Braves make several minor league roster moves

The Braves made several roster moves in the farm system. The Braves Show's Bill Shanks has more.

With the promotion of first baseman Freddie Freeman to Double-A Mississippi, the Braves have released Isaiah Ka'aihue.

Ka'aihue was really struggling in the Southern League, hitting only .157 with 4 home runs and 15 RBI in 191 at bats.

The native of Hawaii was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent back in 2005. He had his best season in 2006, when he hit 28 home runs and drove in 80 between Rome and Myrtle Beach. Ka'aihue hit 22 home runs in Myrtle Beach in 2007, but when he was sent to Mississippi he really struggled. He hit .127 the rest of that season in Double-A. Then last season Ka'aihue bounced back nicely hitting .274 with 14 home runs and 61 RBI in 376 at bats.

The Braves also promoted reliever Kevin Gunderson to Triple-A Gwinnett. Gunderson pitched in 29 games for Mississippi and had a 2.93 ERA, with two saves, 14 walks, and 29 strikeouts in 30.2 innings pitched.

Rudy Darrow was activated by the Braves and sent to Mississippi to replace Gunderson. The Braves have also sent Deunte Heath back to Double-A as well. Catcher Phillip Britton was placed on the Mississippi disabled list.

Bill Shanks hosts The Bill Shanks Show on WFSM Fox Sports 1670 in Macon, Georgia and The Braves Show Talk Show. Shanks writes a weekly baseball column for The Macon Telegraph and is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team. You can email Bill at

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