As the Atlanta Braves struggle, good news continues in the minor leagues

The failure of the major league team in Atlanta should not overshadow the great progress in the minor leagues.

With all due respect to the teams in the Braves' minor league system, this article is not going to be about whether they won or loss Tuesday. In fact, that's not the story.

What is important is the tremendous games played by some of the Braves' top prospects.

For Triple-A Gwinnett, shortstop Ozzie Albies had his second home run of the season, his first for Gwinnett. He's now hitting .231 in Triple-A with four runs batted in.

In Double-A, starting pitcher Chris Ellis had another great start for Mississippi. He improved to 5-0 by pitching seven shutout innings. Ellis allowed just three hits, walked one and struck out five. Ellis' ERA is now 1.71. Ellis has now allowed just 26 hits in 42 innings, with 15 walks and 32 strikeouts.

Dansby Swanson was 3-4 for Mississippi, with a triple and two runs batted in. Swanson is now hitting .324 (12-for-37) in Double-A with one home run and seven runs batted in. Overall, including his time in High-A Carolina, Swanson has hit .330 (38-115) with two home runs and 17 RBI in 137 plate appearances this season.

For High-A Carolina, starter Max Povse had another strong outing. Povse allowed two runs on seven hits in seven innings, with no walks and seven strikeouts. Povse's ERA is now 2.89. In his six starts, Povse has allowed 27 hits in 37.1 innings, with eight walks and 33 strikeouts.

And in Rome, starting pitcher Touki Toussaint allowed two runs in six innings, two walks and four strikeouts. After a rocky start, Toussaint has his ERA down to 6.75.

Wednesday we will be watching the Mississippi Braves, as left-hander Sean Newcomb will be on the mound. He's 1-1 with a 3.16 ERA.

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