Minor League Preview - Tuesday June 20

The Gulf Coast League kicks off its season Tuesday afternoon down in Florida. The Braves Show's Bill Shanks previews the day's action around the Braves' farm system, including some All Stars playing in Ohio.


Richmond sends Kevin Barry (3-4, 3.00) to the mound against Pawtucket this afternoon trying to snap the Braves' eleven-game losing streak. The streak has the Braves at 26-45 on the season, 22 games back of Charlotte in the International League's South Division.


Mississippi is in West Tennessee with a doubleheader with the Diamond Jaxx starting at 6:05. Dave Coggin (0-3, 4.50) will start game one for the Braves against JR Mathes (5-4, 3.43), while lefty Chris Waters (3-5, 4.70) starts in the nightcap against Bobby Brownlie (2-4, 4.60). With the rainout last night, today will be the first game for the Braves in the second half of the season.


Myrtle Beach kicks off its second half tonight at 7:05 in Salem against the Avalanche. Matt Harrison (8-3, 2.59) will make his final start for the Pelicans before he's moved up to Double-A Mississippi.


Rome is off tonight as the Sally League plays its All-Star game in Eastlake, Ohio, home of the Lake County Captains. The Braves will be well represented as Manager Randy Ingle and his entire coaching staff will manage the South All Stars. Lefty Jo Jo Reyes will start on the mound, while first baseman Isaiah Ka'aihue, third baseman Eric Campbell, catcher Max Ramirez, and shortstop Elvis Andrus are also on the roster. The game will be televised on CSS around the southeast.


Danville starts its 2006 season on Wednesday when it hosts Burlington at Legion Field. Jamie Richmond and Jaye Chapman will start for the Braves.


The Gulf Coast League Braves start the 2006 season Tuesday afternoon at 12:00. Raul Gonzalez and Jose Ortegano will piggyback and see action on the mound for the Braves.

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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