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2016 Braves Minor Leagues and Prospects Thread

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Minor league transactions:

Mississippi - RHP Victor Mateo and OF Dian Toscano were activated from the DL. OF Sean Godfrey was placed on the DL. LHP Trevor Belicek was sent back to Class A Rome.

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Just convinced the missus and the kids to drive to Montgomery with me Saturday to check out the M-Braves. I'll see if I can get a picture of the rare and enigmatic Dian Toscano.

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5 minutes ago, K26dp said:

Just convinced the missus and the kids to drive to Montgomery with me Saturday to check out the M-Braves. I'll see if I can get a picture of the rare and enigmatic Dian Toscano.

Watching the M-Braves on MiLB.com... looks like fly balls are an enigma to Toscano.

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9 minutes ago, K26dp said:

Just convinced the missus and the kids to drive to Montgomery with me Saturday to check out the M-Braves. I'll see if I can get a picture of the rare and enigmatic Dian Toscano.

Montgomery is the Double-A team for the Rays. I don't know much about their farm system so I would appreciate it if you could see who might flash for the Biscuits and might eventually be in Tampa soon.

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The four starters for the Braves' minor league affiliates combined to pitch 20 IP, give up 11 H, strike out 20 batters, and only allow 1 run. 

Rome 4, Asheville 5 (10 innings)

Rome scored three runs in the first inning behind a strong start by LHP Max Fried (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 7 SO), but the bullpen couldn't hold it late. Rome got 14 hits on the night, including 3-hit outings from CF Ronald Acuna and C Jonathan Morales. 3B Austin Riley hit a double and walked, while DH Justin Ellison keyed the early scoring with a 2-run homer. The Tourists took advantage of some control problems by RHP Matthew Custred to come back with three runs in the 8th. RHP Taylor Lewis gave up the tying run in the 9th, and then the walk-off single with two outs in the 10th; in all he gave up 7 hits in two innings after only allowing 3 hits in his previous three appearances. 

Carolina 3, Myrtle Beach 2

RHP Matt Withrow pitched 3 strong innings in his first start of the season, and Carolina got just enough to clip the Pelicans to win their home opener. CF Keith Curcio kept up his blistering start of the season, going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI out of the lead-off spot.  RHPs Carlos Salazar and Evan Phillips each pitched two innings of shut-out relief. SS Dansby Swanson was kept hitless on the night, as was RF Braxton Davidson who did contribute by gunning out a baserunner at home.

Mississippi 3, Montgomery 6

The M-Braves dropped their sixth straight, wasting a solid start by LHP Sean Newcomb (5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 4 SO). The Braves played sloppy defense, leading to 2 unearned runs, nor could they generate much with the bats as Biscuit hurlers only allowed 3 hits. SS Ozzie Albies saw his hitting streak stopped at six games, striking out with runners on 2nd and 3rd as the last out of the game. RF Dian Toscano finally played his first official game in the Braves organization and went 0-for-4 with a dropped ball in the outfield, through he also made a nice play later to nail a runner at second base trying to stretch a double.

Gwinnett 5, Norfolk 0

Braves pitching stifled a usually potent Tides line-up, lead by RHP Aaron Blair (6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 SO), with RHPs Rob Wooten, Kanekoa Texeira, and Brandon Cunniff each contributing a scoreless inning. 3B Rio Ruiz paced the offense, going 2-for-3 with a 3-run homer, his first of the year. Ruiz now has his own 6-game hitting streak and is slashing .346/.433/.538 so far on the season. CF Emilio Bonifacio also collected two hits on the night, including an RBI double.

Tonights probables:

  • Rome: LHP Ricardo Sanchez, 0-1, 6.75 ERA, 4 IP
  • Carolina: RHP Max Povse, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 IP
  • Mississippi: RHP Rob Whalen, 0-0, 4.50 ERA, 4 IP
  • Gwinnett: RHP Tyrell Jenkins, 0-0, 6.00 ERA, 3 IP

 

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12 hours ago, Falconsfan567 said:

Be excited to see Ruiz in Atlanta some time this season.

