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  1. As you'll read below, some of the 20 players looking at MiLB free agency this fall had already extended their Brewer tenures beyond that initial commitment. From a team perspective, the obvious way of keeping a player from walking away is to add him to the 40-man roster. Milwaukee did just this with Tyrone Taylor in October of 2018. The lone candidate among the players listed seems on the surface to be now-power reliever Lucas Erceg, but whether that ends up happening remains to be seen. In approximately ten days from now, I will release a similarly profiled piece on those players who qualify for consideration to be added to the Milwaukee 40-man roster in order to prevent another organization from plucking them away in the rule 5 draft in December, so be on the lookout for that. It may prove helpful if you bookmark this page for future access when needed. Listed alphabetically, current affiliate noted: Robbie Baker, RHP, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, age 27 Baker falls under the category of surprise minor league free agent qualifier as he only signed his initial pro contract in June 2018, when the Boston Red Sox made him a non-drafted free agent signing out of the University of Richmond. When the Red Sox released Baker as a victim of 2020 Covid roster-paring in May of that year, it effectively ended any seven-year hold that original contract had. When the Brewers signed Baker in August 2021 and assigned him to Carolina, they were not able to assume the seven-year control of the Boston contract. Instead, Baker signed for the remainder of 2021 and 2022. Clearly, Baker is much older than his competition, but he's in the midst of a near-perfect August, with only one baserunner reaching against him in four outings covering 9.1 innings (an HBP). The Brewers may choose to approach Baker to extend through 2023, one might think. Zack Brown, RHP, Nashville Sounds, age 27 It's a bit hard to believe that Brown, the Brewers 5th round pick out of the University of Kentucky in 2016 and Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2018, has yet to make his MLB debut, never mind be added to the 40-man roster. Brown did receive invites to big league spring training from 2019-2021 and was an alternate site participant in 2020. Brown, now strictly a reliever. is the owner of a 3.16 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with Nashville this summer, yet he has been bypassed by others, including those previously not on the 40-man roster, when callup opportunities were available. Brown should be able to find a landing spot elsewhere this fall. Harold Chirino, RHP, Biloxi Shuckers age 24 Earlier this year, I detailed the entirety of Chirino's Brewers baseball journey in this post. Chirino has been generally effective within the AA bullpen in 2022. He won't turn 25 until January and will be one of the younger minor league free agents available this fall. Yeison Coca, INF, Biloxi Shuckers, age 23 Speaking of being young, somewhat amazingly, Coca doesn't turn 24 until May 2023. Acquired from Boston as part of the Tyler Thornburg haul in June 2017, Coca was just short of two years of his initial signing with Boston. Because Coca was traded and not released, the Brewers maintained the full years of control over him. Known for his glovework, Coca has posted a .239/.304/.334 line in over 1700 minor league plate appearances (.638 OPS). Have glove, will travel. Organizations prize having defensive depth, and Coca likely will have suitors once he's deemed free. Lucas Erceg, RHP, Nashville Sounds, age 27 Erceg won't turn 28 until next May. Most are very familiar with the career path of the 2016 2nd round pick, drafted as a third baseman. This past spring, Erceg was quite open about his struggles with alcohol and depression and journey to the mound, as detailed here by Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. To this very day, Erceg seems to be tantalizingly close to being a fireballing major league bullpen contributor. This will be a decision to watch for sure. Hobie Harris, RHP, Nashville Sounds, age 29 The bullpen corps at Nashville in 2022 has been pretty phenomenal and add Harris' name to the list of contributors. An easy-to-root-for 2015 31st round pick of the Yankees out of the University of Pittsburgh, Harris had a long stint in the New York system before he was taken in the minor league phase of the 2019 Rule 5 draft by Toronto. Milwaukee quickly signed him when he reached free agency for the first time last November. All 210 of Harris' pro appearances have been out of the pen. Much like Zack Brown this year, Harris has been the victim of having too much talent surrounding him in the Crew's AAA ranks. Tyler Herb, RHP, Nashville Sounds, age 30 Herb was signed by the Brewers just prior to the start of the minor league season this past spring after time in the Seattle, San Francisco, and Baltimore systems. He was rightfully bumped up to Nashville after a month-plus with Biloxi. Primarily utilized as a starter, Herb has consistently posted solid numbers at the AA level and rough numbers at the highest minor league rung. It's inherently unfair to speculate, but it wouldn't appear Herb would be made a priority to bring back, but there is no risk in a minor league deal other than it's one less uniform to distribute to another. Josh Lindblom, RHP, Nashville Sounds, age 35 While Lindblom's three-year MLB contract for $9.125 million has proven to be mostly dead money on the big-league front, a rare David Stearns failed creative signing, Lindblom has at least been a useful innings-eater and clubhouse presence while with Nashville. Come this fall, the sides will shake hands and part. If Lindblom invested wisely, he's set for life. Matt Lipka, OF, Nashville Sounds, age 30 Lipka has been acquired by Milwaukee via trade in each of the 2021 and 2022 seasons to provide depth on the outfield grass. Even with the departures of David Dahl and Abraham Almonte, the sudden in-tandem promotions of the exciting law firm outfield trio of Frelick, Mitchell and Wiemer have relegated Lipka's role to fill-in as of the present. Carlos Luna, RHP, Biloxi Shuckers, age 25 (26 this September) Luna debuted with the Brewers way back in 2014 as a 17-year-old in the Dominican Summer League, and he absolutely dazzled in his DSL encore in 2015. We wouldn't see Luna again until 2018 when he finally came stateside after he lost two full seasons to Tommy John surgery and complications thereafter. Luna was an unfortunate Covid release in May of 2020 but was a welcome sight on a re-sign a year later. Luna has been serviceable in an unsung middle and long relief role with Biloxi this summer. Andruw Monasterio, INF, Biloxi Shuckers, age 25 Another former international signing (Cubs, 2014) who is set to reach minor league free agency at a very young age, though this is actually Monasterio's second spin as it's how the Brewers enticed him last November with a big-league camp invite. Monasterio played in mostly a reserve role for Nashville this season until a June 28th assignment down to a depleted Biloxi roster rejuvenated Monasterio big-time (.983 OPS in 43 games). Surely a minor league manager's dream, but unless the Brewers just like the continuity and the "we know you" aspect of their rosters, it's likely Monasterio will slide on out. (Has since been released) Andy Otero, LHP, Nashville Sounds, age 30 Otero's baseball journey began way back in 2009 in the Braves' organization. After pitching at high-A, ironically with the Carolina Mudcats in 2015, Otero did not pitch in affiliated ball again until the Brewers signed the Panamanian native in May of 2021 and assigned him to Biloxi. Since then, Otero has been effective in the underappreciated swingman role he has effectively occupied. Antonio Pinero, INF, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, age 23 Midway through Pinero's rookie season with Boston in 2016, the Red Sox were penalized for playing loose with the draft signing rules, and the Brewers scooped up the youngster. The owner of a .570 career OPS, you may as well insert the Yeison Coca career path seen above here for Pinero. Defensively a rock star and offensively limited, it will be interesting to see if the Brewer brass chooses to say goodbye to both infielders without an offer to tempt either or both back. Corey Ray, OF, Biloxi Shuckers, age 27 (28 this September) The first round of the 2016 MLB amateur draft became pretty much a wasteland, but that doesn't ease the pain of getting nothing but a memorable big-league debut game base on balls and run scored out of the #5 overall pick. It seems the Brewers organization has come to terms that this fall will bring the official termination of a failed partnership. Maybe Ray will reach out to White Sox management to see if his South Side roots can reignite the talent within. Jose Sibrian, C, Carolina Mudcats, age 23 (24 this October) Yes, a low-A ball player makes the list. Sibrian has battled injuries for much of his Brewer tenure, missing all of 2017 and of course, 2020. The five games played with Carolina in September of 2021 incredibly marked his first games with a non-rookie level affiliate. Known for his defensive acumen, it's possible this is an easy offer of a 2023 contract, but both parties need to be amenable. Jon Singleton, 1B, Nashville Sounds, age 30 (31 in September) If not fully familiar with Singleton's unique career path, revisit this Adam McCalvy feature from March. Singleton has had several highlight-worthy longball moments in 2022, has walked a ton, and has certainly contributed to the Sounds' success this season. It all made for some interest among fans, but it seems this will be a one-year visit in the Crew's system, barring a don't-jinx-it Rowdy Tellez serious injury down the stretch. (Has since been traded to San Francisco for cash considerations) Nash Walters, RHP, Biloxi Shuckers, age 25 Walters was Milwaukee's 3rd round pick in 2015 (90th overall) out of a Texas high school. Walters was actually a minor league free agent in the fall of 2021, but the Brewers and he were able to agree on a return for this year. The 2017 and 2018 seasons were lost to Tommy John surgery and a less-than-successful initial rehab. Losing 2020 didn't help. Walters has a 4.81 ERA and a more telling 1.28 WHIP in 39 appearances with the Shuckers in 2022. The very full and effective Nashville bullpen has served as a block in a sense to the AAA level. (Has since been traded to Atlanta for cash considerations) Tyler White, 1B/DH, Nashville Sounds, age 31 (32 in October) Like Jon Singleton, White has hardly been an anchor to the Sounds' lineup, but his numbers haven't truly popped either at .230/.357/.431. The Brewers didn't miss with this minor league signing, they just didn't reap an obvious reward beyond a healthy AAA contributor. If nothing else, the Singleton and White signings backfilled a pretty glaring system power need at 1B/DH heading into 2022. Garrett Whitley, OF, Biloxi Shuckers, age 25 Yes, Whitley's current age surprised me, too. We forget that amid the restocking of the Brewers system at the upper levels late last fall, Whitley's arrival after a disappointing seven-year run in the Rays' system, being drafted as a high schooler 13th overall in 2015, was included. Recently dropped to Biloxi to make room for the previously referred to bally-hoo'd prospect trio, a change of scenery to Milwaukee's system didn't ignite Whitley. Weston Wilson, IF/OF, Nashville Sounds, age 27 (28 in September) Some look at the term "organizational soldier" as demeaning, and it is true that I have come around in limiting my use of the wording, though I disagree in finding it truly derogatory. A 17th round pick out of Clemson in 2016, Wilson has done everything but catch in his solid contributor seven-year Brewer tenure. Wilson has managed a suitable .757 OPS along the way. I really hope we see Wilson netting a decent payday in minor league free agency for an organization realizing they'll be getting value in versatility. EDIT: Additions are Nashville C Pedro Severino and RHP JC Mejia.
