MINOR-LEAGUE NOTES: Braves limiting first-round pick Sims' work

Atlanta moved Lucas Sims up a rookie level to Danville, but don't expect the first-round draft choice to do a lot of pitching for the Appalachian League team.

Sims threw 76 2/3 innings as a senior at Brookwood and the Braves want to keep the 18-year-old right-hander around 100 innings for the year.

Limited to less than 50 pitches an outing, Sims worked only 3 2/3 innings in his first two starts with the Virginia team after pitching seven innings over three starts in the Gulf Coast League.

Sims, who received a bonus of $1.65 million as the 21st overall pick in the draft, was 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA overall, striking out 12 and walking four while allowing eight hits. Opponents were batting .205.

The only time Sims has struggled was Thursday at Burlington, N.C. He gave up three runs on four hits, including a homer, in 1 1/3 innings while walking two and striking out none against the Kansas City farm team. The Gwinnett Daily Post pitcher of the year was 8-1 with a 1.19 ERA as high school senior and struck out 98 in 76 1/3 innings while helping Brookwood to a spot in the Class AAAAA state championship series against Parkview.

Sims isn't the only former Bronco at Danville. The catcher in his second start was Troy Snitker, who was drafted by Atlanta last year out of North Georgia College. The pair are also housemates.

Snitker was batting .320 with three doubles and three RBIs in seven games. He played in the Gulf Coast League last year.

Blackmon on hitting tear

Colorado Springs outfielder Charlie Blackmon had eight multi-hit outings during a 10-game hitting streak through Friday in which he was 23-for-45 with six doubles, two homers and eight RBIs.

The former North Gwinnett and Georgia Tech standout made his major league debut with Colorado last season. But he broke his foot against the Braves in a July game at Turner Field and suffered a toe injury during spring training that lingered well into this season.

Blackmon, who turned 26 on July 1, raised his average to .302 with his hitting spree. He had 13 extra-base hits, 15 RBIs and six stolen bases in 31 Class AAA games.

Lockhart heats up

Hebron Christian graduate Daniel Lockhart was hitting .386 in July, raising his average to .329 through Friday for the Chicago Cubs' rookie team in the Arizona League.

The shortstop had five doubles, four triples and 13 RBIs in 20 games, posting a .394 on-base percentage and .482 slugging mark. He had nine walks to seven strikeouts.

Lockhart was a 10th-round draft pick last year and got into seven games in the Arizona League after signing late. He is the son of former major league infielder Keith Lockhart.

Cone comes off DL

Zach Cone returned to action after missing three weeks with a strained Achilles, but he was 4-for-38 in his first nine games back with Hickory of the Class A South Atlantic League.

The rough stretch dropped the outfielder's average to .248. He had 11 homers, 39 RBIs and six steals in 73 games through Friday.

The former Parkview and Georgia standout was the 37th overall pick in the 2011 draft by Texas. He is ranked as the Rangers' No. 12 prospect by MLB.com.

Elbow sidelines Tice

Jeremie Tice, who had started well after being promoted to the Class AA Eastern League by Cleveland, went on the Akron disabled with a strained left elbow.

The Dacula graduate and former College of Charleston slugger had gone 0-for-14 with seven strikeouts in last three games before landing on the DL. The hitless streak dropped his average to .266 over 16 games.

Tice led the Class A Advanced Carolina League with 12 homers and was second with a .580 slugging percentage when promoted in mid-June.


Gary 3 years, 2 months ago

How you loved to hit that baseball, Charlie! Keep on hitting, fielding and base running!


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