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G-Braves Hot Stove: 2014-2015 Transaction Tracker

Sean Kazmar, a member of the Gwinnett Braves for the past two seasons, re-signed on November 12.  (Taylor Botta / Gwinnett Braves)

Sean Kazmar, a member of the Gwinnett Braves for the past two seasons, re-signed with Atlanta on November 12. (Taylor Botta / Gwinnett Braves)

As the Hot Stove season continues, here’s an overview of Atlanta Braves’ transactions that could directly affect the Gwinnett Braves roster in 2015.  Moves that pertain to the Major League club only are not included.  All information has been obtained through the Braves.com Transaction Report and Baseball America Minor League Free Agent Tracker.  Please note that the official Gwinnett Braves 2015 Roster will not be announced until early April, and all roster projections are my opinion only.

This post was last updated on December 17.


Acquired via trade:

  • Arodys Vizcaino (RHP) – acquired from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Tommy La Stella on November 16.  As mentioned in a previous post, the hard-throwing Vizcaino is back in the Braves’ organization after two-plus seasons with the Cubs.  He rebounded from 2012 Tommy John surgery to go 1-1 with a 3.51 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 41.0 minor league innings last year, some of that time spent with Triple-A Iowa.  The 24-year-old also pitched out of the Major League bullpen in September, going 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in five relief appearances with the Cubs.  Vizcaino is on the Braves’ 40-man roster and will compete for a bullpen spot this spring, but his limited MLB resume could land him in Gwinnett.
  • Tyrell Jenkins (RHP) – acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals along with Shelby Miller for Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden on November 17.  The Cardinals’ 50th pick in the first round of the 2010 June draft is now one of the top pitching prospects in the Braves’ organization.  Jenkins, 22, put up solid numbers with Advanced-A Palm Beach in 2014, going 6-5 with a 3.28 ERA in 13 starts.  He was also impressive in Arizona Fall League action, going 2-2 with a 2.22 ERA in six starts with the Peoria Javelinas.  He’s slated to make his Double-A debut with Mississippi in 2015, but he could be a candidate for a late-season promotion to Triple-A.
  • Aaron Kurcz (RHP) – acquired from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Anthony Varvaro and cash considerations on December 17.  Kurcz, 24, was a teammate of both Chasen Shreve and Bryce Harper at the College of Southern Nevada when the Chicago Cubs selected him in the 10th round of the 2010 June draft.  The Cubs then sent him to Boston in March 2012 as part of the compensation package for hiring Theo Epstein as President of Baseball Operations.  Kurcz made his debut at Double-A Portland in 2012, going 3-4 with a 3.04 ERA, four saves and 72 strikeouts in 50.1 innings over 29 relief outings.  Unfortunately, Tommy John surgery on his right elbow forced him to miss August and all of the 2013 campaign.  He came back strong with Portland in 2014, going 3-2 with a 2.14 ERA, three saves and 54 strikeouts in 42.0 innings over 34 outings.  Kurcz held opponents to a .204 batting average and didn’t allow a single home run last year.  With plenty of late-inning experience at the Double-A level, he should fill a similar role with Gwinnett in 2015.

Acquired via Rule 5 Draft:

  • Daniel Winkler (RHP) – selected from the Colorado Rockies in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft on December 11.  Normally, a Major League Rule 5 selection must spend the entire season on his new club’s 25-man roster or be offered back to his old team, but Winkler is an interesting exception.  He is coming off Tommy John surgery performed last June, meaning the Braves can keep him on the Major League disabled list while he rehabs.  Atlanta will likely assign him to minor league rehab outings (potentially with Gwinnett) early in the season, but will have to call him up to the active roster for 90 days to retain him past 2015.  Winkler went 13-7 with a 2.98 ERA and a MiLB-best 175 strikeouts in 2013, then went 5-2 with a 1.41 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 12 starts with Double-A Tulsa last year.
  • Steve Rodriguez (C) – selected from the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Double-A roster in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft on December 11.  Rodriguez, 24, was Arizona’s 15th round pick in the 2011 June draft out of UCLA.  In four seasons in the D-Backs’ system, he batted .225 with 30 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 56 RBIs in 158 games.  He made his Double-A debut with Mobile last year, batting .267 with nine doubles and 11 RBIs in 39 games.  While he didn’t do much with the bat in 2014, he did throw out 50% (19-of-38) of attempting base-stealers in 38 errorless games with the BayBears.  Rodriguez hopes to ride his defense to a Triple-A debut in 2015.

Re-Signed with Braves:

  • Sean Kazmar (INF) – signed to a minor league contract on November 12.  Kazmar, 30, has been a versatile defender and steady bat for the G-Braves for the past two seasons.  After batting .228 in 95 games with Gwinnett in 2013, he posted the highest batting average of his career in 2014, a .297 mark in 67 games.  His production was halted by a left hand fracture suffered in late May, but Kazmar returned in July and batted .299 in 27 games in August.  He capped his season by earning the Gwinnett Braves “Most Competitive Player Award” for 2014.  Expect to see Kazmar at Coolray Field once again in 2015, backing up at second base, third base and shortstop.


