Harrilchak is player of week in fall league

Braves minor league outfielder Cory Harrilchak was selected player of the week in the Arizona Fall League after hitting .474 (9-for-19) with three homers and seven RBIs for the Phoenix Desert Dogs.

A 14th-round draft pick out of Elon University in 2009, Harrilchak hit as many homers in the third week in the fall league as he had in 510 plate appearances during the 2010 season at Class A Rome and high-A Myrtle Beach.

The speedy Cary, N.C., native hit .287 with three homers and a .354 on-base percentage at those two stops in his first full season of professional ball. Harrilchak, who turned 23 last week, had 26 doubles, eight triples and 22 stolen bases in 37 attempts during the 2010 season.

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Dick Doss.

November 1st, 2010
3:31 pm

starting left fielder ?

JWeihrauch

November 1st, 2010
3:35 pm

@Dick Doss, I doubt it. I’d rather see him in Double A and possibly Triple A this season if he continues with these stats. I’m all about building confidence.

NLR84

November 1st, 2010
3:37 pm

I doubt the Braves would send him to the AFL without believing he has some strong value. I think he’ll either get a look in the Spring or will be part of a trade package. I would certainly prefer someone with a stronger resume.

ricejc

November 1st, 2010
3:38 pm

Move him to the big show and put him in centerfield

AJJ

November 1st, 2010
3:47 pm

Couldn’t McClouth be beniftting from some AB’s in the AFL?

David O'Brien

November 1st, 2010
3:55 pm

Couldn’t McClouth be beniftting from some AB’s in the AFL? — AJJ

Veterans don’t play in the AFL. It’s for prospects, most of them Double-A and lower (but they do let some Triple-A guys in, and some with brief majors experience)

AJJ

November 1st, 2010
4:02 pm

Are there Winter Leagues that allow MLB vets to participate in who would benefit from seeing live pitching before Spring Training starts?

JerseyGil

November 1st, 2010
4:26 pm

AJJ…Yes..Winter Ball in Puerto rico & Other ,(Dominican & Venezuela, Mexico )allow MLB veteran Player to play with the Ok of MLB Club.

JerseyGil

November 1st, 2010
4:30 pm

Javier Vazquez, Alex Cora are expect to Play this Year in Puerto rico. Season Already in there way, Veteran Player usually start in Late December.

jwilli120

November 1st, 2010
4:38 pm

frenchy on a world series team and on the brink of losing
just sayin…

Please more...

November 1st, 2010
4:40 pm

DOB,

Please dig up more stuff to write about. W

Q: What did Heyward mean this morning when he tweeted “3 weeks off, workouts start today.. #twentyonesseason”.

He and Freddie being 21 starting the season?

ElonGrad

November 1st, 2010
4:45 pm

Harrilchak is a great player! He’ll definitely be able to contribute in the big leagues, and it’s actually Elon University, not Elon College. I know no one else cares, but it’s my alma mater.

Reid in EAV

November 1st, 2010
4:48 pm

Watch for him to get an invite to big league spring training at Dark Star, but there’s no way he’s on the 40-man roster come April 1. That said, I love hearing about young talent in the pipeline. Boy howdy we need some speed right now.

Churchy

November 1st, 2010
4:53 pm

After watching the SF Giants this postseason, maybe Cory Harrilchak should be slated for LF on the Braves. Kind of sounds stupid but he might be as good for an entire season as anyone the soon to be world champion Giants have in the OF right now. Not much of a compliment on Harrilchak as is a knock on the Giants mediocracy gone wild lineup.

Give him some time...

November 1st, 2010
4:55 pm

Uhh, I think you can use your imagination for what “twentyoneseason means”. The guy turned 21 in the middle of the season, and has been working every day since. Dude’s got some catching up to do on fun. Wouldn’t make much of an article.

On topic though, I saw Harrilchak play in college more than plenty times, as I was working in media in the Southern Conference when he was at Elon. He was a stand-out player on a team of offensive monsters (they led the nation in HRs his senior year), but cool the jets on the starting LF or CF talk. While his minor league numbers are solid (they are indeed solid, not jaw-dropping), he’s never played above the high-A level. If he can stay out of the Schafer-like spotlight and continue putting solid numbers up in Mississippi this year, we can start to talk about what he can offer down the road.

