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G-BRAVES NOTES: Parraz coming back after injury-plagued season

The only luck Jordan Parraz had last season was bad, so maybe things will even up for the right-handed hitting outfielder next year.

Atlanta re-signed Parraz and he will likely be a mainstay in the 2013 Gwinnett outfield if he doesn't stick with the Braves in spring training as a non-roster invitee.

Parraz, 28, hit .288 with the G-Braves last year, but was limited to 34 games after suffering breaks in both hands when hit by pitches.

Parraz was hitting .305 when he was first hurt in early May, when the Gwinnett season began to unravel with a 15-game losing streak. After recovering, he played in just seven games during July before he was hurt again.

Numerous changes next season are likely for the G-Braves, who had their first losing record this year.

A number of players are potential free agents, including all-star first baseman Ernesto Mejia. He was voted the International League rookie of the year after hitting .296 with 24 homers and a league-best 92 RBIs.

The Braves also must re-sign center fielder Luis Durango, who led the IL with 46 stolen bases.

Mejia, 26, is blocked in Atlanta by first baseman Freddie Freeman and may have a better future in the American League, where the designated hitter is used.

Spruill impressive

Zeke Spruill, expected to be part of the Gwinnett starting rotation in 2013, is off to a good start in the Arizona Fall League.

The right-hander is 1-0 with a 1.04 ERA after three appearances with the Phoenix Desert Dogs, striking out eight in 8 innings.

Spruill, 23, was 9-11 with a 3.67 ERA in 27 starts for Class AA Mississippi last season and appeared in the Southern League All-Star Game.

Spruill is ranked as the Braves' No. 6 prospect by MLB.com. He was a second-round draft choice out of Cobb County's Kell High School in 2008.

Left-hander Ryan Buchter, who struggled with Gwinnett late last season after being promoted from Mississippi, had a 1.80 ERA in four relief outings for the Desert Dogs, but had six walks in his five innings.

Bethancourt recovered

Top catching prospect Christian Bethancourt will play for Licey in the Dominican Republic Winter League after recovering from a broken left hand that forced him to miss the final month at Mississippi.

Bethancourt, who is ranked as Atlanta's No. 2 prospect behind pitcher Julio Teheran, is expected to take over as Gwinnett's regular backstop this year and show off the defensive ability that has drawn raves since he signed with the Braves.

The 21-year-old from Panama still has some work to do on his hitting, as attested by his .243 average in Class AA.

Teheran, who had a disappointing second season with Gwinnett after being named International League pitcher of the year in 2011, will also play for Licey. The 21-year-old from Colombia fell to 7-9 with a 5.08 ERA this year, but was still named the No. 4 prospect in the IL by Baseball America.

Astros name Tremblay

Dave Tremblay, Atlanta's minor league field coordinator the past two years, was hired as a coach by Houston to work with first-year manager Bo Porter. The Astros are moving to the American League next season.

Tremblay was manager of the Baltimore Orioles from 2007-10 before joining the Braves. He spent nearly 20 years as a minor league manager before getting his chance in Baltimore.

Porter spent the last season of his playing career with Richmond in the Atlanta organization when Fredi Gonzalez was his manager in 2002. Porter also served as a coach when the present Braves manager was with the Florida Marlins.