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  1. What a debut season it was for Carlos F. Rodriguez, settling in after a rocky start to dominate with a 2.27 ERA over his final 22 games. In a tough selection for voters, Rodriguez emerged the winner ahead of 12-win Caleb Boushley, 11-win Brandon Knarr and other terrific prospects. Image courtesy of Neal Hock (graphics by Thieres Rabelo) A sixth-round draft pick out of Florida Southwestern State College in 2021 who didn’t make his organizational debut until April this year, Carlos F. Rodriguez got ever-stronger as the season chugged along, nipping many worthy candidates for this prestigious award. Low-A/High-A Stats (26 G): 6-5 record, 3.01 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 129 K, 40 BB, 107 2/3 IP, 1 Save While the aggregate numbers may not be jaw-dropping, let’s see what happens when we exclude the four initial nerve-wracking outings from before Mr. Rodriguez got his feet settled under him: 2.27 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, .170 batting average against, 121 Ks vs. 38 walks in 99 1/3 innings over his final 22 games. The 20-year-old 6’0” Nicaraguan native was the Brewers’ top starting pitcher in Low-A Carolina for most of the season, registering the top WHIP (1.12 vs. Stiven Cruz’ 1.31) and second-best ERA (3.53 vs. Alexander Cornielle’s 3.19) before earning a deserved promotion to High-A Wisconsin on August 3rd. Then in seven starts as a Timber Rattler, Rodriguez’s results got even better, as he went 3-1 with a 1.98 ERA and 0.94 WHIP with 45 Ks in 36 1/3 innings pitched, perhaps tempting Brewers’ brass to consider an early promotion to AA Biloxi in 2023. Despite the 107 2/3 innings of work, the game logs suggest that the Brewers actually held Carlos back a bit, as he never threw more than 89 pitches in any contest. Of course, this makes it even more remarkable that he struck out five or more batters in 15 of his 26 outings. Congratulations to Carlos Fernando Rodriguez! Runner-Up: Brandon Knarr, LHP High-A/AA (26 G): 11-8 record, 2.83 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 152 K, 47 BB, 146 1/3 IP In a way, Brandon Knarr was also a sixth-round draft pick, albeit in 2020 when MLB reduced the draft to only five rounds. As such, the Brewers snapped him up as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Tampa. This year, Knarr was simply dominant in High-A ball, delivering a 1.57 ERA (4th best in the league) and 0.98 WHIP (11th best in the league) and earning seven victories while striking out 65 batters against just 13 walks. After turning 24 years old, Brandon was promoted to AA Biloxi on June 7th, where the sailing was rougher but still very respectable: 3.64 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 87 Ks vs. 34 walks. With nearly 150 innings under his belt in 2022, I suspect that Knarr is facing a relatively quiet offseason. Second Runner-Up: Caleb Boushley, RHP AAA Stats (25 G): 12-2 record, 3.25 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 91 K, 43 BB, 127 1/3 IP Being the winningest pitcher in the International League was enough to earn Hortonville, Wisconsin native Boushley the Sounds’ Pitcher of the Year Award, but only garnered him third place on this list. Don’t worry, he’s earning other dividends, including an upcoming start in the AAA playoffs tonight(!) in Las Vegas. The 28-year-old, former 33rd-round pick of the Padres out of UW-La Crosse in 2017 was wisely selected by the Brewers in the minor-league phase of the Rule 5 draft in December 2021, serving as a steady rock amidst the constant roster changes which typify AAA baseball. Caleb may not overwhelm the opposition with strikeouts, but the man consistently induces weak contact (.226 batting average and .667 OPS against). Will Boushley earn a spot on the 26-man MLB roster next spring? Third Runner-Up: Stiven Cruz, RHP Low-A/High-A Stats (19 G): 4-6 record, 3.74 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 109 K, 24 BB, 91 1/3 IP Signed as an international free agent in July 2019, Cruz had to wait just over two years to make his organizational debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2021. Despite solid results there (1.37 ERA with 73 Ks in 52 2/3 IP), it was still a surprise when the 20-year-old from Nicaragua bypassed the Arizona Complex League and was promoted directly to Low-A Carolina in May 2022. However, Cruz immediately dazzled by opening the season with 12 strikeouts over eight shutout innings. After an up-and-down middle part of the season (5.43 ERA over 12 games), Cruz finished with a flourish: 0.39 ERA over his final five games, four of which were at High-A Wisconsin. Honorable Mentions: Justin Jarvis, RHP (High-A/AA): 11-9 record, 3.83 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 150 K, 66 BB, 141 IP Selected in the 5th round of the 2018 draft out of Lake Norman High School (NC), Jarvis needed a few years under his belt to learn to excel in High-A ball, but came through admirably this season. The 22-year-old posted a 1.29 WHIP and 10.0 K/9 ratio in 24 starts at Wisconsin, before moving up to AA Biloxi for his final four starts (2.70 ERA in 20 AA innings). Alexander Cornielle, RHP (Low-A/High-A): 10-7 record, 3.03 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 145 K, 59 BB, 119 IP Cornielle was a July 2019 international signing who threw just four innings in his first two years in the organization before making his stateside debut in Arizona in July 2021. This season, the now-21-year-old Dominican Republic native broke camp with Low-A Carolina and was something of a Houdini the first two months (3.22 ERA, 1.60 WHIP in 36 1/3 IP) before significantly cutting down on traffic the rest of the year (2.94 ERA, 1.19 WHIP over final 82 2/3 IP), including three starts at High-A Wisconsin to finish a very encouraging campaign. Antoine Kelly, LHP (High-A): 2-4 record, 3.86 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 119 K, 52 BB, 91 IP Since traded to Texas alongside Mark Mathias for Matt Bush, 22-year old Kelly spent most of 2022 as the Brewers’ perceived top pitching prospect, dominating opposition over the first three months (3.27 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, .181 batting average against, 93 Ks in 71 2/3 IP). However, the expected promotion of the 2019 second-round pick to AA didn’t materialize (Walk issues? Tired arm? Diminish Rule 5 selection prospects?). After a rough July (6.05 ERA, 18 walks in 19 1/3 IP), the trade went through and Kelly had some struggles at AA Frisco over his final seven games (7.23 ERA in 18 2/3 IP). Victor Castaneda, RHP (AA/AAA): 6-6 record, 4.10 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 118 K, 52 BB, 120 2/3 IP An international signing out of Mexico in July 2017, Castaneda produced his third straight solid season, ranking second amongst Biloxi starters in ERA (3.97, after Knarr) and WHIP (1.35, after LHP Nick Bennett). The now-24-year-old’s strikeouts declined versus prior years (8.8 K/9 vs. 10.8 in 2019/2021), but thankfully so did his ERA (4.10 vs. 4.76 in 2019/2021). Three starts at AAA Nashville concluded his 2022 campaign, which is presumably where he’ll commence in 2023. Which Brewers’ starting pitching prospects do you have your eyes on? Would you have selected a different award winner? Your comments are welcome! View full article
  2. A sixth-round draft pick out of Florida Southwestern State College in 2021 who didn’t make his organizational debut until April this year, Carlos F. Rodriguez got ever-stronger as the season chugged along, nipping many worthy candidates for this prestigious award. Low-A/High-A Stats (26 G): 6-5 record, 3.01 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 129 K, 40 BB, 107 2/3 IP, 1 Save While the aggregate numbers may not be jaw-dropping, let’s see what happens when we exclude the four initial nerve-wracking outings from before Mr. Rodriguez got his feet settled under him: 2.27 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, .170 batting average against, 121 Ks vs. 38 walks in 99 1/3 innings over his final 22 games. The 20-year-old 6’0” Nicaraguan native was the Brewers’ top starting pitcher in Low-A Carolina for most of the season, registering the top WHIP (1.12 vs. Stiven Cruz’ 1.31) and second-best ERA (3.53 vs. Alexander Cornielle’s 3.19) before earning a deserved promotion to High-A Wisconsin on August 3rd. Then in seven starts as a Timber Rattler, Rodriguez’s results got even better, as he went 3-1 with a 1.98 ERA and 0.94 WHIP with 45 Ks in 36 1/3 innings pitched, perhaps tempting Brewers’ brass to consider an early promotion to AA Biloxi in 2023. Despite the 107 2/3 innings of work, the game logs suggest that the Brewers actually held Carlos back a bit, as he never threw more than 89 pitches in any contest. Of course, this makes it even more remarkable that he struck out five or more batters in 15 of his 26 outings. Congratulations to Carlos Fernando Rodriguez! Runner-Up: Brandon Knarr, LHP High-A/AA (26 G): 11-8 record, 2.83 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 152 K, 47 BB, 146 1/3 IP In a way, Brandon Knarr was also a sixth-round draft pick, albeit in 2020 when MLB reduced the draft to only five rounds. As such, the Brewers snapped him up as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Tampa. This year, Knarr was simply dominant in High-A ball, delivering a 1.57 ERA (4th best in the league) and 0.98 WHIP (11th best in the league) and earning seven victories while striking out 65 batters against just 13 walks. After turning 24 years old, Brandon was promoted to AA Biloxi on June 7th, where the sailing was rougher but still very respectable: 3.64 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 87 Ks vs. 34 walks. With nearly 150 innings under his belt in 2022, I suspect that Knarr is facing a relatively quiet offseason. Second Runner-Up: Caleb Boushley, RHP AAA Stats (25 G): 12-2 record, 3.25 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 91 K, 43 BB, 127 1/3 IP Being the winningest pitcher in the International League was enough to earn Hortonville, Wisconsin native Boushley the Sounds’ Pitcher of the Year Award, but only garnered him third place on this list. Don’t worry, he’s earning other dividends, including an upcoming start in the AAA playoffs tonight(!) in Las Vegas. The 28-year-old, former 33rd-round pick of the Padres out of UW-La Crosse in 2017 was wisely selected by the Brewers in the minor-league phase of the Rule 5 draft in December 2021, serving as a steady rock amidst the constant roster changes which typify AAA baseball. Caleb may not overwhelm the opposition with strikeouts, but the man consistently induces weak contact (.226 batting average and .667 OPS against). Will Boushley earn a spot on the 26-man MLB roster next spring? Third Runner-Up: Stiven Cruz, RHP Low-A/High-A Stats (19 G): 4-6 record, 3.74 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 109 K, 24 BB, 91 1/3 IP Signed as an international free agent in July 2019, Cruz had to wait just over two years to make his organizational debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2021. Despite solid results there (1.37 ERA with 73 Ks in 52 2/3 IP), it was still a surprise when the 20-year-old from Nicaragua bypassed the Arizona Complex League and was promoted directly to Low-A Carolina in May 2022. However, Cruz immediately dazzled by opening the season with 12 strikeouts over eight shutout innings. After an up-and-down middle part of the season (5.43 ERA over 12 games), Cruz finished with a flourish: 0.39 ERA over his final five games, four of which were at High-A Wisconsin. Honorable Mentions: Justin Jarvis, RHP (High-A/AA): 11-9 record, 3.83 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 150 K, 66 BB, 141 IP Selected in the 5th round of the 2018 draft out of Lake Norman High School (NC), Jarvis needed a few years under his belt to learn to excel in High-A ball, but came through admirably this season. The 22-year-old posted a 1.29 WHIP and 10.0 K/9 ratio in 24 starts at Wisconsin, before moving up to AA Biloxi for his final four starts (2.70 ERA in 20 AA innings). Alexander Cornielle, RHP (Low-A/High-A): 10-7 record, 3.03 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 145 K, 59 BB, 119 IP Cornielle was a July 2019 international signing who threw just four innings in his first two years in the organization before making his stateside debut in Arizona in July 2021. This season, the now-21-year-old Dominican Republic native broke camp with Low-A Carolina and was something of a Houdini the first two months (3.22 ERA, 1.60 WHIP in 36 1/3 IP) before significantly cutting down on traffic the rest of the year (2.94 ERA, 1.19 WHIP over final 82 2/3 IP), including three starts at High-A Wisconsin to finish a very encouraging campaign. Antoine Kelly, LHP (High-A): 2-4 record, 3.86 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 119 K, 52 BB, 91 IP Since traded to Texas alongside Mark Mathias for Matt Bush, 22-year old Kelly spent most of 2022 as the Brewers’ perceived top pitching prospect, dominating opposition over the first three months (3.27 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, .181 batting average against, 93 Ks in 71 2/3 IP). However, the expected promotion of the 2019 second-round pick to AA didn’t materialize (Walk issues? Tired arm? Diminish Rule 5 selection prospects?). After a rough July (6.05 ERA, 18 walks in 19 1/3 IP), the trade went through and Kelly had some struggles at AA Frisco over his final seven games (7.23 ERA in 18 2/3 IP). Victor Castaneda, RHP (AA/AAA): 6-6 record, 4.10 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 118 K, 52 BB, 120 2/3 IP An international signing out of Mexico in July 2017, Castaneda produced his third straight solid season, ranking second amongst Biloxi starters in ERA (3.97, after Knarr) and WHIP (1.35, after LHP Nick Bennett). The now-24-year-old’s strikeouts declined versus prior years (8.8 K/9 vs. 10.8 in 2019/2021), but thankfully so did his ERA (4.10 vs. 4.76 in 2019/2021). Three starts at AAA Nashville concluded his 2022 campaign, which is presumably where he’ll commence in 2023. Which Brewers’ starting pitching prospects do you have your eyes on? Would you have selected a different award winner? Your comments are welcome!
  3. Transactions: - RHP Jake Cousins optioned from MLB Brewers to AAA Nashville (making room for the return of LHP Eric Lauer from injury) - INF Daniel Castillo released from ACL Brewers Blue - his pro journey recapped here, it included 19 games in Carolina in 2021 - RHP Braudin Ciprian of DSL-Brewers1 placed on the restricted list (60-game Stanozolol suspension) - we provide info on Ciprian's two-year stint thus far here Final: Nashville 6, Louisville (Reds) 3, ten innings Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review affiliate write-ups as part of your Link Report routine: Sounds Clinch Division Title in Louisville - Nashville Takes 12th Division Title with Extra Inning Triumph Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Surely folks have tired of me indicating as such, but for a wonderful rundown of how the game played itself out and a treasure trove of statistical notes, please visit that game summary if you have not done so already. Then we can enhance that with our own tidbits and news - we'll drill that routine into 2023 and beyond. With help from forum poster @wiguy94 we learn - "AAA championship weekend is in Las Vegas this year. Nashville would play a one-game playoff against the International League East winner (currently Durham) on Saturday, October 1st. If they win that game, they will play a one-game playoff against the winner of the Pacific Coast League championship game for the AAA National Championship on Sunday, October 2nd." Stand proud, Hortonville, Wisconsin and UW-La Crosse! Guess who has a birthday on Saturday, October 1st? Ace RHP Caleb Boushley turns 29 that day. Think we can pencil Boushley in for that birthday start. Can't save him for a Sunday game that may not happen. One more year of Brewers control on Boushley, expect to see him a whole bunch in big league camp next spring. He has proven to be a heck of pick in the minor league phase of Rule 5 (via the Padres). Speaking of astute pickups, still two more years of organizational control over June trade acquisition Patrick Dorrian. The 26-year-old LH-hitting infielder was acquired from Baltimore for the always handy cash considerations. So many relievers bounced between Nashville and Milwaukee in 2022, yet one of them was not RHP Hobie Harris. Fifty-one appearances with a 1.08 WHIP, money. Harris followed Boushley with a perfect 7th, two K's. The fact that the WHIP is so low despite 27 walks in 51.2 IP reveals that Harris has allowed only 29 hits. That MLB debut will need to happen in another organization unless the pending minor league free agent is brought back for 2023. After exiting Thursday's game in the 9th inning, Sal Frelick did not play Friday. Brice Turang helped pick up the multiple-base hit slack in Frelick's absence with a double, single and two RBI. On the flip side, Joey Wiemer was back in the lineup for the first time since last Saturday the 17th, one single in five at-bats. Nice to have his .900 OPS in September back. We agree with the Voice of the Sounds! Here's a reminder on the rest of the Nashville regular season schedule as they prep for next Championship Weekend. It's a 12:05 Central Time game today (Saturday) to wrap up the Louisville series. After a day off Sunday, the Sounds get to host Memphis (Cardinals) Monday thru Wednesday. Then it's off to the bright lights of Sin City (where they will be the home team, having clinched the #1 seed). They have beer in Vegas too, right? Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  4. They have entertained us from start to finish. The Nashville Sounds, under erstwhile legendary Manager Rick Sweet and his veteran coaching staff, have played exemplary ball since the start of the 2022 season, and it culminated (for now) in a division championship after an extra-inning victory on the road Friday night. The Brewers' AAA club has provided support to the big-league team in terms of depth pieces, and it has been the proving ground for a couple of months now for a youthful new prospect core that is thriving. There's been little-to-no-controversary we're aware of, hard to avoid in the next-level down from MLB. Kudos, team, we "Bleed Sounds" with you, as your season mantra goes. Image courtesy of BrewerFanatic Transactions: - RHP Jake Cousins optioned from MLB Brewers to AAA Nashville (making room for the return of LHP Eric Lauer from injury) - INF Daniel Castillo released from ACL Brewers Blue - his pro journey recapped here, it included 19 games in Carolina in 2021 - RHP Braudin Ciprian of DSL-Brewers1 placed on the restricted list (60-game Stanozolol suspension) - we provide info on Ciprian's two-year stint thus far here Final: Nashville 6, Louisville (Reds) 3, ten innings Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review affiliate write-ups as part of your Link Report routine: Sounds Clinch Division Title in Louisville - Nashville Takes 12th Division Title with Extra Inning Triumph Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Surely folks have tired of me indicating as such, but for a wonderful rundown of how the game played itself out and a treasure trove of statistical notes, please visit that game summary if you have not done so already. Then we can enhance that with our own tidbits and news - we'll drill that routine into 2023 and beyond. With help from forum poster @wiguy94 we learn - "AAA championship weekend is in Las Vegas this year. Nashville would play a one-game playoff against the International League East winner (currently Durham) on Saturday, October 1st. If they win that game, they will play a one-game playoff against the winner of the Pacific Coast League championship game for the AAA National Championship on Sunday, October 2nd." Stand proud, Hortonville, Wisconsin and UW-La Crosse! Guess who has a birthday on Saturday, October 1st? Ace RHP Caleb Boushley turns 29 that day. Think we can pencil Boushley in for that birthday start. Can't save him for a Sunday game that may not happen. One more year of Brewers control on Boushley, expect to see him a whole bunch in big league camp next spring. He has proven to be a heck of pick in the minor league phase of Rule 5 (via the Padres). Speaking of astute pickups, still two more years of organizational control over June trade acquisition Patrick Dorrian. The 26-year-old LH-hitting infielder was acquired from Baltimore for the always handy cash considerations. So many relievers bounced between Nashville and Milwaukee in 2022, yet one of them was not RHP Hobie Harris. Fifty-one appearances with a 1.08 WHIP, money. Harris followed Boushley with a perfect 7th, two K's. The fact that the WHIP is so low despite 27 walks in 51.2 IP reveals that Harris has allowed only 29 hits. That MLB debut will need to happen in another organization unless the pending minor league free agent is brought back for 2023. After exiting Thursday's game in the 9th inning, Sal Frelick did not play Friday. Brice Turang helped pick up the multiple-base hit slack in Frelick's absence with a double, single and two RBI. On the flip side, Joey Wiemer was back in the lineup for the first time since last Saturday the 17th, one single in five at-bats. Nice to have his .900 OPS in September back. We agree with the Voice of the Sounds! Here's a reminder on the rest of the Nashville regular season schedule as they prep for next Championship Weekend. It's a 12:05 Central Time game today (Saturday) to wrap up the Louisville series. After a day off Sunday, the Sounds get to host Memphis (Cardinals) Monday thru Wednesday. Then it's off to the bright lights of Sin City (where they will be the home team, having clinched the #1 seed). They have beer in Vegas too, right? Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  5. The Nashville Sounds drew closer to a division title. The Biloxi Shuckers are closing with an amazing flourish. Let's dig into the game summaries and box scores as always while also providing backstory info and insights on some of the player journeys heading into 2023. I know, we're always rushing Father Time, aren't we? Here we go! Image courtesy of BrewerFanatic Transactions: None. Final: Nashville 3, Jacksonville (Marlins) 0 Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of your Link Report routine: Sounds Return Favor with Shutout Win - Nashville’s magic number to clinch the division shrinks to seven Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log RHP Caleb Boushley turns 29 on October 1st. The Brewers control his rights for another year. Is it possible that an organization views his 2022 season and claims Boushley in Rule 5? Given his age, it wouldn't be a rebuilding club. The likely path is that Boushley receives an obvious invite to Brewers big league camp next spring, gets a chance to break into the big-league rotation if injuries occur, and then provides a nice depth option for the 2023 season while again toiling in Nashville. Is that fair to Boushley? No, and I'd expect one of the things we eventually see out of the new unionization of MiLB players is a drop from seven to six years of overall control. It won't happen in time to aid Boushley, however. My goodness, the upper half of that Sounds box score is a beautiful sight. You just read about Sal Frelick's latest cumulative statistical exploits in that fine game summary. Esteury Ruiz reached base four times. Brice Turang had two more knocks, and Jon Singleton and Joey Wiemer's sacrifice flies were critical (sacrifice flies are the "hidden gems" of box score perusals). Oh, then slide down a bit further and see that Ruiz and Turang were successful on their combined four stolen base attempts. Glorious. We still see you, Lucas Erceg . Pending 40-man addition decision awaits, five days after the World Series ends. There is no game log obvious reason for Pablo Reyes to have been pulled in the top of the 4th inning. These guitar awards are awesome! Be sure to click on the picture to enlarge. Final: Biloxi 4, Pensacola (Marlins) 1 Bennett Shines, Strikes Out 11 as Biloxi Wins Ninth In-A-Row - Warren, Lutz and Kahle Each Homer Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Was eight enough? Heck, no! Cast photo of the 1977-1981 ABC family series "Eight is Enough Wow, fun joy ride for these Shuckers. Already lined up the Christmas Wish list for LHP Nick Bennett , and consistency tops it. The highs don't need to be quite as high as this fantastic effort (though that would be amazing), but the lows can certainly be better than his 2022 game log shows. Bennett's development path this season wasn't linear - well, it was linear, but a zig-zag. Wonderful final outing! Sure, Jackson Chourio 2-for-19 in AA, fanned three times (now nine at this level), but he also did this - Catcher Nick Kahle making the case that he deserved more than 76 at-bats all season - was never on an injured list. Find the Zavier Warren, Tristen Lutz and Kahle home runs so prominently featured in the game summary via the Shuckers Twitter Media feed here. With a single, Gabe Holt's OPS lands right at .500 (yes, OPS, tough season, big bounceback in 2023 coming). That being said, that mark is on the precipice depending how Sunday goes. It's a 1:05 Central start Sunday for Nashville, and a 4:05 start for Biloxi's finale. If I know our own @Joseph Zarr, that lines up as a perfect alternative to any NFL doubleheader! Keep it up, Biloxi - we're all about book-ending the 2022 season with a seven-game and ten-game positivity streak! Give the New York City Seinfeld locale, do you think Yankees fans will make an occasional Jason Alexander reference today? "Are you the guy that put us in that Ramada in Milwaukee?" Seinfeld-George Teaches Yankees how to play - YouTube Have a great day, everyone, thanks for visiting. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scoresCurrent Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  6. Transactions: None. Final: Nashville 3, Jacksonville (Marlins) 0 Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of your Link Report routine: Sounds Return Favor with Shutout Win - Nashville’s magic number to clinch the division shrinks to seven Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log RHP Caleb Boushley turns 29 on October 1st. The Brewers control his rights for another year. Is it possible that an organization views his 2022 season and claims Boushley in Rule 5? Given his age, it wouldn't be a rebuilding club. The likely path is that Boushley receives an obvious invite to Brewers big league camp next spring, gets a chance to break into the big-league rotation if injuries occur, and then provides a nice depth option for the 2023 season while again toiling in Nashville. Is that fair to Boushley? No, and I'd expect one of the things we eventually see out of the new unionization of MiLB players is a drop from seven to six years of overall control. It won't happen in time to aid Boushley, however. My goodness, the upper half of that Sounds box score is a beautiful sight. You just read about Sal Frelick's latest cumulative statistical exploits in that fine game summary. Esteury Ruiz reached base four times. Brice Turang had two more knocks, and Jon Singleton and Joey Wiemer's sacrifice flies were critical (sacrifice flies are the "hidden gems" of box score perusals). Oh, then slide down a bit further and see that Ruiz and Turang were successful on their combined four stolen base attempts. Glorious. We still see you, Lucas Erceg . Pending 40-man addition decision awaits, five days after the World Series ends. There is no game log obvious reason for Pablo Reyes to have been pulled in the top of the 4th inning. These guitar awards are awesome! Be sure to click on the picture to enlarge. Final: Biloxi 4, Pensacola (Marlins) 1 Bennett Shines, Strikes Out 11 as Biloxi Wins Ninth In-A-Row - Warren, Lutz and Kahle Each Homer Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Was eight enough? Heck, no! Cast photo of the 1977-1981 ABC family series "Eight is Enough Wow, fun joy ride for these Shuckers. Already lined up the Christmas Wish list for LHP Nick Bennett , and consistency tops it. The highs don't need to be quite as high as this fantastic effort (though that would be amazing), but the lows can certainly be better than his 2022 game log shows. Bennett's development path this season wasn't linear - well, it was linear, but a zig-zag. Wonderful final outing! Sure, Jackson Chourio 2-for-19 in AA, fanned three times (now nine at this level), but he also did this - Catcher Nick Kahle making the case that he deserved more than 76 at-bats all season - was never on an injured list. Find the Zavier Warren, Tristen Lutz and Kahle home runs so prominently featured in the game summary via the Shuckers Twitter Media feed here. With a single, Gabe Holt's OPS lands right at .500 (yes, OPS, tough season, big bounceback in 2023 coming). That being said, that mark is on the precipice depending how Sunday goes. It's a 1:05 Central start Sunday for Nashville, and a 4:05 start for Biloxi's finale. If I know our own @Joseph Zarr, that lines up as a perfect alternative to any NFL doubleheader! Keep it up, Biloxi - we're all about book-ending the 2022 season with a seven-game and ten-game positivity streak! Give the New York City Seinfeld locale, do you think Yankees fans will make an occasional Jason Alexander reference today? "Are you the guy that put us in that Ramada in Milwaukee?" Seinfeld-George Teaches Yankees how to play - YouTube Have a great day, everyone, thanks for visiting. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scoresCurrent Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  7. Carolina led from start to finish, with Luis Castillo and Robert Moore contributing six RBIs. Biloxi won their series on a suicide squeeze. Nashville dominated behind Boushley, Ruiz and Wiemer before imploding in the 9th. Wisconsin’s finale was rained out. Image courtesy of BrewerFanatic Esteury Ruiz, Joey Wiemer and Robert Moore each homered to stake Nashville and Carolina to big leads, although only the Mudcats’ would hold up. Nick Kahle drove home three runs including the game winner for the Shuckers. Caleb Boushley (Nashville) and Nick Bennett (Biloxi) both put in strong starts, while Fernando Olguin pitched three innings of scoreless relief (Carolina) Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Kahle, Boushley, Ruiz, Wiemer and Luis Castillo, with an honorable for Bennett. Transactions: RHP Hobie Harris of AAA Nashville is currently on suspension in connection with his Thursday ejection Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Charlotte 7, Nashville 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Stunned in Ninth by Knights For the second excruciating defeat in a row, Nashville showed how one ugly inning can determine the outcome, this time allowing the final six Knight batters to score in a 7-6 loss. Starting RHP Caleb Boushley (6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K) showed that he’s back to full strength, throwing six innings of one-run, three-hit ball and exiting with a 6-1 lead. OFs Esteury Ruiz (2-for-3, HR, HBP, 3 RBIs) and Joey Wiemer (2-for-4, HR, triple, RBI) launched 4th inning homers to give the Sounds a 4-1 lead, with Wiemer later tripling and scoring on a SS Pablo Reyes (1-for-3, double, HBP, RBI) double in a two-run 8th inning. RHPs Jake Cousins and Lucas Erceg combined to pitch scoreless 7th and 8th innings before the collapse. Leading 6-1 going into the bottom of the 9th inning, RHP Zach Brown struck out the opening batter before giving up three hits, a walk and a hit batsmen and giving way to RHP Matt Hardy with the score 6-4, one out and two men on base. Three Quick Strikes: Boushley’s sole blemish was a leadoff home run to Mark Payton, who also ended the game with a 3-run walk-off blast off Hardy to send the frustrated Sounds back to Nashville. Where is the rest of that vaunted Nashville bullpen, you ask? Well, they’re not here: Strzelecki, Perdomo, Kelley and Topa were all recalled to the Brewers, Sadzeck was DFA’d (now in Rochester) and Harris is suspended. The loss capped a 4-2 series defeat to Charlotte and allowed second place Columbus to claw to within an uncomfortable 2.5 games. Next week’s outlook: Nashville (81-53) returns home to face Marlins’ AAA affiliate Jacksonville (73-61). Scheduled starting RHP Marcus Walden (5.12 ERA) will aim for a repeat of his last outing (5 IP, 1 R) as the Sounds try to right the ship. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 5, Mississippi 4 (10 innings) Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Fitting Finish - Shuckers Walk Off M-Braves In Final Home Game of 2022 Biloxi secured its fourth straight victory on a 10th inning suicide squeeze bunt by C Nick Kahle (2-for-4, double, sacrifice, 3 RBIs) to bring home 3B Yeison Coca. Now, back to the beginning…: Starting LHP Nick Bennett (5 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 7 Ks) recovered nicely from a two-run 1st inning, completing five innings of two-hit ball and coming out with a 4-2 lead after throwing 97 pitches. Those two game-opening runs off Bennett came courtesy of a hit-by-pitch and two-run homer, but the Shuckers responded with a three-run 2nd inning thanks to unsung heroes OF Terence Doston (RBI single) and Kahle (two-run double). SS Ethan Murray (2-for-5, RBI) then doubled the lead with an RBI single in the 4th inning, his first RBI since a recent promotion to AA ball. However, the Braves didn’t give up, scoring a run in the 6th inning off of LHP Clayton Andrews, then getting a leadoff 9th inning blast against RHP Harold Chirino to tie the game 4-4. Thankfully, Sunday evening saw the good version of RHP Zach Vennaro, who induced a fly out and then struck out the final two Braves to keep Manfred’s ghost stranded. In the bottom of the 10th inning, Doston (2-for-5, RBI) reached on an infield single with one out, moving Coca to third base to set the stage for Kahle’s game-winning bunt. Three Quick Strikes: Biloxi out-hit the Braves 13 to 6 and went 5-for-13 with runners in scoring position (vs. 1-for-10 for the Braves), but still needed extra innings to grab the win. Consecutive singles by OF Corey Ray (2-for-4, walk) and Ethan Murray (bunt) to open the bottom of the 9th inning went for naught, as Ray was caught stealing for the first out. Kudos as to Thomas Dillard (2-for-4, walk, SB) and RHP Kent Hasler (1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks) on valuable contributions. Next week’s outlook: Biloxi (62-67) travels to face Marlins’ AA affiliate Pensacola (67-58). RHP TJ Shook (4.25 ERA in High-A/AA) is scheduled to start the opener. