The Braves have made several moves in their minor league system, including the promotion of this year's second round draft choice shortstop Yunel Escobar.
The right-handed hitting infielder played only eight games with the Danville Braves, hitting .400 with 2 home runs and 8 runs batted in. Escobar did commit four errors at shortstop, but the Braves believe he is ready to make the next move. He will replace Mike Rozema, the 14th rounder in 2004, who will now go to Myrtle Beach after hitting a surprising .272 in Rome with 19 doubles and 13 stolen bases in 195 at bats.
Rome outfielder Carl Loadenthal was also promoted to Myrtle Beach. The left-handed hitting Loadenthal was hitting .262 with 17 steals in 210 at bats. He also had a .357 on base percentage.
Loadenthal had replaced Brandon Jones in the Rome lineup when Jones broke his wrist in mid-April. Now Jones is ready to re-join Rome after a short rehab stint in Danville. He'll be joined in Rome's outfield by Ardley Jansen, demoted from Myrtle Beach after hitting only .216 in 185 at bats for the Pelicans. First baseman Carlos Guzman will also go back to Rome after hitting only .158 as a part-time starter. Guzman replaces Keith Eichas on the Rome roster, who has been suspended for unspecified reasons.
The Braves also activated veteran major leaguer Jay Powell to the Mississippi roster. Powell has missed almost a full month with a non-pitching injury. The Braves are hoping he can bounce back and possibly be a candidate for Atlanta later this summer.
In the final two moves of the day, two catchers were moved down a level. Steve Pyzki, who appeared in two games for Mississippi, was sent to Myrtle Beach, while Xan Barksdale goes from the Pelicans to the Rome Braves.
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