Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 8/20

Gwinnett 3, Charlotte 4

  • L. Bolivar 2-4 3B, .229 Avg
  • F. Freeman 2-3 2B, 2 RBI, .310 Avg
  • S. Diamond 6.1IP 3H 3R 0BB 2K 2.37 ERA

Scott Diamond continues to succeed at every stop he makes. He just locates his fastball down in the zone and gets groundballs. Only one of the runs he surrendered tonight was earned and he actually had a perfect game going until the first batter of the 6th inning. Freddie Freeman collect his first XBH in nearly a week and also didn't strike out for the first time since August 13.

Mississippi 7, Tennessee 4

  • M. Gomez 3-5 2B, HR(15), 2 RBI, K .280 Avg
  • Y. Gomez 2-4 2 RBI, .347 Avg
  • E. Cordier 6IP 6H 4R 2BB 5K 3.89 ERA

Eric Cordier earned his 10th win of the season with some offensive backing from his elderly teammates. Mauro Gomez has 4 HR in his last 7 games to go along with an OPS over 1.000 in August. Yasser Gomez, the Braves Cuban import, is currently on a 10 game hitting streak though he has just one walk and 0 XBH during that span. In fact, despite his .347 average he has just ONE XBH hit all season, a double, giving him a .353 SLG. He is taking his share of walks though and has posted  a nice .438 OBP. I guess we should be thankful for the little things.

Kinston 6, Myrtle Beach 4

  • My. Jones 1-5 2B, K, .275 Avg
  • C. Johnson 1-1 HR(3), 3 BB, CS(2), .314 Avg
  • M. Kennelly 2-4 2B, RBI, .223 Avg
  • C. Rasmus 5.2IP 3H 0R 1BB 6K 3.04 ERA

Cory Rasmus has been pretty good all season long at Rome and Myrtle Beach though his components have suffered a little since his promotion. Still, tonight was his best performance with the Pelicans and he has reasserted himself as a prospect. Cody Johnson had a very impressive game flashing some of the patience that he showed last season that hasn't shown up this season.

Rome 0, Charleston 11

  • C. Bethancourt 1-2 SB(3), .251 Avg

There was just nothing good in this game. A few plays made their full season debuts in this game but none of them debuted well. Aaron Northcraft was the starting pitcher for the Braves and he allowed 6 runs in under 4 innings of work. Tyler Stovall finally made it about a rookie league and allowed 4 runs in an inning of work. The offense collected just 3 hits on the day and catcher/1B Osman Marval pitched a scoreless inning.

Greeneville 13, Danville 5 - Game 1

  • E. Reyes 1-3 3B, .302 Avg
  • B. Kleinknecht 2-3 .313 Avg
  • J. Mowry 2-4 3B, 2 RBI, .230 Avg
  • K. Wiley 3-4 2 2B, 2 RBI, CS(1), .321 Avg

Danville had a similar situation to Rome but they actually got a little offense. Elmer Reyes continues to impress with 8 XBH in his last 6 games. His OPS in August is 1.073 even with him not taking many walks yet. Barrett Kleinknecht continues to get hits but shows a similar profile to a lot of our other 2010 draftees: lots of contact with little power.

Greenville 1, Danville 0 - Game 2

  • E. Gattis 1-3 K, .309 Avg

Danville mustered just the one hit in this game and just 2 other hitters reached base. Not a good day at all for the Danville Braves.

GCL Braves 1, GCL Blue Jays 6

  • M. Lipka 0-4 K, SB(19), .298 Avg
  • V. Cadette 2-4 K, .213 Avg

Matt Lipka's average is now below .300 for the season and he is hitting just .264 in August. My guess he is probably just wearing down a little bit after a long summer.

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