Braves drop Game 2 to Giants; Rome’s Luke Waddell stays scorching hot

Sunday, August 29, 2021

-Clint Manry

Unfortunately the Braves offense just couldn’t figure out the Giants’ Logan Webb last night as the 24-year-old righty tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out six. Webb allowed just five hits, all of which were just singles, and San Francisco cruised to a shut-out win (5-0) on Saturday.

For Atlanta’s Huascar Ynoa, it was only his third start since coming off the injured list, and overall he pitched really well. The righty totaled 96 pitches over six innings, allowing two runs from just three hits to go with three walks and three strikeouts. Ynoa did allow a homer to the second batter of the game, Tommy La Stella, but other than that the 23-year-old pitcher limited the damage. Relievers Richard Rodriguez and Chris Martin allowed three runs combined as the former allowed a homer to Mike Yastrzemski in the seventh and the latter surrendered both an RBI single (by Darin Ruf) and an RBI double (by Yastrzemski) in the ninth.

The Braves division lead has now shrunken to just 4.5 as both the Phillies and Mets won on Saturday. Philly and New York are currently in the midst of some pretty easy series, with the former facing the D’Backs and the latter going up against the Nationals. However, given the news regarding a special somebody in the starting rotation, Atlanta has a chance to push that NL East advantage back to 5.5 games. It was reported on Friday that righty Ian Anderson would be back with the Braves on Sunday. And today Anderson will start Atlanta’s day game (1:20 PM) against the Giants, facing a solid righty in Anthony DeSclafani.

With how great Anderson has thrown the ball in Triple-A Gwinnett, he should be able to keep the Giants contained so that hopefully the Atlanta lineup can get going.

And I didn’t plan on doing any writing on the Braves minor league action from yesterday. However, I have to say something about one of the Braves 2021 draft picks, fifth-round shortstop Luke Waddell.

Waddell homered again for Rome on Saturday night, giving him five long balls in the last five games. Thanks to a current five-game stretch in which he’s hitting .526 with a 1.316 OPS, Waddell is hitting .245 in 15 total games as a pro this season, and looks like a damn good-hitting shortstop. I didn’t include Waddell in my latest Braves 2021 Top 30 earlier this month, but now I’m wondering if I should have. Keep an eye on this kid.

But anyways, here are scores and stats from Saturday’s Braves action down on the farm…

(69-59) Atlanta Braves

L, 5-0 vs. Giants

SP, H, Ynoa – (L), 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, HR

2B, O. Albies – 2 for 4, SB

3B, A. Riley – 2 for 4

1B, F. Freeman – 2 for 4

(58-43) Gwinnett Stripers

L, 2-1 vs. Nashville

SP, J. Rodriguez – 7 IP, 3 H, BB, 4 K

C, W. Contreras – 1 for 3, 2B

CF, C. Pache – 2 for 3, BB

1B, J. Camargo – 2 for 4, RBI

(58-39) Mississippi Braves

Cancelled (COVID-19)

(45-55) Rome Braves

W, 4-3 vs. Bowling Green

SP, D. Vines – (W), 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 6 K, HR

SS, L. Waddell – 2 for 3, HR, 2 RBI

LF, A. Moritz – 2 for 5

DH, C. Milligan – 1 for 3, 2B, BB

RF, D. Campbell – 1 for 4, HR, RBI, SB

(42-59) Augusta GreenJackets

L, 6-2 vs. Charleston

SP, D. Dodd – (L), 3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, BB, 7 K

3B, C. Bunnell – 2 for 5, R

C, A. Zebrowski – 1 for 4, 2B, RBI

RF, L. Stephens – 1 for 2, RBI, BB

(21-20) FCL Braves

PPD vs. FCL Rays

Eddie Rosario homers again for Gwinnett; William Woods debuts on the mound for Rome

Friday, August 27, 2021

-Clint Manry

Last night was another Braves-less slate as Atlanta wrapped up its two days off on Thursday. However, there was plenty of action down on the farm as three of the four full-season affiliates, plus the rookie club, played games. Fortunately, the big league team’s two-day vacation is over. Starting tonight, Kevin Gausman and the Giants will come to town to take on Max Fried and the Braves at Truist Park, with first pitch scheduled for 7:20 PM.

Until then, though, here’s a recap of Thursday’s minor league action…


W, 2-1 vs. Nashville

SP, K. Wright – (W), 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 8 K

2B, Y. Sanchez – 3 for 4, 3B, 2B, RBI

CF, E. Rosario – 1 for 3, HR, RBI

3B, S. Kazmar Jr. – 1 for 4, 2B, R

Many of us may have forgotten about Kyle Wright, but last night was another strong performance by the 25-year-old righty. Wright allowed a single in the first, one in the third and then a pair of base-hits in the sixth (one of which resulted in a run), before finishing strong with a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh. Overall, he threw 63 of 89 pitches for a strike, and best of all he kept the ball in the infield, inducing nine groundouts compared to just two flyouts. The great work by Wright started back in July as he now has a 2.89 ERA over his last eight starts, including 48 strikeouts in 46.2 innings. He’s certainly had his ups and downs as a pro pitcher, but Wright is still hanging in there. And I know we’ve said it a million times, but he could still be a contender for a rotation spot next season.

Gwinnett’s offense last night came from both Yolmer Sanchez (RBI single in the fifth) and Eddie Rosario (solo-homer in the sixth). It took him a few games to get going, but Rosario is scorching-hot right now with the bat, having hit four homers in his last seven games while posting a .290 AVG in that span. The recently-acquired outfielder should be ready to join the Braves squad any time now.


