Minor League Preview - April 25

The Braves Show's Bill Shanks previews today's action in the Braves' farm system.

RICHMOND

Richmond plays a morning game at Louisville wrapping up a quick two-game series at Louisville Slugger Field. Game time is 11:05 am ET. Buddy Carlyle (1-1, 6.28) pitches for the Braves against Reds' top prospect Homer Bailey (1-0, 1.76).

The Braves are 10-5 on the season, 3.5 games up on Charlotte in the International League's South Division.


MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi closes out its series with Birmingham this afternoon at 12:05 pm ET at Trustmark Park with lefty Kelvin Villa (1-1, 3.77) on the mound. He'll face right-hander Kris Honel (1-0, 1.69) of the Barons.

The Braves (14-5) are in first place in the Southern League's South Division with a three-game lead on Birmingham and Jacksonville. It's the first time in the three-year history of the franchise that the team has been in sole possession of first place.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia has an eight-game hitting streak (13-31, .419). He's second in the Southern League with a .379 (22-58) batting average and is tied for the league lead with six home runs. He also leads in OPS with an amazing 1.246 and SLG % at .776.

Brandon Jones is tied for the league lead with 25 hits and is tied for seventh with a .333 batting average. Joe Winkelsas leads the league with a perfect ERA of 0.00 in his first eight games, while Dan Smith (1.64) is fifth and Jo Jo Reyes (1.69) is sixth.


MYRTLE BEACH

The Pelicans play game three of the four-game series with Salem tonight at 7:05 pm. Lefty Jake Stevens (1-1, 1.84) will oppose Salem's Raymar Diaz (0-1, 4.41).

Myrtle Beach is 9-9 on the season, two games back of Winston-Salem in the Carolina League's Southern Division.


ROME

Rome is off on Wednesday. They start a four-game series at State Mutual Stadium against the Savannah Sand Gnats on Thursday. The Braves are 3-17 on the season, 14 games back of Augusta in the Sally League's Southern Division.



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 be heard on 680 the Fan in Atlanta, 105.5 the Fan in Macon, and the Atlanta Braves Radio Network. Email Bill at thebravesshow@email.com.



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