Atlanta Braves Minor League Update: 5/27

This Guy - CB Wilkins

Gwinnett Braves 9, Syracuse Chiefs 5

The Braves trailed by one going into the ninth inning in this one, but a bases loaded single tied the game up. Ernesto Mejia then came on as a pinch hitter and crushed his 13th home run of the season and Matt Pagnozzi followed with an insurance homer. Omar Poveda pitched seven solid innings but gave up four runs. The bullpen tossed three perfect innings to keep the team in the game.

Mississippi Braves 3, Mobile BayBears 4
  • Tommy La Stella 2B - 1-4 2B(5), RBI(10), K, .304 Avg
  • Juan Jaime 1.1 IP 1H 0R 0BB 4K 2.57 ERA
Tommy La Stella collected the only extra base hit for the Braves and no player reached base more than once in the game. Despite that the game was tied going into the ninth inning after Erik Hamren and Juan Jaime held the BayBears back for 3+ innings. Ian Thomas came on to pitched and got runners on the corners with two outs. The man on first attempted to steal second and was caught in a rundown. During the rundown, the man on third - former Braves prospect Nick Ahmed - made a dash for home and slid in safe, effectively stealing home for the walk off win.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans 1, Lynchburg Hillcats 4
  • Ross Heffley 2B - 2-2 2B(10), HR(2), RBI(10), 2 BB, .238 Avg
  • David Rohm RF - 1-3 2B(17), BB, .314 Avg
  • Robby Hefflinger LF - 1-3 2B(11), BB, K, .288 Avg
  • Ryan Weber 5 IP 4H 0R 1BB 5K 2.61 ERA
Ryan Weber took the hill in the start for the Hillcats and threw five solid innings. His sinker was working well for him, producing six groundball outs to just one flyout. He has always had excellent groundball tendencies and this season those groundballs have skyrocketed to a 4.64 ratio (generally a good ratio is in the 2.00 range). I've always thought his sinker could be useful somewhere, but he has lingered between low and high A ball for three seasons. He is still youngish for have been around for so long - just 22 for most of this season - so there is still hope we could see his sinker in action one day.

Charleston RiverDogs 11, Rome Braves 5
  • Levi Hyams 2B - 1-3 2B(6), BB, 2 K, .315 Avg
  • Josh Elander DH - 3-5 2 2B(16), .333 Avg
I am not going to talk about this game for obvious reasons, instead lets talk about why Josh Elander should be in Lynchburg right now. In his last 10 games he is hitting .400/.442/.750. He has walked three times and struck out just five times during that span. For the month of May he has posted a .360/.417/.674 line. His OPS is over 1.000 with runners on base and in scoring position. He is 22 years old. I know there are three prospects manning the OF in Lynchburg at the moment (Lipka, Hefflinger and Rohm) and they are all having solid seasons, but man they need to find something to challenge this guy.

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