Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 7/27

Mike Ehrmann

Tyler Pastornicky was 0-for-3 on Saturday, but the middle infielder still reached base three times.

Gwinnett Braves 5, Charlotte Knights 6 (12 innings)

  • Todd Cunningham, CF: 1-3, R, 2 BB, K, SB (18)
  • Phil Gosselin, LF: 1-6, 2 K
  • Tyler Pastornicky, 2B: 0-3, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K
  • Ernesto Mejia, 1B: 1-5, 2B (22), RBI, BB, 2 K, E (13)
  • Brandon Boggs, DH: 2-6, R
  • Stefan Gartrell, RF: 2-6, RBI, 2 K, SB (2)
  • Joe Leonard, 3B: 1-5, RBI, BB, K
  • Sean Kazmar, SS: 2-4, 2 2B (11), BB
  • Jose Yepez, C: 1-6, R, 2B (5), K
  • Omar Poveda: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 2 HR, 99 pitches-66 strikes, 4:2 GO:FO
  • Joe Beimel: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 27p-19s, 2:1 GO:FO
  • Wirfin Obispo: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 40p-25s, 3:1 GO:FO
  • Juan Cedeno: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 36p-21s, 5:1 GO:FO
Gwinnett lost in 12 innings on Saturday. The Braves held a 5-3 lead heading into the bottom of the 8th, but Joe Beimel could not hold Charlotte's offense at bay, allowing two runs to tie the score. The Knights loaded the bases in the bottom of the 12th, and outfielder Jordan Danks hit a sacrifice fly to score Carlos Sanchez, the winning run. There were positives and negatives to Omar Poveda's start. The 25-year-old righty struck out nine and walked only one in six innings of work, but he also allowed three earned runs, including two home runs to Danks and Bryan Anderson. Offensively, the Braves were led by Sean Kazmar. The 28-year-old shortstop reached base three times, including a couple of doubles and a walk. Ernesto Mejia and Jose Yepez also added doubles, while Todd Cunningham and Tyler Pastornicky reached base three times, as well.

Gwinnett Player Stats

Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2, Mississippi Braves 4

  • Mycal Jones, CF: 1-3, R, BB, CS (6)
  • Christian Bethancourt, C: 2-4, R, RBI, E (throw, 9)
  • Tommy La Stella, 2B: 2-3, BB
  • Robby Hefflinger, LF: 1-3, R, 2B (3), RBI, K
  • Edward Salcedo, 3B: 0-3, RBI
  • Jaime Pedroza, SS: 1-4, RBI, K
  • Dan Brewer, RF: 1-4, K
  • Omar Luna, PH: 0-0, R, BB, SB (1)
  • Ian Thomas: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 87p-60s, 5:5 GO:FO
  • Juan Jaime: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 15p-11s, 0:1 GO:FO
  • Andrew Russell: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 21p-12s, 2:0 GO:FO
Mississippi won, taking the series victory over Pensacola. Ian Thomas, TC's 21st ranked prospect, pitched seven stellar innings, allowing only one earned run on seven hits, striking out eight. Since being moved into the starting rotation, Thomas has done nothing but impress, posting a 3.51 ERA and a 37:16 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 33.1 innings of work. The former indy baller has also held opposing batters to a .217/.307/.308 slash line during this time. The lefty has average (at best) fastball velocity, but he possesses an above-average changeup and throws from a very high arm slot, creating deception and odd angles for hitters at the plate. Juan Jaime and Andrew Russell provided two innings of solid relief, walking and striking out one batter apiece. Elsewhere, Christian Bethancourt and Tommy La Stella each added two singles, while Robby Hefflinger added his third double since his promotion. After tearing up the Carolina League in the first half, Hefflinger has struggled to find his stroke against Southern League pitchers, slashing .200/.247/.400 with a 6:26 walk-to-strikeout ratio in 93 plate appearances. The jump from High-A to Double-A is quite large, so allowing for a period of adjustment is necessary.

Potomac Nationals 7, Lynchburg Hillcats 2
  • Matt Lipka, DH: 0-4, 3 K
  • David Rohm, RF: 1-4, R, 2B (26)
  • Josh Elander, LF: 0-4, 2 K
  • Trenton Moses, 1B: 1-3, BB
  • Kyle Kubitza, 3B: 0-4, R, RBI, 2 K
  • Shawn McGill, C: 3-4, 2B (12)
  • Elmer Reyes, SS: 1-4, RBI, K
  • Levi Hyams, 2B: 0-3, BB, E (missed catch, 5)
  • Ryan Hinson: 7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 8:2 GO:FO
  • Brandon Cunniff: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 2:0 GO:FO
  • Nate Hyatt: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0:2 GO:FO
Lynchburg lost its fourth game in five days on Saturday, falling to the Potomac Nationals 7-2. Starter Ryan Hinson struggled to miss bats, going seven innings and allowing 3 runs on eight hits and a walk, striking out one. Nate Hyatt pitched an inning and a third of relief, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk, striking out two. After a dominant debut season between Danville and Rome in 2012, Hyatt has been hit around and has struggled mightily with command this season, posting a 5.29 ERA with an opponent's slash line of .276/.393/.341. Catcher Shawn McGill led the offense, going 3-for-4 with his 12th double of the season. David Rohm added his 26th double, while Trenton Moses and Elmer Reyes contributed singles to the offense.