Minor League Free Agents:

  • Pedro Ciriaco (2B) – signed to a minor league contract on October 13.  Ciriaco, 29, is a well-traveled Major League infielder, having logged time with the Pittsburgh Pirates (2010-11), Boston Red Sox (2012-13), San Diego Padres (2013) and Kansas City Royals (2013-14).  In 188 career big league games, he has batted .270 with 24 doubles, six triples, four home runs, 36 RBIs and 31 stolen bases.  Despite that experience, Ciriaco played primarily with Triple-A Omaha in 2014, batting .302 and posting a .766 OPS in 62 games.  He brings postseason success with him to Gwinnett after batting .342 in nine playoff games for the Triple-A National Champion Omaha Storm Chasers last year.
  • Eli Whiteside (C) – signed to a minor league contract on November 1.  Whiteside, 35, has reached the Majors in six different seasons with the Baltimore Orioles (2005), San Francisco Giants (2009-12) and Chicago Cubs (2014).  He’s batted .210 with 10 home runs and 45 RBIs in 216 MLB games.  Though he had a brief call-up with the Chicago Cubs in June, Whiteside spent most of 2014 with Triple-A Iowa, batting .214 with 13 doubles, six homers and 21 RBIs in 63 games.  He could split catching duties with Jose Yepez in Gwinnett.
  • Sugar Ray Marimon (RHP) – signed to a minor league contract on November 4.  The Braves are just the second organization for Marimon, who spent his previous eight seasons in the minors with the Kansas City Royals.  The 26-year-old made his long awaited Triple-A debut in 2014, going 5-4 with a 3.56 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 83.1 innings for Omaha.  Like Ciriaco, he was an important September piece for the Triple-A National Champion Storm Chasers, going 1-1 with a 1.74 ERA in his two playoff starts.  Marimon is just 27-46 with a 4.14 ERA in 137 career outings (121 starts) in the minors, but may benefit from a fresh start with the Braves.  He should be a strong candidate for the Gwinnett rotation.
  • Greg Smith (LHP) – signed to a minor league contract on November 4.  The veteran southpaw has pitched for seven different organizations prior to joining the Braves, including Arizona (2005-07), Oakland (2008), Colorado (2009-10), New York Yankees (2011), Boston (2011), Los Angeles Angels (2012) and Philadelphia (2013-14).  He has seen time on the Triple-A roster for all seven of those clubs.  Smith’s standout year was 2008, when he made 32 Major League starts for Oakland and went 7-16 with a 4.16 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 190.1 innings.  G-Braves fans will more likely remember him as a staple of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs’ rotation, where he went 9-11 with a 4.40 ERA in 27 games (26 starts) a year ago.  Consider Smith a challenger for a Gwinnett rotation spot.
  • Francisco Rondon (LHP) – signed to a minor league contract on November 7.  Rondon, 26, has spent all nine of his minor league seasons in the New York Yankees system, going 29-18 with a 3.61 ERA, seven saves and 431 strikeouts in 436.0 innings.  After tastes of Triple-A in 2012 and 2013, he finally caught on with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for a longer stretch in 2014, going 3-1 with a 3.32 ERA over 12 relief outings.  The Santo Domingo, D.R. native could be a relief option in Gwinnett or Double-A Mississippi next year.
  • Donnie Veal (LHP) – signed to a minor league contract and invited to Spring Training on November 10.  As mentioned in a previous post, the 30-year-old Veal will compete for an Atlanta bullpen spot this spring, but could spend ample time with Gwinnett in 2015.  In 100 Major League outings with the Pittsburgh Pirates (2009) and Chicago White Sox (2012-14), he’s 3-3 with a 4.87 ERA, one save and 70 strikeouts in 64.2 innings.  He spent the majority of 2014 with Triple-A Charlotte, going 4-5 with a 5.94 ERA in 37 relief outings.
  • Chien-Ming Wang (RHP) – signed to a minor league contract and invited to Spring Training on November 10.  Also mentioned in a previous post, the 34-year-old Wang is the most notable addition to the Gwinnett pitching staff thus far.  Seven years and several injuries removed from his consecutive 19-win seasons with the New York Yankees in 2006 and 2007, Wang is now considered a Triple-A workhorse.  He led the International League with 28 starts in 2014, going 13-8 with a 4.12 ERA between the Louisville Bats and the Charlotte Knights.  His strikeout ratio was low (73 SO in 172.2 IP), but his groundout/flyout ratio was an impressive 1.78.  Wang should headline the Gwinnett rotation in 2015.
  • Victor Mateo (RHP) – signed to a minor league contract on November 13.  Mateo, 25, joins the Braves after spending his first eight minor league seasons in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.  He hasn’t yet reached the Triple-A level, but is coming off back-to-back solid seasons as a starter for Double-A Montgomery.  In 2013, he went 7-9 with a 3.93 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 153.1 innings for the Biscuits.  Last season, he matched a career high with 12 wins, going 12-11 with a 3.90 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 166.0 innings.  Mateo appears poised to advance to Triple-A for the first time in 2015, but a glut of experienced starters in Gwinnett could mean a trip to Mississippi.
  • Corban Joseph (1B) – signed to a minor league contract on November 19.  The New York Yankees’ fourth round selection in the 2008 June draft, Joseph spent seven seasons with the club before being released on August 27.  He made his Triple-A debut in 2012 with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, batting .266 with 25 doubles, 13 home runs, 56 RBIs and an .840 OPS.  His 2013 season was highlighted by his Major League debut with the Yankees — a two-game stint as the 26th man during a doubleheader on May 13 — but also included a torn labrum injury in his right shoulder that required surgery in June.  He returned to Triple-A in 2014 and hit .268 with four homers and 28 RBIs in 70 games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  Joseph, 26, could be a potent left-handed bat for the G-Braves as he seeks to play a full season for the first time since 2012.

