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  1. Transactions: RHP Jandal Gustave was recalled to Milwaukee. Gustave never actually left the big-league club after his recent option as the front office was aware Brent Suter would be going on a paternity leave. Nashville activated CF Abraham Almonte from the 7-day injured list. Almonte last played on April 23rd. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Jacksonville (Marlins) 7, Nashville 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: Hiura Homers Again But Sounds Fall - Multiple Nashville Rallies Fall Short in Jacksonville Oh Keston, to borrow from "Seinfeld", you are vexing. You are an enigma, a mystery wrapped in a riddle. We are enjoying your five-game stay and 1.417 OPS with the Sounds thus far. Friday night you played left field after three games at second base and one at first base. You did not strike out but have done so in six of your 19 at-bats thus far. You were caught stealing (now 0-for-2 on the basepaths with Nashville). Small 2022 AAA sample aside, Hiura will likely be with the Sounds long enough (20 days) to utilize the 2022 option in full, meaning he won't be able to be optioned in 2023. From a Milwaukee front office perspective, perhaps it's simply best if Hiura simply rakes all summer long. If Andrew McCutchen continues to middle along or is sidelined, Hiura is the logical primary designated hitter option. If he truly finds himself, Keston fills that DH role heading into 2023. But in the big picture, it's not hard to envision one of the many MLB have-nots trading for him and living with the various faults that keep Hiura a somewhat polarizing figure in Brewers circles. Pretty impressive that Jon Singleton is batting .207 but with an .859 OPS. OK, Brice Turang lining into a bases-loaded double play to end the game to cap his 0-for-5 night after so much recent success is likely a Friday the 13th moment. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 9, Birmingham (White Sox) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Five-Run Sixth Inning Catapults Shuckers to Win - INF Cam Devanney and C Jakson Reetz Homer in Victory Nice win, but the first thing box score browsers will notice is that pitchers came to the plate. Both Andy Otero and Arnaldo Hernandez struck out in their lone at-bats. How did this come about? Biloxi lost their designated hitter when an early Garrett Mitchell exit prompted a defensive shuffle, and the Shuckers tend to have the shortest bench of all the Brewers affiliates (this seems to be a consistent issue in recent Biloxi seasons). Mitchell left to begin the 4th inning. He made no defensive plays in the top of the 3rd nor did he come to the plate in the bottom of that inning. Hate to assume, but perhaps the exit was health-related, and you know what, to be fair, let's end the speculation right there. The Shuckers drew eleven walks in this game, and 1B Thomas Dillard grabbed three of those and was on base all five plate appearances. Dillard did commit his 6th error in 20 games at first base. Despite just a 1-for-5 night, 2B Felix Valerio stole three bases, giving him six in eight attempts. Though Mitchell, Sal Frelick, and Joey Wiemer each walked one time, they combined to go 0-for-8 on a night when the offense scored nine runs, allowing others to get the spotlight. You'll see evidence of that in the team's nicely-crafted highlight package Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Quad Cities (Royals) 8, Wisconsin 7 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Wisconsin Winning Streak Snapped - River Bandits outslug Rattlers 8-7 From Chris Mehring's summary you just devoured -- (Inheriting a bases loaded, no out situation, RHP Kent) Hasler struck out the first two batters and had a 1-2 count on Burle Dixon. Hasler pitched home and Dixon swung and missed for an apparent strike three to end the inning. However, a balk was called on Hasler, and the River Bandits scored a very important insurance run. Hasler would strike out Dixon two pitches later for the final out. Hasler's final box score line was two innings, six batters faced, six batters struck out, yet the one inherited runner who scored proved to be the deciding run in the game. Yes, Friday the 13th only impacts Brewer affiliate losses. Box scores can be so much fun to dive into regardless of outcome. Catcher Darrien Miller (four singles) and designated hitter Wes Clarke (two singles, home run) combined for four of the seven runs scored. Can we point out that yes, the Midwest League weather is finally warming up (wow, 88 degrees at gametime), but how darn impressive the OPS marks of Tyler Black (.922), Tristan Peters (.920), and Miller (.898) are given the early-season supression by otherwise frigid conditions. Yes, we're all going to have to learn to regularly spell "Tristan" and "Darrien" correctly as they climb the ranks. Manager Joe Ayrault was ejected in the 3rd inning, too bad we don't have the audio from that umpire session, as you'll want to find six minutes of time to invest in this "Mic'd Up" session with the personable skipper - Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 5, Fayetteville (Astros) 4, ten innings Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Carolina Wins Friday Night Thriller 5-4 in Fayetteville - Michele Vassalotti earned his MiLB leading sixth win of the season Five HBP's in this one, four by Mudcat hurlers. two by now 6-and-0 RHP Michele Vassalotti, who is not vulturing all these relief wins, evidenced by his 1.89 ERA, Vassalotti has only walked one in 19 innings in 2022, but he's found a way to fool the WHIP gods. He's now plunked five batters, and WHIP is not WHHBPIP because that acronym just looks silly. Nice going, Michele, as long as nobody charges the mound on you. That's now two consecutive outstanding staff-saving four-inning efforts by RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez, bouncing back after a rough start to the season. MVP for this game, to be sure. Here's my take as you review those very low batting averages and OPS marks in your daily Carolina box score. It's very cool that this very (repeat, very) young bunch - and you can add the pitchers into that ultra-youthful category - will have a chance to grow all summer long, and many of them will, several of them substantially. But even so, there's always going to be another young crop behind them, whether in Maryvale now, or part of the next draft class. How many of the current Mudcats will best be served by repeating the level in 2023? Is there a danger of moving some along without that extra development year in Zebulon? You know what, it's way too early to truly ponder that. I can remember some very veteran teams in Appleton when the Timber Rattlers were the low-A club, and they gave us some moments to enjoy, but in the end, they were a bunch of 23-year-olds with limited upside. Think we can all agree this Carolina team is unique in recent Crew affiliate history, so let's enjoy the baby steps (literally). Nice win Friday night (just ignore the 17 strikeouts for now), Fine effort in culling late-inning video from the road feed! The earliest gametime Saturday is 4:05 Central for the Mudcats. I'll be back for your Sunday AM report -- until then... Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  2. Perhaps it's fitting that the four Brewers affiliates split their contests on Friday the 13th. It is also that day on the calendar for the opponents after all. Let's dive into the action and learn why it was a 50-50 kind of evening on the farm. Transactions: RHP Jandal Gustave was recalled to Milwaukee. Gustave never actually left the big-league club after his recent option as the front office was aware Brent Suter would be going on a paternity leave. Nashville activated CF Abraham Almonte from the 7-day injured list. Almonte last played on April 23rd. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Jacksonville (Marlins) 7, Nashville 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: Hiura Homers Again But Sounds Fall - Multiple Nashville Rallies Fall Short in Jacksonville Oh Keston, to borrow from "Seinfeld", you are vexing. You are an enigma, a mystery wrapped in a riddle. We are enjoying your five-game stay and 1.417 OPS with the Sounds thus far. Friday night you played left field after three games at second base and one at first base. You did not strike out but have done so in six of your 19 at-bats thus far. You were caught stealing (now 0-for-2 on the basepaths with Nashville). Small 2022 AAA sample aside, Hiura will likely be with the Sounds long enough (20 days) to utilize the 2022 option in full, meaning he won't be able to be optioned in 2023. From a Milwaukee front office perspective, perhaps it's simply best if Hiura simply rakes all summer long. If Andrew McCutchen continues to middle along or is sidelined, Hiura is the logical primary designated hitter option. If he truly finds himself, Keston fills that DH role heading into 2023. But in the big picture, it's not hard to envision one of the many MLB have-nots trading for him and living with the various faults that keep Hiura a somewhat polarizing figure in Brewers circles. Pretty impressive that Jon Singleton is batting .207 but with an .859 OPS. OK, Brice Turang lining into a bases-loaded double play to end the game to cap his 0-for-5 night after so much recent success is likely a Friday the 13th moment. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 9, Birmingham (White Sox) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Five-Run Sixth Inning Catapults Shuckers to Win - INF Cam Devanney and C Jakson Reetz Homer in Victory Nice win, but the first thing box score browsers will notice is that pitchers came to the plate. Both Andy Otero and Arnaldo Hernandez struck out in their lone at-bats. How did this come about? Biloxi lost their designated hitter when an early Garrett Mitchell exit prompted a defensive shuffle, and the Shuckers tend to have the shortest bench of all the Brewers affiliates (this seems to be a consistent issue in recent Biloxi seasons). Mitchell left to begin the 4th inning. He made no defensive plays in the top of the 3rd nor did he come to the plate in the bottom of that inning. Hate to assume, but perhaps the exit was health-related, and you know what, to be fair, let's end the speculation right there. The Shuckers drew eleven walks in this game, and 1B Thomas Dillard grabbed three of those and was on base all five plate appearances. Dillard did commit his 6th error in 20 games at first base. Despite just a 1-for-5 night, 2B Felix Valerio stole three bases, giving him six in eight attempts. Though Mitchell, Sal Frelick, and Joey Wiemer each walked one time, they combined to go 0-for-8 on a night when the offense scored nine runs, allowing others to get the spotlight. You'll see evidence of that in the team's nicely-crafted highlight package Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Quad Cities (Royals) 8, Wisconsin 7 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Wisconsin Winning Streak Snapped - River Bandits outslug Rattlers 8-7 From Chris Mehring's summary you just devoured -- (Inheriting a bases loaded, no out situation, RHP Kent) Hasler struck out the first two batters and had a 1-2 count on Burle Dixon. Hasler pitched home and Dixon swung and missed for an apparent strike three to end the inning. However, a balk was called on Hasler, and the River Bandits scored a very important insurance run. Hasler would strike out Dixon two pitches later for the final out. Hasler's final box score line was two innings, six batters faced, six batters struck out, yet the one inherited runner who scored proved to be the deciding run in the game. Yes, Friday the 13th only impacts Brewer affiliate losses. Box scores can be so much fun to dive into regardless of outcome. Catcher Darrien Miller (four singles) and designated hitter Wes Clarke (two singles, home run) combined for four of the seven runs scored. Can we point out that yes, the Midwest League weather is finally warming up (wow, 88 degrees at gametime), but how darn impressive the OPS marks of Tyler Black (.922), Tristan Peters (.920), and Miller (.898) are given the early-season supression by otherwise frigid conditions. Yes, we're all going to have to learn to regularly spell "Tristan" and "Darrien" correctly as they climb the ranks. Manager Joe Ayrault was ejected in the 3rd inning, too bad we don't have the audio from that umpire session, as you'll want to find six minutes of time to invest in this "Mic'd Up" session with the personable skipper - Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 5, Fayetteville (Astros) 4, ten innings Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Carolina Wins Friday Night Thriller 5-4 in Fayetteville - Michele Vassalotti earned his MiLB leading sixth win of the season Five HBP's in this one, four by Mudcat hurlers. two by now 6-and-0 RHP Michele Vassalotti, who is not vulturing all these relief wins, evidenced by his 1.89 ERA, Vassalotti has only walked one in 19 innings in 2022, but he's found a way to fool the WHIP gods. He's now plunked five batters, and WHIP is not WHHBPIP because that acronym just looks silly. Nice going, Michele, as long as nobody charges the mound on you. That's now two consecutive outstanding staff-saving four-inning efforts by RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez, bouncing back after a rough start to the season. MVP for this game, to be sure. Here's my take as you review those very low batting averages and OPS marks in your daily Carolina box score. It's very cool that this very (repeat, very) young bunch - and you can add the pitchers into that ultra-youthful category - will have a chance to grow all summer long, and many of them will, several of them substantially. But even so, there's always going to be another young crop behind them, whether in Maryvale now, or part of the next draft class. How many of the current Mudcats will best be served by repeating the level in 2023? Is there a danger of moving some along without that extra development year in Zebulon? You know what, it's way too early to truly ponder that. I can remember some very veteran teams in Appleton when the Timber Rattlers were the low-A club, and they gave us some moments to enjoy, but in the end, they were a bunch of 23-year-olds with limited upside. Think we can all agree this Carolina team is unique in recent Crew affiliate history, so let's enjoy the baby steps (literally). Nice win Friday night (just ignore the 17 strikeouts for now), Fine effort in culling late-inning video from the road feed! The earliest gametime Saturday is 4:05 Central for the Mudcats. I'll be back for your Sunday AM report -- until then... 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
