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Spring Training Weekend Wrap-Up 3.20-22.15

A parade of pitchers who could man the mound at Coolray Field in 2015 helped lead the Atlanta Braves to a weekend of four games in which they allowed an average of fewer than three runs per contest. The Braves split the weekend slate and are 8-12 in Grapefruit League play.

Six of seven potential Gwinnett Braves relievers who worked Saturday and Sunday did not allow a run. All seven combined for a 1.08 ERA (1 ER in 8.1 IP) with two saves and two holds. Right-hander Williams Perez (BS, 1; L, 0-1) was the only likely G-Brave pitcher to work Friday. He gave up the final four runs on seven hits, two walks and three strikeouts in a 5-1 loss to the Miami Marlins in Jupiter, Fla.

Atlanta played a pair of split-squad games Saturday. One Braves squad beat the Washington Nationals 5-2 in a home contest at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and the other portion of the team lost 1-0 to the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter.

Possible G-Braves pitchers’ stats vs. Washington:

RHP Michael Kohn (H, 2), 1.0 IP, H, BB.

RHP Juan Jaime (H, 2), 1.0 IP.

RHP Brandon Cunniff (S, 1), 2.0 IP, 2 BB, 2 K.

Potential G-Braves pitchers’ numbers against St. Louis:

RHP Arodys Vizcaino,1.1 IP, H, BB.

RHP Sugar Ray Marimon, 2.0 IP, 2 H, HBP.

RHP Aaron Kurcz (L, 0-1) 0.0 IP, 2 H, ER, BB.

Left-handed reliever Donnie Veal was the only potential G-Braves hurler to pitch Sunday in a 5-3 win over the Detroit Tigers at Champion Stadium. He got his first save of Spring Training with a scoreless ninth inning during which he walked a hitter and struck out two others.

Infielder Pedro Ciriaco led possible G-Braves hitters by going 3-for-6 in two starts, including 2-for-3 against Detroit with three runs batted in. He also picked up a single and a walk as the leadoff hitter and starting shortstop vs. the Nationals.

Possible G-Braves' infielder Pedro Ciriaco had a big weekend at the plate for Atlanta. (Photo by Chris Roughgarden)

Possible G-Braves’ infielder Pedro Ciriaco had a big weekend at the plate for Atlanta. (Photo by Chris Roughgarden)

Potential G-Braves position players’ stats from Friday against Miami:

Eury Perez (CF), 1-for-4, K.

Jesus Flores (C), 1-for-4.

Phil Gosselin (3B), 1-for-2.

Jace Peterson (2B), 0-for-3, BB, K.

John Buck (1B), 0-for-1.

Joey Terdoslavich (pinch hit), 0-for-1, K.

Infielder Sean Kazmar took over at shortstop in the eighth inning but did not receive an at-bat.

Other possible G-Braves position players’ lines Saturday against the Nationals:

Todd Cunningham (CF), 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, K, outfield assist in the third inning on a play when Mike Carp was out trying to reach second base.

Jose Constanza (RF-LF), 1-for-3, R, SB.

Seth Loman (1B), 0-for-4, K.

Cedric Hunter (RF), 1-for-1, R, RBI.

Barrett Kleinknecht (3B), 0-for-1.

Corban Joseph (2B), 0-for-1.

Catcher Steve Rodriguez entered the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning but did not receive an at-bat.

Potential G-Braves position players’ stats vs. St. Louis:

Peterson (2B), 2-for-3, K.

Buck (C-1B), 2-for-3.

Gosselin (LF-3B-1B), 0-for-4, K.

Terdoslavich (RF-1B), 0-for-2, BB.

Joe Benson (LF-CF), 0-for-1, BB, threw out Rafael Ortega at home plate from center field in the sixth inning.

Braeden Schlehuber (C), 0-for-1.

Perez (pinch hit), 0-for-1, K.

Kazmar (SS), 0-for-1.

Other possible G-Braves position players’ stats against Detroit:

Perez (RF-CF), 1-for-5, K.

Cunningham (CF), 1-for-3, R, SB.

Constanza (LF), 1-for-1, R, SB.

Gosselin (2B), 0-for-1, RBI, BB, K.

Benson (LF-CF-RF), 0-for-1, BB, K.

Joseph (2B), 0-for-1.

Schlehuber (C), 0-for-1.

Loman (1B), 0-for-1.

Hunter (pinch hit), 0-for-1.

