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Weekly Prospect Report - 5/16/10

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Lots of players shifting teams this week...did it affect performances at all? 2. Julio Teheran, Rome. Myrtle Beach Weekly: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K Season: 2-2, 1.14 ERA, 23 H, 1 HR, 10 BB, 45 K I think he's the best pitching prospect in baseball at this point. Teheran tore up the Sally League at the age of 19 and earned a promotion to the Carolina League, and should make his debut early this week. He's really, really good...and at just 19, he could get only better. The Braves will probably limit his innings in order to not wear him out. 3. Freddie Freeman, Gwinnett. Weekly: 4/19, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K Season: .273/.323/.471, 17 R, 8 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 20 K, 0/1 SB Freeman's plate discipline is lacking, but the power that disappeared last summer has shown back up. He's the best positional prospect in the system for good reason. 4. Christian Bethancourt, Rome. Weekly: 2/7, 1 BB, 3 K Season: .208/.243/.277, 6 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 17 K After a hot opening week to the season, Bethancourt has fallen fast. Keep in mind, he's playing out this season at the age of 18. He was bound to struggle at one point in his career, and this is that point. He'll be fine in due time. 5. Mike Minor, Mississippi. Weekly: 14 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 19 K Season: 1-3, 3.43 ERA, 32 H, 4 HR, 23 BB, 65 K Yeah, the walk rate is high. But dear god, Minor is striking guys out at a rate no one imagined. He's making the Braves look smart after taking him eighth overall last June. If he can continue this performance, you need to think he'd be getting called up to Gwinnett before the end of June. 6. Cody Johnson, Mississippi. Weekly: 6/21, 5 R, 1 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 6 BB, 7 K, 0/1 SB Season: .256/.316/.545, 20 R, 5 2B, 10 HR, 28 RBI, 49 K, 6/10 SB He strikes out a metric ton, but the fact that he had his walks and strikeouts nearly even last week is an encouraging sign for me. Cody is always going to hit for power, and he did that in spades this week. I'm firmly biased in favor of Johnson, and want nothing more than for him to succeed...cutting the strikeouts would help, but increasing the walks also helps. 8. Zeke Spruill, Myrtle Beach. – currently on disabled list Weekly: No stats accumulated Season: 0-1, 12.96 ERA, 17 H, 1 HR, 1 BB, 4 K Spruill is still out with a broken hand. He had a pair of rough starts to begin the year...he should be back relatively soon to try to get his swag back. 9. JJ Hoover, Myrtle Beach. Weekly: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K Season: 1-2, 5.24 ERA, 444 H, 2 HR, 10 BB, 25 K Hoover's last start is what I was expecting when I ranked him this high to begin the season. Hopefully he continues to rack up the strikeouts like he's capable of. 10. Adam Milligan, Myrtle Beach. Weekly: no stats accumulated Season: .200/.277/.376, 13 R, 3 2B, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 9 BB, 35 K I assume Milligan is in Florida, or in Myrtle Beach getting some extra reps on the practice fields. I made a post last August telling people to cool their jets with the preemptive love for him, and his tendency to strike out has caught up with him and stunted his development. He doesn't have the prodigious power like Cody Johnson does to fall back on, so he needs to get his strikeouts under control quickly. 11. Brett Oberholtzer, Rome. Myrtle Beach Weekly: 11 IP, 19 H, 9 ER, 2 HR, 3 BB, 6 K Season: 1-5, 4.57 ERA, 57 H, 3 HR, 12 BB, 31 K Oberholtzer really had nothing left to prove in Rome, and despite his struggles at Myrtle Beach, he should probably get another couple starts to prove the promotios wasn't a mistake. He's still only 20, so its not as if he's a washout at this point. 12. Randall Delgado, Myrtle Beach. Weekly: 10 2/3 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 15 K Season: 1-3, 2.98 ERA, 36 H, 3 HR, 11 BB, 51 K I admit it, I ranked Delgado way too low. He's been pretty great this year, and is the second or third best pitching prospect in the organization at this point. Him and Teheran back to back in the Myrtle Beach rotation is absolutely frightening, that is until Delgado gets promoted to Mississippi...which should be sooner rather than later. He's only 20 years old, folks. 14. Cole Rohrbough, Myrtle Beach. Weekly: no stats accumulated Season: 0-2, 12.15 ERA, 25 H, 4 HR, 9 BB, 13 K He's struggled mightily for the past season and a half. I'm not sure if he's there or just getting rest, but Rohrbough should probably head down to Florida to try to get some confidence back. 15. Brett DeVall, Rome Weekly: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K Season: 0-2, 6.30 ERA, 1 HR, 2 BB, 8 K DeVall is still recovering from surgery he underwent last season. He's still got a ways to go to come back, but is still a young former first round pick...give him some time. 16. Cory Gearrin, Gwinnett. Weekly: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K Season: 0-1, 3.57 ERA, 17 H, 1 HR, 15 BB, 16 K He's slowed considerably this year in Gwinnett, but still has a bright future. All he needs to take the next step is to get his command issues under control. 