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Ernesto Mejia, Cory Gearrin Named 2012 All-Star’s

The wait is nearly over for the 25th annual Triple-A All-Star Game, as the International League and Pacific Coast League have both selected their rosters for the game on Wednesday, July 11 in Buffalo, New York. The winner of the game will earn home field adavnatge for the Triple-A National Championship Game between the IL and PCL on September 18 in Durham, N.C.

Representing the International League and the Gwinnett Braves will be first baseman Ermesto Mejia and closer Cory Gearrin. Both players have been the unquestioned leaders of their respective offense and pitching staff this year .

This season, Mejia leads the G-Braves in most offensive categories including being in line for Gwinnett’s Triple Crown winner as the slugger leads the team in batting average (.311), home runs (15) and RBI (52). Alongside his stellar defense this season, making just two errors, Mejia also leads the G-Braves in runs scored (40), hits (87), doubles (20), total bases (154), on-base percentage (.369), slugging percentage (.550) and OPS (.919). Mejia recorded the longest hit-streak of the season at 13 games in the first half, and it was the second longest hit-streak in Gwinnett franchise history behind Barbaro Canizares 14-game streak.

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Gearrin leads the pitching staff in most significant categories as well, including his impressive 1.34 ERA and seven saves in nine chances this season. The right-hander also boasts a spectacular 45 strikeouts to just 12 walks in 40.0 innings of work. Gearrin has a near flawless 0.89 WHIP alongside a perfect 3-0 record for the season, as he embraces his first all-star appearance in Triple-A baseball.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

A handful of G-Braves are well-deserving of an all-star nod, however there is not enough room for everyone. Here is the list of some players on the International League team to make the 2012 All-Star team:

Greg Golson, Josh Phegley, Charles Leesman and Dan Johnson from the IL South leading Charlotte Knights.  Jason Berken from the Norfolk Tides and Dane De La Rosa from the Durham Bulls of the IL South.

The Pacific Coast League All-Stars will be released Thursday. Stay tuned to The G-Blog….

By: Tony Piraro

Triple-A All-Star Voting Ends Tonight

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Today is your last chance to vote for your favorite International League and Pacific Coast League 2012 All-Star candidates.

Click this link to vote now for 2012 Triple-A All-Stars. Simply click on the Gwinnett Braves logo and all of the G-Braves on the ballot will be highlighted for you. Or you can simply go to: http://www.milb.com/milb/events/asg/y2012/ballot/ to vote today.

There is a maximum of 25 votes per person, per day. Plenty of opportunity to get your favorite players in the 2012 ASG.

The 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11 at the home of the Bisons’ in Buffalo, New York. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET between the IL All-Stars and the PCL All-Stars. The game will be televised live on the MLB Network.

Currently, two of your G-Braves are in contention for an All-Star bid. Ernesto Mejia is 5th among Triple-A first basemen, as the G-Brave slugger is leading Gwinnett in most offensive categories, including a team-high .317 batting average. Julio Teheran is 9th among starting pitchers and is back in Gwinnett after making a spot-start for the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Rest assured, Teheran is primed to make his second straight Triple-A all-star game.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Other G-Braves that should be considered for an All-Star bid are outfielders Jose Constanza, Luis Durango and Stefan Gartrell and utility man Christian MarreroMeanwhile, the pitchers that deserve consideration are starters Todd Redmond and Yohan Flande, relievers Cory GearrinJaye Chapman, Buddy Carlyle, Jose Lugo, Adam Russell and Dusty Hughes.  

No matter who your favorite team or player is, the time to show your support is now. Your last chance to vote is today…Click here to Vote

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Swept by Indianapolis, 4-2

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. – A two-out, two-run double by Indianapolis right fielder Brandon Boggs led the Indians to a 4-2 win and a series sweep over the Gwinnett Braves on Thursday afternoon at Coolray Field. Todd Redmond made the start for Gwinnett after being optioned to the club from Atlanta earlier in the day and suffered the loss with four earned runs over 6.0 innings.

