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  1. The Brewers are in first place. Nashville is in first place. Biloxi, Wisconsin, and Carolina are all in second place, well within striking distance. Find out which teams on are the rise, which players are hitting or pitching well, and how the organization’s top prospects performed this week and throughout the season. We are now at the quarter-point of the season. Of course, that means that for minor leagues that play two halves, the first half is just over half complete. Playoff spots can be won by finishing at the top of their divisions in the first half. At that point, records will go back to 0-0 and the second half will begin. Triple-A plays the full season. The other full-season leagues all play two halves. Biloxi is currently tied for second place. Carolina is in second place and part of a three-team race in the division. Wisconsin is one game behind Cedar Rapids in their division. This week, the Timber Rattlers will be in Iowa to take on the Kernels. Patrick McGuff, a development coach with the Timber Rattlers, was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2016 and played for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2017. The Brewers hired him in January and he gets to work with a terrific coaching staff and some really exciting pitching prospects. I had the chance to chat with McGuff on Monday night about his time with the Twins, his transition to coaching, and some of the great talent he is excited to work with in Wisconsin. TRANSACTIONS The Brewers made a few player transactions announced on Monday. LHP Josh Hader was placed on the family medical emergency list. RHP Freddy Peralta was placed on the 15-Day IL with a shoulder strain. RHPs Trevor Kelley and Miguel Sanchez were both recalled to the Brewers. RHP Dylan File was outrighted to Nashville. RESULTS Last week’s Week in Review (5/10-5/16): Wiemer Powers Shuckers Tuesday: Promotions Aplenty, a Center Field Showcase, a 3-1 Evening Overall Wednesday: A 2-2 Affiliate Wednesday Still Feel Great After Hiura’s 11th Inning Walk Off Thursday: Carolina Rolls, But Three Other Affiliates Lose in Late Innings Friday: Two Comebacks (One EPIC!!) and a Nashville Shutout Victory Saturday: Things Stay Knarr-ly in Wisconsin, Weather Rears Its Head in the Southeast, and Wiemer Finishes a Triple Shy of the Cycle Sunday: Nashville and Wisconsin Come Back to Pull Out Late Victories WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds Week: 5-1, hosting Louisville Season: 29-12 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 2 1/2 games ahead of Columbus and 7.0 games ahead of Iowa. Nine of the 12 Sounds hitters posted an OPS over .810. For the week, they outscored their opponent 38-21. That pushes their season Run Differential to +86! Their 29-12 record would have them 3 1/2 games ahead of the Rochester Red Wings if they were in the IL East Division. Jason Alexander had the best start of the week for a Nashville pitcher. He tossed five scoreless innings. He gave up three hits, walked two, hit one, and struck out five batters. Tyler Herb made his first Nashville appearance. The 30-year-old had made 30 previous appearances in Triple-A with the Giants, Orioles, and Mariners organizations going back to 2018. He worked four scoreless innings. He gave up four hits, walked two (1 intentional), and struck out three batters. Likewise, Andy Otero made his first appearance for Nashville this year. He tossed four scoreless innings and gave up one hit and one walk. Josh Lindblom made a start. He went just three innings, but he did not allow a run. He gave up one hit and struck out two batters. Dylan File gave up only a solo home run over five innings in his start. He gave up three hits, walked one, hit two batters, and struck out three. Pablo Reyes played in four games. He went 8-for-16, hitting .500/.500/.938 (1.438) with a double, two homers and five RBI. Jon Singleton played in five games and went 5-for-15. He hit .333/.500/.667 (1.167) with two doubles, and a homer. He also walked five times. Mark Mathias went 5-for-14 in five games. He hit .357/.500/.571 (1.071) with a home run. He also walked four times . Abraham Almonte went 5-for-16 (.357) with two home runs, six RBI and two walks. Mario Feliciano hit .357 (5-for-14) with two walks. What’s Next? The Sounds will travel to Toledo for the week to take on the Mudhens. Pitching Probables (LHP Ethan Small, RHP Jason Alexander, Dylan File, RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Caleb Boushley, LHP Ethan Small) Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 2-4, @ Mississippi Season: 18-21 overall, tied for 2nd place in the Southern League South Division with Mississippi. They are 3 1/2 games behind Pensacola. It’s been a season of ups and downs for the Shuckers. The team was outscored 23-34 on the week. The two games they won, they won by just one run. Two of their losses were by five runs. Joey Wiemer again had a big week. In six games, he went 8-for-26 and hit .308/.357/.615 (.972) with two doubles, two home runs, and four stolen bases. In one game, he was a triple shy of the cycle. Jakson Reetz is forcing his name into the lineup with his performance. Last week, he went 6-for-24 and hit .250/.333/.625 (.958) with three home runs and six RBI. Five Shuckers relievers pitched at least twice and at least three innings. Harold Chirino, Luis Contreras, Lucas Erceg and J.T. Hintzen each struck out three batters in three innings of no-earned run relief. Zach Vennaro pitched twice and recorded saves in both games. In 1 2/3 scoreless, hitless, walkless innings, he struck out two batters. TJ Shook made his first Shucker start. He tossed three scoreless innings despite giving up three hits and three walks. He also struck out three batters. What’s Next? The Shuckers will be hosting the Montgomery Biscuits (15-19), the Double-A affiliate of the Rays. Pitching Probables (RHP Justin Bullock, RHP JT Shook, RHP Victor Castaneda, RHP Noah Zavolas, LHP Nick Bennett, RHP Justin Bullock) High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 3-3, hosting South Bend Season: 25-14 overall, 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division, 1.0 game behind Cedar Rapids. The Timber Rattlers were able to gain one game last week on Cedar Rapids ahead of the first series between the two teams of the season. The Rattlers were outscored for the series, but as you would expect from a series split, it was by just one run. Just two Rattlers hitters posted an OPS over .733 for the week. As it has been all season, the Wisconsin starting staff was fantastic. Brandon Knarr struck out seven batters over six scoreless innings in his start. He gave up five hits, walked one, and struck out seven batters. He was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week. Justin Jarvis gave up two runs (1 earned) on four hits and two walks in six innings in his start. He struck out ten batters. Antoine Kelly made two starts and worked 12 innings. He gave up four runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out 18 batters. Cam Robinson came in for two appearances. In three innings, he gave up just one hit, walked none, and struck out five batters. He recorded one save. Carlos Rodriguez played in all six games. He went 7-for-19 and hit .368/.478/.474 (.952) with two doubles. He walked three times and stole a base. Joe Gray, Jr. went 6-for-22 over six games. He hit .273/.385/.545 (.930) with two home runs and five RBI. He walked four times. What’s Next? The Timber Rattlers head down to Cedar Rapids to take on the division-leading Kernels in a series that could mean a playoff spot for one of the teams. Pitching Probables (RHP Ryne Moore, RHP Justin Jarvis, LHP Russell Smith, LHP Brandon Knarr, LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Ryne Moore) Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 4-2, hosting Down East Season: 21-18 overall, 2nd place in the Carolina League North Division, but just 1/2 game behind Lynchburg and 1/2 game ahead of Fredericksburg It was a good week for the Mudcats offense. They outscored Down East 35-23. Twice they won games by a seven-run differential. Hendry Mendez played in five games and went 6-for-16, hitting .375/.500/.688 (1.188) with a triple, homer, and six RBI. He also walked five times. Zack Raabe went 6-for-14 over four games, and he hit .429/.529/.643 (1.172) with three doubles, and four RBI. He also walked twice and stole a bag. data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAPABAP///wAAACH5BAEKAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw== Arbert Cipion went 5-for-14 over four games. He hit .357/.500/.643 (1.143) with a double, a homer, and four walks. Alberis Ferrer played in three games and hit .308 (4-for-13) with a triple, a homer, and four RBI. In his first full-season start, Fernando Olguin tossed five scoreless innings. He gave up two hits, walked none, and struck out one batter. Stiven Cruz was good again. He made a start and threw four shutout frames. He gave up three hits, walked two, and struck out three batters. Alexander Cornielle pitched the final five innings of a game. He gave up one run on one hit and two walks while striking out six batters. Six Mudcats relievers pitched once without allowing an earned run. The best relief performance came from Karlos Morales. He struck out four batters over two innings. What’s Next? The Mudcats will be hosting the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers. Pitching Probables (RHP Fernando Olquin, RHP Alexander Cornielle, RHP Miguel Segura, RHP Stiven Cruz, RHP Edwin Jimenez, RHP Fernando Olquin) PROSPECT SUMMARY This Prospect Summary shows our current Brewers Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week (May 17 to May 23). #1 - LHP Aaron Ashby (Milwaukee) - 1 G, 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K (Season: 9 G, 3 GS, 28.1 IP, 14 R, 11 ER, 17 BB, 34 K, 0-3, 1 S, 3.49 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 5.4 BB/9, 10.8 K/9) #2 - OF Joey Wiemer (Biloxi) - 6 G, 8-for-26 (.308), 2-2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K (Season: 39 G, 47-for-155, .303/.372/.607 (.979), 14-2B, 11-HR, 30 RBI, 15 BB, 53 K) #3 - OF Garrett Mitchell (Biloxi) - Injured List (Season: 30 G, 24-for-107, .224/.331/.346 (.676), 3-2B, 2-3B, 2-HR, 11 RBI, 13 BB, 40 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Wisconsin) - (Season: 21 G, 23-for-79, .291/.391/.456 (.847), 5-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 6/9 SB, 13 BB, 14 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Biloxi) - 1 G, 3-for-5 (.600), 0-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (Season: 10 G, 12-for-44, .273/.304/.341 (.645), 1-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 1/2 SB, 2 BB, 8 K) #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Nashville) - Scratched due to non-COVID illness (Season: 7 GS, 32.1 IP, 9 R, 7 ER, 17 H, 21 BB, 46 K, 3-1, 1.95 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 5.8 BB/9, 12.8 K/9) #6 - SS Brice Turang (Nashville) - 5 G, 5-for-22 (.227), 1-2B, 0-HR, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 5 K (Season: 36 G, 43-for-154, .279/.337/.403 (.740), 8-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 25 RBI, 14 BB, 36 K) #7 - OF Hedbert Perez (Carolina) - 6 G, 6-for-16 (.375), 0-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 6 RBI, 5 BB, 3 K (Season: 31 G, 22-for-125, .176/.237/.288 (.525), 5-2B, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 5/7 SB, 10 BB, 47 K) #8 - C Jeferson Quero (Carolina) - 5 G, 4-for-18 (.222), 1-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K (Season: 31 G, 29-for-124, .234/.292/.339 (.631), 8-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 16 RBI, 11 BB, 32 K) #9 - SS Freddy Zamora (Biloxi) - Injured List (Season: 24 G, 19-for-91), .209/.270/.286 (.556), 4-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 22 K) #10 - 2B Tyler Black (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 6-for-24 (.250), 1-2B, 0-3B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K (Season: 25 G, 27-for-90 (.300/.413/.444 (.857), 5-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 21 RBI, 15 BB, 16 K) #11 - 2B Felix Valerio (Biloxi) - 6 G, 4-for-26 (.154), 1-2B, 0-HR, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 33 G, 31-for-124, .250/.319/.452 (.771), 5-2B, 1-3B, 6-HR, 21 RBI, 13 BB, 21 K) #12 - OF Jackson Chourio (Carolina) - 6 G, 4-for-24 (.167), 1-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 13 K (Season: 16 G, 21-for-64, .328/.397/.516 (.913), 9-2B, 1-HR, 10 RBI, 8 BB, 16 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Nashville) - 4 G, 5-for-14 (.357), 0-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K (Season: 25 G, 25-for-87, .287/.361/.345 (.706), 5-2B, 0-HR, 6 RBI, 6 BB, 22 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Milwaukee) - (Season: 1 G, 0-for-0, R, BB) #14 - LHP Antoine Kelly (Wisconsin) - 2 GS, 12.0 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 18 K (Season: 8 GS, 39.1 IP, 13 R, 11 ER, 20 H, 19 BB, 53 K, 1-0, 2.52 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 4.3 BB/9, 12.1 K/9) #15 - OF Joe Gray, Jr. (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 6-for-22 (.272), 0-2B, 2-HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 11 K (Season: 39 G, 28-for-138, .203/.317/.413 (.730), 9-2B, 1-3B, 6-HR, 19 RBI, 7/7 SB, 23 BB, 59 K) #16 - SS Eduardo Garcia (Carolina) - 4 G, 4-for-17 (.235), 0-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K (Season: 34 G, 38-141, 270/.307/.376 (.683), 7-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 25 RBI, 5 BB, 55 K) #17 - UTL Zavier Warren (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 4-for-24 (.167), 1-2B, 1-HR, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K (Season: 37 G, 33-for-136, .243/.342/.382 (.724), 13-2B, 2-HR, 14 RBI, 6/6 SB, 17 BB, 34 K) #18 - RHP Abner Uribe (Biloxi) - IL (out for season) #19 - OF Hendry Mendez (Carolina) - 4 G, 3-for-17 (.176), 1-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 32 G, 26-for-107, .243/.406/.336 (.742), 2-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 29 BB, 31 K) #20 - LHP Russell Smith (Wisconsin) - Did Not Pitch (Season: 5 GS, 20.0 IP, 13 R, 11 ER, 17 H, 13 BB, 22 K, 1-1, 4.95 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 5.9 BB/9, 9.9 K/9) PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Joey Wiemer, Biloxi Shuckers For the second straight week, Joey Wiemer is the choice for Brewers Minor League Hitter of the Week. He played all six games. He went 8-for-26 and hit .308/.357/.615 (.972) with two doubles, two homers, and three RBI. He also went 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts. Overall, he has played 39 games this season with Biloxi. He is now 47-for-155 and hitting .303/.372/.607 (.979) with 14 doubles, 11 home runs, and 30 RBI. He is also 10-for-10 in stolen base attempts. The 23-year-old was the Brewers’ fourth-round pick in 2020 out of the University of Cincinnati. At 6-5 and 215 pounds, Wiemer is an incredible athlete. He’s got better-than-average speed. He’s got immense power potential. Defensively, he has the range, but he’s also got a very strong arm. Pitcher of the Week: RHP Justin Jarvis, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Another week, another Timber Rattler starting pitcher is our choice for pitcher of the week. In his start last week, Justin Jarvis gave up two runs (1 earned) on four hits. In six innings, he walked two and struck out ten batters. Jarvis was the Brewers’ fifth-round draft pick out of his North Carolina high school in 2018. He signed and spent that summer with the Arizona League team. In 2019, he went to then-Low-A Wisconsin and went 4-1 with a 3.50 ERA. After the lost 2020 season, he went to now-High-A Wisconsin in 2021. He struggled to the tune of a 1-7 record with a 5.40 ERA in 17 starts. Following the season, he pitched in seven games for Salt River in the Arizona Fall League. This season started out with Jarvis again struggling. In his first five starts, he went 1-2 with a 7.91 ERA. In 19 1/3 innings, he gave up 19 hits, walked 12, and struck out 16. Six of the hits were home runs. However, in his last three starts, he is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA. In 16 innings, he has given up 16 hits, (3 homers), walked six, and struck out 19 batters. He appears to have turned things around, and more exciting, still has the potential to keep getting better. Overall on the season, he is 2-2 with a 5.35 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. In 35 1/3 innings, he has 18 walks and 34 strikeouts. ------------------------------------------------------ Feel free to discuss the Brewers' prospects and their affiliates in the COMMENTS below. View full article