  • Jake Brigham (RHP) – signed to a minor league contract on November 20.  Brigham, 26, has experienced a lot in eight minor league seasons prior to joining the Braves.  Originally selected by the Texas Rangers in the sixth round in 2006, Brigham underwent Tommy John surgery in 2007 and missed all of 2008.  He returned from the injury in 2009 and reached as high as Double-A Frisco in 2012, going 5-5 with a 4.28 ERA in 21 starts.  The Rangers traded him to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for catcher Geovany Soto at the 2012 trade deadline, but got him back from the Cubs via trade the following November.  Brigham made his Triple-A debut with Round Rock in 2013, going 5-5 with a 4.51 ERA in 26 games (18 starts).  The Rangers didn’t re-sign him after 2013, and he moved on to the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.  Last year at Triple-A Indianapolis, he went 3-5 with a 4.29 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 92.1 innings over 18 games (14 starts).  Brigham profiles to be in Gwinnett, but a definite fit isn’t clear.
  • Travis Mattair (1B) – signed to a minor league contract on November 20.  The 25-year-old Mattair has yet to play above Double-A, but is an intriguing prospect that could be ready for the next level.  Originally drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the second round of the 2007 June draft, Mattair was selected during the Triple-A phase of the 2012 Rule 5 Draft by the Cincinnati Reds.  In two seasons with the Reds’ Double-A affiliate in Pensacola, he combined to hit .240 with 42 doubles, 26 home runs and 126 RBIs in 263 games.  He also struck out 239 times in that span, a rate he’ll have to cut down in order to proceed to Triple-A.  Mattair could be headed for Gwinnett, but is more likely to be in Mississippi.
  • Jairo Heredia (RHP) – signed to a minor league contract on November 20.  Another former Pinstripes prospect, Heredia joins the Braves after seven seasons in the New York Yankees’ system.  The 25-year-old Dominican Republic native was rated the Yankees’ No. 12 prospect by Baseball America back in 2009.  He spent most of 2014 with Double-A Trenton, going 4-1 with a 3.53 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 71.1 innings over 26 games (10 starts).  Heredia also pitched five times for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last year, going 1-0 with a 7.53 ERA and 16 strikeouts over 14.1 innings in five games (1 start).  He likely starts out in Double-A Mississippi in 2015.
  • K.D. Kang (OF) – signed to a minor league contract on November 21.  Though born in South Korea, the 26-year-old Kang has ties to Gwinnett County.  He attended Parkview High School in Lilburn, GA, the same school that produced former Braves outfielder and current Philadelphia Phillies farmhand Jeff Francoeur.  The Tampa Bay Rays drafted Kang in the 15th round in 2006, and he spent seven seasons in their minor league system before signing with Baltimore for 2014.  The left-handed hitter has batted .269 with 150 doubles, 38 triples, 68 home runs, 307 RBIs and 37 stolen bases in 726 minor league games, stats reflecting decent power and speed.  He has yet to reach the Triple-A level, however, spending nearly all of his time with Double-A affiliates the past four seasons.  Last year, Kang batted .282 with 22 doubles, three triples, 12 homers and 37 RBIs in 100 games with Bowie of the Orioles’ system.  He looks poised to make his Triple-A debut in Gwinnett sometime in 2015.
  • Michael Kohn (RHP) – signed to a minor league contract and invited to Spring Training on December 4.  Like Veal, Kohn is a reliever with quality Major League experience that the Braves will take a long look at this spring.  Over parts of four seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, he combined to go 5-6 with a 3.67 ERA, two saves and 107 strikeouts in 110.1 innings.  In 2014, Kohn made 25 big league appearances, going 2-1 with a 3.04 ERA.  He’s also a veteran of four Triple-A seasons with Salt Lake, where he went 5-6 with a 3.62 ERA in 110 relief outings.  The Camden, SC native could end up a G-Brave, but certainly has the ability to pitch for Atlanta as needed.