  2. Five days after the conclusion of the World Series, minor league players who have reached the end of their seven-year commitment on their initial professional contract finally get to test free agent waters. In some cases, this is an opportunity to net a contract in the low six-figure range, which is not significant compared to big-league money, yet certainly can compare favorably to career earnings to date. While some players signed for considerable up-front money (hello, Corey Ray), many others did not. Image courtesy of © Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports - Corey Ray photo As you'll read below, some of the 20 players looking at MiLB free agency this fall had already extended their Brewer tenures beyond that initial commitment. From a team perspective, the obvious way of keeping a player from walking away is to add him to the 40-man roster. Milwaukee did just this with Tyrone Taylor in October of 2018. The lone candidate among the players listed seems on the surface to be now-power reliever Lucas Erceg, but whether that ends up happening remains to be seen. In approximately ten days from now, I will release a similarly profiled piece on those players who qualify for consideration to be added to the Milwaukee 40-man roster in order to prevent another organization from plucking them away in the rule 5 draft in December, so be on the lookout for that. It may prove helpful if you bookmark this page for future access when needed. Listed alphabetically, current affiliate noted: Robbie Baker, RHP, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, age 27 Baker falls under the category of surprise minor league free agent qualifier as he only signed his initial pro contract in June 2018, when the Boston Red Sox made him a non-drafted free agent signing out of the University of Richmond. When the Red Sox released Baker as a victim of 2020 Covid roster-paring in May of that year, it effectively ended any seven-year hold that original contract had. When the Brewers signed Baker in August 2021 and assigned him to Carolina, they were not able to assume the seven-year control of the Boston contract. Instead, Baker signed for the remainder of 2021 and 2022. Clearly, Baker is much older than his competition, but he's in the midst of a near-perfect August, with only one baserunner reaching against him in four outings covering 9.1 innings (an HBP). The Brewers may choose to approach Baker to extend through 2023, one might think. Zack Brown, RHP, Nashville Sounds, age 27 It's a bit hard to believe that Brown, the Brewers 5th round pick out of the University of Kentucky in 2016 and Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2018, has yet to make his MLB debut, never mind be added to the 40-man roster. Brown did receive invites to big league spring training from 2019-2021 and was an alternate site participant in 2020. Brown, now strictly a reliever. is the owner of a 3.16 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with Nashville this summer, yet he has been bypassed by others, including those previously not on the 40-man roster, when callup opportunities were available. Brown should be able to find a landing spot elsewhere this fall. Harold Chirino, RHP, Biloxi Shuckers age 24 Earlier this year, I detailed the entirety of Chirino's Brewers baseball journey in this post. Chirino has been generally effective within the AA bullpen in 2022. He won't turn 25 until January and will be one of the younger minor league free agents available this fall. Yeison Coca, INF, Biloxi Shuckers, age 23 Speaking of being young, somewhat amazingly, Coca doesn't turn 24 until May 2023. Acquired from Boston as part of the Tyler Thornburg haul in June 2017, Coca was just short of two years of his initial signing with Boston. Because Coca was traded and not released, the Brewers maintained the full years of control over him. Known for his glovework, Coca has posted a .239/.304/.334 line in over 1700 minor league plate appearances (.638 OPS). Have glove, will travel. Organizations prize having defensive depth, and Coca likely will have suitors once he's deemed free. Lucas Erceg, RHP, Nashville Sounds, age 27 Erceg won't turn 28 until next May. Most are very familiar with the career path of the 2016 2nd round pick, drafted as a third baseman. This past spring, Erceg was quite open about his struggles with alcohol and depression and journey to the mound, as detailed here by Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. To this very day, Erceg seems to be tantalizingly close to being a fireballing major league bullpen contributor. This will be a decision to watch for sure. Hobie Harris, RHP, Nashville Sounds, age 29 The bullpen corps at Nashville in 2022 has been pretty phenomenal and add Harris' name to the list of contributors. An easy-to-root-for 2015 31st round pick of the Yankees out of the University of Pittsburgh, Harris had a long stint in the New York system before he was taken in the minor league phase of the 2019 Rule 5 draft by Toronto. Milwaukee quickly signed him when he reached free agency for the first time last November. All 210 of Harris' pro appearances have been out of the pen. Much like Zack Brown this year, Harris has been the victim of having too much talent surrounding him in the Crew's AAA ranks. Tyler Herb, RHP, Nashville Sounds, age 30 Herb was signed by the Brewers just prior to the start of the minor league season this past spring after time in the Seattle, San Francisco, and Baltimore systems. He was rightfully bumped up to Nashville after a month-plus with Biloxi. Primarily utilized as a starter, Herb has consistently posted solid numbers at the AA level and rough numbers at the highest minor league rung. It's inherently unfair to speculate, but it wouldn't appear Herb would be made a priority to bring back, but there is no risk in a minor league deal other than it's one less uniform to distribute to another. Josh Lindblom, RHP, Nashville Sounds, age 35 While Lindblom's three-year MLB contract for $9.125 million has proven to be mostly dead money on the big-league front, a rare David Stearns failed creative signing, Lindblom has at least been a useful innings-eater and clubhouse presence while with Nashville. Come this fall, the sides will shake hands and part. If Lindblom invested wisely, he's set for life. Matt Lipka, OF, Nashville Sounds, age 30 Lipka has been acquired by Milwaukee via trade in each of the 2021 and 2022 seasons to provide depth on the outfield grass. Even with the departures of David Dahl and Abraham Almonte, the sudden in-tandem promotions of the exciting law firm outfield trio of Frelick, Mitchell and Wiemer have relegated Lipka's role to fill-in as of the present. Carlos Luna, RHP, Biloxi Shuckers, age 25 (26 this September) Luna debuted with the Brewers way back in 2014 as a 17-year-old in the Dominican Summer League, and he absolutely dazzled in his DSL encore in 2015. We wouldn't see Luna again until 2018 when he finally came stateside after he lost two full seasons to Tommy John surgery and complications thereafter. Luna was an unfortunate Covid release in May of 2020 but was a welcome sight on a re-sign a year later. Luna has been serviceable in an unsung middle and long relief role with Biloxi this summer. Andruw Monasterio, INF, Biloxi Shuckers, age 25 Another former international signing (Cubs, 2014) who is set to reach minor league free agency at a very young age, though this is actually Monasterio's second spin as it's how the Brewers enticed him last November with a big-league camp invite. Monasterio played in mostly a reserve role for Nashville this season until a June 28th assignment down to a depleted Biloxi roster rejuvenated Monasterio big-time (.983 OPS in 43 games). Surely a minor league manager's dream, but unless the Brewers just like the continuity and the "we know you" aspect of their rosters, it's likely Monasterio will slide on out. (Has since been released) Andy Otero, LHP, Nashville Sounds, age 30 Otero's baseball journey began way back in 2009 in the Braves' organization. After pitching at high-A, ironically with the Carolina Mudcats in 2015, Otero did not pitch in affiliated ball again until the Brewers signed the Panamanian native in May of 2021 and assigned him to Biloxi. Since then, Otero has been effective in the underappreciated swingman role he has effectively occupied. Antonio Pinero, INF, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, age 23 Midway through Pinero's rookie season with Boston in 2016, the Red Sox were penalized for playing loose with the draft signing rules, and the Brewers scooped up the youngster. The owner of a .570 career OPS, you may as well insert the Yeison Coca career path seen above here for Pinero. Defensively a rock star and offensively limited, it will be interesting to see if the Brewer brass chooses to say goodbye to both infielders without an offer to tempt either or both back. Corey Ray, OF, Biloxi Shuckers, age 27 (28 this September) The first round of the 2016 MLB amateur draft became pretty much a wasteland, but that doesn't ease the pain of getting nothing but a memorable big-league debut game base on balls and run scored out of the #5 overall pick. It seems the Brewers organization has come to terms that this fall will bring the official termination of a failed partnership. Maybe Ray will reach out to White Sox management to see if his South Side roots can reignite the talent within. Jose Sibrian, C, Carolina Mudcats, age 23 (24 this October) Yes, a low-A ball player makes the list. Sibrian has battled injuries for much of his Brewer tenure, missing all of 2017 and of course, 2020. The five games played with Carolina in September of 2021 incredibly marked his first games with a non-rookie level affiliate. Known for his defensive acumen, it's possible this is an easy offer of a 2023 contract, but both parties need to be amenable. Jon Singleton, 1B, Nashville Sounds, age 30 (31 in September) If not fully familiar with Singleton's unique career path, revisit this Adam McCalvy feature from March. Singleton has had several highlight-worthy longball moments in 2022, has walked a ton, and has certainly contributed to the Sounds' success this season. It all made for some interest among fans, but it seems this will be a one-year visit in the Crew's system, barring a don't-jinx-it Rowdy Tellez serious injury down the stretch. (Has since been traded to San Francisco for cash considerations) Nash Walters, RHP, Biloxi Shuckers, age 25 Walters was Milwaukee's 3rd round pick in 2015 (90th overall) out of a Texas high school. Walters was actually a minor league free agent in the fall of 2021, but the Brewers and he were able to agree on a return for this year. The 2017 and 2018 seasons were lost to Tommy John surgery and a less-than-successful initial rehab. Losing 2020 didn't help. Walters has a 4.81 ERA and a more telling 1.28 WHIP in 39 appearances with the Shuckers in 2022. The very full and effective Nashville bullpen has served as a block in a sense to the AAA level. (Has since been traded to Atlanta for cash considerations) Tyler White, 1B/DH, Nashville Sounds, age 31 (32 in October) Like Jon Singleton, White has hardly been an anchor to the Sounds' lineup, but his numbers haven't truly popped either at .230/.357/.431. The Brewers didn't miss with this minor league signing, they just didn't reap an obvious reward beyond a healthy AAA contributor. If nothing else, the Singleton and White signings backfilled a pretty glaring system power need at 1B/DH heading into 2022. Garrett Whitley, OF, Biloxi Shuckers, age 25 Yes, Whitley's current age surprised me, too. We forget that amid the restocking of the Brewers system at the upper levels late last fall, Whitley's arrival after a disappointing seven-year run in the Rays' system, being drafted as a high schooler 13th overall in 2015, was included. Recently dropped to Biloxi to make room for the previously referred to bally-hoo'd prospect trio, a change of scenery to Milwaukee's system didn't ignite Whitley. Weston Wilson, IF/OF, Nashville Sounds, age 27 (28 in September) Some look at the term "organizational soldier" as demeaning, and it is true that I have come around in limiting my use of the wording, though I disagree in finding it truly derogatory. A 17th round pick out of Clemson in 2016, Wilson has done everything but catch in his solid contributor seven-year Brewer tenure. Wilson has managed a suitable .757 OPS along the way. I really hope we see Wilson netting a decent payday in minor league free agency for an organization realizing they'll be getting value in versatility. EDIT: Additions are Nashville C Pedro Severino and RHP JC Mejia. View full article
  3. Transactions: None Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 12, Jacksonville (Marlins) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sal Frelick Homers Twice as Sounds Blast Past Jumbo Shrimp - Nashville Extends Lead atop International League West Division to 3.5 Games 18 hits. 12 runs. This is the Sounds offense I've grown to love throughout the 2022 season. They have so much juice throughout their lineup - this is possible on any given night. With another Columbus Clipper loss, the Sounds push their division lead back to 3 1/2 games. A special mention will go to RHP Victor Castaneda and his quality start in his first Triple-A start of 2022: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 ER, 2 K. RHP's Lucas Erceg and Jake Cousins each tacked on scoreless frames in the 8th and 9th innings, respectively, to close out the victory. Three Quick Strikes: 1) One of the most impressive facets of Sal Frelick's 2022 season is he has hit better at each promotion. What's been even more fascinating to watch is how well he consistently hits lefty pitching. Tonight's lead-taking three-run jack over the right field wall was yet another example of his now patented hip flip line drive smash: 2) Watching Esteury Ruiz wind-up on the base paths is a thing of beauty. I don't know if I've ever seen a weapon quite like this in the Brewers system. He's a danger to lay down an impeccable bunt single at any moment and yet he can make some serious contact on the ball. He can play cat and mouse every single time he's on a base. And, he's coy about it. Sometimes he'll take off on the first pitch. Sometimes he'll show disinterest and then deep in the count take off when you least expect it. His timing is typically impeccable and his jumps are typically incredibly well timed. Take a look at both these latter qualities in his fifth record-breaking steal: 3) We are seeing something else from C Pedro Severino in September. After another long ball tonight - a no doubter over the wall in left field - he has pushed his September output to: 9 G, 30 AB, 0.467 BA, 1.376 OPS (!!), 8 R, 8 RBI, 3 HR, 5 2B, 4 BB, 3 K. The man is absolutely mashing right now. The Sounds are extremely lucky to have a MLB caliber catcher manning the backstop in their playoff push. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 8, Pensacola (Marlins) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shucker' site, game details, please visit and review: Six for Six - Shook Deals Six Frames to Help Shuckers to Sixth Straight - Murray Hits First Double-A Home Run Winners of six straight games, I am all hands on deck to watch the Shuckers close out their 2022 campaign with a bang. Much like Wisconsin, these Shuckers are showcasing there is plenty to play for even when no post-season birth is on the line. RHP TJ Shook gave us his best outing in some time as he looked calm and collected on the mound: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 2 ER, 1 HR, 3 K. In what is likely his last start of 2022, it has to feel good to end on a positive note after some scuffling down the homestretch. Thank you for all your efforts in 2022, young man. Three Quick Strikes: 1) OF Corey Ray continues to demonstrate he will not go quietly into the night as his off season approaches. He extended his hit streak to nine games after his early game single, then hit a two bagger, and followed with a walk. All told, he finished his evening 2-for-4 with 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB. His only blemishes came when he was caught stealing and picked off. Given he still gives high quality defense and outfield range on a nightly basis, the ongoing offensive output is noteworthy. When Ray is healthy, he still offers quite a bit to a baseball team as he's showcased on more than one occasion in 2022. I continue to hope there's a way he stays in the system in 2023 - yes, even if that is unrealistic. 2) C Nick Kahle is making the most of his late season opportunities behind home plate. After only 16 AB's in all of August, he now has 22 AB's through September 14th. Batting in the nine-hole tonight, he gave his team a 2-for-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K performance. Let's take a look at his home run blast over the left field fence. This one had some pop and came in a very solid at bat: 3)The late season Double-A play we are seeing from High-A mainstays, Zavier Warren; Ethan Murray; and Wes Clarke, is one of the highlights of my 2022 Minor League season. We've seen a three home run game from Clarke (he had another two bagger tonight), Zavier Warren was on base four times tonight and swiped two bases, and Ethan Murray brought the leather in addition to a 2-for-4 evening with a solo jack. This might not have been expected by most casual fans, but, you've seen glimpses of these types of games throughout much of the second half of the 2022 season. To see these young men put it together in the midst of an unlikely six game winning streak for the Shuckers is all the feels Let's take a quick peak at Murray's long fly over the wall in deep center left field: We've got a LHP Brandon Knarr and RHP Josh Lindbolm treat tomorrow night. Both hurlers have proven incredibly reliable in 2022 - I'm expecting more skill and greatness as they take the hill. Will the Sounds push their division lead? Will the Shuckers win their seventh straight? Tune in. As always, thanks for reading and supporting these players as they chase their dreams. 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. The headline says it all. Sal Frelick is an on base machine. His key three-run homer not only extended his personal on base streak to 31 games (second in the International League at present), it gave the Sounds a 4-2 lead. Clutch stuff from the young stud. Esteury Ruiz broke the Sounds single game steals record with five stolen bases by the fourth inning. Those early 1980's Sounds teams were legendary. I tip my cap to Otis Nixon's record that held for decades, but, I have to think Ruiz's record will hold for even longer. My goodness. Let's get into the reports. Image courtesy of Brewer Fanatic Transactions: None Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 12, Jacksonville (Marlins) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sal Frelick Homers Twice as Sounds Blast Past Jumbo Shrimp - Nashville Extends Lead atop International League West Division to 3.5 Games 18 hits. 12 runs. This is the Sounds offense I've grown to love throughout the 2022 season. They have so much juice throughout their lineup - this is possible on any given night. With another Columbus Clipper loss, the Sounds push their division lead back to 3 1/2 games. A special mention will go to RHP Victor Castaneda and his quality start in his first Triple-A start of 2022: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 ER, 2 K. RHP's Lucas Erceg and Jake Cousins each tacked on scoreless frames in the 8th and 9th innings, respectively, to close out the victory. Three Quick Strikes: 1) One of the most impressive facets of Sal Frelick's 2022 season is he has hit better at each promotion. What's been even more fascinating to watch is how well he consistently hits lefty pitching. Tonight's lead-taking three-run jack over the right field wall was yet another example of his now patented hip flip line drive smash: 2) Watching Esteury Ruiz wind-up on the base paths is a thing of beauty. I don't know if I've ever seen a weapon quite like this in the Brewers system. He's a danger to lay down an impeccable bunt single at any moment and yet he can make some serious contact on the ball. He can play cat and mouse every single time he's on a base. And, he's coy about it. Sometimes he'll take off on the first pitch. Sometimes he'll show disinterest and then deep in the count take off when you least expect it. His timing is typically impeccable and his jumps are typically incredibly well timed. Take a look at both these latter qualities in his fifth record-breaking steal: 3) We are seeing something else from C Pedro Severino in September. After another long ball tonight - a no doubter over the wall in left field - he has pushed his September output to: 9 G, 30 AB, 0.467 BA, 1.376 OPS (!!), 8 R, 8 RBI, 3 HR, 5 2B, 4 BB, 3 K. The man is absolutely mashing right now. The Sounds are extremely lucky to have a MLB caliber catcher manning the backstop in their playoff push. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 8, Pensacola (Marlins) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shucker' site, game details, please visit and review: Six for Six - Shook Deals Six Frames to Help Shuckers to Sixth Straight - Murray Hits First Double-A Home Run Winners of six straight games, I am all hands on deck to watch the Shuckers close out their 2022 campaign with a bang. Much like Wisconsin, these Shuckers are showcasing there is plenty to play for even when no post-season birth is on the line. RHP TJ Shook gave us his best outing in some time as he looked calm and collected on the mound: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 2 ER, 1 HR, 3 K. In what is likely his last start of 2022, it has to feel good to end on a positive note after some scuffling down the homestretch. Thank you for all your efforts in 2022, young man. Three Quick Strikes: 1) OF Corey Ray continues to demonstrate he will not go quietly into the night as his off season approaches. He extended his hit streak to nine games after his early game single, then hit a two bagger, and followed with a walk. All told, he finished his evening 2-for-4 with 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB. His only blemishes came when he was caught stealing and picked off. Given he still gives high quality defense and outfield range on a nightly basis, the ongoing offensive output is noteworthy. When Ray is healthy, he still offers quite a bit to a baseball team as he's showcased on more than one occasion in 2022. I continue to hope there's a way he stays in the system in 2023 - yes, even if that is unrealistic. 2) C Nick Kahle is making the most of his late season opportunities behind home plate. After only 16 AB's in all of August, he now has 22 AB's through September 14th. Batting in the nine-hole tonight, he gave his team a 2-for-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K performance. Let's take a look at his home run blast over the left field fence. This one had some pop and came in a very solid at bat: 3)The late season Double-A play we are seeing from High-A mainstays, Zavier Warren; Ethan Murray; and Wes Clarke, is one of the highlights of my 2022 Minor League season. We've seen a three home run game from Clarke (he had another two bagger tonight), Zavier Warren was on base four times tonight and swiped two bases, and Ethan Murray brought the leather in addition to a 2-for-4 evening with a solo jack. This might not have been expected by most casual fans, but, you've seen glimpses of these types of games throughout much of the second half of the 2022 season. To see these young men put it together in the midst of an unlikely six game winning streak for the Shuckers is all the feels Let's take a quick peak at Murray's long fly over the wall in deep center left field: We've got a LHP Brandon Knarr and RHP Josh Lindbolm treat tomorrow night. Both hurlers have proven incredibly reliable in 2022 - I'm expecting more skill and greatness as they take the hill. Will the Sounds push their division lead? Will the Shuckers win their seventh straight? Tune in. As always, thanks for reading and supporting these players as they chase their dreams. 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. Sunday’s Game Balls go to Jackson Chourio, Marcus Walden, Tristen Lutz, Corey Ray and Nick Bennett, with an honorable mention to Garrett Whitley. Transactions: N/A Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Gwinnett 5, Nashville 3 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 Sunk by Stripers After Late Letdown Given their first-place standing, terrific performance all year and the advantage of playing at home, the Sounds appeared to have this game in hand up 3-0 entering the 8th inning, only to give up a shocking 5-spot and fall 5-3. The loss ensured a 3-3 series split with Gwinnett for the week. Starting RHP Marcus Walden (5 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 BB, 8 Ks) had his best outing of the year, while SS Brice Turang (2-for-3, walk, RBI) knocked in the game’s opening run on an RBI single in the 3rd inning. The trouble started in RHP Justin Topa’s (1 2/3 IP, 2 ER) second inning of work and continued with RHP Trevor Kelly (1/3 IP, 3 ER – season ERA balloons to 2.00) unable to put out the flames, with all the damage occurring with two outs – five runs on six consecutive singles. Three Quick Strikes: 3B Weston Wilson (1-for-3, double, sac fly, RBI), OF Joey Wiemer (1-for-4, double) and Matt Lipka (1-for-3, double, RBI) each doubled as the team built that 3-0 lead, while leadoff DH/OF Sal Frelick continued his amazing month by reaching base twice (1-for-3, walk – his AAA OPS is now .981). RHP Hobie Harris (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks – season ERA of 1.96) pitched a clean 9th inning to give Nashville a final chance, but the offense was unable to re-start as Gwinnett retired the final 10 Sounds in order. Once-heralded and still-grinding 27-year old RHP Zach Brown (1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks) pitched a clean 6th inning to lower his season ERA to 3.08 as he builds his resume for potential future MLB relief work. Next week’s outlook: Nashville (66-44) hits the road to take on 60-51 Jacksonville (Marlins’ AAA affiliate). Rehabbing RHP Adrian Houser is expected to start Game One of the series. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 7, Rocket City 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Biloxi Rallies To Claim Series Finale LHP Nick Bennett (6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks) faced just 17 batters while sailing through a scoreless initial five innings, before the wheels suddenly jammed as the Trash Pandas went back-to-back-to-back with three consecutive homers to lead off the top of the 6th inning. Of course, to Bennett’s credit, he recovered to finish the inning with no further damage and his team only down 3-2. That initial Shucker lead came courtesy of a 1st inning OF Corey Ray (2-for-3, HR, HBP, RBI) leadoff homer, then OF Garrett Whitley (2-for-4, double, 2 RBIs) singling and scoring on a DH/OF Tristen Lutz (2-for-3, double, walk, 3 RBIs) single in the 4th inning. Unlike the aforementioned Sounds’ game, Biloxi’s offense was able to immediately get back into gear, with Ray and SS Andruw Monsterio (1-for-4, RBI) singling and both scoring on a Whitley double to re-claim the lead 4-3 in the bottom of the 6th inning. After RHP Robbie Hitt allowed a run to tie it up again, 2B Yeison Coca (1-for-3, walk) walked and scored on a groundout to grab a 5-4 advantage, then Lutz doubled in two more runs to provide a 7-4 cushion in the bottom of the 7th inning. By winning both weekend games, Biloxi was able to grab a 3-3 series tie for the week. Three Quick Strikes: RHP Nash Walters (1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 Ks) continued his notable 2022 resurgence by getting the final four outs of the game and earn his first save of the year. 3B Cam Devanney is in a bit of a slump (0-for-4 in this game, 6-for-43 in August), although this writer still believes in him after his amazing first four months of 2022. It’s honestly good to see old friend 27-year old 1B/OF Ryan Aguilar (.889 season OPS; 13th homer of the year in this game) playing regularly and playing well for Rocket City. He was an intriguing prospect given the amount of center field time the Brewers’ gave him before his nightmare 2021 campaign which led to his exit. Next week’s outlook: Biloxi (54-52) goes on the road to face 53-48 Montgomery (Rays’ AA affiliate). RHP TJ Shook (3.86 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 10.0 K/9 in 98 High-A/AA innings) is scheduled to get the first crack at the Biscuits. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 5, South Bend 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Brewers' Chourio homers on four-hit day Don’t miss the terrific video highlights put together by the Rattlers’ media team: Wisconsin’s offense came through early to give their tired staff much-needed support, as a leadoff C Darrien Miller walk was followed by OF Jackson Chourio annihilating a 3-0 pitch for his 4th homer as a Timber Rattler (and his 16th of the year) for a 2-0 lead. Chourio was something of a one-man wrecking crew, going 4-for-4 in the game with 2 RBIs. Tied 2-2 in the 3rd inning, Miller and Chourio again led the charge, walking and singling with one out, then scoring on RBI singles by C Jeferson Quero (2-for-4, RBI) and SS Eduardo Garcia (2-for-4, RBI). A wild pitch added another run for a 5-2 advantage. Facing the Cubs for the second time in six days, RHP Israel Puello (3 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 6 BB, 2 Ks) again struggled, walking batters each and every inning, including the last three hitters he faced. Thankfully, RHP Christian Tripp (1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 2 Ks) managed to strand two of three inherited runners to limit the damage and exit the frame up 5-3. From there, it wasn’t easy, but RHPs Taylor Floyd (2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K) and James Meeker (2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 1 K) managed to battle through traffic to pitch four shutout innings, giving Meeker his 11th save of the year. South Bend actually has men on 2nd and 3rd base with one out in the top of the 9th inning before Meeker delivered a full-count strikeout and then induced a line out to left field to end the win, giving the Timber Rattlers a hard-earned 4-2 series victory. Three Quick Strikes: After Puello’s rough Tuesday outing (3 2/3 IP, 7 ER), I’d imagine that Manager Joe Ayrault wanted to give him a full week of rest, but that theoretical plan (if it existed) needed to be shelved after the team was forced into a bullpen game on Saturday (given RHP Justin Bullock’s absence). Both teams were generous in their own way in this game, with the Cubs going 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position, while the Timber Rattlers allowed four Cubs’ stolen bases with zero caught stealing. For the second straight game, Miller (0-for-2, 3 BB) walked three times in the leadoff spot, so it’s a safe bet he’ll continue in the role. Next week’s outlook: Wisconsin (58-49) travels to battle 63-45 Cedar Rapids (Twins’ High-A affiliate) this week. RHP Justin Jarvis (3.74 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 10.0 K/9 in 110 2/2 innings) is expected to start the opener. Carolina Pre-Game Notes (not available) Final: Delmarva 3, Carolina 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Carolina Wastes Early Lead in Series Splitting Loss Starting RHP Fernando Olguin (5 IP, 2 R, 10 H, 1 BB, 5 Ks) had kept a zero on the board in spite of giving up a hit in each of the first five innings, before his fortune ran out in the bottom of the 6th inning. By contrast, both initial Carolina runs (2nd and 5th inning) were produced without the benefit of a hit, as they were actually outhit 13-5 in the contest. Of course, the Mudcats did walk six times and get hit by a pitch, but they’ll rue their 0-for-7 output with runners in scoring position. That fateful 6th inning went single, triple, single before RHP Miguel Guerrero (2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks) entered in relief. Three Shorebird singles off Guerrero in the 7th inning gave them the only lead they would ever need in claiming a come-from-behind win to knot the series 3-3. Three Quick Strikes: 19-year old RHP Jeison Pena (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K – lowering season ERA to 3.38 in ACL/Low-A) pitched a scoreless 8th inning to give his teammates a chance to tie it up, but unfortunately Delmarva retired the Mudcat hitters in order in the 9th inning. 2B Jadher Areinamo (2-for-4, SB) and DH/SS Eric Brown Jr. (1-for-3, double, walk) each reached base twice to lead the Mudcat offense, although each were also caught stealing. OF Hendry Mendez exited the game in the bottom of the 6th inning. Let’s hope this was a scheduled time-share with OF Jace Avina as part of Mendez’ re-introduction to action after a recent injury. Next week’s outlook: Carolina (55-53) returns home to face 47-60 Fayetteville (Astros’ Low-A affiliate). Expect RHP Jeferson Figueroa to start the series opener, still looking for his first organizational win. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Monday DSL/ACL squads! 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  6. Wisconsin held on for a hard-won series victory, led by a Chourio masterpiece. Biloxi withstood three consecutive homers in a comeback victory. Nashville and Carolina unfortunately gave up late leads in tough losses. Sunday’s Game Balls go to Jackson Chourio, Marcus Walden, Tristen Lutz, Corey Ray and Nick Bennett, with an honorable mention to Garrett Whitley. Transactions: N/A Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Gwinnett 5, Nashville 3 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 Sunk by Stripers After Late Letdown Given their first-place standing, terrific performance all year and the advantage of playing at home, the Sounds appeared to have this game in hand up 3-0 entering the 8th inning, only to give up a shocking 5-spot and fall 5-3. The loss ensured a 3-3 series split with Gwinnett for the week. Starting RHP Marcus Walden (5 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 BB, 8 Ks) had his best outing of the year, while SS Brice Turang (2-for-3, walk, RBI) knocked in the game’s opening run on an RBI single in the 3rd inning. The trouble started in RHP Justin Topa’s (1 2/3 IP, 2 ER) second inning of work and continued with RHP Trevor Kelly (1/3 IP, 3 ER – season ERA balloons to 2.00) unable to put out the flames, with all the damage occurring with two outs – five runs on six consecutive singles. Three Quick Strikes: 3B Weston Wilson (1-for-3, double, sac fly, RBI), OF Joey Wiemer (1-for-4, double) and Matt Lipka (1-for-3, double, RBI) each doubled as the team built that 3-0 lead, while leadoff DH/OF Sal Frelick continued his amazing month by reaching base twice (1-for-3, walk – his AAA OPS is now .981). RHP Hobie Harris (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks – season ERA of 1.96) pitched a clean 9th inning to give Nashville a final chance, but the offense was unable to re-start as Gwinnett retired the final 10 Sounds in order. Once-heralded and still-grinding 27-year old RHP Zach Brown (1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks) pitched a clean 6th inning to lower his season ERA to 3.08 as he builds his resume for potential future MLB relief work. Next week’s outlook: Nashville (66-44) hits the road to take on 60-51 Jacksonville (Marlins’ AAA affiliate). Rehabbing RHP Adrian Houser is expected to start Game One of the series. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 7, Rocket City 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Biloxi Rallies To Claim Series Finale LHP Nick Bennett (6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks) faced just 17 batters while sailing through a scoreless initial five innings, before the wheels suddenly jammed as the Trash Pandas went back-to-back-to-back with three consecutive homers to lead off the top of the 6th inning. Of course, to Bennett’s credit, he recovered to finish the inning with no further damage and his team only down 3-2. That initial Shucker lead came courtesy of a 1st inning OF Corey Ray (2-for-3, HR, HBP, RBI) leadoff homer, then OF Garrett Whitley (2-for-4, double, 2 RBIs) singling and scoring on a DH/OF Tristen Lutz (2-for-3, double, walk, 3 RBIs) single in the 4th inning. Unlike the aforementioned Sounds’ game, Biloxi’s offense was able to immediately get back into gear, with Ray and SS Andruw Monsterio (1-for-4, RBI) singling and both scoring on a Whitley double to re-claim the lead 4-3 in the bottom of the 6th inning. After RHP Robbie Hitt allowed a run to tie it up again, 2B Yeison Coca (1-for-3, walk) walked and scored on a groundout to grab a 5-4 advantage, then Lutz doubled in two more runs to provide a 7-4 cushion in the bottom of the 7th inning. By winning both weekend games, Biloxi was able to grab a 3-3 series tie for the week. Three Quick Strikes: RHP Nash Walters (1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 Ks) continued his notable 2022 resurgence by getting the final four outs of the game and earn his first save of the year. 3B Cam Devanney is in a bit of a slump (0-for-4 in this game, 6-for-43 in August), although this writer still believes in him after his amazing first four months of 2022. It’s honestly good to see old friend 27-year old 1B/OF Ryan Aguilar (.889 season OPS; 13th homer of the year in this game) playing regularly and playing well for Rocket City. He was an intriguing prospect given the amount of center field time the Brewers’ gave him before his nightmare 2021 campaign which led to his exit. Next week’s outlook: Biloxi (54-52) goes on the road to face 53-48 Montgomery (Rays’ AA affiliate). RHP TJ Shook (3.86 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 10.0 K/9 in 98 High-A/AA innings) is scheduled to get the first crack at the Biscuits. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 5, South Bend 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Brewers' Chourio homers on four-hit day Don’t miss the terrific video highlights put together by the Rattlers’ media team: Wisconsin’s offense came through early to give their tired staff much-needed support, as a leadoff C Darrien Miller walk was followed by OF Jackson Chourio annihilating a 3-0 pitch for his 4th homer as a Timber Rattler (and his 16th of the year) for a 2-0 lead. Chourio was something of a one-man wrecking crew, going 4-for-4 in the game with 2 RBIs. Tied 2-2 in the 3rd inning, Miller and Chourio again led the charge, walking and singling with one out, then scoring on RBI singles by C Jeferson Quero (2-for-4, RBI) and SS Eduardo Garcia (2-for-4, RBI). A wild pitch added another run for a 5-2 advantage. Facing the Cubs for the second time in six days, RHP Israel Puello (3 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 6 BB, 2 Ks) again struggled, walking batters each and every inning, including the last three hitters he faced. Thankfully, RHP Christian Tripp (1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 2 Ks) managed to strand two of three inherited runners to limit the damage and exit the frame up 5-3. From there, it wasn’t easy, but RHPs Taylor Floyd (2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K) and James Meeker (2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 1 K) managed to battle through traffic to pitch four shutout innings, giving Meeker his 11th save of the year. South Bend actually has men on 2nd and 3rd base with one out in the top of the 9th inning before Meeker delivered a full-count strikeout and then induced a line out to left field to end the win, giving the Timber Rattlers a hard-earned 4-2 series victory. Three Quick Strikes: After Puello’s rough Tuesday outing (3 2/3 IP, 7 ER), I’d imagine that Manager Joe Ayrault wanted to give him a full week of rest, but that theoretical plan (if it existed) needed to be shelved after the team was forced into a bullpen game on Saturday (given RHP Justin Bullock’s absence). Both teams were generous in their own way in this game, with the Cubs going 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position, while the Timber Rattlers allowed four Cubs’ stolen bases with zero caught stealing. For the second straight game, Miller (0-for-2, 3 BB) walked three times in the leadoff spot, so it’s a safe bet he’ll continue in the role. Next week’s outlook: Wisconsin (58-49) travels to battle 63-45 Cedar Rapids (Twins’ High-A affiliate) this week. RHP Justin Jarvis (3.74 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 10.0 K/9 in 110 2/2 innings) is expected to start the opener. Carolina Pre-Game Notes (not available) Final: Delmarva 3, Carolina 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Carolina Wastes Early Lead in Series Splitting Loss Starting RHP Fernando Olguin (5 IP, 2 R, 10 H, 1 BB, 5 Ks) had kept a zero on the board in spite of giving up a hit in each of the first five innings, before his fortune ran out in the bottom of the 6th inning. By contrast, both initial Carolina runs (2nd and 5th inning) were produced without the benefit of a hit, as they were actually outhit 13-5 in the contest. Of course, the Mudcats did walk six times and get hit by a pitch, but they’ll rue their 0-for-7 output with runners in scoring position. That fateful 6th inning went single, triple, single before RHP Miguel Guerrero (2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks) entered in relief. Three Shorebird singles off Guerrero in the 7th inning gave them the only lead they would ever need in claiming a come-from-behind win to knot the series 3-3. Three Quick Strikes: 19-year old RHP Jeison Pena (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K – lowering season ERA to 3.38 in ACL/Low-A) pitched a scoreless 8th inning to give his teammates a chance to tie it up, but unfortunately Delmarva retired the Mudcat hitters in order in the 9th inning. 2B Jadher Areinamo (2-for-4, SB) and DH/SS Eric Brown Jr. (1-for-3, double, walk) each reached base twice to lead the Mudcat offense, although each were also caught stealing. OF Hendry Mendez exited the game in the bottom of the 6th inning. Let’s hope this was a scheduled time-share with OF Jace Avina as part of Mendez’ re-introduction to action after a recent injury. Next week’s outlook: Carolina (55-53) returns home to face 47-60 Fayetteville (Astros’ Low-A affiliate). Expect RHP Jeferson Figueroa to start the series opener, still looking for his first organizational win. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Monday DSL/ACL squads! 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  7. Wednesday’s Game Balls go to Corey Ray, Tyler Herb, Garrett Whitley, Justin Jarvis and Stiven Cruz, with Honorable Mentions to Robbie Baker, Jesus Chirinos and Brice Turang. Transactions: Signed underdrafted free agent RHP Jonathan Beymer (Campbell University) – per post by @ARobsBrewCrew: “He is a 6’2” 180 lb. right-handed pitcher that has spent the majority of his collegiate career as a reliever. Soon-to-be 24-years-old, Beymer has seen something click this summer between two wood-bat league teams after struggling with Campbell the past two seasons.” Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 2, Gwinnett 1 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 Hold Off Stripers in Series Opener SS Brice Turang ’s (1-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs) two-run homer in the bottom of the 1st inning gave Nashville a 2-1 lead, which held up throughout the rest of the night. Leadoff man OF Sal Frelick (1-for-2, triple, walk) had tripled to get the Sounds off on a good note. Starting RHP Tyler Herb (5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 8 Ks) went five strong innings to continue his recent good form, before four relievers kept Gwinnett hitless over the final four innings, including retiring the final 11 Stripers of the contest in order. Nashville’s offense had ample opportunities (1-for-12 with runners in scoring position; 10 left-on-base), while Gwinnett mustered nothing (0-for-2 with RISP; 4 left-on-base). Three Quick Strikes: Each of RHPs Jake Cousins (2 Ks, 1 BB), Peter Strzelecki (2 Ks), Trevor Kelley (1 K) and Luis Perdomo (3rd save) covered one scoreless inning, retiring 12 of the 13 batters they faced. Turang’s blast extended his hitting streak to 17 games and on-base streak to 24 games, while 3B Pablo Reyes (2-for-4) now has a 22-game on-base streak. The balls aren’t falling in for OF Esteury Ruiz (.200 average and .554 OPS since joining Nashville in the Hader trade), so he bunted for a hit in the 5th inning. Thursday’s outlook: Rehabbing major leaguer RHP Adrian Houser is the scheduled starter for one of Nashville’s Thursday home games. Expect RHP Caleb Boushley (11-2 record, 3.62 season ERA) to get the call in the second game. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 6, Rocket City 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Ray's Four-Hit Game Boosts Shuckers In 6-5 Win OF Corey Ray (4-for-5, HR, double, 2 RBIs) has re-acclimated quickly to life in Biloxi, boosting his 2022 AA OPS to 1.266 through six games. He doubled on the first pitch of the bottom of the 1st inning, then scored on an OF Garrett Whitley double. 