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Gwinnett Braves player bios

Jairo Asencio

Position: RHP

Age: 28

Height/weight: 6-2, 205

Birthplace: Sabana Grande Palenque, D.R.

How acquired: Signed as minor league free agent in 2007

Worth noting: Was 3-2 with a 1.81 ERA and 26 saves in 47 appearances for the G-Braves in 2011 and had 70 strikeouts in 54 innings. ... Also pitched in six games with Atlanta and was later named MVP of the Caribbean Series with the winning Dominican Republic. ... Missed 2010 because of visa problems related to his real identity. ... As Luis Valdez, led the International League with 27 saves in 2009.

Luis Avilan

Position: LHP

Age: 22

Height/weight: 6-2, 195

Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela

How acquired: International signing in 2005

Worth noting: Added to the Atlanta 40-man roster last November. ... Moved from the bullpen to the rotation in the second half at Mississippi and went 3-4 with a 3.82 ERA in 13 starts. ... He was 4-8 with a 4.57 ERA overall in first year at Class AA, striking out 78 and walking 36 in 106 innings ... Went 4-2 with a 2.47 ERA in the Venezuela Winter League.

J.C. Boscan

Position: Catcher

Age: 32

Height/weight: 6-2, 215

Birthplace: Maracaibo, Venezuela

How acquired: Re-signed as minor league free agent in 2008.

Worth noting: Batted just .182 in 61 games last season for G-Braves, but went 3-for-9 with Atlanta. ... Made his major league debut at the end of the 2010 season, walking and scoring a run in his only plate appearance. ... Originally signed by Braves in 1996 at age 16. ... Also played in the Milwaukee and Cincinnati organizations. ... Noted for his defense and arm.

Billy Bullock

Position: RHP

Age: 6-6

Height/weight: 225

Birthplace: Brandon, Fla.

How acquired: Trade from Minnesota in 2011

Worth noting: Bullock got a win in his only appearance with the G-Braves last season, working a scoreless inning. ... He spent most of his first year in the Atlanta organization at Mississippi, saving 11 games and going 3-1 with a 4.53 ERA in 50 games. ... He had 65 strikeouts in 49 innings, but also walked 34. ... Listed as the Braves' No. 24 prospect by Baseball America.Buddy Carlyle

Position: RHP

Age: 34

Height/weight: 6-3, 210

Birthplace: Omaha, Neb.

How acquired: Signed as minor league free agent

Worth noting: Pitched in eight games last season for the Yankees, going 0-1 with a 4.71 ERA. ... Was 2-2 with a 3.98 ERA in 27 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. ... Spent 2010 pitching in Japan. ... Was 8-7 as a starter with Atlanta in 2007 and appeared in 45 games as a reliever the following year. ... Spent part of the 2009 season with Gwinnett, when it was discovered he was diabetic.

Jaye Chapman

Position: RHP

Age: 24

Height, weight: 6-0, 195

Birthplace: Panama City, Fla.

How acquired: 16th-round draft pick in 2005

Worth noting: Added to Atlanta 40-man roster in November. ... Went 2-3 with 2.98 ERA and two saves in 43 games for G-Braves in 2011. ... Began year at Mississippi, where he was 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA and two saves in nine appearances. ... Had 77 strikeouts in 68 combined innings. ... His 52 appearances led Atlanta minor leaguers. ... Opponents batted just .164.

Jose Constanza

Position: Outfield

Age: 28

Height/weight: 5-9, 150

Birthplace: Santo Domingo, D.R.

How acquired: Signed as minor league free agent in 2010

Worth noting: Hit .303 in 42 games with Atlanta last season after batting .312 in 86 games with Gwinnett. ... Had 23 stolen bases for the G-Braves and seven with Atlanta. ... Made the 2010 International League all-star team after hitting .319 and stealing 34 bases for Columbus, which won the AAA Championship. ... Spent eight seasons in the Cleveland organization, posting a .304 average.

Erik Cordier

Position: RHP

Age: 26

Height/weight: 6-4, 230

Birthplace: Green Bay, Wis.