Flores entered the game at catcher as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning but did not receive an at-bat.

The Braves will face the Houston Astros at 1:05 p.m. Monday in Kissimmee, Fla.

-JM

Spring Training Report 3.19.15

Left-handed starter Manny Banuelos and right-hander Cody Martin, a pair who could pitch for the Gwinnett Braves in 2015, combined Thursday to hold the Miami Marlins to one run through five innings.

The strong performances from the two candidates for spots on the Atlanta Braves’ pitching staff allowed the club to build a lead and beat Miami 6-3 at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Banuelos gave up one run on three hits with no walks and a strikeout in two innings. Martin (W, 1-0) came in relief and pitched three scoreless innings with three hits allowed and a walk to go with one strikeout.

Other possible G-Braves pitchers’ stats Thursday vs. Miami:

LHP Donnie Veal (H, 1), 1.0 IP.

RHP Aaron Kurcz (H, 1), 1.0 IP, H, BB, K.

RHP John Cornely (S, 1), 1.0 IP.

The Braves also had 14 different position players receive at least one at-bat. First baseman Joey Terdoslavich, who won the 2014 G-Braves’ “Fan Favorite Player” award, drove in the final run of the game with a double to right-center field in the eighth.

He finished 1-for-2 with a strikeout after replacing first baseman Freddie Freeman in the sixth inning. Terdoslavich ranks second on the team with five doubles and is tied for third with six runs batted in.

Joey Terdoslavich led the 2014 G-Braves with 15 home runs and 61 RBI. (Photo by Chris Roughgarden)

Joey Terdoslavich led the 2014 G-Braves with 15 home runs and 61 RBI. (Photo by Chris Roughgarden)

Other potential G-Braves position players’ stats from Thursday against the Marlins:

Phil Gosselin (SS-3B), 1-for-4, R, K.

Jace Peterson (2B), 1-for-1, R, fielding error in the ninth inning.

Pedro Ciriaco (SS), 0-for-2, K.

Braeden Schlehuber (C), 0-for-1, K.

Todd Cunningham (LF), 0-for-0, HBP.

The Braves and Marlins will face each other again at 7:05 p.m. Friday, but this time the game will be at the Marlins’ home Spring Training complex in Jupiter, Fla.

-JM

Spring Training Report 3.17.15

Former Gwinnett Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt exploded for three hits, including two doubles, with two runs scored and two driven in Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla.

And he did all that in the first five innings.

Bethancourt finished 3-for-4 to help lead the Atlanta Braves’ offense to its most prolific performance of Spring Training. The Braves pounded out 13 hits and defeated Boston 11-3.

Potential 2015 G-Braves Jace Peterson, Kelly Johnson and Joey Terdoslavich also doubled and scored a combined four runs with three RBI. Peterson also stole his first base of the spring with a swipe of second in the fifth inning. He advanced to third as the throw from Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart went into center field and scored on a base hit to left field by Bethancourt.

Possible G-Braves position players’ stats from Tuesday:

Peterson (2B), 1-for-3, 2B, 2 R, BB, 2 K, SB.

Johnson (1B-3B), 1-for-3, 2B, R, RBI, K.

Terdoslavich (LF-1B), 1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI, K.

Todd Cunningham (RF), 1-for-3, R, K.

Pedro Ciriaco (2B-3B), 1-for-1, RBI.

Jose Constanza (LF), 0-for-2, K.

Braeden Schlehuber (C), 0-for-1.

Joe Benson (CF), 0-for-1.

John Buck (DH, pinch hit), 0-for-1.

Phil Gosselin (SS), 0-for-0, BB, fielding error in the eighth inning.

Meanwhile, a trio of pitchers who could appear for the G-Braves this season were part of the relief corps that finished the game after starter Shelby Miller (W, 1-1) held the Red Sox scoreless through four innings.

RHP Brandon Cunniff, 1.0 IP, 3 H, ER.

RHP Juan Jaime (H, 2), 1.0 IP, BB, K.

RHP Sugar Ray Marimon, 1.0 IP, H, ER, BB.

Atlanta will return to their home Spring Training facilities to play the New York Yankees at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

-JM

Spring Training Report 3.12.15

A pair of potential 2015 Gwinnett Braves were the only Atlanta players to cross home plate Thursday, as the New York Yankees nipped the Braves 3-2 in Tampa, Fla.

