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Atlanta Braves 2010 Minor League Thread

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  • #31
    i wonder what his problem has been. he is giving up a lot of runs, but it's not walking many and striking out a fair amount. I guess he's just throwing too many meatballs.

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    • #32
      Top Prospects

      Jordan Schafer :: 3 for 13 :: 3 R :: 1 RBI :: 4 BB :: 3 SO :: 2 SB

      Not terrible for Jordan as he got on base and had a couple of steals. Hopefully he continues the trend of taking walks because that will be key if he wants to stick in the majors.

      Mike Minor :: 1 GS :: 1 L :: 3.0 IP :: 7 H :: 5 R :: 3 ER :: 1 BB :: 3 SO

      Mike was on a tear for a while but has really hit the skids as of late, hopefully it is just one of those bad streaks and he will break out soon.

      Randall Delgado :: 1 GS :: 4.2 IP :: 6 H :: 5 R :: 1 ER :: 1 HR :: 2 BB :: 2 SO

      Randall wasn't extremely sharp with some defensive miscues but also a Wild Pitch hurting him.

      Arodys Vizcaino :: 1 GS :: 4.2 IP :: 5 H :: 4 R :: 2 ER :: 1 HR :: 2 BB :: 4 SO

      Arodys hasn't had as smooth a transition to High-A as his teammate Julio but he took some time to adjust to Rome to so it might just be a feeling out process.

      Gwinnett Braves Top 5

      1. Freddie Freeman :: 8 for 19 :: 4 R :: 2 2B :: 1 HR :: 2 RBI :: 1 BB :: 4 SO

      Freddie hasn't had a great year but he had a pretty nice week, I would like to see the walk total/rate start going up but for a 20 year-old at Triple-A he is more then holding his own.

      2. Matt Young :: 6 for 15 :: 1 R :: 1 RBI :: 4 BB :: 3 SO :: 1 CS

      Matt Young may never be anything special (upside is likely a backup OF) but if the Braves really needed an extra outfielder I would rather they move him to the 40 man and call him up instead of Jordan who needs to get regular ABs.

      3. Barbaro Canizares :: 6 for 16 :: 2 R :: 3 2B :: 5 RBI :: 2 SO

      4. Stephen Marek :: 3 G :: 1 SV :: 3.1 IP :: 2 H :: 2 BB :: 3 SO

      The Marek comeback continues as he is still doing a good job out of the pen, his walk totals do need to go down if he wants keep a low ERA but he could be the next reliever called up (unless a lefty gets hurt as Dunn will take that spot).

      5. Jo-Jo Reyes :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 6.0 IP :: 3 H :: 2 BB :: 8 SO

      Jo-Jo should be higher if I am being honest but as one of the biggest supporters of Jo-Jo I refuse to get caught up in him pitching effectively in Triple-A.

      Mississippi Braves Top 5

      1. Brandon Beachy :: 2 G :: 1 GS :: 6.0 IP :: 5 H :: 1 ER :: 1 BB :: 7 SO :: 1 for 2 :: 1 HR

      Brandon has been dealing and after last year I thought he was a guy to follow, originally the scouting report I read said he was a cutter and 4 seamer in the high 80s or low 90s for his 4 seamer but the most recent information (from Talking Chop) mentioned a 94 MPH fastball, a curve and changeup. If true the Braves could have another potential Medlen on their hands.

      2. Scott Diamond :: 1 GS :: 7.0 IP :: 2 R :: 1 ER :: 1 HR :: 4 SO :: GO/AO 1.43

      I am a big supporter of Scott (went to school in Upstate New York) and overall he has been a solid pitcher. The biggest hurdle for him as a starter will be if he can continue to strike people out with his average stuff, he isn't a severe GB pitcher so for him to give up as many hits and walks he will need to continue to get strikeouts because he doesn't get people to hit it on the ground to rely on that.

      3. Alejandro Machado :: 11 for 25 :: 4 R :: 4 2B :: 1 HR :: 7 RBI :: 5 BB :: 2 SO

      4. Mauro Gomez :: 9 for 22 :: 4 R :: 5 2B :: 5 RBI :: 6 BB :: 6 SO

      5. Jesus Sucre :: 7 for 13 :: 3 R :: 2 2B :: 2 RBI :: 1 SO

      Myrtle Beach Pelicans Top 5

      1. Julio Teheran :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 7.0 IP :: 2 H :: 2 BB :: 12 SO

      Nasty, since being moved up in six starts Julio has struck out double digits in three of his starts. At the end of the year Julio could finish in Double-A and be the number one prospect in all of the minors.

      2. Mycal Jones :: 13 for 28 :: 5 R :: 4 2B :: 1 HR :: 3 RBI :: 5 SO :: 2 SB :: 1 CS

      Mycal continues his hotstreak from Rome but his defense and walk rates need to improve.

