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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Folty has a strong outing, Shewmake and Harris keep raking

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A full night down on the farm with strong performances from faces old and new

Atlanta Braves prospects having fun in Rome. Eric Cole

Gwinnett Stripers 5, Indianapolis Indians 2

Box Score

  • Jonathan Morales, C: 2-4, RBI, .891 OPS
  • Luis Marte, 2B: 3-4, 2B, RBI, .643 OPS
  • Mike Foltynewicz, SP: 7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 4.97 ERA

Mike Foltynewicz had a strong outing and Gwinnett took advantage of some poor defense to defeat Indianapolis 5-2. Folty getting sent down to Gwinnett after he put up an All-Star campaign last year garnered a lot of press, but it appears that he has taken the move to heart and pitched into the 8th inning while striking out eight batters. He only gave up two extra base hits on the evening (both doubles) and he only walked a single batter. Dan Winkler closed the game out with and inning and a third of scoreless relief.

The offense was a bit sparse from Gwinnett as only Luis Marte and Jonathan Morales had multi-hit games for Gwinnett. One could look at Adam Duvall’s 0-4 and no RBI night and be disappointed, however his at-bat proved to be the most consequential for the Stripers on Saturday. In the bottom of the first, he grounded into a double play which scored the Stripers first run and in the fifth inning, he reached on a fielder’s choice during which a throwing error resulted in Gwinnett scoring two runs and Duvall ending up on second base.

Mississippi Braves 3, Jackson Generals 7

Box Score

  • Cristian Pache, CF: 2-5, 2B, .887 OPS
  • Riley Unroe, 3B: 3-5, R, .752 OPS
  • Tyler Neslony, 4-5, RBI, R, .810 OPS
  • Kyle Muller, SP: 6.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 3.49 ERA

Kyle Muller had his third bad start in his past five outings as Mississippi fell to Jackson by the score of 7-3. Given that Muller has been so good this season, one cannot draw too many conclusions from his recent stretch, but Saturday was the third time in his past five outings that he gave up five earned runs or more. The good news is that in the other two, walks were a big problem whereas in Saturday’s start he was not giving out a bunch of free passes. Claudio Custodio and Josh Graham combined for 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, but the damage had already been done.

On offense, Drew Waters had the day off after a recent dry spell at the plate, but Cristian Pache just keeps hitting as he had another multi-hit game. He has hit safely in 16 of his past 18 games with six multi-hit games during that stretch. In short, he is quite good. Tyler Neslony and Riley Unroe had big nights at the plate as well with four and three hits for them respectively. Greyson Jenista continues to struggle mightily as his line is now all the way down to .140/.281/.180 and he has looked completely overmatched really for the entire season including his time in Florida.

Florida Fire Frogs 6, Tampa Tarpons 1

Box Score

  • Trey Harris, DH: 3-5, 3 RBI, R, .955 OPS
  • Jefrey Ramos, LF: 2-4, RBI, R, .691 OPS
  • Brooks Wilson, SP: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1.57 ERA

In the most unsurprising news of the evening, Trey Harris had another big game as Florida took down Tampa by the score of 6-1. Brooks Wilson made his second start of the season and was lights out for the Fire Frogs in going five innings and giving up just a single hit along the way. Its interesting to see him make a start here and there and he has quietly had himself an excellent season. Lukas Young and Troy Bacon finished the game out with four innings of scoreless relief.

On offense, there’s that man again. Trey Harris had three hits and three RBIs to help drive the offense yet again. To put his season in perspective, he has more than twice as many multi-hit games (29) than he does no hit games (14) in 2019 despite being promoted to high-A along the way. Jefrey Ramos had a multi-hit game as well with Drew Lugbauer and Brett Langhorne driving in runs for the Fire Frogs along the way.

Rome Braves 7, Greenville Drive 6

Box Score

  • Justin Dean, CF: 2-5, HR, RBI, .827 OPS
  • Braden Shewmake, SS: 2-5, 2B, 1.120 OPS
  • Shea Langeliers, C: 1-4, 2B, RBI, R, .767 OPS
  • Gabriel Noguera, SP: 3 IP, 6 H, 4 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 3.71 ERA

Rome mounted a strong offense early and held off Greenville to secure a 7-6 win on Saturday. The only real damage that came off of Gabriel Noguera was a grand slam which was all unearned runs as the inning would have been over if not for an error by third baseman Ariel Montesino. Jake Higginbotham followed with three innings of one run relief and Kasey Kalich, a member of the 2019 draft class, made his second professional appearance and gave up an unearned run.

On offense, Braden Shewmake is making low-A look easy as he has hit safely in eight straight games with six of those being multi-hit games. The six extra-base hits are particularly welcome. Shea Langeliers had a hit and an RBI. He is already impressing a lot of people with his work behind the plate as well as with the bat although the results at the plate haven’t come quite as much yet. Justin Dean connected for his fourth home run of the season and Jeremy Fernandez hit his third triple of the season.

Danville Braves 3, Pulaski Yankees 4

Box Score

  • Cody Milligan, 2B: 2-4, R,
  • Beau Philip, SS: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB, .481 OPS
  • Zach Seipel, SP: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 3 K

Danville lost a tight one to Pulaski by the score of 4-3. Beau Philip hit his first home run as a professional while driving in two of Danville’s three runs on the evening in the top of the first. Cody Milligan had a multi-hit game as well, but beyond that....the offense was a bit sparse. It also wasn’t the cleanest game defensively as Philip, Milligan, and Cody Birdsong all had errors.

GCL Braves 0, GCL Rays 5

Box Score

  • Stephen Paolini, RF: 0-3, BB, .330 OPS
  • Michael Harris, CF: 0-2, BB, .828 OPS
  • Tyler Owens, SP: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

We won’t linger here long as the GCL Braves had a tough night in their 5-0 loss to there Rays counterparts. Tyler Owens, one of the Braves’ more exciting Day Three picks in the 2019 draft, had a very solid debit with two innings of one run ball while striking out a pair of batters. The offense was lacking as they only had a single hit.