Rome Braves 2, Asheville Tourists 5 (Game 1, 7 innings)
  • Kyle Wren, CF: 0-4, K
  • Jose Peraza, DH: 1-3, 3B (5), BB, K
  • Eric Garcia, SS: 1-4, R, 2B (9), 2 K
  • Casey Kalenkosky, 1B: 1-3, BB
  • Carlos Franco, 3B: 2-4, R, 2B (14), RBI
  • Chase Anselment, C: 2-3, 2B (15)
  • Joey Meneses, LF: 1-3, 2B (16), RBI, 2 K
  • Mauricio Cabrera: 6.0 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 8:1 GO:FO
In front of what I'm sure was a large scouting presence in Asheville, Mauricio Cabrera struggled mightily against the Tourists' offense. The hard-throwing righty allowed five runs on three walks and 11 hits, including a home run from Rosell Herrera, while striking out two. TC's 4th ranked prospect has explosive stuff but has had trouble commanding it this season, walking nearly five batters per nine innings of work. This is a 19-year-old in Low-A who can touch the upper-90s with his fastball, however, so a few bumps in the road can be overlooked at this point in his development. If the team goes after a starting pitcher, one has to believe Cabrera's name will be brought up in trade discussions. On offense, third baseman Carlos Franco, catcher Chase Anselment, shortstop Eric Garcia, and left fielder Joey Meneses all added doubles, while designated hitter Jose Peraza added his fifth triple of the season.

Rome Braves 5, Asheville Tourists 0 (Game 2, 7 innings)
  • Jose Peraza, SS: 1-2, R, 2B (13), RBI, 2 BB, SB (46), CS (10)
  • Daniel Carroll, CF: 0-2, R, BB, 2 K, SB (2)
  • Edison Sanchez, 1B: 1-3, R, BB, K
  • Tyler Tewell, C: 3-3, 2 RBI
  • Ross Heffley, 2B: 0-2, R, BB
  • Felix Marte, RF: 1-3, R, K, SB (8)
  • Patrick Scoggin: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 7:1 GO:FO
  • Jeremy Fitzgerald: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, BB, K, 3:2 GO:FO
  • Eric Pfisterer: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1:0 GO:FO
  • Shae Simmons: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0:0 GO:FO
Rome won the second game of their doubleheader, blanking the Tourists 5-0. Rome's pitching staff was stellar in this contest, allowing no runs on six hits and three walks in seven innings, striking out five. Starter Patrick Scoggin went four innings, allowing no runs on three hits and a walk, striking out two. Jeremy Fitzgerald provided two innings of solid relief, and closer Shae Simmons faced one batter and, rather predictably, struck him out. Shortstop Jose Peraza stroked his 13th double of the season and took two walks, raising his season averages to .278/.348/.363, a fairly impressive feat for a 19-year-old middle infielder. Peraza also swiped his 46th bag of the season and was caught stealing for the 10th time. Tyler Tewell pounded three hits, raising his batting average to .230 and his OPS to .641. Right fielder Felix Marte and first baseman Edison Sanchez also collected a single apiece.

Danville Braves — Postponed due to rain

GCL Braves 3, GCL Yankees 1
  • Cody Livesay, CF: 0-4, 2 K
  • Reed Harper, SS: 1-2, R, 2B (6), BB
  • Jose Morel, RF: 0-4, R, RBI, SB (3)
  • Orrin Sears, DH: 1-4, RBI
  • Dylan Manwaring, 3B: 0-4, K
  • Connor Oliver, LF: 2-3, R, 3B (2), BB
  • Andrew Parker, PH-C: 0-1, BB
  • Oriel L. Caicedo: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 6:2 GO:FO
  • Andy Otero: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 0:3 GO:FO
  • Tyler Vall: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1:2 GO:FO
The GCL Braves beat the GCL Yankees 3-1 Saturday afternoon. Left fielder Connor Oliver, a 23rd round pick in June, took a walk and pounded two hits, including his second triple of the year. Designated hitter Orrin Sears and shortstop Reed Harper, 24th and 25th round selections in June, also added hits to the cause, with Harper adding his sixth double and 11th walk on the young season. Harper, a senior sign out of Austin Peay State University in Tennessee, posted a .921 OPS in his senior season and was one of the top hitters in the Ohio Valley Conference. In the summer of 2012, Harper slashed .370/.418/.487 with eight doubles, a couple of home runs, and more walks than strikeouts in the Coastal Plain League, a prestigious collegiate summer league. Starting pitcher Oriel L. Caicedo pitched four innings, allowing one run on three hits and three walks, striking out two. The 19-year-old lefty has a 1.67 ERA in six appearances this season, posting a 16:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a 2.25 groundout-to-flyout ratio. Andy Otero and Tyler Vail pitched five innings of relief, allowing only three hits while striking out six.

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