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Series Preview: Braves (4-0) at Bulls (3-1)

Probable Pitching Matchups:
Monday: RHP Omar Poveda (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 0.00)
Tuesday: LHP Sean Gilmartin (1-0, 1.80) vs. LHP Alex Torres (0-0, 0.00)
Wednesday: RHP David Hale (1-0, 3.60) vs. RHP Chris Archer (1-0, 1.80)

About the G-Braves:
The Gwinnett Braves are off to their best start in franchise history after sweeping the Charlotte Knights this weekend. The G-Braves came out of the gates hot, utilizing strong pitching and timely hitting to fend off the Knights. The staff allowed nine earned runs through 36 innings, while the hitters combined to hit .277 (31-for-112) with four home runs and 17 RBI.

Hitters: Tyler Pastornicky is 11th in the IL in hitting (.429) and is tied for ninth in hits (9). Last season, he hit .268 (41-for-153) with one home run and 20 RBI in 38 Triple-A Games. The infielder hit his only Triple-A home run against the Durham Bulls last year…. Jordan Parraz and Ernesto Mejia enter the weekday series tied for fourth in home runs (2). In 2012, Mejia hit 24 home runs… Catcher Jose Yepez led all returning G-Braves with a .340 (16-for-47) batting average against Durham in 2012…

Pitchers: The bullpen has been spot on in the early season, locking down four saves in four opportunities. The braves remain without a consistent closer, so four different players have tallied a save… Last season, Yohan Flande led all returning G-Braves with a 2-1 record and 1.78 ERA against the Bulls. He struck out 19 in five appearances (25.1 IP) against Durham.

Cheat Sheet: The G-Braves won the season series in 2012, 11-10 and lead the all-time series 44-41… The G-Braves roster carries four top prospects in the Atlanta Braves organization according to Baseball America, Sean Gilmartin (No.4), Todd Cunningham (No. 12), David Hale (No. 16) and Joe Terdoslavich (No. 19)… 2012 IL Champion Jose Constanza is off to slow start, hitting .100 (1-for-10) with four punch outs…

About the Bulls:
Durham is off to a solid start as well, winning three of their first four. The Bulls have done with strong pitching. Through four games, they lead the league in ERA (2.16) and runs allowed (8).

Hitters: Heralded prospect Wil Myers is off to a solid start, hitting .333 (4-for-12) with two doubles and three RBI… However, he is second on the team in strikeouts (4)… Former No.1 overall draft pick, Tim Beckham returns for another season with the Bulls. He is off to slow start, hitting .143 (2-for-14) with a team-high six strikeouts… The Bulls have been limited to one home run in four games, Brandon Guyer is the only player that has gone deep.

Pitchers: Chris Archer dazzled in his season debut, tossing five innings of one-run ball and striking out five. He is scheduled to throw game two of the series. Last year, he went 2-1 with a 5.74 ERA against the G-Braves… Jake Odorizzi makes his season debut on Monday night. Last season, he went 11-3 with a 2.93 ERA for the Omaha Storm Chasers. He was one of the prospects traded by the Kansas City Royals to the Tampa Rays for Wade Davis and James Shields.

Bull Clips: The Bulls feature a prospect-heavy roster according to Baseball America. Seven of the top 30 Tampa Bay prospects wear a Bulls jersey, Myers (No.1), Archer (No.2), Hak-Ju Lee (No.4), Odorizzi (No.5), Alex Colome (No.6), Beckham (No. 10) and Mike Montgomery (No.15)…

Did You Know: The G-Braves went the whole 2012 season without a multi-homer game at Coolray Field. However, in the opening series, the G-Braves have had two players accomplish the feat, Mejia on Saturday and Parraz on Sunday.

-Jd-

2013 Spring Training – Weekly Update

Ernesto Mejia is 1-for-6 in four games in Grapefruit League.

Ernesto Mejia is 1-for-6 in four games in Grapefruit League.

Spring Training is underway and the Atlanta Braves have got off to a slow start, losing three of their first four games. With new faces around camp and early departures for the World Baseball Classic, the Braves are not worried about win-loss records, but concerned with building a continuity to prepare for an exciting summer of baseball.