  2. We are now at the quarter-point of the season. Of course, that means that for minor leagues that play two halves, the first half is just over half complete. Playoff spots can be won by finishing at the top of their divisions in the first half. At that point, records will go back to 0-0 and the second half will begin. Triple-A plays the full season. The other full-season leagues all play two halves. Biloxi is currently tied for second place. Carolina is in second place and part of a three-team race in the division. Wisconsin is one game behind Cedar Rapids in their division. This week, the Timber Rattlers will be in Iowa to take on the Kernels. Patrick McGuff, a development coach with the Timber Rattlers, was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2016 and played for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2017. The Brewers hired him in January and he gets to work with a terrific coaching staff and some really exciting pitching prospects. I had the chance to chat with McGuff on Monday night about his time with the Twins, his transition to coaching, and some of the great talent he is excited to work with in Wisconsin. TRANSACTIONS The Brewers made a few player transactions announced on Monday. LHP Josh Hader was placed on the family medical emergency list. RHP Freddy Peralta was placed on the 15-Day IL with a shoulder strain. RHPs Trevor Kelley and Miguel Sanchez were both recalled to the Brewers. RHP Dylan File was outrighted to Nashville. RESULTS Last week’s Week in Review (5/10-5/16): Wiemer Powers Shuckers Tuesday: Promotions Aplenty, a Center Field Showcase, a 3-1 Evening Overall Wednesday: A 2-2 Affiliate Wednesday Still Feel Great After Hiura’s 11th Inning Walk Off Thursday: Carolina Rolls, But Three Other Affiliates Lose in Late Innings Friday: Two Comebacks (One EPIC!!) and a Nashville Shutout Victory Saturday: Things Stay Knarr-ly in Wisconsin, Weather Rears Its Head in the Southeast, and Wiemer Finishes a Triple Shy of the Cycle Sunday: Nashville and Wisconsin Come Back to Pull Out Late Victories WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds Week: 5-1, hosting Louisville Season: 29-12 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 2 1/2 games ahead of Columbus and 7.0 games ahead of Iowa. Nine of the 12 Sounds hitters posted an OPS over .810. For the week, they outscored their opponent 38-21. That pushes their season Run Differential to +86! Their 29-12 record would have them 3 1/2 games ahead of the Rochester Red Wings if they were in the IL East Division. Jason Alexander had the best start of the week for a Nashville pitcher. He tossed five scoreless innings. He gave up three hits, walked two, hit one, and struck out five batters. Tyler Herb made his first Nashville appearance. The 30-year-old had made 30 previous appearances in Triple-A with the Giants, Orioles, and Mariners organizations going back to 2018. He worked four scoreless innings. He gave up four hits, walked two (1 intentional), and struck out three batters. Likewise, Andy Otero made his first appearance for Nashville this year. He tossed four scoreless innings and gave up one hit and one walk. Josh Lindblom made a start. He went just three innings, but he did not allow a run. He gave up one hit and struck out two batters. Dylan File gave up only a solo home run over five innings in his start. He gave up three hits, walked one, hit two batters, and struck out three. Pablo Reyes played in four games. He went 8-for-16, hitting .500/.500/.938 (1.438) with a double, two homers and five RBI. Jon Singleton played in five games and went 5-for-15. He hit .333/.500/.667 (1.167) with two doubles, and a homer. He also walked five times. Mark Mathias went 5-for-14 in five games. He hit .357/.500/.571 (1.071) with a home run. He also walked four times . Abraham Almonte went 5-for-16 (.357) with two home runs, six RBI and two walks. Mario Feliciano hit .357 (5-for-14) with two walks. What’s Next? The Sounds will travel to Toledo for the week to take on the Mudhens. Pitching Probables (LHP Ethan Small, RHP Jason Alexander, Dylan File, RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Caleb Boushley, LHP Ethan Small) Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 2-4, @ Mississippi Season: 18-21 overall, tied for 2nd place in the Southern League South Division with Mississippi. They are 3 1/2 games behind Pensacola. It’s been a season of ups and downs for the Shuckers. The team was outscored 23-34 on the week. The two games they won, they won by just one run. Two of their losses were by five runs. Joey Wiemer again had a big week. In six games, he went 8-for-26 and hit .308/.357/.615 (.972) with two doubles, two home runs, and four stolen bases. In one game, he was a triple shy of the cycle. Jakson Reetz is forcing his name into the lineup with his performance. Last week, he went 6-for-24 and hit .250/.333/.625 (.958) with three home runs and six RBI. Five Shuckers relievers pitched at least twice and at least three innings. Harold Chirino, Luis Contreras, Lucas Erceg and J.T. Hintzen each struck out three batters in three innings of no-earned run relief. Zach Vennaro pitched twice and recorded saves in both games. In 1 2/3 scoreless, hitless, walkless innings, he struck out two batters. TJ Shook made his first Shucker start. He tossed three scoreless innings despite giving up three hits and three walks. He also struck out three batters. What’s Next? The Shuckers will be hosting the Montgomery Biscuits (15-19), the Double-A affiliate of the Rays. Pitching Probables (RHP Justin Bullock, RHP JT Shook, RHP Victor Castaneda, RHP Noah Zavolas, LHP Nick Bennett, RHP Justin Bullock) High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 3-3, hosting South Bend Season: 25-14 overall, 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division, 1.0 game behind Cedar Rapids. The Timber Rattlers were able to gain one game last week on Cedar Rapids ahead of the first series between the two teams of the season. The Rattlers were outscored for the series, but as you would expect from a series split, it was by just one run. Just two Rattlers hitters posted an OPS over .733 for the week. As it has been all season, the Wisconsin starting staff was fantastic. Brandon Knarr struck out seven batters over six scoreless innings in his start. He gave up five hits, walked one, and struck out seven batters. He was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week. Justin Jarvis gave up two runs (1 earned) on four hits and two walks in six innings in his start. He struck out ten batters. Antoine Kelly made two starts and worked 12 innings. He gave up four runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out 18 batters. Cam Robinson came in for two appearances. In three innings, he gave up just one hit, walked none, and struck out five batters. He recorded one save. Carlos Rodriguez played in all six games. He went 7-for-19 and hit .368/.478/.474 (.952) with two doubles. He walked three times and stole a base. Joe Gray, Jr. went 6-for-22 over six games. He hit .273/.385/.545 (.930) with two home runs and five RBI. He walked four times. What’s Next? The Timber Rattlers head down to Cedar Rapids to take on the division-leading Kernels in a series that could mean a playoff spot for one of the teams. Pitching Probables (RHP Ryne Moore, RHP Justin Jarvis, LHP Russell Smith, LHP Brandon Knarr, LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Ryne Moore) Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 4-2, hosting Down East Season: 21-18 overall, 2nd place in the Carolina League North Division, but just 1/2 game behind Lynchburg and 1/2 game ahead of Fredericksburg It was a good week for the Mudcats offense. They outscored Down East 35-23. Twice they won games by a seven-run differential. Hendry Mendez played in five games and went 6-for-16, hitting .375/.500/.688 (1.188) with a triple, homer, and six RBI. He also walked five times. Zack Raabe went 6-for-14 over four games, and he hit .429/.529/.643 (1.172) with three doubles, and four RBI. He also walked twice and stole a bag. data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAPABAP///wAAACH5BAEKAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw== Arbert Cipion went 5-for-14 over four games. He hit .357/.500/.643 (1.143) with a double, a homer, and four walks. Alberis Ferrer played in three games and hit .308 (4-for-13) with a triple, a homer, and four RBI. In his first full-season start, Fernando Olguin tossed five scoreless innings. He gave up two hits, walked none, and struck out one batter. Stiven Cruz was good again. He made a start and threw four shutout frames. He gave up three hits, walked two, and struck out three batters. Alexander Cornielle pitched the final five innings of a game. He gave up one run on one hit and two walks while striking out six batters. Six Mudcats relievers pitched once without allowing an earned run. The best relief performance came from Karlos Morales. He struck out four batters over two innings. What’s Next? The Mudcats will be hosting the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers. Pitching Probables (RHP Fernando Olquin, RHP Alexander Cornielle, RHP Miguel Segura, RHP Stiven Cruz, RHP Edwin Jimenez, RHP Fernando Olquin) PROSPECT SUMMARY This Prospect Summary shows our current Brewers Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week (May 17 to May 23). #1 - LHP Aaron Ashby (Milwaukee) - 1 G, 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K (Season: 9 G, 3 GS, 28.1 IP, 14 R, 11 ER, 17 BB, 34 K, 0-3, 1 S, 3.49 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 5.4 BB/9, 10.8 K/9) #2 - OF Joey Wiemer (Biloxi) - 6 G, 8-for-26 (.308), 2-2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K (Season: 39 G, 47-for-155, .303/.372/.607 (.979), 14-2B, 11-HR, 30 RBI, 15 BB, 53 K) #3 - OF Garrett Mitchell (Biloxi) - Injured List (Season: 30 G, 24-for-107, .224/.331/.346 (.676), 3-2B, 2-3B, 2-HR, 11 RBI, 13 BB, 40 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Wisconsin) - (Season: 21 G, 23-for-79, .291/.391/.456 (.847), 5-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 6/9 SB, 13 BB, 14 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Biloxi) - 1 G, 3-for-5 (.600), 0-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (Season: 10 G, 12-for-44, .273/.304/.341 (.645), 1-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 1/2 SB, 2 BB, 8 K) #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Nashville) - Scratched due to non-COVID illness (Season: 7 GS, 32.1 IP, 9 R, 7 ER, 17 H, 21 BB, 46 K, 3-1, 1.95 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 5.8 BB/9, 12.8 K/9) #6 - SS Brice Turang (Nashville) - 5 G, 5-for-22 (.227), 1-2B, 0-HR, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 5 K (Season: 36 G, 43-for-154, .279/.337/.403 (.740), 8-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 25 RBI, 14 BB, 36 K) #7 - OF Hedbert Perez (Carolina) - 6 G, 6-for-16 (.375), 0-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 6 RBI, 5 BB, 3 K (Season: 31 G, 22-for-125, .176/.237/.288 (.525), 5-2B, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 5/7 SB, 10 BB, 47 K) #8 - C Jeferson Quero (Carolina) - 5 G, 4-for-18 (.222), 1-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K (Season: 31 G, 29-for-124, .234/.292/.339 (.631), 8-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 16 RBI, 11 BB, 32 K) #9 - SS Freddy Zamora (Biloxi) - Injured List (Season: 24 G, 19-for-91), .209/.270/.286 (.556), 4-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 22 K) #10 - 2B Tyler Black (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 6-for-24 (.250), 1-2B, 0-3B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K (Season: 25 G, 27-for-90 (.300/.413/.444 (.857), 5-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 21 RBI, 15 BB, 16 K) #11 - 2B Felix Valerio (Biloxi) - 6 G, 4-for-26 (.154), 1-2B, 0-HR, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 33 G, 31-for-124, .250/.319/.452 (.771), 5-2B, 1-3B, 6-HR, 21 RBI, 13 BB, 21 K) #12 - OF Jackson Chourio (Carolina) - 6 G, 4-for-24 (.167), 1-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 13 K (Season: 16 G, 21-for-64, .328/.397/.516 (.913), 9-2B, 1-HR, 10 RBI, 8 BB, 16 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Nashville) - 4 G, 5-for-14 (.357), 0-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K (Season: 25 G, 25-for-87, .287/.361/.345 (.706), 5-2B, 0-HR, 6 RBI, 6 BB, 22 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Milwaukee) - (Season: 1 G, 0-for-0, R, BB) #14 - LHP Antoine Kelly (Wisconsin) - 2 GS, 12.0 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 18 K (Season: 8 GS, 39.1 IP, 13 R, 11 ER, 20 H, 19 BB, 53 K, 1-0, 2.52 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 4.3 BB/9, 12.1 K/9) #15 - OF Joe Gray, Jr. (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 6-for-22 (.272), 0-2B, 2-HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 11 K (Season: 39 G, 28-for-138, .203/.317/.413 (.730), 9-2B, 1-3B, 6-HR, 19 RBI, 7/7 SB, 23 BB, 59 K) #16 - SS Eduardo Garcia (Carolina) - 4 G, 4-for-17 (.235), 0-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K (Season: 34 G, 38-141, 270/.307/.376 (.683), 7-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 25 RBI, 5 BB, 55 K) #17 - UTL Zavier Warren (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 4-for-24 (.167), 1-2B, 1-HR, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K (Season: 37 G, 33-for-136, .243/.342/.382 (.724), 13-2B, 2-HR, 14 RBI, 6/6 SB, 17 BB, 34 K) #18 - RHP Abner Uribe (Biloxi) - IL (out for season) #19 - OF Hendry Mendez (Carolina) - 4 G, 3-for-17 (.176), 1-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 32 G, 26-for-107, .243/.406/.336 (.742), 2-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 29 BB, 31 K) #20 - LHP Russell Smith (Wisconsin) - Did Not Pitch (Season: 5 GS, 20.0 IP, 13 R, 11 ER, 17 H, 13 BB, 22 K, 1-1, 4.95 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 5.9 BB/9, 9.9 K/9) PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Joey Wiemer, Biloxi Shuckers For the second straight week, Joey Wiemer is the choice for Brewers Minor League Hitter of the Week. He played all six games. He went 8-for-26 and hit .308/.357/.615 (.972) with two doubles, two homers, and three RBI. He also went 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts. Overall, he has played 39 games this season with Biloxi. He is now 47-for-155 and hitting .303/.372/.607 (.979) with 14 doubles, 11 home runs, and 30 RBI. He is also 10-for-10 in stolen base attempts. The 23-year-old was the Brewers’ fourth-round pick in 2020 out of the University of Cincinnati. At 6-5 and 215 pounds, Wiemer is an incredible athlete. He’s got better-than-average speed. He’s got immense power potential. Defensively, he has the range, but he’s also got a very strong arm. Pitcher of the Week: RHP Justin Jarvis, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Another week, another Timber Rattler starting pitcher is our choice for pitcher of the week. In his start last week, Justin Jarvis gave up two runs (1 earned) on four hits. In six innings, he walked two and struck out ten batters. Jarvis was the Brewers’ fifth-round draft pick out of his North Carolina high school in 2018. He signed and spent that summer with the Arizona League team. In 2019, he went to then-Low-A Wisconsin and went 4-1 with a 3.50 ERA. After the lost 2020 season, he went to now-High-A Wisconsin in 2021. He struggled to the tune of a 1-7 record with a 5.40 ERA in 17 starts. Following the season, he pitched in seven games for Salt River in the Arizona Fall League. This season started out with Jarvis again struggling. In his first five starts, he went 1-2 with a 7.91 ERA. In 19 1/3 innings, he gave up 19 hits, walked 12, and struck out 16. Six of the hits were home runs. However, in his last three starts, he is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA. In 16 innings, he has given up 16 hits, (3 homers), walked six, and struck out 19 batters. He appears to have turned things around, and more exciting, still has the potential to keep getting better. Overall on the season, he is 2-2 with a 5.35 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. In 35 1/3 innings, he has 18 walks and 34 strikeouts. ------------------------------------------------------ Feel free to discuss the Brewers' prospects and their affiliates in the COMMENTS below.
  3. Seth chats with Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Development Coach Patrick McGuff. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2016 and pitched for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2017. He was hired by the Brewers in January. This week, he heads to Cedar Rapids with the Timber Rattlers in a big series matching the top two teams in the Midwest League's West Division. In this interview, we discuss his playing career, his transition to coaching, and about the talented Timber Rattlers roster. View full video
  4. Seth chats with Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Development Coach Patrick McGuff. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2016 and pitched for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2017. He was hired by the Brewers in January. This week, he heads to Cedar Rapids with the Timber Rattlers in a big series matching the top two teams in the Midwest League's West Division. In this interview, we discuss his playing career, his transition to coaching, and about the talented Timber Rattlers roster.
