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  1. Transactions: OF Ramon Moreno was activated off the Restricted List by the DSL Brewers 1 RHP Justin Topa was recalled by the Milwaukee Brewers Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Memphis (Cardinals) 8, Nashville 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Clipped in Regular Season Finale - Team Finishes the Regular Season with 91 Wins It's not often you see an opposing team pad a lead at Horizon Park with RHP Trevor Kelley on the mound. That's just what happened in the top of the ninth inning when he surrendered an unlikely three-run jack to Redbirds catcher, Ivan Herrera. Even though the loss was unfortunate, let us celebrate another Sounds milestone: with Patrick Dorrian's second homer in the fourth frame, the Sounds plated their 807th run of their season surpassing their organizational record of 806 runs in 1999. A new century. And, new feats aplenty in 2022. What a season. I feel absolutely privileged to have watched so many games from this incredible team. And, let's not forget, even though Dorrian smashed two...INF Brice Turang hit another long ball as well (his 13th of his season - 9 of which came after the All Star break...sky is the limit): Three Quick Strikes: 1) We've discovered INF Patrick Dorrian has become a serious Sounds weapon on the road since the All-Star break. But, two long balls at home in the same game? Well, hey now! The Brewers might seriously have something here and it is yet another impactful pick-up in a season filled with them. Let's take a look at his homer in the bottom of the fourth inning as called by RHP's Caleb Boushley and Josh Lindblom. Yes, that's right. Listen in: 2) The Sounds finished their regular season home record with a grand total of (checks Schedule) a 48-27 record. I'm fairly certain that leads all the Minor Leagues (checks the Sounds press release above, confirmed!). What is perhaps more surprising is the massive improvement we witnessed on the road in the second half of the regular season. If you want to consider the meaning behind their best record in all of Triple-A, look at what they did just before the All Star Break on the road and during the entire second half: a 5-1 series win over the Clippers in Columbus, a 4-2 series win at Norfolk, a 4-2 series win at Jacksonville, a 4-2 series win at Durham, and a 4-2 series win at Louisville. That's just incredible output that ultimately paid their way to Las Vegas. 3) Let's finish with OF Sal Frelick. It truly is difficult to fathom what we've seen from this young stud since he started making waves in Biloxi. The 2022 season, as a whole, is simply awe-inspiring. The growth curve we are witnessing defies logic and expectations. We have seen the in-season evolution of a true lead-off prospect the likes of which we have most likely never seen in a Milwaukee Brewers uniform. This isn't hyperbole. His contact tool is simply off the charts. He hits lefties. He hits righties. He simply gets on base - to the tune of 41 games straight and counting. The only rationale I can gather concerning his lack of promotion to the MLB roster is the Brewers absolutely know what they have here and they want every single day of team control to manifest itself in full seasons of service time. They must not want to sprinkle in random days and weeks here in any way shape or form. It's truly the only thing that makes any bit of sense. Let us end with a mere share of what we've seen in this 41-game on-base streak ():0.364 BA (60-for-165), 9 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 36 R, 23 RBI. Do you think this might be of benefit to a certain club woefully trying to make the MLB playoffs? Well, folks, this is my last Minor League Report of 2022. It has been an absolute pleasure offering my observations and thoughts during a Brewers Minor League season filled with such a bounty of intrigue. We saw players take giant leaps in their development, we saw new draft picks grab their footholds, and now we get to support our Nashville Sounds as they look to take the Triple-A crown this weekend in Las Vegas. As always, thanks for reading and thank you for supporting these young men as they chase their dreams. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  2. It wasn't the result the Sounds wanted to end their regular season, but, honestly, who cares? The Sounds avoided any major injuries and they already had the number one seed wrapped up. Now, it's on to the playoffs Saturday night in Vegas. LHP Robert Gasser avoided his recent walk issues but apparently, he hit a bit too much of the plate in what was most likely his final outing of his 2022 season - 5 IP, 10 H, 1 HR, 5 ER, 6 K. The Sounds ultimately fell 8-4 closing their regular season with a loss. Image courtesy of Brewer Fanatic Transactions: OF Ramon Moreno was activated off the Restricted List by the DSL Brewers 1 RHP Justin Topa was recalled by the Milwaukee Brewers Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Memphis (Cardinals) 8, Nashville 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Clipped in Regular Season Finale - Team Finishes the Regular Season with 91 Wins It's not often you see an opposing team pad a lead at Horizon Park with RHP Trevor Kelley on the mound. That's just what happened in the top of the ninth inning when he surrendered an unlikely three-run jack to Redbirds catcher, Ivan Herrera. Even though the loss was unfortunate, let us celebrate another Sounds milestone: with Patrick Dorrian's second homer in the fourth frame, the Sounds plated their 807th run of their season surpassing their organizational record of 806 runs in 1999. A new century. And, new feats aplenty in 2022. What a season. I feel absolutely privileged to have watched so many games from this incredible team. And, let's not forget, even though Dorrian smashed two...INF Brice Turang hit another long ball as well (his 13th of his season - 9 of