With several regulars leaving for the WBC, it has allowed for former 2012 G-Braves to make an impact in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Twelve of 15 Braves that wore the G-Braves uniform in 2012 have seen the field this spring.

Joe Terdoslavich made a big splash, hitting a solo-homer on Feb.22 against the Detroit Tigers. His home run was the lone run for the Braves, as they were stymied by seven different pitchers in a 2-1 loss.

Tyler Pastornicky has flourished since Andrelton Simmons left to Taiwan to prepare for the WBC. In his last two games, Pastornicky has picked up two hits and an RBI.

The other three positions players, Ernesto Mejia, Jordan Parraz and Jose Yepez have one hit each through the first four games. Jose Constanza, who is having visa issues in the Dominican Republic, is yet to report to camp.

On the hill, the race for five went from luke-warm to steamy. Sean Gilmartin and Julio Teheran matched each other on Sunday afternoon with two scoreless frames. Both hurlers picked up two strikeouts and allowed one base runner each. Gilmartin gave up a single, while Teheran walked one.

If the race for five was not enough, the bullpen battles are starting to get hot. Cory Gearrin has tossed two scoreless frames, allowing one hit and recording two strikeouts, while Dusty Hughes hurled a perfect frame with one strikeout.

Lefties Ryan Buchter, Yohan Flande and Daniel Rodriguez have struggled through the first few days of camp. Buchter has allowed two runs on three hits in one inning. Flande has given up six runs on seven hits in two innings of baseball. Rodriguez’ control issues continue to give him trouble, walking three and giving up three runs in his lone appearance.

The players return to action today at 1:05 p.m. at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, FL against the Washington Nationals.

-JD

2013 Spring Training – Competing to Make the Team

Ernesto Mejia led the G-Braves with 24 home runs in 2012.

Ernesto Mejia led the G-Braves with 24 home runs in 2012.

The 2013 Gwinnett Braves will see a lot of turnover as a majority of the team has moved on to different clubs. However, there is a great deal of players still connected to the Braves organization.  Here’s a look at some 2012 G-Braves heading to Atlanta’s Major League camp this year.

Former International League hitting champion Jose Constanza remains in the fold. The 5’9” outfielder remains on the Braves 40-man roster after leading the IL in hitting with a .314 batting average. Since being acquired through free agency in 2010, Constanza has been a solid pick up. In 174 games, he hit .318 (212-for-667) with two home runs and 52 RBI. He reports to MLB Spring Training fighting for one of the final Braves’ roster spots.

Constanza will not be alone fighting for a roster spot, as Ernesto Mejia looks to lock up one of the bench spots. The infielder came into his own last season, hitting .296 (152-for-514) with 24 home runs and 92 RBI. He was awarded the IL Rookie of the year and was added to the Braves’ 40-man roster at the end of the season.

Jose Constanza led the IL in hitting with a .314 batting average.

Jose Constanza led the IL in hitting with a .314 batting average in 2012.

While Constanza and Mejia head to camp as part of the 40-man roster, three former G-Braves will look to come out of nowhere and steal a spot on the roster.

Joe Terdoslavich, Jordan Parraz and Jose Yepez will push the veterans for a bench spot. Terdoslavich struggled in his first stint with the G-Braves in 2012, hitting .180 with four home runs and 20 RBI. He committed 22 errors in 53 games, but he turned it around after being sent down to Double-A Mississippi. He finished his second full season (third with organization) hitting .315 with five home runs and 51 RBI.

Parraz was solid as a utility outfielder last season. In 34 games, he hit .288 (34-for-118) with six doubles, two home runs and 19 RBI.  His 2012 campaign was significantly shortened by a pair of hand injuries.

Yepez will head to his second straight Spring Training, as he hopes to win the backup spot on the MLB roster while Brian McCann is out with an injury. Yepez played in 79 games for the G-Braves, hitting .264 with three home runs and 30 RBI.

With the Atlanta Braves offseason deal of Randall Delgado, an immediate spot in the rotation has opened up. Both Sean Gilmartin and Julio Teheran will go to Spring Training battling for the fifth and final spot in the rotation.

