Hello all! I apologize for my hiatus from The Ladder last week, I was helping with a cross-country move. I’m pretty sure I logged more hours in a car last weekend than the Gwinnett bullpen has logged in their myriad trips to Atlanta and back. Anywho, on to business: who excelled in Atlanta’s minor league system this week?
David Carpenter, Relief Pitcher, Gwinnett Braves – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 IBB, 6 K
David Carpenter (no, not that one) has been a stud out of the Gwinnett bullpen all year, and he finally gets his well deserved recognition here in The Ladder. Carp has posted a microscopic 0.78 ERA in 34.2 innings, as well as a 32/13 K/UIBB ratio. With lesser pitchers like Sugar Ray Marimon coming up and down to Atlanta this year, it’s somewhat surprising that Carp hasn’t been given a shot. Besides, Juan Uribe could probably give him some pointers on where to locate his slider.
I thought that wouldn’t hurt. I was wrong. I’m sorry.
Arodys Vizcaino, Relief Pitcher, Mississippi Braves – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
I know Vizcaino isn’t a prospect anymore, but his line was worth mentioning as he looks to round back into major-league form. Vizzy was filthy out of the Mississippi pen last week and should hopefully be ready to contribute in the Atlanta bullpen soon.
Max Povse, Starting Pitcher, Carolina Mudcats – 1 GS, 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
Povse, Atlanta’s third round pick last year, has anchored the Carolina rotation all year and this week was no different. The enormous 6-foot-8 right-hander tossed 7 innings of shutout ball with no walks and 4 punchouts. He now sports a 2.56 ERA across his first 60 innings of the year, as well as a 50/16 K/BB ratio. With a frame like Povse’s, it’s not hard to project his stuff up as well. He’s definitely one to keep an eye on going forward. Look for him to make an appearance on the BGS first annual Top Prospect List, which will drop later this month!
Ozhaino Albies, Shortstop, Rome Braves – 7-19, 3B, K, 2 CS
It was just another week at the office for Rome’s do-all shortstop. Albies notched 7 hits across 4 games, boosting his league-leading batting average up to .325. Even more exciting, Albies was tabbed to play for the World team in the All-Star Futures Game. At just 18 years old, he’ll be the youngest player there.
Rookie Ball – Both the Danville Braves and GCL Braves started up their seasons this past week. There were no particularly outstanding players, but with this being the first week of pro ball for many of these guys, it wouldn’t be surprising to see it take them a while to get their sea legs. Nonetheless, these teams are stocked with many of the exciting, high-upside draft picks that Atlanta nabbed last month; they’ll be fun to follow for the rest of the summer.