Beat the Mets: Good stuff all around yesterday, save for one bad throw to third from Kris Medlen. In Fredi’s postgame quotes he sounded none too pleased with the decision Meds made on that play:
“In that situation, there’s no rhyme or reason to throw the ball to third base there,” Gonzalez said. “We got to throw the ball to second base and get two, and if they get a base hit, they score a run with two outs. Believe me, we don’t practice that that way.”
Fredi also didn’t seem too pleased that Medlen decided to steal a base. To his credit, Medlen is also taking that bad throw very hard:
“We won and I’m happy,” Medlen said. “But I feel like we lost, because I feel like I let that team back in the game when we had them down. I’m not even letting that go. It’s going to stick with me for a while.”
His other postgame comments make it seem like that play really is eating at him. But it all worked out, and the Braves beat the Mets. Now they need Mike Minor to do his thing so Atlanta can win the rubber game of this five game series.
Comeback for G-Braves: Gwinnett won. Keyed by a two-run home run from Joey Terdoslavich in the eighth inning, the G-Braves mounted a two-inning 4-run rally to win the game. Todd Cunningham singled in the ninth with runners at first and second, and an error by an outfielder allowed Jose Constanza to score all the way from first. Righty reliever Wirfin Obispo picked up the save for the second consecutive night, striking out the final batter of the game on three pitches. He seems to have assumed the closer’s role for Gwinnett, and has been virtually unhittable the past month.
Mississippi needs one inning: Mississippi won. The M-Braves scored all seven of their runs in one inning with the help of four errors from the Barons, sending 12 men to the plate. The Barons meanwhile, scored all five of their runs on four home runs allowed by Mississippi starting pitcher Mitch Atkins. Mark Lamm recorded another solid inning-and-a-third of relief work for his ninth save.
Bad Beck: Hillcats first baseman William Beckwith has been placed on the suspended list by the organization. The move likely stems from an apparent arrest for a DUI back on May 16th. There’s a local news story about it here. Beckwith is a pretty decent hitting prospect, though he has some question marks; unfortunate that now he will have another. As I start to put together the mid-season Braves prospect list, I preliminarily have him at number-28.
Minor movement: With Beckwith going on the suspended list, the Hillcats also add RHP Nate Hyatt back to their roster. He was sent to Danville temporarily when the Cats needed some fresh arms for all their double-headers. The Braves released RHP Ryan Woolley. He was a 6th round pick by Braves in 2009, but didn’t sign. The Rangers took him 39th in 2010, but he again didn’t sign. He finally signed when the Tigers took him in the 13th round in 2011. The Braves picked him up as a minor league free agent this past off-season, but he didn’t pitch well at Lynchburg or Mississippi.
Hursh to Rome: Braves 2013 first round pick, RHP Jason Hursh, has been signed and will report to the Rome Braves tonight for the start of the second half of their season. He signed for the recommended slot amount, which is just a shade over $1.7 million.
Watch that draft budget: With most of their picks signed (see right sidebar for my list, here for Baseball America’s list), the Braves have spent $208,200 more than their MLB-imposed budget allows in the draft. They will therefore be taxed 75% on that amount. If they were to exceed $226,115 in over-budget costs, then they would begin to lose future draft picks. You can bet they’ll stay under that number, but it also means that any remaining unsigned picks will probably not be getting bonuses that exceed $100,000. (Anything over $100K after the 10th round is counted against the overall draft budget.) There’s a good explainer on draft rules here.
D-Braves!: The Danville Braves begin their 2013 season at home today. They are the Braves advanced rookie ball team, and include many of this year’s draft picks, including second-round pick Victor Caratini, whom the Braves drafted as a catcher, but now list him as a third baseman. See the full roster here. Check out my preview of the team and which players to watch here.