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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. Transactions: None *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 2, Down East (Rangers) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Mendez Leads Mudcats to Fourth Straight Win - The Mudcats Won Their Fourth Straight While Also Clinching Their Third Series Victory Over the Wood Ducks Stiven Cruz took the hill for his second start since his ACL call-up. He worked his way through his first real test during his brief time in Low-A: in the second inning Cruz walked two batters while giving up a single to load the bases. Ever the gamer, however, he induced two harmless infield pop-ups to escape the jam. Cruz remains un-scored upon through seven complete innings pitched, with 11 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.00. Two early two-out runs in innings two and three were the difference for the 'Micro Brews' on the evening as they held through the rain delay and the game's finish. For the second evening in a row Hendry Mendez stole the post-game headline. Further Viewing Notes: Rain delay you say? Yes, I do: This just in, in case you were unaware, the second youngest player in Low-A, Hendry Mendez , loves hitting opposite field anything: Let's embellish the highlight: Hendry has now reached base safely in 13 consecutive outings with this opposite field single. That's what we call 'tough stuff' when we dig deep for clichés. I'm going to keep chiming away on this until proven otherwise: Jackson Chourio is built different. It's hard to describe what I see on a nightly basis but this highlight gives a brief glimpse. Ever un-fazed no matter the count, he is always a possible base-runner or a potential run-across in Low-A. This near home run was his ninth double in only 61 at bats: Ok. Let's wrap-up these above past few comments with a bit more provocation: Can we talk about the two youngest players in the Low-A Carolina league - Chourio and Mendez - continuing to shine and play tantalizing baseball? This should definitively not be overlooked. Chourio, in particular, was recently moved to number three on the updated Brewers 'Baseball America' Top 30 prospects. He's 18 years old, folks. This is exciting. Mendez is following suit and playing extremely good ball as of late. And, hey, I didn't even mention Eduardo Garcia . That's discipline. Jakob Brustoski continued his recent string of effective bullpen work. After an extremely rough April where Jakob struggled to find the zone consistently, he's bounced back admirably in May with 6 2/3 innings pitched: four hits, three runs, two hit batters, three walks, 12 punch outs. After tonight's unblemished innings, he's seen his ERA drop from 21.94 to 13.94 pitching to a very workable 4.05 ERA in all of May. Things are looking up! Speaking of bullpen work: let's recognize the sum total of Pablo Garabitos, Brustoski, Trevor Tietz, and Brannon Jordan. The young men pitched a total of five complete innings of one run, two hit, five strikeout ball. The lone run came on a solo shot off Jordan in the final two innings. He got his first save of the season on two innings of effective work - closing the game on a punch out with high heat after a couple very effective breaking balls. Garabitos grabs the win with his sole fifth inning of one hit, one strikeout ball. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 9, South Bend (Cubs) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Rattler Club Cubs 9-2 - Knarr Pitches Six Scoreless for Sixth Win as Offense Cracks 14 Hits It was an absolutely beautiful game in Appleton Wisconsin and the Timber Rattlers showed up with hits aplenty to back another stellar outing from Ace, Brandon Knarr . They managed this all while appeasing the season high attendance north of 4,000 total fans. What a showing! Hits were sprinkled all about the ballpark, stellar defense was played and Knarr was dealing. It was nice to see the bats heat up as they had been relatively held in check over the last two games. Let's take a look at my viewing notes and the plethora of awesome home game post-game materials that will give you a good look at what went down at the home ballpark. Game Viewing Notes: More insight on what is now routine stellar defense. A run was saved early by Ethan Murray at short stop: Zavier Warren is the Felix Valerio of High-A Wisconsin. He shows an equally disciplined approach at the plate and he plays stellar defense at the hot corner just as Valerio does the same at second base for Biloxi (and, now, occasionally left field as well). A perfect example of this was the home run blast in the bottom of the eighth (his second on the season) followed by an absolutely incredible stop and throw-out from third base to end the game. Check out this stab starting 2:06 on the Full Game highlight reel: How good has Knarr been in 2022? Firstly, after today's scoreless six-inning outing he lowered his ERA to 1.17, moved his strikeout total to 55, and saw his scoreless streak extended to 13 1/3 innings. Not shabby. But, let's look at his last 5 outings: he has allowed a mere two runs over 30 innings. Four of those starts have been scoreless outings. Can you say: Promotion? Check out the post-game Soundcloud pod for further thoughts on and from Knarr, Wes Clarke and Tyler Clarke : Post-Game Pod Here Keep in mind, Knarr relinquished a hit every inning today. BUT, he limited all damage. They were singles. He dominated out of the stretch - including a pick-off. He buckled down, in concert with his infield, and kept a very active base-running team in South Bend very much in check. He's just flat out been excellent all season long. He's essentially a couple flukes away from an 8-0 start to the season. That's just incredible stuff. It was nice to see Tyler Black get back on track with a three hit game. Having started the series a mere 1 of 14, he finished his evening with three hits in five trips and started his game three for three. Wes Clarke had another vintage 2022 Wes Clarke day. His average just doesn't tell the story of his solid season and the OPS of 0.737 backs that up. He knocked in two RBI's in consecutive innings early and earned two walks as well on the day. Every Timber Rattler grabbed a hit today except Darrien Miller. Every Timber Rattler reached base today including Darrien Miller. This was an offensive outburst shared by everyone in the line-up. A tip of the cap to Zach Mort who closed the game with three innings complete of two-run ball (all in the ninth inning) preserving the elite back-end tandem of Hasler and Robinson for the series finale on Sunday. Let's see what Antoine Kelly can do his second time working the South Bend line-up on Sunday. Perhaps, just maybe, the true highlight of the game was Tim Dillard's work on the mound and with the famed 'Bratzooka': Black stole three bases in today's game. He has eight total on the season now and the Timber Rattlers now have 7 of the 25 top base stealers in the Midwest League. Black also took the field in center field today. This was Tyler's first action in the outfield since high school. Is this noteworthy? Probably not. But, it is a classic Brewers maneuver. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Mississippi (Braves) 5, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Late Rally by Shuckers Not Enough in 5-4 Defeat - OF Joey WIemer Falls Triple Shy of Cycle Noah Zavolas features a five-pitch mix as a young pitcher: a fastball, change-up, curveball, slider, and cutter. There's lots to pick from in his pitching bag and he showed the possible prowess of this mix in 2021 with 121 often remarkable innings pitched. Even with five pitches, however, you can not hang off-speed offerings directly over the plate - especially to very good baseball players. Noah did so on pitch number two to Braves number one prospect, Michael Harris II, and he saw the delivering absolutely crushed to dead center field off the high wall. Believe me when I say this: Michael Harris II is an extremely talented baseball player. He's balled out in every game I've seen the Shuckers play the Braves in 2022. The score was still 2-1 Shuckers after Biloxi managed to plate two in the top-half of inning number one on a bevy of two-out singles. Noah struggled to find his footing in this outing. BUT, ever the optimist, I am going to celebrate the footing Noah did find. After conceding 5 runs after two innings, Zavolas hunkered down and found some flow. Given his 2021 performance, I'm going to chalk these rough early outings to 'working the kinks out'. There's too much there and this is merely outing number two coming off a mysterious delay to his season's beginning. Here's to better game's ahead! Further Viewing Notes: Things looked good early as the Shuckers were scoring runners with two down on the aforementioned 'bevy of singles'. Tristen Lutz stayed hot and helped knock a run across: Terence Doston saw his first ever action in Double-A. He is a smaller stature athlete who passed up an opportunity to play football at West Virginia before opting for the Minor Leagues as a Brewers 22nd round draft pick in 2019. Tonight, he played left field and smoothly collected two fly-ball outs in the first inning to get his evening started. As a random 'hunch', I would gather the organization wants to expose Dotson to Yeison Coca who, also a smaller statured athlete, has put on an impactful amount of weight over his early seasons and it shows in Coca's physical growth. After a first at-bat strikeout, where Terence looked overmatched, Doston recovered and made nice contact on two line drive outs to the Braves' shortstop in addition to an extremely well hit out to right field. Unfortunately, in the game of baseball it isn't how you hit it but, rather, where you hit it. Dotson fared well tonight and he should hold his head high. Nothing would describe the current stretch of inconsistent Shuckers baseball more than the failed pick-off and pickle in the bottom of inning number two. Thomas Dillard did his part by throwing a ball too high to Cam Devanney who barely made the leaping snare just off second base. Devanney then rushed his throw to first, hit the base runner on the helmet, and the ball trickled past the first base bag and the runner was safe. These are the types of defensive miscues seemingly happening on a regular basis for Biloxi in 2022. This was a key gaffe as there were no outs at the time, Zavolas was struggling, and the runner then left on the ensuing 3-2 count and grabbed third base on another well-hit ball to center field. The Shuckers remain a Southern League leader in errors. This sequence was indicative of that stat. I've now seen two Shuckers pitchers charged balls for pitch clock violations in two consecutive games. Last night Arnaldo Hernandez was charged a ball on a 1-2 count with the bases loaded before a bases-clearing double to the wall in right field that turned the tide of the entire game. In today's game, with runners on second and third base in a rough second inning, Zavolas was charged with a pitch-clock violation. Thankfully, he escaped unscathed inducing a sharply hit ground ball for the inning-ending double play. BUT, it is worth pointing out: the pitch clock changes the game in pressure situations. A pitcher can see a favorable count ruined in a matter of mere seconds. The struggle with RISP reared its head in inning number three for even the hottest of Shuckers hitters. With Joey Wiemer on second base after a wonderful stretch of a single into a hard-earned double, and the ever-walkable Thomas Dillard on first base (his pitch-recognition and patience appears to be Dillard's best attribute - 27 walks on the season) on first, both Jakson Reetz and Tristan Lutz struck out and stranded the runners on the base paths. It remained 5-2 Braves heading to the bottom half off the third. The Shuckers finished 3 for 12 on the evening with RISP. He may have thrown a scoreless inning on Tuesday in Mississippi (and, a big hooray for that and a wish for many more scoreless innings ahead!) but Lucas Erceg led off his outing in the bottom of the seventh as he has done many times in 2022: he gave up a hard hit double. Admittedly, I was a wee concerned he might see another run away inning. Erceg's 2022 scouting report might read: "High velocity but pitches to contact." Let's get to the goods: Lucas got out of the seventh and eighth inning unscathed. All in all, this was a very successful outing for the recently transitioned hurler and one we should hope he builds on. He even struck out the absolutely dangerous Michael Harris II after walking the number nine hitter. That's a win! All told, two innings of scoreless one hit, one walk, and one strikeout ball for Erceg tonight. Wiemer was a triple shy of the cycle on the evening. He absolutely crushed a home run to deep left field. He literally swings and hits the ball different than most other players at the ballpark. The home run ball was hit harder and further than any ball the entire evening and it wasn't even close - this included the home run hit to straight away center field by Michael Harris II in the first inning. Let's all take our long overdue Wiemer 'Moment of Zen': The Shuckers almost had the tying-run across. But, well, this isn't really going to get it done Felix: Speaking of Felix, he may be in a mini slump at the plate but he continues to play incredible defense. Erceg can tip his cap to Valerio's incredible diving stop at second base in the center field grass, improbable turn and throw to nail the runner by a fraction at first, all while saving a sure run from scoring. The Shuckers still have an opportunity to split the six-game away series with a win tomorrow. Here's hoping! *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 7, Louisville (Reds) 0 - POSTPONED in THIRD INNING (Booooooo!) Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds and Bats Suspended at First Horizon Park - Game to be Resumed at 1:05 Sunday Things were looking rosy early. And, then the weather rolled in. See my brief notes below. Of note, unheralded but steady Abraham Almonte was having a game - just another thriving Nasvhville Sounds late 2021 free agent signing. It is truly difficult to understand how immaculately the Brewers organization has hit on Minor League free agents in late 2021. They are answering the proverbial bell up and down the Nasvhille roster. Abbreviated Game Notes: Josh Lindbolm faced the minimum number of batters through three innings. I'm calling this an imperfect perfect game - he did concede one hit after all. Create a new stat column, please. I have spoken. The Sounds managed seven runs in only 2 complete innings. Abraham Almonte's three-run home run to left field played a big part: Prior to this three-run jack, however, Almonte also had his say in the first inning knocking in the game's first run on a single up the middle: A tip of the proverbial cap is due for Pablo Reyes. He is finally seeing his weeks of solid contact rewarding him with hits in the stat column. He's made good contact regularly and now he is finding results. I'm rooting for you, Pablo! *** That's a wrap for my Saturday fill-in Minor League report. Please stay tuned early tomorrow as we have matinee tilts abound for all our beloved teams. Nashville will lead things off as they pick-up and conclude today's weather-postponed outing for game number one. They'll have the unexpected double header following immediately after a 30 minute 'rest'. As always, thanks for reading and thank you for supporting our Minor League players! 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  6. The Biloxi Shuckers could not overcome Noah Zavolas' continued struggles since his 2022 return and, ultimately, fell to the Mississippi Braves. Elsewhere in the system, Wisconsin batters found their strokes and supported the ever-dominant Brandon Knarr who continues his lights out 2022 campaign. The Carolina 'Micro Brews' managed to hold on to their slim lead after an extensive weather delay pulling out a 2-1 victory, and Nashville was shut down by inconsolable and fickle weather after taking a 7-0 lead into the third inning. Let's get into the Recaps! Transactions: None *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 2, Down East (Rangers) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Mendez Leads Mudcats to Fourth Straight Win - The Mudcats Won Their Fourth Straight While Also Clinching Their Third Series Victory Over the Wood Ducks Stiven Cruz took the hill for his second start since his ACL call-up. He worked his way through his first real test during his brief time in Low-A: in the second inning Cruz walked two batters while giving up a single to load the bases. Ever the gamer, however, he induced two harmless infield pop-ups to escape the jam. Cruz remains un-scored upon through seven complete innings pitched, with 11 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.00. Two early two-out runs in innings two and three were the difference for the 'Micro Brews' on the evening as they held through the rain delay and the game's finish. For the second evening in a row Hendry Mendez stole the post-game headline. Further Viewing Notes: Rain delay you say? Yes, I do: This just in, in case you were unaware, the second youngest player in Low-A, Hendry Mendez , loves hitting opposite field anything: Let's embellish the highlight: Hendry has now reached base safely in 13 consecutive outings with this opposite field single. That's what we call 'tough stuff' when we dig deep for clichés. I'm going to keep chiming away on this until proven otherwise: Jackson Chourio is built different. It's hard to describe what I see on a nightly basis but this highlight gives a brief glimpse. Ever un-fazed no matter the count, he is always a possible base-runner or a potential run-across in Low-A. This near home run was his ninth double in only 61 at bats: Ok. Let's wrap-up these above past few comments with a bit more provocation: Can we talk about the two youngest players in the Low-A Carolina league - Chourio and Mendez - continuing to shine and play tantalizing baseball? This should definitively not be overlooked. Chourio, in particular, was recently moved to number three on the updated Brewers 'Baseball America' Top 30 prospects. He's 18 years old, folks. This is exciting. Mendez is following suit and playing extremely good ball as of late. And, hey, I didn't even mention Eduardo Garcia . That's discipline. Jakob Brustoski continued his recent string of effective bullpen work. After an extremely rough April where Jakob struggled to find the zone consistently, he's bounced back admirably in May with 6 2/3 innings pitched: four hits, three runs, two hit batters, three walks, 12 punch outs. After tonight's unblemished innings, he's seen his ERA drop from 21.94 to 13.94 pitching to a very workable 4.05 ERA in all of May. Things are looking up! Speaking of bullpen work: let's recognize the sum total of Pablo Garabitos, Brustoski, Trevor Tietz, and Brannon Jordan. The young men pitched a total of five complete innings of one run, two hit, five strikeout ball. The lone run came on a solo shot off Jordan in the final two innings. He got his first save of the season on two innings of effective work - closing the game on a punch out with high heat after a couple very effective breaking balls. Garabitos grabs the win with his sole fifth inning of one hit, one strikeout ball. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 9, South Bend (Cubs) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Rattler Club Cubs 9-2 - Knarr Pitches Six Scoreless for Sixth Win as Offense Cracks 14 Hits It was an absolutely beautiful game in Appleton Wisconsin and the Timber Rattlers showed up with hits aplenty to back another stellar outing from Ace, Brandon Knarr . They managed this all while appeasing the season high attendance north of 4,000 total fans. What a showing! Hits were sprinkled all about the ballpark, stellar defense was played and Knarr was dealing. It was nice to see the bats heat up as they had been relatively held in check over the last two games. Let's take a look at my viewing notes and the plethora of awesome home game post-game materials that will give you a good look at what went down at the home ballpark. Game Viewing Notes: More insight on what is now routine stellar defense. A run was saved early by Ethan Murray at short stop: Zavier Warren is the Felix Valerio of High-A Wisconsin. He shows an equally disciplined approach at the plate and he plays stellar defense at the hot corner just as Valerio does the same at second base for Biloxi (and, now, occasionally left field as well). A perfect example of this was the home run blast in the bottom of the eighth (his second on the season) followed by an absolutely incredible stop and throw-out from third base to end the game. Check out this stab starting 2:06 on the Full Game highlight reel: How good has Knarr been in 2022? Firstly, after today's scoreless six-inning outing he lowered his ERA to 1.17, moved his strikeout total to 55, and saw his scoreless streak extended to 13 1/3 innings. Not shabby. But, let's look at his last 5 outings: he has allowed a mere two runs over 30 innings. Four of those starts have been scoreless outings. Can you say: Promotion? Check out the post-game Soundcloud pod for further thoughts on and from Knarr, Wes Clarke and Tyler Clarke : Post-Game Pod Here Keep in mind, Knarr relinquished a hit every inning today. BUT, he limited all damage. They were singles. He dominated out of the stretch - including a pick-off. He buckled down, in concert with his infield, and kept a very active base-running team in South Bend very much in check. He's just flat out been excellent all season long. He's essentially a couple flukes away from an 8-0 start to the season. That's just incredible stuff. It was nice to see Tyler Black get back on track with a three hit game. Having started the series a mere 1 of 14, he finished his evening with three hits in five trips and started his game three for three. Wes Clarke had another vintage 2022 Wes Clarke day. His average just doesn't tell the story of his solid season and the OPS of 0.737 backs that up. He knocked in two RBI's in consecutive innings early and earned two walks as well on the day. Every Timber Rattler grabbed a hit today except Darrien Miller. Every Timber Rattler reached base today including Darrien Miller. This was an offensive outburst shared by everyone in the line-up. A tip of the cap to Zach Mort who closed the game with three innings complete of two-run ball (all in the ninth inning) preserving the elite back-end tandem of Hasler and Robinson for the series finale on Sunday. Let's see what Antoine Kelly can do his second time working the South Bend line-up on Sunday. Perhaps, just maybe, the true highlight of the game was Tim Dillard's work on the mound and with the famed 'Bratzooka': Black stole three bases in today's game. He has eight total on the season now and the Timber Rattlers now have 7 of the 25 top base stealers in the Midwest League. Black also took the field in center field today. This was Tyler's first action in the outfield since high school. Is this noteworthy? Probably not. But, it is a classic Brewers maneuver. