Blair, Newcomb and Fried all pitch well Saturday

Pitching was the story once again on the farm as three top prospects did well.

It hasn't taken long for the Braves' pitching prospects to show how impressive they may be this season. Saturday we got three more solid starts in  Atlanta's farm system.

Gwinnett's Aaron Blair went six innings against Norfolk, He allowed three runs on five hits, with one walk and six strikeouts. The Braves won 11-5 behind a seven-run first inning. Mallex Smith was 4-5 with three runs scored and a stolen base. Smith is now hitting .400.

In Mississippi, Sean Newcomb went five innings and allowed one run on four hits, with two walks and five strikeouts. At times, Newcomb did have trouble with his control, but he limited the damage. Andrew Thurman added three innings in relief and gave up just one run. The M-Braves lost in 13 innings to Blue Wahoos 5-4. Ozzie Albies was 3-7 and is now hitting .400 on the young season.

Augusta beat Rome 4-3, but the Braves had a solid start from lefty Max Fried, who allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits in five innings, with one walk and four strikeouts. Third baseman Austin Riley went 1-3 with a double and is now hitting .333.

Sunday's schedule:

Rome hosts Augusta at 2:00 pm ET with Ricardo Sanchez making his season debut.

Carolina will play a doubleheader at Salem. Max Povse and Ryan Clark pitch for the Mudcats.

Mississippi will take on Pensacola at Trustmark Park. Rob Whalen goes for the Braves.

Gwinnett finishes the series in Norfolk with Tyrell Jenkins on the hill.

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