It was a good thing all eyes were on the 2019 MLB draft on Monday night. The Atlanta Braves farm system went an underwhelming 1-3 on the night. The lone win came thanks to the big bats of Travis Demeritte and Adam Duvall, while some of the more exciting pitching prospects had forgettable evenings.
Let’s take a look at how it went down on Monday night.
Gwinnett Stripers 7, Charlotte Knights 5
- Travis Demeritte, LF: 1-for-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI
- Adam Duvall, DH: 2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI
- Huascar Ynoa: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
At what point can we call Gwinnett games the Travis Demeritte Show? He’s now reached base in 35 straight games, with Monday night’s grand slam extending the streak. He did strike out twice, the first time he struck out in three games, and he didn’t walk, also the first time in three games he didn’t do so. Still, Demeritte is having a fine season, now hitting .297 with a .991 OPS.
There were plenty of hits to go around as the Stripers amassed 13. Duvall had a two-homer day to give him 17 on the year, while Pedro Florimon, Sean Kazmar, Jr., and Ryan LaMarre all had multi-hit nights.
Ynoa wasn’t particularly impressive, however, he wasn’t terrible. He landed 47 of 78 pitches for strikes and had more ground outs than fly balls (5:2). He did allow two runs and they both came off the long ball. Shane Carle was not impressive in two innings of relief, allowing three runs, but Jose Rafael De Paula picked up his sixth save in the Gwinnett victory.
Tuesday’s probable: Kyle Wright
Biloxi Shuckers 3, Mississippi Braves 0
- Cristian Pache, CF: 0-for-4
- Drew Waters, LF: 0-for-3, 1 SB
- Tucker Davidson: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
It wasn’t a terrible start for Davidson, who landed 54 of his 86 pitches for strikes and induced five ground balls to three fly outs, there was simply no offense for the M-Braves on Monday night. It was one crooked inning, a three-run third, that did him in and unfortunately the damage was done on back-to-back home runs. He had allowed just one all season before that. Jeremy Walker continues to show success in his new bullpen role, posting his fifth consecutive scoreless appearance.
Offensively, it was the bottom of the order that provided the highlights. Alejando Salazar Jonathan Morales accounted for four of Mississippi with two-hit nights each. The fifth hit? That was your starting pitcher Tucker Davidson. The top five hitters went 0-for-19 with Drew Waters walk the lone person reaching base.
Tuesday’s probable: Jasseel De La Cruz
Fort Myers Miracle 5, Florida Fire Frogs 2
- Jefrey Ramos, LF: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
- Riley Delgado, SS: 1-for-4, 1 R
- Freddy Tarnok: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
The Tarnok struggles continue, and wondering if heading to Florida after just a half a season as a starter was a bit to aggressive for the raw right-hander. Tarnok has now let up three or more runs in six of his last seven starts, albeit Monday was his second shortest outing during that span. Fort Myers jumped on Tarnok early, dropping three runs in the first inning following a walk with three-straight hits. The silver lining? Tarnok started the game by striking out Minnesota Twins prospect Royce Lewis.
At the plate, Jefrey Ramos continues to prove that he may be an intriguing prospect to start to pay much more attention to this season. He extended his hitting streak to 10 games on Monday with his second three-hit night in a row. We saw the exciting power potential last season in Rome, but this year he’s showing to be a little more of a hitter, including a two triple performance on Monday. Greyson Jenista drove in a run on a sac fly and William Contreras recorded a hit for the other top prospects in the lineup.
Tuesday’s probable: TBD
Columbia Fireflies 5, Rome Braves 2
- Logan Brown, C: 1-for-3, 1 RBI
- Trey Harris, LF: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1.031 OPS
- Alan Rangel: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 K
After hovering around the .500 mark, Rome has been struggling, now losers of its third game in a row. Rangel allow four runs for the third time in his past four starts and struggled to get out of the third inning on Monday. He landed just 37 of his 60 pitches for strikes in a forgettable performance. Dilmer Mejia was strong in 3.1 innings of relief, but perhaps the most promising was a shutout performance from Jake Higginbotham, his second in a row.
At the plate, Rome had four hits and three of them were amongst the usual suspects. Greg Cullen (12) and Trey Harris (14) each doubled while Logan Brown and Carlos Paraguate singled.
Tuesday’s probable: Gabriel Noguera