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Suspended Rainout: Wisconsin vs. Beloit Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, rainout details: Rattlers Final Game of 2022 Rained Out Apologies to Rattler and Brewer fans who had hoped to catch a final glimpse of OF Jackson Chourio and/or rehabbing major league OF Jonathan Davis, as the season ends with consecutive rain-outs. The team can still feel good about their 4-0 sweep of Beloit to finish the 2022 season 69-60. Carolina Pre-Game Notes Final: Carolina 9, Myrtle Beach 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Carolina Closes 2022 With 9-3 Victory in Myrtle Beach Carolina struck early and often in this enjoyable season finale, notching three runs on three 1st inning singles from SS Eric Brown Jr. (2-for-4, walk, 2 SB), 1B Jesus Chirinos and OF Luis Castillo, then extending the lead to 5-1 on a Castillo (2-for-3, 3 RBIs) two-run single. Starting RHP Jeferson Figueroa (4 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 2 Ks) gave four respectable innings, handing over to suddenly-terrific RHP Fernando Olguin with a 6-3 lead. Olguin (3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 Ks) earned the win, teaming with RHPs Jeison Pena and Trevor Tietz to keep Myrtle Beach scoreless over the final five innings. Looking to extend his 8-game hitting streak, 2B Robert Moore unfortunately started the game 0-for-3 before making it all up in one at-bat: a three-run blast in the top of the 6th inning to break open the contest 9-3. The win closed the series loss to 3-2, with the Mudcats holding their heads high after winning the final two games of the 2022 season to finish 69-62. What a job by Manager Victor Estevez with such a young, ever-changing squad. Three Quick Strikes, Plus a Bonus: Eight Mudcats starters collected at least one hit, while the sole 0-for-3 (OF Hendry Mendez) walked twice. Something you don’t see every day: Moore made two outs before most people had even found their seat: game-opening K-wild pitch; caught stealing second base. After an up-and-down season, 21-year old Olguin completed nine scoreless innings over his final two games to give him some solid momentum entering 2023. OF Jace Avina (2-for-3, 2 walks, RBI, 2 SBs) and 3B Jadher Areinamo (2-for-5, double) each had two hits to end their impressive seasons on a bright note. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Rest and recover on Monday, then follow Nashville and Biloxi starting Tuesday. 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. Esteury Ruiz, Joey Wiemer and Robert Moore each homered to stake Nashville and Carolina to big leads, although only the Mudcats’ would hold up. Nick Kahle drove home three runs including the game winner for the Shuckers. Caleb Boushley (Nashville) and Nick Bennett (Biloxi) both put in strong starts, while Fernando Olguin pitched three innings of scoreless relief (Carolina) Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Kahle, Boushley, Ruiz, Wiemer and Luis Castillo, with an honorable for Bennett. Transactions: RHP Hobie Harris of AAA Nashville is currently on suspension in connection with his Thursday ejection Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Charlotte 7, Nashville 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Stunned in Ninth by Knights For the second excruciating defeat in a row, Nashville showed how one ugly inning can determine the outcome, this time allowing the final six Knight batters to score in a 7-6 loss. Starting RHP Caleb Boushley (6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K) showed that he’s back to full strength, throwing six innings of one-run, three-hit ball and exiting with a 6-1 lead. OFs Esteury Ruiz (2-for-3, HR, HBP, 3 RBIs) and Joey Wiemer (2-for-4, HR, triple, RBI) launched 4th inning homers to give the Sounds a 4-1 lead, with Wiemer later tripling and scoring on a SS Pablo Reyes (1-for-3, double, HBP, RBI) double in a two-run 8th inning. RHPs Jake Cousins and Lucas Erceg combined to pitch scoreless 7th and 8th innings before the collapse. Leading 6-1 going into the bottom of the 9th inning, RHP Zach Brown struck out the opening batter before giving up three hits, a walk and a hit batsmen and giving way to RHP Matt Hardy with the score 6-4, one out and two men on base. Three Quick Strikes: Boushley’s sole blemish was a leadoff home run to Mark Payton, who also ended the game with a 3-run walk-off blast off Hardy to send the frustrated Sounds back to Nashville. Where is the rest of that vaunted Nashville bullpen, you ask? Well, they’re not here: Strzelecki, Perdomo, Kelley and Topa were all recalled to the Brewers, Sadzeck was DFA’d (now in Rochester) and Harris is suspended. The loss capped a 4-2 series defeat to Charlotte and allowed second place Columbus to claw to within an uncomfortable 2.5 games. Next week’s outlook: Nashville (81-53) returns home to face Marlins’ AAA affiliate Jacksonville (73-61). Scheduled starting RHP Marcus Walden (5.12 ERA) will aim for a repeat of his last outing (5 IP, 1 R) as the Sounds try to right the ship. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 5, Mississippi 4 (10 innings) Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Fitting Finish - Shuckers Walk Off M-Braves In Final Home Game of 2022 Biloxi secured its fourth straight victory on a 10th inning suicide squeeze bunt by C Nick Kahle (2-for-4, double, sacrifice, 3 RBIs) to bring home 3B Yeison Coca. Now, back to the beginning…: Starting LHP Nick Bennett (5 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 7 Ks) recovered nicely from a two-run 1st inning, completing five innings of two-hit ball and coming out with a 4-2 lead after throwing 97 pitches. Those two game-opening runs off Bennett came courtesy of a hit-by-pitch and two-run homer, but the Shuckers responded with a three-run 2nd inning thanks to unsung heroes OF Terence Doston (RBI single) and Kahle (two-run double). SS Ethan Murray (2-for-5, RBI) then doubled the lead with an RBI single in the 4th inning, his first RBI since a recent promotion to AA ball. However, the Braves didn’t give up, scoring a run in the 6th inning off of LHP Clayton Andrews, then getting a leadoff 9th inning blast against RHP Harold Chirino to tie the game 4-4. Thankfully, Sunday evening saw the good version of RHP Zach Vennaro, who induced a fly out and then struck out the final two Braves to keep Manfred’s ghost stranded. In the bottom of the 10th inning, Doston (2-for-5, RBI) reached on an infield single with one out, moving Coca to third base to set the stage for Kahle’s game-winning bunt. Three Quick Strikes: Biloxi out-hit the Braves 13 to 6 and went 5-for-13 with runners in scoring position (vs. 1-for-10 for the Braves), but still needed extra innings to grab the win. Consecutive singles by OF Corey Ray (2-for-4, walk) and Ethan Murray (bunt) to open the bottom of the 9th inning went for naught, as Ray was caught stealing for the first out. Kudos as to Thomas Dillard (2-for-4, walk, SB) and RHP Kent Hasler (1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks) on valuable contributions. Next week’s outlook: Biloxi (62-67) travels to face Marlins’ AA affiliate Pensacola (67-58). RHP TJ Shook (4.25 ERA in High-A/AA) is scheduled to start the opener. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Suspended Rainout: Wisconsin vs. Beloit Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, rainout details: Rattlers Final Game of 2022 Rained Out Apologies to Rattler and Brewer fans who had hoped to catch a final glimpse of OF Jackson Chourio and/or rehabbing major league OF Jonathan Davis, as the season ends with consecutive rain-outs. The team can still feel good about their 4-0 sweep of Beloit to finish the 2022 season 69-60. Carolina Pre-Game Notes Final: Carolina 9, Myrtle Beach 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Carolina Closes 2022 With 9-3 Victory in Myrtle Beach Carolina struck early and often in this enjoyable season finale, notching three runs on three 1st inning singles from SS Eric Brown Jr. (2-for-4, walk, 2 SB), 1B Jesus Chirinos and OF Luis Castillo, then extending the lead to 5-1 on a Castillo (2-for-3, 3 RBIs) two-run single. Starting RHP Jeferson Figueroa (4 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 2 Ks) gave four respectable innings, handing over to suddenly-terrific RHP Fernando Olguin with a 6-3 lead. Olguin (3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 Ks) earned the win, teaming with RHPs Jeison Pena and Trevor Tietz to keep Myrtle Beach scoreless over the final five innings. Looking to extend his 8-game hitting streak, 2B Robert Moore unfortunately started the game 0-for-3 before making it all up in one at-bat: a three-run blast in the top of the 6th inning to break open the contest 9-3. The win closed the series loss to 3-2, with the Mudcats holding their heads high after winning the final two games of the 2022 season to finish 69-62. What a job by Manager Victor Estevez with such a young, ever-changing squad. Three Quick Strikes, Plus a Bonus: Eight Mudcats starters collected at least one hit, while the sole 0-for-3 (OF Hendry Mendez) walked twice. Something you don’t see every day: Moore made two outs before most people had even found their seat: game-opening K-wild pitch; caught stealing second base. After an up-and-down season, 21-year old Olguin completed nine scoreless innings over his final two games to give him some solid momentum entering 2023. OF Jace Avina (2-for-3, 2 walks, RBI, 2 SBs) and 3B Jadher Areinamo (2-for-5, double) each had two hits to end their impressive seasons on a bright note. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Rest and recover on Monday, then follow Nashville and Biloxi starting Tuesday. 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
  9. Late leads were given up by Carolina (5-3 loss), Biloxi (7-6 loss in continuation of Saturday’s game) and Nashville (5-3 loss), while Wisconsin was one-hit in its series finale and the Shuckers couldn’t come back from an early deficit in their Sunday contest. The Mudcats’ Alexander Cornielle was the man of the day, cruising through six shutout innings of three-hit, zero-walk baseball, with five strikeouts. However, Kannapolis responded with five runs in the 8th inning to snatch a 5-3 win, dropping Carolina to its fifth straight defeat. The Timber Rattlers fell behind South Bend 4-0 early, which felt like a mountain of a deficit while being one-hit on the day, ultimately losing 6-2 and splitting their series 3-3. Biloxi entered the day expecting to grab two wins and a series victory, but instead imploded with a 6-4 lead and two outs in the 10th inning, dropping the concluding portion of Saturday’s game 7-6. Then they fell behind 4-0 in the follow-up game, losing 4-2 in Montgomery in spite of 7 1/3 innings of shutout ball from the bullpen. Nashville entered their Sunday riding an eight-game winning streak and grabbed a 3-2 lead in the middle innings, but were undone by a Columbus three-run blast in the 7th inning and a lack of further offense. Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Cornielle, as well as Caleb Boushley, Mario Feliciano, Hedbert Perez and Kent Hasler. Transactions: N/A Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Kannapolis (White Sox) 5, Carolina 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Mudcats Lose Late Lead While Dropping Fifth Straight RHP Alexander Cornielle put the team in excellent position to snap a four-game losing streak in Kannapolis, throwing 87 pitches (60 strikes) over six shutout innings. Cornielle conceded just singles and no walks, striking out five Cannon Ballers, but exited with the game still tied 0-0, as opposing starter Jared Kelley was equal to the task (5 innings, 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 walks). The Mudcat offense finally awoke in the 7th inning, getting three runs on four hits, including Jackson Chourio’s 18th double of the year, a Hedbert Perez two-run double and an Oswal Leones RBI single for a 3-0 lead. Perez went 2-for-4 in the game to raise his season OPS to .652. Long inning reliever RHP Fernando Olguin had comfortably covered 2 2/3 scoreless innings (no runner reaching second base) before everything fell apart with two outs in the 8th inning: single, single, RBI single, run-scoring double. RHP Miguel Guerrero then entered the game to try to finish things off, but instead gave up a three-run homer to give Kannapolis a 5-3 lead, from which Carolina could not recover. Of course, most of those runs were charged to Olguin, who took the loss and saw his season ERA balloon to 5.30. Next week’s outlook: 40-41 Carolina returns home to face 26-54 Delmarva. Expect RHP Miguel Segura (4.11 season ERA) to start the first game of the series. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: South Bend (Cubs) 6, Wisconsin 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Cubs Hold Rattlers to One Hit; Gain Split in Series RHP Justin Jarvis (5 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 0 BB, 5 Ks) came into the game in dominating form, but gave up a first-pitch, 1st-inning home run in this game and he and the team unfortunately never recovered. The Cubs added a second homer in that same 1st inning for a 2-0 advantage. Jarvis failed to help himself in the 3rd inning by fielding a grounder and throwing late to second base, putting the team in a two-on, nobody out situation. Both Cubs would score for a 4-0 lead. By the time Wisconsin got its first base runner in the 4th inning, they’d already seen center fielder Tyler Black exit the game early after making a catch to end the 3rd inning. Joe Gray Jr. grabbed the team’s only hit in that 4th inning, a two-run homer to cut the deficit to 4-2. That was Gray’s 12th homer of 2022. Other than Gray's homer, the principal other Timber Rattler highlight probably occurred in pre-game, when 1B Wes Clarke was announced as part of the opening line-up, his first action in about two weeks. You can’t really expect to score if you can’t get a hit. One Rattler reached base via error in the 5th inning, then the first two Wisconsin batters of the 7th inning reached base via hit-by-pitch, but no runs came around. In the bullpen, Robbie Baker (1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K) covered a clean 6th inning, but LHP Justin King ran into trouble by walking and hitting batters in the 7th inning, both of whom scored off RHP Taylor Floyd (nobody out on another fielder’s choice; RBI single). As noted in the linked game summary, King exited due to an undisclosed injury. Floyd (1 2/3 innings, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks) threw well, however, so that’s a nice takeaway. Next week’s outlook: 47-33 Wisconsin stays on the road, travelling to face 42-39 West Michigan. Expect LHP Antoine Kelly (3.76 season ERA) to start the first game, attempting to recapture his early season form and earn a promotion. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Montgomery (Rays) 7, Biloxi 6 (conclusion of Saturday’s game) Box Score / Game Log Final: Montgomery 4, Biloxi 2 (Sunday’s game) Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: First Inning Runs Hold Up As Biscuits Top Shuckers In Finale In the denouement of Saturday’s postponed extra inning contest, Biloxi failed to do further damage with two-on and two-out in the 10th inning, but still led 6-4 as RHP Zach Vennaro came in for the attempted save. Two quick ground outs brought home Manfred’s ghost to bring the score to 6-5, before everything went awry starting with an infield single. Another base hit and then a full count walk loaded the bases for Montgomery before a visit to the mound. Shake it off. Make them beat you. Five-pitch walk to tie the game 6-6. Then a hit batsman on a 1-0 pitch to end it. The Shuckers lost 7-6 and had another nine innings to think about it. Still bruised from that setback, Biloxi starting RHP Victor Castaneda gave up a first batter home run in the next game, one of nine batters to come up against Castaneda that inning. Down 3-0 with two outs, an infield error on Victor’s 41st pitch of the inning brought home a fourth Montgomery run and sent Castaneda to the showers (2/3 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 4 H, 2 BB, 1 K). He’s unfortunately struggled in his appearances since returning from an injury in mid-June. But hey, let’s hear it for the Shuckers’ bullpen: 7 1/3 scoreless innings pitched, four hits, one walk, nine strikeouts! The combination of Nash Walters (2 1/3 innings), Harold Chirino (2 innings), Cam Robinson (1 inning) and Kent Hasler (2 innings, 4 strikeouts) were terrific. Biloxi’s first hit came via a Sal Frelick 3rd inning single, which yielded nothing. A leadoff 4th inning double by Andruw Monasterio and single by Jakson Reetz (1-for-3, HBP) put the team in shape to claw into that Biscuit lead, but they only managed a sacrifice fly for a 4-1 deficit. Ground ball double plays ended both the 4th inning and 5th inning for the Shuckers. Frelick went 2-for-4 and raised his season OPS to .779. The next Biloxi threat came in the 8th inning, with a one-out infield hit by Noah Campbell (2-for-3; season OPS .792), Jason Lopez walk and then Frelick RBI single. Unfortunately, the Biscuits’ defense came through again, however, as Lopez was gunned down at third base for a deflating second out. Of course, Joey Wiemer followed with a single (a welcome sight given his ongoing rough patch) which could have really amped up the pressure but instead scored nobody, before Monasterio struck out to end the inning, Shuckers still trailing 4-2. Next week’s outlook: 38-41 Biloxi remains on the road this week, facing the 42-39 Tennessee Smokies. Expect RHP TJ Shook (5.40 ERA at AA level) to start the opener. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Columbus 5, Nashville 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Win Streak Snapped in Series Finale Nashville came out on the wrong end of a quality, back-and-forth contest against a solid Columbus team which was not going to roll over when facing a potential 6-0 sweep for the week. Playing without a few studs (Abraham Almonte, Pablo Reyes), the Sounds still had a formidable lineup, as David Dahl doubled to start the 2nd inning, then scored on a Mario Feliciano single for a 1-0 lead. Feliciano went 3-for-4 in the game to raise his season average to .303 and season OPS to .744. Unfortunately, the Clippers answered in the bottom half of the inning on a walk and Bo Naylor home run, as starting RHP Caleb Boushley got himself into serious trouble. Down 2-1 with nobody out, Boushley also gave up a double and hit a batter before Columbus gifted Nashville with a sacrifice bunt for the first out. Boushley then walked a batter on four pitches to get the force out back into effect and induced a double play grounder to escape still down only 2-1. After Boushley escaped a two-on, two-out situation in the 3rd inning, Nashville grabbed the lead back in the 5th inning. Feliciano led off the frame with a single, followed up by a one-out single from Patrick Dorrian. With two outs, Brice Turang was unfazed by an 0-2 count, pulling a two-run double to right field for a 3-2 lead. Dorrian went 1-for-2 with a walk. RHP Hobie Harris then struck out the side in the 6th inning, before things unfortunately went sideways in the 7th inning. After failing to score despite a single and two walks in the top of the frame (unhelped by Weston Wilson being picked off base after reaching on a fielder’s choice force out), the Clippers tagged RHP Lucas Erceg with a double, single and three-run homer before he collected his first out. RHP Matt Hardy ultimately entered to retire the final batter, which was the only batter he faced. RHP Trevor Kelley, who’s been see-sawing between AAA and the Brewers, pitched a clean 8th inning, garnering two strikeouts. Down 5-3, no Sounds reached base in the 8th or 9th innings, but they can still take satisfaction from a 5-1 series win. Next week’s outlook: The 52-31 Sounds will host Memphis this week, with RHP Dylan File (4.37 ERA) expected to start Game One. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck to all in this week’s series! 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  10. The Mudcats’ Alexander Cornielle was the man of the day, cruising through six shutout innings of three-hit, zero-walk baseball, with five strikeouts. However, Kannapolis responded with five runs in the 8th inning to snatch a 5-3 win, dropping Carolina to its fifth straight defeat. The Timber Rattlers fell behind South Bend 4-0 early, which felt like a mountain of a deficit while being one-hit on the day, ultimately losing 6-2 and splitting their series 3-3. Biloxi entered the day expecting to grab two wins and a series victory, but instead imploded with a 6-4 lead and two outs in the 10th inning, dropping the concluding portion of Saturday’s game 7-6. Then they fell behind 4-0 in the follow-up game, losing 4-2 in Montgomery in spite of 7 1/3 innings of shutout ball from the bullpen. Nashville entered their Sunday riding an eight-game winning streak and grabbed a 3-2 lead in the middle innings, but were undone by a Columbus three-run blast in the 7th inning and a lack of further offense. Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Cornielle, as well as Caleb Boushley, Mario Feliciano, Hedbert Perez and Kent Hasler. Transactions: N/A Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Kannapolis (White Sox) 5, Carolina 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Mudcats Lose Late Lead While Dropping Fifth Straight RHP Alexander Cornielle put the team in excellent position to snap a four-game losing streak in Kannapolis, throwing 87 pitches (60 strikes) over six shutout innings. Cornielle conceded just singles and no walks, striking out five Cannon Ballers, but exited with the game still tied 0-0, as opposing starter Jared Kelley was equal to the task (5 innings, 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 walks). The Mudcat offense finally awoke in the 7th inning, getting three runs on four hits, including Jackson Chourio’s 18th double of the year, a Hedbert Perez two-run double and an Oswal Leones RBI single for a 3-0 lead. Perez went 2-for-4 in the game to raise his season OPS to .652. Long inning reliever RHP Fernando Olguin had comfortably covered 2 2/3 scoreless innings (no runner reaching second base) before everything fell apart with two outs in the 8th inning: single, single, RBI single, run-scoring double. RHP Miguel Guerrero then entered the game to try to finish things off, but instead gave up a three-run homer to give Kannapolis a 5-3 lead, from which Carolina could not recover. Of course, most of those runs were charged to Olguin, who took the loss and saw his season ERA balloon to 5.30. Next week’s outlook: 40-41 Carolina returns home to face 26-54 Delmarva. Expect RHP Miguel Segura (4.11 season ERA) to start the first game of the series. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: South Bend (Cubs) 6, Wisconsin 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Cubs Hold Rattlers to One Hit; Gain Split in Series RHP Justin Jarvis (5 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 0 BB, 5 Ks) came into the game in dominating form, but gave up a first-pitch, 1st-inning home run in this game and he and the team unfortunately never recovered. The Cubs added a second homer in that same 1st inning for a 2-0 advantage. Jarvis failed to help himself in the 3rd inning by fielding a grounder and throwing late to second base, putting the team in a two-on, nobody out situation. Both Cubs would score for a 4-0 lead. By the time Wisconsin got its first base runner in the 4th inning, they’d already seen center fielder Tyler Black exit the game early after making a catch to end the 3rd inning. Joe Gray Jr. grabbed the team’s only hit in that 4th inning, a two-run homer to cut the deficit to 4-2. That was Gray’s 12th homer of 2022. Other than Gray's homer, the principal other Timber Rattler highlight probably occurred in pre-game, when 1B Wes Clarke was announced as part of the opening line-up, his first action in about two weeks. You can’t really expect to score if you can’t get a hit. One Rattler reached base via error in the 5th inning, then the first two Wisconsin batters of the 7th inning reached base via hit-by-pitch, but no runs came around. In the bullpen, Robbie Baker (1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K) covered a clean 6th inning, but LHP Justin King ran into trouble by walking and hitting batters in the 7th inning, both of whom scored off RHP Taylor Floyd (nobody out on another fielder’s choice; RBI single). As noted in the linked game summary, King exited due to an undisclosed injury. Floyd (1 2/3 innings, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks) threw well, however, so that’s a nice takeaway. Next week’s outlook: 47-33 Wisconsin stays on the road, travelling to face 42-39 West Michigan. Expect LHP Antoine Kelly (3.76 season ERA) to start the first game, attempting to recapture his early season form and earn a promotion. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Montgomery (Rays) 7, Biloxi 6 (conclusion of Saturday’s game) Box Score / Game Log Final: Montgomery 4, Biloxi 2 (Sunday’s game) Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: First Inning Runs Hold Up As Biscuits Top Shuckers In Finale In the denouement of Saturday’s postponed extra inning contest, Biloxi failed to do further damage with two-on and two-out in the 10th inning, but still led 6-4 as RHP Zach Vennaro came in for the attempted save. Two quick ground outs brought home Manfred’s ghost to bring the score to 6-5, before everything went awry starting with an infield single. Another base hit and then a full count walk loaded the bases for Montgomery before a visit to the mound. Shake it off. Make them beat you. Five-pitch walk to tie the game 6-6. Then a hit batsman on a 1-0 pitch to end it. The Shuckers lost 7-6 and had another nine innings to think about it. Still bruised from that setback, Biloxi starting RHP Victor Castaneda gave up a first batter home run in the next game, one of nine batters to come up against Castaneda that inning. Down 3-0 with two outs, an infield error on Victor’s 41st pitch of the inning brought home a fourth Montgomery run and sent Castaneda to the showers (2/3 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 4 H, 2 BB, 1 K). He’s unfortunately struggled in his appearances since returning from an injury in mid-June. But hey, let’s hear it for the Shuckers’ bullpen: 7 1/3 scoreless innings pitched, four hits, one walk, nine strikeouts! The combination of Nash Walters (2 1/3 innings), Harold Chirino (2 innings), Cam Robinson (1 inning) and Kent Hasler (2 innings, 4 strikeouts) were terrific. Biloxi’s first hit came via a Sal Frelick 3rd inning single, which yielded nothing. A leadoff 4th inning double by Andruw Monasterio and single by Jakson Reetz (1-for-3, HBP) put the team in shape to claw into that Biscuit lead, but they only managed a sacrifice fly for a 4-1 deficit. Ground ball double plays ended both the 4th inning and 5th inning for the Shuckers. Frelick went 2-for-4 and raised his season OPS to .779. The next Biloxi threat came in the 8th inning, with a one-out infield hit by Noah Campbell (2-for-3; season OPS .792), Jason Lopez walk and then Frelick RBI single. Unfortunately, the Biscuits’ defense came through again, however, as Lopez was gunned down at third base for a deflating second out. Of course, Joey Wiemer followed with a single (a welcome sight given his ongoing rough patch) which could have really amped up the pressure but instead scored nobody, before Monasterio struck out to end the inning, Shuckers still trailing 4-2. Next week’s outlook: 38-41 Biloxi remains on the road this week, facing the 42-39 Tennessee Smokies. Expect RHP TJ Shook (5.40 ERA at AA level) to start the opener. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Columbus 5, Nashville 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Win Streak Snapped in Series Finale Nashville came out on the wrong end of a quality, back-and-forth contest against a solid Columbus team which was not going to roll over when facing a potential 6-0 sweep for the week. Playing without a few studs (Abraham Almonte, Pablo Reyes), the Sounds still had a formidable lineup, as David Dahl doubled to start the 2nd inning, then scored on a Mario Feliciano single for a 1-0 lead. Feliciano went 3-for-4 in the game to raise his season average to .303 and season OPS to .744. Unfortunately, the Clippers answered in the bottom half of the inning on a walk and Bo Naylor home run, as starting RHP Caleb Boushley got himself into serious trouble. Down 2-1 with nobody out, Boushley also gave up a double and hit a batter before Columbus gifted Nashville with a sacrifice bunt for the first out. Boushley then walked a batter on four pitches to get the force out back into effect and induced a double play grounder to escape still down only 2-1. After Boushley escaped a two-on, two-out situation in the 3rd inning, Nashville grabbed the lead back in the 5th inning. Feliciano led off the frame with a single, followed up by a one-out single from Patrick Dorrian. With two outs, Brice Turang was unfazed by an 0-2 count, pulling a two-run double to right field for a 3-2 lead. Dorrian went 1-for-2 with a walk. RHP Hobie Harris then struck out the side in the 6th inning, before things unfortunately went sideways in the 7th inning. After failing to score despite a single and two walks in the top of the frame (unhelped by Weston Wilson being picked off base after reaching on a fielder’s choice force out), the Clippers tagged RHP Lucas Erceg with a double, single and three-run homer before he collected his first out. RHP Matt Hardy ultimately entered to retire the final batter, which was the only batter he faced. RHP Trevor Kelley, who’s been see-sawing between AAA and the Brewers, pitched a clean 8th inning, garnering two strikeouts. Down 5-3, no Sounds reached base in the 8th or 9th innings, but they can still take satisfaction from a 5-1 series win. Next week’s outlook: The 52-31 Sounds will host Memphis this week, with RHP Dylan File (4.37 ERA) expected to start Game One. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck to all in this week’s series! The rookie ball kids are in action Monday, scoreboards below: Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League Scoreboard 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. Transactions: RHP Justin Bullock was assigned to the High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers from the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers The Shuckers officially activated RHP Cam Robinson Biloxi also activated RHP Arnaldo Hernandez off the 7-Day IL *** DSL Brewers #1 5, DSL Phillies Red 3 Box Score/Game Log I'm starting to get used to looking at dominant Box Scores from 19 year old Venezuelan RHP Kevin Briceno. Today was certainly no different. Because our coverage is limited and information so sparse on these tantalizing young DSL prospects, I'll refresh your memory with a tweet shared by the beloved 'Brewers Player Development' twitter team on June 30th: Today was more of the same dominant stuff for the young hurler: 6 2/3 ip, 1 hit, 2 walks, 6 k's. Given his 2021 stint started with a 60 Day IL stint, and his 2021 outings thereafter were limited to shortened two/three inning (only two starts) stretches, it would seem (entirely my speculation, mind you) the goal for the organization is to stretch Kevin out for future work as a starter stateside. He has started all six games to date in 2022 - his inaugural four inning opener the least amount of innings pitched - and today was his longest outing of the year. Here's to even brighter bright days ahead! Keep your eyes on those box scores. DSL Brewers 1 relief pitcher Jesael Cabrera was coasting for 2 1/3 inning before things began unraveling a bit in the ninth. With the Brewers comfortably ahead 5-0, Jesael loaded the bases with a walk; double; and a second walk after a fly out opened the frame. This being said, it would appear a missed catch error by second baseman Jose Pena extended the Phillies frame. After another fly out, and with two down, Jesael gave up a double to right field. The game ended there, however. The game log reads as a bang-bang relay play from right fielder Duncan Garcia to shortstop Gery Holguin to home plate where catcher Edgardo Ordonez applied the tag for the third out. Whewwww! That was close. All three early Brewers runs crossed via error, balk, and wild pitch. Though, for good measure, Richard Rojas and Luis Lara did plate runs via doubles - their second and seventh doubles, respectively. The young Brewers 1 now move to 7-13 on the year. DSL Brewers #2 6, DSL White Sox 4 Box Score/Game Log Let's hop to the offensive side for the DSL Brewers 2 and highlight the emerging play of young 18 year old Venezuelan INF/OF prospect, Yeison Perez. Yeison had been out of action (non-disclosed) since June 23rd. So, one could expect a possible drop off from his early offensive output. This was not the case, however. In now 44 AB's, Yeison has hit 6 HR (his sixth, a solo shot, hit today in a 2-for-4 game) and is hitting to the tune of 0.409 with an OPS of 1.424. Toss in five doubles, a triple, and 15 rbi's for good measure. That's after missing two weeks of games, folks. I don't know about you, but, this is quite deserving of early attention. It would certainly appear, early at least, Yeison has grown-up a bit since his first year playing for the DSL Brewers 2 where he played primarily left field with some work at first base and in the DH spot. To date, he's played primarily 1B (six games) and filled the DH spot - with a couple of games working in the outfield. Further shoutouts to: 18 year old Venezuelan C/1B/DH Eric Martinez - with his second home run today, his OPS is now up to 0.835. One would surmise, much like Jon Singleton in Triple-A, if he could get that batting average up his numbers might really fly off the page (Eric's current BA is sitting at 0.220 in a mere 41 AB's) 17 year old Dominican INF (SS and 3B primarily at present) Juan Baez. With his 2-for-3 outing today, including his fourth double, Juan's average is up to a robust 0.329 with an 0.814 OPS in 82 AB's. Interestingly, he appears to be working on his stolen base game: 6-for-10 on the year. He did commit his 6th error today - all have occurred manning shortstop. 20 year old Dominican RHP Waldin Rodriguez picked up his second save in as many opportunities with a scoreless ninth inning of work - two infield pop outs and a groundout. He has pitched effectively in 7 1/3 innings of relief work over 7 DSL Brewers 2 games. All told, the DSL Brewers 2 are now back to 0.500 ball at 11-11 overall. Let's hope they can get some more wins and break above 0.500 in the days ahead! ACL Giants Orange 11, ACL Brewers Gold 8 Box Score/Game Log It was a true back-and-forth affair today for the Brewers Gold and, unfortunately, they were on the wrong side of the final score. After falling behind 3-0 in the second inning, the Brewers Gold managed to plate three runs themselves in the same bottom half - a solo home run from Carlos Roa (his first) and a two-run single from up-and-comer Jadher Areinamo. The Gold briefly took the lead 4-3 on a Blayberg Diaz ground out and fielder's choice but the back-and-forth contest continued as the Giants tied it on a sac fly and scored another go-ahead run on a single to right field and consequent missed catch error from catcher Blayberg Diaz - right fielder Luis Castillo was credited with the outfield assist, regardless. Trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the fourth, the Brewers Gold managed to retake the lead on a two run-scoring Gregory Barrios single and a run scoring Luis Castillo double - whose impactful game clearly continued. It was suddenly 7-5 Brewers. Kaylen Nicasia then hit his second home run to of his ACL season in the bottom of the fifth and the Brewers were further ahead 8-5. However, this lead was cut to 8-7 on two two-out doubles and a single off of 20 year old RHP Yerlin Rodriguez. Still leading 8-7 in the final seventh frame, lefty Fraudy Maldonado - who had gone three consecutive scoreless outings - came undone to the tune of two opening walks, two left-field singles and a sacrifice fly. It was 11-8. The attempt at a bases loaded one-out mini-rally was cut short when the Giants brought in 21 year old reliever, Yoniel Ramirez, who promptly struck out Areinamo and Barrios on six consecutive pitches. A heck of a shutdown by Ramirez. It simply wasn't to be in what seemed an exciting seesaw baseball game. The Brewers Gold did outhit the Giants 12-9 - led by Areinamo's 3-for-5 outing (0.312 BA and 0.840 OPS 9:13 BB:k). The Gold fall to 10-11 overall on the season. ACL Royals 7, ACL Brewers Blue 5 Box Score/Game Log Let's refresh your memories of RHP Alexander Valecillo's most recent two starts via the aforementioned Brewers Player Development twitter: Unfortunately, unlike Briceno's continued dominance, Vallecillo struggled a bit today in a shortened outing: 2 2/3 innings, 3 earned runs, 4 hits, 2 walks, 1 HR, 3 k's. He was actually cruising through two innings and started the third with two straight punch outs. But, after a solo home run given up on a 3-1 count, and with two down, things appeared to have broken down a bit. After a first pitch run-scoring single with men on the corners, Alexander was visited on the mound and replaced by 19 year old lefty, Junior Castillo. Let's hope it was just a hiccup and nothing physical-related. All told, the Brewers Blue made a game of this late as they fell behind 7-0 by the end of the fifth inning. The Blue plated two runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth, however, after a Jonatan Guzman single to lead the ninth the Blue ultimately fell in order - a strike out, force out, and fly out to end the game. Performances of Note: DH Alexander Perez went 1-for-5 but did manage a two-run homer in the eighth - his first of the season. Shortstop Ney Serrano went 3-for-4 with two runs. He did commit his sixth error (throwing), however. 