There were quite a few moves in the Atlanta farm system Saturday.
David Carpenter had a rehab appearance for the Gwinnett Braves. He started the game Saturday against Charlotte at Coolray Field. He is on the Atlanta disabled list with an injury to his biceps. Carpenter would have had a 1-2-3 inning but for the fielding error by third baseman Phillip Gosselin to start the game. Carpenter did not allow a run. He struck out one, had one fly out, one ground out and had no walks while throwing 22 pitches (16 strikes). Carpenter is scheduled to make at least one more appearance for Gwinnett before the Braves see if he's ready to be activated.
Gus Schlosser was the 26th member of the Atlanta roster for Saturday's double-header in Philadelphia. He finished the second game of the day pitching a scoreless 9th inning. Schlosser only allowed one walk in his inning of work. Schlosser was sent back down to Gwinnett after Saturday's game and will rejoin the Triple-A rotation.
Juan Jaime was sent back down to Gwinnett to make room for catcher Christian Bethancourt on the Atlanta roster. Jaime pitched in four big leagues games this week since his debut last Friday. He allowed only one run on one hit in four innings of work, with one walk and seven strikeouts. Jaime undoubtedly impressed with his stuff and his performance and could be back on the roster soon.
Bethancourt caught the second game of Saturday's double-header in Philadelphia. Bethancourt was 1-for-3 with a strikeout. It was his first chance to catch behind the plate. One runner, Ben Revere, stole a base off Bethancourt but he got a great jump on pitcher David Hale. Bethancourt has been steadily improving with the bat. Bethancourt had hit .280 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI since last July 1. In his last two months in Triple-A Bethancourt hit .301 with three home runs and 26 RBI. Bethancourt was at .273 with three home runs and 32 RBI for the season at the time of his promotion.
The Braves promoted second baseman/shortstop Elmer Reyes from Double-A to Triple-A. Reyes was hitting .303 in Mississippi with two home runs, 28 RBI and three stolen bases. Reyes has really turned the corner in the last season and a half. Going back to the start of the 2013 season, Reyes has hit .292. Reyes is mainly a shortstop, and with Tyler Pastornicky at second base for Gwinnett, Reyes will probably stick at short. They'll also probably give him some time at second and third in a limited role.
Kyle Wren has done about all he needs to do in Lynchburg, so the Braves moved him to Double-A. Wren, the son of Atlanta general manager Frank Wren, was hitting .296 with the Hillcats. He had no home runs, 27 RBI and 33 stolen bases.
Daniel Castro is also making that important jump from High-A to Double-A. Castro was signed by the Braves in 2010 and for the last two years has been placed on a team in the Mexican League. He had a great start with Lynchburg this season, hitting .292 with 34 RBI and seven stolen bases. Castro has played exclusively at shortstop this season, but in the past he's also played second, third, left and right field.
Replacing Wren in the Lynchburg outfield will be Blake Brown, who was promoted from Rome. Brown was hitting .239 with a .352 OBP. He also had four home runs and 25 RBI with 10 stolen bases. Brown was Atlanta's fifth round pick in the 2012 draft.
The Braves will have Gerald Chin join the Rome team from Danville. Chin is a 21-year-old second baseman who was hitting .429 in Danville's first nine games of the season. He also had one home run, 11 RBI and one stolen bases.
Keith Curcio, Atlanta's sixth round pick earlier this month, will join Chin on the Rome roster. The 21-year-old left-handed hitting outfielder was hitting .259 in his first eight games of the season.
The pick before Curcio, former Miami left-hander Chris Diaz, made his pro debut last night for Rome. He allowed one run on one hit in 1.2 innings, with three walks and four strikeouts.
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