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Cory Gearrin Optioned to Gwinnett

Ayala (Roughgarden)

Ayala (Roughgarden)

The Atlanta Braves have optioned right-handed reliever Cory Gearrin to Triple-A Gwinnett, effective Friday, July 5. Right-hander Luis Ayala will take his place on the 25-man Major League roster as he has completed his rehab stint with Gwinnett. To make room for Gearrin on the G-Braves’ roster, the Braves have announced that left-hander Cole McCurry has been released.

The 27-year old Gearrin had been with the Atlanta Braves the entire season prior to being optioned to Gwinnett on Friday. In 37 appearances with the Braves, the right-hander was 2-1 with a 3.77 ERA (13 ER in 31.0 IP). He recorded his first career Major League save on May 20 vs. Minnesota. Despite strong outings early in the year, Gearrin had appeared in just seven games since the end of May, going 0-0 with a 12.00 ERA (8 ER in 6.0 IP) in that span.

The Chattanooga, TN native will return to Gwinnett for his fourth career stint with the club. From 2010 through 2012, Gearrin was one of the top workhorses out of the G-Braves’ bullpen. He appeared in 126 games, posting a 10-9 record with a 2.63 ERA (54 ER in 185.0 IP) and 13 saves in 16 chances. Gearrin was named to the 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game after going 3-1 with a 1.25 ERA and seven saves in 28 games prior to the break. Following the season, he was named Gwinnett’s Pitcher of the Year by the Atlanta Braves.

Gearrin is in his seventh professional season with the Atlanta Braves organization. He was originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 First Year Player Draft out Mercer University (Macon, GA).

Replacing Gearrin on Atlanta’s 25-man roster will be Ayala, who will return to the Major Leagues for the second time this year. The right-hander had been on the Braves’ disabled list since April 30 with anxiety disorder and had made 11 minor league rehab appearances between Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett. With Gwinnett, he went 0-1 with a 6.48 ERA (6 ER in 8.1 IP) in eight outings. Before being placed on the disabled list, Ayala was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in five games with Atlanta.

McCurry went 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA (21 ER in 33.0 IP) and two saves in 20 relief appearances with Gwinnett this season. He also pitched with Double-A Mississippi, going 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA (3 ER in 8.0 IP) in four games, one start.

The Gwinnett Braves return to action on Friday night at 7:05 PM against the Charlotte Knights. Right-hander

Cody Martin (2-0, 1.29) will start for the G-Braves, while right-hander Jason Berken (6-8, 3.95) will counter for the Knights.

Draft Day, G-Braves Draft Classed

It’s every amateur player’s dream to hear your name called on draft day. Tonight at 7: 05 ET, young baseball players from all over the country will have a new uniform to sport, as they will selected by a major league baseball team in the 2013 First Year Player Amateur Draft.

As we wait in anticipation of the MLB First Year Player Draft, we will take a look at all the Gwinnett Braves that have been drafted in the past.

First off, the Braves roster has seen 17 players called on draft day; six of those players were originally drafted by the Braves. Sean Gilmartin out of Florida State University was the highest draft choice, selected in the first round (28th overall) of the 2011 draft, while, Cory Rasmus was picked in the supplemental first round (38th overall) out of Columbus, GA in 2006. Right-Hander David Hale was a third round pick in 2009 out of Princeton University.

With the bevy of talent in the rotation, the G-Braves benefited offensively from the 2010 draft.  Todd Cunningham (2nd round) out Jacksonville State University, Joe Leonard (3rd round )out of Pittsburgh University and Joey Terdoslavich (6th round) out of Long Beach State University were all a part of the 2010 class.

The rest of the non-international players were drafted by other clubs. The highest pick of the 11 remaining players was outfielder Brandon Boggs, selected in the fourth round of the 2004 draft out of Georgia Tech by the Texas Rangers. The 2004 class produced infielders Sean Kazmar (5th round by the San Diego Padres out of College of Southern Nevada) and Paul Janish (5th round by the Cincinnati Reds out of Rice University) as well.

The following two seasons would have produced two players apiece. However, in 2005, Cole McCurry was selected in the 31st round out Surry Community College (NC) by the Atlanta Braves, but elected not to sign. The other southpaw picked in 2005 was Ryan Buchter, 33rd round by the Washington Nationals out of Highland Regional Park H.S. (NJ).

In 2006, outfielder Stefan Gartrell went in the 31st round out University of San Francisco to the Chicago White Sox, while Pat Egan went in the 36th round to the Baltimore Orioles out of Quinnipiac College.

In 2008, Tyler Pastornicky heard his name called, as the Toronto Blue Jays picked him in the fifth round out of The Pendleton School (FL). Alden Carrithers was also selected in that draft, going in the 15th round to the Detroit Tigers out of UCLA.