Teheran, who was IL Player of the Year and Atlanta Braves Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2011, is the front-runner for the rotation spot. In two seasons with the G-Braves, Teheran is second all-time in wins (22) and boasts the club’s best ERA (3.75).

Teheran will have to be careful, as Gilmartin is eager to win the final spot after completing his first full season with the organization. In 20 starts with Double-A Mississippi, he went 5-8 with a 3.54 ERA, while going 1-2 with a 4.78 ERA in seven starts for Gwinnett.

While Teheran and Gilmartin battle for a rotation spot, Cory Gearrin, Dusty Hughes and Anthony Varvaro will try to fit in the Atlanta bullpen. Gearrin has been outstanding, appearing in an all-time high 126 games for the G-Braves. Last season, he went 3-3 with a 2.30 ERA and 9 saves in 39 games for Gwinnett. He was even better in Atlanta, hurling 20 innings, allowing four runs (1.80 ERA) in 22 games for the Braves.

Hughes looks to crack the MLB team for the first time in his career. Having big league experience with the Kansas City Royals, Hughes knows what it takes to make the big team. The lefty had a solid 2012 in Gwinnett, posting a 3-2 record with a 3.31 ERA.

Varvaro rounds out the list of Spring Training invitees. He pitched well for Gwinnett before moving up to the big leagues. In 44.1 innings, the right-hander posted an 0-2 record with 2.23 ERA.

Ryan Buchter, Yohan Flande and Daniel Rodriguez also received invitations to camp. They will get an opportunity to win one of the 12 spots on the staff, but will have a tough hill to climb as all three have no MLB experience. Flande will go in with the most upside, as he spent all of last two seasons with the G-Braves. In 2012, he was 6-11 with a 4.21 ERA.

The bullpen may be a bit crowded with the acquisition of Jordan Walden from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but these six arms are up for the task.

While plenty of former G-Braves will look to make an impression on the Braves as full practices start tomorrow, there’s plenty of new faces in camp this year.  The next edition of the G-Blog will take a look at those new players, some of which could be heading to Gwinnett in 2013.

G-Braves Getting Back to their Winning Ways

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

After dropping the first seven meetings this season, the Gwinnett Braves finally defeated the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees with a 10-6 win on Monday night at Coolray Field. The Gwinnett offense collected 14 total hits including two from Felix Pie, who went 2-for-4 with a home run, run scored and three RBIs.

For the fourth time in four games on the series, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scored first against Gwinnett. Brandon Laird crushed a solo home run off starter Eric Junge with one out in the second, giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead.

Gwinnett took little time to respond, as Stefan Gartrell singled with one out the very next frame. Following the first out of the inning, Jose Yepez continued his hot hitting with a single to right-center. That hit set up Lance Zawadzki’s RBI groundout, tying the game at 1-1.

The G-Braves took their first lead of the entire season series (a 61.2-inning span) in the third inning. Ernesto Mejia reached base on a single, and, following a walk to Gartrell, Yepez smashed his second single of the game through the infield to score Mejia. Ruben Gotay immediately followed with a run-scoring single of his own. A throwing error charged to Yankees third baseman Kevin Russo following a two-out single by Zawadzki allowed Yepez to race home for a 4-1 advantage.

The G-Braves extended the lead to 6-1 in the fourth inning. Jack Wilson, currently on a Major League rehab assignment for Atlanta, singled to lead off the frame, stole second and came around to score on Mejia’s RBI single. Gartrell then doubled down the left-field line to score Mejia, raising the lead to five runs.