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Mississippi (Braves) 5, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Late Rally by Shuckers Not Enough in 5-4 Defeat - OF Joey WIemer Falls Triple Shy of Cycle Noah Zavolas features a five-pitch mix as a young pitcher: a fastball, change-up, curveball, slider, and cutter. There's lots to pick from in his pitching bag and he showed the possible prowess of this mix in 2021 with 121 often remarkable innings pitched. Even with five pitches, however, you can not hang off-speed offerings directly over the plate - especially to very good baseball players. Noah did so on pitch number two to Braves number one prospect, Michael Harris II, and he saw the delivering absolutely crushed to dead center field off the high wall. Believe me when I say this: Michael Harris II is an extremely talented baseball player. He's balled out in every game I've seen the Shuckers play the Braves in 2022. The score was still 2-1 Shuckers after Biloxi managed to plate two in the top-half of inning number one on a bevy of two-out singles. Noah struggled to find his footing in this outing. BUT, ever the optimist, I am going to celebrate the footing Noah did find. After conceding 5 runs after two innings, Zavolas hunkered down and found some flow. Given his 2021 performance, I'm going to chalk these rough early outings to 'working the kinks out'. There's too much there and this is merely outing number two coming off a mysterious delay to his season's beginning. Here's to better game's ahead! Further Viewing Notes: Things looked good early as the Shuckers were scoring runners with two down on the aforementioned 'bevy of singles'. Tristen Lutz stayed hot and helped knock a run across: Terence Doston saw his first ever action in Double-A. He is a smaller stature athlete who passed up an opportunity to play football at West Virginia before opting for the Minor Leagues as a Brewers 22nd round draft pick in 2019. Tonight, he played left field and smoothly collected two fly-ball outs in the first inning to get his evening started. As a random 'hunch', I would gather the organization wants to expose Dotson to Yeison Coca who, also a smaller statured athlete, has put on an impactful amount of weight over his early seasons and it shows in Coca's physical growth. After a first at-bat strikeout, where Terence looked overmatched, Doston recovered and made nice contact on two line drive outs to the Braves' shortstop in addition to an extremely well hit out to right field. Unfortunately, in the game of baseball it isn't how you hit it but, rather, where you hit it. Dotson fared well tonight and he should hold his head high. Nothing would describe the current stretch of inconsistent Shuckers baseball more than the failed pick-off and pickle in the bottom of inning number two. Thomas Dillard did his part by throwing a ball too high to Cam Devanney who barely made the leaping snare just off second base. Devanney then rushed his throw to first, hit the base runner on the helmet, and the ball trickled past the first base bag and the runner was safe. These are the types of defensive miscues seemingly happening on a regular basis for Biloxi in 2022. This was a key gaffe as there were no outs at the time, Zavolas was struggling, and the runner then left on the ensuing 3-2 count and grabbed third base on another well-hit ball to center field. The Shuckers remain a Southern League leader in errors. This sequence was indicative of that stat. I've now seen two Shuckers pitchers charged balls for pitch clock violations in two consecutive games. Last night Arnaldo Hernandez was charged a ball on a 1-2 count with the bases loaded before a bases-clearing double to the wall in right field that turned the tide of the entire game. In today's game, with runners on second and third base in a rough second inning, Zavolas was charged with a pitch-clock violation. Thankfully, he escaped unscathed inducing a sharply hit ground ball for the inning-ending double play. BUT, it is worth pointing out: the pitch clock changes the game in pressure situations. A pitcher can see a favorable count ruined in a matter of mere seconds. The struggle with RISP reared its head in inning number three for even the hottest of Shuckers hitters. With Joey Wiemer on second base after a wonderful stretch of a single into a hard-earned double, and the ever-walkable Thomas Dillard on first base (his pitch-recognition and patience appears to be Dillard's best attribute - 27 walks on the season) on first, both Jakson Reetz and Tristan Lutz struck out and stranded the runners on the base paths. It remained 5-2 Braves heading to the bottom half off the third. The Shuckers finished 3 for 12 on the evening with RISP. He may have thrown a scoreless inning on Tuesday in Mississippi (and, a big hooray for that and a wish for many more scoreless innings ahead!) but Lucas Erceg led off his outing in the bottom of the seventh as he has done many times in 2022: he gave up a hard hit double. Admittedly, I was a wee concerned he might see another run away inning. Erceg's 2022 scouting report might read: "High velocity but pitches to contact." Let's get to the goods: Lucas got out of the seventh and eighth inning unscathed. All in all, this was a very successful outing for the recently transitioned hurler and one we should hope he builds on. He even struck out the absolutely dangerous Michael Harris II after walking the number nine hitter. That's a win! All told, two innings of scoreless one hit, one walk, and one strikeout ball for Erceg tonight. Wiemer was a triple shy of the cycle on the evening. He absolutely crushed a home run to deep left field. He literally swings and hits the ball different than most other players at the ballpark. The home run ball was hit harder and further than any ball the entire evening and it wasn't even close - this included the home run hit to straight away center field by Michael Harris II in the first inning. Let's all take our long overdue Wiemer 'Moment of Zen': The Shuckers almost had the tying-run across. But, well, this isn't really going to get it done Felix: Speaking of Felix, he may be in a mini slump at the plate but he continues to play incredible defense. Erceg can tip his cap to Valerio's incredible diving stop at second base in the center field grass, improbable turn and throw to nail the runner by a fraction at first, all while saving a sure run from scoring. The Shuckers still have an opportunity to split the six-game away series with a win tomorrow. Here's hoping! *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 7, Louisville (Reds) 0 - POSTPONED in THIRD INNING (Booooooo!) Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds and Bats Suspended at First Horizon Park - Game to be Resumed at 1:05 Sunday Things were looking rosy early. And, then the weather rolled in. See my brief notes below. Of note, unheralded but steady Abraham Almonte was having a game - just another thriving Nasvhville Sounds late 2021 free agent signing. It is truly difficult to understand how immaculately the Brewers organization has hit on Minor League free agents in late 2021. They are answering the proverbial bell up and down the Nasvhille roster. Abbreviated Game Notes: Josh Lindbolm faced the minimum number of batters through three innings. I'm calling this an imperfect perfect game - he did concede one hit after all. Create a new stat column, please. I have spoken. The Sounds managed seven runs in only 2 complete innings. Abraham Almonte's three-run home run to left field played a big part: Prior to this three-run jack, however, Almonte also had his say in the first inning knocking in the game's first run on a single up the middle: A tip of the proverbial cap is due for Pablo Reyes. He is finally seeing his weeks of solid contact rewarding him with hits in the stat column. He's made good contact regularly and now he is finding results. I'm rooting for you, Pablo! *** That's a wrap for my Saturday fill-in Minor League report. Please stay tuned early tomorrow as we have matinee tilts abound for all our beloved teams. Nashville will lead things off as they pick-up and conclude today's weather-postponed outing for game number one. They'll have the unexpected double header following immediately after a 30 minute 'rest'. As always, thanks for reading and thank you for supporting our Minor League players! 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  7. We are now about six weeks into the season, and several players (hitters and pitchers) have really stood out. This is the time of year when we will start seeing more and more merit-based promotions (and potentially demotions) beyond transactions for injury-related purposes. As the day goes on, the Brewers’ affiliates will be making those announcements. Also, remember that several full-season minor league leagues are comprised of two half-seasons. The season essentially starts over at the halfway point and a couple of playoff spots will be up for grabs. That is something we’ll need to pay attention to over the next month. TRANSACTIONS Nothing is official yet, but there will be several player promotions announced on Tuesday. RHP Cristian Sierra has been released. RHP Fernando Olguin promoted from the Arizona Complex to Carolina. RESULTS Last week’s Week in Review (5/3-5/9): Chourio Debuts in Carolina, Rattler Pitchers Continue to Dominate Tuesday: Break out the Brooms, It’s a 4-0 Affiliate Evening Sweep! Wednesday: T-Rats Win Ensures Affiliates Avoid 0-4 Night Thursday: Nashville and Wisconsin Lead the Way Once Again Friday: Shuckers and Mudcats Avoid Any Friday the 13th Voodoo Saturday: Thirty-Five Runs Power a 3-1 Night Sunday: It’s a Four-Game Affiliate Sweep, Including Stiven Cruz’s Sterling Debut and Team-Record Six Biloxi Home Runs! WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds Week: 4-2 @ Jacksonville Season: 24-11 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 1/2 game ahead of Columbus and 4 1/2 games ahead of Toledo and Memphis. Nashville just continues to play great each week. In Jacksonville, they outscored the Jumbo Shrimp 40-28 over the week, largely due to a 10-1 win on Thursday. Ethan Small made a start and gave up one run on four hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out nine batters. Five Sounds relievers pitched twice last week without allowing a run. Connor Sadzeck led the way with five strikeouts in three innings. Obviously when he was optioned, Keston Hiura had to be disappointed. However, he didn’t let it affect how he performed. In four games with the Sounds, he went 7-for-15 and hit .467/.556/1.067 (1.623) with three home runs and nine RBI. Two of those homers came against Marlins’ pitching prospect Max Meyer. Hiura did miss the final two games of the week with a minor injury. Mario Feliciano played in just three games. He went 7-for-11 (.636) with a double. Mark Mathias played in four games and went 7-for-16, hitting .438/.471/.625 (1.096) with a home run. On the other side, Tyler White had a rough week. He played in four games and went 1-for-17 (..059) with seven strikeouts. What’s Next? The Sounds will return home to take on Louisville. Pitching Probables (RHP Caleb Boushley, LHP Ethan Small, RHP Dylan File, RHP Jason Alexander, RHP Josh Lindblom, TBD) Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 4-2, hosting Birmingham Season: 16-17 overall, 2nd place in the Southern League. They are 2.0 games behind Pensacola. A week after they lost all six of their games, the Shuckers were back on their winning ways. After winning the first game, they lost the next two. However, they won the final three games by a combined score of 30-10. This week, it was the offense that carried their success. Joey Wiemer played in all six games. He went 10-for-24 and hit .417/.500/1.083 (1.583) with one home run and five RBI. Jakson Reetz played in five games and went 7-for-17. He hit .412/.524/1.000 (1.524) with a double and three homers. Thomas Dillard played all six games. He went 7-for-20, hitting .350/.500/.650 (1.150) with three doubles and a home run. He also walked six times. Felix Valerio played in six games. He went 8-for-25. He hit .320/.393/.680 (.1.073) with three home runs. Noah Campbell played in four games and went 5-for-14 (.357) with two doubles. He added three walks. Victor Castaneda went six scoreless innings in his first start last week. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out ten batters. He pitched three innings out of the bullpen on Sunday. Overall, he gave up two runs on five hits and two walks. In nine innings, he had 16 strikeouts. Tyler Herb had another terrific start. He tossed six scoreless innings. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out three batters. Five Sounds relievers worked at least two scoreless innings during the week. What's Next? The Shuckers will travel to Mississippi to take on the Braves. Pitching Probables (LHP Nick Bennett, RHP Justin Bullock, TBD, RHP Victor Castaneda, RHP Noah Zavolas, LHP Nick Bennett) High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 5-1, @ Quad Cities Season: 22-11 overall, 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division, 2.0 games behind Cedar Rapids. The Timber Rattlers went 5-1 for the week, but they were unable to make up any ground to the Cedar Rapids Kernels. These two teams are likely to remain at the top of the division, and after the upcoming week hosting South Bend, the Rattlers will head to Iowa to take on the Kernels. The pitchers have really led the way for Wisconsin much of this season, but last week, the offense really had a big week. It started with a 17-4 win, and over the six games, the Rattlers outscored the Bandits 49-24. Tyler Black played in all six games and went 11-for-25. He hit .440/.500/.800 (1.300) with a double, a triple, two homers, and 11 RBI. He also walked three times. Tristan Peters also played all six games. He went 9-for-24 and hit .375/.467/.833 (1.300) with two doubles, three triples, and a home run. He also walked five times. Zavier Warren played six games and went 7-for-24. He hit .292/.433/.583 (1.016) with four doubles and a home run. He also walked five times. Darrien Miller played in five games and went 8-for-21. He hit .381/.480/.524 (.1004) with a double and a triple. Cam Robinson recorded saves in both of his appearances last week. In four scoreless innings, he gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out five batters. Kent Hasler pitched twice and gave up just a walk over 3 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings. He struck out nine batters. Brandon Knarr made two starts for Wisconsin. He went 2-0 and gave up just two runs. He gave up eight hits, walked two, and struck out 15 batters in 12 innings. Antoine Kelly gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out two batters. What’s Next? The Timber Rattlers return home to take on the South Bend Cubs. Pitching Probables (LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Ryne Moore, RHP Justin Jarvis, TBD, TBD, TBD) Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 3-3, @ Fayetteville Season: 17-16 overall, tied for 3rd place in the Carolina League North Division with Salem, 1/2 game behind Lynchburg and 2 1/2 games behind Fredericksburg. As you would expect from a 3-3 week, the teams were very closely matched. In fact, Carolina was outscored 27-28 for the week. Four of the games were settled by two runs or less. As you’ll see below, the Mudcats got a nice, long start, but it was the relief corp that really got the job done. In his start, Ryne Moore gave up one run on six hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out six batters. Stiven Cruz pitched three innings in his bullpen appearance. He gave up just one hit and walked one, and he struck out eight batters. Edwin Jimenez also worked three scoreless innings out of the bullpen. He gave up one hit, walked one, hit one and struck out four batters. Michele Vassalotti finished two games and went 2-0. In four innings, he gave up only an unearned run and struck out six batters in four innings. Carlos Rodriguez pitched just once, four innings in relief. He gave up an unearned run on two hits and a walk, and he struck out seven batters. Christian Tripp worked three innings over two relief outings. He gave up no runs on two hits. He walked none and struck out five batters. Herbert Perez played in five games. He went 5-for-19 and hit .263/.391/.474 (.865) with a double and a home run. He also walked four times. Jesus Chirinos played in all six games. He went 5-for-19 and hit .263/.417/.421 (.838) with a home run. He also walked five times. Of players with more than seven plate appearances, no one had an OPS higher than .626 What’s Next? The Mudcats will be hosting the Down East Wood Ducks. Pitching Probables (RHP Edwin Jimenez, RHP Fernando Olguin, RHP Carlos Rodriguez, RHP Jefferson Figueroa, RHP Stiven Cruz, RHP Israel Puello) PROSPECT SUMMARY This Prospect Summary shows our current Brewers Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week (May 10 to May 16). #1 - LHP Aaron Ashby (Milwaukee) - 1 G, 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 8 K (Season: 8 G, 3 GS, 27.1 IP, 14 R, 11 ER, 17 BB, 33 K, 0-3, 1 S, 3.62 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 5.6 BB/9, 10.9 K/9) #2 - OF Joey Wiemer (Biloxi) - 6 G, 10-for-24 (.417), 1-2B, 5 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K (Season: 33 G, 39-for-129, .302/.375/.605 (.980), 12-2B, 0-HR, 27 RBI, 13 BB, 45 K) #3 - OF Garrett Mitchell (Biloxi) - 4 G, 4-for-14 (.286), 0-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 1 BB, 3 K (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) - 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) - 3 G, 4-for-13 (.308), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K (Season: 9 G, 9-for-39, .231/.268/.256 (.456), 1-2B, 0-3B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 1/2 SB, 2 BB, 7 K) #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Nashville) - 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 9 K (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) - 6 G, 8-for-28 (.286), 0-2B, 1-HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K (Season: 31 G, 38-for-132, .288/.354/.424 (.778), 7-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 21 RBI, 14 BB, 31 K) #7 - OF Hedbert Perez (Carolina) - 5 G, 5-for-19 (.263), 1-2B, 1-HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K (Season: 27 G, 19-for-108, .176/.246/.296 (.542), 4-2B, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 5/6 SB, 10 BB, 41 K) #8 - C Jeferson Quero (Carolina) - 5 G, 4-for-18 (.222), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K (Season: 26 G, 25-for-106, .236/.291/.349 (.640), 7-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 14 RBI, 9 BB, 28 K) #9 - SS Freddy Zamora (Biloxi) - 2 G, 0-for-8 (.000), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K (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, 11-for-25 (.440), 1-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 11 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K (Season: 19 G, 21-for-66 (.318/.439/.500 (.939), 4-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 21 RBI, 12 BB, 10 K) #11 - 2B Felix Valerio (Biloxi) - 6 G, 8-for-25 (.320), 0-2B, 3-HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K (Season: 27 G, 27-for-98, .276/.353/.520 (.874), 4-2B, 1-3B, 6-HR, 18 RBI, 13 BB, 15 K) #12 - OF Jackson Chourio (Carolina) - 4 G, 4-for-18 (.222), 2-2B, 0-HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K (Season: 10 G, 16-for-43, .372/.413/.605 (1.018), 7-2B, 1-HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Nashville) - 3 G, 7-for-11 (.636), 1-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K (Season: 21 G, 20-for-73, .274/.338/.343 (.680), 5-2B, 0-HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 21 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Milwaukee) - (Season: 1 G, 0-for-0, R, BB) #14 - LHP Antoine Kelly (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 5.2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 K (Season: 6 GS, 27.1 IP, 9 R, 7 ER, 12 H, 17 BB, 35 K, 1-0, 2.30 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 5.6 BB/9, 11.5 K/9) #15 - OF Joe Gray, Jr. (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 5-for-23 (.217), 3-2B, 2-HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 8 K (Season: 33 G, 22-for-116, .190/.304/.388 (.692), 9-2B, 1-3B, 4-HR, 14 RBI, 7/7 SB, 19 BB, 48 K) #16 - SS Eduardo Garcia (Carolina) - 5 G, 3-for-21 (.143), 0-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 10 K (Season: 30 G, 34-124, 274/.311/.395 (.706), 7-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 23 RBI, 4 BB, 51 K) #17 - UTL Zavier Warren (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 7-for-24 (.292), 4-2B, 1-HR, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 6 K (Season: 31 G, 29-for-112, .259/.359/.393 (.752), 12-2B, 1-HR, 13 RBI, 5/5 SB, 14 BB, 31 K) #18 - RHP Abner Uribe (Biloxi) - IL (out for season) #19 - OF Hendry Mendez (Carolina) - 5 G, 5-for-20 (.250), 0-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 4BB, 7 K (Season: 27 G, 20-for-91, .220/.388/.275 (.663), 2-2B, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 24 BB, 28 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 Wiemer had a big week for the Shuckers. He played all six games. He had ten hits including a double and five home runs. He also walked three times and showed his speed with a couple of stolen bases. Weimer was a star at Bedford High School in Michigan. Beyond baseball, he was on the varsity football team four years and the basketball team two seasons. He was a three-year starter at the University of Cincinnati before the Brewers made him their fourth-round pick in 2020. He began his professional career last year with 75 games in Carolina before ending the season with 34 games in Wisconsin. Combined, he hit .296/.403/.556 (.958) with 18 doubles and 27 home runs. He was also 30-for-36 in stolen base attempts. He did as much damage with the Rattlers in half the number of games. After the season, he played in the Arizona Fall League where he hit .467 with a 1.234 OPS. Wiemer is a fantastic prospect who has both power and speed. The 23-year-old will likely play mostly in the corner outfield spots, and his power has a chance to be really special. Consider he’s already got 12 doubles and nine home runs in just 33 games in Double-A. Pre-season, Baseball America named him the #100 prospect in baseball. Pitcher of the Week: LHP Brandon Knarr, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Here we are again, a Timber Rattler is the choice for Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Week. For the second time, that pitcher is left-hander Brandon Knarr. Last week, he made two starts and went 2-0. He posted a 1.50 ERA. In 12 innings, he gave up two runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out 15 batters. Possible it is his last start in High-A? Knarr has a career that has been quite circuitous to get to this point. The Pennsylvania native was a star at Eastern York High School. He started his college career at Notre Dame before transferring to the College of Central Florida. In 65 2/3 innings, he had 86 strikeouts. From there, he went to the Division II baseball powerhouse at the University of Tampa. In six starts before the season was shut down, he went 4-1 with a 2.55 ERA. He had 64 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings (16.3 K/9). Knarr went undrafted in the Covid-shortened, five-round 2020 MLB draft. As you recall, teams were able to sign non-drafted players for up to $20,000. Knarr had many options, but the Brewers offered the opportunity to work as a starter. He signed and has taken advantage. Last year in Carolina, he went 7-2 with a 3.84 ERA in 75 innings. He struck out 103 batters (12.4 K/9). He ended the season with five starts in Wisconsin, where he struggled some but also struck out more than a batter per inning. Knarr has worked hard to get to this point in his career. He stands less than 6-0 tall. He doesn’t throw real hard, but he is incredibly competitive. His fastball sits between 88 and 91 mph. He has a split-finger pitch that is sitting in the 72-76 mph range. He’s got two breaking balls, a slider in the low-80s and a slower curveball in the mid-70s. He works fast and really commands the zone. He’s known to ask questions and is always working to learn more about his craft. Feel free to discuss the Brewers' prospects and their affiliates in the COMMENTS below.
