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  1. Transactions: None, although the Brewers did name the eight participants for Arizona Fall League. Read about them here. Final: Jacksonville (Marlins) 4, Nashville 0 Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of your Link Report routine: Sounds Shut Out by Jumbo Shrimp - Nashville’s division lead remains at 4.5 games with 11 remaining Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log It was an uneven performance throughout. LHP Robert Gasser only allowed two runs (one earned) in his five innings, walking four. Free-agent-to-be RHP Zack Brown tossed a scoreless frame, but within that he gave up a single and plunked two batters. RHP Tyler Herb allowed two runs in two relief innings after being knocked around in his prior start, a start which had followed his best outing of the season - eight innings, one earned run. Catcher Pedro Severino with two passed balls, and I'm reminded that we may not be a fan of that recurring problem for him on the big-league stage next season if the Brewers decide to re-add Severino to the 40-man immediately after Nashville's season ends. Rehabbing CF Jonathan Davis was a late scratch, but Garrett Mitchell made sure we didn't mind Friday night. Final: Biloxi 2, Pensacola (Marlins) 1 Warren's Double Enough in Biloxi's Eighth Straight Win - Jarvis Throws Five Scoreless, Middendorf Earns First Double-A Save Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log This winning streak becomes the longest of Biloxi's season, surpassing their seven-game winning streak to begin the 2022 campaign. In between, the club has gone 51-67, though to be fair, if you took away a lot of clubs' two longest winning stretches, they may see a similar split. It's just so odd the Shuckers are bookending their season this way. Will they win the weekend games to sweep this road series and finish with ten in a row? Stay tuned. Zavier Warren celebrated his Fall League inclusion with the deciding knock -- 22-year-old RHP Justin Jarvis walked six in five scoreless innings. So, he and Robert Gasser combined to walk ten over ten innings Friday with only one earned run allowed between them. Jarvis has walked 4.2 per nine in his otherwise excellent 2022 effort. With the exception of RH reliever Ryan Middendorf, whose exploits you just read about in the game summary, and Warren, the rest of this group wraps up their season on Sunday, barring any promotions to fortify Nashville's playoff chase. We definitely could see a move or two in that regard. Guessing that Jackson Chourio (1-for-15, two walks, six K's) won't be going to the Sounds. So that would be fireballing RH reliever Harold Chirino, INF Yeison Coca, RHP Carlos Luna and OF's Corey Ray and Garrett Whitley potentially seeing their last bit of action in the Brewers' chain on Sunday. Both squads see traditional Saturday evening action tonight, and we'll detail those results for you in the AM. Must admit, I could get used to these mini-Link Reports (nothing against the A-Ball teams). Have a great day, everyone. 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. The Brewers top two affiliates are dueling with the Marlins' clubs this week, and Friday saw a split decision. Nashville gave their fans a rare silent night, while Biloxi is reminding us of how their season began, and that's a very good thing. As of this coming week, the Sounds will stand alone, but Zavier Warren and the Shuckers are giving us reason to follow them to the very end. As much of a dud as Nashville played, the men still maintain a solid division lead as another page flipped on the calendar. Image courtesy of BrewerFanatic Transactions: None, although the Brewers did name the eight participants for Arizona Fall League. Read about them here. Final: Jacksonville (Marlins) 4, Nashville 0 Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of your Link Report routine: Sounds Shut Out by Jumbo Shrimp - Nashville’s division lead remains at 4.5 games with 11 remaining Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log It was an uneven performance throughout. LHP Robert Gasser only allowed two runs (one earned) in his five innings, walking four. Free-agent-to-be RHP Zack Brown tossed a scoreless frame, but within that he gave up a single and plunked two batters. RHP Tyler Herb allowed two runs in two relief innings after being knocked around in his prior start, a start which had followed his best outing of the season - eight innings, one earned run. Catcher Pedro Severino with two passed balls, and I'm reminded that we may not be a fan of that recurring problem for him on the big-league stage next season if the Brewers decide to re-add Severino to the 40-man immediately after Nashville's season ends. Rehabbing CF Jonathan Davis was a late scratch, but Garrett Mitchell made sure we didn't mind Friday night. Final: Biloxi 2, Pensacola (Marlins) 1 Warren's Double Enough in Biloxi's Eighth Straight Win - Jarvis Throws Five Scoreless, Middendorf Earns First Double-A Save Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log This winning streak becomes the longest of Biloxi's season, surpassing their seven-game winning streak to begin the 2022 campaign. In between, the club has gone 51-67, though to be fair, if you took away a lot of clubs' two longest winning stretches, they may see a similar split. It's just so odd the Shuckers are bookending their season this way. Will they win the weekend games to sweep this road series and finish with ten in a row? Stay tuned. Zavier Warren celebrated his Fall League inclusion with the deciding knock -- 22-year-old RHP Justin Jarvis walked six in five scoreless innings. So, he and Robert Gasser combined to walk ten over ten innings Friday with only one earned run allowed between them. Jarvis has walked 4.2 per nine in his otherwise excellent 2022 effort. With the exception of RH reliever Ryan Middendorf, whose exploits you just read about in the game summary, and Warren, the rest of this group wraps up their season on Sunday, barring any promotions to fortify Nashville's playoff chase. We definitely could see a move or two in that regard. Guessing that Jackson Chourio (1-for-15, two walks, six K's) won't be going to the Sounds. So that would be fireballing RH reliever Harold Chirino, INF Yeison Coca, RHP Carlos Luna and OF's Corey Ray and Garrett Whitley potentially seeing their last bit of action in the Brewers' chain on Sunday. Both squads see traditional Saturday evening action tonight, and we'll detail those results for you in the AM. Must admit, I could get used to these mini-Link Reports (nothing against the A-Ball teams). Have a great day, everyone. 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. Jackson Chourio was a welcome sight in the Wisconsin lineup and had just enough strength to plant a ball over the left field wall for a key 3-run blast, giving starting Carlos F. Rodriguez more runs than he could possibly need in a 5-2 win. Carolina’s 5-2 victory was a true team effort, with three pitchers making their debut in full season ball and Jesus Chirinos delivering a key two-run double. Joey Wiemer connected on his 20th homer of the year, Justin Jarvis had a strong AA debut in Biloxi and Nick Bennett kept the opposition scoreless for nearly five innings, but these efforts weren’t enough as Nashville and Biloxi lost three games on the day. Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Rodriguez, Chourio, Jarvis, Bennett and Wiemer. Transactions: RHP Caleb Boushley activated from AAA Nashville's 7-day injured list RHP Raul Mendoza released from ACL Brewers Gold After the game, @ARobsBrewCrew got the scoop that 1B Wes Clarke will be promoted to AA Biloxi from High-A Wisconsin, which would be a helpful addition to a depleted Shuckers’ roster Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Durham 4, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Come Up Short in Series Finale With both teams struggling to connect with runners in scoring position (combined 0-for-13), this was a contest of which team could hit it out of the park more often (three for Durham, one for Nashville). The Sounds welcomed RHP Caleb Boushley (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) back from a recent injury stint and he gave the team an excellent start with two scoreless innings before giving way to RHP Marcus Walden (4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 3 Ks). OF Joey Wiemer (2-for-4, HR, double, RBI) continued his recent hot stretch, hitting his 5th home run in AAA ball and 20th of the season to give Nashville a 1-0 lead in the top of the 4th inning. However, the Bulls responded with a 2-run blast of their own in the bottom half, a solo shot in the 5th inning and a final solo jack in the 8th inning. The Sounds were down 3-1 with two-on and two-out in the top of the 8th inning, but Wiemer couldn’t come through in his final at-bat (first pitch pop out into foul territory). Despite the loss, Nashville won the series 4-2, although it’s first place lead over the Columbus Clippers was cut to 2.5 games. Three Quick Strikes: Each team pulled off an amazing escape of working around a lead-off triple with no damage, with Walden doing it in the 3rd inning and Durham gunning down OF Matt Lipka (2-for-4, triple, SB) on a fly ball double play at home in the 7th inning. Other than the two long balls, Walden actually threw well, not yielding any walks. However, RHP JC Mejia’s recent funk continues, as he yielded the 8th inning homer and has now given up runs in three straight appearances. OF Esteury Ruiz (2-for-4, SB) extended his hitting streak to 17 consecutive games, although OF Sal Frelick’s unfortunately ended at 12 games. On the bright side, Frelick walked once and didn’t strikeout. Next week’s outlook: Nashville (74-48) returns home after a long road trip to take on Cardinals’ AAA affiliate Memphis (63-59). Expect veteran RHP Josh Lindblom (four runs and 23 strikeouts over last 17 innings pitched) to take the mound in the opening game, looking for his fourth consecutive victory. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Game One Final: Chattanooga 7, Biloxi 3 (in 7 innings) Box Score / Game Log Game Two Final: Chattanooga 6, Biloxi 0 (in 7 innings) Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Biloxi Falls In Both Legs Of Doubleheader With his AA debut about to go off the rails after yielding two 2nd innings runs and a leadoff triple to start the 3rd inning, 22-year old RHP Justin Jarvis (5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 5 Ks) buckled down to retire nine of the final ten batters he faced, ultimately exiting with the game still tied 2-2. The nightcap saw an even more effective start from LHP Nick Bennett (4 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 1 WP, 6 Ks), who kept the Lookouts scoreless over nearly five innings of work. Unfortunately, the Shuckers’ offense and bullpen weren’t up to par, as those 2-2 and 0-0 scorelines quickly went to the wayside once the starters exited. After LHP Clayton Andrews ran into trouble in the top of the 6th inning (double, two walks), RHP Arnaldo Hernandez entered with the score tied 2-2, bases full and two outs, only to give up a grand slam to Mike Siani. In the second game, Chattanooga scored all six runs in the top of the 6th inning, three off of RHP Robbie Hitt and three more off of RHP Carlos Luna. The losses mean that the Lookouts took four wins out of five games against Biloxi for the week. Three Quick Strikes: Though they only managed six hits over their 14 innings of work, the Shuckers’ offense wasn’t completely dormant, as C Jason Lopez came through with a 2-RBI infield single in the 2nd inning of Game One to knot things up at 2-2 for awhile. Birthday boy 1B Thomas Dillard (now 25 years old) also added a solo homer to briefly reduce the Game One deficit to 6-3. It’s rough when your 1-and-2 hitters (OF Corey Ray, SS Cam Devanney) go a combined 0-for-12 with six strikeouts, but that’s just how this Sunday went for the Shuckers. Manager Mike Guerrero’s frustration boiled over after two strikeouts in the bottom of the 2nd inning of Game Two, as he was ejected at that point. Next week’s outlook: Biloxi (57-60) hits the road to face a strong Rocket City team (70-50 record for the Angels’ AA affiliate). Expect RHP TJ Shook (4.07 ERA in High-A/AA) to be the opening game starter. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 5, Lansing 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Wisconsin Wins Series Finale from Lugnuts As always, take some time to watch the video highlights put together by Wisconsin’s terrific media team: DH/OF Jackson Chourio (1-for-2, HR, HBP, 3 RBIs) was slated for only three at-bats in his return from injury, but he was of course essential to a much-needed Timber Rattler victory. Chourio’s 3-run blast in the bottom of the third inning was his fifth in High-A ball and 17th of the year, giving starting RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez (6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 Ks) a nice cushion up 4-0. Of course, the dominant Rodriguez doesn’t require much run support, as he gave up just one run on three hits over six innings, striking out seven Lugnuts. His ERA in five High-A starts is now a terrific 1.78. Things got dicey in the top of the 8th inning against RHP Jeison Pena, who conceded two singles, two walks and a lineout before exiting in favor of RHP Taylor Floyd with the game 4-2 and two runners on base. Pena was aided by C Jeferson Quero throwing out a runner stealing, then Floyd K’d the only batter he faced on four pitches. Quero (2-for-4, HR, RBI) also added a solo homer in the bottom half of the inning. The win enabled Wisconsin to salvage a 2-4 series loss for the week. Three Quick Strikes: RHP James Meeker (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 Ks) pitched a three-up, three-down 9th inning to earn his 12th save of the season, lowering his ERA to 2.70 in the process. 3B Ben Metzinger (1-for-3, HR, walk, RBI) got an opportunity to lead off in this game and made the most of it, hitting a 1st inning homer (his third of the year) to give the Timber Rattlers an early 1-0 lead. After an inexplicable brawl which saw two players ejected on Saturday night, I’m a bit surprised the umpires allowed Lansing reliever Jorge Juan (who yielded the Chourio homer in this one) to remain in the game after he plunked Chourio with the first pitch of his 5th inning plate appearance. Next week’s outlook: Wisconsin (61-58) will bus to play Cardinals’ affiliate Peoria (51-69). RHP Stiven Cruz (0.75 ERA in 12 High-A innings) is scheduled to make his third start for the Timber Rattlers. Carolina Pre-Game Notes Final: Carolina 5, Kannapolis 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Mudcats Leave Kannapolis With Series Tying 5-2 Victory In addition to starting RHP Max Lazar’s (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks) return to full season affiliate ball, this game featured the Mudcat debut of RHPs Cameron Wagoner, Arielbi Gonzalez and Yerlin Rodriguez. Wagoner (3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 7 Ks), selected in the 11th round of the 2022 draft, earned the victory with three shutout innings including an impressive seven strikeouts. The victory earned Carolina a 3-3 series split for the week. Kannpolis took a similar approach to the game, with each of their first three pitchers making Low-A debuts, the last of which getting tagged for Carolina’s first three runs in the 4th and 5th innings, courtesy of a 2B Jadher Areinamo (1-for-3, HBP, RBI) run-scoring single and a clutch two-out, 2-RBI double from 1B Jesus Chirinos (2-for-4, double, walk, 2 RBIs). C Alex Hall (1-for-3, HR, walk, 2 RBIs) extended the lead to a comfortable 5-0 with a two-run shot in the top of the 6th inning. After giving up a two-run homer to tighten the game at 5-2 in the bottom of the 7th inning, Gonzalez (3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks) buckled down to retire the final five batters he faced. It was a mild surprise when Rodriguez got the promotion to Low-A earlier ball in the week, but a look at his game log tells you he’s been effective since a move to the bullpen. His shutout 9th inning earned him a save and keeps him scoreless in 6 2/3 innings (five games) since the shift to full-time relief work. Three Quick Strikes: 3B Branlyn Jaraba (2-for-3, double, HBP, RBI) is justifying his own early-August promotion to the Mudcats, lifting his Carolina average to .306 with an .870 OPS. Yes, a combined 29 strikeouts (14 for Cannon Baller hitters, 15 for Mudcat batters) is now a normal part of baseball at all levels. Being out-hit nine to seven wasn’t a problem for the Mudcats, as Carolina drew more walks (six vs. two) and hit-by-pitches (two vs. zero), whilst going 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position (vs. 1-for-6 for Kannapolis). Unfortunately, we’ve no explanation for the five-game absence of 2022 first round selection SS Eric Brown Jr. Let’s hope it’s short-term in nature and we see him return to action on Tuesday. Next week’s outlook: Carolina (64-56) returns home to face Royals’ Low-A affiliate Columbia (48-71). Expect RHP Fernando Olguin (5.68 ERA) to start Game One, trying to put a rough last appearance behind him. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. All eyes will need to be on the Big Club on Monday, as the minor leaguers have a travel day. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  4. Strong starting pitching was a theme throughout all five Sunday contests, although only the Timber Rattlers and Mudcats were victorious. Nashville remains in first place despite dropping its finale. Biloxi suffered late game collapses in a doubleheader sweep. Jackson Chourio was a welcome sight in the Wisconsin lineup and had just enough strength to plant a ball over the left field wall for a key 3-run blast, giving starting Carlos F. Rodriguez more runs than he could possibly need in a 5-2 win. Carolina’s 5-2 victory was a true team effort, with three pitchers making their debut in full season ball and Jesus Chirinos delivering a key two-run double. Joey Wiemer connected on his 20th homer of the year, Justin Jarvis had a strong AA debut in Biloxi and Nick Bennett kept the opposition scoreless for nearly five innings, but these efforts weren’t enough as Nashville and Biloxi lost three games on the day. Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Rodriguez, Chourio, Jarvis, Bennett and Wiemer. Transactions: RHP Caleb Boushley activated from AAA Nashville's 7-day injured list RHP Raul Mendoza released from ACL Brewers Gold After the game, @ARobsBrewCrew got the scoop that 1B Wes Clarke will be promoted to AA Biloxi from High-A Wisconsin, which would be a helpful addition to a depleted Shuckers’ roster Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Durham 4, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Come Up Short in Series Finale With both teams struggling to connect with runners in scoring position (combined 0-for-13), this was a contest of which team could hit it out of the park more often (three for Durham, one for Nashville). The Sounds welcomed RHP Caleb Boushley (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) back from a recent injury stint and he gave the team an excellent start with two scoreless innings before giving way to RHP Marcus Walden (4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 3 Ks). OF Joey Wiemer (2-for-4, HR, double, RBI) continued his recent hot stretch, hitting his 5th home run in AAA ball and 20th of the season to give Nashville a 1-0 lead in the top of the 4th inning. However, the Bulls responded with a 2-run blast of their own in the bottom half, a solo shot in the 5th inning and a final solo jack in the 8th inning. The Sounds were down 3-1 with two-on and two-out in the top of the 8th inning, but Wiemer couldn’t come through in his final at-bat (first pitch pop out into foul territory). Despite the loss, Nashville won the series 4-2, although it’s first place lead over the Columbus Clippers was cut to 2.5 games. Three Quick Strikes: Each team pulled off an amazing escape of working around a lead-off triple with no damage, with Walden doing it in the 3rd inning and Durham gunning down OF Matt Lipka (2-for-4, triple, SB) on a fly ball double play at home in the 7th inning. Other than the two long balls, Walden actually threw well, not yielding any walks. However, RHP JC Mejia’s recent funk continues, as he yielded the 8th inning homer and has now given up runs in three straight appearances. OF Esteury Ruiz (2-for-4, SB) extended his hitting streak to 17 consecutive games, although OF Sal Frelick’s unfortunately ended at 12 games. On the bright side, Frelick walked once and didn’t strikeout. Next week’s outlook: Nashville (74-48) returns home after a long road trip to take on Cardinals’ AAA affiliate Memphis (63-59). Expect veteran RHP Josh Lindblom (four runs and 23 strikeouts over last 17 innings pitched) to take the mound in the opening game, looking for his fourth consecutive victory. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Game One Final: Chattanooga 7, Biloxi 3 (in 7 innings) Box Score / Game Log Game Two Final: Chattanooga 6, Biloxi 0 (in 7 innings) Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Biloxi Falls In Both Legs Of Doubleheader With his AA debut about to go off the rails after yielding two 2nd innings runs and a leadoff triple to start the 3rd inning, 22-year old RHP Justin Jarvis (5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 5 Ks) buckled down to retire nine of the final ten batters he faced, ultimately exiting with the game still tied 2-2. The nightcap saw an even more effective start from LHP Nick Bennett (4 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 1 WP, 6 Ks), who kept the Lookouts scoreless over nearly five innings of work. Unfortunately, the Shuckers’ offense and bullpen weren’t up to par, as those 2-2 and 0-0 scorelines quickly went to the wayside once the starters exited. After LHP Clayton Andrews ran into trouble in the top of the 6th inning (double, two walks), RHP Arnaldo Hernandez entered with the score tied 2-2, bases full and two outs, only to give up a grand slam to Mike Siani. In the second game, Chattanooga scored all six runs in the top of the 6th inning, three off of RHP Robbie Hitt and three more off of RHP Carlos Luna. The losses mean that the Lookouts took four wins out of five games against Biloxi for the week. Three Quick Strikes: Though they only managed six hits over their 14 innings of work, the Shuckers’ offense wasn’t completely dormant, as C Jason Lopez came through with a 2-RBI infield single in the 2nd inning of Game One to knot things up at 2-2 for awhile. Birthday boy 1B Thomas Dillard (now 25 years old) also added a solo homer to briefly reduce the Game One deficit to 6-3. It’s rough when your 1-and-2 hitters (OF Corey Ray, SS Cam Devanney) go a combined 0-for-12 with six strikeouts, but that’s just how this Sunday went for the Shuckers. Manager Mike Guerrero’s frustration boiled over after two strikeouts in the bottom of the 2nd inning of Game Two, as he was ejected at that point. Next week’s outlook: Biloxi (57-60) hits the road to face a strong Rocket City team (70-50 record for the Angels’ AA affiliate). Expect RHP TJ Shook (4.07 ERA in High-A/AA) to be the opening game starter. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 5, Lansing 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Wisconsin Wins Series Finale from Lugnuts As always, take some time to watch the video highlights put together by Wisconsin’s terrific media team: DH/OF Jackson Chourio (1-for-2, HR, HBP, 3 RBIs) was slated for only three at-bats in his return from injury, but he was of course essential to a much-needed Timber Rattler victory. Chourio’s 3-run blast in the bottom of the third inning was his fifth in High-A ball and 17th of the year, giving starting RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez (6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 Ks) a nice cushion up 4-0. Of course, the dominant Rodriguez doesn’t require much run support, as he gave up just one run on three hits over six innings, striking out seven Lugnuts. His ERA in five High-A starts is now a terrific 1.78. Things got dicey in the top of the 8th inning against RHP Jeison Pena, who conceded two singles, two walks and a lineout before exiting in favor of RHP Taylor Floyd with the game 4-2 and two runners on base. Pena was aided by C Jeferson Quero throwing out a runner stealing, then Floyd K’d the only batter he faced on four pitches. Quero (2-for-4, HR, RBI) also added a solo homer in the bottom half of the inning. The win enabled Wisconsin to salvage a 2-4 series loss for the week. Three Quick Strikes: RHP James Meeker (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 Ks) pitched a three-up, three-down 9th inning to earn his 12th save of the season, lowering his ERA to 2.70 in the process. 3B Ben Metzinger (1-for-3, HR, walk, RBI) got an opportunity to lead off in this game and made the most of it, hitting a 1st inning homer (his third of the year) to give the Timber Rattlers an early 1-0 lead. After an inexplicable brawl which saw two players ejected on Saturday night, I’m a bit surprised the umpires allowed Lansing reliever Jorge Juan (who yielded the Chourio homer in this one) to remain in the game after he plunked Chourio with the first pitch of his 5th inning plate appearance. Next week’s outlook: Wisconsin (61-58) will bus to play Cardinals’ affiliate Peoria (51-69). RHP Stiven Cruz (0.75 ERA in 12 High-A innings) is scheduled to make his third start for the Timber Rattlers. Carolina Pre-Game Notes Final: Carolina 5, Kannapolis 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Mudcats Leave Kannapolis With Series Tying 5-2 Victory In addition to starting RHP Max Lazar’s (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks) return to full season affiliate ball, this game featured the Mudcat debut of RHPs Cameron Wagoner, Arielbi Gonzalez and Yerlin Rodriguez. Wagoner (3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 7 Ks), selected in the 11th round of the 2022 draft, earned the victory with three shutout innings including an impressive seven strikeouts. The victory earned Carolina a 3-3 series split for the week. Kannpolis took a similar approach to the game, with each of their first three pitchers making Low-A debuts, the last of which getting tagged for Carolina’s first three runs in the 4th and 5th innings, courtesy of a 2B Jadher Areinamo (1-for-3, HBP, RBI) run-scoring single and a clutch two-out, 2-RBI double from 1B Jesus Chirinos (2-for-4, double, walk, 2 RBIs). C Alex Hall (1-for-3, HR, walk, 2 RBIs) extended the lead to a comfortable 5-0 with a two-run shot in the top of the 6th inning. After giving up a two-run homer to tighten the game at 5-2 in the bottom of the 7th inning, Gonzalez (3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks) buckled down to retire the final five batters he faced. It was a mild surprise when Rodriguez got the promotion to Low-A earlier ball in the week, but a look at his game log tells you he’s been effective since a move to the bullpen. His shutout 9th inning earned him a save and keeps him scoreless in 6 2/3 innings (five games) since the shift to full-time relief work. Three Quick Strikes: 3B Branlyn Jaraba (2-for-3, double, HBP, RBI) is justifying his own early-August promotion to the Mudcats, lifting his Carolina average to .306 with an .870 OPS. Yes, a combined 29 strikeouts (14 for Cannon Baller hitters, 15 for Mudcat batters) is now a normal part of baseball at all levels. Being out-hit nine to seven wasn’t a problem for the Mudcats, as Carolina drew more walks (six vs. two) and hit-by-pitches (two vs. zero), whilst going 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position (vs. 1-for-6 for Kannapolis). Unfortunately, we’ve no explanation for the five-game absence of 2022 first round selection SS Eric Brown Jr. Let’s hope it’s short-term in nature and we see him return to action on Tuesday. Next week’s outlook: Carolina (64-56) returns home to face Royals’ Low-A affiliate Columbia (48-71). Expect RHP Fernando Olguin (5.68 ERA) to start Game One, trying to put a rough last appearance behind him. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. All eyes will need to be on the Big Club on Monday, as the minor leaguers have a travel day. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  5. Wednesday’s Game Balls go to Corey Ray, Tyler Herb, Garrett Whitley, Justin Jarvis and Stiven Cruz, with Honorable Mentions to Robbie Baker, Jesus Chirinos and Brice Turang. Transactions: Signed underdrafted free agent RHP Jonathan Beymer (Campbell University) – per post by @ARobsBrewCrew: “He is a 6’2” 180 lb. right-handed pitcher that has spent the majority of his collegiate career as a reliever. Soon-to-be 24-years-old, Beymer has seen something click this summer between two wood-bat league teams after struggling with Campbell the past two seasons.” Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 2, Gwinnett 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Hold Off Stripers in Series Opener SS Brice Turang ’s (1-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs) two-run homer in the bottom of the 1st inning gave Nashville a 2-1 lead, which held up throughout the rest of the night. Leadoff man OF Sal Frelick (1-for-2, triple, walk) had tripled to get the Sounds off on a good note. Starting RHP Tyler Herb (5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 8 Ks) went five strong innings to continue his recent good form, before four relievers kept Gwinnett hitless over the final four innings, including retiring the final 11 Stripers of the contest in order. Nashville’s offense had ample opportunities (1-for-12 with runners in scoring position; 10 left-on-base), while Gwinnett mustered nothing (0-for-2 with RISP; 4 left-on-base). Three Quick Strikes: Each of RHPs Jake Cousins (2 Ks, 1 BB), Peter Strzelecki (2 Ks), Trevor Kelley (1 K) and Luis Perdomo (3rd save) covered one scoreless inning, retiring 12 of the 13 batters they faced. Turang’s blast extended his hitting streak to 17 games and on-base streak to 24 games, while 3B Pablo Reyes (2-for-4) now has a 22-game on-base streak. The balls aren’t falling in for OF Esteury Ruiz (.200 average and .554 OPS since joining Nashville in the Hader trade), so he bunted for a hit in the 5th inning. Thursday’s outlook: Rehabbing major leaguer RHP Adrian Houser is the scheduled starter for one of Nashville’s Thursday home games. Expect RHP Caleb Boushley (11-2 record, 3.62 season ERA) to get the call in the second game. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 6, Rocket City 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Ray's Four-Hit Game Boosts Shuckers In 6-5 Win OF Corey Ray (4-for-5, HR, double, 2 RBIs) has re-acclimated quickly to life in Biloxi, boosting his 2022 AA OPS to 1.266 through six games. He doubled on the first pitch of the bottom of the 1st inning, then scored on an OF Garrett Whitley double. 1B Thomas Dillard and OF Terence Doston both singled and scored in the 2nd inning to extend the Shuckers’ lead to 3-0, before Ray produced his third hit of the game in the 4th inning, pulling a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall for two more runs. Whitley (2-for-4, HR, double, walk, 2 RBIs) then followed with a solo home run of his own to give Biloxi starting RHP TJ Shook a 6-1 lead. That gives Whitley homers on consecutive nights. Four runs off Shook in the middle innings tightened the game at 6-5, but the bullpen of Kent Hasler (1 2/3 IP), Nash Walters (1 IP, 2 Ks) and Harold Chirin o (1 IP, 2 Ks, second save) were up to the task, retiring all 11 batters they faced, the last on Ray’s diving catch in center field. Biloxi’s victory evened their series with Rocket City at one game apiece. Three Quick Strikes: Shook (5 1/3 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 5 H, 4 BB, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 5 Ks) was strong through 87 pitches, but the final three were a ball to finish a 10-pitch walk, then a double and a 3-run homer. I’ll give lightly-used C Nick Kahle another mention here: 1-for-2, walk, sac fly, RBI, run scored. The additions of the highly experienced SS Andruw Monasterio (25), Ray (27) and Whitley (25) seem to have sufficiently offset the promotions of Wiemer, Frelick and Mitchell to AAA Nashville. Thursday’s outlook: Exciting LHP Robert Gasser will start Thursday’s Shucker home game, aiming to replicate his terrific last outing (5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 Ks). Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 6, South Bend 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Chourio Homers in Wisconsin Victory Over Cubs Here are excellent video highlights from the Rattlers’ solid media team: OF Jackson Chourio gave Wisconsin an early lift, blasting a 107mph rocket over the left field wall to stake Wisconsin to a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning. Two uncharacteristic Joe Gray Jr. errors couldn’t derail starting RHP Justin Jarvis’s (6 IP, 2 R (0 ER), 4 H, 3 BB, 2 Ks) excellent form, though they did allow the lucky Cubs to tie the game 2-2 by the top of the 3rd inning. After re-taking the lead on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 3rd inning, Jarvis and RHP Robbie Baker (3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks) locked down the South Bend offense from there. In fact, Baker didn’t allow a baserunner over the final three innings to earn a deserved save (his 2nd of the year). Recent 7th round draft pick 3B Ben Metzinger (1-for-3, walk, RBI) notched his first hit with the club in the 7th inning on a full-count line drive to the opposite field, then scored as part of a two-run inning to give Wisconsin a 6-2 lead. Recently-promoted 19-year old DH/C Jeferson Quero also logged his first High-A ball hit in this game. In a theme across Wednesday’s games, Wisconsin won despite its offense going 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position and stranding nine baserunners. By contrast, South Bend’s opportunities were few and far between, as they went 0-for-4 with RISP and stranded only five baserunners. Three Quick Strikes: Jarvis obviously showed no ill effects from his last start, when he was pulled in the 1st inning after two walks and a bunch of bad luck (e.g. errors, infield singles). With OF Arbert Cipion and SS Eduardo Garcia both exiting the game early after being hit-by-pitches, Manager Joe Ayrault’s bench was likely empty. Officially, Wes Clarke and Ashton McGee are active, but Clarke’s not played since July 30 and McGee since August 2. Hopefully all four players are in fact healthy and the exits of Cipion and Garcia were simply precautionary. C Darrien Miller had a rare opportunity to lead off for the team in this game and played the part nicely: 0-for-2 with 3 walks and an RBI. Thursday’s outlook: 20-year old RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez (3.35 season ERA) is due to make his 2nd-ever start in High-A ball in their home game against South Bend. Carolina Pre-Game Notes Rain Delay After 4 ½ innings: Carolina 4, Delmarva 0 (to be continued on Thursday) Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Mudcats and Shorebirds Suspended Due to Rain The only thing which could slow down RHP Stiven Cruz (4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks) in this game was rain. In fact, the rain stopped everything and everyone in their tracks. Before the postponement, 1B Jesus Chirinos and 2B Robert Moore had combined for three doubles, driving in four runs. Thus, the Chirinos and Moore show (with special contributions from the Carolina bullpen and other Mudcats) will continue Thursday as part of a pseudo-doubleheader, including the final 4 ½ innings of Wednesday’s game and then a 7-inning game to follow. Thursday’s outlook: After completing the remaining 4 ½ innings of Wednesday’s contest, RHP Edwin Jimenez (4.33 season ERA) is expected to start the second game, a 7-inning affair. DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE Final: DSL Phillies White 5, DSL Brewers1 3 (two extra innings beyond planned 7 innings) Box Score / Game Log The close defeat drops DSL Brewers-1’s record to 18-30 on the season. Starting LHP Wande Torres (4 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 5 BB, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1 balk, 4 Ks) limited the Phillies to one run on one hit, though he won’t be happy with his five walks. Reliever RHP Hamlet Vasquez (4 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 1 H, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 4 Ks) also put in a solid shift. A C Edgardo Ordonez (2-for-4, RBI) single and SS Angel Pereira (1-for-2, triple, walk, RBI, SB) triple helped stake the Brewers to a 2-0 lead in the 4th inning, which nearly held up. However, the Brewer’s 2-1 advantage evaporated via a Phillies’ RBI single with two outs in the final scheduled (7th) inning. The Phillies then scored Manfred’s Ghost in the 8th inning without registering a hit, but Ordonez kept the Brewers in the game with a tying RBI double. The Phillies then scored on a bunt-plus-error to start the 9th inning and also added a sacrifice fly for the final margin. A bit of good news: Slumping OF Luis Lara showed some signs of life: 1-for-2, 2 walks. Final: DSL Brewers2 4, DSL Texas Red 3 Box Score / Game Log The win boosts Brewers-2's season record back above .500 to 24-23. Although there was eventually some 9th inning drama, this was definitely not a game for the fan, as the teams combined to go 0-for-21 with runners in scoring position and strand 22 baserunners. In fact, the patient Brewers-2 hitters walked 14 times and were beaned three times in this game, yet somehow only produced four runs, all in the 2nd inning. Well, the team producing just three hits in 29 at-bats explains the “somehow”. Perhaps the Brewer offense was deflated by having its best player 1B Yeison Perez (0-for-0, walk, 2 HBPs, RBI) exit the game early after being hit by pitches twice in the first four innings. Each of starting LHP Anthony Flores (4 IP, 1 ER, 3Ks), LHP David Dominguez (3 IP, 1 ER, 4 Ks) and RHP Roman Perez (2 IP, 0 R, 1 K) were effective in this game. Nonetheless, Texas chipped away at the 4-0 Brewers’ advantage, getting to within 4-3 by the 7th inning. However, in the 9th inning, two walks gave Texas a golden two-on, one-out opportunity, which the Brewer defense extinguished via a game-ending pop out double play (in foul territory, no less). We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Thursday to all teams! And a personal thank you to @Joseph Zarr for swapping days with me – Joseph actually has 10 games to cover now (sorry!), as all teams are in action, with Carolina and Nashville playing doubleheaders. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Dominican Summer League Scoreboard Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  6. The Nashville, Biloxi and Wisconsin bullpens were dominant in Wednesday’s victories, retiring the final 11, 11 and 9 batters of their games, respectively. Carolina also led 4-0 before rain halted action in the 5th inning. Wednesday’s Game Balls go to Corey Ray, Tyler Herb, Garrett Whitley, Justin Jarvis and Stiven Cruz, with Honorable Mentions to Robbie Baker, Jesus Chirinos and Brice Turang. Transactions: Signed underdrafted free agent RHP Jonathan Beymer (Campbell University) – per post by @ARobsBrewCrew: “He is a 6’2” 180 lb. right-handed pitcher that has spent the majority of his collegiate career as a reliever. Soon-to-be 24-years-old, Beymer has seen something click this summer between two wood-bat league teams after struggling with Campbell the past two seasons.” Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 2, Gwinnett 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Hold Off Stripers in Series Opener SS Brice Turang ’s (1-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs) two-run homer in the bottom of the 1st inning gave Nashville a 2-1 lead, which held up throughout the rest of the night. Leadoff man OF Sal Frelick (1-for-2, triple, walk) had tripled to get the Sounds off on a good note. Starting RHP Tyler Herb (5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 8 Ks) went five strong innings to continue his recent good form, before four relievers kept Gwinnett hitless over the final four innings, including retiring the final 11 Stripers of the contest in order. Nashville’s offense had ample opportunities (1-for-12 with runners in scoring position; 10 left-on-base), while Gwinnett mustered nothing (0-for-2 with RISP; 4 left-on-base). Three Quick Strikes: Each of RHPs Jake Cousins (2 Ks, 1 BB), Peter Strzelecki (2 Ks), Trevor Kelley (1 K) and Luis Perdomo (3rd save) covered one scoreless inning, retiring 12 of the 13 batters they faced. Turang’s blast extended his hitting streak to 17 games and on-base streak to 24 games, while 3B Pablo Reyes (2-for-4) now has a 22-game on-base streak. The balls aren’t falling in for OF Esteury Ruiz (.200 average and .554 OPS since joining Nashville in the Hader trade), so he bunted for a hit in the 5th inning. Thursday’s outlook: Rehabbing major leaguer RHP Adrian Houser is the scheduled starter for one of Nashville’s Thursday home games. Expect RHP Caleb Boushley (11-2 record, 3.62 season ERA) to get the call in the second game. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 6, Rocket City 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Ray's Four-Hit Game Boosts Shuckers In 6-5 Win OF Corey Ray (4-for-5, HR, double, 2 RBIs) has re-acclimated quickly to life in Biloxi, boosting his 2022 AA OPS to 1.266 through six games. He doubled on the first pitch of the bottom of the 1st inning, then scored on an OF Garrett Whitley double. 1B Thomas Dillard and OF Terence Doston both singled and scored in the 2nd inning to extend the Shuckers’ lead to 3-0, before Ray produced his third hit of the game in the 4th inning, pulling a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall for two more runs. Whitley (2-for-4, HR, double, walk, 2 RBIs) then followed with a solo home run of his own to give Biloxi starting RHP TJ Shook a 6-1 lead. That gives Whitley homers on consecutive nights. Four runs off Shook in the middle innings tightened the game at 6-5, but the bullpen of Kent Hasler (1 2/3 IP), Nash Walters (1 IP, 2 Ks) and Harold Chirin o (1 IP, 2 Ks, second save) were up to the task, retiring all 11 batters they faced, the last on Ray’s diving catch in center field. Biloxi’s victory evened their series with Rocket City at one game apiece. Three Quick Strikes: Shook (5 1/3 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 5 H, 4 BB, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 5 Ks) was strong through 87 pitches, but the final three were a ball to finish a 10-pitch walk, then a double and a 3-run homer. I’ll give lightly-used C Nick Kahle another mention here: 1-for-2, walk, sac fly, RBI, run scored. The additions of the highly experienced SS Andruw Monasterio (25), Ray (27) and Whitley (25) seem to have sufficiently offset the promotions of Wiemer, Frelick and Mitchell to AAA Nashville. Thursday’s outlook: Exciting LHP Robert Gasser will start Thursday’s Shucker home game, aiming to replicate his terrific last outing (5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 Ks). Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 6, South Bend 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Chourio Homers in Wisconsin Victory Over Cubs Here are excellent video highlights from the Rattlers’ solid media team: OF Jackson Chourio gave Wisconsin an early lift, blasting a 107mph rocket over the left field wall to stake Wisconsin to a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning. Two uncharacteristic Joe Gray Jr. errors couldn’t derail starting RHP Justin Jarvis’s (6 IP, 2 R (0 ER), 4 H, 3 BB, 2 Ks) excellent form, though they did allow the lucky Cubs to tie the game 2-2 by the top of the 3rd inning. After re-taking the lead on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 3rd inning, Jarvis and RHP Robbie Baker (3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks) locked down the South Bend offense from there. In fact, Baker didn’t allow a baserunner over the final three innings to earn a deserved save (his 2nd of the year). Recent 7th round draft pick 3B Ben Metzinger (1-for-3, walk, RBI) notched his first hit with the club in the 7th inning on a full-count line drive to the opposite field, then scored as part of a two-run inning to give Wisconsin a 6-2 lead. Recently-promoted 19-year old DH/C Jeferson Quero also logged his first High-A ball hit in this game. In a theme across Wednesday’s games, Wisconsin won despite its offense going 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position and stranding nine baserunners. By contrast, South Bend’s opportunities were few and far between, as they went 0-for-4 with RISP and stranded only five baserunners. Three Quick Strikes: Jarvis obviously showed no ill effects from his last start, when he was pulled in the 1st inning after two walks and a bunch of bad luck (e.g. errors, infield singles). With OF Arbert Cipion and SS Eduardo Garcia both exiting the game early after being hit-by-pitches, Manager Joe Ayrault’s bench was likely empty. Officially, Wes Clarke and Ashton McGee are active, but Clarke’s not played since July 30 and McGee since August 2. Hopefully all four players are in fact healthy and the exits of Cipion and Garcia were simply precautionary. C Darrien Miller had a rare opportunity to lead off for the team in this game and played the part nicely: 0-for-2 with 3 walks and an RBI. Thursday’s outlook: 20-year old RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez (3.35 season ERA) is due to make his 2nd-ever start in High-A ball in their home game against South Bend. Carolina Pre-Game Notes Rain Delay After 4 ½ innings: Carolina 4, Delmarva 0 (to be continued on Thursday) Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Mudcats and Shorebirds Suspended Due to Rain The only thing which could slow down RHP Stiven Cruz (4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks) in this game was rain. In fact, the rain stopped everything and everyone in their tracks. Before the postponement, 1B Jesus Chirinos and 2B Robert Moore had combined for three doubles, driving in four runs. Thus, the Chirinos and Moore show (with special contributions from the Carolina bullpen and other Mudcats) will continue Thursday as part of a pseudo-doubleheader, including the final 4 ½ innings of Wednesday’s game and then a 7-inning game to follow. Thursday’s outlook: After completing the remaining 4 ½ innings of Wednesday’s contest, RHP Edwin Jimenez (4.33 season ERA) is expected to start the second game, a 7-inning affair. DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE Final: DSL Phillies White 5, DSL Brewers1 3 (two extra innings beyond planned 7 innings) Box Score / Game Log The close defeat drops DSL Brewers-1’s record to 18-30 on the season. Starting LHP Wande Torres (4 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 5 BB, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1 balk, 4 Ks) limited the Phillies to one run on one hit, though he won’t be happy with his five walks. Reliever RHP Hamlet Vasquez (4 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 1 H, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 4 Ks) also put in a solid shift. A C Edgardo Ordonez (2-for-4, RBI) single and SS Angel Pereira (1-for-2, triple, walk, RBI, SB) triple helped stake the Brewers to a 2-0 lead in the 4th inning, which nearly held up. However, the Brewer’s 2-1 advantage evaporated via a Phillies’ RBI single with two outs in the final scheduled (7th) inning. The Phillies then scored Manfred’s Ghost in the 8th inning without registering a hit, but Ordonez kept the Brewers in the game with a tying RBI double. The Phillies then scored on a bunt-plus-error to start the 9th inning and also added a sacrifice fly for the final margin. A bit of good news: Slumping OF Luis Lara showed some signs of life: 1-for-2, 2 walks. Final: DSL Brewers2 4, DSL Texas Red 3 Box Score / Game Log The win boosts Brewers-2's season record back above .500 to 24-23. Although there was eventually some 9th inning drama, this was definitely not a game for the fan, as the teams combined to go 0-for-21 with runners in scoring position and strand 22 baserunners. In fact, the patient Brewers-2 hitters walked 14 times and were beaned three times in this game, yet somehow only produced four runs, all in the 2nd inning. Well, the team producing just three hits in 29 at-bats explains the “somehow”. Perhaps the Brewer offense was deflated by having its best player 1B Yeison Perez (0-for-0, walk, 2 HBPs, RBI) exit the game early after being hit by pitches twice in the first four innings. Each of starting LHP Anthony Flores (4 IP, 1 ER, 3Ks), LHP David Dominguez (3 IP, 1 ER, 4 Ks) and RHP Roman Perez (2 IP, 0 R, 1 K) were effective in this game. Nonetheless, Texas chipped away at the 4-0 Brewers’ advantage, getting to within 4-3 by the 7th inning. However, in the 9th inning, two walks gave Texas a golden two-on, one-out opportunity, which the Brewer defense extinguished via a game-ending pop out double play (in foul territory, no less). We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Thursday to all teams! And a personal thank you to @Joseph Zarr for swapping days with me – Joseph actually has 10 games to cover now (sorry!), as all teams are in action, with Carolina and Nashville playing doubleheaders. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Dominican Summer League Scoreboard Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  7. Transactions: RHP Connor Sadzeck was outrighted to Nashville. As a previously outrighted player (October 2019 by Seattle), Sadzeck has the right to refuse the outright and become a free agent. We'll await word as to if he indeed formally accepted this assignment back to the Sounds. RHP Jack Cousins had his rehab assignment moved from ACL Brewers Blue to Nashville. Final: Nashville 4, Charlotte (White Sox) 2 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: Hiura's Homer Leads Sounds to Another Win - Nashville has won nine of 10 games against Charlotte in 2022 Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log For everything from Freddy Peralta to Dylan File to Jake Cousins on the mound, fine infield defense, and photos from Tim Dillard's big Bobblehead and Jersey Retirement Night, please check out the Sounds' Twitter Media feed this morning. Roster observation: catcher Alex Jackson yet to play since his activation from the IL on July 17th. With three catchers on the big league level, and four catchers at AAA - Jakson Reetz got the start here, with Mario Feliciano, Brian Navarreto and Jackson listed on the Sounds bench. Final: Biloxi 10, Montgomery (Rays) 9, ten innings Frelick Walk-off Hit Salvages 10-9 Win in Extras - Shuckers Register 10th Walk-Off Victory Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Biloxi's own Twitter Media Feed has offense from Thomas Dillard, Noah Campbell, and of course, the Sal Frelick game-ender Yes, it was 8-0 Shuckers after five. Wild night, be sure to dig into the summary and the links above. Stat observation: With Frelick reaching base five times in this contest, his OBP in 50 games with Biloxi this summer is now .391. His OBP in 21 games to start 2022 with Wisconsin? .391. Final: Wisconsin 4, Cedar Rapids (Twins) 0 Rattlers Shut Out Cedar Rapids to Snap Streak - Jarvis pitches six scoreless with eight strikeouts in 4-0 win Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log AUDIO via the Soundcloud Rattler Radio Podcast: "The streak is over! The Timber Rattlers shut out the Cedar Rapids Kernels 4-0. The victory ended Wisconsin's ten-game losing streak. Chris Mehring & Kyle Lobner go over a few of the turning points and stats. Justin Jarvis, Tristan Peters, and Joe Ayrault have some comments from the clubhouse." Via WSCO's "The Show with Leo and Balky (Thursday): Wisconsin Hitting Coach Nick Stanley (go to the 11:45 minute mark) - also Voice of the Timber Rattlers Chris Mehring (go to the 39:00 minute mark) Fitting that Justin Jarvis is the subject of Kyle Lobner's Latest "T-Rat Talk". Alumni observation: Video via MLB Network's "MLB Central": Enjoy the amazing journey of former Timber Rattlers infielder / converted to RHP Jose Cuas , now thriving in the big leagues with Kansas City Final: Fayetteville (Astros) 2, Carolina 1 Late Error Proves Costly in 2-1 Loss in Fayetteville - The Carolina offense struck out a combined 17 times in the 2-1 loss in Fayetteville Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Thank you, Greg Young, Voice of the Mudcats for this addition to the game summary you just read - NOTE: Jheremy Vargas took a pitch to his helmet in the seventh and was forced to leave the game. His helmet absorbed most of the contact and Vargas is reportedly doing well. The fateful decider - only error #7 on the season for Zack Raabe: Likely over-worrying lineup observation: Catcher Jeferson Quero was the designated hitter Tuesday but has since sat out the last three games. Final: ACL Brewers Blue 4, ACL Guardians 0 Box Score / Game Log Combined two-hitter for the three Blue hurlers. fanning 13 while walking three, nice! Final: ACL Brewers Gold 10, ACL Cubs 7 Box Score / Game Log Gold with more walks (eight) than hits (seven). Three of the seven were two-baggers. Final: DSL Texas Blue 5, DSL Brewers #1 Squad 3 Box Score / Game Log Ugly, seven errors, so be sure to see how many earned runs were allowed by Brewer pitchers during their nine innings on the mound. Final: Phillies Red 7, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 2 Box Score / Game Log Clean defense in this one, but a four-run Phillie 8th bumped a one-run Brewer deficit to five. Good place to remind everyone considering the need for this particular report to be a bit more streamlined this morning, that on a daily basis, we kick off a preview and an "as the games are being played" discussion thread on our Minor League Forum. Now please be aware that its volume of content will vary quite a bit from night-to-night, depending on the availability of our minor league gurus and contributions within from our posters, but you'll nearly always find noteworthy tidbits. Here's Friday night's thread. On Saturday, all four full-season affiliate games are in the evening, so you'll be able to sample after the mid-afternoon big-league Brewers game. The Maryvale youth play their traditional Saturday morning game against each other. Both Dominican squads will be in action as well. Hope you all have a fine start to your weekend. My weekend kicked off very well, sitting among so many others - for those of you who will also be in attendance at Fenway Saturday and/or Sunday, keep up the great work. 