Schafer still a top prospect
Minor league notes from Thursday, June 4
Taking it well
Jordan Schafer, OF, Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett)
Thursday's stats: 3-for-4, HR (1), 4 R, RBI, SB
The trade for Nate McLouth meant a struggling Schafer returned to the minors, and after a regrettable, yet understandable, first game of 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts, he showed off in the second game why he's still a very good center-field prospect. He'll be back, and for a team who has suffered from horrible outfield play of late, a future trio of McLouth, Shafer and top prospect Jason Heyward looks awfully intriguing.
And in former Braves news
Charlie Morton, RHP, Pirates (Triple-A Indianapolis)
Thursday's stats: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K
One of the players received in return for McLouth, Morton just kept on rolling in his Pirates organization debut, as he's now allowed one or fewer (that'd be zero) earned runs in seven of his past eight starts with a sparkling ERA of 1.25 during that stretch. While the trade made sense for the Pirates, it still incurred a bit of a public-relations hit, so Morton could be up soon to help assuage the fan base.
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