South Atlantic League
What: Four-game series
When: Thursday through Sunday (7:05 Thursday through Saturday nights, 5:05 p.m. Sunday)
Where: Whitaker Bank Ballpark
Tickets: Call (859) 422-7867
Major League affiliates: Houston Astros (Legends), Atlanta Braves
Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Thursday, LH Luis Cruz (2-2, 4.27) vs. RH Aaron Northcraft (3-6, 3.18); Friday, RH Carlos Quevedo (6-4, 4.28) vs. RH Caleb Brewer (5-8, 5.26); Saturday, LH Alex Sogard (1-4, 4.60) RH Gary Moran (4-1, 3.11); Sunday, RH Mike Foltynewicz (5-8, 4.43) vs. LH Carlos Perez (4-7, 5.02).
Brave to watch: 3B/SS Edward Salcedo (6-foot-3, 195 pounds, from La Vega, Dominican Republic), leads the Braves in runs (64), hits (99), doubles (25), RBI (48) and totals bases (166), shares the team lead in triples (6), ranks second in walks (32) and stolen bases (14), and is third in homers (10) and slugging percentage (.451). Signed by Atlanta for $1.6 million, the most they’ve ever payed to a foreign amateur, in 2010, the right-handed batting and throwing teen — he’ll turn 20 on Saturday — played 23 games for the Dominican Summer League Braves and 54 games for Rome last year. He finished with combined totals of three homers, 27 RBI, 39 runs and 14 stolen bases, while batting .225. Coming into this season, Baseball America rated him as the 16th-best prospect in the Braves system. He is batting .269 through 96 games and has committed a team-high 33 errors.
Legend to watch: C Roberto Pena (6-0, 210, from Caguas, Puerto Rico) has raised his average 22 points this month, from .199 to .221. He is 13-for-44 (.295) in July. Overall, he three homers, 23 RBI and 21 runs over 58 games. He ranks third in the league in throwing out base-stealers, catching 22 of 56 (39.3 percent) runners. Pena, who bats and throws right-handed, was selected by the Astros in the seventh round of the 2010 draft. Baseball America rated him as the best defensive player in Houston’s 2010 draft class, noting that he “shows flashes of plus-plus arm strength and threw out 44 percent of basestealers in his pro debut. He’s also intelligent and bilingual, and he has a feel for game-calling.” His father, Bert, is a former major leaguer. Roberto played four games for the Legends last year, plus 23 with the Gulf Coast League Astros and 12 games with the Greeneville Astros. Overall last season, he hit .227 over 39 games and drove in 17 runs.
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