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  1. Transactions: None Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 9, Memphis (Cardinals) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Pull Away from Redbirds Late - Brian Navarreto Hits Go-Ahead Homer, Nashville Wins Sixth Straight Against Memphis Let me get this out of the way: In his first game back from a brief absence, Sal Frelick did indeed extend his on base streak to 40 games with a flare to shallow left center field. RHP Jason Alexander gave a good effort through 3 2/3 IP and just over 70 pitches. He managed seven punch outs in the shortened stint, but, I would say he wasn't actually particularly sharp. He ultimately gave up 5 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, and 2 ER. His bases loaded no out jam led to a game-tying two runs in the third frame before he ended it on his third strikeout of the inning. RHP Tyler Herb gave us a classic 2022 multiple inning successful relief stint - 4 IP, 6 H, 0 BB, 1 ER, 1 K. RHP Lucas Erceg struggled for his second time in two outings - an unfortunate ending to what has otherwise been a fantastic run in August and most of September. Three Quick Strikes: 1) What does C Brian Navarreto have to do to get more opportunities? I would place him in the Brent Diaz class of 'Most Underrated Position Players' in the entire Brewers organization. Every game I watch him play, I come away impressed. More importantly, I don't come away after watching him catch with a single question about his game. I am convinced Navarreto might be a classic case of a talented catcher finding his pro game at a later age (27 years old today). In my eyes, if this is the player we would see on a regular basis, this is a rotational MLB player. Historically, his offense has been fairly woeful. However, in 2022: he makes solid contact and he gives good AB's. His defense, framing, and game calling is superb. He is a weapon throwing out baserunners. Something doesn't compute for me here. Regardless, I am extremely thankful for his 42 games of service to date for Nashville. 2) INF Cam Devanney once again made several fantastic plays from the hot corner. He makes extremely tricky defensive plays look entirely routine. In my eyes he is far and away the most talented third baseman in the system today. He now has a Minor League baseline of experience. He has a cannon for an arm. He has an incredible glove - stabbing several extremely hard hit balls from various angles tonight. And, his bat is ascending - his Triple-A sample is outproducing what was already an impressive Double-A sample. I am now at the point if he isn't protected in the Rule 5 draft, I am actually going to be disappointed. Don't let me down, Brewers. Make the sensible decision here. 3) OF Joey Wiemer again showcased his complete game. Coming off a brief stint with what was described by announcer Jeff Hem as 'left arm soreness', he hit the ground running early and often. Two rbi doubles that were absolutely smashed. Speed for days as he charged around third base for a run in the table-turning eighth frame. And, the classic Wiemer cannon that kept a couple runners from challenging for second base. He's a complete player in every regard when he's healthy. He's again checking all the coveted five tool boxes. His end to his 2022 season has reminded us all why he won last year's Minor League Player of the Year for the Brewers. Tune in early for the Sounds final Home contest of their incredible 2022 season. We'll be feasting on a final regular season tilt in a matinee affair. As of now, it looks as though we'll be getting one last look at tantalizing LHP Robert Gasser. Let's hope he gives us a glimpse at future greatness. As always, thanks for reading. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  2. It was the last evening home game of 2022 - with an attendance of around 7,000 fans the Sounds moved back atop the Minor League attendance leaderboard passing Lehigh Valley and Indianapolis who were both on the road. It was 4-3 Sounds headed to the eighth frame and, boy, did they pour it on for their 91st victory of their 2022 campaign ensuring their 18th series win. We also learned the Sounds will take their 10-8 overall record versus Durham to Vegas on Saturday. Let's hope the Sounds can manage one more in the 'W' column as those pesky and talented Bulls will look to give Nashville everything they have. What we do know, regardless of what happens tomorrow, is the Sounds will indeed hold the number one seed throughout the weekend no matter how far they go - they will pitch first and bat last. And, hopefully, they'll do so for a couple of outings before their champagne shower while hoisting a shiny trophy. . Image courtesy of Brewer Fanatic Transactions: None Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 9, Memphis (Cardinals) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Pull Away from Redbirds Late - Brian Navarreto Hits Go-Ahead Homer, Nashville Wins Sixth Straight Against Memphis Let me get this out of the way: In his first game back from a brief absence, Sal Frelick did indeed extend his on base streak to 40 games with a flare to shallow left center field. RHP Jason Alexander gave a good effort through 3 2/3 IP and just over 70 pitches. He managed seven punch outs in the shortened stint, but, I would say he wasn't actually particularly sharp. He ultimately gave up 5 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, and 2 ER. His bases loaded no out jam led to a game-tying two runs in the third frame before he ended it on his third strikeout of the inning. RHP Tyler Herb gave us a classic 2022 multiple inning successful relief stint - 4 IP, 6 H, 0 BB, 1 ER, 1 K. RHP Lucas Erceg struggled for his second time in two outings - an unfortunate ending to what has otherwise been a fantastic run in August and most of September. Three Quick Strikes: 1) What does C Brian Navarreto have to do to get more opportunities? I would place him in the Brent Diaz class of 'Most Underrated Position Players' in the entire Brewers organization. Every game I watch him play, I come away impressed. More importantly, I don't come away after watching him catch with a single question about his game. I am convinced Navarreto might be a classic case of a talented catcher finding his pro game at a later age (27 years old today). In my eyes, if this is the player we would see on a regular basis, this is a rotational MLB player. Historically, his offense has been fairly woeful. However, in 2022: he makes solid contact and he gives good AB's. His defense, framing, and game calling is superb. He is a weapon throwing out baserunners. Something doesn't compute for me here. Regardless, I am extremely thankful for his 42 games of service to date for Nashville. 2) INF Cam Devanney once again made several fantastic plays from the hot corner. He makes extremely tricky defensive plays look entirely routine. In my eyes he is far and away the most talented third baseman in the system today. He now has a Minor League baseline of experience. He has a cannon for an arm. He has an incredible glove - stabbing several extremely hard hit balls from various angles tonight. And, his bat is ascending - his Triple-A sample is outproducing what was already an impressive Double-A sample. I am now at the point if he isn't protected in the Rule 5 draft, I am actually going to be disappointed. Don't let me down, Brewers. Make the sensible decision here. 3) OF Joey Wiemer again showcased his complete game. Coming off a brief stint with what was described by announcer Jeff Hem as 'left arm soreness', he hit the ground running early and often. Two rbi doubles that were absolutely smashed. Speed for days as he charged around third base for a run in the table-turning eighth frame. And, the classic Wiemer cannon that kept a couple runners from challenging for second base. He's a complete player in every regard when he's healthy. He's again checking all the coveted five tool boxes. His end to his 2022 season has reminded us all why he won last year's Minor League Player of the Year for the Brewers. Tune in early for the Sounds final Home contest of their incredible 2022 season. We'll be feasting on a final regular season tilt in a matinee affair. As of now, it looks as though we'll be getting one last look at tantalizing LHP Robert Gasser. Let's hope he gives us a glimpse at future greatness. As always, thanks for reading. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  3. Monday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Turang, as well as Esteury Ruiz and Jon Singleton. Transactions: OF Jonathan Davis outrighted to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers C Nick Kahle assigned to AA Biloxi from AAA Nashville RHP Robbie Baker assigned to AA Biloxi from AAA Nashville Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 6, Memphis 5 (final in 11 innings) Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review the affiliate write-up as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Walk-Off Redbirds, Win 90th Game Even if you’ve already clinched a spot in the postseason, it’s always great to defeat the Cardinals…er… Redbirds in this instance. RHP Victor Castaneda (3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 3 Ks) struggled in his third AAA start of the season, escaping a two-on, nobody out situation in the 1st inning, working around a 2nd inning single and finally conceding three runs on three hits and two walks in the 3rd inning. Memphis’ lead grew to 4-0 in the top of the 6th inning as C Mario Feliciano allowed a passed ball (his 14th of 2022) for an unearned run. Through 5 ½ innings, the Sounds had mustered only one hit and three walks, all four of which were eliminated on the basepaths: a caught stealing and three ground ball double plays. However, surprisingly effective Redbird starting pitcher Garrett Williams thankfully exited after five shutout innings and Nashville immediately feasted on the Memphis bullpen. The Sounds first run came in without the benefit of a hit (walk, HBP, error), with SS Brice Turang then doubling in two runs and 1B Jon Singleton (0-for-1, 3 walks, RBI) knotting the game 4-4 with a booming sacrifice fly to score OF Esteury Ruiz (2-for-3, BB, HBP, 2 SBs). Thereafter, the next major opportunity in the game went to Memphis in the top of the 9th inning, with a leadoff single, stolen base and wild pitch (or a second Feliciano passed ball depending on your perspective) giving them a man on third base with nobody out. However, Justin Topa amazingly took care of business, retiring three straight batters on a line-out, dangerous Nolan Gorman on a strikeout swinging, then a groundout for a great escape. Two leadoff walks for Nashville in the bottom of the 9th inning unfortunately went for naught, as did a second and third, one-out opportunity in the bottom of the 10th inning. In the 11th inning, Memphis took its final lead 5-4 on a single to score a Manfred Man off RHP Trevor Kelley, before DH/INF Andruw Monasterio led off the bottom of the inning with a game-tying RBI single of his own. Monasterio had aggressively moved to second base on the throw home, then scored on Feliciano’s game-ending, one-out single. Check out the team’s Twitter feed for some impressive defensive highlights from the victory as well. Three Quick Strikes: After Castaneda’s early exit, eight different Nashville relievers each completed one inning of work, with the bullpen not conceding any earned runs. OFs Sal Frelick and Joey Wiemer were both absent from the lineup, in spite of the off-day on Sunday. As such, the worry-o-meter has notched up as we wait and hope they’ll both be available for the upcoming AAA playoffs scheduled for Saturday and Sunday (if Nashville wins on Saturday) in Las Vegas. 3B Cam Devanney also exited after the sixth inning, though hopefully this was just a planned time-share with Patrick Dorrian. Singleton now leads the minor leagues with 116 walks, while Ruiz tops the stolen base leaderboard with 83 on the season. Tuesday’s outlook: RHP Jason Alexander (8-2 record, 2.72 ERA in 59 2/3 AAA innings) is scheduled to make his 10th AAA start (13th appearance) in Game Two at home against the Redbirds. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Tuesday in the penultimate regular season game! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  4. Twenty Sounds' players saw action in Monday’s 11-inning come-from-behind victory, with Brice Turang coming through with a clutch two-run double. Image courtesy of Brewer Fanatic Monday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Turang, as well as Esteury Ruiz and Jon Singleton. Transactions: OF Jonathan Davis outrighted to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers C Nick Kahle assigned to AA Biloxi from AAA Nashville RHP Robbie Baker assigned to AA Biloxi from AAA Nashville Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 6, Memphis 5 (final in 11 innings) Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review the affiliate write-up as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Walk-Off Redbirds, Win 90th Game Even if you’ve already clinched a spot in the postseason, it’s always great to defeat the Cardinals…er… Redbirds in this instance. RHP Victor Castaneda (3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 3 Ks) struggled in his third AAA start of the season, escaping a two-on, nobody out situation in the 1st inning, working around a 2nd inning single and finally conceding three runs on three hits and two walks in the 3rd inning. Memphis’ lead grew to 4-0 in the top of the 6th inning as C Mario Feliciano allowed a passed ball (his 14th of 2022) for an unearned run. Through 5 ½ innings, the Sounds had mustered only one hit and three walks, all four of which were eliminated on the basepaths: a caught stealing and three ground ball double plays. However, surprisingly effective Redbird starting pitcher Garrett Williams thankfully exited after five shutout innings and Nashville immediately feasted on the Memphis bullpen. The Sounds first run came in without the benefit of a hit (walk, HBP, error), with SS Brice Turang then doubling in two runs and 1B Jon Singleton (0-for-1, 3 walks, RBI) knotting the game 4-4 with a booming sacrifice fly to score OF Esteury Ruiz (2-for-3, BB, HBP, 2 SBs). Thereafter, the next major opportunity in the game went to Memphis in the top of the 9th inning, with a leadoff single, stolen base and wild pitch (or a second Feliciano passed ball depending on your perspective) giving them a man on third base with nobody out. However, Justin Topa amazingly took care of business, retiring three straight batters on a line-out, dangerous Nolan Gorman on a strikeout swinging, then a groundout for a great escape. Two leadoff walks for Nashville in the bottom of the 9th inning unfortunately went for naught, as did a second and third, one-out opportunity in the bottom of the 10th inning. In the 11th inning, Memphis took its final lead 5-4 on a single to score a Manfred Man off RHP Trevor Kelley, before DH/INF Andruw Monasterio led off the bottom of the inning with a game-tying RBI single of his own. Monasterio had aggressively moved to second base on the throw home, then scored on Feliciano’s game-ending, one-out single. Check out the team’s Twitter feed for some impressive defensive highlights from the victory as well. Three Quick Strikes: After Castaneda’s early exit, eight different Nashville relievers each completed one inning of work, with the bullpen not conceding any earned runs. OFs Sal Frelick and Joey Wiemer were both absent from the lineup, in spite of the off-day on Sunday. As such, the worry-o-meter has notched up as we wait and hope they’ll both be available for the upcoming AAA playoffs scheduled for Saturday and Sunday (if Nashville wins on Saturday) in Las Vegas. 3B Cam Devanney also exited after the sixth inning, though hopefully this was just a planned time-share with Patrick Dorrian. Singleton now leads the minor leagues with 116 walks, while Ruiz tops the stolen base leaderboard with 83 on the season. Tuesday’s outlook: RHP Jason Alexander (8-2 record, 2.72 ERA in 59 2/3 AAA innings) is scheduled to make his 10th AAA start (13th appearance) in Game Two at home against the Redbirds. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Tuesday in the penultimate regular season game! