Braves lines from Thursday … draft begins

Braves lost.

Trivia hint.

Trivia for Friday: Here’s a trivia question to ponder as you read. The answer is at the bottom of this post. Brian McCann collected career hit number 1,000 on Monday night, name the three other catchers in Braves franchise history to have 1,000 hits.

Eighth doughnut: Thursday night marked the eighth time the Braves have been shutout this season. They were shut out 13 times last year.

First round pick Jason Hursh: The Braves selected RHP Jason Hursh (@Jason_Hursh) with the 31st pick in the first round of last night’s draft. He can run his fastball into triple digits, and has already had Tommy John surgery. Here is some of what Baseball America had to say about him:

He has continued to light up radar guns as a redshirt sophomore, throwing 92-98 mph and sitting in mid-90s with little effort. Add in heavy life and late tail on his fastball, and it’s one of the most devastating pitches in the draft. Hursh still is developing feel for his secondary pitches, as he flashes an average slider and a decent changeup. He can live off his fastball, but hitters will sit on it until he develops a reliable No. 2 offering.

Braves first round pick Jason Hursh.

Braves first round pick Jason Hursh.

Second round pick Victor Caratini: For the second year in a row the Braves select a catcher from Puerto Rico in the first three rounds (last year Bryan De La Rosa was their 3rd round pick). Caratini is a potent switch-hitter who is new to catching, but should get good instruction in the Braves system.

Braves second round pick Victor Caratini.

Braves second round pick Victor Caratini.

Get Beachy this Saturday: Brandon Beachy will make his next rehab start for Gwinnett at Coolray Field this Saturday at 7pm.

Joey Bait: Gwinnett won. OF Joey Terdoslavich went 2-for-4 last night and leads the International League (AAA) in hits (76) and extra-base hits (32). But the Braves have five starting outfielders in Atlanta, all of whom are under team control for the next three years. Leads me to believe that JT might be prime trade bait as the Braves seek to acquire another relief pitcher.

Traded across the ocean: A few days ago the Braves transferred RHP Tim Corcoran off the Gwinnett roster, and I wondered why. Now we learn that he was traded to Yokohama of the NPBL (Japanese League). No word if the Braves got anyone in return. Interestingly, Jorge Sosa and Nyjer Morgan are on that Yokohama team.

Mississippi crushed: Mississippi lost, 13-5. Recently acquired relief pitcher (Juan Francisco trade) Thomas Keeling gave up 4 runs in an inning of work, including 2 home runs.

Hillcats banged: The Hillcats game was canceled because of rain, and will not be made up, as the teams don’t meet again in the first half.

Rome really crushed: Rome lost … 17-to-7. Not a good night for Rafael Briceno, who gave up 9 runs in less than 2 innings.

Steady as Maholm: Tonight’s Braves starting pitcher, Paul Maholm, has been about as consistent as you can get the past three years — 2011: 3.66 ERA … 2012: 3.67 ERA … 2013: 3.68 ERA. His mound opponent will be Korean rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu. The two pitchers squared off in Atlanta on May 17th, with Maholm coming away the winner. But Ryu pitched well, he just didn’t go deep into the game and the Dodger bullpen was victimized by a grand slam off the bat of Justin Upton … who has not hit a home run since.

Trivia answer: The picture is of Del Crandall (1949-63, 1,176 hits as a Brave). The other catchers over 1,000 hits are Javy Lopez (1992-2003, 1,148) and Joe Torre (1960-68, 1,087).

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