Heyward Rehabs and Redmond and Clemens Pitch Well in Tonight's Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap

The minors go 3-2 tonight with several low scoring games that Braves teams were on the right side of. Todd Redmond is the forgotten man in Gwinnett while Paul Clemens got back on track for Mississippi. Jason Heyward's rehab also got off on the right foot and hopefully we will be seeing him against soon. 

Gwinnett Braves 2, Indianapolis Indians 0

  • Jason Heyward RF - 1-3, 2B, BB, .333 Avg
  • Mauro Gomez 1B - 2-4, 2B, RBI, K, .306 Avg
  • Ed. Lucas 2B - 2-4, 2B, .208 Avg
  • Todd Redmond 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 2.60 ERA
  • Jairo Ascencio 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1.57 ERA

Jason Heyward started his rehab assignment tonight and all went well as he collected an extra base hit and a walk. Thats the kind of production I want from him every game when he comes back in a week or so. Todd Redmond continues to fly under the radar with a 2.60 ERA on the season which is good for seventh best in the league (three of the pitchers ahead of him are current or former Gwinnett teammates). In any other organization this guy would have gotten a shot in the show last year. 

Julio Teheran takes on the Indians tomorrow as he will try to improve on his previous fantastic outing. 

Mississippi Braves 3, Chattanooga Lookouts 2

  • Willie Cabrera RF - 2-4, 3B, .275 Avg
  • Ernesto Mejia 1B - 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI, BB, SB(3), .266 Avg
  • Paul Clemens 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 3.33 ERA

Paul Clemens allowed 15 runs in his last two starts. Before that he had given up 18 runs in his previous ten starts so tonight is a nice bounce back night for him. He no longer leads the league in ERA but hopefully he got some growing pains out of the way. The Braves got all the offense they would need on a three run double from Ernesto Mejia in the third inning.

Tomorrow is a scheduled off day for Mississippi. 

Wilmington Blue Rocks 0, Lynchburg Hillcats 5

  • Adam Milligan RF -1-4, HR(1), 2 RBI, K, .275 Avg
  • Joey Terdoslavich 1B - 1-4, 2B, K, .266 Avg
  • Joe Leonard 3B - 2-3, 2B, HR(3), 2 RBI, .238 Avg
  • Blaine Sims 6 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 2.16 ERA

In just his second start of the season Blaine Sims shut down the Blue Rocks for six innings on his way to his second win of the season (both of which have come in his starts). Sims is an extreme ground ball guy and tonight was no exception as he induced seven groundouts against zero flyouts. Joe Leonard has had his growing pains this season but occasionally he has shown us flashes with the bat and tonight was one of those games. His homer tonight was his first since April. Leonard's stats have degraded each month of the season and after showing good plate discipline in the first two months has yet to take a walk in June. Hopefully tonight is a sign of good things to come. 

 The Hillcats will send Christ Masters and Dimaster Delgado to the mound in a twin billing against the Blue Rocks. 

Rome Braves 1, Savannah Sand Gnats 2

  • Christian Bethancourt C - 1-4, .291 Avg
  • Evan Gattis DH - 3-4, 2B, .338 Avg
  • Willie Kempf 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R(0ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 0.00 ERA

The Braves gave the first place Sand Gnats a run tonight but their offense couldn't muster enough to pull out the win. After posting a 6.75 ERA for the Hillcats the South Atlantic League was apparently just what the doctor ordered for Willie Kempf. Also I just want everyone to remember just how good Christian Bethancourt has been over the last month. On May 5 he was hitting .198. Since then he has posted a .371/.398/.537 triple slash.  So in a week and a month he has raised his average almost 100 points and has pretty much been one of the best hitters in the league.

Aaron Northcraft takes the hill for the Braves against the Sand Gnats on Tuesday. 

DSL Braves 4, DSL Angels 8

  • Ibrahim McKenzie 1B - 2-4, 2B, HR(2), 4 RBI,  .184 Avg
  • Oriel L Caicedo 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 2.00 ERA

The good Oriel Caicedo had a solid start tonight giving up just two runs and zero flyouts but still took the loss as the Braves couldn't muster much offense until it was too late. Ibrahim McKenzie is having an interesting season so far. While he is hitting just .184 so far four of his seven hits have been for extra bases and he also have five walks in 43 plate appearances. So he isn't making contact but he is hitting for power and showing patience which gives him a .748 OPS. If his average levels out we might need to keep an eye on this one. 

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