Several hot hitters in the farm system

Dustin Peterson is one of the many Atlanta prospects doing well on the farm.

Carolina left fielder Dustin Peterson remains the hottest hitter in Atlanta’s farm system. Peterson had two more hits Monday as the Mudcats beat Salem 3-1.

Peterson is now hitting .314 with three home runs and 14 RBI in 105 at bats. In his last 10 games, Peterson has hit .395 (15-38). After hitting .246 in April, Peterson has hit .396 in the month of May.

The Braves acquired Peterson in the Justin Upton trade, which is looking very good for the Braves right now. Jace Peterson (no relation to Dustin) is hitting .282 as Atlanta’s starting second baseman. Mallex Smith is hitting .326 with Double-A Mississippi. And the main piece of the trade, left-handed pitching prospect Max Fried, is recovering from Tommy John surgery in Orlando.

Another hot hitter for the Braves is Gwinnett second baseman Jose Peraza. He had two more hits Monday night and his season average is at .306. In his last 10 games (all in the month of May), Peraza has hit .386 (17-44) with eight stolen bases. Peraza now has 13 stolen bases on the season in 31 games.

And we should mention some hot players in Rome. First, there is third baseman Jordan Edgerton, who had three hits Monday and his now hitting .337 on the season, good enough for fourth in the Sally League in hitting.

Edgerton has hit .409 (18-44) in his last 10 games. He has yet to hit a home run, but Edgerton is third in the SAL with 23 runs batted in.

His teammate, Keith Curcio, leads the South Atlantic League with a .352 batting average. He had two hits Monday as the Braves edged the Greensboro Grasshoppers. Curcio has not hit a home run either, but he has seven RBI in his last 10 games and he is now second in the league with his .430 on base percentage.

How about 18-year-old Ozhaino Albies? He was 2-5 Monday with two stolen bases and a run scored. Albies has hit .391 (18-46) in his last 10 games with seven stolen bases. His season average is up to .317, while he now has 13 stolen bases in 29 games.

Finally, while Braxton Davidson’s batting average is low at .225, his on base percentage is .384 (10th best in the Sally League). Davidson leads the Sally League with 23 walks, which is a great sign for a kid that won’t turn 19 until next month.

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