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  1. Transactions: None Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Fayetteville (Astros) 2, Carolina 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Carolina Blanked 2-0 in Series Tying Loss - Mudcats Shut Out for Third Time on the Road This Season Please take a trip down memory lane to this date in history in 1992. Taste some of that vintage Mudcats storyline. Folks, this is the good stuff: Israel Puello had his best outing of his career to date for High-A Carolina. This was a much needed outing for the young hurler and we hope to see more of this moving forward. Ultimately, I gave the old 'Tag' nod to Edwin Jimenez who pitched three shutout innings of zero run, one hit, one walk, and four strikeout ball allowing his team the opportunity to claw back in it late. Edwin, in my opinion, (still a mere 20 years old) has been one of the steadier pitching options for Carolina. Regardless, after several rough outings, it was truly nice to see Israel turn a kind of corner. Jeferson Quero showed off his arm nailing a failed stolen base attempt after a lead-off walk - the second out in inning number four. It was a bang-bang play and a heck of a throw from the young catcher. He opened inning five with a very compact and impressive swing on a single to right field. It's always nice to be reminded by the prospect themselves of why they are highly touted. This is Jackson Chourio's second hitless game in eight total outings for the Mudcats. However, one thing seems quite clear early: this young man doesn't strike out much (zero, again, on the 0-4 outing). Low strikeout totals and tendencies are always an extremely positive sign for an extremely young and talented hitter. The bats were awfully quiet in this one for the young Mudcats with a mere four hits and not a single hit for extra bases. This being said, I have to admit seeing Jesus Chirinos swipe second base (his first steal of the season) was definitively not on my list of expected outcomes. Speaking of Chirinos, in all the hype and feel-good we've had for the exciting Jackson Chourio (0-4 in this affair) we've forgotten to point out the recent string of success for Jesus: : he has hit safely in 7 consecutive games after tonight. and has gone 8-for-27 during this span. Transitioning to a more demanding offensive position like first base from catcher takes time. It's nice to see the young man starting to gather momentum. The All-Time series versus the Woodpeckers move to 24-22 in favor of Carolina who now sit at 10-14 overall at SEGRA stadium in Fayetteville. *Please keep in mind highlights are limited in many Away contests for the T-Rats...I will attempt to post condensed game highlights when they arrive tomorrow. We are truly spoiled during their Home series. Thank you Chris and Kyle!* Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 3, Quad Cities (Royals) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Late Run Lifts Rattlers Over River Bandits - Wisconsin Wins Fifth Straight Game I mentioned Tristan Peters last night. Let us take a look at his recent run of excellence. A very compact and nuanced, but, easy and flowing swing: He continues to be unheralded, but, I'm going to keep shining light on this young man's season. He has winning baseball tools for days. A bright future is ahead. To start inning number five for Antoine Kelly, Carlos Rodriguez botched his very first fly out of the season. A routine deep fly to the warning track caromed off his glove and there was a runner aboard at second base with zero outs. This was highly uncharacteristic from the typically adept outfielder - his first error of the season. Unfortunately, this error seemed to rattle Kelly as it led to a walk on a wild pitch and the runner aboard advanced to third. Ultimately, the Quad Cities got one run from the error on a sacrifice fly out to Tristan Peters in right field. Tristan followed this sac fly with an adept play to snare a well-hit liner down the right field line. Cam Robinson continues his string of excellent work in May, He pitched two scoreless, including a punch out to end the contest preserving the 3-2 victory. Cam is un-scored upon in May. That's going to play at any level. In a recent post-game podcast, Kyle Lobner made the astute observation: the Midwest League is much kinder to teams who don't beat themselves. Well, the Timber Rattlers currently espouse this bit of wisdom with aplomb. During their recent string of success, the Rattlers just are not making many mistakes. And, when a player does make an inevitable mistake, their teammates don't compound the issue by piling on more. They are simply playing winning baseball. At the High-A level, this is truly a joy to watch. Case and point: the winning run crossing in the eighth inning was about as emblematic of taking advantage of mistakes as it gets. Joe Gray Jr. led off with a double. On the very next pitch he advanced to third on a wild pitch. Darrien Miller was incapable of getting Joe across home plate as he grounded out to the pitcher. However, Tristan Peters executed what was tantamount to a swinging bunt dribbler down the first base line and Joe scored and the T-Rats had their lead. This is winning baseball. And, in this case, that run won the game. Speaking of Joe Gray Jr., he is definitely heating up: What does winning baseball look like, you ask? Tonight's win gave our Timber Rattlers their third different five-game winning streak of the season. That'll do! A nod to Tristan Peters again. He singled in the fourth inning to push his current on-base streak to nineteen games. He knocked home the winning run. He ended the fifth inning threat after Quad City's first runner crossed home plate. Tristan=Winner in 'Canadian'. Another nod is in order for Antoine Kelly going a career-high 5 2/3 innings. He didn't grab a decision on the evening, but, for a young man who prefers to work out of the bullpen he sure is looking quite nice as a starter. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Birmingham (White Sox) 10 , Biloxi 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Barons Consistent Hitting Tops Shuckers 10-5 - Wiemer Homers for Second Straight Day A telling inning for the 2022 Shuckers at present would have to be the top of the seventh inning today. After just clawing back to within a 2-3 score in the bottom of the sixth via some Joey Wiemer base-running prowess and some friendly throwing errors from Birmingham, Lucas Erceg took the mound for the second inning of his outing. A tough grounder snuck its way into right field off the sliding backhanded effort from Thomas Dillard - a difficult play but definitely a makable play. Unfortunately, these are the types of plays not being made so far in 2022. The Barons then bunted their man to second base. There was one down and the inning was still quite manageable. What proceeded to happen is a series of weak grounders finding their way to various parts of the infield or the outfield. A let-up on another makable play down the first base line from Thomas Dillard (a ball most on the Biloxi squad felt was a foul ball but a ball that was called fair) allowing the fifth run to cross. Previous to that, Freddy Zamora failed to corral a one-hop bullet throw from Joey Wiemer to nail the runner at second base rounding first which would have grabbed out number two. Innings like these have appeared all too often for the young Shuckers. And, as a result, they continue to struggle. Times are tough and the slog is real down in Double-A. Let's hope they can start playing better ball in days ahead! Lost in the shuffle, was Nick Bennett's career-high eight strikeouts in the early tilt. In total, Nick went five complete innings of four hit and one walk ball. He was snakebitten by a couple early solo shots but, all in all, he had quite a nice outing. Perhaps, his best showing overall of 2022. Here's hoping he keeps trending in this direction as he was one of the more intriguing pitching follows to start the year in Biloxi. Further Viewing Notes: Joey Wiemer managed to steal his third base in the first two games of this series and his sixth overall in 2022. An unheralded aspect of Joey's game is his overall athleticism. He obviously has a cannon of an arm. and showcased that arm on two separate plays in the seventh inning, but he also has the speed to swipe bases and cover the outfield. Joey also added another outfield assist to his already League leading tally and, really, should have had another - he now has six assists through 29 games. There simply continues to be a plethora of things to celebrate here. I could talk about his sixth home run of his season, and the second ding dong in two days, as well. Oh, wait, I guess I just did. Here's the highlight: The Barons definitely found some tell signs in Nick Bennett's delivery. In the fifth inning alone, they managed to swipe three bases. I'm curious to see how this plays moving forward as, even out of the stretch, there was some delay affording runners a good take off. Freddy Zamora committed his 11th error in 29 games. It was yet another throwing error and, at this point, I don't know what we're going to get leaving his hands. It's a real conundrum here early in 2022 and this is certainly not the start we fans envisioned after the way 2021 ended for the young shortstop. Lucas Erceg continues to experience improbably bad luck while taking the mound as a reliever. He was credited with giving up five hits in his 1 2/3 innings today. He was credited with giving up four runs. The stat line doesn't really depict what happened and, I would politely argue, his defense let him down on numerous occasions and the umpire blew a call. I gave you a brief glimpse in the above description. However, always the optimist, I'm convinced better days are ahead. He did manage to touch 100mph on the radar gun in his second inning of work. Perhaps, just maybe, there was a little added frustration in that heater! The Shuckers hit 1-9 with RISP. This continues to be a problem for the team. Brent Diaz managed to knock in his fourth home run of the season to tie the game in the bottom of the second inning. His average has now dipped below .200 on the season but he continues to make meaningful contact: We showcased Garrett Mitchell's speed last night as he scored the winning run on an extremely shallow liner to left field. Here, he hits his second triple of his season and blazes to third. I seriously ponder how fast Garrett could run a 40 yard dash. This young man has some serious get up and go! The series is tied 1-1. Let's just move onto game number three and play some better baseball! Let's go, young men. Keep those chins up, heads high, and unlock your greatness. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Jacksonville (Marlins) 7, Nashville 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Rally Late But Fall Short in Jacksonville - Brice Turang, Jon Singleton Hit Home Runs in Loss Caleb Boushley took the mound for the Sounds today and gave up two two-run homers in the bottom half of the first. He limited any further damage and pretty much coasted through his four remaining innings. He left his outing after five, having given up a mere five hits and one walk while striking out five batters. Those two homers held for Jacksonville, however, as Caleb left with the Sounds trailing 4-2. The Sounds definitely clawed back into the game and made a hotly contested game of it - something you'd expect and hope for from two Divisional leaders. After tying the game 4-4 in the top of the sixth, Nashville had the bases juiced with two down. Pablo Reyes came to the plate with an opportunity to open a lead but continued his unfortunate struggles and struck out on three pitches. When Pablo is making contact he has simply been unlucky as he's typically been making quite good contact. A strike out on three pitches is not the result he or the Sounds were after. And, so goes the game of baseball. Further Viewing Notes: Brice Turang managed to blast his third home run of his season pulling the Sounds within 4-3. It was a beautiful smooth stroke and booming moonshot over the wall in right field. He looks so much more poised and calm at the plate. Don't just take my word for it. Here's someone much more qualified commenting on Brice: The adjustments Turang has made, in concert with the Sounds and Brewers hitting coaches, have made such a discernible difference. Take a look at this swing: Not to be outdone, Jon Singleton followed suit with his seventh bomb (and first dinger against a lefty!) of his season and it was suddenly a tie ball game at 4-4. Here is your highlight: The view from the ballpark definitely showed what I was seeing. The Home crowd was surprisingly excited: Bedrocks of the Nashville Sounds offensive surge, all season long really, Brice Turang and David Dahl had their eighth and seventh respective multi-hit games on the year. Turang finished his day 3 of 5 with the home run, RBI, and run. David finished 2 of 4 with a run. He is now back above .300 hitting .309 on the season. The David Dahl resurgence is real. He plays a smooth and steady outfield to boot. Uncharacteristic blemished performances from the bullpen sealed the Sounds fate after tying the game in the sixth. In the bottom half of the same sixth inning, Miguel Sanchez gave a run right back with a sequence of self-inflicted harm. A hit batter, a walk, a double play ground ball and it looked like the inning would end. But, Miguel threw a wild pitch to the very next batter and it was 5-4 Jacksonville. Thomas Jankins didn't fair much better in the seventh inning. In one inning pitched, Jankins gave up 3 hits, one walk, and a wild pitch while giving up two earned runs. It was 7-4. The Sounds had a legitimate shot to tie or win the game in the ninth inning. After Brice Turang's routine pop-up between the short stop and a sprinting left fielder somehow found the grass, the Sounds had two men aboard. Keston Hiura then worked a count full and hit a rope shot past a diving third baseman and it was 7-5 with two men on, two out, and Jon Singleton representing the leading run at the plate. The drama ended on a beautiful breaking pitch from Jacksonville (LHP) Robert Garcia as Jon succumbed to his second strike out on the afternoon. Fear not, my friends, we head back to an evening game tomorrow for our Sounds. And, just let this soak in: The Sounds have won every series they have played so far this year. If we trace team the team records all the way back to the last century (1988), this is the first time since at least 1987 the team has won its first five series in a season. Let's make it six! We are actually back to all evening games for the clubs tomorrow. I don't know about you, but I am partial to all evening tilts. Let's hope Nasvhille and Biloxi get some good rest and come out mashing tomorrow night. As always, it's been a pleasure sharing my reports with you. Let's keep rooting for the farm! 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
  2. The Shuckers fought back in their matinee game but reverted to the poor form seen during their recent seven-game skid. The Sounds clawed their way back to even but faded late with three uncharacteristic runs conceded by the bullpen. Carolina lost a well-pitched low-scoring affair in Fayetteville. BUT, all was literally not lost: Wisconsin kept plugging away and ultimately won on a classic move the runner brand of baseball late and a vintage May 2022 closing performance from Cam Robinson. Transactions: None Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Fayetteville (Astros) 2, Carolina 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Carolina Blanked 2-0 in Series Tying Loss - Mudcats Shut Out for Third Time on the Road This Season Please take a trip down memory lane to this date in history in 1992. Taste some of that vintage Mudcats storyline. Folks, this is the good stuff: Israel Puello had his best outing of his career to date for High-A Carolina. This was a much needed outing for the young hurler and we hope to see more of this moving forward. Ultimately, I gave the old 'Tag' nod to Edwin Jimenez who pitched three shutout innings of zero run, one hit, one walk, and four strikeout ball allowing his team the opportunity to claw back in it late. Edwin, in my opinion, (still a mere 20 years old) has been one of the steadier pitching options for Carolina. Regardless, after several rough outings, it was truly nice to see Israel turn a kind of corner. Jeferson Quero showed off his arm nailing a failed stolen base attempt after a lead-off walk - the second out in inning number four. It was a bang-bang play and a heck of a throw from the young catcher. He opened inning five with a very compact and impressive swing on a single to right field. It's always nice to be reminded by the prospect themselves of why they are highly touted. This is Jackson Chourio's second hitless game in eight total outings for the Mudcats. However, one thing seems quite clear early: this young man doesn't strike out much (zero, again, on the 0-4 outing). Low strikeout totals and tendencies are always an extremely positive sign for an extremely young and talented hitter. The bats were awfully quiet in this one for the young Mudcats with a mere four hits and not a single hit for extra bases. This being said, I have to admit seeing Jesus Chirinos swipe second base (his first steal of the season) was definitively not on my list of expected outcomes. Speaking of Chirinos, in all the hype and feel-good we've had for the exciting Jackson Chourio (0-4 in this affair) we've forgotten to point out the recent string of success for Jesus: : he has hit safely in 7 consecutive games after tonight. and has gone 8-for-27 during this span. Transitioning to a more demanding offensive position like first base from catcher takes time. It's nice to see the young man starting to gather momentum. The All-Time series versus the Woodpeckers move to 24-22 in favor of Carolina who now sit at 10-14 overall at SEGRA stadium in Fayetteville. *Please keep in mind highlights are limited in many Away contests for the T-Rats...I will attempt to post condensed game highlights when they arrive tomorrow. We are truly spoiled during their Home series. Thank you Chris and Kyle!* Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 3, Quad Cities (Royals) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Late Run Lifts Rattlers Over River Bandits - Wisconsin Wins Fifth Straight Game I mentioned Tristan Peters last night. Let us take a look at his recent run of excellence. A very compact and nuanced, but, easy and flowing swing: He continues to be unheralded, but, I'm going to keep shining light on this young man's season. He has winning baseball tools for days. A bright future is ahead. To start inning number five for Antoine Kelly, Carlos Rodriguez botched his very first fly out of the season. A routine deep fly to the warning track caromed off his glove and there was a runner aboard at second base with zero outs. This was highly uncharacteristic from the typically adept outfielder - his first error of the season. Unfortunately, this error seemed to rattle Kelly as it led to a walk on a wild pitch and the runner aboard advanced to third. Ultimately, the Quad Cities got one run from the error on a sacrifice fly out to Tristan Peters in right field. Tristan followed this sac fly with an adept play to snare a well-hit liner down the right field line. Cam Robinson continues his string of excellent work in May, He pitched two scoreless, including a punch out to end the contest preserving the 3-2 victory. Cam is un-scored upon in May. That's going to play at any level. In a recent post-game podcast, Kyle Lobner made the astute observation: the Midwest League is much kinder to teams who don't beat themselves. Well, the Timber Rattlers currently espouse this bit of wisdom with aplomb. During their recent string of success, the Rattlers just are not making many mistakes. And, when a player does make an inevitable mistake, their teammates don't compound the issue by piling on more. They are simply playing winning baseball. At the High-A level, this is truly a joy to watch. Case and point: the winning run crossing in the eighth inning was about as emblematic of taking advantage of mistakes as it gets. Joe Gray Jr. led off with a double. On the very next pitch he advanced to third on a wild pitch. Darrien Miller was incapable of getting Joe across home plate as he grounded out to the pitcher. However, Tristan Peters executed what was tantamount to a swinging bunt dribbler down the first base line and Joe scored and the T-Rats had their lead. This is winning baseball. And, in this case, that run won the game. What does winning baseball look like, you ask? Tonight's win gave our Timber Rattlers their third different five-game winning streak of the season. That'll do! A nod to Tristan Peters again. He singled in the fourth inning to push his current on-base streak to nineteen games. He knocked home the winning run. He ended the fifth inning threat after Quad City's first runner crossed home plate. Tristan=Winner in 'Canadian'. Another nod is in order for Antoine Kelly going a career-high 5 2/3 innings. He didn't grab a decision on the evening, but, for a young man who prefers to work out of the bullpen he sure is looking quite nice as a starter. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Birmingham (White Sox) 10 , Biloxi 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Barons Consistent Hitting Tops Shuckers 10-5 - Wiemer Homers for Second Straight Day A telling inning for the 2022 Shuckers at present would have to be the top of the seventh inning today. After just clawing back to within a 2-3 score in the bottom of the sixth via some Joey Wiemer base-running prowess and some friendly throwing errors from Birmingham, Lucas Erceg took the mound for the second inning of his outing. A tough grounder snuck its way into right field off the sliding backhanded effort from Thomas Dillard - a difficult play but definitely a makable play. Unfortunately, these are the types of plays not being made so far in 2022. The Barons then bunted their man to second base. There was one down and the inning was still quite manageable. What proceeded to happen is a series of weak grounders finding their way to various parts of the infield or the outfield. A let-up on another makable play down the first base line from Thomas Dillard (a ball most on the Biloxi squad felt was a foul ball but a ball that was called fair) allowing the fifth run to cross. Previous to that, Freddy Zamora failed to corral a one-hop bullet throw from Joey Wiemer to nail the runner at second base rounding first which would have grabbed out number two. Innings like these have appeared all too often for the young Shuckers. And, as a result, they continue to struggle. Times are tough and the slog is real down in Double-A. Let's hope they can start playing better ball in days ahead! Lost in the shuffle, was Nick Bennett's career-high eight strikeouts in the early tilt. In total, Nick went five complete innings of four hit and one walk ball. He was snakebitten by a couple early solo shots but, all in all, he had quite a nice outing. Perhaps, his best showing overall of 2022. Here's hoping he keeps trending in this direction as he was one of the more intriguing pitching follows to start the year in Biloxi. Further Viewing Notes: Joey Wiemer managed to steal his third base in the first two games of this series and his sixth overall in 2022. An unheralded aspect of Joey's game is his overall athleticism. He obviously has a cannon of an arm. and showcased that arm on two separate plays in the seventh inning, but he also has the speed to swipe bases and cover the outfield. Joey also added another outfield assist to his already League leading tally and, really, should have had another - he now has six assists through 29 games. There simply continues to be a plethora of things to celebrate here. I could talk about his sixth home run of his season, and the second ding dong in two days, as well. Oh, wait, I guess I just did. Here's the highlight: The Barons definitely found some tell signs in Nick Bennett's delivery. In the fifth inning alone, they managed to swipe three bases. I'm curious to see how this plays moving forward as, even out of the stretch, there was some delay affording runners a good take off. Freddy Zamora committed his 11th error in 29 games. It was yet another throwing error and, at this point, I don't know what we're going to get leaving his hands. It's a real conundrum here early in 2022 and this is certainly not the start we fans envisioned after the way 2021 ended for the young shortstop. Lucas Erceg continues to experience improbably bad luck while taking the mound as a reliever. He was credited with giving up five hits in his 1 2/3 innings today. He was credited with giving up four runs. The stat line doesn't really depict what happened and, I would politely argue, his defense let him down on numerous occasions and the umpire blew a call. I gave you a brief glimpse in the above description. However, always the optimist, I'm convinced better days are ahead. He did manage to touch 100mph on the radar gun in his second inning of work. Perhaps, just maybe, there was a little added frustration in that heater! The Shuckers hit 1-9 with RISP. This continues to be a problem for the team. Brent Diaz managed to knock in his fourth home run of the season to tie the game in the bottom of the second inning. His average has now dipped below .200 on the season but he continues to make meaningful contact: We showcased Garrett Mitchell's speed last night as he scored the winning run on an extremely shallow liner to left field. Here, he hits his second triple of his season and blazes to third. I seriously ponder how fast Garrett could run a 40 yard dash. This young man has some serious get up and go! The series is tied 1-1. Let's just move onto game number three and play some better baseball! Let's go, young men. Keep those chins up, heads high, and unlock your greatness. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Jacksonville (Marlins) 7, Nashville 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Rally Late But Fall Short in Jacksonville - Brice Turang, Jon Singleton Hit Home Runs in Loss Caleb Boushley took the mound for the Sounds today and gave up two two-run homers in the bottom half of the first. He limited any further damage and pretty much coasted through his four remaining innings. He left his outing after five, having given up a mere five hits and one walk while striking out five batters. Those two homers held for Jacksonville, however, as Caleb left with the Sounds trailing 4-2. The Sounds definitely clawed back into the game and made a hotly contested game of it - something you'd expect and hope for from two Divisional leaders. After tying the game 4-4 in the top of the sixth, Nashville had the bases juiced with two down. Pablo Reyes came to the plate with an opportunity to open a lead but continued his unfortunate struggles and struck out on three pitches. When Pablo is making contact he has simply been unlucky as he's typically been making quite good contact. A strike out on three pitches is not the result he or the Sounds were after. And, so goes the game of baseball. Further Viewing Notes: Brice Turang managed to blast his third home run of his season pulling the Sounds within 4-3. It was a beautiful smooth stroke and booming moonshot over the wall in right field. He looks so much more poised and calm at the plate. Don't just take my word for it. Here's someone much more qualified commenting on Brice: The adjustments Turang has made, in concert with the Sounds and Brewers hitting coaches, have made such a discernible difference. Take a look at this swing: Not to be outdone, Jon Singleton followed suit with his seventh bomb (and first dinger against a lefty!) of his season and it was suddenly a tie ball game at 4-4. Here is your highlight: The view from the ballpark definitely showed what I was seeing. The Home crowd was surprisingly excited: Bedrocks of the Nashville Sounds offensive surge, all season long really, Brice Turang and David Dahl had their eighth and seventh respective multi-hit games on the year. Turang finished his day 3 of 5 with the home run, RBI, and run. David finished 2 of 4 with a run. He is now back above .300 hitting .309 on the season. The David Dahl resurgence is real. He plays a smooth and steady outfield to boot. Uncharacteristic blemished performances from the bullpen sealed the Sounds fate after tying the game in the sixth. In the bottom half of the same sixth inning, Miguel Sanchez gave a run right back with a sequence of self-inflicted harm. A hit batter, a walk, a double play ground ball and it looked like the inning would end. But, Miguel threw a wild pitch to the very next batter and it was 5-4 Jacksonville. Thomas Jankins didn't fair much better in the seventh inning. In one inning pitched, Jankins gave up 3 hits, one walk, and a wild pitch while giving up two earned runs. It was 7-4. The Sounds had a legitimate shot to tie or win the game in the ninth inning. After Brice Turang's routine pop-up between the short stop and a sprinting left fielder somehow found the grass, the Sounds had two men aboard. Keston Hiura then worked a count full and hit a rope shot past a diving third baseman and it was 7-5 with two men on, two out, and Jon Singleton representing the leading run at the plate. The drama ended on a beautiful breaking pitch from Jacksonville (LHP) Robert Garcia as Jon succumbed to his second strike out on the afternoon. Fear not, my friends, we head back to an evening game tomorrow for our Sounds. And, just let this soak in: The Sounds have won every series they have played so far this year. If we trace team the team records all the way back to the last century (1988), this is the first time since at least 1987 the team has won its first five series in a season. Let's make it six! We are actually back to all evening games for the clubs tomorrow. I don't know about you, but I am partial to all evening tilts. Let's hope Nasvhille and Biloxi get some good rest and come out mashing tomorrow night. As always, it's been a pleasure sharing my reports with you. Let's keep rooting for the farm! 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 Depthan View full article
  3. Transactions: INF Mike Brosseau recalled from Nashville as Andrew McCutchen hits the Covid IL. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 1, Norfolk (Orioles) 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Turang's Late Base Hit Lifts Sounds Past Tides - Dylan File tosses five scoreless innings as Sounds toss fourth shutout of the year Runs were not going to be easy to come by against Baltimore stud starter Grayson Rodriguez, but Dylan File and the bullpen crew were more than up to the task in matching zeroes. File simply needs a full and productive 2022 in his 2nd option season, and he's on his way, as his 1.28 WHIP thus far matches the career mark that landed him on the Crew's 40-man roster in the first place. Brice Turang is a dude, everyone. Unfortunately, no video clip of the go-ahead knock, If Kolten Wong is counting on Milwaukee to pick up his 2023 option, well, he shouldn't be. Should Wong face any type of extended absence this summer, Turang's going to get his chance. Manager Rick Sweet and Pitching Coach Jeremy Accardo have a seemingly endless line of effective relievers they call on night after night. Year in and year out, the David Stearns/Matt Arnold combo prove just as adept at building a AAA roster as they are on the big-league level. A bit over two weeks ago, Voice of the Sounds Jeff Hem interviewed Accardo, in his first year in the organization, for the pre-game show (audio). I came away impressed with Jim Henderson's replacement. We link on our forums whenever Jeff releases his weekly collection of pre-game chats, hopefully you've been checking them out -- you can catch up on all of them here. Finally, going back to Wednesday's 4-2 Nashville win for a moment, the losing Tides relief pitcher was RHP Logan Gillaspie, the 2019 Timber Rattler who was a surprise cut by the Crew in September of that year. Gillaspie persevered, latched on with Baltimore (smart move), and may have been one of the bigger stunner 40-man roster adds in all of MLB last fall. He has a 1.61 WHIP in seven relief appearances thus far, but hey, great situation for him. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Montgomery (Rays) 3, Biloxi 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Pair of Homers Lifts Biscuits Over Shuckers 3-2 - Frelick Records Two Hits, Scores Two Runs Don't want it too, but the word underperforming is starting to sneak into our thoughts with this Shuckers squad. There was statistical evidence that the season-opening 7-0 run was a bit of a mirage, but few of us expected the performances we've seen as of late. First off, the Shuckers have played only 26 games. We're just under one-fifth of the way through the AA season. But since we can't quite write about circumstances come August, we're left to ponder performances through May 7th. Garrett Mitchell (not singling him out, but well, kind of) is 2-for-his-last-33. Joey Wiemer's .872 OPS through 26 games is pretty, but 36 strikeouts in 101 AB's included the golden sombrero on Saturday evening. Gabe Holt seems like he's lost all sorts of statistical mojo by not being a leadoff mainstay, evidenced by his .462 OPS. Thomas Dillard is fanning in nearly 45% of his at-bats. This isn't a very deep roster -- outside of the backup catchers, struggling small-samplers Noah Campbell and Ashton McGee comprise the Biloxi bench. We're never going to see thumping Southern League offensive figures (well, Prince Fielder-Rickie Weeks-Brad Nelson sure tried in 2004 for a 65-75 Huntsville Stars squad), but the league just isn't built that way, and we need to remember that. Here's hoping for some turnarounds soon. If you wish to sample the Biscuit home runs that did in the Shuckers, Lucas Erceg was victimized here and southpaw Andy Otero here. Let's end on a high note - Joey's Wiemer's bubble gum of choice is "Bazooka". Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 6, Fort Wayne (Padres) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Wisconsin Tops TinCaps 6-3 - Gray homers and Smith earns first pro win Catcher Darrien Miller on base all four times up out of the cleanup spot. Young man just turned 21 in March. In case you missed it in our Minor League Forum or via my Twitter feed, be sure to catch this interview with the well-spoken and fun Miller. Via WSCO's "The Show with Leo and Balky: Timber Rattlers catcher Darrien Miller Six Rattlers reached base at least twice (first baseman Wes Clarke walked thrice). I failed to note yesterday that Tyler Black returned after missing just over a week of action - he had been sidelined after a collision at first base, Black quintupled his stolen base count in one game, going from one to five. Now that's a successful injury rehab! We could dig into the box score further, but it's tough to beat the combination of the Wisconsin media crew's You Tube highlight compilation and then be sure to listen in with Chris, Kyle, and their interview guests on the easily-digestible (meaning just the right length) postgame podcast. Also, this was an excellent interview, too, and after 6'9" Russell Smith's performance Saturday, a good take -- Via WSCO's "The Show with Leo and Balky: Timber Rattlers Pitching Coach Will Schierholz (go to the 14:00 minute mark) Among those discussed - LHP's Antoine Kelly, Smith and Brandon Knarr, RHP's Cam Robinson Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Augusta (Braves) 6, Carolina 5, ten innings Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Carolina Comes Up Short in 6-5 Loss in Extras - Arbert Cipion hit his second home run of the season in Saturday’s loss So the first thing we had to review was why prized shortstop Eduardo Garcia had to be pinch-run for after a line drive RBI 5th inning single. It comes at the 02:18 hour minute mark at the game archive here (for MiLB.TV subscribers). There is no video specific to Garcia running through first base or anything, and when you hear Voice of the Mudcats Greg Young Jr.'s account of the situation, it seems Garcia was not feeling well, something that was hinted at earlier in the game. That's not a definitive diagnosis, but let's hope that's all it was. Cheerio, Jackson Chourio! Two more hits for the precocious youngest player in full-season ball, because by law, the youngest player must be labeled as such, especially when the talent is shining right away. Catcher Jeferson Quero is 4-for-his-last-34, because this game is hard, folks. RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez (not to be confused with Wisconsin OF Carlos D. Rodriguez) made his 5th pro appearance ever, all this spring. He was the Brewers' 6th round pick out of Florida Southwestern State JC last July, and did not pitch in Maryvale after that draft date, The bullpen let him down on this day. We'll wrap up by sharing some positive offensive vibes -- Game start times range from noon Central to 3:33 Central Sunday (yes, 3:33, those cute folks in Montgomery). I hope everyone enjoys their Mother's Day, whether in person or in memories with their loved ones. Be sure to mix in Brewers organizational baseball! 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
