Thursday, March 10, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
With minor league exhibition games beginning in Florida a week from Saturday, pitchers Erik Cordier, Jose Ortegano and Lee Hyde were optioned to Gwinnett as the Atlanta made its first cuts Thursday.
Cordier is expected to be a key part of the Gwinnett rotation this season after going 11-7 at Class AA Mississippi last year before making two late starts for the G-Braves.
Ortegano and Hyde, both left-handers each spent a good part of last season in Class AAA after starting the year at Mississippi. Ortegano was 3-11 in 20 starts, while Hyde had a 4.29 ERA in 21 relief appearances.
Of the non-roster players assigned to minor league camp, the most likely to open the season with Gwinnett are intfielder Tyler Pastornicky and relief pitchers Jay Sborz and Michael Broadway. Pastornicky was a key part of the Yunel Escobar trade with Toronto last season.
Julio Teheran and Arodys Vizcaino, Atlanta’s top pitching prospects, are expected to begin the season in the Mississippi rotation, with Teheran possibly ready for Class AAA by midseason. Randall Delgado, the Braves’ other top pitching prospect, was optioned to Mississippi in Thursday’s cuts.
Other players assigned to minor league camp on Thursday were pitcher Brett Obersholtzer, outfielder Mycal Jones, and catchers Christian Bethancourt, Braeden Schlehuber and Jesus Sucre.
The moves reduced Atlanta’s active camp roster to 46 players.
Gwinnett opens at home on April 7 against Durham.