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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Orlando Arcia 3 HR game, new pitching prospect emerges

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Sunday was an exciting day on the farm, led by a new breakout prospect and Orlando Arcia continued his hot streak with a three homer game.

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Hard to ask for more action in one day than we saw Sunday, as a new pitching prospect emerged in Low A- a player that will significantly rise up the rankings of our top prospect list at its next revision, and Orlando Arcia just continued to mash with an absolute monster game. Matt Withrow was shoving in Mississippi, while we saw quality games from the likes of CJ Alexander, Bryce Elder, Michael Harris, Vaughn Grissom, Trey Riley, and Willie Carter.

Gwinnett Stripers 12, Charlotte Knights 9 - 10 innings

Box score

  • Orlando Arcia, DH: 3-4, BB, 4 R, 4 RBI, 3 HR
  • Johan Camargo, 3B: 1-4, 2 BB, 2 R, RBI
  • Travis Demeritte, LF: 1-4, 2 BB, 2 RBI, HR
  • Abraham Almonte, RF: 3-5, BB, R, 2 RBI, 2B
  • Kyle Muller, SP: 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

Top prospect Kyle Muller got the start against a pretty loaded Charlotte offense that features some former big leaguers and some prospects, and he ended up fairing as expected- showing both the promise of his stuff and the questions of his control. Not to say it was a bad outing, as it certainly wasn’t, but it was one with some ups and downs. Dylan Lee followed with two scoreless innings, and Daysbel Hernandez added one of his own before Mitch Horacek allowed a run in his inning. With a chance to put the game away, Edgar Santana allowed three runs in the ninth to tie it up. After the Stripers scored four runs in the top of the 10th veteran Jesse Chavez pitched the bottom of the inning, allowing one run to score, but finishing off the Knights quickly.

The story of the day in the minors may have been Orlando Arcia as the red hot shortstop hit three more homers Sunday to bring his first week total to five. Travis Demeritte added a homer of his own - his third of the season, and another hot bat, Abraham Almonte went 3-5 with a double. Also of note, Johan Camargo went 1-4, but drew a pair of walks to reach base in half of his plate appearances on the day.

Next game Tuesday May 11th vs Louisville @ 7:05 PM.

Probable starters: Gwinnett - TBD, Louisville - Tony Santillan

Mississippi Braves 6, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2 - 7 innings

Box score

  • Jacob Pearson: 1-3, 2 RBI, HR
  • CJ Alexander, 3B: 1-3, 3 RBI, HR
  • Matt Withrow, SP: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
  • Kurt Hoekstra, RP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K
  • Josh Graham, RP: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

It seems Matt Withrow can be forgotten about at times by the fan base with all the other arms that have been in the system and the amount of time he has been hurt since he was drafted, but Sunday showed just what Withrow can be when he’s out there on the mound. Four innings of one run ball where he was in control the whole time, minus one long ball against him, and this game was never in doubt. Kurt Hoekstra was unhittable in his two innings, allowing just a pair of walks before Josh Graham struck out the side between allowing a run in his inning.

CJ Alexander hit his first homer of the season in the first inning, a three run shot that ended up being all the offense the pitching staff needed. Rule 5 draftee Jacob Pearson, a former high draft choice by the Angels, added a two run homer in the fourth. Wendell Rijo went 3-3 with a pair of doubles. Among the other notable prospects, Braden Shewmake (0-4) and Shea Langeliers (0-3) both went hitless, while Greyson Jenista went 1-2 with a sac fly, Justin Dean was 1-1 with a walk, and Trey Harris went 0-2 with a walk

Next game Tuesday May 11th at Biloxi @ 7:35 PM.

Probable starters - Mississippi - TBD, Biloxi - TBD

Winston-Salem Dash 5, Rome Braves 4 - 10 innings

Box score

  • Riley Delgado, 2B: 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, HR, SB
  • Michael Harris, CF: 1-4, BB
  • Bryce Elder, SP: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
  • Trey Riley, RP: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Bryce Elder got the start and pitched very well overall in five innings of work. He went on to allow three runs, but only one was earned on a day filled with rough defensive play. The fifth round pick last summer continues to show why he was a steal that late in the draft. Trey Riley followed and dominated, pitching three innings and only allowing one hit without giving up a walk as he struck out five hitters. Unfortunately Zach Daniels struggled badly with his command, and the Braves ended up losing this one in extra innings.

There wasn’t much positive to talk about with the lineup outside of Riley Delgado having a big game. The shortstop was playing second base and went 3-4 with a walk, homer, steal, and a pair of runs scored and RBI. Outside of Delgado, Michael Harris went 1-4 with a walk and was really the only other positive on the day.

Next game Tuesday May 11th at Greensboro @ 6:30 PM.

Probable starters- Rome - TBD, Greensboro - TBD

Columbia Fireflies 9, Augusta GreenJackets 4

Box score

  • Vaughn Grissom, SS: 2-4, RBI, R
  • Willie Carter, RF: 2-4, RBI, BB
  • Roddery Munoz, SP: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K
  • Tyler Owens, RP: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
  • Brent Burgess, RP: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

There he is, the new breakout prospect mentioned above, Roddery Munoz. The 21 year old made his full season debut with a loud game, and not just the stat line but the stuff too- consistently sitting in the upper 90s in the early part of his outing. Munoz was a real unknown before Sunday, a pitcher who struggled a lot with his command in the DSL back in 2018 before making a major improvement with it in 2019 (though coming with an overage in the DSL disclaimer), before sitting out last year and starting out 2021 in a big way. It’s only one outing, but there was a lot to like even if we need to see more still. It was definitely enough of a showing to have him penciled in as a significant riser in the next Top 30 prospect list as his stuff is just that good. If you don’t believe me, just check out the inserted collection of tweets and gifs and see for yourself.

Tyler Owens followed and struggled a bit, giving up four runs in an inning and a third as he struggled to throw strikes. Brent Burgess would allow three runs (two earned) in his inning and two thirds before Kenny Wells allowed a pair of runs over his two innings of work.

There wasn’t a lot of offense to talk about outside of Vaughn Grissom and Willie Carter each picking up a pair of singles in four at bats and each added an RBI. The way Carter is hitting to start the year and with his age (just turned 24), it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a quick promotion for him. The only other player to do anything notable was Cam Shepherd, who went 0-2 with a pair of walks.

Next game Tuesday May 11th at Myrtle Beach @ 7:05 PM. Probable starters- Augusta-TBD, Myrtle Beach-TBD