Catcher Braeden Schlehuber pinch ran for catcher Christian Bethancourt in the fifth inning after Bethancourt drilled a one-out double to right field. Center fielder and possible G-Brave Todd Cunningham followed two batters later with a single to right to drive in Schlehuber and tie the game 1-1. Schlehuber grounded out to shortstop in his only at-bat, and Cunningham went 1-for-3, overall.

Infielder Pedro Ciriaco, a potential G-Brave who spent time Thursday at second base and shortstop, then led off the sixth with a base hit and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Alberto Callaspo. Ciriaco finished the game 1-for-3.

Other possible G-Braves players’ stats from Thursday vs. the Yankees:

Joey Terdoslavich (RF-1B), 1-for-3, K.

Cedric Hunter (LF), 0-for-1.

Jesus Flores (C), 0-for-1.

Jose Yepez (DH, pinch hit), 0-for-1.

Two potential Gwinnett pitchers also each threw a scoreless inning of relief. Right-hander Michael Kohn worked around one hit and a hit-by-pitch in the fifth. Fellow righty Sugar Ray Marimon allowed a two-out double in the eighth but also struck out the side.

Atlanta will play a couple of split-squad contests Friday. A portion of the team will play a home game against the Detroit Tigers at 1:05 p.m. at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The rest of the squad will travel to face the New York Mets at 1:10 p.m. in Port St. Lucie.

-JM

Spring Training Report 3.11.15

Potential members of the 2015 Gwinnett Braves supplied four of six hits Wednesday for the Atlanta Braves, which fell to the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Joey Terdoslavich took over at first base for Freddie Freeman in the seventh inning and provided the Braves’ first run of the game the following inning with a one-out single to drive in center fielder Eric Young, Jr. Terdoslavich grounded out in his only other at-bat in the ninth inning to end the game.

Other possible G-Braves position players’ stats from Wednesday vs. St. Louis:

Jace Peterson (SS), 1-for-3, K.

Jesus Flores (C), 2-for-2.

Todd Cunningham (RF), 0-for-3, K.

Phil Gosselin (2B), 0-for-3, BB.

Braeden Schlehuber (C), 0-for-2.

Mycal Jones (RF), 0-for-1.

Jose Yepez (DH, pinch hit), 0-for-1.

On the mound, the Braves primarily used pitchers who project to start the regular season in the Major Leagues or at lower Minor League levels.

Possible future Gwinnett players accounted for four outs. Right-hander Aaron Kurcz replaced left-handed starter Alex Wood with two outs in the third and struck out the only batter he faced. Lefty Donnie Veal pitched the eighth and gave up a run on a hit and a walk.

The Braves will play their first night game of the Grapefruit League schedule at 7:05 p.m. Thursday when they travel to face the New York Yankees in Tampa, Fla.

-JM

Spring Training Report 3.6.15

The Atlanta Braves came up short in a 9-8 slugfest Friday against the Washington Nationals at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  However, a pair of potential 2015 Gwinnett Braves provided much of Atlanta’s firepower.

Infielder Pedro Ciriaco and outfielder Cedric Hunter were the only two Braves to play the entire game, and they accounted for four of the team’s 14 hits.

Ciriaco fell a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the third inning and a two-out, two-run double in the fifth that gave the Braves an 8-7 lead.  Hunter scored the go-ahead run after he had singled in the preceding at-bat.  He finished 1-for-5.

Other possible G-Brave position players:

Jace Peterson (2B), 2-for-4, 2 R.

Braeden Schlehuber (C), 1-for-3, RBI, threw out attemping basestealer in the fifth inning.

Joey Terdoslavich (1B), 0-for-2, 2 K.

Jose Peraza (2B), 0-for-1.

Todd Cunningham (CF), 0-for-1.

Jose Yepez (C), 0-for-0, HBP.

Three pitchers who project to make Atlanta’s Opening Day roster, Alex Wood, Jason Grilli and Josh Outman, covered the first four innings on the mound.  Manager Fredi Gonzalez then turned to four potential G-Braves to cover the final five frames.

RHP Juan Jaime, 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 3 BB.

RHP Michael Kohn, 1.1 IP, 2 BB, K.

RHP Arodys Vizcaino (BS, 1; L, 0-1), 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, WP.

RHP Tyrell Jenkins, 2.0 IP, 2 H, K.

The Braves will enter their first of three split-squad days of Spring Training on Saturday.  Part of the team will remain at Champion Stadium to take on the Detroit Tigers at 1:05 p.m., while another portion will face the New York Mets at 1:10 p.m. in Port St. Lucie, Fla.  The club will then come back together for a 1:05 p.m. contest Sunday against the Houston Astros in Kissimmee, Fla.