PPD vs. Pensacola

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 concerns, the rest of the M-Braves and Blue Wahoos series this week has been postponed. Evidently either the team itself or personnel at the stadium is in the midst of an outbreak, so it appears the team is trying to be extra cautious. Hopefully everyone in Pearl is alright and the team can get back to playing next week.


L, 2-1 vs. Bowling Green

SP, W. Woods – 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, HR

SS, R. Delgado – 3 for 4, R

DH, L. Waddell – 1 for 4

2B, C. Milligan – 2 for 3, BB

A prospect a lot of us have been waiting all season to see, righty William Woods made his Rome debut last night and threw 34 pitches. The 22-year-old appeared sharp, though a damn good Bowling Green lineup wound up manufacturing a few runs in the second with a two-run homer to put the Hot Rods up 2-0. The R-Braves offense never could overcome the deficit, however, Riley Delgado scored the team’s lone run when he cross home plate on a wild-pitch in the fourth.


L, 7-2 vs. Charleston

SP, A. Hoffmann – (L), 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K

LF, L. Stephens – 2 for 3, HR, 2 RBI

1B, B. Horne – 1 for 3, BB

C, T. Tolve – 3 for 4

The Braves 12th-round pick in this year’s draft, pitcher Andrew Hoffmann made start no. 3 for Augusta last night, working up to a season-high of 57 pitches. The 21-year-old righty allowed a single in the first but then set down six-straight batters in the second and third, before running into some trouble in the fourth in which he allowed three consecutive hits. Young righty Roddery Munoz then came in and had one of his worse performances of the year, allowing five runs from five hits in just 1.2 innings of work.

Offensively, Landon Stephens provided the GreenJackets with their only runs as he belted his 15th home run of the season in the eighth inning. The Braves 17th-round pick, catcher Tyler Tolve, also contributed with three hits (his first three-hit performance as a pro). Tolve is now hitting .273 through his first 13 games with the organization, including a homer and a double.

(21-19) FCL BRAVES

W, 6-5 (F/7) vs. Orioles Black

SP, R. Salinas – 3 IP, 3 H, R, 2 BB, 6 K

LF, K. Morton – 2 for 4, 3 RBI

RF, E. Workinger – 2 for 3, 2B, R

SS, F. Floyd – 2 for 3, 2B, RBI, R

The rookie Braves scored two runs in the final inning to beat the Orioles Black yesterday. Outfielder Kadon Morton provided the walk-off hit in the seventh as he slapped an RBI single to the left side, scoring Caleb Durbin from second base (the Orioles shortstop made a throwing error). The 20-year-old Morton finished with three RBI on the day, though he’s still struggling to get going at the plate this season. Outfielder Ethan Workinger is another struggling FCL batter but he finished with a pair of hits on Thursday, including a double.

Royber Salinas got the start in yesterday’s win and managed to strike out six batters in just three innings. Salinas didn’t allow a single earned run in the outing, but the FCL Braves bullpen quickly imploded by surrendering four runs over the next 2.2 frames. This year’s 19th-round pick, lefty Samuel Strickland, worked the final 1.1 innings in scoreless fashion, earning the win.

William Contreras leads Gwinnett to extra-inning win; Kyle Muller and Tanner Gordon toss quality-starts

Thursday, August 26, 2021

-Clint Manry

Thanks to losses by both the Phillies and Mets last night, Atlanta’s NL East lead increases to five, even while they remain idle. The Braves will need its rest anyways, though, because Friday begins a three-game weekend series with the best team in baseball, the Giants.

As the Braves take their two days of rest, the farm continues on. With the M-Braves game postponed and the FCL team also off, Gwinnett headlined yesterday’s minor league slate.

Here’s a recap of Wednesday’s action down on the farm…


W, 5-4 (F/10) vs. Nashville

SP, K. Muller – 6 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K

CF, C. Pache – 3 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI, SB

C, W. Contreras – 2 for 4, RBI, R, BB

LF, T. Demeritte – 2 for 5

Lefty Kyle Muller continues to impress in his bid to return to the big league rotation. The 23-year-old started Wednesday’s matchup versus the Sounds and once again kept the damage to a minimum. After allowing a single in the opening frame, Muller held Nashville hitless all the way until the sixth, giving up a harmless base-hit before finishing up his outing. Overall, the big southpaw totaled 90 pitches and induced seven groundouts to go with two flyouts. Last night’s gem now gives Muller 12-straight scoreless innings with the Stripers as his two starts there has featured just three hits allowed and eight strikeouts. With Huascar Ynoa back for Atlanta, and Ian Anderson nearing a return as well, Muller may be on the outside looking in as far as the rotation goes. However, he could become a real weapon out of the bullpen next month. Regardless, the kid is throwing the ball well.

The Stripers ended up winning last night’s extra-inning battle due to a go-ahead RBI single by catcher William Contreras. However, the highlight of the game perhaps goes to outfielder Cristian Pache, who made THIS play in the sixth…

As you can see above, Pache also finished with three hits last night, pushing his season AVG in Gwinnett up to a respectable .261. The Braves top prospect has picked a nice time to get hot at the plate as Pache is currently hitting .333 with nine XBH in 17 games this month. Look for the 22-year-old to be added to Atlanta’s roster in September.