Notable 2014 G-Braves that have gone elsewhere, or are currently free agents:

  • Mitch Atkins (RHP) – currently a free agent.
  • Pedro Beato (RHP) – currently a free agent.
  • Brandon Boggs (OF) – currently a free agent.
  • Ryan Buchter (LHP) – currently a free agent.
  • Terry Doyle (RHP) – signed with the Baltimore Orioles.
  • Tommy La Stella (2B) – traded to the Chicago Cubs.
  • Steve Lerud (C) – currently a free agent.
  • Ozzie Martinez (INF) – signed with the Baltimore Orioles.
  • Donnie Murphy (INF) – currently a free agent.
  • Gus Schlosser (RHP) – non-tendered on December 2, currently a free agent.
  • Atahualpa Severino (LHP) – signed with the Los Angeles Angels.
  • Zach Stewart (RHP) – currently a free agent.

Please check back for further updates as the offseason continues, and remember to follow @GBravesMedia for baseball-related G-Braves news.

-DL

Spring Training Report- Familiar Faces, New Places

With every offseason comes a changing of the guard. When the Gwinnett Braves take the field in 2014, the roster will carry a couple of familiar faces, while the majority of it will be composed of minor league free agents and Double-A standouts.

The G-Braves roster will be determined at a later date, but for now we will take a look at the former G-Braves that have moved on to different organizations. In the offseason, 11 former G-Braves declared for free agency, pitchers Joe Beimel, Joe Bisenius, Juan Cedeno, Pat Egan, Yohan Flande and Omar Poveda, infielders Alden Carrithers and Sean Kazmar, and outfielders Brandon Boggs, Stefan Gartrell, Greg Golson.

While, Bisenius, Cedeno, Kazmar, Boggs and Gartrell look to catch on with a team once Spring Training starts, the rest of the crew will be reporting to a new location in 2014.

Flande(Moore)

Flande(Moore)

Beimel will report to Peoria, AZ as a non-roster invitee of the Seattle Mariners. The lefty pitched well for the G-Braves, going 1-2 with 4.36 ERA in 33.0 IP. Beimel got off to a slow start as he was coming off of “Tommy John” surgery, but finished strong in August, posting a 3.60 ERA in 15.0 IP with 13 strikeouts.

Fellow southpaw Flande will also head to the Cactus League, but he will head to Tucson, AZ as a member of the Colorado Rockies. Flande spent three seasons with the Braves organization, posting a 23-26 mark with a 4.13 ERA in 416.0 IP for the G-Braves. Last season, he won a team-high nine games. He is second in G-Braves All-Time history in wins, losses, innings pitched, strikeouts (302) and starts (65).

Righties Egan and Poveda will be pitching in the Central Division. Egan will report to Goodyear, AZ with the Cincinnati Reds, while Poveda joins the Chicago White Sox in Glendale, AZ. Egan bounced around from Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett. He finished the season with the M-Braves after going 1-1 with a 5.60 ERA with Gwinnett. Poveda enjoyed his best season at the Triple-A level, going 6-7 with a 3.62 ERA in 27 games (25 starts). He was named the Gwinnett Braves Pitcher of the Year at the end of the season. He will be a non-roster invitee for the White Sox and compete for a spot on the rotation.

Carrithers and Golson will report to Phoenix, AZ, Carrithers as a member of the Oakland A’s and Golson with the Milwaukee Brewers. Last season, the left-handed batter, hit .299 (75-for-251) with 14 doubles, one triple, three homers and 19 RBI in 90 games for the G-Braves, while the outfielder batted .462 (6-for-13) in seven games for Gwinnett.  

With former G-Braves reporting to camp and the start of the Spring Training season less than 10 days away, baseball season is approaching. Be the first to join the action as the G-Braves open the 2014 season on Friday, April 11th at 7:05 p.m. against the South Division Champion Durham Bulls at Coolray Field.

Braves Notes:

Infielder Mat Gamel was released by the Braves after suffering another set back to his injured knee. The Braves will head to camp with 61 players as they begin team workouts today.

-JD-

Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (38-53) vs. Norfolk Tides (48-42)

Bisenius (Karl Moore)

Bisenius (Karl Moore)

Mon, July 8: RHP Joe Bisenius (2-1, 5.87) vs. LHP Jake Pettit (3-1, 2.37)
Tue, July 9: TBA vs. RHP Jair Jurrjens (5-6, 4.38)
Wed, July 10: RHP Cody Martin (2-1, 1.38) vs. TBA
Thu, July 11: RHP Kameron Loe (3-2, 2.97) vs. LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (2-4, 5.14)

The Gwinnett Braves are off to a slow start in their current homestand, dropping three of their first four games. Despite holding the No.1 offense in the International League, the Durham Bulls, to one run during their two-game series, the G-Braves only came away with one victory.

