Another eventful week for the Generals! The team just wrapped up a big homestand, that included three crowds of more than 3,000 and a pair of Independence Day fireworks shows. The Generals played host to the Mississippi Braves for five games, which only added to the hoopla. Last year’s number one overall pick and former Vanderbilt standout Dansby Swanson was in town, and the Braves had just sent another top prospect in Ozzie Albies back to Mississippi.
You can read about those guys in a lot of other places, but the Mississippi prospect that intrigues me the most is Dustin Peterson, younger brother of D.J. Peterson. The whole Peterson clan was in town hoping to watch the brothers square off, only for D.J. to get promoted to Triple-A just before the series started. D.J. more than deserved the promotion after hitting .326 with six homers and eight doubles in June, and he has continued raking in Tacoma.
Dustin is a pretty good prospect in his own right, and he has consistently been at his best against his brother’s now former team. In 10 games, he has hit .366 with 13 RBI versus the Generals. I got the chance to talk to him about his brother, the Peterson family and more while the Braves were in West Tennessee.
In other news, the dudes behind the best Twitter account in baseball paid us a visit July 3. Jake and Jordan of @CespedesBBQ continued their cross-country road trip with a stop in Jackson for the series finale against the Braves. They talked to Tyler O’Neill and a bunch of Braves prospects. You can see their whole post here, but please do watch the “Haters Gonna Say It’s Fake” video they made with Tyler and Andrew Moore. And also our chicken suit.
If you’re not already following them on Twitter, what’s wrong with you? They even joined me on the broadcast and we saw the #BBQBump in action. Teams and prospects that they have visited with all seem to do well after they come to town. Sunday was no different. In his Mariners’ organizational debut, Adam Law hit an inside-the-park home run. It was the first homer of his pro career.
That was fun! Hopefully, the Generals can keep doing cool things in the Second Half!