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  1. Transactions: RHP Jason Alexander was optioned back to the Nashville Sounds from the Milwaukee Brewers Final: Nashville 17, Louisville (Reds) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Lindblom, Sounds Dominate Louisville - Nashville's Magic Number Moves to Three After Crushing the Bats Joey Wiemer absent for the fourth consecutive game? No problem. The Sounds poured it on with 14 hits and 17 runs in yet another incredible Josh Lindblom pitching performance. He is rolling and it is wonderful. There were so many supporting roles in this epic performance - a performance that even included an under-the-radar (somehow!) immaculate inning from RHP Cam Robinson to close this one out. It's not often a nine pitch, nine strike, three strikeout close-out is somehow floating in the dust as an afterthought. This shan't happen here, fine sirs! Oh NO! It shan't! Three Quick Strikes: 1) As noted above in the title: Frelick continued his run of greatness. My word it has been something to watch the run he's been on since he returned to Biloxi off IL way back on July 6th. 38 consecutive games on base is bananas at any level of baseball. Dominating at a higher rate of impact after each promotion is also bananas. This is top 20 MLB prospect stuff, folks. Flat out. This is electric. Soak it up while you can. The ball looked off speed coming toward the plate. It certainly did not leaving Frelick's bat: 2) Catcher Brian Navarreto is one of my favorite Sounds players. He is almost entirely under the radar due to the vast depth of catching across the system and, frankly, the bigger names and the fact he's yet another Minor League journeyman making due with Nashville in 2022. But, I swear to you dear readers, every time he plays the game of baseball he impresses me - with his size, his agility, his arm, and his bat. Couple that with his incredible demeanor and persona (he makes for such joyously fun interviews), and he just easily became one of my favorite men on the team. A 2-for-5, 3 R, 5 RBI, 1 HR night just doesn't surprise me. He's only played in 39 games. He's only had just over 100 AB's. I don't care. I'll take him to my diamond any day of the week. I see you, Mr. Navarreto. Thank you for your efforts. And, thank you for your personality: 3) An immaculate closing inning from Robinson? Check. Multiple hit performances from Brice Turang, Pedro Severino, Jonny Davis, Weston Wilson , and Navarreto? Check. 8-for-14 with RISP? Check. A No-Hitter through five complete innings? Check. Magic Number reduced to three games? Check. This 2022 Sounds season is such a treat. I am here for every step of the remaining journey. Let's go! We'll get another chance to see LHP Robert Gasser in a pivotal match-up tomorrow as he takes on fellow lefty, and former Mariners 2019 2nd Round pick, Brandon Williamson . It will be interesting to see how manager Rick Sweet sets his line-up. I'll be tuning in. I smell the post-season and my eyes remain on the prize. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  2. When the Sounds are good, they're really good. Lately, that typically involves a Josh Lindblom start. I spoke to it at the end of yesterday's report and I wasn't lying - Lindblom is our man. He is pitching lights out baseball right now. Oh, and geez, Sal Frelick extended his on-base streak with yet another home run - his second in two nights. Tonight's ding dong was the three-run variety. The Magic Number for a Sounds playoff extravaganza is now a mere three games. I can taste it and it is sweeeeet. Image courtesy of Brewer Fanatic Transactions: RHP Jason Alexander was optioned back to the Nashville Sounds from the Milwaukee Brewers Final: Nashville 17, Louisville (Reds) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Lindblom, Sounds Dominate Louisville - Nashville's Magic Number Moves to Three After Crushing the Bats Joey Wiemer absent for the fourth consecutive game? No problem. The Sounds poured it on with 14 hits and 17 runs in yet another incredible Josh Lindblom pitching performance. He is rolling and it is wonderful. There were so many supporting roles in this epic performance - a performance that even included an under-the-radar (somehow!) immaculate inning from RHP Cam Robinson to close this one out. It's not often a nine pitch, nine strike, three strikeout close-out is somehow floating in the dust as an afterthought. This shan't happen here, fine sirs! Oh NO! It shan't! Three Quick Strikes: 1) As noted above in the title: Frelick continued his run of greatness. My word it has been something to watch the run he's been on since he returned to Biloxi off IL way back on July 6th. 38 consecutive games on base is bananas at any level of baseball. Dominating at a higher rate of impact after each promotion is also bananas. This is top 20 MLB prospect stuff, folks. Flat out. This is electric. Soak it up while you can. The ball looked off speed coming toward the plate. It certainly did not leaving Frelick's bat: 2) Catcher Brian Navarreto is one of my favorite Sounds players. He is almost entirely under the radar due to the vast depth of catching across the system and, frankly, the bigger names and the fact he's yet another Minor League journeyman making due with Nashville in 2022. But, I swear to you dear readers, every time he plays the game of baseball he impresses me - with his size, his agility, his arm, and his bat. Couple that with his incredible demeanor and persona (he makes for such joyously fun interviews), and he just easily became one of my favorite men on the team. A 2-for-5, 3 R, 5 RBI, 1 HR night just doesn't surprise me. He's only played in 39 games. He's only had just over 100 AB's. I don't care. I'll take him to my diamond any day of the week. I see you, Mr. Navarreto. Thank you for your efforts. And, thank you for your personality: 3) An immaculate closing inning from Robinson? Check. Multiple hit performances from Brice Turang, Pedro Severino, Jonny Davis, Weston Wilson , and Navarreto? Check. 8-for-14 with RISP? Check. A No-Hitter through five complete innings? Check. Magic Number reduced to three games? Check. This 2022 Sounds season is such a treat. I am here for every step of the remaining journey. Let's go! We'll get another chance to see LHP Robert Gasser in a pivotal match-up tomorrow as he takes on fellow lefty, and former Mariners 2019 2nd Round pick, Brandon Williamson . It will be interesting to see how manager Rick Sweet sets his line-up. I'll be tuning in. I smell the post-season and my eyes remain on the prize. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  3. Biloxi manufactured a run without a hit in the 7th inning and Brandon Knarr led a pitching staff that struck out 12 Pensacola batters in a nerve-wracking 1-0 victory on the road, their seventh in a row. Nashville’s stars, young and old, continue to shine bright, as Esteury Ruiz staked the team to an early 2-0 lead, Josh Lindblom dominated over six innings, and Sal Frelick extended his on-base streak to 32 games in a 6-1 home win over Jacksonville. Thursday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Ruiz, Knarr, Lindblom, and Frelick, as well as Joey Wiemer. Transactions: OF Tristen Lutz activated from AA Biloxi's 7-day injured list RHP TJ Shook transferred to Development List from AA Biloxi Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 6, Jacksonville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Lindblom, Ruiz Lead Sounds to Another Win. After some nervous hiccups last week and in the first game of this series, Nashville appears to be getting its groove back, leading from start to finish to grab a 2-1 series lead over Jacksonville Frelick (2-for-5, RBI) led off the bottom of the 1st inning with a single to left field, then Ruiz (2-for-4, HR, double, 2 RBIs, SB) smashed an 0-1 pitch the same direction for a quick 2-0 lead. Starting pitcher Lindblom (6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 4 Ks) didn’t require any more cushion than that, walking none and only conceding one run in a 6th straight solid outing for him. That said, it was still relatively tight at 3-1 when the Sounds finally put the game out of reach with a three-run 7th inning , highlighted by Ruiz doubling and stealing his 77th base of the year and DH/2B Pablo Reyes (2-for-4, double, 2 RBIs) doubling in two insurance runs for the final 6-1 scoreline. Rehabbing Major League RHP Trevor Gott pitched a three-up, three-down 7th inning and was followed by scoreless frames from RHPs Jake Cousins and Cam Robinson. Three Quick Strikes: Wiemer (2-for-3, walk) keeps humming along with stellar play, reaching base three times in this game. If not for one abysmal month when he was likely adjusting to an injury (wrist discomfort? We don’t really know), he’d be generating significant prospect buzz and we’d be wondering when he’ll be starting in right field in Milwaukee. Frelick’s on-base streak has now reached 32 games as he battles OF Jackson Chourio for the Brewers’ Minor League position player of the year award. The victory increased Nashville’s first place lead to 4.5 games over Columbus. Lest anyone think differently, Jacksonville is no slouch, as the Jumbo Shrimp only trail the Durham Bulls by 1.5 games in the International League’s Eastern Division. As such, there’s a chance these teams could actually meet again in the playoffs (knock on wood). Friday’s outlook: 23-year old LHP Robert Gasser (5.23 ERA with 13 Ks through 10 1/3 AAA innings) will make his third start in AAA ball, as Nashville strives for a third straight victory. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 1, Pensacola 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Biloxi Blanks Blue Wahoos For Seventh Consecutive Victory Workhorse pitcher Knarr (6 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 7 Ks) apparently gets even better after surpassing 140 innings on the season, closing out an amazing 2022 campaign with six shutout innings and seven strikeouts. However, he exited with the score tied 0-0 and the prospect of another No Decision, until 2B Yeison Coca put on a base-stealing clinic in the top of the 7th inning. Coca walked, stole two bases and scored on an OF Corey Ray sacrifice fly. The run gave Biloxi the lead and positioned Knarr for a well-deserved victory. Pensacola certainly had its opportunities late in the game, getting two one-out walks off of LHP Clayton Andrews in the bottom of the 7th inning, but grounding into an inning-ending double play. Then in the 8th inning, Andrews recorded two strikeouts and induced a ground out, but it wasn’t enough to escape as one of the K’d batters reached on a wild pitch. RHP Harold Chirino entered and the breach widened with a single and a walk to load the bases, then running the count full to put all runners in motion. Thankfully, Chirino came through to register a strikeout swinging to get out of that jam. And in the 9th inning, RHP Zach Vennaro walked the first two batters he faced to give the Blue Wahoos yet another chance, but C Jason Lopez gunned down an attempted base stealer and RHP Zach Vennaro retired the final two hitters on strikeouts swinging to earn his 11th save. Defensive gem alert: Three Quick Strikes: This game marked the welcome return-from-injury of OF Tristen Lutz, who’d only registered two plate appearances since August 19th, the last being a hit-by-pitch on August 26th. The understandably rusty Lutz walked and struck out twice in this game before being relieved by a pinch runner in the 6th inning. Missing clutch: The offenses combined to go 0-for-20 with runners in scoring position, stranding 20 men on base. Kudos to the combined pitching staffs for striking out 25 batters and the catchers for eliminating three attempted base stealers. Further credit to the Brewers’ hurlers for keeping the ball on the ground: 12 ground ball outs vs. zero fly outs. OF Garrett Whitley (2-for-4, double) and Lopez (2-for-4, 2 doubles) each snagged two hits in the game, three of which were doubles. DH/OF Chourio went 0-for-3, but drew a walk and didn't strike out. Chourio is now 1-for-11 in three games at the AA level, with three more to go. Friday’s outlook: RHP Justin Jarvis is scheduled to make his fourth start in AA ball (3.60 ERA through 15 AA innings), attempting to lead the Shuckers to an eighth consecutive win. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Keep these winning streaks rolling along on Friday, Biloxi and Nashville! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  4. Brandon Knarr led the Shuckers to a 7th straight victory in a tight 1-0 affair. Esteury Ruiz gave Nashville an early lead which held up behind excellent pitching. Image courtesy of BrewerFanatic Biloxi manufactured a run without a hit in the 7th inning and Brandon Knarr led a pitching staff that struck out 12 Pensacola batters in a nerve-wracking 1-0 victory on the road, their seventh in a row. Nashville’s stars, young and old, continue to shine bright, as Esteury Ruiz staked the team to an early 2-0 lead, Josh Lindblom dominated over six innings, and Sal Frelick extended his on-base streak to 32 games in a 6-1 home win over Jacksonville. Thursday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Ruiz, Knarr, Lindblom, and Frelick, as well as Joey Wiemer. Transactions: OF Tristen Lutz activated from AA Biloxi's 7-day injured list RHP TJ Shook transferred to Development List from AA Biloxi Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 6, Jacksonville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Lindblom, Ruiz Lead Sounds to Another Win. After some nervous hiccups last week and in the first game of this series, Nashville appears to be getting its groove back, leading from start to finish to grab a 2-1 series lead over Jacksonville Frelick (2-for-5, RBI) led off the bottom of the 1st inning with a single to left field, then Ruiz (2-for-4, HR, double, 2 RBIs, SB) smashed an 0-1 pitch the same direction for a quick 2-0 lead. Starting pitcher Lindblom (6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 4 Ks) didn’t require any more cushion than that, walking none and only conceding one run in a 6th straight solid outing for him. That said, it was still relatively tight at 3-1 when the Sounds finally put the game out of reach with a three-run 7th inning , highlighted by Ruiz doubling and stealing his 77th base of the year and DH/2B Pablo Reyes (2-for-4, double, 2 RBIs) doubling in two insurance runs for the final 6-1 scoreline. Rehabbing Major League RHP Trevor Gott pitched a three-up, three-down 7th inning and was followed by scoreless frames from RHPs Jake Cousins and Cam Robinson. Three Quick Strikes: Wiemer (2-for-3, walk) keeps humming along with stellar play, reaching base three times in this game. If not for one abysmal month when he was likely adjusting to an injury (wrist discomfort? We don’t really know), he’d be generating significant prospect buzz and we’d be wondering when he’ll be starting in right field in Milwaukee. Frelick’s on-base streak has now reached 32 games as he battles OF Jackson Chourio for the Brewers’ Minor League position player of the year award. The victory increased Nashville’s first place lead to 4.5 games over Columbus. Lest anyone think differently, Jacksonville is no slouch, as the Jumbo Shrimp only trail the Durham Bulls by 1.5 games in the International League’s Eastern Division. As such, there’s a chance these teams could actually meet again in the playoffs (knock on wood). Friday’s outlook: 23-year old LHP Robert Gasser (5.23 ERA with 13 Ks through 10 1/3 AAA innings) will make his third start in AAA ball, as Nashville strives for a third straight victory. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 1, Pensacola 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Biloxi Blanks Blue Wahoos For Seventh Consecutive Victory Workhorse pitcher Knarr (6 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 7 Ks) apparently gets even better after surpassing 140 innings on the season, closing out an amazing 2022 campaign with six shutout innings and seven strikeouts. However, he exited with the score tied 0-0 and the prospect of another No Decision, until 2B Yeison Coca put on a base-stealing clinic in the top of the 7th inning. Coca walked, stole two bases and scored on an OF Corey Ray sacrifice fly. The run gave Biloxi the lead and positioned Knarr for a well-deserved victory. Pensacola certainly had its opportunities late in the game, getting two one-out walks off of LHP Clayton Andrews in the bottom of the 7th inning, but grounding into an inning-ending double play. Then in the 8th inning, Andrews recorded two strikeouts and induced a ground out, but it wasn’t enough to escape as one of the K’d batters reached on a wild pitch. RHP Harold Chirino entered and the breach widened with a single and a walk to load the bases, then running the count full to put all runners in motion. Thankfully, Chirino came through to register a strikeout swinging to get out of that jam. And in the 9th inning, RHP Zach Vennaro walked the first two batters he faced to give the Blue Wahoos yet another chance, but C Jason Lopez gunned down an attempted base stealer and RHP Zach Vennaro retired the final two hitters on strikeouts swinging to earn his 11th save. Defensive gem alert: Three Quick Strikes: This game marked the welcome return-from-injury of OF Tristen Lutz, who’d only registered two plate appearances since August 19th, the last being a hit-by-pitch on August 26th. The understandably rusty Lutz walked and struck out twice in this game before being relieved by a pinch runner in the 6th inning. Missing clutch: The offenses combined to go 0-for-20 with runners in scoring position, stranding 20 men on base. Kudos to the combined pitching staffs for striking out 25 batters and the catchers for eliminating three attempted base stealers. Further credit to the Brewers’ hurlers for keeping the ball on the ground: 12 ground ball outs vs. zero fly outs. OF Garrett Whitley (2-for-4, double) and Lopez (2-for-4, 2 doubles) each snagged two hits in the game, three of which were doubles. DH/OF Chourio went 0-for-3, but drew a walk and didn't strike out. Chourio is now 1-for-11 in three games at the AA level, with three more to go. Friday’s outlook: RHP Justin Jarvis is scheduled to make his fourth start in AA ball (3.60 ERA through 15 AA innings), attempting to lead the Shuckers to an eighth consecutive win. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Keep these winning streaks rolling along on Friday, Biloxi and Nashville! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  5. Thread will be utilized for any minor league news Thursday, lineup updates, etc. