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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 8/20 (Mike Minor Made His Debut)

Gwinnett 11, Norfolk 3

  • B. Conrad 3-5 2B, HR(12), 5 RBI
  • D. Hernandez 3-5 2 RBI
  • B. Barton 2-2 2B, HR(7), 3 RBI, BB

Gwinnett now has the best winning pct. in the International league. These guys just appear to be a complete team with good hitting and solid pitching night in and night out. Barbaro Canizares has seen his AVG drop below .300 for the first time this season. He had a pretty rough July and has actually posted a .613 OPS since the All Star break. I believe he had a falling off similar to this last season as well.

Mobile 2, Mississippi 5

  • M. Young 1-4 2B, RBI
  • B. Hicks 1-2 HR(8), 2 RBI, BB
  • J. Heyward 1-3 BB
  • J. Ortegano 6IP 2H 0R 5BB 6K

Mississippi has actually been pretty good in August, going 10-7 so far this month. One thing to like about this slump that Heyward has been in is that his plate discipline has remained strong. In his last 10 games he still has 5 walks and only 4 K. Craig Kimbrel also came in to get the last out of the game (on a strike out of course) and picked up his 5th save in Mississippi and his 17th for the year.

Myrtle Beach 10, Kinston 6

  • D. Linares 2-4 2B, HR(10), 4 RBI, BB
  • E. Mejia 1-4 HR(1), 2 RBI, 2K
  • C. Johnson 1-4 HR(29), BB, 2K
  • G. Rodriguez 2-5 HR(8), 2 RBI, 2K
  • C. Rohrbough 5IP 4H 3R 4BB 8K

I am going to call this a step forward for Cole Rohrbough. For me he has been the biggest disappointment in the organization this year and I am just happy whenever he has a solid outing with decent components. I know his walks are high but those 8 Ks look nice. Donell Linares has had a hot August with an .837 OPS this month and 7 XBH thus far. I still don't know what will happen with him but he controls the strike zone well and might be finding a bit of pop in his bat.

Charleston 2, Rome 5 - Suspended in 4th due to Rain

  • M. Minor 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
  • A. Milligan 1-1 2B, 2 RBI

I would call this a successful debut for Mike Minor. I was hoping he would pitch longer, but he hasn't been on the mound since the CWS so I'll excuse it. Also, Adam Milligan keeps hitting.

Greeneville 2, Danville 3

  • C. Bethancourt 1-3
  • J. Kreke 2-3
  • LV Ware 2-3 RBI, 2 SB(21)
  • T. Stovall 6IP 2H 2R 4BB 3K

Another wild line from Tyler Stovall who alos threw a wild pitch. The impressive thing here is that none of the top five hitters for the Braves had a hit. David Hale also came on and tossed 3 hitless innings of relief, though he did surrender 3 walks.

GCL Braves 7, GCL Tigers 8 - 13 Innings

  • L. Hiller 2B, RBI, 2BB, K
  • A. Feliz 3-6 3B, RBI, K
  • Z. Spruill 5IP 7H 6R 2BB 5K

Seriously, does anyone know why Zeke Spruill is in the GCL, and why he is getting knocked around?

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