08/29/12 10:30 PM ET
Medlen's pickoff move one of best by righties
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
"I've never seen anybody quicker than Med and he seems to always put it right where he needs to, to give us a chance to get them out," Freeman said. "He makes every play over there close."
In the five starts Medlen has made since joining the starting rotation, he has compiled a 0.66 ERA and limited opponents to a .242 on-base percentage. His 28 1/3-innings scoreless streak is the Braves' longest since Greg Maddux tosses 39 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings in 2000.
With the Braves winning each of his past 17 starts dating back to the 2010 season, it seems safe to say Medlen has proven he is a talented pitcher. But with the way he fields his position and the quickness he has shown with his pickoff moves, he has provided the reminder that he was a talented athlete before he began focusing on pitching.
"I'm a former shortstop. I used to be good at stuff, like playing baseball and hitting and stuff," Medlen said. "That's one thing that stuck with me was my quick feet. You guys have been around me enough to know that I can't really stand still. It's just one of those quick things that I've developed and it's helped me control the run game early in my career."
Since making his Major League debut in 2009, Medlen has recorded six pickoffs, including three this season. Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto (eight) and New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (four) are the only right-handed pitchers with more pickoffs this year.
Braves announce Arizona Fall League roster
SAN DIEGO -- Right-handed pitcher Zeke Spruill and infielders Edward Salcedo and Nick Ahmed headline the list of six Braves players who will compete in this year's Arizona Fall League for the Phoenix Desert Dogs. The team's manager will be Aaron Holbert, who spent this summer as the manager of the Double-A Mississippi Braves.
Spruill, Salcedo and Ahmed all rank on MLB.com's list of the Braves' top 10 prospects. Other Braves scheduled to play in the AFL are catcher Matt Kennelly and right-handed pitchers Gus Schlosser and Cory Rasmus.
Salcedo has batted just .153 this month and shown some other signs of fatigue as he prepares to end this season with Class A Advanced Lynchburg. The 21-year-old third baseman has hit .236 with 14 home runs and a .687 OPS in 124 games.
Ahmed, a talented shortstop taken in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, has batted .261 with 38 stolen bases and a .761 OPS in 124 games with Lynchburg. Spruill has gone 9-11 with a 3.69 ERA in 26 starts for Mississippi.
Chipper plays final game in city where it all started
SAN DIEGO -- When the Braves make their last scheduled visit to New York Sept. 7-9, Chipper Jones will have one last opportunity to interact with those Mets fans with which he has shared a love-hate relationship for so many years.
His history with Mets fans runs much deeper than that which he shares with Padres fans. But there was a sense of nostalgia when he took the field for Wednesday afternoon's series finale at Petco Park. This was his last game in San Diego, the same city where he made his Major League debut on Sept. 11, 1993.
Jones made his debut when he entered to spell Jeff Blauser at shortstop during the ninth inning of a 13-1 Braves win. One day later, his appearance was limited to him serving as a pinch-runner for Sid Bream. His first Major League plate appearance resulted in a single against Cincinnati's Kevin Wickander on Sept. 14, 1993.
Jones was greeted with a standing ovation before each of his four plate appearances in Wednesday's 8-2 loss. He tipped his cap to the crowd before his first at-bat and again before hitting a single in his final at-bat.
"I've always enjoyed coming to San Diego, it's been one of my favorite places to come," Jones said. "Obviously it does hold a special place in my heart, because it was where I got my first appearance."
• With Freeman getting a chance to rest on Wednesday, Martin Prado made his fourth start of the season at first base. This marked the fifth different position at which he started during this 10-game road trip. The other positions were left field, shortstop, third base and second base.
• Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said a group of Minor League players will be added when Major League rosters expand on Saturday. Another group of players will be added after Triple-A Gwinnett concludes its season on Monday.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.