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Atlanta Braves Minor League Hotsheet: 7/5-7/11

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Who's Hot?

  1. Willie Cabrera - 11-21 5 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB, 2 SB - Willie just got work done this week. He raised his average nearly 20 points and doubled his HR total for the season. He is second in the league in hitting now and currently 5th in OPS (though Mike Stanton is 1st, so we can say Willie is actually 4th). Willie Cabrera would be my first half minor league hitter by a narrow margin over Freddie Freeman.
  2. Antoan Richardson - (11 Games) 18-40 2 2B, 2 RBI, 7 BB, 6 SB - I took Richardson's stats back 11 games instead of just over the past week to show how good he has been. He had a rough month of June hitting just .259 for the month but really turned it on at the end of the month and in July. He has been a fantastic spark at the top of the lineup for Mississippi and has been a huge part of Mississippi taking the division lead in the second half of the season.
  3. Brandon Beachy - 8IP 4H 0BB 13K - I almost missed the fact that Beachy started on July 5th and then had a relief appearance before the All Star game. He was dominant as a reliever but has taken that dominance to the next level since he moved to starting posting a 0.72 ERA while allowing just 18 base runners in 25 innings pitched. 
  4. J.J. Hoover - 7IP 3H 0R 1BB 8K - After a rough June Hoover has bounced back with a couple of fantastic July starts. With a lot of the other top guys on the shelf with All Star and Futures Game appearances Hoover shows why he has been an All Star two years in a row. It is crazy to me this guy is probably our 5th or 6th best pitching prospect.

Honorable Mention: Gwinnett - Matt Young, Craig Kimbrel, Michael Dunn, Mike Minor; Mississippi - Jesus Sucre, Eric Duncan, Scott Diamond; Myrtle Beach - Randall Delgad; Rome- Todd Cunningham, RSF, Christian Bethancourt, 

Who's Not?

  1. Mycal Jones - 2-19 4 BB, 9K - After  torrid finish in Rome that carried over to Myrtle Beach Myke seemingly hit a wall this week and saw his average drop down under the .300 mark for the first time since he set foot in the Carolina League. He also had a game where he committed 3 errors and struck out 4 times, which would have to be the low point of anyone's season. Jones is starting to show that he is a bit of a streaky player who is either really hot or really cold. Hopefully he will hit one of those hot streaks here soon.
  2. Matt Crim - 6IP 10H 6R 4BB 0K - Matt Crim was cruising along for the first half of the season and while he hasn't been spectacular he has been solid and reliable. That all changed on June 29 when he gave up 6 runs (just 2 earned) and then gave up 9 in his next start and finally posted that line above this past week. During that span he has walked 11 men in just 16 innings while striking out 6. Crim showed good control in the Appy League last year when he led the league in wins so his sudden control problems are a bit of a surprise.
  3. Todd Redmond - 5IP 8H 6R 4BB 4K - Redmond, like Crim, has been solid for much of the season but just doesn't have the consistency to run together a series of quality starts. In fact, if you look at his last 10 games, there are some pretty extreme variances. From his no-hitter on May 28 to his last start you can get something fantastic or ugly from him any time out, but generally the good outweighs the bad and I believe he can be a useful Major league starter somewhere. Maybe Kansas City.
  4. Chris Masters - 5.2IP 8H 5R 3BB 6K - Chris Masters started the year absolutely dominating the Sally League leaving many to wonder when he would get called up to Myrtle Beach. Masters never got the call, however, and was passed over for more well known teammates. In June he struggled with an injury and control issues and those issues appear to have carried over into July.

Dishonorable Mention: Gwinnett - Cory Gearrin, Ryne Reynoso; Mississippi - no one!; Myrtle Beach - Travis Jones, Matt Kennelly,  Rome - Edward Salcedo, Robinson Lopez.