Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 6/14


Juan Jaime pitched well in relief for the Mississippi Braves on Friday.

Gwinnett Braves 8, Rochester Red Wings 12

  • Todd Cunningham: 2-4, RBI, BB, SB (10), CS (5), PO; (.272/.366/.366)
  • Tyler Pastornicky: 2-5, 2B (12), RBI, K; (.321/.364/.434)
  • Ernesto Mejia: 0-5, 2 K; (.254/.344/.530)
  • Joey Terdoslavich: 1-5, R, HR (13), RBI, 3 K, 3 E (10); (.308/.340/.546)
  • Stefan Gatrell: 3-5, 2 R, 2B (2), K; (.289/.341/.500)
  • Joe Leonard: 1-4, 2 R; (.241/.288/.333)
  • Paul Janish: 1-2, 2 R, 2 BB; (.227/.295/.269)
  • Jose Yepez: 3-4, R, 2B (3), 5 RBI; (.223/.267/.255)
  • Yohan Flande: 4.1 IP, 10 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 105 pitches-52 strikes; (65.0 IP, 5.82 ERA, 42:26 K/BB)
  • Ryan Buchter: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 35p-21s; (30.1 IP, 3.26 ERA, 50:24 K/BB)
  • Joe Beimel: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 25p-18s; (6.2 IP, 6.75 ERA, 4:2 K/BB)
Yohan Flande's night went terribly by all accounts, as the 27-year-old struggled to throw quality strikes — or strikes at all, for that matter. The 6'2", 180-pound lefty gave up eight earned runs in 4.1 innings of work, allowing ten hits and four walks while not striking out a single batter. On the bright side, the G-Braves had a few fine performances at the plate, most notably from Stefan Gartrell. Gartrell, who was signed by the Braves in late May after starting the season in the Mexican League, had three hits on the evening, including his second double of the season. Catcher Jose Yepez also had three hits, including his third double of the season. Todd Cunningham and Tyler Pastornicky also added two hits, while Joey Terdoslavich hit his 13th home run of the season. Terdoslavich's night was strange beyond his 1-5 performance, as the right fielder committed three errors on the evening, a sight that is hardly seen beyond the recreational fields of one's youth. In fact, this is the biggest worry with Terdoslavich: can he play any position well? His bat is certainly ready . . .

Mississippi Braves 4, Tennessee Smokies 3

  • Phil Gosselin: 1-3, 2 R, BB, SB (5); (.251/.300/.327)
  • Christian Bethancourt: 2-4, R, 2B (8), SB (7), E (5); (.248/.259/.340)
  • Jose Martinez: 1-3, 2B (11), BB, CS (5), OF assist: (.307/.369/.401)
  • Edward Salcedo: 1-4, 2B (13), 2 RBI, 2 K; (.264/.327/.414)
  • Dan Brewer: 1-4, 2 K; (.267/.348/.388)
  • Mycal Jones: 1-3, BB, CS (2), PO; (.198/.293/.288)
  • Mitch Atkins: 3.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 74p-43s; (11.2 IP, 3.09 ERA, 9:6 K/BB)
  • Chasen Shreve: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 11p-5s; (31.0 IP, 5.23 ERA, 18:15 K/BB)
  • Juan Jaime: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 31p-20s; (16.1 IP, 1.65 ERA, 27:9 K/BB)
  • Ian Thomas: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2K, 26p-15s; (37.0 IP, 2.43 ERA, 56:13 K/BB)
  • Mark Lamm: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 9p-5s; (37.0 IP, 1.95 ERA, 39:17 K/BB)
Mississippi's bullpen did yeoman's work Friday, pitching 5.1 innings of scoreless baseball, allowing the Braves' offense to take the lead in the sixth inning. Notably, Juan Jaime and Ian Thomas pitched four innings, allowing only four hits and two walks while striking out six batters. Coming into the season, one of the primary knocks on Jaime, who is on the 40-man roster, was if he could throw enough strikes to allow his plus-plus fastball to play. In 12 games thus far, the big righty is sporting a 3:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, which has at least helped to alleviate some of the concern about the hard-throwing 25-year-old. On offense, Christian Bethancourt had two hits, including his eighth double of the season, and a stolen base. Edward Salcedo also doubled, bringing his season total to 13. After a torrid May, Salcedo has cooled considerably, posting a .413 OPS in June and a .367 OPS in his last ten games. While this is mildly concerning, the 21-year-old's cumulative OPS is still around eight percent better than the Southern League, which is a huge positive in the highly-touted prospect's development.

