Williams Perez struggled early as the Atlanta Braves dropped their fifth straight game overall and 11th straight at Petco Park with a 7-2 loss.
Atlanta's bullpen derby continued on Monday as they continue to try and keep fresh arms. Atlanta optioned John Gant back to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday and recalled Casey Kelly. Gant made a pair of appearances during his latest major league stint allowing four hits and an earned run over 2 2/3 innings of work.
Part 2 in our series of taking a position by position look at the Braves' system depth. This installment covers third base, shortstop and the outfield.
The Atlanta Braves have five of the first 80 picks in the upcoming MLB Draft and with a minor league system that is stocked with pitching, MLB.com's Mark Bowman thinks the Braves may focus early on hitters.
"I think you've got to take [hitters] to get them, and you can't just take one here and one there," Braves scouting director Brian Bridges said. "You have to make a commitment to go in that direction. We're thinking long and hard about it. That's something we need to address as an organization -- to not be so lopsided and get some more position players."
Beyond the Box Score's Henry Druschel takes a closer look at why many hard throwers aren't that effective.
Velocity isn't the only thing that makes a pitch effective, but it is the most easily measured. I suspect that means that when a pitcher can fire up the radar gun but can't control his pitches, avoid hard contact, or generate whiffs, he gets a longer leash than someone who has one or more of those skills but can't throw as hard. Velocity comes in a nice, neat package, complete with a number for every pitch, which makes it harder to dismiss a guy who has it, even if he's got nothing else. In other words, get used to frustration, because the hard throwers who can't do anything else probably aren't going away anytime soon.
Indians outfielder Michael Brantley continues to deal with a shoulder injury that has plagued him for much of the season. Brantley hasn't played since May 9 and it appears that this injury may keep him out for the remainder of the season.