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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Joey Meneses has our attention while Swanson struggles

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Not the greatest of nights down on the farm as several prospects struggled while one had to leave his game early with an injury.

Gwinnett Braves - Postponed

Rain Stinks

Next Game - 5/14 Doubleheader at Pawtucket @ 4:35 PM

Probable Starters (Game One): Gwinnett - John Gant, Pawtucket - Eduardo Rodriguez,

Probable Starters (Game Two): Gwinnett - Ryan Weber, Pawtucket - TBA

Mississippi Braves 0, Mobile BayBears 7

Box Score

  • Dansby Swanson, SS: 0-4, .302/.409/.484
  • Dustin Peterson, LF: 1-4, 2B, .277/.345/.477
  • Brandon Barker: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2.31 ERA

Not a lot of good news down in Mississippi as the Braves were shut out  7-0. On paper, this looks like Brandon Barker's worst start of the season and you are not necessarily wrong, but he did get a bit of a raw deal. After being his usual awesome self through 4 innings, he gave up a bunt single followed by an infield single with a throwing error from 3B thrown in followed by a 3-run homer to dead center. Best defensive play probably means a clean inning, but he does have to own the homer...but thats how it went on this night. The bullpen did not fair better as Burawa gave up 2 runs in as many innings and Bradley Roney gave up another as he continues to prove while he has fantastic stuff, he can't throw strikes reliably as he walked 4 in two innings.

The offense was limited to virtually nothing as Mississippi only managed to get four hits during the entire game. One of those was a double off of the rather hot Dustin Peterson as he extra-base hits in three straight games. Dansby Swanson, on the other hand, has been not good of late as he has gone hitless in 7 of his last 8 with a combination of some bad BABIP luck in combination with pressing at the plate a bit. He will be fine. Its worth noting that the opposing pitcher, Edgar Garcia, has been lights out this year so hopefully his less than good performance from the lineup is a symptom of him doing his job well.

Next Game: 5/14 at Pensacola @ 6:30 PM CST

Probable Starters: Mississippi - Andrew Thurman, Pensacola - Sal Romano

Carolina Mudcats 4, Lynchburg Hillcats 3

Box Score

  • Joey Meneses, 1B: 2-3, 2B, HR, 2 runs, 2 RBI, BB, .345/.400/.531
  • Braxton Davidson, RF: 2-4, 2B, .211/.287/.298
  • Wes Parsons, SP: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 4.43 ERA

This is Joey Meneses' time to shine it appears as he continues to rake and Carolina put his production to good use and beat Lynchburg 4-3. Wes Parsons made his second start of the year and did well for himself, going 5 innings and giving up just 2 earned runs while giving no free passes. After injuries forced him to make just 5 appearances last year, Parsons has already doubled that number this season as he pitches out of the pen and as a spot starter. Parsons was a top 25 prospect on some lists as recently as the 2015 pre-season so its encouraging to see him getting comfortable on the mound. Zack Bird and Raymar Navarro combined to throw 4 innings of scoreless relief to secure the win.

As for the offense, its hard to not be impressed with what Joey Meneses is doing right now even if he isn't exactly a fast-tracked prospect. Now the proud owner of a 17 game hitting streak, Meneses had two extra-base hits in this one including his 4th home run of the season. The 24 year old is repeating the level and given his struggles at times in his minor league career between a wrist injury that cost him a big chunk of 2014 and having a less than good year last year, its tough to say where his place is in the future. However, its becoming clear that he is likely ready to make the jump to AA and find out. Braxton Davidson has now hit safely in 4 of his past 5 games which is good, however in his 32 games this season he has at least one strikeout in all but five of them...which is not good especially when combined with drawing just 10 walks on the season.

Next Game: 5/14 hosting Lynchburg @ 5:00 PM

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

Rome Braves 3, Hickory 4 - F/10

Box Score

  • Ray-Patrick Didder, CF: 2-5, HR, 2 RBI, .283/.372/.425
  • Jonathan Morales, C: 2-4, .319/.346/.429
  • Patrick Weigel, SP: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 3.23 ERA

Rome let a late lead slip away again as they fell in extra-innings 4-3. The good news is that Patrick Weigel had a strong start going 5 innings and giving up just 2 runs on 2 hits. He really needs to cut his walks down, which a problem that has seemed to have gotten worse of late, but he is certainly a player to watch down the road. Matt Custred did fine work with 2 innings of scoreless relief as he continues to try and turnaround his season, but after that things went worse. Josh Graham allowed the tying run to score and then things got whacky as a bloop leadoff double turned in to a walk-off as Leudys Baez made a throwing error on the play that allowed the runner to score.

On offense, Austin Riley had to leave the game early after taking a pitch on the hand. Its unclear as to the severity of the injury but after Ronald Acuna was forced to the disabled list with a hand injury of his own, it would be most unfortunate if Rome lost another high profile prospect to injury for an extended period of time. Ray-Patrick Didder put a charge in to one and got the first home run of his professional career. Also, Jonathan Morales got a couple of other news water is wet and Ivan's cat is cooler than Ivan.

Next Game: 5/14 at Hickory @ 6:00 PM

Probable Starters: Rome - Max Fried, Hickory - Wes Benjamin