Batters: With Ernesto Mejia sidelined with a sore hamstring, the G-Braves have had to rely on others to take care of the offensive load… However, the Braves have scored five runs in their last five games, while being shut out three times… Luis Nunez has been the best hitter during that span, hitting .267 (4-for-15) with one run… Sean Kazmar and Jose Yepez have driven in two apiece during that span…

Pitchers: After getting routed 13-0 on Wednesday night at Norfolk, the pitching staff has been sharp during their current homestand. They have allowed nine runs, eight earned in 36 innings, while scattering 31 hits… Kameron Loe is the only pitcher to collect a victory during this homestand. On 7/7, he tossed five innings of scoreless ball, scattering three hits and striking out two. His night was washed away, as a 51-minute rain delay impeded his chances from returning to the game… Mark Lamm made his Triple-A debut on Saturday, recording two innings of shutout ball and picking up a hold…

G-Bites: Since being optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday, Cory Gearrin has not appeared in a game.

Norfolk Tides lead the Wild Card race, ahead of the streaking Rochester Red Wings (47-45), by 2.0 games and sit 7.5 games behind the front-running Durham Bulls (56-35) in the South Division.

Batters: Jason Pridie is having a great season, hitting .300 (91-for-303) with 21 doubles, three triples, 11 homers and 43 RBI. He has tormented G-Braves’ pitching, hitting .326 (14-for-43) with four doubles, one triple, one homer and nine RBI…L.J. Hoes has been even better, the fleet-footed outfielder is batting .353 (12-for-34) with one double, one homer and six RBI against Gwinnett in 2013.

Pitchers: Triple-A All Star and former G-Brave, Jairo Asencio is having a fantastic season in 2013. In 33 games, he is 4-0 with a 2.21 ERA, converting 19 of 24 save opportunities. In five games against the G-Braves this season, he is 0-0 with four saves, while striking out six and allowing one run… Game two will feature former G-Brave and Atlanta Braves hurler, Jair Jurrjens. Jurrjens has made a few starts for the Baltimore Orioles, but has spent most of the season with the Tides. In 15 starts, he is 5-6 with a 4.38 ERA.

Off-Shore: The Tides have dominated the G-Braves in 2013, posting an 8-2 record against their South Division foes.

-Jd-

Pillar’s Career Night Leads Bisons Past Braves

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – On a night when Joey Terdoslavich was announced to the 15th Annual SiriusXM Futures Game, Buffalo outfielder Kevin Pillar stole the show, going 4-for-5 with four doubles and two runs scored to lead the Bisons (40-38) to a 4-3 victory over the Gwinnett Braves (35-46) on Wednesday night.

The G-Braves got off to a great start, taking advantage of three errors and coming up with clutch hits to take a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Todd Cunningham singled, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout by Phil Gosselin and scored on a grounder by Terdoslavich for the game’s first run.  Terdoslavich reached on an error by first baseman Luis Jimenez and Ernesto Mejia reached on an error by third baseman Mauro Gomez, putting runners on first and second with one out. Stefan Gartrell and Joe Leonard each picked up RBI singles to make it 3-0.

Jimenez cut into the lead with a solo homer in the top of the fourth.  His 14th home run of the season snapped a 13.1-inning scoreless streak by Gwinnett starting pitcher David Hale

In the fifth, the Bisons would tie up.  Sean Ochinko drew a one out walk and advanced to third on a double by Pillar. They both came around to score on a two-run double by Ryan Goins, making it 3-3.  Goins attempted to stretch the double into a triple, but was thrown out at third as Terdoslavich recorded his team-leading eighth outfield assist.

Hale exited after 6.0 innings, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out six.  After turning in his third quality start of the season, he turned a tie game over to the bullpen.

However, the bullpen had some trouble in the eighth, as the Bisons took the lead in the top of the frame.  Pillar connected for his fourth double of the game to lead off the inning, becoming the first Buffalo player in the modern era to record four doubles in a game.  He would eventually come around to score on a wild pitch by Wirfin Obispo (L, 1-3). The right-hander’s errant pitch snapped a 14-outing, 17.2-inning scoreless streak, the longest by a Gwinnett pitcher this season.

Thad Weber (W, 3-1) was impressive for the Bisons in the victory.  After allowing the three runs in the first inning, he went on to face the minimum in his last six innings of baseball, allowing one hit and striking out three in the process.  He went 7.0 innings with three runs, one earned on four hits.  Joel Carreno (H, 3) and Brad Lincoln finished off the G-Braves, tossing two scoreless innings to end the game. Lincoln (S, 3) picked up the save, stranding a pair of baserunners in the ninth.

The Gwinnett offense was held to five singles on the night.  Terdoslavich, Cunningham, Gartrell, Leonard and Sean Kazmar each had one hit.

Pillar led the Buffalo offense with his four hits.  In two games against the G-Braves, he is 5-for-9 with five doubles.

The Gwinnett Braves continue their four game series with the Buffalo Bisons on Thursday night at 6:05 PM. G-Braves right-hander Joe Bisenius (1-0, 4.76) will face off against Bisons right-hander Chad Jenkins (0-3, 11.37). Listen to the game on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.  First pitch is 6:05 PM.