He’s experiencing a tear similar to the one Nate McLouth went on in early September, so lets not assume he’ll be a .474 lifetime hitter. But maybe, just maybe, he’ll be a Martin Prado type guy who cruises through the minors, never a top-10 prospect, and one day becomes a staple in the starting lineup. Lets hope he keeps up the encouraging play.

kirkinga

November 1st, 2010
5:01 pm

Hopefully with a new manager the Braves will now look to fill out the roster with players who have some speed. Even though they are losing, I like the Ranger’s philosophy of not being afraid to use their legs to win ballgames. We’ve seen that you don’t need to have a bunch of players with world class speed in order to have a running game.

In the past, it seems the Braves liked players with a little pop, but didn’t care if they also had speed as well. Hopefully now they’ll look for players who can give you a little of both.

Also, both teams have continuous slid head first and none of the players have come up injured. I hope the Braves spend some practicing how to slide.

SC Ace

November 1st, 2010
5:09 pm

Hilarious to me how one good week in the Arizona league leaves many ready to hand a full time starting gig to this guy. I hope he gets here, but geez give it time!

Ken Stallings

November 1st, 2010
5:27 pm

Was wondering where your column was? Guess you took a small vacation, which is understandable. Of course the news we are begging for is the stuff you are burning up phone time to get — where do we stand on getting a free agent bat outfielder?

GAINHI

November 1st, 2010
5:34 pm

I for one hopes he gets some more seasoning in the minors….
But I hope he isn’t lost to a trade..
Texas with Andrus at SS is the real deal and he was traded away, so have other goods ones.

Mark (another one)

November 1st, 2010
5:45 pm

The Braves will probably give him a taste of playing with the major league team early in spring training, and let him mature in Miss. He is not the short term answer and needs to prove he is a long term option. Heyward is an exception and so I expect is Freeman. Even so these guys spent a few years in the minors with the Braves managing them to success at each level.

bruce

November 1st, 2010
5:51 pm

Did his dad or grand dad play for the Celtics?

Andy

November 1st, 2010
5:54 pm

Ken,

Teams aren’t able to sign free agents before the World Series is over. There hasn’t been any news that DOB has failed to report on. Be patient, and he’ll continue to funnel news to us as it breaks.

(Dave, hiring a publicist? I work cheap.)

reagan

November 1st, 2010
6:26 pm

ElonGrad…………….I care. Elon grad myself.

reagan

November 1st, 2010
6:28 pm

“Give him some time”……any other Elon players in the minor leagues from that team?

elonbrave

November 1st, 2010
6:40 pm

Steven hensley was on the team with harrilchak, hensley is in the seattle org though.

benchwarmer

November 1st, 2010
6:50 pm

reagan

November 1st, 2010
7:01 pm

elonbrave ……….thanks!

Novice Ned

November 1st, 2010
7:03 pm

Maybe he bought Schafer’s batting cage off of eBay.

braveshoo

November 1st, 2010
7:51 pm

How about andrew McCutchen as our new CF. Plays a great CF, hits RH, .286, 16 HR, 56 rbi, 94 runs, and 33 SB. He is only 24, is not arbitration eligible for 2 more years, and solves our leadoff problem for years. It costs only 450k in payroll. The pirates are rebuilding with young pitching, and we can afford to give up one of our young guns in the minors to get this done. What do you think?

banjobrave

November 1st, 2010
7:55 pm

speaking of Schafer, is he playing anywhere in winter ball. Is he done?

braveshoo

November 1st, 2010
8:09 pm

As a second suggestion, how about Uggla to solve our power needs. He wants 10m for 5 years and Florida is balking. He is only 31 and has hit 30+ HRs and 90-100 rbi 4 years in a row. He is not good defensively, but could probably play LF. According to Cot’s Baseball contracts, this still only gives us a payroll of 82m, including Chipper and McClouth, minus KK’s salary.

Billy

November 1st, 2010
9:20 pm

Schafer stated a few weeks ago that his wrist is finally healed and feels great. A poster on Shanks site that is close to Schafer said the injury was such it required a full year to heal properly. No surprise he was below average offensively trying to play before it completely healed.

muffin

November 1st, 2010
9:55 pm

heard that schafer has been in the orlando area preparing for spring taining the last six or seven weeks.

hAL

November 1st, 2010
10:42 pm

giants got lucky played a team with a black manager series was pre dtermined by that lol pich yo renteria in a clutchh spot yea right with the fearsome well rested cf on deck lol

Mike in Canton

November 1st, 2010
10:47 pm

Hope Schafer is finally back on track. I know a lot of people have given up on him, but Jesus, a wrist injury (especially of the broken kind) are not easy to come back from. Turning those wrists over in one’s swing is immensely important.

