Atlanta Braves Minor Leaguer Brandon Drury Named Co-MVP of Appy League

There is less and less for me to write about everyday it feels like. Granted Gwinnett was off today. Myke Jones has been on fire recently bringing his season performance from suspect to promising in one really hot week. David Rohm has also been hitting over .400 in the last ten games. 

Gwinnett Braves 

Off Day.

Mississippi Braves 5, Montgomery Biscuits 8

Myke Jones extended his hitting streak to eight games. During that span he has five multi-hit games and he is hitting .566 as well. He is now threatening to to push his OPS over .800 for the season and he has also been steal bases at a more prolific rate with seven in the last ten games. A hot start next season could put him squarely in the Braves bench plans going forward. 

Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 2

  • Andrelton Simmons, SS 1-4, BB, SB(22), .309 Avg
  • Chris Masters 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 3 K, 3.19 ERA

Lynchburg got just enough offense to take home the win tonight. Chris Masters pitched a solid game as well despite not having his typical control. Masters has had a better year than I had anticipated after his complete collapse in Rome in the second half last season. He could have just gotten tired in the second half and this year his endurance has improved. In fact this season his first and second half stats are eerily similar. Check it:

1st Half: 72 IP, 62 H, 27 R, 4 HR, 31 BB, 66 K, .236 Avg

2nd Half: 71.2 IP, 62 H, 28 R, 5 HR, 28 BB, 54 K, .236 Avg

Creepy.

Savannah SandGnats 3, Rome Braves 5

  • David Rohm, RF 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, .273 Avg
  • Kyle Rose, LF 3-3, BB, .204 Avg
  • Aaron Northcraft 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 3.59 ERA

Aaron Northcraft has bounced back nicely in his last two starts after a run of about five sub par ones. David Rohm is another first and second half guy. He posted a .680 OPS in the first half of the year and is at .789 since the All Star break. His walk rate and  strikeout rates have stayed pretty similar but his batting average has risen fifty points in the second half. CB and I both had him as our breakout pick for Rome and while that hasn't materialized like I had hoped he has shown flashes of what I was expecting from him. 

Danville Braves 4, Kingsport Mets 9

  • Nick Ahmed, SS 2-4, BB, K, SB(18), .267 Avg
  • Kyle Kubitza, DH 3-4, 2B, RBI, K, SB(9), .329 Avg
  • Brandon Drury, 3B 1-3, 2 RBI, .350 Avg

As the headline states, Brandon Drury was voted the Co-MVP of the Appy League today even though there is a week of play left. Amazingly he wasn't even the best hitter on his own team, but the Appy League always seems to give awards based on the old standby stats, so Drury lead the league in batting average and Twins farmhand Eddie Rosario led the league in homers was the other MVP. Don't get me wrong, Drury had been fantastic and i do think he is the best prospect on the team, but awards are awards. 

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