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  6. Josh Lindblom covered six scoreless innings for the Sounds, Victor Castaneda delivered six innings of one-run ball for the Shuckers and Alexander Cornielle provided five innings of one-run ball for the Timber Rattlers in a winning night on the farm. Doston’s two homers tripled his career long ball production, as the speed-first 21-year old outfielder demonstrated his mettle and potential in a three-hit, four-RBI game for AA Biloxi. Thursday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Cornielle, Castaneda, Lindblom and Doston, as well as Pedro Severino, with an honorable mention to Patrick Dorrian. Transactions: RHP Justin Topa designated the 29th man for MLB Brewers' Thursday doubleheader, coming up from AAA Nashville OF Esteury Ruiz optioned to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers (with INF Mike Brosseau replacing him on the MLB roster) RHP Luis Contreras promoted to AAA Nashville from AA Biloxi Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 10, Charlotte 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Lindblom Stellar as Sounds Top Knights RHP Josh Lindblom (6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 Ks) gave Nashville the lift it needed with six scoreless, two-hit innings (95 pitches), his fifth straight solid start, exiting with a comfortable 5-0 lead. Offensively, the team pounded out 17 hits, with four hits in the 1st inning producing two runs on RBI singles from 1B Jon Singleton (2-for-5, double, RBI) and OF Joey Wiemer (2-for-5, 2 RBIs). Four more hits in the 5th inning extended the lead to 5-0, with Singleton (double), Wiemer (RBI single) and C Pedro Severino (RBI double; 2-for-5, HR, double, 2 RBIs, SB) in particular coming through. However, things tightened up in the bottom of the 7th inning, as RHP Hobie Harris had a rare rough outing, conceding three runs before being ejected alongside Manager Rick Sweet and hitting coach Al LeBoeuf with the score narrowed to 5-3. Leave it to the legendary Mr. Sweet to get ejected in the game which earned him his 2,181st victory, moving him into 6th all time in the history of minor league baseball. Thankfully, the hits just kept coming for the Sounds, who brought in three runs on four hits in the top of the 8th inning to get back to a more comfortable 8-3 position, including 3B Patrick Dorrian (2-for-4, HR, double, walk, RBI) hitting his ninth dinger of the season. The win cuts this week’s series deficit in Charlotte to 2-1, but with Columbus also winning the Sounds first place advantage remains just 3.5 games. Three Quick Strikes: Every Sound in the starting lineup collected a hit in this game, including three from OF Matt Lipka, two each from Pablo Reyes and Weston Wilson and one each from Cam Devanney and Sal Frelick, who extended his on-base streak to 26 games. Many online posters wonder why RHP Jake Cousins hasn’t gotten the recall to the majors yet after recovering from an injury, but the reality is that he’s still working his way back to form. On this night, Cousins conceded an 8th inning run, meaning he’s given up a run in six of his last ten outings, though thankfully with no multi-run catastrophes. Just-turned 23-year old RHP Cam Robinson also hasn’t quite adjusted to AAA ball yet, giving up two runs in the 9th inning of this game. After a Severino 9th inning homer to boost the lead to 9-4, Dorrian flied out and apparently decided to give the umpires his opinion on their earlier behavior, so he joined his coaches and teammate in receiving an early exit instruction. Friday’s outlook: 23-year old LHP Robert Gasser (3.82 ERA in High-A/AA) will make his second-ever start in AAA ball, as Nashville strives to even the series 2-2 and keep second place Columbus at bay. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 5, Mississippi 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Doston's Career Night Drives Shuckers 5-3 Victory In your daily reminder that everyone in the system is a legitimate prospect, speedy OF Terence Doston (3-for-4, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, SB) smacked two home runs and drove in four runs in a breakout performance for the 21-year old former two-sport high school star. Each of Doston’s hits was of the clutch variety, starting with a 5th inning solo shot to give Biloxi a 2-1 lead, an RBI single in the 6th inning to extend it to 3-1 and then a two-run homer in the 8th inning to provide much needed insurance after the Braves had clawed back to 3-2. On the mound, RHP Victor Castaneda (5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 5 BB, 3 Ks) brought his season ERA back down to 3.97 with a much-needed effort on Thursday, winning his fourth game of the year and exiting after five innings with a 2-1 lead. The walks will obviously worry him, but sometimes you have to bulldog your way through. The Shuckers win cuts their series deficit to 2-1, aided by four stolen bases (including 2B Felix Valerio’s 29th of the year and burly-looking yet fleet-of-foot 1B Thomas Dillard’s 13th) with nobody caught stealing. Three Quick Strikes: Rehabbing LHP Clayton Andrews (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks) delivered a second straight encouraging shutout inning as he sets his sights on big things in 2023, while Ryan Middendorf (2 IP, 1 R) continues to adjust to life in Biloxi and free agent-to-be RHP Robbie Baker earned his first AA save despite allowing one run. Some followers may have expected better hitting numbers from Doston (.692 career OPS; .640 OPS in AA/High-A ball this year) after he was given a $125,000 signing bonus in the 2019 draft, but it’s probably better to think of him along the lines of former Brewer OF Monte Harrison or current Nashville RHP Lucas Erceg: extremely athletic young men who need time to figure out how to get the most out of their talent on the field. Expect Doston to remain at AA Biloxi next season, with the Brewers hoping that his talent begins to shine consistently. 3B Yeison Coca unfortunately exited in the 6th inning immediately after being hit by a pitch. Friday’s outlook: LHP Brandon Knarr gets the call to start on Friday, with Biloxi needing a win to even the series 2-2. Solid work in Knarr’s last few outings have lowered his ERA in AA ball to 3.87 (76 2/3 IP), with a season ERA of 2.89 when including his early season domination for Wisconsin. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes (link goes to roster instead) Final: Wisconsin 5, Beloit 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Wisconsin Beats Beloit 5-1 for Third Straight Win As always for Wisconsin home games, nothing beats the video recap from the Timber Rattlers’ exceptional media team: 21-year RHP Alexander Cornielle (6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 7 Ks) continues to cement his prospect status, throwing six innings of one-run, four-hit ball in the Timber Rattlers third straight victory over the Sky Carp. However, it was a tight contest, 1-1 going into the bottom of the 8th inning after reliever RHP Joey Matulovich (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 Ks) followed up Cornielle’s work with two shutout innings of his own. After a 2B Jose Acosta walk and OF/2B Zach Raabe (1-for-2, double, walk, RBI) double to open the bottom of the 8th inning, OF Arbert Cipion broke the deadlock with a two-run single which somehow found its way through the drawn-in infield, followed by a run-scoring error and SS Eduardo Garcia providing the final run with an RBI single. Three Quick Strikes: The early runs came on solo homers from Beloit in the 1st inning and Acosta (1-for-2, HR, walk, RBI) in the 2nd inning. C Darrien Miller was hit by a pitch for the 24th time this year, but this one is more worrisome as he immediately exited after the 8th inning beaning, forcing DH/C Jeferson Quero to finish the game behind the plate. If Miller can’t go over Wisconsin’s remaining three games, don’t be surprised if young C/1B/OF Tayden Hall makes his High-A debut behind the plate in one contest. OF Jackson Chourio (1-for-3, walk, SB) reached base twice, while starter-turned-reliever RHP Brannon Jordan pitched a scoreless 9th inning. Friday’s outlook: 20-year old RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez (2.89 season ERA; 1.44 ERA in High-A ball) will make his 7th High-A start, as Wisconsin aims for a fourth straight victory in this week’s series. Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Myrtle Beach 8, Carolina 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Moore Hits Second Home Run in 8-2 Loss to Pelicans On the RHP Jacob Misiorowski-front (1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 3 Ks), the good news is that his second outing went much better than his debut, but the bad news is that he walked the last three batters he faced and needed RHP Trevor Tietz to bail him out of that bases loaded 2nd inning jam with consecutive strikeouts. RHP Max Lazar entered in the 3rd inning to continue his rehab work, but conceded three runs (two earned) on three hits in that frame before settling in with the Mudcats trailing 3-0. A SS Eric Brown Jr. (1-for-3, double, walk, SB) double and 2B Robert Moore homer cut the lead to 3-2 in the 4th inning, but Carolina would get no closer. In fact, these were two of Carolina’s measly three hits on the evening. The loss puts Carolina down 2-0 in this week’s road series. Three Quick Strikes: The Mudcats last major opportunity came via two 6th inning walks and a wild pitch. Down 3-2 with runners on the corners and one out, Moore unfortunately grounded into an inning-ending double play. RHP Edwin Jimenez entered in the bottom of the 6th inning and was greeted by a solo homer and triple before recording his first out. A two-run homer in the 7th inning and RBI double in the 8th inning completed a difficult three-inning, five-run (four earned) night for him. Three errors didn’t help Carolina’s cause, although the Pelicans also committed two though offset their own with two double plays. Friday’s outlook: 19-year old RHP Yujanyer Herrera (6.63 ERA in ACL/Low-A) is scheduled to make his fourth appearance (third start) for the Mudcats, eager to improve on his last two outings (5 2/3 innings pitched, 13 earned runs allowed). We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Friday to all teams! 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  7. Three starting pitchers combined to throw 17 innings of 2-run ball in victories for Nashville, Biloxi and Wisconsin. Terence Doston had a coming out party with two clutch homers. Jacob Misiorowski had an encouraging start in Carolina’s loss. Image courtesy of BrewerFanatic Josh Lindblom covered six scoreless innings for the Sounds, Victor Castaneda delivered six innings of one-run ball for the Shuckers and Alexander Cornielle provided five innings of one-run ball for the Timber Rattlers in a winning night on the farm. Doston’s two homers tripled his career long ball production, as the speed-first 21-year old outfielder demonstrated his mettle and potential in a three-hit, four-RBI game for AA Biloxi. Thursday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Cornielle, Castaneda, Lindblom and Doston, as well as Pedro Severino, with an honorable mention to Patrick Dorrian. Transactions: RHP Justin Topa designated the 29th man for MLB Brewers' Thursday doubleheader, coming up from AAA Nashville OF Esteury Ruiz optioned to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers (with INF Mike Brosseau replacing him on the MLB roster) RHP Luis Contreras promoted to AAA Nashville from AA Biloxi Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 10, Charlotte 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Lindblom Stellar as Sounds Top Knights RHP Josh Lindblom (6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 Ks) gave Nashville the lift it needed with six scoreless, two-hit innings (95 pitches), his fifth straight solid start, exiting with a comfortable 5-0 lead. Offensively, the team pounded out 17 hits, with four hits in the 1st inning producing two runs on RBI singles from 1B Jon Singleton (2-for-5, double, RBI) and OF Joey Wiemer (2-for-5, 2 RBIs). Four more hits in the 5th inning extended the lead to 5-0, with Singleton (double), Wiemer (RBI single) and C Pedro Severino (RBI double; 2-for-5, HR, double, 2 RBIs, SB) in particular coming through. However, things tightened up in the bottom of the 7th inning, as RHP Hobie Harris had a rare rough outing, conceding three runs before being ejected alongside Manager Rick Sweet and hitting coach Al LeBoeuf with the score narrowed to 5-3. Leave it to the legendary Mr. Sweet to get ejected in the game which earned him his 2,181st victory, moving him into 6th all time in the history of minor league baseball. Thankfully, the hits just kept coming for the Sounds, who brought in three runs on four hits in the top of the 8th inning to get back to a more comfortable 8-3 position, including 3B Patrick Dorrian (2-for-4, HR, double, walk, RBI) hitting his ninth dinger of the season. The win cuts this week’s series deficit in Charlotte to 2-1, but with Columbus also winning the Sounds first place advantage remains just 3.5 games. Three Quick Strikes: Every Sound in the starting lineup collected a hit in this game, including three from OF Matt Lipka, two each from Pablo Reyes and Weston Wilson and one each from Cam Devanney and Sal Frelick, who extended his on-base streak to 26 games. Many online posters wonder why RHP Jake Cousins hasn’t gotten the recall to the majors yet after recovering from an injury, but the reality is that he’s still working his way back to form. On this night, Cousins conceded an 8th inning run, meaning he’s given up a run in six of his last ten outings, though thankfully with no multi-run catastrophes. Just-turned 23-year old RHP Cam Robinson also hasn’t quite adjusted to AAA ball yet, giving up two runs in the 9th inning of this game. After a Severino 9th inning homer to boost the lead to 9-4, Dorrian flied out and apparently decided to give the umpires his opinion on their earlier behavior, so he joined his coaches and teammate in receiving an early exit instruction. Friday’s outlook: 23-year old LHP Robert Gasser (3.82 ERA in High-A/AA) will make his second-ever start in AAA ball, as Nashville strives to even the series 2-2 and keep second place Columbus at bay. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 5, Mississippi 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Doston's Career Night Drives Shuckers 5-3 Victory In your daily reminder that everyone in the system is a legitimate prospect, speedy OF Terence Doston (3-for-4, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, SB) smacked two home runs and drove in four runs in a breakout performance for the 21-year old former two-sport high school star. Each of Doston’s hits was of the clutch variety, starting with a 5th inning solo shot to give Biloxi a 2-1 lead, an RBI single in the 6th inning to extend it to 3-1 and then a two-run homer in the 8th inning to provide much needed insurance after the Braves had clawed back to 3-2. On the mound, RHP Victor Castaneda (5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 5 BB, 3 Ks) brought his season ERA back down to 3.97 with a much-needed effort on Thursday, winning his fourth game of the year and exiting after five innings with a 2-1 lead. The walks will obviously worry him, but sometimes you have to bulldog your way through. The Shuckers win cuts their series deficit to 2-1, aided by four stolen bases (including 2B Felix Valerio’s 29th of the year and burly-looking yet fleet-of-foot 1B Thomas Dillard’s 13th) with nobody caught stealing. Three Quick Strikes: Rehabbing LHP Clayton Andrews (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks) delivered a second straight encouraging shutout inning as he sets his sights on big things in 2023, while Ryan Middendorf (2 IP, 1 R) continues to adjust to life in Biloxi and free agent-to-be RHP Robbie Baker earned his first AA save despite allowing one run. Some followers may have expected better hitting numbers from Doston (.692 career OPS; .640 OPS in AA/High-A ball this year) after he was given a $125,000 signing bonus in the 2019 draft, but it’s probably better to think of him along the lines of former Brewer OF Monte Harrison or current Nashville RHP Lucas Erceg: extremely athletic young men who need time to figure out how to get the most out of their talent on the field. Expect Doston to remain at AA Biloxi next season, with the Brewers hoping that his talent begins to shine consistently. 3B Yeison Coca unfortunately exited in the 6th inning immediately after being hit by a pitch. Friday’s outlook: LHP Brandon Knarr gets the call to start on Friday, with Biloxi needing a win to even the series 2-2. Solid work in Knarr’s last few outings have lowered his ERA in AA ball to 3.87 (76 2/3 IP), with a season ERA of 2.89 when including his early season domination for Wisconsin. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes (link goes to roster instead) Final: Wisconsin 5, Beloit 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Wisconsin Beats Beloit 5-1 for Third Straight Win As always for Wisconsin home games, nothing beats the video recap from the Timber Rattlers’ exceptional media team: 21-year RHP Alexander Cornielle (6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 7 Ks) continues to cement his prospect status, throwing six innings of one-run, four-hit ball in the Timber Rattlers third straight victory over the Sky Carp. However, it was a tight contest, 1-1 going into the bottom of the 8th inning after reliever RHP Joey Matulovich (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 Ks) followed up Cornielle’s work with two shutout innings of his own. After a 2B Jose Acosta walk and OF/2B Zach Raabe (1-for-2, double, walk, RBI) double to open the bottom of the 8th inning, OF Arbert Cipion broke the deadlock with a two-run single which somehow found its way through the drawn-in infield, followed by a run-scoring error and SS Eduardo Garcia providing the final run with an RBI single. Three Quick Strikes: The early runs came on solo homers from Beloit in the 1st inning and Acosta (1-for-2, HR, walk, RBI) in the 2nd inning. C Darrien Miller was hit by a pitch for the 24th time this year, but this one is more worrisome as he immediately exited after the 8th inning beaning, forcing DH/C Jeferson Quero to finish the game behind the plate. If Miller can’t go over Wisconsin’s remaining three games, don’t be surprised if young C/1B/OF Tayden Hall makes his High-A debut behind the plate in one contest. OF Jackson Chourio (1-for-3, walk, SB) reached base twice, while starter-turned-reliever RHP Brannon Jordan pitched a scoreless 9th inning. Friday’s outlook: 20-year old RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez (2.89 season ERA; 1.44 ERA in High-A ball) will make his 7th High-A start, as Wisconsin aims for a fourth straight victory in this week’s series. Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Myrtle Beach 8, Carolina 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Moore Hits Second Home Run in 8-2 Loss to Pelicans On the RHP Jacob Misiorowski-front (1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 3 Ks), the good news is that his second outing went much better than his debut, but the bad news is that he walked the last three batters he faced and needed RHP Trevor Tietz to bail him out of that bases loaded 2nd inning jam with consecutive strikeouts. RHP Max Lazar entered in the 3rd inning to continue his rehab work, but conceded three runs (two earned) on three hits in that frame before settling in with the Mudcats trailing 3-0. A SS Eric Brown Jr. (1-for-3, double, walk, SB) double and 2B Robert Moore homer cut the lead to 3-2 in the 4th inning, but Carolina would get no closer. In fact, these were two of Carolina’s measly three hits on the evening. The loss puts Carolina down 2-0 in this week’s road series. Three Quick Strikes: The Mudcats last major opportunity came via two 6th inning walks and a wild pitch. Down 3-2 with runners on the corners and one out, Moore unfortunately grounded into an inning-ending double play. RHP Edwin Jimenez entered in the bottom of the 6th inning and was greeted by a solo homer and triple before recording his first out. A two-run homer in the 7th inning and RBI double in the 8th inning completed a difficult three-inning, five-run (four earned) night for him. Three errors didn’t help Carolina’s cause, although the Pelicans also committed two though offset their own with two double plays. Friday’s outlook: 19-year old RHP Yujanyer Herrera (6.63 ERA in ACL/Low-A) is scheduled to make his fourth appearance (third start) for the Mudcats, eager to improve on his last two outings (5 2/3 innings pitched, 13 earned runs allowed). We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Friday to all teams! 