      3. Yeliar Castro :: 2 G :: 9.1 IP :: 5 H :: 2 R :: 1 ER :: 3 BB :: 12 SO

      4. L.V. Ware :: 7 for 20 :: 6 R :: 1 2B :: 1 3B :: 3 RBI :: 1 BB :: 4 SO :: 3 SB

      5. Travis Jones :: 6 for 23 :: 6 R :: 2 2B :: 2 HR :: 3 RBI :: 5 BB :: 7 SO

      Rome Braves Top 5

      Small note for Rome as the Braves 2010 2nd round pick Todd Cunningham, he led the Cape Cod league in BA so it will be interesting see him jump right in to Rome.

      1. Robinson Lopez :: 2 GS :: 1 W :: 12.2 IP :: 8 H :: 2 ER :: 3 BB :: 8 SO

      Another good young arm for the Braves system, the Braves took it easy on Robinson early on but he seems to be slowly building up strength.

      2. Cory Harrilchak :: 9 for 24 :: 4 R :: 1 2B :: 4 SO :: 4 SB :: 1 CS

      A personal favorite Cory has appeared to have adjusted to the league, in the last two months he has produced a good average, OBP and has started to hit his stride at stealing bases.

      3. Cory Rasmus :: 1 G :: 1 W :: 4.0 IP :: 1 BB :: 1 SO

      4. Kyle Rose :: 7 for 22 :: 5 R :: 1 2B :: 1 3B :: 1 RBI :: 4 SO :: 2 SB

      5. Christian Bethancourt :: 6 for 18 :: 3 R :: 2 2B :: 5 RBI :: 1 BB :: 1 SO
      Extend Prado!!!

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      • #33
        The GCL Braves started play today and Matt Lipka (the first pick of 2010) started today going 2 for 5 with a double. Other news includes Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg getting his first action (2 for 3 with a double) since going on the DL and if all goes well he should be back in Rome soon, fellow draftees Kurt Fleming (0 for 5 with 2 strikeouts), Brandon Drury (0 for 4 with a walk and 2 strikeouts), Willie Kempf (2 IP with 2 BB and 3 SO), and Ian Marshall (1 IP and 1 SO) all saw action as well. Finally Edison Sanchez statistically interests me (see my Sig) he has shown power in the DSL but perhaps the best part is he has shown the ability to take a walk, his strikeout rate is high but he counters that with a very nice walk rate. He is a little old but he is one of those guys that will be very interesting to follow.
        Extend Prado!!!

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        • #34
          Well now this list becomes very big.

          Top Prospects

          Jordan Schafer :: 6 for 26 :: 3 R :: 1 2B :: 1 HR :: 1 RBI :: 8 SO :: 1 CS

          Jordan just keeps making this list, he isn't walking and is striking out far to much. If he ever wants to be anything more then a bottom of the order hitter he will need to start showing some patience.

          Gwinnett Braves Top 5

          1. Matt Young :: 14 for 27 :: 7 R :: 1 2B :: 1 3B :: 1 RBI :: 1 BB :: 2 SB

          2. Freddie Freeman :: 9 for 26 :: 1 2B :: 6 RBI :: 3 BB :: 6 SO

          Freddie still isn't showing his power but so far in June he appears to be seeing the ball better as he has a good walk rate, while he isn't dominating he would appear to be adjusting and learning which is far more important.

          3. Wes Timmons :: 8 for 22 :: 6 R :: 2 2B :: 2 RBI :: 3 BB :: 1 SO :: 2 SB

          4. Stephen Marek :: 4 G :: 1 SV :: 3.1 IP :: 2 H :: 1 BB :: 5 SO

          Marek has made a great comeback this year, I am willing to bet no one thought he would be half as good as he has been at the start of the year and if Chavez or Martinez blows up then Marek might be the next guy to get the call.

          5. Michael Dunn :: 2 G :: 4.0 IP :: 5 H :: 1 ER :: 1 BB :: 5 SO

          I feel bad for Dunn, on any other team he is in a major league bullpen but with the Braves he is blocked by 2 lefties that are just dealing.

          Mississippi Braves Top 5

          1. Brandon Beachy :: 1 GS :: 7.0 IP :: 2 H :: 2 BB :: 7 SO

          My boy Beachy, I am not sure if the move to the rotation is just an attempt to get him more work or they see his future in the rotation. If he continues to pitch like this though he could quickly turn himself into Medlen 2.0.

          2. Mike Minor :: 2 GS :: 1 W :: 14.0 IP :: 11 H :: 3 ER :: 1 HR :: 4 BB :: 13 SO

          After a bunch of bad starts Minor has finally comeback around with two good starts.

          3. Michael Daniel :: 8 for 19 :: 3 R :: 3 2B :: 4 RBI :: 2 BB :: 4 SO :: 3 SB :: 1 CS

          4. Willie Cabrera :: 7 for 21 :: 4 R :: 2 2B :: 2 RBI :: 3 BB :: 2 CS

          5. Alejandro Machado :: 6 for 21 :: 3 R :: 1 HR :: 3 RBI :: 1 BB :: 5 SO :: 1 SB

          Myrtle Beach Pelicans Top 3

          Very short week for both Myrtle Beach and Rome, so Julio won't make the list as he wasn't able to pitch besides the All-Star game.

