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Minor League Report: Mississippi

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The Braves farm system is broken into two pieces. You've got the major-league ready talent including Brandon Jones, Brent Lillibridge, and Jo-Jo Reyes, and then the wave of talented youngsters, headed by names such as Tommy Hanson, Jason Heyward, and Cole Rohrbough. That has presented itself as quite the problem for the 6-19 Mississippi Braves. The major league ready prospects have moved on to Richmond and the younger group is still scattered between Myrtle Beach and Rome. It leaves Mississippi with -- as their disappointing record would suggest -- very little in terms of talent. On the offensive side of the ball, this team has basically nothing. Thirdbaseman Van Pope and firstbaseman Kala Ka'aihue are the only somewhat noteworthy position players on this team. At one point, these two were expected to someday compete for starting roles in Atlanta, however since then, disappointing offensive production has gone a long way towards stripping them of most of their prospect status. This year, Ka'aihue is sporting a .553 OPS and Pope is just a tad better at .611. The scary thing is that's about it with Jordan Schafer serving his 50-game suspension. The pitching is a little better, but still nothing to write home about. Mississippi's staff is headlined by reliever Kris Medlen, who gained notoriety after his first full season in 2007. He hasn't been dominant this year but he's been good. The 22-year old right-hander has eleven strikeouts with four walks through 13.2 innings. His 3.29 ERA is a product of the seventeen hits he's given up so far, but his hit rate should go down as the season progresses. Aside from Medlen, there are a couple other pitchers who have possible futures as relievers, including Jairo Cuevas, Sung Ki Jung, and Dustin Evans. One of the new members of the staff that is having a good year is Todd Redmond. He was acquired from Pittsburgh in the Tyler Yates deal and has been everything promised. Redmond has a 3.41 ERA in 29 innings this season with incredible control (7.33 K/BB ratio). Even with that great command, the consensus of most prospect publications is that his future is as a middle reliever. There may be a few role players on this team but the only one I can see having a prominent future role with Atlanta is Medlen. The mid-season reinforcements could come, with several talented and polished players currently at Myrtle Beach, but this team is catching the off-period in the organization's farm system.

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