Minor League Preview - April 5

Here's Saturday's minor league schedule around the Braves' farm system.


After evening their record at 1-1 Friday night, Richmond will host Rochester in game three of the series this afternoon at 2:00 pm. Charlie Morton will make his 2008 debut for the Braves, while Rochester will send former Mets' prospect Philip Humber to the mound. Humber will have to cool down Barbaro Canizares, who has five hits in the first two games and is building off an outstanding spring training at the plate. Scott Spiezio made his debut for Richmond Friday. He played first base and was 1-4 at the plate.


The Braves (0-1) will play a doubleheader this afternoon in Huntsville. The weather is still a bit dicey in Alabama, so we'll see if they're able to get in these games. First pitch for the first game is scheduled for 3:05. James Parr and Todd Redmond will pitch for the Braves against lefties Derek Miller and David Welch. Redmond was acquired from the Pirates in the Tyler Yates trade two weeks ago.


After an unbelievable Opening Night win in Wilmington, the Pelicans will send right-hander Deunte Heath to the mound tonight against Blue Rocks righty Matt Kniginyky. Myrtle Beach won Friday night 2-0 in 13 innings. They scored two runs on bases loaded walks in the 13th inning. But the story of the game was Tommy Hanson and the Pelicans' pitchers. Hanson pitched five innings of no-hit ball and had one walk and 13 strikeouts. The Myrtle Beach bullpen pitched eight shutout innings, with only three hits allowed, three walks, and eight strikeouts.


Rome's game with Charleston was rained out last night in Northwest Georgia. They will try to play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 6:00 pm. However, the weather forecast is again shaky with a chance for rain and thunderstorms. Scott Diamond, who was scheduled to pitch Friday night, will go in game one. Chad Rodgers will follow him in that game. Then lefty Eric Barrett will go in game two for the Braves. Noel Castillo and Adam Olbrychowski will pitch for the River Dogs.

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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