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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 6/3

Mike Minor keeps bumping his head against his low ceiling.
Mike Minor keeps bumping his head against his low ceiling.

Gwinnett 0, Indianapolis 4

  • J. Thurston 2-4, 2B, .233 AVG
  • B. Hicks 1-3, 2B, BB, E (10), .196 AVG
  • J. Ortegano 5.1 IP, 4 ER, 11 H, 3 BB, 5 K, 3.18 ERA
  • C. Gearrin 2.2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 3.81 ERA

The G-Braves couldn't do much in this one, mustering just 6 hits off of the Inianapolis pitchers, led by former first round pick Brad Lincoln and former Braves Wil Ledezma. Joe Thurston did collect a few hits and he's been on a bit of a roll lately, with a .333 average and .967 OPS in his last 10 games. It's nice to see Cory Gearrin put up a good performance; his last outing was his worst of the season, givng up 4 runs in 2 innings, but tonight he didn't allow a baserunner in 2.2 innings.

Mississippi 0, Montgomery 3

  • W. Cabrera 2-4, .320 AVG
  • D. Linares 1-4, 2B, .250 AVG
  • M. Minor 8 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 11 K, 3.68 ERA

Mike Minor was at it again, fanning 11 of the 28 batters he faced. He's been much, much better this season than anyone could have expected. Unfortunately, he didn't get enough support to earn a win, as Mississippi managed just 5 hits tonight. Willie Cabrera had 2 of those hits, continuing what's been a more than impressive return to AA. He's definitely deserving of a promotion to Gwinnett, so hopefully he'll be moving up at or before the midpoint of the season.

Myrtle Beach 8, Salem 3

  • C. Miles 1-4, BB, SB (18), .269 AVG
  • T. Jones 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI, .275 AVG
  • S. Sime 2-3, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, .315 AVG
  • J. Sucre 2-5, RBI, .212 AVG
  • R. Barba 2-4, 2 RBI, SB (3), .174 AVG
  • J.J. Hoover 6.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 6 K, W (3), 3.48 ERA

Ironically, the Pelicans were the affiliate busting out the hits tonight, as they pounded the Red Sox. Samuel Sime's average continues to rise, and he even threw a few walks into the mix. It's nice to see Ryan Barba get a few hits, he's had a rough Braves career, hitting just .178 in 490 at bats since joining the organization last season. I don't know why, but JJ Hoovers continued resurgence just makes me really happy. In his last 5 starts he has a 1.07 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP.

Rome 3, Augusta 4

  • C. Harrilchak 2-4, RBI, .290 AVG
  • M. Jones 2-4, E (20), .256 AVG
  • B. Schlehuber 2-3, 2B, .181 AVG
  • B. DeVall 7 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 3, 3.55 ERA

Brett DeVall gave up a lot of hits, but he didn't walk anyone, so things sort of evened out. His defense let him down a little, leading ot a pair of unearned runs that were the difference in the game. When the Braves picked Braeden Schlehuber in the 4th round in 2008 he seemed like catcher with promise, but 166 games into his career he's hit just .209 with a .570 OPS and has been passed on the depth chart by Matt Kennelly, Jesus Sucre, and Christian Bethancourt, who has taken the bulk of Rome's at bats at catcher.

DSL Braves, postponed, rain

The few TCers who were really excited about the start of the DSL season must be really bummed out by all these rainouts and days off.

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