Braves 2021 Farm Report: Johan Camargo and Shea Langeliers both slug multiple homers as the organization sweeps the day

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Saturday night was another organizational sweep as all four full-season minor league clubs won, plus the Atlanta Braves, who pulled off an epic (yet stressful) victory over the Phillies last night. Man has Ehire Adrianza been one helluva signing for the Braves this season. And though the major league club winning is of course the main priority here, last night did feature some impressive performances by several of the organization’s prospects.

Here are Saturday’s recaps…

AAA – Gwinnett Stripers (4-1)

W, 7-3 vs. Charlotte Knights
  • SP, C. Johnstone – (W) 5 IP, H, 5 K
  • 3B, J. Camargo – 2 for 4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, BB
  • LF, T. Demeritte – 2 for 5, HR, 2B, RBI, 2 R

BOX SCORE

The Stripers and Knights traded zeros for the first four innings, until in the 5th, Gwinnett’s Travis Demeritte slapped a line drive to left and hustled for a sliding-double. The hustle from Demeritte was key, given a few batters later, Phillip Ervin was able to knock Demeritte in to score off a grounder to third, giving the Stripers a 1-0 lead through five.

In Gwinnett’s half of the 6th, after a Riley Unroe strikeout, Ender Inciarte drove a single to right to put a runner on base for Orlando Arcia. With one swing of the bat, the shortstop gave the Stripers a three-run lead with a deep homer to right-center with what wound up being back-to-back-to-back homers for Gwinnett.

Five runs later, Unroe — who started the inning — finally flew out to left for the third out, but not before Gwinnett padded their lead to 6-0. In the 7th, Johan Camargo added on with another solo-homer to left-center…

Like two seasons ago (the last time Gwinnett played), this offense is unbelievable and will put up runs in a hurry. If you pay attention, all of those homers above were no-doubters hit waaay over the wall. The Stripers may break some more records in 2021. The trio of Inciarte (.300 AVG), Arcia (.304 AVG) and Camargo (.368 AVG) are all hitting over .300, with Demeritte nearly there at .294 through the team’s first five games.

Connor Johnstone, 26-years-old, got the start for Gwinnett on Saturday and the righty pitched beautifully, pushing a no-hitter into the 5th inning. Johnstone still managed to face only the minimum through five, given the single he allowed was immediately followed by a double-play. He worked efficient and had his control last night as Johnstone threw just 58 pitches (37 strikes). This is Conner’s second stint with Gwinnett (he pitched there in 2018) and one in which he needs to do well considering his age.

Thomas Burrows, Chris Martin and Sean Newcomb worked the final four innings of last night’s win, combining to allow three runs (one earned) from three hits and one walk to go with seven strikeouts. Newcomb’s 9th inning was strong as he struck out the side with 12 pitches.

 


 

AA – Mississippi Braves (1-4)

W, 5-2 vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos
  • SP, V. Vodnik – 4 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 5 K
  • C, S. Langeliers – 2 for 4, 2 HR, 4 RBI
  • RF, T. Harris – 3 for 4, R

BOX SCORE

This one was all Shea Langeliers as the top Braves pick from the 2019 MLB Draft knocked in four of the M-Braves five runs on Saturday night. But the first Langelier’s RBI came from a bit of small ball in the 4th inning. Following singles by both Braden Shewmake and Trey Harris, the Braves catcher hit a groundout to third to score Shewmake who was able to come home from second because of an error by Pensacola. Through four innings, Mississippi led 1-0. Langeliers got the power stroke going in the 6th, though, coming to the plate with two outs and belting a solo-homer, his first long ball of his Double-A career…

Pensacola would threaten with a comeback attempt in the 7th by scoring a pair of runs to tie the game at two apiece, but the M-Braves offense was having none of that. To start the 8th inning, Shewmake and Harris — two names I’ll be saying a lot of this season — both singled again, setting up a two on-and-no outs situation for Langeliers, who slugged his second homer of the game…

Finally, Mississippi picks up its first win of the 2021 season as this M-Braves offense has been a bit slow to get going this year. Along with Langeliers and Harris, Shewmake also had a great game on Saturday, finishing 2 for 4 with two runs scored.

