Giardina, Johnstone Join M-Braves, Pike to Florida
PEARL, MS - The Atlanta Braves have made the following roster moves affecting the M-Braves roster before tonight's 7:00 pm series opener against Pensacola at Trustmark Park. C Sal Giardina has been transferred to Mississippi from High-A Florida, RHP Connor Johnstone has been transferred to Mississippi from High-A Florida, and LHP Tyler Pike has been transferred to Florida from Mississippi.
Giardina, 26, has been added back to Mississippi's roster and has appeared in 18 games with Triple-A Gwinnett this season, batting .314 (16-for-51) with two doubles, one home run, six RBI, and six runs scored. Over seven games and three stints for the M-Braves, the Valrico, FL native is batting .167 (2-for-12) with one run scored. Giardina was Atlanta's 31st round pick in 2014 out of Lynn University (FL).
Johnstone, 23, has been added to Mississippi's roster and will start Thursday night's game against the Blue Wahoos. Johnstone is 1-2, with a 3.38 ERA (18 ER/48.0 IP), 17 walks, 54 strikeouts in 22 games, including five starts, between Florida, Mississippi and Gwinnett this season. Johnstone made four relief appearances for the M-Braves in April posting no record and a 3.86 ERA in 7.0 innings with four strikeouts and four walks.
Johnstone has been well traveled in 2018, having appeared on the rosters of five different Atlanta affiliates. The Atlanta, GA native began the season on the GCL Braves roster and was transferred to High-A Florida on April 8. He was transferred to Low-A Rome on April 18 (did not pitch) and then transferred to Mississippi on April 20. He was transferred to High-A Florida on April 30 and then transferred to R-Danville on June 3. He was then transferred back to High-A Florida on June 5 and transferred back to Danville on June 7. Then, Johnstone was transferred back to Florida on June 9 and transferred to Triple-A Gwinnett for the first time on June 23, The next day, he was transferred back to Florida on June 24 and then transferred back to Gwinnett on July 4. Lastly, Johnstone was transferred back to Florida on July 5 and transferred for the second time to Mississippi on July 12.
The Braves selected Johnstone in the 21st round of the 2017 draft out of Wake Forest University.
Pike, 24, is 0-2 with a 2.76 ERA (5 ER/16.1 IP) with 19 strikeouts and 22 walks in 11 games (one start) for the M-Braves this season. Pike has at least one walk and one strikeout in each of his 11 games this season. Pike was acquired by the Braves as the player to be named later from Seattle on December 9, 2016, completing a trade in which Atlanta received Alex Jackson from Seattle in exchange for Rob Whalen and Max Povse on November 28, 2016.
The Mississippi Braves roster currently stands at 25 active players and three on the DL.
ACTIVATE: RHP Connor Johnstone
ACTIVATE: C Sal Giardina
DELETE: LHP Tyler Pike
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