1B Thomas Dillard and OF Terence Doston both singled and scored in the 2nd inning to extend the Shuckers’ lead to 3-0, before Ray produced his third hit of the game in the 4th inning, pulling a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall for two more runs. Whitley (2-for-4, HR, double, walk, 2 RBIs) then followed with a solo home run of his own to give Biloxi starting RHP TJ Shook a 6-1 lead. That gives Whitley homers on consecutive nights. Four runs off Shook in the middle innings tightened the game at 6-5, but the bullpen of Kent Hasler (1 2/3 IP), Nash Walters (1 IP, 2 Ks) and Harold Chirin o (1 IP, 2 Ks, second save) were up to the task, retiring all 11 batters they faced, the last on Ray’s diving catch in center field. Biloxi’s victory evened their series with Rocket City at one game apiece. Three Quick Strikes: Shook (5 1/3 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 5 H, 4 BB, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 5 Ks) was strong through 87 pitches, but the final three were a ball to finish a 10-pitch walk, then a double and a 3-run homer. I’ll give lightly-used C Nick Kahle another mention here: 1-for-2, walk, sac fly, RBI, run scored. The additions of the highly experienced SS Andruw Monasterio (25), Ray (27) and Whitley (25) seem to have sufficiently offset the promotions of Wiemer, Frelick and Mitchell to AAA Nashville. Thursday’s outlook: Exciting LHP Robert Gasser will start Thursday’s Shucker home game, aiming to replicate his terrific last outing (5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 Ks). Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 6, South Bend 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Chourio Homers in Wisconsin Victory Over Cubs Here are excellent video highlights from the Rattlers’ solid media team: OF Jackson Chourio gave Wisconsin an early lift, blasting a 107mph rocket over the left field wall to stake Wisconsin to a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning. Two uncharacteristic Joe Gray Jr. errors couldn’t derail starting RHP Justin Jarvis’s (6 IP, 2 R (0 ER), 4 H, 3 BB, 2 Ks) excellent form, though they did allow the lucky Cubs to tie the game 2-2 by the top of the 3rd inning. After re-taking the lead on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 3rd inning, Jarvis and RHP Robbie Baker (3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks) locked down the South Bend offense from there. In fact, Baker didn’t allow a baserunner over the final three innings to earn a deserved save (his 2nd of the year). Recent 7th round draft pick 3B Ben Metzinger (1-for-3, walk, RBI) notched his first hit with the club in the 7th inning on a full-count line drive to the opposite field, then scored as part of a two-run inning to give Wisconsin a 6-2 lead. Recently-promoted 19-year old DH/C Jeferson Quero also logged his first High-A ball hit in this game. In a theme across Wednesday’s games, Wisconsin won despite its offense going 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position and stranding nine baserunners. By contrast, South Bend’s opportunities were few and far between, as they went 0-for-4 with RISP and stranded only five baserunners. Three Quick Strikes: Jarvis obviously showed no ill effects from his last start, when he was pulled in the 1st inning after two walks and a bunch of bad luck (e.g. errors, infield singles). With OF Arbert Cipion and SS Eduardo Garcia both exiting the game early after being hit-by-pitches, Manager Joe Ayrault’s bench was likely empty. Officially, Wes Clarke and Ashton McGee are active, but Clarke’s not played since July 30 and McGee since August 2. Hopefully all four players are in fact healthy and the exits of Cipion and Garcia were simply precautionary. C Darrien Miller had a rare opportunity to lead off for the team in this game and played the part nicely: 0-for-2 with 3 walks and an RBI. Thursday’s outlook: 20-year old RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez (3.35 season ERA) is due to make his 2nd-ever start in High-A ball in their home game against South Bend. Carolina Pre-Game Notes Rain Delay After 4 ½ innings: Carolina 4, Delmarva 0 (to be continued on Thursday) Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Mudcats and Shorebirds Suspended Due to Rain The only thing which could slow down RHP Stiven Cruz (4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks) in this game was rain. In fact, the rain stopped everything and everyone in their tracks. Before the postponement, 1B Jesus Chirinos and 2B Robert Moore had combined for three doubles, driving in four runs. Thus, the Chirinos and Moore show (with special contributions from the Carolina bullpen and other Mudcats) will continue Thursday as part of a pseudo-doubleheader, including the final 4 ½ innings of Wednesday’s game and then a 7-inning game to follow. Thursday’s outlook: After completing the remaining 4 ½ innings of Wednesday’s contest, RHP Edwin Jimenez (4.33 season ERA) is expected to start the second game, a 7-inning affair. DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE Final: DSL Phillies White 5, DSL Brewers1 3 (two extra innings beyond planned 7 innings) Box Score / Game Log The close defeat drops DSL Brewers-1’s record to 18-30 on the season. Starting LHP Wande Torres (4 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 5 BB, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1 balk, 4 Ks) limited the Phillies to one run on one hit, though he won’t be happy with his five walks. Reliever RHP Hamlet Vasquez (4 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 1 H, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 4 Ks) also put in a solid shift. A C Edgardo Ordonez (2-for-4, RBI) single and SS Angel Pereira (1-for-2, triple, walk, RBI, SB) triple helped stake the Brewers to a 2-0 lead in the 4th inning, which nearly held up. However, the Brewer’s 2-1 advantage evaporated via a Phillies’ RBI single with two outs in the final scheduled (7th) inning. The Phillies then scored Manfred’s Ghost in the 8th inning without registering a hit, but Ordonez kept the Brewers in the game with a tying RBI double. The Phillies then scored on a bunt-plus-error to start the 9th inning and also added a sacrifice fly for the final margin. A bit of good news: Slumping OF Luis Lara showed some signs of life: 1-for-2, 2 walks. Final: DSL Brewers2 4, DSL Texas Red 3 Box Score / Game Log The win boosts Brewers-2's season record back above .500 to 24-23. Although there was eventually some 9th inning drama, this was definitely not a game for the fan, as the teams combined to go 0-for-21 with runners in scoring position and strand 22 baserunners. In fact, the patient Brewers-2 hitters walked 14 times and were beaned three times in this game, yet somehow only produced four runs, all in the 2nd inning. Well, the team producing just three hits in 29 at-bats explains the “somehow”. Perhaps the Brewer offense was deflated by having its best player 1B Yeison Perez (0-for-0, walk, 2 HBPs, RBI) exit the game early after being hit by pitches twice in the first four innings. Each of starting LHP Anthony Flores (4 IP, 1 ER, 3Ks), LHP David Dominguez (3 IP, 1 ER, 4 Ks) and RHP Roman Perez (2 IP, 0 R, 1 K) were effective in this game. Nonetheless, Texas chipped away at the 4-0 Brewers’ advantage, getting to within 4-3 by the 7th inning. However, in the 9th inning, two walks gave Texas a golden two-on, one-out opportunity, which the Brewer defense extinguished via a game-ending pop out double play (in foul territory, no less). We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Thursday to all teams! And a personal thank you to @Joseph Zarr for swapping days with me – Joseph actually has 10 games to cover now (sorry!), as all teams are in action, with Carolina and Nashville playing doubleheaders. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores 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
  8. The Nashville, Biloxi and Wisconsin bullpens were dominant in Wednesday’s victories, retiring the final 11, 11 and 9 batters of their games, respectively. Carolina also led 4-0 before rain halted action in the 5th inning. Wednesday’s Game Balls go to Corey Ray, Tyler Herb, Garrett Whitley, Justin Jarvis and Stiven Cruz, with Honorable Mentions to Robbie Baker, Jesus Chirinos and Brice Turang. Transactions: Signed underdrafted free agent RHP Jonathan Beymer (Campbell University) – per post by @ARobsBrewCrew: “He is a 6’2” 180 lb. right-handed pitcher that has spent the majority of his collegiate career as a reliever. Soon-to-be 24-years-old, Beymer has seen something click this summer between two wood-bat league teams after struggling with Campbell the past two seasons.” Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 2, Gwinnett 1 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 Hold Off Stripers in Series Opener SS Brice Turang ’s (1-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs) two-run homer in the bottom of the 1st inning gave Nashville a 2-1 lead, which held up throughout the rest of the night. Leadoff man OF Sal Frelick (1-for-2, triple, walk) had tripled to get the Sounds off on a good note. Starting RHP Tyler Herb (5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 8 Ks) went five strong innings to continue his recent good form, before four relievers kept Gwinnett hitless over the final four innings, including retiring the final 11 Stripers of the contest in order. Nashville’s offense had ample opportunities (1-for-12 with runners in scoring position; 10 left-on-base), while Gwinnett mustered nothing (0-for-2 with RISP; 4 left-on-base). Three Quick Strikes: Each of RHPs Jake Cousins (2 Ks, 1 BB), Peter Strzelecki (2 Ks), Trevor Kelley (1 K) and Luis Perdomo (3rd save) covered one scoreless inning, retiring 12 of the 13 batters they faced. Turang’s blast extended his hitting streak to 17 games and on-base streak to 24 games, while 3B Pablo Reyes (2-for-4) now has a 22-game on-base streak. The balls aren’t falling in for OF Esteury Ruiz (.200 average and .554 OPS since joining Nashville in the Hader trade), so he bunted for a hit in the 5th inning. Thursday’s outlook: Rehabbing major leaguer RHP Adrian Houser is the scheduled starter for one of Nashville’s Thursday home games. Expect RHP Caleb Boushley (11-2 record, 3.62 season ERA) to get the call in the second game. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 6, Rocket City 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Ray's Four-Hit Game Boosts Shuckers In 6-5 Win OF Corey Ray (4-for-5, HR, double, 2 RBIs) has re-acclimated quickly to life in Biloxi, boosting his 2022 AA OPS to 1.266 through six games. He doubled on the first pitch of the bottom of the 1st inning, then scored on an OF Garrett Whitley double. 1B Thomas Dillard and OF Terence Doston both singled and scored in the 2nd inning to extend the Shuckers’ lead to 3-0, before Ray produced his third hit of the game in the 4th inning, pulling a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall for two more runs. Whitley (2-for-4, HR, double, walk, 2 RBIs) then followed with a solo home run of his own to give Biloxi starting RHP TJ Shook a 6-1 lead. That gives Whitley homers on consecutive nights. Four runs off Shook in the middle innings tightened the game at 6-5, but the bullpen of Kent Hasler (1 2/3 IP), Nash Walters (1 IP, 2 Ks) and Harold Chirin o (1 IP, 2 Ks, second save) were up to the task, retiring all 11 batters they faced, the last on Ray’s diving catch in center field. Biloxi’s victory evened their series with Rocket City at one game apiece. Three Quick Strikes: Shook (5 1/3 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 5 H, 4 BB, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 5 Ks) was strong through 87 pitches, but the final three were a ball to finish a 10-pitch walk, then a double and a 3-run homer. I’ll give lightly-used C Nick Kahle another mention here: 1-for-2, walk, sac fly, RBI, run scored. The additions of the highly experienced SS Andruw Monasterio (25), Ray (27) and Whitley (25) seem to have sufficiently offset the promotions of Wiemer, Frelick and Mitchell to AAA Nashville. Thursday’s outlook: Exciting LHP Robert Gasser will start Thursday’s Shucker home game, aiming to replicate his terrific last outing (5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 Ks). Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 6, South Bend 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Chourio Homers in Wisconsin Victory Over Cubs Here are excellent video highlights from the Rattlers’ solid media team: OF Jackson Chourio gave Wisconsin an early lift, blasting a 107mph rocket over the left field wall to stake Wisconsin to a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning. Two uncharacteristic Joe Gray Jr. errors couldn’t derail starting RHP Justin Jarvis’s (6 IP, 2 R (0 ER), 4 H, 3 BB, 2 Ks) excellent form, though they did allow the lucky Cubs to tie the game 2-2 by the top of the 3rd inning. After re-taking the lead on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 3rd inning, Jarvis and RHP Robbie Baker (3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks) locked down the South Bend offense from there. In fact, Baker didn’t allow a baserunner over the final three innings to earn a deserved save (his 2nd of the year). Recent 7th round draft pick 3B Ben Metzinger (1-for-3, walk, RBI) notched his first hit with the club in the 7th inning on a full-count line drive to the opposite field, then scored as part of a two-run inning to give Wisconsin a 6-2 lead. Recently-promoted 19-year old DH/C Jeferson Quero also logged his first High-A ball hit in this game. In a theme across Wednesday’s games, Wisconsin won despite its offense going 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position and stranding nine baserunners. By contrast, South Bend’s opportunities were few and far between, as they went 0-for-4 with RISP and stranded only five baserunners. Three Quick Strikes: Jarvis obviously showed no ill effects from his last start, when he was pulled in the 1st inning after two walks and a bunch of bad luck (e.g. errors, infield singles). With OF Arbert Cipion and SS Eduardo Garcia both exiting the game early after being hit-by-pitches, Manager Joe Ayrault’s bench was likely empty. Officially, Wes Clarke and Ashton McGee are active, but Clarke’s not played since July 30 and McGee since August 2. Hopefully all four players are in fact healthy and the exits of Cipion and Garcia were simply precautionary. C Darrien Miller had a rare opportunity to lead off for the team in this game and played the part nicely: 0-for-2 with 3 walks and an RBI. Thursday’s outlook: 20-year old RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez (3.35 season ERA) is due to make his 2nd-ever start in High-A ball in their home game against South Bend. Carolina Pre-Game Notes Rain Delay After 4 ½ innings: Carolina 4, Delmarva 0 (to be continued on Thursday) Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Mudcats and Shorebirds Suspended Due to Rain The only thing which could slow down RHP Stiven Cruz (4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks) in this game was rain. In fact, the rain stopped everything and everyone in their tracks. Before the postponement, 1B Jesus Chirinos and 2B Robert Moore had combined for three doubles, driving in four runs. Thus, the Chirinos and Moore show (with special contributions from the Carolina bullpen and other Mudcats) will continue Thursday as part of a pseudo-doubleheader, including the final 4 ½ innings of Wednesday’s game and then a 7-inning game to follow. Thursday’s outlook: After completing the remaining 4 ½ innings of Wednesday’s contest, RHP Edwin Jimenez (4.33 season ERA) is expected to start the second game, a 