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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 6/9: Winless day on the farm led by Fernandez breakout

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We may seen the Braves go winless on the farm on Sunday, but this could be the game that gets Jeremy Fernandez going.

Atlanta Braves prospects having fun in Rome.
Trey Harris keeps producing after being promoted.
Eric Cole

Sunday was not a fun day in the Braves minor league system, as we had three losses and a rainout happening during the same time El Abusador was leading an improbable comeback against Miami to get the Braves within a game of the Phillies. We didn’t see much going on at the plate, as two of the three teams in action really struggled to get anything going, and the other was mostly led by an offensive outburst from one player. The pitching was hit or miss, as one starter struggled, one was adequate, and one was chased by rain after just an inning of work.

Durham Bulls 10, Gwinnett Stripers 2

Boxscore

  • Adam Duvall, LF: 1-3, BB, R, .971 OPS
  • Kyle Wright, SP: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 7.22 ERA
  • Huascar Ynoa, RP: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 5.63 ERA

This game did not go the way Gwinnett wanted it to go. Kyle Wright got the start and continued his past month of struggles, failing to make it five full innings before having to leave the game. Wright did only allow three runs over his four and two thirds innings of work, so it’s not as though he was responsible for the 10 runs against the Stripers. The team was still in the game when he left- until Jason Creasy followed with five runs allowed in two thirds of an inning, really opening the game up. Huascar Ynoa followed with two and two thirds and allowed only one base runner, though it was a solo homer, while striking out two. Wes Parsons also allowed a solo shot in the ninth to account for the final Durham run.

As rough a day as it was for the pitching, the bats struggled just as much. Adam Duvall going one for three with a walk and a run was probably the top performance of the day along with a single and double out of Andres Blanco. Rafael Ortega also walked and singled, and was the final member of the lineup to reach base twice on Sunday. Alex Jackson singled in four at bats in the loss.

Probable 6/10 Starter: Off Day

Mississippi Braves- PPD Rain

This game was rained out and set to be made up on Tuesday 6/11, as today is being used to finish a suspended game in addition to the already scheduled game.

Probable 6/10 Starter: Claudio Custudio

Tampa Tarpons 5, Florida Fire Frogs 0

Boxscore

  • Trey Harris, RF: 2-4, 2B, SB, .980 OPS
  • Izzy Wilson, DH: 1-4, 2B, .638 OPS
  • Hayden Deal, SP: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1.88 ERA

Hayden Deal had his shortest start of the season, giving up a two out two run homer to Dermis Garcia in the first inning before a rain delay knocked him out after the inning. With Deal done early it became a bullpen game quickly, with Lukas Young giving up a pair of runs in two and a third innings, followed by Daysbel Hernandez going three and a third scoreless innings of his own, and being finished off with Brandon White giving up a run in his inning and a third.

Trey Harris keeps producing, and Sunday saw him single, double, and steal a base- giving him his second double since his promotion to Florida this past week. Unfortunately that was all the production from the Fire Frogs bats on the day as Yankees prospect Frank German and the Tampa bullpen shut the Frogs out. Izzy Wilson managed a double in four trips, but that was the only other extra base hit in this game. Both Riley Delgado and Raysheandall Michel singled and walked, making them along with Harris the Frogs to reach base multiple times.

Probable 6/10 Starter: TBD

Lexington Legends 7, Rome Braves 5- 11 innings

Boxscore

  • Jeremy Fernandez, CF: 5-5, 2 R, SB, .681 OPS
  • Derian Cruz, 3B: 1-3, BB, R, 2B, .643 OPS
  • Alan Rangel, SP: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 5.46 ERA

Alan Rangel got the start and went five solid innings, giving up three runs, before giving way to the bullpen. Last year’s 9th round draft choice, Ryan Shetter, made his Rome debut and allowed a run over two innings of work to follow Rangel. Luis Mora followed with two scoreless innings of his own, and we were tied at four after nine innings. In the 10th, William Woods gave up a run, but Rome tied it up to force an 11th inning. Jake Higginbotham gave up a pair of runs in the final inning, and took the tough loss considering the minor league extra inning rules starting runners on base.

The star of this game was toolsy outfielder Jeremy Fernandez, who went a perfect five for five with a steal and a pair of runs scored. The star of last year’s GCL Braves didn’t show up until the very end of May, and only started getting regular playing time about a week ago. Derian Cruz added a double in his three at bats, along with a walk, and Henry Quintero singled, doubled, and took a walk in his six trips to the plate.

Probable 6/10 Starter: Dallas Keuchel