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Atlanta Braves Fall And Winter League Weekly Recap 10/26-11/1

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It was an exciting week for Braves prospects, as many players had their best performances to date. 2 players hit their first home run of the season, and many of the pitchers, Lucas Sims in particular, put up much improved outings. Perhaps the most newsworthy was the debut of Hector Olivera, who had quite a game to end his week

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Arizona Fall League

RHP Lucas Sims-Peoria Javelinas


Season To Date
3 G, 0-0, 3.38 ERA, 8 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

Weekly Recap:
Lucas Sims made one start last week for the Javelinas, getting the start in Peoria's loss to the Saguaros on Tuesday. While his team may not have gotten the win, Sims was stellar in his three innings of work. He didn't allow a run, and only allowed 1 hit while striking out 3. He has improved in each outing so far this fall, giving up 3 runs in his first start, 1 in his second, and none in his most recent. That is a positive trend he will hope to follow when he gets his next start, likely on Tuesday against the Solar Sox.

RHP Mauricio Cabrera-Peoria Javelinas

Season To Date
5 G, 0-0, 9.53 ERA, 5.2 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Weekly Recap:
Cabrera was trending upwards after a poor first 2 games, with his first game this week being his second consecutive scoreless outing. He struck out 2 in a perfect inning in that one, easily his best showing of the year. He was less successful at missing bats in his next game, as he didn't strike out a batter in his inning pitched. He gave up 3 runs on 2 hit, but only 1 of the 3 was unearned. Importantly, he didn't walk a batter in either game. He has been forcing a lot of ground balls this season, with a 3.33 GO/AO ratio.

RHP Andrew Thurman-Peoria Javelinas

Season To Date
3 G, 0-1, 16.62 ERA, 4.1 IP, 7 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 3 K

Weekly Recap:
Thurman will spend his entire fall trying to recover statistically from his horrible outing last week, and he got of to a very good start this week. He pitched 2 hitless innings of relief in Peoria's 2-0 win over the rafters on Wednesday. He struck out one in that outing and showed significantly better control than his first 2 games. He only allowed one runner to reach on catcher's interference, but was able to wipe him out by forcing a double play. At this point Thurman's season numbers will stay skewed, so it will be important to just keep an eye on his game to game performance to see if he shows improvement in the areas he needs to.

RHP Daniel Winkler-Peoria Javelinas

Season To Date
4 G, 0-0, 4.50 ERA, 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Weekly Recap:
Winkler had another fairly mediocre week, allowing a run in his first outing. He pitched an inning in that game on Monday, and allowed 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 1. He pitched again on Friday, another one inning outing. He didn't out a batter in that one, but was perfect in getting a 2 fly ball outs and a ground out. He will continue to get short outings like this, and the important thing is for him to stay healthy coming off of his Tommy John surgery. He will be a member of Atlanta's bullpen next year, but there is a good chance they will send him down to Gwinnett as soon as they can and try him again as a starter.

C Joseph Odom-Peoria Javelinas

Season To Date
5 G, .105/.105/.105, 2-19, 0 BB, 1 RBI, 7 K, 0 SB, 1 R, 0 HR

Weekly Recap:
Odom got an increase in playing time last week, but was extremely disappointing in his 3 games. He got his first start of the week on Monday, and it went about as poorly as possible. He went 0-4 with 3 strikeouts in Peoria's 6-1 loss. He also allowed 3 stolen bases while only throwing out one baserunner, and had a throwing error. His second game on Friday was much better, and he went 1-3 with a 2 out RBI, though he did allow one runner to steal a base. He got a second straight on Saturday and had another rough game going 0-4 with 2 strikeouts. He again struggled on defense, allowing 4 stolen bases and only catching one potential base stealer. Odom has some serious power, but has yet to make enough consistent contact in his career to be taken seriously as a prospect. Even worse, while he doesn't have a horrible glove behind the plate, his arm is questionable at best and will not play at the major league level at all. He will need to greatly improve his contact abilities to have a major league future, and unfortunately he is off to a bad start in Arizona.