  4. Now while it seems like Chris has been with the Link Report (born in 2001) since the beginning, remember that the Timber Rattlers were a Mariners affiliate through 2008. But we gladly accept Chris as "an original" with us, and to say he's been anything less than a Friend of Brewerfan through the years would be an understatement. Congrats Chris, Here's to the next 20 years with several championship seasons mixed in, both on the big league and prospect stage! Transactions: Outfield shuffling in Nashville, as per the Sounds Media Notes - Abraham Almonte and Garrett Whitley were each placed on the 7-day injured list, both retroactive to 4/25. Just in time to help patrol the grass, Jonathan Davis played in his first game since 4/9. We are not aware of the status/reason behind the placements. OF Tristen Lutz has been activated from the 7-day IL at Biloxi. In his latest minor league notes extravaganza, Will Sammon of The Athletic indicates that Lutz has been out since fouling a ball off his cheekbone during a batting practice session in the cage. Sammon's full piece is here, and while I won't pretend that subscription fees (even discounted) are everyone's cup of tea, rest assured that if you do invest, you won't be disappointed in Will's Brewers organizational coverage top to bottom. Fireballing RHP Abner Uribe (season-ending knee surgery) was formally placed on the Shuckers' 60-day IL. 19-year-old catcher Jesus Garcia hopped on a plane from Maryvale to join the AAA Sounds. Garcia, with all of 44 pro at-bats under his belt from 2021, is clearly a temporary visitor. What this tells us is that Mario Feliciano is currently unavailable, as Nashville's other catcher, Brian Navarreto, started on Friday. Normally if there is going to be a brief need, the organization prefers not to mess with existing tandem catching situations in the other full-season locales. So, we've seen similar placements in past years, good for Jesus, though. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Suspended after six innings: Nashville 3, St. Paul (Twins) 3 Gameday Thus Far Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds, Saints Suspended After Six Innings - Turang and Singleton each homer in second straight game Despite the relatively short night, several worthwhile nuggets in that just-linked report. In miserable conditions, the shot shown here was a serious poke. We are watching some wonderful Brice Turang evolution taking place, folks. Tickle Brewers brass pink for sure. If I'm not mistaken, if Luke Barker had held a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the 6th, the game would have been called and not suspended, with the Sounds victorious. But it was an uncharacteristic sequence for Barker, and neither the Saints' announcer nor I am sure where this Jonathan Davis throw was headed on the game-tying knock. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Pensacola (Marlins) 4, Biloxi 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Wahoos Flip Script, Blank Shuckers 4-0 - Nick Bennett Turns In Quality Outing For Biloxi We had spotlighted then-still-18-year-old Miami RHP phenom Eury Perez when Biloxi opened the season on the road. But Biloxi got to Perez as he tired on that first night, and the young man's subsequent two starts left him with an ERA of 7.50 entering play Friday night. But five innings of one-hit ball with 12 K's (no walks, two HBP's) reminds us all that the Marlins' pitching development success is set to continue. Via the Biloxi broadcast booth, Garrett and Thomas got to practice their "swing and a miss" calls here -- Let's wrap up with this web gem via Freddy Zamora's first-ever professional game at second base - Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Peoria (Cardinals) 13, Wisconsin 10 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Chiefs Outrun Rattlers for Comeback Win - Wisconsin led 9-5 with two outs in bottom of the seventh, but drops 13-10 decision at Peoria Whew, there was a lot to digest there, but Chris Mehring didn't let 42 combined baserunners (and their ten stolen bases) interfere with getting his work in for us on his noted Cal Ripken-esque night of duties. Nineteen games into the T-Rats season, and three players - Ethan Murray, Tristan Peters, and Carlos Rodriguez - each with their first big fly of the season, so that was uniquely fun. How often will there be two players on the losing side of the ledger reach base all five times up? Catcher Darrien Miller and Rodriguez with the perfect evenings at the plate. Miller is such an impressive offensive presence, and just turned 21 last month. But especially with the new baserunning enhancement measures at MiLB's lower levels, Miller has posted ugly caught stealing defensive numbers and I'll be honest, it's hard unless we're watching night in and night out just what to make of it all. But on the surface, having 167 stolen bases against (vs. 30 thrown out) in 77 games is not ideal. By the way, catchers should never be charged with two stolen bases allowed when a double steal takes place. Joe Gray Jr. was 1-for-5 with a double. Doubles are good, but Gray K'd in his four other at-bats as the designated hitter. He's working on things, as he sent this our way pre-game: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final, Completion of Thursday's Suspended Game: Carolina 6, Down East (Rangers) 5 Box Score / Game Log Final, Regularly Scheduled Game: Carolina 6, Down East 5, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Mudcats Sweep Doubleheader in Kinston - Carolina came back from a late deficit in game 1 and an early hole in game 2 while sweeping the twin-bill Wow, mark that as the rare 6-5 double play on your virtual scorecard! Bonus points for the use of "de facto" in the summary. Yeah, the Muddies were gifted Game One, but they (and we) will take it. And to immediately make a point in Game Two, how many 6-5 games ever were recorded where each team scored all their runs in a single frame? This one was bottom of the 1st deficit, top of the 2nd comeback. Can't really tell from the game log what prompted Hitting Coach Ken Joyce's ejection in the nightcap. A sweep despite K'ing a combined 21 times and drawing only three walks (Carolina batters were plunked four times in the twinbill). Love digging into Low-A box scores - just wait until the complex leagues begin! Nice Game Two outcome when one considers Hendry Mendez, Hedbert Perez and Jeferson Quero all on the bench. Just a reminder that every day we kick off a preview and live commentary thread on our Minor League Forum. Here was Friday's, and my fellow Link Reporter damuelle was particularly active with tidbits and updates on this date. The volume there will vary day-to-day, but it's a way to check in prior to the formal Link Report posting, which we continue to strive for in the "by 7:00 AM Central" ballpark. Looking for Saturday daytime baseball? The in-effect Nashville doubleheader (some might say "de facto") begins at 12:30 Central. 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
  5. Good morning to all - we'll be visiting a suspended game for the Sounds, an unsuspended game for the Mudcats, a shutout reversal for the Shuckers, and a wild one for the Timber Rattlers and their play-by-play stalwart Chris Mehring. Do check out the noteworthy Twitter thread. Now while it seems like Chris has been with the Link Report (born in 2001) since the beginning, remember that the Timber Rattlers were a Mariners affiliate through 2008. But we gladly accept Chris as "an original" with us, and to say he's been anything less than a Friend of Brewerfan through the years would be an understatement. Congrats Chris, Here's to the next 20 years with several championship seasons mixed in, both on the big league and prospect stage! Transactions: Outfield shuffling in Nashville, as per the Sounds Media Notes - Abraham Almonte and Garrett Whitley were each placed on the 7-day injured list, both retroactive to 4/25. Just in time to help patrol the grass, Jonathan Davis played in his first game since 4/9. We are not aware of the status/reason behind the placements. OF Tristen Lutz has been activated from the 7-day IL at Biloxi. In his latest minor league notes extravaganza, Will Sammon of The Athletic indicates that Lutz has been out since fouling a ball off his cheekbone during a batting practice session in the cage. Sammon's full piece is here, and while I won't pretend that subscription fees (even discounted) are everyone's cup of tea, rest assured that if you do invest, you won't be disappointed in Will's Brewers organizational coverage top to bottom. Fireballing RHP Abner Uribe (season-ending knee surgery) was formally placed on the Shuckers' 60-day IL. 19-year-old catcher Jesus Garcia hopped on a plane from Maryvale to join the AAA Sounds. Garcia, with all of 44 pro at-bats under his belt from 2021, is clearly a temporary visitor. What this tells us is that Mario Feliciano is currently unavailable, as Nashville's other catcher, Brian Navarreto, started on Friday. Normally if there is going to be a brief need, the organization prefers not to mess with existing tandem catching situations in the other full-season locales. So, we've seen similar placements in past years, good for Jesus, though. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Suspended after six innings: Nashville 3, St. Paul (Twins) 3 Gameday Thus Far Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds, Saints Suspended After Six Innings - Turang and Singleton each homer in second straight game Despite the relatively short night, several worthwhile nuggets in that just-linked report. In miserable conditions, the shot shown here was a serious poke. We are watching some wonderful Brice Turang evolution taking place, folks. Tickle Brewers brass pink for sure. If I'm not mistaken, if Luke Barker had held a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the 6th, the game would have been called and not suspended, with the Sounds victorious. But it was an uncharacteristic sequence for Barker, and neither the Saints' announcer nor I am sure where this Jonathan Davis throw was headed on the game-tying knock. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Pensacola (Marlins) 4, Biloxi 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Wahoos Flip Script, Blank Shuckers 4-0 - Nick Bennett Turns In Quality Outing For Biloxi We had spotlighted then-still-18-year-old Miami RHP phenom Eury Perez when Biloxi opened the season on the road. But Biloxi got to Perez as he tired on that first night, and the young man's subsequent two starts left him with an ERA of 7.50 entering play Friday night. But five innings of one-hit ball with 12 K's (no walks, two HBP's) reminds us all that the Marlins' pitching development success is set to continue. Via the Biloxi broadcast booth, Garrett and Thomas got to practice their "swing and a miss" calls here -- Let's wrap up with this web gem via Freddy Zamora's first-ever professional game at second base - Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Peoria (Cardinals) 13, Wisconsin 10 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Chiefs Outrun Rattlers for Comeback Win - Wisconsin led 9-5 with two outs in bottom of the seventh, but drops 13-10 decision at Peoria Whew, there was a lot to digest there, but Chris Mehring didn't let 42 combined baserunners (and their ten stolen bases) interfere with getting his work in for us on his noted Cal Ripken-esque night of duties. Nineteen games into the T-Rats season, and three players - Ethan Murray, Tristan Peters, and Carlos Rodriguez - each with their first big fly of the season, so that was uniquely fun. How often will there be two players on the losing side of the ledger reach base all five times up? Catcher Darrien Miller and Rodriguez with the perfect evenings at the plate. Miller is such an impressive offensive presence, and just turned 21 last month. But especially with the new baserunning enhancement measures at MiLB's lower levels, Miller has posted ugly caught stealing defensive numbers and I'll be honest, it's hard unless we're watching night in and night out just what to make of it all. But on the surface, having 167 stolen bases against (vs. 30 thrown out) in 77 games is not ideal. By the way, catchers should never be charged with two stolen bases allowed when a double steal takes place. Joe Gray Jr. was 1-for-5 with a double. Doubles are good, but Gray K'd in his four other at-bats as the designated hitter. He's working on things, as he sent this our way pre-game: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final, Completion of Thursday's Suspended Game: Carolina 6, Down East (Rangers) 5 Box Score / Game Log Final, Regularly Scheduled Game: Carolina 6, Down East 5, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Mudcats Sweep Doubleheader in Kinston - Carolina came back from a late deficit in game 1 and an early hole in game 2 while sweeping the twin-bill Wow, mark that as the rare 6-5 double play on your virtual scorecard! Bonus points for the use of "de facto" in the summary. Yeah, the Muddies were gifted Game One, but they (and we) will take it. And to immediately make a point in Game Two, how many 6-5 games ever were recorded where each team scored all their runs in a single frame? This one was bottom of the 1st deficit, top of the 2nd comeback. Can't really tell from the game log what prompted Hitting Coach Ken Joyce's ejection in the nightcap. A sweep despite K'ing a combined 21 times and drawing only three walks (Carolina batters were plunked four times in the twinbill). Love digging into Low-A box scores - just wait until the complex leagues begin! Nice Game Two outcome when one considers Hendry Mendez, Hedbert Perez and Jeferson Quero all on the bench. Just a reminder that every day we kick off a preview and live commentary thread on our Minor League Forum. Here was Friday's, and my fellow Link Reporter damuelle was particularly active with tidbits and updates on this date. The volume there will vary day-to-day, but it's a way to check in prior to the formal Link Report posting, which we continue to strive for in the "by 7:00 AM Central" ballpark. Looking for Saturday daytime baseball? The in-effect Nashville doubleheader (some might say "de facto") begins at 12:30 Central. 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  6. Transactions: (RHP) Matt Hardy was added to Biloxi from Nashville, (Catcher) Alex Jackson recalled from Triple-A Nashville (Congrats, Alex!) Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina, Down East (Rangers) Postponed Box Score / Game Log - None This game can be summarized by an Eduardo Garcia HBP and an inning-ending double-play ball by Jeferson Quero. With Ryne Moore taking the mound ready to rip, the rains swept in, and the tarps were pulled over the field. This one was postponed, much to my chagrin. They'll pick up this game as an 8 1/2 inning affair, I believe, as a doubleheader this Friday. Stay tuned. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Peoria (Cardinals) 3, Wisconsin 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Chiefs Take Series Opener 3-1 - Miller Homers for Wisconsin A Note to Readers: With the Timber Rattlers back on the road, we will miss out on their incredible media coverage during their home games. Please, never take this for granted and indulge when you can. The Timber Rattlers came into this knock with Peoria leading the entire Midwest League in stolen bases with 29. Additionally, their 11-4 start matched organizational best records, through 15 games, of teams in 1998; 1998; and 2005 - all three made the playoffs. Where did I discover these incredible tidbits? The 'Pre-Game Notes' listed above are always worth your while. I can't impart this 'wisdom' enough: We re-hash and give you the bird's eye view of these contests, but the best information comes from the teams themselves. Please dive in and enjoy! The name of the game in this outing for talented left-handed hurler Russell Smith was pounding the zone. Unlike his last start, Russ threw ahead in most counts and pounded that strike zone early and often. Through four efficient innings, Smith had retired eight straight and punched out six to a tune of merely two hits. This is what we were looking for after the struggle in his last outing in miserably cold and windy weather in Appleton. He was aided by two very nice defensive plays from Ethan Murray in the bottom half of inning number two when he stabbed a grounder for a double play and then snagged a hard-hit liner to end the inning. However, by the end of the fifth inning, he ran into his only real trouble of his outing. He surrendered a run on a double and then walked a batter to put runners on first and second with two down. His night was over at 88 total pitches, and the score knotted one. Further Viewing Notes: After Smith left the game in the bottom of the fifth, Zach Mort made the first relief appearance. On a 2-0 pitch, Zach threw a beanball and loaded the bases. As Pete Campbell would opine: "Not great, Bob!" Facing his next batter, with a 2-2 count, he caught too much of the plate on a pitch middle and slightly to the outside portion of the plate and surrendered an opposite-field single: T-Rats trailed 1-3. An unfair ending to Russ's otherwise stellar outing as he inherited those runs. After the original HBP and single given up by Mort, he closed the game going 3 1/3 innings without incurring further damage - a mere two hits and one strikeout in total. Unfortunately, the bats never picked it up for Wisconsin as they did not find a hit in any fashion after that fifth inning. Peoria's Michael McGreevy (18th pick overall 2021 MLB draft, first round) was dealing in this one. He surpassed his recent career-high of 7 strikeouts - set during his last outing - and left after six innings of work with nine punchouts and 93 pitches. Punching out Sal Frelick in consecutive at-bats is always noticeable. A nice outing for the young hurler. Cardinals fans, much to my chagrin (), have to be excited about this young arm - he's living up to his draft status early in 2022. Darrien Miller collected two hits on the day, including his third homer of the young season. It was nice to see him knock the ball around after a recent cold spell at the plate. I don't say his name often, but he has picked it up a bit lately: Ethan Murray. As mentioned above, he had a couple of very nice defensive plays in the bottom of the second to hold onto the Rattlers' lead at the time. He followed that glovework with a hit at the plate in an otherwise sparse offensive day for the club. The Timber Rattlers have now lost two consecutive games. Here's hoping they can get back on track in Game 2 tomorrow! After two straight losses, how about a pick-me-up? Read about Joe Gray Jr's comeback story and how he has overcome adversity to get back on the field. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: you'll be hard-pressed to find a Minor Leaguer easier to root for than this young man. Read the Story Here Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Pensacola (Marlins) 7, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Late Error Costly in Shuckers 7-4 Defeat - Wiemer Goes for Two Hits, Knocks in 12th Run Get your 'Pre-Series' goods here: Series Pre-Amble After easy three-up and three-down work in the top of the first inning, Andy Otero ran into trouble akin to his most recent start in the top of the second. However, he avoided any damage after the bases were loaded by inducing two strikeouts - including the final whiff by former Shucker Hayden Cantrelle to end the threat. It was 3-0 Shuckers headed to the bottom of the second. If there were a theme for Otero's early season, it would have to be one of hard work. He is working with elevated pitch counts, runners on often as of late, and missing borderline strikes in seemingly every game he makes an appearance, but he often finds a way to keep his team in the game. Hopefully, he can start going deeper into games, however, as he lacks control and rarely gets into the fifth inning. Tonight was a better result: four innings pitched, four hits sprinkled, one walk, and five strikeouts on 79 pitches. I mentioned the 3-0 lead. This was due to the impact of the top of the order coming out of the gates. Hey, it's another Joey Wiemer double! It felt like the floodgates might open. Instead, they locked shut after the first inning. Further Viewing Notes: Ashton McGee continued to struggle at the plate in the early going. Frankly, he looked very comfortable and quite good in his initial outing of the season at Pensacola. However, since returning from that unfortunate game one injury, he has struggled mightily. He struck out in his first two at-bats and saw his average dip below .100. He'll look to find himself and turn it around in future games. I should point out. However, he did crush a rope for his first home run of the season straight out to the right-field wall. That could have been the game-winner if things had gone a wee bit smoother in the top of the ninth. I always love listening to Garrett Greene during the Shucker home game TV broadcasts - he's just fantastic at calling a game and always keeps me interested. However, I can't say the same for the TV feed I consistently get out of Biloxi. It is not easy to watch their games virtually, given a majority 50 feet above home plate bird's eye view of at-bats looking out at a panorama of darn near the entire stadium. Maybe, just maybe, I'm patting myself on the back for being so dedicated. Matt Hardy opened up the top of the fifth in relief of Otero. It's great to see him back healthy after hitting the shelf in 2021. He had appeared earlier in the 2022 season in a single outing at Triple-A Nashville - also scoreless. He could be a staple of the Biloxi bullpen if he happens to stick. However, he has very good stuff that will play in the back end. It would be unsurprising if he were eventually promoted back to Triple-A. Is he here to stay? Or is he just getting work in due to the incredible league-leading bullpen up in Nashville? Arnaldo Hernandez punched out three straight batters to end the sixth inning and start the seventh. His curveball and breaking ball were dialed tonight, and he offset those by keeping his fastball down. This being said, he was facing a red hot Jerar Encarnacion (bat to a 0.500 average in Pensacola's most recent series), and he blasted his sixth home run of the season on a mistake 1-2 pitch well over the left-field wall and into the street tying the game at 3-3 after seven innings. Joey Wiemer stayed hot with a 2-3 night at the plate, including a third time on base with a walk. Let us enjoy a moment of Zen: Speaking of walks, the Shuckers had been given seven free passes after eight innings. Only one of these walked batters came around to score, and the aforementioned Wiemer was picked off first base (the first such episode for a Shucker this young season) and ended the eighth. Untimely everything, it would appear, with free runners aboard the bases. The typically reliable Harold Chirino made his appearance to start the ninth inning and opened with his first walk of his season on four straight pitches. This was only the second walk of the night issued by Shuckers pitchers at that time. Chirino walked his next batter and missed an opportunity for the strikeout punchout as Jakson Reetz threw an absolute bullet nailing the runner stealing second base. Such is the game of baseball - everything is together until it isn't. What a fickle game we love! Let's dive deeper: Having a Major League third baseman manning the hot corner sure helps! With Chirino struggling to locate, he faced a batter looking to sacrifice the runners up the base paths. With the bunt down, Chirino threw a wild and inaccurate throw into the dirt at third, and had Urias not been manning that bag, that ball would have been into foul territory and possibly down the line into the outfield. However, Urias, the adept fielder he is, fielded the hot one-hopper and kept his foot on the bag, grabbing the improbable out. The next batter hit a high chopper to McGee at first base, where the base runner clearly interfered. It was inning over and still 3-3! Following Chirino was the enigmatic Lucas Erceg. He has the stuff to become an electric reliever in crunch-time innings, but his season has been up and down. This is understandable as he is still in the early stages of a transition to the mound, but as the season progresses, we'll want to see more efficiency (one hit and three free passes in 2/3 innings tonight). After this outing, he surrendered six unearned runs in his two outings versus the Wahoos. That's a fairly incredible stat. We'll just pretend we didn't see the fly-out gaffe, Noah Campbell. We'll pretend it was a much harder play than it looked. Because, let me tell you, folks, sometimes errors are what you might call 'bad ones.' With the bases juiced and two down, a loft fly ball found its way to deep left field but was quite playable. Noah parked underneath it. Waited for several seconds. And, well, it bounced elsewhere amidst the audible gasps and yips when he failed to close his glove. All three runs scored, and it was suddenly 3-6 when they should have been safely out of the inning. THANK YOU, Felix Valerio, for an epic snag to end the Wahoo ninth - on behalf of all our Shucker diehards, this one (and several others) are for you! What an over-the-shoulder grab on a blooping liner. I honestly don't know how he caught it. Here's the replay for you if you happened to miss it: One word can describe the Shuckers' recent string of games - in Birmingham and into this home contest - Frustrating. There's no other way to put it. They are losing leads often, and they are simply making too many mistakes in the field. This loss was a hard one for the squad. Let's hope they can come back fresh tomorrow and get back on the winning track! Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: St. Paul (Twins) 4, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Come Up Short, Fall to Saints - Multi-Hit Efforts by David Dahl, Bryce Turang Not Enough in 4-1 Loss Twins Daily Minor League Report (Nashville/St. Paul notes) This game had the makings of a more hotly and tightly played contest than the previous tilts for the Sounds, and, early, it certainly fits that bill. Both teams feature solid pitching and professional at-bats throughout their rosters. It was not to be for Nashville in a brisk affair in Saint Paul just off the 280 turnpike, as they ultimately fell 1-4. Jason Alexander took the rubber for the Sounds looking to build off a string of solid starts. He managed five innings for the club, but he had to work harder than in recent games. He surrendered two runs via seven hits and three walks while striking out a pair. That's too many base runners for a pitcher's liking, but he did limit any real damage while taking his first loss in four starts. Further Viewing Notes: Three straight two-out singles manufactured the Saints' second run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Those two-out hits will always sting you, and tonight was no different. The Yin to Biloxi's Yang? The Sounds played nine more innings of errorless baseball. They have not committed an error since April 14 at Gwinnett, a streak of 95 1/3 innings. Biloxi, please take note. I have spoken. This is the way. Brice Turang is dealing at the plate right now. He drove in the only Sounds run off highly effective Saints hurler (RHP) Dereck Rodríguez with a well-hit double. He proceeded to single in the top of the fifth inning (to end Rodríguez's fine outing) - his second hit of the night. He has now hit in 13 of his last 26 plate appearances with three runs, four doubles, 7 RBI, and two walks during the hot streak. Stay hot, young man! David Dahl is also hitting .500 (8-for-16) in his last four games, contributing three runs, a double, an RBI, and a walk in that span. Quite the resurgence of late for David and Bryce! Connor Sadzeck continued his string of scoreless relief work. He's been another rock in the solid Nashville bullpen. Oh yeah, Connor? Hobie Harris has not allowed a run through his first seven outings (7.0 IP). He has eight strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .190 to start the season. Let's go! It's early season, but I think it's fair to say age-old veteran Rex Brothers would like a reset to his season. Every time he enters a game out of the bullpen, it feels like certain walks and likely trouble. Tonight was no different. Walks and wild pitches (plural) and a 1-2 game became 1-4 just like that. Jon Singleton has hit a rough stretch at the plate. He is making contact, for the most part, but he isn't finding success. However, I will not waiver in my steadfast belief in this man. He has all the tools needed to turn things around in a hurry, and I'll be blowing a proverbial horn when he does. Confetti will rain forth at my computer desk, I say! That's a wrap for Tuesday. I'll simply end with: Let's get back to winning baseball! Please, peruse the links below to set yourself up for tomorrow's contests and the organizational depth and stats: 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
  7. If you haven't reviewed the fantastic Brewers Minor League week in review by our own @Seth Stohs (read here), please do so. It will get you situated for the week ahead. As always, we all hope for winning results with a keener eye toward player development and game evolution. Unlike the large amounts of runs given up in the lower levels to close out last week, we began our Minor League Monday with several low-scoring affairs across the board throughout the majority of the contests - though Biloxi's contest ended a wee wonky after a tough error in left field. Let's see how the teams fared overall, knowing leads were lost in the middle innings and late. Transactions: (RHP) Matt Hardy was added to Biloxi from Nashville, (Catcher) Alex Jackson recalled from Triple-A Nashville (Congrats, Alex!) Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina, Down East (Rangers) Postponed Box Score / Game Log - None This game can be summarized by an Eduardo Garcia HBP and an inning-ending double-play ball by Jeferson Quero. With Ryne Moore taking the mound ready to rip, the rains swept in, and the tarps were pulled over the field. This one was postponed, much to my chagrin. They'll pick up this game as an 8 1/2 inning affair, I believe, as a doubleheader this Friday. Stay tuned. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Peoria (Cardinals) 3, Wisconsin 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Chiefs Take Series Opener 3-1 - Miller Homers for Wisconsin A Note to Readers: With the Timber Rattlers back on the road, we will miss out on their incredible media coverage during their home games. Please, never take this for granted and indulge when you can. The Timber Rattlers came into this knock with Peoria leading the entire Midwest League in stolen bases with 29. Additionally, their 11-4 start matched organizational best records, through 15 games, of teams in 1998; 1998; and 2005 - all three made the playoffs. Where did I discover these incredible tidbits? The 'Pre-Game Notes' listed above are always worth your while. I can't impart this 'wisdom' enough: We re-hash and give you the bird's eye view of these contests, but the best information comes from the teams themselves. Please dive in and enjoy! The name of the game in this outing for talented left-handed hurler Russell Smith was pounding the zone. Unlike his last start, Russ threw ahead in most counts and pounded that strike zone early and often. Through four efficient innings, Smith had retired eight straight and punched out six to a tune of merely two hits. This is what we were looking for after the struggle in his last outing in miserably cold and windy weather in Appleton. He was aided by two very nice defensive plays from Ethan Murray in the bottom half of inning number two when he stabbed a grounder for a double play and then snagged a hard-hit liner to end the inning. However, by the end of the fifth inning, he ran into his only real trouble of his outing. He surrendered a run on a double and then walked a batter to put runners on first and second with two down. His night was over at 88 total pitches, and the score knotted one. Further Viewing Notes: After Smith left the game in the bottom of the fifth, Zach Mort made the first relief appearance. On a 2-0 pitch, Zach threw a beanball and loaded the bases. As Pete Campbell would opine: "Not great, Bob!" Facing his next batter, with a 2-2 count, he caught too much of the plate on a pitch middle and slightly to the outside portion of the plate and surrendered an opposite-field single: T-Rats trailed 1-3. An unfair ending to Russ's otherwise stellar outing as he inherited those runs. After the original HBP and single given up by Mort, he closed the game going 3 1/3 innings without incurring further damage - a mere two hits and one strikeout in total. Unfortunately, the bats never picked it up for Wisconsin as they did not find a hit in any fashion after that fifth inning. Peoria's Michael McGreevy (18th pick overall 2021 MLB draft, first round) was dealing in this one. He surpassed his recent career-high of 7 strikeouts - set during his last outing - and left after six innings of work with nine punchouts and 93 pitches. Punching out Sal Frelick in consecutive at-bats is always noticeable. A nice outing for the young hurler. Cardinals fans, much to my chagrin (), have to be excited about this young arm - he's living up to his draft status early in 2022. Darrien Miller collected two hits on the day, including his third homer of the young season. It was nice to see him knock the ball around after a recent cold spell at the plate. I don't say his name often, but he has picked it up a bit lately: Ethan Murray. As mentioned above, he had a couple of very nice defensive plays in the bottom of the second to hold onto the Rattlers' lead at the time. He followed that glovework with a hit at the plate in an otherwise sparse offensive day for the club. The Timber Rattlers have now lost two consecutive games. Here's hoping they can get back on track in Game 2 tomorrow! After two straight losses, how about a pick-me-up? Read about Joe Gray Jr's comeback story and how he has overcome adversity to get back on the field. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: you'll be hard-pressed to find a Minor Leaguer easier to root for than this young man. Read the Story Here Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Pensacola (Marlins) 7, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Late Error Costly in Shuckers 7-4 Defeat - Wiemer Goes for Two Hits, Knocks in 12th Run Get your 'Pre-Series' goods here: Series Pre-Amble After easy three-up and three-down work in the top of the first inning, Andy Otero ran into trouble akin to his most recent start in the top of the second. However, he avoided any damage after the bases were loaded by inducing two strikeouts - including the final whiff by former Shucker Hayden Cantrelle to end the threat. It was 3-0 Shuckers headed to the bottom of the second. If there were a theme for Otero's early season, it would have to be one of hard work. He is working with elevated pitch counts, runners on often as of late, and missing borderline strikes in seemingly every game he makes an appearance, but he often finds a way to keep his team in the game. Hopefully, he can start going deeper into games, however, as he lacks control and rarely gets into the fifth inning. Tonight was a better result: four innings pitched, four hits sprinkled, one walk, and five strikeouts on 79 pitches. I mentioned the 3-0 lead. This was due to the impact of the top of the order coming out of the gates. Hey, it's another Joey Wiemer double! It felt like the floodgates might open. Instead, they locked shut after the first inning. Further Viewing Notes: Ashton McGee continued to struggle at the plate in the early going. Frankly, he looked very comfortable and quite good in his initial outing of the season at Pensacola. However, since returning from that unfortunate game one injury, he has struggled mightily. He struck out in his first two at-bats and saw his average dip below .100. He'll look to find himself and turn it around in future games. I should point out. However, he did crush a rope for his first home run of the season straight out to the right-field wall. That could have been the game-winner if things had gone a wee bit smoother in the top of the ninth. I always love listening to Garrett Greene during the Shucker home game TV broadcasts - he's just fantastic at calling a game and always keeps me interested. However, I can't say the same for the TV feed I consistently get out of Biloxi. It is not easy to watch their games virtually, given a majority 50 feet above home plate bird's eye view of at-bats looking out at a panorama of darn near the entire stadium. Maybe, just maybe, I'm patting myself on the back for being so dedicated. Matt Hardy opened up the top of the fifth in relief of Otero. It's great to see him back healthy after hitting the shelf in 2021. He had appeared earlier in the 2022 season in a single outing at Triple-A Nashville - also scoreless. He could be a staple of the Biloxi bullpen if he happens to stick. However, he has very good stuff that will play in the back end. It would be unsurprising if he were eventually promoted back to Triple-A. Is he here to stay? Or is he just getting work in due to the incredible league-leading bullpen up in Nashville? Arnaldo Hernandez punched out three straight batters to end the sixth inning and start the seventh. His curveball and breaking ball were dialed tonight, and he offset those by keeping his fastball down. This being said, he was facing a red hot Jerar Encarnacion (bat to a 0.500 average in Pensacola's most recent series), and he blasted his sixth home run of the season on a mistake 1-2 pitch well over the left-field wall and into the street tying the game at 3-3 after seven innings. Joey Wiemer stayed hot with a 2-3 night at the plate, including a third time on base with a walk. Let us enjoy a moment of Zen: Speaking of walks, the Shuckers had been given seven free passes after eight innings. Only one of these walked batters came around to score, and the aforementioned Wiemer was picked off first base (the first such episode for a Shucker this young season) and ended the eighth. Untimely everything, it would appear, with free runners aboard the bases. The typically reliable Harold Chirino made his appearance to start the ninth inning and opened with his first walk of his season on four straight pitches. This was only the second walk of the night issued by Shuckers pitchers at that time. Chirino walked his next batter and missed an opportunity for the strikeout punchout as Jakson Reetz threw an absolute bullet nailing the runner stealing second base. Such is the game of baseball - everything is together until it isn't. What a fickle game we love! Let's dive deeper: Having a Major League third baseman manning the hot corner sure helps! With Chirino struggling to locate, he faced a batter looking to sacrifice the runners up the base paths. With the bunt down, Chirino threw a wild and inaccurate throw into the dirt at third, and had Urias not been manning that bag, that ball would have been into foul territory and possibly down the line into the outfield. However, Urias, the adept fielder he is, fielded the hot one-hopper and kept his foot on the bag, grabbing the improbable out. The next batter hit a high chopper to McGee at first base, where the base runner clearly interfered. It was inning over and still 3-3! Following Chirino was the enigmatic Lucas Erceg. He has the stuff to become an electric reliever in crunch-time innings, but his season has been up and down. This is understandable as he is still in the early stages of a transition to the mound, but as the season progresses, we'll want to see more efficiency (one hit and three free passes in 2/3 innings tonight). After this outing, he surrendered six unearned runs in his two outings versus the Wahoos. That's a fairly incredible stat. We'll just pretend we didn't see the fly-out gaffe, Noah Campbell. We'll pretend it was a much harder play than it looked. Because, let me tell you, folks, sometimes errors are what you might call 'bad ones.' With the bases juiced and two down, a loft fly ball found its way to deep left field but was quite playable. Noah parked underneath it. Waited for several seconds. And, well, it bounced elsewhere amidst the audible gasps and yips when he failed to close his glove. All three runs scored, and it was suddenly 3-6 when they should have been safely out of the inning. THANK YOU, Felix Valerio, for an epic snag to end the Wahoo ninth - on behalf of all our Shucker diehards, this one (and several others) are for you! What an over-the-shoulder grab on a blooping liner. I honestly don't know how he caught it. Here's the replay for you if you happened to miss it: One word can describe the Shuckers' recent string of games - in Birmingham and into this home contest - Frustrating. There's no other way to put it. They are losing leads often, and they are simply making too many mistakes in the field. This loss was a hard one for the squad. Let's hope they can come back fresh tomorrow and get back on the winning track! Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: St. Paul (Twins) 4, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Come Up Short, Fall to Saints - Multi-Hit Efforts by David Dahl, Bryce Turang Not Enough in 4-1 Loss Twins Daily Minor League Report (Nashville/St. Paul notes) This game had the makings of a more hotly and tightly played contest than the previous tilts for the Sounds, and, early, it certainly fits that bill. Both teams feature solid pitching and professional at-bats throughout their rosters. It was not to be for Nashville in a brisk affair in Saint Paul just off the 280 turnpike, as they ultimately fell 1-4. Jason Alexander took the rubber for the Sounds looking to build off a string of solid starts. He managed five innings for the club, but he had to work harder than in recent games. He surrendered two runs via seven hits and three walks while striking out a pair. That's too many base runners for a pitcher's liking, but he did limit any real damage while taking his first loss in four starts. Further Viewing Notes: Three straight two-out singles manufactured the Saints' second run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Those two-out hits will always sting you, and tonight was no different. The Yin to Biloxi's Yang? The Sounds played nine more innings of errorless baseball. They have not committed an error since April 14 at Gwinnett, a streak of 95 1/3 innings. Biloxi, please take note. I have spoken. This is the way. Brice Turang is dealing at the plate right now. He drove in the only Sounds run off highly effective Saints hurler (RHP) Dereck Rodríguez with a well-hit double. He proceeded to single in the top of the fifth inning (to end Rodríguez's fine outing) - his second hit of the night. He has now hit in 13 of his last 26 plate appearances with three runs, four doubles, 7 RBI, and two walks during the hot streak. Stay hot, young man! David Dahl is also hitting .500 (8-for-16) in his last four games, contributing three runs, a double, an RBI, and a walk in that span. Quite the resurgence of late for David and Bryce! Connor Sadzeck continued his string of scoreless relief work. He's been another rock in the solid Nashville bullpen. Oh yeah, Connor? Hobie Harris has not allowed a run through his first seven outings (7.0 IP). He has eight strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .190 to start the season. Let's go! It's early season, but I think it's fair to say age-old veteran Rex Brothers would like a reset to his season. Every time he enters a game out of the bullpen, it feels like certain walks and likely trouble. Tonight was no different. Walks and wild pitches (plural) and a 1-2 game became 1-4 just like that. Jon Singleton has hit a rough stretch at the plate. He is making contact, for the most part, but he isn't finding success. However, I will not waiver in my steadfast belief in this man. He has all the tools needed to turn things around in a hurry, and I'll be blowing a proverbial horn when he does. Confetti will rain forth at my computer desk, I say! That's a wrap for Tuesday. I'll simply end with: Let's get back to winning baseball! Please, peruse the links below to set yourself up for tomorrow's contests and the organizational depth and stats: 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