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  5. The Sounds raced to an 8-0 lead behind solid performances from Sal Frelick, Esteury Ruiz and young starter Victor Castaneda, then held on for a Game One victory. Image courtesy of BrewerFanatic Monday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Frelick, Ruiz and Castaneda, as well as Pedro Severino and Hobie Harris. Transactions: RHP Jake Cousins recalled to MLB Brewers from AAA Nashville RHP Trevor Kelley optioned to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers Game Action: Final: Nashville 8, Louisville 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Hold Off Louisville After Hot Start OF Sal Frelick (3-for-5, double, RBI) opened the game with a single to extend his on-base streak to a whopping 36 games and the Sounds were essentially off to the races from there. Two-out RBI singles from 1B Jon Singleton and 2B Patrick Dorrian gave Nashville an early 2-0 lead before starting RHP Victor Castaneda had even thrown a pitch. Not satisfied with just a two-run lead, Frelick smacked an RBI double for a third run in the 2nd inning, in which the Sounds poured misery on the Bats to score six runs on three doubles and three singles for an 8-0 advantage. In the offensive explosion, OF Esteury Ruiz (2-for-5, double, 2 RBIs, SB) and DH Cam Devanney each contributed two-run doubles and C Pedro Severino (2-for-5, RBI) added an RBI single. Castaneda (5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks) was solid in his second AAA start of 2022, conceding only two runs and exiting with an 8-2 lead after five innings of work. It was 8-4 when things tightened up against RHP JC Mejia in the bottom of the 8th inning, with Louisville snatching two runs on three hits and bringing the tying run to the plate twice. Thankfully, Mejia stepped up to induce a groundout and strike out to end the threat. Now 8-6 and with the Bats having a glimmer of hope, RHP Hobie “No Nonsense” Harris entered for the 9th inning, garnering three straight outs to earn his seventh save and lower his ERA to 2.13. Three Quick Strikes: A 5th inning stolen base for Ruiz gives him 80 thefts on the season (the most in the minors) vs. 13 times caught. Coupled with his OPS of 1.003 in 511 AA/AAA plate appearances, it’s difficult to contain excitement at the prospect of this 23-year-old eventually wreaking havoc for the Brewers in the majors. The 6th inning saw the return of RHP Dylan File, who gave up two runs in his first game action since August 26th. Welcome back Dylan! After scuffling a bit in some recent appearances, RHP Zack Brown gave the team a scoreless 7th inning, working around a one-out double in the process. Tuesday’s outlook: RHP Josh Lindblom is scheduled to take the mound for Game Two of this week’s series in Louisville, aiming to continue a highly productive run (5-0 record in last six starts, with an ERA of 2.06 and 40 Ks in 35 innings during this stretch). We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Tuesday! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  6. Monday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Frelick, Ruiz and Castaneda, as well as Pedro Severino and Hobie Harris. Transactions: RHP Jake Cousins recalled to MLB Brewers from AAA Nashville RHP Trevor Kelley optioned to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers Game Action: Final: Nashville 8, Louisville 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Hold Off Louisville After Hot Start OF Sal Frelick (3-for-5, double, RBI) opened the game with a single to extend his on-base streak to a whopping 36 games and the Sounds were essentially off to the races from there. Two-out RBI singles from 1B Jon Singleton and 2B Patrick Dorrian gave Nashville an early 2-0 lead before starting RHP Victor Castaneda had even thrown a pitch. Not satisfied with just a two-run lead, Frelick smacked an RBI double for a third run in the 2nd inning, in which the Sounds poured misery on the Bats to score six runs on three doubles and three singles for an 8-0 advantage. In the offensive explosion, OF Esteury Ruiz (2-for-5, double, 2 RBIs, SB) and DH Cam Devanney each contributed two-run doubles and C Pedro Severino (2-for-5, RBI) added an RBI single. Castaneda (5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks) was solid in his second AAA start of 2022, conceding only two runs and exiting with an 8-2 lead after five innings of work. It was 8-4 when things tightened up against RHP JC Mejia in the bottom of the 8th inning, with Louisville snatching two runs on three hits and bringing the tying run to the plate twice. Thankfully, Mejia stepped up to induce a groundout and strike out to end the threat. Now 8-6 and with the Bats having a glimmer of hope, RHP Hobie “No Nonsense” Harris entered for the 9th inning, garnering three straight outs to earn his seventh save and lower his ERA to 2.13. Three Quick Strikes: A 5th inning stolen base for Ruiz gives him 80 thefts on the season (the most in the minors) vs. 13 times caught. Coupled with his OPS of 1.003 in 511 AA/AAA plate appearances, it’s difficult to contain excitement at the prospect of this 23-year-old eventually wreaking havoc for the Brewers in the majors. The 6th inning saw the return of RHP Dylan File, who gave up two runs in his first game action since August 26th. Welcome back Dylan! After scuffling a bit in some recent appearances, RHP Zack Brown gave the team a scoreless 7th inning, working around a one-out double in the process. Tuesday’s outlook: RHP Josh Lindblom is scheduled to take the mound for Game Two of this week’s series in Louisville, aiming to continue a highly productive run (5-0 record in last six starts, with an ERA of 2.06 and 40 Ks in 35 innings during this stretch). We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Tuesday! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  7. The Nashville Sounds drew closer to a division title. The Biloxi Shuckers are closing with an amazing flourish. Let's dig into the game summaries and box scores as always while also providing backstory info and insights on some of the player journeys heading into 2023. I know, we're always rushing Father Time, aren't we? Here we go! Image courtesy of BrewerFanatic Transactions: None. Final: Nashville 3, Jacksonville (Marlins) 0 Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of your Link Report routine: Sounds Return Favor with Shutout Win - Nashville’s magic number to clinch the division shrinks to seven Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log RHP Caleb Boushley turns 29 on October 1st. The Brewers control his rights for another year. Is it possible that an organization views his 2022 season and claims Boushley in Rule 5? Given his age, it wouldn't be a rebuilding club. The likely path is that Boushley receives an obvious invite to Brewers big league camp next spring, gets a chance to break into the big-league rotation if injuries occur, and then provides a nice depth option for the 2023 season while again toiling in Nashville. Is that fair to Boushley? No, and I'd expect one of the things we eventually see out of the new unionization of MiLB players is a drop from seven to six years of overall control. It won't happen in time to aid Boushley, however. My goodness, the upper half of that Sounds box score is a beautiful sight. You just read about Sal Frelick's latest cumulative statistical exploits in that fine game summary. Esteury Ruiz reached base four times. Brice Turang had two more knocks, and Jon Singleton and Joey Wiemer's sacrifice flies were critical (sacrifice flies are the "hidden gems" of box score perusals). Oh, then slide down a bit further and see that Ruiz and Turang were successful on their combined four stolen base attempts. Glorious. We still see you, Lucas Erceg . Pending 40-man addition decision awaits, five days after the World Series ends. There is no game log obvious reason for Pablo Reyes to have been pulled in the top of the 4th inning. These guitar awards are awesome! Be sure to click on the picture to enlarge. Final: Biloxi 4, Pensacola (Marlins) 1 Bennett Shines, Strikes Out 11 as Biloxi Wins Ninth In-A-Row - Warren, Lutz and Kahle Each Homer Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Was eight enough? Heck, no! Cast photo of the 1977-1981 ABC family series "Eight is Enough Wow, fun joy ride for these Shuckers. Already lined up the Christmas Wish list for LHP Nick Bennett , and consistency tops it. The highs don't need to be quite as high as this fantastic effort (though that would be amazing), but the lows can certainly be better than his 2022 game log shows. Bennett's development path this season wasn't linear - well, it was linear, but a zig-zag. Wonderful final outing! Sure, Jackson Chourio 2-for-19 in AA, fanned three times (now nine at this level), but he also did this - Catcher Nick Kahle making the case that he deserved more than 76 at-bats all season - was never on an injured list. Find the Zavier Warren, Tristen Lutz and Kahle home runs so prominently featured in the game summary via the Shuckers Twitter Media feed here. With a single, Gabe Holt's OPS lands right at .500 (yes, OPS, tough season, big bounceback in 2023 coming). That being said, that mark is on the precipice depending how Sunday goes. It's a 1:05 Central start Sunday for Nashville, and a 4:05 start for Biloxi's finale. If I know our own @Joseph Zarr, that lines up as a perfect alternative to any NFL doubleheader! Keep it up, Biloxi - we're all about book-ending the 2022 season with a seven-game and ten-game positivity streak! Give the New York City Seinfeld locale, do you think Yankees fans will make an occasional Jason Alexander reference today? "Are you the guy that put us in that Ramada in Milwaukee?" Seinfeld-George Teaches Yankees how to play - YouTube Have a great day, everyone, thanks for visiting. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scoresCurrent Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  8. Transactions: None. Final: Nashville 3, Jacksonville (Marlins) 0 Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of your Link Report routine: Sounds Return Favor with Shutout Win - Nashville’s magic number to clinch the division shrinks to seven Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log RHP Caleb Boushley turns 29 on October 1st. The Brewers control his rights for another year. Is it possible that an organization views his 2022 season and claims Boushley in Rule 5? Given his age, it wouldn't be a rebuilding club. The likely path is that Boushley receives an obvious invite to Brewers big league camp next spring, gets a chance to break into the big-league rotation if injuries occur, and then provides a nice depth option for the 2023 season while again toiling in Nashville. Is that fair to Boushley? No, and I'd expect one of the things we eventually see out of the new unionization of MiLB players is a drop from seven to six years of overall control. It won't happen in time to aid Boushley, however. My goodness, the upper half of that Sounds box score is a beautiful sight. You just read about Sal Frelick's latest cumulative statistical exploits in that fine game summary. Esteury Ruiz reached base four times. Brice Turang had two more knocks, and Jon Singleton and Joey Wiemer's sacrifice flies were critical (sacrifice flies are the "hidden gems" of box score perusals). Oh, then slide down a bit further and see that Ruiz and Turang were successful on their combined four stolen base attempts. Glorious. We still see you, Lucas Erceg . Pending 40-man addition decision awaits, five days after the World Series ends. There is no game log obvious reason for Pablo Reyes to have been pulled in the top of the 4th inning. These guitar awards are awesome! Be sure to click on the picture to enlarge. Final: Biloxi 4, Pensacola (Marlins) 1 Bennett Shines, Strikes Out 11 as Biloxi Wins Ninth In-A-Row - Warren, Lutz and Kahle Each Homer Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Was eight enough? Heck, no! Cast photo of the 1977-1981 ABC family series "Eight is Enough Wow, fun joy ride for these Shuckers. Already lined up the Christmas Wish list for LHP Nick Bennett , and consistency tops it. The highs don't need to be quite as high as this fantastic effort (though that would be amazing), but the lows can certainly be better than his 2022 game log shows. Bennett's development path this season wasn't linear - well, it was linear, but a zig-zag. Wonderful final outing! Sure, Jackson Chourio 2-for-19 in AA, fanned three times (now nine at this level), but he also did this - Catcher Nick Kahle making the case that he deserved more than 76 at-bats all season - was never on an injured list. Find the Zavier Warren, Tristen Lutz and Kahle home runs so prominently featured in the game summary via the Shuckers Twitter Media feed here. With a single, Gabe Holt's OPS lands right at .500 (yes, OPS, tough season, big bounceback in 2023 coming). That being said, that mark is on the precipice depending how Sunday goes. It's a 1:05 Central start Sunday for Nashville, and a 4:05 start for Biloxi's finale. If I know our own @Joseph Zarr, that lines up as a perfect alternative to any NFL doubleheader! Keep it up, Biloxi - we're all about book-ending the 2022 season with a seven-game and ten-game positivity streak! Give the New York City Seinfeld locale, do you think Yankees fans will make an occasional Jason Alexander reference today? "Are you the guy that put us in that Ramada in Milwaukee?" Seinfeld-George Teaches Yankees how to play - YouTube Have a great day, everyone, thanks for visiting. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scoresCurrent Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  9. Biloxi manufactured a run without a hit in the 7th inning and Brandon Knarr led a pitching staff that struck out 12 Pensacola batters in a nerve-wracking 1-0 victory on the road, their seventh in a row. Nashville’s stars, young and old, continue to shine bright, as Esteury Ruiz staked the team to an early 2-0 lead, Josh Lindblom dominated over six innings, and Sal Frelick extended his on-base streak to 32 games in a 6-1 home win over Jacksonville. Thursday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Ruiz, Knarr, Lindblom, and Frelick, as well as Joey Wiemer. Transactions: OF Tristen Lutz activated from AA Biloxi's 7-day injured list RHP TJ Shook transferred to Development List from AA Biloxi Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 6, Jacksonville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Lindblom, Ruiz Lead Sounds to Another Win. After some nervous hiccups last week and in the first game of this series, Nashville appears to be getting its groove back, leading from start to finish to grab a 2-1 series lead over Jacksonville Frelick (2-for-5, RBI) led off the bottom of the 1st inning with a single to left field, then Ruiz (2-for-4, HR, double, 2 RBIs, SB) smashed an 0-1 pitch the same direction for a quick 2-0 lead. Starting pitcher Lindblom (6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 4 Ks) didn’t require any more cushion than that, walking none and only conceding one run in a 6th straight solid outing for him. That said, it was still relatively tight at 3-1 when the Sounds finally put the game out of reach with a three-run 7th inning , highlighted by Ruiz doubling and stealing his 77th base of the year and DH/2B Pablo Reyes (2-for-4, double, 2 RBIs) doubling in two insurance runs for the final 6-1 scoreline. Rehabbing Major League RHP Trevor Gott pitched a three-up, three-down 7th inning and was followed by scoreless frames from RHPs Jake Cousins and Cam Robinson. Three Quick Strikes: Wiemer (2-for-3, walk) keeps humming along with stellar play, reaching base three times in this game. If not for one abysmal month when he was likely adjusting to an injury (wrist discomfort? We don’t really know), he’d be generating significant prospect buzz and we’d be wondering when he’ll be starting in right field in Milwaukee. Frelick’s on-base streak has now reached 32 games as he battles OF Jackson Chourio for the Brewers’ Minor League position player of the year award. The victory increased Nashville’s first place lead to 4.5 games over Columbus. Lest anyone think differently, Jacksonville is no slouch, as the Jumbo Shrimp only trail the Durham Bulls by 1.5 games in the International League’s Eastern Division. As such, there’s a chance these teams could actually meet again in the playoffs (knock on wood). Friday’s outlook: 23-year old LHP Robert Gasser (5.23 ERA with 13 Ks through 10 1/3 AAA innings) will make his third start in AAA ball, as Nashville strives for a third straight victory. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 1, Pensacola 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Biloxi Blanks Blue Wahoos For Seventh Consecutive Victory Workhorse pitcher Knarr (6 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 7 Ks) apparently gets even better after surpassing 140 innings on the season, closing out an amazing 2022 campaign with six shutout innings and seven strikeouts. However, he exited with the score tied 0-0 and the prospect of another No Decision, until 2B Yeison Coca put on a base-stealing clinic in the top of the 7th inning. Coca walked, stole two bases and scored on an OF Corey Ray sacrifice fly. The run gave Biloxi the lead and positioned Knarr for a well-deserved victory. Pensacola certainly had its opportunities late in the game, getting two one-out walks off of LHP Clayton Andrews in the bottom of the 7th inning, but grounding into an inning-ending double play. Then in the 8th inning, Andrews recorded two strikeouts and induced a ground out, but it wasn’t enough to escape as one of the K’d batters reached on a wild pitch. RHP Harold Chirino entered and the breach widened with a single and a walk to load the bases, then running the count full to put all runners in motion. Thankfully, Chirino came through to register a strikeout swinging to get out of that jam. And in the 9th inning, RHP Zach Vennaro walked the first two batters he faced to give the Blue Wahoos yet another chance, but C Jason Lopez gunned down an attempted base stealer and RHP Zach Vennaro retired the final two hitters on strikeouts swinging to earn his 11th save. Defensive gem alert: Three Quick Strikes: This game marked the welcome return-from-injury of OF Tristen Lutz, who’d only registered two plate appearances since August 19th, the last being a hit-by-pitch on August 26th. The understandably rusty Lutz walked and struck out twice in this game before being relieved by a pinch runner in the 6th inning. Missing clutch: The offenses combined to go 0-for-20 with runners in scoring position, stranding 20 men on base. Kudos to the combined pitching staffs for striking out 25 batters and the catchers for eliminating three attempted base stealers. Further credit to the Brewers’ hurlers for keeping the ball on the ground: 12 ground ball outs vs. zero fly outs. OF Garrett Whitley (2-for-4, double) and Lopez (2-for-4, 2 doubles) each snagged two hits in the game, three of which were doubles. DH/OF Chourio went 0-for-3, but drew a walk and didn't strike out. Chourio is now 1-for-11 in three games at the AA level, with three more to go. Friday’s outlook: RHP Justin Jarvis is scheduled to make his fourth start in AA ball (3.60 ERA through 15 AA innings), attempting to lead the Shuckers to an eighth consecutive win. