Farm Report Week 3: Drew Waters, Cristian Pache leading the way

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 13: Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 of the Atlanta Braves is followed by Blooper the team mascot after an 11-7 win over the New York Mets at SunTrust Park on April 13, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves won 11-7. (Photo by John Amis/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 13: Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 of the Atlanta Braves is followed by Blooper the team mascot after an 11-7 win over the New York Mets at SunTrust Park on April 13, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves won 11-7. (Photo by John Amis/Getty Images) /
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(6-10) Rome Braves (A)


(4/15) Monday: Lost 2-3 vs. Columbia Fireflies – FULL RECAP

  • (P) N. Kingham: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 K
  • (RF) T. Harris: 2-3, RBI
  • (LF) A. Moritz: 2-4, RBI, R, 2 K

Centerfielder Justin Dean went 1-for-4 on Monday with a double and a run-scored. Trey Harris just continues to hit the ball, as he ripped off another multi-hit game (now has a .425 BA going into Tuesday and a 4-game hitting-streak).

Darling Florentino continues to struggle, going 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout. Unfortunately, reliever Tanner Lawson blew his save opportunity, when he gave up a run off 3 hits and walked two batters in his appearance.

(4/16) Tuesday: Won 8-1 vs. Columbia Fireflies – FULL RECAP

  • (P) J. De La Cruz: 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 6 K
  • (1B) G. Benson: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
  • (P) J. Montilla: 3 IP, H, 2 K

Jasseel De La Cruz made another solid start, but was left with a no-decision as Jose Montilla notched the win with 3 excellent innings of relief.

Shortstop, Carlos Paraguate, needed a good game and he got one, going 2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI. That’ll bring his average up to a measly .200 (.461 OPS) after Tuesday.

Thursday’s designated hitter, Greg Cullen, went 2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI. Leadoff hitter and left fielder, Andrew Moritz, stole his first base of 2019 and went 1-for-4 with an RBI.

(4/17) Wednesday: Lost 1-2 vs. Columbia Fireflies – FULL RECAP

  • (P) J. Olague: 5 IP, 9 H, ER, BB, K
  • (3B) D. Florentino: 1-3, 2B, 2 K
  • (CF) J. Dean: 2-4, K

The Rome bats were suppressed on Wednesday by Fireflies’ starter Jason Vilera (3 hits / 0 walks / 5 strikeouts).

Outfielder, Trey Harris, continues to be a leader for this Braves team as he now has 13 hits in his last 10 games (went 1-for-4 on Wed.). Braves catcher Ricardo Rodriguez had another hitless game and is now 3-for-28 in 8 games this season (after Tuesday’s game).

Tuesday’s DH, Griffin Benson, went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. Logan Brown (Rome’s star catcher) sat out Tuesday night.

(4/18) Thursday: Lost 0-4 vs. Greenville Drive – FULL RECAP

  • (P) T. Riley: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
  • (C) R. Rodriguez: 3-4, 2 2B
  • (2B) G. Cullen: 1-3, 2B

Rome suffered a shutout loss and Trey Riley dropped his third-straight decision on Thursday, as shortstop Carlos Paraguate added a double, a walk, and a strikeout to go with the Braves 6 total hits. Jose Bermudez also contributed with a single.

Riley (0-3) is now up to a 7.82 ERA as Rome’s starter in 2019. The Braves bullpen was excellent on Thursday, working the last 4 innings and striking out 7.

Reliever Victor Vodnik continued his 2019 dominance, getting 6 outs from 3 strikeouts, two groundouts and a flyout. He’s pitched 8 scoreless innings thus far in 2019.

(4/19) Friday: Lost 0-2 vs. Greenville Drive – FULL RECAP

  • (P) O. Javier: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
  • (DH) D. Florentino: 1-3, 2B, K
  • (LF) T. Harris: 1-4, 2B

The Greenville pitching was efficient against the Braves, striking out 12 Rome batters and walking none. The Braves starter Odalvi Javier pitched a 2-hitter, though, he battled with control issues throughout his start.

Trey Harris continues to get his hits. Through Friday’s game, Harris has recorded a hit in 7 of his last 10 and has 14 hits (14-for-38 / .368 BA) in that same span.

Rounding out the rest of the Rome offensive contributors, right fielder Greg Dean went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and Brendan Venter went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts.

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(4/20) Saturday: Won 5-4 vs. Greenville Drive – FULL RECAP

  • (P) A. Rangel: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, BB, 6 K, 2 HR
  • (1B) B. Venter: 2-3, 2B, RBI
  • (3B) D. Florentino: 1-4, HR, 3 RBI

Starter Alan Rangel hadn’t pitched 3 innings in one start yet this season, and on Saturday he worked 5 innings in his fifth start of 2019; a solid outing except for the two homers given up.

Reliever Claudio Custodio made his first appearance of the year and picked up the win Saturday with 2 hitless innings pitched and two strikeouts. Kurt Hoekstra converted the save opportunity; his first of 2019.

The hot-hitting Trey Harris got two knocks, going 2-for-3 with a run-scored and a walk. Jose Burmudez stole a base, hit a single, and walked twice. Bermudez has been quiet thus far in 2019; batting .194 for Rome.

(4/21) Sunday: OFF DAY

Hitter of the Week:

Stats for Week 3 (beginning on April 15)

(RF) Trey Harris:  .300 BA, 2 doubles, RBI

The hitting was pretty weak in Week 3 for Rome, but Trey Harris led the way, going 6-for-20 this past week. An interesting stat, though: third baseman Darling Florentino went 3-for-20 (.157 BA) in Week 3, and all three hits were XBHs (2 doubles and a home run).

Pitcher of the Week:

Stats for Week3 (beginning on April 15)

(SP) Odalvi Javier:  4 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

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Check back next week as we continue to update you on everything happening in the Atlanta Braves minor league system.