Minor League Preview - Thursday May 25

Myrtle Beach has the day off, but the other top four minor league affiliates are playing today. The Braves Show's Bill Shanks previews Thursday's action around the Braves' farm system in this premium report.


It's game three of the four-game series in Durham tonight for the Richmond Braves, who have now lost three games in a row. Right-hander Anthony Lerew will try to get on track tonight. Lerew has really struggled, with a 1-3 record and a 8.65 ERA in nine games (eight starts). Richmond is 19-27 on the season, 14.5 games back of the Charlotte Knights in the International League's South Division.


Mississippi will try to snap a three-game losing streak tonight as they host Birmingham in the middle game of the five-game series at Trustmark Park. Lefty Chris Waters, 2-2 on the season with a 3.60 ERA in eight games, will get the start for the Braves, who are now 17-29 on the season, eleven games back of Montgomery and in fourth place in the Southern League's South Division.


Myrtle Beach is off today. They will open up a three-game weekend series Friday night at Coastal Federal Field when Wilmington comes to the Grand Strand. The Pelicans will send James Parr to the hill. After a 5-16 month of May, the Pelicans have fallen to 20-25 on the season, twelve games back of Kinston in the Carolina League's Southern Division.


Rome goes for its third victory in a row tonight when they host Savannah in game three of the four-game series at State Mutual Stadium. Chris Vines, 4-1 on the season with a 3.91 ERA, will get the start for the Braves. Vines is having a solid season in his return to Rome, and there's an excellent chance he'll be promoted after the Braves win the division next month. Rome is 32-13 on the season, 6.5 games up on the Charleston Riverdogs 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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