which came after the All Star break...sky is the limit): Three Quick Strikes: 1) We've discovered INF Patrick Dorrian has become a serious Sounds weapon on the road since the All-Star break. But, two long balls at home in the same game? Well, hey now! The Brewers might seriously have something here and it is yet another impactful pick-up in a season filled with them. Let's take a look at his homer in the bottom of the fourth inning as called by RHP's Caleb Boushley and Josh Lindblom. Yes, that's right. Listen in: 2) The Sounds finished their regular season home record with a grand total of (checks Schedule) a 48-27 record. I'm fairly certain that leads all the Minor Leagues (checks the Sounds press release above, confirmed!). What is perhaps more surprising is the massive improvement we witnessed on the road in the second half of the regular season. If you want to consider the meaning behind their best record in all of Triple-A, look at what they did just before the All Star Break on the road and during the entire second half: a 5-1 series win over the Clippers in Columbus, a 4-2 series win at Norfolk, a 4-2 series win at Jacksonville, a 4-2 series win at Durham, and a 4-2 series win at Louisville. That's just incredible output that ultimately paid their way to Las Vegas. 3) Let's finish with OF Sal Frelick. It truly is difficult to fathom what we've seen from this young stud since he started making waves in Biloxi. The 2022 season, as a whole, is simply awe-inspiring. The growth curve we are witnessing defies logic and expectations. We have seen the in-season evolution of a true lead-off prospect the likes of which we have most likely never seen in a Milwaukee Brewers uniform. This isn't hyperbole. His contact tool is simply off the charts. He hits lefties. He hits righties. He simply gets on base - to the tune of 41 games straight and counting. The only rationale I can gather concerning his lack of promotion to the MLB roster is the Brewers absolutely know what they have here and they want every single day of team control to manifest itself in full seasons of service time. They must not want to sprinkle in random days and weeks here in any way shape or form. It's truly the only thing that makes any bit of sense. Let us end with a mere share of what we've seen in this 41-game on-base streak ():0.364 BA (60-for-165), 9 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 36 R, 23 RBI. Do you think this might be of benefit to a certain club woefully trying to make the MLB playoffs? Well, folks, this is my last Minor League Report of 2022. It has been an absolute pleasure offering my observations and thoughts during a Brewers Minor League season filled with such a bounty of intrigue. We saw players take giant leaps in their development, we saw new draft picks grab their footholds, and now we get to support our Nashville Sounds as they look to take the Triple-A crown this weekend in Las Vegas. As always, thanks for reading and thank you for supporting these young men as they chase their dreams. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  3. Trevor Kelley has appeared in 18 games for Milwaukee this year, but hasn’t brought the minor league results with him. Owning a 1.78 ERA at Triple-A Nashville, Kelley has been roughed up to the tune of a 6.08 ERA in 23 2/3 innings for the Brewers. Allowing next to no homers on the farm, the longball has been his bugaboo at the Major League level. Jake Cousins has appeared in just eight games for Milwaukee this season after returning from injury. Across eight innings he’s allowed eight hits and four runs with a 13/5 K/BB. The strikeout numbers for Cousins have always been massive, but the walks have often put him in a position to get burned. When Cousins appears in a game for Milwaukee, it will be his first appearance in the Majors since April 30.
  4. The Milwaukee Brewers have remained largely static for the past week or so with regards to their 28-man big league roster. On Monday however, the club recalled Jake Cousins while sending Trevor Kelley to Triple-A Nashville. Image courtesy of © Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports Trevor Kelley has appeared in 18 games for Milwaukee this year, but hasn’t brought the minor league results with him. Owning a 1.78 ERA at Triple-A Nashville, Kelley has been roughed up to the tune of a 6.08 ERA in 23 2/3 innings for the Brewers. Allowing next to no homers on the farm, the longball has been his bugaboo at the Major League level. Jake Cousins has appeared in just eight games for Milwaukee this season after returning from injury. Across eight innings he’s allowed eight hits and four runs with a 13/5 K/BB. The strikeout numbers for Cousins have always been massive, but the walks have often put him in a position to get burned. When Cousins appears in a game for Milwaukee, it will be his first appearance in the Majors since April 30. View full article
  5. Most notably here is the return of starting pitcher Adrian Houser. Houser has made 15 starts for Milwaukee this season and owns a 5.15 ERA. His 4.23 FIP paints a much prettier picture however, and he’s been a mainstay on the active roster for years. Houser returns to a 7.0 K/9 this season. His trouble has been more regarding base hits (10.0 H/9) rather than giving up too many longballs (0.9 HR/9). Jake Cousins has thrown just eight innings in the majors this year, and last pitched for Milwaukee on April 30. He’ll look to make his way back into the big-league bullpen as soon as he’s completely ready to go. Trevor Kelley has thrown 21 innings for the Brewers and owns a 6.00 ERA. He’s still looking for a way to translate the 2.00 ERA across 27 Triple-A innings to the majors. Kelley has struck out 12.0 per nine with Nashville, but has allowed a whopping seven homers in his time at the Major League level. J.C. Mejia was recently designated for assignment but stays in the organization accepting an outright to Nashville.
