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  1. And then there were two - Biloxi and Nashville. What a long strange trip it always is. We begin each season with four full-season affiliates, we add four summer league teams (in the Dominican and in Arizona), and then we lose the same four summer league teams. Finally, we whittle away Low-A and High-A and we enter the home stretch. Soon there will only be our beloved Nashville Sounds left standing. The Minor League baseball season is a wild and wooly beast and we are here for every step of the way. Let's get into the reports. Image courtesy of Brewer Fanatic Transactions: Firstly, let's get you up to date with the brief flurry of moves from Monday: A special congratulations is in order, from my POV, to RHP Taylor Floyd who did it the hard way and earned his way back to Double-A. He was phenomenal in Wisconsin. And, of course, congratulations to all other players who receive these late season promotions. All extremely well deserved. I guess we should also definitely point out the historic nature of Jackson Chourio's late-season send off in Double-A: That probably deserves a: "WOW!". At this point, these types of things are ridiculously routine for Chourio which is, well, simply nuts. And, lastly, there were a couple Brewers-related moves today: RHP Trevor Gott and OF Jonny Davis were both sent on rehab assignments to the Nashville Sounds Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Jacksonville (Marlins) 4, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Drop Series Opener to Jumbo Shrimp - Lead atop International League West Division Remains 2.5 Games Happy birthday to Marcus Walden who turned 34 years young on this fine September day. Coming in to this game tonight, my first thought was: "A plus 5 ERA does not do justice for the fine work Walden has given the Sounds outside of, say, two rough outings.". By and large, he's been a multi-tool for the pitching staff. He'll start. He'll come out of the bullpen. He's dependable. Like Josh Lindbolm, he's another quality veteran and I've enjoyed the work he's given his team and the fans so far in 2022. He finished tonight with just 76 pitches, 52 strikes, in 6 complete IP. All told he gave up 1 R (unearned), 4 H, 1 BB, 5 K. He lowered his ERA to 4.53 and I exhaled freely: justice was served in the baseball universe. Three Quick Strikes: 1) The air seemed a bit stiff in Nashville tonight - several fly balls seemed to fall flat at the warning track as the ballpark flags drooped listless high atop their poles. It could be I see things less accurately as I age, but, this certainly seemed to be the case. This being said, a Sounds outfield combination of Esteury Ruiz, Jonathan Davis , and Joey Wiemer (left to right) has some serious serious speed and can cover some serious serious ground. During RHP Trevor Gott's first rehab inning, Ruiz ran down a well-hit liner down the left field line with a man on first. It was a key out. He made the fly out look awfully routine. I'm here to tell you: it most definitely was not. He ran down a hard hit liner in shallow left field an inning or two prior. You have to absolutely earn everything you hit into that Nashville outfield grass. 2) Sal Frelick is an on base machine in Triple-A Nashville. He started his evening 3-for-3 adding his fifth three hit game since his promotion (he also has a four hit game in his bag). He is truly an exciting pure lead-off prospect for the Brewers - every at-bat is a battle, nothing is freely given, and he more often than not can work the count to his benefit even when he's behind 0-2. It's simply a matter of time - there is entirely too much talent in this young man's toolkit - before he's an everyday player in Milwaukee. 3) Five errors committed by the division leading, fielding percentage leading, Nashville Sounds? Unfortunately, that isn't a typo. I saw several of these miscues - none worse than the E2, E6 in succession by Pedro Feliciano and Brice Turang allowing the absolutely not speedy Willians Astudillo to score from first base in the Jacksonville eighth frame. Feliciano also managed his 11th passed ball on his season in an ugly catch attempt of a Gott outside 96-mph heater. Feliciano got his full glove on the ball and, well, he simply didn't catch it. A smart betting man would opine: we probably won't see a poorer fielding night the rest of Nashville's 2022 season; previous to this laugher, the Sounds had topped out at two errors in a game on 14 separate occasions. This was as ugly as it will get. We're onward and upward from here, folks! Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 7, Pensacola (Marlins) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shucker' site, game details, please visit and review: Chourio Drives in Three in Double-A Debut as Shuckers Top Wahoos - Luna Twirls Six Quality Innings All I want for (baseball) Christmas is a solid ending to the Shuckers season. Taking game one in convincing, quality start, shutdown bullpen fashion in Pensacola gives me the fuel I need to watch these young men close their 2022 season in a good way. It's certainly been no secret that I've endured these Shuckers up-and-downs from afar as I have watched the Brewers Double-A affiliate throughout all of 2022. But, let me tell you, the way they bounced back versus Mississippi in their closing home series after seeing a 26-4 deficit through two games has me believing again. RHP Carlos Luna gave us a fantastic quality start to get the series started right. His teammates followed suit. Three Quick Strikes: 1) OF Jackson Chourio definitely impacted his first Double-A game in classic Chourio fashion: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 SF, 3 RBI, 3 K. The strikeouts were back in a hurry with this level jump but so were the timely hits and skillful plays. Take a look on this deep drive to almost leave the ballpark high up the right center field wall nearly clearing the bases (apologies, Jason Lopez): He followed with a very casual deep liner sacrifice fly to extend the Shuckers lead to 7-2 in the sixth inning. The strikeout rate had improved significantly with his jump to High-A dropping to a very respectable 21%. We'll simply have to watch and see if he can adapt in this extremely brief test of Double-A waters. All in all, a very solid debut. 2) I've said it a couple times recently, but it's worth bringing it up again: the example OF Garrett Whitley is giving in Biloxi is noteworthy. I love his availability, his approach, his body language, his professionalism and his results. After tonight's 2-for-4 outing (1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB), he pushed his BA to 0.260 and his OPS to 0.865. He has speed that plays all over the outfield and on the base paths. I do not take his efforts for granted and I sincerely hope the Brewers can keep his veteran presence in the fold in 2023. If they could manage to keep both he and Monasterio in the fold, that would be a massive get for organizational depth at the upper levels. Both young men are just entering their primes and both young men are fantastic baseball players. Let's get this done, Brewers! 3) Welcome back to Double-A, Taylor Floyd. What a turnaround for this young man as he has battled through the early season woes in that early-season arduous return from injury. He has turned many new pages over the past month plus in Appleton and this continues for Biloxi as he looks to close his 2022 campaign. Floyd went 1 scoreless IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K. How rough was his early season tenure with the Shuckers? He lowered his ERA to 8.18 in Double-A after tonight's scoreless frame. RHP TJ Shook looks to bounce back strong after his most recent outing and LHP Ethan Small continues looking for a quality start. With Nashville barely clinging to a 2 1/2 game lead, and with their worst defensive performance of 2022 in their rearview mirror, now is the time for Small to find that early season shutdown stuff. Your team needs you, Mr. Small. It is time. 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
  2. Transactions: Firstly, let's get you up to date with the brief flurry of moves from Monday: A special congratulations is in order, from my POV, to RHP Taylor Floyd who did it the hard way and earned his way back to Double-A. He was phenomenal in Wisconsin. And, of course, congratulations to all other players who receive these late season promotions. All extremely well deserved. I guess we should also definitely point out the historic nature of Jackson Chourio's late-season send off in Double-A: That probably deserves a: "WOW!". At this point, these types of things are ridiculously routine for Chourio which is, well, simply nuts. And, lastly, there were a couple Brewers-related moves today: RHP Trevor Gott and OF Jonny Davis were both sent on rehab assignments to the Nashville Sounds Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Jacksonville (Marlins) 4, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Drop Series Opener to Jumbo Shrimp - Lead atop International League West Division Remains 2.5 Games Happy birthday to Marcus Walden who turned 34 years young on this fine September day. Coming in to this game tonight, my first thought was: "A plus 5 ERA does not do justice for the fine work Walden has given the Sounds outside of, say, two rough outings.". By and large, he's been a multi-tool for the pitching staff. He'll start. He'll come out of the bullpen. He's dependable. Like Josh Lindbolm, he's another quality veteran and I've enjoyed the work he's given his team and the fans so far in 2022. He finished tonight with just 76 pitches, 52 strikes, in 6 complete IP. All told he gave up 1 R (unearned), 4 H, 1 BB, 5 K. He lowered his ERA to 4.53 and I exhaled freely: justice was served in the baseball universe. Three Quick Strikes: 1) The air seemed a bit stiff in Nashville tonight - several fly balls seemed to fall flat at the warning track as the ballpark flags drooped listless high atop their poles. It could be I see things less accurately as I age, but, this certainly seemed to be the case. This being said, a Sounds outfield combination of Esteury Ruiz, Jonathan Davis , and Joey Wiemer (left to right) has some serious serious speed and can cover some serious serious ground. During RHP Trevor Gott's first rehab inning, Ruiz ran down a well-hit liner down the left field line with a man on first. It was a key out. He made the fly out look awfully routine. I'm here to tell you: it most definitely was not. He ran down a hard hit liner in shallow left field an inning or two prior. You have to absolutely earn everything you hit into that Nashville outfield grass. 2) Sal Frelick is an on base machine in Triple-A Nashville. He started his evening 3-for-3 adding his fifth three hit game since his promotion (he also has a four hit game in his bag). He is truly an exciting pure lead-off prospect for the Brewers - every at-bat is a battle, nothing is freely given, and he more often than not can work the count to his benefit even when he's behind 0-2. It's simply a matter of time - there is entirely too much talent in this young man's toolkit - before he's an everyday player in Milwaukee. 3) Five errors committed by the division leading, fielding percentage leading, Nashville Sounds? Unfortunately, that isn't a typo. I saw several of these miscues - none worse than the E2, E6 in succession by Pedro Feliciano and Brice Turang allowing the absolutely not speedy Willians Astudillo to score from first base in the Jacksonville eighth frame. Feliciano also managed his 11th passed ball on his season in an ugly catch attempt of a Gott outside 96-mph heater. Feliciano got his full glove on the ball and, well, he simply didn't catch it. A smart betting man would opine: we probably won't see a poorer fielding night the rest of Nashville's 2022 season; previous to this laugher, the Sounds had topped out at two errors in a game on 14 separate occasions. This was as ugly as it will get. We're onward and upward from here, folks! Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 7, Pensacola (Marlins) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shucker' site, game details, please visit and review: Chourio Drives in Three in Double-A Debut as Shuckers Top Wahoos - Luna Twirls Six Quality Innings All I want for (baseball) Christmas is a solid ending to the Shuckers season. Taking game one in convincing, quality start, shutdown bullpen fashion in Pensacola gives me the fuel I need to watch these young men close their 2022 season in a good way. It's certainly been no secret that I've endured these Shuckers up-and-downs from afar as I have watched the Brewers Double-A affiliate throughout all of 2022. But, let me tell you, the way they bounced back versus Mississippi in their closing home series after seeing a 26-4 deficit through two games has me believing again. RHP Carlos Luna gave us a fantastic quality start to get the series started right. His teammates followed suit. Three Quick Strikes: 1) OF Jackson Chourio definitely impacted his first Double-A game in classic Chourio fashion: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 SF, 3 RBI, 3 K. The strikeouts were back in a hurry with this level jump but so were the timely hits and skillful plays. Take a look on this deep drive to almost leave the ballpark high up the right center field wall nearly clearing the bases (apologies, Jason Lopez): He followed with a very casual deep liner sacrifice fly to extend the Shuckers lead to 7-2 in the sixth inning. The strikeout rate had improved significantly with his jump to High-A dropping to a very respectable 21%. We'll simply have to watch and see if he can adapt in this extremely brief test of Double-A waters. All in all, a very solid debut. 2) I've said it a couple times recently, but it's worth bringing it up again: the example OF Garrett Whitley is giving in Biloxi is noteworthy. I love his availability, his approach, his body language, his professionalism and his results. After tonight's 2-for-4 outing (1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB), he pushed his BA to 0.260 and his OPS to 0.865. He has speed that plays all over the outfield and on the base paths. I do not take his efforts for granted and I sincerely hope the Brewers can keep his veteran presence in the fold in 2023. If they could manage to keep both he and Monasterio in the fold, that would be a massive get for organizational depth at the upper levels. Both young men are just entering their primes and both young men are fantastic baseball players. Let's get this done, Brewers! 3) Welcome back to Double-A, Taylor Floyd. What a turnaround for this young man as he has battled through the early season woes in that early-season arduous return from injury. He has turned many new pages over the past month plus in Appleton and this continues for Biloxi as he looks to close his 2022 campaign. Floyd went 1 scoreless IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K. How rough was his early season tenure with the Shuckers? He lowered his ERA to 8.18 in Double-A after tonight's scoreless frame. RHP TJ Shook looks to bounce back strong after his most recent outing and LHP Ethan Small continues looking for a quality start. With Nashville barely clinging to a 2 1/2 game lead, and with their worst defensive performance of 2022 in their rearview mirror, now is the time for Small to find that early season shutdown stuff. Your team needs you, Mr. Small. It is time. 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
  3. Transactions: Lots of exciting movement and action today - promotions, first placements, and rehabs RHP Logan Henderson was officially assigned to Low-A Carolina from High-A Wisconsin. This is actually a promotion (he had been successfully rehabbing in the ACL) into his first full-time assignment in the organization RHP Stiven Cruz has been promoted from Low-A Carolina to High-A Wisconsin 3B Zavier Warren has been promoted to Double-A Biloxi from High-A Wisconsin RHP Yujanyer Herrera becomes the Mudcats youngest pitcher - he's been promoted to Low-A Carolina from the ACL Brewers Blue. RHP Trevor Rosenthal and C Omar Narvaez were sent on rehab assignments to Triple-A Nashville C Alex Jackson was retroactively placed on the 7-Day IL by the Nashville Sounds (retroactive to August 14th) RHP Shane Smith was sent on a rehab assignment to the ACL Brewers Gold - this is actually Smith's first official action for the Brewers organization since his signing in 2021 1B Ernesto Martinez (who had been rehabbing in the ACL) has been activated from the 60-Day IL by the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers INF Ashton McGee has been retroactively placed (August 14th) on the 7-Day IL 1B/3B Tyler White was traded by the Brewers from the Nashville Sounds to the Atlanta Braves And, real quickly, we have some more publicity for two of the Brewers fastest rising prospects in OF Sal Frelick and OF Jackson Chourio: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Jacksonville (Marlins) 12, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Thumped in Jacksonville - Nashville Loses Third Straight - Falls to 66-45 The Sounds took to the road on Tuesday to start their 13 day and 12 game road trip in Jacksonville. Brewers RHP Adrian Houser was looking to execute in what was earlier rumored to be his last rehab start. After his evening scuffling on the mound, he may want some more work. He struggled through the first couple innings - including three runs across in the first - where his worst enemy was the free pass. I don't know what it is in 2022, but Houser certainly isn't his sharpest self. Two unearned runs (in five total) doesn't really atone for five hits and three free passes in a mere 3 1/3 IP. Hopefully, he turns it around. Three Quick Strikes: 1) It was a "Hey Lipka, warm up the Jets!" kind of night in Jacksonville. The recently re-acquired outfielder tossed a 1 H, 1 HR, 1 ER ninth inning to close this ugly evening out for the Sounds. When the position players take the hill, it's rarely a good thing. Entertaining for the winning crowd? Sure. But, never an exciting affair for the losing team. Tonight, the Sounds saw their teammate literally take one for the team. 2) All was not lost offensively, despite the one run crossing home plate. The Sounds still managed nine hits on the evening - though, eight of these were singles. OF Garrett Mitchell continued his surge at the plate with a 2-for-4 evening including his second double in Triple-A (and the lone Sounds XBH). Omar Narvaez saw a successful rehab outing with a 2-for-4 evening batting second. And, 3B Weston Wilson hit 2-for-4 with the lone Sounds RBI. 3) Is it time to 'worry' about LHP Andy Otero? I don't know. What I can tell you is in seven outings covering July and August (13 IP) he has surrendered 20 H, 4 BB, 8 ER, with a mere 6 K. That type of output isn't going to bode well as the difficulty increases if he moves up for a stab at Major League hitters over time. Otero lacks any type of top-end velocity - he relies on location and effectively mixing his off-speed arsenal with a rising low-velocity heater. There is quite a bit to prove to himself, the Brewers, and other clubs as he looks to close out this 2022 season. Otero has had periods of success this season no doubt, but there are question marks abound. He'll be a Minor League FA after the season ends. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 5, Montgomery (Rays) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please visit and review: Steady Offense and Shutdown Bullpen Guides Shuckers to 5-3 Win - Warren Collects First Double-A Hit, RBI Coming into this Montgomery series (in Montgomery), the Shuckers were 2-16 at Montgomery over their past 18 knocks. Ummmm, that's not good. Coming into this game, the Biscuits hadn't lost a full nine-inning tilt in the month of August. The Shuckers were outhit tonight 10-8, but they weren't outdone. We'll thank the bullpen for their combined 5 1/3 IP, 6 H, 0 BB, 5 K (should have been 6 - cough), 1 R. This was a good one. Dare I say it: the Shuckers are playing fine baseball of late. I already want to take it back. Gulp. Three Quick Strikes: 1) I talked about INF/OF Felix Valerio during my last report and, lo and behold, he smacked a two-run jack tonight. You can only go so long making the kind of contact he's been making before results start to rear their head. I again encourage deviating from box score gleaning and trusting what I see: he's roping balls. He's struck out a mere four times to three walks in August. The results will come. This contact has been regular of late - the results simply have not. It's that simple: 2) He may be in Double-A, but let's not pretend RHP Cam Robinson isn't lights out still. It doesn't matter if the home plate umpire blows a clear third strike call on his lead-off batter (and, boy, was it a dead middle whiff from back behind the catcher - yikes). He'll stab a hard hit ground for out number one. No matter if a broken bat flare is plopped between Valerio and Whitley into right field. Robinson will hunker down and induce the game-ending double play ball to newly christened 1B all-star, Zavier Warren. Robinson sealed the deal and merely the third Shuckers win in Montgomery over the past 19 games. They moved within four games of the first place Biscuits. Here's the aforementioned zesty double play to close the game: Special mention will also go to winning pitcher, RHP Kent Hasler, who continues to impress since scuffling when first promoted. He's been generally lights out of late and he deserves recognition. 3) Kudos are definitely due to OF Garrett Whitley and his continued output since his re-assignment. After receiving Southern League Player of the Week honors, he backed that up with a 2-for-4 night, 2 R, 2 SB, and an OF assist. It's hard to toot a horn loud enough for the work we're seeing from CF Corey Ray, INF Andruw Monasterio, and, now, OF Garrett Whitley in Biloxi. The oft-used phrasing 'consummate professionals' comes to mind. Mr. Whitely, I see you and I salute you. I wish you continued excellence. It's been a true joy to witness. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Cedar Rapids (Twins) 7, Wisconsin 2 Box Score/Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please visit and review: Kernels Hold Rattlers in Check - Wisconsin has Four Hits in 7-2 Loss at Cedar Rapids RHP Justin Jarvis continues to face the classic youthful obstacles in his path to the truly christened Ace of the Timber Rattlers staff. I've seen him have great success in 2022. And, then again, I've seen him give up three-run home runs to put his team behind the eight-ball like he did tonight. Three Quick Strikes: 1) Here's a possibly controversial take: OF Jackson Chourio is absolutely incredible but I have a difficult time believing his future is in center field. When we have speedsters like Sal Frelick, Garrett Mitchell, Esteury Ruiz, and Joey Wiemer currently slotted above the young stud, and I see what I consistently see when the ball leaves his young arm, I'm left wondering if he isn't misplaced at present. The hit tool is obviously electric - I would never question this. But, the speed, though it's good, isn't otherworldly and the arm is, honestly, more akin to a second baseman's arm. That's my take. Change my mind. 2) RHP Tyler Gillies looks like a different pitcher in the late 2022 season. How about three strikeouts in his first inning - three dazzling K's mind you. He's seen limited time in 2022 coming off his cancer treatments, but, folks, he's getting stronger and more impactful. His fastball and leg kick have a nice marriage and he is mixing in some nice off-speed stuff. I'm looking for even better things to close out his 2022 comeback season. He's moving further and further away from a feel good story into a legitimate bullpen piece. The two-run home run jack aside, I'm keeping with these sentiments. It was a nice swing on a slightly hung inside breaking ball to a 2022 first rounder and potent lefty. He finished with 5 K in 2 IP. That's wonderful work - the home run jack aside. You be the judge: 3) The T-Rats staff and tantalizing catching prospect Jeferson Quero allowed six successful stolen bases on the evening. That was a 6-for-6 effort overall. Having seen Quero throw runners out quite consistently before tonight, I honestly give the Kernels massive credit for incredible timing - on both their get-offs and the pitch selection. There was very little opportunity for Quero though a couple of the attempts were quite close. Let's see how this dust settles through the rest of the series. Regardless of the how and why, this isn't a night Quero will consider a feather in his illustrious defensive cap. Carolina Pre-Game Notes Final: Carolina 6, Fayetteville (Astros) 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please visit and review: Carolina Cruises to 6-0 Victory with Six Run Second - Pitchers Logan Henderson, Pablo Garabitos, and Brannon Jordan Stifled the Fayetteville Offense in Carolina's Series Opening Victory Give me a moment, please, I'm still finding my way out of the by-line. I eagerly tuned in to view RHP Logan Henderson's first start at Low-A Carolina. He worked around