  8. The season is still young, but soon the first month of the season will be complete. Already, several prospects are off to strong starts. There are also several players who have not been recognized as top prospects to this point, but if they continue to play well, they could move up rankings by midseason. For now, let's take a look at what happened in the past week throughout the Brewers system. Please note, the hyperlinks on player names will show you past articles in which that player has been tagged. Click around a bit and see how much some of these players have been written about at Brewer Fanatic. As this is a new site, we will be working hard to tag articles appropriately. RESULTS Tuesday: Pitching Performances Abound and Only One for Naught in Biloxi Wednesday: A Tight One, A Comeback, A Slog, and Nashville Cruises Thursday: Black Wins it for Rattlers, Three Others Fall Friday: First-Rounders Clicking Saturday: Sounds and Rattler Roll On Sunday: Nashville Wins a Close One, Biloxi Coughs Up Another Lead. Wisconsin and Carolina get Shellacked. MORE TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE CONTENT Nashville Hitters to Rescue the Brewers’ Struggling Offense? WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds: Week: 5-1 at home vs Charlotte Season: 13-5 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 1.0 game ahead of Columbus and 2 1/2 games ahead of St. Paul. Not only did the Sounds have a strong 5-1 week, but they also had a dominant week. One of their five wins was a one-run game. In the other four wins, they won by seven, seven, eight, and ten runs. They outscored their opponent (Charlotte) 40-11 last week. Ten Sounds pitchers threw and did not allow a run last week, so let’s start with the pitching. Ethan Small gave up just one hit over five shutout innings in his start. He did have to work out of some trouble due to five walks, but he also recorded six strikeouts. Trevor Kelley and Peter Strzelecki each worked three scoreless innings over three games pitched. Dylan File world twice, once as a starter and once out of the bullpen. Combined, he gave up one run on seven hits over ten innings. He walked four and struck out six batters. Jason Alexander gave up one run in five innings in his start. He gave up four hits, walked none, and struck out three. Caleb Boushley gave up one run on two hits and two walks and struck out six batters in five innings. No Sounds player got into all six games as the playing time was spread out to some degree. Here are the highlights: Tyler White played in four games. He hit .500/.556/.929 (1.485) with a double, a triple, a homer, and seven RBI. He also walked three times in 18 plate appearances. Early Triple-A returns have been good for Alex Jackson. Over 19 plate appearances in five games last week, he hit .353/.421/.765 (1.186) with a double, two homers, and seven RBI. Brice Turang went 11-for-22 over his five-game week. He hit .500/.542/.636 (1.178) with three doubles and six RBI in 24 plate appearances. Mark Mathias played in four games, and he hit .467/.500/.600 (1.100) with two doubles in 16 plate appearances. On the other side of the proverbial spectrum, Corey Ray and Weston Wilson both went 1-for-14 (.071) over four games last week. Jon Singleton went 1-for-12 (.083), though that one hit was a home run. Andruw Monasterio went 2-for-14 (.143) on the week. What’s Next? The Sounds travel to St. Paul to take on the Saints, the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. (Go to SaintsBaseball.com for tickets!) Pitching Probables (RHP Jason Alexander, RHP Josh Lindblom, LHP Ethan Small, RHP Caleb Boushley, TBD, TBD) ----- Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 1-5 at Birmingham Season: 9-6 overall, 1st place in the Southern League South Division. They have a 1 1/2 game lead over Montgomery. The Shuckers had a tough week. They were outscored 29-22 over the six games. Their win was a one-run game, and four of their five losses were by just one run as well. Let’s start with the pitching. Harold Chirino, Lucas Erceg, and Zach Vennaro combined for 7 1/3 scoreless innings. Each pitched twice. Victor Castaneda gave up one run on four hits over five innings in his start of the week. He walked one and struck out seven batters. Carlos Luna made two starts. In 7 2/3 innings, he gave up three runs (2 earned) on nine hits and three walks. There were a few really strong performances for the Shuckers last week. Garrett Mitchell led the way. In six games, he hit .385/.429/.692 (1.121) with two doubles, two homers, and six RBI. Joey Wiemer also played all six games. He hit .333/.407/.542 (.949) with two doubles and a home run in 27 plate appearances. Cam Devanney played in four games. In 16 plate appearances, he hit .375/.375/.563 (.938) with three doubles. Jakson Reetz went 4-for-12 (.333) on the week with two doubles and a home run. It wasn’t all good offensively. Ashton McGee played all six games and went 1-for-17 (.059) with 10 strikeouts. Gabe Holt and Thomas Dillard each went 2-for-16 (.125). Dillard did have a double and walked five times. What’s Next? The Shuckers will be playing host to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Pitching Probables (LHP Andy Otero, RHP Tyler Herb, RHP Victor Castaneda, LHP Nick Bennett, RHP Carlos Luna, LHP Andy Otero) ----- High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 5-1 at home vs Quad Cities Season: 11-4 overall, 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division 1.0 game behind Cedar Rapids. It was a great week for the first-place Timber Rattlers. They won the first five games of the week. The first three games were one-run games. After a rain-out on Friday, they won both games of a doubleheader on Saturday. Then on Sunday, they lost 18-1 which, of course, throws any Run Differential equations out the door. Let’s start with the top hitters. Top prospect Sal Frelick played in all six games. He hit .429/.538/.667 (1.205) with two doubles and a homer. He also walked five times with just two strikeouts in 21 plate appearances. Tristan Peters played in four games. In 14 plate appearances, he hit .462/.500/.692 (1.192) with a double and a triple. Ernesto Martinez had 20 plate appearances in five games last week. He hit .286/.450/.643 (1.093). Of his four hits, he had two doubles and a home run. He also walked five times and had three stolen bases. Tyler Black played in all six games. In 25 plate appearances, he hit .350/.480/.450 (.930) with two doubles. He had four walks and one strikeout. Zavier Warren went 7-for-19 (.368) with a double. It was a mixed bag for the pitching staff, though 18 of the 39 runs they allowed came in Sunday’s 18-1 loss. Antoine Kelly had a terrific start last week. He gave up just one hit over five scoreless innings. He walked four and struck out even batters. TJ Shook gave up one run on two hits, two walks, and two hit batters over 5 2/3 innings in his start. He had seven strikeouts. Brandon Knarr also went 5 2/3 innings in his start. He gave up two runs on five hits and a walk. He struck out seven batters. What’s Next? The TimberRattlers will travel to Peoria to take on the Chiefs. Pitching Probables (LHP Russell Smith, RHP Max Lazar, LHP Brandon Knarr, LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Justin Jarvis, LHP Russell Smith) ----- Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 2-4 at home vs. Lynchburg Season: 7-8 overall, 3rd place in the Carolina League North, 4.0 games behind Fredericksburg. The Mudcats scored 22 runs during their 2-4 week. Ten of those runs came in the first game of the week. They won a 2-1 decision on Wednesday. Then they lost the final four games of the week and were outscored 10-42. It was a slow week for the Mudcats offense, but a couple of hitters stood out. Zack Raabe, the team’s 8th round pick in 2021 out of Minnesota, hit .417/.579/.583 (1.162) with two doubles in five games played. He walked six times and struck out just four times in 19 plate appearances. Hendry Mendez played four games and hit .286/.375/.571 (.946) with a double and a home run. It wasn’t a great week for the Mudcat pitchers overall, but that isn’t to be unexpected, especially in the lower levels of the minor leagues. Consistency is always a question and something these guys are working to gain. Ryne Moore gave up an unearned run on two hits in five innings during his start. He walked one, hit one, and struck out five batters. Jefferson Figueroa made one start. Somehow, he did not allow a run despite giving up four hits and two walks. Edwin Jimenez gave up one run on five hits over five innings. He struck out five batters without issuing a walk. He had five strikeouts. Brannon Jordan was charged with one run on three hits and four walks in five innings during his start. He struck out five batters. On the other side of the spectrum, Carlos Rodriguez gave up five runs on seven hits and a walk in just 1 2/3 innings. Israel Puello gave up seven runs on eight hits and a walk in two innings. Jolon Zhao made his first two appearances. Combined, he gave up four runs on two hits and five walks, and he recorded three outs. What’s Next? The Mudcats will travel down east to Kinston, North Carolina, to play the Down East Wood Ducks. Pitching Probables (TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD) ----- PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Garrett Mitchell, Biloxi Shuckers Garrett Mitchell had a strong week with the Shuckers. He played all six games and hit .385/.429/.692 (1.121) with two doubles and two home runs. Overall this season, Mitchell has played in 15 games. He is hitting .296/.367/.482 (.848) with two doubles, a triple, two homers, and nine RBI. Mitchell was a 14th-round pick in 2017 by the A’s out of Orange Lutheran High School in southern California, the same school that Gerrit Cole went to. Like Cole, Mitchell decided to go to UCLA for three years. As a sophomore in 2019, he hit .349/.418/.566 (.984) with 14 doubles, 12 triples, and six home runs. He also stole 18 bases in 22 attempts. In 15 games before Covid ended the 2020 season, he hit .355/.425/.484 (.909) with six doubles and a triple. The speedster was five for six in stolen base attempts. That summer, the Brewers made him the 20th overall pick in the draft. Mitchell is listed by Baseball America as the #4 Brewers prospect. As you might guess from his numbers, he is an athletic, speedy ballplayer with tremendous tools. He is a great defensive center fielder already. Offensively, he’s got the potential to not just be a slap hitter, but he could also develop into some power. Pitcher of the Week: Antoine Kelly, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers In his start this past week, Kelly gave up just one hit over five scoreless innings. He walked four, but he struck out seven batters. Kelly has made three starts so far this season. He is 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. In 13 2/3 innings, he has given up six hits, walked ten, and struck out 19 batters. Kelly was the 13th-round pick of the San Diego Padres in the 2018 draft out of Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Illinois. He went to Wabash Valley College in Mount Carmel, Illinois. One year later, he was the Brewers' second-round pick in 2019. In 2021, he made seven starts for Carolina before one start with Wisconsin. Baseball America ranks the 22-year-old as the organization’s #13 prospect. In November of 2020, he had surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and didn’t play in 2021 until mid-July. He’s got great stuff. In his most recent start, he was sitting between 94 and 98 mph. He’s got a really good slider and is working on a changeup too. His one issue, as you can see even in last week’s strong start, has been control. At 6-6 with a strong frame, he has a chance to be special if he can harness his command. Feel free to discuss the prospects, the teams, and more.
  9. Week 3 of the minor-league season is complete. Two of the Brewers affiliates, both Triple-A Nashville and Double-A Biloxi, are first-place teams. High-A Wisconsin is in second place. Low-A Carolina is the lone affiliate under .500, at 7-8. Several top prospects had big weeks, so as Week 4 is about to begin, let’s look back at Week 3. The season is still young, but soon the first month of the season will be complete. Already, several prospects are off to strong starts. There are also several players who have not been recognized as top prospects to this point, but if they continue to play well, they could move up rankings by midseason. For now, let's take a look at what happened in the past week throughout the Brewers system. Please note, the hyperlinks on player names will show you past articles in which that player has been tagged. Click around a bit and see how much some of these players have been written about at Brewer Fanatic. As this is a new site, we will be working hard to tag articles appropriately. RESULTS Tuesday: Pitching Performances Abound and Only One for Naught in Biloxi Wednesday: A Tight One, A Comeback, A Slog, and Nashville Cruises Thursday: Black Wins it for Rattlers, Three Others Fall Friday: First-Rounders Clicking Saturday: Sounds and Rattler Roll On Sunday: Nashville Wins a Close One, Biloxi Coughs Up Another Lead. Wisconsin and Carolina get Shellacked. MORE TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE CONTENT Nashville Hitters to Rescue the Brewers’ Struggling Offense? WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds: Week: 5-1 at home vs Charlotte Season: 13-5 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 1.0 game ahead of Columbus and 2 1/2 games ahead of St. Paul. Not only did the Sounds have a strong 5-1 week, but they also had a dominant week. One of their five wins was a one-run game. In the other four wins, they won by seven, seven, eight, and ten runs. They outscored their opponent (Charlotte) 40-11 last week. Ten Sounds pitchers threw and did not allow a run last week, so let’s start with the pitching. Ethan Small gave up just one hit over five shutout innings in his start. He did have to work out of some trouble due to five walks, but he also recorded six strikeouts. Trevor Kelley and Peter Strzelecki each worked three scoreless innings over three games pitched. Dylan File world twice, once as a starter and once out of the bullpen. Combined, he gave up one run on seven hits over ten innings. He walked four and struck out six batters. Jason Alexander gave up one run in five innings in his start. He gave up four hits, walked none, and struck out three. Caleb Boushley gave up one run on two hits and two walks and struck out six batters in five innings. No Sounds player got into all six games as the playing time was spread out to some degree. Here are the highlights: Tyler White played in four games. He hit .500/.556/.929 (1.485) with a double, a triple, a homer, and seven RBI. He also walked three times in 18 plate appearances. Early Triple-A returns have been good for Alex Jackson. Over 19 plate appearances in five games last week, he hit .353/.421/.765 (1.186) with a double, two homers, and seven RBI. Brice Turang went 11-for-22 over his five-game week. He hit .500/.542/.636 (1.178) with three doubles and six RBI in 24 plate appearances. Mark Mathias played in four games, and he hit .467/.500/.600 (1.100) with two doubles in 16 plate appearances. On the other side of the proverbial spectrum, Corey Ray and Weston Wilson both went 1-for-14 (.071) over four games last week. Jon Singleton went 1-for-12 (.083), though that one hit was a home run. Andruw Monasterio went 2-for-14 (.143) on the week. What’s Next? The Sounds travel to St. Paul to take on the Saints, the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. (Go to SaintsBaseball.com for tickets!) Pitching Probables (RHP Jason Alexander, RHP Josh Lindblom, LHP Ethan Small, RHP Caleb Boushley, TBD, TBD) ----- Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 1-5 at Birmingham Season: 9-6 overall, 1st place in the Southern League South Division. They have a 1 1/2 game lead over Montgomery. The Shuckers had a tough week. They were outscored 29-22 over the six games. Their win was a one-run game, and four of their five losses were by just one run as well. Let’s start with the pitching. Harold Chirino, Lucas Erceg, and Zach Vennaro combined for 7 1/3 scoreless innings. Each pitched twice. Victor Castaneda gave up one run on four hits over five innings in his start of the week. He walked one and struck out seven batters. Carlos Luna made two starts. In 7 2/3 innings, he gave up three runs (2 earned) on nine hits and three walks. There were a few really strong performances for the Shuckers last week. Garrett Mitchell led the way. In six games, he hit .385/.429/.692 (1.121) with two doubles, two homers, and six RBI. Joey Wiemer also played all six games. He hit .333/.407/.542 (.949) with two doubles and a home run in 27 plate appearances. Cam Devanney played in four games. In 16 plate appearances, he hit .375/.375/.563 (.938) with three doubles. Jakson Reetz went 4-for-12 (.333) on the week with two doubles and a home run. It wasn’t all good offensively. Ashton McGee played all six games and went 1-for-17 (.059) with 10 strikeouts. Gabe Holt and Thomas Dillard each went 2-for-16 (.125). Dillard did have a double and walked five times. What’s Next? The Shuckers will be playing host to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Pitching Probables (LHP Andy Otero, RHP Tyler Herb, RHP Victor Castaneda, LHP Nick Bennett, RHP Carlos Luna, LHP Andy Otero) ----- High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 5-1 at home vs Quad Cities Season: 11-4 overall, 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division 1.0 game behind Cedar Rapids. It was a great week for the first-place Timber Rattlers. They won the first five games of the week. The first three games were one-run games. After a rain-out on Friday, they won both games of a doubleheader on Saturday. Then on Sunday, they lost 18-1 which, of course, throws any Run Differential equations out the door. Let’s start with the top hitters. Top prospect Sal Frelick played in all six games. He hit .429/.538/.667 (1.205) with two doubles and a homer. He also walked five times with just two strikeouts in 21 plate appearances. Tristan Peters played in four games. In 14 plate appearances, he hit .462/.500/.692 (1.192) with a double and a triple. Ernesto Martinez had 20 plate appearances in five games last week. He hit .286/.450/.643 (1.093). Of his four hits, he had two doubles and a home run. He also walked five times and had three stolen bases. Tyler Black played in all six games. In 25 plate appearances, he hit .350/.480/.450 (.930) with two doubles. He had four walks and one strikeout. Zavier Warren went 7-for-19 (.368) with a double. It was a mixed bag for the pitching staff, though 18 of the 39 runs they allowed came in Sunday’s 18-1 loss. Antoine Kelly had a terrific start last week. He gave up just