.

November 1st, 2010
10:57 pm

hal you full of it. Bk mgr had nothing to do with it. He did a great job for Texas and deserves credit for Texas making the play-off. The Giants were hot at the right time and thats why you play the game. Great pitching! Great hitting! and X-Braves is MVP=I love it.

Sorry that Frenchy jinked Texas…………

Now lets see what Braves have up their shirt for next year, can’t wait!

fred

November 1st, 2010
11:09 pm

Wren said Braves not counting on Schafer this year, needs to play in AAA till he gets back to where he was 2 years ago. May be trade bait on rumors. He’s played 3 months in 2 and half years, not much and some fans think he needs to start. Glad You not the GM.

Cameron

November 1st, 2010
11:09 pm

I dont know if there is any truth to it but iv heard a few rumors Colby Rasmus house is for sale and a Rasmus – Prado trade is being talked about.

John

November 1st, 2010
11:16 pm

Hell yeah! I graduated from Elon in 05 and this kid is a stud! Coach Kennedy at Elon has tons of great talent on his teams and MANY of his players get drafted each year. Glad to see this kid showing what Elon is all about.

Chambers

November 1st, 2010
11:29 pm

Im a georgia southern student and i remember watching cory at elon when he came to statesboro. i wasnt happy that the braves drafted him because i thought he was mediocre at best. but im kind of glad now that he is in a braves uni.

Bravo-n-Knoxville

November 2nd, 2010
1:05 am

Rasmus in CF and Heyward in RF…we could put Nokahoma in LF without any worries of messing up…lol. Seriously, Rasmus would cost us more than just Prado. Probably have to add Jurrjens along with Prado or Viscaino, Infante, and another top minor league talent like Kyle Cofield or Brett DeVall to pull it off. White Sox have an offer of Carlos Quentin for Rasmus reportedly already on the table for the Cardinals to ponder.

Runnin

November 2nd, 2010
4:08 am

jwilli1wrote: “frenchy on a world series team and on the brink of losing
just sayin…”

…absolutely nothing.

braveshoo

November 2nd, 2010
8:27 am

Prado is my favorite player. I hope the Braves dont trade him. Rather have McCutchen for Delgado and keep Prado.

Please more...

November 2nd, 2010
8:44 am

I’d trade Jurrgens, Shafer, Dunn and Viscaino for Colby Rasmus or an Andrew McCuthchen. I’d thrown in Nate for the fun of it.

Please more...

November 2nd, 2010
8:46 am

You’d think the Braves might try to move Infante this winter. You love the guy, but his stock is really high. I hate to see him go and we’d have the best bench in the majors with him sitting on it, but would hate to see a .320+ hitter sitting on the bench. He should have the opportunity to start and we could bring in something for him.

Give him some time...

November 2nd, 2010
9:06 am

Reagan,

Hensley was on the team with Harrilchak the year before I mentioned, but he is having a great minor league career thus far in the Mariners system.

I’m no scout, but from what I saw, Chase Austin was the best hitting prospect on that team. Good power and high average as a 3B. He was a top-5 round pick with the Marlins. Pat Irvine, Mike Melillo, Bennett Davis, Dallas Tartleton and Justin Hilt are likely all playing in the minor leagues now. Irvine was a heck of a ballplayer at Elon too. I think he’s in the Pirates system. Not sure where the others are now.

Frank

November 2nd, 2010
9:27 am

Please more… I’m glad you aren’t the GM.

Not going to even touch the thought of gutting the organization for one player. Been there, done that, saw the result, didn’t like it.

There’s a lot more to having high value than being a good player. Omar has one year left on his contract once we pick up his option. Considering we only got Kotchman and Marek for half a year of the afore-referenced Teixeira, what do you really think we can get for a year rental of Infante?

stew

November 2nd, 2010
9:30 am

Did we have anyone with 80 rbis this year? Our power numbers are pathetic. Jason was a major disappointment this year. What did he end up with 18hrs and 71 rbis? Do you think that’s ROY type numbers? Harriilchak evidently doesn’t hit hrs. We need a CF and a LF with power.