The rest of the G-Braves did not have a partner in their draft class, as Joe Beimel (18th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Duquesne University), Matt Pagnozzi (8th round by the St. Louis Cardinals out of Central Arizona College) and McCurry (43rd round by the Baltimore Orioles out of Tennessee Wesleyan College) all came out solo.

G-Braves take on Rochester tonight, Thursday, June 6 at 6:05 PM.

-JD-

G-Braves Seeking Series Split Tonight vs Norfolk

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Ernesto Mejia’s two-out, two-run single in the top of the ninth led the Gwinnett Braves to a 6-4 victory over the Durham Bulls in the series finale on Sunday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

The G-Braves entered the ninth trailing the Bulls 4-3 and three outs away from being swept in the four-game series. The Bulls’ closer Dan De La Rosa immediately got into trouble as he walked Josh Wilson and with one out, walked Brian Friday. G-Braves’ leadoff batter Luis Durango beat out a ground ball to short to load to bases with one out. Wilson then scored from third on a passed ball by catcher Chris Gimenez to tie the game, 4-4. After Josh Kroeger popped-up to short for the second out of the inning, Mejia delivered the clutch single, plating Friday and Durango with the decisive runs.

The comeback win for the G-Braves came after they allowed Durham to come back from a two-run deficit, taking a late lead 4-3.

With the game scoreless in the top of the fourth, Gwinnett got on the board first. Durham starting pitcher Cesar Ramos walked Stefan Gartrell to begin the inning and a groundout to first by Jose Yepez moved Gartrell to second. Terry Tiffee then singled to right, scoring Gartrell from third to give the G-Braves an early 1-0 lead.

Durham rallied in the bottom of the fourth, as former Braves’ infielder Brooks Conrad lined a two-out double to left off Gwinnett starter Sean Gilmartin and scored when Evan Longoria singled to left. The game was tied 1-1 after four.

In the top of the fifth, Rusty Ryal led off with a single to right and moved to third on a single by Friday. A bunt single by Durango scored Ryal from third giving the G-Braves a 2-1 lead. Then with one out, Mejia cracked a single that scored Friday from second moving the Gwinnett lead to 3-1.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

Monday, August 6th G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (52-64) return home to begin an eight game homestand Monday night with the first of four against the Norfolk Tides (58-58). The G-Braves will have right-hander Randall Delgado (2-1, 4.32) on the mound against Norfolk left-hander Dana Eveland (3-4, 3.13). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville. Listen to the broadcast on AM 550/FM 102.9 WDUN in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play by play.

Norfolk Tides (2nd IL South) vs Gwinnett (4th IL North) 

The 11Alive News will be hosting a live Olympic broadcast from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, so come to Coolray Field at 4:30 PM to be on live television. Give reaction to the events and participate in Olympic Trivia! Paid admission is required for participants. It will be Kids Eat Free Monday, with all kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, a bag of chips and a small soda.  Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Durham Bulls Batting Order:

1)  L.J. Hoes, LF

2) Xavier Avery, CF

3) Bill Hall, 2B

4) Joe Mahoney, 1B

5) Ronny Paulino, C

6) Luis Exposito, DH

7) Brandon Waring, 3B

8) Jamie Hoffman, RF

9) Blake Davis, SS

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jack Wilson, SS

3) Felix Pie, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Terry Tiffee, DH

6) Josh Kroeger, LF

7) Jose Yepez, C

8) Ruben Gotay, 3B

9) Brian Friday, 2B

By: Tony Piraro

Storylines Since the Break

A new post on your Gwinnett Braves has been long overdue since the start of the final 52-game stretch of the regular season.  The G-Braves are off to a 1-4 start since the Triple-A All-Star break and maintain a 1.0-game lead on Durham for third place in the International League South Division.  Dave Brundage’s club stands 10 games behind South-leading Charlotte with time still on the clock to catch the Knights, but it’s clear that the time is now to make a move up the standings.

Here’s some of the storylines playing out since the break:

Constanza has hit in a franchise-record 19-straight games as of July 17. (Chris Roughgarden)

Jose Constanza is on a tear that may not end any time soon.

Constanza entered the All-Star break with a 14-game hitting streak in tact, tying the existing Gwinnett franchise record shared by Barbaro Canizares (2010) and Felix Pie (2012).  He’s re-written the record book with hits in five-straight games since, giving him a 19-game hitting streak as of July 17.  That streak is the second-longest in the International League this season, trailing only a 20-game streak accomplished by three players including former Toledo Mud Hen Brad Eldred.  Constanza isn’t just collecting a hit a night to advance history, he’s often doing it with huge, multi-hit efforts.  He’s logged more than one hit in 12 of the 19 games, hitting an impressive .400 (34-for-85) on the streak.  Not surprisingly, he’s shot to the top of the IL in batting average, now leading the circuit with a .322 mark.

