Results tagged ‘ Arizona Fall League ’

Atlanta’s top pick successful in Arizona

Starting pitcher Sean Gilmartin (2) of the Rome Braves, Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, in a game against the Greenville Drive on August 16, 2011, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Gilmartin was Atlanta’s first-round pick (No. 28 overall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Florida State. Making his second start of the season, he pitched four scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out four. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Lefty starting pitcher Sean Gilmartin, the Atlanta Braves’ No. 1 pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, is picking up steam in the Arizona Fall League.

Gilmartin, who was called up to Rome in August and pitched a game at Fluor Field against the Greenville Drive, allowed one run on four hits over five innings and struck our four in his latest outing for the Surprise Saguaros.

(I wasn’t sure what a saguaro is, but wikipedia says it’s “a large, tree-sized cactus species . . . native to the Sonoran Desert in the U.S. state of Arizona.” Makes sense.)

Anyway, Gilmartin has struck out 14 and walked just three in his four starts in the AFL.

Other Atlanta prospects are also doing well for Surprise:

1B Joe Terdoslavich is leading the AFL in batting at .462 and second with .512 on-base percentage and .718 slugging percentage

C Christian Bethancourt ended his eight-game hitting streak Monday but remains eighth in the league with a .375 average.

OF Todd Cunningham had a multiple RBI game for the third time Oct. 19 when he drove in three runs.

Boston prospects who played with the Greenville Drive are on the same team as those Braves:

3B Will Middlebrooks went 2-for-5 with his third homer and three RBIs on Friday.

C Dan Butler was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs on Friday and is 6-for-11 at throwing out attempting base stealers.

Joey Terdoslavich making a name for himself

First baseman Joey Terdoslavich of the Danville Braves in a game against the Pulaski Mariners on July 19, 2010, in Pulaski, Va. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Atlanta Braves first base prospect Joey Terdoslavich is making his name known in the Arizona Fall League this month. After just four games, Terdoslavich leads the league with a .529 average that includes 3 doubles.

On Monday he went 2-for-5 and knocked in two of those doubles for his team, the Surprise Saguaros, which also includes Braves prospects RHP Billy Bullock, RHP Erik Cordier, RHP J.J. Hoover, LHP Sean Gilmartin, C Christian Bethancourt and OF Todd Cunningham.

Terdoslavich is just picking up where he left off during the Minor League season, when he led the Carolina League with 52 doubles for the Atlanta Class A franchise, the Lynchburg Hillcats. It was a new Carolina League record.

Selected by Atlanta in the 6th Round (194th overall) of 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Long Beach State, Terdoslavich is the nephew of Mike Greenwell, who played with the Boston Red Sox. Terdoslavich batted .286 for Lynchburg this year.

With Freddie Freeman firmly established at first for Atlanta, the first base position doesn’t seem to be a growth opportunity. At least one Braves beat writer, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, thinks the Braves might try to work him into the outfield, where they need help in left field.