Ruben Gotay led the G-Braves with a 2-for-4 effort including a game-tying two-run home run, his first of the season, in the fourth inning. However, Boggs snapped the 2-2 tie two innings later, lofting a double just inside the right-field line to plate Starling Marte and Jeff Larish for the game-winning runs.

The G-Braves (37-38), losers of 18 of their last 23 games, drop under the .500 mark for the first time since the club was 2-3 on April 9. Gwinnett falls to a season-worst 5.5 games behind Charlotte for first place in the International League South Division. The Knights (42-32) play Columbus at 7:15 PM Thursday night.

Brian Friday started the offense for Indianapolis, leading off the third inning with a double. After he was advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt by his pitcher Rudy Owens, Friday was then driven home on a Gorkys Hernandez groundout to give the Indians an early 1-0 lead. That lead grew to 2-0 an inning later as Marte and Larish laced back-to-back doubles to produce a run.

Ernesto Mejia doubled to lead off the fourth inning for Gwinnett, his second of two hits on the day. Following a Stefan Gartrell strikeout, Gotay followed with a two-run shot down the left field line that just made it over the fence in fair territory. The game-tying blast was Gotay’s first home run since August 7, 2011 with Gwinnett against Charlotte.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

Redmond (L, 6-5) couldn’t keep the game tied, however. The right-hander allowed four runs on six hits, walked two and struck out nine in his first outing since a four-day stint with the Atlanta Braves. He threw 104 pitches, 66 for strikes over 6.0 innings. RelieversCory Gearrin and Dusty Hughes worked the rest of the game for Gwinnett, combining to allow a hit while striking out four over 3.0 scoreless innings.

Owens (W, 6-2) was very efficient for the Indians, using just 89 pitches to get through 6.0 innings of two-run baseball. The left-hander allowed those two runs on six hits and struck out four, while walking just one hitter en route to the victory. Evan Meek and Bryan Morris each worked scoreless frames in the seventh and eighth innings. Closer Tim Wood (S, 8) shut the door in the ninth inning for the Indians as he struck out one and yielded one hit in his scoreless inning.

Gotay (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs) and Mejia (2-for-5, double, run) had the only multi-hit games for the G-Braves. Boggs finished 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs for the Indians.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

The Gwinnett Braves get back on the road for an eight-game road trip that will begin on Friday night at Syracuse, first pitch against the Chiefs at Alliance Bank Stadium scheduled for 7:00 PM. The G-Braves are expected to start left-hander Yohan Flande (3-5, 3.95), while the Chiefs will counter with right-hander Tanner Roark (3-9, 5.74). The game will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

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.

By: Tony Piraro

Triple-A All-Star Voting Ends Friday

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Make sure you vote early and often for your favorite Gwinnett Braves, alongside the rest of the International League and Pacific Coast League 2012 All-Star candidates.

Click this link to vote now for 2012 Triple-A All-Stars. Simply click on the Gwinnett Braves logo and all of the G-Braves on the ballot will be highlighted for you. Or you can simply go to: http://www.milb.com/milb/events/asg/y2012/ballot/ to vote today.

Voting concludes Friday, June 22. There is a maximum of 25 votes per person, per day. Plenty of opportunity to get your favorite players in the 2012 ASG.

The 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11 at the home of the Bisons’ in Buffalo, New York. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET between the IL All-Stars and the PCL All-Stars. The game will be televised live on the MLB Network.

Currently, two of your G-Braves are in contention for an All-Star bid. Ernesto Mejia is 5th among Triple-A first basemen, as the G-Brave slugger is leading Gwinnett in most offensive categories, including a team-high .317 batting average. Julio Teheran is 9th among starting pitchers and is back in Gwinnett after making a spot-start for the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Rest assured, Teheran is primed to make his second straight Triple-A all-star game.

Other G-Braves that should be considered for an All-Star bid are outfielders Jose Constanza, Luis Durango and Stefan Gartrell, utility man Christian Marrero and catcher Jose Yepez. Meanwhile, the pitchers that deserve consideration are starters Todd Redmond and Yohan Flande, relievers Cory GearrinJaye Chapman, Buddy Carlyle, Jose Lugo, Adam Russell and Dusty Hughes.  