  3. Transactions: INF Mike Brosseau recalled from Nashville as Andrew McCutchen hits the Covid IL. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 1, Norfolk (Orioles) 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Turang's Late Base Hit Lifts Sounds Past Tides - Dylan File tosses five scoreless innings as Sounds toss fourth shutout of the year Runs were not going to be easy to come by against Baltimore stud starter Grayson Rodriguez, but Dylan File and the bullpen crew were more than up to the task in matching zeroes. File simply needs a full and productive 2022 in his 2nd option season, and he's on his way, as his 1.28 WHIP thus far matches the career mark that landed him on the Crew's 40-man roster in the first place. Brice Turang is a dude, everyone. Unfortunately, no video clip of the go-ahead knock, If Kolten Wong is counting on Milwaukee to pick up his 2023 option, well, he shouldn't be. Should Wong face any type of extended absence this summer, Turang's going to get his chance. Manager Rick Sweet and Pitching Coach Jeremy Accardo have a seemingly endless line of effective relievers they call on night after night. Year in and year out, the David Stearns/Matt Arnold combo prove just as adept at building a AAA roster as they are on the big-league level. A bit over two weeks ago, Voice of the Sounds Jeff Hem interviewed Accardo, in his first year in the organization, for the pre-game show (audio). I came away impressed with Jim Henderson's replacement. We link on our forums whenever Jeff releases his weekly collection of pre-game chats, hopefully you've been checking them out -- you can catch up on all of them here. Finally, going back to Wednesday's 4-2 Nashville win for a moment, the losing Tides relief pitcher was RHP Logan Gillaspie, the 2019 Timber Rattler who was a surprise cut by the Crew in September of that year. Gillaspie persevered, latched on with Baltimore (smart move), and may have been one of the bigger stunner 40-man roster adds in all of MLB last fall. He has a 1.61 WHIP in seven relief appearances thus far, but hey, great situation for him. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Montgomery (Rays) 3, Biloxi 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Pair of Homers Lifts Biscuits Over Shuckers 3-2 - Frelick Records Two Hits, Scores Two Runs Don't want it too, but the word underperforming is starting to sneak into our thoughts with this Shuckers squad. There was statistical evidence that the season-opening 7-0 run was a bit of a mirage, but few of us expected the performances we've seen as of late. First off, the Shuckers have played only 26 games. We're just under one-fifth of the way through the AA season. But since we can't quite write about circumstances come August, we're left to ponder performances through May 7th. Garrett Mitchell (not singling him out, but well, kind of) is 2-for-his-last-33. Joey Wiemer's .872 OPS through 26 games is pretty, but 36 strikeouts in 101 AB's included the golden sombrero on Saturday evening. Gabe Holt seems like he's lost all sorts of statistical mojo by not being a leadoff mainstay, evidenced by his .462 OPS. Thomas Dillard is fanning in nearly 45% of his at-bats. This isn't a very deep roster -- outside of the backup catchers, struggling small-samplers Noah Campbell and Ashton McGee comprise the Biloxi bench. We're never going to see thumping Southern League offensive figures (well, Prince Fielder-Rickie Weeks-Brad Nelson sure tried in 2004 for a 65-75 Huntsville Stars squad), but the league just isn't built that way, and we need to remember that. Here's hoping for some turnarounds soon. If you wish to sample the Biscuit home runs that did in the Shuckers, Lucas Erceg was victimized here and southpaw Andy Otero here. Let's end on a high note - Joey's Wiemer's bubble gum of choice is "Bazooka". Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 6, Fort Wayne (Padres) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Wisconsin Tops TinCaps 6-3 - Gray homers and Smith earns first pro win Catcher Darrien Miller on base all four times up out of the cleanup spot. Young man just turned 21 in March. In case you missed it in our Minor League Forum or via my Twitter feed, be sure to catch this interview with the well-spoken and fun Miller. Via WSCO's "The Show with Leo and Balky: Timber Rattlers catcher Darrien Miller Six Rattlers reached base at least twice (first baseman Wes Clarke walked thrice). I failed to note yesterday that Tyler Black returned after missing just over a week of action - he had been sidelined after a collision at first base, Black quintupled his stolen base count in one game, going from one to five. Now that's a successful injury rehab! We could dig into the box score further, but it's tough to beat the combination of the Wisconsin media crew's You Tube highlight compilation and then be sure to listen in with Chris, Kyle, and their interview guests on the easily-digestible (meaning just the right length) postgame podcast. Also, this was an excellent interview, too, and after 6'9" Russell Smith's performance Saturday, a good take -- Via WSCO's "The Show with Leo and Balky: Timber Rattlers Pitching Coach Will Schierholz (go to the 14:00 minute mark) Among those discussed - LHP's Antoine Kelly, Smith and Brandon Knarr, RHP's Cam Robinson Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Augusta (Braves) 6, Carolina 5, ten innings Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Carolina Comes Up Short in 6-5 Loss in Extras - Arbert Cipion hit his second home run of the season in Saturday’s loss So the first thing we had to review was why prized shortstop Eduardo Garcia had to be pinch-run for after a line drive RBI 5th inning single. It comes at the 02:18 hour minute mark at the game archive here (for MiLB.TV subscribers). There is no video specific to Garcia running through first base or anything, and when you hear Voice of the Mudcats Greg Young Jr.'s account of the situation, it seems Garcia was not feeling well, something that was hinted at earlier in the game. That's not a definitive diagnosis, but let's hope that's all it was. Cheerio, Jackson Chourio! Two more hits for the precocious youngest player in full-season ball, because by law, the youngest player must be labeled as such, especially when the talent is shining right away. Catcher Jeferson Quero is 4-for-his-last-34, because this game is hard, folks. RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez (not to be confused with Wisconsin OF Carlos D. Rodriguez) made his 5th pro appearance ever, all this spring. He was the Brewers' 6th round pick out of Florida Southwestern State JC last July, and did not pitch in Maryvale after that draft date, The bullpen let him down on this day. We'll wrap up by sharing some positive offensive vibes -- Game start times range from noon Central to 3:33 Central Sunday (yes, 3:33, those cute folks in Montgomery). I hope everyone enjoys their Mother's Day, whether in person or in memories with their loved ones. Be sure to mix in Brewers organizational baseball! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  4. Now while it seems like Chris has been with the Link Report (born in 2001) since the beginning, remember that the Timber Rattlers were a Mariners affiliate through 2008. But we gladly accept Chris as "an original" with us, and to say he's been anything less than a Friend of Brewerfan through the years would be an understatement. Congrats Chris, Here's to the next 20 years with several championship seasons mixed in, both on the big league and prospect stage! Transactions: Outfield shuffling in Nashville, as per the Sounds Media Notes - Abraham Almonte and Garrett Whitley were each placed on the 7-day injured list, both retroactive to 4/25. Just in time to help patrol the grass, Jonathan Davis played in his first game since 4/9. We are not aware of the status/reason behind the placements. OF Tristen Lutz has been activated from the 7-day IL at Biloxi. In his latest minor league notes extravaganza, Will Sammon of The Athletic indicates that Lutz has been out since fouling a ball off his cheekbone during a batting practice session in the cage. Sammon's full piece is here, and while I won't pretend that subscription fees (even discounted) are everyone's cup of tea, rest assured that if you do invest, you won't be disappointed in Will's Brewers organizational coverage top to bottom. Fireballing RHP Abner Uribe (season-ending knee surgery) was formally placed on the Shuckers' 60-day IL. 19-year-old catcher Jesus Garcia hopped on a plane from Maryvale to join the AAA Sounds. Garcia, with all of 44 pro at-bats under his belt from 2021, is clearly a temporary visitor. What this tells us is that Mario Feliciano is currently unavailable, as Nashville's other catcher, Brian Navarreto, started on Friday. Normally if there is going to be a brief need, the organization prefers not to mess with existing tandem catching situations in the other full-season locales. So, we've seen similar placements in past years, good for Jesus, though. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Suspended after six innings: Nashville 3, St. Paul (Twins) 3 Gameday Thus Far Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds, Saints Suspended After Six Innings - Turang and Singleton each homer in second straight game Despite the relatively short night, several worthwhile nuggets in that just-linked report. In miserable conditions, the shot shown here was a serious poke. We are watching some wonderful Brice Turang evolution taking place, folks. Tickle Brewers brass pink for sure. If I'm not mistaken, if Luke Barker had held a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the 6th, the game would have been called and not suspended, with the Sounds victorious. But it was an uncharacteristic sequence for Barker, and neither the Saints' announcer nor I am sure where this Jonathan Davis throw was headed on the game-tying knock. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Pensacola (Marlins) 4, Biloxi 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Wahoos Flip Script, Blank Shuckers 4-0 - Nick Bennett Turns In Quality Outing For Biloxi We had spotlighted then-still-18-year-old Miami RHP phenom Eury Perez when Biloxi opened the season on the road. But Biloxi got to Perez as he tired on that first night, and the young man's subsequent two starts left him with an ERA of 7.50 entering play Friday night. But five innings of one-hit ball with 12 K's (no walks, two HBP's) reminds us all that the Marlins' pitching development success is set to continue. Via the Biloxi broadcast booth, Garrett and Thomas got to practice their "swing and a miss" calls here -- Let's wrap up with this web gem via Freddy Zamora's first-ever professional game at second base - Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Peoria (Cardinals) 13, Wisconsin 10 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Chiefs Outrun Rattlers for Comeback Win - Wisconsin led 9-5 with two outs in bottom of the seventh, but drops 13-10 decision at Peoria Whew, there was a lot to digest there, but Chris Mehring didn't let 42 combined baserunners (and their ten stolen bases) interfere with getting his work in for us on his noted Cal Ripken-esque night of duties. Nineteen games into the T-Rats season, and three players - Ethan Murray, Tristan Peters, and Carlos Rodriguez - each with their first big fly of the season, so that was uniquely fun. How often will there be two players on the losing side of the ledger reach base all five times up? Catcher Darrien Miller and Rodriguez with the perfect evenings at the plate. Miller is such an impressive offensive presence, and just turned 21 last month. But especially with the new baserunning enhancement measures at MiLB's lower levels, Miller has posted ugly caught stealing defensive numbers and I'll be honest, it's hard unless we're watching night in and night out just what to make of it all. But on the surface, having 167 stolen bases against (vs. 30 thrown out) in 77 games is not ideal. By the way, catchers should never be charged with two stolen bases allowed when a double steal takes place. Joe Gray Jr. was 1-for-5 with a double. Doubles are good, but Gray K'd in his four other at-bats as the designated hitter. He's working on things, as he sent this our way pre-game: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final, Completion of Thursday's Suspended Game: Carolina 6, Down East (Rangers) 5 Box Score / Game Log Final, Regularly Scheduled Game: Carolina 6, Down East 5, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Mudcats Sweep Doubleheader in Kinston - Carolina came back from a late deficit in game 1 and an early hole in game 2 while sweeping the twin-bill Wow, mark that as the rare 6-5 double play on your virtual scorecard! Bonus points for the use of "de facto" in the summary. Yeah, the Muddies were gifted Game One, but they (and we) will take it. And to immediately make a point in Game Two, how many 6-5 games ever were recorded where each team scored all their runs in a single frame? This one was bottom of the 1st deficit, top of the 2nd comeback. Can't really tell from the game log what prompted Hitting Coach Ken Joyce's ejection in the nightcap. A sweep despite K'ing a combined 21 times and drawing only three walks (Carolina batters were plunked four times in the twinbill). Love digging into Low-A box scores - just wait until the complex leagues begin! Nice Game Two outcome when one considers Hendry Mendez, Hedbert Perez and Jeferson Quero all on the bench. Just a reminder that every day we kick off a preview and live commentary thread on our Minor League Forum. Here was Friday's, and my fellow Link Reporter damuelle was particularly active with tidbits and updates on this date. The volume there will vary day-to-day, but it's a way to check in prior to the formal Link Report posting, which we continue to strive for in the "by 7:00 AM Central" ballpark. Looking for Saturday daytime baseball? The in-effect Nashville doubleheader (some might say "de facto") begins at 12:30 Central. 