How acquired: Trade with Kansas City in 2007

Worth noting: Went 5-8 with a 5.13 ERA in 19 starts for the G-Braves last year. ... Opened season on the disabled list after undergoing arthroscopic elbow surgery in late January. ... Ranked by Baseball America as Atlanta's No. 26 prospect. ... He was 11-7 with a 3.71 ERA in 25 games for Mississippi in 2010 before making two starts at the end of the season for Gwinnett.Randall Delgado

Position: RHP

Age: 22

Height/weight: 6-3, 200

Birthplace: Las Tablas, Panama

How acquired: International signing in 2006

Worth noting: Ranked as the Braves' third-best prospect by Baseball American and MLB.com. ... He is No. 42 on the MLB.com overall list of Top 100 prospects and is ranked No. 46 by Baseball America. ... Made seven starts for Atlanta last season, going 1-1 with a 2.83 ERA. ... Promoted from Mississippi after going 5-5 with a 3.84 ERA and was 2-2 with a 4.18 ERA for the G-Braves.

Luis Durango

Position: Outfield

Age: 25

Height/weight: 5-9, 155

Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

How acquired: Signed as minor league free agent

Worth noting: Switch-hitter batted .243 with Tucson and .273 with Oklahoma City last season, stealing 28 bases at the two Pacific Coast League stops. ... Got into two games with Houston at end of season, going 1-for-6. ... Played with San Diego in parts of the 2009 and 2010 seasons. ... Has a .308 career minor league average and .292 mark in 39 major league games.

Yohan Flande

Position: LHP

Age: 26

Height/weight: 6-2, 180

Birthplace: El Seibo, D. R.

How acquired: Signed as minor league free agent in 2010

Worth noting: Was 8-8 with a 4.01 ERA last season for Gwinnett, making 19 starts in 33 appearances. ... Spent six seasons in the Philadelphia organization. ... Was 10-8 with a 4.38 ERA for Reading in the Class AA Eastern League in 2010, making 27 starts. ... Pitched for the World Team in the 2009 All-Star Futures Game. ... Was 11-5 with Class A Clearwater and Reading that season.

Stefan Gartrell

Position: Outfield

Age: 28

Height/weight: 6-3, 230

Birthplace: San Francisco

How acquired: Obtained for cash from White Sox in 2011

Worth noting: Led the International League last season with 94 RBIs as an IL All-Star. ... Hit 25 of his 26 homers with the G-Braves, setting a Gwinnett record. ... Combined to bat .262 for Charlotte and Gwinnett, finishing with 32 doubles. ... Hit 27 homers for Charlotte in 2010 after combining for 23 homers with Charlotte and Class AA Birmingham in 2009.Cory Gearrin

Position: RHP

Age: 25

Height/weight: 6-3, 200

Birthplace: Chattanooga

How acquired: Fourth-round draft choice in 2007

Worth noting: Was 4-1 with a 1.80 ERA and four saves for Gwinnett in 35 games last season. ... Also made 18 appearances for Atlanta, going 1-1 with a 7.85 ERA. ... Led the G-Braves with 52 appearances in 2010, posting a 3-5 record and 3.36 ERA. ... Pitched at Mercer after transferring from Young Harris. ... Ranked the Braves' No. 29 prospect by Baseball America.

J.J. Hoover

Position: RHP

Age: 24

Height/weight: 6-3

Birthplace: 230

How acquired: 10th-round draft choice in 2008

Worth noting: Added to Atlanta's 40-man roster in November. ... Thrived last season after being moved to the bullpen, posting a 0.82 ERA in 29 relief appearances with Mississippi and Gwinnett. ... Was 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 12 games for the G-Braves. ... Went a combined 14-7 with Myrtle Beach and Mississippi in 2010. ... Ranked as the Braves 12th-best prospect by Baseball America.

Dusty Hughes

Position: LHP

Age: 29

Height/weight: 5-10, 190

Birthplace: Tupelo, Miss.

How acquired: Signed as minor league free agent

Worth noting: Has pitched in the majors with Kansas City and Minnesota, going 2-5 with a 4.99 ERA in 80 career appearances. ... Spent all of 2010 with the Royals, posting a 3.83 ERA in 57 games. ... Was 1-0 with a 9.95 ERA in 15 games with the Twins last season and 3-1 with a 4.29 ERA in 43 games for Rochester. ... Had 68 strikeouts in 56 innings for Red Wings.

Mycal Jones

Position: Outfield

Age: 24

Height/weight: 5-10, 170

Birthplace: Jacksonville, Fla.

