Results tagged ‘ Carolina League ’

When you see this, duck quickly

Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. of the Salem Red Sox in a game against the Potomac Nationals on June 8, 2012, at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Virginia. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

This is what it looks like when Jackie Bradley Jr. hits a screaming line drive right at you.

(It missed.)

A range of emotions just before a ballgame

Youth ballplayers wait for the start of the Salem Red Sox game against the Winston-Salem Dash on June 6, 2012, at LewisGale Field in Salem, Virginia. Salem won 4-1. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Infielder Adrian Sanchez of the Potomac Nationals

Infielder Adrian Sanchez (9) of the Potomac Nationals, a Washington Nationals affiliate, in a game against the Salem Red Sox on June 8, 2012, at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Virginia. Sanchez is Washington’s No. 28 prospect, According to Baseball America. Potomac won, 5-4. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Shortstop, pitcher competitions keep Braves interesting

Shortstop Andrelton Simmons, right, of the Lynchburg Hillcats, jokes with the Hillcats radio reporter, center, and coach Bobby Moore before a game against the Wilmington Blue Rocks on June 15, 2011, at City Stadium in Lynchburg, Va. (Tom Priddy / Four Seam Images)

So far this spring the Atlanta Braves have a miserable exhibition record (2-10), but interest is growing in four rookies competing for possibly just two spots on the roster.

While Tyler Pastornicky was predicted by some reporters as the likely starting 2012 shortstop, Andrelton Simmons is turning this spring into a competition.

Simmons won the Carolina League batting title in 2011 as the only league player to hit above .300. But never having played above High Class A, he was thought to need another year in the minors.

But as of Thursday morning Simmons is batting .295 with an OPS of .780 in spring games and Pastornicky just .100 and an OPS of .229. Game on.

Two young, highly regarded pitchers are competing for spots on the roster, too, possibly one in a starting role. Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado, both among the Braves’ top prospects, have been tag-teaming games this spring, one starting, one coming in later to pitch.

Teheran is 0-1 with an 11.00 ERA, and Delgado is 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA. So it’s possible neither will get the starting spot and both may be headed back to Triple A Gwinnett.

In any case, it keeps these spring games interesting, even as the Braves are less than inspiring at the plate.

RHP Julio Teheran of the Atlanta Braves at Spring Training camp on March 17, 2009, at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Tom Priddy / Four Seam Images)

RHP Randall Delgado of the Atlanta Braves throws during an intra-squad game on March 13, 2009, at Spring Training camp at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Tom Priddy / Four Seam Images)

 

Top Red Sox prospects have played in Greenville

Outfielder Bryce Brentz (23) of the Salem Red Sox, Carolina League affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, prior to a game against the Potomac Nationals on June 16, 2011, at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Va. Brentz was a first-round sandwich pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Every one of the Red Sox’ Minor Leaguers listed on the new MLB Top 100 Prospects list has played in Greenville for the Drive.

They include: No. 56 Will Middlebrooks; No. 64 Bryce Brentz; No. 76 Xander Bogaerts; and No. 93 Ryan Lavarnway.

Plus, two former Greenville Drive players traded away by the Sox are also on the list: No. 37 Anthony Rizzo, now with the Cubs organization; and No. 50, Casey Kelly, now with the Padres.

The MLB Top 100 prospects list:

