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2013 Spring Training – Familiar Faces, New Places

Stephen Gartrell (left) slugs home run, while J.C. Boscan (right) walks off the field.

Stefan Gartrell (left) slugs home run, while J.C. Boscan (right) takes the field.

With the off-season almost in the books, a new crop of G-Braves is forming at Atlanta Braves Spring Training in Lake Buena Vista, FL.  We’ve already taken a look at some of the potential returnees from last year’s club as well as some of the new faces that could impact Atlanta or Gwinnett’s roster.  For this post, we’ll check in with 2012 G-Braves who are no longer with the Braves organization.

Catcher J.C. Boscan signed a free agent contract with the Chicago Cubs this off-season. The longest tenured G-Brave spent four seasons with Gwinnett. In 210 games, the right-handed hitting backstop hit .210 with eight home runs and 54 RBI. He is fifth in Gwinnett Braves history in games and fourth in at bats (689) dating back to 2009.

While Boscan spent four years with Gwinnett, shortstop Josh Wilson’s tenure was short-lived, as the slick-fielding infielder wore the G-Braves uniform for one season. Wilson signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks in the off-season. He spent all of 2012 with the G-Braves after spending a part of the last four seasons in the big leagues. In 122 games with Gwinnett, Wilson hit .241 with five home runs and 43 RBI.

The outfield lost three notable players in Luis Durango, Stefan Gartrell and Felix Pie.

Durango signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Royals. He played all of 2012 with Gwinnett, finishing the season fourth on the team in RBI (45), third in batting average (.289), second in triples (5) and first in stolen bases (46). Durango’s 46 stolen bases led the International League and are second all-time in Gwinnett Braves history.

Pie was another welcomed addition to the club last season, hitting .285 with six home runs and 51 RBI. He led the squad in triples (7) and was a perfect 16-for-16 in stolen bases. Pie signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Gartrell’s tenure with the G-Braves may be the most celebrated from a hitter’s standpoint. In two seasons, the outfielder has made his stamp in the Gwinnett record books. He is second all-time in doubles (50), RBI (146) and runs (134), while coming in third in hits (217), games (238) and at bats (849). His 45 home runs top the charts. Gartrell signed with the Chicago White Sox in the off-season and receive an invitation to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee.  The White Sox originally drafted Gartrell in the 31st round of the 2006 draft, but shipped him to Atlanta in a 2011 trade.

On the mound, the G-Braves saw a few hurlers leave for free agency, while two others were involved in big trades this off-season.
Buddy Carlyle moved on to Canada, signing a free agent deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. The right-handed pitcher made his mark with the G-Braves in 2009, posting a 3-1 record with a 1.76 ERA. Last season, he went 5-4 with a 3.43 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 76 innings.

Jair Jurrjens moved on and signed a contract with the Baltimore Orioles. Jurrjens made 17 career starts for the G-Braves from 2010-2012. In 17 games, he went 6-7 with a 4.93 ERA while striking 51 batters in 91.1 innings.

Jair Jurrjens went 4-6 with 4.98 ERA in 14 starts for the G-Braves in 2012.

Jair Jurrjens went 4-6 with 4.98 ERA in 14 starts for the G-Braves in 2012.

Tommy Hanson made one rehab start for the G-Braves last season and was the opening day starter for the G-Braves’ inaugural season in 2009. The right-hander was shipped off to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for reliever Jordan Walden. Hanson was always outstanding with Gwinnett, recording a 4-3 record with a 1.39 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 71.1 innings of work.

Finally, Randall Delgado was a part of one of the blockbuster trades this off-season, as the Braves traded him and four others to the Diamondbacks in exchange for outfielder Justin Upton and infielder Chris Johnson. Delgado, rated one of the top prospects in the Braves organization, spent two stints with the G-Braves in 2011 and 2012. In 12 starts, he went 6-5 with a 4.09 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 66 innings.

The lists of other G-Braves that have found a new home are as followed:

Lyle Overbay- Boston Red Sox (Free Agent)
Rusty Ryal- Los Angeles Dodgers (Free Agent)
Miguel Batista- Colorado Rockies (Free Agent)
Erik Cordier- Pittsburgh Pirates (Free Agent)
Peter Moylan- Los Angeles Dodgers (Free Agent)
Adam Russell- Baltimore Orioles (Free Agent)

First-year Gwinnett Braves manager Randy Ready will lead the 2013 edition of the Gwinnett Braves for the first time on Thursday, April 4 as the club opens the season at Coolray Field with a 7:05 PM game against Charlotte.  For tickets, merchandise and more information, visit GwinnettBraves.com.