How acquired: Fourth-round draft choice in 2009

Worth noting: Batted .252 with 25 doubles, seven homers, 36 RBIs and 17 stolen bases in 100 games for Class AA Mississippi last year. ... Had a .359 on-base percentage thanks to 56 walks. ... Rated as the Braves' No. 23 prospect by Baseball America. ... Has stolen 73 bases in four minor league seasons while being caught only 21 times. ... Hit 15 homers in 2010 at three stops.Matt Kennelly

Position: Catcher

Age: 23

Height/weight: 6-1, 210

Birthplace: East Fremantle, Australia

How acquired: International signing in 2005

Worth noting: Hit .262 in 74 games for Mississippi last season and had a 13-game hitting streak. ... Was with Gwinnett briefly, going 2-for-7. ... Spent 2010 with Myrtle Beach, batting .226 with seven homers. ... After signing, spent 2006 playing at home in the Australian Summer League. ... Hit .457 in 10 games with Rome in 2008 after being promoted from Danville.

Jose Lugo

Position: LHP

Age: 27

Height/weight: 6-1, 180

Birthplace: San Pedro de Macoris, D.R.

How acquired: Signed as minor league free agent

Worth noting: Was 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 19 games for the G-Braves last year. ... Also pitched in 14 games for Mississippi, making eight starts. ... Was 3-4 with a 2.73 ERA in Class AA. ... Pitched well in the Dominican Winter League, going 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 19 relief appearances. ... Previously played in the Oakland and Minnesota organizations.

Ernesto Mejia

Position: First base

Age: 26

Height/weight: 6-5, 245

Birthplace: Guanare, Venezuela

How acquired: Singed as minor league free agent

Worth noting: Batted .297 with 37 doubles, 26 homers and 99 RBIs for Mississippi, making the Southern League all-star team. ... Set team records for homers and RBIs. ... Walked 58 times, but led the league with 156 strikeouts. ... Returned to the Atlanta organization last season after a year in the Kansas City chain. ... Originally signed by the Braves in 2002.

Dan Nelson

Position: Third base

Age: 27

Height/weight: 5-11, 180

Birthplace: Los Angeles

How acquired: Signed as minor league free agent in 2010

Worth noting: Split last season between Gwinnett and Mississippi, hitting .231 in Class AAA and .314 in Class AA. ... Played for five teams in 2010, batting .429 with a homer and six RBIs in five games for Gwinnett at the end of the year. ... Started the season in the Nationals' organization. ... Had a .275 overall average with 13 homers and 68 RBIs in Class A, AA and AAA that year.Jordan Parraz

Position: Outfield

Age: 27

Height/weight: 6-3, 215

Birthplace: Henderson, Nevada

How acquired: Signed as minor league free agent

Worth noting: Hit .289 with 28 doubles, six triples, nine homers and 52 RBIs last season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. ... Also drew 42 walks to give him a .362 on-base average in addition to a .440 slugging mark. ... Acquired by Kansas City from Houston and batted .266 with 11 homers and 61 RBIs for Omaha in 2010. ... Had a four-hit, four-RBI game for Scranton last season.

Tyler Pastornicky

Position: Shortstop

Age: 22

Height/weight: 5-11, 170

Birthplace: Bradenton, Fla.

How acquired: Trade with Toronto in 2010.

Worth noting: Hit .365 in 27 games for the G-Braves last season after hitting .299 in 90 games for Mississippi. ... Had 27 stolen bases and 45 RBIs combined. ... Rated as the Braves' No. 7 prospect by Baseball America and MLB.com. ... Was part of the deal that sent Yunel Escobar to Toronto in July of 2010. ... Joined Mississippi from Dunedin of the Florida State League after the trade.

Todd Redmond

Position: RHP

Age: 26

Height/weight: 6-3, 215

Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Fla.

How acquired: Trade with Pittsburgh in 2008

Worth noting: Was 10-8 with a 2.92 ERA for the G-Braves last year. ... Led Gwinnett in victories the team's first two seasons, going 9-6 in 2009 and 9-10 in 2010. ... Pitched a no-hitter at Louisville in 2010. ... Was 3-0 with a 1.21 ERA for gold medal-winning Team USA in the 2009 World Cup. ... Had his best season in 2008, posting a 13-5 record for Class AA Mississippi.

