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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Drew Waters earns player of the week as All Star week hits the farm

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Just the Florida Fire Frogs were in action as the Mississippi and Rome Braves gear up for the All Star Game.

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It was a quiet night on the farm with the Rome Braves and Mississippi Braves preparing for the South Atlantic League and Southern League All Star Games Tuesday, June 18. Only the Fire Frogs were scheduled to play.

Before we get to what happened in the Sunshine State, let’s take a quick look around the minors.

Waters wins Southern League Player of the Week

Well, duh. The 20-year-old is putting up a Southern League MVP season, and last week only added to his huge numbers. He hit .444 with two home runs and a 1.181 OPS and extended his hitting streak to 13 games, and his on-base streak is now at 25. Waters also leads the Southern League in hitting (.338), hits (93), runs (42), doubles (23), total bases (147), slugging percentage (.535), and OPS (.916). You know, the ol’ Septuple Crown.

Pache leading off for the SL South All Stars

Waters is joined by his outfield mate in the Southern League South lineup. Cristian Pache is leading off, but playing right field, not his normal home. Waters is batting third and is in left. Ian Anderson, Tucker Davidson, Jeremy Walker and Kyle Muller join them in the bullpen. Reminder, that’s Southern League ERA leader Tucker Davidson and Southern League strikeout leaders Ian Anderson (93) and Kyle Muller (86). All Walker has done has completely redefined himself as a viable reliever at his highest level. No biggie.

Logan Brown highlights SAL all stars

Rome is sending four young Braves to the All Star Game in Charleston on Tuesday, kind of. Trey Harris earned the honors but is too busy recording multi-hit games in the Florida State League to play in the game. Brown earned an all star nod after finishing the first half with a .301/.351/.383 slash line. He’s joined by second baseman Greg Cullen and pitcher Jose Montilla.

Daytona Tortugas 6, Florida Fire Frogs 4

The Fire Frogs haven’t played in what seems like an eternity. Some of the Florida roster saw some action in the FSL All Star Game this past Saturday with Hayden Deal and Brandon S. White each tossing a shutout inning, with Deal striking out two of the three hitters he faced. It wasn’t so pretty Monday night.

Box score

  • Riley Delgado, SS: 1-for-5, 1 RBI
  • Drew Lugbauer, 1B: 2-for-4, 1 HR
  • Trey Harris, RF: 0-for-3, 3 K

Matt Hartman, the 23-year-old right-hander, made his second start for Florida, and it went slightly better than his first one. Hartman went five innings and allowed four earned runs (five altogether) while walking four and striking out four. The Fire Frogs were playing comeback baseball all night, trailing 5-0 by the fourth.

And comeback they did, almost. Delgado started the attack with an RBI single. A couple of home runs, one by Rome Braves legend and Florida State League All Star Kevin Josephina and the other by the struggling Drew Lugbauer. Jefrey Ramos added on the only other Florida hit with his eighth double of the year in the eighth inning. Florida is now 25-42 on the season.

Tuesday’s 6/17 probable starter: TBD

Gwinnett Stripers — Off

Tuesday’s 6/17 probable pitcher: Kolby Allard

Mississippi Braves — Off

Tuesday’s 6/17 probable pitcher: None, Southern League All Star Game

Rome Braves — Off

Tuesday’s 6/17 probable pitcher: None, South Atlantic League All Star Game