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Atlanta Braves Weekly Winter League Recap 11/9-11/15: Daniel Castro debuts

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Daniel Castro made his first appearance in the Mexican Pacific League this fall. Joey Meneses and Adonis Garcia both had fantastic weeks at the plate and Lucas Sims had yet another good outing for Peoria

Adonis Garcia has been mentioned as a possible starter at 3B next year with Olivera's move to LF
Adonis Garcia has been mentioned as a possible starter at 3B next year with Olivera's move to LF
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Arizona Fall League

RHP Lucas Sims-Peoria Javelinas

Season To Date
5 G, 0-0, 1.93 ERA, 14 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 15 K


Weekly Recap:
Lucas Sims made yet another great start for the Javelinas last week. For the 3rd consecutive game he went 3 innings without allowing an earned run. He struck out 4 batters and didn't walk any for the second consecutive game. He allowed 2 hits scattered over those 2 innings but worked out of both situations. Over his past 3 weeks Sims has pitched 9 innings, allowed 3 hits and 1 walk, and struck out 11 batters without allowing a run. He has been easily the best Braves player this winter.

RHP Mauricio Cabrera-Peoria Javelinas

Season To Date
7 G, 0-0, 6.97 ERA, 10.1 IP, 14 H, 11 R, 8 ER, 5 BB, 12 K


Weekly Recap:
Cabrera has been quietly solid since his first 2 outings, putting up a 3.52 ERA in 7.2 IP since his first 2 games with Peoria. In that time he has struck out 10 batters, exactly the kind of strikeout numbers you would expect from someone with his fastball. Last week he sayed right in line with his recent numbers by giving up 1 earned run in 2.2 IP. He pitched in 2 games, struck out 2 and walked 2 while allowing 2 runs. He also recorded his first save of the fall in the second game. His fastball has been ridiculous this fall; of the 47 pitches thrown 100+ mph Mauricio has thrown 32 of them. If he can work to improve his curveball he has a ceiling much like that of former Tigers flamethrower Joel Zumaya. While that is an optimistic ceiling, there are a lot of similarities in the bodies and stuff between the pitchers.

RHP Andrew Thurman-Peoria Javelinas

Season To Date
7 G, 1-1, 10.64 ERA, 11 IP, 14 H, 14 R, 13 ER, 6 BB, 10 K


Weekly Recap:
Thurman continued his on and off performance for Peoria last week. His first game was a rough outing in which he allowed 2 runs in 2 innings. He allowed 3 hits, but didn't walk any while Striking out one. His second outing was a great improvement though. He went 2 innings scoreless and earned his first win of the fall, the first among all Braves Arizona Fall League participants. He only allowed 1 hit and 1 walk and struck out 2 batters.

RHP Daniel Winkler-Peoria Javelinas

Season To Date
6 G, 0-0, 3.38 ERA, 8 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 8 K


Weekly Recap:
Winkler pitched just once this week, and had a good outing for the Javelinas. He pitched his second 2 inning outing of the fall, and shutout the Rafters. He didn't allow a hit though he did walk one. He only struck out 1 batter in those innings but was able to generate weak contact.

C Joseph Odom-Peoria Javelinas

Season To Date
7 G, .111/.111/.148, 3-27, 0 BB, 1 RBI, 11 K, 0 SB, 1 R, 0 HR


Weekly Recap:
Odom only got one appearance last week, but it was his best to date for Peoria. He started Wednesday's game against the Rafters and got his first extra base hit of the fall. That was his only hit in 4 at bats. He also had a strikeout on the game. He was OK behind the plate, and didn't allow any passed balls on the day. He threw out one runner on the bases but did allow one other to steal a base.

SS Johan Camargo-Peoria Javelinas


Season To Date
14 G, .205/.262/.231, 12-55, 4 BB, 3 RBI, 5 K, 0 SB, 1 R, 0 HR


Weekly Recap:
Camargo was having a horrible week up until his final game on Saturday. Coming into the game he was 0-13 in 3 games without a walk or a strikeout. He busted out big time in that last game though, and went 3-4 with a walk. He didn't strike out in the game and scored a run for Peoria. He has a pretty mediocre walk rate this fall, but his strikeout rate has been absolutely fantastic. Amongst all players with 50 or more plate appearances he has the lowest K rate (8.3%) by 1.7%. That hasn't translated to much offense, but he has been hurt by a .240 BABIP. That's a lot of bad luck.

