South Atlantic League baseball
What: Four-game series
When: Thursday through Sunday (7 Thursday through Saturday nights, 5 p.m. Sunday)
Where: State Mutual Stadium (Rome, Ga.)
Major League affiliates: Kansas City Royals (Legends), Atlanta Braves (Braves)
Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Thursday, LH Daniel Stumpf (8-7, 3.03) vs. RH Mauricio Cabrera (2-6, 4.31); Friday, RH Christian Binford (7-4, 1.89) vs. RH Jason Hursh (0-0, 0.00); Saturday, LH Crawford Simmons (1-2, 3.59) vs. RH Lucas Sims (6-4, 3.17); Sunday, RH Greg Billo (1-0, 0.00) vs. RH Wes Parsons (3-6, 3.36).
Legend to watch: RHP John Walter (6-foot-5, 230 pounds, age 22, from Haddonfield, N.J.) has been lights out since being promoted from Idaho Falls, where he gave up two runs, one earned, in his lone one-inning appearance. In 10 games with the Legends, Walter has not surrendered a run, going 1-0, 0.00 and 6-for-6 in save opportunities. He has struck out 15, walked two and given up one hit — holding opponents to an .023 batting average. A 29th round draft pick out of Penn State, he played for the Burlington Royals last season, going 3-1, 2.63 and tying for second in the Appalachian League with nine saves. This season, he has worked two one-inning stints at Rome, giving up no hits or walks, fanning four and earning a save.
Brave to watch: SS Jose Peraza (6-0, 165, 19, bats and throws right, from Barinas, Venezuela) took a six-game hitting streak into Wednesday night’s action, and leading Rome in runs (52) and stolen bases (47). Batting .276, Peraza has 13 doubles, five triples and a homer, to go with 33 walks and 32 RBI. Signed as a non-drafted free agent July 2, 2010, Peraza spent 2011 with the Dominican Summer League Braves, batting .281 with a homer, 22 RBI and 28 stolen bases over 66 games. Last year, with the Gulf Coast League Braves and Danville of the Appalachian League, he combined to hit .296 with a homer, 28 RBI and 25 stolen bases over 53 games. He came into this season ranked by MLB.com as the No. 20 prospect in the Braves system.
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