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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 8/6: Kyle Muller debuts in Double-A

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A limited slate of games in the minors is highlighted by Kyle Muller making his debut for Mississippi.

Jeff Morris

Mississippi Braves 9, Chattanooga Lookouts 4

Box Score

  • Tyler Neslony, RF: 2-4, HR, RBI, BB, .252/.308/.336
  • Alejandro Salazar, 2B: 3-4, BB, run, .345/.370/.398
  • Daniel Lockhart, 3B: 2-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, .239/.326/.370
  • Kyle Muller, SP: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 3.38 ERA

Kyle Muller had a strong debut in Double-A as the Braves thumped Chattanooga by the score of 9-4. After surprisingly getting the bump to Double-A earlier in the day, Muller pitched into the sixth inning and gave up just a pair of earned runs (one of those was an inherited runner that was allowed to score) while striking out four batters. He was reportedly hitting 94-96 with his fastball which is really good news for those who continued to believe is him through his struggles last season. Thomas Burrows gave up a pair of earned runs of his own in addition to letting an inherited runner to score, but Josh Graham and Corbin Clouse both threw scoreless innings of relief to secure the win. Clouse has been particularly impressive lately as he has given up just one earned run over his last 12 appearances while striking out 24 batters. In short, he is due for a promotion and could easily see time in the big leagues this season.

It was a well-rounded effort on offense from Mississippi on this night with Alejandro Salazar, Tyler Neslony, Luis Valenzuela, Carlos Martinez, and Daniel Lockhart all recording multi-hit games. Lockhart stood out as he had a pair of extra-base hits including his sixth home run of the season and Neslony connected for his third homer as well. Travis Demeritte went 0-4 and is batting just .059 over his last ten games.

Florida Fire Frogs 2, Palm Beach Cardinals 3

Box Score

  • Drew Waters, CF: 2-5, .211/.286/.211
  • William Contreras, DH: 2-3, RBI, BB, .455/.571/.545
  • Connor Johnstone, SP: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2.63 ERA

Some of the newer additions to the roster performed well, but the Fire Frogs still fell short due to some rough bullpen work by the score of 3-2. Ian Anderson was a late scratch from his start, so in his place Connor Johnstone came in and gave the team five scoreless innings. Unfortunately, after a strong relief appearance from Brandon White, Sean McLaughlin put some runners on in the top of the ninth inning, Jon Kennedy came into the game and three runners scored under his watch to let Palm Beach steal the lead and ultimately get a win.

Drew Waters had a multi-hit game in the leadoff spot for the first time (of likely many times) in high-A. William Contreras has not seemed phased at all by his promotion to Florida as he has hit safely in three of the first four games he has played for Florida. Kevin Josephina reached base three times including a pair of hits.

Danville Braves 4, Burlington Royals 2

Box Score

  • CJ Alexander, 3B: 2-4, 3B, RBI, .370/.435/.521
  • Nicholas Vizcaino, DH: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, .162/.215/.230
  • Jose Montilla, SP: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 3.51 ERA

Danville pulled away from Burlington in the middle innings of the game as the Braves beat the Royals by the score of 4-2. While a big chunk of the more talented players for Danville are already in full season ball, there are still some really interesting players there seemingly headlined by CJ Alexander. We are talking about rookie ball in a small sample, but between the GCL and Danville, but Alexander has posted a 1.007 OPS in 28 games in the minors which is quite good.

GCL Braves 5, GCL Pirates 1

Box Score

  • Braulio Vasquez, 2B: 2-5, run, .279/.317/.450
  • Ray Hernandez, 1B: 2-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, .286/.369/.500
  • Lisandro Santos, SP: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 3.97 ERA

The GCL Braves used the tried and true method of good pitching and good hitting to handily defeat the GCL Pirates by the score of 5-1. Braulio Vasquez and Ray Hernandez each had multi-hit games with Hernandez connecting for his fourth home run of the season. The rest of the Braves runs were aided heavily by a tough day for the opposing catcher, in particular in the 8th inning that saw two wild pitches and two passed balls. Yay rookie ball!