Monday, November 15, 2021 – Daily Notes: Baseball America releases Braves Top 10 prospects for 2022 season, along with a projected starting lineup for 2025

-Clint Manry

I’m in the middle of my offseason prospect review series, but I just had to take a moment to check out Baseball America’s latest Braves list – a top 10 ranking published on Monday.

Boy have the times changed. Not only is outfielder Cristian Pache no longer the top prospect in the organization, but he drops all the way to third, behind both Michael Harris II and Shea Langeliers…

  1. Michael Harris II, OF
  2. Shea Langeliers, C
  3. Cristian Pache, OF
  4. Kyle Muller, LHP
  5. Spencer Strider, RHP
  6. Drew Waters, OF
  7. Braden Shewmake, SS
  8. Bryce Elder, RHP
  9. Ryan Cusick, RHP
  10. Jesse Franklin V, OF

That’s one helluva top 10, and honestly, save for Harris at no. 1, I could probably get on board with the entire list (I think, if not Pache, than Muller should be the top dog).

Speaking of Harris: though I’m not completely sold on him carrying the title as top prospect, he most certainly lived up to the pre-season hype from this past spring. At just 20-years-old, he slapped 26 doubles and totaled 27 stolen bases in 101 games with Rome, all while sporting a strong .294/.362/.436 slash-line (good for a 114 wRC+). Also, his 25.9% line drive rate was the fifth-highest mark in all of High-A, which is pretty good indication that he was absolutely locked in at the plate. Similar numbers in Double-A in 2022… and yeah, I’ll be ready to call him the best prospect in the Braves system.

BA also provided a look at what the Braves 2025 starting lineup could look like (in a perfect world where no prospect is ever traded), and let me tell ya, it looks awesome.

Catcher: Shea Langeliers (27)
First Base: Freddie Freeman (35)
Second Base: Ozzie Albies (28)
Third Base: Austin Riley (28)
Shortstop: Dansby Swanson (31)
Left Field: Michael Harris (24)
Center Field: Cristian Pache (26)
Right FieldRonald Acuna Jr. (27)
Designated HitterDrew Waters (26)

No. 1 Starter: Max Fried (31)
No. 2 Starter: Mike Soroka (26)
No. 3 Starter: Ian Anderson (27)
No. 4 Starter: Kyle Muller (27)
No. 5 Starter: Huascar Ynoa (27)
Closer: Spencer Strider (26)

I don’t know about Waters being the DH, but other than that, Freddie Freeman leading the charge as a 35-year-old sure looks nice. And what’s crazy, the starting rotation above is still a young group, even with Max Fried, Mike Soroka, Ian Anderson and Huascar Ynoa all several years into their big league careers. Oh, and Spencer Strider as the closer needs to happen ASAP. That could be one of the best pitching groups in decades.

Anyways… cool stuff.

Braves can’t complete comeback against Marlins while Augusta’s Justyn-Henry Malloy slugs a pair of homers

Sunday, September 12, 2021

-Clint Manry

We had a full slate of games yesterday as all five of the Braves minor league affiliates were on the docket, including a doubleheader for the FCL team. Unfortunately, the main event on Saturday night – Braves vs. Marlins – didn’t end the way we hoped, however there was still plenty of action down on the farm.

I don’t have time today to do a full report today, but let me let you in on a kid who’s crushing it right now: third baseman Justyn-Henry Malloy. Playing at the Single-A level currently (Augusta), the Braves sixth-round pick from this year’s draft bopped two more homers last night against Columbia, giving him five already this season in just 30 games. The 21-year-old is presently sporting a .271 AVG overall with a 137 wRC+ and looks primed to become another solid prospect outfielder in the Atlanta system. In his last 11 games, Malloy is batting a cool .351 with six XBH. Keep an eye of this dude.

