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Braves Organization Minor League Recap

By Don Stone,

   From a standings point of view, the Atlanta Braves' minor league system remains mostly at the bottom with three of the four teams in last place. But, a lot of prospects are still shining.
  The Triple (A) Gwinnett Stripers just finished up a seven game road trip taking two of three at Charlotte and splitting four at Indianapolis.
   The 11-17 Stripers remain in last place in the International League South Division 5.5 games behind Tampa Bay's hot Durham Bulls who have won four in a row and 8 of their last 10. Tied for first is the Norfolk Tides, who are also on a four game winning streak. Just a half game ahead of Gwinnett is their next opponent, the Charlotte Knights.
The Stripers will be at Cooray Field all week for seven division games with the Knights and Tides.
   At Double A, the Mississippi Braves just lost three of five at Pensacola including a Sunday 9-7 loss to the Blue Wahoos.
The next five will be at home vs the Mobile Bay Bears. RHP Kyle Wright (1-3, 4.26) will be mound for the Braves. The M-Braves have moved out of last place splitting five of their last ten and are now 13-17 and in third place in the Southern League's South Division.
   At the Single A Advanced level, the Florida Fire Frogs just finished a six game homestand, losing two of three to the Palm Beach Cardinals and winning two of three against the Tampa Tarpons.
   RHP  Ian Anderson pitched well in Sunday's 2-1 loss. Baseball America's 42nd prospect set a career-high seven innings pitched and tied a career high seven strikeouts giving up just two hits.
   The Fire Frogs begin a six game road trip at Port St. Lucie against the Mets with RHP Bryse Wilson (2-0) taking the mound with his league-leading 0.34 ERA. The 11-19 Frogs remain in last place in the Florida State League North division.
   The only Braves minor league team not in last place is the Single A Rome Braves, who are in second place in the South Atlantic League Southern division. But, they just lost two out of three vs Asheville including an 8-3 Sunday final. Bruce Zimmermann (2-2) took the loss in that one.
   Rome had started their current seven game homestand taking two of three from the Lakewood BlueClaws. They close things out with one more against The Tourists Monday morning at 10:30.

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