Hefflinger Promoted; Braves Sign Another Indy Phenom

Braves MInor League Report: Friday

Friday, June 28, 2013 - by David Jenkins
In a move widely expected with the promotion of Josh Elander to Lynchburg, the Carolina League home run leader, Rob Hefflinger, has received a well-earned promotion to Class AA Mississippi.

Hefflinger, who doubled up as MVP of the Carolina-California League All-Star Game as well as the Home Run Derby, moves up with 21 homers -- seven more than anyone else in the league -- in just 74 games as well as a .286 average. The 6-4 righty hitter, a product of Buford, Ga., joins an already strong Mississippi lineup that came within an eyelast of taking the first-half West championship.

The Braves continue to make headlines -- and build rosters -- with resources found in the indepdendent leagues.  Thursday, it was announced that they dipped into one of the more obscure leagues -- the Canadian-American League -- to grab a player who was absolutely dominating the league:  outfielder Chris Edmondson.

In just 36 games with Rockford (which had never sold a player to organized baseball), the left-handed cleanup hitter led the league in runs (40), home runs (eight), doubles (15), RBI (35), walks (24), stolen bases (19), on-base percentage (.513), and slugging percentage (.738). The Le Moyne alum was also batting .413 on 52 hits, both of which rank second in the league.

This will be Edmondson’s second stint with a major league affiliate. He spent three seasons in the St. Louis Cardinals farm system before this year. Edmondson, 25, was drafted by the Cards in the 43rd round of the 2010 MLB Draft.

“It’s what you go to play independent ball for, and I was fortunate enough to play well and get another opportunity,” said Edmondson, who was assigned to Rome. “I would’ve thought (the Braves) would let me play out a little longer and see what I could do the rest of the season before anyone would give me a call, but they wanted to give me an opportunity right now.”



Buffalo 8, Gwinnett (36-47) 2 

Buffalo WP: Todd Redmond (3-1) 5 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K.
LP:  Poveda (5-5)  7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.
Gartrell 1-4, HR (4th), RBI; Nunez 2-4, RBI; Pagnozzi 1-3, 2B, R; Terdoslavich 1-4.


Pemsacola 7, Mississippi (43-27)  6  

LP: Northcraft (3-6)  3 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.
C. Mart (rehab)  1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. 
M. Jones 2-4. 2B, R, RBI; Pedroza 1-3, R; Brewer 1-5, R, HR (2nd), 3 RBI; Martinez 1-3 (.300).. 


Myrtle Beach 6, Lynchburg (38-39) 3

SP:  B. Sims 4 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 6 BB, 5 K. Rivera 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K.
Rohm 2-4, R; Lipka 2-5, 3B, 2 RBI, SB; Moses 1-4, RBI; Elander (debut) 1-3, BB..


Savannah 3, Rome (38-40) 0

SP:  Cabrera 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K.
LP: Fish (0-2) 1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K.
Wren 2-4; Heffley 2-3; Edmondson (debut) 0-4.


GCL Blue Jays 6, GCL Braves (1-4) 5  (10)

SP: Cordero 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. 
Fitzgerald (rehab) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K.
LP: Vail (0-1) 0.1 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K.
Livesay 1-2, 2 R, RBI, 3 BB, (.368); V. Reyes 1-3, 2 RBI; Afrno 1-3, 2 , RBI; Obregon 2-5, RBI.

Pulaski 4, Danville (3-5) 2

SP: Montenegro 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K. LP: Kimbrel (BS, 0-1) 1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K.
Lien 1-4; Moranda 1-2, RBI' Black 1-3, RBI; Caratini 1-4, 2B (.379)..

DSL Tigers @ DSL Braves, ppd.

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