  5. The story of Sunday night should be Antoine Kelly and his 13 K performance in 5 2/3 innings against the hapless Cubs, but those lucky losers made a game of it before Cam Robinson, James Meeker, Tyler Black & Co. pulled it out. Nashville and Louisville kept it entertaining for the fans, scoring another 17 runs over the remaining innings of Saturday’s continued contest, while playing a 5-4 nail-biter in the night cap. Pablo Reyes went 4-5 with a home run in the opener and had the game-winning homer in the late game. Carolina laid low for most of their contest, before trying to score another 6 runs in the final inning to pull out a win, alas falling short 5-3. Lifeless Biloxi dropped their finale against Mississippi as they continue to struggle with three key players sidelined (Garrett Mitchell, Freddy Zamora, Sal Frelick). Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Reyes, Kelly, Robinson, Israel Puello and Abraham. Apologies to James Meeker, Joe Gray Jr., Josh Lindblom, Weston Wilson and Jon Singleton, who each had strong cases as well. Transactions: None, though let me mention RHP Trevor Kelley’s option from the MLB Brewers to AAA Nashville which I’d omitted in an earlier summary. Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Down East 5, Carolina 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: The Mudcats Fun Continues All Month Long RHP Israel Puello had his best start since early April, keeping the Mudcats in the contest over 5 innings while striking out 7 and allowing 1 earned run. Unfortunately, opposing starter LHP Larson Kindreich was simply dominant, conceding no runs, 2 hits and a walk over 6 innings, whilst striking out 8 Mudcats. Wood Duck domination of Carolina hitters continued as they went down in order in the 7th and 8th innings as well, while Down East pushed 3 runs across on 2 home runs against RHP Edwin Jimenez to lead 5-0 heading into the 9th inning. However, that’s where things got interesting as Carolina’s bats finally woke up, with 4 singles and a walk closing the gap to 5-3 and Down East making a pitching change with 2 outs, runners on the corners and Jesus Chirinos up. Unfortunately, Chirinos went down swinging on a full count, but the Mudcats should still feel satisfied with their memorable 4-2 series win. Performances of Note: Zack Raabe – 2-3, BB, SB Hendry Mendez – 1-3, SF, RBI Jeferson Quero – 1-3, RBI Oswel Leones – 1-4, RBI Luis Silva – 1-3 Israel Puello (Loss) – 5 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 7 Ks Edwin Jimenez – 4 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 WP, 5 Ks Next week’s outlook: The 21-18 Mudcats remain home to face Kannapolis (17-22) for the first time this year. Expect RHP Fernando Olguin (5 shutout innings in his first appearance last week) to start the opener of the 6-game series. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 7, South Bend 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Rattlers Get the Last Rally in Walkoff, 7-6 Win Over Cubs See video highlights compiled by Wisconsin’s talented media squad here: LHP Antoine Kelly was simply on another level in this game, comfortably mowing down Cubbie hitters to the tune of 13 strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings, including the first 6 batters of the game. Entering the 6th inning, Kelly had walked none and given up only 2 hits, before dumb luck got in the way as he neared his pitch limit. Offensively, Wisconsin’s bats stayed hot after Saturday’s night win, with Micah Bello driving in 2 runs (and himself on an error) with a 2nd inning double and then Joe Gray Jr. hitting a 2-run, 3rd inning homer to give the Timber Rattlers a seemingly large 5-0 lead. In the 6th inning, the Cubs put two runners on base via infield grounders, before their big basher Jake Washer (26 years old in High-A with an OPS over 1.100) came to the plate with Kelly already at 85 pitches. Predictably as these things tend to go, Kelly walked the dangerous right handed hitter and had to exit with the bases loaded despite no meaningful Cub contact. Unfortunately, usually electric RHP Kent Hasler was not himself this night, as the Cub smacked his first two pitches for a 3-run double and an RBI single, tightening the contest at 5-4 and ballooning unlucky Kelly’s season ERA from 1.82 to 2.52. Hasler was done after just 5 pitches, with RHP Robbie Baker coming in to give up another 2 runs in the 7th inning, as Wisconsin suddenly trailed 6-5. But RHP Cam Robinson was immune to South Bend’s magic, facing the minimum 6 Cubbies over the 8th and 9th innings and giving Wisconsin a great chance to pull out a victory. The Timber Rattlers loaded the bases with one out in the 8th inning, getting the tying run across (Tyler Black, who’d started the inning with a single) on a Wes Clarke sacrifice fly. In the 10th inning, the Cubbies went with the old-fashioned approach of bunting Manfred’s ghost over to 3rd base, but RHP James Meeker would allow nothing from there, getting a strike out and fly out to leave the ghost runner stranded. In the bottom half, Mr. Black again opened the inning with a single, moving Micah Ghost Bello to 3rd base. Deciding to up the pressure on themselves I guess (or play for the triple play?), South Bend intentionally walked Zavier Warren and then allowed a passed ball to allow Bello to score the game-winning run. Wisconsin 7, Lucky Losers 6. That’s a 3-3 series split for the week. Performances of Note: Joe Gray Jr. – 3-4, HR, 2 RBIs Tyler Black – 2-5, double, RBI Micah Bello – 1-4, double, 2 RBIs Darrien Miller – 1-4, double Zavier Warren – 1-4, double, BB Antoine Kelly – 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 13 Ks Cam Robinson – 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 Ks James Meeker (Win) – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Next week’s outlook: The 25-14 Timber Rattlers hit the road to face first place Cedar Rapids (26-13) for the first time in 2022. Expect RHP Ryne Moore (3.46 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 9.2 K/9 in 39 innings across two levels) to make his second-ever High-A start in the opener. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Mississippi 6, Biloxi 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Shuckers Drop Series Finale 6-1 There’s not much to talk about here, as the Shuckers just aren’t playing very good or interesting baseball without the likes of Mitchell, Zamora and Frelick. Mississippi jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the 2nd inning against LHP Nick Bennett on 3 hits and a walk, then conceded a 4th run on a Tristen Lutz fielding error in the 5th inning. Thomas Dillard came through with an RBI single to score Gabe Holt (who’d singled) in the 6th inning, but the Braves grabbed the run right back in the bottom half against RHP Nash Walters (triple, RBI single). For the week, Biloxi won 2 games and lost 4, hoping to turn things around at home next week. If you want to watch the other team’s highlights, visit @mbraves on Twitter. Performances of Note: Gabe Holt – 2-4 Joey Wiemer – 1-4, double Thomas Dillard – 1-4, RBI Cam Devanney – 1-3, BB, SB Brent Diaz – 1-3 Nick Bennett (Loss) – 4 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 BBs, 1 K JT Hintzen – 1 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 1 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks Next week’s outlook: The struggling 18-21 Shuckers come home to face 15-19 Montgomery, which swept Biloxi in Montgomery earlier in the month. Expect either RHP Justin Bullock or RHP Carlos Luna to start the opener, likely tag-teaming the game. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final (continuation from Saturday night): Nashville 17, Louisville 7 Box Score / Game Log Final: Nashville 5, Louisville 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Slug Way to Sunday Sweep Nashville and Louisville played loose in the opening contest of the day, continuing from the 3rd inning of Saturday’s rain-paused game with the Sounds leading 7-0. Unable to copy RHP Josh Lindblom’s 3-inning shutout performance, RHPs Alec Bettinger and Thomas Jankins instead gave up 7 runs over 4 innings, which would have been a problem if Nashville’s offense didn’t also put up: 2 runs in the 4th inning (Pablo Reyes RBI double, Weston Wilson RBI single) 4 runs in the 6th inning (Reyes homer, Tyler White 2-RBI single, Mark Mathias sac fly) 4 runs in the 7th inning (Weston Wilson RBI single, Abraham Almonte 2-run homer, Jon Singleton dinger) RHP Luke Barker stopped the fireworks in the 8th inning, earning the win for his efforts. Things were far more difficult in Game Two of this pseudo-doubleheader, with RHP Caleb Boushley making his 2nd start of the week and no other long inning guys available to possibly come to his aid. Louisville jumped on Boushley early, with Jake Bauers bashing a 2-run homer in the first inning and then a single, triple and RBI groundout extending their lead to 4-1 in the 2nd inning. However, this Nashville squad simply knows how to win, while the Louisville Bats simply know how to do something else. Mark Mathias and Weston Wilson hit solo home runs in each of the first two innings to keep the affair close at 4-2, while the Bats swung early and often to allow Boushley to go deep into the game. After Alex Jackson threw out a would-be base stealer in the top of the 4th inning (thank you Louisville for speeding up the game!), Tyler White knocked in eagle-eyed Jon Singleton (who’d walked) to put the game on a knife’s edge at 4-3. Louisville opted to run themselves out of the 5th inning by trying and failing to extend a single to a double, though Nashville was unable to bring Jonathan Davis home from 2nd base in the bottom half. Boushley covered the 6th inning as well, finishing the week with 172 pitches thrown, while the Bats turned to their 4th pitcher of the game. Jon Singleton greeted LHP Phillip Diehl with a double, before David Dahl struck out on a foul tip. That set the stage for Pablo Reyes , who’d gone 4-5 with a home run in the opener and wanted more. Reyes came through with a 2-run shot over the left field well and Nashville had its first lead at 5-4. RHP Hobie Harris came in for the attempted save, but wasn’t his usual self, walking two of the first three Louisville hitters he faced. However, the generous Bats got another baserunner thrown out (Do not run on Alex Jackson! ) and Harris struck out Nick Senzel to end the game and earn the save. That’s a 5-1 series win for Nashville, their 7th straight series victory to open this amazing season. Performances of Note (Game One): Pablo Reyes – 4-5, HR, double, 3 RBIs, SB Abraham Almonte – 3-4, 2 HR, BB, 6 RBIs Weston Wilson – 3-5, 3 RBIs, SB Jon Singleton – 2-5, HR, RBI Andruw Monasterio – 2-5, triple David Dahl – 2-4, BB Tyler White – 1-4, BB, 2 RBIs Mario Feliciano – 1-5, RBI Josh Lindbom – 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Alec Bettinger – 3 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 4 H, 2 BBs, 1 WP, 0 Ks Luke Barker (Win) – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 Ks Performances of Note (Game Two): Jonathan Davis – 2-3 Pablo Reyes – 1-3, HR, 2 RBIs Mark Mathias – 1-3, HR, RBI Weston Wilson – 1-3, HR, RBI Jon Singleton – 1-1, double, 2 BBs Tyler White – 1-3, RBI Caleb Boushley (Win) – 6 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 BBs, 2 Ks Hobie Harris (Save) – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BBs, 1 K Next week’s outlook: Nashville (29-12) will be on the road this week to take on 21-19. If he’s healthy and not called up to Milwaukee, expect LHP Ethan Small (1.95 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 12.8 K/9 in 32 1/3 innings) to handle the opening game, with LHP Andy Otero being the most likely alternative. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Enjoy your travel day, young fellas! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  6. The Sounds played 13 innings, winning the continuation of Saturday’s game 17-7 and coming back to defeat Louisville 5-4 in the night cap. Antoine Kelly was dominant with 13 Ks, but Wisconsin still had to rally to win it 7-6 late. Carolina tried to rally again from a big deficit, ultimately dropping the game 5-3. Biloxi never threatened in their 6-1 loss. The story of Sunday night should be Antoine Kelly and his 13 K performance in 5 2/3 innings against the hapless Cubs, but those lucky losers made a game of it before Cam Robinson, James Meeker, Tyler Black & Co. pulled it out. Nashville and Louisville kept it entertaining for the fans, scoring another 17 runs over the remaining innings of Saturday’s continued contest, while playing a 5-4 nail-biter in the night cap. Pablo Reyes went 4-5 with a home run in the opener and had the game-winning homer in the late game. Carolina laid low for most of their contest, before trying to score another 6 runs in the final inning to pull out a win, alas falling short 5-3. Lifeless Biloxi dropped their finale against Mississippi as they continue to struggle with three key players sidelined (Garrett Mitchell, Freddy Zamora, Sal Frelick). Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Reyes, Kelly, Robinson, Israel Puello and Abraham. Apologies to James Meeker, Joe Gray Jr., Josh Lindblom, Weston Wilson and Jon Singleton, who each had strong cases as well. Transactions: None, though let me mention RHP Trevor Kelley’s option from the MLB Brewers to AAA Nashville which I’d omitted in an earlier summary. Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Down East 5, Carolina 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: The Mudcats Fun Continues All Month Long RHP Israel Puello had his best start since early April, keeping the Mudcats in the contest over 5 innings while striking out 7 and allowing 1 earned run. Unfortunately, opposing starter LHP Larson Kindreich was simply dominant, conceding no runs, 2 hits and a walk over 6 innings, whilst striking out 8 Mudcats. Wood Duck domination of Carolina hitters continued as they went down in order in the 7th and 8th innings as well, while Down East pushed 3 runs across on 2 home runs against RHP Edwin Jimenez to lead 5-0 heading into the 9th inning. However, that’s where things got interesting as Carolina’s bats finally woke up, with 4 singles and a walk closing the gap to 5-3 and Down East making a pitching change with 2 outs, runners on the corners and Jesus Chirinos up. Unfortunately, Chirinos went down swinging on a full count, but the Mudcats should still feel satisfied with their memorable 4-2 series win. Performances of Note: Zack Raabe – 2-3, BB, SB Hendry Mendez – 1-3, SF, RBI Jeferson Quero – 1-3, RBI Oswel Leones – 1-4, RBI Luis Silva – 1-3 Israel Puello (Loss) – 5 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 7 Ks Edwin Jimenez – 4 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 WP, 5 Ks Next week’s outlook: The 21-18 Mudcats remain home to face Kannapolis (17-22) for the first time this year. Expect RHP Fernando Olguin (5 shutout innings in his first appearance last week) to start the opener of the 6-game series. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 7, South Bend 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Rattlers Get the Last Rally in Walkoff, 7-6 Win Over Cubs See video highlights compiled by Wisconsin’s talented media squad here: LHP Antoine Kelly was simply on another level in this game, comfortably mowing down Cubbie hitters to the tune of 13 strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings, including the first 6 batters of the game. Entering the 6th inning, Kelly had walked none and given up only 2 hits, before dumb luck got in the way as he neared his pitch limit. Offensively, Wisconsin’s bats stayed hot after Saturday’s night win, with Micah Bello driving in 2 runs (and himself on an error) with a 2nd inning double and then Joe Gray Jr. hitting a 2-run, 3rd inning homer to give the Timber Rattlers a seemingly large 5-0 lead. In the 6th inning, the Cubs put two runners on base via infield grounders, before their big basher Jake Washer (26 years old in High-A with an OPS over 1.100) came to the plate with Kelly already at 85 pitches. Predictably as these things tend to go, Kelly walked the dangerous right handed hitter and had to exit with the bases loaded despite no meaningful Cub contact. Unfortunately, usually electric RHP Kent Hasler was not himself this night, as the Cub smacked his first two pitches for a 3-run double and an RBI single, tightening the contest at 5-4 and ballooning unlucky Kelly’s season ERA from 1.82 to 2.52. Hasler was done after just 5 pitches, with RHP Robbie Baker coming in to give up another 2 runs in the 7th inning, as Wisconsin suddenly trailed 6-5. But RHP Cam Robinson was immune to South Bend’s magic, facing the minimum 6 Cubbies over the 8th and 9th innings and giving Wisconsin a great chance to pull out a victory. The Timber Rattlers loaded the bases with one out in the 8th inning, getting the tying run across (Tyler Black, who’d started the inning with a single) on a Wes Clarke sacrifice fly. In the 10th inning, the Cubbies went with the old-fashioned approach of bunting Manfred’s ghost over to 3rd base, but RHP James Meeker would allow nothing from there, getting a strike out and fly out to leave the ghost runner stranded. In the bottom half, Mr. Black again opened the inning with a single, moving Micah Ghost Bello to 3rd base. Deciding to up the pressure on themselves I guess (or play for the triple play?), South Bend intentionally walked Zavier Warren and then allowed a passed ball to allow Bello to score the game-winning run. Wisconsin 7, Lucky Losers 6. That’s a 3-3 series split for the week. Performances of Note: Joe Gray Jr. – 3-4, HR, 2 RBIs Tyler Black – 2-5, double, RBI Micah Bello – 1-4, double, 2 RBIs Darrien Miller – 1-4, double Zavier Warren – 1-4, double, BB Antoine Kelly – 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 13 Ks Cam Robinson – 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 Ks James Meeker (Win) – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Next week’s outlook: The 25-14 Timber Rattlers hit the road to face first place Cedar Rapids (26-13) for the first time in 2022. Expect RHP Ryne Moore (3.46 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 9.2 K/9 in 39 innings across two levels) to make his second-ever High-A start in the opener. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Mississippi 6, Biloxi 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Shuckers Drop Series Finale 6-1 There’s not much to talk about here, as the Shuckers just aren’t playing very good or interesting baseball without the likes of Mitchell, Zamora and Frelick. Mississippi jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the 2nd inning against LHP Nick Bennett on 3 hits and a walk, then conceded a 4th run on a Tristen Lutz fielding error in the 5th inning. Thomas Dillard came through with an RBI single to score Gabe Holt (who’d singled) in the 6th inning, but the Braves grabbed the run right back in the bottom half against RHP Nash Walters (triple, RBI single). For the week, Biloxi won 2 games and lost 4, hoping to turn things around at home next week. If you want to watch the other team’s highlights, visit @mbraves on Twitter. Performances of Note: Gabe Holt – 2-4 Joey Wiemer – 1-4, double Thomas Dillard – 1-4, RBI Cam Devanney – 1-3, BB, SB Brent Diaz – 1-3 Nick Bennett (Loss) – 4 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 BBs, 1 K JT Hintzen – 1 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 1 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks Next week’s outlook: The struggling 18-21 Shuckers come home to face 15-19 Montgomery, which swept Biloxi in Montgomery earlier in the month. Expect either RHP Justin Bullock or RHP Carlos Luna to start the opener, likely tag-teaming the game. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final (continuation from Saturday night): Nashville 17, Louisville 7 Box Score / Game Log Final: Nashville 5, Louisville 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Slug Way to Sunday Sweep Nashville and Louisville played loose in the opening contest of the day, continuing from the 3rd inning of Saturday’s rain-paused game with the Sounds leading 7-0. Unable to copy RHP Josh Lindblom’s 3-inning shutout performance, RHPs Alec Bettinger and Thomas Jankins instead gave up 7 runs over 4 innings, which would have been a problem if Nashville’s offense didn’t also put up: 2 runs in the 4th inning (Pablo Reyes RBI double, Weston Wilson RBI single) 4 runs in the 6th inning (Reyes homer, Tyler White 2-RBI single, Mark Mathias sac fly) 4 runs in the 7th inning (Weston Wilson RBI single, Abraham Almonte 2-run homer, Jon Singleton dinger) RHP Luke Barker stopped the fireworks in the 8th inning, earning the win for his efforts. Things were far more difficult in Game Two of this pseudo-doubleheader, with RHP Caleb Boushley making his 2nd start of the week and no other long inning guys available to possibly come to his aid. Louisville jumped on Boushley early, with Jake Bauers bashing a 2-run homer in the first inning and then a single, triple and RBI groundout extending their lead to 4-1 in the 2nd inning. However, this Nashville squad simply knows how to win, while the Louisville Bats simply know how to do something else. Mark Mathias and Weston Wilson hit solo home runs in each of the first two innings to keep the affair close at 4-2, while the Bats swung early and often to allow Boushley to go deep into the game. After Alex Jackson threw out a would-be base stealer in the top of the 4th inning (thank you Louisville for speeding up the game!), Tyler White knocked in eagle-eyed Jon Singleton (who’d walked) to put the game on a knife’s edge at 4-3. Louisville opted to run themselves out of the 5th inning by trying and failing to extend a single to a double, though Nashville was unable to bring Jonathan Davis home from 2nd base in the bottom half. Boushley covered the 6th inning as well, finishing the week with 172 pitches thrown, while the Bats turned to their 4th pitcher of the game. Jon Singleton greeted LHP Phillip Diehl with a double, before David Dahl struck out on a foul tip. That set the stage for Pablo Reyes , who’d gone 4-5 with a home run in the opener and wanted more. Reyes came through with a 2-run shot over the left field well and Nashville had its first lead at 5-4. RHP Hobie Harris came in for the attempted save, but wasn’t his usual self, walking two of the first three Louisville hitters he faced. However, the generous Bats got another baserunner thrown out (Do not run on Alex Jackson! ) and Harris struck out Nick Senzel to end the game and earn the save. That’s a 5-1 series win for Nashville, their 7th straight series victory to open this amazing season. Performances of Note (Game One): Pablo Reyes – 4-5, HR, double, 3 RBIs, SB Abraham Almonte – 3-4, 2 HR, BB, 6 RBIs Weston Wilson – 3-5, 3 RBIs, SB Jon Singleton – 2-5, HR, RBI Andruw Monasterio – 2-5, triple David Dahl – 2-4, BB Tyler White – 1-4, BB, 2 RBIs Mario Feliciano – 1-5, RBI Josh Lindbom – 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Alec Bettinger – 3 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 4 H, 2 BBs, 1 WP, 0 Ks Luke Barker (Win) – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 Ks Performances of Note (Game Two): Jonathan Davis – 2-3 Pablo Reyes – 1-3, HR, 2 RBIs Mark Mathias – 1-3, HR, RBI Weston Wilson – 1-3, HR, RBI Jon Singleton – 1-1, double, 2 BBs Tyler White – 1-3, RBI Caleb Boushley (Win) – 6 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 BBs, 2 Ks Hobie Harris (Save) – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BBs, 1 K Next week’s outlook: Nashville (29-12) will be on the road this week to take on 21-19. If he’s healthy and not called up to Milwaukee, expect LHP Ethan Small (1.95 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 12.8 K/9 in 32 1/3 innings) to handle the opening game, with LHP Andy Otero being the most likely alternative. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Enjoy your travel day, young fellas! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  7. Transactions: (RHP) Cristian Sierra was released by High-A Wisconsin, (RHP) Fernando Olguin was promoted from the ACL Brewers Gold squad to Low-A Carolina, (RHP) Tyler Herb and (RHP) Matt Hardy were assigned to the Nashville Sounds from the Biloxi Shuckers, (RHP) Trevor Kelley had his Triple-A contract purchased by the Milwaukee Brewers, (RHP) TJ Shook was promoted to the Biloxi Shuckers from High-A Wisconsin, (C) Jason Lopez transferred to the Biloxi Shuckers from the ACL Brewers. Let's all take a collective pause. That's a lot of meaningful action for our Minor League Monday. Huge congratulations are in order for Trevor Kelley and his call-up. We're rooting for you Trevor. Let's make the most of this opportunity. For those of us who watch our affiliates on the regular, we know this is much-deserved. Best of luck with the Big Club! Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Down East (Rangers) 8, Carolina 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Carolina Falls 8-5 in Series Opener with Wood Ducks - Carolina Left 14 Men on Base in the Loss, Including Three in the Eighth If you recall back to the season's beginnings, the Mudcats swept the Wood Ducks in a quick three-game series to open the 2022 season. Tonight's opener, at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, would not be a similar outcome as the Mudcats ultimately lost 8-5. After taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, Edwin Jimenez faced quite a bit of trouble to start the third. After giving up a line drive single and walking the next batter he saw the Wood Ducks' Junior Paniagua lay down a seriously expert bunt down the third base line and Alberis Ferrer rushed his throw pulling Jesus Chririnos off the bag. It was bases loaded and no outs after the throwing error. Thankfully, Edwin escaped the early jam conceding only two runs. However, in total, this was not Edwin's sharpest outing of the year as he walked three batters, allowed six hits, and saw five earned runs to cross the plate in five complete innings. The Mudcats managed to regain that lead in the bottom of the third to make it a 3-2 ballgame. However, it's challenging to overcome two runners gunned down at home plate in three innings. After a lead-off triple to open the second inning, Hendry Mendez was gunned down at home on a high chopper to third base. Hedbert Perez was gunned down at home trying to push a run across off from second base after a Chirinos line drive single to center field in the bottom of the third. It was 3-2 Mudcats entering the fourth inning. But, it certainly could have been a bigger lead. Edwin kept his stuff together and was having a decent outing until things unraveled in the fifth. He left the inning trailing 5-3 and it was the end of his work for the day. Aside from his control issues in today's contest, I continue to like what I see from Edwin. When he is at his best, he is working the breaking ball on the edges of the zone. Today just was not his best outing but he had moments. It was a game of errors for the Mudcats with five errors in total. Two pick-off throws past the first base bag (one each to Jimenez and Puello) and Alberis Ferrer tacked on two more throwing errors from third base. He now has 14 errors on the young season. Eduardo Garcia's continued absence was felt as the line-up lacked that extra bit of danger. The young men fared well overall with ten hits but the top of the order suffered from his absence. The one-two punch of Garcia to Chourio can be lethal. I'm eager to see it soon. The recap paragraph from the post-game article release says it all for this one: That just isn't going to win many ball games. Let's hope the Mudcats can shore up their sloppy work in the field and get some more timely hits in the next one! *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin , South Bend (Cubs) Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Rattlers Find a Gray Haven - Joe Gray Jr. Breaks 1-1 Tie with Two-Run Homer in Bottom of the Eighth When Sal Frelick was originally promoted to Double-A Biloxi, manager Joe Ayrault mentioned he was most likely going to shuffle around the lead-off spot. Originally, Tristan Peters got the first couple nods in the number one slot. Since then, it has been the Tyler Black show and it is quite easy to see why: Tyler had three hits, a run scored, and an RBI for the Rattlers on Sunday. He has been Wisconsin’s lead-off batter in the last nine games where he has been on base twenty-one times and scored ten runs. It certainly would appear as though Tyler has taken the job and run with it for now. He led off tonight's contest and went 0 of 2 but managed two walks and scored a run. This will play. Antoine Kelly has now made two consecutive starts last into the sixth inning - both eclipsing his previous career-highs. This young lefty is really coming on in 2022 and it is a pleasure to watch. This was his first time as a professional he pitched six complete innings and, just to be clear, he entered this same sixth inning with a highly coveted no-hitter. It wouldn't last, unfortunately, as he conceded a lead-off line drive single and, later, a two-out double. But, the fact of the matter is: this is surely a prospect on the rise. Not to be missed in this no-hit bid was the incredible effort by Carlos Rodriguez in left field to grab a key out in the fifth inning keeping the no-no bid in tact. It truly was a web gem. To take a glimpse at the athletic play, head to 0:40 on the Game highlight reel below: Cam Robinson opened the ninth inning with a strikeout on a 1-2 pitch. The ball skimmed past Darrien Miller's back-handed glove, however, and the runner advanced to first base. They scored it a wild pitch for Cam, but, I'm going to chalk this up to the scorer suffering from a bad angle. Darrien Miller 'should' have caught the ball. It was a back-hander, yes, but it was fairly routine. It wasn't an egregious miss by Darrien but it's a ball he should probably catch and he's going to want that one back. Hey, guess what? The wild pitch didn't matter: Cam got the fantastic 6-4-3 double play to get out of that brief early inning jam. Wisconsin continues to play absolute lights out High-A defense and this bang-bang flawless 6-4-3 double play was a prime example. It was truly a moment. Joe Gray Jr. had laid off a couple tantalizing close pitches out of the zone. He demonstrated the improved approach at the plate we've seen in the past couple of weeks. He sat back. He crushed. His Fan Club was pumped : Tristan Peters had reached base in every game, in some fashion, since April 16th. He went 0 for 3 tonight with a sacrifice fly to right field for an rbi. What a run. On to the next streak, young man. Keep that season trending up! Now that we've seen TJ Shook promoted to Biloxi, I'm going to tout the T-Rats back-end. I'll take the duo of Kent Hasler and Cam Robinson to close-out any tightly contested game against any top-tier teams. Cam gets the glory, and rightfully so, with his shutdown saves. But, I'm here to tell you Hasler is a bulldog on the mound. He attacks hitters. He has really sneaky good stuff and features a breaking ball on par with Robinson's. What a season of pitching at High-A Wisconsin to date! *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 6, Mississippi (Braves) 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: M-Braves Threaten Late, Shuckers Hold on for 6-5 Win - RHP Zach Vennaro Strands Winning Run on Base Biloxi had eight men reach the batters box in the first inning and seven more in the second. We can certainly roll with this kind of offensive output. As a matter of fact, the Shuckers' batters chased the typically reliable and highly effective Braves starter, Jared Shuster, in 2/3 of an inning. It was quickly 6-0 for the Shuckers after two complete - their bats stayed hot and disciplined early picking up where they left-off their recent homestand versus Birmingham. Nick Bennett benefited from this early run support. The fast-working lefty finished his evening with five complete innings pitched surrendering seven mostly scattered hits and one walk while punching out four batters. Nick has been better as of late. Let's hope this keeps up. Innings are always better with lead-off extra base hits! Sal Frelick led off the first inning with a triple while Yeison Coca ripped a double down the first base line to lead-off inning number two. This put the pressure on the Braves' pitching staff and it certainly got things going. Speaking of Yeison: an absolutely unabashed tip of the cap to the recently promoted infielder. Yeison was recently shuffled around (from High-A to Nashville and down to Double-A Biloxi) a bit before landing in Biloxi. What a night he had! After a 3-3 to start his evening with shots to all fields, he finished with three hits in five trips to the plate. And, keep in mind, Sal didn't just do it with his bat tonight. He saved a key run with the Shuckers still clinging to a 6-2 lead with a runner on third base: It's a sudden Joey Wiemer walk party. This is a truly a wonderful development in the past week plus. Joey opened his night with two diligent and disciplined walks. In his third at bat, he narrowly missed a rope down the third base line via an incredible stab and throw to first beating Joey by an ant's breath. He then proceeded to single in his fourth trip to the plate. All in all, he went one for three on the evening with the two walks. He now has 15 free trips on the season in 132 trips to the plate and five walks in his past seven games. Let's hope this keeps rearing its head! Taylor Floyd's early 2022 returns are not stellar: 3 2/3 innings pitched over five outings since his return. If we take a peak behind the tattered curtain: in 2/3 of these innings he has allowed nine of his 11 hits and all seven of his earned runs. With three runs surrendered in the bottom of the ninth tonight, nearly squandering the Shuckers' 6-2 lead, Taylor now has a .524 batting average against with a healthy 3.27 WHIP since his return in early May. This is obviously an extremely small sample size so let's absolutely keep that in mind, but, it is fair to say Taylor has been extremely hit-and-miss in his brief stint in Biloxi. Here's to better relief outings ahead! Tristen Lutz has come back to the club ready to rip. He had a key two-rbi double in the first inning on a rope to deep right center field. He is now 6 of 12 with a home run, two doubles, and six rbi's in his three games since returning: The at-bat of the game would have to go to Jakson Reetz and his two-rbi bloop muscled single to extremely shallow right field in the top of the second inning. Jakson steadfastly worked the count full and fought off several pitches while doing so. This hit proved to be the winning rbi's: After Floyd's near meltdown, Zach Vennaro came aboard with runners on first and second base and only one down. Zach played the part of the hero grabbing his third save of the year while striking out his last batter. The Shuckers breathed a collective sigh of relief and moved back to 0.500 at 17-17 on the year. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 4 Louisville (Reds) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Jonathan Davis Leads Sounds to Win Over Bats - Center Fielder Drills Game-Tying Homer and Makes Spectacular Catch If you like defense and you like pitching, the Sounds are currently must watch baseball. They absolutely threw around some leather tonight, including a beautiful rundown of a hard hit laser shot to deep left at the warning track for out number two in the bottom of the ninth by David Dahl (who happened to catch all three outs to close the game) and an absolutely incredible play by Jonny Davis in center field. I hope to have some of these highlights! Oh, wait just one moment. Heeeeeeeeeeere's Jonny! Speaking of leather: Game-saving diving catch? Check. Game-tying solo home runs? Also check. Hobie Harris recorded his third save (of twelve total Sounds saves on the season) and continues to sport a 0.00 ERA. He isn't mowing them down like Strzelecki or Sadzeck but it's hard to find fault with no runs allowed. Hobie can find 96-97 on the radar gun. He sprinkles in a splitter and some off-speed. Hopefully, he can find his first Big League action of his career in 2022! David Dahl continues to have a phenomenal season. Not only did he record all three outs in left field to end the game, he also hit this go-ahead unexpected opposite field hustle double to give Nashville the lead in the bottom half of the fifth inning. That is simply swiping second base right there! According to Sounds historical records, the 25-11 record to begin 2022 is the Sounds best record through 36 games to start a season since at least 1998 when the franchise oddly began playing in the Pacific Coast League (they played in the American East division that year with New Orleans, Memphis, and Oklahoma). With Ethan Small taking the mound tomorrow night, the Sounds have to feel good about their chances to build off their historical start and improve upon this early home stand. What a season we have here early in Nashville! *** The Affiliates managed a 3-1 evening and we saw plenty of exciting plays throughout. Stay tuned early tomorrow as recently promoted Ryne Moore takes the Hill for Wisconsin in an early matinee game - his first start at High-A. Additionally, the above-listed ACL Gold promoted Fernando Olguin will take the mound for Carolina - his first start at Low-A. Ethan Small is always must watch in Nashville. Lots to look forward to in less than 24 hours. As always, thanks for reading! Organizational Scoreboard, including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  8. One of the absolute joys of religiously following the Minor League Brewers affiliates is seeing young men rewarded for their tireless hard work. Congratulations and high fives abound on this Minor League Monday - check out the bountiful 'Transactions' below. I personally witnessed several jaw-dropping plays from the center field position from High-A Wisconsin up to Triple-A Nashville. It was truly one spectacular game-winning or game-saving play after the next. From Jonny Davis' game-saving diving catch or his game-tying home run, to Joe Gray Jr's game-winning two-run bomb over the wall in left field in the bottom of the eighth inning of a 1-1 game, to Sal Frelick laying out in shallow center for a crucial out in a 6-2 game. An incredible evening to witness. Let's get into the reports! Transactions: (RHP) Cristian Sierra was released by High-A Wisconsin, (RHP) Fernando Olguin was promoted from the ACL Brewers Gold squad to Low-A Carolina, (RHP) Tyler Herb and (RHP) Matt Hardy were assigned to the Nashville Sounds from the Biloxi Shuckers, (RHP) Trevor Kelley had his Triple-A contract purchased by the Milwaukee Brewers, (RHP) TJ Shook was promoted to the Biloxi Shuckers from High-A Wisconsin, (C) Jason Lopez transferred to the Biloxi Shuckers from the ACL Brewers. Let's all take a collective pause. That's a lot of meaningful action for our Minor League Monday. Huge congratulations are in order for Trevor Kelley and his call-up. We're rooting for you Trevor. Let's make the most of this opportunity. For those of us who watch our affiliates on the regular, we know this is much-deserved. Best of luck with the Big Club! Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Down East (Rangers) 8, Carolina 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Carolina Falls 8-5 in Series Opener with Wood Ducks - Carolina Left 14 Men on Base in the Loss, Including Three in the Eighth If you recall back to the season's beginnings, the Mudcats swept the Wood Ducks in a quick three-game series to open the 2022 season. Tonight's opener, at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, would not be a similar outcome as the Mudcats ultimately lost 8-5. After taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, Edwin Jimenez faced quite a bit of trouble to start the third. After giving up a line drive single and walking the next batter he saw the Wood Ducks' Junior Paniagua lay down a seriously expert bunt down the third base line and Alberis Ferrer rushed his throw pulling Jesus Chririnos off the bag. It was bases loaded and no outs after the throwing error. Thankfully, Edwin escaped the early jam conceding only two runs. However, in total, this was not Edwin's sharpest outing of the year as he walked three batters, allowed six hits, and saw five earned runs to cross the plate in five complete innings. The Mudcats managed to regain that lead in the bottom of the third to make it a 3-2 ballgame. However, it's challenging to overcome two runners gunned down at home plate in three innings. After a lead-off triple to open the second inning, Hendry Mendez was gunned down at home on a high chopper to third base. Hedbert Perez was gunned down at home trying to push a run across off from second base after a Chirinos line drive single to center field in the bottom of the third. It was 3-2 Mudcats entering the fourth inning. But, it certainly could have been a bigger lead. Edwin kept his stuff together and was having a decent outing until things unraveled in the fifth. He left the inning trailing 5-3 and it was the end of his work for the day. Aside from his control issues in today's contest, I continue to like what I see from Edwin. When he is at his best, he is working the breaking ball on the edges of the zone. Today just was not his best outing but he had moments. It was a game of errors for the Mudcats with five errors in total. Two pick-off throws past the first base bag (one each to Jimenez and Puello) and Alberis Ferrer tacked on two more throwing errors from third base. He now has 14 errors on the young season. Eduardo Garcia's continued absence was felt as the line-up lacked that extra bit of danger. The young men fared well overall with ten hits but the top of the order suffered from his absence. The one-two punch of Garcia to Chourio can be lethal. I'm eager to see it soon. The recap paragraph from the post-game article release says it all for this one: That just isn't going to win many ball games. Let's hope the Mudcats can shore up their sloppy work in the field and get some more timely hits in the next one! *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin , South Bend (Cubs) Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Rattlers Find a Gray Haven - Joe Gray Jr. Breaks 1-1 Tie with Two-Run Homer in Bottom of the Eighth When Sal Frelick was originally promoted to Double-A Biloxi, manager Joe Ayrault mentioned he was most likely going to shuffle around the lead-off spot. Originally, Tristan Peters got the first couple nods in the number one slot. Since then, it has been the Tyler Black show and it is quite easy to see why: Tyler had three hits, a run scored, and an RBI for the Rattlers on Sunday. He has been Wisconsin’s lead-off batter in the last nine games where he has been on base twenty-one times and scored ten runs. It certainly would appear as though Tyler has taken the job and run with it for now. He led off tonight's contest and went 0 of 2 but managed two walks and scored a run. This will play. Antoine Kelly has now made two consecutive starts last into the sixth inning - both eclipsing his previous career-highs. This young lefty is really coming on in 2022 and it is a pleasure to watch. This was his first time as a professional he pitched six complete innings and, just to be clear, he entered this same sixth inning with a highly coveted no-hitter. It wouldn't last, unfortunately, as he conceded a lead-off line drive single and, later, a two-out double. But, the fact of the matter is: this is surely a prospect on the rise. Not to be missed in this no-hit bid was the incredible effort by Carlos Rodriguez in left field to grab a key out in the fifth inning keeping the no-no bid in tact. It truly was a web gem. To take a glimpse at the athletic play, head to 0:40 on the Game highlight reel below: Cam Robinson opened the ninth inning with a strikeout on a 1-2 pitch. The ball skimmed past Darrien Miller's back-handed glove, however, and the runner advanced to first base. They scored it a wild pitch for Cam, but, I'm going to chalk this up to the scorer suffering from a bad angle. Darrien Miller 'should' have caught the ball. It was a back-hander, yes, but it was fairly routine. It wasn't an egregious miss by Darrien but it's a ball he should probably catch and he's going to want that one back. Hey, guess what? The wild pitch didn't matter: Cam got the fantastic 6-4-3 double play to get out of that brief early inning jam. Wisconsin continues to play absolute lights out High-A defense and this bang-bang flawless 6-4-3 double play was a prime example. It was truly a moment. Joe Gray Jr. had laid off a couple tantalizing close pitches out of the zone. He demonstrated the improved approach at the plate we've seen in the past couple of weeks. He sat back. He crushed. His Fan Club was pumped : Tristan Peters had reached base in every game, in some fashion, since April 16th. He went 0 for 3 tonight with a sacrifice fly to right field for an rbi. What a run. On to the next streak, young man. Keep that season trending up! Now that we've seen TJ Shook promoted to Biloxi, I'm going to tout the T-Rats back-end. I'll take the duo of Kent Hasler and Cam Robinson to close-out any tightly contested game against any top-tier teams. Cam gets the glory, and rightfully so, with his shutdown saves. But, I'm here to tell you Hasler is a bulldog on the mound. He attacks hitters. He has really sneaky good stuff and features a breaking ball on par with Robinson's. What a season of pitching at High-A Wisconsin to date! *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 6, Mississippi (Braves) 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: M-Braves Threaten Late, Shuckers Hold on for 6-5 Win - RHP Zach Vennaro Strands Winning Run on Base Biloxi had eight men reach the batters box in the first inning and seven more in the second. We can certainly roll with this kind of offensive output. As a matter of fact, the Shuckers' batters chased the typically reliable and highly effective Braves starter, Jared Shuster, in 2/3 of an inning. It was quickly 6-0 for the Shuckers after two complete - their bats stayed hot and disciplined early picking up where they left-off their recent homestand versus Birmingham. Nick Bennett benefited from this early run support. The fast-working lefty finished his evening with five complete innings pitched surrendering seven mostly scattered hits and one walk while punching out four batters. Nick has been better as of late. Let's hope this keeps up. Innings are always better with lead-off extra base hits! Sal Frelick led off the first inning with a triple while Yeison Coca ripped a double down the first base line to lead-off inning number two. This put the pressure on the Braves' pitching staff and it certainly got things going. Speaking of Yeison: an absolutely unabashed tip of the cap to the recently promoted infielder. Yeison was recently shuffled around (from High-A to Nashville and down to Double-A Biloxi) a bit before landing in Biloxi. What a night he had! After a 3-3 to start his evening with shots to all fields, he finished with three hits in five trips to the plate. And, keep in mind, Sal didn't just do it with his bat tonight. He saved a key run with the Shuckers still clinging to a 6-2 lead with a runner on third base: It's a sudden Joey Wiemer walk party. This is a truly a wonderful development in the past week plus. Joey opened his night with two diligent and disciplined walks. In his third at bat, he narrowly missed a rope down the third base line via an incredible stab and throw to first beating Joey by an ant's breath. He then proceeded to single in his fourth trip to the plate. All in all, he went one for three on the evening with the two walks. He now has 15 free trips on the season in 132 trips to the plate and five walks in his past seven games. Let's hope this keeps rearing its head! Taylor Floyd's early 2022 returns are not stellar: 3 2/3 innings pitched over five outings since his return. If we take a peak behind the tattered curtain: in 2/3 of these innings he has allowed nine of his 11 hits and all seven of his earned runs. With three runs surrendered in the bottom of the ninth tonight, nearly squandering the Shuckers' 6-2 lead, Taylor now has a .524 batting average against with a healthy 3.27 WHIP since his return in early May. This is obviously an extremely small sample size so let's absolutely keep that in mind, but, it is fair to say Taylor has been extremely hit-and-miss in his brief stint in Biloxi. Here's to better relief outings ahead! Tristen Lutz has come back to the club ready to rip. He had a key two-rbi double in the first inning on a rope to deep right center field. He is now 6 of 12 with a home run, two doubles, and six rbi's in his three games since returning: The at-bat of the game would have to go to Jakson Reetz and his two-rbi bloop muscled single to extremely shallow right field in the top of the second inning. Jakson steadfastly worked the count full and fought off several pitches while doing so. This hit proved to be the winning rbi's: After Floyd's near meltdown, Zach Vennaro came aboard with runners on first and second base and only one down. Zach played the part of the hero grabbing his third save of the year while striking out his last batter. The Shuckers breathed a collective sigh of relief and moved back to 0.500 at 17-17 on the year. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes ADD HERE Final: Nashville 4 Louisville (Reds) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Jonathan Davis Leads Sounds to Win Over Bats - Center Fielder Drills Game-Tying Homer and Makes Spectacular Catch If you like defense and you like pitching, the Sounds are currently must watch baseball. They absolutely threw around some leather tonight, including a beautiful rundown of a hard hit laser shot to deep left at the warning track for out number two in the bottom of the ninth by David Dahl (who happened to catch all three outs to close the game) and an absolutely incredible play by Jonny Davis in center field. I hope to have some of these highlights! Oh, wait just one moment. Heeeeeeeeeeere's Jonny! Speaking of leather: Game-saving diving catch? Check. Game-tying solo home runs? Also check. Hobie Harris recorded his third save (of twelve total Sounds saves on the season) and continues to sport a 0.00 ERA. He isn't mowing them down like Strzelecki or Sadzeck but it's hard to find fault with no runs allowed. Hobie can find 96-97 on the radar gun. He sprinkles in a splitter and some off-speed. Hopefully, he can find his first Big League action of his career in 2022! David Dahl continues to have a phenomenal season. Not only did he record all three outs in left field to end the game, he also hit this go-ahead unexpected opposite field hustle double to give Nashville the lead in the bottom half of the fifth inning. That is simply swiping second base right there! According to Sounds historical records, the 25-11 record to begin 2022 is the Sounds best record through 36 games to start a season since at least 1998 when the franchise oddly began playing in the Pacific Coast League (they played in the American East division that year with New Orleans, Memphis, and Oklahoma). With Ethan Small taking the mound tomorrow night, the Sounds have to feel good about their chances to build off their historical start and improve upon this early home stand. What a season we have here early in Nashville! *** The Affiliates managed a 3-1 evening and we saw plenty of exciting plays throughout. Stay tuned early tomorrow as recently promoted Ryne Moore takes the Hill for Wisconsin in an early matinee game - his first start at High-A. Additionally, the above-listed ACL Gold promoted Fernando Olguin will take the mound for Carolina - his first start at Low-A. Ethan Small is always must watch in Nashville. Lots to look forward to in less than 24 hours. As always, thanks for reading! Organizational Scoreboard, including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  9. Clearly, ‘Player Development’ is the most important thing about minor league baseball. Organizations will always prioritize doing what is best for the big-league club, and that’s getting players ready to contribute at that level. That said, Winning is not only fun, but it can be a part of player development. Yes, players work on their individual performances and skills, but it’s also good to learn how to come together as a team to win games and learn that competitive fire. Last week, all four Brewers affiliates played all six of their games. Combined, they went 12-12 on the week, and that’s including an 0-6 by Biloxi. Wisconsin had another strong week thanks to some incredible pitching talent. Nashville remains in first place. Before we jump into Week 5’s games, let’s take one more look back at Week 4. See how each affiliate did, which prospects performed, and what’s next. And, at the end, find out who the Brewer Fanatic choices for Hitter and Pitcher of the Week are. TRANSACTIONS Last week, the Brewers Designated Jose Urena for Assignment, making room on their 26-Man Roster and the Brewers' 40-Man Roster. On Monday, the team announced that Urena had cleared waivers and was outrighted to Nashville. However, Urena chose to become a free agent. RESULTS Last week’s Week in Review (4/26-5/2): K is for Knarr Tuesday: Promotions and Releases and Retirements, oh My! Wednesday: Biloxi Loses Third Straight But Late Wins Abound Elsewhere Thursday: Nashville Wins on a Walkoff, but Blown Leads and Missed Chances Cost Other Affiliates Friday: Wild Walk-off for Wisconsin (Literally) Saturday: Sounds and Timber Rattlers Continue to Impress Sunday: Nashville Dominates. Three Stirring Comebacks Result in One More Affiliate Victory WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds : Week: 4-2 hosting Norfolk Season: 20-9 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 2 1/2 games ahead of Columbus and 4 1/2 games ahead of St. Paul. In a completely random fact about Nashville’s week of games. They won four games. Also, four times, they scored exactly four runs in a game. They went 3-1 in those games. The Sounds' offense wasn’t great, but they did outscore Norfolk 22-18. That may have been closer, but the pitchers earned a 1-0 win on Saturday and a 4-0 win on Sunday. The pitching, and specifically the bullpen, was strong. The Sounds become the first International League team to win 20 games this season. They also are 5-for-5 in their series so far this season. Jon Singleton found his way on base. He went 4-for-14 and hit .286/.565/.500 (1.065). He had one home run. However, in his six games, he walked nine times. Jonathan Davis played in five games. He went 8-for-18 and hit .444/.542/.444 (.986). He had four walks and stole two bases. David Dahl played in four games. He went 4-for-13 and hit .308/.471/.385 (.856) with a double and four walks. A few hitters struggled. Pablo Reyes went 1-for-12 (.083). Tyler White went 3-for-20 (.150). Corey Ray played in just two games and went 1-for-7 (.143) with five strikeouts. Six relievers didn’t allow a run this week. Miguel Sanchez worked 3 1/3 innings over three games. He struck out five batters. Dylan File went five shutout innings in his start. He gave up three hits, walked two, and struck out three batters. What’s Next? The Sounds hit the road to Florida to take on the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. Pitching Probables (RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Caleb Boushley, LHP Ethan Small, RHP Dylan File, RHP Jason Alexander, RHP Josh Lindblom) Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 0-6 hosting Montgomery Season: 12-15 overall. A seven-game losing streak has moved the Shuckers from first place to being tied for 2nd place in the Southern League South Division with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, 3.5 games behind Montgomery. That is a rough week for the Shuckers. It has been a rarity around minor-league ball for a team to win - or lose - all six games of a series. But that’s what Biloxi did. While three of the six losses were by one run, and another was by two runs, the team was outscored 19-37 for the week. The addition of top prospect Sal Frelick to a Shuckers outfield that already included Joey Wiemer and Garrett Mitchell is undoubtedly exciting. However, none of the three really hit last week. Harold Chirino, Arnaldo Hernandez, and Luis Contreras combined for six relief appearances and 9 2/3 scoreless innings, and ten strikeouts. On the other side of that equation, several in the bullpen struggled. Robbie Hitt, Zach Vennaro, J.T. Hintzen, Nash Walters, and Taylor Floyd combined for nine appearances and 7 1/3 innings. They gave up 17 runs on 21 hits and five walks. Tyler Herb made two starts. He worked ten innings and gave up one run on seven hits. He walked three and struck out 12 batters. Along with the pitching not being really strong, the offense was not good either. Brent Diaz led the team for the week with a .795 OPS. He played three games and hit .182. However, his two hits were a double and a home run. Freddy Zamora played in all six games. He went 8-for-25 and hit .320/.346/.400 (.746) with two doubles. The story for the week was the promotion of outfielder Sal Frelick to Double-A. He played in all six games. He went 5-for-26 and hit .192/.192/.231 (.423) with a double. What’s Next? The Shuckers will host Birmingham at MGM Park. Pitching Probables (RHP Victor Castaneda, LHP Nick Bennett, RHP Carlos Luna, LHP Andy Otero, RHP Tyler Herb, RHP Victor Castaneda) High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 5-1, hosting Ft. Wayne Season: 17-10 overall, 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division, 2.0 games behind Cedar Rapids. The Timber Rattler's pitching staff, led by pitching coach and former Minnesota Twins pitching prospect Patrick McGuff, has been unbelievable, and that remained true last week. They won the first two games of the week by scores of 9-0 and 4-0. Wisconsin pitchers allowed only 12 runs for the entire week. The Rattler bats scored 29 runs. However, three of the final four games of the series were decided by one run. TJ Shook pitched twice and worked ten innings. He did not give up a run. He gave up eight hits, walked none, and struck out 12 batters. Brandon Knarr tossed six shutout innings in his start. He gave up six hits, walked one, ten, and struck out six batters. Antoine Kelly struck out ten batters in five shutout innings. He gave up just one hit and one walk. Russell Smith went five scoreless innings in his start as well. He gave up just one hit, walked three, and struck out seven batters. Justin Jarvis gave up one run in his start. In five innings, he gave up six hits and walked two batters. Cam Robinson pitched twice and recorded two saves. In four innings, he did not allow a run or a hit. He walked two and struck out three. Joe Gray led the offense. He played all six games and went 5-for-17. He hit .294/.480/529 (1.009) with a double and a home run. He also walked seven times and stole two bases. Zavier Warren played in five games and went 4-for-16. He hit .250/.409/.375 (.784) with two doubles. He also had four walks. Wes Clarke hit just .143 (2-for-14) on the week, but he walked ten times and posted an on-base percentage of .500. Tyler Black, Ethan Murray, and Yeison Coca combined to go 0-for-31 last week. Micah Bello had a great first month in Carolina. He was promoted to Wisconsin. In six games this weekend, he went 3-for-19 and hit .158/.200/.211 (.411) with a double and five RBI. What’s Next? The Timber Rattlers will be traveling to Quad Cities to play at the beautiful Modern Woodmen Park. If you have seen the movie Sugar, it is the home field for the team. Pitching Probables (LHP Brandon Knarr, LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Justin Jarvis, LHP Russell Smith, RHP TJ Shook, LHP Brandon Knarr) Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 3-3, hosting Augusta Season: 14-13 overall, In 2nd place in the Carolina League North Division, 3.5 games behind Fredericksburg. After winning the first two games of their series, the Mudcats lost three of the last four to split the week’s series. The offense performed. They scored 14 in the first game of the week and scored 40 runs for the whole week. The pitching staff gave up 33 runs. The big story, of course, was the full-season debut of 18-year-old Jackson Chourio. Jackson Chourio played in his first six games and went 12-for-25. He hit .480/.519/.800 (1.319) with five doubles, a homer, and five RBI. He had two walks and two stolen bases. Arbert Cipion played in just three games. He had a single, a triple, and a home run. Oswel Leones played in four games. In 16 plate appearances, he hit .286/.375/.571 (.946) with a double and a home run. Jesus Chirinos went 6-for-20 (.300) with a home run. Zack Raabe went 5-for-16 (.313). Ryne Moore made one start. In six innings, he gave up only an unearned run. He gave up three hits, walked one, hit three and struck out seven batters. Karlos Morales, Junior Montero, and Pablo Garabitos combined to work 9 1/3 innings in five appearances. They gave up only one unearned run on six hits, one walk, and nine strikeouts. What’s Next? The Mudcats will be traveling to Fayetteville to take on the Woodpeckers. Pitching Probables (RHP Ryne Moore, RHP Israel Puello, RHP Alexander Cornielle, RHP Miguel Segura, RHP Brannon Jordan, RHP Ryne Moore) PROSPECT SUMMARY This Prospect Summary shows our current Brewers Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week (May 3 to May 9). #1 - LHP Aaron Ashby (Milwaukee) - 2 G, 1 GS, 6.1 IP, 6 ER, 8 H, 4 BB, 6 K (Season: 7 G, 3 GS, 23.1 IP, 14 R, 11 ER, 17 BB, 25 K, 0-3, 4.24 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, 6.6 BB/9, 9.6 K/9) #2 - OF Joey Wiemer (Biloxi) - 6 G, 4-for-24 (.167), 3-2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 12 K (Season: 27 G, 29-for-105, .276/.345/.495 (.840), 11-2B, 4-HR, 19 RBI, 10 BB, 38 K) #3 - OF Garrett Mitchell (Biloxi) - 5 G, 2-for-17 (.118), 1-2B, 0-HR, 4 BB, 7 K (Season: 26 G, 20-for-93, .215/.324/.333 (.657), 3-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 11 RBI, 12 BB, 37 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 8-for-26 (.308), 1-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K (Season: 21 G, 23-for-79, .291/.391/.456 (.847), 5-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 6/9 SB, 13 BB, 14 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Biloxi) - Week/Season: 6 G, 5-for-26 (.192), 1-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 4 K #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Nashville) - 1 GS, 4.0 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 K (Season: 6 GS, 27.1 IP, 8 R, 6 ER, 13 H, 18 BB, 37 K, 2-1, 1.98 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 5.9 BB/9, 12.2 K/9) #6 - SS Brice Turang (Nashville) - 5 G, 4-for-21 (.190), 0-2B, 0-HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K (Season: 25 G, 30-for-104, .289/.353/.433 (.786), 7-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 17 RBI, 11 BB, 25 K) #7 - OF Hedbert Perez (Carolina) - 5 G, 1-for-19 (.053), 0-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K (Season: 22 G, 14-for-89, .157/.211/.258 (.469), 3-2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 4/4 SB, 6 BB, 36 K) #8 - C Jeferson Quero (Carolina) - 4 G, 3-for-18 (.167), 2-2B, 1-HR, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 5 K (Season: 21 G, 21-for-88, .239/.266/.375 (.641), 7-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 14 RBI, 4 BB, 23 K) #9 - SS Freddy Zamora (Biloxi) - 6 G, 8-for-25 (.320), 2-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K (Season: 22 G, 19-for-83), .229/.278/.313 (.591), 4-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 22 K) #10 - 2B Tyler Black (Wisconsin) - 3 G, 0-for-8 (.000), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K (Season: 13 G, 10-for-41 (.244/.404/.317 (.721), 3-2B, 0-HR, 10 RBI, 9 BB, 8 K) #11 - 2B Felix Valerio (Biloxi) - 5 G, 3-for-17 (.176), 1-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K (Season: 21 G, 19-for-73, .260/.341/.466 (.807), 4-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 13 RBI, 11 BB, 10 K) #12 - OF Jackson Chourio (Carolina) - Week/Season: 6 G, 12-for-25, .480/.519/.800 (1.319), 5-2B, 1-HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K. #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Nashville) - 2 G, 1-for-7 (.167), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (Season: 18 G, 13-for-62, .210/.279/.274 (.554), 4-2B, 0-HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 19 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Milwaukee) - (Season: 1 G, 0-for-0, R, BB) #14 - LHP Antoine Kelly (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 10 K (Season: 5 GS, 21.2 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 9 H, 14 BB, 33 K, 1-0, 2.49 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 5.8 BB/9, 13.7 K/9) #15 - OF Joe Gray, Jr. (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 5-for-17 (.294), 1-2B, 1-HR, 7 BB, 4 K (Season: 27 G, 17-for-93, .183/.300/.333 (.633), 6-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 7/7 SB, 16 BB, 40 K) #16 - SS Eduardo Garcia (Carolina) - 6 G, 6-for-25 (.240), 1-2B, 0-HR, 5 RBI, 0 BB, 9 K (Season: 25 G, 31-103, 301/.330/.447 (.777), 7-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 3 BB, 41 K) #17 - UTL Zavier Warren (Wisconsin) - 5 G, 4-for-16 (.250), 2-2B, 0-HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K (Season: 25 G, 22-for-88, .250/.337/.341 (.678), 8-2B, 0-HR, 9 RBI, 4/4 SB, 9 BB, 25 K) #18 - RHP Abner Uribe (Biloxi) - IL (out for season) #19 - OF Hendry Mendez (Carolina) - 5 G, 2-for-13 (.154), 0-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K (Season: 22 G, 15-for-71, .211/.391/.282 (.673), 2-2B, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 20 BB, 21 K) #20 - LHP Russell Smith (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 BB, 7 K (Season: 5 GS, 20.0 IP, 13 R, 11 ER, 17 H, 13 BB, 22 K, 1-1, 4.95 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 5.9 BB/9, 9.9 K/9) PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Jackson Chourio, Carolina Mudcats Less than a month into the season, the Brewers decided to make some significant minor-league transactions last Monday. Sal Frelick moved from Wisconsin to Biloxi. Micah Bello was promoted from Carolina to Wisconsin. And Jackson Chourio was sent to Carolina from the Complex. Chourio played in all six games in his first week with the Mudcats. He went 12-for-25, and hit .480/.519/.800 (1.319) with five doubles and a home run. He also stole two bases. He made all 22 plays that came to him in centerfield. Covid moved the international signing date from July 2nd to January 15th. On that day in 2021, the Brewers signed the shortstop to a $1.9 million deal out of Venezuela. Chourio has all the tools. He is touted for his power potential and his overall hit tool. While he could stay at shortstop with a strong arm and range, he also has the speed to play in center field. People also talk about his maturity. All this makes him incredibly exciting. Chourio turned 18 in March and is currently the youngest player on any full-season affiliate's roster. Pitcher of the Week: RHP TJ Shook, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Get a dice and assign each of the six sides to a Timber Rattlers starting pitcher. Roll said dice, and that is the pick for pitcher of the week. OK, that isn’t true. I don’t actually roll dice to make this pick. However, we have now done three Brewers Minor League Week in Reviews, and the choice for pitcher of the week has been a member of the Wisconsin pitching staff. The first week, the choice was lefty Antoine Kelly, Jr. Last week, it was lefty Brandon Knarr. This week, those two could have taken this honor again, but the choice was right-hander TJ Shook. Shook has split time this season between starting and working in long relief. He has alternated between making a start and then, later in the week, working in long relief. That’s what he did this week too. On Monday, he tossed six shutout innings against Ft. Wayne to earn a win. On Sunday, he worked four innings in relief and did not give up a run. Combined, he gave up eight hits and didn’t walk anyone. He struck out 12 batters. TJ Shook grew up in South Carolina. After being an All-State selection in 2015 and 2016 (junior and senior seasons), he went to the University of South Carolina. He redshirted in 2017. The following year he worked 21 games out of the bullpen. He moved into the rotation during the next season (2019). In 2020, he pitched in six games, and in 8 2/3 innings, he had two walks and 16 strikeouts when the season ended. He went undrafted in 2020, but as a redshirt junior, he decided to sign as a free agent with the Brewers. Last year, he pitched in a couple of games in the rookie/complex league. He made six starts for Carolina and went 4-1 with a 3.86 ERA. He finished the season with five starts for Wisconsin. Combined in 2021, he went 5-2 with a 4.95 ERA. In 13 starts and 52 2/3 innings, he walked 28 and struck out 71 batters. Last year, he walked just over 12% of batters faced. This year, that number has dropped to 8%. At the same time, his strikeout rate has jumped from 26% to 35% Shook stands tall, at 6-4 and about 220 pounds. He throws a fastball, a cutter, a curveball, and a changeup, and all four can be good pitches. He gets some same-side run on his two-seam fastball. He has been executing his pitches very well. Along with the improved control, he’s been able to show command of his pitches. He is also really smart, including on the mound, understanding what he wants and needs to do on the mound. Your turn. Who would you have chosen for Hitter and Pitcher of the Week? Which prospects intrigue you the most? Which prospects have moved up (or down) your personal rankings so far this season? Let's discuss.