Junge (W, 6-8) gave up a pair of runs in the fifth as he served up a two-run homer to Chris Dickerson, cutting the lead to 6-3. The veteran right-hander and former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankee worked 5.0 innings of three-run baseball, walking one and striking out one. He threw 79 pitches, 51 strikes on the night.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Tuesday, July 24th G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (47-57) welcome the Durham Bulls (48-56) to Coolray Field on Tuesday night for the opener of a four-game series. The G-Braves will have right-handerJulio Teheran (6-5, 4.93) on the mound, while the Bulls counter with right-hander Alex Torres (3-5, 6.79) for a 7:05 PM scheduled first pitch. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Durham Bulls (3rd IL South) vs Gwinnett (4th IL North) 

Tuesday night is another 2 for 1 Tuesday at Coolray Field. Visit gwinnettbraves.com/Tuesday to print your coupon, then present it at the Coolray Field Box Office for a special buy-one, get-one ticket deal. Some seating restrictions apply, limit six tickets per group. 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 Karl Moore

Durham Bulls Batting Order:

1) Rich Thompson, CF

2) Will Rhymes, 2B

3) Stephen Vogt, LF

4) Chris Gimenez, C

5) Leslie Anderson, 1B

6) Reid Brignac, DH

7) Tim Beckham, SS

8) Jesus Feliciano, RF

9) Cole Figueroa, 3B

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jack Wilson, DH

3) Felix Pie, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Stefan Gartrell, LF

6) Josh Wilson, SS

7) Ruben Gotay, 3B

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

By: Tony Piraro

Video: Rage Against….Jordan Parraz’ Walk-up Music

It sure was quiet when the Gwinnett Braves everyday right fielder Jordan Parraz was out of the line-up the last two months. Parraz was injured early in the season in May and has been dearly missed by his team. Parraz not only was leading the team in hitting when he left the team, but his stellar defense was helping out his pitchers as well. Either way, Rage Against The Machine is back with “Guerrilla Radio” being echoed throughout Coolray Field with the re-emergence of Parraz to Gwinnett’s starting line-up.

Currently, Parraz is batting .288 with 14 runs scored, 34 hits, six doubles, two home runs, nine RBI, 11 walks, five stolen bases, alongside a .359 on-base percentage, a .407 slugging percentage and a .766 OPS.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Parraz was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft by the Houston Astros. He spent five seasons with the Astros before leaving for the Kansas City Royals organization. Following a brief stint with the New York Yankees organization, the Atlanta Braves signed the outfielder as a minor league free agent and he has been nothing but brilliant ever since he put on the crimson, white and blue.

One fact remains the same no matter the man’s musical preference, the G-Braves are a much better team with Jordan Parraz in it. Hopefully, the right fielder will stay healthy the rest of the season and maybe Atlanta will have an opportunity to witness what Parraz can bring to the table on a regular basis.

By: Tony Piraro

Gwinnett Looking for Redemption Against Yankees

7.21.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The Gwinnett Braves opened their eight-game homestand with an 11-3 loss to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in six innings on Friday night at Coolray Field. Ernesto Mejia went 2-for-2 with his team-leading 21st home run, but the Yankees scored five runs in the fourth and three more in the sixth before the rains came.

Jonny Venters made the start for the G-Braves as part of a Major League rehab assignment and worked a perfect first inning, throwing just six pitches. Jose Lugo (L, 2-6) replaced Venters and took the loss with eight runs on nine hits over just 2.1 innings.Cole McCurry yielded three more runs over 2.1 innings for Gwinnett.

Scranton jumped out to an early lead after tallying three runs in the second inning off Lugo. Jack Cust greeted Lugo with a single, then scored as Kosuke Fukudome blistered a triple into right-center. Ramiro Pena added an RBI single scoring Fukudome and Kevin Russo grounded into an RBI force-out scoring Cole Garner to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead.

Mejia answered back with a pair of hits to help the G-Braves draw even. The big first baseman singled and scored on a two-out double by Ruben Gotay that cut the deficit to 3-1 in the second inning. An inning later, Mejia smashed a two-run shot to left for his 21st blast of the year, tying the game at 3-3.

Scranton wasted little time recapturing the lead, as they crossed the plate five times in the fourth inning against Lugo. Russo ripped a two-run double to left-center scoring Pena and Doug Bernier to give the Yankees a 5-3 lead. Francisco Cervelli added an RBI double and Brandon Laird tacked on two more runs with another double to increase the lead to 8-3 and chase Lugo from the game.