1. Matt Moore, SP, Rays

2. Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals

3. Mike Trout, OF, Angels

4. Julio Teheran, SP, Braves

5. Shelby Miller, SP, Cardinals

6. Manny Machado, SS, Orioles

7. Jurickson Profar, SS, Rangers

8. Jameson Taillon, SP, Pirates

9. Trevor Bauer, SP, Diamondbacks

10. Dylan Bundy, SP, Orioles

11. Gerrit Cole, SP, Pirates

12. Manny Banuelos, SP, Yankees

13. Jesus Montero, C, Mariners

14. Devin Mesoraco, C, Reds

15. Jacob Turner, SP, Tigers

16. Danny Hultzen, SP, Mariners

17. Bubba Starling, OF, Royals

18. Taijuan Walker, SP, Mariners

19. Wil Myers, OF, Royals

20. Archie Bradley, SP, Diamondbacks

21. Tyler Skaggs, SP, Diamondbacks

22. Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies

23. Miguel Sano, 3B, Twins

24. Drew Pomeranz, SP, Rockies

25. Travis d’Arnaud, C, Blue Jays

26. Jarrod Parker, SP, A’s

27. Anthony Rendon, 3B, Nationals

28. Zack Wheeler, SP, Mets

29. Martin Perez, SP, Rangers

30. Carlos Martinez, SP, Cardinals

31. Mike Montgomery, SP, Royals

32. Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians

33. Brett Jackson, OF, Cubs

34. Billy Hamilton, SS, Reds

35. Christian Yelich, OF, Marlins

36. Arodys Vizcaino, SP, Braves

37. Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Cubs

38. Matt Harvey, SP, Mets

39. Yonder Alonso, 1B, Padres

40. Starling Marte, OF, Pirates

41. Dellin Betances, SP, Yankees

42. Randall Delgado, SP, Braves

43. Mike Olt, 3B, Rangers

44. Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Astros

45. Zach Lee, SP, Dodgers

46. Hak-Ju Lee, SS, Rays

47. Jake Odorizzi, SP, Royals

48. Gary Brown, OF, Giants

49. Wily Peralta, SP, Brewers

50. Casey Kelly, SP, Padres

51. Nick Castellanos, 3B, Tigers

52. Nick Franklin, SS, Mariners

53. Gary Sanchez, C, Yankees

54. Trevor May, SP, Phillies

55. Jean Segura, SS, Angels

56. Will Middlebrooks, 3B, Red Sox

57. Anthony Gose, OF, Blue Jays

58. Jake Marisnick, OF, Blue Jays

59. Michael Choice, OF, A’s

60. Rymer Liriano, OF, Padres

61. Jarred Cosart, SP, Astros

62. Javier Baez, SS, Cubs

63. Willin Rosario, C, Rockies

64. Bryce Brentz, OF, Red Sox

65. Andrelton Simmons, SS, Braves

66. Chad Bettis, SP, Rockies

67. Garrett Richards, SP, Angels

68. Yasmani Grandal, C, Padres

69. Josh Bell, OF, Pirates

70. Nathan Eovaldi, SP, Dodgers

71. Jedd Gyorko, 3B, Padres

72. Aaron Hicks, OF, Twins

73. Mason Williams, OF, Yankees

74. Chris Archer, SP, Rays

75. Brad Peacock, SP, A’s

76. Xander Bogaerts, SS, Red Sox

77. James Paxton, SP, Mariners

78. Jesse Biddle, SP, Phillies

79. Allen Webster, SP, Dodgers

80. Brody Colvin, SP, Phillies

81. Cory Spangenberg, 2B, Padres

82. Drew Smyly, SP, Tigers

83. Alex Meyer, SP, Nationals

84. George Springer, OF, Astros

85. Sonny Gray, SP, A’s

86. Sammy Solis, SP, Nationals

87. Matt Dominguez, 3B, Marlins

88. A.J. Cole, SP, A’s

89. Leonys Martin, OF, Rangers

90. Jeurys Familia, SP, Mets

91. Christian Bethancourt, C, Braves

92. Tim Beckham, SS, Rays

93. Ryan Lavarnway, C, Red Sox

94. Grant Green, OF, A’s

95. Noah Syndergaard, SP, Blue Jays

96. Mikie Mahtook, OF, Rays

97. Jed Bradley, SP, Brewers

98. Francisco Peguero, OF, Giants

99. Taylor Guerrieri, SP, Rays

100. Addison Reed, RP, White Sox

2011 Favorites: 9. A moment frozen in time

Starting pitcher Junichi Tazawa (13) of the Salem Red Sox waits out a rain delay by tossing a ball in the dugout prior to a game against the Potomac Nationals on June 16, 2011, at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Va. Tazawa was on a Major League rehab assignment from the Boston Red Sox. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Major Leaguer Junichi Tazawa was on a rehab assignment in Class A, and here he was waiting out a rain delay before a start. He was tossing a ball back and forth, listening to his music, and looked like he just wanted to get things going.

