Right-hander Matt Childers has been recalled from AAA Richmond. Childers pitched in 15 relief appearances for the Braves. He was 2-0 with a 3.26 ERA. He allowed 14 hits in 19.1 innings pitched, along with 6 walks and 24 strikeouts. Opponents had a .203 batting average against him.
Childers was signed by the Braves as a free agent last
winter. He was originally drafted by the Brewers in
the 9th round of the 1997 draft and spent eight years
in Milwaukee's system. Childers pitched in eight games
with Milwaukee in 2002, compiling an ERA of 12.00 by
allowing 12 runs on 13 hits in 9 innings pitched.
Last season he pitched in AAA Indianapolis and went
5-5 splitting his season between the bullpen and the
rotation. Then this spring in Florida he appeared in 7
games in the Braves' big league camp, getting 1 walk
and striking out 7 in 8.1 innings of work.
Childers is a Georgia native and resident. He played
at Westside High School in Augusta and still lives in
the East Georgia city in the off-season. Childers'
brother Jason is a reliever with the Richmond Braves.
Matt's father played in the Cubs' farm system.
If the Braves find out that Thomson will miss a
significant amount of time with his injury, it's very
possible they will send Childers (or another reliever)
back down to Richmond and recall a starting pitcher,
either Zach Miner or Kyle Davies.
Bill Shanks has a new book coming out later this month
on baseball scouting and player development called
"Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning
Team." He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thomson Disabled; Matt Childers Recalled
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