Braves Lose Two Lefty Prospects To 60-day DL

Minor League Report: Sunday 728

Sunday, July 28, 2013 - by David Jenkins
Strong left-handed arms are worth their weight in gold in a major league farm system, so it was no small deal when the Braves placed a pair of promising left-ihanders, Chuck Buchanan and Luis Merejo, on the 60-day disabled llist Saturday.

No details on injury was provided, but the July 27th assures the players thay they will not be seeing any more regular season action in 2013.
But just exactly who have the Braves lost?

Buchanan was the 19th round pick in this summer's June draft, a big (6-5, 220) college veteran out of Cal-Bakersfield. In fact, he was one of four lefties the Braves drafted in five rounds as they apparenently sensed a glut of lefty talent still available. But Buchanan only pitched twice for Danville, the latest appearance on July 7.

Merejo is an even bigger disappointment. Not scheduled to turn 19 until after the season, he was Baseball America's 22nd-ranked Braves prospect despite his 0-5 debut in the DSL as a 17-year-old. This year, the promise was becomeing apparent: in two different stops, he pitched in five games for a total of 16 innings wiith 12 strikeouts, just 11 hits allowed and a perrfect 0.00 ERA.

He final appearance was a solid inning on July 20th.

It's premature to know what lay ahead for the pitchers, but the Braves had to shut one one of their top 2012 draftees, Doug Peterson, for Tommy John surgery early in the seaons and the breakdown of their big league bullpen is well documented. And we still don't know the extent of the damage in J.R. Graham's shoulder. And Cory Gearrin still hasn't pitched since his return to the minors.

One encouraging note is that Sean Gilmartin has already made one rehab start as he returns from his own shoulder troubles. 
----------------- 
SUNDAY'S GAMES

CLASS AAA

Charlotte 6, Gwinnett (46-63) 1


LP: Bisenius (3-4) 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K .
Carrithers 1-3; Boggs 1-3, RBI; Mejia 1-3, 2B; Leonard 1-3.

CLASS AA

Mississippi (17-16) 12, Montgomery 6


WP: Northcraft (5-8) 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.
Salcedo 1-4, 3 SB (17); Hefflinger 1-3, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI; Luna 4-5, 2 2B, 3 R, RBI; La Stella 1-2, R, 2 BB; Bethancourt 2-6, 2B, R, RBI; Jones 1-4, R, 2 RBI, SB; Martinez 1-3, R, RBI; Pedroza 2-5, 2B, 3 R, RBI. 

ADVAMCED CLASS A

Lynchburg, idle.

CLASS A

Rome (16-20) 9, Asheville 3 
(17 total hits)

SP: Hursh 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R. 1 BB, 5 K. (0.00)
WP: Briceno (4-7) 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.
Kalenkosky 2-5, R, RBI; Meneses 3-5, R, RBI, SB; Wren 1-5, R, RBI, 2 SB (17); Tewell 2-5, 2 R, HR (8th), 2 RBI; Heffley 3-5, 2B, 3B, R, RBI; Carroll 2-4, 2 RBI, SB; Peraza 1-5, R.

SHORT-SEASON

Danville (18-16) 4, Burlington 2


WP: Flores (2-1) 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB<, 6 K. Swanner (Save, 3) 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K.
Shrader 1-4, HR (4th), RBI; Reynolds 3-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI; Camargo 2-4, 2B, R, RBI.

Rene Enang Is New Dalton State Assistant Coach

When Dalton State soccer begins practice this week, they will be under the direction of two men with long standing ties.  Roadrunner Coach Kerem Daser has a former player and assistant coach at Georgia Military on his staff.  Rene Enang played under “Coach K’ at the Milledgeville (Ga.) junior college and was team captain for both seasons. “Rene was an all-conference ... (click for more)

Fair Announces Class 6A Preseason All-State Team

The Star Physical Therapy Class 6A Preseason All-State football team has been announced in Murphy Fair's Tennessee High School Football magazine. No players from the Chattanooga area were voted to the team. Offense QB Tate Kolwyck Arlington 5-11 175 Soph RB Greedy Howse Siegel 5-11 185 Sr. RB Ayron Thompson Whitehaven 5-9 ... (click for more)

Truck Driver Who Caused Wreck That Killed 6 People At Ooltewah Indicted On 13 Charges; Report Says He Drove Excessive Hours

The Chattanooga Police Department has issued a capias for the arrest of Benjamin Brewer, 39, concerning the multiple fatality traffic crash that occurred on I-75 northbound on June 25. Brewer was indicted on Monday on 13 counts.  They include six counts of vehicular homicide by impairment, a B-felony; four counts for reckless aggravated assault, a D-felony; one count for DUI ... (click for more)

Rawls Says Schools Could Have Better Spent $16,000 Than For Motivational Speech; County To Explore Performance Guaranteed Utility Contract

Bradley County Commissioner Dan Rawls said three school systems could have better spent $16,000 than for a motivational speaker to fire teachers up at the start of a new school year. He said the payment to Ron Clark, former National Teacher of the Year and the founder of the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, could have gone for school supplies and other needs. Bradley County ... (click for more)

Why Is The City Diverting Federal Transportation Funds From Real Need?

The city of Chattanooga and CBL, owner of Hamilton Place Mall, would have the mass of taxpayers believe that improving mall access from the interstate is not impacting us financially.   Namely, CBL has committed to fund the city’s match of $8 million, so they will receive $32 million in Federal Transportation Funds that are allocated annually to local jurisdictions through ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Hero Is Coming Home

In late September, a very special funeral will be held in Bearden, Tenn., when 1 st Lt. Alexander “Sandy” Bonnyman Jr., will finally come home to lie in peace with his family. Sandy’s been dead for 72 years now, ever since he was killed in combat on the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands on Nov. 22, 1943. He and a number of other Marine heroes were buried back then in a shallow ... (click for more)