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  • Brewers Minor League Link Report: Victories for the DSL Youngsters - La Segunda Parte

    Joseph Zarr

    When I see four victories in a row to start this week for our DSL Cerveceros, I am brought back to my sojourns in the Dominican. In certain Domincan locales, there is a commonly used colloquialism: "Al que madruga Dios lo ayuda.". In English, we all know this in a different phrasing: "The early bird gets the worm." It appears the baseball gods have indeed shifted their early helping hands to aid our DSL brethren as they've broken free from the losing woes of the past couple weeks. Four straight DSL victories is how we keep our spirits high during a prolonged All-Star break. Let's get into the report!

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    We've seen many box score highlights throughout the ACL season from the breakout season of INF Juan Baez. And, now, we are afforded the chance to see his form in the batters box via our good friends at the Brewers Player Development twitter team:

    I agree @Jake McKibbin: that swing looks very smooth - easy, relaxed, and repeatable. Quite the leg lift to boot.


    Final: DSL Brewers Uno 3, DSL Guardians Blue 0

    Box Score Game Log

    Outhit 4-to-2, the DSL Uno still managed a 3-0 shutout. Glorious. The big hit for the Crew came in the bottom of the second inning: a bases loaded two out three-run double off the bat of OF Pedro Tovar. Actually, both hits came in that frame. Four walks came the young Crew's way in the remaining seven frames but nothing came of it. This game was about the combined shutout between 17-year-old Nicaraguan RHP Enniel Cortez and 19-year-old Dominican RHP Jesael Cabrera. 

    Cortez continues to excel in his first year as a member of the Brewers and, it is quite clear to me, he is currently pitching beyond his age. In his fifth start of the summer, Cortez managed to hurl 5 IP of 4 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 R ball. His K:BB ratio has now elevated to 30:4 in 25 2/3 IP. Man, that's eye-opening for a 17-year-old. Hitters are managing a 0.213 BAA and he is sporting a 0.94 WHIP. He moved to 3-0 on his season.

    RHP Jesael Cabrera was not to be outdone: 4 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 K. He picked up his first save of 2023 in the process. In his second season with the Brewers, Cabrera has definitely made improvements despite a similar ERA as 2022 (4.19-to-4.15). However, he is seeing batters hit a mere 0.200 BAA and he has lowered his WHIP in 2023 to a very workably 0.98. These are good signs for the young hurler as he looks to keep making strides toward a potential stateside ACL promotion in 2024.

    With the victory, the DSL Brewers #1 moved to 15-11 - 7 1/2 games back the first place DSL Dodgers Bautista (23-4).

    Final: DSL Brewers Dos 5, DSL  Phillies Red 2

    Box Score Game Log

    The DSL Brewers Dos lost a precarious 1-0 lead in the bottom of the eighth frame when the Phillies Rojo tied it up 1-1 on the backs of three consecutive singles. Kudos to 17-year-old Venezuelan RHP Luis Guevara for escaping the jam (3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 K, BS, W - 2-0 / 9.82 ERA / 2.00 WHIP). After conceding the tying single up the middle, and a scored error on CF Ramon Moreno advancing runners to second and third, Guevara managed to work around a HBP (loading the bases) by striking out the final two Phillies. Close call! In the top of the ninth inning, the Brewers Dos pounced early with an INF Filippo Di Turri single (2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R - 0.354 BA / 0.864 OPS) and a Phillies throwing error allowing C Eric Martinez to advance to 2B and Di Turri to 3B. DH Pedro Ibarguen flew out but CF Ramon Moreno then walked to load the bags and 3B Luis Lameda cleared them all with a triple. It was just Lameda's second XBH of 2023 and definitely his biggest - hopefully this kick starts a run as he is clearly disciplined at the dish sporting a very healthy 11:11 K:BB ratio. Mr. OPS, OF Christopher Vazquez (1.210 OPS in 34 PA's), followed Lameda with a run-scoring double himself. Leading 5-1 at that point, the Crew #2 held on to win 5-2. INF Demetrio Nadal didn't repeat yesterday's heroics but he still grabbed a free pass in an 0-for-3 outing and managed to successfully swipe his 12th stolen base (12-for-12 in 2023). 

    Finally, let's acknowledge the ongoing fine work of 18-year-old Venezuelan Jesus Flores. Starting his fifth contest for the DSL Brewers Dos today, he was unable to improve his 0-4 record despite his stellar 6 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 R, 2 K work. Clearly that record absolutely does not tell the tale of his season: 20 1/3 IP, 13 H, 8 BB, 15 K, 1 HB, 1 HR, 0.183 BAA, 1.03 WHIP. Is there more strikeout stuff in his young toolkit? We'll have to stay tuned as he works his way through the lower levels. 

    The Brewers #2 moved to 11-15 - four games back their compadres on the Brewers Uno and 11 1/2 game back the juggernaut that is the first place DSL Dodgers Bautista.

    As Jim alluded to Monday, the Brewers are entirely off tomorrow. Click the link and check Thursday's schedule - both DSL teams will be back at it and our ACL squad will be taking on the formidable 19-8 ACL Rockies. Thanks for checking in during the All-Star break and, as always, thanks for supporting Brewers Minor League baseball.

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    Enniel Cortez definitely putting up some pretty serious numbers so far.

    Think I’d have to put him at the top of my DSL pitcher intrigue list at the moment but plenty of contenders with Aneuris Rodriguez, Bryan Rivera, Eric Prado, Melvin Hernandez and Anthony Flores in the mix.


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