South Atlantic League
vs. Rome Braves
What: Five-game series
Where: Applebee’s Park
When: Thursday through Monday (7:05 Thursday through Saturday nights, 2:05 p.m. Sunday, 12:05 p.m. Monday)
Tickets: Call (859) 422-7867
Major-League affiliates: Houston Astros (Legends), Atlanta Braves
Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Thursday, RH Tanner Bushue (3-3, 3.63) vs. RH Robinson Lopez (3-3, 2.88); Friday, RH Juan Minaya (2-7, 5.20) vs. LH Brett DeVall (3-5, 4.13); Saturday, RH Jose Cisnero (3-4, 4.45) vs. RH Caleb Brewer (2-0, 0.56); Sunday, LH Brad Dydalewicz (0-1, 11.57) vs. LH Chris Masters (1-3, 1.93); Monday, RH Robby Donovan (7-4, 2.61) vs. RH Cory Rasmus (4-4, 2.78).
Brave to watch: C Christian Bethancourt (6-foot-2, 175 pounds, from Panama) is batting .340 with nine RBI over 15 games this month. On the heels of a .200 average in May, he has raised his season statistics to .245 with two homers, 18 RBI and 10 doubles over 50 games. On the road, Bethancourt is batting .304. Now 18, he starred for Panama in the 2004 Little League World Series. Signed by the Atlanta Braves as a free agent on March 12, 2008, he was named the 30th-best prospect in the Atlanta system after hitting .267 with 17 RBI over 34 games with the Dominican Summer League Braves in 2008. He split last season between the Gulf Coast League Braves and Danville of the Appalachian League, batting a combined .277 with four homers and 27 RBI over 46 games. He came into this season rated by Baseball America as the sixth-best prospect in the Braves system.
Legend to watch: IF Miguel Arrendell (6-0, 165, from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic) is producing in June with a .324 batting average, two homers, eight RBI and seven runs over 12 games. Overall, he is batting .270 with two homers, 15 RBI, 17 runs and 11 stolen bases over 41 games, while being used as a second baseman, third baseman, shortstop and designated hitter. Signed by the Astros as a non-drafted free agent in July, 2006, he hails from the same hometown as Manager Rodney Linares. In 2008, Arrendell was MVP of the Dominican Summer League, hitting .284 with 14 RBI, 37 runs and 20 SB over 57 games. He drew nearly twice as many walks as strikeouts (57-30). Last year, he hit .235 with three HR, 14 RBI, 24 runs and four SB for Greeneville. His .394 on-base percentage ranked No. 5 among Astros minor leaguers.
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