Minor League Preview - Sunday June 18

Today marks the end of the first half of the regular season for the Braves' minor league affiliates. Three of the four teams are in action. The Braves Show's Bill Shanks previews Sunday's action around the farm.


The Richmond Braves host Pawtucket this afternoon at 2:00 pm at the Diamond. Chuck James will make his sixth start for Richmond. He's 1-0 so far with a 2.36 ERA. The Braves have lost nine in a row and are 26-43 on the season, 22.5 games back of Charlotte in the International League's South Division.


Mississippi ended its first half of the season Saturday night at Trustmark Park with another solid outing by Matt Wright. The Braves were 31-38 in the first half, 16.5 games back of Jacksonville. They'll start the second half of the season Monday at West Tennessee.


The Myrtle Beach Pelicans host first-place Kinston this afternoon at 2:02 at Coastal Federal Field. Steve Russell makes his second start of the season for the Pelicans. He's 2-0 on the season with an ERA of 3.00. Myrtle Beach is trying to finish the first half at .500. They are 34-35 on the season, 13 games back of the Indians in the Carolina League's Southern Division.


The Sally League's Southern Division champions end their spectacular first half Sunday afternoon at State Mutual Stadium against Columbus. Jairo Cuevas (3-5, 4.93) will pitch for the Braves, who are 42-27 on 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. He can also be heard regularly on the Braves Radio Network. Email Bill at thebravesshow@email.com.

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