PPD vs. Pensacola


L, 8-6 (F/10) vs. Bowling Green

SP, T. Gordon – 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 8 K, 2 HR

3B, R. Delgado – 2 for 5, 3B, 2B, 2 RBI

DH, J. Franklin – 1 for 5, HR, RBI

2B, L. Waddell – 2 for 3, R

RF, S. Michel – 1 for 4, 3B, 2 RBI, R

LF, D. Campbell – 1 for 4, 2B, R

Bowling Green walked it off in the tenth against Rome last night with a two-run homer by Evan Edwards, however, R-Braves starter Tanner Gordon put together another impressive outing on the mound. Also, this year’s fifth-round pick, shortstop Luke Waddell, stays hot with the bat adding two hits for Rome. Waddell is 4 for 7 over his last two games, including a pair of home runs. He’ll enter Thursday hitting .245 with a .715 OPS so far this season.


L, 9-1 vs. Charleston

SP, R. Cusick – (L), 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, BB, 4 K

RP, G. Rodriguez – 1.2 IP, BB, 4 K

1B, C. Bunnell – 1 for 4, HR, RBI

C, A. Zebrowski – 1 for 3

RF, C. Robinson – 1 for 3

The Braves top pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, righty Ryan Cusick, made his third pro start last night for Augusta, laboring through a 55-pitch outing. Cusick has been on a pretty short leash pitch-count wise, but so far his results have been strong. Counting Wednesday’s start, the 21-year-old sports a 1.17 ERA in 7.2 innings thus far, including a whopping 15 strikeouts (17.6 K/9) and three walks. Another 2021 draftee that has enjoyed his first taste of pro ball, catcher Adam Zebrowski added another hit last night, pushing his AVG for the season up to .333 (.833 OPS). Zebrowski has only played in seven games for Augusta thus far, but he’s managed to record a hit in all but two of them. For a 13th-round pick out of a small college, the 20-year-old is looking more and more like a steal of a pick for the Braves.

Braves snubbed versus Yanks while Ian Anderson and Spencer Strider rack up strikeouts

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

-Clint Manry

I’m not even going to dive into the Braves 5-4 loss from last night, but once again Atlanta was the victim of some atrocious work by the umpires. Luckily, though, the division standings remain exactly the same for the three contenders on Wednesday as both the Phillies and Mets also lost, keeping the Braves’ NL East lead at 4.5 games.

I’ve been swamped with work AND I’m currently in Little Rock so my spare time for writing has been severely reduced. So as a result today’s report is pretty bare…


L, 5-4 vs. Yankees

SP, C. Morton – (L), 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 9 K, 2 HR

3B, A. Riley – 3 for 3, RBI, R

2B, O. Albies – 2 for 5, R

SS, D. Swanson – 1 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI


W, 3-1 vs. Nashville

SP, I. Anderson – 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 9 K

RP, D. Lee – (W), IP, H, K

RP, J. Webb – (S), IP, H, 3 K

CF, E. Rosario – 3 for 4, HR, 2 RBI

2B, J. Kipnis – 2 for 3, 2B

C, J. Morales – 1 for 3, 2B

Pache + Waters – 0 for 8, 3 K


L, 1-0 vs. Pensacola

SP, S. Strider – (L), 5 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 10 K, HR

RP, C. Clouse – 2 IP, 5 K

LF, J. Ramos – 1 for 3, 2B

RF, T. Harris – 1 for 3


W, 5-4 vs. Bowling Green

SP, J. McSteen – 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, 7 K

RP, M. Crouse – 1.1 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 4 K

RP, J. Yeager – (W), 2 IP, H, BB, 3 K

SS, L. Waddell – 2 for 4, 2 HR, 2 RBI

CF, M. Harris – 3 for 4, HR, RBI

RF, D. Campbell – 2 for 4, 2B

C, R. Estrada – 2 for 3, HR, 2 RBI, BB

*Luke Waddell (5th round pick this year) hit go-ahead HR in the ninth


W, 6-3 vs. Charleston

SP, R. Rodriguez – 6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

3B, J-H. Malloy – 2 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI

2B, C. Conley – 3 for 5, 3B, 2 R

SS, V. Grissom – 2 for 3, 2 RBI, BB

RF, C. Robinson – 1 for 4, R

Tied at three apiece after six innings, Augusta scored three runs combined in the seventh and eighth to pull away with win.

(19-19) FCL BRAVES

L, 3-1 vs. FCL Red Sox

SP, R. Corona – (L), 4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, HR

RF, B. Mezquita – 2 for 4, RBI, SB

1B, M. Backstrom – 1 for 3, BB

SS, C. Durbin – 1 for 3, SB

Atlanta wraps up road trip with ninth-straight win; Dylan Dodd makes pro debut with Augusta

Monday, August 23, 2021

-Clint Manry

On Sunday the Braves achieved something many probably never could’ve imagined just a few weeks ago: Atlanta swept its road trip by beating Baltimore 3-1, making it nine-straight victories for the Bravos. As the team returns home for a two-game series with the Yankees beginning on Monday, the Braves current playoff odds sit at a strong 80.8%, according to FanGraphs (with a 79% chance to win the division). To put those percentages in perspective, this time last month Atlanta’s odds were 7% and 6.1%, respectively. Yeah… that’s quite the turnaround.

