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  1. Transactions: Milwaukee recalled (INF) Keston Hiura from Nashville AND, what a move it was: Crack a beer. That's the good stuff. *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 8, Down East (Rangers) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Olguin Goes 5.0 Scoreless in 8-1 Carolina Victory - Arbert Cipion and Alberis Ferrer Combined for Two Home Runs, a Triple, and Four RBI in the Home Win LISTEN: Post-Game Interview with Mudcats Manager Victor Estevez If this is the continued results from ACL Brewers call-ups, let's keep them coming. These early returns certainly have me pining for the start of the ACL season June 6th. Notably absent, for his second game in a row, Eduardo Garcia stayed on the shelf. I listened for any updates on his status or condition but for the second consecutive game there was nothing to be heard. We'll have to keep our eyes peeled for any news. I tuned in early to catch the first work of Fernando Olguin. Here are my thoughts on the game. Viewing Notes: After a clean top of the first inning for Olguin, Arbert Cipion opened the bottom half with a leadoff home run over the wall in left field. Not a bad way to start a game! Arbert, who I've mentioned before in reports, continues to have a comeback season in 2022. He finished the game three of four from the lead-off spot and improved his OPS to .771 on the season. Jesus Chirinos entered tonight's game with a 12-game on-base streak. He finished the evening 0 for 3 but did manage to get on base with a base on balls. That's now 13 straight for Jesus. Let's keep it going! Alberis Ferrer hit his first triple of his 2022 season knocking in his 16th RBI with two down in the bottom of the second on a blast deep to wall in center right field. Jheremy Vargas had walked and stolen two bags and scored easily from third, running on contact. We have now seen two straight scoreless opening pitching performances from the ACL Brewers call-ups. Stiven Perez had three remarkable opening innings in his recent inaugural start, and now we can add a highly effective outing from recently promoted Mexican national Fernando Olguin. Olguin completed five full innings of two hit ball with one strikeout and zero walks. The most remarkable thing from these youngsters of late is the control. It isn't easy to hop up a level, especially ACL to Low-A, and avoid the free passes entirely. These youngsters are clearly not afraid of the moment. You love to see it. As touched on above, Alberis Ferrer played a key role in this game. In addition to the RBI triple, Alberis knocked in two on a home run over the wall in left field. It was his best game of late and with Eduardo Garcia still on the sidelines the Mudcats are going to need this kind of production. Let's watch the blast to left field in the seventh extending the lead to 6-0 for Carolina: Of final note in tonight's Carolina victory is the continued impressive bullpen work of Karlos Morales. After two more scoreless innings tonight (zero hits, one walk, and four strikeouts), Karlos has improved his overall season totals to 18 2/3 innings pitched, six earned runs, 26 strikeouts, nine walks, two hit batters, with a 1.18 WHIP. Batters in Low-A are currently hitting a mere .186 when he takes the mound. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: South Bend (Cubs) 8, Wisconsin 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: South Bend Evens Series - Rattlers Held to Two Hits in 8-2 Loss to Cubs Please listen in to the post-game audio podcast here (this will touch on Antoine Kelly's start as well). I want to again encourage you to partake in these media feasts during the Timber Rattler home series in 2022. Chris and Kyle and, really, the Timber Rattlers as a whole, do such a fantastic job feeding our insatiable appetites for High-A coverage. Incredible output deserving of recognition and appreciation. On to the game at hand... Ryne Moore faced some adversity right off the bat to start inning one versus South Bend. Zavier Warren made a nice diving stop at the hot corner, but he rushed his throw and sent the ball down the first base line into foul territory. With a lead-off man suddenly on second and none down, Ryne saw batter number two square up to bunt. Ryne read the slightly popped-up bunt perfectly and made an incredible diving catch while also getting to his feet and managing to pick-off the runner on second for the double play. With two down, Moore induced a groundout to McGee past first base on one more pitch to close the inning. It was three-up and three-down on four pitches. Unconventional, yes. But, a heck of a way to debut at High-A. Inning two was not as kind as Ryne faced quite a bit of pressure and ultimately gave up four runs including the final two on a seeing-eye bloop single that fell between Tyler Black and Tristan Peters in shallow right field. This just in: promotions are often quite challenging. Here's to better innings and games in High-A, Ryne. Further Viewing Notes: Base runners continue to find ways to run on the T-Rats. In inning number two alone, South Bend swiped three fairly easy bases. Wes Clarke was behind the plate today and it seemed runners were jumping early on Ryne and it isn't really as though Wes had legitimate chances to throw anyone out. Grabbing another steal in the fifth inning, the Cubs, a team that came in with a mere 19 stolen bases on the season, had four steals entering the sixth. While Moore struggled to find his High-A footing, Daniel Palencia was cruising: six up and six down with three punch outs through two complete innings for South Bend. Back to Moore: he continues struggling with hit batters in 2022. After hitting seven batters in 35 innings pitched while with High-A Carolina, Ryne hit his first batter in the third inning plunking South Bend DH and cleanup hitter, Jake Washer, in the hip. He proceeded to hit two more batters in the fourth inning but let's be honest: the lead-off plunked batter in the fourth was about as ridiculous as it gets. Cubs third baseman Jake Slaughter clearly stuck his elbow directly over the plate and into the path of the in-breaking pitch. In a distant dugout, it is rumored fans could hear the cacophonous and maniacal laughter of Wilson Contreras. While Wisconsin had zero offensive output by the fifth inning, the Cubs had lead-off runners aboard in four of their first five. Miguel Guerrero walked his first batter to open inning five. It was that kind of game for the Rattlers. Things weren't going smoothly for the T-Rats into the fifth but they still provided glimpses of the defense that has carried them most of their season. With four double plays after five, two of these were from extremely savvy sacrifice fly throw-outs of overzealous runners at second base. We saw a 7-5-4 and a 7-6-4 fly out throw them out and, let me tell you, the school kids loved these plays. Back to Guerrero, his 1-2-3 sixth inning of work (including a strikeout on a very nice hooking breaking pitch) was his best inning I've seen in his season to date. Let's hope he can find that High-A footing and see continued success! In total, Miguel went three complete innings of one earned run ball with one hit, one walk, and one strike out. Brady Schanuel achieved the rare four strikeout inning after his third strike found its way through Wes Clarke's legs - the pitch sunk hard and below Clarke's catcher's mitt and to the back stop. Not to be deterred, Brady proceeded to strike out right fielder - and top ten Cubs prospect - lefty Owen Caissie, to close the inning. A really fine inning of work from Brady; these are the kinds of outings you want a young hurler to build on. However, inning number two did not fare as well as Brady loaded the bases twice. He left having conceded only one earned run. Tyler Gillies took the hill to close the inning, limiting further damage, on a fly out to the deep left field warning track. The Timber Rattlers went down in-order in eight of nine innings and were out hit nine to two. That's certainly not going to win many ballgames. Be that as it may, let's look at the very mini rally we had with Tyler Black and Tristan Peters aboard Complete game highlights here: *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Mississippi (Braves) 6, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Four Run Seventh Inning Sinks Shuckers 6-4 - C Jakson Reetz Homers Again in Loss One of the issues plaguing Biloxi in their middle-of-the-road season to date is a lack of consistency. They've squandered leads in many a game and tonight was no different. This evening, it was a quick meltdown single inning from Carlos Luna who, until that point, had been relatively dynamite through two late innings of relief. Couple that with a failed rally in the eighth - down two at the time with two runners aboard and zero outs - the old 2022 arch nemesis for the Shuckers reared his head: RISP. They finished the evening 2 of 13 with runners on. And, as such, they lost the lead late and a chance at victory. Let's hope they can find some semblance of more consistent and effective baseball moving forward. As fans, it's all we can and should do. This is a series they certainly can take from Mississippi, if they just find a little more of that special something that puts 'W's in the standings. Further Viewing Notes: Oh, hey! Felix Valerio has an eleven-game hitting streak. Do not sleep on this young man. He is a savvy, savvy batsman: Thomas Dillard showcased his improved plate work of late with a key double to take the lead in the top of the same third inning knocking home Felix: Jakson Reetz and Brent Diaz just continue their season filled with timely and key hits. Both young catchers came into 2022, it almost seemed, afterthoughts in the scope of the lower levels' conversations. But, if anything is clear early in 2022, it's the notion we should not overlook the play of these two young men. Jakson hit his eighth home run on the season, and his fourth in five games, to give the Shuckers a 4-2 lead in the top of the sixth inning. Diaz, additionally, finished his evening two of four with an RBI. Closing the Double-A catching loop: I personally think Jakson Reetz is one of the more unheralded and under-the-radar new members of the Brewers system. Perhaps, it's because he is another one of the many impactful Minor League free agents the Brewers managed to ink in late 2021. Perhaps it's because the Shucker pitching staff as a whole hasn't been all that consistent. Perhaps it's because the Shuckers are hovering around a .500 record. But, let's not forget: Jakson is still only 26 years old. He has a body ready-made for catching. He has an arm. And, well, he's having the best early season of his Minor League career at the plate. What his season will ultimately become overall is anyone's guess at present, but, I suggest in the very least keeping an eye on the box score to see how he fares moving forward. I celebrated the Joey Wiemer recent walk parade with two free passes taken last night. Well, unfortunately, it was back to some Joey Wiemer strikeouts tonight. He was 0 of 5 overall with four punch outs. Given Joey's production of late and throughout 2022, we'll give him tonight as a mulligan. And, given what Joey provides in the outfield, we know he's always dangerous regardless of his typical offensive output. He throws runners out with the best of them but he has underrated range: Carlos Luna had a fourth inning of relief work he'd definitely like back. Entering said fourth inning of work - off of three scoreless, two hit, two walk, five strikeout ball - Luna allowed the following: lead off double, another double, single to right field, and another double for good measure. Toss in a Cam Devanney throwing error and it was suddenly 5-4 Mississippi with none down and the dangerous Michael Harris II on third base. Harris would score on a Robbie Hitt wild pitch and it was 6-4. Just like that the 4-2 lead vanished as did a chance at back-to-back victories. With runners on first and second and nobody down in the top of the eighth, as I alluded to above, the Shuckers reverted to their struggles with RISP. Brent Diaz advanced Lutz and Devanney (both reached by walk) on a fly to right field, There were runners on second and third base. However, Yeison Coca flew out to shallow center where Michael Harris II made a sensational diving catch and the runners stayed put (I still don't quite know why Lutz didn't tag) and Gabe Holt followed with a weakly hit pop out to shortstop and the potential rally was squandered. The catch is one worth seeing. There's a reason Harris II is considered the Braves number one prospect: *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 7, Louisville (Reds) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Use Big Eighth Inning for Fourth Straight Win - Nashville Takes Lead on RBI Hit by Pitch, Earns 7-4 Victory Over Louisville Just before warm-ups commenced, and just after an exhilarating extra innings win in Milwaukee, we heard the news Ethan Small was scratched from his start in favor of Thomas Jankins. Though we initially thought it might be a much anticipated call-up, we learned it was the unfortunate effects of the familiar illness making the rounds in the Sounds' dugout. Get well soon, Ethan! For the record: my pre-game routine stayed the same. I locked in. I ran some laps. I did some Burpies. I stayed ready. As mere witnesses to the literal levels of this game, we must never lose our focus. This is my season too, after all. I will say, the privilege of watching Nashville's home broadcasts in 2022 does have me feeling all kinds of: "Man, I wish I lived in and around Nashville!". Their season is that good. And, their ballpark atmosphere is clearly top of the line. Further Viewing Notes: Jonathan Davis did what he does to lead off the game: he got on base. He walked on four pitches and he quickly added to his robust .415 OBP. And, for good measure, he then stole second to move to seven of seven on stolen bases on the season. He added a key two-run single in the eighth to pad the lead, breaking the game open. I don't know if there's been a more impactful player on the Sounds these past two weeks. He has literally been a 'must play' player for the Sounds. Louisville's Zach Godley gave us his best 2021 Brewers Zach Godley in inning one as he pitched 28 pitches, walked batters, hit batters, and saw Jonathan Davis score on a passed ball. I still am not over what I will term 'The Transaction'. And, that is all I will say about that. Well, maybe I'll show a clip: Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning and the bases juiced after a Jonny Davis walk, Brice Turang singled through the gap between third and short and scored two runners. Jonny Davis was picked off second base from left field and Singleton followed with a punch out (his second of the evening) on an off-speed pitch. The game was back to even, however. Hats off to Andy Otero for his fine work in his first middle relief appearance since his call-up. Andy finished his fine outing going four crucial innings of zero run ball. He was clearly producing mostly weak and minimal contact off his mid 70's off-speed and breaking pitches. He can work in his mid to upper 80's fastball into his mix because his breaking and off-speed stuff is so good. It was a proud moment as a fan to see him rise to the occasion and shut down the Louisville bats. When Louisville did make good contact on occasion, Otero benefited from timely positioning: Tyler White may not be producing many hits of late, but for those of us watching these games regularly, we know this isn't due to a lack of good at bats these past few games. He's seeing