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Transactions: C Juan Rosa was assigned to the DSL Brewers 1 C Estefano Lozano was assigned to the DSL Brewers 2 LHP Karlos Morales was promoted to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers from the Carolina Mudcats RHP's Aidan Maldonado (2022 14th Rd pick) and Jacob Misiorowski (2022 2nd Rd pick) were assigned to the ACL Brewers Gold LHP's Brian Fitzpatrick (2022 10th Rd pick) and Nate Peterson (2022 8th Rd pick) and RHP Will Rudy (2022 5th Rd pick) were all assigned to the ACL Brewers Blue RHP Jhoan Cruz was transferred to the full season IL from the 60-Day IL by the Carolina Mudcats Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Game 1 Final: Gwinnett (Braves) 3, Nashville 2 Box Score / Game Log Game 2 Final: Nashville 5, Gwinnett 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Club Three Homers in Game Two of Doubleheader Split - Brice Turang, Pablo Reyes and Pedro Severino hit home runs for Nashville The Sounds have played 21 1-run contests versus Gwinnett since they began playing them last year. They are 13-8, now, in these contests overall including Tuesday's game 1 one-run loss. Coupled with that loss, the Sounds are now 4-3 this season in these ridiculously close affairs. Getting a free runner aboard in the seventh inning feels all too 2022 for my liking but, hey, maybe if the Sounds had pulled it out I'd think differently. RHP Hobie Baker took the loss while both runs were unearned. A tough pill to swallow for the late-inning out-getter. Thankfully, we did see a vintage AAAA Josh Lindbolm performance tonight - much needed after a period of up-and-down play. Where has this type of outing been for the savvy vet? 5 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 9 K. My word, that's a vintage performance. Three Quick Strikes: 1) In another rehab start for RHP Adrian Houser he coasted through the first five outs. Then he rubbed against a strange and suddenly very tight strike zone leading to a full count walk (personally, I felt he had struck the batter out twice) followed by a four-pitch walk. All told, I think you'd have to say Houser and the Brewers are quite happy with his second rehab start: 3 IP (a planned three innings), 0 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 R. 2) RHP Peter Strzelecki remains definitively one of my favorite relievers in the stacked Nashville bullpen. I don't quite understand why he didn't stick with the club up North, but, frankly it's my gain as Strzelecki continues to stack successes for Nashville. Tonight was certainly no different as he mowed them down in his single inning pitched: 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K. I continue to love the size, strength, velocity, and movement. This is a MLB pitcher. In my humble opinion, it's simply a matter of time before he becomes a mainstay. 3) I could talk about OF Esteury Ruiz's incredible drag bunt skills - folks, he's truly a wonderful bunter...I'm nostalgic for the lost art - but, instead, I'm going to go back to the lecture circuit and remind people how utterly wonderful INF Brice Turang has been in 2022. Firstly, pay no attention to the throwing error tonight - my take is the throw was possibly off, sure, but so was Weston Wilson's approach to second base. Wilson has to get to that bag with more urgency as Turang was fielding a ball running toward third and his only play was back across his body to second base. We know Turang struggled in June. However, whereas Wiemer has struggled and pretty much stayed struggling (hats off to the double tonight are due!), Turang has come back in July and August with a fury easily outpacing his already solid April and May. He hit his second long ball in two nights with the same smooth and easy swing he has fine-tuned in 2022. The power stroke is truly just forming. He is 22 years old. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Rocket City (Angels) 3, Biloxi 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please visit and review: Shuckers Held to Trio of Hits in 3-1 Defeat - Dillard Sets Franchise Record with 68th Walk With two one-run games - a win for each ball club to start the home series - the Shuckers were looking to take a 2-1 series lead with newly acquired prospect, and potential Ace, LHP Robert Gasser taking the mound. Gasser features a nasty whip slider, a splitter, a high-spin heater, and a change-up in his current arsenal. Coming off an extremely effective outing his first time out, the Shuckers were hoping to ride his arm while getting some runs across tonight. Unfortunately, that didn't happen as their sole tying run was plated in the bottom-half of the first inning. The Shuckers had other chances but simply couldn't get the key hit. It is worth noting, my self-proclaimed 2022 MIP Brewers Minor League candidate, INF Cam Devanney, knocked in the game-tying run with a rope double to the left field warning track. This moved Devanney into a Southern League tie for the fifth most two-baggers in the League - 23 total on his season. Three Quick Strikes: 1) Trusting the process regardless of the results is a real thing. This bodes very very true right now for one Felix Valerio. This is now two consecutive nights where he has absolutely roped multiple balls and they were simply right at people in the outfield. I continue to have faith in this young man's bat regardless of what his numbers say - I've seen Valerio play enough to confidently proclaim I know he can hit the heck out of a baseball. The results will come in time. Tonight he finishes 0-for4 but they were four well-hit barreled balls that went to the wrong areas of the field. 2) LHP Robert Gasser definitely lacked his best stuff early tossing 32 pitches across the dish in inning number one. However, he merely allowed a single run and struck out two while ending the frame with a weakly hit dribbler to Valerio. He shut things down thereafter only allowing a single base runner through his four total innings of work. All told he just crested 60 pitches and was pulled for none other than struggling RHP and 2021 Minor League FA signee Arnaldo Hernandez. I don't know if this was planned or needed given the low pitch count, but, unfortunately, it didn't work out in favor of the Shuckers. 3) Speaking of Hernandez, the struggles for the righty are very very real. Tonight he pitched a mere 2/3 inning before he was pulled. His line reads: 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 2 ER. This isn't the first outing like this for Hernandez since his IL return back on July 4th. The full picture needs to be articulated here: Hernandez was coming off two clean outings and lowering his ERA to 5.47 at the time he went on the IL on June 17th. There was some progress there. The numbers weren't exactly pretty but he was having impact semi-regularly when I tuned in for Shuckers baseball. Since his return, his WHIP has elevated by 0.29 to 2.00 and his ERA has ballooned to 7.46. In three outings in August, hitters have hit to the tune of 0.538 and he owns a 3.86 WHIP. I don't know what's going on for the young man, but, clearly something isn't working. I wish him the best of success in turning this around but, as of right now, it doesn't look pretty. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 5, South Bend (Cubs) 2 Box Score/Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please visit and review: Rodríguez Shines in Rattlers Wins - Right-Hander Allows One Run over Six Innings as Rattlers Beat Cubs Tasty Home Series Media Nuggets: Post-Game Pod Full-Game You Tube Highlights: We've been saying it quite often since the calendar flipped to August, but it's worth reminding anyone following the Timber Rattlers: Zavier Warren is capable of output like this even if his early-season numbers didn't suggest as much. He's been filling in admirably at first base to boot - he can man both corners admirably and with skill. He was hoping to keep his current hot streak to the test once again in support of new teammate, RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez - making his first home start in the Midwest League. Rodriguez mixed in his sneaky low 90's heat (continuing to sneak up on batters) with a variety of breaking balls and off-speed offerings keeping batters off balance. All told, Rodriguez has now pitched a combined 10 IP in High-A allowing a single earned run while striking out 11. A much needed calming force for the T-Rats pitching staff. Three Quick Strikes: 1) Is recent 2022 draftee, INF/3B Paul Metzinger simply in a rough patch defensively thrust into High-A action or is he somewhat defensively challenged? I innately lean toward the former for a 2022 7th round draft pick but having watched his early games here I do casually wonder. We saw a bobble and failure to get the ball out in what eventually became a 3-run game-deciding inning in game 1 of this series and tonight he tripped on his own feet charging a third inning bunt single rendering him incapable of getting the bare-handed throw out of his hand. He did manage to make a fast play to get the dangerous CF Crow-Armstrong so we give credit where it is due but I found myself again wondering if he has the arm to play the hot corner. He seems to have a finesse toss from a position that often requires a cannon - having watched far too many Minor League games in 2022 I have not seen a softer toss to first base from the hot corner in all the Brewers system. Time will tell, obviously, but it has certainly drawn my attention early. 2) RHP James Meeker does not flinch - even after a called pitch clock violation by the infield umpire. This gave an auto-ball to start a count with the bases juiced and the leading run at the plate in a tense bottom of the ninth inning. With the bases still juiced and only one down and the top of the Cubs order at the dish, Meeker proceeded to deftly strike out two consecutive batters. A special kudos is also in order for C Jeferson Quero saving what seemed a surefire wild pitch on a tailing inside heater. Both young men make the extremely difficult look entirely too easy. How about the second consecutive full-count with the bases juiced and the game on the line: 3) Has Darrien Miller suddenly found a niche as a lead-off hitter?!? I would certainly say the early results hint at a resounding 'Yes'. Prospects can always surprise you and every one of these young men is capable of great things. But, I have to admit: I really did not even consider Miller at lead-off. A tip of the proverbial cap to manager Joe Ayrault for plugging in a crafty player in a position of need for his batting order. Let's hope Miller keeps on taking those free passes and can take this and run with it. Carolina Pre-Game Notes Game 1 Final: Carolina 4, Delmarva (Orioles) 0 Box Score / Game Log Game 2 Final: Delmarva 6, Carolina 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please visit and review: Game 1: Mudcats Complete Suspended Game with 4-0 Shutout Win - The 4-0 Shutout was Carolina's First Shutout Victory on the Road this Season Game 2: Win Streak Ends at Five as Carolina Falls 6-4 - Hendry Mendez went 1-for-4 in his Return to the Starting Lineup The Mudcats picked up in the fifth inning to complete yesterday's rain-shortened affair. Shortly thereafter, they followed with an abbreviated seven-inning game to complete the double-header. LHP Pablo Garabitos took the hill in game 1 hoping to build off RHP Stiven Cruz's excellent start the day before. After a clean bottom of the fifth, he loaded the bases in the sixth but managed to escape the jam on a ground out to Robert Moore at second base. All told, Garabitos managed to go five complete and scoreless innings grabbing his third victory of his season and improving the Mudcats record to four games above 0.500. In Game 2, the Mudcats came back to tie the game at 4-4 in the 5th inning but couldn't hang on as lefty, Leoni De La Cruz surrendered two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Ultimately, as the headline above reads, the young men saw their five game winning streak end. Three Quick Strikes: 1) It's early in his Minor League career, but Eric Brown Jr. certainly seems to have that 'it' you look for in highly drafted prospects. He is calm and collected at the plate - rarely chasing a pitch. He has a clear confidence and swagger imparting confidence to his teammates. He has a nice athletic build and a bit of power in the offensive toolkit to boot. He also clearly runs the bases with well-timed take-offs. He was the clear offensive MVP of the second half of game 1 as he finished with two walks and two steals. I'm going to get out ahead of the crowd and label this young man a 'fast riser'. 2) Sometimes simply seeing a player return is all you need to claim a victory. When it was announced OF Hendry Mendez would take the lead-off and DH slot in the game 2 line-up, I was extremely thrilled. In his first action since his scary spill into the right field wall in foul territory on July 31s, the young Mendez finished with a 1-for-4 evening with 2 RBI. A sigh of relief was exhaled across the Brewers organization. 3) If I could use only two words to describe the 2022 season of RHP Edwin Jimenez they would be: talented and inconsistent. Tonight, Jimenez lacked control and or savvy on the mound and lasted only 4 1/3 innings while allowing 9 H, 1 BB, and 4 ER while striking out three. Like many young pitchers exploring the fine-tuning of their craft, Jimenez struggles to stack successes. Just as I've seen him surprise like his previous 10 K outing, I've seen him struggle like tonight. I continue to hope he can stack outing by season's end. ACL Reds 6, ACL Brewers Gold 5 Box Score / Game Log Cameron Wagoner - 11th round pick 2022 - started and pitched the opening two innings scoreless with 1 K. Other highlights are the ongoing stellar output of Dutch outfielder and Brewers 2021 16th round draft pick, Kaylan Nicasia - 2-for-3 with 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 2B tonight - and 12th round pick, 3B Luke Adams, going 2-for-4 in the clean-up slot with a run scored and his first double. Unfortunately, RHP Gerson Caladzilla struggled in his three innings of work allowing 9 H, 2 BB, and 5 ER. ACL Cubs 4, ACL Brewers Blue 2 Box Score / Game Log RHP Logan Henderson has returned, dear fans. He opened this contest pitching the opening inning: 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP and he worked around a throwing error to place runners on second and third base after the HBP. This is a much-needed success! Let's go, Logan, we're all rooting for you! INF's Jheremy Vargas and Quinton Low each hit solo shots to give the Brewers Blue their sole runs. Vargas added two walks and his former Mudcats running mate, Oswel Leones, grabbed three free passes as well - both young men by every measure are playing quite well in Arizona. The loss in this one will go to 19-year-old RHP Jared Albir who gave up 4 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, and 4 K in 5 IP. We thank @Mass Haas for the fine offerings you'll see throughout the DSL portion of this report: DSL Brewers #1 4, DSL Tigers #2 0, seven Innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log It was a combined four-hitter with ten strikeouts and just one walk for the trio of RHP's: 16-year-old Ranwell Smith, who pitched the first inning only (hopefully planned), recently turned 17-year-old Bryan Rivera, and the sage 2nd-year pro, Dominican native Gregory Baez. Smith (who turns 17 in less than two weeks) and Rivera are among the Brewer signings out of Nicaragua. The four-inning scoreless stint for Rivera was the first time in six pro appearances (four starts) that he had not allowed a run, and among the three hurlers, Rivera's command peripherals (20 K, 8 BB, 20 IP) are the strongest. The Pizzeria Uno Crew tallied three runs in the first on only two hits, thanks to the generosity of the Tigers battery - big mix of multiple walks, wild pitches, and passed balls, with an HBP tossed in. The inning should have been more productive, but with runners on 2nd and 3rd, the final two Crew batters in the frame struck out. A Luis Watter double and Jhonny Severino RBI single added a late insurance run. This game marked a professional debut as 19-year-old catcher Juan Rosa was the designated hitter. He went 0-for-3 with two K's and a GIDP, but hey young man, you're now a professional baseball player for the rest of time enshrined on Baseball Reference and the like. Rosa slipped under our radar, signed on August 5th, and his native country is yet to be listed on his MiLB Player Page. Let's make sure CF Luis Lara gets a little extra base running attention next extended spring. His 17-year-old legs are only 6-for-13 on the base paths. Suspended: DSL Tigers #2 Squad 3, DSL Brewers #1 Squad 0, one out in the top of the 4th (Tigers batting) Box Score / Game Log This game is actually the make-up attempt of a July 1st game that never got underway, and the box score indicates this contest was cut short by rain. Through their three trips to the plate, Crew batters are 0-for-9 with three walks. If the league does schedule a makeup, it'll be Tuesday August 16th, the only game remaining between these two teams, though that game is at the Tigers complex. We'll see, as we're sure you'll all set your calendars to see if the Brewers can avoid the seven-inning no-hitter, which actually wouldn't qualify as a no-no under big-league guidelines. DSL Texas Blue 6, DSL Brewers #2 5, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers did all their damage in a six-run 4th against two RHP's - 20-year-old Dominican native Stanley Encarnacion was your starter, in his 4th season with the Crew and 3rd on the island (accounting for the lost 2020 campaign). Encarnacion, even after today's outing, maintains a strong 1.20 WHIP for 2022. It's been a big struggle for rookie Franddy De Los Santos however, another pitching on native turf, who allowed an inherited runner to score and then two more of his own doing.. Like in the DSL Brewers #1 Squad game, a pro debut was on the docket as 18-year-old Estefano Lozano, also listed as a catcher when not DH'ing as he was here, didn't get his first base hit, but he did draw a walk and then was plunked in his final plate appearance. After scoring four times in the 5th on just two hits, Dos Cerveceritos Club painfully stranded two in each of the final two innings. The main blow during that four-run rally was a two-out, two-run double from catcher Eric Martinez out of the cleanup spot. The 18-year-old Venezuelan catcher is now 10-for-19 in August and has his OPS up to .841. The double was the first of those ten hits for extra bases, and Martinez has not walked during this recent stretch, but his batted balls are finding safety away from defenders. We are back to our regularly scheduled eight games tomorrow - the DSL affiliates will play the morning and all others will play through the night. Recently promoted RHP Alexander Vallecillo will gladly look to lower his robust 135.00 ERA - earned after his lone abbreviated Low-A start. RHP Dylan File will look to build on the Sounds 2-1 series lead versus Gwinnett and their precarious 1 game division lead over the Clippers. LHP Brandon Knarr will look to find his best stuff after some up-and-down results of late. And, hopefully, we simply see some entertaining and fun baseball. 