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Heyward promoted again

News and notes from Sunday in the minor leagues

Updated: September 7, 2009, 9:55 AM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

This ain't the big leagues ...

Jason Heyward, OF, Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett)
Sunday's stats: 2-for-4, R, RBI, SB, K
While the big leagues have the trade deadline and August waiver period, the minors have no such thing. So as the Gwinnett Braves prepare for the playoffs, which start later in the week, they got a pretty big gift over the weekend with the addition of one of the best prospects in baseball, if not the best. It's a common occurrence, really, as prospects get juggled to teams still playing, but this could be by far the biggest such move.

Finishing on a high note

Yonder Alonso, 1B, Reds (Double-A Carolina)
Sunday's stats: 3-for-3, 2 2B, BB
Alonso's first full year has been middling at best, as he has slugged just nine home runs in 291 at-bats, has missed significant time with a broken bone in his hand and has had pressure put on him by the performance of White Sox third baseman Gordon Beckham, whom the Reds passed over to take him. Trying to finish the year on a high note, he's 11-for-21 in his past six games.

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