17. Chris Masters, Rome. Weekly: no stats accumulated Season: 1-2, 1.18 ERA, 20 H, 4 HR, 10 BB, 41 K Masters was scheduled to start today's game, which was suspended after 2 and a half innings of play. He was one of my favorite prospects in Danville last year, and I'm a big fan of what he's been doing so far this year. Expect him to get called up to Myrtle Beach soon to join former rotation mate Julio Teheran. 18. Robinson Lopez, Rome. Weekly: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K Season: 1-1, 2.61 ERA, 16 H, 2 HR, 10 BB, 27 K He gets 9 outs in the week, and 8 were via strikeout. Amazing. He's only 19 years old, and he's doing one hell of a job holding his own. Lopez has a very bright future. 19. Lee Hyde, Mississippi. Weekly: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K Season: 1-1, 0.89 ERA, 15 H, 1 HR, 5 BB, 18 K For the life of me, I have no idea why he's still in Mississippi. He's old for the league at 25, and has been rather good. Hyde needs to be promoted to Gwinnett ASAP. 20. Jose Ortegano, Myrtle Beach. Gwinnett Weekly: 5 2/3 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K Season: 2-4, 5.14 ERA, 41 H, 3 HR, 7 BB, 14 K I have no idea why he was promoted to Gwinnett...must just be for a live body or something along those lines. He has pitched rather horribly, and the one saving grace has been his pinpoint control. He has shown none of the strikeout potential he did last year. Ortegano also has no stamina, and should probably be coming out of the bullpen at this point. 22. Scott Diamond, Mississippi. Weekly: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K Season: 1-2, 5.06 ERA, 47 H, 1 HR, 18 BB, 41 K Diamond's stuff has come a long way the past 2 starts, and he's turning into a phenomenal strikeout pitcher, with 20 Ks to zero walks in his last 2 starts. He hasn't pitched badly this year, and is rebounding quite nicely from his shaky first couple of starts. 23. Tommy Palica, Mississippi. Weekly: 3 2/3 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 6 K Season: 2-1, 8.66 ERA, 23 H, 2 HR, 11 BB, 28 K Palica has had a funny year. His ERA is absolutely terrible, mostly due to an obscene BABIP and high walk rate, and yet, he's striking out way more than a batter per inning. It would be easy to dismiss him based on his ERA, but I wouldn't jump the gun quite yet. 24. Brandon Hicks, Gwinnett Weekly: 0/6, 1 BB, 1 K Season: .167/.250./244, 7 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 22 K, 4/6 SB He made his major league debut, but didn't do much of anything in the majors, and was returned to Gwinnett Saturday. He continued to struggle at the plate once being demoted, and will need to pick things up with the bat if he wants to make a return trip to the majors. 27. Gerardo Rodriguez, Myrtle Beach. Weekly: 6/27, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 10 K, 1/2 SB Season: .246/.303/.507, 29 R, 6 2B, 3 3B, 8 HR, 22 RBI, 57 K, 2/3 SB Rodriguez has more strikeouts than Cody Johnson. Think about THAT for a minute. His power is still coming through, but his shoddy walk rate is going to kill him in the future if he's going to continue to strike out 40% of the time. 28. Jaye Chapman, Myrtle Beach. Mississippi Weekly: 1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K Season: 0-2, 5.40 ERA, 13 H, 1 HR, 8 BB, 23 K Like the aforementioned Palica, Chapman might get dismissed based on his ERA. Much like Palica, he's striking out a whole lot of batters, so you can't discount him based solely on ERA. The walk rate isn't too hot, though. 29. Todd Redmond, Gwinnett. Weekly: 3 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 5 K Season: 3-4, 5.45 ERA, 40 H, 6 HR, 6 BB, 35 K Redmond has an insane K:BB ratio, but unfortunately, the ball is starting to leave the park against him...if he's able to limit the homers, he can survive with how good his control is. But if he can't, its over. 30. Riann Spanjer-Furstenburg, Rome. – currently on disabled list Weekly: no stats accumulated Season: .267/.450/.400, 1 R, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 2 K RSF broke his hand in the first week of the season and is still injured. 31. Jeff Lyman, Gwinnett. Weekly: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K Season: 0-0, 3.12 ERA, 12 H, 1 HR, 15 BB, 13 K Lyman's control has been a mess, but he's got the stuff to succeed at the next level. 32. Matt Crim, Myrtle Beach. Weekly: 11 2/3 IP, 12 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 9 K Season: 2-2, 3.72 ERA, 39 H, 4 HR, 15 BB, 21 K Crim finally gets a couple of starts with a few strikeouts to distance himself from that ugly even ratio. Its a miracle that his ERA is under 4.00 at this point...hooray for luck! 33. Tyrelle Harris, Rome. Myrtle Beach. Rome. Myrtle Beach Weekly: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K Season: 0-0, 3.45 ERA, 17 H, 0 HR, 5 BB, 19 K Harris moved back up to Myrtle Beach at the end of the week for the second time this season. He's pitching quite well, but considering that he's already 23, the Braves will likely continue to move him through the system quite fast. 34. Cory Rasmus, Rome. Weekly: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 4 K Season: 1-2, 2.42 ERA, 18 H, 2 HR, 9 BB, 30 K Rasmus has moved back into the Rome rotation following the promotion of Julio Teheran. He should be able to thrive in the new role, as he seemed a little out of place working for a few innings in relief at a time. 35. David Hale, Rome. Weekly: no stats accumulated Season: 0-4, 7.99 ERA, 43 H, 1 HR, 10 BB, 14 K Hale has been bad this year. Really bad. He doesn't have any stamina, and is all over the place with his control. He's also 22, so he doesn't have a ton of room or time to improve. 