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  9. The headline says it all: there were a lot of games to cover today. As our Game Thread indicated, it was initially a very full 11-game slate. Officially it became a ten-game ride as a Dominican League game which had previously been rained out was suspended midgame on the re-try. We did see two postponed make-ups played in back-end seven-inning knocks to complete doubleheaders in Carolina and Nashville. Also included tonight was a partridge in a pear tree. Minor League baseball gifts to all, and to all players and coaches a good night. Let's skip any further word play and just get into these reports! Transactions: C Juan Rosa was assigned to the DSL Brewers 1 C Estefano Lozano was assigned to the DSL Brewers 2 LHP Karlos Morales was promoted to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers from the Carolina Mudcats RHP's Aidan Maldonado (2022 14th Rd pick) and Jacob Misiorowski (2022 2nd Rd pick) were assigned to the ACL Brewers Gold LHP's Brian Fitzpatrick (2022 10th Rd pick) and Nate Peterson (2022 8th Rd pick) and RHP Will Rudy (2022 5th Rd pick) were all assigned to the ACL Brewers Blue RHP Jhoan Cruz was transferred to the full season IL from the 60-Day IL by the Carolina Mudcats Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Game 1 Final: Gwinnett (Braves) 3, Nashville 2 Box Score / Game Log Game 2 Final: Nashville 5, Gwinnett 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Club Three Homers in Game Two of Doubleheader Split - Brice Turang, Pablo Reyes and Pedro Severino hit home runs for Nashville The Sounds have played 21 1-run contests versus Gwinnett since they began playing them last year. They are 13-8, now, in these contests overall including Tuesday's game 1 one-run loss. Coupled with that loss, the Sounds are now 4-3 this season in these ridiculously close affairs. Getting a free runner aboard in the seventh inning feels all too 2022 for my liking but, hey, maybe if the Sounds had pulled it out I'd think differently. RHP Hobie Baker took the loss while both runs were unearned. A tough pill to swallow for the late-inning out-getter. Thankfully, we did see a vintage AAAA Josh Lindbolm performance tonight - much needed after a period of up-and-down play. Where has this type of outing been for the savvy vet? 5 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 9 K. My word, that's a vintage performance. Three Quick Strikes: 1) In another rehab start for RHP Adrian Houser he coasted through the first five outs. Then he rubbed against a strange and suddenly very tight strike zone leading to a full count walk (personally, I felt he had struck the batter out twice) followed by a four-pitch walk. All told, I think you'd have to say Houser and the Brewers are quite happy with his second rehab start: 3 IP (a planned three innings), 0 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 R. 2) RHP Peter Strzelecki remains definitively one of my favorite relievers in the stacked Nashville bullpen. I don't quite understand why he didn't stick with the club up North, but, frankly it's my gain as Strzelecki continues to stack successes for Nashville. Tonight was certainly no different as he mowed them down in his single inning pitched: 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K. I continue to love the size, strength, velocity, and movement. This is a MLB pitcher. In my humble opinion, it's simply a matter of time before he becomes a mainstay. 3) I could talk about OF Esteury Ruiz's incredible drag bunt skills - folks, he's truly a wonderful bunter...I'm nostalgic for the lost art - but, instead, I'm going to go back to the lecture circuit and remind people how utterly wonderful INF Brice Turang has been in 2022. Firstly, pay no attention to the throwing error tonight - my take is the throw was possibly off, sure, but so was Weston Wilson's approach to second base. Wilson has to get to that bag with more urgency as Turang was fielding a ball running toward third and his only play was back across his body to second base. We know Turang struggled in June. However, whereas Wiemer has struggled and pretty much stayed struggling (hats off to the double tonight are due!), Turang has come back in July and August with a fury easily outpacing his already solid April and May. He hit his second long ball in two nights with the same smooth and easy swing he has fine-tuned in 2022. The power stroke is truly just forming. He is 22 years old. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Rocket City (Angels) 3, Biloxi 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please visit and review: Shuckers Held to Trio of Hits in 3-1 Defeat - Dillard Sets Franchise Record with 68th Walk With two one-run games - a win for each ball club to start the home series - the Shuckers were looking to take a 2-1 series lead with newly acquired prospect, and potential Ace, LHP Robert Gasser taking the mound. Gasser features a nasty whip slider, a splitter, a high-spin heater, and a change-up in his current arsenal. Coming off an extremely effective outing his first time out, the Shuckers were hoping to ride his arm while getting some runs across tonight. Unfortunately, that didn't happen as their sole tying run was plated in the bottom-half of the first inning. The Shuckers had other chances but simply couldn't get the key hit. It is worth noting, my self-proclaimed 2022 MIP Brewers Minor League candidate, INF Cam Devanney, knocked in the game-tying run with a rope double to the left field warning track. This moved Devanney into a Southern League tie for the fifth most two-baggers in the League - 23 total on his season. Three Quick Strikes: 1) Trusting the process regardless of the results is a real thing. This bodes very very true right now for one Felix Valerio. This is now two consecutive nights where he has absolutely roped multiple balls and they were simply right at people in the outfield. I continue to have faith in this young man's bat regardless of what his numbers say - I've seen Valerio play enough to confidently proclaim I know he can hit the heck out of a baseball. The results will come in time. Tonight he finishes 0-for4 but they were four well-hit barreled balls that went to the wrong areas of the field. 2) LHP Robert Gasser definitely lacked his best stuff early tossing 32 pitches across the dish in inning number one. However, he merely allowed a single run and struck out two while ending the frame with a weakly hit dribbler to Valerio. He shut things down thereafter only allowing a single base runner through his four total innings of work. All told he just crested 60 pitches and was pulled for none other than struggling RHP and 2021 Minor League FA signee Arnaldo Hernandez. I don't know if this was planned or needed given the low pitch count, but, unfortunately, it didn't work out in favor of the Shuckers. 3) Speaking of Hernandez, the struggles for the righty are very very real. Tonight he pitched a mere 2/3 inning before he was pulled. His line reads: 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 2 ER. This isn't the first outing like this for Hernandez since his IL return back on July 4th. The full picture needs to be articulated here: Hernandez was coming off two clean outings and lowering his ERA to 5.47 at the time he went on the IL on June 17th. There was some progress there. The numbers weren't exactly pretty but he was having impact semi-regularly when I tuned in for Shuckers baseball. Since his return, his WHIP has elevated by 0.29 to 2.00 and his ERA has ballooned to 7.46. In three outings in August, hitters have hit to the tune of 0.538 and he owns a 3.86 WHIP. I don't know what's going on for the young man, but, clearly something isn't working. I wish him the best of success in turning this around but, as of right now, it doesn't look pretty. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 5, South Bend (Cubs) 2 Box Score/Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please visit and review: Rodríguez Shines in Rattlers Wins - Right-Hander Allows One Run over Six Innings as Rattlers Beat Cubs Tasty Home Series Media Nuggets: Post-Game Pod Full-Game You Tube Highlights: We've been saying it quite often since the calendar flipped to August, but it's worth reminding anyone following the Timber Rattlers: Zavier Warren is capable of output like this even if his early-season numbers didn't suggest as much. He's been filling in admirably at first base to boot - he can man both corners admirably and with skill. He was hoping to keep his current hot streak to the test once again in support of new teammate, RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez - making his first home start in the Midwest League. Rodriguez mixed in his sneaky low 90's heat (continuing to sneak up on batters) with a variety of breaking balls and off-speed offerings keeping batters off balance. All told, Rodriguez has now pitched a combined 10 IP in High-A allowing a single earned run while striking out 11. A much needed calming force for the T-Rats pitching staff. Three Quick Strikes: 1) Is recent 2022 draftee, INF/3B Paul Metzinger simply in a rough patch defensively thrust into High-A action or is he somewhat defensively challenged? I innately lean toward the former for a 2022 7th round draft pick but having watched his early games here I do casually wonder. We saw a bobble and failure to get the ball out in what eventually became a 3-run game-deciding inning in game 1 of this series and tonight he tripped on his own feet charging a third inning bunt single rendering him incapable of getting the bare-handed throw out of his hand. He did manage to make a fast play to get the dangerous CF Crow-Armstrong so we give credit where it is due but I found myself again wondering if he has the arm to play the hot corner. He seems to have a finesse toss from a position that often requires a cannon - having watched far too many Minor League games in 2022 I have not seen a softer toss to first base from the hot corner in all the Brewers system. Time will tell, obviously, but it has certainly drawn my attention early. 2) RHP James Meeker does not flinch - even after a called pitch clock violation by the infield umpire. This gave an auto-ball to start a count with the bases juiced and the leading run at the plate in a tense bottom of the ninth inning. With the bases still juiced and only one down and the top of the Cubs order at the dish, Meeker proceeded to deftly strike out two consecutive batters. A special kudos is also in order for C Jeferson Quero saving what seemed a surefire wild pitch on a tailing inside heater. Both young men make the extremely difficult look entirely too easy. How about the second consecutive full-count with the bases juiced and the game on the line: 3) Has Darrien Miller suddenly found a niche as a lead-off hitter?!? I would certainly say the early results hint at a resounding 'Yes'. Prospects can always surprise you and every one of these young men is capable of great things. But, I have to admit: I really did not even consider Miller at lead-off. A tip of the proverbial cap to manager Joe Ayrault for plugging in a crafty player in a position of need for his batting order. Let's hope Miller keeps on taking those free passes and can take this and run with it. Carolina Pre-Game Notes Game 1 Final: Carolina 4, Delmarva (Orioles) 0 Box Score / Game Log Game 2 Final: Delmarva 6, Carolina 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please visit and review: Game 1: Mudcats Complete Suspended Game with 4-0 Shutout Win - The 4-0 Shutout was Carolina's First Shutout Victory on the Road this Season Game 2: Win Streak Ends at Five as Carolina Falls 6-4 - Hendry Mendez went 1-for-4 in his Return to the Starting Lineup The Mudcats picked up in the fifth inning to complete yesterday's rain-shortened affair. Shortly thereafter, they followed with an abbreviated seven-inning game to complete the double-header. LHP Pablo Garabitos took the hill in game 1 hoping to build off RHP Stiven Cruz's excellent start the day before. After a clean bottom of the fifth, he loaded the bases in the sixth but managed to escape the jam on a ground out to Robert Moore at second base. All told, Garabitos managed to go five complete and scoreless innings grabbing his third victory of his season and improving the Mudcats record to four games above 0.500. In Game 2, the Mudcats came back to tie the game at 4-4 in the 5th inning but couldn't hang on as lefty, Leoni De La Cruz surrendered two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Ultimately, as the headline above reads, the young men saw their five game winning streak end. Three Quick Strikes: 1) It's early in his Minor League career, but Eric Brown Jr. certainly seems to have that 'it' you look for in highly drafted prospects. He is calm and collected at the plate - rarely chasing a pitch. He has a clear confidence and swagger imparting confidence to his teammates. He has a nice athletic build and a bit of power in the offensive toolkit to boot. He also clearly runs the bases with well-timed take-offs. He was the clear offensive MVP of the second half of game 1 as he finished with two walks and two steals. I'm going to get out ahead of the crowd and label this young man a 'fast riser'. 2) Sometimes simply seeing a player return is all you need to claim a victory. When it was announced OF Hendry Mendez would take the lead-off and DH slot in the game 2 line-up, I was extremely thrilled. In his first action since his scary spill into the right field wall in foul territory on July 31s, the young Mendez finished with a 1-for-4 evening with 2 RBI. A sigh of relief was exhaled across the Brewers organization. 3) If I could use only two words to describe the 2022 season of RHP Edwin Jimenez they would be: talented and inconsistent. Tonight, Jimenez lacked control and or savvy on the mound and lasted only 4 1/3 innings while allowing 9 H, 1 BB, and 4 ER while striking out three. Like many young pitchers exploring the fine-tuning of their craft, Jimenez struggles to stack successes. Just as I've seen him surprise like his previous 10 K outing, I've seen him struggle like tonight. I continue to hope he can stack outing by season's end. ACL Reds 6, ACL Brewers Gold 5 Box Score / Game Log Cameron Wagoner - 11th round pick 2022 - started and pitched the opening two innings scoreless with 1 K. Other highlights are the ongoing stellar output of Dutch outfielder and Brewers 2021 16th round draft pick, Kaylan Nicasia - 2-for-3 with 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 2B tonight - and 12th round pick, 3B Luke Adams, going 2-for-4 in the clean-up slot with a run scored and his first double. Unfortunately, RHP Gerson Caladzilla struggled in his three innings of work allowing 9 H, 2 BB, and 5 ER. ACL Cubs 4, ACL Brewers Blue 2 Box Score / Game Log RHP Logan Henderson has returned, dear fans. He opened this contest pitching the opening inning: 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP and he worked around a throwing error to place runners on second and third base after the HBP. This is a much-needed success! Let's go, Logan, we're all rooting for you! INF's Jheremy Vargas and Quinton Low each hit solo shots to give the Brewers Blue their sole runs. Vargas added two walks and his former Mudcats running mate, Oswel Leones, grabbed three free passes as well - both young men by every measure are playing quite well in Arizona. The loss in this one will go to 19-year-old RHP Jared Albir who gave up 4 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, and 4 K in 5 IP. We thank @Mass Haas for the fine offerings you'll see throughout the DSL portion of this report: DSL Brewers #1 4, DSL Tigers #2 0, seven Innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log It was a combined four-hitter with ten strikeouts and just one walk for the trio of RHP's: 16-year-old Ranwell Smith, who pitched the first inning only (hopefully planned), recently turned 17-year-old Bryan Rivera, and the sage 2nd-year pro, Dominican native Gregory Baez. Smith (who turns 17 in less than two weeks) and Rivera are among the Brewer signings out of Nicaragua. The four-inning scoreless stint for Rivera was the first time in six pro appearances (four starts) that he had not allowed a run, and among the three hurlers, Rivera's command peripherals (20 K, 8 BB, 20 IP) are the strongest. The Pizzeria Uno Crew tallied three runs in the first on only two hits, thanks to the generosity of the Tigers battery - big mix of multiple walks, wild pitches, and passed balls, with an HBP tossed in. The inning should have been more productive, but with runners on 2nd and 3rd, the final two Crew batters in the frame struck out. A Luis Watter double and Jhonny Severino RBI single added a late insurance run. This game marked a professional debut as 19-year-old catcher Juan Rosa was the designated hitter. He went 0-for-3 with two K's and a GIDP, but hey young man, you're now a professional baseball player for the rest of time enshrined on Baseball Reference and the like. Rosa slipped under our radar, signed on August 5th, and his native country is yet to be listed on his MiLB Player Page. Let's make sure CF Luis Lara gets a little extra base running attention next extended spring. His 17-year-old legs are only 6-for-13 on the base paths. Suspended: DSL Tigers #2 Squad 3, DSL Brewers #1 Squad 0, one out in the top of the 4th (Tigers batting) Box Score / Game Log This game is actually the make-up attempt of a July 1st game that never got underway, and the box score indicates this contest was cut short by rain. Through their three trips to the plate, Crew batters are 0-for-9 with three walks. If the league does schedule a makeup, it'll be Tuesday August 16th, the only game remaining between these two teams, though that game is at the Tigers complex. We'll see, as we're sure you'll all set your calendars to see if the Brewers can avoid the seven-inning no-hitter, which actually wouldn't qualify as a no-no under big-league guidelines. DSL Texas Blue 6, DSL Brewers #2 5, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers did all their damage in a six-run 4th against two RHP's - 20-year-old Dominican native Stanley Encarnacion was your starter, in his 4th season with the Crew and 3rd on the island (accounting for the lost 2020 campaign). Encarnacion, even after today's outing, maintains a strong 1.20 WHIP for 2022. It's been a big struggle for rookie Franddy De Los Santos however, another pitching on native turf, who allowed an inherited runner to score and then two more of his own doing.. Like in the DSL Brewers #1 Squad game, a pro debut was on the docket as 18-year-old Estefano Lozano, also listed as a catcher when not DH'ing as he was here, didn't get his first base hit, but he did draw a walk and then was plunked in his final plate appearance. After scoring four times in the 5th on just two hits, Dos Cerveceritos Club painfully stranded two in each of the final two innings. The main blow during that four-run rally was a two-out, two-run double from catcher Eric Martinez out of the cleanup spot. The 18-year-old Venezuelan catcher is now 10-for-19 in August and has his OPS up to .841. The double was the first of those ten hits for extra bases, and Martinez has not walked during this recent stretch, but his batted balls are finding safety away from defenders. We are back to our regularly scheduled eight games tomorrow - the DSL affiliates will play the morning and all others will play through the night. Recently promoted RHP Alexander Vallecillo will gladly look to lower his robust 135.00 ERA - earned after his lone abbreviated Low-A start. RHP Dylan File will look to build on the Sounds 2-1 series lead versus Gwinnett and their precarious 1 game division lead over the Clippers. LHP Brandon Knarr will look to find his best stuff after some up-and-down results of late. And, hopefully, we simply see some entertaining and fun baseball. As always, thanks for reading! I'll see you in the daily game threads. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  10. Nashville began their homestand in style, as did Biloxi, though we now have concerns with Sal Frelick and an upper leg injury. Wisconsin is crawling to the first-half finish line, yet we still have much to digest there in terms of video and audio. Carolina is clinging to the slimmest of first-place leads with just two games remaining in the playoff chase. All four rookie-level clubs played, only one fared well. Here we go! Transactions: - LHP Justin King promoted to High-A Wisconsin from ACL Brewers Gold - RHP Victor Castaneda activated from AA Biloxi's 7-day injured list - RHP Harold Chirino activated from AA Biloxi's 7-day injured list - OF Tristen Lutz placed on AA Biloxi's 7-day injured list - C Brent Diaz placed on AA Biloxi's 7-day injured list - OF Micah Bello placed on High-A Wisconsin's 7-day injured list - RHP Trevor Gott sent on rehab assignment to High-A Wisconsin - 3B Mike Brosseau sent on rehab assignment to High-A Wisconsin *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 4, Gwinnett (Braves) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Top Stripers to Begin Homestand - Josh Lindblom tosses six shutout innings in win No video for Mario Feliciano's first home run of the season. If a tree falls in the woods... Jeff Hem's pregame interviews are excellent, and we link to them on our Minor League Forum each week. If you are pressed for time, I strongly suggest you minimally listen to the chat with Sounds' Video Coordinator Danny Althoff. Enthusiastic and passionate about his craft, I found it to be very eye-opening regarding the sheer volume of effort the Brewers, and in this case, Althoff, puts in. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 5, Pensacola (Marlins) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Zavolas' Quality Start Helps Shuckers to Series-Opening Win - Reetz Sets New Career High With 14th Home Run Be sure you read that game summary, so much video within! Has any right fielder in all of MiLB had a better defensive night in 2022 than Joey Wiemer did Tuesday? And yes, Wiemer did nab the #5 and #1 spots on SportsCenter's Top Ten. Unfortunately... *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Quad Cities (Royals) 13, Wisconsin 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Quad Cities Cracks Wisconsin - River Bandits beat Timber Rattlers 13-5 That game summary includes: - Details on Tyler Black's night (on base five times) - Rehab performances by Trevor Gott and Mike Brosseau - The YouTube full game highlights - The Rattler Radio Postgame Podcast Soundcloud link In other words, Chris Mehring and the Rattler's' production staff, as per usual, just saved me a bunch of keystrokes! *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Down East (Rangers) 5, Carolina 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, details, please review: Quero Homers in 5-2 Series Opening Loss in Kinston - The Mudcats remained in first place in the first half standings despite the loss This is crazy! We won't be getting any video from the Down East home games this week, which is unfortunate. The Mudcats are the lone full-season affiliate on the road currently. Brewers brass couldn't have asked for more in terms of getting the young Muddies pressure-packed pennant chase experience, well, except for getting a win here. *** Final: ACL D-Backs Black 12, ACL Brewers Blue 1, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log Admit it, you saw the final score and immediately pounced on the "black-and-blue" association. Ouch! Now I'm starting to think the extreme heat is leading to all these seven-inning games, rather than the availability of arms on these split-squads. Pitch counts not listed here, but 19-year-old Venezuelan RHP Jesus Rivero did not last the first inning. He's finding his first stateside season rough going. Three lonely singles, two errors (miscues did not lead to unearned runs), Blue's only run scored on a passed ball, but regardless, nurse the bruises on Wednesday's off day. Blue now 3-9 on the season. *** Final: ACL Mariners 11, ACL Brewers Gold 0, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log Yikes, what happened in Arizona Tuesday? The Golden Boys normally fare better, now 7-5 on the season. What were we saying about lonely singles? Four of them here. 20-year-old Dominican RHP Yerlin Rodriguez appears as though he could have used time in the DSL, either last year or this. UPDATE: For even more on Arizona Complex League action, check out the post in our Minor League Forum here. *** To wrap up, I again turn things over to my buddy @damuelle for the Dominican details. Final: DSL Baltimore Black 5, DSL Brewers1 2 Box Score / Game Log The Brewers1 squad actually led most of this game, as all the Baltimore Black damage took place in a five-run sixth inning. The loss dropped the team’s record to 3-9. 18-year old starting LHP Osbriel Mogollon pitched three scoreless, hitless innings, striking out four batters and issuing two walks. His ERA remains 0.00 through three appearances on the season (six innings, nine Ks). Throughout the organization, catchers are hitting surprisingly well and this is no different for our DSL clubs. Here, 17-year old left-handed hitting C Roman La Torre (OPS of .931 in 15 plate appearances) hit an RBI double in the second inning to give the Brewers1 team a 1-0 lead. La Torre also threw out an attempted base stealer in the top half of the inning. Neither team had any hits from the third through fifth innings, as drama built in the one-run contest planned for just seven innings. However, Baltimore Black got to the Brewers1 relief core in the sixth inning, scoring five runs on four hits and a hit batsman, the last such hit being a two-run homer. Generating just two hits in any game will not get the job done, but we’ll still note that it was 18-year old switch-hitting 1B Arnys Rodriguez (.931 OPS in 27 plate appearances) who collected that second hit with two outs in the final inning to cut the deficit to 5-2. Exciting DH/OF Luis Lara continued his mini-slump (0-for-last-10; 1-for-last-14), but still sports an OPS of .966 through 51 plate appearances. Better luck Wednesday, young men (when you face off against your DSL Brewers counterparts!) *** Final: DSL Brewers2 8, DSL Texas Red 7 Box Score / Game Log The Brewers2 squad came out on top of this high-scoring, see-saw, nine-inning contest, taking leads in the first, fifth, seventh and eighth innings, before holding off the Texas Red team for the final six outs. The victory raised Brewers2’s record to 5-7. Major contributions were received from: 18-year old left-handed hitting 1B Yeison Perez (3-for-5, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs) - 1.392 season OPS in 43 plate appearances 18-year old left-handed hitting RF Irving Igualas (4-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 SB) - 1.005 season OPS in 25 plate appearances 18-year old DH/C Brayan Oropeza (2-for-3, 2 walks, 2 RBIs) - 1.825 season OPS in 14 plate appearances Starting 18-year old LHP Anfernny Reyes (4 2/3 innings, 3 R (0 ER), 6 H, 1 BB, 2 WPs, 2 Ks) - 0.00 season ERA in 13 1/3 innings Winning 19-year old RHP pitcher Hamlet Vasquez (3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 WP, 4 Ks) - 2.08 season ERA in 4 1/3 innings. Brewers2 opened the scoring in the top of the first inning, with SS Demetrio Nadal walking and coming home on a LF Jose Gonzalez sacrifice fly. Texas Red answered back with two unearned runs in the second inning, aided by an infield hit and an error. But the defense behind starter Reyes wasn’t all bad, as three Texas Red singles in the third inning yielded no runs, thanks to a LF Gonzalez-3B Juan Baez-C Eric Martinez relay to nab a runner at home. Brewers2 grabbed its second lead of the game in the fifth inning, courtesy of Perez providing an RBI single, then scoring on a ground out for a 3-2 lead. Reyes exited after retiring the first two batters of the fifth inning, but Texas Red then tied it back up via an error and a balk. The game remained 3-3 until the top of the seventh inning, when a Perez RBI double scored Baez (who’d singled - .923 season OPS in 52 plate appearances), then Igualas singled home Perez for a 5-3 lead. Of course, this lead didn’t lead last, as Texas Red responded with four runs in the bottom half of the seventh inning for a 7-5 advantage. The entertainment continued in the top of the eighth inning, with Brewers2 plating three runs for an 8-7 lead that would hold up until the end. All the action came with two outs, as Perez doubled and scored on a wild pitch, then Oropeza singled home two runs to score Gonzalez (who’d walked) and Martinez (who’d been hit by a pitch). Hamlet Vasquez did give up three hits and a walk in his three innings of work, but only conceded one run in earning the victory. He struck out the final two batters in a three-up, three-down ninth inning. *** On Wednesday, it's all evening action for the four full-season clubs. We'll be rooting on Carolina to hold on to their slim lead in the division. As of press time, we are scheduled to welcome back @Julio Muchachoto be your Link Report guide for the night, we're sure he'll bring back his eternal optimism and enthusiasm for all things Crew prospects after some well-earned time off. Until then, here's to a Happy Humpday, everyone! 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  11. Transactions: - LHP Justin King promoted to High-A Wisconsin from ACL Brewers Gold - RHP Victor Castaneda activated from AA Biloxi's 7-day injured list - RHP Harold Chirino activated from AA Biloxi's 7-day injured list - OF Tristen Lutz placed on AA Biloxi's 7-day injured list - C Brent Diaz placed on AA Biloxi's 7-day injured list - OF Micah Bello placed on High-A Wisconsin's 7-day injured list - RHP Trevor Gott sent on rehab assignment to High-A Wisconsin - 3B Mike Brosseau sent on rehab assignment to High-A Wisconsin *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 4, Gwinnett (Braves) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Top Stripers to Begin Homestand - Josh Lindblom tosses six shutout innings in win No video for Mario Feliciano's first home run of the season. If a tree falls in the woods... Jeff Hem's pregame interviews are excellent, and we link to them on our Minor League Forum each week. If you are pressed for time, I strongly suggest you minimally listen to the chat with Sounds' Video Coordinator Danny Althoff. Enthusiastic and passionate about his craft, I found it to be very eye-opening regarding the sheer volume of effort the Brewers, and in this case, Althoff, puts in. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 5, Pensacola (Marlins) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Zavolas' Quality Start Helps Shuckers to Series-Opening Win - Reetz Sets New Career High With 14th Home Run Be sure you read that game summary, so much video within! Has any right fielder in all of MiLB had a better defensive night in 2022 than Joey Wiemer did Tuesday? And yes, Wiemer did nab the #5 and #1 spots on SportsCenter's Top Ten. Unfortunately... *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Quad Cities (Royals) 13, Wisconsin 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Quad Cities Cracks Wisconsin - River Bandits beat Timber Rattlers 13-5 That game summary includes: - Details on Tyler Black's night (on base five times) - Rehab performances by Trevor Gott and Mike Brosseau - The YouTube full game highlights - The Rattler Radio Postgame Podcast Soundcloud link In other words, Chris Mehring and the Rattler's' production staff, as per usual, just saved me a bunch of keystrokes! *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Down East (Rangers) 5, Carolina 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, details, please review: Quero Homers in 5-2 Series Opening Loss in Kinston - The Mudcats remained in first place in the first half standings despite the loss This is crazy! We won't be getting any video from the Down East home games this week, which is unfortunate. The Mudcats are the lone full-season affiliate on the road currently. Brewers brass couldn't have asked for more in terms of getting the young Muddies pressure-packed pennant chase experience, well, except for getting a win here. *** Final: ACL D-Backs Black 12, ACL Brewers Blue 1, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log Admit it, you saw the final score and immediately pounced on the "black-and-blue" association. Ouch! Now I'm starting to think the extreme heat is leading to all these seven-inning games, rather than the availability of arms on these split-squads. Pitch counts not listed here, but 19-year-old Venezuelan RHP Jesus Rivero did not last the first inning. He's finding his first stateside season rough going. Three lonely singles, two errors (miscues did not lead to unearned runs), Blue's only run scored on a passed ball, but regardless, nurse the bruises on Wednesday's off day. Blue now 3-9 on the season. *** Final: ACL Mariners 11, ACL Brewers Gold 0, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log Yikes, what happened in Arizona Tuesday? The Golden Boys normally fare better, now 7-5 on the season. What were we saying about lonely singles? Four of them here. 20-year-old Dominican RHP Yerlin Rodriguez appears as though he could have used time in the DSL, either last year or this. UPDATE: For even more on Arizona Complex League action, check out the post in our Minor League Forum here. *** To wrap up, I again turn things over to my buddy @damuelle for the Dominican details. Final: DSL Baltimore Black 5, DSL Brewers1 2 Box Score / Game Log The Brewers1 squad actually led most of this game, as all the Baltimore Black damage took place in a five-run sixth inning. The loss dropped the team’s record to 3-9. 18-year old starting LHP Osbriel Mogollon pitched three scoreless, hitless innings, striking out four batters and issuing two walks. His ERA remains 0.00 through three appearances on the season (six innings, nine Ks). Throughout the organization, catchers are hitting surprisingly well and this is no different for our DSL clubs. Here, 17-year old left-handed hitting C Roman La Torre (OPS of .931 in 15 plate appearances) hit an RBI double in the second inning to give the Brewers1 team a 1-0 lead. La Torre also threw out an attempted base stealer in the top half of the inning. Neither team had any hits from the third through fifth innings, as drama built in the one-run contest planned for just seven innings. However, Baltimore Black got to the Brewers1 relief core in the sixth inning, scoring five runs on four hits and a hit batsman, the last such hit being a two-run homer. Generating just two hits in any game will not get the job done, but we’ll still note that it was 18-year old switch-hitting 1B Arnys Rodriguez (.931 OPS in 27 plate appearances) who collected that second hit with two outs in the final inning to cut the deficit to 5-2. Exciting DH/OF Luis Lara continued his mini-slump (0-for-last-10; 1-for-last-14), but still sports an OPS of .966 through 51 plate appearances. Better luck Wednesday, young men (when you face off against your DSL Brewers counterparts!) *** Final: DSL Brewers2 8, DSL Texas Red 7 Box Score / Game Log The Brewers2 squad came out on top of this high-scoring, see-saw, nine-inning contest, taking leads in the first, fifth, seventh and eighth innings, before holding off the Texas Red team for the final six outs. The victory raised Brewers2’s record to 5-7. Major contributions were received from: 18-year old left-handed hitting 1B Yeison Perez (3-for-5, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs) - 1.392 season OPS in 43 plate appearances 18-year old left-handed hitting RF Irving Igualas (4-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 SB) - 1.005 season OPS in 25 plate appearances 18-year old DH/C Brayan Oropeza (2-for-3, 2 walks, 2 RBIs) - 1.825 season OPS in 14 plate appearances Starting 18-year old LHP Anfernny Reyes (4 2/3 innings, 3 R (0 ER), 6 H, 1 BB, 2 WPs, 2 Ks) - 0.00 season ERA in 13 1/3 innings Winning 19-year old RHP pitcher Hamlet Vasquez (3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 WP, 4 Ks) - 2.08 season ERA in 4 1/3 innings. Brewers2 opened the scoring in the top of the first inning, with SS Demetrio Nadal walking and coming home on a LF Jose Gonzalez sacrifice fly. Texas Red answered back with two unearned runs in the second inning, aided by an infield hit and an error. But the defense behind starter Reyes wasn’t all bad, as three Texas Red singles in the third inning yielded no runs, thanks to a LF Gonzalez-3B Juan Baez-C Eric Martinez relay to nab a runner at home. Brewers2 grabbed its second lead of the game in the fifth inning, courtesy of Perez providing an RBI single, then scoring on a ground out for a 3-2 lead. Reyes exited after retiring the first two batters of the fifth inning, but Texas Red then tied it back up via an error and a balk. The game remained 3-3 until the top of the seventh inning, when a Perez RBI double scored Baez (who’d singled - .923 season OPS in 52 plate appearances), then Igualas singled home Perez for a 5-3 lead. Of course, this lead didn’t lead last, as Texas Red responded with four runs in the bottom half of the seventh inning for a 7-5 advantage. The entertainment continued in the top of the eighth inning, with Brewers2 plating three runs for an 8-7 lead that would hold up until the end. All the action came with two outs, as Perez doubled and scored on a wild pitch, then Oropeza singled home two runs to score Gonzalez (who’d walked) and Martinez (who’d been hit by a pitch). Hamlet Vasquez did give up three hits and a walk in his three innings of work, but only conceded one run in earning the victory. He struck out the final two batters in a three-up, three-down ninth inning. *** On Wednesday, it's all evening action for the four full-season clubs. We'll be rooting on Carolina to hold on to their slim lead in the division. As of press time, we are scheduled to welcome back @Julio Muchachoto be your Link Report guide for the night, we're sure he'll bring back his eternal optimism and enthusiasm for all things Crew prospects after some well-earned time off. Until then, here's to a Happy Humpday, everyone! 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  12. Transactions: - RHP Justin Bullock activated from AA Biloxi's 7-day injured list - RHP Luis Contreras activated from AA Biloxi's 7-day injured list - RHP Trevor Tietz assigned to ACL Brewers Gold from ACL Brewers Blue - LHP Angel Perdomo transferred to AAA Nashville's 60-day injured list - LHP Clayton Andrews transferred to AAA Nashville's 60-day injured list The Brewers never did release specific injury information on Perdomo and Andrews, and given Perdomo's 40-man roster status, you'd think that we'd know more at this point. Should the Brewers be in a pinch for a 40-man roster spot, they could call Perdomo up to the big-league roster and place him on the 60-day IL, at which point Perdomo would be paid the pro-rated major league minimum. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 8, Memphis (Cardinals) 4, ten innings Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Outlast Redbirds in Extra Innings Lots of juicy details in that just-linked report. Unfortunately, not much in the way of juicy visuals for this road game. However, after reading about it, we're all curious to see the 8th-inning inside-the-park moment for the bad guys and burly Alec Burleson off a Lucas Erceg fastball - The game was in-effect a "winner is in first place" contest, so nice to see the Sounds reign supreme at the end of the evening. Doesn't it feel as though Brice Turang's OPS should be higher than .685? On base four times here, his line sits at .275/.324/.361. Josh Lindblom's $2.75 million salary for 2022 is a sunk cost for the Brewers, still no indication he's on the cusp of being re-added to the 40-man and 26-man rosters. After a three-start rough patch, this was an excellent showing, and on his 35th birthday to boot. Big, big Garrett Whitley home run leading off the 9th, clearly. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 5, Chattanooga (Reds) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Pitching Dominates In Shuckers 5-2 Win Over Chattanooga In Wednesday Matinee - Devanney Homer Seals Biloxi Win The Biloxi staff plucked three video clips from the Chattanooga feed and they are included below (remember, all four full-season affiliates are on the road this week). I admit I was taken aback by the calls from the Voice of the Lookouts, so looked him up (pun intended). Larry Ward, the Lookouts' veteran voice - Chattanooga icon is longest-tenured Double-A broadcaster Respect for the distinguished long career, but those calls, whether featuring the opponent's success or not, would not sustain me for a full season. We're pretty blessed with our affiliate voices. Sal Frelick, Jakson Reetz and Gabe Holt enjoyed the midday affair resting in the dugout. Joey Wiemer has spoiled us, he's just 7-for-31 in June with ten K's (.701 OPS), and we need to remember he missed a week with a hand injury. His teammates picked up the slack here. The Biloxi bullpen has thankfully righted the ship in recent days. Their collective efforts for much of this season pretty much dashed first-half title hopes, though the Wednesday appearances by RHP's Robbie Hitt and Zach Vennaro were representative of their own solid work throughout 2022. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Great Lakes (Dodgers) 5, Wisconsin 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Wisconsin Held to One Hit in 5-0 Loss - Great Lakes pitchers strike out sixteen to beat the Rattlers This is going to sound like the old-man, Link Report vet (guilty on both descriptions), but it used to be we'd see a 16-strikeout game, on either side of the ledger, and it'd merit multiple paragraphs on just the uniqueness of the performance. Now, we just are immune to it - "oh, 16 strikeouts". Incredible in some ways how pitching has evolved and several years into this cycle now, batters haven't been able to overcome performances and/or philosophies at the plate. Now, we link to this info at the very bottom of each report you read, perhaps you've taken advantage. But when you sort the strikeout column on the batting side, you'll see all four Brewers affiliates are smack-dab in the middle of their respective leagues. From a pitching perspective, the four staffs don't fare as well, not fanning as many as most of the staffs, but they're not buried at the very bottom of the rankings, either. So overall, in the perspective of the game at this time in this regard, despite the K numbers being jarring at times, Milwaukee affiliates are pretty representative of the sport, not shining, and hardly a disaster. Sortable league stat pages (hitting / pitching): Nashville Biloxi Wisconsin Carolina Coming up on two weeks since catcher Darrien Miller exited a game on June 3rd, yet to return to game action. *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Columbia (Royals) 2, Carolina 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, details, please review: Quero Homers as Mudcats Drop Fifth Straight - Israel Puello and Edwin Jimenez held the Fireflies to just four hits in the tough luck loss The Kansas City affiliate was just 16-41 entering this series, and the Mudcats have dropped the first two games. Opposite of good. Let's remind ourselves this is Jeferson Quero's age-19 season. His 1st inning error (6th of the season) didn't help but was offset by the blast above. Quero's .690 OPS is just fine given his age and the responsibility shouldered upon him for his first taste of full-season ball. I continue to look at this ultra-young Carolina roster and sense that several players would absolutely blossom and crush if given the chance to spend the first half of 2023 back in Carolina. But given the sheer roster numbers, I fear some may open with a similarly young-for-league team in Appleton to begin 2023, not sure if that'll be the best development path. Regardless, like Carolina staff this year, Timber Rattler employees had best brush up on their Spanish in preparation for the wave coming next season. (Yes, of course, hosting Latin players would not be completely new for the Wisconsin organization). My co-worker Daniel noted in our Minor League Forum's daily thread on the Mudcats woes in this game: 2-on, nobody out 1st inning - didn’t score Bases loaded, nobody out 7th inning - didn’t score 2-on, nobody out 9th inning - didn’t score Wow, I thought the shade of 2022 big-league Brewers yellow was bright, but those Columbia uniforms are LIT, and living up their Fireflies name. *** We are back to all-evening action Thursday for the full-season teams, and the rookie complex teams are back in action. I hope to at least assist Daniel with the Dominican recaps while he brings insights from the other six games to you. Until Friday morning then, take care and be safe on your Thirsty Thursday. 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  13. There are seven scheduled games remaining in the first-half seasons for the Brewers' three full-season clubs below the AAA level. Second-place Biloxi (27-30) won on Wednesday but remains on the very fringe of the have-hope world, standing 4.5 games back, six in the loss column. Second-place Wisconsin, despite a fine 34-24 record, dropped a game further back, and now is 3.5 games from the top spot. Carolina has been fortunate to be in a very balanced division with the top six teams all within three games of .500. The Mudcats (30-29) have caromed on a now five-game skid at the worst possible time, and sit in second place, albeit just one game out. AAA Nashville's playoff fortunes are based on their full-season exploits, but the Sounds' stellar 37-24 mark gives them only a 1.5 game lead over both the Guardians' and Cardinals' clubs. Time to examine Wednesday's 2-2 mark on the farm. Transactions: - RHP Justin Bullock activated from AA Biloxi's 7-day injured list - RHP Luis Contreras activated from AA Biloxi's 7-day injured list - RHP Trevor Tietz assigned to ACL Brewers Gold from ACL Brewers Blue - LHP Angel Perdomo transferred to AAA Nashville's 60-day injured list - LHP Clayton Andrews transferred to AAA Nashville's 60-day injured list The Brewers never did release specific injury information on Perdomo and Andrews, and given Perdomo's 40-man roster status, you'd think that we'd know more at this point. Should the Brewers be in a pinch for a 40-man roster spot, they could call Perdomo up to the big-league roster and place him on the 60-day IL, at which point Perdomo would be paid the pro-rated major league minimum. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 8, Memphis (Cardinals) 4, ten innings Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Outlast Redbirds in Extra Innings Lots of juicy details in that just-linked report. Unfortunately, not much in the way of juicy visuals for this road game. However, after reading about it, we're all curious to see the 8th-inning inside-the-park moment for the bad guys and burly Alec Burleson off a Lucas Erceg fastball - The game was in-effect a "winner is in first place" contest, so nice to see the Sounds reign supreme at the end of the evening. Doesn't it feel as though Brice Turang's OPS should be higher than .685? On base four times here, his line sits at .275/.324/.361. Josh Lindblom's $2.75 million salary for 2022 is a sunk cost for the Brewers, still no indication he's on the cusp of being re-added to the 40-man and 26-man rosters. After a three-start rough patch, this was an excellent showing, and on his 35th birthday to boot. Big, big Garrett Whitley home run leading off the 9th, clearly. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 5, Chattanooga (Reds) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Pitching Dominates In Shuckers 5-2 Win Over Chattanooga In Wednesday Matinee - Devanney Homer Seals Biloxi Win The Biloxi staff plucked three video clips from the Chattanooga feed and they are included below (remember, all four full-season affiliates are on the road this week). I admit I was taken aback by the calls from the Voice of the Lookouts, so looked him up (pun intended). Larry Ward, the Lookouts' veteran voice - Chattanooga icon is longest-tenured Double-A broadcaster Respect for the distinguished long career, but those calls, whether featuring the opponent's success or not, would not sustain me for a full season. We're pretty blessed with our affiliate voices. Sal Frelick, Jakson Reetz and Gabe Holt enjoyed the midday affair resting in the dugout. Joey Wiemer has spoiled us, he's just 7-for-31 in June with ten K's (.701 OPS), and we need to remember he missed a week with a hand injury. His teammates picked up the slack here. The Biloxi bullpen has thankfully righted the ship in recent days. Their collective efforts for much of this season pretty much dashed first-half title hopes, though the Wednesday appearances by RHP's Robbie Hitt and Zach Vennaro were representative of their own solid work throughout 2022. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Great Lakes (Dodgers) 5, Wisconsin 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Wisconsin Held to One Hit in 5-0 Loss - Great Lakes pitchers strike out sixteen to beat the Rattlers This is going to sound like the old-man, Link Report vet (guilty on both descriptions), but it used to be we'd see a 16-strikeout game, on either side of the ledger, and it'd merit multiple paragraphs on just the uniqueness of the performance. Now, we just are immune to it - "oh, 16 strikeouts". Incredible in some ways how pitching has evolved and several years into this cycle now, batters haven't been able to overcome performances and/or philosophies at the plate. Now, we link to this info at the very bottom of each report you read, perhaps you've taken advantage. But when you sort the strikeout column on the batting side, you'll see all four Brewers affiliates are smack-dab in the middle of their respective leagues. From a pitching perspective, the four staffs don't fare as well, not fanning as many as most of the staffs, but they're not buried at the very bottom of the rankings, either. So overall, in the perspective of the game at this time in this regard, despite the K numbers being jarring at times, Milwaukee affiliates are pretty representative of the sport, not shining, and hardly a disaster. Sortable league stat pages (hitting / pitching): Nashville Biloxi Wisconsin Carolina Coming up on two weeks since catcher Darrien Miller exited a game on June 3rd, yet to return to game action. *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Columbia (Royals) 2, Carolina 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, details, please review: Quero Homers as Mudcats Drop Fifth Straight - Israel Puello and Edwin Jimenez held the Fireflies to just four hits in the tough luck loss The Kansas City affiliate was just 16-41 entering this series, and the Mudcats have dropped the first two games. Opposite of good. Let's remind ourselves this is Jeferson Quero's age-19 season. His 1st inning error (6th of the season) didn't help but was offset by the blast above. Quero's .690 OPS is just fine given his age and the responsibility shouldered upon him for his first taste of full-season ball. I continue to look at this ultra-young Carolina roster and sense that several players would absolutely blossom and crush if given the chance to spend the first half of 2023 back in Carolina. But given the sheer roster numbers, I fear some may open with a similarly young-for-league team in Appleton to begin 2023, not sure if that'll be the best development path. Regardless, like Carolina staff this year, Timber Rattler employees had best brush up on their Spanish in preparation for the wave coming next season. (Yes, of course, hosting Latin players would not be completely new for the Wisconsin organization). My co-worker Daniel noted in our Minor League Forum's daily thread on the Mudcats woes in this game: 2-on, nobody out 1st inning - didn’t score Bases loaded, nobody out 7th inning - didn’t score 2-on, nobody out 9th inning - didn’t score Wow, I thought the shade of 2022 big-league Brewers yellow was bright, but those Columbia uniforms are LIT, and living up their Fireflies name. *** We are back to all-evening action Thursday for the full-season teams, and the rookie complex teams are back in action. I hope to at least assist Daniel with the Dominican recaps while he brings insights from the other six games to you. Until Friday morning then, take care and be safe on your Thirsty Thursday. 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  14. It was a busy week for the four Brewers affiliates. Nashville was in St. Paul and fought the rains over the weekend, but they were able to increase their lead in the division. Biloxi split their series against Pensacola and remains in first place. Wisconsin had a rough week, winning just one game, but their overall record remains strong. And the Mudcats didn't score many runs but found ways to keep winning. There were a couple of solid hitting performances individually, but several very strong pitching performances were in the Brewers' system. Several were considered for pitcher of the week, and really, you could do a coin flip to pick between the top two. The windy, circuitous route to pro baseball for this week's choice is fascinating, and his story should be told. TRANSACTIONS While no official transactions have been made on Monday, we hear that transactions are coming. RESULTS Last week’s Week in Review: Sounds, Shuckers Run to First Place Tuesday: Carolina Postponed and Tough Losses Across the Board Wednesday: Carolina Wins, a Couple Eerily Familiar Late Losses, and Biloxi Hangs On Thursday: Dominant Pitching Leads Affiliates to 3 Wins, 1 Close Loss on the Night Friday: Taking Note of a Broadcasting Workhorse Saturday: Good Times Up Top - Nashville’s 16-7, Big League Crew 15-7 Sunday: Garcia Leads a Classic Mudcat Comeback, Followed by Two Losses and a Rainout WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds Week: 3-2 at St. Paul Season: 16-7 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 1/2 game ahead of Columbus and 2 1/2 games ahead of Memphis. It was a weird week in St. Paul, but the Sounds were able to increase their lead in the division. After two tight losses to start the week, the Sounds good a win, and then the rains came. They started a game on Friday and finished it on Saturday, but the regularly scheduled game was suspended. Sunday’s game was simply postponed. Seven Sounds relievers threw a combined 8 2/3 innings with just one unearned run allowed. Josh Lindblom had a fantastic start. He gave up one run on two hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out eight Saints batters. Caleb Boushley gave up one run on four hits and a walk over five innings in his start. He struck out three batters. Ethan Small struck out seven over five innings of one-run ball. He gave up two hits, though he did walk four batters. Despite the rainy conditions, a couple of Sounds hitters had big weeks. Here are the highlights: Weston Wilson played in five games. He went 5-for-14 and hit .357/.500/.857 (1.357) with a double. He also had a two-home run game. He also walked four times and stole two bases. Brice Turang played in five games as well. He went 7-for-20, hitting .350/.435/.750 (1.185) with two doubles and two home runs. What’s Next? The Sounds return home to face Norfolk, who is 12-12 on the season. Pitching Probables (RHP Luis Perdomo, RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Caleb Boushley, LHP Ethan Small, RHP Dylan File, RHP Jason Alexander) Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 3-3 vs. Pensacola Season: 12-9 overall, 1st place in the Southern League South Division. They have a 2 1/2 game lead over Montgomery. The Shuckers split their home series against the Blue Wahoos. The series began with a loss. Then Shuckers pitchers tossed two consecutive shutouts before being shut out on Friday. Let’s start with the pitching because they were really good. Tyler Herb made one start and tossed six scoreless innings. He gave up three hits, walked none, and struck out eight batters. Victor Castaneda went 5 1/3 innings in his start. He gave up no runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out five batters. Zach Vennaro pitched three times and finished three games. He gave up just one hit and struck out two batters in 2 1/3 innings. Harold Chirino, Matt Hardy, Robbie Hitt, and Nash Walters each pitched twice without allowing a run. There were a few solid Shuckers' offensive performances, but just three of 13 batters hit over .200 for the week. Jakson Reetz played three games and went 3-for-9 (.333) with a double and a walk. (.944 OPS) Joey Wiemer played all six games; he went 6-for-22 and hit .273/.360/.545 (.905) with three doubles and a home run. Cam Devanney played in five games and went 4-for-13 (.308) with a walk and a home run. What’s Next? The Shuckers will be playing host to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Pitching Probables (RHP Tyler Herb, RHP Victor Castaneda, LHP Nick Bennett, RHP Carlos Luna, LHP Andy Otero, RHP Tyler Herb) High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 1-5 at Peoria Season: 12-9 overall, Tied for 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division with Peoria, 3.0 games behind Cedar Rapids. It was a rough week for the Timber Rattlers. They had a 6-2 win on Thursday, but they were outscored 19-39 over the other five games. There was one blowout, but the other losses were by three runs or less. Darrien Miller played in five games. He went 6-for-17, hitting .353/.500/.588 (1.089) with a double, a homer, and four walks. Zavier Warren went 7-for-22 over six games last week. He hit .318/.375/.500 (.875) with four doubles. Carlos Rodriguez hit .313/.400/.500 (.900) with a homer and three walks. Sal Frelick played all six games. He went 8-for-26, hitting .308/.357/.538 (.895) with a double, a triple, a homer, and two walks. It was a rough week for the starting pitchers, the whole Timber Rattles pitching staff. Except for one guy…. Lefty Brandon Knarr went six innings during his start. He gave up two hits and a walk but no runs, and he struck out seven batters. Max Lazar made a start and gave up only an unearned run over 3 1/3 innings. What’s Next? The TimberRattlers will be hosting Fort Wayne. Pitching Probables (RHP TJ Shook, LHP Brandon Knarr, LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Justin Jarvis, LHP Russell Smith, RHP TJ Shook) Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 4-2 at Down East Season: 11-10 overall, Tied for 2nd place with Lynchburg in the Carolina League North Division, 3.0 games behind Fredericksburg. It was a closely-contested series Down East last week. Over six games, the Mudcats outscored their opponent 26-24 thanks to their Sunday, 6-4 win. It was a slow week for the Mudcats' offense. Just one batter posted an OPS over .700. Eduardo Garcia played in five games. He went 8-for-21 and hit .381/.391/.714 (1.105) with two doubles, a triple, a homer, and eight RBI. The pitching wasn’t really strong either. Alexander Cornielle tossed five innings during his start. He gave up two unearned runs in five innings despite allowing four hits and walking five batters. Michele Vassalotti pitched twice. He gave up three runs (1 earned) over 4 2/3 innings. Ryan Moore gave up two runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out nine batters. Trevor Tietz pitched twice and recorded two saves. In two innings, he walked one and struck out three. No runs. No hits. What’s Next? The Mudcats will be back home to face Augusta for six games. Pitching Probables (RHP Brannon Jordan, RHP Ryne Moore, RHP Edwin Jimenez, LHP Alexander Cornielle, RHP Carlos Rodriguez, RHP Brannon Jordan) PROSPECT SUMMARY This Prospect Summary shows our current Brewers' Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week (April 26 - May 1). #1 - LHP Aaron Ashby (Milwaukee) - 1 GS, 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 5 BB, 6 K (Season: 