The Road to Chicago

The Road to Chicago is an update on former and current Barons players and their attempt to reach the Majors.

Marcus Semien – In 70 games with the Charlotte Knights, Semien is hitting .241 with 41 RBI, 46 runs scored, 10 home runs, and 16 doubles. Semien is looking to get back to where he started the season with the Chicago White sox, where he hit .231, batted in 25 runs, scored 29 runs, and hit 5 home runs to go along with 11 doubles.

Micah Johnson – After starting the year off in Birmingham, Johnson is playing just as well since being called up to Charlotte. He is batting .275 with 25 runs batted in, 30 runs scored, 10 doubles, and 12 stolen bases. Johnson, the White Sox no. 2 prospect, also played in the 2014 MLB Futures Game.

Tyler Saladino – After spending all of 2013 with the Barons, Saladino began the year in Charlotte where he had an outstanding season. He hit .310 with 43 RBI, 41 runs scored, 9 home runs, and 16 doubles. Saladino’s season came to an early end after he required season ending Tommy John surgery.

Dan Black – Since being sent back to Birmingham after suffering an oblique injury, Black is looking a lot like the player we saw in 2013. He is hitting .293 with 17 RBI, 15 runs scored, 4 homers, and 8 doubles in just 30 games with the Barons.

Andy Wilkins – Wilkins continues to add on to his stellar season in Charlotte. He is among the league leaders in many stats including: home runs (1st, 28), RBI (T-1st, 77), doubles (T-2nd, 34), and runs scored (3rd, 74) to go along with a .297 batting average. Wilkins was also named the International Player of the Month in July.

Jared Mitchell – Mitchell is hitting .251 with 43 runs batted in, 61 runs scored, 17 home runs, 11 doubles, and 5 doubles between Triple-A Charlotte and Double-A Birmingham.

Chris Beck – In 5 starts with Charlotte since being promoted, Beck is 1-2 with a 3.25 ERA to go along with 22 strikeouts over 27.2 innings pitched.

Keenyn Walker – After being demoted to Advanced-A Winston-Salem, Walker still continues to struggle. He is hitting just .203 with 18 RBI, 21 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases.

Up and Coming

Courtney Hawkins – Hawkins is still putting up solid numbers for Winston-Salem. His average is only .251 but he has 61 runs scored, 18 home runs, 25 doubles, and a league-leading 79 runs batted in.

Tim Anderson – Anderson was having a great season before being placed on the DL after fracturing his wrist. Anderson was hitting .297 with 31 RBI, 48 runs scored, 6 home runs, 18 doubles, 7 triples and 10 stolen bases. Anderson, the no. 3 prospect in the White Sox organization, is currently on a rehab assignment in the Arizona League.

Who’s Hot For The Barons

Rangel Ravelo – Ravelo has had a fantastic season. He is among the league leaders in hits (1st, 135), batting average (T-1st, .318), and doubles (1st, 36) to go along with 11 home runs and 68 runs scored. Ravelo also owns the longest hitting streak in minor-league baseball this season at 26.

 Chris Bassitt – After being on the disabled list for most of the season, Bassitt has been lights out since returning to the starting rotation. He is 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA in 4 starts to go along with 26 strikeouts over 24.0 innings pitched. Bassitt was also named the Southern League Pitcher of the week for the week of August 4-10. 

Series Preview: Smokies @ Barons

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The Smokies come into tonight’s a half-game behind the Barons for first place in the North Division second half standings. The Smokies return to Birmingham following a home series win over the M-Braves.

The Barons come off a split of a six game road series with the Jacksonville Suns. The Barons won last night by a 5-1 score with Myles Jaye picking up his second win of the season.

Who’s Hot

Smokies

LF Jonathan Mota: Has hit safely in 5 of his last 6 games including three multi-hit games.

1B Lars Anderson: Has 3 hits in his first two games for the Smokies. He was added from Triple-A after batting .287 in Iowa.

