Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 6/16

Al Messerschmidt

Sean Gilmartin allowed nine hits and three home runs on Sunday.

Gwinnett Braves 3, Rochester Red Wings 6

  • Todd Cunningham: 2-5, 2B (10), K; (.279/.368/.373)
  • Tyler Pastornicky: 1-4, R, HR (4), RBI, K; (.314/.356/.437)
  • Joey Terdoslavich: 2-3, R, HR (14), RBI, BB; (.312/.346/.559)
  • Brandon Boggs: 2-4, R; (.259/.350/.450)
  • Stefan Gartrell: 1-4, 2B (3), RBI, 3 K; (.319/.372/.444)
  • Sean Gilmartin: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 3 HR, 95 pitches-56 strikes; (71.0 IP, 5.83 ERA, 47:30 K/BB)
  • Juan Cedeno: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 25p-15s; (27.1 IP, 3.95 ERA, 18:16 K/BB)
  • Wirfin Obispo: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 22p-15s; (34.0 IP, 3.71 ERA, 42:19 K/BB)
Sean Gilmartin couldn't hold the Red Wings at bay Sunday, allowing six earned runs on nine hits, three home runs, and three walks in 4.1 innings of work. The 2011 first-round pick of the Braves has had an incredibly tough 10-game stretch, posting a 7.04 ERA with 73 hits in 55 innings pitched. These problems further exacerbate concerns about his future in the major leagues — can he miss enough bats and induce enough weak contact to live off of middling stuff and pinpoint control? Offensively, Todd Cunningham, Joey Terdoslavich, and Brandon Boggs all contributed two hits, including Cunningham's 10th double and Terdoslavich's 14th home run. Tyler Pastornicky also smacked a big fly, his fourth of the season. The second baseman/center fielder is sporting a .971 OPS in his last 10 games.

Mississippi Braves 4, Tennessee Smokies 1

  • Christian Bethancourt: 0-3, R, BB, 2 K; (.244/.259/.333)
  • Edward Salcedo: 2-3, R, 2B (15), RBI, BB; (.278/.340/.444)
  • Jaime Pedroza: 1-3, R, 2 RBI, BB, K, SB (5); (.281/.349/.345)
  • Mycal Jones: 2-4, RBI; (.211/.301/.298)
  • Barrett Kleinknecht: 1-2, R, K; (.250/.305/.397)
  • Gus Schlosser: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 91p-57s; (77.2 IP, 2.43 ERA, 60:24 K/BB)
  • Thomas Keeling: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2p-1s; (20.1 IP, 4.35 ERA, 23:14 K/BB)
  • Ryne Harper: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 27p-15s; (23.1 IP, 1.93 ERA, 21:7 K/BB)
  • Mark Lamm: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3p-3s; (37.1 IP, 1.93 ERA, 40:17 K/BB)
The M-Braves only collected six hits, including one extra-base hit, but were somehow able to muster four runs of offense on Sunday. Edward Salcedo and Mycal Jones had two hits apiece, with Salcedo ripping his 15th double of the season. After a rough start to the season, Jones is putting up a decent line in June and a great line in his past ten games, hopefully a sign of things to come for the toosly utility player who still has some upside, although it has greatly diminished over the past few seasons. Gus Schlosser pitched six strong innings, allowing only one run on six hits and two walks, striking out four. Schlosser — whose name means "locksmith" in German (h/t to Harris King, a criminally under-followed Braves fan, for this nugget) — induced more flyouts than groundouts in this particular start, which is quite the surprise for the sidearming righty. Ryne Harper pitched 2.1 innings of solid relief, allowing only one hit and one walk.

Lynchburg Hillcats 6, Salem Red Sox 5 (Game 1)

  • Matt Lipka: 3-4, 2 R, RBI, BB, K, SB (17); (.284/.328/.418)
  • Emerson Landoni: 2-5, K; (.293/.354/.379)
  • Robby Hefflinger: 1-4, 2 K; (.294/.345/.580)
  • Kyle Kubitza: 2-3, 3B (3), 2 RBI, BB; (.287/.402/.507)
  • Matt Weaver: 1-3, R, BB; (.205/.266/.292)
  • A.J. Holland: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K; (75.0 IP, 4.56 ERA, 47:38 K/BB)
  • Wilson Rivera: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K; (30.2 IP, 2.05 ERA, 39:20 K/BB)

Lynchburg Hillcats 1, Salem Red Sox 4 (Game 2)

  • Matt Lipka: 1-3, 2B (18); (.284/.328/.418)
  • Ross Heffley; 1-2; (.218/.272/.315)
  • David Rohm: 1-3, CS (6); (.289/.342/.410)
  • Robby Hefflinger: 0-3, K; (.294/.345/.580)
  • Kyle Kubitza: 0-2, BB, K, E (12); (.287/.402/.507)
  • Shawn McGill: 1-3, E (3), 2 PB (4); (.317/.410/.452)
  • Will Skinner: 1-2, R, HR (12), RBI, BB; (.205/.240/.521)
  • Blaine Sims: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 1 HR; (19.0 IP, 5.68 ERA, 21:18 K/BB)
  • Ronan Pacheco: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K; (33.2 IP, 1.87 ERA, 33:20 K/BB)
Lynchburg split a doubleheader with Salem on Sunday. Kyle Kubitza reached base four times on the day, including his third triple of the year and a couple of walks. Matt Lipka was also an on-base monster, reaching base five times while stealing his 17th bag of the season. Will Skinner hit his 12th home run of the season, bringing his triple slash line to .205/.240/.521, which is easily one of the coolest and/or strangest triple slashes I've ever seen. The starting pitchers weren't incredibly sharp for Lynchburg. A.J. Holland pitched six innings but allowed four earned runs on seven hits and walked more than he struck out. In his second start for Lynchburg after his promotion from Rome, Blaine Sims limited hits in his five innings of work, but the 6'0", 185-pound lefty walked five and allowed a home run to Brandon Jacobs.

Rome Braves 4, Kannapolis Intimidators 6

  • Eric Garcia: 1-3, BB, K, CS (5), PO; (.304/.433/.443)
  • Jose Peraza: 1-4, K, CS (7); (.262/.316/.340)
  • Levi Hyams: 1-2, 2 R, 2B (9), 2 BB, 2 SB (12); (.317/.378/.407)
  • Casey Kalenkosky: 1-4, RBi, CS (2); (.225/.316/.442)
  • Carlos Franco: 1-4, R, 2B (9), RBI; (.226/.306/.290)
  • Joey Meneses: 1-2, 2B (11), BB, K, CS (3); (.297/.335/.432)
  • Blake Brown: 1-3, R, 2B (11), 2 K; (.208/.284/.321)
  • Lucas Sims: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K; (47.0 IP, 2.87 ERA, 53:17 K/BB)
  • Williams Perez: 0.0, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K; (49.0 IP, 4.04 ERA, 38:13 K/BB)
  • Zach Jadofsky: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR; (37.0 IP, 4.38 ERA, 41:13 K/BB)
  • Alex Wilson: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K; (20.2 IP, 1.74 ERA, 16:2 K/BB)
2012 first-round pick Lucas Sims pitched well on Sunday, allowing only one earned run on four hits and no walks in five innings of work, striking out six. Nathaniel Stoltz, one of my favorite prospect writers on the Internet, was at this game and reported that Sims was sitting 90-93, topping out at 95, with a solid-average curveball and a fringe-average changeup. Levi Hyams reached base three times, including his ninth double of the season, and stole two bases. Carlos Franco, Joey Meneses, and Blake Brown all recorded doubles in the contest.

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