Please more...

November 2nd, 2010
9:33 am

Stew,

You’re kidding about Heyward, right? You’re funny.

We do need to focus on CF and LF this winter.

stew

November 2nd, 2010
9:52 am

No I’m not kidding! I don’t like his defense also. He shys away from the fence and doesn’t get to balls infront of him. There were a number of balls I thought he should have caught that he just didn’t get to. In addition, I don’t remember the last time he through someone out. Personally, I’d rather have Mike Stanton.

stew

November 2nd, 2010
9:57 am

He did nothing for stretches that were too long. I don’t like him batting second. He didn’t do dick in the playoffs and we needed him to step up. The honeymoon is over. Put up or shut up. He’s beginning to look like the second coming of Frenchie.

dpelfrey

November 2nd, 2010
10:18 am

stew…WTF!!!!

A 21-year old rookie hitting .277 with 18 homers, 71 RBI, 91 walks and a .849 OPS is a huge disappointment. Seriously, get some perspective. This isn’t video game land where everyone hits 30 homers.

Frank

November 2nd, 2010
12:52 pm

Stew, what else did J-Hey need to do to prove himself to you? Ever seen a rookie finish fourth in OBP? He would’ve hit at least 25 HRs if he didn’t get hurt (he had eight by May 14th, the day he injured the thumb – which put him on pace for over 30 actually), and don’t forget the late-July and late-August stretches where he put the team on his back.

John

November 2nd, 2010
1:11 pm

Hey Stew why dont you go shove it. Hes a 21 year old ROOKIE! He looked GREAT out there and played hurt for a large part of the season. He carried the team through most of the season as well and we made the playoffs. You need to shut your mouth and only open it when you know what the hell your talking about!

DC Brave

November 2nd, 2010
4:02 pm

Finally…evidence that there might be some hope for our outfield down on the farm. Let’s invite invite him to the big camp for Spring Training. I”ll take him right now.

ugaaccountant

November 2nd, 2010
10:20 pm

stew – that’s very unusual analysis. I don’t understand at all how you can view Heyward as anything less than a sensational rookie.

stew

November 2nd, 2010
11:30 pm

Jason’s defense was atrocious. Jason never carried us this year. Glaus put us in first place. He was leading the NL in hrs and rbis and then his year went south and so did the Brave season. All season long I kept seeing Jason misplaying balls that should have been caught. Maybe all you hero worshippers think that he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread but I saw all those plays he didn’t make and remember thinking to myself “I couldda caught that ball”.. What’s the good of having great pitching if you can’t catch it or hit it. I would do Jason for Mike Stanton ina heartbeat. Maybe you people aren’t watching the same games I am. We wouldda beat the Giants if we played defense. Believe me there were many culprits. I think if we had the Lemmer at 2B we win the Giant series. If Jason is the focal point of the team he really should be batting third (a position normally reserved for Hoss).

JMAYNE

November 3rd, 2010
3:09 am

You guys are crazy. Heyward sucks. Prado for Rasmus? You gotta be kiddin me. Get a speedster at the top. McCutchen, Schafer, McLouth (probably not). Rasmus would be great, but is probably gonna cost too much. Free agents include Burrell, Crawford, or Werth is not likely but would be great. Coco Crisp, Brad Hawpe, Podsednik? Idk, theres not much. Gonna hav to get creative but the core is good. Pitching, very nice. Chipper, Gonzo, Prado, Freeman, McCann, and Heyward is a decent start anyway.

JMAYNE

November 3rd, 2010
3:13 am

Get McCutchen for minor leaguers and give them McClouth back. McCutchen-Prado-Heyward-Chipper-McCann-Gonzo-Infante-Freeman sounds like a pretty damn good lineup. Good balance. Throw in Hinske, Ross, Diaz. With D.Lowe, Hudson, JJ, Hanson. The braves are only 1 or 2 pieces away. Thats more than most teams can say.

stew

November 3rd, 2010
2:21 pm

Prado is the leadoff man. Infante should ride the pines. Prado was better at leadoff than batting third.

stew

November 3rd, 2010
2:25 pm

Dump Lowe while his value is still high. Send him to the Yanks for Nunez. Yanks got the bucks and Lowe’s last ten games he was the best pitcher in baseball. I don’t see him keeping it up though.

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