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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Perez and Newcomb impress while Albies gets on track

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Good things continue to happen down in the Braves farm system

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Knights 0, Gwinnett Braves 4

Box Score

  • Ozzie Albies, SS: 2-3, 1 RBI, SB, .321/.383/.431
  • Rio Ruiz, 3B: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 run, .324/.405/.471
  • Ender Inciarte, CF: 2-3, 1 BB
  • Williams Perez, SP: 9 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 3.26 ERA

Williams Perez thoroughly dominated this game as Gwinnett beat Charlotte 4-0. Williams Perez is not exactly known in any circle for keeping runners off the basepaths, but that is exactly what he did on this night. Allowing just one hit and one walk during his complete game shutout, Perez was outstanding as he put together one of the best pitching performances from the Braves farm system thus far this season. Perez's outing also gave the Gwinnett bullpen a bit of a rest which may be for the best as they have been inconsistent for most of the season.

On offense, the rehabbing Ender Inciarte had a fine last game with a couple of hits before being activated from the disabled list. Plus side, Gwinnett will now gain Adonis Garcia and his defensive adventures for the forseeable future as Mallex Smith has proven his value and will stay in Atlanta. Ozzie Albies has struggled a little bit in the first few games in Gwinnett had a couple of hits, an RBI, and a stolen base. The steal came on a double steal which resulted in Ronnier Mustelier (whose speed is...less than average) stealing home so that was extra exciting. Rio Ruiz reached base twice with a hit and a walk as he continued his impressive start to the season. Jace Peterson was not in the lineup at all which does make one wonder how he is supposed to get extra at-bats if he isn't in the lineup at all.

Next Game: Hosting Charlotte @ 7:05PM

Probable Starters: Charlotte - Chris Beck, Gwinnett - Tyrell Jenkins

Mississippi Braves 6, Tennessee Smokies 3

Box Score

  • Dansby Swanson, SS: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 run, .347/.455/.554
  • Dustin Peterson, LF: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, .274/.342/.425
  • Willians Astudillo, C: 2-4, 1 RBI, .284/.314/.370
  • Sean Newcomb, SP: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 3.16 ERA

The offense backed Sean Newcomb who was impressive yet again as Mississippi won 6-3. Newcomb gave up 3 runs in 6 innings, but he also seemed to be taking a tick off his velocity in an effort to throw more strikes and have better command which did pay dividends in this game as he gave up just one walk. It will be interesting monitoring his velocity and command going forward. The bullpen stood strong in pitching 3 shutout innings including Mauricio Cabrera who only walked 1 batter while striking out another on only 14 pitches.

On offense, guys....Dansby didn't have a hit, I assume this is a mistake on the box score. He did have a couple of walks and a run scored as he is starting to get pitched around down in AA. Dustin Peterson had a good game with a pair of hits including a double. Peterson has been good at the plate, but has improved even more in the field as he has made a few highlight reel catches this year in addition to taking better routes and showing better range than expected. Willians Astudillo continues to (almost) always put the ball in play and has now raised his average to .284 on the year and he appears to have settled in behind the plate as well.

Next Game: At Tennessee @ 7:05 PM

Probable Starters: Mississippi - Rob Whalen, Tennessee - Tyler Skulina

Carolina Mudcats - Postponed

Next Game: Doubleheader at Lynchburg starting @ 4:00 PM

Probable Starters: Carolina - Enderson Franco, Lynchburg - TBA

Hickory 3, Rome 1

Box Score

  • Ronald Acuna, CF: 0-3, 1 BB, SB(9), .290/.377/.390
  • Austin Riley, 3B: 1-4, 1 2B, .238/.282/.396
  • Patrick Weigel, SP: 7 IP, 3 H, 3 runs (2 ER), 2 BB, 3 K

Not a great game for the offense and a bad first inning for starter Patrick Weigel ended up being the difference as Rome fell 3-1. Weigel was actually quite good for the vast majority for this game (the whole Rome staff was really) as they only gave up 3 hits and 2 walks all game. Josh Graham made his 2016 debut with a scoreless inning of relief and Taylor Lewis added one of his own. Unfortunately, all three of those hits were in the first inning and that plus Austin Riley's 6th error of the year resulted in 3 runs being put up.

On offense, most of the lineup was completely shutdown. Rome struck out 13 times altogether and the only extra-base hit came from Austin Riley (his 10th double of the season). Rome scattered 5 hits and while they did manage to scratch together one run it was definitely not a banner night for the offense. Lucas Herbert has really struggled at the plate this season as he has 7 hits in his last 10 games. Its worth noting that Herbert did miss out on most of rookie ball last season with a torn meniscus so its not super surprising that he could be struggling with the aggressive promotion to Rome, but his development is going to be something to watch during the course of the season.

Next Game: Hosting Augusta @ 6 PM

Probable Starters: Rome - Max Fried, Augusta - Cory Taylor