Barons

OF Jared Mitchell: Since returning to the Barons around the All-star break Mitchell is hitting .282 with 7 Homeruns and 16 Runs Batted In. Mitchell has also made a handful of great catches in the outfield.

Catcher Kevan Smith: Hit .438 in the 4 games he played on the road trip. He is still batting over .300 on the season.

Live Coverage

Tonight’s game will be broadcast on 105.5 WERC, http://www.wercfm.com & also available on I-Heart Radio. Live video coverage is also available with a subscription to MILB TV. You can follow live stats online though the “Gameday” feature on Barons.com or by downloading the free MILB “First Pitch” App for tablets or smart phones. Additional news and notes are available through the Barons social media pages. Links are located on Barons.com and also on the right column of the Barons Beat Blog.

On Deck

Following this five game series with the Smokies, the Barons will travel to Chattanooga to take on the Lookouts. The Barons will return home on Wednesday August 6th following a league off day on the 5th.

Game 5 Preview: M-Braves @ Barons

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Last Night

The Barons held off a late inning rally by Mississippi to hold on to a 5-4 win from Regions Field. Chris Beck pitched into the ninth inning and earned his fifth win of the season. With the win, the Barons remain in 1st place , now by a game over Huntsville.

Today’s Matchup

The M-Braves will send RHP Mitch Atkins to the mound. Atkins is 4-0 with a 4.69 ERA on the season. Atkins has split time between Mississippi and Gwinnett in Triple-A. He was moved to a relief for a short time before being transferred to Mississippi. Atkins pitched against the Barons on June 28th allowing 4 earned runs in 6 innings.

The Barons will counter with RHP Myles Jaye. He earned his 1st win of the season against the on July 7th against the Generals but followed up with a loss in his last outing July 13th. He last pitched against the M-Braves on June 27th going 6 innings and allowing 4 runs in a no decision.

Live Coverage

Tonight’s game will be broadcast on 105.5 WERC, http://www.wercfm.com & also available on I-Heart Radio. Live video coverage is also available with a subscription to MILB TV. You can follow live stats online though the “Gameday” feature on Barons.com or by downloading the free MILB “First Pitch” App for tablets or smart phones. Additional news and notes are available through the Barons social media pages. Links are located on Barons.com and also on the right column of the Barons Beat Blog.

On Deck

The Barons will travel to Jacksonville Florida following tonight’s game for a six games series against the Suns. Tuesday will be a double header making up a postponed game from June 22nd. Following the Suns series the Barons will return home to take on the Tennessee. The Smokies are currently two games behind the Barons for 1st place in the North Division.

Game 4 Preview: M-Braves @ Barons 6:30 CT

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Last Night

The Barons scored 5 runs in the first inning and held on to a 7-1 victory in game two of the series. The Barons had 13 hits in the game and the  M-Braves committed four errors in the loss. With the win the Barons now lead Tennessee by a half-game in the North Division. The Smokies were rained out last night.

Tonight’s Matchup

The M-Braves have activated starting pitcher J.R. Graham from the DL and he will start tonight.Graham is 1-3 with a 5.18 ERA this season. He last pitched on June 22nd.

Chris Beck will make the start for Birmingham. Beck is 4-8 with a 3.73 ERA. Beck has received losses in his last two starts. He last win was against Chattanooga on July 1st. Beck has only allowed more than 3 runs in a game only twice in his last 9 starts.

Live Coverage

Tonight’s game will be broadcast on 105.5 WERC, http://www.wercfm.com & also available on I-Heart Radio. Live video coverage is also available with a subscription to MILB TV. You can follow live stats online though the “Gameday” feature on Barons.com or by downloading the free MILB “First Pitch” App for tablets or smart phones. Additional news and notes are available through the Barons social media pages. Links are located on Barons.com and also on the right column of the Barons Beat Blog.

On Deck

Following this home stand the Barons will travel to Jacksonville Florida to take on the Suns. The Barons will return home to Region Field  following that series to match up with the Tennessee Smokies July 26th-30th. Both of these teams are in the second half playoff hunt.