It would be great if we saw Ruiz, Swanson, and Albies in the Majors together towards the end of the season.

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15 minutes ago, Psychic Gibbon said:

It would be great if we saw Ruiz, Swanson, and Albies in the Majors together towards the end of the season.

Judging by the comments Coppy made on Twitter we'll see Swanson, Albies, Blair, Newcomb and maybe even Sims in the majors this year. Ruiz has a shot too. But the guys I mentioned were all names that Coppy threw out in various answers as to who we might see in the majors this year.

I fully believe we'll have a firesale at the trade deadline and turn August and September over to the kids in hopes of hitting the ground running starting in 2017.

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Rome RHP Mike Soroka made Baseball America's prospect hot sheet for the week.

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15. Mike Soroka, rhp, Braves

Team: low Class A Rome (South Atlantic)
Age: 18.
Why He’s Here: 0-0, 0.90, 2 GS, 10 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 12 SO, 2 BB

The Scoop: The big league Braves are 0-9, and now Hector Olivera, one of the system’s top prospects heading, is suspended indefinitely. At least Atlanta fans can look to the minors to find bright spots. A fascinating pitcher takes the mound somewhere in the Braves system seemingly every night, and Soroka has been the best so far. The 2015 first-rounder from a Calgary high school dominated in his first two Rome starts. He is advanced for his age with rare control for a pitcher who tops out in the mid-90s with an above-average breaking ball.

 

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Crazy stat Jim Powell pointed out about Braves minor league catcher Willians Astudillo. In 1705 times at the plate during his minor league career he's K'd 51 times total!! He's also only walked 66 times. He also sports a nice career average of .317

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7 hours ago, Unkn0wn said:

Crazy stat Jim Powell pointed out about Braves minor league catcher Willians Astudillo. In 1705 times at the plate during his minor league career he's K'd 51 times total!! He's also only walked 66 times. He also sports a nice career average of .317

Yeah, he hasn't struck out now in 131 straight plate appearances. Unfortunately, he's slow, he has almost no power, and he's not a good catcher. In seven games this season, he's already grounded into 3 double plays.

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It was a magical night for the Braves organization as not only did the big league club win its first game of the season, but all of the full-season affiliates notched wins as well.

Rome 4, Asheville 3 (12 innings)

Rome scored 2 runs in the top of the first on an RBI double by C Jonathan Morales and an RBI triple by OF Ray-Patrick Didder. LHP Ricardo Sanchez then gave back both runs in the bottom of the inning, surrendering a 2-run homer to top Rockies prospect SS Brenden Rodgers. The two teams deadlocked until the 10th, when CF Ronald Acuna singled home LF Bradley Keller to take the lead. But Asheville scratched a run back in the bottom of the 10th off RHP Dalton Geekie, and the teams continued into the 12th inning when Keller scored from third on a passed ball and Asheville finally didn't answer back. Morales (3-for-6, double), Acuna (2-for-4, walk, SB), Didder (2-for-5, double, triple) and Keller (2-for-5, triple) paced the offense. Sanchez pitched to a 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 SO line. RHP Bladimir Matos and LHP Jon Kennedy each pitched two scoreless innings in relief, while Geekie pitched 3 innings, giving up the 1 run in the 10th. LHP Oriel Caicedo closed the game out with a scoreless inning. Braves pitching held the Tourists to only 6 hits in 12 innings. 3B Austin Riley went 1-for-6 with a double and struck out 3 times.

Carolina 2, Myrtle Beach 0

The 'Cats won their 4th straight behind the dominating pitching of RHP Max Povse (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 SO). SS Dansby Swanson scored the first, and as it turned out, winning run in the 4th after he walked, stole second, went to third when the throw to second went into centerfield, and came home on a wild pitch. C Joe Odom had two hits and scored the other Mudcat run when 2B Omar Obregon singled him home in the 5th. LHPs Zack Bird and Chase Johnson-Mullins each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.

