Minor League Preview - Monday April 17

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

RICHMOND


The Richmond Braves are in dire need of a win. They have lost five in a row and close out the final game of a four-game series in Rochester tonight at 6:35.

Brian O'Connor will pitch for the Braves against Dennys Reyes for the Red Wings. Richmond also added another reliever to its staff as Phil Stockman joined the club today from Mississippi. Joey Devine was placed on the Danville roster as the Braves figure out how series his back injury is at this point.

The Braves are now 3-8 on the season, four and a half games back of Durham in the International League's South Division. Richmond heads to Buffalo for a series starting Tuesday.


MISSISSIPPI


After a well-deserved day off, the Mississippi Braves will play their first road game of the season tonight at West Tennessee.

The Braves will send right-hander Sean White to the mound for his third start of the season. White has an ERA of 6.43 in his first two appearances.

Mississippi is 5-5 on the season, a half game back of Montgomery in the Southern League's South Division.


MYRTLE BEACH


The Myrtle Beach Pelicans will look to get back into the win column Monday night when they host Winston-Salem in game one of a three-game series at Coastal Federal Field. Game time is 7:02.

Jose Ascanio will get the call for the Pelicans, while the Warthogs will send Jack Egbert to the hill.

Myrtle Beach will look for two hitting streaks to continue tonight. Van Pope has hit in all eleven games so far this season, while Mike Rozema has hit in seven straight games. Also, Brandon Jones will return to the lineup after missing a week due to the death of his grandmother.

The Pelicans are 4-7 on the season, 4.5 games back of Kinston in the Carolina League's Southern Division.


ROME


The Rome Braves just keep rolling along. They go for their fourth straight victory tonight when they play game three of their series at Kannapolis.

Chris Vines will pitch for the third time this season. The right-hander has an 0-1 record with a 5.73 ERA in his eleven innings of work so far this year.

Rome remains in first place in the Sally League's Southern Division with a record of 8-2 on the season.


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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