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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 4/26: Pache, Encarnacion, Contreras all homer

Power was displayed by some of the Braves top prospects tonight.

MLB: Spring Training-Pittsburgh Pirates at Atlanta Braves Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

(16-4) Jackson Generals 6, (8-13) Mississippi Braves 1

  • Austin Riley, 3B: 1-for-4, .347/.402/.693
  • Tyler Flowers, C: 1-for-4, R, .250/.250/.250
  • Tyler Neslony, RF: 2-for-4, .320/.373/.360
  • Travis Demeritte, LF: 1-for-3, BB, .151/.274/.302
  • Kyle Wright, SP: 4.2IP 8H 6ER 2BB 7K

Box Score

What started off as a promising night for Kyle Wright quickly fell apart for Kyle in the fifth inning. Kyle looked good mixing speed and pitches through the first four innings - not really giving up any hard contact at all. He flashed the arsenal of pitches that made him the Braves top pick last year, featuring a fastball with a ton of movement and and plus off-speed pitches. He left the game in the fourth with the bases loaded and two outs, after giving up two runs, and was replaced by Tyler Pike who..did...not do well. Pike came in and hit the first batter he saw to score one run, threw two wild pitches allowing two more runs to score, walked another batter before finally stopping the bleeding with a strikeout but by then the damage had already been done and Jackson had scored five runs, extending their lead to 6-1. Adam McCreery and Connor Johnstone combined to finish off the last two innings of the game but the damage had already been done.

On the plus side of things before he had some trouble Kyle Wright flashed why he was worthy of that first round draft pick and everyone should be very excited about his development. The movement on his fastball confuses so many hitters and he can hit you with three other plus pitches. The next step in his development will be finding consistency in throwing the pitches but he’s close to making that next step.

Offensively the Braves couldn’t get much going throughout the entire game. Jon Duplantier was absolutely dominant striking out eight in five innings pitched. The lone run he gave up was after a throwing error by himself allowed Tyler Flowers to score from third. Speaking of Flowers, for those that want to know about his rehab, he caught all nine innings and looked good running and swinging the back. He appears to be completely over the oblique injury that shelved him early in the season.

Tyler Neslony continued his nice work to start the season by registering two more hits. The former 9th round draft pick has struggled to hit for power since being promoted to Mississippi last season, indicated by his sub-400 slugging percentage, but he’s played solid defense and has gotten on-base at a decent clip.

(7-14) Florida Fire Frogs 8, (9-12) Lakeland Flying Tigers 1

  • Anfernee Seymour, RF: 0-for-3, BB, RBI, 2R, SB, .200/.254/.283
  • Cristian Pache, CF: 3-for-5, HR, 2B, 3RBI, 3R, .291/.299/.419
  • Brett Cumberland, DH: 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2RBI, R, .265/.342/.485
  • Bryse Wilson, SP: 6.2IP 3H 0R 2BB 4K

The power was on display today as the Fire Frogs combined to hit six extra-base hits in a rout of the Flying Tigers. The offense got off to good start in the first inning with Anfernee Seymour walking to start the game and scoring on a Cristian Pache double. With Brett Cumberland batting, Pache took third on a wild pitch and then scored on a fielding error by the first baseman to put the Fire Frogs up 2-0. The Fire Frogs scored two more runs in the second inning after Marcus Mooney singled in Ray-Patrick Didder, and then Anfernee Seymour hit a sacrifice fly to score Lucas Herbert. They added three more runs in the fourth inning courtesy of back-to-back jacks by Cristian Pache, two-run homerun and his first homer as a professional, and Brett Cumberland.

They added another run in the ninth inning when Brett Cumberland doubled in Cristian Pache who scored from first.

Oh yeah, and Bryse Wilson was dominant.

Just kidding - Bryse Wilson was an absolute magician tonight - cruising through 6.2 innings without facing any real danger. He lowered his ERA on the season to 0.45, his WHIP to 0.90, and opponents are hitting .178 off of him. He mixed a heavy fastball that sat mid-90s but touched 96, with a dynamite slider, and grew confidence with his changeup as the game progressed. Bryse might not have the arsenal that wow’s you like Kyle Wright, but he has absolutely dynamite control of all three of his pitches and with the emergence of his changeup his stock his elevating at a rapid pace. He pounded the strikezone with 69% (nice) of his pitches thrown for strikes and induced THIRTEEN groundouts. He might not be in Florida for long.

(12-8) Rome Braves 8, (11-10) West Virginia Power 10

  • Derian Cruz, 2B: 0-for-4, R, BB, .182/.250/.273
  • Jefrey Ramos, LF: 2-for-5, 2(2B), 2R, 2RBI, .274/.338/.355
  • Jean Carlos Encarnacion, 3B: 1-for-4, HR, BB, R, .262/.304/.354
  • William Contreras, C: 2-for-5, HR, R, RBI, .200/.250/.400
  • Isranel Wilson, CF: 0-for-3, BB, R, .150/.268/.233
  • Riley Delgado, SS: 2-for-4, 2(2B), 2R, 2RBI, .339/.373/.500
  • Odalvi Javier, SP: 4.0IP 5H 6ER 3BB 3K

The Braves collected eight runs on eight hits, five of which were extra-base hits, but that wasn’t enough as Odalvi and Drew Harrington were blown up to the tune of 10 runs. Rome was actually up 2-0 after Jean Carlos Encarnacion and William Contreras both picked up their first homeruns of the season but then the third inning happened. It went like this: 2B, BB, 2R-2B, 1B, K, 1R-1B, 3R-HR.

With the game sitting at 6-2 Rome went on to score three runs in the top of the fifth - highlighted by a double by Riley Delgado that scored Derian Cruz, and a triple by Jefrey Ramos that scored Riley Delgado. Jefrey Ramos then singled in Garrison Schwartz and Riley Delgado the following the inning to give Rome the miraculous 7-6 lead, at least at the time. Drew Harrington came in on relief and and gave up two homeruns and four earned runs on five hits and three walks to give the game to the West Virgina Power. After sitting out most of last year with an injury - 2018 hasn’t been kind to Drew. He has appeared in five games, has a 6.92 ERA, 1.85 WHIP and is letting opponents hit .351 off of him on the season.

The game wasn’t exactly pretty to watch if you liked pitching, however there were some bright points including the first homers of the season by Jean Carlos Encarnacion and Williams Contreras. Jefrey Ramos also had a strong night going 2-for-5 with a triple, and Riley Delgado continues his very impressive work going 2-for-4 with two doubles.

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