          1. Randall Delgado :: 1 GS :: 7.0 IP :: 3 H :: 2 ER :: 2 BB :: 4 SO

          2. Arodys Vizcaino :: 1 GS :: 5.0 IP :: 3 H :: 1 ER :: 4 SO

          Arodys continues his adjustment period to Myrtle Beach.

          3. Matthew Crim :: 1 GS :: 1 L :: 7.0 IP :: 6 H :: 2 ER :: 2 HR :: 3 SO

          Rome Braves Top 5

          1. Caleb Brewer :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 6.0 IP :: 3 H :: 1 BB :: 2 SO

          Caleb is a pretty interesting prospect, he has big time swing and miss potential but walks are of course the problem.

          2. Brett DeVall :: 2 GS :: 2 W :: 12.2 IP :: 18 H :: 5 R :: 3 ER :: 3 BB :: 7 SO

          3. Matthew Weaver :: 4 for 15 :: 1 R :: 3 2B :: 1 RBI :: 1 SO

          4. Jake Hanson :: 3 for 11 :: 2 R :: 1 2B :: 1 3B :: 4 RBI :: 1 BB :: 3 sO

          Hanson has good potential but it will all mean nothing if he can learn some plate discipline.

          5. Christian Bethancourt :: 4 for 9 :: 2 RBI :: 1 SO

          Danville Braves Top 5

          1. Ryan Weber :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 6.0 IP :: 4 H :: 1 BB :: 6 SO

          2. Aaron Northcraft :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 5.0 IP :: 3 H :: 1 ER :: 1 BB :: 4 SO

          Interesting arm, coming out of highschool his stuff was solid and his mechanics were said to be odd and perhaps risky. He is a groundball pitcher and if he can keep the walks under control he could be a pitcher to really watch.

          3. Kyle Farrell :: 1 G :: 1 W :: 4.0 IP :: 2 H :: 2 SO :: 8.00 GO/AO

          I have always liked Farrell since first reading his scouting report and I followed him closely for the past two years but his good stuff failed to translate to the minors. What I have read says he should be a groundball pitcher with good swing and miss potential, hopefully this is the start of him realizing this.

          4. Alberto Odreman :: 2 for 7 :: 3 R :: 1 2B :: 1 HR :: 2 RBI :: 3 BB :: 1 SO

          5. Joseph Terdoslavich :: 3 for 12 :: 3 R :: 2 2B :: 1 RBI :: 1 BB :: 2 SO

          GCL Braves Top 5

          1. Wilson Rivera :: 5 for 16 :: 2 R :: 2 2B :: 3 RBI :: 1 BB :: 3 SO :: 1 SB :: 1 CS

          2. Willie Kempf :: 2 G :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 6.0 IP :: 3 H :: 3 BB :: 9 SO

          3. Edison Sanchez :: 3 for 8 :: 2 R :: 1 2B :: 2 RBI :: 4 BB :: 2 SO

          4. Elmer Reyes :: 5 for 15 :: 7 R :: 3 RBI :: 2 BB :: 3 SO :: 2 SB

          5. David Rohm :: 8 for 17 :: 2 R :: 1 2B :: 5 RBI :: 2 BB :: 2 SO :: 1 SB :: 1 CS
          Extend Prado!!!

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          • #35
            A minor league news item I forgot to post is that Edward Salcedo is back in the states and from reports will start in Rome.

            One other thing I want to say is Freddie Freeman is on a tear right now and hitting the cover off the ball, the more and more Freddie plays the more and more I begin to see a LH Billy Butler. Personally I love Butler and if Freddie can become that type of hitter (ie. mainly a Doubles hitter with some HR potential) I would be very happy.
            Extend Prado!!!

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            • #36
              Top Prospects

              Not a good week for the two healthy top pitching prospects.

              Jordan Schafer :: 2 for 12 :: 3 SO :: 2 SB :: 2 CS

              This quote is exactly what I am starting to feel about Jordan.

              Originally posted by Baseball Prospectus
              Paul (DC): Jordan Schafer. Stick a fork in him?

              Kevin Goldstein: Well, at least hold the fork over him, and threaten him with a puncture.
              Randall Delgado :: 1 GS :: 1 L :: 4.2 IP :: 5 H :: 4 ER :: 1 HR :: 3 BB :: 6 SO

              Another poor outting for Randall, though I am not concerned.

              Julio Teheran :: 1 GS :: 1 L :: 5.1 IP :: 12 H :: 9 R :: 8 ER :: 3 HR :: 1 BB :: 3 SO

              A bad start and once again nothing to be worried about.

              Edward Salcedo :: 0 for 4 :: 2 SO

              Made his American debut last night in Rome.

              Gwinnett Braves Top 5

              1. Freddie Freeman :: 10 for 28 :: 6 R :: 5 2B :: 3 HR :: 9 RBI :: 4 BB :: 3 SO :: 2 SB

              Freddie had a great week and continues to show adjustments at a level that few his age are at. Freddie will likely go into next year as the likely starter at 1B and while he may struggle early I think his ability to make adjustments shows he has a good chance at sticking and becoming a good player.

