Jump to content
Brewer Fanatic

Search the Community

Showing results for tags 'joey wiemer'.

  • Search By Tags

    Type tags separated by commas.
  • Search By Author

Content Type


Forums

  • Baseball Forums
    • Milwaukee Brewers Talk
    • Brewers Minor League Talk
    • Brewer Fanatic Front Page News
    • Transaction Rumors & Proposals
    • MLB Draft & International Signings
  • Miscellaneous Forums
    • Other Sports
    • Off-Topic Forum
    • Brewerfan.net Softball
    • Brewer Fanatic Issues & Suggestions
  • Archive Forums
    • Archived Game Threads
    • WOAH SOLVDD

Blogs

  • Battle Your Tail Off
  • Send [Chris] Hook
  • The State of the Nation
  • Cheese Wiz Curds
  • A Half Century With the Brewers
  • Fun with numbers
  • Musing from the cheap seats
  • "Juuuuust a bit outside"
  • Miller Park Musings
  • Brew City Couch Committee: A Milwaukee Brewers Podcast

Categories

  • Brewers
  • Minors
  • Just For Fun
  • Brewer Fanatic

Categories

  • Unregistered Help Files
  • All Users Help Files

Categories

  • Brewers & Minors
  • Vintage
  • Retrospective
  • Brewer Fanatic

Product Groups

There are no results to display.


Find results in...

Find results that contain...


Date Created

  • Start

    End


Last Updated

  • Start

    End


Filter by number of...