  8. Transactions are coming today. Some very exciting promotions at that. Check back throughout the day for more and do discuss those moves. Nashville remains in first place after a 4-2 week. Biloxi returned to their winning ways with a 4-2 week. Wisconsin went 5-1 again. Carolina played at .500. Several top prospects had huge weeks. How might an updated Brewers top prospect ranking look? We are now about six weeks into the season, and several players (hitters and pitchers) have really stood out. This is the time of year when we will start seeing more and more merit-based promotions (and potentially demotions) beyond transactions for injury-related purposes. As the day goes on, the Brewers’ affiliates will be making those announcements. Also, remember that several full-season minor league leagues are comprised of two half-seasons. The season essentially starts over at the halfway point and a couple of playoff spots will be up for grabs. That is something we’ll need to pay attention to over the next month. TRANSACTIONS Nothing is official yet, but there will be several player promotions announced on Tuesday. RESULTS Last week’s Week in Review (5/3-5/9): Chourio Debuts in Carolina, Rattler Pitchers Continue to Dominate Tuesday: Break out the Brooms, It’s a 4-0 Affiliate Evening Sweep! Wednesday: T-Rats Win Ensures Affiliates Avoid 0-4 Night Thursday: Nashville and Wisconsin Lead the Way Once Again Friday: Shuckers and Mudcats Avoid Any Friday the 13th Voodoo Saturday: Thirty-Five Runs Power a 3-1 Night Sunday: It’s a Four-Game Affiliate Sweep, Including Stiven Cruz’s Sterling Debut and Team-Record Six Biloxi Home Runs! WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds Week: 4-2 @ Jacksonville Season: 24-11 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 1/2 game ahead of Columbus and 4 1/2 games ahead of Toledo and Memphis. Nashville just continues to play great each week. In Jacksonville, they outscored the Jumbo Shrimp 40-28 over the week, largely due to a 10-1 win on Thursday. Ethan Small made a start and gave up one run on four hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out nine batters. Five Sounds relievers pitched twice last week without allowing a run. Connor Sadzeck led the way with five strikeouts in three innings. Obviously when he was optioned, Keston Hiura had to be disappointed. However, he didn’t let it affect how he performed. In four games with the Sounds, he went 7-for-15 and hit .467/.556/1.067 (1.623) with three home runs and nine RBI. Two of those homers came against Marlins’ pitching prospect Max Meyer. Hiura did miss the final two games of the week with a minor injury. Mario Feliciano played in just three games. He went 7-for-11 (.636) with a double. Mark Mathias played in four games and went 7-for-16, hitting .438/.471/.625 (1.096) with a home run. On the other side, Tyler White had a rough week. He played in four games and went 1-for-17 (..059) with seven strikeouts. What’s Next? The Sounds will return home to take on Louisville. Pitching Probables (RHP Caleb Boushley, LHP Ethan Small, RHP Dylan File, RHP Jason Alexander, RHP Josh Lindblom, TBD) Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 4-2, hosting Birmingham Season: 16-17 overall, 2nd place in the Southern League. They are 2.0 games behind Pensacola. A week after they lost all six of their games, the Shuckers were back on their winning ways. After winning the first game, they lost the next two. However, they won the final three games by a combined score of 30-10. This week, it was the offense that carried their success. Joey Wiemer played in all six games. He went 10-for-24 and hit .417/.500/1.083 (1.583) with one home run and five RBI. Jakson Reetz played in five games and went 7-for-17. He hit .412/.524/1.000 (1.524) with a double and three homers. Thomas Dillard played all six games. He went 7-for-20, hitting .350/.500/.650 (1.150) with three doubles and a home run. He also walked six times. Felix Valerio played in six games. He went 8-for-25. He hit .320/.393/.680 (.1.073) with three home runs. Noah Campbell played in four games and went 5-for-14 (.357) with two doubles. He added three walks. Victor Castaneda went six scoreless innings in his first start last week. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out ten batters. He pitched three innings out of the bullpen on Sunday. Overall, he gave up two runs on five hits and two walks. In nine innings, he had 16 strikeouts. Tyler Herb had another terrific start. He tossed six scoreless innings. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out three batters. Five Sounds relievers worked at least two scoreless innings during the week. What's Next? The Shuckers will travel to Mississippi to take on the Braves. Pitching Probables (LHP Nick Bennett, RHP Carlos Luna, TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD) High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 5-1, @ Quad Cities Season: 22-11 overall, 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division, 2.0 games behind Cedar Rapids. The Timber Rattlers went 5-1 for the week, but they were unable to make up any ground to the Cedar Rapids Kernels. These two teams are likely to remain at the top of the division, and after the upcoming week hosting South Bend, the Rattlers will head to Iowa to take on the Kernels. The pitchers have really led the way for Wisconsin much of this season, but last week, the offense really had a big week. It started with a 17-4 win, and over the six games, the Rattlers outscored the Bandits 49-24. Tyler Black played in all six games and went 11-for-25. He hit .440/.500/.800 (1.300) with a double, a triple, two homers, and 11 RBI. He also walked three times. Tristan Peters also played all six games. He went 9-for-24 and hit .375/.467/.833 (1.300) with two doubles, three triples, and a home run. He also walked five times. Zavier Warren played six games and went 7-for-24. He hit .292/.433/.583 (1.016) with four doubles and a home run. He also walked five times. Darrien Miller played in five games and went 8-for-21. He hit .381/.480/.524 (.1004) with a double and a triple. Cam Robinson recorded saves in both of his appearances last week. In four scoreless innings, he gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out five batters. Kent Hasler pitched twice and gave up just a walk over 3 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings. He struck out nine batters. Brandon Knarr made two starts for Wisconsin. He went 2-0 and gave up just two runs. He gave up eight hits, walked two, and struck out 15 batters in 12 innings. Antoine Kelly gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out two batters. What’s Next? The Timber Rattlers return home to take on the South Bend Cubs. Pitching Probables (LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Ryne Moore, RHP Justin Jarvis, TBD, TBD, LHP Russell Smith, RHP TJ Shook, LHP Brandon Knarr, LHP Antoine Kelly) Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 3-3, @ Fayetteville Season: 17-16 overall, tied for 3rd place in the Carolina League North Division with Salem, 1/2 game behind Lynchburg and 2 1/2 games behind Fredericksburg. As you would expect from a 3-3 week, the teams were very closely matched. In fact, Carolina was outscored 27-28 for the week. Four of the games were settled by two runs or less. As you’ll see below, the Mudcats got a nice, long start, but it was the relief corp that really got the job done. In his start, Ryne Moore gave up one run on six hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out six batters. Stiven Cruz pitched three innings in his bullpen appearance. He gave up just one hit and walked one, and he struck out eight batters. Edwin Jimenez also worked three scoreless innings out of the bullpen. He gave up one hit, walked one, hit one and struck out four batters. Michele Vassalotti finished two games and went 2-0. In four innings, he gave up only an unearned run and struck out six batters in four innings. Carlos Rodriguez pitched just once, four innings in relief. He gave up an unearned run on two hits and a walk, and he struck out seven batters. Christian Tripp worked three innings over two relief outings. He gave up no runs on two hits. He walked none and struck out five batters. Herbert Perez played in five games. He went 5-for-19 and hit .263/.391/.474 (.865) with a double and a home run. He also walked four times. Jesus Chirinos played in all six games. He went 5-for-19 and hit .263/.417/.421 (.838) with a home run. He also walked five times. Of players with more than seven plate appearances, no one had an OPS higher than .626 What’s Next? The Mudcats will be hosting the Down East Wood Ducks. Pitching Probables (RHP Brannon Jordan, RHP Edwin Jimenez, LHP Alexander Cornielle, RHP Carlos Rodriguez, RHP Brannon Jordan) PROSPECT SUMMARY This Prospect Summary shows our current Brewers Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week (May 10 to May 16). #1 - LHP Aaron Ashby (Milwaukee) - 1 G, 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 8 K (Season: 8 G, 3 GS, 27.1 IP, 14 R, 11 ER, 17 BB, 33 K, 0-3, 1 S, 3.62 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 5.6 BB/9, 10.9 K/9) #2 - OF Joey Wiemer (Biloxi) - 6 G, 10-for-24 (.417), 1-2B, 5 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K (Season: 33 G, 39-for-129, .302/.375/.605 (.980), 12-2B, 0-HR, 27 RBI, 13 BB, 45 K) #3 - OF Garrett Mitchell (Biloxi) - 4 G, 4-for-14 (.286), 0-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 1 BB, 3 K (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) - 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) - 3 G, 4-for-13 (.308), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K (Season: 9 G, 9-for-39, .231/.268/.256 (.456), 1-2B, 0-3B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 1/2 SB, 2 BB, 7 K) #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Nashville) - 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 9 K (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) - 6 G, 8-for-28 (.286), 0-2B, 1-HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K (Season: 31 G, 38-for-132, .288/.354/.424 (.778), 7-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 21 RBI, 14 BB, 31 K) #7 - OF Hedbert Perez (Carolina) - 5 G, 5-for-19 (.263), 1-2B, 1-HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K (Season: 27 G, 19-for-108, .176/.246/.296 (.542), 4-2B, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 5/6 SB, 10 BB, 41 K) #8 - C Jeferson Quero (Carolina) - 5 G, 4-for-18 (.222), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K (Season: 26 G, 25-for-106, .236/.291/.349 (.640), 7-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 14 RBI, 9 BB, 28 K) #9 - SS Freddy Zamora (Biloxi) - 2 G, 0-for-8 (.000), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K (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, 11-for-25 (.440), 1-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 11 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K (Season: 19 G, 21-for-66 (.318/.439/.500 (.939), 4-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 21 RBI, 12 BB, 10 K) #11 - 2B Felix Valerio (Biloxi) - 6 G, 8-for-25 (.320), 0-2B, 3-HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K (Season: 27 G, 27-for-98, .276/.353/.520 (.874), 4-2B, 1-3B, 6-HR, 18 RBI, 13 BB, 15 K) #12 - OF Jackson Chourio (Carolina) - 4 G, 4-for-18 (.222), 2-2B, 0-HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K (Season: 10 G, 16-for-43, .372/.413/.605 (1.018), 7-2B, 1-HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Nashville) - 3 G, 7-for-11 (.636), 1-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K (Season: 21 G, 20-for-73, .274/.338/.343 (.680), 5-2B, 0-HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 21 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Milwaukee) - (Season: 1 G, 0-for-0, R, BB) #14 - LHP Antoine Kelly (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 5.2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 K (Season: 6 GS, 27.1 IP, 9 R, 7 ER, 12 H, 17 BB, 35 K, 1-0, 2.30 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 5.6 BB/9, 11.5 K/9) #15 - OF Joe Gray, Jr. (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 5-for-23 (.217), 3-2B, 2-HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 8 K (Season: 33 G, 22-for-116, .190/.304/.388 (.692), 9-2B, 1-3B, 4-HR, 14 RBI, 7/7 SB, 19 BB, 48 K) #16 - SS Eduardo Garcia (Carolina) - 5 G, 3-for-21 (.143), 0-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 10 K (Season: 30 G, 34-124, 274/.311/.395 (.706), 7-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 23 RBI, 4 BB, 51 K) #17 - UTL Zavier Warren (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 7-for-24 (.292), 4-2B, 1-HR, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 6 K (Season: 31 G, 29-for-112, .259/.359/.393 (.752), 12-2B, 1-HR, 13 RBI, 5/5 SB, 14 BB, 31 K) #18 - RHP Abner Uribe (Biloxi) - IL (out for season) #19 - OF Hendry Mendez (Carolina) - 5 G, 5-for-20 (.250), 0-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 4BB, 7 K (Season: 27 G, 20-for-91, .220/.388/.275 (.663), 2-2B, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 24 BB, 28 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 Wiemer had a big week for the Shuckers. He played all six games. He had ten hits including a double and five home runs. He also walked three times and showed his speed with a couple of stolen bases. Weimer was a star at Bedford High School in Michigan. Beyond baseball, he was on the varsity football team four years and the basketball team two seasons. He was a three-year starter at the University of Cincinnati before the Brewers made him their fourth-round pick in 2020. He began his professional career last year with 75 games in Carolina before ending the season with 34 games in Wisconsin. Combined, he hit .296/.403/.556 (.958) with 18 doubles and 27 home runs. He was also 30-for-36 in stolen base attempts. He did as much damage with the Rattlers in half the number of games. After the season, he played in the Arizona Fall League where he hit .467 with a 1.234 OPS. Wiemer is a fantastic prospect who has both power and speed. The 23-year-old will likely play mostly in the corner outfield spots, and his power has a chance to be really special. Consider he’s already got 12 doubles and nine home runs in just 33 games in Double-A. Pre-season, Baseball America named him the #100 prospect in baseball. Pitcher of the Week: LHP Brandon Knarr, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Here we are again, a Timber Rattler is the choice for Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Week. For the second time, that pitcher is left-hander Brandon Knarr. Last week, he made two starts and went 2-0. He posted a 1.50 ERA. In 12 innings, he gave up two runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out 15 batters. Possible it is his last start in High-A? Knarr has a career that has been quite circuitous to get to this point. The Pennsylvania native was a star at Eastern York High School. He started his college career at Notre Dame before transferring to the College of Central Florida. In 65 2/3 innings, he had 86 strikeouts. From there, he went to the Division II baseball powerhouse at the University of Tampa. In six starts before the season was shut down, he went 4-1 with a 2.55 ERA. He had 64 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings (16.3 K/9). Knarr went undrafted in the Covid-shortened, five-round 2020 MLB draft. As you recall, teams were able to sign non-drafted players for up to $20,000. Knarr had many options, but the Brewers offered the opportunity to work as a starter. He signed and has taken advantage. Last year in Carolina, he went 7-2 with a 3.84 ERA in 75 innings. He struck out 103 batters (12.4 K/9). He ended the season with five starts in Wisconsin, where he struggled some but also struck out more than a batter per inning. Knarr has worked hard to get to this point in his career. He stands less than 6-0 tall. He doesn’t throw real hard, but he is incredibly competitive. His fastball sits between 88 and 91 mph. He has a split-finger pitch that is sitting in the 72-76 mph range. He’s got two breaking balls, a slider in the low-80s and a slower curveball in the mid-70s. He works fast and really commands the zone. He’s known to ask questions and is always working to learn more about his craft. Feel free to discuss the Brewers' prospects and their affiliates in the COMMENTS below. View full article
  9. What a terrific Sunday for our minor league affiliates, as each and every one jumped out to early leads which held up nicely: Nashville Sounds – 8-4 by the 4th inning Biloxi Shuckers – 4-1 by the 4th inning and 7-1 by the 5th inning Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – 3-0 through 5; 4-0 through 6 Carolina Mudcats – 5-0 in the 2nd inning; 9-1 in the 5th inning And let’s give a shoutout to the minor league staffers and players obviously working hard in extended spring training in Arizona. If the fabulous initial performances of OF Jackson Chourio and RHP Stiven Cruz are anything to go by, there’s some serious competition and development going on down there. The recently-promoted 20-year old Cruz had a scintillating debut for Carolina, striking out eight of the 11 batters he faced, whilst otherwise only conceding a walk, fly out and “soft line drive” single to right field. Who does he think he is, Brandon Knarr? Well, that’d be something special, as Knarr dazzled for Wisconsin on Sunday by shutting out the opposition over seven innings of three-hit, one-walk, ten-strikeout ball. Or if dominant pitching is too boring for you, Sunday saw a team-record six home runs for our Biloxi Shuckers, including two each for Joey Wiemer and Cam Devanney. Oh, and Alberis Ferrer jacked a grand slam for Carolina . Coupled with a Brewers’ victory, Sunday, May 15, 2022 almost went down in history as a perfect Wisconsin sports day. Almost… Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Knarr, Wiemer, Devanney, Cruz and Nashville’s Weston Wilson (three hits, four RBIs). Sorry Alberis – your grand slam would have been enough on any other day. Transactions: · None Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 12, Fayetteville 6 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: Cruz Totals 8 Ks; Ferrer Hits Grand Slam in 12-6 Victory It’s Stiven Cruz’s world and we’re all just enjoying living in it. The 20-year old Nicaraguan was more-than-ready for his 2022 debut, striking out the side in the first inning and then working around a 2nd inning walk to K the next three hitters. In all, he threw 60 pitches over three innings, with no runner reaching 2nd base. On this day, the opposing starter was not quite as sharp, to say the least. Five walks, a single and a wild pitch in the 2nd inning gave Carolina a 3-0 lead before OF Jackson Chourio lined a single to left field to extend the lead to 5-0. At 5-1 with two outs in the top of the 5th inning, 3B Alberis Ferrer blasted a grand slam to left field for his third home run of 2022, seemingly giving the team sufficient cushion. However, some scuffling by RHPs Trevor Tietz and Miguel Segura enabled Fayetteville to claw back to 9-6 in the 7th inning, before LHP Jakob Brustoski calmed nerves by striking out the side in the 8th inning. Thankfully, the Mudcats tacked on another three runs in the 9th inning to put the game out of reach, aided by four walks and a hit-by-pitch. Carolina’s win was enough to draw the week’s series 3-3 with Fayetteville and keep the Mudcats’ record above .500 in 2022. The main downside in this game was SS Eduardo Garcia’s early exit after a fielding error in the 7th inning. Hopefully he’ll be back in the lineup early this week. Performances of Note: Jackson Chourio – 2-5, double, 2 RBIs Jeferson Quero – 2-3, 2 BBs, 2 SBs Alberis Ferrer – 1-3, HR, BB, HBP, 6 RBIs Eduardo Garcia – 1-3, BB, RBI Jesus Chirinos – 1-2, 3 BBs Stiven Cruz – 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 8 Ks Junior Montero (Win) – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BBs, 2 Ks Jakob Brustoski – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BBs, 3 Ks Christian Tripp – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BBs, 3 Ks Next week’s outlook: The 17-16 Mudcats return home to face Down East (14-19) in the third series of 2022 between these rivals. Expect RHPs Edwin Jimenez and Israel Puello to start the opener of the six-game series. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 4, Quad Cities 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Knarr Quiets Quad Cities with Ten Ks LHP Brandon Knarr doesn’t ask for much from his offense, so Joe Gray Jr.’s two-run shot to left field in the 3rd inning surely had him smiling with a 2-0 lead. After working around a one-out single and walk in the first inning, Knarr only allowed two more River Bandits to reach base over his seven innings of work. This was Knarr’s 5th consecutive win. Of course, Quad Cities players and fans must have been excited upon seeing Knarr remain in the dugout in the 8th inning and their prayers seemed to be answered when RHP Joey Matulovich allowed the first three hitters to reach base (two hit-by-pitch, single). Matulovich nearly escaped unscathed, but a two-out walk brought the potential game-winning run to the plate. Timber Rattler Manager Joe Ayrault wasn’t messing around in this one, pulling Matulovich after 23 pitches to have RHP James Meeker end Quad Cities’ threat with a strikeout. Meeker remained in the game to cover the 9th inning, earning his 3rd save of 2022. Wisconsin’s victory gave them a second-consecutive 5-1 series win over their opponent, which is huge in light of 3rd place South Bend coming to town next week. Performances of Note: Tyler Black – 3-5, double, RBI Joe Gray Jr. – 1-5, HR, 2 RBIs Darrien Miller – 1-4, double, HBP, RBI Zavier Warren – 1-3, double, 2 BBs Tristan Peters – 1-4, double Brandon Knarr (Win) – 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 10Ks James Meeker (Save) – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Next week’s outlook: The 22-11 Timber Rattlers return home for their second series of the year against South Bend (20-13). LHP Antoine Kelly is listed as the Game One starter, but don’t be surprised if LHP Russell Smith (last pitched May 7th) or RHP Ryne Moore (recently promoted to High-A) get in some work as well. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 8, Birmingham 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: History Again! Biloxi Launches Franchise-Record Six Home Runs The Shuckers won their series! The Shuckers won their series! After a frustrating month, Biloxi’s bats have woken up and the squad notched a 4-2 series win over the Birmingham Barons, their first series victory since April 17th. RHP Noah Zavolas apparently does not subscribe to my “rust” theory, where I give athletes a few mulligans after a long lay-off. (Remember Michael Jordan putting his shorts on backwards and shooting 7-for-28 in his grand mid-season return to the Chicago Bulls?) Zavolas was cool, calm and collected through three innings of work in his 2022 debut, retiring nine of the ten batters he faced and getting the boost he needed when OF Joey Wiemer smacked his 8th homer of 2022 for a 1-0 Biloxi lead in the 3rd inning. However, the 4th inning looked like trouble, with a Birmingham single and two walks opening the frame. To my shock, Zavolas remained in the game, striking out dangerous veteran left-handed hitter Craig Dedelow (eight home runs in 2022) before then being lifted for RHP JT Hintzen. Hintzen was up to the task in this one, inducing a sacrifice fly and a ground out to keep the contest tight at 1-1. In the bottom half of the 4th inning, the Shuckers decided to make a winner of Hintzen, with Jakson Reetz connecting on his 7th home run of 2022 (for the 3rd consecutive day!) and then Cam Devanney blasting a 2-run homer to give Biloxi a 4-1 lead. The shock and awe kept coming, as Wiemer (two-run shot) and Felix Valerio went back-to-back in the 5th inning and Devanney added his 2nd of the game (and 4th of the year) in the 6th inning. The team decided to give RHP Victor Castaneda a bit of work in this one and he was unlucky to give up two runs in the 7th inning on a walk, infield hit and deflected single into left field. That said, Castaneda still struck out six batters over three innings and the Barons never seriously threatened. Performances of Note: Joey Wiemer – 3-5, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs Cam Devanney – 2-4, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs Jakson Reetz – 2-4, HR, RBI Tristen Lutz – 2-3, BB Sal Frelick – 2-5 Felix Valerio – 1-5, HR, RBI Noah Zavolas – 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 BBs, 3 Ks JT Hintzen (Win) – 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BBs, 0 Ks Nash Walters – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BBs, 1 K Arnaldo Hernandez – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K Next week’s outlook: The 16-17 Shuckers travel to face the 14-19 Mississippi Braves. LHP Nick Bennett (5.28 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 6.5 K/9 in 29 innings) is scheduled to get the first crack at the Mississippi lineup. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 11, Jacksonville 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Take Sixth Straight Series With Sunday Win Nashville had won five straight series entering this game and wasn’t ready to entertain any possibility of a 3-3 draw with Jacksonville this week, jumping out to a 4-0 first inning lead on two-out doubles by 3B Weston Wilson and OF Pablo Reyes. However, starting RHP Alec Bettinger is still rounding into 2022 form and was unfortunately roughed up in the 2nd inning (thus re-proving my rust theory), giving up three hits, a walk and sacrifice fly to quickly re-knot the contest at 4-4. RHP Luke Barker then served as an efficient bridge to innings-eater RHP Josh Lindblom, covering the 3rd inning before another Sounds’ barrage. Once again doing all their damage with two outs, Nashville posted another four runs in the 4th inning, including an RBI infield single by Tyler White (snapping an 0-for-27 skid) and a bases-clearing double by Wilson. Lindblom was his usual efficient self, allowing only two hits and two walks over five innings of work. SS Brice Turang had been in a mini-slump (0-for-10 before a first inning infield single), so his 7th inning two-RBI single extending the Sounds’ lead to 11-4 had to feel good. As if 11 runs weren’t enough, the scoreline could have ballooned much further if not for three tremendous defensive plays by the Jumbo Shrimp, which you can see on their twitter feed. Performances of Note: Weston Wilson – 3-5, 2 doubles, BB, 4 RBIs Pablo Reyes – 3-5, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, SB Alex Jackson – 2-5, double, SB Brice Turang – 2-6, 2 RBIs Jonathan Davis – 2-4, BB, HBP Abraham Almonte – 2-4, BB, HBP Andruw Monasterio – 1-4, BB Alec Bettinger – 2 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks Luke Barker (Win) – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BBs, 0 Ks Josh Lindblom – 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 BBs, 5 Ks Trevor Kelley – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks Next week’s outlook: Nashville (24-11) is home this week to take on the Louisville Bats (13-22). RHP Caleb Boushley (4.28 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 8.3 K/9 in 33 2/3 innings) is expected to make his 8th start of the year to open the series. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Enjoy your travel day, young fellas! 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  10. Biloxi crushes a team record six home runs in support of Noah Zavolas’ 2022 debut. A phenomenal eight-K, three-inning shutout debut for Stiven Cruz led Carolina to victory. Nashville racks up 11 runs for a comfortable win. Brandon Knarr is once-again dominant for Wisconsin, with ten strikeouts in seven shutout innings. What a terrific Sunday for our minor league affiliates, as each and every one jumped out to early leads which held up nicely: Nashville Sounds – 8-4 by the 4th inning Biloxi Shuckers – 4-1 by the 4th inning and 7-1 by the 5th inning Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – 3-0 through 5; 4-0 through 6 Carolina Mudcats – 5-0 in the 2nd inning; 9-1 in the 5th inning And let’s give a shoutout to the minor league staffers and players obviously working hard in extended spring training in Arizona. If the fabulous initial performances of OF Jackson Chourio and RHP Stiven Cruz are anything to go by, there’s some serious competition and development going on down there. The recently-promoted 20-year old Cruz had a scintillating debut for Carolina, striking out eight of the 11 batters he faced, whilst otherwise only conceding a walk, fly out and “soft line drive” single to right field. Who does he think he is, Brandon Knarr? Well, that’d be something special, as Knarr dazzled for Wisconsin on Sunday by shutting out the opposition over seven innings of three-hit, one-walk, ten-strikeout ball. Or if dominant pitching is too boring for you, Sunday saw a team-record six home runs for our Biloxi Shuckers, including two each for Joey Wiemer and Cam Devanney. Oh, and Alberis Ferrer jacked a grand slam for Carolina . Coupled with a Brewers’ victory, Sunday, May 15, 2022 almost went down in history as a perfect Wisconsin sports day. Almost… Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Knarr, Wiemer, Devanney, Cruz and Nashville’s Weston Wilson (three hits, four RBIs). Sorry Alberis – your grand slam would have been enough on any other day. Transactions: · None Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 12, Fayetteville 6 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: Cruz Totals 8 Ks; Ferrer Hits Grand Slam in 12-6 Victory It’s Stiven Cruz’s world and we’re all just enjoying living in it. The 20-year old Nicaraguan was more-than-ready for his 2022 debut, striking out the side in the first inning and then working around a 2nd inning walk to K the next three hitters. In all, he threw 60 pitches over three innings, with no runner reaching 2nd base. On this day, the opposing starter was not quite as sharp, to say the least. Five walks, a single and a wild pitch in the 2nd inning gave Carolina a 3-0 lead before OF Jackson Chourio lined a single to left field to extend the lead to 5-0. At 5-1 with two outs in the top of the 5th inning, 3B Alberis Ferrer blasted a grand slam to left field for his third home run of 2022, seemingly giving the team sufficient cushion. However, some scuffling by RHPs Trevor Tietz and Miguel Segura enabled Fayetteville to claw back to 9-6 in the 7th inning, before LHP Jakob Brustoski calmed nerves by striking out the side in the 8th inning. Thankfully, the Mudcats tacked on another three runs in the 9th inning to put the game out of reach, aided by four walks and a hit-by-pitch. Carolina’s win was enough to draw the week’s series 3-3 with Fayetteville and keep the Mudcats’ record above .500 in 2022. The main downside in this game was SS Eduardo Garcia’s early exit after a fielding error in the 7th inning. Hopefully he’ll be back in the lineup early this week. Performances of Note: Jackson Chourio – 2-5, double, 2 RBIs Jeferson Quero – 2-3, 2 BBs, 2 SBs Alberis Ferrer – 1-3, HR, BB, HBP, 6 RBIs Eduardo Garcia – 1-3, BB, RBI Jesus Chirinos – 1-2, 3 BBs Stiven Cruz – 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 8 Ks Junior Montero (Win) – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BBs, 2 Ks Jakob Brustoski – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BBs, 3 Ks Christian Tripp – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BBs, 3 Ks Next week’s outlook: The 17-16 Mudcats return home to face Down East (14-19) in the third series of 2022 between these rivals. Expect RHPs Edwin Jimenez and Israel Puello to start the opener of the six-game series. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 4, Quad Cities 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Knarr Quiets Quad Cities with Ten Ks LHP Brandon Knarr doesn’t ask for much from his offense, so Joe Gray Jr.’s two-run shot to left field in the 3rd inning surely had him smiling with a 2-0 lead. After working around a one-out single and walk in the first inning, Knarr only allowed two more River Bandits to reach base over his seven innings of work. This was Knarr’s 5th consecutive win. Of course, Quad Cities players and fans must have been excited upon seeing Knarr remain in the dugout in the 8th inning and their prayers seemed to be answered when RHP Joey Matulovich allowed the first three hitters to reach base (two hit-by-pitch, single). Matulovich nearly escaped unscathed, but a two-out walk brought the potential game-winning run to the plate. Timber Rattler Manager Joe Ayrault wasn’t messing around in this one, pulling Matulovich after 23 pitches to have RHP James Meeker end Quad Cities’ threat with a strikeout. Meeker remained in the game to cover the 9th inning, earning his 3rd save of 2022. Wisconsin’s victory gave them a second-consecutive 5-1 series win over their opponent, which is huge in light of 3rd place South Bend coming to town next week. Performances of Note: Tyler Black – 3-5, double, RBI Joe Gray Jr. – 1-5, HR, 2 RBIs Darrien Miller – 1-4, double, HBP, RBI Zavier Warren – 1-3, double, 2 BBs Tristan Peters – 1-4, double Brandon Knarr (Win) – 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 10Ks James Meeker (Save) – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Next week’s outlook: The 22-11 Timber Rattlers return home for their second series of the year against South Bend (20-13). LHP Antoine Kelly is listed as the Game One starter, but don’t be surprised if LHP Russell Smith (last pitched May 7th) or RHP Ryne Moore (recently promoted to High-A) get in some work as well. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 8, Birmingham 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: History Again! Biloxi Launches Franchise-Record Six Home Runs The Shuckers won their series! The Shuckers won their series! After a frustrating month, Biloxi’s bats have woken up and the squad notched a 4-2 series win over the Birmingham Barons, their first series victory since April 17th. RHP Noah Zavolas apparently does not subscribe to my “rust” theory, where I give athletes a few mulligans after a long lay-off. (Remember Michael Jordan putting his shorts on backwards and shooting 7-for-28 in his grand mid-season return to the Chicago Bulls?) Zavolas was cool, calm and collected through three innings of work in his 2022 debut, retiring nine of the ten batters he faced and getting the boost he needed when OF Joey Wiemer smacked his 8th homer of 2022 for a 1-0 Biloxi lead in the 3rd inning. However, the 4th inning looked like trouble, with a Birmingham single and two walks opening the frame. To my shock, Zavolas remained in the game, striking out dangerous veteran left-handed hitter Craig Dedelow (eight home runs in 2022) before then being lifted for RHP JT Hintzen. Hintzen was up to the task in this one, inducing a sacrifice fly and a ground out to keep the contest tight at 1-1. In the bottom half of the 4th inning, the Shuckers decided to make a winner of Hintzen, with Jakson Reetz connecting on his 7th home run of 2022 (for the 3rd consecutive day!) and then Cam Devanney blasting a 2-run homer to give Biloxi a 4-1 lead. The shock and awe kept coming, as Wiemer (two-run shot) and Felix Valerio went back-to-back in the 5th inning and Devanney added his 2nd of the game (and 4th of the year) in the 6th inning. The team decided to give RHP Victor Castaneda a bit of work in this one and he was unlucky to give up two runs in the 7th inning on a walk, infield hit and deflected single into left field. That said, Castaneda still struck out six batters over three innings and the Barons never seriously threatened. Performances of Note: Joey Wiemer – 3-5, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs Cam Devanney – 2-4, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs Jakson Reetz – 2-4, HR, RBI Tristen Lutz – 2-3, BB Sal Frelick – 2-5 Felix Valerio – 1-5, HR, RBI Noah Zavolas – 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 BBs, 3 Ks JT Hintzen (Win) – 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BBs, 0 Ks Nash Walters – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BBs, 1 K Arnaldo Hernandez – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K Next week’s outlook: The 16-17 Shuckers travel to face the 14-19 Mississippi Braves. LHP Nick Bennett (5.28 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 6.5 K/9 in 29 innings) is scheduled to get the first crack at the Mississippi lineup. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 11, Jacksonville 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Take Sixth Straight Series With Sunday Win Nashville had won five straight series entering this game and wasn’t ready to entertain any possibility of a 3-3 draw with Jacksonville this week, jumping out to a 4-0 first inning lead on two-out doubles by 3B Weston Wilson and OF Pablo Reyes. However, starting RHP Alec Bettinger is still rounding into 2022 form and was unfortunately roughed up in the 2nd inning (thus re-proving my rust theory), giving up three hits, a walk and sacrifice fly to quickly re-knot the contest at 4-4. RHP Luke Barker then served as an efficient bridge to innings-eater RHP Josh Lindblom, covering the 3rd inning before another Sounds’ barrage. Once again doing all their damage with two outs, Nashville posted another four runs in the 4th inning, including an RBI infield single by Tyler White (snapping an 0-for-27 skid) and a bases-clearing double by Wilson. Lindblom was his usual efficient self, allowing only two hits and two walks over five innings of work. SS Brice Turang had been in a mini-slump (0-for-10 before a first inning infield single), so his 7th inning two-RBI single extending the Sounds’ lead to 11-4 had to feel good. As if 11 runs weren’t enough, the scoreline could have ballooned much further if not for three tremendous defensive plays by the Jumbo Shrimp, which you can see on their twitter feed. Performances of Note: Weston Wilson – 3-5, 2 doubles, BB, 4 RBIs Pablo Reyes – 3-5, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, SB Alex Jackson – 2-5, double, SB Brice Turang – 2-6, 2 RBIs Jonathan Davis – 2-4, BB, HBP Abraham Almonte – 2-4, BB, HBP Andruw Monasterio – 1-4, BB Alec Bettinger – 2 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks Luke Barker (Win) – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BBs, 0 Ks Josh Lindblom – 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 BBs, 5 Ks Trevor Kelley – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks Next week’s outlook: Nashville (24-11) is home this week to take on the Louisville Bats (13-22). RHP Caleb Boushley (4.28 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 8.3 K/9 in 33 2/3 innings) is expected to make his 8th start of the year to open the series. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Enjoy your travel day, young fellas! 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  11. 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.
