The Augusta GreenJackets are losing the anchor of their rotation and a clubhouse presence with the reassignment of left-handed starter Matt Lujan.
Lujan has been assigned from Augusta to Advanced-A San Jose. He's expected to travel to San Jose on Friday.
A corresponding move has yet to be announced. Right-hander Joan Gregorio is expected to slide into a rotation spot for the GreenJackets for now, but Lujan's assignment leaves an empty spot on the roster.
Thursday, June 19 - Asheville 1, Augusta 0
Jones said after the game he had his best fastball command so far this season. My observation was that he just had everything going. It was probably the best start I've seen from him.
Thursday, June 19 - 7 p.m.
Asheville Tourists (41-28)
RHP Zach Jemiola (2014 A: 64 IP, 6.47 ERA, 5.17 FIP, 16.5 K%, 5.3 BB%, .370 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (34-34)
LHP Christian Jones (2014 A: 52.2 IP, 3.08 ERA, 3.48 FIP, 23.8 K%, 6.2 BB%, .279 BABIP)
Games of June 9-15:
Performers for each level:
Braves AAA: Christian Bethancourt - 8-21, 3 RBI, BB
Bethancourt earns this honor for the second consecutive week. Over the past two weeks, he's hitting .383/.388/.447 with three doubles and six RBI. He's up to .274/.301/.371 with 14 extra-base hits in 209 plate appearances. Recent reports say Bethancourt could be in Atlanta soon, but adjustments will have to be made. It has taken significant time at each level, but this recent stretch has been his best at Gwinnett so far.
The San Francisco Giants short-season affiliate, Salem-Keizer, announced its 2014 roster Tuesday, confirming a first-rounder and recent Augusta GreenJacket will play there.
Infielder Christian Arroyo, drafted 25th overall in 2013, is on the Salem-Keizer roster as the Volcanoes begin their season Friday.
Games for June 2-8:
Performers for each level:
Braves AAA: Christian Bethancourt - 10-26, 3 2B, 3 RBI
Bethancourt's defense will always be his strength, and his hitting is the only thing that could keep him in the minor leagues, or from reaching his ceiling. A week like this is always a good sign. Bethancourt made swing adjustments to be able to tap into his power more often, but his ISO has fallen back to .108 in Triple-A after .159 in Double-A last season.
Sunday, June 8 - Augusta 1, Lexington 0
I was pretty down on Johnson after his last start against Rome, but he took a big step toward turning things around by throwing five scoreless innings on two hits with three walks and three strikeouts against Lexington.
Sunday, June 8 - 2 p.m.
Lexington Legends (26-36)
RHP Luke Farrell (2014 A: 49.1 IP, 5.84 ERA, 5.57 FIP, 18.7 K%, 12 BB%, .265 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (30-30)
RHP Chase Johnson (2014 A: 40.1 IP, 6.25 ERA, 3.81 FIP, 20 K%, 10 BB%, .398 BABIP)
Friday, June 6 - Augusta 8, Lexington 7
The Atlanta Braves went the mature power route by selecting prep corner hitter Braxton Davidson with the 32nd overall pick in Thursday's first round.