Minor League Preview - Friday April 28

Bill Shanks previews Friday's minor league schedule.


Richmond takes on Rochester again Friday night at the Diamond starting at 7:05 pm.

Travis Smith will head to the mound for the Braves. He's been their best starter this year (1-0, 1.71 ERA, 4 starts, 17 hits in 21 IP, 6 walks, 22 strikeouts). He'll oppose Red Wings' pitcher Henry Bonilla.

The Braves are now 7-15 on the season, 8.5 games behind first-place Charlotte and a game ahead of Norfolk for last place in the International League's South Division.


Mississippi plays the middle game of its five-game series with Mobile tonight at Hank Aaron Stadium.

Francisely Bueno will get the start for the Braves. The Cuban lefty has pitched well in his first two starts in the organization, posting a 3.27 ERA and striking out 13 batters in 11 innings. Jared Wells will pitch for the BayBears.

The Braves are now 9-13 on the season, 4.5 games back of Jacksonville in the Southern League's South Division.


The Myrtle Beach Pelicans put their five-game winning streak on the line tonight as they welcome the Lynchburg Hillcats to Coastal Federal Field for the first of a three-game weekend series.

Right-hander Jose Ascanio will pitch for the Pelicans. He's 0-1 with a 3.79 ERA in four starts. Kyle Bloom will twirl for the Hillcats.

The Pelicans are now 12-9 on the year, and the winning streak has them only two games back of Kinston in the Carolina League's Southern Division.


Rome hits the road for the start of a four-game weekend series with the Augusta GreenJackets tonight. Game time is 7:05 pm.

The very successful duo of Tyler Bullock and Jeff Lyman will pitch for the Braves. Bullock is 2-0 on the season with a 1.88 ERA. He's allowed only 8 hits in 14.1 innings, three runs, four walks, and 13 strikeouts. While Lyman has an ERA of 3.60, 10 hits allowed in 10 innings, four runs, seven walks, and 11 strikeouts.

As the Braves go for their sixth win in a row, they enter tonight's game at 16-3 on the season. It's the best record in all of baseball. They are now 5.5 games up on second place Charleston.

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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