  12. The Biloxi Shuckers began our four-game slate with a disappointing Matinee session in Montgomery. The Shuckers did manage to pull within a run at 3-4, but Taylor Floyd's inaugural outing of his season went south in a hurry. Meanwhile, Carolina won in a walk-off after Jordan Tripp surrendered a tying two-run homer with two down in the top of the eighth. It was the Jose Sibrian and Zack Raabe show stepping up in a big way in the eighth and ninth spots in the batting order. Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, Brandon Knarr (third win), Kent Hasler, and Cam Robinson (fourth save) pitched a shutout while Wes Clarke continued his steady play of late, including some gems at first base. Nashville, trailing 2-1 late, shut things down via 3 1/3 clean bullpen innings and found timely hits in the bottom of the eighth. Let's get into the recaps! Transactions: None Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 4, Augusta (Braves) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Raabe Delivers Walk-Off Winner for Mudcats - Raabe and Sibrian Combined for Six Hits and Three Runs Scored in Carolina's 4-3 Walk-Off Victory AUDIO: Post-game interview with Manager Victor Estevez On a muggy and warm early evening in Zebulon, Ryne Moore took the hill for the Mudcats. Ryne started the tilt hitting his first two batters - a right-handed hitter and a left-handed hitter. He added another hit batter to the tally in the second inning on an inside breaking ball that was too far inside and too late to break. However, he left two men stranded in both innings. Ryne ultimately conceded his only un-earned run in the third after a catching error by Jesus Chrinos (on a challenging throw from Alberis Ferrer, I would add) allowed the lead-off batter to take second base. A walk to the next batter followed by a double steal allowed the run to score on a weakly hit ground-out to first. It's a telling sign when you struggle to find your best stuff early; you hit three batters; you find runners in three consecutive innings, and finish six complete innings with seven strikeouts and a mere three hits and a walk. That is battling for your team. Unfortunately, Ryne was not rewarded with a victory. Further Viewing Notes: Oswel Leones came into this tilt, having hit safely in six consecutive games. He finished this contest with an 0-2 batting line with two walks. The hitting streak ends, but the 'getting on base' streak continues at seven games. What incredible joy to be a young man, playing the sport you love, and walking off to an ice water bath! Here is the one-two punch of Jose Sibrian (lead-off double) and Zack Raabe winning the game in the bottom of the ninth. Both batters finished their evenings three of four : Game number two was a bit more challenging for youngster Jackson Chourio. He finished his evening 0-4 with three strikeouts. On to the next! Eduardo Garcia knocked in another runner in the three-run Mudcats' fifth innings. He now has 19 RBI on the season. I feel we might one day be saying: "Remember when Eduardo was a 19-year-old in Zebulon?!" Enjoy him in Low-A while you can. Michele Vassalotti continues to thrive in his shift to a bullpen role. He has solidified the make-or-break eighth and ninth innings. Tonight was no different as he pitched a scoreless and hitless (one strikeout) ninth inning for his third win of the season. The Mudcats are now winners of three straight games and have beaten Augusta in eight consecutive contests. Can they make it four straight and nine straight, respectively? Tonight's win was also their first walk-off in 23 games to start 2022. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 4, Fort Wayne (Padres) 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Rattlers Pitch a Shutout to Beat Fort Wayne - Knarr with Six More Scoreless Innings to Win Third Straight Please Tune Into the Post-Game Podcast - Always worth a listen Find your post-game YouTube recap here: Zavier Warren is a professional hitter. You can see it in his approach and his opening at bat walk was a testament to this approach as he laid off several enticing outside pitches. It's also good to know this young man is capable of sporting, undeniably I would offer, the best mustache in the Brewers lower levels. I propose the loss of Zavi's mustache in this early 2022 season is on par with losing the flowing golden locks of Joey Wiemer. It leaves a man pondering things. This is not the way. And, apparently, it's 'mustache month' in the Timber Rattlers' clubhouse! Lefty Brandon Knarr has a nasty sweeping curve for a strikeout pitch. This pitch is approaching true 12-6 territory and, I'm not kidding when I say this: It's approaching filthy status. Tune in (several examples in the YouTube highlight video above), watch for yourself, and experience a moment of wonder: "What's it like to execute a pitch as pretty as that?" Brandon finished his evening with six complete innings, six punch outs, six hits, and a lone walk on 80 pitches (57 strikes). The progress we are seeing in 2022 in the step-up from Carolina is poignant: He's not nitpicking like he did in Zebulon. His walks are down. He's pitching in the zone more, playing to his defense and, because of that, his strikeouts are down slightly. But, the evolution as a pitcher is real. After the Micah Bello double play grounder in the bottom of the second, the Timber Rattlers reached 17 already in their young season. It will be interesting to see how this trend evolves as the season progresses. Tristan Peters took the lead-off spot for the second consecutive night. With a single and a stolen base on the evening, Tristan extended his on-base streak to 17 games. There's a reason his name consistently finds his way into my reports: he is playing lights out baseball in 2022. Wes Clarke continues to come up clutch in this string of recent games. With two on (runners on second and third) and two down in the bottom of the sixth inning in a 0-0 game, Wes lined a blooping muscled single over second base and into shallow right field. The two-run rbi was a crucial knock in a hotly contested game. Let's also take note: Clarke is making incredible defensive plays at first base filling in for Ernesto Martinez. We salute you, Wes! Antonio Pinero now has now hit safely in seven of his last eight games. With a jam-shot muscled single over the third baseman into left field, he continued his string of recent offensive output. Carlos Rodriguez is a very solid defender in all outfield spots. He deserves some recognition for the under-appreciated Swiss army knife he is defensively. He came up with a couple key plays tonight and also knocked a key opposite field hit scoring two baserunners and extending the lead. Apparently, his girlfriend is in town for this series. Way to show out, young man! Outstanding pitching, great defense, and key hits: this is what winning baseball looks like. And, let me tell you: it feels good! Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Montgomery (Rays) 8, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Big Sixth Inning Separates Biscuits from Shuckers - Campbell and Zamora Each Record Multi-Hit Games Let us begin with the now familiar Joey Wiemer moment of Zen: Through his first 23 games with the Shuckers, Wiemer is hitting 27-for-89 (.303) with eight doubles, four home runs and 19 RBI. His 19 RBI are the fourth most in the early going in the Southern League. Backing up for one moment: the opportunities were limited in Montgomery on Tuesday, but the Shuckers did strand two runners in a pivotal late inning. During their series against Birmingham, the Shuckers stranded 36 runners and went 11-for-56 (.196) with runners in scoring position. Additionally, Biloxi hit just 5-for-47 (.106) in the series against Pensacola. If they are going to get trending more in favor of the win column, it would appear they need positive change in a couple of areas: improved hitting with runners on and some form of consistency from the lower part of the order. There's a lot of season left, but, in the early going these have been two primary every-day hindrances preventing a meaningful breakout from 0.500 ball. Here's to supporting our young men as they continue chipping away and putting in the hard work to get this going! Even though today ended in a tough loss, the Shuckers did manage to hit 4 of 13 with runners on. This is an improvement and something to build on. Sal Frelick slotted back to his familiar center field role while manning the lead-off spot in the order. Garrett Mitchell took over in the DH spot while Gabe Holt moved to third base and Noah Campbell was back in left field. Lots of changes for game number two. Freddy Zamora batted in the two-hole again - his second game in-a-row batting second. He rewarded his team with another two-hit outing. It has been a fairly rough transition into Double-A ball for the talented 23 year old - his strikeout to walk ratio is way up as are his errors but we're going to give this young man the time he needs to adjust to a higher level of competition. We are seeing small signs of better play ahead. We see you, Freddy, and we're rooting for you. Congrats to Sal on his first Double-A hit. At the time, it was a pivotal hit as Noah Campbell advanced to third and scored on a passed ball shortly thereafter. It was looking rosy up 2-1: Backing up for one moment: the opportunities were limited in Montgomery on Tuesday, but the Shuckers did strand two runners in a pivotal late inning. During their series against Birmingham, the Shuckers stranded 36 runners and went 11-for-56 (.196) with runners in scoring position. Additionally, Biloxi hit just 5-for-47 (.106) in the series against Pensacola. If they are going to get trending more in favor of the win column, it would appear they need positive change in a couple areas: improved hitting with runners on and some form of consistency from the lower part of the order. There's a lot of season left, but, in the early going these have been two primary every-day hindrances preventing a meaningful breakout from 0.500 ball. Here's to supporting our young men as they continue chipping away and putting in the hard work to get this going! Even though today ended in a tough loss, the Shuckers did manage to hit 4-for-13 with runners on. This is an improvement and something to build on. Sal Frelick slotted back to his familiar center field role while manning the lead-off spot in the order. Garrett Mitchell took over in the DH spot while Gabe Holt moved to third base and Noah Campbell was back in left field. Lots of changes for game number two. Freddy Zamora batted in the two-hole again - his second game in-a-row batting second. He rewarded his team with another two-hit outing. It has been a fairly rough transition into Double-A ball for the talented 23 year old - his strikeout to walk ratio is way up as are his errors but we're going to give this young man the time he needs to adjust to a higher level of competition. We are seeing small signs of better play ahead. We see you, Freddy, and we're rooting for you. Congrats to Sal on his first Double-A hit. At the time, it was a pivotal hit as Noah Campbell advanced to third and scored on a passed ball shortly thereafter. It was looking rosy up 2-1: Unfortunately, it wasn't the outing Taylor hoped for as it lasted a mere 1/3 inning and stymied the momentum gained after pulling within one. I'll just leave it at that. There's always next time. Here's hoping the rust has been shaken loose. With their third consecutive loss, the Shuckers fall to 12-11 on the young season and maintain a loose hold on first place. I would say this losing streak and their overall record validate what I've seen: up-and-down play throughout. We've had bright spots, rough spots, and everything in between. The talent is there to start playing more consistently but this is what a Minor League season is truly about: growth and discovery. I see plenty of both ahead and, thankfully, we have plenty of games remaining. Here's to getting back in the win column tomorrow! *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 4, Norfolk (Orioles) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Late Rally Leads Sounds Past Norfolk - Nashville Strikes with Two Eighth Inning Runs in 4-2 Bounce Back Win Viewing Notes: In a recorded conversation during the St. Paul Saints series with Tyler White and Mark Mathias, Josh Lindbolm mentioned throwing too many strikes during his most recent start. He wanted to work his way out of the zone to challenge hitters. He was aligned with these thoughts early as he was close to the zone but nibbling outside it with his vast blend of pitches. I've said it before, and I'll probably keep saying it: Josh really is an incredible AAAA pitcher. He has an uncanny ability to work in and around the zone. He's a thinker on the mound and has the toolkit to work with. Case and point, coming into tonight's contest with Norfolk he had kept opposing lefty batters to a 0.136 batting average. As a right-handed pitcher, at any level, that's just impressive stuff even if it is only a sample size in the 20's of innings. It's the 'Where is Weston?' traveling positional circus! In tonight's contest, Weston manned left field after appearing at the hot corner last night. The versatility of Wilson is incredible to witness on a night-in and night-out basis. He is as plug-and-play as it gets at this level. I continue to hope he gets an opportunity with the Big Club at some point in 2022. Both teams stranded seven baserunners but, the key in this one, was obviously the late work of Mark Mathias and Jon Singleton. Have I told you how much I love Jon Singleton as a player and comeback story? How about the night Mark Mathias had at the plate? His second home run on his season: And the crucial double to take the lead late? (Nice base running by Mike Brosseau here) Watch the call from the great Jeff Hem: Speaking of Home Runs, I'm still searching for this bomb from Jon Singleton - his sixth of the year. The bat drop says it all. Estimated 455 feet of chiseled sweetness: It truly was the 'Singleton and Mathias' show tonight. They both hit solo shots. They both knocked in the third and fourth runs in the crucial bottom of the eighth. What more is there to say? Ballers. Let's re-route and return to the season Mark Mathias is having. In 15 games, he’s batting .360 (18-for-50) with five doubles, a triple, two home runs and 10 RBI. He also has seven multi-hit games on the year. Under-the-radar, but definitely noticed. Another fine bullpen outing from the Sounds pitching staff. At this point, it's just to be expected (which is quite a thing to have as an organization): Miguel Sanchez, Hobie Harris, and Connor Sadzeck combined to go 3 1/3 scoreless inning of two hit, two walk, ball. Sadzeck closed out the ninth to get his first save while Hobie secured the win pitching a scoreless eighth. With tonights Singleton and Mathias homers, the Sounds have now homered 11 times over the past five games. They are tied with Memphis for the most home runs in the International League since April 28. About that pitching? Let's break it down after tonights work: Nashville remains unbeaten after leading through eight innings on the season (16-0). They’ve also held their opponents to three runs or less 16 times. The Sounds pitching staff holds the best ERA in the International League at 2.77. Nashville starters have the second-best ERA in the league (2.94), while the Nashville bullpen has a league-best ERA of 2.66... *** That concludes another Minor League Report for me. Brewers fans, let me tell you: We are truly blessed right now. Please take a moment in your days and consider what we are witnessing across the entire organization. This is a World Class thing we are witnessing at present. I, for one, will not take this current ride for granted. And, my hope is: you don't either. We have so much good happening and we have so much to look forward to. Here's to great games throughout the remainder of the week. All night games tomorrow - no matinee games on the slate. Enjoy! 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
  13. The Biloxi Shuckers began our four-game slate with a disappointing Matinee session in Montgomery. The Shuckers did manage to pull within a run at 3-4, but Taylor Floyd's inaugural outing of his season went south in a hurry. Meanwhile, Carolina won in a walk-off after Jordan Tripp surrendered a tying two-run homer with two down in the top of the eighth. It was the Jose Sibrian and Zack Raabe show stepping up in a big way in the eighth and ninth spots in the batting order. Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, Brandon Knarr (third win), Kent Hasler, and Cam Robinson (fourth save) pitched a shutout while Wes Clarke continued his steady play of late, including some gems at first base. Nashville, trailing 2-1 late, shut things down via 3 1/3 clean bullpen innings and found timely hits in the bottom of the eighth. Let's get into the recaps! Transactions: None Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 4, Augusta (Braves) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Raabe Delivers Walk-Off Winner for Mudcats - Raabe and Sibrian Combined for Six Hits and Three Runs Scored in Carolina's 4-3 Walk-Off Victory AUDIO: Post-game interview with Manager Victor Estevez On a muggy and warm early evening in Zebulon, Ryne Moore took the hill for the Mudcats. Ryne started the tilt hitting his first two batters - a right-handed hitter and a left-handed hitter. He added another hit batter to the tally in the second inning on an inside breaking ball that was too far inside and too late to break. However, he left two men stranded in both innings. Ryne ultimately conceded his only un-earned run in the third after a catching error by Jesus Chrinos (on a challenging throw from Alberis Ferrer, I would add) allowed the lead-off batter to take second base. A walk to the next batter followed by a double steal allowed the run to score on a weakly hit ground-out to first. It's a telling sign when you struggle to find your best stuff early; you hit three batters; you find runners in three consecutive innings, and finish six complete innings with seven strikeouts and a mere three hits and a walk. That is battling for your team. Unfortunately, Ryne was not rewarded with a victory. Further Viewing Notes: Oswel Leones came into this tilt, having hit safely in six consecutive games. He finished this contest with an 0-2 batting line with two walks. The hitting streak ends, but the 'getting on base' streak continues at seven games. What incredible joy to be a young man, playing the sport you love, and walking off to an ice water bath! Here is the one-two punch of Jose Sibrian (lead-off double) and Zack Raabe winning the game in the bottom of the ninth. Both batters finished their evenings three of four : Game number two was a bit more challenging for youngster Jackson Chourio. He finished his evening 0-4 with three strikeouts. On to the next! Eduardo Garcia knocked in another runner in the three-run Mudcats' fifth innings. He now has 19 RBI on the season. I feel we might one day be saying: "Remember when Eduardo was a 19-year-old in Zebulon?!" Enjoy him in Low-A while you can. Michele Vassalotti continues to thrive in his shift to a bullpen role. He has solidified the make-or-break eighth and ninth innings. Tonight was no different as he pitched a scoreless and hitless (one strikeout) ninth inning for his third win of the season. The Mudcats are now winners of three straight games and have beaten Augusta in eight consecutive contests. Can they make it four straight and nine straight, respectively? Tonight's win was also their first walk-off in 23 games to start 2022. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 4, Fort Wayne (Padres) 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Rattlers Pitch a Shutout to Beat Fort Wayne - Knarr with Six More Scoreless Innings to Win Third Straight Please Tune Into the Post-Game Podcast - Always worth a listen Find your post-game YouTube recap here: Zavier Warren is a professional hitter. You can see it in his approach and his opening at bat walk was a testament to this approach as he laid off several enticing outside pitches. It's also good to know this young man is capable of sporting, undeniably I would offer, the best mustache in the Brewers lower levels. I propose the loss of Zavi's mustache in this early 2022 season is on par with losing the flowing golden locks of Joey Wiemer. It leaves a man pondering things. This is not the way. And, apparently, it's 'mustache month' in the Timber Rattlers' clubhouse! Lefty Brandon Knarr has a nasty sweeping curve for a strikeout pitch. This pitch is approaching true 12-6 territory and, I'm not kidding when I say this: It's approaching filthy status. Tune in (several examples in the YouTube highlight video above), watch for yourself, and experience a moment of wonder: "What's it like to execute a pitch as pretty as that?" Brandon finished his evening with six complete innings, six punch outs, six hits, and a lone walk on 80 pitches (57 strikes). The progress we are seeing in 2022 in the step-up from Carolina is poignant: He's not nitpicking like he did in Zebulon. His walks are down. He's pitching in the zone more, playing to his defense and, because of that, his strikeouts are down slightly. But, the evolution as a pitcher is real. After the Micah Bello double play grounder in the bottom of the second, the Timber Rattlers reached 17 already in their young season. It will be interesting to see how this trend evolves as the season progresses. Tristan Peters took the lead-off spot for the second consecutive night. With a single and a stolen base on the evening, Tristan extended his on-base streak to 17 games. There's a reason his name consistently finds his way into my reports: he is playing lights out baseball in 2022. Wes Clarke continues to come up clutch in this string of recent games. With two on (runners on second and third) and two down in the bottom of the sixth inning in a 0-0 game, Wes lined a blooping muscled single over second base and into shallow right field. The two-run rbi was a crucial knock in a hotly contested game. Let's also take note: Clarke is making incredible defensive plays at first base filling in for Ernesto Martinez. We salute you, Wes! Antonio Pinero now has now hit safely in seven of his last eight games. With a jam-shot muscled single over the third baseman into left field, he continued his string of recent offensive output. Carlos Rodriguez is a very solid defender in all outfield spots. He deserves some recognition for the under-appreciated Swiss army knife he is defensively. He came up with a couple key plays tonight and also knocked a key opposite field hit scoring two baserunners and extending the lead. Apparently, his girlfriend is in town for this series. Way to show out, young man! Outstanding pitching, great defense, and key hits: this is what winning baseball looks like. And, let me tell you: it feels good! *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Montgomery (Rays) 8, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Big Sixth Inning Separates Biscuits from Shuckers - Campbell and Zamora Each Record Multi-Hit Games *** Let us begin with the now familiar Joey Wiemer moment of Zen: Through his first 23 games with the Shuckers, Wiemer is hitting 27-for-89 (.303) with eight doubles, four home runs and 19 RBI. His 19 RBI are the fourth most in the early going in the Southern League. Backing up for one moment: the opportunities were limited in Montgomery on Tuesday, but the Shuckers did strand two runners in a pivotal late inning. During their series against Birmingham, the Shuckers stranded 36 runners and went 11-for-56 (.196) with runners in scoring