The Atlanta Braves went the mature power route by selecting prep corner hitter Braxton Davidson with the 32nd overall pick in Thursday's first round.
Thursday, June 5 - 7 p.m.
Lexington Legends (25-34)
LHP Cody Reed (2014 A: 28.2 IP, 8.16 ERA, 5.21 FIP, 14.5 K%, 9 BB%, .391 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (28-29)
LHP Carlos Diaz (2014 A: 46.2 IP, 4.44 ERA, 4.17 FIP, 17.1 K%, 8.3 BB%, .310 BABIP)
The San Francisco Giants are in position to make a significant addition to their minor league system by picking 14th in Thursday's MLB Draft.
The focus has been a little sharper for the Giants over the past few days, as the main mock drafts have cut down the options. Those listed are solid players who could immediately boost the value of the Giants system.
Wednesday, June 4 - Augusta 12, Rome 8
Mella's stuff was the livest I've seen from him. He pumped 95-96 and touched 98 in the first inning before settling to 92-95. The fastball was heavy and sank hard, resulting in nine ground balls. He worked up some on the pitch, and his command wasn't always there, which led to a few hard hit balls. But Mella seemed to have the game under control throughout.
Wednesday, June 4 - 7 p.m.
Rome Braves (18-40)
LHP Yean Carlos Gil (2014 A: 47.2 IP, 1.70 ERA, 2.36 FIP, 22.4 K%, 3.8 BB%, .304 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (27-29)
RHP Keury Mella (2014 A: 48.1 IP, 4.10 ERA, 3.08 FIP, 21.1 K%, 5.3 BB%, .345 BABIP)
The Braves lost their first-round pick in the 2014 draft for signing Ervin Santana, but the loss of Brian McCann resulted in a 32nd overall pick. Atlanta isn't completely out of the early draft picture, but it's always a challenge finding a high-upside talent that far down the board.
Tuesday, June 3 - Rome 4, Augusta 3
After Ysla threw nearly 35 pitches in the first inning, I never would have guessed he could last five innings. But he gave the GreenJackets five innings of two earned runs with two walks and six strikeouts. The outing was like pulling teeth, but he did well to minimize the damage.
Tuesday, June 3 - 7 p.m.
Rome Braves (17-40)
LHP Daniel Watts (2014 A+-A: 23 IP, 27 H, 13 R, 12 ER, 8 BB, 21 K)
Augusta GreenJackets (27-28)
LHP Luis Ysla (2014 A: 42 IP, 2.36 ERA, 3.59 FIP, 17.9 K%, 9.8 BB%, .254 BABIP)
Ysla's hot streak on the mound continued against Savannah last time out, allowing one run on four hits in six innings. He struggled some with control, walking three, but he limited the damage and pitched out of trouble.
The Augusta GreenJackets will send three players to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on June 17, including one getting perhaps the greatest honor in all-star voting.
GreenJackets left-hander Matt Lujan will be the starting pitcher for the Southern Division for the game in Hickory. The 25-year-old starter ranks fourth in the division with a 1.74 ERA, but he leads that group in innings pitched with 57. At the time of voting, Lujan's ERA was sub-1.5, which easily led the league.
Monday, June 2 - Rome 6, Augusta 5
The Braves pitcher gave up two runs on four hits in six innings, walking one and striking out seven. It was a big day for the 22-year-old after his college team, Kennesaw State, advanced to the Super Regionals earlier in the day, and he followed with a strong outing.