-JD

G-Braves Game Notes for 4.29.12 at Toledo

It’s another busy Sunday for the G-Braves today as they continue a four-game set at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, OH.  Gwinnett captured its third-straight win last night with an 8-3 decision over the Mud Hens, getting some serious production out of the middle of the order.  Ernesto Mejia and Joey Terdoslavich each went 2-for-4 with home runs and two RBI (both hitting their third blasts of the year), while Stefan Gartrell notched a two-run double to give the G-Braves a permanent lead in the fifth inning.   Right-hander Todd Redmond (W, 2-2) turned in his second quality start, limiting the ‘Hens to three runs over 6.0 innings while striking out seven.  As usual, the G-Pen was air-tight as right-handers Erik Cordier and Jason Rice combined on 3.0 scoreless, one-hit innings.

Dave Brundage’s IL South-leading crew will try to capture the series with Toledo today with right-hander Jair Jurrjens set to make his first start since being optioned to Triple-A.   Jurrjens is 2-1 with a 4.74 ERA (10 ER in 19.0 IP) in four career Triple-A starts, all coming on previous MLB Rehab assignments with the G-Braves.  Ironically, he’ll face the Triple-A affiliate of the organization that signed him in 2003 today, the Detroit-affiliated Mud Hens.  Jurrjens skipped over Toledo on his way to the big-leagues in 2007 and has never faced the Tigers nor one of their minor league affiliates since arriving in Atlanta.  Needless to say, it’s an interesting match-up for JJ’s first start.

Speaking of MLB Rehab assignments, right-hander Tim Hudson’s is now officially done.  He’s been activated from the Atlanta DL and starts for the Braves today against Pittsburgh.  That means a chain of roster moves affecting your Gwinnett Braves.  Right-hander Cory Gearrin has been optioned back to Gwinnett, where he’s 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and two saves in seven outings this year…he did not pitch for Atlanta after being recalled on April 24.  To make room for Gearrin, left-hander Ben Swaggerty (0-0, 4.32 in six games) has been transferred to Rookie-A Danville.

With all of these moves, it’s been a busy Sunday morning  for Media/PR managers also.

Today’s Game Notes:  4.29.12 GBraves Game Notes

While you’re watching Huddy go back to work today, don’t forget to tune in to JJ’s first bounce-back start at 2:00 PM on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM.  Tony Schiavone has the call from Toledo.  You can also get the broadcast online at WDUN.com.

-DL

G-Braves Notes for 4.22.12 at Charlotte

The Charlotte Knights put a halt to Gwinnett’s five-game winning streak last night, handing the G-Braves just their second loss in the last 13 games with a 3-1 decision at Knights Stadium.  Right-hander Todd Redmond fanned a season-high 10 batters over 5.2 innings, but the Braves’ bats couldn’t do much of anything against the combination of Knights’ starter Charlie Shirek and reliever Leyson Septimo.  Josh Wilson tallied the lone RBI for Gwinnett with a groundout.  Drew Sutton doubled to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, while Ernesto Mejia walked to extend his on-base streak to 15 games.

It’s time to take the series today as right-hander Erik Cordier (0-0, 5.54) looks for his first win in his fourth start.  He’ll go up against right-hander Dylan Axelrod (1-1, 1.56) for the Knights.  First pitch is at 2:15 PM, listen to the game with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 550 AM/102.9 FM and online at WDUN.com.

Today’s Game Notes:  4.22.12 GBraves Game Notes

The G-Braves (and the G-Braves’ Media Relations Department) have off tomorrow, but are back at Coolray Field for a three-game series against Charlotte from Tuesday, April 24 through Thursday, April 26.  If you missed Atlanta Braves’ right-hander Tim Hudson the first time around, never fear.  It appears that “Huddy” will be starting the series opener on Tuesday night.  It’s a 7:05 PM start time, so make plans and join us.

-DL

G-Braves Look To Start New Streak Monday

4.16.12 G-Braves Game Notes

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

The first place G-Braves (7-4) couldn’t complete the four-game sweep of second place Durham (6-5) on Sunday afternoon. With the loss to the Bulls, the G-Braves snapped their season-high six-game win streak as well. However, Gwinnett will be looking to start a new streak on Monday against another division foe in the form of the Baltimore Orioles Triple-A affiliate. Last week the G-Braves swept the Tides in Norfolk, including an incredible seven-run ninth inning comeback for the sweep last Wednesday.

