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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 6/16: Victor Vodnik, William Contreras, Greyson Jenista highlight day

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On a winless day in the farm system, we saw two struggling bats get going and one of the most interesting young arms in the system put up another strong performance.

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Sunday saw the Braves farm system play three games, and lose each one. While we did see two of the top starting pitcher prospects in the system struggle on the day, we may have seen the step forward needed for both of the recent bats promoted to Mississippi, as well as another big appearance from Victor Vodnik, and more production out of Travis Demeritte in Triple A.

Syracuse Mets 7, Gwinnett Stripers 6

Boxscore

  • Jonathan Morales, C: 2-3, 2 RBI, HR, 1.199 OPS
  • Travis Demeritte, LF: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, SB, 2 BB, .942 OPS
  • Bryse Wilson, SP: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 7 K, 4.11 ERA

This game featured a pair of big league caliber pitchers in Bryse Wilson and Ervin Santana, but that didn’t stop 13 runs from being scored. Wilson allowed five runs over his six innings, giving up a pair of homers to the Mets, as he allowed eight hits and no walks while striking out seven. Wes Parsons came in relief and allowed two more runs over his two innings of work.

The Mets weren’t the only team to hit some homers, as Rafael Ortega and Jonathan Morales both homered for the Stripers. Morales, who went two for three on the day, has been quietly putting together a strong season with a 1.199 OPS when he’s been healthy. Travis Demeritte doubled, stole a base, walked twice, and picked up an outfield assist on the day, as he just keeps producing in Triple A.

Probable 6/17 Starter: Off day

Mobile BayBears 6, Mississippi Braves 2

Boxscore

  • William Contreras, C: 2-4, 2B, RBI, .405 OPS
  • Greyson Jenista, RF: 2-4, .412 OPS
  • Kyle Muller, SP: 4 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 BB, 7 K, 3.18 ERA

Kyle Muller’s streak of great starts came to a close on Sunday, as he pitched the same way he did early in the year. Muller struggled with his command the same way we saw early in the year when everyone was concerned, giving up five walks, a wild pitch, and hit batter, while throwing just 45 of his 87 pitches for strikes. Hopefully Muller just had an off day and bounces back to the form we saw over the last two months with his next start. The rest of the Braves pitching staff was lights out, as four guys pitched five scoreless innings. Claudio Custudio went two innings, then one inning apiece from Jason Hursh, Jeremy Walker, and Thomas Burrows, allowing no hits and just one combined walk.

William Contreras may have had his Double A breakout, picking up a multi-hit game and his first double, while Greyson Jenista also had a potential breakout with a multi-hit game. Neither player had recorded a multi-hit game since the recent promotion to Mississippi and each was really struggling with the bat, but this may have just been the breakthrough they needed to get rolling as both are quality hitters in spite of what the numbers from Florida may say. On a day off for Cristian Pache, Drew Waters started in center field and went two for five with a pair of singles. Ray-Patrick Didder singled and doubled, joining Riley Unroe and Tyler Neslony in the multi-hit group in the loss.

Probable 6/17 Starter: Off day

Augusta GreenJackets 3, Rome Braves 2 - 10 innings

Boxscore

  • Griffin Benson, 1B: 1-4, HR, 2 RBI, .697 OPS
  • Gabriel Noguera, SP: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 3.72 ERA
  • Victor Vodnik, RP: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1.70 ERA

Gabriel Noguera got the start and went five solid innings, giving up two runs in the third and then shutting the door from that point on. Victor Vodnik got a chance to finish the game, and as usual he was great. Vodnik went four scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk while striking out two, and dropping his ERA on the year to 1.70. Unfortunately the Rome offense was non-existent outside of one two run homer, so this one went into extra innings where Jake Higginbotham allowed the runner starting the inning on base to come around and score.

The offense was a two run shot from Griffin Benson, his sixth of the year. Jose Bermudez went two for three with a walk to reach base three times out of the ninth spot in the order, while eighth place hitter Ariel Montesino went two for four with a steal. Andrew Moritz was the only other player to reach base twice, going one for four with a walk.

Probable 6/17 Starter: Off day