Results tagged ‘ Myrtle Beach Pelicans ’

Braves trade three prospects for Pirates’ McLouth

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       23 April 2007: Charlie Morton of the Mississippi Braves, the Atlanta Braves’ 
       Class AA affiliate of the Southern League, prior to a game against the 
       Birmingham Barons at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss.
Arrrgh. As if releasing Tom Glavine weren’t enough, the Braves today also traded away three highly regarded prospects for Pirates outfielder Nate McLouth.
They traded away pitchers Charlie Morton and Jeff Locke and outfielder Gorkys Hernandez.
I’ve photographed all of these guys in recent years, most recently Locke at Myrtle Beach.
I hate it when the Braves trade away these guys . . .
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       April 10, 2009: LHP Jeff Locke (9) of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A 
       affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, in a game against the Wilmington Blue Rocks 
       at BB&T Coastal Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C. 

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       July 11, 2008: Outfielder Gorkys Hernandez (5) of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, 
       Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, in a game against the Salem Avalanche 
       at BB&T Coastal Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C. 

Pelicans’ Sullivan throws complete-game shutout

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I’m no expert, but I’m guessing it’s not every year that you find a baseball draft pick out of the Savannah College of Art and Design, but that’s where the Braves got Richard Sullivan last year.
That chance is paying off now as the former illustration major pitched a complete-game shutout today.
Now with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Sullivan, 22, is 2-1 in high Class A. He gave up three hits and two walks while striking out nine to pick up the win in a 6-1 victory over Winston-Salem.
I’ve had a total of about 90 seconds to photograph Sullivan this year, but I managed to get a few shots, including this one, at Spring Training.
I had worse luck during the regular season. I photographed Myrtle Beach this year before he arrived, and Rome after he left. Sometimes it just works out that way. If you’re doing well you can move up quickly. He was 4-1 in low Class A Rome before the promotion.
17 March 2009: LHP Richard Sullivan of the Atlanta Braves at Spring Training camp at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Photo by:  Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images

McCann makes old photos of himself obsolete

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Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves is one of those guys who makes photos of himself obsolete.
He doesn’t do anything on purpose, of course. He just changes his appearance from time to time.
He’s wearing glasses now to help relieve some irritation he’s had in his left eye. Previously, he started wearing a beard after several years of being told he had a baby face.
He’s almost unrecognizable in this 2004 photo that I took of him at Potomac. Remember that baby face?
6 June 2004: Brian McCann of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans is congratulated after hitting a home run against the Potomac Cannons at Pfitzner Stadium, Woodbridge, Va., June 6, 2004. Photo by Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images

Whatever happened to all the stirrup socks?

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Stirrup socks may be a dying trend in the majors, but in the minors it “ain’t dead yet,” according to a story in the Wall Street Journal.
Says the Journal article: “From T-ball to college ball, heritage-minded coaches still want them. In the minors, where there’s less pay and more discipline, some teams like the [Myrtle Beach] Pelicans and the [Wilmington] Blue Rocks have lately been instructing players to show white, too.”
The WSJ reporter must have attended one of the same games I did at the start of the season. One look at the above photo, taken April 9, and you see the Pelicans players all wear the stirrup socks.
In the photo below, however, from a Greenville Drive-Hickory Crawdads game April 13, almost no stirrups are visible.
I wish the WSJ had asked me for a photo to illustrate the article . . .

Johnson leads the league with three homers

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April 10, 2009: Outfielder Cody Johnson (17) of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, in a game against the Wilmington Blue Rocks at BB&T Coastal Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Photo by:  Tom Priddy/MiLB.com
Johnson, a 2006 first-round pick, has hit three homers in three days to lead the Carolina League.

Locke pitches a good game against Wilmington

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April 10, 2009: LHP Jeff Locke (9) of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, throws in a game against the Wilmington Blue Rocks at BB&T Coastal Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Photo by:  Tom Priddy/MiLB.com.
Locke pitched five innings, struck out six and walked one scattering three hits and no runs.

Heyward getting off to a slow start

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April 10, 2009: Outfielder Jason Heyward (34) of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, hits in a game against the Wilmington Blue Rocks at BB&T Coastal Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Photo by:  Tom Priddy/MiLB.com.
Heyward is hitting just .167 after three games.

Osuna is opening day starter for Pelicans

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April 9, 2009: LHP Edgar Osuna (15) of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, throws on 2009 opening day at BB&T Coastal Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Photo by:  Tom Priddy/MiLB.com.
Osuna gave up a first inning run, two hits and struck out three.

Prospect Matt Kennelly throws out a runner

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April 9, 2009: Catcher Matt Kennelly (19) of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, throws out a runner on 2009 opening day at BB&T Coastal Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Photo by:  Tom Priddy/MiLB.com.

Wheeler recognized as league’s best

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April 10, 2009: Manager Rocket Wheeler (18) of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, hits grounders prior to a game against the Wilmington Blue Rocks at BB&T Coastal Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Photo by:  Tom Priddy/MiLB.com.
Wheeler was the 2008 Carolina League Manager of the Year and was named 2008 Minor League Manager of the Year by Baseball America. He was recognized for this achievements on opening night.