Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 4/27

Norfolk 2, Gwinnett 7

  • B. Clevlen 1-3 2 RBI, 2BB, SB(1), .319
  • J. Thurston 1-3 BB, SB(2), CS(2), .215
  • JC Boscan 2-3 2 RBI, K, SB(1), .143
  • J. Lyman 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 2K 3.48

Gwinnett improves to 9-11 on the season as their offense is finally starting to come to life. If only they could get the parent club to come around as well. There wasn't any one player that really took over for the Braves but rather they just scored by having bunches of men on base all night with 9 hits and 9 walks to go along. Freddie Freeman cooled off a little going 0-4 with a BB. My guess is Jeff Lyman will be the guy that gets called up if any starters go down (assuming there that Medlen moves into the 5th starter spot).

Mississippi 0, Montgomery 4

  • A. Romero 2-4 K, .311
  • L. Bolivar 2-3 2 2B, E(10), .274
  • S. Diamond 4.1IP 9H 2R 5BB 2K 6.11

Mississippi's offense was stifled for the second straight game as the team managed just 5 hits total. Alex Romero has been the most consistent hitter not named Eric Duncan (who is in a mini slump at the moment). Scott Diamond has allowed opposing hitters to bat .390 off of him this season to go along with 14 walks in 17 innings. Even if you have raised your strike out rate walking that many guys isn't going to get it done. Or letting other teams hit nearly .400 against you.

Potomac 7, Myrtle Beach 6

  • C. Miles 1-3 RBI, 2BB, K, .333
  • A. Milligan 2-4 2B, 2K, .206
  • S. Moody 3-4 RBI, .258
  • JJ Hoover 6IP 6H 2R 1BB 5K 4.79

JJ Hoover delivered his best start of the season for Myrtle Beach but in a rare instance for nearly any Braves affiliate this year the bullpen blew the lead in the 8th and 9th. Adam Milligan has been mired in in a pretty terrible slump hitting just .146 in his last 10 games with 19K and 1 walk. He had his first double since April 16th and I am a firm believer that doubles are a great indicator of how a guy is hitting, though I am going to need a couple more XBH before I declare him off the snide. Cole Miles has also been pretty hot with an .845 OPS in  his first 6 games.

Rome 0, Charleston SC 5

  • K. Rose 1-3 BB, .368
  • C. Harrilchak 1-3 BB, PO, .225
  • D. Hale 4IP 5H 2R 5BB 2K 8.62
  • R. Weber 2IP 4H 2R 1BB 2K 4.38

It appears I was a little early jumping on the Ryan Weber bandwagon though his groundball rate is unreal at 6.25 and I believe that his ERA is probably a bit fluky with what is undoubtedly a poor defense behind him. David Hale has not been good and neither has the Rome offense recently as they have not scored more than 3 runs since April 12.

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