an opposite field rope to the right field wall and a wild pitch in the first inning, but he ultimately finished with the single knock and 2 K - he never felt remotely threatened. He then surrendered a broken bat flare to shallow right center field in the second inning, but saw the threat end when Hedbert Perez laid out and made a nice catch in right field. The breaking balls were completely wild tonight - they were way outside and high or, well, in the dirt. It was simply one of those evenings. However, the fastball was dialed and the change-up was effective. All in all, this was a very successful first outing for the young man and something we should be excited about. I'll continue to tune in and monitor his progress. Three Quick Strikes: 1) Jace Avina hitting at Five County? We call it 'Choice'. He must love his new home ballpark. He came in to tonight's contest hitting a ripe 0.444 at Five County. Well, through two innings that average went UP. He roped a double over the third baseman in the first inning and followed with an absolutely crushed grand slam over the wall in deep right center. Whewwww. It was a sight to behold. He was dialed in and swinging freely. Those are not short walls in Five County whatsoever, mind you. 2) In a recent insightful article by our very own @Mass Haas, HERE, we see young catcher Jose Sibrian is up for Minor League free agency after the 2022 season. Well, if his recent run of play is any indication I can near guarantee you the Brewers brass want to keep this young man in the catching stable. He's been one of, in not the, hottest hitters on the young and talented Mudcats roster of late. If we consider August as a whole - 0.304 BA, 0.838 OPS entering tonight's contest before he ripped a double to deep right center - one sees what I see: this is a very talented young catcher. The Brewers garner a lot of attention for their acquisitions of middle infield and center field prospects. I'm here to tell you: I challenge anyone to name an organization with more catching depth - especially considering the additions after the 2022 draft. 3) LHP Pablo Garabitos doesn't wow you with velocity - he is a finesse pitcher by every measure. But, he certainly impresses with his mix and his efficacy. After another scoreless and clean multiple-inning outing (5 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 6 K), Garabitos grabbed the win and saw his 2022 record move to 4-0. He has pushed an already impressive August into promotional consideration status: 16K:2BB after tonight. 15 2/3 IP over four outings, 12 H, 2 BB, 16 K, 2 ER. That's really fine relief work at Low-A. This builds on an already impressive 2022 resume overall. Let's hope he continues to shine as a workhorse out of the pen. ACL Brewers Gold 4, ACL Guardians 3 Box Score / Game Log Well, it certainly seems like it was a night to remember for previously struggling 19-year-old Venezuelan OF'er Diego Larez. He completes his evening (1-for-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR) with a one out, 0-2 count, ninth inning walk-off blast to left center field giving the Gold the 'W'. Electric. 2021 mid-summer signee and Wake Forest alum, RHP Shane Smith, got his first action for the Brewers with a clean opening frame while shaking off some rust - 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K. Smith was followed by continually dominant 2022 11th Rd draftee (Eastern Michigan), RHP Cameron Wagoner, and his 3 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K of work. Wagoner is definitely one to notice in the early going. INF Gregory Barrios continued his run of offensive output going 2-for-3 with 1 R and 1 RBI. Over his last three contests, Barrios is a combined 6-for-11 with a double. ACL Brewers Blue 10, ACL Athletics 4 Box Score / Game Log This one was over early when the ACL Brewers Blue put up a seven-spot in the top of the first. That's the kind of run support we can all get behind. Offensive game balls go to 2022 draftee 1B/C Tayden Hall (2-for-5, 2R), 18-year-old Venezuelan C Jason Ollarve (3-for-5, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K), and 2B Jamal Zalm (2-for-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K, 1 3B). On the pitching side of things, 2022 UDFA signings RHP's Ryan Brady and Jonathan Beymer pitched a combined 3 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, and 5 K to get the game started in shut down fashion. RHP Quinton Low pitched another scorless inning (0 H, 0 BB, 1 K). And, 19-year-old RHP Samuel Dario closed it out with a clean and scoreless, 1 K, ninth frame. DSL Tigers 9, DSL Brewers #1 1 Box Score / Game Log From last week's failed make-up on the 11th, we offer you a glimpse through the Minor League Report 'Looking Glass': Well, sheeesh, too bad we couldn't offer you a prop bet. None the less, the no-hitter was broken up but the result certainly didn't change. The Brewers Uno did manage to pull within 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth on a wild pitch and, well, they graciously gave back a five-spot in the final seventh frame. Those runs were charged to 18-year-old RHP Leonardo Rivera who had actually allowed a mere three earned runs in his past five outings. The young men will want to quickly move on from this one. DSL Tigers 5, DSL Brewers #1 2 Box Score / Game Log After weeks of admirably fighting to stay 8-10 games under 0.500, it would appear the Brewers Uno are seeing things slip away as of late. In the second game of their day, the Brewers Uno fell yet again to the Tigers. The closest the youngsters would come is when they plated a run in the top of the fourth inning to pull within 2-1 when a Jose Pena sac fly to left field plated Jhonny Severino. Pena later knocked in the second and final run on a ground out. Ultimately, the Uno wound up 0-for-8 with RISP and were out-hit 11-4. Going 0-for-3 on his day with a walk, OF Luis Lara saw his OPS dip below 0.700 to 0.698 as his ongoing slump continued. DSL Brewers #2 6, DSL Cubs Red 3 Box Score / Game Log Hey, it's a DSL Brewers victory - they've been in short supply of late. Let's give kudos where they're due: wild pitches, walks, errors and balks...oh my! In a classic DSL result, the DSL Brewers went 0-for-13 with RISP and hit zero long balls. But, they were the recipients of sloppy Cubs play and ultimately left the contest with a 'W'. Lefty Anfernny Reyes appears to have had a sloppy day on the hill tho he did manage to limit some damage with two pick-offs: 4 2/3 IP, 7 H, 6 BB, 3K, 3 ER. Lefty David Dominguez and righty closer Nelson Cuevas continued their fantastic Augusts combining for 4 2/3 IP of 2 H, 6 K, 0 R ball. Of brief note offensively, INF Johan Barrios went 2-for-4 with 1 K on the day (0.298 BA, 0.730 OPS in 104 AB in 2022), C Brayan Oropeza logged the lone XBH - his 3rd double of the summer - and went 1-for-3 with 1 BB and 1 K (0.213 BA, 0.735 OPS in 75 AB in 2022), and OF Reminton Batista logged his 16th stolen base of his summer. Stay tuned tommorrow as the DSL Brewers take to the diamond in the morning hours. We'll see RHP Josh Lindbolm try to stack success coming off his last dominant start - the Sounds will look to even things up in Jacksonville. LHP Brandon Knarr will attempt to re-discover his earlier form and RHP Carlos Rodriguez will look to build off a dominant home outing versus South Bend his last time on the hill. At publish time, Carolina's starter is yet to be announced. As always, thanks for reading! 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  4. Carolina was the Brewers lone full-season affiliate starting a home series - Wisconsin, Biloxi, and Nashville all took to the road. Results were mixed. The DSL Brewers 1 continued their recent skid of losing while the DSL Brewers 2 managed a classic DSL victory against all odds. Both ACL teams managed to pull out victories - one in dominant fashion and one on a walk-off ninth inning blast - as recent draftees and young prospects continue to make their mark. Let's get to the reports! Transactions: Lots of exciting movement and action today - promotions, first placements, and rehabs RHP Logan Henderson was officially assigned to Low-A Carolina from High-A Wisconsin. This is actually a promotion (he had been successfully rehabbing in the ACL) into his first full-time assignment in the organization RHP Stiven Cruz has been promoted from Low-A Carolina to High-A Wisconsin 3B Zavier Warren has been promoted to Double-A Biloxi from High-A Wisconsin RHP Yujanyer Herrera becomes the Mudcats youngest pitcher - he's been promoted to Low-A Carolina from the ACL Brewers Blue. RHP Trevor Rosenthal and C Omar Narvaez were sent on rehab assignments to Triple-A Nashville C Alex Jackson was retroactively placed on the 7-Day IL by the Nashville Sounds (retroactive to August 14th) RHP Shane Smith was sent on a rehab assignment to the ACL Brewers Gold - this is actually Smith's first official action for the Brewers organization since his signing in 2021 1B Ernesto Martinez (who had been rehabbing in the ACL) has been activated from the 60-Day IL by the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers INF Ashton McGee has been retroactively placed (August 14th) on the 7-Day IL 1B/3B Tyler White was traded by the Brewers from the Nashville Sounds to the Atlanta Braves And, real quickly, we have some more publicity for two of the Brewers fastest rising prospects in OF Sal Frelick and OF Jackson Chourio: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Jacksonville (Marlins) 12, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Thumped in Jacksonville - Nashville Loses Third Straight - Falls to 66-45 The Sounds took to the road on Tuesday to start their 13 day and 12 game road trip in Jacksonville. Brewers RHP Adrian Houser was looking to execute in what was earlier rumored to be his last rehab start. After his evening scuffling on the mound, he may want some more work. He struggled through the first couple innings - including three runs across in the first - where his worst enemy was the free pass. I don't know what it is in 2022, but Houser certainly isn't his sharpest self. Two unearned runs (in five total) doesn't really atone for five hits and three free passes in a mere 3 1/3 IP. Hopefully, he turns it around. Three Quick Strikes: 1) It was a "Hey Lipka, warm up the Jets!" kind of night in Jacksonville. The recently re-acquired outfielder tossed a 1 H, 1 HR, 1 ER ninth inning to close this ugly evening out for the Sounds. When the position players take the hill, it's rarely a good thing. Entertaining for the winning crowd? Sure. But, never an exciting affair for the losing team. Tonight, the Sounds saw their teammate literally take one for the team. 2) All was not lost offensively, despite the one run crossing home plate. The Sounds still managed nine hits on the evening - though, eight of these were singles. OF Garrett Mitchell continued his surge at the plate with a 2-for-4 evening including his second double in Triple-A (and the lone Sounds XBH). Omar Narvaez saw a successful rehab outing with a 2-for-4 evening batting second. And, 3B Weston Wilson hit 2-for-4 with the lone Sounds RBI. 3) Is it time to 'worry' about LHP Andy Otero? I don't know. What I can tell you is in seven outings covering July and August (13 IP) he has surrendered 20 H, 4 BB, 8 ER, with a mere 6 K. That type of output isn't going to bode well as the difficulty increases if he moves up for a stab at Major League hitters over time. Otero lacks any type of top-end velocity - he relies on location and effectively mixing his off-speed arsenal with a rising low-velocity heater. There is quite a bit to prove to himself, the Brewers, and other clubs as he looks to close out this 2022 season. Otero has had periods of success this season no doubt, but there are question marks abound. He'll be a Minor League FA after the season ends. