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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 8/13

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Free Freddie Freeman!
Free Freddie Freeman!

Gwinnett 4, Durham 3

  • F. Freeman 4-5, 2B, RBI, .309 AVG
  • B. Canizares 2-3, HR (9), 3 RBI, 2 BB, .329 AVG
  • B. Beachy 5 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 7 K, W (2), 3.27 ERA
  • E. O'Flaherty 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 0.00 ERA
  • S. Marek 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 1.32 ERA
  • C. Kimbrel 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K, SV (18), 1.57 ERA
  • Since the All-Star break, Troy Glaus has a .195 average and a .570 OPS, Freddie Freeman has a .373 average and a 1.038 OPS, and Barbaro Canizares has a .388 average and a .998 OPS. Obviously, it's unrealistic to expect Freeman or Canizares to duplicate those numbers in the Majors, but it's highly unlikely that they couldn't easily outproduce Glaus' production. Brandon Beachy gave up a few too many hits, but he didn't walk anyone and managed to fan 7 in just 5 innings. He's racked up the strikeouts this year, averaging 11.6 K/9. Eric O'Flaherty pitched a scoreless 6th inning in his first rehab appearance and Steve Marek and Craig Kimbrel pitched perfect 8th and 9th innings. Clint Sammons started at third base, playing there for just the second time in his career.

    Mississippi 5, Montgomery 3

  • A. Richardson 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB, SB (20), .291 AVG
  • M. Gomez 2-4, 2B, HR (12), 3 RBI, E (10), .274 AVG
  • Y. Gomez 2-3, BB, .313 AVG
  • T. Harris 4 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 3 K, 1.46 ERA
  • Y. Castro 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 BB, 3 K, W (1), 9.45 ERA
  • Ty'Relle Harris made his first start as a professional, and allowed his first earned runs with Mississippi, but still was effective. Yeliar Castro rebounded from a pair of bad outings with 3 scoreless innings. Mauro Gomez homered and doubled, with the double tying him for the league lead. He's got a good chance of taking over sole possession of that lead, since the hitter he's tied with, Willie Cabrera, is in AAA now. Yasser Gomez has a 4 game hitting streak, going 6-15 in that span.

    Myrtle Beach 2, Potomac 4

  • My. Jones 1-4, HR (7), RBI, .282 AVG
  • C. Rasmus 5 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 5 K, 3.86 ERA
  • A. Wilson 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 0 K, 0.00 ERA
  • Myke Jones hit his fourth homer in his last 4 games and in his last 7 he's gone 8-22, with 2 doubles, the 4 homers, 7 RBI, 6 walks, and 2 stolen bases. After only allowing 2 earned runs in 11 innings in his last 2 starts, Cory Rasmus allowed 4 in 5 innings tonight. On the bright side, he didn't walk anyone. After putting up a 2.61 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in 41.1 innings for Rome, Andrew Wilson tossed 3 scoreless innings in his debut for Myrtle Beach. royhobbs and Smoltz's Beard were at this game, and they'll be there tomorrow, so if you're in the DC area head to Woodbridge and watch some Baby Braves. I'll be at the game there Sunday.

    Rome 4, Augusta 7

  • P. Gosselin 1-5, HR (2), 3 RBI, .323 AVG
  • C. Curley 3-3, E (11), .224 AVG
  • B. DeVall 3.2 IP, 7 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 4.39 ERA
  • D. Hale 2.1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 4.07 ERA
  • S. Kent 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 1.11 ERA
  • Brett DeVall was charged with 4 unearned runs in the 4th inning, which started off with an error by first baseman Osman Marval. David Hale's turnaround this year has been just outstanding. He's averaging 3.1 innings per outing, so the Braves have figured out how to manage the need to keep him out of the roatation, where he was just awfu, and the need to put innings on his arm. Prior to the All-Star break he had a 6.75 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP in 44 innings, since he's had a 0.54 ERA and a 1.14 ERA in 33.1 innings. Steve Kent has had a great year coming off of Tommy John surgery, with a 1.11 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP, and 13.3 K/9 in 24.1 relief innings. He not only pitched 3 scoreless innings tonight, but took a nasty line drive off the back of his pitching shoulder and managed to grind through it.

    Danville 11, Bluefield 3

  • A. Simmons 3-4, RBI, BB, .251 AVG
  • E. Reyes 2-5, HR (3), 2 RBI, .279 AVG
  • R. Delgado 2-5, 2B, HR (4), 2 RBI, .269 AVG
  • J. Terdoslavich 1-4, HR (2), 2 RBI, BB, .289 AVG
  • A. Northcraft 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 4 K, W (6), 2.73 ERA
  • M. Suschak 3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K, SV (4), 5.92 ERA
  • Andrelton Simmons extended his hitting streak to 5 games, going 7-20 in that span. 19 year old Nicaraguan second baseman Elmer Reyes has been great in August, with a .311 average and a .837 OPS in 45 at bats. Ryan Delgado has been outstanding in August as well, with a .350 average and a 1.009 OPS in 20 at bats. In his last 4 games, first baseman Joey Terdoslavich has gone 6-12 with 2 homers and 6 RBI. Aside from his second start of the year, Aaron Northcraft has been really good this year.

    GCL Braves 4, GCL Phillies 15

  • M. Lipka 1-4, BB, .312 AVG
  • K. Rose 1-3, SB (1), .250 AVG
  • D. Falcon 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI, .344 AVG
  • V. Cadette 2-4, 3B, BB, .208 AVG
  • Tyler Hess, a 21 year old selected in the 19th round this year, had the worst outing of any Braves farmhand this season, giving up 4 hits, 4 walks, and allowing 8 earned runs while recording just 1 out. His ERA nearly doubled, from 3.00 to 5.92. Apparently Kyle Rose leaving the game early yesterday was part of the plan, and today he showed he's recovering well, stealing the only time he reached base.

    DSL Braves 3, DSL Tigers 4

  • A. Alcantra 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, .287 AVG
  • R. Sauceda 7 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 0.00 ERA
  • I. Geronimo 2 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 0.52 ERA
  • After hitting .313 with a .901 OPS in his first 35 games, Aris Alcantra has fallen off, with a .239 average and a .605 OPS in his last 20 games. 17 year old Mexican Ramon Sauceda made his first professional start, allowing just 1 unearned run over 7 innings. So far that's all he's allowed in 9 innings over 3 appearances. Ignacio Geronimo hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 19 innings, with a 0.73 WHIP in that span.