  10. Although promising nights turned sour for Carolina, Biloxi and Wisconsin on Thursday night, that means there were a number of solid performances as well. Hopefully the young men can take some inspiration from Nashville, which put men on base all night and eventually snatched victory from defeat. The stars of the night were Wisconsin’s exciting prospect LHP Antoine Kelly, who dutifully bounced back from his shortest stint of the season (3 IP on April 29th) to dominate the TinCaps for 5 innings and AAA Nashville’s bullpen which blanked Norfolk for 5 1/3 innings to give the offense a chance. Game Balls go to Kelly, C Jeferson Quero, 1B Thomas Dillard, RHP Trevor Kelley and OF Jonathan Davis. Transactions: C Jesus Garcia assigned back to ACL Brewers Gold from AAA Nashville (he’d been moved to Nashville 6 days earlier, but didn’t see any action) Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Augusta 10, Carolina 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Mudcats Waste Early Lead in 10-5 Loss Things looked rosy early in this game, as RHP Edwin Jimenez worked around a first-inning triple and walk, then six of the first seven Mudcats reached base in the bottom of the inning. The inning’s big hit was C Jeferson Quero’s first home run of 2022, a 3-run blast to score CF Jackson Chourio and 1B Jesus Chirinos. In all, Carolina led 5-0 after the first. Things looked rosy early in this game, as RHP Edwin Jimenez worked around a first-inning triple and walk, then six of the first seven Mudcats reached base in the bottom of the inning. The inning’s big hit was C Jeferson Quero’s first home run of 2022, a 3-run blast to score CF Jackson Chourio and 1B Jesus Chirinos. In all, Carolina led 5-0 after the first. Unfortunately, the Mudcat bats went to sleep from there and could not be awoken when needed, as the team failed to register any hits from the 2nd through the 9th inning, going 0-for-24 in that span. Meanwhile, Augusta clawed it back to 5-3 by the 5th inning and the dam burst against RHP Israel Puello in the top of the 7th inning, when 4 hits and 2 walks gave the GreenJackets a 7-5 lead which it would not relinquish. On some other positive notes, it was great to see RF Hendry Mendez back in action after departing Tuesday’s game early and LHP Jakob Brustoski threw a clean inning to put some early season struggles behind him. Performances of Note: Jeferson Quero – 1-4, HR, 3 RBIs Hendry Mendez – 1-3, BB Jackson Chourio – 1-4, double Jheremy Vargas – 1-4, RBI Edwin Jimenez – 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 BBs, 1 WP, 2 Ks Israel Puello (Loss) – 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks Jakob Brustoski – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Alexander Cornielle (1.56 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, 8.3 K/9 in 17 1/3 IP) is expected to make his 5th start, still searching for his first victory of 2022, as the Mudcats aim to take a 3-1 series lead at home against Augusta. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Fort Wayne 4, Wisconsin 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: TinCaps Hold Off Late Rattler Rally It was a classic pitchers’ duel in Appleton, as Wisconsin’s LHP Antoine Kelly and Fort Wayne’s LHP Noel Vela posted nearly identical lines: 5 innings each, zero runs each, 10 strikeouts each. The two young studs didn’t even throw a wild pitch or hit a batter, so the only difference was the 3 hits yielded by Vela and the 1 hit and 1 walk given up by Kelly. This left it to the bullpens and unfortunately the TinCaps had the advantage on this night, though Wisconsin certainly had its chances, leaving 10 men on base and going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. With Kelly’s exit after 5 innings, Fort Wayne quickly seized its chance, with the second batter (OF Corey Rosier) that RHP Miguel Guerrero faced hitting a first-pitch home run to right center field. Excellent work by RHP Joey Matulovich kept the game at 1-0 until the bottom of the 8th inning, when Wisconsin took 4 walks (the last a full count RBI walk by Miller) to tie it up. However, RHP James Meeker is still searching for his 2020/2021 form and hasn’t found it yet. He opened the 9th inning with a hit-by-pitch, then issued a full count walk and a gave up an infield single to load the bases. Meeker nearly escaped the inning by getting a swinging strike out for the 2nd out. Unfortunately, consecutive singles gave Fort Wayne a 4-1 lead and RHP Robbie Baker came in to strand the remaining two runners, which he successfully did. The Wisconsin half of the 9th inning actually mirrored Fort Wayne’s, with leadoff man Carlos D. Rodriguez reaching via a hit-by-pitch, then 3 walks and another hit-by-pitch bringing the game to 4-3, bases loaded with two outs, before Miller struck out swinging to end the interesting affair. Here’s a summary of the squandered chances on the night: A leadoff first inning single by OF Tristan Peters was wiped out by a strike-em-out, throw-em-out 2nd and 3rd, 2-out situations in the 4th inning and 6th inning both went for naught A bases loaded, 2-out chance in the 8th inning mustered only 1 run The game finished with the bases loaded, Rattlers' unable to get the key hit this time In other notes: It’s great to see Joe Gray Jr. keeping at it while he slowly rediscovers his bat. On this night, he recorded 3 walks, a single and his 7th stolen base of the young season Darrien Miller caught his 4th straight game, as Manager Joe Ayrault must have decided he can benefit from more consistent work behind the plate Recently promoted Micah Bello had a night to forget, going 0-for-4 with 4 strikeouts Performances of Note: Joe Gray Jr. – 1-2, 3 BBs, RBI, SB Darrien Miller – 1-4, RBI, SB Antonio Pinero – 1-3, BB Antoine Kelly – 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 10 Ks Joey Matulovich – 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 Ks James Meeker (Loss) – 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K Friday’s outlook: RHP Justin Jarvis (7.91 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 7.0 K/9 in 19 1/3 IP) seeks to get on track after yielding 5 earned runs and taking losses in each of his last two appearances, as the Timber Rattlers strive for a 3-1 series lead at home against Fort Wayne. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Montgomery 14, Biloxi 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Biloxi’s Early Lead Evaporates in 14-5 Loss Biloxi’s contest in Montgomery paralleled the events in Zebulon, with our squad jumping out to a 4-0 lead by the 4th inning and 5-4 lead in the 6th inning, before the Biscuit deluge. LHP Nick Bennett escaped a bases loaded, 1-out jam in the first inning by inducing a ground ball double play. Consecutive hits to lead off the second inning by OF Joey Wiemer (10th double of the season) and 2B Felix Valerio set up Thomas Dillard to smash his first home run of 2022, a 3-run blast. OF Sal Frelick added an RBI single in the 4th inning, as he continues to hit at every level, stretching the lead to 4-0, but Montgomery got to Bennett to even things up in the bottom half of the inning with 3 hits, a walk, a sacrifice fly and a fielder’s choice which couldn’t catch a runner at home. C Jakson Reetz continues to surprise, parking his 4th home run in just 44 at bats this year to help the club re-take the lead in the 6th inning, but RHP JT Hintzen wasn’t able to hold it in the bottom half. Reetz actually left the game before the bottom of the 7th inning with Biloxi down 7-5, so we’ll need to see whether this was an injury or just a case of Nick Kahle sharing catching duties on the night. After Hintzen exited, Montgomery didn’t let up against the Shuckers’ next three relievers, adding 7 runs to turn it into a rout. Performances of Note: Sal Frelick – 2-5, RBI, BB Cam Devanney – 2-4 Jakson Reetz – 1-3, HR, RBI Thomas Dillard – 1-4, HR, 3 RBIs Joey Wiemer – 1-4, double Felix Valerio – 1-3, BB Nick Bennett – 4 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 4 BBs, 3 Ks JT Hintzen (Loss) – 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K Robbi Hitt, Zach Vennaro, Nash Walters – combined 2 1/3 IP, 7 R, 8 H, 4 BBs, 1 WP, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Carlos Luna (2.12 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 7.4 K/9, in 17 IP) takes his turn, as Biloxi seeks to halt its 4-game losing skid and win its first game in the series in Montgomery. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 4, Norfolk 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Walk Off on Jonathan Davis’ Base Hit The men in Nashville simply enjoy winning too much to give up on this one, with terrific bullpen work keeping the team in it throughout. After the Sounds stranded the bases loaded in the first inning, Norfolk grabbed the lead with a 2nd inning double and then 2-run shot by Rylan Bannon off Nashville starter RHP Caleb Boushley. Nashville tied it back up in the 3rd inning on a 2-run single by C Alex Jackson, plating 2B Mark Mathias and 1B Tyler White who had both singled. Boushley exited with 2-on, 2-out in the 5th inning, but JC Mejia gave up an infield single and walk to allow the Tides to re-take the lead. In the bottom of the 8th inning, Nashville loaded the bases with nobody out on two walks and a Jonathan Davis bunt, but only managed one run on a Brice Turang sacrifice fly. RHP Trevor Kelley was excellent, covering scoreless 9th and 10th innings, with Mathias throwing out Manfred’s ghost at home. xVictory came with Nashville’s own ghost (Weston Wilson) moving to 3rd base on a wild pitch, then scoring on a Jonathan Davis single to left Performances of Note: Alex Jackson – 2-5, double, 2 RBIs Mike Brosseau – 2-5, double Jonathan Davis – 2-4, BB, RBI, SB Caleb Boushley – 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 3 Ks JC Mejia – 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BBs, 2 Ks Luke Barker – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K Thomas Jankins – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Trevor Kelley (Win) – 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks Friday’s outlook: April’s International League Pitcher of the Month LHP Ethan Small (0.77 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 13.1 K/9 in 23 1/3 IP) makes his first May start as Nashville tries to build a 3-1 series lead at home against Norfolk. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck tonight, Brewers’ affiliates! 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  11. OF Jonathan Davis capped off Nashville’s comeback with an RBI single in extra innings. Sizeable early leads for Carolina and Biloxi couldn’t hold up. Antoine Kelly’s 10-K, 1-hit performance wasn’t enough for Wisconsin. Although promising nights turned sour for Carolina, Biloxi and Wisconsin on Thursday night, that means there were a number of solid performances as well. Hopefully the young men can take some inspiration from Nashville, which put men on base all night and eventually snatched victory from defeat. The stars of the night were Wisconsin’s exciting prospect LHP Antoine Kelly, who dutifully bounced back from his shortest stint of the season (3 IP on April 29th) to dominate the TinCaps for 5 innings and AAA Nashville’s bullpen which blanked Norfolk for 5 1/3 innings to give the offense a chance. Game Balls go to Kelly, C Jeferson Quero, 1B Thomas Dillard, RHP Trevor Kelley and OF Jonathan Davis. Transactions: C Jesus Garcia assigned back to ACL Brewers Gold from AAA Nashville (he’d been moved to Nashville 6 days earlier, but didn’t see any action) Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Augusta 10, Carolina 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Mudcats Waste Early Lead in 10-5 Loss Things looked rosy early in this game, as RHP Edwin Jimenez worked around a first-inning triple and walk, then six of the first seven Mudcats reached base in the bottom of the inning. The inning’s big hit was C Jeferson Quero’s first home run of 2022, a 3-run blast to score CF Jackson Chourio and 1B Jesus Chirinos. In all, Carolina led 5-0 after the first. Performances of Note: Jeferson Quero – 1-4, HR, 3 RBIs Hendry Mendez – 1-3, BB Jackson Chourio – 1-4, double Jheremy Vargas – 1-4, RBI Edwin Jimenez – 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 BBs, 1 WP, 2 Ks Israel Puello (Loss) – 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks Jakob Brustoski – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Alexander Cornielle (1.56 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, 8.3 K/9 in 17 1/3 IP) is expected to make his 5th start, still searching for his first victory of 2022, as the Mudcats aim to take a 3-1 series lead at home against Augusta. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Fort Wayne 4, Wisconsin 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: TinCaps Hold Off Late Rattler Rally It was a classic pitchers’ duel in Appleton, as Wisconsin’s LHP Antoine Kelly and Fort Wayne’s LHP Noel Vela posted nearly identical lines: 5 innings each, zero runs each, 10 strikeouts each. The two young studs didn’t even throw a wild pitch or hit a batter, so the only difference was the 3 hits yielded by Vela and the 1 hit and 1 walk given up by Kelly. This left it to the bullpens and unfortunately the TinCaps had the advantage on this night, though Wisconsin certainly had its chances, leaving 10 men on base and going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. With Kelly’s exit after 5 innings, Fort Wayne quickly seized its chance, with the second batter (OF Corey Rosier) that RHP Miguel Guerrero faced hitting a first-pitch home run to right center field. Excellent work by RHP Joey Matulovich kept the game at 1-0 until the bottom of the 8th inning, when Wisconsin took 4 walks (the last a full count RBI walk by Miller) to tie it up. However, RHP James Meeker is still searching for his 2020/2021 form and hasn’t found it yet. He opened the 9th inning with a hit-by-pitch, then issued a full count walk and a gave up an infield single to load the bases. Meeker nearly escaped the inning by getting a swinging strike out for the 2nd out. Unfortunately, consecutive singles gave Fort Wayne a 4-1 lead and RHP Robbie Baker came in to strand the remaining two runners, which he successfully did. The Wisconsin half of the 9th inning actually mirrored Fort Wayne’s, with leadoff man Carlos D. Rodriguez reaching via a hit-by-pitch, then 3 walks and another hit-by-pitch bringing the game to 4-3, bases loaded with two outs, before Miller struck out swinging to end the interesting affair. Here’s a summary of the squandered chances on the night: A leadoff first inning single by OF Tristan Peters was wiped out by a strike-em-out, throw-em-out 2nd and 3rd, 2-out situations in the 4th inning and 6th inning both went for naught A bases loaded, 2-out chance in the 8th inning mustered only 1 run The game finished with the bases loaded, Rattlers' unable to get the key hit this time In other notes: It’s great to see Joe Gray Jr. keeping at it while he slowly rediscovers his bat. On this night, he recorded 3 walks, a single and his 7th stolen base of the young season Darrien Miller caught his 4th straight game, as Manager Joe Ayrault must have decided he can benefit from more consistent work behind the plate Recently promoted Micah Bello had a night to forget, going 0-for-4 with 4 strikeouts Performances of Note: Joe Gray Jr. – 1-2, 3 BBs, RBI, SB Darrien Miller – 1-4, RBI, SB Antonio Pinero – 1-3, BB Antoine Kelly – 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 10 Ks Joey Matulovich – 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 Ks James Meeker (Loss) – 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K Friday’s outlook: RHP Justin Jarvis (7.91 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 7.0 K/9 in 19 1/3 IP) seeks to get on track after yielding 5 earned runs and taking losses in each of his last two appearances, as the Timber Rattlers strive for a 3-1 series lead at home against Fort Wayne. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Montgomery 14, Biloxi 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Biloxi’s Early Lead Evaporates in 14-5 Loss Biloxi’s contest in Montgomery paralleled the events in Zebulon, with our squad jumping out to a 4-0 lead by the 4th inning and 5-4 lead in the 6th inning, before the Biscuit deluge. LHP Nick Bennett escaped a bases loaded, 1-out jam in the first inning by inducing a ground ball double play. Consecutive hits to lead off the second inning by OF Joey Wiemer (10th double of the season) and 2B Felix Valerio set up Thomas Dillard to smash his first home run of 2022, a 3-run blast. Performances of Note: Sal Frelick – 2-5, RBI, BB Cam Devanney – 2-4 Jakson Reetz – 1-3, HR, RBI Thomas Dillard – 1-4, HR, 3 RBIs Joey Wiemer – 1-4, double Felix Valerio – 1-3, BB Nick Bennett – 4 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 4 BBs, 3 Ks JT Hintzen (Loss) – 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K Robbi Hitt, Zach Vennaro, Nash Walters – combined 2 1/3 IP, 7 R, 8 H, 4 BBs, 1 WP, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Carlos Luna (2.12 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 7.4 K/9, in 17 IP) takes his turn, as Biloxi seeks to halt its 4-game losing skid and win its first game in the series in Montgomery. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 4, Norfolk 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Walk Off on Jonathan Davis’ Base Hit The men in Nashville simply enjoy winning too much to give up on this one, with terrific bullpen work keeping the team in it throughout. After the Sounds stranded the bases loaded in the first inning, Norfolk grabbed the lead with a 2nd inning double and then 2-run shot by Rylan Bannon off Nashville starter RHP Caleb Boushley. Nashville tied it back up in the 3rd inning on a 2-run single by C Alex Jackson, plating 2B Mark Mathias and 1B Tyler White who had both singled. Performances of Note: Alex Jackson – 2-5, double, 2 RBIs Mike Brosseau – 2-5, double Jonathan Davis – 2-4, BB, RBI, SB Caleb Boushley – 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 3 Ks JC Mejia – 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BBs, 2 Ks Luke Barker – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K Thomas Jankins – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Trevor Kelley (Win) – 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks Friday’s outlook: April’s International League Pitcher of the Month LHP Ethan Small (0.77 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 13.1 K/9 in 23 1/3 IP) makes his first May start as Nashville tries to build a 3-1 series lead at home against Norfolk. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. 