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Minor League Recaps: 6/20

Richmond 1, Syracuse 4

  • Lillibridge - 3-4 3B
  • J. Perry - 2-4 RBI, K

The AAA club is 8-11 this month and is second in their division and a game under .500 after having the division lead for most of the first two months. With all the promotions recently it was bound to happen so we really can't blame them for it. They are still within striking distance and it is feasible they could get some help from the lower elvels depending how aggressive the Braves promote some kids from AA (though there isn't much in AA to promote).

Mississippi 9, Montgomery 2

  • G. Creek - 2-4 BB, K
  • J. Schafer - 3-5 2 2B, 2 RBI, K
  • J. Carmena - 2-4 HR(2), 2 RBI, BB, K
  • C. Sencion - 5.2IP 2H 2R 5BB 4K

You know it has gone largely unnoticed but Carlos Sencion is 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA since joining Mississippi. This is the first time he has really had a control problem this season but he does have Tommy Hanson Syndrome with his flyball tendencies. But if he has stuff that stays as unhittable as Hanson it is all good.

Myrtle Beach 22. Lynchburg 3

  • G. Hernandez - 3-6 2 2B, RBI, BB
  • E. Campbell - 2-5 HR(5), 5 RBI, BB
  • E. Mejia - 4-6 2B, RBI, K
  • T. Flowers - 3-4 2B, 2 HR(9), 7 RBI, 2 BB

The Pelicans just want everyone to know that they are a bunch of bad asses. They had 21 hits and nearly everyone had an XBH. I'm glad to see Flowers hitting for some power. Campbell has these bursts and then he dies off, his average is still just .208. Ernesto Mejia already has 40+ XBH on the season with two months remaining. I like him even though he is a little old and he doesn't walk much. It didn't help much for Lynchburg that Scott Diamond pitched really well again.

Savannah 1, Rome 10

  • J. Heyward - 2-4
  • F. Freeman - 2-5 2 2B, HR(9), 3 RBI
  • S. Shults - 3-4 2 RBI
  • J. Locke - 5.2 IP 5H 1R 2B 2K

A good game from the Rome boys tonight. The regular offensive guys did their thing and the recent callup from the Appy League, Stephen Shults, contributed as well. Shults flashed some power last year at Danville and is still 21, so if he can put some stuff together fast he could make an impact. Jeff Locke pitched another game and seems to be settling into full season ball finally. His monthly splits thus far:

April: 5.63 ERA 24IP 28H 5BB 22K

May: 4.13 ERA 32.2IP 40H 13BB 32K

June: 2.49 ERA 25.1IP 20H 8BB 14K

Those splits are a little puzzling but his groundball ratio shot up after the first month and I think hitters got a little lucky against him the first couple of months. But he seems to have improved a bit.

Danville 3, Greenville 4

  • C. Shehan - 3-3 2B, 3 RBI
  • C. Hodges - 4.2IP 4H 4R 0BB 6K

Shehan is an OF the Braves took out of Georgia Southern in the 30th RD. He was second in the nation in OBP, 3rd in SLG, 2nd in OPS, 2nd in BA and tied for 10th with 22 HRs and was selected to Baseball America's first team All America team. He is definitely a polished college hitter but I don't know what his upside is. Casey Hodges didn't allow any earned runs tonight. He is a RHP pitcher from Mount Olive College in NC and was taken in the 23rd Rd. The funny thing about him is that his dad was a catcher for the Mets and they were hoping the Mets would take him. HAH.

You know out of 50 Rounds the Braves took 13 players not from the southeast. That is amazing.

*Note: The GCL Braves played the Tigers today but, as they are apt to do, the scores were not posted for the games. This happens fairly often with the GCL teams. If it starts happening too often I'll just post a weekly roundup when the scores are posted for the week.

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