Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 5/21

Myke Jones has raised his average 68 points in the month of May.

Gwinnett 1, Columbus 8

  • G. Blanco 2-3, 2B, BB, OF Assist, .287 AVG
  • M. Young 1-3, 2B, .257 AVG
  • B. Hicks 1-3, HR (2), RBI, .170 AVG
  • J. Parr 4 IP, 5 ER, 9 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 5.16 ERA
  • James Parr didn't take the news of being removed from the Braves' 40 man roster well, picking up his 5th loss of the season while allowing 11 baserunners. Matt Young got on base again, with a double, and played second base again. I guess they're serious about getting him some playing time there. Just think how good of a second baseman he'd be if they hadn't moved him off the position years ago.

    Mississippi 2, Huntsville 4

  • E. Duncan 2-5, HR (3), RBI, .297 AVG
  • M. Gomez 3-4, 2B, .243 AVG
  • W. Cabrera 3-5, SB (2), .311 AVG
  • C. Johnson 1-3, 2 BB, .239 AVG
  • M. Minor 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 7 K, 3.44 ERA
  • B. Beachy 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 K, 1.03 ERA
  • Mike Minor fans another 7, and he's averaging a cool 13 per 9 for the season. This guy is good, folks. Brandon Beachy has been one of the best surprises of the season, as he piles up another 3 scoreless innings, which gives him 6 conseccutive scoreless over his last 3 appearances. Willie Cabrera has done great in his return to AA, rocking the .311 average and .825 OPS for the season, and in his last 9 games he's hitting .412 with a 1.003 OPS. The Braves have signed infielder Alejandro Machado and assigned him to Mississippi. Machado, who played 10 games with Boston in 2005, was orignally signed by the Braves as a free agent in 1998 before being traded to the Royals in 2001 for shortstop Rey Sanchez. This season he had been playing with the Marlins' AAA team New Orleans.

    Myrtle Beach 1, Wilmington 4

  • C. Miles 1-4, RBI, .262 AVG
  • M. Crim 8 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 3.86 ERA
  • The Pelicans have been having trouble with offense all year and tonight was no different. Things will probably only get worse with the suspensions of their starting first and second basemen. The team has added first baseman Mike Jones, who played for Salem in the Carolina League last year, and second baseman Dan Nelson, who played for Potomac earlier this season. Hopefully these two older High A vets can infuse some thump into the lineup. Of course, they were 0-7 tonight, so maybe not. Matt Crim picked up the loss in a complete game effort.

    Rome 3, Hickory 5

  • R. Hefflinger 2-4, 2B, RBI, .308 AVG
  • J. Kreke 2-3, 2B, RBI, BB, .270 AVG
  • M. Jones 2-4, .209 AVG
  • C. Masters 6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 B, 6 K, 1.34 ERA
  • Is anybody getting tired of hearing about how good Robby Hefflinger has been? No? Me either. Myke Jones has raised his average from .141 to .209 this month. That's doing work. He's hitting .333 with a .934 OPS in May and showing himself to be the player that the Braves thought he would be. Chris Masters continues to dominate the Sally League. He's striking out just over a batter an inning, and his WHIP for the year is a miniscule 0.83 for the year.

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