Braves lost… to the Marlins.
Minor problem: Mike Minor is falling into his old bad habit of coughing up the big hit or big inning and putting his team in a hole. His last four starts have seen him suffer through some bad performance. Pitchers slump too.
Major Terdo: According to a few Twitter folks, outfielder Joey Terdoslavich has been called up to the Major League club (likely to take the spot of an injured Jordan Schafer, thought that’s not confirmed). He was 0-for-4 in last night’s game with Gwinnett, but is hitting .318/.359/.567 on the season with a surprising amount of home run power — 18 bombs. As some predicted he’s turning some of those doubles from previous seasons into homers. He’s a switch hitter, but he hits right-handers (batting left-handed) better than lefties.
8th Johnson: The Braves 8th-place batter in most of Fredi’s recent line has been Chris Johnson. On the season Johnson is hitting .382/.447/.588. Fredi’s comments regarding hitting Johnson 8th:
“I really like [Johnson] there,” Gonzalez said of the eight hole. “I think it’s a position that sometimes gets neglected a little bit. He’s a guy who has been able to produce some runs out of that spot.”
It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Is batting a guy hitting over .300 down there neglecting other spots in the lineup? Could Johnson drive in more runs and be more productive higher in the order? Curious logic.
Gwinnett lost. Recently signed minor league veteran Joe Bisenius got destroyed: 3.2IP, 9H, 9R, 6ER, 2BB, 1SO. The Gwinnett offense was shutout on three hits. Reliever Luis Ayala had a scoreless inning with a walk and a strikeout.
Mississippi lost. The Sip boys just can’t beat Zona’s double-A club and get swept in the 5-game series. Starter Aaron Northcraft pitched okay: 5IP, 7H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 2SO. But the offense got shutout on four hits.
Yiketty Skinner: Hillcats lost. Outfielder Will Skinner went deep twice, the first one a solo shot to put the Cats in front, and then a 3-run bomb in the 6th inning to tie the game.
Rome won. The R-Braves beat A-Rod again, and once again kept him hitless in two at-bats. Curiously, A-Rod was replaced in the lineup by Dante Bichette, Jr. Starting pitcher Mauricio Cabrera had a good start, but couldn’t escape trouble in the seventh inning: 6IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 4SO, 2WP. Recently signed independent league outfielder Chris Edmondson hit his first home run and drove in three runs in the game.
International signings: Tomahawk Take is all over the Braves international signings:
The Braves haven’t jumped into the top 30 – or top 38 if you combine the two lists – yet but they have signed some players. Kiley McDaniel via Twitter reports that the Braves have signed shortstop Ozhaino Albies from Curacao and Panamanian RHP Frank Gil both for $350K and another shortstop from Curacao, Kevin Josephina for $300K. Also reported signed are RHP Jason Laguna from Nicaragua, LHP Luis Barrios from Columbia, his twin brother SS Rafael Barrios, OF Jeyson Cabrera, shortstop Ronny Guillermo, RHP Luis Perez all from the Dominican Republic and OF Jose Pina from Venezuela (Twitter Link).
We’ll have to wait for Baseball America’s analysis before we know what we’ve got in these kids. But notice how they come from some of the Braves favorite spots to pluck unknown players — Curacao and Panama, and lately Nicaragua.