Minor League Preview - May 5

Bill Shanks previews today's action in the Braves' minor league system.


Richmond starts a two-game series against Durham tonight at the Diamond. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 pm. Jonathan Johnson (1-0, 3.57) will go for the Braves against Bulls' starter Mitch Talbot (1-3, 6.48).

The Braves are 18-6 on the season, 7.5 games up on Charlotte in the International League's South Division.


Mississippi continues its series in Montgomery starting at 8:05 pm ET tonight. Dan Smith (3-1, 1.95) will start for the Braves against Mike Prochaska (0-3, 6.46).

The Braves are 20-8 on the season, five games up on Birmingham in the Southern League's South Division.


Myrtle Beach is in Lynchburg tonight starting at 6:05 pm ET. Dustin Evans (1-0, 3.65) will go for Rocket Wheeler's Pelicans against Hillcats' starter Clayton Hamilton (0-2, 7.31).

The Pelicans have lost two in a row and are now 12-15 and in last place in the Carolina League's Southern Division, 4.5 games back of Kinston.


Rome is in Savannah tonight to play the Sand Gnats at Grayson Stadium. Jamie Richmond (0-2, 4.64) is scheduled to go for the visitors.

The Braves can thank the hapless Sand Gnats. Savannah is in last place and a game and a half back of Rome, who has an 8-21 record and is 15 games back of Augusta in the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League.

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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