              2. Mike Minor :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 7.2 IP :: 3 H :: 1 ER :: 3 BB :: 9 SO

              I still don't want to trade Minor (unless he is a part of a package for something great) because his increased velocity makes his potential much better.

              3. Matt Young :: 10 for 30 :: 8 R :: 4 2B :: 6 RBI :: 5 BB :: 5 SO :: 4 SB

              Young has proven to me that he deserves a shot at the majors and while his best case scenario might be a 4th OFer I think he could be a decent one.

              4. Stephen Marek :: 3 G :: 1 W :: 4.0 IP :: 3 H :: 8 SO

              Marek continues to get better and better as he adjusts to Gwinnett, he is another guy that deserves a shot at the major league bullpen.

              5. Micheal Dunn :: 4 G :: 2 SV :: 4.0 IP :: 3 H :: 6 SO

              Dunn is the Arthur Rhodes of the Internation League with a 0.69 ERA for the year, as I have said before on any other team he would be in the majors right now. He is also another possible replacement for Wagner next year.

              Just Missed :: Craig Kimbrel :: 4 G :: 2 SV :: 4.1 IP :: 1 H :: 4 BB :: 7 SO

              Just another reliever that dominates the minors.

              Mississippi Braves Top 5

              1. Mauro Gomez :: 8 for 24 :: 6 R :: 3 2B :: 3 HR :: 5 RBI :: 3 BB :: 3 SO

              Mauro is interesting, he has always had impressive power but has always been one of those guys that never walks and strikes out way to much. This year he isn't showing out of this world power but he is showing an improved walk rate and the lowest strikeout rate since his days in Rookie Ball. I stil don't hold out much hope he has actually found something with the Braves but it is something to watch.

              2. Willie Cabrera :: 11 for 29 :: 4 RBI :: 5 2B :: 3 RBI :: 1 BB :: 5 SB

              Willie Cabrera is the Bizarro Matt Diaz this season as a righty hitter that kills RHP but struggles against lefties, now sample size is small so I wouldn't read to much into it. This is Willie's third year in Mississippi but at 23 he is still pretty young, he is another guy that likely will never be more then a 4th OFer but he could be a pretty good one.

              3. Brandon Beachy :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 6.0 IP :: 2 H :: 1 ER :: 2 BB :: 6 SO

              Beachy just continues to deal as a starter, the undrafted free agent from Kokomo, Indiana is quickly becoming Kris Medlen 2.0. I still don't have a concrete report on what pitches he actually has but right now the numbers he is putting up are amazing.

              4. Scott Diamond :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 6.0 IP :: 6 H :: 5 BB :: 1 HBP :: 1 PO :: 15/2 GO/FO

              A wierd game to say the least for Diamond allowing 12 men on base but allowing none to score but you can do it when you get 4 DP.

              5. Jesus Sucre :: 5 for 13 :: 3 R :: 3 2B

              Jesus is on one of those rolls he gets on every now and then.

              Myrtle Beach Pelicans Top 5

              1. Mycal Jones :: 10 for 27 :: 5 R :: 3 2B :: 4 BB :: 5 SO :: 2 SB :: 2 CS

              Mycal had a pretty good week but the biggest thing to me is the walks, Mycal has good gap to gap power and speed but the biggest thing I have worried about is the plate discipline. If he can start really showing strides in that area he could quickly become a favorite of mine.

              2. Brett Oberholtzer :: 2 G :: 1 SV :: 5.0 IP :: 1 H :: 1 ER :: 5 SO

              Brett hasn't had a great year after dominating Danville but some of that could be bad luck as he had a pretty high BABIP.

              4. Dan Nelson :: 9 for 26 :: 6 R :: 3 2B :: 2 HR :: 10 RBI :: 3 BB :: 3 SO

              A minor league free agent from Washington he has had his best professional season so far with Atlanta.

              5. J.J. Hoover :: 2 GS :: 1 W :: 10.2 IP :: 14 H :: 5 ER :: 1 BB :: 10 SO

              One subpar start and one good start land Hoover a spot. Hoover has struggled recently so him having a start like his last one was good to see.

              Rome Braves Top 3

              1. Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg :: 9 for 28 :: 2 2B :: 1 3B :: 1 RBI :: 1 BB :: 5 SO

              2. Philip Gosselin :: 8 for 26 :: 3 R :: 1 2B :: 4 RBI :: 2 BB :: 5 SO :: 2 SB

              Not a bad debut week for Gosselin, from what I have seen of him in the College World Series I like his swing.

              3. Todd Cunningham :: 6 for 22 :: 3 R :: 1 2B :: 1 3B :: 5 RBI :: 4 BB :: 4 SO :: 1 SB

              Cunningham's walks got him this spot, a polished hitter Cunningham could move relatively quickly.

              Danville Braves Top 3

              1. Matt Fouch :: 2 G :: 4.0 IP :: 1 BB :: 7 SO

              2. David Filak :: 2 GS :: 1 L :: 8.0 IP :: 3 H :: 1 ER :: 4 BB :: 7 SO

              3. Kyle Farrell :: 1 GS :: 4.0 IP :: 2 H :: 1 ER :: 1 BB :: 4 SO

              GCL Braves Top 5

              Zeke Spruill has begun rehab in the GCL.

