Minor League Preview - May 13

Here's The Braves Show's Bill Shanks with a look at Tuesday's minor league schedule.


After being swept by the Louisville Bats in a double-header Monday, the Richmond Braves move on to Indianapolis to start a four-game series with the Indians. Charlie Morton will get the start for the Braves. He's 1-0 on the season with a 1.76 ERA in seven games (six starts). Morton has allowed only one earned run in his two starts (14.1 innings) in May. The Braves are now 20-17 on the season, still four games on top of Charlotte in the International League's South Division.


It's the start of the Tommy Hanson Show in Double-A tonight as the Braves' top right-handed pitching prospect goes for Mississippi in game four of the five-game series against Montgomery. Hanson was 3-1 with Myrtle Beach with a 0.90 ERA. He'll oppose Richard De Los Santos. The Braves are 13-25 on the season after winning two in a row. They are eight games out of first place.


The Pelicans were rained out Monday in Potomac so they'll have a double-header with the Nationals starting this afternoon at 5:30. Deunte Heath (4-1, 2.14) goes for Myrtle Beach in game one against right-hander Jhonny Nunez (0-4, 6.16). The Pelicans have not announced their starter for game two, while Potomac will send Terrance Engles (0-2, 10.80) to the hill. Myrtle Beach has won four in a row and is now 23-13 on the season. They are six games up on Winston-Salem in the Carolina League's Southern Division. The Nationals are the top team in the Northern Division, with a two-game lead.


The Braves continue the eight-game home stand tonight against Augusta with right-hander Scott Diamond (3-0, 2.43) on the mound. Diamond has been the Braves' most consistent starter this season. Jason Heyward has his average up to .331, which is eighth best in the Sally League. Rome is now 13-24 on the season, 13.5 games out of first place.

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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