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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 9/6

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Charlotte 1, Gwinnett 4

  • W. Timmons 2-3 2B, 3B
  • J. Heyward 2-4 RBI, K, SB(1)
  • C. Kimbrel 1IP 0H 0R 2BB 2K

On the season, Craig Kimbrel has 103 K and 30 hits allowed in only 60 innings of work. The flip side to that coin is he has 45 BB in that same span. If he can somehow harness his control he is going to be dominant. But those walks will catch up to him in the Show. Also of note is that Jason Heyward has 10 SB this year and has only been caught once. He isn't a speed demon, but his baseball intelligence extends to all facets of his game.

Mississippi 0, Carolina 1
  • C. Johnson 1-4 2K
  • E. Osuna 7IP 6H 1R 1BB 2K

Edgar Osuna threw a gem in this one but the Mississippi offense was nowhere ot be found against Jerry Gil (of the 7.98 ERA). Osuna is yet another solid arm that we must count in our pitching depth. Right now, Mississippi has a lot of interesting players to me with Osuna, Diamond, Cofield, Gearrin, Gunderson, Ortegano, Mejia, T. Jones, Cabrera and Rodriguez.. Those are all guys who I think have decent potential but get overlooked a lot. (Also this team is loaded with LHP.)

Winston-Salem 7, Myrtle Beach 9

  • C. Miles 2-4 3B, RBI, BB
  • G. Rodriguez 2-5 2B, HR(12), 3 RBI, 2K, SB(4)
  • C. Shehan 2-4 2B, RBI

Some of you may remember that I touted Chris Shehan as my breakout candidate at the beginning of the season. Well that didn't happen in Rome, but he has been a little better in Myrtle Beach (though is peripherals don't speak well). I still have some faith in his bat, but he needs to find the power stroke he showed in college and he needs to learn the strike zone.

Rome 7, Augusta 1

  • M. Kramer 2-4 2B, HR(2), BB, K
  • S. Sime 2-4 2B, 2 RBI, BB, 2K
  • R. Delgado 6IP 5H 1R 0BB 5K

I am going to say in the end that Randall Delgado has had one the two or three best seasons out of minor league pitchers this year. Granted he had a very rough two month stretch where walks killed him, but he only walked 5 men last month and has allowed only 9 in his last 55 innings. Just for giggles here are his stats minus May and July (where he had an ERA over 6.00):

3.10 ERA

78.1IP

71H

29BB

90K

That also comes to 10.3 K/9 and 3.33 BB/9. For a 19 year old these are pretty spectacular stats and he is a guy we can really look at going forward. Easily a top 5 prospect for us right now.