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

No matter who your favorite team or player is, the time to show your support is now. Your last chance to vote is tomorrow: Friday, June 22…Click here to Vote

By: Tony Piraro

Atlanta Braves to Promote Jair Jurrjens for Friday

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The wait is finally over for Jair Jurrjens and company, as the right-hander will rejoin the Atlanta Braves rotation on Friday night for a match-up in Boston against the Red Sox. The Atlanta right-hander Jurrjens (0-2, 9.37) will oppose Boston southpaw Jon Lester (4-4, 4.53) for a 7:10 p.m. first pitch from Fenway Park. It will be Jurrjens first appearance in a Major League game since April 23, when he started against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In that game, Jurrjens took the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits in just 3.0 innings of work, while he struck out nobody and walked one.

Gwinnett has been rotating players through Atlanta’s doors quite often in the last few days in an effort to keep every pitcher fresh. Anthony Varvaro was promoted in favor of G-Brave closer Cory Gearrin, meanwhile Todd Redmond just received his first career Major League call-up on Sunday as Julio Teheran was reassigned back to Gwinnett. Most of these moves are in conjunction with the Braves pitching injuries this season, including their most recent DL-bound pitcher, former Gwinnett standout Brandon Beachy.

This season, in nine starts with Gwinnett, Jurrjens is 3-4 with a 5.27 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, alongside 28 strikeouts and 12 walks in 56.1 innings of work. Jurrjens has surrendered a total of 39 runs (33 earned) on 68 hits in his limited time at Triple-A Gwinnett. The right-hander did go the distance once on the season for the G-Braves on May 11, against Toledo. Jurrjens went 7.0 innings for the complete game victory in the first game of a doubleheader, as he allowed just two runs on eight hits for the game.

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In his last three big league starts, Jurrjens is 0-1 with a 10.50 ERA amidst 12.0 innings pitched. The righty has struck out five and walked seven in that timespan. For his Major League career, Jair Jurrjens possesses a 50-35 record alongside a solid 3.58 ERA. He has a 488 career strikeouts and 252 walks in 718.2 total innings amassed over six Major League seasons.

The Atlanta right-hander led Major League baseball in wins (12) during the first half of the 2011 Major League Baseball regular season.  Unfortunately, Jurrjens finished last season with just 13 victories, winning one game after the All-Star break.

Jurrjens has come a long way since he was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 2003 MLB Amatuer Draft. Either way, it has been a long road for Jurrjens thus far, and it will get a bit longer as he travels to Boston for a meeting with one of the American League’s best teams on Friday night. Stay tuned to The G-Blog in the coming days for updates, breaking news and more.

By: Tony Piraro

Gwinnett Seeking Doubleheader Sweep Friday

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The Gwinnett Braves began their nine-game homestand in eight days on Thursday night with a loss to Columbus. However, Gwinnett managed to stay composed as they grabbed the win in the first game of the doubleheader on Friday, 4-0. Todd Redmond went the distance for the complete game victory as Gwinnett moved their record to 36-32 on the season. Luis Durango led the offensive charge as he went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and he added two more stolen bases to his International Leading 26 for the season.

The G-Braves will host the Columbus Clippers (June 14-17) for five games and the International League West leading Indianapolis Indians (June 18-21) for four games. Gwinnett (35-32) and Columbus (31-35) will play a doubleheader at Coolray Field on Friday night, first pitch of game one scheduled for 5:05 PM. The doubleheader will consist of two seven-inning contests separated by a half-hour break, with Gwinnett to act as the home team in game one and the road team in game two.

6.15.12 GBraves Game Notes

Eric Junge (3-6, 4.54) will start for the G-Braves in the second game against the Clippers left-hander David Huff (3-2, 3.74). Both games will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Friday is Planes, Trains and Automobiles Night at Coolray Field, so come out and enjoy our transportation theme night including various prize drawings from gas cards to Marta passes. Friday also features Fox 5 Friday Fireworks. Stick around after the game for another spectacular post-game fireworks display, courtesy of WAGA Fox 5 Atlanta. 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.

