Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 4/8

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Gavin Floyd and Mike Minor both made rehab appearances for the G-Braves on Tuesday.

Gwinnett Braves 10, Norfolk Tides 5

  • Jose Constanza, LF: 1-6, R, 2B (1)
  • Todd Cunningham, CF: 1-5, 2 RBI, 2 K, CS (2)
  • Joey Terdoslavich, RF: 3-5, 2 R, 2B (2), K
  • Ernesto Mejia, 1B: 3-5, 2 R, 2B (1), HR (5), 2 RBI, K
  • Phil Gosselin, 2B: 4-5, 2 R, 2 2B (3), RBI, SB (1)
  • Edward Salcedo, 3B: 2-5, R, 2B (1), 2 RBI, E (2, throw)
  • Mark Hamilton, DH: 2-4, 2 R, RBI, BB, K
  • Christian Bethancourt, C: 1-5, K
  • Tyler Greene, SS: 2-5, 2 2B (2), 2 RBI, K
  • Gavin Floyd, RHP: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 60 pitches-37 strikes, 6:1 GO:FO
  • Mike Minor, LHP: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 65p-37s, 2:2 GO:FO
  • Ryan Buchter, LHP: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 28p-18s, 1:0 GO:FO
  • Juan Jaime, RHP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 27p-16s, 1:0 GO:FO

Gwinnett's offense exploded for 19 hits and 10 runs on Tuesday, with every player in the starting lineup collecting at least one hit. Phil Gosselin continued his hot start to the season by collecting four hits, including two doubles. Ernesto Mejia was also a key cog for the offense, hitting his fifth home run in as many games and collecting his first double of the season. Right fielder Joey Terdoslavich slammed three hits, including his second double of the season, boosting his early season averages to .333/.391/.429. Gavin Floyd and Mike Minor were of particular interest, as the two made rehab appearances with the G-Braves. Floyd kept the ball on the ground over his 60-pitch outing, allowing only one run on three hits and striking out two. Minor relieved Floyd and labored through two and a third innings of work, allowing one earned run on one hit and three walks over sixty-five pitches, fanning four. The recently optioned Ryan Buchter followed Minor and also struggled during his inning and two-thirds of work, allowing two runs on a two-run home run from Caleb Joseph. Juan Jaime did Juan Jaime things, walking one and fanning two.

Lynchburg Hillcats 10, Potomac Nationals 7
  • Jose Peraza, 2B: 3-5, 3 R, 2B (2), SB (2), E (1, missed catch)
  • Kyle Wren, CF: 2-5, 2 R, K, SB (2)
  • Josh Elander, LF: 3-3, R, 2B (2), 3 RBI, BB
  • Kevin Ahrens, 3B: 2-4, R, 2B (2), 4 RBI
  • Will Skinner, RF: 1-5, 2B (1), RBI, 2 K
  • Edison Sanchez, 1B: 1-5, R, 2 K
  • Tyler Tewell, C: 2-4, K, PB (2)
  • Daniel Castro, SS: 1-4, R, 2B (2), RBI, K
  • Levi Hyams, DH: 1-5, R, RBI, K
  • Andrew Waszak, RHP: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 7:1 GO:FO
  • Matt Marksberry, LHP: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 4:0 GO:FO
  • Greg Ross, RHP: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1:4 GO:FO
  • Brandon Cunniff, RHP: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1:0 GO:FO

While the Big Braves struggled to compile any offense on Tuesday (or any day, for that matter), Lynchburg and Gwinnett combined for 35 hits and 20 runs in an offensive onslaught between the two levels. Jose Peraza and Josh Elander both had three hits and a double apiece, with Kyle Wren, Kevin Ahrens, and Tyler Tewell both collecting a couple of hits of their own. Will Skinner and Daniel Castro also got into the action by lacing a double apiece. Andrew Waszak struggled in his second appearance of the season, allowing three earned runs (five total) on four hits and two walks in three innings of work. Matt Marksberry and Greg Ross combined to pitch four innings of so-so middle relief, and Brandon Cunniff recorded a two-inning save, fanning four.

Game 1: Rome Braves 3, Lexington Legends 4
  • Mikey Reynolds, 2B: 1-3, R, 2B (1), K
  • Reed Harper, SS: 1-3, R
  • Victor Caratini, 3B: 1-3, 2B (1), 2 RBI
  • Victor Reyes, DH: 0-3, R, SB (2)
  • Blake Brown, RF: 1-1, RBI, 2 BB, CS (1)
  • Bryan De La Rosa, C: 0-3
  • Jose Morel, LF: 0-2
  • Cody Livesay, CF: 0-1, BB, CS (1)
  • Andry Ubiera, RHP: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 5:4 GO:FO
  • Yean Carlos GIl, LHP: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 0:0 GO:FO
Game 2: Rome Braves 3, Lexington Legends 0
  • Mikey Reynolds, 2B: 0-3, R, BB, SB (2), E (1, fielding)
  • Johan Camargo, SS: 0-4
  • Victor Caratini, C: 0-1 2 BB
  • Victor Reyes, RF: 0-3, K
  • Carlos Franco, 3B: 0-3, R, E (1, fielding)
  • Jacob Schrader, DH: 1-3, R, K
  • Blake Brown, LF: 0-2, BB, K
  • Cody Livesay, CF: 1-3, 2 RBI, K
  • Francois "Call Me Frank" Lafreniere, RHP: 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 9:1 GO:FO
  • Tyler Brosius, RHP: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1:0 GO:FO

The R-Braves could only muster six hits between two games on Tuesday but were still able to split a doubleheader against Lexington. Victor Caratini had a nice evening, splitting time between third base and catcher and getting on base three times, including his first double of the season. 2012 fifth-round pick Blake Brown reached base four times between the two games, including three walks. Brown has loud tools but making contact will always be a concern. One day, I'll be able to pontificate about Victor Reyes at greater length, but today will not be that day after the 19-year-old went 0-for-6 between the two games.

Andry Ubiera started the first game and struggled with command, walking 3 in four and two-thirds innings of work, allowing four earned runs. The soon-to-be 21-year-old is one of the higher-ceiling arms in Rome to begin the year, and much like Mauricio Cabrera, the young Dominican's most advanced off-speed pitch is a changeup with his breaking ball lagging a bit behind. His development throughout his first full-season campaign in the Sally League will be interesting to monitor. Yean Carlos Gil finished out the first seven-inning tilt, tossing an inning and a third of no-hit, no-run ball. Frank Lafreniere started the second game and was absolutely lights-out, tossing six innings and allowing only one hit throughout the contest, striking out six. This season is the native Canadian's second trip through the Sally League in as many years, so expect the 24-year-old's numbers to be a tick better this time through. 2013 21st-rounder-and former N.C. State quarterback-Tyler Brosius closed the second game, fanning two en route to a scoreless inning. The six-foot-four, 230-pound righty made quite the impression after the draft last year, compiling a 2.63 ERA and fanning 11.5 per nine across three levels. He's on my shortlist of guys to see this season.

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