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Atlanta Braves Minor League Players of the Week: May 5-11

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Kubitza and Martin take home TC's player of the week honors


Hitter of the Week:

Kyle Kubitza, 3B, Mississippi Braves: 8-14, 2B, 7BB/K, 3SB

If you've been paying attention the system this past week, you can probably understand how hard of a decision this was. When someone like Todd Cunningham, who had five multi-hit games, or Victor Reyes, who went 10-19, aren't winning this award, you know it was a good week for the hitters.

Kyle Kubitza was a step above the rest, going 8-14 with seven singles and a double, also reaching seven times via walk - yes, he reached 15-of-21 times at the plate this week. Ohh, and he stole three bases on top of that. The 23-year-old, who is normally prone to a high level of swing and misses, only struck out once. The 2011 third-round pick has always has a high-strikeout, high-walk profile and there are serious concerns if there will be too much swing and miss as he climbs the ladder. Kubitza has turned into one of the more polarizing prospects in the system with the hope is that the walks and the gap power can override the lack of contact - so far, so good.

Honorable Mentions: Todd Cunningham, Elmer Reyes, Victor Reyes, Connor Oliver, Jose Peraza

Pitcher of the Week:

Cody Martin, RHP, Gwinnett Braves: 7.1IP, 6H, 0ER, 0BB, 5K

With the 3-hit, 12K performance from Jarrett Miller Saturday, you figured he would take this weeks honor. Unfortunately, he also made a start Monday where he gave up seven earned runs, falling victim to poor timing diminishing his "weekly" line.

That opened the door for Cody Martin, who threw 7.1 innings of shutout ball, striking out five Wednesday night at Buffalo. Martin threw 109 pitches working through the Bison order with relative ease. His future in Atlanta appears to be blocked in the near future, but he provides great insurance incase another rash of injuries takes place. In a perfect world he serves as a back end starter, who specializes in keeping hitters off balance. This is Martin's third TC player of the week honor.

Honorable Mentions: Jarrett Miller