Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Strong pitching and timely hitting fuels organizational sweep

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Winans and Mejia continued their fantastic 2024 campaigns with two more really good starts.

(41-46) Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 2, (41-47) Gwinnett Stripers 3 – F/10

Box Score

  • Drake Baldwin, DH: 1-for-4, 2B, BB, .307/.430/.511
  • Alejo Lopez, 3B: 2-for-4, .282/.368/.351
  • Allan Winans, SP: 5.0IP 5H 1ER 0BB 3K, 2.93 ERA
  • Daysbel Hernandez, RP: 2IP 1H 1R 0ER 0BB 3K, 2.00 ERA

Thrust into starting duty following the activation of AJ Smith-Shawver, it was another spectacular effort from Allan Winans who continues his strong season. The original plan was for Smith-Shawver to start the game and Winans to come in – but instead Winans took the mound to start the first and didn’t look back. After beginning the season with some blister issues, Allan took off in the month of June winning the International League Pitcher of the Month for the month after registering a 1.16 ERA across five starts. That being said this win was a total staff effort as the quartet of Winans, Jackson Stephens, Tommy Doyle, and Daysbel Hernandez limited the Jumbo Shrimp to just eight hits across ten innings with just two of those being extra-base hits (two doubles). Despite pitching in a matchup that consisted of the Pitcher of the Month and fantastic pitching prospect Max Meyer, it was Daysbel, who again pitched in just two innings, that had the most whiffs in the game (8). His continued strong work will likely result with him back on the big league team when eligible.

Offensively, it was a struggle as the Stripers faced off against baseball’s #81, and Marlins #3 prospect, Max Meyer. The Stripers scored their first run in the bottom of the third when Andrew Velazquez connected on his 11th homer of the season.

The score would remain tied, again thanks to some spectacular pitching from both clubs, until the 10th inning when Jacksonville scored in the top half of the inning to go up 2-1. Gwinnett responded by walking it off courtesy of Yuli Gurriel with the bases loaded.

(45-37) Birmingham Barons 0, (37-44) Mississippi Braves 6

Box Score

  • Cal Conley, SS: 4-for-5, R, .248/.315/.322
  • Justin Dean, CF: 2-for-3, HR, SB (22), 3R, 2 RBI, BB, .242/.335/.329
  • Geraldo Quintero, LF: 3-for-4, .230/.313/.333
  • Ian Mejia, SP: 7IP 6H 0ER 2BB 4K, 2.40 ERA

We were blessed with another Ian Mejia sighting over in Mississippi as the 2022 11th round draft pick cruised, once again, to another outstanding outing. The two time Southern League Pitcher of the Month completely shut out the Barons, who were Southern League North first half champions. Following Mejia, were almost as equally impressive outings, by Jorge Juan (1IP 0H 0ER 0BB 3K), and Elison Joseph (1IP 0H 0R 1BB 2K) – who was making his Double-A debut. The three shut out a team that was second in run differential, and fourth overall in runs scored in the Southern League – a feat of its own.

On the offensive side of things this game was 0-0 heading into the fourth inning when Justin Dean lead off the inning with a single. Dean would go first-to-third on a Tyler Tolve single before scoring on a Bryson Horne sacrifice fly. At the time, with how both teams were pitching, it seemed like that might be all either team gets but the Braves tacked on an additional four runs the following inning thanks to a Justin Dean bases loaded walk (2-0), and two run single by Tyler Tolve (4-0) that scored Keshawn Ogans, and Cal Conley. Sebastian Rivero would single in Justin Dean to extend that lead to 5-0. Mississippi would add their final run in the seventh from this Justin Dean homer

(36-46) Fayetteville Woodpeckers 5, (34-46) Augusta GreenJackets 6

Box Score

  • Isaiah Drake, CF: 1-for-5, R, RBI, BB, .163/.228/.261
  • Luis Sanchez, 2B: 2-for-5, 2 RBI, R, .223/.292/.269
  • Garrett Baumann, SP: 4.2IP 7H 4ER 3BB 4K, 3.67 ERA
  • Adel Dilone, RP: 4.1IP 1H 1R 0ER 0BB 5K, 2.89 ERA

Unlike the other two games, this one had just a tad bit more drama. Garrett Baumann took the mound and was okay – needing 81 pitches to go just 4.2 innings. Baumann, who is young for the level, features mainly a plus changeup and has been able to keep Low-A hitters at bay with his FB/CH combo but struggled just a bit this game. Fast forwarding to the fifth inning, with the Woodpeckers up 4-0, Adel Dilone took over for Garrett and was absolutely masterful. Adel came in with a runner on second and two outs and quickly ended the inning with a strike out. He would then go on to pitch four innings of one hit baseball giving up just one unearned run in the games final inning. Adel has been nothing short of really good for the GreenJackets – appearing in 15 games (two starts) and has compiled a 3.43 ERA, 1.195 WHIP, and 10.3 K/9 rate.

On the offensive side of things it took a while for the GreenJackets offense to get going as they were scoreless through four innings but exploded for four runs in the fifth inning to tie the game a 4 each. The GreenJackets would tack on another run in the seventh to take the lead when Leiker Figueroa would drive in Cam Magee, who had singled and stole second to start the inning, via a ground out. The Woodpeckers would respond with a run of their own to tie the game in the 9th inning but Isaiah Drake would quickly end things in the bottom of the frame with this opposite field walk off hit:

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Title: Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Strong pitching and timely hitting fuels organizational sweep
Author: Gaurav Vedak

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