The Atlanta Braves have made several moves in its minor league system. Second baseman Martin Prado and reliever Will Startup have been promoted to Triple-A Richmond, while infielder Mike Rosemary will replace Prado on the Mississippi roster.
Prado spent a few days with the big league club, playing in two games. But he has spent the majority of the season in Double-A Mississippi, where he hit .278 with 1 home run and 15 RBI in 178 at bats. Prado got significant playing time at third base, as well as his natural second base. With Wes Timmons out with an injury, Prado might get some time at third for Richmond.
Startup has had a truly amazing season. He started in Myrtle Beach and pitched in one game, striking out the side. Then he was promoted to AA Mississippi, where he was originally slated to start the season. Startup has been practically perfect in the Southern League. He was 3-0 with a 0.72 ERA in 16 games. The lefty allowed only two runs on 18 hits in 25 innings pitched, with 6 walks, and 29 strikeouts. Startup will join Manny Acosta, who was also recently promoted from Mississippi, in the Richmond bullpen, one in which might soon lose Franklin Nunez to the disabled list.
And Mike Rozema was replace Prado in Mississippi's infield. Rozema was hitting .276 with 4 home runs and 11 RBI for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. He can play second base, shortstop, and third base.
The Pelicans are expected to receive infielder Robert Marcial from Rome on Monday to replace Rozema.
In other news, Kelly Johnson, in Richmond on a rehab assignment, will be sent to Birmingham Tuesday to be checked by Dr. James Andrews. Johnson has been trying to play through severe elbow pain. He's rehabbed in Rome and in Richmond for the last three weeks. Andrews' assessment will determine Johnson's future with the Atlanta roster. If he proposes elbow surgery, Johnson will miss the remainder of the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prado & Startup promoted to Richmond
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