5 G, 2 GS, 17.0 IP, 8 R, 5 ER, 13 BB, 19 K, 0-2, 2.65 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 6.9 BB/9, 10.1 K/9) #2 - OF Joey Wiemer (Biloxi) - 6 G, 6-for-22 (.273), 3-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 9 K (Season: 21 G, 25-for-81, .309/.385/.519 (.903), 8-2B, 3-HR, 17 RBI, 9 BB, 26 K) #3 - OF Garrett Mitchell (Biloxi) - 6 G, 2-for-22 (.091), 3 BB, 9 K (Season: 21 G, 18-for-76, .237/.326/.368 (.694), 2-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 8 BB, 30 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 8-for-26 (.308), 1-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K (Season: 21 G, 23-for-79, .291/.391/.456 (.847), 5-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 6/9 SB, 13 BB, 14 K) #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Nashville) - 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 7 K (Season: 5 GS, 23.1 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 9 H, 16 BB, 31 K, 2-0, 0.77 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 6.2 BB/9, 12.0 K/9) #6 - SS Brice Turang (Nashville) - 5 G, 7-for-20 (.350), 2-2B, 2-HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K (Season: 20 G, 26-for-83, .313/.380/.494 (.874), 7-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 14 RBI, 9 BB, 20 K) #7 - OF Hedbert Perez (Carolina) - 5 G, 5-for-19 (.263), 1-2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 10 K (Season: 17 G, 13-for-70, .186/.230/.314 (.544), 3-2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 3/3 SB, 4 BB, 28 K) #8 - C Jeferson Quero (Carolina) - 5 G, 3-for-23 (.130), 1 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 17 G, 18-for-70, .257/.290/.357 (.647), 5-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 10 RBI, 4 BB, 18 K) #9 - SS Freddy Zamora (Biloxi) - 5 G, 2-for-16 (.125), 1-HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 16 G, 11-for-58), .190/.250/.276 (.526), 2-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 17 K) #10 - 2B Tyler Black (Wisconsin) - (Season: 10 G, 10-for-33 (.303/.410/.394 (.804), 3-2B, 10 RBI, 5 BB, 3 K) #11 - 2B Felix Valerio (Biloxi) - 2 G, 1-for-7 (.143), 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (Season: 16 G, 16-for-56, .286/.368/.536 (.903), 3-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 12 RBI, 9 BB, 5 K) #12 - OF Jackson Chourio (Complex) - #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Nashville) - 4 G, 3-for-14 (.214), 2-2B, RBI, 2 BB, 3 K (Season: 16 G, 12-for-56, .214/.279/.286 (.564), 4-2B, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 17 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Milwaukee) - (Season: 1 G, 0-for-0, R, BB) #14 - LHP Antoine Kelly (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 3.0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 K (Season: 4 GS, 16.2 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 8 H, 13 BB, 23 K, 1-0, 3.24 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 7.0 BB/9, 12.4 K/9) #15 - OF Joe Gray, Jr. (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 3-for-25 (.120), 2-2B, 1 BB, 13 K (Season: 21 G, 12-for-76, .158/.247/.290 (.537), 5-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 6 RBI, 5/5 SB, 9 BB, 36 K) #16 - SS Eduardo Garcia (Carolina) - 5 G, 8-for-21 (.381), 2-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 8 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 19 G, 25-78, 321/.357/.500 (.857), 6-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 3 BB, 32 K) #17 - UTL Zavier Warren (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 7-for-22 (.318), 4-2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K (Season: 20 G, 18-for-72, .250/.317/.333 (.650), 6-2B, 5 RBI, 3/3 SB, 5 BB, 20 K) #18 - RHP Abner Uribe (Biloxi) - IL (out for season) #19 - OF Hendry Mendez (Carolina) - 5 G, 3-for-18 (.167), 2B, 2-RBI, 4 BB, 4 K (Season: 17 G, 13-for-58, .224/.384/.310 (.694), 2-2B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 15 BB, 16 K) #20 - LHP Russell Smith (Wisconsin) - 2 GS, 8.2 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 7 BB, 8 K (Season: 4 GS, 15.0 IP, 13 R, 11 ER, 16 H, 10 BB, 15 K, 0-1, 6.60 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, 6.0 BB/9, 9.0 K/9) PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Weston Wilson, Nashville Sounds Weston Wilson had a really strong week last week in St. Paul. He hit .357/500/.857 (1.357) in five games with a double and two homers. Both homers came in the same game on Thursday night at CHS Field. Wilson has been in the organization for quite a while. The 27-year-old Clemson alumnus was taken in the 17th round of the 2016 draft. He has progressed through the organization quite consistently. In 2017, he started in Low-A but spent the final four months of the season at High-A. In 2018, he played 105 games in Carolina before ending the season with a few weeks in Double-A Biloxi. He began the 2019 season with the Shuckers, where he hit 19 doubles and 19 homers in 127 games. Like others, he missed the 2020 season. When he returned in 2021, he played 70 games for Nashville. He hit .267/.354/.548 (.902) with 11 doubles and 16 homers. He also stole eight bases in 10 attempts. He struck out 23% of the time, which isn’t bad, but he also walked over 11.4%of his plate appearances. Wilson is big and strong with a lot of power. He’s also a good athlete and can play all over the diamond. He’s played eight games at third base, six at left field, and then at first base, second base, and right field. In 2021, he even played quite a bit at shortstop. Wilson is not currently on the Brewers' 40-man roster, but that could be possible sometime in 2022. Pitcher of the Week: LHP Brandon Knarr, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers If you want to tell me that Tyler Herb should have won this for the week, you aren’t going to get an argument from me. Tyler Herb – 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 8 K Brandon Knarr – 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 K They both went six innings and didn’t give up a run. They both had three base runners. Call it a tie? Maybe I should have. But after looking at each, I went with Brandon Knarr because if we had named a Brewer Fanatic Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month, it would have been Knarr. On the season, the 23-year-old has made four starts. He is 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP. In 22 1/3 innings, he walked six and struck out 27 batters. Knarr’s path to pro ball has taken many turns. The Pennsylvania native put up some crazy strikeout numbers at Eastern York High School. He went to Notre Dame as a freshman and pitched in 12 games. He transferred to the College of Central Florida and went 6-1 for head coach Marty Smith. In 65 2/3 innings, he had 86 strikeouts. From there, he went to the Division 2 baseball powerhouse at the University of Tampa. In six starts before the season was shut down, he went 4-1 with a 2.55 ERA. He had 64 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings (16.3 K/9). Knarr went undrafted in the Covid-shortened, five-round 2020 MLB draft. As you recall, teams were able to sign non-drafted players for up to $20,000. Knarr had many options, but the Brewers offered the opportunity to work as a starter. He signed and has taken advantage. Last year in Carolina, he went 7-2 with a 3.84 ERA in 75 innings. He struck out 103 batters (12.4 K/9). He ended the season with five starts in Wisconsin, where he struggled some but also struck out more than a batter per inning. Knarr has fought to get this far in his career. He stands less than 6-0 tall. He isn’t a flamethrower, but he is incredibly competitive. His fastball sits between 88 and 91 mph. He has a split-finger pitch that is sitting in the 72-76 mph range. He’s got two breaking balls, a slider in the low-80s and a slower curveball in the mid-70s. He works fast and really commands the zone. He’s known to ask questions and always working to learn more about his craft. Feel free to discuss the Brewers' prospects and their affiliates in the COMMENTS below.
  15. The Brewers are in first place. Entering game action this week, the Triple-A Nashville Sounds and Double-A Biloxi Shuckers are also in first place. High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Low-A Carolina are currently in second place. The Brewers farm system is strong. Find out who performed well throughout the system over the past week. It was a busy week for the four Brewers affiliates. Nashville was in St. Paul and fought the rains over the weekend, but they were able to increase their lead in the division. Biloxi split their series against Pensacola and remains in first place. Wisconsin had a rough week, winning just one game, but their overall record remains strong. And the Mudcats didn't score many runs but found ways to keep winning. There were a couple of solid hitting performances individually, but several very strong pitching performances were in the Brewers' system. Several were considered for pitcher of the week, and really, you could do a coin flip to pick between the top two. The windy, circuitous route to pro baseball for this week's choice is fascinating, and his story should be told. TRANSACTIONS While no official transactions have been made on Monday, we hear that transactions are coming. RESULTS Last week’s Week in Review: Sounds, Shuckers Run to First Place Tuesday: Carolina Postponed and Tough Losses Across the Board Wednesday: Carolina Wins, a Couple Eerily Familiar Late Losses, and Biloxi Hangs On Thursday: Dominant Pitching Leads Affiliates to 3 Wins, 1 Close Loss on the Night Friday: Taking Note of a Broadcasting Workhorse Saturday: Good Times Up Top - Nashville’s 16-7, Big League Crew 15-7 Sunday: Garcia Leads a Classic Mudcat Comeback, Followed by Two Losses and a Rainout WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds Week: 3-2 at St. Paul Season: 16-7 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 1/2 game ahead of Columbus and 2 1/2 games ahead of Memphis. It was a weird week in St. Paul, but the Sounds were able to increase their lead in the division. After two tight losses to start the week, the Sounds good a win, and then the rains came. They started a game on Friday and finished it on Saturday, but the regularly scheduled game was suspended. Sunday’s game was simply postponed. Seven Sounds relievers threw a combined 8 2/3 innings with just one unearned run allowed. Josh Lindblom had a fantastic start. He gave up one run on two hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out eight Saints batters. Caleb Boushley gave up one run on four hits and a walk over five innings in his start. He struck out three batters. Ethan Small struck out seven over five innings of one-run ball. He gave up two hits, though he did walk four batters. Despite the rainy conditions, a couple of Sounds hitters had big weeks. Here are the highlights: Weston Wilson played in five games. He went 5-for-14 and hit .357/.500/.857 (1.357) with a double. He also had a two-home run game. He also walked four times and stole two bases. Brice Turang played in five games as well. He went 7-for-20, hitting .350/.435/.750 (1.185) with two doubles and two home runs. What’s Next? The Sounds return home to face Norfolk, who is 12-12 on the season. Pitching Probables (RHP Luis Perdomo, RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Caleb Boushley, LHP Ethan Small, RHP Dylan File, RHP Jason Alexander) Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 3-3 vs. Pensacola Season: 12-9 overall, 1st place in the Southern League South Division. They have a 2 1/2 game lead over Montgomery. The Shuckers split their home series against the Blue Wahoos. The series began with a loss. Then Shuckers pitchers tossed two consecutive shutouts before being shut out on Friday. Let’s start with the pitching because they were really good. Tyler Herb made one start and tossed six scoreless innings. He gave up three hits, walked none, and struck out eight batters. Victor Castaneda went 5 1/3 innings in his start. He gave up no runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out five batters. Zach Vennaro pitched three times and finished three games. He gave up just one hit and struck out two batters in 2 1/3 innings. Harold Chirino, Matt Hardy, Robbie Hitt, and Nash Walters each pitched twice without allowing a run. There were a few solid Shuckers' offensive performances, but just three of 13 batters hit over .200 for the week. Jakson Reetz played three games and went 3-for-9 (.333) with a double and a walk. (.944 OPS) Joey Wiemer played all six games; he went 6-for-22 and hit .273/.360/.545 (.905) with three doubles and a home run. Cam Devanney played in five games and went 4-for-13 (.308) with a walk and a home run. What’s Next? The Shuckers will be playing host to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Pitching Probables (RHP Tyler Herb, RHP Victor Castaneda, LHP Nick Bennett, RHP Carlos Luna, LHP Andy Otero, RHP Tyler Herb) High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 1-5 at Peoria Season: 12-9 overall, Tied for 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division with Peoria, 3.0 games behind Cedar Rapids. It was a rough week for the Timber Rattlers. They had a 6-2 win on Thursday, but they were outscored 19-39 over the other five games. There was one blowout, but the other losses were by three runs or less. Darrien Miller played in five games. He went 6-for-17, hitting .353/.500/.588 (1.089) with a double, a homer, and four walks. Zavier Warren went 7-for-22 over six games last week. He hit .318/.375/.500 (.875) with four doubles. Carlos Rodriguez hit .313/.400/.500 (.900) with a homer and three walks. Sal Frelick played all six games. He went 8-for-26, hitting .308/.357/.538 (.895) with a double, a triple, a homer, and two walks. It was a rough week for the starting pitchers, the whole Timber Rattles pitching staff. Except for one guy…. Lefty Brandon Knarr went six innings during his start. He gave up two hits and a walk but no runs, and he struck out seven batters. Max Lazar made a start and gave up only an unearned run over 3 1/3 innings. What’s Next? The TimberRattlers will be hosting Fort Wayne. Pitching Probables (RHP TJ Shook, LHP Brandon Knarr, LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Justin Jarvis, LHP Russell Smith, RHP TJ Shook) Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 4-2 at Down East Season: 11-10 overall, Tied for 2nd place with Lynchburg in the Carolina League North Division, 3.0 games behind Fredericksburg. It was a closely-contested series Down East last week. Over six games, the Mudcats outscored their opponent 26-24 thanks to their Sunday, 6-4 win. It was a slow week for the Mudcats' offense. Just one batter posted an OPS over .700. Eduardo Garcia played in five games. He went 8-for-21 and hit .381/.391/.714 (1.105) with two doubles, a triple, a homer, and eight RBI. The pitching wasn’t really strong either. Alexander Cornielle tossed five innings during his start. He gave up two unearned runs in five innings despite allowing four hits and walking five batters. Michele Vassalotti pitched twice. He gave up three runs (1 earned) over 4 2/3 innings. Ryan Moore gave up two runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out nine batters. Trevor Tietz pitched twice and recorded two saves. In two innings, he walked one and struck out three. No runs. No hits. What’s Next? The Mudcats will be back home to face Augusta for six games. Pitching Probables (RHP Brannon Jordan, RHP Ryne Moore, RHP Edwin Jimenez, LHP Alexander Cornielle, RHP Carlos Rodriguez, RHP Brannon Jordan) PROSPECT SUMMARY This Prospect Summary shows our current Brewers' Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week (April 26 - May 1). #1 - LHP Aaron Ashby (Milwaukee) - 1 GS, 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 5 BB, 6 K (Season: 5 G, 2 GS, 17.0 IP, 8 R, 5 ER, 13 BB, 19 K, 0-2, 2.65 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 6.9 BB/9, 10.1 K/9) #2 - OF Joey Wiemer (Biloxi) - 6 G, 6-for-22 (.273), 3-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 9 K (Season: 21 G, 25-for-81, .309/.385/.519 (.903), 8-2B, 3-HR, 17 RBI, 9 BB, 26 K) #3 - OF Garrett Mitchell (Biloxi) - 6 G, 2-for-22 (.091), 3 BB, 9 K (Season: 21 G, 18-for-76, .237/.326/.368 (.694), 2-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 8 BB, 30 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 8-for-26 (.308), 1-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K (Season: 21 G, 23-for-79, .291/.391/.456 (.847), 5-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 6/9 SB, 13 BB, 14 K) #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Nashville) - 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 7 K (Season: 5 GS, 23.1 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 9 H, 16 BB, 31 K, 2-0, 0.77 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 6.2 BB/9, 12.0 K/9) #6 - SS Brice Turang (Nashville) - 5 G, 7-for-20 (.350), 2-2B, 2-HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K (Season: 20 G, 26-for-83, .313/.380/.494 (.874), 7-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 14 RBI, 9 BB, 20 K) #7 - OF Hedbert Perez (Carolina) - 5 G, 5-for-19 (.263), 1-2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 10 K (Season: 17 G, 13-for-70, .186/.230/.314 (.544), 3-2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 3/3 SB, 4 BB, 28 K) #8 - C Jeferson Quero (Carolina) - 5 G, 3-for-23 (.130), 1 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 17 G, 18-for-70, .257/.290/.357 (.647), 5-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 10 RBI, 4 BB, 18 K) #9 - SS Freddy Zamora (Biloxi) - 5 G, 2-for-16 (.125), 1-HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 16 G, 11-for-58), .190/.250/.276 (.526), 2-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 17 K) #10 - 2B Tyler Black (Wisconsin) - (Season: 10 G, 10-for-33 (.303/.410/.394 (.804), 3-2B, 10 RBI, 5 BB, 3 K) #11 - 2B Felix Valerio (Biloxi) - 2 G, 1-for-7 (.143), 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (Season: 16 G, 16-for-56, .286/.368/.536 (.903), 3-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 12 RBI, 9 BB, 5 K) #12 - OF Jackson Chourio (Complex) - #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Nashville) - 4 G, 3-for-14 (.214), 2-2B, RBI, 2 BB, 3 K (Season: 16 G, 12-for-56, .214/.279/.286 (.564), 4-2B, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 17 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Milwaukee) - (Season: 1 G, 0-for-0, R, BB) #14 - LHP Antoine Kelly (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 3.0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 K (Season: 4 GS, 16.2 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 8 H, 13 BB, 23 K, 1-0, 3.24 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 7.0 BB/9, 12.4 K/9) #15 - OF Joe Gray, Jr. (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 3-for-25 (.120), 2-2B, 1 BB, 13 K (Season: 21 G, 12-for-76, .158/.247/.290 (.537), 5-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 6 RBI, 5/5 SB, 9 BB, 36 K) #16 - SS Eduardo Garcia (Carolina) - 5 G, 8-for-21 (.381), 2-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 8 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 19 G, 25-78, 321/.357/.500 (.857), 6-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 3 BB, 32 K) #17 - UTL Zavier Warren (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 7-for-22 (.318), 4-2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K (Season: 20 G, 18-for-72, .250/.317/.333 (.650), 6-2B, 5 RBI, 3/3 SB, 5 BB, 20 K) #18 - RHP Abner Uribe (Biloxi) - IL (out for season) #19 - OF Hendry Mendez (Carolina) - 5 G, 3-for-18 (.167), 2B, 2-RBI, 4 BB, 4 K (Season: 17 G, 13-for-58, .224/.384/.310 (.694), 