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  • Brewers Minor League Link Report (6/15): Mudcats Sliding at Most Inopportune Time

    Jim Goulart

    There are seven scheduled games remaining in the first-half seasons for the Brewers' three full-season clubs below the AAA level. Second-place Biloxi (27-30) won on Wednesday but remains on the very fringe of the have-hope world, standing 4.5 games back, six in the loss column. Second-place Wisconsin, despite a fine 34-24 record, dropped a game further back, and now is 3.5 games from the top spot. Carolina has been fortunate to be in a very balanced division with the top six teams all within three games of .500. The Mudcats (30-29) have caromed on a now five-game skid at the worst possible time, and sit in second place, albeit just one game out. AAA Nashville's playoff fortunes are based on their full-season exploits, but the Sounds' stellar 37-24 mark gives them only a 1.5 game lead over both the Guardians' and Cardinals' clubs. Time to examine Wednesday's 2-2 mark on the farm.

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    - RHP Justin Bullock activated from AA Biloxi's 7-day injured list
    - RHP Luis Contreras activated from AA Biloxi's 7-day injured list
    - RHP Trevor Tietz assigned to ACL Brewers Gold from ACL Brewers Blue
    - LHP Angel Perdomo transferred to AAA Nashville's 60-day injured list
    - LHP Clayton Andrews transferred to AAA Nashville's 60-day injured list

    The Brewers never did release specific injury information on Perdomo and Andrews, and given Perdomo's 40-man roster status, you'd think that we'd know more at this point. Should the Brewers be in a pinch for a 40-man roster spot, they could call Perdomo up to the big-league roster and place him on the 60-day IL, at which point Perdomo would be paid the pro-rated major league minimum.


    Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes
    Final: Nashville 8, Memphis (Cardinals) 4, ten innings
    Box Score / Game Log

    Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine:

    Sounds Outlast Redbirds in Extra Innings

    Lots of juicy details in that just-linked report. Unfortunately, not much in the way of juicy visuals for this road game. However, after reading about it, we're all curious to see the 8th-inning inside-the-park moment for the bad guys and burly Alec Burleson off a Lucas Erceg fastball -

    The game was in-effect a "winner is in first place" contest, so nice to see the Sounds reign supreme at the end of the evening. 

    Doesn't it feel as though Brice Turang's OPS should be higher than .685? On base four times here, his line sits at .275/.324/.361. 

    Josh Lindblom's $2.75 million salary for 2022 is a sunk cost for the Brewers, still no indication he's on the cusp of being re-added to the 40-man and 26-man rosters. After a three-start rough patch, this was an excellent showing, and on his 35th birthday to boot.

    Big, big Garrett Whitley home run leading off the 9th, clearly.


    Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box    

    Final: Biloxi 5, Chattanooga (Reds) 2
    Box Score / Game Log 

    Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: 

    Pitching Dominates In Shuckers 5-2 Win Over Chattanooga In Wednesday Matinee - Devanney Homer Seals Biloxi Win

    The Biloxi staff plucked three video clips from the Chattanooga feed and they are included below (remember, all four full-season affiliates are on the road this week). I admit I was taken aback by the calls from the Voice of the Lookouts, so looked him up (pun intended). 

    Larry Ward, the Lookouts' veteran voice - Chattanooga icon is longest-tenured Double-A broadcaster

    Respect for the distinguished long career, but those calls, whether featuring the opponent's success or not, would not sustain me for a full season. We're pretty blessed with our affiliate voices.

    Sal Frelick, Jakson Reetz and Gabe Holt enjoyed the midday affair resting in the dugout.

    Joey Wiemer has spoiled us, he's just 7-for-31 in June with ten K's (.701 OPS), and we need to remember he missed a week with a hand injury. His teammates picked up the slack here.

    The Biloxi bullpen has thankfully righted the ship in recent days. Their collective efforts for much of this season pretty much dashed first-half title hopes, though the Wednesday appearances by RHP's Robbie Hitt and Zach Vennaro were representative of their own solid work throughout 2022.


    Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box

    Final: Great Lakes (Dodgers) 5, Wisconsin 0 
    Box Score / Game Log

    Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review:

    Wisconsin Held to One Hit in 5-0 Loss - Great Lakes pitchers strike out sixteen to beat the Rattlers

    This is going to sound like the old-man, Link Report vet (guilty on both descriptions), but it used to be we'd see a 16-strikeout game, on either side of the ledger, and it'd merit multiple paragraphs on just the uniqueness of the performance. Now, we just are immune to it - "oh, 16 strikeouts". Incredible in some ways how pitching has evolved and several years into this cycle now, batters haven't been able to overcome performances and/or philosophies at the plate.

    Now, we link to this info at the very bottom of each report you read, perhaps you've taken advantage. But when you sort the strikeout column on the batting side, you'll see all four Brewers affiliates are smack-dab in the middle of their respective leagues. From a pitching perspective, the four staffs don't fare as well, not fanning as many as most of the staffs, but they're not buried at the very bottom of the rankings, either. So overall, in the perspective of the game at this time in this regard, despite the K numbers being jarring at times, Milwaukee affiliates are pretty representative of the sport, not shining, and hardly a disaster.

    Sortable league stat pages (hitting / pitching):





    Coming up on two weeks since catcher Darrien Miller exited a game on June 3rd, yet to return to game action.


    Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes

    Final: Columbia (Royals) 2, Carolina 1
    Box Score / 
    Game Log

    Via the Mudcats' site, details, please review:

    Quero Homers as Mudcats Drop Fifth Straight - Israel Puello and Edwin Jimenez held the Fireflies to just four hits in the tough luck loss

    The Kansas City affiliate was just 16-41 entering this series, and the Mudcats have dropped the first two games. Opposite of good. 

    Let's remind ourselves this is Jeferson Quero's age-19 season. His 1st inning error (6th of the season) didn't help but was offset by the blast above. Quero's .690 OPS is just fine given his age and the responsibility shouldered upon him for his first taste of full-season ball. 

    I continue to look at this ultra-young Carolina roster and sense that several players would absolutely blossom and crush if given the chance to spend the first half of 2023 back in Carolina. But given the sheer roster numbers, I fear some may open with a similarly young-for-league team in Appleton to begin 2023, not sure if that'll be the best development path. Regardless, like Carolina staff this year, Timber Rattler employees had best brush up on their Spanish in preparation for the wave coming next season. (Yes, of course, hosting Latin players would not be completely new for the Wisconsin organization).

    My co-worker Daniel noted in our Minor League Forum's daily thread on the Mudcats woes in this game:

    • 2-on, nobody out 1st inning - didn’t score
    • Bases loaded, nobody out 7th inning - didn’t score
    • 2-on, nobody out 9th inning - didn’t score

    Wow, I thought the shade of 2022 big-league Brewers yellow was bright, but those Columbia uniforms are LIT, and living up their Fireflies name.


    We are back to all-evening action Thursday for the full-season teams, and the rookie complex teams are back in action. I hope to at least assist Daniel with the Dominican recaps while he brings insights from the other six games to you. Until Friday morning then, take care and be safe on your Thirsty Thursday.

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