Three former G-Braves receive Spring Training non-roster invitations

Cody Martin is an Atlanta Braves' non-roster invitee for the second consecutive season. (Photo by Karl Moore)

Cody Martin is an Atlanta Braves’ non-roster invitee for the second consecutive season. (Photo by Karl Moore)

Right-handed pitcher Cody Martin will have a chance to take his 2014 Gwinnett Braves Most Outstanding Pitcher honors with him to to the Major League side of Spring Training camp when he arrives at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., later this month.

Martin and former G-Braves catchers Jose Yepez and Matt Kennelly are three of 24 players to receive non-roster invitations to Spring Training, the Atlanta Braves announced Tuesday.

Martin, 25, tied fellow right-hander Gus Schlosser for the most wins on the Gwinnett staff with seven, and he led the team with a 3.52 ERA, 26 starts, 13 quality starts, 156.0 innings pitched and 142 strikeouts. He also finished third in the International League in strikeouts, fourth in innings pitched, tied for fourth in starts, fifth among starters with an 8.12 strikeouts-per-9-innings ratio and sixth in ERA.

His premier performance as a G-Brave came on June 25 when he held the Toledo Mud Hens to one run on three hits with two strikeouts in a 7.0-inning, complete-game 7-1 victory at Coolray Field. He is 10-12 with a 3.51 ERA in 40 career appearances, including 37 starts, with Gwinnett, and this will be his second consecutive year as a non-roster invitee for spring training.

Yepez, 33, is the longest-tenured former G-Brave of the group, as he spent the entire past three seasons with Gwinnett. He compiled a .241 batting average with 27 doubles, three home runs and 62 RBIs through 163 games. He threw out 30.8 percent of attempted basestealers in 14 games a year ago, as he battled injuries that sent him to the disabled list three times.

Kennelly, a 26-year-old from Western Australia, spent the 2014 season at Double-A Mississippi after re-signing with the Braves in the previous offseason. Kennelly began the 2013 season with the G-Braves, going 5-for-12 (.417) with a double, a home run and four RBIs in five games before the Braves released him in May. He spent the rest of the year in the Cincinnati Reds’ organization.

Yepez and Kennelly were also non-roster invitees in 2014, as were fellow 2015 invitees Jason Hursh, a right-handed pitcher who was the Braves’ first-round selection (31st overall) in the 2013 June draft and played for Mississippi last year, and catcher Braeden Schlehuber, who also spent the season with the M-Braves.

Atlanta invited nine pitchers overall, including right-handers Michael Kohn, Sugar Ray Marimon and Chien-Ming Wang, as well as lefties Brady Feigl, Wandy Rodriguez, Eric Stults and Donnie Veal.

Those pitchers are accompanied by eight catchers, including Yenier Bello, John Buck, Jesus Flores, Tanner Murphy and Chris O’Dowd.

The Braves also invited infielders Johan Camargo, Daniel Castro, Pedro Ciriaco, Kelly Johnson and Rio Ruiz, as well as outfielders Cedric Hunter and Mallex Smith.

Braves camp opens Feb. 20 when pitchers and catchers report. Full-squad workouts begin Feb. 26, and the team opens its Grapefruit League schedule with a game at 1:05 p.m. March 4 against the New York Mets at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista.

JM

Photos & Quotes From Snitker’s Press Conference

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The following quotes were taken from Brian Snitker’s introductory press conference on Thursday afternoon.

How did this whole process come about? How did talks with (Atlanta Braves G.M.) Frank (Wren) and (Atlanta Braves Manager) Fredi (Gonzalez) go?
Snitker: “In these situations, you really don’t have a lot of say. Frank and Fredi called me into their office and told me this is the direction they wanted to go. From my standpoint it was a good mix for me because at the time I didn’t have to stay and could have gone somewhere else and pursued another Major League job with another organization, but after talking with them I told them that I have been here 37-38 years and I’m getting to that age were I’m not looking to start over anywhere. This situation is really good for me. I will be able to stay home. For 16 years in this business I left in February and came home in September, and my wife was left home with the kids. It was a good fit for me, I’ve known (General Manager of Gwinnett Braves) North (Johnson) for years, we go way back, there’s some great people here. The staff here are guys that I have a lot of respect for. I’ve worked with Mike Graus, our trainer, for over seven years in the minors, all the way from A-ball to AAA, so it’s just a good fit for me.”

