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  • Brewers Minor League Link Report (6/30): Nashville Grabs 12th Win in Last 15 Contests

    Jim Goulart

    Thank you, Nashville Sounds (and the Maryvale bunch) for providing Friday night wins for us. We can't fault the Timber Rattlers for a stumble, as they've played very well for several weeks now. Our beloved Mudcats are digging a second-half hole, sad to say. Speaking of holes, we look into everything in the action detailed below with insights and perspectives mixed in that go the proverbial "beyond the box score".

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    - OF Monte Harrison activated from AAA Nashville's Development List
    RHP Justin Jarvis assigned to AAA Nashville from AA Biloxi
    - RHP Max Lazar assigned to AA Biloxi from High-A Wisconsin
    OF Eduarqui Fernandez placed on High-A Wisconsin’s 7-day injured list, retroactive to 6/29

    Final: Nashville 6, Memphis (Cardinals) 2

    Via the Sounds' site, we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of your season-long Link Report routine:

    Sounds Power Past Redbirds, Take Fourth Straight - Patrick Dorrian and Abraham Toro launch homers as Nashville clinches at least share of series at Memphis

    Pre-Game Media Notes 

    Box Score / Game Log

    Plenty of worthwhile notes within said summary above, let's see what we can point out that may not have been included there.

    Eddy Alvarez handled a very easy grounder to shortstop to end the Memphis 5th, he picked it up and stepped on second base for a force-out. Alvarez didn't come back out to play defense in the 6th. Watching with an MiLB TV subscription (only $3.99 a month at this point in the season should you wish to jump in), the play is at the 02:29:00 hour/minute mark here. It's barely perceptible but Alvarez is moving slightly gingerly as he walks off, and a tiny mini grimace on his face appears when in the dugout. For all I know, he passed gas. No real injury insight, but he did exit.

    By the way, the HD quality for MiLB TV from some of the locales is tremendous.

    Alvarez stole his 16th base in 18 tries earlier in the game, that kind of snuck up on us, didn't it? He hadn't approached anything nearing that volume nor success rate since 2019.

    Cam Devanney was just 1-for-5 at the plate, but how many starting first basemen become your in-game replacement shortstop? Goodness, we love us some Cam Devanney. 

    In terms of the bats the parent club are monitoring, RF Sal Frelick (single) and LF Keston Hiura (HBP) combined to go 1-for-9.

    LHP Darrell Thompson has righted his early AAA call-up ship and had a wonderful June, as his splits show here. RHP Trevor Megill fanned three in the 9th, hitting one batter, which must have hurt based on likely velocity. Batter stayed in the game, good.

    The mix of bullpen talent both from a 40-man roster perspective and a non-40-man perspective is really strong. Matt Arnold could and likely should rotate someone in and out to begin each big-league series. Step in, step up, or step out. Let the "what do you do with Matt Bush" discussion continue to light the interwebs afire.

    Final: Mississippi (Braves) 4, Biloxi 1

    Via the Shuckers' site:

    Bennett Sets New Season-High with Five Relief Innings in Shuckers' Loss to M-Braves - Quero, Black both tally multi-hit games in 4-1 loss at MGM Park

    Pre-Game Media Notes 

    Box Score / Game Log

    If you're going to score only one run, at least two of your prime prospects - Tyler Black (double, single) and Jeferson Quero (three singles) had productive nights.

    RHP James Meeker walked a man over a three-inning stint. His amazing command still shines, five walks and 49 strikeouts over 40.1 IP in '23. This was the first time he has issued a free pass in consecutive outings this season (18 appearances) and he has yet to walk more than one batter in any outing. You have to go back to July 2nd of 2022 to locate a Meeker effort with more than one base on balls.

    LHP Nick Bennett's brief video postgame interview is here, Don't forget about the Shuckers' pre-game interview archive page, Freddy Zamora the latest.

    Jackson Chourio walked to reach base, then you can see just the slightest hesitation by Tyler Black here rounding second base. Worthwhile gamble with one out.

    Final:  Quad Cities (Royals) 10, Wisconsin 5

    Via the Timber Rattlers' site:

    Bandits Break Wisconsin Win Streak - Quad Cities blitzes Rattlers in 10-5 win

    Pre-Game Media Notes (Download Link) via the team's Virtual Press Box

    Box Score / Game Log

    Whenever you read in the game summary "emotions ran very high in the top of the seventh inning", you know that's prompting a visit to the MiLB TV archive. Go to the 02:47:00 hour/minute mark here to see that while very close, Manager Joe Ayrault was definitely in the right. Tough call for the home plate umpire, if this game were at the AA level or above with a three-man umpiring crew, bet they get that one right.

    Can't quite remember a box score with pitching lines for only two pitchers, where they could not be more diverse. A completely uncharacteristic Tyler Woessner performance, and Ryan Brady remains solid and was outstanding here.

