marrero roped his third triple of the year, his second in as many games. Mycal Jones came off the bench to pinch hit in the top of the ninth inning and made an immediate impact, lacing his ninth double and stealing his 16th bag of the season. The athletic outfielder has plenty of tools but has spent parts of the last two seasons struggling to stay afloat against Double-A pitching. This season looks to be no different, as the 26-year-old is currently slashing .194/.288/.288.

Lynchburg Hillcats vs. Salem Red Sox (postponed)

The Hillcats and Red Sox were set to play a doubleheader on Thursday, but wet field conditions sent the two teams home. According to Lynchburg's official site, there will be two doubleheaders this weekend to make up for the two lost games on Thursday.

Rome Braves 3, Kannapolis Intimidators 4

  • Jose Peraza: 1-3, R, 2B (10), 2 BB, K; (.253/.311/.337)
  • Levi Hyams: 0-5, 2 K; (.313/.370/.401)
  • Josh Elander: 0-3, BB, K; (.321/.382/.566)
  • Trenton Moses: 1-2, RBI, 2 BB; (.375/.459/.531)
  • Chase Anselment: 0-4, 2 K; (.263/.329/.382)
  • Eric Garcia: 2-4, 2 R; (.292/.420/.444)
  • Ronald Luna: 1-3; (.230/.253/.261)
  • Carlos Franco: 0-1, K; (.227/.312/.291)
  • Joey Meneses: 2-4, RBI, K, CS (2); (.295/.331/.425)
  • Blake Brown: 0-2, K; (.195/.273/.295)
  • Felix Marte: 0-2: (.281/.319/.404)
  • Wes Parsons: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K; (25.0 IP, 4.68 ERA, 20:5 K/BB)
  • Ernesto Silva: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K; (2.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0:0 K/BB)
The Rome Braves put up a valiant effort on Thursday, scoring three runs in the final three innings of the contest, but could not overcome a four-run deficit at the hands of the Kannapolis Intimidators, a Chicago White Sox affiliate. Wes Parsons, a non-drafted free agent signed last season, made his fifth start of the season, allowing four earned runs on seven hits in six innings of work. The only extra-base hit of the evening for the R-Braves belonged to Jose Peraza, who hit his 10th double of the season. The 19-year-old is holding his own in Low-A, slashing .253/.311/.337. While this line certainly doesn't stand out by itself, when taken into proper context — he's a 6'0", 165-pound shortstop who is getting his first taste of full-season ball as a teenager — it's quite impressive. Our very own Mark Smith had a look at the Rome Braves last week and posted his scouting notes here. I'm a bit more optimistic about the future utility of Peraza's hit tool, but I generally agree with Mark's assessments concerning him and the other players noted. Eric Garcia and Joey Meneses added two hits apiece to Rome's ledger. Garcia, a 20th-round pick in 2012 out of the University of Missouri, is having a solid season thus far, showing great primary and secondary skills at the plate. One of the biggest questions concerning Garcia coming out of college was his feel for hit, and in a few viewings this season, he has made some adjustments that have certainly contributed to his early success and helped alleviate concerns about his hitting ability. Namely, he has cut down on a few unnecessary triggers in his lower half that contributed to a good deal of head movement prior to contact. Also, the 6'0", 190-pound infielder has lowered his hands into a better hitting position, changing the angle of the bat at launch and decreasing the amount of wrap at the top of his swing. In my mind, these are all positives for a player whose pro game will most likely be built upon gap-to-gap line drives rather than over-the-fence pop.

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