Mississippi 9, Montgomery 2

The 'Sip broke their 8-game losing streak with an emphatic trouncing of the Biscuits. The game broke open with a 5-run 5th inning that featured a two-run triple by legendary RF Dian Toscano, who is real and he's fabulous. C Willians Astudillo followed a few batters later with a two-run single. That would be plenty of support for starting RHP Rob Whalen (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 SO) and RHPs Steve Janas and Brad Roney who combined for 3 shutout relief innings. LF Dustin Peterson was 3-for-4 with a solo homer and 1B Jacob Schrader added a late two-run shot. Astudillo had 3 singles, 2B Johan Camargo and 3B Carlos Franco 2 singles apiece.

Gwinnett 10, Norfolk 0

The Braves are off to their best start in team history thanks to their third shutout on the young season. RHP Tyrell Jenkins rebounded after a tough first start with a strong outing, going 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO. RHPs Danny Burawa, Madison Younginer, and Ryan Weber each pitched a scoreless inning in relief. Offensively, Gwinnett blew up former Brave Todd Redmond, scoring 6 earned runs off him in 1.2 innings. The Braves killed him softly, with walks and singles; the Braves only had one extra-base hit on the night. RF Chase d'Arnaud had 3 hits, while LF Tyler Moore, C Ryan Lavarnway, and 3B Rio Ruiz each had two. For Ruiz, this extends his hitting streak to 7 games.

Tonight's probables:

  • ROME: RHP Caleb Beech, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 IP
  • CAROLINA: RHP Ryan Clark, 0-1, 7.50 ERA, 6 IP
  • MISSISSIPPI: RHP Brandon Barker, 0-0, 1.50 ERA, 6 IP
  • GWINNETT: RHP Casey Kelly, 0-0, 7.20 ERA, 5 IP

 

 

 

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It's nice that Swanson makes sure he's mentioned in all of these. It can't be too much longer until he's in AA.

As for other players, Povse is showing that he shouldn't be overlooked and Dustin Peterson is showing promising early signs.

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On 4/16/2016 at 11:32 PM, Unkn0wn said:

Crazy stat Jim Powell pointed out about Braves minor league catcher Willians Astudillo. In 1705 times at the plate during his minor league career he's K'd 51 times total!! He's also only walked 66 times. He also sports a nice career average of .317

 

On 4/16/2016 at 11:32 PM, Unkn0wn said:

Crazy stat Jim Powell pointed out about Braves minor league catcher Willians Astudillo. In 1705 times at the plate during his minor league career he's K'd 51 times total!! He's also only walked 66 times. He also sports a nice career average of .317

Watching Astudillo catch Sims on MiLB.com. It's not pretty.

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Quick affiliate update from last night.

Rome 9, Asheville 8 - The Braves scored in the top of the 9th to take the lead for good in a game that they lead 7-1 at one point. RF Bradley Keller had 3 hits and 3 RBI; SS Erison Mendez, 2B Luke Dykstra, and DH Jonathan Morales also had multi-hit games. 3B Austin Riley went 1-for-5, now hitting .268/.302/.488 on the season.

Carolina 1, Myrtle Beach 6 - RHP Ryan Clark gave up 6 runs and 2 innings and the Mudcats couldn't generate enough offense to recover. RHPs Zach Quintana and Sean McLaughlin combined to pitch 7 innings of scoreless relief however. SS Dansby Swanson was 2-for-4, his fifth mult-hit game, and is hitting .350/.422/.500.

Mississippi 1, Montgomery 5  - RHP Brandon Barker only allowed one run in 5 IP, but RHP Andrew Thurman gave up a grand slam in the bottom of the 7th that was the difference in an otherwise all-around well-pitched game. SS Ozzie Albies had two hits and scored the only run for the 'Sip, and he's now hitting .310/.370/.333. 

I was at this game and will have a more detailed report at some point.

Gwinnett 4, Norfolk 1 - The good news for Norfolk is they finally scored a run in the third game of this series, but it wasn't enough to deny the G-Braves their 5th straight win. RHP Casey Kelly pitched a gem, going 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO. 3B Ronnier Mustelier had two hits with a triple and scored twice. CF Emilio Bonifacio went 3-for-4. 

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