Teheran ranked highly again

Braves up-and-comer Julio Teheran was dynamite in a 6-1 win against the New York Mets late Thursday night, helping Atlanta sweep both games of a doubleheader on the road.

Braves up-and-comer Julio Teheran was dynamite in a 6-1 win against the New York Mets late Thursday night, helping Atlanta sweep both games of a doubleheader on the road.

Although Julio Teheran led the International League in victories and ERA while being named the best starting pitcher, the Gwinnett right-hander wasn't the Class AAA circuit's top prospect.

At least according to Baseball America, which does an annual ranking of each minor league.

Teheran was beaten out by Durham left-hander Matt Moore, who wasn't promoted to the IL until late July after dominating the Class AA Southern League with Montgomery.

Having Moore listed No. 1 isn't really a slight to Teheran, though. Moore, who dazzled in a start for Tampa Bay against Texas in the American League playoffs, is ranked No. 3 overall by MLB.com and Teheran is No. 4. They are the highest ranked pitchers.

Teheran, 20, was 15-3 with a 2.25 ERA in 25 games for the G-Braves and also appeared in five games for Atlanta. Moore, 22, was 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA in nine games for Durham after going 8-3 with a 2.20 ERA in 18 starts for Montgomery.

Moore, who got into three regular-season games with Tampa Bay, was also ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Southern League. He had 210 minor league strikeouts in 155 innings.

How stocked Atlanta is in pitching prospects is reflected in the Baseball America rankings. Mike Minor was No. 8 on the IL list, while Arodys Vizcaino was No. 6 and Randall Delgado was No. 7 in the Southern League.

Like Teheran, the others ended the season in Atlanta after passing through Gwinnett.

Double dose of Rochester

The G-Braves' road series with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on June 26-29 will be played in Rochester, the site of 37 of the Yankees' transplanted "home" game in 2012.

Games are also being transferred to fellow International League members Buffalo, Lehigh Valley, Pawtucket and Lehigh Valley, as well as the New York-Penn League ballpark in Batavia, N.Y.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's PNC Field will be unavailable next year while undergoing $40-million facelift that includes demolishing the upper deck.

The team had hoped to transfer its games to one site in 2012. But the New York Mets, citing territorial rights, blocked a potential one-year move to Newark, N.J.

The G-Braves are playing at Syracuse on June 22-25, so it will be a short bus trip to Rochester. Gwinnett plays the Red Wings in Rochester on May 19-22.

Bethancourt starts 3-for-3

Christhian Bethancourt, who just turned 20, is probably still a couple years away from Gwinnett. But in his first Arizona Fall League game the catcher showed why he is ranked as the Braves' No. 1 position player by MLB.com.

Known for his defense rather than his offense until this year, Bethancourt was 3-for-3 on opening day for the Surprise Saguaros after batting a combined .289 with Class A Rome and Class A Advanced Lynchburg during the season. The native of Panama was ranked as the No. 10 prospect in the Carolina League.

Billy Bullock, who picked up a victory in his only appearance for the G-Braves this season, also got off to a good start in the AFL with a save in his first appearance. The 6-foot-6 righty had 11 saves for Class AA Mississippi this season.

Starting pitcher Erik Cordier and reliever J.J. Hoover are the other G-Braves in the AFL. Hoover had a scoreless inning in his first game with the Saguaros.

Redmond has bad first inning

After going 5-0 with a 1.29 ERA for Team USA the past two years, Todd Redmond got the opening World Cup start against Puerto Rico in Panama. The game, however, didn't go as well as hoped for the Gwinnett right-hander or the U.S.

Redmond allowed three first-inning runs before settling down and Puerto Rico went on to post an 8-4 upset in 10 innings.

Redmond, who was 10-8 with a 2.98 ERA for the G-Braves this season, bounced back from the rough first inning with five scoreless frames. He allowed four hits while walking one and striking out three.

The first round of the World Cup concludes today and the second round begins Tuesday. The U.S. went into the weekend on a three-game winning streak and is assured of advancing.

Nieves a free agent

Veteran catcher Wil Nieves was the first G-Braves to declare for minor league free agency. He was acquired from the Milwaukee organization in late July and hit .282 in 21 games with Gwinnett.

Nieves, who turned 34 recently, appeared in 44 games with the Brewers in 2011, batting .220. He spent all of 2009 and 2010 in Washington after stints with the Padres, Angels and Yankees.

The first potential Gwinnett free agent to re-sign with Atlanta was left-handed pitcher Johan Flande, who was 8-8 with a 4.01 ERA and one save in 2011. He made 19 starts and pitched 14 times in relief while striking out 104 and walking 38 in 137 innings.