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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 7/31

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Newly acquired Wilkin Ramirez immediately becomes one of the Braves top outfield prospects.
Newly acquired Wilkin Ramirez immediately becomes one of the Braves top outfield prospects.

It was noted in a Fanshot, but the Braves acquired Wilkin Ramirez from the Tigers. The 24 year old outfielder hit .364 with a .1.203 OPS in 15 games in the Majors last year, and has hit .230 with a .753 OPS in 97 games this season between the Tigers' AA and AAA teams. Joining Ramirez in Gwinnett will be Willie Cabrera, who has been promoted after hitting .325 with a .864 OPS in 88 games for Mississippi. He was one of the best players in the Southern league, leaving it 1st in doubles, 3rd in average, and second in OPS.

Gwinnett 9, Toledo 6

  • N. McLouth 2-5, .289 AVG
  • B. Canizares 2-4, 2 RBI, SB (2), .322 AVG
  • D. Hernandez 4-4, 2 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, SB (3), .330 AVG
  • B. Hicks 1-4, HR (5), RBI, E (19), .212 AVG
  • C. Sammons 2-4, .169 AVG
  • S. Marek 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K, 0.77 ERA
  • C. Kimbrel 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K, SV (14), 1.80 ERA

Since his demotion to AAA, Nate McLouth has gone 5-14 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI. Diory Hernandez had a perfect day, with 8 total bases, extending his hitting streak to 10 games, hitting .359 with a .913 OPS in that span. Brandon Hicks homered tonight, but since his demotion to AAA, he's hit just .214 with a .647 OPS in 15 games and has struck out in 41% of  his at bats. He also committed his 19 error of the year, getting to that total in 64 games, helping him toward the worst fielding percentage of his career. Steve Marek finished off a flawless July, tossing 14 scoreless innings over 13 appearances, while striking out 17.

Mississippi 0, Huntsville 5

  • R. Delgado 4 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 6 K, 6.00 ERA
  • T. Gustafson 3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 4.60 ERA

Randall Delgado didn't have much luck in his AA debut, allowing 4 runs in 4 innings. He allowed the Stars hits in bunches and hurt himself with a first inning walk to load the bases. But, he did strike out 6 in that short outing, so there's plenty of hope that he'll be fine.

Myrtle Beach 2, Winston Salem 1, 11 innings

  • My. Jones 2-5, 2B, .284 AVG
  • D. Nelson 2-5, RBI, .289 AVG
  • C. Rasmus 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 3.27 ERA
  • Y. Castro 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 3.49 ERA
  • L. Avilan 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 2.64 ERA

Dan Nelson drove in Cole Miles in the bottom of the 11th for the walkoff win. Cory Rasmus was great in his second start for the Pelicans, allowing just 1 run over 6 innings. Yeliar Castro threw 3 perfect innings, and since the beginning of May he's been fantastic, with a 1.45 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP in 49.2 innings.

Rome 0, Asheville 10

  • J. Leonard 1-4, .250 AVG
  • W. Kempf 5 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 5.40 ERA
  • A. Wilson 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 2.63 ERA

Willie Kempf picked up the loss in his Rome debut. He's earned 2 promotions this year and for the season he has a 4-1 record, 1.83 ERA, and a 0.83 WHIP in 44.1 innings between the GCL Braves, Danville, and Rome. Andrew Wilson, who celebrated his 23rd birthday yesterday, was spectacular in July, with a 0.59 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP in 15.1 innings over 8 appearances. After a hot start, Joe Leonard has cooled off considerably, hitting just .167 with a .383 OPS in his last 9 games.

Danville 0, Princeton 4

  • A. Simmons 1-3, .269 AVG
  • R. Query 2-4, 2B, SB (1), E (1), .250 AVG

Ryan Query had planned to spend the 2010 season starting his coaching career with his alma matter, Catawba College, but instead he signed with the Braves just before the start of Spring Training. In 37 at bats with the GCL Braves, he hit .216 with a .676 OPS. Half of his 6 hits for the team were homers. In 2 games with Danville he's gone 2-8 with a double and struck out in half of his at bats. Regardless of how things turn out for the 22 year old catcher, he's been successful just by being able to have a pro career.

GCL Braves 3, GCL Pirates 4

  • D. Falcon 1-4, 2B, .321 AVG
  • C. Brownsten 1-4, HR (1), RBI, .311 AVG
  • D. Alvarez 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 1.65 ERA

Cory Brownsten, who the Braves selected in the 15th round this year, hit the first homer of his pro career. The catcher played with Joe Leonard at Pitt. 20 year old righty Danilo Alvarez has been great in 16.1 innings this year, posting a 1.65 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP.

DSL Braves 1, DSL Angels 2

  • J. Gil 5 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 7 K, 1.45 ERA

Jean Carlos Gil continues to dominate the DSL. The 19 year old Venezuelan righty has a 1.45 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP in 49.2 innings. He's shown pinpoint control this season, averaging just 0.7 walks per 9 innings.