  6. Prior to Wednesday’s game the Milwaukee Brewers made a handful of pitching moves. Jake Cousins was activated from the 60-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Nashville. Trevor Kelley joined him there, and J.C. Mejia cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A. Taking a spot on the active roster, Adrian Houser was activated from the injured list. Most notably here is the return of starting pitcher Adrian Houser. Houser has made 15 starts for Milwaukee this season and owns a 5.15 ERA. His 4.23 FIP paints a much prettier picture however, and he’s been a mainstay on the active roster for years. Houser returns to a 7.0 K/9 this season. His trouble has been more regarding base hits (10.0 H/9) rather than giving up too many longballs (0.9 HR/9). Jake Cousins has thrown just eight innings in the majors this year, and last pitched for Milwaukee on April 30. He’ll look to make his way back into the big-league bullpen as soon as he’s completely ready to go. Trevor Kelley has thrown 21 innings for the Brewers and owns a 6.00 ERA. He’s still looking for a way to translate the 2.00 ERA across 27 Triple-A innings to the majors. Kelley has struck out 12.0 per nine with Nashville, but has allowed a whopping seven homers in his time at the Major League level. J.C. Mejia was recently designated for assignment but stays in the organization accepting an outright to Nashville. View full article
  7. Transactions: RHP Peter Strzelecki recalled to MLB Brewers from AAA Nashville (replacing injured RHP Trevor Gott) RHP Justin Topa reinstated from 60-day injured list and optioned to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers RHP Jonathan Beymer (undrafted free agent from Campbell University) assigned to ACL Brewers Blue RHP Patricio Aquino placed on ACL Brewers Gold's 60-day injured list Aquino last pitched on July 29th. The 19-year-old Dominican native is in his 2nd pro season, first stateside. In eight 2022 appearances (seven starts) covering 34.1 innings, Aquino has struck out 49, walked 16 and plunked five. Twice this season, he's pitched six scoreless innings, netting highlight videos from the Player Development Team: Final: Gwinnett (Braves) 7, Nashville 6, ten innings Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Comeback Bid Falls Short in Thriller - Nashville falls to 5-4 in extra-inning games Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log The Sounds, actually all the affiliates for that matter, make it difficult for us to highlight perspectives on the game outside of the fantastic write-ups they put together, even with such a classic affair like this contest. To appreciate how this game went down, a read of the summary is a must. Jake Cousins began his 30-day maximum rehab on July 26th. So, less than two weeks remain before the Brewers need to activate Cousins, who has looked strong thus far. Cousins could be called up or be optioned to Nashville. Either way, a 40-man roster spot would need to be opened up when he comes off the 60-day IL. There are four catchers on the Sounds roster, it was 40-man roster backstop Jakson Reetz who saw the action in this one. This is while Mario Feliciano is needed on the big-league roster in Omar Narvaez' absence. The Crew is carrying five catchers on their 40-man roster currently. Both managers were ejected in this game, with the Sounds' Rick Sweet booted while contesting an HBP of the opponent's foot by Cousins in the 9th. I went back and checked the video, Sweet was given a long leash - he was miffed that initially the home plate umpire indicated it was not an HBP but when the umpire crew got together, they decided it was. I thought it got the batter. But you have to envision Sweetie and his glorious moustache wearing the Margaritaville jersey (auction is wrapping up soon here). There are multiple very worthwhile video clips on the Nashville Twitter Media Feed this AM. Don't blink or you'll miss the flash speed of both Garrett Mitchell and Esteury Ruiz. We'll pick this one clip to duplicate here. Do the Brewers extend a 40-man roster spot to Lucas Erceg this fall to prevent him from leaving via minor league free agency? Final: Biloxi 3, Rocket City (Angels) 1 Castañeda Hurls Six Quality Innings as Shuckers Top Pandas 3-1 - Dillard Homers, Draws League-Leading 70th Walk Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Dillard's .364 OBP this season is close to his pro career mark of .370. His splits vs LHP/RHP are not significant, seems he'd be better off in terms of a big-league projection if they were and he was absolutely mashing righties, but that's not the case. For him to carve out a Daniel Vogelbach-type path - remember, Dillard's only a first baseman now, he'll need a standout skill. Tristen Lutz came out of the game after grounding out in the 7th. I went back and watched the MiLB.TV archive, it wasn't the type of grounder where Lutz had to go all-out, and it didn't appear he was favoring anything at the end of the play. Closer Cam Robinson is going to be a very interesting name when it comes to Rule 5 protection this fall. Final: Wisconsin 5, South Bend (Cubs) 1 Wisconsin Uses Three Relievers and Hits Three Homers for the Win - García, Acosta, and Chourio go deep while Schanuel, Middendorf, and Baker shut down South Bend Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log That's one thing we may not have realized about Jeferson Quero - oh, we knew he had legs, it was the flow on top . Game is a microcosm - if your team can slug, you can win despite lack of an outstanding hit toolkit otherwise. If you can't slug, good luck even if you are piece-mealing best you can. XBH's certainly the key here. As long as I was in MiLB.TV mode, figured why not make it a trifecta. The next reliever was Ryan Middendorf. He pitched a scoreless fourth and a 1-2-3 fifth. In the sixth, Jordan Nwogu hit a high fly to left-center that was misplayed into a triple. Luis Verdugo knocked in Nwogu with a grounder to short to get South Bend on the scoreboard. At the 02:09:30 hour/minute mark here, Jackson Chourio had a heck of a time in the drizzle-dark sky surrounding what should have been a standard warning track catch and the ball landed a few feet from him. This game should have been a shutout for the Brady Schanuel - Middendorf - Robbie Baker triumvirate. By the way, did you know that Baker surprisingly qualifies for minor league free agency this fall? I hope to put the wraps on my BrewerFanatic article with the details on that qualifying list by this evening, so look for that! Final: Carolina 6, Delmarva (Orioles) 0 Cornielle Totals 10 Ks and Perez Homers in 6-0 Victory - Alexander Cornielle reached double