2-2B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 15 BB, 16 K) #20 - LHP Russell Smith (Wisconsin) - 2 GS, 8.2 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 7 BB, 8 K (Season: 4 GS, 15.0 IP, 13 R, 11 ER, 16 H, 10 BB, 15 K, 0-1, 6.60 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, 6.0 BB/9, 9.0 K/9) PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Weston Wilson, Nashville Sounds Weston Wilson had a really strong week last week in St. Paul. He hit .357/500/.857 (1.357) in five games with a double and two homers. Both homers came in the same game on Thursday night at CHS Field. Wilson has been in the organization for quite a while. The 27-year-old Clemson alumnus was taken in the 17th round of the 2016 draft. He has progressed through the organization quite consistently. In 2017, he started in Low-A but spent the final four months of the season at High-A. In 2018, he played 105 games in Carolina before ending the season with a few weeks in Double-A Biloxi. He began the 2019 season with the Shuckers, where he hit 19 doubles and 19 homers in 127 games. Like others, he missed the 2020 season. When he returned in 2021, he played 70 games for Nashville. He hit .267/.354/.548 (.902) with 11 doubles and 16 homers. He also stole eight bases in 10 attempts. He struck out 23% of the time, which isn’t bad, but he also walked over 11.4%of his plate appearances. Wilson is big and strong with a lot of power. He’s also a good athlete and can play all over the diamond. He’s played eight games at third base, six at left field, and then at first base, second base, and right field. In 2021, he even played quite a bit at shortstop. Wilson is not currently on the Brewers' 40-man roster, but that could be possible sometime in 2022. Pitcher of the Week: LHP Brandon Knarr, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers If you want to tell me that Tyler Herb should have won this for the week, you aren’t going to get an argument from me. Tyler Herb – 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 8 K Brandon Knarr – 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 K They both went six innings and didn’t give up a run. They both had three base runners. Call it a tie? Maybe I should have. But after looking at each, I went with Brandon Knarr because if we had named a Brewer Fanatic Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month, it would have been Knarr. On the season, the 23-year-old has made four starts. He is 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP. In 22 1/3 innings, he walked six and struck out 27 batters. Knarr’s path to pro ball has taken many turns. The Pennsylvania native put up some crazy strikeout numbers at Eastern York High School. He went to Notre Dame as a freshman and pitched in 12 games. He transferred to the College of Central Florida and went 6-1 for head coach Marty Smith. In 65 2/3 innings, he had 86 strikeouts. From there, he went to the Division 2 baseball powerhouse at the University of Tampa. In six starts before the season was shut down, he went 4-1 with a 2.55 ERA. He had 64 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings (16.3 K/9). Knarr went undrafted in the Covid-shortened, five-round 2020 MLB draft. As you recall, teams were able to sign non-drafted players for up to $20,000. Knarr had many options, but the Brewers offered the opportunity to work as a starter. He signed and has taken advantage. Last year in Carolina, he went 7-2 with a 3.84 ERA in 75 innings. He struck out 103 batters (12.4 K/9). He ended the season with five starts in Wisconsin, where he struggled some but also struck out more than a batter per inning. Knarr has fought to get this far in his career. He stands less than 6-0 tall. He isn’t a flamethrower, but he is incredibly competitive. His fastball sits between 88 and 91 mph. He has a split-finger pitch that is sitting in the 72-76 mph range. He’s got two breaking balls, a slider in the low-80s and a slower curveball in the mid-70s. He works fast and really commands the zone. He’s known to ask questions and always working to learn more about his craft. Feel free to discuss the Brewers' prospects and their affiliates in the COMMENTS below. View full article
  16. Do keep in mind comments are always welcome on each day's report. Once you've reviewed each report's action with us, feel free to comment on any of the prospects, position experiments, etc. - your observations are appreciated. While the formal daily report will most often post each early AM (we strive to be ready for your breakfast reading by 7:00 AM Central), we will kick off a mini-informal thread early each day on our Minor League Forum. You'll find the posted lineups there, along with the miscellaneous news of the day. The formal report will now always be here on the BrewerFanatic news page, but something for you farmhand diehards to be aware of. Hey folks, do you want to see a top-to-bottom report each day, starting with AAA? Or should we occasionally change it up, if the Mudcats played an epic contest, or a Shuckers player had a record-setting performance, for instance. Let us know in the comments! *** Transactions: None for Saturday. Once the affiliates begin their Tuesday through Sunday schedules this week (Mondays off), we'll find Tuesday's will be the heavy transaction days as rosters shuffle. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes So how are the Sounds getting away with 17 active pitchers on their active roster? And 34 active players overall? Not sure if this will be a season-long rule, or just for April, but Voice of the Sounds Jeff Hem was indicating on a broadcast earlier this week (yeah, I've been sampling quite a bit), that the team's starting pitchers are effectively exempt from being on the team's lineup card on the days when they are not pitching. Is this at AAA only, seems like it. I know a lot of you are true roster and transaction mavens, so keep an eye on that. Final: Nashville 2, Durham (Rays) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please review: Josh Lindblom Stifles Durham in Sounds Victory - Veteran Right-hander Tosses Five Scoreless Innings in 2-1 Win Lindblom, RHP Hobie Harris and LHP Rex Brothers danced with danger as they walked six over 6.2 innings. But as noted in the game summary, RHP Peter Strzelecki was clutch, and he's off to a nice start after a very strong 2021 when he fanned 71 in 52 innings spent mostly at AA Biloxi. Props to Trevor Kelley for the 1-2-3 save. Video evidence on Strzelecki (and Jeff's help on pronouncing Peter's last name!) Video from earlier in the contest - beyond the Tyler White blast (strong dude, didn't seem he got the ideal part of the bat on that), the Sounds' only other two base knocks were Brice Turang's singles, one driving in the team's other run. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 6, Pensacola (Marlins) 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Lutz' Late Homer Vaults Shuckers To 6-5 Victory - Biloxi Takes Opening Series From Wahoos, Can Go For Sweep On Sunday Gee, hope the Shuckers save some of this drama for the home fans starting Tuesday, back-to-back intense contests! And yes, a potential sweep, meaning that other than Nashville, the Brewers affiliates all open with three-game series. Then, the steady pattern of six-game Tue-Sun series begins. Who's on board with 23-year-old Tristen Lutz breaking out in 2022? My goodness, we're so guilty of playing with early-game numbers, but we'd all climb on that train. It'd be sweet for the 34th overall pick out of a Texas high school in 2017 to place himself high on the radar this summer. Let's just get to the finish - that's the Voice of the Blue Wahoos, Erik Bremer, who you may remember from previous work as an assistant in Biloxi and Colorado Springs. This is his first year as the lead voice in Pensacola. From earlier in the game, just give us all the Felix Valerio possible, you don't need much wrapping paper. LHP Andy Otero was effective (2 R, 8 K) in his four innings, sorry to low-light him here, but can we all agree that Pensacola's ballpark location is magnificent? RHP Abner Uribe's line - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K, and he can thank RHP Nash Walters for the zero in the run column. Walters, the oft-injured 3rd round pick out of a Texas high school in 2015, could have elected minor league free agency last fall, as he's now in his 8th season with the Crew and hopes to force a 40-man roster decision on them. He won't turn 25 until May. Ten combined walks, 27 combined K's (Biloxi pitchers fanned 16!), yet at three hours, 17 minutes this game was only 12 minutes longer than the Sounds 2-1 game with six combined hits. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 7, Peoria (Cardinals) 6, ten innings Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Rattlers Welcome Back Baseball with Walkoff Win - Martínez hits RBI single in bottom of the tenth for 7-6 victory as Wisconsin comes back twice against Peoria Hey T-Rats, you don't have to wait until the 8th inning for that first base hit, my goodness, how did we get to this final score? You just read about it, now watch. As per usual, the Wisconsin production staff does an amazing job with their game action presentations, and we appreciate they include all scoring plays, not just from the "good guys" perspective. Rattler batters reached base twelve times, four of those belonging to the mercurial and larger-than-life 6'6", 250 lb. Ernesto Martinez, Impressive when one's personality outweighs one's physical presence. Props to RHP Brady Schanuel for the top pitching line from this game. 25 Photos via the Post-Crescent *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 8, Down East (Rangers) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Bello Stays Hot in 8-2 Carolina Victory - Carolina pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts in Saturday's 8-2 victory There's a few reasons we ask you all to click on each affiliate game summary from their official site (this is still the "Link Report" afer all, despite the new look). First of all, the folks (invariably the team broadcasters) work very hard to put those together. Plus they were on-site for all nine (or more) innings, we can't be. We'll highlight box score nuggets, but you will do yourselves a big favor by reading those official reports for each game, it will greatly add to your perspective of what's happening on the farm. This was indeed the pro debut for 20-year-old RHP Carlos Rodriguez, a native of Nicaragua drafted in the 6th round out of a Florida junior college last summer. 2021 9th round RHP Brannon Jordan (University of South Carolina) got to pitch away from the heat of Maryvale for the first time, as did LHP Karlos Morales who remarkably spent four summers at the Maryvale complex (not to mention the lost covid season). The 6'3" Morales was drafted in the 25th round out of a California high school back in 2017, that's perseverance! Two other pitchers saw full-season action for the first time. Undrafted 2021 signee Trevor Tietz and 21-year-old RHP Brandon Ramey, one of the three "lottery tickets" David Stearns received from Philadelphia in the August 31, 2020 David Phelps trade. Clearly hoping both thrive, but in the big picture, who is the better corner outfield prospect, Hedbert Perez or Hendry Mendez? Let us know what you think and why in the comments. This low-A lineup did what a lot of low-A lineups do - eight runs on nine hits, nine walks, one HBP, while fanning eleven times. Meanwhile, Mudcat pitchers combined to walk five and plunk two, but as the Mudcat game summary banner proclaimed, also K'd 17! *** Sunday 4/10: Double-dip in Appleton and early evening action for the Shuckers. Enjoy your matinees! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores
  17. Some may say it's mainly about development in the minor leagues (and to some extent, it is), but let's be honest, winning is fun, and there isn't a person in the Brewers organization or fandom that can argue with that. So while it would have been nice to see a Cubs "L" flying in Wrigley Field Saturday, you'll find the maximum number of "W's" within today's Minor League Link Report. The affiliates are now a combined 8-2 on the very young season. Do keep in mind comments are always welcome on each day's report. Once you've reviewed each report's action with us, feel free to comment on any of the prospects, position experiments, etc. - your observations are appreciated. While the formal daily report will most often post each early AM (we strive to be ready for your breakfast reading by 7:00 AM Central), we will kick off a mini-informal thread early each day on our Minor League Forum. You'll find the posted lineups there, along with the miscellaneous news of the day. The formal report will now always be here on the BrewerFanatic news page, but something for you farmhand diehards to be aware of. Hey folks, do you want to see a top-to-bottom report each day, starting with AAA? Or should we occasionally change it up, if the Mudcats played an epic contest, or a Shuckers player had a record-setting performance, for instance. Let us know in the comments! *** Transactions: None for Saturday. Once the affiliates begin their Tuesday through Sunday schedules this week (Mondays off), we'll find Tuesday's will be the heavy transaction days as rosters shuffle. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes So how are the Sounds getting away with 17 active pitchers on their active roster? And 34 active players overall? Not sure if this will be a season-long rule, or just for April, but Voice of the Sounds Jeff Hem was indicating on a broadcast earlier this week (yeah, I've been sampling quite a bit), that the team's starting pitchers are effectively exempt from being on the team's lineup card on the days when they are not pitching. Is this at AAA only, seems like it. I know a lot of you are true roster and transaction mavens, so keep an eye on that. Final: Nashville 2, Durham (Rays) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please review: Josh Lindblom Stifles Durham in Sounds Victory - Veteran Right-hander Tosses Five Scoreless Innings in 2-1 Win Lindblom, RHP Hobie Harris and LHP Rex Brothers danced with danger as they walked six over 6.2 innings. But as noted in the game summary, RHP Peter Strzelecki was clutch, and he's off to a nice start after a very strong 2021 when he fanned 71 in 52 innings spent mostly at AA Biloxi. Props to Trevor Kelley for the 1-2-3 save. Video evidence on Strzelecki (and Jeff's help on pronouncing Peter's last name!) Video from earlier in the contest - beyond the Tyler White blast (strong dude, didn't seem he got the ideal part of the bat on that), the Sounds' only other two base knocks were Brice Turang's singles, one driving in the team's other run. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 6, Pensacola (Marlins) 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Lutz' Late Homer Vaults Shuckers To 6-5 Victory - Biloxi Takes Opening Series From Wahoos, Can Go For Sweep On Sunday Gee, hope the Shuckers save some of this drama for the home fans starting Tuesday, back-to-back intense contests! And yes, a potential sweep, meaning that other than Nashville, the Brewers affiliates all open with three-game series. Then, the steady pattern of six-game Tue-Sun series begins. Who's on board with 23-year-old Tristen Lutz breaking out in 2022? My goodness, we're so guilty of playing with early-game numbers, but we'd all climb on that train. It'd be sweet for the 34th overall pick out of a Texas high school in 2017 to place himself high on the radar this summer. Let's just get to the finish - that's the Voice of the Blue Wahoos, Erik Bremer, who you may remember from previous work as an assistant in Biloxi and Colorado Springs. This is his first year as the lead voice in Pensacola. From earlier in the game, just give us all the Felix Valerio possible, you don't need much wrapping paper. LHP Andy Otero was effective (2 R, 8 K) in his four innings, sorry to low-light him here, but can we all agree that Pensacola's ballpark location is magnificent? RHP Abner Uribe's line - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K, and he can thank RHP Nash Walters for the zero in the run column. Walters, the oft-injured 3rd round pick out of a Texas high school in 2015, could have elected minor league free agency last fall, as he's now in his 8th season with the Crew and hopes to force a 40-man roster decision on them. He won't turn 25 until May. Ten combined walks, 27 combined K's (Biloxi pitchers fanned 16!), yet at three hours, 17 minutes this game was only 12 minutes longer than the Sounds 2-1 game with six combined hits. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 7, Peoria (Cardinals) 6, ten innings Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Rattlers Welcome Back Baseball with Walkoff Win - Martínez hits RBI single in bottom of the tenth for 7-6 victory as Wisconsin comes back twice against Peoria Hey T-Rats, you don't have to wait until the 8th inning for that first base hit, my goodness, how did we get to this final score? You just read about it, now watch. As per usual, the Wisconsin production staff does an amazing job with their game action presentations, and we appreciate they include all scoring plays, not just from the "good guys" perspective. Rattler batters reached base twelve times, four of those belonging to the mercurial and larger-than-life 6'6", 250 lb. Ernesto Martinez, Impressive when one's personality outweighs one's physical presence. Props to RHP Brady Schanuel for the top pitching line from this game. 25 Photos via the Post-Crescent *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 8, Down East (Rangers) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Bello Stays Hot in 8-2 Carolina Victory - Carolina pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts in Saturday's 8-2 victory There's a few reasons we ask you all to click on each affiliate game summary from their official site (this is still the "Link Report" afer all, despite the new look). First of all, the folks (invariably the team broadcasters) work very hard to put those together. Plus they were on-site for all nine (or more) innings, we can't be. We'll highlight box score nuggets, but you will do yourselves a big favor by reading those official reports for each game, it will greatly add to your perspective of what's happening on the farm. This was indeed the pro debut for 20-year-old RHP Carlos Rodriguez, a native of Nicaragua drafted in the 6th round out of a Florida junior college last summer. 2021 9th round RHP Brannon Jordan (University of South Carolina) got to pitch away from the heat of Maryvale for the first time, as did LHP Karlos Morales who remarkably spent four summers at the Maryvale complex (not to mention the lost covid season). The 6'3" Morales was drafted in the 25th round out of a California high school back in 2017, that's perseverance! Two other pitchers saw full-season action for the first time. Undrafted 2021 signee Trevor Tietz and 21-year-old RHP Brandon Ramey, one of the three "lottery tickets" David Stearns received from Philadelphia in the August 31, 2020 David Phelps trade. Clearly hoping both thrive, but in the big picture, who is the better corner outfield prospect, Hedbert Perez or Hendry Mendez? Let us know what you think and why in the comments. This low-A lineup did what a lot of low-A lineups do - eight runs on nine hits, nine walks, one HBP, while fanning eleven times. Meanwhile, Mudcat pitchers combined to walk five and plunk two, but as the Mudcat game summary banner proclaimed, also K'd 17! *** Sunday 4/10: Double-dip in Appleton and early evening action for the Shuckers. Enjoy your matinees! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores View full article
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