Here’s your scores and stats from Saturday’s Braves action…

(75-66) Atlanta Braves

L, 6-4 vs. Marlins

SP, C. Morton – 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 7 K, HR

LF, A. Duvall – 1 for 3, 2B, BB

RF, J. Soler – 1 for 5, 2B, RBI, R

PH, E. Adrianza – 1 for 1, 2B, R

1B, F. Freeman – 2 for 5, 2 RBI, R

(65-48) Gwinnett Stripers

L, 3-0 vs. Columbus

SP, C. Johnstone – (L), 4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 K, 2 HR

RP, J. Flaa – 3 IP, BB, 3 K

LF, D. Waters – 1 for 3, BB

1B, J. Camargo – 1 for 3, BB

*Gwinnett’s offense only managed three hits

(65-41) Mississippi Braves

L, 6-3 vs. Montgomery

SP, S. Strider – (L), 3.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K

RP, C. Clouse – 1.2 IP, H, BB, 2 K

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

3B, C. Alexander – 1 for 3, 2B, R

RF, T. Harris – 1 for 4, 2B

(53-59) Rome Braves

L, 15-3 vs. Asheville

SP, D. Dodd – (L), 3 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 6 K, 4 HR

RP, M. Stallings – 4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K, HR

LF, D. Campbell – 3 for 4, 3B, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R

1B, C. Martinez – 1 for 4, 2B, RBI

(50-63) Augusta GreenJackets

W, 6-4 vs. Columbia

SP, R. Rodriguez – 4 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 6 K

RP, R. Munoz – (W), 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, ER, 7 K

3B, J-H. Malloy – 2 for 3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB

2B, C. Bunnell – 1 for 4, HR, 2 RBI

LF, L. Stephens – 2 for 4, HR, RBI

SS, C. Conley – 2 for 5, 2B, 2 R

1B, B. Horne – 1 for 4, 2B

RF, C. Robinson – 2 for 4

(25-28) FCL Braves

L, 3-1 (F/7) vs. Rays

W, 2-1 (F/7) vs. Rays

GAME 1

SP, J. Bautista – (L), 3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 K, HR

RP, E. Joseph – 2 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K

DH, K. Morton – 2 for 3, 2B, R, SB

GAME 2

SP, A. Shoemaker – 2.1 IP, ER, 5 BB, K

RP, J. Niekro – (W), 2.2 IP, BB, 5 K

CF, J. Palma – 1 for 3, R

LF, E. Workinger – 1 for 3, RBI

C, G. Pena – 1 for 2, RBI, BB

3B, J. Fernando – 1 for 3

Shea Langeliers hits homer no. 20; Landon Stephens tallies five RBI in Augusta’s big win

Saturday, September 11, 2021

-Clint Manry

It’s a historic day today, marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. I still remember where I was on that horrible day – in my fifth-grade history classroom (Mrs. Jeffries’ class). Although, at just 10-years-old, I had no idea what was going on.

Anyways, because my Saturday is a bit busy, today’s report only features scores and stats. However, I did put out a piece on the Braves outfield yesterday that I think you may like, so check it out. I’m still behind on my monthly check-ins for August but will hopefully have another installment out soon.

Here’s your Braves action from Friday…

(75-65) Atlanta Braves

W, 6-2 vs. Marlins

SP, I. Anderson – (W), 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, HR

Braves bullpen – 4 IP, 2 H, 8 K

RF, J. Soler – 1 for 4, 2 RBI. R

1B, F. Freeman – 2 for 4, 2B

C, T. d’Arnaud – 1 for 2, 2B

(65-47) Gwinnett Stripers

W, 6-3 vs. Columbus

SP, J. Rodriguez – (W), 5 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K

RP, D. Lee – IP, H, BB, 3 K

RF, T. Demeritte – 2 for 3, HR, 3 RBI

CF, D. Waters – 2 for 5, HR, RBI

DH, C. Pache – 2 for 5, 2B, R

(65-40) Mississippi Braves

W, 7-0 vs. Montgomery

SP, F. Tarnok – (W), 6.1 IP, H, BB, 8 K

RP, O. Javier – IP, 2 K

C, S. Langeliers – 2 for 4, HR, 3 RBI

CF, J. Dean – 2 for 5, 2B, R

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

1B, G. Jenista – 1 for 4, 2B, RBI

(53-58) Rome Braves

L, 8-2 vs. Asheville

SP, J. McSteen – (L), 6 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, BB, 5 K, 3 HR

