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  • Brewers Minor League Link Report (8/31): Chourio, Boushley, Hernandez and Sibrian Key Four-Win Thursday


    Ro Mueller

    Jackson Chourio joined the 20/20 club with a clutch 2-run blast for Biloxi. Joseph Hernandez led a near No-No for Wisconsin. Jose Sibrian’s big day powered Carolina and Caleb Boushley helped Nashville salvage a doubleheader split.

    Image courtesy of Biloxi Shuckers & Joshua Sumrall - Jackson Chourio Pictured

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    Transactions:

    • Signed 3B Josh Donaldson and assigned to AAA Nashville
    • Signed OF Greg Allen and assigned to AAA Nashville
    • Acquired OF Chris Roller from Cleveland (for cash considerations) and assigned to AAA Nashville
    • LHP Darrell Thompson assigned to AAA Nashville from AA Biloxi (reversing move from 5 days earlier)
    • RHP Julio Teheran’s rehab transferred to AAA Nashville from High-A Wisconsin

    Having joined the organization prior to September 1, each of Donaldson, Allen and Roller are technically eligible to be added to the Brewers’ postseason roster, if Milwaukee makes the playoffs. Donaldson’s 60-day injured list stint with the Yankees has apparently also re-set. While most of the focus is on Donaldson’s potential addition to the big league roster, don’t sleep on Allen (67 stolen bases in 73 attempts over the last three seasons in AAA/MLB, despite inconsistent playing time) potentially being a pinch running specialist.

    Game Action:

    Game One Final: Durham 9, Nashville 4
    Box Score / Game Log

    Game Two Final: Nashville 4, Durham 2
    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 Split Doubleheader in Durham

    As the recap report detailed, the Sounds led early in both games of this doubleheader, but only managed to hold one of the leads behind strong pitching from Game Two starting RHP Caleb Boushley (6 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 8 Ks). Manager Sweet will undoubtedly appreciate the length that Boushley was able to provide despite appearing in a relief role four days earlier.

    With the split, Nashville trails in the series two games to one and sits 2.5 games behind Durham and Lehigh Valley in the chase for a playoff berth. Unfortunately, the Sounds are presently tied for 9th place in the second half standings of the 20-team league, as it’s a 10-team race to the finish.

    Sounds’ Extras:

    • Going beyond the box score, the noticeable absences of INF/OF Owen Miller (last played on Friday - .755 OPS in 81 August PAs in Nashville) and RHP Colin Rea (last pitched August 24 – 6 IP, 2 R, 6 Ks) make them the odds-on favorites to be added to the Brewers’ expanded September roster. Or will Jesse Winker (1-for-2, 2 walks – played first base) get the call back? Milwaukee’s starting pitcher for Saturday is still listed as TBD.
    • The path back the big leagues this year may be looking more daunting for rehabbing RHP Julio Teheran (2 1/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 4 Ks) and RHP Jason Alexander (3 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 Ks). However, this was only Teheran’s second rehab start, so he may still turn things around.
    • Other hitters on promotion watch: INF Abraham Toro (1-for-6, double, walk), OF/INF Jahmai Jones (1-for-6, walk), 1B/OF Keston Hiura (2-for-8, HR, RBI). Meanwhile, unsung INF Patrick Dorrian (3-for-7, double, RBI), C Brian Navarreto (2-for-3, HR, RBI), INF Cam Devanney (2-for-3, RBI, 2 SBs) and OF Monte Harrison (1-for-5, HR, walk, 3 RBIs) each had solid days.
    • Credit the bullpen work of RHP Thyago Vieira (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks – 8th Save) and LHP Alex Claudio – threw just one pitch, but it resulted in an inning-ending double play to strand three inherited runners.

    Friday’s outlook: Scheduled starter LHP Robert Gasser (3.85 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 11.1 K/9 in 119 1/3 IP) looks for his tenth win of 2023, while all eyes will be on which two players are added to the Brewers’ big league roster.

    Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes
    Final: Biloxi 3, Tennessee 2
    Box Score / Game Log

    Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Jackson Chourio Makes History, Bullpen Tosses Six Shutout Innings in Shuckers Win

    The superlatives may at times may feel a bit excessive for 19-year old center fielder Jackson Chourio (2-for-5, HR, 2 RBIs), but then he completely turns a game around with a two-run blast to right field on an 0-2 pitch while trailing 2-0. 

     

    From there, the Shuckers held the momentum, with 3B Zavier Warren (2-for-3, HR, walk, RBI) adding a solo blast in the following inning to grab a lead and the Biloxi bullpen throwing six innings of shutout ball. The victory keeps Biloxi a half-game behind Montgomery in the race for a playoff berth. 

     

    Shuckers’ Extras:

    • Chourio’s blast picked up starting LHP Adam Seminaris (3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 Ks, 1 WP), who needed timely strikeouts to strand three Smokies in scoring position over the first two innings. This was Seminaris’ second AA start since return from a 3-month injury, so let’s reserve judgment on the 24-year old who was acquired as part of the Hunter Renfroe trade.
    • Back to the bullpen – let’s name names: phenomenal RHP James Meeker (3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks, Win), solid RHP Ryan Brady (1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks), clutch LHP Nick Bennett – struck out only batter faced to strand two baserunners, save-artist RHP Cam Robinson (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 1 K, Save). Robinson toyed with the home Tennessee fans by walking the first two batters of the 9th inning, before dispatching the next three (strikeout, groundout, groundout).
    • INF/OF Isaac Collins was a late scratch from the starting lineup, so we’ll need to monitor his status going forward, with right fielder Lamar Sparks shifting to the leadoff spot. Sparks and SS Freddy Zamora each had two singles in the game.