Game 2 Preview: Braves @ Barons 7:05CT

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Last Night

The M-Braves took game one of the series by a final score of 8-4. The Barons were able to produce 10 hits in a loosing effort. Trayce Thompson and Micheal Early both had multi-hit games.  The Barons led the M-Braves through six innings but the M-Braves were able to score 6 runs in the 7th inning  and held on to the lead.

Tonight’s Starting Pitchers

The M-Braves (15-11, 54-41) will send RHP Gregg Ross to the mound tonight. Ross 3-1 with a 0.98 ERA in four Double-A starts this season.  Ross was previously 5-3 with a 3.50 ERA in the (High-A) Carolina League.  He pitched against the Barons June 25th and allowed only 2 runs on 5 hits in the win.

The Barons (12-12, 54-42) will counter with RHP Mike Recchia. He is 5-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 10 Double-A start this season. Recchia is 3-0 in his last 4 starts. He last pitched against the M-Braves on June 24th going 6.1 innings and allowing three earned runs on five hits in the a win.

Live Coverage

Tonight’s game will be broadcast on 105.5 WERC, http://www.wercfm.com & also available on I-Heart Radio. Live video coverage is also available with a subscription to MILB TV. You can follow live stats online though the “Gameday” feature on Barons.com or by downloading the free MILB “First Pitch” App for tablets or smart phones. Additional news and notes are available through the Barons social media pages. Links are located on Barons.com and also on the right column of the Barons Beat Blog.

Three Way Tie

With last night’s loss, the Barons are now in a three way tie with Huntsville and Tennessee for 1st place in the second half North Division. Huntsville won the 1st half. The Barons have played 2 less games so far due to rain outs. The Barons will meet up with Tennesse later this month, and Huntsville the first full week in August.

On Deck

Following this home stand the Barons will travel to Jacksonville Florida to take on the Suns. The Barons will return home to Region Field  following that series to match up with the Tennessee Smokies July 26th-30th. Both of these teams are in the second half playoff hunt.

Preview: Braves @ Barons July 16th-20th

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The M-Braves (14-11, 53-41) are coming off  a 3-2 series lost to the Mobile BayBears. The Braves have lost 6 of their last 10 games. They are currently in 3rd place in the North Division but only two games behind Mobile. Mobile won the 1st half so the Braves could finish in second place and still make the playoffs.

The Barons (12-11, 41-51) lost 3 of 4 games in Jackson. The final game of the series was rained out and will be made up later this year. The Barons were able to gain ground and over take Tennessee for 1st place in the North Division.

The Braves and Barons matched up a couple weeks ago at Regions. The Barons dropped 3 of 5 games to the M-Braves in that series.

Who’s Hot?

Mississippi

#7 2B Jose Perazza: Batting .348 over his last 10 games, including 12 hits in his last 4 games.

#39 3B Kyle Kubitza: Batting .324 with a .477 On Base Percentage over his last 10 games. He has 11 hits to go with 8 hits over that stretch.

Birmingham

#29 CF Jared Mitchell: Has hit safely in 8 of his last 10 games including 3 Home Runs. His average on the season in now .315 with the Barons.

#25 1B/DH Rangel Revelo: Although his hitting streak has came to an end, Revelo has 14 hits in his last 10 games . The first half All-Star is current batting .315 with a .429 On Base Percentage.

Tonight’s Starters

The Barons will send LHP Scott Snogress to the mound. Scott is 5-7 with a 4.21 ERA. He was scheduled to start game 5 in the Generals series but the game was rained out.

The M-Braves will counter with RHP Jason Hursh. He is 6-6 with a 3.88 ERA in 18 starts with the Braves this season. Hursh is 0-2 in his last 4 starts. He last pitched against the Barons on June 24th, pitching 7 Inning & allowing 6 Runs on 10 Hits in a loss to the Barons.