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Keep these winning streaks rolling along on Friday, Biloxi and Nashville! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  10. Brandon Knarr led the Shuckers to a 7th straight victory in a tight 1-0 affair. Esteury Ruiz gave Nashville an early lead which held up behind excellent pitching. Image courtesy of BrewerFanatic Biloxi manufactured a run without a hit in the 7th inning and Brandon Knarr led a pitching staff that struck out 12 Pensacola batters in a nerve-wracking 1-0 victory on the road, their seventh in a row. Nashville’s stars, young and old, continue to shine bright, as Esteury Ruiz staked the team to an early 2-0 lead, Josh Lindblom dominated over six innings, and Sal Frelick extended his on-base streak to 32 games in a 6-1 home win over Jacksonville. Thursday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Ruiz, Knarr, Lindblom, and Frelick, as well as Joey Wiemer. Transactions: OF Tristen Lutz activated from AA Biloxi's 7-day injured list RHP TJ Shook transferred to Development List from AA Biloxi Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 6, Jacksonville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Lindblom, Ruiz Lead Sounds to Another Win. After some nervous hiccups last week and in the first game of this series, Nashville appears to be getting its groove back, leading from start to finish to grab a 2-1 series lead over Jacksonville Frelick (2-for-5, RBI) led off the bottom of the 1st inning with a single to left field, then Ruiz (2-for-4, HR, double, 2 RBIs, SB) smashed an 0-1 pitch the same direction for a quick 2-0 lead. Starting pitcher Lindblom (6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 4 Ks) didn’t require any more cushion than that, walking none and only conceding one run in a 6th straight solid outing for him. That said, it was still relatively tight at 3-1 when the Sounds finally put the game out of reach with a three-run 7th inning , highlighted by Ruiz doubling and stealing his 77th base of the year and DH/2B Pablo Reyes (2-for-4, double, 2 RBIs) doubling in two insurance runs for the final 6-1 scoreline. Rehabbing Major League RHP Trevor Gott pitched a three-up, three-down 7th inning and was followed by scoreless frames from RHPs Jake Cousins and Cam Robinson. Three Quick Strikes: Wiemer (2-for-3, walk) keeps humming along with stellar play, reaching base three times in this game. If not for one abysmal month when he was likely adjusting to an injury (wrist discomfort? We don’t really know), he’d be generating significant prospect buzz and we’d be wondering when he’ll be starting in right field in Milwaukee. Frelick’s on-base streak has now reached 32 games as he battles OF Jackson Chourio for the Brewers’ Minor League position player of the year award. The victory increased Nashville’s first place lead to 4.5 games over Columbus. Lest anyone think differently, Jacksonville is no slouch, as the Jumbo Shrimp only trail the Durham Bulls by 1.5 games in the International League’s Eastern Division. As such, there’s a chance these teams could actually meet again in the playoffs (knock on wood). Friday’s outlook: 23-year old LHP Robert Gasser (5.23 ERA with 13 Ks through 10 1/3 AAA innings) will make his third start in AAA ball, as Nashville strives for a third straight victory. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 1, Pensacola 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Biloxi Blanks Blue Wahoos For Seventh Consecutive Victory Workhorse pitcher Knarr (6 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 7 Ks) apparently gets even better after surpassing 140 innings on the season, closing out an amazing 2022 campaign with six shutout innings and seven strikeouts. However, he exited with the score tied 0-0 and the prospect of another No Decision, until 2B Yeison Coca put on a base-stealing clinic in the top of the 7th inning. Coca walked, stole two bases and scored on an OF Corey Ray sacrifice fly. The run gave Biloxi the lead and positioned Knarr for a well-deserved victory. Pensacola certainly had its opportunities late in the game, getting two one-out walks off of LHP Clayton Andrews in the bottom of the 7th inning, but grounding into an inning-ending double play. Then in the 8th inning, Andrews recorded two strikeouts and induced a ground out, but it wasn’t enough to escape as one of the K’d batters reached on a wild pitch. RHP Harold Chirino entered and the breach widened with a single and a walk to load the bases, then running the count full to put all runners in motion. Thankfully, Chirino came through to register a strikeout swinging to get out of that jam. And in the 9th inning, RHP Zach Vennaro walked the first two batters he faced to give the Blue Wahoos yet another chance, but C Jason Lopez gunned down an attempted base stealer and RHP Zach Vennaro retired the final two hitters on strikeouts swinging to earn his 11th save. Defensive gem alert: Three Quick Strikes: This game marked the welcome return-from-injury of OF Tristen Lutz, who’d only registered two plate appearances since August 19th, the last being a hit-by-pitch on August 26th. The understandably rusty Lutz walked and struck out twice in this game before being relieved by a pinch runner in the 6th inning. Missing clutch: The offenses combined to go 0-for-20 with runners in scoring position, stranding 20 men on base. Kudos to the combined pitching staffs for striking out 25 batters and the catchers for eliminating three attempted base stealers. Further credit to the Brewers’ hurlers for keeping the ball on the ground: 12 ground ball outs vs. zero fly outs. OF Garrett Whitley (2-for-4, double) and Lopez (2-for-4, 2 doubles) each snagged two hits in the game, three of which were doubles. DH/OF Chourio went 0-for-3, but drew a walk and didn't strike out. Chourio is now 1-for-11 in three games at the AA level, with three more to go. Friday’s outlook: RHP Justin Jarvis is scheduled to make his fourth start in AA ball (3.60 ERA through 15 AA innings), attempting to lead the Shuckers to an eighth consecutive win. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Keep these winning streaks rolling along on Friday, Biloxi and Nashville! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  11. Transactions: None Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 12, Jacksonville (Marlins) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sal Frelick Homers Twice as Sounds Blast Past Jumbo Shrimp - Nashville Extends Lead atop International League West Division to 3.5 Games 18 hits. 12 runs. This is the Sounds offense I've grown to love throughout the 2022 season. They have so much juice throughout their lineup - this is possible on any given night. With another Columbus Clipper loss, the Sounds push their division lead back to 3 1/2 games. A special mention will go to RHP Victor Castaneda and his quality start in his first Triple-A start of 2022: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 ER, 2 K. RHP's Lucas Erceg and Jake Cousins each tacked on scoreless frames in the 8th and 9th innings, respectively, to close out the victory. Three Quick Strikes: 1) One of the most impressive facets of Sal Frelick's 2022 season is he has hit better at each promotion. What's been even more fascinating to watch is how well he consistently hits lefty pitching. Tonight's lead-taking three-run jack over the right field wall was yet another example of his now patented hip flip line drive smash: 2) Watching Esteury Ruiz wind-up on the base paths is a thing of beauty. I don't know if I've ever seen a weapon quite like this in the Brewers system. He's a danger to lay down an impeccable bunt single at any moment and yet he can make some serious contact on the ball. He can play cat and mouse every single time he's on a base. And, he's coy about it. Sometimes he'll take off on the first pitch. Sometimes he'll show disinterest and then deep in the count take off when you least expect it. His timing is typically impeccable and his jumps are typically incredibly well timed. Take a look at both these latter qualities in his fifth record-breaking steal: 3) We are seeing something else from C Pedro Severino in September. After another long ball tonight - a no doubter over the wall in left field - he has pushed his September output to: 9 G, 30 AB, 0.467 BA, 1.376 OPS (!!), 8 R, 8 RBI, 3 HR, 5 2B, 4 BB, 3 K. The man is absolutely mashing right now. The Sounds are extremely lucky to have a MLB caliber catcher manning the backstop in their playoff push. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 8, Pensacola (Marlins) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shucker' site, game details, please visit and review: Six for Six - Shook Deals Six Frames to Help Shuckers to Sixth Straight - Murray Hits First Double-A Home Run Winners of six straight games, I am all hands on deck to watch the Shuckers close out their 2022 campaign with a bang. Much like Wisconsin, these Shuckers are showcasing there is plenty to play for even when no post-season birth is on the line. RHP TJ Shook gave us his best outing in some time as he looked calm and collected on the mound: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 2 ER, 1 HR, 3 K. In what is likely his last start of 2022, it has to feel good to end on a positive note after some scuffling down the homestretch. Thank you for all your efforts in 2022, young man. Three Quick Strikes: 1) OF Corey Ray continues to demonstrate he will not go quietly into the night as his off season approaches. He extended his hit streak to nine games after his early game single, then hit a two bagger, and followed with a walk. All told, he finished his evening 2-for-4 with 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB. His only blemishes came when he was caught stealing and picked off. Given he still gives high quality defense and outfield range on a nightly basis, the ongoing offensive output is noteworthy. When Ray is healthy, he still offers quite a bit to a baseball team as he's showcased on more than one occasion in 2022. I continue to hope there's a way he stays in the system in 2023 - yes, even if that is unrealistic. 2) C Nick Kahle is making the most of his late season opportunities behind home plate. After only 16 AB's in all of August, he now has 22 AB's through September 14th. Batting in the nine-hole tonight, he gave his team a 2-for-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K performance. Let's take a look at his home run blast over the left field fence. This one had some pop and came in a very solid at bat: 3)The late season Double-A play we are seeing from High-A mainstays, Zavier Warren; Ethan Murray; and Wes Clarke, is one of the highlights of my 2022 Minor League season. We've seen a three home run game from Clarke (he had another two bagger tonight), Zavier Warren was on base four times tonight and swiped two bases, and Ethan Murray brought the leather in addition to a 2-for-4 evening with a solo jack. This might not have been expected by most casual fans, but, you've seen glimpses of these types of games throughout much of the second half of the 2022 season. To see these young men put it together in the midst of an unlikely six game winning streak for the Shuckers is all the feels Let's take a quick peak at Murray's long fly over the wall in deep center left field: We've got a LHP Brandon Knarr and RHP Josh Lindbolm treat tomorrow night. Both hurlers have proven incredibly reliable in 2022 - I'm expecting more skill and greatness as they take the hill. Will the Sounds push their division lead? Will the Shuckers win their seventh straight? Tune in. As always, thanks for reading and supporting these players as they chase their dreams. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  12. The headline says it all. Sal Frelick is an on base machine. His key three-run homer not only extended his personal on base streak to 31 games (second in the International League at present), it gave the Sounds a 4-2 lead. Clutch stuff from the young stud. Esteury Ruiz broke the Sounds single game steals record with five stolen bases by the fourth inning. Those early 1980's Sounds teams were legendary. I tip my cap to Otis Nixon's record that held for decades, but, I have to think Ruiz's record will hold for even longer. My goodness. Let's get into the reports. Image courtesy of Brewer Fanatic Transactions: None Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 12, Jacksonville (Marlins) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sal Frelick Homers Twice as Sounds Blast Past Jumbo Shrimp - Nashville Extends Lead atop International League West Division to 3.5 Games 18 hits. 12 runs. This is the Sounds offense I've grown to love throughout the 2022 season. They have so much juice throughout their lineup - this is possible on any given night. With another Columbus Clipper loss, the Sounds push their division lead back to 3 1/2 games. A special mention will go to RHP Victor Castaneda and his quality start in his first Triple-A start of 2022: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 ER, 2 K. RHP's Lucas Erceg and Jake Cousins each tacked on scoreless frames in the 8th and 9th innings, respectively, to close out the victory. Three Quick Strikes: 1) One of the most impressive facets of Sal Frelick's 2022 season is he has hit better at each promotion. What's been even more fascinating to watch is how well he consistently hits lefty pitching. Tonight's lead-taking three-run jack over the right field wall was yet another example of his now patented hip flip line drive smash: 2) Watching Esteury Ruiz wind-up on the base paths is a thing of beauty. I don't know if I've ever seen a weapon quite like this in the Brewers system. He's a danger to lay down an impeccable bunt single at any moment and yet he can make some serious contact on the ball. He can play cat and mouse every single time he's on a base. And, he's coy about it. Sometimes he'll take off on the first pitch. Sometimes he'll show disinterest and then deep in the count take off when you least expect it. His timing is typically impeccable and his jumps are typically incredibly well timed. Take a look at both these latter qualities in his fifth record-breaking steal: 3) We are seeing something else from C Pedro Severino in September. After another long ball tonight - a no doubter over the wall in left field - he has pushed his September output to: 9 G, 30 AB, 0.467 BA, 1.376 OPS (!!), 8 R, 8 RBI, 3 HR, 5 2B, 4 BB, 3 K. The man is absolutely mashing right now. The Sounds are extremely lucky to have a MLB caliber catcher manning the backstop in their playoff push. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 8, Pensacola (Marlins) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shucker' site, game details, please visit and review: Six for Six - Shook Deals Six Frames to Help Shuckers to Sixth Straight - Murray Hits First Double-A Home Run Winners of six straight games, I am all hands on deck to watch the Shuckers close out their 2022 campaign with a bang. Much like Wisconsin, these Shuckers are showcasing there is plenty to play for even when no post-season birth is on the line. RHP TJ Shook gave us his best outing in some time as he looked calm and collected on the mound: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 2 ER, 1 HR, 3 K. In what is likely his last start of 2022, it has to feel good to end on a positive note after some scuffling down the homestretch. Thank you for all your efforts in 2022, young man. Three Quick Strikes: 1) OF Corey Ray continues to demonstrate he will not go quietly into the night as his off season approaches. He extended his hit streak to nine games after his early game single, then hit a two bagger, and followed with a walk. All told, he finished his evening 2-for-4 with 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB. His only blemishes came when he was caught stealing and picked off. Given he still gives high quality defense and outfield range on a nightly basis, the ongoing offensive output is noteworthy. When Ray is healthy, he still offers quite a bit to a baseball team as he's showcased on more than one occasion in 2022. I continue to hope there's a way he stays in the system in 2023 - yes, even if that is unrealistic. 2) C Nick Kahle is making the most of his late season opportunities behind home plate. After only 16 AB's in all of August, he now has 22 AB's through September 14th. Batting in the nine-hole tonight, he gave his team a 2-for-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K performance. Let's take a look at his home run blast over the left field fence. This one had some pop and came in a very solid at bat: 3)The late season Double-A play we are seeing from High-A mainstays, Zavier Warren; Ethan Murray; and Wes Clarke, is one of the highlights of my 2022 Minor League season. We've seen a three home run game from Clarke (he had another two bagger tonight), Zavier Warren was on base four times tonight and swiped two bases, and Ethan Murray brought the leather in addition to a 2-for-4 evening with a solo jack. This might not have been expected by most casual fans, but, you've seen glimpses of these types of games throughout much of the second half of the 2022 season. To see these young men put it together in the midst of an unlikely six game winning streak for the Shuckers is all the feels Let's take a quick peak at Murray's long fly over the wall in deep center left field: We've got a LHP Brandon Knarr and RHP Josh Lindbolm treat tomorrow night. Both hurlers have proven incredibly reliable in 2022 - I'm expecting more skill and greatness as they take the hill. Will the Sounds push their division lead? Will the Shuckers win their seventh straight? Tune in. As always, thanks for reading and supporting these players as they chase their dreams. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  13. Carolina led from start to finish, with Luis Castillo and Robert Moore contributing six RBIs. Biloxi won their series on a suicide squeeze. Nashville dominated behind Boushley, Ruiz and Wiemer before imploding in the 9th. Wisconsin’s finale was rained out. Image courtesy of BrewerFanatic Esteury Ruiz, Joey Wiemer and Robert Moore each homered to stake Nashville and Carolina to big leads, although only the Mudcats’ would hold up. Nick Kahle drove home three runs including the game winner for the Shuckers. Caleb Boushley (Nashville) and Nick Bennett (Biloxi) both put in strong starts, while Fernando Olguin pitched three innings of scoreless relief (Carolina) Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Kahle, Boushley, Ruiz, Wiemer and Luis Castillo, with an honorable for Bennett. Transactions: RHP Hobie Harris of AAA Nashville is currently on suspension in connection with his Thursday ejection Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Charlotte 7, Nashville 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Stunned in Ninth by Knights For the second excruciating defeat in a row, Nashville showed how one ugly inning can determine the outcome, this time allowing the final six Knight batters to score in a 7-6 loss. Starting RHP Caleb Boushley (6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K) showed that he’s back to full strength, throwing six innings of one-run, three-hit ball and exiting with a 6-1 lead. OFs Esteury Ruiz (2-for-3, HR, HBP, 3 RBIs) and Joey Wiemer (2-for-4, HR, triple, RBI) launched 4th inning homers to give the Sounds a 4-1 lead, with Wiemer later tripling and scoring on a SS Pablo Reyes (1-for-3, double, HBP, RBI) double in a two-run 8th inning. RHPs Jake Cousins and Lucas Erceg combined to pitch scoreless 7th and 8th innings before the collapse. Leading 6-1 going into the bottom of the 9th inning, RHP Zach Brown struck out the opening batter before giving up three hits, a walk and a hit batsmen and giving way to RHP Matt Hardy with the score 6-4, one out and two men on base. Three Quick Strikes: Boushley’s sole blemish was a leadoff home run to Mark Payton, who also ended the game with a 3-run walk-off blast off Hardy to send the frustrated Sounds back to Nashville. Where is the rest of that vaunted Nashville bullpen, you ask? Well, they’re not here: Strzelecki, Perdomo, Kelley and Topa were all recalled to the Brewers, Sadzeck was DFA’d (now in Rochester) and Harris is suspended. The loss capped a 4-2 series defeat to Charlotte and allowed second place Columbus to claw to within an uncomfortable 2.5 games. Next week’s outlook: Nashville (81-53) returns home to face Marlins’ AAA affiliate Jacksonville (73-61). Scheduled starting RHP Marcus Walden (5.12 ERA) will aim for a repeat of his last outing (5 IP, 1 R) as the Sounds try to right the ship. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 5, Mississippi 4 (10 innings) Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Fitting Finish - Shuckers Walk Off M-Braves In Final Home Game of 2022 Biloxi secured its fourth straight victory on a 10th inning suicide squeeze bunt by C Nick Kahle (2-for-4, double, sacrifice, 3 RBIs) to bring home 3B Yeison Coca. Now, back to the beginning…: Starting LHP Nick Bennett (5 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 7 Ks) recovered nicely from a two-run 1st inning, completing five innings of two-hit ball and coming out with a 4-2 lead after throwing 97 pitches. Those two game-opening runs off Bennett came courtesy of a hit-by-pitch and two-run homer, but the Shuckers responded with a three-run 2nd inning thanks to unsung heroes OF Terence Doston (RBI single) and Kahle (two-run double). SS Ethan Murray (2-for-5, RBI) then doubled the lead with an RBI single in the 4th inning, his first RBI since a recent promotion to AA ball. However, the Braves didn’t give up, scoring a run in the 6th inning off of LHP Clayton Andrews, then getting a leadoff 9th inning blast against RHP Harold Chirino to tie the game 4-4. Thankfully, Sunday evening saw the good version of RHP Zach Vennaro, who induced a fly out and then struck out the final two Braves to keep Manfred’s ghost stranded. In the bottom of the 10th inning, Doston (2-for-5, RBI) reached on an infield single with one out, moving Coca to third base to set the stage for Kahle’s game-winning bunt. Three Quick Strikes: Biloxi out-hit the Braves 13 to 6 and went 5-for-13 with runners in scoring position (vs. 1-for-10 for the Braves), but still needed extra innings to grab the win. Consecutive singles by OF Corey Ray (2-for-4, walk) and Ethan Murray (bunt) to open the bottom of the 9th inning went for naught, as Ray was caught stealing for the first out. Kudos as to Thomas Dillard (2-for-4, walk, SB) and RHP Kent Hasler (1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks) on valuable contributions. Next week’s outlook: Biloxi (62-67) travels to face Marlins’ AA affiliate Pensacola (67-58). RHP TJ Shook (4.25 ERA in High-A/AA) is scheduled to start the opener. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Suspended Rainout: Wisconsin vs. Beloit Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, rainout details: Rattlers Final Game of 2022 Rained Out Apologies to Rattler and Brewer fans who had hoped to catch a final glimpse of OF Jackson Chourio and/or rehabbing major league OF Jonathan Davis, as the season ends with consecutive rain-outs. The team can still feel good about their 4-0 sweep of Beloit to finish the 2022 season 69-60. Carolina Pre-Game Notes Final: Carolina 9, Myrtle Beach 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Carolina Closes 2022 With 9-3 Victory in Myrtle Beach Carolina struck early and often in this enjoyable season finale, notching three runs on three 1st inning singles from SS Eric Brown Jr. (2-for-4, walk, 2 SB), 1B Jesus Chirinos and OF Luis Castillo, then extending the lead to 5-1 on a Castillo (2-for-3, 3 RBIs) two-run single. Starting RHP Jeferson Figueroa (4 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 2 Ks) gave four respectable innings, handing over to suddenly-terrific RHP Fernando Olguin with a 6-3 lead. Olguin (3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 Ks) earned the win, teaming with RHPs Jeison Pena and Trevor Tietz to keep Myrtle Beach scoreless over the final five innings. Looking to extend his 8-game hitting streak, 2B Robert Moore unfortunately started the game 0-for-3 before making it all up in one at-bat: a three-run blast in the top of the 6th inning to break open the contest 9-3. The win closed the series loss to 3-2, with the Mudcats holding their heads high after winning the final two games of the 2022 season to finish 69-62. What a job by Manager Victor Estevez with such a young, ever-changing squad. Three Quick Strikes, Plus a Bonus: Eight Mudcats starters collected at least one hit, while the sole 0-for-3 (OF Hendry Mendez) walked twice. Something you don’t see every day: Moore made two outs before most people had even found their seat: game-opening K-wild pitch; caught stealing second base. After an up-and-down season, 21-year old Olguin completed nine scoreless innings over his final two games to give him some solid momentum entering 2023. OF Jace Avina (2-for-3, 2 walks, RBI, 2 SBs) and 3B Jadher Areinamo (2-for-5, double) each had two hits to end their impressive seasons on a bright note. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Rest and recover on Monday, then follow Nashville and Biloxi starting Tuesday. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  14. Esteury Ruiz, Joey Wiemer and Robert Moore each homered to stake Nashville and Carolina to big leads, although only the Mudcats’ would hold up. Nick Kahle drove home three runs including the game winner for the Shuckers. Caleb Boushley (Nashville) and Nick Bennett (Biloxi) both put in strong starts, while Fernando Olguin pitched three innings of scoreless relief (Carolina) Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Kahle, Boushley, Ruiz, Wiemer and Luis Castillo, with an honorable for Bennett. Transactions: RHP Hobie Harris of AAA Nashville is currently on suspension in connection with his Thursday ejection Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Charlotte 7, Nashville 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Stunned in Ninth by Knights For the second excruciating defeat in a row, Nashville showed how one ugly inning can determine the outcome, this time allowing the final six Knight batters to score in a 7-6 loss. Starting RHP Caleb Boushley (6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K) showed that he’s back to full strength, throwing six innings of one-run, three-hit ball and exiting with a 6-1 lead. OFs Esteury Ruiz (2-for-3, HR, HBP, 3 RBIs) and Joey Wiemer (2-for-4, HR, triple, RBI) launched 4th inning homers to give the Sounds a 4-1 lead, with Wiemer later tripling and scoring on a SS Pablo Reyes (1-for-3, double, HBP, RBI) double in a two-run 8th inning. RHPs Jake Cousins and Lucas Erceg combined to pitch scoreless 7th and 8th innings before the collapse. Leading 6-1 going into the bottom of the 9th inning, RHP Zach Brown struck out the opening batter before giving up three hits, a walk and a hit batsmen and giving way to RHP Matt Hardy with the score 6-4, one out and two men on base. Three Quick Strikes: Boushley’s sole blemish was a leadoff home run to Mark Payton, who also ended the game with a 3-run walk-off blast off Hardy to send the frustrated Sounds back to Nashville. Where is the rest of that vaunted Nashville bullpen, you ask? Well, they’re not here: Strzelecki, Perdomo, Kelley and Topa were all recalled to the Brewers, Sadzeck was DFA’d (now in Rochester) and Harris is suspended. The loss capped a 4-2 series defeat to Charlotte and allowed second place Columbus to claw to within an uncomfortable 2.5 games. Next week’s outlook: Nashville (81-53) returns home to face Marlins’ AAA affiliate Jacksonville (73-61). Scheduled starting RHP Marcus Walden (5.12 ERA) will aim for a repeat of his last outing (5 IP, 1 R) as the Sounds try to right the ship. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 5, Mississippi 4 (10 innings) Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Fitting Finish - Shuckers Walk Off M-Braves In Final Home Game of 2022 Biloxi secured its fourth straight victory on a 10th inning suicide squeeze bunt by C Nick Kahle (2-for-4, double, sacrifice, 3 RBIs) to bring home 3B Yeison Coca. Now, back to the beginning…: Starting LHP Nick Bennett (5 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 7 Ks) recovered nicely from a two-run 1st inning, completing five innings of two-hit ball and coming out with a 4-2 lead after throwing 97 pitches. Those two game-opening runs off Bennett came courtesy of a hit-by-pitch and two-run homer, but the Shuckers responded with a three-run 2nd inning thanks to unsung heroes OF Terence Doston (RBI single) and Kahle (two-run double). SS Ethan Murray (2-for-5, RBI) then doubled the lead with an RBI single in the 4th inning, his first RBI since a recent promotion to AA ball. However, the Braves didn’t give up, scoring a run in the 6th inning off of LHP Clayton Andrews, then getting a leadoff 9th inning blast against RHP Harold Chirino to tie the game 4-4. Thankfully, Sunday evening saw the good version of RHP Zach Vennaro, who induced a fly out and then struck out the final two Braves to keep Manfred’s ghost stranded. In the bottom of the 10th inning, Doston (2-for-5, RBI) reached on an infield single with one out, moving Coca to third base to set the stage for Kahle’s game-winning bunt. Three Quick Strikes: Biloxi out-hit the Braves 13 to 6 and went 5-for-13 with runners in scoring position (vs. 1-for-10 for the Braves), but still needed extra innings to grab the win. Consecutive singles by OF Corey Ray (2-for-4, walk) and Ethan Murray (bunt) to open the bottom of the 9th inning went for naught, as Ray was caught stealing for the first out. Kudos as to Thomas Dillard (2-for-4, walk, SB) and RHP Kent Hasler (1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks) on valuable contributions. Next week’s outlook: Biloxi (62-67) travels to face Marlins’ AA affiliate Pensacola (67-58). RHP TJ Shook (4.25 ERA in High-A/AA) is scheduled to start the opener. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Suspended Rainout: Wisconsin vs. Beloit Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, rainout details: Rattlers Final Game of 2022 Rained Out Apologies to Rattler and Brewer fans who had hoped to catch a final glimpse of OF Jackson Chourio and/or rehabbing major league OF Jonathan Davis, as the season ends with consecutive rain-outs. The team can still feel good about their 4-0 sweep of Beloit to finish the 2022 season 69-60. Carolina Pre-Game Notes Final: Carolina 9, Myrtle Beach 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Carolina Closes 2022 With 9-3 Victory in Myrtle Beach Carolina struck early and often in this enjoyable season finale, notching three runs on three 1st inning singles from SS Eric Brown Jr. (2-for-4, walk, 2 SB), 1B Jesus Chirinos and OF Luis Castillo, then extending the lead to 5-1 on a Castillo (2-for-3, 3 RBIs) two-run single. Starting RHP Jeferson Figueroa (4 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 2 Ks) gave four respectable innings, handing over to suddenly-terrific RHP Fernando Olguin with a 6-3 lead. Olguin (3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 Ks) earned the win, teaming with RHPs Jeison Pena and Trevor Tietz to keep Myrtle Beach scoreless over the final five innings. Looking to extend his 8-game hitting streak, 2B Robert Moore unfortunately started the game 0-for-3 before making it all up in one at-bat: a three-run blast in the top of the 6th inning to break open the contest 9-3. The win closed the series loss to 3-2, with the Mudcats holding their heads high after winning the final two games of the 2022 season to finish 69-62. What a job by Manager Victor Estevez with such a young, ever-changing squad. Three Quick Strikes, Plus a Bonus: Eight Mudcats starters collected at least one hit, while the sole 0-for-3 (OF Hendry Mendez) walked twice. Something you don’t see every day: Moore made two outs before most people had even found their seat: game-opening K-wild pitch; caught stealing second base. After an up-and-down season, 21-year old Olguin completed nine scoreless innings over his final two games to give him some solid momentum entering 2023. OF Jace Avina (2-for-3, 2 walks, RBI, 2 SBs) and 3B Jadher Areinamo (2-for-5, double) each had two hits to end their impressive seasons on a bright note. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Rest and recover on Monday, then follow Nashville and Biloxi starting Tuesday. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  15. Getting set for a doubleheader today against the San Francisco Giants, the Milwaukee Brewers made a trio of transactions to set their roster. With an additional spot open due to the doubleheader, they activated infielder Mike Brosseau and recalled pitcher Justin Topa, while only needing to option infielder Esteury Ruiz. Image courtesy of © Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports On Tuesday Mike Brosseau began a rehab assignment with the Single-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. It’s traditionally been Milwaukee’s process this year to send a player to the Single-A affiliate when they’d quickly be activated. Brosseau played in two games for the Timber Rattlers, going 3-for-5, before his activation today. Justin Topa has been working towards a return all season and began pitching again in July. He joined Triple-A Nashville at the end of July and has posted a 3.71 ERA across 17 innings. Topa threw just 3 1/3 innings at the Major League level last season for Milwaukee and the 31-year-old has just 11 career-to-date. Esteury Ruiz was sent back to Triple-A after most recently being recalled on September 1. View full article
  16. On Tuesday Mike Brosseau began a rehab assignment with the Single-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. It’s traditionally been Milwaukee’s process this year to send a player to the Single-A affiliate when they’d quickly be activated. Brosseau played in two games for the Timber Rattlers, going 3-for-5, before his activation today. Justin Topa has been working towards a return all season and began pitching again in July. He joined Triple-A Nashville at the end of July and has posted a 3.71 ERA across 17 innings. Topa threw just 3 1/3 innings at the Major League level last season for Milwaukee and the 31-year-old has just 11 career-to-date. Esteury Ruiz was sent back to Triple-A after most recently being recalled on September 1.
