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Braves minor league recap: Justin Dean stays red hot as Mississippi wins again

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Mississippi was the lone bright spot for the Atlanta Braves minor leagues on Thursday. Here’s how it went down.

Atlanta Braves prospect Justin Dean bats for the the Rome MiLB team. Photo Credit: Garrett Spain

Kyle Wright was the most marquee name on the mound for the Atlanta Braves affiliates on Thursday night, but it was Jose Rodriguez who walked away with the gem. The Mississippi Braves were the only affiliate to win on Thursday, as the young Braves dropped three a grand total of four runs.

(25-13) Nashville Sounds 3, (20-19) Gwinnett Stripers 2

  • Kyle Wright, SP: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 5 K
  • Victor Arano, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
  • Cristian Pache, CF: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 R
  • Orlando Arcia, SS: 1-for-3, 1 RBI


It was another Kyle Wright start in Gwinnett, where he flashed some good pitches, but overall landed just 47 of his 87 pitches for strikes. Despite allowing four walks and six hits he was able to keep runners from scoring, allowing just one run in his five innings. Victor Arano pitched a perfect inning, striking out the side and Jay Flaa went 1 2/3 scoreless, striking out three. Jesse Biddle picked up the tough luck loss, allowing two runs, but only one earned.

It looked like it would be a good night from first pitch. Cristian Pache led off the game with a double for the Stripers and scored on an Orlando Arcia sacrifice fly. An inning later Travis Snider came in on a Jonathan Morales sacrifice fly. But the Stripers bats went silent for the final seven innings as they recorded just two more hits on the night.

(22-17) Mississippi Braves 7, (23-15) Birmingham Barons 1

  • Justin Dean, CF: 4-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
  • Jose Rodriguez, SP: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K
  • Brooks Wilson, RP: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • Jefrey Ramos, 3-for-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI
  • Greyson Jenista, 1-for-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI


It was a big win for the M-Braves over a Birmingham team with the best record in Double-A South. Surprisingly, Shea Langeliers’ bat didn’t have anything to do with the output and, brace yourself, a runner successfully stole on him. Instead, it was another four-hit performance from Justin Dean — his second in four games — that propelled the team to victory. Dean is amid a five-game hitting streak with 11 hits over that span and has successfully hit in 11 of 15 June ball games. To put it in perspective, he entered June hitting .192 and is now up to .266.

Greyson Jenista and Jefrey Ramos provided the firepower with home runs. It was No. 5 on the season for Jenista and No. 3 for Ramos, who also hit one exactly one week ago. Braden Shewmake got on base three times, going 1-for-2, while drawing two walks and scoring a run.

Jose Rodriguez has been sharp since returning to Mississippi. He’s now 1-1 in four starts with a 1.61 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 27 strikeouts in 22.1 innings with just five walks. Brooks Wilson and Chris Nunn closed out the game going 3.1 scoreless innings.

(26-13) Bowling Green Hot Rods 2, (20-18) Rome Braves 0

  • Alan Rangel, SP: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 8 K
  • Mitch Stallings, RP: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
  • Cody Milligan, 2B: 1-for-4, 1 2B


There was not a whole lot of action in Rome on Thursday. Rome legend Alan Rangel delivered a strong performance despite falling to 1-5 on the season. Unfortunately, two of his four hits were crushed for solo home runs, accounting for all the scoring. Mitch Stallings got three very much-needed scoreless innings in relief as Marrick Crouse closed it out with a scoreless inning of his own.

At the plate, the Rome Braves got two hits: a double by Cody Milligan and a single by Andrew Moritz. Jesse Franklin V saw his nine-game hitting streak come to an end and Bowling Green didn’t walk a single batter, which is a remarkable feat in High-A.

(21-15) Columbia Fireflies 5, (18-20) Augusta GreenJackets 4

  • Cade Bunnell, 3B: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB
  • Bryson Horne, DH: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR, 1 2B
  • Vaughn Grissom, SS: 1-for-4, 1 RBI
  • Landon Stephens, 1B: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR
  • Gabriel Rodriguez, RP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
  • Alec Barger, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0, BB, 1 K


Tanner Gordon started the game and looked good through two before Columbia erupted for four runs in the third. Gabriel Rodriguez was super impressive in his two innings of work, landing 20 of his 25 pitches for strikes, and striking out every out he recorded. Alec Barger tossed a scoreless inning to close it out, looking more like the transition to relief is complete.

At the plate, Augusta did some work. Bryson Horne recorded the first home run of his pro career and is quietly picking up steam. He has nine hits in his last seven games, including back-to-back multi-hit nights. Vaughn Grissom continued his hot June. He now has 16 hits in 15 games this month and has driven in five while scoring 14. Cade Bunnell had two more hits and scored his 26th run, which is top-5 in Low-A East.