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Triple-A All-Star Voting Ends Friday

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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

G-Braves Desperate for Win on Wednesday Night

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6.20.12 G-Braves Game Notes

A two-out double by Gorkys Hernandez broke a 1-1 tie in the ninth as the Indianapolis Indians defeated the Gwinnett Braves, 2-1, on Tuesday night at Coolray Field. Jair Jurrjens pitched a scoreless inning in his final start for Gwinnett before his start for Atlanta in Boston on Friday. Luis DurangoTyler Pastornicky andFelix Pie all recorded multi-hit games, but couldn’t help Gwinnett scratch across more than a run.

The G-Braves, losers of 16 of their last 21 games, remain 5.0 games behind Charlotte for first place in the International League South Division. The Knights (42-31) were routed by Columbus, 13-2, on Tuesday night.

Jurrjens made the start and worked just 1.0 inning in his final tune-up for the big leagues. The right-hander struck out two and walked two, throwing 20 pitches, nine for strikes. Buddy Carlyle relieved the starter and was masterful for 4.0 innings of scoreless baseball. The right-hander struck out seven, a new single-game season high for a Gwinnett reliever, yielded two hits and walked one.

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Wednesday, June 20 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (37-36) continue their nine-game homestand with the third game of the four-game series against the Indianapolis Indians (42-29) on Wednesday night at Coolray Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM. The G-Braves will start Eric Junge (4-6, 4.48) against right-hander Daniel Cabrera (2-3, 4.81) of the Indians. The game will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play. The television broadcast will air on CSS.

Indianapolis Indians (42-29, 1st IL West) vs Gwinnett (37-36, 2nd IL South) 

Attend the game on “Winning Wednesday” for a chance to win big, courtesy of the Georgia Lottery. If the G-Braves are victorious, everyone in attendance will receive a special discount offer on future game tickets. The G-Braves will also be recognizing youth All-Stars from around Gwinnett County before Wednesday’s game. 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.

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Indianapolis Indians Batting Order:

1) Gorkys Hernandez, LF

2) Anderson Hernandez, 2B

3) Starling Marte, CF

4) Jeff Clement, 1B

5) Yamaico Navarro, 2B

6) Brandon Boggs, RF

7) Jose Morales, C

8) Brian Friday, 3B

9) Daniel Cabrera, P

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, CF

2) Tyler Pastornicky, SS

3) Stefan Gartrell, LF

4) Christian Marrero, 1B

5) Felix Pie, RF

6) Ruben Gotay, 3B

7) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

8) Jose Yepez, C

9) Eric Junge, P

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Fighting to Get Back to Winning Ways

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The Gwinnett Braves began their nine-game homestand in eight days on Thursday night with a loss to Columbus. The G-Braves ended up losing the series to Columbus 3-2 and fell to Indianapolis 5-4 on Monday night from Coolray Field, bring their record to 2-4 on the current homestand, following a 3-7 mark on their previous 10-game road trip.

6.19.12 G-Braves Game Notes

Monday the G-Braves welcomed the International League West leading Indianapolis Indians to Lawrenceville for four games. The Pittsburgh Pirates Triple-A affiliate is currently in first place in the IL West with an impressive 41-29 record. They lead the next closest team in the division, Columbus, by a staggering 8.5 games which is easily the biggest first place lead in the league.

Ernesto Mejia jacked his 13th home run of the season, alongside his team-leading 49th RBI of the season in Gwinnett’s defeat Monday. Mejia finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a double, a home run, two RBI and six total bases. Jose Lugo made the spot-start for the depleted pitching staff of Gwinnett and was solid for 6.1 innings of work amidst a 116-pitch effort, his season-high. The G-Braves kept it close and had an opportunity at the end of the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the tying run on second base and the winning run on first. However, an incredible defensive play by Navarrro at second base prevented Jose Constanza’s would-be RBI single that would of tied the game, 5-5.