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  5. Good morning to all - we'll be visiting a suspended game for the Sounds, an unsuspended game for the Mudcats, a shutout reversal for the Shuckers, and a wild one for the Timber Rattlers and their play-by-play stalwart Chris Mehring. Do check out the noteworthy Twitter thread. Now while it seems like Chris has been with the Link Report (born in 2001) since the beginning, remember that the Timber Rattlers were a Mariners affiliate through 2008. But we gladly accept Chris as "an original" with us, and to say he's been anything less than a Friend of Brewerfan through the years would be an understatement. Congrats Chris, Here's to the next 20 years with several championship seasons mixed in, both on the big league and prospect stage! Transactions: Outfield shuffling in Nashville, as per the Sounds Media Notes - Abraham Almonte and Garrett Whitley were each placed on the 7-day injured list, both retroactive to 4/25. Just in time to help patrol the grass, Jonathan Davis played in his first game since 4/9. We are not aware of the status/reason behind the placements. OF Tristen Lutz has been activated from the 7-day IL at Biloxi. In his latest minor league notes extravaganza, Will Sammon of The Athletic indicates that Lutz has been out since fouling a ball off his cheekbone during a batting practice session in the cage. Sammon's full piece is here, and while I won't pretend that subscription fees (even discounted) are everyone's cup of tea, rest assured that if you do invest, you won't be disappointed in Will's Brewers organizational coverage top to bottom. Fireballing RHP Abner Uribe (season-ending knee surgery) was formally placed on the Shuckers' 60-day IL. 19-year-old catcher Jesus Garcia hopped on a plane from Maryvale to join the AAA Sounds. Garcia, with all of 44 pro at-bats under his belt from 2021, is clearly a temporary visitor. What this tells us is that Mario Feliciano is currently unavailable, as Nashville's other catcher, Brian Navarreto, started on Friday. Normally if there is going to be a brief need, the organization prefers not to mess with existing tandem catching situations in the other full-season locales. So, we've seen similar placements in past years, good for Jesus, though. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Suspended after six innings: Nashville 3, St. Paul (Twins) 3 Gameday Thus Far Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds, Saints Suspended After Six Innings - Turang and Singleton each homer in second straight game Despite the relatively short night, several worthwhile nuggets in that just-linked report. In miserable conditions, the shot shown here was a serious poke. We are watching some wonderful Brice Turang evolution taking place, folks. Tickle Brewers brass pink for sure. If I'm not mistaken, if Luke Barker had held a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the 6th, the game would have been called and not suspended, with the Sounds victorious. But it was an uncharacteristic sequence for Barker, and neither the Saints' announcer nor I am sure where this Jonathan Davis throw was headed on the game-tying knock. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Pensacola (Marlins) 4, Biloxi 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Wahoos Flip Script, Blank Shuckers 4-0 - Nick Bennett Turns In Quality Outing For Biloxi We had spotlighted then-still-18-year-old Miami RHP phenom Eury Perez when Biloxi opened the season on the road. But Biloxi got to Perez as he tired on that first night, and the young man's subsequent two starts left him with an ERA of 7.50 entering play Friday night. But five innings of one-hit ball with 12 K's (no walks, two HBP's) reminds us all that the Marlins' pitching development success is set to continue. Via the Biloxi broadcast booth, Garrett and Thomas got to practice their "swing and a miss" calls here -- Let's wrap up with this web gem via Freddy Zamora's first-ever professional game at second base - Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Peoria (Cardinals) 13, Wisconsin 10 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Chiefs Outrun Rattlers for Comeback Win - Wisconsin led 9-5 with two outs in bottom of the seventh, but drops 13-10 decision at Peoria Whew, there was a lot to digest there, but Chris Mehring didn't let 42 combined baserunners (and their ten stolen bases) interfere with getting his work in for us on his noted Cal Ripken-esque night of duties. Nineteen games into the T-Rats season, and three players - Ethan Murray, Tristan Peters, and Carlos Rodriguez - each with their first big fly of the season, so that was uniquely fun. How often will there be two players on the losing side of the ledger reach base all five times up? Catcher Darrien Miller and Rodriguez with the perfect evenings at the plate. Miller is such an impressive offensive presence, and just turned 21 last month. But especially with the new baserunning enhancement measures at MiLB's lower levels, Miller has posted ugly caught stealing defensive numbers and I'll be honest, it's hard unless we're watching night in and night out just what to make of it all. But on the surface, having 167 stolen bases against (vs. 30 thrown out) in 77 games is not ideal. By the way, catchers should never be charged with two stolen bases allowed when a double steal takes place. Joe Gray Jr. was 1-for-5 with a double. Doubles are good, but Gray K'd in his four other at-bats as the designated hitter. He's working on things, as he sent this our way pre-game: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final, Completion of Thursday's Suspended Game: Carolina 6, Down East (Rangers) 5 Box Score / Game Log Final, Regularly Scheduled Game: Carolina 6, Down East 5, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Mudcats Sweep Doubleheader in Kinston - Carolina came back from a late deficit in game 1 and an early hole in game 2 while sweeping the twin-bill Wow, mark that as the rare 6-5 double play on your virtual scorecard! Bonus points for the use of "de facto" in the summary. Yeah, the Muddies were gifted Game One, but they (and we) will take it. And to immediately make a point in Game Two, how many 6-5 games ever were recorded where each team scored all their runs in a single frame? This one was bottom of the 1st deficit, top of the 2nd comeback. Can't really tell from the game log what prompted Hitting Coach Ken Joyce's ejection in the nightcap. A sweep despite K'ing a combined 21 times and drawing only three walks (Carolina batters were plunked four times in the twinbill). Love digging into Low-A box scores - just wait until the complex leagues begin! Nice Game Two outcome when one considers Hendry Mendez, Hedbert Perez and Jeferson Quero all on the bench. Just a reminder that every day we kick off a preview and live commentary thread on our Minor League Forum. Here was Friday's, and my fellow Link Reporter damuelle was particularly active with tidbits and updates on this date. The volume there will vary day-to-day, but it's a way to check in prior to the formal Link Report posting, which we continue to strive for in the "by 7:00 AM Central" ballpark. Looking for Saturday daytime baseball? The in-effect Nashville doubleheader (some might say "de facto") begins at 12:30 Central. 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  6. One could easily argue it is the system-wide pitching keeping the entire organization up in the standings. A 10-1 victory for the Mudcats, a 3-2 victory for the Timber Rattlers, Biloxi loses a 2-1 affair, and Nashville rocks 7-0 as Luis Perdomo officially shuts the door in an overmatched three up and three down strikeout buffet. Your 2022 Milwaukee Brewers: Pray for the Bats. Stay Blessed by the Pitching. Transactions: In Arizona, RHP Jolon Zhao is added to the Carolina Mudcat roster from Extended Spring Training (ACL Brewers Gold roster). Please read more on Zhao in the Brewer Fanatic forum post below: OF/1B Dustin Peterson, formerly of the Nashville Sounds, was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies organization for cash considerations and assigned to their Triple-A Lehigh Valley affiliate. *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 10, Lynchburg (Guardians) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of your Link Report routine: Mendez Homers as Mudcats Route Hillcats 10-1 - The Mudcats Improved to 4-0 at Five County Stadium with Tuesday's Series Opening Victory *** It was advertised as another 'Bark in the Park' night at the Mudcats' very own 'Five County Stadium.' But unlike the cacophonous Biloxi yap fest of the past week, at least early with a sparse crowd in attendance, most locals were frolicking at the dog park and not the ballpark. I see a broader minor league appeal to the masses, understandably so, in this dog-themed night. And, as a dog lover and dog owner myself, I have to say: I don't quite know how I feel about leashing up the pup and bringing him along. We have moved well beyond the casual dog treat novelty from the drive-through bank teller and into a new modern realm of canine collectivism. I am simply thankful we haven't seen the potentially disastrous 'Bring Your Horse' nights! I shudder at the mere thought. On to the game at hand: To start a 6-game homestand, the Mudcats' Jefferson Figueroa took the mound touching 95 on the radar gun in the early going. It was wonderful to see Jeferson Quero man the backstop after a foul tip scare a few days prior - it appears to have been prudent with no lingering or possible concussion side effects. Figueroa mixed a nice off-speed breaking ball into his early pitching mix, yet, he loaded the bases in inning one when he was not given the called third strike on a knee-buckling breaking pitch with runners on first and second base. He did manage to collect himself and induce the ground out to Jesus Chirinos down the first base line. Eduardo Garcia stayed hot off the bat (though, he would strikeout three times on the evening) with a lined single up the middle to get the Mudcats going in their bottom half followed by a single to right field by Hedbert Perez. Please, get hot Hedbert! Ultimately, the bases were juiced on a four-pitch walk and it brought the aforementioned Quero to the plate and Hillcats starter Franco Aleman continued his location struggles walking Quero on five pitches. Mudcats 1-0. Follow that up with a wild pitch and a Chirinos ground out to short and it was 3-0 on the two early singles. Low-A ball certainly can have adventurous innings where the plate is elusive for these young arms as the young men discover the shape of their craft. A credit to Aleman is due as he settled down and left the inning with no further damage. Those three early runs would last into the seventh inning before the floodgates opened for the Mudcats. Final Viewing Notes: Will Micah Bello continue batting the seventh spot if he stays as productive as he has been in the early going? I would love to see him get a stab in that second or third position in the batting order. In the early going, outside of Eduardo Garcia, he has been far and away the most productive hitter in the Mudcats' line-up on a consistent basis. How hot has Bello been? He went 0-4 on the evening but he still sports an unsustainable 0.428 batting average with a 1.219 OPS on the season. Figueroa has an interesting three pitch toolkit when he works in his changeup - his third pitch in his Mix. However, in his young development, he will need to work on fine-tuning that control as he has struggled in that department in both starts. He left the contest after 3 1/3 innings while only managing to toss 31 of 64 pitches for strikes. The stuff is there to develop but he will need to harness that control. Former positional player (OF) Pablo Garabitos made his fourth appearance on the young season. The now lefty hurler features a sweeping breaking pitch as his go-to offering. After throwing his first ball roughly three feet short of home plate he managed to strand his sole inherited runner though he did sprinkle in two wild pitches for good measure. It would appear Figueroa and Miguel Segura will be combining in outings in the season's early going and potentially further ahead. Segura picked up the Middle innings after the Garabitos appearance. The two young hurlers have similar stuff in some regards - at this stage of the young season, both hurlers work their ways in and out of walks but overall are finding success. It will be interesting to see how the season progresses for the young arms as they both look to fine-tune their overall pitching toolkits. What I have seen early is worth tracking. As mentioned above, the three early Mudcats runs held until a five-run seventh. I mentioned this in an earlier report, but the name of the game for these young Mudcats is early runs: on the calendar year they have 14 first inning runs (including this evening) and this is their eighth straight game scoring first. Tune in early if you are looking to catch a Mudcats viewing. Arbert Cipion hit a 100 mph fly ball do deep left-center in the early innings. Had he adjusted his launch angle even slightly, that's a home run ball. He continues to demonstrate a better approach at the plate in 2022. Have a night Hendry Mendez! The 18-year-old outfield prospect batted in the DH spot and he raked a 3-4 evening with a two-run home run, 4 RBI total, and a walk. He is showcasing as an ascending talent in his inaugural season at the Low-A level. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 3, Quad City (Royals) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Miller Time for Wisconsin - Darrien Miller has Three Hits, Drives in a Run, and Scores Another in Game with River Bandits *** In the top of the first inning, we witnessed a very strange fielder interference call at second base on Yeison Coca, on a savvy deke move by the shortstop I might add. The runner was given first base even though he was picked off at first on an adept center field fly out and throwback by Sal Frelick. It was a head scratcher. Shortly thereafter, a screeching car alarm fired off in the distant parking lot, and, boy, it was only High-A inning number one. Thankfully, young RHP Justin Jarvis collected himself amidst the confusion and got the strikeout to end his top half. Frelick opened up the Timber Rattlers bottom half with a line drive single up the middle on his 22nd birthday evening. He followed immediately with his fourth stolen base on the young season. Happy Birthday, Sal! Tyler Black followed suit and sent Frelick home with a looping double down the left field line and it was quickly 1-0. Laying off a very tantalizing breaking pitch hooking away from the plate, Joe Gray Jr. took his seventh walk of his 2022 season on an ensuing inside fastball inside to take first base. And, after a botched near double steal on a wild pitch - foiled by confusion on the bases and leading to Joe having to ensure a run down allowing Tyler to make his way to third (a heads up play by Gray Jr. it is worth noting) - Darrien Miller roped a line drive single over the leaping second baseman and it was 2-0. Zavier Warren ended the inning on a groundout. But the single by Miller was a sign of things to come. Further Viewing Notes: The duo of Tyler Black and Sal Frelick is going to be a fun one for the Wisconsin fans. The two young men both play with intensity and skill - a joy to watch on the High-A club. The first run of the first inning was but a glimpse of what these two might have in store. I, for one, am extremely intrigued to watch it play out. Justin Jarvis really dialed in on the evening and finished the affair with aplomb: 5 IP, 2 hits, 2 K's, 2 BB's, and 1 unearned run. The Timber Rattlers pitchers as a group finished the game with one earned run over nine innings with 10 strikeouts. After Jarvis, the pitcher of the evening was Joey Matulovich who completed two innings of one-hit ball with five punch outs. Cam Robinson grabs the save giving up one earned with while fanning two. After a slow start, Darrien Miller is beginning to show why he made @damuelle's recent Six Unranked Brewers Prospects to Watch list. He had a blistering evening at the plate (3 of 4 with an RBI and a run batting clean-up - batting average to 0.333 and the OPS now sitting at 1.104) and backed that up by handling the catching duties with real class. Organizationally, with Quero and Miller the Brewers have two absolutely intriguing catching prospects at Low and High-A, respectively. I mentioned the seventh walk above, and it was a well-taken walk, but it bares mentioning: Joe Gray Jr. also had two more strikeouts and now has 17 fans on the young season. Let's all hope Joe, who is as likable a young athlete and man as you'll meet, can find some of last year's early-season results at the plate. We're rooting for you, young man. Lotta season left. Let's get it! *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Birmingham (White Sox) 2, Biloxi 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Barons Hold Down Shuckers Offense in Series Opener - Bullpen Tosses 4.1 Scoreless Frames *** Garrett Mitchell ran out a deep infield single between second and third base to open inning one. Rising prospect Felix Valerio, batting second on the evening, walked to put two men on with no outs. After a Joey Wiemer routine fly out to centerfield, where Mitchell once again showed his blazing speed by tagging and taking third, Thomas Dillard loaded the bases with Davis Martin's second walk of the inning. It would all stop there, however, as both Aston McGee and Tristen Lutz struck out as Martin found his fastball touching 95-98 mph on the radar gun and ripping the heart of the plate. Little did we know at the time, this was to be a repeated theme throughout the contest. In his inaugural bottom-half inning, Carlos Luna worked himself out of a one out and runners on second and third situation after two opposite-field shots down the left-field line (props in order for Lutz who ran down a deep double and held the runner on third with a nice throw into third base). Luna craftily induced a shallow pop-up to right followed by a chopper to Freddy Zamora, left off second base, where he threw an accurate strike to end the inning. This was a pitching affair early and remained so throughout. Sprinkle in two untimely plays, back-to-back, in the bottom of the fourth, several untimely at bats in the few crucial spots for the Shuckers, and, you have the recipe and result of a disappointing 2-1 loss in the books. Further Viewing Notes: It will be scored an RBI double for Mitchell, but it was merely scored as such because the lofty blooping pop-up never touched a glove. It was as routine as it gets but it was lost in the lights and fell six to eight feet beyond the left fielder Tyler Neslony where the ball died with a thud in the grass. Zamora rounded third base and it was 1-0 Shuckers just like that. Birmingham Barons starter Davis Martin uncharacteristically struggled with walks (two questionable) on the evening but, make no mistake, he has very good stuff. Like many young pitchers, harnessing his mix will be the key to advancing further in the Minor Leagues but it would appear he has a legitimate shot to see some action at the higher levels. He also tallied seven strikeouts on his five-inning evening. Carlos Luna is an enjoyable pitcher to watch. As the game progressed on the evening, he really found ways to mix in quite an effective change-up. He was pounding the zone, really, until he found trouble in the fourth. His only blemish, then, was a home run just after a dropped foul tip by Reetz. With the game then tied 1-1, his night seemed to fall apart after a series of fielding snafus during a routine double-play opportunity seemed to unravel his game (the error seemed unfairly doled out to Zamora. Dillard's throw appeared rushed to second base and in the dirt). In many respects, I would argue he was just getting started but he couldn't overcome the situation overall and fell prey to frustrations. If I'm going to call out Freddy Zamora for throwing issues it is time to celebrate a night of solid ropes to first base. Well done, young man! This was Freddy's best all around game I've seen so far this season. Patient and effective at the plate and clean in the field. Let's keep that going. The Biloxi bats had been feasting on opportunistic hot streaks and opportunistic hits but when you look deeper at the numbers, generally, as a team, they are hitting pedestrian at best. The 4-6 spots of tonight's lineup (McGee, Dillard, and Lutz, respectively) put an unpleasant 0-9 with eight strikeouts into the record books . The only real threat late, a Joey Wiemer lead-off double to start the eighth inning, was squandered by this same, um, hit squad. Let's hope they can get going in some fashion in the games ahead. As is, this type of futility in the clean-up slot down the lineup is going to cause problems in a full season. I still am holding out hope for a Lutz renaissance but the shine of timely early season hits has hit a rough patch. The aforementioned Zamora got aboard again to start a potential ninth-inning rally, Jakson Reetz followed with a single for two on and one out but Garrett Mitchell struck out and Felix Valerio grounded into a force out to end the game with two aboard. A frustrating evening finally over. Alas, let's end on a positive note: Welcome back Noah Campbell! He came aboard as a pinch-runner (for Reetz) in the above depicted scenario during the top of the ninth. Sadly, he didn't cross home plate, we'll see how long before he can swing a bat after his pinky dislocation last week. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 7, Charlotte (White Sox) 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details: Sounds Throw Third Consecutive Shutout - First Time Team Has Thrown Three Straight Shutouts Since 2003 *** In baseball, during long season after long season, when a feat is accomplished for the first time in essentially twenty years for a club, that carries weight. Three straight shutouts. My, how sweet it is. Nashville's current scoreless streak rests at 27 1/3 innings and their pitching staff overall is sporting a ridiculous 2.66 era - tops in the International League. Just wow. Tonight's pitching gem was set up by the fine work of Dylan File - by far his best start in three opportunities on the mound - who pitched five scoreless innings of three-hit ball to pair with three walks and two strikeouts. The Sounds, as a staff, only gave up two more hits in the inning while striking out seven more amongst Strzelecki, Jankins, Kelley, and Luis Perdomo. Luis, I am looking forward to your call-up. Those young men were what we call 'overmatched' tonight. Three up and three walking back to the dugout a wee perplexed. It is always Jon Singleton night in my reports. I am unapologetic. I unabashedly love watching the man play ball. Let us appreciate a moment of Zen: We will see him with the big club at some point this season and, personally, I can not wait. That rope brought to you by the chiseled physique and agility he tirelessly sculpted while managing the gym he owns in California. Pump. It. Up. Further Game Notes: Congratulations are in order for catcher Alex Jackson: He had been quite cold at the plate but he got a booming long ball to deep left field tonight knocking in 3. He also walked - always good to see. Let's keep it going! A tip of the hat to Tyler White who was involved in two run-scoring episodes - in the third with a double knocking in the Sounds first run and then again, in the fourth, when he ripped a triple down the right field line. He finished with his first three hit evening on his season to date (three of four overall on the night). Eight walks taken on the evening for the Sounds line-up. You love to see batters with patient approaches making the pitchers work for every out. Weston Wilson was absent from tonight's lineup replaced by Pablo Reyes. Well, it's Weston, who am I kidding? He was replaced by a second baseman, a shortstop, a first baseman and the outfield. The Utility Knife was placed on the shelf. Let us hope he is sharp for his next opportunity. In interviews with voice of the Sounds, Jeff Hem, manager Rick Sweet has been complaining about the impacts of the new pitch clock - and, truthfully, he's said the biggest demand and troubles are concerning hitters. Well, it would appear by the two most recent outings, the Sounds are putting those troubles to bed for the time being. *** This wraps up another early-week report in the Brewers Minor League system - where Tuesday is Minor League Baseball Monday, but it's baseball and that is always good. Please peruse the following links to see what's on the docket for tomorrow's games and what we might currently glean from stats and depth across all