              1. Frenando De Los Santos :: 5 for 13 :: 6 R :: 3 2B :: 3 RBI :: 3 BB :: 5 SO :: 2 SB

              2. Matt Lipka :: 6 for 20 :: 2 R :: 2 2B :: 2 RBI :: 3 BB :: 1 SO :: 2 SB :: 1 CS

              3. William Beckwith :: 5 for 20 :: 2 2B :: 5 RBI :: 2 BB :: 4 SO

              4. Luis De Luna :: 1 G :: 1 SV :: 4.0 IP :: 3 H :: 4 SO

              5. Cory Brownsten :: 6 for 14 :: 1 3B :: 2 RBI :: 2 BB :: 1 SO
              Extend Prado!!!

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              • #37
                Is gomez the friend of escobars or there a diff. gomez? Also its crazy to see blanco outperforming schafer in the majors compared to schafers AAA numbers. Maybe try and package him with escobar orJJ if he doesn't turn it around by the end of the season?

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by chip&smoltz95 View Post
                  Is gomez the friend of escobars or there a diff. gomez? Also its crazy to see blanco outperforming schafer in the majors compared to schafers AAA numbers. Maybe try and package him with escobar orJJ if he doesn't turn it around by the end of the season?
                  No, Mauro is a minor league free agent. Yasser Gomez is the Cuban defector who hasn't played yet from what I would have to guess is Visa problems.

                  I am not sure if Schafer will have all that much value, he is really struggling in Triple-A so it might just be more worth it to hang on to him and see if he can turn it around.
                  Extend Prado!!!

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                  • #39
                    I won't be doing the GCL anymore because I just don't know enough about the guys at that level and there is very little information out there.

                    Top Prospects

                    Jordan Schafer stunk again this week so until he does something noteworthy I am not going to talk to him.

                    Edward Salcedo :: 7 for 25 :: 5 R :: 2 2B :: 2 3B :: 6 RBI :: 8 SO

                    Not a bad week for Edward but he was bumped by guys who had better weeks, I am concerned he hasn't shown the plate discipline he did in the DSL but it is such a small sample size and when you consider an adjustment period it isn't that concerning.

                    Gwinnett Braves Top 5

                    1. Mike Minor :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 5.0 IP :: 5 H :: 1 ER :: 2 BB :: 6 SO

                    Minor is was solid this week and he just beat out the offensive weeks of Freeman and Young.

                    2. Matt Young :: 7 for 22 :: 4 R :: 3 2B :: 3 BB :: 4 SO :: 2 SB

                    Matt is trying to do everything he can to make it to the big leagues as he has started playing 2B now. He likely will never be more then a bench player but I believe he could be a good one.

                    3. Freddie Freeman :: 9 for 27 :: 2 R :: 1 2B :: 1 HR :: 4 RBI :: 1 BB :: 7 SO

                    Freddie continues to roll though I still would like to see his walk rate go up but everything considered I am happy with what Freddie has done this year.

                    4. Cristhian Martinez :: 3 G :: 5.0 IP :: 2 H :: 1 BB :: 6 SO

                    Good week for Martinez but if a spot opens up in the bullpen I think there are better options.

                    5. Craig Kimbrel :: 3 G :: 2 SV :: 4.2 IP :: 3 H :: 1 BB :: 3 SO

                    Mississippi Braves Top 5

                    1. Brandon Beachy :: 2 G :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 8.0 IP :: 4 H :: 13 SO

                    Dominating is all you can say about Beachy, he would have likely started tonight but with the All-Star game coming up they might have wanted to rest him just in case he gets into that game or they are watching his innings as I don't believe he has ever been a full-time starter.

                    2. Willie Cabrera :: 10 for 24 :: 4 R :: 3 2B :: 1 HR :: 7 RBI :: 2 BB :: 1 SO :: 2 SB :: 1 CS

                    Willie continues to dominate and now has a 1.131 OPS in July, Willie won't ever be a star but could find a niche as a 4th OFer type.

                    3. Scott Diamond :: 2 GS :: 1 W :: 1 L :: 14.2 IP :: 12 H :: 3 ER :: 3 BB :: 10 SO :: 22/4 GO/AO

                    Diamond continues to be solid, I don't think he is a star but a quality back end of the rotation starter is something I could see in his future.

                    4. Erik Cordier :: 2 GS :: 2 W :: 12.0 IP :: 13 H :: 2 ER :: 4 BB :: 6 SO

                    5. Antoan Richardson :: 10 for 23 :: 8 R :: 2 2B :: 2 RBI :: 7 BB :: 3 SO :: 4 SB

                    Myrtle Beach Pelicans Top 5

                    Zeke Spruill returned and was solid but doesn't make the list today.

                    1. J.J. Hoover :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 7.0 IP :: 3 H :: 1 BB :: 8 SO

                    Hoover has had his ups and downs this year but his past two starts were very good, right now I would say he is the 6th pitching prospect in the Braves system (though Beachy is catching up quickly).

