A lot of Braves fans are fed up. The Braves were involved in a big time trade this week that is surrounded by question marks, and the team hasn’t exactly been tearing it up on the field, either. The Braves are back to struggling to score runs, and barring a hot streak the playoffs are looking like a pipe dream. My recommendation to Braves fans: it’s all about the future, so enjoy watching the young talent get a chance to develop and begin building relationships with our players that will bring winning seasons to this franchise in the future. Take a deep breathe and relax: this was the plan all along. With that being said, let’s take a look at the standings, results and transactions from last week:
(7/27): Orioles 2, Braves 1: W: Brach (4-2) L: Avilan (2-4)
(7/28): Orioles 7, Braves 3: W: Jimenez (8-6) L: Teheran (6-6)
(7/29): Orioles 2, Braves 0: W: Tillman (8-7) L: Foltynewicz (3-3) SV: Britton (26)
(7/30): Phillies 4, Braves 1: W: Harang (5-11) L: Miller (5-8) SV: Giles (2)
(7/31): Phillies 9, Braves 3: W: Buchanan (2-5) L: Perez (4-1)
(8/1): Phillies 12, Braves 2: W: Nola (2-1) L: Wisler (5-2)
(8/2): Braves 6, Phillies 2: W: Teheran (7-6) L: Morgan (2-3)
7/28: Braves selected the contract of David Carpenter from AAA Gwinnett.
Braves place Manny Banuelos on 15-Day DL with elbow inflammation retroactive to 7/25.
7/29: Braves designate David Carpenter for assignment.
Braves recall Mike Foltynewicz from AAA Gwinnett.
7/30: Braves recalled Jake Brigham from AAA Gwinnett.
Braves selected the contract of Matt Marksberry from AAA Gwinnett.
Braves traded Alex Wood, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan, Jose Peraza and Bronson Arroyo to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Hector Olivera, Paco Rodriguez, and Zack Bird (also receive compensatory 1st Round pick from Marlins).
Braves recall Ryan Kelly from AAA Gwinnett.
7/31: Braves activated Williams Perez from the 15-Day DL.
Braves optioned Ryan Kelly to AAA Gwinnett.
Braves sent David Carpenter outright to AAA Gwinnett.
Eury Perez must have read that he was our featured “Who’s Not” this past week and decided to step up his game. In the past week, Perez has hit 9-for-19 (.474) with a .500 OBP and a couple stolen bases. Perez is not a guy who is going to hit for power and he’s never going to be a star, but the career minor leaguer has stepped it up for the Braves and is offering the team a serviceable option with the departure of Kelly Johnson and the struggles of Jonny Gomes. Perez is hitting .292 in 96 at bats for the Braves this season, and has been a nice surprise for the club.
Williams Perez got absolutely lit up in his first start back from the disabled list. He gave up 9 earned runs in 4.1 innings pitched with 4 walks. Yikes. Perez is not a huge strikeout guy and was never a highly touted prospect, but this has been the only mishap in what has been an incredible 2015 campaign for the righty between AAA and the big league club. We hope that Perez can turn things around in his next start.
Prospect of the Week:
Tyrell Jenkins seemingly gets better every level he reaches in his young career. Since being called up to AAA Gwinnett, Jenkins owns a 2.03 ERA in 5 starts. This past week, the righty was simply sensational. In his first start of the week against the Durham Bulls, Jenkins tossed a scoreless 8 innings in which he only gave up two hits. That’s… impressive. He wasn’t too shabby in his second start of the week against the same team, tossing 8 strikeouts and giving up just a single earned run in 6 innings. Hitters are only hitting .225 so far in AAA against Tyrell. Watch out for this kid.