Mejia leads the IL with 106 hits and ranks fourth with a .308 batting average. He’s among offensive leaders in just about every other category. (Karl Moore)

Ernesto Mejia has been even better since appearing in the All-Star Game.

What’s left to prove for Mejia after his first Triple-A All-Star Game selection?  Plenty.  He’s continued to do it with his bat, hitting .354 with four homers and nine RBI over the first 12 games of July.  The slugging first baseman is riding a three-game multi-hit streak that has raised his average to .308, fourth-best in the International League.  He leads the league with 106 hits (amazing for a player with such power to lead in total hits), while ranking second in total bases (189), tied for second in extra-base hits (44), tied for third in RBI (62), fourth in slugging percentage (.549), fifth in OPS (.916) and tied for fifth in home runs (19).  If he can keep up the pace, the IL Triple Crown could be within his grasp in his first year at the level.

Redmond went 6-6 with a 3.58 ERA in 18 starts for the G-Braves before the trade. (Kyle Hess)

It’s going to be weird not seeing Todd Redmond pitch every fifth day.

One constant over the first four years of G-Braves baseball has been the consistency of Redmond in the rotation.  The all-time wins leader in Gwinnett history was shipped to Cincinnati in exchange for shortstop Paul Janish on July 14.  Redmond went 34-30 with a 3.78 ERA in 101 games, 97 starts in a G-Braves uniform, making him one of the faces of the young franchise.  He’ll certainly be most remembered for his nine-inning no-hitter at Louisville on May 28, 2010, still the only no-no thrown by a G-Brave.  Die-hard fans will certainly remember his outstanding 2011 season in which Redmond went 10-8 with the IL’s third-best ERA of 2.92.  One thing is for sure, it’s going to be weird not seeing “Red” on the mound at Coolray Field.  Even stranger, he may face his old club when his new team, the Louisville Bats, come to town in August.

Since throwing his first career complete game on June 3, Teheran is 1-3 with an 8.56 ERA in his last six starts. (Kyle Hess)

With Redmond gone, who steps up?

It’s no secret that even when Redmond was still a member of the rotation, Gwinnett starters had been struggling.  The question is, who is able to shake off those struggles and consistently win for this team?  We’ve seen flashes of dominance from Julio Teheran, Eric Junge, Yohan Flande and Jose Lugo this year, but who takes the reigns as the staff ace?  Teheran would be the likely candidate given what he did just a season ago.  There’s still time for the 21-year-old to improve upon a 6-5 record and uncharacteristic 4.96 ERA.  Randall Delgado served up six runs in his first Triple-A start since being optioned to Gwinnett by Atlanta, but could also ressurect his season with a strong finish in Triple-A.

McCurry has thrown 5.0 scoreless innings across two appearances with Gwinnett this season. (Leslie Watts)

There’s a whole lot of new faces here.

Terry Tiffee, Cole McCurry, Andy Russell…who are these guys?  The G-Braves’ roster underwent nine transactions this past weekend, giving the roster a bit of a new look.  Not only the addition of Tiffee, a third baseman who has logged Major League time in Minnesota and Los Angeles (Dodgers), McCurry, a reliever who came over from the Baltimore  system earlier this year and Russell (not to be confused with Adam), a 28-year-old reliever in just his second U.S. season after pitching in his native Australia, but also the “re-addition” of Jordan Parraz.  Parraz had been out since May 7 with a broken left hand, but went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles in his first game back with Gwinnett on July 14 at Louisville.  Which of the new faces becomes a key piece of the puzzle?

Carlyle ranks second among IL relief leaders in fewest walks per 9.0 innings with a 1.76 mark. (Melinda Pease)

With a slim lead late in the game, who gets the call?

Triple-A All-Star Cory Gearrin is currently on the DL, so who gets the coveted closer’s role?  Jaye Chapman posted two saves and a win in three scoreless outings from July 4-12, but suffered a tough letdown in a blown save and loss on July 14 at Louisville.  Buddy Carlyle is the active bullpen leader in ERA (2.34) and wins (5), but gave up the grand slam to Bats’ catcher Dioner Navarro that defeated the G-Braves on that same July 14 evening.  Don’t count out the rest of the pen, Billy Bullock, Adam Russell, Dusty Hughes and others to get on track, but the late innings will still likely belong to Chapman and Carlyle.

That’s just a small sampling of what’s going on with the Gwinnett Braves just past the half-way point of July.  To find out how it all plays out, keep coming back to the G-Blog and gwinnettbraves.com, as well as catching the radio broadcasts with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM and WDUN.com.

-DL

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