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Weekly Prospect Report - 5/23/10

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Eventful week for the system, with suspensions and promotions galore! 2. Julio Teheran, Rome. Myrtle Beach Weekly: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 12 K Season: 2-2, 1.17 ERA, 27 H, 2 HR, 12 BB, 57 K He's 19 years old, people. I find it pretty funny that he allows 1 run in 7 innings, and his ERA goes up. 12 strikeouts in your A+ debut...dear lord almighty. What can I even say? 3. Freddie Freeman, Gwinnett. Weekly: 7/26, 3 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K Season: .272/.323/.475, 20 R, 11 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 21 K, 0/1 SB Freddie's OPS changes by...5 points on the week. He's settling into a nice little groove. 4. Christian Bethancourt, Rome. Weekly: 8/23, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1/1 SB Season: .233/.263/.318, 9 R, 5 2B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 17 K, 1/1 SB Great week for Bethancourt to get back on track. A couple more weeks like that, and he'll be right back where he belongs at the top of Braves prospect lists. Do not panic everyone, he is still 18. What were YOU doing when you were 18? Not playing professional baseball, I bet. 5. Mike Minor, Mississippi. Weekly: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K Season: 1-3, 3.44 ERA, 37 H, 4 HR, 24 BB, 72 K 7 walks in his last 24 innings for Minor...while he's struck out 36 in that same time period. Yeah, I think the control problems aren't much of an issue anymore. I didn't expect this in the slightest from Minor, but I will take it. 6. Cody Johnson, Mississippi. Weekly: 3/18, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 11 K, 1/1 SB Season: .245/.316/.496, 20 R, 5 2B, 10 HR, 29 RBI, 60 K, 7/11 SB The patience is coming along...the strikeouts are still really bad. 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: 13 IP, 11 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K Season: 1-3, 4.18 ERA, 56 H, 2 HR, 13 BB, 34 K JJ Hoover's season has officially begun. Welcome back JJ, we missed you! 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: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K Season: 2-5, 4.20 ERA, 63 H, 3 HR, 12 BB, 37 K This week produced his best start as a Pelican. He's definitely got the talent to succeed, he just needs to put everything together. Hopefully, this was the beginning of that. 12. Randall Delgado, Myrtle Beach. Weekly: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K Season: 2-3, 2.53 ERA, 39 H, 3 HR, 12 BB, 56 K Its going to be a "can you top this?" fest between him and Teheran until one of them gets promoted to Mississippi...and I admit, I'm going to be enjoying it endlessly. He's probably going to be ranked in my top 5 going into 2011. 13. Craig Kimbrel, Gwinnett. Weekly: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K Season: 1-0, 1.06 ERA, 7 H, 7 BB, 25 K Didn't expect to see him get demoted back to Gwinnett, but here we are. Doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me, but I guess thats why I'm stuck in my mom's basement afraid of sunlight with Cheeto stained fingers. 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, 11 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K Season: 1-2, 6.00 ERA, 24 H, 1 HR, 2 BB, 9 K DeVall is still recovering...at least he didn't walk anyone in his last start. The lack of strikeouts is worrisome though. 16. Cory Gearrin, Gwinnett. Weekly: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K Season: 0-2, 3.32 ERA, 19 H, 1 HR, 15 BB, 20 K This is the level Gearrin belongs at, struggles be damned. No walks this week is always a plus, as control is what has plagued him most this season. 17. Chris Masters, Rome. Weekly: 9 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K Season: 1-2, 1.34 ERA, 27 H, 4 HR, 12 BB, 48 K This is going to be your next promotion to Myrtle Beach from this Rome squad. He's been unreal this season. 18. Robinson Lopez, Rome. Weekly: 11 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K Season: 2-2, 1.99 ERA, 24 H, 2 HR, 13 BB, 35 K Lopez is finally starting in Rome, and is delivering. Lopez is only 19...talk about a bright future. 19. Lee Hyde, Mississippi. Weekly: 2 1/3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K Season: 2-1, 1.59 ERA, 20H, 1 HR, 7 BB, 21 K Rough outing today for Hyde, but it resulted in the first earned runs he's allowed in 8 appearances, spanning 9 2/3 innings. 20. Jose Ortegano, Myrtle Beach. Gwinnett Weekly: 11 2/3 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 4 BB, 5 K Season: 3-4, 4.31 ERA, 50 H, 4 HR, 11 BB, 19 K I almost thing Ortegano's season is just one giant rib on me. Oddly, his FIP nearly identically matches his ERA...that strikeout rate is still hilariously bad though. 22. Scott Diamond, Mississippi. Weekly: 14 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 1 HR, 4 BB, 13 K Season: 2-3, 4.03 ERA, 57 H, 2 HR, 22 BB, 54 K Diamond shaves a run off his ERA this week. 2 homers in 51 1/3 innings is an astounding ratio. If only fewer balls would drop in behind him...he could be a much better appearing prospect to the masses if he had a defense worth a damn behind him. 23. Tommy Palica, Mississippi. Weekly: 2 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K Season: 2-1, 7.97 ERA, 26 H, 2 HR, 11 BB, 30 K Insane strikeout rate...not a whole lot else is going right for Palica though. At least he managed to drop his ERA this week. 24. Brandon Hicks, Gwinnett Weekly: 5/22, 5 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K, 1/3 SB Season: .179/.264/.277, 12 R, 5 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 27 K, 5/9 SB Maybe this week is going to get Hicks back on track a little bit. 5 runs scored in a week is more of a testament to his teammates than him, but it shows Hicks is getting the ability to get on base back. 27. Gerardo Rodriguez, Myrtle Beach. Weekly: 4/21, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 8 K Season: .239/.290/.472, 21 R, 7 2B, 3 3B, 8 HR, 24 RBI, 65 K, 2/3 SB Rodriguez is going to have that "no stats accumulated" tag on him for the next 7 or 8 weeks due to his PED suspension. 