the ball better than he was during his recent mini-slump. No at-bat was more indicative of this than his walk to move Singleton to second base in the bottom of the eighth inning with the dangerous David Dahl on deck. This proved to be a pivotal at bat in the early part of what turned into the winning rally. Alex Jackson took one on the literal leg on an inside breaking ball with two down and the bases juiced in the bottom of the eighth. He'll take the RBI. It was a brave and poised take. The stuff of dive bar legend. What isn't funny? After his RBI hit by pitch, Alex Jackson has nine RBI with the bases loaded this season (3-for-7). That's serious. Serious production. The Sounds batters were beneficiaries of eight walks and three passed balls. With only five hits before their late outburst, the game was tied 3-3 and it was clear why the Sounds were 25-11 and the Bats were 13-23 before the outcome was decided. Baseball truly has a razor thin margin for error. Louisville has many a good baseball player and their talent is quite obviously there. But, winning just isn't easy. The Sounds, fascinatingly, make it look routinely so. I guess, 41 walks over the past seven games helps. Final mention will go to, let's see, (I could literally pick 4-5 players here - embarrassment of riches) Miguel Sanchez. He had a rough week in Jacksonville last series as he lost his control for a game or two. Well, tonight was much different. He pounded the zone and pitched an effective one inning of late relief work. No hits. No walks. One strikeout. This is what we want to see from our AAAA-level guys. This is what we've seen the majority of 2022 from Miguel. Jacksonville is in the rearview mirror. *** That's all for me in this Mid-Week slate. Please tune in to the upcoming fine work of @damuelleand @Mass Haasas they continue to help keep you in the Minor League affiliate loop. We are back to all evening games Thursday. And we get another first-timer: TJ Shook will get his first start in Biloxi. Here's hoping he can stay dominant and help those Shuckers rebound from tonight's tough loss. Organizational Scoreboard, including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  2. Ethan Small was scratched from his start late due to ongoing Nashville clubhouse non-COVID related sicknesses. Thomas Jankins took the challenging role of the spot-start. Meanwhile, Andy Otero got his first relief work at Triple-A while Fernando Olguin got his first starting work at Low-A Carolina. Wisconsin played a sleeper for their matinee as Ryne Moore struggled in his first start since his promotion. And Biloxi, unfortunately, did their blown lead thing and failing to find that hit thing with runners on. Let's get into the recap! Transactions: Milwaukee recalled (INF) Keston Hiura from Nashville AND, what a move it was: Crack a beer. That's the good stuff. *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 8, Down East (Rangers) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Olguin Goes 5.0 Scoreless in 8-1 Carolina Victory - Arbert Cipion and Alberis Ferrer Combined for Two Home Runs, a Triple, and Four RBI in the Home Win LISTEN: Post-Game Interview with Mudcats Manager Victor Estevez If this is the continued results from ACL Brewers call-ups, let's keep them coming. These early returns certainly have me pining for the start of the ACL season June 6th. Notably absent, for his second game in a row, Eduardo Garcia stayed on the shelf. I listened for any updates on his status or condition but for the second consecutive game there was nothing to be heard. We'll have to keep our eyes peeled for any news. I tuned in early to catch the first work of Fernando Olguin. Here are my thoughts on the game. Viewing Notes: After a clean top of the first inning for Olguin, Arbert Cipion opened the bottom half with a leadoff home run over the wall in left field. Not a bad way to start a game! Arbert, who I've mentioned before in reports, continues to have a comeback season in 2022. He finished the game three of four from the lead-off spot and improved his OPS to .771 on the season. Jesus Chirinos entered tonight's game with a 12-game on-base streak. He finished the evening 0 for 3 but did manage to get on base with a base on balls. That's now 13 straight for Jesus. Let's keep it going! Alberis Ferrer hit his first triple of his 2022 season knocking in his 16th RBI with two down in the bottom of the second on a blast deep to wall in center right field. Jheremy Vargas had walked and stolen two bags and scored easily from third, running on contact. We have now seen two straight scoreless opening pitching performances from the ACL Brewers call-ups. Stiven Perez had three remarkable opening innings in his recent inaugural start, and now we can add a highly effective outing from recently promoted Mexican national Fernando Olguin. Olguin completed five full innings of two hit ball with one strikeout and zero walks. The most remarkable thing from these youngsters of late is the control. It isn't easy to hop up a level, especially ACL to Low-A, and avoid the free passes entirely. These youngsters are clearly not afraid of the moment. You love to see it. As touched on above, Alberis Ferrer played a key role in this game. In addition to the RBI triple, Alberis knocked in two on a home run over the wall in left field. It was his best game of late and with Eduardo Garcia still on the sidelines the Mudcats are going to need this kind of production. Let's watch the blast to left field in the seventh extending the lead to 6-0 for Carolina: Of final note in tonight's Carolina victory is the continued impressive bullpen work of Karlos Morales. After two more scoreless innings tonight (zero hits, one walk, and four strikeouts), Karlos has improved his overall season totals to 18 2/3 innings pitched, six earned runs, 26 strikeouts, nine walks, two hit batters, with a 1.18 WHIP. Batters in Low-A are currently hitting a mere .186 when he takes the mound. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: South Bend (Cubs) 8, Wisconsin 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: South Bend Evens Series - Rattlers Held to Two Hits in 8-2 Loss to Cubs Please listen in to the post-game audio podcast here (this will touch on Antoine Kelly's start as well). I want to again encourage you to partake in these media feasts during the Timber Rattler home series in 2022. Chris and Kyle and, really, the Timber Rattlers as a whole, do such a fantastic job feeding our insatiable appetites for High-A coverage. Incredible output deserving of recognition and appreciation. On to the game at hand... Ryne Moore faced some adversity right off the bat to start inning one versus South Bend. Zavier Warren made a nice diving stop at the hot corner, but he rushed his throw and sent the ball down the first base line into foul territory. With a lead-off man suddenly on second and none down, Ryne saw batter number two square up to bunt. Ryne read the slightly popped-up bunt perfectly and made an incredible diving catch while also getting to his feet and managing to pick-off the runner on second for the double play. With two down, Moore induced a groundout to McGee past first base on one more pitch to close the inning. It was three-up and three-down on four pitches. Unconventional, yes. But, a heck of a way to debut at High-A. Inning two was not as kind as Ryne faced quite a bit of pressure and ultimately gave up four runs including the final two on a seeing-eye bloop single that fell between Tyler Black and Tristan Peters in shallow right field. This just in: promotions are often quite challenging. Here's to better innings and games in High-A, Ryne. Further Viewing Notes: Base runners continue to find ways to run on the T-Rats. In inning number two alone, South Bend swiped three fairly easy bases. Wes Clarke was behind the plate today and it seemed runners were jumping early on Ryne and it isn't really as though Wes had legitimate chances to throw anyone out. Grabbing another steal in the fifth inning, the Cubs, a team that came in with a mere 19 stolen bases on the season, had four steals entering the sixth. While Moore struggled to find his High-A footing, Daniel Palencia was cruising: six up and six down with three punch outs through two complete innings for South Bend. Back to Moore: he continues struggling with hit batters in 2022. After hitting seven batters in 35 innings pitched while with High-A Carolina, Ryne hit his first batter in the third inning plunking South Bend DH and cleanup hitter, Jake Washer, in the hip. He proceeded to hit two more batters in the fourth inning but let's be honest: the lead-off plunked batter in the fourth was about as ridiculous as it gets. Cubs third baseman Jake Slaughter clearly stuck his elbow directly over the plate and into the path of the in-breaking pitch. In a distant dugout, it is rumored fans could hear the cacophonous and maniacal laughter of Wilson Contreras. While Wisconsin had zero offensive output by the fifth inning, the Cubs had lead-off runners aboard in four of their first five. Miguel Guerrero walked his first batter to open inning five. It was that kind of game for the Rattlers. Things weren't going smoothly for the T-Rats into the fifth but they still provided glimpses of the defense that has carried them most of their season. With four double plays after five, two of these were from extremely savvy sacrifice fly throw-outs of overzealous runners at second base. We saw a 7-5-4 and a 7-6-4 fly out throw them out and, let me tell you, the school kids loved these plays. Back to Guerrero, his 1-2-3 sixth inning of work (including a strikeout on a very nice hooking breaking pitch) was his best inning I've seen in his season to date. Let's hope he can find that High-A footing and see continued success! In total, Miguel went three complete innings of one earned run ball with one hit, one walk, and one strike out. Brady Schanuel achieved the rare four strikeout inning after his third strike found its way through Wes Clarke's legs - the pitch sunk hard and below Clarke's catcher's mitt and to the back stop. Not to be deterred, Brady proceeded to strike out right fielder - and top ten Cubs prospect - lefty Owen Caissie, to close the inning. A really fine inning of work from Brady; these are the kinds of outings you want a young hurler to build on. However, inning number two did not fare as well as Brady loaded the bases twice. He left having conceded only one earned run. Tyler Gillies took the hill to close the inning, limiting further damage, on a fly out to the deep left field warning track. The Timber Rattlers went down in-order in eight of nine innings and were out hit nine to two. That's certainly not going to win many ballgames. Be that as it may, let's look at the very mini rally we had with Tyler Black and Tristan Peters aboard Complete game highlights here: *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Mississippi (Braves) 6, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Four Run Seventh Inning Sinks Shuckers 6-4 - C Jakson Reetz Homers Again in Loss One of the issues plaguing Biloxi in their middle-of-the-road season to date is a lack of consistency. They've squandered leads in many a game and tonight was no different. This evening, it was a quick meltdown single inning from Carlos Luna who, until that point, had been relatively dynamite through two late innings of relief. Couple that with a failed rally in the eighth - down two at the time with two runners aboard and zero outs - the old 2022 arch nemesis for the Shuckers reared his head: RISP. They finished the evening 2 of 13 with runners on. And, as such, they lost the lead late and a chance at victory. Let's hope they can find some semblance of more consistent and effective baseball moving forward. As fans, it's all we can and should do. This is a series they certainly can take from Mississippi, if they just find a little more of that special something that puts 'W's in the standings. Further Viewing Notes: Oh, hey! Felix Valerio has an eleven-game hitting streak. Do not sleep on this young man. He is a savvy, savvy batsman: Thomas Dillard showcased his improved plate work of late with a key double to take the lead in the top of the same third inning knocking home Felix: Jakson Reetz and Brent Diaz just continue their season filled with timely and key hits. Both young catchers came into 2022, it almost seemed, afterthoughts in the scope of the lower levels' conversations. But, if anything is clear early in 2022, it's the notion we should not overlook the play of these two young men. Jakson hit his eighth home run on the season, and his fourth in five games, to give the Shuckers a 4-2 lead in the top of the sixth inning. Diaz, additionally, finished his evening two of four with an RBI. Closing the Double-A catching loop: I personally think Jakson Reetz is one of the more unheralded and under-the-radar new members of the Brewers system. Perhaps, it's because he is another one of the many impactful Minor League free agents the Brewers managed to ink in late 2021. Perhaps it's because the Shucker pitching staff as a whole hasn't been all that consistent. Perhaps it's because the Shuckers are hovering around a .500 record. But, let's not forget: Jakson is still only 26 years old. He has a body ready-made for catching. He has an arm. And, well, he's having the best early season of his Minor League career at the plate. What his season will ultimately become overall is anyone's guess at present, but, I suggest in the very least keeping an eye on the box score to see how he fares moving forward. I celebrated the Joey Wiemer recent walk parade with two free passes taken last night. Well, unfortunately, it was back to some Joey Wiemer strikeouts tonight. He was 0 of 5 overall with four punch outs. Given Joey's production of late and throughout 2022, we'll give him tonight as a mulligan. And, given what Joey provides in the outfield, we know he's always dangerous regardless of his typical offensive output. He throws runners out with the best of them but he has underrated range: Carlos Luna had a fourth inning of relief work he'd definitely like back. Entering said fourth inning of work - off of three scoreless, two hit, two walk, five strikeout ball - Luna allowed the following: lead off double, another double, single to right field, and another double for good measure. Toss in a Cam Devanney throwing error and it was suddenly 5-4 Mississippi with none down and the dangerous Michael Harris II on third base. Harris would score on a Robbie Hitt wild pitch and it was 6-4. Just like that the 4-2 lead vanished as did a chance at back-to-back victories. With runners on first and second and nobody down in the top of the eighth, as I alluded to above, the Shuckers reverted to their struggles with RISP. Brent Diaz advanced Lutz and Devanney (both reached by walk) on a fly to right field, There were runners on second and third base. However, Yeison Coca flew out to shallow center where Michael Harris II made a sensational diving catch and the runners stayed put (I still don't quite know why Lutz didn't tag) and Gabe Holt followed with a weakly hit pop out to shortstop and the potential rally was squandered. The catch is one worth seeing. There's a reason Harris II is considered the Braves number one prospect: *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 7, Louisville (Reds) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Use Big Eighth Inning for Fourth Straight Win - Nashville Takes Lead on RBI Hit by Pitch, Earns 7-4 Victory Over Louisville Just before warm-ups commenced, and just after an exhilarating extra innings win in Milwaukee, we heard the news Ethan Small was