Lynchburg Hillcats 1, Salem Red Sox 4 (Game 1)

  • Matt Lipka: 0-3, K; (.276/.318/.412)
  • Ross Heffley: 1-3, K; (.219/.270/.319)
  • Robby Hefflinger: 2-3, R, 2B (16); (.299/.352/.594)
  • Kyle Kubitza: 0-2, RBI, BB; (.277.387/.480)
  • Elmer Reyes: 0-2; (.305/.320/.427)
  • Ryan Weber: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR; (47.2 IP, 3.02 ERA, 41:10 K/BB)

Lynchburg Hillcats 7, Salem Red Sox 0 (Game 2)

  • Matt Lipka: 0-4, 2 K; (.276/.318/.412)
  • Elmer Reyes: 1-4, R, 3B (1), K; (.305/.320/.427)
  • David Rohm: 2-4, 2 R, RBI; (.287/.341/.409)
  • Robby Hefflinger: 4-4, 2 R, 2 HR (18), 3 RBI; (.299/.352/.594)
  • Kyle Kubitza: 1-3, R, RBI, BB, K, E (11); (.277.387/.480)
  • Shawn McGill: 1-4, R, 3B (1), RBI; (.319/.414/.429)
  • Will Skinner: 1-2, 2B (10), RBI, K; (.207/.238/.514)
  • Emerson Landoni: 1-3; (.296/.361/.389)
  • Jarrett Miller: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K; (67.2 IP, 3.72 ERA, 57:29 K/BB)
  • Billy Bullock: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; (5.1 IP, 1.69 ERA, 7:3 K/BB)
Lynchburg split a twin bill on Friday against Salem. Elmer Reyes was 0-for-2 in the first game, snapping his hit streak at 15 games. The best performer of the day was Robby Hefflinger (who else?). The 6'4", 220-pound physical specimen was 6-for-7 with a double and two home runs, bringing his totals in those categories to 16 and 18, respectively. The left fielder is having a breakout year of sorts, leading the Carolina League in home runs and total bases by a wide margin. Age, position, and swing-and-miss problems are certainly mitigating factors, though he's made improvements with regard to the latter concern. His hit tool isn't the greatest and may not translate to the upper minors, but I've always been intrigued with the power potential and am thrilled to see this level of production from the Georgia native. Elsewhere, Jarrett Miller pitched well in the second game of the day, throwing 5.2 innings and allowing no earned runs on six hits and a walk, striking out four. Matt Lipka was 0-for-7 on the day, striking out three times.

Rome Braves 4, Kannapolis Intimidators 6

  • Eric Garcia: 2-4, BB, K; (.303/.430/.447)
  • Jose Peraza: 3-5, RBI, 2 SB (20), CS (6); (.262/.318/.344)
  • Casey Kalenkosky: 2-5, RBI, 2 K, PB (3); (.224/.318/.448)
  • Carlos Franco: 2-5, K, CS (6); (.231/.314/.293)
  • Ronald Luna: 2-5, R, 2B (6), RBI, K, SB (4); (.235/.257/.271)
  • Joey Meneses: 1-4, 2 K; (.293/.329/.420)
  • Blake Brown: 2-3, 2B (9), RBI, BB, SB (5); (.204/.284/.309)
  • Frank Lafreniere: 6.0 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR; (64.0 IP, 5.48 ERA, 46:18 K/BB)
  • Eric Pfisterer: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K; (2.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 3:0 K/BB)
Rome lost for the second night in a row to Kannapolis. Frank Lafreniere, a native of Canada, was hittable on Friday, allowing nine hits in six innings of work. Personal favorite Blake Brown flashed the tools and skills that make him so intriguing, going 2-for-3 on the evening, notching his ninth double, stealing his fifth base, and collecting his 15th walk of the season. Perhaps most notably, Brown didn't whiff on the evening, a problem that plagues the toolsy outfielder from the University of Missouri. Jose Peraza had three hits and stole two bases, while Carlos Franco collected his first hit in over a week. Eric Garcia, Casey Kalenkosky, and Ronald Luna each contributed multi-hit performances.

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