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  12. The season is still young, but soon the first month of the season will be complete. Already, several prospects are off to strong starts. There are also several players who have not been recognized as top prospects to this point, but if they continue to play well, they could move up rankings by midseason. For now, let's take a look at what happened in the past week throughout the Brewers system. Please note, the hyperlinks on player names will show you past articles in which that player has been tagged. Click around a bit and see how much some of these players have been written about at Brewer Fanatic. As this is a new site, we will be working hard to tag articles appropriately. RESULTS Tuesday: Pitching Performances Abound and Only One for Naught in Biloxi Wednesday: A Tight One, A Comeback, A Slog, and Nashville Cruises Thursday: Black Wins it for Rattlers, Three Others Fall Friday: First-Rounders Clicking Saturday: Sounds and Rattler Roll On Sunday: Nashville Wins a Close One, Biloxi Coughs Up Another Lead. Wisconsin and Carolina get Shellacked. MORE TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE CONTENT Nashville Hitters to Rescue the Brewers’ Struggling Offense? WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds: Week: 5-1 at home vs Charlotte Season: 13-5 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 1.0 game ahead of Columbus and 2 1/2 games ahead of St. Paul. Not only did the Sounds have a strong 5-1 week, but they also had a dominant week. One of their five wins was a one-run game. In the other four wins, they won by seven, seven, eight, and ten runs. They outscored their opponent (Charlotte) 40-11 last week. Ten Sounds pitchers threw and did not allow a run last week, so let’s start with the pitching. Ethan Small gave up just one hit over five shutout innings in his start. He did have to work out of some trouble due to five walks, but he also recorded six strikeouts. Trevor Kelley and Peter Strzelecki each worked three scoreless innings over three games pitched. Dylan File world twice, once as a starter and once out of the bullpen. Combined, he gave up one run on seven hits over ten innings. He walked four and struck out six batters. Jason Alexander gave up one run in five innings in his start. He gave up four hits, walked none, and struck out three. Caleb Boushley gave up one run on two hits and two walks and struck out six batters in five innings. No Sounds player got into all six games as the playing time was spread out to some degree. Here are the highlights: Tyler White played in four games. He hit .500/.556/.929 (1.485) with a double, a triple, a homer, and seven RBI. He also walked three times in 18 plate appearances. Early Triple-A returns have been good for Alex Jackson. Over 19 plate appearances in five games last week, he hit .353/.421/.765 (1.186) with a double, two homers, and seven RBI. Brice Turang went 11-for-22 over his five-game week. He hit .500/.542/.636 (1.178) with three doubles and six RBI in 24 plate appearances. Mark Mathias played in four games, and he hit .467/.500/.600 (1.100) with two doubles in 16 plate appearances. On the other side of the proverbial spectrum, Corey Ray and Weston Wilson both went 1-for-14 (.071) over four games last week. Jon Singleton went 1-for-12 (.083), though that one hit was a home run. Andruw Monasterio went 2-for-14 (.143) on the week. What’s Next? The Sounds travel to St. Paul to take on the Saints, the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. (Go to SaintsBaseball.com for tickets!) Pitching Probables (RHP Jason Alexander, RHP Josh Lindblom, LHP Ethan Small, RHP Caleb Boushley, TBD, TBD) ----- Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 1-5 at Birmingham Season: 9-6 overall, 1st place in the Southern League South Division. They have a 1 1/2 game lead over Montgomery. The Shuckers had a tough week. They were outscored 29-22 over the six games. Their win was a one-run game, and four of their five losses were by just one run as well. Let’s start with the pitching. Harold Chirino, Lucas Erceg, and Zach Vennaro combined for 7 1/3 scoreless innings. Each pitched twice. Victor Castaneda gave up one run on four hits over five innings in his start of the week. He walked one and struck out seven batters. Carlos Luna made two starts. In 7 2/3 innings, he gave up three runs (2 earned) on nine hits and three walks. There were a few really strong performances for the Shuckers last week. Garrett Mitchell led the way. In six games, he hit .385/.429/.692 (1.121) with two doubles, two homers, and six RBI. Joey Wiemer also played all six games. He hit .333/.407/.542 (.949) with two doubles and a home run in 27 plate appearances. Cam Devanney played in four games. In 16 plate appearances, he hit .375/.375/.563 (.938) with three doubles. Jakson Reetz went 4-for-12 (.333) on the week with two doubles and a home run. It wasn’t all good offensively. Ashton McGee played all six games and went 1-for-17 (.059) with 10 strikeouts. Gabe Holt and Thomas Dillard each went 2-for-16 (.125). Dillard did have a double and walked five times. What’s Next? The Shuckers will be playing host to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Pitching Probables (LHP Andy Otero, RHP Tyler Herb, RHP Victor Castaneda, LHP Nick Bennett, RHP Carlos Luna, LHP Andy Otero) ----- High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 5-1 at home vs Quad Cities Season: 11-4 overall, 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division 1.0 game behind Cedar Rapids. It was a great week for the first-place Timber Rattlers. They won the first five games of the week. The first three games were one-run games. After a rain-out on Friday, they won both games of a doubleheader on Saturday. Then on Sunday, they lost 18-1 which, of course, throws any Run Differential equations out the door. Let’s start with the top hitters. Top prospect Sal Frelick played in all six games. He hit .429/.538/.667 (1.205) with two doubles and a homer. He also walked five times with just two strikeouts in 21 plate appearances. Tristan Peters played in four games. In 14 plate appearances, he hit .462/.500/.692 (1.192) with a double and a triple. Ernesto Martinez had 20 plate appearances in five games last week. He hit .286/.450/.643 (1.093). Of his four hits, he had two doubles and a home run. He also walked five times and had three stolen bases. Tyler Black played in all six games. In 25 plate appearances, he hit .350/.480/.450 (.930) with two doubles. He had four walks and one strikeout. Zavier Warren went 7-for-19 (.368) with a double. It was a mixed bag for the pitching staff, though 18 of the 39 runs they allowed came in Sunday’s 18-1 loss. Antoine Kelly had a terrific start last week. He gave up just one hit over five scoreless innings. He walked four and struck out even batters. TJ Shook gave up one run on two hits, two walks, and two hit batters over 5 2/3 innings in his start. He had seven strikeouts. Brandon Knarr also went 5 2/3 innings in his start. He gave up two runs on five hits and a walk. He struck out seven batters. What’s Next? The TimberRattlers will travel to Peoria to take on the Chiefs. Pitching Probables (LHP Russell Smith, RHP Max Lazar, LHP Brandon Knarr, LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Justin Jarvis, LHP Russell Smith) ----- Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 2-4 at home vs. Lynchburg Season: 7-8 overall, 3rd place in the Carolina League North, 4.0 games behind Fredericksburg. The Mudcats scored 22 runs during their 2-4 week. Ten of those runs came in the first game of the week. They won a 2-1 decision on Wednesday. Then they lost the final four games of the week and were outscored 10-42. It was a slow week for the Mudcats offense, but a couple of hitters stood out. Zack Raabe, the team’s 8th round pick in 2021 out of Minnesota, hit .417/.579/.583 (1.162) with two doubles in five games played. He walked six times and struck out just four times in 19 plate appearances. Hendry Mendez played four games and hit .286/.375/.571 (.946) with a double and a home run. It wasn’t a great week for the Mudcat pitchers overall, but that isn’t to be unexpected, especially in the lower levels of the minor leagues. Consistency is always a question and something these guys are working to gain. Ryne Moore gave up an unearned run on two hits in five innings during his start. He walked one, hit one, and struck out five batters. Jefferson Figueroa made one start. Somehow, he did not allow a run despite giving up four hits and two walks. Edwin Jimenez gave up one run on five hits over five innings. He struck out five batters without issuing a walk. He had five strikeouts. Brannon Jordan was charged with one run on three hits and four walks in five innings during his start. He struck out five batters. On the other side of the spectrum, Carlos Rodriguez gave up five runs on seven hits and a walk in just 1 2/3 innings. Israel Puello gave up seven runs on eight hits and a walk in two innings. Jolon Zhao made his first two appearances. Combined, he gave up four runs on two hits and five walks, and he recorded three outs. What’s Next? The Mudcats will travel down east to Kinston, North Carolina, to play the Down East Wood Ducks. Pitching Probables (TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD) ----- PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Garrett Mitchell, Biloxi Shuckers Garrett Mitchell had a strong week with the Shuckers. He played all six games and hit .385/.429/.692 (1.121) with two doubles and two home runs. Overall this season, Mitchell has played in 15 games. He is hitting .296/.367/.482 (.848) with two doubles, a triple, two homers, and nine RBI. Mitchell was a 14th-round pick in 2017 by the A’s out of Orange Lutheran High School in southern California, the same school that Gerrit Cole went to. Like Cole, Mitchell decided to go to UCLA for three years. As a sophomore in 2019, he hit .349/.418/.566 (.984) with 14 doubles, 12 triples, and six home runs. He also stole 18 bases in 22 attempts. In 15 games before Covid ended the 2020 season, he hit .355/.425/.484 (.909) with six doubles and a triple. The speedster was five for six in stolen base attempts. That summer, the Brewers made him the 20th overall pick in the draft. Mitchell is listed by Baseball America as the #4 Brewers prospect. As you might guess from his numbers, he is an athletic, speedy ballplayer with tremendous tools. He is a great defensive center fielder already. Offensively, he’s got the potential to not just be a slap hitter, but he could also develop into some power. Pitcher of the Week: Antoine Kelly, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers In his start this past week, Kelly gave up just one hit over five scoreless innings. He walked four, but he struck out seven batters. Kelly has made three starts so far this season. He is 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. In 13 2/3 innings, he has given up six hits, walked ten, and struck out 19 batters. Kelly was the 13th-round pick of the San Diego Padres in the 2018 draft out of Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Illinois. He went to Wabash Valley College in Mount Carmel, Illinois. One year later, he was the Brewers' second-round pick in 2019. In 2021, he made seven starts for Carolina before one start with Wisconsin. Baseball America ranks the 22-year-old as the organization’s #13 prospect. In November of 2020, he had surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and didn’t play in 2021 until mid-July. He’s got great stuff. In his most recent start, he was sitting between 94 and 98 mph. He’s got a really good slider and is working on a changeup too. His one issue, as you can see even in last week’s strong start, has been control. At 6-6 with a strong frame, he has a chance to be special if he can harness his command. Feel free to discuss the prospects, the teams, and more.
  13. Week 3 of the minor-league season is complete. Two of the Brewers affiliates, both Triple-A Nashville and Double-A Biloxi, are first-place teams. High-A Wisconsin is in second place. Low-A Carolina is the lone affiliate under .500, at 7-8. Several top prospects had big weeks, so as Week 4 is about to begin, let’s look back at Week 3. The season is still young, but soon the first month of the season will be complete. Already, several prospects are off to strong starts. There are also several players who have not been recognized as top prospects to this point, but if they continue to play well, they could move up rankings by midseason. For now, let's take a look at what happened in the past week throughout the Brewers system. Please note, the hyperlinks on player names will show you past articles in which that player has been tagged. Click around a bit and see how much some of these players have been written about at Brewer Fanatic. As this is a new site, we will be working hard to tag articles appropriately. RESULTS Tuesday: Pitching Performances Abound and Only One for Naught in Biloxi Wednesday: A Tight One, A Comeback, A Slog, and Nashville Cruises Thursday: Black Wins it for Rattlers, Three Others Fall Friday: First-Rounders Clicking Saturday: Sounds and Rattler Roll On Sunday: Nashville Wins a Close One, Biloxi Coughs Up Another Lead. Wisconsin and Carolina get Shellacked. MORE TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE CONTENT Nashville Hitters to Rescue the Brewers’ Struggling Offense? WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds: Week: 5-1 at home vs Charlotte Season: 13-5 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 1.0 game ahead of Columbus and 2 1/2 games ahead of St. Paul. Not only did the Sounds have a strong 5-1 week, but they also had a dominant week. One of their five wins was a one-run game. In the other four wins, they won by seven, seven, eight, and ten runs. They outscored their opponent (Charlotte) 40-11 last week. Ten Sounds pitchers threw and did not allow a run last week, so let’s start with the pitching. Ethan Small gave up just one hit over five shutout innings in his start. He did have to work out of some trouble due to five walks, but he also recorded six strikeouts. Trevor Kelley and Peter Strzelecki each worked three scoreless innings over three games pitched. Dylan File world twice, once as a starter and once out of the bullpen. Combined, he gave up one run on seven hits over ten innings. He walked four and struck out six batters. Jason Alexander gave up one run in five innings in his start. He gave up four hits, walked none, and struck out three. Caleb Boushley gave up one run on two hits and two walks and struck out six batters in five innings. No Sounds player got into all six games as the playing time was spread out to some degree. Here are the highlights: Tyler White played in four games. He hit .500/.556/.929 (1.485) with a double, a triple, a homer, and seven RBI. He also walked three times in 18 plate appearances. Early Triple-A returns have been good for Alex Jackson. Over 19 plate appearances in five games last week, he hit .353/.421/.765 (1.186) with a double, two homers, and seven RBI. Brice Turang went 11-for-22 over his five-game week. He hit .500/.542/.636 (1.178) with three doubles and six RBI in 24 plate appearances. Mark Mathias played in four games, and he hit .467/.500/.600 (1.100) with two doubles in 16 plate appearances. On the other side of the proverbial spectrum, Corey Ray and Weston Wilson both went 1-for-14 (.071) over four games last week. Jon Singleton went 1-for-12 (.083), though that one hit was a home run. Andruw Monasterio went 2-for-14 (.143) on the week. What’s Next? The Sounds travel to St. Paul to take on the Saints, the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. (Go to SaintsBaseball.com for tickets!) Pitching Probables (RHP Jason Alexander, RHP Josh Lindblom, LHP Ethan Small, RHP Caleb Boushley, TBD, TBD) ----- Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 1-5 at Birmingham Season: 9-6 overall, 1st place in the Southern League South Division. They have a 1 1/2 game lead over Montgomery. The Shuckers had a tough week. They were outscored 29-22 over the six games. Their win was a one-run game, and four of their five losses were by just one run as well. Let’s start with the pitching. Harold Chirino, Lucas Erceg, and Zach Vennaro combined for 7 1/3 scoreless innings. Each pitched twice. Victor Castaneda gave up one run on four hits over five innings in his start of the week. He walked one and struck out seven batters. Carlos Luna made two starts. In 7 2/3 innings, he gave up three runs (2 earned) on nine hits and three walks. There were a few really strong performances for the Shuckers last week. Garrett Mitchell led the way. In six games, he hit .385/.429/.692 (1.121) with two doubles, two homers, and six RBI. Joey Wiemer also played all six games. He hit .333/.407/.542 (.949) with two doubles and a home run in 27 plate appearances. Cam Devanney played in four games. In 16 plate appearances, he hit .375/.375/.563 (.938) with three doubles. Jakson Reetz went 4-for-12 (.333) on the week with two doubles and a home run. It wasn’t all good offensively. Ashton McGee played all six games and went 1-for-17 (.059) with 10 strikeouts. Gabe Holt and Thomas Dillard each went 2-for-16 (.125). Dillard did have a double and walked five times. What’s Next? The Shuckers will be playing host to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Pitching Probables (LHP Andy Otero, RHP Tyler Herb, RHP Victor Castaneda, LHP Nick Bennett, RHP Carlos Luna, LHP Andy Otero) ----- High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 5-1 at home vs Quad Cities Season: 11-4 overall, 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division 1.0 game behind Cedar Rapids. It was a great week for the first-place Timber Rattlers. They won the first five games of the week. The first three games were one-run games. After a rain-out on Friday, they won both games of a doubleheader on Saturday. Then on Sunday, they lost 18-1 which, of course, throws any Run Differential equations out the door. Let’s start with the top hitters. Top prospect Sal Frelick played in all six games. He hit .429/.538/.667 (1.205) with two doubles and a homer. He also walked five times with just two strikeouts in 21 plate appearances. Tristan Peters played in four games. In 14 plate appearances, he hit .462/.500/.692 (1.192) with a double and a triple. Ernesto Martinez had 20 plate appearances in five games last week. He hit .286/.450/.643 (1.093). Of his four hits, he had two doubles and a home run. He also walked five times and had three stolen bases. Tyler Black played in all six games. In 25 plate appearances, he hit .350/.480/.450 (.930) with two doubles. He had four walks and one strikeout. Zavier Warren went 7-for-19 (.368) with a double. It was a mixed bag for the pitching staff, though 18 of the 39 runs they allowed came in Sunday’s 18-1 loss. Antoine Kelly had a terrific start last week. He gave up just one hit over five scoreless innings. He walked four and struck out even batters. TJ Shook gave up one run on two hits, two walks, and two hit batters over 5 2/3 innings in his start. He had seven strikeouts. Brandon Knarr also went 5 2/3 innings in his start. He gave up two runs on five hits and a walk. He struck out seven batters. What’s Next? The TimberRattlers will travel to Peoria to take on the Chiefs. Pitching Probables (LHP Russell Smith, RHP Max Lazar, LHP Brandon Knarr, LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Justin Jarvis, LHP Russell Smith) ----- Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 2-4 at home vs. Lynchburg Season: 7-8 overall, 3rd place in the Carolina League North, 4.0 games behind Fredericksburg. The Mudcats scored 22 runs during their 2-4 week. Ten of those runs came in the first game of the week. They won a 2-1 decision on Wednesday. Then they lost the final four games of the week and were outscored 10-42. It was a slow week for the Mudcats offense, but a couple of hitters stood out. Zack Raabe, the team’s 8th round pick