Friday, June 15 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:

After leading the IL South for most of the first two months of the season, the G-Braves currently reside in second place in the division, trailing first place Charlotte by 3.5 games. Gwinnett began the month of June at 2-8 as part of their recent downward trend, but received catcher J.C. Boscan and outfielder Jose Constanza back from Atlanta on Sunday and followed with an 11-8 victory at Pawtucket on Monday night. In more transactions, Anthony Varvaro was promoted to the Atlanta Braves, meanwhile Cory Gearrin returns to Gwinnett and will reassume closer duties upon arrival.

Columbus Clipper (31-36, 2nd IL West) vs Gwinnett (36-32, 2nd IL South) 

The Chipper Jones Father’s Day Package remains on sale at the Coolray Field Box Office. For just $150, the package includes four Infield Box tickets for Saturday, June 17 at Coolray Field (Father’s Day) and six additional Infield Box Anytime Tickets for the remainder of the 2012 season. It also includes one Upper Box ticket for Chipper Jones’s final game at Turner Field, September 30 vs. the New York Mets. An option to add up to three additional Upper Box tickets at a discounted rate is an added bonus. To purchase, call (678) 277-0340.

Columbus Clippers Batting Order:

1) Ezequiel Carrera, CF

2) Cord Phelps, 2B

3) Jason Donald, LF

4) Jared Goedert, 1B

5) Tim Fedroff, LF

6) Chad Huffman, RF

7) Russ Canzler, 1B

8) Luke Carlin, C

9) Gregorio Petit, SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango – CF

2) Tyler Pastornicky – SS

3) Ernesto Mejia – 1B

4) Stefan Gartrell, LF

5) Felix Pie – RF

6) Ruben Gotay – 3B

7) Christian Marrero – 1B

8) Josh Wilson – SS

9) J.C. Boscan – C

By: Tony Piraro

Jurrjens, G-Braves Set for Dudes vs Foods Night

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The Gwinnett Braves return home to Coolray Field for an eight-day, nine-game homestand that will begin on Thursday, June 14 and conclude on Thursday, June 21. The G-Braves will host the Columbus Clippers (June 14-17) for five games and the International League West leading Indianapolis Indians (June 18-21) for four games.

Join us for our second annual eating contest for Dudes vs. Foods Night on Thursday. Only the bravest fans will dare to tackle the Super Knucksie! Participants will be chosen at the game to eat an 8-by-8 oversized version of the Knucksie. Thursday is also “$3 Thursday” so start the weekend right with $3 food and drink specials all game long presented by Dave FM. New for 2012, all general admission berm seating is also $3 on Thursdays!

After leading the IL South for most of the first two months of the season, the G-Braves currently reside in second place in the division, trailing first place Charlotte by 2.5 games. Gwinnett began the month of June at 2-8 as part of their recent downward trend, but received catcher J.C. Boscan and outfielder Jose Constanza back from Atlanta on Sunday and followed with an 11-8 victory at Pawtucket on Monday night. In more transactions, Anthony Varvaro was promoted to the Atlanta Braves, meanwhile Cory Gearrin returns to Gwinnett and will reassume closer duties upon arrival.

Saturday, June 2 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:

The G-Braves (35-31) enjoyed a day of rest Wednesday before beginning a nine-game homestand in eight days with Columbus (30-35) to kick it off on Thursday. Gwinnett right-hander Jair Jurrjens (3-3, 5.26) will oppose the Clippers right-hander Corey Kluber (4-6, 4.14) in the first game of the series, first pitch scheduled for 7:50 p.m. at Coolray Field. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN AM 550 in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Columbus Clipper (30-35, 2nd IL West) vs Gwinnett (35-31, 2nd IL South) 

6.14.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

The Chipper Jones Father’s Day Package remains on sale at the Coolray Field Box Office. For just $150, the package includes four Infield Box tickets for Saturday, June 17 at Coolray Field (Father’s Day) and six additional Infield Box Anytime Tickets for the remainder of the 2012 season. It also includes one Upper Box ticket for Chipper Jones’s final game at Turner Field, September 30 vs. the New York Mets. An option to add up to three additional Upper Box tickets at a discounted rate is an added bonus. To purchase, call (678) 277-0340.

