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Updated: 2017-06-21T10:00:11-04:00


Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Rome has All-Stars, Ricardo struggles



A light day down in the farm with weather wreaking havoc on an All-Star game :(

Gwinnett Braves - Postponed

Rain sucks

Southern League All-Star Game - Cancelled

MAN rain sucks

Florida Fire Frogs 0, Tampa Yankees 6

Box Score

  • Austin Riley, 3B: 1-4, .251/.315/.397
  • Alay Lago, 2B: 2-4, .280/.317/.354
  • Ricardo Sanchez, SP: 4 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 4.48 ERA

Tough night for the Fire Frogs as a combination of defensive miscues, offensive ineptitudes, and tough night for Ricardo Sanchez led to their downfall by the score of 6-0. The peripheral performance from Ricardo in this game looked good with just one walk against six strikeouts in the game. Unfortunately, in addition to some struggles on the defensive side of the ball, Ricardo was unable to pitch his way out of trouble and the running game gave him fits. After Taylor Lewis allowed a run in his first relief appearance since 6/4, the rest of the bullpen (Josh Graham, Jacob Webb, and Sean McLaughlin) combined to throw three scoreless innings.

There is not much to talk about on offense as the Fire Frogs only managed to record 5 hits in the game, none of which went for extra bases. Alay Lago had a pair of hits to get the gold star for best offensive performer of the day. The important news from this game offensively is that Alex Jackson is back in the lineup and has now played in back to back games. He has yet to record a hit in his return, but it is nice to see him back in the lineup as the Fire Frogs have struggled mightily on offense of late without him.

South Atlantic League All-Star Game

Box Score

The game ended in a tie, but here is a list of the Rome Braves who played in the game and how they did

  • Randy Ventura, RF: 1-4, 2B, RBI
  • Cristian Pache, CF: 1-3, run
  • Brett Cumberland, C: 0-2

Atlanta Braves news and links: Positional re-shuffling in order?


Matt Adams has impressed the Braves’ brass so much that they’re actuality considering moving Freddie Freeman to third base (when he returns) in order to keep Adams in the lineup. Wow. BRAVES NEWS Bad defense costs Atlanta once again It feels like every once in while, the Braves have a defensive inning that makes you wonder what’s really going on in this world. That was the case during the eighth inning of last night’s game, in which the Braves made a series of errors and miscues that turned a two-run lead into an eventual 6-3 loss to the Giants. Braves may move Adams to outfield or Freeman to third base Yesterday, Freddie Freeman was seen on the field playing catch. That’s a good sign, which means that his return is on the horizon. However, with the emergence of Matt Adams as a decent slugger, the Braves are now mulling their options as to what to do with Adams once Freeman returns. Will they follow in St. Louis’ footsteps and put him in the outfield, or will the Braves pull a fast one and put Freeman at the hot corner?! Colon gets scratched from start Meanwhile, Bartolo Colon was scheduled to make his return from the disabled list by making a start today, but that won’t be happening. Instead, Sean Newcomb will be starting today and Jaime Garcia will be starting on Thursday. Interesting. There are a few ways to take this. The first is that Bartolo’s DL stint was not a phantom injury concocted to manage the roster in a favorable way and instead a real injury that has lingered. Another way to take it is that it is possible that the Braves did not like the way Bartolo’s side sessions/bullpens went and decided to put off throwing him back out there. Garcia wants to end his career with the Braves Speaking of Jaime Garcia, it’s clear that he’s having a great time with the Braves so far. He’s done a good job bouncing back from a disappointing 2016 season, and it’s obvious that the change of scenery has done Garcia a lot of good. Garcia’s enjoyed his time with the Braves so much that he’s already made it clear to Gabriel Burns of the AJC that he wants to re-sign with Atlanta. Whether that actually happens remains to be seen, but we know where the player stands for now. Minor League Ball profiles Camargo Our friends over at Minor League Ball have been going through their “backlog” of profiles of rookies in the bigs right now, and John Sickels eventually got to posting his profile of Johan Camargo. The guys over there are well aware that you guys (and the Braves corner of the internet, in general) are all over minor league stuff, and have actively invited you to go over there and give your thoughts on Camargo. I still find it implausible that Camargo will become a consistent power hitter but he’s only 23 and sometimes it does not take much in the way of a strength gain for a hitter to blossom into some gap pop. Of greater concern is his approach, which is aggressive enough for pitchers to exploit. He won’t keep hitting like this with a 1:12 BB/K mark. For me Camargo still profiles as a utilityman, albeit a valuable one with his defense. Anything he adds offensively will be a bonus. Weigel set to visit Dr. James Andrews following elbow injury When you have a wealth of pitching prospects, there’s always a chance that some will flame out, some will become big league players, and some will fall victim to injury in the process. The latter appears to be the case for Patrick Weigel, who has suffered an elbow injury and will be paying a visit to Dr. James Andrews soon. That’s always an ominous bit of news, but here’s hoping that it’s not as serious as we fear it could be. MLB NEWS Giants are having a very rough season offensively One of the reasons why last night’s loss to the Giants was a bigger bummer than usual is because San Francisco has been struggling to score runs. Instead of letting the sleeping dogs lie, the Braves basically helped hand them a few runs and that turned the game on its head. This post from McCovey Chronicles put things in pe[...]