28. Jaye Chapman, Myrtle Beach. Mississippi Weekly: 4 1/3 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K Season: 0-2, 4.19 ERA, 16 H, 1 HR, 8 BB, 30 K He's like Palica, but with a better walk rate and homer rate. This is what the Braves were looking for when they promoted Chapman. 29. Todd Redmond, Gwinnett. Weekly: 11 IP, 14 H, 8 ER, 2 HR, 2 BB, 8 K Season: 3-5, 5.70 ERA, 54 H, 8 HR, 8 BB, 43 K The wheels have come off for Redmond, as despite his fantastic strikeout to walk ratio, the ball is still flying out of the park against him. Homers are a key part of FIP...and despite that really low walk rate, that high homer rate dooms him in the long run. 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: 4 1/3 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 1 K Season: 0-0, 4.98 ERA, 19 H, 1 HR, 17 BB, 14 K Lyman got the hell kicked out of him this week. Thing is, Gwinnett is the best level for him at this point in time...can't really go backwards. 32. Matt Crim, Myrtle Beach. Weekly: 8 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K Season: 2-3, 3.86 ERA, 47 H, 4 HR, 17 BB, 25 K Talk about a prime regression candidate. His walk rate isn't BAD, but he's really going to need to strike more guys out. 33. Tyrelle Harris, Rome. Myrtle Beach. Rome. Myrtle Beach Weekly: 4 2/3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 8 K Season: 0-1, 3.98 ERA, 21 H, 0 HR, 10 BB, 27 K Harris got demoted to Rome again this week...and was recalled to Myrtle Beach today. The whole situation with him is really humorous. I don't know why they keep jerking him around, he's pitching more than adequately for Myrtle Beach. 34. Cory Rasmus, Rome. Weekly: 6 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K Season: 1-3, 2.25 ERA, 26 H, 2 HR, 9 BB, 33 K Everyone is happy to see Rasmus living up to his potential. He showed flashes last year in Danville, and now is showing explosions here in Rome. 35. David Hale, Rome. Weekly: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K Season: 0-4, 6.83 ERA, 45 H, 1 HR, 11 BB, 18 K Hale is a reliever now, thankfully. His first appearance out of the pen was a success. Hopefully he's able to find a niche here. 36. Ryne Reynoso, Gwinnett. Mississippi Weekly: 6 2/3  IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 8 K Season: 0-6, 5.14 ERA, 56 H, 3 HR, 16 BB, 28 K It appears Reynoso will be working in relief in Mississippi, which is probably the best role for him. Maybe he'll be able to strike out more guys coming out of the pen, as he demonstrated this week. 37. Brett Butts, Mississippi. Weekly: 3 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K Season: 0-1, 1.25 ERA, 16 H, 5 BB, 28 K That 12 to 2 K:BB ratio couldn't hold up forever, I guess. All good things must come to an end... 38. Cory Harrilchak, Rome. Myrtle Beach. Rome Weekly: 6/19, 4 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K, 3/4 SB Season: .245/.325/.313, 12 R, 6 2B, 2 3B, 10 RBI, 21 K, 7/13 SB I like the fact that he's keeping the strikeouts and walks close to even. I like his speed, though not his discipline for stealing. Dude really could use SOME kind of pop in his bat though. 39. Mycal Jones, Rome. Weekly: 6/15, 3 R, 5 RBI, 6 K, 2/2 SB Season: .217/.267/.333, 17 R, 7 2B, 3 HR, 22 RBI, 41 K, 4/6 SB .400/.400/.400 for the week for Jones. I'll take it, but I don't advocate not walking or getting a XBH in a week. Others of note... Jordan Schafer, Gwinnett. Weekly: 3/18, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K Season: .229/.313/.286, 9 R, 4 2B, 5 RBI, 15 K, 2/4 SB The Braves center fielder of the future is still getting his bearings back while recovering from a broken wrist sustained last season. Give him some time. Randy Gress, Mississippi. Weekly: 7/12, 4 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K Season: .305/.397/.441, 11 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 16 K, 0/1 SB Shoutout to my man Randy Gress! He's always been a favorite punching bag of mine, but man, he had a hell of a week. He's not really a prospect, but dammit, he's producing! Willie Cabrera, Mississippi. Weekly: 9/22, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K, 2/3 SB Season: .321/.382/.450, 17 R, 12 2B, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 18 K, 3/5 SB Batting average is all I got...409/.409/.409! Gotta love it. Arodys Vizcaino, Rome. Weekly: 15 2/3 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 14 K Season: 6-3, 3.16 ERA, 50 H, 1 HR, 9 BB, 49 K Look at what one awesome week can do for your numbers on the season. His strikeout ratio increases to 5.5 to 1 after one phenomenal week. Props. Jake Hanson, Rome. Weekly: 8/20, 2 R, 4 2B, 4 RBI, 6 K Season: .400/.400/.600, 2 R, 4 2B, 4 RBI, 6 K Hanson made his season debut this week as a callup to Rome. He was drafted back in 2008, and spent last season in the GCL, and was solid with a .842 OPS. Nice start to the year for Hanson. Robert Hefflinger, Rome. Weekly: 10/28, 6 R, 7 2B, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 9 K Season: .291/.337/.430, 13 R, 9 2B, 1 HR, 20 RBI, 27 K, 0/1 SB 7 of Hefflinger's 10 XBH came this week. You know what, I'll take that. He sure strikes out a hell of a lot though. Pitcher of the week: Arodys Vizcaino, Rome. Hitter of the week: Robert Hefflinger, Rome.
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