OF Connor Lien-Peoria Javelinas

Season To Date
18 G, .182/.239/.227, 12-66, 4 BB, 3 RBI, 28 K, 4 SB, 7 R, 1 HR


Weekly Recap:
Lien has been, to put it bluntly, absolutely terrible for Peoria this fall. His 39.4% strikeout rate is the highest among all qualified hitters in the AFL, and he hasn't much with the ball when he has hit it. Finally though he showed some signs of life last week for the Javelinas. He got hits in 4 of 5 games last weekend, ended the week on a 3 game hitting streak, and only had 1 multi-strikeout game. He was 5-18 on the week with a walk, 2 runs scored, and an RBI. He also has 2 stolen bases on the week. For a guy who has been really bad for a few weeks this is a nice turnaround that he will hope to improve on going forward.

Venezuelan Winter League

SS Emerson Landoni-Caribes de Anzoategui

Season To Date
30 G, .276/.309/.295, 29-105, 4 BB, 4 RBI, 10 K, 0 SB, 4 R, 0 HR, 2 2B


Weekly Recap:
Landoni re-signed with the Braves last week after a very short stint as a free agent. This could be an important transaction for the Braves, because if Landoni can mirror his success from last year Landoni could be a player for a role at short stop in 2017 with the departure of Andrelton Simmons. He really struggled in the week and a half following his declaring for Free Agency, and only went 5-27. Landoni didn't have the greatest week, but ended it on a 3 game hit streak in which he had 2 RBIs. Landoni has been pretty average this winter, but should get a lot of playing time as the starting shortstop.

OF Adonis Garcia-Navegantes de Magallanes

Season To Date
8 G, .267/.313/.500, 8-30, 2 BB, 6 RBI, 3 K, 1 SB, 4 R, 2 HR


Weekly Recap:
Adonis Garcia continued his weird and likely flukey power production with the Navegantes last week. In 18 plate appearances he hit 2 home runs, and now has tied for the lead with home runs in the Braves system this winter. He started the week on a 3 game hitting streak but struggled in the last couple of games. Notably, he left his final game of the week after just 2 at bats. Both were strikeouts, 2 of his 3 this season, and he was removed after the 4th inning from the DH position.

Mexican Pacific League

OF/1B Joey Meneses-Tomateros de Culiacan

Season To Date
32 G, .296/.349/.400, 34-115, 8 BB, 15 RBI, 26 K, 2 SB, 13 R, 2 HR, 6 2B


Weekly Recap:
Meneses has been one of the most consistent bats in the Mexican Pacific League. Currently he is in the midst of a 10 game hit streak during which he has hit .361 to raise his batting average up to .296. His power numbers have been mediocre but he knocked a double this week and drove in 3 runs. Last week he started 6 games and went 8-23 with a stolen base. He has also been fantastic as usual on the defensive side of the ball and has played all around the field

C Alejandro Flores-Naranjeros de Hermosillo

Season To Date
3 G, .182/.182/.182, 2-11, 0 BB, 0 RBI, 1 K, 0 SB, 0 R, 0 HR


Weekly Recap:
Did not participate in any games this week

SS Daniel Castro-Yaquis de Obregon

Season To Date
6 G, .167/.259/.208, 4-24, 3 BB, 1 RBI, 7 K, 0 SB, 4 R, 0 HR


Weekly Recap:
Castro made his winter league debut in his home country of Mexico this week. He played in 6 games, although he didn't play very well. He started out with a 3 game hitting streak that included a double, 4 runs scored and 2 walks, but he struggled in the last 3. He had one hit-a double-and struck out 4 times.

P Ryne Harper-Caneros de los Mochis

Season To Date
7 G, 1-0, 1.29 ERA, 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K


Weekly Recap:
Harper appeared in 2 games last week, the first of which didn't go so well. He allowed a hit and a walk without recording an out and was pulled from the game. Those runners ended up stranded, so he wasn't charged with any runs. His second outing was much better, and he struck out 3 of the 7 batters he faced in 1.2 IP. He allowed a hit and a walk but didn't allow a run.