Unfortunately, Jose Constanza went 0-for-2 at the plate, ending his incredible Gwinnett franchise record hitting streak at 22 games. Constanza’s streak was the longest streak in the International League since the 2007 season, when Columbus’s Brandon Watson put together an IL-record 43-game hitting streak.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Saturday, July 21st G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees play game two of the four-game series on Saturday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. The Gwinnett starter is slated to be left-hander Brent Leach (0-2, 1.59 with Double-A Mississippi), while the Yankees will throw right-hander Ramon Ortiz (7-3, 2.84). Listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Scranton Yankees (2nd IL North) vs Gwinnett (3rd IL South) 

With the new school year just around the corner, Georgia Power and the Gwinnett Braves are teaming up to hand out a free backpack to the first 2,000 fans through the gates on Saturday night at Coolray Field. 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 Karl Moore

Empire State Yankees Batting Order:

1) Chris Dickerson, CF

2) Kevin Russo, 3B

3) Corban Joseph, 2B

4) Jack Cust, DH

5) Brandon Laird, 1B

6) Kosuke Fukodome, LF

7)  Francisco Cervelli, C

8) Cole Garner, RF

9) Ramiro Pena, SS

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Josh Wilson, SS

3) Felix Pie, LF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Stefan Gartrell, DH

6) Jordan Parraz, RF

7) Ruben Gotay, 3B

8) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

9) J.C. Boscan, C

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

Jordan Parraz Begins Rehab for Gwinnett Braves

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The Gwinnett Braves have activated their outfielder Jordan Parraz after months of missing from action for the G-Braves. The Gwinnett outfielder was well on his way to having an all-star season before he fractured his right wrist, forcing him from play.

At the time of the injury, Parraz was batting .305 with 13 runs scored, 29 hits, three doubles, one triple, one home run, seven RBI, 37 total bases, nine walks, four stolen bases, alongside a .377 on-base percentage, .389 slugging percentage and a .767 OPS.

Not only was Parraz on fire at the plate, but he was showcasing his outstanding defensive prowess with just one error on the season in right field. Now, Parraz has the duty of rehabilitating to make it back in time for the remainder of the season.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

He has already begun his rehab with the Gulf Coast League Braves in Florida, but there is no timetable for his return. However, the G-Braves offense will be waiting with open arms for their right fielder to return to the starting line-up.

Parraz officially went 1-for-3 with an RBI in his first game against the GCL Phillies. Parraz was trying to turn his single into a double after his RBI but was thrown out at second base on the attempt. The 4-7 GCL Braves will host the GCL Phillies once again on July 3 for a 12:00 p.m. ET first pitch.

For the next three days, Jordan Parraz and his GCL Braves will visit the GCL Pirates for the Fourth of July with a 10:00 a.m. special first pitch, followed by July 5’s noon game against the GCL Pirates.

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Hitters Becoming Offensive

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The Gwinnett Braves pitching has unquestionably carried the team for the most part of this season. However, as we sit here on May 12 and look at the first place G-Braves surrounding peripherals, you can clearly see the offense is beginning to not only pick up the slack, but they are starting to win games by themselves.

In the last three games over the past two days, Gwinnett has won two of the three contests with walk-off hits in their final at-bats of the game. Stefan Gartrell blasted a walk-off homer in the 12th inning versus Buffalo on Thursday. Luis Durango followed Gartrell’s heroics with a walk-off game-winning single the very next game against Toledo in the first game of a doubleheader.

Currently the G-Braves offense has five hitters batting over .300 in their last 10 games, and Ernesto Mejia is just under that trend with a .281 batting average over his last 32 at-bats. The Gwinnett first baseman has registered nine hits, four runs scored, a home run and six RBI in just over a weeks worth of work.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

Christian Marrero will shoulder a bulk of the load after the injury to Jordan Parraz and has filled in admirably as of late. The lefty first baseman/outfielder is batting .400 in his last 10 games which includes six hits in 15 at-bats alongside three runs scored, one long-ball and four RBI.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