Thursday is another “$3 Thursday” at Coolray Field.  Enjoy $3 food and beverage specials all game long.  All Lawn Seats are also just $3.  To purchase tickets, call the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com.

Inside the Numbers

Last night in the third inning of the contest between the Rochester Red Wings and Gwinnett Braves, Stefan Gartrell connected for his second home run of the season off of Vance Worley. The homer was his 47th in a G-Braves uniform, All-Time Career leader, and it catapulted the Braves over the Red Wings 11-3 Thursday night.

The G-Braves are no stranger to the long ball, clubbing 48 dingers on the season. However, there is a huge discrepancy in homers hit off of right-handed and left-handeed pitchers. In 62 contests, the Braves have homered 44 times against right handed pitchers, while collecting four against southpaws. The power outage against lefties is overwhelming. The Braves have hit lefties well, recording a .254 (103-for-406) batting average, while hitting .264 (430-for-1631) against right-handers. There is not a big gap in the average, but a huge margin in power remains. If you balance the numbers in percentages, 10% (44-for-430) of the Braves hits against right-handers have been homers, while 3% (4-for-103) of their hits against southpaws have been dingers.

Luckily for the Braves, they faced a right-hander last night. However, tonight they will go up against Red Wings’ lefty Andrew Albers (3-2, 3.53) at 7:05 PM.

Below is the lineup that will match up against the lefty:
Cunningham 8
Pastornicky 4
Terdoslavich 9
Mejia 3
Boggs 7
Gartrell DH
Leonard 5
Yepez 2
Kazmar 6
Flande 1

Draft Day, G-Braves Draft Classed

It’s every amateur player’s dream to hear your name called on draft day. Tonight at 7: 05 ET, young baseball players from all over the country will have a new uniform to sport, as they will selected by a major league baseball team in the 2013 First Year Player Amateur Draft.

As we wait in anticipation of the MLB First Year Player Draft, we will take a look at all the Gwinnett Braves that have been drafted in the past.

First off, the Braves roster has seen 17 players called on draft day; six of those players were originally drafted by the Braves. Sean Gilmartin out of Florida State University was the highest draft choice, selected in the first round (28th overall) of the 2011 draft, while, Cory Rasmus was picked in the supplemental first round (38th overall) out of Columbus, GA in 2006. Right-Hander David Hale was a third round pick in 2009 out of Princeton University.

With the bevy of talent in the rotation, the G-Braves benefited offensively from the 2010 draft.  Todd Cunningham (2nd round) out Jacksonville State University, Joe Leonard (3rd round )out of Pittsburgh University and Joey Terdoslavich (6th round) out of Long Beach State University were all a part of the 2010 class.

The rest of the non-international players were drafted by other clubs. The highest pick of the 11 remaining players was outfielder Brandon Boggs, selected in the fourth round of the 2004 draft out of Georgia Tech by the Texas Rangers. The 2004 class produced infielders Sean Kazmar (5th round by the San Diego Padres out of College of Southern Nevada) and Paul Janish (5th round by the Cincinnati Reds out of Rice University) as well.

The following two seasons would have produced two players apiece. However, in 2005, Cole McCurry was selected in the 31st round out Surry Community College (NC) by the Atlanta Braves, but elected not to sign. The other southpaw picked in 2005 was Ryan Buchter, 33rd round by the Washington Nationals out of Highland Regional Park H.S. (NJ).

In 2006, outfielder Stefan Gartrell went in the 31st round out University of San Francisco to the Chicago White Sox, while Pat Egan went in the 36th round to the Baltimore Orioles out of Quinnipiac College.

In 2008, Tyler Pastornicky heard his name called, as the Toronto Blue Jays picked him in the fifth round out of The Pendleton School (FL). Alden Carrithers was also selected in that draft, going in the 15th round to the Detroit Tigers out of UCLA.

The rest of the G-Braves did not have a partner in their draft class, as Joe Beimel (18th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Duquesne University), Matt Pagnozzi (8th round by the St. Louis Cardinals out of Central Arizona College) and McCurry (43rd round by the Baltimore Orioles out of Tennessee Wesleyan College) all came out solo.

G-Braves take on Rochester tonight, Thursday, June 6 at 6:05 PM.

-JD-

Breaking Bad, Ending Slumps

In last night’s doubleheader split with the Louisville Bats (22-23), the Gwinnett Braves snapped a few bad streaks.

First off, they snapped a ten-game home losing streak that spanned all the way back to April 22nd. Tim Corcoran broke a personal three-game losing streak on the mound, recording his first win since April 7th . He also collected the first hit for a G-Braves pitcher in 2013. Sean Kazmar capped the nightcap by breaking a 0-for-31 spell, connecting for a single in the third inning, recording his first hit since April 28th. With a two-run double in the fifth, he recorded his first RBI since April 30th.

With the victory, the G-Braves avoided the 30th loss mark for the season. Currently at 17-29, the Braves are in the bottom half of the standings, but have played better baseball of late. In their last 10 games, they are 5-5 and have inched closer to the middle of the pack.

