Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 7/16

Gwinnett 5, Scranton WB 6

  • K. Johnson 1-4 2B, RBI, K
  • R. Gorecki 2-3 2B, 3B, RBI, BB, CS(6)
  • J. Venters 5IP 3H 3R 1BB 6K

Jonny Venters wasn't bad in this game, but he has been pretty bad on the whole since being promoted to AAA. Kelly Johnson hasn't looked very good in AAA either. He has flashed a little pop with 4 XBH in 25 AB, but he is still getting on base at a .290 clip. Thats just not cutting it. I know he has been hit unlucky in the majors, but the thing about luck is it is supposed to even out at some point. Just sayin'.

Hunstville 0, MIssissippi 3 - 7th
  • J. Heyward 4-4 2 2B, HR(1)
  • R. Reynoso 6IP 3H 0R 3BB 3K

This game obviously isn't over yet (rain delay got it started pretty late) but I just wanted to get Jason Heyward's line up there if I wasn't awake when the game ended. He will get at least one more AB in the game, but right now he is batting .424 for Mississippi and after this game his OPS is gonna be up over 1.100 I am guessing. He is going to push the Braves for real. UPDATE: Heyward just hit a homer, his first in AA. DUDE IS SICK.

Myrtle Beach 1, Wilmington 2

  • D. Linares 1-3 2B, BB, K
  • R. Sullivan 7IP 4H 2R 1BB 2K

Richard Sullivan must throw a pretty heavy fastball because he gets a good many ground outs. He is right there in the same category as Teheran and Diamond as far as guys with good sinking fastballs in the system. I think I am starting to like the guy a lot, even if I can't nail down anything else he does incredibly well besides generate grounders. He does appear to be a workhorse having already pitched 112 innings this season at three different levels.

Greensboro 5, Rome 2

  • M. Kennelly 2-3 2B, BB
  • R. Delgado 7IP 8H 4R 2BB 5K

Matt Kennelly is hitting .321 since he was demoted to Rome and while he isn't showing much power yet, he is only 20 and I don't generally expect 20 year old Australian catchers to flash a ton of power at this age. He is still one of my favorite prospects (I seem to have a lot of favorites) and I can't wait to see how he develops.

Elizabethton 3, Danville 4 - 13 Innings

  • LV Ware 2-6 RBI, K, SB(12)
  • C. Harrilchak 2-6
  • J. Whitmer 4-6 RBI, 2K
  • C. Masters 5IP 8H 3R 0BB 4K

The Danville bullpen pitched 8 innings of 2 hit ball to help the club win with a walk off single by John Whitmer in the 13th. Cory Rasmus threw 5 innigns of 1 hit ball and struck out 2. This guy has long had the best arm in the system, but he just hasn't been able to stay healthy. I don't know what his future is at this point, but it is nice to have an arm like his around.

GCL Tigers 12, GCL Braves 10

  • M. Kramer 2-2 2 HR(3), 6 RBI
  • C. Bethancourt 2-3

What a weird game. The Braves were getting shut out going into the 9th inning and scored 10 runs! Kramer hit both of his homers in the inning with the second being a grand slam. The craziest part is that 8 of the runs were scored with 2 outs. That had to be ridiculous to sit through.

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