one hit over five scoreless innings. He walked four and struck out even batters. TJ Shook gave up one run on two hits, two walks, and two hit batters over 5 2/3 innings in his start. He had seven strikeouts. Brandon Knarr also went 5 2/3 innings in his start. He gave up two runs on five hits and a walk. He struck out seven batters. What’s Next? The TimberRattlers will travel to Peoria to take on the Chiefs. Pitching Probables (LHP Russell Smith, RHP Max Lazar, LHP Brandon Knarr, LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Justin Jarvis, LHP Russell Smith) ----- Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 2-4 at home vs. Lynchburg Season: 7-8 overall, 3rd place in the Carolina League North, 4.0 games behind Fredericksburg. The Mudcats scored 22 runs during their 2-4 week. Ten of those runs came in the first game of the week. They won a 2-1 decision on Wednesday. Then they lost the final four games of the week and were outscored 10-42. It was a slow week for the Mudcats offense, but a couple of hitters stood out. Zack Raabe, the team’s 8th round pick in 2021 out of Minnesota, hit .417/.579/.583 (1.162) with two doubles in five games played. He walked six times and struck out just four times in 19 plate appearances. Hendry Mendez played four games and hit .286/.375/.571 (.946) with a double and a home run. It wasn’t a great week for the Mudcat pitchers overall, but that isn’t to be unexpected, especially in the lower levels of the minor leagues. Consistency is always a question and something these guys are working to gain. Ryne Moore gave up an unearned run on two hits in five innings during his start. He walked one, hit one, and struck out five batters. Jefferson Figueroa made one start. Somehow, he did not allow a run despite giving up four hits and two walks. Edwin Jimenez gave up one run on five hits over five innings. He struck out five batters without issuing a walk. He had five strikeouts. Brannon Jordan was charged with one run on three hits and four walks in five innings during his start. He struck out five batters. On the other side of the spectrum, Carlos Rodriguez gave up five runs on seven hits and a walk in just 1 2/3 innings. Israel Puello gave up seven runs on eight hits and a walk in two innings. Jolon Zhao made his first two appearances. Combined, he gave up four runs on two hits and five walks, and he recorded three outs. What’s Next? The Mudcats will travel down east to Kinston, North Carolina, to play the Down East Wood Ducks. Pitching Probables (TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD) ----- PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Garrett Mitchell, Biloxi Shuckers Garrett Mitchell had a strong week with the Shuckers. He played all six games and hit .385/.429/.692 (1.121) with two doubles and two home runs. Overall this season, Mitchell has played in 15 games. He is hitting .296/.367/.482 (.848) with two doubles, a triple, two homers, and nine RBI. Mitchell was a 14th-round pick in 2017 by the A’s out of Orange Lutheran High School in southern California, the same school that Gerrit Cole went to. Like Cole, Mitchell decided to go to UCLA for three years. As a sophomore in 2019, he hit .349/.418/.566 (.984) with 14 doubles, 12 triples, and six home runs. He also stole 18 bases in 22 attempts. In 15 games before Covid ended the 2020 season, he hit .355/.425/.484 (.909) with six doubles and a triple. The speedster was five for six in stolen base attempts. That summer, the Brewers made him the 20th overall pick in the draft. Mitchell is listed by Baseball America as the #4 Brewers prospect. As you might guess from his numbers, he is an athletic, speedy ballplayer with tremendous tools. He is a great defensive center fielder already. Offensively, he’s got the potential to not just be a slap hitter, but he could also develop into some power. Pitcher of the Week: Antoine Kelly, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers In his start this past week, Kelly gave up just one hit over five scoreless innings. He walked four, but he struck out seven batters. Kelly has made three starts so far this season. He is 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. In 13 2/3 innings, he has given up six hits, walked ten, and struck out 19 batters. Kelly was the 13th-round pick of the San Diego Padres in the 2018 draft out of Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Illinois. He went to Wabash Valley College in Mount Carmel, Illinois. One year later, he was the Brewers' second-round pick in 2019. In 2021, he made seven starts for Carolina before one start with Wisconsin. Baseball America ranks the 22-year-old as the organization’s #13 prospect. In November of 2020, he had surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and didn’t play in 2021 until mid-July. He’s got great stuff. In his most recent start, he was sitting between 94 and 98 mph. He’s got a really good slider and is working on a changeup too. His one issue, as you can see even in last week’s strong start, has been control. At 6-6 with a strong frame, he has a chance to be special if he can harness his command. Feel free to discuss the prospects, the teams, and more. View full article
  10. When you give up a collective 42 runs across four games while only scoring 11, you’ve got to be grateful if you win any matchups. Thankfully, Nashville came back from a 2-1 deficit to pull out a victory and avoid an affiliate O-fer on Sunday. RHP Dylan File put in a strong performance in Nashville’s win, while C Mario Feliciano provided the game-winning single. Both men are on the Brewers’ 40-man MLB roster, so they can be quickly recalled to the big club if any need arises. Despite the lowlights, we still have enough Game Balls to go around for File, Feliciano, OF Garrett Mitchell, RHP Carlos Luna, and CF/SS Brice Turang. Transactions: None Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Lynchburg 15, Carolina 4 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: Hillcats Win Series with 15-4 Finale Victory. Carolina and Lynchburg tied at ten hits apiece, but that was the only silver lining in this one. RHP Miguel Segura started for the second time this week but suffered his first loss in his ninth organizational start. LHP Pablo Garabitos, LHP Karlos Morales, and RHP Trevor Tietz had encouraging performances before a ninth-inning nightmare. RHPs Brandon Ramey and Lun Zhao tried to cover the ninth inning but only managed to throw 30 strikes in 63 pitches, walking six batters and throwing three wild pitches. In the ninth inning, the team gave up nine runs (eight earned), extending Lynchburg’s lead to 15-1. In addition, results in the field were also a struggle, with the squad committing three errors. However, we always look for the bright sides, and here they are: By stringing together three runs of their own in the bottom of the 9th inning, on two doubles, a single, and two sacrifice flies, hopefully, this awakens the Mudcat bats for the next series Micah Bello’s fourth-inning,, home run had to feel good as he tried to escape a mini-slump Tietz lowered his ERA from 16.62 to 12.71 in his second straight solid appearance C Jeferson Quero threw out a base stealer in the first inning, then was untested the rest of the night Performances of Note: Jesus Chirinos – 2-4, double, RBI Zack Raabe – 2-3, double, sac fly, RBI Micah Bello – 1-3, HR, sac fly, 2 RBI Arbert Cipion – 1-4, double Miguel Segura (Loss) – 3 2/3 innings, 4 runs, 5 hits, 4 walks, 2 Ks Pablo Garabitos – 1 1/3 innings, zero runs, 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 K Trevor Tietz – 1 1/3 innings, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Three other relievers – 2 2/3 innings, 11 runs, 4 hits, 7 walks, 1 HBP, 3 wild pitches, 4 Ks This week’s outlook: The Mudcats (7-8) will go on the road to face Down East (7-8), whom we swept in three games at home to start the season. Let’s see whether RHP Jefferson Figueroa or RHP Ryne Moore gets the start in game one. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Quad Cities 18, Wisconsin 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Wisconsin Winning Streak Ends The video recap and the postgame podcast are available at the link above. Quad Cities got their revenge after suffering five straight defeats to the Timber Rattlers throughout the week. The River Bandits even surpassed Wisconsin in run differential (39-32 for the series), although I’m sure they’d rather have the five wins. Every Timber Rattler pitcher was hit hard in this one, with six different hurlers each giving up an earned run and no pitcher lasting more than two innings. RHP Justin Jarvis had the honor of starting two games in the series, but perhaps this shows that he needed more rest (five runs, seven batters reached, and one balk – all in two innings of work). Despite scoring only one run, there are some positives to not from the offensive side, where OF Tristan Peters continues his solid run (a triple and single boosting his OPS to .869) , and Wes Clarke also keeps hitting (a double; OPS now .829). C Darrien Miller’s bat has cooled off (0-for-4 in this one), but he put the ball in play each time up. He also threw out a baserunner in the first inning, though two others completed steals later. Here he makes a tough catch while battling the wind in foul territory: Performances of Note: Ethan Murray – 2-3, double, RBI Tristan Peters – 2-3, triple Wes Clarke – 1-3, double, walk Justin Jarvis (Loss) – 2 innings, 5 runs, 4 hits, 3 walks, 1 wild pitch, 2 Ks Five relievers – 7 innings, 13 runs (12 earned), 12 hits, 7 walks, 1 HBP, 7 Ks This week’s outlook: Wisconsin (11-4) hits the road for six games against the Peoria Chiefs (7-8), whom the Rattlers defeated two games to one to start the season. Expect LHP Russell Smith to start the opener, looking to bounce back from a rough last appearance. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Birmingham 7, Biloxi 3 Box Score / Game Lo Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Barons Too Much for Shuckers as Biloxi Drops Finale 7-3 Every game of the Biloxi-Birmingham series felt like a see-saw boxing match, with major highs and lows, unfortunately ending with a low in five of the six games. In a repeat of Tuesday’s contest, starting pitchers RHP Carlos Luna and RHP Davis Martin held opposing hitters mainly in check, except for a Birmingham home run and Luis Urias’ RBI single. However, both exited the 1-1 affair after four innings, giving a reprieve which hitters immediately took advantage of. Biloxi had the first chance against the Barons’ bullpen, with a Urias walk and Garrett Mitchell homer giving the team a 3-1 lead, which we were hopeful would hold up. However, Shuckers’ reliever RHP Robbie Hitt couldn’t escape a jam of his own making, giving up four runs on four singles and two hit-by-pitches, exiting with Biloxi down 5-3. RHP Luis Contreras managed to strand two runners that inning to keep it close. Cam Devanney tried to spark a rally with a lead-off sixth-inning double and another single in the eighth inning, but the Shuckers couldn’t build off it. Performances of Note: Cam Devanney – 2-4, double Garrett Mitchell – 1-4, HR, walk, 2 RBIs Luis Urias – 1-4, RBI Ashton McGee – 1-4, double Carlos Luna – 4 innings, 1 run, 4 hits, 1 walk, 3 Ks Robbie Hitt (Loss) – 2/3 innings, 4 runs, 4 hits, 2 HBP, 2 Ks JT Hintzen – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K This week’s outlook: Biloxi (9-6) returns home to face Pensacola (6-9), with LHP Andy Otero likely getting the first start in the series on Tuesday. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 3, Charlotte 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Clip Knights in Front of Another Sellout Crowd at First Horizon Park. Solid pitching carried the Sounds to a fifth win in their six-game series against Charlotte. RHP Luis Perdomo started after six straight relief appearances, his first time starting a game since August 2020 with the San Diego Padres. Perhaps Mr. Perdomo took his foot off the gas a bit, as he didn’t record a strikeout in two innings of work. He did yield an earned run on two second-inning hits, but that RBI double involved an injury to more left-field Garrett Whitley. Despite the injury, Nashville managed to throw out that runner at home, except for the whole ball squirting out aspect. Thankfully, Whitley walked off under his own power while Pablo Reyes entered the game at third base, and Weston Wilson moved to left field. Nashville struck back in the third inning, picking up two runs, with Brice Turang knocking in Mark Mathias with a gground-ruledouble and then a Wilson RBI groundout scoring Reyes. RHP Dylan File took over in the third inning and had his best performance of the year, throwing 52 strikes in 76 pitches over five innings and only giving up one run. Unfortunately, that seventh inning single tied the game 2-2, so File couldn’t earn the win. The game was won in the bottom of the eighth inning, thanks to Wilson and David Dahl singles, followed by an RBI single for Mario Feliciano. The 23-year-old Feliciano is obviously still trying to figure out AAA pitching while improving as a catcher. Still, there are positive signs as evidenced by hitting doubles in consecutive games and throwing out Charlotte’s only attempted steal of the night. RHP Pete Strzelecki and Trevor Kelley only allowed one baserunner to reach as they covered the eighth and ninth innings for the win and save, respectively. Performances of Note: Brice Turang – 2-4, double, RBI Mario Feliciano – 2-4, double, RBI Mark Mathias – 2-3, SB Pablo Reyes – 1-2 Weston Wilson – 1-4, RBI Luis Perdomo – 2 innings, 1 run, 2 hits, 1 walk Dylan File – 5 innings, 1 run, 4 hits, 1 walk, 4 Ks Pete Strzelecki (Win) – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks Trevor Kelley (Save) – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, 1 walk This week’s outlook: Nashville (13-5) will be nearby the Brewers this week, traveling to face St. Paul (10-7). RHP Jason Alexander will likely start the opener, looking to stretch his record to 4-0. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Enjoy your travel day, gentlemen! 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
  11. Nashville won 3-2, capping off a 5-1 series win. Biloxi did the opposite, falling 7-3 to lose five of six games in the week. The Timber Rattlers and Mudcats both got thumped. When you give up a collective 42 runs across four games while only scoring 11, you’ve got to be grateful if you win any matchups. Thankfully, Nashville came back from a 2-1 deficit to pull out a victory and avoid an affiliate O-fer on Sunday. RHP Dylan File put in a strong performance in Nashville’s win, while C Mario Feliciano provided the game-winning single. Both men are on the Brewers’ 40-man MLB roster, so they can be quickly recalled to the big club if any need arises. Despite the lowlights, we still have enough Game Balls to go around for File, Feliciano, OF Garrett Mitchell, RHP Carlos Luna, and CF/SS Brice Turang. Transactions: None Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Lynchburg 15, Carolina 4 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: Hillcats Win Series with 15-4 Finale Victory. Carolina and Lynchburg tied at ten hits apiece, but that was the only silver lining in this one. RHP Miguel Segura started for the second time this week but suffered his first loss in his ninth organizational start. LHP Pablo Garabitos, LHP Karlos Morales, and RHP Trevor Tietz had encouraging performances before a ninth-inning nightmare. RHPs Brandon Ramey and Lun Zhao tried to cover the ninth inning but only managed to throw 30 strikes in 63 pitches, walking six batters and throwing three wild pitches. In the ninth inning, the team gave up nine runs (eight earned), extending Lynchburg’s lead to 15-1. In addition, results in the field were also a struggle, with the squad committing three errors. However, we always look for the bright sides, and here they are: By stringing together three runs of their own in the bottom of the 9th inning, on two doubles, a single, and two sacrifice flies, hopefully, this awakens the Mudcat bats for the next series Micah Bello’s fourth-inning,, home run had to feel good as he tried to escape a mini-slump Tietz lowered his ERA from 16.62 to 12.71 in his second straight solid appearance C Jeferson Quero threw out a base stealer in the first inning, then was untested the rest of the night Performances of Note: Jesus Chirinos – 2-4, double, RBI Zack Raabe – 2-3, double, sac fly, RBI Micah Bello – 1-3, HR, sac fly, 2 RBI Arbert Cipion – 1-4, double Miguel Segura (Loss) – 3 2/3 innings, 4 runs, 5 hits, 4 walks, 2 Ks Pablo Garabitos – 1 1/3 innings, zero runs, 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 K Trevor Tietz – 1 1/3 innings, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Three other relievers – 2 2/3 innings, 11 runs, 4 hits, 7 walks, 1 HBP, 3 wild pitches, 4 Ks This week’s outlook: The Mudcats (7-8) will go on the road to face Down East (7-8), whom we swept in three games at home to start the season. Let’s see whether RHP Jefferson Figueroa or RHP Ryne Moore gets the start in game one. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Quad Cities 18, Wisconsin 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Wisconsin Winning Streak Ends The video recap and the postgame podcast are available at the link above. Quad Cities got their revenge after suffering five straight defeats to the Timber Rattlers throughout the week. The River Bandits even surpassed Wisconsin in run differential (39-32 for the series), although I’m sure they’d rather have the five wins. Every Timber Rattler pitcher was hit hard in this one, with six different hurlers each giving up an earned run and no pitcher lasting more than two innings. RHP Justin Jarvis had the honor of starting two games in the series, but perhaps this shows that he needed more rest (five runs, seven batters reached, and one balk – all in two innings of work). Despite scoring only one run, there are some positives to not from the offensive side, where OF Tristan Peters continues his solid run (a triple and single boosting his OPS to .869) , and Wes Clarke also keeps hitting (a double; OPS now .829). C Darrien Miller’s bat has cooled off (0-for-4 in this one), but he put the ball in play each time up. He also threw out a baserunner in the first inning, though two others completed steals later. Here he makes a tough catch while battling the wind in foul territory: Performances of Note: Ethan Murray – 2-3, double, RBI Tristan Peters – 2-3, triple Wes Clarke – 1-3, double, walk Justin Jarvis (Loss) – 2 innings, 5 runs, 4 hits, 3 walks, 1 wild pitch, 2 Ks Five relievers – 7 innings, 13 runs (12 earned), 12 hits, 7 walks, 1 HBP, 7 Ks This week’s outlook: Wisconsin (11-4) hits the road for six games against the Peoria Chiefs (7-8), whom the Rattlers defeated two games to one to start the season. Expect LHP Russell Smith to start the opener, looking to bounce back from a rough last appearance. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Birmingham 7, Biloxi 3 Box Score / Game Lo Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Barons Too Much for Shuckers as Biloxi Drops Finale 7-3 Every game of the Biloxi-Birmingham series felt like a see-saw boxing match, with major highs and lows, unfortunately ending with a low in five of the six games. In a repeat of Tuesday’s contest, starting pitchers RHP Carlos Luna and RHP Davis Martin held opposing hitters mainly in check, except for a Birmingham home run and Luis Urias’ RBI single. However, both exited the 1-1 affair after four innings, giving a reprieve which hitters immediately took advantage of. Biloxi had the first chance against the Barons’ bullpen, with a Urias walk and Garrett Mitchell homer giving the team a 3-1 lead, which we were hopeful would hold up. However, Shuckers’ reliever RHP Robbie Hitt couldn’t escape a jam of his own making, giving up four runs on four singles and two hit-by-pitches, exiting with Biloxi down 5-3. RHP Luis Contreras managed to strand two runners that inning to keep it close. Cam Devanney tried to spark a rally with a lead-off sixth-inning double and another single in the eighth inning, but the Shuckers couldn’t build off it. Performances of Note: Cam Devanney – 2-4, double Garrett Mitchell – 1-4, HR, walk, 2 RBIs Luis Urias – 1-4, RBI Ashton McGee – 1-4, double Carlos Luna – 4 innings, 1 run, 4 hits, 1 walk, 3 Ks Robbie Hitt (Loss) – 2/3 innings, 4 runs, 4 hits, 2 HBP, 2 Ks JT Hintzen – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K This week’s outlook: Biloxi (9-6) returns home to face Pensacola (6-9), with LHP Andy Otero likely getting the first start in the series on Tuesday. