On Deck: SWB RailRiders at Gwinnett Stripers

By DJ Eberle - [email protected]


7:05 p.m., Monday; 7:05 p.m., Tuesday; 12:05 p.m., Wednesday

PROBABLE RAILRIDERS STARTERS — RHP Chance Adams (0-0 4.15 ERA), LHP Josh Rogers (1-0, 2.25), RHP David Hale (1-0, 2.25).

PROBABLE GWINNETT STARTERS — LHP Kolby Allard (0-0, 6.75 ERA), RHP Mike Soroka (1-0, 1.69), LHP Max Fried (0-0, 1.59).

PROBABLE RAILRIDERS LINEUP — Shane Robinson, CF; Gleyber Torres, 3B; Kyle Higashioka, C; Mike Ford, 1B; Ryan McBoom, RF; Billy Fleming, DH; Zack Zehner, LF; L.J. Mazzilli, 2B; Abiatal Avelino, SS.

PROBABLE GWINNETT LINEUP — Danny Santana, DH; Ronald Acuna Jr., LF; Rob Brantly, C; Carlos Franco, 1B; Sean Kazmar Jr., 2B; Rio Ruiz, 3B; Dustin Peterson, RF; Tyler Smith, SS; Ezequiel Carrera, CF.

RAILRIDERS COACHES — Bobby Mitchell, manager; Tommy Phelps, pitching coach; Phil Plantier, hitting coach; Doug Davis, bullpen coach; Travis Chapman, defensive coach.

GWINNETT COACHES — Damon Berryhill, manager; John Moses, hitting coach; Reid Cornelius, pitching coach; Jose Mota; coach.

INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE RANKS — Batting: RailRiders (1st), Gwinnett (14th); Pitching: RailRiders (9th), Gwinnett (4th).

BASEBALL AMERICA TOP PROSPECTS — RailRiders: INF Gleyber Torres (1), RHP Chance Adams (4), RHP Cody Carroll (30); Gwinnett: OF Ronald Acuna Jr. (1), RHP Mike Soroka (3), LHP Kolby Allard (7), LHP Max Fried (8), RHP Patrick Weigel (16), OF Dustin Peterson (22), LHP Phile Pfeifer (29).

RAILRIDERS NOTES — INF Gleyber Torres continued his tear on Sunday, going 1-for-3. The Yankees top prospect sports a team-high .385 batting average, which is 8th in the IL, and he is third in total bases, two off the lead. … INF Abiatal Avelino stole the show in Charlotte, with seven runs batted in the series and leads SWB with 11 RBI. The infielder drove in a career-best five runs on Thursday against the Knights. … C Kyle Higashioka has hit safely in all seven games he has played in this season and is batting .348. … LHP Josh Rogers’ 10-strikeout performance Thursday was a career high. The southpaw had struck out eight batters six times in his career. Rogers became the first starting pitcher to win a game this year and was the first starter to pitch seven complete innings. The one run allowed is the fewest surrendered by the pitching staff so far in 2018.

GWINNETT NOTES — OF Ronald Acuna Jr. is off to a surprisingly slow start. The top prospect in baseball is batting just .152 in eight games this season, but has five hits in his last five contests. Acuna was expected to be called up this past weekend before his slow start. … The RailRiders will see three of the Braves’ top-8 pitching prospects this week. LHP Kolby Allard (7) gets the nod on Tuesday, followed by RHP Mike Soroka (3) and LHP Max Fried (8). Soroka sports a 1.69 ERA after two starts, while Fried is just behind him with a 1.59 ERA and Allard sports a 6.75 ERA after one appearance. … 1B Carlos Franco is off to a hot start, leading the Stripers in RBI (8) and batting average (.314). Franco’s eight RBI has him tied for third in the IL, just three off the lead.


By DJ Eberle

[email protected]

Reach DJ Eberle at 570-991-6398 or on Twitter @ByDJEberle

Reach DJ Eberle at 570-991-6398 or on Twitter @ByDJEberle