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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 7/21

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Another late recap from me, but this time I have an excuse! I was actually at the Braves game tonight! My first this season! I will also be at the weekend series in Cincinnati next weekend if anyone wants to hit me up.

Gwinnett 3, Scranton W/B 1

  • B. Canizares 2-3 2B, RBI, BB, .312 Avg
  • S. Diamond 7IP 8H 1R 0BB 2K 5.40 ERA

Scott Diamond rebounded nicely after having a rough first outing in AAA last time out. This is a guy that continues to get the job done no matter what level he is at even though he doesn't possess any plus tool except command. He uses a curve and a change that he can place anywhere along with a high 80s fastball. With those three offerings he has continually gotten hitters out at every level. He has long been a favorite of mine and I hope he get s a legitimate shot somewhere though i am doubtful it will be with the Braves.

Mississippi - Off

Wilmington 3, Myrtle Beach 4 - 13 Innings

  • C. Harrilchak 1-6 2 RBI, K, .271 Avg
  • E. Spruill 4IP 6H 3R 1BB 0K 7.40 ERA
  • Bullpen 9IP 6H 0R 0BB 7K

This game was all about pitching with the Pelicans facing the Royals super-prospect John Lamb. Lamb did not disappoint going 7.1 innings and allowing just 3 hits to go along with 8K. Fortunately the Pelicans' bullpen was up to the task after the recovering Zeke Spruill wasn't very effective to start the game.

Lexington 5, Rome 9

  • J. Leonard 1-3 BB, .375 Avg
  • E. Salcedo 2-4 3B, RBI, K, .232 Avg
  • J. Whitmer 3-4 2B, HR(2), K, .313 Avg

I kind of like Jace Whitmer's bat but the guy takes less walks than a certain former Sports Illustrated cover athlete. And that is impressisad. Edward Salcedo is making a habit of being really bad one game then really good the next, except today he did both in the same game as he made three errors in the field. Brett DeVall also pitched today and gave up 5 runs, but just two of those were earned. Other than that he actually pitched pretty well, just not spectacularly.

Pulaski 1, Danville 8

  • A. Simmons 1-5 2 2B, 2 RBI, .255 Avg
  • E. Gattis 4-5 3 RBI, .361 Avg
  • J. Terdoslavich 3-5 2B, RBI, .274 Avg
  • A. Northcraft 7IP 2H 0R 0BB 10K 3.07 ERA

Aaron Northcrazft improved to 4-0 on the season in what was his most dominant performance of the season. While allowing just two singles on the day he also induced 10 grounders to just one fly-ball. Not a bad day at all. The first 5 guys in the lineup also put on a show as they went a combined 14-25 with 3 XBH and all 8 RBI.

GCL phillies 7, GCL Braves 2

  • M. Lipka 1-4 RBI, 2 SB(10), .330 Avg
  • C. Johnson 0-3 K

There just wasn't a whole lot to write home about in this game and honestly I am not sure I want to write about any Braves team that loses to a Phillies team. Matt Lipks is now 10/12 in stolen bases and has an 8/7 BB/K rate. These are surprising numbers to me considering he was supposed to be unpolished after focusing mainly on football in high school. I will give the SSS warning here but we may have gotten a steal with this guy.

DSL Braves @ DSL Angels - Postponed