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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 8/24: Tucker Davidson pitches a gem, CJ Alexander keeps hitting

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As the minor league season winds down, some of the usual suspects had strong games down on the farm.

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Mississippi Braves 3, Biloxi Shuckers 0

Boxscore

  • Travis Demeritte, LF: 2-3, 2B, .224/.322/.418
  • Michael Mader, SP: 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 K, 3.71 ERA
  • Thomas Burrows, RP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1.98 ERA

The Braves combined for a shutout on Friday. Michael Mader went seven scoreless, giving up six hits and four walks against a strong Biloxi lineup. Thomas Burrows finished the game off by going two perfect innings out of the pen to pick up his third save since reaching Double A.

Travis Demeritte keeps hitting and on Friday he went two for three with another double, bringing his season long OPS to a respectable .740. That’s a long way from where he was a couple of months ago, and a sign that he may not be done as a prospect. Alejandro Salazar also had a two hit game, and that along with Demeritte accounted for four of the team’s six total hits. Cristian Pache added a hit in four at bats.

Next Game: Saturday 8/25 hosting Biloxi @ 7 PM. Probable Starters: Mississippi-Kyle Muller, Biloxi-Zack Brown

Lakeland Flying Tigers 2, Florida Fire Frogs 0

Boxscore

  • CJ Alexander, 3B: 2-4, 2 2B, .379/.400/.534
  • Drew Waters, CF: 1-4, 2B, .266/.310/.362
  • Tucker Davidson, SP: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 4.18 ERA

Tucker Davidson pitched great, giving up four hits and a walk in six scoreless innings. Unfortunately the offense failed to score and his bullpen let him down, so he has nothing to show for his strong start. The pen was one guy, Tyler Watson, and he gave up two runs in his three innings- or all that Lakeland needed for the win.

CJ Alexander keeps doing big things. Friday the Braves 20th round draft choice had two more hits- both of them being doubles, as he keeps hitting in High A. Drew Waters also added a double in the loss. Outside of those two an Izzy Wilson single was the only base hit by the Fire Frogs.

Next Game: Saturday 8/25 hosting Lakeland @ 6:31 PM. Probable Starters: Florida-Tucker Davidson, Lakeland-Gregory Soto

West Virginia Power 6, Rome Braves 4

Boxscore

  • AJ Graffanino, SS: 2-4, .352/.378/.448
  • Trey Harris, RF: 2-3, 2B, SB, .267/.333/.378
  • Troy Bacon, RP: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1.88 ERA

Odalvi Javier started and was solid, giving up three runs(two earned) over five and a third innings. Javier allowed five hits and a pair of walks and was in line for the win until the bullpen gave up a lead late. Troy Bacon came on next and in his inning and two thirds, he had two strikeouts while allowing just one base runner. Kelvin Rodriguez was touched for a run in the eighth and two more in the ninth, and took the blown save as well as the loss.

Like Alexander in High A, AJ Graffanino just hasn’t stopped hitting as a pro. Friday saw him get two more hits to raise his average even more. Trey Harris singled, doubled, and stole a base in a strong game for him as he starts to adjust after his recent promotion. The only other Brave with multiple hits was Hagen Owenby.

Next Game: Saturday 8/25 hosting West Virginia @ 6 PM. Probable Starters: Rome-Freddy Tarnok, West Virginia-Samuel Reyes

Princeton Rays 4, Danville Braves 0

Boxscore

  • Greg Cullen, SS: 1-4, CS, .290/.385/.410
  • Dilmer Mejia, SP: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 2.87 ERA
  • Nolan Kingham, RP: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3.57 ERA

Odalvi Javier started and struggled, giving up 8 hits, a walk and 3 runs over 6 innings. Javier faced a very good Princeton team that has Wander Franco (2-4, 2B) on it, so you can’t feel too bad. Nolan Kingham came in for the final 2 innings and did an ok job giving up 3 hits, a run while recording no walks or strikeouts.

The Braves had to face off against Shane McClanahan, one of the top LHP in this year’s draft and thankfully he only went 3 innings. However, Rodolfo Sanchez came in after and dominated just as much as McClanahan. Only Greg Cullen, Rusber Estrada and Luis Mejia even managed to get a hit in this game.

Next Game: Saturday 8/25 visiting Princeton @ 7 PM. Probable Starters: Danville-TBD, Princeton-TBD

GCL Pirates 7, GCL Braves 2

Boxscore

  • Jeremy Fernandez, CF: 2-4, 2 2B, .287/.328/.503
  • Juan Morales, SS: 2-3, R, .202/.281/.233
  • Miguel Jerez, SP: 5 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 3.90 ERA

Miguel Jerez started and by his high standards struggled, giving up nine hits and three runs over four innings. Jerez, who dominated the league out of the pen last year has moved to the rotation this year and has been mostly solid before one of his weaker outings of the year. William Woods came in relief and gave up four runs on four hits and three walks in his two and two thirds innings. Yoeli Lopez came in to try to finish this one off, and after walking a batter did pick up a strikeout to close it out.

Jeremy Fernandez was the star at the plate again, going two for four with both hits going for doubles. Outside of a Logan Brown double, these were the only extra base hits in the game by the Braves, as a lack of offense put them in a spot where they never got truly back into the game. Juan Morales also added two hits, bringing his average back over .200 for the year.

Next Game: Saturday 8/25 hosting GCL Tigers West @ 10 AM. Probable Starters: GCL Braves-TBD, GCL Tigers West-TBD