DH, M. Harris – 2 for 3, 2 2B, RBI, BB

SS, V. Grissom – 1 for 4, R

3B, R. Delgado – 3 for 4, R

(49-63) Augusta GreenJackets

W, 11-1 vs. Columbia

SP, J. Johnson – 4 IP, H, R, 5 BB, 6 K

RP, K. Wells – (W), 3 IP, 2 H, 5 K

LF, L. Stephens – 3 for 4, 2 HR, 5 RBI, BB

C, T. Tolve – 2 for 4, 3B, 2 RBI, R, BB

CF, C. Robinson – 3 for 5, 3B, 2 RBI

RF, W. Carter – 3 for 5, 2B, RBI, 2 R

(24-27) FCL Braves

L, 13-2 vs. Rays

SP, D. Florentino – (L), 2.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, BB, 3 K, HR

C, A. Barranca – 1 for 3, 2B

2B, G, Quintero – 2 for 4, R

Braves organization probables – Thursday, September 9

Thursday, September 9, 2021

-Clint Manry

It’s been a super busy week so there hasn’t been time for any daily reports lately. Although here’s a look at tonight’s probable pitchers for the entire Braves organization…

(73-65) Atlanta vs. (58-81) Nationals // 7:20 PM

SP, Huascar Ynoa (4-5, 3.19 ERA)

(63-47) Gwinnett vs. (51-57) Columbus // 6:15 PM

SP, Bryce Elder (1-1, 4.02 ERA)

(63-49) Mississippi vs. (56-53) Montgomery // 7:35 PM

SP, Alan Rangel (2-2, 4.91 ERA)

(52-57) Rome vs. Asheville // 6:35 PM

SP, Darius Vines (3-4, 3.46 ERA)

(46-63) Augusta vs. Columbia x2 // (GM 1: 5:05 PM)

SP, Ryan Cusick (0-1, 4.15 ERA)

SP, Andrew Hoffmann (0-2, 4.58 ERA)

(24-26) FCL Braves vs. (18-22) Pirates Black // already completed

Pirates won 6-2

Bullpen spoils Braves night, cutting NL East lead to just 2.5; Royber Salinas strikes out 10 for FCL club

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

-Clint Manry

It feels like it’s been awhile, but the Braves bullpen ruined another late-game lead on Tuesday, dropping Game 2 versus the Dodgers by a score of 3-2.

Following two strong innings from Braves starter Charlie Mortin (featuring four strikeouts and only a double by LA), Joc Pederson got the scoring started for Atlanta with a solo-homer in the third. How the hell he was able to get his bat to the ball… who knows.

The Braves struck again in the fourth. Austin Riley came through with a one-out single, and Travis d’Arnaud followed up with a double to push Riley across home plate. With a 2-0 advantage and Morton looking sharp thus far, it appeared Atlanta was on their way to a series split. But unfortunately Mookie Betts had something different in mind…

Betts homer was really the only mistake of the night for Morton, who managed to throw 106 pitches and induce seven groundouts compared to just one flyout. However, once he walked off the mound after six quality innings, the Braves bullpen began to implode.

First, it was Luke Jackson in the seventh, surrendering a sac-fly off the bat of LA’s Chris Taylor (despite actually throwing a very nice pitch)…

Then, to break the 2-2 tie and put the Dodgers up, lefty Tyler Matzek allowed an RBI double by Corey Seager, who somehow managed to turn on a 98-MPH fastball on the outside corner…

Following the go-ahead drive by Seager, Matzek was able to get out of the jam, which should be appreciated given the Braves had its nos. 4-6 batters coming up in the ninth. However, a quick 1-2-3 inning for closer Kenley Jansen was all she wrote as Riley popped out and both d’Arnaud and Dansby Swanson struck out. Braves lose.

It really isn’t a good time for Atlanta to lose two in a row, either, as both Philly and the Mets are currently on winning streaks of their own. Last night’s loss cuts the Braves’ division lead to just 2.5 games. The Phillies are definitely closing in, but hopefully Atlanta can somewhat keep the walls from closing in with a win tonight. It’s going to be a tough one. The two Maxes will face off as Max Fried opposes Max Scherzer on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 10:10 PM (ET) tonight.