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  8. The full-season affiliates took three of four contests Friday night, with the Timber Rattlers victory especially sweet coming off a rough ten-game slide. Freddy Peralta and Jake Cousins continued successful (so far, knock wood) rehab stints. Prepare for the Sal Frelick era in Milwaukee, hopefully commencing as early as May or June of 2023 (the cynic would say once he clears the "Super-Two" arbitration calendar bar). Regardless, it was a pleasant evening, let's kick things off. Transactions: RHP Connor Sadzeck was outrighted to Nashville. As a previously outrighted player (October 2019 by Seattle), Sadzeck has the right to refuse the outright and become a free agent. We'll await word as to if he indeed formally accepted this assignment back to the Sounds. RHP Jack Cousins had his rehab assignment moved from ACL Brewers Blue to Nashville. Final: Nashville 4, Charlotte (White Sox) 2 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: Hiura's Homer Leads Sounds to Another Win - Nashville has won nine of 10 games against Charlotte in 2022 Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log For everything from Freddy Peralta to Dylan File to Jake Cousins on the mound, fine infield defense, and photos from Tim Dillard's big Bobblehead and Jersey Retirement Night, please check out the Sounds' Twitter Media feed this morning. Roster observation: catcher Alex Jackson yet to play since his activation from the IL on July 17th. With three catchers on the big league level, and four catchers at AAA - Jakson Reetz got the start here, with Mario Feliciano, Brian Navarreto and Jackson listed on the Sounds bench. Final: Biloxi 10, Montgomery (Rays) 9, ten innings Frelick Walk-off Hit Salvages 10-9 Win in Extras - Shuckers Register 10th Walk-Off Victory Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Biloxi's own Twitter Media Feed has offense from Thomas Dillard, Noah Campbell, and of course, the Sal Frelick game-ender Yes, it was 8-0 Shuckers after five. Wild night, be sure to dig into the summary and the links above. Stat observation: With Frelick reaching base five times in this contest, his OBP in 50 games with Biloxi this summer is now .391. His OBP in 21 games to start 2022 with Wisconsin? .391. Final: Wisconsin 4, Cedar Rapids (Twins) 0 Rattlers Shut Out Cedar Rapids to Snap Streak - Jarvis pitches six scoreless with eight strikeouts in 4-0 win Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log AUDIO via the Soundcloud Rattler Radio Podcast: "The streak is over! The Timber Rattlers shut out the Cedar Rapids Kernels 4-0. The victory ended Wisconsin's ten-game losing streak. Chris Mehring & Kyle Lobner go over a few of the turning points and stats. Justin Jarvis, Tristan Peters, and Joe Ayrault have some comments from the clubhouse." Via WSCO's "The Show with Leo and Balky (Thursday): Wisconsin Hitting Coach Nick Stanley (go to the 11:45 minute mark) - also Voice of the Timber Rattlers Chris Mehring (go to the 39:00 minute mark) Fitting that Justin Jarvis is the subject of Kyle Lobner's Latest "T-Rat Talk". Alumni observation: Video via MLB Network's "MLB Central": Enjoy the amazing journey of former Timber Rattlers infielder / converted to RHP Jose Cuas , now thriving in the big leagues with Kansas City Final: Fayetteville (Astros) 2, Carolina 1 Late Error Proves Costly in 2-1 Loss in Fayetteville - The Carolina offense struck out a combined 17 times in the 2-1 loss in Fayetteville Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Thank you, Greg Young, Voice of the Mudcats for this addition to the game summary you just read - NOTE: Jheremy Vargas took a pitch to his helmet in the seventh and was forced to leave the game. His helmet absorbed most of the contact and Vargas is reportedly doing well. The fateful decider - only error #7 on the season for Zack Raabe: Likely over-worrying lineup observation: Catcher Jeferson Quero was the designated hitter Tuesday but has since sat out the last three games. Final: ACL Brewers Blue 4, ACL Guardians 0 Box Score / Game Log Combined two-hitter for the three Blue hurlers. fanning 13 while walking three, nice! Final: ACL Brewers Gold 10, ACL Cubs 7 Box Score / Game Log Gold with more walks (eight) than hits (seven). Three of the seven were two-baggers. Final: DSL Texas Blue 5, DSL Brewers #1 Squad 3 Box Score / Game Log Ugly, seven errors, so be sure to see how many earned runs were allowed by Brewer pitchers during their nine innings on the mound. Final: Phillies Red 7, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 2 Box Score / Game Log Clean defense in this one, but a four-run Phillie 8th bumped a one-run Brewer deficit to five. Good place to remind everyone considering the need for this particular report to be a bit more streamlined this morning, that on a daily basis, we kick off a preview and an "as the games are being played" discussion thread on our Minor League Forum. Now please be aware that its volume of content will vary quite a bit from night-to-night, depending on the availability of our minor league gurus and contributions within from our posters, but you'll nearly always find noteworthy tidbits. Here's Friday night's thread. On Saturday, all four full-season affiliate games are in the evening, so you'll be able to sample after the mid-afternoon big-league Brewers game. The Maryvale youth play their traditional Saturday morning game against each other. Both Dominican squads will be in action as well. Hope you all have a fine start to your weekend. My weekend kicked off very well, sitting among so many others - for those of you who will also be in attendance at Fenway Saturday and/or Sunday, keep up the great work. 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  10. Transactions: RHP Justin Bullock was assigned to the High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers from the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers The Shuckers officially activated RHP Cam Robinson Biloxi also activated RHP Arnaldo Hernandez off the 7-Day IL *** DSL Brewers #1 5, DSL Phillies Red 3 Box Score/Game Log I'm starting to get used to looking at dominant Box Scores from 19 year old Venezuelan RHP Kevin Briceno. Today was certainly no different. Because our coverage is limited and information so sparse on these tantalizing young DSL prospects, I'll refresh your memory with a tweet shared by the beloved 'Brewers Player Development' twitter team on June 30th: Today was more of the same dominant stuff for the young hurler: 6 2/3 ip, 1 hit, 2 walks, 6 k's. Given his 2021 stint started with a 60 Day IL stint, and his 2021 outings thereafter were limited to shortened two/three inning (only two starts) stretches, it would seem (entirely my speculation, mind you) the goal for the organization is to stretch Kevin out for future work as a starter stateside. He has started all six games to date in 2022 - his inaugural four inning opener the least amount of innings pitched - and today was his longest outing of the year. Here's to even brighter bright days ahead! Keep your eyes on those box scores. DSL Brewers 1 relief pitcher Jesael Cabrera was coasting for 2 1/3 inning before things began unraveling a bit in the ninth. With the Brewers comfortably ahead 5-0, Jesael loaded the bases with a walk; double; and a second walk after a fly out opened the frame. This being said, it would appear a missed catch error by second baseman Jose Pena extended the Phillies frame. After another fly out, and with two down, Jesael gave up a double to right field. The game ended there, however. The game log reads as a bang-bang relay play from right fielder Duncan Garcia to shortstop Gery Holguin to home plate where catcher Edgardo Ordonez applied the tag for the third out. Whewwww! That was close. All three early Brewers runs crossed via error, balk, and wild pitch. Though, for good measure, Richard Rojas and Luis Lara did plate runs via doubles - their second and seventh doubles, respectively. The young Brewers 1 now move to 7-13 on the year. DSL Brewers #2 6, DSL White Sox 4 Box Score/Game Log Let's hop to the offensive side for the DSL Brewers 2 and highlight the emerging play of young 18 year old Venezuelan INF/OF prospect, Yeison Perez. Yeison had been out of action (non-disclosed) since June 23rd. So, one could expect a possible drop off from his early offensive output. This was not the case, however. In now 44 AB's, Yeison has hit 6 HR (his sixth, a solo shot, hit today in a 2-for-4 game) and is hitting to the tune of 0.409 with an OPS of 1.424. Toss in five doubles, a triple, and 15 rbi's for good measure. That's after missing two weeks of games, folks. I don't know about you, but, this is quite deserving of early attention. It would certainly appear, early at least, Yeison has grown-up a bit since his first year playing for the DSL Brewers 2 where he played primarily left field with some work at first base and in the DH spot. To date, he's played primarily 1B (six games) and filled the DH spot - with a couple of games working in the outfield. Further shoutouts to: 18 year old Venezuelan C/1B/DH Eric Martinez - with his second home run today, his OPS is now up to 0.835. One would surmise, much like Jon Singleton in Triple-A, if he could get that batting average up his numbers might really fly off the page (Eric's current BA is sitting at 0.220 in a mere 41 AB's) 17 year old Dominican INF (SS and 3B primarily at present) Juan Baez. With his 2-for-3 outing today, including his fourth double, Juan's average is up to a robust 0.329 with an 0.814 OPS in 82 AB's. Interestingly, he appears to be working on his stolen base game: 6-for-10 on the year. He did commit his 6th error today - all have occurred manning shortstop. 20 year old Dominican RHP Waldin Rodriguez picked up his second save in as many opportunities with a scoreless ninth inning of work - two infield pop outs and a groundout. He has pitched effectively in 7 1/3 innings of relief work over 7 DSL Brewers 2 games. All told, the DSL Brewers 2 are now back to 0.500 ball at 11-11 overall. Let's hope they can get some more wins and break above 0.500 in the days ahead! ACL Giants Orange 11, ACL Brewers Gold 8 Box Score/Game Log It was a true back-and-forth affair today for the Brewers Gold and, unfortunately, they were on the wrong side of the final score. After falling behind 3-0 in the second inning, the Brewers Gold managed to plate three runs themselves in the same bottom half - a solo home run from Carlos Roa (his first) and a two-run single from up-and-comer Jadher Areinamo. The Gold briefly took the lead 4-3 on a Blayberg Diaz ground out and fielder's choice but the back-and-forth contest continued as the Giants tied it on a sac fly and scored another go-ahead run on a single to right field and consequent missed catch error from catcher Blayberg Diaz - right fielder Luis Castillo was credited with the outfield assist, regardless. Trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the fourth, the Brewers Gold managed to retake the lead on a two run-scoring Gregory Barrios single and a run scoring Luis Castillo double - whose impactful game clearly continued. It was suddenly 7-5 Brewers. Kaylen Nicasia then hit his second home run to of his ACL season in the bottom of the fifth and the Brewers were further ahead 8-5. However, this lead was cut to 8-7 on two two-out doubles and a single off of 20 year old RHP Yerlin Rodriguez. Still leading 8-7 in the final seventh frame, lefty Fraudy Maldonado - who had gone three consecutive scoreless outings - came undone to the tune of two opening walks, two left-field singles and a sacrifice fly. It was 11-8. The attempt at a bases loaded one-out mini-rally was cut short when the Giants brought in 21 year old reliever, Yoniel Ramirez, who promptly struck out Areinamo and Barrios on six consecutive pitches. A heck of a shutdown by Ramirez. It simply wasn't to be in what seemed an exciting seesaw baseball game. The Brewers Gold did outhit the Giants 12-9 - led by Areinamo's 3-for-5 outing (0.312 BA and 0.840 OPS 9:13 BB:k). The Gold fall to 10-11 overall on the season. ACL Royals 7, ACL Brewers Blue 5 Box Score/Game Log Let's refresh your memories of RHP Alexander Valecillo's most recent two starts via the aforementioned Brewers Player Development twitter: Unfortunately, unlike Briceno's continued dominance, Vallecillo struggled a bit today in a shortened outing: 2 2/3 innings, 3 earned runs, 4 hits, 2 walks, 1 HR, 3 k's. He was actually cruising through two innings and started the third with two straight punch outs. But, after a solo home run given up on a 3-1 count, and with two down, things appeared to have broken down a bit. After a first pitch run-scoring single with men on the corners, Alexander was visited on the mound and replaced by 19 year old lefty, Junior Castillo. Let's hope it was just a hiccup and nothing physical-related. All told, the Brewers Blue made a game of this late as they fell behind 7-0 by the end of the fifth inning. The Blue plated two runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth, however, after a Jonatan Guzman single to lead the ninth the Blue ultimately fell in order - a strike out, force out, and fly out to end the game. Performances of Note: DH Alexander Perez went 1-for-5 but did manage a two-run homer in the eighth - his first of the season. Shortstop Ney Serrano went 3-for-4 with two runs. He did commit his sixth error (throwing), however. 20 yo Venezuelan RHP Michael Perdomo managed 3 1/3 very effective scoreless innings late - two hits, one walk, three punch outs. *** Carolina Pre-Game Notes Final: Carolina 4, Kannapolis (White Sox) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please visit and review: Sibrian Homers as Mudcats Win Fifth Straight 4-3 - The Mudcats Scored Four Runs in the First, Including Three on Jose Sibrian's First Homer of the Season In a recent game thread we discussed improvements we'd like to see from some of our highest ranked prospects. Nobody in the system trends higher and faster than beloved and tantalizing prospect, Jackson Chourio. As we tend to scrutinize and discuss with several of the Brewers' young bats, we talked of strikeouts and walks - ratios perhaps out of balance etc. Whereas Hendry Mendez is thriving in a lead-off role and carries a fantastic walk:strikeout ratio, Jackson has been trending more that route of 30% and higher k rate. In the modern game these strikeouts aren't frowned upon as in previous decades but it is definitely something a younger prospect can work on improving. It was much to my satisfaction, then, when Chourio led-off his first inning with a walk. He promptly scored on a single to center field off the bat of suddenly red hot Jeferson Quero (was hitting 0.270 after the knock). Then, with the lead 1-0, Jose Sibrian managed to blast his first home run of his season over the wall in left field scoring three more runs. It was suddenly 4-0 Mudcats. The point is: those free passes matter in many different ways - just ask Wes Clarke, Thomas Dillard, and Jon Singleton. Here's hoping for many many more walks ahead for Jackson! What's more, Chourio grabbed his second free-pass later in the contest. All told, on the evening 1k:2bb for the young Chourio. Further Game Notes: Speaking of the Sibrian homerun blast, let's take a look: RHP Alexander Cornielle had another mixed-outing. As he matures and develops, he's simply going to need to fine-tune his control. Another five walks on the evening to pair with four hits added too much danger on the base paths. On the season he now has 43 walks to his 78 punch outs and it's a major reason why his WHIP is elevated to a 1.53 mark - in the 62 2/3 innings pitched he's only given up 53 hits to the tune of a 0.229 BAA. He did grab the win and improved to 4-7 on the season. Lots to build with and plenty of room to grow. Clinging to a 4-2 lead the Mudcats brought the great unknown of RHP Jakob Brustoski to start the bottom half of the sixth. On this evening, we watched the wild and inaccurate version: walk, walk, walk, walk, strikeout, pitching change. Jakob has been the very definition of hot/cold, hit/miss, (insert erratic cliché here). He handed the ball to recently re-assigned RHP Miguel Guerrero with the bases juiced, one out, and the game 4-3 Mudcats. Not an ideal scenario when you're looking to protect and then pad a lead. Major major kudos are in order for Miguel. He came on and shut it down. A strikeout on three pitches to start it off. A pop-up to third base finish the bases loaded threat. Excellent stuff considering his recent re-assignment and a bases loaded one out debut! Overall, in his first outing back with the Mudcats he was the calming force that kept the game in check before handing it over to intriguing (if somewhat inconsistent) RHP Karlos Morales who shut it down in the ninth. Miguel managed 2 2/3 innings of one hit, zero walks, four strikeout ball. In summary: *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Wisconsin 9, South Bend (Cubs) 1 Box Score/Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please visit and review: Jarvis Strikes Out Eleven, Offense Scores Nine, Rattlers Win Sixth Straight - Gray, McGee, Acosta Homer in 9-1 Victory at South Bend With all the attention doled out to his recently promoted housemate, Cam Robinson, and rightfully so, I was curious to see how Justin Jarvis would respond. He seems to bring his best stuff against the Midwest League's finest and, simply put, tonight was definitely more of the same. With the Brewers coming off a walk-off win versus the Cubs, it seemed as though a convincing victory in South Bend would be the cherry on top. Justin certainly did his best to help this cause: 7 innings pitched, 6 hits, 1 walk, 1 earned run, 11 K's. Whew. Can you say: "Ace in the Making"? After a rough start to his season in April, Justin has been really really good. If you take away that same April (four starts), he has double digit strikeouts in four of his last 11 outings and of those remaining seven games he has nine strikeouts in two of them. That's incredible production. He has quickly taken over that coveted Ace status since TJ Shook, Brandon Knarr, and, now, Cam Robinson have headed South to Double-A. Here's hoping for more of the same for this up-and-coming hurler in his remaining starts of 2022. The remaining games against South Bend most likely won't be this lopsided but Justin set the tone for the remaining T-Rats' starters. Further Game Notes: He didn't man the backstop or even play in this game (), but let's retroactively celebrate Darrien Miller's recent hot streak coming off his recent extended absence: Why does Joe Ayrault get such consistently good production with injuries rearing their heads, promotions aplenty, and new acquisitions to blend in? I'd say one really good reason is he doesn't take himself too seriously and he encourages the young men to have fun. There's some real solid looks in this one, men: In the most recent post-game podcast, Robbie Baker appeared to come to the mic with renewed enthusiasm and charisma. Chris Mehring jokingly asked: "Where has this been all year?!" Well, I'd like to tip off us fans a little nugget: Robbie has better stuff than his current numbers suggest. I think we have a chance to see a successful and improved second half from him. His stuff - from delivery to execution - is what I would call 'violent'. I mean this in the best possible way. It was a comfortable 9-1 lead, but, Robbie shut that door down quite easily in the ninth. Here's hoping he has batter luck with BABIP contact and he can lower that WHIP in the second half. With 11 hits on the evening there was plenty of kudos to go around, but, let's focus on the following: Jose Acosta: 2-for-5, 1 HR (2-run jack), 1 run, 3 rbi, 3 k's Joe Gray Jr.: 2-for-5, 1 HR, 1 run, 1 rbi, 1 k Ashton McGee: 2-for-5, 1 HR (2-run jack) 2 runs, 2 rbi, 2 k's Arbert Cipion: 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 rbi, 2 k's The T-Rats now move in sole position of the second half leader board at 9-1. South Bend moves to second at 8-2. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi , Montgomery (Rays) Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please visit and review: Seesaw Middle Innings Push Biscuits to Series Opening Win - Reetz Hits 20th Homer Let me just start with the logo face-off between the 'Biscuits' and the 'Shuckers' is modern sports art at its finest. It's just an incredible display of quality logo work. Every time they play each other, I find myself staring at these logos for seriously way too long: For fun reads on both logos, please visit a Biscuits tidbit HERE (apparently, Illinois' 'Professional Sports Marketing' owns both the Biscuits and the High-A Lansing Lugnuts Minor League Brand Stalwarts) and a Shuckers tidbit HERE (including a nostalgic look at a young Orlando Arcia running the basepaths!). The last time the Shuckers went to Montgomery in early May they, um, well, they didn't fare quite so well: two one-run losses, a two-run loss, a four-run loss, and a good ol' 9-run shellacking. The 6-game sweep was bookended, in heart breaking fashion, by blown saves - one each for Lucas Erceg and JT Hintzen, respectively. I went into this Fourth of July contest, frankly, a wee rattled. Being a Shuckers fan in 2022 is a bit like raising a child: there are good days, there are bad days, and we just pray for growth. I fondly recall that red hot 8-1 Biloxi start to 2022 - the nostalgia is real. SO, with this being said, how did it go in Montgomery during Game 1? Game Notes: Coming off the top-half of the fifth inning, whereby the Shuckers managed to take a 3-2 lead, the following sequence was showcased and seemed the perfect crystallization of the roller-coaster 2022 season. Let me share it with you: lead-off single to right field, ground-out to pitcher Victor Castaneda (runner advances to second base), wild pitch advances runner to third, full count 9 pitch at bat results in game-tying single to right field, full count two-run homer surrendered and Shuckers trail 5-3, next batter walked, pitching change. Seriously, folks. That sums it all up in a nutshell and it has absolutely been that kind of season on a weekly basis. The struggle is real for our Shuckers and they have somehow managed to stay around 0.500 all season. All we can do is root for them to gather momentum, again, and maintain it longer than they have. The positive to take away from Victor's outing, regardless of the blown lead, is he clearly managed to get his pitch count and innings up and seems to now be removed from any lingering concerns over potential effects coming off the IL. Perhaps he tired in the fifth? Regardless, he was relatively effective until that mini meltdown. Thomas Dillard continued his impactful play from the dish with his 6th home run on the season and his 18th double and his 45th rbi. I mentioned it recently, but, it's worth mentioning again: Don't forget about this young man. He's been one of the steadily improving players on the Shuckers roster in 2022. Speaking of the home run, I believe they call it a 'No Doubter'? Jakson Reetz in left field, you say? I do. It's not the first outing he manned the corner outfield spot either. He's an incredibly underrated athlete from my vantage point. But, let's be honest, in 2022 he'll hit home runs from any position: Jakson in right field, Thomas Dillard in the DH spot, Noah Campbell at first base. Speaking of Campbell, man, what a tear he's been on. Here's a highlight from tonight - a game-tying double in the fifth: The Shuckers did manage to load the bases in the top of the seventh inning but they couldn't plate any more runs - including Dillard stranded off his double in the sixth, those four RISP were the key misses in the game. We'll close with a tip of the cap to some solid bullpen work from just activated RHP Arnaldo Hernandez and recently activated RHP Harold Chirino. Both had scuffled some in recent outings - before and after their respective IL stints. Tonight, both hurlers executed scoreless and relatively uneventful evenings to close another loss in Montgomery. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 5, Columbus (Guardians) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Celebrate Fourth of July with Win - Almonte Totals Four RBI's, Boushley Pitches Six Scorless Innings in Series Opener The Sounds headed up river to take on former Brewer farmhand David Fry and the second-place Columbus Clippers. The Clippers host the Sounds this week coming off their recent 5-1 roadtrip at the Iowa Cubs. Columbus came into this contest scoring 90 more runs than the Sounds and lead the International League with 490 total runs - that's 6.28 runs per game to Nashville's 5.19 runs. Let's start it off by looking at a quick tidbit from the those 'Game Notes' (directly above - click that link): (Caleb) Boushley is among International League leaders in wins (8, T-1st), starts (15, T-2nd), innings (80.2, 3rd), ERA (3.24, 4th), WHIP (1.17, 4th) and opponent average (.226, 4th). There are always incredible nuggets on the affiliate players just like this. I highly recommend giving them a quick glance daily as part of your Minor League ritual. With Jason Alexander now with the big club in Milwaukee, Boushley has been asked to fulfill that role of Sounds' starting staff Ace. How did he fare in tonight's contest? Quite well! Caleb is known as a strike thrower and he started tonight in that fashion pounding the zone early with 10 of 12 pitches thrown for strikes. He gave up a lone softly pushed liner to left field in the first inning but held serve from there with a strike out, fly out to Almonte in left field, and force out at second base. On the other side of the diamond, our Sounds saw five of their first six batters strike out in their first two innings - including a three up and three down strikeout buffet in the second. After the Sounds hit two deep fly balls to the warning track in their half of the third inning, the Clippers managed a two-out double off the wall in center field past the chasing Garrett Whitley. One batter later, Garrett managed to run down a deep fly ball high up the wall in center field and made the leaping grab crashing high up the padding. It was a huge play and he saved at least one run and a possible double or triple. Further Viewing Notes: The Sounds were hitless through 4 1/3 and their sole baserunner was Tyler White who reached to begin the fourth inning on a slow chopper to third and throwing error into the dugout. He was given second base. Brice Turang followed with a strikeout - the sixth Sounds punch out of the game. BUT, crafty Mark Mathias said: 'No more, fine Sirs!' He knocked a looping single to center field. Tyler White scored and the throw was off line and bounced past Fry as he attempted to corral the off-target throw. Mathias managed to grab second base - a better throw from the back-up would have grabbed him. Jon Singleton followed suit with another hit - this time a well-hit line drive to right field. Suddenly, there were runners on the corners and the Sounds led 1-0. Keep in mind, as Big Jon approaches the 0.200 BA mark it's due to a torrid hot nine game run of hitting: batting .429 (12-for-28) with two doubles, a triple, three homers, 11 RBI and nine walks. Boushley's greatest impact pitch this evening appeared to be his change-up. It was butter. He got the ever-dangerous lefty David Benson to an unfavorable 0-2 count on a change and, man, it was a glorious sinking pitch just below the zone. Benson then grounded out into a hard-hit double play to Pablo Reyes on a 2-2 count. That change kept him on his heels. He used it with aplomb throughout the contest. All told, Caleb finished his evening with another fantastic body of work: 6.0 ip, five hits, three walks, four strikeouts. His ERA is now down to 3.01 on the season with a 9-2 record overall. An incredible chopper that hit the dirt and leapt a good 15 feet into the air over the third baseman's head plated two in the top of the sixth and it was 3-0 Sounds. Almonte continues his fabulous season switch-hitting at the dish. He's a joy to watch hit baseballs. He also managed the only home run in a game filled with wind-killed fly outs. Abraham's 10th of the season. We know the man can get hot as demonstrated awhile back and now we have this: The ball was oddly not blowing out to left field (as is per usual) in Columbus on this beautiful evening, it was blowing in from dead center field. Several well-hit balls from both ball clubs fell short of the mark, including Tyler White's smash to left center in the top of the sixth that literally fell from the sky like a wounded duck. It sounded beautiful off the bat. I was left scratching my head. Matt Hardy came on in relief to start the bottom of the seventh and, let me tell you, he was absolutely saved by the 12' high extended wall in right field. Bobby Bradley hit an absolute cannon that appeared to miss leaving the playing field by a mere foot or two. Whew. Unfortunately, Hardy faced some adversity with runners on the corner and a wild pitch sending Bradley home and it was 3-1. Matt managed to be his best advocate, however, with two very nice defensive plays to first base to leave the inning with the mere run allowed. The final out was a running barehanded grab and throw to first base on a weakly hit chopper between the mound and third base. Savvy stuff from the young hurler. The pitching mix and development I've witnessed from RHP Lucas Erceg since his promotion from Biloxi is something to behold. In Biloxi he was overwhelmingly relying on his 97-99mph fastball. In Nashville, he's mixing in a breaking ball; change-up; and slider on a fairly regular basis. If he can continue to locate and fine-tune his pitching mix, we are looking at a MLB pitcher. Very exciting stuff. Speaking of relief work, after consecutive walks to put runners on first and second base, how about a three consecutive slider - dead middle, off the outside of the plate, and circling back on the inside edge - strikeout to settle things down? Courageous stuff from Connor Sadzeck. We'll forget about the wild pitch that advanced the runners and the ensuing walk to load the bases. He got the final batter to 0-1 on another savvy first-pitch slider to another righty and then got the lazy fly out to shallow left field on a change-up. The Sounds pulled out another victory and extended their division lead to 2.5 games. *** Please keep in mind the Low-A through Triple-A affiliates are all taking the day off on Tuesday having played on the Fourth - en lieu of their typical Tuesday series openers. However, the ACL Brewers Gold and Blue will play games tomorrow as will the DSL Brewers 1 and 2. As always, we'll be here to give you the summaries and highlights as they arise. Thanks for reading! Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League Scoreboard Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  11. More dominant pitching from the DSL Brewers 2 staff while both ACL Brewers teams lose. Nashville headed on the road to begin a key series at second place Columbus, Wisconsin headed to South Bend for a battle of second-half 8-1 leaders (2nd and 3rd overall, respectively, in the Midwest League), Carolina tried to keep their winning ways going in Kannapolis, and Biloxi attempted to atone for their early-May 0-6 mark in Montgomery. It was a holiday start to road series abound in the higher levels. Let's get into it! Transactions: RHP Justin Bullock was assigned to the High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers from the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers The Shuckers officially activated RHP Cam Robinson Biloxi also activated RHP Arnaldo Hernandez off the 7-Day IL *** DSL Brewers #1 5, DSL Phillies Red 3 Box Score/Game Log I'm starting to get used to looking at dominant Box Scores from 19 year old Venezuelan RHP Kevin Briceno. Today was certainly no different. Because our coverage is limited and information so sparse on these tantalizing young DSL prospects, I'll refresh your memory with a tweet shared by the beloved 'Brewers Player Development' twitter team on June 30th: Today was more of the same dominant stuff for the young hurler: 6 2/3 ip, 1 hit, 2 walks, 6 k's. Given his 2021 stint started with a 60 Day IL stint, and his 2021 outings thereafter were limited to shortened two/three inning (only two starts) stretches, it would seem (entirely my speculation, mind you) the goal for the organization is to stretch Kevin out for future work as a starter stateside. He has started all six games to date in 2022 - his inaugural four inning opener the least amount of innings pitched - and today was his longest outing of the year. Here's to even brighter bright days ahead! Keep your eyes on those box scores. DSL Brewers 1 relief pitcher Jesael Cabrera was coasting for 2 1/3 inning before things began unraveling a bit in the ninth. With the Brewers comfortably ahead 5-0, Jesael loaded the bases with a walk; double; and a second walk after a fly out opened the frame. This being said, it would appear a missed catch error by second baseman Jose Pena extended the Phillies frame. After another fly out, and with two down, Jesael gave up a double to right field. The game ended there, however. The game log reads as a bang-bang relay play from right fielder Duncan Garcia to shortstop Gery Holguin to home plate where catcher Edgardo Ordonez applied the tag for the third out. Whewwww! That was close. All three early Brewers runs crossed via error, balk, and wild pitch. Though, for good measure, Richard Rojas and Luis Lara did plate runs via doubles - their second and seventh doubles, respectively. The young Brewers 1 now move to 7-13 on the year. DSL Brewers #2 6, DSL White Sox 4 Box Score/Game Log Let's hop to the offensive side for the DSL Brewers 2 and highlight the emerging play of young 18 year old Venezuelan INF/OF prospect, Yeison Perez. Yeison had been out of action (non-disclosed) since June 23rd. So, one could expect a possible drop off from his early offensive output. This was not the case, however. In now 44 AB's, Yeison has hit 6 HR (his sixth, a solo shot, hit today in a 2-for-4 game) and is hitting to the tune of 0.409 with an OPS of 1.424. Toss in five doubles, a triple, and 15 rbi's for good measure. That's after missing two weeks of games, folks. I don't know about you, but, this is quite deserving of early attention. It would certainly appear, early at least, Yeison has grown-up a bit since his first year playing for the DSL Brewers 2 where he played primarily left field with some work at first base and in the DH spot. To date, he's played primarily 1B (six games) and filled the DH spot - with a couple of games working in the outfield. Further shoutouts to: 18 year old Venezuelan C/1B/DH Eric Martinez - with his second home run today, his OPS is now up to 0.835. One would surmise, much like Jon Singleton in Triple-A, if he could get that batting average up his numbers might really fly off the page (Eric's current BA is sitting at 0.220 in a mere 41 AB's) 17 year old Dominican INF (SS and 3B primarily at present) Juan Baez. With his 2-for-3 outing today, including his fourth double, Juan's average is up to a robust 0.329 with an 0.814 OPS in 82 AB's. Interestingly, he appears to be working on his stolen base game: 6-for-10 on the year. He did commit his 6th error today - all have occurred manning shortstop. 20 year old Dominican RHP Waldin Rodriguez picked up his second save in as many opportunities with a scoreless ninth inning of work - two infield pop outs and a groundout. He has pitched effectively in 7 1/3 innings of relief work over 7 DSL Brewers 2 games. All told, the DSL Brewers 2 are now back to 0.500 ball at 11-11 overall. Let's hope they can get some more wins and break above 0.500 in the days ahead! ACL Giants Orange 11, ACL Brewers Gold 8 Box Score/Game Log It was a true back-and-forth affair today for the Brewers Gold and, unfortunately, they were on the wrong side of the final score. After falling behind 3-0 in the second inning, the Brewers Gold managed to plate three runs themselves in the same bottom half - a solo home run from Carlos Roa (his first) and a two-run single from up-and-comer Jadher Areinamo. The Gold briefly took the lead 4-3 on a Blayberg Diaz ground out and fielder's choice but the back-and-forth contest continued as the Giants tied it on a sac fly and scored another go-ahead run on a single to right field and consequent missed catch error from catcher Blayberg Diaz - right fielder Luis Castillo was credited with the outfield assist, regardless. Trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the fourth, the Brewers Gold managed to retake the lead on a two run-scoring Gregory Barrios single and a run scoring Luis Castillo double - whose impactful game clearly continued. It was suddenly 7-5 Brewers. Kaylen Nicasia then hit his second home run to of his ACL season in the bottom of the fifth and the Brewers were further ahead 8-5. However, this lead was cut to 8-7 on two two-out doubles and a single off of 20 year old RHP Yerlin Rodriguez. Still leading 8-7 in the final seventh frame, lefty Fraudy Maldonado - who had gone three consecutive scoreless outings - came undone to the tune of two opening walks, two left-field singles and a sacrifice fly. It was 11-8. The attempt at a bases loaded one-out mini-rally was cut short when the Giants brought in 21 year old reliever, Yoniel Ramirez, who promptly struck out Areinamo and Barrios on six consecutive pitches. A heck of a shutdown by Ramirez. It simply wasn't to be in what seemed an exciting seesaw baseball game. The Brewers Gold did outhit the Giants 12-9 - led by Areinamo's 3-for-5 outing (0.312 BA and 0.840 OPS 9:13 BB:k). The Gold fall to 10-11 overall on the season. ACL Royals 7, ACL Brewers Blue 5 Box Score/Game Log Let's refresh your memories of RHP Alexander Valecillo's most recent two starts via the aforementioned Brewers Player Development twitter: Unfortunately, unlike Briceno's continued dominance, Vallecillo struggled a bit today in a shortened outing: 2 2/3 innings, 3 earned runs, 4 hits, 2 walks, 1 HR, 3 k's. He was actually cruising through two innings and started the third with two straight punch outs. But, after a solo home run given up on a 3-1 count, and with two down, things appeared to have broken down a bit. After a first pitch run-scoring single with men on the corners, Alexander was visited on the mound and replaced by 19 year old lefty, Junior Castillo. Let's hope it was just a hiccup and nothing physical-related. All told, the Brewers Blue made a game of this late as they fell behind 7-0 by the end of the fifth inning. The Blue plated two runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth, however, after a Jonatan Guzman single to lead the ninth the Blue ultimately fell in order - a strike out, force out, and fly out to end the game. Performances of Note: DH Alexander Perez went 1-for-5 but did manage a two-run homer in the eighth - his first of the season. Shortstop Ney Serrano went 3-for-4 with two runs. He did commit his sixth error (throwing), however. 20 yo Venezuelan RHP Michael Perdomo managed 3 1/3 very effective scoreless innings late - two hits, one walk, three punch outs. *** Carolina Pre-Game Notes Final: Carolina 4, Kannapolis (White Sox) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please visit and review: Sibrian Homers as Mudcats Win Fifth Straight 4-3 - The Mudcats Scored Four Runs in the First, Including Three on Jose Sibrian's First Homer of the Season In a recent game thread we discussed improvements we'd like to see from some of our highest ranked prospects. Nobody in the system trends higher and faster than beloved and tantalizing prospect, Jackson Chourio. As we tend to scrutinize and discuss with several of the Brewers' young bats, we talked of strikeouts and walks - ratios perhaps out of balance etc. Whereas Hendry Mendez is thriving in a lead-off role and carries a fantastic walk:strikeout ratio, Jackson has been trending more that route of 30% and higher k rate. In the modern game these strikeouts aren't frowned upon as in previous decades but it is definitely something a younger prospect can work on improving. It was much to my satisfaction, then, when Chourio led-off his first inning with a walk. He promptly scored on a single to center field off the bat of suddenly red hot Jeferson Quero (was hitting 0.270 after the knock). Then, with the lead 1-0, Jose Sibrian managed to blast his first home run of his season over the wall in left field scoring three more runs. It was suddenly 4-0 Mudcats. The point is: those free passes matter in many different ways - just ask Wes Clarke, Thomas Dillard, and Jon Singleton. Here's hoping for many many more walks ahead for Jackson! What's more, Chourio grabbed his second free-pass later in the contest. All told, on the evening 1k:2bb for the young Chourio. Further Game Notes: Speaking of the Sibrian homerun blast, let's take a look: RHP Alexander Cornielle had another mixed-outing. As he matures and develops, he's simply going to need to fine-tune his control. Another five walks on the evening to pair with four hits added too much danger on the base paths. On the season he now has 43 walks to his 78 punch outs and it's a major reason why his WHIP is elevated to a 1.53 mark - in the 62 2/3 innings pitched he's only given up 53 hits to the tune of a 0.229 BAA. He did grab the win and improved to 4-7 on the season. Lots to build with and plenty of room to grow. Clinging to a 4-2 lead the Mudcats brought the great unknown of RHP Jakob Brustoski to start the bottom half of the sixth. On this evening, we watched the wild and inaccurate version: walk, walk, walk, walk, strikeout, pitching change. Jakob has been the very definition of hot/cold, hit/miss, (insert erratic cliché here). He handed the ball to recently re-assigned RHP Miguel Guerrero with the bases juiced, one out, and the game 4-3 Mudcats. Not an ideal scenario when you're looking to protect and then pad a lead. Major major kudos are in order for Miguel. He came on and shut it down. A strikeout on three pitches to start it off. A pop-up to third base finish the bases loaded threat. Excellent stuff considering his recent re-assignment and a bases loaded one out debut! Overall, in his first outing back with the Mudcats he was the calming force that kept the game in check before handing it over to intriguing (if somewhat inconsistent) RHP Karlos Morales who shut it down in the ninth. Miguel managed 2 2/3 innings of one hit, zero walks, four strikeout ball. In summary: *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Wisconsin 9, South Bend (Cubs) 1 Box Score/Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please visit and review: Jarvis Strikes Out Eleven, Offense Scores Nine, Rattlers Win Sixth Straight - Gray, McGee, Acosta Homer in 9-1 Victory at South Bend With all the attention doled out to his recently promoted housemate, Cam Robinson, and rightfully so, I was curious to see how Justin Jarvis would respond. He seems to bring his best stuff against the Midwest League's finest and, simply put, tonight was definitely more of the same. With the Brewers coming off a walk-off win versus the Cubs, it seemed as though a convincing victory in South Bend would be the cherry on top. Justin certainly did his best to help this cause: 7 innings pitched, 6 hits, 1 walk, 1 earned run, 11 K's. Whew. Can you say: "Ace in the Making"? After a rough start to his season in April, Justin has been really really good. If you take away that same April (four starts), he has double digit strikeouts in four of his last 11 outings and of those remaining seven games he has nine strikeouts in two of them. That's incredible production. He has quickly taken over that coveted Ace status since TJ Shook, Brandon Knarr, and, now, Cam Robinson have headed South to Double-A. Here's hoping for more of the same for this up-and-coming hurler in his remaining starts of 2022. The remaining games against South Bend most likely won't be this lopsided but Justin set the tone for the remaining T-Rats' starters. Further Game Notes: He didn't man the backstop or even play in this game (), but let's retroactively celebrate Darrien Miller's recent hot streak coming off his recent extended absence: Why does Joe Ayrault get such consistently good production with injuries rearing their heads, promotions aplenty, and new acquisitions to blend in? I'd say one really good reason is he doesn't take himself too seriously and he encourages the young men to have fun. There's some real solid looks in this one, men: In the most recent post-game podcast, Robbie Baker appeared to come to the mic with renewed enthusiasm and charisma. Chris Mehring jokingly asked: "Where has this been all year?!" Well, I'd like to tip off us fans a little nugget: Robbie has better stuff than his current numbers suggest. I think we have a chance to see a successful and improved second half from him. His stuff - from delivery to execution - is what I would call 'violent'. I mean this in the best possible way. It was a comfortable 9-1 lead, but, Robbie shut that door down quite easily in the ninth. Here's hoping he has batter luck with BABIP contact and he can lower that WHIP in the second half. With 11 hits on the evening there was plenty of kudos to go around, but, let's focus on the following: Jose Acosta: 2-for-5, 1 HR (2-run jack), 1 run, 3 rbi, 3 k's Joe Gray Jr.: 2-for-5, 1 HR, 1 run, 1 rbi, 1 k Ashton McGee: 2-for-5, 1 HR (2-run jack) 2 runs, 2 rbi, 2 k's Arbert Cipion: 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 rbi, 2 k's The T-Rats now move in sole position of the second half leader board at 9-1. South Bend moves to second at 8-2. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi , Montgomery (Rays) Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please visit and review: Seesaw Middle Innings Push Biscuits to Series Opening Win - Reetz Hits 20th Homer Let me just start with the logo face-off between the 'Biscuits' and the 'Shuckers' is modern sports art at its finest. It's just an incredible display of quality logo work. Every time they play each other, I find myself staring at these logos for seriously way too long: For fun reads on both logos, please visit a Biscuits tidbit HERE (apparently, Illinois' 'Professional Sports Marketing' owns both the Biscuits and the High-A Lansing Lugnuts Minor League Brand Stalwarts) and a Shuckers tidbit HERE (including a nostalgic look at a young Orlando Arcia running the basepaths!). The last time the Shuckers went to Montgomery in early May they, um, well, they didn't fare quite so well: two one-run losses, a two-run loss, a four-run loss, and a good ol' 9-run shellacking. The 6-game sweep was bookended, in heart breaking fashion, by blown saves - one each for Lucas Erceg and JT Hintzen, respectively. I went into this Fourth of July contest, frankly, a wee rattled. Being a Shuckers fan in 2022 is a bit like raising a child: there are good days, there are bad days, and we just pray for growth. I fondly recall that red hot 8-1 Biloxi start to 2022 - the nostalgia is real. SO, with this being said, how did it go in Montgomery during Game 1? Game Notes: Coming off the top-half of the fifth inning, whereby the Shuckers managed to take a 3-2 lead, the following sequence was showcased and seemed the perfect crystallization of the roller-coaster 2022 season. Let me share it with you: lead-off single to right field, ground-out to pitcher Victor Castaneda (runner advances to second base), wild pitch advances runner to third, full count 9 pitch at bat results in game-tying single to right field, full count two-run homer surrendered and Shuckers trail 5-3, next batter walked, pitching change. Seriously, folks. That sums it all up in a nutshell and it has absolutely been that kind of season on a weekly basis. The struggle is real for our Shuckers and they have somehow managed to stay around 0.500 all season. All we can do is root for them to gather momentum, again, and maintain it longer than they have. The positive to take away from Victor's outing, regardless of the blown lead, is he clearly managed to get his pitch count and innings up and seems to now be removed from any lingering concerns over potential effects coming off the IL. Perhaps he tired in the fifth? Regardless, he was relatively effective until that mini meltdown. Thomas Dillard continued his impactful play from the dish with his 6th home run on the season and his 18th double and his 45th rbi. I mentioned it recently, but, it's worth mentioning again: Don't forget about this young man. He's been one of the steadily improving players on the Shuckers roster in 2022. Speaking of the home run, I believe they call it a 'No Doubter'? Jakson Reetz in left field, you say? I do. It's not the first outing he manned the corner outfield spot either. He's an incredibly underrated athlete from my vantage point. But, let's be honest, in 2022 he'll hit home runs from any position: Jakson in right field, Thomas Dillard in the DH spot, Noah Campbell at first base. Speaking of Campbell, man, what a tear he's been on. Here's a highlight from tonight - a game-tying double in the fifth: The Shuckers did manage to load the bases in the top of the seventh inning but they couldn't plate any more runs - including Dillard stranded off his double in the sixth, those four RISP were the key misses in the game. We'll close with a tip of the cap to some solid bullpen work from just activated RHP Arnaldo Hernandez and recently activated RHP Harold Chirino. Both had scuffled some in recent outings - before and after their respective IL stints. Tonight, both hurlers executed scoreless and relatively uneventful evenings to close another loss in Montgomery. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 5, Columbus (Guardians) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Celebrate Fourth of July with Win - Almonte Totals Four RBI's, Boushley Pitches Six Scorless Innings in Series Opener The Sounds headed up river to take on former Brewer farmhand David Fry and the second-place Columbus Clippers. The Clippers host the Sounds this week coming off their recent 5-1 roadtrip at the Iowa Cubs. Columbus came into this contest scoring 90 more runs than the Sounds and lead the International League with 490 total runs - that's 6.28 runs per game to Nashville's 5.19 runs. Let's start it off by looking at a quick tidbit from the those 'Game Notes' (directly above - click that link): (Caleb) Boushley is among International League leaders in wins (8, T-1st), starts (15, T-2nd), innings (80.2, 3rd), ERA (3.24, 4th), WHIP (1.17, 4th) and opponent average (.226, 4th). There are always incredible nuggets on the affiliate players just like this. I highly recommend giving them a quick glance daily as part of your Minor League ritual. With Jason Alexander now with the big club in Milwaukee, Boushley has been asked to fulfill that role of Sounds' starting staff Ace. How did he fare in tonight's contest? Quite well! Caleb is known as a strike thrower and he started tonight in that fashion pounding the zone early with 10 of 12 pitches thrown for strikes. He gave up a lone softly pushed liner to left field in the first inning but held serve from there with a strike out, fly out to Almonte in left field, and force out at second base. On the other side of the diamond, our Sounds saw five of their first six batters strike out in their first two innings - including a three up and three down strikeout buffet in the second. After the Sounds hit two deep fly balls to the warning track in their half of the third inning, the Clippers managed a two-out double off the wall in center field past the chasing Garrett Whitley. One batter later, Garrett managed to run down a deep fly ball high up the wall in center field and made the leaping grab crashing high up the padding. It was a huge play and he saved at least one run and a possible double or triple. Further Viewing Notes: The Sounds were hitless through 4 1/3 and their sole baserunner was Tyler White who reached to begin the fourth inning on a slow chopper to third and throwing error into the dugout. He was given second base. Brice Turang followed with a strikeout - the sixth Sounds punch out of the game. BUT, crafty Mark Mathias said: 'No more, fine Sirs!' He knocked a looping single to center field. Tyler White scored and the throw was off line and bounced past Fry as he attempted to corral the off-target throw. Mathias managed to grab second base - a better throw from the back-up would have grabbed him. Jon Singleton followed suit with another hit - this time a well-hit line drive to right field. Suddenly, there were runners on the corners and the Sounds led 1-0. Keep in mind, as Big Jon approaches the 0.200 BA mark it's due to a torrid hot nine game run of hitting: batting .429 (12-for-28) with two doubles, a triple, three homers, 11 RBI and nine walks. Boushley's greatest impact pitch this evening appeared to be his change-up. It was butter. He got the ever-dangerous lefty David Benson to an unfavorable 0-2 count on a change and, man, it was a glorious sinking pitch just below the zone. Benson then grounded out into a hard-hit double play to Pablo Reyes on a 2-2 count. That change kept him on his heels. He used it with aplomb throughout the contest. All told, Caleb finished his evening with another fantastic body of work: 6.0 ip, five hits, three walks, four strikeouts. His ERA is now down to 3.01 on the season with a 9-2 record overall. An incredible chopper that hit the dirt and leapt a good 15 feet into the air over the third baseman's head plated two in the top of the sixth and it was 3-0 Sounds. Almonte continues his fabulous season switch-hitting at the dish. He's a joy to watch hit baseballs. He also managed the only home run in a game filled with wind-killed fly outs. Abraham's 10th of the season. We know the man can get hot as demonstrated awhile back and now we have this: The ball was oddly not blowing out to left field (as is per usual) in Columbus on this beautiful evening, it was blowing in from dead center field. Several well-hit balls from both ball clubs fell short of the mark, including Tyler White's smash to left center in the top of the sixth that literally fell from the sky like a wounded duck. It sounded beautiful off the bat. I was left scratching my head. Matt Hardy came on in relief to start the bottom of the seventh and, let me tell you, he was absolutely saved by the 12' high extended wall in right field. Bobby Bradley hit an absolute cannon that appeared to miss leaving the playing field by a mere foot or two. Whew. Unfortunately, Hardy faced some adversity with runners on the corner and a wild pitch sending Bradley home and it was 3-1. Matt managed to be his best advocate, however, with two very nice defensive plays to first base to leave the inning with the mere run allowed. The final out was a running barehanded grab and throw to first base on a weakly hit chopper between the mound and third base. Savvy stuff from the young hurler. The pitching mix and development I've witnessed from RHP Lucas Erceg since his promotion from Biloxi is something to behold. In Biloxi he was overwhelmingly relying on his 97-99mph fastball. In Nashville, he's mixing in a breaking ball; change-up; and slider on a fairly regular basis. If he can continue to locate and fine-tune his pitching mix, we are looking at a MLB pitcher. Very exciting stuff. Speaking of relief work, after consecutive walks to put runners on first and second base, how about a three consecutive slider - dead middle, off the outside of the plate, and circling back on the inside edge - strikeout to settle things down? Courageous stuff from Connor Sadzeck. We'll forget about the wild pitch that advanced the runners and the ensuing walk to load the bases. He got the final batter to 0-1 on another savvy first-pitch slider to another righty and then got the lazy fly out to shallow left field on a change-up. The Sounds pulled out another victory and extended their division lead to 2.5 games. *** Please keep in mind the Low-A through Triple-A affiliates are all taking the day off on Tuesday having played on the Fourth - en lieu of their typical Tuesday series openers. However, the ACL Brewers Gold and Blue will play games tomorrow as will the DSL Brewers 1 and 2. As always, we'll be here to give you the summaries and highlights as they arise. Thanks for reading! Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League Scoreboard Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  12. Transactions: None Officially Special Note: This just in (HERE) via our very own @ARobsBrewCrew: *** There were no DSL or ACL Brewers Affiliate Games today...stay tuned tomorrow as the young men will be looking to get back at it. All four squads will be taking the diamond throughout the day. Until then, here's a little bit of ACL Zen: *** Carolina Pre-Game Notes Final: Fayetteville (Astros) 8, Carolina 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please visit and review: Carolina Comes up Short in 8-5 Loss to Fayetteville - The Mudcats Went 0-for-10 with Runners in Scoring Position in Wednesday's Series Tying Loss I was hoping to see young Alexander Cornielle take the next step in his pitching development for his 2022 season. Instead, and unfortunately, I watched his worst outing of the year. All told, Alexander only made it 2 2/3 innings surrendering six runs on six hits (two 2-run HR's), three walks, and four punch outs. Let's hope he can bounce back in his next outing. Coming into this one he had been executing quite well since his maligned first outing where an error led to five runs and an early exit. The Mudcats did attempt their best to rally back into things late with one of their patented late-inning outbursts, but, unfortunately, their ninth inning mini-rally fell short after Jesus Chirinos hit into a game-ending double play. Further Notes: Not pictured above, but worthy of mention is Zach Raabe and his three walk and two run outing. Jackson Chourio finished 0-for-5 leaving five men on base while doing so. It's not often we see a goose egg with Chourio, but an 0-for-5 with no strikeouts is a good 0-for-5 in my book. Eduardo Garcia continued his recent run of excellence. From my side of the fence, his most noteworthy stat tonight is two free passes to one strikeout. His one absolutely necessary area of growth moving forward is plate discipline. This being said, he has been fantastic of late and it is awesome to witness. Jeferson Quero continues his offensive resurgence with a 2-for-4 outing with a walk and a run Hedbert Perez hit his 12th double of the season and continued his recent run of extra base hits. Here's hoping for a potent second-half! 0-for10 with RISP is not a number the Mudcats will want to repeat in the weeks ahead. It's dueling 8-5 final scores in Five County. The Mudcats took it 8-5 yesterday, the Woodpeckers 8-5 tonight. What will tomorrow bring? Stay tuned! *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Game 1: Cedar Rapids (Twins) 6, Wisconsin 2 Box Score / Game Log Game 2: Wisconsin 3, Cedar Rapids 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please visit and review: Game 1: Kernels Beat Wisconsin 6-2 in Conclusion of Tuesday's Game - Cedar Rapids 5-0 Lead Too Big for Timber Rattlers this Time Game 2: Warren Homers & Jarvis Strikes Out Ten in Wisconsin Win - Timber Rattlers Take 7-Inning Game 3-1 from Cedar Rapids Well, the T-Rats managed to win the remaining 6 innings of game 1, 2-1 but the opening 0-5 hole was too much to overcome. Miguel Guerrero and Tyler GIllies gave their all to close the game after Zach Mort's rough start the evening prior. The two combined for six innings of work with a mere single earned run allowed, two hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts. The mini two-run rally came in the bottom of the eighth as Tyler Black and Ethan Murray led the inning with back-to-back singles and were eventually plated by singles from Tristan Peters and Zavier Warren, respectively. That was all there was to it on the day, however, as both teams failed to get baserunners around third and home in the ninth inning. A special mention should be given to Tyler Gillies as he went three full scoreless and effective innings - his longest outing since 2019 and further showing his recovery process is evolving. Game 2 was an entirely different affair altogether as Justin Jarvis returned to his dominant form completing five full innings of one hit and ten strikeout ball. Cam Robinson did his thing grabbing his 18th Save of the season in a scoreless 7th. On the offensive side of things, it was definitely a top of the order performance: 6-for-14 combined for Tyler Black, Ethan Murray, Joe Gray Jr., Tristan Peters, and Zavier Warren. Black, Peters, and Warren each plate a run with Warren providing the pop with a 2-run homer - his 4th of the season. Extra special for Zavier: his Mom and Aunt were in attendance for the games. How awesome is that? Here's the early Tristan Peters infield single that scored the first run in the early going: All in all, the day was about Rattlers pitching: 13 innings pitched and a mere three hits allowed. Hear ye', hear ye'. Keep it coming with the Cam Robinson hype. I'm here for it 24/7. Your extra special Home-based Post-Game(s) podcast: Split Decision on a Positive Day (with Kyle Lobner and Chris Mehring). AND, our beloved full-game YouTube highlights: You just have to love those Timber Rattlers Home slates! It's a real special Minor League treat to get these full-game YouTube highlights - you'd be hard-pressed to find an organization that does it better postgame than the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers organization. Given pitching was the name of the game today, let's close today's T-Rats coverage with an homage to pitching stud Antoine Kelly with a secondary special tip of the cap to T-Rats pitching coach, Will Schierholz, who truly is doing a fantastic job in 2022: *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 7, Mississippi (Braves) 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please visit and review: Down to FInal Strike Reetz Walk-Off Homer Stuns M-Braves - Monasterio Drives in Three While Tying Franchise Record Andruw Monasterio began his Shuckers career a perfect 6-for-6. This tied former Shuckers Garrett Cooper (2015) and Dustin DeMuth (2016) for the Shuckers franchise record for consecutive hits. In his first at bat, in his second game as a Shucker, he blasted a 2-run homer over the wall in left field plating Noah Campbell who led the Shuckers' first frame with a walk: Andruw did prove his mortality by managing a fly out in his seventh at bat. A collective sigh was heard in the streets of Biloxi and children wailed at the ball park. The streak ended. BUT, alas, the game continued. Proving it isn't always how hard you hit it, Andruw later demonstrated sometimes you just need to make contact: Victor Castaneda struggled in an abbreviated 2 2/3 start (his second intentional condensed outing since his IL return) needing 73 pitches to collect his eighth out. Taylor Floyd came on in relief and his 2 1/3 scoreless, hitless, walk-less innings helped set the tone as he passed the ball to Harold Chirino. All told, Taylor and Harold didn't strike a single batter out but they relied on their defense and the defense provided all they needed. Nash Walters came on in the eighth inning and he showcased his change-up to good effect. Nash started his year strictly working his fastball and slider but, since that time, he has added his curve and change-up to the mix. I am eager to watch his outings in the games ahead as he looks on the cusp of some dominant relief work. What will he need to do this? Locate. Locate. Locate. Still too many 1-0 and 2-0 counts. But, the stuff is there. Zach Vennaro seemed to struggle with his slider a bit tonight and with a consistently very tight strikezone he was forced to try and work his fastball to three consecutive lefty bats. Ultimately, he was done in by a two-run bomb on a pitch that called for up and in. But not enough up and not enough in: This led to a sudden 6-5 deficit. Fear not, Jakson was in waiting in the wings. Jakson will get the majority of tonight's publicity, and rightfully so, but let us not overlook the work of Thomas Dillard. I've mentioned it a couple of time in my reports and I'm going to mention it again now: he's gotten better as the year has progressed. He is starting to heat up at the dish - 3-for-5 tonight - and his BA and OPS are rising as a result. 0.231 and 0.740, respectively. He stayed relevant all season with his impeccable ability to draw walks. Well, other pieces of the puzzle are starting to fit. He's a joy to watch. Joey Wiemer looked frustrated and uncomfortable at the plate. This is the first time I can say this to date. This will be a test of his ability to find and work his way out of this mini-slump. Several off-speed and breaking pitches were his demise tonight - he looked overeager and as though he hoped to meet and greet a misplaced fastball. He adjusted earlier in the season. I expect the same in the weeks ahead. This being said, manning center field again tonight, he made a very nice break on a shallow liner in the later innings and made the diving catch. All eyes are on you, Joey. No pressure. Where for art thou Gabe Holt? For that matter, where for art thou Sal Frelick? Ahhhh, the mysteries of Minor League injuries persist. Both remain 'Active' and, yet, both remain absent. To this end, is it me or has Garrett Mitchell been on the 7-Day IL since May? I hope to see each and every one these Shuckers very soon. Noah Campbell's recent hitting streak may have come to an end but his offensive impact continues: Ok. Let's take a peak at the view from the Hype Train. What's missing from this glorious scenery is the 1-2 count. The preceding pitch was a 91 mph fastball up and in Jakson swung on and missed violently. There's nothing like getting out ahead of an off-speed breaking pitch and carrying it deep over the wall in left field with one arm. What. A. Stud: *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 8, Indianapolis (Pirates) 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Complete Comeback to Even Series - Nashville Erases 4-0 Deficit for Come-from-Behind Win It certainly isn't often you witness Jon Singleton drive in Tyler White via a triple. But, I swear to you: I saw this phenomenon. And, my goodness it was beautiful. Jon continued his recent run of excellent results at the plate. I love to see it. Caleb Boushley managed to work his way through a 3-run inning but ultimately gave his club five complete - not his sharpest outing but he kept his team in it and his teammates answered in kind. All told, Caleb finished his evening with five complete innings, working around seven hits and a couple walks, with six key strikeouts and the four earned runs. Not his best outing by any measure but enough to allow his team to chip back into it and ultimately ahead. Further Notes: Yay for a Weston Wilson 3-for-3 outing. Man, was he due. Toss in a walk, two runs, and a rbi and Weston had to have felt some relief post-game. Here's to more production like this! He may have been slumping in recent games but let us not forget, after tonight’s three-hit evening, he's third on the Sounds ball club with 15 multi-hit games. An early absolutely key at bat of the game was Pablo Reyes' two-run jack. Let's take a peak (Oh, hey! That's Weston Wilson on base): The unsung and consistent work of the Nashville bullpen. Is there any bullpen arm more unsung than RHP Matt Hardy? (who, by the way, just continues to get people out): Patrick Dorrian with his first knock as a Sound. Congrats! It was a big insurance chopper with the infield in: I mentioned the Jon Singleton triple. Well, he also knocked in the go-ahead run with a single in the seventh inning. He's heating up, folks. The results may not be what he has hoped for (or fans were hoping for, more likely) but I am telling you: his impact on the field and in the clubhouse is undeniable. I'm glad he's in the Brewers organization. I have all the faith in the world in his talents. One of my Sounds bullpen favorites and recent Brewers call-up, Peter Strzelecki, picked up his second save with a scoreless three-strikeout ninth. When he deals, he deals. I hope to see him back with the big club at some point this season. *** Tune in tomorrow as Israel Puello gets his first start on a Wisconsin Timber Rattler mound. Additionally, Our DSL and ACL affiliates take the diamond after a well-deserved 'day off'. Dylan File will take the Hill in Nashville, Miguel Segura at Five County Stadium, and, well, Biloxi is 'TBD'. As always, thanks for reading! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League Scoreboard Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  13. Kudos to any of you Johnny Cash fans. Given his 2022 season and tonight's two-run walk-off blast over the wall in left field (that probably left many in my farmhouse wondering what all the hootin' and hollerin' was about), Jakson Reetz did it again. It's hard to fathom the depth of 2021 Minor League Free Agent signings impacting the Brewers organization in 2022. Speaking of which, Andruw Monasterio (signed in November of 2021) began his Shuckers career 6-for-6 with a 2-for-2 start to tonight's contest including a two-run blast in the first inning. That doesn't even sniff at Jonny Davis, Jason Alexander, Abraham Almonte, Jon Singleton, Tyler White, Tyler Herb, Trevor Kelley, and Hobie Harris etc. This just in: The Milwaukee Brewers personnel and player development departments are really good at their jobs. On to the reports! Transactions: None Officially Special Note: This just in (HERE) via our very own @ARobsBrewCrew: *** There were no DSL or ACL Brewers Affiliate Games today...stay tuned tomorrow as the young men will be looking to get back at it. All four squads will be taking the diamond throughout the day. Until then, here's a little bit of ACL Zen: *** Carolina Pre-Game Notes Final: Fayetteville (Astros) 8, Carolina 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please visit and review: Carolina Comes up Short in 8-5 Loss to Fayetteville - The Mudcats Went 0-for-10 with Runners in Scoring Position in Wednesday's Series Tying Loss I was hoping to see young Alexander Cornielle take the next step in his pitching development for his 2022 season. Instead, and unfortunately, I watched his worst outing of the year. All told, Alexander only made it 2 2/3 innings surrendering six runs on six hits (two 2-run HR's), three walks, and four punch outs. Let's hope he can bounce back in his next outing. Coming into this one he had been executing quite well since his maligned first outing where an error led to five runs and an early exit. The Mudcats did attempt their best to rally back into things late with one of their patented late-inning outbursts, but, unfortunately, their ninth inning mini-rally fell short after Jesus Chirinos hit into a game-ending double play. Further Notes: Not pictured above, but worthy of mention is Zach Raabe and his three walk and two run outing. Jackson Chourio finished 0-for-5 leaving five men on base while doing so. It's not often we see a goose egg with Chourio, but an 0-for-5 with no strikeouts is a good 0-for-5 in my book. Eduardo Garcia continued his recent run of excellence. From my side of the fence, his most noteworthy stat tonight is two free passes to one strikeout. His one absolutely necessary area of growth moving forward is plate discipline. This being said, he has been fantastic of late and it is awesome to witness. Jeferson Quero continues his offensive resurgence with a 2-for-4 outing with a walk and a run Hedbert Perez hit his 12th double of the season and continued his recent run of extra base hits. Here's hoping for a potent second-half! 0-for10 with RISP is not a number the Mudcats will want to repeat in the weeks ahead. It's dueling 8-5 final scores in Five County. The Mudcats took it 8-5 yesterday, the Woodpeckers 8-5 tonight. What will tomorrow bring? Stay tuned! *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Game 1: Cedar Rapids (Twins) 6, Wisconsin 2 Box Score / Game Log Game 2: Wisconsin 3, Cedar Rapids 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please visit and review: Game 1: Kernels Beat Wisconsin 6-2 in Conclusion of Tuesday's Game - Cedar Rapids 5-0 Lead Too Big for Timber Rattlers this Time Game 2: Warren Homers & Jarvis Strikes Out Ten in Wisconsin Win - Timber Rattlers Take 7-Inning Game 3-1 from Cedar Rapids Well, the T-Rats managed to win the remaining 6 innings of game 1, 2-1 but the opening 0-5 hole was too much to overcome. Miguel Guerrero and Tyler GIllies gave their all to close the game after Zach Mort's rough start the evening prior. The two combined for six innings of work with a mere single earned run allowed, two hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts. The mini two-run rally came in the bottom of the eighth as Tyler Black and Ethan Murray led the inning with back-to-back singles and were eventually plated by singles from Tristan Peters and Zavier Warren, respectively. That was all there was to it on the day, however, as both teams failed to get baserunners around third and home in the ninth inning. A special mention should be given to Tyler Gillies as he went three full scoreless and effective innings - his longest outing since 2019 and further showing his recovery process is evolving. Game 2 was an entirely different affair altogether as Justin Jarvis returned to his dominant form completing five full innings of one hit and ten strikeout ball. Cam Robinson did his thing grabbing his 18th Save of the season in a scoreless 7th. On the offensive side of things, it was definitely a top of the order performance: 6-for-14 combined for Tyler Black, Ethan Murray, Joe Gray Jr., Tristan Peters, and Zavier Warren. Black, Peters, and Warren each plate a run with Warren providing the pop with a 2-run homer - his 4th of the season. Extra special for Zavier: his Mom and Aunt were in attendance for the games. How awesome is that? Here's the early Tristan Peters infield single that scored the first run in the early going: All in all, the day was about Rattlers pitching: 13 innings pitched and a mere three hits allowed. Hear ye', hear ye'. Keep it coming with the Cam Robinson hype. I'm here for it 24/7. Your extra special Home-based Post-Game(s) podcast: Split Decision on a Positive Day (with Kyle Lobner and Chris Mehring). AND, our beloved full-game YouTube highlights: You just have to love those Timber Rattlers Home slates! It's a real special Minor League treat to get these full-game YouTube highlights - you'd be hard-pressed to find an organization that does it better postgame than the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers organization. Given pitching was the name of the game today, let's close today's T-Rats coverage with an homage to pitching stud Antoine Kelly with a secondary special tip of the cap to T-Rats pitching coach, Will Schierholz, who truly is doing a fantastic job in 2022: *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 7, Mississippi (Braves) 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please visit and review: Down to FInal Strike Reetz Walk-Off Homer Stuns M-Braves - Monasterio Drives in Three While Tying Franchise Record Andruw Monasterio began his Shuckers career a perfect 6-for-6. This tied former Shuckers Garrett Cooper (2015) and Dustin DeMuth (2016) for the Shuckers franchise record for consecutive hits. In his first at bat, in his second game as a Shucker, he blasted a 2-run homer over the wall in left field plating Noah Campbell who led the Shuckers' first frame with a walk: Andruw did prove his mortality by managing a fly out in his seventh at bat. A collective sigh was heard in the streets of Biloxi and children wailed at the ball park. The streak ended. BUT, alas, the game continued. Proving it isn't always how hard you hit it, Andruw later demonstrated sometimes you just need to make contact: Victor Castaneda struggled in an abbreviated 2 2/3 start (his second intentional condensed outing since his IL return) needing 73 pitches to collect his eighth out. Taylor Floyd came on in relief and his 2 1/3 scoreless, hitless, walk-less innings helped set the tone as he passed the ball to Harold Chirino. All told, Taylor and Harold didn't strike a single batter out but they relied on their defense and the defense provided all they needed. Nash Walters came on in the eighth inning and he showcased his change-up to good effect. Nash started his year strictly working his fastball and slider but, since that time, he has added his curve and change-up to the mix. I am eager to watch his outings in the games ahead as he looks on the cusp of some dominant relief work. What will he need to do this? Locate. Locate. Locate. Still too many 1-0 and 2-0 counts. But, the stuff is there. Zach Vennaro seemed to struggle with his slider a bit tonight and with a consistently very tight strikezone he was forced to try and work his fastball to three consecutive lefty bats. Ultimately, he was done in by a two-run bomb on a pitch that called for up and in. But not enough up and not enough in: This led to a sudden 6-5 deficit. Fear not, Jakson was in waiting in the wings. Jakson will get the majority of tonight's publicity, and rightfully so, but let us not overlook the work of Thomas Dillard. I've mentioned it a couple of time in my reports and I'm going to mention it again now: he's gotten better as the year has progressed. He is starting to heat up at the dish - 3-for-5 tonight - and his BA and OPS are rising as a result. 0.231 and 0.740, respectively. He stayed relevant all season with his impeccable ability to draw walks. Well, other pieces of the puzzle are starting to fit. He's a joy to watch. Joey Wiemer looked frustrated and uncomfortable at the plate. This is the first time I can say this to date. This will be a test of his ability to find and work his way out of this mini-slump. Several off-speed and breaking pitches were his demise tonight - he looked overeager and as though he hoped to meet and greet a misplaced fastball. He adjusted earlier in the season. I expect the same in the weeks ahead. This being said, manning center field again tonight, he made a very nice break on a shallow liner in the later innings and made the diving catch. All eyes are on you, Joey. No pressure. Where for art thou Gabe Holt? For that matter, where for art thou Sal Frelick? Ahhhh, the mysteries of Minor League injuries persist. Both remain 'Active' and, yet, both remain absent. To this end, is it me or has Garrett Mitchell been on the 7-Day IL since May? I hope to see each and every one these Shuckers very soon. Noah Campbell's recent hitting streak may have come to an end but his offensive impact continues: Ok. Let's take a peak at the view from the Hype Train. What's missing from this glorious scenery is the 1-2 count. The preceding pitch was a 91 mph fastball up and in Jakson swung on and missed violently. There's nothing like getting out ahead of an off-speed breaking pitch and carrying it deep over the wall in left field with one arm. What. A. Stud: *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 8, Indianapolis (Pirates) 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Complete Comeback to Even Series - Nashville Erases 4-0 Deficit for Come-from-Behind Win It certainly isn't often you witness Jon Singleton drive in Tyler White via a triple. But, I swear to you: I saw this phenomenon. And, my goodness it was beautiful. Jon continued his recent run of excellent results at the plate. I love to see it. Caleb Boushley managed to work his way through a 3-run inning but ultimately gave his club five complete - not his sharpest outing but he kept his team in it and his teammates answered in kind. All told, Caleb finished his evening with five complete innings, working around seven hits and a couple walks, with six key strikeouts and the four earned runs. Not his best outing by any measure but enough to allow his team to chip back into it and ultimately ahead. Further Notes: Yay for a Weston Wilson 3-for-3 outing. Man, was he due. Toss in a walk, two runs, and a rbi and Weston had to have felt some relief post-game. Here's to more production like this! He may have been slumping in recent games but let us not forget, after tonight’s three-hit evening, he's third on the Sounds ball club with 15 multi-hit games. An early absolutely key at bat of the game was Pablo Reyes' two-run jack. Let's take a peak (Oh, hey! That's Weston Wilson on base): The unsung and consistent work of the Nashville bullpen. Is there any bullpen arm more unsung than RHP Matt Hardy? (who, by the way, just continues to get people out): Patrick Dorrian with his first knock as a Sound. Congrats! It was a big insurance chopper with the infield in: I mentioned the Jon Singleton triple. Well, he also knocked in the go-ahead run with a single in the seventh inning. He's heating up, folks. The results may not be what he has hoped for (or fans were hoping for, more likely) but I am telling you: his impact on the field and in the clubhouse is undeniable. I'm glad he's in the Brewers organization. I have all the faith in the world in his talents. One of my Sounds bullpen favorites and recent Brewers call-up, Peter Strzelecki, picked up his second save with a scoreless three-strikeout ninth. When he deals, he deals. I hope to see him back with the big club at some point this season. *** Tune in tomorrow as Israel Puello gets his first start on a Wisconsin Timber Rattler mound. Additionally, Our DSL and ACL affiliates take the diamond after a well-deserved 'day off'. Dylan File will take the Hill in Nashville, Miguel Segura at Five County Stadium, and, well, Biloxi is 'TBD'. As always, thanks for reading! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League Scoreboard Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  14. The Mudcats game recap via the Carolina site includes the headline "First Place Mudcats". Though it's a razor-thin half-game lead, that's still very pleasant news. We'll often let the full-season clubs break down much of the game action minutia within their team site summaries and tweets, but we have no such luxury at the rookie complex levels. If there is another organization's fan-site providing as much detail on the rookie level as BrewerFanatic, well, we'd be surprised. So settle in not only for the news about the players close to impacting the big-league Crew, but stay informed along with us on the 2027 and beyond Milwaukee Brewers you're also getting to know now. Transactions: - RHP Jandel Gustave sent to AAA Nashville on rehab assignment - C Pedro Severino sent to AA Biloxi on rehab assignment - OF Corey Ray outrighted to AAA Nashville - RHP Michael Perdomo promoted from DSL Brewers-1 to ACL Brewers Blue - RHP Anthony Perez promoted from DSL Brewers-1 to ACL Brewers Blue - INF Jamal Zalm promoted from DSL Brewers-2 to ACL Brewers Blue - C Darlin Lora promoted from DSL Brewers-1 to ACL Brewers Blue - INF Miguel Briceno promoted from DSL Brewers-1 to ACL Brewers Gold The first round of the 2016 MLB draft has proven to pretty much have been a dumpster fire. Oh sure, Braves RHP Ian Anderson (taken two picks before Corey Ray at #3 overall) and Wisconsin native Gavin Lux are definitely big league contributors. Guardians RHP Cal Quantrill at #8 would have been a solid choice. But true 1st round superstar power - nothing quite yet. That doesn't make the injury-filled and performance-lacking Brewers career of Ray any less disappointing, and now Ray is set to meekly slide away into minor league free agency after this season. But you do know the Brewers success story from that round, right? Sure you do, he's 25th overall pick Eric Lauer! There's a pick-us-up note! *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 4, Memphis (Cardinals) 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: Boushley, Sounds Stifle Redbirds - Nashville Never Trails as Series Evens in Memphis One of the best parts about Caleb Boushley's Minor League Rule 5 Phase pickup from the Padres system last December is that Milwaukee has another year of control over Boushley. So even if he's not added to the 40-man or 26-man rosters, he could play an important role in 2023. Just think how fortunate, as MLB only decided to conduct the minor league phase due to the lockout. No Boushley if they hadn't held it! While reminding us he grew up a big Cardinals' fan, Small naturally expresses his appreciation for his Memphis-area upbringing. Guess he wanted to get out and experience the local happenings, as he, along with Manager Rick Sweet, were ejected from the dugout in the 3rd inning after Jon Singleton was called out on strikes. Not sure if RH reliever Matt Hardy, in his 6th season in the Crew's system, still has to deal with wrestler Matt Hardy shoutouts wherever he goes, but he's having a super-solid season. Encouraging rehab outing for RH reliever Jandel Gustave. Too bad for the Sounds' faithful home fans that Brandon Woodruff's scheduled rehab outing Saturday is in Memphis. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 6, Chattanooga (Reds) 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Biloxi Holds On For 6-5 Win Over Lookouts - Bennett Allows Just One Run Over Five Frames You'll find a Chattanooga TV sports report on the contest here. Biloxi's staff grabbed several highlights from the Lookout's MiLB.TV broadcast and posted them on their Twitter Media Feed. Of course, if you already read the game report linked above, you have seen them all - wink, wink. Worth copying here to end it, with Voice of The Shuckers Garrett Greene on the call: Wiemer's offensive mini-slide continued with an 0-for-5 evening (one run, one RBI), but even with a tough camera angle, that was a sweet defensive play. Big games from the bottom four in the order - Cam Devanney, Noah Campbell, Gabe Holt, and Yeison Coca. How much of a luxury is it to see the #6 and 7 hitters (Devanney, Campbell) with OPS marks of ,860 and .861 respectively. Don't know if Southern League pitching is down this year, but nearly night in and night out, this is not the offense-suppressing AA environment we've become accustomed to while tracking Brewer farmhands at the plate or on the mound in years past. Nice start for LHP Nick Bennett, upping his game recently. