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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Dansby Swanson homers in his Double-A debut

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Interesting night down on the farm as Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies made their debuts after their respective promotions

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Clippers 6 @ Gwinnett Braves 2 - F/6

Box Score

  • Ozzie Albies, SS: 0-3, .356/.429/.494
  • Rio Ruiz, 3B: 0-1, 1 BB, .310/.389/.452
  • Williams Perez, SP: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 6 runs (4 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, 6.10 ERA

Gwinnett fell in a rain-shortened game to Columbus, 6-2. Before we get to the biggest news, we will talk a bit about the Williams Perez experience. Throughout the course of last year, Perez was able to have pretty bad peripheral numbers but would get out of jams generally speaking more often than not. This season, that luck seems to have run out a bit as he was knocked around in the majors and this start at AAA exemplified the problem. Given his lack of elite stuff or superb control, Perez is very hittable. Giving up 2 baserunners an inning is a recipe for disaster and unfortunately for Williams, it appears that his luck is correcting itself.

The big news of the night in this game was the debut of Ozzie Albies. While he did go 0-3 in the game, they were well-struck outs (two lineouts and a harder grounder) and he didn't appear at least to be nervous at the plate. He did make a throwing error in the game, but he is generally a reliable shortstop so there is no reason to think much of it. Rio Ruiz is coming back to earth a bit (hitless in 5 of his last 6), so it will be interesting to see how the young third baseman adjusts to how pitchers are pitching to him now.

Next Game: Hosting Columbus @ 2:05 PM

Probable Starters: Gwinnett - Tyrell Jenkins, Columbus  - TBA

Mississippi Braves 3 @ Jacksonville Suns 2

Box Score

  • Dansby Swanson, SS: 2-3, 2B, HR, .346/.454/.580
  • Dustin Peterson, LF: 1-4, .267/.330/.442
  • Sean Newcomb, SP: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 5 K, 2.84 ERA

Mississippi used a two-run homer from newcomer Dansby Swanson and another strong outing from Sean Newcomb to beat Jacksonville 3-2. Its odd this season how the good work that Sean Newcomb has done gets lost in how some of the other pitching prospects have done this season. He is going to have to cut his walks down, but he is also striking out a batter per inning pitched and opposing batters are hitting just .205 against him. While far from a finished product, Newcomb is a very exciting pitcher to have in the system and with a little polish should get promoted before the season is done.

So apparently some guy named Dansby Swanson made his debut in Double-AA last night. After hitting a double in his first at-bat for Mississippi, he then went and did this.

After having only an inside-the-park homer for Carolina, "Dansbae" cleared the fence for the first time since joining the Braves in his first game at Double-AA. That lead would prove to be enough as Steve Janas had two innings of lock-down relief and Mauricio Cabrera, despite allowing 4 baserunners and giving up an unearned run, managed to close the game out.

Next Game: At Jacksonville Suns @ 3:05 PM

Probable Starters: Mississippi - Rob Whalen, Jacksonville - Chris Reed

Lynchburg Hillcats 7 @ Carolina Mudcats 6

Box Score

  • Reed Harper, 2B: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, .231/.286/.256
  • Braxton Davidson, RF: 0-5, 3 K, .192/.261/.308
  • Ryan Lawlor, SP: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 4.50 ERA

A rough outing for the Carolina bullpen ultimately led to their loss to Lynchburg 7-6. Ryan Lawlor rebounded nicely from his last start and put up six-plus strong innings for Carolina. Other than that last start where he gave up 6 ER, Lawlor has been very effective for Carolina and certainly looks as though he earned that aggressive promotion to Carolina to start the year. The trouble started once Lawlor was pulled as Michael O'Neal continued his rough start to the year as he gave up 2 runs in less than an innings of relief. To try and stop the bleeding, Carolina brought Chase Johnson-Mullins in for a 2 inning save but it was not to be on this day as Chase had his first rough outing high-A.

On the offensive side, most of the damage was done in the way of unearned runs as well as from Reed Harper out of the bottom of the order. Having a relatively quiet year thus far, Reed reached base 3 times and drove in two runs in this game which set the table for most of the game. Braxton Davidson, on the other hand, did not have a good game. After going 0-5 with 3 Ks, he has now struck out 14 times in his last 10 games to go along with just 3 walks. He has scattered a few hits here and there, but the Braves have to be seriously wondering about Braxton's hit tool at this point...although at his age he still has time to develop and figure things out.

Next Game: Hosting Lynchburg @ 2:00 PM

Probable Starters: Carolina - Matt Withrow, Lynchburg - Lynchburg - Julian Merryweather

Rome Braves 1 @ Hagerstown Suns 5

Box Score

  • Ronald Acuna, CF: 2-2, 2B, 2 BB, .294/.368/.388
  • Austin Riley, 3B: 0-3, BB, .244/.272/.419
  • Patrick Weigel, SP: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 7 K
The Rome offense couldn't sustain anything this game despite a strong game from Ronald Acuna as they were defeated 5-1. Patrick Weigel was a bit of a hard luck loser in this one as he gave up just 2 earned runs. However, he DID walk 5 batters which is less than ideal and he appears to have intermittent problems with his control although he tends to be able to work around them. Dalton Geekie had another rough relief appearance with 3 earned runs and that was the final damage done.

On offense, the star of the game was definitely Ronald Acuna as he reached base 4 times including a double. While he will have some inconsistencies as a young player, Acuna has the quickest hands in the system and plus bat speed which will serve him well going forward. Austin Riley had a tough game going 0-3 with a couple of Ks, but there is reason to think that he is making the right adjustments at the plate. Even with those 2 Ks, he only has 3 in his past 5 games. He has appeared to be trying to do too much at the plate at times and would do well to just trust that the power will come and focus on putting the ball in play.

Next Game: At Hagerstown @ 2:05 PM
Probable Starters: Rome - Max Fried, Hagerstown - Jefry Rodriguez