Bird pitches well in Braves debut

The Braves got a good early look at newest prospect Zach Bird.

When the Braves acquired Zach Bird last week from the Dodgers in the mega deal, they obviously wanted to test him a bit. They decided to send Bird to Double-A Mississippi, for his first experience above A-ball.

Oh, yeah. Bird is from Jackson, Mississippi, so the Braves were also sending him home to pitch in nearby Pearl.

Bird had pitched in 19 games (17 starts) this season for Rancho Cucamonga in High-A. He was 5-7 with a 4.75 ERA. Bird had allowed 74 hits in 89 innings, with 48 walks and 95 strikeouts.

So for the rest of this season, the Braves wanted to see Bird in Double-A. Monday in his first start, Bird did very well. He pitched 5.2 scoreless innings against Montgomery and allowed only two hits. Bird walked three and struck out two.

Kyle Tait, the play-by-play announcer for the Mississippi Braves, shared his thoughts with us on Bird's debut with the Braves.

"He was dominant. Worked down in the zone, stayed out of trouble. His fastball touched 96 mph and he had a sharp breaking ball that got a lot o soft contact. A great start for Bird in front of his hometown crowd."

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