KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Lee Hyde and Jose Ortegano had worn out their prospect status with the Atlanta Braves. Now they will get chances to impress other organizations.
The Gwinnett left-handers were claimed Wednesday after Atlanta elected to drop them from the 40-man roster. Hyde was taken by Washington and Ortegano by the New York Yankees.
Neither looked good this spring and both had disappointing seasons last year, especially Ortegano. The native of Venezuela was 3-11 with a 6.20 ERA in 21 games for the G-Braves after going 2-4 with 5.14 ERA in seven games with Class A Myrtle Beach.
Hyde, a former Georgia Tech pitcher, split last season between Mississippi and Gwinnett, appearing in 51 games. He was 2-3 with a 2.95 ERA and eight saves in 29 Class AA games, but 2-3 with a 4.29 ERA in 22 games for the G-Braves.
The Atlanta organization is loaded with pitching prospects, making Ortegano and Hyde expendable.
Gwinnett’s bullpen should be loaded with good arms again this season and the rotation is expected to also be solid, with top prospect Julio Teheran a likely addition by midseason.
“Pitching should be our strength,” G-Braves manager Dave Brundage said.
Gwinnett is 2-2 in exhibition play. No game was scheduled for Wednesday, but some G-Braves players took part in a six-inning camp game in the morning that allowed Braves starter Tommy Hanson the work he had missed.
Hanson, who skipped his scheduled start Monday against the New York Mets because of stiff back, allowed two homers and five runs while pitching 51⁄3 innings.
The right-hander gave up eight hits, struck out six and walked none while throwing 96 pitches.
The wind was blowing out to left field and the minor leaguers took advantage. Shortstop prospect Andrelton Simmons homered in the first inning and outfielder Beau Torbert smashed a three-run homer in the sixth.
“Tommy threw well. His back was fine,” said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, who watched the first five innings before returning to Champion Stadium for the Grapefruit League game against Florida.
Hanson is scheduled to start the second game of the season at Washington on April 2.