Live Coverage

Tonight’s game will be broadcast on 105.5 WERC, http://www.wercfm.com & also available on I-Heart Radio. Live video coverage is also available with a subscription to MILB TV. You can follow live stats online though the “Gameday” feature on Barons.com or by downloading the free MILB “First Pitch” App for tablets or smart phones. Additional news and notes are available through the Barons social media pages. Links are located on Barons.com and also on the right column of the Barons Beat Blog.

 On Deck

Following this home stand the Barons will travel to Jacksonville Florida to take on the Suns. The Barons will return home to Region Field  following that series to match up with the Tennessee Smokies July 26th-30th. Both of these teams are in the second half playoff hunt.

Barons @ Generals Game 5 Preview

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This Series

After an opening series win on Thursday the Barons have dropped their last 3 games to the Generals. The Generals have outscored the Barons 21-6 the last 3 games. The Barons will try to salvage game 5 tonight from Jackson. The Barons are still only one half-game behind Tennessee for 1st place in the North Division.

Tonight’s Starters

The Barons will Send LHP Scott Snodgress to the mound. Snodgress is 5-7 with a 4.21 ERA this season. He has pitched well his last 4 starts going 2-1 and allowing only 8 runs over that stretch. Each of those games he was able to pitch 6 or more innings.

The Generals will counter with RHP Matt Anderson. He is 3-3 with a 4.37  ERA in 10 starts at the Double-A level this season. Anderson has split time at High Desert(A+) where he was 3-2 with a 5.23 ERA. Anderson last pitched against the Barons on June 6 pitching 5 solid innings & allowing only 1 run on 8 hits.

On Deck

The Barons have an off day tomorrow before returning home to Regions Field to take on the Mississippi Braves.  The Braves are currently 14-10 in the second half. They are only one game behind Mobile for first place in the South Division. The Barons will return to the road following the Braves series to take on the Jacksonville Suns. July 22nd-25th.

Live Coverage

Tonight’s game will be broadcast on 105.5 WERC, http://www.wercfm.com & also available on I-Heart Radio. Live video coverage is also available with a subscription to MILB TV. You can follow live stats online though the “Gameday” feature on Barons.com or by downloading the free MILB “First Pitch” App for tablets or smart phones. Additional news and notes are available through the Barons social media pages. Links are located on Barons.com and also on the right column of the Barons Beat Blog.

 

Barons @ Generals Series Preview:

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Last Series

The Barons were able to take 3 out of 5 games from the Smokies. The Barons finish the series only a half-game behind the Smokies for second place in the North Division. The two teams will meet up again at Regions Field later this month.

Tonight’s Starters

The Generals (38-51, 7-13) will send LHP Tyler Olson to the mound. Olsen is 3-4 with a 4.22 ERA in the Southern League this season. He has split time between the Generals and  High Desert in High-A ball. He went 2-1 with a 3.13 for the Mavericks in 5 starts. Olson pitched well his last start against the Barons allowing only 3 earned runs on 8 hits in 8 innings pitched. Since that game, he has allowed only 13 runs in his last 5 starts.

The Barons(40-49, 11-8) will counter with RHP Mike Recchia. He has pitched well this season with a record of 4-2 and a 2.83 ERA. Recchia  has allowed two or fewer runs in 3 of his last 4 starts and 6 of his last 9. Recchia has split time between Double-A Birmingham and High-A Winston-Salem. He was 4-3 with a 2.90 ERA for the Dash.

Who’s Hot

Birmingham Barons

#22 RHP Mike Recchia: Has not lost a game since June 15th.

#25 1B/DH Rangel Ravelo: He is currently on a 25 game hitting streak. He has hit safely in 29 of his last 30 and is currently second in the Southern League in Batting Average.

#4 INF Chris Curley: He is hitting .441 over his last 9 games and has 17 multi-hit games this season.

Jackson Generals

#19 LF Julio Morban: Batting .297 with a .357 On Base Percentage in his last 10 games. Four of those ten games have been multi-hit games.

#41 2B Jack Marder: Batting .310 with a .406 On Base Percentage over his last 10 games. Had 4 hits two games ago against the Suns

On Deck

After completing the Jackson series the Barons will enjoy an off day before hosting a 5 game series with the Mississippi Braves. The Barons will return to the road following the Braves series.

