Braves make moves around farm system

The Braves have made more moves around the farm system, promoting Arthur Santos to Double-A Mississippi, Nelson Payano to Myrtle Beach, and Asher Demme and Manny Rodriguez to Rome. The Braves Show's Bill Shanks has more.

With the shuffling of the bullpens in both Atlanta and Richmond today, the Braves have made additional changes around the farm system.

Right-hander Arthur Santos has been promoted to Double-A Mississippi. Santos was 4-0 in 13 games with a 1.04 ERA. He had allowed only three earned runs on 21 hits in 26 innings of work, with six walks, and 15 strikeouts. The six-foot, 185-pounder signed with the Braves last April after being released by the Red Sox.

Nelson Payano was called up from Rome to replace Santos in the Myrtle Beach bullpen. The 23-year-old lefty was 2-3 for Rome in ten games (one start) with a 2.77 ERA. He had allowed eight earned runs on 19 hits in 26 innings, with 10 walks, and 34 strikeouts.

Asher Demme rejoins the Rome Braves after spending some time in Extended Spring Training with some elbow soreness. Demme started the season in Rome and won the only game he pitched in, going 3.1 scoreless innings.

And Manny Rodriguez is finally on the Rome roster after missing the first two months with an injury. Rodriguez hit .300 last year in Danville with 8 home runs and 47 RBI in 250 at bats. He was scheduled to be the starting first baseman for Rome but came down with an injury midway through spring training, which opened the door for Isaiah Ka'aihue to take over as Rome's first baseman. Rodriguez will see some time as the DH and probably take over at first when Ka'aihue is promoted to Myrtle Beach in a couple of weeks.

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

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