position. Additionally, Biloxi hit just 5-for-47 (.106) in the series against Pensacola. If they are going to get trending more in favor of the win column, it would appear they need positive change in a couple areas: improved hitting with runners on and some form of consistency from the lower part of the order. There's a lot of season left, but, in the early going these have been two primary every-day hindrances preventing a meaningful breakout from 0.500 ball. Here's to supporting our young men as they continue chipping away and putting in the hard work to get this going! Even though today ended in a tough loss, the Shuckers did manage to hit 4 of 13 with runners on. This is an improvement and something to build on. Sal Frelick slotted back to his familiar center field role while manning the lead-off spot in the order. Garrett Mitchell took over in the DH spot while Gabe Holt moved to third base and Noah Campbell was back in left field. Lots of changes for game number two. Freddy Zamora batted in the two-hole again - his second game in-a-row batting second. He rewarded his team with another two-hit outing. It has been a fairly rough transition into Double-A ball for the talented 23 year old - his strikeout to walk ratio is way up as are his errors but we're going to give this young man the time he needs to adjust to a higher level of competition. We are seeing small signs of better play ahead. We see you, Freddy, and we're rooting for you. Congrats to Sal on his first Double-A hit. At the time, it was a pivotal hit as Noah Campbell advanced to third and scored on a passed ball shortly thereafter. It was looking rosy up 2-1: Victor Castaneda got the nod on the mound today for the Shuckers. Now 23 years old, Victor was signed by the Brewers as a teenager out of the Mexican League in the summer of 2017. He features an 80 mph slider and a sinking change-up to off-set his varied fastball offerings. If you recall, Victor didn't get any real starting experience until the 2019 Arizona Fall League. He is very much a young starting pitcher in that regard. He struggled with a tight strike zone today and ultimately left after only three innings. This was a step back from his season high 5 1/3 innings pitched in just his last outing. Thomas Dillard made a heck of a diving stop to close out and strand runners on first and second in the first inning. The stab itself was impressive, but the quick turn and toss to Castaneda covering first was equally impressive. He hit a deep deep fly to the warning track on his ensuing at bat and missed a home run or surefire double by mere feet. Keep at it, Thomas. Things can turn around in a hurry. Noah Campbell nearly made the sliding stop in the bottom of the second. He ranged quite well and got to the ball with an adept slide but his glove just couldn't get down in proper timing to corral the liner. He made a great throw to third base from the wall and missed the tag out by mere seconds. It feels like all Noah needs is a defensive play or two to turn it around. We're rooting for you, young man. Campbell did manage a nice two of four day at the plate. Here's hoping he can stay in the line-up mix to keep building on games like this. Two more errors on the day for Biloxi - one from Wiemer and one from Castaneda. This has been a recurring theme in the early season and one I'm sure the team would like to change. Congratulations to RHP Taylor Floyd on making his first appearance of his season after the Shuckers had creeped within 3-4 on a Gabe Holt rbi single up the middle: Unfortunately, it wasn't the outing Taylor hoped for as it lasted a mere 1/3 inning and stymied the momentum gained after pulling within one. I'll just leave it at that. There's always next time. Here's hoping the rust has been shaken loose. With their third consecutive loss, the Shuckers fall to 12-11 on the young season and maintain a loose hold on first place. I would say this losing streak and their overall record validate what I've seen: up-and-down play throughout. We've had bright spots, rough spots, and everything in between. The talent is there to start playing more consistently but this is what a Minor League season is truly about: growth and discovery. I see plenty of both ahead and, thankfully, we have plenty of games remaining. Here's to getting back in the win column tomorrow! *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 4, Norfolk (Orioles) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Late Rally Leads Sounds Past Norfolk - Nashville Strikes with Two Eighth Inning Runs in 4-2 Bounce Back Win Viewing Notes: In a recorded conversation during the St. Paul Saints series with Tyler White and Mark Mathias, Josh Lindbolm mentioned throwing too many strikes during his most recent start. He wanted to work his way out of the zone to challenge hitters. He was aligned with these thoughts early as he was close to the zone but nibbling outside it with his vast blend of pitches. I've said it before, and I'll probably keep saying it: Josh really is an incredible AAAA pitcher. He has an uncanny ability to work in and around the zone. He's a thinker on the mound and has the toolkit to work with. Case and point, coming into tonight's contest with Norfolk he had kept opposing lefty batters to a 0.136 batting average. As a right-handed pitcher, at any level, that's just impressive stuff even if it is only a sample size in the 20's of innings. It's the 'Where is Weston?' traveling positional circus! In tonight's contest, Weston manned left field after appearing at the hot corner last night. The versatility of Wilson is incredible to witness on a night-in and night-out basis. He is as plug-and-play as it gets at this level. I continue to hope he gets an opportunity with the Big Club at some point in 2022. Both teams stranded seven baserunners but, the key in this one, was obviously the late work of Mark Mathias and Jon Singleton. Have I told you how much I love Jon Singleton as a player and comeback story? How about the night Mark Mathias had at the plate? His second home run on his season: And the crucial double to take the lead late? (Nice base running by Mike Brosseau here) Watch the call from the great Jeff Hem: Speaking of Home Runs, I'm still searching for this bomb from Jon Singleton - his sixth of the year. The bat drop says it all. Estimated 455 feet of chiseled sweetness: It truly was the 'Singleton and Mathias' show tonight. They both hit solo shots. They both knocked in the third and fourth runs in the crucial bottom of the eighth. What more is there to say? Ballers. Let's re-route and return to the season Mark Mathias is having. In 15 games, he’s batting .360 (18-for-50) with five doubles, a triple, two home runs and 10 RBI. He also has seven multi-hit games on the year. Under-the-radar, but definitely noticed. Another fine bullpen outing from the Sounds pitching staff. At this point, it's just to be expected (which is quite a thing to have as an organization): Miguel Sanchez, Hobie Harris, and Connor Sadzeck combined to go 3 1/3 scoreless inning of two hit, two walk, ball. Sadzeck closed out the ninth to get his first save while Hobie secured the win pitching a scoreless eighth. With tonights Singleton and Mathias homers, the Sounds have now homered 11 times over the past five games. They are tied with Memphis for the most home runs in the International League since April 28. About that pitching? Let's break it down after tonights work: Nashville remains unbeaten after leading through eight innings on the season (16-0). They’ve also held their opponents to three runs or less 16 times. The Sounds pitching staff holds the best ERA in the International League at 2.77. Nashville starters have the second-best ERA in the league (2.94), while the Nashville bullpen has a league-best ERA of 2.66... *** That concludes another Minor League Report for me. Brewers fans, let me tell you: We are truly blessed right now. Please take a moment in your days and consider what we are witnessing across the entire organization. This is a World Class thing we are witnessing at present. I, for one, will not take this current ride for granted. And, my hope is: you don't either. We have so much good happening and we have so much to look forward to. Here's to great games throughout the remainder of the week. All night games tomorrow - no matinee games on the slate. Enjoy! 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
  14. It was a busy week for the four Brewers affiliates. Nashville was in St. Paul and fought the rains over the weekend, but they were able to increase their lead in the division. Biloxi split their series against Pensacola and remains in first place. Wisconsin had a rough week, winning just one game, but their overall record remains strong. And the Mudcats didn't score many runs but found ways to keep winning. There were a couple of solid hitting performances individually, but several very strong pitching performances were in the Brewers' system. Several were considered for pitcher of the week, and really, you could do a coin flip to pick between the top two. The windy, circuitous route to pro baseball for this week's choice is fascinating, and his story should be told. TRANSACTIONS While no official transactions have been made on Monday, we hear that transactions are coming. RESULTS Last week’s Week in Review: Sounds, Shuckers Run to First Place Tuesday: Carolina Postponed and Tough Losses Across the Board Wednesday: Carolina Wins, a Couple Eerily Familiar Late Losses, and Biloxi Hangs On Thursday: Dominant Pitching Leads Affiliates to 3 Wins, 1 Close Loss on the Night Friday: Taking Note of a Broadcasting Workhorse Saturday: Good Times Up Top - Nashville’s 16-7, Big League Crew 15-7 Sunday: Garcia Leads a Classic Mudcat Comeback, Followed by Two Losses and a Rainout WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds Week: 3-2 at St. Paul Season: 16-7 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 1/2 game ahead of Columbus and 2 1/2 games ahead of Memphis. It was a weird week in St. Paul, but the Sounds were able to increase their lead in the division. After two tight losses to start the week, the Sounds good a win, and then the rains came. They started a game on Friday and finished it on Saturday, but the regularly scheduled game was suspended. Sunday’s game was simply postponed. Seven Sounds relievers threw a combined 8 2/3 innings with just one unearned run allowed. Josh Lindblom had a fantastic start. He gave up one run on two hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out eight Saints batters. Caleb Boushley gave up one run on four hits and a walk over five innings in his start. He struck out three batters. Ethan Small struck out seven over five innings of one-run ball. He gave up two hits, though he did walk four batters. Despite the rainy conditions, a couple of Sounds hitters had big weeks. Here are the highlights: Weston Wilson played in five games. He went 5-for-14 and hit .357/.500/.857 (1.357) with a double. He also had a two-home run game. He also walked four times and stole two bases. Brice Turang played in five games as well. He went 7-for-20, hitting .350/.435/.750 (1.185) with two doubles and two home runs. What’s Next? The Sounds return home to face Norfolk, who is 12-12 on the season. Pitching Probables (RHP Luis Perdomo, RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Caleb Boushley, LHP Ethan Small, RHP Dylan File, RHP Jason Alexander) Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 3-3 vs. Pensacola Season: 12-9 overall, 1st place in the Southern League South Division. They have a 2 1/2 game lead over Montgomery. The Shuckers split their home series against the Blue Wahoos. The series began with a loss. Then Shuckers pitchers tossed two consecutive shutouts before being shut out on Friday. Let’s start with the pitching because they were really good. Tyler Herb made one start and tossed six scoreless innings. He gave up three hits, walked none, and struck out eight batters. Victor Castaneda went 5 1/3 innings in his start. He gave up no runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out five batters. Zach Vennaro pitched three times and finished three games. He gave up just one hit and struck out two batters in 2 1/3 innings. Harold Chirino, Matt Hardy, Robbie Hitt, and Nash Walters each pitched twice without allowing a run. There were a few solid Shuckers' offensive performances, but just three of 13 batters hit over .200 for the week. Jakson Reetz played three games and went 3-for-9 (.333) with a double and a walk. (.944 OPS) Joey Wiemer played all six games; he went 6-for-22 and hit .273/.360/.545 (.905) with three doubles and a home run. Cam Devanney played in five games and went 4-for-13 (.308) with a walk and a home run. What’s Next? The Shuckers will be playing host to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Pitching Probables (RHP Tyler Herb, RHP Victor Castaneda, LHP Nick Bennett, RHP Carlos Luna, LHP Andy Otero, RHP Tyler Herb) High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 1-5 at Peoria Season: 12-9 overall, Tied for 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division with Peoria, 3.0 games behind Cedar Rapids. It was a rough week for the Timber Rattlers. They had a 6-2 win on Thursday, but they were outscored 19-39 over the other five games. There was one blowout, but the other losses were by three runs or less. Darrien Miller played in five games. He went 6-for-17, hitting .353/.500/.588 (1.089) with a double, a homer, and four walks. Zavier Warren went 7-for-22 over six games last week. He hit .318/.375/.500 (.875) with four doubles. Carlos Rodriguez hit .313/.400/.500 (.900) with a homer and three walks. Sal Frelick played all six games. He went 8-for-26, hitting .308/.357/.538 (.895) with a double, a triple, a homer, and two walks. It was a rough week for the starting pitchers, the whole Timber Rattles pitching staff. Except for one guy…. Lefty Brandon Knarr went six innings during his start. He gave up two hits and a walk but no runs, and he struck out seven batters. Max Lazar made a start and gave up only an unearned run over 3 1/3 innings. What’s Next? The TimberRattlers will be hosting Fort Wayne. Pitching Probables (RHP TJ Shook, LHP Brandon Knarr, LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Justin Jarvis, LHP Russell Smith, RHP TJ Shook) Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 4-2 at Down East Season: 11-10 overall, Tied for 2nd place with Lynchburg in the Carolina League North Division, 3.0 games behind Fredericksburg. It was a closely-contested series Down East last week. Over six games, the Mudcats outscored their opponent 26-24 thanks to their Sunday, 6-4 win. It was a slow week for the Mudcats' offense. Just one batter posted an OPS over .700. Eduardo Garcia played in five games. He went 8-for-21 and hit .381/.391/.714 (1.105) with two doubles, a triple, a homer, and eight RBI. The pitching wasn’t really strong either. Alexander Cornielle tossed five innings during his start. He gave up two unearned runs in five innings despite allowing four hits and walking five batters. Michele Vassalotti pitched twice. He gave up three runs (1 earned) over 4 2/3 innings. Ryan Moore gave up two runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out nine batters. Trevor Tietz pitched twice and recorded two saves. In two innings, he walked one and struck out three. No runs. No hits. What’s Next? The Mudcats will be back home to face Augusta for six games. Pitching Probables (RHP Brannon Jordan, RHP Ryne Moore, RHP Edwin Jimenez, LHP Alexander Cornielle, RHP Carlos Rodriguez, RHP Brannon Jordan) PROSPECT SUMMARY This Prospect Summary shows our current Brewers' Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week (April 26 - May 1). #1 - LHP Aaron Ashby (Milwaukee) - 1 GS, 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 5 BB, 6 K (Season: 5 G, 2 GS, 17.0 IP, 8 R, 5 ER, 13 BB, 19 K, 0-2, 2.65 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 6.9 BB/9, 10.1 K/9) #2 - OF Joey Wiemer (Biloxi) - 6 G, 6-for-22 (.273), 3-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 9 K (Season: 21 G, 25-for-81, .309/.385/.519 (.903), 8-2B, 3-HR, 17 RBI, 9 BB, 26 K) #3 - OF Garrett Mitchell (Biloxi) - 6 G, 2-for-22 (.091), 3 BB, 9 K (Season: 21 G, 18-for-76, .237/.326/.368 (.694), 2-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 8 BB, 30 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) #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Nashville) - 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 7 K (Season: 5 GS, 23.1 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 9 H, 16 BB, 31 K, 2-0, 0.77 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 6.2 BB/9, 12.0 K/9) #6 - SS Brice Turang (Nashville) - 5 G, 7-for-20 (.350), 2-2B, 2-HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K (Season: 20 G, 26-for-83, .313/.380/.494 (.874), 7-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 14 RBI, 9 BB, 20 K) #7 - OF Hedbert Perez (Carolina) - 5 G, 5-for-19 (.263), 1-2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 10 K (Season: 17 G, 13-for-70, .186/.230/.314 (.544), 3-2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 3/3 SB, 4 BB, 28 K) #8 - C Jeferson Quero (Carolina) - 5 G, 3-for-23 (.130), 1 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 17 G, 18-for-70, .257/.290/.357 (.647), 5-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 10 RBI, 4 BB, 18 K) #9 - SS Freddy Zamora (Biloxi) - 5 G, 2-for-16 (.125), 1-HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 16 G, 11-for-58), .190/.250/.276 (.526), 2-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 17 K) #10 - 2B Tyler Black (Wisconsin) - (Season: 10 G, 10-for-33 (.303/.410/.394 (.804), 3-2B, 10 RBI, 5 BB, 3 K) #11 - 2B Felix Valerio (Biloxi) - 2 G, 1-for-7 (.143), 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (Season: 16 G, 16-for-56, .286/.368/.536 (.903), 3-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 12 RBI, 9 BB, 5 K) #12 - OF Jackson Chourio (Complex) - #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Nashville) - 4 G, 3-for-14 (.214), 2-2B, RBI, 2 BB, 3 K (Season: 16 G, 12-for-56, .214/.279/.286 (.564), 4-2B, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 17 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Milwaukee) - (Season: 1 G, 0-for-0, R, BB) #14 - LHP Antoine Kelly (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 3.0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 K (Season: 4 GS, 16.2 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 8 H, 13 BB, 23 K, 1-0, 3.24 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 7.0 BB/9, 12.4 K/9) #15 - OF Joe Gray, Jr. (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 3-for-25 (.120), 2-2B, 1 BB, 13 K (Season: 21 G, 12-for-76, .158/.247/.290 (.537), 5-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 6 RBI, 5/5 SB, 9 BB, 36 K) #16 - SS Eduardo Garcia (Carolina) - 5 G, 8-for-21 (.381), 2-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 8 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 19 G, 25-78, 321/.357/.500 (.857), 6-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 3 BB, 32 K) #17 - UTL Zavier Warren (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 7-for-22 (.318), 4-2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K (Season: 20 G, 18-for-72, .250/.317/.333 (.650), 6-2B, 5 RBI, 3/3 SB, 5 BB, 20 K) #18 - RHP Abner Uribe (Biloxi) - IL (out for season) #19 - OF Hendry Mendez (Carolina) - 5 G, 3-for-18 (.167), 2B, 2-RBI, 4 BB, 4 K (Season: 17 G, 13-for-58, .224/.384/.310 (.694), 2-2B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 15 BB, 16 K) #20 - LHP Russell Smith (Wisconsin) - 2 GS, 8.2 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 7 BB, 8 K (Season: 4 GS, 15.0 IP, 13 R, 11 ER, 16 H, 10 BB, 15 K, 0-1, 6.60 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, 6.0 BB/9, 9.0 K/9) PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Weston Wilson, Nashville Sounds Weston Wilson had a really strong week last week in St. Paul. He hit .357/500/.857 (1.357) in five games with a double and two homers. Both homers came in the same game on Thursday night at CHS Field. Wilson has been in the organization for quite a while. The 27-year-old Clemson alumnus was taken in the 17th round of the 2016 draft. He has progressed through the organization quite consistently. In 2017, he started in Low-A but spent the final four months of the season at High-A. In 2018, he played 105 games in Carolina before ending the season with a few weeks in Double-A Biloxi. He began the 2019 season with the Shuckers, where he hit 19 doubles and 19 homers in 127 games. Like others, he missed the 2020 season. When he returned in 2021, he played 70 games for Nashville. He hit .267/.354/.548 (.902) with 11 doubles and 16 homers. He also stole eight bases in 10 attempts. He struck out 23% of the time, which isn’t bad, but he also walked over 11.4%of his plate appearances. Wilson is big and strong with a lot of power. He’s also a good athlete and can play all over the diamond. He’s played eight games at third base, six at left field, and then at first base, second base, and right field. In 2021, he even played quite a bit at shortstop. Wilson is not currently on the Brewers' 40-man roster, but that could be possible sometime in 2022. Pitcher of the Week: LHP Brandon Knarr, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers If you want to tell me that Tyler Herb should have won this for the week, you aren’t going to get an argument from me. Tyler Herb – 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 8 K Brandon Knarr – 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 K They both went six innings and didn’t give up a run. They both had three base runners. Call it a tie? Maybe I should have. But after looking at each, I went with Brandon Knarr because if we had named a Brewer Fanatic Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month, it would have been Knarr. On the season, the 23-year-old has made four starts. He is 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP. In 22 1/3 innings, he walked six and struck out 27 batters. Knarr’s path to pro ball has taken many turns. The Pennsylvania native put up some crazy strikeout numbers at Eastern York High School. He went to Notre Dame as a freshman and pitched in 12 games. He transferred to the College of Central Florida and went 6-1 for head coach Marty Smith. In 65 2/3 innings, he had 86 strikeouts. From there, he went to the Division 2 baseball powerhouse at the University of Tampa. In six starts before the season was shut down, he went 4-1 with a 2.55 ERA. He had 64 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings (16.3 K/9). Knarr went undrafted in the Covid-shortened, five-round 2020 MLB draft. As you recall, teams were able to sign non-drafted players for up to $20,000. Knarr had many options, but the Brewers offered the opportunity to work as a starter. He signed and has taken advantage. Last year in Carolina, he went 7-2 with a 3.84 ERA in 75 innings. He struck out 103 batters (12.4 K/9). He ended the season with five starts in Wisconsin, where he struggled some but also struck out more than a batter per inning. Knarr has fought to get this far in his career. He stands less than 6-0 tall. He isn’t a flamethrower, but he is incredibly competitive. His fastball sits between 88 and 91 mph. He has a split-finger pitch that is sitting in the 72-76 mph range. He’s got two breaking balls, a slider in the low-80s and a slower curveball in the mid-70s. He works fast and really commands the zone. He’s known to ask questions and always working to learn more about his craft. Feel free to discuss the Brewers' prospects and their affiliates in the COMMENTS below.
