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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

Ready Holds Presser, Fredi Fields Questions

Randy Ready fields questions (Credit: Sherik Hodge)click photo to access video

Randy Ready fields questions (Credit: Sherik Hodge)click photo to access video

The Gwinnett Braves held a press conference on Thursday afternoon to introduce their new Field Manager Randy Ready.

In front of local media and front office staff, Ready officially took over as the new skipper of the Gwinnett Braves. Ready will replace Dave Brundage, who left the organization after six seasons with the Braves. Brundage will oppose his former squad, as he has taken over as Field Manager for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs of the International League.

North Johnson, Fredi Gonzalez and Randy Ready pose for picture (Credit: Sherik Hodge)

North Johnson, Fredi Gonzalez and Randy Ready pose for picture (Credit: Sherik Hodge)

Ready, who last served as the minor league hitting coordinator for the Texas Rangers, has managerial experience, spending six seasons with the San Diego Padres organization. He posted a career 489-466 record, while leading the San Antonio Missions, Double-A affiliate, to a Texas League championship in 2007. After the 2008 season, Ready earned the Pacific Coast League’s “Best Manager Prospect” by Baseball America for his work with the Portland Beavers, Triple-A affiliate.

Ready was eager to take over the podium, fielding questions from various reporters, while smiling from ear-to-ear. The thirty minute conference was light hearted and fun, as all looked ready to start the season. Ready will head to Spring Training as soon as pitchers and catchers report to Lake Buena Vista, FL in the middle of February.

Prior to the press conference, Ready joined Jim Powell, play-by-play announcer of the Atlanta Braves and Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez for a special luncheon. Various season ticket holders and potential clients gathered in the Home Plate Club of Coolray Field for a Q&A with Powell and Gonzalez. The trade news in Atlanta took over the majority of the discussion, as Gonzalez fielded questions about his new left fielder, Justin Upton, while talking about some of the departures from his current club..

Gonzalez answers questions (Credit: Sherik Hodge)click photo to access video

Gonzalez answers questions (Credit: Sherik Hodge)click photo to access video

All in all, it was a great day to be at Coolray Field. With the beginning of the season approaching, Ready is up for the job. Gwinnett kicks off the season Thursday, April 4th at 7:05 p.m. against the Charlotte Knights at Coolray Field. For more information on the G-Braves or Coolray Field, visit the website at Gwinnettbraves.com, or through our social media outlets at facebook.com/GwinnettBraves1 and twitter.com/GwinnettBraves!

-JD

Meet Randy Ready

It’s admittedly been some time since we’ve posted here at the G-Blog, but rest assured, there’s plenty going on in the Coolray Field offices since September.  We’re working on preparing a tremendous fifth season of Gwinnett Braves baseball, and will have details on what you can expect to see in 2013 sometime after the holidays.  Right now, you can prepare yourself for next season by purchasing 2013 Season Tickets or a Holiday Pack.

For preparations on the field, a major announcement was made on November 12 when Randy Ready (pictured left) was confirmed as the new manager of the G-Braves.  Ready is just the second manager in club history (since 2009), replacing Dave Brundage, who took the managerial post with Lehigh Valley.

If you haven’t already read up on Ready, here’s a few details.  The 52-year-old Dallas, Texas native is joining the Atlanta Braves organization for the first time after spending last year as the minor league hitting coordinator for the Texas Rangers.  Prior to 2012 he was the Major League hitting coach for the San Diego Padres from 2009 to 2011.  He’s managed a total of eight seasons in the minors, mostly in the Padres system, compiling a 489-466 record.  Ready led Double-A San Antonio to a Texas League Championship in 2007 and was elected to the Texas League Hall of Fame shortly after.  In 2008, he managed Triple-A Portland of the Pacific Coast League and was named the PCL’s “Best Managerial Prospect” by Baseball America.  On top of his coaching career, Ready also played parts of 13 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, Oakland Athletics and Montreal Expos.

Our friends over at WDUN talked with Ready by phone last week and have shared the audio clip with us.  In the interview, he weighs in on the 2012 G-Braves club, his thoughts on player development and winning at the minor league level, joining the Atlanta Braves organization, how his Major League career has prepared him to manage and more.

Listen Here:  Randy Ready WDUN Interview (11.21.12)

Ready’s 2013 Gwinnett Braves club hits the field on Thursday, April 4 for a 7:05 PM game at Coolray Field.  That’s still a long ways off, but you can continue to keep up with everything G-Braves by checking out GwinnettBraves.com, facebook.com/GwinnettBraves1 and twitter.com/GwinnettBraves!

-DL

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