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G-Braves roster fills up with Atlanta cuts
Six pitchers highlight first full round of major league transactions

There are still many more moves to be made, but the Gwinnett Braves' roster is starting to take shape.

Atlanta announced its first full round of roster cuts Monday, sending Gwinnett six pitchers who should be key members of the Class AAA team's first staff.

Right-handers James Parr, Todd Redmond, Stephen Marek and Luis Valdez were optioned to Gwinnett, which also received left-handers Francisley Bueno and Mariano Gomez. Bueno and Gomez, not on the Atlanta 40-man roster, were major league spring training invitees.

Parr and Redmond are expected to be part of the Gwinnett starting rotation, while Marek, Valdez, Bueno and Gomez will work out of the bullpen. Valdez is the likely closer.

Of the six pitchers, Parr was the most impressive during spring training with Atlanta. He allowed just one earned run in 71/3 Grapefruit League innings, recording four strikeouts in 21/3 scoreless innings Friday against Florida.

Parr, 23, pitched well for Atlanta last September but lost any chance to stick in the majors this year when the Braves added Derek Lowe, Javier Vasquez and Kenshin Kawakami.

"I did all I could do," said Parr, who was 1-0 in five starts with Atlanta after going 13-7 in the minors last season. "There's a lot of talent on this team and sometimes you have to pay your dues and wait your turn."

Atlanta still has 44 players on its spring roster. Pitchers Anthony Lerew and Phil Stockman, both on the 40-man roster, were released earlier, while spring invitees Rafael Cruz, Emiliano Fruto and Juan Perez were sent to minor league camp to join Gwinnett.

The G-Braves will begin their 13-game exhibition season Saturday against Syracuse at Disney's Wide World of Sports outside Orlando. The International League opener is April 9 at Charlotte.

Dave Brundage is entering his third season as Atlanta's AAA manager. He had success in the Seattle organization before leading Richmond to the IL Governors' Cup championship two years ago.