Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 6/30

Undrafted free agent Scott Diamond continues to make Atlanta scouts look like geniuses.


Shortstop Mycal Jones and outfielder L.V. Ware both got promoted from Myrtle Beach to Mississippi. This is their third minor league level this year, having both started out at Rome. You can bet that other promotions will follow, and those will be posted here.

Outfielder Antoan Richardson and catcher Orlando Mercado were promoted from double-A to triple-A.

Second baseman Phil Gosselin gets promoted from Rome to Myrtle Beach.

Playoff Hunt

Myrtle Beach - The Pelicans won tonight, allowing them to gain a half game on idle Kinston. Myrtle Beach is now 3 games back with 6 games to go.

Danville - The D-Braves lost to Burlington tonight, ending their playoff hopes. The teams play tomorrow in the season finale, and if Danville won they would each have the same record, but Burlington has a better head-to-head record, thus, regarless of the outcome in the finale, Danville is eliminated by tonight's loss.

Gwinnett 4, Norfolk 0

  • F. Freeman 1-4, .319 AVG
  • T. Glaus 0-4, 2 K, .333 AVG
  • B. Canizares 2-3, HR (12), 2 RBI, BB, .339 AVG
  • B. Clevelen 2-4, .238 AVG
  • J. Thurston 2-4, .270 AVG
  • S. Diamond 9 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 K, 2.41 ERA
  • Scott Diamond may have pitched the best game of his career tonight, facing just 3 over the minimun en route to a complete game shuout over the Tides, striking out 8. Barbaro Canizares is capping off the best season of his career with the best month of his career, with a .398 average and 1.083 OPS in 88 August at bats. He had a pair of hits today, but in his last 10 games Brent Clvelen is hitting just .186 with a .442 OPS.

    Mississippi - Postponed, Rain

    Myrtle Beach 5, Wilmington 3

  • C. Johnson 2-4, 1 K, E (1), .290 AVG
  • M. Kennelly 2-4, HR (7), 2 RBI, .231 AVG
  • L. Sumoza 1-3, 3B, 2 RBI, .222 AVG
  • B. Oberholtzer 8.2 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 9 K, W (5), 4.49 ERA
  • Brett Oberholtzer did his best to try to match fellow lefty Scott Diamond, allowing just 1 earned run while missing the complete game by a single out. He struck out 9 and didn't walk anyone. In his last 2 starts he has a 1.84 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP and has struck out 15 in 14.2 innings. 3 of Matt Kennelly's last 4 hits are home runs and in his last 10 games he's hitting .333 with a 1.101 OPS.

    Rome 4, West Virginia 10

  • K. Rose 1-5, .268 AVG
  • P. Gosselin 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, .294 AVG
  • J. Whitmer 2-4, E (6), .295 AVG
  • R. Weber 5.1 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 10 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 5.17 ERA
  • Kyle Rose extened his hitting streak to 8 games, collecting exactly 1 hit in each of them. Phil Gosselin has had a fine debut season, but he's slumped a bit in August, hitting .263 with a .700 OPS in 95 at bats after hitting .319 with a .815 OPS in 119 at bats in June and July. Ryan Weber has had a very up and down year, giving up 5 earned runs in 5.1 innings tonight after giving up none in 12 innings over his last 2 starts and giving up 7 in 13.1 innings in the 2 starts before that. Overall the 20 year old has a 4.14 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP  in 95.2 innings between Danville and Rome.

    Danville 2, Burlington3

  • M. Lipka 0-4, .091 AVG
  • A. Simmons 1-3, RBI, BB, .276 AVG
  • B. Kleinkneckt 1-3, 2B, BB, .301 AVG
  • R. Delgado 2-4, .298 AVG
  • K. Wiley 2-4, .339 AVG
  • R. Pacheco 5 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 5.62 ERA
  • S. Foster 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 0.00 ERA
  • C. Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 2.25 ERA
  • Ronan Pacheco was a bit wild, and defense let him down a bit, as an unearned run was the difference in the final score, which ended up eliminating the D-Braves from a chance at repeating as the Appy League Champs. Steve Foster was solid in his Danville debut, tossing 2 scoreless. Andrelton Simmons extended his hitting streak to 10 games, hitting .447 with a 1.026 OPS in that span.

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