Break, heal: It’s the All-Star break for the Major League Braves, and I hope that all of our walking wounded are recuperating successfully.
Derby for a Brave: While Yo won the MLB Home Run Derby, the Braves had a player participating in the triple-A Home Run Derby. Gwinnett first baseman Ernesto Mejia hit just 2 homers in the first round, and narrowly advanced to the second round after a five-out swing-off against former G-Braves outfielder Mauro Gomez. Ernesto couldn’t make it past the second round though.
Williams beats Wilmington: Hillcats won. I trust the Braves player development people, but I did wonder what they were doing promoting starting pitcher Williams Perez from Rome to Lynchburg last week. Perez hadn’t been that great at Rome (4.24 ERA, 1.30 WHIP), but sometimes you just have to trust that the Braves know what they’re doing. Perez had a great start in his debut for the Cats: 6IP, 3H, 0R, 1BB, 7SO. Geniuses!
Good pitching in Rome: Rome won. Mauricio Cabrera bounced back from his last outing with a great start: 6IP, 3H, 1R, 3BB, 6SO. Reliever Alex Wilson also pitched well: 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1SO. He’s worth mentioning; a 15th-round pick last year as a Senior from Wofford College, he’s assembled one of the lowest walk rates in the system this year — walking just 3 in 32.1 innings pitched. He’s a groundball pitcher, who also hasn’t allowed a home run this season. There’s nothing terribly flashy about him, but he has steadily put up good numbers since getting drafted.
I had to go and say something, didn’t I: Also in that Rome game, Kyle Wren went o-for-4 and didn’t get on base for the first time since joining the Braves organization — probably because I mentioned his on-base streak in yesterday’s lines.