Off-day for the Major League Braves, but we still have the minor league games to keep us company…
Gilmartin returns to AAA: Gwinnett lost 2-1. Sean Gilmartin had a successful return to the AAA mound last night: 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 1SO. That’s a promising return for Gilmartin, who has had a disappointing season, even before he was shelved for almost two months. The Braves are still hoping that Gilmartin can be an option in the Atlanta rotation next year (if needed).
Buchter’s K-rate: Check out this article on Gwinnett LHP Ryan Buchter’s good K-rate and off-season approach to building velocity. I’ve liked Buchter as a LOOGY the last couple of years, but I must admit that his good season has kind of sneaked up on me. His ERA is not mind-blowing (3.25), but that’s a good lesson to not always look at ERA. He’s holding lefty batters to a .111 batting average. He still walks too many guys, and that’s a big reason his ERA isn’t better. I’ve thought for the past couple of years that he could be an effective Scott Downs-like LOOGY for someone.
La STELAAAA!!!: Mississippi won 4-3. Second baseman Tommy La Stella is making his case for getting the call to the Majors if Pastornicky has to be disabled. Last night La Stella was 2-for-4 with a 2-out go-ahead 2-run home run, his second homer in as many games. Heck, they should call La Stella up regardless of the health of Pastornicky.
Everyone hits for Hillcats: Lynchburg won 9-6. All 9 batters in the lineup hit safely in this game as Lynchburg collected 16 hits. 2B Daniel Castro and RF David Rohm each had 3 hits. Castro is the kid the Braves had playing in the Mexican League for a couple of years. He’s starting to heat up in his second week with Lynchburg. Closer John Cornely did a Kimbrel in the 9th inning (struck out the side). It was the 5th time this season he has Kimbreled. Cornely seems to have figured things out after a rough first half. He should find his way back onto the top prospect list.
Sims was stellar: Rome won 4-3. Lucas Sims continues to cement his place atop the Braves prospect list. Last night’s start was the best start of his young career: 7IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 9SO, 1HBP — awesome! The hit was from the game’s lead-off batter; Sims didn’t give up a hit the rest of the game, allowing only the walk and the hit batsmen. Remember that he is dominating the Sally League at just 19 years old.