digits in strikeouts while punching out 10 over six scoreless innings Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Twice before within this season, the @BrewersPD Twitter feed had spotlighted Alexander Cornielle, here you'll see. I'm guessing the soon-to-be 21-year-old Dominican native will have a third highlight reel posted this week after this incredibly strong candidate for farmhand pitcher game of the year. No walks (one HBP)! Sorry Hedbert, you still should come back to Carolina for a month or two next spring and show you can dominate in other aspects of your game - we know you can occasionally do this: Six of first-round pick Eric Brown Jr's. ten professional base hits have gone for extra bases - triple and double in this game. Just 1-for-8 (one walk, no K's) in the two games since his return, but how great is it that Hendry Mendez is back after that scary crash landing on July 31st? Final: ACL Brewers Gold 8, ACL Brewers Blue 2, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log The Blue Man Group (now 17-30) was being shut out until rehabbing Timber Rattler first baseman Ernesto Martinez clubbed his 2nd Arizona home run in the final frame, OPS .969 in six games. Guessing there's a good chance he joins up with his T-Rat teammates on Tuesday. 2022 has been rough for 19-year-old third baseman Jheremy Vargas, .579 OPS in 84 Carolina games. Shaking off his recent demotion, 3-for-4 with two doubles for Team Blue in this one. For the 26-20 Golden Boys, six pitchers toed the slab (haven't mixed that phrase in enough this year), with five avoiding any runs against. In typical Jakob Brustoski fashion, his scoreless inning didn't lack for drama: leadoff double, wild pitch, K, K, walk, walk, K. In 27.2 IP between Carolina and Maryvale, the powerful hulking southpaw has fanned 64, walked 44, hit another eight, and thrown 28 wild pitches. I'll let you reattach your brain to your skull before you attempt to re-read that sentence. Nice game for 12th round teenager Luke Adams, 2-for-3, 2 SB, 2 RBI. He also played left field for the first time (3rd base in the few games prior). Final: DSL Nationals 5, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 0, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log In four of the last five Brewers DSL games, Teams #1 and/or #2 have been shutout. Thankfully, Team One was idle Saturday... RHP Daniel Corniel (not to be confused with today's Carolina star Alexander Cornielle) pitched pretty well, SS Demetrio Nadal reached three times, and catcher Eric Martinez (playing first base here) doubled and walked to lift his OPS to .861 on the season. All three mentioned are just 18 years old. On Sunday, Wisconsin plays opposite the big-league Crew, but all the other affiliates have early evening games you can sample after Milwaukee reclaims the NL Central lead. As is the norm, the rookie kids are idle until Monday. As always, thanks for reading! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  8. On Friday, Nashville was victorious while the other Brewers full-season affiliate outposts all took losses. On Saturday, the opposite occurred. Despite the Sounds' defeat, Nashville maintains a slim two-game lead in the standings at 66-43, as the Guardians' Columbus squad has had a similarly strong season. Let's check in on that very competitive AAA game as well as see how all the current one-game winning streaks began! Oh, by the way, you'll read that on three occasions below I refer to consulting MiLB TV archives for play reviews. There is a "move ahead 15 seconds" feature. With the advent of the pitch clock, this feature is truly amazing. You literally bounce from one pitch to the next with a single seamless click. I find it much too remarkable (not to take away from all the fine broadcast work that happens in that industry, especially in the Brewers system). Transactions: RHP Peter Strzelecki recalled to MLB Brewers from AAA Nashville (replacing injured RHP Trevor Gott) RHP Justin Topa reinstated from 60-day injured list and optioned to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers RHP Jonathan Beymer (undrafted free agent from Campbell University) assigned to ACL Brewers Blue RHP Patricio Aquino placed on ACL Brewers Gold's 60-day injured list Aquino last pitched on July 29th. The 19-year-old Dominican native is in his 2nd pro season, first stateside. In eight 2022 appearances (seven starts) covering 34.1 innings, Aquino has struck out 49, walked 16 and plunked five. Twice this season, he's pitched six scoreless innings, netting highlight videos from the Player Development Team: Final: Gwinnett (Braves) 7, Nashville 6, ten innings Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Comeback Bid Falls Short in Thriller - Nashville falls to 5-4 in extra-inning games Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log The Sounds, actually all the affiliates for that matter, make it difficult for us to highlight perspectives on the game outside of the fantastic write-ups they put together, even with such a classic affair like this contest. To appreciate how this game went down, a read of the summary is a must. Jake Cousins began his 30-day maximum rehab on July 26th. So, less than two weeks remain before the Brewers need to activate Cousins, who has looked strong thus far. Cousins could be called up or be optioned to Nashville. Either way, a 40-man roster spot would need to be opened up when he comes off the 60-day IL. There are four catchers on the Sounds roster, it was 40-man roster backstop Jakson Reetz who saw the action in this one. This is while Mario Feliciano is needed on the big-league roster in Omar Narvaez' absence. The Crew is carrying five catchers on their 40-man roster currently. Both managers were ejected in this game, with the Sounds' Rick Sweet booted while contesting an HBP of the opponent's foot by Cousins in the 9th. I went back and checked the video, Sweet was given a long leash - he was miffed that initially the home plate umpire indicated it was not an HBP but when the umpire crew got together, they decided it was. I thought it got the batter. But you have to envision Sweetie and his glorious moustache wearing the Margaritaville jersey (auction is wrapping up soon here). There are multiple very worthwhile video clips on the Nashville Twitter Media Feed this AM. Don't blink or you'll miss the flash speed of both Garrett Mitchell and Esteury Ruiz. We'll pick this one clip to duplicate here. Do the Brewers extend a 40-man roster spot to Lucas Erceg this fall to prevent him from leaving via minor league free agency? Final: Biloxi 3, Rocket City (Angels) 1 Castañeda Hurls Six Quality Innings as Shuckers