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Great Lakes (Dodgers) 3, Wisconsin 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Loons Shut Out Rattlers 3-0 - Jarvis strikes out eleven, but offense held to two hits T-Rats on the brink of first-half playoff elimination, give us a heck of a 2nd half, men. Just six men on base (two singles, four walks, 14 strikeouts) and 0-for-2 with RISP for Wisconsin. Final lines show seven hitting .213 or below, and you can only statistically pooh-pooh batting average so much. Seven of RHP Justin Jarvis' last eight starts have been very good to outstanding. His 2022 game log shows how he bounced back from a frigid April performance. Hey, did you miss Adam McCalvy and Brad Ford's extended conversation with catcher Alex Hall earlier this week? Good stuff beyond what you may have heard whilst Hall was up for his one-game (so far) big league dugout debut. Check it out here at the 49:00 minute mark. It may be truncated, but looking forward to seeing what RHP James Meeker does in his first professional start Saturday night. *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 4, Columbia (Royals) 1, seven innings due to opening rain delay Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, details, please review: First Place Mudcats End Skid with 4-1 Road Win - Eduardo Garcia hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh and final frame for the Mudcats No doubt, this was a BIG win. Listed at 6'2", 160 on his MiLB Player Page (but we know how outdated those vitals can be), the prized shortstop prospect Garcia looks to be all of that and more with this swing - How confident is the organization in Garcia's defensive prowess in the six-hole? All but one of 503 professional defensive innings have been at shortstop. Are the six walks in 224 at-bats in 2022, in a word, awful? Yeah, that one aspect of Garcia's game needs a ton of work. The rest - just fine, thank you. Just 20 years old all season, RHP and 2021 6th round JUCO pick Carlos Rodriguez continues to justify his fairly lofty draft status. Half-game lead with six games to go in the first half? You'll realize how critical those six games are when you review this from Voice of the Mudcats' Greg Young Jr.'s always-robust media notes: PLAYOFF DROUGHT: The Mudcats failed to reach the playoffs in 2021, thus stretching the club's playoff drought to a Minor League Baseball worst 12 consecutive seasons. The Mudcats last reached the postseason in 2008 where they lost to the Mississippi Braves in the Southern League Championship Series (when they were associated with the then-Florida Marlins at the AA level). Let's get the Zebulon faithful some playoff baseball, guys! *** My thanks to @damuelle of our staff who contributed the Arizona Complex League write-ups for me. With the four complex leagues active, daily report duties can be daunting, so you'll see the occasional tag-team. I'll rejoin you below for the Dominican games Final: ACL Athletics 7, ACL Brewers Blue 5, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log Brewers Blue vs. Athletics was a repeat of Thursday’s game, with unfortunately the same outcome, dropping the Blue squad to 1-8 thus far in 2022. Five DSL players were promoted stateside in advance of today’s ACL games, but only Jamal Zalm saw action. After playing all of his 246 2/3 innings in the infield in DSL, of course in his first-ever ACL game Zalm was sent to play left field. It was a successful debut for him, as he doubled and scored to tie the game 2-2 in the second inning, while the gods mercifully didn’t send any fly balls his way. However, the Athletics used a four-run 4thinning to blow open the 2-2 contest, then held off the Brewers Blue squad in this shortened seven-inning affair. After a solid debut 2021 season for 24-year old LHP Leoni De La Cruz (1.23 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 12.0 K/9 in 29 1/3 innings split between DSL and ACL), he struggled for the second time in three games this year. Inheriting a two-on, one-out situation from starting RHP Andy Garcia in the fourth inning, De La Cruz allowed the first three Athletics he faced to reached base (single, two walks), thus ballooning the deficit from 3-2 to 6-2. 2021 big bonus 18-year old Venezuelan SS Daniel Guilarte (.786 OPS in 35 plate appearances, seven RBIs) continues his successful debut season, with his fifth inning, two-out single plating two runs to cut the Athletics’ lead to 6-4. The Brewers Blue and Athletic staffs struck out nine and ten batters, respectively, but the Blue team issued seven walks versus just one issued by the Athletics. However, those strikeouts are likely an encouraging sign that our pitchers have the “good stuff” (five for Garcia in 3 1/3 innings, two for De La Cruz in 1 2/3 innings, two for Raul Mendoza in two innings). The organization can’t reasonably expect 17-year catcher Felipe Valderrama to hit much at this level (unsurprising .414 OPS in 25 plate appearances), so should be happy that he threw out one of two attempted base stealers. Don’t be discouraged by 1B Quinton Low’s OPS of .425 (25 plate appearances), as his BABIP is just .182 and his BB/K ratio is 6/8. *** Final: ACL Brewers Gold 5, ACL Guardians 0 Box Score / Game Log The Gold squad continues to counter-balance Blue’s struggles, boosting their record to 7-2 in this reversal of fortune from Thursday’s loss to the same Guardians’ team. What a turnaround for 19-year old starting RHP Patricio Aquino from last week’s rough stateside debut, as he shut out the quality opposition (Guardians drop to 6-3) over six innings, striking out eight batters while only allowing a double, two singles and two walks. After a solid 2021 season (2.66 ERA in 44 DSL innings), Aquino is definitely a player to keep an eye on. The Gold team were unfortunately unable to capitalize on a bases loaded, one-out opportunity in the first inning, while Aquino then worked around a leadoff Guardians’ double in the second inning (two strikeouts and an infield pop up). We’re nine games into 2022 and we now simply expect greatness from 18-year old left-handed hitting OF Luis Castillo who went 3-for-5 with three RBIs to maintain his amazing OPS at 1.382 through 38 plate appearances. His RBI single in the third inning opened the scoring at 1-0, while his two-run double in the fourth inning provided the final margin of 5-0. Of course, Castillo’s BABIP (.519) and low season numbers for walks (3) and stolen bases (0) will raise some questions, but by the same token just six strikeouts tells you that Mr. Castillo has serious contact skills. 18-year old lead-off man 2B Jadher Areinamo continued his impressive work (1-for-4, two runs scored). Areinamo (.297 AVG / .395 OBP / .405 SLG in 43 ACL plate appearances) has hit safely in eight of the nine ACL games, walking twice in the other one. 19-year old Venezuelan RHP Yorman Galindez was the only 2022 international signee to be directly posted stateside (i.e., no games in the DSL) and the organization is not regretting that choice. With two scoreless innings in this contest, his ERA is now 1.04, WHIP 0.81 and he’s struck out 12 batters in his 8 2/3 innings. Well done, young man! To finish off the shutout, 24-year old RHP Ryan Middendorf had a successful debut in affiliated baseball, working around an infield error to pitch an otherwise clean ninth inning with one strikeout. The Brewers acquired Middendorf’s contract from the Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League earlier this week, where he threw 150 2/3 innings in 24 starts in 1 1/4 seasons (3.05 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 7.8 K/9). 19-year old Jesus Parra continued his bounce back season (.774 OPS in 2019 DSL, .566 OPS in 2021 ACL, .840 OPS this year) with a 2-for-5 outing. I’m not sure if it was the 107-degree heat (on a partly cloudy day, no less), the Guardians’ struggles at the plate (despite 20 MPH winds blowing out to center field) or their three errors, but bench coach Dennis Malave was ejected by the home plate umpire Chad Lagana in the 8th inning. Get both of those men a cold beverage. Actually, this occurred after the Guardians bunted for the 2nd out with one runner on in the 8th inning. Bunting in ACL ball while down 5-0? Yeah, that might merit an ejection. *** Final: DSL NYY Bombers 12, DSL Brewers #1 Squad 2, seven innings, lightning Box Score / Game Log The Yankees organization has two DSL teams, with the other simply being the "Yankees". OK Brewers front office, we'll give you until next spring to come up with something better than DSL #1 & DSL #2. The #1 Brewers, now 2-7, came very close to being no-hit. Their one and only knock was a two-run home run by 18-year-old 2nd-year switch-hitting first baseman Arnys Rodriguez with one out in what Mother Nature determined would be the game's final inning. The Dominican native struggled in 2021 (.501 OPS, 94 at-bats) while seeing time at second and third base in addition to first. In five games early on, it's been first base only for Arnys, who had broken the seal on his career home runs with one last summer. Early team MVP CF Luis Lara was an uncharacteristic 0-for-3 with two K's and left the game after flying out in the 6th of the lopsided affair. Pretty sure we would have known if he had been struck by lightning. The four Brewer pitchers, all in their debut seasons, combined to walk 11 and throw two wild pitches. The starter was Nicaraguan RHP Ranwell Smith who won't even turn 17 until late August, With an 80-grade name like Ranwell Smith, if mound duties don't pan out, there surely will be opportunities as a big-league postseason baserunning specialist. *** Final: DSL Blue Jays 4, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 3, eight innings (scheduled for seven) Box Score / Game Log No weather issues here, game scheduled to end early, as ghost runners were utilized in the 8th. It'd be interesting to know what discussions take place between teams as perhaps they indicate limited pitcher availability as a reason not to play nine. The BrewCrew2 8th was ineffective and unlucky. 17-year-old bonus baby prospect Johan Barrios, DH'ing here and 0-for-4 for the day, flew out to right field, apparently too shallow to advance the runner. Catcher Eric Martinez lined out, but it was caught by the second baseman. A strikeout ended the frame. A single pitch ended the game, with a Blue Jay line-drive single off RHP Nelson Cuevas, saddling the 21-year-old Dominican native, a 2022 rarity in that he's in his third DSL season, with his third loss in four appearances. Of course, this particular run will show as unearned on his ledger. The three Crew pitchers combined to walk seven, throw three wild pitches, and hit a batter. When that combination of events is low, it's worth pointing out. Not low here, but mentioned anyway as a point of reference for better mound days ahead. BrewCrew2 tied it at 3-3 in the top of 7th when still-16-year-old third baseman Juan Baez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Debunking the whole concept of needing base hits with RISP, Baez had driven in a run with a sacrifice fly earlier. So two RBI on an 0-for-2 day at the plate. *** Carolina's doubleheader in Columbia, South Carolina kicks off at 3:30 Central. All other full-season action is this evening. Despite the Mudcats double-dip, it's still only eight, and not nine games today, as the two Arizona rosters square off for bragging rights in Maryvale. Have a great Saturday! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League Scoreboard Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  15. Transactions: - RHP Jandel Gustave sent to AAA Nashville on rehab assignment - C Pedro Severino sent to AA Biloxi on rehab assignment - OF Corey Ray outrighted to AAA Nashville - RHP Michael Perdomo promoted from DSL Brewers-1 to ACL Brewers Blue - RHP Anthony Perez promoted from DSL Brewers-1 to ACL Brewers Blue - INF Jamal Zalm promoted from DSL Brewers-2 to ACL Brewers Blue - C Darlin Lora promoted from DSL Brewers-1 to ACL Brewers Blue - INF Miguel Briceno promoted from DSL Brewers-1 to ACL Brewers Gold The first round of the 2016 MLB draft has proven to pretty much have been a dumpster fire. Oh sure, Braves RHP Ian Anderson (taken two picks before Corey Ray at #3 overall) and Wisconsin native Gavin Lux are definitely big league contributors. Guardians RHP Cal Quantrill at #8 would have been a solid choice. But true 1st round superstar power - nothing quite yet. That doesn't make the injury-filled and performance-lacking Brewers career of Ray any less disappointing, and now Ray is set to meekly slide away into minor league free agency after this season. But you do know the Brewers success story from that round, right? Sure you do, he's 25th overall pick Eric Lauer! There's a pick-us-up note! *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 4, Memphis (Cardinals) 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: Boushley, Sounds Stifle Redbirds - Nashville Never Trails as Series Evens in Memphis One of the best parts about Caleb Boushley's Minor League Rule 5 Phase pickup from the Padres system last December is that Milwaukee has another year of control over Boushley. So even if he's not added to the 40-man or 26-man rosters, he could play an important role in 2023. Just think how fortunate, as MLB only decided to conduct the minor league phase due to the lockout. No Boushley if they hadn't held it! While reminding us he grew up a big Cardinals' fan, Small naturally expresses his appreciation for his Memphis-area upbringing. Guess he wanted to get out and experience the local happenings, as he, along with Manager Rick Sweet, were ejected from the dugout in the 3rd inning after Jon Singleton was called out on strikes. Not sure if RH reliever Matt Hardy, in his 6th season in the Crew's system, still has to deal with wrestler Matt Hardy shoutouts wherever he goes, but he's having a super-solid season. Encouraging rehab outing for RH reliever Jandel Gustave. Too bad for the Sounds' faithful home fans that Brandon Woodruff's scheduled rehab outing Saturday is in Memphis. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 6, Chattanooga (Reds) 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Biloxi Holds On For 6-5 Win Over Lookouts - Bennett Allows Just One Run Over Five Frames You'll find a Chattanooga TV sports report on the contest here. Biloxi's staff grabbed several highlights from the Lookout's MiLB.TV broadcast and posted them on their Twitter Media Feed. Of course, if you already read the game report linked above, you have seen them all - wink, wink. Worth copying here to end it, with Voice of The Shuckers Garrett Greene on the call: Wiemer's offensive mini-slide continued with an 0-for-5 evening (one run, one RBI), but even with a tough camera angle, that was a sweet defensive play. Big games from the bottom four in the order - Cam Devanney, Noah Campbell, Gabe Holt, and Yeison Coca. How much of a luxury is it to see the #6 and 7 hitters (Devanney, Campbell) with OPS marks of ,860 and .861 respectively. Don't know if Southern League pitching is down this year, but nearly night in and night out, this is not the offense-suppressing AA environment we've become accustomed to while tracking Brewer farmhands at the plate or on the mound in years past. Nice start for LHP Nick Bennett, upping his game recently. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Great Lakes (Dodgers) 3, Wisconsin 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Loons Shut Out Rattlers 3-0 - Jarvis strikes out eleven, but offense held to two hits T-Rats on the brink of first-half playoff elimination, give us a heck of a 2nd half, men. Just six men on base (two singles, four walks, 14 strikeouts) and 0-for-2 with RISP for Wisconsin. Final lines show seven hitting .213 or below, and you can only statistically pooh-pooh batting average so much. Seven of RHP Justin Jarvis' last eight starts have been very good to outstanding. His 2022 game log shows how he bounced back from a frigid April performance. Hey, did you miss Adam McCalvy and Brad Ford's extended conversation with catcher Alex Hall earlier this week? Good stuff beyond what you may have heard whilst Hall was up for his one-game (so far) big league dugout debut. Check it out here at the 49:00 minute mark. It may be truncated, but looking forward to seeing what RHP James Meeker does in his first professional start Saturday night. *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 4, Columbia (Royals) 1, seven innings due to opening rain delay Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, details, please review: First Place Mudcats End Skid with 4-1 Road Win - Eduardo Garcia hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh and final frame for the Mudcats No doubt, this was a BIG win. Listed at 6'2", 160 on his MiLB Player Page (but we know how outdated those vitals can be), the prized shortstop prospect Garcia looks to be all of that and more with this swing - How confident is the organization in Garcia's defensive prowess in the six-hole? All but one of 503 professional defensive innings have been at shortstop. Are the six walks in 224 at-bats in 2022, in a word, awful? Yeah, that one aspect of Garcia's game needs a ton of work. The rest - just fine, thank you. Just 20 years old all season, RHP and 2021 6th round JUCO pick Carlos Rodriguez continues to justify his fairly lofty draft status. Half-game lead with six games to go in the first half? You'll realize how critical those six games are when you review this from Voice of the Mudcats' Greg Young Jr.'s always-robust media notes: PLAYOFF DROUGHT: The Mudcats failed to reach the playoffs in 2021, thus stretching the club's playoff drought to a Minor League Baseball worst 12 consecutive seasons. The Mudcats last reached the postseason in 2008 where they lost to the Mississippi Braves in the Southern League Championship Series (when they were associated with the then-Florida Marlins at the AA level). Let's get the Zebulon faithful some playoff baseball, guys! *** My thanks to @damuelle of our staff who contributed the Arizona Complex League write-ups for me. With the four complex leagues active, daily report duties can be daunting, so you'll see the occasional tag-team. I'll rejoin you below for the Dominican games Final: ACL Athletics 7, ACL Brewers Blue 5, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log Brewers Blue vs. Athletics was a repeat of Thursday’s game, with unfortunately the same outcome, dropping the Blue squad to 1-8 thus far in 2022. Five DSL players were promoted stateside in advance of today’s ACL games, but only Jamal Zalm saw action. After playing all of his 246 2/3 innings in the infield in DSL, of course in his first-ever ACL game Zalm was sent to play left field. It was a successful debut for him, as he doubled and scored to tie the game 2-2 in the second inning, while the gods mercifully didn’t send any fly balls his way. However, the Athletics used a four-run 4thinning to blow open the 2-2 contest, then held off the Brewers Blue squad in this shortened seven-inning affair. After a solid debut 2021 season for 24-year old LHP Leoni De La Cruz (1.23 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 12.0 K/9 in 29 1/3 innings split between DSL and ACL), he struggled for the second time in three games this year. Inheriting a two-on, one-out situation from starting RHP Andy Garcia in the fourth inning, De La Cruz allowed the first three Athletics he faced to reached base (single, two walks), thus ballooning the deficit from 3-2 to 6-2. 2021 big bonus 18-year old Venezuelan SS Daniel Guilarte (.786 OPS in 35 plate appearances, seven RBIs) continues his successful debut season, with his fifth inning, two-out single plating two runs to cut the Athletics’ lead to 6-4. The Brewers Blue and Athletic staffs struck out nine and ten batters, respectively, but the Blue team issued seven walks versus just one issued by the Athletics. However, those strikeouts are likely an encouraging sign that our pitchers have the “good stuff” (five for Garcia in 3 1/3 innings, two for De La Cruz in 1 2/3 innings, two for Raul Mendoza in two innings). The organization can’t reasonably expect 17-year catcher Felipe Valderrama to hit much at this level (unsurprising .414 OPS in 25 plate appearances), so should be happy that he threw out one of two attempted base stealers. Don’t be discouraged by 1B Quinton Low’s OPS of .425 (25 plate appearances), as his BABIP is just .182 and his BB/K ratio is 6/8. *** Final: ACL Brewers Gold 5, ACL Guardians 0 Box Score / Game Log The Gold squad continues to counter-balance Blue’s struggles, boosting their record to 7-2 in this reversal of fortune from Thursday’s loss to the same Guardians’ team. What a turnaround for 19-year old starting RHP Patricio Aquino from last week’s rough stateside debut, as he shut out the quality opposition (Guardians drop to 6-3) over six innings, striking out eight batters while only allowing a double, two singles and two walks. After a solid 2021 season (2.66 ERA in 44 DSL innings), Aquino is definitely a player to keep an eye on. The Gold team were unfortunately unable to capitalize on a bases loaded, one-out opportunity in the first inning, while Aquino then worked around a leadoff Guardians’ double in the second inning (two strikeouts and an infield pop up). We’re nine games into 2022 and we now simply expect greatness from 18-year old left-handed hitting OF Luis Castillo who went 3-for-5 with three RBIs to maintain his amazing OPS at 1.382 through 38 plate appearances. His RBI single in the third inning opened the scoring at 1-0, while his two-run double in the fourth inning provided the final margin of 5-0. Of course, Castillo’s BABIP (.519) and low season numbers for walks (3) and stolen bases (0) will raise some questions, but by the same token just six strikeouts tells you that Mr. Castillo has serious contact skills. 18-year old lead-off man 2B Jadher Areinamo continued his impressive work (1-for-4, two runs scored). Areinamo (.297 AVG / .395 OBP / .405 SLG in 43 ACL plate appearances) has hit safely in eight of the nine ACL games, walking twice in the other one. 19-year old Venezuelan RHP Yorman Galindez was the only 2022 international signee to be directly posted stateside (i.e., no games in the DSL) and the organization is not regretting that choice. With two scoreless innings in this contest, his ERA is now 1.04, WHIP 0.81 and he’s struck out 12 batters in his 8 2/3 innings. Well done, young man! To finish off the shutout, 24-year old RHP Ryan Middendorf had a successful debut in affiliated baseball, working around an infield error to pitch an otherwise clean ninth inning with one strikeout. The Brewers acquired Middendorf’s contract from the Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League earlier this week, where he threw 150 2/3 innings in 24 starts in 1 1/4 seasons (3.05 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 7.8 K/9). 19-year old Jesus Parra continued his bounce back season (.774 OPS in 2019 DSL, .566 OPS in 2021 ACL, .840 OPS this year) with a 2-for-5 outing. I’m not sure if it was the 107-degree heat (on a partly cloudy day, no less), the Guardians’ struggles at the plate (despite 20 MPH winds blowing out to center field) or their three errors, but bench coach Dennis Malave was ejected by the home plate umpire Chad Lagana in the 8th inning. Get both of those men a cold beverage. Actually, this occurred after the Guardians bunted for the 2nd out with one runner on in the 8th inning. Bunting in ACL ball while down 5-0? Yeah, that might merit an ejection. *** Final: DSL NYY Bombers 12, DSL Brewers #1 Squad 2, seven innings, lightning Box Score / Game Log The Yankees organization has two DSL teams, with the other simply being the "Yankees". OK Brewers front office, we'll give you until next spring to come up with something better than DSL #1 & DSL #2. The #1 Brewers, now 2-7, came very close to being no-hit. Their one and only knock was a two-run home run by 18-year-old 2nd-year switch-hitting first baseman Arnys Rodriguez with one out in what Mother Nature determined would be the game's final inning. The Dominican native struggled in 2021 (.501 OPS, 94 at-bats) while seeing time at second and third base in addition to first. In five games early on, it's been first base only for Arnys, who had broken the seal on his career home runs with one last summer. Early team MVP CF Luis Lara was an uncharacteristic 0-for-3 with two K's and left the game after flying out in the 6th of the lopsided affair. Pretty sure we would have known if he had been struck by lightning. The four Brewer pitchers, all in their debut seasons, combined to walk 11 and throw two wild pitches. The starter was Nicaraguan RHP Ranwell Smith who won't even turn 17 until late August, With an 80-grade name like Ranwell Smith, if mound duties don't pan out, there surely will be opportunities as a big-league postseason baserunning specialist. *** Final: DSL Blue Jays 4, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 3, eight innings (scheduled for seven) Box Score / Game Log No weather issues here, game scheduled to end early, as ghost runners were utilized in the 8th. It'd be interesting to know what discussions take place between teams as perhaps they indicate limited pitcher availability as a reason not to play nine. The BrewCrew2 8th was ineffective and unlucky. 17-year-old bonus baby prospect Johan Barrios, DH'ing here and 0-for-4 for the day, flew out to right field, apparently too shallow to advance the runner. Catcher Eric Martinez lined out, but it was caught by the second baseman. A strikeout ended the frame. A single pitch ended the game, with a Blue Jay line-drive single off RHP Nelson Cuevas, saddling the 21-year-old Dominican native, a 2022 rarity in that he's in his third DSL season, with his third loss in four appearances. Of course, this particular run will show as unearned on his ledger. The three Crew pitchers combined to walk seven, throw three wild pitches, and hit a batter. When that combination of events is low, it's worth pointing out. Not low here, but mentioned anyway as a point of reference for better mound days ahead. BrewCrew2 tied it at 3-3 in the top of 7th when still-16-year-old third baseman Juan Baez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Debunking the whole concept of needing base hits with RISP, Baez had driven in a run with a sacrifice fly earlier. So two RBI on an 0-for-2 day at the plate. *** Carolina's doubleheader in Columbia, South Carolina kicks off at 3:30 Central. All other full-season action is this evening. Despite the Mudcats double-dip, it's still only eight, and not nine games today, as the two Arizona rosters square off for bragging rights in Maryvale. Have a great Saturday! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League Scoreboard Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  16. These Minor League Week in Reviews are getting long. They are filled with how Brewers minor leaguers, from the Triple-A Nashville Sounds, down to the 17 and 18-year-old kids playing in the Dominican Summer League. Who played really well? How did the teams perform? While wins and losses are secondary to player development, it is a part of the game that matters to the players. There were several transactions on Monday. Both Rookie League affiliates played on Monday morning. There has been a lot of Brewers minor league coverage all week, so be sure to keep checking back. It was a big week, so let’s get to the recaps and more. As always, feel free to discuss this report, the teams, and players or more in the Comments. ARTICLES Last week’s Week in Review (5/31-6/6): Injuries, Promotions, and Jackson Chourio is Good Tuesday: The Higher-Level Losses Pile Up Wednesday: Wiemer Returns and Biloxi Walks it Off in the Night! Thursday: Six Wins and Four Losses, Including a Mudcat Sweep of the Cubs Friday: Friday Night Fun at the Upper Levels Saturday: Nashville is So Darn Solid; Big Wisconsin Road Win Sunday: Biloxi Pulls Out Extra Inning Win, Nashville and Carolina Fall Monday: Just the Rookie Teams, but Interesting Notes Nonetheless Interviewing Joey Wiemer Three Questions with … Joey Wiemer: Part 1 (Video) Three Questions with… Joey Wiemer: Part 2 (Video) WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds : Week: 2-4, hosting Norfolk Season: 36-23 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 1 1/2 games ahead of Columbus and Memphis. It started with a rainout, and then the Sounds lost the next three games. They won the next two games and had a chance to split the series before a 7-2 loss to Norfolk on Sunday. They were outscored 27-23 for the week. He gave up some base runners, but Caleb Boushley tossed six scoreless innings in his start. He gave up five hits, walked three and hit one batter. He struck out three batters. Lucas Erceg made a spot start and a relief appearance last week. He struck out four batters in three scoreless, two-hit innings. Andy Otero worked five innings out of the bullpen in one game. He gave up no runs and no hits. He walked two and struck out three batters. Tyler White played in four games and went 6-for-13. He hit .462/.467/.692 (1.159) with a double, triple, and five RBI. Jonathan Davis is a defensive wizard in center. In five games last week, he went 5-for-19 and hit .263/.364/.579 (.943) with a double, a triple, a homer, and five RBI. he also walked three times. As a backup catcher, Brian Navarreto doesn’t play a lot. He went 4-for-6 with two RBI or his two games played. What’s Next? The Sounds will travel to Memphis for six games. Pitching Probables (LHP Ethan Small, Tyler Herb, RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Caleb Boushley, RHP Dylan File, LHP Ethan Small) Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 3-3, hosting Tennessee Season: 26-29 overall, 2nd place in the Southern League South Division. They are 3.5 games behind Pensacola. They are a half-game ahead of Montgomery and a full game ahead of Mississippi. This was the definition of an evenly matched series. Tennessee won the first game, and Biloxi won the second game. The Smokies won Game 3, and the Shuckers won Game 4. Tennessee won on Saturday, and Biloxi won on Sunday. Both teams scored 37 runs in the six-game series. Noah Campbell had 14 plate appearances in five games last week. He went 6-for-12 and hit .500/.571/1.083 (1.654) with a double, two homers, and also two walks. Cam Devanney played in all six games. He went 9-for-22 and hit .409/.500/.545 (1.045) with a double, a triple, and four walks. Sal Frelick went 11-for-27 in six games. He hit .407/.467/.630 (1.097) with three doubles and a home run. He also walked three times. Joey Wiemer played in five games. He went 6-for-21 and hit .286/.400/.476 (.876) with a double, a homer, and four walks. He was also 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts. He got a promotion, but Brandon Knarr was terrific in his Double-A debut. He gave up just one run on five hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out eight batters. TJ Shook gave up two runs over five innings in his start. He gave up four hits, walked two, and struck out six batters. Zach Vennaro pitched in and finished three games. He tossed four scoreless innings and gave up two hits, two walks, and four strikeouts. What’s Next? The Shuckers will be headed to Chattanooga to take on the Lookouts. Pitching Probables (LHP Brandon Knarr, RHP Noah Zavolas, TBD, LHP Nick Bennett, RHP TJ Shook, LHP Brandon Knarr) High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 2-3, at Beloit Season: 33-23 overall, 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division, 3.5 games behind Cedar Rapids. They are 3.5 games ahead of South Bend. The first four games of the series were all close. While Beloit won three of the four games, all four games were decided by two runs or less. On Saturday, the Rattlers won 12-4. Then on Sunday morning, the news came that the sixth game of the series was canceled due to Covid. Wisconsin outscored the Sky Carp 23-18. Zach Mort came out of the bullpen once and tossed four scoreless innings. He gave up two hits, walked two, and struck out three batters. Ryan Moore had a terrific start. He gave up one run on two hits and two walks over seven innings. He also struck out seven batters. Justin Jarvis was strong again in his start. He gave up three runs (1 earned) on six hits in seven innings. He struck out nine batters without issuing a walk. Antoine Kelly gave up one run on four hits over six innings in his start. He walked two and struck out five batters. Wes Clarke played all five games. He went 6-for-20 and hit .300/.364/.700 (1.064) with two doubles, two homers, and six RBI. Tyler Black played four games and went 6-for-16. He hit .375/.474/.625 (1.099) with two doubles, a triple, and three RBI. Micah Bello played in three of the games. He went 5-for-13 (.385) and had two doubles and a home run. What’s Next? The Timber Rattlers are scheduled to be on the road again this coming week with a trip to Great Lakes. Pitching Probables (LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Ryne Moore, TBD, RHP Justin Jarvis, TBD, Antoine Kelly) Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 2-4, hosting Myrtle Beach Season: 30-27 overall, tied with Fredericksburg and Lynchburg at the top of the Carolina League North Division. The teams are two games ahead of Salem as well. For the week, the Mudcats were a perfect 2-0 on days that they played a double-header. Unfortunately, they went 0-4 on the days that they played just one game. Carolina was outscored 38-22 for the week, a 16-run differential. However, they were outscored by 14 in the final two games of the weekend. Another week, another top spot for Jackson Chourio. In six games, he went 6-for-22 and hit .273/.333/.682 (1.015) with a double, a triple, two homers, and three RBI. Eduardo Garcia played all six games and went 7-for-23. He hit .304/.333/609 (.942) with a double, two homers, and five RBI. Hedbert Perez went 6-for-22 and hit .273/.304/.591 (.895) with a double, two homers, and four RBI. Edwin Jimenez made a start for the Mudcats. He threw five shutout innings. He gave up two hits, hit a batter, and struck out three. What’s Next? The Mudcats head to Columbia to take on the Fireflies. Pitching Probables (RHP Stiven Cruz, RHP Israel Puello, RHP Carlos Rodriguez, RHP Fernando Olguin, RHP Miguel Segura, RHP Stiven Cruz) PROSPECT SUMMARY This Prospect Summary shows our current Brewers Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week (June 7-June 13). The rankings will be updated on the first of each month throughout the season. Notice that these pages now include stats and splits, as well as past article links, video and ,more. #1 - OF Joey Wiemer (Biloxi) - 5 G, 6-for-21 (.286), 1-2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 6 K, 6/6 SB (Season: 49 G, 50-for-176, 284/.362/.564 (.926), 16-2B, 13-HR, 36 RBI, 22 BB, 64 K, 18/19 SB) #2 - LHP Ethan Small (Nashville) - 1 GS, 2.2 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (Season: 9 GS, 41.0 IP, 17 R, 11 ER, 27 H, 22 BB, 50 K, 3-2, 2.41 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 4.8 BB/9, 11.0 K/9) #2 - LHP Ethan Small (Milwaukee) - Did Not Pitch (Season: 1 GS, 2.2 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 4 K, 6.75 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, 13.5 BB/9, 13.5 K/9) #3 - SS Brice Turang (Nashville) - 5 G, 5-for-22 (.227), 0-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 9 BB, 3 K (Season: 52 G, 60-for-225, .267/.316/.356 (.671), 9-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 27 RBI, 17 BB, 54 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Wisconsin) - Season: 21 G, 23-for-79, .291/.391/.456 (.847), 5-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 6/9 SB, 13 BB, 14 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Biloxi) - 6 G, 11-for-27 (.407), 3-2B, 1-HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K (Season: 26 G, 32-for-115, .278/.352/.400 (.752), 6-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 8 RBI, 4/5 SB, 10 BB,20 K) #5 - OF Jackson Chourio (Carolina) - 6 G, 6-for-22 (.273), 1-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 8 K (Season: 34 G, 49-for-138, .355/.404/.609 (1.013), 13-2B, 2-3B, 6-HR, 28 RBI, 11 BB, 41 K) #6 - OF Garrett Mitchell (Biloxi) - Injured List (Season: 30 G, 24-for-107, .224/.331/.346 (.676), 3-2B, 2-3B, 2-HR, 11 RBI, 13 BB, 40 K) #7 - LHP Antoine Kelly (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 5K (Season: 11 GS, 54.0 IP, 22 R, 19 ER, 32 H, 28 BB, 68 K, 1-2, 3.17 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 4.7 BB/9, 11.3 K/9) #8 - 2B Tyler Black (Wisconsin) - 4 G, 6-for-16 (.375), 2-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K (Season: 40 G, 42-for-147 (.286/.398/.463 (.860), 8-2B, 3-3B, 4-HR, 26 RBI, 24 BB, 25 K) #9 - 2B Felix Valerio (Biloxi) - 5 G, 5-for-21 (.238), 1-2B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (Season: 47 G, 46-for-187, .246/.312/.444 (.756), 8-2B, 1-3B, 9-HR, 36 RBI, 17 BB, 32 K) #10 - C Jeferson Quero (Carolina) - 5 G, 3-for-13 (.231), 0-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K (Season: 44 G, 40-for-165, .242/.317/.352 (.669), 10-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 21 RBI, 18 BB, 40 K) #11 - SS Eduardo Garcia (Carolina) - 6 G, 7-for-23 (.304), 1-2B, 0-3B, 2-HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 8 K (Season: 51 G, 59-215, 274/.302/.405 (.707), 9-2B, 2-3B, 5 HR, 33 RBI, 6 BB, 78 K) #12 - OF Hedbert Perez (Carolina) - 6 G, 6-for-33 (273), 1-2B, 0-3B, 2-HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 9 K (Season: 47 G, 40-for-184, .217/.268/.397 (.664), 10-2B, 1-3B, 7 HR, 26 RBI, 6/9 SB, 12 BB, 66 K) #13 - OF Hendry Mendez (Carolina) - 5 G, 5-for-17 (.294), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K (Season: 48 G, 35-for-162, .216/.363/.290 (.653), 4-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 3/6 SB, 37 BB, 39 K) #14 - C Mario Feliciano (Nashville) - 4 G, 3-for-14 (.214), 1-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (Season: 37 G, 41-for-136, .302/.358/.368 (.726), 9-2B, 0-HR, 14 RBI, 8 BB, 27 K) #15 - SS Freddy Zamora (Biloxi) - Injured List (Season: 24 G, 19-for-91), .209/.270/.286 (.556), 4-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 22 K) #16 - UTL Zavier Warren (Wisconsin) - 5 G, 3-for-20 (.150), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K (Season: 53 G, 42-for-200, .210/.300/.330 (.630), 15-2B, 3-HR, 15 RBI, 6/6 SB, 22 BB, 43 K) #17 - Victor Castaneda (Biloxi) - Did Not Pitch (Season: 10 G, 9 GS, 49.1 IP, 20 R, 16 ER, 36 H, 18 BB, 55 K, 1-2, 2.92 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 3.3 BB/9, 10.0 K/9) #18 - OF Joe Gray, Jr. (Wisconsin) - 4 G, 1-for-15 (.067), 0-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K (Season: 54 G, 36-for-195, .185/.293/.349 (.641), 9-2B, 1-3B, 7-HR, 23 RBI, 10/10 SB, 28 BB, 85 K) #19 - LHP Brandon Knarr (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 5 K (Season:10 GS, 57.1 IP, 10 R, 10 ER, 43 H, 13 BB, 65 K, 7-2, 1.57 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 2.0 BB/9, 10.2 K/9) #19 - LHP Brandon Knarr (Biloxi) - 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 8 K (Season:1 GS, 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 8 K, 0-0, 1.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 3.0 BB/9, 12.0 K/9) #20 - RHP Abner Uribe (Biloxi) - IL (out for season) PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Noah Campbell, Biloxi Shuckers During the past week, Noah Campbell celebrated his 23rd birthday. He also had a terrific week at the plate for the Biloxi Shuckers. Campbell was the Brewers’ 19th round draft pick out of his North Carolina high school in 2017. He didn’t sign and instead, he went to the University of South Carolina for three years. He played in 97 games over his first two seasons. In 2020, he played in 14 games before Covid shut down the season. He went undrafted in the five-round draft that year, but like TJ Shook and Brandon Knarr, he agreed to sign with the Brewers as a non-drafted free agent for the $15,000 signing bonus allowed. Campbell made his pro debut and hit .270/.388/.387 (.775) with 21 doubles, two triples, and five home runs with the Carolina Mudcats in 2021. He also was 20-for-23 in stolen base attempts. He has spent the 2022 season at Double-A. In 27 games, he has hit .259/.362/.444 (.806) with seven doubles, a triple, and two home runs despite skipping the High-A level. He has had a couple of stints on the IL already this season. Last week, he played in five games for the Shuckers. He went 6-for-12 and hit .500/.571/1.083 (1.654) with a double, two home runs. He also walked twice. Campbell is a really good athlete with tremendous speed and a ton of potential. He played in the infield in college, and has played mostly in left field this year when healthy. Pitcher of the Week: LHP Brandon Knarr, Biloxi Shuckers Last week, our season-starting streak of Wisconsin starting pitchers to win this weekly award came to an end when a Timber Rattlers reliever was the selection. This week is the first time that a pitcher from another affiliate takes the award. This week’s winner is Biloxi Shucker left-hander Brandon Knarr. Knarr is no stranger to this award. He won it twice (and probably could have a few more times) when he was with Wisconsin. He made 10 starts for the Rattlers and went 7-2 with a 1.57 ERA. In 57 1/3 innings, he walked 13 and struck out 65 batters. Last week, Knarr earned his promotion to Double-A Biloxi and made his first start. He gave up one run on five hits over six innings in his start. He walked two and struck out eight batters. It has been a circuitous route to this point in Knarr’s baseball career. He originally went to college at Notre Dame. Then he went to the College of Central Florida for a season. In 2020 he went to the University of Tampa. He went undrafted and signed with the Brewers. Feel free to discuss the Brewers' prospects and their affiliates in the COMMENTS below.
  17. The Brewers have won just two of their past 12 games, but thankfully there are eight Brewers affiliates to follow. Hopefully, there are some positive things happening in the organization. Click below to see how the affiliates performed last week. These Minor League Week in Reviews are getting long. They are filled with how Brewers minor leaguers, from the Triple-A Nashville Sounds, down to the 17 and 18-year-old kids playing in the Dominican Summer League. Who played really well? How did the teams perform? While wins and losses are secondary to player development, it is a part of the game that matters to the players. There were several transactions on Monday. Both Rookie League affiliates played on Monday morning. There has been a lot of Brewers minor league coverage all week, so be sure to keep checking back. It was a big week, so let’s get to the recaps and more. As always, feel free to discuss this report, the teams, and players or more in the Comments. ARTICLES Last week’s Week in Review (5/31-6/6): Injuries, Promotions, and Jackson Chourio is Good Tuesday: The Higher-Level Losses Pile Up Wednesday: Wiemer Returns and Biloxi Walks it Off in the Night! Thursday: Six Wins and Four Losses, Including a Mudcat Sweep of the Cubs Friday: Friday Night Fun at the Upper Levels Saturday: Nashville is So Darn Solid; Big Wisconsin Road Win Sunday: Biloxi Pulls Out Extra Inning Win, Nashville and Carolina Fall Monday: Just the Rookie Teams, but Interesting Notes Nonetheless Interviewing Joey Wiemer Three Questions with … Joey Wiemer: Part 1 (Video) Three Questions with… Joey Wiemer: Part 2 (Video) WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds : Week: 2-4, hosting Norfolk Season: 36-23 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 1 1/2 games ahead of Columbus and Memphis. It started with a rainout, and then the Sounds lost the next three games. They won the next two games and had a chance to split the series before a 7-2 loss to Norfolk on Sunday. They were outscored 27-23 for the week. He gave up some base runners, but Caleb Boushley tossed six scoreless innings in his start. He gave up five hits, walked three and hit one batter. He struck out three batters. Lucas Erceg made a spot start and a relief appearance last week. He struck out four batters in three scoreless, two-hit innings. Andy Otero worked five innings out of the bullpen in one game. He gave up no runs and no hits. He walked two and struck out three batters. Tyler White played in four games and went 6-for-13. He hit .462/.467/.692 (1.159) with a double, triple, and five RBI. Jonathan Davis is a defensive wizard in center. In five games last week, he went 5-for-19 and hit .263/.364/.579 (.943) with a double, a triple, a homer, and five RBI. he also walked three times. As a backup catcher, Brian Navarreto doesn’t play a lot. He went 4-for-6 with two RBI or his two games played. What’s Next? The Sounds will travel to Memphis for six games. Pitching Probables (LHP Ethan Small, Tyler Herb, RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Caleb Boushley, RHP Dylan File, LHP Ethan Small) Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 3-3, hosting Tennessee Season: 26-29 overall, 2nd place in the Southern League South Division. They are 3.5 games behind Pensacola. They are a half-game ahead of Montgomery and a full game ahead of Mississippi. This was the definition of an evenly matched series. Tennessee won the first game, and Biloxi won the second game. The Smokies won Game 3, and the Shuckers won Game 4. Tennessee won on Saturday, and Biloxi won on Sunday. Both teams scored 37 runs in the six-game series. Noah Campbell had 14 plate appearances in five games last week. He went 6-for-12 and hit .500/.571/1.083 (1.654) with a double, two homers, and also two walks. Cam Devanney played in all six games. He went 9-for-22 and hit .409/.500/.545 (1.045) with a double, a triple, and four walks. Sal Frelick went 11-for-27 in six games. He hit .407/.467/.630 (1.097) with three doubles and a home run. He also walked three times. Joey Wiemer played in five games. He went 6-for-21 and hit .286/.400/.476 (.876) with a double, a homer, and four walks. He was also 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts. He got a promotion, but Brandon Knarr was terrific in his Double-A debut. He gave up just one run on five hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out eight batters. TJ Shook gave up two runs over five innings in his start. He gave up four hits, walked two, and struck out six batters. Zach Vennaro pitched in and finished three games. He tossed four scoreless innings and gave up two hits, two walks, and four strikeouts. What’s Next? The Shuckers will be headed to Chattanooga to take on the Lookouts. Pitching Probables (LHP Brandon Knarr, RHP Noah Zavolas, TBD, LHP Nick Bennett, RHP TJ Shook, LHP Brandon Knarr) High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 2-3, at Beloit Season: 33-23 overall, 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division, 3.5 games behind Cedar Rapids. They are 3.5 games ahead of South Bend. The first four games of the series were all close. While Beloit won three of the four games, all four games were decided by two runs or less. On Saturday, the Rattlers won 12-4. Then on Sunday morning, the news came that the sixth game of the series was canceled due to Covid. Wisconsin outscored the Sky Carp 23-18. Zach Mort came out of the bullpen once and tossed four scoreless innings. He gave up two hits, walked two, and struck out three batters. Ryan Moore had a terrific start. He gave up one run on two hits and two walks over seven innings. He also struck out seven batters. Justin Jarvis was strong again in his start. He gave up three runs (1 earned) on six hits in seven innings. He struck out nine batters without issuing a walk. Antoine Kelly gave up one run on four hits over six innings in his start. He walked two and struck out five batters. Wes Clarke played all five games. He went 6-for-20 and hit .300/.364/.700 (1.064) with two doubles, two homers, and six RBI. Tyler Black played four games and went 6-for-16. He hit .375/.474/.625 (1.099) with two doubles, a triple, and three RBI. Micah Bello played in three of the games. He went 5-for-13 (.385) and had two doubles and a home run. What’s Next? The Timber Rattlers are scheduled to be on the road again this coming week with a trip to Great Lakes. Pitching Probables (LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Ryne Moore, TBD, RHP Justin Jarvis, TBD, Antoine Kelly) Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 2-4, hosting Myrtle Beach Season: 30-27 overall, tied with Fredericksburg and Lynchburg at the top of the Carolina League North Division. The teams are two games ahead of Salem as well. For the week, the Mudcats were a perfect 2-0 on days that they played a double-header. Unfortunately, they went 0-4 on the days that they played just one game. Carolina was outscored 38-22 for the week, a 16-run differential. However, they were outscored by 14 in the final two games of the weekend. Another week, another top spot for Jackson Chourio. In six games, he went 6-for-22 and hit .273/.333/.682 (1.015) with a double, a triple, two homers, and three RBI. Eduardo Garcia played all six games and went 7-for-23. He hit .304/.333/609 (.942) with a double, two homers, and five RBI. Hedbert Perez went 6-for-22 and hit .273/.304/.591 (.895) with a double, two homers, and four RBI. Edwin Jimenez made a start for the Mudcats. He threw five shutout innings. He gave up two hits, hit a batter, and struck out three. What’s Next? The Mudcats head to Columbia to take on the Fireflies. Pitching Probables (RHP Stiven Cruz, RHP Israel Puello, RHP Carlos Rodriguez, RHP Fernando Olguin, RHP Miguel Segura, RHP Stiven Cruz) PROSPECT SUMMARY This Prospect Summary shows our current Brewers Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week (June 7-June 13). The rankings will be updated on the first of each month throughout the season. Notice that these pages now include stats and splits, as well as past article links, video and ,more. #1 - OF Joey Wiemer (Biloxi) - 5 G, 6-for-21 (.286), 1-2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 6 K, 6/6 SB (Season: 49 G, 50-for-176, 284/.362/.564 (.926), 16-2B, 13-HR, 36 RBI, 22 BB, 64 K, 18/19 SB) #2 - LHP Ethan Small (Nashville) - 1 GS, 2.2 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (Season: 9 GS, 41.0 IP, 17 R, 11 ER, 27 H, 22 BB, 50 K, 3-2, 2.41 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 4.8 BB/9, 11.0 K/9) #2 - LHP Ethan Small (Milwaukee) - Did Not Pitch (Season: 1 GS, 2.2 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 4 K, 6.75 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, 13.5 BB/9, 13.5 K/9) #3 - SS Brice Turang (Nashville) - 5 G, 5-for-22 (.227), 0-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 9 BB, 3 K (Season: 52 G, 60-for-225, .267/.316/.356 (.671), 9-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 27 RBI, 17 BB, 54 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Wisconsin) - Season: 21 G, 23-for-79, .291/.391/.456 (.847), 5-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 6/9 SB, 13 BB, 14 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Biloxi) - 6 G, 11-for-27 (.407), 3-2B, 1-HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K (Season: 26 G, 32-for-115, .278/.352/.400 (.752), 6-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 8 RBI, 4/5 SB, 10 BB,20 K) #5 - OF Jackson Chourio (Carolina) - 6 G, 6-for-22 (.273), 1-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 8 K (Season: 34 G, 49-for-138, .355/.404/.609 (1.013), 13-2B, 2-3B, 6-HR, 28 RBI, 11 BB, 41 K) #6 - OF Garrett Mitchell (Biloxi) - Injured List (Season: 30 G, 24-for-107, .224/.331/.346 (.676), 3-2B, 2-3B, 2-HR, 11 RBI, 13 BB, 40 K) #7 - LHP Antoine Kelly (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 5K (Season: 11 GS, 54.0 IP, 22 R, 19 ER, 32 H, 28 BB, 68 K, 1-2, 3.17 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 4.7 BB/9, 11.3 K/9) #8 - 2B Tyler Black (Wisconsin) - 4 G, 6-for-16 (.375), 2-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K (Season: 40 G, 42-for-147 (.286/.398/.463 (.860), 8-2B, 3-3B, 4-HR, 26 RBI, 24 BB, 25 K) #9 - 2B Felix Valerio (Biloxi) - 5 G, 5-for-21 (.238), 1-2B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (Season: 47 G, 46-for-187, .246/.312/.444 (.756), 8-2B, 1-3B, 9-HR, 36 RBI, 17 BB, 32 K) #10 - C Jeferson Quero (Carolina) - 5 G, 3-for-13 (.231), 0-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K (Season: 44 G, 40-for-165, .242/.317/.352 (.669), 10-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 21 RBI, 18 BB, 40 K) #11 - SS Eduardo Garcia (Carolina) - 6 G, 7-for-23 (.304), 1-2B, 0-3B, 2-HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 8 K (Season: 51 G, 59-215, 274/.302/.405 (.707), 9-2B, 2-3B, 5 HR, 33 RBI, 6 BB, 78 K) #12 - OF Hedbert Perez (Carolina) - 6 G, 6-for-33 (273), 1-2B, 0-3B, 2-HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 9 K (Season: 47 G, 40-for-184, .217/.268/.397 (.664), 10-2B, 1-3B, 7 HR, 26 RBI, 6/9 SB, 12 BB, 66 K) #13 - OF Hendry Mendez (Carolina) - 5 G, 5-for-17 (.294), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K (Season: 48 G, 35-for-162, .216/.363/.290 (.653), 4-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 3/6 SB, 37 BB, 39 K) #14 - C Mario Feliciano (Nashville) - 4 G, 3-for-14 (.214), 1-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (Season: 37 G, 41-for-136, .302/.358/.368 (.726), 9-2B, 0-HR, 14 RBI, 8 BB, 27 K) #15 - SS Freddy Zamora (Biloxi) - Injured List (Season: 24 G, 19-for-91), .209/.270/.286 (.556), 4-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 22 K) #16 - UTL Zavier Warren (Wisconsin) - 5 G, 3-for-20 (.150), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K (Season: 53 G, 42-for-200, .210/.300/.330 (.630), 15-2B, 3-HR, 15 RBI, 6/6 SB, 22 BB, 43 K) #17 - Victor Castaneda (Biloxi) - Did Not Pitch (Season: 10 G, 9 GS, 49.1 IP, 20 R, 16 ER, 36 H, 18 BB, 55 K, 1-2, 2.92 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 3.3 BB/9, 10.0 K/9) #18 - OF Joe Gray, Jr. (Wisconsin) - 4 G, 1-for-15 (.067), 0-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K (Season: 54 G, 36-for-195, .185/.293/.349 (.641), 9-2B, 1-3B, 7-HR, 23 RBI, 10/10 SB, 28 BB, 85 K) #19 - LHP Brandon Knarr (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 5 K (Season:10 GS, 57.1 IP, 10 R, 10 ER, 43 H, 13 BB, 65 K, 7-2, 1.57 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 2.0 BB/9, 10.2 K/9) #19 - LHP Brandon Knarr (Biloxi) - 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 8 K (Season:1 GS, 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 8 K, 0-0, 1.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 3.0 BB/9, 12.0 K/9) #20 - RHP Abner Uribe (Biloxi) - IL (out for season) PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Noah Campbell, Biloxi Shuckers During the past week, Noah Campbell celebrated his 23rd birthday. He also had a terrific week at the plate for the Biloxi Shuckers. Campbell was the Brewers’ 19th round draft pick out of his North Carolina high school in 2017. He didn’t sign and instead, he went to the University of South Carolina for three years. He played in 97 games over his first two seasons. In 2020, he played in 14 games before Covid shut down the season. He went undrafted in the five-round draft that year, but like TJ Shook and Brandon Knarr, he agreed to sign with the Brewers as a non-drafted free agent for the $15,000 signing bonus allowed. Campbell made his pro debut and hit .270/.388/.387 (.775) with 21 doubles, two triples, and five home runs with the Carolina Mudcats in 2021. He also was 20-for-23 in stolen base attempts. He has spent the 2022 season at Double-A. In 27 games, he has hit .259/.362/.444 (.806) with seven doubles, a triple, and two home runs despite skipping the High-A level. He has had a couple of stints on the IL already this season. Last week, he played in five games for the Shuckers. He went 6-for-12 and hit .500/.571/1.083 (1.654) with a double, two home runs. He also walked twice. Campbell is a really good athlete with tremendous speed and a ton of potential. He played in the infield in college, and has played mostly in left field this year when healthy. Pitcher of the Week: LHP Brandon Knarr, Biloxi Shuckers Last week, our season-starting streak of Wisconsin starting pitchers to win this weekly award came to an end when a Timber Rattlers reliever was the selection. This week is the first time that a pitcher from another affiliate takes the award. This week’s winner is Biloxi Shucker left-hander Brandon Knarr. Knarr is no stranger to this award. He won it twice (and probably could have a few more times) when he was with Wisconsin. He made 10 starts for the Rattlers and went 7-2 with a 1.57 ERA. In 57 1/3 innings, he walked 13 and struck out 65 batters. Last week, Knarr earned his promotion to Double-A Biloxi and made his first start. He gave up one run on five hits over six innings in his start. He walked two and struck out eight batters. It has been a circuitous route to this point in Knarr’s baseball career. He originally went to college at Notre Dame. Then he went to the College of Central Florida for a season. In 2020 he went to the University of Tampa. He went undrafted and signed with the Brewers. Feel free to discuss the Brewers' prospects and their affiliates in the COMMENTS below. View full article
