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  • Brewers Minor League Link Report (6/29): Cruz, Devanney and Black Deliver Three Wins on Thursday

    Ro Mueller

    Stiven Cruz and Janson Junk were both stellar for Wisconsin and Nashville respectively, while Tyler Black had two key triples for Biloxi and Cam Devanney smacked two homers for Nashville. Carolina and the DSL squads struggled.

    Image courtesy of Biloxi Shuckers - Tyler Black

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    • INF Brice Turang recalled to MLB Brewers from AAA Nashville
    • INF Luis Urias optioned to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers
    • OF Tyler Naquin placed on AAA Nashville’s 7-day injured list
    • OF Tyrone Taylor sent on rehab assignment to AAA Nashville
    • C Payton Henry suspended for his part in the mini-brawl against Norfolk on Sunday

    Game Action:

    Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes
    Final: Nashville 5, Memphis 1
    Box Score / Game Log

    Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review the affiliate write-up as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Roll Redbirds For Third Straight Win

    27-year old RHP Janson Junk (7 IP, 1 ER, 6 H – all singles, 2 BB, 6 Ks) delivered his third straight quality start and hit a season-high with six strikeouts, leaving the game with a comfortable 4-1 lead and earning his fifth victory of 2023.

    The offense was largely provided by 26-year old SS Cam Devanney (2-for-3, 2 HRs, SF, 4 RBIs), whose solo homer gave Nashville a 2-1 lead in the 2nd inning, followed by a two-run shot in the bottom of the 6th inning to push the advantage to 4-1.

    Sounds’ Extras:

    • Already on the 40-man roster, Junk may not be a fireballer (just 47 Ks in 75 2/3 IP this year), but he’s getting the job done for the Sounds (3.69 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, team-lead in innings pitched).
    • Passed over by 29 teams in last offseason’s pitcher-heavy Rule 5 draft, Devanney’s making an even stronger case this time around with a 1.057 OPS in his last 82 plate appearances, after starting the year slowly due to injury.
    • MLB call-up watch: 1B Keston Hiura and 3B Abraham Toro each collected two singles and a walk, while center fielder Sal Frelick had a single in four at-bats. Rehabbing Tyrone Taylor manned right field for his first action since June 1st, going 0-for-5 but contributed by throwing out a runner to end the 1st inning. And RHP Abner Uribe (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K) topped 100mph five times in his one inning of fabulous relief work, while RHP JB Bukauskas (1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K) also pitched a scoreless 9th inning.

    Friday’s outlook: If he can replicate his last outing (4 2/3 scoreless innings five days ago) with a solid start tonight, RHP Jason Alexander will certainly strengthen his case to be added to the 40-man MLB roster when he comes off the 60-day injured list shortly.

    Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes
    Final: Biloxi 7, Mississippi 6
    Box Score / Game Log

    Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Tyler Black Triples Twice, Drives in Three in Shuckers' 7-6 Comeback Win

    3B Tyler Black (2-for-4, 2 triples, 3 RBIs) tripled early as Biloxi built a 4-0 lead, then tripled again in the bottom of the 7th inning to tie the game 6-6 after the Shuckers had fallen behind 6-4. He then scored on a wild pitch for what proved to be the winning run. 

    You’ll see plenty more video highlights at the Shuckers Twitter feed.

    Shuckers’ Extras:

    • Relative to his usual outings, starting RHP Justin Jarvis (4 2/3 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 5 H, 3 BB, 8 Ks, 1 WP) struggled a bit and exited after reaching 99 pitches in the top of the 5th inning. That said, he collected another eight strikeouts and became the third Southern League pitcher to reach 90 Ks in the season’s first half (likely aided by the extra tacky baseballs being experimented with).
    • RHP Robbie Baker (2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 Ks) helped Jarvis escape the 5th inning by delivering a strikeout, then covered an additional 1 2/3 innings, though conceded a homer to Drew Lugbauer (26 years old; .996 OPS – c’mon Braves, promote the man).
    • After RHP Zach Vennaro struggled (1/3 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 0 H, 2 BBs, 2 HBPs, 1 K), LHPs Luis Amaya (Biloxi debut) and Ryan Middendorf were terrific in relief, combining on two scoreless innings, with Amaya striking out three batters. Center fielder Jackson Chourio (2-for-3, walk, RBI) also had a solid game in reaching base three times.

    Friday’s outlook: 28-year old RHP James Meeker (2.41 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 11.3 K/9 in 37 1/3 IP) is due to make his second straight start, after 16 relief appearances to commence the year. He’s reached 56 and 54 pitches in his last two outings, as we try to decipher whether this is an actual experiment (i.e. converting him to a starter) or simply a case of Manager Mike Guerrero managing limited starting pitching depth.

    Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes
    Final: Wisconsin 3, Quad Cities 2
    Box Score / Game Log

    Via the Rattlers’ website, game details: Cruz, Brown Lead Rattlers to Fourth Straight Win

    21-year RHP Stiven Cruz (5 IP, 0 R, 2 H – both singles, 1 BB, 8 Ks) was back in prime form, cruising through five innings by pounding the zone effectively (48 strikes in 73 pitches) and earning his third win of 2023. He lowered his season ERA to 6.59 in what has been a rather frustrating year thus far.