Top Pandas 3-1 - Dillard Homers, Draws League-Leading 70th Walk Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Dillard's .364 OBP this season is close to his pro career mark of .370. His splits vs LHP/RHP are not significant, seems he'd be better off in terms of a big-league projection if they were and he was absolutely mashing righties, but that's not the case. For him to carve out a Daniel Vogelbach-type path - remember, Dillard's only a first baseman now, he'll need a standout skill. Tristen Lutz came out of the game after grounding out in the 7th. I went back and watched the MiLB.TV archive, it wasn't the type of grounder where Lutz had to go all-out, and it didn't appear he was favoring anything at the end of the play. Closer Cam Robinson is going to be a very interesting name when it comes to Rule 5 protection this fall. Final: Wisconsin 5, South Bend (Cubs) 1 Wisconsin Uses Three Relievers and Hits Three Homers for the Win - García, Acosta, and Chourio go deep while Schanuel, Middendorf, and Baker shut down South Bend Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log That's one thing we may not have realized about Jeferson Quero - oh, we knew he had legs, it was the flow on top . Game is a microcosm - if your team can slug, you can win despite lack of an outstanding hit toolkit otherwise. If you can't slug, good luck even if you are piece-mealing best you can. XBH's certainly the key here. As long as I was in MiLB.TV mode, figured why not make it a trifecta. The next reliever was Ryan Middendorf. He pitched a scoreless fourth and a 1-2-3 fifth. In the sixth, Jordan Nwogu hit a high fly to left-center that was misplayed into a triple. Luis Verdugo knocked in Nwogu with a grounder to short to get South Bend on the scoreboard. At the 02:09:30 hour/minute mark here, Jackson Chourio had a heck of a time in the drizzle-dark sky surrounding what should have been a standard warning track catch and the ball landed a few feet from him. This game should have been a shutout for the Brady Schanuel - Middendorf - Robbie Baker triumvirate. By the way, did you know that Baker surprisingly qualifies for minor league free agency this fall? I hope to put the wraps on my BrewerFanatic article with the details on that qualifying list by this evening, so look for that! Final: Carolina 6, Delmarva (Orioles) 0 Cornielle Totals 10 Ks and Perez Homers in 6-0 Victory - Alexander Cornielle reached double digits in strikeouts while punching out 10 over six scoreless innings Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Twice before within this season, the @BrewersPD Twitter feed had spotlighted Alexander Cornielle, here you'll see. I'm guessing the soon-to-be 21-year-old Dominican native will have a third highlight reel posted this week after this incredibly strong candidate for farmhand pitcher game of the year. No walks (one HBP)! Sorry Hedbert, you still should come back to Carolina for a month or two next spring and show you can dominate in other aspects of your game - we know you can occasionally do this: Six of first-round pick Eric Brown Jr's. ten professional base hits have gone for extra bases - triple and double in this game. Just 1-for-8 (one walk, no K's) in the two games since his return, but how great is it that Hendry Mendez is back after that scary crash landing on July 31st? Final: ACL Brewers Gold 8, ACL Brewers Blue 2, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log The Blue Man Group (now 17-30) was being shut out until rehabbing Timber Rattler first baseman Ernesto Martinez clubbed his 2nd Arizona home run in the final frame, OPS .969 in six games. Guessing there's a good chance he joins up with his T-Rat teammates on Tuesday. 2022 has been rough for 19-year-old third baseman Jheremy Vargas, .579 OPS in 84 Carolina games. Shaking off his recent demotion, 3-for-4 with two doubles for Team Blue in this one. For the 26-20 Golden Boys, six pitchers toed the slab (haven't mixed that phrase in enough this year), with five avoiding any runs against. In typical Jakob Brustoski fashion, his scoreless inning didn't lack for drama: leadoff double, wild pitch, K, K, walk, walk, K. In 27.2 IP between Carolina and Maryvale, the powerful hulking southpaw has fanned 64, walked 44, hit another eight, and thrown 28 wild pitches. I'll let you reattach your brain to your skull before you attempt to re-read that sentence. Nice game for 12th round teenager Luke Adams, 2-for-3, 2 SB, 2 RBI. He also played left field for the first time (3rd base in the few games prior). Final: DSL Nationals 5, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 0, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log In four of the last five Brewers DSL games, Teams #1 and/or #2 have been shutout. Thankfully, Team One was idle Saturday... RHP Daniel Corniel (not to be confused with today's Carolina star Alexander Cornielle) pitched pretty well, SS Demetrio Nadal reached three times, and catcher Eric Martinez (playing first base here) doubled and walked to lift his OPS to .861 on the season. All three mentioned are just 18 years old. On Sunday, Wisconsin plays opposite the big-league Crew, but all the other affiliates have early evening games you can sample after Milwaukee reclaims the NL Central lead. As is the norm, the rookie kids are idle until Monday. As always, thanks for reading! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  9. Jake Cousins hasn’t pitched at the Major League level since April 30. Kirk Cousins hasn’t played for the Minnesota Vikings since January 9. Maybe you could make an argument relating to toughness here as Kirk last played when it was cold out, but the reality is that the cousins have been shelved for a significant amount of time. The Brewers have been searching for pitching help, largely in the rotation but also the bullpen, for much of the 2022 season. Minnesota has not sought to supplant their current signal caller and continue to look at him as the answer for new head coach Kevin O’Connell. Removing the cousin parallels, Jake is nearing a big league return. His rehab assignment has been transferred to Triple-A Nashville, and it comes following a one inning cameo with the Arizona Complex League team. Cousins punched out two while in a hitless appearance across an inning of work. Making his big league debut a season ago, Cousins posted just a 2.70 ERA for Milwaukee in 30 innings. The strikeout numbers were gaudy with a 13.2 K/9. His walk rate is scary at 5.7 BB/9, but he limited the longball and worked around potential damage. With Josh Hader and Devin Williams at the back of the pen, this is certainly an arm Craig Counsell can utilize when healthy.
