Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Once a Brave, Always a Brave - The Indies Revisited

As a part of this little series of mine, I look at former Braves in the independent leagues. Some of these guys may surprise you. Let's take a late season look at who is still kicking it for plays like Bridgeport and Sioux Falls. As I did last time, I'll just report on players I find by league rather than by team and if there's anything interesting to add, I'll do just that.

American Association
Winston Abreu (Joplin)
Yenier Bello (Joplin)
...apparently, anyone can have bonkers stats in Cuba. Put Bello in the American Association and...ugh.
Stefan Gartrell (Amarillo)
...Over three years, Gartrell was a fixture with Gwinnett, including hitting 45 homers combined in his first two years, but he never got to the majors. He didn't play last year, but has made a pair of Amarican Association stops this year in efforts to get another look.
Luis Hernandez (Wichita)
...Smooth glove guy who the Braves sent to the O's before 2007. He's logged 122 games in the majors, but just two of them since 2011. He's in his first year in independent ball.
Ken Oberkfell (Lincoln)
...played nearly five years with the Braves back in the 80's and has managed Lincoln for the last three years. Lincoln's pretty bad this year, but played in the Finals last year where they swept by Wichita.

Atlantic League
Jose Constanza (York)
...honestly surprised we didn't pick him back up when he was cut a few weeks back.
Matt DeSalvo (York)
...he pitched two too many games with the Braves. York just cut him.
Tim Gustafson (Sugar Land)
Ty'Relle Harris (York)
Brandon Jones (Retired)
...earlier this month, Jones finally gave up his dream of getting back into affiliated ball for the first time since 2011 or returning to the majors for the first time since 2009 with the Braves. He had played for three different Atlantic League teams this year and struggled all year.
Mark Lamm (Lancaster)
...a bit of a surprise release in late July if only because he had a 2.93 ERA with Mississippi this year, but his peripherals were pretty bad. A sixth round failure out of Vanderbilt in 2011.
Anthony Lerew (York)
...remember how much we loved him? He's been on the DL since the end of June.
Kameron Loe (Retired)
...along the time Jones announced his retirement, Loe did the same.  Both finished with Bridgeport and both saw their last action in the majors with the Braves. Loe had been suspended this year for a second positive test for a "drug of abuse."
James Parr (Sugar Land)
...in a baker's dozen games between 2008-09, he showed he wasn't quite ready for prime time. After another year in Gwinnett, his time with the Braves came to a close. Four years later, he washed up in the Atlantic League.
Cody Scarpetta (Bridgeport)
...you might say who? I say read this and find out.
Gus Schlosser (Somerset)
...he was part of my last edition of this series, but got cut soon after.
Donnie Veal (Long Island)
...he got into a handful of pretty ugly games with the Braves this year, but ultimately chose free agency rather than head back to Gwinnett. Since joining Long Island, the lefty has been pretty decent (1.38 ERA).
Kelvin Villa (Sugar Land)
Daryle Ward (Sugar Land)
...I love a guy who is 40 and still trying to stick around. Hasn't played in the majors since 2008.
Matt Wright (Sugar Land)
...drafted in the 21st round of 2000. If you aren't good at math, that's 16 years! He pitched for Macon and Richmond.

Frontier League
Jarett Miller (Southern Illinois)
...a 21st rounder in 2011, Miller spent four years in A-ball for the Braves. He opened this year in the O's system, but has spent the last couple of months with the Miners.
Navery Moore (Joliet)
...that 2011 draft has produced 8 major leaguers so far so it's not terrible, but four of them (Schlosser, Lamm, Miller, Moore) selected between rounds 6 and 21 are in independent ball.
Tyler Tewell (Gateway)
...remember the back-to-back Hillcats no-hitter that Scarpetta took part in? Tewell caught both games.

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  1. Is that the Eastern League, or the Frontier League?

    1. Oopsie. Frontier League. I think I got mixed up from Jarett Miller, who pitched in the Eastern League earlier this season. Good catch.