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 5, Montgomery (Rays) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please visit and review: Steady Offense and Shutdown Bullpen Guides Shuckers to 5-3 Win - Warren Collects First Double-A Hit, RBI Coming into this Montgomery series (in Montgomery), the Shuckers were 2-16 at Montgomery over their past 18 knocks. Ummmm, that's not good. Coming into this game, the Biscuits hadn't lost a full nine-inning tilt in the month of August. The Shuckers were outhit tonight 10-8, but they weren't outdone. We'll thank the bullpen for their combined 5 1/3 IP, 6 H, 0 BB, 5 K (should have been 6 - cough), 1 R. This was a good one. Dare I say it: the Shuckers are playing fine baseball of late. I already want to take it back. Gulp. Three Quick Strikes: 1) I talked about INF/OF Felix Valerio during my last report and, lo and behold, he smacked a two-run jack tonight. You can only go so long making the kind of contact he's been making before results start to rear their head. I again encourage deviating from box score gleaning and trusting what I see: he's roping balls. He's struck out a mere four times to three walks in August. The results will come. This contact has been regular of late - the results simply have not. It's that simple: 2) He may be in Double-A, but let's not pretend RHP Cam Robinson isn't lights out still. It doesn't matter if the home plate umpire blows a clear third strike call on his lead-off batter (and, boy, was it a dead middle whiff from back behind the catcher - yikes). He'll stab a hard hit ground for out number one. No matter if a broken bat flare is plopped between Valerio and Whitley into right field. Robinson will hunker down and induce the game-ending double play ball to newly christened 1B all-star, Zavier Warren. Robinson sealed the deal and merely the third Shuckers win in Montgomery over the past 19 games. They moved within four games of the first place Biscuits. Here's the aforementioned zesty double play to close the game: Special mention will also go to winning pitcher, RHP Kent Hasler, who continues to impress since scuffling when first promoted. He's been generally lights out of late and he deserves recognition. 3) Kudos are definitely due to OF Garrett Whitley and his continued output since his re-assignment. After receiving Southern League Player of the Week honors, he backed that up with a 2-for-4 night, 2 R, 2 SB, and an OF assist. It's hard to toot a horn loud enough for the work we're seeing from CF Corey Ray, INF Andruw Monasterio, and, now, OF Garrett Whitley in Biloxi. The oft-used phrasing 'consummate professionals' comes to mind. Mr. Whitely, I see you and I salute you. I wish you continued excellence. It's been a true joy to witness. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Cedar Rapids (Twins) 7, Wisconsin 2 Box Score/Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please visit and review: Kernels Hold Rattlers in Check - Wisconsin has Four Hits in 7-2 Loss at Cedar Rapids RHP Justin Jarvis continues to face the classic youthful obstacles in his path to the truly christened Ace of the Timber Rattlers staff. I've seen him have great success in 2022. And, then again, I've seen him give up three-run home runs to put his team behind the eight-ball like he did tonight. Three Quick Strikes: 1) Here's a possibly controversial take: OF Jackson Chourio is absolutely incredible but I have a difficult time believing his future is in center field. When we have speedsters like Sal Frelick, Garrett Mitchell, Esteury Ruiz, and Joey Wiemer currently slotted above the young stud, and I see what I consistently see when the ball leaves his young arm, I'm left wondering if he isn't misplaced at present. The hit tool is obviously electric - I would never question this. But, the speed, though it's good, isn't otherworldly and the arm is, honestly, more akin to a second baseman's arm. That's my take. Change my mind. 2) RHP Tyler Gillies looks like a different pitcher in the late 2022 season. How about three strikeouts in his first inning - three dazzling K's mind you. He's seen limited time in 2022 coming off his cancer treatments, but, folks, he's getting stronger and more impactful. His fastball and leg kick have a nice marriage and he is mixing in some nice off-speed stuff. I'm looking for even better things to close out his 2022 comeback season. He's moving further and further away from a feel good story into a legitimate bullpen piece. The two-run home run jack aside, I'm keeping with these sentiments. It was a nice swing on a slightly hung inside breaking ball to a 2022 first rounder and potent lefty. He finished with 5 K in 2 IP. That's wonderful work - the home run jack aside. You be the judge: 3) The T-Rats staff and tantalizing catching prospect Jeferson Quero allowed six successful stolen bases on the evening. That was a 6-for-6 effort overall. Having seen Quero throw runners out quite consistently before tonight, I honestly give the Kernels massive credit for incredible timing - on both their get-offs and the pitch selection. There was very little opportunity for Quero though a couple of the attempts were quite close. Let's see how this dust settles through the rest of the series. Regardless of the how and why, this isn't a night Quero will consider a feather in his illustrious defensive cap. Carolina Pre-Game Notes Final: Carolina 6, Fayetteville (Astros) 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please visit and review: Carolina Cruises to 6-0 Victory with Six Run Second - Pitchers Logan Henderson, Pablo Garabitos, and Brannon Jordan Stifled the Fayetteville Offense in Carolina's Series Opening Victory Give me a moment, please, I'm still finding my way out of the by-line. I eagerly tuned in to view RHP Logan Henderson's first start at Low-A Carolina. He worked around an opposite field rope to the right field wall and a wild pitch in the first inning, but he ultimately finished with the single knock and 2 K - he never felt remotely threatened. He then surrendered a broken bat flare to shallow right center field in the second inning, but saw the threat end when Hedbert Perez laid out and made a nice catch in right field. The breaking balls were completely wild tonight - they were way outside and high or, well, in the dirt. It was simply one of those evenings. However, the fastball was dialed and the change-up was effective. All in all, this was a very successful first outing for the young man and something we should be excited about. I'll continue to tune in and monitor his progress. Three Quick Strikes: 1) Jace Avina hitting at Five County? We call it 'Choice'. He must love his new home ballpark. He came in to tonight's contest hitting a ripe 0.444 at Five County. Well, through two innings that average went UP. He roped a double over the third baseman in the first inning and followed with an absolutely crushed grand slam over the wall in deep right center. Whewwww. It was a sight to behold. He was dialed in and swinging freely. Those are not short walls in Five County whatsoever, mind you. 2) In a recent insightful article by our very own @Mass Haas, HERE, we see young catcher Jose Sibrian is up for Minor League free agency after the 2022 season. Well, if his recent run of play is any indication I can near guarantee you the Brewers brass want to keep this young man in the catching stable. He's been one of, in not the, hottest hitters on the young and talented Mudcats roster of late. If we consider August as a whole - 0.304 BA, 0.838 OPS entering tonight's contest before he ripped a double to deep right center - one sees what I see: this is a very talented young catcher. The Brewers garner a lot of attention for their acquisitions of middle infield and center field prospects. I'm here to tell you: I challenge anyone to name an organization with more catching depth - especially considering the additions after the 2022 draft. 3) LHP Pablo Garabitos doesn't wow you with velocity - he is a finesse pitcher by every measure. But, he certainly impresses with his mix and his efficacy. After another scoreless and clean multiple-inning outing (5 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 6 K), Garabitos grabbed the win and saw his 2022 record move to 4-0. He has pushed an already impressive August into promotional consideration status: 16K:2BB after tonight. 15 2/3 IP over four outings, 12 H, 2 BB, 16 K, 2 ER. That's really fine relief work at Low-A. This builds on an already impressive 2022 resume overall. Let's hope he continues to shine as a workhorse out of the pen. ACL Brewers Gold 4, ACL Guardians 3 Box Score / Game Log Well, it certainly seems like it was a night to remember for previously struggling 19-year-old Venezuelan OF'er Diego Larez. He completes his evening (1-for-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR) with a one out, 0-2 count, ninth inning walk-off blast to left center field giving the Gold the 'W'. Electric. 2021 mid-summer signee and Wake Forest alum, RHP Shane Smith, got his first action for the Brewers with a clean opening frame while shaking off some rust - 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K. Smith was followed by continually dominant 2022 11th Rd draftee (Eastern Michigan), RHP Cameron Wagoner, and his 3 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K of work. Wagoner is definitely one to notice in the early going. INF Gregory Barrios continued his run of offensive output going 2-for-3 with 1 R and 1 RBI. Over his last three contests, Barrios is a combined 6-for-11 with a double. ACL Brewers Blue 10, ACL Athletics 4 Box Score / Game Log This one was over early when the ACL Brewers Blue put up a seven-spot in the top of the first. That's the kind of run support we can all get behind. Offensive game balls go to 2022 draftee 1B/C Tayden Hall (2-for-5, 2R), 18-year-old Venezuelan C Jason Ollarve (3-for-5, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K), and 2B Jamal Zalm (2-for-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K, 1 3B). On the pitching side of things, 2022 UDFA signings RHP's Ryan Brady and Jonathan Beymer pitched a combined 3 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, and 5 K to get the game started in shut down fashion. RHP Quinton Low pitched another scorless inning (0 H, 0 BB, 1 K). And, 19-year-old RHP Samuel Dario closed it out with a clean and scoreless, 1 K, ninth frame. DSL Tigers 9, DSL Brewers #1 1 Box Score / Game Log From last week's failed make-up on the 11th, we offer you a glimpse through the Minor League Report 'Looking Glass': Well, sheeesh, too bad we couldn't offer you a prop bet. None the less, the no-hitter was broken up but the result certainly didn't change. The Brewers Uno did manage to pull within 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth on a wild pitch and, well, they graciously gave back a five-spot in the final seventh frame. Those runs were charged to 18-year-old RHP Leonardo Rivera who had actually allowed a mere three earned runs in his past five outings. The young men will want to quickly move on from this one. DSL Tigers 5, DSL Brewers #1 2 Box Score / Game Log After weeks of admirably fighting to stay 8-10 games under 0.500, it would appear the Brewers Uno are seeing things slip away as of late. In the second game of their day, the Brewers Uno fell yet again to the Tigers. The closest the youngsters would come is when they plated a run in the top of the fourth inning to pull within 2-1 when a Jose Pena sac fly to left field plated Jhonny Severino. Pena later knocked in the second and final run on a ground out. Ultimately, the Uno wound up 0-for-8 with RISP and were out-hit 11-4. Going 0-for-3 on his day with a walk, OF Luis Lara saw his OPS dip below 0.700 to 0.698 as his ongoing slump continued. DSL Brewers #2 6, DSL Cubs Red 3 Box Score / Game Log Hey, it's a DSL Brewers victory - they've been in short supply of late. Let's give kudos where they're due: wild pitches, walks, errors and balks...oh my! In a classic DSL result, the DSL Brewers went 0-for-13 with RISP and hit zero long balls. But, they were the recipients of sloppy Cubs play and ultimately left the contest with a 'W'. Lefty Anfernny Reyes appears to have had a sloppy day on the hill tho he did manage to limit some damage with two pick-offs: 4 2/3 IP, 7 H, 6 BB, 3K, 3 ER. Lefty David Dominguez and righty closer Nelson Cuevas continued their fantastic Augusts combining for 4 2/3 IP of 2 H, 6 K, 0 R ball. Of brief note offensively, INF Johan Barrios went 2-for-4 with 1 K on the day (0.298 BA, 0.730 OPS in 104 AB in 2022), C Brayan Oropeza logged the lone XBH - his 3rd double of the summer - and went 1-for-3 with 1 BB and 1 K (0.213 BA, 0.735 OPS in 75 AB in 2022), and OF Reminton Batista logged his 16th stolen base of his summer. Stay tuned tommorrow as the DSL Brewers take to the diamond in the morning hours. We'll see RHP Josh Lindbolm try to stack success coming off his last dominant start - the Sounds will look to even things up in Jacksonville. LHP Brandon Knarr will attempt to re-discover his earlier form and RHP Carlos Rodriguez will look to build off a dominant home outing versus South Bend his last time on the hill. At publish time, Carolina's starter is yet to be announced. As always, thanks for reading! 