  10. Maybe the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers hate each other, but the distaste is muted among the Twins and Brewers giving the consistency of competition. Still, Kirk Cousins has a cousin named Jake who pitched in the Milwaukee system and the Brewer reliever is nearing a return. Jake Cousins hasn’t pitched at the Major League level since April 30. Kirk Cousins hasn’t played for the Minnesota Vikings since January 9. Maybe you could make an argument relating to toughness here as Kirk last played when it was cold out, but the reality is that the cousins have been shelved for a significant amount of time. The Brewers have been searching for pitching help, largely in the rotation but also the bullpen, for much of the 2022 season. Minnesota has not sought to supplant their current signal caller and continue to look at him as the answer for new head coach Kevin O’Connell. Removing the cousin parallels, Jake is nearing a big league return. His rehab assignment has been transferred to Triple-A Nashville, and it comes following a one inning cameo with the Arizona Complex League team. Cousins punched out two while in a hitless appearance across an inning of work. Making his big league debut a season ago, Cousins posted just a 2.70 ERA for Milwaukee in 30 innings. The strikeout numbers were gaudy with a 13.2 K/9. His walk rate is scary at 5.7 BB/9, but he limited the longball and worked around potential damage. With Josh Hader and Devin Williams at the back of the pen, this is certainly an arm Craig Counsell can utilize when healthy. View full article
  11. Yesterday Ethan Small made the start for Craig Counsell’s club and turned in just 3 2/3 innings. He allowed three runs on four hits and walked four while punching out three. Twins Byron Buxton led off the game with a solo shot, his 24th of the year, to notch one against Small. Looking to add some pitching depth for today’s game, Peter Strzelecki was brought back up to the big leagues. On the season he has thrown nine innings giving up four runs on nine hits. Strzelecki does have an 11/3 K/BB this season however, and his 2.51 ERA at Triple-A continues to get him looks. Milwaukee has seen plenty of pitching injuries this year, and they’re getting closer to having both Justin Topa and Jake Cousins return to the active roster. Topa has not pitched in 2022 and is currently on the 60-day injured list. His rehab assignment was transferred from the Complex League to Triple-A Nashville. Jake Cousins last pitched in the big leagues on April 30 and has been on the 60-day injured list since. His rehab assignment is just beginning and will take place with the Complex League team.
  12. Following his spot start against the Minnesota Twins yesterday, Milwaukee optioned starter Ethan Small back to Triple-A Nashville. In his place, reliever Peter Strzelecki was recalled. Both Jake Cousins and Justin Topa continued rehab assignments as well. Yesterday Ethan Small made the start for Craig Counsell’s club and turned in just 3 2/3 innings. He allowed three runs on four hits and walked four while punching out three. Twins Byron Buxton led off the game with a solo shot, his 24th of the year, to notch one against Small. Looking to add some pitching depth for today’s game, Peter Strzelecki was brought back up to the big leagues. On the season he has thrown nine innings giving up four runs on nine hits. Strzelecki does have an 11/3 K/BB this season however, and his 2.51 ERA at Triple-A continues to get him looks. Milwaukee has seen plenty of pitching injuries this year, and they’re getting closer to having both Justin Topa and Jake Cousins return to the active roster. Topa has not pitched in 2022 and is currently on the 60-day injured list. His rehab assignment was transferred from the Complex League to Triple-A Nashville. Jake Cousins last pitched in the big leagues on April 30 and has been on the 60-day injured list since. His rehab assignment is just beginning and will take place with the Complex League team. View full article
  13. Making his Major League debut when starting last night for Milwaukee, Jason Alexander posted seven strong innings against the Chicago Cubs. Allowing just three runs (two earned) on seven hits, Alexander stuck out and walked three apiece. With the game tied at three when he departed, Alexander was not in line for his first victory. Ultimately Chicago plated a run in the bottom of the 10th inning to take the victory. Jake Cousins was transferred from the 10-day to 60-day injured list in order to free up a 40-man roster spot for Alexander. Luke Barker, who was recently promoted to the Brewers, was optioned to Triple-A Nashville to make room on the 26-man roster. Alexander threw just 19 2/3 innings across three levels last season, but the 1.37 ERA was strong. Pitching solely at Triple-A Nashville this year, his 2.64 ERA across 47 2/3 innings has been equally impressive. There's not much reason to believe anyone will fill the shoes of Woodruff or Peralta as long as they are out, but Alexander certainly did well to give himself another shot at a second start after a good performance Wednesday. Milwaukee needs healthy bodies on the mound right now, and performing well should keep them afloat until the horses can return.
  14. The Milwaukee Brewers pitching staff has been somewhat of a revolving door of late. With rotation injuries to Freddy Peralta and Brandon Woodruff, then topped by ineffectiveness following an Ethan Small promotion, the Brew Crew has needed plenty of fresh arms. Jason Alexander is the latest to be called upon. Making his Major League debut when starting last night for Milwaukee, Jason Alexander posted seven strong innings against the Chicago Cubs. Allowing just three runs (two earned) on seven hits, Alexander stuck out and walked three apiece. With the game tied at three when he departed, Alexander was not in line for his first victory. Ultimately Chicago plated a run in the bottom of the 10th inning to take the victory. Jake Cousins was transferred from the 10-day to 60-day injured list in order to free up a 40-man roster spot for Alexander. Luke Barker, who was recently promoted to the Brewers, was optioned to Triple-A Nashville to make room on the 26-man roster. Alexander threw just 19 2/3 innings across three levels last season, but the 1.37 ERA was strong. Pitching solely at Triple-A Nashville this year, his 2.64 ERA across 47 2/3 innings has been equally impressive. There's not much reason to believe anyone will fill the shoes of Woodruff or Peralta as long as they are out, but Alexander certainly did well to give himself another shot at a second start after a good performance Wednesday. Milwaukee needs healthy bodies on the mound right now, and performing well should keep them afloat until the horses can return. View full article
