Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 7/28


Aaron Northcraft, Talking Chop's 19th ranked prospect, pitched six strong innings on Sunday.

Gwinnett Braves 1, Charlotte Knights 6

  • Todd Cunningham, CF: 0-4, 2 K
  • Tyler Pastornicky, 2B: 0-2, R, 2 BB, K, E (throw, 11)
  • Alden Carrithers, LF: 1-3, BB
  • Ernesto Mejia, 1B: 1-3, 2B (23)
  • Brandon Boggs, RF: 1-3, RBI, BB
  • Joe Leonard, 3B: 1-3, BB
  • Joe Bisenius: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 104 pitches-66 strikes, 2:5 GO:FO
  • Ryan Buchter: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 39p-26s, 1:0 GO:FO
  • Mark Lamm: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 13p-7s, 0:0 GO:FO
Gwinnett couldn't string together much offense on Sunday, tallying only one run on four hits and six walks. First baseman Ernesto Mejia had the lone extra-base hit — his 23rd double — and also reached base via a base on balls. Tyler Pastornicky walked twice, recording his sixth and seventh walk in his past four games. Joe Bisenius pitched five innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits and two walks, striking out five. Ryan Buchter struggled in two innings of relief, and Mark Lamm recorded a hitless bottom of the eighth inning. Lamm, a Vanderbilt product who was drafted in the sixth round in 2011, put together an impressive first half in Mississippi, but his Triple-A numbers are still trying to recover from a horrid appearance on July 22nd in which he allowed four runs in less than an inning of work. The 25-year-old has good stuff and could be ready for middle relief soon-ish.

Montgomery Biscuits 6, Mississippi Braves 12
  • Mycal Jones, CF: 1-4, R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, K, SB (24)
  • Christian Bethancourt, C: 2-6, R, 2B (15), RBI, K, PB (10)
  • Tommy La Stella, DH: 1-2, R, 2 BB, K, CS (1)
  • Dan Brewer, PH-DH: 0-0, RBI, 2 BB
  • Robby Hefflinger, LF: 1-3, 2 R, 2B (4), 3 RBI, 2 BB
  • Edward Salcedo, 3B: 1-4, BB, K, 3 SB (17)
  • Jose Martinez, RF: 1-3, R, RBI, 2 BB, CS (7)
  • Jaime Pedroza, SS: 2-5, 3 R, 2B (16), RBI, E (16)
  • Omar Luna, 2B: 4-5, 3 R, 2 2B (10), RBI
  • Barrett Kleinknecht, 1B: 0-4, BB, K
  • Aaron Northcraft: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 11:2 GO:FO, 89p-51s
  • Ronan Pacheco: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0:0 GO:FO, 22p-10s
  • Thomas Keeling: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1:2 GO:FO, 28p-17s
  • Pat Egan: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3:0 GO:FO, 19p-14s
Mississippi has the honor of having the longest game of any of the affiliates Sunday (3:28), thanks in part to a total of 15 walks between the Braves and Biscuits. Mississippi received 12 of these free passes, and combined with a total of 14 hits, Mississippi's offense put up double-digit runs for the first time since May 7th. There were plenty of notable performances on offense — Omar Luna posted two doubles, Christian Bethancourt went 2-6 with a double, Mycal Jones reached base four times and stole his 24th base of the season, and Robby Hefflinger and Jaime Pedroza swatted their fourth and ninth doubles of the season, respectively. Edward Salcedo reached base twice and stole three bases, bringing his season total to 17 and his stolen-base success rate to 68 percent. Tommy La Stella extended his hitting streak to 16 games, collecting a hit and a couple of walks. Aaron Northcraft, TC's 19th ranked prospect, pitched six great innings, allowing no earned runs on three hits and a walk, striking out four. The big righty threw 57 percent of his pitches for strikes and induced 11 groundouts, bringing his groundball-to-flyball ratio to 3.27 on the season.

Rome Braves 9, Asheville Tourists 3
  • Kyle Wren, CF: 1-5, R, RBI, BB, 2 SB (17)
  • Jose Peraza, SS: 1-5, R, BB, K
  • Eric Garcia, 3B: 1-6
  • Edison Sanchez, 1B: 2-4, 2 R, 2B (13), RBI, 2 BB
  • Casey Kalenkosky, C: 2-5, R, RBI, K, PB (6)
  • Tyler Tewell, DH: 2-5, 2 R, HR (8), 2 RBI, K
  • Joey Meneses, LF: 3-5, RBI, K, SB (1)
  • Ross Heffley, 2B: 3-5, R, 2B (4), 3B (2), RBI
  • Daniel Carroll, RF: 2-4, 2 RBI, K (3)
  • Jason Hursh: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 3:1 GO:FO
  • Rafael Briceno: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 7:0 GO:FO
  • Matt Chaffee: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2:0 GO:FO
This contest was highlighted by two things: lots of offense (for Rome, at least) and Jason Hursh's fifth appearance in professional ball. On offense, every player in the starting lineup had at least one hit. Joey Meneses and Ross Heffley went 3-5, with Heffley smoking his fourth double and second triple of the season. First baseman Edison Sanchez added his 13th double, while designated hitter Tyler Tewell launched his eighth home run of the season. Tewell is on a bit of a tear as of late, slashing .308/.341/.538 over his past ten games. A 14th-rounder in 2012 out of Appalachian State University, Tewell possesses impressive pop and a solid feel for hitting from a smaller frame, stinging hard line drives all over the field via a short, compact stroke. The aforementioned Hursh was impressive in 3.1 innings of work, allowing no runs on two hits and a walk, striking out five. The first-round pick has now thrown 13 innings in Rome, allowing no runs on five hits with a 13:7 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He's walking more batters than one would like to see, but the dominance in terms of missing bats, limiting hits, and inducing groundouts has been a definite positive. Monitor how these trends develop once he is stretched out and pitches more than three innings at a time.

Danville Braves 4, Burlington Royals 2
  • Connor Lien, CF: 0-2, 2 R, BB, 2 K
  • Johan Camargo, SS: 2-4, R, 2B (5), RBI, K
  • Mikey Reynolds, 2B: 3-4, 2B (3), 3B (2), 2 RBI
  • Victor Caratini, 3B: 0-4
  • Jacob Schrader, 1B: 1-4, R, HR (4), RBI
  • Justin Black, LF: 0-4, E (3)
  • Michael Flores: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 7:5 GO:FO
  • Colby Holmes: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3:0 GO:FO
  • Michael Swanner: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3:1 GO:FO
Danville beat Burlington by a final score of 4-2. The Braves made the most of their offense, recording four runs on only six hits and a walk. Mikey Reynolds was once again the star of the show on Sunday, going 3-4 with a double and a triple. Reynolds is blazing hot over his past ten games, slashing .448/.500/.690. If Reynolds keeps this up, a promotion to Rome by the end of the summer is not out of the question. Shortstop Johan Camargo posted two hits, including his fifth double, while first baseman Jacob Schrader smacked his fourth home run of the young season. Starter Michael Flores pitched six solid innings, allowing no runs on five hits and a walk, striking out six. The 20-year-old lefty has had a stellar season so far, striking out 37 hitters and allowing only 21 hits in 31 innings of work. The Braves challenged Flores by having him skip the Gulf Coast League, but the 2012 Dominican Summer League Organizational Pitcher of the Year has responded incredibly well to the challenge. Michael Swanner, a 16th-round pick out of Pepperdine University, closed the game for the Braves, striking out one in 1.2 innings of work.

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