Todd Redmond took the tough loss (1-1) Sunday after allowing just two runs (one earned), both coming in the fifth inning. Nevertheless, the G-Braves were able to still win the series against an impressive Bulls team. Last season, Durham won the International League South Division

Starting Line-up: Norfolk (5-6, 3rd) vs Gwinnett (7-4, 1st) – Monday, April 16 @ 7:05 p.m. from Coolray Field

G-Braves Righty Erik Cordier (0-0, 6.75) will be making his third start of the season, as he will oppose Norfolk right-hander Brad Bergesen (0-1, 8.68).

Norfolk Tides Batting Order:

1) Xavier Avery, CF

2) Steve Tolleson, SS

3) Ryan Adams, DH

4) Josh Bell, 3B

5) Jamie Hoffman, LF

6) Joe Mahoney, 1B

7) Jai Miller, RF

8) Chris Robinson, C

9) Matt Antonelli, 2B

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jose Constanza, LF

3) Drew Sutton, 3B

4) Stefan Gartrell, RF

5) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

6) Joey Terdoslavich, DH

7) Josh Wilson, 2B

8) Greg Paiml, SS

9) J.C. Boscan, C

-Tony Piraro

Game Notes for 4.11 at Norfolk

The G-Braves may officially be on a roll after a 7-1 win over the Norfolk Tides last night, their second-straight win.  Joey Terdoslavich (2-run HR), Josh Wilson and Greg Paiml all drove in two runs each, backing another strong effort from right-hander Todd Redmond.  Redmond became the first G-Braves starter to throw a quality start in 2012, yielding only a run on four hits over 6.0 innings while striking out seven.

The win locked up Gwinnett’s first series victory of the year, now they’ll look for their first sweep as they close out the series at Norfolk today.  Right-hander Erik Cordier (0-0, 0.00) will make his second start of the year.  First pitch at Harbor Park is scheduled for 12:15 PM.

Today’s Game Notes:  4.11.12 GBraves Game Notes

You’ll see on the front page of today’s notes that outfielder Jose Constanza, a Triple-A All-Star with the G-Braves last year, is back on the roster.  Constanza was optioned to Gwinnett by the Atlanta Braves yesterday in order to clear space for Chipper Jones.  The active Gwinnett roster is now back to 25 players.

Opening Night at Coolray Field is set for tomorrow at 7:05 PM.  Right-hander Julio Teheran (0-0, 16.20) is set to start against the Durham Bulls.  More information on the opener to come tomorrow.

-DL

Game Notes for 4.6.12 at Durham

The G-Braves are back at it tonight for game two of a four-game set at Durham.  Right-hander Erik Cordier (5-8, 5.13 ERA in ’11) makes his first start for Gwinnett this season.

Check out tonight’s Game Notes:  4.6.12 GBraves Game Notes

-DL

Catching Up With The G-Braves Skipper, Dave Brundage

Brundage Pregame Interview for Thur 04-05-12

The G-Braves lost their first game of the regular season Thursday night, 4-3, after a hard fought extra-inning affair. The reigning International League South Division Champion Durham Bulls took an early 2-0 lead, but the G-Braves worked their way back into the game late.

The Tampa Bays Rays prized prospect Alex Cobb struck out eight Gwinnett hitters through five innings of work. He allowed one earned run off six hits and left the game in line for the win. 

For the G-Braves, Todd Redmond was nearly as sharp, working four innings of two-run (one earned) ball. The G-Braves righty struck out five Bulls through four innings, en route to the no decision.

Gwinnett tied the game in the eighth inning on a one-out double by Stefan Gartrell. Neither team would score again until the 12th inning. Gwinnett plated one in the top half of the frame, but Durham answered back with two of their own in the bottom half of the inning to grab the win, 4-3.

With the loss, the G-Braves move their 2012 record to 0-1, but will be looking for their first victory of the season Friday night when Erik Cordier (0-0, 0.00) takes the mound for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch from Durham, North Carolina.

The G-Braves loss Thursday night was their first-ever defeat on Opening Day since moving to Gwinnett from Richmond, VA in 2009.

If you missed Tony Schiavone and Judd Hickinbotham’s interview with the G-Braves manager Dave Brundage before Thursday’s game, have no fear, we have it here for your listening pleasure. Be sure to stay tuned to the G-Blog all season long for anything concerning the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

-Tony Piraro

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