My work schedule has been crazy this week, plus all but Augusta and the FCL team were either rained out or canceled due to COVID on Tuesday. So today will feature just scores and stats…

(70-61) Atlanta Braves

L, 3-2 vs. Dodgers

SP, C. Morton – 6 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 8 K, HR

CF, J. Pederson – 1 for 2, HR, RBI

C, T. d’Arnaud – 1 for 4, 2B, RBI

3B, A. Riley – 2 for 4, R

(58-44) Gwinnett Stripers

PPD vs. Memphis (Rain)

(58-39) Mississippi Braves

PPD vs. Biloxi (COVID-19)

(46-55) Rome Braves

PPD vs. Winston-Salem (Wet grounds)

(42-61) Augusta GreenJackets

L, 6-4 vs. Fayetteville

SP, R. Rodriguez – (L), 4.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, BB, K, HR

3B, J-H. Malloy – 2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI

1B, C. Bunnell – 2 for 3, HR, RBI, SB

RF, C. Robinson – 2 for 4, 2B, RBI

SS, V. Grissom – 1 for 4

(22-22) FCL Braves

L, 8-5 (F/7) vs. Pirates Gold

L, 11-8 (F/8) vs Pirates Gold

SP, K. Anglin – 2 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, HR

SP, R. Salinas – 4 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, BB, 10 K, HR

1B, M. Backstrom – 1 for 3, HR, RBI

RF, B. Mezquita – 3 for 4, HR, 4 RBI, BB

2B, C. Durbin – 1 for 3, 3B, RBI, R

3B, F. Floyd – 1 for 3, 2B

CF, T. Collins – 2 for 4, 2B, R

CF, J. Palma – 3 for 5, RBI, 2 R, SB

2B, E. Stevens – 2 for 5, RBI, SB

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…

(58-41) GWINNETT STRIPERS

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.

(58-39) MISSISSIPPI BRAVES

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.

(43-55) ROME BRAVES

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.

(41-58) AUGUSTA GREENJACKETS

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…

(57-41) GWINNETT STRIPERS

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.

(58-39) MISSISSIPPI BRAVES

PPD vs. Pensacola

(43-54) ROME BRAVES

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.

(41-57) AUGUSTA GREENJACKETS

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…

(68-58) ATLANTA BRAVES

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

(56-41) GWINNETT STRIPERS

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

(58-39) MISSISSIPPI BRAVES

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

(43-53) ROME BRAVES

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

(41-56) AUGUSTA GREENJACKETS

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

Braves winning streak ends against Yankees despite another strong outing by Huascar Ynoa

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

-Clint Manry

The winning streak finally came to an end on Monday as the Braves fell to the Yankees 5-1. However, for Huascar Ynoa, it was once again a strong showing as he appears primed to to finish the season strong. In his second outing since returning from the IL, Ynoa lasted six innings last night and threw 60 of 93 pitches for a strike, including nine strikeouts, one walk and only three runs allowed from four hits. The 23-year-old has looked a lot like his old self since returning on August 17…

Huascar Ynoa since returning from IL

2 starts, 11.1 IP, 10.3 K/9, 1.5 BB/9, 2.38 ERA, 2.82 FIP

Overall, the Braves offense scuffled a bit on Monday as the entire lineup tallied just five hits for the night. A solo-homer by Dansby Swanson in the second inning was all Atlanta could muster versus Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery. However, for Swanson, it was yet another example of how much he’s improved this year as he walloped a first-pitch breaking ball for a 408-foot dinger (the furthest hit ball of the game).

In the end, though, the Yankees lineup was just too dangerous. New York’s no. 5 hitter, right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, ended up finishing the night 2 for 3 with a homer and a double to go with three RBI, and catcher Gary Sanchez added two ribbies as well.

Ending such an exciting winning streak is disappointing, but let’s not lose sight of the bigger picture. Thanks to all of those wins they banked up over the last few weeks, the Braves still lead the division by 4.5 games. Even better, Atlanta has a very good shot at splitting this series with New York, given a red-hot Charlie Morton will take the mound today against a struggling Andrew Heaney. The streak may have died, but the Braves are far from done!