Minor League Preview - May 29

Here is today's schedule around the minor leagues.


The Braves once again take on Syracuse at the Diamond starting at 7:00 pm. Charlie Morton goes for Richmond against lefty Davis Romero. Morton is 3-1 with a 2.14 ERA in his first ten starts. His ERA in May is only 1.95. The Braves (25-27 are 2.5 games behind Durham in the International League's South Division.


Right-hander Tommy Hanson will get the start tonight for Mississippi as they host West Tenn in game four of the five-game set. Hanson has allowed eleven earned runs in his last two starts for the Braves. Atlanta reliever Mike Gonzalez is expected to get an inning in tonight. Mississippi is 21-32 on the season, ten games out of first place in the Southern League's South Division.


After a rainout Wednesday the Pelicans play a doubleheader tonight starting at 6:00 pm ET in Winston-Salem. Scott Diamond (1-0, 3.00) will pitch in game one for Myrtle Beach, while Deunte Heath (6-2, 3.51) is scheduled to go in the nightcap. The Pelicans are 32-19 on the season, 8.5 games up on Kinston in the Carolina League's Southern Division.


Northwest Georgia is abuzz today with the chance to see Atlanta pitcher John Smoltz get in an inning tonight for the Rome Braves. They host Asheville at 7:00 at State Mutual Stadium. Jeff Locke (1-5, 4.89) is also scheduled to pitch for the Braves. Rome is 18-33 on the season, 17 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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