Mississippi right-hander Jason Hursh is having a very good month of July. Saturday he beat Pensacola by allowing only one run on two hits in six innings. He’s now 9-6 on the season with a 3.59 earned run average. Hursh has now allowed only seven earned runs in his five starts in July for an ERA of 2.08. It’s by far his best month since April, when he had a 2.70 ERA in five starts. For May and June, Hursh allowed 34 earned runs in 66.2 innings for an ERA of 4.59. With Hursh’s stuff, you have to wonder if teams the Braves are talking about with trades are mentioning Hursh as a potential target. Some believe Hursh would be better as a reliever, particularly with his fastball. But he continues to get good innings – now 120.1 – in his first full minor league season.
Jose Peraza was 3-4 on Saturday night with a double (6), a RBI (14) and a stolen base (19). He’s now hitting .368 for Mississippi with an on base percentage of .394. Overall this season, Peraza is now hitting .350 with 54 stolen bases and a .375 OBP. In his last seven games, Peraza is 14-31 (.452) with 10 stolen bases. Will the Braves consider sending Peraza to Triple-A Gwinnett for the last month of the minor league season, just to test him to see if he could help the big league Braves in September? He’s played in 31 games in Double-A and the Southern League hasn’t been much of a challenge for him, at least not yet.
Lucas Sims pitched his fourth straight solid game Saturday as he won his seventh game of the season. Sims allowed three runs on five hits in seven innings, with one walk and four strikeouts. Sims has now allowed seven earned runs in his last 27.2 innings in his last four starts, for an ERA of 2.28. He’s struck out 25 and walked six in those games. Sims now has a season ERA of 4.56 in 22 starts for Lynchburg. He’s allowed 114 hits in 122.1 innings, with 44 walks and 82 strikeouts. He had 116.2 innings pitched last season in Rome, so he’s exceeding that number in his second full professional season in the Braves organization.
Lynchburg closer Alex Wilson is quietly having another solid season. He saved his 12th game of the season Saturday night as the Hillcats beat Frederick. Wilson has been outstanding since the first of May. He’s saved 11 games in 28 appearances, with an ERA of 1.25 and 38 strikeouts in 43.2 innings. Overall, Wilson has allowed 38 hits in 51.2 innings on the season, with 14 walks and 46 strikeouts. His season ERA is now 1.92. The 6-5, 225-pound right-hander was Atlanta’s 15th round pick in the 2012 draft out of Wofford. Last year in Rome, Wilson had eight saves in 33 games. He had an ERA of 3.59 and struck out 45 batters in 52.2 innings.
Danville shortstop Ozhaino Albies has continued his good work through the first six games in the Appalachian League. He has now hit in five straight games after going 0-4 in his Danville debut. Albies is now hitting .384 overall this season in 25 games between the GCL Braves and Danville. He’s got 33 hits in 86 at bats with 11 stolen bases and a .471 on base percentage. Albies is yet another Braves prospect from Curacao. He was signed last July. Albies is only 17 years old. He’s a switch-hitter that is only 5-9 and 150 pounds, but Albies is making a name for himself with his strong start to his professional career.
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