Unfortunately, last year’s 11th-round pick by the Braves, lefty Adam Shoemaker, will likely be placed on the injured list after exciting Friday night’s start with Single-A Augusta before ever getting an out. Luckily, the a five-man GreenJackets bullpen managed to piece together the rest of the game, and thanks to some timely hitting by the offense, Augusta held on to a 5-2 win over Fayetteville. Shoemaker, still just 19-years-old, has made three starts so far this season (counting last night’s) and sports a bloated 14.40 ERA through his first five innings.
Other injuries down on the Braves farm
Along with a likely IL stint for Shoemaker, Augusta has already dealt with a few other ailments. Following an activation off the 7-day IL for righty Miguel Pena back on Thursday, on Friday the team placed two other pitchers on the IL – righty Ben Thompson and lefty Kris Anglin. Both Thompson and Anglin are key arms in the GreenJackets bullpen this season, with the former having pitched four scoreless innings so far and the latter with 6 1/3 scoreless frames. Hopefully, with these each being 7-day stints right now, neither injury is serious.
Also on Thursday, Triple-A Gwinnett placed righty Allan Winans on the 7-day injured list. Winans has made three starts for the Stripers so far this season, with mixed results as he owns a 6.55 ERA. His last time out he got hit pretty hard, allowing six runs from four hits in just 2 1/3 innings against Jacksonville.
On Friday, 21-year-old righty Elison Joseph was moved from Augusta to the Braves FCL team. Joseph had made three relief appearances for the GreenJackets and was struggling, allowing a .375 AVG from opposing batters, to go with five earned runs from six hits in 3 1/3 innings overall. The Dominican pitcher was an international free agent signing for the Braves back in November of 2019