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 3, Charlotte 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Clip Knights in Front of Another Sellout Crowd at First Horizon Park. Solid pitching carried the Sounds to a fifth win in their six-game series against Charlotte. RHP Luis Perdomo started after six straight relief appearances, his first time starting a game since August 2020 with the San Diego Padres. Perhaps Mr. Perdomo took his foot off the gas a bit, as he didn’t record a strikeout in two innings of work. He did yield an earned run on two second-inning hits, but that RBI double involved an injury to more left-field Garrett Whitley. Despite the injury, Nashville managed to throw out that runner at home, except for the whole ball squirting out aspect. Thankfully, Whitley walked off under his own power while Pablo Reyes entered the game at third base, and Weston Wilson moved to left field. Nashville struck back in the third inning, picking up two runs, with Brice Turang knocking in Mark Mathias with a gground-ruledouble and then a Wilson RBI groundout scoring Reyes. RHP Dylan File took over in the third inning and had his best performance of the year, throwing 52 strikes in 76 pitches over five innings and only giving up one run. Unfortunately, that seventh inning single tied the game 2-2, so File couldn’t earn the win. The game was won in the bottom of the eighth inning, thanks to Wilson and David Dahl singles, followed by an RBI single for Mario Feliciano. The 23-year-old Feliciano is obviously still trying to figure out AAA pitching while improving as a catcher. Still, there are positive signs as evidenced by hitting doubles in consecutive games and throwing out Charlotte’s only attempted steal of the night. RHP Pete Strzelecki and Trevor Kelley only allowed one baserunner to reach as they covered the eighth and ninth innings for the win and save, respectively. Performances of Note: Brice Turang – 2-4, double, RBI Mario Feliciano – 2-4, double, RBI Mark Mathias – 2-3, SB Pablo Reyes – 1-2 Weston Wilson – 1-4, RBI Luis Perdomo – 2 innings, 1 run, 2 hits, 1 walk Dylan File – 5 innings, 1 run, 4 hits, 1 walk, 4 Ks Pete Strzelecki (Win) – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks Trevor Kelley (Save) – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, 1 walk This week’s outlook: Nashville (13-5) will be nearby the Brewers this week, traveling to face St. Paul (10-7). RHP Jason Alexander will likely start the opener, looking to stretch his record to 4-0. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Enjoy your travel day, gentlemen! 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
  12. Transactions: None *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 12, Charlotte (White Sox) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Alex Jackson's Inside-The-Park Grand Slam Leads Sounds Past Knights - Brice Turang Ties Franchise Record with Five Hits in Win (And yes, there is video of the odd grand slam within the summary.) It's always a good sign when MiLB tasks an overnight assignment editor to get some quotes and put together a feature on your favorite club. That was the case Friday. 'It just clicked': Turang finds rhythm during 5-hit night by Manny Randhawa, MiLB.com My goodness, we spend enough time in April parsing over batting and pitching lines, because let's face it, it's in our nature as fans and in particular, prospect watchers. Brice Turang's batting average jumped 71 points in one night, and his OPS vaulted from .591 to .750. Just a tremendous reminder to consider early-season patience when diving into stat line analyses. As for prime southpaw Ethan Small and all his other eye-popping numbers, he can't expect to walk just under six per nine innings (as he has through four starts here, it was 4.9 per nine for all of 2021), and find big league success, no matter what all the other raw figures say. Still some work to do, but my goodness, still so impressive. And now for the videos that weren't embedded in the articles linked above -- Weston Wilson > Mike Brosseau For his minors career, Mario Feliciano gets hit by a pitch once every 53 plate appearances, but it seems like more. Hello to 3rd string catcher Brian Navarreto, who made a cameo appearance and first since April 7th. Season (and AAA debut) for 26-year-old Matt Hardy, sixth year in the system (lost 2020 season counts for service time). All that Sounds offense, and hot players Mark Mathias, Tyler White and Garrett Whitley were idle. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 6, Birmingham (White Sox) 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Mitchell Hits Go-Ahead Homer In Ninth To Send Biloxi To 6-5 Victory - Castaneda Tosses Five One-Run Innings Garrett Greene with his usual banner write-up - Freddy Zamora, Joey Wiemer, Gabe Holt, and Felix Valerio all featured prominently. In video form, nice job in capturing this much for us from the home Birmingham feed (hence not quite the announcer excitement one might expect) - RHP Victor Castaneda was just 18 years old in 2017 when he appeared in nine games (four starts) in the Mexican League, close to AAA-equivalent, just prior to Milwaukee signing him. This marks just his second season dedicated to a starter's role. Still no sign of reliever Taylor Floyd, bummer. *** Friday’s Rattlers Home Game with Quad Cities Rained Out - Teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday with game one starting at 1:10pm It's going to be a banger of a Saturday in Grand Chute with expected glorious weather. Southpaws Antoine Kelly and Brandon Knarr slated to toe the slab. *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Lynchburg (Guardians) 10, Carolina 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Carolina Wastes Early Lead in 10-3 Loss - The Carolina bullpen combined to allow nine runs and 11 hits over the final four innings in Friday’s loss So apparently a "Hillcat" is a fictitious cousin of the bobcat, with some lynx mixed in. This Hillcats - Mudcats matchup doesn't feature any actual cats, then. We haven't made much mention of 2021 8th round second baseman Zack Raabe, who had a nice night here, on base three times via base on balls, now sporting a .483 OBP through the seven games in which he's appeared. Raabe's dad Brian appeared briefly in "the Show" with three organizations between 1995 and 1997. One can imagine how much Spanish Zack Raabe is picking up this year given the Latin-heavy makeup of the Carolina roster. Hendry Mendez must be part super-hero as he appeared as the designated hitter (and in the cleanup spot, no less) within 48 hours of a violent collision while sliding into second base. Good news to be sure. Somebody appears to be heating up... *** It's a 1:10 PM Central start for the Timber Rattlers twinbill as you plan your Saturday on the farm: 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. Minor league coaches always remind players that as long as they have a uniform on, they have their chance to contribute at the big-league level for their organization. That is true, but clubs need to hit on their premier draft picks in order to maximize their talent base at the game's highest plateau. While Mother Nature slowed down red-hot 2021 1st round OF Sal Frelick Friday night, the Brewers other most recent top picks (OF Garrett Mitchell. LHP Ethan Small, and SS Brice Turang) had tremendous evenings. Transactions: None *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 12, Charlotte (White Sox) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Alex Jackson's Inside-The-Park Grand Slam Leads Sounds Past Knights - Brice Turang Ties Franchise Record with Five Hits in Win (And yes, there is video of the odd grand slam within the summary.) It's always a good sign when MiLB tasks an overnight assignment editor to get some quotes and put together a feature on your favorite club. That was the case Friday. 'It just clicked': Turang finds rhythm during 5-hit night by Manny Randhawa, MiLB.com My goodness, we spend enough time in April parsing over batting and pitching lines, because let's face it, it's in our nature as fans and in particular, prospect watchers. Brice Turang's batting average jumped 71 points in one night, and his OPS vaulted from .591 to .750. Just a tremendous reminder to consider early-season patience when diving into stat line analyses. As for prime southpaw Ethan Small and all his other eye-popping numbers, he can't expect to walk just under six per nine innings (as he has through four starts here, it was 4.9 per nine for all of 2021), and find big league success, no matter what all the other raw figures say. Still some work to do, but my goodness, still so impressive. And now for the videos that weren't embedded in the articles linked above -- Weston Wilson > Mike Brosseau For his minors career, Mario Feliciano gets hit by a pitch once every 53 plate appearances, but it seems like more. Hello to 3rd string catcher Brian Navarreto, who made a cameo appearance and first since April 7th. Season (and AAA debut) for 26-year-old Matt Hardy, sixth year in the system (lost 2020 season counts for service time). All that Sounds offense, and hot players Mark Mathias, Tyler White and Garrett Whitley were idle. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 6, Birmingham (White Sox) 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Mitchell Hits Go-Ahead Homer In Ninth To Send Biloxi To 6-5 Victory - Castaneda Tosses Five One-Run Innings Garrett Greene with his usual banner write-up - Freddy Zamora, Joey Wiemer, Gabe Holt, and Felix Valerio all featured prominently. In video form, nice job in capturing this much for us from the home Birmingham feed (hence not quite the announcer excitement one might expect) - RHP Victor Castaneda was just 18 years old in 2017 when he appeared in nine games (four starts) in the Mexican League, close to AAA-equivalent, just prior to Milwaukee signing him. This marks just his second season dedicated to a starter's role. Still no sign of reliever Taylor Floyd, bummer. *** Friday’s Rattlers Home Game with Quad Cities Rained Out - Teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday with game one starting at 1:10pm It's going to be a banger of a Saturday in Grand Chute with expected glorious weather. Southpaws Antoine Kelly and Brandon Knarr slated to toe the slab. *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Lynchburg (Guardians) 10, Carolina 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Carolina Wastes Early Lead in 10-3 Loss - The Carolina bullpen combined to allow nine runs and 11 hits over the final four innings in Friday’s loss So apparently a "Hillcat" is a fictitious cousin of the bobcat, with some lynx mixed in. This Hillcats - Mudcats matchup doesn't feature any actual cats, then. We haven't made much mention of 2021 8th round second baseman Zack Raabe, who had a nice night here, on base three times via base on balls, now sporting a .483 OBP through the seven games in which he's appeared. Raabe's dad Brian appeared briefly in "the Show" with three organizations between 1995 and 1997. One can imagine how much Spanish Zack Raabe is picking up this year given the Latin-heavy makeup of the Carolina roster. Hendry Mendez must be part super-hero as he appeared as the designated hitter (and in the cleanup spot, no less) within 48 hours of a violent collision while sliding into second base. Good news to be sure. Somebody appears to be heating up... *** It's a 1:10 PM Central start for the Timber Rattlers twinbill as you plan your Saturday on the farm: 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. Final: Nashville 5, Durham (Rays) 4 Box Score Nashville Site Game Summary: Sounds Score Walk-Off Winner on Opening Day - Corey Ray’s Infield Single in the Ninth Wins it for Nashville We'll build off the always-detailed game summaries (definitely suggested reading) with nuggets and observations, and please add in your own thoughts by commenting on our daily posts all season. Wait, we can embed tweets now? Thank you very much, site upgrade! Jon Singleton kicks off the game's timeline. Nice to have home games on the docket for the higher quantity of video content. We always thank the production crews at each affiliate for providing these highlights, and Voice of the Sounds Jeff Hem is in fine Opening Night form. Reminder - Brice Turang will be 22 years old all season long. In nine Nashville starts in 2021, Ethan Small posted a 2.06 ERA but walked 21 and struck out 24 in 35 innings. So perhaps the note on his strikeouts here isn't as surprising as one might think initially. Keep in mind that both highlights you are about to see happened in the top of the 6th within moments of each other. Despite allowing line drive base hits to the first three men he faced, RH reliever Hobie Harris escaped with a scoreless inning and no doubt treated Corey Ray to a cold one after the game. Now remember, it's called a walk-off because the losing team walks off the field. The winning team tends to bounce off, high-five off, etc. Brice Turang and Jamie Westbrook on base thrice each. All nine lineup starters played the entire game. Your Opening Night bench: C Brett Sullivan, INF's Mark Mathias and Andruw Monasterio, OF's Jonathan Davis, Dustin Peterson and Garrett Whitley. We're all Luke Barker fans, but the two runs he allowed in a save situation set up the final dramatics: Ground ball single, wild pitch, walk, line drive single to load the bases, ground ball RBI single, sacrifice fly, then nice work to preserve the tie. Bookmark this for future reference if you wish - Sounds Media Guide (wow, 234 pages) *** Elsewhere on the farm: If your bosses are only going to give you two minutes to file a TV news report previewing the local squad, this is how you do it, nice job Michael Dugan - hear from Garrett Mitchell, Joey Wiemer, Thomas Dillard, Lucas Erceg and Manager Mike Guerrero Voice of the Shuckers Garrett Greene included detailed entries for each of the 2022 members of the initial Biloxi roster in his press release *** Wisconsin Opening Roster Press Release Carolina Opening Roster Press Release *** We'll be posting the next day's schedule at the base of each daily report. Hortonville, WI native and UW-LaCrosse product, RHP Caleb Boushley (Boz-ley) is scheduled to start for the Music City Crew. Wednesday 4/6: Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Enjoy your day, everyone!
  15. The Nashville Sounds were placed in the spotlight Tuesday evening, thanks to the big league season's one-week delay. With the Brewers other affiliates set to debut this Friday, the men at AAA will be the primary focus of the daily report for a bit. The entertainment factor turned out to be high on Opening Night! Final: Nashville 5, Durham (Rays) 4 Box Score Nashville Site Game Summary: Sounds Score Walk-Off Winner on Opening Day - Corey Ray’s Infield Single in the Ninth Wins it for Nashville We'll build off the always-detailed game summaries (definitely suggested reading) with nuggets and observations, and please add in your own thoughts by commenting on our daily posts all season. Wait, we can embed tweets now? Thank you very much, site upgrade! Jon Singleton kicks off the game's timeline. Nice to have home games on the docket for the higher quantity of video content. We always thank the production crews at each affiliate for providing these highlights, and Voice of the Sounds Jeff Hem is in fine Opening Night form. Reminder - Brice Turang will be 22 years old all season long. In nine Nashville starts in 2021, Ethan Small posted a 2.06 ERA but walked 21 and struck out 24 in 35 innings. So perhaps the note on his strikeouts here isn't as surprising as one might think initially. Keep in mind that both highlights you are about to see happened in the top of the 6th within moments of each other. Despite allowing line drive base hits to the first three men he faced, RH reliever Hobie Harris escaped with a scoreless inning and no doubt treated Corey Ray to a cold one after the game. Now remember, it's called a walk-off because the losing team walks off the field. The winning team tends to bounce off, high-five off, etc. Brice Turang and Jamie Westbrook on base thrice each. All nine lineup starters played the entire game. Your Opening Night bench: C Brett Sullivan, INF's Mark Mathias and Andruw Monasterio, OF's Jonathan Davis, Dustin Peterson and Garrett Whitley. We're all Luke Barker fans, but the two runs he allowed in a save situation set up the final dramatics: Ground ball single, wild pitch, walk, line drive single to load the bases, ground ball RBI single, sacrifice fly, then nice work to preserve the tie. Bookmark this for future reference if you wish - Sounds Media Guide (wow, 234 pages) *** Elsewhere on the farm: If your bosses are only going to give you two minutes to file a TV news report previewing the local squad, this is how you do it, nice job Michael Dugan - hear from Garrett Mitchell, Joey Wiemer, Thomas Dillard, Lucas Erceg and Manager Mike Guerrero Voice of the Shuckers Garrett Greene included detailed entries for each of the 2022 members of the initial Biloxi roster in his press release *** Wisconsin Opening Roster Press Release Carolina Opening Roster Press Release *** We'll be posting the next day's schedule at the base of each daily report. Hortonville, WI native and UW-LaCrosse product, RHP Caleb Boushley (Boz-ley) is scheduled to start for the Music City Crew. Wednesday 4/6: Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Enjoy your day, everyone! View full article