  15. The agreed upon roster limitations include a maximum of 13 pitchers on the active roster, with the Brewers currently at 15 - they are using both extra roster spots for pitching staff. Below is a breakdown of the roster, as currently constructed. Any player marked with an asterisk (*) has available options. Rotation Bullpen Infield Outfield Catchers IL Aaron Ashby* Brad Boxberger Keston Hiura* Andrew McCutchen Victor Caratini* Luis Urîas* Corbin Burnes* Jake Cousins* Rowdy Tellez Tyrone Taylor Omar Narvaez* Adrian Houser Trevor Gott Mike Brosseau* Christian Yelich Eric Lauer* Jandel Gustave* Jace Peterson Lorenzo Cain Freddy Peralta* Josh Hader* Kolten Wong Hunter Renfroe* Brandon Woodruff* Hoby Milner* Willy Adames* Brent Suter* José Ureña Devin Williams* Pitching Cuts First things first, which two pitchers will no longer be on the MLB roster? The rotation is set, leaving us the bullpen to cull. Even if they go back to using Ashby out of the bullpen, he isn’t on the shortlist for Nashville. The Brewers could choose to keep all the players that have remaining options, but it would require them to designate another player for assignment (DFA). For now, I don’t see the Brewers moving on from any of the players that would require a DFA, as they’ve earned their keep - for the here and now. That can change quickly. The two players that fall into the safe from DFA category are Trevor Gott and José Ureña. I see three likely candidates to be optioned, two will head to Nashville and the other is sure to be shuttled at some point this year: Jake Cousins, Jandel Gustave, and Hoby Milner. Jake Cousins Cousins is electric, but he suffers because of it. His slider bites so hard that it often ends up at the backstop as a past ball. In 2022 he has worked to a 3.60 ERA over seven innings, allowing five hits, one walk, one hit by pitch, racked up four wild pitches, and accrued seven strike outs. He may get bumped to AAA to get more regular work, where he can pitch in high leverage situations with regularity and get his work in. Even if he is optioned to AAA, expect to see him back at the MLB level this year - he is simply too electric to keep out of the bullpen. Jandel Gustave Gustave has gotten regular work for Counsell this year, racking up 5 2/3 innings in the first 13 games. He has pitched in both a mop-up role as well as with a lead. Gustave throws a sinker that acts as more of a fastball along with a slider with nice shape to it. In his 5 2/3 innings, he has pitched to a 4.76 ERA, allowing five hits (one for a home run), three walks, and four strikeouts. While he is holding his own to a degree, he isn’t lights out and doesn’t feature pitches likely to be highlighted by Pitching Ninja. What we are seeing is what we can expect from him, low-leverage innings chosen for him by Counsell. Gustave is not the type of guy you want to roll into the postseason relying on. Hoby Milner Milner picked up his first decision, a win, this year and is looking sharp. He is a pitch to contact guy with a weird arm slot, which rewards him with weak contact. He has appeared in five games and picked up 4 2/3 innings. In that time, he has posted a 0.00 ERA, allowing three hits, no walks, and three strikeouts. Milner has looked reliable so far this year but maybe loses a little value as he plays a similar role to Brent Suter on the roster. If optioned, he will appear on the MLB roster again later this year. I see Jandel Gustave as the sure bet to head to Nashville, joined by Hoby Milner. Cousins pitched very well in Milwaukee in 2021 and is likely to be rewarded for his contributions. He may benefit from the regular innings, but has a much higher ceiling than Milner. I expect Milner will be the first call up to supplement the bullpen when the need arises. Urías to return from the IL Luis Urías is set to begin his rehab assignment with AA Biloxi on Saturday. With Milwaukee’s offense sputtering with occasional signs of life, getting back the 2021 home run leader can’t come soon enough. With his return, the Crew will have to send one of the bench infielders packing for Nashville as well. This time, the options are Keston Hiura and Mike Brosseau. Jace Peterson feels safe as he is a left-handed hitter and doesn’t have any options left. Keston Hiura Hiura is looking to bounce back after a really rough 2021 campaign, during which he hit .168/.256/.301. This was good for an OPS+ of 49, which means he was 51% worse than your average MLB hitter. Hiura has appeared in seven games in 2022, totaling 17 plate appearances - hardly an exhaustive data set. During those 17 PA, he is hitting .222/.333/.453. On Wednesday he did drive a ball out to deep right field, picking up three RBI and cementing the Brewers win. Keston has limited opportunities to prove his way back into the everyday lineup, blocked by Rowdy Tellez, Kolten Wong, Andrew McCutchen, and Christian Yelich. Part of the trouble is that Hiura has reverse splits, where he bats significantly better against right-handed pitching than he does lefties. The lineup may opt to keep a bench bat with a better platoon advantage. Mike Brosseau Brosseau doesn’t have a shining resume on the year either, sporting a measly .154/.214/.385. He has 14 plate appearances in seven games for 2022, the highlight of which was the home run in Chicago. Brosseau has not appeared in a game for Counsell at all during the Pirates series, although they featured all right-handed starting pitchers. Historically, against southpaws, Brosseau has an OPS+ of 127, making him a valuable piece off the bench or for a spot start against LHP. He is also more versatile and can play any of the infield positions, as opposed to Keston’s limitation of first base, second base, or left field. I think they’ll both get more opportunities before the decision is made, and if either player is hot they’ll stick around. If nothing changes, I do see Hiura heading to AAA for regular at-bats where he can continue his development. Brosseau carries a lot of value in his defensive versatility and is more valuable off the bench against LHP. This is by no means a clear-cut decision, and the coming week may play a major role in the coming decision. One other caveat: should Urías return to the MLB roster prior to May 2, I think Jandel Gustave will be optioned before a decision will have to be made on either Hiura or Brosseau. Milwaukee will want to delay the infield move longer than losing one of their bullpen group. Which relievers do you think will no longer be on the big league roster come May 2? Do you think Hiura or Brosseau get to hang around, for now? Let us know what you think in the comments!