SS Johan Camargo-Peoria Javelinas

Season To Date
7 G, .231/.259/.231, 6-26, 1 BB, 3 RBI, 4 K, 0 SB, 1 R, 0 HR

Weekly Recap:
Camargo got limited action last week, only playing in 2 games. Both were starts at 3rd base, where he has yet to commit an error. His first game was a 1-3 performance on Tuesday in which he also scored the only run in Peoria's 3-1 loss. He got another hit in 4 at bats in Thursday's loss, all while batting out of the same 9 hole he spent most of the season in with Carolina.

OF Connor Lien-Peoria Javelinas

Season To Date
10 G, .191/.256/.278, 7-36, 2 BB, 2 RBI, 14 K, 2 SB, 5 R, 1 HR

Weekly Recap:
Lien has gotten easily the most playing time of any Braves player this fall, but has been perhaps the most disappointing. Last week was certainly an improvement over his early play, but was far from spectacular. He has been dropped in the lineup by Peoria, and has hit mostly out of the 5 and 6 spot after starting the year by leading off. He went 3-14 with a walk, but also hit the Braves first home run of the AFL season, and stole a base. He scored 3 runs and knocked 2 others for the Javelinas. His best performance was his Saturday game, when he went 1-3 with a walk, a home run, a stolen base, and scored 2 runs. He also played the full week without making an error. Unfortunately, strikeouts were again a problem for Lien, as he had 5 in his 4 games. The scariest thing this Halloween is certainly his strikeout rate, which sits at 36.8%

Puerto Rican Winter League

C Jonathan Morales-Criollos de Caguas

Season To Date
No stats accumulated

Weekly Recap:
Did not participate in any games this week

3B Hector Olivera-Criollos de Caguas

Season To Date
3 G, .385/.385/.462, 5-13, 0 BB, 1 RBI, 0 K, 0 SB, 4 R, 0 HR, 1 2B

Weekly Recap:

Hector Olivera is going to be the player to watch this winter, and he did not disappoint in his first 3 games. His first 2 games weren't amazing, but he came through in a big way in his final game of the week. On Friday, Olivera went 1-5 and scored a run. Saturday was much of the same for Olivera, who went 1-4 with a run scored out of the cleanup spot. All of that changed yesterday, when he went off for a 3-4 night. He had a double, scored 2 runs and knocked in another in Caguas's 5-4 win. For those of you who aren't in the mood to do math on a Monday morning, Olivera accounted for 3 of the 5 runs scored by his team. That is the type of performance the Braves are hoping they can get from him next year. The most important thing for the winter has been and will be Olivera's health. Nothing the matter so far, the Braves hope he can avoid any setbacks and play a full winter slate of games. This will be especially important for him to get defensive reps, as the Braves have him playing left field and working with fielding coaches to improve his outfield play. If he can provide solid outfield play that will be a huge bonus and will fill a major position of need for Atlanta.

SS Luis Mateo-Criollos de Caguas

Season To Date
2 G, .273/.273/.273, 3-11, 0 BB, 0 RBI, 2 K, 0 SB, 0 R, 0 HR

Weekly Recap:
Mateo got the start in the first 2 games this season. He was pretty unspectacular for Gwinnett this year, and it will help him to have a solid performance this winter. He will be battling Emerson Landoni and Sean Kazmar for playing time next year, and both figure to be higher on the Braves list than Mateo. He got off to a bit of a poor start in his first game, recording a hit in 6 at bats, but rebounded in his second game with a 2-5 day.

Venezuelan Winter League

SS Emerson Landoni-Caribes de Anzoategui

Season To Date
19 G, .318/.352/.343, 21-67, 4 BB, 4 RBI, 10 K, 0 SB, 4 R, 0 HR, 2 2B

Weekly Recap:
Landoni just continues to hit, and got hits in 4 of 5 games this week. He was on a 4 game hitting streak during which he was 8-18 before going 0-5 on Sunday. Still, that is 8-23 with a walk and 3 runs scored this week. He has gotten a lot of at bats batting 2nd for the Caribes, though they have not been particularly good (1-4 last week). He started at shortstop in each of his games last week, though at times he has shifted to third base and second base late in games. He did make on error this week, his 5th of the season, and it led directly to an unearned run in a 3-2 loss. Aside from that Landoni has been fantastic since the Southern League all star break, and it would shock me for him to not be in Gwinnett to start the season next year.

