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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 6/18: GCL Opening Day is here, Braxton and Cumberland both go yard

A light schedule down in the minors with All-Star breaks and scheduled days off. However, good things were happening down in Florida and the GCL Braves started their season with a win.

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Florida Fire Frogs 7, Jupiter Hammerheads 0

Box Score

  • Cristian Pache, CF: 2-4, RBI, BB, .284/.310/.416
  • Brett Cumberland, C: 2-5, HR, 2 RBI, .237/.360/.398
  • Braxton Davidson, 1B: 2-5, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, .177/.279/.389
  • Jeremy Walker, SP: 8 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 3.98 ERA

Jeremy Walker had one of the best starts of his pro career and the offense back him up in a big way as Florida routed Jupiter by the score of 7-0. Walker has had what can best be described as an up and down pro career thus far with his command being the primary culprit. However, he is showing real signs of figuring things out as he has allowed three runs or less in eight straight starts. The walk rate isn’t where one would want it yet, but it is encouraging nonetheless that he is finding ways to get himself out of trouble. One thing to keep and eye on is his performance against righties as one would hope that as a righty himself that he would be able to hold them to lower than a .279 BAA. Mauricio Cabrera came in for mop up duty and walked two batters but did not give up a run. Cabrera has walked 17 batters in his last 10 innings pitched.

Lets talk about Braxton Davidson for a minute because he is on quite the heater of late. He connected for his 10th home run of the season which ties his season career high (and he did so on his birthday....happy birthday, Braxton). He now has 5 home runs and 13 RBIs over his last 10 games while batting .333 over that same span. He is still striking out a decent bit, but something very clearly is clicking for him right now and while we remain skeptical this will last, we are more than happy to be wrong as Braxton has some very legitimate tools going for him. Brett Cumberland connected for his seventh homer of the season and has been improving his performance at the plate recently. Cristian Pache had a pair of hits and a walk, the latter of which may be the most exciting part of his line. He has now draw 10 walks in 61 games this season.

GCL Braves 3, GCL Tigers East 2

Box Score

  • Jeremy Fernandez, RF: 2-4, 2B
  • CJ Alexander, DH: 1-4, 2 RBI
  • Filyer Sanchez, SP: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

The GCL has finally opened up play and the GCL Braves started their season off with a 3-2 over GCL Tigers East. Filyer Sanchez, a 21 year old who has spent most of the last three seasons in the Dominican Summer League, pitched into the fifth inning and performed well as a whole. CJ Alexander, the Braves’ 20th round pick in the 2018 draft, had the big hit with a two-run single while Jeremy Fernandez, who saw time in Danville as well as the GCL last year, had a pair of hits in his season debut. Another 2018 draftee, 32nd rounder Trey Harris out of Missouri, walked twice and stole a base out of the leadoff spot and is a guy to keep an eye on to potentially move up to Danville as the summer goes on.

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