Minor League Preview - April 28
The Braves go for their fourth win in a row tonight against Norfolk. Game time is 7:00 pm ET. The starting pitcher will be announced right before game time. There's a chance it will be Kevin Barry, who left the team a few days ago for the birth of his son, Hudson Barry.
Pitching has been the key for Richmond this season. The staff is first in the International League with a 2.66 team ERA and has not blown a save so far this year.
One member of the bullpen was placed on the disabled list Friday. Phil Stockman is having trouble with his knee and will get a few days off.
Richmond is now 13-5 on the season and in first place in the International League's South Division, 5.5 games up on the Charlotte Knights.
Mississippi goes for its seventh win in a row tonight at 8:05 pm ET in Mobile against the Bay Bears. Jo Jo Reyes (1-0, 1.69) is scheduled to pitch for the Braves. He's allowed only four runs on 11 hits in 21.1 innings this season.
With two home runs Friday night Brandon Jones continues to tear up the Southern League. He now is third in the league in slugging percentage (.600), OPS (.986) and hits (27); tied for fourth in home runs (4), tied for fifth with 16 RBI, and tied for sixth in batting average (.338).
The Braves are now 16-5 on the season, 3.5 games up on Birmingham in the Southern League's South Division.
The Pelicans will try to snap a two-game losing streak tonight when they host the Lynchburg Hillcats at 7:00 pm at Coastal Federal Field. Right-hander Moises Hernandez (2-1, 2.91) is slated to start for Myrtle Beach.
With Brad Nelson heading up to Double-A Mississippi Friday. the Pelicans received Jang Ji Cho from Extended Spring Training. Cho missed all of last season after having Tommy John surgery.
Myrtle Beach is 10-11 on the season but still only two games out of first place in the Carolina League's Southern Division. They really need to get the offense going, as the team batting average is only .236 through the first 21 games, third worst in the league.
After snapping a six-game losing streak Friday night behind the powerful bat of Jordan Schafer, the Rome Braves continue the series hosting Savannah tonight at 7:00 pm at State Mutual Stadium.
Right-hander Tommy Hanson, who leads the South Atlantic League in strikeouts (33), is scheduled to start for the Braves. Hanson has walked only three batters in 20 innings this season and has an ERA of 2.70.
Schafer continues to be an early top story for the Braves, despite their 4-18 record. The outfielder is first in the league with 12 doubles, tied for the league lead in hits (34), fourth in OPS (1.040) and in SLG% (.625), fifth in batting average (.354), and ninth in on base percentage (.415).
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 email@example.com.
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