Is the preparation any different from third base coach to manager?
Snitker: “It’s a lot different. When I first started as the third base coach, I was coming off of many years of managing, and I was trying to put a hit-and-run on and reminded myself that I couldn’t do that and I had to wait for (Former Braves and Hall of Fame Manager) Bobby Cox to do that. I just had to back off the throttle a little bit and realized I couldn’t get involved in that part of the game because that’s what (Bobby) is getting paid for. I prepared to coach third base for the last seven years, going through the video and looking at opposing teams’ players, and running the outfield defense and stuff like that. This is going to be a total team thing, which is going to fine. I will be more prepared in the whole game, more so than I had to in the past.”

Is that what you mean by opportunity at the Major League level, now at the Minor League level you get more autonomy now that you get to call your own shots?
Snitker: “You’re running the whole thing. You’re in charge and you’re responsible for a lot more than what I was previously doing.”

Will you coach third base?
Snitker: “Yeah, I enjoy that. I kind of like the stress of it. I always did the minor leagues unless I was injured, and as I’m getting older that is a possibility, but I will start off doing it.”

You’ve been in the big league twice on two different stints. Can you talk about how you can help these guys in the big picture?
Snitker: “I think a lot. I think being there with those guys for however many games and getting to experience playoff baseball, because there is nothing like it. It is such a cool experience and feeling. I remember when we won the wild card, Bobby’s last year, I told myself ‘I hope these guys remember how good this feels and how much fun this is when they get to Spring Training and get to the season and are they are tired, I hope that remember that feeling of playoff baseball. I learned more from the players than the actual game. When you watch those professional guys do it day in and day out, especially the guys that do it really good and watching them. Every day is the same, the work ethic is consistent. You know, guys like Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Mark Teixera and Jason Heyward or Freddie Freeman and Brian McCann, you see how those guys had to prepare and what they put into it. It’s amazing. You don’t just show up and go out there and are really or make it look easy. It takes a lot mentality and physically to perform at that level and slow the game down so you can perform at that level. I think watching all those guys will do nothing but help me in this job.”

Do you have a sense of how (working at the Major League level will help you)?
Snitker: “Yeah, just from the experience. Just from experiences everything I went through the last seven years. I know where these guys are trying to go and do, whether it’s the mindset of a reliever or having to play every day and not taking days off or pitches off. At the Major League level if you screw up, you have to watch it for 24 hours on ESPN until they play another game. Like if I got someone thrown out, they highlight you and it’s for everyone to see for the next 24 hours. But my experience won’t allow for me to take pitches off or take any play for granted. The overall experience the last seven years will make me a better manager.

Are you a different manager than you were seven years ago? How are you different?
Snitker: “My experiences are going to make me be different. I’m not the same guy that I was seven years ago. I went through a lot in those last seven years. It was similar to the first time when I managed for a while in the minors and then I had to coach. I wasn’t real happy about it at the time, I didn’t like what was happening but it was more of an ego thing than anything else. In retrospect when I started managing again, it was the best thing that ever happened to me. So those layoffs and working for other people have made me different. I got to work with two of the better managers in the game of baseball, Bobby Cox and Fredi Gonzalez, who is not a whole different from Bobby. They are practically the same guy on how they handled situations or players and the adversity that people don’t see on an everyday basis. I told these guys upstairs, ‘You have no idea what a Major League manager goes through in the course of a day.’ When the game starts is when a manager can relax. It’s the time leading up to 7:05 PM when those guys make their money, because there is something all the time and watching how they handle that is going to help me handle things better than I did before. I probably won’t be as reactive as a I use to be. Again, physically I’m not sure I can do some of the things that I use to do. But in watching them run a team and how they handled themselves and their attitude will only make me better. Bobby was the same guy every day, whether we were up 12 or down 12. I’d sit there and react to the game and he asked, ‘What’s the matter?’ I’d sit there and see a guy hit a 0-2 fastball out and I’d be raising hell, and he looked at me and says, ‘What’s the matter?’ I didn’t know how he could just sit there, but he was amazing. All the balls that man would keep in the air was phenomenal. And what a great experience it was for me to be there the last four years.

