Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 7/25 (Someone threw a No Hitter)

Lehigh Valley 8, Gwinnett 5 - 10 Innings

  • C. Burke 1-4 2B, BB,
  • B. Canizares 2-5 2 RBI, K
  • B. Jones 1-2 3B, RBI, K
  • V. Pope 1-4 HR(3), 2 RBI

Both Jeff Bennett and Buddy Carlyle pitched in this game in rehabs assignments. Bennett gave up 2 runs in 1 inning of work and Carlyle tossed two scoreless innings. Maybe something is starting to click again with Brandon Jones as he has 4 of his 18 XBH in the last 10 games. The problem is he is hitting under .200 in that span. I really don't know where this guy's power disappeared to. The same can be said for Van Pope, though I don't think he was ever going to be a good hitter.

Mississippi 4, Tennessee 1

  • J. Heyward 2-4 2B, K
  • F. Freeman 2-4 RBI, K
  • E. Campbell 1-3 2B, 2 RBI, BB
  • K. Cofield 8IP 4H 1R 1BB 6K

I don't know how Kyle Cofield keeps getting things done. He does have a fairly low BABIP right now at .270 for the season so he is getting a little lucky on hits. A win is a win I guess. Jason Heyward stat of the day: 10 doubles vs 5 strike outs since his promotion to AA.

Myrtle Beach 2, Winston Salem 3
  • C. Johnson 2-4 HR(26), 2 RBI, K
  • C. Kimbrel 1.1IP 2H 1R 1BB 3K 2WP

Well it appears that Cody Johnson has found his power stroke again as he has hit 4 homers in his last 10 games and doubled his homer total from June. The one run that Craig Kimbrel allowed was unearned but through his own doing. In the 9th inning struck out the lead off hitter, then allowed a bunt single on which he threw the ball away allowing the runner to get to third and then promptly threw a wild pitch to the next batter allowing the walk off run to score. But he didn't get an earned run.

Rome 9, Hickory 10

  • S. Moody 3-4 RBI, BB
  • Y. Campusano 3-4 2B, HR(5), 2 RBI, BB
  • A. Milligan 3-4 2 HR(3), 3 RBI, BB

Yoel Campusano had already been one of the more consistent hitters on the Braves for most of this season but he has been crazy go nuts in July. He now has at least 2 hits in 8 straight games and in 10 of his last 11. He also has 10 of his 19 XBH for the season in July. Adam Milligan also appears to proving the Braves did the right thing picking him in the draft 3 times.

Bluefield 8, Danville 6

  • C. Harrilchak 2-4 2 RBI
  • D. Matra 1-4 2B, 2 RBI, K
  • C. Rasmus 3.1IP 4H 5R 4BB 3K

Cory Rasmus couldn't quite get his stuff under control but he has been pretty solid in his other appearances so far, so he gets a pass for this one. Also I realized I had almost forgotten about Daniel Elorriaga-Matra, another young and promising catcher the Braves have picked up along the line. Matra was a first round talent his JR year of high school but was injured (I think) before his SR year and fell off most peoples boards and the Braves smartly snapped him up in the 26th RD of the 2007 draft. He isn't hitting at all this year (he did hit .350 last year in the GCL), but he is still only 20 years old and has plenty of time to develop, especially with all the the other catchers in the system.

GCL Yankees 0, GCL Braves 4

  • C. Brewer 4IP 0H 0R 3BB 8K
  • E. Mora 4IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
  • A. Wilson 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K

There is your No Hitter! I know it was at the lowest possible level and there were three people involved, but hey! Still a No-No. This Caleb Brewer kid has actually been pretty filthy so far this year with 29 Ks in 19.1 innings while only allowing 7 hits. As usual his walks are high at 16, but I can live with that effectively wild approach at this level.

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