Minor League Preview - May 6

Here is Tuesday's preview of the action around the Braves' minor league system.


It's four in a row for the Richmond Braves and they take on Indianapolis tonight at the Diamond. First pitch will be at 7:00 with Damian Moss (1-2, 4.12) pitching for the Braves. Right-hander Luis Munoz (1-0, 4.23) goes for the Indians. Omar Infante made his first rehab appearance for Richmond on Monday and was 2 for 4 at the plate. The Braves will let him play a few positions around the field before bringing him up to Atlanta, perhaps as early as this weekend. Richmond is 18-12 on the season, 3.5 games up on Charlotte in the International League's South Division.


The Braves have a morning game, 11:05 at West Tennessee against the Diamond Jaxx. James Parr (1-2, 5.59) will try to get on track for Mississippi. He'll face right-hander Rich Dorman (3-1, 2.08). One of the enigmas of Mississippi's offense has been first baseman Isaiah Ka'aihue, who is hitting .176 on the season and is still without a home run on the year. Mississippi's team batting average is last in the league at .218. The Braves have lost two in a row and are now 9-22 on the season, seven games out of first place in a very mediocre Southern League South Division.


After another outstanding performance by Tommy Hanson Monday night, the Pelicans play game two of the series against Potomac at BB&T Coastal Field tonight at 7:05. Deunte Heath will try to keep his perfect season going. He's 4-0 on the season with a 1.80 ERA. Heath has allowed only seven earned runs in his first six starts. His only blemish is his walk total, 20 in 35 innings of work. Myrtle Beach has won three in a row and 13 out of their last 17 games. The Pelicans are 19-12 on the season, five games up on Winston-Salem in the Carolina League's Southern Division.


The Braves have lost four in a row and have been unable to get Randy Ingle's 1000th victory of his career. They have also lost seven out of the last eight and scored only 21 runs in that time span. It's not because of the hitting of outfielder Jason Heyward, who is hitting .342 in his last seven games and is now at .319 on the season. Rome finishes out the series in Augusta tonight with Jeff Locke (1-2, 4.50) on the mound. The Braves are 11-20 on the season and now in last place in the Sally 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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