The Braves have promoted left-handed pitcher Jo Jo Reyes to Triple-A Richmond. Reyes had a spot start in Richmond earlier this month, but now he is going up to stay.
Reyes started 13 games for the Mississippi Braves. He was 8-1 with a 3.56 ERA, 63 hits in 73.1 innings, 29 earned runs allowed, 35 walks, and 71 strikeouts.
The promotion to Richmond could signal that Reyes is the closest Braves' starting pitching prospect to be considered an option for Atlanta. He's gotten rave reviews from scouts on his development this season in the minors, and his refined breaking stuff may entice the Braves if they need another starter.
The 22-year-old Californian ran into some control trouble in May for the AA affiliate. He walked 12 batters in two games on May 18th and the 25th. Then he made an adjustment and has been lights out ever since.
Reyes made a start on May 30th against Charlotte and walked only one batter but struck out 10 in six innings of work. Then on June 5th he pitched six scoreless innings and allowed two walks and struck out five.
The Braves then needed a spot starter for Richmond and sent him to Triple-A. Reyes allowed only one run on four hits in six innings for Richmond, with four walks and six punchouts.
He returned to Mississippi and was outstanding in his last start on Saturday. Reyes allowed one run on seven hits in seven innings, with one walk, and 10 strikeouts.
So in his last four appearances, Reyes is 4-0 with a 2.16 ERA. He's allowed 26 hits in 25 innings, nine runs, six earned runs, eight walks, and 31 strikeouts.
The Braves will temporarily fill his spot in the Mississippi rotation with Charlie Morton. Brad Nelson, sent down from Richmond to make room for Reyes, could also get a start.
It's very possible that the Braves could promote Moises Hernandez to Mississippi in another week. Hernandez had been sent to Double-A from Myrtle Beach the same time Reyes went to Richmond, but then he was returned to the Pelicans. Hernandez is currently leading the Carolina League with nine wins. He gave up seven runs in 4.1 innings for his start with Mississippi earlier this month.
If Hernandez does get the call, the Braves might promote right-hander Tommy Hanson from Rome to Myrtle Beach. Hanson is currently on the disabled list with back spasms, but the Braves expect him back this weekend. He could get one or two more starts with Rome before getting the promotion to the Carolina League. Hanson currently leads the South Atlantic League with 84 strikeouts.
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 email@example.com.
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