Columbus Clippers Batting Order:

1) Ezequiel Carrera, CF

2) Cord Phelps, 2B

3) Jason Donald, SS

4) Jared Goedert, DH

5) Tim Fedroff, LF

6) Chad Huffman, RF

7) Russ Canzler, 1B

8) Andy LaRoche, 3B

9) Matt Pagnozzi, C

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Tyler Pastornicky, SS

4) Ernesto Mejia, DH

5) Christian Marrero, 1B

6) Felix Pie, RF

7) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

8) Ruben Gotay, 3B

9) J.C. Boscan, C

By: Tony Piraro

Anthony Varvaro Receives Call to Atlanta

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In the most recent subtraction from the Gwinnett Braves roster, reliever Anthony Varvaro has been promoted to the Atlanta Braves, while Cory Gearrin has been reassigned to Triple-A Gwinnett. Gearrin returns to the G-Braves as their closer, as he has recorded six saves in eight opportunities already this season.

The G-Braves closer has been the most consistent pitcher on the staff this season, boasting a 3-0 record alongside a stunning 1.65 ERA. The righty has struck out 38 batters and walked just eight in 32.2 innings pitched in 2012. To say Gearrin has been lights out when he’s been on the mound this year is treading lightly.

Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease

Varvaro’s role in Atlanta’s bullpen has yet to be determined, however he has been on a tear for Gwinnett as of late. The right-hander struck out nine batters in his last 3.2 innings of work on the G-Braves recent 10-game road trip. He was the most dominant arm in the Gwinnett bullpen over the last two weeks.

This season with Gwinnett, Varvaro registered a 0-0 record with a 2.81 ERA after appearing in 18 games for Gwinnett. The righty struck out an incredible 35 batters, while walking just 12 amidst 25.2 innings of work. The Atlanta Braves had originally retroactively placed Varvaro on the disabled list prior to the start of the season. Thus making Varvaro’s numbers that much more impressive, considering he had a late start.

Varvaro made one spot-start for Gwinnett this season, in the second game of a doubleheader against Toledo in May. The righty lasted 3.0 innings, allowing two runs on six hits, alongside three strikeouts and yielded one walk en route to the no decision.

The St. John’s University alum was originally selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 12th round of the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft. In 2011, Varvaro appeared in 18 games for the Atlanta Braves out of the bullpen. The Queens, New York native recorded an impressive 2.63 ERA in 24.0 innings of work for Atlanta. Varvaro surrendered seven total runs on 15 hits and struck out 23 hitters while walking 11 last season. To say Varvaro has been prepared for this moment is an understatement.

Atlanta had been the hottest team in baseball coming into the New York Yankees series, winning six of their last seven decisions. However, the mighty New York bats silenced the Braves to a sweep at Turner Field. The Braves now find themselves in second place in the NL East, as they trail the Washington Nationals by an alarming 5.0 games. Entering the dog days of summer, Atlanta wants all the firepower they can handle out of their bullpen and this move is just an indicator of what’s ahead. Be prepared to see a lot of shifting between Gwinnett and Atlanta players in the coming months.

By: Tony Piraro

Triple-A All-Star Voting Ends June 22

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Make sure you vote early and often for your favorite Gwinnett Braves, alongside the rest of the International League and Pacific Coast League 2012 All-Star candidates.

Click this link to vote now for 2012 Triple-A All-Stars. Simply click on the Gwinnett Braves logo and all of the G-Braves on the ballot will be highlighted for you. Or you can simply go to: http://www.milb.com/milb/events/asg/y2012/ballot/ to vote today.

Voting concludes Friday, June 22. There is a maximum of 25 votes per person, per day. Plenty of opportunity to get your favorite players in the 2012 ASG.