Joined

  • Start

    End


Group


About Me


Twitter

Found 19 results

  1. The Brewers are in first place. Nashville is in first place. Biloxi, Wisconsin, and Carolina are all in second place, well within striking distance. Find out which teams on are the rise, which players are hitting or pitching well, and how the organization’s top prospects performed this week and throughout the season. We are now at the quarter-point of the season. Of course, that means that for minor leagues that play two halves, the first half is just over half complete. Playoff spots can be won by finishing at the top of their divisions in the first half. At that point, records will go back to 0-0 and the second half will begin. Triple-A plays the full season. The other full-season leagues all play two halves. Biloxi is currently tied for second place. Carolina is in second place and part of a three-team race in the division. Wisconsin is one game behind Cedar Rapids in their division. This week, the Timber Rattlers will be in Iowa to take on the Kernels. Patrick McGuff, a development coach with the Timber Rattlers, was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2016 and played for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2017. The Brewers hired him in January and he gets to work with a terrific coaching staff and some really exciting pitching prospects. I had the chance to chat with McGuff on Monday night about his time with the Twins, his transition to coaching, and some of the great talent he is excited to work with in Wisconsin. data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAPABAP///wAAACH5BAEKAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw== TRANSACTIONS The Brewers made a few player transactions announced on Monday. LHP Josh Hader was placed on the family medical emergency list. RHP Freddy Peralta was placed on the 15-Day IL with a shoulder strain. RHPs Trevor Kelley and Miguel Sanchez were both recalled to the Brewers. RHP Dylan File was outrighted to Nashville. RESULTS Last week’s Week in Review (5/10-5/16): Wiemer Powers Shuckers Tuesday: Promotions Aplenty, a Center Field Showcase, a 3-1 Evening Overall Wednesday: A 2-2 Affiliate Wednesday Still Feel Great After Hiura’s 11th Inning Walk Off Thursday: Carolina Rolls, But Three Other Affiliates Lose in Late Innings Friday: Two Comebacks (One EPIC!!) and a Nashville Shutout Victory Saturday: Things Stay Knarr-ly in Wisconsin, Weather Rears Its Head in the Southeast, and Wiemer Finishes a Triple Shy of the Cycle Sunday: Nashville and Wisconsin Come Back to Pull Out Late Victories WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds Week: 5-1, hosting Louisville Season: 29-12 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 2 1/2 games ahead of Columbus and 7.0 games ahead of Iowa. Nine of the 12 Sounds hitters posted an OPS over .810. For the week, they outscored their opponent 38-21. That pushes their season Run Differential to +86! Their 29-12 record would have them 3 1/2 games ahead of the Rochester Red Wings if they were in the IL East Division. Jason Alexander had the best start of the week for a Nashville pitcher. He tossed five scoreless innings. He gave up three hits, walked two, hit one, and struck out five batters. Tyler Herb made his first Nashville appearance. The 30-year-old had made 30 previous appearances in Triple-A with the Giants, Orioles, and Mariners organizations going back to 2018. He worked four scoreless innings. He gave up four hits, walked two (1 intentional), and struck out three batters. Likewise, Andy Otero made his first appearance for Nashville this year. He tossed four scoreless innings and gave up one hit and one walk. Josh Lindblom made a start. He went just three innings, but he did not allow a run. He gave up one hit and struck out two batters. Dylan File gave up only a solo home run over five innings in his start. He gave up three hits, walked one, hit two batters, and struck out three. Pablo Reyes played in four games. He went 8-for-16, hitting .500/.500/.938 (1.438) with a double, two homers and five RBI. Jon Singleton played in five games and went 5-for-15. He hit .333/.500/.667 (1.167) with two doubles, and a homer. He also walked five times. Mark Mathias went 5-for-14 in five games. He hit .357/.500/.571 (1.071) with a home run. He also walked four times . Abraham Almonte went 5-for-16 (.357) with two home runs, six RBI and two walks. Mario Feliciano hit .357 (5-for-14) with two walks. What’s Next? The Sounds will travel to Toledo for the week to take on the Mudhens. Pitching Probables (LHP Ethan Small, RHP Jason Alexander, Dylan File, RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Caleb Boushley, LHP Ethan Small) Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 2-4, @ Mississippi Season: 18-21 overall, tied for 2nd place in the Southern League South Division with Mississippi. They are 3 1/2 games behind Pensacola. It’s been a season of ups and downs for the Shuckers. The team was outscored 23-34 on the week. The two games they won, they won by just one run. Two of their losses were by five runs. Joey Wiemer again had a big week. In six games, he went 8-for-26 and hit .308/.357/.615 (.972) with two doubles, two home runs, and four stolen bases. In one game, he was a triple shy of the cycle. Jakson Reetz is forcing his name into the lineup with his performance. Last week, he went 6-for-24 and hit .250/.333/.625 (.958) with three home runs and six RBI. Five Shuckers relievers pitched at least twice and at least three innings. Harold Chirino, Luis Contreras, Lucas Erceg and J.T. Hintzen each struck out three batters in three innings of no-earned run relief. Zach Vennaro pitched twice and recorded saves in both games. In 1 2/3 scoreless, hitless, walkless innings, he struck out two batters. TJ Shook made his first Shucker start. He tossed three scoreless innings despite giving up three hits and three walks. He also struck out three batters. What’s Next? The Shuckers will be hosting the Montgomery Biscuits (15-19), the Double-A affiliate of the Rays. Pitching Probables (RHP Justin Bullock, RHP JT Shook, RHP Victor Castaneda, RHP Noah Zavolas, LHP Nick Bennett, RHP Justin Bullock) High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 3-3, hosting South Bend Season: 25-14 overall, 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division, 1.0 game behind Cedar Rapids. The Timber Rattlers were able to gain one game last week on Cedar Rapids ahead of the first series between the two teams of the season. The Rattlers were outscored for the series, but as you would expect from a series split, it was by just one run. Just two Rattlers hitters posted an OPS over .733 for the week. As it has been all season, the Wisconsin starting staff was fantastic. Brandon Knarr struck out seven batters over six scoreless innings in his start. He gave up five hits, walked one, and struck out seven batters. He was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week. Justin Jarvis gave up two runs (1 earned) on four hits and two walks in six innings in his start. He struck out ten batters. Antoine Kelly made two starts and worked 12 innings. He gave up four runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out 18 batters. Cam Robinson came in for two appearances. In three innings, he gave up just one hit, walked none, and struck out five batters. He recorded one save. Carlos Rodriguez played in all six games. He went 7-for-19 and hit .368/.478/.474 (.952) with two doubles. He walked three times and stole a base. Joe Gray, Jr. went 6-for-22 over six games. He hit .273/.385/.545 (.930) with two home runs and five RBI. He walked four times. What’s Next? The Timber Rattlers head down to Cedar Rapids to take on the division-leading Kernels in a series that could mean a playoff spot for one of the teams. Pitching Probables (RHP Ryne Moore, RHP Justin Jarvis, LHP Russell Smith, LHP Brandon Knarr, LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Ryne Moore) Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 4-2, hosting Down East Season: 21-18 overall, 2nd place in the Carolina League North Division, but just 1/2 game behind Lynchburg and 1/2 game ahead of Fredericksburg It was a good week for the Mudcats offense. They outscored Down East 35-23. Twice they won games by a seven-run differential. Hendry Mendez played in five games and went 6-for-16, hitting .375/.500/.688 (1.188) with a triple, homer, and six RBI. He also walked five times. Zack Raabe went 6-for-14 over four games, and he hit .429/.529/.643 (1.172) with three doubles, and four RBI. He also walked twice and stole a bag. data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAPABAP///wAAACH5BAEKAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw== Arbert Cipion went 5-for-14 over four games. He hit .357/.500/.643 (1.143) with a double, a homer, and four walks. Alberis Ferrer played in three games and hit .308 (4-for-13) with a triple, a homer, and four RBI. In his first full-season start, Fernando Olguin tossed five scoreless innings. He gave up two hits, walked none, and struck out one batter. Stiven Cruz was good again. He made a start and threw four shutout frames. He gave up three hits, walked two, and struck out three batters. Alexander Cornielle pitched the final five innings of a game. He gave up one run on one hit and two walks while striking out six batters. Six Mudcats relievers pitched once without allowing an earned run. The best relief performance came from Karlos Morales. He struck out four batters over two innings. What’s Next? The Mudcats will be hosting the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers. Pitching Probables (RHP Fernando Olquin, RHP Alexander Cornielle, RHP Miguel Segura, RHP Stiven Cruz, RHP Edwin Jimenez, RHP Fernando Olquin) PROSPECT SUMMARY This Prospect Summary shows our current Brewers Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week (May 17 to May 23). #1 - LHP Aaron Ashby (Milwaukee) - 1 G, 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K (Season: 9 G, 3 GS, 28.1 IP, 14 R, 11 ER, 17 BB, 34 K, 0-3, 1 S, 3.49 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 5.4 BB/9, 10.8 K/9) #2 - OF Joey Wiemer (Biloxi) - 6 G, 8-for-26 (.308), 2-2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K (Season: 39 G, 47-for-155, .303/.372/.607 (.979), 14-2B, 11-HR, 30 RBI, 15 BB, 53 K) #3 - OF Garrett Mitchell (Biloxi) - Injured List (Season: 30 G, 24-for-107, .224/.331/.346 (.676), 3-2B, 2-3B, 2-HR, 11 RBI, 13 BB, 40 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Wisconsin) - (Season: 21 G, 23-for-79, .291/.391/.456 (.847), 5-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 6/9 SB, 13 BB, 14 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Biloxi) - 1 G, 3-for-5 (.600), 0-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (Season: 10 G, 12-for-44, .273/.304/.341 (.645), 1-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 1/2 SB, 2 BB, 8 K) #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Nashville) - Scratched due to non-COVID illness (Season: 7 GS, 32.1 IP, 9 R, 7 ER, 17 H, 21 BB, 46 K, 3-1, 1.95 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 5.8 BB/9, 12.8 K/9) #6 - SS Brice Turang (Nashville) - 5 G, 5-for-22 (.227), 1-2B, 0-HR, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 5 K (Season: 36 G, 43-for-154, .279/.337/.403 (.740), 8-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 25 RBI, 14 BB, 36 K) #7 - OF Hedbert Perez (Carolina) - 6 G, 6-for-16 (.375), 0-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 6 RBI, 5 BB, 3 K (Season: 31 G, 22-for-125, .176/.237/.288 (.525), 5-2B, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 5/7 SB, 10 BB, 47 K) #8 - C Jeferson Quero (Carolina) - 5 G, 4-for-18 (.222), 1-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K (Season: 31 G, 29-for-124, .234/.292/.339 (.631), 8-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 16 RBI, 11 BB, 32 K) #9 - SS Freddy Zamora (Biloxi) - Injured List (Season: 24 G, 19-for-91), .209/.270/.286 (.556), 4-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 22 K) #10 - 2B Tyler Black (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 6-for-24 (.250), 1-2B, 0-3B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K (Season: 25 G, 27-for-90 (.300/.413/.444 (.857), 5-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 21 RBI, 15 BB, 16 K) #11 - 2B Felix Valerio (Biloxi) - 6 G, 4-for-26 (.154), 1-2B, 0-HR, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 33 G, 31-for-124, .250/.319/.452 (.771), 5-2B, 1-3B, 6-HR, 21 RBI, 13 BB, 21 K) #12 - OF Jackson Chourio (Carolina) - 6 G, 4-for-24 (.167), 1-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 13 K (Season: 16 G, 21-for-64, .328/.397/.516 (.913), 9-2B, 1-HR, 10 RBI, 8 BB, 16 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Nashville) - 4 G, 5-for-14 (.357), 0-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K (Season: 25 G, 25-for-87, .287/.361/.345 (.706), 5-2B, 0-HR, 6 RBI, 6 BB, 22 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Milwaukee) - (Season: 1 G, 0-for-0, R, BB) #14 - LHP Antoine Kelly (Wisconsin) - 2 GS, 12.0 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 18 K (Season: 8 GS, 39.1 IP, 13 R, 11 ER, 20 H, 19 BB, 53 K, 1-0, 2.52 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 4.3 BB/9, 12.1 K/9) #15 - OF Joe Gray, Jr. (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 6-for-22 (.272), 0-2B, 2-HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 11 K (Season: 39 G, 28-for-138, .203/.317/.413 (.730), 9-2B, 1-3B, 6-HR, 19 RBI, 7/7 SB, 23 BB, 59 K) #16 - SS Eduardo Garcia (Carolina) - 4 G, 4-for-17 (.235), 0-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K (Season: 34 G, 38-141, 270/.307/.376 (.683), 7-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 25 RBI, 5 BB, 55 K) #17 - UTL Zavier Warren (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 4-for-24 (.167), 1-2B, 1-HR, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K (Season: 37 G, 33-for-136, .243/.342/.382 (.724), 13-2B, 2-HR, 14 RBI, 6/6 SB, 17 BB, 34 K) #18 - RHP Abner Uribe (Biloxi) - IL (out for season) #19 - OF Hendry Mendez (Carolina) - 4 G, 3-for-17 (.176), 1-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 32 G, 26-for-107, .243/.406/.336 (.742), 2-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 29 BB, 31 K) #20 - LHP Russell Smith (Wisconsin) - Did Not Pitch (Season: 5 GS, 20.0 IP, 13 R, 11 ER, 17 H, 13 BB, 22 K, 1-1, 4.95 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 5.9 BB/9, 9.9 K/9) PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Joey Wiemer, Biloxi Shuckers For the second straight week, Joey Wiemer is the choice for Brewers Minor League Hitter of the Week. He played all six games. He went 8-for-26 and hit .308/.357/.615 (.972) with two doubles, two homers, and three RBI. He also went 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts. Overall, he has played 39 games this season with Biloxi. He is now 47-for-155 and hitting .303/.372/.607 (.979) with 14 doubles, 11 home runs, and 30 RBI. He is also 10-for-10 in stolen base attempts. The 23-year-old was the Brewers’ fourth-round pick in 2020 out of the University of Cincinnati. At 6-5 and 215 pounds, Wiemer is an incredible athlete. He’s got better-than-average speed. He’s got immense power potential. Defensively, he has the range, but he’s also got a very strong arm. Pitcher of the Week: RHP Justin Jarvis, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Another week, another Timber Rattler starting pitcher is our choice for pitcher of the week. In his start last week, Justin Jarvis gave up two runs (1 earned) on four hits. In six innings, he walked two and struck out ten batters. Jarvis was the Brewers’ fifth-round draft pick out of his North Carolina high school in 2018. He signed and spent that summer with the Arizona League team. In 2019, he went to then-Low-A Wisconsin and went 4-1 with a 3.50 ERA. After the lost 2020 season, he went to now-High-A Wisconsin in 2021. He struggled to the tune of a 1-7 record with a 5.40 ERA in 17 starts. Following the season, he pitched in seven games for Salt River in the Arizona Fall League. This season started out with Jarvis again struggling. In his first five starts, he went 1-2 with a 7.91 ERA. In 19 1/3 innings, he gave up 19 hits, walked 12, and struck out 16. Six of the hits were home runs. However, in his last three starts, he is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA. In 16 innings, he has given up 16 hits, (3 homers), walked six, and struck out 19 batters. He appears to have turned things around, and more exciting, still has the potential to keep getting better. Overall on the season, he is 2-2 with a 5.35 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. In 35 1/3 innings, he has 18 walks and 34 strikeouts. ------------------------------------------------------ Feel free to discuss the Brewers' prospects and their affiliates in the COMMENTS below. View full article
  2. We are now at the quarter-point of the season. Of course, that means that for minor leagues that play two halves, the first half is just over half complete. Playoff spots can be won by finishing at the top of their divisions in the first half. At that point, records will go back to 0-0 and the second half will begin. Triple-A plays the full season. The other full-season leagues all play two halves. Biloxi is currently tied for second place. Carolina is in second place and part of a three-team race in the division. Wisconsin is one game behind Cedar Rapids in their division. This week, the Timber Rattlers will be in Iowa to take on the Kernels. Patrick McGuff, a development coach with the Timber Rattlers, was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2016 and played for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2017. The Brewers hired him in January and he gets to work with a terrific coaching staff and some really exciting pitching prospects. I had the chance to chat with McGuff on Monday night about his time with the Twins, his transition to coaching, and some of the great talent he is excited to work with in Wisconsin. data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAPABAP///wAAACH5BAEKAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw== TRANSACTIONS The Brewers made a few player transactions announced on Monday. LHP Josh Hader was placed on the family medical emergency list. RHP Freddy Peralta was placed on the 15-Day IL with a shoulder strain. RHPs Trevor Kelley and Miguel Sanchez were both recalled to the Brewers. RHP Dylan File was outrighted to Nashville. RESULTS Last week’s Week in Review (5/10-5/16): Wiemer Powers Shuckers Tuesday: Promotions Aplenty, a Center Field Showcase, a 3-1 Evening Overall Wednesday: A 2-2 Affiliate Wednesday Still Feel Great After Hiura’s 11th Inning Walk Off Thursday: Carolina Rolls, But Three Other Affiliates Lose in Late Innings Friday: Two Comebacks (One EPIC!!) and a Nashville Shutout Victory Saturday: Things Stay Knarr-ly in Wisconsin, Weather Rears Its Head in the Southeast, and Wiemer Finishes a Triple Shy of the Cycle Sunday: Nashville and Wisconsin Come Back to Pull Out Late Victories WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds Week: 5-1, hosting Louisville Season: 29-12 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 2 1/2 games ahead of Columbus and 7.0 games ahead of Iowa. Nine of the 12 Sounds hitters posted an OPS over .810. For the week, they outscored their opponent 38-21. That pushes their season Run Differential to +86! Their 29-12 record would have them 3 1/2 games ahead of the Rochester Red Wings if they were in the IL East Division. Jason Alexander had the best start of the week for a Nashville pitcher. He tossed five scoreless innings. He gave up three hits, walked two, hit one, and struck out five batters. Tyler Herb made his first Nashville appearance. The 30-year-old had made 30 previous appearances in Triple-A with the Giants, Orioles, and Mariners organizations going back to 2018. He worked four scoreless innings. He gave up four hits, walked two (1 intentional), and struck out three batters. Likewise, Andy Otero made his first appearance for Nashville this year. He tossed four scoreless innings and gave up one hit and one walk. Josh Lindblom made a start. He went just three innings, but he did not allow a run. He gave up one hit and struck out two batters. Dylan File gave up only a solo home run over five innings in his start. He gave up three hits, walked one, hit two batters, and struck out three. Pablo Reyes played in four games. He went 8-for-16, hitting .500/.500/.938 (1.438) with a double, two homers and five RBI. Jon Singleton played in five games and went 5-for-15. He hit .333/.500/.667 (1.167) with two doubles, and a homer. He also walked five times. Mark Mathias went 5-for-14 in five games. He hit .357/.500/.571 (1.071) with a home run. He also walked four times . Abraham Almonte went 5-for-16 (.357) with two home runs, six RBI and two walks. Mario Feliciano hit .357 (5-for-14) with two walks. What’s Next? The Sounds will travel to Toledo for the week to take on the Mudhens. Pitching Probables (LHP Ethan Small, RHP Jason Alexander, Dylan File, RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Caleb Boushley, LHP Ethan Small) Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 2-4, @ Mississippi Season: 18-21 overall, tied for 2nd place in the Southern League South Division with Mississippi. They are 3 1/2 games behind Pensacola. It’s been a season of ups and downs for the Shuckers. The team was outscored 23-34 on the week. The two games they won, they won by just one run. Two of their losses were by five runs. Joey Wiemer again had a big week. In six games, he went 8-for-26 and hit .308/.357/.615 (.972) with two doubles, two home runs, and four stolen bases. In one game, he was a triple shy of the cycle. Jakson Reetz is forcing his name into the lineup with his performance. Last week, he went 6-for-24 and hit .250/.333/.625 (.958) with three home runs and six RBI. Five Shuckers relievers pitched at least twice and at least three innings. Harold Chirino, Luis Contreras, Lucas Erceg and J.T. Hintzen each struck out three batters in three innings of no-earned run relief. Zach Vennaro pitched twice and recorded saves in both games. In 1 2/3 scoreless, hitless, walkless innings, he struck out two batters. TJ Shook made his first Shucker start. He tossed three scoreless innings despite giving up three hits and three walks. He also struck out three batters. What’s Next? The Shuckers will be hosting the Montgomery Biscuits (15-19), the Double-A affiliate of the Rays. Pitching Probables (RHP Justin Bullock, RHP JT Shook, RHP Victor Castaneda, RHP Noah Zavolas, LHP Nick Bennett, RHP Justin Bullock) High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 3-3, hosting South Bend Season: 25-14 overall, 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division, 1.0 game behind Cedar Rapids. The Timber Rattlers were able to gain one game last week on Cedar Rapids ahead of the first series between the two teams of the season. The Rattlers were outscored for the series, but as you would expect from a series split, it was by just one run. Just two Rattlers hitters posted an OPS over .733 for the week. As it has been all season, the Wisconsin starting staff was fantastic. Brandon Knarr struck out seven batters over six scoreless innings in his start. He gave up five hits, walked one, and struck out seven batters. He was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week. Justin Jarvis gave up two runs (1 earned) on four hits and two walks in six innings in his start. He struck out ten batters. Antoine Kelly made two starts and worked 12 innings. He gave up four runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out 18 batters. Cam Robinson came in for two appearances. In three innings, he gave up just one hit, walked none, and struck out five batters. He recorded one save. Carlos Rodriguez played in all six games. He went 7-for-19 and hit .368/.478/.474 (.952) with two doubles. He walked three times and stole a base. Joe Gray, Jr. went 6-for-22 over six games. He hit .273/.385/.545 (.930) with two home runs and five RBI. He walked four times. What’s Next? The Timber Rattlers head down to Cedar Rapids to take on the division-leading Kernels in a series that could mean a playoff spot for one of the teams. Pitching Probables (RHP Ryne Moore, RHP Justin Jarvis, LHP Russell Smith, LHP Brandon Knarr, LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Ryne Moore) Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 4-2, hosting Down East Season: 21-18 overall, 2nd place in the Carolina League North Division, but just 1/2 game behind Lynchburg and 1/2 game ahead of Fredericksburg It was a good week for the Mudcats offense. They outscored Down East 35-23. Twice they won games by a seven-run differential. Hendry Mendez played in five games and went 6-for-16, hitting .375/.500/.688 (1.188) with a triple, homer, and six RBI. He also walked five times. Zack Raabe went 6-for-14 over four games, and he hit .429/.529/.643 (1.172) with three doubles, and four RBI. He also walked twice and stole a bag. data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAPABAP///wAAACH5BAEKAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw== Arbert Cipion went 5-for-14 over four games. He hit .357/.500/.643 (1.143) with a double, a homer, and four walks. Alberis Ferrer played in three games and hit .308 (4-for-13) with a triple, a homer, and four RBI. In his first full-season start, Fernando Olguin tossed five scoreless innings. He gave up two hits, walked none, and struck out one batter. Stiven Cruz was good again. He made a start and threw four shutout frames. He gave up three hits, walked two, and struck out three batters. Alexander Cornielle pitched the final five innings of a game. He gave up one run on one hit and two walks while striking out six batters. Six Mudcats relievers pitched once without allowing an earned run. The best relief performance came from Karlos Morales. He struck out four batters over two innings. What’s Next? The Mudcats will be hosting the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers. Pitching Probables (RHP Fernando Olquin, RHP Alexander Cornielle, RHP Miguel Segura, RHP Stiven Cruz, RHP Edwin Jimenez, RHP Fernando Olquin) PROSPECT SUMMARY This Prospect Summary shows our current Brewers Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week (May 17 to May 23). #1 - LHP Aaron Ashby (Milwaukee) - 1 G, 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K (Season: 9 G, 3 GS, 28.1 IP, 14 R, 11 ER, 17 BB, 34 K, 0-3, 1 S, 3.49 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 5.4 BB/9, 10.8 K/9) #2 - OF Joey Wiemer (Biloxi) - 6 G, 8-for-26 (.308), 2-2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K (Season: 39 G, 47-for-155, .303/.372/.607 (.979), 14-2B, 11-HR, 30 RBI, 15 BB, 53 K) #3 - OF Garrett Mitchell (Biloxi) - Injured List (Season: 30 G, 24-for-107, .224/.331/.346 (.676), 3-2B, 2-3B, 2-HR, 11 RBI, 13 BB, 40 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Wisconsin) - (Season: 21 G, 23-for-79, .291/.391/.456 (.847), 5-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 6/9 SB, 13 BB, 14 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Biloxi) - 1 G, 3-for-5 (.600), 0-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (Season: 10 G, 12-for-44, .273/.304/.341 (.645), 1-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 1/2 SB, 2 BB, 8 K) #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Nashville) - Scratched due to non-COVID illness (Season: 7 GS, 32.1 IP, 9 R, 7 ER, 17 H, 21 BB, 46 K, 3-1, 1.95 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 5.8 BB/9, 12.8 K/9) #6 - SS Brice Turang (Nashville) - 5 G, 5-for-22 (.227), 1-2B, 0-HR, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 5 K (Season: 36 G, 43-for-154, .279/.337/.403 (.740), 8-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 25 RBI, 14 BB, 36 K) #7 - OF Hedbert Perez (Carolina) - 6 G, 6-for-16 (.375), 0-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 6 RBI, 5 BB, 3 K (Season: 31 G, 22-for-125, .176/.237/.288 (.525), 5-2B, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 5/7 SB, 10 BB, 47 K) #8 - C Jeferson Quero (Carolina) - 5 G, 4-for-18 (.222), 1-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K (Season: 31 G, 29-for-124, .234/.292/.339 (.631), 8-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 16 RBI, 11 BB, 32 K) #9 - SS Freddy Zamora (Biloxi) - Injured List (Season: 24 G, 19-for-91), .209/.270/.286 (.556), 4-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 22 K) #10 - 2B Tyler Black (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 6-for-24 (.250), 1-2B, 0-3B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K (Season: 25 G, 27-for-90 (.300/.413/.444 (.857), 5-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 21 RBI, 15 BB, 16 K) #11 - 2B Felix Valerio (Biloxi) - 6 G, 4-for-26 (.154), 1-2B, 0-HR, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 33 G, 31-for-124, .250/.319/.452 (.771), 5-2B, 1-3B, 6-HR, 21 RBI, 13 BB, 21 K) #12 - OF Jackson Chourio (Carolina) - 6 G, 4-for-24 (.167), 1-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 13 K (Season: 16 G, 21-for-64, .328/.397/.516 (.913), 9-2B, 1-HR, 10 RBI, 8 BB, 16 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Nashville) - 4 G, 5-for-14 (.357), 0-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K (Season: 25 G, 25-for-87, .287/.361/.345 (.706), 5-2B, 0-HR, 6 RBI, 6 BB, 22 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Milwaukee) - (Season: 1 G, 0-for-0, R, BB) #14 - LHP Antoine Kelly (Wisconsin) - 2 GS, 12.0 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 18 K (Season: 8 GS, 39.1 IP, 13 R, 11 ER, 20 H, 19 BB, 53 K, 1-0, 2.52 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 4.3 BB/9, 12.1 K/9) #15 - OF Joe Gray, Jr. (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 6-for-22 (.272), 0-2B, 2-HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 11 K (Season: 39 G, 28-for-138, .203/.317/.413 (.730), 9-2B, 1-3B, 6-HR, 19 RBI, 7/7 SB, 23 BB, 59 K) #16 - SS Eduardo Garcia (Carolina) - 4 G, 4-for-17 (.235), 0-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K (Season: 34 G, 38-141, 270/.307/.376 (.683), 7-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 25 RBI, 5 BB, 55 K) #17 - UTL Zavier Warren (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 4-for-24 (.167), 1-2B, 1-HR, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K (Season: 37 G, 33-for-136, .243/.342/.382 (.724), 13-2B, 2-HR, 14 RBI, 6/6 SB, 17 BB, 34 K) #18 - RHP Abner Uribe (Biloxi) - IL (out for season) #19 - OF Hendry Mendez (Carolina) - 4 G, 3-for-17 (.176), 1-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 32 G, 26-for-107, .243/.406/.336 (.742), 2-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 29 BB, 31 K) #20 - LHP Russell Smith (Wisconsin) - Did Not Pitch (Season: 5 GS, 20.0 IP, 13 R, 11 ER, 17 H, 13 BB, 22 K, 1-1, 4.95 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 5.9 BB/9, 9.9 K/9) PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Joey Wiemer, Biloxi Shuckers For the second straight week, Joey Wiemer is the choice for Brewers Minor League Hitter of the Week. He played all six games. He went 8-for-26 and hit .308/.357/.615 (.972) with two doubles, two homers, and three RBI. He also went 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts. Overall, he has played 39 games this season with Biloxi. He is now 47-for-155 and hitting .303/.372/.607 (.979) with 14 doubles, 11 home runs, and 30 RBI. He is also 10-for-10 in stolen base attempts. The 23-year-old was the Brewers’ fourth-round pick in 2020 out of the University of Cincinnati. At 6-5 and 215 pounds, Wiemer is an incredible athlete. He’s got better-than-average speed. He’s got immense power potential. Defensively, he has the range, but he’s also got a very strong arm. Pitcher of the Week: RHP Justin Jarvis, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Another week, another Timber Rattler starting pitcher is our choice for pitcher of the week. In his start last week, Justin Jarvis gave up two runs (1 earned) on four hits. In six innings, he walked two and struck out ten batters. Jarvis was the Brewers’ fifth-round draft pick out of his North Carolina high school in 2018. He signed and spent that summer with the Arizona League team. In 2019, he went to then-Low-A Wisconsin and went 4-1 with a 3.50 ERA. After the lost 2020 season, he went to now-High-A Wisconsin in 2021. He struggled to the tune of a 1-7 record with a 5.40 ERA in 17 starts. Following the season, he pitched in seven games for Salt River in the Arizona Fall League. This season started out with Jarvis again struggling. In his first five starts, he went 1-2 with a 7.91 ERA. In 19 1/3 innings, he gave up 19 hits, walked 12, and struck out 16. Six of the hits were home runs. However, in his last three starts, he is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA. In 16 innings, he has given up 16 hits, (3 homers), walked six, and struck out 19 batters. He appears to have turned things around, and more exciting, still has the potential to keep getting better. Overall on the season, he is 2-2 with a 5.35 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. In 35 1/3 innings, he has 18 walks and 34 strikeouts. ------------------------------------------------------ Feel free to discuss the Brewers' prospects and their affiliates in the COMMENTS below.
