Sunday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

JR Graham continues to mow down opposing batters. - CB Wilkins

Top pitching prospects Mauricio Cabrera, Lucas Sims and JR Graham were on display tonight with Graham throwing seven shutout innings. Joey Terdoslavich continues to destroy baseballs all over the International League.

Charlotte Knights 5, Gwinnett Braves 4

After two straight wins the Braves drop one to Charlotte with former Braves Deunte Heath picking up the win in relief for the Knights. After an 0-17 slump across four games Jose Constanza has ten hits in his last four games raising his average from .188 to .250 during that span. The Braves could probably use some pop in the outfield at this point. More impressively Joey Terdoslavich has eight extra base hits in his last four games and even picked up his second walk of the season tonight and has pushed his SLG up to .622 and his iso up to .276. Dude is crushing right now.

Mississippi Braves 3, Mobile Baybears 1

JR Graham pitched another very impressive game. Most impressive is the inning count and lack of walks. He also had an impressive 11-4 groundball-to-flyball ratio. His season ratio is 2.27 which is right in line with his career ratio. The Braves offense didn't muster much behind him but he didn't need much. Veteran catcher Shawn McGill made his first appearance of the season.

Salem Red Sox 1, Lynchburg Hillcats 0

  • William Beckwith 1B 0-2 2BB K, .273 Avg
  • Robby Hefflinger LF 1-4 K, .283 Avg
  • David Peterson 4.2IP 2H 1R 4BB 5K 3.07 ERA
  • Nathan Hyatt 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K 1.29ERA

Not much went right offensively for the Hillcats in this one. Hefflinger picked up the lone hit for the team though three players did reach second base nothing came of them. David Peterson pitched a solid game though the four walks contributed to his early exit. The bullpen pitched four excellent innings culminating with Nathan Hyatt striking out the side in the ninth.

Asheville Tourists 6, Rome Braves 2

  • Levi Hyams 2B 1-4 2B(2), .211 Avg
  • Josh Elander LF 1-4 2B(6), RBI(11), .324 Avg
  • Casey Kalenkosky DH 1-4 2B(1), RBI(1), .250 Avg
  • Mauricio Cabrera 6IP 5H 3R 3BB 3K 3.20 ERA
  • Lucas Sims 2IP 1H 1R 2BB 2K 7.71ERA

Mauricio Cabrera put up a solid, if unspectacular start but the bullpen couldn't stop the Tourists and the Braves couldn't muster enough offense to get him the win. Josh Elander continues to hit well, but not another player in the lineup has an average over .250. Casey Kalenkosky was called up from Danville and will see some time at first base. The Braves are still bringing Lucas Sims along slowly though his results have been mixed so far. He is allowing opposing hitters just a .182 Avg thus far, but has walked nine batters in nine innings. He is still just 18 years old and in low A ball.

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