  17. Transactions: There was a bevy of promotions and movement. Congratulations to all these men earning a trip to higher levels of professional baseball! Take a peek: RHP's Miguel Guerrero, Brannon Jordan, and Jeison Pena were promoted to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers from the Carolina Mudcats INF Jace Peterson was sent on a rehab assignment by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers RHP Max Lazar and LHP Justin King were sent on rehab assignments by the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to the ACL Brewers Blue 2B Zack Raabe was promoted to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers from the Carolina Mudcats RHP's Justin Jarvis, Robbie Baker, and Ryan Middendorf were all promoted to the Biloxi Shuckers from the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers RHP Alexander Cornielle was promoted to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers from the Carolina Mudcats INF Erick Reyes was assigned to the DSL Brewers 1 from the DSL Brewers 2 RHP's Cam Robinson and Nash Walters were promoted to the Nashville Sounds from the Biloxi Shuckers INF Ernesto Martinez was placed on the 7-Day IL by the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Firstly, in an evening with limited media options given a Nashville and Carolina road series and a Biloxi cancellation, here's a quick peek at diminutive young speedster, and Brewers 2022 3rd round pick, INF Dylan O'Rae: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 10, Durham 7 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Outlast Bulls Improve to 25 Games Over .500 - Nashville Wins Series Opener Against IL East Division Leader Taking the hill in Durham for the opening game was ol' reliable RHP Marcus Walden who had allowed only a single earned run in his last 11 innings. All told, Walden completed four innings and gave up three runs - not supportive of the fine outing he had and was having as he suffered from several seeing-eye hits with two down in the same fourth inning that ended his night. The fun started early for the Sounds as they pushed Rays super prospect and recently promoted, RHP Taj Bradley, to a 29-pitch first inning. I continue to be amazed by the vastly different style of baseball these new Sounds players afford manager Rick Sweet. Earlier in the season, it was loads of vets and plenty of power. These days, it's simply get a barrel on the ball and let the speed do the rest. Every opposing announcer speaks to it. And, it's plain to see and a joy to watch. Let's get into some takeaways: Three Quick Strikes: 1) I keep hearing it each and every series - and it is reflected back to us by manager Rick Sweet in his interviews with Jeff Hem (HERE) - since the promotions and since the Ruiz acquisition, there is a new show in town in Nashville: speed. This is possibly an entirely new brand of baseball coming to Mil...errr...American Family Park: contact and speed on the base paths. A case and point would be tonight's first inning. OF Sal Frelick opened with an extremely patient 10-pitch AB earning a free pass - he fought off numerous 97 mph fastballs before he let a high and inside breaking ball send him to first base. OF Esteury Ruiz came to the plate and on a first pitch heater laid down an absolute feather of a bunt single to the third base side of the mound. Suddenly there were two men aboard and nobody out and both threats to steal or score on any meaningful contact. After a Turang fielder's choice moved both runners ahead, both runners ultimately scored before the inning was over. A wild pitch. A well-smacked single to right center by Big Jon Singleton. And, just like that, it was 2-0. I could watch runs cross like this all day. 2) RHP Trevor Rosenthal's second rehab outing did not go as planned. After breezing through his first two batters, it was clear he was struggling to locate and his fastball flattened out. He allowed two base runners with two down. And, he then completely misfired an 0-2 fastball right over the heart of the plate (Navarreto was clearly asking for high and outside) and the Bulls' Josh Lowe hit it just over the wall in deep left center field. Suddenly it was 6-5 Bulls with every one of their runs having crossed with two outs. Rosenthal walked the next batter on four pitches. Navaretto visited the mound. Then manager Rick Sweet and then head athletic trainer Jeff Paxon. And, just like that, Rosenthal was pulled with an apparent injury. Wooof. This is not what we were looking for! Let's hope it's nothing serious and simply a minor blip for the aging work horse. He was touching 96-97 mph with ease - the location and the plane of entry simply fell off the map. 3) Defense. Defense. Defense. Good teams make the unorthodox look routine. How about an absurd 2-6-9 double play?! My goodness it was beautiful. With a runner on third base and one down, lefty Josh Lowe struck out on a Hobie Harris ball in the dirt. Catcher Brian Navarreto faked the throw to first, looked back down the third base line and had drawn the runner toward home plate. He quickly sprinted toward third base and after a quick toss to the cover man, another throw home and a throw back to short stop Brice Turang covering the bag, Navarreto quickly pointed Turang to second base where outfielder Joey Wiemer was sprinting toward the bag like a gazelle from the right field grass! Much to the surprise of a sliding Josh Lowe, the ball arrived to the sprinting Wiemer who deftly and quickly applied the tag and completed the split second play. That was awesome. And, it was a key play in the ball game. These young men simply do so many things well on a baseball diamond. It's a privilege to watch on a nightly basis. Biloxi vs. Chattanooga was postponed due to Rain. Here is your brief summary: Stay tuned - the makeup game is scheduled for Thursday 8/25. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Lansing (Athletics) 4, Wisconsin 3 Box Score/Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please visit and review: Lansing Edges Rattlers 4-3 - Wisconsin Opens Home Stand with Close Loss Brewers utility man extraordinaire, Jace Peterson, began his rehab assignment in Wisconsin and took the lead-off spot in the line-up and manned the hot corner in the infield. It was fitting the T-Rats faced the High-A alma mater of Peterson's teammate, Rowdy Tellez, for his first game back. Try to catch this Mr. Tellez! Full-Game You Tube highlights: And, now, let's take a quick look at what I saw on my second screen for Wisconsin's home series opener: Three Quick Strikes: 1) This wasn't RHP Carlos Rodriguez's sharpest outing. This being said, it certainly wasn't a bad outing - he's truly a gamer and rarely puts his team in an insurmountable hole. Given baseball is an absolutely finicky and difficult game, his lone run surrendered during his 85-pitch 4 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K outing was an absolute flare to center field that fell just between the gloves of Ethan Murray and a charging Joe Gray Jr.. It's a testament to the young hurler he could work his way around a bases loaded jam and several high-pitch full counts to keep the contest extremely close. If football is a game of inches, so is pitching as Rodriguez demonstrated tonight. And, kudos to the very patient Lugnuts hitters - their approach was very disciplined tonight. 2) Welcome back, super-utility man Wes Clarke! It was a sight for sore eyes to see Clarke knock the first two T-Rats runs aboard with a patient 0-2 single over second base and into center field. Having watched Clarke all of 2022, one of his truly redeeming traits is certainly patience at the plate. Never too high. Never too low. He took the 0-2 breaking ball and simply sent forth a sweet and easy swing and knocked it well and into center field for two runs. I am certain manager Joe Ayrault is relieved to have Clarke back in his thin lineup - a lineup starving for run production. 3) After catcher Darrien Miller took an inside pitch off his elbow guard, the bases were loaded with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning with the T-Rats trailing 4-2. Rattlers veteran Joe Gray Jr. came to the plate looking to get that much needed and long overdue big hit. He took a very patient approach and worked the count 3-1, walked out of the box, and then took a questionable low and outside pitch for strike two. It was 3-2. He fouled off the next pitch - a heater dead center - and then sent a flare to center that landed, miraculously, before the charging center fielder who tripped while the ball lightly dribbled under his glove. For some reason, Reidy Mercado slid into third base and missed the 'go ahead' signal from manager Joe Ayrault at third. The bases were still juiced. One down. T-Rats trailing 4-3. Had they missed their chance to tie the game or take the lead? Yes, they most certainly did. A strikeout by Eduardo Garcia on two consecutive sliders off the plate (a pitch he routinely swings at and misses) and then a weak fly out to right off the bat of Jose Acosta ended the threat. It's a struggle right now in High-A - there's no getting around it. The T-Rats are now eight games back of South Bend with only 17 to play. Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Kannapolis 8, Carolina 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please visit and review: Win Streak Ends at Six with 8-3 Loss - Jose Sibrian Went 1-for-3 with a Late Two-Run Single in Carolina's Streak Snapping Loss Early season Low-A call-up and feel good story, Mexican RHP Fernando Olguin, continued his August struggles on the mound for Carolina. Coming into tonight's contest, Olguin had managed to concede 7 ER on 19 H and 2 BB in just 12 IP in August. He did throw a clean two-innings in just his last outing versus Fayetteville so there was a semblance of hope those were first two starts were hiccups. However, tonight, it pretty much all unraveled in a 4 IP, 10 H, 2 HR, 7 ER outing. He did manage to toss in four punch outs so not all was lost. But, one might surmise, Olguin is in need of a period of rest. Three Quick Strikes: 1) Much of the hype in Carolina's new look squad has been centered upon the late-season appearances and surges of OF Jace Avina and INF Eric Brown Jr. However, if we take a step back, we probably should be talking about the continued excellence of INF, and switch-hitting, Robert Moore quite a bit more. After tonight's 2-for-3, 1BB, 1 RBI, 1 K performance at the dish, Moore is up to a 0.304 BA with an 0.820 OPS in his 64 AB's for Carolina. Obviously, this is a very small sample size, BUT, it is highly encouraging. 2) A very big welcome back is in order for hard-working reliever, RHP Trevor Tietz. After being sent down to the ACL Blue to fine-tune his craft, he was back on the hill for the Mudcats for the first time since May 29th. It's hard to complain about 3 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, and 6 K. That's just a fantastic first outing. Small successes like these are what makes following the Minor League season in entirety such a joy. 3) OF Hendry Mendez managed to extend his on-base streak to 11 games while C Jose Sibrian managed to extend his hitting streak to eight games. Mendez went 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K while Sibrian, as the article above declares, hit a late two-run single to make the final score a wee more palatable. These are two young men the Mudcats will lean on to help with their late-season playoff push. Chasing a very good Fredericksburg team is going to demand their very best over the next few weeks. ACL Brewers Gold 5, ACL Brewers Blue 4 Box Score / Game Log The Gold and Blue played a tight contest that came down to the final seventh inning. And, who other than 3B Luke Adams to come through in the clutch? It's hard to fathom what this young man has done in his first professional action straight out of high school. With the game-tying 2 RBI double, Adams finished his brief time in the ACL on a high note: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 2B (his 3rd) and 1 K. Adams finished his ACL work with a 0.375 BA and 1.075 OPS in 32 AB's. Oh, I nearly forgot: he also swiped 3 bases on his day giving him 9 SB in just 11 games of action. That's just incredible stuff. As we look further into the box score, we see two-way stud Quinton Low showed out with a 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B (his 7th) 1 RBI, 1 BB day batting clean-up for the Brewers Blue while up-and-coming INF Daniel Guillarte managed a 2-for-4 day - 1 R and 1 2B (his 8th overall). Guillarate's counterpart for the Gold, Jose Caballero, also went 2-for-4. By every measure, both Guillarte and Caballero have pushed themselves into consideration for promotions down the line. Keep a watchful eye on these two. On the pitching side of things, lefty Clayton Andrews pitched his second consecutive scoreless frame in just his second rehab outing since injury put him on the shelf in the summer of 2021. This is a great development for the young man. Rehabbers, RHP Max Lazar and LHP Justin King each pitched scoreless frames for the Brewers Blue as well - King finished his frame with 1 H, 1 BB, and 3 K. After pitching his 7th consecutive scoreless and hitless relief inning, RHP Cameron Wagoner (2022 11th Round draft pick, Eastern Michigan) struggled in his final and second IP on the day: 4 H, 1BB, 3 ER. Considering his consistent impact, we'll toss it up to 'fatigue' Though he was credited with a blown save, Wagoner did pick up the 'W' while 21-year-old RHP Raul Mendoza pitched a scoreless seventh picking up his 3rd save. The ACL Brewers Gold finish their season at 32-21 while the ACL Brewers Blue finished with a 19-34 record overall. DSL Brewers #1 3, DSL Tigers #1 1 Box Score / Game Log Ahhhh, yes, the DSL classic pitch to two batters and call the game with nobody out in the bottom of the fifth inning. It's hard to say what really happened here - did a weather front move in? We'll most likely never know. Either way, it will read as a shortened five-inning affair - there were recorded winners and losers. And, fortunately, for the Brewers Uno they'll end their season on a much-needed high note. For all the attention OF Luis Lara gets, and most-often rightfully so, it would appear to my eyes we are overlooking his running mate OF Duncan Garcia. He managed to knock his 4th HR of his DSL season and swiped his 19th base (to Lara's 7). He finished his day and his season on a 2-for-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 HR afternoon. That's a great way to call it a summer. RHP Cristofher Carrasco picked up his first victory with 4 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, and 6 K. A fine outing that set the table for 17-year-old RHP Manuel Rodriguez's 3rd Save. The DSL Brewers #1 finish their season 22-37. DSL Tigers #2 3, DSL Brewers #2 0 Box Score / Game Log We see a parallel development in this contest as we did above: two batters in during the bottom of the fifth frame - both struck out by the Brewers Dos's RHP Jose Meneses - and, well, it appears the game was called. We're now committing our speculative powers to a possible torrential downpour ending both DSL Brewers contests early. It's the Carribean afterall! There doesn't appear there was a whole lot of action for the Numero Twos in this one. They were outhit 6-to-4. They were 0-for-3 with RISP. And, they committed two errors. Let's highlight Demetrio Nadal's 17th stolen base overall and a 17-for-20 SB mark on his season over 48 games. Considering the young man also held down a 29:22 K:BB ratio, we'll want to see what's in store for the young infielder in 2023. The DSL Brewers #2 finish their season 27-32. We will return to our four game schedule tomorrow. And, lo and behold, we have a Timber Rattlers matinee game. RHP Stiven Cruz will look to continue building off his wonderful season in his second High-A start. We see RHP Josh Lindbolm looking to stack success in Durham, RHP Victor Castaneda is back on the hill in Biloxi (if weather allows), and we are 'TBD' for the Mudcats in Kannapolis. As always, thanks for reading. And, please, keep supporting these young prospects as they chase their dreams. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  18. It was the grand finale for the DSL and ACL Brewers squads - honestly, a sweet sigh of relief was heard amongst our Minor League reporting crew. Jace Peterson began his Brewers rehab assignment with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Ernesto Martinez headed back to the IL (sigh). Clayton Andrews pitched his second scoreless frame as he continues his long comeback from injury. A bevy of exciting promotions fill the Transaction wire (look out below). Oh, and there were seven contests throughout the system. Let's get into those reports! Transactions: There was a bevy of promotions and movement. Congratulations to all these men earning a trip to higher levels of professional baseball! Take a peek: RHP's Miguel Guerrero, Brannon Jordan, and Jeison Pena were promoted to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers from the Carolina Mudcats INF Jace Peterson was sent on a rehab assignment by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers RHP Max Lazar and LHP Justin King were sent on rehab assignments by the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to the ACL Brewers Blue 2B Zack Raabe was promoted to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers from the Carolina Mudcats RHP's Justin Jarvis, Robbie Baker, and Ryan Middendorf were all promoted to the Biloxi Shuckers from the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers RHP Alexander Cornielle was promoted to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers from the Carolina Mudcats INF Erick Reyes was assigned to the DSL Brewers 1 from the DSL Brewers 2 RHP's Cam Robinson and Nash Walters were promoted to the Nashville Sounds from the Biloxi Shuckers INF Ernesto Martinez was placed on the 7-Day IL by the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Firstly, in an evening with limited media options given a Nashville and Carolina road series and a Biloxi cancellation, here's a quick peek at diminutive young speedster, and Brewers 2022 3rd round pick, INF Dylan O'Rae: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 10, Durham 7 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Outlast Bulls Improve to 25 Games Over .500 - Nashville Wins Series Opener Against IL East Division Leader Taking the hill in Durham for the opening game was ol' reliable RHP Marcus Walden who had allowed only a single earned run in his last 11 innings. All told, Walden completed four innings and gave up three runs - not supportive of the fine outing he had and was having as he suffered from several seeing-eye hits with two down in the same fourth inning that ended his night. The fun started early for the Sounds as they pushed Rays super prospect and recently promoted, RHP Taj Bradley, to a 29-pitch first inning. I continue to be amazed by the vastly different style of baseball these new Sounds players afford manager Rick Sweet. Earlier in the season, it was loads of vets and plenty of power. These days, it's simply get a barrel on the ball and let the speed do the rest. Every opposing announcer speaks to it. And, it's plain to see and a joy to watch. Let's get into some takeaways: Three Quick Strikes: 1) I keep hearing it each and every series - and it is reflected back to us by manager Rick Sweet in his interviews with Jeff Hem (HERE) - since the promotions and since the Ruiz acquisition, there is a new show in town in Nashville: speed. This is possibly an entirely new brand of baseball coming to Mil...errr...American Family Park: contact and speed on the base paths. A case and point would be tonight's first inning. OF Sal Frelick opened with an extremely patient 10-pitch AB earning a free pass - he fought off numerous 97 mph fastballs before he let a high and inside breaking ball send him to first base. OF Esteury Ruiz came to the plate and on a first pitch heater laid down an absolute feather of a bunt single to the third base side of the mound. Suddenly there were two men aboard and nobody out and both threats to steal or score on any meaningful contact. After a Turang fielder's choice moved both runners ahead, both runners ultimately scored before the inning was over. A wild pitch. A well-smacked single to right center by Big Jon Singleton. And, just like that, it was 2-0. I could watch runs cross like this all day. 2) RHP Trevor Rosenthal's second rehab outing did not go as planned. After breezing through his first two batters, it was clear he was struggling to locate and his fastball flattened out. He allowed two base runners with two down. And, he then completely misfired an 0-2 fastball right over the heart of the plate (Navarreto was clearly asking for high and outside) and the Bulls' Josh Lowe hit it just over the wall in deep left center field. Suddenly it was 6-5 Bulls with every one of their runs having crossed with two outs. Rosenthal walked the next batter on four pitches. Navaretto visited the mound. Then manager Rick Sweet and then head athletic trainer Jeff Paxon. And, just like that, Rosenthal was pulled with an apparent injury. Wooof. This is not what we were looking for! Let's hope it's nothing serious and simply a minor blip for the aging work horse. He was touching 96-97 mph with ease - the location and the plane of entry simply fell off the map. 3) Defense. Defense. Defense. Good teams make the unorthodox look routine. How about an absurd 2-6-9 double play?! My goodness it was beautiful. With a runner on third base and one down, lefty Josh Lowe struck out on a Hobie Harris ball in the dirt. Catcher Brian Navarreto faked the throw to first, looked back down the third base line and had drawn the runner toward home plate. He quickly sprinted toward third base and after a quick toss to the cover man, another throw home and a throw back to short stop Brice Turang covering the bag, Navarreto quickly pointed Turang to second base where outfielder Joey Wiemer was sprinting toward the bag like a gazelle from the right field grass! Much to the surprise of a sliding Josh Lowe, the ball arrived to the sprinting Wiemer who deftly and quickly applied the tag and completed the split second play. That was awesome. And, it was a key play in the ball game. These young men simply do so many things well on a baseball diamond. It's a privilege to watch on a nightly basis. Biloxi vs. Chattanooga was postponed due to Rain. Here is your brief summary: Stay tuned - the makeup game is scheduled for Thursday 8/25. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Lansing (Athletics) 4, Wisconsin 3 Box Score/Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please visit and review: Lansing Edges Rattlers 4-3 - Wisconsin Opens Home Stand with Close Loss Brewers utility man extraordinaire, Jace Peterson, began his rehab assignment in Wisconsin and took the lead-off spot in the line-up and manned the hot corner in the infield. It was fitting the T-Rats faced the High-A alma mater of Peterson's teammate, Rowdy Tellez, for his first game back. Try to catch this Mr. Tellez! Full-Game You Tube highlights: And, now, let's take a quick look at what I saw on my second screen for Wisconsin's home series opener: Three Quick Strikes: 1) This wasn't RHP Carlos Rodriguez's sharpest outing. This being said, it certainly wasn't a bad outing - he's truly a gamer and rarely puts his team in an insurmountable hole. Given baseball is an absolutely finicky and difficult game, his lone run surrendered during his 85-pitch 4 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K outing was an absolute flare to center field that fell just between the gloves of Ethan Murray and a charging Joe Gray Jr.. It's a testament to the young hurler he could work his way around a bases loaded jam and several high-pitch full counts to keep the contest extremely close. If football is a game of inches, so is pitching as Rodriguez demonstrated tonight. And, kudos to the very patient Lugnuts hitters - their approach was very disciplined tonight. 2) Welcome back, super-utility man Wes Clarke! It was a sight for sore eyes to see Clarke knock the first two T-Rats runs aboard with a patient 0-2 single over second base and into center field. Having watched Clarke all of 2022, one of his truly redeeming traits is certainly patience at the plate. Never too high. Never too low. He took the 0-2 breaking ball and simply sent forth a sweet and easy swing and knocked it well and into center field for two runs. I am certain manager Joe Ayrault is relieved to have Clarke back in his thin lineup - a lineup starving for run production. 3) After catcher Darrien Miller took an inside pitch off his elbow guard, the bases were loaded with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning with the T-Rats trailing 4-2. Rattlers veteran Joe Gray Jr. came to the plate looking to get that much needed and long overdue big hit. He took a very patient approach and worked the count 3-1, walked out of the box, and then took a questionable low and outside pitch for strike two. It was 3-2. He fouled off the next pitch - a heater dead center - and then sent a flare to center that landed, miraculously, before the charging center fielder who tripped while the ball lightly dribbled under his glove. For some reason, Reidy Mercado slid into third base and missed the 'go ahead' signal from manager Joe Ayrault at third. The bases were still juiced. One down. T-Rats trailing 4-3. Had they missed their chance to tie the game or take the lead? Yes, they most certainly did. A strikeout by Eduardo Garcia on two consecutive sliders off the plate (a pitch he routinely swings at and misses) and then a weak fly out to right off the bat of Jose Acosta ended the threat. It's a struggle right now in High-A - there's no getting around it. The T-Rats are now eight games back of South Bend with only 17 to play. Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Kannapolis 8, Carolina 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please visit and review: Win Streak Ends at Six with 8-3 Loss - Jose Sibrian Went 1-for-3 with a Late Two-Run Single in Carolina's Streak Snapping Loss Early season Low-A call-up and feel good story, Mexican RHP Fernando Olguin, continued his August struggles on the mound for Carolina. Coming into tonight's contest, Olguin had managed to concede 7 ER on 19 H and 2 BB in just 12 IP in August. He did throw a clean two-innings in just his last outing versus Fayetteville so there was a semblance of hope those were first two starts were hiccups. However, tonight, it pretty much all unraveled in a 4 IP, 10 H, 2 HR, 7 ER outing. He did manage to toss in four punch outs so not all was lost. But, one might surmise, Olguin is in need of a period of rest. Three Quick Strikes: 1) Much of the hype in Carolina's new look squad has been centered upon the late-season appearances and surges of OF Jace Avina and INF Eric Brown Jr. However, if we take a step back, we probably should be talking about the continued excellence of INF, and switch-hitting, Robert Moore quite a bit more. After tonight's 2-for-3, 1BB, 1 RBI, 1 K performance at the dish, Moore is up to a 0.304 BA with an 0.820 OPS in his 64 AB's for Carolina. Obviously, this is a very small sample size, BUT, it is highly encouraging. 2) A very big welcome back is in order for hard-working reliever, RHP Trevor Tietz. After being sent down to the ACL Blue to fine-tune his craft, he was back on the hill for the Mudcats for the first time since May 29th. It's hard to complain about 3 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, and 6 K. That's just a fantastic first outing. Small successes like these are what makes following the Minor League season in entirety such a joy. 3) OF Hendry Mendez managed to extend his on-base streak to 11 games while C Jose Sibrian managed to extend his hitting streak to eight games. Mendez went 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K while Sibrian, as the article above declares, hit a late two-run single to make the final score a wee more palatable. These are two young men the Mudcats will lean on to help with their late-season playoff push. Chasing a very good Fredericksburg team is going to demand their very best over the next few weeks. ACL Brewers Gold 5, ACL Brewers Blue 4 Box Score / Game Log The Gold and Blue played a tight contest that came down to the final seventh inning. And, who other than 3B Luke Adams to come through in the clutch? It's hard to fathom what this young man has done in his first professional action straight out of high school. With the game-tying 2 RBI double, Adams finished his brief time in the ACL on a high note: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 2B (his 3rd) and 1 K. Adams finished his ACL work with a 0.375 BA and 1.075 OPS in 32 AB's. Oh, I nearly forgot: he also swiped 3 bases on his day giving him 9 SB in just 11 games of action. That's just incredible stuff. As we look further into the box score, we see two-way stud Quinton Low showed out with a 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B (his 7th) 1 RBI, 1 BB day batting clean-up for the Brewers Blue while up-and-coming INF Daniel Guillarte managed a 2-for-4 day - 1 R and 1 2B (his 8th overall). Guillarate's counterpart for the Gold, Jose Caballero, also went 2-for-4. By every measure, both Guillarte and Caballero have pushed themselves into consideration for promotions down the line. Keep a watchful eye on these two. On the pitching side of things, lefty Clayton Andrews pitched his second consecutive scoreless frame in just his second rehab outing since injury put him on the shelf in the summer of 2021. This is a great development for the young man. Rehabbers, RHP Max Lazar and LHP Justin King each pitched scoreless frames for the Brewers Blue as well - King finished his frame with 1 H, 1 BB, and 3 K. After pitching his 7th consecutive scoreless and hitless relief inning, RHP Cameron Wagoner (2022 11th Round draft pick, Eastern Michigan) struggled in his final and second IP on the day: 4 H, 1BB, 3 ER. Considering his consistent impact, we'll toss it up to 'fatigue' Though he was credited with a blown save, Wagoner did pick up the 'W' while 21-year-old RHP Raul Mendoza pitched a scoreless seventh picking up his 3rd save. The ACL Brewers Gold finish their season at 32-21 while the ACL Brewers Blue finished with a 19-34 record overall. DSL Brewers #1 3, DSL Tigers #1 1 Box Score / Game Log Ahhhh, yes, the DSL classic pitch to two batters and call the game with nobody out in the bottom of the fifth inning. It's hard to say what really happened here - did a weather front move in? We'll most likely never know. Either way, it will read as a shortened five-inning affair - there were recorded winners and losers. And, fortunately, for the Brewers Uno they'll end their season on a much-needed high note. For all the attention OF Luis Lara gets, and most-often rightfully so, it would appear to my eyes we are overlooking his running mate OF Duncan Garcia. He managed to knock his 4th HR of his DSL season and swiped his 19th base (to Lara's 7). He finished his day and his season on a 2-for-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 HR afternoon. That's a great way to call it a summer. RHP Cristofher Carrasco picked up his first victory with 4 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, and 6 K. A fine outing that set the table for 17-year-old RHP Manuel Rodriguez's 3rd Save. The DSL Brewers #1 finish their season 22-37. DSL Tigers #2 3, DSL Brewers #2 0 Box Score / Game Log We see a parallel development in this contest as we did above: two batters in during the bottom of the fifth frame - both struck out by the Brewers Dos's RHP Jose Meneses - and, well, it appears the game was called. We're now committing our speculative powers to a possible torrential downpour ending both DSL Brewers contests early. It's the Carribean afterall! There doesn't appear there was a whole lot of action for the Numero Twos in this one. They were outhit 6-to-4. They were 0-for-3 with RISP. And, they committed two errors. Let's highlight Demetrio Nadal's 17th stolen base overall and a 17-for-20 SB mark on his season over 48 games. Considering the young man also held down a 29:22 K:BB ratio, we'll want to see what's in store for the young infielder in 2023. The DSL Brewers #2 finish their season 27-32. We will return to our four game schedule tomorrow. And, lo and behold, we have a Timber Rattlers matinee game. RHP Stiven Cruz will look to continue building off his wonderful season in his second High-A start. We see RHP Josh Lindbolm looking to stack success in Durham, RHP Victor Castaneda is back on the hill in Biloxi (if weather allows), and we are 'TBD' for the Mudcats in Kannapolis. As always, thanks for reading. And, please, keep supporting these young prospects as they chase their dreams. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  19. Carolina starting RHP Yujanyer Herrera just turned 19 years old, but wasn’t intimidated in his debut in full season ball as he led the Mudcats to a victory. Though a bit older at 30, Nashville starting RHP Tyler Herb is also turning heads as he continued his terrific recent form with a 7-inning shutout. Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Herb, Herrera, Brice Turang, Esteury Ruiz and Hedbert Perez. Transactions: N/A Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Game One Final: Nashville 7, Jacksonville 0 (in 7 innings) Box Score / Game Log Game Two Final: Jacksonville 6, Nashville 3 (in 7 innings) Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Split Doubleheader in Jacksonville Nashville opened the first game with five consecutive hits to grab a 4-0 lead in the 1st inning, before RHP Tyler Herb (7 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 6 Ks) then dominated in a complete 7-inning game shutout. OF Sal Frelick (2-for-4, double), OF Esteury Ruiz (2-for-4), 3B Brice Turang (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs) and RF Garrett Mitchell (2-for-4) each collected two hits in the game, including Turang’s 11th homer of the season via a solo shot in the 2nd inning. That victory clinched a series win for the Sounds before the teams re-convened to play another 7-inning series finale. Nashville opted for a bullpen game in the second game, with starting RHP Lucas Erceg (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) extending his scoreless streak to nine innings with two more shutout frames here. However, rehabbing RHP Jake Cousins and normally-reliable RHP Matt Hardy didn’t fare as well, giving up three runs on four hits, three walks and two hit batsmen while recording just five outs as the Sounds fell behind 3-0 by the 4th inning. Nashville battled back via RBI hits from OF Esteury Ruiz (1-for-3, double, sacrifice, RBI) and SS Brice Turang (2-for-3, walk, RBI), then 3B Patrick Dorrian (2-for-3, triple, double) doubling and scoring on a sacrifice fly to tie it 3-3 in the top of the 6th inning. Unfortunately, RHP JC Mejia had his first bad outing of August as he gave up three hits in the bottom half of the inning, the last a 3-run blast to restore Jacksonville’s 3-run advantage. The Sunday split means that Nashville won this week’s series 4-2. Three Quick Strikes: SS Pablo Reyes exited the opening game in the bottom of the 4th inning and didn’t play in the latter contest, so this is something to monitor. With the team leading 5-0 by that point and committed to giving Turang some playing time at 3rd base, Weston Wilson stepped in to man shortstop for the first time in 2022. RHP Hobie Harris (season ERA 1.94) came into Game Two to strike out his only batter in the bottom of the 4th inning, stranding Jumbo Shrimp runners at second and third to prevent that game from getting out of hand. 1B Jon Singleton is a unique baseball player, walking four more times across the two games and knocking in two runs. His batting average is just .206, but he’s walked 95(!) times to give him a terrific .375 on-base percentage. He also has 19 home runs and 60 RBIs through 345 at-bats this year. Next week’s outlook: It’s a battle of first place titans, as Nashville (70-46) travels to take on 66-51 Durham (Rays’ AAA affiliate). Expect rehabbing RHP Adrian Houser to start the opening game, with RHP Marcus Walden (only one run allowed in last 11 innings) getting the lion’s share of the work. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Game One (Resumption) Final: Montgomery 12, Biloxi 2 Box Score / Game Log Game Two Final: Montgomery 5, Biloxi 4 (in 7 innings) Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Biscuits Walk-Off Shuckers in Series Finale Sunday’s opening game was a continuation of Saturday’s suspended demolition, in which Biloxi already trailed 11-2 in the top of the 5th inning. As such, there was little to play for, but at least RHP Carlos Luna (4 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks) put in an effective shift. For the record, Montgomery scored 12 runs on 17 hits and also struck out 14 Shuckers in the one-sided contest. The teams got down to serious business in the follow-up game, which was originally planned as a 9-inning game but ended up finishing early. Presumably the teams agreed to shorten it during one of the day’s rain delays. Although the offense grabbed a 2-1 lead in the 3rd inning, sparked by perhaps unexpected contributions from 2B Yeison Pena (1-for-3) and C Jason Lopez (2-for-3), starting RHP TJ Shook (3 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 0 Ks) couldn’t quite escape a two-on, nobody out 4th inning jam as he conceded a 3-run homer with his final pitch. The Shuckers didn’t give up, however, as 1B Zavier Warren (1-for-2, walk) singled and SS Cam Devanney (1-for-3, HR, 2 RBIs) smacked his 17th home run of the year (his first since July 30) to knot the contest at 4-4 in the top of the 6th inning. RHP Nash Walters struck out consecutive batters in the bottom of the 7th inning before conceding a pinch-hit double and walk-off single to end it. Biloxi’s two Sunday losses gave Montgomery a 4-2 series win. Three Quick Strikes (all stemming from Game Two): OF Corey Ray was in an 0-for-21 skid, but snapped it with an RBI single to tie the game 1-1 in the 3rd inning. However, he followed that up with a back-breaking ground ball double play with two-on, nobody out in the top of the 5th inning and a strikeout in the final frame. OF Terrence Doston collected two hits in the game, the latter a bunt single to lead off the top of the 7th inning. In a game of “howevers”, he was then caught stealing. RHPs Zach Vennaro and Harold Chirino (season ERA 3.45) were effective in middle relief, covering 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Next week’s outlook: Biloxi (56-56) returns home to face Reds’ AA affiliate Chattanooga (48-66). LHP Brandon Knarr (3.05 season ERA in High-A/AA) is scheduled to get the first crack at the Lookouts. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Cedar Rapids 7, Wisconsin 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Kernels Homers Hurt Wisconsin Taking on a solid Cedar Rapids (68-46) squad is difficult, but doing it without OF Jackson Chourio and C Jeferson Quero (both resting for a few days after reported soreness) makes for very little margin for error. To their credit, Wisconsin battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the 1st inning, with 6th inning hits from 2B Antonio Pinero (1-for-3, double), OF Reidy Mercado (1-for-3, SB) and 3B Ben Metzinger (1-for-4, RBI, SB) enabling the Timber Rattlers to tie the game 2-2. Starting RHP Justin Jarvis (5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 6 Ks) faced a lot of traffic in ultimately throwing 100 pitches, but did well to limit the Kernels to only two runs before exiting with one-on and one-out in the bottom of the 6th inning. However, RHP Joey Matulovich wasn’t able to provide much relief on this day, as he conceded two homers, a triple and two walks in that same 6th inning before exiting in favor of RHP Taylor Floyd with the Timber Rattlers down 7-2. The loss dropped Wisconsin to a 1-5 series defeat for the week. Three Quick Strikes: C Darrien Miller grabbed a run back with a solo homer in the top of the 8th inning, his 10th of the year. Floyd (2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks) was again solid in relief, turning around what had been a challenging season in the initial months. He’s only conceded one run in his last seven appearances (15 1/3 innings). Striking out 15 times in 33 at-bats won’t get the job done on most days. Only Pinero and Mercado managed to avoid a K on Sunday, but each also batted one fewer time than their teammates. Next week’s outlook: Wisconsin (59-54) will face 46-68 Lansing (Athletics’ High-A affiliate) at home this week. Expect RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez (season ERA 3.22 in Low-A/High-A) to start the opener, building on 9 Ks in a tough luck loss in his last outing. Carolina Pre-Game Notes Final: Carolina 6, Fayetteville 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Mudcats Hit Four Homers in Sweep Clinching Victory RHP Yujanyer Herrera (5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 HBP, 3 Ks) had a terrific Low-A debut, overcoming a 1st inning run to keep Fayetteville scoreless over his remaining innings. Having just turned 19 years old on Wednesday, I’m sure that he only needs one or two more games like this to start climbing prospect lists. OF Hedbert Perez (2-for-3, HR, walk, RBI) smacked his 15th home run of the year to tie the game 1-1 in the 2nd inning before 3B Jadher Areinamo (1-for-3) singled and scored on a SS Robert Moore (2-for-4, RBI, SB) single in the 3rd inning to give Carolina its first lead. After a rain delay entering the 6th inning, RHP Miguel Guerrero came in to strike out the side in that frame before conceding a run on two hits in the 7th inning. Thankfully, the Mudcats responded to the challenge immediately, with DH/INF Alberis Ferrer (1-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs) blasting a 2-run shot in the 7th inning to re-capture the lead 4-2, then 2B Eric Brown Jr. (1-for-4, HR, RBI) and 1B Jesus Chirinos (1-for-4, HR, RBI) each adding solo shots in the 8th inning. The victory completed a 6-0 series sweep for Carolina on the week. Three Quick Strikes: It was truly a day for exciting, young pitching prospects as fellow 19-year old RHP Jeison Pena (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks) earned his first Low-A save with two shutout innings. Contributor @CheeseheadInQC highlighted in the forum that Herrera was only the second Brewer minor league pitcher in the last 16 years to make a Low-A debut in his “age 18 season”. I believe that the other was RHP Brailin Rodriguez in 2021, who’s unfortunately been injured throughout 2022. RHP Miguel Segura had been noted as the incoming 6th inning reliever, but didn’t actually face any batters. This was either due to the rain delay, the manager changing his mind or perhaps Segura didn’t feel quite right during his warm up. We’ll have to monitor this, as he’s not pitched since July 29. Next week’s outlook: Carolina (61-53) heads to Kannapolis (50-64) to battle the White Sox’s Low-A affiliate. Expect 2021 4th round draft pick RHP Logan Henderson to make his second start for Carolina, as he builds up strength following an injury and recent rehab work. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Monday DSL/ACL squads! Get some rest on your travel day, full season squads. 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  20. A 19-year old pitching prospect burst onto the scene in Carolina’s 6-2 victory. Nashville clinched a series victory in a 7-0 shutout, but lost the second game of its doubleheader. Biloxi lost on a walk-off single and Wisconsin struggled again. Carolina starting RHP Yujanyer Herrera just turned 19 years old, but wasn’t intimidated in his debut in full season ball as he led the Mudcats to a victory. Though a bit older at 30, Nashville starting RHP Tyler Herb is also turning heads as he continued his terrific recent form with a 7-inning shutout. Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Herb, Herrera, Brice Turang, Esteury Ruiz and Hedbert Perez. Transactions: N/A Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Game One Final: Nashville 7, Jacksonville 0 (in 7 innings) Box Score / Game Log Game Two Final: Jacksonville 6, Nashville 3 (in 7 innings) Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Split Doubleheader in Jacksonville Nashville opened the first game with five consecutive hits to grab a 4-0 lead in the 1st inning, before RHP Tyler Herb (7 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 6 Ks) then dominated in a complete 7-inning game shutout. OF Sal Frelick (2-for-4, double), OF Esteury Ruiz (2-for-4), 3B Brice Turang (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs) and RF Garrett Mitchell (2-for-4) each collected two hits in the game, including Turang’s 11th homer of the season via a solo shot in the 2nd inning. That victory clinched a series win for the Sounds before the teams re-convened to play another 7-inning series finale. Nashville opted for a bullpen game in the second game, with starting RHP Lucas Erceg (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) extending his scoreless streak to nine innings with two more shutout frames here. However, rehabbing RHP Jake Cousins and normally-reliable RHP Matt Hardy didn’t fare as well, giving up three runs on four hits, three walks and two hit batsmen while recording just five outs as the Sounds fell behind 3-0 by the 4th inning. Nashville battled back via RBI hits from OF Esteury Ruiz (1-for-3, double, sacrifice, RBI) and SS Brice Turang (2-for-3, walk, RBI), then 3B Patrick Dorrian (2-for-3, triple, double) doubling and scoring on a sacrifice fly to tie it 3-3 in the top of the 6th inning. Unfortunately, RHP JC Mejia had his first bad outing of August as he gave up three hits in the bottom half of the inning, the last a 3-run blast to restore Jacksonville’s 3-run advantage. The Sunday split means that Nashville won this week’s series 4-2. Three Quick Strikes: SS Pablo Reyes exited the opening game in the bottom of the 4th inning and didn’t play in the latter contest, so this is something to monitor. With the team leading 5-0 by that point and committed to giving Turang some playing time at 3rd base, Weston Wilson stepped in to man shortstop for the first time in 2022. RHP Hobie Harris (season ERA 1.94) came into Game Two to strike out his only batter in the bottom of the 4th inning, stranding Jumbo Shrimp runners at second and third to prevent that game from getting out of hand. 1B Jon Singleton is a unique baseball player, walking four more times across the two games and knocking in two runs. His batting average is just .206, but he’s walked 95(!) times to give him a terrific .375 on-base percentage. He also has 19 home runs and 60 RBIs through 345 at-bats this year. Next week’s outlook: It’s a battle of first place titans, as Nashville (70-46) travels to take on 66-51 Durham (Rays’ AAA affiliate). Expect rehabbing RHP Adrian Houser to start the opening game, with RHP Marcus Walden (only one run allowed in last 11 innings) getting the lion’s share of the work. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Game One (Resumption) Final: Montgomery 12, Biloxi 2 Box Score / Game Log Game Two Final: Montgomery 5, Biloxi 4 (in 7 innings) Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Biscuits Walk-Off Shuckers in Series Finale Sunday’s opening game was a continuation of Saturday’s suspended demolition, in which Biloxi already trailed 11-2 in the top of the 5th inning. As such, there was little to play for, but at least RHP Carlos Luna (4 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks) put in an effective shift. For the record, Montgomery scored 12 runs on 17 hits and also struck out 14 Shuckers in the one-sided contest. The teams got down to serious business in the follow-up game, which was originally planned as a 9-inning game but ended up finishing early. Presumably the teams agreed to shorten it during one of the day’s rain delays. Although the offense grabbed a 2-1 lead in the 3rd inning, sparked by perhaps unexpected contributions from 2B Yeison Pena (1-for-3) and C Jason Lopez (2-for-3), starting RHP TJ Shook (3 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 0 Ks) couldn’t quite escape a two-on, nobody out 4th inning jam as he conceded a 3-run homer with his final pitch. The Shuckers didn’t give up, however, as 1B Zavier Warren (1-for-2, walk) singled and SS Cam Devanney (1-for-3, HR, 2 RBIs) smacked his 17th home run of the year (his first since July 30) to knot the contest at 4-4 in the top of the 6th inning. RHP Nash Walters struck out consecutive batters in the bottom of the 7th inning before conceding a pinch-hit double and walk-off single to end it. Biloxi’s two Sunday losses gave Montgomery a 4-2 series win. Three Quick Strikes (all stemming from Game Two): OF Corey Ray was in an 0-for-21 skid, but snapped it with an RBI single to tie the game 1-1 in the 3rd inning. However, he followed that up with a back-breaking ground ball double play with two-on, nobody out in the top of the 5th inning and a strikeout in the final frame. OF Terrence Doston collected two hits in the game, the latter a bunt single to lead off the top of the 7th inning. In a game of “howevers”, he was then caught stealing. RHPs Zach Vennaro and Harold Chirino (season ERA 3.45) were effective in middle relief, covering 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Next week’s outlook: Biloxi (56-56) returns home to face Reds’ AA affiliate Chattanooga (48-66). LHP Brandon Knarr (3.05 season ERA in High-A/AA) is scheduled to get the first crack at the Lookouts. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Cedar Rapids 7, Wisconsin 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Kernels Homers Hurt Wisconsin Taking on a solid Cedar Rapids (68-46) squad is difficult, but doing it without OF Jackson Chourio and C Jeferson Quero (both resting for a few days after reported soreness) makes for very little margin for error. To their credit, Wisconsin battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the 1st inning, with 6th inning hits from 2B Antonio Pinero (1-for-3, double), OF Reidy Mercado (1-for-3, SB) and 3B Ben Metzinger (1-for-4, RBI, SB) enabling the Timber Rattlers to tie the game 2-2. Starting RHP Justin Jarvis (5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 6 Ks) faced a lot of traffic in ultimately throwing 100 pitches, but did well to limit the Kernels to only two runs before exiting with one-on and one-out in the bottom of the 6th inning. However, RHP Joey Matulovich wasn’t able to provide much relief on this day, as he conceded two homers, a triple and two walks in that same 6th inning before exiting in favor of RHP Taylor Floyd with the Timber Rattlers down 7-2. The loss dropped Wisconsin to a 1-5 series defeat for the week. Three Quick Strikes: C Darrien Miller grabbed a run back with a solo homer in the top of the 8th inning, his 10th of the year. Floyd (2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks) was again solid in relief, turning around what had been a challenging season in the initial months. He’s only conceded one run in his last seven appearances (15 1/3 innings). Striking out 15 times in 33 at-bats won’t get the job done on most days. Only Pinero and Mercado managed to avoid a K on Sunday, but each also batted one fewer time than their teammates. Next week’s outlook: Wisconsin (59-54) will face 46-68 Lansing (Athletics’ High-A affiliate) at home this week. Expect RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez (season ERA 3.22 in Low-A/High-A) to start the opener, building on 9 Ks in a tough luck loss in his last outing. Carolina Pre-Game Notes Final: Carolina 6, Fayetteville 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Mudcats Hit Four Homers in Sweep Clinching Victory RHP Yujanyer Herrera (5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 HBP, 3 Ks) had a terrific Low-A debut, overcoming a 1st inning run to keep Fayetteville scoreless over his remaining innings. Having just turned 19 years old on Wednesday, I’m sure that he only needs one or two more games like this to start climbing prospect lists. OF Hedbert Perez (2-for-3, HR, walk, RBI) smacked his 15th home run of the year to tie the game 1-1 in the 2nd inning before 3B Jadher Areinamo (1-for-3) singled and scored on a SS Robert Moore (2-for-4, RBI, SB) single in the 3rd inning to give Carolina its first lead. After a rain delay entering the 6th inning, RHP Miguel Guerrero came in to strike out the side in that frame before conceding a run on two hits in the 7th inning. Thankfully, the Mudcats responded to the challenge immediately, with DH/INF Alberis Ferrer (1-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs) blasting a 2-run shot in the 7th inning to re-capture the lead 4-2, then 2B Eric Brown Jr. (1-for-4, HR, RBI) and 1B Jesus Chirinos (1-for-4, HR, RBI) each adding solo shots in the 8th inning. The victory completed a 6-0 series sweep for Carolina on the week. Three Quick Strikes: It was truly a day for exciting, young pitching prospects as fellow 19-year old RHP Jeison Pena (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks) earned his first Low-A save with two shutout innings. Contributor @CheeseheadInQC highlighted in the forum that Herrera was only the second Brewer minor league pitcher in the last 16 years to make a Low-A debut in his “age 18 season”. I believe that the other was RHP Brailin Rodriguez in 2021, who’s unfortunately been injured throughout 2022. RHP Miguel Segura had been noted as the incoming 6th inning reliever, but didn’t actually face any batters. This was either due to the rain delay, the manager changing his mind or perhaps Segura didn’t feel quite right during his warm up. We’ll have to monitor this, as he’s not pitched since July 29. Next week’s outlook: Carolina (61-53) heads to Kannapolis (50-64) to battle the White Sox’s Low-A affiliate. Expect 2021 4th round draft pick RHP Logan Henderson to make his second start for Carolina, as he builds up strength following an injury and recent rehab work. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Monday DSL/ACL squads! Get some rest on your travel day, full season squads. 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  21. Firstly, I think it's fair to say: this isn't how any of us imagined the Brewers trade deadline kicking off. Like many Brewers fans, I was quite shocked when I saw the news alerts begin rapid firing in succession on my iPhone screen. Josh Hader has become synonymous with pretty much all facets of Milwaukee Brewers success. And, poof, just like that, our stud closer was gone. If there's anything we've come to learn since David Stearns took the helm atop the Brewers decision-making ladder it most certainly is: expect the unexpected. Just when you think they're targeting a Josh Bell or a Ramon Laureano, they go right ahead and send out their HOF closer in the midst of a division lead and a mad dash for the playoffs. And, so here we are. If we step back and consider what Stearns shared publicly post-trade this all starts to make a bit more sense. Take a look here: A significant piece of the Hader trade haul puzzle is the difficult decision of letting a HOF closer go for a very good MLB replacement - i.e. staying relevant now - while also keeping a keen eye toward future competitiveness - i.e. having multiple more chances to be relevant in the future. This is an extremely difficult thing to do. I'm unqualified to make salary prognostications but suffice to say: the Brewers saved salary NOW and have more flexibility during the next 24 hours. I commend the personnel department for their willingness to see the forest for the trees - even if it means sending out an all-time great. They've also added a tantalizing outfield talent to an already robust outfield pool and they've acquired a very toolsy lefty to add to a pitching pool that, frankly, needs depth. I will simply say: from my vantage point, today the Milwaukee Brewers Minor League system improved considerably. The Brewers acquired two very interesting and exciting players. And, in Gasser, they may have simply acquired the best pitcher in their entire system. OF Esteury Ruiz You'll be hard-pressed to find a more dominant and improved season at any level in Minor League baseball than the 2021 to 2022 quantitative and qualitative output of OF Esteury Ruiz . It's quite obvious, the Brewers see staying power with Ruiz's improved plate output and they already love his speed. And, frankly, they aren't the only ones. Consider these examples: Dive into that 'Prospect Larceny' list and you'll see two things: the Brewers have seven top-100 prospects offensively (list on the left) and, in this particular metric, Esteury Ruiz is the Brewers highest rated offensive player. Yes, ahead of super-phenom OF Jackson Chourio. You can pick and choose amongst stat metrics, obviously, and I'm not going to do that here (even if I did!), but the main point is: in 2022, at least, Esteury Ruiz is really really good. Top 10 talent good. However, to simply claim he just suddenly broke out also isn't true. This is a player who has taken a gradual path of meaningful Minor League improvement. As noted by Prospects 1500's Alex Sanchez in early June: Some have pointed to his 60 stolen bases in MILB this season and offered sentiments like: "Well, he just knows how to steal bases." Ummmm, yes. And, to be frank: he's just extremely fast. See the following: You've seen the above run-down diving catch in center field. Well, how about a chase-down extremely difficult catch in right field? How about a running and diving catch in right field at the Major League level? A successful steal off an obvious fastball? It would appear he's safe by a couple seconds: Hey, guess what? Esteury Ruiz is extremely fast on a baseball field. Ruiz batted primarily lead-off and in the two-hole for San Diego. Obviously, they wanted to get that speed on the base paths. Have I mentioned he's fast? Ok, good. Phew. So, what it would appear it comes down to with Perez is quite simple: can he maintain the batting improvements we see in his 2022 Minor League season and maintain some semblance of this at the Major League level? It's much too early to tell but, but it's easy to see why the Brewers wanted him in this deal. As for the 2022 Double and Triple-A numbers: I'm excited to see how he fares in Nashville! This is a player David Stearns believes might appear with the Brewers this season. And, certainly, this is another player in the outfield mix for the seasons ahead. Does this mean other moves are on the trade deadline horizon? Possibly. It might also simply mean a bigger apple. LHP Robert Gasser I definitely am intrigued and love what I see from Esteury Ruiz - I feel he offers an extremely enticing toolkit to an MLB club. However, if I'm being honest, I'm more excited about what Robert Gasser brings to the Brewers' organizational pitching depth. Gasser seems like a young pitcher tailor-made for the Brewers esteemed 'pitching lab'. Just look at this interview from the beloved Fangraphs website. Notable quotes of intrigue: This is a young hurler that embodies what every modern pitching program is striving to achieve: a player invested in analytic-driven tweaks, implementation, and evolution-driven results. And, there are distinct reasons Gasser won the Midwest League's pitcher of the week in late June: he's gotten better this season and he's seeing the fruits of his labor. Honestly, it's a shame the Brewers couldn't have placed him in High-A Wisconsin to kick off his Brewers career; the Timber Rattlers would have briefly had the 1,2,3 spots in the Midwest League strikeout leader board with Jarvis, Gasser, and Kelly. Keep in mind, Gasser has more K's than coveted LHP Antoine Kelly (now with the Rangers, it would appear), but, half the walks. Gasser will join Brandon Knarr and T.JShook in Biloxi and help stabilize an improving starting rotation down south. And, who knows, maybe Jarvis heads south as well. I first became aware of this 2022 improved version of Gasser when I watched him absolutely dominate the Timber Rattlers bats on May 8th (6 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 BB, 6 K). I continued to watch him peripherally as I monitored the Midwest pitching leader board - and, yes, he had some hiccups as High-A pitchers do. But, he had absolutely found aspects of his stuff in the past two months that would leave any organization wanting more: Here's Fort Wayne's Journal Gazette writer, Dylan Sinn, sharing locally. As noted in this article, and discussed in the trade aftermath: there is more significant speed discrepancies available between his fastball repertoire and his off-speed stuff. When that speed gap widens, we'll most likely see even more swings and misses. Given his commitment to horizontal and vertical movement, I firmly believe this is in the cards. And, make no mistake, Gasser had clearly become the Tin Caps' ace: A Double-A promotion is the obvious next step. Let's see what he can accomplish in Biloxi! So where will Gasser and Ruiz land in our 'Top Prospects' lists? It's very easy to see, in my humble opinion, both prospects will immediately fall in the Brewer Fanatic Top 10 (Brewer Fanatic Prospect Tracker Here). I advise: don't get caught up in early-season rankings placing Ruiz #28 on the MLB Pipeline Padres list - this is an ascending player who's already made it to the Major Leagues this year which is something we can't say for Chourio, Frelick, Wiemer, or Mitchell. This being said, both players are changing organizations and with that comes an unknown period of adjustment(s). So, without further ado, I will offer you my Brewers post-trade Top 10 as I see it: (1) Jackson Chourio (2) Sal Frelick (3) Brice Turang (4) Robert Gasser (5) Esteury Ruiz (6) Garrett Mitchell (7) Eric Brown Jr. (8) Joey Wiemer (9) Tyler Black (10) Hendry Mendez Apologies to my 'Spirit Animal', but, Joey Wiemer's offensive slump is real - I'm simply waiting for an exodus into expected XBH pastures. No apologies for the talent I am sharing here. Absolutely none at all.
  22. An important part of the Josh Hader trade - and long may Josh Hader live joyously in the hearts of Brewers fans - were two highly-touted but possibly (probably likely) off-your-radar Padres prospects in OF Esteury Ruiz and LHP Robert Gasser. Ruiz will begin his Brewers career in Nashville (AAA) while Gasser will take the mound for Biloxi (AA). So, who are these prospects anyhow and what might we expect? And do you have any cool clips of them playing? Yes. Yes, I do. I am here to give you a brief overview and some general thoughts. So, let's get to it! Firstly, I think it's fair to say: this isn't how any of us imagined the Brewers trade deadline kicking off. Like many Brewers fans, I was quite shocked when I saw the news alerts begin rapid firing in succession on my iPhone screen. Josh Hader has become synonymous with pretty much all facets of Milwaukee Brewers success. And, poof, just like that, our stud closer was gone. If there's anything we've come to learn since David Stearns took the helm atop the Brewers decision-making ladder it most certainly is: expect the unexpected. Just when you think they're targeting a Josh Bell or a Ramon Laureano, they go right ahead and send out their HOF closer in the midst of a division lead and a mad dash for the playoffs. And, so here we are. If we step back and consider what Stearns shared publicly post-trade this all starts to make a bit more sense. Take a look here: A significant piece of the Hader trade haul puzzle is the difficult decision of letting a HOF closer go for a very good MLB replacement - i.e. staying relevant now - while also keeping a keen eye toward future competitiveness - i.e. having multiple more chances to be relevant in the future. This is an extremely difficult thing to do. I'm unqualified to make salary prognostications but suffice to say: the Brewers saved salary NOW and have more flexibility during the next 24 hours. I commend the personnel department for their willingness to see the forest for the trees - even if it means sending out an all-time great. They've also added a tantalizing outfield talent to an already robust outfield pool and they've acquired a very toolsy lefty to add to a pitching pool that, frankly, needs depth. I will simply say: from my vantage point, today the Milwaukee Brewers Minor League system improved considerably. The Brewers acquired two very interesting and exciting players. And, in Gasser, they may have simply acquired the best pitcher in their entire system. OF Esteury Ruiz You'll be hard-pressed to find a more dominant and improved season at any level in Minor League baseball than the 2021 to 2022 quantitative and qualitative output of OF Esteury Ruiz . It's quite obvious, the Brewers see staying power with Ruiz's improved plate output and they already love his speed. And, frankly, they aren't the only ones. Consider these examples: Dive into that 'Prospect Larceny' list and you'll see two things: the Brewers have seven top-100 prospects offensively (list on the left) and, in this particular metric, Esteury Ruiz is the Brewers highest rated offensive player. Yes, ahead of super-phenom OF Jackson Chourio. You can pick and choose amongst stat metrics, obviously, and I'm not going to do that here (even if I did!), but the main point is: in 2022, at least, Esteury Ruiz is really really good. Top 10 talent good. However, to simply claim he just suddenly broke out also isn't true. This is a player who has taken a gradual path of meaningful Minor League improvement. As noted by Prospects 1500's Alex Sanchez in early June: Some have pointed to his 60 stolen bases in MILB this season and offered sentiments like: "Well, he just knows how to steal bases." Ummmm, yes. And, to be frank: he's just extremely fast. See the following: You've seen the above run-down diving catch in center field. Well, how about a chase-down extremely difficult catch in right field? How about a running and diving catch in right field at the Major League level? A successful steal off an obvious fastball? It would appear he's safe by a couple seconds: Hey, guess what? Esteury Ruiz is extremely fast on a baseball field. Ruiz batted primarily lead-off and in the two-hole for San Diego. Obviously, they wanted to get that speed on the base paths. Have I mentioned he's fast? Ok, good. Phew. So, what it would appear it comes down to with Perez is quite simple: can he maintain the batting improvements we see in his 2022 Minor League season and maintain some semblance of this at the Major League level? It's much too early to tell but, but it's easy to see why the Brewers wanted him in this deal. As for the 2022 Double and Triple-A numbers: I'm excited to see how he fares in Nashville! This is a player David Stearns believes might appear with the Brewers this season. And, certainly, this is another player in the outfield mix for the seasons ahead. Does this mean other moves are on the trade deadline horizon? Possibly. It might also simply mean a bigger apple. LHP Robert Gasser I definitely am intrigued and love what I see from Esteury Ruiz - I feel he offers an extremely enticing toolkit to an MLB club. However, if I'm being honest, I'm more excited about what Robert Gasser brings to the Brewers' organizational pitching depth. Gasser seems like a young pitcher tailor-made for the Brewers esteemed 'pitching lab'. Just look at this interview from the beloved Fangraphs website. Notable quotes of intrigue: This is a young hurler that embodies what every modern pitching program is striving to achieve: a player invested in analytic-driven tweaks, implementation, and evolution-driven results. And, there are distinct reasons Gasser won the Midwest League's pitcher of the week in late June: he's gotten better this season and he's seeing the fruits of his labor. Honestly, it's a shame the Brewers couldn't have placed him in High-A Wisconsin to kick off his Brewers career; the Timber Rattlers would have briefly had the 1,2,3 spots in the Midwest League strikeout leader board with Jarvis, Gasser, and Kelly. Keep in mind, Gasser has more K's than coveted LHP Antoine Kelly (now with the Rangers, it would appear), but, half the walks. Gasser will join Brandon Knarr and T.JShook in Biloxi and help stabilize an improving starting rotation down south. And, who knows, maybe Jarvis heads south as well. I first became aware of this 2022 improved version of Gasser when I watched him absolutely dominate the Timber Rattlers bats on May 8th (6 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 BB, 6 K). I continued to watch him peripherally as I monitored the Midwest pitching leader board - and, yes, he had some hiccups as High-A pitchers do. But, he had absolutely found aspects of his stuff in the past two months that would leave any organization wanting more: Here's Fort Wayne's Journal Gazette writer, Dylan Sinn, sharing locally. As noted in this article, and discussed in the trade aftermath: there is more significant speed discrepancies available between his fastball repertoire and his off-speed stuff. When that speed gap widens, we'll most likely see even more swings and misses. Given his commitment to horizontal and vertical movement, I firmly believe this is in the cards. And, make no mistake, Gasser had clearly become the Tin Caps' ace: A Double-A promotion is the obvious next step. Let's see what he can accomplish in Biloxi! So where will Gasser and Ruiz land in our 'Top Prospects' lists? It's very easy to see, in my humble opinion, both prospects will immediately fall in the Brewer Fanatic Top 10 (Brewer Fanatic Prospect Tracker Here). I advise: don't get caught up in early-season rankings placing Ruiz #28 on the MLB Pipeline Padres list - this is an ascending player who's already made it to the Major Leagues this year which is something we can't say for Chourio, Frelick, Wiemer, or Mitchell. This being said, both players are changing organizations and with that comes an unknown period of adjustment(s). So, without further ado, I will offer you my Brewers post-trade Top 10 as I see it: (1) Jackson Chourio (2) Sal Frelick (3) Brice Turang (4) Robert Gasser (5) Esteury Ruiz (6) Garrett Mitchell (7) Eric Brown Jr. (8) Joey Wiemer (9) Tyler Black (10) Hendry Mendez Apologies to my 'Spirit Animal', but, Joey Wiemer's offensive slump is real - I'm simply waiting for an exodus into expected XBH pastures. No apologies for the talent I am sharing here. Absolutely none at all. 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