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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: AJ Graffanino continues strong season

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Over his last 15 games AJ has hit .397/.410/.483, with at least two hits in eight those 15 games.

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(65-59) Rome Braves 8, (61-61) Delmarva Shorebirds 2

  • Justin Dean, CF: 1-for-5 2R, 2RBI, .292/.378/.431
  • AJ Graffanino, SS: 2-for-4, 2RBI, .361/.388/.454
  • Jefrey Ramos, DH: 0-for-4, BB, .239/.285/.409
  • Drew Lugbauer, C: 1-for-4, R, BB, .235/.312/.381
  • Keith Weisenberg, SP: 8.0IP 6H 2R 1ER 1BB 5K

Box Score

Have a night Mr Weisenberg who carved through eight fantastic innings en route to picking up his second win of the season for Rome. Keith struck out five over eight innings of work - good enough for a spectacular 73 game score. The 22-year old out of Stanford has found a nice little home in Rome - as he’s put up a strikeout rate of 9.2 K/9, and a walk rate of 3.1 BB/9. It was a nice bounce back start after he lasted just four innings in his last start on the 15th of August. On the season Weisenberg is 3-4 3.26 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and .250 average against. Following him was recently promoted Brooks Wilson who gave up one hit while preserving the win. Brooks has overall been fantastic this season since being drafted - going 2-1 with a 1.14 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and .220 batting average against. Crazy to think he hasn’t been a pitcher for that long.

The top of the lineup did a great job last night - with Dean and Graffanino going 3-for-9 with a triple (Dean), and four RBI combined between the two. Hagen Owenby went 2-for-4 and hit his first homer of the season in the eighth inning. The team isn’t quite the same since the start of the season because of promotions, but the new college draftees are beginning to make themselves quite the name for themselves on their own. The undersized Justin Dean is in the midst of a fantastic season - with an .852 OPS between two levels. Dean went from a small school, Lenoir-Rhyne, and has faired quite well against higher ceiling talent. One thing is for certain - the college draftees selected later in the draft from this year have far exceeded the results of the college draftees from last season. Rome is now 25-30 in the second half but seem to be turning things around and hitting their stride with the playoffs coming up.

(30-29) Danville Braves 0, (19-40) Burlington Royals 2 - F/7

  • Brett Langhorne, 3B: 1-for-3, .298/.397/.363
  • Greg Cullen, 2B: 1-for-2, BB, .286/.389/.390
  • Ryan Shetter, RP: 3.1IP 2H 0R 0BB 1K

Box Score

This rain shortened game gave Burlington just their 19th win of the season as Danville struggled a lot against Royals pitcher Marcelo Martinez. Danville collected just three hits, all singles, in the loss. Greg Cullen and Rusber Estrada were the only two players to get on base more than once, with Rusber reaching first via walk twice. As a team they went 0-for-1 with runners in scoring position, stranded six on base, and hit into two double plays - not exactly the offensive explosion you hope for.

Starting pitcher Matt Hartman lasted just 2.2 innings while walking three, giving up two earned runs on five hits. Ryan Shetter pitched a scoreless 3.1 innings to keep Danville in the game until the game was ultimately called due to rain.

(58-65) Mississippi Braves -, (61-61) Mobile BayBears - POSTPONED

(58-65) Mississippi Braves -, (61-61) Mobile BayBears - POSTPONED

Both games of the Mississippi Braves double header were postponed due to rain.