The Syracuse Chiefs and Gwinnett Braves play the first of a scheduled doubleheader at 2:05pm Sunday.
The G-Braves offense continues to struggle and needs to find more consistency with the exception of OF Todd Cunnighman, 1B Ernesto Mejia, and 1B/OF Joey Terdoslavich. Without these three players, the team is hitting .247 with an OPS under .700.
Cody Martin will take the mound for the game. Poveda, 23, was recently called up to AAA, after performing so well in AA Mississippi. His stat line for the M-Braves was 3-3 with a 2.81 ERA in 67 innings, striking out 71 and walking 27. Martin was a seventh round pick in the 2011 draft, and was ranked as the #10 prospect for the Braves, by MLB.com.
The Braves bullpen has been good this year. Wirfin Obispo and Cory Rasmus have done an excellent job and Rasmus has earned some AAA All Star potential. Ryan Butcher has also done well in the bullpen but needs to work on his control with 27 walks in 31 innings.
The Syracuse Chiefs, like the Braves, have struggled offensively this year. Their few successes are not able to overshadow their weaknesses. They are second in the league in home runs, but their inability to get on base wastes many opportunities.
Syracuse will send Danny Rosenbaum to the mound on Saturday. Rosenbaum was a 22nd round pick of the Washington Nationals in 2009, and has steadily worked his way through their minor league system and should receive a September call-up this year if his success continues. He owns a 5-3 record with a 3.76 ERA, but has struggled with his command at times, issuing 34 walks in 79 innings.
The Chiefs bullpen has not been good this year. Tanner Roark has been a much better reliever than he was a starter, but the rest of the bullpen has been scary for the Chiefs. The Braves should look to capitalize on a taxed bullpen, which has been used due to some of their starters’ inability to pitch deep into games.
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Cody Martin- Martin is currently the highest, ranked prospect on the Gwinnett Braves. He projects to be a pitcher with average stuff, but his minor league numbers show that he could do more. He owns a 17-10 record and 2.52 ERA in 215 minor league innings. Martin’s peripherals match his success. In his three minor league seasons, he owns a 1.14 WHIP, a 10/5 K/9 ratio, a 2.5 BB/9 ratio, and a 0.5 HR/9 ratio. Martin has the ability to get hitters out, and he decreases their chances to score by not issuing free passes.