Monday, July 25, 2011

Empire State Braves Prospects: 7/26/11

Here are your Empire Staters for this past week (7/19-7/25)...

Anthony Varvaro, RHP (Triple A - Gwinnett)
Another week, another couple effective outings for Varvaro. He's part of a solid relief core at Gwinnett, going along with Jairo Asencio, Juan Abreu and Jaye Chapman. All of Varvaro's season stats look great expect for the walk rate (5.3 BB/9) and even that's mitigated a bit by the high strikeout rate. Could he really be any worse than Scott Proctor?

This Week: 2 G (0-0), 2.2 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 HR, 2 K, 0 BB
Season: 33 G (2-6), 50.2 IP, 2.66 ERA, 59 K, 30 BB

Cory Brownsten, C (Low A - Rome)
Brownsten remains on the DL with the fractured right thumb he suffered on July 16th. When he returns, he'll be stuck behind the reigning South Atlantic League Player of the Week Evan Gattis at the catcher's spot.

This Week: DL
Season (Rome and Lynchburg): 13 G, .163/.234/.209, 0 HR, 0 RBI

 Dan Jurik, RHP (Rookie - Danville)
In two appearances this past week, Jurik continues to dominate against rookie league hitters. It's clear he belongs in at least Rome, if not Lynchburg. Though while stuck at Danville, he can work to improve his walk rate (4.0 BB/9 over three levels) and his home run rate (0.96 HR/9 over three levels). I understand he's more or less been the unofficially designated moving pitcher, but you'd at least like him to be challenged somewhere (1.17 ERA at Danville).

This Week: 2 G (0-0), 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 K, 2 BB
Season (Danville, Rome and Lynchburg): 21 G (0-2), 2 SV, 47 IP, 3.06 ERA, 39 K, 21 BB

Dave Filak, RHP (Rookie - Danville)
This past week brought another encouraging start from the 2010 4th rounder. Three runs (two earned) over five innings is nothing to get too excited about, but the 5/0 K/BB is great to see and that's now at least five innings and three earned or less in two of his past three starts. At least that's moving in the right direction. His 2.5 K/BB at Danville is much improve over his rate at Rome.

This Week: 1 G (0-0), 5 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 7 H, 5 K, 0 BB
Season (Danville and Rome): 17 G (2-8), 70.2 IP, 7.90 ERA, 52 K, 41 BB

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