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  5. Wednesday’s Game Balls go to Corey Ray, Tyler Herb, Garrett Whitley, Justin Jarvis and Stiven Cruz, with Honorable Mentions to Robbie Baker, Jesus Chirinos and Brice Turang. Transactions: Signed underdrafted free agent RHP Jonathan Beymer (Campbell University) – per post by @ARobsBrewCrew: “He is a 6’2” 180 lb. right-handed pitcher that has spent the majority of his collegiate career as a reliever. Soon-to-be 24-years-old, Beymer has seen something click this summer between two wood-bat league teams after struggling with Campbell the past two seasons.” Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 2, Gwinnett 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Hold Off Stripers in Series Opener SS Brice Turang ’s (1-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs) two-run homer in the bottom of the 1st inning gave Nashville a 2-1 lead, which held up throughout the rest of the night. Leadoff man OF Sal Frelick (1-for-2, triple, walk) had tripled to get the Sounds off on a good note. Starting RHP Tyler Herb (5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 8 Ks) went five strong innings to continue his recent good form, before four relievers kept Gwinnett hitless over the final four innings, including retiring the final 11 Stripers of the contest in order. Nashville’s offense had ample opportunities (1-for-12 with runners in scoring position; 10 left-on-base), while Gwinnett mustered nothing (0-for-2 with RISP; 4 left-on-base). Three Quick Strikes: Each of RHPs Jake Cousins (2 Ks, 1 BB), Peter Strzelecki (2 Ks), Trevor Kelley (1 K) and Luis Perdomo (3rd save) covered one scoreless inning, retiring 12 of the 13 batters they faced. Turang’s blast extended his hitting streak to 17 games and on-base streak to 24 games, while 3B Pablo Reyes (2-for-4) now has a 22-game on-base streak. The balls aren’t falling in for OF Esteury Ruiz (.200 average and .554 OPS since joining Nashville in the Hader trade), so he bunted for a hit in the 5th inning. Thursday’s outlook: Rehabbing major leaguer RHP Adrian Houser is the scheduled starter for one of Nashville’s Thursday home games. Expect RHP Caleb Boushley (11-2 record, 3.62 season ERA) to get the call in the second game. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 6, Rocket City 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Ray's Four-Hit Game Boosts Shuckers In 6-5 Win OF Corey Ray (4-for-5, HR, double, 2 RBIs) has re-acclimated quickly to life in Biloxi, boosting his 2022 AA OPS to 1.266 through six games. He doubled on the first pitch of the bottom of the 1st inning, then scored on an OF Garrett Whitley double. 1B Thomas Dillard and OF Terence Doston both singled and scored in the 2nd inning to extend the Shuckers’ lead to 3-0, before Ray produced his third hit of the game in the 4th inning, pulling a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall for two more runs. Whitley (2-for-4, HR, double, walk, 2 RBIs) then followed with a solo home run of his own to give Biloxi starting RHP TJ Shook a 6-1 lead. That gives Whitley homers on consecutive nights. Four runs off Shook in the middle innings tightened the game at 6-5, but the bullpen of Kent Hasler (1 2/3 IP), Nash Walters (1 IP, 2 Ks) and Harold Chirin o (1 IP, 2 Ks, second save) were up to the task, retiring all 11 batters they faced, the last on Ray’s diving catch in center field. Biloxi’s victory evened their series with Rocket City at one game apiece. Three Quick Strikes: Shook (5 1/3 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 5 H, 4 BB, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 5 Ks) was strong through 87 pitches, but the final three were a ball to finish a 10-pitch walk, then a double and a 3-run homer. I’ll give lightly-used C Nick Kahle another mention here: 1-for-2, walk, sac fly, RBI, run scored. The additions of the highly experienced SS Andruw Monasterio (25), Ray (27) and Whitley (25) seem to have sufficiently offset the promotions of Wiemer, Frelick and Mitchell to AAA Nashville. Thursday’s outlook: Exciting LHP Robert Gasser will start Thursday’s Shucker home game, aiming to replicate his terrific last outing (5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 Ks). Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 6, South Bend 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Chourio Homers in Wisconsin Victory Over Cubs Here are excellent video highlights from the Rattlers’ solid media team: OF Jackson Chourio gave Wisconsin an early lift, blasting a 107mph rocket over the left field wall to stake Wisconsin to a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning. Two uncharacteristic Joe Gray Jr. errors couldn’t derail starting RHP Justin Jarvis’s (6 IP, 2 R (0 ER), 4 H, 3 BB, 2 Ks) excellent form, though they did allow the lucky Cubs to tie the game 2-2 by the top of the 3rd inning. After re-taking the lead on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 3rd inning, Jarvis and RHP Robbie Baker (3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks) locked down the South Bend offense from there. In fact, Baker didn’t allow a baserunner over the final three innings to earn a deserved save (his 2nd of the year). Recent 7th round draft pick 3B Ben Metzinger (1-for-3, walk, RBI) notched his first hit with the club in the 7th inning on a full-count line drive to the opposite field, then scored as part of a two-run inning to give Wisconsin a 6-2 lead. Recently-promoted 19-year old DH/C Jeferson Quero also logged his first High-A ball hit in this game. In a theme across Wednesday’s games, Wisconsin won despite its offense going 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position and stranding nine baserunners. By contrast, South Bend’s opportunities were few and far between, as they went 0-for-4 with RISP and stranded only five baserunners. Three Quick Strikes: Jarvis obviously showed no ill effects from his last start, when he was pulled in the 1st inning after two walks and a bunch of bad luck (e.g. errors, infield singles). With OF Arbert Cipion and SS Eduardo Garcia both exiting the game early after being hit-by-pitches, Manager Joe Ayrault’s bench was likely empty. Officially, Wes Clarke and Ashton McGee are active, but Clarke’s not played since July 30 and McGee since August 2. Hopefully all four players are in fact healthy and the exits of Cipion and Garcia were simply precautionary. C Darrien Miller had a rare opportunity to lead off for the team in this game and played the part nicely: 0-for-2 with 3 walks and an RBI. Thursday’s outlook: 20-year old RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez (3.35 season ERA) is due to make his 2nd-ever start in High-A ball in their home game against South Bend. Carolina Pre-Game Notes Rain Delay After 4 ½ innings: Carolina 4, Delmarva 0 (to be continued on Thursday) Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Mudcats and Shorebirds Suspended Due to Rain The only thing which could slow down RHP Stiven Cruz (4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks) in this game was rain. In fact, the rain stopped everything and everyone in their tracks. Before the postponement, 1B Jesus Chirinos and 2B Robert Moore had combined for three doubles, driving in four runs. Thus, the Chirinos and Moore show (with special contributions from the Carolina bullpen and other Mudcats) will continue Thursday as part of a pseudo-doubleheader, including the final 4 ½ innings of Wednesday’s game and then a 7-inning game to follow. Thursday’s outlook: After completing the remaining 4 ½ innings of Wednesday’s contest, RHP Edwin Jimenez (4.33 season ERA) is expected to start the second game, a 7-inning affair. DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE Final: DSL Phillies White 5, DSL Brewers1 3 (two extra innings beyond planned 7 innings) Box Score / Game Log The close defeat drops DSL Brewers-1’s record to 18-30 on the season. Starting LHP Wande Torres (4 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 5 BB, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1 balk, 4 Ks) limited the Phillies to one run on one hit, though he won’t be happy with his five walks. Reliever RHP Hamlet Vasquez (4 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 1 H, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 4 Ks) also put in a solid shift. A C Edgardo Ordonez (2-for-4, RBI) single and SS Angel Pereira (1-for-2, triple, walk, RBI, SB) triple helped stake the Brewers to a 2-0 lead in the 4th inning, which nearly held up. However, the Brewer’s 2-1 advantage evaporated via a Phillies’ RBI single with two outs in the final scheduled (7th) inning. The Phillies then scored Manfred’s Ghost in the 8th inning without registering a hit, but Ordonez kept the Brewers in the game with a tying RBI double. The Phillies then scored on a bunt-plus-error to start the 9th inning and also added a sacrifice fly for the final margin. A bit of good news: Slumping OF Luis Lara showed some signs of life: 1-for-2, 2 walks. Final: DSL Brewers2 4, DSL Texas Red 3 Box Score / Game Log The win boosts Brewers-2's season record back above .500 to 24-23. Although there was eventually some 9th inning drama, this was definitely not a game for the fan, as the teams combined to go 0-for-21 with runners in scoring position and strand 22 baserunners. In fact, the patient Brewers-2 hitters walked 14 times and were beaned three times in this game, yet somehow only produced four runs, all in the 2nd inning. Well, the team producing just three hits in 29 at-bats explains the “somehow”. Perhaps the Brewer offense was deflated by having its best player 1B Yeison Perez (0-for-0, walk, 2 HBPs, RBI) exit the game early after being hit by pitches twice in the first four innings. Each of starting LHP Anthony Flores (4 IP, 1 ER, 3Ks), LHP David Dominguez (3 IP, 1 ER, 4 Ks) and RHP Roman Perez (2 IP, 0 R, 1 K) were effective in this game. Nonetheless, Texas chipped away at the 4-0 Brewers’ advantage, getting to within 4-3 by the 7th inning. However, in the 9th inning, two walks gave Texas a golden two-on, one-out opportunity, which the Brewer defense extinguished via a game-ending pop out double play (in foul territory, no less). We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Thursday to all teams! And a personal thank you to @Joseph Zarr for swapping days with me – Joseph actually has 10 games to cover now (sorry!), as all teams are in action, with Carolina and Nashville playing doubleheaders. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Dominican Summer League Scoreboard Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  6. The Nashville, Biloxi and Wisconsin bullpens were dominant in Wednesday’s victories, retiring the final 11, 11 and 9 batters of their games, respectively. Carolina also led 4-0 before rain halted action in the 5th inning. Wednesday’s Game Balls go to Corey Ray, Tyler Herb, Garrett Whitley, Justin Jarvis and Stiven Cruz, with Honorable Mentions to Robbie Baker, Jesus Chirinos and Brice Turang. Transactions: Signed underdrafted free agent RHP Jonathan Beymer (Campbell University) – per post by @ARobsBrewCrew: “He is a 6’2” 180 lb. right-handed pitcher that has spent the majority of his collegiate career as a reliever. Soon-to-be 24-years-old, Beymer has seen something click this summer between two wood-bat league teams after struggling with Campbell the past two seasons.” Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 2, Gwinnett 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Hold Off Stripers in Series Opener SS Brice Turang ’s (1-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs) two-run homer in the bottom of the 1st inning gave Nashville a 2-1 lead, which held up throughout the rest of the night. Leadoff man OF Sal Frelick (1-for-2, triple, walk) had tripled to get the Sounds off on a good note. Starting RHP Tyler Herb (5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 8 Ks) went five strong innings to continue his recent good form, before four relievers kept Gwinnett hitless over the final four innings, including retiring the final 11 Stripers of the contest in order. Nashville’s offense had ample opportunities (1-for-12 with runners in scoring position; 10 left-on-base), while Gwinnett mustered nothing (0-for-2 with RISP; 4 left-on-base). Three Quick Strikes: Each of RHPs Jake Cousins (2 Ks, 1 BB), Peter Strzelecki (2 Ks), Trevor Kelley (1 K) and Luis Perdomo (3rd save) covered one scoreless inning, retiring 12 of the 13 batters they faced. Turang’s blast extended his hitting streak to 17 games and on-base streak to 24 games, while 3B Pablo Reyes (2-for-4) now has a 22-game on-base streak. The balls aren’t falling in for OF Esteury Ruiz (.200 average and .554 OPS since joining Nashville in the Hader trade), so he bunted for a hit in the 5th inning. Thursday’s outlook: Rehabbing major leaguer RHP Adrian Houser is the scheduled starter for one of Nashville’s Thursday home games. Expect RHP Caleb Boushley (11-2 record, 3.62 season ERA) to get the call in the second game. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 6, Rocket City 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Ray's Four-Hit Game Boosts Shuckers In 6-5 Win OF Corey Ray (4-for-5, HR, double, 2 RBIs) has re-acclimated quickly to life in Biloxi, boosting his 2022 AA OPS to 1.266 through six games. He doubled on the first pitch of the bottom of the 1st inning, then scored on an OF Garrett Whitley double. 1B Thomas Dillard and OF Terence Doston both singled and scored in the 2nd inning to extend the Shuckers’ lead to 3-0, before Ray produced his third hit of the game in the 4th inning, pulling a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall for two more runs. Whitley (2-for-4, HR, double, walk, 2 RBIs) then followed with a solo home run of his own to give Biloxi starting RHP TJ Shook a 6-1 lead. That gives Whitley homers on consecutive nights. Four runs off Shook in the middle innings tightened the game at 6-5, but the bullpen of Kent Hasler (1 2/3 IP), Nash Walters (1 IP, 2 Ks) and Harold Chirin o (1 IP, 2 Ks, second save) were up to the task, retiring all 11 batters they faced, the last on Ray’s diving catch in center field. Biloxi’s victory evened their series with Rocket City at one game apiece. Three Quick Strikes: Shook (5 1/3 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 5 H, 4 BB, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 5 Ks) was strong through 87 pitches, but the final three were a ball to finish a 10-pitch walk, then a double and a 3-run homer. I’ll give lightly-used C Nick Kahle another mention here: 1-for-2, walk, sac fly, RBI, run scored. The additions of the highly experienced SS Andruw Monasterio (25), Ray (27) and Whitley (25) seem to have sufficiently offset the promotions of Wiemer, Frelick and Mitchell to AAA Nashville. Thursday’s outlook: Exciting LHP Robert Gasser will start Thursday’s Shucker home game, aiming to replicate his terrific last outing (5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 Ks). Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 6, South Bend 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Chourio Homers in Wisconsin Victory Over Cubs Here are excellent video highlights from the Rattlers’ solid media team: OF Jackson Chourio gave Wisconsin an early lift, blasting a 107mph rocket over the left field wall to stake Wisconsin to a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning. Two uncharacteristic Joe Gray Jr. errors couldn’t derail starting RHP Justin Jarvis’s (6 IP, 2 R (0 ER), 4 H, 3 BB, 2 Ks) excellent form, though they did allow the lucky Cubs to tie the game 2-2 by the top of the 3rd inning. After re-taking the lead on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 3rd inning, Jarvis and RHP Robbie Baker (3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks) locked down the South Bend offense from there. In fact, Baker didn’t allow a baserunner over the final three innings to earn a deserved save (his 2nd of the year). Recent 7th round draft pick 3B Ben Metzinger (1-for-3, walk, RBI) notched his first hit with the club in the 7th inning on a full-count line drive to the opposite field, then scored as part of a two-run inning to give Wisconsin a 6-2 lead. Recently-promoted 19-year old DH/C Jeferson Quero also logged his first High-A ball hit in this game. In a theme across Wednesday’s games, Wisconsin won despite its offense going 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position and stranding nine baserunners. By contrast, South Bend’s opportunities were few and far between, as they went 0-for-4 with RISP and stranded only five baserunners. Three Quick Strikes: Jarvis obviously showed no ill effects from his last start, when he was pulled in the 1st inning after two walks and a bunch of bad luck (e.g. errors, infield singles). With OF Arbert Cipion and SS Eduardo Garcia both exiting the game early after being hit-by-pitches, Manager Joe Ayrault’s bench was likely empty. Officially, Wes Clarke and Ashton McGee are active, but Clarke’s not played since July 30 and McGee since August 2. Hopefully all four players are in fact healthy and the exits of Cipion and Garcia were simply precautionary. C Darrien Miller had a rare opportunity to lead off for the team in this game and played the part nicely: 0-for-2 with 3 walks and an RBI. Thursday’s outlook: 20-year old RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez (3.35 season ERA) is due to make his 2nd-ever start in High-A ball in their home game against South Bend. Carolina Pre-Game Notes Rain Delay After 4 ½ innings: Carolina 4, Delmarva 0 (to be continued on Thursday) Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Mudcats and Shorebirds Suspended Due to Rain The only thing which could slow down RHP Stiven Cruz (4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks) in this game was rain. In fact, the rain stopped everything and everyone in their tracks. Before the postponement, 1B Jesus Chirinos and 2B Robert Moore had combined for three doubles, driving in four runs. Thus, the Chirinos and Moore show (with special contributions from the Carolina bullpen and other Mudcats) will continue Thursday as part of a pseudo-doubleheader, including the final 4 ½ innings of Wednesday’s game and then a 7-inning game to follow. Thursday’s outlook: After completing the remaining 4 ½ innings of Wednesday’s contest, RHP Edwin Jimenez (4.33 season ERA) is expected to start the second game, a 7-inning affair. DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE Final: DSL Phillies White 5, DSL Brewers1 3 (two extra innings beyond planned 7 innings) Box Score / Game Log The close defeat drops DSL Brewers-1’s record to 18-30 on the season. Starting LHP Wande Torres (4 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 5 BB, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1 balk, 4 Ks) limited the Phillies to one run on one hit, though he won’t be happy with his five walks. Reliever RHP Hamlet Vasquez (4 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 1 H, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 4 Ks) also put in a solid shift. A C Edgardo Ordonez (2-for-4, RBI) single and SS Angel Pereira (1-for-2, triple, walk, RBI, SB) triple helped stake the Brewers to a 2-0 lead in the 4th inning, which nearly held up. However, the Brewer’s 2-1 advantage evaporated via a Phillies’ RBI single with two outs in the final scheduled (7th) inning. The Phillies then scored Manfred’s Ghost in the 8th inning without registering a hit, but Ordonez kept the Brewers in the game with a tying RBI double. The Phillies then scored on a bunt-plus-error to start the 9th inning and also added a sacrifice fly for the final margin. A bit of good news: Slumping OF Luis Lara showed some signs of life: 1-for-2, 2 walks. Final: DSL Brewers2 4, DSL Texas Red 3 Box Score / Game Log The win boosts Brewers-2's season record back above .500 to 24-23. Although there was eventually some 9th inning drama, this was definitely not a game for the fan, as the teams combined to go 0-for-21 with runners in scoring position and strand 22 baserunners. In fact, the patient Brewers-2 hitters walked 14 times and were beaned three times in this game, yet somehow only produced four runs, all in the 2nd inning. Well, the team producing just three hits in 29 at-bats explains the “somehow”. Perhaps the Brewer offense was deflated by having its best player 1B Yeison Perez (0-for-0, walk, 2 HBPs, RBI) exit the game early after being hit by pitches twice in the first four innings. Each of starting LHP Anthony Flores (4 IP, 1 ER, 3Ks), LHP David Dominguez (3 IP, 1 ER, 4 Ks) and RHP Roman Perez (2 IP, 0 R, 1 K) were effective in this game. Nonetheless, Texas chipped away at the 4-0 Brewers’ advantage, getting to within 4-3 by the 7th inning. However, in the 9th inning, two walks gave Texas a golden two-on, one-out opportunity, which the Brewer defense extinguished via a game-ending pop out double play (in foul territory, no less). We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Thursday to all teams! And a personal thank you to @Joseph Zarr for swapping days with me – Joseph actually has 10 games to cover now (sorry!), as all teams are in action, with Carolina and Nashville playing doubleheaders. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Dominican Summer League Scoreboard Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  7. Transactions: 2022 3rd round pick INF Dylan Rae was assigned to the ACL Brewers Gold RHP Rosmel Reyes was transferred to the 60-Day IL from the 7-Day IL by the ACL Brewers Blue RHP Edrian Robinson was transferred to the ACL Brewers Blue full season injured list from the 60-day injured list 2022 6th round pick, RHP Tyler Woessner was assigned to ACL Brewers Gold 2022 UDFA RHP Logan Adams was assigned to the ACL Brewers Blue C Jason Ollarve was assigned to the ACL Brewers Blue from the ACL Brewers Gold And, let us quickly recognize and honor the Brewers July Minor League 'Hitters of the Month' - OF Jace Avina and INF/OF Brice Turang: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes: GAME POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER RHP Tyler Herb aimed to take to the mound for his ninth start in Nashville and his 13th appearance overall for the Sounds. For the Stripers, sixth ranked Braves prospect and 2020 first round pick, 24-year-old lefty Jared Shuster was in line for his third Triple-A start since his promotion from Double-A Mississippi looking to make his mark. Mother Nature saw these intentions and said quite tersely: "No soup for you!". The rescheduled game will be part of a double header this Thursday, August 11th. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Rocket City (Angels) 5, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please visit and review: Homers Power Pandas Past Shuckers - Biloxi Ties Franchise Record with 18 Combined Strikeouts LHP Nick Bennett reels you in but he just can't quite fully make the catch yet, it would appear. In an up and down 2022, with quite a bit more good of late, Bennett was incapable of holding the 4-2 lead given to him by the Shuckers comeback bats. It was 5-4 Rocket City after he escaped a brief jam in the fifth inning. Homers caused four of the five runs of damage tonight. All told, Bennett did manage to pitch 5 complete: 5 IP, 8 H, 1 BB, 8 K, and 3 HR. Let's hope for fewer long balls his next time on the mound. Three Quick Strikes: 1) Having scuffled a bit of late, it was a sight for sore eyes to see RHP Zach Vennarro pitch so efficiently and effectively in the eighth inning keeping the game at a manageable 4-5 deficit. Two strike outs and a fly out to get out of the inning unscathed is just the type of work manager Mike Guerrero is looking for from his former Closer. Vennarro is down but certainly not out - control has been his biggest ailment of late. Let's hope for more of this in the days and weeks ahead. The 2) Welcome to Double-A, Garrett Whitely ! After an inconsistent start (albeit in an extremely small sample size), in the games I've seen, Whitely had certainly strutted the speed that made him a high draft choice many years ago, but was looking for more meaningful contact. Tonight it was his veteran bat (2-for-4, 1 R, 3 RBI) doing the talking: 3) Can we talk about the struggles of 2022 INF Gabe Holt ? It's been a proverbial 'one of those' types of seasons for the young man. He just can't seem to get anything going at the plate and that struggle certainly continued tonight: 0-for-3, 1K. His season batting average is now sitting at 0.205. We know the batting average is often misleading but when taken in context with a 0.507 OPS...it tells a more complete story. The struggle is quite real. I hope he can turn it around and start making better contact and/or getting on base. We're rooting for you, young man. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: South Bend (Cubs) 8, Wisconsin 7 Box Score/Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please visit and review: Wisconsin Falls Short After Dramatic Comeback - Rattlers Rally from 7-0 Down to Tie South Bend, but Cubs Win 8-7 in Ten Innings Home Series Media Nuggets: Post-Game Podcast Here (Be Advised - Sound DOWN to Start) Post-Game You Tube Highlights Package: (Check this Package out for Darrien Miller's game-tying 3-run home run in the 8th inning) RHP Israel Puello had a storybook beginning to his High-A career in Wisconsin. Of late, however, Puello has scuffled and struggled quite a bit and tonight was no different. This being said, other than doing the current T-Rats thing of surrendering first-inning runs (a two-run homer tonight) the third run was simply a heck of a swing and a heck of a hit over the wall in right field; the pitch was down and tailing in. There's nothing you can do about that. But, let's call it like it is: the fifth inning definitely got away from the Puello. Three Quick Strikes: 1) Trailing 7-0 in the fifth inning and facing a no-hit affair, DH Darrien Miller got things going with a single that snuck past a diving second baseman into right field. Joe Gray Jr. definitely aided that ball as his slight hesitation and hold-up clearly confused the second baseman. However, it was OF Arbert Cipion who will get the detailed kudos here. After being fooled on several off-speed breaking balls, he worked the count full by barely fouling off a change-up. On the 3-2 pitch, he took a fastball middle and away right where the patient swing would take it: into the gap in right-center field for his fourth triple and his fourth XBH in four games. You love to see Cipion get further acclimated. He is definitely easy to root for with his affable and positive personality. Take a quick look: 2) Since a red hot beginning to his High-A career and after many a worthy accolade received, OF Jackson Chourio had cooled off as of late. Over his last four outings, Chourio was 1-for-15 with 1 R, 1 2B, 6 K, 1 BB. Well, just go ahead and scratch that. 3-for-17 with 2 doubles and a key SB. As I wrote this, Chourio roped his fourth double and then scored on an ensuing Zavier Warren two-base knock. His ninth inning single (a pro's pro piece of hitting) then gave the T-Rats a real chance at stealing a win. Sometimes the reverse jinx needs to be started and then finished. Speaking of Warren, coming off an unbelievably hot week he continued going - 2-for-5 tonight with his 26th double. What a run for Warren! 3) One of the things the T-Rats will most likely struggle with since Tristan Peters ' promotion and then organizational departure is filling the lead-off position in their line-up. Looking up-and-down their roster, I struggle to find a single player to fill that important position. For my money, tonight simply demonstrated what we already saw in Carolina: INF Eduardo Garcia isn't a lead-off hitter. He strikes out entirely too much and isn't really an on-base type of player at this point in his career (0-for-5, 4 K on the evening). My meaningless two cents would offer: If INF's Zach Raabe or Jadher Areinamo aren't headed up to Wisconsin, they might just have to throw Chourio into the lead-off spot. Carolina Pre-Game Notes Final: Carolina 7, Delmarva (Orioles) 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please visit and review: Brown and Sibrian Homer as Mudcats Take Opener 7-5 - Jose Sibrian Homered in the Ninth and Eric Brown Jr. Hit His First Professional Home Run as Carolina Won its Third Straight The Delmarva Shorebirds came into tonight's contest with the Mudcats losers of six straight and losers of nine straight at home. The Mudcats hoped to keep that trend going but fell into a three-run hole early. All told, despite the two-run home run early, RHP Jeferson Figueroa managed to complete 5 IP, 5 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 7K. Not the best of outings and certainly not the worst - Figueroa kept his team in the game, all things considered. RHP Michele Vassalotti came on relief in the sixth inning with aims of keeping the contest close. He did manage to do so, but he also struggled to the tune of 3 BB's and 28 pitches. It wasn't pretty, but, he got the key bases-loaded pop up to escape the jam. Three Quick Strikes: 1) If you are looking for unorthodox batting stances, take a trip down to watch this current Mudcats offense. We all know of Hedbert Perez and his unorthodox vertically toe-elevated lead foot with his open stance. But, with the arrivals of OF Luis Castillo and INF Eric Brown Jr., we've taken the 'whatever makes you comfortable' mantra to new heights. If I attempted Castillo's bat maneuvering I would most likely break my wrist. As the Delmarva announcer said: "Castillo is a walking espresso!" It isn't just the bat flip - from one side of his head over to the next (violently) - but, he's also bouncing on the balls of his feet. It's the variety batting pack down in Zebulon. 2) Speaking of Delmarva's nine-game home losing streak, the seventh inning fielding display showed us all we needed to see to understand what might be aiding this Shorebirds' streak of losing play. A routine infield pop-up with not a single infielder to stake their claim fell to the grass gifting catcher Jose Sibrian first base. Then, with men on first and second and two down, struggling (mightily) Shorebirds short stop Frederick Bencosme back-pedaled and completely missed the catch allowing both Mudcats' runners to cross the dish. A 5-4 lead vanished as the Mudcats took the lead 6-5. Adding insult to injury, just after Brown Jr. slid under the catcher's tag, the right field lights literally went out. Sheeeesh. Tough sledding in Delmarva. 3) Speaking of Brown Jr., his batting stance may be un-orthodox but it is very very much in control and reproduced with absolute ease and consistency - a stance he has been fine-tuning for literally years. After fighting off an inside pitch early for a looping single, he hit this bomb over the wall in left field: His next at-bat, with calm and collected poise and recognizing the Shorebirds were avoiding his bat, Brown Jr. took the lead-taking walk...when he also hustled from first base and slid home after the aforementioned biffed pop-up to shallow shallow left field. This young man has already caught my eye making several winning plays. This doesn't even get into the quick twitch reaction and speed I saw from switch-hitting second baseman (tonight) Robert Moore who made several eye-popping plays early while also hitting a double down the left field line. This will be a duo we'll continue to watch. ACL Reds 10 , ACL Brewers Gold 1 Box Score / Game Log 2022 Brewers 6th round draft pick, RHP Tyler Woessner (Central Arizona JC) was pitching in a familiar state and familiar weather and came out dealing. In his first ACL work for the Brewers, the young hurler tossed an opening inning shutout: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K, We can work with that! The game was actually 1-1 heading into the 4th inning and, well, it pretty much fell apart after that. Manager, and beloved short-stint Nashville Sounds first base coach, David Tufo, was tossed in the fifth inning. We can only wonder what that was all about. I'll leave it to you to consult the box score and game log. ACL Cubs 3, ACL Brewers Blue 2 Box Score / Game Log UDFA signing, Logan Adams, took the hill tonight for his first Brewers ACL action and opened with a 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 R opening inning. A fine piece of work for the 22-year-old 6'6" hurler. On the other hand, RHP Quinton Low gave up his first run in 10 IP and I shed a tear for the sudden loss of perfection. It was a good run, young man and we thank you for keeping the thrill alive. Continuing his rehab assignment, 1B/DH Ernesto Martinez continued swinging a good bat - wonderful to see! He finished his evening 2-for-4 with both ACL Blue RBI. Unfortunately, the Cubs plated a run in the seventh and, as they say, that's all she wrote. DSL Texas Blue 6, DSL Brewers #1 2 Box Score / Game Log The DSL Brewers 1 struck first in this contest leading 1-0 after their half of the third inning. After a fielding error put OF Deylan Gomez aboard, Johnny Severino responded with his 11th double of his season and there were runners on 2nd and 3rd base. A wild pitch plated Gomez and it was 1-0. The runs stopped there, however, as OF Duncan Garcia struck out on four pitches ending any further threat. Unfortunately for the Brewers 1, it was mostly Texas Blue skies from there as they plated three runs in each of the 4th and 6th innings with only two of the runs earned. Ouch. An opening walk to INF Gery Holguin (manning short stop today as Severino was back at third base) led to a run after a wild pitch and two ground outs making the score 6-2 Texas Blue. The game ended shortly thereafter as 1B Richard Rojas struck out on three pitches - his fourth strikeout in an 0-for-4 day. DSL Brewers #2 7, DSL Baltimore Orange 2 Box Score / Game Log This game had the look of a strikeout bonanza with six punch outs across both frames of the first inning. After the Brewers 2 and Baltimore Orange exchanged single runs in the bottom of the second and the top of the fourth innings, respectively, the Brewers 2 broke things open in the bottom-half of the same fourth frame. After a couple of singles and a couple of Baltimore errors, the key hit appears to be INF Juan Baez's double (his 9th of the season) plating two runs and increasing the Brewers 2 lead to 5-1. Baez later walked and stole second base (his 13th steal of the summer) and took third base after a catcher throwing error. As I alluded to yesterday: Baez is really making a case for himself in the 2022 DSL and today certainly drove that point home. RHP Anfernny Reyes completed 4 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 ER. Once again closing the back end in fine fashion was the one-two punch of lefty Jose Meneses and righty Nelson Cuevas - they appear to be the classic set-up to closer combo for the DSL Brewers 2. All told, the duo went 3 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 R (0 ER), 3 K to finish the game handing the Brewers 2 (and Meneses) another victory. Also of note, catcher Eric Martinez continued his red hot summer going 3-for-4 on the day and improving his output to a 0.295 BA / 0.845 OPS in 88 AB's. We'll look past Martinez's catcher interference and pick-off errors - his first two errors of his season. A casual reminder that the ACL does not play Wednesdays. However, both DSL affiliates take the field as the full-season teams continue their respective series. RHP Justin Jarvis will look to reclaim his dominant stuff after his last abbreviated outing while RHP TJ Shook will look to build off his 10 K outing his past time on the mound. As always, thanks for reading. 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  8. With Eric Brown Jr. and Robert Moore atop the Mudcats batting order and Jeferson Quero in Wisconsin, it was a new look line-up for Carolina as they took on the Delmarva Shorebirds. Wisconsin nearly completed an epic comeback while Biloxi couldn't hold a narrow comeback lead as Nick Bennett struggled with the long ball. Nashville was rained out and all our ACL and DSL teams took to the diamond. Let's get into the reports! Transactions: 2022 3rd round pick INF Dylan Rae was assigned to the ACL Brewers Gold RHP Rosmel Reyes was transferred to the 60-Day IL from the 7-Day IL by the ACL Brewers Blue RHP Edrian Robinson was transferred to the ACL Brewers Blue full season injured list from the 60-day injured list 2022 6th round pick, RHP Tyler Woessner was assigned to ACL Brewers Gold 2022 UDFA RHP Logan Adams was assigned to the ACL Brewers Blue C Jason Ollarve was assigned to the ACL Brewers Blue from the ACL Brewers Gold And, let us quickly recognize and honor the Brewers July Minor League 'Hitters of the Month' - OF Jace Avina and INF/OF Brice Turang: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes: GAME POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER RHP Tyler Herb aimed to take to the mound for his ninth start in Nashville and his 13th appearance overall for the Sounds. For the Stripers, sixth ranked Braves prospect and 2020 first round pick, 24-year-old lefty Jared Shuster was in line for his third Triple-A start since his promotion from Double-A Mississippi looking to make his mark. Mother Nature saw these intentions and said quite tersely: "No soup for you!". The rescheduled game will be part of a double header this Thursday, August 11th. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Rocket City (Angels) 5, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please visit and review: Homers Power Pandas Past Shuckers - Biloxi Ties Franchise Record with 18 Combined Strikeouts LHP Nick Bennett reels you in but he just can't quite fully make the catch yet, it would appear. In an up and down 2022, with quite a bit more good of late, Bennett was incapable of holding the 4-2 lead given to him by the Shuckers comeback bats. It was 5-4 Rocket City after he escaped a brief jam in the fifth inning. Homers caused four of the five runs of damage tonight. All told, Bennett did manage to pitch 5 complete: 5 IP, 8 H, 1 BB, 8 K, and 3 HR. Let's hope for fewer long balls his next time on the mound. Three Quick Strikes: 1) Having scuffled a bit of late, it was a sight for sore eyes to see RHP Zach Vennarro pitch so efficiently and effectively in the eighth inning keeping the game at a manageable 4-5 deficit. Two strike outs and a fly out to get out of the inning unscathed is just the type of work manager Mike Guerrero is looking for from his former Closer. Vennarro is down but certainly not out - control has been his biggest ailment of late. Let's hope for more of this in the days and weeks ahead. The 2) Welcome to Double-A, Garrett Whitely ! After an inconsistent start (albeit in an extremely small sample size), in the games I've seen, Whitely had certainly strutted the speed that made him a high draft choice many years ago, but was looking for more meaningful contact. Tonight it was his veteran bat (2-for-4, 1 R, 3 RBI) doing the talking: 3) Can we talk about the struggles of 2022 INF Gabe Holt ? It's been a proverbial 'one of those' types of seasons for the young man. He just can't seem to get anything going at the plate and that struggle certainly continued tonight: 0-for-3, 1K. His season batting average is now sitting at 0.205. We know the batting average is often misleading but when taken in context with a 0.507 OPS...it tells a more complete story. The struggle is quite real. I hope he can turn it around and start making better contact and/or getting on base. We're rooting for you, young man. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: South Bend (Cubs) 8, Wisconsin 7 Box Score/Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please visit and review: Wisconsin Falls Short After Dramatic Comeback - Rattlers Rally from 7-0 Down to Tie South Bend, but Cubs Win 8-7 in Ten Innings Home Series Media Nuggets: Post-Game Podcast Here (Be Advised - Sound DOWN to Start) Post-Game You Tube Highlights Package: (Check this Package out for Darrien Miller's game-tying 3-run home run in the 8th inning) RHP Israel Puello had a storybook beginning to his High-A career in Wisconsin. Of late, however, Puello has scuffled and struggled quite a bit and tonight was no different. This being said, other than doing the current T-Rats thing of surrendering first-inning runs (a two-run homer tonight) the third run was simply a heck of a swing and a heck of a hit over the wall in right field; the pitch was down and tailing in. There's nothing you can do about that. But, let's call it like it is: the fifth inning definitely got away from the Puello. Three Quick Strikes: 1) Trailing 7-0 in the fifth inning and facing a no-hit affair, DH Darrien Miller got things going with a single that snuck past a diving second baseman into right field. Joe Gray Jr. definitely aided that ball as his slight hesitation and hold-up clearly confused the second baseman. However, it was OF Arbert Cipion who will get the detailed kudos here. After being fooled on several off-speed breaking balls, he worked the count full by barely fouling off a change-up. On the 3-2 pitch, he took a fastball middle and away right where the patient swing would take it: into the gap in right-center field for his fourth triple and his fourth XBH in four games. You love to see Cipion get further acclimated. He is definitely easy to root for with his affable and positive personality. Take a quick look: 2) Since a red hot beginning to his High-A career and after many a worthy accolade received, OF Jackson Chourio had cooled off as of late. Over his last four outings, Chourio was 1-for-15 with 1 R, 1 2B, 6 K, 1 BB. Well, just go ahead and scratch that. 3-for-17 with 2 doubles and a key SB. As I wrote this, Chourio roped his fourth double and then scored on an ensuing Zavier Warren two-base knock. His ninth inning single (a pro's pro piece of hitting) then gave the T-Rats a real chance at stealing a win. Sometimes the reverse jinx needs to be started and then finished. Speaking of Warren, coming off an unbelievably hot week he continued going - 2-for-5 tonight with his 26th double. What a run for Warren! 3) One of the things the T-Rats will most likely struggle with since Tristan Peters ' promotion and then organizational departure is filling the lead-off position in their line-up. Looking up-and-down their roster, I struggle to find a single player to fill that important position. For my money, tonight simply demonstrated what we already saw in Carolina: INF Eduardo Garcia isn't a lead-off hitter. He strikes out entirely too much and isn't really an on-base type of player at this point in his career (0-for-5, 4 K on the evening). My meaningless two cents would offer: If INF's Zach Raabe or Jadher Areinamo aren't headed up to Wisconsin, they might just have to throw Chourio into the lead-off spot. Carolina Pre-Game Notes Final: Carolina 7, Delmarva (Orioles) 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please visit and review: Brown and Sibrian Homer as Mudcats Take Opener 7-5 - Jose Sibrian Homered in the Ninth and Eric Brown Jr. Hit His First Professional Home Run as Carolina Won its Third Straight The Delmarva Shorebirds came into tonight's contest with the Mudcats losers of six straight and losers of nine straight at home. The Mudcats hoped to keep that trend going but fell into a three-run hole early. All told, despite the two-run home run early, RHP Jeferson Figueroa managed to complete 5 IP, 5 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 7K. Not the best of outings and certainly not the worst - Figueroa kept his team in the game, all things considered. RHP Michele Vassalotti came on relief in the sixth inning with aims of keeping the contest close. He did manage to do so, but he also struggled to the tune of 3 BB's and 28 pitches. It wasn't pretty, but, he got the key bases-loaded pop up to escape the jam. Three Quick Strikes: 1) If you are looking for unorthodox batting stances, take a trip down to watch this current Mudcats offense. We all know of Hedbert Perez and his unorthodox vertically toe-elevated lead foot with his open stance. But, with the arrivals of OF Luis Castillo and INF Eric Brown Jr., we've taken the 'whatever makes you comfortable' mantra to new heights. If I attempted Castillo's bat maneuvering I would most likely break my wrist. As the Delmarva announcer said: "Castillo is a walking espresso!" It isn't just the bat flip - from one side of his head over to the next (violently) - but, he's also bouncing on the balls of his feet. It's the variety batting pack down in Zebulon. 2) Speaking of Delmarva's nine-game home losing streak, the seventh inning fielding display showed us all we needed to see to understand what might be aiding this Shorebirds' streak of losing play. A routine infield pop-up with not a single infielder to stake their claim fell to the grass gifting catcher Jose Sibrian first base. Then, with men on first and second and two down, struggling (mightily) Shorebirds short stop Frederick Bencosme back-pedaled and completely missed the catch allowing both Mudcats' runners to cross the dish. A 5-4 lead vanished as the Mudcats took the lead 6-5. Adding insult to injury, just after Brown Jr. slid under the catcher's tag, the right field lights literally went out. Sheeeesh. Tough sledding in Delmarva. 3) Speaking of Brown Jr., his batting stance may be un-orthodox but it is very very much in control and reproduced with absolute ease and consistency - a stance he has been fine-tuning for literally years. After fighting off an inside pitch early for a looping single, he hit this bomb over the wall in left field: His next at-bat, with calm and collected poise and recognizing the Shorebirds were avoiding his bat, Brown Jr. took the lead-taking walk...when he also hustled from first base and slid home after the aforementioned biffed pop-up to shallow shallow left field. This young man has already caught my eye making several winning plays. This doesn't even get into the quick twitch reaction and speed I saw from switch-hitting second baseman (tonight) Robert Moore who made several eye-popping plays early while also hitting a double down the left field line. This will be a duo we'll continue to watch. ACL Reds 10 , ACL Brewers Gold 1 Box Score / Game Log 2022 Brewers 6th round draft pick, RHP Tyler Woessner (Central Arizona JC) was pitching in a familiar state and familiar weather and came out dealing. In his first ACL work for the Brewers, the young hurler tossed an opening inning shutout: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K, We can work with that! The game was actually 1-1 heading into the 4th inning and, well, it pretty much fell apart after that. Manager, and beloved short-stint Nashville Sounds first base coach, David Tufo, was tossed in the fifth inning. We can only wonder what that was all about. I'll leave it to you to consult the box score and game log. ACL Cubs 3, ACL Brewers Blue 2 Box Score / Game Log UDFA signing, Logan Adams, took the hill tonight for his first Brewers ACL action and opened with a 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 R opening inning. A fine piece of work for the 22-year-old 6'6" hurler. On the other hand, RHP Quinton Low gave up his first run in 10 IP and I shed a tear for the sudden loss of perfection. It was a good run, young man and we thank you for keeping the thrill alive. Continuing his rehab assignment, 1B/DH Ernesto Martinez continued swinging a good bat - wonderful to see! He finished his evening 2-for-4 with both ACL Blue RBI. Unfortunately, the Cubs plated a run in the seventh and, as they say, that's all she wrote. DSL Texas Blue 6, DSL Brewers #1 2 Box Score / Game Log The DSL Brewers 1 struck first in this contest leading 1-0 after their half of the third inning. After a fielding error put OF Deylan Gomez aboard, Johnny Severino responded with his 11th double of his season and there were runners on 2nd and 3rd base. A wild pitch plated Gomez and it was 1-0. The runs stopped there, however, as OF Duncan Garcia struck out on four pitches ending any further threat. Unfortunately for the Brewers 1, it was mostly Texas Blue skies from there as they plated three runs in each of the 4th and 6th innings with only two of the runs earned. Ouch. An opening walk to INF Gery Holguin (manning short stop today as Severino was back at third base) led to a run after a wild pitch and two ground outs making the score 6-2 Texas Blue. The game ended shortly thereafter as 1B Richard Rojas struck out on three pitches - his fourth strikeout in an 0-for-4 day. DSL Brewers #2 7, DSL Baltimore Orange 2 Box Score / Game Log This game had the look of a strikeout bonanza with six punch outs across both frames of the first inning. After the Brewers 2 and Baltimore Orange exchanged single runs in the bottom of the second and the top of the fourth innings, respectively, the Brewers 2 broke things open in the bottom-half of the same fourth frame. After a couple of singles and a couple of Baltimore errors, the key hit appears to be INF Juan Baez's double (his 9th of the season) plating two runs and increasing the Brewers 2 lead to 5-1. Baez later walked and stole second base (his 13th steal of the summer) and took third base after a catcher throwing error. As I alluded to yesterday: Baez is really making a case for himself in the 2022 DSL and today certainly drove that point home. RHP Anfernny Reyes completed 4 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 ER. Once again closing the back end in fine fashion was the one-two punch of lefty Jose Meneses and righty Nelson Cuevas - they appear to be the classic set-up to closer combo for the DSL Brewers 2. All told, the duo went 3 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 R (0 ER), 3 K to finish the game handing the Brewers 2 (and Meneses) another victory. Also of note, catcher Eric Martinez continued his red hot summer going 3-for-4 on the day and improving his output to a 0.295 BA / 0.845 OPS in 88 AB's. We'll look past Martinez's catcher interference and pick-off errors - his first two errors of his season. A casual reminder that the ACL does not play Wednesdays. However, both DSL affiliates take the field as the full-season teams continue their respective series. RHP Justin Jarvis will look to reclaim his dominant stuff after his last abbreviated outing while RHP TJ Shook will look to build off his 10 K outing his past time on the mound. As always, thanks for reading. 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