Minor League Recap

Bill Shanks takes a look back at the action across the Braves Minor Leagues for the past week. Who's performing well, and who's struggling? <B>Inside</B>: Dan Meyer injury report; Betemit continues slide; McClendon on the comeback trail; Plus much more.

· The Braves are 4-5 on the season.

· Wilson Betemit continues to struggle. He's hitting only .080 on the season.

· Mike Hessman is 4 for 12 since he was demoted to AAA with 1 HR and 2 RBI

· If Chipper Jones is disabled, Hessman could be the likely candidate to be recalled. Damon Hollins would be another candidate, but he is hitting only .120 so far this year. Russ Branyan is hitting only .238.

· Pete Orr is Richmond's leading hitter with a .391 clip.

· Closer Matt Whiteside has 1 win, 3 saves, and has yet to give up an earned run.

· Tim Drew has also not given up an earned run.

· Trey Hodges pitches Monday for the Braves at Indianapolis

· G-Braves are 1-9 on the season

· The starting pitchers are really struggling. Here are the ERA's of the starters:
Zach Miner 17.18
Steve Smyth 7.71
Macay McBride 6.28
Isauro Pineda 5.87

· Plus the bullpen has three members (Ralph Roberts, Brett Evert, and Daniel Curtis) with ERA's of 6.75. Left-hander Matt Coenen's ERA is 10.13.

· Dan Meyer, who missed one turn in the rotation with a sprained ankle, is scheduled to start on Tuesday against Jacksonville.

· The Greenville offense has some players getting hits. Adam Stern, the leadoff man, is hitting .333. James Jurries is hitting only .265, but he has three homers. Billy McCarthy hit his first home run of the season Sunday and is hitting .318. Kelly Johnson is hitting well early with an average of .324.

· Pelicans are 5-5 on the season

· The offense is struggling with only 47 hits in the last 8 games.

· The individual averages are slipping: Gregor Blanco (.176), Onil Joseph (.194), Jonathan Schuerholz (.160), Brian McCann (.208), and Jeff Francoeur (.235). The Braves expect most of these young kids to take time to adjust to the tough pitching-heavy Carolina League.

· Scott Thorman, repeating the Carolina League, is doing well hitting .333.

· Matt McClendon continues to be the best story of the season in the Braves system. He pitched three scoreless innings Sunday and has yet to give up an earned run this season. McClendon missed almost two years after having Tommy John surgery.

· Matt Merricks has yet to give up an earned run in his two starts. He also has walked only two batters and struck out twelve in ten innings of work.

· Blaine Boyer has an ERA of 0.87 in his two starts (4 H – 10.1 IP – 2 BB – 9 K)


· The Braves are 6-4 on the season.

· They have lost three in a row to the Capital City Bombers.

· Josh Burrus was 8 for 16 in the series with Capital City with a home run, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, and 3 stolen bases. He is now hitting .333 on the season.

· With a seven man starting rotation, one task for pitching coach Kent Willis is getting his relievers innings. So far, the relievers are doing well. Brad Nelson (0.00 ERA), Jake Blakeney (2.25 ERA), Kyle Bakker (3.00 ERA), Ricardo Rodriquez (3.86 ERA), and Sean White (4.50 ERA).

· Jake Stevens has yet to walk a batter in his 8.2 innings of work. He has 8 strikeouts.

Bill Shanks can be reached at thebravesshow@email.com

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