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Atlanta Braves Minor League Report (May 2012)

By: Tony Piraro

Currently, the Atlanta Braves organization is impressing at nearly every level throughout their minor league system. Two leagues are set to get underway in the middle of June, therefore the Danville Braves (Rookie) and Gulf Coast League Braves (Rookie) have yet to begin their respective seasons. As for the rest of the Braves affiliates, life is good, especially after the top prospects got the rare opportunity to play the Atlanta Braves in the April 3 Inaugural Exhibition Game hosted at Coolray Field.

Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease

Atlanta Braves (16-11, 2nd place)

The big club has been playing some outstanding baseball since a rough start to begin the season. Chipper Jones has returned from the DL and is playing at his usual, high-level. Speaking of returning injured players, Tim Hudson has made two starts for Atlanta after spending some time in Rome and Gwinnett. All in all, the former G-Braves stars have begun to take over the Atlanta ballclub, such as: Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward, Martin Prado, Tyler Pastornicky and Craig Kimbrel. The Braves only trail the upstart Bryce Harper-led Washington Nationals by two games in the NL East standings, but I can see that changing as quickly as the Nats luck has been changing of late.

Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease

Gwinnett Braves (18-9, 1st place)

With the best record in the International League (18-9) the G-Braves are focused on being consistent. Gwinnett currently has the No. 1 ranked pitching staff in the IL with a team ERA of 2.78 and their hitting is starting to heat up, especially Stefan Gartrell (pictured above). The G-Braves outfielder/designated hitter has been a monster as of late, crushing a home run in each of his last three games including six total hits during that span. Gartrell is now batting .209 with four homers and 14 RBI, which is saying a lot considering he was batting .165 before the G-Braves 8-game road trip last week.

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Mississippi Braves (10-19, 5th place) 
The leader of the M-Braves team is obviously shortstop Andrelton Simmons who nearly made the Braves out of camp. The top shortstop prospect is currently hitting a team-high .319 for Mississippi and also leads the team in stolen bases (6) as he continues to flash his above-average glove. Ian Gac is the offensive power for the M-Braves as he leads the team in home runs (3) and RBI (15) this year. Four pitchers are tied for the team-lead in wins with two and closer Mark Lamm has three saves. David Hale leads the team in strikeouts with 25 already. The top catching prospect in the system Christian Bethancourt is having a nice season behind the plate, as well as, batting .288 on offense.
Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease
Lynchburg Hillcats (14-12, 1st place)
One of the most talented affiliates of the Atlanta Braves organization is located in Lynchburg. Most of the Braves top ranked prospects throughout the system are stationed with the High-A team in Virginia. Tommy LaStella leads the offensive charge with a .325 batting average and Nick Ahmed is the resident thief with his eight stolen bases already. Four pitchers on the staff are tied for the team-lead with three wins and hard-thrower Cory Martin is leading the team with 35 strikeouts.
Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts
Rome Braves (6-21, 7th place)
The only team in the Braves organization that has been struggling since the start of the season. Currently, Rome is trailing first place by 13.5 games as they battle in the South Atlanta League. Rafael Briceno is leading the team with two wins, while closer Jean Carlos Gil has a team-leading two saves. David Filak leads the Braves organization with 39 strikeouts in 2012, and also commands a dominant 1.88 ERA. Kyle Kubitza is the main power source for Rome with his team-leading four home runs and 13 RBI.
Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess
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