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  • Brewers Minor League Link Report (6/20): DSL Brewers Head-to-Head Once Again

    Joseph Zarr

    The ACL Brewers will return to the diamond tomorrow in Maryvale, but until that time it is all DSL coverage all the time as the DSL Brewers 1 and 2 went head-to-head yet again. This contest featured a potential up-and-coming 20-year-old right-hander in one Jeral Vizcaino - he has really come on in July and is building on an already impressive resume of relief and starting work. All told, we flipped the script today and the DSL Brewers 2 literally pitched a shutout over the DSL Brewers 1. The two squads finished their two-game series this week 1-1.

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    It would appear we have a couple of new arms headed to the DSL Brewers 1 pitching staff:


    In a week with limited action until the latter half, I will again focus on our great content in the Minor League Forums - the game threads in particular. I again encourage each and every one of you passionate Brewers fans to head on over and join is in our ongoing discussions. Today, for instance, we discussed the intriguing and wonderfully uneventful but highly consistent work of 17-year-old INF (primarily shortstop in 2022) Juan Baez:

    Our very own @damuelleand our Minor League aficionado (and, frankly, a Brewers Minor League expert in his own right) @CheeseheadInQCdiscussed his 2022 season HERE.

    In long-hand form, here are the highlights:


    SS Juan Baez (.310 season AVG; .777 season OPS; reached base 3 times today) looks like a nice find thus far.

    He just turned 17 two weeks ago (3rd youngest Brewer position player in the entire system) and has predominantly played shortstop this year.

      54 minutes ago, damuelle said:

    SS Juan Baez (.310 season AVG; .777 season OPS; reached base 3 times today) looks like a nice find thus far.

    He just turned 17 two weeks ago (3rd youngest Brewer position player in the entire system) and has predominantly played shortstop this year.

    Baez is having one of the least interesting good seasons in the system. Not least interesting from a prospect perspective, but just that there hasn't seemed to be much in the way of peaks and valleys lately. He seems to show up, go 1-3, occasionally throw in a walk.

    These types of casual deep dives happen often in our game threads. This is where you real Fanatics will want to go to get beyond the reports and into the finer details of the players we follow and root on every day. Baez led off for the Brewers 2 today and, well, went 1-for-2 with a walk (he also reached base by a HBP). On to the game recap...

    DSL Brewers 2 6, DSL Brewers 1 0
    Box Score/Game Log

    This one was really about the shutdown work of rising RHP Jeral Vizcaino . As I noted in the same Game Thread above: 


    On the DSL Brewers 2 mound, Dominican 20 yo RHP Jeral Vizcaino completed his second consecutive scoreless outing going 5 complete innings of 2 H, 0BB, 0 ER, 6 K ball. In three appearances in July (2 Starts), Vizcaino has now tossed 13 innings, 2 ER, 2 BB, 16 K,  His total ERA is now down to 2.35. Coming into this one, batters were hitting a mere 0.145 against him and he held a 0.94 WHIP. Both impressive stats will go down. Very interesting developments here.

    He is really coming on in interesting fashion and has fast become a young hurler to keep our eyes on. He appears to be, early at least, another 2022 international free agent signee putting that $10,000 bonus money to work. Here's to more shutdown results!

    Of additional note in this particular game, the Brewers 2 successfully stole eight bases with not a single runner thrown out on the base paths. DSL Brewers 1 catcher Roman La Torre is going to want to sleep this one off. Without seeing the actual game, we obviously can't fully understand what happened here, but an 8-for-8 success in steals is not ideal for defensive or pitching success. The DSL Brewers 1 will hope to change this outcome in the games ahead.

    All told, we saw two shutdown innings (one inning apiece) between 17-year-old lefty, Jose Meneses, and 21-year-old RHP Nelson Cuevas who continues to pitch those late innings for the DSL Brewers 2. Every Brewers 2 batter reached base except 19-year-old OF prospect Jose Gonzalez, who left after a third inning fly out and gave way to Irving Igualas in right field. What can be said of the DSL Brewers 1 offense on the day? Well, the managed to knock two hits and finished 0-for-2 with RISP. They'll look to regroup tomorrow.


    Stay tuned tomorrow as we discuss any transactions, injury updates, news or otherwise and the DSL Brewers 1 and DSL Brewers 2 head off to play the Tigers 1 and Cardinals squads, respectively. And, as I noted above, both the ACL Brewers Gold and Blue will return to the diamonds to continue working on their craft in Maryvale. Additionally, just around the bend on Friday all full season clubs will return to competition in hopes of wiping away the struggles heading into the All-Star Break. As always, thanks for checking in and supporting the Brewers affiliates!

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