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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 8/12: Riley Delgado and AJ Graffanino show out

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Not exactly a banner night down on the farm.

Rome Stadium

Gwinnett Stripers 1, Syracuse Chiefs 8

Box Score

  • Austin Riley, 3B: 1-3, BB, .290/.362/.425
  • Lane Adams, CF: 2-4, 2B, .214/.267/.321
  • Andres Santiago, SP: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 6 BB, 1 K, 5.60 ERA

It was a tough night for Gwinnett as they fell to the Chiefs by the score of 8-1. Austin Riley continued his good work of late as he reached base twice. He has eight hits in his last three games and is batting .325 over his last 10 games. Old friend Lane Adams had a pair of hits but outside of Adams and Riley, the rest of the Gwinnett lineup combined for just three hits. Dustin Peterson had a double in the game to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He has looked much better at the plate of late and could be an interesting September call-up to keep an eye on especially for a Braves team in need of reliable bench bats.

Andres Santiago had a rough night as he failed to escape the third inning due to the inability to find the strike zone. Chad Bell gave up a pair of runs of his own before Miguel Socolovich closed the game out for Gwinnett with a pair of scoreless innings.

Mississippi Braves, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp - Postponed

Rain sucks

Florida Fire Frogs 2, Fort Myers Miracle 3

Box Score

  • Riley Delgado, SS: 3-4, 2 RBI, BB, .314/.379/.333
  • Lucas Herbert, C: 2-4, run, .213/.267/.333
  • Filyer Sanchez, SP: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1.80 ERA

Florida outhit Fort Myers, but failed to convert on some scoring chances and the Fire Frogs ended up losing a close one by the score of 3-2. Filyer Sanchez performed admirably as he gave up just one run in five innings of work. Unfortunately, Tyler Watson gave up a pair of runs in the seventh inning which allowed the Miracle to take the lead for good. Sean McLaughlin finished the game out for Florida with two scoreless innings of relief.

On offense, how about Riley Delgado? All the guy does is hit and play strong defense at short. His lack of power certainly limits his ceiling as a player, but he hasn’t missed a beat after getting promoted to Florida as he is batting .314 in high-A after posting a .330 average for Rome. Lucas Herbert had a good game at the plate with a pair of hits which is a bright spot in what has been another tough year at the plate for him. Drew Waters had a hit in the game as well, but he has struggled a bit in his first 11 games for Florida largely due to his BABIP dropping over 50 points after his promotion. He will be just fine.

Rome Braves 4, West Virginia Power 10

Box Score

  • AJ Graffanino, SS: 3-5, 2 2B, .377/.411/.478
  • Brendan Venter, 1B: 1-4, HR, 3 RBI, .196/.254/.357
  • Freddy Tarnok, SP: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 8 R (7 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 4.50 ERA

Freddy Tarnok had a tough game as Rome got beat up by West Virginia by the score of 10-4. After a dominant start to the season as a reliever, Tarnok has had some growing pains as a starter. However, his stuff is very real and the strikeouts have remained a part of his game. He may move a bit slowly as he learns his craft, he is one of the more intriguing pitching prospects in the entire farm system. Sam Freeman made a rehab appearance and gave up a run while walking two and striking out one which is a pretty familiar sight for 2018.

On offense, AJ Graffanino continues to hit for Rome as he had three hits on the night including a pair of doubles. Drafted primarily due to his glove, his performance at the plate has been a pleasant surprise as he has an .866 OPS between his time in Danville and Rome. Trey Harris recorded his first two hits in full season ball in the game and Brendan Venter connected for a three-run homer in the sixth inning.

Danville Braves 1, Pulaski Yankees 2

Box Score

  • Justin Smith, LF: 2-3, 2B, .229/.357/.471
  • Ricardo Rodriguez, C: 1-3, HR, BB, .242/.339/.347
  • Jake Higginbotham, SP: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1.01 ERA

Danville lost a pitchers’ duel as they fell to Pulaski by the score of 2-1. Ricardo Rodriguez connected for his second home run of the season, which is a welcome sight since he had cooled off after a hot start to the season. Continue to keep an eye on Jake Higginbotham as he has been arguably Danville’s best performing pitcher this season. The Braves have managed his innings carefully due to a long college season and his injury history, but the guy knows how to pitch on both sides of the plate, is striking out better than a batter an inning, and has given up a total of three earned runs since being drafted.