    Back to the archive: this time go to the 01:14:30 hour/minute mark. After completing a 5-3 putout on defense for the 2nd out of the River Bandits first inning, 3B Eduardo Garcia was removed from the game as he was grabbing at his hamstring. He was able to walk on his own to the Rattlers dugout (first base side), and while he started off walking very gingerly he was a bit more brisk as he reached the bench, but it didn't look great regardless. Expect an absence for the soon-to-be 21-year-old, hopefully brief. Rare you see that type of injury while fielding a ground ball on a slight backhand.

    The Rattlers bench is very shallow right now, but the Carolina roster isn't overflowing with promotion candidates. Once Ernesto Martinez entered after an infield shuffle post-Garcia injury, only INF/OF Jose Acosta and catcher Darrian Miller remained available.

    Final: Down East (Rangers) 11, Carolina 0

    Mudcats Allow Season Highs in Runs & and Hits in 11-0 Loss - Carolina lost its fifth straight game after Friday's lopsided loss

    Pre-Game Media Notes 

    Box Score / Game Log

    MVP of this game? Voice of the Mudcats for putting together the game summary for us.

    As for this post, less is more. Go get 'em Saturday.

    Final: ACL Brewers 12, ACL Guardians 8

    Box Score / Game Log

    Entertaining box score and linescore. Even if it was just a camera-view from high above home plate, it'd be nice to have some video access to complex league games in Arizona (and Florida). It seems that particularly in these big-league capable spring training ballparks, that could be a reality. I'm betting we see some semblance of this within three-to-five years. Make it happen, MLB. Doesn't even need audio play-by-play, though what better training ground for perspective announcers would there be.

    Third-year RHP Edrian Robinson's 2022 was cut short after just two outings, and it's been a tough early go on the comeback trail in 2023. The A-Crew trailed 4-0 after one inning, but tied it at 4-4 after five innings, and scored eight runs between the 7th and 8th.

    I am this close to tossing the word phenom onto 2nd-year-pro 17-year-old (18 in August) RHP Manuel Rodriguez, the Mexico signee. Five innings of one-run middle relief here. It's just the age and that he's been brought stateside that impresses beyond the small-sample 2023 numbers.

    Remember when we discussed that Timber Rattler short bench above? Get OF Hendry Mendez up pronto, he's clearly beyond dominating Maryvale for rehab. Fellow corner outfielder Luis Castillo should be back in full-season ball soon as well, and a leap directly to High-A for the first time can't be ruled out after a .696 Carolina OPS in 2022 (28 games). The duo combined to reach base seven times here, including three doubles. For good measure, each added an outfield assist. Take that, young Guardians.

    Gee, the ACL Central standings look a bit like the NL Central standings, don't they?

    Final: DSL Guardians Red 19, DSL Brewers #1 Squad 10

    Box Score / Game Log

    The Ceveceros Prime Number scored in five different innings, including a five-run 5th.

    The Guardians "Rojo" only scored in three innings. Unfortunately, they pushed across eight runs in the 4th and then ten runs in the 8th. The Crew went from one run up to nine runs down after that fateful frame.

    18-year-old Nicaraguan native RHP Nestor Mena salvaged mound respectability. Although he allowed his inherited runner to score, Mena managed to toss 2.2 scoreless. The final 8th inning pitches were tossed by C/1B Brayan Oropeza (three runs allowed), forced into action when 16-year-old Saul Sanchez, another Nicaragua native, could not retire any of the seven men he faced to start the inning. Ironically, Sanchez pitched a 1-2-3 7th inning. All three Cerveceros errors in the game came in that eight-run Guardians 4th.

    Top 2023 $$ signing LF Yophery Rodriguez finished only 1-for-4 with three K's, but he drove in four on a three-run HR (2nd of his brief career) and a sacrifice fly. Congratulations to 19-year-old C/1B Yannic Walther (DH'ing here) on the first professional homer for the young man from Germany.

    I continue to be mesmerized by the lines posted by 17-year-old (thus far utility INF/OF) Dominican native Tyler Rodriguez. Batting in the 9-spot, Rodriguez reached all four plate appearances (single, two walks, HBP). Rodriguez' line through 36 plate appearances is .182/.472/.182. Eight walks, five plunkings, a reasonable six K's. Mix in four stolen bases in six attempts.

    After a fast start, this Brewers club has fallen to 10-9, and have dropped their last four games.

    Final: DSL Dodgers Mega 6, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 2

    Box Score / Game Log

    This isn't a loss to the still-undefeated Dodgers Bautista team, which is remarkably now at 19-0! (DSL Standings)

    You'll notice Team Dos has now lost six in a row at that standings link.

    Only four base knocks for the good guys, but one was the first professional home run (and RBI) for 19-year-old 2nd year Colombian C/1B Estefano Lozano, who has seen limited time.