20 yo Venezuelan RHP Michael Perdomo managed 3 1/3 very effective scoreless innings late - two hits, one walk, three punch outs. *** Carolina Pre-Game Notes Final: Carolina 4, Kannapolis (White Sox) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please visit and review: Sibrian Homers as Mudcats Win Fifth Straight 4-3 - The Mudcats Scored Four Runs in the First, Including Three on Jose Sibrian's First Homer of the Season In a recent game thread we discussed improvements we'd like to see from some of our highest ranked prospects. Nobody in the system trends higher and faster than beloved and tantalizing prospect, Jackson Chourio. As we tend to scrutinize and discuss with several of the Brewers' young bats, we talked of strikeouts and walks - ratios perhaps out of balance etc. Whereas Hendry Mendez is thriving in a lead-off role and carries a fantastic walk:strikeout ratio, Jackson has been trending more that route of 30% and higher k rate. In the modern game these strikeouts aren't frowned upon as in previous decades but it is definitely something a younger prospect can work on improving. It was much to my satisfaction, then, when Chourio led-off his first inning with a walk. He promptly scored on a single to center field off the bat of suddenly red hot Jeferson Quero (was hitting 0.270 after the knock). Then, with the lead 1-0, Jose Sibrian managed to blast his first home run of his season over the wall in left field scoring three more runs. It was suddenly 4-0 Mudcats. The point is: those free passes matter in many different ways - just ask Wes Clarke, Thomas Dillard, and Jon Singleton. Here's hoping for many many more walks ahead for Jackson! What's more, Chourio grabbed his second free-pass later in the contest. All told, on the evening 1k:2bb for the young Chourio. Further Game Notes: Speaking of the Sibrian homerun blast, let's take a look: RHP Alexander Cornielle had another mixed-outing. As he matures and develops, he's simply going to need to fine-tune his control. Another five walks on the evening to pair with four hits added too much danger on the base paths. On the season he now has 43 walks to his 78 punch outs and it's a major reason why his WHIP is elevated to a 1.53 mark - in the 62 2/3 innings pitched he's only given up 53 hits to the tune of a 0.229 BAA. He did grab the win and improved to 4-7 on the season. Lots to build with and plenty of room to grow. Clinging to a 4-2 lead the Mudcats brought the great unknown of RHP Jakob Brustoski to start the bottom half of the sixth. On this evening, we watched the wild and inaccurate version: walk, walk, walk, walk, strikeout, pitching change. Jakob has been the very definition of hot/cold, hit/miss, (insert erratic cliché here). He handed the ball to recently re-assigned RHP Miguel Guerrero with the bases juiced, one out, and the game 4-3 Mudcats. Not an ideal scenario when you're looking to protect and then pad a lead. Major major kudos are in order for Miguel. He came on and shut it down. A strikeout on three pitches to start it off. A pop-up to third base finish the bases loaded threat. Excellent stuff considering his recent re-assignment and a bases loaded one out debut! Overall, in his first outing back with the Mudcats he was the calming force that kept the game in check before handing it over to intriguing (if somewhat inconsistent) RHP Karlos Morales who shut it down in the ninth. Miguel managed 2 2/3 innings of one hit, zero walks, four strikeout ball. In summary: *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Wisconsin 9, South Bend (Cubs) 1 Box Score/Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please visit and review: Jarvis Strikes Out Eleven, Offense Scores Nine, Rattlers Win Sixth Straight - Gray, McGee, Acosta Homer in 9-1 Victory at South Bend With all the attention doled out to his recently promoted housemate, Cam Robinson, and rightfully so, I was curious to see how Justin Jarvis would respond. He seems to bring his best stuff against the Midwest League's finest and, simply put, tonight was definitely more of the same. With the Brewers coming off a walk-off win versus the Cubs, it seemed as though a convincing victory in South Bend would be the cherry on top. Justin certainly did his best to help this cause: 7 innings pitched, 6 hits, 1 walk, 1 earned run, 11 K's. Whew. Can you say: "Ace in the Making"? After a rough start to his season in April, Justin has been really really good. If you take away that same April (four starts), he has double digit strikeouts in four of his last 11 outings and of those remaining seven games he has nine strikeouts in two of them. That's incredible production. He has quickly taken over that coveted Ace status since TJ Shook, Brandon Knarr, and, now, Cam Robinson have headed South to Double-A. Here's hoping for more of the same for this up-and-coming hurler in his remaining starts of 2022. The remaining games against South Bend most likely won't be this lopsided but Justin set the tone for the remaining T-Rats' starters. Further Game Notes: He didn't man the backstop or even play in this game (), but let's retroactively celebrate Darrien Miller's recent hot streak coming off his recent extended absence: Why does Joe Ayrault get such consistently good production with injuries rearing their heads, promotions aplenty, and new acquisitions to blend in? I'd say one really good reason is he doesn't take himself too seriously and he encourages the young men to have fun. There's some real solid looks in this one, men: In the most recent post-game podcast, Robbie Baker appeared to come to the mic with renewed enthusiasm and charisma. Chris Mehring jokingly asked: "Where has this been all year?!" Well, I'd like to tip off us fans a little nugget: Robbie has better stuff than his current numbers suggest. I think we have a chance to see a successful and improved second half from him. His stuff - from delivery to execution - is what I would call 'violent'. I mean this in the best possible way. It was a comfortable 9-1 lead, but, Robbie shut that door down quite easily in the ninth. Here's hoping he has batter luck with BABIP contact and he can lower that WHIP in the second half. With 11 hits on the evening there was plenty of kudos to go around, but, let's focus on the following: Jose Acosta: 2-for-5, 1 HR (2-run jack), 1 run, 3 rbi, 3 k's Joe Gray Jr.: 2-for-5, 1 HR, 1 run, 1 rbi, 1 k Ashton McGee: 2-for-5, 1 HR (2-run jack) 2 runs, 2 rbi, 2 k's Arbert Cipion: 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 rbi, 2 k's The T-Rats now move in sole position of the second half leader board at 9-1. South Bend moves to second at 8-2. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi , Montgomery (Rays) Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please visit and review: Seesaw Middle Innings Push Biscuits to Series Opening Win - Reetz Hits 20th Homer Let me just start with the logo face-off between the 'Biscuits' and the 'Shuckers' is modern sports art at its finest. It's just an incredible display of quality logo work. Every time they play each other, I find myself staring at these logos for seriously way too long: For fun reads on both logos, please visit a Biscuits tidbit HERE (apparently, Illinois' 'Professional Sports Marketing' owns both the Biscuits and the High-A Lansing Lugnuts Minor League Brand Stalwarts) and a Shuckers tidbit HERE (including a nostalgic look at a young Orlando Arcia running the basepaths!). The last time the Shuckers went to Montgomery in early May they, um, well, they didn't fare quite so well: two one-run losses, a two-run loss, a four-run loss, and a good ol' 9-run shellacking. The 6-game sweep was bookended, in heart breaking fashion, by blown saves - one each for Lucas Erceg and JT Hintzen, respectively. I went into this Fourth of July contest, frankly, a wee rattled. Being a Shuckers fan in 2022 is a bit like raising a child: there are good days, there are bad days, and we just pray for growth. I fondly recall that red hot 8-1 Biloxi start to 2022 - the nostalgia is real. SO, with this being said, how did it go in Montgomery during Game 1? Game Notes: Coming off the top-half of the fifth inning, whereby the Shuckers managed to take a 3-2 lead, the following sequence was showcased and seemed the perfect crystallization of the roller-coaster 2022 season. Let me share it with you: lead-off single to right field, ground-out to pitcher Victor Castaneda (runner advances to second base), wild pitch advances runner to third, full count 9 pitch at bat results in game-tying single to right field, full count two-run homer surrendered and Shuckers trail 5-3, next batter walked, pitching change. Seriously, folks. That sums it all up in a nutshell and it has absolutely been that kind of season on a weekly basis. The struggle is real for our Shuckers and they have somehow managed to stay around 0.500 all season. All we can do is root for them to gather momentum, again, and maintain it longer than they have. The positive to take away from Victor's outing, regardless of the blown lead, is he clearly managed to get his pitch count and innings up and seems to now be removed from any lingering concerns over potential effects coming off the IL. Perhaps he tired in the fifth? Regardless, he was relatively effective until that mini meltdown. Thomas Dillard continued his impactful play from the dish with his 6th home run on the season and his 18th double and his 45th rbi. I mentioned it recently, but, it's worth mentioning again: Don't forget about this young man. He's been one of the steadily improving players on the Shuckers roster in 2022. Speaking of the home run, I believe they call it a 'No Doubter'? Jakson Reetz in left field, you say? I do. It's not the first outing he manned the corner outfield spot either. He's an incredibly underrated athlete from my vantage point. But, let's be honest, in 2022 he'll hit home runs from any position: Jakson in right field, Thomas Dillard in the DH spot, Noah Campbell at first base. Speaking of Campbell, man, what a tear he's been on. Here's a highlight from tonight - a game-tying double in the fifth: The Shuckers did manage to load the bases in the top of the seventh inning but they couldn't plate any more runs - including Dillard stranded off his double in the sixth, those four RISP were the key misses in the game. We'll close with a tip of the cap to some solid bullpen work from just activated RHP Arnaldo Hernandez and recently activated RHP Harold Chirino. Both had scuffled some in recent outings - before and after their respective IL stints. Tonight, both hurlers executed scoreless and relatively uneventful evenings to close another loss in Montgomery. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 5, Columbus (Guardians) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Celebrate Fourth of July with Win - Almonte Totals Four RBI's, Boushley Pitches Six Scorless Innings in Series Opener The Sounds headed up river to take on former Brewer farmhand David Fry and the second-place Columbus Clippers. The Clippers host the Sounds this week coming off their recent 5-1 roadtrip at the Iowa Cubs. Columbus came into this contest scoring 90 more runs than the Sounds and lead the International League with 490 total runs - that's 6.28 runs per game to Nashville's 5.19 runs. Let's start it off by looking at a quick tidbit from the those 'Game Notes' (directly above - click that link): (Caleb) Boushley is among International League leaders in wins (8, T-1st), starts (15, T-2nd), innings (80.2, 3rd), ERA (3.24, 4th), WHIP (1.17, 4th) and opponent average (.226, 4th). There are always incredible nuggets on the affiliate players just like this. I highly recommend giving them a quick glance daily as part of your Minor League ritual. With Jason Alexander now with the big club in Milwaukee, Boushley has been asked to fulfill that role of Sounds' starting staff Ace. How did he fare in tonight's contest? Quite well! Caleb is known as a strike thrower and he started tonight in that fashion pounding the zone early with 10 of 12 pitches thrown for strikes. He gave up a lone softly pushed liner to left field in the first inning but held serve from there with a strike out, fly out to Almonte in left field, and force out at second base. On the other side of the diamond, our Sounds saw five of their first six batters strike out in their first two innings - including a three up and three down strikeout buffet in the second. After the Sounds hit two deep fly balls to the warning track in their half of the third inning, the Clippers managed a two-out double off the wall in center field past the chasing Garrett Whitley. One batter later, Garrett managed to run down a deep fly ball high up the wall in center field and made the leaping grab crashing high up the padding. It was a huge play and he saved at least one run and a possible double or triple. Further Viewing Notes: The Sounds were hitless through 4 1/3 and their sole baserunner was Tyler White who reached to begin the fourth inning on a slow chopper to third and throwing error into the dugout. He was given second base. Brice Turang followed with a strikeout - the sixth Sounds punch out of the game. BUT, crafty Mark Mathias said: 'No more, fine Sirs!' He knocked a looping single to center field. Tyler White scored and the throw was off line and bounced past Fry as he attempted to corral the off-target throw. Mathias managed to grab second base - a better throw from the back-up would have grabbed him. Jon Singleton followed suit with another hit - this time a well-hit line drive to right field. Suddenly, there were runners on the corners and the Sounds led 1-0. Keep in mind, as Big Jon approaches the 0.200 BA mark it's due to a torrid hot nine game run of hitting: batting .429 (12-for-28) with two doubles, a triple, three homers, 11 RBI and nine walks. Boushley's greatest impact pitch this evening appeared to be his change-up. It was butter. He got the ever-dangerous lefty David Benson to an unfavorable 0-2 count on a change and, man, it was a glorious sinking pitch just below the zone. Benson then grounded out into a hard-hit double play to Pablo Reyes on a 2-2 count. That change kept him on his heels. He used it with aplomb throughout the contest. All told, Caleb finished his evening with another fantastic body of work: 6.0 ip, five hits, three walks, four strikeouts. His ERA is now down to 3.01 on the season with a 9-2 record overall. An incredible chopper that hit the dirt and leapt a good 15 feet into the air over the third baseman's head plated two in the top of the sixth and it was 3-0 Sounds. Almonte continues his fabulous season switch-hitting at the dish. He's a joy to watch hit baseballs. He also managed the only home run in a game filled with wind-killed fly outs. Abraham's 10th of the season. We know the man can get hot as demonstrated awhile back and now we have this: The ball was oddly not blowing out to left field (as is per usual) in Columbus on this beautiful evening, it was blowing in from dead center field. Several well-hit balls from both ball clubs fell short of the mark, including Tyler White's smash to left center in the top of the sixth that literally fell from the sky like a wounded duck. It sounded beautiful off the bat. I was left scratching my head. Matt Hardy came on in relief to start the bottom of the seventh and, let me tell you, he was absolutely saved by the 12' high extended wall in right field. Bobby Bradley hit an absolute cannon that appeared to miss leaving the playing field by a mere foot or two. Whew. Unfortunately, Hardy faced some adversity with runners on the corner and a wild pitch sending Bradley home and it was 3-1. Matt managed to be his best advocate, however, with two very nice defensive plays to first base to leave the inning with the mere run allowed. The final out was a running barehanded grab and throw to first base on a weakly hit chopper between the mound and third base. Savvy stuff from the young hurler. The pitching mix and development I've witnessed from RHP Lucas Erceg since his promotion from Biloxi is something to behold. In Biloxi he was overwhelmingly relying on his 97-99mph fastball. In Nashville, he's mixing in a breaking ball; change-up; and slider on a fairly regular basis. If he can continue to locate and fine-tune his pitching mix, we are looking at a MLB pitcher. Very exciting stuff. Speaking of relief work, after consecutive walks to put runners on first and second base, how about a three consecutive slider - dead middle, off the outside of the plate, and circling back on the inside edge - strikeout to settle things down? Courageous stuff from Connor Sadzeck. We'll forget about the wild pitch that advanced the runners and the ensuing walk to load the bases. He got the final batter to 0-1 on another savvy first-pitch slider to another righty and then got the lazy fly out to shallow left field on a change-up. The Sounds pulled out another victory and extended their division lead to 2.5 games. *** Please keep in mind the Low-A through Triple-A affiliates are all taking the day off on Tuesday having played on the Fourth - en lieu of their typical Tuesday series openers. However, the ACL Brewers Gold and Blue will play games tomorrow as will the DSL Brewers 1 and 2. As always, we'll be here to give you the summaries and highlights as they arise. Thanks for reading! Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League Scoreboard Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  12. More dominant pitching from the DSL Brewers 2 staff while both ACL Brewers teams lose. Nashville headed on the road to begin a key series at second place Columbus, Wisconsin headed to South Bend for a battle of second-half 8-1 leaders (2nd and 3rd overall, respectively, in the Midwest League), Carolina tried to keep their winning ways going in Kannapolis, and Biloxi attempted to atone for their early-May 0-6 mark in Montgomery. It was a holiday start to road series abound in the higher levels. Let's get into it! Transactions: RHP Justin Bullock was assigned to the High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers from the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers The Shuckers officially activated RHP Cam Robinson Biloxi also activated RHP Arnaldo Hernandez off the 7-Day IL *** DSL Brewers #1 5, DSL Phillies Red 3 Box Score/Game Log I'm starting to get used to looking at dominant Box Scores from 19 year old Venezuelan RHP Kevin Briceno. Today was certainly no different. Because our coverage is limited and information so sparse on these tantalizing young DSL prospects, I'll refresh your memory with a tweet shared by the beloved 'Brewers Player Development' twitter team on June 30th: Today was more of the same dominant stuff for the young hurler: 6 2/3 ip, 1 hit, 2 walks, 6 k's. Given his 2021 stint started with a 60 Day IL stint, and his 2021 outings thereafter were limited to shortened two/three inning (only two starts) stretches, it would seem (entirely my speculation, mind you) the goal for the organization is to stretch Kevin out for future work as a starter stateside. He has started all six games to date in 2022 - his inaugural four inning opener the least amount of innings pitched - and today was his longest outing of the year. Here's to even brighter bright days ahead! Keep your eyes on those box scores. DSL Brewers 1 relief pitcher Jesael Cabrera was coasting for 2 1/3 inning before things began unraveling a bit in the ninth. With the Brewers comfortably ahead 5-0, Jesael loaded the bases with a walk; double; and a second walk after a fly out opened the frame. This being said, it would appear a missed catch error by second baseman Jose Pena extended the Phillies frame. After another fly out, and with two down, Jesael gave up a double to right field. The game ended there, however. The game log reads as a bang-bang relay play from right fielder Duncan Garcia to shortstop Gery Holguin to home plate where catcher Edgardo Ordonez applied the tag for the third out. Whewwww! That was close. All three early Brewers runs crossed via error, balk, and wild pitch. Though, for good measure, Richard Rojas and Luis Lara did plate runs via doubles - their second and seventh doubles, respectively. The young Brewers 1 now move to 7-13 on the year. DSL Brewers #2 6, DSL White Sox 4 Box Score/Game Log Let's hop to the offensive side for the DSL Brewers 2 and highlight the emerging play of young 18 year old Venezuelan INF/OF prospect, Yeison Perez. Yeison had been out of action (non-disclosed) since June 23rd. So, one could expect a possible drop off from his early offensive output. This was not the case, however. In now 44 AB's, Yeison has hit 6 HR (his sixth, a solo shot, hit today in a 2-for-4 game) and is hitting to the tune of 0.409 with an OPS of 1.424. Toss in five doubles, a triple, and 15 rbi's for good measure. That's after missing two weeks of games, folks. I don't know about you, but, this is quite deserving of early attention. It would certainly appear, early at least, Yeison has grown-up a bit since his first year playing for the DSL Brewers 2 where he played primarily left field with some work at first base and in the DH spot. To date, he's played primarily 1B (six games) and filled the DH spot - with a couple of games working in the outfield. Further shoutouts to: 18 year old Venezuelan C/1B/DH Eric Martinez - with his second home run today, his OPS is now up to 0.835. One would surmise, much like Jon Singleton in Triple-A, if he could get that batting average up his numbers might really fly off the page (Eric's current BA is sitting at 0.220 in a mere 41 AB's) 17 year old Dominican INF (SS and 3B primarily at present) Juan Baez. With his 2-for-3 outing today, including his fourth double, Juan's average is up to a robust 0.329 with an 0.814 OPS in 82 AB's. Interestingly, he appears to be working on his stolen base game: 6-for-10 on the year. He did commit his 6th error today - all have occurred manning shortstop. 20 year old Dominican RHP Waldin Rodriguez picked up his second save in as many opportunities with a scoreless ninth inning of work - two infield pop outs and a groundout. He has pitched effectively in 7 1/3 innings of relief work over 7 DSL Brewers 2 games. All told, the DSL Brewers 2 are now back to 0.500 ball at 11-11 overall. Let's hope they can get some more wins and break above 0.500 in the days ahead! ACL Giants Orange 11, ACL Brewers Gold 8 Box Score/Game Log It was a true back-and-forth affair today for the Brewers Gold and, unfortunately, they were on the wrong side of the final score. After falling behind 3-0 in the second inning, the Brewers Gold managed to plate three runs themselves in the same bottom half - a solo home run from Carlos Roa (his first) and a two-run single from up-and-comer Jadher Areinamo. The Gold briefly took the lead 4-3 on a Blayberg Diaz ground out and fielder's choice but the back-and-forth contest continued as the Giants tied it on a sac fly and scored another go-ahead run on a single to right field and consequent missed catch error from catcher Blayberg Diaz - right fielder Luis Castillo was credited with the outfield assist, regardless. Trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the fourth, the Brewers Gold managed to retake the lead on a two run-scoring Gregory Barrios single and a run scoring Luis Castillo double - whose impactful game clearly continued. It was suddenly 7-5 Brewers. Kaylen Nicasia then hit his second home run to of his ACL season in the bottom of the fifth and the Brewers were further ahead 8-5. However, this lead was cut to 8-7 on two two-out doubles and a single off of 20 year old RHP Yerlin Rodriguez. Still leading 8-7 in the final seventh frame, lefty Fraudy Maldonado - who had gone three consecutive scoreless outings - came undone to the tune of two opening walks, two left-field singles and a sacrifice fly. It was 11-8. The attempt at a bases loaded one-out mini-rally was cut short when the Giants brought in 21 year old reliever, Yoniel Ramirez, who promptly struck out Areinamo and Barrios on six consecutive pitches. A heck of a shutdown by Ramirez. It simply wasn't to be in what seemed an exciting seesaw baseball game. The Brewers Gold did outhit the Giants 12-9 - led by Areinamo's 3-for-5 outing (0.312 BA and 0.840 OPS 9:13 BB:k). The Gold fall to 10-11 overall on the season. ACL Royals 7, ACL Brewers Blue 5 Box Score/Game Log Let's refresh your memories of RHP Alexander Valecillo's most recent two starts via the aforementioned Brewers Player Development twitter: Unfortunately, unlike Briceno's continued dominance, Vallecillo struggled a bit today in a shortened outing: 2 2/3 innings, 3 earned runs, 4 hits, 2 walks, 1 HR, 3 k's. He was actually cruising through two innings and started the third with two straight punch outs. But, after a solo home run given up on a 3-1 count, and with two down, things appeared to have broken down a bit. After a first pitch run-scoring single with men on the corners, Alexander was visited on the mound and replaced by 19 year old lefty, Junior Castillo. Let's hope it was just a hiccup and nothing physical-related. All told, the Brewers Blue made a game of this late as they fell behind 7-0 by the end of the fifth inning. The Blue plated two runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth, however, after a Jonatan Guzman single to lead the ninth the Blue ultimately fell in order - a strike out, force out, and fly out to end the game. Performances of Note: DH Alexander Perez went 1-for-5 but did manage a two-run homer in the eighth - his first of the season. Shortstop Ney Serrano went 3-for-4 with two runs. He did commit his sixth error (throwing), however. 20 yo Venezuelan RHP Michael Perdomo managed 3 1/3 very effective scoreless innings late - two hits, one walk, three punch outs. *** Carolina Pre-Game Notes Final: Carolina 4, Kannapolis (White Sox) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please visit and review: Sibrian Homers as Mudcats Win Fifth Straight 4-3 - The Mudcats Scored Four Runs in the First, Including Three on Jose Sibrian's First Homer of the Season In a recent game thread we discussed improvements we'd like to see from some of our highest ranked prospects. Nobody in the system trends higher and faster than beloved and tantalizing prospect, Jackson Chourio. As we tend to scrutinize and discuss with several of the Brewers' young bats, we talked of strikeouts and walks - ratios perhaps out of balance etc. Whereas Hendry Mendez is thriving in a lead-off role and carries a fantastic walk:strikeout ratio, Jackson has been trending more that route of 30% and higher k rate. In the modern game these strikeouts aren't frowned upon as in previous decades but it is definitely something a younger prospect can work on improving. It was much to my satisfaction, then, when Chourio led-off his first inning with a walk. He promptly scored on a single to center field off the bat of suddenly red hot Jeferson Quero (was hitting 0.270 after the knock). Then, with the lead 1-0, Jose Sibrian managed to blast his first home run of his season over the wall in left field scoring three more runs. It was suddenly 4-0 Mudcats. The point is: those free passes matter in many different ways - just ask Wes Clarke, Thomas Dillard, and Jon Singleton. Here's hoping for many many more walks ahead for Jackson! What's more, Chourio grabbed his second free-pass later in the contest. All told, on the evening 1k:2bb for the young Chourio. Further Game Notes: Speaking of the Sibrian homerun blast, let's take a look: RHP Alexander Cornielle had another mixed-outing. As he matures and develops, he's simply going to need to fine-tune his control. Another five walks on the evening to pair with four hits added too much danger on the base paths. On the season he now has 43 walks to his 78 punch outs and it's a major reason why his WHIP is elevated to a 1.53 mark - in the 62 2/3 innings pitched he's only given up 53 hits to the tune of a 0.229 BAA. He did grab the win and improved to 4-7 on the season. Lots to build with and plenty of room to grow. Clinging to a 4-2 lead the Mudcats brought the great unknown of RHP Jakob Brustoski to start the bottom half of the sixth. On this evening, we watched the wild and inaccurate version: walk, walk, walk, walk, strikeout, pitching change. Jakob has been the very definition of hot/cold, hit/miss, (insert erratic cliché here). He handed the ball to recently re-assigned RHP Miguel Guerrero with the bases juiced, one out, and the game 4-3 Mudcats. Not an ideal scenario when you're looking to protect and then pad a lead. Major major kudos are in order for Miguel. He came on and shut it down. A strikeout on three pitches to start it off. A pop-up to third base finish the bases loaded threat. Excellent stuff considering his recent re-assignment and a bases loaded one out debut! Overall, in his first outing back with the Mudcats he was the calming force that kept the game in check before handing it over to intriguing (if somewhat inconsistent) RHP Karlos Morales who shut it down in the ninth. Miguel managed 2 2/3 innings of one hit, zero walks, four strikeout ball. In summary: *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Wisconsin 9, South Bend (Cubs) 1 Box Score/Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please visit and review: Jarvis Strikes Out Eleven, Offense Scores Nine, Rattlers Win Sixth Straight - Gray, McGee, Acosta Homer in 9-1 Victory at South Bend With all the attention doled out to his recently promoted housemate, Cam Robinson, and rightfully so, I was curious to see how Justin Jarvis would respond. He seems to bring his best stuff against the Midwest League's finest and, simply put, tonight was definitely more of the same. With the Brewers coming off a walk-off win versus the Cubs, it seemed as though a convincing victory in South Bend would be the cherry on top. Justin certainly did his best to help this cause: 7 innings pitched, 6 hits, 1 walk, 1 earned run, 11 K's. Whew. Can you say: "Ace in the Making"? After a rough start to his season in April, Justin has been really really good. If you take away that same April (four starts), he has double digit strikeouts in four of his last 11 outings and of those remaining seven games he has nine strikeouts in two of them. That's incredible production. He has quickly taken over that coveted Ace status since TJ Shook, Brandon Knarr, and, now, Cam Robinson have headed South to Double-A. Here's hoping for more of the same for this up-and-coming hurler in his remaining starts of 2022. The remaining games against South Bend most likely won't be this lopsided but Justin set the tone for the remaining T-Rats' starters. Further Game Notes: He didn't man the backstop or even play in this game (), but let's retroactively celebrate Darrien Miller's recent hot streak coming off his recent extended absence: Why does Joe Ayrault get such consistently good production with injuries rearing their heads, promotions aplenty, and new acquisitions to blend in? I'd say one really good reason is he doesn't take himself too seriously and he encourages the young men to have fun. There's some real solid looks in this one, men: In the most recent post-game podcast, Robbie Baker appeared to come to the mic with renewed enthusiasm and charisma. Chris Mehring jokingly asked: "Where has this been all year?!" Well, I'd like to tip off us fans a little nugget: Robbie has better stuff than his current numbers suggest. I think we have a chance to see a successful and improved second half from him. His stuff - from delivery to execution - is what I would call 'violent'. I mean this in the best possible way. It was a comfortable 9-1 lead, but, Robbie shut that door down quite easily in the ninth. Here's hoping he has batter luck with BABIP contact and he can lower that WHIP in the second half. With 11 hits on the evening there was plenty of kudos to go around, but, let's focus on the following: Jose Acosta: 2-for-5, 1 HR (2-run jack), 1 run, 3 rbi, 3 k's Joe Gray Jr.: 2-for-5, 1 HR, 1 run, 1 rbi, 1 k Ashton McGee: 2-for-5, 1 HR (2-run jack) 2 runs, 2 rbi, 2 k's Arbert Cipion: 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 rbi, 2 k's The T-Rats now move in sole position of the second half leader board at 9-1. South Bend moves to second at 8-2. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi , Montgomery (Rays) Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please visit and review: Seesaw Middle Innings Push Biscuits to Series Opening Win - Reetz Hits 20th Homer Let me just start with the logo face-off between the 'Biscuits' and the 'Shuckers' is modern sports art at its finest. It's just an incredible display of quality logo work. Every time they play each other, I find myself staring at these logos for seriously way too long: For fun reads on both logos, please visit a Biscuits tidbit HERE (apparently, Illinois' 'Professional Sports Marketing' owns both the Biscuits and the High-A Lansing Lugnuts Minor League Brand Stalwarts) and a Shuckers tidbit HERE (including a nostalgic look at a young Orlando Arcia running the basepaths!). The last time the Shuckers went to Montgomery in early May they, um, well, they didn't fare quite so well: two one-run losses, a two-run loss, a four-run loss, and a good ol' 9-run shellacking. The 6-game sweep was bookended, in heart breaking fashion, by blown saves - one each for Lucas Erceg and JT Hintzen, respectively. I went into this Fourth of July contest, frankly, a wee rattled. Being a Shuckers fan in 2022 is a bit like raising a child: there are good days, there are bad days, and we just pray for growth. I fondly recall that red hot 8-1 Biloxi start to 2022 - the nostalgia is real. SO, with this being said, how did it go in Montgomery during Game 1? Game Notes: Coming off the top-half of the fifth inning, whereby the Shuckers managed to take a 3-2 lead, the following sequence was showcased and seemed the perfect crystallization of the roller-coaster 2022 season. Let me share it with you: lead-off single to right field, ground-out to pitcher Victor Castaneda (runner advances to second base), wild pitch advances runner to third, full count 9 pitch at bat results in game-tying single to right field, full count two-run homer surrendered and Shuckers trail 5-3, next batter walked, pitching change. Seriously, folks. That sums it all up in a nutshell and it has absolutely been that kind of season on a weekly basis. The struggle is real for our Shuckers and they have somehow managed to stay around 0.500 all season. All we can do is root for them to gather momentum, again, and maintain it longer than they have. The positive to take away from Victor's outing, regardless of the blown lead, is he clearly managed to get his pitch count and innings up and seems to now be removed from any lingering concerns over potential effects coming off the IL. Perhaps he tired in the fifth? Regardless, he was relatively effective until that mini meltdown. Thomas Dillard continued his impactful play from the dish with his 6th home run on the season and his 18th double and his 45th rbi. I mentioned it recently, but, it's worth mentioning again: Don't forget about this young man. He's been one of the steadily improving players on the Shuckers roster in 2022. Speaking of the home run, I believe they call it a 'No Doubter'? Jakson Reetz in left field, you say? I do. It's not the first outing he manned the corner outfield spot either. He's an incredibly underrated athlete from my vantage point. But, let's be honest, in 2022 he'll hit home runs from any position: Jakson in right field, Thomas Dillard in the DH spot, Noah Campbell at first base. Speaking of Campbell, man, what a tear he's been on. Here's a highlight from tonight - a game-tying double in the fifth: The Shuckers did manage to load the bases in the top of the seventh inning but they couldn't plate any more runs - including Dillard stranded off his double in the sixth, those four RISP were the key misses in the game. We'll close with a tip of the cap to some solid bullpen work from just activated RHP Arnaldo Hernandez and recently activated RHP Harold Chirino. Both had scuffled some in recent outings - before and after their respective IL stints. Tonight, both hurlers executed scoreless and relatively uneventful evenings to close another loss in Montgomery. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 5, Columbus (Guardians) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Celebrate Fourth of July with Win - Almonte Totals Four RBI's, Boushley Pitches Six Scorless Innings in Series Opener The Sounds headed up river to take on former Brewer farmhand David Fry and the second-place Columbus Clippers. The Clippers host the Sounds this week coming off their recent 5-1 roadtrip at the Iowa Cubs. Columbus came into this contest scoring 90 more runs than the Sounds and lead the International League with 490 total runs - that's 6.28 runs per game to Nashville's 5.19 runs. Let's start it off by looking at a quick tidbit from the those 'Game Notes' (directly above - click that link): (Caleb) Boushley is among International League leaders in wins (8, T-1st), starts (15, T-2nd), innings (80.2, 3rd), ERA (3.24, 4th), WHIP (1.17, 4th) and opponent average (.226, 4th). There are always incredible nuggets on the affiliate players just like this. I highly recommend giving them a quick glance daily as part of your Minor League ritual. With Jason Alexander now with the big club in Milwaukee, Boushley has been asked to fulfill that role of Sounds' starting staff Ace. How did he fare in tonight's contest? Quite well! Caleb is known as a strike thrower and he started tonight in that fashion pounding the zone early with 10 of 12 pitches thrown for strikes. He gave up a lone softly pushed liner to left field in the first inning but held serve from there with a strike out, fly out to Almonte in left field, and force out at second base. On the other side of the diamond, our Sounds saw five of their first six batters strike out in their first two innings - including a three up and three down strikeout buffet in the second. After the Sounds hit two deep fly balls to the warning track in their half of the third inning, the Clippers managed a two-out double off the wall in center field past the chasing Garrett Whitley. One batter later, Garrett managed to run down a deep fly ball high up the wall in center field and made the leaping grab crashing high up the padding. It was a huge play and he saved at least one run and a possible double or triple. Further Viewing Notes: The Sounds were hitless through 4 1/3 and their sole baserunner was Tyler White who reached to begin the fourth inning on a slow chopper to third and throwing error into the dugout. He was given second base. Brice Turang followed with a strikeout - the sixth Sounds punch out of the game. BUT, crafty Mark Mathias said: 'No more, fine Sirs!' He knocked a looping single to center field. Tyler White scored and the throw was off line and bounced past Fry as he attempted to corral the off-target throw. Mathias managed to grab second base - a better throw from the back-up would have grabbed him. Jon Singleton followed suit with another hit - this time a well-hit line drive to right field. Suddenly, there were runners on the corners and the Sounds led 1-0. Keep in mind, as Big Jon approaches the 0.200 BA mark it's due to a torrid hot nine game run of hitting: batting .429 (12-for-28) with two doubles, a triple, three homers, 11 RBI and nine walks. Boushley's greatest impact pitch this evening appeared to be his change-up. It was butter. He got the ever-dangerous lefty David Benson to an unfavorable 0-2 count on a change and, man, it was a glorious sinking pitch just below the zone. Benson then grounded out into a hard-hit double play to Pablo Reyes on a 2-2 count. That change kept him on his heels. He used it with aplomb throughout the contest. All told, Caleb finished his evening with another fantastic body of work: 6.0 ip, five hits, three walks, four strikeouts. His ERA is now down to 3.01 on the season with a 9-2 record overall. An incredible chopper that hit the dirt and leapt a good 15 feet into the air over the third baseman's head plated two in the top of the sixth and it was 3-0 Sounds. Almonte continues his fabulous season switch-hitting at the dish. He's a joy to watch hit baseballs. He also managed the only home run in a game filled with wind-killed fly outs. Abraham's 10th of the season. We know the man can get hot as demonstrated awhile back and now we have this: The ball was oddly not blowing out to left field (as is per usual) in Columbus on this beautiful evening, it was blowing in from dead center field. Several well-hit balls from both ball clubs fell short of the mark, including Tyler White's smash to left center in the top of the sixth that literally fell from the sky like a wounded duck. It sounded beautiful off the bat. I was left scratching my head. Matt Hardy came on in relief to start the bottom of the seventh and, let me tell you, he was absolutely saved by the 12' high extended wall in right field. Bobby Bradley hit an absolute cannon that appeared to miss leaving the playing field by a mere foot or two. Whew. Unfortunately, Hardy faced some adversity with runners on the corner and a wild pitch sending Bradley home and it was 3-1. Matt managed to be his best advocate, however, with two very nice defensive plays to first base to leave the inning with the mere run allowed. The final out was a running barehanded grab and throw to first base on a weakly hit chopper between the mound and third base. Savvy stuff from the young hurler. The pitching mix and development I've witnessed from RHP Lucas Erceg since his promotion from Biloxi is something to behold. In Biloxi he was overwhelmingly relying on his 97-99mph fastball. In Nashville, he's mixing in a breaking ball; change-up; and slider on a fairly regular basis. If he can continue to locate and fine-tune his pitching mix, we are looking at a MLB pitcher. Very exciting stuff. Speaking of relief work, after consecutive walks to put runners on first and second base, how about a three consecutive slider - dead middle, off the outside of the plate, and circling back on the inside edge - strikeout to settle things down? Courageous stuff from Connor Sadzeck. We'll forget about the wild pitch that advanced the runners and the ensuing walk to load the bases. He got the final batter to 0-1 on another savvy first-pitch slider to another righty and then got the lazy fly out to shallow left field on a change-up. The Sounds pulled out another victory and extended their division lead to 2.5 games. *** Please keep in mind the Low-A through Triple-A affiliates are all taking the day off on Tuesday having played on the Fourth - en lieu of their typical Tuesday series openers. However, the ACL Brewers Gold and Blue will play games tomorrow as will the DSL Brewers 1 and 2. As always, we'll be here to give you the summaries and highlights as they arise. Thanks for reading! Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League Scoreboard Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  13. The Brewers’ full season affiliates managed just one win in four games in spite of terrific starting pitching all around (Alexander Cornielle – 2 runs, 11 Ks; Brandon Woodruff – 1 run, 7 Ks; Victor Castaneda – 0 runs, 4 Ks; Caleb Boushley – 1 run; 3 Ks). Offensively, the only clutch performers were catchers: Wisconsin’s Darrien Miller (two-run homer) and Biloxi’s Jakson Reetz (3-for-4, 2 RBIs). The losses for Carolina and Biloxi unfortunately ended their hopes of capturing first half division titles. In the short season leagues, the young men in Arizona and the Dominican Republic split their games, with two wins and two losses. At the mid-point in the week, Carolina trails Down East 3-0, Wisconsin leads Quad Cities 2-1, Biloxi leads Pensacola 2-1 and Nashville is behind Gwinnett 2-1. Thursday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Cornielle, Boushley, Castaneda, Miller and Reetz. Transactions: INF Patrick Dorrian acquired from Baltimore in exchange for cash OF Larry Ernesto reinstated from 7-day injured list and transferred to ACL Brewers Blue (but Ernesto unfortunately exited the game immediately after his first inning at-bat) RHP Brandon Woodruff will make rehab start at High-A Wisconsin Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Down East 3, Carolina 2 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: Cornielle Totals 11 Ks in 3-2 First Half Finale Loss The surprising Mudcats needed a win to have any hope of carrying the first half division title, but instead lost a second consecutive one-run game at Down East. But don’t blame starting RHP Alexander Cornielle, who pitched an exceptional game, giving up one run on three hits, while striking out eleven Wood Ducks and walking just one. Carolina grabbed the initial 1-0 lead on two singles and two walks in the third inning, but Down East starter 24-year old Ryan Garcia escaped further damage via back-to-back strikeouts. A Wood Duck homer in the fifth inning, then RBI double in the sixth inning, put the Mudcats in a 2-1 deficit. The double came off of RHP Michele Vassalotti, who’d relieved Cornielle with two outs and a man on second base. Leadoff eighth inning singles by Eduardo Garcia and Jackson Chourio had Carolina in great position to do damage, though Manager Victor Estevez may be asking himself whether the subsequent sacrifice bunt was worth it. Of course, the bunt served its intended purpose, moving the runners over so that the Mudcats tied the game 2-2 on a ground out, but it also removed one chance at a big inning. Vassalotti and LHP Karlos Morales ably covered the 7th and 8th innings, but Morales ended up taking the tough loss by conceding a one-out walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Mudcats third consecutive loss at Down East. Credit both defenses for registering zero errors or passed balls, but especially the Wood Ducks for throwing out both Mudcat attempted base stealers. Performances of Note: Eduardo Garcia – 2-4 Jackson Chourio – 1-3, walk, RBI Jesus Chirinos – 1-3, walk Alexander Cornielle – 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 11 Ks Michele Vassalotti – 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K Karlos Morales (Loss) – 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Jefferson Figueroa (6.39 ERA, 1.62 WHIP in 25 1/3 innings) is scheduled to start Game Four of the series in Down East, with Carolina hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 3, Quad Cities 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, rainout details: Woodruff Sharp in Rehab Start as Rattlers Win Youtube highlights from Wisconsin’s exceptional media team: Wisconsin was the sole full season winner on this night, getting significant help from three Major League rehabbers, giving the Timber Rattlers a 2-1 series lead at home against Quad Cities. Rehabber #1 Brandon Woodruff cruised through the first four innings, retiring the first 12 batters he faced. Perhaps he tired a bit in the fifth inning, giving up a home run, walk and single, but he’ll definitely be pleased with the five-inning, one run, seven strikeout effort. Rehabber #2 Mike Brosseau opened the scoring in the fourth inning by singling and scoring on a sacrifice fly. Then Darrien Miller, in his second game back from an extended layoff, smacked his fourth homer of the season to bring home Tristan Peters (who’d singled) and give Wisconsin a 3-0 lead. Rehabber #3 Trevor Gott pitched a clean sixth inning and RHP Christian Tripp a clean seventh inning before Tripp ran into trouble (double, walk) to start the eighth inning. RHP James Meeker picked him up, getting a sacrifice bunt out (thank you opposing manager), strikeout and line out to right field to maintain the 3-1 Wisconsin advantage. Meeker then covered the ninth inning as well for the two-inning save, his fourth save of the year. There were no stolen base attempts and the teams combined to go 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Performances of Note: Mike Brosseau – 2-4, double Darrien Miller – 1-3, HR, 2 RBIs Zavier Warren – 1-3, double Joe Gray Jr. – 1-3, RBI, SF Wes Clarke – 1-3, walk Brandon Woodruff (Win) – 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 Ks Trevor Gott – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Christian Tripp – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K James Meeker (Save) – 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K AUDIO via the Rattler Radio Postgame Podcast: "The Timber Rattlers closed out the first half of the season with a 3-1 win over the Quad Cities River Bandits. Brandon Woodruff, Trevor Gott, and Mike Brosseau all contributed on rehab assignments from the Milwaukee Brewers. Chris Mehring & Kyle Lobner discuss the game and make way for Woodruff meeting the local media after his five inning start. Then, Darrien Miller, James Meeker, & Joe Ayrault join the fun." Friday’s outlook: RHP Justin Jarvis looks to continue his excellent run of form (2.38 ERA in last 45 1/3 innings with 57 strikeouts) and give Wisconsin a 3-1 series lead over Quad Cities. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Pensacola 10, Biloxi 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Wahoos Top Shuckers 10-6 Biloxi needed to sweep Pensacola 6-0 this week to steal the first half division title, but couldn’t grab a third straight win against the tough opponent. Again, don’t blame the starting pitcher though, as RHP Victor Castaneda was his usual exceptional self in his first game back from injury. Unfortunately, he could only go three scoreless, one-hit, four-K, zero-walk innings though, as he works himself back to full strength. The Shuckers bats were dormant most of the game, in particular over the first four innings as they registered zero hits over that span in the 0-0 game. This enabled Pensacola to grab a fifth inning 2-0 lead via two hits and a walk off reliever RHP Justin Bullock. The Blue Wahoo advantage then grew to 5-0 through three hits, a hit batsman and a passed ball in the sixth inning. DH/C Jakson Reetz did his best to give Biloxi chances to stay in the game, delivering an inning-opening double in the fifth inning, then a two-out, two-run single to cut the deficit to 5-2 in the sixth inning. The last big Biloxi chance came down 5-2, with two-on, one-out in the bottom of the eighth inning, but unfortunately Pensacola was able to get the inning ending ground ball double play. RHP J.T. Hintzen will want to forget his five-run, six-hit ninth inning, which ballooned the deficit to 10-2. On the bright side, Cam Devanney doubled in his final at-bat to extend his hitting streak to a Biloxi-record 16 games. This was part of a four-run, five-hit final inning to make the final score look more respectable. Jakson Reetz – 3-4, double, 2 RBIs Noah Campbell – 2-5, double, RBI Cam Devanney – 1-4, double Yeison Coca – 1-4, RBI Terence Doston – 1-4, RBI Victor Castaneda – 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 Ks Justin Bullock (Loss) – 3 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 1 K Taylor Floyd – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP TJ Shook (3.50 ERA in 61 2/3 innings of High-A/AA ball) looks for his third victory with Biloxi, which would give the team a 3-1 series lead over Pensacola. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Gwinnett 4, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Gwinnett's Late Homer Clips Sounds For the third time, I say “Don’t blame the starting pitcher.” In this one, RHP Caleb Boushley was fabulous once again, conceding just one run over five innings of work. Corey Ray is showing some nice resiliency in spite of recently being outrighted off of the Brewers’ 40-man roster, throwing out a runner at third base in the top half of the second inning, then homering (fourth of the year) to tie the game 1-1 in the bottom half. The tight 1-1 game was opened up in the seventh inning, as RHP Alec Bettinger yielded a single and two-run homer for a 3-1 deficit. Nashville’s offense rarely threatened against Gwinnett’s terrific pitching, going 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position. Performances of Note: Corey Ray – 1-4, HR, RBI Weston Wilson – 1-3 Caleb Boushley – 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks Jandel Gustave – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Alec Bettinger (Loss) – 3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Dylan File (4.50 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 7.2 K/9 in 60 innings) looks for a victory in his 14th game of the year (11th start) to even up Nashville’s series at home against Gwinnett 2-2. ARIZONA COMPLEX LEAGUE Final: ACL Angels 5, ACL Brewers Blue 0 Box Score / Game Log The Blue team fell to 3-10 on the season, producing more errors (4) than hits (3) in squandering a solid start from 19-year old RHP Jared Albir (3.14 ERA in 14 1/3 innings this year). Three of the four Crew pitchers were effective here. 24-year old RHP Leoni De La Cruz (1.50 ERA in 6 innings) would like a promotion to Carolina, please. He entered a two-on, one-out situation in the sixth inning, ending the threat by inducing a double play ground out. He then worked around an error for a clean seventh inning. 20-year old RHP Anthony Perez made a successful stateside debut after his recent promotion from the DSL. Only 87 degrees and overcast, must have been a welcome change. All three Brewer hits were singles, 0-for-3 with RISP. 21-year-old switch-hitting OF Larry Ernesto made his 2022 debut, getting called out on strikes in the bottom of the 1st, and then was replaced defensively in left field immediately. Planned one-inning re-introduction? Remarkably, this is already Ernesto's fifth year in the system (2020 counts). Since signing for $1.7 million in June of 2017, Ernesto has posted a .605 OPS in 119 games, with a nearly 38% strikeout rate in 426 at-bats. Performances of Note: Quinton Low – 1-3, HBP Jared Albir (Loss) – 5 1/3 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 1 WP, 2 Ks Leoni De La Cruz – 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Final: ACL Brewers Gold 14, ACL Rangers 3 Box Score / Game Log Much better day for the Golden Boys who improved their record to 8-5 with a nice 14-run, 13-hit, 8-walk, 2-HBP barrage in this road contest, 101 degrees in Surprise, 87 in Maryvale. 18-year old INF Jadher Areinamo (.804 season OPS) produced four of the team’s ten RBIs in the game, as he makes his case for an opportunity in Low-A Carolina in the near future. 19-year old INF Jose Caballero (.444/.529/.519 after 27 at-bats, only three Ks) singled and scored on a wild pitch to grab a first inning 1-0 lead, before Areinamo restored the lead at 3-2 with a two-out, two-RBI single in the second inning. 18-year old SS Gregory Barrios, signed for $1 million in January 2021 (not to be confused with shortstop Johan Barrios, signed for $1.385 million in January 2022), reached base all five trips, two singles and three walks. OK, yes, we will confuse them often - both from Venezuela, but apparently not related. Gregory is a switch-hitter. With three singles, left-handed swinging OF Luis Castillo pushed his OPS to 1.193 after 45 at-bats. You'll see in the box score the lopsided result allowed for a bit of bench-clearing with some substitutions late. However, one of the sub-outs was corner infielder Jesus Parra, playing first base in this game, who exited after being hit by a pitch in the 6th. Only one earned run allowed among the four Gold pitchers, do not mean to slight them here, be sure to check the box and log as you see fit. 24-year-old indy ball signing Ryan Middendorf is doing exactly what players in that profile need to – dominate from the start. Thursday marked his second outing since signing out of the Frontier League. Others performed well as you might imagine given the score. Performances of Note: Luis Castillo – 3-5 Jadher Areinamo – 2-5, double, 4 RBIs Gregory Barrios – 2-2, 3 walks, RBI Eduarh Colina – 2-4, walk, RBI Jose Caballero – 1-3, walk, SF, 2 RBIs Diego Larez – 1-3, double, walk, HBP Jesus Parra – 1-3, double, HBP Trevor Tietz (Win) – 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2Ks Final: DSL Tigers #1 Squad 6, DSL Brewers #1 Squad 1, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log The DSL Brewers1 squad fell to 3-11 on the season, colleting one run on four hits, though managed to walk seven times while leaving nine men on base. Tigers put a 3-1 game out-of-reach with a three-spot in their final at-bat in the 6th. All eleven combined hits in this game were singles, Brewers mustering four knocks only, though they reached eight times by walk or HBP. Second-year catcher Edgardo Ordonez, a left-handed bat (love those LH bats behind the plate) posted an .867 OPS last summer in 84 at-bats, and the 18-year-old Venezuelan native reached base twice here to move his early 2022 OPS to .900. One to watch. We'll give 18-year-old 6'3" Dominican rookie RHP Leonardo Rivera a shoutout for stranding two inherited runners by fanning the only man he faced. Rivera had struggled in his three prior appearances. The Brewers nearly tied the game in the fourth inning on INF Jose Pena’s RBI single, but OF Duncan Garcia was gunned down at home and then exited the game early. Instead, the 2-1 deficit was as close as they could get. OF Luis Lara (.928) and C Edgardo Ordonez (.900 OPS) each collected one hit, while 1B Arnys Rodriguez (.842 OPS) managed a walk. Performances of Note: Jose Pena – 1-2, walk, RBI Edgardo Ordonez – 1-3, walk Final: DSL Brewers #2 Squad 6, DSL Giants Black 3, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log Their victory lifted the Brewers2 club back to an even record of 7-7. Giants committed five errors, though the Crew earned all but one of their runs regardless. Minus a passed ball, Crew #2 played clean defense. C Eric Martinez doubled, the lone extra-base hit among the seven Crew knocks. It was a busy day for Martinez, he had an RBI single in the 3rd and would later in that frame steal home as part of a double steal. The Brewers scored once in the 1st, twice in the 2nd, thrice in the 3rd. INF Demetrio Nadal gave the team a first inning 1-0 lead by singling and scoring on an error, with INF Erick Reyes repeating the single-and-score-on-error procedure in the second inning before Martinez doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 advantage. Brewers2 opened the game up at 6-1 with the three-run third inning on RBI singles by Martinez and INF Edgardo Reyes, plus Martinez’ aforementioned steal of home. Things nearly came apart in the sixth inning for RHP Darling Solano, who gave up a double and two walks to start the frame, but he struck out three of the next four batters to escape with a 6-3 lead and earn the win. Although Brewers2 went just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position (stranding seven runners in the game), Giants Black were thankfully more futile in this regard (0-for-9, stranding 11 runners in the game). OF Irving Iguales (.943 season OPS) collected one hit, though INF Juan Baez (.862 season OPS) went 0-for-4 (but with zero strikeouts). As always, we invite you to check out the inning-by-inning game logs we link to. MiLB.com makes the logs easy to digest, and especially at the complex level, the logs will provide additional insights during your Link Report routine. No intention of purposely not focusing a great deal on the complex league pitching today – nothing stood out as overpowering of note. The day's efforts ranged from middling to solid. Performances of Note: Eric Martinez – 2-3, double, RBI, SB Edgardo Reyes – 1-2, HBP, RBI, SB Francisco Nina – 1-2, walk, SB Reminton Batista – 1-3, walk We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck in Friday’s seven games (including the DSL squads battling each other this morning)! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League ScoreboardLinks for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  14. Carolina lost a second straight heartbreaker. Wisconsin received help from three MLB rehabbers to win a second straight game. Biloxi couldn’t keep up with Pensacola’s firepower. Nashville kept it close, but managed just one win in their loss. The Brewers’ full season affiliates managed just one win in four games in spite of terrific starting pitching all around (Alexander Cornielle – 2 runs, 11 Ks; Brandon Woodruff – 1 run, 7 Ks; Victor Castaneda – 0 runs, 4 Ks; Caleb Boushley – 1 run; 3 Ks). Offensively, the only clutch performers were catchers: Wisconsin’s Darrien Miller (two-run homer) and Biloxi’s Jakson Reetz (3-for-4, 2 RBIs). The losses for Carolina and Biloxi unfortunately ended their hopes of capturing first half division titles. In the short season leagues, the young men in Arizona and the Dominican Republic split their games, with two wins and two losses. At the mid-point in the week, Carolina trails Down East 3-0, Wisconsin leads Quad Cities 2-1, Biloxi leads Pensacola 2-1 and Nashville is behind Gwinnett 2-1. Thursday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Cornielle, Boushley, Castaneda, Miller and Reetz. Transactions: INF Patrick Dorrian acquired from Baltimore in exchange for cash OF Larry Ernesto reinstated from 7-day injured list and transferred to ACL Brewers Blue (but Ernesto unfortunately exited the game immediately after his first inning at-bat) RHP Brandon Woodruff will make rehab start at High-A Wisconsin Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Down East 3, Carolina 2 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: Cornielle Totals 11 Ks in 3-2 First Half Finale Loss The surprising Mudcats needed a win to have any hope of carrying the first half division title, but instead lost a second consecutive one-run game at Down East. But don’t blame starting RHP Alexander Cornielle, who pitched an exceptional game, giving up one run on three hits, while striking out eleven Wood Ducks and walking just one. Carolina grabbed the initial 1-0 lead on two singles and two walks in the third inning, but Down East starter 24-year old Ryan Garcia escaped further damage via back-to-back strikeouts. A Wood Duck homer in the fifth inning, then RBI double in the sixth inning, put the Mudcats in a 2-1 deficit. The double came off of RHP Michele Vassalotti, who’d relieved Cornielle with two outs and a man on second base. Leadoff eighth inning singles by Eduardo Garcia and Jackson Chourio had Carolina in great position to do damage, though Manager Victor Estevez may be asking himself whether the subsequent sacrifice bunt was worth it. Of course, the bunt served its intended purpose, moving the runners over so that the Mudcats tied the game 2-2 on a ground out, but it also removed one chance at a big inning. Vassalotti and LHP Karlos Morales ably covered the 7th and 8th innings, but Morales ended up taking the tough loss by conceding a one-out walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Mudcats third consecutive loss at Down East. Credit both defenses for registering zero errors or passed balls, but especially the Wood Ducks for throwing out both Mudcat attempted base stealers. Performances of Note: Eduardo Garcia – 2-4 Jackson Chourio – 1-3, walk, RBI Jesus Chirinos – 1-3, walk Alexander Cornielle – 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 11 Ks Michele Vassalotti – 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K Karlos Morales (Loss) – 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Jefferson Figueroa (6.39 ERA, 1.62 WHIP in 25 1/3 innings) is scheduled to start Game Four of the series in Down East, with Carolina hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 3, Quad Cities 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, rainout details: Woodruff Sharp in Rehab Start as Rattlers Win Youtube highlights from Wisconsin’s exceptional media team: Wisconsin was the sole full season winner on this night, getting significant help from three Major League rehabbers, giving the Timber Rattlers a 2-1 series lead at home against Quad Cities. Rehabber #1 Brandon Woodruff cruised through the first four innings, retiring the first 12 batters he faced. Perhaps he tired a bit in the fifth inning, giving up a home run, walk and single, but he’ll definitely be pleased with the five-inning, one run, seven strikeout effort. Rehabber #2 Mike Brosseau opened the scoring in the fourth inning by singling and scoring on a sacrifice fly. Then Darrien Miller, in his second game back from an extended layoff, smacked his fourth homer of the season to bring home Tristan Peters (who’d singled) and give Wisconsin a 3-0 lead. Rehabber #3 Trevor Gott pitched a clean sixth inning and RHP Christian Tripp a clean seventh inning before Tripp ran into trouble (double, walk) to start the eighth inning. RHP James Meeker picked him up, getting a sacrifice bunt out (thank you opposing manager), strikeout and line out to right field to maintain the 3-1 Wisconsin advantage. Meeker then covered the ninth inning as well for the two-inning save, his fourth save of the year. There were no stolen base attempts and the teams combined to go 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Performances of Note: Mike Brosseau – 2-4, double Darrien Miller – 1-3, HR, 2 RBIs Zavier Warren – 1-3, double Joe Gray Jr. – 1-3, RBI, SF Wes Clarke – 1-3, walk Brandon Woodruff (Win) – 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 Ks Trevor Gott – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Christian Tripp – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K James Meeker (Save) – 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K AUDIO via the Rattler Radio Postgame Podcast: "The Timber Rattlers closed out the first half of the season with a 3-1 win over the Quad Cities River Bandits. Brandon Woodruff, Trevor Gott, and Mike Brosseau all contributed on rehab assignments from the Milwaukee Brewers. Chris Mehring & Kyle Lobner discuss the game and make way for Woodruff meeting the local media after his five inning start. Then, Darrien Miller, James Meeker, & Joe Ayrault join the fun." Friday’s outlook: RHP Justin Jarvis looks to continue his excellent run of form (2.38 ERA in last 45 1/3 innings with 57 strikeouts) and give Wisconsin a 3-1 series lead over Quad Cities. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Pensacola 10, Biloxi 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Wahoos Top Shuckers 10-6 Biloxi needed to sweep Pensacola 6-0 this week to steal the first half division title, but couldn’t grab a third straight win against the tough opponent. Again, don’t blame the starting pitcher though, as RHP Victor Castaneda was his usual exceptional self in his first game back from injury. Unfortunately, he could only go three scoreless, one-hit, four-K, zero-walk innings though, as he works himself back to full strength. The Shuckers bats were dormant most of the game, in particular over the first four innings as they registered zero hits over that span in the 0-0 game. This enabled Pensacola to grab a fifth inning 2-0 lead via two hits and a walk off reliever RHP Justin Bullock. The Blue Wahoo advantage then grew to 5-0 through three hits, a hit batsman and a passed ball in the sixth inning. DH/C Jakson Reetz did his best to give Biloxi chances to stay in the game, delivering an inning-opening double in the fifth inning, then a two-out, two-run single to cut the deficit to 5-2 in the sixth inning. The last big Biloxi chance came down 5-2, with two-on, one-out in the bottom of the eighth inning, but unfortunately Pensacola was able to get the inning ending ground ball double play. RHP J.T. Hintzen will want to forget his five-run, six-hit ninth inning, which ballooned the deficit to 10-2. On the bright side, Cam Devanney doubled in his final at-bat to extend his hitting streak to a Biloxi-record 16 games. This was part of a four-run, five-hit final inning to make the final score look more respectable. Jakson Reetz – 3-4, double, 2 RBIs Noah Campbell – 2-5, double, RBI Cam Devanney – 1-4, double Yeison Coca – 1-4, RBI Terence Doston – 1-4, RBI Victor Castaneda – 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 Ks Justin Bullock (Loss) – 3 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 1 K Taylor Floyd – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP TJ Shook (3.50 ERA in 61 2/3 innings of High-A/AA ball) looks for his third victory with Biloxi, which would give the team a 3-1 series lead over Pensacola. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Gwinnett 4, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Gwinnett's Late Homer Clips Sounds For the third time, I say “Don’t blame the starting pitcher.” In this one, RHP Caleb Boushley was fabulous once again, conceding just one run over five innings of work. Corey Ray is showing some nice resiliency in spite of recently being outrighted off of the Brewers’ 40-man roster, throwing out a runner at third base in the top half of the second inning, then homering (fourth of the year) to tie the game 1-1 in the bottom half. The tight 1-1 game was opened up in the seventh inning, as RHP Alec Bettinger yielded a single and two-run homer for a 3-1 deficit. Nashville’s offense rarely threatened against Gwinnett’s terrific pitching, going 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position. Performances of Note: Corey Ray – 1-4, HR, RBI Weston Wilson – 1-3 Caleb Boushley – 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks Jandel Gustave – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Alec Bettinger (Loss) – 3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Dylan File (4.50 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 7.2 K/9 in 60 innings) looks for a victory in his 14th game of the year (11th start) to even up Nashville’s series at home against Gwinnett 2-2. ARIZONA COMPLEX LEAGUE Final: ACL Angels 5, ACL Brewers Blue 0 Box Score / Game Log The Blue team fell to 3-10 on the season, producing more errors (4) than hits (3) in squandering a solid start from 19-year old RHP Jared Albir (3.14 ERA in 14 1/3 innings this year). Three of the four Crew pitchers were effective here. 24-year old RHP Leoni De La Cruz (1.50 ERA in 6 innings) would like a promotion to Carolina, please. He entered a two-on, one-out situation in the sixth inning, ending the threat by inducing a double play ground out. He then worked around an error for a clean seventh inning. 