Adam Milligan really didn't have much left to prove in Rome, so the Braves have sent him to Myrtle Beach of the Carolina League for the final week of the season.
Milligan had played in 52 games for Rome and hit .345 with 10 home runs, 33 RBI, 14 doubles, and a .393 on base percentage in 197 at bats. Milligan started the 2009 season in Danville, but after nine games and a .439 batting average the Braves knew he needed to be at a higher level.
The 21-year-old Milligan is a left-handed hitter who stands at 6'3" and weighs 215 pounds. The left-fielder was the Braves' sixth round pick in the 2008 draft. With the promotion to Myrtle Beach, Milligan will probably start the season back there next year.
Catcher Matt Kramer and left fielder Layton Hiller have been sent to Rome from the Gulf Coast League. Kramer hit .254 in 29 games this summer, whle Hiller hit .274 with 8 home runs and 45 RBI in 197 at bats. Hiller was the Braves' 15th round pick in the 2008 draft out of Blinn College in Texas.
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