levels: Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  7. There was a time not so long ago when the Brewers farm was seen as top-heavy but suffering from an overall widespread lack of quality arms. One could easily argue it is the system-wide pitching keeping the entire organization up in the standings. A 10-1 victory for the Mudcats, a 3-2 victory for the Timber Rattlers, Biloxi loses a 2-1 affair, and Nashville rocks 7-0 as Luis Perdomo officially shuts the door in an overmatched three up and three down strikeout buffet. Your 2022 Milwaukee Brewers: Pray for the Bats. Stay Blessed by the Pitching. Transactions: In Arizona, RHP Jolon Zhao is added to the Carolina Mudcat roster from Extended Spring Training (ACL Brewers Gold roster). Please read more on Zhao in the Brewer Fanatic forum post below: OF/1B Dustin Peterson, formerly of the Nashville Sounds, was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies organization for cash considerations and assigned to their Triple-A Lehigh Valley affiliate. *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 10, Lynchburg (Guardians) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of your Link Report routine: Mendez Homers as Mudcats Route Hillcats 10-1 - The Mudcats Improved to 4-0 at Five County Stadium with Tuesday's Series Opening Victory *** It was advertised as another 'Bark in the Park' night at the Mudcats' very own 'Five County Stadium.' But unlike the cacophonous Biloxi yap fest of the past week, at least early with a sparse crowd in attendance, most locals were frolicking at the dog park and not the ballpark. I see a broader minor league appeal to the masses, understandably so, in this dog-themed night. And, as a dog lover and dog owner myself, I have to say: I don't quite know how I feel about leashing up the pup and bringing him along. We have moved well beyond the casual dog treat novelty from the drive-through bank teller and into a new modern realm of canine collectivism. I am simply thankful we haven't seen the potentially disastrous 'Bring Your Horse' nights! I shudder at the mere thought. On to the game at hand: To start a 6-game homestand, the Mudcats' Jefferson Figueroa took the mound touching 95 on the radar gun in the early going. It was wonderful to see Jeferson Quero man the backstop after a foul tip scare a few days prior - it appears to have been prudent with no lingering or possible concussion side effects. Figueroa mixed a nice off-speed breaking ball into his early pitching mix, yet, he loaded the bases in inning one when he was not given the called third strike on a knee-buckling breaking pitch with runners on first and second base. He did manage to collect himself and induce the ground out to Jesus Chirinos down the first base line. Eduardo Garcia stayed hot off the bat (though, he would strikeout three times on the evening) with a lined single up the middle to get the Mudcats going in their bottom half followed by a single to right field by Hedbert Perez. Please, get hot Hedbert! Ultimately, the bases were juiced on a four-pitch walk and it brought the aforementioned Quero to the plate and Hillcats starter Franco Aleman continued his location struggles walking Quero on five pitches. Mudcats 1-0. Follow that up with a wild pitch and a Chirinos ground out to short and it was 3-0 on the two early singles. Low-A ball certainly can have adventurous innings where the plate is elusive for these young arms as the young men discover the shape of their craft. A credit to Aleman is due as he settled down and left the inning with no further damage. Those three early runs would last into the seventh inning before the floodgates opened for the Mudcats. Final Viewing Notes: Will Micah Bello continue batting the seventh spot if he stays as productive as he has been in the early going? I would love to see him get a stab in that second or third position in the batting order. In the early going, outside of Eduardo Garcia, he has been far and away the most productive hitter in the Mudcats' line-up on a consistent basis. How hot has Bello been? He went 0-4 on the evening but he still sports an unsustainable 0.428 batting average with a 1.219 OPS on the season. Figueroa has an interesting three pitch toolkit when he works in his changeup - his third pitch in his Mix. However, in his young development, he will need to work on fine-tuning that control as he has struggled in that department in both starts. He left the contest after 3 1/3 innings while only managing to toss 31 of 64 pitches for strikes. The stuff is there to develop but he will need to harness that control. Former positional player (OF) Pablo Garabitos made his fourth appearance on the young season. The now lefty hurler features a sweeping breaking pitch as his go-to offering. After throwing his first ball roughly three feet short of home plate he managed to strand his sole inherited runner though he did sprinkle in two wild pitches for good measure. It would appear Figueroa and Miguel Segura will be combining in outings in the season's early going and potentially further ahead. Segura picked up the Middle innings after the Garabitos appearance. The two young hurlers have similar stuff in some regards - at this stage of the young season, both hurlers work their ways in and out of walks but overall are finding success. It will be interesting to see how the season progresses for the young arms as they both look to fine-tune their overall pitching toolkits. What I have seen early is worth tracking. As mentioned above, the three early Mudcats runs held until a five-run seventh. I mentioned this in an earlier report, but the name of the game for these young Mudcats is early runs: on the calendar year they have 14 first inning runs (including this evening) and this is their eighth straight game scoring first. Tune in early if you are looking to catch a Mudcats viewing. Arbert Cipion hit a 100 mph fly ball do deep left-center in the early innings. Had he adjusted his launch angle even slightly, that's a home run ball. He continues to demonstrate a better approach at the plate in 2022. Have a night Hendry Mendez! The 18-year-old outfield prospect batted in the DH spot and he raked a 3-4 evening with a two-run home run, 4 RBI total, and a walk. He is showcasing as an ascending talent in his inaugural season at the Low-A level. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 3, Quad City (Royals) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Miller Time for Wisconsin - Darrien Miller has Three Hits, Drives in a Run, and Scores Another in Game with River Bandits *** In the top of the first inning, we witnessed a very strange fielder interference call at second base on Yeison Coca, on a savvy deke move by the shortstop I might add. The runner was given first base even though he was picked off at first on an adept center field fly out and throwback by Sal Frelick. It was a head scratcher. Shortly thereafter, a screeching car alarm fired off in the distant parking lot, and, boy, it was only High-A inning number one. Thankfully, young RHP Justin Jarvis collected himself amidst the confusion and got the strikeout to end his top half. Frelick opened up the Timber Rattlers bottom half with a line drive single up the middle on his 22nd birthday evening. He followed immediately with his fourth stolen base on the young season. Happy Birthday, Sal! Tyler Black followed suit and sent Frelick home with a looping double down the left field line and it was quickly 1-0. Laying off a very tantalizing breaking pitch hooking away from the plate, Joe Gray Jr. took his seventh walk of his 2022 season on an ensuing inside fastball inside to take first base. And, after a botched near double steal on a wild pitch - foiled by confusion on the bases and leading to Joe having to ensure a run down allowing Tyler to make his way to third (a heads up play by Gray Jr. it is worth noting) - Darrien Miller roped a line drive single over the leaping second baseman and it was 2-0. Zavier Warren ended the inning on a groundout. But the single by Miller was a sign of things to come. Further Viewing Notes: The duo of Tyler Black and Sal Frelick is going to be a fun one for the Wisconsin fans. The two young men both play with intensity and skill - a joy to watch on the High-A club. The first run of the first inning was but a glimpse of what these two might have in store. I, for one, am extremely intrigued to watch it play out. Justin Jarvis really dialed in on the evening and finished the affair with aplomb: 5 IP, 2 hits, 2 K's, 2 BB's, and 1 unearned run. The Timber Rattlers pitchers as a group finished the game with one earned run over nine innings with 10 strikeouts. After Jarvis, the pitcher of the evening was Joey Matulovich who completed two innings of one-hit ball with five punch outs. Cam Robinson grabs the save giving up one earned with while fanning two. After a slow start, Darrien Miller is beginning to show why he made @damuelle's recent Six Unranked Brewers Prospects to Watch list. He had a blistering evening at the plate (3 of 4 with an RBI and a run batting clean-up - batting average to 0.333 and the OPS now sitting at 1.104) and backed that up by handling the catching duties with real class. Organizationally, with Quero and Miller the Brewers have two absolutely intriguing catching prospects at Low and High-A, respectively. I mentioned the seventh walk above, and it was a well-taken walk, but it bares mentioning: Joe Gray Jr. also had two more strikeouts and now has 17 fans on the young season. Let's all hope Joe, who is as likable a young athlete and man as you'll meet, can find some of last year's early-season results at the plate. We're rooting for you, young man. Lotta season left. Let's get it! *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Birmingham (White Sox) 2, Biloxi 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Barons Hold Down Shuckers Offense in Series Opener - Bullpen Tosses 4.1 Scoreless Frames *** Garrett Mitchell ran out a deep infield single between second and third base to open inning one. Rising prospect Felix Valerio, batting second on the evening, walked to put two men on with no outs. After a Joey Wiemer routine fly out to centerfield, where Mitchell once again showed his blazing speed by tagging and taking third, Thomas Dillard loaded the bases with Davis Martin's second walk of the inning. It would all stop there, however, as both Aston McGee and Tristen Lutz struck out as Martin found his fastball touching 95-98 mph on the radar gun and ripping the heart of the plate. Little did we know at the time, this was to be a repeated theme throughout the contest. In his inaugural bottom-half inning, Carlos Luna worked himself out of a one out and runners on second and third situation after two opposite-field shots down the left-field line (props in order for Lutz who ran down a deep double and held the runner on third with a nice throw into third base). Luna craftily induced a shallow pop-up to right followed by a chopper to Freddy Zamora, left off second base, where he threw an accurate strike to end the inning. This was a pitching affair early and remained so throughout. Sprinkle in two untimely plays, back-to-back, in the bottom of the fourth, several untimely at bats in the few crucial spots for the Shuckers, and, you have the recipe and result of a disappointing 2-1 loss in the books. Further Viewing Notes: It will be scored an RBI double for Mitchell, but it was merely scored as such because the lofty blooping pop-up never touched a glove. It was as routine as it gets but it was lost in the lights and fell six to eight feet beyond the left fielder Tyler Neslony where the ball died with a thud in the grass. Zamora rounded third base and it was 1-0 Shuckers just like that. Birmingham Barons starter Davis Martin uncharacteristically struggled with walks (two questionable) on the evening but, make no mistake, he has very good stuff. Like many young pitchers, harnessing his mix will be the key to advancing further in the Minor Leagues but it would appear he has a legitimate shot to see some action at the higher levels. He also tallied seven strikeouts on his five-inning evening. Carlos Luna is an enjoyable pitcher to watch. As the game progressed on the evening, he really found ways to mix in quite an effective change-up. He was pounding the zone, really, until he found trouble in the fourth. His only blemish, then, was a home run just after a dropped foul tip by Reetz. With the game then tied 1-1, his night seemed to fall apart after a series of fielding snafus during a routine double-play opportunity seemed to unravel his game (the error seemed unfairly doled out to Zamora. Dillard's throw appeared rushed to second base and in the dirt). In many respects, I would argue he was just getting started but he couldn't overcome the situation overall and fell prey to frustrations. If I'm going to call out Freddy Zamora for throwing issues it is time to celebrate a night of solid ropes to first base. Well done, young man! This was Freddy's best all around game I've seen so far this season. Patient and effective at the plate and clean in the field. Let's keep that going. The Biloxi bats had been feasting on opportunistic hot streaks and opportunistic hits but when you look deeper at the numbers, generally, as a team, they are hitting pedestrian at best. The 4-6 spots of tonight's lineup (McGee, Dillard, and Lutz, respectively) put an unpleasant 0-9 with eight strikeouts into the record books . The only real threat late, a Joey Wiemer lead-off double to start the eighth inning, was squandered by this same, um, hit squad. Let's hope they can get going in some fashion in the games ahead. As is, this type of futility in the clean-up slot down the lineup is going to cause problems in a full season. I still am holding out hope for a Lutz renaissance but the shine of timely early season hits has hit a rough patch. The aforementioned Zamora got aboard again to start a potential ninth-inning rally, Jakson Reetz followed with a single for two on and one out but Garrett Mitchell struck out and Felix Valerio grounded into a force out to end the game with two aboard. A frustrating evening finally over. Alas, let's end on a positive note: Welcome back Noah Campbell! He came aboard as a pinch-runner (for Reetz) in the above depicted scenario during the top of the ninth. Sadly, he didn't cross home plate, we'll see how long before he can swing a bat after his pinky dislocation last week. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 7, Charlotte (White Sox) 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details: Sounds Throw Third Consecutive Shutout - First Time Team Has Thrown Three Straight Shutouts Since 2003 *** In baseball, during long season after long season, when a feat is accomplished for the first time in essentially twenty years for a club, that carries weight. Three straight shutouts. My, how sweet it is. Nashville's current scoreless streak rests at 27 1/3 innings and their pitching staff overall is sporting a ridiculous 2.66 era - tops in the International League. Just wow. Tonight's pitching gem was set up by the fine work of Dylan File - by far his best start in three opportunities on the mound - who pitched five scoreless innings of three-hit ball to pair with three walks and two strikeouts. The Sounds, as a staff, only gave up two more hits in the inning while striking out seven more amongst Strzelecki, Jankins, Kelley, and Luis Perdomo. Luis, I am looking forward to your call-up. Those young men were what we call 'overmatched' tonight. Three up and three walking back to the dugout a wee perplexed. It is always Jon Singleton night in my reports. I am unapologetic. I unabashedly love watching the man play ball. Let us appreciate a moment of Zen: We will see him with the big club at some point this season and, personally, I can not wait. That rope brought to you by the chiseled physique and agility he tirelessly sculpted while managing the gym he owns in California. Pump. It. Up. Further Game Notes: Congratulations are in order for catcher Alex Jackson: He had been quite cold at the plate but he got a booming long ball to deep left field tonight knocking in 3. He also walked - always good to see. Let's keep it going! A tip of the hat to Tyler White who was involved in two run-scoring episodes - in the third with a double knocking in the Sounds first run and then again, in the fourth, when he ripped a triple down the right field line. He finished with his first three hit evening on his season to date (three of four overall on the night). Eight walks taken on the evening for the Sounds line-up. You love to see batters with patient approaches making the pitchers work for every out. Weston Wilson was absent from tonight's lineup replaced by Pablo Reyes. Well, it's Weston, who am I kidding? He was replaced by a second baseman, a shortstop, a first baseman and the outfield. The Utility Knife was placed on the shelf. Let us hope he is sharp for his next opportunity. In interviews with voice of the Sounds, Jeff Hem, manager Rick Sweet has been complaining about the impacts of the new pitch clock - and, truthfully, he's said the biggest demand and troubles are concerning hitters. Well, it would appear by the two most recent outings, the Sounds are putting those troubles to bed for the time being. *** This wraps up another early-week report in the Brewers Minor League system - where Tuesday is Minor League Baseball Monday, but it's baseball and that is always good. Please peruse the following links to see what's on the docket for tomorrow's games and what we might currently glean from stats and depth across all levels: Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  8. Forget the organizational prospect rankings and look at the standings: AAA Nashville Sounds – 6-3 – 2nd place AA Biloxi Shuckers – 6-0 – 1st place High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – 5-1 – 1st place Low-A Carolina Mudcats – 4-2 – 2nd place Aggregate: 21-6 – Best in the World Thursday’s minor league action saw a strong debut from LHP Russell Smith, a 4-4 Felix Valerio night (with a home run), a game-winning homer by C Darrien Miller, first blasts of the season for Joey Wiemer, Joe Gray Jr., Micah Bello, Alberis Ferrer, and Brent Diaz, a continued resurgence by David Dahl and welcome returns to full action by three players we were concerned about (Garrett Mitchell, Ashton McGee, Oswel Leones). Transactions: RHP Matt Hardy activated by AAA Nashville Sounds RHP J.T. Hintzen transferred to AA Biloxi Shuckers from AAA Nashville Sounds, so he can finally get some playing time RHP Justin Bullock placed on AA Biloxi Shuckers’ 7-day disabled list retroactive to April 13th On to the Game Action: Final: Fredericksburg 7, Carolina 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, please review: House and FredNats Walk Off Mudcats 7-6 Despite their usual hot start, the Mudcats could not hold on to leads of 4-0 (5th inning) and 6-3 (7th inning), giving up three walks and a walk-off 2-run single with one out in the 9th to fall this time. Rare off nights from Eduardo Garcia and Jheremy Vargas couldn’t slow down the Mudcat offense, which started with an Albert Cipion 2-run single in the 3rd inning and Micah Bello 2-run homer in the 4th inning. RHP Ryne Moore was dominant through 4 shutout innings before faltering to give up a solo shot in the 5th, two more runs in the 6th inning, and not retiring a batter in the 7th. The runs stained Moore’s final line, but he exited with the lead, and the underlying metrics weren’t too bad: 6.0 innings, five hits, five earned runs, one walk, two hit by pitches, two wild pitches, and five strikeouts. An Alberis Ferrer 2-run homer had extended the lead to 6-3 in the 7th inning before Fredericksburg clawed back those two runs in the 7th to keep it tight at 6-5 Mudcats. RHP Christian Tripp covered two strong innings, yielding no runs (with one hit and three strikeouts) to set up RHP Trevor Tietz for the potential save. Unfortunately, after striking out the opening batter in the bottom of the 9th inning, Tietz gave up three consecutive, excruciating full-count walks before a 2-run opposite-field single to right field by 18-year old Nats’ prospect Brady House gave Fredericksburg the walk-off win and a 2-1 series lead against the Mudcats. Performances of Note: Micah Bello – 2-3, HR, walk, 2 RBIs Hendry Mendez – 2-3, walk Alberis Ferrer – 1-2, HR, 2 walks, 2 RBIs Arbert Cipion – 1-3, walk, 2 RBIs, SB Ryne Moore – 6.0 innings, 5 ER, 5 Ks Christian Tripp – 2.0 innings, 0 ER, 3 Ks Trevor Tietz (Loss) – 1/3 inning, 2 ER Friday’s outlook: Expect the tag team of RHP Brannon Jordan and RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez to stifle Frederickburg’s bat to even the series at two games apiece. *** First Game Final: Wisconsin 1, Beloit 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details, please review: Miller’s Late Homer Drops Sky Carp in Game One If you’re a fan of exceptional pitching, this was the game for you, as Wisconsin’s Russell Smith went toe-to-toe with Beloit’s Pat Monteverde, neither yielding a run nor even blinking over the first 4+ innings. In all, six pitchers covered the seven innings for the two clubs, giving up a combined one run and six hits while striking out 16 batters. Yes, the Rattler bats were a bit sleepy in this one, striking out ten times. However, the team still had solid chances, unable to convert bases loaded 2nd inning or leadoff 5th inning double (Darrien Miller) into runs before Miller took matters into his own hands in the top of the 7th and final inning. With one down and a 2-0 count, Miller blasted his second home run of the season, this one to right field for the game's only run. Have we told you before that this Timber Rattlers team is strong? Manager Joe Ayrault was undoubtedly spoiled for choice selecting between studs Cam Robinson, James Meeker, or Kent Hasler to close it out after an impressive 2-inning scoreless bridge provided by RHP Zach Mort in his first appearance of the young season. The call this time went to Meeker, who induced two groundouts and a fly ball to left to close out a clean save. Performances of Note: Darrien Miller – 2-2, HR, double, RBI Ernesto Martinez – 1-3 Carlos D. Rodriguez – 1-3 Russell Smith – 4.0 innings, 0 ER, 4 Ks Zach Mort (Win) – 2.0 innings, 0 ER, 2 Ks James Meeker (Save) – 1.0 inning, 0 ER *** Second Game Final: Wisconsin 7, Beloit 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details, please review: Gray Drives in Four for Wisconsin in Game Two Win at Beloit Wisconsin’s bats got an earlier start in this one, with Joe Gray Jr. breaking out of his early-season mini-slump in fine fashion. A Sal Frelick single drove in Ethan Murray in the 3rd inning before Gray’s 2-run double opened up a nice lead. Oh, wait, Gray also scored on his own double due to a catcher error. Let’s call it a little league homer. 4-0 Timber Rattlers’ lead through 3 innings. Starting pitcher, RHP Justin Jarvis cruised through the Beloit line-up the first time through 9-up and 9-down with four strikeouts. Unfortunately, things went a bit south for Jarvis, with two 4th inning walks and a single allowing Beloit to get back into the game at 4-2. This continued in the 5th inning, with a single and home run (by Marlins’ prospect David Bradshaw) tying it up 4-4 and Jarvis giving way to RHP Cristian Sierra for his first action of the year. Remember Joe Ayrault’s bullpen? Yeah, good luck scoring on them. Sierra threw 1.2 innings, striking out 3 to keep it knotted up, entering the 7th and final inning and Joe Gray Jr.’s heroics. Two strikeouts sandwiched a Yeison Coca single before Carlos D. Rodriguez reached on a well-timed (or ill-timed if you’re Beloit) throwing error from short. Enter Gray: called strike, called strike, foul ball, foul ball, 3-run home run to left-center field. Woo hoo! 7-4 Rattlers. Back to the bullpen, and RHP Cam Robinson got the call to close out this one, not allowing a ball out to leave the infield. That’s Robinson’s 2nd save of the year. Performances of Note: Joe Gray Jr. – 2-4, HR, double, 4 RBIs Zavier Warren – 2-4 Yeison Coca – 1-2, walk, SB Ethan Murray – 1-2, walk, SB Sal Frelick – 1-3, walk, RBI Ernesto Martinez – 1-3 Justin Jarvis – 4 1/3 innings, four earned runs, 5 Ks Cristian Sierra (Win) – 1 2/3 innings, 0 ER, 3 Ks Cam Robinson (Save) – 1.0 inning, 0 ER, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Max Lazar makes his second start of the season and will not disappoint. Expect RHP fire-baller Kent Hasler to close it out if needed. *** Final: Biloxi 8, Mississippi 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details, please review: Biloxi Slugs Three Home Runs, Pitching Stifles M-Braves in 8-1 Victory You’ve got to love a game where everything comes into place. From the relief of seeing CF Garrett Mitchell and 3B Ashton McGee healthy and back in the starting line-up, to knowing you’ve got always-dominant LHP Andy Otero on the mound and finally jumping out to a 4-0 lead by the 3rd inning. Felix Valerio and Joey Wiemer got things started quickly for the Shuckers with a 2-run home run (his first of the year) scoring Valerio after his single. Brent Diaz then doubled in Cam Devanney in the 2nd inning and Thomas Dillard drilled a double to score Valerio in the 3rd inning to extend the lead to 4-0. As for Otero, he cruised through four scoreless innings, not allowing any runner to reach 2nd base, before giving up two doubles and a run in the 5th inning. Felix Valerio added his third hit of the night in the bottom of that frame, but the squad wasn’t able to knock him in this time. Have no fear, a Gabe Holt single, Devanney double and Diaz homer extended the lead back to 7-1 in the 6th inning. Not quite content, Valerio decided to score himself by opening the 7th inning with a solo shot to left center for his 3rd home run of the year, giving us the final score of 8-1. With Biloxi advancing to 6-0, could there be any downside on the day? Well yes, the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels were also winners, leaving the Shuckers and Mighty Mussels as the only undefeated teams in MLB or MILB. Of course, Brewers’ affiliates won’t be playing Fort Myers anytime this year, but something tells me our new cyber overloads (hail thee, hail thee) are keeping a close eye on the Twins’ affiliate. Via WXXV: Additional highlights: Performances of Note: Felix Valerio – 4-4, HR, RBI Brent Diaz – 2-4, HR, double, 3 RBIs Joey Wiemer – 1-3, HR, walk, 2 RBIs Thomas Dillard – 1-3, double, walk, RBI Cam Devanney – 1-4, double, RBI Andy Otero (Win) – 5.0 innings, 1 ER, 4 Ks Robbie Hitt – 2.0 innings, 0 ER, 2 Ks J.T. Hintzen + Zach Vennaro – combined 2.0 innings, 0 ER, 3 Ks Friday’s outlook: With Justin Bullock injured, RHP Tyler Herb makes his first start of the year, as the Shuckers will extend their record