The starting pitcher for Mississippi last night was 21-year-old righty Victor Vodnik, a kid who’d never pitched above Single-A in his pro career. But Vodnik was just fine against Pensacola, only facing above the minimum in the 1st and 4th inning as he racked up five strikeouts in just four frames.

Vodnik has been used primarily as a reliever during his time in the Braves system, but he has always had starter upside. I’m very interested to see how he does with this opportunity in 2021. Three relievers finished the game for the M-Braves, led by Troy Bacon, who picked up the win by working the 8th and 9th innings allowing a hit.

 


A+ – Rome Braves (4-1)

W, 3-1 vs. Winston-Salem Dash
  • SP, A. Rangel – 2 IP, H, K
  • RF, J. Franklin – 2 for 4, 2B, RBI, SB
  • CF, M. Harris – 1 for 4, RBI, R, SB

BOX SCORE

Three singles by Rome gave them the 3-1 win on Saturday. The first knock came from catcher Logan Brown in the 3rd inning when he drove in Cody Milligan, and the latter two both came in the 5th when Michael Harris and Jesse Franklin knocked in a run apiece. Every hitter in the Braves lineup last night — save for first baseman Brett Langhorne — picked up at least one hit, with Franklin logging two knocks. Brown continues to swing a hot bat this season and is up to a .313 AVG and .951 OPS so far in 2021.

23-year-old Alan Rangel only worked two innings but he was effective, pitching around just a single and a fielding error in the 2nd inning. The righty logged only 45 pitches (30 strikes) but given it was Rangel’s first start of the season, I’m sure he was operating under a pretty strict pitch limit. Coleman Huntley, Indigo Diaz and Kasey Kalich finished up the game, combining for seven innings pitched. The trio allowed one run from five hits and four walks, while striking out seven. Huntley picked up the win and Kalich the save.

 


 

A – Augusta GreenJackets (2-3)

W, 13-2 vs. Columbia Fireflies
  • SP, J. Estes – 2.2 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 BB, 6 K, HR
  • RF, W. Carter – 3 for 5, HR, 2B, 4 RBI
  • C, R. Rodriguez – 4 for 5, HR, 2 2B, 3 RBI

BOX SCORE

Augusta broke out last night and sent 12 batters to the plate in the opening inning against Columbia. Those 12 batters scored eight runs to start off the game, led by a three-run home run from Willie Carter, who improved his season AVG to .556 and OPS to 1.778 after Saturday’s three-hit performance. Drew Campbell, Vaughn Grissom, Byrson Horne, Cody Birdsong and Cam Shepherd all picked up singles in the 1st inning, and catcher Ricardo Rodriguez slapped a double. But the GreenJackets weren’t done as they also scored a run each in the 2nd and 3rd innings — an RBI single by Horne followed by an RBI single by Carter. Augusta added three more runs, scoring one in the 5th from a sac-fly by Grissom, one in the 6th from a homer by Rodriguez and one in the 8th from an RBI double by Rodriguez.

Joey Estes cruised through his start on Saturday, striking out five of the first six Columbia batters he faced. However, in the 3rd inning he ran into some trouble. After allowing a leadoff single, Estes balked… twice… in a row(!). Then he surrendered a home run and walked two-straight batters before getting a much-needed strikeout. His day would end after he walked a third batter in the inning, but luckily reliever Peyton Williams left Estes’ runners on base to keep his final line from blowing up. Six strikeouts in just 2.2 innings is impressive. Estes just needs to make sure he NEVER balks two times in a row again. After Williams, the trio of Zach Seipel, Ben Thompson and Justin Yeager finished the final 6.1 frames, with Williams picking up the win.

 


 

Sunday’s MiLB slate (May 9)

At time of this writing, no probables have been announced yet.

  • Gwinnett @ Charlotte (2:05 PM)
  • Pensacola @ Mississippi (3:05 PM)
  • Rome @ Winston-Salem (2:00 PM)
  • Columbia @ Augusta (2:05 PM)

 

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