  15. The Brewers are in first place. Entering game action this week, the Triple-A Nashville Sounds and Double-A Biloxi Shuckers are also in first place. High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Low-A Carolina are currently in second place. The Brewers farm system is strong. Find out who performed well throughout the system over the past week. It was a busy week for the four Brewers affiliates. Nashville was in St. Paul and fought the rains over the weekend, but they were able to increase their lead in the division. Biloxi split their series against Pensacola and remains in first place. Wisconsin had a rough week, winning just one game, but their overall record remains strong. And the Mudcats didn't score many runs but found ways to keep winning. There were a couple of solid hitting performances individually, but several very strong pitching performances were in the Brewers' system. Several were considered for pitcher of the week, and really, you could do a coin flip to pick between the top two. The windy, circuitous route to pro baseball for this week's choice is fascinating, and his story should be told. TRANSACTIONS While no official transactions have been made on Monday, we hear that transactions are coming. RESULTS Last week’s Week in Review: Sounds, Shuckers Run to First Place Tuesday: Carolina Postponed and Tough Losses Across the Board Wednesday: Carolina Wins, a Couple Eerily Familiar Late Losses, and Biloxi Hangs On Thursday: Dominant Pitching Leads Affiliates to 3 Wins, 1 Close Loss on the Night Friday: Taking Note of a Broadcasting Workhorse Saturday: Good Times Up Top - Nashville’s 16-7, Big League Crew 15-7 Sunday: Garcia Leads a Classic Mudcat Comeback, Followed by Two Losses and a Rainout WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds Week: 3-2 at St. Paul Season: 16-7 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 1/2 game ahead of Columbus and 2 1/2 games ahead of Memphis. It was a weird week in St. Paul, but the Sounds were able to increase their lead in the division. After two tight losses to start the week, the Sounds good a win, and then the rains came. They started a game on Friday and finished it on Saturday, but the regularly scheduled game was suspended. Sunday’s game was simply postponed. Seven Sounds relievers threw a combined 8 2/3 innings with just one unearned run allowed. Josh Lindblom had a fantastic start. He gave up one run on two hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out eight Saints batters. Caleb Boushley gave up one run on four hits and a walk over five innings in his start. He struck out three batters. Ethan Small struck out seven over five innings of one-run ball. He gave up two hits, though he did walk four batters. Despite the rainy conditions, a couple of Sounds hitters had big weeks. Here are the highlights: Weston Wilson played in five games. He went 5-for-14 and hit .357/.500/.857 (1.357) with a double. He also had a two-home run game. He also walked four times and stole two bases. Brice Turang played in five games as well. He went 7-for-20, hitting .350/.435/.750 (1.185) with two doubles and two home runs. What’s Next? The Sounds return home to face Norfolk, who is 12-12 on the season. Pitching Probables (RHP Luis Perdomo, RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Caleb Boushley, LHP Ethan Small, RHP Dylan File, RHP Jason Alexander) Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 3-3 vs. Pensacola Season: 12-9 overall, 1st place in the Southern League South Division. They have a 2 1/2 game lead over Montgomery. The Shuckers split their home series against the Blue Wahoos. The series began with a loss. Then Shuckers pitchers tossed two consecutive shutouts before being shut out on Friday. Let’s start with the pitching because they were really good. Tyler Herb made one start and tossed six scoreless innings. He gave up three hits, walked none, and struck out eight batters. Victor Castaneda went 5 1/3 innings in his start. He gave up no runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out five batters. Zach Vennaro pitched three times and finished three games. He gave up just one hit and struck out two batters in 2 1/3 innings. Harold Chirino, Matt Hardy, Robbie Hitt, and Nash Walters each pitched twice without allowing a run. There were a few solid Shuckers' offensive performances, but just three of 13 batters hit over .200 for the week. Jakson Reetz played three games and went 3-for-9 (.333) with a double and a walk. (.944 OPS) Joey Wiemer played all six games; he went 6-for-22 and hit .273/.360/.545 (.905) with three doubles and a home run. Cam Devanney played in five games and went 4-for-13 (.308) with a walk and a home run. What’s Next? The Shuckers will be playing host to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Pitching Probables (RHP Tyler Herb, RHP Victor Castaneda, LHP Nick Bennett, RHP Carlos Luna, LHP Andy Otero, RHP Tyler Herb) High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 1-5 at Peoria Season: 12-9 overall, Tied for 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division with Peoria, 3.0 games behind Cedar Rapids. It was a rough week for the Timber Rattlers. They had a 6-2 win on Thursday, but they were outscored 19-39 over the other five games. There was one blowout, but the other losses were by three runs or less. Darrien Miller played in five games. He went 6-for-17, hitting .353/.500/.588 (1.089) with a double, a homer, and four walks. Zavier Warren went 7-for-22 over six games last week. He hit .318/.375/.500 (.875) with four doubles. Carlos Rodriguez hit .313/.400/.500 (.900) with a homer and three walks. Sal Frelick played all six games. He went 8-for-26, hitting .308/.357/.538 (.895) with a double, a triple, a homer, and two walks. It was a rough week for the starting pitchers, the whole Timber Rattles pitching staff. Except for one guy…. Lefty Brandon Knarr went six innings during his start. He gave up two hits and a walk but no runs, and he struck out seven batters. Max Lazar made a start and gave up only an unearned run over 3 1/3 innings. What’s Next? The TimberRattlers will be hosting Fort Wayne. Pitching Probables (RHP TJ Shook, LHP Brandon Knarr, LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Justin Jarvis, LHP Russell Smith, RHP TJ Shook) Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 4-2 at Down East Season: 11-10 overall, Tied for 2nd place with Lynchburg in the Carolina League North Division, 3.0 games behind Fredericksburg. It was a closely-contested series Down East last week. Over six games, the Mudcats outscored their opponent 26-24 thanks to their Sunday, 6-4 win. It was a slow week for the Mudcats' offense. Just one batter posted an OPS over .700. Eduardo Garcia played in five games. He went 8-for-21 and hit .381/.391/.714 (1.105) with two doubles, a triple, a homer, and eight RBI. The pitching wasn’t really strong either. Alexander Cornielle tossed five innings during his start. He gave up two unearned runs in five innings despite allowing four hits and walking five batters. Michele Vassalotti pitched twice. He gave up three runs (1 earned) over 4 2/3 innings. Ryan Moore gave up two runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out nine batters. Trevor Tietz pitched twice and recorded two saves. In two innings, he walked one and struck out three. No runs. No hits. What’s Next? The Mudcats will be back home to face Augusta for six games. Pitching Probables (RHP Brannon Jordan, RHP Ryne Moore, RHP Edwin Jimenez, LHP Alexander Cornielle, RHP Carlos Rodriguez, RHP Brannon Jordan) PROSPECT SUMMARY This Prospect Summary shows our current Brewers' Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week (April 26 - May 1). #1 - LHP Aaron Ashby (Milwaukee) - 1 GS, 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 5 BB, 6 K (Season: 5 G, 2 GS, 17.0 IP, 8 R, 5 ER, 13 BB, 19 K, 0-2, 2.65 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 6.9 BB/9, 10.1 K/9) #2 - OF Joey Wiemer (Biloxi) - 6 G, 6-for-22 (.273), 3-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 9 K (Season: 21 G, 25-for-81, .309/.385/.519 (.903), 8-2B, 3-HR, 17 RBI, 9 BB, 26 K) #3 - OF Garrett Mitchell (Biloxi) - 6 G, 2-for-22 (.091), 3 BB, 9 K (Season: 21 G, 18-for-76, .237/.326/.368 (.694), 2-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 8 BB, 30 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) #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Nashville) - 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 7 K (Season: 5 GS, 23.1 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 9 H, 16 BB, 31 K, 2-0, 0.77 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 6.2 BB/9, 12.0 K/9) #6 - SS Brice Turang (Nashville) - 5 G, 7-for-20 (.350), 2-2B, 2-HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K (Season: 20 G, 26-for-83, .313/.380/.494 (.874), 7-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 14 RBI, 9 BB, 20 K) #7 - OF Hedbert Perez (Carolina) - 5 G, 5-for-19 (.263), 1-2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 10 K (Season: 17 G, 13-for-70, .186/.230/.314 (.544), 3-2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 3/3 SB, 4 BB, 28 K) #8 - C Jeferson Quero (Carolina) - 5 G, 3-for-23 (.130), 1 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 17 G, 18-for-70, .257/.290/.357 (.647), 5-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 10 RBI, 4 BB, 18 K) #9 - SS Freddy Zamora (Biloxi) - 5 G, 2-for-16 (.125), 1-HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 16 G, 11-for-58), .190/.250/.276 (.526), 2-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 17 K) #10 - 2B Tyler Black (Wisconsin) - (Season: 10 G, 10-for-33 (.303/.410/.394 (.804), 3-2B, 10 RBI, 5 BB, 3 K) #11 - 2B Felix Valerio (Biloxi) - 2 G, 1-for-7 (.143), 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (Season: 16 G, 16-for-56, .286/.368/.536 (.903), 3-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 12 RBI, 9 BB, 5 K) #12 - OF Jackson Chourio (Complex) - #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Nashville) - 4 G, 3-for-14 (.214), 2-2B, RBI, 2 BB, 3 K (Season: 16 G, 12-for-56, .214/.279/.286 (.564), 4-2B, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 17 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Milwaukee) - (Season: 1 G, 0-for-0, R, BB) #14 - LHP Antoine Kelly (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 3.0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 K (Season: 4 GS, 16.2 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 8 H, 13 BB, 23 K, 1-0, 3.24 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 7.0 BB/9, 12.4 K/9) #15 - OF Joe Gray, Jr. (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 3-for-25 (.120), 2-2B, 1 BB, 13 K (Season: 21 G, 12-for-76, .158/.247/.290 (.537), 5-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 6 RBI, 5/5 SB, 9 BB, 36 K) #16 - SS Eduardo Garcia (Carolina) - 5 G, 8-for-21 (.381), 2-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 8 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 19 G, 25-78, 321/.357/.500 (.857), 6-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 3 BB, 32 K) #17 - UTL Zavier Warren (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 7-for-22 (.318), 4-2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K (Season: 20 G, 18-for-72, .250/.317/.333 (.650), 6-2B, 5 RBI, 3/3 SB, 5 BB, 20 K) #18 - RHP Abner Uribe (Biloxi) - IL (out for season) #19 - OF Hendry Mendez (Carolina) - 5 G, 3-for-18 (.167), 2B, 2-RBI, 4 BB, 4 K (Season: 17 G, 13-for-58, .224/.384/.310 (.694), 2-2B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 15 BB, 16 K) #20 - LHP Russell Smith (Wisconsin) - 2 GS, 8.2 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 7 BB, 8 K (Season: 4 GS, 15.0 IP, 13 R, 11 ER, 16 H, 10 BB, 15 K, 0-1, 6.60 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, 6.0 BB/9, 9.0 K/9) PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Weston Wilson, Nashville Sounds Weston Wilson had a really strong week last week in St. Paul. He hit .357/500/.857 (1.357) in five games with a double and two homers. Both homers came in the same game on Thursday night at CHS Field. Wilson has been in the organization for quite a while. The 27-year-old Clemson alumnus was taken in the 17th round of the 2016 draft. He has progressed through the organization quite consistently. In 2017, he started in Low-A but spent the final four months of the season at High-A. In 2018, he played 105 games in Carolina before ending the season with a few weeks in Double-A Biloxi. He began the 2019 season with the Shuckers, where he hit 19 doubles and 19 homers in 127 games. Like others, he missed the 2020 season. When he returned in 2021, he played 70 games for Nashville. He hit .267/.354/.548 (.902) with 11 doubles and 16 homers. He also stole eight bases in 10 attempts. He struck out 23% of the time, which isn’t bad, but he also walked over 11.4%of his plate appearances. Wilson is big and strong with a lot of power. He’s also a good athlete and can play all over the diamond. He’s played eight games at third base, six at left field, and then at first base, second base, and right field. In 2021, he even played quite a bit at shortstop. Wilson is not currently on the Brewers' 40-man roster, but that could be possible sometime in 2022. Pitcher of the Week: LHP Brandon Knarr, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers If you want to tell me that Tyler Herb should have won this for the week, you aren’t going to get an argument from me. Tyler Herb – 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 8 K Brandon Knarr – 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 K They both went six innings and didn’t give up a run. They both had three base runners. Call it a tie? Maybe I should have. But after looking at each, I went with Brandon Knarr because if we had named a Brewer Fanatic Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month, it would have been Knarr. On the season, the 23-year-old has made four starts. He is 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP. In 22 1/3 innings, he walked six and struck out 27 batters. Knarr’s path to pro ball has taken many turns. The Pennsylvania native put up some crazy strikeout numbers at Eastern York High School. He went to Notre Dame as a freshman and pitched in 12 games. He transferred to the College of Central Florida and went 6-1 for head coach Marty Smith. In 65 2/3 innings, he had 86 strikeouts. From there, he went to the Division 2 baseball powerhouse at the University of Tampa. In six starts before the season was shut down, he went 4-1 with a 2.55 ERA. He had 64 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings (16.3 K/9). Knarr went undrafted in the Covid-shortened, five-round 2020 MLB draft. As you recall, teams were able to sign non-drafted players for up to $20,000. Knarr had many options, but the Brewers offered the opportunity to work as a starter. He signed and has taken advantage. Last year in Carolina, he went 7-2 with a 3.84 ERA in 75 innings. He struck out 103 batters (12.4 K/9). He ended the season with five starts in Wisconsin, where he struggled some but also struck out more than a batter per inning. Knarr has fought to get this far in his career. He stands less than 6-0 tall. He isn’t a flamethrower, but he is incredibly competitive. His fastball sits between 88 and 91 mph. He has a split-finger pitch that is sitting in the 72-76 mph range. He’s got two breaking balls, a slider in the low-80s and a slower curveball in the mid-70s. He works fast and really commands the zone. He’s known to ask questions and always working to learn more about his craft. Feel free to discuss the Brewers' prospects and their affiliates in the COMMENTS below. View full article
