Monday, July 18, 2011

Empire State Braves Prospects: 7/19/11

All four current Empire Staters saw action, while a former Empire Stater made his major league debut this week. Let's see how the current crop performed over the past seven days (7/12-7/18)...

Anthony Varvaro, RHP (Triple A - Gwinnett)
Varvaro again saw action in two games over the past week. But instead of throwing just an inning plus per appearance, he stayed in for multiple innings each game. As Frank Wren and Fredi Gonzalez realize their need for RHP help out of the pen, perhaps Varavro's auditioning his flexibility as a last-resort internal option? If he could someone manage his walks, he might have a slight chance.

This Week: 2 G (0-0), 5 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 HR, 5 K, 3 BB
Season: 31 G (2-6), 1 SV, 48 IP, 2.63 ERA, 57 K, 30 BB

Cory Brownsten, C (Low A - Rome)
Brownsten made his obligatory two starts this week, going hitless in four AB. Unfortunately, that wasn't the worst of it. The Lockport, NY native fractured his right thumb during play on Saturday. That injury earned him a trip to the 7-day DL, effective July 18th. This is Brownsten's second DL stint this season, having missed nearly two months with an oblique strain earlier in the year.

This Week: 2 G, 0-4, 2 BB, 1 SB
Season (Rome and Lynchburg): 13 G, .163/.234/.209, 0 HR, 0 RBI

Dan Jurik, RHP (Rookie - Danville)
Jurik made his first two appearances of the season for Danville this past week. Despite pitching relatively well overall, his sole earned run in his second outing was enough to earn him the loss. Although highly unlikely, Jurik just needs stints with Mississippi and Gwinnett sometime this season to give him the Braves minor league organization (non-GCL) cycle.

This Week: 2 G (0-1), 3.2 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 3 K, 1 BB
Season (Danville, Rome and Lynchburg): 19 G (0-2), 2 SV, 43 IP, 3.35 ERA, 36 K, 19 BB

Dave Filak, RHP (Rookie - Danville)
I had hoped Filak's decent start two weeks ago was the beginning of a turning tide for the former SUNY Oneonta Red Dragon. Instead, Filak followed that start with one he'd surely like to forget. Again, too many hits and too many walks resulting in too many runs.

This Week: 1 G (0-0), 3.2 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 1 K, 3 BB
Season (Danville and Rome): 16 G (2-8), 65.2 IP, 8.22 ERA, 47 K, 41 BB

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