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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Meneses on a rampage, Touki heating up

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Touki Toussaint was lights out while Joey Meneses can seemingly do no wrong

Garrett Spain

Gwinnett Braves - Day Off

Next Game: 6/14 at Lehigh Valley @ 7:05 PM

Probable Starters: Gwinnett - Joel De La Cruz, Lehigh Valley - David Buchanan

Mississippi Braves 4, Jackson General 1 - Game One

Box Score

Mississippi Braves 4, Jackson Generals 6 - Game Two

Box Score

  • Dansby Swanson, SS: 1-6, run, HBP, .239/.326/.374
  • Dustin Peterson, LF: 4-6, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 2 runs, .276/.340/.439
  • Chris Ellis, SP: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 2.75 ERA
  • Sean Newcomb, SP: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 4.11 ERA

Mississippi split a double-header that featured both of the pitchers the Braves got back in the Andrelton Simmons trade by final scores of 4-1 and 4-6. Chris Ellis was excellent in his start, missing a complete game by just one inning despite walking 4 batters in the game. Ellis is making a strong case for promotion this season and could see time in AAA sooner rather than later. Newcomb was basically unhittable for the first 3 innings and then the wheels came off in the 4th where he was charged for 5 earned runs where walks and a homer caught up with him. Jason Hursh had his third straight scoreless relief appearance in the second game and has seemed to settle in to his role as a reliever these days.

On offense, Dustin Peterson is on an absolute tear as he has now hit safely in 9 straight games and his homers in 2 of his last 3 games. He has also recorded 16 hits and 12 RBIs while striking out 7 times during said streak. Dansby Swanson continues to struggle although he did manage a hit in the first half of the doubleheader. He is scuffling a bit and could easily have the weight of Donny Everett’s passing (while they didn’t play together, the Vanderbilt baseball program is very close) on his shoulders.

Next Game: 6/14 hosting Jackson @ 7:00 PM CST

Probable Starters: Mississippi - Rob Whalen, Jackson - TBD

Carolina Mudcats 14, Lynchburg Hillcats 6

Box Score

  • Joey Meneses, 1B: 4-5, 2 2B, HR, 5 RBIs, 3 runs, .341/.402/.498
  • Braxton Davidson, RF: 3-4, 2B, 3B, BB, 2 RBI, 3 runs, .226/.314/.344
  • Max Povse, SP: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 3.82 ERA

Carolina is just going to keep riding the Joey Meneses train as far as it will take them as they jumped all over Lynchburg 14-6. Max Povse pitched pretty well, but seemed to have runners in scoring position for the majority of the game between a couple stolen bases as well as a few doubles which came to bite him. Chase Johnson-Mullins was excellent in an inning-plus of relief while Evan Phillips gave up an earned run for the first time since May 10th.

Joey Meneses is hitting absolutely out of his mind right now. In his last 8 games, he has 19 hits including 7 extra-base hits and 13 RBIs. Already a bit old for the level, he is making a case for himself to be at AA which should happen if he continues to hit. Braxton Davidson had a nice game while being just a homer short of the cycle. The young slugger has struggled in high-A with strikeouts but the OBP has remained pretty strong so hopefully he can continue to improve.

Next Game: Doubleheader at Lynchburg @ 5:30 PM

Probable Starters: Carolina - Ryan Clark, Lynchburg - Mitch Brown (others TBA)

Rome Braves 4, Columbia Fireflies 1

Box Score

  • Austin Riley, 3B: 2-4, 2B, .260/.308/.384
  • Ray-Patrick Didder, CF: 2-4, run, RBI, .279/.390/.403
  • Touki Toussaint, SP: 8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 4.89 ERA

Touki Toussaint had the best command he has had since he arrived in Rome last season and dominated Columbia to lead Rome to a 4-1 win. Multiple scouts and pundits have said this was among the best looks that Touki has given us since he was traded from Arizona. Even though the strikeouts weren’t there, he was getting batters to swing at the pitches he wanted them to swing at and induced endless weak contact. Thats two straight good outings for Touki so hopefully he can continue to build off of these starts. Matt Custred closed the game out with yet another strong effort in relief.

On offense, the 1-3 hitters of Didder, Dykstra, and Riley set the for most of the night with each of them having two hits in the game. Austin Riley has three multi-hit games in his past 4 while Luke Dykstra is among the league leaders in AVG and hits as he continues to get single after single. Ray-Patrick Didder continues to be a pleasant surprise as his .390 OBP is eye-opening as well as his plus to plus-plus speed. He is a bit older for the level so it will be interesting to see if his bat continues to play at the higher levels of the minors.

Next Game: 6/14 at Columbia @ 7:05 PM

Probable Starters: Rome - Mike Soroka, Columbia - Joe Shaw