Anything specific about how they helped you?
Snitker: “How they handled everyday situations, especially Bobby. That last year he had so many people at him, asking for different things, but he kept so many balls in the air and you would never know it. He is amazing, it was such an honor to be there the last four years. We sit in the radar room every night after the game and just talk and that was just priceless. I wish I had a tape recorder. Fredi is the same way. Number one, they are both good men and that’s what makes them who they are.”

What do you see role with the Atlanta Braves organization? Is it player development?
Snitker: “Absolutely. It’s always player development. It’s about these players and getting them to the Major Leagues. They are the reason we are here and have jobs. I want it to be a good experience. When we leave here in September, I want them to look back and not care about the win-loss record, but their experience with the 2014 Gwinnett Braves. Hopefully they can have a good feeling about it, I know some won’t because they had a bad year, but I don’t want it to be because I’m beating them over the head. I want them to enjoy their time here and if they do that they will probably perform well.

Snitker: “It wasn’t bad. Like I said I was young and reactive. It’s funny they (Gwinnett Braves) asked me what number I liked to wear and I always wanted to wear number 4 because that was Luke Appling’s number. And Luke was with me a lot. He played a big part in my baseball career when he was one of my best friends. He was always there and he’d keep a lid on me a little bit. He was there to bounce things off of. That first year was fun, I mean we were playing baseball. Back then you set up the machine to hit extra and you’d always want to be first one to hit.”

-JD-

G-Braves, Paw Sox Game Postponed Tuesday

Steady rain resulting from a changing weather pattern forced the postponement of Tuesday’s scheduled 2:05 PM game between the Gwinnett Braves and Pawtucket Red Sox at Coolray Field. The game will be made up as a single nine-inning contest on Wednesday, August 29 beginning at 1:05 PM. All tickets for Wednesday’s game will be free to the public.

As a result of the rapidly changing weather ahead of Hurricane Isaac, Wednesday’s game was originally postponed with a doubleheader scheduled for Thursday, August 30 starting at 5:05 PM. That doubleheader is on as planned. With Wednesday now serving as the make-up date for Tuesday’s postponed game, the Gwinnett Braves have decided to make all admission for the 1:05 PM game free of charge. Thursday’s games will still feature regularly-priced tickets.

Fans are advised to continue checking in at gwinnettbraves.com for updated details on the remaining games of this final homestand. For tickets, call the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340.

By: Tony Piraro & Dave Lezotte

Ernesto Mejia Named IL Rookie of the Year

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Gwinnett Braves first baseman Ernesto Mejia has been named the International League Rookie of the Year as well as the Postseason All-Star first baseman for the 2012 season, announced on Tuesday, August 28 by the league office. Mejia is the third-straight G-Brave to win the award for the IL’s top rookie, joining first baseman Freddie Freeman (2010) and pitcher Julio Teheran (2011).

Mejia, 26, established himself as one of the premier hitters for power and average in the IL this season. Entering play on Tuesday, the Guanare, Venezuela native ranked first in the circuit in RBI (91), hits (148) and total bases (253), second in slugging percentage (.517) and at-bats (489), tied for second in home runs (24), third in extra-base hits (56), fourth in OPS (.871), fifth in runs scored (72) and tied for sixth in both doubles (31) and games played (126). His season accolades include the IL’s Batter of the Week award on May 21 and his first Triple-A All-Star Game selection.

Mejia’s numbers are not only among the league’s best, they are also challenging Gwinnett Braves’ franchise records. Mejia’s 91 RBIs are tied alongside Stefan Gartrell (2011) for the most in one season since the team’s arrival to Lawrenceville in 2009. He’s currently one home run shy of tying Gartrell’s record of 25 blasts, also set in 2011. His 148 hits are six away from matching Mauro Gomez’s 2011 record, while his 31 doubles are four away from Freeman’s record of 35 set in 2010.

For the rest of the International League’s 2012 Postseason awards, visit ilbaseball.com.

Mejia and the rest of the Gwinnett Braves continue the final homestand of the 2012 season on Tuesday, August 28 against the Pawtucket Red Sox. The game time, originally scheduled for 7:05 PM, has been moved to 2:05 PM as a result of rain expected from Hurricane Isaac. The radio broadcast will air on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM in Gainesville, Georgia, while the television broadcast will air on CSS.

Please note that game times for all remaining Gwinnett Braves home games, including Fan Appreciation Night on Thursday, August 30, may change due to Hurricane Isaac. Check in at gwinnettbraves.com for updated information on game times. For tickets, call the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340.

By: Tony Piraro & Dave Lezotte

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