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  • Brewers Minor League Link Report (6/25): Small, Valerio and Gray Dazzle, Plus Fun Chourio Speculation

    Jim Goulart

    It was an entertaining night on the Brewers farm. Ethan Small showed once again what he's quite capable of, although it had been a while. Biloxi's lineup always seems to provide highlights, though bullpen inconsistencies continue. Wisconsin's Joe Gray Jr. seems primed to totally bust out of his 2022 struggles, and by the way, we're going to blow up the internet with Jackson Chourio call-up speculation based on street clothes - yes, street clothes.

    So, I'll remind everyone now - we are a Brewers fan site. We are not professional journalists crossing all the T's and dotting all the I's of confirming juicy tidbits of information. Heck, the word fanatic is even in the enhanced Brewerfan name now. So, like you, let us have our fun. And if young Mr. Chourio is back in the Mudcats lineup when it gets announced late this morning, so be it. Then at least we gave you a few hours to let your mind race and figure out how you'd get to Appleton on Tuesday.

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    Brewers RHP Peter Strzelecki optioned to Nashville.
    RHP Trevor Gott and INF Mike Brosseau returned to Milwaukee from Wisconsin.


    Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes
    Final: Nashville 2, Gwinnett (Braves) 1
    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:

    Small Leads Vihuelas de Nashville to Victory Nashville starter Ethan Small strikes out season high in 2-1 win

    Small, Hobie Harris and Luke Barker needed to be near-perfect as the Sounds did not have an at-bat with a runner in scoring position all game. So yes, thank you, David Dahl -

    It's going to be pretty darn interesting how the big-league Brewers end up shaking out the three-catcher situation - first game in a Sounds uniform for Pedro Severino:

    Ethan Small's game logs - you have to go back six starts to May 24th for the last time Small had a truly positive result.


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

    Final: Pensacola (Marlins) 8, Biloxi 7
    Box Score / Game Log 

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

    Late Rally Comes Just Short In 8-7 Loss to Wahoos - Valerio, Devanney & Coca All Record Multi-Hit Efforts

    Despite five walks, starting LHP Brandon Knarr limited the damage, so it was left to normally reliable relievers Luis Contreras and Harold Chirino, but each faltered. Both had recently come off relatively brief injured list stays (this was not the first outing back for either).

    Originally given the day off, Joey Wiemer was called to pinch-hit in a big spot in the 9th, down 8-6, runners on 2nd and 3rd, no one out. Wiemer was called out on strikes, and though another run came around on Yeison Coca's single, the rally came up just short.

    Coming off a combined six hits in games of June 16th and 17th, we haven't seen 2B/3B Gabe Holt on the field since.

    Noah Campbell reached base twice more, this was noted prior to Friday's game: 


    Just back from Nashville, Nick Kahle goes oppo. Kahle has only 17 at-bats on the season, acting primarily as the bullpen catchers at both locales while healthy on the rosters, must be frustrating -

    Here's a reminder that Felix Valerio does not turn 22 years old until December. No concerns at all about a .262/.326/.454 line, 22 of 60 hits for extra bases. As you've probably noted via game summary and box score, a 4-for-5 night:


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

    Final: Wisconsin 5, Quad Cities (Royals) 3
    Box Score / Game Log

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

    Wisconsin Wins Fourth Straight with 5-3 Victory - Gray homers twice & Kelly strikes out nine for Rattlers against Quad Cities


    Joe Gray teases us with torrid runs, and hopefully this one can sustain, well, certainly not at a pace of three XBH's each game, but just a consistent solid stretch, even if it has fewer spectacular moments.

    Tyler Black made his fourth start at third base this season (28 starts at second base, 11 in center field).

    Other than the 4.27 BB/9, every other number, ratio, etc. in 22-year-old Antoine Kelly's 2022 stat line is absolutely glorious. Hope you folks in Appleton have enjoyed his stay, it may not last much longer.


    Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes (unavailable)

    Final: Down East (Rangers) 5, Carolina 0
    Box Score / 
    Game Log

    Via the Mudcats' site, details, please review:

    Mudcats Held to One Hit in 5-0 Loss in Kinston 

    In this terrible and rudely timed offensive funk of five games, the Mudcats have scored four total runs on just 20 hits, no effort weaker than Saturday's.

    So, on that dour note, time to speculate, and this should be fun:

    Is Appleton about to have a Jackson Chourio welcoming party? Click to see what our forum poster @ARobsBrewCrew
     picked up on while the rest of us simply saw Chourio (and shortstop Eduardo Garcia) absent from Saturday's Mudcats lineup.

    • Let's see, Mudcats first half playoff run is complete (and sadly fell short).
    • The Timber Rattlers' homestand continues into next week (home debuts are fun).

    So yeah, let's run with it because it's exciting as all heck! (While reminding you we have nothing else to base this on, other than a Chourio callup at this point makes complete sense. A bit less confident on the Garcia vibe, but that'd be fine, also.) 


    Final: ACL Brewers Gold 12, ACL Brewers Blue 8, seven innings as scheduled
    Box Score / Game Log

    The 9-6 team defeats the 3-12 squad.

    The losing Blue squad scored eight runs on only three hits, as Gold pitchers walked seven and Gold committed three errors, so that doesn't shine brightly on either side. Coaches frown.

    It was 12-1 headed to the final inning, when Blue scored seven unearned runs - in fact, their one earlier run was unearned as well.

    Check out the dueling stat lines for the two starters, quite the dichotomy. Kudos to 19-year-old 2nd year RHP Jeison Pena on four perfect innings with five K's.

    Plenty for you to peruse from the offensive side within the box.


    Final: DSL Brewers #1 Squad 4, DSL Phillies Red 3, seven innings as scheduled
    Box Score / Game Log

    Pizzeria Uno sponsored the #1 celebration as the team we had just pointed out yesterday was last in the 49-team standings moves to 4-12 with this win.

    Infielder Gery Holguin has split his time at SS, 3B, 2B, and he cracked his 2nd home run here. By the way, Holguin (.732 OPS) is still 16 years old.

    First pro home run for $1.23 million shortstop Jhonny Severino, the 17-year-old switch-hitter who has struggled in the early going.


    Final: DSL Tigers #2 Squad 9, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 0, seven innings as scheduled
    Box Score / Game Log

    Starting LHP Anthony Flores, 17, couldn't escape the first inning, but defense and the feeble bats also to blame as the #2 club drops back to .500 at 8-8.

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    Sunday Funday for all the rookie kids as they enjoy a day off. Nashville and Biloxi provide evening action if you so wish to check things out after the Chi-Chi Gonzalez-led Crew take the series from Toronto. 

    Enjoy your day, I am off to our local town beach awaiting word on Mr. Chourio. If it's a false alarm, oh well...

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    It looks like Coach Guerrero ran out of position players in Biloxi, with Sal Frelick injured and Gabe Holt not playing for several days. Not sure how they’ll get the team extra support, but I hope they do.

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