Braves Minor League Players of the Week: 4/21/-4/27

Steve Mitchell

Joey Terdoslavich and Cody Martin take the honors for the third full week of the season.

Minor League Hitter of the Week

Joey Terdoslavich, LF, Gwinnett: 13-26, 3 2B, HR, 9 R, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K, SB, .500/.552/.731

Terdoslavich was named the International League Player of the Week, so his selection here should come as no surprise. He posted a ridiculous 1.283 OPS during the week, smacking three doubles and hitting a home run from the right side, which can be seen below.

So far this year, Terdoslavich has hit from the left side in 58 plate appearances and is pounding right-handed pitching to the tune of a .941 OPS. He will never become a first-division regular, as he is relegated to first base or left field defensively, but a career as a pinch hitter who can provide value from both sides of the plate is likely in the cards and is of great value. He didn't set the world on fire in his debut last season, but it was less than 100 plate appearances and he was just getting his feet wet, so he shouldn't be dinged too much for the lackluster performance. He will see more time in Atlanta this season and will look to build upon his limited major-league resume. In the meantime, he will continue to carve up International League pitching.

Honorable mentions: Elmer Reyes, Mississippi; Jose Peraza, Lynchburg; Victor Reyes, Rome

Minor League Pitcher of the Week

Cody Martin, RHP, Gwinnett: 2 GS, 11.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 15 K, 1.64 ERA, .135/.256/.189 (opponent line)

This is Martin's second straight pitcher of the week nod, as the righty as gotten off to a torrid start for the G-Braves. Thus far, he has allowed only 16 hits and seven walks in 23.2 innings of work, fanning 33 batters. Here's video of him striking out a batter with a high fastball from his April 16th start.

Martin keeps hitters off-balance with his entire repertoire, throws strikes, and has a decent command/control profile. He won't miss this many bats at the highest level, but Martin's continued transition from the bullpen to the starting rotation has to be seen as a huge win for the organization, even if his ultimate ceiling is as a back-end innings eater. Looking past the first three rounds of the 2011 draft, Atlanta could potentially have four major-league contributors in J.R. Graham (4th round), Martin (7th round), Tommy La Stella (8th round), and Gus Schlosser (17th round), all of whom were selected as signability seniors with the obvious exception of Graham. Whether it's good scouting or just good luck, that's a major plus for the organization.

Honorable mention: Williams Perez, RP, Mississippi; Shae Simmons, RP, Mississippi

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