Game Recap: Defense falters in 8th inning as Braves blow late lead


Julio Teheran dominated for seven innings, but trouble struck in the eighth inning. After controlling the game for seven innings, a disastrous eighth inning doomed the Braves in a 6-3 loss to the Giants on Tuesday night at SunTrust Park. Austin Slater made the Braves pay for a critical mistake with a wall-scraping home run over the right field fence to turn a 2-0 game into a 3-2 Giant lead with one crack of the bat in the decisive top of the eighth. Hunter Pence led off the eighth with an infield single and Brandon Belt hit a ground ball to second that should have resulted in a double play, but shortstop Dansby Swanson slung the ball out of his glove attempting to make the turn. The runner was initially ruled out, but replay determined that Swanson never had possession of the ball and both runners were deemed safe. Then, Slater hit a fastball right down the middle the opposite way for a homer as the next man up. It didn’t stop there, though, as Kelby Tomlinson followed the homer with a grounder to the left side of the infield that Swanson couldn’t handle, but Tomlinson was awarded a hit. Three batters later, Ian Krol fielded Joe Panik’s swinging bunt and wildly threw the ball into right field. The next batter, Brandon Crawford, hit a grounder to first base that should have resulted in another double play, but Matt Adams’ throw was too high and pulled Swanson off the bag. The Braves were, in fact, able to turn a double play to mercifully end the inning, after the Giants extended the lead to 5-2. The horrible inning ruined what was a brilliant start from Julio Teheran, who was dominant through seven innings. Through seven, Teheran had allowed just three hits, but gave up three hits in the seventh alone, and finished by allowing four runs (three earned) in 7 1⁄3 innings. Matt Kemp’s ground-rule double tacked on a run for the Braves in the bottom of the eighth to make it 5-3, but they stranded runners at second and third to end the threat. Belt hit a long homer off Jason Motte in the ninth for the Giants’ final tally. The only blemish for Giants starter Matt Moore came in the third inning, when Swanson led off the inning with a single to left. Johan Camargo then ripped a belt-high changeup over Denard Span’s head and off the center field wall. Swanson got a good read on the play and scored easily to give the Braves the 1-0 edge, as Camargo slid into third base with a triple. Ender Inciarte gave one a ride to deep center, but Span had room and Inciarte settled for the sacrifice fly and the 2-0 edge. Moore allowed seven hits and two runs in his 7+ innings of work, walking one and striking out six. Camargo singled in the fifth inning and doubled in the seventh as well, registering his fourth straight multi-hit game, as he continues to impress in his fill-in roles at third and shortstop. The Braves nearly added on to their initial lead in the seventh inning, when Kurt Suzuki singled and Camargo doubled on a ball that Hunter Pence lost in the lights and let fall. Teheran hit a hard line drive to center but Span was playing shallow and was able to snare the hot shot. Atlanta and San Francisco give it a go at the same time again Wednesday, with first pitch set for 7:35 p.m. ET. [...]

Braves pitching prospect Patrick Weigel has an elbow injury and headed to see Dr. James Andrews



Following prospects can be both rewarding and cruel.

Patrick Weigel has had to overcome multiple setbacks on his way to becoming a pro. From control and mechanical issues to moving to different college programs to just the fact that throwing a ball professionally is hard, Weigel has overcome all of those things and more to play his way to the precipice of the major leagues.

The 2016 Braves Minor League Pitcher of the Year has posted a 4.14 ERA in 2017 for Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett which was largely inflated by his last start where he very uncharacteristically gave up nine earned runs in just over three innings of work. Our own Garrett Spain even noted to us privately that while we had seen a bit of a drop-off in Weigel’s velocity, this was a much bigger difference than we had seen. As it turns out, it appears there was more going on than just an off night for the young right-hander.

Both Newcomb and Garcia will be starting on regular rest due to the aforementioned six man rotation shenanigans, so things shouldn’t get too weird. With a possible rain out looming for tonight’s game, that could theoretically change things...but for now it appears that the rotation’s schedule will just be moved up a day.

