Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan . Recent Brookwood graduate Lucas Sims has been selected as the Gwinnett Daily Post's baseball pitcher of the year. Sims was drafted by Atlanta Braves with the 21st overall pick in the first round.
After the emotional high of being drafted and signing your first contract comes the reality of the minor leagues.
An adjust period is usually needed for young pitchers, no matter how early they are selected, and the Braves are taking things slow with Lucas Sims, their first-round draft choice from Brookwood.
The right-hander reported to the team's Florida training complex near Orlando within days of signing his bonus deal worth $1.65 million in early June. But the 21st overall draft pick didn't pitch in a rookie Gulf Coast League game until Monday.
Sims worked two scoreless innings against the Phillies in Clearwater before allowing two runs (one earned) in his third and final frame.
The 18-year-old didn't get a decision in the 7-3 loss, striking out three, walking one and hitting a batter. One of the two hits he gave up was a leadoff homer in the third.
Sims also got a no-decision in his second start on Saturday. He pitched two innings against the Blue Jays and didn't allow a base runner while striking out four.
The Gwinnett Daily Post pitcher of the year was 8-1 with a 1.19 ERA as senior and struck out 98 in 76 innings while helping Parkview to a spot in the Class AAAAA state championship series against Parkview.
Green hot at New Orleans
New Orleans infielder Nick Green was 3-for-3 on Thursday for his third straight multi-hit game as the former major leaguer continued his hot hitting in the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.
Green went into the Saturday batting .360 with seven homers and 32 RBIs in 40 games for the Miami affiliate. He spent more than six weeks on the disabled list because of a foot injury.
The 34-year-old Duluth graduate has played with seven major league teams and is in his 12th organization. He broke into the majors with Atlanta in 2004.
Former Parkview and Georgia catcher Clint Sammons is Green's teammate at New Orleans. Sammons, who played for Gwinnett and Atlanta, has six homers, but was batting .188 through 43 games.
Blackmon returns to AAA
Charlie Blackmon returned to Class AAA Colorado Springs after hitting .237 in a 17-game rehab assignment with Tri-City in the short-season Class A Northwest League.
The former North Gwinnett and Georgia Tech standout made his major league debut with Colorado last season. But he broke his foot against the Braves in a July game at Atlanta and suffered a toe injury during spring training this year.
The second-round draft pick in 2008 played 17 games with Colorado Springs in the Pacific Coast League before going on the disabled list.
Former Wesleyan and Georgia pitcher Stephen Dodson is 3-3 with a 4.37 ERA in 28 relief appearances for Colorado Springs.
Promotion doesn't cool off Tice
Dacula's Jeremie Tice hit .333 with five doubles, a homer and 11 RBIs in his first 12 games with Akron after being promoted to the Class AA Eastern League by Cleveland.
The former College of Charleston slugger finished the first half tied for the Class A Advanced Carolina League lead with 12 homers for the Carolina Mudcats and was second with a .580 slugging percentage. He hit .278 in 51 games and drove in 47 runs.
Jacobs heats up at Salem
Former Parkview football and baseball standout Brandon Jacobs was 10-for-24 during a six-game stretch through Friday, raising his average to .284 for Salem of the Carolina League.
Jacobs, ranked as Boston's No. 6 prospect by MLB.com, had 18 doubles, seven homers and 40 RBIs in 66 games. The outfielder was 12-for-18 in stolen base attempts.
Carr, Holmes start fast
Shiloh graduate Josh Carr, drafted by Detroit in the 28th round out of Kennesaw State, was 3-0 with 1.42 ERA after his first five appearances for the Tigers in the rookie Gulf Coast League. The right-hander had 10 strikeouts to one walk in 12 innings and opponents were batting .163.
Former Mill Creek standout Brian Holmes, a 13th-round pick by Houston out of Wake Forest, was also off to a good start. The left-hander was 1-0 with a 1.33 ERA in three games for Tri-City of the short-season Class A New York-Penn League, striking out 11 in 12 innings.