Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 7/21

Norfolk 1, Gwinnett 4

  • K. Johnson 2-4 RBI, SB(1)
  • C. Sammons 2-4 RBI, K
  • J. Venters 7IP 5H 1R 1BB 2K

Just a good old fashioned solid win here. There wasn't a whole lot to get excited over. Kelly Johnson has hits in 6 straight games for Richmond Gwinnett. Clint Sammons has also been hitting slightly better with 7 hits in his last 13 ABs to raise his average to .236. Also Van Pope is hitting .182 on the season. For a guy we thought would be taking over third for us he hasn't  hit. At all.

Mississippi 2, Tennessee 3 - 10 Innings

  • B. Hicks 2-4
  • J. Heyward 2-4 2B, 2K
  • E. Osuna 7IP 5H 2R 1BB 4K

What the heck is that Heyward? 2 freaking strike outs? I am so done with you.



Wilmington 0, Myrtle Beach 1
  • C. Miles 2-4 HR(3)
  • J. Ortegano 6IP 4H 0R 0BB 5K

Looks like the Pelicans pitching staff was getting it done in this game. Ortegano has been great this season splitting time between starting and relieving. His ERA as a reliever is 1.47 vs 4.21 when he starts and my guess is he will probably be a lefty out of the pen if/when he makes it to the show as he has to rely on good control to get by. Just another guy that bolsters our pitching depth.

Rome - Off


Danville 9, Johnson City 2

  • M. Jones 3-4 2B, 3B, HR(2), BB, K
  • C. Harrilchak 3-5 2B, 2 RBI, K
  • RSF 2-5 HR(6), 2 RBI, K
  • J. Kreke 3-5 2 2B, 3B
  • C. Masters 6IP 2H 0R 0BB 4K

Looks like the Danville offense got its groove on tonight. They combined for 10 XBH and Mycal Jones fell just a single short of the cycle. Jones has tons of tools with what scouts say has 70 power speed on the 20-80 scale. He is a little old for the typical JuCo player at 22, but I wouldn't be surprised to see the Braves move him aggressively if he does well. He is flashing most of those skills in Danville right now but isn't making a ton of contact at the moment (.257 AVG with 29 in 105 AB). Anyways, keep an eye on him.

GCL Pirates 0, GCL Braves 10 - 7 Innings

  • C. Bethancourt 2-3 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, K
  • J. Hanson 3-3 HR(1), 2 RBI
  • R. Lopez 4.2IP 3H 0R 5BB 6K 3WP

We have a split squad game between the Pirates and Braves in this one. It appears the Braves kept their 'A' team home as they thrashed the Pirates. Christian Bethacourt is hitting .342 over his last 10 games with 6 XBH ( and 9 strike outs vs 0 walks). Man I love this kid.

GCL Braves 0, GCL Pirates 3 - 7 Innings

  • L. Niekro 6IP 1H 3R 3BB 0K

Well it appears that Lance Niekro finally had the knuckler working in this game but his defense committed 3 errors that resulted in 0 of his runs being earned. Well to the GCL, Lance!

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