The 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11 at the home of the Bisons’ in Buffalo, New York. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET between the IL All-Stars and the PCL All-Stars. The game will be televised live on the MLB Network.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Currently, two of your G-Braves are in contention for an All-Star bid. Ernesto Mejia is 5th among Triple-A first basemen, as the G-Brave slugger is leading Gwinnett in most offensive categories, including a team-high .317 batting average. Julio Teheran is 9th among starting pitchers and is back in Gwinnett after making a spot-start for the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Rest assured, Teheran is primed to make his second straight Triple-A all-star game.

Other G-Braves that should be considered for an All-Star bid are outfielders Jose Constanza, Luis Durango and Stefan Gartrell, utility man Christian Marrero and catcher Jose Yepez. Meanwhile, the pitchers that deserve consideration are starters Todd Redmond and Yohan Flande, relievers Cory Gearrin (who is playing for Atlanta currently), Jaye Chapman, Anthony Varvaro, Buddy Carlyle, Jose Luge, Adam Russell and Dusty Hughes.  

No matter who your favorite team or player is, the time to show your support is now. Your last chance to vote is June 22…Click here to Vote

By: Tony Piraro

Atlanta Braves Minor League Report (June 2012)

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Atlanta Braves (31-25, 2nd place)

The big league club plays in arguably the toughest division in Major League Baseball, alongside the American League East. However, the Braves are having another solid season and are in line for one of the five playoff spots in the 2012 MLB Playoffs as they trail the Washington Nationals by 2 games in the NL East standings. Atlanta is succeeding with a host of players from their deep minor league system. Everyone knows about the quick ascentions of Craig Kimbrel and Freddie Freeman and a year earlier with Tommy Hanson and Jason Heyward, but how about the contributions from former Gwinnett Braves such as; Jose Constanza, J.C. Boscan and Randall Delgado this season? Enough can’t be said for the guys in Gwinnett who’ve already made their presence felt in Atlanta like; Tyler Pastornicky, Jair Jurrjens and Cory Gearrin. The Braves most highy-piblicized promotion this season came from Double-A Mississippi, when the Braves promoted Andrelton Simmons to Atlanta. Since entering the Major League fold, the highly touted shortstop has been brilliant both defensively and offensively. He was one of the top ranked shortstop prospects in minor league baseball and the No. 4 overall prospect in the Braves system according to Baseball America. The Braves are 19-5 this season when Chipper Jones is in the starting line-up, so look for more good times ahead as the living legend is eligible to return from the DL on Friday, amidst his final season in an illustrious Hall-of-Fame career.

Gwinnett Braves (33-27, 2nd place)

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The G-Braves have been struggling as of late, from both an offensive and pitching standpoint. In their last two games, Gwinnett has allowed 15 runs to their opposition, while the G-Braves offense has accumulated just five hits and two total runs over that span. For the month of May, Gwinnett registered a 15-15 record after securing the best mark in the International League (17-7) in April. The G-Braves are now 1.5 games behind the IL South leading Charlotte Knights after Gwinnett squandered a maximum first place lead in April of 7.0 games. Julio Teheran is the unquestionable ace of the staff and Todd Redmond has been the most consistent starter in 2012. In fact, Redmond was named the IL Pitcher of the Week the same week as teammate Ernesto Mejia was awarded the IL Batter of the Week. You can’t talk about the offense without mentioning the guy who got them going and the G-Braves 2011 MVP, Stefan Gartrell. Gartrell was named the IL Batter of the Week the first week of May after transforming his batting average from .165 on April 29 to .263 a month later on May 29. Luis Durango and Christian Marrero were also instrumental to the G-Braves offense through the month of May. Cory Gearrin has solidified the closer’s role in the bullpen and has six saves on the season. Jaye Chapman, Anthony Varvaro, Jose Lugo and Buddy Carlyle have excelled out of the bullpen this month for Gwinnett.

