Shae Simmons (Atlanta): 1IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 0K, Save || It was a nail-biter of a save for Simmons. I saw several of those types of saves from Simmons last year at Rome. He can work himself into trouble sometimes, especially via the walk, but he also seems to be very good at escaping trouble. Of course, in the Majors that kind of thing can catch up to a pitcher.
That mention of Rome is also a reminder that Simmons was in the Sally League (Low-A) just last year. His ascendance through the Braves system to the Majors has been swift.
Tommy La Stella (Atlanta): 2-for-3 with a run || He’s now 6-for-15 (.400), and has started every game since getting called up. Wither Dan Uggla.
Gus Schlosser (Gwinnett): 6IP, 5H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 8K, 1HBP || Schlosser has been knocked around since getting sent down, posting a 4.94 ERA. Sounds like the book might have gotten out on him, and he’s been slow to adjust.
Ian Thomas (Gwinnett): 5IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 8K || On the other hand, Ian Thomas has been terrific since getting sent down. Those are his combined numbers over two appearances of 3 and 2 innings.
One good 7-0 Mississippi shutout deserves another…
Game 1 starter Jason Hursh: 7IP, 5H, 0R, 1BB, 1K || Still not striking people out. He’s a pitch-to-contact sinkerballer.
Game 2 starter Aaron Northcraft: 5IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 8K || He’s striking people out, AND he’s a sinkerballer. Northcraft might be ready for the next level.
John Cornely (Mississippi): 2.1IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 6K || J-Corn has been throwing gas lately, and might be the next M-Braves pitcher to follow Shae Simmons to the Majors (although that’s a long shot). He hasn’t given up a run in his last 6 appearances: 11.1IP, 3H, 0R, 4BB, 13K.
Wes Parsons (Lynchburg): 7IP, 7H, 4R, 2BB, 6K, 1HBP, 1WP || Parsons got touched for a 2-run home run in a 3-run second inning, but only allowed one run the rest of the way. It was a decent start, and it was also good to see him go 7 innings.
Tyler Brosius (Rome): 5IP, 4H, 1R, 1BB, 5K || Brosius had his best start of the year. He was a 21st round pick last year, and had just returned to baseball after being the backup quarterback at NC State from 2011-2012. He’s a big kid at 6-foot-4, 230 lbs, and has room to add velocity to his low-to-mid-90s fastball. The Braves have been bringing him along slowly as a starter this year.