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Atlanta pleased with Redmond's progress in AA

Tyler Yates has pitched pretty well out of the Pittsburgh bullpen, but Atlanta doesn't regret the spring training trade with the Pirates.

Todd Redmond appears to have a major league future and could be the opening night starter when the Class AAA Gwinnett Braves debut next year after the move from Richmond.

The right-hander has pitched well all season at Class AA Mississippi, setting the franchise record when he won his 10th game recently.

"We obviously liked him when we got him, but all his success has been a pleasant surprise," Atlanta manager Frank Wren said. "He really competes and does what it takes to win."

Redmond (10-4) went into the weekend tied for the Southern League lead in victories, posting a 3.33 ERA in 33 starts. He had 104 strikeouts and 23 walks in 1372/3 innings.

The 23-year-old has won his three decisions since pitching in the SL All-Star Game and one of those was a one-hitter over eight innings. He pitched seven scoreless innings in his last start.

Redmond was a late-round draft and follow choice out of St. Petersburg Junior College by the Pirates, but made a quick impression by winning 13 games in 2006 for Hickory in the Class A South Atlantic League. He was 8-13 last season in the Pittsburgh organization in Class A and Class AA.

"He's a bulldog," Mississippi manager Phillip Wellman told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. "He just keeps setting the par higher."

RICHMOND (AAA)

The R-Braves were in an 8-33 skid heading into the weekend, falling to 45-67 - worst in the International League. ... Richmond had made nearly 120 roster moves. ... First baseman Scott Thorman, leading the team with 18 homers and 54 RBIs, left to play for Canada in the Olympics. He was hitting .249. ... Shortstop Brent Lillibridge was 11-for-30 with two homers and five RBIs in his first seven games after returning from Atlanta, raising his average to .231. ... Second baseman Diory Hernandez led the regulars with a .298 average. ... Former major league right-hander Brian Lawrence was 3-4 with a 5.08 ERA.

MISSISSIPPI (AA)

The M-Braves were riding a seven-game winning streak and had the best second-half record in the Southern League at 27-13 going into the weekend. ... Deunte Heath pitched seven perfect innings against Chattanooga and settled for an eight-inning one-hitter. The right-hander was 3-4 for Mississippi after going 9-2 at Myrtle Beach. ... Luis Valdez broke the team record with his 21st save. ... Jerome Gamble, 0-5 with Richmond, allowed one hit over six scoreless innings to get a win in his first game back with Mississippi. ... Kris Medlen, 4-6 with a 3.60 ERA, raised his batting average to .357 with a two-hit game. ... Right-handed reliever Steve Marek pitched a hitless inning in his first game after being acquired from the Angels in the Mark Teixeira trade. ... Tommy Hanson, 9-4 with Mississippi and Myrtle Beach, missed a start.

MYRTLE BEACH (A)

Left-hander Tom Glavine is scheduled to make a rehab start for the Pelicans on Monday. ... Rocket Wheeler was named to manage the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. Hall of Famer Rhyne Sandberg will be his coach. ... The Pelicans were 24-13 in the second half after going 45-25 in the first half. ... Shortstop Brandon Hicks, leading the team with 17 homers, was promoted to Mississippi. ... Outfielder Concepcion Rodriguez improved his average to a team-best .298. ... Catcher Tyler Flowers led the Carolina League with 79 walks. ... Left-hander Scott Diamond improved to 9-1. He was 12-2 combined with the Pelicans and Rome. ... Former Georgia Tech lefty Lee Hyde, coming back from elbow surgery, joined the Pelicans.

ROME (A)

First baseman Freddie Freeman ranked among the South Atlantic League leaders with a .314 average, 29 doubles, 17 homers and 79 RBIs. He was twice named player of the week. Freeman, 18, was a second-round draft choice in 2007. ... Outfielder Jason Heyward, Atlanta's first-round pick last year, is hitting .311 with nine homers, 46 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. ... Right-hander Erik Cordier, who missed all last season because of elbow surgery, is 1-0 with a 2.01 ERA in five starts. He was acquired from Kansas City in the Tony Pena trade during the spring of 2007.

DANVILLE (Rookie)

Right-hander David Francis struck out 16 over six hitless innings during a combined no-hitter that was shortened by rain. The 20-year-old is 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA, fanning 38 in 282/3 innings and walking just eight. Francis, from Canada, was taken in the 12th round during the June draft. He pitched at a junior college in Tennessee. ... Third baseman Jon Gilmore, who struggled early this season at Rome, was hitting .310 with 16 doubles. The 19-year-old was the 33rd overall pick in the 2007 draft.

SideBar: PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

Who: Matt Young

Team: Mississippi Braves

Position: Outfield

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

Hometown: Temple, Texas

Age: 25

Size: 5-foot-8, 180 pounds

How acquired: Signed as non-drafted free agent in 2004 after playing at New Mexico

Record setter: Set a Southern League record with 11 consecutive hits, twice having four-hit games, and reached base 16 consecutive times counting walks

He said it: "It's pretty cool, I'm not going to lie. They announced it after the 11th (hit). They jinxed me. I said 'Oh dang it.'"

2008 stats: .293 with nine triples, 23 stolen bases, 41 RBIs and 52 walks

2007 stats: 269 with 14 steals for Mississippi and Myrtle Beach

Worth knowing: Young is one of the shortest players in the Atlanta organization and one of the hardest to pitch to. He has had more walks than strikeouts every season, drawing 66 walks in 2005, when he hit .312 at Rome, and 78 in 2006. He reached base in 40 consecutive games in 2005.

2009 projection: Could be leadoff man for AAA Gwinnett Braves