This week in the Braves Farm System

BravesCenter's Bill Shanks takes a look at the week ahead in the Braves farm system.

RICHMOND

The Richmond Braves begin the week with an 11-14 record, four games behind Norfolk in the South Division of the International League. They are 5-5 in their last ten games.

Richmond has Monday off. They take their two-game winning streak and continue their eight-game home stand on Tuesday when they host the Charlotte Knights at 7:00 at the Diamond. Sam McConnell (0-3, 5.06) goes for Richmond against Heath Phillips. In an afternoon game on Wednesday, it's Kyle Davies (2-0, 2.70) against former big leaguer Robert Person. Then on Thursday the Braves start a four-game weekend series against the Durham Bulls with Seth Greisinger (2-3, 3.82) on the mound.

MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi hits the road after a tough home stand. The Braves scored only 18 runs in their seven-game stand, going 2-5 at Trustmark Park.

The Braves, 7-17 on the season and 6.5 games back of Birmingham, head to Huntsville Monday night to start a three-game series with the Stars. Matt Coenen (0-2, 5.12) goes for Mississippi in game one of the series, followed by Anthony Lerew (1-1, 7.65) on Tuesday, and Blaine Boyer (0-4, 6.85) on Wednesday. Mississippi will then take Thursday off to travel south to Jacksonville, where they'll open up a three-game weekend series with the Jacksonville Suns on Friday Night.

MYRTLE BEACH

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans have lost three games in a row to fall to 12-12 on the season, two games back of Kinston in the Southern Division of the Carolina League.

Myrtle Beach heads to Salem, Virginia Monday night to start a four-game series with the Avalanche. Sean White (2-1, 2.14) goes for the Pelicans in game one, followed by Jake Stevens (2-2, 4.66) on Tuesday, Chuck James (1-3, 1.52) on Wednesday, and Brady Endl (1-2, 3.33) on Thursday. Friday night the Pelicans move on to Lynchburg to open up a three-game weekend series.

ROME

The Rome Braves start the week at 11-12 on the season, 3.5 games back of Charleston.

They continue their series with the River Dogs Monday night with Chris Vines (2-1, 5.82) and Jonny Venters (1-0, 4.26) scheduled to pitch. Charlie Morton (0-2, 7.97) tries to turn things around on Tuesday night in Charleston. Then on Wednesday the Braves return home to State Mutual Stadium to start a four-game series with Greenville. Right-hander James Parr (2-1, 7.31) and Kelvin Villa (1-1, 1.06) will go for the Braves in the series opener. Matt Harrison (2-1, 0.64) will try to continue his solid work on Thursday, followed by Luis Atilano on Friday night.

Bill Shanks has a new book out later this month on baseball scouting and player development. Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team will be on the bookshelves May 20th. Bill can be reached at thebravesshow@email.com


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