Atlanta Braves Minor League Report 6-29 to 7-5

The Gwinnett Braves struggled this past week

The Gwinnett Braves struggled this past week

It was a rough week again for Atlanta Braves minor league teams as far as wins and losses go.  Rome was the only Braves team to win more than twice this week.  The Braves minor league teams combined to go 10-19 this week.

(AAA) Gwinnett Braves (37-52) (18 GB in Int South)

(1-5 this week)

Pitching was not too bad for the Gwinnett team this week.  Their biggest struggle this week came from the plate as they got shut out twice this week.  Even in the one game they won this week, they only scored two runs.

Some of those hitting woes probably had to do with the loss of Joe Terdoslavich.  He finally got his much deserved call the big leagues this week when the Braves put Jordan Schafer on the DL.  For however long, it’s going to be tough for them to replace someone batting over .300, plus the power of Terdoslavich.

It seemed like each night this week, the bottom of the G-Braves lineup was on base a lot more than the top half.  That’s going to be tough for any team to win if the top of the lineup is not getting on base.

The G-Braves are more or less eliminated from any chance of making the playoffs.  They will be trying different things out, and be more focused on player development, in these last few months.

This Week’s Top Performers:

Ernesto Mejia (1B): 4-10 (.400), 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI

Season: .249, 24 HR, 62 RBI

David Hale (RHP) (#19 prospect): 1 Start, 1-0, 7 IP, 0 ER, and 4 K’s

Season: 3-3, 48 IP, 3.75 ERA, 38 K’s

(AA) Mississippi Braves (7-10) (3.5 GB in Southern South)

(2-5 this week)

The M-Braves started off this week by losing five straight.  They followed that up by winning their next two to finish off the week.  Like Gwinnett, they also struggled to score runs this week and were outscored 27-14.  That number would be even worse if they would not have scored six in their last game.

Robby Hefflinger got his 1st homerun with the M-Braves on Friday night.  He has had a rough first week facing double A pitching and finished this week 5-26 with the majority of those hits coming in the last couple games.  Hefflinger has a .192 avg so far in Mississippi.  It seems like he has found his groove in the last few games so hopefully he can keep that going.

The bullpen was a struggle for the M-Braves as well this week.  James Hoyt, Ryne Harper, and Mark Lamm were the only pitchers to not give up runs this week.

This Week’s Top Performers:

Mycal Jones (OF): 7-20 (.350 Avg), R

Season: .227 Avg, 2 HR, 16 RBI, and 17 SB

James Hoyt (RHP): 3 app. 4 IP, 0 ER, and 4 K’s

Season (6 Games): 0-0, 8.1 IP, 2.16 ERA, and 9 K’s 

(Adv. A) Lynchburg Hillcats (3-10) (6 GB in Carolina Northern)

(1-4 this week)

The Lynchburg team continued the trend of the Braves farm system, struggling to hit this past week.  Will Skinner and Matt Lipka were the only players to get more than four hits this week.

The pitching in Lynchburg did not help the offense out at all this week.  Almost every night the Hillcats had to play from behind.  Lynchburg only had one game this week that the pitching staff did not give up five or more runs. That was a 10-0 shutout against the Carolina Mud Cats on Monday.

Like Mississippi, the promoted players are having a hard time getting going with their new club.  Levi Hyams, and Josh Elander are both having tough times since moving up to Adv. A ball.  Elander seems to be getting things going as he was 4-18 this week and has a .238 average.  Hyams has struggled big time since getting the call up from Rome.  He is batting just .079 in his 12 games with the Hillcats.

This Week’s Top Performers:

Will Skinner (OF): 5-19 (.263), 2 R, 2 HR, and 6 RBI’s

Season: .214, 16 HR, and 42 RBI’s

Ryan Weber (RHP): 1 start, 1-0, 8 IP, 0 ER, and 7 K’s

Season: 5-3, 65.1 IP, 3.31 ERA, and 55 K’s

(A) Rome Braves (6-9) (4.5 GB in South Atlantic South)

(4-2 this week)

Though 4 wins does not seem like a great week, it was the best of all the Braves clubs.  Even though they only got four wins this week, the Rome Braves lost a couple close ones and were only a couple of runs away from having a really great week.

I believe that a lot of their success this week has to be attributed to the top part of their lineup.  Kyle Wren and Jose Perazza are doing a great job of getting on base in the 1st and 2nd spot.

The good week at the plate for the Rome squad came at a good time as they did not have much help from the starting pitching.  Only one Rome starter did not give up a run in their start this week.

The Rome Braves had a tough opponent this week as Yankees 3rd Baseman, Alex Rodriguez, played with the Charleston Riverdogs.  The Rome staff held A-Rod in check as he finished 0-4 in two nights against the Braves.

I do not think it is too long before Rome gets to the top of the SAL standings if they continue to play the way they did this week.

This Week’s Top Performers:

Jose Peraza (SS) (#18 prospect): 8-15 (.533), 2 R, 4 SB, RBI

Season: .271, 1 HR, 30 SB, 19 RBI’s

Wes Parsons (RHP): 1 start, 0-0, 6 IP, 0 ER, 9 K’s

Season: 2-4, 41.1 IP, 3.48 ERA, and 41 K’s

(Rookie) Danville Braves (5-8) (4.5 GB in App. East)

(2-3 this week)

On Thursday night, Danville was finally able to end their seven game losing streak.  Danville followed that seven game skid by winning their next two to end the week.

There were only two players on the Danville team that recorded more than four hits this week. Like I said last week, the promotion of Kyle Wren has hurt the club.  The top of the lineup has struggled to get on base in front of the middle part of the lineup.

The strong point for Danville this week, was their bullpen.  They did a great job this week limiting the damage or holding the other team scoreless.

It looks like it’s only a matter of time before Braves 2nd round pick, Victor Caratini, gets promoted to Rome.  Most people thought he would be promoted with Kyle Wren, but that was not so.  Caratini has had a tough time at the plate since Wren left for Rome.  That could be due to the fact that Caratini has no runners on in front of him.

The bats finally got going the last two days of this week.  Hopefully, that can continue and turn into a good upcoming week for the Danville Braves.

This Week’s Top Performers:

Bryan De La Rosa (Catcher): 6-14 (.429), R

Season: .289, 4 R, 2 RBI’s

Mikey Reynolds (SS): 4-16 (.250), 2 R, HR, 2 RBI

Season: .194, 2 HR, and 3 RBI’s

I hope you enjoyed this week’s minor league report. I wish I would have had better news and more wins to report. Hopefully, the Braves minor league teams will get things turned around this week, and the Braves top prospects will get going.

  • Lee

    We might have to keep Joe T for awhile, as he made his big league debut with a solid single to right. Nice swing. Could he be the next Gattis or Puig?

    • Jim Hart

      Lee, I don’t think we will find out how good Joey T is unless there is a rash of injuries. We may never found out how good Gattis or Schafer are either. At least not in Atlanta. They may all have to go elsewhere to get a full time chance to play.

      The Braves organization has made a financial commit to certain players and it looks like that will minimize opportunities for other Braves outfielders for years to come.

      • Lee

        Unfortunately, I am sure that you are correct. To have given BJ Upton the biggest initial contract in Braves history, seems to have been an irresponsible move by the Braves organization. Sadly, the losers are the fans. We want the best team on the field to give Atlanta the opportunity to be the best team in the NL. This cannot happen if the best players can’t play due to ridiculous financial commitments.

  • C.J. Smith

    Yeh. I’m heading to Charlotte in a few weeks to see the G-Braves in person. I’m kind of hoping that Terdo is back with Gwinnett by then.