The Braves top hurler, Omar Poveda will take the mound tonight. He is 3-2 with a 2.35 ERA. His ERA is third in the league, while he leads the league in WHIP (0.97) and fewest base runners allowed (54).

He will face Chad Reineke of the Bats. The right-hander was originally drafted by the Houston Astros in the 13th round of the 2004 draft. He was traded to the San Diego Padres in 2008 for Randy Wolf, and on August 16, 2008 made his major league debut. He bounced around from SD to Oakland before settling with the Reds organization. He enters his fourth season with the Bats, posting a 26-30 record for Louisville. Reineke is an effective starter, featuring four pitches; a fastball, curveball, slider and change-up. He is 3-3 with a 4.10 ERA in 2013.

G-Bites- Last night, Jose Constanza extended his league-high 17 game hitting streak with hits in both games. The left-handed hitter set a G-Braves record with a 22-game hitting streak in 2012. Also, securing the longest hitting streak in the IL last year.

G-Braves Win, Split Doubleheader

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – After dropping their tenth straight home game with an 8-5 loss in game one of the doubleheader, the Gwinnett Braves (17-29) took care of business in the nightcap, winning for the first time at home since April 22 with a 5-2 victory over the Louisville Bats (22-23) on Monday night.

The Bats came out swinging in the first game, scoring eight runs on 11 hits off of G-Braves’ pitching. Starter Sean Gilmartin (L, 2-3) yielded seven earned runs on nine hits over 4.0 innings, losing for the third straight start.

Louisville got to Gilmartin quickly, scoring twice in the first inning. Neftali Soto did the damage with a two-run homer, his fourth of the season.

However, the G-Braves answered in the bottom half of the frame, scoring three runs on three hits against Bats starter Pedro Villarreal. It was the first time the Gwinnett offense scored three runs in the first inning since April 16. In the frame, Joey Terdoslavich doubled and scored on an RBI single by Ernesto Mejia, cutting the deficit to 2-1. Brandon Boggs gave the G-Braves the lead with a two-run homer to right-center field, his second with Gwinnett and fourth of the season.

Following the outburst by the G-Braves, the Bats took over. Louisville scored in each of the first five innings, taking an 8-3 lead into the bottom of the fifth. Henry Rodriguez ended Gilmartin’s rough evening as he crushed a two-run homer in the fourth inning.

Gwinnett tacked on runs in the fifth and seventh innings, cutting the deficit to 8-5. It would not be enough, however, as reliever Curtis Partch (W, 1-1) tossed 2.2 innings with one run allowed to secure the victory. Villarreal was effective over 4.1 innings as he allowed four runs, but he did not make it through the fifth to qualify for the win.

In the nightcap, the G-Braves got behind early as Billy Hamilton reached on an infield single, moved to third on a base hit by Neftali Soto and scored as Soto was caught in a rundown, making it 1-0 Bats.

The G-Braves went to work in the bottom of the second, scoring two runs thanks to the wildness of Bats starter Daniel Corcino (L, 2-7). After recording the first two outs of the frame, Corcino hit Jose Yepez with a pitch and gave up back-to-back singles to Sean Kazmar and Tim Corcoran, loading the bases. With the bases jammed, Jose Constanza and Todd Cunningham drew consecutive RBI walks, making it 2-1 Gwinnett.

In the third, Terdoslavich smacked his eighth homer of the season, extending the lead to 3-1. The offense added two more runs in the fifth, both scoring on a double by Kazmar to push the lead to 5-1.

It would be more than enough for Corcoran (W, 2-3), who started and tossed 5.1 innings of one-run baseball. The right-hander scattered eight hits and struck out a season-high seven batters for his first win since April 7. Kameron Loe (S, 1) preserved the victory, allowing one run on two hits over 1.2 innings.

Terdoslavich went a combined 3-for-7 in the doubleheader including two doubles, a home run and two RBI. Constanza added two hits total, going 1-for-3 in both games to extend his International League-leading hitting streak to 17 games.

Hamilton paced the Bats, going 4-for-7 on the night with three runs and an RBI. Soto added four hits and three RBI for Louisville.

The Gwinnett Braves wrap up the four-game series against the Louisville Bats on Tuesday at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 6:05 PM. Right-hander Omar Poveda (3-2, 2.35) will start for the G-Braves, while the Bats will counter with right-hander Chad Reineke (3-3, 4.10).

-Jd-

Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (5-6) vs. Norfolk Tides (6-5)

G-Braves Report-The Braves return home after dropping six of seven on the road… After their best start in franchise history, the Braves could not keep it going on the road, as the pitching staff allowed 49 runs in seven games… The drought has moved the Braves to third place in the South Division.

Hitters-Ernesto Mejia has been on fire of late, hitting four home runs in seven games. He currently leads the International League in home runs (6), RBI (12) and total bases (32). He is hitting well above the .300 mark, checking in with a .316 (12-for-38) batting average after 11 games… Tyler Pastornicky leads all G- Braves in batting, hitting .400 (18-for-45). His 18 knocks lead and is tied for first in doubles (5) through 11 games… Sean Kazmar checks in with a .310 batting average, one home run and 11 RBI. His RBI mark is second in the league behind Mejia.