                    2. Randall Delgado :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 6.0 IP :: 4 H :: 1 BB :: 5 SO

                    Randall had 2 bad starts before this so a nice rebound for the him.

                    3. Cory Harrilchak :: 8 for 24 :: 3 R :: 3 2B :: 1 3B :: 7 RBI :: 6 BB :: 5 SO :: 1 SB

                    A personal favorite of mine Cory had a good week, I think if all goes well with Cory he could be ready for the majors next year or the start of 2012.

                    4. Julio Teheran :: 1 GS :: 1 L :: 5.0 IP :: 2 H :: 2 ER :: 4 BB :: 6 SO

                    Not a great start for Julio but still was good enough to make the list, he has struggled a bit lately but it could be the fact he has never pitched this many innings.

                    5. Cole Miles :: 7 for 21 :: 8 R :: 1 RBI :: 5 BB :: 2 SO :: 2 SB

                    No power for Cole this week but that isn't his game as he uses good plate discipline to get him on base to use his speed.

                    Rome Braves Top 5

                    1. Jake Hanson :: 8 for 25 :: 4 R :: 2 2B :: 1 HR :: 5 RBI :: 2 BB :: 6 SO :: 1 SB :: 1 CS

                    I am personally a fan of Hanson's potential but he really needs to work on his plate discipline and strikeout numbers.

                    2. Todd Cunningham :: 10 for 26 :: 8 R :: 1 2B :: 1 3B :: 2 RBI :: 1 BB :: 3 SO :: 2 CS

                    I really like everything I read about Cunningham, if he can play CF at an acceptable level I think he is likely the future there.

                    3. David Hale :: 2 G :: 1 W :: 5.0 IP :: 3 H :: 1 BB :: 6 SO

                    Hale just isn't a starter, if you look at the splits he does every single thing ten time better as a reliever compared to a starter.

                    4. Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg :: 10 for 29 :: 4 R :: 2 2B :: 2 RBI :: 1 BB :: 4 SO

                    I like Riaan but I do worry about his plate discipline and his ability to hit for HR power because if he can't do that he is basically another Casey Kotchman (and if he can't play defense even worse).

                    5. Philip Gosselin :: 8 for 23 :: 1 2B :: 2 RBI :: 1 BB :: 4 SO :: 1 SB

                    From what I have seen of Gosselin in the College World Series I like his swing and approach. If he can translate his plate discipline, speed and gap hitting he could be a good 2B.

                    Danville Braves top 5

                    1. Carlos Perez :: 2 GS :: 1 W :: 8.2 IP :: 3 H :: 2 R :: 2 BB :: 9 SO

                    2. Jakob Dalfonso :: 6 for 11 :: 2 R :: 2 2B :: 2 RBI :: 1 BB :: 2 SO

                    Jakob is odd you look at his listed build and you think he would be a major power hitter but he isn't even in college, if he develops the power he could become a very good looking prospect.

                    3. Joe Leonard :: 9 for 28 :: 6 R :: 2 2B :: 1 HR :: 5 RBI :: 2 BB :: 5 SO

                    The man that is compared to Troy Glaus made a very nice impactful debut, hopefully he keeps it up.

                    4. Ryan Delgado :: 6 for 17 :: 1 R :: 3 2B :: 1 HR :: 5 RBI :: 1 BB :: 4 SO

                    Don't know anything about Mr. Delgado but in his short Major League time he has shown impressive power.

                    5. Ryan Weber :: 1 G :: 1 W :: 5.0 IP :: 3 H :: 1 R :: 3 H :: 2.67 GO/AO

                    Ryan struggled in Rome but because he is such a groundball pitcher that could be just a case of really bad luck. Truthfully though if he keeps his GO/AO ratio over 3.00 he is going to quickly become a favorite of mine.
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                    • #40
                      New Additions

                      Tyler Pastornicky :: 2 for 5 :: 1 R :: 1 3B :: 1 RBI :: 1 SO :: 1 CS

                      Not a bad debut for the young man, he has a big chance as almost all the Braves other SS prospects are either far away or have some development they need to do so if he can hold his own is Mississippi then he could be the Braves starting SS in 2012.

                      Tim Collins :: 1 G :: 2.0 IP :: 5 SO

                      I can tell that Tim is likely going to be on the Mississippi list once this is back to normal. If the Braves were to make a trade then using a relief arm like Micheal Dunn would make a lot of sense when you consider this guy is in the minors.

                      An updated scouting report is that he throws in the 92 to 94 range (reportedly hitting 97 at times) with a plus Curve and solid Change.

                      Top Prospects

                      Matt Lipka :: 9 for 22 :: 8 R :: 2 2B :: 1 3B :: 5 RBI :: 2 BB :: 2 SO :: 3 SB

                      Now that there is no GCL section Lipka will get a spot here, to say I am quickly falling in love with this kid is an understatement. So far in his young career he has shown the ability to take walks, steal a base, hit for average, and drive the ball in the gap, the only thing he hasn't shown is HR power but that wasn't what he was drafted for.

                      Randall Delgado :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 5.0 IP :: 3 H :: 2 ER :: 1 HR :: 5 BB :: 3 SO

                      Randall has an average start that he kept from getting worse by keeping the ball on the ground.