    Cruz left the game with a 1-0 lead, which SS Eric Brown Jr. (1-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs) added to in the 8th inning with his third home run of 2023, a 2-run shot.

    From there, Wisconsin held on for dear life, as RHP Brannon Jordan (2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 0 Ks) was not his usual sharp self, handing over to RHP Tanner Shears (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 0 Ks, 1 WP) who closed out the game with a bunt force out and ground ball double play.

    Timber Rattlers’ Extras:

    • The middle innings were covered by RHP Alexander Cornielle (2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K), in his first appearance in 25 days. He was limited to 40 pitches, though the team will be thrilled to have effective starter available.
    • The Timber Rattlers only notched five hits and walked twice, with no player reaching base twice. 1B Ernesto Martinez (1-for-3, RBI) had a key game, however, singling in a run in the 3rd inning, then gunning down the lead runner at third base for the first out of the bottom of the 9th inning. River Bandit Manager and ex-Brewers infielder Brooks Conrad did not agree with the call and was ejected.
    • The eight strikeouts were a season high for Cruz, lifting his season K/9 rate to 8.0 (vs. 10.7 last year), which hopefully bodes well for future success. We also note that DH/C Matt Wood was back in the starting lineup, despite leaving Wednesday’s game in the 3rd inning.

    Friday’s outlook: 23-year old RHP Tyler Woessner (2.70 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 8.1 K/9 in 66 2/3 IP), who has been the team’s top starting pitcher, is scheduled to start as Wisconsin seeks a 3-0 series lead.

    Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes
    Final: Down East 5, Carolina 1
    Box Score / Game Log

    Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Mudcats Held to Two Hits Again in Loss to Wood Ducks

    Two singles and zero walks for the offense won’t win many games, as Carolina has now dropped six of its past seven games.

    Mudcats’ Extras:

    • With almost no offense to speak of, RHP Will Rudy needed to be perfect, but was instead his reasonable, solid self: 6 IP, 3 R (all coming across with two outs in the 4th inning), 4 H, 0 BB, 4 Ks, 2 WPs. Rudy’s season ERA is now 3.40.
    • Hard-throwing 20-year old RHP Jesus Rivero (2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks) made his debut in full season affiliate ball, notching a strike out against his first batter and ending the 7th inning by inducing a ground ball double play. His second inning of work was not as kind (double, single, walk, two stolen bases), though he did strike out another two batters.
    • Left fielder Hedbert Perez and 1B Jesus Parra collected the two singles, which matched the number of shift violations which the Mudcats were penalized for with automatic balls.

    Friday’s outlook: Almost-21 year old (his birthday is tomorrow) RHP Alexander Vallecillo (3.33 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 11.1 K/9 in 24 1/3 IP) is scheduled to take the hill as Carolina needs a victory to cut the series deficit to 2-1.

    Dominican Summer League Action

    Final: DSL Dodgers Mega 5, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 1
    Box Score / Game Log

    Our Dos youngsters fell to their fifth straight loss in this 7-inning contest, dropping their record to 7-11.

    Starting 16-year old RHP Melvin Hernandez (4 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 6 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks, 2 WPs; season ERA 1.93) put in a respectable performance, conceding only one earned run in spite of the six hits and exiting with his team down 2-1.

    However, a 4-for-23 day at the plate with one double and one walk was not enough to get the job done.

    Key signing 17-year old 2B/SS Filippo Di Turi (2-for-3; season OPS .864) singled twice, but was caught stealing and also picked off base. 19-year old C Eric Martinez (1-for-3, double; season OPS .781) notched the double and scored the team’s only run.


    Final: DSL White Sox 6, DSL Brewers #1 Squad 1
    Box Score / Game Log

    The young Uno men dropped their third straight game, falling to a 10-8 record thus far.

    Similar to their DSL-2 brethren, 18-year old starting RHP Jose Meneses (4 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 4 Ks; season ERA 2.70) navigated traffic to make the game competitive, but the offensive performance was lacking – e.g. 3-for-31 at the plate. Meneses exited with the game tied 1-1.

    That said, I’m blaming lightning at least in part for this loss, as 17-year old RHP Eric Prado’s (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 Ks) relief outing was cut short after just one inning due to a one hour and five minute game delay. Prado had thrown five scoreless innings in his last appearance (see video from prior outings below). 

    20-year old RHP Yonawil Florimon walked four batters and threw a wild pitch in two innings of work, though he only conceded one run and zero hits. The game really got away due to a four-run 8th inning off of 22-year old RHP Roman Perez, who walked three, hit one batter and threw five wild pitches in just 2/3rds of an inning.

    Offensively, the team did manage to collect 7 walks, but went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. 17-year old center fielder Yophery Rodriguez (2-for-4, double) was the bright spot, doubling and singling, though he was caught stealing.


    We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck in Friday’s 7-game MILB slate!

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