Currently, Josh Wilson is batting a team-high .417 in his last 10 games with 10 hits in 24 at-bats, alongside five runs scored, three RBI and one home run. Luis Durango is hitting at a .368 clip in his last 10 games, alongside a team-leading 14 hits, seven runs scored, four RBI and a host of stolen bases for the IL leader. Tyler Pastornicky is on fire in his last 40 at-bats, batting .325 with 13 hits, three runs scored and a team-high eight RBI.  

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

The Indianapolis Indians are stacked with former Major League pitching talent such as; Rick VandenHurk, JoJo Reyes, Daniel Cabrera, Daniel McCutchen and Jeff Karstens just to name a few. Indianapolis will be one of the G-Braves toughest tests so far this season at home.

Tuesday, June 19 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:

The second place Gwinnett Braves continue the homestand with a four-game series against the IL West leading Indianapolis Indians on Tuesday night at Coolray Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM with G-Braves TBA (0-0, 0.00) set to make the spot-start against Indianapolis southpaw Jeff Lockey (5-3, 3.27). The game will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play. The game will also air on CSS.

Indianapolis Indians (41-29, 1st IL West) vs Gwinnett (37-35, 2nd IL South) 

Tuesday night is another “2-for-1 Tuesday” at Coolray Field. Visit gwinnettbraves.com to print your coupon. Some seating level 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.

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Indianapolis Indians Batting Order:

1) Chase d’Arnaud, SS

2) Gorkys Hernandez, LF

3) Starling Marte, CF

4) Jeff Clement, 1B

5) Yamaico Navarro, 2B

6) Jeff Larish, RF

7) Eric Fryer, C

8) Brian Friday, 3B

9) Jeff Locke, P

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) Josh Wilson, 2B

7) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) TBA, P

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Can’t Slow Down Indianapolis Offense

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LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. – The Gwinnett Braves led 2-1 after the first inning, but ultimately fell 5-4 to the Indianapolis Indians in the first game of a four-game series on Monday evening at Coolray Field. Jose Lugo made the spot start for Gwinnett and allowed five runs, four earned, over 6.1 innings in the loss. As a result of their 15th loss in the last 20 games and Charlotte’s 5-2 victory over Columbus, the G-Braves find themselves a season-worst 5.0 games behind the Knights (42-30) for first place in the International League South Division.

Ernesto Mejia went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, but it would not be enough for the G-Braves. He crushed his 13th home run of the season, a solo shot to left in the third inning off VandenHurk, to cut the deficit to 4-3. The Gwinnett slugger went 2-for-4 with six total bases, a double, a home run, two runs scored and his team-leading 49th RBI.

The IL West leading Indians jumped out to an early lead almost immediately. The second hitter of the game, Gorkys Hernandez, scalded a triple into the gap and then scored when the following hitter Starling Marte drove him home on a sacrifice fly.

Gwinnett wasted little time responding with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the first. Luis Durango singled for his first of two hits on the night, and two batters later, Mejia doubled to put two runners in scoring position. Felix Pie came through with a clutch two-run double that gave Gwinnett their only lead of the night at 2-1.

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Lugo (L, 1-2) worked right into a jam in the top of the second. Georgia native Brandon Boggs led off with a double, then scored on an Anderson Hernandez single to tie the game. Pitcher Rick VandenHurk followed with a run-scoring single to put the Indians ahead, and four batters later, Marte drove in his second of three RBIs on the night when he singled home VandenHurk to raise the lead to….

To read the rest of Monday’s recap, simply click the link: Indianapolis Sneaks Past G-Braves, 5-4

Or visit the home of the Gwinnett Braves at: gwinnettbraves.com for everything G-Braves and more…

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

G-Braves Blank Columbus in 1st Game of Twinbill

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The Gwinnett Braves (36-32) shutout the Columbus Clippers, 4-0, (31-36) on the back of starter Todd Redmond in the first game of a doubleheader from Coolray Field on Friday night. The right-hander solidified his 2012 All-Star bid with a brilliant performance, shutting down a prolific International League offense. Redmond worked 7.0 innings of scoreless baseball for the complete game victory, his sixth win of the season. The G-Braves starter surrendered just four hits, while he struck out five and walked three.

