Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 4/3

Kevin C. Cox

Gavin Floyd and Mike Minor made rehab starts for Gwinnett and Mississippi Thursday

The minor league season kicked off Thursday night and included all four Braves full-season affiliates. It is an exciting time for baseball fans and prospect lovers alike. Be sure to check in with us every morning at TC to see how each farm system faired, while keeping tabs of the Braves next crop of rising stars. Ethan, Dan, Ian and I will cover you all season long with the best recaps and insight available. We appreciate all of you who check in and look forward to another exciting minor league season in 2014.

Gwinnett Braves 6, Durham Bulls 7

Gwinnett's offense started out hot, but Durham eventually rallied to take the season opener. Gavin Floyd made his first rehab appearance, but struggled in his 1.1 innings of work. Only 50% of his pitches went for strikes and failed to record a strikeout. However, according to Adam Sobsey, Floyd's fastball sat 91-92 (same as pre-surgery) and he utilized both his change up and curveball. Lefties Luis Vasquez and Ryan Buchter also made an appearance, throwing and inning apiece. Vasquez gave up a homer, but recorded two strikeouts in the process. At the plate, Ernesto Mejia was up to his usual tricks, going deep in the first inning. Tommy La Stella drew a walk with the based loaded and also singled in one of his four plate appearances. Edward Salcedo and Christian Bethancourt were both blanked in their first Triple-A appearances, Bethancourt striking out twice. Todd Cunningham and Jose Constanza combined to get on base five times, with Constanza stealing two bases. The team as a whole drew eight walks Thursday.

Mobile Bay Bears 6, Mississippi Braves 2

  • Matt Lipka CF: 0-3, BB
  • Emerson Landoni 2B: 1-4
  • Kyle Kubitza 3B: 0-4
  • David Rohm RF: 0-3, BB
  • Robby Hefflinger LF: 1-3, BB
  • Mike Minor: 2IP, 4H, 3ER, 0BB, 5K 39 pitches - 22 strikes
  • Chasen Shreve: IP, 2H, ER, BB, K
  • Shae Simmons: IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K

Mike Minor was also roughed up in his rehab outing throwing two innings at Trustmark Park Thursday. Minor was scheduled to throw 55 pitches or 3 innings, which ever came first, however, he only made it two innings, throwing 39 pitches (26 strikes). Although he gave up three runs, one via the long ball, five of his six outs came via the strikeout. Lay Batista threw 4.1 innings, surrendering three hits and four walks to no strikeouts. Shae Simmons came in to pitch the ninth throwing nine pitches, striking out two batters in the process. The offense was held in check for most of the night, until they pushed across two runs late. Matt Lipka made his double-A debut, walking once from the leadoff spot.

Frederick Keys 6, Lynchburg Hillcats 2

  • Jose Peraza 2B: 2-4, 2B, CS
  • Kyle Wren CF: 2-4
  • Josh Elander LF: 0-4
  • Will Skinner RF: 2-4, HR, 2R
  • Levi Hyams DH: 2-4
  • Daniel Castro SS: 0-3, E
  • Lucas Sims: 4IP, 5H, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
  • Matt Marksberry: 1.2IP, 3H, 3ER, BB, K
  • Patrick Scoggin: 2IP, 2H, 0ER, 0BB, K

Top prospect Lucas Sims struggled in his Lynchburg debut, giving up three runs over four innings. He also walked three and threw two wild pitches. Matt Marksberry came on in relief of Sims and gave up three more runs in 1.2 innings of work. At the plate, Jose Peraza and Kyle Wren picked up where they left off last season, each going 2-4 with Peraza adding a double. As I mentioned in the season preview post, I was intrigued to see how Lynchburg planned to utilize Peraza and Castro up the middle. Thursday, Castro again got the start at SS, while Peraza started at 2B. Right fielder Will Skinner went deep for the first time, an attempt to put up and even stranger slash line than his .218/.252/.483 from last season. Levi Hyams also net 2-4 as the DH. - ABC13

Thanks to @WStephenShaw for the video link.

Rome Braves 0, Hagerstown Suns 4

  • Mikey Reynolds 2B: 1-4
  • Johan Camargo SS: 1-3, BB
  • Victor Caratini 3B: 1-4
  • Victor Reyes RF: 0-3, BB, CS
  • Bryan De La Rosa C: 0-3, HBP
  • Blake Brown LF: 1-3, 2B
  • Francois Lafreniere: 5.2IP, 5H, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
  • Rafael Briceno: 1.1IP, 2H, 0ER, 0BB, K
  • Michael Swanner: IP, H, 0ER, 0BB, K
Rome was the final team to lose Thursday, making the organization 0-4 on the night. The offense was held punchless, putting together only five hits and two walks. Johan Camargo reached twice, on a single and walk. Blake Brown recorded the only XBH, a double off starter Nick Pivetta. Victor Caratini and Victor Reyes each reached once, but Reyes was gunned down trying to swipe second. Francois Lafreniere went 5.2 innings giving up three earned, walking two and striking out three.
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