in 2021 out of Minnesota, hit .417/.579/.583 (1.162) with two doubles in five games played. He walked six times and struck out just four times in 19 plate appearances. Hendry Mendez played four games and hit .286/.375/.571 (.946) with a double and a home run. It wasn’t a great week for the Mudcat pitchers overall, but that isn’t to be unexpected, especially in the lower levels of the minor leagues. Consistency is always a question and something these guys are working to gain. Ryne Moore gave up an unearned run on two hits in five innings during his start. He walked one, hit one, and struck out five batters. Jefferson Figueroa made one start. Somehow, he did not allow a run despite giving up four hits and two walks. Edwin Jimenez gave up one run on five hits over five innings. He struck out five batters without issuing a walk. He had five strikeouts. Brannon Jordan was charged with one run on three hits and four walks in five innings during his start. He struck out five batters. On the other side of the spectrum, Carlos Rodriguez gave up five runs on seven hits and a walk in just 1 2/3 innings. Israel Puello gave up seven runs on eight hits and a walk in two innings. Jolon Zhao made his first two appearances. Combined, he gave up four runs on two hits and five walks, and he recorded three outs. What’s Next? The Mudcats will travel down east to Kinston, North Carolina, to play the Down East Wood Ducks. Pitching Probables (TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD) ----- PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Garrett Mitchell, Biloxi Shuckers Garrett Mitchell had a strong week with the Shuckers. He played all six games and hit .385/.429/.692 (1.121) with two doubles and two home runs. Overall this season, Mitchell has played in 15 games. He is hitting .296/.367/.482 (.848) with two doubles, a triple, two homers, and nine RBI. Mitchell was a 14th-round pick in 2017 by the A’s out of Orange Lutheran High School in southern California, the same school that Gerrit Cole went to. Like Cole, Mitchell decided to go to UCLA for three years. As a sophomore in 2019, he hit .349/.418/.566 (.984) with 14 doubles, 12 triples, and six home runs. He also stole 18 bases in 22 attempts. In 15 games before Covid ended the 2020 season, he hit .355/.425/.484 (.909) with six doubles and a triple. The speedster was five for six in stolen base attempts. That summer, the Brewers made him the 20th overall pick in the draft. Mitchell is listed by Baseball America as the #4 Brewers prospect. As you might guess from his numbers, he is an athletic, speedy ballplayer with tremendous tools. He is a great defensive center fielder already. Offensively, he’s got the potential to not just be a slap hitter, but he could also develop into some power. Pitcher of the Week: Antoine Kelly, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers In his start this past week, Kelly gave up just one hit over five scoreless innings. He walked four, but he struck out seven batters. Kelly has made three starts so far this season. He is 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. In 13 2/3 innings, he has given up six hits, walked ten, and struck out 19 batters. Kelly was the 13th-round pick of the San Diego Padres in the 2018 draft out of Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Illinois. He went to Wabash Valley College in Mount Carmel, Illinois. One year later, he was the Brewers' second-round pick in 2019. In 2021, he made seven starts for Carolina before one start with Wisconsin. Baseball America ranks the 22-year-old as the organization’s #13 prospect. In November of 2020, he had surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and didn’t play in 2021 until mid-July. He’s got great stuff. In his most recent start, he was sitting between 94 and 98 mph. He’s got a really good slider and is working on a changeup too. His one issue, as you can see even in last week’s strong start, has been control. At 6-6 with a strong frame, he has a chance to be special if he can harness his command. Feel free to discuss the prospects, the teams, and more. View full article
  14. Transactions: None *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 9, Charlotte (White Sox) 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: Sounds Clinch Series Win Over Charlotte in Front of Sellout Crowd - Pair of Homers, Pablo Reyes Web Gems Highlight Nashville’s 9-1 Win There were 17 Nashville baserunners with Abraham Almonte, Tyler White, and Alex Jackson each reaching three times. Three others (Brice Turang, Mark Mathias, and Andruw Monasterio) reached twice. The depth on this club is apparent -- David Dahl, Weston Wilson, Jon Singleton and Corey Ray were on the bench here. Speaking of depth, the big league Brewers are likely in trouble if Pablo Reyes sees regular time in left field, but Pablo's a fun player capable of this -- Whether by design or not, like the fact that Nashville relievers are regularly coming in mid-inning, whether men are on base or not, even in blowout wins. Nice touch if planned, preparedness for future big spots. Glorious ballpark, wonderful fanbase (another sellout), fantastic city. The organization is really going to miss this set-up when the eventual big league fruition comes to Music City somewhere towards the end of the Crew's ten-year MiLB lease agreement (have to build a new stadium after all). For more visuals from this one (Mathias, starter Caleb Boushley), visit the Sounds' Twitter media feed. Via "Reviewing the Brew's" Cold Brew Podcast - Brief Audio Interviews With SS/CF Brice Turang RHP Luke Barker *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Birmingham (White Sox) 5, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: One Run Again? Shuckers and Barons Play Fifth Straight One-Run Contest - Wiemer Homers In 5-4 Defeat Luis Urias got in four at-bats, lining a double in his second plate appearance (two K's swinging, one groundout). He also got one throwing error out of his system, on the very first Birmingham batter of the game. Urias would start a 5-4-3 double play later in that frame. The ball kept finding Urias, as he successfully handled two grounders in the 2nd, and another in the 5th, so good to have him tested often, can't exactly game-plan for that. It's too easy a comp, and Felix has indicated that Jose Altuve is a big motivation for him, but how can we not see it, night in and night out? This gapper's power somehow came off the end of the bat. Yeah, this was pretty. Looking to find proper balance within the report and not flood with video tweets, but on this next one, like "How? Wow!) LHP Nick Bennett is giving the team length, but just seven K's in 14 IP will be a tough pace to overcome. Both of Garrett Mitchell's base hits were described as ground balls to the outfield, but he'll take them (line drives in the box score, as they say). Mitchell played right field in this one (Wiemer in center). We've been seeing plenty of evidence of amazing changes in both pace and length of game throughout minor league baseball given new pitch clock enforcements, and Voice of the Shuckers Garrett Greene provides another example here. That being said, when some level of speed-up application comes to the big leagues (and it will), hopefully there is a happy middle ground, otherwise I can certainly understand Adam Rygg's point of view. *** Final, Game One: Wisconsin 7, Quad Cities (Royals) 3 (seven innings as scheduled) Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Timber Rattlers Take Game One 7-3 - Kelly Ks seven over five scoreless innings for the win And yes, you'll find all the Timber Rattlers video, both from Twitter and YouTube, within each of the Wisconsin site game summaries linked here. Maybe it's just me, but it feels like it's been the year of the sacrifice fly throughout the organization. Yay, situational hitting! Two more here, which aren't reflected in the 3-for-10 with RISP. So even nicer than the .300 mark there. The two teams combined for seven stolen bases in as many attempts. Ernesto Martinez leads the club with six and has yet to be caught, but the box score reveals other impressive individual SB totals also. By the way, Martinez also leads the club in walks with eleven in his 13 games played. See beyond the .216 early batting average! LHP Antoine Kelly has expressed a preference for pitching in relief, but at this point, the Brewers are having none of that, and rightfully so. Final, Game Two: Wisconsin 5, Quad Cities 2 (seven innings as scheduled) Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Five-Run Fifth Sends Rattlers to Win #5 in a Row - Wisconsin takes game two 5-2 from Quad Cities for twinbill sweep Three players in need of a multi-hit game managed to do so even though Wisconsin only came up to bat in six innings - Joe Gray, Jr., Zavier Warren and Carlos Rodriguez. All the RISP magic (4-for-11) came in one inning, but 5 is a very crooked number, nice! Don't you enjoy the added emphasis on southpaws the organization has placed in recent years within drafting (or signing, as in Brandon Knarr's case after the truncated five-round 2020 draft)? For several years prior, it was a bit of a wasteland. And we're not talking LOOGY's here - Aaron Ashby, Ethan Small, Nick Bennett, Antoine Kelly, Knarr, Russell Smith - we have not seen that translate (yet) to the international efforts, but good to see. Though listed on the active roster from the start, we've yet to see 22-year-old switch-hitting Australian catcher Alex Hall. Hopefully back soon... *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Lynchburg (Guardians) 9, Carolina 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Hillcats Take Third Straight 9-2 in Zebulon - The Mudcats once again scored first, but again failed to hold an early lead in the 9-2 loss First of all, congratulations to 2003 Carolina Mudcat Miguel Cabrera on his 3,000th hit. Though clearly not associated with Milwaukee, Carolina was a AA outpost at the time and Miggy never looked back upon his promotion from Carolina to the Marlins (never played at the AAA level). Not the series for late-game drama save for Carolina's 2-1 win Wednesday. The 7-7 Muddies opened the series with a big 10-1 win on Tuesday, but have now been outscored 27-6 in three losses and need a win Sunday to salvage a split. Third baseman Jheremy Vargas, not quite 19 years old yet (soon), reached base three times and thus gets the shoutout here. Longtime Brewerfan followers will appreciate this -- Words of inspiration to LHP Jakob Brustoski, the undrafted free agent signee out of Texas Tech, who missed the 2021 college season working his way back from Tommy John surgery. Brustoski has a WHIP of 5.18 (not a misprint) through his first five appearances, with 14 walks and three HBP's in 3.2 innings. In 2006, a young Dominican RHP named Santo Manzanillo made 14 Maryvale relief appearances (no Dominican academy). He walked 47(!) and hit four others in 16.1 IP. As Manzanillo developed - you really should click on that MiLB.com Player Page link -- he began to reward the faith the organization showed in him. Though he would not be a big leaguer, Manzanillo would spend two full seasons on the Milwaukee 40-man roster. So there you go, Jakob, keep plugging away! *** As for Sunday's action, you'll notice by the gametime start times listed, you can space out your Sunday prospect sampling, and the big league Crew was conveniently scheduled for their lone (so far) ESPN appearance tonight. Enjoy your Sunday, everyone! damuelle will have your Monday morning Link Report for you. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  15. Luis Urias began his formal minor league rehab with the Shuckers in Birmingham, the Sounds and Timber Rattlers maintained their winning grooves, and the ultra-youthful Mudcats continue to experience growing pains, especially on the mound. Let's dive into Saturday's action on the Brewers' farm. Transactions: None *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 9, Charlotte (White Sox) 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: Sounds Clinch Series Win Over Charlotte in Front of Sellout Crowd - Pair of Homers, Pablo Reyes Web Gems Highlight Nashville’s 9-1 Win There were 17 Nashville baserunners with Abraham Almonte, Tyler White, and Alex Jackson each reaching three times. Three others (Brice Turang, Mark Mathias, and Andruw Monasterio) reached twice. The depth on this club is apparent -- David Dahl, Weston Wilson, Jon Singleton and Corey Ray were on the bench here. Speaking of depth, the big league Brewers are likely in trouble if Pablo Reyes sees regular time in left field, but Pablo's a fun player capable of this -- Whether by design or not, like the fact that Nashville relievers are regularly coming in mid-inning, whether men are on base or not, even in blowout wins. Nice touch if planned, preparedness for future big spots. Glorious ballpark, wonderful fanbase (another sellout), fantastic city. The organization is really going to miss this set-up when the eventual big league fruition comes to Music City somewhere towards the end of the Crew's ten-year MiLB lease agreement (have to build a new stadium after all). For more visuals from this one (Mathias, starter Caleb Boushley), visit the Sounds' Twitter media feed. Via "Reviewing the Brew's" Cold Brew Podcast - Brief Audio Interviews With SS/CF Brice Turang RHP Luke Barker *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Birmingham (White Sox) 5, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: One Run Again? Shuckers and Barons Play Fifth Straight One-Run Contest - Wiemer Homers In 5-4 Defeat Luis Urias got in four at-bats, lining a double in his second plate appearance (two K's swinging, one groundout). He also got one throwing error out of his system, on the very first Birmingham batter of the game. Urias would start a 5-4-3 double play later in that frame. The ball kept finding Urias, as he successfully handled two grounders in the 2nd, and another in the 5th, so good to have him tested often, can't exactly game-plan for that. It's too easy a comp, and Felix has indicated that Jose Altuve is a big motivation for him, but how can we not see it, night in and night out? This gapper's power somehow came off the end of the bat. Yeah, this was pretty. Looking to find proper balance within the report and not flood with video tweets, but on this next one, like "How? Wow!) LHP Nick Bennett is giving the team length, but just seven K's in 14 IP will be a tough pace to overcome. Both of Garrett Mitchell's base hits were described as ground balls to the outfield, but he'll take them (line drives in the box score, as they say). Mitchell played right field in this one (Wiemer in center). We've been seeing plenty of evidence of amazing changes in both pace and length of game throughout minor league baseball given new pitch clock enforcements, and Voice of the Shuckers Garrett Greene provides another example here. That being said, when some level of speed-up application comes to the big leagues (and it will), hopefully there is a happy middle ground, otherwise I can certainly understand Adam Rygg's point of view. *** Final, Game One: Wisconsin 7, Quad Cities (Royals) 3 (seven innings as scheduled) Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Timber Rattlers Take Game One 7-3 - Kelly Ks seven over five scoreless innings for the win And yes, you'll find all the Timber Rattlers video, both from Twitter and YouTube, within each of the Wisconsin site game summaries linked here. Maybe it's just me, but it feels like it's been the year of the sacrifice fly throughout the organization. Yay, situational hitting! Two more here, which aren't reflected in the 3-for-10 with RISP. So even nicer than the .300 mark there. The two teams combined for seven stolen bases in as many attempts. Ernesto Martinez leads the club with six and has yet to be caught, but the box score reveals other impressive individual SB totals also. By the way, Martinez also leads the club in walks with eleven in his 13 games played. See beyond the .216 early batting average! LHP Antoine Kelly has expressed a preference for pitching in relief, but at this point, the Brewers are having none of that, and rightfully so. Final, Game Two: Wisconsin 5, Quad Cities 2 (seven innings as scheduled) Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Five-Run Fifth Sends Rattlers to Win #5 in a Row - Wisconsin takes game two 5-2 from Quad Cities for twinbill sweep Three players in need of a multi-hit game managed to do so even though Wisconsin only came up to bat in six innings - Joe Gray, Jr., Zavier Warren and Carlos Rodriguez. All the RISP magic (4-for-11) came in one inning, but 5 is a very crooked number, nice! Don't you enjoy the added emphasis on southpaws the organization has placed in recent years within drafting (or signing, as in Brandon Knarr's case after the truncated five-round 2020 draft)? For several years prior, it was a bit of a wasteland. And we're not talking LOOGY's here - Aaron Ashby, Ethan Small, Nick Bennett, Antoine Kelly, Knarr, Russell Smith - we have not seen that translate (yet) to the international efforts, but good to see. Though listed on the active roster from the start, we've yet to see 22-year-old switch-hitting Australian catcher Alex Hall. Hopefully back soon... *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Lynchburg (Guardians) 9, Carolina 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Hillcats Take Third Straight 9-2 in Zebulon - The Mudcats once again scored first, but again failed to hold an early lead in the 9-2 loss First of all, congratulations to 2003 Carolina Mudcat Miguel Cabrera on his 3,000th hit. Though clearly not associated with Milwaukee, Carolina was a AA outpost at the time and Miggy never looked back upon his promotion from Carolina to the Marlins (never played at the AAA level). Not the series for late-game drama save for Carolina's 2-1 win Wednesday. The 7-7 Muddies opened the series with a big 10-1 win on Tuesday, but have now been outscored 27-6 in three losses and need a win Sunday to salvage a split. Third baseman Jheremy Vargas, not quite 19 years old yet (soon), reached base three times and thus gets the shoutout here. Longtime Brewerfan followers will appreciate this -- Words of inspiration to LHP Jakob Brustoski, the undrafted free agent signee out of Texas Tech, who missed the 2021 college season working his way back from Tommy John surgery. Brustoski has a WHIP of 5.18 (not a misprint) through his first five appearances, with 14 walks and three HBP's in 3.2 innings. In 2006, a young Dominican RHP named Santo Manzanillo made 14 Maryvale relief appearances (no Dominican academy). He walked 47(!) and hit four others in 16.1 IP. As Manzanillo developed - you really should click on that MiLB.com Player Page link -- he began to reward the faith the organization showed in him. Though he would not be a big leaguer, Manzanillo would spend two full seasons on the Milwaukee 40-man roster. So there you go, Jakob, keep plugging away! *** As for Sunday's action, you'll notice by the gametime start times listed, you can space out your Sunday prospect sampling, and the big league Crew was conveniently scheduled for their lone (so far) ESPN appearance tonight. Enjoy your Sunday, everyone! damuelle will have your Monday morning Link Report for you. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
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