    Friday’s outlook: 21-year old RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez (2.73 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 11.4 K/9 in 105 1/3 IP) gets the start after his Sunday outing was rained out and canceled while facing the second batter of the game.

    Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes
    Final: Wisconsin 5, Beloit 0
    Box Score / Game Log

    Via the Rattlers’ website, game details: Wisconsin Makes It Five Wins in a Row with Near No-Hitter

    Suddenly, everything appears to be clicking for the Timber Rattlers, who won their fifth straight behind seven no-hit innings from starting RHP Joseph Hernandez (3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 4 Ks) and RHP Stiven Cruz (4 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 BB, 2 Ks, 1 balk). The question is whether they can catch Peoria for a playoff spot, as the Chiefs also won to remain four games ahead of Wisconsin in the second half standings.

    Wisconsin out-hit the Sky Carp 11-2 behind strong games from 2B Robert Moore (3-for-5, double, 2 RBIs, SB), C Matt Wood (3-for-4, double, SB) and SS Eric Brown Jr. (2-for-5, 2 RBIs).

    Timber Rattlers’ Extras:

    • This was just Hernandez’s second High-A appearance and first High-A start since a late May injury. The 23-year old prospect was acquired from Seattle for RHP Justin Topa in the offseason and is presently in his sixth minor league season, setting him up for potentially aggressive promotions in 2024 before he’s eligible for free agency.
    • Both teams struggled with runners in scoring position (Wisconsin 3-for-19, Beloit 0-for-7), but at least the Timber Rattlers had fun on the basepaths: 5 stolen bases, 0 caught stealing vs. 0 attempts for Beloit.
    • RHP Tanner Shears will expect cleaner outings in the future after loading the bases with a double and two walks in the 9th inning, but he still dropped his season ERA to 1.35 and recorded two strikeouts. That gives the 24-year old independent league signee 70 Ks in just 46 2/3 innings pitched this year.

    Friday’s outlook: RHP Alexander Cornielle looks to build on a scoreless last start (5 IP, 0 R, 7 Ks) to keep Wisconsin firmly in the playoff chase.

    Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes
    Final: Carolina 7, Down East 4
    Box Score / Game Log

    Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Sibrian Comes Through in the Clutch in 7-4 Victory

    Down East already wrapped up a playoff berth by winning the first half title, but they’re certainly not making it easy for Carolina to join them there. Thankfully, C Jose Sibrian’s (2-for-3, 2 doubles, HBP, 3 RBIs) clutch play was able to keep the game close (nabbed two runners on the bases to end the 3rd and 4th innings), then give the Mudcats their first lead with a two-out, bases clearing double in the bottom of the 6th inning. 

     

    The victory pushes Carolina’s lead in the second half standings to 2.5 games over Lynchburg, with 10 games remaining for the Mudcats and 9 left for the Hillcats.

    Mudcats’ Extras:

    • Starting LHP Brian Fitzpatrick (4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 4 Ks) and RHP Yorman Galindez (4 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 6 Ks, 1 balk, Win) were solid in this tight contest, combining on 10 strikeouts. The 61 pitches from 6’7” Fitzpatrick were the most he’s thrown since joining the Brewers as a 10th round draft pick in 2022, as the 23-year old had to navigate some injury time.
    • Each of 3B Luke Adams, 1B Jesus Chirinos and 2B Jadher Areinamo collected two hits, with Chirinos singling in the 4th inning to extend his on-base streak to 20 games and homering in the 8th inning for key insurance. Right fielder Luis Castillo was subbed out to start the 7th inning, so we’ll have to watch his availability.
    • Sibrian is in his 8th year in the Brewers’ system and the 24-year old is a few years older than the average player in Low-A ball, but his .817 OPS and Carolina League-leading 40% caught stealing ratio are likely raising a few eyebrows around the league.  

    Friday’s outlook: RHP Patricio Aquino (3.02 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 8.7 K/9 in 80 1/3 IP) is scheduled to start one of Friday’s doubleheader games, with the other starting pitcher yet to be named.

    We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck to all teams in the five minor league games on Friday, including the Mudcats’ doubleheader.

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    • Back to the bullpen – let’s name names: phenomenal RHP James Meeker (3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks, Win), solid RHP Ryan Brady (1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks), clutch LHP Nick Bennett – struck out only batter faced to strand two baserunners, save-artist RHP Cam Robinson (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 1 K, Save). Robinson toyed with the home Tennessee fans by walking the first two batters of the 9th inning, before dispatching the next three (strikeout, groundout, groundout).

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    I wish I'd also highlighted the post-game interview with Carolina Mudcats' Manager Victor Estevez, which is also available in the recap link above. There's thoughts on Jose Sibrian's game management, Brian Fitzpatrick's fire, Jadher Areinamo's penchant for multi-hit games (39 now this year, leading the Carolina League), etc. Good stuff. Check it out!

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    4 hours ago, damuelle said:

    I wish I'd also highlighted the post-game interview with Carolina Mudcats' Manager Victor Estevez, which is also available in the recap link above. There's thoughts on Jose Sibrian's game management, Brian Fitzpatrick's fire, Jadher Areinamo's penchant for multi-hit games (39 now this year, leading the Carolina League), etc. Good stuff. Check it out!

    That's the differentiation with Sibrian: his full game. He is just so underrated, under-placed, and under-discussed. He calls the game individually - he doesn't need to look to the dugout. He has a cannon and good pop - extremely adept at not only throwing guys out in attempted steals but one of the best catchers in the entire system at rifling pick-off throws. It's such an advantage to have for a young squad. Maybe that's why the Brewers keep him in Low-A? As a leader and as a guy who helps mold the pitchers? He is well beyond Low-A in terms of skill and performance.

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