Minor League Preview - Saturday May 20

The Braves Show's Bill Shanks previews Saturday's action around the Braves' farm system.

RICHMOND


Richmond hits the road for the start of a six-game road trip, the first of two tonight in Norfolk against the Tides.

Lefty Brian O'Connor will get the start for Richmond. He's 2-3 on the season with a 4.26 ERA. He'll face fellow lefty Jeriome Robertson (0-1, 4.50).

Scott Thorman continues to tear it up in Triple-A. The Braves' first baseman is 8 for his last 17, with three home runs, seven RBI, and four runs scored. He's now hitting .316 on the season. The Braves are now 18-24 on the season, 13.5 games back of Charlotte in the International League's South Division.


MISSISSIPPI


Mississippi goes for its second win in a row tonight at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville against the Suns.

Right-hander Ryan Basner starts for the Braves. He's 0-3 on the season with a 6.83 ERA.

The Braves are 16-26 on the season, nine games back of Montgomery in the Southern League's South Division.


MYRTLE BEACH


Myrtle Beach will try to snap its four-game losing streak tonight in Wilmington when they play the Blue Rocks at 6:05.

Kelvin Villa will make his second start of the season. He's 1-0 on the season with a 2.33 ERA.

The Pelicans are 19-22 on the season, 9.5 games back of Kinston in the Carolina League's Southern Division.


ROME


Rome will try to keep the seven-game winnning streak alive when they play game two of their series in Charleston tonight at 7:05.

Chris Vines, 4-1 on the season with a 3.56 ERA, will start for the Braves.

The lead in the Sally League's Southern Division is now seven and a half games as the Rome Braves proudly sport a 30-10 record.


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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