7-inning affair. DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE Final: DSL Phillies White 5, DSL Brewers1 3 (two extra innings beyond planned 7 innings) Box Score / Game Log The close defeat drops DSL Brewers-1’s record to 18-30 on the season. Starting LHP Wande Torres (4 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 5 BB, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1 balk, 4 Ks) limited the Phillies to one run on one hit, though he won’t be happy with his five walks. Reliever RHP Hamlet Vasquez (4 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 1 H, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 4 Ks) also put in a solid shift. A C Edgardo Ordonez (2-for-4, RBI) single and SS Angel Pereira (1-for-2, triple, walk, RBI, SB) triple helped stake the Brewers to a 2-0 lead in the 4th inning, which nearly held up. However, the Brewer’s 2-1 advantage evaporated via a Phillies’ RBI single with two outs in the final scheduled (7th) inning. The Phillies then scored Manfred’s Ghost in the 8th inning without registering a hit, but Ordonez kept the Brewers in the game with a tying RBI double. The Phillies then scored on a bunt-plus-error to start the 9th inning and also added a sacrifice fly for the final margin. A bit of good news: Slumping OF Luis Lara showed some signs of life: 1-for-2, 2 walks. Final: DSL Brewers2 4, DSL Texas Red 3 Box Score / Game Log The win boosts Brewers-2's season record back above .500 to 24-23. Although there was eventually some 9th inning drama, this was definitely not a game for the fan, as the teams combined to go 0-for-21 with runners in scoring position and strand 22 baserunners. In fact, the patient Brewers-2 hitters walked 14 times and were beaned three times in this game, yet somehow only produced four runs, all in the 2nd inning. Well, the team producing just three hits in 29 at-bats explains the “somehow”. Perhaps the Brewer offense was deflated by having its best player 1B Yeison Perez (0-for-0, walk, 2 HBPs, RBI) exit the game early after being hit by pitches twice in the first four innings. Each of starting LHP Anthony Flores (4 IP, 1 ER, 3Ks), LHP David Dominguez (3 IP, 1 ER, 4 Ks) and RHP Roman Perez (2 IP, 0 R, 1 K) were effective in this game. Nonetheless, Texas chipped away at the 4-0 Brewers’ advantage, getting to within 4-3 by the 7th inning. However, in the 9th inning, two walks gave Texas a golden two-on, one-out opportunity, which the Brewer defense extinguished via a game-ending pop out double play (in foul territory, no less). We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Thursday to all teams! And a personal thank you to @Joseph Zarr for swapping days with me – Joseph actually has 10 games to cover now (sorry!), as all teams are in action, with Carolina and Nashville playing doubleheaders. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores 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
  9. Transactions: INF/OF Mark Mathias optioned to AAA Nashville (as INF Mike Brosseau returns to Milwaukee via end of rehab stint) C Pedro Severino sent to AAA Nashville on rehab assignment (assignment transferred from Biloxi) C Nick Kahle assigned to AA Biloxi from AAA Nashville RHP Arnaldo Hernandez placed on AA Biloxi’s 7-day IL RHP Ryne Moore placed on High-A Wisconsin’s 7-day IL OF Larry Ernesto released from ACL Brewers Blue Has a player ever been literally released mid-game? A reminder of our post in yesterday's report: 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. Ernesto was 16 years old when he was handed that bounty. Big unfortunate misfire. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 8, Gwinnett (Braves) 3 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: Vihuelas de Nashville Even Series with Gwinnett - Nashville collects season-high 19 hits in win The box score is a feast for the eyes, yet when you see the individual numbers, one realizes an eight-run output was under-performing in a way. As @wibadgers23noted in our Minor League Forum "day-of" thread, check out how many baserunners Garrett Whitley and Brice Turang stranded during their own at-bats. Corey Ray definitely thought this was out and that's why what should have been a triple wasn't, as the broadcast crew picked up on. We'll only give a minor slap on the wrist as there were two outs, less urgency to reach third base. Big night for Corey - build up trade value this month, sir. Quality start when you allow ten hits in six innings? When nine of the hits are singles and you walk none, it sure is, Dylan File. The Sounds love their "File" puns. Just a matter of time before "File helps Nashville nail down a title". Pretty ERA's out of the Sounds bullpen, no? Lucas Erceg got himself out of his own bases-loaded, one-out jam (two walks) with a timely GIDP. Newly-acquired infielder Pat Dorrian hasn't been officially activated to the Sounds' roster. This May 2021 article helps us understand why when we first looked Dorrian up upon the word of the trade (for cash) with Baltimore, we saw he was a 2014 12th round pick of the Braves, yet didn't make his pro debut until 2018 in the Pirates' organization. Just over two days left in the Sounds' Vihuelas jersey auction. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 5, Pensacola (Marlins) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Dillard's Four-RBI Night Capped with Walk-Off Walk - Devanney Extends Franchise-Best Hitting Streak To 17 Games You just watched several video clips within that game summary. In addition, take in the local TV sports crew's report here: Joey Wiemer, playing center field for the 17th game this season, stole his 21st base in 22 attempts. It's June 25th. This could be a 40-steal season, and among all his plaudits and well-earned attention, we don't focus on that part of his game enough. Joey added two singles here. The Biloxi lineup gives us entertaining action on most nights, it really does. It's been a struggle in 2022 (.564 OPS in 69 at-bats at two levels) for former Brewers farmhand infielder Devin Hairston. Actually, those numbers pretty much mimic those during his three-plus year stint with the Crew. Listed attendance of 2,606. Does any stadium "disguise" its fans as empty seats better than Biloxi's MGM Park? Is the casino handing out tickets as comps that don't get used? I've espoused on that before, I'll give it a rest. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 4, Quad Cities (Royals) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Acosta and Robinson Get Rattlers a Win to Open Second Half - Brewers Kolten Wong set to make rehab appearances Saturday and Sunday As usual, the home game summary includes the video highlight package and the Rattler Radio Postgame Podcast. Here's your direct link to the podcast chat so you can open in a separate browser as you juggle your Link Report experience: "Jose Acosta and Cam Robinson talk about their big nights. Joe Ayrault talks about the game and drops the big news about Kolten Wong appearing in the Wisconsin lineup on Saturday night." Milwaukee Player Development Staff to their athletic youngsters in 2022: "You'll play center field! And you'll play center field!". Thanks Oprah, we look forward to this process panning out with both full-timers in the big league spot and those capable of filling in there. More auction linkage: help your collection (and charity): *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Down East (Rangers) 6, Carolina 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, details, please review: Mudcats Drop Fourth Straight at Down East - The Mudcats opened the second half of the season with a shutout loss Please help us locate the Mudcats' normally more-recognizable offense. With a lack of items to spotlight from this game, let's remind you of Voice of the Mudcats' Greg Young Jr.'s hour-long visit with David and Matt - be sure to find time for this one: *** Thank you @damuelle for lightening my load on a Saturday morning - eight-game Link Reporting can be a challenge! I'll be back in a bit from the DSL, here's Daniel with the Arizona updates: Final: ACL Rockies 7, ACL Brewers Blue 3 Box Score / Game Log Another day, another loss, unfortunately for the Brewers in Blue, dropping their record to 3-11. 20-year old OF Eduarqui Fernandez provided the main highlight, smacking his second homer of the year to tie the game 2-2 in the top of the second inning. His season slash is now .277 / .306 / .532. Just as important, he didn’t strike out in this game. 21-year old switch-hitting LF Reidy Mercado hadn’t played for 13 days, but was impressive in his half-game action: 2-for-2 with an infield single and a double. Let’s hope his fifth inning exit in favor of Luis Medina was pre-planned as part of a gradual return from injury. 20-year old starting RHP Andy Garcia gave up four runs in five innings, but his peripherals were decent: four hits, two walks, six Ks. Let’s focus on the positives. Meanwhile, 19-year old Arielbi Gonzalez was hit harder than usual (five hits in two innings of work), but struck out four Rockies. It was 105 degrees at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Final: ACL Royals 7, ACL Brewers Gold 6 Box Score / Game Log All the runs came early in this one, as a 7-6 fifth inning scoreline held up for the remainder of the contest, unfortunately with the Gold men on the wrong end of it, dropping their record to 8-5. 20-year old RHP Phili Silverio pitched three encouraging scoreless innings, striking out six while yielding only a harmless single and walk. Taking the cue from Silverio, 20-year old RHP Fray Morelo and 19-year old LHP Fraudy Maldonado combined on another three scoreless innings, striking out three and probably making the manager wish he'd gone to the bullpen earlier. Starting 19-year old RHP Patricio Aquino wasn’t able to build on a terrific prior outing, giving up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits (four of the extra-base variety) in three innings of work, though did manage to punch out six batters. The Gold team will rue the missed chances, leaving the tying run on 3rd base in the 5th inning, 2nd base in the 6th inning and then ending the game at 3rd base on a base running blunder (registered as a caught stealing: pitcher to third baseman). The team went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, though the opposition wasn’t much better at 2-for-12. 20-year old 3B Carlos Roa hasn’t been getting regular playing time (last hit was June 6th), but reminded us that “everyone’s a prospect or they wouldn’t be here” by going 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and no strikeouts. Impressive 18-year old RF Luis Castillo (1.202 season OPS) also reached base three times, going 1-for-3 with a double and two walks. SS Jose Caballero (.997 season OPS), 2B Jadher Areinamo (.792 season OPS) and LF Eduarh Colina each reached base twice via a single and walk. 18-year old DH/INF Gregory Barrios had reached base five times on Thursday, but went 0-for-5 today. Yet he still managed an RBI and only struck out once. Again, look at the positives! 105 degrees at American Family Fields of Phoenix in this 3-hour, 42-minute tight contest. It’s Blue vs. Gold in an early Saturday game today. Go Brewers! *** OK, it's actually seven games for this report, given the inter-organizational battle here: Final: DSL Brewers #2 Squad 6, DSL Brewers #1 Squad 3, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log There are 49 teams in the Dominican Summer League, and there are no division races, it's just one lumped-together pile of standings. The Brewers #1 youngsters are currently in 49th place at 3-12. However, that team is the home of 17-year-old switch-hitting center fielder (hi, Oprah!) Luis Lara, who tripled, singled and walked to raise his OPS to .992. Only three walks, but also only three strikeouts, and as long as we're "only'ing" this sentence, only one stolen base in three attempts. Much to work with and build upon, though. For the victors, first pro homers for RF Irving Igualas (1.050 OPS) and LF (but DH'ing for the first time here) Francisco Nina (.852 OPS). Igualas is a LH bat, Nina, batting from the right side, won't turn 18 until September. Check out the line score within the box. The teams matched outputs in each of the first five innings. Crew Uno squandered a 1st and 2nd, one-out opportunity in the top of the 6th. Crew Dos (now 8-7 on the season) did not, with the Igualas home run, a two-run shot to center, the go-ahead moment. *** Normally the always-followed Brewers Player Development Twitter account will post their highlight packages a few hours after the overnight Link Report emerges. Here's yesterday's posts on a couple of Mudcats: On Saturday, it's Maryvale at Maryvale in a daytime desert affair, technically Blue at Gold. I'm waiting for them to introduce ACL Brewers Cream next year; those big-league uniforms were spectacular in the oddest of ways. Both DSL teams will play as well. Good luck to all, including Kolten Wong with the newly-undefeated Timber Rattlers. 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  10. Nashville wins and maintains its game-and-a-half lead through 69 games in a season that isn't split in half. Biloxi is victorious but their win won't count towards a playoff chase as their 2nd season doesn't begin until Tuesday. Nice triumph for Wisconsin and the Timber Rattlers can place that on their playoff ledger as they move to 1-0, while the Mudcats, feeling the sting of this week's disappointing results and the loss of their first half division lead, continued to stumble due to an ill-timed offensive funk to fall to 0-1. Transactions: INF/OF Mark Mathias optioned to AAA Nashville (as INF Mike Brosseau returns to Milwaukee via end of rehab stint) C Pedro Severino sent to AAA Nashville on rehab assignment (assignment transferred from Biloxi) C Nick Kahle assigned to AA Biloxi from AAA Nashville RHP Arnaldo Hernandez placed on AA Biloxi’s 7-day IL RHP Ryne Moore placed on High-A Wisconsin’s 7-day IL OF Larry Ernesto released from ACL Brewers Blue Has a player ever been literally released mid-game? A reminder of our post in yesterday's report: 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. Ernesto was 16 years old when he was handed that bounty. Big unfortunate misfire. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 8, Gwinnett (Braves) 3 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: Vihuelas de Nashville Even Series with Gwinnett - Nashville collects season-high 19 hits in win The box score is a feast for the eyes, yet when you see the individual numbers, one realizes an eight-run output was under-performing in a way. As @wibadgers23noted in our Minor League Forum "day-of" thread, check out how many baserunners Garrett Whitley and Brice Turang stranded during their own at-bats. Corey Ray definitely thought this was out and that's why what should have been a triple wasn't, as the broadcast crew picked up on. We'll only give a minor slap on the wrist as there were two outs, less urgency to reach third base. Big night for Corey - build up trade value this month, sir. Quality start when you allow ten hits in six innings? When nine of the hits are singles and you walk none, it sure is, Dylan File. The Sounds love their "File" puns. Just a matter of time before "File helps Nashville nail down a title". Pretty ERA's out of the Sounds bullpen, no? Lucas Erceg got himself out of his own bases-loaded, one-out jam (two walks) with a timely GIDP. Newly-acquired infielder Pat Dorrian hasn't been officially activated to the Sounds' roster. This May 2021 article helps us understand why when we first looked Dorrian up upon the word of the trade (for cash) with Baltimore, we saw he was a 2014 12th round pick of the Braves, yet didn't make his pro debut until 2018 in the Pirates' organization. Just over two days left in the Sounds' Vihuelas jersey auction. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 5, Pensacola (Marlins) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Dillard's Four-RBI Night Capped with Walk-Off Walk - Devanney Extends Franchise-Best Hitting Streak To 17 Games You just watched several video clips within that game summary. In addition, take in the local TV sports crew's report here: Joey Wiemer, playing center field for the 17th game this season, stole his 21st base in 22 attempts. It's June 25th. This could be a 40-steal season, and among all his plaudits and well-earned attention, we don't focus on that part of his game enough. Joey added two singles here. The Biloxi lineup gives us entertaining action on most nights, it really does. It's been a struggle in 2022 (.564 OPS in 69 at-bats at two levels) for former Brewers farmhand infielder Devin Hairston. Actually, those numbers pretty much mimic those during his three-plus year stint with the Crew. Listed attendance of 2,606. Does any stadium "disguise" its fans as empty seats better than Biloxi's MGM Park? Is the casino handing out tickets as comps that don't get used? I've espoused on that before, I'll give it a rest. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 4, Quad Cities (Royals) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Acosta and Robinson Get Rattlers a Win to Open Second Half - Brewers Kolten Wong set to make rehab appearances Saturday and Sunday As usual, the home game summary includes the video highlight package and the Rattler Radio Postgame Podcast. Here's your direct link to the podcast chat so you can open in a separate browser as you juggle your Link Report experience: "Jose Acosta and Cam Robinson talk about their big nights. Joe Ayrault talks about the game and drops the big news about Kolten Wong appearing in the Wisconsin lineup on Saturday night." Milwaukee Player Development Staff to their athletic youngsters in 2022: "You'll play center field! And you'll play center field!". Thanks Oprah, we look forward to this process panning out with both full-timers in the big league spot and those capable of filling in there. More auction linkage: help your collection (and charity): *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Down East (Rangers) 6, Carolina 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, details, please review: Mudcats Drop Fourth Straight at Down East - The Mudcats opened the second half of the season with a shutout loss Please help us locate the Mudcats' normally more-recognizable offense. With a lack of items to spotlight from this game, let's remind you of Voice of the Mudcats' Greg Young Jr.'s hour-long visit with David and Matt - be sure to find time for this one: *** Thank you @damuelle for lightening my load on a Saturday morning - eight-game Link Reporting can be a challenge! I'll be back in a bit from the DSL, here's Daniel with the Arizona updates: Final: ACL Rockies 7, ACL Brewers Blue 3 Box Score / Game Log Another day, another loss, unfortunately for the Brewers in Blue, dropping their record to 3-11. 20-year old OF Eduarqui Fernandez provided the main highlight, smacking his second homer of the year to tie the game 2-2 in the top of the second inning. His season slash is now .277 / .306 / .532. Just as important, he didn’t strike out in this game. 21-year old switch-hitting LF Reidy Mercado hadn’t played for 13 days, but was impressive in his half-game action: 2-for-2 with an infield single and a double. Let’s hope his fifth inning exit in favor of Luis Medina was pre-planned as part of a gradual return from injury. 20-year old starting RHP Andy Garcia gave up four runs in five innings, but his peripherals were decent: four hits, two walks, six Ks. Let’s focus on the positives. Meanwhile, 19-year old Arielbi Gonzalez was hit harder than usual (five hits in two innings of work), but struck out four Rockies. It was 105 degrees at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Final: ACL Royals 7, ACL Brewers Gold 6 Box Score / Game Log All the runs came early in this one, as a 7-6 fifth inning scoreline held up for the remainder of the contest, unfortunately with the Gold men on the wrong end of it, dropping their record to 8-5. 20-year old RHP Phili Silverio pitched three encouraging scoreless innings, striking out six while yielding only a harmless single and walk. Taking the cue from Silverio, 20-year old RHP Fray Morelo and 19-year old LHP Fraudy Maldonado combined on another three scoreless innings, striking out three and probably making the manager wish he'd gone to the bullpen earlier. Starting 19-year old RHP Patricio Aquino wasn’t able to build on a terrific prior outing, giving up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits (four of the extra-base variety) in three innings of work, though did manage to punch out six batters. The Gold team will rue the missed chances, leaving the tying run on 3rd base in the 5th inning, 2nd base in the 6th inning and then ending the game at 3rd base on a base running blunder (registered as a caught stealing: pitcher to third baseman). The team went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, though the opposition wasn’t much better at 2-for-12. 20-year old 3B Carlos Roa hasn’t been getting regular playing time (last hit was June 6th), but reminded us that “everyone’s a prospect or they wouldn’t be here” by going 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and no strikeouts. Impressive 18-year old RF Luis Castillo (1.202 season OPS) also reached base three times, going 1-for-3 with a double and two walks. SS Jose Caballero (.997 season OPS), 2B Jadher Areinamo (.792 season OPS) and LF Eduarh Colina each reached base twice via a single and walk. 18-year old DH/INF Gregory Barrios had reached base five times on Thursday, but went 0-for-5 today. Yet he still managed an RBI and only struck out once. Again, look at the positives! 105 degrees at American Family Fields of Phoenix in this 3-hour, 42-minute tight contest. It’s Blue vs. Gold in an early Saturday game today. Go Brewers! *** OK, it's actually seven games for this report, given the inter-organizational battle here: Final: DSL Brewers #2 Squad 6, DSL Brewers #1 Squad 3, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log There are 49 teams in the Dominican Summer League, and there are no division races, it's just one lumped-together pile of standings. The Brewers #1 youngsters are currently in 49th place at 3-12. However, that team is the home of 17-year-old switch-hitting center fielder (hi, Oprah!) Luis Lara, who tripled, singled and walked to raise his OPS to .992. Only three walks, but also only three strikeouts, and as long as we're "only'ing" this sentence, only one stolen base in three attempts. Much to work with and build upon, though. For the victors, first pro homers for RF Irving Igualas (1.050 OPS) and LF (but DH'ing for the first time here) Francisco Nina (.852 OPS). Igualas is a LH bat, Nina, batting from the right side, won't turn 18 until September. Check out the line score within the box. The teams matched outputs in each of the first five innings. Crew Uno squandered a 1st and 2nd, one-out opportunity in the top of the 6th. Crew Dos (now 8-7 on the season) did not, with the Igualas home run, a two-run shot to center, the go-ahead moment. *** Normally the always-followed Brewers Player Development Twitter account will post their highlight packages a few hours after the overnight Link Report emerges. Here's yesterday's posts on a couple of Mudcats: On Saturday, it's Maryvale at Maryvale in a daytime desert affair, technically Blue at Gold. I'm waiting for them to introduce ACL Brewers Cream next year; those big-league uniforms were spectacular in the oddest of ways. Both DSL teams will play as well. Good luck to all, including Kolten Wong with the newly-undefeated Timber Rattlers. 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  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. The Milwaukee Brewers made a couple of procedural moves prior to action on Friday night. Former 5th overall pick from the 2016 draft, Corey Ray, was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville. Pitcher Jandel Gustave and catcher Pedro Severino also began rehab assignments with the Sounds. Corey Ray made his Major League debut in April last year appearing in a single game for Milwaukee. The outright removes him from the 40-man roster, a disappointing development for a guy that was a former top 100 prospect. Playing through injuries this year, he’s struggled mightily at Triple-A. Jandel Gustave has been out since mid-May with a hamstring injury. He’s pitched 13 innings for Milwaukee this season and has posted some of the best strikeout numbers in his career. Pedro Severino is getting game action in as his 80-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance is nearing an end. The Brewers roster shuffle will continue as Josh Hader is not with the team this weekend either. View full article
  14. Corey Ray made his Major League debut in April last year appearing in a single game for Milwaukee. The outright removes him from the 40-man roster, a disappointing development for a guy that was a former top 100 prospect. Playing through injuries this year, he’s struggled mightily at Triple-A. Jandel Gustave has been out since mid-May with a hamstring injury. He’s pitched 13 innings for Milwaukee this season and has posted some of the best strikeout numbers in his career. Pedro Severino is getting game action in as his 80-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance is nearing an end. The Brewers roster shuffle will continue as Josh Hader is not with the team this weekend either.
  15. Transactions: - RHP Luke Barker's contract selected by MLB Brewers from AAA Nashville - C Alex Jackson's contract selected by MLB Brewers from AAA Nashville - INF/OF Pablo Reyes' contract selected by MLB Brewers from AAA Nashville (replacing INF Mike Brosseau, who was placed on the MLB Brewers' 10-day injured list) - RHP Peter Strzelecki optioned to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers - C Alex Hall designated for assignment, though we should expect him back with High-A Wisconsin in the near future - LHP Nick Bennett assigned to AA Biloxi from AAA Nashville Plenty to digest above: The Rodriguez and Pinero leg injuries (waiting for specific word) are troublesome. Over on our Minor League Forum, Daniel details the exploits of the departing players, wishing them well here. As for the newcomer: *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 8, Durham (Rays) 4 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 Bounce Back to Even Series in Durham - Corey Ray’s Grand Slam, Willy Adames’ Homer Propels Nashville Past Bulls You can get caught up on all things Sounds with the Voice of the club, Jeff Hem, at the 17:00 mark of the Main Street Sports Today Friday broadcast The career path has been awkwardly painful, both from a performance and injury standpoint, for Corey Ray. Consider how different the Brewers big league roster would be if the now-27-year-old Ray had come even a bit close to fulfilling the potential of a 5th overall pick. Lorenzo Cain would have still been signed prior to 2018 (Ray posted a .678 OPS at High-A in a middling 2017 season at Carolina). But Jackie Bradley Jr. certainly wouldn't have been signed, which means Hunter Renfroe isn't a Brewer today. The permutations go beyond that, but the fact remains that Ray is in his final option year and still has the better part of four months to prove any worth at all towards 2023. Speaking of the big-league club, pretty huge that Willy Adames was able to post five plate appearances (1-for-3 with a home run and two walks as you just read in the filed game report). Let's go boom, shall we? It appears Adames has a scheduled day off Saturday before playing again Sunday. Enough can't be said about RHP Caleb Boushley's bullpen-saving highly-effective seven-inning 102-pitch effort here. (Was that enough hyphen's for you?) *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Pensacola (Marlins) 9, Biloxi 8 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Lutz' Late Homer Comes Up Short as Wahoos Walk Off Shuckers 9-8 - Devanney Homers For Second Consecutive Day As one might imagine, plenty of action to dissect and Voice of the Shuckers Garrett Greene does a fine job within that recap. There's an elephant in the room, and that'd be Joey Wiemer's absence since his mid-game exit on Tuesday. With this being a road game, the Biloxi pre-game audio show is not available via MiLB.TV. It's possible Garrett made specific mention to the reason for Wiemer's sideline stint during that or his game call. One thing I've learned over these many years of daily summaries for you all, is not to put the affiliate broadcasters on the spot regarding player injuries. If the Brewers organization is not making specific mention of an injury status, then we need to be respectful of the spot the broadcasters are put in. (It helps immensely and frees up the broadcast crews when an injury was obviously related to an on-the-field incident available via video, but that wasn't the case with Wiemer.) That being said, little birdies find a way to reach us from time to time, but unfortunately because it's unsubstantiated, I can't reveal whether the news gets a thumb up or a thumb down. Read into that last sentence as you wish, the hint is pretty blatant. About these highlights coming from Pensacola's beautiful ballpark, if you pick up on a tinge of excitement in the Shuckers' positives, it's because Biloxi's #2 Voice, Thomas Zinzarella, slid over to the Blue Wahoos booth to help cover for an absence. Nice work, Thomas! It's the morning of June 4th, and Jakson Reetz' OPS is at 1.123 in an offensively-challenged league (despite the final score here). Incredible. Sal Frelick's first 80 AA at-bats have produced a .595 OPS and three extra-base hits (two doubles and a triple). Joey Wiemer's OPS in his first 176 AB's at AA is .931. Just sayin', prospect rankers... 21-year-old up-from-Maryvale fill-in Terence Doston finally had an "oh, this is AA" night (0-for-4, four K's), but the young man had been absolute money in his Shucker efforts prior. Head high, Terence. *** Before the fun T-Rat game details, let's recognize! Oh Canada! Tristan Peters Wins Midwest League Player of the Month Award for May - Minor League Baseball recognizes outstanding month for Rattlers outfielder Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 7, Peoria (Cardinals) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Gray and Acosta Homer in Wisconsin Win over Peoria - Gray cracks four hits as Rattlers snap scoreless streak at 23-2/3 innings Monster game for Joe Gray, Jr. Chris Mehring puts his many years of game recap experience into another fine effort just linked - includes your reminder on the Udder Tuggers jersey auction link! Folks, big leaguer Alex Hall's jersey among those available! It's usually a bit of a nuisance (sorry, but it is, we're trying to type up a report here!) when we have to look into an early exit. Wes Clarke pinch hit for catcher Darrien Miller in the 4th. But thanks to the remarkable media conglomerate that is Wisconsin Timber Rattlers baseball, the Rattler Radio postgame podcast comes to the rescue. "Mehring & Kyle Lobner discuss the turning points and performances of the game. Joe Gray Jr (4-for-5, HR, 2RBI, SB) and Cam Robinson (2IP, 0R, SV) have some comments from the clubhouse. Nick Stanley gives updates on Joe Ayrault & Darrien Miller, his reactions to the game, and the Alex Hall story." Everyone, if you've never listened to the podcast (and why the heck not?!), then this episode is a wonderful maiden voyage for you, do yourself a favor and drink in the 23 minutes. The Alex Hall stuff is "gold, Jerry, gold"! By the way, initial report on Miller is "cramping, we'll see". *** Carolina Pre-Doubleheader Media Notes Final, Completion of Thursday's suspended game: Carolina 7, Lynchburg (Guardians) 4 Box Score / Game Log My co-worker Daniel dived into much of this one in his report yesterday. Via the Mudcats' site, details, please review: Chourio and Quero Homer in 7-4 Carolina Victory - The Mudcats snapped a two-game skid with a 7-4 victory in Lynchburg Final, Game Two: Lynchburg 6, Carolina 1 Box Score / Game Log Carolina Offense Stifled in 6-1 Loss - Jackson Chourio went 1-for-3 while extending his hitting streak to ten straight games Thanks to the parents of afore-mentioned Jakson Reetz spelling his name that way just to avoid any possible confusion with the other OPS beast (.932 Chourio). Saturday's action is all under the lights. Enjoy, everyone! 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
