Where’s Gattis?: Seriously, at this point, there’s little-to-no reason to keep Evan Gattis out of the lineup. Fredi has got to find a way to get him in there. Intentional Talk found a way to get Gattis in there, as he was interviewed by Chris Rose and Kevin Millar:
Poveda & Terdo shine: Gwinnett won. Starting pitcher Omar Poveda had one of his best starts of the season: 6IP, 5H, 0R, 2BB, 7SO. Not that the Braves need a starting pitcher right now, but if they were to need one, Poveda might be the guy they call on. The former Rangers prospect is a command and control pitcher, who has spent eight season in the minors, but is still just 25 years old. He might be working his way into the Braves thoughts and plans for next year. Joey Terdoslavich hit his 12th home run of the year.
Relief sinks ‘Sip: Mississippi lost. Normally solid relief pitchers LHP Ian Thomas and RHP Mark Lamm coughed up six runs in the final two innings to blow the save for the M-Braves. For Thomas, it was his worst outing of the season, as he gave up more runs than he had in the previous month: 1.1IP, 4H, 4R, 1BB, 3SO. Lamm also gave up more runs than he had given up the entire month of May: 1.2IP, 2H, 2R, 4BB, 2SO, 1WP.
The Curious Case of Rule 10.06(f): You’ve been warned that this is extremely wonky, but a fun read for serious baseball rule buffs.
Wild knuckle: Hillcats lost. Knuckleball pitcher Blaine Sims couldn’t rein in his pitch in his Carolina League knuckle debut: 4IP, 4H, 3R, 5BB, 7SO, 1WP. The left-handed throwing Sims reinvented himself this off-season, learning a knuckleball, and has been climbing back up the organizational ladder.
Key hits and pitching: Rome won. They got excellent work from Williams Perez, Bryam Garcia, and Shae Simmons, who collectively only gave up one run on two hits, while striking out 15, though they walked seven. Key hits drove in the runs for Rome, including a two-run double from Josh Elander.
Minor movement: Just as I was singing the praises RHP Wilson Rivera he gets sent from Lynchburg to Danville. LHP Blaine Sims promoted from Rome to Lynchburg. RHPs Williams Perez and Andry Ubiera transferred from Danville to Rome. C Chase Anselment activated from Rome disabled list. C Tyler Tewell has been placed on the Rome disabled list, and RHP Rafael Briceno has been placed on the Rome DL with a right shoulder strain. Of these players, Andry Ubiera is the one to watch. He has a live fastball in the mid-90s and the potential for a plus curveball, and just turned 20-years-old last month.
TJ for Peterson: Hillcats reliever David Peterson has apparently had successful Tommy John surgery. He tweeted pictures of himself recently after the surgery, with the hash-tag #tommyjohn. No word yet if the Braves have filled up their frequent-TJ punch card. No wonder they drafted so many pitchers this year who have already had the surgery.