  16. After collectively scuffling for four days, Milwaukee’s minor league pitchers stepped to the fore on Thursday night, giving up a combined 6 runs across four 9-inning contests, with Biloxi leading the way with a shutout at home. Nashville and Wisconsin were also winners this evening, although Carolina was done in by missed opportunities in the early innings. Despite pitchers only constituting 2 of the Brewers’ top 13 prospects (including Aaron Ashby – so let’s call it 1 of 12) in our Brewer Fanatic Pre-Season Top 25 Prospect Poll, those apparently under-appreciated arms have actually been doing the heavy lifting throughout this month: AAA Nashville – easily the top ERA in the 20-team International League at 2.52 (second place is Iowa at 3.15, third is Toledo at 3.53) AA Biloxi – also easily tops the ERA listing in the 8-team Southern League at 3.19 (second place is this week’s opponent Pensacola at 3.68) High-A Wisconsin – a more-than-respectable 6th place in ERA in the 12-team Midwest League at 3.97, skewed by an 18-run affair last week Low-A Carolina – not applicable. They’re young! Thursday night’s starting pitchers combined to cover 22 1/3 innings, yielding only 3 runs, 14 hits and 6 walks, while striking out 24 opposing hitters. Combined with solid relief pitching (12 2/3 innings, 2 runs), our hurlers are posting notice that they’re ready to move up the prospect lists. Of course, some offense was required as well and tonight was about solo homers: 2 by Weston Wilson and 1 each for Wes Clarke, Brice Turang, Jon Singleton and Freddy Zamora. And let’s not forget Antonio Pinero and his 2-run homer for Wisconsin. Game Balls this night go to RHP Victor Castaneda, LHP Brandon Knarr, RHP Caleb Boushley, RHP Ryne Moore and LF Weston Wilson. Transactions: None Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Down East 2, Carolina 0 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: Carolina Shut Out 2-0 at Down East Although the squad had four promising scoring opportunities, none came to fruition on this frustrating night for our young Mudcats: Hedbert Perez was thrown out at home on Eduardo Garcia’s 1st inning single Leadoff 2nd inning hits by Jesus Chirinos and Oswel Leones produced nothing A leadoff Jesus Chirinos single and two-out Zack Raabe walk didn’t result in any run in the 7th inning A Hedbert Perez single and a Eduardo Garcia triple in the 8th inning didn’t result in a run, undone by an intervening double play RHP Ryne Moore’s first inning had a bit of everything: infield single, hit-by-pitch, throwing error, two stolen bases, walk, regular single, strikeout. But thankfully the damage was only one run, with 3B Luis Silva throwing out one Wood Duck at home. The second inning was a bit unfair to Mr. Moore, with a 2-out walk and a balk (after 2 strikeouts to open the frame) setting the stage for a run-scoring single to put the deficit at 2-0. Thankfully, C Jeferson Quero’s second throwing error in the first three innings did not cost Moore and the Mudcats a run in the 3rd inning. In all, Moore only yielded 2 hits and recorded 9 strikeouts in his 6 innings of solid work, but unfortunately had to take the loss. LHP Pablo Garabitos and RHP Junior Montero continued to baffle Down East hitters thereafter, but the Carolina offense couldn’t quite come through. Performances of Note: Eduardo Garcia – 2-4, triple Jesus Chirinos – 2-4 Hedbert Perez – 1-4, SB Ryne Moore (Loss) – 6 innings, 2 runs, 5 hits, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 1 balk, 9 Ks Pablo Garabitos – 1 inning, zero runs, 1 hit, 2 Ks Junior Montero – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, 1 walk, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: Today’s essentially a doubleheader, as the squads need to complete the remaining 8 1/2 innings from Tuesday’s contest before moving on to a 7-inning second game. RHP Israel Puello is slated to start one of the games, as he tries to forget his last appearance (7 earned runs in 2 innings). My money is on RHP Edwin Jimenez making the other start, with RHP Jefferson Figueroa also throwing a few innings. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 6, Peoria 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Knarr K’s Seven in Six Scoreless Innings for Rattlers Win at Peoria LHP Brandon Knarr decided to make a late run for Brewer Minor League Pitcher of the Month, blanking the Chiefs for 6 innings to lower his ERA to 1.61 after four terrific appearances this month, with 27 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings. It’s clear his mind is on earning a promotion to AA Biloxi before his 24th birthday coming in early June. The Knarr-ly effort was necessary, as the only thing which separated the Timber Rattlers and Chiefs after six innings was Wes Clarke’s solo home run on a 2-0 count in the 4th inning. Thankfully, Peoria’s impressive 21-year old RHP Dionys Rodriguez exited after six innings and Wisconsin immediately feasted on the relief core, starting with a Carlos D. Rodriguez single and then Antonio Pinero’s first home run of 2022, matching his total of last year. Two walks and a hit-by-pitch set up Clarke (single) and Zavier Warren to drive in 2 more runs and extend the lead to 6-0. RHPs Kent Hasler and RHPs Cam Robinson weren’t as sharp as usual (4 hits, 2 runs in 2 innings), but let’s blame it on rustiness. Hasler has only thrown 4 2/3 innings thus far and Robinson hadn’t pitched in a full week. Performances of Note: Wes Clarke – 2-5, HR, 3 RBIs Antonio Pinero – 2-4, HR, 2 RBIs Zavier Warren – 2-4, double, 1 RBI Sal Frelick – 1-4, walk, SB Brandon Knarr (Win) – 6 innings, zero runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, 7 Ks Kent Hasler – 2 innings, 1 run, 2 hits, zero walks, 3 Ks Friday’s outlook: Always-impressive LHP Antoine Kelly (2.62 ERA in 13 2/3 innings) makes his 4th start of the year as Wisconsin tries to even this week’s series in Peoria at 2 games apiece. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 3, Pensacola 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Shuckers Shutout Wahoos For Second Night Manager Mike Guerrero must have played a hunch. Moving SS Freddy Zamora up to 2nd in the lineup in spite of his .204 AVG / .245 OBP / .245 SLG slash line entering the game, Zamora came through in the bottom of the first inning with his first home run of the season. And for RHP Victor Castaneda, that was the only run he needed. After escaping a first-and-third, 1-out situation in the 1st inning by striking out Griffin Conine and inducing an infield pop up from old friend Luis Aviles Jr., Castaneda only allowed one more baserunner to reach over the next 4 innings. Oh, and he picked that runner off of first base to keep things neat and clean. Apparently tiring in the 6th inning by giving up consecutive walks, RHP Luis Contreras picked him up by stranding both runners and also blanking Pensacola in the top of the 7th inning. Being too close for comfort at 1-0 with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th inning, the Shuckers’ bats woke up, with a Cam Devanney single plating Brent Diaz (who had doubled) and then Jakson Reetz (don’t underestimate this man and his 1.096 OPS) scoring Devanney to extend the lead to 3-0. Thereafter, RHP Nash Walter and RHP Zach Vennaro continued the strong work to complete the shutout. Performances of Note: Jakson Reetz – 2-3, double, RBI Freddy Zamora – 1-4, HR, RBI Cam Devanney – 1-3, RBI Brent Diaz – 1-3, double Thomas Dillard – 1-3 Victor Castaneda (Win) – 5 1/3 innings, zero runs, 3 hits, 2 walks, 5 Ks Luis Contreras – 1 2/3 innings, zero runs, zero hits, 1 walk, 2 Ks Nash Walters – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Zach Vennaro (Save) – 1 innings, zero runs, 1 hit, zero walks Friday’s outlook: LHP Nick Bennett is scheduled to take this one, looking to bounce back from his last outing (5 runs in a loss), as Biloxi aims to seize a 3-1 series lead over Pensacola. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 6, St. Paul 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Solo Shots Power Sounds Past St. Paul A late switch saw RHP Caleb Boushley called to start a day earlier than expected, but the Hortonville and La Crosse man was unfazed and up to the challenge. Of course, it helps when super-prospect Brice Turang gets things rolling with a first-inning blast, his first of the year. In fact, it was a pleasant night of solo efforts, with four of the Sounds’ six runs coming on homers, including Weston Wilson extending the lead to 2-0 in the 2nd inning. Nashville then extended it to 4-0 thanks to a Pablo Reyes single, 4 walks and a wild pitch. It may have been a bigger inning if not for St. Paul gunning down Turang at home on an infield grounder. Boushley’s sole blemish was a run in the bottom of the third inning, in part created by the speed of the Twins’ own super-prospect Royce Lewis (infield single, stolen base, scored on a single). Jon Singleton joined the bachelor party in the 5th inning with a solo shot to authoritatively end his 0-for-19 skid at the plate, pushing the lead to 5-1. St. Paul managed to cut that deficit to 5-2 in the bottom of the 6th inning, with two singles and a double off RHP Thomas Jankins, but impressive field work caught a Saint at 3rd base to lessen the threat (LF Weston Wilson to SS Brice Turang to 3B Andruw Monasterio). In the 8th inning, Wilson added his second homer of the night for the 6-2 final margin. RHPs Zack Brown, Pete Strzelecki and Luis Perdomo were again solid to keep the Saints’ bats quiet, as Strzelecki and Perdomo in particular battle for the coveted Brewers’ Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month award. Performances of Note: Weston Wilson – 2-4, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs Pablo Reyes – 2-5, 1 SB Jon Singleton – 1-3, HR, walk, 2 RBIs Brice Turang – 1-4, HR, walk, RBI Andruw Monasterio – 1-2, 2 walks, 2 SBs Caleb Boushley – 5 innings, 1 run, 4 hits, 1 walk, 1 balk, 3 Ks Zack Brown – 1 inning, zero run, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Pete Strzelecki – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Luis Perdomo – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks Friday’s outlook: LHP Ethan Small (0.49 ERA in 18 1/3 innings) got an extra day of rest in advance of his 5th start of the month. Nashville needs a win to even this week’s series in St. Paul 2-2. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck tonight, Brewers’ affiliates! 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  17. Castaneda & Co. tossed a shutout for Biloxi. Four solo home runs and strong pitching won it for Nashville. Knarr dominated again for Wisconsin. Carolina’s offense was unable to support a solid pitching effort. After collectively scuffling for four days, Milwaukee’s minor league pitchers stepped to the fore on Thursday night, giving up a combined 6 runs across four 9-inning contests, with Biloxi leading the way with a shutout at home. Nashville and Wisconsin were also winners this evening, although Carolina was done in by missed opportunities in the early innings. Despite pitchers only constituting 2 of the Brewers’ top 13 prospects (including Aaron Ashby – so let’s call it 1 of 12) in our Brewer Fanatic Pre-Season Top 25 Prospect Poll, those apparently under-appreciated arms have actually been doing the heavy lifting throughout this month: AAA Nashville – easily the top ERA in the 20-team International League at 2.52 (second place is Iowa at 3.15, third is Toledo at 3.53) AA Biloxi – also easily tops the ERA listing in the 8-team Southern League at 3.19 (second place is this week’s opponent Pensacola at 3.68) High-A Wisconsin – a more-than-respectable 6th place in ERA in the 12-team Midwest League at 3.97, skewed by an 18-run affair last week Low-A Carolina – not applicable. They’re young! Thursday night’s starting pitchers combined to cover 22 1/3 innings, yielding only 3 runs, 14 hits and 6 walks, while striking out 24 opposing hitters. Combined with solid relief pitching (12 2/3 innings, 2 runs), our hurlers are posting notice that they’re ready to move up the prospect lists. Of course, some offense was required as well and tonight was about solo homers: 2 by Weston Wilson and 1 each for Wes Clarke, Brice Turang, Jon Singleton and Freddy Zamora. And let’s not forget Antonio Pinero and his 2-run homer for Wisconsin. Game Balls this night go to RHP Victor Castaneda, LHP Brandon Knarr, RHP Caleb Boushley, RHP Ryne Moore and LF Weston Wilson. Transactions: None Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Down East 2, Carolina 0 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: Carolina Shut Out 2-0 at Down East Although the squad had four promising scoring opportunities, none came to fruition on this frustrating night for our young Mudcats: Hedbert Perez was thrown out at home on Eduardo Garcia’s 1st inning single Leadoff 2nd inning hits by Jesus Chirinos and Oswel Leones produced nothing A leadoff Jesus Chirinos single and two-out Zack Raabe walk didn’t result in any run in the 7th inning A Hedbert Perez single and a Eduardo Garcia triple in the 8th inning didn’t result in a run, undone by an intervening double play RHP Ryne Moore’s first inning had a bit of everything: infield single, hit-by-pitch, throwing error, two stolen bases, walk, regular single, strikeout. But thankfully the damage was only one run, with 3B Luis Silva throwing out one Wood Duck at home. The second inning was a bit unfair to Mr. Moore, with a 2-out walk and a balk (after 2 strikeouts to open the frame) setting the stage for a run-scoring single to put the deficit at 2-0. Thankfully, C Jeferson Quero’s second throwing error in the first three innings did not cost Moore and the Mudcats a run in the 3rd inning. In all, Moore only yielded 2 hits and recorded 9 strikeouts in his 6 innings of solid work, but unfortunately had to take the loss. LHP Pablo Garabitos and RHP Junior Montero continued to baffle Down East hitters thereafter, but the Carolina offense couldn’t quite come through. Performances of Note: Eduardo Garcia – 2-4, triple Jesus Chirinos – 2-4 Hedbert Perez – 1-4, SB Ryne Moore (Loss) – 6 innings, 2 runs, 5 hits, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 1 balk, 9 Ks Pablo Garabitos – 1 inning, zero runs, 1 hit, 2 Ks Junior Montero – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, 1 walk, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: Today’s essentially a doubleheader, as the squads need to complete the remaining 8 1/2 innings from Tuesday’s contest before moving on to a 7-inning second game. RHP Israel Puello is slated to start one of the games, as he tries to forget his last appearance (7 earned runs in 2 innings). My money is on RHP Edwin Jimenez making the other start, with RHP Jefferson Figueroa also throwing a few innings. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 6, Peoria 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Knarr K’s Seven in Six Scoreless Innings for Rattlers Win at Peoria LHP Brandon Knarr decided to make a late run for Brewer Minor League Pitcher of the Month, blanking the Chiefs for 6 innings to lower his ERA to 1.61 after four terrific appearances this month, with 27 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings. It’s clear his mind is on earning a promotion to AA Biloxi before his 24th birthday coming in early June. The Knarr-ly effort was necessary, as the only thing which separated the Timber Rattlers and Chiefs after six innings was Wes Clarke’s solo home run on a 2-0 count in the 4th inning. Thankfully, Peoria’s impressive 21-year old RHP Dionys Rodriguez exited after six innings and Wisconsin immediately feasted on the relief core, starting with a Carlos D. Rodriguez single and then Antonio Pinero’s first home run of 2022, matching his total of last year. Two walks and a hit-by-pitch set up Clarke (single) and Zavier Warren to drive in 2 more runs and extend the lead to 6-0. RHPs Kent Hasler and RHPs Cam Robinson weren’t as sharp as usual (4 hits, 2 runs in 2 innings), but let’s blame it on rustiness. Hasler has only thrown 4 2/3 innings thus far and Robinson hadn’t pitched in a full week. Performances of Note: Wes Clarke – 2-5, HR, 3 RBIs Antonio Pinero – 2-4, HR, 2 RBIs Zavier Warren – 2-4, double, 1 RBI Sal Frelick – 1-4, walk, SB Brandon Knarr (Win) – 6 innings, zero runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, 7 Ks Kent Hasler – 2 innings, 1 run, 2 hits, zero walks, 3 Ks Friday’s outlook: Always-impressive LHP Antoine Kelly (2.62 ERA in 13 2/3 innings) makes his 4th start of the year as Wisconsin tries to even this week’s series in Peoria at 2 games apiece. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 3, Pensacola 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Shuckers Shutout Wahoos For Second Night Manager Mike Guerrero must have played a hunch. Moving SS Freddy Zamora up to 2nd in the lineup in spite of his .204 AVG / .245 OBP / .245 SLG slash line entering the game, Zamora came through in the bottom of the first inning with his first home run of the season. And for RHP Victor Castaneda, that was the only run he needed. After escaping a first-and-third, 1-out situation in the 1st inning by striking out Griffin Conine and inducing an infield pop up from old friend Luis Aviles Jr., Castaneda only allowed one more baserunner to reach over the next 4 innings. Oh, and he picked that runner off of first base to keep things neat and clean. Apparently tiring in the 6th inning by giving up consecutive walks, RHP Luis Contreras picked him up by stranding both runners and also blanking Pensacola in the top of the 7th inning. Being too close for comfort at 1-0 with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th inning, the Shuckers’ bats woke up, with a Cam Devanney single plating Brent Diaz (who had doubled) and then Jakson Reetz (don’t underestimate this man and his 1.096 OPS) scoring Devanney to extend the lead to 3-0. Thereafter, RHP Nash Walter and RHP Zach Vennaro continued the strong work to complete the shutout. Performances of Note: Jakson Reetz – 2-3, double, RBI Freddy Zamora – 1-4, HR, RBI Cam Devanney – 1-3, RBI Brent Diaz – 1-3, double Thomas Dillard – 1-3 Victor Castaneda (Win) – 5 1/3 innings, zero runs, 3 hits, 2 walks, 5 Ks Luis Contreras – 1 2/3 innings, zero runs, zero hits, 1 walk, 2 Ks Nash Walters – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Zach Vennaro (Save) – 1 innings, zero runs, 1 hit, zero walks Friday’s outlook: LHP Nick Bennett is scheduled to take this one, looking to bounce back from his last outing (5 runs in a loss), as Biloxi aims to seize a 3-1 series lead over Pensacola. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 6, St. Paul 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Solo Shots Power Sounds Past St. Paul A late switch saw RHP Caleb Boushley called to start a day earlier than expected, but the Hortonville and La Crosse man was unfazed and up to the challenge. Of course, it helps when super-prospect Brice Turang gets things rolling with a first-inning blast, his first of the year. In fact, it was a pleasant night of solo efforts, with four of the Sounds’ six runs coming on homers, including Weston Wilson extending the lead to 2-0 in the 2nd inning. Nashville then extended it to 4-0 thanks to a Pablo Reyes single, 4 walks and a wild pitch. It may have been a bigger inning if not for St. Paul gunning down Turang at home on an infield grounder. Boushley’s sole blemish was a run in the bottom of the third inning, in part created by the speed of the Twins’ own super-prospect Royce Lewis (infield single, stolen base, scored on a single). Jon Singleton joined the bachelor party in the 5th inning with a solo shot to authoritatively end his 0-for-19 skid at the plate, pushing the lead to 5-1. St. Paul managed to cut that deficit to 5-2 in the bottom of the 6th inning, with two singles and a double off RHP Thomas Jankins, but impressive field work caught a Saint at 3rd base to lessen the threat (LF Weston Wilson to SS Brice Turang to 3B Andruw Monasterio). In the 8th inning, Wilson added his second homer of the night for the 6-2 final margin. RHPs Zack Brown, Pete Strzelecki and Luis Perdomo were again solid to keep the Saints’ bats quiet, as Strzelecki and Perdomo in particular battle for the coveted Brewers’ Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month award. Performances of Note: Weston Wilson – 2-4, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs Pablo Reyes – 2-5, 1 SB Jon Singleton – 1-3, HR, walk, 2 RBIs Brice Turang – 1-4, HR, walk, RBI Andruw Monasterio – 1-2, 2 walks, 2 SBs Caleb Boushley – 5 innings, 1 run, 4 hits, 1 walk, 1 balk, 3 Ks Zack Brown – 1 inning, zero run, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Pete Strzelecki – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Luis Perdomo – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks Friday’s outlook: LHP Ethan Small (0.49 ERA in 18 1/3 innings) got an extra day of rest in advance of his 5th start of the month. Nashville needs a win to even this week’s series in St. Paul 2-2. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck tonight, Brewers’ affiliates! 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