  16. Hey, we're only two days away (Monday the 6th) from the complex league games! Action in the Dominican will continue to begin late-mornings (Sunday's off), with Arizona-based fun in the evenings. We already know 90% of DSL box scores will have a note of "sunny, 85 degrees", while we'll prepare for the triple-digit readings in the desert. We will (somehow) often recap as many as eight games a day, yikes, as the Crew has two teams in both locales. Transactions: - RHP Luke Barker's contract selected by MLB Brewers from AAA Nashville - C Alex Jackson's contract selected by MLB Brewers from AAA Nashville - INF/OF Pablo Reyes' contract selected by MLB Brewers from AAA Nashville (replacing INF Mike Brosseau, who was placed on the MLB Brewers' 10-day injured list) - RHP Peter Strzelecki optioned to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers - C Alex Hall designated for assignment, though we should expect him back with High-A Wisconsin in the near future - LHP Nick Bennett assigned to AA Biloxi from AAA Nashville Plenty to digest above: The Rodriguez and Pinero leg injuries (waiting for specific word) are troublesome. Over on our Minor League Forum, Daniel details the exploits of the departing players, wishing them well here. As for the newcomer: *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 8, Durham (Rays) 4 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 Bounce Back to Even Series in Durham - Corey Ray’s Grand Slam, Willy Adames’ Homer Propels Nashville Past Bulls You can get caught up on all things Sounds with the Voice of the club, Jeff Hem, at the 17:00 mark of the Main Street Sports Today Friday broadcast The career path has been awkwardly painful, both from a performance and injury standpoint, for Corey Ray. Consider how different the Brewers big league roster would be if the now-27-year-old Ray had come even a bit close to fulfilling the potential of a 5th overall pick. Lorenzo Cain would have still been signed prior to 2018 (Ray posted a .678 OPS at High-A in a middling 2017 season at Carolina). But Jackie Bradley Jr. certainly wouldn't have been signed, which means Hunter Renfroe isn't a Brewer today. The permutations go beyond that, but the fact remains that Ray is in his final option year and still has the better part of four months to prove any worth at all towards 2023. Speaking of the big-league club, pretty huge that Willy Adames was able to post five plate appearances (1-for-3 with a home run and two walks as you just read in the filed game report). Let's go boom, shall we? It appears Adames has a scheduled day off Saturday before playing again Sunday. Enough can't be said about RHP Caleb Boushley's bullpen-saving highly-effective seven-inning 102-pitch effort here. (Was that enough hyphen's for you?) *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Pensacola (Marlins) 9, Biloxi 8 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Lutz' Late Homer Comes Up Short as Wahoos Walk Off Shuckers 9-8 - Devanney Homers For Second Consecutive Day As one might imagine, plenty of action to dissect and Voice of the Shuckers Garrett Greene does a fine job within that recap. There's an elephant in the room, and that'd be Joey Wiemer's absence since his mid-game exit on Tuesday. With this being a road game, the Biloxi pre-game audio show is not available via MiLB.TV. It's possible Garrett made specific mention to the reason for Wiemer's sideline stint during that or his game call. One thing I've learned over these many years of daily summaries for you all, is not to put the affiliate broadcasters on the spot regarding player injuries. If the Brewers organization is not making specific mention of an injury status, then we need to be respectful of the spot the broadcasters are put in. (It helps immensely and frees up the broadcast crews when an injury was obviously related to an on-the-field incident available via video, but that wasn't the case with Wiemer.) That being said, little birdies find a way to reach us from time to time, but unfortunately because it's unsubstantiated, I can't reveal whether the news gets a thumb up or a thumb down. Read into that last sentence as you wish, the hint is pretty blatant. About these highlights coming from Pensacola's beautiful ballpark, if you pick up on a tinge of excitement in the Shuckers' positives, it's because Biloxi's #2 Voice, Thomas Zinzarella, slid over to the Blue Wahoos booth to help cover for an absence. Nice work, Thomas! It's the morning of June 4th, and Jakson Reetz' OPS is at 1.123 in an offensively-challenged league (despite the final score here). Incredible. Sal Frelick's first 80 AA at-bats have produced a .595 OPS and three extra-base hits (two doubles and a triple). Joey Wiemer's OPS in his first 176 AB's at AA is .931. Just sayin', prospect rankers... 21-year-old up-from-Maryvale fill-in Terence Doston finally had an "oh, this is AA" night (0-for-4, four K's), but the young man had been absolute money in his Shucker efforts prior. Head high, Terence. *** Before the fun T-Rat game details, let's recognize! Oh Canada! Tristan Peters Wins Midwest League Player of the Month Award for May - Minor League Baseball recognizes outstanding month for Rattlers outfielder Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 7, Peoria (Cardinals) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Gray and Acosta Homer in Wisconsin Win over Peoria - Gray cracks four hits as Rattlers snap scoreless streak at 23-2/3 innings Monster game for Joe Gray, Jr. Chris Mehring puts his many years of game recap experience into another fine effort just linked - includes your reminder on the Udder Tuggers jersey auction link! Folks, big leaguer Alex Hall's jersey among those available! It's usually a bit of a nuisance (sorry, but it is, we're trying to type up a report here!) when we have to look into an early exit. Wes Clarke pinch hit for catcher Darrien Miller in the 4th. But thanks to the remarkable media conglomerate that is Wisconsin Timber Rattlers baseball, the Rattler Radio postgame podcast comes to the rescue. "Mehring & Kyle Lobner discuss the turning points and performances of the game. Joe Gray Jr (4-for-5, HR, 2RBI, SB) and Cam Robinson (2IP, 0R, SV) have some comments from the clubhouse. Nick Stanley gives updates on Joe Ayrault & Darrien Miller, his reactions to the game, and the Alex Hall story." Everyone, if you've never listened to the podcast (and why the heck not?!), then this episode is a wonderful maiden voyage for you, do yourself a favor and drink in the 23 minutes. The Alex Hall stuff is "gold, Jerry, gold"! By the way, initial report on Miller is "cramping, we'll see". *** Carolina Pre-Doubleheader Media Notes Final, Completion of Thursday's suspended game: Carolina 7, Lynchburg (Guardians) 4 Box Score / Game Log My co-worker Daniel dived into much of this one in his report yesterday. Via the Mudcats' site, details, please review: Chourio and Quero Homer in 7-4 Carolina Victory - The Mudcats snapped a two-game skid with a 7-4 victory in Lynchburg Final, Game Two: Lynchburg 6, Carolina 1 Box Score / Game Log Carolina Offense Stifled in 6-1 Loss - Jackson Chourio went 1-for-3 while extending his hitting streak to ten straight games Thanks to the parents of afore-mentioned Jakson Reetz spelling his name that way just to avoid any possible confusion with the other OPS beast (.932 Chourio). Saturday's action is all under the lights. Enjoy, everyone! 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
  17. Final: Nashville 5, Durham (Rays) 4 Box Score Nashville Site Game Summary: Sounds Score Walk-Off Winner on Opening Day - Corey Ray’s Infield Single in the Ninth Wins it for Nashville We'll build off the always-detailed game summaries (definitely suggested reading) with nuggets and observations, and please add in your own thoughts by commenting on our daily posts all season. Wait, we can embed tweets now? Thank you very much, site upgrade! Jon Singleton kicks off the game's timeline. Nice to have home games on the docket for the higher quantity of video content. We always thank the production crews at each affiliate for providing these highlights, and Voice of the Sounds Jeff Hem is in fine Opening Night form. Reminder - Brice Turang will be 22 years old all season long. In nine Nashville starts in 2021, Ethan Small posted a 2.06 ERA but walked 21 and struck out 24 in 35 innings. So perhaps the note on his strikeouts here isn't as surprising as one might think initially. Keep in mind that both highlights you are about to see happened in the top of the 6th within moments of each other. Despite allowing line drive base hits to the first three men he faced, RH reliever Hobie Harris escaped with a scoreless inning and no doubt treated Corey Ray to a cold one after the game. Now remember, it's called a walk-off because the losing team walks off the field. The winning team tends to bounce off, high-five off, etc. Brice Turang and Jamie Westbrook on base thrice each. All nine lineup starters played the entire game. Your Opening Night bench: C Brett Sullivan, INF's Mark Mathias and Andruw Monasterio, OF's Jonathan Davis, Dustin Peterson and Garrett Whitley. We're all Luke Barker fans, but the two runs he allowed in a save situation set up the final dramatics: Ground ball single, wild pitch, walk, line drive single to load the bases, ground ball RBI single, sacrifice fly, then nice work to preserve the tie. Bookmark this for future reference if you wish - Sounds Media Guide (wow, 234 pages) *** Elsewhere on the farm: If your bosses are only going to give you two minutes to file a TV news report previewing the local squad, this is how you do it, nice job Michael Dugan - hear from Garrett Mitchell, Joey Wiemer, Thomas Dillard, Lucas Erceg and Manager Mike Guerrero Voice of the Shuckers Garrett Greene included detailed entries for each of the 2022 members of the initial Biloxi roster in his press release *** Wisconsin Opening Roster Press Release Carolina Opening Roster Press Release *** We'll be posting the next day's schedule at the base of each daily report. Hortonville, WI native and UW-LaCrosse product, RHP Caleb Boushley (Boz-ley) is scheduled to start for the Music City Crew. Wednesday 4/6: Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Enjoy your day, everyone!
  18. The Nashville Sounds were placed in the spotlight Tuesday evening, thanks to the big league season's one-week delay. With the Brewers other affiliates set to debut this Friday, the men at AAA will be the primary focus of the daily report for a bit. The entertainment factor turned out to be high on Opening Night! Final: Nashville 5, Durham (Rays) 4 Box Score Nashville Site Game Summary: Sounds Score Walk-Off Winner on Opening Day - Corey Ray’s Infield Single in the Ninth Wins it for Nashville We'll build off the always-detailed game summaries (definitely suggested reading) with nuggets and observations, and please add in your own thoughts by commenting on our daily posts all season. Wait, we can embed tweets now? Thank you very much, site upgrade! Jon Singleton kicks off the game's timeline. Nice to have home games on the docket for the higher quantity of video content. We always thank the production crews at each affiliate for providing these highlights, and Voice of the Sounds Jeff Hem is in fine Opening Night form. Reminder - Brice Turang will be 22 years old all season long. In nine Nashville starts in 2021, Ethan Small posted a 2.06 ERA but walked 21 and struck out 24 in 35 innings. So perhaps the note on his strikeouts here isn't as surprising as one might think initially. Keep in mind that both highlights you are about to see happened in the top of the 6th within moments of each other. Despite allowing line drive base hits to the first three men he faced, RH reliever Hobie Harris escaped with a scoreless inning and no doubt treated Corey Ray to a cold one after the game. Now remember, it's called a walk-off because the losing team walks off the field. The winning team tends to bounce off, high-five off, etc. Brice Turang and Jamie Westbrook on base thrice each. All nine lineup starters played the entire game. Your Opening Night bench: C Brett Sullivan, INF's Mark Mathias and Andruw Monasterio, OF's Jonathan Davis, Dustin Peterson and Garrett Whitley. We're all Luke Barker fans, but the two runs he allowed in a save situation set up the final dramatics: Ground ball single, wild pitch, walk, line drive single to load the bases, ground ball RBI single, sacrifice fly, then nice work to preserve the tie. Bookmark this for future reference if you wish - Sounds Media Guide (wow, 234 pages) *** Elsewhere on the farm: If your bosses are only going to give you two minutes to file a TV news report previewing the local squad, this is how you do it, nice job Michael Dugan - hear from Garrett Mitchell, Joey Wiemer, Thomas Dillard, Lucas Erceg and Manager Mike Guerrero Voice of the Shuckers Garrett Greene included detailed entries for each of the 2022 members of the initial Biloxi roster in his press release *** Wisconsin Opening Roster Press Release Carolina Opening Roster Press Release *** We'll be posting the next day's schedule at the base of each daily report. Hortonville, WI native and UW-LaCrosse product, RHP Caleb Boushley (Boz-ley) is scheduled to start for the Music City Crew. Wednesday 4/6: Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Enjoy your day, everyone! View full article
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