Pitchers-The staff struggled on the road, giving up 49 runs on the trip… Omar Poveda was the only starting pitcher to get through five innings during the road trip. He tossed six scoreless on 4/8 and five innings of four-run ball on 8/13. He was not a part of either decision. He leads the squad in innings (11) and WHIP (0.82)… Reliever Andrew Russell had a rough week, blowing one save and losing twice. On the season, the Aussie is 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA… Today starter, Daniel Rodriguez has not had a good start to 2012. In two appearances, he is 0-1 with a 48.60 ERA.

G-Bites- The Braves are currently sixth in the League in hitting with a .271 (60-for-361) batting average. They are second in the league in homers (12)… However, they are 11th in ERA (4.98) and have allowed the second most runs in the league (60). Free passes have hurt the staff, as they have issued 49 in 11 games…

Norfolk Update-The Tides have been playing good ball of late. After dropping their first three contests, the Tides have won six of their last eight. They are currently on a three-game winning streak… The Tides swept the mini two-game set against the G-Braves this weekend…

Hitting-Russ Canzler is leading the Tides attack, the infielder is hitting .333 (14-for-42) with three homers and 10 RBI. He leads the Tides in every offensive category and is second in the IL with seven extra base hits, behind the G-Braves Mejia… Danny Valencia is off to a solid start, hitting .316 (12-for-38) with three doubles and six RBI…

Pitchers- The G-Braves were stifled last night by Norfolk’s top arm, Josh Stinson, as he hurled 6.2 innings of one-run ball, collecting his first win of the season. On the year, he is 1-0 with a 0.77 ERA. He has fanned 10 batters over 11.2 innings. He is fifth in the IL in ERA… Former G-Brave Jairo Asencio has been sharp in 2013, converting three of three save opportunities. He has tossed four scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out five. He leads the IL in saves…

Rolling With the TidesThe Tides have been playing well of late, winning three in a row. However, they will hit the road for an 11-game road trip starting tonight. So far in the early season, the Tides are 1-1 on the road, as they have played the bulk of their games at home.
Norfolk Lineup
Pridie 8
Hoes 9
Canzler 5
Valencia 3
Ford DH
Robinson 7
Navarro 4
Schoop 6
Exposito 2
Clark 1

Gwinnett Lineup
Constanza 7
Pastornicky 4
Terdoslavich 9
Mejia 3
Parraz DH
Cunningham 8
Janish 6
Pagnozzi 2
Carrithers 5
Rodriguez 1

Game Preview: G-Braves (3-0) vs. Knights (0-3)

The Gwinnett Braves (3-0) are off to their best start in franchise history after sweeping a twin bill form the Charlotte Knights (0-3) on Saturday night.

The G-Braves got started early, as Ernesto Mejia capped a four-run first inning with a three-run home run in Game 1. The first baseman was not done, as he homered again to left field, helping the G-Braves win the first game of the twinbill, 6-4.

In Game 2, David Carpenter tossed 3.2 innings of shutout ball, holding down the Knights offense through five innings. The Knights would get on the board on a solo shot by Seth Loman, but it was not enough as the G-Braves prevailed behind strong pitching from Carpenter and Yohan Flande. Sean Kazmar’s two-run single in the second inning proved to be the game-winner, as the G-Braves took Game 2, 2-1.

Today, the Braves finish off their home stand as Tim Corcoran (0-0) makes his season debut against Simon Castro (0-0).
Corcoran is entering his 14th professional season. In 429 MiLB appearances (56 starts), he is 58-52 with a 4.26 ERA. From 2005-2007, the right-hander made 40 appearances (17 starts) for the Tampa Bay Rays. He went 5-9 with a 4.97 ERA in 130.1 innings. Last season, he went 7-4 with a 2.50 ERA with the Delfines of the Mexican League.

His opposition will be Castro. The 6-foot, 5-inch, 230-pound right-hander has been one of the top prospects in the White Sox organization since being traded for Carlos Quentin in 2011. The key acquisition in the Quinton trade has been solid, last season he went a combined 7-5 with 88 strikeouts in 117 innings through three different levels. This will be his sixth career start for the Knights, as he went 1-1 with a 4.32 ERA last season.

The Braves will try and make it four straight today. The lineups are below and Coolray is ready to rock at 2:05 p.m.

Charlotte Knights Starting Lineup
Mitchell 7
Sanchez 6
Morel 5
Danks DH
Greene 9
Phegley 2
Loman 3
Tolleson 4
Durango 8
Castro 1

Gwinnett Starting Lineup
Constanza 7
Pastornicky 4
Terdoslavich 9
Mejia 3
Parraz DH
Cunningham 8
Leonard 5
Yepez 2
Kazmar 6
Corcoran 1

-JD_

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