Braves Lines for Friday 5/30/14

Mike Minor (Atlanta): 7IP, 7H, 1R, 0BB, 3K || Five of Minor’s six starts this season have been quality starts. Too bad he’s not getting any quality offense.

Andrelton Simmons (Atlanta): 2-for-4, SB || Simba has now hit in four straight games, raising his average from .259 to .271. He stole his first base of the season. Steals have not been a big part of his game in the Majors, totaling just 6 in 11 attempts last year. He stole 26 one year in the minors, but was also caught 18 times that year.

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Tyler Pastornicky (Gwinnett): 2-for-4, 2B || Rev took his demotion in stride.

Edward Salcedo (Gwinnett): 1-for-4, HR(5), 3RBI || Salcedo is only hitting .206 this season, though all of his other component ratios are about the same as his mediocre season last year. He’s still just 22-years-old, so there’s time for him to marinate for a year or two at Triple-A to see if he turns into anything of value.

Victor Caratini (Rome): 4-for-6, 3B, RBI, K, throwing error || Caratini has caught fire recently, hitting safely in four straight games, going 9-for-19 in that stretch. He started the season out yo-yo’ing between catcher and third base, but since the organization let him catch full time earlier this month he’s really turned it around at the plate. In the first 23 games, while moving between 3B and C, he hit .272. In the 19 games since then he’s hit .333.

Yean Carlos Gil (Rome): 6IP, 8H, 2R, 1ER, 1BB, 6K || A few years ago Gil was thought to be a bit of prospect, but injuries and ineffectiveness snuffed that out. He’s 23 now, which is a bit old for the Sally League, but he’s finally having that good year many wanted to see from him. His 1.70 ERA and 1.007 WHIP both lead the team. He’s a sinkerballer, and hasn’t allowed a home runs this year in 47.2 innings. He’s also issued just 7 walks, a hallmark of his pitch-to-contact style. Because of his age I’d expect the Braves to promote him a level at mid-season and see how he responds.

Braves Draft: Over at Bleacher Report I took at look at who the mock drafts are saying the Braves will pick this year. I also offered my own opinion of the direction I think the Braves will go.

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