Don't come to Riverwalk Stadium tonight just to see Mississippi catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the Braves' top prospect. Atlanta called up Saltalamacchia today and he's starting tonight against the Phillies at Turner Field. It's also his 22nd birthday.
Saltalamacchia isn't the first high-profile Mississippi Brave to get called to the big leagues while in Montgomery. Jeff Francoeur was in town when Atlanta promoted him two years ago.
The Braves were in need after Brian McCann and Brayan Pena were hurt Tuesday. Saltalamacchia was hitting .309 with six home runs and 13 RBIs for Mississippi this year after struggling to a .230 average with 39 RBIs there last season.