Luis Durango was the offensive catalyst on Friday night, as the speedy centerfielder registered a 3-for-3 night with two runs scored and two stolen bases. With the two swipes, Durango boosts his IL-leading stolen base total to 26 in just 33 attempts this season. The starting pitcher for Columbus, Chris Seddon, just so happened to be teammates with Gwinnett catcher Jose Yepez last season in the Seattle Mariners organization. The catcher had a solid game against Seddon (L, 7-4), finished the first game of the doubleheader 2-for-3 from the plate with a run scored. Tyler Pastornicky extended his hit-streak to eight games with a 1-for-2 night with two clutch RBI for the Atlanta Braves Triple-A affiliate.

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With the victory, the G-Braves move within 3.0 games of first place Charlotte in the IL South Division standings. Gwinnett has dropped 11 of their last 15 games, after fading out of first place, which they were atop the division since the first game of the regular season.

Eric Junge is on the bump for the G-Braves in the second game of the double-dip on Friday night. He will oppose southpaw David Huff for Columbus on a Fox 5 Fireworks Night at Coolray Field. Gwinnett trails Columbus 3-2 in the season series, but that could all change with a sweep of the Clippers during Friday night’s doubleheader. Junge will be trying to secure Gwinnett’s second win in a row.

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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

Interview: G-Braves 2012 All-Star Candidates

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The Gwinnett Braves have been one of the best team’s in the International League this season, as the pitching staff has led the way. At one point in the season, the G-Braves staff was ranked No. 1 in the IL. The bats have come a long way as well, with Ernesto Mejia and Stefan Gartrell doing a great deal of the heavy lifting. However, with just over two months left in the regular season, the G-Braves find themselves in second place of the IL South and primed in a perfect position to make a run at the league title.

The 2012 All-Star voting concludes on Friday, June 22 so vote early and often for your favorite G-Braves players. Visit MiLB.com today or simply click this link to get your ballot started: http://www.milb.com/milb/events/asg/y2012/ballot/

I had a chance to sit down with a bunch of G-Braves players prior to their 10-game road trip last week to hear their thoughts and opinions on who is having an all-star type season. Respectfully, a majority of the G-Braves are worthy of consideration, however only a handful will make the team. That is why you, the fans, need to get over to MiLB.com and make your opinions known. Voting for the 2012 All-Star Game in Buffalo, New York concludes Friday, June 22. Click here to vote now.

Ernesto Mejia:

“We’re having a great season this year as a team. Julio Teheran is doing well, very well just like last year. He has more experience this year and I think he should be one of those players (all-stars),” said Mejia. “Jordan Parraz was having a good year, but he is hurt right now, so he may have to wait a little more. He was doing really good. Gartrell has a lot of RBI and home runs and has been helping the team a lot. Durango has a lot of stolen bases, he is leading the league so he deserves it too. We have a lot of good players. I’m doing really good right now too and I’m just working hard. It’s every players dream to go to the all-star game and I hope I can make it. I would go of course. I’m excited because it’s my first year in Triple-A. It would be awesome. This year I feel like I have more experience. Last year in Double-A I had a good season and back in winter ball too. In winter ball, the league is very tough. Sometimes its harder there because we have a lot of big league guys. That has helped me a lot and I’ve been working a lot more this year. Last year, I didn’t workout a lot during the season because it made me tired. But this year, I’m working with Matt (Parvis) in the gym and I think that is what’s keeping me healthy and stronger.”

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Julio Teheran:

“The pitchers. I think everyone here can make it. I want to, but I know I’m not having my best season,” said Teheran. “I’m not trying to complain (about this season) and I continue working. I’ll try to make it (the all-star team) if I can. I made it last year, but I couldn’t go because I was in the Future Stars Game, which was a good experience for me. The Future’s (Game) was good. It was exciting for me. I want to go (2012 ASG in Buffalo). That would make me feel good.”

Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease

Luis Durango:

“I think this is a very good team. I like all the pitching and position players (for the All-Star Game). I like the team,” Durango said. “Nesto is having a good year. I like him, he’s a good player. I’d like that for him (making the team). What’s working for me is the stolen bases (23, 1st) and the little at-bats which has been good for me.”

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Dave Brundage:

“Gartrell’s had a heck of a month. Mejia has been absolutely on fire. Looking around, Durango leads the league in stolen bases,” said Brundage. “From an offensive standpoint, obviously Constanza was worthy of consideration when he was here. He did a great job in the leadoff spot and the No. 2 hole. What a tandem those two are and what a force they are in our line-up. We’ve been up there in the league leaders for pitching throughout. Cory Gearrin has solidified the front end of the bullpen and a lot of pitchers are deserving. You look at Redmond and how consistent he is, you hope he gets considered along the way. Just from a pitching standpoint, pitching is why we are where we are today. Yet, we don’t have tremendous numbers when they’re sizing up numbers, but you can look up and down our staff. Flande goes back-to-back shutouts and now he’s in the bullpen. It just goes to show you the strength of our ballclub lies with our pitching. Playing the game the right way with our speed, a little power, a lot of our guys our worthy of making an all-star team. At the same time, we do things as a team that’s where we are today.”

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Jaime Dismuke:

“Mejia. Constanza, but he’s not here. He’s doing bigger and better things right now,” Dismuke said. “Gartrell and Durango. This was my first year seeing Ernie (Mejia) and he’s solid, both offensively and defensively. He’s big and he moves well, that’s the surprising thing. Gartrell has done it in the past. He’s hit 20+ home runs the last three years in this league. At the end of the season, you’re going to look up (at the scoreboard) and he’s going to have the same numbers he had in the past. He started out slow, but he’s picked it up. Durango, you know speed kills. Speed never slumps and he does a good job from both sides of the plate. So, those are my choices right there.”

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Christian Marrero:

“I would say Mejia. Since the beginning of the year to now, he looks a lot better hitting wise. He’s making adjustments and helping the team out a lot. He’s having great at-bats and almost every at-bat is unbelievable,” said Marrero. “He gets the job done and I would say the same for Gartrell. He started off slow, but what he’s doing now is great for the team. Hitting balls hard and having great at-bats, him (Gartrell) and Mejia have put the team on their backs. Louis too, he nearly has 30 stolen bases already. He’s the one that sets the tone for us. Without him, those guys (Gartrell/Mejia) wouldn’t be able to have as many RBI. I just try to be ready if they put me in the line-up. If I’m out there, I’m going to give it 100-percent. If I’m not in the line-up, when it’s my time to pinch-hit, I make sure I’m ready and try to help the team out as much as I can. I’m comfortable everywhere. I’m feeling great in the outfield and at first base too. As long as I’m in the line-up, I’m happy. Redmond is getting hot right now. He’s doing really well. For relievers, I’d say the whole bullpen. Anybody could go from the bullpen. Cory (Gearrin) has been unbelievable, lights out. Buddy (Carlyle) too and Russell. And Chappy (Jaye Chapman), that’s why I say the whole bullpen (laughing).”

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Marty Reed:

“I think Redmond belongs on it. I’d say Julio (Teheran) belongs on it. He’s had some dominating games,” Reed said. “Cory Gearrin, without a doubt. Chappy (Jaye Chapman) should get in. If Varvaro had been here for awhile, he’d be a guy. I don’t know where we rank in pitching, third or fourth, there’s got to be a reason why our guys should have a good opportunity to get on that team. He (Flande) has put together some good starts too. There are going to be a lot of guys that are a coin flip because you’re also talking about how many other teams? If each team has two, then you’ve got too many pitchers. I think we’ve got probably five or six guys that deserve it and it could be any one of them. For me, Redmond is a lock in terms of consistency. Julio, in terms of a starter. There may be some guys who have had a better year, but his track record and he has had some dominating starts. Five guys would be pretty good.”

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By: Tony Piraro

Triple-A All-Star Voting Ends June 22

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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)

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

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)

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

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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