Jason Rice

Position: RHP

Age: 25

Height/weight: 5-10, 190

Birthplace: Los Angeles

How acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent

Worth noting: Was 4-5 with a 3.69 ERA and four saves in 44 games for Pawtucket last year in his first Class AAA season. ... Drafted by the White Sox in 2005 and claimed by the Red Sox in the minor league portion of the 2009 Rule 5 Draft. ... Acquired by Oakland from Boston near the end of last season and then claimed off waivers by Cleveland before becoming a free agent.Adam Russell

Position: RHP

Age: 28

Height/weight: 6-8

Birthplace: 255

How acquired: Signed as minor league free agent

Worth noting: Has an 8-3 record with a 3.95 ERA in 85 major league games over parts of four seasons. ... Went 1-2 with a 3.03 ERA in 36 games for Tampa Bay last year. ... Also pitched in 15 games for Durham. ... Broke into the majors with the White Sox in 2008, going 4-0 with a 5.19 ERA in 22 games. ... Spent parts of the 2009 and 2010 seasons with San Diego.

Andrelton Simmons

Position: Shortstop

Age: 22

Height/weight: 6-2, 170

Birthplace: Mundo-Novo, Curacao

How acquired: Second-round draft choice in 2010

Worth noting: Won the Carolina League batting title last season with a .311 average for Lynchburg, but it is his fielding and powerful arm that really draws the raves. ... Ranked as the Braves' fourth-best prospect by Baseball America and MLB.com. ... He is No. 65 on the MLB.com Top 100 list and ranked No. 92 by Baseball America. ... Came from Curacao to play junior college baseball in Oklahoma.

Drew Sutton

Position: Infield

Age: 28

Height/weight: 6-3, 200

Birthplace: El Dorado, Ark.

How acquired: Signed as minor league free agent

Worth noting: Switch-hitter batted .295 in 45 games with Pawtucket and .315 in 54 at-bats with Boston last season. ... Played all four infield positions with Red Sox. ... Originally drafted by Houston and played in the majors with the Reds and Indians before joining the Red Sox organization last year. ... Has a .256 career average in 86 major league games.

Julio Teheran

Position: RHP

Age: 21

Height/weight: 6-2, 175

Birthplace: Cartagena, Colombia

How acquired: International signing in 2007

Worth noting: Ranked as the No. 4 prospect in baseball by MLB.com and is No. 5 on the Baseball America list. ... Was named the International League's top starter and rookie of year last season after going 15-3 with a 2.55 ERA in 25 games for Gwinnett. ... Was the starting pitcher for the World in the All-Star Futures Game. ... Appeared in five games, with three starts, for Atlanta and was 1-1 with a 5.03 ERA.Anthony Varvaro

Position: RHP

Age: 27

Height/weight: 6-0, 195

Birthplace: Staten Island, N.Y.

How acquired: Claimed off waivers from Seattle in 2010

Worth noting: Got into 18 games for Atlanta last year, going 0-2 with 2.63 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 24 innings. ... Was 2-8, but had a 2.90 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 59 innings for Gwinnett. ... Reached the majors with Seattle at the end of the 2010 season. ... Had reconstructive elbow surgery shortly after being drafted in 2005 by the Mariners out of St. John's.

Arodys Vizcaino

Position: RHP

Age: 21

Height/weight: 6-0, 190

Birthplace: Yaguate, Dominican Republic

How acquired: Trade with Yankees in 2009

Worth noting: Was 1-1 with a 4.67 ERA in 17 appearances for the Braves last year. ... Began the season at Lynchburg and played at three minor league levels before reaching the majors. ... Was 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in nine outings for Gwinnett after moving to the bullpen with Mississippi. ... Rated as Atlanta's No. 2 prospect by both Baseball America and MLB.com. He is No. 36 on the MLB.com Top 100 list and ranked No. 40 by Baseball America.

Josh Wilson

Position: Infield

Age: 31

Height/weight: 6-0, 175

Birthplace: Pittsburgh

How acquired: Signed as minor league free agent

Worth noting: Has played in 356 major league games, posting a .227 career average. ... Appeared in 54 games with Milwaukee last year after getting into six with Arizona. ... Hit .227 with the Brewers. ... Came up as a shortstop, but can play anywhere in the infield. ... Was a regular most of the 2010 season with Seattle. ... Has been with seven major league teams.

Jose Yepez

Position: Catcher

Age: 30

Height/weight: 6-0, 205

Birthplace: Carora, Venezuela

How acquired: Signed as minor league free agent

Worth noting: Batted .307 in 48 games for Tacoma in the Class AAA Pacific Coast League last year. . . . Was promoted to Seattle in midseason, but didn't get into a game during his two-week stint. ... Hit .322 in 34 games for Class AA West Tenn in 2010. ... Originally signed by Toronto and spent four seasons in the Blue Jays organization before three years in independent leagues.