to 7-0. *** Final: Nashville 5, Gwinnett 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, please review: Quick Start Leads Nashville to Another Win at Gwinnett Exploding to a 4-run lead in the 1st inning, then keeping it a close contest into the 9th inning is not a bad way to entertain the fans, even if they’re road fans and you’re actually just tormenting them . David Dahl knocked in the first run with a single, followed by Weston Wilson driving in another with a double, then a wild pitch and Corey Ray single extending the lead to 4-0. Undeterred, the Stripers answered back with a 2-run shot by Braves’ AAAA RF Travis Demeritte in the bottom of the frame to set the affair at 4-2. Sounds’ RHP Jason Alexander and Gwinnett reliever then settled in for three scoreless innings apiece, before each team added a run in the 5th inning, with Weston Wilson driving in his second run of the night on a base hit and the Striper stringing two hits together to keep it close at 5-3. A Pablo Reyes double in the 6th inning and Alex Jackson lead-off single in the 8th inning were not converted into runs, while the Sounds’ middle inning relievers were formidable: no hits and only one walk given up by Connor Sadzeck, J.C. Mejia, Thomas Jankins. Gwinnett nearly made the most of their final chance in the 9th inning, leading off with a Ryan Casteel homer, then coaxing a 1-out walk. But of course, RHP Pete Strzelecki responded to the pressure, with consecutive full-count strikeouts to end the game 5-4 for the Sounds’ second consecutive close win. Performances of Note: Weston Wilson – 2-4, double, 2 RBIs David Dahl – 2-4, RBI Pablo Reyes – 1-4, double Corey Ray – 1-4, RBI Brice Turang – 1-4, walk Jason Alexander (Win) – 5.0 innings, 3 ER, 3 Ks Connor Sadzeck, JC Mejia, Thomas Jankins – combined 3.0 innings, 0 ER, 4 Ks Pete Strzelecki (Save) – 1.0 inning, 1 ER, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Josh Lindblom makes his second start of the year, as Manager Rick Sweet must again juggle his vast roster of early season players to win a 3rd straight game over Gwinnett. Friday April 15th: Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Thank you all for reading my first-ever Brewers’ Minor League Link Report in the new format. I’ll try it again tomorrow, before handing it over to @Mass Haas for the weekend. Enjoy the games!
  9. Rattlers sweep a doubleheader. Shuckers move to 6-0. Sounds win a close one, Mudcats lose on a walk-off. Forget the organizational prospect rankings and look at the standings: AAA Nashville Sounds – 6-3 – 2nd place AA Biloxi Shuckers – 6-0 – 1st place High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – 5-1 – 1st place Low-A Carolina Mudcats – 4-2 – 2nd place Aggregate: 21-6 – Best in the World Thursday’s minor league action saw a strong debut from LHP Russell Smith, a 4-4 Felix Valerio night (with a home run), a game-winning homer by C Darrien Miller, first blasts of the season for Joey Wiemer, Joe Gray Jr., Micah Bello, Alberis Ferrer, and Brent Diaz, a continued resurgence by David Dahl and welcome returns to full action by three players we were concerned about (Garrett Mitchell, Ashton McGee, Oswel Leones). Transactions: RHP Matt Hardy activated by AAA Nashville Sounds RHP J.T. Hintzen transferred to AA Biloxi Shuckers from AAA Nashville Sounds, so he can finally get some playing time RHP Justin Bullock placed on AA Biloxi Shuckers’ 7-day disabled list retroactive to April 13th On to the Game Action: Final: Fredericksburg 7, Carolina 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, please review: House and FredNats Walk Off Mudcats 7-6 Despite their usual hot start, the Mudcats could not hold on to leads of 4-0 (5th inning) and 6-3 (7th inning), giving up three walks and a walk-off 2-run single with one out in the 9th to fall this time. Rare off nights from Eduardo Garcia and Jheremy Vargas couldn’t slow down the Mudcat offense, which started with an Albert Cipion 2-run single in the 3rd inning and Micah Bello 2-run homer in the 4th inning. RHP Ryne Moore was dominant through 4 shutout innings before faltering to give up a solo shot in the 5th, two more runs in the 6th inning, and not retiring a batter in the 7th. The runs stained Moore’s final line, but he exited with the lead, and the underlying metrics weren’t too bad: 6.0 innings, five hits, five earned runs, one walk, two hit by pitches, two wild pitches, and five strikeouts. An Alberis Ferrer 2-run homer had extended the lead to 6-3 in the 7th inning before Fredericksburg clawed back those two runs in the 7th to keep it tight at 6-5 Mudcats. RHP Christian Tripp covered two strong innings, yielding no runs (with one hit and three strikeouts) to set up RHP Trevor Tietz for the potential save. Unfortunately, after striking out the opening batter in the bottom of the 9th inning, Tietz gave up three consecutive, excruciating full-count walks before a 2-run opposite-field single to right field by 18-year old Nats’ prospect Brady House gave Fredericksburg the walk-off win and a 2-1 series lead against the Mudcats. Performances of Note: Micah Bello – 2-3, HR, walk, 2 RBIs Hendry Mendez – 2-3, walk Alberis Ferrer – 1-2, HR, 2 walks, 2 RBIs Arbert Cipion – 1-3, walk, 2 RBIs, SB Ryne Moore – 6.0 innings, 5 ER, 5 Ks Christian Tripp – 2.0 innings, 0 ER, 3 Ks Trevor Tietz (Loss) – 1/3 inning, 2 ER Friday’s outlook: Expect the tag team of RHP Brannon Jordan and RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez to stifle Frederickburg’s bat to even the series at two games apiece. *** First Game Final: Wisconsin 1, Beloit 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details, please review: Miller’s Late Homer Drops Sky Carp in Game One If you’re a fan of exceptional pitching, this was the game for you, as Wisconsin’s Russell Smith went toe-to-toe with Beloit’s Pat Monteverde, neither yielding a run nor even blinking over the first 4+ innings. In all, six pitchers covered the seven innings for the two clubs, giving up a combined one run and six hits while striking out 16 batters. Yes, the Rattler bats were a bit sleepy in this one, striking out ten times. However, the team still had solid chances, unable to convert bases loaded 2nd inning or leadoff 5th inning double (Darrien Miller) into runs before Miller took matters into his own hands in the top of the 7th and final inning. With one down and a 2-0 count, Miller blasted his second home run of the season, this one to right field for the game's only run. Have we told you before that this Timber Rattlers team is strong? Manager Joe Ayrault was undoubtedly spoiled for choice selecting between studs Cam Robinson, James Meeker, or Kent Hasler to close it out after an impressive 2-inning scoreless bridge provided by RHP Zach Mort in his first appearance of the young season. The call this time went to Meeker, who induced two groundouts and a fly ball to left to close out a clean save. Performances of Note: Darrien Miller – 2-2, HR, double, RBI Ernesto Martinez – 1-3 Carlos D. Rodriguez – 1-3 Russell Smith – 4.0 innings, 0 ER, 4 Ks Zach Mort (Win) – 2.0 innings, 0 ER, 2 Ks James Meeker (Save) – 1.0 inning, 0 ER *** Second Game Final: Wisconsin 7, Beloit 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details, please review: Gray Drives in Four for Wisconsin in Game Two Win at Beloit Wisconsin’s bats got an earlier start in this one, with Joe Gray Jr. breaking out of his early-season mini-slump in fine fashion. A Sal Frelick single drove in Ethan Murray in the 3rd inning before Gray’s 2-run double opened up a nice lead. Oh, wait, Gray also scored on his own double due to a catcher error. Let’s call it a little league homer. 4-0 Timber Rattlers’ lead through 3 innings. Starting pitcher, RHP Justin Jarvis cruised through the Beloit line-up the first time through 9-up and 9-down with four strikeouts. Unfortunately, things went a bit south for Jarvis, with two 4th inning walks and a single allowing Beloit to get back into the game at 4-2. This continued in the 5th inning, with a single and home run (by Marlins’ prospect David Bradshaw) tying it up 4-4 and Jarvis giving way to RHP Cristian Sierra for his first action of the year. Remember Joe Ayrault’s bullpen? Yeah, good luck scoring on them. Sierra threw 1.2 innings, striking out 3 to keep it knotted up, entering the 7th and final inning and Joe Gray Jr.’s heroics. Two strikeouts sandwiched a Yeison Coca single before Carlos D. Rodriguez reached on a well-timed (or ill-timed if you’re Beloit) throwing error from short. Enter Gray: called strike, called strike, foul ball, foul ball, 3-run home run to left-center field. Woo hoo! 7-4 Rattlers. Back to the bullpen, and RHP Cam Robinson got the call to close out this one, not allowing a ball out to leave the infield. That’s Robinson’s 2nd save of the year. Performances of Note: Joe Gray Jr. – 2-4, HR, double, 4 RBIs Zavier Warren – 2-4 Yeison Coca – 1-2, walk, SB Ethan Murray – 1-2, walk, SB Sal Frelick – 1-3, walk, RBI Ernesto Martinez – 1-3 Justin Jarvis – 4 1/3 innings, four earned runs, 5 Ks Cristian Sierra (Win) – 1 2/3 innings, 0 ER, 3 Ks Cam Robinson (Save) – 1.0 inning, 0 ER, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Max Lazar makes his second start of the season and will not disappoint. Expect RHP fire-baller Kent Hasler to close it out if needed. *** Final: Biloxi 8, Mississippi 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details, please review: Biloxi Slugs Three Home Runs, Pitching Stifles M-Braves in 8-1 Victory You’ve got to love a game where everything comes into place. From the relief of seeing CF Garrett Mitchell and 3B Ashton McGee healthy and back in the starting line-up, to knowing you’ve got always-dominant LHP Andy Otero on the mound and finally jumping out to a 4-0 lead by the 3rd inning. Felix Valerio and Joey Wiemer got things started quickly for the Shuckers with a 2-run home run (his first of the year) scoring Valerio after his single. Brent Diaz then doubled in Cam Devanney in the 2nd inning and Thomas Dillard drilled a double to score Valerio in the 3rd inning to extend the lead to 4-0. As for Otero, he cruised through four scoreless innings, not allowing any runner to reach 2nd base, before giving up two doubles and a run in the 5th inning. Felix Valerio added his third hit of the night in the bottom of that frame, but the squad wasn’t able to knock him in this time. Have no fear, a Gabe Holt single, Devanney double and Diaz homer extended the lead back to 7-1 in the 6th inning. Not quite content, Valerio decided to score himself by opening the 7th inning with a solo shot to left center for his 3rd home run of the year, giving us the final score of 8-1. With Biloxi advancing to 6-0, could there be any downside on the day? Well yes, the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels were also winners, leaving the Shuckers and Mighty Mussels as the only undefeated teams in MLB or MILB. Of course, Brewers’ affiliates won’t be playing Fort Myers anytime this year, but something tells me our new cyber overloads (hail thee, hail thee) are keeping a close eye on the Twins’ affiliate. Via WXXV: Additional highlights: Performances of Note: Felix Valerio – 4-4, HR, RBI Brent Diaz – 2-4, HR, double, 3 RBIs Joey Wiemer – 1-3, HR, walk, 2 RBIs Thomas Dillard – 1-3, double, walk, RBI Cam Devanney – 1-4, double, RBI Andy Otero (Win) – 5.0 innings, 1 ER, 4 Ks Robbie Hitt – 2.0 innings, 0 ER, 2 Ks J.T. Hintzen + Zach Vennaro – combined 2.0 innings, 0 ER, 3 Ks Friday’s outlook: With Justin Bullock injured, RHP Tyler Herb makes his first start of the year, as the Shuckers will extend their record to 7-0. *** Final: Nashville 5, Gwinnett 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, please review: Quick Start Leads Nashville to Another Win at Gwinnett Exploding to a 4-run lead in the 1st inning, then keeping it a close contest into the 9th inning is not a bad way to entertain the fans, even if they’re road fans and you’re actually just tormenting them . David Dahl knocked in the first run with a single, followed by Weston Wilson driving in another with a double, then a wild pitch and Corey Ray single extending the lead to 4-0. Undeterred, the Stripers answered back with a 2-run shot by Braves’ AAAA RF Travis Demeritte in the bottom of the frame to set the affair at 4-2. Sounds’ RHP Jason Alexander and Gwinnett reliever then settled in for three scoreless innings apiece, before each team added a run in the 5th inning, with Weston Wilson driving in his second run of the night on a base hit and the Striper stringing two hits together to keep it close at 5-3. A Pablo Reyes double in the 6th inning and Alex Jackson lead-off single in the 8th inning were not converted into runs, while the Sounds’ middle inning relievers were formidable: no hits and only one walk given up by Connor Sadzeck, J.C. Mejia, Thomas Jankins. Gwinnett nearly made the most of their final chance in the 9th inning, leading off with a Ryan Casteel homer, then coaxing a 1-out walk. But of course, RHP Pete Strzelecki responded to the pressure, with consecutive full-count strikeouts to end the game 5-4 for the Sounds’ second consecutive close win. Performances of Note: Weston Wilson – 2-4, double, 2 RBIs David Dahl – 2-4, RBI Pablo Reyes – 1-4, double Corey Ray – 1-4, RBI Brice Turang – 1-4, walk Jason Alexander (Win) – 5.0 innings, 3 ER, 3 Ks Connor Sadzeck, JC Mejia, Thomas Jankins – combined 3.0 innings, 0 ER, 4 Ks Pete Strzelecki (Save) – 1.0 inning, 1 ER, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Josh Lindblom makes his second start of the year, as Manager Rick Sweet must again juggle his vast roster of early season players to win a 3rd straight game over Gwinnett. Friday April 15th: Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Thank you all for reading my first-ever Brewers’ Minor League Link Report in the new format. I’ll try it again tomorrow, before handing it over to @Mass Haas for the weekend. Enjoy the games! View full article
