Monday, July 11, 2011

Empire State Braves Prospects: 7/12/11

As the parent club heads into its mid-season All-Star break, here's how the Empire Staters performed over the past week (7/5-7/11)....

Anthony Varvaro, RHP (Triple A - Gwinnett)
Two more appearances for Varvaro this past week, which has been about par for the course. He did manage to pick up just his second win of the season, working to balance out a misleading 2-6 record. Varvaro continues to be one of the most called upon arms in the Gwinnett 'pen.

This Week: 2 G (1-0), 3 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 K, 2 BB
Season: 29 G (2-6), 1 SV, 43.0 IP, 2.72 ERA, 52 K, 27 BB

Cory Brownsten, C (Low A - Rome)
It looks like Brownsten has been only getting the start every fourth or fifth game since his return from the DL a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, he's not doing much with the infrequent opportunities he's given. This past week was no different.

This Week: 1 G, 0-3
Season (Rome and Lynchburg): 11 G, .179/.220/.231, 0 HR, 0 RBI

Dan Jurik, RHP (Low A - Rome/Rookie - Danville)
After notching just his second save of the season in a relief appearance with Rome, Jurik was sent down to Danville on July 9th, swapping places with LHP Matt Chaffee (2011 12th round pick). Despite average to above average numbers at nearly every level he's been at, it seems that Jurik's bound to be the organization's designated traveling pitcher this year.

This Week: 1 G (0-0), 1 SV, 1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 K, 1 BB
Season (Roma and Lynchburg): 17 G (0-1), 2 SV, 39.1 IP, 3.43 ERA, 33 K, 18 BB

Dave Filak, RHP (Rookie - Danville)
At first glance, earning the loss while allowing three runs over just five innings probably isn't something to get excited about. But when you're looking for progress, it's important to note that those are the fewest runs and most innings Filak has put up in a start since being sent down to Danville in late June. Combined with a quickly improving K/BB rate, maybe - just maybe - Flak's beginning to turn his season around.

This Week: 1 G (0-1), 5 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 1 BB
Season (Danville and Rome): 15 G (2-8), 62 IP, 8.13 ERA, 46 K, 38 BB

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