Here’s a look at how the rotations set up for the Braves’ top four minor league affiliates:
Sean Gilmartin will go first for Gwinnett. He had seven starts in Triple-A last season after starting the year in AA Mississippi. Overall, Gilmartin was 6-10 with a 3.84 ERA in 27 games in his first full pro season. Gilmartin pitched in four games in the Grapefruit League this spring. He gave up 11 runs in 13 innings.
Daniel Rodriguez will be in his first year in Atlanta’s system. He spent seven seasons in the Mexican League before the Braves signed him last August. The southpaw pitched two games in Gwinnett at the end of the 2012 season. Rodriguez pitched in five games in big league camp and had allowed 14 runs in 7.2 innings.
David Hale is headed to AAA after starting 27 games last year in Double-A. He was 8-4 with a 3.77 ERA. Hale impressed in big league camp, as he allowed three runs in nine innings in his five games for Atlanta. The Braves took Hale out of Princeton in the third round of the 2009 draft.
Tim Corcoran, who pitched in 40 big league games between 2005 and 2007, will be in the rotation. He pitched in the Dodgers organization the last few years and was also in the Mexican League last season. The 34-year-old Corcoran got his big league time with Tampa Bay.
And finally, Omar Poveda will round out the rotation. He’s pitched in the Rangers and Marlins’ farm systems. Last year, Poveda was in AA Jacksonville and AAA New Orleans. The 25-year-old right-hander has 155 starts in seven minor league seasons.
In Mississippi, Aaron Northcraft will make the jump from Lynchburg. He made 27 starts for the Hillcats last season and was 10-11 with a 3.98 ERA. The Braves placed him on the 40-man roster after his impressive season. He pitched in four games during big league camp and gave up seven runs in 5.2 innings.
J.R. Graham will be next. He’s considered the Braves best pitching prospect, now that Julio Teheran has graduated to the big leagues. Graham had nine starts late last season for Mississippi. Overall, he was 12-2 with a 2.80 ERA in 26 starts. Graham did not give up a run in his five appearances in big league camp.
Former Georgia Bulldog Alex Wood will be a starter in Mississippi. He got 13 starts last season in Rome after being drafted in the second round of the June draft. Wood had a 2.28 ERA and struck out 52 batters in 52.2 innings of work. This spring, Wood was solid in big league camp. He had a 1.29 ERA in five games.
Gus Schlosser will make the jump up from High-A Lynchburg after a stellar season in the Carolina League. Schlosser was 13-7 with a 3.38 ERA in 27 starts. In spring training, Schlosser pitched in five games and had a 1.50 ERA. He allowed one run in six innings.
Gary Moran is going back to Mississippi. He spent last year in the Southern League and pitched in 29 games (23 starts). Moran had a 2.91 ERA. He allowed 153 hits in 160.2 innings, with 42 walks and 117 strikeouts.
Navery Moore will lead the rotation in the Carolina League. The 22-year-old former Vanderbilt star had a solid first pro season last year in Rome. He was 8-3 with a 3.86 ERA, with 84 strikeouts in 102.2 innings of work.
A.J. Holland will move up from Rome. Holland had 17 games in Rome last year, with 15 starts. He had a 4.04 ERA, with 82 hits allowed in 84.2 innings. Holland was Atlanta’s 16th round pick in the 2011 draft out of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
Mark Pope, who was signed last week after getting released by the Padres, will be the third starter for the Hillcats. The Braves had originally drafted Pope out of Walton High School in the 17th round of the 2008 draft. He opted to go to Georgia Tech instead, and then three years later San Diego picked him in the fifth round. Pope pitched mainly in High-A last year and had a 6.13 ERA in Lake Elsinore of the California League.
Ryan Weber will return to the Carolina League. He pitched in 19 games for Lynchburg last year. Weber posted a 3.38 ERA, with 40 strikeouts in 45.1 innings of work. Weber is in his fifth season in the Atlanta farm system.
David Peterson will make the switch from the bullpen to the rotation this season. Peterson, Atlanta’s 8th round pick out of the College of Charleston last June, pitched in 20 games out of the bullpen last year for Rome. He had a 1.93 ERA, with eight saves, and 23 strikeouts in 28 innings of work. The Braves hope to get him even more work this season by using him as a starting pitcher.
Rafael Briceno is back in Rome for his second season. Briceno split last year between Rome and Danville. Overall, he was 6-9 with a 6.51 ERA in 27 games (18 starts). The right-hander started his pro career in 2009, but this will be his first year with a full-season club.
Mauricio Cabrera is one of Atlanta’s top pitching prospects. He’ll be in Rome after 12 impressive appearances in the Appalachian League last year. He was 2-2 with a 2.97 ERA. Cabrera allowed only 45 hits in 57.2 innings, with 23 walks and 48 strikeouts.
Williams Perez moves up from Danville. The 21-year-old right-hander was 4-3 last year in 13 games, nine starts, with 54 strikeouts in 56.1 innings pitched. Perez had a 4.15 ERA. This will be his first time in Rome.
Patrick Scoggin, who was signed last summer as a non-drafted free agent, will be in the Rome rotation. He pitched with the GCL Braves, the Danville Braves and even had one appearance in Rome last season. Scoggin did not allow an earned run in 10 games, with 16 strikeouts in 14.1 innings. Scoggin pitched at Virginia Tech.
And right-hander Frank LaFreniere rounds out the rotation. The Braves’ 47th round pick in the 2010 draft did well last year in Danville. He had a 4.02 ERA in 12 starts. LaFreniere will turn 23 this June.
Lucas Sims, last year’s first round pick, will get some time in the bullpen to start the season. It’s expected he will eventually be in the Rome rotation.
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