Braves minor league notes

Macon TelegraphJune 16, 2013 

GWINNETT

Joey Terdoslavich had another solid day Sunday and continues to add to his impressive 2013 statistics for the G-Braves. He had a solo home run, his 14th of the season. Terdoslavich is hitting .312 on the season with 48 RBI and a .346 on base percentage. He’s struggled overall this month, hitting just .245. That’s low compared to the .318 Terdoslavich hit in April and the .340 he hit in May. But he does have six home runs and 13 RBI this month. Terdoslavich has not played at third base one time this season. He’s mainly played right field (52 games) with three games played in left and seven at first base. Since he’s blocked in right field with Jason Heyward in Atlanta, you wonder if teams that talk trade with the Braves will ask for Terdoslavich this summer.

Tyler Pastornicky continues to build his value. He hit a solo home run as well on Sunday and now has four on the season. Pastornicky is hitting .314 with a .356 OBP. You have to wonder if he could be asked for in trade discussions, as well. Even though he’s still a problem in the field, there is no doubt Pastornicky can hit.

Sean Gilmartin had another rough start Sunday. He allowed six runs on nine hits in 4.1 innings, which probably all but eliminated him as a candidate to start Tuesday in Atlanta against the Mets. Gilmartin now has a 5.83 ERA. He’s almost having a Julio Teheran-like season in Triple-A. Teheran struggled mightily last year in his second season with Gwinnett.

 

MISSISSIPPI

Gus Schlosser had another great outing Sunday. The right-hander allowed one runs on six hits in six innings against the Tennessee Smokies. He’s now got an ERA of 2.43. Schlosser has allowed 67 hits in 77.2 innings, with 24 walks and 60 strikeouts. With his solid season so far in Double-A, Schlosser is only getting more attention as a potential reliever for the Braves. Scouts said in spring training that a solid season at the Double-A level could put him in the conversation for a job in the big leagues next year.

The same could be said for right-hander Mark Lamm, who has eight saves for Mississippi. He’s allowed 28 hits in 37.1 innings, with 17 walks and 40 strikeouts. The Braves have had good luck with pitchers from Vanderbilt, and Lamm could join former Commodores’ star Mike Minor real soon if he continues to pitch well.

Christian Bethancourt needs to get on track. He’s hit only .205 since May 1 with one home run and 10 RBI. This comes after he hit .341 in April. Bethancourt’s overall season average is down to .244 now, with two home runs and 15 RBI.

 

LYNCHBURG

While Edward Salcedo (.278 – 8 HR – 32 RBI - .340) has gotten the most attention as the third baseman breaking out in the Braves’ system, we cannot ignore Kyle Kubitza’s work in Lynchburg so far this season. Kubitza had two hits and two RBI on Sunday. He’s now hitting .287 with eight home runs and 32 RBI and a .402 on base percentage (third best in the CL). Last season in 128 games for Rome, Kubitza hit .239 with nine home runs and 59 RBI and a .349 on base percentage. So this has been a tremendous improvement for the Braves’ third round pick in the 2011 draft out of Texas State University.

Matt Lipka had three more hits Sunday. He’s now up to .284 with four home runs, 30 RBI and a .328 OBP and 17 stolen bases. Lipka is tied for third in the league with 76 hits. Lipka has made steady progress. He hit .247 in his first full pro season, and then .271 last year.

Elmer Reyes is fifth in the Carolina League with his .301 batting average. The 22-year-old shortstop has 18 doubles, three homers, 30 RBI with a .322 on base percentage.   

 

ROME

Last year’s first round pick Lucas Sims had a solid outing Sunday. He allowed one run on four hits in five innings, with no walks and six strikeouts. The 19-year-old has an ERA of 2.87 and in is five starts he’s got a 2.59 ERA, with 20 hits allowed in 24.1 innings, five walks and 32 strikeouts.

Josh Elander has been in a little bit of a slump (0-10 in his last three games), so he was given Sunday off. But he remains at the top of the Sally League hitting leaders. He’s third in RBI (59), fourth in doubles (22), fifth in hits (80) and seventh in slugging percentage (.557). Will the Braves promote Elander to Lynchburg for the second half of the season?

Shae Simmons leads the Sally League with 18 saves. He has struck out 45 and walked only nine in 28.2 innings. Simmons was drafted last year in the 22nd round out of Southeast Missouri State University.

 

 

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