Minor League Preview - Thursday June 22

The Rome Braves kick off the second half of the season tonight when they host Charleston at State Mutual Stadium. The Braves Show's Bill Shanks previews Thursday's action around the Braves' farm system.


Left-hander Brian O'Connor (4-5, 3.62) will try to end Richmond's twelve-game losing streak when he starts against right-hander Jason Roach and the Indianapolis Indians at 7:00 pm. Richmond is 26-46 on the season, and a whopping 23 games back of the Charlotte Knights in the International League's South Division.


The Mississippi Braves play game four of the series at West Tennessee tonight at 8:05 pm ET. Lefty Francisely Bueno (0-2, 2.55) will take the hill against fellow southpaw Chris Shaver (4-4, 2.57). The Braves are 1-2 so far in the second half of the season.


Myrtle Beach sends Luis Atilano to the hill tonight at Avalanche Stadium in Salem in game three of the second-half opening series. Atilano was 2-6 in the first half with a 5.67 ERA. The Pelicans are 1-1 after a sterling pitching performance by Kelvin Villa Wednesday night.


The Rome Braves open the second half of their season tonight at State Mutual Stadium when they host the Charleston RiverDogs. The Braves won the first half title in the Southern Division with a 42-28 record. They'll have to play the second half without three key ingrediants, as starter Jo Jo Reyes, reliever Devin Anderson, and first baseman Isaiah Ka'aihue were promoted to Myrtle Beach. Ka'aihue will be replaced next week by Josh Morris, the former University of Georgia star first baseman and the Braves' 12th round pick this season, who signed on Wednesday.


After a season-opening victory Wednesday night, the Danville Braves will host Burlington again tonight at 7:00 pm. Tommy Hanson, a draft and follow signee from Riverside Community College, will get his first start of the season. Kyle Cofield is scheduled to pitch right behind Hanson. The Braves are 1-0 on the season.


The first-place Gulf Coast League Braves are off today. They host the GCL Phillies Friday at noon at Disney's Wide World of Sports. Edgar Osuna and Steve Evarts are scheduled to pitch for the 2-0 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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