For the fourth consecutive outing, starter Touki Toussaint allowed two earned runs or less as he worked around five hits and a run last night. Touki struck out five Orioles batters, giving him 17 punch outs over his last 16.2 frames with the Braves. He could very well play an integral part come playoff time, both as a starter or an option out of the Atlanta bullpen.

Both teams remained scoreless through the first three innings on Sunday, however, as the Braves have done so many times during this winning streak, the offense came though with a big inning in the fourth. Following a groundout by Ozzie Albies, last night’s DH Jorge Soler demolished a 2-1 pitch over the left field wall to put the Braves up 1-0.

Freddie Freeman followed with a double, and two batters later Austin Riley drew a walk, which setup an RBI opportunity for outfielder Adam Duvall. With two outs and a 1-2 count, Duvall crushed a 92-MPH fastball up in the zone and deposited it to deep left-center for a two-hopper against the wall. Both Freeman and Dansby Swanson scored, giving Atlanta a 3-0 advantage.

The Orioles answered back with a run of their own in the bottom-half of the inning as Ramon Urias slapped a two-out RBI double. But Touki regrouped and got himself out of the inning. The righty managed a relatively clean fifth, working around a lead-off single, and then in the sixth he started off the frame with another strikeout before being chased by a one-out single from Baltimore’s Anthony Santander.

That three-run fourth inning by the Braves was all the team needed to take care of business on Sunday. Once Touki hit the showers, a five-man group of Braves relievers finished the final 3.2 innings as AJ Minter, Chris Martin, Tyler Matzek, Luke Jackson and Will Smith combined to strike out seven Orioles batters while allowing just three hits altogether.

Along with the Braves, both the Phillies and Mets also won, spoiling Atlanta’s chance to tack on another game to its division lead. Still, the Braves pace the NL East by a solid five games with just 38 games to go.

I’m flying back out this morning for work, so the minor league report will only feature scores and stats. Remember, all four of the Braves full-season affiliates will take a scheduled day off today, while the FCL Braves has already started its double header versus the Red Sox. At the time of this writing, the rookie-level Braves trail 1-0 in the third inning of Game 1.

The big league Braves will begin its series against the Yankees at home tonight. First pitch is scheduled for 7:20 PM as righty Huascar Ynoa will face New York’s Jordan Montgomery. Let’s keep the wins going!


W, 3-1 vs. Orioles

SP, T. Toussaint – (W), 5.1 IP, 5 H, ER, 3 BB, 5 K

DH, J. Soler – 2 for 4, HR, RBI

LF, A. Duvall – 2 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI

1B, F. Freeman – 1 for 4, 2B, R


L, 5-3 vs. Louisville

SP, T. Roark – 2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, K

RP, D. Lee – IP, 3 K

C, R. Casteel – 1 for 3, HR, 2 RBI

3B, J. Camargo – 1 for 4, RBI


W, 2-1 vs. Montgomery

W, 5-3 vs. Montgomery

SP, F. Tarnok – (L), 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, BB, 3 K

SP, A. Rangel – 2 IP, 2 K

RP, O. Javier – (H), 1.2 IP, 2 H, BB, 4 K

CF, J. Dean – 2 for 6, SB

RF/1B, G. Jenista – 2 for 5, 2 RBI, SB

DH/C, H. Clementina – 2 for 5, HR, 2 RBI

3B, C. Alexander – 1 for 6, 2B, R

2B, J. Miller – 1 for 5, 2B, R


L, 6-0 (F/7) vs. Greenville

SP, M. Stallings – (L), 3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

RP, B. Dum – 2 IP, H, 3 K

C, C. Martinez – 2 for 3

DH, M. Harris – 1 for 2, BB


L, 15-7 vs. Carolina

SP, D. Dodd – 3 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, K

DH, V. Grissom – 3 for 4, 3B, R, SB

CF, C. Robinson – 1 for 5, 3B, 4 RBI

RF, W. Carter – 2 for 3, RBI, 2 R, SB

SS, C. Conley – 1 for 4, HR, RBI

(2021 draftee)

Justyn-Henry Malloy belts first pro homer in three-hit performance for Augusta; righty William Woods debuts for the FCL Braves

Friday, August 20, 2021

-Clint Manry

Unfortunately, the Braves were off yesterday, leaving us baseball-less for most of the day. However, by evening, Atlanta’s farm system cranked up, and even with both Double-A Mississippi and High-A Rome getting postponed, there was still plenty of action to cover. Oh, and by the way, the Phillies lost again, which means the Braves gained another half game on Philadelphia. That division lead is now up to four!

Here’s a brief look at what happened down on the farm…

For Gwinnett, Thursday’s matchup with Louisville began as a pitching duel, but eventually the Stripers offense was able to break through and win 8-1. Righty Kyle Wright pitched a solid game AND went 2 for 2 with a double at the plate. And after Gwinnett already led 7-1, Johan Camargo belted his 12 home run of the season…

It appeared Cristian Pache had the night off, though Drew Waters finished 1 for 3 with a pair of RBI. Veteran Tanner Roark worked the final two frames of the game in hitless fashion.

With the M-Braves and Rome both getting rained out yesterday, Single-A Augusta and the FCL Braves were the only other minor league teams to play in the Braves system. 2021 draftee Andrew Hoffmann made third start for the GreenJackets and pitched a three-inning outing. Too bad I don’t have any video, but it was third baseman Justyn-Henry Malloy that stole the show for Augusta on Thursday. Malloy finished with three hits, one of which was his first career home run. This year’s sixth-round pick is holding his own just fine in pro ball. Malloy is hitting .294 in 34 AB so far. Too bad the GreenJackets lost 6-5 last night.

