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Spring Training Report 3.26.15

Potential Gwinnett Braves right-handed pitcher Aaron Kurcz threw only one pitch Thursday but got his first win of Spring Training.

Kurcz (1-1) got Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli to ground out to end the eighth inning with runners on first and third base and the game tied 5-5. The Atlanta Braves struck for two runs, including a run-scoring groundout by possible G-Braves catcher Jesus Flores, in the ninth inning and held on for a 7-5 victory in Bradenton, Fla.

Possible G-Braves infielder/outfielder Kelly Johnson also drove in one of the Braves’ five first-inning runs with a groundout that drove in third baseman Alberto Callaspo.

Flores finished the game 1-for-2, while Johnson ended the game 1-for-4.

Other potential Gwinnett position players’ stats from Thursday against Pittsburgh:

Pedro Ciriaco (SS), 0-for-1, K.

Phil Gosselin (2B), 0-for-1.

Also, catcher John Buck, who could have played for Gwinnett if he did not make Atlanta’s Major League roster out of Spring Training, announced his retirement Thursday after an 11-year Major League career with seven different teams. He had signed with the Braves as a minor league free agent Jan. 26 and was a non-roster invitee to Atlanta’s Major League Spring Training camp.

The Braves will return to their home Spring Training complex to take on the Boston Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. Friday at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Atlanta beat the Red Sox 11-3 March 17 in their only other 2015 Grapefruit League meeting.

-JM

Spring Training Report 3.24.15

Possible Gwinnett Braves right-handed starter, and Atlanta Braves starting rotation candidate, Mike Foltynewicz took the mound Tuesday for the Braves against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Foltynewicz recorded four of his first six outs via strikeout, but the Phillies also tagged him for three runs on four hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings. Atlanta rallied to tie the game at three in the seventh inning but ultimately fell 5-3 at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Foltynewicz had been scheduled to start Monday against the Houston Astros in Kissimmee, Fla., but the Braves pushed him back a day because of the possibility of rain. He is 0-2 with a 7.06 ERA (6 ER in 7.2 IP) and is tied for second on the club with 10 strikeouts in four Spring Training starts.

Other possible G-Braves pitchers’ stats from Tuesday vs. Philadelphia:

LHP Manny Banuelos, 3.0 IP, 4 H, BB, 2 K.

RHP Arodys Vizcaino (L, 0-2), 1.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, K.

RHP Cody Martin, 1.0 IP, K.

Infielder Pedro Ciriaco continued his torrid pace offensively with singles in both of his at-bats against the Phillies while playing third base. He scored on a seventh-inning home run by shortstop Andrelton Simmons and stole his first base of Spring Training when he swiped second in the eighth. Ciriaco is 6-for-10 in his last four games, and his 13 hits, overall, are tied for the team lead.

Other potential G-Braves position players stats from Tuesday against the Phillies:

Kelly Johnson (1B), 1-for-2, R.

John Buck (C), 0-for-2.

Todd Cunningham (RF), 0-for-1, K.

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

Wednesday will be the Braves' final off day of Spring Training. The Gwinnett Braves will open their season on at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, April 9. (Photo by Chris Roughgarden)

Wednesday will be the Braves’ final off day of Spring Training. The Gwinnett Braves will open their season on at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, April 9. (Photo by Chris Roughgarden)

The Braves have their final off day of Spring Training on Wednesday. They will resume play with a contest against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:05 p.m. Thursday in Bradenton, Fla.

-JM

Scouting The G-Braves Opponent: Starling Marte

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The No. 4 prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates system is outfielder Starling Marte. Born in 1988 out of the Dominican Republic, the 6-foot, 2-inch speedster was signed by the Pirates in June, 2007, but he didn’t arrive in the United States until 2009. He is a five-tool player that has become more projectable over the last season since he is beginning to develop his power. The Indianapolis superstar is only starting to find his groove in the game and at the plate, so the Pirates are willing to be patient with him for the time being.

2012 Stats: .266 Batting Average, 36 R, 65 Hits, 12 Doubles, 8 Triples, 5 HR, 34 RBI, 108 TB, 15 SB, .323 OBP, .443 SLG, .766 OPS

Marte has above average speed and can beat out infield hits with regularity. At times, he can be too aggressive at the plate which is a setback to his on-base percentage according to Baseball America.

In 2009, playing in the Double-A, Marte led the Eastern League in batting (.332), hits (178) and doubles (38). He has drawn a great deal of comparisons to Detroit Tiger outfielder and leadoff man Austin Jackson.

His plate discipline has improved over his three years of minor league baseball with the Pittsburgh organization. He is an above-average defensive outfielder with range, but will get better with more time and experience at the higher levels of professional baseball. Marte has an unquestioned passion for the game which is an unmeasurable intangible that makes the difference between a good player and a great player at the next level. He is so good defensively in centerfield that he will push current Pirates centerfielder Andrew McCutchen to one of the corner outfield spots upon his arrival in Pittsburgh. The ceiling is extremely high for yet another Pittsburgh Pirates five-tool outfield prospect.

By: Tony Piraro

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