Mississippi Braves (26-34, 5th place) 

Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease

The Double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves has a great deal of star-power, but that has yet to be realized 100-percent with their 10-9 record in the month of May. Mississippi, as a team, does not have a great deal of power or speed, totaling just 18 home runs all season and not one player on the M-Braves has double-digit stolen bases. Mississippi is led by one of the best catching prospects in baseball in the form of Christian Bethancourt. This season, the do-it -all catcher is batting .257 with 29 hits, 10 RBI and 31 total bases. In 43 games with Mississippi this season, Simmons batted .292 with 28 runs scored, 50 hits, nine doubles, two triples, three home runs, 21 RBI, 10 stolen bases and an extraordinary 1:1 walk to strikeout ratio with 20 of each, prior to his promotion. Ian Gac and Evan Gattis supply a majority of the power for this team, as the two have combined for 10 home runs and 41 RBI in 2012. Todd Cunningham is their one-base guy, as he boasts a team-leading .325 batting including his team-high 54 hits and .371 on-base percentage. The former Independent League star Gary Moran has transitioned to affiliated ball brilliantsly this season after coming over from the River City Rascals of the Frontier League. This year, the big righty has a 1-4 record with a 3.00 ERA, alongside 41 strikeouts to just 19 walks in 57.0 innings of work. Zeke Spruill leads the team in wins with five and Mark Lamm is the team -leader in saves with six in eight opportunities.  Don’t forget the Braves first round pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, Sean Gilmartin who has 3-5 mark with a 3.39 ERA in 11 starts, including 52 stirikeouts and 17 walks in 69.0 innings pitched.

Lynchburg Hillcats (29-28, 1st place)

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The Hillcats finished the month of May with a 15-14 record and have secured their first place lead from the first week of the season in April through current day. Lynchburg has always possessed a great deal of the Atlanta Braves top prospects, as this season is no different. In 2011, it was Joey Terdoslavich and Simmons leading the charge, this year it’s Chris Garcia who is tearing the cover off the ball with his .331 batting average alongside 14 doubles, five homers, 31 RBI and 89 total bases. Another future star is Matt Lipka who is hitting .260 in 2012 with 57 total bases and 11 stolen bases this year. Nick Ahmed leads the team in stolen bases with 18 already, and he is one of three Hillcats to have registered 10+ stolen bases thus far. The power threat of Lynchburg is Edward Salcedo who has seven bombs, 24 RBI and a team-high 84 total bases including 13 walks. J.R. Graham (pictured above) is one of the more unheralded starters in the Braves system, as he currently possesses a record of 6-1 with a 2.71 ERA in 11 starts. Cody Martin has five wins and is one victory away from being the third Hillcat to register six wins this season. Gus Schlosser is 6-3 with a 4.04 ERA in 2012 and has struck out 54 batters in 69.0 innings of work. The closer Juan Jaime is a perfect nine for nine in save opportunities this season for Lynchburg.
Rome Braves (16-43, 7th place)
Photo courtesy of Karl Moore
The Low-A Rome Braves have struggled more than any other team in Atlanta’s system this season with a total of 16 wins, combined through the first two months of the season. A few players have found a way to shine though, from a personal perspective in 2012. William Beckwith who Braves fans got a chance to see in the Braves Future Stars Game at Coolray Field on April 3, is mashing currently for Rome. The big bopper has a .318 batting average with five home runs and 19 RBI alongside 58 total bases. However, it is Kyle Kubitza who is making the biggest splash as he leads the team in total bases (82) with his nine doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 44 singles. Will Skinner is batting .266 with four homers and 17 RBI alongside his .359 on-base percentage and .444 slugging percentage. Jarrett Miller is currently unbeaten for Rome, with a 2-0 record including his 4.91 ERA. The pitcher to talk about on this team is David Filak who leads the Atlanta Braves organization in strikeouts with 63 in 55.0 inning pitched. Filak is 2-5 with a 4.58 ERA amidst 11 starts for the R-Braves. John Cornely has 36 punchouts in 21 .0 innings pitched thus far, including a 4.15 ERA amidst appearing in 18 games this season.
By: Tony Piraro
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