Cam Shepherd, Cade Bunnell and Landon Stephens also had strong performances yesterday as all three tallied two hits apiece.

For the FCL club, righty William Woods finally made his 2021 debut, even if he only faced four batters. Woods was supposed to be a huge prospect this year (I have him ranked 24th now), but the 22-year-old has been inactive. Hopefully he can get some solid work in before the end of the season, and push for a big year in 2022. Jared Johnson wound up coming in later and working four innings for the 8-0 win. It’s been a rough 2021 campaign for Johnson but he’s been solid down in rookie ball.

Catcher Liam McGill – a ninth-round pick this year – made some noise in his very first pro game. McGill homered, slapped his first double AND knocked in four runs. Have yourself a day, kid. Kadon Morton knocked in a pair of runs as well as the Braves finished with 10 hits overall.

Here are you scores and stats from Thursday’s action down on the Braves farm. The big league Braves will kick off a three-game weekend series against the Orioles tonight at 7:05 PM…

(53-40) Gwinnett Stripers

W, 8-1 vs. Louisville

  • SP, K. Wright – (W), 7 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 5 K
  • 1B, J. Camargo – 1 for 5, HR, RBI
  • 3B, Y. Sanchez – 2 for 4, 3 R
  • LF, D. Waters – 1 for 3, 2 RBI, BB

(55-37) Mississippi Braves

PPD vs. Montgomery

Will play doubleheader today.

(40-51) Rome Braves

PPD vs. Greenville

Will play doubleheader today.

(40-53) Augusta GreenJackets

L, 6-5 (F/7) vs. Carolina

SP, A. Hoffmann – 3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, HR

3B, J-H. Malloy – 3 for 3, HR, 3 RBI

1B, C. Bunnell – 2 for 4, 2B, R, SB

2B, C. Shepherd – 2 for 4, RBI

(2021 draftee)

(18-15) FCL Braves

W, 8-0 vs. Orioles Orange

SP, W. Woods – IP, H, K

RP, J. Johnson – (W), 4 IP, BB, 5 K

C, L. McGill – 2 for 3, HR, 2B, 4 RBI

1B, M. Backstrom – 1 for 4, 3B, R

SS, A. De Los Santos – 2 for 5, 2B, RBI, R

LF, D. Campbell – 2 for 4, R

(2021 draftee)

Freddie Freeman hits for cycle in Atlanta’s win and Eddie Rosario belts grand-slam for Gwinnett

Thursday, August 19, 2021

-Clint Manry

The Braves nearly spoiled a win last night in Miami as their five-run lead quickly turned into only a two-run lead in the span of just a few innings. Lord knows why Josh Tomlin is still pitching in the majors, but good grief he almost shit the bed on Thursday. Five earned runs in the span of 23 pitches.

Hopefully manager Brian Snitker has finally learned his lesson with him.

Anyways, congrats to Freddie Freeman for hitting for the cycle for the second time in his amazing MLB career. ICYMI, here are all four of his hits last night…

Back-to-back NL MVP campaigns may seem unlikely (he’s currently tied for 13th in fWAR among MLB hitters), but Freddie is once again putting together a top-notch season. Too bad fellow first baseman Vlad Jr. is having a breakout year as well as Freddie would be just behind Max Muncy for most WAR at the position.

Vlad Jr. – 5.3 WAR

Max Muncy – 4.9 WAR

Freddie – 4.3 WAR

Just as important, though (especially regarding the postseason), veteran Charlie Morton was again at his best. With Wednesday’s outing, the 37-year-old has now reached 140 innings this season and has been an absolute blessing. Morton’s 3.3 fWAR in 2021 is tied for the sixth-most in MLB. That one-year, $15-million contract is paying HUGE dividends.

Given the Phillies lost last night, the Braves are now 3.5 games up in the division. Six wins in a row really helps as according to FanGraphs Atlanta now has better playoff odds than the Padres (68.6% / 44.6%).

Here are Wednesday’s scores and stats from down on the Braves farm…


W, 11-9 vs. Marlins

SP, C. Morton – (W), 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 9 K

1B, F. Freeman – 4 for 5, HR, 3B, 2B, 2 RBI (hit for cycle)

LF, A. Duvall – 1 for 2, 2B, 3 RBI

3B, A. Riley – 3 for 5, 2 RBI, 2 R

SS, D. Swanson – 2 for 4, 2 R, BB


W, 4-1 vs. Louisville

SP, K. Muller – (W), 6 IP, H, R, 3 BB, 4 K

LF, E. Rosario – 1 for 4, HR (GS), 4 RBI

3B, S. Kazmar Jr. – 1 for 4, 2B, R

CF, C. Pache – 2 for 3, R, BB


W, 7-3 vs. Montgomery

SP, S. Strider – 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 7 K, HR

1B, D. Lugbauer – 2 for 4, HR, 2B, RBI

SS, B. Shewmake – 2 for 4, HR, RBI

DH, H. Clementina – 1 for 3, HR, 2 RBI

3B, C. Alexander – 3 for 4, 2B, RBI, R, SB


L, 1-0 vs. Greenville

SP, T. Gordon – 6 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 5 K

CF, M. Harris – 1 for 2, BB

3B, G. Saunders – 1 for 2, 3B, BB


L, 7-2 vs. Carolina

SP, R. Cusick – 2 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K

SS, C. Conley – 1 for 4, 2B, R

2B, C. Bunnell – 2 for 4, 2 2B, R

LF, W. Carter – 2 for 4, RBI, SB

1B, L. Stephens – 1 for 4, 2B

(2021 draftee)

Huascar Ynoa looks sharp in return for Atlanta; Drew Lugbauer slugs grand-slam in M-Braves win 

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

-Clint Manry

It was a three-month wait, but righty Huascar Ynoa made his highly anticipated return last night for the Braves… and the kid pitched well. Ynoa lasted all the way into the sixth inning on Wednesday, which, due to his absence, is pretty impressive.