It just seemed to be an interesting Minor League moment frozen in time. Almost like a painting.

 

Braves said to be relocating Matt Lipka to outfield

Shortstop James Kang (2) of the Greenville Drive is out at second base as shortstop Matt Lipka (5) of the Rome Braves turns the double play in the second inning of a game on July 18, 2011, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Rome beat Greenville, 7-3. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Atlanta Braves tested out 2010 No. 1 pick Matt Lipka in the outfield during this fall’s Instructional League play in Florida.

O’Brien reported on his Twitter feed: “Took to it well, impressed. Will play CF in ’12 in minors.”

The Instructional League is a chance for young prospects to get some additional training end experience in a Spring Training environment in Florida after the regular Minor League season ends. Very little official news comes out of these sessions. The Braves have not commented on their website.

Lipka is highly regarded by the Braves, as you would expect of any top draft pick, but the team has a line of good prospects waiting for a shot at the shortstop job, which is where Lipka has been playing.

Lipka played for the Rome Braves this year in Class A, and appeared in several games at Fluor Field against the Greenville Drive.

Atlanta called up their top shortstop prospect, Tyler Pastornicky, when rosters were expanded at the end of this season. However, O’Brien has also reported that the team will be looking for a one-year veteran at short in 2012 until Pastornicky is ready for the starting job.

Atlanta also has another highly regarded shortstop prospect in the minors, Andrelton Simmons, who played this year in High A Lynchburg of the Carolina League. At the end of the season he was named one of the league’s Top 20 prospects.

And if you want to go deeper into the Braves farm system, they also have rookie Danville shortstop Brandon Drury, who was named to the Appalachian League Post-Season All-Star Team this year and was named the league’s Player of the Year.

So that kinda gives a hint of what Atlanta is trying to do with Lipka.

Infielder/shortstop Andrelton Simmons (33) of the Lynchburg Hillcats, Carolina League affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, prior to a game against the Wilmington Blue Rocks on June 15, 2011, at City Stadium in Lynchburg, Va. Simmons was a second-round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

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.

 

Matt Young gets the call for opening day

9 April 2008: Infielder Matt Young (6) of the Mississippi Braves, Class AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, in the season’s home opener against the Mobile BayBears at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. Photo by: Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images

Infielder Matt Young, a long-time Minor Leaguer, got the word today that he’ll be on the Atlanta Braves’ 25-man roster on opening day.

Reports from the Braves’ beat writers indicate that Young was so emotional when he was given the news Sunday morning that he temporarily forgot to listen to anything else that was said.

Nobody in the Braves organization has worked harder to get a roster spot. Young, generously listed at 5 feet 8 inches, has had to work harder than anyone else to get noticed. He has been a perennial award winner and all-star.

He hit .300 last year at Triple-A, .358 just a few months ago in Mexico, and in his career was player of the week in the International League, Southern League, Carolina League, Best Hustler in the Southern League . . . and you get the picture.

Has his height kept him back? Probably, but he keeps hustling and winning awards. And now he finally got the call after being in the Braves organization since 2005.

I’ve photographed him for several years, including quite a bit when he was in Mississippi, and I haven’t seen very many players work as hard as he has. He deserves this shot.

Also selected to the opening day roster today were Brandon Hicks, also a long-time Braves farmhand, another feel-good announcement.

15 March 2009: Brandon Hicks in a game between the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros at the Braves’ Spring Training camp at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Photo by: Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jake Arrieta finally called up, makes the best of it

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RHP Jake Arrieta (34) of the Frederick Keys, Carolina League affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, prior to a game against the Potomac Nationals on June 20, 2008, at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Va. Photo by: Tom Priddy/MiLB.com
Orioles pitching prospect Jake Arrieta picked up a win in his Major League debut last week against the Yankees.
Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com quoted Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel as saying: “We feel that he’s one of the big guys that we’ll be counting on in the future. “Why not bring him [up]? I know we’re going to throw him in the fire against these guys, but hey, we don’t get to pick who we play or who we face. It’s a challenge for him. We’ll see how he reacts.”
I never got a chance to photograph him in Greenville, but I did when he was in the Carolina League.