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4/16 Minor League Update: Poll Included at No Extra Charge!!!

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An odd coincidence tonight in the world of Braves baseball: every single Braves team - Major and Minor - played a one run game. Odd. On to the games!

Richmond 5, Rochester 4

  • J. Anderson - 2-5 2B, RBI
  • B. Jones - 2-5 RBI, K
  • B. Canizares - 3-4 HR (3), 2 RBI, BB, K
  • S. Thorman - 2-4 , 2B, BB, K

Some solid offense tonight from Richmond, especially from the top guys. Anderson is still hitting really well making us all wonder if his surge after his promotion last year was legit. Canizares continues to play whiffle ball with the league and is discovering some power that he didn't know he had. His homer tonight was the go ahead shot in the 9th inning. Pretty damn clutch.

Mississippi 1, Birmingham 2 (13 Inn.)

  • G. Creek - 2-5 2 K
  • D. Hernandez - 2-5 2b, K
  • K. Kaaihue - 0-5 3 K
  • T. Redmond - 7IP 4H 1R 0BB 4K

Wow. Both teams score in the first and then proceed to protect the tie for next 12 innings. Mississippi's run came unearned in the first due to a shortstop error. Redmond pitched really well and appears to have found some way to use the smoke and mirrors on AA hitters. He is actually striking out a fair amount of hitters as well. Maybe we will get a decent return on Yates.

Winston-Salem 4, Myrtle Beach 3

  • G. Hernandez - 2-5 2B, 3B, SB (5)
  • Y. Silva - 2-4 - RBI, 2 K
  • K. Cofield - 6IP 4H 2R 3BB 5K
  • C. Sencion - 3IP 3H 2R 2BB 4K

The Pelicans tried to come back in the ninth but fell short leaving Gorkys stranded at third. Speaking of the man, he had a couple more XBH tonight. This was his second game with a double and a triple and he is holding a very respectable 5/8 K/BB ratio through his first 55 AB. His performance of late has been superlative and now I know why our trade of Renteria was looked upon so favorably by most. Also of note was a solid start from Kyle Cofield. Carlos Sencion also allowed his first runs of the year. I am intrigued to see where they go with these two because they almost always pitch together and both seem to have valuable arms. I wouldn't think they would slip Sencion into a bullpen only role, but I also don't work for the Braves.

Rome 1, Columbus 2 (10 Inn.)

  • M. Fisher - 2-5
  • J. Heyward - 1-4 2B, BB, 3 K
  • C. Johnson - 0-3 2 BB, 3 K
  • F. Freeman - 1-4 2B, RBI
  • A, Coe - 2-4 2B
  • E. Barrett - 6IP 2H 1R 1BB 5K

A very good game turned in by the starter Barrett (and Michael Broadway who went 3 scoreless) who now sports a 1.84 ERA on the season. Just another one of the solid lefties on this team. Most teams will find it very difficult to win if three players combine for nine of your teams ten strikeouts (Concepcion Rodriguez was the other hat-trick).

Ok now for the Poll. I know we are only a half month into the season, but lets just wonder for a second here. At this point, considering what you know and have seen of Gorkys Hernandez and the problems we have seen with Jordan Schafer and what we know of his past skills, does Gorkys leapfrog Schafer as the CF of the future?