                      Edward Salcedo :: 3 for 15 :: 2 R :: 1 2B :: 1 RBI :: 3 BB :: 7 SO :: 2 SB

                      Edward isn't hitting well by any means but this week it was nice to see him take a few walks.

                      Todd Cunningham :: 4 for 21 :: 4 R :: 1 HR :: 1 RBI :: 1 BB :: 6 SO :: 1 SB

                      Gwinnett Braves Top 3

                      1. Stephen Marek :: 4 G :: 1 SV :: 5.0 IP :: 3 H :: 1 BB :: 6 SO

                      I have read that Stephen has caught the eye of some scouts as he appears to have his fastball back (low to mid 90s) to go with his Curve. Marek might turn into another potential trading block piece or he might earn his way onto the Braves.

                      2. Freddie Freeman :: 5 for 14 :: 2 R :: 2 RBI :: 4 BB :: 5 SO

                      No power for Freddie this week but he did have a 3 walk game and is still slowly creeping of to a .300 BA. The best thing about Freddie this year is he is making adjustments as the season gets later and later, which is a good sign for his future in the MLB.

                      3. Matt Young :: 2 for 9 :: 5 R :: 1 2B :: 1 RBI :: 4 BB :: 3 SB

                      Matt didn't do a ton with the bat but he still got on base at a very nice clip and made something happen when he did.

                      Mississippi Braves Top 5

                      1. Brandon Beachy :: 1 GS :: 5.0 IP :: 3 H :: 2 R :: 1 ER :: 1 HR :: 1 BB :: 13 SO

                      This was Brandon's worst start, say a lot doesn't it. Brandon even got some big time notice has he was on the Baseball America's Hot Sheet mentioning his 90 to 94 Fastball with a plus Curve and a quality Changeup.

                      2. Willie Cabrera :: 5 for 14 :: 3 R :: 2 2B :: 1 HR :: 2 RBI :: 2 BB :: 1 SB

                      Willie continues to hit, hit, and hit. After this year he has regained some of the hope people had for him after 2008.

                      3. Micheal Daniel :: 5 for 12 :: 3 R :: 3 2B :: 4 BB :: 4 SO

                      4. Eric Duncan :: 4 for 15 :: 5 R :: 1 HR :: 6 RBI :: 3 BB :: 4 SO :: 1 CS

                      5. Jesus Sucre :: 6 for 17 :: 3 R :: 1 2B :: 4 RBI :: 2 SO

                      Myrtle Beach Pelicans Top 5

                      1. J.J. Hoover :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 6.0 IP :: 5 H :: 1 ER :: 1 BB :: 9 SO

                      Hoover continues to dominate in July (0.95 ERA in July).

                      2. Brett Oberholtzer :: 1 GS :: 4.0 IP :: 2 H :: 1 BB :: 5 SO

                      Brett continues to make an adjustment to High-A and over the past two months has shown real improvement.

                      3. Cory Harrilchak :: 6 for 20 :: 1 R :: 1 2B :: 1 3B :: 1 RBI :: 2 BB :: 3 SO :: 1 CS

                      After he failed in May he has really comeback strong to Myrtle Beach, another guy with a chance to make an impact for the Braves in the coming years if he can stick in CF.

                      4. Matthew Crim :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 7.0 IP :: 5 H :: 3 BB :: 6 SO

                      Crim hasn't done much in High-A which has a lot to due with his high increase in walk rate.

                      5. Julio Teheran :: 1 GS :: 1 L :: 7.0 IP :: 8 H :: 4 ER :: 2 HR :: 1 BB :: 9 SO

                      Julio just makes the cut this week. Julio hasn't been great in his past 3 starts but he has never pitched this many innings before (already over his career high) so it is uncharted waters for him.

                      Rome Braves Top 5

                      1. Philip Gosselin :: 8 for 24 :: 1 R :: 1 2B :: 2 3B :: 3 RBI :: 2 BB :: 6 SO :: 1 SB :: 1 CS

                      2. Chris Masters :: 1 GS :: 5.0 IP :: 6 H :: 1 ER :: 1 HR :: 3 SO

                      3. Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg :: 7 for 23 :: 5 R :: 3 2B :: 3 RBI :: 2 BB :: 5 SO

                      4. David Hale :: 2 G :: 1 W :: 1 SV :: 8.0 IP :: 5 H :: 1 R :: 2 BB :: 4 SO

                      5. Joe Leonard :: 4 for 9 :: 2 R :: 1 2B :: 1 3B :: 2 HR :: 6 RBI :: 3 SO

                      Normally I wouldn't put a guy on this list if he only plays 2 games but Leonard make to much of a statement, he nearly hit for the cycle on his first night missing only the lowly single and then hit his 2nd HR in as many nights.