Ynoa threw 53 of 80 pitches for a strike and did a nice job of keeping the ball in the infield. After working around a single by Miami’s Brian Anderson in the second frame, Atlanta’s righty didn’t allow another hit until the sixth, when a knock by Miguel Rojas chased him. 

From there, relievers Tyler Matzek, Chris Martin, Luke Jackson and Will Smith combined to finish the final 3.2 innings. The Braves bullpen was sharp, allowing just one hit altogether to go with five strikeouts and no walks. 

Offensively it was Jorge Soler who put Atlanta up in the eighth. The newly-acquired outfielder has been a blessing since his arrival…

In the final frame, third baseman (and a sneaky candidate NL MVP) Austin Riley added another run to the Braves lead when he belted his 26th home run of the year…

All-in-all, it was a pretty unexciting game as both the Braves and Marlins combined for just 10 hits. However, it was great to see Atlanta’s pitching once again come through with a stingy performance. 

Now into Wednesday, the Braves lead the division by 2.5 games as both the Phillies and Mets lost their respective games yesterday. The Braves are rolling, folks!

Down on the farm, righty Ian Anderson made his third rehab start since returning from an injury. The young pitcher wasn’t as crisp as usual, needing nearly 80 pitches to get through 4.1 innings on Tuesday, but Anderson still managed to get through the outing in scoreless fashion. 

In the opening frame, Johan Camargp continued his incredible Triple-A season by putting Gwinnett up by two with a homer…

In the next inning, Ryan Goins joined the fun with a long ball of his own, putting the Stripers up 3-0…

Of course it’s not a party until Orlando Arcia gets involved, and in the third he went deep as well, slugging his 17th homer of the season…

Following Arcia’s homer, though, things got a little chippy. Louisville’s pitcher threw a ball behind Camargo’s back, and in the end, several Stripers and Bats players wound up getting ejected…

No one was hurt… and eventually Gwinnett held on to the win.

For the M-Braves, starter Alan Rangel continued his strong 2021 season by tossing another quality-start against Montgomery…

Rangel is now down to a 4.24 ERA at the Double-A level as he’s made some impressive strides on the mound this year. 

The play of the night, though, has to go to first baseman Drew Lugbauer, who made my Midseason Braves Top 30 earlier this month. Lugbauer belted a grand-slam in the fifth inning, giving him 15 homers now in 2021…

The trio of Odalvi Javier (who I guess is now a reliever), Indigo Diaz and Matt Withrow finished the game by working together for three scoreless innings. 

Rome was rained out, though the R-Braves and Greenville will play a doubleheader today.

Down in Single-A, the GreenJackets were routed by Carolina, although Augusta’s offense did well by tallying 12 hits combined. Save for Cade Bunnell, every batter in the GreenJackets lineup recorded at least one hit, including 2021 draftees Cal Conley, Justyn-Henry Malloy and Christian Robinson. 

Rainiery Rodriguez got the start for Augusta on Tuesday, but he struggled mightily and allowed six runs (five earned) from a dozen hits in five innings. Reliever Kenny Wells struggled as well, and by the time Peyton Williams came in for garbage time in the ninth, Augusta was already trailing by six runs. 

The FCL Braves shutout the Orioles Orange team, thanks to some strong pitching. Reibyn Corona started and was sharp, but then five Braves relievers came in and dominated, combining to allow just one hit over six innings, including six strikeouts. 

Mahki Backstrom had a solid game and picked up a double, as well as Jose Palma. Also, 2021 draftee, and the Braves lead-off hitter, Tyler Collins contributed with a triple. Overall, the Braves out-hit the Orioles by a tally of 10-2 as the rookie team continues to play well down in Florida.


W, 2-0 vs. Marlins

SP, H. Ynoa – 5.1 IP, 3 H, BB, 4 K

3B, A. Riley – 2 for 4, HR, RBI

RF, J. Soler – 1 for 4, RBI

1B, F. Freeman – 2 for 4


W, 4-2 vs. Louisville 

SP, I. Anderson – 4.1 IP, 4 H, BB, 6 K

1B, J. Camargo – 1 for 3, HR, 2 RBI

SS, O. Arcia – 2 for 4, HR, RBI

3B, R. Goins – 1 for 3, HR, RBI


W, 9-3 vs. Montgomery 

SP, A. Rangel – (W), 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 6 K

1B, D. Lugbauer – 1 for 5, HR (GS), 4 RBI

2B, J. Miller – 1 for 5, 2B, RBI

C, S. Langeliers – 2 for 4, 2B, 2 R, BB

LF, T. Harris – 2 for 4, 2B, RBI, 2 R

CF, J. Dean – 3 for 5, 3B, 3 R


PPD vs. Greenville 


L, 10-4 vs. Carolina 

SP, R. Rodriguez – (L), 5 IP, 12 H, 5 ER, 3 K

DH, W. Carter – 2 for 3, 2B, RBI, R, 2 SB

RF, C. Robinson – 1 for 4, 2B, R

CF, S. Paolini – 2 for 3, 2B, RBI, R, 2 SB

C, R. Rodriguez – 1 for 4, RBI 

(2021 draftee)