20-year old RHP Anthony Perez made a successful stateside debut after his recent promotion from the DSL. Only 87 degrees and overcast, must have been a welcome change. All three Brewer hits were singles, 0-for-3 with RISP. 21-year-old switch-hitting OF Larry Ernesto made his 2022 debut, getting called out on strikes in the bottom of the 1st, and then was replaced defensively in left field immediately. Planned one-inning re-introduction? Remarkably, this is already Ernesto's fifth year in the system (2020 counts). Since signing for $1.7 million in June of 2017, Ernesto has posted a .605 OPS in 119 games, with a nearly 38% strikeout rate in 426 at-bats. Performances of Note: Quinton Low – 1-3, HBP Jared Albir (Loss) – 5 1/3 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 1 WP, 2 Ks Leoni De La Cruz – 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Final: ACL Brewers Gold 14, ACL Rangers 3 Box Score / Game Log Much better day for the Golden Boys who improved their record to 8-5 with a nice 14-run, 13-hit, 8-walk, 2-HBP barrage in this road contest, 101 degrees in Surprise, 87 in Maryvale. 18-year old INF Jadher Areinamo (.804 season OPS) produced four of the team’s ten RBIs in the game, as he makes his case for an opportunity in Low-A Carolina in the near future. 19-year old INF Jose Caballero (.444/.529/.519 after 27 at-bats, only three Ks) singled and scored on a wild pitch to grab a first inning 1-0 lead, before Areinamo restored the lead at 3-2 with a two-out, two-RBI single in the second inning. 18-year old SS Gregory Barrios, signed for $1 million in January 2021 (not to be confused with shortstop Johan Barrios, signed for $1.385 million in January 2022), reached base all five trips, two singles and three walks. OK, yes, we will confuse them often - both from Venezuela, but apparently not related. Gregory is a switch-hitter. With three singles, left-handed swinging OF Luis Castillo pushed his OPS to 1.193 after 45 at-bats. You'll see in the box score the lopsided result allowed for a bit of bench-clearing with some substitutions late. However, one of the sub-outs was corner infielder Jesus Parra, playing first base in this game, who exited after being hit by a pitch in the 6th. Only one earned run allowed among the four Gold pitchers, do not mean to slight them here, be sure to check the box and log as you see fit. 24-year-old indy ball signing Ryan Middendorf is doing exactly what players in that profile need to – dominate from the start. Thursday marked his second outing since signing out of the Frontier League. Others performed well as you might imagine given the score. Performances of Note: Luis Castillo – 3-5 Jadher Areinamo – 2-5, double, 4 RBIs Gregory Barrios – 2-2, 3 walks, RBI Eduarh Colina – 2-4, walk, RBI Jose Caballero – 1-3, walk, SF, 2 RBIs Diego Larez – 1-3, double, walk, HBP Jesus Parra – 1-3, double, HBP Trevor Tietz (Win) – 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2Ks Final: DSL Tigers #1 Squad 6, DSL Brewers #1 Squad 1, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log The DSL Brewers1 squad fell to 3-11 on the season, colleting one run on four hits, though managed to walk seven times while leaving nine men on base. Tigers put a 3-1 game out-of-reach with a three-spot in their final at-bat in the 6th. All eleven combined hits in this game were singles, Brewers mustering four knocks only, though they reached eight times by walk or HBP. Second-year catcher Edgardo Ordonez, a left-handed bat (love those LH bats behind the plate) posted an .867 OPS last summer in 84 at-bats, and the 18-year-old Venezuelan native reached base twice here to move his early 2022 OPS to .900. One to watch. We'll give 18-year-old 6'3" Dominican rookie RHP Leonardo Rivera a shoutout for stranding two inherited runners by fanning the only man he faced. Rivera had struggled in his three prior appearances. The Brewers nearly tied the game in the fourth inning on INF Jose Pena’s RBI single, but OF Duncan Garcia was gunned down at home and then exited the game early. Instead, the 2-1 deficit was as close as they could get. OF Luis Lara (.928) and C Edgardo Ordonez (.900 OPS) each collected one hit, while 1B Arnys Rodriguez (.842 OPS) managed a walk. Performances of Note: Jose Pena – 1-2, walk, RBI Edgardo Ordonez – 1-3, walk Final: DSL Brewers #2 Squad 6, DSL Giants Black 3, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log Their victory lifted the Brewers2 club back to an even record of 7-7. Giants committed five errors, though the Crew earned all but one of their runs regardless. Minus a passed ball, Crew #2 played clean defense. C Eric Martinez doubled, the lone extra-base hit among the seven Crew knocks. It was a busy day for Martinez, he had an RBI single in the 3rd and would later in that frame steal home as part of a double steal. The Brewers scored once in the 1st, twice in the 2nd, thrice in the 3rd. INF Demetrio Nadal gave the team a first inning 1-0 lead by singling and scoring on an error, with INF Erick Reyes repeating the single-and-score-on-error procedure in the second inning before Martinez doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 advantage. Brewers2 opened the game up at 6-1 with the three-run third inning on RBI singles by Martinez and INF Edgardo Reyes, plus Martinez’ aforementioned steal of home. Things nearly came apart in the sixth inning for RHP Darling Solano, who gave up a double and two walks to start the frame, but he struck out three of the next four batters to escape with a 6-3 lead and earn the win. Although Brewers2 went just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position (stranding seven runners in the game), Giants Black were thankfully more futile in this regard (0-for-9, stranding 11 runners in the game). OF Irving Iguales (.943 season OPS) collected one hit, though INF Juan Baez (.862 season OPS) went 0-for-4 (but with zero strikeouts). As always, we invite you to check out the inning-by-inning game logs we link to. MiLB.com makes the logs easy to digest, and especially at the complex level, the logs will provide additional insights during your Link Report routine. No intention of purposely not focusing a great deal on the complex league pitching today – nothing stood out as overpowering of note. The day's efforts ranged from middling to solid. Performances of Note: Eric Martinez – 2-3, double, RBI, SB Edgardo Reyes – 1-2, HBP, RBI, SB Francisco Nina – 1-2, walk, SB Reminton Batista – 1-3, walk We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck in Friday’s seven games (including the DSL squads battling each other this morning)! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League ScoreboardLinks 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
  15. The Mudcats game recap via the Carolina site includes the headline "First Place Mudcats". Though it's a razor-thin half-game lead, that's still very pleasant news. We'll often let the full-season clubs break down much of the game action minutia within their team site summaries and tweets, but we have no such luxury at the rookie complex levels. If there is another organization's fan-site providing as much detail on the rookie level as BrewerFanatic, well, we'd be surprised. So settle in not only for the news about the players close to impacting the big-league Crew, but stay informed along with us on the 2027 and beyond Milwaukee Brewers you're also getting to know now. Transactions: - RHP Jandel Gustave sent to AAA Nashville on rehab assignment - C Pedro Severino sent to AA Biloxi on rehab assignment - OF Corey Ray outrighted to AAA Nashville - RHP Michael Perdomo promoted from DSL Brewers-1 to ACL Brewers Blue - RHP Anthony Perez promoted from DSL Brewers-1 to ACL Brewers Blue - INF Jamal Zalm promoted from DSL Brewers-2 to ACL Brewers Blue - C Darlin Lora promoted from DSL Brewers-1 to ACL Brewers Blue - INF Miguel Briceno promoted from DSL Brewers-1 to ACL Brewers Gold The first round of the 2016 MLB draft has proven to pretty much have been a dumpster fire. Oh sure, Braves RHP Ian Anderson (taken two picks before Corey Ray at #3 overall) and Wisconsin native Gavin Lux are definitely big league contributors. Guardians RHP Cal Quantrill at #8 would have been a solid choice. But true 1st round superstar power - nothing quite yet. That doesn't make the injury-filled and performance-lacking Brewers career of Ray any less disappointing, and now Ray is set to meekly slide away into minor league free agency after this season. But you do know the Brewers success story from that round, right? Sure you do, he's 25th overall pick Eric Lauer! There's a pick-us-up note! *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 4, Memphis (Cardinals) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Boushley, Sounds Stifle Redbirds - Nashville Never Trails as Series Evens in Memphis One of the best parts about Caleb Boushley's Minor League Rule 5 Phase pickup from the Padres system last December is that Milwaukee has another year of control over Boushley. So even if he's not added to the 40-man or 26-man rosters, he could play an important role in 2023. Just think how fortunate, as MLB only decided to conduct the minor league phase due to the lockout. No Boushley if they hadn't held it! While reminding us he grew up a big Cardinals' fan, Small naturally expresses his appreciation for his Memphis-area upbringing. Guess he wanted to get out and experience the local happenings, as he, along with Manager Rick Sweet, were ejected from the dugout in the 3rd inning after Jon Singleton was called out on strikes. Not sure if RH reliever Matt Hardy, in his 6th season in the Crew's system, still has to deal with wrestler Matt Hardy shoutouts wherever he goes, but he's having a super-solid season. Encouraging rehab outing for RH reliever Jandel Gustave. Too bad for the Sounds' faithful home fans that Brandon Woodruff's scheduled rehab outing Saturday is in Memphis. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 6, Chattanooga (Reds) 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Biloxi Holds On For 6-5 Win Over Lookouts - Bennett Allows Just One Run Over Five Frames You'll find a Chattanooga TV sports report on the contest here. Biloxi's staff grabbed several highlights from the Lookout's MiLB.TV broadcast and posted them on their Twitter Media Feed. Of course, if you already read the game report linked above, you have seen them all - wink, wink. Worth copying here to end it, with Voice of The Shuckers Garrett Greene on the call: Wiemer's offensive mini-slide continued with an 0-for-5 evening (one run, one RBI), but even with a tough camera angle, that was a sweet defensive play. Big games from the bottom four in the order - Cam Devanney, Noah Campbell, Gabe Holt, and Yeison Coca. How much of a luxury is it to see the #6 and 7 hitters (Devanney, Campbell) with OPS marks of ,860 and .861 respectively. Don't know if Southern League pitching is down this year, but nearly night in and night out, this is not the offense-suppressing AA environment we've become accustomed to while tracking Brewer farmhands at the plate or on the mound in years past. Nice start for LHP Nick Bennett, upping his game recently. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Great Lakes (Dodgers) 3, Wisconsin 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Loons Shut Out Rattlers 3-0 - Jarvis strikes out eleven, but offense held to two hits T-Rats on the brink of first-half playoff elimination, give us a heck of a 2nd half, men. Just six men on base (two singles, four walks, 14 strikeouts) and 0-for-2 with RISP for Wisconsin. Final lines show seven hitting .213 or below, and you can only statistically pooh-pooh batting average so much. Seven of RHP Justin Jarvis' last eight starts have been very good to outstanding. His 2022 game log shows how he bounced back from a frigid April performance. Hey, did you miss Adam McCalvy and Brad Ford's extended conversation with catcher Alex Hall earlier this week? Good stuff beyond what you may have heard whilst Hall was up for his one-game (so far) big league dugout debut. Check it out here at the 49:00 minute mark. It may be truncated, but looking forward to seeing what RHP James Meeker does in his first professional start Saturday night. *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 4, Columbia (Royals) 1, seven innings due to opening rain delay Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, details, please review: First Place Mudcats End Skid with 4-1 Road Win - Eduardo Garcia hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh and final frame for the Mudcats No doubt, this was a BIG win. Listed at 6'2", 160 on his MiLB Player Page (but we know how outdated those vitals can be), the prized shortstop prospect Garcia looks to be all of that and more with this swing - How confident is the organization in Garcia's defensive prowess in the six-hole? All but one of 503 professional defensive innings have been at shortstop. Are the six walks in 224 at-bats in 2022, in a word, awful? Yeah, that one aspect of Garcia's game needs a ton of work. The rest - just fine, thank you. Just 20 years old all season, RHP and 2021 6th round JUCO pick Carlos Rodriguez continues to justify his fairly lofty draft status. Half-game lead with six games to go in the first half? You'll realize how critical those six games are when you review this from Voice of the Mudcats' Greg Young Jr.'s always-robust media notes: PLAYOFF DROUGHT: The Mudcats failed to reach the playoffs in 2021, thus stretching the club's playoff drought to a Minor League Baseball worst 12 consecutive seasons. The Mudcats last reached the postseason in 2008 where they lost to the Mississippi Braves in the Southern League Championship Series (when they were associated with the then-Florida Marlins at the AA level). Let's get the Zebulon faithful some playoff baseball, guys! *** My thanks to @damuelle of our staff who contributed the Arizona Complex League write-ups for me. With the four complex leagues active, daily report duties can be daunting, so you'll see the occasional tag-team. I'll rejoin you below for the Dominican games Final: ACL Athletics 7, ACL Brewers Blue 5, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log Brewers Blue vs. Athletics was a repeat of Thursday’s game, with unfortunately the same outcome, dropping the Blue squad to 1-8 thus far in 2022. Five DSL players were promoted stateside in advance of today’s ACL games, but only Jamal Zalm saw action. After playing all of his 246 2/3 innings in the infield in DSL, of course in his first-ever ACL game Zalm was sent to play left field. It was a successful debut for him, as he doubled and scored to tie the game 2-2 in the second inning, while the gods mercifully didn’t send any fly balls his way. However, the Athletics used a four-run 4thinning to blow open the 2-2 contest, then held off the Brewers Blue squad in this shortened seven-inning affair. After a solid debut 2021 season for 24-year old LHP Leoni De La Cruz (1.23 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 12.0 K/9 in 29 1/3 innings split between DSL and ACL), he struggled for the second time in three games this year. Inheriting a two-on, one-out situation from starting RHP Andy Garcia in the fourth inning, De La Cruz allowed the first three Athletics he faced to reached base (single, two walks), thus ballooning the deficit from 3-2 to 6-2. 2021 big bonus 18-year old Venezuelan SS Daniel Guilarte (.786 OPS in 35 plate appearances, seven RBIs) continues his successful debut season, with his fifth inning, two-out single plating two runs to cut the Athletics’ lead to 6-4. The Brewers Blue and Athletic staffs struck out nine and ten batters, respectively, but the Blue team issued seven walks versus just one issued by the Athletics. However, those strikeouts are likely an encouraging sign that our pitchers have the “good stuff” (five for Garcia in 3 1/3 innings, two for De La Cruz in 1 2/3 innings, two for Raul Mendoza in two innings). The organization can’t reasonably expect 17-year catcher Felipe Valderrama to hit much at this level (unsurprising .414 OPS in 25 plate appearances), so should be happy that he threw out one of two attempted base stealers. Don’t be discouraged by 1B Quinton Low’s OPS of .425 (25 plate appearances), as his BABIP is just .182 and his BB/K ratio is 6/8. *** Final: ACL Brewers Gold 5, ACL Guardians 0 Box Score / Game Log The Gold squad continues to counter-balance Blue’s struggles, boosting their record to 7-2 in this reversal of fortune from Thursday’s loss to the same Guardians’ team. What a turnaround for 19-year old starting RHP Patricio Aquino from last week’s rough stateside debut, as he shut out the quality opposition (Guardians drop to 6-3) over six innings, striking out eight batters while only allowing a double, two singles and two walks. After a solid 2021 season (2.66 ERA in 44 DSL innings), Aquino is definitely a player to keep an eye on. The Gold team were unfortunately unable to capitalize on a bases loaded, one-out opportunity in the first inning, while Aquino then worked around a leadoff Guardians’ double in the second inning (two strikeouts and an infield pop up). We’re nine games into 2022 and we now simply expect greatness from 18-year old left-handed hitting OF Luis Castillo who went 3-for-5 with three RBIs to maintain his amazing OPS at 1.382 through 38 plate appearances. His RBI single in the third inning opened the scoring at 1-0, while his two-run double in the fourth inning provided the final margin of 5-0. Of course, Castillo’s BABIP (.519) and low season numbers for walks (3) and stolen bases (0) will raise some questions, but by the same token just six strikeouts tells you that Mr. Castillo has serious contact skills. 18-year old lead-off man 2B Jadher Areinamo continued his impressive work (1-for-4, two runs scored). Areinamo (.297 AVG / .395 OBP / .405 SLG in 43 ACL plate appearances) has hit safely in eight of the nine ACL games, walking twice in the other one. 19-year old Venezuelan RHP Yorman Galindez was the only 2022 international signee to be directly posted stateside (i.e., no games in the DSL) and the organization is not regretting that choice. With two scoreless innings in this contest, his ERA is now 1.04, WHIP 0.81 and he’s struck out 12 batters in his 8 2/3 innings. Well done, young man! To finish off the shutout, 24-year old RHP Ryan Middendorf had a successful debut in affiliated baseball, working around an infield error to pitch an otherwise clean ninth inning with one strikeout. The Brewers acquired Middendorf’s contract from the Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League earlier this week, where he threw 150 2/3 innings in 24 starts in 1 1/4 seasons (3.05 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 7.8 K/9). 19-year old Jesus Parra continued his bounce back season (.774 OPS in 2019 DSL, .566 OPS in 2021 ACL, .840 OPS this year) with a 2-for-5 outing. I’m not sure if it was the 107-degree heat (on a partly cloudy day, no less), the Guardians’ struggles at the plate (despite 20 MPH winds blowing out to center field) or their three errors, but bench coach Dennis Malave was ejected by the home plate umpire Chad Lagana in the 8th inning. Get both of those men a cold beverage. Actually, this occurred after the Guardians bunted for the 2nd out with one runner on in the 8th inning. Bunting in ACL ball while down 5-0? Yeah, that might merit an ejection. *** Final: DSL NYY Bombers 12, DSL Brewers #1 Squad 2, seven innings, lightning Box Score / Game Log The Yankees organization has two DSL teams, with the other simply being the "Yankees". OK Brewers front office, we'll give you until next spring to come up with something better than DSL #1 & DSL #2. The #1 Brewers, now 2-7, came very close to being no-hit. Their one and only knock was a two-run home run by 18-year-old 2nd-year switch-hitting first baseman Arnys Rodriguez with one out in what Mother Nature determined would be the game's final inning. The Dominican native struggled in 2021 (.501 OPS, 94 at-bats) while seeing time at second and third base in addition to first. In five games early on, it's been first base only for Arnys, who had broken the seal on his career home runs with one last summer. Early team MVP CF Luis Lara was an uncharacteristic 0-for-3 with two K's and left the game after flying out in the 6th of the lopsided affair. Pretty sure we would have known if he had been struck by lightning. The four Brewer pitchers, all in their debut seasons, combined to walk 11 and throw two wild pitches. The starter was Nicaraguan RHP Ranwell Smith who won't even turn 17 until late August, With an 80-grade name like Ranwell Smith, if mound duties don't pan out, there surely will be opportunities as a big-league postseason baserunning specialist. *** Final: DSL Blue Jays 4, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 3, eight innings (scheduled for seven) Box Score / Game Log No weather issues here, game scheduled to end early, as ghost runners were utilized in the 8th. It'd be interesting to know what discussions take place between teams as perhaps they indicate limited pitcher availability as a reason not to play nine. The BrewCrew2 8th was ineffective and unlucky. 17-year-old bonus baby prospect Johan Barrios, DH'ing here and 0-for-4 for the day, flew out to right field, apparently too shallow to advance the runner. Catcher Eric Martinez lined out, but it was caught by the second baseman. A strikeout ended the frame. A single pitch ended the game, with a Blue Jay line-drive single off RHP Nelson Cuevas, saddling the 21-year-old Dominican native, a 2022 rarity in that he's in his third DSL season, with his third loss in four appearances. Of course, this particular run will show as unearned on his ledger. The three Crew pitchers combined to walk seven, throw three wild pitches, and hit a batter. When that combination of events is low, it's worth pointing out. Not low here, but mentioned anyway as a point of reference for better mound days ahead. BrewCrew2 tied it at 3-3 in the top of 7th when still-16-year-old third baseman Juan Baez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Debunking the whole concept of needing base hits with RISP, Baez had driven in a run with a sacrifice fly earlier. So two RBI on an 0-for-2 day at the plate. *** Carolina's doubleheader in Columbia, South Carolina kicks off at 3:30 Central. All other full-season action is this evening. Despite the Mudcats double-dip, it's still only eight, and not nine games today, as the two Arizona rosters square off for bragging rights in Maryvale. Have a great Saturday! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League Scoreboard Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  16. Transactions: - RHP Jandel Gustave sent to AAA Nashville on rehab assignment - C Pedro Severino sent to AA Biloxi on rehab assignment - OF Corey Ray outrighted to AAA Nashville - RHP Michael Perdomo promoted from DSL Brewers-1 to ACL Brewers Blue - RHP Anthony Perez promoted from DSL Brewers-1 to ACL Brewers Blue - INF Jamal Zalm promoted from DSL Brewers-2 to ACL Brewers Blue - C Darlin Lora promoted from DSL Brewers-1 to ACL Brewers Blue - INF Miguel Briceno promoted from DSL Brewers-1 to ACL Brewers Gold The first round of the 2016 MLB draft has proven to pretty much have been a dumpster fire. Oh sure, Braves RHP Ian Anderson (taken two picks before Corey Ray at #3 overall) and Wisconsin native Gavin Lux are definitely big league contributors. Guardians RHP Cal Quantrill at #8 would have been a solid choice. But true 1st round superstar power - nothing quite yet. That doesn't make the injury-filled and performance-lacking Brewers career of Ray any less disappointing, and now Ray is set to meekly slide away into minor league free agency after this season. But you do know the Brewers success story from that round, right? Sure you do, he's 25th overall pick Eric Lauer! There's a pick-us-up note! *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 4, Memphis (Cardinals) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Boushley, Sounds Stifle Redbirds - Nashville Never Trails as Series Evens in Memphis One of the best parts about Caleb Boushley's Minor League Rule 5 Phase pickup from the Padres system last December is that Milwaukee has another year of control over Boushley. So even if he's not added to the 40-man or 26-man rosters, he could play an important role in 2023. Just think how fortunate, as MLB only decided to conduct the minor league phase due to the lockout. No Boushley if they hadn't held it! While reminding us he grew up a big Cardinals' fan, Small naturally expresses his appreciation for his Memphis-area upbringing. Guess he wanted to get out and experience the local happenings, as he, along with Manager Rick Sweet, were ejected from the dugout in the 3rd inning after Jon Singleton was called out on strikes. Not sure if RH reliever Matt Hardy, in his 6th season in the Crew's system, still has to deal with wrestler Matt Hardy shoutouts wherever he goes, but he's having a super-solid season. Encouraging rehab outing for RH reliever Jandel Gustave. Too bad for the Sounds' faithful home fans that Brandon Woodruff's scheduled rehab outing Saturday is in Memphis. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 6, Chattanooga (Reds) 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Biloxi Holds On For 6-5 Win Over Lookouts - Bennett Allows Just One Run Over Five Frames You'll find a Chattanooga TV sports report on the contest here. Biloxi's staff grabbed several highlights from the Lookout's MiLB.TV broadcast and posted them on their Twitter Media Feed. Of course, if you already read the game report linked above, you have seen them all - wink, wink. Worth copying here to end it, with Voice of The Shuckers Garrett Greene on the call: Wiemer's offensive mini-slide continued with an 0-for-5 evening (one run, one RBI), but even with a tough camera angle, that was a sweet defensive play. Big games from the bottom four in the order - Cam Devanney, Noah Campbell, Gabe Holt, and Yeison Coca. How much of a luxury is it to see the #6 and 7 hitters (Devanney, Campbell) with OPS marks of ,860 and .861 respectively. Don't know if Southern League pitching is down this year, but nearly night in and night out, this is not the offense-suppressing AA environment we've become accustomed to while tracking Brewer farmhands at the plate or on the mound in years past. Nice start for LHP Nick Bennett, upping his game recently. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Great Lakes (Dodgers) 3, Wisconsin 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Loons Shut Out Rattlers 3-0 - Jarvis strikes out eleven, but offense held to two hits T-Rats on the brink of first-half playoff elimination, give us a heck of a 2nd half, men. Just six men on base (two singles, four walks, 14 strikeouts) and 0-for-2 with RISP for Wisconsin. Final lines show seven hitting .213 or below, and you can only statistically pooh-pooh batting average so much. Seven of RHP Justin Jarvis' last eight starts have been very good to outstanding. His 2022 game log shows how he bounced back from a frigid April performance. Hey, did you miss Adam McCalvy and Brad Ford's extended conversation with catcher Alex Hall earlier this week? Good stuff beyond what you may have heard whilst Hall was up for his one-game (so far) big league dugout debut. Check it out here at the 49:00 minute mark. It may be truncated, but looking forward to seeing what RHP James Meeker does in his first professional start Saturday night. *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 4, Columbia (Royals) 1, seven innings due to opening rain delay Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, details, please review: First Place Mudcats End Skid with 4-1 Road Win - Eduardo Garcia hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh and final frame for the Mudcats No doubt, this was a BIG win. Listed at 6'2", 160 on his MiLB Player Page (but we know how outdated those vitals can be), the prized shortstop prospect Garcia looks to be all of that and more with this swing - How confident is the organization in Garcia's defensive prowess in the six-hole? All but one of 503 professional defensive innings have been at shortstop. Are the six walks in 224 at-bats in 2022, in a word, awful? Yeah, that one aspect of Garcia's game needs a ton of work. The rest - just fine, thank you. Just 20 years old all season, RHP and 2021 6th round JUCO pick Carlos Rodriguez continues to justify his fairly lofty draft status. Half-game lead with six games to go in the first half? You'll realize how critical those six games are when you review this from Voice of the Mudcats' Greg Young Jr.'s always-robust media notes: PLAYOFF DROUGHT: The Mudcats failed to reach the playoffs in 2021, thus stretching the club's playoff drought to a Minor League Baseball worst 12 consecutive seasons. The Mudcats last reached the postseason in 2008 where they lost to the Mississippi Braves in the Southern League Championship Series (when they were associated with the then-Florida Marlins at the AA level). Let's get the Zebulon faithful some playoff baseball, guys! *** My thanks to @damuelle of our staff who contributed the Arizona Complex League write-ups for me. With the four complex leagues active, daily report duties can be daunting, so you'll see the occasional tag-team. I'll rejoin you below for the Dominican games Final: ACL Athletics 7, ACL Brewers Blue 5, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log Brewers Blue vs. Athletics was a repeat of Thursday’s game, with unfortunately the same outcome, dropping the Blue squad to 1-8 thus far in 2022. Five DSL players were promoted stateside in advance of today’s ACL games, but only Jamal Zalm saw action. After playing all of his 246 2/3 innings in the infield in DSL, of course in his first-ever ACL game Zalm was sent to play left field. It was a successful debut for him, as he doubled and scored to tie the game 2-2 in the second inning, while the gods mercifully didn’t send any fly balls his way. However, the Athletics used a four-run 4thinning to blow open the 2-2 contest, then held off the Brewers Blue squad in this shortened seven-inning affair. After a solid debut 2021 season for 24-year old LHP Leoni De La Cruz (1.23 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 12.0 K/9 in 29 1/3 innings split between DSL and ACL), he struggled for the second time in three games this year. Inheriting a two-on, one-out situation from starting RHP Andy Garcia in the fourth inning, De La Cruz allowed the first three Athletics he faced to reached base (single, two walks), thus ballooning the deficit from 3-2 to 6-2. 2021 big bonus 18-year old Venezuelan SS Daniel Guilarte (.786 OPS in 35 plate appearances, seven RBIs) continues his successful debut season, with his fifth inning, two-out single plating two runs to cut the Athletics’ lead to 6-4. The Brewers Blue and Athletic staffs struck out nine and ten batters, respectively, but the Blue team issued seven walks versus just one issued by the Athletics. However, those strikeouts are likely an encouraging sign that our pitchers have the “good stuff” (five for Garcia in 3 1/3 innings, two for De La Cruz in 1 2/3 innings, two for Raul Mendoza in two innings). The organization can’t reasonably expect 17-year catcher Felipe Valderrama to hit much at this level (unsurprising .414 OPS in 25 plate appearances), so should be happy that he threw out one of two attempted base stealers. Don’t be discouraged by 1B Quinton Low’s OPS of .425 (25 plate appearances), as his BABIP is just .182 and his BB/K ratio is 6/8. *** Final: ACL Brewers Gold 5, ACL Guardians 0 Box Score / Game Log The Gold squad continues to counter-balance Blue’s struggles, boosting their record to 7-2 in this reversal of fortune from Thursday’s loss to the same Guardians’ team. What a turnaround for 19-year old starting RHP Patricio Aquino from last week’s rough stateside debut, as he shut out the quality opposition (Guardians drop to 6-3) over six innings, striking out eight batters while only allowing a double, two singles and two walks. After a solid 2021 season (2.66 ERA in 44 DSL innings), Aquino is definitely a player to keep an eye on. The Gold team were unfortunately unable to capitalize on a bases loaded, one-out opportunity in the first inning, while Aquino then worked around a leadoff Guardians’ double in the second inning (two strikeouts and an infield pop up). We’re nine games into 2022 and we now simply expect greatness from 18-year old left-handed hitting OF Luis Castillo who went 3-for-5 with three RBIs to maintain his amazing OPS at 1.382 through 38 plate appearances. His RBI single in the third inning opened the scoring at 1-0, while his two-run double in the fourth inning provided the final margin of 5-0. Of course, Castillo’s BABIP (.519) and low season numbers for walks (3) and stolen bases (0) will raise some questions, but by the same token just six strikeouts tells you that Mr. Castillo has serious contact skills. 18-year old lead-off man 2B Jadher Areinamo continued his impressive work (1-for-4, two runs scored). Areinamo (.297 AVG / .395 OBP / .405 SLG in 43 ACL plate appearances) has hit safely in eight of the nine ACL games, walking twice in the other one. 19-year old Venezuelan RHP Yorman Galindez was the only 2022 international signee to be directly posted stateside (i.e., no games in the DSL) and the organization is not regretting that choice. With two scoreless innings in this contest, his ERA is now 1.04, WHIP 0.81 and he’s struck out 12 batters in his 8 2/3 innings. Well done, young man! To finish off the shutout, 24-year old RHP Ryan Middendorf had a successful debut in affiliated baseball, working around an infield error to pitch an otherwise clean ninth inning with one strikeout. The Brewers acquired Middendorf’s contract from the Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League earlier this week, where he threw 150 2/3 innings in 24 starts in 1 1/4 seasons (3.05 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 7.8 K/9). 19-year old Jesus Parra continued his bounce back season (.774 OPS in 2019 DSL, .566 OPS in 2021 ACL, .840 OPS this year) with a 2-for-5 outing. I’m not sure if it was the 107-degree heat (on a partly cloudy day, no less), the Guardians’ struggles at the plate (despite 20 MPH winds blowing out to center field) or their three errors, but bench coach Dennis Malave was ejected by the home plate umpire Chad Lagana in the 8th inning. Get both of those men a cold beverage. Actually, this occurred after the Guardians bunted for the 2nd out with one runner on in the 8th inning. Bunting in ACL ball while down 5-0? Yeah, that might merit an ejection. *** Final: DSL NYY Bombers 12, DSL Brewers #1 Squad 2, seven innings, lightning Box Score / Game Log The Yankees organization has two DSL teams, with the other simply being the "Yankees". OK Brewers front office, we'll give you until next spring to come up with something better than DSL #1 & DSL #2. The #1 Brewers, now 2-7, came very close to being no-hit. Their one and only knock was a two-run home run by 18-year-old 2nd-year switch-hitting first baseman Arnys Rodriguez with one out in what Mother Nature determined would be the game's final inning. The Dominican native struggled in 2021 (.501 OPS, 94 at-bats) while seeing time at second and third base in addition to first. In five games early on, it's been first base only for Arnys, who had broken the seal on his career home runs with one last summer. Early team MVP CF Luis Lara was an uncharacteristic 0-for-3 with two K's and left the game after flying out in the 6th of the lopsided affair. Pretty sure we would have known if he had been struck by lightning. The four Brewer pitchers, all in their debut seasons, combined to walk 11 and throw two wild pitches. The starter was Nicaraguan RHP Ranwell Smith who won't even turn 17 until late August, With an 80-grade name like Ranwell Smith, if mound duties don't pan out, there surely will be opportunities as a big-league postseason baserunning specialist. *** Final: DSL Blue Jays 4, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 3, eight innings (scheduled for seven) Box Score / Game Log No weather issues here, game scheduled to end early, as ghost runners were utilized in the 8th. It'd be interesting to know what discussions take place between teams as perhaps they indicate limited pitcher availability as a reason not to play nine. The BrewCrew2 8th was ineffective and unlucky. 