Minor League Preview - May 28

Here's today's look around the Braves' minor league system.


Lance Cormier will make what is expected to be his final rehab start this afternoon in Rochester as the Braves take on the Red Wings. Right-hander Jeremy Cummings (3-1, 2.73) will oppose Cormier, who could rejoin the Atlanta rotation next week. Richmond (28-18) has lost seven of its last eight games, but they are still six games up on Durham in the International League's South Division.


The Braves start a five-game series in Chattanooga this afternoon at 6:15 pm ET. Right-hander Brad Nelson (2-0, 3.32) will make a fill-in start, his first of the season, for Mississippi against righty Richie Gardner (0-1, 0.00). The Braves remain in first place with a 32-18 record, five games up on the Jacksonville Suns in the Southern League's South Division.

Outfielder Matt Esquivel remains at the top of the league in two important offensive categories. He has 12 home runs and 43 runs batted in. And the Braves have two players at the top in stolen bases, as Carl Loadenthal leads the league with 16 steals and Brent Lillibridge is third with 13.


The Pelicans lost a vital member of its starting rotation Sunday when James Parr was promoted to AA Mississippi. Parr started eight games for Myrtle Beach and was 3-4 with a 3.18 ERA. The right-hander walked only six batters and struck out 37 in 39.2 innings of work. It is not known whether Beau Jones will join Myrtle Beach's rotation or if Tommy Hanson will be promoted from Low-A Rome.

Myrtle Beach starts a seven-day, eight-game road trip this afternoon at 5:00 pm at Winston-Salem. Lefty Jake Stevens (3-3, 4.57) goes for the Pelicans against lefty Ryan Rodriguez (3-2, 3.34). Myrtle Beach has won two in a row and now stands at 21-27 on the season, eight games back of Kinston in the Carolina League's Southern Division.


Rome takes on the Charleston River Dogs this afternoon at 1:00 pm at State Mutual Stadium. Right-hander Jamie Richmond (1-3, 2.83) will pitch for the Braves against Edgar Soto (0-1, 2.53). Rome is 17-32 on the season, 16.5 games out of first place in the South Atlantic 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 and 105.5 the Fan in Macon. Email Bill at thebravesshow@email.com.

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