Minor League Preview - Thursday April 20

Bill Shanks previews Thursday's action around the Braves farm system.


Richmond sends right-hander Kevin Barry to the mound this afternoon to try to get back on the winning track. Game time in Buffalo for the third game of the four-game series is 1:05.

The Braves snapped a six-game losing streak Tuesday, and then lost 12-3 yesterday afternoon. Richmond is now 4-10 on the season.

Barry will be making his second start of the season. His first start was last Saturday. Barry allowed two runs on four hits in five innings.


Mississippi takes on West Tenn again tonight starting at 7:05. Left-hander Chris Waters will be on the mound for the Braves. Waters has allowed three runs in his two starts so far this season for an ERA of 3.00.

The Braves are now 6-8 on the season. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will try to keep his six-game hitting streak alive. He's 9-for 20 over that stretch to improve his season average to .250.


The Myrtle Beach Pelicans head back on the road tonight to try and extend a three-game winning streak. Tonight's game at Kinston starts at 7:00 pm.

James Parr and Charlie Morton are scheduled to pitch tonight for the Pelicans. Parr has yet to allow an earned run so far this season in nine innings of work, while Morton had a solid start his last time out (one earned run in five innings).

Myrtle Beach is now back at .500, 7-7 on the season.


The red hot Rome Braves are back at State Mutual Stadium tonight for the first game of a weekend series with Augusta. Game time is 7:05 pm.

Jo Jo Reyes is scheduled to start for the Braves. The left-hander has been solid in his first two starts, allowing four earned runs in ten innings, along with only three walks and twelve strikeouts.

Rome has won five games in a row and is now 10-2 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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