Jason Heyward (Atlanta): 2-for-4 || J-Hey hit safely for the 9th-straight game yesterday, and is 13-for-39 (.333) over that stretch. His current .254 batting average is the highest it has been all season, and matches last year’s season batting average. Consider that it wasn’t until the last day of April that he got his average above .200. His season OBP and SLG are all down from last year, but those numbers are being dragged down by his awful April. Things are headed in the right direction for Heyward.
Mike Minor (Atlanta): 7IP, 5H, 1R, 3BB, 10K, 1WP || He pitched good enough that the team should have won. The bigger news is that this Saturday is Mike Minor bobblehead day in Gwinnett:
— Gwinnett Braves (@GwinnettBraves) June 4, 2014
Dan Uggla: He’s just completely oblivious to his situation. Now he’s dropping hints about wanting to be traded:
All I can do is while I’m here, be the best teammate I can. If they want to move me or trade me or whatever, then I’ll handle that opportunity when it comes.
And later on in the article:
While I’m here, I’m going to play my part. If I go somewhere else, then I’ll try to take advantage of the opportunity there too.
Hey Dan, if the Braves could trade you, then they would have done that already.
James Hoyt (Mississippi): 1IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 2K, Save(3) || Another strong outing, and another save for Hoyt, who was named to the Southern League All-Star team. Five of his M-Braves teammates were also named to the team, SS Elmer Reyes, OF Mycal Jones, and pitchers Aaron Northcraft, Williams Perez and Shae Simmons. Of course, Shae will happily miss the game due to a prior commitment in the Atlanta bullpen.
Greg Ross (Lynchburg): 5IP, 9H, 7R, 3BB, 6K, 2HR, 1WP || I bring up Ross because he was named to the Carolina League All-Star team, along with teammate 2B Jose Peraza. Prior to this game Ross had a 2.61 ERA; after the game his ERA was 3.36. Ross is not a prospect. He was taken in the 18th round of the 2011 draft out of Frostburg State University. Since then he’s been averageish, and is repeating High-A this year.
New Stadium: Ground has been broken on White Flight Field in Cobb County… excuse me, Chop County. I figured that I would post some photos of the progress here and there. If you’d like to view some video of the progress, as well as some yocals talking about trees, click here.
— Braves Stadium (@BravesStadium) June 4, 2014
John Schuerholtz: The Braves President talks about his vision for White Flight Field’s proposed mixed use development. Apparently there will be “acts.”
They are entertainment providers. Singing. Stage acts. Entertainment that you go to Chastain Park to see or you go to Philips Arena to see, now you’ll come to our yet unnamed region and mixed-use development and watch acts.
Their first act, when they pulled one over on Cobb taxpayers, was already very successful. Why hire teachers when you can have acts.