scratched from his start in favor of Thomas Jankins. Though we initially thought it might be a much anticipated call-up, we learned it was the unfortunate effects of the familiar illness making the rounds in the Sounds' dugout. Get well soon, Ethan! For the record: my pre-game routine stayed the same. I locked in. I ran some laps. I did some Burpies. I stayed ready. As mere witnesses to the literal levels of this game, we must never lose our focus. This is my season too, after all. I will say, the privilege of watching Nashville's home broadcasts in 2022 does have me feeling all kinds of: "Man, I wish I lived in and around Nashville!". Their season is that good. And, their ballpark atmosphere is clearly top of the line. Further Viewing Notes: Jonathan Davis did what he does to lead off the game: he got on base. He walked on four pitches and he quickly added to his robust .415 OBP. And, for good measure, he then stole second to move to seven of seven on stolen bases on the season. He added a key two-run single in the eighth to pad the lead, breaking the game open. I don't know if there's been a more impactful player on the Sounds these past two weeks. He has literally been a 'must play' player for the Sounds. Louisville's Zach Godley gave us his best 2021 Brewers Zach Godley in inning one as he pitched 28 pitches, walked batters, hit batters, and saw Jonathan Davis score on a passed ball. I still am not over what I will term 'The Transaction'. And, that is all I will say about that. Well, maybe I'll show a clip: Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning and the bases juiced after a Jonny Davis walk, Brice Turang singled through the gap between third and short and scored two runners. Jonny Davis was picked off second base from left field and Singleton followed with a punch out (his second of the evening) on an off-speed pitch. The game was back to even, however. Hats off to Andy Otero for his fine work in his first middle relief appearance since his call-up. Andy finished his fine outing going four crucial innings of zero run ball. He was clearly producing mostly weak and minimal contact off his mid 70's off-speed and breaking pitches. He can work in his mid to upper 80's fastball into his mix because his breaking and off-speed stuff is so good. It was a proud moment as a fan to see him rise to the occasion and shut down the Louisville bats. When Louisville did make good contact on occasion, Otero benefited from timely positioning: Tyler White may not be producing many hits of late, but for those of us watching these games regularly, we know this isn't due to a lack of good at bats these past few games. He's seeing the ball better than he was during his recent mini-slump. No at-bat was more indicative of this than his walk to move Singleton to second base in the bottom of the eighth inning with the dangerous David Dahl on deck. This proved to be a pivotal at bat in the early part of what turned into the winning rally. Alex Jackson took one on the literal leg on an inside breaking ball with two down and the bases juiced in the bottom of the eighth. He'll take the RBI. It was a brave and poised take. The stuff of dive bar legend. What isn't funny? After his RBI hit by pitch, Alex Jackson has nine RBI with the bases loaded this season (3-for-7). That's serious. Serious production. The Sounds batters were beneficiaries of eight walks and three passed balls. With only five hits before their late outburst, the game was tied 3-3 and it was clear why the Sounds were 25-11 and the Bats were 13-23 before the outcome was decided. Baseball truly has a razor thin margin for error. Louisville has many a good baseball player and their talent is quite obviously there. But, winning just isn't easy. The Sounds, fascinatingly, make it look routinely so. I guess, 41 walks over the past seven games helps. Final mention will go to, let's see, (I could literally pick 4-5 players here - embarrassment of riches) Miguel Sanchez. He had a rough week in Jacksonville last series as he lost his control for a game or two. Well, tonight was much different. He pounded the zone and pitched an effective one inning of late relief work. No hits. No walks. One strikeout. This is what we want to see from our AAAA-level guys. This is what we've seen the majority of 2022 from Miguel. Jacksonville is in the rearview mirror. *** That's all for me in this Mid-Week slate. Please tune in to the upcoming fine work of @damuelleand @Mass Haasas they continue to help keep you in the Minor League affiliate loop. We are back to all evening games Thursday. And we get another first-timer: TJ Shook will get his first start in Biloxi. Here's hoping he can stay dominant and help those Shuckers rebound from tonight's tough loss. Organizational Scoreboard, including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  3. Transactions: (RHP) Cristian Sierra was released by High-A Wisconsin, (RHP) Fernando Olguin was promoted from the ACL Brewers Gold squad to Low-A Carolina, (RHP) Tyler Herb and (RHP) Matt Hardy were assigned to the Nashville Sounds from the Biloxi Shuckers, (RHP) Trevor Kelley had his Triple-A contract purchased by the Milwaukee Brewers, (RHP) TJ Shook was promoted to the Biloxi Shuckers from High-A Wisconsin, (C) Jason Lopez transferred to the Biloxi Shuckers from the ACL Brewers. Let's all take a collective pause. That's a lot of meaningful action for our Minor League Monday. Huge congratulations are in order for Trevor Kelley and his call-up. We're rooting for you Trevor. Let's make the most of this opportunity. For those of us who watch our affiliates on the regular, we know this is much-deserved. Best of luck with the Big Club! Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Down East (Rangers) 8, Carolina 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Carolina Falls 8-5 in Series Opener with Wood Ducks - Carolina Left 14 Men on Base in the Loss, Including Three in the Eighth If you recall back to the season's beginnings, the Mudcats swept the Wood Ducks in a quick three-game series to open the 2022 season. Tonight's opener, at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, would not be a similar outcome as the Mudcats ultimately lost 8-5. After taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, Edwin Jimenez faced quite a bit of trouble to start the third. After giving up a line drive single and walking the next batter he saw the Wood Ducks' Junior Paniagua lay down a seriously expert bunt down the third base line and Alberis Ferrer rushed his throw pulling Jesus Chririnos off the bag. It was bases loaded and no outs after the throwing error. Thankfully, Edwin escaped the early jam conceding only two runs. However, in total, this was not Edwin's sharpest outing of the year as he walked three batters, allowed six hits, and saw five earned runs to cross the plate in five complete innings. The Mudcats managed to regain that lead in the bottom of the third to make it a 3-2 ballgame. However, it's challenging to overcome two runners gunned down at home plate in three innings. After a lead-off triple to open the second inning, Hendry Mendez was gunned down at home on a high chopper to third base. Hedbert Perez was gunned down at home trying to push a run across off from second base after a Chirinos line drive single to center field in the bottom of the third. It was 3-2 Mudcats entering the fourth inning. But, it certainly could have been a bigger lead. Edwin kept his stuff together and was having a decent outing until things unraveled in the fifth. He left the inning trailing 5-3 and it was the end of his work for the day. Aside from his control issues in today's contest, I continue to like what I see from Edwin. When he is at his best, he is working the breaking ball on the edges of the zone. Today just was not his best outing but he had moments. It was a game of errors for the Mudcats with five errors in total. Two pick-off throws past the first base bag (one each to Jimenez and Puello) and Alberis Ferrer tacked on two more throwing errors from third base. He now has 14 errors on the young season. Eduardo Garcia's continued absence was felt as the line-up lacked that extra bit of danger. The young men fared well overall with ten hits but the top of the order suffered from his absence. The one-two punch of Garcia to Chourio can be lethal. I'm eager to see it soon. The recap paragraph from the post-game article release says it all for this one: That just isn't going to win many ball games. Let's hope the Mudcats can shore up their sloppy work in the field and get some more timely hits in the next one! *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin , South Bend (Cubs) Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Rattlers Find a Gray Haven - Joe Gray Jr. Breaks 1-1 Tie with Two-Run Homer in Bottom of the Eighth When Sal Frelick was originally promoted to Double-A Biloxi, manager Joe Ayrault mentioned he was most likely going to shuffle around the lead-off spot. Originally, Tristan Peters got the first couple nods in the number one slot. Since then, it has been the Tyler Black show and it is quite easy to see why: Tyler had three hits, a run scored, and an RBI for the Rattlers on Sunday. He has been Wisconsin’s lead-off batter in the last nine games where he has been on base twenty-one times and scored ten runs. It certainly would appear as though Tyler has taken the job and run with it for now. He led off tonight's contest and went 0 of 2 but managed two walks and scored a run. This will play. Antoine Kelly has now made two consecutive starts last into the sixth inning - both eclipsing his previous career-highs. This young lefty is really coming on in 2022 and it is a pleasure to watch. This was his first time as a professional he pitched six complete innings and, just to be clear, he entered this same sixth inning with a highly coveted no-hitter. It wouldn't last, unfortunately, as he conceded a lead-off line drive single and, later, a two-out double. But, the fact of the matter is: this is surely a prospect on the rise. Not to be missed in this no-hit bid was the incredible effort by Carlos Rodriguez in left field to grab a key out in the fifth inning keeping the no-no bid in tact. It truly was a web gem. To take a glimpse at the athletic play, head to 0:40 on the Game highlight reel below: Cam Robinson opened the ninth inning with a strikeout on a 1-2 pitch. The ball skimmed past Darrien Miller's back-handed glove, however, and the runner advanced to first base. They scored it a wild pitch for Cam, but, I'm going to chalk this up to the scorer suffering from a bad angle. Darrien Miller 'should' have caught the ball. It was a back-hander, yes, but it was fairly routine. It wasn't an egregious miss by Darrien but it's a ball he should probably catch and he's going to want that one back. Hey, guess what? The wild pitch didn't matter: Cam got the fantastic 6-4-3 double play to get out of that brief early inning jam. Wisconsin continues to play absolute lights out High-A defense and this bang-bang flawless 6-4-3 double play was a prime example. It was truly a moment. Joe Gray Jr. had laid off a couple tantalizing close pitches out of the zone. He demonstrated the improved approach at the plate we've seen in the past couple of weeks. He sat back. He crushed. His Fan Club was pumped : Tristan Peters had reached base in every game, in some fashion, since April 16th. He went 0 for 3 tonight with a sacrifice fly to right field for an rbi. What a run. On to the next streak, young man. Keep that season trending up! Now that we've seen TJ Shook promoted to Biloxi, I'm going to tout the T-Rats back-end. I'll take the duo of Kent Hasler and Cam Robinson to close-out any tightly contested game against any top-tier teams. Cam gets the glory, and rightfully so, with his shutdown saves. But, I'm here to tell you Hasler is a bulldog on the mound. He attacks hitters. He has really sneaky good stuff and features a breaking ball on par with Robinson's. What a season of pitching at High-A Wisconsin to date! *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 6, Mississippi (Braves) 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: M-Braves Threaten Late, Shuckers Hold on for 6-5 Win - RHP Zach Vennaro Strands Winning Run on Base Biloxi had eight men reach the batters box in the first inning and seven more in the second. We can certainly roll with this kind of offensive output. As a matter of fact, the Shuckers' batters chased the typically reliable and highly effective Braves starter, Jared Shuster, in 2/3 of an inning. It was quickly 6-0 for the Shuckers after two complete - their bats stayed hot and disciplined early picking up where they left-off their recent homestand versus Birmingham. Nick Bennett benefited from this early run support. The fast-working lefty finished his evening with five complete innings pitched surrendering seven mostly scattered hits and one walk while punching out four batters. Nick has been better as of late. Let's hope this keeps up. Innings are always better with lead-off extra base hits! Sal Frelick led off the first inning with a triple while Yeison Coca ripped a double down the first base line to lead-off inning number two. This put the pressure on the Braves' pitching staff and it certainly got things going. Speaking of Yeison: an absolutely unabashed tip of the cap to the recently promoted infielder. Yeison was recently shuffled around (from High-A to Nashville and down to Double-A Biloxi) a bit before landing in Biloxi. What a night he had! After a 3-3 to start his evening with shots to all fields, he finished with three hits in five trips to the plate. And, keep in mind, Sal didn't just do it with his bat tonight. He saved a key run with the Shuckers still clinging to a 6-2 lead with a runner on third base: It's a sudden Joey Wiemer walk party. This is a truly a wonderful development in the past week plus. Joey opened his night with two diligent and disciplined walks. In his third at bat, he narrowly missed a rope down the third base line via an incredible stab and throw to first beating Joey by an ant's breath. He then proceeded to single in his fourth trip to the plate. All in all, he went one for three on the evening with the two walks. He now has 15 free trips on the season in 132 trips to the plate and five walks in his past seven games. Let's hope this keeps rearing its head! Taylor Floyd's early 2022 returns are not stellar: 3 2/3 innings pitched over five outings since his return. If we take a peak behind the tattered curtain: in 2/3 of these innings he has allowed nine of his 11 hits and all seven of his earned runs. With three runs surrendered in the bottom of the ninth tonight, nearly squandering the Shuckers' 6-2 lead, Taylor now has a .524 batting average against with a healthy 3.27 WHIP since his return in early May. This is obviously an extremely small sample size so let's absolutely keep that in mind, but, it is fair to say Taylor has been extremely hit-and-miss in his brief stint in Biloxi. Here's to better relief outings ahead! Tristen Lutz has come back to the club ready to rip. He had a key two-rbi double in the first inning on a rope to deep right center field. He is now 6 of 12 with a home run, two doubles, and six rbi's in his three games since returning: The at-bat of the game would have to go to Jakson Reetz and his two-rbi bloop muscled single to extremely shallow right field in the top of the second inning. Jakson steadfastly worked the count full and fought off several pitches while doing so. This hit proved to be the winning rbi's: After Floyd's near meltdown, Zach Vennaro came aboard with runners on first and second base and only one down. Zach played the part of the hero grabbing his third save of the year while striking out his last batter. The Shuckers breathed a collective sigh of relief and moved back to 0.500 at 17-17 on the year. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 4 Louisville (Reds) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Jonathan Davis Leads Sounds to Win Over Bats - Center Fielder Drills Game-Tying Homer and Makes Spectacular Catch If you like defense and you like pitching, the Sounds are currently must watch baseball. They absolutely threw around some leather tonight, including a beautiful rundown of a hard hit laser shot to deep left at the warning track for out number two in the bottom of the ninth by David Dahl (who happened to catch all three outs to close the game) and an absolutely incredible play by Jonny Davis in center field. I hope to have some of these highlights! Oh, wait just one moment. Heeeeeeeeeeere's Jonny! Speaking of leather: Game-saving diving catch? Check. Game-tying solo home runs? Also check. Hobie Harris recorded his third save (of twelve total Sounds saves on the season) and continues to sport a 0.00 ERA. He isn't mowing them down like Strzelecki or Sadzeck but it's hard to find fault with no runs allowed. Hobie can find 96-97 on the radar gun. He sprinkles in a splitter and some off-speed. Hopefully, he can find his first Big League action of his career in 2022! David Dahl continues to have a phenomenal season. Not only did he record all three outs in left field to end the game, he also hit this go-ahead unexpected opposite field hustle double to give Nashville the lead in the bottom half of the fifth inning. That is simply swiping second base right there! According to Sounds historical records, the 25-11 record to begin 2022 is the Sounds best record through 36 games to start a season since at least 1998 when the franchise oddly began playing in the Pacific Coast League (they played in the American East division that year with New Orleans, Memphis, and Oklahoma). With Ethan Small taking the mound tomorrow night, the Sounds have to feel good about their chances to build off their historical start and improve upon this early home stand. What a season we have here early in Nashville! *** The Affiliates managed a 3-1 evening and we saw plenty of exciting plays throughout. Stay tuned early tomorrow as recently promoted Ryne Moore takes the Hill for Wisconsin in an early matinee game - his first start at High-A. Additionally, the above-listed ACL Gold promoted Fernando Olguin will take the mound for Carolina - his first start at Low-A. Ethan Small is always must watch in Nashville. Lots to look forward to in less than 24 hours. As always, thanks for reading! 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. One of the absolute joys of religiously following the Minor League Brewers affiliates is seeing young men rewarded for their tireless hard work. Congratulations and high fives abound on this Minor League Monday - check out the bountiful 'Transactions' below. I personally witnessed several jaw-dropping plays from the center field position from High-A Wisconsin up to Triple-A Nashville. It was truly one spectacular game-winning or game-saving play after the next. From Jonny Davis' game-saving diving catch or his game-tying home run, to Joe Gray Jr's game-winning two-run bomb over the wall in left field in the bottom of the eighth inning of a 1-1 game, to Sal Frelick laying out in shallow center for a crucial out in a 6-2 game. An incredible evening to witness. Let's get into the reports! Transactions: (RHP) Cristian Sierra was released by High-A Wisconsin, (RHP) Fernando Olguin was promoted from the ACL Brewers Gold squad to Low-A Carolina, (RHP) Tyler Herb and (RHP) Matt Hardy were assigned to the Nashville Sounds from the Biloxi Shuckers, (RHP) Trevor Kelley had his Triple-A contract purchased by the Milwaukee Brewers, (RHP) TJ Shook was promoted to the Biloxi Shuckers from High-A Wisconsin, (C) Jason Lopez transferred to the Biloxi Shuckers from the ACL Brewers. Let's all take a collective pause. That's a lot of meaningful action for our Minor League Monday. Huge congratulations are in order for Trevor Kelley and his call-up. We're rooting for you Trevor. Let's make the most of this opportunity. For those of us who watch our affiliates on the regular, we know this is much-deserved. Best of luck with the Big Club! Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Down East (Rangers) 8, Carolina 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Carolina Falls 8-5 in Series Opener with Wood Ducks - Carolina Left 14 Men on Base in the Loss, Including Three in the Eighth If you recall back to the season's beginnings, the Mudcats swept the Wood Ducks in a quick three-game series to open the 2022 season. Tonight's opener, at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, would not be a similar outcome as the Mudcats ultimately lost 8-5. After taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, Edwin Jimenez faced quite a bit of trouble to start the third. After giving up a line drive single and walking the next batter he saw the Wood Ducks' Junior Paniagua lay down a seriously expert bunt down the third base line and Alberis Ferrer rushed his throw pulling Jesus Chririnos off the bag. It was bases loaded and no outs after the throwing error. Thankfully, Edwin escaped the early jam conceding only two runs. However, in total, this was not Edwin's sharpest outing of the year as he walked three batters, allowed six hits, and saw five earned runs to cross the plate in five complete innings. The Mudcats managed to regain that lead in the bottom of the third to make it a 3-2 ballgame. However, it's challenging to overcome two runners gunned down at home plate in three innings. After a lead-off triple to open the second inning, Hendry Mendez was gunned down at home on a high chopper to third base. Hedbert Perez was gunned down at home trying to push a run across off from second base after a Chirinos line drive single to center field in the bottom of the third. It was 3-2 Mudcats entering the fourth inning. But, it certainly could have been a bigger lead. Edwin kept his stuff together and was having a decent outing until things unraveled in the fifth. He left the inning trailing 5-3 and it was the end of his work for the day. Aside from his control issues in today's contest, I continue to like what I see from Edwin. When he is at his best, he is working the breaking ball on the edges of the zone. Today just was not his best outing but he had moments. It was a game of errors for the Mudcats with five errors in total. Two pick-off throws past the first base bag (one each to Jimenez and Puello) and Alberis Ferrer tacked on two more throwing errors from third base. He now has 14 errors on the young season. Eduardo Garcia's continued absence was felt as the line-up lacked that extra bit of danger. The young men fared well overall with ten hits but the top of the order suffered from his absence. The one-two punch of Garcia to Chourio can be lethal. I'm eager to see it soon. The recap paragraph from the post-game article release says it all for this one: That just isn't going to win many ball games. Let's hope the Mudcats can shore up their sloppy work in the field and get some more timely hits in the next one! *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin , South Bend (Cubs) Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Rattlers Find a Gray Haven - Joe Gray Jr. Breaks 1-1 Tie with Two-Run Homer in Bottom of the Eighth When Sal Frelick was originally promoted to Double-A Biloxi, manager Joe Ayrault mentioned he was most likely going to shuffle around the lead-off spot. Originally, Tristan Peters got the first couple nods in the number one slot. Since then, it has been the Tyler Black show and it is quite easy to see why: Tyler had three hits, a run scored, and an RBI for the Rattlers on Sunday. He has been Wisconsin’s lead-off batter in the last nine games where he has been on base twenty-one times and scored ten runs. It certainly would appear as though Tyler has taken the job and run with it for now. He led off tonight's contest and went 0 of 2 but managed two walks and scored a run. This will play. Antoine Kelly has now made two consecutive starts last into the sixth inning - both eclipsing his previous career-highs. This young lefty is really coming on in 2022 and it is a pleasure to watch. This was his first time as a professional he pitched six complete innings and, just to be clear, he entered this same sixth inning with a highly coveted no-hitter. It wouldn't last, unfortunately, as he conceded a lead-off line drive single and, later, a two-out double. But, the fact of the matter is: this is surely a prospect on the rise. Not to be missed in this no-hit bid was the incredible effort by Carlos Rodriguez in left field to grab a key out in the fifth inning keeping the no-no bid in tact. It truly was a web gem. To take a glimpse at the athletic play, head to 0:40 on the Game highlight reel below: Cam Robinson opened the ninth inning with a strikeout on a 1-2 pitch. The ball skimmed past Darrien Miller's back-handed glove, however, and the runner advanced to first base. They scored it a wild pitch for Cam, but, I'm going to chalk this up to the scorer suffering from a bad angle. Darrien Miller 'should' have caught the ball. It was a back-hander, yes, but it was fairly routine. It wasn't an egregious miss by Darrien but it's a ball he should probably catch and he's going to want that one back. Hey, guess what? The wild pitch didn't matter: Cam got the fantastic 6-4-3 double play to get out of that brief early inning jam. Wisconsin continues to play absolute lights out High-A defense and this bang-bang flawless 6-4-3 double play was a prime example. It was truly a moment. Joe Gray Jr. had laid off a couple tantalizing close pitches out of the zone. He demonstrated the improved approach at the plate we've seen in the past couple of weeks. He sat back. He crushed. His Fan Club was pumped : Tristan Peters had reached base in every game, in some fashion, since April 16th. He went 0 for 3 tonight with a sacrifice fly to right field for an rbi. What a run. On to the next streak, young man. Keep that season trending up! Now that we've seen TJ Shook promoted to Biloxi, I'm going to tout the T-Rats back-end. I'll take the duo of Kent Hasler and Cam Robinson to close-out any tightly contested game against any top-tier teams. Cam gets the glory, and rightfully so, with his shutdown saves. But, I'm here to tell you Hasler is a bulldog on the mound. He attacks hitters. He has really sneaky good stuff and features a breaking ball on par with Robinson's. What a season of pitching at High-A Wisconsin to date! *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 6, Mississippi (Braves) 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: M-Braves Threaten Late, Shuckers Hold on for 6-5 Win - RHP Zach Vennaro Strands Winning Run on Base Biloxi had eight men reach the batters box in the first inning and seven more in the second. We can certainly roll with this kind of offensive output. As a matter of fact, the Shuckers' batters chased the typically reliable and highly effective Braves starter, Jared Shuster, in 2/3 of an inning. It was quickly 6-0 for the Shuckers after two complete - their bats stayed hot and disciplined early picking up where they left-off their recent homestand versus Birmingham. Nick Bennett benefited from this early run support. The fast-working lefty finished his evening with five complete innings pitched surrendering seven mostly scattered hits and one walk while punching out four batters. Nick has been better as of late. Let's hope this keeps up. Innings are always better with lead-off extra base hits! Sal Frelick led off the first inning with a triple while Yeison Coca ripped a double down the first base line to lead-off inning number two. This put the pressure on the Braves' pitching staff and it certainly got things going. Speaking of Yeison: an absolutely unabashed tip of the cap to the recently promoted infielder. Yeison was recently shuffled around (from High-A to Nashville and down to Double-A Biloxi) a bit before landing in Biloxi. What a night he had! After a 3-3 to start his evening with shots to all fields, he finished with three hits in five trips to the plate. And, keep in mind, Sal didn't just do it with his bat tonight. He saved a key run with the Shuckers still clinging to a 6-2 lead with a runner on third base: It's a sudden Joey Wiemer walk party. This is a truly a wonderful development in the past week plus. Joey opened his night with two diligent and disciplined walks. In his third at bat, he narrowly missed a rope down the third base line via an incredible stab and throw to first beating Joey by an ant's breath. He then proceeded to single in his fourth trip to the plate. All in all, he went one for three on the evening with the two walks. He now has 15 free trips on the season in 132 trips to the plate and five walks in his past seven games. Let's hope this keeps rearing its head! Taylor Floyd's early 2022 returns are not stellar: 3 2/3 innings pitched over five outings since his return. If we take a peak behind the tattered curtain: in 2/3 of these innings he has allowed nine of his 11 hits and all seven of his earned runs. With three runs surrendered in the bottom of the ninth tonight, nearly squandering the Shuckers' 6-2 lead, Taylor now has a .524 batting average against with a healthy 3.27 WHIP since his return in early May. This is obviously an extremely small sample size so let's absolutely keep that in mind, but, it is fair to say Taylor has been extremely hit-and-miss in his brief stint in Biloxi. Here's to better relief outings ahead! Tristen Lutz has come back to the club ready to rip. He had a key two-rbi double in the first inning on a rope to deep right center field. He is now 6 of 12 with a home run, two doubles, and six rbi's in his three games since returning: The at-bat of the game would have to go to Jakson Reetz and his two-rbi bloop muscled single to extremely shallow right field in the top of the second inning. Jakson steadfastly worked the count full and fought off several pitches while doing so. This hit proved to be the winning rbi's: After Floyd's near meltdown, Zach Vennaro came aboard with runners on first and second base and only one down. Zach played the part of the hero grabbing his third save of the year while striking out his last batter. The Shuckers breathed a collective sigh of relief and moved back to 0.500 at 17-17 on the year. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes ADD HERE Final: Nashville 4 Louisville (Reds) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Jonathan Davis Leads Sounds to Win Over Bats - Center Fielder Drills Game-Tying Homer and Makes Spectacular Catch If you like defense and you like pitching, the Sounds are currently must watch baseball. They absolutely threw around some leather tonight, including a beautiful rundown of a hard hit laser shot to deep left at the warning track for out number two in the bottom of the ninth by David Dahl (who happened to catch all three outs to close the game) and an absolutely incredible play by Jonny Davis in center field. I hope to have some of these highlights! Oh, wait just one moment. Heeeeeeeeeeere's Jonny! Speaking of leather: Game-saving diving catch? Check. Game-tying solo home runs? Also check. Hobie Harris recorded his third save (of twelve total Sounds saves on the season) and continues to sport a 0.00 ERA. He isn't mowing them down like Strzelecki or Sadzeck but it's hard to find fault with no runs allowed. Hobie can find 96-97 on the radar gun. He sprinkles in a splitter and some off-speed. Hopefully, he can find his first Big League action of his career in 2022! David Dahl continues to have a phenomenal season. Not only did he record all three outs in left field to end the game, he also hit this go-ahead unexpected opposite field hustle double to give Nashville the lead in the bottom half of the fifth inning. That is simply swiping second base right there! According to Sounds historical records, the 25-11 record to begin 2022 is the Sounds best record through 36 games to start a season since at least 1998 when the franchise oddly began playing in the Pacific Coast League (they played in the American East division that year with New Orleans, Memphis, and Oklahoma). With Ethan Small taking the mound tomorrow night, the Sounds have to feel good about their chances to build off their historical start and improve upon this early home stand. What a season we have here early in Nashville! *** The Affiliates managed a 3-1 evening and we saw plenty of exciting plays throughout. Stay tuned early tomorrow as recently promoted Ryne Moore takes the Hill for Wisconsin in an early matinee game - his first start at High-A. Additionally, the above-listed ACL Gold promoted Fernando Olguin will take the mound for Carolina - his first start at Low-A. Ethan Small is always must watch in Nashville. Lots to look forward to in less than 24 hours. As always, thanks for reading! 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. Transactions: Jandel Gustave (RHP) was optioned to Triple-A Nashville, JC Mejía (RHP) was recalled by the Milwaukee Brewers, Brandon Ramey (RHP) was released by the Carolina Mudcats, Ernesto Martinez (1B) was placed on the IL retroactive to May 8th, Yeison Coca (INF) was transferred from Wisconsin to Nashville, Ashton McGee (3B/1B) was transferred from Biloxi to Wisconsin. Before you get started digesting the sweet tastes of four victories, take a moment to read up on our Minor League Players and Pitchers of the Month in Micah Bello, Brice Turang, TJ Shook, and Peter Strzelecki; all four young men were much deserving of these honors. Congratulations! Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 2, Fayetteville (Astros) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Mudcats Open Trip with 2-1 Victory in Extras - Eduardo Garcia Broke a 1-1 Tie in the Eleventh with a Go-Ahead Single Before this contest started, the Brewers Fanatic Minor League forum was abuzz with talk of young and exciting prospect Jackson Chourio (OF). He continued his torrid pace and discipline at the plate on this fine evening with a 2-5 outing and zero strikeouts yet again. This young man appears to be something else. For those simply reading these reports at home, please feel free to check that forum link and take a peek at what Baseball America is saying of our youngest and extremely talented prospect - you won't be disappointed. For the record: Chourio joined the Mudcats on May 3 and has totaled six doubles and five multi-hit games in just seven games overall. He has now hit safely in five straight games, with at least two hits in each of his last four games. He singled and scored in the fourth on a throwing error by Santos. This young man is about as exciting as it gets in Low-A. Ryne Moore took the hill tonight, and the young hurler pitched an absolute gem: a career-high seven complete innings of one earned run, six-hit, one walk, and six strikeout ball. What a night for the youngster. He handed the ball off to Christian Tripp and Michele Vassalotti for four scoreless innings. Michele will make special kudos as he stranded two straight 'Manfred Men', allowing no additional baserunners and striking out three. I'll keep saying it: Michele has taken his transition to the bullpen and run with it. What a godsend he's been on the backend. Further Notes: We send our best of luck in future baseball and life endeavors to now-former Mudcat, Brandon Ramey. Thank you for your time and commitment to the Mudcats and Brewers organizations. The two teams combined for a 1 of 27 output with RISP. That's going to lead to many an extra-inning affair. We're lucky our Mudcats came out on top, but we certainly won't complain! The Mudcats home run streak ended tonight in Fayetteville at four games. It was a good run. Here's to more long balls tomorrow! Appreciating the true youth movement in Carolina: At just over 18 years old, Jackson Chourio is now the youngest player in the Carolina League (as of 5/3). With Chourio's addition, and at just a smidge under 18.5 years old, Hendry Mendez is now the second-youngest player in the league. By average age (21.37 as of 5/3), the Mudcats are the second-youngest team in the Carolina League. Happy Birthday is for Mudcat Jheremy Vargas (INF), who turned 19 today (5/10/2003 birthday). To be that young and playing professional baseball is something else. To be that young and playing professional baseball but knowing you are older than some of your teammates? That's a whole other can of worms. What a season in Zebulon! With Fredericksburg's 3-2 loss to Kannapolis, the Mudcats have pulled within 2.5 games of first place. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 17, Quad Cities (Royals) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Rattlers Win Big at Quad Cities - Rattlers 17, River Bandits 4 In another showdown of tantalizing Low-A logos, the Rattlers and talented lefty Brandon Knarr took on the Quad Cities River Bandits for their second series of the young season. The game-time temperature in Quad Cities Modern Woodmen Park was 90 degrees - um, that's not a typo. The mere mention of these temps had me sweating in my swivel chair. Get me some ice water! These rising temps certainly aided some equally hot Rattler bats as they scored in every inning but the sixth and totaled 16 hits overall, including four home runs. No batter was more impressive than the consistently performing Tristan Peters and his 2 of 2 night with four walks (!!) to boot. If there is a more pleasantly surprising player in our lower levels, I am unsure if I can name him. Tristan has played a fantastic glove in the outfield (zero errors in 124 1/3 innings of combined left and right field ball), and his plate presence has been steady as they come through 28 games. With the four walks and his second home run of the season in the fifth innings, Tristan knocked his season OPS north of 0.900. This young man is still just a young 22 years old (February birthday). With output like this, he might find himself promoted for a shot at Double-A come summer. Further Game Notes: It's another one of those "Just look at this box score!" kind of nights. I said it last week - in forums and in passing in reports - but it is worth mentioning again: Joe Gray Jr. is back to his more comfortable position in center field, and he is simply getting more comfortable in every aspect. Since his April 30th low point and coming off an 0-4 day, Joe has hit safely in seven of eight games and gone 9 of 25 in that span. Here's to more of this, Joe! Brandon Knarr finished his evening after five complete innings. He allowed five hits, one walk, and two earned runs with five punchouts. It wasn't a completely dominant performance like we've seen from Brandon. Nonetheless, he did Knarr-like things in limiting damage and giving his team a legitimate chance at victory. Wes Clarke added two more walks to his lead-leading 24 walks on the season. He now has 26 total walks in 2022. He walked ten times in the most recent series versus Fort Wayne. Wes is sneakily having a very nice season even though a first glance at the peripherals wouldn't give you this story. A tip of the cap is for the scoreless three innings of work from Joey Matulovich. It's nice to see quality mop-up work when your team is up 15-4. Three strikeouts and a lone walk on the short stint with zero hits allowed. That's a good way to seal the 'W.' *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 7, Birmingham (White Sox) 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Valerio Walk-Off Single Snaps Shuckers Skid - Castañeda Strikes Out Career High 10 Batters Victor Castañeda came to the mound ready to deal early. He completed his first inning with two strikeouts on 11 total pitches. He opened his second inning with a punch-out on quite an excellent splitter and ended it with another punch out on yet another splitter. In addition to the splitter, his slider was getting several swings and misses. The stalky bowl-legged right-hander was dealing. Victor ended his night going a great six innings of two-hit, one walk, with 10 (!!) strikeouts. The ten strikeouts were both a season and a career-high for Victor. It was beautiful to watch. And, sadly, a theme is seen all too often in this young Shucker season (Tyler Herb, I see you) reared its head again: Victor lost a chance at victory as things started unraveling. I've discussed certain facets of Shuckers' play that have beleaguered the team throughout the early going. I've talked about hitting with RISP, and I've talked about the bottom of the order's struggles. Unfortunately, it's time to bring a dim spotlight to the other day-to-day struggle: Fielding. The Shuckers led the entire Southern League in fielding errors with 35 in 27 games, coming into our Tuesday night tilt. Unfortunately, they added five more to the total tonight - several of which played critical roles in the Barrons' six-run 8th inning. When you are managing to take and possess a lead in 25 of 28 games played in a young season, the tell-tale signs of why you are somehow a sub .500 club tend to rear their heads. With our beloved Shuckers, it's pretty simple: if they field and throw the ball cleaner, improve the plate discipline and efficacy with men on, and find more consistency in the deeper parts of the lineup, they'll see more positive outcomes. If and when these things come to fruition, a winning ball club (and, despite their current record and struggles, I would argue this is very much a winning ball club) will start winning. The talent is there. The precision, at the current moment, is not. And honestly, this is just the nature of sports. There is plenty of season left to reverse some of these trends—May the young men soldier on and find the finer-tuned baseball moments in the games ahead. Keep on Shuckin'! Further Viewing Notes: Joey Wiemer blasted the fifth home run of his season. The young man is an extra-base machine. Before going 0-4 this past Saturday, Joey had an extra-base hit in his six previous games (five doubles and one home run). He added a single earlier in the contest and finished his evening 2 of 3 at the plate. A note about tonight's errors: Gabe Holt and Cam Devanney played alternate positions - third and first base, respectively. Let's roll with that. Gabe misplayed a couple of tricky ground balls in the fateful eighth, and he compounded this with a wild throw to the dirt in second. An inning to forget. Unfortunately, we've seen too many of those through 28 games. Thomas Dillard knocked in two rbi's on the evening, including this bottom of the seventh left-center field double to the wall. Dillard also took another walk - his 20th free pass of his season How fast is Garrett Mitchell? He's this fast. Wow. Let me also take a moment to mention the calming influence of Felix Valerio. This game-winning walk-off single aside, he is a pleasure to watch at the plate. Felix is a disciplined batter. Now that he has a few games under his belt returning from injury, I anticipate the OPS and OBP to continue rising. Kudos to Taylor Floyd for getting out of his seventh-inning two-men on jam. He had men on the corners - from two absolute dribbler infield hits (one I would argue was simply a missed foul call over the third base foul line) - by inducing an excellent 6-4-3 double play to exit his inning of work. Ending a seven-game losing streak is cause for celebration. Here's to better results ahead! Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 3, Jacksonville (Marlins) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Rally in Ninth Inning to Sink Jumbo Shrimp - Jonathan Davis Gets Go-Ahead RBI Single, Mario Feliciano Cracks Four Hits in 3-2 Win I recently discussed the AAAA prowess of our very own 34-year-old Josh Lindbolm. He entered the bottom half of the sixth inning with a legitimate chance at a no-hitter. However, it was clear that he was likely facing his final outs within one pitch. A 1-0 lead vanished as he relinquished a first-pitch line-drive double to deep left-center field. A triple and a single later; it's 2-1 Jumbo Shrimp. Nonetheless, Josh completed the inning and grabbed another out in the bottom of the seventh before departing. Another fine outing of mound work from a Nashville Sounds starting pitcher. Rinse and repeat. It's clockwork in 2022. Further Game Notes: Mario Feliciano returned from a brief absence and had a splendid 4 of 4 (including his fifth double on the season) evening at the plate. He managed a good game behind the plate as well. It was nice to see him back on the diamond, and any lingering effects of his minor injury have passed. Apparently, all Jonathan Davis does these days is walk-off baseball games. Since returning from his COVID stint, he's been fantastic and is yet another excellent 2021 free-agent addition playing lights out in Nashville. What a luxury to have so many competent Triple-A players on the roster. 2 2/3 more scoreless innings from the Sounds' bullpen. Tonight's master class was put on by Trevor Kelley, Peter Strzelecki, and Hobie Harris. Speaking of Trevor Kelley, he has not allowed an earned run since April 7 against Durham and has a 0.79 ERA (11.1 IP/1 ER) on the season. On Thursday, Kelley earned his first win and has allowed only nine hits and three walks to go with his 13 strikeouts. Hobie Harris is unscored upon in over ten innings of bullpen work. Manager Rick Sweet earns his 2,122nd managerial victory tonight. WOW. He has now moved into a tie with Bill Clymer at eighth overall in the history of the Minor Leagues. Can you say: legendary? Brice Turang and Mark Mathias continued their hot hitting ways with two hits apiece on the evening. It's hard to find two steadier infielders than these two right now in the International League. I hope both get their shot with the big club this season to discover whether their hot play in Triple-A can translate to the majors. That's a wrap for me on this fine 4-0 evening of May 10th. Please tune in for tomorrow's games and report. Additionally, please visit our daily Minor League game threads (pre-report) to partake in the discourse of the games - @damuelle and I are often quite active in those threads. And lastly, a little heads up: We have Biloxi and Nashville matinee games tomorrow, so check in on the organizational scoreboard for updates earlier in your day. 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. Four affiliate victories on the evening made for an exciting evening and a joyous recap. Wisconsin with the lone blow-out while Carolina and Nashville pulled out late victories. Josh Lindbolm lost his chance at a no hitter (and a 1-0 lead) in the sixth inning. Biloxi tried to showcase the error of their ways but managed to pull out the win regardless. Dive in for more details! Transactions: Jandel Gustave (RHP) was optioned to Triple-A Nashville, JC Mejía (RHP) was recalled by the Milwaukee Brewers, Brandon Ramey (RHP) was released by the Carolina Mudcats, Ernesto Martinez (1B) was placed on the IL retroactive to May 8th, Yeison Coca (INF) was transferred from Wisconsin to Nashville, Ashton McGee (3B/1B) was transferred from Biloxi to Wisconsin. Before you get started digesting the sweet tastes of four victories, take a moment to read up on our Minor League Players and Pitchers of the Month in Micah Bello, Brice Turang, TJ Shook, and Peter Strzelecki; all .f.o.ur young men were much deserving of these honors. Congratulations! Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 2, Fayetteville (Astros) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Mudcats Open Trip with 2-1 Victory in Extras - Eduardo Garcia Broke a 1-1 Tie in the Eleventh with a Go-Ahead Single Before this contest started, the Brewers Fanatic Minor League forum was abuzz with talk of young and exciting prospect Jackson Chourio (OF). He continued his torrid pace and discipline at the plate on this fine evening with a 2-5 outing and zero strikeouts yet again. This young man appears to be something else. For those simply reading these reports at home, please feel free to check that forum link and take a peek at what Baseball America is saying of our youngest and extremely talented prospect - you won't be disappointed. For the record: Chourio joined the Mudcats on May 3 and has totaled six doubles and five multi-hit games in just seven games overall. He has now hit safely in five straight games, with at least two hits in each of his last four games. He singled and scored in the fourth on a throwing error by Santos. This young man is about as exciting as it gets in Low-A. Ryne Moore took the hill tonight, and the young hurler pitched an absolute gem: a career-high seven complete innings of one earned run, six-hit, one walk, and six strikeout ball. What a night for the youngster. He handed the ball off to Christian Tripp and Michele Vassalotti for four scoreless innings. Michele will make special kudos as he stranded two straight 'Manfred Men', allowing no adthreeditional baserunners and striking out three. I'll keep saying it: Michele has taken his transition to the bullpen and run with it. What a godsend he's been on the backend. Further Notes: We send our best of luck in future baseball and life endeavors to now-former Mudcat, Brandon Ramey. Thank you for your time and commitment to the Mudcats and Brewers organizations. The two teams combined for a 1 of 27 output with RISP. That's going to lead to many an extra-inning affair. We're lucky our Mudcats came out on top, but we certainly won't complain! The Mudcats home run streak ended tonight in Fayetteville at four games. It was a good run. Here's to more long balls tomorrow! Appreciating the true youth movement in Carolina: At just over 18 years old, Jackson Chourio is now the youngest player in the Carolina League (as of 5/3). With Chourio's addition, and at just a smidge under 18.5 years old, Hendry Mendez is now the second-youngest player in the league. By average age (21.37 as of 5/3), the Mudcats are the second-youngest team in the Carolina League. Happy Birthday is for Mudcat Jheremy Vargas (INF), who turned 19 today (5/10/2003 birthday). To be that young and playing professional baseball is something else. To be that young and playing professional baseball but knowing you are older than some of your teammates? That's a whole other can of worms. What a season in Zebulon! With Fredericksburg's 3-2 loss to Kannapolis, the Mudcats have pulled within 2.5 games of first place. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 17, Quad Cities (Royals) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Rattlers Win Big at Quad Cities - Rattlers 17, River Bandits 4 In another showdown of tantalizing Low-A logos, the Rattlers and talented lefty Brandon Knarr took on the Quad Cities River Bandits for their second series of the young season. The game-time temperature in Quad Cities Modern Woodmen Park was 90 degrees - um, that's not a typo. The mere mention of these temps had me sweating in my swivel chair. Get me some ice water! These rising temps certainly aided some equally hot Rattler bats as they scored in every inning but the sixth and totaled 16 hits overall, including four home runs. No batter was more impressive than the consistently performing Tristan Peters and his 2 of 2 night with four walks (!!) to boot. If there is a more pleasantly surprising player in our lower levels, I am unsure if I can name him. Tristan has played a fantastic glove in the outfield (zero errors in 124 1/3 innings of combined left and right field ball), and his plate presence has been steady as they come through 28 games. With the four walks and his second home run of the season in the fifth innings, Tristan knocked his season OPS north of 0.900. This young man is still just a young 22 years old (February birthday). With output like this, he might find himself promoted for a shot at Double-A come summer. Further Game Notes: It's another one of those "Just look at this box score!" kind of nights. I said it last week - in forums and in passing in reports - but it is worth mentioning again: Joe Gray Jr. is back to his more comfortable position in center field, and he is simply getting more comfortable in every aspect. Since his April 30th low point and coming off an 0-4 day, Joe has hit safely in seven of eight games and gone 9 of 25 in that span. Here's to more of this, Joe! Brandon Knarr finished his evening after five complete innings. He allowed five hits, one walk, and two earned runs with five punchouts. It wasn't a completely dominant performance like we've seen from Brandon. Nonetheless, he did Knarr-like things in limiting damage and giving his team a legitimate chance at victory. Wes Clarke added two more walks to his lead-leading 24 walks on the season. He now has 26 total walks in 2022. He walked ten times in the most recent series versus Fort Wayne. Wes is sneakily having a very nice season even though a first glance at the peripherals wouldn't give you this story. A tip of the cap is for the scoreless three innings of work from Joey Matulovich. It's nice to see quality mop-up work when your team is up 15-4. Three strikeouts and a lone walk on the short stint with zero hits allowed. That's a good way to seal the 'W.' *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 7, Birmingham (White Sox) 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Valerio Walk-Off Single Snaps Shuckers Skid - Castañeda Strikes Out Career High 10 Batters Victor Castañeda came to the mound ready to deal early. He completed his first inning with two strikeouts on 11 total pitches. He opened his second inning with a punch-out on quite an excellent splitter and ended it with another punch out on yet another splitter. In addition to the splitter, his slider was getting several swings and misses. The stalky bowl-legged right-hander was dealing. Victor ended his night going a great six innings of two-hit, one walk, with 10 (!!) strikeouts. The ten strikeouts were both a season and a career-high for Victor. It was beautiful to watch. And, sadly, a theme is seen all too often in this young Shucker season (Tyler Herb, I see you) reared its head again: Victor lost a chance at victory as things started unraveling. I've discussed certain facets of Shuckers' play that have beleaguered the team throughout the early going. I've talked about hitting with RISP, and I've talked about the bottom of the order's struggles. Unfortunately, it's time to bring a dim spotlight to the other day-to-day struggle: Fielding. The Shuckers led the entire Southern League in fielding errors with 35 in 27 games, coming into our Tuesday night tilt. Unfortunately, they added five more to the total tonight - several of which played critical roles in the Barrons' six-run 8th inning. The tell-tale signs of why you are somehow a sub- when you are managing to take and possess a lead in 25 of 28 games you have played in a young season, the tell-tale signs of why you are somehow a sub-.500 tend to rear their heads. With our beloved Shuckers, it's pretty simple: if they field and throw the ball cleaner, improve the plate discipline and efficacy with men on, and find more consistency in the deeper parts of the lineup, they'll see more positive outcomes. If and when these things come to fruition, a winning ball club (and, despite their current record and struggles, I would argue this is very much a winning ball club) will start winning. The talent is there. The precision, at the current moment, is not. And honestly, this is just the nature of sports. There is plenty of season left to reverse some of these trends—May the young men soldier on and find the finer-tuned baseball moments in the games ahead. Keep on Shuckin'! Further Viewing Notes: Joey Wiemer blasted the fifth home run of his season. The young man is an extra-base machine. Before going 0-4 this past Saturday, Joey had an extra-base hit in his six previous games (five doubles and one home run). He added a single earlier in the contest and finished his evening 2 of 3 at the plate. A note about tonight's errors: Gabe Holt and Cam Devanney played alternate positions - third and first base, respectively. Let's roll with that. Gabe misplayed a couple of tricky ground balls in the fateful eighth, and he compounded this with a wild throw to the dirt in second. An inning to forget. Unfortunately, we've seen too many of those through 28 games. Thomas Dillard knocked in two rbi's on the evening, including this bottom of the seventh left-center field double to the wall. Dillard also took another walk - his 20th free pass of his season How fast is Garrett Mitchell? He's this fast. Wow. Let me also take a moment to mention the calming influence of Felix Valerio. This game-winning walk-off single aside, he is a pleasure to watch at the plate. Felix is a disciplined batter. Now that he has a few games under his belt returning from injury, I anticipate the OPS and OBP to continue rising. Kudos to Taylor Floyd for getting out of his seventh-inning two-men on jam. He had men on the corners - from two absolute dribbler infield hits (one I would argue was simply a missed foul call over the third base foul line) - by inducing an excellent 6-4-3 double play to exit his inning of work. Ending a seven-game losing streak is cause for celebration. Here's to better results ahead! Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 3, Jacksonville (Marlins) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Rally in Ninth Inning to Sink Jumbo Shrimp - Jonathan Davis Gets Go-Ahead RBI Single, Mario Feliciano Cracks Four Hits in 3-2 Win I recently discussed the AAAA prowess of our very own 34-year-old Josh Lindbolm. He entered the bottom half of the sixth inning with a legitimate chance at a no-hitter. However, it was clear that he was likely facing his final outs within one pitch. A 1-0 lead vanished as he relinquished a first-pitch line-drive double to deep left-center field. A triple and a single later; it's 2-1 Jumbo Shrimp. Nonetheless, Josh completed the inning and grabbed another out in the bottom of the seventh before departing. Another fine outing of mound work from a Nashville Sounds starting pitcher. Rinse and repeat. It's clockwork in 2022. Further Game Notes: Mario Feliciano returned from a brief absence and had a splendid 4 of 4 (including his fifth double on the season) evening at the plate. He managed a good game behind the plate as well. It was nice to see him back on the diamond, and any lingering effects of his minor injury have passed. Apparently, all Jonathan Davis does these days is walk-off baseball games. Since returning from his COVID stint, he's been fantastic and is yet another excellent 2021 free-agent addition playing lights out in Nashville. What a luxury to have so many competent Triple-A players on the roster. 2 2/3 more scoreless innings from the Sounds' bullpen. Tonight's master class was put on by Trevor Kelley, Peter Strzelecki, and Hobie Harris. Speaking of Trevor Kelley, he has not allowed an earned run since April 7 against Durham and has a 0.79 ERA (11.1 IP/1 ER) on the season. On Thursday, Kelley earned his first win and has allowed only nine hits and three walks to go with his 13 strikeouts. Hobie Harris is unscored upon in over ten innings of bullpen work. Manager Rick Sweet earns his 2,122nd managerial victory tonight. WOW. He has now moved into a tie with Bill Clymer at eighth overall in the history of the Minor Leagues. Can you say: legendary? Brice Turang and Mark Mathias continued their hot hitting ways with two hits apiece on the evening. It's hard to find two steadier infielders than these two right now in the International League. I hope both get their shot with the big club this season to discover whether their hot play in Triple-A can translate to the majors. That's a wrap for me on this fine 4-0 evening of May 10th. Please tune in for tomorrow's games and report. Additionally, please visit our daily Minor League game threads (pre-report) to partake in the discourse of the games - @damuelle and I are often quite active in those threads. And lastly, a little heads up We have Biloxi and Nashville matinee games tomorrow, so check in on the organizational scoreboard for updates earlier in your day. 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. Although promising nights turned sour for Carolina, Biloxi and Wisconsin on Thursday night, that means there were a number of solid performances as well. Hopefully the young men can take some inspiration from Nashville, which put men on base all night and eventually snatched victory from defeat. The stars of the night were Wisconsin’s exciting prospect LHP Antoine Kelly, who dutifully bounced back from his shortest stint of the season (3 IP on April 29th) to dominate the TinCaps for 5 innings and AAA Nashville’s bullpen which blanked Norfolk for 5 1/3 innings to give the offense a chance. Game Balls go to Kelly, C Jeferson Quero, 1B Thomas Dillard, RHP Trevor Kelley and OF Jonathan Davis. Transactions: C Jesus Garcia assigned back to ACL Brewers Gold from AAA Nashville (he’d been moved to Nashville 6 days earlier, but didn’t see any action) Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Augusta 10, Carolina 5 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: Mudcats Waste Early Lead in 10-5 Loss Things looked rosy early in this game, as RHP Edwin Jimenez worked around a first-inning triple and walk, then six of the first seven Mudcats reached base in the bottom of the inning. The inning’s big hit was C Jeferson Quero’s first home run of 2022, a 3-run blast to score CF Jackson Chourio and 1B Jesus Chirinos. In all, Carolina led 5-0 after the first. Things looked rosy early in this game, as RHP Edwin Jimenez worked around a first-inning triple and walk, then six of the first seven Mudcats reached base in the bottom of the inning. The inning’s big hit was C Jeferson Quero’s first home run of 2022, a 3-run blast to score CF Jackson Chourio and 1B Jesus Chirinos. In all, Carolina led 5-0 after the first. Unfortunately, the Mudcat bats went to sleep from there and could not be awoken when needed, as the team failed to register any hits from the 2nd through the 9th inning, going 0-for-24 in that span. Meanwhile, Augusta clawed it back to 5-3 by the 5th inning and the dam burst against RHP Israel Puello in the top of the 7th inning, when 4 hits and 2 walks gave the GreenJackets a 7-5 lead which it would not relinquish. On some other positive notes, it was great to see RF Hendry Mendez back in action after departing Tuesday’s game early and LHP Jakob Brustoski threw a clean inning to put some early season struggles behind him. Performances of Note: Jeferson Quero – 1-4, HR, 3 RBIs Hendry Mendez – 1-3, BB Jackson Chourio – 1-4, double Jheremy Vargas – 1-4, RBI Edwin Jimenez – 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 BBs, 1 WP, 2 Ks Israel Puello (Loss) – 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks Jakob Brustoski – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Alexander Cornielle (1.56 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, 8.3 K/9 in 17 1/3 IP) is expected to make his 5th start, still searching for his first victory of 2022, as the Mudcats aim to take a 3-1 series lead at home against Augusta. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Fort Wayne 4, Wisconsin 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: TinCaps Hold Off Late Rattler Rally It was a classic pitchers’ duel in Appleton, as Wisconsin’s LHP Antoine Kelly and Fort Wayne’s LHP Noel Vela posted nearly identical lines: 5 innings each, zero runs each, 10 strikeouts each. The two young studs didn’t even throw a wild pitch or hit a batter, so the only difference was the 3 hits yielded by Vela and the 1 hit and 1 walk given up by Kelly. This left it to the bullpens and unfortunately the TinCaps had the advantage on this night, though Wisconsin certainly had its chances, leaving 10 men on base and going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. With Kelly’s exit after 5 innings, Fort Wayne quickly seized its chance, with the second batter (OF Corey Rosier) that RHP Miguel Guerrero faced hitting a first-pitch home run to right center field. Excellent work by RHP Joey Matulovich kept the game at 1-0 until the bottom of the 8th inning, when Wisconsin took 4 walks (the last a full count RBI walk by Miller) to tie it up. However, RHP James Meeker is still searching for his 2020/2021 form and hasn’t found it yet. He opened the 9th inning with a hit-by-pitch, then issued a full count walk and a gave up an infield single to load the bases. Meeker nearly escaped the inning by getting a swinging strike out for the 2nd out. Unfortunately, consecutive singles gave Fort Wayne a 4-1 lead and RHP Robbie Baker came in to strand the remaining two runners, which he successfully did. The Wisconsin half of the 9th inning actually mirrored Fort Wayne’s, with leadoff man Carlos D. Rodriguez reaching via a hit-by-pitch, then 3 walks and another hit-by-pitch bringing the game to 4-3, bases loaded with two outs, before Miller struck out swinging to end the interesting affair. Here’s a summary of the squandered chances on the night: A leadoff first inning single by OF Tristan Peters was wiped out by a strike-em-out, throw-em-out 2nd and 3rd, 2-out situations in the 4th inning and 6th inning both went for naught A bases loaded, 2-out chance in the 8th inning mustered only 1 run The game finished with the bases loaded, Rattlers' unable to get the key hit this time In other notes: It’s great to see Joe Gray Jr. keeping at it while he slowly rediscovers his bat. On this night, he recorded 3 walks, a single and his 7th stolen base of the young season Darrien Miller caught his 4th straight game, as Manager Joe Ayrault must have decided he can benefit from more consistent work behind the plate Recently promoted Micah Bello had a night to forget, going 0-for-4 with 4 strikeouts Performances of Note: Joe Gray Jr. – 1-2, 3 BBs, RBI, SB Darrien Miller – 1-4, RBI, SB Antonio Pinero – 1-3, BB Antoine Kelly – 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 10 Ks Joey Matulovich – 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 Ks James Meeker (Loss) – 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K Friday’s outlook: RHP Justin Jarvis (7.91 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 7.0 K/9 in 19 1/3 IP) seeks to get on track after yielding 5 earned runs and taking losses in each of his last two appearances, as the Timber Rattlers strive for a 3-1 series lead at home against Fort Wayne. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Montgomery 14, Biloxi 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Biloxi’s Early Lead Evaporates in 14-5 Loss Biloxi’s contest in Montgomery paralleled the events in Zebulon, with our squad jumping out to a 4-0 lead by the 4th inning and 5-4 lead in the 6th inning, before the Biscuit deluge. LHP Nick Bennett escaped a bases loaded, 1-out jam in the first inning by inducing a ground ball double play. Consecutive hits to lead off the second inning by OF Joey Wiemer (10th double of the season) and 2B Felix Valerio set up Thomas Dillard to smash his first home run of 2022, a 3-run blast. OF Sal Frelick added an RBI single in the 4th inning, as he continues to hit at every level, stretching the lead to 4-0, but Montgomery got to Bennett to even things up in the bottom half of the inning with 3 hits, a walk, a sacrifice fly and a fielder’s choice which couldn’t catch a runner at home. C Jakson Reetz continues to surprise, parking his 4th home run in just 44 at bats this year to help the club re-take the lead in the 6th inning, but RHP JT Hintzen wasn’t able to hold it in the bottom half. Reetz actually left the game before the bottom of the 7th inning with Biloxi down 7-5, so we’ll need to see whether this was an injury or just a case of Nick Kahle sharing catching duties on the night. After Hintzen exited, Montgomery didn’t let up against the Shuckers’ next three relievers, adding 7 runs to turn it into a rout. Performances of Note: Sal Frelick – 2-5, RBI, BB Cam Devanney – 2-4 Jakson Reetz – 1-3, HR, RBI Thomas Dillard – 1-4, HR, 3 RBIs Joey Wiemer – 1-4, double Felix Valerio – 1-3, BB Nick Bennett – 4 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 4 BBs, 3 Ks JT Hintzen (Loss) – 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K Robbi Hitt, Zach Vennaro, Nash Walters – combined 2 1/3 IP, 7 R, 8 H, 4 BBs, 1 WP, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Carlos Luna (2.12 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 7.4 K/9, in 17 IP) takes his turn, as Biloxi seeks to halt its 4-game losing skid and win its first game in the series in Montgomery. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 4, Norfolk 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Walk Off on Jonathan Davis’ Base Hit The men in Nashville simply enjoy winning too much to give up on this one, with terrific bullpen work keeping the team in it throughout. After the Sounds stranded the bases loaded in the first inning, Norfolk grabbed the lead with a 2nd inning double and then 2-run shot by Rylan Bannon off Nashville starter RHP Caleb Boushley. Nashville tied it back up in the 3rd inning on a 2-run single by C Alex Jackson, plating 2B Mark Mathias and 1B Tyler White who had both singled. Boushley exited with 2-on, 2-out in the 5th inning, but JC Mejia gave up an infield single and walk to allow the Tides to re-take the lead. In the bottom of the 8th inning, Nashville loaded the bases with nobody out on two walks and a Jonathan Davis bunt, but only managed one run on a Brice Turang sacrifice fly. RHP Trevor Kelley was excellent, covering scoreless 9th and 10th innings, with Mathias throwing out Manfred’s ghost at home. xVictory came with Nashville’s own ghost (Weston Wilson) moving to 3rd base on a wild pitch, then scoring on a Jonathan Davis single to left Performances of Note: Alex Jackson – 2-5, double, 2 RBIs Mike Brosseau – 2-5, double Jonathan Davis – 2-4, BB, RBI, SB Caleb Boushley – 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 3 Ks JC Mejia – 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BBs, 2 Ks Luke Barker – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K Thomas Jankins – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Trevor Kelley (Win) – 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks Friday’s outlook: April’s International League Pitcher of the Month LHP Ethan Small (0.77 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 13.1 K/9 in 23 1/3 IP) makes his first May start as Nashville tries to build a 3-1 series lead at home against Norfolk. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck tonight, Brewers’ affiliates! 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  8. OF Jonathan Davis capped off Nashville’s comeback with an RBI single in extra innings. Sizeable early leads for Carolina and Biloxi couldn’t hold up. Antoine Kelly’s 10-K, 1-hit performance wasn’t enough for Wisconsin. Although promising nights turned sour for Carolina, Biloxi and Wisconsin on Thursday night, that means there were a number of solid performances as well. Hopefully the young men can take some inspiration from Nashville, which put men on base all night and eventually snatched victory from defeat. The stars of the night were Wisconsin’s exciting prospect LHP Antoine Kelly, who dutifully bounced back from his shortest stint of the season (3 IP on April 29th) to dominate the TinCaps for 5 innings and AAA Nashville’s bullpen which blanked Norfolk for 5 1/3 innings to give the offense a chance. Game Balls go to Kelly, C Jeferson Quero, 1B Thomas Dillard, RHP Trevor Kelley and OF Jonathan Davis. Transactions: C Jesus Garcia assigned back to ACL Brewers Gold from AAA Nashville (he’d been moved to Nashville 6 days earlier, but didn’t see any action) Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Augusta 10, Carolina 5 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: Mudcats Waste Early Lead in 10-5 Loss Things looked rosy early in this game, as RHP Edwin Jimenez worked around a first-inning triple and walk, then six of the first seven Mudcats reached base in the bottom of the inning. The inning’s big hit was C Jeferson Quero’s first home run of 2022, a 3-run blast to score CF Jackson Chourio and 1B Jesus Chirinos. In all, Carolina led 5-0 after the first. Performances of Note: Jeferson Quero – 1-4, HR, 3 RBIs Hendry Mendez – 1-3, BB Jackson Chourio – 1-4, double Jheremy Vargas – 1-4, RBI Edwin Jimenez – 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 BBs, 1 WP, 2 Ks Israel Puello (Loss) – 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks Jakob Brustoski – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Alexander Cornielle (1.56 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, 8.3 K/9 in 17 1/3 IP) is expected to make his 5th start, still searching for his first victory of 2022, as the Mudcats aim to take a 3-1 series lead at home against Augusta. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Fort Wayne 4, Wisconsin 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: TinCaps Hold Off Late Rattler Rally It was a classic pitchers’ duel in Appleton, as Wisconsin’s LHP Antoine Kelly and Fort Wayne’s LHP Noel Vela posted nearly identical lines: 5 innings each, zero runs each, 10 strikeouts each. The two young studs didn’t even throw a wild pitch or hit a batter, so the only difference was the 3 hits yielded by Vela and the 1 hit and 1 walk given up by Kelly. This left it to the bullpens and unfortunately the TinCaps had the advantage on this night, though Wisconsin certainly had its chances, leaving 10 men on base and going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. With Kelly’s exit after 5 innings, Fort Wayne quickly seized its chance, with the second batter (OF Corey Rosier) that RHP Miguel Guerrero faced hitting a first-pitch home run to right center field. Excellent work by RHP Joey Matulovich kept the game at 1-0 until the bottom of the 8th inning, when Wisconsin took 4 walks (the last a full count RBI walk by Miller) to tie it up. However, RHP James Meeker is still searching for his 2020/2021 form and hasn’t found it yet. He opened the 9th inning with a hit-by-pitch, then issued a full count walk and a gave up an infield single to load the bases. Meeker nearly escaped the inning by getting a swinging strike out for the 2nd out. Unfortunately, consecutive singles gave Fort Wayne a 4-1 lead and RHP Robbie Baker came in to strand the remaining two runners, which he successfully did. The Wisconsin half of the 9th inning actually mirrored Fort Wayne’s, with leadoff man Carlos D. Rodriguez reaching via a hit-by-pitch, then 3 walks and another hit-by-pitch bringing the game to 4-3, bases loaded with two outs, before Miller struck out swinging to end the interesting affair. Here’s a summary of the squandered chances on the night: A leadoff first inning single by OF Tristan Peters was wiped out by a strike-em-out, throw-em-out 2nd and 3rd, 2-out situations in the 4th inning and 6th inning both went for naught A bases loaded, 2-out chance in the 8th inning mustered only 1 run The game finished with the bases loaded, Rattlers' unable to get the key hit this time In other notes: It’s great to see Joe Gray Jr. keeping at it while he slowly rediscovers his bat. On this night, he recorded 3 walks, a single and his 7th stolen base of the young season Darrien Miller caught his 4th straight game, as Manager Joe Ayrault must have decided he can benefit from more consistent work behind the plate Recently promoted Micah Bello had a night to forget, going 0-for-4 with 4 strikeouts Performances of Note: Joe Gray Jr. – 1-2, 3 BBs, RBI, SB Darrien Miller – 1-4, RBI, SB Antonio Pinero – 1-3, BB Antoine Kelly – 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 10 Ks Joey Matulovich – 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 Ks James Meeker (Loss) – 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K Friday’s outlook: RHP Justin Jarvis (7.91 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 7.0 K/9 in 19 1/3 IP) seeks to get on track after yielding 5 earned runs and taking losses in each of his last two appearances, as the Timber Rattlers strive for a 3-1 series lead at home against Fort Wayne. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Montgomery 14, Biloxi 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Biloxi’s Early Lead Evaporates in 14-5 Loss Biloxi’s contest in Montgomery paralleled the events in Zebulon, with our squad jumping out to a 4-0 lead by the 4th inning and 5-4 lead in the 6th inning, before the Biscuit deluge. LHP Nick Bennett escaped a bases loaded, 1-out jam in the first inning by inducing a ground ball double play. Consecutive hits to lead off the second inning by OF Joey Wiemer (10th double of the season) and 2B Felix Valerio set up Thomas Dillard to smash his first home run of 2022, a 3-run blast. Performances of Note: Sal Frelick – 2-5, RBI, BB Cam Devanney – 2-4 Jakson Reetz – 1-3, HR, RBI Thomas Dillard – 1-4, HR, 3 RBIs Joey Wiemer – 1-4, double Felix Valerio – 1-3, BB Nick Bennett – 4 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 4 BBs, 3 Ks JT Hintzen (Loss) – 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K Robbi Hitt, Zach Vennaro, Nash Walters – combined 2 1/3 IP, 7 R, 8 H, 4 BBs, 1 WP, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Carlos Luna (2.12 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 7.4 K/9, in 17 IP) takes his turn, as Biloxi seeks to halt its 4-game losing skid and win its first game in the series in Montgomery. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 4, Norfolk 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Walk Off on Jonathan Davis’ Base Hit The men in Nashville simply enjoy winning too much to give up on this one, with terrific bullpen work keeping the team in it throughout. After the Sounds stranded the bases loaded in the first inning, Norfolk grabbed the lead with a 2nd inning double and then 2-run shot by Rylan Bannon off Nashville starter RHP Caleb Boushley. Nashville tied it back up in the 3rd inning on a 2-run single by C Alex Jackson, plating 2B Mark Mathias and 1B Tyler White who had both singled. Performances of Note: Alex Jackson – 2-5, double, 2 RBIs Mike Brosseau – 2-5, double Jonathan Davis – 2-4, BB, RBI, SB Caleb Boushley – 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 3 Ks JC Mejia – 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BBs, 2 Ks Luke Barker – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K Thomas Jankins – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Trevor Kelley (Win) – 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks Friday’s outlook: April’s International League Pitcher of the Month LHP Ethan Small (0.77 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 13.1 K/9 in 23 1/3 IP) makes his first May start as Nashville tries to build a 3-1 series lead at home against Norfolk. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. 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  9. Transactions: At AAA Nashville, RHP Alec Bettinger was placed on the ambiguous "Development List". But the 40-man roster and brief 2021 big-leaguer did not make it into any of Milwaukee's spring training games, so while it's optimistic that Bettinger has not been placed on a formal injured list, something clearly is amiss. While the Brewers will rarely comment on the roster status of farmhands, they normally will when a 40-man roster player is involved. Expect one or more of the Brewers beat guys to follow up with the front office soon and get us some clarity on Alec's situation. The Brewers trimmed their Dominican Academy spring camp roster by three, and we detailed those releases in a post within our 2022 Minor League Transaction Thread at our Minor League Forum. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Durham (Rays) 6, Nashville 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please review: Defensive Miscues Lead to Nashville Loss - Durham Cashes in on Opportunities to take Series Lead *** Newcomer CF Jonathan Davis has seen big-league action in each of the past four seasons (TOR, NYY). He singled and walked three times here, added a stolen base. You reach base four times in a contest, you're bound to get a Link Report shoutout. Jon Singleton is the only Nashville position player to appear in all three games thus far, utilized as the designated hitter here, though he won't be homering in every game this season as was his pace through Wednesday's action. Jamie Westbrook reached base three more times and his .714 OBP through two games seems sustainable. Kidding aside, Westbrook won't turn 27 until June, and proved his value and versatility in 2021, his first season with the Crew. Not sure if it'll be in 2022, but Westbrook will play on an MLB diamond before his playing career goes much deeper. The Sounds reached base 13 times via hit or walk, but went 2-for-13 with RISP. RHP Dylan File will accept a 5-to-1 K-to-BB ratio every four innings, an opening effort to build on. Fireballing RHP Hobie Harris had a sweet Milwaukee organization debut after stints with the Yankees (his original club) and a 2021 spent in the Jays' system. Harris stranded both runners that LHP Angel Perdomo walked, then followed up with a scoreless frame to keep it within reason late. There was only one video highlight available, a slick play by another minor league free agent signing, former Cubs/Nationals/Guardians infielder Andruw Monasterio Yet another newcomer, sidewinding 28-year-old RHP Trevor Kelley (Red Sox/Phillies/Cubs/Braves) did surrender this home run. Normally we won't post "lowlights", so to speak, but notice that the Durham social team ran with Nashville's MiLB.TV feed and spliced the video to suit their needs. Just something the Crew affiliates might wish to consider if able: *** We did find out one Mississippi native is thrilled to be in Biloxi, video at the link below: *** It was Media Day in Carolina, and OF Hedbert Perez was among the interview subjects (video via WRAL here). More video: This is our first chance to see/listen to new Mudcats' Manager Victor Estevez, up from a lengthy stint managing for the organization in the Dominican. Certainly Estevez' promotion was earned on merit, but it doesn't hurt that he'll be able to communicate fully with a roster packed with Latin American prospects. *** In alumni news, we're all Cooper Hummel fans (2021 Eduardo Escobar trade), and we're loving these "you're going to The Show" videos across the baseball landscape: And in very Cooper Hummel form, this was his big league debut in a 7th inning pinch-hit appearance: *** Friday 4/8: Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores RHP's Justin Bullock and Justin Jarvis named Opening Night starters for Biloxi and Wisconsin, respectively, "justin" case you were wondering RHP Ryne Moore will make his full-season debut with Carolina after toiling in Maryvale last summer. The 2021 18th round pick out of Old Dominion was interviewed by WRAL here (video).
  10. The Nashville Sounds dropped their second consecutive game after their Opening Night win. They'll no longer have the action spotlight to themselves as all four Brewers full-season affiliates begin play Friday evening. As will be our norm, your report kicks off with the transaction news for the day. Transactions: At AAA Nashville, RHP Alec Bettinger was placed on the ambiguous "Development List". But the 40-man roster and brief 2021 big-leaguer did not make it into any of Milwaukee's spring training games, so while it's optimistic that Bettinger has not been placed on a formal injured list, something clearly is amiss. While the Brewers will rarely comment on the roster status of farmhands, they normally will when a 40-man roster player is involved. Expect one or more of the Brewers beat guys to follow up with the front office soon and get us some clarity on Alec's situation. The Brewers trimmed their Dominican Academy spring camp roster by three, and we detailed those releases in a post within our 2022 Minor League Transaction Thread at our Minor League Forum. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Durham (Rays) 6, Nashville 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please review: Defensive Miscues Lead to Nashville Loss - Durham Cashes in on Opportunities to take Series Lead *** Newcomer CF Jonathan Davis has seen big-league action in each of the past four seasons (TOR, NYY). He singled and walked three times here, added a stolen base. You reach base four times in a contest, you're bound to get a Link Report shoutout. Jon Singleton is the only Nashville position player to appear in all three games thus far, utilized as the designated hitter here, though he won't be homering in every game this season as was his pace through Wednesday's action. Jamie Westbrook reached base three more times and his .714 OBP through two games seems sustainable. Kidding aside, Westbrook won't turn 27 until June, and proved his value and versatility in 2021, his first season with the Crew. Not sure if it'll be in 2022, but Westbrook will play on an MLB diamond before his playing career goes much deeper. The Sounds reached base 13 times via hit or walk, but went 2-for-13 with RISP. RHP Dylan File will accept a 5-to-1 K-to-BB ratio every four innings, an opening effort to build on. Fireballing RHP Hobie Harris had a sweet Milwaukee organization debut after stints with the Yankees (his original club) and a 2021 spent in the Jays' system. Harris stranded both runners that LHP Angel Perdomo walked, then followed up with a scoreless frame to keep it within reason late. There was only one video highlight available, a slick play by another minor league free agent signing, former Cubs/Nationals/Guardians infielder Andruw Monasterio Yet another newcomer, sidewinding 28-year-old RHP Trevor Kelley (Red Sox/Phillies/Cubs/Braves) did surrender this home run. Normally we won't post "lowlights", so to speak, but notice that the Durham social team ran with Nashville's MiLB.TV feed and spliced the video to suit their needs. Just something the Crew affiliates might wish to consider if able: *** We did find out one Mississippi native is thrilled to be in Biloxi, video at the link below: *** It was Media Day in Carolina, and OF Hedbert Perez was among the interview subjects (video via WRAL here). More video: This is our first chance to see/listen to new Mudcats' Manager Victor Estevez, up from a lengthy stint managing for the organization in the Dominican. Certainly Estevez' promotion was earned on merit, but it doesn't hurt that he'll be able to communicate fully with a roster packed with Latin American prospects. *** In alumni news, we're all Cooper Hummel fans (2021 Eduardo Escobar trade), and we're loving these "you're going to The Show" videos across the baseball landscape: And in very Cooper Hummel form, this was his big league debut in a 7th inning pinch-hit appearance: *** Friday 4/8: Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores RHP's Justin Bullock and Justin Jarvis named Opening Night starters for Biloxi and Wisconsin, respectively, "justin" case you were wondering RHP Ryne Moore will make his full-season debut with Carolina after toiling in Maryvale last summer. The 2021 18th round pick out of Old Dominion was interviewed by WRAL here (video). View full article
  11. Transactions: Catcher Brett Sullivan and OF Korry Howell sent to San Diego's system in the Victor Caratini acquisition Infielder Hayden Cantrelle and RHP Alexis Ramirez head to Miami for additional catching depth in Alex Jackson LHP Clayton Andrews placed on Nashville's 7-day injured list (injury not revealed) C Brian Navarreto transferred from ACL Brewers Blue roster to Nashville (paper move, as Navaretto was likely with the team since spring training camp broke and was needed after the Brett Sullivan departure) RHP's Moises Gomez, Matt Hardy, and J.T. Hintzen were placed on the Nashville "Development List" - this could mean they are still in Maryvale or are on a taxi squad of sorts and are with the AAA club *** Final: Durham (Rays) 9, Nashville 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details: Singleton Homers Again but Sounds Fall to Bulls - Nashville First Baseman has Homered in Both Games of 2022 Among those making their 2022 debuts - 2B Mark Mathias (2-for-4), 3B Andruw Monasterio, and the entire starting outfield - LF Dustin Peterson, CF Jonathan Davis (on base three times), and RF Garrett Whitley (single, HBP). So all the Sounds but the newly-activated Navarreto have now seen action. Except for the fifth pitcher of the night RHP Peter Strzelecki, no ERA's went unscathed. The middle relief crew didn't have each others' backs as all three runners inherited scored. *** Very good video highlight report via WXXV on Biloxi's exhibition game against William Carey University, and the NAIA school more than held their own against the pros. Jeff Haeger of WXXV does a nice job on the Shuckers beat, as evidenced in his video report earlier in the day: Notes via the Voice of the Shuckers - *** It was a "Get To Know You" day in Appleton, and our Kyle Lobner was all over it: *** Bobbleheads (and Chris Mehring)! *** *** VIDEO via WBAY: Manager Joe Ayrault *** I know which section of the Media Guide I normally flock to each year, and that's the Minor League pages, and we're left with disappointment this year. The Brewers have scrubbed the injury histories from each player write-up. Each spring, we would collect all the notations from the guide, and those updates would fill in the gaps as to why players missed time during the prior season, or would even tell us what surgeries they may have had in the just-ended offseason. Now, we are left to wonder when players are missing in action. We had wondered each year (wondered out loud, perhaps we shouldn't have done that), as to why the Brewers (thankfully for us at the time) would be so up-front with surgery/injury details, listing specific dates and surgeons. Why be so tight-lipped during the season - unless an injury is clearly an on-field incident with video and such, you'll never see the organization or the affiliate announcers acknowledge the specifics of an injury. Heck, this is how we learned of LHP Antoine Kelly's Thoracic Outlet Surgery in November of 2020. We get it - HIPPA and all, but it leaves us guessing moving forward. *** One more night in the spotlight, Nashville, as RHP and 40-man roster member Dylan File toes the rubber: Thursday 4/7: Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores
  12. The Brewers made news that impacted their minor league rosters on Wednesday. The Sounds continued to have the game spotlight to themselves, although the Shuckers played an exhibition (highlights forthcoming!), the Timber Rattlers were busy in an introductory way, and oh, there's a change in the Milwaukee Media Guide that will disappoint prospect followers. Transactions: Catcher Brett Sullivan and OF Korry Howell sent to San Diego's system in the Victor Caratini acquisition Infielder Hayden Cantrelle and RHP Alexis Ramirez head to Miami for additional catching depth in Alex Jackson LHP Clayton Andrews placed on Nashville's 7-day injured list (injury not revealed) C Brian Navarreto transferred from ACL Brewers Blue roster to Nashville (paper move, as Navaretto was likely with the team since spring training camp broke and was needed after the Brett Sullivan departure) RHP's Moises Gomez, Matt Hardy, and J.T. Hintzen were placed on the Nashville "Development List" - this could mean they are still in Maryvale or are on a taxi squad of sorts and are with the AAA club *** Final: Durham (Rays) 9, Nashville 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details: Singleton Homers Again but Sounds Fall to Bulls - Nashville First Baseman has Homered in Both Games of 2022 Among those making their 2022 debuts - 2B Mark Mathias (2-for-4), 3B Andruw Monasterio, and the entire starting outfield - LF Dustin Peterson, CF Jonathan Davis (on base three times), and RF Garrett Whitley (single, HBP). So all the Sounds but the newly-activated Navarreto have now seen action. Except for the fifth pitcher of the night RHP Peter Strzelecki, no ERA's went unscathed. The middle relief crew didn't have each others' backs as all three runners inherited scored. *** Very good video highlight report via WXXV on Biloxi's exhibition game against William Carey University, and the NAIA school more than held their own against the pros. Jeff Haeger of WXXV does a nice job on the Shuckers beat, as evidenced in his video report earlier in the day: Notes via the Voice of the Shuckers - *** It was a "Get To Know You" day in Appleton, and our Kyle Lobner was all over it: *** Bobbleheads (and Chris Mehring)! *** *** VIDEO via WBAY: Manager Joe Ayrault *** I know which section of the Media Guide I normally flock to each year, and that's the Minor League pages, and we're left with disappointment this year. The Brewers have scrubbed the injury histories from each player write-up. Each spring, we would collect all the notations from the guide, and those updates would fill in the gaps as to why players missed time during the prior season, or would even tell us what surgeries they may have had in the just-ended offseason. Now, we are left to wonder when players are missing in action. We had wondered each year (wondered out loud, perhaps we shouldn't have done that), as to why the Brewers (thankfully for us at the time) would be so up-front with surgery/injury details, listing specific dates and surgeons. Why be so tight-lipped during the season - unless an injury is clearly an on-field incident with video and such, you'll never see the organization or the affiliate announcers acknowledge the specifics of an injury. Heck, this is how we learned of LHP Antoine Kelly's Thoracic Outlet Surgery in November of 2020. We get it - HIPPA and all, but it leaves us guessing moving forward. *** One more night in the spotlight, Nashville, as RHP and 40-man roster member Dylan File toes the rubber: Thursday 4/7: Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores View full article
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