Braves Lines for Friday

Evan Gatts, May 24th (Atlanta): That date, May 24th, was the last time Evan Gattis played a game and didn’t have a hit. He’s currently riding an 18-game hitting streak, putting up this slash line: .392/.444/.757. Eight of his team-high 16 home runs have come during that span.

Gavin Floyd (Atlanta): The elbow did not look good last night. It is currently being called a fractured elbow, and we’ll find out how much rehab time will be needed in the next day or so.

Alex Wood (Gwinnett): 5IP, 5H, 1R, 2BB, 3K || His second start at Gwinnett on Wednesday was a good one. He should get one extra day of rest, then slot right into Floyd’s spot in the Atlanta rotation. Then the Braves will need to find another starter to pitch the double-header in Philly on June 28th. Gus Schlosser would be the obvious candidate for that. His next start for Gwinnett is on Sunday, June 22nd. That would line him up to start on the 28th with an extra day of rest.

Juan Jaime (Atlanta): The Braves actually had two injuries yesterday, as reliever Pedro Beato (Peter Beater) was placed on the DL with bicep discomfort. In his place the Braves finally recalled Juan Jaime from Gwinnett. His line at Triple-A: 2.39 ERA, 13.7 K/9, 6.8 BB/9, .161 BAA, 13 saves. He walks a lot of guys (A LOT), but he has been able to work around them. He seems like a pitcher who would rather walk a batter than give up a hit. We’ll see how his approach fares in Atlanta. He throws 100 mph.

Jose Peraza (Mississippi): 3-for-5, 3R, triple, SB, RBI || The Braves promoted Peraza after the minor league All-Star break, and this is what he did in his first game at Double-A. Easy-peasy. At this pace, I wouldn’t rule out a call-up to Atlanta this season. He’ll have to perform for another month or more at Double-A to prove he’s ready, but his speed would be a huge asset atop the Atlanta lineup. He’s also right-handed, so Fredi wouldn’t have to worry about stacking lefties. He could line it up like this: (1) Peraza, (2) Heyward, (3) Gattis, (4) Freeman, (5) JUpton, and the rest of them. Obviously Peraza would supplant La Stella at second base, but in terms of fitting into the lineup better, Peraza might be the exact thing the Braves lineup is missing–a right-handed lead-off man who can steal bases.

Braves Twitter Accounts: For a complete list of Twitter accounts of the Braves minor league players, check out this Reddit page.

Danville Braves: The D-Braves began their season last night with a win. I’m off on a road trip the next several days to that neck of the woods. I’ll be seeing a couple of Danville games over the weekend, so I should have some minor league game reports once I get back. After that I’m headed down to Birmingham for a few M-Braves games, including the Rickwood Classic on Wednesday.

Braxton Davidson: The day he was signed, in the cage at Turner Field:

Predicting the Braves Top Targets in the 2014 International Prospect Market: That’s the name of my latest article at Bleacher Report, in which I also suggest a way for the Braves to get rid of Dan Uggla.

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