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MINOR LEAGUE NOTES: Sims flashes potential

The Atlanta Braves made sure that first-round draft pick Lucas Sims wasn't overused in his first professional season. But the Brookwood graduate showed just how good he could be the two times he worked five innings.

Sims didn't allow a run in either August outing for Danville of the Appalachian League, giving up one hit in the first and four in the second. He had 11 strikeouts to two walks.

Those were the only two times that Sims was allowed to pitch long enough to qualify for a victory and he finished 2-4 with a 3.71 ERA in 11 starts at the rookie level for Danville and in the Gulf Coast League.

The D-Braves qualified for the Appalachian League playoffs as a wild-card team, but were eliminated by eventual champion Elizabethton before Sims got a chance to pitch.

Sims, who received a bonus of $1.65 million as the 21st overall pick in the draft, had 39 strikeouts to 13 walks in 34 innings. Opponents batted .217.

The Gwinnett Daily Post pitcher of the year was 8-1 with a 1.19 ERA as a high school senior and struck out 98 in 76 innings while helping Brookwood to a spot in the Class AAAAA state championship series against Parkview.

Olson gets late promotion

Matt Olson struck out four times in the Arizona League championship game, but that was the only negative in the Parkview graduate's first season after being a compensatory first-round draft choice by Oakland in June.

The first baseman hit .282 with eight homers and 41 RBIs in 50 games for Oakland's rookie team before being promoted after the Arizona League playoffs to Vermont of the Class A New York-Penn League.

Olson, 18, was 3-for-11 with a homer and four RBIs in four games for Vermont. The homer came in his first game.

The left-handed hitter was the 47th overall pick in the draft and received a bonus of $1,079,700. He led Parkview of a second-straight Class AAAAA state title this spring and was the Gwinnett Daily Post player of the year after hitting .407 with 11 homers and 52 RBIs. He was also 12-1 as a pitcher.

Heffley stays hot at Rome

Brookwood graduate Ross Heffley, which led Rome in hitting during the regular season with a .296 average, was 3-for-8 as the R-Braves split their first two games with Asheville in the Class A South Atlantic League playoffs.

The second baseman had a double in Rome's 5-3 opening victory at home and added two singles in a 6-2 loss at Asheville on Friday.

Heffley was an 18th-round draft choice out of Western Carolina by Atlanta in June and helped spark Rome's turnaround from last place in its division in the first half to first place in the second half.

Heffley, 22, had 18 extra-base hits, scored 42 runs, drove in 23 and stole 10 bases in 62 regular-season games.

Holmes an all-star pick

Mill Creek graduate Brian Holmes was selected for the New York-Penn League all-star game and finished just one away from the league lead in victories with a 7-2 record for Tri-City.

Holmes, a 13th-round draft pick by Houston in June out of Wake Forest, had a 2.57 ERA in 13 games and struck out 65 in 66 innings. Opponents batted.165.

The left-hander twice allowed just one hit in victories and he took a perfect game into the seventh and last inning in one of them.

Holmes, 21, did pitch seven hitless innings in his lone non-start on Labor Day, walking one. Tri-City, which won its division in the Class A short-season league, lost in extra innings to Hudson Valley.

DeShields steals 101 bases

Houston second base prospect Delino DeShields, Jr. -- the brother of Norcross basketball star Diamond DeShields -- broke the century mark with 101 stolen bases for Class A Lexington and Class A Advanced Lancaster.

DeShields finished second in the minors behind Cincinnati prospect Billy Hamilton, who set a record with 155 steals for Class A Advanced Bakersfield and Class AA Pensacola.

DeShields, 20, played football as a senior at Norcross, but his baseball career in high school was at Woodward Academy. He was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 draft.