Minor League Preview - Saturday April 15

BravesCenter's Bill Shanks takes a look at Sunday's schedule around the Braves' farm system.

RICHMOND


Richmond tries to snap a three-game losing streak this afternoon when they take on Rochester starting at 1:35 pm.

The Braves need a good pitching performance after allowing 21 runs in the last two games. Kevin Barry steps into the starting rotation with his first start of the season today. Last season Barry went 3-0 in his last six starts for Richmond, while allowing just four earned runs in 36 innings (1.00 ERA). For the season had an ERA of 1.65 as a starter and 4.33 as a reliever.

With the losing streak, the Braves now stand at 3-6 on the season, five games back of Durham and in last place in the International League's South Division.


MISSISSIPPI


Mississippi closes out its series with the Mobile BayBears tonight at 8:05 pm ET at Trustmark Park.

Atlanta reliever Macay McBride is scheduled to make another one-inning performance Saturday. McBride has made two solid outings so far, and after Saturday is scheduled to go two innings on Tuesday night before the Braves make a decision on his future.

Right-hander Daniel Curtis will also pitch for the Braves. He's 0-1 with an ERA of 9.00 so far this season. Curtis will face former Reds' top prospect Bobby Basham, traded to the Padres last winter.

The Braves are 4-5 this season and in a four-way tie for second place in the Southern League's South Division, two games back of Montgomery.


MYRTLE BEACH


Myrtle Beach will send right-hander Charlie Morton (0-1, 9.00) to the mound for his first start of the season when they host Potomac at 7:02 pm at Coastal Federal Field.

Lefty Clint Everts (0-0, 12.00) will pitch for the Nationals. Everts is one of Washington's top prospects.

After snapping a five-game losing streak with a tenth-inning win on Friday, the Pelicans are now 3-6 on the season, 3.5 games back of Kinston in the Carolina League's Southern Division.


ROME


Rome opens up a four-game series at Kannapolis Saturday night at 7:05 with lefty Beau Jones on the mound for the Braves.

These two teams met to start the season, with Rome sweeping the four game set in Georgia. The Braves are now 6-2 on the season, one game up on three teams in the Sally League's Southern Division.


Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. Email Bill at thebravesshow@email.com.


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