Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 7/18

Alex Wood's immediate future could be in the Braves rotation - Scott Cunningham

Two of TC's top three prospects took the hill Thursday night.

Indianapolis Indians 3, Gwinnett Braves 10

  • Philip Gosselin 2B: 1-4, 2R, -(.258/.329/.379)
  • Joe Leonard 1B: 2-4, 2B (16), R –(.224/.266/.309)
  • Matt Pagnozzi C: 1-4, HR (5), R – (.201/.265/.319)
  • Alex Wood: 5IP, 3H, ER, 2BB, 5K
  • Cody Martin: 4IP, 4H, 2ER, 0BB, 2K (33.2 IP, 2.94 ERA, 37K/15BB)

All eyes were on Alex Wood Thursday night as he attempted to pitch his way into the Braves rotation. He went five innings, throwing 71 pitches and surrendering one run on three hits. Cody Martin pitched the final four innings, giving up two runs, somehow earning the “save." The Gwinnett bats got going early scoring three runs in the first and six runs in the second putting the game out of reach. As a team, they collected seven hits and six walks.

Mississippi Braves 3, Jackson Generals 8

  • Christian Bethancourt C: 1-4, HR (6), R – (.262/.292/.400)
  • Tommy La Stella 2B: 2-4, 2B (8) – (.316/.381/.421)
  • Robby Hefflinger LF: 2-4, 2B (1), SB (1) – (.182/.250/.364)
  • Jose Martinez: 1-4 – (.304/.362/.392)
  • Mitch Atkins: 6.1IP, 8H, 2ER, BB, 2K (43.1IP, 2.91 ERA, 37K/15BB)
  • James Hoyt: 1.1IP, 3H, 4ER, BB, K (13.2 IP, 1.32 ERA, 14K/5BB)

After Christian Bethancourt tied the game up in the 8th, James Hoyt gave up four of the five runs in the 8th to put the game out of reach. Mitch Atkins started the game, giving up eight hits and two earned over 6.1 innings. As mentioned earlier, Bethancourt hit his sixth home run of the season. He continues his pre All-Star Break hot streak in an attempt to prove us wrong for leaving him outside our top 10. He did, however, only throw out one of four runners who attempted a steal. Tommy La Stella went 2-4 with a double, his eighth with Mississippi.

Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Potomac Nationals 5

  • Matt Lipka CF: 0-5, SB (20) – (.277/.319/.394)
  • Josh Elander LF: 0-3, BB, E (1) – (.236/.364/.327)
  • Trenton Moses 1B: 1-3, BB, 2R – (.239/.345/.338)
  • Kyle Kubitza 3B: 2-4, HR (9), R – (.254/.375/.446)
  • Elmer Reyes SS: 2-4 – (.277/.313/.393)
  • A.J. Holland: 5IP, 6H, 4ER, 2BB, 4K (98.2 IP, 4.65 ERA, 64K/45BB)
  • John Cornely: IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K (30.1 IP, 4.45 ERA, 45K/15BB)
  • Robert Fish: IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K (3.1 IP, 2.70 ERA, 4K/0BB)

AJ Holland gave up four runs in the 6th, which proved to be too much for the Lynchburg offense to overcome Thursday. John Cornley threw almost perfect final two innings with no hits a five strikeouts. TC’s 16th ranked prospect Kyle Kubitza shined on offense hitting his ninth jack of the season. Elmer Reyes also added two singles of his own. Matt Lipka, while going 0-5, stole his 20th base of the season.

Lexington Legends 5, Rome Braves 2

  • Kyle Wren CF: 2-5, R, 3SB (6, 7, 8) – (.318/.375/.455)
  • Jose Preaza SS: 1-4, 2E (23, 24) – (.275/.345/.351)
  • Edison Sanchez 1B: 0-1, 3BB – (.287/.367/.443)
  • Joey Menses LF: 2-4, 2B (15) – (.264/.311/.370)
  • Lucas Sims: 4IP, 4H, 4ER, 3BB, K (71.1 IP, 3.28 ERA, 77K/29BB)
  • Rafael Briceno: 3IP, 0H, 0ER, BB, 2K (62 IP, 6.24 ERA 36K/35BB)
  • Matt Chaffe: 2IP, H, ER, 0BB, 3K (2 IP 0.00 ERA, 3K/0BB)

TC’s third overall prospect Lucas Sims just didn’t have it Thursday night against a solid Lexington lineup. He gave up four runs on four hits, while only striking out one batter. Matt Chaffe, after recently being demoted from Lynchburg, pitched two scoreless innings striking out three. It seems like every night Kyle Wren finds his way into a recap. Last night he went 2-5 with three stolen bases. He stole second once and third twice – the first time he stole third he made it in fairly easy. He is a solid overall player and will be featured tomorrow in a “sleepers” post. The other Rome speedster, Jose Peraza, went 1-4. However, TC’s 9th ranked prospect still struggles on the defense, showing his young age, as Mark wrote Wednesday. “Borderline careless” was a perfect way to describe a ball hit directly at him in the third inning, which he bobbled and failed to recover in time to get the runner at first. He also made a throwing error later in the game.

Game 1: Danville Braves 2, Kingsport Mets 12 (F/7)

  • Connor Lien CF: 0-3
  • Johan Camargo SS: 1-3, 2B (4), R
  • Victor Caratini 3B: 1-3, R
  • Mikey Reynolds DH: 1-3
  • Matt Marksbrery: 2.2IP, 4H, 5ER, 3BB, 4K (10.1 IP, 7.84 ERA, 12K/6BB)
  • Matt Kimbrel: 3.1IP, 7H, 6ER, 2BB, K (14.1 IP, 6.28 ERA, 6K/7BB)

Danville get destroyed in the first game of their doubleheader Thursday. Matt Marksberry and Matt Kimbrel got torched for a combined 12 runs on 11 hits and five walks. Johan Camargo had Danville’s lone extra base hit, scoring one of their two runs. The 19-year-old SS is quietly having a solid year, posting a .273/.325/.351 triple-slash as a switch hitter. He may eventually have to slide over to third where the bat (and power) will have to improve to climb the org.

Game 2: Danville Braves 5, Kingsport Mets 8 (F/7)

  • Victor Caratini 3B: 1-4, 2B (10) – (.317/.408/.463)
  • Mikey Reynolds DH: 2-4, 2R – (.258/.324/.355)
  • Jacob Schrader 1B: 1-3, 2B (6), R – (.207/.266/.466)
  • Alejandro Piloto RF: 2-3, 2B (2), SB (2) – (.293/.362/.415)
  • Jorge Montenegro: 5.1IP, 8H, 6ER, 4BB, 4K (21.1 IP, 5.06 ERA, 19K/17BB)

Danville dropped the second game of their doubleheader after getting touched up for five runs in the 6th. Joege Montenegro went 5.1 innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits with most of those coming late into the game. Since being drafted a little over a month ago, Victor Caratini has already hit his 10th double of the season. He is also sporting a .408 on-base, a promising start for TC’s 18th ranked prospect.

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