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 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dustin Peterson's improvement continuesWho has likely been the player of the year in the Braves' farm system? Most likely Dustin Peterson in Mississippi.
Adonis Garcia giving Atlanta options at 3BBill Shanks has some impressive numbers on Adonis Garcia, who is giving the Braves options for third base for the future.
Braves get two prospects for CervenkaThe Braves have added two more young players with the trade of reliever Hunter Cervenka to Miami.
Braves somehow steal Matt Kemp from PadresHow in the world did the Braves get Matt Kemp for Hector Olivera?