  16. May 2 is fast approaching, with it coming roster decisions for the front office and manager, Craig Counsell. Due to the shortened Spring Training, the MLB Players Association and the owners group agreed to expand rosters to 28 through May 1, then to drop to the originally planned 26-man roster on May 2. Adding to the fun, Luis Urías is set to come back from the IL around the same timeframe. The agreed upon roster limitations include a maximum of 13 pitchers on the active roster, with the Brewers currently at 15 - they are using both extra roster spots for pitching staff. Below is a breakdown of the roster, as currently constructed. Any player marked with an asterisk (*) has available options. Rotation Bullpen Infield Outfield Catchers IL Aaron Ashby* Brad Boxberger Keston Hiura* Andrew McCutchen Victor Caratini* Luis Urîas* Corbin Burnes* Jake Cousins* Rowdy Tellez Tyrone Taylor Omar Narvaez* Adrian Houser Trevor Gott Mike Brosseau* Christian Yelich Eric Lauer* Jandel Gustave* Jace Peterson Lorenzo Cain Freddy Peralta* Josh Hader* Kolten Wong Hunter Renfroe* Brandon Woodruff* Hoby Milner* Willy Adames* Brent Suter* José Ureña Devin Williams* Pitching Cuts First things first, which two pitchers will no longer be on the MLB roster? The rotation is set, leaving us the bullpen to cull. Even if they go back to using Ashby out of the bullpen, he isn’t on the shortlist for Nashville. The Brewers could choose to keep all the players that have remaining options, but it would require them to designate another player for assignment (DFA). For now, I don’t see the Brewers moving on from any of the players that would require a DFA, as they’ve earned their keep - for the here and now. That can change quickly. The two players that fall into the safe from DFA category are Trevor Gott and José Ureña. I see three likely candidates to be optioned, two will head to Nashville and the other is sure to be shuttled at some point this year: Jake Cousins, Jandel Gustave, and Hoby Milner. Jake Cousins Cousins is electric, but he suffers because of it. His slider bites so hard that it often ends up at the backstop as a past ball. In 2022 he has worked to a 3.60 ERA over seven innings, allowing five hits, one walk, one hit by pitch, racked up four wild pitches, and accrued seven strike outs. He may get bumped to AAA to get more regular work, where he can pitch in high leverage situations with regularity and get his work in. Even if he is optioned to AAA, expect to see him back at the MLB level this year - he is simply too electric to keep out of the bullpen. Jandel Gustave Gustave has gotten regular work for Counsell this year, racking up 5 2/3 innings in the first 13 games. He has pitched in both a mop-up role as well as with a lead. Gustave throws a sinker that acts as more of a fastball along with a slider with nice shape to it. In his 5 2/3 innings, he has pitched to a 4.76 ERA, allowing five hits (one for a home run), three walks, and four strikeouts. While he is holding his own to a degree, he isn’t lights out and doesn’t feature pitches likely to be highlighted by Pitching Ninja. What we are seeing is what we can expect from him, low-leverage innings chosen for him by Counsell. Gustave is not the type of guy you want to roll into the postseason relying on. Hoby Milner Milner picked up his first decision, a win, this year and is looking sharp. He is a pitch to contact guy with a weird arm slot, which rewards him with weak contact. He has appeared in five games and picked up 4 2/3 innings. In that time, he has posted a 0.00 ERA, allowing three hits, no walks, and three strikeouts. Milner has looked reliable so far this year but maybe loses a little value as he plays a similar role to Brent Suter on the roster. If optioned, he will appear on the MLB roster again later this year. I see Jandel Gustave as the sure bet to head to Nashville, joined by Hoby Milner. Cousins pitched very well in Milwaukee in 2021 and is likely to be rewarded for his contributions. He may benefit from the regular innings, but has a much higher ceiling than Milner. I expect Milner will be the first call up to supplement the bullpen when the need arises. Urías to return from the IL Luis Urías is set to begin his rehab assignment with AA Biloxi on Saturday. With Milwaukee’s offense sputtering with occasional signs of life, getting back the 2021 home run leader can’t come soon enough. With his return, the Crew will have to send one of the bench infielders packing for Nashville as well. This time, the options are Keston Hiura and Mike Brosseau. Jace Peterson feels safe as he is a left-handed hitter and doesn’t have any options left. Keston Hiura Hiura is looking to bounce back after a really rough 2021 campaign, during which he hit .168/.256/.301. This was good for an OPS+ of 49, which means he was 51% worse than your average MLB hitter. Hiura has appeared in seven games in 2022, totaling 17 plate appearances - hardly an exhaustive data set. During those 17 PA, he is hitting .222/.333/.453. On Wednesday he did drive a ball out to deep right field, picking up three RBI and cementing the Brewers win. Keston has limited opportunities to prove his way back into the everyday lineup, blocked by Rowdy Tellez, Kolten Wong, Andrew McCutchen, and Christian Yelich. Part of the trouble is that Hiura has reverse splits, where he bats significantly better against right-handed pitching than he does lefties. The lineup may opt to keep a bench bat with a better platoon advantage. Mike Brosseau Brosseau doesn’t have a shining resume on the year either, sporting a measly .154/.214/.385. He has 14 plate appearances in seven games for 2022, the highlight of which was the home run in Chicago. Brosseau has not appeared in a game for Counsell at all during the Pirates series, although they featured all right-handed starting pitchers. Historically, against southpaws, Brosseau has an OPS+ of 127, making him a valuable piece off the bench or for a spot start against LHP. He is also more versatile and can play any of the infield positions, as opposed to Keston’s limitation of first base, second base, or left field. I think they’ll both get more opportunities before the decision is made, and if either player is hot they’ll stick around. If nothing changes, I do see Hiura heading to AAA for regular at-bats where he can continue his development. Brosseau carries a lot of value in his defensive versatility and is more valuable off the bench against LHP. This is by no means a clear-cut decision, and the coming week may play a major role in the coming decision. One other caveat: should Urías return to the MLB roster prior to May 2, I think Jandel Gustave will be optioned before a decision will have to be made on either Hiura or Brosseau. Milwaukee will want to delay the infield move longer than losing one of their bullpen group. Which relievers do you think will no longer be on the big league roster come May 2? Do you think Hiura or Brosseau get to hang around, for now? Let us know what you think in the comments! View full article
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