(17-15) FCL Braves

W, 5-0 vs. Orioles Orange

SP, R. Corona – 4 IP, H, BB, 2 K

1B, M. Backstrom – 1 for 4, 2B

LF, J. Palma – 2 for 4, 2B, R

CF, T. Collins – 1 for 4, 3B, RBI, R

SS, G. Quintero – 1 for 3, RBI, R, SB

(2021 draftee)

Atlanta takes sole possession of first-place; M-Braves’ win streak ends at eight

Monday, August 16, 2021

-Clint Manry

Thanks to three-straight wins and an 8-2 record over their last ten, the Braves are now back on top in the NL East. And a lot of that is because of the play of shortstop Dansby Swanson, who once again finished with a multi-hit performance on Sunday. For the third consecutive game, Swanson went deep in yesterday’s win…

The last month in a half has been an incredible stretch for the 27-year-old Swanson. Since the start of July (a span of 39 games), the Braves shortstop is slashing .327/.369/.622 with 24 XBH (11 HR) and 36 RBI — good for a 154 wRC+. Swanson continues to play at the best level of his career, and there’s no signs of him slowing down anytime soon.

Staying in the Braves infield, third baseman Austin Riley was another big contributor in Sunday’s win over the Nats. Riley finished 3 for 5 with a home run and is also enjoying a career-best stretch of play since July 1. During that span, the 24-year-old has been even better than Swanson, totaling 22 XBH (12 HR) and a 164 wRC+. Riley’s fifth-inning homer yesterday came immediately after Freddie Freeman’s and was his 25th of the season, putting the Braves ahead by two.

Once again, the Atlanta bullpen came through after working with a slim lead. Following four innings by lefty starter Drew Smyly, five Braves relievers allowed two runs from four hits over five innings and struck out five. Over the last seven days, spanning 26.2 innings, the Atlanta bullpen has been solid overall, pitching to a 3.71 ERA to go with 11.8 strikeouts per nine.

Down on the farm, Gwinnett’s Nolan Kingham suffered through another rough start in a loss to the Durham Bulls. At this point it’s just getting out of hand for the 24-year-old righty, who now owns a 10.13 ERA in 29.1 Triple-A innings. After pitching really well with the M-Braves, Kingham has NOT finished one outing with the Stripers in which he’s allowed fewer than two runs. And to make matters worse, over his last three starts, Kingham has now surrendered 18 runs in 13 frames (12.46 ERA). He might need another stint in Double-A to figure things out again.

While Kingham continues to struggle in Triple-A, though, outfielder Travis Demeritte just keeps hitting as he homered yesterday for the 14th time in 2021…

The 26-year-old has been one of Gwinnett’s top hitters all year long, and heading into Monday’s off day Demeritte is hitting a solid .300 to go with a 1.057 OPS in 50 Triple-A games.

Both Cristian Pache and Drew Waters had the day off, and rehabbing outfielder Eddie Rosario finished hitless in four at-bats.

Mississippi’s winning streak died at eight-straight yesterday as they were routed by Biloxi. Prospect pitcher Freddy Tarnok didn’t have his best stuff on Sunday, and the M-Braves offense only managed six hits overall; however, that didn’t stop shortstop Braden Shewmake from absolutely pummeling a pitch in the first inning for his ninth home run of the season…

Shewmake has nearly dug himself out of that horrible hole from earlier this season. He’s still hitting only .238 for the year, but since June 17 he sports a .333 AVG with 19 XBH (6 HR) in 36 games with the M-Braves. Given how deep of a hole it was, if he’s able to finish 2021 with a .250-ish AVG and 10-15 homers, I’d call this campaign a success.

Rome completed a suspended game from August 14 on Sunday, scoring four runs in the final inning to beat Hickory. It was a team effort on offense as every batter in the R-Braves lineup – save for lead-off hitter Luke Waddell – finished with at least one base-hit. Third baseman Beau Philip and first baseman Brett Langhorne led the way with two RBI apiece, while both Michael Harris and Jesse Franklin each contributed with two hits.

Mitch Stallings was slated to start Sunday’s game, but a 1 hour and 30-minute rain delay spoiled his outing, giving way for Jared Shuster. The former top pick (Shuster) managed a strong three-inning start in his place.

Augusta’s pitching kept Kannapolis quiet yesterday, holding the Cannon Ballers to just three hits while striking out 11 overall in the win. On the offensive side, it was GreenJackets’ third baseman Braulio Vasquez who put the team out in front in the third inning with a two-run single…

Vasquez and center fielder Stephen Paolini both combined for three RBI, however, prospect infielder Vaughn Grissom led the way with two doubles and first baseman Cade Bunnell finished with two hits.

Chad Bryant got the start for Augusta, working four innings and allowing three runs from two hits. But it was the young sensation, righty Roddery Munoz, that earned the win. Munoz pitched three hitless frames and struck out three before giving way to two more relievers. It’s been an up and down year for the 21-year-old Munoz, but Sunday’s dominant appearance was his first since going on the IL at the end of last month – a month that featured a 4.76 ERA in 5.2 innings. Hopefully the kid can finish this season strong.


