Minor League Notes

BravesCenter's Bill Shanks has some notes from around the Braves' farm system.

* The Richmond Braves have signed right-hander Ken Ray, an Atlanta native who was pitching in the Canadian / American League, an independent league up north. Ray was 2-0 with a 2.75 ERA for the North Shore Spirit. Ray was an 18th rounder by the Royals in 1993. He reached the big leagues in 1999 with Kansas City and pitched in 13 games. Ray has also pitched in the Giants, Brewers, and White Sox' organizations.

* Richmond could sign another pitcher soon. One name that has been mentioned as a possibility is former Reds' and Pirates' lefty Jimmy Anderson, who was given his release from the Twins' organization Wednesday. Anderson was 4-4 with a 2.90 ERA in 12 games (11 starts) for the Rochester Red Wings this season.

* Richmond reliever Buddy Hernandez will visit Dr. Jim Andrews in Birmingham next week to get a second opinion on his elbow. The first diagnosis was an elbow strain, but the Braves and Hernandez want to make sure there is no tear.

* With Juan Velasquez still on the disabled list, the Braves signed former Cubs' farmhand Josh Arteaga. The middle infielder played most of this season at Peoria, where he hit .256 with 2 home runs in 129 at bats.

* Roman Colon will make one more start for Mississippi before going up to AAA to join Richmond's bullpen.

* Veteran Jay Powell, who has been out of action with a non-throwing injury, could be back as soon as next week. Powell is not like other veterans; he does not have an out in his contract if he is not called up to the big leagues.

* Atlanta's first round pick last week, right-hander Joey Devine, will report to Myrtle Beach on Saturday, but may not be activated until the middle of next week.

* The Braves sold the contract of left-hander Juan Alvarez to the Mexican League. Alvarez started this season in Myrtle Beach, but has been with Rome for the last week.

* Myrtle Beach catcher Miguel Bernard, who has missed most of the past two months, will hopefully return the first week of July.

* Rome outfielder Brandon Jones, who suffered a broken wrist the first month of the season, is finishing up his rehab in Orlando and could return to the Rome roster before the end of the month.

* Right-hander David Watkins will probably join the Gulf Coast League roster for 30 days and pitch out of the bullpen. Watkins has had elbow and shoulder surgery for the last two years.

* Lefty Jo Jo Reyes, coming back from Tommy John surgery, was on his way to joining the Rome roster when he suffered a leg injury. Reyes was possibly going to join Rome before July 1, but now the coaches must monitor his leg injury.

* Paul Bacot is back on the Rome roster. For now, he'll be in the bullpen, but the Braves would like to work him into the rotation at some point this season.

* Yuniel Escobar will start the season in Danville. We'll announce the rest of the Danville roster and the GCL roster later tonight.


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

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