Dominican Winter League

LHP Greg Smith-Estrellas de Oriente


Season To Date
3 G, 1-0, 0.75 ERA, 12 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Weekly Recap:
Greg Smith was one of the best pitchers in the International League this year, and he has carried that performance over into his time in the Dominican Republic. He made 2 starts this week, and both were solid performances. HIs first start was on Monday, and he went 4 innings and allowed 1 run on a home run. He allowed 3 other hits but didn't walk anybody while striking out 1. In his next start on Halloween he got his first win of the season, going 5 innings and allowing no runs. He again didn't walk a batter and struck out 2 batters while allowing 4 hits.

Mexican Pacific League

OF/1B Joey Meneses-Tomateros de Culiacan

Season To Date
19 G, .268/.325/.352, 19-71, 4 BB, 10 RBI, 13 K, 1 SB, 9 R, 1 HR, 3 2B

Weekly Recap:
Meneses had another solid week for Culiacan, who went 3-2. He was a prime contributor, andhe had a hit in 4 of his 5 games, and his only game without a hit was a pinch hit appearance. He went 5-15 with 2 walks in 5 games. He hit his first home run of the year on Tuesday, a 3 run bomb in the Tomateros 12-6 win. He then had a perfect night the next night, going 2-2 with a walk in Culiacan's 4-2 win. The typically sure handed 1st baseman made his first error of the season a 7-0 loss on Monday, but somewhat made up for it by starting a 3-6-3 double play later in the game. His .333/.412/.600 was very good, and a solid winter performance could vault him to a breakout season in 2016.

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

P Ryne Harper-Caneros de los Mochis

Season To Date
2 G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Weekly Recap:
Harper only appeared in one game last week, but had another nice outing. He recorded outs from all 5 batters he faced, and struck out 1.

Australian Baseball League

OF Keith Curcio-Melbourne Aces

Season To Date
8 G, .313/.353/.344, 10-32, 1 BB, 0 RBI, 2 K, 4 SB, 4 R, 0 HR, 1 2B

Weekly Recap:
As he did last week, Keith Curcio played in 4 games and went 5-16 for the Aces. He also stole a base and scored a run, though he didn't have quite the impact he had the week before, That said, he has a hit in 7 of his 8 games played and in 6 straight. His performance in Carolina was pretty subpar, and it is nice to see him have early success in Australia. His best game was his first this week, in which he went 2-4 with a double and a stolen base. That was his 4th straight game with a stolen base, and at the time he was 4-4 on stolen base attempts. He was caught stealing in his next 2 attempts, though the team ended the week on a positive note with a win after losing 4 straight. He is tied for the 13th highest batting average in the league, tied for 6th in hits, and tied for the league lead in stolen bases.

C/1B Matt Kennelly-Perth Heat

Season To Date
8 G, .308/.387/.577, 8-26, 3 BB, 7 RBI, 5 K, 0 SB, 5 R, 1 HR, 4 2B

Weekly Recap:
Kennelly had a very good week for 5-3 Perth Heat. In 4 games he went 5-14 with a walk and 2 doubles. He scored 2 runs and knocked in 5 runs. 4 of those RBIs came in his game on Sunday, a 5-4 win over Sydney. While his major league prospects are weak at this point, he seems to be enjoying back home and playing with his family. League wide he is tied for 15th in batting average, tied for 6th in slugging, 11th in OPS, tied for 5th in RBIs, and tied for 3rd in doubles.

Weekly MVP: Greg Smith

Greg Smith had a fantastic week for the Estrellas de Oriente. He started 2 games, going 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA in 9 innings pitched. He allowed just 8 hits and didn't walk a batter all week.