Monday, June 17, 2013

Braves Preview

The Bisons return home to take on the Braves from Gwinnett. 

There isn't much star power on the 28-43 Braves, but there are some interesting guys on the squad. 

Starting with the best player, RF Joey Terdoslavich. Finally finding a semi-permanent defensive home in the OF after playing corner infield most of his career, Joey is having a nice season after struggling in his 53 game promotion in 2012. He has a .312/.346/.559 slash with 14 HR, 48 RBI, and a team leading 21 2B. He is a consensus top 20 prospect in the system. 

Their veteran power hitter akin to our Mauro Gomez is Ernesto Mejia. He is leading the team with 16 HR and 54 RBI. He also has 17 2B with his .254/.342/.533 slash line. 

Their only other ranked prospect on the hitting side if CF Todd Cunningham. He has a .279/.368/.373 slash with 10 SB and 15 extra base hits. He ranks from top 10 to top 20 based on where you check. 

Tyler Pastornicky is a favourite of mine from his Blue Jay days. He was sent in the Yunel Escobar trade. He is hitting .314/356/.437 with 18 extra base hits and 7 SB. He has been playing 2B. 

Brandon Bogs is a well traveled OF who is having a decent season. He owns a 259/.350/.450 slash with 7 HR. 

In smaller samples this year, the Braves have 2 guys putting up nice numbers. 

Alden Carrithers, a tiny little man playing 3B has a .338/.418/.475 slash in 80 at bats. 

OF Stefan Gartrell has a .304/.347/.500 slash in 46 at bats. 

Other recognizable names are:

Catcher Matt Pagnozzi (.562 OPS), OF Jose "George" Constanza (team leading 11 SB with a .266/316/.313 slash), iF Sean Kazmar (.528 OPS), and IF Paul Janish (.562 OPS). 

Their pitchers aren't great shakes either. 

Rehabbing starter Brandon Beachy should make a start in the series, but he's been limited to just 12 IP in his 3 starts as he builds the strength back up in his arm. 

Prospect of note is Sean Gilmartin, a top 5 prospect. He's been shaky this season with a 5.83 ERA in 13 starts (71 IP). 

The other ranked prospect is top 20 David Hale. He has a 5.28 ERA in 29 IP (6 starts, 2 relief appearances). 

Other names you may recognize:

LOOGY Joe Beimel, Kameron Loe, and, brother of Blue Jay Cletus, Cory Rasmus, who has a 1.44 ERA and 7 saves in 25 IP. 

Tonight's pitching matchup is Chad Jenkins and Omar Poveda, who is 5-3 with a 3.01 ERA is 13 starts, 83.2 IP. 

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