  10. We’ve previously looked at where our Top 30 prospects according to MLB.com are likely to start the 2022 season, but those are certainly not the only exciting young players to keep tabs on. Remember, was Joey Wiemer on the Top 30 prospect list entering 2021? How about Felix Valerio, Korry Howell and Jake Cousins? Now, let’s highlight six unranked prospects potentially ready for major breakouts in 2022 and let us know in the comments who you’ve got your eye on! Max Lazar – RHP – 22 years old – 11th round 2017 pick The 2019 Brewers minor leaguer with the lowest WHIP (min. 67 innings), Lazar, unfortunately, lost the 2020 season to Covid and then the 2021 season to Tommy John surgery. However, he appears healthy and ready to pick up where he left off, having relieved the High-A opening day spring training game on March 19, then starting a contest on March 22. That 2019 season (primarily in Low-A) was truly something to behold, with a 2.33 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 12.6 K/9 in 85 innings. The man had 119 strikeouts vs. just 15 walks! If Max Lazar and Antoine Kelly are healthy and in the starting rotation at High-A Wisconsin to commence the season, one can only pity the opposition. Darrien Miller – C – 21 years old – 9th round 2019 pick Miller, the only high schooler selected by the Brewers in the first 10 rounds of the past three drafts (2019-2021), was the club’s youngest position player to start the 2021 season in Low-A Carolina and may repeat that feat in High-A Wisconsin this April. A relative model of consistency in 2021, the left-handed-hitting Miller had an OPS of .838 over 204 plate appearances on the year, with seven home runs and a quality ratio of 33 walks to 45 strikeouts, including a very special September 1st tilt. In that game, Miller hit a three-run shot in the 4th inning to tie it, a grand slam in the 6th inning to take an 8-7 lead, and a solo shot in the 8th inning as insurance. For good measure, Miller followed up that masterpiece with a walk-off grand slam four days later. After sharing catching duties with Alex Hall last year, look for Darrien Miller to pair up with Wes Clarke in 2022, giving the Brewers a formidable High-A catching duo last seen in 2019 Carolina (Mario Feliciano, Payton Henry). Jolon “Lun” Zhao – RHP – 20 years old – 2018 international signing Arguably the best curveball in the Brewers’ minor league system belongs to a 5’10” player from Beijing who’s yet to even reach Low-A ball. How awesome is that? Zhao debuted in Rookie Arizona ball as a 16-year-old in 2018, making three solid relief appearances and then playing another three games in Advanced Rookie Helena, posting a 1.08 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in a small sample size (8 1/3 innings). However, in an even more extreme case than Lazar, Lun Zhao would not see any official action from September 5, 2018, until August 24, 2021. That’s because he had ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction in early 2019, lost 2020 to Covid, and appeared to suffer Covid-related travel delays in 2021. Bulldog Zhao ultimately made it back for 8 2/3 innings in Rookie Arizona in late 2021, then had the privilege of facing off against super-prospect talent in the Arizona Fall League. Although his AFL numbers weren’t stellar, the box scores suggested some serious battles (2 1/3 innings scoreless in one game; nearly escaped a based loaded, zero out, extra-inning situation (not his creation) in another). Hopefully, Zhao is able to break camp with Low-A Carolina and get consistent work for the first time ever! James Meeker – 27 years old – RHP – 2021 independent ball signing Lucas Erceg – 26 years old – RHP – 2nd round 2016 pick Why pair Meeker and Erceg together? Well, don’t be surprised if one of the two is a major league reliever later this year, which was a rather unfathomable prospect just 12 months ago. You’ve got the 6’4” Meeker and his magical 2021 season in which he yielded only one earned run in 49 2/3 innings (31 2/3 innings in the Frontier League, 18 innings at Low-A Carolina). He struck out 65 batters against just 15 walks. A 2018 University of Delaware graduate, Meeker went undrafted and then pitched 123 innings of independent ball across four seasons, all in relief, before the Brewers signed him in August 2021. Across the end of 2020 and most of 2021, Meeker put together an incredible streak of 55 innings without yielding an earned run! And from various off-season tweets by @PVSbaseball, he’s not resting on those laurels. And then there’s the 6’3” Erceg, who was a AAA third baseman in 2019 and even had 22 at-bats at MLB spring training in 2020 before deciding at some point to put the bat away and become a pitcher. Why would he do that, after not pitching since throwing 10 2/3 innings at the University of California in 2015? Perhaps his 70-grade arm (2020 MLB.com rating) has something to do with it! Thrust aggressively into AA Biloxi, Erceg pitched 47 2/3 innings in 2021 and understandably struggled: 5.29 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, and 8.5 K/9. However, the Brewers were encouraged enough with his progress to bring him into 2022 MLB spring training as a pitcher, where he broke at least one bat with his 98 mph fastball. So will Meeker continue his 2021 magic all the way to the big leagues or will Erceg figure out this pitching thing and beat him to it? Blayberg Diaz – C – 19 years old – 2019 international signing Yet another young Brewers’ catcher ready to make his mark? As Mass Haas summed up excellently in the early season birthday thread, the Venezuelan Diaz is an early surprise as an initially-unheralded member of the 2019 international signing class. Finally debuting July 5th, 2021, in Rookie Arizona, Diaz promptly got just one hit in his first 19 at-bats before settling in. Over his final 29 games in which he had plate appearances, he slashed .333/.411/.495 in 107 plate appearances, including four home runs and a 12-game hitting streak. Has Diaz shown enough to get the immediate call to Low-A Carolina alongside Jeferson Quero to start 2022? Well, let’s not be surprised if 19-year old Quero is paired with an older catcher to commence the year (e.g. Jose Sibrian), but Blayberg Diaz will hopefully get that promotion to Carolina soon. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and favorite break-out candidates below!
  11. Here's a look at six unranked players poised for potential breakouts in 2022. We’ve previously looked at where our Top 30 prospects according to MLB.com are likely to start the 2022 season, but those are certainly not the only exciting young players to keep tabs on. Remember, was Joey Wiemer on the Top 30 prospect list entering 2021? How about Felix Valerio, Korry Howell and Jake Cousins? Now, let’s highlight six unranked prospects potentially ready for major breakouts in 2022 and let us know in the comments who you’ve got your eye on! Max Lazar – RHP – 22 years old – 11th round 2017 pick The 2019 Brewers minor leaguer with the lowest WHIP (min. 67 innings), Lazar, unfortunately, lost the 2020 season to Covid and then the 2021 season to Tommy John surgery. However, he appears healthy and ready to pick up where he left off, having relieved the High-A opening day spring training game on March 19, then starting a contest on March 22. That 2019 season (primarily in Low-A) was truly something to behold, with a 2.33 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 12.6 K/9 in 85 innings. The man had 119 strikeouts vs. just 15 walks! If Max Lazar and Antoine Kelly are healthy and in the starting rotation at High-A Wisconsin to commence the season, one can only pity the opposition. Darrien Miller – C – 21 years old – 9th round 2019 pick Miller, the only high schooler selected by the Brewers in the first 10 rounds of the past three drafts (2019-2021), was the club’s youngest position player to start the 2021 season in Low-A Carolina and may repeat that feat in High-A Wisconsin this April. A relative model of consistency in 2021, the left-handed-hitting Miller had an OPS of .838 over 204 plate appearances on the year, with seven home runs and a quality ratio of 33 walks to 45 strikeouts, including a very special September 1st tilt. In that game, Miller hit a three-run shot in the 4th inning to tie it, a grand slam in the 6th inning to take an 8-7 lead, and a solo shot in the 8th inning as insurance. For good measure, Miller followed up that masterpiece with a walk-off grand slam four days later. After sharing catching duties with Alex Hall last year, look for Darrien Miller to pair up with Wes Clarke in 2022, giving the Brewers a formidable High-A catching duo last seen in 2019 Carolina (Mario Feliciano, Payton Henry). Jolon “Lun” Zhao – RHP – 20 years old – 2018 international signing Arguably the best curveball in the Brewers’ minor league system belongs to a 5’10” player from Beijing who’s yet to even reach Low-A ball. How awesome is that? Zhao debuted in Rookie Arizona ball as a 16-year-old in 2018, making three solid relief appearances and then playing another three games in Advanced Rookie Helena, posting a 1.08 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in a small sample size (8 1/3 innings). However, in an even more extreme case than Lazar, Lun Zhao would not see any official action from September 5, 2018, until August 24, 2021. That’s because he had ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction in early 2019, lost 2020 to Covid, and appeared to suffer Covid-related travel delays in 2021. Bulldog Zhao ultimately made it back for 8 2/3 innings in Rookie Arizona in late 2021, then had the privilege of facing off against super-prospect talent in the Arizona Fall League. Although his AFL numbers weren’t stellar, the box scores suggested some serious battles (2 1/3 innings scoreless in one game; nearly escaped a based loaded, zero out, extra-inning situation (not his creation) in another). Hopefully, Zhao is able to break camp with Low-A Carolina and get consistent work for the first time ever! James Meeker – 27 years old – RHP – 2021 independent ball signing Lucas Erceg – 26 years old – RHP – 2nd round 2016 pick Why pair Meeker and Erceg together? Well, don’t be surprised if one of the two is a major league reliever later this year, which was a rather unfathomable prospect just 12 months ago. You’ve got the 6’4” Meeker and his magical 2021 season in which he yielded only one earned run in 49 2/3 innings (31 2/3 innings in the Frontier League, 18 innings at Low-A Carolina). He struck out 65 batters against just 15 walks. A 2018 University of Delaware graduate, Meeker went undrafted and then pitched 123 innings of independent ball across four seasons, all in relief, before the Brewers signed him in August 2021. Across the end of 2020 and most of 2021, Meeker put together an incredible streak of 55 innings without yielding an earned run! And from various off-season tweets by @PVSbaseball, he’s not resting on those laurels. And then there’s the 6’3” Erceg, who was a AAA third baseman in 2019 and even had 22 at-bats at MLB spring training in 2020 before deciding at some point to put the bat away and become a pitcher. Why would he do that, after not pitching since throwing 10 2/3 innings at the University of California in 2015? Perhaps his 70-grade arm (2020 MLB.com rating) has something to do with it! Thrust aggressively into AA Biloxi, Erceg pitched 47 2/3 innings in 2021 and understandably struggled: 5.29 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, and 8.5 K/9. However, the Brewers were encouraged enough with his progress to bring him into 2022 MLB spring training as a pitcher, where he broke at least one bat with his 98 mph fastball. So will Meeker continue his 2021 magic all the way to the big leagues or will Erceg figure out this pitching thing and beat him to it? Blayberg Diaz – C – 19 years old – 2019 international signing Yet another young Brewers’ catcher ready to make his mark? As Mass Haas summed up excellently in the early season birthday thread, the Venezuelan Diaz is an early surprise as an initially-unheralded member of the 2019 international signing class. Finally debuting July 5th, 2021, in Rookie Arizona, Diaz promptly got just one hit in his first 19 at-bats before settling in. Over his final 29 games in which he had plate appearances, he slashed .333/.411/.495 in 107 plate appearances, including four home runs and a 12-game hitting streak. Has Diaz shown enough to get the immediate call to Low-A Carolina alongside Jeferson Quero to start 2022? Well, let’s not be surprised if 19-year old Quero is paired with an older catcher to commence the year (e.g. Jose Sibrian), but Blayberg Diaz will hopefully get that promotion to Carolina soon. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and favorite break-out candidates below! View full article
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