  16. In advance of initial rosters being announced (expected by Monday, April 4th) for our top four affiliates, here’s a speculative look at where our Top 30 MLB.com prospects are likely to be initially placed to kick off the 2022 season. 1. Sal Frelick – CF – 21 years old – 1st round 2022 pick (15th overall) – High-A Wisconsin · Left-Handed Hitting Frelick mashed in 81 Low-A Carolina plate appearances last year (with a .492 BABIP), but only posted a .563 OPS in 71 High-A Wisconsin plate appearances (with a .196 BABIP). He’ll likely start in High-A and hope to earn a promotion by mid-year. 2. Joey Wiemer – RF – 23 years old – 4th round 2020 pick – AA Biloxi · The 6’5” Wiemer conquered Low-A Carolina and High-A Wisconsin in 2021, with a combined .958 OPS in 472 plate appearances. Even the Arizona Fall League couldn’t slow him down (1.234 OPS in 37 PAs) until a minor injury gave him time to rest up. 3. Aaron Ashby – LHP – 23 years old – 4th round 2018 pick – MLB Brewers · Ashby did enough in 31 2/3 big league innings in 2021 to merit inclusion on the MLB squad from the get-go in 2022, where he’s expected to be the 6th starter and also pitch in relief from time to time. In fact, MLB.com is removing him from this top 30 list as I’m writing. 4. Garrett Mitchell – CF – 23 years old – 1st round 2020 pick (20th overall) – AA Biloxi · Paralleling Frelick’s 2021, Left-handed hitting Mitchell dominated at one level (1.128 OPS in 120 PAs at High-A Wisconsin), but ran into difficulty at the next (.554 OPS in 148 PAs at AA Biloxi), though we’re all hoping the Biloxi struggles were due to nagging injuries. 5. Brice Turang – SS – 22 years old – 1st round 2018 pick (21st overall) – AAA Nashville · Left-handed hitting Turang has done enough in the first half of each season to earn a promotion (2018 to Helena, 2019 to Carolina, 2021 to Nashville), though he may spend all of 2022 in Nashville as there’s no pressure to add him to the 40-man MLB roster. 6. Jeferson Quero – C – 19 years old – 2019 international signing – Low-A Carolina · Quero finally saw his first Brewers’ action in 2021 and didn’t disappoint: .934 OPS in 83 plate appearances in Rookie Arizona before an injury, unfortunately, ended his season early. In some minds, he’s replaced Feliciano as the Brewers’ “catcher-of-the-future” 7. Tyler Black – 2B – 21 years old – 1st round 2021 sandwich pick (33rd overall) – High-A or Low-A · This is the first real placement decision for Brewers’ brass. After posting a .660 OPS 103 plate appearances at Low-A Carolina (on a .346 BABIP), do you push Left-handed hitting Black’s talent along to High-A Wisconsin, or do you want him to taste some Low-A Carolina success first? 8. Ethan Small – LHP – 25 years old – 1st round 2019 pick (28th overall) – AAA Nashville · The Brewers’ 2021 minor league pitcher of the year split the season between Biloxi (41.1 innings) and Nashville (35.0), though an injury limited him in the second half. Still not on the 40-man MLB roster, Small is nonetheless expected to make his MLB debut this year. 9. Hedbert Perez – CF – 19 years old on April 4 – 2019 international signing – Low-A Carolina · Similar to Quero above, Left-handed-hitting Perez finally made his official Brewers’ debut in 2021 and performed as expected: .969 OPS in 132 plate appearances in Rookie Arizona, before struggling in Low-A Carolina post-promotion (.452 OPS in 68 PAs). 10. Jackson Chourio – CF – 18 years old – 2020-1 international signing – Rookie Arizona · Do the Spring Training starts alongside Low-A players mean that Chourio will start the season in Carolina? Not likely, as he spent all of 2021 in the Dominican Summer League (.833 OPS in 189 PAs), so hasn’t even played for the Arizona squad yet. 11. Freddy Zamora – SS – 23 years old – 2nd round 2020 pick – AA or High-A · From this point, the placement selections become more interesting. Zamora registered amazing improvement throughout in 2021 (May .569 OPS, June .666, July .758, August 1.065, September .900), even performing well after making the jump to High-A on August 25th. There appears to be room in AA Biloxi despite just 92 plate appearances in Wisconsin. 12. Felix Valerio – 2B – 21 years old – 2019 trade from Mets – AA or High-A · The Valerio and Black decisions (and perhaps even the Freddy Zamora decision) likely go hand-in-hand. Just 20 years old at the time, the 5’7” Valerio put up an .899 OPS in 377 plate appearances in Low-A Carolina, then a .787 OPS in 134 PAs at High-A Wisconsin last year. 13. Eduardo Garcia – SS – 19 years old – 2018 international signing – Low-A Carolina · Similar to Perez, Garcia spent most of 2021 in Rookie Arizona ball, then got a stint in Carolina. All in all, he put up an .824 OPS in 192 plate appearances and should form part of the uber-talented contingent to start the season in Carolina. 14. Joe Gray Jr. – CF – 22 years old – 2nd round 2018 pick – AA or High-A · This is a big decision again. Gray was the top minor league hitter in the Brewers’ system in the first half of 2021, but tailed off in the second half after a promotion to High-A and then had a miserable Arizona Fall League stint. Is Mitchell also blocking a move to Biloxi? 15. Antoine Kelly – LHP – 22 years old – 2nd round 2019 pick – High-A Wisconsin · The 6’6” Kelly dominated Arizona Rookie ball in 2019, but then had thoracic outlet surgery and didn’t put up great numbers at Low-A Carolina in 2021 (6.88 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, 12.7 K/9). However, his talent requires the move to High-A. 16. Hendry Mendez – RF – 18 years old – 2020-1 international signing – Low-A Carolina · One of the Brewers’ top January 2021 signings, LHH Mendez only needed 21 games in Rookie DSL to get the promotion to Arizona, where he continued to impress in 19 games (combined .879 OPS in 138 PAs with 17 walks and 12 Ks). 17. Russell Smith – LHP – 23 years old – 2nd round 2021 pick – Low-A Carolina · Yet to make his official Brewers’ minor league debut, the highly-touted Smith struck out 101 batters in 82.1 innings at TCU last year (15 starts, 1.13 WHIP). The 6’9” hurler walked only 20, demonstrating solid control. 18. Korry Howell – CF – 23 years old – 12th round 2018 pick – AA Biloxi · The buzz around Howell started in 2021 Spring Training and he didn’t disappoint, putting together an .826 OPS in 305 plate appearances in High-A, before being promoted to AA in August. Interestingly, he made 32 infield starts alongside his 62 outfield starts 19. Zavier Warren – 3B – 23 years old – 3rd round 2020 pick – High-A Wisconsin · The switch-hitting Warren was one of many mashers at Low-A Carolina in 2021, hitting 10 home runs in 230 plate appearances before being promoted in August. He made 33 starts at third base, 20 at catcher, and 19 at first base. 20. Logan Henderson – RHP – 20 years old – 4th round 2021 pick – Low-A or Rookie ACL · Similar to Smith, Henderson is yet to make his Brewers’ minor-league debut. Just 5’11”, Henderson struck out 169 batters in 97 2/3 innings of juco ball last year. He recently underwent right elbow surgery, though should debut in late 2022. 21. Abner Uribe – RHP – 21 years old – 2018 international signing – High-A Wisconsin · Flame-thrower Uribe struck out 52 in just 33 2/3 innings in Low-A last year, but also walked 25 and threw 14 wild pitches. The Brewers sent him to the Arizona Fall League, with similar results. The sky’s the limit if he can gain control. 22. Mario Feliciano – C – 23 years old – 2nd round 2016 pick – AAA Nashville · Feliciano fell off the fast-track to stardom last year in his first taste of AAA, as injuries limited him to only 114 plate appearances (.560 OPS) in Nashville. The Arizona Fall League sparked his bat, but are his defensive chops ready for the big leagues? 23. Carlos D. Rodriguez – OF – 21 years old – 2017 international signing – AA or High-A · The youngest Brewer to commence the season in High-A last year, Left-handed hitting Rodriguez produced a slightly below average .684 OPS in 382 plate appearances. Did we just release Jesus Lujano and LG Castillo to make room for his talent in AA? 24. Alec Bettinger – RHP – 26 years old – 10th round 2017 pick – AAA Nashville · Bettinger understandably struggled in his first-ever MLB action last year (10.0 innings), but was respectable in his first season at AAA: 4.75 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 9.1 K/9. His lack of Spring Training innings might indicate he requires more time before joining Nashville. 25. Taylor Floyd – RHP – 24 years old – 10th round 2019 pick – AA Biloxi · No-nonsense Floyd dominated High-A in 2021 (72 Ks in 48 2/3 innings, 3.33 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) and seeks a bee-line through AA and AAA to Milwaukee, à la Jake Cousins. 26. Dylan File – RHP – 25 years old – 21st round 2017 pick – AAA Nashville · File toughed it out in his first AAA season last year (5.27 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 7.6 K/9 in 42.2 innings) and now aims to both justify his 40-man MLB roster spot and make his MLB debut this season. 27. Victor Castaneda – RHP – 23 years old – 2017 international signing – AA Biloxi · The Brewers obviously love Castaneda’s stuff, giving him 12.0 innings in AAA last year after putting up respectable numbers in High-A (5.20 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 10.6 K/9) that were skewed by 18 home runs allowed. 28. Cam Robinson – RHP – 22 years old – 23rd round 2017 pick – High-A Wisconsin · A second relief specialist in the Brewers’ top 30 prospect list? Why not? Robinson spent most of 2021 in Low-A, producing a 2.45 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 10.6 K/9. Just 5’11”, MLB.com appears high on Robinson’s 90s fastball, 70s curveball combination. 29. Gabe Holt – 2B – 24 years old – 7th round 2019 pick – AA Biloxi · The eagle-eyed LHH Holt walked 62 times (vs. 47 Ks) in Low-A last year, making up for a lack of extra-base hits (16 in 323 ABs at that level) which will hopefully come this year. 30. Johan Barrios – SS – 17 years old – 2021-2 international signings – Rookie DSL · In January 2022, the Brewers gave Barrios 1,385,000 reasons (i.e. signing bonus) to believe he’s a future star. MLB.com projects he’ll add power over time, as he fills out his 6’3” frame. Based on recent Spring Training lineups, Freddy Zamora looks like a safe bet to commence at AA Biloxi, with the team leaning toward also including the young Felix Valerio and older (unranked) Ashton McGee. Of course, Joe Gray Jr., Carlos D. Rodriguez and perhaps even #1 prospect Sal Frelick are also under consideration, since Korry Howell can always play more infield as required. If Milwaukee does choose to push Zamora and Valerio to make the leap to AA Biloxi to start the season, this should open the door for Tyler Black and possibly (unranked) Ethan Murray to commence at High-A Wisconsin, thus freeing up playing time for Alberis Ferrer, Daniel Castillo, and Zack Raabe at Low-A Carolina. Do you agree with these projected placements? Who will be the big movers up and down the list this year?
  17. After two years at or near the bottom of most MLB prospect rankings, four years of better drafts and solid international signings have the Milwaukee Brewers’ prospect situation pointing in the right direction. MLB.com has moved the Brewers up to 25th in the league, improving on the 28th slot entering 2021 and dead last entering 2020. In advance of initial rosters being announced (expected by Monday, April 4th) for our top four affiliates, here’s a speculative look at where our Top 30 MLB.com prospects are likely to be initially placed to kick off the 2022 season. 1. Sal Frelick – CF – 21 years old – 1st round 2022 pick (15th overall) – High-A Wisconsin · Left-Handed Hitting Frelick mashed in 81 Low-A Carolina plate appearances last year (with a .492 BABIP), but only posted a .563 OPS in 71 High-A Wisconsin plate appearances (with a .196 BABIP). He’ll likely start in High-A and hope to earn a promotion by mid-year. 2. Joey Wiemer – RF – 23 years old – 4th round 2020 pick – AA Biloxi · The 6’5” Wiemer conquered Low-A Carolina and High-A Wisconsin in 2021, with a combined .958 OPS in 472 plate appearances. Even the Arizona Fall League couldn’t slow him down (1.234 OPS in 37 PAs) until a minor injury gave him time to rest up. 3. Aaron Ashby – LHP – 23 years old – 4th round 2018 pick – MLB Brewers · Ashby did enough in 31 2/3 big league innings in 2021 to merit inclusion on the MLB squad from the get-go in 2022, where he’s expected to be the 6th starter and also pitch in relief from time to time. In fact, MLB.com is removing him from this top 30 list as I’m writing. 4. Garrett Mitchell – CF – 23 years old – 1st round 2020 pick (20th overall) – AA Biloxi · Paralleling Frelick’s 2021, Left-handed hitting Mitchell dominated at one level (1.128 OPS in 120 PAs at High-A Wisconsin), but ran into difficulty at the next (.554 OPS in 148 PAs at AA Biloxi), though we’re all hoping the Biloxi struggles were due to nagging injuries. 5. Brice Turang – SS – 22 years old – 1st round 2018 pick (21st overall) – AAA Nashville · Left-handed hitting Turang has done enough in the first half of each season to earn a promotion (2018 to Helena, 2019 to Carolina, 2021 to Nashville), though he may spend all of 2022 in Nashville as there’s no pressure to add him to the 40-man MLB roster. 6. Jeferson Quero – C – 19 years old – 2019 international signing – Low-A Carolina · Quero finally saw his first Brewers’ action in 2021 and didn’t disappoint: .934 OPS in 83 plate appearances in Rookie Arizona before an injury, unfortunately, ended his season early. In some minds, he’s replaced Feliciano as the Brewers’ “catcher-of-the-future” 7. Tyler Black – 2B – 21 years old – 1st round 2021 sandwich pick (33rd overall) – High-A or Low-A · This is the first real placement decision for Brewers’ brass. After posting a .660 OPS 103 plate appearances at Low-A Carolina (on a .346 BABIP), do you push Left-handed hitting Black’s talent along to High-A Wisconsin, or do you want him to taste some Low-A Carolina success first? 8. Ethan Small – LHP – 25 years old – 1st round 2019 pick (28th overall) – AAA Nashville · The Brewers’ 2021 minor league pitcher of the year split the season between Biloxi (41.1 innings) and Nashville (35.0), though an injury limited him in the second half. Still not on the 40-man MLB roster, Small is nonetheless expected to make his MLB debut this year. 9. Hedbert Perez – CF – 19 years old on April 4 – 2019 international signing – Low-A Carolina · Similar to Quero above, Left-handed-hitting Perez finally made his official Brewers’ debut in 2021 and performed as expected: .969 OPS in 132 plate appearances in Rookie Arizona, before struggling in Low-A Carolina post-promotion (.452 OPS in 68 PAs). 10. Jackson Chourio – CF – 18 years old – 2020-1 international signing – Rookie Arizona · Do the Spring Training starts alongside Low-A players mean that Chourio will start the season in Carolina? Not likely, as he spent all of 2021 in the Dominican Summer League (.833 OPS in 189 PAs), so hasn’t even played for the Arizona squad yet. 11. Freddy Zamora – SS – 23 years old – 2nd round 2020 pick – AA or High-A · From this point, the placement selections become more interesting. Zamora registered amazing improvement throughout in 2021 (May .569 OPS, June .666, July .758, August 1.065, September .900), even performing well after making the jump to High-A on August 25th. There appears to be room in AA Biloxi despite just 92 plate appearances in Wisconsin. 12. Felix Valerio – 2B – 21 years old – 2019 trade from Mets – AA or High-A · The Valerio and Black decisions (and perhaps even the Freddy Zamora decision) likely go hand-in-hand. Just 20 years old at the time, the 5’7” Valerio put up an .899 OPS in 377 plate appearances in Low-A Carolina, then a .787 OPS in 134 PAs at High-A Wisconsin last year. 13. Eduardo Garcia – SS – 19 years old – 2018 international signing – Low-A Carolina · Similar to Perez, Garcia spent most of 2021 in Rookie Arizona ball, then got a stint in Carolina. All in all, he put up an .824 OPS in 192 plate appearances and should form part of the uber-talented contingent to start the season in Carolina. 14. Joe Gray Jr. – CF – 22 years old – 2nd round 2018 pick – AA or High-A · This is a big decision again. Gray was the top minor league hitter in the Brewers’ system in the first half of 2021, but tailed off in the second half after a promotion to High-A and then had a miserable Arizona Fall League stint. Is Mitchell also blocking a move to Biloxi? 15. Antoine Kelly – LHP – 22 years old – 2nd round 2019 pick – High-A Wisconsin · The 6’6” Kelly dominated Arizona Rookie ball in 2019, but then had thoracic outlet surgery and didn’t put up great numbers at Low-A Carolina in 2021 (6.88 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, 12.7 K/9). However, his talent requires the move to High-A. 16. Hendry Mendez – RF – 18 years old – 2020-1 international signing – Low-A Carolina · One of the Brewers’ top January 2021 signings, LHH Mendez only needed 21 games in Rookie DSL to get the promotion to Arizona, where he continued to impress in 19 games (combined .879 OPS in 138 PAs with 17 walks and 12 Ks). 17. Russell Smith – LHP – 23 years old – 2nd round 2021 pick – Low-A Carolina · Yet to make his official Brewers’ minor league debut, the highly-touted Smith struck out 101 batters in 82.1 innings at TCU last year (15 starts, 1.13 WHIP). The 6’9” hurler walked only 20, demonstrating solid control. 18. Korry Howell – CF – 23 years old – 12th round 2018 pick – AA Biloxi · The buzz around Howell started in 2021 Spring Training and he didn’t disappoint, putting together an .826 OPS in 305 plate appearances in High-A, before being promoted to AA in August. Interestingly, he made 32 infield starts alongside his 62 outfield starts 19. Zavier Warren – 3B – 23 years old – 3rd round 2020 pick – High-A Wisconsin · The switch-hitting Warren was one of many mashers at Low-A Carolina in 2021, hitting 10 home runs in 230 plate appearances before being promoted in August. He made 33 starts at third base, 20 at catcher, and 19 at first base. 20. Logan Henderson – RHP – 20 years old – 4th round 2021 pick – Low-A or Rookie ACL · Similar to Smith, Henderson is yet to make his Brewers’ minor-league debut. Just 5’11”, Henderson struck out 169 batters in 97 2/3 innings of juco ball last year. He recently underwent right elbow surgery, though should debut in late 2022. 21. Abner Uribe – RHP – 21 years old – 2018 international signing – High-A Wisconsin · Flame-thrower Uribe struck out 52 in just 33 2/3 innings in Low-A last year, but also walked 25 and threw 14 wild pitches. The Brewers sent him to the Arizona Fall League, with similar results. The sky’s the limit if he can gain control. 22. Mario Feliciano – C – 23 years old – 2nd round 2016 pick – AAA Nashville · Feliciano fell off the fast-track to stardom last year in his first taste of AAA, as injuries limited him to only 114 plate appearances (.560 OPS) in Nashville. The Arizona Fall League sparked his bat, but are his defensive chops ready for the big leagues? 23. Carlos D. Rodriguez – OF – 21 years old – 2017 international signing – AA or High-A · The youngest Brewer to commence the season in High-A last year, Left-handed hitting Rodriguez produced a slightly below average .684 OPS in 382 plate appearances. Did we just release Jesus Lujano and LG Castillo to make room for his talent in AA? 24. Alec Bettinger – RHP – 26 years old – 10th round 2017 pick – AAA Nashville · Bettinger understandably struggled in his first-ever MLB action last year (10.0 innings), but was respectable in his first season at AAA: 4.75 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 9.1 K/9. His lack of Spring Training innings might indicate he requires more time before joining Nashville. 25. Taylor Floyd – RHP – 24 years old – 10th round 2019 pick – AA Biloxi · No-nonsense Floyd dominated High-A in 2021 (72 Ks in 48 2/3 innings, 3.33 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) and seeks a bee-line through AA and AAA to Milwaukee, à la Jake Cousins. 26. Dylan File – RHP – 25 years old – 21st round 2017 pick – AAA Nashville · File toughed it out in his first AAA season last year (5.27 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 7.6 K/9 in 42.2 innings) and now aims to both justify his 40-man MLB roster spot and make his MLB debut this season. 27. Victor Castaneda – RHP – 23 years old – 2017 international signing – AA Biloxi · The Brewers obviously love Castaneda’s stuff, giving him 12.0 innings in AAA last year after putting up respectable numbers in High-A (5.20 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 10.6 K/9) that were skewed by 18 home runs allowed. 28. Cam Robinson – RHP – 22 years old – 23rd round 2017 pick – High-A Wisconsin · A second relief specialist in the Brewers’ top 30 prospect list? Why not? Robinson spent most of 2021 in Low-A, producing a 2.45 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 10.6 K/9. Just 5’11”, MLB.com appears high on Robinson’s 90s fastball, 70s curveball combination. 29. Gabe Holt – 2B – 24 years old – 7th round 2019 pick – AA Biloxi · The eagle-eyed LHH Holt walked 62 times (vs. 47 Ks) in Low-A last year, making up for a lack of extra-base hits (16 in 323 ABs at that level) which will hopefully come this year. 30. Johan Barrios – SS – 17 years old – 2021-2 international signings – Rookie DSL · In January 2022, the Brewers gave Barrios 1,385,000 reasons (i.e. signing bonus) to believe he’s a future star. MLB.com projects he’ll add power over time, as he fills out his 6’3” frame. Based on recent Spring Training lineups, Freddy Zamora looks like a safe bet to commence at AA Biloxi, with the team leaning toward also including the young Felix Valerio and older (unranked) Ashton McGee. Of course, Joe Gray Jr., Carlos D. Rodriguez and perhaps even #1 prospect Sal Frelick are also under consideration, since Korry Howell can always play more infield as required. If Milwaukee does choose to push Zamora and Valerio to make the leap to AA Biloxi to start the season, this should open the door for Tyler Black and possibly (unranked) Ethan Murray to commence at High-A Wisconsin, thus freeing up playing time for Alberis Ferrer, Daniel Castillo, and Zack Raabe at Low-A Carolina. Do you agree with these projected placements? Who will be the big movers up and down the list this year? View full article
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