Hot, hot, hot: Clearly the Braves are hot. I mean HOT! If you’ve watched most of the games this year you’ve seen a fair number of plays go against the Atlanta, but not in these past 11 games. During those game every break seems to be going the Braves way. Any good winning streak needs a little luck.
Not seen in 10 years: Thanks to Rowland’s Office for the note that the Braves haven’t had a lead this big (13.5 games in first) since 2003.
Gwinnett played two yesterday and lost them both. Cody Martin pitched well in game 1: 5IP, 1H, 2R, 2BB, 4SO, 1HR. He gave up a first inning 2-run home run, then didn’t allow a hit after that. Between the two games Jordan Schafer was 0-for-7, and is now 1-for-14 in his rehab. Yohan Flande was named the International League Pitcher of the Week after going 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA (3 ER in 17.0 IP), no walks and 13 strikeouts in 2 starts last week.
Klank homers twice: Mississippi won. Barrett Kleinknecht homered twice to help ‘Sip get the win: 3-for-4, 2HR, 2RBI, 1BB. Meanwhile Tommy La Stella had a bases clearing double in the 4th inning to extend his hitting streak to 23 games. Legit!
Yet another Simmons to know: RH Reliever Shae Simmons was promoted from Rome to Mississippi, skipping Lynchburg. It’s a big promotion for the little reliever. He’s certainly a player to watch, and here is what I said about him when I ranked him 18th in my mid-season Braves prospect rankings:
A short pitcher at 5’9″ but he really packs a punch with a consistent mid-90s fastball. He’ll need to cut down the high leg kick or runners are going to take advantage. He’s kind of a poor-man’s Kimbrel, but that’s still pretty good.
RHP Andrew Russell was promoted from AA to AAA. He started the year in Gwinnett before being moved down. He’s pitched well at Mississippi and deserves to get back to Gwinnett.
Kubby of the week: Hillcats lost. Kyle Kubitza was named the Carolina League player of the week for the second time this season. In 6 games he hit .478 (11-for-23) with 6 extra-base hits, including a HR, an RBI and 6 runs scored.
Missing Parsons: Not much happening as Rome lost last night. But on Sunday, starter Wes Parsons had one of the best starts of any pitcher in the Braves system this year: 9IP, 2H< 0R, 0BB, 7SO. Dominant performance from one of the true hidden gems in the Braves system. I’ve written about Parsons extensively in these lines, and he is quickly becoming a favorite — and might even find his way onto the prospect list.
Wrens: Great little local news story on Kyle and Frank Wren:
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