Minor League Preview - Saturday April 29

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


Richmond heads back home with a two-game winning streak to host Scranton-Wilkes Barrow tonight at 7:00 pm at the Diamond.

Ricardo Rodriguez will get the start for the Braves. He's 1-0 in his first two starts with the team, along with an ERA of 0.90. Rodriguez will face Jeremy Cummings.

The Braves are 8-15 on the season, 8.5 games back of the Charlotte Knights in the International League's South Division.


Mississippi continues its series in Mobile Saturday night starting at 8:05 pm ET at Hank Aaron Stadium.

The Braves will send Matt Wright (0-1) and Ryan Basner (0-2) to the hill tonight. Basner had a no-hitter for five innings in his last start and allowed only one run and had ten strikeouts in six complete innings. Wright relieved him in that game, making his season debut, and allowed one earned run in 2.1 innings. They'll face Jose Oyervidez (1-2) for the Baybears.

With a 9-14 record, the Braves are 4.5 games back of Jacksonville in the Southern League's South Division.


Myrtle Beach goes for its seventh win in a row tonight as they host Lynchburg starting at 7:02 at Coastal Federal Field.

It will be a battle of lefties as Matt Harrison (2-1, 2.66) goes for the Pelicans against Hillcats' southpaw Kyle Bloom (1-0, 0.00).

With the winning streak, the Pelicans are now 13-9 on the season, two games back of Kinston in the Carolina League's Southern Division.


Rome's five-game winning streak is still intact after Friday's game with Augusta was suspended due to a power failure. They'll resume the game, which was tied at one in the fourth inning, tonight starting at 5:00 at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Since Jeff Lyman got his three innings in Friday night, the other half of the piggyback, Tyler Bullock, will pitch in one of the games. Chris Vines is expected to also get a start, as the nightcap will follow.

The Braves remain 16-3 on the season, five games up on Charleston 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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