Puerto Rican Winter League

C Jonathan Morales-Criollos de Caguas


Season To Date
3 G, .000/.200/.000, 0-4, 1 BB, 0 RBI, 1 K, 0 SB, 0 R, 0 HR


Weekly Recap:
Morales made an out in his only at bat last week. He still has not gotten much playing time.

3B Hector Olivera-Criollos de Caguas

Season To Date
12 G, .279/.354/.326, 12-43, 4 BB, 3 RBI, 1 K, 0 SB, 11 R, 0 HR, 2 2B


Weekly Recap:
Olivera didn't have a ton of success last week for Caguas. He started out with a 2-5 performance in his first game, but went 1-11 for the rest of the week. He's drawing a fair amount of walks including 2 more last week. He struck out for the first time last week, and anybody with a brain would love a guy with a 2.13% strikeout rate. He still is displaying the same lack of power he has shown since he had his blood clot issues in Cuba. That will obviously continue to concern the Braves if he can't turn that around.

SS Luis Mateo-Criollos de Caguas

Season To Date
11 G, .200/.220/.225, 8-40, 1 BB, 2 RBI, 6 K, 1 SB, 1 R, 0 HR


Weekly Recap:
Mateo is not a particularly good hitter, but he has really struggled with this winter. Last week was no exception, and he went 2-12 with a walk. He did have his first extra base hit in the first game of the week

Australian Baseball League

OF Keith Curcio-Melbourne Aces

Season To Date
15 G, .217/.258/.250, 13-60, 3 BB, 3 RBI, 3 K, 6 SB, 4 R, 0 HR, 2 2B


Weekly Recap:
Curcio had a feverish start to the season for Melbourne, but has really fallen off the last couple of weeks. He went 1-11 with a double last week, though he only struck out once. This was his first week this winter without a stolen base, and he's stuck on 6 for now. He knocked in his first run of the season in his first game and walked once in the final game. He has still been fantastic this winter defensively, and hasn't made an error while playing almost exclusively in center field.

C/1B Matt Kennelly-Perth Heat

Season To Date
16 G, .241/.323/.370, 13-54, 6 BB, 7 RBI, 8 K, 0 SB, 7 R, 1 HR, 4 2B


Weekly Recap:
Kennelly was the second player the Braves resigned this week, but he's fallen off a bit since the last time he made an appearance on this list. He hasn't had an extra base hit since declaring for free agency 2 weeks ago. He ended the week on a 3 game hitless streak in which he was 0-13. He only had one hit in the first game, and scored a run.

Weekly MVP-Lucas Sims

Sims was just on fire, and while Meneses and Garcia had fantastic weeks I would be remiss to ignore Sims third straight scoreless outing. To this point he has been the MVP of the entire winter league season and he just keeps getting better. Perhaps no one in baseball has seen his stock take a bigger leap this winter than Sims has.

Transactions

No doubt you heard about the Braves trading Andrelton Simmons, and if you haven't well I'm here to tell you that you might wanna just pack up that Andrelton Simmons jersey. The Braves acquired the new top dog in the minor league system in Sean Newcomb and a second prospect in Chris Ellis along with Erick Aybar and some cash. The Braves traded away Jose Briceno, who has pretty bad this season after coming over from the Rockies last winter for Gus Schlosser and David Hale.

Ellis, who is a native of Braves Country and attended Ole Miss was assigned to Missippi. He spent about half of last season in AA, so it won't be a surprise to see him start their next season especially so he'll be in familiar territory. Newcomb has yet to be assigned and likely won't until after spring training which he seems to be ready to be invited to.

As stated above the Braves resigned both Emerson Landoni and Matt Kennelly, but all other players have yet to sign with a team. They did however, make one other notable move by assigning Indy League prospect/signee Bryan Morgado to Mississippi. Morgado was drafted 3 times, and finally signed with the Phillies after being a 4th round pick out of the University of Tennessee in 2010. He was a 3rd round pick of the White Sox the year before and a 34th rounder of the Red Sox out of high school. The soon-to-be 27 year old (12/8/1988) had a 3.67 ERA in 3 seasons in the Phillies system and advanced up to High A Clearwater before being released. He then spent the years in the Atlantic League on 4 different teams, and put up a nice 3.56 ERA in 3 seasons.