The part-time leadoff man/second hitter Jose Constanza has been on fire all year since his demotion from the Atlanta Braves. For the 2012 season, Constanza is leading the team in batting average (.340), runs scored (18), triples (3), on-base percentage (.420), slugging percentage (.437) and OPS (.857). In his last 10 games, the left fielder is tearing the cover off the ball at a .382 clip including 13 hits and nine runs scored.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The reigning IL Batter of the Week Stefan Gartrell has been on a tear of late, batting .353 in his last 10 games. The G-Braves slugger has recorded six runs scored, 12 hits, four home runs and 10 RBI as he headlines the latest offensive surge.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Luis Durango has been excelling from the top-spot in the G-Braves starting line-up. For the season, the speedster is leading the IL in stolen bases with 18 in 20 attempts. He is leading Gwinnett in at-bats (131) and hits (36) alongside batting .303 in his last 10 games. Durango has 10 hits, six RBI and four runs scored in his previous 33 at-bats including a .412 batting average over his last five games. Durango and Constanza are truly the catalysts of the G-Brave offensive attack in 2012.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Last but certainly not least is second baseman Drew Sutton who is hitting .300 over his last 30 at-bats. The switch hitter has collected nine hits and three runs scored over that span alongside some sparkling defense.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

The G-Braves possess the second best record in the IL (22-13) this season and look to build upon their glistening mark over the next few months. With both the offense and defense running on all cylinders, this certainly is a team to be reckon with all season. Right now, the Pawtucket Red Sox (23-13) own the best record in the league by one game over Gwinnett. The G-Braves will meet up with the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate for the first time this season from June 9 through June 12 at Pawtucket.

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Julio Teheran Set To Start Monday Night

5.7.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

Saturday night began an 11-game homestand in 10 days for the Gwinnett Braves, but it did not start the way Gwinnett like with a loss to Charlotte. Sunday the G-Braves concluded their two-game series with the Knights with a 6-2 victory, pushing the season series to a 4-4 tie. Jair Jurrjens was stellar, working eight innings of two-run baseball en route to his first win with the G-BRaves in 2012.

The former New York Met 1986 World Series winner, Wally Backman, is managing the Mets Triple-A affiliate as he continues his New York legacy. The skipper will be managing in the National League format tonight as both teams are farm clubs of NL teams. Therefore, for the first time this season from Coolray Field, both pitchers will be batting in this four-game series.

Stefan Gartrell was named the International League Batter of the Week today as he continues his torrid pace. The slugger is batting .400 in his last five games, including three home runs, eight RBI and an .850 slugging percentage. Gartrell rose his batting average from .165 to .211 in a matter of days.

Buffalo Bisons (17-13, 3rd in IL North) vs Gwinnett (19-10, 1st in IL South) 

The top pitching prospect in baseball Julio Teheran (2-1, 3.66) will take the mound for the G-Braves against Buffalo right-hander Chris Schwinden (2-2, 2.05). Teheran’s last start was cut short due to rain, as he continues to seek his third win of the season. The G-Braves ace was originally scheduled to face the New York Mets No. 4 prospect in Matt Harvey, but he has been pushed back to Tuesday.

Monday, May 7 – First Pitch 7:05 p.m. @ Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA

The host of the 2012 IL All-Star Game, Buffalo Bisons, are in town for their first match-up with the G-Braves this season. The two teams will battle in their first of two four-game series’ this season, with the initial meeting in Georgia. The two teams will play one another in a four-game set from Buffalo following the G-Braves current 11-game homestand. The season-series finale is set to take place from Tuesday May 15 through Friday May 18 in New York between Buffalo and Gwinnett.

It is “Kids Eat Free Monday” so be sure to catch to the voice of the G-Braves Tony Schiavone as he broadcasts the game live on 550 AM, WDUN.com or 102.9 FM if you can’t make it out to the ballpark. 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.

Buffalo Bisons Batting Order:

1) Bobby Scales, 2B

2) Dustin Martin, CF

3) Valentino Pascucci, RF

4) Josh Satin, 1B

5) Matt Tuiasosopo

6) Fred Lewis, LF

7) Rob Johnson, C

8) Omar Quintanilla, SS

9) Chris Schwinden, P

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Drew Sutton, 2B

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

6) Jordan Parraz, RF

7) Josh Wilson, SS

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) Julio Teheran, P

By: Tony Piraro

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