17-year-old bonus baby prospect Johan Barrios, DH'ing here and 0-for-4 for the day, flew out to right field, apparently too shallow to advance the runner. Catcher Eric Martinez lined out, but it was caught by the second baseman. A strikeout ended the frame. A single pitch ended the game, with a Blue Jay line-drive single off RHP Nelson Cuevas, saddling the 21-year-old Dominican native, a 2022 rarity in that he's in his third DSL season, with his third loss in four appearances. Of course, this particular run will show as unearned on his ledger. The three Crew pitchers combined to walk seven, throw three wild pitches, and hit a batter. When that combination of events is low, it's worth pointing out. Not low here, but mentioned anyway as a point of reference for better mound days ahead. BrewCrew2 tied it at 3-3 in the top of 7th when still-16-year-old third baseman Juan Baez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Debunking the whole concept of needing base hits with RISP, Baez had driven in a run with a sacrifice fly earlier. So two RBI on an 0-for-2 day at the plate. *** Carolina's doubleheader in Columbia, South Carolina kicks off at 3:30 Central. All other full-season action is this evening. Despite the Mudcats double-dip, it's still only eight, and not nine games today, as the two Arizona rosters square off for bragging rights in Maryvale. Have a great Saturday! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League Scoreboard Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  17. Fun happenings before the home folks in Nashville and Biloxi, while at times exasperating moments during losses for the Timber Rattlers and Mudcats. We check in on stateside and pro debuts at the complex levels, where box scores always try and tell a story beyond what we can't see in person. Here we go with your usual slate of eight. Transaction: INF Alberis Ferrer has been placed on the Carolina 7-Day IL Our forum poster @ARobsBrewCrew did speak with Timber Rattlers OF Carlos Rodriguez, who ended a fantastic month of May with the Midwest League Player of the Week nod. The brief update indicated the right leg surgery (undetermined to us the exact nature) would force Rodriguez to miss the balance of 2022 and could impact the early portion of next season. In his Minor League catch-up article at The Athletic (subscription), Will Sammon indicates Joey Wiemer's week-long absence was a left-hand issue. Shortstop Freddy Zamora's season-ending injury is due to a procedure on his non-throwing shoulder. Will has more details on each, plus other notes (Chourio, Erceg, Castaneda, Knarr), for those who pay up (do yourself a favor). *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 7, 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: Sounds Rise Above the Tides to Snap Skid - Caleb Boushley notches seventh win of the season with six shutout innings First of all, we love a clever game summary headline, kudos! With the complex league games now on our daily report plate, it'll be more important than ever that you devour all that the four full-season affiliate game stories have to offer, in order to get the most out of your daily visit. Each outpost has its unique traits within, for instance, the miscellaneous bullet-points that cap each Nashville report is a nice touch, and always informative. LHP Angel Perdomo went on the 7-day IL way back on April 12th. Thus far, his absence has not been marked as 60-day or season-ending, so that's encouraging. As is often the case in this HIPPA-fearful minor league baseball world, gleaning the specifics of injury status has become more difficult than ever in 2022. Personally, I feel like the media should minimally be able to freely get updates on any player on a 40-man roster, as Perdomo is. We are often guilty of reading a hot AAA stat line and thinking to ourselves, "that guy deserves a chance (or another chance) on the big league roster, let's take advantage while he's hot", when in reality, whether 40-man roster or other factors come into play, it may not be feasible. But my goodness, while we're all painfully suffering the ineffective big league play in center field and a clearly moribund lifeless environment in the dugout, how much energy would this 30-year-old inject? One could make a legitimate argument that Caleb Boushley is this team's MVP, devouring innings and killing any team slides. The Sounds media crew was busy on Twitter Friday night. There were several video highlights posted, you'll find them here. Another sellout. Enjoy this first decade-long AAA affiliate agreement, Brewers (if it makes it to the end), because Nashville is a no-doubter for an MLB expansion team when that time comes. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 14, Tennessee (Cubs) 10 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Valerio's Career Night Spurs Shuckers' Comeback - Biloxi Rallies With Eight Unanswered Runs For 14-10 Victory Yeah, that's 5'8" with cleats on. As a supposed 5'8" guy myself, Valerio's been a favorite of mine. It may end up coinciding with a big-league Brewers retool of their roster in the next few years, but Valerio is going to have a significant everyday-player run in Milwaukee, if not elsewhere via trade. (Don't trade him.) That Biloxi game summary was jammed with videos, as you just saw. Wait, you didn't see them? Click now, see, we're training you! Jakson Reetz is making himself some serious coin, or at least prime opportunity. Dude is earmarked for minor league free agency unless Milwaukee adds him to their 40-man roster by season's end. The suitors will be out the door. Hope your agent is ready, Jakson. The Shuckers are going with a 12-man pitching staff right now. Heck, there have been Brewer affiliates with 12-man bullpens during portions of the season. I have no idea what happened to the Southern League we've gotten to know so well since the Huntsville days, but the pinball offensive shows we're getting every night, win or lose, are fun. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Beloit (Marlins) 5, Wisconsin 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Heartbreak in Beloit - Rattlers let three late leads slip away in 5-4, twelve-inning loss to Sky Carp Brutal. Fantastic write-up by Chris Mehring, but the pain in the wasted opportunities and blown closures makes for tough but worthwhile reading. Inflicted: It happens all the time in the game summaries, and I do understand why. See here: The Timber Rattlers had a great chance to add to their lead in the top of the ninth. Bello started the inning with a double. Then, with one out, Ethan Murray singled and Joe Gray Jr. was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A strikeout and a grounder to short ended the threat. As fans, we're seeking out, why didn't our team score in that situation. Later on, wait, how did the zombie runner from 2nd base in extras not score in that frame? In this posted example it was the wonderful Tristan Peters who struck out. Tristan won't be protected in print in "The Show", but I get it, and it's not picking on Chris, as it happens all the time - literally all the time -- across all minor league levels. Hey, they like accentuating the positive, as do we. Admittedly I haven't watched it in full yet, and these "Mic'd Up" videos can be hit-or-miss, but here's the latest via Darrien Miller, hope it lightens the mood: Speaking of Miller, he hasn't played since exiting in the 4th inning June 3rd. *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Myrtle Beach (Cubs) 5, Carolina 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, details, please review: Garcia and Chourio Both Homer in 5-3 Loss - Eduardo Garcia went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Friday’s game Headlines work better with accompanying video - Mudcats currently carrying a two-man bench - catcher Jeferson Quero and second baseman Zack Raabe sat out this one. The infusion of a few college players to Carolina in the 2022 draft is still a ways off. Carolina batters fanned 15 times. Carolina hurlers K'd 16. My, the game has devolved, hasn't it? *** Final: ACL Cubs 5, ACL Brewers Blue 4 Box Score / Game Log Men in Blue managed only two hits, though they drew nine walks, four by SS Daniel Guilarte. Four walks thrown by starter Andy Garcia, who struggled in that regard in his rookie season in Maryvale last summer. We joke about it at times, but Arizona is seriously dealing with early summer heat, serious even for folks very used to it, 112 degrees for this one. *** Final: ACL Reds 9, ACL Brewers Gold 8, ten innings Box Score / Game Log Jose Caballero lined out to center field to open the 10th inning, and the zombie runner was thrown out trying to advance. Tip the cap on the throw, it seems. A first-pitch single ended things quickly in the bottom of the 10th for the walkoff loss. Stateside debut for recently turned 19-year-old starting RHP and Dominican native Patricio Aquino, who filled his line score. In addition to what you see in the box, he plunked three batters in a very busy three innings. Another 19-year-old debuted stateside, as Venezuelan Gerson Calzadilla, who was solid with a 1.24 WHIP in his DSL rookie 2021 season, followed Aquino. RHP Jeison Pena was excellent in his three frames, he's off to a great start in his first two 2022 outings. The heart of the order at 2-3-4 are exactly the higher-profile players you'd want to succeed, so this box score is pretty in that regard. *** Final: DSL Brewers #1 Squad 12, DSL Tigers #2 Squad 11 Box Score / Game Log Prominent 2022 signee Luis Lara is finding holes, now 9-for-18 (eight singles, one triple) - four hits in this one. *** Final: DSL Blue Jays 7, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 0 Box Score / Game Log Amidst the gloom of the final score, sweet four-inning professional debut for 19-year-old Dominican RH starter Felipe De Los Santos. But 18-year-old Dominican RHP Darling Solano did not retire any of the six batters he faced in his pro debut, one hit allowed and five walks. But his first name wins the day. Get them next time, Darling. *** All evening action outside of the Dominican Saturday - enjoy the start of your weekend, everyone. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League Scoreboard 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
  18. Transaction: INF Alberis Ferrer has been placed on the Carolina 7-Day IL Our forum poster @ARobsBrewCrew did speak with Timber Rattlers OF Carlos Rodriguez, who ended a fantastic month of May with the Midwest League Player of the Week nod. The brief update indicated the right leg surgery (undetermined to us the exact nature) would force Rodriguez to miss the balance of 2022 and could impact the early portion of next season. In his Minor League catch-up article at The Athletic (subscription), Will Sammon indicates Joey Wiemer's week-long absence was a left-hand issue. Shortstop Freddy Zamora's season-ending injury is due to a procedure on his non-throwing shoulder. Will has more details on each, plus other notes (Chourio, Erceg, Castaneda, Knarr), for those who pay up (do yourself a favor). *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 7, 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: Sounds Rise Above the Tides to Snap Skid - Caleb Boushley notches seventh win of the season with six shutout innings First of all, we love a clever game summary headline, kudos! With the complex league games now on our daily report plate, it'll be more important than ever that you devour all that the four full-season affiliate game stories have to offer, in order to get the most out of your daily visit. Each outpost has its unique traits within, for instance, the miscellaneous bullet-points that cap each Nashville report is a nice touch, and always informative. LHP Angel Perdomo went on the 7-day IL way back on April 12th. Thus far, his absence has not been marked as 60-day or season-ending, so that's encouraging. As is often the case in this HIPPA-fearful minor league baseball world, gleaning the specifics of injury status has become more difficult than ever in 2022. Personally, I feel like the media should minimally be able to freely get updates on any player on a 40-man roster, as Perdomo is. We are often guilty of reading a hot AAA stat line and thinking to ourselves, "that guy deserves a chance (or another chance) on the big league roster, let's take advantage while he's hot", when in reality, whether 40-man roster or other factors come into play, it may not be feasible. But my goodness, while we're all painfully suffering the ineffective big league play in center field and a clearly moribund lifeless environment in the dugout, how much energy would this 30-year-old inject? One could make a legitimate argument that Caleb Boushley is this team's MVP, devouring innings and killing any team slides. The Sounds media crew was busy on Twitter Friday night. There were several video highlights posted, you'll find them here. Another sellout. Enjoy this first decade-long AAA affiliate agreement, Brewers (if it makes it to the end), because Nashville is a no-doubter for an MLB expansion team when that time comes. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 14, Tennessee (Cubs) 10 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Valerio's Career Night Spurs Shuckers' Comeback - Biloxi Rallies With Eight Unanswered Runs For 14-10 Victory Yeah, that's 5'8" with cleats on. As a supposed 5'8" guy myself, Valerio's been a favorite of mine. It may end up coinciding with a big-league Brewers retool of their roster in the next few years, but Valerio is going to have a significant everyday-player run in Milwaukee, if not elsewhere via trade. (Don't trade him.) That Biloxi game summary was jammed with videos, as you just saw. Wait, you didn't see them? Click now, see, we're training you! Jakson Reetz is making himself some serious coin, or at least prime opportunity. Dude is earmarked for minor league free agency unless Milwaukee adds him to their 40-man roster by season's end. The suitors will be out the door. Hope your agent is ready, Jakson. The Shuckers are going with a 12-man pitching staff right now. Heck, there have been Brewer affiliates with 12-man bullpens during portions of the season. I have no idea what happened to the Southern League we've gotten to know so well since the Huntsville days, but the pinball offensive shows we're getting every night, win or lose, are fun. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Beloit (Marlins) 5, Wisconsin 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Heartbreak in Beloit - Rattlers let three late leads slip away in 5-4, twelve-inning loss to Sky Carp Brutal. Fantastic write-up by Chris Mehring, but the pain in the wasted opportunities and blown closures makes for tough but worthwhile reading. Inflicted: It happens all the time in the game summaries, and I do understand why. See here: The Timber Rattlers had a great chance to add to their lead in the top of the ninth. Bello started the inning with a double. Then, with one out, Ethan Murray singled and Joe Gray Jr. was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A strikeout and a grounder to short ended the threat. As fans, we're seeking out, why didn't our team score in that situation. Later on, wait, how did the zombie runner from 2nd base in extras not score in that frame? In this posted example it was the wonderful Tristan Peters who struck out. Tristan won't be protected in print in "The Show", but I get it, and it's not picking on Chris, as it happens all the time - literally all the time -- across all minor league levels. Hey, they like accentuating the positive, as do we. Admittedly I haven't watched it in full yet, and these "Mic'd Up" videos can be hit-or-miss, but here's the latest via Darrien Miller, hope it lightens the mood: Speaking of Miller, he hasn't played since exiting in the 4th inning June 3rd. *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Myrtle Beach (Cubs) 5, Carolina 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, details, please review: Garcia and Chourio Both Homer in 5-3 Loss - Eduardo Garcia went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Friday’s game Headlines work better with accompanying video - Mudcats currently carrying a two-man bench - catcher Jeferson Quero and second baseman Zack Raabe sat out this one. The infusion of a few college players to Carolina in the 2022 draft is still a ways off. Carolina batters fanned 15 times. Carolina hurlers K'd 16. My, the game has devolved, hasn't it? *** Final: ACL Cubs 5, ACL Brewers Blue 4 Box Score / Game Log Men in Blue managed only two hits, though they drew nine walks, four by SS Daniel Guilarte. Four walks thrown by starter Andy Garcia, who struggled in that regard in his rookie season in Maryvale last summer. We joke about it at times, but Arizona is seriously dealing with early summer heat, serious even for folks very used to it, 112 degrees for this one. *** Final: ACL Reds 9, ACL Brewers Gold 8, ten innings Box Score / Game Log Jose Caballero lined out to center field to open the 10th inning, and the zombie runner was thrown out trying to advance. Tip the cap on the throw, it seems. A first-pitch single ended things quickly in the bottom of the 10th for the walkoff loss. Stateside debut for recently turned 19-year-old starting RHP and Dominican native Patricio Aquino, who filled his line score. In addition to what you see in the box, he plunked three batters in a very busy three innings. Another 19-year-old debuted stateside, as Venezuelan Gerson Calzadilla, who was solid with a 1.24 WHIP in his DSL rookie 2021 season, followed Aquino. RHP Jeison Pena was excellent in his three frames, he's off to a great start in his first two 2022 outings. The heart of the order at 2-3-4 are exactly the higher-profile players you'd want to succeed, so this box score is pretty in that regard. *** Final: DSL Brewers #1 Squad 12, DSL Tigers #2 Squad 11 Box Score / Game Log Prominent 2022 signee Luis Lara is finding holes, now 9-for-18 (eight singles, one triple) - four hits in this one. *** Final: DSL Blue Jays 7, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 0 Box Score / Game Log Amidst the gloom of the final score, sweet four-inning professional debut for 19-year-old Dominican RH starter Felipe De Los Santos. But 18-year-old Dominican RHP Darling Solano did not retire any of the six batters he faced in his pro debut, one hit allowed and five walks. But his first name wins the day. Get them next time, Darling. *** All evening action outside of the Dominican Saturday - enjoy the start of your weekend, everyone. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League Scoreboard 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
  19. Memorial Day was a day filled with transactions. The big-league club swept a doubleheader as two of their preseason top ten prospects made the starts. Ethan Small made his big-league debut in Game 1. Aaron Ashby struck out 12 batters in six innings in Game 2. Nashville played a rare Monday game in Durham. They wanted a Memorial Day game, so Dylan File took on Shane Baz, and the Sounds won again. They will have Tuesday off before continuing their series. It was a big week, so let’s get to the recaps and more. As always, feel free to discuss this report, the teams, and players or more in the Comments. TRANSACTIONS Monday was filled with transactions throughout the Brewers organization>Normally we would post them here, but since there was a Nashville game on Monday, there was a minor league report and transactions were covered nicely in there. RESULTS Last week’s Week in Review (5/17-5/23): Wisconsin Pitching and Wiemer Hitting Tuesday: Small Starts, Nashville and Carolina Win, Biloxi Postponed Wednesday: Mudcats Leap Into First Place; T-Rats Inch Closer Thursday: Wiemer - “Simply Addicted to Hitting Nukes” Friday: Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad Saturday: The Walk-off Wins Continue to Pile Up Sunday: Brewers’ Affiliates Achiever a 4-0 Sunday Sweep to Close Out the Week! Monday: Sounds Stay in Tune after Five-Run Eighth-Inning Rally Brewers Promoting Pitching Prospect Ethan Small WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds Week: 3-3, @ Toledo, 1-0, @ Durham (Monday) Season: 33-15 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 4 1/2 games ahead of Columbus and six games ahead of Memphis. The Sounds quickly became the first Triple-A team with 30 wins on Tuesday night. However, that was followed with their first three-game losing streak. However, they responded by winning the final two games of the series. Nashville did outscore Toledo 30-27 over the course of the week. There were a few minor league teams that played on Memorial Day, and Nashville was one of them. They beat Durham 7-5 in North Carolina. Ethan Small returned to the mound after a bout of illness and made the start on Tuesday. The lefty gave up one run on five hits over six innings. He struck out three batters. Of course, he got bumped from his Sunday start because he was promoted to the Brewers and made his MLB debut on Monday afternoon. Caleb Boushley tossed seven shutout innings in his start. He gave up just three hits, walked one and struck out four batters. Nashville is getting some length from their starters, at least some of the elder statesmen. Jason Alexander gave up two runs on four hits over seven innings. He had five strikeouts. The bullpen stalwart was Matt Hardy. He worked 5 1/3 innings over three games. He gave up no runs, two hits, walked three (though two were intentional) and struck out six batters. Andy Otero worked once in long-relief. He tossed 4 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings in his appearance. He walked three and struck out two batters. Zach Vennaro made his first Triple-A appearance. He tossed three scoreless innings. He gave up no hits, walked one and struck out three batters. Fair to say that Tyler Herb’s start didn’t go well. He was charged with nine runs (6 earned) on eight hits and two walks in just 2 2/3 innings. Abraham Almonte led the Sounds offense. He played in six games and went 7-for-24. He hit .292/.433/.875 (1.308) with two doubles, four homers, and eight RBI. He walked six times. Jonathan Davis played in six games. The outfielder went 8-for-25 and hit .320/.419/.560 (.979) with three doubles, a homer, and four RBI. Pablo Reyes went 7-for-25 over his six games played. He hit .280/.357/.520 (.877) with two homers and six RBI. What’s Next? The Sounds traveled to Durham and played a rare Monday game for Memorial Day. They will then have Tuesday off before playing the final five games of the series. Pitching Probables (RHP Tyler Herb, RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Caleb Boushley, RHP Dylan File, TBD) Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 4-0, hosting Montgomery Season: 22-21 overall, percentage points (.512 to .511) ahead of Mississippi in the Southern League South Division with Mississippi. They are 1/2 game ahead of Pensacola. Tuesday’s game was postponed by Covid. Wednesday’s game was postponed by weather. Once they started playing games again, the Shuckers had a terrific showing. They won all four games and outscored the Biscuits 35-26 in the four games. The offense certainly showed up again! He only played twice, but Brent Diaz went 5-for-7 with two home runs and two walks, oh, and he was hit by a pitch too. Tristen Lutz went 4-for-16 and hit .250/.333/.500 (.833) with a double, a home run, and six RBI. He also walked twice. The Shuckers had only 39 hits, but they were helped by 23 walks. Seven Biloxi relievers combined to make 11 appearances and throw 16 innings with just one unearned run allowed. Nash Walters led the way. He struck out six batters over three scoreless, one-hit innings. Robbie Hitt gave up one walk and five strikeouts over 2 2/3 scoreless, hitless innings. What’s Next? The Shuckers will be traveling to Pensacola to take on the Blue Wahoos. Pitching Probables (RHP Lucas Erceg (opener), RHP Justin Bullock, RHP JT Shook, RHP Victor Castaneda, RHP Noah Zavolas, TBD) High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 3-3, @ Cedar Rapids Season: 28-17 overall, 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division, 1.0 game behind Cedar Rapids. They are also one game ahead of South Bend. The Timber Rattlers were able to go on the road and split their six-game series against the division-leading Kernels, staying just one game behind. That is especially noteworthy when they were outscored 23-38 in the series. The Tuesday and Thursday losses were both blowouts (2-13 and 0-9) which accounted for that differential. Justin Jarvis had the best start of the week for Wisconsin. He struck out nine batters over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and walked two. Three Rattler relievers pitched twice and didn’t give up a run. Kent Hasler walked two and struck out six batters over 3 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings. Joey Matulovich struck out four batters in 2 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings. Cam Robinson picked up the save on Sunday. He pitched twice and gave up no runs on three hits, a walk, and a hit batter over three innings. He struck out four batters. Carlos Rodriguez played in all six games. He went 10-for-23, hitting .435/.435/.913 (1.348) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, and four RBI. Tristan Peters went 6-for-22 and hit .273/.385/.682 (1.067) in six games. He hit a double, a triple, two home runs, and drove in seven runs. He also walked four times and stole two bases. Tyler Black also went 6-for-22 over six games. He hit .273/.407/.545 (.952) with two homers. He walked five times and stole three bases. Wes Clarke had just four hits in 19 at-bats, but he had three triples and a home run. He also walked five times. The rest of the offense really struggled. Micah Bello posted an .828 OPS. No other Rattler hitter posted an OPS over .283. Joe Gray went 1-for-18 (.056 BA, .283 OPS). Zavier Warren went 1-for-20 (.050, .195). Darrien Miller went 1-for-16 (.063, .126). What’s Next? The Timber Rattlers return home to take on Peoria. Tickets are still available! Pitching Probables (RHP Justin Jarvis, LHP Russell Smith, LHP Brandon Knarr, LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Ryne Moore, RHP Justin Jarvis) Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 5-1, hosting Kannapolis Season: 26-19 overall, 1st place in the Carolina League North Division, 1 1/2 games ahead of Lynchburg and 2 1/2 games ahead of Fredericksburg It was a very good week for the Mudcats. Their offense helped them to three big wins in which they scored more than 10 runs However, they also won two one-run games. Overall, they outscored the Cannon Ballers 48-22. Plus, Mudcat fans got to watch Willy Adames rehab on Sunday. He went 1-for-2 with a walk and a two-run homer. They also handed out bobbleheads with his likeness. Hedbert Perez had a big week. In five games, he went 9-for-19 and hit .474/.500/.947 (1.447) with four doubles, a triple, a home run, and five RBI. Arbert Cipion played just three games, but he went 9-for-15 (.600) with a homer and three RBI. He also walked twice and was on base 65% of the time. Jose Sibrian also played just three games. He went 4-for-13 (.364) with three doubles. Jesus Chirinos played all six games. He went 6-for-19 and hit .316/.417/.526 (. 943) with a double, a homer, and nine RBI. He also walked four times. Jackson Chourio played in six games too. He went 11-for-27 and hit .407/.429/.481 (.910) with two doubles and seven RBI. Alexander Cornielle dropped his season ERA to 2.76 with five innings of shutout ball. He gave up two hits, walked two, and struck out seven batters. Edwin Jimenez also went five innings in his start. He gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits and two walks. Michele Vassalotti had a save. He struck out four batters in 2 1/3 innings over two appearances. Carlos Rodriguez had a four-inning save. He gave up no runs on two hits and two walks. He struck out eight batters. Pablo Garabitos struck out six batters over three scoreless, hitless innings in his outing. In all, eight Mudcat relievers pitched and did not allow a run. What’s Next? The Mudcats hit the road to take on Lynchburg this week. Pitching Probables (RHP Carlos Rodriguez, RHP Jeferson Figueroa, RHP Stiven Cruz, RHP Israel Puello,, RHP Fernando Olquin, RHP Alexander Cornielle) PROSPECT SUMMARY This Prospect Summary shows our current Brewers Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week (May 24 to May 30). #1 - LHP Aaron Ashby (Milwaukee) - 2 G, 11.2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 5 BB, 17 K (Season: 11 G, 5 GS, 40.0 IP, 16 R, 12 ER, 31 H, 22 BB, 51 K, 1-3, 1 S, 2.70 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 5.0 BB/9, 11.5 K/9) #2 - OF Joey Wiemer (Biloxi) - 4 G, 3-for-17 (.176), 1-2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K (Season: 43 G, 50-for-171, .291/.365/.587 (.952), 15-2B, 12-HR, 34 RBI, 18 BB, 57 K) #3 - OF Garrett Mitchell (Biloxi) - Injured List (Season: 30 G, 24-for-107, .224/.331/.346 (.676), 3-2B, 2-3B, 2-HR, 11 RBI, 13 BB, 40 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Wisconsin) - Season: 21 G, 23-for-79, .291/.391/.456 (.847), 5-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 6/9 SB, 13 BB, 14 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Biloxi) - 4 G, 5-for-20 (.250), 1-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K (Season: 14 G, 17-for-64, .266/.309/.328 (.637), 2-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 3 RBI, 2/3 SB, 4 BB, 8 K) #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Nashville) - 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 3 K (Season: 8 GS, 38.1 IP, 10 R, 8 ER, 22 H, 21 BB, 49 K, 3-1, 1.88 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 4.9 BB/9, 11.5 K/9) #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Milwaukee) - 1 GS, 2.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 4 K (Season: 1 GS, 2.2 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 4 K, 6.75 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, 13.5 BB/9, 13.5 K/9) #6 - SS Brice Turang (Nashville) - 6 G, 8-for-28 (.286), 0-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K (Season: 42 G, 51-for-182, .280/.332/.385 (.716), 8-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 26 RBI, 15 BB, 41 K) #7 - OF Hedbert Perez (Carolina) - 5 G, 9-for-19 (.474), 4-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K (Season: 36 G, 31-for-144, .215/.271/.375 (.646), 9-2B, 1-3B, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 6/8 SB, 11 BB, 50 K) #8 - C Jeferson Quero (Carolina) - 4 G, 3-for-12 (.250), 1-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K (Season: 35 G, 32-for-136, .235/.303/.338 (.641), 9-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 17 RBI, 14 BB, 33 K) #9 - SS Freddy Zamora (Biloxi) - Injured List (Season: 24 G, 19-for-91), .209/.270/.286 (.556), 4-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 22 K) #10 - 2B Tyler Black (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 6-for-22 (.273), 0-2B, 0-3B, 2-HR, 2 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K (Season: 31 G, 33-for-112 (.295/.412/.464 (.876), 5-2B, 1-3B, 4-HR, 23 RBI, 20 BB, 21 K) #11 - 2B Felix Valerio (Biloxi) - 4 G, 6-for-21 (.286), 1-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K (Season: 37 G, 37-for-145, .255/.319/.435 (.754), 6-2B, 1-3B, 6-HR, 23 RBI, 14 BB, 25 K) #12 - OF Jackson Chourio (Carolina) - 6 G, 11-for-27 (.407), 2-2B, 0-HR, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K (Season: 22 G, 32-for-91, .352/.406/.506 (.911), 11-2B, 1-HR, 17 RBI, 9 BB, 22 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Nashville) - 4 G, 7-for-19 (.368), 1-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (Season: 29 G, 32-for-106, .302/.362/.359 (.721), 6-2B, 0-HR, 8 RBI, 6 BB, 23 K) #14 - LHP Antoine Kelly (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 4.2 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 7 K (Season: 9 GS, 44.0 IP, 19 R, 16 ER, 24 H, 23 BB, 60 K, 1-1, 3.27 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 4.7 BB/9, 12.3 K/9) #15 - OF Joe Gray, Jr. (Wisconsin) - 5 G, 1-for-18 (.056), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 4 BB, 8 K (Season: 44 G, 29-for-156, .186/.307/.372 (.678), 9-2B, 1-3B, 6-HR, 19 RBI, 7/7 SB, 27 BB, 67 K) #16 - SS Eduardo Garcia (Carolina) - 5 G, 8-for-24 (.333), 0-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 5 K (Season: 39 G, 46-165, 279/.310/.382 (.692), 7-2B, 2-3B, 2 HR, 27 RBI, 5 BB, 60 K) #17 - UTL Zavier Warren (Wisconsin) - 5 G, 1-for-20 (.050), 1-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K (Season: 42 G, 34-for-156, .218/.313/.346 (.659), 14-2B, 2-HR, 14 RBI, 6/6 SB, 18 BB, 38 K) #18 - RHP Abner Uribe (Biloxi) - IL (out for season) #19 - OF Hendry Mendez (Carolina) - 6 G, 2-for-20 (.100), 1-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K (Season: 38 G, 28-for-127, .221/.379/.307 (.686), 3-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 32 BB, 32 K) #20 - LHP Russell Smith (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 3.2 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K (Season: 7 GS, 27.2 IP, 21 R, 18 ER, 26 H, 16 BB, 29 K, 1-3, 5.86 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 5.2 BB/9, 9.4 K/9) PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Hedbert Perez, Carolina Panthers Hedbert Perez signed with the Brewers on July 2, 2019, from Caracas, Venezuela, for $700,000. So well thought of, the Brewers added him to their 60-player pool and alternate site in 2020 as a 17-year-old. He played in 32 games for the Brewers Gold Arizona Complex team where he hit .333/.394/.575 (.969) with 11 and six doubles. He moved up to Low-A Carolina for the final 16 games. That is where the 19-year-old started the 2022 season. Last week, he went 9-for-19 (.474). He hit four doubles, one triple, and one home run. Overall, he is hitting .215/.271/.375 (.646) in 36 games. He is the son of former big-league outfielder Robert Perez. Also an outfielder, Perez stands just shy of 6’0” and 190 pounds. He is strong and has an advanced knowledge of the game. He’s got the tools. He’s got a nice, left-handed swing and continues to gain strength. He could develop plus-power. He’s got good speed and could probably play center field now, but his future is in the corner outfield. He can be good defensively, and he’s got an average arm. He’s a long way from the big leagues, but a 19-year-old having a big week in Low-A is very encouraging. Pitcher of the Week: RHP Justin Jarvis, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Another week, another Timber Rattler starter wins the pitcher of the week honor. For the second straight week, the winner is Wisconsin right-hander Justin Jarvis. Against Cedar Rapids, the top team in the division, he held them to two hits and two walks over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He ended the game with nine strikeouts. He has now made nine starts this season and is 3-2 with a 4.50 ERA. In 42 innings, he has walked 20 and struck out 43 batters. He started slow, but he has had three straight terrific starts over the past two weeks. Jarvis was the Brewers fifth-round pick in 2018 out of Lake Norman High School in North Carolina. In 2019, he pitched for then Low-A Wisconsin where he went 4-1 with a 3.50 ERA. After a lost 2020 season, Jarvis went 1-7 with a 5.40 ERA with nearly a strikeout per innings for now-High-A Wisconsin in 2021. He pitched in the Arizona Fall League after that season. Feel free to discuss the Brewers' prospects and their affiliates in the COMMENTS below.
