A few highlights (and lowlights) from this past weekend from throughout the system.
Also check out my weekly prospect stock watch, posted today over at Bleacher Report.
Aaron Harang (Atlanta): 6IP, 4H, 3R, 6BB, 4K || Some folks would have called this a quality start, and technically, it was. But. I thought the Braves should have let a reliever start the 7th inning. Turned out that no one who pitched in the 7th could get an out. Still, I don’t know how Harang escaped so many jams. That kind of pitching is unsustainable.
Phillip Gosselin (Gwinnett): .326/.352/.430 || I saw Gosselin at Gwinnett on Saturday, and he looked more substantial than I remember him. He seemed kind of scrawny when he had that cup of coffee in Atlanta last year, and prior to that in the minors the times that I had seen him he always looked lean. On Saturday he looked a bit more ripped, not bulky, but more physical. Scouts seem to agree that whatever he’s doing it’s paying off. In the past week he’s started at shortstop, second, and third. He’s also played some outfield this season. Pretty soon he should content for a super-utility role in Atlanta, though he still needs to work on taking more walks.
J.R. Graham (Mississippi): 5IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 1HBP || Graham needed a good outing after sporting a 5.27 ERA entering this start. Now we need to see more of this good work.
Mitch Atkins (Mississippi): 6IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 7K, 1WP, 1HBP || The Braves signed Atkins last year off of an Independent League team. He’s spent some time in the Majors for the Cubs and Orioles from 2009 to 2011. He started this season at Gwinnett, posting a 4.72 ERA in 11 games; this was his second start with Mississippi. Not a prospect at 28 years old, but 6 no-hit innings is not too shabby.
Tyler Brosius (Rome): 6IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 4BB, 1K, 1HBP, 1WP || I was at Rome to see Brosius throw what turned out to be a gem of a game. To be honest he didn’t look all that dominant. He was a bit wild, though I suppose he was more or less ‘effectively wild.’ His fastball was sitting around 90-91, and touched 93 a few times. Secondary stuff seemed good, though nothing really jumped out at me. I’m not sure if this is a sign of more good work to come, or just an aberration. I’ll keep an eye on him though, as he’s already a pitcher I thought could creep into top-30 prospect consideration.
Richie Tate (Rome): 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2HBP || At that same Rome game I was at, I was excited to get to see Tate again. He was popping the mitt in the mid-90s with his fastball, and looked to have good separation with a breaking pitch. He’s not afraid to throw inside, and hit two guys in the inning he worked to load the bases. He needs more innings, but looks like he could be an effective late-innings reliever.