Turner Unsung Hero Of 2013 Season

Braves Minor League Report: Wednesday

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - by David Jenkins

One of 2013's unsung heroes in the Atlanta Braves organization would have to be Texas-based scout Gerald Turner.  With No. 1 pick Jason Hursh out of Oklahoma State signed, sealed and delivered, Turner continues a hot steak of finds that include Evan Gattis, Andrelton Simmons and Matt Lipka.

Based in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroprex and responsible for North Texas and Oklahoma, Turner was prominently mentioned last year with the emergence of Simmons as a foremost shortstop when many teams were looking to draft/sign him as a pitcher. This year has found him quoted extensively as the scout to "remembered" Gattis from the days of his high school promise.

"He had tools you just don't see," said Turner, 70, the Dallas-based scout who followed Gattis and says his power and throwing arm ranked near the top of the scouting scale. "He might be the strongest human being I've ever shook hands with."

Turner has had similar praise for Hursh, who debuts before the end of the week.

“He’s a clean, easy delivery,” pronounced Turner, who initially saw Hursh when he was in high schoolin Carrollton, Texas. “Easy 95 (mph). Can paint both sides of a plate. Doesn’t have a lot of innings on his arm. He’s going to pierce fast. Strike thrower, ground-ball pitcher, downhill (throwing plane), good body.”

In the name of fairness, however, Turner also scouted 2011 bust Chase Larsson, cut at the end of spring training.



Buffalo 4, Gwinnett (35-46) 3

SP: Hale 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. LP: Obispo (1-3) 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K.
Terdoslavich 1-4, R, RBI; Gartrell 1-4, RBI; Leonard 1-4, RBI; Cunningham 1-4, R, SB.


Mississippi (42-36) 8, Pensacola 3

SP: Thomas 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. WP: Shreve (3-1) 1 IP, 0 H, 1 K.
Pedroza 3-4, R, 2 RBI; Kleinknecht 2-3, R HR (5th), 3 RBI; Salcedo 1-4, 2B, R, RBI; Martinez 2-4, R; Bethancourt 1-3, 2B, 2 R.


Wilmington 6, Lynchburg (38-37) 5

LP: Weber (4-3) 4.2 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K.
Cunniff 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K.
Moses 2-5, 2B, RBI; Skinner 3-4, 2B, HR (14th), 2 RBI; Lipka 2-4, R, SB, HBP (.284); Kubitza 1-5, 2 R, 3B, RBI.


Rome (38-38) 7, Kannapolis 6                        Walk-off win on 2-run Kalenkowsky 1B.

SP: Lafreniere 6 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. WP: Pfisterer (1-0) 3 IP, 2 , 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K.
Kalenkowsky 2-5, R, 2 RBI; Elander 1-4, R, RBI; Franco 2-4, R; Tewell 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Heffley 1-4, 2B, 2 R, SB.


GCL Braves (1-3) @ GCL Tigers, ppd.

Pulaski 12, Danville (3-3) 6                              9 unanswered runs in 7th-8th.

SP: Ubiera 5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. LP: Waszak (0-1) 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER(4r), 1 BB, 2 K. Gunther (BS) 1.1 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3 HR.
Wren 3-5, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI (.409); Caratini 2-3, 2 RBI (.476); Schrader 1-4, HR (1st), RBI.

DSL Yankees @ DSL Braves, ppd.

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