  20. We are now past Memorial Day, about two months into the season. The Brewers are in first place. Nashville is in first place. Double-A Biloxi is in first place by percentage points. Wisconsin split their series with Cedar Rapids to remain just one game behind. Carolina is in first place. Things are good. Find out more about another strong week in the Brewers farm system. Memorial Day was a day filled with transactions. The big-league club swept a doubleheader as two of their preseason top ten prospects made the starts. Ethan Small made his big-league debut in Game 1. Aaron Ashby struck out 12 batters in six innings in Game 2. Nashville played a rare Monday game in Durham. They wanted a Memorial Day game, so Dylan File took on Shane Baz, and the Sounds won again. They will have Tuesday off before continuing their series. It was a big week, so let’s get to the recaps and more. As always, feel free to discuss this report, the teams, and players or more in the Comments. TRANSACTIONS Monday was filled with transactions throughout the Brewers organization>Normally we would post them here, but since there was a Nashville game on Monday, there was a minor league report and transactions were covered nicely in there. RESULTS Last week’s Week in Review (5/17-5/23): Wisconsin Pitching and Wiemer Hitting Tuesday: Small Starts, Nashville and Carolina Win, Biloxi Postponed Wednesday: Mudcats Leap Into First Place; T-Rats Inch Closer Thursday: Wiemer - “Simply Addicted to Hitting Nukes” Friday: Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad Saturday: The Walk-off Wins Continue to Pile Up Sunday: Brewers’ Affiliates Achiever a 4-0 Sunday Sweep to Close Out the Week! Monday: Sounds Stay in Tune after Five-Run Eighth-Inning Rally Brewers Promoting Pitching Prospect Ethan Small WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds Week: 3-3, @ Toledo, 1-0, @ Durham (Monday) Season: 33-15 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 4 1/2 games ahead of Columbus and six games ahead of Memphis. The Sounds quickly became the first Triple-A team with 30 wins on Tuesday night. However, that was followed with their first three-game losing streak. However, they responded by winning the final two games of the series. Nashville did outscore Toledo 30-27 over the course of the week. There were a few minor league teams that played on Memorial Day, and Nashville was one of them. They beat Durham 7-5 in North Carolina. Ethan Small returned to the mound after a bout of illness and made the start on Tuesday. The lefty gave up one run on five hits over six innings. He struck out three batters. Of course, he got bumped from his Sunday start because he was promoted to the Brewers and made his MLB debut on Monday afternoon. Caleb Boushley tossed seven shutout innings in his start. He gave up just three hits, walked one and struck out four batters. Nashville is getting some length from their starters, at least some of the elder statesmen. Jason Alexander gave up two runs on four hits over seven innings. He had five strikeouts. The bullpen stalwart was Matt Hardy. He worked 5 1/3 innings over three games. He gave up no runs, two hits, walked three (though two were intentional) and struck out six batters. Andy Otero worked once in long-relief. He tossed 4 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings in his appearance. He walked three and struck out two batters. Zach Vennaro made his first Triple-A appearance. He tossed three scoreless innings. He gave up no hits, walked one and struck out three batters. Fair to say that Tyler Herb’s start didn’t go well. He was charged with nine runs (6 earned) on eight hits and two walks in just 2 2/3 innings. Abraham Almonte led the Sounds offense. He played in six games and went 7-for-24. He hit .292/.433/.875 (1.308) with two doubles, four homers, and eight RBI. He walked six times. Jonathan Davis played in six games. The outfielder went 8-for-25 and hit .320/.419/.560 (.979) with three doubles, a homer, and four RBI. Pablo Reyes went 7-for-25 over his six games played. He hit .280/.357/.520 (.877) with two homers and six RBI. What’s Next? The Sounds traveled to Durham and played a rare Monday game for Memorial Day. They will then have Tuesday off before playing the final five games of the series. Pitching Probables (RHP Tyler Herb, RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Caleb Boushley, RHP Dylan File, TBD) Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 4-0, hosting Montgomery Season: 22-21 overall, percentage points (.512 to .511) ahead of Mississippi in the Southern League South Division with Mississippi. They are 1/2 game ahead of Pensacola. Tuesday’s game was postponed by Covid. Wednesday’s game was postponed by weather. Once they started playing games again, the Shuckers had a terrific showing. They won all four games and outscored the Biscuits 35-26 in the four games. The offense certainly showed up again! He only played twice, but Brent Diaz went 5-for-7 with two home runs and two walks, oh, and he was hit by a pitch too. Tristen Lutz went 4-for-16 and hit .250/.333/.500 (.833) with a double, a home run, and six RBI. He also walked twice. The Shuckers had only 39 hits, but they were helped by 23 walks. Seven Biloxi relievers combined to make 11 appearances and throw 16 innings with just one unearned run allowed. Nash Walters led the way. He struck out six batters over three scoreless, one-hit innings. Robbie Hitt gave up one walk and five strikeouts over 2 2/3 scoreless, hitless innings. What’s Next? The Shuckers will be traveling to Pensacola to take on the Blue Wahoos. Pitching Probables (RHP Lucas Erceg (opener), RHP Justin Bullock, RHP JT Shook, RHP Victor Castaneda, RHP Noah Zavolas, TBD) High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 3-3, @ Cedar Rapids Season: 28-17 overall, 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division, 1.0 game behind Cedar Rapids. They are also one game ahead of South Bend. The Timber Rattlers were able to go on the road and split their six-game series against the division-leading Kernels, staying just one game behind. That is especially noteworthy when they were outscored 23-38 in the series. The Tuesday and Thursday losses were both blowouts (2-13 and 0-9) which accounted for that differential. Justin Jarvis had the best start of the week for Wisconsin. He struck out nine batters over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and walked two. Three Rattler relievers pitched twice and didn’t give up a run. Kent Hasler walked two and struck out six batters over 3 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings. Joey Matulovich struck out four batters in 2 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings. Cam Robinson picked up the save on Sunday. He pitched twice and gave up no runs on three hits, a walk, and a hit batter over three innings. He struck out four batters. Carlos Rodriguez played in all six games. He went 10-for-23, hitting .435/.435/.913 (1.348) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, and four RBI. Tristan Peters went 6-for-22 and hit .273/.385/.682 (1.067) in six games. He hit a double, a triple, two home runs, and drove in seven runs. He also walked four times and stole two bases. Tyler Black also went 6-for-22 over six games. He hit .273/.407/.545 (.952) with two homers. He walked five times and stole three bases. Wes Clarke had just four hits in 19 at-bats, but he had three triples and a home run. He also walked five times. The rest of the offense really struggled. Micah Bello posted an .828 OPS. No other Rattler hitter posted an OPS over .283. Joe Gray went 1-for-18 (.056 BA, .283 OPS). Zavier Warren went 1-for-20 (.050, .195). Darrien Miller went 1-for-16 (.063, .126). What’s Next? The Timber Rattlers return home to take on Peoria. Tickets are still available! Pitching Probables (RHP Justin Jarvis, LHP Russell Smith, LHP Brandon Knarr, LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Ryne Moore, RHP Justin Jarvis) Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 5-1, hosting Kannapolis Season: 26-19 overall, 1st place in the Carolina League North Division, 1 1/2 games ahead of Lynchburg and 2 1/2 games ahead of Fredericksburg It was a very good week for the Mudcats. Their offense helped them to three big wins in which they scored more than 10 runs However, they also won two one-run games. Overall, they outscored the Cannon Ballers 48-22. Plus, Mudcat fans got to watch Willy Adames rehab on Sunday. He went 1-for-2 with a walk and a two-run homer. They also handed out bobbleheads with his likeness. Hedbert Perez had a big week. In five games, he went 9-for-19 and hit .474/.500/.947 (1.447) with four doubles, a triple, a home run, and five RBI. Arbert Cipion played just three games, but he went 9-for-15 (.600) with a homer and three RBI. He also walked twice and was on base 65% of the time. Jose Sibrian also played just three games. He went 4-for-13 (.364) with three doubles. Jesus Chirinos played all six games. He went 6-for-19 and hit .316/.417/.526 (. 943) with a double, a homer, and nine RBI. He also walked four times. Jackson Chourio played in six games too. He went 11-for-27 and hit .407/.429/.481 (.910) with two doubles and seven RBI. Alexander Cornielle dropped his season ERA to 2.76 with five innings of shutout ball. He gave up two hits, walked two, and struck out seven batters. Edwin Jimenez also went five innings in his start. He gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits and two walks. Michele Vassalotti had a save. He struck out four batters in 2 1/3 innings over two appearances. Carlos Rodriguez had a four-inning save. He gave up no runs on two hits and two walks. He struck out eight batters. Pablo Garabitos struck out six batters over three scoreless, hitless innings in his outing. In all, eight Mudcat relievers pitched and did not allow a run. What’s Next? The Mudcats hit the road to take on Lynchburg this week. Pitching Probables (RHP Carlos Rodriguez, RHP Jeferson Figueroa, RHP Stiven Cruz, RHP Israel Puello,, RHP Fernando Olquin, RHP Alexander Cornielle) PROSPECT SUMMARY This Prospect Summary shows our current Brewers Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week (May 24 to May 30). #1 - LHP Aaron Ashby (Milwaukee) - 2 G, 11.2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 5 BB, 17 K (Season: 11 G, 5 GS, 40.0 IP, 16 R, 12 ER, 31 H, 22 BB, 51 K, 1-3, 1 S, 2.70 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 5.0 BB/9, 11.5 K/9) #2 - OF Joey Wiemer (Biloxi) - 4 G, 3-for-17 (.176), 1-2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K (Season: 43 G, 50-for-171, .291/.365/.587 (.952), 15-2B, 12-HR, 34 RBI, 18 BB, 57 K) #3 - OF Garrett Mitchell (Biloxi) - Injured List (Season: 30 G, 24-for-107, .224/.331/.346 (.676), 3-2B, 2-3B, 2-HR, 11 RBI, 13 BB, 40 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Wisconsin) - Season: 21 G, 23-for-79, .291/.391/.456 (.847), 5-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 6/9 SB, 13 BB, 14 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Biloxi) - 4 G, 5-for-20 (.250), 1-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K (Season: 14 G, 17-for-64, .266/.309/.328 (.637), 2-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 3 RBI, 2/3 SB, 4 BB, 8 K) #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Nashville) - 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 3 K (Season: 8 GS, 38.1 IP, 10 R, 8 ER, 22 H, 21 BB, 49 K, 3-1, 1.88 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 4.9 BB/9, 11.5 K/9) #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Milwaukee) - 1 GS, 2.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 4 K (Season: 1 GS, 2.2 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 4 K, 6.75 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, 13.5 BB/9, 13.5 K/9) #6 - SS Brice Turang (Nashville) - 6 G, 8-for-28 (.286), 0-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K (Season: 42 G, 51-for-182, .280/.332/.385 (.716), 8-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 26 RBI, 15 BB, 41 K) #7 - OF Hedbert Perez (Carolina) - 5 G, 9-for-19 (.474), 4-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K (Season: 36 G, 31-for-144, .215/.271/.375 (.646), 9-2B, 1-3B, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 6/8 SB, 11 BB, 50 K) #8 - C Jeferson Quero (Carolina) - 4 G, 3-for-12 (.250), 1-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K (Season: 35 G, 32-for-136, .235/.303/.338 (.641), 9-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 17 RBI, 14 BB, 33 K) #9 - SS Freddy Zamora (Biloxi) - Injured List (Season: 24 G, 19-for-91), .209/.270/.286 (.556), 4-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 22 K) #10 - 2B Tyler Black (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 6-for-22 (.273), 0-2B, 0-3B, 2-HR, 2 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K (Season: 31 G, 33-for-112 (.295/.412/.464 (.876), 5-2B, 1-3B, 4-HR, 23 RBI, 20 BB, 21 K) #11 - 2B Felix Valerio (Biloxi) - 4 G, 6-for-21 (.286), 1-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K (Season: 37 G, 37-for-145, .255/.319/.435 (.754), 6-2B, 1-3B, 6-HR, 23 RBI, 14 BB, 25 K) #12 - OF Jackson Chourio (Carolina) - 6 G, 11-for-27 (.407), 2-2B, 0-HR, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K (Season: 22 G, 32-for-91, .352/.406/.506 (.911), 11-2B, 1-HR, 17 RBI, 9 BB, 22 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Nashville) - 4 G, 7-for-19 (.368), 1-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (Season: 29 G, 32-for-106, .302/.362/.359 (.721), 6-2B, 0-HR, 8 RBI, 6 BB, 23 K) #14 - LHP Antoine Kelly (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 4.2 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 7 K (Season: 9 GS, 44.0 IP, 19 R, 16 ER, 24 H, 23 BB, 60 K, 1-1, 3.27 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 4.7 BB/9, 12.3 K/9) #15 - OF Joe Gray, Jr. (Wisconsin) - 5 G, 1-for-18 (.056), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 4 BB, 8 K (Season: 44 G, 29-for-156, .186/.307/.372 (.678), 9-2B, 1-3B, 6-HR, 19 RBI, 7/7 SB, 27 BB, 67 K) #16 - SS Eduardo Garcia (Carolina) - 5 G, 8-for-24 (.333), 0-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 5 K (Season: 39 G, 46-165, 279/.310/.382 (.692), 7-2B, 2-3B, 2 HR, 27 RBI, 5 BB, 60 K) #17 - UTL Zavier Warren (Wisconsin) - 5 G, 1-for-20 (.050), 1-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K (Season: 42 G, 34-for-156, .218/.313/.346 (.659), 14-2B, 2-HR, 14 RBI, 6/6 SB, 18 BB, 38 K) #18 - RHP Abner Uribe (Biloxi) - IL (out for season) #19 - OF Hendry Mendez (Carolina) - 6 G, 2-for-20 (.100), 1-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K (Season: 38 G, 28-for-127, .221/.379/.307 (.686), 3-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 32 BB, 32 K) #20 - LHP Russell Smith (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 3.2 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K (Season: 7 GS, 27.2 IP, 21 R, 18 ER, 26 H, 16 BB, 29 K, 1-3, 5.86 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 5.2 BB/9, 9.4 K/9) PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Hedbert Perez, Carolina Panthers Hedbert Perez signed with the Brewers on July 2, 2019, from Caracas, Venezuela, for $700,000. So well thought of, the Brewers added him to their 60-player pool and alternate site in 2020 as a 17-year-old. He played in 32 games for the Brewers Gold Arizona Complex team where he hit .333/.394/.575 (.969) with 11 and six doubles. He moved up to Low-A Carolina for the final 16 games. That is where the 19-year-old started the 2022 season. Last week, he went 9-for-19 (.474). He hit four doubles, one triple, and one home run. Overall, he is hitting .215/.271/.375 (.646) in 36 games. He is the son of former big-league outfielder Robert Perez. Also an outfielder, Perez stands just shy of 6’0” and 190 pounds. He is strong and has an advanced knowledge of the game. He’s got the tools. He’s got a nice, left-handed swing and continues to gain strength. He could develop plus-power. He’s got good speed and could probably play center field now, but his future is in the corner outfield. He can be good defensively, and he’s got an average arm. He’s a long way from the big leagues, but a 19-year-old having a big week in Low-A is very encouraging. Pitcher of the Week: RHP Justin Jarvis, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Another week, another Timber Rattler starter wins the pitcher of the week honor. For the second straight week, the winner is Wisconsin right-hander Justin Jarvis. Against Cedar Rapids, the top team in the division, he held them to two hits and two walks over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He ended the game with nine strikeouts. He has now made nine starts this season and is 3-2 with a 4.50 ERA. In 42 innings, he has walked 20 and struck out 43 batters. He started slow, but he has had three straight terrific starts over the past two weeks. Jarvis was the Brewers fifth-round pick in 2018 out of Lake Norman High School in North Carolina. In 2019, he pitched for then Low-A Wisconsin where he went 4-1 with a 3.50 ERA. After a lost 2020 season, Jarvis went 1-7 with a 5.40 ERA with nearly a strikeout per innings for now-High-A Wisconsin in 2021. He pitched in the Arizona Fall League after that season. Feel free to discuss the Brewers' prospects and their affiliates in the COMMENTS below. View full article
  21. Transactions: RH reliever Miguel Sanchez is recalled to the big league roster as Luis Perdomo hits the injured list. (Sanchez had not physically left the Crew's big-league road trip, as he remained on their "taxi squad" upon his option this week.) Reliever Zach Vennaro turns 26 years old this coming Friday. The 6'6" power righty is about to make his first appearance at the AAA level as the former independent leaguer gets the bump up from Biloxi. SS Willy Adames will be the star of the day in Zebulon Sunday as he begins a rehab stint with a one-day appearance with the Mudcats. Not only will the super-young Mudcats be treated to their best catering of 2022, but the ebullient Dominican native Adames will be of incredible inspiration to this primarily international-based collection of A-ballers. Adames will then travel less than forty miles to hook up with Nashville in Durham on Monday. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 5, Toledo (Tigers) 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: Boushley, Sounds Blank Toledo - Nashville Snaps Three-Game Skid with Four-Hit Shutout Caleb (the "h" is silent as in Bozley) Boushley with a super-impressive performance. We won't say it was out-of-nowhere, because Boushley has been solid, as evidenced by his 4.23 ERA entering this game. That ERA is now down to 3.66. As noted in the filed report linked above, RHP's Zack Brown and Hobie Harris finished up nicely (Harris striking out all three men faced to end things). Voice of the Sounds Jeff Hem released his latest podcast discussion, a ten-minute chat with Harris. As for the thinking on the Zach Vennaro call up, we see that veteran RH reliever Connor Sadzeck (0.63 ERA) has not pitched since May 20th. We know another effective bullpen arm, righty Peter Strzelecki, has been with the big league Brewers' taxi squad for their extended road trip. Until we get confirmation, Sadzeck's status is unknown. Five of the seven Sounds hits went for extra bases. OF Abraham Almonte's .500 slugging leads the current collection of Sounds now that Mark Mathias and his insane .341/.425/.549 AAA line is with the Brewers. By the way, Nashville's next six-game series is, as noted earlier, in Durham, North Carolina, Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the opener in the series will be at 5:05 local time Monday. The teams will then have Tuesday off. Sunday's game in Toledo is at 6:05 (also Eastern time). That's a quick turnaround. The Sounds are the only Crew affiliate playing Monday. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 6, Montgomery (Rays) 5, eleven innings Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Walk-Off Wild Pitch Sends Shuckers to Third Straight Win - Shuckers Tally Second Walk-Off Win of Series Be sure to read that recap and then look below. Let's cut right to the ending - Back to .500 for the Shuckers. WLOX comes through again with their video package, which includes a Tristen Lutz laser beam HR (goodness!) and Gabe Holt coming-oh-so-close to his own round-tripper. Biloxi's roster remains very, very lean, which might explain why Joey Wiemer has played in all 42 Shuckers games thus far. We all love our pal Joey in the starting lineup, and having every Monday off helps. Just sayin'. In this one, Wiemer doubled, singled, walked, and stole two bases. Heck, that's prompting tweets like this - Biloxi is carrying one spare infielder, and Felix Valerio was the DH Saturday, so all were in the starting lineup. The lone extra outfielder is currently 20-year-old Terence Doston, utilized as a pinch-runner late in this one. So Mr. Wiemer won't be getting extra rest any time soon, which is a boon to the highlight reels. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Cedar Rapids (Twins) 8, Wisconsin 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Sabato Socks Wisconsin - Three-run homer by Sabato sends Cedar Rapids to 8-3 win With Sunday's scheduled T-Rat starter being RHP Ryne Moore, who has struggled in two efforts since being promoted from Carolina, Wisconsin could have used one of those top-notch final lines LHP Antoine Kelly has been providing in this battle with the first-place Kernels. Although Kelly fanned seven in 4.2 innings, nine men reached against him. Actually didn't matter, as the Rattlers were shutout in the frames after Kelly's departure, though Wisconsin outhit Cedar Rapids for the contest, 7-6. Catcher Darrien Miller's .911 OPS in April has melted to a .554 mark in May. Can we also find at-bats for switch-hitting backstop Alex Hall to help give Miller a break? Of course, Wes Clarke has also caught in a dozen games thus far. Speaking of Clarke (and the upcoming Father's Day), Wes may have the most vocally supportive group of family members on the web among Brewers farmhands - Dad's turn here: By the way, start setting your DVR's if you have access to channel CW14 out of Green Bay. Next Saturday the 4th is the first of a dozen games to be broadcast (here's that schedule). Carolina Pre-Doubleheader Media Notes Final, Game One: Kannapolis (White Sox) 7, Carolina 4 (seven innings as scheduled) Box Score / Game Log Final, Game Two: Carolina 4, Kannapolis (White Sox) 3 (seven innings as scheduled) Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, doubleheader details, please review: Leones Lifts Mudcats to Doubleheader Split - The first place Mudcats split Saturday’s doubleheader with Kannapolis after taking Game 2 in walk-off fashion Yet another insightful postgame chat, worth your brief time to open in a new tab - LISTEN: Post-Game Interview with Manager Victor Estevez All eleven position players who took part Saturday had at least one base hit. OF Arbert Cipion and his .821 OPS missed both games and last played on Wednesday, so that's something to monitor. The club's primary third baseman, Alberis Ferrer, hasn't seen action in ten days now. On the pitching side of "missing in action", 20-year-old RHP Lun Zhao hasn't appeared in a game since he was roughed up in his second outing of the season back on April 24th. We have not heard if Zhao is healthy and working on things on the side but still with the Mudcats rather than Maryvale. And we love the two-minute interview cuts that Voice of the Mudcats Greg Young Jr. has begun posting on the team's YouTube page, we've been linking to them via our Carolina features thread on our Minor League Forum. Sunday's action is a mix of early afternoon and early-evening start times. Enjoy your day, everyone. Hey, what is this, four Link Report days in a row from yours truly? I'm getting some 2001-2021 Brewerfan ironman vibes. Very thankfully, those days are now in the rear-view mirror, and I heartily welcome Daniel and Joseph back to the rotation for the next several days. Catch you next time. 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  22. There's no way to quickly tell if the Brewers' organization leads all of MiLB in walk-off victories (by every manner imaginable it seems), but if it doesn't, then it must be close to the top, given the overall W-L record of the four affiliates and the seemingly nightly entry (sometimes more than one, like within this report) we document here. Word of advice: don't leave Sounds-Shuckers-Timber Rattlers-Mudcats games early! Transactions: RH reliever Miguel Sanchez is recalled to the big league roster as Luis Perdomo hits the injured list. (Sanchez had not physically left the Crew's big-league road trip, as he remained on their "taxi squad" upon his option this week.) Reliever Zach Vennaro turns 26 years old this coming Friday. The 6'6" power righty is about to make his first appearance at the AAA level as the former independent leaguer gets the bump up from Biloxi. SS Willy Adames will be the star of the day in Zebulon Sunday as he begins a rehab stint with a one-day appearance with the Mudcats. Not only will the super-young Mudcats be treated to their best catering of 2022, but the ebullient Dominican native Adames will be of incredible inspiration to this primarily international-based collection of A-ballers. Adames will then travel less than forty miles to hook up with Nashville in Durham on Monday. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 5, Toledo (Tigers) 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: Boushley, Sounds Blank Toledo - Nashville Snaps Three-Game Skid with Four-Hit Shutout Caleb (the "h" is silent as in Bozley) Boushley with a super-impressive performance. We won't say it was out-of-nowhere, because Boushley has been solid, as evidenced by his 4.23 ERA entering this game. That ERA is now down to 3.66. As noted in the filed report linked above, RHP's Zack Brown and Hobie Harris finished up nicely (Harris striking out all three men faced to end things). Voice of the Sounds Jeff Hem released his latest podcast discussion, a ten-minute chat with Harris. As for the thinking on the Zach Vennaro call up, we see that veteran RH reliever Connor Sadzeck (0.63 ERA) has not pitched since May 20th. We know another effective bullpen arm, righty Peter Strzelecki, has been with the big league Brewers' taxi squad for their extended road trip. Until we get confirmation, Sadzeck's status is unknown. Five of the seven Sounds hits went for extra bases. OF Abraham Almonte's .500 slugging leads the current collection of Sounds now that Mark Mathias and his insane .341/.425/.549 AAA line is with the Brewers. By the way, Nashville's next six-game series is, as noted earlier, in Durham, North Carolina, Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the opener in the series will be at 5:05 local time Monday. The teams will then have Tuesday off. Sunday's game in Toledo is at 6:05 (also Eastern time). That's a quick turnaround. The Sounds are the only Crew affiliate playing Monday. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 6, Montgomery (Rays) 5, eleven innings Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Walk-Off Wild Pitch Sends Shuckers to Third Straight Win - Shuckers Tally Second Walk-Off Win of Series Be sure to read that recap and then look below. Let's cut right to the ending - Back to .500 for the Shuckers. WLOX comes through again with their video package, which includes a Tristen Lutz laser beam HR (goodness!) and Gabe Holt coming-oh-so-close to his own round-tripper. Biloxi's roster remains very, very lean, which might explain why Joey Wiemer has played in all 42 Shuckers games thus far. We all love our pal Joey in the starting lineup, and having every Monday off helps. Just sayin'. In this one, Wiemer doubled, singled, walked, and stole two bases. Heck, that's prompting tweets like this - Biloxi is carrying one spare infielder, and Felix Valerio was the DH Saturday, so all were in the starting lineup. The lone extra outfielder is currently 20-year-old Terence Doston, utilized as a pinch-runner late in this one. So Mr. Wiemer won't be getting extra rest any time soon, which is a boon to the highlight reels. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Cedar Rapids (Twins) 8, Wisconsin 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Sabato Socks Wisconsin - Three-run homer by Sabato sends Cedar Rapids to 8-3 win With Sunday's scheduled T-Rat starter being RHP Ryne Moore, who has struggled in two efforts since being promoted from Carolina, Wisconsin could have used one of those top-notch final lines LHP Antoine Kelly has been providing in this battle with the first-place Kernels. Although Kelly fanned seven in 4.2 innings, nine men reached against him. Actually didn't matter, as the Rattlers were shutout in the frames after Kelly's departure, though Wisconsin outhit Cedar Rapids for the contest, 7-6. Catcher Darrien Miller's .911 OPS in April has melted to a .554 mark in May. Can we also find at-bats for switch-hitting backstop Alex Hall to help give Miller a break? Of course, Wes Clarke has also caught in a dozen games thus far. Speaking of Clarke (and the upcoming Father's Day), Wes may have the most vocally supportive group of family members on the web among Brewers farmhands - Dad's turn here: By the way, start setting your DVR's if you have access to channel CW14 out of Green Bay. Next Saturday the 4th is the first of a dozen games to be broadcast (here's that schedule). Carolina Pre-Doubleheader Media Notes Final, Game One: Kannapolis (White Sox) 7, Carolina 4 (seven innings as scheduled) Box Score / Game Log Final, Game Two: Carolina 4, Kannapolis (White Sox) 3 (seven innings as scheduled) Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, doubleheader details, please review: Leones Lifts Mudcats to Doubleheader Split - The first place Mudcats split Saturday’s doubleheader with Kannapolis after taking Game 2 in walk-off fashion Yet another insightful postgame chat, worth your brief time to open in a new tab - LISTEN: Post-Game Interview with Manager Victor Estevez All eleven position players who took part Saturday had at least one base hit. OF Arbert Cipion and his .821 OPS missed both games and last played on Wednesday, so that's something to monitor. The club's primary third baseman, Alberis Ferrer, hasn't seen action in ten days now. On the pitching side of "missing in action", 20-year-old RHP Lun Zhao hasn't appeared in a game since he was roughed up in his second outing of the season back on April 24th. We have not heard if Zhao is healthy and working on things on the side but still with the Mudcats rather than Maryvale. And we love the two-minute interview cuts that Voice of the Mudcats Greg Young Jr. has begun posting on the team's YouTube page, we've been linking to them via our Carolina features thread on our Minor League Forum. Sunday's action is a mix of early afternoon and early-evening start times. Enjoy your day, everyone. Hey, what is this, four Link Report days in a row from yours truly? I'm getting some 2001-2021 Brewerfan ironman vibes. Very thankfully, those days are now in the rear-view mirror, and I heartily welcome Daniel and Joseph back to the rotation for the next several days. Catch you next time. 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  23. After collectively scuffling for four days, Milwaukee’s minor league pitchers stepped to the fore on Thursday night, giving up a combined 6 runs across four 9-inning contests, with Biloxi leading the way with a shutout at home. Nashville and Wisconsin were also winners this evening, although Carolina was done in by missed opportunities in the early innings. Despite pitchers only constituting 2 of the Brewers’ top 13 prospects (including Aaron Ashby – so let’s call it 1 of 12) in our Brewer Fanatic Pre-Season Top 25 Prospect Poll, those apparently under-appreciated arms have actually been doing the heavy lifting throughout this month: AAA Nashville – easily the top ERA in the 20-team International League at 2.52 (second place is Iowa at 3.15, third is Toledo at 3.53) AA Biloxi – also easily tops the ERA listing in the 8-team Southern League at 3.19 (second place is this week’s opponent Pensacola at 3.68) High-A Wisconsin – a more-than-respectable 6th place in ERA in the 12-team Midwest League at 3.97, skewed by an 18-run affair last week Low-A Carolina – not applicable. They’re young! Thursday night’s starting pitchers combined to cover 22 1/3 innings, yielding only 3 runs, 14 hits and 6 walks, while striking out 24 opposing hitters. Combined with solid relief pitching (12 2/3 innings, 2 runs), our hurlers are posting notice that they’re ready to move up the prospect lists. Of course, some offense was required as well and tonight was about solo homers: 2 by Weston Wilson and 1 each for Wes Clarke, Brice Turang, Jon Singleton and Freddy Zamora. And let’s not forget Antonio Pinero and his 2-run homer for Wisconsin. Game Balls this night go to RHP Victor Castaneda, LHP Brandon Knarr, RHP Caleb Boushley, RHP Ryne Moore and LF Weston Wilson. Transactions: None Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Down East 2, Carolina 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Carolina Shut Out 2-0 at Down East Although the squad had four promising scoring opportunities, none came to fruition on this frustrating night for our young Mudcats: Hedbert Perez was thrown out at home on Eduardo Garcia’s 1st inning single Leadoff 2nd inning hits by Jesus Chirinos and Oswel Leones produced nothing A leadoff Jesus Chirinos single and two-out Zack Raabe walk didn’t result in any run in the 7th inning A Hedbert Perez single and a Eduardo Garcia triple in the 8th inning didn’t result in a run, undone by an intervening double play RHP Ryne Moore’s first inning had a bit of everything: infield single, hit-by-pitch, throwing error, two stolen bases, walk, regular single, strikeout. But thankfully the damage was only one run, with 3B Luis Silva throwing out one Wood Duck at home. The second inning was a bit unfair to Mr. Moore, with a 2-out walk and a balk (after 2 strikeouts to open the frame) setting the stage for a run-scoring single to put the deficit at 2-0. Thankfully, C Jeferson Quero’s second throwing error in the first three innings did not cost Moore and the Mudcats a run in the 3rd inning. In all, Moore only yielded 2 hits and recorded 9 strikeouts in his 6 innings of solid work, but unfortunately had to take the loss. LHP Pablo Garabitos and RHP Junior Montero continued to baffle Down East hitters thereafter, but the Carolina offense couldn’t quite come through. Performances of Note: Eduardo Garcia – 2-4, triple Jesus Chirinos – 2-4 Hedbert Perez – 1-4, SB Ryne Moore (Loss) – 6 innings, 2 runs, 5 hits, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 1 balk, 9 Ks Pablo Garabitos – 1 inning, zero runs, 1 hit, 2 Ks Junior Montero – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, 1 walk, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: Today’s essentially a doubleheader, as the squads need to complete the remaining 8 1/2 innings from Tuesday’s contest before moving on to a 7-inning second game. RHP Israel Puello is slated to start one of the games, as he tries to forget his last appearance (7 earned runs in 2 innings). My money is on RHP Edwin Jimenez making the other start, with RHP Jefferson Figueroa also throwing a few innings. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 6, Peoria 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Knarr K’s Seven in Six Scoreless Innings for Rattlers Win at Peoria LHP Brandon Knarr decided to make a late run for Brewer Minor League Pitcher of the Month, blanking the Chiefs for 6 innings to lower his ERA to 1.61 after four terrific appearances this month, with 27 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings. It’s clear his mind is on earning a promotion to AA Biloxi before his 24th birthday coming in early June. The Knarr-ly effort was necessary, as the only thing which separated the Timber Rattlers and Chiefs after six innings was Wes Clarke’s solo home run on a 2-0 count in the 4th inning. Thankfully, Peoria’s impressive 21-year old RHP Dionys Rodriguez exited after six innings and Wisconsin immediately feasted on the relief core, starting with a Carlos D. Rodriguez single and then Antonio Pinero’s first home run of 2022, matching his total of last year. Two walks and a hit-by-pitch set up Clarke (single) and Zavier Warren to drive in 2 more runs and extend the lead to 6-0. RHPs Kent Hasler and RHPs Cam Robinson weren’t as sharp as usual (4 hits, 2 runs in 2 innings), but let’s blame it on rustiness. Hasler has only thrown 4 2/3 innings thus far and Robinson hadn’t pitched in a full week. Performances of Note: Wes Clarke – 2-5, HR, 3 RBIs Antonio Pinero – 2-4, HR, 2 RBIs Zavier Warren – 2-4, double, 1 RBI Sal Frelick – 1-4, walk, SB Brandon Knarr (Win) – 6 innings, zero runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, 7 Ks Kent Hasler – 2 innings, 1 run, 2 hits, zero walks, 3 Ks Friday’s outlook: Always-impressive LHP Antoine Kelly (2.62 ERA in 13 2/3 innings) makes his 4th start of the year as Wisconsin tries to even this week’s series in Peoria at 2 games apiece. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 3, Pensacola 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Shuckers Shutout Wahoos For Second Night Manager Mike Guerrero must have played a hunch. Moving SS Freddy Zamora up to 2nd in the lineup in spite of his .204 AVG / .245 OBP / .245 SLG slash line entering the game, Zamora came through in the bottom of the first inning with his first home run of the season. And for RHP Victor Castaneda, that was the only run he needed. After escaping a first-and-third, 1-out situation in the 1st inning by striking out Griffin Conine and inducing an infield pop up from old friend Luis Aviles Jr., Castaneda only allowed one more baserunner to reach over the next 4 innings. Oh, and he picked that runner off of first base to keep things neat and clean. Apparently tiring in the 6th inning by giving up consecutive walks, RHP Luis Contreras picked him up by stranding both runners and also blanking Pensacola in the top of the 7th inning. Being too close for comfort at 1-0 with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th inning, the Shuckers’ bats woke up, with a Cam Devanney single plating Brent Diaz (who had doubled) and then Jakson Reetz (don’t underestimate this man and his 1.096 OPS) scoring Devanney to extend the lead to 3-0. Thereafter, RHP Nash Walter and RHP Zach Vennaro continued the strong work to complete the shutout. Performances of Note: Jakson Reetz – 2-3, double, RBI Freddy Zamora – 1-4, HR, RBI Cam Devanney – 1-3, RBI Brent Diaz – 1-3, double Thomas Dillard – 1-3 Victor Castaneda (Win) – 5 1/3 innings, zero runs, 3 hits, 2 walks, 5 Ks Luis Contreras – 1 2/3 innings, zero runs, zero hits, 1 walk, 2 Ks Nash Walters – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Zach Vennaro (Save) – 1 innings, zero runs, 1 hit, zero walks Friday’s outlook: LHP Nick Bennett is scheduled to take this one, looking to bounce back from his last outing (5 runs in a loss), as Biloxi aims to seize a 3-1 series lead over Pensacola. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 6, St. Paul 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Solo Shots Power Sounds Past St. Paul A late switch saw RHP Caleb Boushley called to start a day earlier than expected, but the Hortonville and La Crosse man was unfazed and up to the challenge. Of course, it helps when super-prospect Brice Turang gets things rolling with a first-inning blast, his first of the year. In fact, it was a pleasant night of solo efforts, with four of the Sounds’ six runs coming on homers, including Weston Wilson extending the lead to 2-0 in the 2nd inning. Nashville then extended it to 4-0 thanks to a Pablo Reyes single, 4 walks and a wild pitch. It may have been a bigger inning if not for St. Paul gunning down Turang at home on an infield grounder. Boushley’s sole blemish was a run in the bottom of the third inning, in part created by the speed of the Twins’ own super-prospect Royce Lewis (infield single, stolen base, scored on a single). Jon Singleton joined the bachelor party in the 5th inning with a solo shot to authoritatively end his 0-for-19 skid at the plate, pushing the lead to 5-1. St. Paul managed to cut that deficit to 5-2 in the bottom of the 6th inning, with two singles and a double off RHP Thomas Jankins, but impressive field work caught a Saint at 3rd base to lessen the threat (LF Weston Wilson to SS Brice Turang to 3B Andruw Monasterio). In the 8th inning, Wilson added his second homer of the night for the 6-2 final margin. RHPs Zack Brown, Pete Strzelecki and Luis Perdomo were again solid to keep the Saints’ bats quiet, as Strzelecki and Perdomo in particular battle for the coveted Brewers’ Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month award. Performances of Note: Weston Wilson – 2-4, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs Pablo Reyes – 2-5, 1 SB Jon Singleton – 1-3, HR, walk, 2 RBIs Brice Turang – 1-4, HR, walk, RBI Andruw Monasterio – 1-2, 2 walks, 2 SBs Caleb Boushley – 5 innings, 1 run, 4 hits, 1 walk, 1 balk, 3 Ks Zack Brown – 1 inning, zero run, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Pete Strzelecki – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Luis Perdomo – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks Friday’s outlook: LHP Ethan Small (0.49 ERA in 18 1/3 innings) got an extra day of rest in advance of his 5th start of the month. Nashville needs a win to even this week’s series in St. Paul 2-2. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck tonight, Brewers’ affiliates! 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  24. Castaneda & Co. tossed a shutout for Biloxi. Four solo home runs and strong pitching won it for Nashville. Knarr dominated again for Wisconsin. Carolina’s offense was unable to support a solid pitching effort. After collectively scuffling for four days, Milwaukee’s minor league pitchers stepped to the fore on Thursday night, giving up a combined 6 runs across four 9-inning contests, with Biloxi leading the way with a shutout at home. Nashville and Wisconsin were also winners this evening, although Carolina was done in by missed opportunities in the early innings. Despite pitchers only constituting 2 of the Brewers’ top 13 prospects (including Aaron Ashby – so let’s call it 1 of 12) in our Brewer Fanatic Pre-Season Top 25 Prospect Poll, those apparently under-appreciated arms have actually been doing the heavy lifting throughout this month: AAA Nashville – easily the top ERA in the 20-team International League at 2.52 (second place is Iowa at 3.15, third is Toledo at 3.53) AA Biloxi – also easily tops the ERA listing in the 8-team Southern League at 3.19 (second place is this week’s opponent Pensacola at 3.68) High-A Wisconsin – a more-than-respectable 6th place in ERA in the 12-team Midwest League at 3.97, skewed by an 18-run affair last week Low-A Carolina – not applicable. They’re young! Thursday night’s starting pitchers combined to cover 22 1/3 innings, yielding only 3 runs, 14 hits and 6 walks, while striking out 24 opposing hitters. Combined with solid relief pitching (12 2/3 innings, 2 runs), our hurlers are posting notice that they’re ready to move up the prospect lists. Of course, some offense was required as well and tonight was about solo homers: 2 by Weston Wilson and 1 each for Wes Clarke, Brice Turang, Jon Singleton and Freddy Zamora. And let’s not forget Antonio Pinero and his 2-run homer for Wisconsin. Game Balls this night go to RHP Victor Castaneda, LHP Brandon Knarr, RHP Caleb Boushley, RHP Ryne Moore and LF Weston Wilson. Transactions: None Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Down East 2, Carolina 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Carolina Shut Out 2-0 at Down East Although the squad had four promising scoring opportunities, none came to fruition on this frustrating night for our young Mudcats: Hedbert Perez was thrown out at home on Eduardo Garcia’s 1st inning single Leadoff 2nd inning hits by Jesus Chirinos and Oswel Leones produced nothing A leadoff Jesus Chirinos single and two-out Zack Raabe walk didn’t result in any run in the 7th inning A Hedbert Perez single and a Eduardo Garcia triple in the 8th inning didn’t result in a run, undone by an intervening double play RHP Ryne Moore’s first inning had a bit of everything: infield single, hit-by-pitch, throwing error, two stolen bases, walk, regular single, strikeout. But thankfully the damage was only one run, with 3B Luis Silva throwing out one Wood Duck at home. The second inning was a bit unfair to Mr. Moore, with a 2-out walk and a balk (after 2 strikeouts to open the frame) setting the stage for a run-scoring single to put the deficit at 2-0. Thankfully, C Jeferson Quero’s second throwing error in the first three innings did not cost Moore and the Mudcats a run in the 3rd inning. In all, Moore only yielded 2 hits and recorded 9 strikeouts in his 6 innings of solid work, but unfortunately had to take the loss. LHP Pablo Garabitos and RHP Junior Montero continued to baffle Down East hitters thereafter, but the Carolina offense couldn’t quite come through. Performances of Note: Eduardo Garcia – 2-4, triple Jesus Chirinos – 2-4 Hedbert Perez – 1-4, SB Ryne Moore (Loss) – 6 innings, 2 runs, 5 hits, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 1 balk, 9 Ks Pablo Garabitos – 1 inning, zero runs, 1 hit, 2 Ks Junior Montero – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, 1 walk, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: Today’s essentially a doubleheader, as the squads need to complete the remaining 8 1/2 innings from Tuesday’s contest before moving on to a 7-inning second game. RHP Israel Puello is slated to start one of the games, as he tries to forget his last appearance (7 earned runs in 2 innings). My money is on RHP Edwin Jimenez making the other start, with RHP Jefferson Figueroa also throwing a few innings. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 6, Peoria 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Knarr K’s Seven in Six Scoreless Innings for Rattlers Win at Peoria LHP Brandon Knarr decided to make a late run for Brewer Minor League Pitcher of the Month, blanking the Chiefs for 6 innings to lower his ERA to 1.61 after four terrific appearances this month, with 27 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings. It’s clear his mind is on earning a promotion to AA Biloxi before his 24th birthday coming in early June. The Knarr-ly effort was necessary, as the only thing which separated the Timber Rattlers and Chiefs after six innings was Wes Clarke’s solo home run on a 2-0 count in the 4th inning. Thankfully, Peoria’s impressive 21-year old RHP Dionys Rodriguez exited after six innings and Wisconsin immediately feasted on the relief core, starting with a Carlos D. Rodriguez single and then Antonio Pinero’s first home run of 2022, matching his total of last year. Two walks and a hit-by-pitch set up Clarke (single) and Zavier Warren to drive in 2 more runs and extend the lead to 6-0. RHPs Kent Hasler and RHPs Cam Robinson weren’t as sharp as usual (4 hits, 2 runs in 2 innings), but let’s blame it on rustiness. Hasler has only thrown 4 2/3 innings thus far and Robinson hadn’t pitched in a full week. Performances of Note: Wes Clarke – 2-5, HR, 3 RBIs Antonio Pinero – 2-4, HR, 2 RBIs Zavier Warren – 2-4, double, 1 RBI Sal Frelick – 1-4, walk, SB Brandon Knarr (Win) – 6 innings, zero runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, 7 Ks Kent Hasler – 2 innings, 1 run, 2 hits, zero walks, 3 Ks Friday’s outlook: Always-impressive LHP Antoine Kelly (2.62 ERA in 13 2/3 innings) makes his 4th start of the year as Wisconsin tries to even this week’s series in Peoria at 2 games apiece. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 3, Pensacola 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Shuckers Shutout Wahoos For Second Night Manager Mike Guerrero must have played a hunch. Moving SS Freddy Zamora up to 2nd in the lineup in spite of his .204 AVG / .245 OBP / .245 SLG slash line entering the game, Zamora came through in the bottom of the first inning with his first home run of the season. And for RHP Victor Castaneda, that was the only run he needed. After escaping a first-and-third, 1-out situation in the 1st inning by striking out Griffin Conine and inducing an infield pop up from old friend Luis Aviles Jr., Castaneda only allowed one more baserunner to reach over the next 4 innings. Oh, and he picked that runner off of first base to keep things neat and clean. Apparently tiring in the 6th inning by giving up consecutive walks, RHP Luis Contreras picked him up by stranding both runners and also blanking Pensacola in the top of the 7th inning. Being too close for comfort at 1-0 with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th inning, the Shuckers’ bats woke up, with a Cam Devanney single plating Brent Diaz (who had doubled) and then Jakson Reetz (don’t underestimate this man and his 1.096 OPS) scoring Devanney to extend the lead to 3-0. Thereafter, RHP Nash Walter and RHP Zach Vennaro continued the strong work to complete the shutout. Performances of Note: Jakson Reetz – 2-3, double, RBI Freddy Zamora – 1-4, HR, RBI Cam Devanney – 1-3, RBI Brent Diaz – 1-3, double Thomas Dillard – 1-3 Victor Castaneda (Win) – 5 1/3 innings, zero runs, 3 hits, 2 walks, 5 Ks Luis Contreras – 1 2/3 innings, zero runs, zero hits, 1 walk, 2 Ks Nash Walters – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Zach Vennaro (Save) – 1 innings, zero runs, 1 hit, zero walks Friday’s outlook: LHP Nick Bennett is scheduled to take this one, looking to bounce back from his last outing (5 runs in a loss), as Biloxi aims to seize a 3-1 series lead over Pensacola. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 6, St. Paul 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Solo Shots Power Sounds Past St. Paul A late switch saw RHP Caleb Boushley called to start a day earlier than expected, but the Hortonville and La Crosse man was unfazed and up to the challenge. Of course, it helps when super-prospect Brice Turang gets things rolling with a first-inning blast, his first of the year. In fact, it was a pleasant night of solo efforts, with four of the Sounds’ six runs coming on homers, including Weston Wilson extending the lead to 2-0 in the 2nd inning. Nashville then extended it to 4-0 thanks to a Pablo Reyes single, 4 walks and a wild pitch. It may have been a bigger inning if not for St. Paul gunning down Turang at home on an infield grounder. Boushley’s sole blemish was a run in the bottom of the third inning, in part created by the speed of the Twins’ own super-prospect Royce Lewis (infield single, stolen base, scored on a single). Jon Singleton joined the bachelor party in the 5th inning with a solo shot to authoritatively end his 0-for-19 skid at the plate, pushing the lead to 5-1. St. Paul managed to cut that deficit to 5-2 in the bottom of the 6th inning, with two singles and a double off RHP Thomas Jankins, but impressive field work caught a Saint at 3rd base to lessen the threat (LF Weston Wilson to SS Brice Turang to 3B Andruw Monasterio). In the 8th inning, Wilson added his second homer of the night for the 6-2 final margin. RHPs Zack Brown, Pete Strzelecki and Luis Perdomo were again solid to keep the Saints’ bats quiet, as Strzelecki and Perdomo in particular battle for the coveted Brewers’ Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month award. Performances of Note: Weston Wilson – 2-4, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs Pablo Reyes – 2-5, 1 SB Jon Singleton – 1-3, HR, walk, 2 RBIs Brice Turang – 1-4, HR, walk, RBI Andruw Monasterio – 1-2, 2 walks, 2 SBs Caleb Boushley – 5 innings, 1 run, 4 hits, 1 walk, 1 balk, 3 Ks Zack Brown – 1 inning, zero run, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Pete Strzelecki – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Luis Perdomo – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks Friday’s outlook: LHP Ethan Small (0.49 ERA in 18 1/3 innings) got an extra day of rest in advance of his 5th start of the month. Nashville needs a win to even this week’s series in St. Paul 2-2. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck tonight, Brewers’ affiliates! 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  25. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 3, Gwinnett (Braves) 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: Sounds Win Series with Second Straight Shutout - Caleb Boushley Fires Five Scoreless Innings to Earn First Win The major league phase of the Rule 5 draft didn't take place last December, but the minor league phase did, and that is how Milwaukee grabbed Hortonville, Wisconsin native Caleb Boushley from a five-year run in the Padres' system. The UW-Lacrosse product was tabbed in the 33rd round by San Diego in 2017. Side note - the Brewers lost catcher Kekai Rios to the Dodgers in that Rule 5 phase, he's stationed with High-A Great Lakes in the Midwest League. Insightful tweet from the Voice of the Sounds - As effective and impressive as the 8-4 Sounds have been, the sheer number of bodies both on the mound and in the field is a bit annoying from a fan perspective, actually. Guys shuffle in and out of the bullpen and the lineup as they have to get their work in, we try to figure out who is where in terms of availability, and it's likely frustrating in the clubhouse as well. Winning helps, it would seem, but for how long? We are going to be reading a lot about the topic below in the coming weeks from all outposts in minor league baseball: Worth your time today: *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 5, Mississippi (Braves) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Reetz' Multi-Homer Game Secures Sunday Victory - Shuckers Tie Best Start in Franchise History Drafted in the 3rd round out of a Nebraska high school in 2014 (wonder if Brewers radio broadcaster Lane Grindle ever crossed paths with the then-youngster), the uniquely-named Jakson Reetz had spent the entirety of his pro career in the Nationals' system prior to his minor league free agent signing with the Crew last fall. Reetz does have one big league knock on his resume. As for Reetz' Sunday, I will wager we won't see a Brewers minor leaguer be responsible for all of his team's RBI with a higher number than Reetz' five this season. Talk about limiting the damage, starting LHP Nick Bennett allowed two hits, walked four batters, and plunked two others, all in three innings. Net result - one run allowed. Can't expect to dance that dance very often. Kudos to RHP's Nash Walters (two perfect frames) and Zach Vennaro (stranded two inherited in the 8th, then closed out the game). *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Beloit (Marlins) 3, Wisconsin 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Wisconsin Falls 3-2 in Series Finale at Beloit - Rattlers strand nine in close loss to Sky Carp LHP Antoine Kelly pitched scoreless ball until this RBI triple in the 5th, which was followed by a sacrifice fly. T-Rats had ten men reach base via HBP or walk. They also K'd 15 times. From the Chris Mehring recap you just read: Wisconsin hitters went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine runners on Sunday afternoon. Both of Wisconsin’s runs were unearned. That is some rip-your-hair-out-at-the-roots attempts at offense there. Here's hoping the bats (and temperatures) warm up back in Grand Chute on Tuesday. Well, the forecast says wait until Thursday for any semblance of warmth. *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 4, Fredericksburg (Nationals) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Garcia Totals Four Hits & Perez Homers in Finale Victory - The Mudcats took Sunday’s series finale 4-2 in Fredericksburg and finished at 2-4 in the series Let's not forget that just a couple of weeks into his 2019 Dominican Summer League debut season, SS Eduardo Garcia fractured his right fibula and lost the rest of that year. He hadn't even turned 17 years old yet, and had posted a .919 OPS in his first ten professional games. Then came the lost 2020 campaign, followed by an .824 OPS in the Maryvale heat in his 2021 summer of shaking off that rust. The young man is likely an inch taller now than his listed 6'2" and well, excuse me while I grab extra napkins to control the salivating. With due respect to Brice Turang and Freddy Zamora, Garcia is the shortstop who will eventually plant himself in Milwaukee for the 8-10 year run. RF Hendry Mendez (I believe I saw he's the youngest player in the Carolina League at this time) reached base thrice. According to the game log, although it appears he ended the 5th inning on the field, third baseman Alberis Ferrer would not return to the field in the 6th. Upon pulling up the MiLB.TV video, Ferrer dove and knocked down a hard ground ball that would go for an infield hit. he would be hunched over after getting to his feet and was tended to by the training staff. Looked like he was trying to flex his right leg. Subscribers can go to the 02:23:30 hour/minute mark if curious. Announcers were very complimentary of Ferrer's athleticism while noting his early-season throwing troubles. Similarly, I failed to point out in the report for Saturday's games that stud prospect catcher Jeferson Quero left the game at an odd juncture, early in the bottom of the Fredericksburg 8th. So it was another venture to the MiLB.TV archive - 02:58:35 hour/minute mark, and oh my, Quero took a wicked foul-tip off the mask that jarred his hockey-style helmet completely, never left his feet, but was guided off the field. That was nasty, best wishes to Jeferson, we may see some precautionary concussion protocol for him this week. *** Enjoy your Minor League Monday off! In addition to posting Tuesday's schedule below, we now will include sortable Baseball-Reference Milwaukee Organization Statistical Depth Charts to end each report. Between those and the sortable team stat pages, have at it! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages "NEW!" 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