36. Ryne Reynoso, Gwinnett. Mississippi Weekly: 6 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K Season: 0-5, 5.09 ERA, 50 H, 2 HR, 15 BB, 20 K Reynoso doesn't strike out nearly enough men to proceed past this level, and his stuff gets beaten around the park. But he can limit the homers, which is what's preventing him from going completely pear-shaped. He was sent down to Mississippi yesterday with Jojo Reyes being sent to Gwinnett from Atlanta. 37. Brett Butts, Mississippi. Weekly: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K Season: 0-0, 0.48 ERA, 15 H, 2 BB, 24 K Butts was a sleeper of mine coming into this season, and he is most certainly delivering on that proclamation. Like Hyde, he's got nothing left to prove at Mississippi...he's a year younger than Hyde, but probably shouldn't be in the Southern League regardless. 38. Cory Harrilchak, Rome. Myrtle Beach. Rome Weekly: 2/11, 2 R, 2 K (with Rome) Season: .226/.315/.298, 8 R, 5 2B, 2 3B, 8 RBI, 18 K, 4/9 SB The Harrilchak experiment at Myrtle Beach ended quickly, and he's back in Rome, which is probably where he belongs for now. Harrilchak is showing fantastic plate discipline, but aside from that, is really struggling with the bat. 39. Mycal Jones, Rome. Weekly: 5/14, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 0/2 SB Season: .193/.248/.319, 13 R, 6 2B, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 34 K, 2/4 SB Jones may be getting back on the right track after a week where he produced a little bit for the team. It was a rough April for Jones, but he seems to be turning things around now that we're in the middle of May. He's got good pop for a middle infielder. Others of note... Chris Resop, Gwinnett. Weekly: 12 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 14 K Season: 4-1, 1.90 ERA, 30 H, 2 HR, 19 BB, 50 K Apparently, a season in Japan taught Resop how to pitch properly. His performance this season has been stunning, and I expect to see him get the next call to Atlanta if someone gets hurt. Jordan Schafer, Gwinnett/Mississippi/Rome. Weekly: 7/26, 5 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K, 0/1 SB Season: .271/.364/.354, 9 R, 4 2B, 3 RBI, 10 K, 2/4 SB The former top prospect continues on his road back to the majors after a broken wrist. If Nate McLouth continues to struggle, Schafer could get a chance to redeem himself in the majors sooner rather than later. Mike Dunn, Gwinnett. Weekly: 2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K Season: 1-0, 0.59 ERA, 11 H, 8 BB, 20 K Dunn was a shocking early cut during the spring, and is certainly impressing in his stint with Gwinnett. You need to believe he'd be in line to get a callup to Atlanta if Jesse Chavez continues to struggle, along with Chris Resop. Brandon Beachy, Mississippi. Weekly: 4 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 6 K Season: 1-0, 1.27 ERA, 16 H, 1 HR, 11 BB, 25 K Mississippi certainly has one heck of a bullpen, and Beachy is a key part of it. He has the ability to pitch multiple innings while also striking guys out. No one really heard a word about Beachy coming into the year, but he's looking pretty good thusfar. Willie Cabrera, Mississippi. Weekly: 7/16, 3 R, 4 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K Season: .305/.381/.458, 16 R, 12 2B, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 16 K, 1/2 SB We've discussed Mississippi's anemic offense, and Cabrera is giving Cody Johnson a hand in trying to get some runs on the board to support the good pitching the team has been getting. Cabrera is showing improvements in his second full season at Mississippi. Luis Sumoza, Myrtle Beach. Weekly: 0/4, 3 K Season: 0/4, 3 K Sumoza made his season debut on Sunday for Myrtle Beach, and struggled. He didn't make my top 40 coming into the year, which was probably an oversight by me, though in my defense, he didn't produce on the field and is mostly liked due to his raw tools. He's only 21, and has already given more value to the Braves than the man he was acquired for in Mark Kotsay. Arodys Vizcaino, Rome. Weekly: 4 2/3 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K Season: 4-3, 4.54 ERA, 42 H, 1 HR, 9 BB, 35 K He hasn't impressed me a ton this season in my first exposure to him. I think Braves fans horribly overrated him coming over from the Yankees. His control has been very good however, and he's probably just the victim of bad luck. Regardless, I expected a lot more considering the hype surrounding him. Pitcher of the Week: Mike Minor, Mississippi Hitter of the Week: Cody Johnson, Mississippi

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