Monday, May 9, 2011

Empire State Braves Prospects: 5/10/11

A number of strong performances over the past week (5/3-5/9) by the Empire Staters...

Anthony Varvaro, RHP (Triple A - Gwinnett)
With top-performing prospect Stephen Marek on the DL and headed for Tommy John surgery, it looks like Varvaro may have (at least unofficially) taken over the closer role for Gwinnett. Since the news about Marek came out, Varvaro saw action in the 9th inning of a tie game and then came in for an old-fashioned three inning save a few games later. I may have jinxed him last week when I mentioned his shockingly impressive BAA, as he surrendered nearly twice as many hits over the past week as he previously had all season. Still another solid week for the St. John's University product.

This Week: 2 G (0-1), 1 SV, 3.1 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 4 K, 3 BB
Season: 11 G (0-4), 1 SV, 17 IP, 3.71 ERA, 17 K, 13 BB

Dan Jurik, RHP (High A - Lynchburg)
The 2010 draftee continues to impress in his limited opportunities. Jurik's managed to remain at the same level for an entire week for the first time all season. We shall see if his spot with Lynchburg is still temporary once various DL assignments get cleared up. Either way, he's certainly performed well enough to earn a permanent spot (well, at least until Mississippi comes calling).

This Week: 1 G (0-0), 3.1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 5 K, 1 BB
Season (Rome/Lynchburg): 4 G (0-0), 1 SV, 9 IP, 0.00 ERA, 12 K, 2 BB

Dave Filak, RHP (Single A -Rome)
Filak's up and down season continues. This past week's performance, fortunately, was one of the former. He's been consistently inconsistent, alternating between effective and disappointing outings. The former SUNY Oneonta Red Dragon pitched well in his one start this week, but continues to battle control issues.

This Week: 1 G (0-0), 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 K, 4 BB
Season: 5 G (1-1), 20.1 IP, 4.87 ERA, 13 K, 16 BB

Cory Brownsten, C (Single A - Rome)
No action to report for Brownsten as he remains on the DL. With Christian Bethancourt heating up at Rome, it will be interesting to see what the Lockport, NY native's status is when he returns from the disabled list.

This Week: DNP
Season: 3 G, .182/.250/.273, 0 HR, 0 RBI

Brendan Rowland, C/OF (Gulf Coast League)

Season Has Not Yet Begun 

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