Live Coverage

Tonight’s game will be broadcast on 105.5 WERC, http://www.wercfm.com & also available on I-Heart Radio. Live video coverage is also available with a subscription to MILB TV. You can follow live stats online though the “Gameday” feature on Barons.com or by downloading the free MILB “First Pitch” App for tablets or smart phones. Additional news and notes are available through the Barons social media pages. Links are located on Barons.com and also on the right column of the Barons Beat Blog.

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Last Night

The Barons came away with a 7-1 victory over the Smokies Monday night. With the win the Barons jump back into 1st place in the North Division standings by a half-game. Barons 1st Baseman Rangel Ravelo extended his hit streak to 24 games in the win. Barons 2nd Baseman Chris Curley led the way with 3 hits including a Homer. Myles Jaye picked up his first AA win of the season for the Barons.

Tonight’s Game

The Smokies (44-44, 11-8) will send Eduardo Figuero to the mound tonight. He has no record with a 4.43 ERA in 5 AA starts this season. Figuero has split time between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. He was 1-1 with a 3.46 in Triple-A but worked mostly in relief. Tonight will be his 1st start against the Barons.

The Barons (40-48,11-7) will counter with LHP Scott Snodgress. He is 5-6 with a 4.05 ERA. Snodgress has pitched well in his last 3 starts going 2-0 and pitching  6 or more innings in each of his starts. He has only allowed 5 runs total over those 3 starts. Snodgress last pitched against the Smokies on June 3rd. He pitched 7 innings and allowed 3 Earned Runs on 9 hits.

On Deck

The Barons have a scheduled off day tomorrow but will return to action on Thursday for a 5 game series on the road at Jackson. The Generals are currently in last place in the North Division standings. Following the Jackson series, the Barons will return home for a 5 game series with the Mississippi Braves. The Braves are currently one game out of second place in the South Division.

Listen Live

Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the Barons Flagship Radio Station 105.5 WERC, http://www.wercfm.com and is available on I-Heart Radio. Live video coverage is available on MILB TV(subscription required). You can also follow live stats online through the “Gameday” feature on Barons.com or download the free MILB “First Pitch” App for Tablets or Smart Phones. For additional news and notes check out the Barons social media pages located on Barons.com or the bottom right of this blog. Tonight’s game features special social media promotions.

Game 4 Preview: Smokies @ Barons

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Last Night

The Smokies defeated the Barons last night by a final score of 9-1. The win put the Smokies back ahead of the Barons by a half game in the North Division. Chris Curley had two hits in the game and Rangel Ravelo extended his hit streak to 23 games in the loss. Tied for second longest in team history.

Tonight’s Matchup

The Smokies (44-43, 11-7) will send RHP Pierce Johnson to the mound tonight. Johnson has split time between two leagues this season. He is 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA in the Midwest League and 2-1 with a 3.44 ERA in the Southern League. Two of his seven starts have been against the Barons. He took the loss on April 7th and got a no decision on May 8th. He has allowed 6 earned runs in 10 innings pitched against the Barons.

The Barons (39-48, 10-7) will counter with RHP Myles Jaye. Like Johnson, Jaye has split time between two locations. He is 0-7 with the Barons but went 3-0 with a 1.55 ERA in the Carolina League this season.

On Deck

The Barons will travel to Jackson TN to take on the Generals before returning home for a 5 game series against the Mississippi Braves. The Barons will get an off day on Wednesday before making the trip to Jackson.

Live Coverage

Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the Barons Radio Flagship 105.5 WERC, www.wercfm.com & I-Heart Radio. You can also watch the game online through MILB TV (subscription required). Live stats and information for tonight’s game is available through the “Gameday” feature on Barons.com or by downloading the free MILB “First Pitch” app for you tablet or smart phone. You can also follow the Barons social media pages for addition news and notes on the team. Tomorrow’s game is a Tuesday Social Media night. Log onto Barons.com for special promotions.

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