    Youngster (aren't nearly all of them?) SS Filippo Di Turi, 17 years old, continues to show patience, walking thrice in this one. Impressive numbers in Di Turi's first 19 games - .338/.453/.408 (.861 OPS, 13 RBI, more BB's than K's). Not so impressive - two SB in nine attempts! Hopefully Filippo builds his skills in that regard in future years and laughs about this SB stretch when he's standing in Am-Fam for the first time.

    The pitching efforts were non-descript. The one true rookie was starting RHP Linbel Jimenez, an 18-year old Dominican.


    Seven Saturday games on tap. Calling in now - the 7-12 DSL Cerveceros 2 club will knock off the 19-0 Dodgers behemoth in late-morning action. Come back and see how that prediction went when we (and I) return for Sunday AM's report. Thanks for reading, enjoy your July 1st!

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    It’s been tough sledding for 3B/1B Zavier Warren at Biloxi this year:
    - April OPS - .600
    - May OPS - .574
    - June OPS - .488

    But the .200 season BABIP suggests a LOT of bad luck.

    If INF Eduardo Garcia is sidelined for a bit (hopefully he’s not), maybe Warren could spend a few weeks mashing for Wisconsin before returning to Biloxi.

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    Actually managed to get to a game when the Rattlers were in town for the first time in a while. Thoughts on first time seeing these guys live:

    1. I was sitting at an angle where I couldn't see why, but Woessner didn't have it. I had told my wife beforehand that he was one of the team's most consistent pitchers and toward the top of the list of guys I wanted to see when they were in town. About the time the eighth run crossed the plate she turned to me and said something to the effect of "I think you jinxed him." While the first four and last four batters he faced did most of the damage, the Bandits were getting solid contact off him all night. Brady obviously did a much better job keeping them off-balance.

    2. I was sitting "behind" the plate but shaded far enough toward first base where I was basically facing right-handed hitters square-on. Brown's set-up looks weirder from this angle than it does from the behind the plate or center-field zoomed shots that I've normally seen.

    3. Watching Matt Wood hit kind of cemented my thoughts after looking at the Fangraphs numbers for him. Lot of line drives, few swings and misses, exit velocities will end up eventually telling the tale.

    4. Moore sure is agile defensively at second. Really agile.

    5. Yah, it looked like that ball in the seventh hit the line. The Bandit overran it enough where I think the ump assumed it was heading foul. It was a tough call and these guys are still learning their craft the same way the players are, so I won't hold that against him. I will say about him, though, don't be the guy who makes the unnecessarily delayed strike call on a 3-2 pitch where the batter has already tossed the bat and taken a couple of steps to first. Just don't be that guy.

    6. If you want a four-year-old's first time at a ball game to be positive (and keep the whining to a minimum), two types of ice cream and two carousel rides help (the Bandits have a carnival area with rides behind the left field fence). Unfortunately, the fireworks finale got a bit loud for her and left a negative impression for the car ride home.

    7. For a variety of reasons I haven't gotten out to the park much since the Midwest League bumped up to high-A. It does feel like a noticeable difference. There were some rough low-A games. I can still remember a game where Corey Kemp, who was a good low-A hitter, but not exactly agile behind the plate, was trying to catch Evan Fredrickson and I think a very off his game Cody Scarpetta. It looked like he eventually got fed up and stopped even trying, just waiting for the ball to bounce off the backstop and roll back to him. While that game was an outlier even by low-A standards, the play felt a lot crisper here.

    8. It felt like the person who was having the toughest time adjusting to the pitch clock was the person doing PA system. The umpire finally angrily gestured up to the booth after they didn't turn off some music until the second pitch of an at-bat.

    9. After last night I both get why Ernesto Martinez is fun to dream on and why his number haven't exactly been consistent. When he made solid contact, the ball just exploded off his bat, and not just on the home run. But man, with the swings he takes I'm actually kind of impressed he doesn't strike out more.

    Depending on weather and family celebrations I might try to see Misiorowski throw Sunday, It was nice to get back to the ballpark.

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    9. After last night I both get why Ernesto Martinez is fun to dream on and why his number haven't exactly been consistent. When he made solid contact, the ball just exploded off his bat, and not just on the home run. But man, with the swings he takes I'm actually kind of impressed he doesn't strike out more.

    Now you've seen it. He is such a fun personality. Intriguing player. With a BIG caveat - akin to his personality, I guess:

    I personally think part of what makes him such a fun person bleeds into his playing style. So, you get what you get there. IF, and it's a big IF (lot's of big when talking about Martinez Jr.), he could just harness and discipline parts of his approach he could be a really intriguing prospect. As it currently is, however, even with the stretching splits at 1B to nab runners down the line and the power when he actually makes contact, he is just so unpolished. It's a long work in progress. He swings very inconsistently and very wildly - so often his head and eyes are looking beyond the 1B stand and possibly at a flock of birds in the distance. Given the ongoing lack of high-end 1B prospects, he is obviously in an organizational fit. But, I can't help but wonder if that light will every truly turn on.

    Thanks for the report @CheeseheadInQC. Sounds like you had a fun family outing!

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