Monday, May 2, 2011

Empire State Braves Prospects: 5/3/11

Lots of developments this week (4/26-5/2) for the Empire State Braves Prospects...


Anthony Varvaro, RHP (Triple A - Gwinnett)
Anthony saw quite a bit of action this week, earning time in three games. He's still being used mostly late in games, with mainly 7th and 8th inning appearances. While his control issues are keeping him from being truly dominant, he's been nearly unhittable with a .073 BAA (3-41).

This Week: 3 G (0-1), 5.2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 8 K, 4 BB (2 IBB)
Season: 9 G (0-3), 13.2 IP, 3.95 ERA, 13 K, 10 BB

Dan Jurik, RHP (High A - Lynchburg/Single A - Rome)
I'm not sure Dan has had a chance to unpack his luggage at all so far this season. With the Hillcats' David Hale being placed on the 7-day DL (retroactive to 4/28), Jurik was called up to fill in at Lynchburg. It's likely temporary until Hale's eligible to return on Thursday, but it's still nice to Jurik given a chance to perform at a higher level. His outing on 4/29 was a bit shaky, but aided by a GIDP and a timely pick-off.

This Week (Lynchburg): 1 G (0-0), 1 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 K, 0 BB
Season (Rome/Lynchburg): 3 G (0-0), 5.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 7 K, 1 BB

Cory Brownsten, C (Single A - Rome/High A - Lynchburg)
Following his trip to the DL the previous week, Brownsten went to the opposite direction as Jurik, being sent down to Rome on 5/1. He saw just one game above the Gulf Coast League in 2010, so maybe the jump up to High A ball this season came too fast for him, but you'd like to see a four-year college player pick it up a bit quicker. He's now stuck behind top-prospect Christian Bethancourt at the catcher position.

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

Dave Filak, RHP (Single A - Rome)
The 2010 draftee continues to struggle at Rome following another rough start. He's being hit a bit, but his biggest difficulty has been his control. Any time you have a K/BB ratio below 1.00, you know something is wrong. Filak has some good stuff, so he should get back on track quick if he can figure out those control issues.

This Week: 1 G (0-0), 3 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 5 H, 2 K, 2 BB
Season: 4 G (1-1), 14.1 IP, 6.91 ERA, 10 K, 12 BB

Brendan Rowland, C/OF (Gulf Coast League)

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