W, 6-5 vs. Nationals

SP, D. Smyly – 4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 K

SS, D. Swanson – 2 for 5, HR, 2 RBI

3B, A. Riley – 3 for 5, HR, RBI

1B, F. Freeman – 2 for 5, HR, RBI

CF/RF, J. Pederson – 2 for 4, 2B


L, 6-3 vs. Durham

SP, N. Kingham – (L), 5 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, HR

RF, T. Demerrite – 1 for 3, HR, RBI

LF, T. Gore – 1 for 4, 2B, RBI, R


L, 11-3 vs. Biloxi

SP, F. Tarnok – (L), 4 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

SS, B. Shewmake – 2 for 4, HR, 2 2B, 2 RBI

RF, T. Harris – 1 for 4, 2B, RBI, R


PPD vs. Hickory

W, 7-5 (F/7) vs. Hickory

SP, J. Shuster – 3 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 4 K, HR

DH, M. Harris – 2 for 3, RBI, 2 R

3B, B. Philip – 1 for 3, 2B, 2 RBI

C, C. Martinez – 2 for 4, 2B

1B, B. Langhorne – 1 for 2, 2 RBI


W, 5-3 vs. Kannapolis

SP, C. Bryant – 4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K, HR

RP, R. Munoz – (W), 3 IP, 3 K

2B, V. Grissom – 2 for 4, 2 2B, BB

3B, B. Vasquez – 1 for 3, 2 RBI, BB 1B, C. Bunnell – 2 for 4, R, BB

Kyle Muller doesn’t have it as Atlanta gets routed by Cincy; Eddie Rosario and Ryan Cusick debut for the Braves down on the farm

Friday, August 13, 2021

­-Clint Manry

Welp, two out of three versus the Reds is better than nothing. The Braves just couldn’t keep the good momentum going as they dropped Game 3 following a rough outing by young lefty-starter Kyle Muller. The prospect pitcher was immediately optioned to Triple-A today, so that’s a bummer. But I think we can all appreciate what Muller was able to do while in Atlanta.

Down on the farm, we finally were able to see recently-acquired outfielder Eddie Rosario. The rehabbing Brave even tallied his first hit as a member of the organization, running out an infield RBI single…

Other than the debut for Rosario, not much went on with the Stripers offense. Cristian Pache finished 0 for 3 and Drew Waters appeared to have the night off. However, Yolmer Sanchez did blast off with his seventh homer of the season…

All in all, it was a good day of pitching for Gwinnett. Jose Rodriguez got the start and the win, and the Stripers bullpen backed him up by working a combined 3.1 scoreless innings, striking out two. Relievers Jesse Biddle and Sean Newcomb had some much-needed clean work as well.

Spencer Strider got the start for the M-Braves, and though he didn’t pitch his best, the Mississippi offense came through in the final inning to win on a walk-off sac-fly by Wendell Rijo…

Rijo is now up to a .779 OPS so far this season and has made some impressive strides as a hitter. At nearly 26-years-old, he isn’t much of a prospect, but Rijo’s 24 XBH in 2021 has been a big part of the M-Braves success on offense.

Earlier in the game, Jalen Miller and Hendrick Clementina went back-to-back with big homers to tie the game at four apiece in the middle-innings…

This Mississippi team just continues to find ways to win… no matter who it is that’s leading the way.

Given Rome and the FCL Braves were both rained out, we’ll move on to Augusta’s big game last night, which featured a pro debut for former top pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, righty Ryan Cusick. The GreenJackets jumped out to a 2-0 lead early thanks to another 2021 draftee’s two-run homer. Cal Conley’s first career home run as a pro was a nice one…

He wasn’t on the mound long, but Cusick settled in and wound up tossing three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out seven. This kid looks to be a strikeout machine…

Prospect Vaughn Grissom also had a nice game, picking up a pair of hits. Grissom continues to play well this season. Next year should be huge for him as he’ll likely spend a lot of time in High-A… and maybe even Double-A.


L, 12-3 vs. Reds

SP, K. Muller – (L), 2.1 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, K, HR

2B, O. Albies – 1 for 5, HR, RBI

SS, D. Swanson – 2 for 3, RBI, SB

RF, J. Soler – 1 for 3, R, 2 BB


W, 3-0 vs. Durham

SP, J. Rodriguez – (W), 5.2 IP, 3 H, BB, 5 K

3B, Y. Sanchez – 2 for 3, HR, RBI

DH, E. Rosario – 1 for 4, RBI

LF, T. Gore – 1 for 3, 2B, R


W, 5-4 vs. Biloxi

SP, S. Strider – 5 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, HR

2B, J. Miller – 1 for 4, HR, 3 RBI

C, H. Clementina – 2 for 4, HR, RBI

SS, B. Shewmake – 1 for 4, 2B

RF, T. Harris – 1 for 3, 2 R

*Wendell Rijo hit walk-off sac-fly in the ninth, scoring CJ Alexander.


PPD vs. Hickory


W, 6-4 vs. Kannapolis

SP, R. Cusick – 3 IP, H, 7 K

2B, C. Conley – 2 for 3, HR, 3 RBI

1B, B. Horne – 1 for 4, 2B

SS, V. Grissom – 2 for 3, R

CF, S. Paolini – 1 for 4, RBI, R, SB

(bold = 2021 draftee)

(13-14) FCL BRAVES

PPD vs. FCL Pirates Black