24 Aug

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Cody Johnson’s trip down to Class A Myrtle Beach apparently has helped the erstwhile Mississippi Brave find his stroke. In 12 games with the Pelicans, the 2006 first-round pick is hitting .286 with three homers and 13 RBIs. In 42 at-bats, he has 12 strikeouts and eight walks. Johnson was a mess when he was sent down (see previous posts). Maybe he’s regained some confidence, too. Look for him back in Pearl next spring. … Meanwhile, Jordan Schafer’s return to the disabled list — for a second stint here — is more bad news for the former top prospect (see previous posts). His left wrist and hand are reportedly hurting again. In 18 games for the M-Braves, he is hitting .175 with three extra-base hits, all doubles. It seems unlikely he will play again this season, and his career may truly be in jeopardy.
P.S. Yasser Gomez, who has taken over in left field for the M-Braves with the departure of Schafer (who followed Johnson), has performed well. The veteran former Cuban star is hitting .333 and plays with a lot of energy. He might nudge his way into Atlanta’s plans next year.

Mike Christensen

Mike Christensen

A long-time sports fan and 30-year newspaper veteran muses on all things baseball in Mississippi. Contact: mwchristens@gmail.com
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