Colon was placed on the disabled list on June 6th with a left oblique strain and was due to come off the disabled list tomorrow. Bartolo has posted a 7.78 ERA in 12 starts this season.

Julio Teheran, Braves look to make it four straight against Giants



Braves look to inch closer to .500 mark tonight against the Giants.

The Atlanta Braves look to make it four straight wins Tuesday night when they continue their series against the Giants. Atlanta’s streak began with back-to-back walk-off wins against the Miami Marlins. They kept it going on Monday with a 9-0 victory over San Francisco in the series opener.

After an up and down start to the season, Julio Teheran is starting to show signs of settling in. Teheran has allowed three runs or less in four of his last five starts. He allowed six hits and two runs over seven strong innings last time out in a win over Washington. After struggling early at SunTrust Park, Teheran seems to have figured some things out allowing eight hits and one earned run over his last two home starts.

The Braves will look to add to the misery of left hander Matt Moore who’s season has been a struggle from the outset. Moore is just 2-7 on the season with a 6.00 ERA. Moore’s struggles have escalated in June where he has allowed 24 hits and 16 earned runs in just 13 innings spanning three starts.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Tuesday, June 20, 7:35 p.m. ET

Location: SunTrust Park

TV: Fox Sports Southeast

Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM, Braves Radio Network

Atlanta Braves minor league recap: Kris Medlen shows promise


It was a short night on Monday with just two games in the system, but Kris Medlen looked great until running out of gas. Monday was a short day on the farm with just two games in the system thanks to a pair of All Star breaks in Mississippi and Rome, and the two games were both of the forgettable variety. That's because the starting pitching in both outings ended up being hit pretty hard before being removed. Charlotte Knights 10, Gwinnett Braves 5 Boxscore Kris Medlen, SP: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 1 BB, 5 R, 9 K Mauricio Cabrera, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 1 K Ozzie Albies, 2B, 2-5, 2B, R, SB This one wasn't quite as ugly as it looked. After five innings Kris Medlen had given up just five combined hits and walks as he shut out the Braves. Of course he came back out for the sixth and got pounded for five runs while recording just one out in the loss. The Braves actually scored five times in the bottom of the sixth to tie it, but the pen was also hit hard. The star offensively was Ozzie Albies, who went 2-5 with a double, steal, and run scored. The rest of the offense was quiet outside of Stephen Gaylor going 3-4 with a steal. Next Game: Tuesday 6/20 hosting Charlotte @ 7:05 PM. Probable Starter-Matt Wisler Tampa Yankees 4, Florida Fire Frogs 2 Boxscore Touki Toussaint, SP: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 BB, 3 R, 5 K AJ Minter, RP: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 K Anfernee Seymour, RF: 2-5, 2 R, 2 SB The story here is the pitching. In the first game back from the All Star break, Touki Toussaint took the mound and labored through five innings where he gave up a total of 10 combined hits and walks. To his credit he did limit the damage against him to three runs, and kept the Fire Frogs in the game. The relief was an interesting group tonight, including a pair of guys on rehab assignments. Daniel Winkler made his first appearance with Florida after making one appearance with Rome, and worked a scoreless inning allowing just a walk in the process. He was followed by AJ Minter, who gave up a solo homer and struck out a pair in his inning of work. Corbin Clouse finished this one off and also picked up a pair of strike outs in his scoreless inning of work, allowing a hit. The offense was quiet outside of Anfernee Seymour, who singled twice, stole bases twice, and scored twice- both Florida runs. Alay Lago and Carlos Castro each had two hits including a double in the loss. The return of Alex Jackson behind the plate- his first game since May 18 saw him go hitless in three at bats. Next Game: Tuesday 6/20 visiting Tampa @ 7 PM. Probable Starter-Ricardo Sanchez DSL Update This will be done bi-weekly on Mondays to give you a quick recap on how the top prospects in the Dominican Summer League are performing. It's hard to get much information on the games themselves and the competition is suspect to the point that the stats need to be taken with a grain of salt. Juan Morales, SS, 2 games, .250/.400/.250 Juan Carlos Negret, OF, 12 games, .333/.467/.583, 7 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5-7 SB Yenci Pena, SS, 8 games, .235/.297/.324, 3 2B Charlie Reyes, OF, 4 games, .438/.526/.563, 1 3B Yunior Severino, 2B, 8 games, .129/.270/.226, 1 2B, 1 3B Antonio Sucre, OF, 11 games, .143/.245/.286, 2 HR Yefri Del Rosario, P, 2 games, 5 IP, 0-0, 1.80 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 7/4 K/BB Gabriel Noguera, P, 3 games, 7 IP, 0-0, 2.57 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 10/5 K/BB [...]