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Minor League Recaps: 5/29 (Tommy Hanson and Gorkys Hernandez)

First off I would like to apologize for the lack of updates (and the hotlist!!!). I had to run up to West Virginia for a couple of days to look for a place to live so I've been stretched a little thin. I don't know how regular my posts will be for the next couple of weeks because I have to be up there by June 15thish (and my apartment won't be ready until August 1). So bear with me guys. Back to baseball...

Syracuse 0, Richmond 3

  • W. TImmons - 1-3 2B, BB
  • S. Thorman - 1-3 HR(5), 2 RBI
  • C. Morton - 7IP 4H 0R 2BB 7K

Well after Charlie Morton had the roughest stretch of the season so far (which wasn't rough at all for most people) bounced back with this start. Very impressive indeed. The Atl rotation has actually been pretty stable so far this season even with some of the injuries so Morton may not actually get his chance soon. But he will get his chance. Unless he becomes trade bait for a real big league starter. Thorman has a .967 OPS this month. Also Mark Jurich got called up at some point while I was MIA. He wasn't really impressive at Mississippi but he has always been a serviceable bat.

West Tenn 2, Mississippi 7

  • J. Perry - 3-4 2 HR(13), 2 RBI
  • K. Kaaihue - 1-3 2B, BB
  • T. Hanson - 6IP 3H 1R 1BB 6K

Tommy Hanson got called out in the Baseball America prospect mailer this week saying he needed to adjust. Well it looks like he made some adjustments. The best indicator for his success this season has been his hits allowed. And they were down this game. Always a good sign. Perry is still crushing the ball to the tune of a .708 SLG. Also Kaaihue has a .912 OPS this month. Not bad at all. The reports are indeed correct. Jordan Schafer's suspension will be up and He should be back in the lineup in the next few days barring some sort of extra punishment from the Braves. I think he cost himself any shot of seeing the big club this summer though. I could be wrong.

Myrtle Beach 4, Winston-Salem 3 - Game 1

  • G. Hernandez - 1-4 2B
  • T. Flowers - 2-3 2B, 3 RBI
  • D. Heath - 6IP 10H 3R 1BB 3K

It is really good to see Hernandez back in the lineup and picking up right where he left off. If he hadn't gotten hurt I would think there is a good chance we would see him and Schafer in the same outfield in the near future. Probably still a good chance. Flowers is on the road again so he is hitting. I know I harp on Heath, but if he isn't walking someone he is allowing a lot hits, but somehow he keeps winning. Whatever, I'm still not sold on him.

Myrtle Beach 6, Winston-Salem 7

  • B. Hicks - 1-4 2B, RBI
  • E. Mejia - 1-3 2B, K
  • J. OWings - 2-3 HR(6), 3 RBI, K

No Gorkys in this game and that is why I think they lost. Never mind they have been on a hot streak ever since he went on the DL. Nothing else really exciting here.

Asheville 3, Rome 2

  • J. Heyward - 0-2 3BB, K
  • F. Freeman - 2-3 2 2B, RBI, 2 BB
  • J. Smoltz - 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 3K
  • J. Locke - 7IP 9H 3R 1BB 6K

Smoltz looked like himself with his 3 strikeouts. I really think that the Sally League pitchers are beginning to fear Jason Heyward. He is 3rd in the league in hitting at age 18. I'm impressed. He is in the top 10 in OPS and the top 5 in SLG. I like that he was taking pitches this game. Freddie Freeman is benefiting from Heyward's excellent hitting lately as he has posted .921 OPS in May.

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