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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Soroka rebounds nicely while Morales, Sims, and Ruiz continue to shine

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Rough night for the Braves' affiliates in the W-L column, but plenty of Braves' prospects had good games to talk about.

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(10-7) Gwinnett Braves 1 @ (8-7) Columbus Clippers 7

Box Score

  • Rio Ruiz, 3B: 1-2, BB, .373/.431/.576
  • Matt Tuiasosopo, RF: 2-4, HR(4), .242/.333/.500
  • Lucas Sims, SP: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K

Gwinnett struggled on both sides of the ball as they fell to the Clippers 7-1. Lucas Sims made his AAA debut as a result of Aaron Blair's impending promotion to the big leagues and he did well. While his control was still less than pristine with 4 walks in 5 innings, he also struck out 5 and limited the Clippers to 2 runs in his first start at this level. Sadly, his good start was marred by an horrid outing from the bullpen and 5 runs later you have your final margin.

On offense, Gwinnett was pretty quiet. The good version of Matt Tuiasosopo showed up this evening as he hit his 4th home run of the year, a solo shot, to provide the only run Gwinnett would score on the day. Rio Ruiz added yet another hit as well as a walk to improve his already torrid early season line. He is certainly not ready for the big leagues yet and we have to be wary of small sample sizes, but the Braves have to be happy with Ruiz's progress thus far given the struggles Adonis Garcia has had thus far.

Next Game: 4/24 @ Columbus at 1:05 PM. Probable Starters: Gwinnett - Mike Foltynewicz, Columbus - Will Roberts

(12-4) Biloxi Shuckers 2 @ (6-11) Mississippi Braves 1

Box Score

  • Ozzie Albies, SS: 0-4, 1 K, E(4), .318/.392/.409
  • Dustin Peterson, LF: 2-4, .281/.347/.422
  • Chris Ellis, SP: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1.16 ERA

Despite yet another stellar outing from Chris Ellis, Mississippi could not muster any offense and fell to Biloxi 2-1. Ellis has been absolutely excellent this season. With his 6 scoreless innings in this game, he has not given up just 3 ERs in 23.1 IP this season. While he has seemed to alternate good control games with bad ones, the results are hard to argue with. Sadly, Mauricio Cabrera plays for Mississippi which means that sometimes the bad version of Cabrera shows up. Two runs (one earned) later and Mississippi was in the hole again.

On offense, there is little to report as Jorge Ortega did a very good job in shutting the Mississippi offense down. Ozzie Albies failed to reach base which is noteworthy only because of how good he has done this year despite the aggressive promotion. Nothing to be concerned about, as he is entitled to have a couple off games and has yet to have a day off this season. Dustin Peterson added a couple hits to improve his early season line, but Mississippi failed to string hits together and score some runs to back Ellis on this night. Most importantly, Willians Astudillo still has not struck out...I'm putting the over/under on his first strikeout at the end of May.

Next Game: 4/24 hosting Biloxi at 1:00 PM CST. Probable Starters: Mississippi - Sean Newcomb, Biloxi - Josh Hader

(7-10) Carolina Mudcats 5 @ (9-8) Myrtle Beach 6

Box Score

  • Dansby Swanson, SS: 1-4, 1 run, .338/.416/.515
  • Braxton Davidson, RF: 1-4, 1 run, 1 2B, 1 RBI, .200/.270/.323
  • Ryan Lawlor, SP: 5 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 5.09 ERA
  • Chase Johnson-Mullins, RP: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 K, 0.00 ERA

Carolina put their rally caps on and put 4 runs up in the top of the 9th, but still fell to Myrtle Beach 6-5. Ryan Lawlor did not have the best of outings for the Mudcats. After his last outing where he seemed to be flirting with danger constantly after giving up 6 walks, the batters weren't fooled this time and he gave up 6 runs on 6 hits including a homer to Ian Happ who is pretty good at baseball. The bullpen kept Carolina in the game though, including yet another scoreless appearance from Chase Johnson-Mullins who now has started the season with 5 straight such performances.

On offense, there were certainly some positives. Dansby Swanson would not be denied and got himself a hit as well as scored a run after he reached on a error. Braxton Davidson hit a double and drove in as well as scored a run and seems to have woken up at the plate a bit.  Joseph Odom, not necessarily known for his prowess at the plate, added a 2-RBI double and Carolina had something going in the 9th inning. Sadly, the runs would end there and 3 outs later the Mudcats had fallen.

Next Game: 4/24 @ Myrtle Beach at 5:05 PM. Probable Starters: Carolina - TBA, Myrtle Beach - Tommy Thorpe

(6-11) Asheville Tourists 2 @ (5-12) Rome Braves 1

Box Score

  • Ronald Acuna, CF: 1-3, 1 BB, .302/.371/.365
  • Austin Riley, 3B: 0-4, .215/.246/.415
  • Jonathan Morales, C: 1-2, HR(2), 2 BB, .350/.375/.500
  • Mike Soroka, SP: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 run (0 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 1.80 ERA

Yet another tough loss for a Braves affiliate as another strong outing from wunderkind Mike Soroka as Rome fell 2-1. Soroka was stellar yet again for Rome as he put up 5 more innings without allowing an earned run. Add in allowing no walks while striking out 5 batters and thats a good night. Mike now sports the lowest ERA amongst qualified starters on Rome's staff and is tied for 3rd in the league in strikeouts. So yeah, he's pretty good.

On offense, it was a tough night for Rome. Austin Riley, after a strong start to the year, has really struggled. It was a known fact that Riley was going to have some swing and miss to his game, but the strikeouts have come too often thus far and he also isn't drawing the number of walks you would expect a power hitter of his caliber to draw. Hopefully he is able to make some adjustments and reach his potential. Ronald Acuna added a hit and a walk to continue to show his multi-tool approach which makes him so tantalizing for talent evaluators and Jonathan Morales apparently didn't think much of the scouting report I put out. After publishing on five days ago that his power has yet to show itself in games, he has now hit two homers in three thats sweet.

Next Game: 4/24 hosting Asheville at 2:00 PM. Probable Starters: Rome - TBA, Asheville - Jack Winkoop