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Braves' 2015 first round pick Kolby Allard doing well in the Appy League

The Braves have to be excited about Kolby Allard's work in Danville.

Kolby Allard continues to do well in his first significant pro baseball action. Monday against Kingsport he pitched six shutout innings and allowed just two hits, walked two and struck out seven.

Allard has now made seven starts this season. He's 2-2 with a 4.05 ERA, 30 hits allowed in 33.1 innings, 15 earned runs, eight walks and 38 strikeouts. Since going down to Danville, Allard is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in four starts, 14 hits allowed in 21.1 innings, four earned runs and 26 strikeouts. He had an 8.25 ERA in three starts for Rome in early June with 12 strikeouts in 12 innings pitched.

The Braves may decide to test Allard and put him back in Rome for the month of August. But they have to like the success he is having and wonder how much that is helping Allard get his feet under him for his first extended pitching. Allard made just three starts in the Gulf Coast League last year after being drafted due to his back issues.

Allard now has pitched 39.1 innings in his pro career and has 50 strikeouts.

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