Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 5/21

Williams Perez - Tate Nations

Williams Perez pitched six strong innings for Mississippi on Wednesday.

Mississippi Braves 9, Chattanooga Lookouts 3

  • Mycal Jones, CF: 1-5, 2 R, 2B (6), 2 K, .314
  • Emerson Landoni, 2B: 3-4, 2 R, BB, .259
  • Cedric Hunter, LF: 1-4, R, RBI, .277
  • Seth Loman, 1B: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, K, .262
  • Matt Kennelly, C: 2-4, 3 R, 2B (3), 2 RBI, .329
  • Kyle Kubitza, 3B: 1-3, R, 2 BB, 2 K, E (9, throw), .277
  • Elmer Reyes, SS: 3-5, 2B (12), 3 RBI, .360
  • David Rohm, RF: 1-5, RBI, 3 K, .244
  • Williams Perez, RHP: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K, 92p-50s, 4:4 GO:FO, 1.67 ERA
  • John Cornely, RHP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K, 12p-5s, 0:2 GO:FO, 3.46 ERA
  • Eric Berger, LHP: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 16p-13s, 2:0 GO:FO, 2.70 ERA
  • Brandon Cunniff, RHP: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 23p-16s, 1:2 GO:FO, 3.52 ERA
Mississippi's offense took off on Wednesday evening, collecting nine runs on 14 hits. Elmer Reyes was the offensive catalyst, stroking a couple of singles and a double, collecting three RBIs. Reyes is having a monster season with Mississippi, slashing .360/.395/.535. He leads the team with 12 doubles, and while his bat-to-ball skills are still decent (16.1 percent strikeout rate), his approach leaves something to be desired, as he has only walked three times in 124 plate appearances. It's not a huge deal, and frankly, it's nothing new with Reyes, as he's a high-contact hitter who longs to make contact early in counts. Catcher Matt Kennelly laced a couple of hits, including a double. He's red hot in his past ten games, slashing .375/.425/.429. Mycal Jones and Seth Loman also added two-baggers to the cause. On the mound, Williams Perez twirled another beauty, this time on his 23rd birthday, going six strong innings, allowing only two hits and three walks and fanning seven. The Venezuela native has been a pleasant surprise in Mississippi's rotation thus far, pitching to the tune of a 1.67 ERA and allowing only 36 hits in 54 innings of work. He doesn't strike out a ton of batters, but he induces groundballs and limits walks. His fastball sits anywhere from 88-91, touching 93 on occasion, with generous arm-side life from an arm slot that ranges from three-quarters to a shade below. He also mixes in a changeup that sits around 80 mph that will freeze left-handed hitters and a true curveball with a longer break in the mid-70s. It's a simple, no-frills profile, and Perez makes the most of it by throwing strikes and induces some deception by throwing slightly across his body.

Game 1: Lynchburg Hillcats 2, Potomac Nationals 3 (7 innings)
  • Kyle Wren, CF: 0-4, K, .273
  • Daniel Castro, SS: 2-4, 2 R, .289
  • Josh Elander, LF: 2-3, 2 2B (6), 2 RBI, BB, .247
  • Levi Hyams, 2B: 1-3, BB, 2 K, .297
  • David Nick, DH: 1-4, .291
  • Will Skinner, RF: 2-3, outfield assist, .246
  • Edison Sanchez, 1B: 1-3, K, .225
  • Wes Parsons, RHP: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 8:2 GO:FO, 3.92 ERA
  • Matt Chaffee, LHP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2:0 GO:FO, 6.43 ERA
Game 2: Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Potomac Nationals 2 (7 innings)
  • Kyle Wren, CF: 0-3, K, .268
  • Josh Elander, LF: 0-3, K, .240
  • Kevin Ahrens, DH: 1-3, R, K, .252
  • Will Skinner, RF: 2-3, R, 2 2B (14), RBI, K, outfield assist, .255
  • Eric Garcia, 3B: 1-3, RBI, .250
  • Anthony Nunez, C: 1-2, RBI, K, .138
  • Jarrett Miller, RHP: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 3:2 GO:FO, 4.37 ERA
  • Alex Wilson, RHP: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 2.86 ERA, 0:3 GO:FO, 2.86 ERA
Lynchburg and Potomac played two seven-inning contests on Wednesday, splitting the two games both by the score of 3-2. In the first contest, Lynchburg outhit the Nationals but could only push across a couple of runs. Josh Elander slammed a couple of doubles, took a walk, and knocked in the only runs Lynchburg could muster in the contest. Daniel Castro and Will Skinner also collected a couple of hits in the contest. Wes Parsons got the start and was fairly hittable in his five innings of work, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and a walk, fanning four. In five starts since coming off the disabled list, Parsons has posted a 4.18 ERA and has allowed a .775 opponents' OPS. He's missed a bat per inning and has limited walks, but he's been a little too hittable in these starts. Matt Chaffee pitched an inning of scoreless relief.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Lynchburg was able to take the win despite being outhit by the Nationals. Will Skinner smacked a couple of doubles in the game, scoring and knocking in a run. The soon-to-be 25-year-old has been out of his mind at the plate over his past ten games, slashing .406/.441/.625, bringing his season wRC+ to 96. Jarrett Miller went five innings and allowed only two runs on six hits, fanning six. Alex Wilson collected his fourth save of the season, going two innings and striking out two.
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