Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 7/24 (Heyward is a Freak)

Lehigh Valley 5, Gwinnett 7

  • JC Holt 2-4 3B, RBI, K, SB(12)
  • B. Barton 1-3 HR(5), 3 RBI

I would like to write more here but there just wasn't a whole lot ot get excited about despite the 7 runs. Francisley Bueno started the game but only pitched one inning before being pulled (I think this was rehab for him) for John Halama who pitched a solid 5 innings. Brian Barton's 3-run shot was the difference maker in this game.

Mississippi 10, Tennessee 0

  • J. Heyward 3-5 2B, HR(2), 3 RBI, BB
  • C. Rodriguez 3-5 RBI
  • S. Diamond 6IP 7H 0R 2BB 5K

I really don't want to talk about Jason Heyward in every recap, but he just doesn't give me much choice. He is now batting .417 as of the end of this game and has 9 XBH in his last 10 games along with 7 walks. I am completely in love with this guy, but I must temper this. He needs to get at least 100 ABs in Mississippi before going anywhere else, and probably closer to 150 (I don't think he can get up to 200 there this season). If he is still hitting over .350 come the end of August he might force the Braves hand on a September call up. Not to be overlooked, Scott Diamond pitched an excellent game (along with the bullpen).

Myrtle Beach 10, Winston-Salem 1
  • C. Lee 1-5 HR(3), BB, K
  • C. Johnson 1-4 HR(25), 2 RBI, BB, K, SB(10), CS(6)
  • G. Rodriguez 3-4 HR(3), BB, K
  • J. Thompson 6IP 2H 1R 3BB 5K

Cody Johnson did not want to be completely bested by Jason Heyward tonight. His contact rate is still way down this month with his batting average sitting at a cool .206 for July. Gerry Rodriguez is still hitting the ball well in the Carolina league and has posted an OPS that is equal to the one he had in Rome (.776).

Rome 4, Hickory 2

  • Y. Campusano 2-4 3B
  • L. Sumoza 2-4 RBI, K
  • Z. Spruill 7IP 2H 2R 1BB 7K

Zeke Spruill is starting to get a second wind (not that he has ever been especially bad this season) and has 28 Ks in his last 24IP with only 14 hits allowed. He has been just as impressive over the long haul as well not allowing any more than 3 ER in any of his last 10 starts and only allowing more than 2 walks in one of those. He still maintains a 4:1 K:BB rate for the season, which is spectacular.

Danville 6, Bluefield 9

  • M. Jones 1-3 HR(3), 2 RBI
  • O. Marval 2-5 2B, RBI, K
  • J. Teheran 5IP 7H 5R 2BB 4K 9-2 GB-FB

Danville blew our chance at the organizational sweep, but we still get the full season sweep (currently dependent on the team in Atlanta winning) I don't know where Julio Teheran has been, but he came back a little bit rusty. Really the killer was a 3-run homer that he gave up, his other components were fairly solid as you can see.

GCL Braves 2, GCL Phillies 3 - 7 Innings

  • K. Rose 1-4 K
  • J. Hanson 1-4 2B, RBI, K
  • R. Pacheco 5IP 6H 2R 2BB 3K

Hey look, complex ball!

GCL Braves 2, GCL Phillies 4

  • J. Dalfonso 1-2 2B, BB
  • K. Farrell 5IP 6H 4R 3BB 3K

More complex ball!

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