Minor League Preview - Thursday May 4

After a day off, the Richmond Braves get back into action Thursday. The Braves Show's Bill Shanks has the entire schedule in the Braves' farm system.


Richmond starts a four-game series in Toledo tonight as they send their most dependable starter to the mound.

Travis Smith, 2-0 on the season with a 1.33 ERA in five starts, will pitch for the Braves. He'll face former Brave farmhand Zach Miner, traded to the Tigers last August in the Kyle Farnsworth trade. Miner is off to a great start. He picked up his third win of the year on April 27 against Indianapolis (eight scoreless innings, two hits, two walks, eight strikeouts) and was named as the International League's Pitcher of the Week on April 24. Miner is currently 4th in the league with a 1.33 ERA and tied for 2nd in the IL lead with three wins.

The Braves are 10-17 on the season, 10.5 games back of the red-hot Charlotte Knights in the International League's South Division.


The Mississippi Braves have lost the first two games of the series in Montgomery, allowing the Biscuits to grab a share of first place with the Jacksonville Suns in the Southern League's South Division. The Braves and Biscuits play game three of the five-game set tonight at 8:05 pm ET.

Chris Waters will pitch for the Braves. The lefty is 2-0 on the season with a 2.35 ERA. He's allowed six earned runs on 21 hits in 23 innings, with 11 walks, and 20 strikeouts. Waters will face Jim Magrane, 3-2 for the Biscuits.

Mississippi is now 10-16 on the season, 5.5 games back of the Biscuits and Suns.


Myrtle Beach goes for its second win in a row tonight as they finish the four-game set in Salem.

Matt Harrison will try to continue his good work. He is 3-1 this season with a 2.12 ERA. Harrison has only six walks in his first five starts, with 24 strikeouts in 29.2 innings pitched. He'll oppose Chad Reineke (2-1, 1.88) for the Avalanche.

The Pelicans are now 16-11 on the season, still two games back of Kinston in the Carolina League's Southern Division.


The team with the best record in all of baseball, both the minor leagues and the majors, will play game three of a four-game series with Asheville tonight at State Mutual Stadium.

Rome is now 20-5 on the season, four and a half games up on Charleston. They'll send Chris Vines to the mound tonight against the Tourists. Vines is 2-1 in his first five starts with a 3.30 ERA. He's walked only three batters in 30 innings of work so far this 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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