  3. Transactions: None *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 2, Down East (Rangers) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Mendez Leads Mudcats to Fourth Straight Win - The Mudcats Won Their Fourth Straight While Also Clinching Their Third Series Victory Over the Wood Ducks Stiven Cruz took the hill for his second start since his ACL call-up. He worked his way through his first real test during his brief time in Low-A: in the second inning Cruz walked two batters while giving up a single to load the bases. Ever the gamer, however, he induced two harmless infield pop-ups to escape the jam. Cruz remains un-scored upon through seven complete innings pitched, with 11 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.00. Two early two-out runs in innings two and three were the difference for the 'Micro Brews' on the evening as they held through the rain delay and the game's finish. For the second evening in a row Hendry Mendez stole the post-game headline. Further Viewing Notes: Rain delay you say? Yes, I do: This just in, in case you were unaware, the second youngest player in Low-A, Hendry Mendez , loves hitting opposite field anything: Let's embellish the highlight: Hendry has now reached base safely in 13 consecutive outings with this opposite field single. That's what we call 'tough stuff' when we dig deep for clichés. I'm going to keep chiming away on this until proven otherwise: Jackson Chourio is built different. It's hard to describe what I see on a nightly basis but this highlight gives a brief glimpse. Ever un-fazed no matter the count, he is always a possible base-runner or a potential run-across in Low-A. This near home run was his ninth double in only 61 at bats: Ok. Let's wrap-up these above past few comments with a bit more provocation: Can we talk about the two youngest players in the Low-A Carolina league - Chourio and Mendez - continuing to shine and play tantalizing baseball? This should definitively not be overlooked. Chourio, in particular, was recently moved to number three on the updated Brewers 'Baseball America' Top 30 prospects. He's 18 years old, folks. This is exciting. Mendez is following suit and playing extremely good ball as of late. And, hey, I didn't even mention Eduardo Garcia . That's discipline. Jakob Brustoski continued his recent string of effective bullpen work. After an extremely rough April where Jakob struggled to find the zone consistently, he's bounced back admirably in May with 6 2/3 innings pitched: four hits, three runs, two hit batters, three walks, 12 punch outs. After tonight's unblemished innings, he's seen his ERA drop from 21.94 to 13.94 pitching to a very workable 4.05 ERA in all of May. Things are looking up! Speaking of bullpen work: let's recognize the sum total of Pablo Garabitos, Brustoski, Trevor Tietz, and Brannon Jordan. The young men pitched a total of five complete innings of one run, two hit, five strikeout ball. The lone run came on a solo shot off Jordan in the final two innings. He got his first save of the season on two innings of effective work - closing the game on a punch out with high heat after a couple very effective breaking balls. Garabitos grabs the win with his sole fifth inning of one hit, one strikeout ball. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 9, South Bend (Cubs) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Rattler Club Cubs 9-2 - Knarr Pitches Six Scoreless for Sixth Win as Offense Cracks 14 Hits It was an absolutely beautiful game in Appleton Wisconsin and the Timber Rattlers showed up with hits aplenty to back another stellar outing from Ace, Brandon Knarr . They managed this all while appeasing the season high attendance north of 4,000 total fans. What a showing! Hits were sprinkled all about the ballpark, stellar defense was played and Knarr was dealing. It was nice to see the bats heat up as they had been relatively held in check over the last two games. Let's take a look at my viewing notes and the plethora of awesome home game post-game materials that will give you a good look at what went down at the home ballpark. Game Viewing Notes: More insight on what is now routine stellar defense. A run was saved early by Ethan Murray at short stop: Zavier Warren is the Felix Valerio of High-A Wisconsin. He shows an equally disciplined approach at the plate and he plays stellar defense at the hot corner just as Valerio does the same at second base for Biloxi (and, now, occasionally left field as well). A perfect example of this was the home run blast in the bottom of the eighth (his second on the season) followed by an absolutely incredible stop and throw-out from third base to end the game. Check out this stab starting 2:06 on the Full Game highlight reel: How good has Knarr been in 2022? Firstly, after today's scoreless six-inning outing he lowered his ERA to 1.17, moved his strikeout total to 55, and saw his scoreless streak extended to 13 1/3 innings. Not shabby. But, let's look at his last 5 outings: he has allowed a mere two runs over 30 innings. Four of those starts have been scoreless outings. Can you say: Promotion? Check out the post-game Soundcloud pod for further thoughts on and from Knarr, Wes Clarke and Tyler Clarke : Post-Game Pod Here Keep in mind, Knarr relinquished a hit every inning today. BUT, he limited all damage. They were singles. He dominated out of the stretch - including a pick-off. He buckled down, in concert with his infield, and kept a very active base-running team in South Bend very much in check. He's just flat out been excellent all season long. He's essentially a couple flukes away from an 8-0 start to the season. That's just incredible stuff. It was nice to see Tyler Black get back on track with a three hit game. Having started the series a mere 1 of 14, he finished his evening with three hits in five trips and started his game three for three. Wes Clarke had another vintage 2022 Wes Clarke day. His average just doesn't tell the story of his solid season and the OPS of 0.737 backs that up. He knocked in two RBI's in consecutive innings early and earned two walks as well on the day. Every Timber Rattler grabbed a hit today except Darrien Miller. Every Timber Rattler reached base today including Darrien Miller. This was an offensive outburst shared by everyone in the line-up. A tip of the cap to Zach Mort who closed the game with three innings complete of two-run ball (all in the ninth inning) preserving the elite back-end tandem of Hasler and Robinson for the series finale on Sunday. Let's see what Antoine Kelly can do his second time working the South Bend line-up on Sunday. Perhaps, just maybe, the true highlight of the game was Tim Dillard's work on the mound and with the famed 'Bratzooka': Black stole three bases in today's game. He has eight total on the season now and the Timber Rattlers now have 7 of the 25 top base stealers in the Midwest League. Black also took the field in center field today. This was Tyler's first action in the outfield since high school. Is this noteworthy? Probably not. But, it is a classic Brewers maneuver. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Mississippi (Braves) 5, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Late Rally by Shuckers Not Enough in 5-4 Defeat - OF Joey WIemer Falls Triple Shy of Cycle Noah Zavolas features a five-pitch mix as a young pitcher: a fastball, change-up, curveball, slider, and cutter. There's lots to pick from in his pitching bag and he showed the possible prowess of this mix in 2021 with 121 often remarkable innings pitched. Even with five pitches, however, you can not hang off-speed offerings directly over the plate - especially to very good baseball players. Noah did so on pitch number two to Braves number one prospect, Michael Harris II, and he saw the delivering absolutely crushed to dead center field off the high wall. Believe me when I say this: Michael Harris II is an extremely talented baseball player. He's balled out in every game I've seen the Shuckers play the Braves in 2022. The score was still 2-1 Shuckers after Biloxi managed to plate two in the top-half of inning number one on a bevy of two-out singles. Noah struggled to find his footing in this outing. BUT, ever the optimist, I am going to celebrate the footing Noah did find. After conceding 5 runs after two innings, Zavolas hunkered down and found some flow. Given his 2021 performance, I'm going to chalk these rough early outings to 'working the kinks out'. There's too much there and this is merely outing number two coming off a mysterious delay to his season's beginning. Here's to better game's ahead! Further Viewing Notes: Things looked good early as the Shuckers were scoring runners with two down on the aforementioned 'bevy of singles'. Tristen Lutz stayed hot and helped knock a run across: Terence Doston saw his first ever action in Double-A. He is a smaller stature athlete who passed up an opportunity to play football at West Virginia before opting for the Minor Leagues as a Brewers 22nd round draft pick in 2019. Tonight, he played left field and smoothly collected two fly-ball outs in the first inning to get his evening started. As a random 'hunch', I would gather the organization wants to expose Dotson to Yeison Coca who, also a smaller statured athlete, has put on an impactful amount of weight over his early seasons and it shows in Coca's physical growth. After a first at-bat strikeout, where Terence looked overmatched, Doston recovered and made nice contact on two line drive outs to the Braves' shortstop in addition to an extremely well hit out to right field. Unfortunately, in the game of baseball it isn't how you hit it but, rather, where you hit it. Dotson fared well tonight and he should hold his head high. Nothing would describe the current stretch of inconsistent Shuckers baseball more than the failed pick-off and pickle in the bottom of inning number two. Thomas Dillard did his part by throwing a ball too high to Cam Devanney who barely made the leaping snare just off second base. Devanney then rushed his throw to first, hit the base runner on the helmet, and the ball trickled past the first base bag and the runner was safe. These are the types of defensive miscues seemingly happening on a regular basis for Biloxi in 2022. This was a key gaffe as there were no outs at the time, Zavolas was struggling, and the runner then left on the ensuing 3-2 count and grabbed third base on another well-hit ball to center field. The Shuckers remain a Southern League leader in errors. This sequence was indicative of that stat. I've now seen two Shuckers pitchers charged balls for pitch clock violations in two consecutive games. Last night Arnaldo Hernandez was charged a ball on a 1-2 count with the bases loaded before a bases-clearing double to the wall in right field that turned the tide of the entire game. In today's game, with runners on second and third base in a rough second inning, Zavolas was charged with a pitch-clock violation. Thankfully, he escaped unscathed inducing a sharply hit ground ball for the inning-ending double play. BUT, it is worth pointing out: the pitch clock changes the game in pressure situations. A pitcher can see a favorable count ruined in a matter of mere seconds. The struggle with RISP reared its head in inning number three for even the hottest of Shuckers hitters. With Joey Wiemer on second base after a wonderful stretch of a single into a hard-earned double, and the ever-walkable Thomas Dillard on first base (his pitch-recognition and patience appears to be Dillard's best attribute - 27 walks on the season) on first, both Jakson Reetz and Tristan Lutz struck out and stranded the runners on the base paths. It remained 5-2 Braves heading to the bottom half off the third. The Shuckers finished 3 for 12 on the evening with RISP. He may have thrown a scoreless inning on Tuesday in Mississippi (and, a big hooray for that and a wish for many more scoreless innings ahead!) but Lucas Erceg led off his outing in the bottom of the seventh as he has done many times in 2022: he gave up a hard hit double. Admittedly, I was a wee concerned he might see another run away inning. Erceg's 2022 scouting report might read: "High velocity but pitches to contact." Let's get to the goods: Lucas got out of the seventh and eighth inning unscathed. All in all, this was a very successful outing for the recently transitioned hurler and one we should hope he builds on. He even struck out the absolutely dangerous Michael Harris II after walking the number nine hitter. That's a win! All told, two innings of scoreless one hit, one walk, and one strikeout ball for Erceg tonight. Wiemer was a triple shy of the cycle on the evening. He absolutely crushed a home run to deep left field. He literally swings and hits the ball different than most other players at the ballpark. The home run ball was hit harder and further than any ball the entire evening and it wasn't even close - this included the home run hit to straight away center field by Michael Harris II in the first inning. Let's all take our long overdue Wiemer 'Moment of Zen': The Shuckers almost had the tying-run across. But, well, this isn't really going to get it done Felix: Speaking of Felix, he may be in a mini slump at the plate but he continues to play incredible defense. Erceg can tip his cap to Valerio's incredible diving stop at second base in the center field grass, improbable turn and throw to nail the runner by a fraction at first, all while saving a sure run from scoring. The Shuckers still have an opportunity to split the six-game away series with a win tomorrow. Here's hoping! *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 7, Louisville (Reds) 0 - POSTPONED in THIRD INNING (Booooooo!) Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds and Bats Suspended at First Horizon Park - Game to be Resumed at 1:05 Sunday Things were looking rosy early. And, then the weather rolled in. See my brief notes below. Of note, unheralded but steady Abraham Almonte was having a game - just another thriving Nasvhville Sounds late 2021 free agent signing. It is truly difficult to understand how immaculately the Brewers organization has hit on Minor League free agents in late 2021. They are answering the proverbial bell up and down the Nasvhille roster. Abbreviated Game Notes: Josh Lindbolm faced the minimum number of batters through three innings. I'm calling this an imperfect perfect game - he did concede one hit after all. Create a new stat column, please. I have spoken. The Sounds managed seven runs in only 2 complete innings. Abraham Almonte's three-run home run to left field played a big part: Prior to this three-run jack, however, Almonte also had his say in the first inning knocking in the game's first run on a single up the middle: A tip of the proverbial cap is due for Pablo Reyes. He is finally seeing his weeks of solid contact rewarding him with hits in the stat column. He's made good contact regularly and now he is finding results. I'm rooting for you, Pablo! *** That's a wrap for my Saturday fill-in Minor League report. Please stay tuned early tomorrow as we have matinee tilts abound for all our beloved teams. Nashville will lead things off as they pick-up and conclude today's weather-postponed outing for game number one. They'll have the unexpected double header following immediately after a 30 minute 'rest'. As always, thanks for reading and thank you for supporting our Minor League players! Organizational Scoreboard, including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth ***
  4. The Biloxi Shuckers could not overcome Noah Zavolas' continued struggles since his 2022 return and, ultimately, fell to the Mississippi Braves. Elsewhere in the system, Wisconsin batters found their strokes and supported the ever-dominant Brandon Knarr who continues his lights out 2022 campaign. The Carolina 'Micro Brews' managed to hold on to their slim lead after an extensive weather delay pulling out a 2-1 victory, and Nashville was shut down by inconsolable and fickle weather after taking a 7-0 lead into the third inning. Let's get into the Recaps! Transactions: None *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 2, Down East (Rangers) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Mendez Leads Mudcats to Fourth Straight Win - The Mudcats Won Their Fourth Straight While Also Clinching Their Third Series Victory Over the Wood Ducks Stiven Cruz took the hill for his second start since his ACL call-up. He worked his way through his first real test during his brief time in Low-A: in the second inning Cruz walked two batters while giving up a single to load the bases. Ever the gamer, however, he induced two harmless infield pop-ups to escape the jam. Cruz remains un-scored upon through seven complete innings pitched, with 11 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.00. Two early two-out runs in innings two and three were the difference for the 'Micro Brews' on the evening as they held through the rain delay and the game's finish. For the second evening in a row Hendry Mendez stole the post-game headline. Further Viewing Notes: Rain delay you say? Yes, I do: This just in, in case you were unaware, the second youngest player in Low-A, Hendry Mendez , loves hitting opposite field anything: Let's embellish the highlight: Hendry has now reached base safely in 13 consecutive outings with this opposite field single. That's what we call 'tough stuff' when we dig deep for clichés. I'm going to keep chiming away on this until proven otherwise: Jackson Chourio is built different. It's hard to describe what I see on a nightly basis but this highlight gives a brief glimpse. Ever un-fazed no matter the count, he is always a possible base-runner or a potential run-across in Low-A. This near home run was his ninth double in only 61 at bats: Ok. Let's wrap-up these above past few comments with a bit more provocation: Can we talk about the two youngest players in the Low-A Carolina league - Chourio and Mendez - continuing to shine and play tantalizing baseball? This should definitively not be overlooked. Chourio, in particular, was recently moved to number three on the updated Brewers 'Baseball America' Top 30 prospects. He's 18 years old, folks. This is exciting. Mendez is following suit and playing extremely good ball as of late. And, hey, I didn't even mention Eduardo Garcia . That's discipline. Jakob Brustoski continued his recent string of effective bullpen work. After an extremely rough April where Jakob struggled to find the zone consistently, he's bounced back admirably in May with 6 2/3 innings pitched: four hits, three runs, two hit batters, three walks, 12 punch outs. After tonight's unblemished innings, he's seen his ERA drop from 21.94 to 13.94 pitching to a very workable 4.05 ERA in all of May. Things are looking up! Speaking of bullpen work: let's recognize the sum total of Pablo Garabitos, Brustoski, Trevor Tietz, and Brannon Jordan. The young men pitched a total of five complete innings of one run, two hit, five strikeout ball. The lone run came on a solo shot off Jordan in the final two innings. He got his first save of the season on two innings of effective work - closing the game on a punch out with high heat after a couple very effective breaking balls. Garabitos grabs the win with his sole fifth inning of one hit, one strikeout ball. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 9, South Bend (Cubs) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Rattler Club Cubs 9-2 - Knarr Pitches Six Scoreless for Sixth Win as Offense Cracks 14 Hits It was an absolutely beautiful game in Appleton Wisconsin and the Timber Rattlers showed up with hits aplenty to back another stellar outing from Ace, Brandon Knarr . They managed this all while appeasing the season high attendance north of 4,000 total fans. What a showing! Hits were sprinkled all about the ballpark, stellar defense was played and Knarr was dealing. It was nice to see the bats heat up as they had been relatively held in check over the last two games. Let's take a look at my viewing notes and the plethora of awesome home game post-game materials that will give you a good look at what went down at the home ballpark. Game Viewing Notes: More insight on what is now routine stellar defense. A run was saved early by Ethan Murray at short stop: Zavier Warren is the Felix Valerio of High-A Wisconsin. He shows an equally disciplined approach at the plate and he plays stellar defense at the hot corner just as Valerio does the same at second base for Biloxi (and, now, occasionally left field as well). A perfect example of this was the home run blast in the bottom of the eighth (his second on the season) followed by an absolutely incredible stop and throw-out from third base to end the game. Check out this stab starting 2:06 on the Full Game highlight reel: How good has Knarr been in 2022? Firstly, after today's scoreless six-inning outing he lowered his ERA to 1.17, moved his strikeout total to 55, and saw his scoreless streak extended to 13 1/3 innings. Not shabby. But, let's look at his last 5 outings: he has allowed a mere two runs over 30 innings. Four of those starts have been scoreless outings. Can you say: Promotion? Check out the post-game Soundcloud pod for further thoughts on and from Knarr, Wes Clarke and Tyler Clarke : Post-Game Pod Here Keep in mind, Knarr relinquished a hit every inning today. BUT, he limited all damage. They were singles. He dominated out of the stretch - including a pick-off. He buckled down, in concert with his infield, and kept a very active base-running team in South Bend very much in check. He's just flat out been excellent all season long. He's essentially a couple flukes away from an 8-0 start to the season. That's just incredible stuff. It was nice to see Tyler Black get back on track with a three hit game. Having started the series a mere 1 of 14, he finished his evening with three hits in five trips and started his game three for three. Wes Clarke had another vintage 2022 Wes Clarke day. His average just doesn't tell the story of his solid season and the OPS of 0.737 backs that up. He knocked in two RBI's in consecutive innings early and earned two walks as well on the day. Every Timber Rattler grabbed a hit today except Darrien Miller. Every Timber Rattler reached base today including Darrien Miller. This was an offensive outburst shared by everyone in the line-up. A tip of the cap to Zach Mort who closed the game with three innings complete of two-run ball (all in the ninth inning) preserving the elite back-end tandem of Hasler and Robinson for the series finale on Sunday. Let's see what Antoine Kelly can do his second time working the South Bend line-up on Sunday. Perhaps, just maybe, the true highlight of the game was Tim Dillard's work on the mound and with the famed 'Bratzooka': Black stole three bases in today's game. He has eight total on the season now and the Timber Rattlers now have 7 of the 25 top base stealers in the Midwest League. Black also took the field in center field today. This was Tyler's first action in the outfield since high school. Is this noteworthy? Probably not. But, it is a classic Brewers maneuver. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Mississippi (Braves) 5, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Late Rally by Shuckers Not Enough in 5-4 Defeat - OF Joey WIemer Falls Triple Shy of Cycle Noah Zavolas features a five-pitch mix as a young pitcher: a fastball, change-up, curveball, slider, and cutter. There's lots to pick from in his pitching bag and he showed the possible prowess of this mix in 2021 with 121 often remarkable innings pitched. Even with five pitches, however, you can not hang off-speed offerings directly over the plate - especially to very good baseball players. Noah did so on pitch number two to Braves number one prospect, Michael Harris II, and he saw the delivering absolutely crushed to dead center field off the high wall. Believe me when I say this: Michael Harris II is an extremely talented baseball player. He's balled out in every game I've seen the Shuckers play the Braves in 2022. The score was still 2-1 Shuckers after Biloxi managed to plate two in the top-half of inning number one on a bevy of two-out singles. Noah struggled to find his footing in this outing. BUT, ever the optimist, I am going to celebrate the footing Noah did find. After conceding 5 runs after two innings, Zavolas hunkered down and found some flow. Given his 2021 performance, I'm going to chalk these rough early outings to 'working the kinks out'. There's too much there and this is merely outing number two coming off a mysterious delay to his season's beginning. Here's to better game's ahead! Further Viewing Notes: Things looked good early as the Shuckers were scoring runners with two down on the aforementioned 'bevy of singles'. Tristen Lutz stayed hot and helped knock a run across: Terence Doston saw his first ever action in Double-A. He is a smaller stature athlete who passed up an opportunity to play football at West Virginia before opting for the Minor Leagues as a Brewers 22nd round draft pick in 2019. Tonight, he played left field and smoothly collected two fly-ball outs in the first inning to get his evening started. As a random 'hunch', I would gather the organization wants to expose Dotson to Yeison Coca who, also a smaller statured athlete, has put on an impactful amount of weight over his early seasons and it shows in Coca's physical growth. After a first at-bat strikeout, where Terence looked overmatched, Doston recovered and made nice contact on two line drive outs to the Braves' shortstop in addition to an extremely well hit out to right field. Unfortunately, in the game of baseball it isn't how you hit it but, rather, where you hit it. Dotson fared well tonight and he should hold his head high. Nothing would describe the current stretch of inconsistent Shuckers baseball more than the failed pick-off and pickle in the bottom of inning number two. Thomas Dillard did his part by throwing a ball too high to Cam Devanney who barely made the leaping snare just off second base. Devanney then rushed his throw to first, hit the base runner on the helmet, and the ball trickled past the first base bag and the runner was safe. These are the types of defensive miscues seemingly happening on a regular basis for Biloxi in 2022. This was a key gaffe as there were no outs at the time, Zavolas was struggling, and the runner then left on the ensuing 3-2 count and grabbed third base on another well-hit ball to center field. The Shuckers remain a Southern League leader in errors. This sequence was indicative of that stat. I've now seen two Shuckers pitchers charged balls for pitch clock violations in two consecutive games. Last night Arnaldo Hernandez was charged a ball on a 1-2 count with the bases loaded before a bases-clearing double to the wall in right field that turned the tide of the entire game. In today's game, with runners on second and third base in a rough second inning, Zavolas was charged with a pitch-clock violation. Thankfully, he escaped unscathed inducing a sharply hit ground ball for the inning-ending double play. BUT, it is worth pointing out: the pitch clock changes the game in pressure situations. A pitcher can see a favorable count ruined in a matter of mere seconds. The struggle with RISP reared its head in inning number three for even the hottest of Shuckers hitters. With Joey Wiemer on second base after a wonderful stretch of a single into a hard-earned double, and the ever-walkable Thomas Dillard on first base (his pitch-recognition and patience appears to be Dillard's best attribute - 27 walks on the season) on first, both Jakson Reetz and Tristan Lutz struck out and stranded the runners on the base paths. It remained 5-2 Braves heading to the bottom half off the third. The Shuckers finished 3 for 12 on the evening with RISP. He may have thrown a scoreless inning on Tuesday in Mississippi (and, a big hooray for that and a wish for many more scoreless innings ahead!) but Lucas Erceg led off his outing in the bottom of the seventh as he has done many times in 2022: he gave up a hard hit double. Admittedly, I was a wee concerned he might see another run away inning. Erceg's 2022 scouting report might read: "High velocity but pitches to contact." Let's get to the goods: Lucas got out of the seventh and eighth inning unscathed. All in all, this was a very successful outing for the recently transitioned hurler and one we should hope he builds on. He even struck out the absolutely dangerous Michael Harris II after walking the number nine hitter. That's a win! All told, two innings of scoreless one hit, one walk, and one strikeout ball for Erceg tonight. Wiemer was a triple shy of the cycle on the evening. He absolutely crushed a home run to deep left field. He literally swings and hits the ball different than most other players at the ballpark. The home run ball was hit harder and further than any ball the entire evening and it wasn't even close - this included the home run hit to straight away center field by Michael Harris II in the first inning. Let's all take our long overdue Wiemer 'Moment of Zen': The Shuckers almost had the tying-run across. But, well, this isn't really going to get it done Felix: Speaking of Felix, he may be in a mini slump at the plate but he continues to play incredible defense. Erceg can tip his cap to Valerio's incredible diving stop at second base in the center field grass, improbable turn and throw to nail the runner by a fraction at first, all while saving a sure run from scoring. The Shuckers still have an opportunity to split the six-game away series with a win tomorrow. Here's hoping! *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 7, Louisville (Reds) 0 - POSTPONED in THIRD INNING (Booooooo!) Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds and Bats Suspended at First Horizon Park - Game to be Resumed at 1:05 Sunday Things were looking rosy early. And, then the weather rolled in. See my brief notes below. Of note, unheralded but steady Abraham Almonte was having a game - just another thriving Nasvhville Sounds late 2021 free agent signing. It is truly difficult to understand how immaculately the Brewers organization has hit on Minor League free agents in late 2021. They are answering the proverbial bell up and down the Nasvhille roster. Abbreviated Game Notes: Josh Lindbolm faced the minimum number of batters through three innings. I'm calling this an imperfect perfect game - he did concede one hit after all. Create a new stat column, please. I have spoken. The Sounds managed seven runs in only 2 complete innings. Abraham Almonte's three-run home run to left field played a big part: Prior to this three-run jack, however, Almonte also had his say in the first inning knocking in the game's first run on a single up the middle: A tip of the proverbial cap is due for Pablo Reyes. He is finally seeing his weeks of solid contact rewarding him with hits in the stat column. He's made good contact regularly and now he is finding results. I'm rooting for you, Pablo! *** That's a wrap for my Saturday fill-in Minor League report. Please stay tuned early tomorrow as we have matinee tilts abound for all our beloved teams. Nashville will lead things off as they pick-up and conclude today's weather-postponed outing for game number one. They'll have the unexpected double header following immediately after a 30 minute 'rest'. As always, thanks for reading and thank you for supporting our Minor League players! Organizational Scoreboard, including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth *** View full article
  5. A night of extremely effective starting pitching unfortunately only resulted in one victory for our full season affiliates, but let’s dwell on the positives: Carlos F. Rodriguez (Carolina), Alexander Cornielle (Carolina) and Justin Jarvis (Wisconsin) each had their best outings of the year TJ Shook (Biloxi) and Tyler Herb (Nashville) each went scoreless in their first appearances after promotion Dylan File (Nashville) put in another solid performance Joey Wiemer (10th homer) and Jakson Reetz (9th homer) continue to do serious damage to baseballs for Biloxi, while Tristen Lutz (4th homer) remains hot after a return from injury Despite the late inning losses, several actually performed well in the bullpen, not yielding any earned runs – Robbie Baker (Wisconsin), James Meeker (Wisconsin), JT Hintzen (Biloxi) Game Balls for this Thursday night go to Cornielle, Jarvis, Rodriguez, Jose Sibrian and Wiemer. Transactions: OF/IF Noah Campbell placed on AA Biloxi’s 7-day injured list retroactive to 5/17 OF Terence Doston transferred to AA Biloxi from ACL Brewers Gold RHP Alec Bettinger outrighted to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers’ 40-man roster Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 9, Down East 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Cornielle and Rodriguez Lead Micro Brews to 9-2 Victory This game was a pleasant matter of RHPs Carlos F. Rodriguez and Alexander Cornielle getting the job done until the Carolina offense came to life to blow open the game. Kudos to both on their best performances of the season to date, combining to strike out 11 Wood Ducks and give up only 3 hits. Despite giving up two singles to start the game, Rodriguez didn’t get rattled and was instead lock down from that point, not giving up any more hits over his 4 innings of work. One of those first inning baserunners did score on a sacrifice fly to give Down East an early 1-0 lead, but the Mudcats took the lead right back in the bottom half on an error (scoring Arbert Cipion, who’d walked) and a wild pitch (scoring Jackson Chourio, who’d singled). That 2-1 scoreline continued into the 5th inning, when Rodriguez handed the game over to Cornielle to continue the solid work. Cornielle faced the minimum number of hitters over two innings before Down East turned to their third pitcher of the evening and lived to regret it. In all, the first seven(!) Mudcats reached base in the bottom of the 6th inning on 2 hits and 5 walks, with the big hit being C Jose Sibrian’s bases-clearing double which extended the Carolina lead to 5-1. An RBI walk by SS Eduardo Garcia (a welcome sight in the lineup after leaving Sunday’s game early with an injury) made it 6-1. Cornielle did yield one run in the 7th inning on a walk and a single, but was nonetheless terrific over his 5 innings of work, yielding only that one run and that one hit. Carolina added 3 more runs in the 8th inning on an Oswel Leones single and Zack Raabe 2-RBI double to complete the scoring at 9-2. Performances of Note: Jose Sibrian – 2-3, double, BB, 3 RBIs Zack Raabe – 2-4, double, BB, 2 RBIs Jesus Chirinos – 2-5, double Arbert Cipion – 1-2, 3 BBs Eduardo Garcia – 1-4, BB, RBI Jackson Chourio – 1-4, BB Oswel Leones – 1-4, BB, RBI Carlos F. Rodriguez – 4 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 5 Ks Alexander Cornielle (Win) – 5 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 BBs, 6 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Jefferson Figueroa (4.91 ERA, 1.77 WHIP, 11.0 K/9 in 7 1/3 innings) is scheduled to make his 4th appearance of the season, as the Mudcats aim to take a 3-1 series lead at home. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: South Bend 3, Wisconsin 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Cubs Beat Rattlers 3-2 in ten innings Enjoy the video highlights which are always exceptional when the Rattlers play at home: Both offenses struggled with runners in scoring position in this game, combining to go 2-20, as the Wisconsin and South Bend staffs struck out 29 hitters over their 20 innings (10 x 2 teams) of work. For Wisconsin, it was RHP Justin Jarvis throwing his best game of the year to drop his season ERA to 5.35, while the Cubs’ 2021 first round pick LHP Jordan Wicks made life difficult on Rattler hitters. Wisconsin did grab a 1-0 2nd inning lead, courtesy of the first three hitters reaching base (Tristan Peters double, Ethan Murray walk, Carlos D. Rodriguez single), but were unfortunately only able to punch home one run via an Alex Hall sacrifice fly, which was followed by an Antonio Pinero strikeout and Tyler Black fly out. South Bend took the lead back in the 4th inning when Mr. Jarvis dropped a throw at first base and immediately conceded a 2-run home run. Resettling himself, Justin retired 9 of the next 10 South Bend hitters to maintain the score at 2-1. Then RHP Robbie Baker continued the effort, allowing only one walk and no hits to cover the 7th and 8th innings. On the offensive side of the ball, 20 straight Timber Rattlers were put down in order from the middle of the 2nd inning to the middle of the 8th inning. In fact, with 2 outs in the 8th inning, Wisconsin managed a Zavier Warren single and two walks to load ‘em up before Wes Clarke was unable to come through. The 9th inning saw RHP James Meeker take the mantle, quickly retiring three Cubbies before Wisconsin finally grabbed that elusive second run to send the game to extra innings. OF Tristan Peters led off with an infield single and went all the way to third base on an error. This was followed a SS Ethan Murray walk, no doubt getting the home crowd excited. However, a Rodriguez ground out and Alex Hall strikeout left Wisconsin hanging by a thread before a wild pitch allowed Peters home to knot the game at 2-2. With Murray now at 3rd base as the potential winning run, Pinero was called out on strikes. Meeker then took the hard luck loss, allowing only 1 of 7 batters to reach base, but that hit was an RBI single to score Manfred’s ghost and give South Bend a 3-2 lead in the top of the 10th inning. In the bottom half, Wisconsin once again got a man to third base with nobody out, this time a wild pitch allowing their own ghost (Pinero) to advance. However, no more hits or wild pitches were to come this day, even as the squad loaded the bases on a Zavier Warren walk and Wes Clarke hit-by-pitch (move man, let the ball get to the screen…ah well). Here’s some stellar defense from Warren earlier in the game: Performances of Note: Tristan Peters – 2-5, double Zavier Warren – 1-4, SB Justin Jarvis – 6 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 4 H, 2 BBs, 10 Ks Robbie Baker – 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks James Meeker (Loss) – 2 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: Wisconsin suddenly finds itself down 2-1 in their series, with South Bend also only 1 game back in the standings, setting up a pivotal Game 4 tonight. Brewer’s 2021 2nd round pick LHP Russell Smith (4.95 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 9.9 K/9 in 20 innings) should be back in action for the first time in 13 days. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Mississippi 9, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: M-Braves Shock Shuckers 9-4 After RHP TJ Shook worked through traffic (6 men left on base) over 3 scoreless innings of work in his AA debut and RHP JT Hinzten was solid (retired 6 of 7 batters), Biloxi’s bats were initially silent, going 12-up, 12-down through 4 innings. However, fireworks came in the 5th and 6th innings, when the Shuckers produced 4 runs on 3 hits to take a 4-0 lead. Each of those hits was a banger: Jakson Reetz 9th home run (solo shot) – his 5th in 6 games! Tristen Lutz 4th home run (solo shot) Joey Wiemer 10th home run (absolutely crushed a 2-run blast to score Gabe Holt, who’d walked) However, the game went completely awry in the bottom of the 7th inning, with RHP Nash Walters giving up 4 hits (2 runs), then handing over to RHP Arnaldo Hernandez with 2-on, 1-out. Hernandez did manage to retire the first batter on a ground out before conceding a walk and full-count, bases-clearing double to Mississippi’s CJ Alexander to fall behind 5-4. Hernandez’ painful night continued in the 8th inning, as the first 5 Braves reached base on a home run, double, 2 singles and walk, stretching the lead to 9-4. As something of a positive, RHP Taylor Floyd, who’s struggled since joining the squad late due to an apparent injury, managed to retire 2 of the 3 hitters he faced, although each did put the ball in the play (single, ground out, fly out). Let’s hope Mr. Floyd continues to round into the dominant form we’ve seen in recent years. Let’s also give a tip of the cap to Mr. Lutz, as the former 34th overall draft selection (2017) is experiencing some sustained success at the plate after a recent injury spell, going 8 for his last 19 (.421 AVG), with 2 home runs, 2 doubles, 3 walks and only 4 strikeouts. Keep it up young man! Lutz is still only 23 years old, so matching his superb power with more consistent contact can pave the way to a future MLB career. Braves’ second baseman Jalen Miller also made two fine defensive plays in this game before their offense woke up: Performances of Note: Tristen Lutz – 2-4, HR, RBI Joey Wiemer – 1-4, HR, 2 RBIs Jakson Reetz – 1-4, HR, RBI TJ Shook – 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 BBs, 3 Ks JT Hintzen – 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 1 K Arnaldo Hernandez (Loss) – 1 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 2 BBs, 0 K Friday’s outlook: Formidable RHP Victor Castaneda (2.23 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 10.3 K/9 in 32 1/3 innings) will be on the mound tonight, looking to even up the series in Pearl, Mississippi at 2 games apiece. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Louisville 3, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Bats Clip Sounds in Extra Innings The dependable Sounds saw their 4-game winning streak snapped despite another round of excellent pitching, this time from RHP Dylan File and newly-promoted RHP Tyler Herb. If fans wanted to see offensive fireworks, this was not the game for them, as the Sounds went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and Louisville was not much better (1-for-11). File managed to only concede one run on a 5th inning homer, despite hitting the first two batters he faced in the 3rd inning and a 1-out triple in the 4th inning. After failing to get a runner to 2nd base over the first 4 innings, the Sounds put together two 5th inning singles (Pablo Reyes, Mario Feliciano) with 1 out, but a ground ball double play ended this first threat. The 30-year old Herb entered the game in the 6th inning, which was actually his 31st game at the AAA level (13 with the Giants in 2018, 16 with the Orioles in 2019, 1 with the Mariners in 2021). He worked around a single and a walk in the top half, before Nashville finally knotted up the score via a Jon Singleton 2-out double (a missile off the wall) in the bottom half (plating Abraham Almonte, who’d singled). However, that was the only offense which the Sounds could generate on this Thursday night, stranding runners at 2nd base in the 7th (Weston Wilson – walked), 8th (Brice Turang – singled) and 9th innings (Mario Feliciano – hit-by-pitch). Mr. Herb was in trouble in the top half of the 9th inning, giving up a double and single to start things off, but struck out the next batter and then received some excellent assistance from his defense in the form of 3B Andruw Monasterio throwing out a runner the lead runner at home, ultimately escaping unscathed with another ground out. In the 10th inning, however, Hobie Harris came on and conceded his first earned run of 2022, a first-pitch, 2-run homer to the powerful Aristides Aquino (28 homers in 294 AAA at-bats in 2019; 10 homers in 174 MLB at-bats in 2021) to give the Bats a 3-1 lead. Ultimately, that meant that Harris had to bear the loss, as Nashville went down in order in the bottom half of the 10th inning. Performances of Note: Mario Feliciano – 2-3, HBP - this is another 23-year old who's figuring this out (10 hits over his last 17 at-bats) Jon Singleton – 1-2, double, 2 BBs, RBI Dylan File – 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 HBP, 3 Ks Tyler Herb – 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 BBs, 3 Ks Hobie Harris (Loss) – 1 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 1 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Jason Alexander (3.03 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 5.8 K/9 in 35 2/3 innings) is expected to get the start, aiming for his 6th victory of 2022. A Sounds win would give them a 3-1 series lead. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck tonight, Brewers’ affiliates! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  6. Alexander Cornielle and Carlos F. Rodriguez combined on an 11K Mudcat 9-2 victory. Justin Jarvis’ 10K gem wasn’t supported with enough Rattler runs. Biloxi’s bullpen allowed a 4-0 lead (on 3 home runs) to evaporate. Terrific efforts by Dylan File and Tyler Herb (9 innings, 1 run, combined) went for naught in Nashville. A night of extremely effective starting pitching unfortunately only resulted in one victory for our full season affiliates, but let’s dwell on the positives: Carlos F. Rodriguez (Carolina), Alexander Cornielle (Carolina) and Justin Jarvis (Wisconsin) each had their best outings of the year TJ Shook (Biloxi) and Tyler Herb (Nashville) each went scoreless in their first appearances after promotion Dylan File (Nashville) put in another solid performance Joey Wiemer (10th homer) and Jakson Reetz (9th homer) continue to do serious damage to baseballs for Biloxi, while Tristen Lutz (4th homer) remains hot after a return from injury Despite the late inning losses, several actually performed well in the bullpen, not yielding any earned runs – Robbie Baker (Wisconsin), James Meeker (Wisconsin), JT Hintzen (Biloxi) Game Balls for this Thursday night go to Cornielle, Jarvis, Rodriguez, Jose Sibrian and Wiemer. Transactions: OF/IF Noah Campbell placed on AA Biloxi’s 7-day injured list retroactive to 5/17 OF Terence Doston transferred to AA Biloxi from ACL Brewers Gold RHP Alec Bettinger outrighted to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers’ 40-man roster Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 9, Down East 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Cornielle and Rodriguez Lead Micro Brews to 9-2 Victory This game was a pleasant matter of RHPs Carlos F. Rodriguez and Alexander Cornielle getting the job done until the Carolina offense came to life to blow open the game. Kudos to both on their best performances of the season to date, combining to strike out 11 Wood Ducks and give up only 3 hits. Despite giving up two singles to start the game, Rodriguez didn’t get rattled and was instead lock down from that point, not giving up any more hits over his 4 innings of work. One of those first inning baserunners did score on a sacrifice fly to give Down East an early 1-0 lead, but the Mudcats took the lead right back in the bottom half on an error (scoring Arbert Cipion, who’d walked) and a wild pitch (scoring Jackson Chourio, who’d singled). That 2-1 scoreline continued into the 5th inning, when Rodriguez handed the game over to Cornielle to continue the solid work. Cornielle faced the minimum number of hitters over two innings before Down East turned to their third pitcher of the evening and lived to regret it. In all, the first seven(!) Mudcats reached base in the bottom of the 6th inning on 2 hits and 5 walks, with the big hit being C Jose Sibrian’s bases-clearing double which extended the Carolina lead to 5-1. An RBI walk by SS Eduardo Garcia (a welcome sight in the lineup after leaving Sunday’s game early with an injury) made it 6-1. Cornielle did yield one run in the 7th inning on a walk and a single, but was nonetheless terrific over his 5 innings of work, yielding only that one run and that one hit. Carolina added 3 more runs in the 8th inning on an Oswel Leones single and Zack Raabe 2-RBI double to complete the scoring at 9-2. Performances of Note: Jose Sibrian – 2-3, double, BB, 3 RBIs Zack Raabe – 2-4, double, BB, 2 RBIs Jesus Chirinos – 2-5, double Arbert Cipion – 1-2, 3 BBs Eduardo Garcia – 1-4, BB, RBI Jackson Chourio – 1-4, BB Oswel Leones – 1-4, BB, RBI Carlos F. Rodriguez – 4 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 5 Ks Alexander Cornielle (Win) – 5 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 BBs, 6 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Jefferson Figueroa (4.91 ERA, 1.77 WHIP, 11.0 K/9 in 7 1/3 innings) is scheduled to make his 4th appearance of the season, as the Mudcats aim to take a 3-1 series lead at home. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: South Bend 3, Wisconsin 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Cubs Beat Rattlers 3-2 in ten innings Enjoy the video highlights which are always exceptional when the Rattlers play at home: Both offenses struggled with runners in scoring position in this game, combining to go 2-20, as the Wisconsin and South Bend staffs struck out 29 hitters over their 20 innings (10 x 2 teams) of work. For Wisconsin, it was RHP Justin Jarvis throwing his best game of the year to drop his season ERA to 5.35, while the Cubs’ 2021 first round pick LHP Jordan Wicks made life difficult on Rattler hitters. Wisconsin did grab a 1-0 2nd inning lead, courtesy of the first three hitters reaching base (Tristan Peters double, Ethan Murray walk, Carlos D. Rodriguez single), but were unfortunately only able to punch home one run via an Alex Hall sacrifice fly, which was followed by an Antonio Pinero strikeout and Tyler Black fly out. South Bend took the lead back in the 4th inning when Mr. Jarvis dropped a throw at first base and immediately conceded a 2-run home run. Resettling himself, Justin retired 9 of the next 10 South Bend hitters to maintain the score at 2-1. Then RHP Robbie Baker continued the effort, allowing only one walk and no hits to cover the 7th and 8th innings. On the offensive side of the ball, 20 straight Timber Rattlers were put down in order from the middle of the 2nd inning to the middle of the 8th inning. In fact, with 2 outs in the 8th inning, Wisconsin managed a Zavier Warren single and two walks to load ‘em up before Wes Clarke was unable to come through. The 9th inning saw RHP James Meeker take the mantle, quickly retiring three Cubbies before Wisconsin finally grabbed that elusive second run to send the game to extra innings. OF Tristan Peters led off with an infield single and went all the way to third base on an error. This was followed a SS Ethan Murray walk, no doubt getting the home crowd excited. However, a Rodriguez ground out and Alex Hall strikeout left Wisconsin hanging by a thread before a wild pitch allowed Peters home to knot the game at 2-2. With Murray now at 3rd base as the potential winning run, Pinero was called out on strikes. Meeker then took the hard luck loss, allowing only 1 of 7 batters to reach base, but that hit was an RBI single to score Manfred’s ghost and give South Bend a 3-2 lead in the top of the 10th inning. In the bottom half, Wisconsin once again got a man to third base with nobody out, this time a wild pitch allowing their own ghost (Pinero) to advance. However, no more hits or wild pitches were to come this day, even as the squad loaded the bases on a Zavier Warren walk and Wes Clarke hit-by-pitch (move man, let the ball get to the screen…ah well). Here’s some stellar defense from Warren earlier in the game: Performances of Note: Tristan Peters – 2-5, double Zavier Warren – 1-4, SB Justin Jarvis – 6 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 4 H, 2 BBs, 10 Ks Robbie Baker – 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks James Meeker (Loss) – 2 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: Wisconsin suddenly finds itself down 2-1 in their series, with South Bend also only 1 game back in the standings, setting up a pivotal Game 4 tonight. Brewer’s 2021 2nd round pick LHP Russell Smith (4.95 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 9.9 K/9 in 20 innings) should be back in action for the first time in 13 days. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Mississippi 9, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: M-Braves Shock Shuckers 9-4 After RHP TJ Shook worked through traffic (6 men left on base) over 3 scoreless innings of work in his AA debut and RHP JT Hinzten was solid (retired 6 of 7 batters), Biloxi’s bats were initially silent, going 12-up, 12-down through 4 innings. However, fireworks came in the 5th and 6th innings, when the Shuckers produced 4 runs on 3 hits to take a 4-0 lead. Each of those hits was a banger: Jakson Reetz 9th home run (solo shot) – his 5th in 6 games! Tristen Lutz 4th home run (solo shot) Joey Wiemer 10th home run (absolutely crushed a 2-run blast to score Gabe Holt, who’d walked) However, the game went completely awry in the bottom of the 7th inning, with RHP Nash Walters giving up 4 hits (2 runs), then handing over to RHP Arnaldo Hernandez with 2-on, 1-out. Hernandez did manage to retire the first batter on a ground out before conceding a walk and full-count, bases-clearing double to Mississippi’s CJ Alexander to fall behind 5-4. Hernandez’ painful night continued in the 8th inning, as the first 5 Braves reached base on a home run, double, 2 singles and walk, stretching the lead to 9-4. As something of a positive, RHP Taylor Floyd, who’s struggled since joining the squad late due to an apparent injury, managed to retire 2 of the 3 hitters he faced, although each did put the ball in the play (single, ground out, fly out). Let’s hope Mr. Floyd continues to round into the dominant form we’ve seen in recent years. Let’s also give a tip of the cap to Mr. Lutz, as the former 34th overall draft selection (2017) is experiencing some sustained success at the plate after a recent injury spell, going 8 for his last 19 (.421 AVG), with 2 home runs, 2 doubles, 3 walks and only 4 strikeouts. Keep it up young man! Lutz is still only 23 years old, so matching his superb power with more consistent contact can pave the way to a future MLB career. Braves’ second baseman Jalen Miller also made two fine defensive plays in this game before their offense woke up: Performances of Note: Tristen Lutz – 2-4, HR, RBI Joey Wiemer – 1-4, HR, 2 RBIs Jakson Reetz – 1-4, HR, RBI TJ Shook – 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 BBs, 3 Ks JT Hintzen – 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 1 K Arnaldo Hernandez (Loss) – 1 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 2 BBs, 0 K Friday’s outlook: Formidable RHP Victor Castaneda (2.23 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 10.3 K/9 in 32 1/3 innings) will be on the mound tonight, looking to even up the series in Pearl, Mississippi at 2 games apiece. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Louisville 3, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Bats Clip Sounds in Extra Innings The dependable Sounds saw their 4-game winning streak snapped despite another round of excellent pitching, this time from RHP Dylan File and newly-promoted RHP Tyler Herb. If fans wanted to see offensive fireworks, this was not the game for them, as the Sounds went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and Louisville was not much better (1-for-11). File managed to only concede one run on a 5th inning homer, despite hitting the first two batters he faced in the 3rd inning and a 1-out triple in the 4th inning. After failing to get a runner to 2nd base over the first 4 innings, the Sounds put together two 5th inning singles (Pablo Reyes, Mario Feliciano) with 1 out, but a ground ball double play ended this first threat. The 30-year old Herb entered the game in the 6th inning, which was actually his 31st game at the AAA level (13 with the Giants in 2018, 16 with the Orioles in 2019, 1 with the Mariners in 2021). He worked around a single and a walk in the top half, before Nashville finally knotted up the score via a Jon Singleton 2-out double (a missile off the wall) in the bottom half (plating Abraham Almonte, who’d singled). However, that was the only offense which the Sounds could generate on this Thursday night, stranding runners at 2nd base in the 7th (Weston Wilson – walked), 8th (Brice Turang – singled) and 9th innings (Mario Feliciano – hit-by-pitch). Mr. Herb was in trouble in the top half of the 9th inning, giving up a double and single to start things off, but struck out the next batter and then received some excellent assistance from his defense in the form of 3B Andruw Monasterio throwing out a runner the lead runner at home, ultimately escaping unscathed with another ground out. In the 10th inning, however, Hobie Harris came on and conceded his first earned run of 2022, a first-pitch, 2-run homer to the powerful Aristides Aquino (28 homers in 294 AAA at-bats in 2019; 10 homers in 174 MLB at-bats in 2021) to give the Bats a 3-1 lead. Ultimately, that meant that Harris had to bear the loss, as Nashville went down in order in the bottom half of the 10th inning. Performances of Note: Mario Feliciano – 2-3, HBP - this is another 23-year old who's figuring this out (10 hits over his last 17 at-bats) Jon Singleton – 1-2, double, 2 BBs, RBI Dylan File – 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 HBP, 3 Ks Tyler Herb – 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 BBs, 3 Ks Hobie Harris (Loss) – 1 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 1 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Jason Alexander (3.03 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 5.8 K/9 in 35 2/3 innings) is expected to get the start, aiming for his 6th victory of 2022. A Sounds win would give them a 3-1 series lead. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck tonight, Brewers’ affiliates! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  7. We are now about six weeks into the season, and several players (hitters and pitchers) have really stood out. This is the time of year when we will start seeing more and more merit-based promotions (and potentially demotions) beyond transactions for injury-related purposes. As the day goes on, the Brewers’ affiliates will be making those announcements. Also, remember that several full-season minor league leagues are comprised of two half-seasons. The season essentially starts over at the halfway point and a couple of playoff spots will be up for grabs. That is something we’ll need to pay attention to over the next month. TRANSACTIONS Nothing is official yet, but there will be several player promotions announced on Tuesday. RHP Cristian Sierra has been released. RHP Fernando Olguin promoted from the Arizona Complex to Carolina. RESULTS Last week’s Week in Review (5/3-5/9): Chourio Debuts in Carolina, Rattler Pitchers Continue to Dominate Tuesday: Break out the Brooms, It’s a 4-0 Affiliate Evening Sweep! Wednesday: T-Rats Win Ensures Affiliates Avoid 0-4 Night Thursday: Nashville and Wisconsin Lead the Way Once Again Friday: Shuckers and Mudcats Avoid Any Friday the 13th Voodoo Saturday: Thirty-Five Runs Power a 3-1 Night Sunday: It’s a Four-Game Affiliate Sweep, Including Stiven Cruz’s Sterling Debut and Team-Record Six Biloxi Home Runs! WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds Week: 4-2 @ Jacksonville Season: 24-11 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 1/2 game ahead of Columbus and 4 1/2 games ahead of Toledo and Memphis. Nashville just continues to play great each week. In Jacksonville, they outscored the Jumbo Shrimp 40-28 over the week, largely due to a 10-1 win on Thursday. Ethan Small made a start and gave up one run on four hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out nine batters. Five Sounds relievers pitched twice last week without allowing a run. Connor Sadzeck led the way with five strikeouts in three innings. Obviously when he was optioned, Keston Hiura had to be disappointed. However, he didn’t let it affect how he performed. In four games with the Sounds, he went 7-for-15 and hit .467/.556/1.067 (1.623) with three home runs and nine RBI. Two of those homers came against Marlins’ pitching prospect Max Meyer. Hiura did miss the final two games of the week with a minor injury. Mario Feliciano played in just three games. He went 7-for-11 (.636) with a double. Mark Mathias played in four games and went 7-for-16, hitting .438/.471/.625 (1.096) with a home run. On the other side, Tyler White had a rough week. He played in four games and went 1-for-17 (..059) with seven strikeouts. What’s Next? The Sounds will return home to take on Louisville. Pitching Probables (RHP Caleb Boushley, LHP Ethan Small, RHP Dylan File, RHP Jason Alexander, RHP Josh Lindblom, TBD) Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 4-2, hosting Birmingham Season: 16-17 overall, 2nd place in the Southern League. They are 2.0 games behind Pensacola. A week after they lost all six of their games, the Shuckers were back on their winning ways. After winning the first game, they lost the next two. However, they won the final three games by a combined score of 30-10. This week, it was the offense that carried their success. Joey Wiemer played in all six games. He went 10-for-24 and hit .417/.500/1.083 (1.583) with one home run and five RBI. Jakson Reetz played in five games and went 7-for-17. He hit .412/.524/1.000 (1.524) with a double and three homers. Thomas Dillard played all six games. He went 7-for-20, hitting .350/.500/.650 (1.150) with three doubles and a home run. He also walked six times. Felix Valerio played in six games. He went 8-for-25. He hit .320/.393/.680 (.1.073) with three home runs. Noah Campbell played in four games and went 5-for-14 (.357) with two doubles. He added three walks. Victor Castaneda went six scoreless innings in his first start last week. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out ten batters. He pitched three innings out of the bullpen on Sunday. Overall, he gave up two runs on five hits and two walks. In nine innings, he had 16 strikeouts. Tyler Herb had another terrific start. He tossed six scoreless innings. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out three batters. Five Sounds relievers worked at least two scoreless innings during the week. What's Next? The Shuckers will travel to Mississippi to take on the Braves. Pitching Probables (LHP Nick Bennett, RHP Justin Bullock, TBD, RHP Victor Castaneda, RHP Noah Zavolas, LHP Nick Bennett) High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 5-1, @ Quad Cities Season: 22-11 overall, 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division, 2.0 games behind Cedar Rapids. The Timber Rattlers went 5-1 for the week, but they were unable to make up any ground to the Cedar Rapids Kernels. These two teams are likely to remain at the top of the division, and after the upcoming week hosting South Bend, the Rattlers will head to Iowa to take on the Kernels. The pitchers have really led the way for Wisconsin much of this season, but last week, the offense really had a big week. It started with a 17-4 win, and over the six games, the Rattlers outscored the Bandits 49-24. Tyler Black played in all six games and went 11-for-25. He hit .440/.500/.800 (1.300) with a double, a triple, two homers, and 11 RBI. He also walked three times. Tristan Peters also played all six games. He went 9-for-24 and hit .375/.467/.833 (1.300) with two doubles, three triples, and a home run. He also walked five times. Zavier Warren played six games and went 7-for-24. He hit .292/.433/.583 (1.016) with four doubles and a home run. He also walked five times. Darrien Miller played in five games and went 8-for-21. He hit .381/.480/.524 (.1004) with a double and a triple. Cam Robinson recorded saves in both of his appearances last week. In four scoreless innings, he gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out five batters. Kent Hasler pitched twice and gave up just a walk over 3 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings. He struck out nine batters. Brandon Knarr made two starts for Wisconsin. He went 2-0 and gave up just two runs. He gave up eight hits, walked two, and struck out 15 batters in 12 innings. Antoine Kelly gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out two batters. What’s Next? The Timber Rattlers return home to take on the South Bend Cubs. Pitching Probables (LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Ryne Moore, RHP Justin Jarvis, TBD, TBD, TBD) Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 3-3, @ Fayetteville Season: 17-16 overall, tied for 3rd place in the Carolina League North Division with Salem, 1/2 game behind Lynchburg and 2 1/2 games behind Fredericksburg. As you would expect from a 3-3 week, the teams were very closely matched. In fact, Carolina was outscored 27-28 for the week. Four of the games were settled by two runs or less. As you’ll see below, the Mudcats got a nice, long start, but it was the relief corp that really got the job done. In his start, Ryne Moore gave up one run on six hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out six batters. Stiven Cruz pitched three innings in his bullpen appearance. He gave up just one hit and walked one, and he struck out eight batters. Edwin Jimenez also worked three scoreless innings out of the bullpen. He gave up one hit, walked one, hit one and struck out four batters. Michele Vassalotti finished two games and went 2-0. In four innings, he gave up only an unearned run and struck out six batters in four innings. Carlos Rodriguez pitched just once, four innings in relief. He gave up an unearned run on two hits and a walk, and he struck out seven batters. Christian Tripp worked three innings over two relief outings. He gave up no runs on two hits. He walked none and struck out five batters. Herbert Perez played in five games. He went 5-for-19 and hit .263/.391/.474 (.865) with a double and a home run. He also walked four times. Jesus Chirinos played in all six games. He went 5-for-19 and hit .263/.417/.421 (.838) with a home run. He also walked five times. Of players with more than seven plate appearances, no one had an OPS higher than .626 What’s Next? The Mudcats will be hosting the Down East Wood Ducks. Pitching Probables (RHP Edwin Jimenez, RHP Fernando Olguin, RHP Carlos Rodriguez, RHP Jefferson Figueroa, RHP Stiven Cruz, RHP Israel Puello) PROSPECT SUMMARY This Prospect Summary shows our current Brewers Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week (May 10 to May 16). #1 - LHP Aaron Ashby (Milwaukee) - 1 G, 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 8 K (Season: 8 G, 3 GS, 27.1 IP, 14 R, 11 ER, 17 BB, 33 K, 0-3, 1 S, 3.62 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 5.6 BB/9, 10.9 K/9) #2 - OF Joey Wiemer (Biloxi) - 6 G, 10-for-24 (.417), 1-2B, 5 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K (Season: 33 G, 39-for-129, .302/.375/.605 (.980), 12-2B, 0-HR, 27 RBI, 13 BB, 45 K) #3 - OF Garrett Mitchell (Biloxi) - 4 G, 4-for-14 (.286), 0-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 1 BB, 3 K (Season: 30 G, 24-for-107, .224/.331/.346 (.676), 3-2B, 2-3B, 2-HR, 11 RBI, 13 BB, 40 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 8-for-26 (.308), 1-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K (Season: 21 G, 23-for-79, .291/.391/.456 (.847), 5-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 6/9 SB, 13 BB, 14 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Biloxi) - 3 G, 4-for-13 (.308), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K (Season: 9 G, 9-for-39, .231/.268/.256 (.456), 1-2B, 0-3B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 1/2 SB, 2 BB, 7 K) #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Nashville) - 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 9 K (Season: 7 GS, 32.1 IP, 9 R, 7 ER, 17 H, 21 BB, 46 K, 3-1, 1.95 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 5.8 BB/9, 12.8 K/9) #6 - SS Brice Turang (Nashville) - 6 G, 8-for-28 (.286), 0-2B, 1-HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K (Season: 31 G, 38-for-132, .288/.354/.424 (.778), 7-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 21 RBI, 14 BB, 31 K) #7 - OF Hedbert Perez (Carolina) - 5 G, 5-for-19 (.263), 1-2B, 1-HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K (Season: 27 G, 19-for-108, .176/.246/.296 (.542), 4-2B, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 5/6 SB, 10 BB, 41 K) #8 - C Jeferson Quero (Carolina) - 5 G, 4-for-18 (.222), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K (Season: 26 G, 25-for-106, .236/.291/.349 (.640), 7-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 14 RBI, 9 BB, 28 K) #9 - SS Freddy Zamora (Biloxi) - 2 G, 0-for-8 (.000), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K (Season: 24 G, 19-for-91), .209/.270/.286 (.556), 4-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 22 K) #10 - 2B Tyler Black (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 11-for-25 (.440), 1-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 11 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K (Season: 19 G, 21-for-66 (.318/.439/.500 (.939), 4-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 21 RBI, 12 BB, 10 K) #11 - 2B Felix Valerio (Biloxi) - 6 G, 8-for-25 (.320), 0-2B, 3-HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K (Season: 27 G, 27-for-98, .276/.353/.520 (.874), 4-2B, 1-3B, 6-HR, 18 RBI, 13 BB, 15 K) #12 - OF Jackson Chourio (Carolina) - 4 G, 4-for-18 (.222), 2-2B, 0-HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K (Season: 10 G, 16-for-43, .372/.413/.605 (1.018), 7-2B, 1-HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Nashville) - 3 G, 7-for-11 (.636), 1-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K (Season: 21 G, 20-for-73, .274/.338/.343 (.680), 5-2B, 0-HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 21 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Milwaukee) - (Season: 1 G, 0-for-0, R, BB) #14 - LHP Antoine Kelly (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 5.2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 K (Season: 6 GS, 27.1 IP, 9 R, 7 ER, 12 H, 17 BB, 35 K, 1-0, 2.30 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 5.6 BB/9, 11.5 K/9) #15 - OF Joe Gray, Jr. (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 5-for-23 (.217), 3-2B, 2-HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 8 K (Season: 33 G, 22-for-116, .190/.304/.388 (.692), 9-2B, 1-3B, 4-HR, 14 RBI, 7/7 SB, 19 BB, 48 K) #16 - SS Eduardo Garcia (Carolina) - 5 G, 3-for-21 (.143), 0-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 10 K (Season: 30 G, 34-124, 274/.311/.395 (.706), 7-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 23 RBI, 4 BB, 51 K) #17 - UTL Zavier Warren (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 7-for-24 (.292), 4-2B, 1-HR, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 6 K (Season: 31 G, 29-for-112, .259/.359/.393 (.752), 12-2B, 1-HR, 13 RBI, 5/5 SB, 14 BB, 31 K) #18 - RHP Abner Uribe (Biloxi) - IL (out for season) #19 - OF Hendry Mendez (Carolina) - 5 G, 5-for-20 (.250), 0-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 4BB, 7 K (Season: 27 G, 20-for-91, .220/.388/.275 (.663), 2-2B, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 24 BB, 28 K) #20 - LHP Russell Smith (Wisconsin) - Did Not Pitch (Season: 5 GS, 20.0 IP, 13 R, 11 ER, 17 H, 13 BB, 22 K, 1-1, 4.95 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 5.9 BB/9, 9.9 K/9) PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Joey Wiemer, Biloxi Shuckers Wiemer had a big week for the Shuckers. He played all six games. He had ten hits including a double and five home runs. He also walked three times and showed his speed with a couple of stolen bases. Weimer was a star at Bedford High School in Michigan. Beyond baseball, he was on the varsity football team four years and the basketball team two seasons. He was a three-year starter at the University of Cincinnati before the Brewers made him their fourth-round pick in 2020. He began his professional career last year with 75 games in Carolina before ending the season with 34 games in Wisconsin. Combined, he hit .296/.403/.556 (.958) with 18 doubles and 27 home runs. He was also 30-for-36 in stolen base attempts. He did as much damage with the Rattlers in half the number of games. After the season, he played in the Arizona Fall League where he hit .467 with a 1.234 OPS. Wiemer is a fantastic prospect who has both power and speed. The 23-year-old will likely play mostly in the corner outfield spots, and his power has a chance to be really special. Consider he’s already got 12 doubles and nine home runs in just 33 games in Double-A. Pre-season, Baseball America named him the #100 prospect in baseball. Pitcher of the Week: LHP Brandon Knarr, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Here we are again, a Timber Rattler is the choice for Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Week. For the second time, that pitcher is left-hander Brandon Knarr. Last week, he made two starts and went 2-0. He posted a 1.50 ERA. In 12 innings, he gave up two runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out 15 batters. Possible it is his last start in High-A? Knarr has a career that has been quite circuitous to get to this point. The Pennsylvania native was a star at Eastern York High School. He started his college career at Notre Dame before transferring to the College of Central Florida. In 65 2/3 innings, he had 86 strikeouts. From there, he went to the Division II baseball powerhouse at the University of Tampa. In six starts before the season was shut down, he went 4-1 with a 2.55 ERA. He had 64 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings (16.3 K/9). Knarr went undrafted in the Covid-shortened, five-round 2020 MLB draft. As you recall, teams were able to sign non-drafted players for up to $20,000. Knarr had many options, but the Brewers offered the opportunity to work as a starter. He signed and has taken advantage. Last year in Carolina, he went 7-2 with a 3.84 ERA in 75 innings. He struck out 103 batters (12.4 K/9). He ended the season with five starts in Wisconsin, where he struggled some but also struck out more than a batter per inning. Knarr has worked hard to get to this point in his career. He stands less than 6-0 tall. He doesn’t throw real hard, but he is incredibly competitive. His fastball sits between 88 and 91 mph. He has a split-finger pitch that is sitting in the 72-76 mph range. He’s got two breaking balls, a slider in the low-80s and a slower curveball in the mid-70s. He works fast and really commands the zone. He’s known to ask questions and is always working to learn more about his craft. Feel free to discuss the Brewers' prospects and their affiliates in the COMMENTS below.
  8. Transactions are coming today. Some very exciting promotions at that. Check back throughout the day for more and do discuss those moves. Nashville remains in first place after a 4-2 week. Biloxi returned to their winning ways with a 4-2 week. Wisconsin went 5-1 again. Carolina played at .500. Several top prospects had huge weeks. How might an updated Brewers top prospect ranking look? We are now about six weeks into the season, and several players (hitters and pitchers) have really stood out. This is the time of year when we will start seeing more and more merit-based promotions (and potentially demotions) beyond transactions for injury-related purposes. As the day goes on, the Brewers’ affiliates will be making those announcements. Also, remember that several full-season minor league leagues are comprised of two half-seasons. The season essentially starts over at the halfway point and a couple of playoff spots will be up for grabs. That is something we’ll need to pay attention to over the next month. TRANSACTIONS Nothing is official yet, but there will be several player promotions announced on Tuesday. RESULTS Last week’s Week in Review (5/3-5/9): Chourio Debuts in Carolina, Rattler Pitchers Continue to Dominate Tuesday: Break out the Brooms, It’s a 4-0 Affiliate Evening Sweep! Wednesday: T-Rats Win Ensures Affiliates Avoid 0-4 Night Thursday: Nashville and Wisconsin Lead the Way Once Again Friday: Shuckers and Mudcats Avoid Any Friday the 13th Voodoo Saturday: Thirty-Five Runs Power a 3-1 Night Sunday: It’s a Four-Game Affiliate Sweep, Including Stiven Cruz’s Sterling Debut and Team-Record Six Biloxi Home Runs! WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds Week: 4-2 @ Jacksonville Season: 24-11 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 1/2 game ahead of Columbus and 4 1/2 games ahead of Toledo and Memphis. Nashville just continues to play great each week. In Jacksonville, they outscored the Jumbo Shrimp 40-28 over the week, largely due to a 10-1 win on Thursday. Ethan Small made a start and gave up one run on four hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out nine batters. Five Sounds relievers pitched twice last week without allowing a run. Connor Sadzeck led the way with five strikeouts in three innings. Obviously when he was optioned, Keston Hiura had to be disappointed. However, he didn’t let it affect how he performed. In four games with the Sounds, he went 7-for-15 and hit .467/.556/1.067 (1.623) with three home runs and nine RBI. Two of those homers came against Marlins’ pitching prospect Max Meyer. Hiura did miss the final two games of the week with a minor injury. Mario Feliciano played in just three games. He went 7-for-11 (.636) with a double. Mark Mathias played in four games and went 7-for-16, hitting .438/.471/.625 (1.096) with a home run. On the other side, Tyler White had a rough week. He played in four games and went 1-for-17 (..059) with seven strikeouts. What’s Next? The Sounds will return home to take on Louisville. Pitching Probables (RHP Caleb Boushley, LHP Ethan Small, RHP Dylan File, RHP Jason Alexander, RHP Josh Lindblom, TBD) Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 4-2, hosting Birmingham Season: 16-17 overall, 2nd place in the Southern League. They are 2.0 games behind Pensacola. A week after they lost all six of their games, the Shuckers were back on their winning ways. After winning the first game, they lost the next two. However, they won the final three games by a combined score of 30-10. This week, it was the offense that carried their success. Joey Wiemer played in all six games. He went 10-for-24 and hit .417/.500/1.083 (1.583) with one home run and five RBI. Jakson Reetz played in five games and went 7-for-17. He hit .412/.524/1.000 (1.524) with a double and three homers. Thomas Dillard played all six games. He went 7-for-20, hitting .350/.500/.650 (1.150) with three doubles and a home run. He also walked six times. Felix Valerio played in six games. He went 8-for-25. He hit .320/.393/.680 (.1.073) with three home runs. Noah Campbell played in four games and went 5-for-14 (.357) with two doubles. He added three walks. Victor Castaneda went six scoreless innings in his first start last week. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out ten batters. He pitched three innings out of the bullpen on Sunday. Overall, he gave up two runs on five hits and two walks. In nine innings, he had 16 strikeouts. Tyler Herb had another terrific start. He tossed six scoreless innings. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out three batters. Five Sounds relievers worked at least two scoreless innings during the week. What's Next? The Shuckers will travel to Mississippi to take on the Braves. Pitching Probables (LHP Nick Bennett, RHP Carlos Luna, TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD) High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 5-1, @ Quad Cities Season: 22-11 overall, 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division, 2.0 games behind Cedar Rapids. The Timber Rattlers went 5-1 for the week, but they were unable to make up any ground to the Cedar Rapids Kernels. These two teams are likely to remain at the top of the division, and after the upcoming week hosting South Bend, the Rattlers will head to Iowa to take on the Kernels. The pitchers have really led the way for Wisconsin much of this season, but last week, the offense really had a big week. It started with a 17-4 win, and over the six games, the Rattlers outscored the Bandits 49-24. Tyler Black played in all six games and went 11-for-25. He hit .440/.500/.800 (1.300) with a double, a triple, two homers, and 11 RBI. He also walked three times. Tristan Peters also played all six games. He went 9-for-24 and hit .375/.467/.833 (1.300) with two doubles, three triples, and a home run. He also walked five times. Zavier Warren played six games and went 7-for-24. He hit .292/.433/.583 (1.016) with four doubles and a home run. He also walked five times. Darrien Miller played in five games and went 8-for-21. He hit .381/.480/.524 (.1004) with a double and a triple. Cam Robinson recorded saves in both of his appearances last week. In four scoreless innings, he gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out five batters. Kent Hasler pitched twice and gave up just a walk over 3 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings. He struck out nine batters. Brandon Knarr made two starts for Wisconsin. He went 2-0 and gave up just two runs. He gave up eight hits, walked two, and struck out 15 batters in 12 innings. Antoine Kelly gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out two batters. What’s Next? The Timber Rattlers return home to take on the South Bend Cubs. Pitching Probables (LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Ryne Moore, RHP Justin Jarvis, TBD, TBD, LHP Russell Smith, RHP TJ Shook, LHP Brandon Knarr, LHP Antoine Kelly) Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 3-3, @ Fayetteville Season: 17-16 overall, tied for 3rd place in the Carolina League North Division with Salem, 1/2 game behind Lynchburg and 2 1/2 games behind Fredericksburg. As you would expect from a 3-3 week, the teams were very closely matched. In fact, Carolina was outscored 27-28 for the week. Four of the games were settled by two runs or less. As you’ll see below, the Mudcats got a nice, long start, but it was the relief corp that really got the job done. In his start, Ryne Moore gave up one run on six hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out six batters. Stiven Cruz pitched three innings in his bullpen appearance. He gave up just one hit and walked one, and he struck out eight batters. Edwin Jimenez also worked three scoreless innings out of the bullpen. He gave up one hit, walked one, hit one and struck out four batters. Michele Vassalotti finished two games and went 2-0. In four innings, he gave up only an unearned run and struck out six batters in four innings. Carlos Rodriguez pitched just once, four innings in relief. He gave up an unearned run on two hits and a walk, and he struck out seven batters. Christian Tripp worked three innings over two relief outings. He gave up no runs on two hits. He walked none and struck out five batters. Herbert Perez played in five games. He went 5-for-19 and hit .263/.391/.474 (.865) with a double and a home run. He also walked four times. Jesus Chirinos played in all six games. He went 5-for-19 and hit .263/.417/.421 (.838) with a home run. He also walked five times. Of players with more than seven plate appearances, no one had an OPS higher than .626 What’s Next? The Mudcats will be hosting the Down East Wood Ducks. Pitching Probables (RHP Brannon Jordan, RHP Edwin Jimenez, LHP Alexander Cornielle, RHP Carlos Rodriguez, RHP Brannon Jordan) PROSPECT SUMMARY This Prospect Summary shows our current Brewers Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week (May 10 to May 16). #1 - LHP Aaron Ashby (Milwaukee) - 1 G, 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 8 K (Season: 8 G, 3 GS, 27.1 IP, 14 R, 11 ER, 17 BB, 33 K, 0-3, 1 S, 3.62 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 5.6 BB/9, 10.9 K/9) #2 - OF Joey Wiemer (Biloxi) - 6 G, 10-for-24 (.417), 1-2B, 5 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K (Season: 33 G, 39-for-129, .302/.375/.605 (.980), 12-2B, 0-HR, 27 RBI, 13 BB, 45 K) #3 - OF Garrett Mitchell (Biloxi) - 4 G, 4-for-14 (.286), 0-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 1 BB, 3 K (Season: 30 G, 24-for-107, .224/.331/.346 (.676), 3-2B, 2-3B, 2-HR, 11 RBI, 13 BB, 40 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 8-for-26 (.308), 1-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K (Season: 21 G, 23-for-79, .291/.391/.456 (.847), 5-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 6/9 SB, 13 BB, 14 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Biloxi) - 3 G, 4-for-13 (.308), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K (Season: 9 G, 9-for-39, .231/.268/.256 (.456), 1-2B, 0-3B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 1/2 SB, 2 BB, 7 K) #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Nashville) - 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 9 K (Season: 7 GS, 32.1 IP, 9 R, 7 ER, 17 H, 21 BB, 46 K, 3-1, 1.95 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 5.8 BB/9, 12.8 K/9) #6 - SS Brice Turang (Nashville) - 6 G, 8-for-28 (.286), 0-2B, 1-HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K (Season: 31 G, 38-for-132, .288/.354/.424 (.778), 7-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 21 RBI, 14 BB, 31 K) #7 - OF Hedbert Perez (Carolina) - 5 G, 5-for-19 (.263), 1-2B, 1-HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K (Season: 27 G, 19-for-108, .176/.246/.296 (.542), 4-2B, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 5/6 SB, 10 BB, 41 K) #8 - C Jeferson Quero (Carolina) - 5 G, 4-for-18 (.222), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K (Season: 26 G, 25-for-106, .236/.291/.349 (.640), 7-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 14 RBI, 9 BB, 28 K) #9 - SS Freddy Zamora (Biloxi) - 2 G, 0-for-8 (.000), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K (Season: 24 G, 19-for-91), .209/.270/.286 (.556), 4-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 22 K) #10 - 2B Tyler Black (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 11-for-25 (.440), 1-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 11 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K (Season: 19 G, 21-for-66 (.318/.439/.500 (.939), 4-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 21 RBI, 12 BB, 10 K) #11 - 2B Felix Valerio (Biloxi) - 6 G, 8-for-25 (.320), 0-2B, 3-HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K (Season: 27 G, 27-for-98, .276/.353/.520 (.874), 4-2B, 1-3B, 6-HR, 18 RBI, 13 BB, 15 K) #12 - OF Jackson Chourio (Carolina) - 4 G, 4-for-18 (.222), 2-2B, 0-HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K (Season: 10 G, 16-for-43, .372/.413/.605 (1.018), 7-2B, 1-HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Nashville) - 3 G, 7-for-11 (.636), 1-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K (Season: 21 G, 20-for-73, .274/.338/.343 (.680), 5-2B, 0-HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 21 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Milwaukee) - (Season: 1 G, 0-for-0, R, BB) #14 - LHP Antoine Kelly (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 5.2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 K (Season: 6 GS, 27.1 IP, 9 R, 7 ER, 12 H, 17 BB, 35 K, 1-0, 2.30 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 5.6 BB/9, 11.5 K/9) #15 - OF Joe Gray, Jr. (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 5-for-23 (.217), 3-2B, 2-HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 8 K (Season: 33 G, 22-for-116, .190/.304/.388 (.692), 9-2B, 1-3B, 4-HR, 14 RBI, 7/7 SB, 19 BB, 48 K) #16 - SS Eduardo Garcia (Carolina) - 5 G, 3-for-21 (.143), 0-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 10 K (Season: 30 G, 34-124, 274/.311/.395 (.706), 7-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 23 RBI, 4 BB, 51 K) #17 - UTL Zavier Warren (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 7-for-24 (.292), 4-2B, 1-HR, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 6 K (Season: 31 G, 29-for-112, .259/.359/.393 (.752), 12-2B, 1-HR, 13 RBI, 5/5 SB, 14 BB, 31 K) #18 - RHP Abner Uribe (Biloxi) - IL (out for season) #19 - OF Hendry Mendez (Carolina) - 5 G, 5-for-20 (.250), 0-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 4BB, 7 K (Season: 27 G, 20-for-91, .220/.388/.275 (.663), 2-2B, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 24 BB, 28 K) #20 - LHP Russell Smith (Wisconsin) - Did Not Pitch (Season: 5 GS, 20.0 IP, 13 R, 11 ER, 17 H, 13 BB, 22 K, 1-1, 4.95 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 5.9 BB/9, 9.9 K/9) PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Joey Wiemer, Biloxi Shuckers Wiemer had a big week for the Shuckers. He played all six games. He had ten hits including a double and five home runs. He also walked three times and showed his speed with a couple of stolen bases. Weimer was a star at Bedford High School in Michigan. Beyond baseball, he was on the varsity football team four years and the basketball team two seasons. He was a three-year starter at the University of Cincinnati before the Brewers made him their fourth-round pick in 2020. He began his professional career last year with 75 games in Carolina before ending the season with 34 games in Wisconsin. Combined, he hit .296/.403/.556 (.958) with 18 doubles and 27 home runs. He was also 30-for-36 in stolen base attempts. He did as much damage with the Rattlers in half the number of games. After the season, he played in the Arizona Fall League where he hit .467 with a 1.234 OPS. Wiemer is a fantastic prospect who has both power and speed. The 23-year-old will likely play mostly in the corner outfield spots, and his power has a chance to be really special. Consider he’s already got 12 doubles and nine home runs in just 33 games in Double-A. Pre-season, Baseball America named him the #100 prospect in baseball. Pitcher of the Week: LHP Brandon Knarr, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Here we are again, a Timber Rattler is the choice for Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Week. For the second time, that pitcher is left-hander Brandon Knarr. Last week, he made two starts and went 2-0. He posted a 1.50 ERA. In 12 innings, he gave up two runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out 15 batters. Possible it is his last start in High-A? Knarr has a career that has been quite circuitous to get to this point. The Pennsylvania native was a star at Eastern York High School. He started his college career at Notre Dame before transferring to the College of Central Florida. In 65 2/3 innings, he had 86 strikeouts. From there, he went to the Division II baseball powerhouse at the University of Tampa. In six starts before the season was shut down, he went 4-1 with a 2.55 ERA. He had 64 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings (16.3 K/9). Knarr went undrafted in the Covid-shortened, five-round 2020 MLB draft. As you recall, teams were able to sign non-drafted players for up to $20,000. Knarr had many options, but the Brewers offered the opportunity to work as a starter. He signed and has taken advantage. Last year in Carolina, he went 7-2 with a 3.84 ERA in 75 innings. He struck out 103 batters (12.4 K/9). He ended the season with five starts in Wisconsin, where he struggled some but also struck out more than a batter per inning. Knarr has worked hard to get to this point in his career. He stands less than 6-0 tall. He doesn’t throw real hard, but he is incredibly competitive. His fastball sits between 88 and 91 mph. He has a split-finger pitch that is sitting in the 72-76 mph range. He’s got two breaking balls, a slider in the low-80s and a slower curveball in the mid-70s. He works fast and really commands the zone. He’s known to ask questions and is always working to learn more about his craft. Feel free to discuss the Brewers' prospects and their affiliates in the COMMENTS below. View full article
  9. What a terrific Sunday for our minor league affiliates, as each and every one jumped out to early leads which held up nicely: Nashville Sounds – 8-4 by the 4th inning Biloxi Shuckers – 4-1 by the 4th inning and 7-1 by the 5th inning Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – 3-0 through 5; 4-0 through 6 Carolina Mudcats – 5-0 in the 2nd inning; 9-1 in the 5th inning And let’s give a shoutout to the minor league staffers and players obviously working hard in extended spring training in Arizona. If the fabulous initial performances of OF Jackson Chourio and RHP Stiven Cruz are anything to go by, there’s some serious competition and development going on down there. The recently-promoted 20-year old Cruz had a scintillating debut for Carolina, striking out eight of the 11 batters he faced, whilst otherwise only conceding a walk, fly out and “soft line drive” single to right field. Who does he think he is, Brandon Knarr? Well, that’d be something special, as Knarr dazzled for Wisconsin on Sunday by shutting out the opposition over seven innings of three-hit, one-walk, ten-strikeout ball. Or if dominant pitching is too boring for you, Sunday saw a team-record six home runs for our Biloxi Shuckers, including two each for Joey Wiemer and Cam Devanney. Oh, and Alberis Ferrer jacked a grand slam for Carolina . Coupled with a Brewers’ victory, Sunday, May 15, 2022 almost went down in history as a perfect Wisconsin sports day. Almost… Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Knarr, Wiemer, Devanney, Cruz and Nashville’s Weston Wilson (three hits, four RBIs). Sorry Alberis – your grand slam would have been enough on any other day. Transactions: · None Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 12, Fayetteville 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Cruz Totals 8 Ks; Ferrer Hits Grand Slam in 12-6 Victory It’s Stiven Cruz’s world and we’re all just enjoying living in it. The 20-year old Nicaraguan was more-than-ready for his 2022 debut, striking out the side in the first inning and then working around a 2nd inning walk to K the next three hitters. In all, he threw 60 pitches over three innings, with no runner reaching 2nd base. On this day, the opposing starter was not quite as sharp, to say the least. Five walks, a single and a wild pitch in the 2nd inning gave Carolina a 3-0 lead before OF Jackson Chourio lined a single to left field to extend the lead to 5-0. At 5-1 with two outs in the top of the 5th inning, 3B Alberis Ferrer blasted a grand slam to left field for his third home run of 2022, seemingly giving the team sufficient cushion. However, some scuffling by RHPs Trevor Tietz and Miguel Segura enabled Fayetteville to claw back to 9-6 in the 7th inning, before LHP Jakob Brustoski calmed nerves by striking out the side in the 8th inning. Thankfully, the Mudcats tacked on another three runs in the 9th inning to put the game out of reach, aided by four walks and a hit-by-pitch. Carolina’s win was enough to draw the week’s series 3-3 with Fayetteville and keep the Mudcats’ record above .500 in 2022. The main downside in this game was SS Eduardo Garcia’s early exit after a fielding error in the 7th inning. Hopefully he’ll be back in the lineup early this week. Performances of Note: Jackson Chourio – 2-5, double, 2 RBIs Jeferson Quero – 2-3, 2 BBs, 2 SBs Alberis Ferrer – 1-3, HR, BB, HBP, 6 RBIs Eduardo Garcia – 1-3, BB, RBI Jesus Chirinos – 1-2, 3 BBs Stiven Cruz – 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 8 Ks Junior Montero (Win) – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BBs, 2 Ks Jakob Brustoski – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BBs, 3 Ks Christian Tripp – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BBs, 3 Ks Next week’s outlook: The 17-16 Mudcats return home to face Down East (14-19) in the third series of 2022 between these rivals. Expect RHPs Edwin Jimenez and Israel Puello to start the opener of the six-game series. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 4, Quad Cities 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Knarr Quiets Quad Cities with Ten Ks LHP Brandon Knarr doesn’t ask for much from his offense, so Joe Gray Jr.’s two-run shot to left field in the 3rd inning surely had him smiling with a 2-0 lead. After working around a one-out single and walk in the first inning, Knarr only allowed two more River Bandits to reach base over his seven innings of work. This was Knarr’s 5th consecutive win. Of course, Quad Cities players and fans must have been excited upon seeing Knarr remain in the dugout in the 8th inning and their prayers seemed to be answered when RHP Joey Matulovich allowed the first three hitters to reach base (two hit-by-pitch, single). Matulovich nearly escaped unscathed, but a two-out walk brought the potential game-winning run to the plate. Timber Rattler Manager Joe Ayrault wasn’t messing around in this one, pulling Matulovich after 23 pitches to have RHP James Meeker end Quad Cities’ threat with a strikeout. Meeker remained in the game to cover the 9th inning, earning his 3rd save of 2022. Wisconsin’s victory gave them a second-consecutive 5-1 series win over their opponent, which is huge in light of 3rd place South Bend coming to town next week. Performances of Note: Tyler Black – 3-5, double, RBI Joe Gray Jr. – 1-5, HR, 2 RBIs Darrien Miller – 1-4, double, HBP, RBI Zavier Warren – 1-3, double, 2 BBs Tristan Peters – 1-4, double Brandon Knarr (Win) – 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 10Ks James Meeker (Save) – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Next week’s outlook: The 22-11 Timber Rattlers return home for their second series of the year against South Bend (20-13). LHP Antoine Kelly is listed as the Game One starter, but don’t be surprised if LHP Russell Smith (last pitched May 7th) or RHP Ryne Moore (recently promoted to High-A) get in some work as well. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 8, Birmingham 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: History Again! Biloxi Launches Franchise-Record Six Home Runs The Shuckers won their series! The Shuckers won their series! After a frustrating month, Biloxi’s bats have woken up and the squad notched a 4-2 series win over the Birmingham Barons, their first series victory since April 17th. RHP Noah Zavolas apparently does not subscribe to my “rust” theory, where I give athletes a few mulligans after a long lay-off. (Remember Michael Jordan putting his shorts on backwards and shooting 7-for-28 in his grand mid-season return to the Chicago Bulls?) Zavolas was cool, calm and collected through three innings of work in his 2022 debut, retiring nine of the ten batters he faced and getting the boost he needed when OF Joey Wiemer smacked his 8th homer of 2022 for a 1-0 Biloxi lead in the 3rd inning. However, the 4th inning looked like trouble, with a Birmingham single and two walks opening the frame. To my shock, Zavolas remained in the game, striking out dangerous veteran left-handed hitter Craig Dedelow (eight home runs in 2022) before then being lifted for RHP JT Hintzen. Hintzen was up to the task in this one, inducing a sacrifice fly and a ground out to keep the contest tight at 1-1. In the bottom half of the 4th inning, the Shuckers decided to make a winner of Hintzen, with Jakson Reetz connecting on his 7th home run of 2022 (for the 3rd consecutive day!) and then Cam Devanney blasting a 2-run homer to give Biloxi a 4-1 lead. The shock and awe kept coming, as Wiemer (two-run shot) and Felix Valerio went back-to-back in the 5th inning and Devanney added his 2nd of the game (and 4th of the year) in the 6th inning. The team decided to give RHP Victor Castaneda a bit of work in this one and he was unlucky to give up two runs in the 7th inning on a walk, infield hit and deflected single into left field. That said, Castaneda still struck out six batters over three innings and the Barons never seriously threatened. Performances of Note: Joey Wiemer – 3-5, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs Cam Devanney – 2-4, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs Jakson Reetz – 2-4, HR, RBI Tristen Lutz – 2-3, BB Sal Frelick – 2-5 Felix Valerio – 1-5, HR, RBI Noah Zavolas – 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 BBs, 3 Ks JT Hintzen (Win) – 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BBs, 0 Ks Nash Walters – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BBs, 1 K Arnaldo Hernandez – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K Next week’s outlook: The 16-17 Shuckers travel to face the 14-19 Mississippi Braves. LHP Nick Bennett (5.28 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 6.5 K/9 in 29 innings) is scheduled to get the first crack at the Mississippi lineup. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 11, Jacksonville 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Take Sixth Straight Series With Sunday Win Nashville had won five straight series entering this game and wasn’t ready to entertain any possibility of a 3-3 draw with Jacksonville this week, jumping out to a 4-0 first inning lead on two-out doubles by 3B Weston Wilson and OF Pablo Reyes. However, starting RHP Alec Bettinger is still rounding into 2022 form and was unfortunately roughed up in the 2nd inning (thus re-proving my rust theory), giving up three hits, a walk and sacrifice fly to quickly re-knot the contest at 4-4. RHP Luke Barker then served as an efficient bridge to innings-eater RHP Josh Lindblom, covering the 3rd inning before another Sounds’ barrage. Once again doing all their damage with two outs, Nashville posted another four runs in the 4th inning, including an RBI infield single by Tyler White (snapping an 0-for-27 skid) and a bases-clearing double by Wilson. Lindblom was his usual efficient self, allowing only two hits and two walks over five innings of work. SS Brice Turang had been in a mini-slump (0-for-10 before a first inning infield single), so his 7th inning two-RBI single extending the Sounds’ lead to 11-4 had to feel good. As if 11 runs weren’t enough, the scoreline could have ballooned much further if not for three tremendous defensive plays by the Jumbo Shrimp, which you can see on their twitter feed. Performances of Note: Weston Wilson – 3-5, 2 doubles, BB, 4 RBIs Pablo Reyes – 3-5, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, SB Alex Jackson – 2-5, double, SB Brice Turang – 2-6, 2 RBIs Jonathan Davis – 2-4, BB, HBP Abraham Almonte – 2-4, BB, HBP Andruw Monasterio – 1-4, BB Alec Bettinger – 2 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks Luke Barker (Win) – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BBs, 0 Ks Josh Lindblom – 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 BBs, 5 Ks Trevor Kelley – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks Next week’s outlook: Nashville (24-11) is home this week to take on the Louisville Bats (13-22). RHP Caleb Boushley (4.28 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 8.3 K/9 in 33 2/3 innings) is expected to make his 8th start of the year to open the series. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Enjoy your travel day, young fellas! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  10. Biloxi crushes a team record six home runs in support of Noah Zavolas’ 2022 debut. A phenomenal eight-K, three-inning shutout debut for Stiven Cruz led Carolina to victory. Nashville racks up 11 runs for a comfortable win. Brandon Knarr is once-again dominant for Wisconsin, with ten strikeouts in seven shutout innings. What a terrific Sunday for our minor league affiliates, as each and every one jumped out to early leads which held up nicely: Nashville Sounds – 8-4 by the 4th inning Biloxi Shuckers – 4-1 by the 4th inning and 7-1 by the 5th inning Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – 3-0 through 5; 4-0 through 6 Carolina Mudcats – 5-0 in the 2nd inning; 9-1 in the 5th inning And let’s give a shoutout to the minor league staffers and players obviously working hard in extended spring training in Arizona. If the fabulous initial performances of OF Jackson Chourio and RHP Stiven Cruz are anything to go by, there’s some serious competition and development going on down there. The recently-promoted 20-year old Cruz had a scintillating debut for Carolina, striking out eight of the 11 batters he faced, whilst otherwise only conceding a walk, fly out and “soft line drive” single to right field. Who does he think he is, Brandon Knarr? Well, that’d be something special, as Knarr dazzled for Wisconsin on Sunday by shutting out the opposition over seven innings of three-hit, one-walk, ten-strikeout ball. Or if dominant pitching is too boring for you, Sunday saw a team-record six home runs for our Biloxi Shuckers, including two each for Joey Wiemer and Cam Devanney. Oh, and Alberis Ferrer jacked a grand slam for Carolina . Coupled with a Brewers’ victory, Sunday, May 15, 2022 almost went down in history as a perfect Wisconsin sports day. Almost… Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Knarr, Wiemer, Devanney, Cruz and Nashville’s Weston Wilson (three hits, four RBIs). Sorry Alberis – your grand slam would have been enough on any other day. Transactions: · None Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 12, Fayetteville 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Cruz Totals 8 Ks; Ferrer Hits Grand Slam in 12-6 Victory It’s Stiven Cruz’s world and we’re all just enjoying living in it. The 20-year old Nicaraguan was more-than-ready for his 2022 debut, striking out the side in the first inning and then working around a 2nd inning walk to K the next three hitters. In all, he threw 60 pitches over three innings, with no runner reaching 2nd base. On this day, the opposing starter was not quite as sharp, to say the least. Five walks, a single and a wild pitch in the 2nd inning gave Carolina a 3-0 lead before OF Jackson Chourio lined a single to left field to extend the lead to 5-0. At 5-1 with two outs in the top of the 5th inning, 3B Alberis Ferrer blasted a grand slam to left field for his third home run of 2022, seemingly giving the team sufficient cushion. However, some scuffling by RHPs Trevor Tietz and Miguel Segura enabled Fayetteville to claw back to 9-6 in the 7th inning, before LHP Jakob Brustoski calmed nerves by striking out the side in the 8th inning. Thankfully, the Mudcats tacked on another three runs in the 9th inning to put the game out of reach, aided by four walks and a hit-by-pitch. Carolina’s win was enough to draw the week’s series 3-3 with Fayetteville and keep the Mudcats’ record above .500 in 2022. The main downside in this game was SS Eduardo Garcia’s early exit after a fielding error in the 7th inning. Hopefully he’ll be back in the lineup early this week. Performances of Note: Jackson Chourio – 2-5, double, 2 RBIs Jeferson Quero – 2-3, 2 BBs, 2 SBs Alberis Ferrer – 1-3, HR, BB, HBP, 6 RBIs Eduardo Garcia – 1-3, BB, RBI Jesus Chirinos – 1-2, 3 BBs Stiven Cruz – 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 8 Ks Junior Montero (Win) – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BBs, 2 Ks Jakob Brustoski – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BBs, 3 Ks Christian Tripp – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BBs, 3 Ks Next week’s outlook: The 17-16 Mudcats return home to face Down East (14-19) in the third series of 2022 between these rivals. Expect RHPs Edwin Jimenez and Israel Puello to start the opener of the six-game series. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 4, Quad Cities 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Knarr Quiets Quad Cities with Ten Ks LHP Brandon Knarr doesn’t ask for much from his offense, so Joe Gray Jr.’s two-run shot to left field in the 3rd inning surely had him smiling with a 2-0 lead. After working around a one-out single and walk in the first inning, Knarr only allowed two more River Bandits to reach base over his seven innings of work. This was Knarr’s 5th consecutive win. Of course, Quad Cities players and fans must have been excited upon seeing Knarr remain in the dugout in the 8th inning and their prayers seemed to be answered when RHP Joey Matulovich allowed the first three hitters to reach base (two hit-by-pitch, single). Matulovich nearly escaped unscathed, but a two-out walk brought the potential game-winning run to the plate. Timber Rattler Manager Joe Ayrault wasn’t messing around in this one, pulling Matulovich after 23 pitches to have RHP James Meeker end Quad Cities’ threat with a strikeout. Meeker remained in the game to cover the 9th inning, earning his 3rd save of 2022. Wisconsin’s victory gave them a second-consecutive 5-1 series win over their opponent, which is huge in light of 3rd place South Bend coming to town next week. Performances of Note: Tyler Black – 3-5, double, RBI Joe Gray Jr. – 1-5, HR, 2 RBIs Darrien Miller – 1-4, double, HBP, RBI Zavier Warren – 1-3, double, 2 BBs Tristan Peters – 1-4, double Brandon Knarr (Win) – 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 10Ks James Meeker (Save) – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Next week’s outlook: The 22-11 Timber Rattlers return home for their second series of the year against South Bend (20-13). LHP Antoine Kelly is listed as the Game One starter, but don’t be surprised if LHP Russell Smith (last pitched May 7th) or RHP Ryne Moore (recently promoted to High-A) get in some work as well. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 8, Birmingham 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: History Again! Biloxi Launches Franchise-Record Six Home Runs The Shuckers won their series! The Shuckers won their series! After a frustrating month, Biloxi’s bats have woken up and the squad notched a 4-2 series win over the Birmingham Barons, their first series victory since April 17th. RHP Noah Zavolas apparently does not subscribe to my “rust” theory, where I give athletes a few mulligans after a long lay-off. (Remember Michael Jordan putting his shorts on backwards and shooting 7-for-28 in his grand mid-season return to the Chicago Bulls?) Zavolas was cool, calm and collected through three innings of work in his 2022 debut, retiring nine of the ten batters he faced and getting the boost he needed when OF Joey Wiemer smacked his 8th homer of 2022 for a 1-0 Biloxi lead in the 3rd inning. However, the 4th inning looked like trouble, with a Birmingham single and two walks opening the frame. To my shock, Zavolas remained in the game, striking out dangerous veteran left-handed hitter Craig Dedelow (eight home runs in 2022) before then being lifted for RHP JT Hintzen. Hintzen was up to the task in this one, inducing a sacrifice fly and a ground out to keep the contest tight at 1-1. In the bottom half of the 4th inning, the Shuckers decided to make a winner of Hintzen, with Jakson Reetz connecting on his 7th home run of 2022 (for the 3rd consecutive day!) and then Cam Devanney blasting a 2-run homer to give Biloxi a 4-1 lead. The shock and awe kept coming, as Wiemer (two-run shot) and Felix Valerio went back-to-back in the 5th inning and Devanney added his 2nd of the game (and 4th of the year) in the 6th inning. The team decided to give RHP Victor Castaneda a bit of work in this one and he was unlucky to give up two runs in the 7th inning on a walk, infield hit and deflected single into left field. That said, Castaneda still struck out six batters over three innings and the Barons never seriously threatened. Performances of Note: Joey Wiemer – 3-5, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs Cam Devanney – 2-4, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs Jakson Reetz – 2-4, HR, RBI Tristen Lutz – 2-3, BB Sal Frelick – 2-5 Felix Valerio – 1-5, HR, RBI Noah Zavolas – 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 BBs, 3 Ks JT Hintzen (Win) – 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BBs, 0 Ks Nash Walters – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BBs, 1 K Arnaldo Hernandez – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K Next week’s outlook: The 16-17 Shuckers travel to face the 14-19 Mississippi Braves. LHP Nick Bennett (5.28 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 6.5 K/9 in 29 innings) is scheduled to get the first crack at the Mississippi lineup. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 11, Jacksonville 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Take Sixth Straight Series With Sunday Win Nashville had won five straight series entering this game and wasn’t ready to entertain any possibility of a 3-3 draw with Jacksonville this week, jumping out to a 4-0 first inning lead on two-out doubles by 3B Weston Wilson and OF Pablo Reyes. However, starting RHP Alec Bettinger is still rounding into 2022 form and was unfortunately roughed up in the 2nd inning (thus re-proving my rust theory), giving up three hits, a walk and sacrifice fly to quickly re-knot the contest at 4-4. RHP Luke Barker then served as an efficient bridge to innings-eater RHP Josh Lindblom, covering the 3rd inning before another Sounds’ barrage. Once again doing all their damage with two outs, Nashville posted another four runs in the 4th inning, including an RBI infield single by Tyler White (snapping an 0-for-27 skid) and a bases-clearing double by Wilson. Lindblom was his usual efficient self, allowing only two hits and two walks over five innings of work. SS Brice Turang had been in a mini-slump (0-for-10 before a first inning infield single), so his 7th inning two-RBI single extending the Sounds’ lead to 11-4 had to feel good. As if 11 runs weren’t enough, the scoreline could have ballooned much further if not for three tremendous defensive plays by the Jumbo Shrimp, which you can see on their twitter feed. Performances of Note: Weston Wilson – 3-5, 2 doubles, BB, 4 RBIs Pablo Reyes – 3-5, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, SB Alex Jackson – 2-5, double, SB Brice Turang – 2-6, 2 RBIs Jonathan Davis – 2-4, BB, HBP Abraham Almonte – 2-4, BB, HBP Andruw Monasterio – 1-4, BB Alec Bettinger – 2 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks Luke Barker (Win) – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BBs, 0 Ks Josh Lindblom – 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 BBs, 5 Ks Trevor Kelley – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks Next week’s outlook: Nashville (24-11) is home this week to take on the Louisville Bats (13-22). RHP Caleb Boushley (4.28 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 8.3 K/9 in 33 2/3 innings) is expected to make his 8th start of the year to open the series. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Enjoy your travel day, young fellas! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  11. Transactions: INF Mike Brosseau recalled from Nashville as Andrew McCutchen hits the Covid IL. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 1, Norfolk (Orioles) 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Turang's Late Base Hit Lifts Sounds Past Tides - Dylan File tosses five scoreless innings as Sounds toss fourth shutout of the year Runs were not going to be easy to come by against Baltimore stud starter Grayson Rodriguez, but Dylan File and the bullpen crew were more than up to the task in matching zeroes. File simply needs a full and productive 2022 in his 2nd option season, and he's on his way, as his 1.28 WHIP thus far matches the career mark that landed him on the Crew's 40-man roster in the first place. Brice Turang is a dude, everyone. Unfortunately, no video clip of the go-ahead knock, If Kolten Wong is counting on Milwaukee to pick up his 2023 option, well, he shouldn't be. Should Wong face any type of extended absence this summer, Turang's going to get his chance. Manager Rick Sweet and Pitching Coach Jeremy Accardo have a seemingly endless line of effective relievers they call on night after night. Year in and year out, the David Stearns/Matt Arnold combo prove just as adept at building a AAA roster as they are on the big-league level. A bit over two weeks ago, Voice of the Sounds Jeff Hem interviewed Accardo, in his first year in the organization, for the pre-game show (audio). I came away impressed with Jim Henderson's replacement. We link on our forums whenever Jeff releases his weekly collection of pre-game chats, hopefully you've been checking them out -- you can catch up on all of them here. Finally, going back to Wednesday's 4-2 Nashville win for a moment, the losing Tides relief pitcher was RHP Logan Gillaspie, the 2019 Timber Rattler who was a surprise cut by the Crew in September of that year. Gillaspie persevered, latched on with Baltimore (smart move), and may have been one of the bigger stunner 40-man roster adds in all of MLB last fall. He has a 1.61 WHIP in seven relief appearances thus far, but hey, great situation for him. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Montgomery (Rays) 3, Biloxi 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Pair of Homers Lifts Biscuits Over Shuckers 3-2 - Frelick Records Two Hits, Scores Two Runs Don't want it too, but the word underperforming is starting to sneak into our thoughts with this Shuckers squad. There was statistical evidence that the season-opening 7-0 run was a bit of a mirage, but few of us expected the performances we've seen as of late. First off, the Shuckers have played only 26 games. We're just under one-fifth of the way through the AA season. But since we can't quite write about circumstances come August, we're left to ponder performances through May 7th. Garrett Mitchell (not singling him out, but well, kind of) is 2-for-his-last-33. Joey Wiemer's .872 OPS through 26 games is pretty, but 36 strikeouts in 101 AB's included the golden sombrero on Saturday evening. Gabe Holt seems like he's lost all sorts of statistical mojo by not being a leadoff mainstay, evidenced by his .462 OPS. Thomas Dillard is fanning in nearly 45% of his at-bats. This isn't a very deep roster -- outside of the backup catchers, struggling small-samplers Noah Campbell and Ashton McGee comprise the Biloxi bench. We're never going to see thumping Southern League offensive figures (well, Prince Fielder-Rickie Weeks-Brad Nelson sure tried in 2004 for a 65-75 Huntsville Stars squad), but the league just isn't built that way, and we need to remember that. Here's hoping for some turnarounds soon. If you wish to sample the Biscuit home runs that did in the Shuckers, Lucas Erceg was victimized here and southpaw Andy Otero here. Let's end on a high note - Joey's Wiemer's bubble gum of choice is "Bazooka". Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 6, Fort Wayne (Padres) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Wisconsin Tops TinCaps 6-3 - Gray homers and Smith earns first pro win Catcher Darrien Miller on base all four times up out of the cleanup spot. Young man just turned 21 in March. In case you missed it in our Minor League Forum or via my Twitter feed, be sure to catch this interview with the well-spoken and fun Miller. Via WSCO's "The Show with Leo and Balky: Timber Rattlers catcher Darrien Miller Six Rattlers reached base at least twice (first baseman Wes Clarke walked thrice). I failed to note yesterday that Tyler Black returned after missing just over a week of action - he had been sidelined after a collision at first base, Black quintupled his stolen base count in one game, going from one to five. Now that's a successful injury rehab! We could dig into the box score further, but it's tough to beat the combination of the Wisconsin media crew's You Tube highlight compilation and then be sure to listen in with Chris, Kyle, and their interview guests on the easily-digestible (meaning just the right length) postgame podcast. Also, this was an excellent interview, too, and after 6'9" Russell Smith's performance Saturday, a good take -- Via WSCO's "The Show with Leo and Balky: Timber Rattlers Pitching Coach Will Schierholz (go to the 14:00 minute mark) Among those discussed - LHP's Antoine Kelly, Smith and Brandon Knarr, RHP's Cam Robinson Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Augusta (Braves) 6, Carolina 5, ten innings Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Carolina Comes Up Short in 6-5 Loss in Extras - Arbert Cipion hit his second home run of the season in Saturday’s loss So the first thing we had to review was why prized shortstop Eduardo Garcia had to be pinch-run for after a line drive RBI 5th inning single. It comes at the 02:18 hour minute mark at the game archive here (for MiLB.TV subscribers). There is no video specific to Garcia running through first base or anything, and when you hear Voice of the Mudcats Greg Young Jr.'s account of the situation, it seems Garcia was not feeling well, something that was hinted at earlier in the game. That's not a definitive diagnosis, but let's hope that's all it was. Cheerio, Jackson Chourio! Two more hits for the precocious youngest player in full-season ball, because by law, the youngest player must be labeled as such, especially when the talent is shining right away. Catcher Jeferson Quero is 4-for-his-last-34, because this game is hard, folks. RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez (not to be confused with Wisconsin OF Carlos D. Rodriguez) made his 5th pro appearance ever, all this spring. He was the Brewers' 6th round pick out of Florida Southwestern State JC last July, and did not pitch in Maryvale after that draft date, The bullpen let him down on this day. We'll wrap up by sharing some positive offensive vibes -- Game start times range from noon Central to 3:33 Central Sunday (yes, 3:33, those cute folks in Montgomery). I hope everyone enjoys their Mother's Day, whether in person or in memories with their loved ones. Be sure to mix in Brewers organizational baseball! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  12. Transactions: None Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes - None for the Day Game Final: Carolina 8 , Down East (Rangers) 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review Skid Snapped as Mudcats Defeat Wood Ducks 8-6 - The Mudcats Snapped a Four-Game Losing Streak with a Daytime Victory in Kinston Full disclosure is in order for this series in Kinston: I'd love to give you honest reflections of these tilts but, the fact of the matter is, these are Box Score gleanings and considerations. So, without further ado, here's some quick thoughts: Eduardo Garcia is currently an all-or-nothing hitter at the Low-A level. Thankfully, he is hitting the ball well but when he isn't hitting he is striking out far too much. In 66 at bats on the season, he has 28 punch outs - that's roughly 45% worth of a whiff rate. As tantalizing as a prospect as he is, and I've opined before he has the whole set of tools to create a superstar tool kit, he has quite a bit of work to do. Currently, Garcia is only managing to see roughly 3.83 pitches per at bat. If we couple this with an unsustainable 0.545 BABIP, I would propose we apply the brakes somewhat and support more sustainable and foundational growth before we create unrealistic expectations. Perhaps, I'm simply talking to myself. Micah Bello continues his excellent play at the plate. This is a really nice season to date for Micah and a season that could see him earning a promotion by mid-summer if he can sustain a version of his current success. After today's 2-4 one rbi performance, Micah is batting 0.388 on the season with a 1.089 OPS. These aren't numbers fulfilled by one ridiculous hot streak - he has absolutely been hitting with regularity. Seven walks to 12 strikeouts in 48 at bats is what we want to see. I hope you're paying attention to your Low-A elder, Eduardo. Micah is showing plate discipline that could lift your game to new heights. A cursory glance at Brannon Jordan's outing for the Mudcats would indicate a typical Low-A start from a young pitcher: only 43 of 84 pitches for strikes, five walks, five strikeouts, but only one earned run. Hendry Mendez continues to show discipline at the plate well beyond his years. He is now sitting with 13 walks to 12 strikeouts on the young season. After today's 1-3 two walk offensive performance, Hendry is solidifying himself as a crucial piece to the Mudcats offense. I consider his young - in every facet of the word - season one of the highlights of 2022 for the Brewers organization. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Peoria (Cardinals) 5, Wisconsin 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Late Homers Beat Wisconsin - Rattlers Drop 5-2 Decision at Peoria Manager Joe Ayrault was tossed on 'Education Day' in Peoria with one down in inning number one. To all you kids at home: Stand up for what you believe in! My public service of the 2022 calendar year is completed. All joking aside, the play in question was a hard-hit liner down the first base line the camera crew failed to capture, so, hilariously, I have absolutely nothing to add to the argument. It's insights like these getting me the big bucks to write these reports, folks! Standing on the third base side, Joe clearly felt he had a perspective showing a different action than the view from home plate. Considering the state of umpiring I've witnessed at all levels of the Minor Leagues in the early 2022 season, I would gather Ayrault had a strong reason to voice his opinion. The Skipper was sent packing early and the team was left to rally and ultimately fall short. Further Viewing Notes: I don't know what was going on with the Peoria broadcast scoreboard feed to begin this game, but showcasing last night's score with no live pitch count adjustments was mildly confounding. I found myself continually migrating to the stale image from last night's game like a bug to a bright light. Hey Peoria: Where's the quality control?!? I already feel better. Thank you all for hearing my concerns. One thing is true in the current state of affairs in the Brewers lower levels (High-A through Double-A): You never really know where the throw from shortstop is going to end up. It's quite a theme in this early season. The first inning throwing error from shortstop Antonio Pinero was no different than the numerous poor throws I've seen from Freddy Zamora in Biloxi. Let's hope this changes as the season progresses. Sal Frelick showcased his arm and accuracy when he threw out a runner at home in the bottom of the second inning. A nice tag by Wes Clarke sealed the deal. It was a nice play all around and it obviously saved a run. Darrien Miller is a fine prospect and has a bright future ahead of him. I would share, however, what I observe in his approach at the plate at present is a need to flatten his swing. I see far too many swings with an upward lift or loss of a level plane for his bat, if makes sense. It is something I will be tracking as the season progresses. I do think this will need to evolve as he evolves as a player. TJ Shook relieved Max Lazar in the bottom of the fourth inning and pitched four innings of 2 run ball. Shook was cruising with two down in the same fourth inning when he walked four batters allowing a run. This happens in a hurry in the lower levels and it was nice to see the young hurler get his way out of the jam. He pitched into the early eighth when a single ended his outing. The aforementioned Frelick continues to show MLB potential at the plate. There is a distinct reason why Frelick is a top Brewers prospect and you see it in nearly every game he plays for the Timber Rattlers. Sal ended his day three for four at the plate with a run and an rbi. I am pining to see Frelick's bat with a Wiemer, Mitchell, and a Valerio. That is some potency and skill waiting to join forces. Check out this beautiful swing on an opposite field home run for the lefty: Wisconsin has now dropped three straight joining Nashville in the 'tough loss and tough losing streak' unofficial department. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Pensacola (Marlins) , Biloxi Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Triple-H Hurlers Spin Shutout for Shuckers - Wiemer's Third Blast Holds Up for Biloxi Tyler Herb was absolutely dealing on the mound tonight. A nice mix of heat effectively rubbing the outside of the plate with a very nice mix of breaking balls and curves and he was cruising through six full innings of three hit eight strikeout ball. Herb has been a steady presence in the Biloxi pitching staff this entire season offering the poise and presence of a well-tenured Minor League hurler. I have appreciated every outing of his I've seen and tonight was no different. Further Viewing Notes: TJ Hintzen escaped a no out lead-off double and an untimely and really poor error from Thomas Dillard on a ball hit directly to him managing to preserve the 2-0 lead. Hats off to TJ (two innings pitched of one hit four strikeout ball), avoiding damage at the hands of yet another Biloxi error. Fielding continues to be a major problem in Biloxi: In the 17 games played to date, Biloxi has been errorless in a mere three games. Yikes. Just like that, with a little call-out in last night's report (but a salute as well), Ashton McGee has a three-game hit streak. Let's hope the young man can continue his slight uptick in productivity. He did manage to strikeout twice but we're looking for progress and I see it. Thomas Dillard was incapable of hauling in a very sharply hit liner to start inning number five allowing the Blue Wahoo's second runner of the game. If you asked Thomas in the dugout tunnel, I'd imagine he'd tell you he should have had the grab though it certainly wasn't what you'd label a routine play. However, after seeing Thomas fail to corral the fairly routine eighth inning grounder mentioned above, I'm unsure what routine means for Mr. Dillard at present. Shout out to former Brewers organizational prospect Luis Aviles Jr. who went 2-2 off of the otherwise un-hittable Tyler Herb. He paired this fine evening with last night's success at the plate. It's always nice to see those former Brewers achieve some success elsewhere. The word from Garrett Greene tonight on Luis Urias' rehab stint is the plan for Luis is to get through as many at bats in these Minor League games as the Brewers batters got in their shortened spring training. Whether or not all these at bats all happen with Biloxi or some happen with Nashville is unknown. However, what is true is Luis won't be down in the Minor Leagues for much longer. As a Shucker viewer, this means I won't get his steadying presence at the top of the batting order: Joey Wiemer hit an absolute 'no doubter' bomb over the wall in left field on a hanging slider over the heart of the plate on an 0-2 count. It was a two run jack and the only runs for Biloxi the entire evening and it was a message sent on a mistake pitch. With two runners aboard, later in the contest, Joey missed another shot to left field by about an inch on the barrel - he was slightly in front of the pitch and a tick under it and was ultimately corralled at the edge of the warning track. I am an unabashed 'Wiemer Dreamer'. Enjoy your moment of Zen: The Shuckers entered the bottom of the sixth inning set to face lefty Josh Simpson. On the season, the Shuckers were batting 0.211 as a team versus left-handed pitching. They proceeded to strike out twice and fly out. Facing two more lefties to close the contest, the Shuckers finished the night one of nine at the plate versus southpaws. Is Felix Valerio in a mini slump? Not really. But, it certainly is rare to see Felix fail to reach base two consecutive evenings in a row. This being said, Felix did manage to rope a well hit ball into right field but the adept fielding and throw by the strong-armed Jerar Encarnacion gunned him down trying to stretch to second base. Encarnacion has a cannon of an arm and he is a surprisingly solid fielder - an enjoyable Double-A prospect. Garrett Mitchell with an absolute web gem to grab out number one in the top of the ninth: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: St. Paul (Twins) 3, Nashville 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Fall to St. Paul in Extra Innings - Missed Opportunities Prove Costly as Nashville Drops Back-to-Back Games Firstly, a nice piece on the rise of Nashville's home field attendance: There's a Reason We All Believe Nashville Will Get a Big Club. Next, you can also read the perspective of 'the other side' as our brother site, Twins Daily, also covered the Sounds/Saints game. I mentioned it yesterday and I'll mention it again today: if you are looking for AAAA-level pitching, tune into this series. There are Ace performances happening up and down both lineups on the mound. A rough sequence by the home plate umpire more than likely 'stole' one run from the Sounds on questionable strikes. In the ensuing half of the inning, during the Saints turn at the plate, the same ump blew a call at home plate in a bang bang play. Nobody is perfect and there is no replay in the Minor League system. What's more? There are no asterisks in any win/loss column. This will go down as a loss. I would argue, the game 'should' have been 2-1 Sounds with a chance at victory heading into the bottom of the ninth. Apparently, I'm not the only one: Further Viewing Notes: Jon Singleton continues to struggle at the plate. He made decent contact on two balls today and was not rewarded and that is definitely how the ball plays from time-to-time in baseball. However, he also came to the plate with the bases juiced and zero outs in the top of inning 10. He has to make contact in these situations - especially when he is facing a RHP - and, given his role on the team, he knows this. Unfortunately, in today's game, he did not. He swung for his second punch out on the afternoon and he will look back at this chance as a big missed opportunity to turn his offensive game around. The Sounds as a whole are hitting to a tune of 0.271 with RISP. Whereas, as a whole, they are hitting to a 0.246 batting average. Timely hitting and pitching has been their calling card in this early season. Let me exemplify this: With the score 1-1 in the top of the fifth inning, with the highly effective LHP Smeltzer having retired seven straight, David Dahl opened the inning with a walk. Weston Wilson followed with a single to right field and it was runners on first and second base with zero outs. Former Minnesota Twins farmhand (C) Brian Navarrato came to the plate and ripped a single to center field. Just like that it was a 1-1 ball game. Timely and situational hitting in real time. Tyler White took third base today for only the second time since 2018. Obviously, he isn't going to wow anyone with his lateral explosiveness, but, he did make several effective plays scooping slow or tricky grounders while calmly throwing the runner out at first base. Pablo Reyes had a day in left field I surmise he would like to forget. He made an unforced error on a fairly routine fly out that put a runner on second base with two down and, in general, he looked to be moving with less urgency than I am used to seeing. I expect better days ahead. And, for those of you tracking at home, the E-7 by Reyes ended the Sounds errorless streak at 101 innings. St. Paul's Drew Strotman continues to struggle locating his pitches in his ongoing transition to a relief role for the Saints. Some of you may recall, Drew was one of four players received by the Twins in the 2021 trade of Nelson Cruz to the Rays. Strotman was responsible for the bases loaded run giving the Sounds a brief lead in the late innings - a run sent home by yet another free pass. Drew owes a couple cold ones to Tyler Bashlor. Tyler inherited the bases loaded and one out jam. He proceeded to induce two punch outs of two extremely hot hitters in Brice Turang and Tyler White. Yennier Cano escaped trouble in the 10th but I found him to be quite a formidable reliever for the Saints. I would not be surprised in the least to see him get a call-up to Minneapolis some time this season. His stuff has lots of in-breaking and out-breaking movement and he touches 95-97 on the radar gun. In closing: That's a wrap for my early Minor League reports. Please check what's on the docket for tomorrow's games and stay tuned and current with the upcoming fine work of @damuelleand @Mass Haas. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  13. Baseball is a game of situational demand: you either meet the moment in a timely and skillful fashion, or you do not. In some games, you earn multiple opportunities to meet that moment, and in other games, you receive but one or two. The Sounds left the bases loaded in the seventh and tenth innings and suffered for it; Wisconsin came back to tie their game in the eighth inning but relinquished this tie in the following half of the same inning. All was not lost, metaphorically speaking, organizationally - Carolina fought their way back into the victory column, and Biloxi held on by the strength of pitching and a two-run bomb by Joey Wiemer. Let's get into the recaps! Transactions: None Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes - None for the Day Game Final: Carolina 8 , Down East (Rangers) 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review Skid Snapped as Mudcats Defeat Wood Ducks 8-6 - The Mudcats Snapped a Four-Game Losing Streak with a Daytime Victory in Kinston Full disclosure is in order for this series in Kinston: I'd love to give you honest reflections of these tilts but, the fact of the matter is, these are Box Score gleanings and considerations. So, without further ado, here's some quick thoughts: Eduardo Garcia is currently an all-or-nothing hitter at the Low-A level. Thankfully, he is hitting the ball well but when he isn't hitting he is striking out far too much. In 66 at bats on the season, he has 28 punch outs - that's roughly 45% worth of a whiff rate. As tantalizing as a prospect as he is, and I've opined before he has the whole set of tools to create a superstar tool kit, he has quite a bit of work to do. Currently, Garcia is only managing to see roughly 3.83 pitches per at bat. If we couple this with an unsustainable 0.545 BABIP, I would propose we apply the brakes somewhat and support more sustainable and foundational growth before we create unrealistic expectations. Perhaps, I'm simply talking to myself. Micah Bello continues his excellent play at the plate. This is a really nice season to date for Micah and a season that could see him earning a promotion by mid-summer if he can sustain a version of his current success. After today's 2-4 one rbi performance, Micah is batting 0.388 on the season with a 1.089 OPS. These aren't numbers fulfilled by one ridiculous hot streak - he has absolutely been hitting with regularity. Seven walks to 12 strikeouts in 48 at bats is what we want to see. I hope you're paying attention to your Low-A elder, Eduardo. Micah is showing plate discipline that could lift your game to new heights. A cursory glance at Brannon Jordan's outing for the Mudcats would indicate a typical Low-A start from a young pitcher: only 43 of 84 pitches for strikes, five walks, five strikeouts, but only one earned run. Hendry Mendez continues to show discipline at the plate well beyond his years. He is now sitting with 13 walks to 12 strikeouts on the young season. After today's 1-3 two walk offensive performance, Hendry is solidifying himself as a crucial piece to the Mudcats offense. I consider his young - in every facet of the word - season one of the highlights of 2022 for the Brewers organization. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Peoria (Cardinals) 5, Wisconsin 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Late Homers Beat Wisconsin - Rattlers Drop 5-2 Decision at Peoria Manager Joe Ayrault was tossed on 'Education Day' in Peoria with one down in inning number one. To all you kids at home: Stand up for what you believe in! My public service of the 2022 calendar year is completed. All joking aside, the play in question was a hard-hit liner down the first base line the camera crew failed to capture, so, hilariously, I have absolutely nothing to add to the argument. It's insights like these getting me the big bucks to write these reports, folks! Standing on the third base side, Joe clearly felt he had a perspective showing a different action than the view from home plate. Considering the state of umpiring I've witnessed at all levels of the Minor Leagues in the early 2022 season, I would gather Ayrault had a strong reason to voice his opinion. The Skipper was sent packing early and the team was left to rally and ultimately fall short. Further Viewing Notes: I don't know what was going on with the Peoria broadcast scoreboard feed to begin this game, but showcasing last night's score with no live pitch count adjustments was mildly confounding. I found myself continually migrating to the stale image from last night's game like a bug to a bright light. Hey Peoria: Where's the quality control?!? I already feel better. Thank you all for hearing my concerns. One thing is true in the current state of affairs in the Brewers lower levels (High-A through Double-A): You never really know where the throw from shortstop is going to end up. It's quite a theme in this early season. The first inning throwing error from shortstop Antonio Pinero was no different than the numerous poor throws I've seen from Freddy Zamora in Biloxi. Let's hope this changes as the season progresses. Sal Frelick showcased his arm and accuracy when he threw out a runner at home in the bottom of the second inning. A nice tag by Wes Clarke sealed the deal. It was a nice play all around and it obviously saved a run. Darrien Miller is a fine prospect and has a bright future ahead of him. I would share, however, what I observe in his approach at the plate at present is a need to flatten his swing. I see far too many swings with an upward lift or loss of a level plane for his bat, if makes sense. It is something I will be tracking as the season progresses. I do think this will need to evolve as he evolves as a player. TJ Shook relieved Max Lazar in the bottom of the fourth inning and pitched four innings of 2 run ball. Shook was cruising with two down in the same fourth inning when he walked four batters allowing a run. This happens in a hurry in the lower levels and it was nice to see the young hurler get his way out of the jam. He pitched into the early eighth when a single ended his outing. The aforementioned Frelick continues to show MLB potential at the plate. There is a distinct reason why Frelick is a top Brewers prospect and you see it in nearly every game he plays for the Timber Rattlers. Sal ended his day three for four at the plate with a run and an rbi. I am pining to see Frelick's bat with a Wiemer, Mitchell, and a Valerio. That is some potency and skill waiting to join forces. Check out this beautiful swing on an opposite field home run for the lefty: Wisconsin has now dropped three straight joining Nashville in the 'tough loss and tough losing streak' unofficial department. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Pensacola (Marlins) , Biloxi Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Triple-H Hurlers Spin Shutout for Shuckers - Wiemer's Third Blast Holds Up for Biloxi Tyler Herb was absolutely dealing on the mound tonight. A nice mix of heat effectively rubbing the outside of the plate with a very nice mix of breaking balls and curves and he was cruising through six full innings of three hit eight strikeout ball. Herb has been a steady presence in the Biloxi pitching staff this entire season offering the poise and presence of a well-tenured Minor League hurler. I have appreciated every outing of his I've seen and tonight was no different. Further Viewing Notes: TJ Hintzen escaped a no out lead-off double and an untimely and really poor error from Thomas Dillard on a ball hit directly to him managing to preserve the 2-0 lead. Hats off to TJ (two innings pitched of one hit four strikeout ball), avoiding damage at the hands of yet another Biloxi error. Fielding continues to be a major problem in Biloxi: In the 17 games played to date, Biloxi has been errorless in a mere three games. Yikes. Just like that, with a little call-out in last night's report (but a salute as well), Ashton McGee has a three-game hit streak. Let's hope the young man can continue his slight uptick in productivity. He did manage to strikeout twice but we're looking for progress and I see it. Thomas Dillard was incapable of hauling in a very sharply hit liner to start inning number five allowing the Blue Wahoo's second runner of the game. If you asked Thomas in the dugout tunnel, I'd imagine he'd tell you he should have had the grab though it certainly wasn't what you'd label a routine play. However, after seeing Thomas fail to corral the fairly routine eighth inning grounder mentioned above, I'm unsure what routine means for Mr. Dillard at present. Shout out to former Brewers organizational prospect Luis Aviles Jr. who went 2-2 off of the otherwise un-hittable Tyler Herb. He paired this fine evening with last night's success at the plate. It's always nice to see those former Brewers achieve some success elsewhere. The word from Garrett Greene tonight on Luis Urias' rehab stint is the plan for Luis is to get through as many at bats in these Minor League games as the Brewers batters got in their shortened spring training. Whether or not all these at bats all happen with Biloxi or some happen with Nashville is unknown. However, what is true is Luis won't be down in the Minor Leagues for much longer. As a Shucker viewer, this means I won't get his steadying presence at the top of the batting order: Joey Wiemer hit an absolute 'no doubter' bomb over the wall in left field on a hanging slider over the heart of the plate on an 0-2 count. It was a two run jack and the only runs for Biloxi the entire evening and it was a message sent on a mistake pitch. With two runners aboard, later in the contest, Joey missed another shot to left field by about an inch on the barrel - he was slightly in front of the pitch and a tick under it and was ultimately corralled at the edge of the warning track. I am an unabashed 'Wiemer Dreamer'. Enjoy your moment of Zen: The Shuckers entered the bottom of the sixth inning set to face lefty Josh Simpson. On the season, the Shuckers were batting 0.211 as a team versus left-handed pitching. They proceeded to strike out twice and fly out. Facing two more lefties to close the contest, the Shuckers finished the night one of nine at the plate versus southpaws. Is Felix Valerio in a mini slump? Not really. But, it certainly is rare to see Felix fail to reach base two consecutive evenings in a row. This being said, Felix did manage to rope a well hit ball into right field but the adept fielding and throw by the strong-armed Jerar Encarnacion gunned him down trying to stretch to second base. Encarnacion has a cannon of an arm and he is a surprisingly solid fielder - an enjoyable Double-A prospect. Garrett Mitchell with an absolute web gem to grab out number one in the top of the ninth: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: St. Paul (Twins) 3, Nashville 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Fall to St. Paul in Extra Innings - Missed Opportunities Prove Costly as Nashville Drops Back-to-Back Games Firstly, a nice piece on the rise of Nashville's home field attendance: There's a Reason We All Believe Nashville Will Get a Big Club. Next, you can also read the perspective of 'the other side' as our brother site, Twins Daily, also covered the Sounds/Saints game. I mentioned it yesterday and I'll mention it again today: if you are looking for AAAA-level pitching, tune into this series. There are Ace performances happening up and down both lineups on the mound. A rough sequence by the home plate umpire more than likely 'stole' one run from the Sounds on questionable strikes. In the ensuing half of the inning, during the Saints turn at the plate, the same ump blew a call at home plate in a bang bang play. Nobody is perfect and there is no replay in the Minor League system. What's more? There are no asterisks in any win/loss column. This will go down as a loss. I would argue, the game 'should' have been 2-1 Sounds with a chance at victory heading into the bottom of the ninth. Apparently, I'm not the only one: Further Viewing Notes: Jon Singleton continues to struggle at the plate. He made decent contact on two balls today and was not rewarded and that is definitely how the ball plays from time-to-time in baseball. However, he also came to the plate with the bases juiced and zero outs in the top of inning 10. He has to make contact in these situations - especially when he is facing a RHP - and, given his role on the team, he knows this. Unfortunately, in today's game, he did not. He swung for his second punch out on the afternoon and he will look back at this chance as a big missed opportunity to turn his offensive game around. The Sounds as a whole are hitting to a tune of 0.271 with RISP. Whereas, as a whole, they are hitting to a 0.246 batting average. Timely hitting and pitching has been their calling card in this early season. Let me exemplify this: With the score 1-1 in the top of the fifth inning, with the highly effective LHP Smeltzer having retired seven straight, David Dahl opened the inning with a walk. Weston Wilson followed with a single to right field and it was runners on first and second base with zero outs. Former Minnesota Twins farmhand (C) Brian Navarrato came to the plate and ripped a single to center field. Just like that it was a 1-1 ball game. Timely and situational hitting in real time. Tyler White took third base today for only the second time since 2018. Obviously, he isn't going to wow anyone with his lateral explosiveness, but, he did make several effective plays scooping slow or tricky grounders while calmly throwing the runner out at first base. Pablo Reyes had a day in left field I surmise he would like to forget. He made an unforced error on a fairly routine fly out that put a runner on second base with two down and, in general, he looked to be moving with less urgency than I am used to seeing. I expect better days ahead. And, for those of you tracking at home, the E-7 by Reyes ended the Sounds errorless streak at 101 innings. St. Paul's Drew Strotman continues to struggle locating his pitches in his ongoing transition to a relief role for the Saints. Some of you may recall, Drew was one of four players received by the Twins in the 2021 trade of Nelson Cruz to the Rays. Strotman was responsible for the bases loaded run giving the Sounds a brief lead in the late innings - a run sent home by yet another free pass. Drew owes a couple cold ones to Tyler Bashlor. Tyler inherited the bases loaded and one out jam. He proceeded to induce two punch outs of two extremely hot hitters in Brice Turang and Tyler White. Yennier Cano escaped trouble in the 10th but I found him to be quite a formidable reliever for the Saints. I would not be surprised in the least to see him get a call-up to Minneapolis some time this season. His stuff has lots of in-breaking and out-breaking movement and he touches 95-97 on the radar gun. In closing: That's a wrap for my early Minor League reports. Please check what's on the docket for tomorrow's games and stay tuned and current with the upcoming fine work of @damuelleand @Mass Haas. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  14. Transactions: (RHP) Matt Hardy was added to Biloxi from Nashville, (Catcher) Alex Jackson recalled from Triple-A Nashville (Congrats, Alex!) Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina, Down East (Rangers) Postponed Box Score / Game Log - None This game can be summarized by an Eduardo Garcia HBP and an inning-ending double-play ball by Jeferson Quero. With Ryne Moore taking the mound ready to rip, the rains swept in, and the tarps were pulled over the field. This one was postponed, much to my chagrin. They'll pick up this game as an 8 1/2 inning affair, I believe, as a doubleheader this Friday. Stay tuned. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Peoria (Cardinals) 3, Wisconsin 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Chiefs Take Series Opener 3-1 - Miller Homers for Wisconsin A Note to Readers: With the Timber Rattlers back on the road, we will miss out on their incredible media coverage during their home games. Please, never take this for granted and indulge when you can. The Timber Rattlers came into this knock with Peoria leading the entire Midwest League in stolen bases with 29. Additionally, their 11-4 start matched organizational best records, through 15 games, of teams in 1998; 1998; and 2005 - all three made the playoffs. Where did I discover these incredible tidbits? The 'Pre-Game Notes' listed above are always worth your while. I can't impart this 'wisdom' enough: We re-hash and give you the bird's eye view of these contests, but the best information comes from the teams themselves. Please dive in and enjoy! The name of the game in this outing for talented left-handed hurler Russell Smith was pounding the zone. Unlike his last start, Russ threw ahead in most counts and pounded that strike zone early and often. Through four efficient innings, Smith had retired eight straight and punched out six to a tune of merely two hits. This is what we were looking for after the struggle in his last outing in miserably cold and windy weather in Appleton. He was aided by two very nice defensive plays from Ethan Murray in the bottom half of inning number two when he stabbed a grounder for a double play and then snagged a hard-hit liner to end the inning. However, by the end of the fifth inning, he ran into his only real trouble of his outing. He surrendered a run on a double and then walked a batter to put runners on first and second with two down. His night was over at 88 total pitches, and the score knotted one. Further Viewing Notes: After Smith left the game in the bottom of the fifth, Zach Mort made the first relief appearance. On a 2-0 pitch, Zach threw a beanball and loaded the bases. As Pete Campbell would opine: "Not great, Bob!" Facing his next batter, with a 2-2 count, he caught too much of the plate on a pitch middle and slightly to the outside portion of the plate and surrendered an opposite-field single: T-Rats trailed 1-3. An unfair ending to Russ's otherwise stellar outing as he inherited those runs. After the original HBP and single given up by Mort, he closed the game going 3 1/3 innings without incurring further damage - a mere two hits and one strikeout in total. Unfortunately, the bats never picked it up for Wisconsin as they did not find a hit in any fashion after that fifth inning. Peoria's Michael McGreevy (18th pick overall 2021 MLB draft, first round) was dealing in this one. He surpassed his recent career-high of 7 strikeouts - set during his last outing - and left after six innings of work with nine punchouts and 93 pitches. Punching out Sal Frelick in consecutive at-bats is always noticeable. A nice outing for the young hurler. Cardinals fans, much to my chagrin (), have to be excited about this young arm - he's living up to his draft status early in 2022. Darrien Miller collected two hits on the day, including his third homer of the young season. It was nice to see him knock the ball around after a recent cold spell at the plate. I don't say his name often, but he has picked it up a bit lately: Ethan Murray. As mentioned above, he had a couple of very nice defensive plays in the bottom of the second to hold onto the Rattlers' lead at the time. He followed that glovework with a hit at the plate in an otherwise sparse offensive day for the club. The Timber Rattlers have now lost two consecutive games. Here's hoping they can get back on track in Game 2 tomorrow! After two straight losses, how about a pick-me-up? Read about Joe Gray Jr's comeback story and how he has overcome adversity to get back on the field. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: you'll be hard-pressed to find a Minor Leaguer easier to root for than this young man. Read the Story Here Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Pensacola (Marlins) 7, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Late Error Costly in Shuckers 7-4 Defeat - Wiemer Goes for Two Hits, Knocks in 12th Run Get your 'Pre-Series' goods here: Series Pre-Amble After easy three-up and three-down work in the top of the first inning, Andy Otero ran into trouble akin to his most recent start in the top of the second. However, he avoided any damage after the bases were loaded by inducing two strikeouts - including the final whiff by former Shucker Hayden Cantrelle to end the threat. It was 3-0 Shuckers headed to the bottom of the second. If there were a theme for Otero's early season, it would have to be one of hard work. He is working with elevated pitch counts, runners on often as of late, and missing borderline strikes in seemingly every game he makes an appearance, but he often finds a way to keep his team in the game. Hopefully, he can start going deeper into games, however, as he lacks control and rarely gets into the fifth inning. Tonight was a better result: four innings pitched, four hits sprinkled, one walk, and five strikeouts on 79 pitches. I mentioned the 3-0 lead. This was due to the impact of the top of the order coming out of the gates. Hey, it's another Joey Wiemer double! It felt like the floodgates might open. Instead, they locked shut after the first inning. Further Viewing Notes: Ashton McGee continued to struggle at the plate in the early going. Frankly, he looked very comfortable and quite good in his initial outing of the season at Pensacola. However, since returning from that unfortunate game one injury, he has struggled mightily. He struck out in his first two at-bats and saw his average dip below .100. He'll look to find himself and turn it around in future games. I should point out. However, he did crush a rope for his first home run of the season straight out to the right-field wall. That could have been the game-winner if things had gone a wee bit smoother in the top of the ninth. I always love listening to Garrett Greene during the Shucker home game TV broadcasts - he's just fantastic at calling a game and always keeps me interested. However, I can't say the same for the TV feed I consistently get out of Biloxi. It is not easy to watch their games virtually, given a majority 50 feet above home plate bird's eye view of at-bats looking out at a panorama of darn near the entire stadium. Maybe, just maybe, I'm patting myself on the back for being so dedicated. Matt Hardy opened up the top of the fifth in relief of Otero. It's great to see him back healthy after hitting the shelf in 2021. He had appeared earlier in the 2022 season in a single outing at Triple-A Nashville - also scoreless. He could be a staple of the Biloxi bullpen if he happens to stick. However, he has very good stuff that will play in the back end. It would be unsurprising if he were eventually promoted back to Triple-A. Is he here to stay? Or is he just getting work in due to the incredible league-leading bullpen up in Nashville? Arnaldo Hernandez punched out three straight batters to end the sixth inning and start the seventh. His curveball and breaking ball were dialed tonight, and he offset those by keeping his fastball down. This being said, he was facing a red hot Jerar Encarnacion (bat to a 0.500 average in Pensacola's most recent series), and he blasted his sixth home run of the season on a mistake 1-2 pitch well over the left-field wall and into the street tying the game at 3-3 after seven innings. Joey Wiemer stayed hot with a 2-3 night at the plate, including a third time on base with a walk. Let us enjoy a moment of Zen: Speaking of walks, the Shuckers had been given seven free passes after eight innings. Only one of these walked batters came around to score, and the aforementioned Wiemer was picked off first base (the first such episode for a Shucker this young season) and ended the eighth. Untimely everything, it would appear, with free runners aboard the bases. The typically reliable Harold Chirino made his appearance to start the ninth inning and opened with his first walk of his season on four straight pitches. This was only the second walk of the night issued by Shuckers pitchers at that time. Chirino walked his next batter and missed an opportunity for the strikeout punchout as Jakson Reetz threw an absolute bullet nailing the runner stealing second base. Such is the game of baseball - everything is together until it isn't. What a fickle game we love! Let's dive deeper: Having a Major League third baseman manning the hot corner sure helps! With Chirino struggling to locate, he faced a batter looking to sacrifice the runners up the base paths. With the bunt down, Chirino threw a wild and inaccurate throw into the dirt at third, and had Urias not been manning that bag, that ball would have been into foul territory and possibly down the line into the outfield. However, Urias, the adept fielder he is, fielded the hot one-hopper and kept his foot on the bag, grabbing the improbable out. The next batter hit a high chopper to McGee at first base, where the base runner clearly interfered. It was inning over and still 3-3! Following Chirino was the enigmatic Lucas Erceg. He has the stuff to become an electric reliever in crunch-time innings, but his season has been up and down. This is understandable as he is still in the early stages of a transition to the mound, but as the season progresses, we'll want to see more efficiency (one hit and three free passes in 2/3 innings tonight). After this outing, he surrendered six unearned runs in his two outings versus the Wahoos. That's a fairly incredible stat. We'll just pretend we didn't see the fly-out gaffe, Noah Campbell. We'll pretend it was a much harder play than it looked. Because, let me tell you, folks, sometimes errors are what you might call 'bad ones.' With the bases juiced and two down, a loft fly ball found its way to deep left field but was quite playable. Noah parked underneath it. Waited for several seconds. And, well, it bounced elsewhere amidst the audible gasps and yips when he failed to close his glove. All three runs scored, and it was suddenly 3-6 when they should have been safely out of the inning. THANK YOU, Felix Valerio, for an epic snag to end the Wahoo ninth - on behalf of all our Shucker diehards, this one (and several others) are for you! What an over-the-shoulder grab on a blooping liner. I honestly don't know how he caught it. Here's the replay for you if you happened to miss it: One word can describe the Shuckers' recent string of games - in Birmingham and into this home contest - Frustrating. There's no other way to put it. They are losing leads often, and they are simply making too many mistakes in the field. This loss was a hard one for the squad. Let's hope they can come back fresh tomorrow and get back on the winning track! Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: St. Paul (Twins) 4, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Come Up Short, Fall to Saints - Multi-Hit Efforts by David Dahl, Bryce Turang Not Enough in 4-1 Loss Twins Daily Minor League Report (Nashville/St. Paul notes) This game had the makings of a more hotly and tightly played contest than the previous tilts for the Sounds, and, early, it certainly fits that bill. Both teams feature solid pitching and professional at-bats throughout their rosters. It was not to be for Nashville in a brisk affair in Saint Paul just off the 280 turnpike, as they ultimately fell 1-4. Jason Alexander took the rubber for the Sounds looking to build off a string of solid starts. He managed five innings for the club, but he had to work harder than in recent games. He surrendered two runs via seven hits and three walks while striking out a pair. That's too many base runners for a pitcher's liking, but he did limit any real damage while taking his first loss in four starts. Further Viewing Notes: Three straight two-out singles manufactured the Saints' second run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Those two-out hits will always sting you, and tonight was no different. The Yin to Biloxi's Yang? The Sounds played nine more innings of errorless baseball. They have not committed an error since April 14 at Gwinnett, a streak of 95 1/3 innings. Biloxi, please take note. I have spoken. This is the way. Brice Turang is dealing at the plate right now. He drove in the only Sounds run off highly effective Saints hurler (RHP) Dereck Rodríguez with a well-hit double. He proceeded to single in the top of the fifth inning (to end Rodríguez's fine outing) - his second hit of the night. He has now hit in 13 of his last 26 plate appearances with three runs, four doubles, 7 RBI, and two walks during the hot streak. Stay hot, young man! David Dahl is also hitting .500 (8-for-16) in his last four games, contributing three runs, a double, an RBI, and a walk in that span. Quite the resurgence of late for David and Bryce! Connor Sadzeck continued his string of scoreless relief work. He's been another rock in the solid Nashville bullpen. Oh yeah, Connor? Hobie Harris has not allowed a run through his first seven outings (7.0 IP). He has eight strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .190 to start the season. Let's go! It's early season, but I think it's fair to say age-old veteran Rex Brothers would like a reset to his season. Every time he enters a game out of the bullpen, it feels like certain walks and likely trouble. Tonight was no different. Walks and wild pitches (plural) and a 1-2 game became 1-4 just like that. Jon Singleton has hit a rough stretch at the plate. He is making contact, for the most part, but he isn't finding success. However, I will not waiver in my steadfast belief in this man. He has all the tools needed to turn things around in a hurry, and I'll be blowing a proverbial horn when he does. Confetti will rain forth at my computer desk, I say! That's a wrap for Tuesday. I'll simply end with: Let's get back to winning baseball! Please, peruse the links below to set yourself up for tomorrow's contests and the organizational depth and stats: Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  15. If you haven't reviewed the fantastic Brewers Minor League week in review by our own @Seth Stohs (read here), please do so. It will get you situated for the week ahead. As always, we all hope for winning results with a keener eye toward player development and game evolution. Unlike the large amounts of runs given up in the lower levels to close out last week, we began our Minor League Monday with several low-scoring affairs across the board throughout the majority of the contests - though Biloxi's contest ended a wee wonky after a tough error in left field. Let's see how the teams fared overall, knowing leads were lost in the middle innings and late. Transactions: (RHP) Matt Hardy was added to Biloxi from Nashville, (Catcher) Alex Jackson recalled from Triple-A Nashville (Congrats, Alex!) Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina, Down East (Rangers) Postponed Box Score / Game Log - None This game can be summarized by an Eduardo Garcia HBP and an inning-ending double-play ball by Jeferson Quero. With Ryne Moore taking the mound ready to rip, the rains swept in, and the tarps were pulled over the field. This one was postponed, much to my chagrin. They'll pick up this game as an 8 1/2 inning affair, I believe, as a doubleheader this Friday. Stay tuned. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Peoria (Cardinals) 3, Wisconsin 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Chiefs Take Series Opener 3-1 - Miller Homers for Wisconsin A Note to Readers: With the Timber Rattlers back on the road, we will miss out on their incredible media coverage during their home games. Please, never take this for granted and indulge when you can. The Timber Rattlers came into this knock with Peoria leading the entire Midwest League in stolen bases with 29. Additionally, their 11-4 start matched organizational best records, through 15 games, of teams in 1998; 1998; and 2005 - all three made the playoffs. Where did I discover these incredible tidbits? The 'Pre-Game Notes' listed above are always worth your while. I can't impart this 'wisdom' enough: We re-hash and give you the bird's eye view of these contests, but the best information comes from the teams themselves. Please dive in and enjoy! The name of the game in this outing for talented left-handed hurler Russell Smith was pounding the zone. Unlike his last start, Russ threw ahead in most counts and pounded that strike zone early and often. Through four efficient innings, Smith had retired eight straight and punched out six to a tune of merely two hits. This is what we were looking for after the struggle in his last outing in miserably cold and windy weather in Appleton. He was aided by two very nice defensive plays from Ethan Murray in the bottom half of inning number two when he stabbed a grounder for a double play and then snagged a hard-hit liner to end the inning. However, by the end of the fifth inning, he ran into his only real trouble of his outing. He surrendered a run on a double and then walked a batter to put runners on first and second with two down. His night was over at 88 total pitches, and the score knotted one. Further Viewing Notes: After Smith left the game in the bottom of the fifth, Zach Mort made the first relief appearance. On a 2-0 pitch, Zach threw a beanball and loaded the bases. As Pete Campbell would opine: "Not great, Bob!" Facing his next batter, with a 2-2 count, he caught too much of the plate on a pitch middle and slightly to the outside portion of the plate and surrendered an opposite-field single: T-Rats trailed 1-3. An unfair ending to Russ's otherwise stellar outing as he inherited those runs. After the original HBP and single given up by Mort, he closed the game going 3 1/3 innings without incurring further damage - a mere two hits and one strikeout in total. Unfortunately, the bats never picked it up for Wisconsin as they did not find a hit in any fashion after that fifth inning. Peoria's Michael McGreevy (18th pick overall 2021 MLB draft, first round) was dealing in this one. He surpassed his recent career-high of 7 strikeouts - set during his last outing - and left after six innings of work with nine punchouts and 93 pitches. Punching out Sal Frelick in consecutive at-bats is always noticeable. A nice outing for the young hurler. Cardinals fans, much to my chagrin (), have to be excited about this young arm - he's living up to his draft status early in 2022. Darrien Miller collected two hits on the day, including his third homer of the young season. It was nice to see him knock the ball around after a recent cold spell at the plate. I don't say his name often, but he has picked it up a bit lately: Ethan Murray. As mentioned above, he had a couple of very nice defensive plays in the bottom of the second to hold onto the Rattlers' lead at the time. He followed that glovework with a hit at the plate in an otherwise sparse offensive day for the club. The Timber Rattlers have now lost two consecutive games. Here's hoping they can get back on track in Game 2 tomorrow! After two straight losses, how about a pick-me-up? Read about Joe Gray Jr's comeback story and how he has overcome adversity to get back on the field. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: you'll be hard-pressed to find a Minor Leaguer easier to root for than this young man. Read the Story Here Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Pensacola (Marlins) 7, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Late Error Costly in Shuckers 7-4 Defeat - Wiemer Goes for Two Hits, Knocks in 12th Run Get your 'Pre-Series' goods here: Series Pre-Amble After easy three-up and three-down work in the top of the first inning, Andy Otero ran into trouble akin to his most recent start in the top of the second. However, he avoided any damage after the bases were loaded by inducing two strikeouts - including the final whiff by former Shucker Hayden Cantrelle to end the threat. It was 3-0 Shuckers headed to the bottom of the second. If there were a theme for Otero's early season, it would have to be one of hard work. He is working with elevated pitch counts, runners on often as of late, and missing borderline strikes in seemingly every game he makes an appearance, but he often finds a way to keep his team in the game. Hopefully, he can start going deeper into games, however, as he lacks control and rarely gets into the fifth inning. Tonight was a better result: four innings pitched, four hits sprinkled, one walk, and five strikeouts on 79 pitches. I mentioned the 3-0 lead. This was due to the impact of the top of the order coming out of the gates. Hey, it's another Joey Wiemer double! It felt like the floodgates might open. Instead, they locked shut after the first inning. Further Viewing Notes: Ashton McGee continued to struggle at the plate in the early going. Frankly, he looked very comfortable and quite good in his initial outing of the season at Pensacola. However, since returning from that unfortunate game one injury, he has struggled mightily. He struck out in his first two at-bats and saw his average dip below .100. He'll look to find himself and turn it around in future games. I should point out. However, he did crush a rope for his first home run of the season straight out to the right-field wall. That could have been the game-winner if things had gone a wee bit smoother in the top of the ninth. I always love listening to Garrett Greene during the Shucker home game TV broadcasts - he's just fantastic at calling a game and always keeps me interested. However, I can't say the same for the TV feed I consistently get out of Biloxi. It is not easy to watch their games virtually, given a majority 50 feet above home plate bird's eye view of at-bats looking out at a panorama of darn near the entire stadium. Maybe, just maybe, I'm patting myself on the back for being so dedicated. Matt Hardy opened up the top of the fifth in relief of Otero. It's great to see him back healthy after hitting the shelf in 2021. He had appeared earlier in the 2022 season in a single outing at Triple-A Nashville - also scoreless. He could be a staple of the Biloxi bullpen if he happens to stick. However, he has very good stuff that will play in the back end. It would be unsurprising if he were eventually promoted back to Triple-A. Is he here to stay? Or is he just getting work in due to the incredible league-leading bullpen up in Nashville? Arnaldo Hernandez punched out three straight batters to end the sixth inning and start the seventh. His curveball and breaking ball were dialed tonight, and he offset those by keeping his fastball down. This being said, he was facing a red hot Jerar Encarnacion (bat to a 0.500 average in Pensacola's most recent series), and he blasted his sixth home run of the season on a mistake 1-2 pitch well over the left-field wall and into the street tying the game at 3-3 after seven innings. Joey Wiemer stayed hot with a 2-3 night at the plate, including a third time on base with a walk. Let us enjoy a moment of Zen: Speaking of walks, the Shuckers had been given seven free passes after eight innings. Only one of these walked batters came around to score, and the aforementioned Wiemer was picked off first base (the first such episode for a Shucker this young season) and ended the eighth. Untimely everything, it would appear, with free runners aboard the bases. The typically reliable Harold Chirino made his appearance to start the ninth inning and opened with his first walk of his season on four straight pitches. This was only the second walk of the night issued by Shuckers pitchers at that time. Chirino walked his next batter and missed an opportunity for the strikeout punchout as Jakson Reetz threw an absolute bullet nailing the runner stealing second base. Such is the game of baseball - everything is together until it isn't. What a fickle game we love! Let's dive deeper: Having a Major League third baseman manning the hot corner sure helps! With Chirino struggling to locate, he faced a batter looking to sacrifice the runners up the base paths. With the bunt down, Chirino threw a wild and inaccurate throw into the dirt at third, and had Urias not been manning that bag, that ball would have been into foul territory and possibly down the line into the outfield. However, Urias, the adept fielder he is, fielded the hot one-hopper and kept his foot on the bag, grabbing the improbable out. The next batter hit a high chopper to McGee at first base, where the base runner clearly interfered. It was inning over and still 3-3! Following Chirino was the enigmatic Lucas Erceg. He has the stuff to become an electric reliever in crunch-time innings, but his season has been up and down. This is understandable as he is still in the early stages of a transition to the mound, but as the season progresses, we'll want to see more efficiency (one hit and three free passes in 2/3 innings tonight). After this outing, he surrendered six unearned runs in his two outings versus the Wahoos. That's a fairly incredible stat. We'll just pretend we didn't see the fly-out gaffe, Noah Campbell. We'll pretend it was a much harder play than it looked. Because, let me tell you, folks, sometimes errors are what you might call 'bad ones.' With the bases juiced and two down, a loft fly ball found its way to deep left field but was quite playable. Noah parked underneath it. Waited for several seconds. And, well, it bounced elsewhere amidst the audible gasps and yips when he failed to close his glove. All three runs scored, and it was suddenly 3-6 when they should have been safely out of the inning. THANK YOU, Felix Valerio, for an epic snag to end the Wahoo ninth - on behalf of all our Shucker diehards, this one (and several others) are for you! What an over-the-shoulder grab on a blooping liner. I honestly don't know how he caught it. Here's the replay for you if you happened to miss it: One word can describe the Shuckers' recent string of games - in Birmingham and into this home contest - Frustrating. There's no other way to put it. They are losing leads often, and they are simply making too many mistakes in the field. This loss was a hard one for the squad. Let's hope they can come back fresh tomorrow and get back on the winning track! Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: St. Paul (Twins) 4, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Come Up Short, Fall to Saints - Multi-Hit Efforts by David Dahl, Bryce Turang Not Enough in 4-1 Loss Twins Daily Minor League Report (Nashville/St. Paul notes) This game had the makings of a more hotly and tightly played contest than the previous tilts for the Sounds, and, early, it certainly fits that bill. Both teams feature solid pitching and professional at-bats throughout their rosters. It was not to be for Nashville in a brisk affair in Saint Paul just off the 280 turnpike, as they ultimately fell 1-4. Jason Alexander took the rubber for the Sounds looking to build off a string of solid starts. He managed five innings for the club, but he had to work harder than in recent games. He surrendered two runs via seven hits and three walks while striking out a pair. That's too many base runners for a pitcher's liking, but he did limit any real damage while taking his first loss in four starts. Further Viewing Notes: Three straight two-out singles manufactured the Saints' second run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Those two-out hits will always sting you, and tonight was no different. The Yin to Biloxi's Yang? The Sounds played nine more innings of errorless baseball. They have not committed an error since April 14 at Gwinnett, a streak of 95 1/3 innings. Biloxi, please take note. I have spoken. This is the way. Brice Turang is dealing at the plate right now. He drove in the only Sounds run off highly effective Saints hurler (RHP) Dereck Rodríguez with a well-hit double. He proceeded to single in the top of the fifth inning (to end Rodríguez's fine outing) - his second hit of the night. He has now hit in 13 of his last 26 plate appearances with three runs, four doubles, 7 RBI, and two walks during the hot streak. Stay hot, young man! David Dahl is also hitting .500 (8-for-16) in his last four games, contributing three runs, a double, an RBI, and a walk in that span. Quite the resurgence of late for David and Bryce! Connor Sadzeck continued his string of scoreless relief work. He's been another rock in the solid Nashville bullpen. Oh yeah, Connor? Hobie Harris has not allowed a run through his first seven outings (7.0 IP). He has eight strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .190 to start the season. Let's go! It's early season, but I think it's fair to say age-old veteran Rex Brothers would like a reset to his season. Every time he enters a game out of the bullpen, it feels like certain walks and likely trouble. Tonight was no different. Walks and wild pitches (plural) and a 1-2 game became 1-4 just like that. Jon Singleton has hit a rough stretch at the plate. He is making contact, for the most part, but he isn't finding success. However, I will not waiver in my steadfast belief in this man. He has all the tools needed to turn things around in a hurry, and I'll be blowing a proverbial horn when he does. Confetti will rain forth at my computer desk, I say! That's a wrap for Tuesday. I'll simply end with: Let's get back to winning baseball! Please, peruse the links below to set yourself up for tomorrow's contests and the organizational depth and stats: Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  16. Transactions: None Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 2, Lynchburg (Guardians) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of your Link Report routine: Perez Hits Go-Ahead Blast in 2-1 Carolina Victory - An Education Day Crowd of 5,652 Watched the Mudcats Defeat the Hillcats 2-1 on Wednesday Carolina breaks up their eight-game 'we always score first' streak but still manages to pull out the victory on the go-ahead home run from Hedbert Perez - his second homer. In these past few games, he has been turning on balls and flipping those feet and hips adeptly. Take a look: 2-1 is the final in Zebulon. Both teams were hitless heading into the third inning, and that's where Ryne Moore experienced the only real challenge of his five-inning outing. After hitting a batter, he threw the ball away in a pick-off attempt to first, and the runner advanced. Following that up with a strikeout, he allowed a run-scoring single off a liner that made its way to left field, glancing off his glove. Those mistakes will make you pay more often than not - a tough pill to swallow, and Carolina trailed 0-1. He did manage to advance that base runner on a balk, and it seemed he might run into more trouble as that runner advanced to third on a steal. He walked the next batter, who also stole second base, but left the inning after inducing a weak grounder directly to the mound. Moore finished his outing going five innings, with the one unearned run, punching out five and allowing only two hits. A fine showing from the young righty. I'm looking forward to his next start. Final Viewing Notes: I mentioned Arbert Cipion's improved approach at the plate this season in recent reports. He showcased this improvement again today by lining a rope triple to the deep right field wall scoring Micah Bello to tie the game 1-1 in the fifth inning. Micah had a fantastic at-bat going ten pitches deep from a 1-2 pitcher's count to draw the walk. Good stuff from both young men. As mentioned in the headliner, it was 'Education Day' at Five County Stadium, and let's give a big round of applause to the vast array of kiddos who stayed the full nine innings! Truly a surprise. I imagine the post-game rounding of the bases for the youngsters may have taken longer than the actual game itself: Let's keep an eye on Hendry Mendez, who took a vicious hit to his head and upper body in a bang-bang double play collision sliding into second base. He was seen writhing in pain, face down in the dirt, for several minutes before turning over and sitting up in a daze. He did manage to walk off the field under his own power, but he left the game and gave way to Oswald Leones, who replaced him in right field. Hats off to the Carolina Bullpen: four innings of professional relief work - only two total hits with one free pass and seven strikeouts. The MVP of the game will have to go to the middle-relief work of Karlos Morales, who came in for two innings of work with four punchouts. In total, he threw 23 pitches for strikes in 32 total pitches. You love to see a young 22-year-old in a promotional setting, achieving success and punching the zone. Christian Tripp and Michele Vassalotti (who continues a successful transition to the bullpen) also deserve mention here. Both hurlers continued their scoreless efforts of the early season, with Vassalotti, in particular, getting his second save. He looks the part and has the stuff to overpower these Low-A batters. The move to the bullpen is seeing early favorable results. Tripp, if you recall, was picked up as a free agent after the Mets organization released him (drafted 2018) in July of 2021. He is trending in a much better direction since his Brewers promotion to Carolina in August of last year and seems to have gotten off on the right foot in 2022. Could this be the start of a mini-renaissance for the 6'7" 25-year-old who previously experienced middling and frustrating minor league results? He has pitched seven innings with ten punchouts and zero runs with a 0.86 WHIP. I would guess, that if this keeps up, he will see a promotion to High-A this season. I, for one, would love to see it. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 10, Quad City (Royals) 9 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Wisconsin Comes Back from 9-2 Deficit to Beat Quad Cities - Frelick Goes 5-for-5 and Clarke Hits Grand Slam as Rattlers Stun Bandits It was cold and windy, with players in long sleeves covering their faces and the power repeatedly going out in the Timber Rattlers broadcasting booth. It was trending as a bizarre day for the Timber Rattlers and River Bandits from the opening pitch onward. Russ Smith struggled early and often in this one, and his body language spoke to his frustrations - a couple of seeing-eye dribblers and a couple of errors did him no favors. Russ was not a happy camper, and he was not experiencing an ounce of luck to alleviate his location and general pitching struggles. He made it a total of 2 1/3 innings, 60 pitches with only 32 strikes when he gave way to Zach Mort, trailing 2-7 with five of the seven runs earned. Further Viewing Notes: When your young hurler is struggling on the mound, silly errors like the drop by Ernesto Martinez at first base on a soft toss from Smith on a weak check-swing chopper will hurt more times than not. With that runner aboard, the same runner took second base off a high throw from Martinez during a successful pick-off to first, catching the runner leaving early. The next batter launched a 2-run home run over the wall in left field. This was a perfect sequence of plays showcasing the early day's happenings for the Timber Rattlers. Tyler Black and Sal Frelick continue to showcase synergy in the batter's box and base paths. After a lead-off double by Frelick in the bottom of the first, he sped home off a line drive single from the bat of Black. Frelick is an on-base weapon - his speed will play anywhere. Today was when Sal showcased his pre-season #1 Prospect status. More to come... Speaking of the dynamic Sal Frelick, the young man went five of five for the first Timber Rattler to achieve four hits in a game (let alone five) to date in 2022. He is cfouroming into his own offensively and showcasing his talents on the base paths. He actually came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning for a chance to make the record books and go 6 of 6...but the ball didn't bounce his way, so to speak, though it did bounce the way of a walk-off wild pitch. Take a look at his beautiful day at the plate (notice sound off to start...like I said above, a weird day). This young man has talent in spades - he also tallied his fifth stolen base. Electric is the word. Plug him in. It took until the top of the fifth inning for the Rattlers' pitching staff, but Zach Mort got three up and three down to try and change the momentum in Wisconsin's direction. Kudos to the young righty as he came in and held it down for his multiple innings of relief. I always felt Zach's 2021 numbers didn't agree with what I saw from him on the mound. He pitched much better, that is, than the numbers showed. Darrien Miller cooled off a bit for this one. Batting in the clean-up spot as a DH, he swung under nearly every ball he made contact with, including the pop-up to third base that started the downward momentum of inning number one. However, he managed to rope a hard-hit single down the right-field line held in check by the swirling winds. Tristan Peters had a beautiful diving catch in left field to put out Quad Cities' Herard Gonzalez for the second out in the top of the 6th. The ball was tailing toward the line and shallow, but Peters managed to lay out and get the out. When you're finding your way as a team, plays like this make a difference. It wasn't for lack of opportunities as the Timber Rattlers put two men aboard in four separate innings. With none down (twice), one down, and two down. They were struggling to find the timely hit into the middle innings - so it goes in the game of baseball. Thankfully, they had the rally caps in the dugout and managed to start taking advantage. Tyler Gillies made his second appearance of the season in the top of the eighth. Always good to see the young Canadian coming off his well-known cancer recoveries. It's a feel-good story, and we need to embrace these. Tyler was struggling with what appeared to be a finger or blister issue (?) on his throwing hand. He did have a couple of breaking balls well off the plate, including a wild pitch to the backstop on one that fourgot away. This will potentially be something to track in the coming days. Wes Clarke hit an absolute no-doubter grand salami bomb over the wall in left-center with the bases juiced in the bottom of the seventh. Thank You, Wes! I was beginning to ponder what I was doing watching the cold and windy misery in Appleton - 11 hits and only two runs to show for it at the time - and I was beginning to wonder if the young Rattlers could knock men in with two or more on as it was the fourth such scenario in the game. It was a key hit, and it made things interesting heading to the eighth inning. Our very own @TURBO was in attendance for this one, and, it is rumored, he was wearing a tee-shirt and shorts. The winds were swirling and unforgiving in this one. Frelick lost a routine fly ball - the lone 'hit' (scored a double) given up by James Meeker in the top of the ninth - in the swirling winds as it tailed away from him in a hurry. Zavier Warren's double in the bottom of the same frame sped past the River Bandits' centerfielder for a double just off the tip of his outstretched glove in straightaway center. For good measure, I saw the impacts of this same uninviting and disruptive arctic front walk-offsw.hAfter the @TimberRattlers 10-9 win on Wednesday, there was a lot to talk aboute.n shingles flew off my house's roof and poly panels on my greenhouse were sent flying to an undisclosed location this past week. Not a force to be reckoned with! Yeesh! Walk-off wild pitch? We don't mind it one little bit: *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Birmingham 6 , Biloxi 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Late Rally Comes Up Short in 6-5 Loss to Barons - Wiemer Records Three Hits for Shuckers Starting game number two of a six-game series, typically reliable Andy Otero took the mound for the Shuckers amidst several batting order adjustments for the Brewers' Double-A club. After the Shuckers managed two runs to start the tilt on a Brent Diaz two-run single (plating Mitchell and Wiemer), Otero gave up three hits to start his first inning. The first two of these were legitimate well-hit ropes into left-center field, but after a weak hit chopper in front of catcher Brent Diaz, the first base umpire missed a clear out on a bang-bang play down the first baseline. This missed call mattered as the runner stole second (Birmingham's first successful steal on the season). The runner, scored when the next batter found second base after a throwing error by typically spot-on and reliable Cam Devanney. The throw bounced past Thomas Dillard on what was another weakly hit chopper. One might question whether Joey Wiemer should have been there backing up Dillard, but this is precisely how the ball is bouncing for the Shuckers these past two nights. Otero left the inning by striking out the next batter, but it was already knotted back at 2-2. This was a sign of the game to come. Further Viewing Notes: Is Joey Wiemer heating up? He ended last night's game with a double, and through two at-bats early, he had another double, a single, two runs, and a stolen base. A sight for sore eyes as the self-proclaimed number one Wiemer Fan Boy. Joey made things exciting when he ripped a single up the middle of the infield in the top of the ninth. More below. Props are due for Otero, who gathered himself for a clean inning - three up and three down, including a punch out - to keep the game level through three innings and still only 55 pitches. He managed to battle his way through five, conceding only the four runs - three earned - on the evening while allowing a rather lofty ten total hits and one free pass. Not efficient. Not pretty. But, he kept his bullpen fresh and his team in the game. Last night's Shuckers vs. Barons contest lasted two hours and 21 minutes. Tonight's affair was quite different, Shuckers' with runners on in most innings, deep counts, and a 4-4 game headed into the fourth. It isn't just a pitch clock that keeps game times down, as several other factors have to align to meet those low marks. This one felt like a slog...boy did it ever. I was highly impressed with Birmingham's lefty curveball specialist (and former Kansas City Royal fourth-rounder), Garrett Davila. This now 25-year-old lefty has a nasty sweeping curve that must be a nightmare for left-handed batters when it is on like it was this evening. I think the three up and three down strikeout crew of Holt, Mitchell, and Wiemer would agree (though, at least Joey worked to a complete nine-pitch count). When the Shuckers field is ugly, the Shuckers field is ugly. A slow-rolling routine grounder left of second base and, in the hole, unfairly put two on for Luis Contreras in the bottom of the sixth. It would have and absolutely could have been the end of the inning - at the very least, a force out at second base for two down. But, the inexplicably extremely inconsistent Freddy Zamora fielded it poorly and then tossed an absolute flub dribbler on the ground to Gabe Holt. The latter showed little urgency in retrieving the ball. It was almost as if the entire play happened in slow motion. This one had to have driven the skipper, Mike Guerrero, a tad crazy. Luis struck out the next batter but, on a 1-2 pitcher's count, threw a very wild pitch to the backstop advancing the runners to second and third. With the count 2-2, the same batter ripped a single to right field, scoring both runners, and, just like that, it was 4-6. Biloxi was down. In sports, as in life, it's the little things. And, (coughs) Mr. Scorer: that was an E6, not two earned runs for Contreras, whose ERA will suffer. Lucas Erceg pitched his first scoreless inning tonight to close the eighth. Well done, Lucas. Let's hope for more of that in future contests. A fitting end to this game was the bases loaded ending to close the game: Trailing 4-6 and red hot Joey Wiemer at the plate, he scorched a single up the middle of the infield. One runner in but a controversial call at the plate saw home plate umpire Ben Fernandez tossing Mike Guerrero and Gabe Holt back to the lockers - both vehemently argued the call. The generally cold-hitting 2022 Thomas Dillard proceeded to go down looking on four pitches, watching strike two and strike three breezes over the center-cut of the outer half of the plate. Mitchell and Wiemer were left stranded on third and second base, respectively; the Shuckers fell 5-6, giving up 15 hits. They are now 8-3 on the season. Though the Shuckers came roaring out of the gates to start the season, grabbing an impressive 8-0 record, they are not playing good baseball in their most recent outings. Sloppy defensive miscues, a potential lack of urgency in critical moments, and poor strikeout numbers are ugly. Let's hope they can find some balance and focus and play better games ahead as they look to finish their six-game series in Birmingham with four remaining games. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 8, Charlotte(White Sox) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Take Down Charlotte for Fourth Straight Win - Scoreless Inning Streak Comes to an End at 31 2/3 innings, Sounds Cruise 8-1 Sinker baller Jason Alexander took the mound for the Sounds hoping to keep the scoreless innings going for the Nashville, and through one three-up and three-down inning, he certainly did (two flyouts and a weak ground out first base side). The Sounds went to work offensively right off the bat with a well-hit double to left field by lead-off man Garrett Whitley who ultimately advanced to third on a chopper to second base by Bryce Turang. After a full-count walk taken by red hot Tyler White, Jon Singleton came to the plate and lined a well-hit fly ball to right field, and, with Whitley tagging, it was 1-0. Alexander was dialed through four innings with a mere one hit and many a ground ball, Final Viewing Notes: Let's recognize 'game': Blake Rutherford (LF) of Charlotte has hit safely in 10 of his last 15 trips. That is quite the hot streak - including two opposite-field singles to get things going for the Knights in the early going. I do not know if you will find a better bullpen in all of Triple-A baseball. The Sounds are legitimately trotting out an MLB-level bullpen every night in those crucial make-or-break innings. Tonight, we watched Luke Barker, J.C. Mejia, and Miguel Sanchez eat lunch. Six strikeouts total and zero runs across home plate over four beautiful and efficient innings. What more is there to say? This pitching staff is on another level - a true joy to watch. Corey Ray broke the 1-0 game open with this bases-clearing triple to deep right-center field in the bottom of the fourth. Way to go, Corey! David Dahl, Tyler White, Garett Whitley, and Bryce Turang had multi-hit evenings. The Sounds batters are starting to put solid at-bats together up and down the line-up. Dahl and White, in particular, are suddenly very hot. While the scoreless innings streak came to an end a mere five innings short of the 2003 Sounds record, another flawless streak came to an end as well on this beautiful Nashville evening: Bryce Turang was caught stealing in the sixth inning, knocking the Sounds record to 17 of 18 successful stolen base attempts on the season. Perhaps, we should be talking about Garrett Whitley more: He has appeared on base in all ten contests he has played in. It's beginning to be an embarrassment of riches down in Nashville. This is an excellent problem, but Garrett deserves some recognition for his steady, smooth play and picking it up at the plate. The Sounds improve to 10-4 overall and are now tied atop the West Division of the International League with Columbus. *** That is a wrap for our organizational matinee and night games. All in all, we should be pretty content with winning baseball across all levels. It might not always be pretty, well, Nashville might protest this assertion, but it is mostly winning Brewers organizational baseball. And, that, my friends, is always a plus. Please peruse tomorrow's docket of games and organizational stats across the board: Organizational Scoreboard, including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  17. Carolina doesn't always score first, but they can still pull out a victory when they fail. Big lefty Russ Smith experiences a rough and frustrating outing in Appleton's wild n' wooly, cold and windy, thrilling comeback affair. Biloxi scuffles and struggles but nearly pulls one out in a long slog for a game. And Nashville does Nashville things scoring many more runs than their opponents. Let's get into the recaps! Transactions: None Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 2, Lynchburg (Guardians) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of your Link Report routine: Perez Hits Go-Ahead Blast in 2-1 Carolina Victory - An Education Day Crowd of 5,652 Watched the Mudcats Defeat the Hillcats 2-1 on Wednesday Carolina breaks up their eight-game 'we always score first' streak but still manages to pull out the victory on the go-ahead home run from Hedbert Perez - his second homer. In these past few games, he has been turning on balls and flipping those feet and hips adeptly. Take a look: 2-1 is the final in Zebulon. Both teams were hitless heading into the third inning, and that's where Ryne Moore experienced the only real challenge of his five-inning outing. After hitting a batter, he threw the ball away in a pick-off attempt to first, and the runner advanced. Following that up with a strikeout, he allowed a run-scoring single off a liner that made its way to left field, glancing off his glove. Those mistakes will make you pay more often than not - a tough pill to swallow, and Carolina trailed 0-1. He did manage to advance that base runner on a balk, and it seemed he might run into more trouble as that runner advanced to third on a steal. He walked the next batter, who also stole second base, but left the inning after inducing a weak grounder directly to the mound. Moore finished his outing going five innings, with the one unearned run, punching out five and allowing only two hits. A fine showing from the young righty. I'm looking forward to his next start. Final Viewing Notes: I mentioned Arbert Cipion's improved approach at the plate this season in recent reports. He showcased this improvement again today by lining a rope triple to the deep right field wall scoring Micah Bello to tie the game 1-1 in the fifth inning. Micah had a fantastic at-bat going ten pitches deep from a 1-2 pitcher's count to draw the walk. Good stuff from both young men. As mentioned in the headliner, it was 'Education Day' at Five County Stadium, and let's give a big round of applause to the vast array of kiddos who stayed the full nine innings! Truly a surprise. I imagine the post-game rounding of the bases for the youngsters may have taken longer than the actual game itself: Let's keep an eye on Hendry Mendez, who took a vicious hit to his head and upper body in a bang-bang double play collision sliding into second base. He was seen writhing in pain, face down in the dirt, for several minutes before turning over and sitting up in a daze. He did manage to walk off the field under his own power, but he left the game and gave way to Oswald Leones, who replaced him in right field. Hats off to the Carolina Bullpen: four innings of professional relief work - only two total hits with one free pass and seven strikeouts. The MVP of the game will have to go to the middle-relief work of Karlos Morales, who came in for two innings of work with four punchouts. In total, he threw 23 pitches for strikes in 32 total pitches. You love to see a young 22-year-old in a promotional setting, achieving success and punching the zone. Christian Tripp and Michele Vassalotti (who continues a successful transition to the bullpen) also deserve mention here. Both hurlers continued their scoreless efforts of the early season, with Vassalotti, in particular, getting his second save. He looks the part and has the stuff to overpower these Low-A batters. The move to the bullpen is seeing early favorable results. Tripp, if you recall, was picked up as a free agent after the Mets organization released him (drafted 2018) in July of 2021. He is trending in a much better direction since his Brewers promotion to Carolina in August of last year and seems to have gotten off on the right foot in 2022. Could this be the start of a mini-renaissance for the 6'7" 25-year-old who previously experienced middling and frustrating minor league results? He has pitched seven innings with ten punchouts and zero runs with a 0.86 WHIP. I would guess, that if this keeps up, he will see a promotion to High-A this season. I, for one, would love to see it. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 10, Quad City (Royals) 9 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Wisconsin Comes Back from 9-2 Deficit to Beat Quad Cities - Frelick Goes 5-for-5 and Clarke Hits Grand Slam as Rattlers Stun Bandits It was cold and windy, with players in long sleeves covering their faces and the power repeatedly going out in the Timber Rattlers broadcasting booth. It was trending as a bizarre day for the Timber Rattlers and River Bandits from the opening pitch onward. Russ Smith struggled early and often in this one, and his body language spoke to his frustrations - a couple of seeing-eye dribblers and a couple of errors did him no favors. Russ was not a happy camper, and he was not experiencing an ounce of luck to alleviate his location and general pitching struggles. He made it a total of 2 1/3 innings, 60 pitches with only 32 strikes when he gave way to Zach Mort, trailing 2-7 with five of the seven runs earned. Further Viewing Notes: When your young hurler is struggling on the mound, silly errors like the drop by Ernesto Martinez at first base on a soft toss from Smith on a weak check-swing chopper will hurt more times than not. With that runner aboard, the same runner took second base off a high throw from Martinez during a successful pick-off to first, catching the runner leaving early. The next batter launched a 2-run home run over the wall in left field. This was a perfect sequence of plays showcasing the early day's happenings for the Timber Rattlers. Tyler Black and Sal Frelick continue to showcase synergy in the batter's box and base paths. After a lead-off double by Frelick in the bottom of the first, he sped home off a line drive single from the bat of Black. Frelick is an on-base weapon - his speed will play anywhere. Today was when Sal showcased his pre-season #1 Prospect status. More to come... Speaking of the dynamic Sal Frelick, the young man went five of five for the first Timber Rattler to achieve four hits in a game (let alone five) to date in 2022. He is cfouroming into his own offensively and showcasing his talents on the base paths. He actually came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning for a chance to make the record books and go 6 of 6...but the ball didn't bounce his way, so to speak, though it did bounce the way of a walk-off wild pitch. Take a look at his beautiful day at the plate (notice sound off to start...like I said above, a weird day). This young man has talent in spades - he also tallied his fifth stolen base. Electric is the word. Plug him in. It took until the top of the fifth inning for the Rattlers' pitching staff, but Zach Mort got three up and three down to try and change the momentum in Wisconsin's direction. Kudos to the young righty as he came in and held it down for his multiple innings of relief. I always felt Zach's 2021 numbers didn't agree with what I saw from him on the mound. He pitched much better, that is, than the numbers showed. Darrien Miller cooled off a bit for this one. Batting in the clean-up spot as a DH, he swung under nearly every ball he made contact with, including the pop-up to third base that started the downward momentum of inning number one. However, he managed to rope a hard-hit single down the right-field line held in check by the swirling winds. Tristan Peters had a beautiful diving catch in left field to put out Quad Cities' Herard Gonzalez for the second out in the top of the 6th. The ball was tailing toward the line and shallow, but Peters managed to lay out and get the out. When you're finding your way as a team, plays like this make a difference. It wasn't for lack of opportunities as the Timber Rattlers put two men aboard in four separate innings. With none down (twice), one down, and two down. They were struggling to find the timely hit into the middle innings - so it goes in the game of baseball. Thankfully, they had the rally caps in the dugout and managed to start taking advantage. Tyler Gillies made his second appearance of the season in the top of the eighth. Always good to see the young Canadian coming off his well-known cancer recoveries. It's a feel-good story, and we need to embrace these. Tyler was struggling with what appeared to be a finger or blister issue (?) on his throwing hand. He did have a couple of breaking balls well off the plate, including a wild pitch to the backstop on one that fourgot away. This will potentially be something to track in the coming days. Wes Clarke hit an absolute no-doubter grand salami bomb over the wall in left-center with the bases juiced in the bottom of the seventh. Thank You, Wes! I was beginning to ponder what I was doing watching the cold and windy misery in Appleton - 11 hits and only two runs to show for it at the time - and I was beginning to wonder if the young Rattlers could knock men in with two or more on as it was the fourth such scenario in the game. It was a key hit, and it made things interesting heading to the eighth inning. Our very own @TURBO was in attendance for this one, and, it is rumored, he was wearing a tee-shirt and shorts. The winds were swirling and unforgiving in this one. Frelick lost a routine fly ball - the lone 'hit' (scored a double) given up by James Meeker in the top of the ninth - in the swirling winds as it tailed away from him in a hurry. Zavier Warren's double in the bottom of the same frame sped past the River Bandits' centerfielder for a double just off the tip of his outstretched glove in straightaway center. For good measure, I saw the impacts of this same uninviting and disruptive arctic front walk-offsw.hAfter the @TimberRattlers 10-9 win on Wednesday, there was a lot to talk aboute.n shingles flew off my house's roof and poly panels on my greenhouse were sent flying to an undisclosed location this past week. Not a force to be reckoned with! Yeesh! Walk-off wild pitch? We don't mind it one little bit: *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Birmingham 6 , Biloxi 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Late Rally Comes Up Short in 6-5 Loss to Barons - Wiemer Records Three Hits for Shuckers Starting game number two of a six-game series, typically reliable Andy Otero took the mound for the Shuckers amidst several batting order adjustments for the Brewers' Double-A club. After the Shuckers managed two runs to start the tilt on a Brent Diaz two-run single (plating Mitchell and Wiemer), Otero gave up three hits to start his first inning. The first two of these were legitimate well-hit ropes into left-center field, but after a weak hit chopper in front of catcher Brent Diaz, the first base umpire missed a clear out on a bang-bang play down the first baseline. This missed call mattered as the runner stole second (Birmingham's first successful steal on the season). The runner, scored when the next batter found second base after a throwing error by typically spot-on and reliable Cam Devanney. The throw bounced past Thomas Dillard on what was another weakly hit chopper. One might question whether Joey Wiemer should have been there backing up Dillard, but this is precisely how the ball is bouncing for the Shuckers these past two nights. Otero left the inning by striking out the next batter, but it was already knotted back at 2-2. This was a sign of the game to come. Further Viewing Notes: Is Joey Wiemer heating up? He ended last night's game with a double, and through two at-bats early, he had another double, a single, two runs, and a stolen base. A sight for sore eyes as the self-proclaimed number one Wiemer Fan Boy. Joey made things exciting when he ripped a single up the middle of the infield in the top of the ninth. More below. Props are due for Otero, who gathered himself for a clean inning - three up and three down, including a punch out - to keep the game level through three innings and still only 55 pitches. He managed to battle his way through five, conceding only the four runs - three earned - on the evening while allowing a rather lofty ten total hits and one free pass. Not efficient. Not pretty. But, he kept his bullpen fresh and his team in the game. Last night's Shuckers vs. Barons contest lasted two hours and 21 minutes. Tonight's affair was quite different, Shuckers' with runners on in most innings, deep counts, and a 4-4 game headed into the fourth. It isn't just a pitch clock that keeps game times down, as several other factors have to align to meet those low marks. This one felt like a slog...boy did it ever. I was highly impressed with Birmingham's lefty curveball specialist (and former Kansas City Royal fourth-rounder), Garrett Davila. This now 25-year-old lefty has a nasty sweeping curve that must be a nightmare for left-handed batters when it is on like it was this evening. I think the three up and three down strikeout crew of Holt, Mitchell, and Wiemer would agree (though, at least Joey worked to a complete nine-pitch count). When the Shuckers field is ugly, the Shuckers field is ugly. A slow-rolling routine grounder left of second base and, in the hole, unfairly put two on for Luis Contreras in the bottom of the sixth. It would have and absolutely could have been the end of the inning - at the very least, a force out at second base for two down. But, the inexplicably extremely inconsistent Freddy Zamora fielded it poorly and then tossed an absolute flub dribbler on the ground to Gabe Holt. The latter showed little urgency in retrieving the ball. It was almost as if the entire play happened in slow motion. This one had to have driven the skipper, Mike Guerrero, a tad crazy. Luis struck out the next batter but, on a 1-2 pitcher's count, threw a very wild pitch to the backstop advancing the runners to second and third. With the count 2-2, the same batter ripped a single to right field, scoring both runners, and, just like that, it was 4-6. Biloxi was down. In sports, as in life, it's the little things. And, (coughs) Mr. Scorer: that was an E6, not two earned runs for Contreras, whose ERA will suffer. Lucas Erceg pitched his first scoreless inning tonight to close the eighth. Well done, Lucas. Let's hope for more of that in future contests. A fitting end to this game was the bases loaded ending to close the game: Trailing 4-6 and red hot Joey Wiemer at the plate, he scorched a single up the middle of the infield. One runner in but a controversial call at the plate saw home plate umpire Ben Fernandez tossing Mike Guerrero and Gabe Holt back to the lockers - both vehemently argued the call. The generally cold-hitting 2022 Thomas Dillard proceeded to go down looking on four pitches, watching strike two and strike three breezes over the center-cut of the outer half of the plate. Mitchell and Wiemer were left stranded on third and second base, respectively; the Shuckers fell 5-6, giving up 15 hits. They are now 8-3 on the season. Though the Shuckers came roaring out of the gates to start the season, grabbing an impressive 8-0 record, they are not playing good baseball in their most recent outings. Sloppy defensive miscues, a potential lack of urgency in critical moments, and poor strikeout numbers are ugly. Let's hope they can find some balance and focus and play better games ahead as they look to finish their six-game series in Birmingham with four remaining games. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 8, Charlotte(White Sox) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Take Down Charlotte for Fourth Straight Win - Scoreless Inning Streak Comes to an End at 31 2/3 innings, Sounds Cruise 8-1 Sinker baller Jason Alexander took the mound for the Sounds hoping to keep the scoreless innings going for the Nashville, and through one three-up and three-down inning, he certainly did (two flyouts and a weak ground out first base side). The Sounds went to work offensively right off the bat with a well-hit double to left field by lead-off man Garrett Whitley who ultimately advanced to third on a chopper to second base by Bryce Turang. After a full-count walk taken by red hot Tyler White, Jon Singleton came to the plate and lined a well-hit fly ball to right field, and, with Whitley tagging, it was 1-0. Alexander was dialed through four innings with a mere one hit and many a ground ball, Final Viewing Notes: Let's recognize 'game': Blake Rutherford (LF) of Charlotte has hit safely in 10 of his last 15 trips. That is quite the hot streak - including two opposite-field singles to get things going for the Knights in the early going. I do not know if you will find a better bullpen in all of Triple-A baseball. The Sounds are legitimately trotting out an MLB-level bullpen every night in those crucial make-or-break innings. Tonight, we watched Luke Barker, J.C. Mejia, and Miguel Sanchez eat lunch. Six strikeouts total and zero runs across home plate over four beautiful and efficient innings. What more is there to say? This pitching staff is on another level - a true joy to watch. Corey Ray broke the 1-0 game open with this bases-clearing triple to deep right-center field in the bottom of the fourth. Way to go, Corey! David Dahl, Tyler White, Garett Whitley, and Bryce Turang had multi-hit evenings. The Sounds batters are starting to put solid at-bats together up and down the line-up. Dahl and White, in particular, are suddenly very hot. While the scoreless innings streak came to an end a mere five innings short of the 2003 Sounds record, another flawless streak came to an end as well on this beautiful Nashville evening: Bryce Turang was caught stealing in the sixth inning, knocking the Sounds record to 17 of 18 successful stolen base attempts on the season. Perhaps, we should be talking about Garrett Whitley more: He has appeared on base in all ten contests he has played in. It's beginning to be an embarrassment of riches down in Nashville. This is an excellent problem, but Garrett deserves some recognition for his steady, smooth play and picking it up at the plate. The Sounds improve to 10-4 overall and are now tied atop the West Division of the International League with Columbus. *** That is a wrap for our organizational matinee and night games. All in all, we should be pretty content with winning baseball across all levels. It might not always be pretty, well, Nashville might protest this assertion, but it is mostly winning Brewers organizational baseball. And, that, my friends, is always a plus. Please peruse tomorrow's docket of games and organizational stats across the board: Organizational Scoreboard, including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  18. In advance of initial rosters being announced (expected by Monday, April 4th) for our top four affiliates, here’s a speculative look at where our Top 30 MLB.com prospects are likely to be initially placed to kick off the 2022 season. 1. Sal Frelick – CF – 21 years old – 1st round 2022 pick (15th overall) – High-A Wisconsin · Left-Handed Hitting Frelick mashed in 81 Low-A Carolina plate appearances last year (with a .492 BABIP), but only posted a .563 OPS in 71 High-A Wisconsin plate appearances (with a .196 BABIP). He’ll likely start in High-A and hope to earn a promotion by mid-year. 2. Joey Wiemer – RF – 23 years old – 4th round 2020 pick – AA Biloxi · The 6’5” Wiemer conquered Low-A Carolina and High-A Wisconsin in 2021, with a combined .958 OPS in 472 plate appearances. Even the Arizona Fall League couldn’t slow him down (1.234 OPS in 37 PAs) until a minor injury gave him time to rest up. 3. Aaron Ashby – LHP – 23 years old – 4th round 2018 pick – MLB Brewers · Ashby did enough in 31 2/3 big league innings in 2021 to merit inclusion on the MLB squad from the get-go in 2022, where he’s expected to be the 6th starter and also pitch in relief from time to time. In fact, MLB.com is removing him from this top 30 list as I’m writing. 4. Garrett Mitchell – CF – 23 years old – 1st round 2020 pick (20th overall) – AA Biloxi · Paralleling Frelick’s 2021, Left-handed hitting Mitchell dominated at one level (1.128 OPS in 120 PAs at High-A Wisconsin), but ran into difficulty at the next (.554 OPS in 148 PAs at AA Biloxi), though we’re all hoping the Biloxi struggles were due to nagging injuries. 5. Brice Turang – SS – 22 years old – 1st round 2018 pick (21st overall) – AAA Nashville · Left-handed hitting Turang has done enough in the first half of each season to earn a promotion (2018 to Helena, 2019 to Carolina, 2021 to Nashville), though he may spend all of 2022 in Nashville as there’s no pressure to add him to the 40-man MLB roster. 6. Jeferson Quero – C – 19 years old – 2019 international signing – Low-A Carolina · Quero finally saw his first Brewers’ action in 2021 and didn’t disappoint: .934 OPS in 83 plate appearances in Rookie Arizona before an injury, unfortunately, ended his season early. In some minds, he’s replaced Feliciano as the Brewers’ “catcher-of-the-future” 7. Tyler Black – 2B – 21 years old – 1st round 2021 sandwich pick (33rd overall) – High-A or Low-A · This is the first real placement decision for Brewers’ brass. After posting a .660 OPS 103 plate appearances at Low-A Carolina (on a .346 BABIP), do you push Left-handed hitting Black’s talent along to High-A Wisconsin, or do you want him to taste some Low-A Carolina success first? 8. Ethan Small – LHP – 25 years old – 1st round 2019 pick (28th overall) – AAA Nashville · The Brewers’ 2021 minor league pitcher of the year split the season between Biloxi (41.1 innings) and Nashville (35.0), though an injury limited him in the second half. Still not on the 40-man MLB roster, Small is nonetheless expected to make his MLB debut this year. 9. Hedbert Perez – CF – 19 years old on April 4 – 2019 international signing – Low-A Carolina · Similar to Quero above, Left-handed-hitting Perez finally made his official Brewers’ debut in 2021 and performed as expected: .969 OPS in 132 plate appearances in Rookie Arizona, before struggling in Low-A Carolina post-promotion (.452 OPS in 68 PAs). 10. Jackson Chourio – CF – 18 years old – 2020-1 international signing – Rookie Arizona · Do the Spring Training starts alongside Low-A players mean that Chourio will start the season in Carolina? Not likely, as he spent all of 2021 in the Dominican Summer League (.833 OPS in 189 PAs), so hasn’t even played for the Arizona squad yet. 11. Freddy Zamora – SS – 23 years old – 2nd round 2020 pick – AA or High-A · From this point, the placement selections become more interesting. Zamora registered amazing improvement throughout in 2021 (May .569 OPS, June .666, July .758, August 1.065, September .900), even performing well after making the jump to High-A on August 25th. There appears to be room in AA Biloxi despite just 92 plate appearances in Wisconsin. 12. Felix Valerio – 2B – 21 years old – 2019 trade from Mets – AA or High-A · The Valerio and Black decisions (and perhaps even the Freddy Zamora decision) likely go hand-in-hand. Just 20 years old at the time, the 5’7” Valerio put up an .899 OPS in 377 plate appearances in Low-A Carolina, then a .787 OPS in 134 PAs at High-A Wisconsin last year. 13. Eduardo Garcia – SS – 19 years old – 2018 international signing – Low-A Carolina · Similar to Perez, Garcia spent most of 2021 in Rookie Arizona ball, then got a stint in Carolina. All in all, he put up an .824 OPS in 192 plate appearances and should form part of the uber-talented contingent to start the season in Carolina. 14. Joe Gray Jr. – CF – 22 years old – 2nd round 2018 pick – AA or High-A · This is a big decision again. Gray was the top minor league hitter in the Brewers’ system in the first half of 2021, but tailed off in the second half after a promotion to High-A and then had a miserable Arizona Fall League stint. Is Mitchell also blocking a move to Biloxi? 15. Antoine Kelly – LHP – 22 years old – 2nd round 2019 pick – High-A Wisconsin · The 6’6” Kelly dominated Arizona Rookie ball in 2019, but then had thoracic outlet surgery and didn’t put up great numbers at Low-A Carolina in 2021 (6.88 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, 12.7 K/9). However, his talent requires the move to High-A. 16. Hendry Mendez – RF – 18 years old – 2020-1 international signing – Low-A Carolina · One of the Brewers’ top January 2021 signings, LHH Mendez only needed 21 games in Rookie DSL to get the promotion to Arizona, where he continued to impress in 19 games (combined .879 OPS in 138 PAs with 17 walks and 12 Ks). 17. Russell Smith – LHP – 23 years old – 2nd round 2021 pick – Low-A Carolina · Yet to make his official Brewers’ minor league debut, the highly-touted Smith struck out 101 batters in 82.1 innings at TCU last year (15 starts, 1.13 WHIP). The 6’9” hurler walked only 20, demonstrating solid control. 18. Korry Howell – CF – 23 years old – 12th round 2018 pick – AA Biloxi · The buzz around Howell started in 2021 Spring Training and he didn’t disappoint, putting together an .826 OPS in 305 plate appearances in High-A, before being promoted to AA in August. Interestingly, he made 32 infield starts alongside his 62 outfield starts 19. Zavier Warren – 3B – 23 years old – 3rd round 2020 pick – High-A Wisconsin · The switch-hitting Warren was one of many mashers at Low-A Carolina in 2021, hitting 10 home runs in 230 plate appearances before being promoted in August. He made 33 starts at third base, 20 at catcher, and 19 at first base. 20. Logan Henderson – RHP – 20 years old – 4th round 2021 pick – Low-A or Rookie ACL · Similar to Smith, Henderson is yet to make his Brewers’ minor-league debut. Just 5’11”, Henderson struck out 169 batters in 97 2/3 innings of juco ball last year. He recently underwent right elbow surgery, though should debut in late 2022. 21. Abner Uribe – RHP – 21 years old – 2018 international signing – High-A Wisconsin · Flame-thrower Uribe struck out 52 in just 33 2/3 innings in Low-A last year, but also walked 25 and threw 14 wild pitches. The Brewers sent him to the Arizona Fall League, with similar results. The sky’s the limit if he can gain control. 22. Mario Feliciano – C – 23 years old – 2nd round 2016 pick – AAA Nashville · Feliciano fell off the fast-track to stardom last year in his first taste of AAA, as injuries limited him to only 114 plate appearances (.560 OPS) in Nashville. The Arizona Fall League sparked his bat, but are his defensive chops ready for the big leagues? 23. Carlos D. Rodriguez – OF – 21 years old – 2017 international signing – AA or High-A · The youngest Brewer to commence the season in High-A last year, Left-handed hitting Rodriguez produced a slightly below average .684 OPS in 382 plate appearances. Did we just release Jesus Lujano and LG Castillo to make room for his talent in AA? 24. Alec Bettinger – RHP – 26 years old – 10th round 2017 pick – AAA Nashville · Bettinger understandably struggled in his first-ever MLB action last year (10.0 innings), but was respectable in his first season at AAA: 4.75 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 9.1 K/9. His lack of Spring Training innings might indicate he requires more time before joining Nashville. 25. Taylor Floyd – RHP – 24 years old – 10th round 2019 pick – AA Biloxi · No-nonsense Floyd dominated High-A in 2021 (72 Ks in 48 2/3 innings, 3.33 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) and seeks a bee-line through AA and AAA to Milwaukee, à la Jake Cousins. 26. Dylan File – RHP – 25 years old – 21st round 2017 pick – AAA Nashville · File toughed it out in his first AAA season last year (5.27 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 7.6 K/9 in 42.2 innings) and now aims to both justify his 40-man MLB roster spot and make his MLB debut this season. 27. Victor Castaneda – RHP – 23 years old – 2017 international signing – AA Biloxi · The Brewers obviously love Castaneda’s stuff, giving him 12.0 innings in AAA last year after putting up respectable numbers in High-A (5.20 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 10.6 K/9) that were skewed by 18 home runs allowed. 28. Cam Robinson – RHP – 22 years old – 23rd round 2017 pick – High-A Wisconsin · A second relief specialist in the Brewers’ top 30 prospect list? Why not? Robinson spent most of 2021 in Low-A, producing a 2.45 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 10.6 K/9. Just 5’11”, MLB.com appears high on Robinson’s 90s fastball, 70s curveball combination. 29. Gabe Holt – 2B – 24 years old – 7th round 2019 pick – AA Biloxi · The eagle-eyed LHH Holt walked 62 times (vs. 47 Ks) in Low-A last year, making up for a lack of extra-base hits (16 in 323 ABs at that level) which will hopefully come this year. 30. Johan Barrios – SS – 17 years old – 2021-2 international signings – Rookie DSL · In January 2022, the Brewers gave Barrios 1,385,000 reasons (i.e. signing bonus) to believe he’s a future star. MLB.com projects he’ll add power over time, as he fills out his 6’3” frame. Based on recent Spring Training lineups, Freddy Zamora looks like a safe bet to commence at AA Biloxi, with the team leaning toward also including the young Felix Valerio and older (unranked) Ashton McGee. Of course, Joe Gray Jr., Carlos D. Rodriguez and perhaps even #1 prospect Sal Frelick are also under consideration, since Korry Howell can always play more infield as required. If Milwaukee does choose to push Zamora and Valerio to make the leap to AA Biloxi to start the season, this should open the door for Tyler Black and possibly (unranked) Ethan Murray to commence at High-A Wisconsin, thus freeing up playing time for Alberis Ferrer, Daniel Castillo, and Zack Raabe at Low-A Carolina. Do you agree with these projected placements? Who will be the big movers up and down the list this year?
  19. After two years at or near the bottom of most MLB prospect rankings, four years of better drafts and solid international signings have the Milwaukee Brewers’ prospect situation pointing in the right direction. MLB.com has moved the Brewers up to 25th in the league, improving on the 28th slot entering 2021 and dead last entering 2020. In advance of initial rosters being announced (expected by Monday, April 4th) for our top four affiliates, here’s a speculative look at where our Top 30 MLB.com prospects are likely to be initially placed to kick off the 2022 season. 1. Sal Frelick – CF – 21 years old – 1st round 2022 pick (15th overall) – High-A Wisconsin · Left-Handed Hitting Frelick mashed in 81 Low-A Carolina plate appearances last year (with a .492 BABIP), but only posted a .563 OPS in 71 High-A Wisconsin plate appearances (with a .196 BABIP). He’ll likely start in High-A and hope to earn a promotion by mid-year. 2. Joey Wiemer – RF – 23 years old – 4th round 2020 pick – AA Biloxi · The 6’5” Wiemer conquered Low-A Carolina and High-A Wisconsin in 2021, with a combined .958 OPS in 472 plate appearances. Even the Arizona Fall League couldn’t slow him down (1.234 OPS in 37 PAs) until a minor injury gave him time to rest up. 3. Aaron Ashby – LHP – 23 years old – 4th round 2018 pick – MLB Brewers · Ashby did enough in 31 2/3 big league innings in 2021 to merit inclusion on the MLB squad from the get-go in 2022, where he’s expected to be the 6th starter and also pitch in relief from time to time. In fact, MLB.com is removing him from this top 30 list as I’m writing. 4. Garrett Mitchell – CF – 23 years old – 1st round 2020 pick (20th overall) – AA Biloxi · Paralleling Frelick’s 2021, Left-handed hitting Mitchell dominated at one level (1.128 OPS in 120 PAs at High-A Wisconsin), but ran into difficulty at the next (.554 OPS in 148 PAs at AA Biloxi), though we’re all hoping the Biloxi struggles were due to nagging injuries. 5. Brice Turang – SS – 22 years old – 1st round 2018 pick (21st overall) – AAA Nashville · Left-handed hitting Turang has done enough in the first half of each season to earn a promotion (2018 to Helena, 2019 to Carolina, 2021 to Nashville), though he may spend all of 2022 in Nashville as there’s no pressure to add him to the 40-man MLB roster. 6. Jeferson Quero – C – 19 years old – 2019 international signing – Low-A Carolina · Quero finally saw his first Brewers’ action in 2021 and didn’t disappoint: .934 OPS in 83 plate appearances in Rookie Arizona before an injury, unfortunately, ended his season early. In some minds, he’s replaced Feliciano as the Brewers’ “catcher-of-the-future” 7. Tyler Black – 2B – 21 years old – 1st round 2021 sandwich pick (33rd overall) – High-A or Low-A · This is the first real placement decision for Brewers’ brass. After posting a .660 OPS 103 plate appearances at Low-A Carolina (on a .346 BABIP), do you push Left-handed hitting Black’s talent along to High-A Wisconsin, or do you want him to taste some Low-A Carolina success first? 8. Ethan Small – LHP – 25 years old – 1st round 2019 pick (28th overall) – AAA Nashville · The Brewers’ 2021 minor league pitcher of the year split the season between Biloxi (41.1 innings) and Nashville (35.0), though an injury limited him in the second half. Still not on the 40-man MLB roster, Small is nonetheless expected to make his MLB debut this year. 9. Hedbert Perez – CF – 19 years old on April 4 – 2019 international signing – Low-A Carolina · Similar to Quero above, Left-handed-hitting Perez finally made his official Brewers’ debut in 2021 and performed as expected: .969 OPS in 132 plate appearances in Rookie Arizona, before struggling in Low-A Carolina post-promotion (.452 OPS in 68 PAs). 10. Jackson Chourio – CF – 18 years old – 2020-1 international signing – Rookie Arizona · Do the Spring Training starts alongside Low-A players mean that Chourio will start the season in Carolina? Not likely, as he spent all of 2021 in the Dominican Summer League (.833 OPS in 189 PAs), so hasn’t even played for the Arizona squad yet. 11. Freddy Zamora – SS – 23 years old – 2nd round 2020 pick – AA or High-A · From this point, the placement selections become more interesting. Zamora registered amazing improvement throughout in 2021 (May .569 OPS, June .666, July .758, August 1.065, September .900), even performing well after making the jump to High-A on August 25th. There appears to be room in AA Biloxi despite just 92 plate appearances in Wisconsin. 12. Felix Valerio – 2B – 21 years old – 2019 trade from Mets – AA or High-A · The Valerio and Black decisions (and perhaps even the Freddy Zamora decision) likely go hand-in-hand. Just 20 years old at the time, the 5’7” Valerio put up an .899 OPS in 377 plate appearances in Low-A Carolina, then a .787 OPS in 134 PAs at High-A Wisconsin last year. 13. Eduardo Garcia – SS – 19 years old – 2018 international signing – Low-A Carolina · Similar to Perez, Garcia spent most of 2021 in Rookie Arizona ball, then got a stint in Carolina. All in all, he put up an .824 OPS in 192 plate appearances and should form part of the uber-talented contingent to start the season in Carolina. 14. Joe Gray Jr. – CF – 22 years old – 2nd round 2018 pick – AA or High-A · This is a big decision again. Gray was the top minor league hitter in the Brewers’ system in the first half of 2021, but tailed off in the second half after a promotion to High-A and then had a miserable Arizona Fall League stint. Is Mitchell also blocking a move to Biloxi? 15. Antoine Kelly – LHP – 22 years old – 2nd round 2019 pick – High-A Wisconsin · The 6’6” Kelly dominated Arizona Rookie ball in 2019, but then had thoracic outlet surgery and didn’t put up great numbers at Low-A Carolina in 2021 (6.88 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, 12.7 K/9). However, his talent requires the move to High-A. 16. Hendry Mendez – RF – 18 years old – 2020-1 international signing – Low-A Carolina · One of the Brewers’ top January 2021 signings, LHH Mendez only needed 21 games in Rookie DSL to get the promotion to Arizona, where he continued to impress in 19 games (combined .879 OPS in 138 PAs with 17 walks and 12 Ks). 17. Russell Smith – LHP – 23 years old – 2nd round 2021 pick – Low-A Carolina · Yet to make his official Brewers’ minor league debut, the highly-touted Smith struck out 101 batters in 82.1 innings at TCU last year (15 starts, 1.13 WHIP). The 6’9” hurler walked only 20, demonstrating solid control. 18. Korry Howell – CF – 23 years old – 12th round 2018 pick – AA Biloxi · The buzz around Howell started in 2021 Spring Training and he didn’t disappoint, putting together an .826 OPS in 305 plate appearances in High-A, before being promoted to AA in August. Interestingly, he made 32 infield starts alongside his 62 outfield starts 19. Zavier Warren – 3B – 23 years old – 3rd round 2020 pick – High-A Wisconsin · The switch-hitting Warren was one of many mashers at Low-A Carolina in 2021, hitting 10 home runs in 230 plate appearances before being promoted in August. He made 33 starts at third base, 20 at catcher, and 19 at first base. 20. Logan Henderson – RHP – 20 years old – 4th round 2021 pick – Low-A or Rookie ACL · Similar to Smith, Henderson is yet to make his Brewers’ minor-league debut. Just 5’11”, Henderson struck out 169 batters in 97 2/3 innings of juco ball last year. He recently underwent right elbow surgery, though should debut in late 2022. 21. Abner Uribe – RHP – 21 years old – 2018 international signing – High-A Wisconsin · Flame-thrower Uribe struck out 52 in just 33 2/3 innings in Low-A last year, but also walked 25 and threw 14 wild pitches. The Brewers sent him to the Arizona Fall League, with similar results. The sky’s the limit if he can gain control. 22. Mario Feliciano – C – 23 years old – 2nd round 2016 pick – AAA Nashville · Feliciano fell off the fast-track to stardom last year in his first taste of AAA, as injuries limited him to only 114 plate appearances (.560 OPS) in Nashville. The Arizona Fall League sparked his bat, but are his defensive chops ready for the big leagues? 23. Carlos D. Rodriguez – OF – 21 years old – 2017 international signing – AA or High-A · The youngest Brewer to commence the season in High-A last year, Left-handed hitting Rodriguez produced a slightly below average .684 OPS in 382 plate appearances. Did we just release Jesus Lujano and LG Castillo to make room for his talent in AA? 24. Alec Bettinger – RHP – 26 years old – 10th round 2017 pick – AAA Nashville · Bettinger understandably struggled in his first-ever MLB action last year (10.0 innings), but was respectable in his first season at AAA: 4.75 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 9.1 K/9. His lack of Spring Training innings might indicate he requires more time before joining Nashville. 25. Taylor Floyd – RHP – 24 years old – 10th round 2019 pick – AA Biloxi · No-nonsense Floyd dominated High-A in 2021 (72 Ks in 48 2/3 innings, 3.33 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) and seeks a bee-line through AA and AAA to Milwaukee, à la Jake Cousins. 26. Dylan File – RHP – 25 years old – 21st round 2017 pick – AAA Nashville · File toughed it out in his first AAA season last year (5.27 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 7.6 K/9 in 42.2 innings) and now aims to both justify his 40-man MLB roster spot and make his MLB debut this season. 27. Victor Castaneda – RHP – 23 years old – 2017 international signing – AA Biloxi · The Brewers obviously love Castaneda’s stuff, giving him 12.0 innings in AAA last year after putting up respectable numbers in High-A (5.20 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 10.6 K/9) that were skewed by 18 home runs allowed. 28. Cam Robinson – RHP – 22 years old – 23rd round 2017 pick – High-A Wisconsin · A second relief specialist in the Brewers’ top 30 prospect list? Why not? Robinson spent most of 2021 in Low-A, producing a 2.45 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 10.6 K/9. Just 5’11”, MLB.com appears high on Robinson’s 90s fastball, 70s curveball combination. 29. Gabe Holt – 2B – 24 years old – 7th round 2019 pick – AA Biloxi · The eagle-eyed LHH Holt walked 62 times (vs. 47 Ks) in Low-A last year, making up for a lack of extra-base hits (16 in 323 ABs at that level) which will hopefully come this year. 30. Johan Barrios – SS – 17 years old – 2021-2 international signings – Rookie DSL · In January 2022, the Brewers gave Barrios 1,385,000 reasons (i.e. signing bonus) to believe he’s a future star. MLB.com projects he’ll add power over time, as he fills out his 6’3” frame. Based on recent Spring Training lineups, Freddy Zamora looks like a safe bet to commence at AA Biloxi, with the team leaning toward also including the young Felix Valerio and older (unranked) Ashton McGee. Of course, Joe Gray Jr., Carlos D. Rodriguez and perhaps even #1 prospect Sal Frelick are also under consideration, since Korry Howell can always play more infield as required. If Milwaukee does choose to push Zamora and Valerio to make the leap to AA Biloxi to start the season, this should open the door for Tyler Black and possibly (unranked) Ethan Murray to commence at High-A Wisconsin, thus freeing up playing time for Alberis Ferrer, Daniel Castillo, and Zack Raabe at Low-A Carolina. Do you agree with these projected placements? Who will be the big movers up and down the list this year? View full article
×
×
  • Create New...