If you haven't heard, the Braves High-A team in Lynchburg, Va. threw combined no-hitters against the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals affiliate) on back-to-back nights this past week. Atlanta's top prospect Lucas Sims, along with Alex Wilson, threw the first no-no on Thursday night, while recent Independent League signee Cody Scarpetta (along with Benino Pruneda) matched the feat on Friday night.
Speaking of Braves minor leaguers, I was somewhat disappointed in this year's team representatives in Topps Pro Debut. Four players made up Atlanta's roster and after seeing the checklist, I was very close to just abstaining from it this year. Ultimately, I decided to pick up a team set because of the inclusion of last year's top draft pick, Jason Hursh.
2014 Pro Debut #148 James Hoyt
2014 Stats: (AA) 2-2, 1.21 ERA, 29.2 IP, 6 Saves, 0.910 WHIP, 12.7 K/9
(AAA) 1-0 0.00 ERA, 4 IP, 1 Save, 1.50 WHIP, 15.8 K/9
2014 Pro Debut #25 Gus Schlosser
Schlosser was the 'Twenty-Sixth Man' on Saturday- referring to the special roster spot major league teams are allotted for doubleheaders. Entering the second game of the double header, Gus pitched one inning against the Phillies, allowing only a walk.
After making the opening day roster, Gus made 9 appearances out of the pen, allowing six runs over eleven innings, as well as taking a loss and recording a blown save.
2014 Pro Debut #127 Kyle Kubitza
Kubitza is having a pretty good offensive season at AA Mississippi, with a slash line that reads .304/.403/.462, though his defense leaves something to be desired. Third base is a weak area in the farm system, which explains the Braves recent extension with Chris Johnson. Perhaps Kyle will develop into the same type player for the Braves.
2014 Pro Debut #125 Jason Hursh
With the velocity that he possesses (92-96), one would expect Hursh to record a lot more strikeouts than he does (he's averaging 4.6 per 9 innings for AA Mississippi); he's a more pitch to contact type who induces a lot of groundballs with his heavy sinker. Jason also throws a curve and change up- both of which he will to become more consistent with if he is to become a starter at the major league level.