                      Danville Braves top 5

                      1. Willie Kempf :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 7.0 IP :: 3 H :: 7 SO :: 5.50 GO/AO

                      2. Carlos Perez :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 6.1 IP :: 5 H :: 1 R :: 1 BB :: 6 SO :: 5.00 GO/AO

                      3. Aaron Northcraft :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 6.0 IP :: 1 H :: 2 H

                      4. Elmer Reyes :: 8 for 19 :: 3 R :: 1 2B :: 2 HR :: 6 RBI :: 1 SO :: 1 CS

                      5. Ryan Delgado :: 5 for 13 :: 3 R :: 2 2B :: 1 HR :: 2 RBI :: 3 SO
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                      • #41
                        Minor League News Update

                        There have been three promotions.

                        Brandon Beachy moving to Triple-A Gwinnett.

                        While Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado will be moving up to Double-A.

                        All three promotion were deserved and it will be interesting to watch how Delgado and Teheran handle the promotion.
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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by PureBaseballFan View Post
                          Minor League News Update

                          There have been three promotions.

                          Brandon Beachy moving to Triple-A Gwinnett.

                          While Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado will be moving up to Double-A.

                          All three promotion were deserved and it will be interesting to watch how Delgado and Teheran handle the promotion.
                          i am actually more intrigued with beachy. Is it possible that he could be ready to join the rotation/pen next season? With him and minor I got think someone is gonna get dealt. Honestly, starting to lean toward hanson a little bit with the way jair has pitched (the last two seasons). I still think we would have enough pitching depth to trade jair when he gets a year or so from FA.

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by chip&smoltz95 View Post
                            i am actually more intrigued with beachy. Is it possible that he could be ready to join the rotation/pen next season? With him and minor I got think someone is gonna get dealt. Honestly, starting to lean toward hanson a little bit with the way jair has pitched (the last two seasons). I still think we would have enough pitching depth to trade jair when he gets a year or so from FA.
                            I think he could be ready for the Bullpen this year if the Braves really wanted, his development of the changeup will be key to him staying a starter.

                            I completely disagree with trading Hanson and I believe the Braves front office does to. Hanson has more chance to be a shutdown starter the likes of Johnson or Halladay if you give him time. Hanson is under control for longer (which matters as long as Jair's agent is Boras because they never sign free agent years away) and has more room to grow as a starter.

                            Hanson's struggles this year are nothing to worry about, he is actually pitching slightly better then last year with the only difference being a slight uptick in hits and if you have watched some of his starts you know there were starts where he was getting singled to death with one or two big hits. If Tommy can continue to develop his Change he will become the Braves Ace overnight.

                            Jair is good but he isn't a ever going to be a top 5 or top 10 pitcher, Hanson can and in reality is on his way there.
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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by PureBaseballFan View Post
                              I think he could be ready for the Bullpen this year if the Braves really wanted, his development of the changeup will be key to him staying a starter.

                              I completely disagree with trading Hanson and I believe the Braves front office does to. Hanson has more chance to be a shutdown starter the likes of Johnson or Halladay if you give him time. Hanson is under control for longer (which matters as long as Jair's agent is Boras because they never sign free agent years away) and has more room to grow as a starter.

                              Hanson's struggles this year are nothing to worry about, he is actually pitching slightly better then last year with the only difference being a slight uptick in hits and if you have watched some of his starts you know there were starts where he was getting singled to death with one or two big hits. If Tommy can continue to develop his Change he will become the Braves Ace overnight.

                              Jair is good but he isn't a ever going to be a top 5 or top 10 pitcher, Hanson can and in reality is on his way there.
                              i agree with you 100% last year. It's just watching JJ pitch over the last two season he just seems lights out when healthy. I know hanson can probably get there, but JJ just makes it look so effortless. I guess I am just being impatient. At this point, with the talent coming I guess I would say that I have changed my stance to which ever player we can get more from this offseason (JJ or hanson) the braves should trade. I think minor, tethran, delgado, and vizcaino(assuming the last 3 pass the AA test) at least one of them should be able to fill the "ace" role in a year or two so I am not as worried about the ace thing.

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by chip&smoltz95 View Post
                                i agree with you 100% last year. It's just watching JJ pitch over the last two season he just seems lights out when healthy. I know hanson can probably get there, but JJ just makes it look so effortless. I guess I am just being impatient. At this point, with the talent coming I guess I would say that I have changed my stance to which ever player we can get more from this offseason (JJ or hanson) the braves should trade. I think minor, tethran, delgado, and vizcaino(assuming the last 3 pass the AA test) at least one of them should be able to fill the "ace" role in a year or two so I am not as worried about the ace thing.
                                I like Jair to but there is no way in hell I would ever trade away Hanson instead of Jair, to put it bluntly it is just stupid to consider it. Hanson is a guy you don't trade unless you are run by a completely inept GM. Hanson is likely going to be the cornerstone of this rotation for at the very least the next 4 years, I hate bringing this up over and over but unless Jair changes agents he is gone in 3 years and in arbitration might price his way out of Atlanta before that.

                                Again I like Jair but trading Hanson would go down as one of the dumbest trades the Braves have ever made and I would want Wren fired if he ever pulled that crap. You don't trade away a guy that is on his way to being a TOP TIER STARTER, I realize he hasn't had the start that guys like Strasburg or Lincecum but you don't trade him away after a "down year" in his second major league season because that is just stupid.
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