  18. In Sunday’s finales, three fine pitching performances very nearly resulted in three victories, though Biloxi’s generous bullpen narrowed it to a 2-win, 2-loss day for the Brewers’ MILB affiliates. In Lynchburg, the combination of Jackson Chourio (HR, 3 RBIs) and Carlos F. Rodriguez (4 shutout innings, 8 Ks) was too much for the Hillcats. In Pensacola, Sal Frelick, Felix Valerio and Nick Bennett put the Shuckers firmly in charge (6-1 lead mid-way; 6-4 entering the 9th inning), though Biloxi’s bullpen was once again unable to hold the lead, losing their 5th one-run game of the week. At home against Peoria, Justin Jarvis (6 innings, 1 run, 3 hits) didn’t require much offensive support, but received it anyway with home runs by Zavier Warren, Ashton McGee and Alex Hall, enabling Wisconsin to split the series 3-3. In Durham, Nashville only managed to score 1 run despite a few early opportunities, whilst the Bulls made the most of their chances. Durham’s bullpen was exceptional, retiring the final 14 Sounds of the game in dropping Nashville to its first series loss of 2022. Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Chourio, Jarvis, Rodriguez, Bennett and Frelick. Transactions: The Arizona Complex League and Dominican Summer League start their seasons today, Monday, June 6th, so there were dozens of promotions and appointments. Links to season opening rosters are here, whilst promotions are noted at the bottom of today’s summary: ACL Brewers Blue ACL Brewers Gold DSL Brewers1 DSL Brewers2 Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 6, Lynchburg 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Chourio Stays Red Hot in 6-3 Finale Victory Down 4-1 in this week’s tough series in Lynchburg and needing a victory to claw back to within a half-game of first place, OF Jackson Chourio and SS Eduardo Garcia rang the ball early, with 1st and 2nd inning homers, respectively, to give Carolina a 2-0 lead. Chourio also singled and scored in the 4th inning to restore the 2-run lead at 3-1. RHP Alexander Cornielle bravely fought through traffic over 5 innings of work, conceding an unearned run in the 3rd inning, then a home run, walk and RBI single in the 4th inning as the Hillcats knotted up the game 3-3. The entrance RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez in relief in the bottom of the 6th inning had to give the Mudcats a shot of confidence. Still 3-3 in the 8th inning, it was Jackson Chourio once again who came through, plating Jheremy Vargas (who’d walked) and Luis Silva (who’d singled) with a 1-out, 2-run single to enable Carolina to re-take the lead at 5-3. OF Oswal Leones then added another run with an RBI double in the 9th inning for good measure. As to Rodriguez, he faced the minimum number of hitters (9) through 3 innings of work, then had to work out of a 2-on, 1-out situation in the 9th. Of course, he cleaned it up nicely, striking out the final two batters on 7 pitches. Performances of Note: Jackson Chourio – 3-4, HR, 3 RBIs Jeferson Quero – 3-4, SB Eduardo Garcia – 1-4, HR, RBI Oswal Leones – 1-4, double, RBI Hedbert Perez – 1-3, SF, RBI Jheremy Vargas – 1-4, walk Luis Silva – 1-2 Alexander Cornielle – 5 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 5 H, 3 BB, 1 WP, 3 Ks Carlos F. Rodriguez (Win) – 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 Ks Next week’s outlook: The 28-23 Mudcats face off against the top team in Low-A as they host 36-15 Myrtle Beach Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 5, Peoria 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Rattlers Hit Three Homers in Support of Jarvis to Beat Peoria We encourage you to also have a look at the fine game video summary put together by Wisconsin's terrific media team: Wisconsin’s see-saw week at home against Peoria was looking bright from the outset, with starting RHP Justin Jarvis playing some of his best baseball over recent starts and Zavier Warren smacking a first inning homer (his 3rd of the year) to give the Timber Rattlers the early 1-0 lead. Jarvis was excellent as usual, conceding only 1 run and 3 hits over 6 solid innings of work. That run came via a triple-single combination to start off the second inning, after which the Chiefs did not manage even a single hit over Jarvis’ next 5 innings. The tight 1-1 affair didn’t open up until 1B Ashton McGee’s solo homer to lead off the bottom of the 5th inning. It’s wonderful to see McGee put his miserable start to 2022 far in the review mirror. That’s his second dinger of the year (first in Wisconsin) and he’s now sporting a 7-game hitting streak. Furthermore, he recorded zero strikeouts for the 3rd straight game. In the 7th inning, highly effective RHP Joey Matulovich picked up where Jarvis left off, before C Alex Hall blasted a 2-run homer (bringing home OF Arbert Cipion, who’d singled) to stretch Wisconsin’s lead to 4-1. Combined, Matulovich and RHP James Meeker covered the final 3 scoreless innings, only allowing 2 harmless singles. Oh, and pesky 2B Jose Acosta (recently acquired from Texas) looks like a keeper, singling and scoring via wild pitch in the 8th inning to put the finishing touch on the 5-1 scoreline. He now has a 5-game hitting streak (3 with Wisconsin, 2 from prior club). Performances of Note: Alex Hall – 1-3, HR, 2 RBIs Ashton McGee – 1-2, HR, walk, RBI Zavier Warren – 1-4, HR, RBI Jose Acosta – 1-3 Arbert Cipion – 1-4, SB Justin Jarvis (Win) – 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 Ks Joey Matulovich – 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks James Meeker – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K Next week’s outlook: The 31-20 Timber Rattlers sit in 2nd place in their division and hit the road as they take on Beloit, whilst keeping one eye on first place Cedar Rapids. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Pensacola 7, Biloxi 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Blue Wahoos Shock Shuckers Again in Ninth While Pensacola aims to win the first half division title, the Shuckers appear to be playing some sort of catch-and-release game instead. Losing a 5th one-run game of the week is extremely painful. Keep your heads up men! There are certainly better days ahead. In this contest, Biloxi shook off the disappointment of a failure to cash in on a first inning, bases loaded situation to jump out to leads of 3-0 and 6-1 on the strength of 2-run blasts by OF Sal Frelick (2nd inning – his first since his promotion to AA) and 2B Felix Valerio (4th inning). On the mound, LHP Nick Bennett put together a solid performance, conceding 2 runs on 3 hits over 4 2/3 innings. Unlike Saturday’s contest, when Biloxi appeared out of bullpen arms as RHP Taylor Floyd struggled in an attempted 2nd inning of work, Manager Guerrero employed something of a quick hook in this game, well at least until the fateful 9th inning: RHP Nash Walters pitched to just 2 batters, closing out the 5th inning to retain the Shuckers’ 6-2 lead RHP Carlos Luna threw 60 pitches to get through 2 2/3 innings, though that included 2 runs to tighten the game at 6-4 in the 8th inning RHP Arnaldo Hernandez picked up Luna nicely, striking out the only batter he faced to strand a runner at 3rd base Of course, in line with the theme of the week, Biloxi essentially laid down in the 9th inning, generously allowing 6 Blue Wahoo batters to reach base without even managing a single hit. Sunday’s nightmare experience went to RHP Harold Chirino, who’ll want to forget the walk and then 4 consecutive hit batsmen to end the contest in favor of Pensacola at 7-6. Performances of Note: Gabe Holt – 3-4, RBI Sal Frelick – 2-5, HR, double, 2 RBIs Felix Valerio – 1-3, HR, walk, HBP, 2 RBIs, SB Cam Devanney – 1-4, double, SF, RBI Jakson Reetz – 1-4, double, walk Tristen Lutz – 1-4, walk Nick Bennett – 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 7 Ks Carlos Luna – 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K Harold Chirino (Loss) – 0 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 0 H, 1 BB, 4 HBP, 0 K Next week’s outlook: The 23-36 Shuckers are home this week, seeking to turn over a new leaf as they face the 29-22 Tennessee Smokies. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Durham 4, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Drop First Series With Sunday Loss While it’s natural to expect a dip in Nashville’s performance when so many of their players are unavailable due to call-ups to the Big Club and/or its taxi squad. However, Sunday’s defeat was actually more a matter of Durham simply cashing in on the few opportunities which came its way. For the game, the Sounds went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position (leaving 5 men on base), while Durham went 2-for-4 in the same position (leaving only 2 men on base in the game). Credit Durham for their clutch hitting and pitching, then try again next week gentlemen! Despite OFs Jonathan Davis and Abraham Almonte putting Nashville in strong position with a first inning single and double, they were left stranded, while Durham went the easy route via solo homer by Jonathan Aranda (his 9th of the year) in the bottom half of the inning. Almonte then tied things up with an RBI single in the 3rd inning, but that’s the only run the Sounds would manage to bring home this day. A double and RBI single gave the Bulls a 2-1 lead against starting RHP Dylan File in the same inning. This lead was extended to 4-1 in File’s final inning of work (the 6th inning) via an infield single, full-count walk, base hit and steal of home. Credit to Durham for retiring the final 14 Nashville batters of the game. Unfortunately, the loss meant a 4-2 series defeat for the Sounds, their first series loss of 2022. Performances of Note: Abraham Almonte – 2-4, double, RBI Jonathan Davis – 1-3, walk, SB Brian Navarreto – 1-3 Dylan File (Loss) – 6 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks Peter Strzelecki – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Zach Vennaro – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K Next week’s outlook: Nashville (34-19) return home after their 2-week road trip, aiming to get back to their winning ways as they host 26-28 Norfolk. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Enjoy your travel day, young fellas! As noted in the Transactions commentary above, here are the promotions from the Dominican Summer League to the Arizona Complex League (listed from youngest to oldest, along with a few extra details on last year’s stats in DSL), which have their season openers today: C Felipe Valderrama to ACL Blue C Jason Ollarve to ACL Gold INF Ney Serrano to ACL Blue – $360k bonus Jan 2021; .707 OPS in 173 PAs INF Gregory Barrios to ACL Gold – $1m bonus Jan 2021; .549 OPS in 116 PAs INF Jonatan Guzman to ACL Blue – signed Jan 2021; yet to debut INF Daniel Guilarte to ACL Blue – $1m bonus Jan 2021; yet to debut OF Luis Castillo to ACL Gold – signed Jan 2021; yet to debut RHP Henrison Mota to ACL Gold – 25 1/3 IP, 3.20 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 12.1 K/9 OF Eduarh Colina to ACL Gold – .741 OPS in 190 PAs RHP Jesus Rivero to ACL Blue – 28 1/3 IP, 2.22 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 12.1 K/9 RHP Patricio Aquino to ACL Gold – 44 IP, 2.66 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 11.0 K/9 RHP Gerson Caldazilla to ACL Gold – 45 IP, 2.80 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 7.0 K/9 INF Alexander Perez to ACL Blue RHP Rosmel Reyes to ACL Blue RHP Yorman Galindez to ACL Gold – a 2022 signing LHP Junior Castillo to ACL Blue – 41 1/3 IP, 3.05 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 7.8 K/9 OF Diego Larez to ACL Gold – .753 OPS in 149 PAs RHP Arielbi Gonzalez to ACL Blue – 43 1/3 IP, 2.08 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 7.9 K/9 RHP Delson Guzman to ACL Gold RHP Jared Albir to ACL Blue RHP Alexander Vallecillo to ACL Blue – 40 IP, 1.80 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 8.1 K/9 OF Rafael Martinez to ACL Gold – .774 OPS in 85 PAs RHP Domingo Mejia to ACL Gold – 50 IP, 1.98 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 12.1 K/9 Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  19. Jackson Chourio provided most the offense in Carolina’s 6-3 win, with Carlos F. Rodriguez shutting the door with 4 scoreless innings. Justin Jarvis pitched Wisconsin to a series-tying victory. Biloxi once again led most of their game, before inventing a new way to lose (3 ninth inning runs on zero hits). Nashville lost its first series of the season, failing to match Durham’s clutch hitting. In Sunday’s finales, three fine pitching performances very nearly resulted in three victories, though Biloxi’s generous bullpen narrowed it to a 2-win, 2-loss day for the Brewers’ MILB affiliates. In Lynchburg, the combination of Jackson Chourio (HR, 3 RBIs) and Carlos F. Rodriguez (4 shutout innings, 8 Ks) was too much for the Hillcats. In Pensacola, Sal Frelick, Felix Valerio and Nick Bennett put the Shuckers firmly in charge (6-1 lead mid-way; 6-4 entering the 9th inning), though Biloxi’s bullpen was once again unable to hold the lead, losing their 5th one-run game of the week. At home against Peoria, Justin Jarvis (6 innings, 1 run, 3 hits) didn’t require much offensive support, but received it anyway with home runs by Zavier Warren, Ashton McGee and Alex Hall, enabling Wisconsin to split the series 3-3. In Durham, Nashville only managed to score 1 run despite a few early opportunities, whilst the Bulls made the most of their chances. Durham’s bullpen was exceptional, retiring the final 14 Sounds of the game in dropping Nashville to its first series loss of 2022. Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Chourio, Jarvis, Rodriguez, Bennett and Frelick. Transactions: The Arizona Complex League and Dominican Summer League start their seasons today, Monday, June 6th, so there were dozens of promotions and appointments. Links to season opening rosters are here, whilst promotions are noted at the bottom of today’s summary: ACL Brewers Blue ACL Brewers Gold DSL Brewers1 DSL Brewers2 Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 6, Lynchburg 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Chourio Stays Red Hot in 6-3 Finale Victory Down 4-1 in this week’s tough series in Lynchburg and needing a victory to claw back to within a half-game of first place, OF Jackson Chourio and SS Eduardo Garcia rang the ball early, with 1st and 2nd inning homers, respectively, to give Carolina a 2-0 lead. Chourio also singled and scored in the 4th inning to restore the 2-run lead at 3-1. RHP Alexander Cornielle bravely fought through traffic over 5 innings of work, conceding an unearned run in the 3rd inning, then a home run, walk and RBI single in the 4th inning as the Hillcats knotted up the game 3-3. The entrance RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez in relief in the bottom of the 6th inning had to give the Mudcats a shot of confidence. Still 3-3 in the 8th inning, it was Jackson Chourio once again who came through, plating Jheremy Vargas (who’d walked) and Luis Silva (who’d singled) with a 1-out, 2-run single to enable Carolina to re-take the lead at 5-3. OF Oswal Leones then added another run with an RBI double in the 9th inning for good measure. As to Rodriguez, he faced the minimum number of hitters (9) through 3 innings of work, then had to work out of a 2-on, 1-out situation in the 9th. Of course, he cleaned it up nicely, striking out the final two batters on 7 pitches. Performances of Note: Jackson Chourio – 3-4, HR, 3 RBIs Jeferson Quero – 3-4, SB Eduardo Garcia – 1-4, HR, RBI Oswal Leones – 1-4, double, RBI Hedbert Perez – 1-3, SF, RBI Jheremy Vargas – 1-4, walk Luis Silva – 1-2 Alexander Cornielle – 5 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 5 H, 3 BB, 1 WP, 3 Ks Carlos F. Rodriguez (Win) – 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 Ks Next week’s outlook: The 28-23 Mudcats face off against the top team in Low-A as they host 36-15 Myrtle Beach Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 5, Peoria 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Rattlers Hit Three Homers in Support of Jarvis to Beat Peoria We encourage you to also have a look at the fine game video summary put together by Wisconsin's terrific media team: Wisconsin’s see-saw week at home against Peoria was looking bright from the outset, with starting RHP Justin Jarvis playing some of his best baseball over recent starts and Zavier Warren smacking a first inning homer (his 3rd of the year) to give the Timber Rattlers the early 1-0 lead. Jarvis was excellent as usual, conceding only 1 run and 3 hits over 6 solid innings of work. That run came via a triple-single combination to start off the second inning, after which the Chiefs did not manage even a single hit over Jarvis’ next 5 innings. The tight 1-1 affair didn’t open up until 1B Ashton McGee’s solo homer to lead off the bottom of the 5th inning. It’s wonderful to see McGee put his miserable start to 2022 far in the review mirror. That’s his second dinger of the year (first in Wisconsin) and he’s now sporting a 7-game hitting streak. Furthermore, he recorded zero strikeouts for the 3rd straight game. In the 7th inning, highly effective RHP Joey Matulovich picked up where Jarvis left off, before C Alex Hall blasted a 2-run homer (bringing home OF Arbert Cipion, who’d singled) to stretch Wisconsin’s lead to 4-1. Combined, Matulovich and RHP James Meeker covered the final 3 scoreless innings, only allowing 2 harmless singles. Oh, and pesky 2B Jose Acosta (recently acquired from Texas) looks like a keeper, singling and scoring via wild pitch in the 8th inning to put the finishing touch on the 5-1 scoreline. He now has a 5-game hitting streak (3 with Wisconsin, 2 from prior club). Performances of Note: Alex Hall – 1-3, HR, 2 RBIs Ashton McGee – 1-2, HR, walk, RBI Zavier Warren – 1-4, HR, RBI Jose Acosta – 1-3 Arbert Cipion – 1-4, SB Justin Jarvis (Win) – 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 Ks Joey Matulovich – 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks James Meeker – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K Next week’s outlook: The 31-20 Timber Rattlers sit in 2nd place in their division and hit the road as they take on Beloit, whilst keeping one eye on first place Cedar Rapids. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Pensacola 7, Biloxi 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Blue Wahoos Shock Shuckers Again in Ninth While Pensacola aims to win the first half division title, the Shuckers appear to be playing some sort of catch-and-release game instead. Losing a 5th one-run game of the week is extremely painful. Keep your heads up men! There are certainly better days ahead. In this contest, Biloxi shook off the disappointment of a failure to cash in on a first inning, bases loaded situation to jump out to leads of 3-0 and 6-1 on the strength of 2-run blasts by OF Sal Frelick (2nd inning – his first since his promotion to AA) and 2B Felix Valerio (4th inning). On the mound, LHP Nick Bennett put together a solid performance, conceding 2 runs on 3 hits over 4 2/3 innings. Unlike Saturday’s contest, when Biloxi appeared out of bullpen arms as RHP Taylor Floyd struggled in an attempted 2nd inning of work, Manager Guerrero employed something of a quick hook in this game, well at least until the fateful 9th inning: RHP Nash Walters pitched to just 2 batters, closing out the 5th inning to retain the Shuckers’ 6-2 lead RHP Carlos Luna threw 60 pitches to get through 2 2/3 innings, though that included 2 runs to tighten the game at 6-4 in the 8th inning RHP Arnaldo Hernandez picked up Luna nicely, striking out the only batter he faced to strand a runner at 3rd base Of course, in line with the theme of the week, Biloxi essentially laid down in the 9th inning, generously allowing 6 Blue Wahoo batters to reach base without even managing a single hit. Sunday’s nightmare experience went to RHP Harold Chirino, who’ll want to forget the walk and then 4 consecutive hit batsmen to end the contest in favor of Pensacola at 7-6. Performances of Note: Gabe Holt – 3-4, RBI Sal Frelick – 2-5, HR, double, 2 RBIs Felix Valerio – 1-3, HR, walk, HBP, 2 RBIs, SB Cam Devanney – 1-4, double, SF, RBI Jakson Reetz – 1-4, double, walk Tristen Lutz – 1-4, walk Nick Bennett – 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 7 Ks Carlos Luna – 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K Harold Chirino (Loss) – 0 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 0 H, 1 BB, 4 HBP, 0 K Next week’s outlook: The 23-36 Shuckers are home this week, seeking to turn over a new leaf as they face the 29-22 Tennessee Smokies. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Durham 4, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Drop First Series With Sunday Loss While it’s natural to expect a dip in Nashville’s performance when so many of their players are unavailable due to call-ups to the Big Club and/or its taxi squad. However, Sunday’s defeat was actually more a matter of Durham simply cashing in on the few opportunities which came its way. For the game, the Sounds went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position (leaving 5 men on base), while Durham went 2-for-4 in the same position (leaving only 2 men on base in the game). Credit Durham for their clutch hitting and pitching, then try again next week gentlemen! Despite OFs Jonathan Davis and Abraham Almonte putting Nashville in strong position with a first inning single and double, they were left stranded, while Durham went the easy route via solo homer by Jonathan Aranda (his 9th of the year) in the bottom half of the inning. Almonte then tied things up with an RBI single in the 3rd inning, but that’s the only run the Sounds would manage to bring home this day. A double and RBI single gave the Bulls a 2-1 lead against starting RHP Dylan File in the same inning. This lead was extended to 4-1 in File’s final inning of work (the 6th inning) via an infield single, full-count walk, base hit and steal of home. Credit to Durham for retiring the final 14 Nashville batters of the game. Unfortunately, the loss meant a 4-2 series defeat for the Sounds, their first series loss of 2022. Performances of Note: Abraham Almonte – 2-4, double, RBI Jonathan Davis – 1-3, walk, SB Brian Navarreto – 1-3 Dylan File (Loss) – 6 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks Peter Strzelecki – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Zach Vennaro – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K Next week’s outlook: Nashville (34-19) return home after their 2-week road trip, aiming to get back to their winning ways as they host 26-28 Norfolk. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Enjoy your travel day, young fellas! As noted in the Transactions commentary above, here are the promotions from the Dominican Summer League to the Arizona Complex League (listed from youngest to oldest, along with a few extra details on last year’s stats in DSL), which have their season openers today: C Felipe Valderrama to ACL Blue C Jason Ollarve to ACL Gold INF Ney Serrano to ACL Blue – $360k bonus Jan 2021; .707 OPS in 173 PAs INF Gregory Barrios to ACL Gold – $1m bonus Jan 2021; .549 OPS in 116 PAs INF Jonatan Guzman to ACL Blue – signed Jan 2021; yet to debut INF Daniel Guilarte to ACL Blue – $1m bonus Jan 2021; yet to debut OF Luis Castillo to ACL Gold – signed Jan 2021; yet to debut RHP Henrison Mota to ACL Gold – 25 1/3 IP, 3.20 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 12.1 K/9 OF Eduarh Colina to ACL Gold – .741 OPS in 190 PAs RHP Jesus Rivero to ACL Blue – 28 1/3 IP, 2.22 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 12.1 K/9 RHP Patricio Aquino to ACL Gold – 44 IP, 2.66 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 11.0 K/9 RHP Gerson Caldazilla to ACL Gold – 45 IP, 2.80 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 7.0 K/9 INF Alexander Perez to ACL Blue RHP Rosmel Reyes to ACL Blue RHP Yorman Galindez to ACL Gold – a 2022 signing LHP Junior Castillo to ACL Blue – 41 1/3 IP, 3.05 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 7.8 K/9 OF Diego Larez to ACL Gold – .753 OPS in 149 PAs RHP Arielbi Gonzalez to ACL Blue – 43 1/3 IP, 2.08 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 7.9 K/9 RHP Delson Guzman to ACL Gold RHP Jared Albir to ACL Blue RHP Alexander Vallecillo to ACL Blue – 40 IP, 1.80 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 8.1 K/9 OF Rafael Martinez to ACL Gold – .774 OPS in 85 PAs RHP Domingo Mejia to ACL Gold – 50 IP, 1.98 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 12.1 K/9 Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  20. Memorial Day was a day filled with transactions. The big-league club swept a doubleheader as two of their preseason top ten prospects made the starts. Ethan Small made his big-league debut in Game 1. Aaron Ashby struck out 12 batters in six innings in Game 2. Nashville played a rare Monday game in Durham. They wanted a Memorial Day game, so Dylan File took on Shane Baz, and the Sounds won again. They will have Tuesday off before continuing their series. It was a big week, so let’s get to the recaps and more. As always, feel free to discuss this report, the teams, and players or more in the Comments. TRANSACTIONS Monday was filled with transactions throughout the Brewers organization>Normally we would post them here, but since there was a Nashville game on Monday, there was a minor league report and transactions were covered nicely in there. RESULTS Last week’s Week in Review (5/17-5/23): Wisconsin Pitching and Wiemer Hitting Tuesday: Small Starts, Nashville and Carolina Win, Biloxi Postponed Wednesday: Mudcats Leap Into First Place; T-Rats Inch Closer Thursday: Wiemer - “Simply Addicted to Hitting Nukes” Friday: Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad Saturday: The Walk-off Wins Continue to Pile Up Sunday: Brewers’ Affiliates Achiever a 4-0 Sunday Sweep to Close Out the Week! Monday: Sounds Stay in Tune after Five-Run Eighth-Inning Rally Brewers Promoting Pitching Prospect Ethan Small WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds Week: 3-3, @ Toledo, 1-0, @ Durham (Monday) Season: 33-15 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 4 1/2 games ahead of Columbus and six games ahead of Memphis. The Sounds quickly became the first Triple-A team with 30 wins on Tuesday night. However, that was followed with their first three-game losing streak. However, they responded by winning the final two games of the series. Nashville did outscore Toledo 30-27 over the course of the week. There were a few minor league teams that played on Memorial Day, and Nashville was one of them. They beat Durham 7-5 in North Carolina. Ethan Small returned to the mound after a bout of illness and made the start on Tuesday. The lefty gave up one run on five hits over six innings. He struck out three batters. Of course, he got bumped from his Sunday start because he was promoted to the Brewers and made his MLB debut on Monday afternoon. Caleb Boushley tossed seven shutout innings in his start. He gave up just three hits, walked one and struck out four batters. Nashville is getting some length from their starters, at least some of the elder statesmen. Jason Alexander gave up two runs on four hits over seven innings. He had five strikeouts. The bullpen stalwart was Matt Hardy. He worked 5 1/3 innings over three games. He gave up no runs, two hits, walked three (though two were intentional) and struck out six batters. Andy Otero worked once in long-relief. He tossed 4 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings in his appearance. He walked three and struck out two batters. Zach Vennaro made his first Triple-A appearance. He tossed three scoreless innings. He gave up no hits, walked one and struck out three batters. Fair to say that Tyler Herb’s start didn’t go well. He was charged with nine runs (6 earned) on eight hits and two walks in just 2 2/3 innings. Abraham Almonte led the Sounds offense. He played in six games and went 7-for-24. He hit .292/.433/.875 (1.308) with two doubles, four homers, and eight RBI. He walked six times. Jonathan Davis played in six games. The outfielder went 8-for-25 and hit .320/.419/.560 (.979) with three doubles, a homer, and four RBI. Pablo Reyes went 7-for-25 over his six games played. He hit .280/.357/.520 (.877) with two homers and six RBI. What’s Next? The Sounds traveled to Durham and played a rare Monday game for Memorial Day. They will then have Tuesday off before playing the final five games of the series. Pitching Probables (RHP Tyler Herb, RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Caleb Boushley, RHP Dylan File, TBD) Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 4-0, hosting Montgomery Season: 22-21 overall, percentage points (.512 to .511) ahead of Mississippi in the Southern League South Division with Mississippi. They are 1/2 game ahead of Pensacola. Tuesday’s game was postponed by Covid. Wednesday’s game was postponed by weather. Once they started playing games again, the Shuckers had a terrific showing. They won all four games and outscored the Biscuits 35-26 in the four games. The offense certainly showed up again! He only played twice, but Brent Diaz went 5-for-7 with two home runs and two walks, oh, and he was hit by a pitch too. Tristen Lutz went 4-for-16 and hit .250/.333/.500 (.833) with a double, a home run, and six RBI. He also walked twice. The Shuckers had only 39 hits, but they were helped by 23 walks. Seven Biloxi relievers combined to make 11 appearances and throw 16 innings with just one unearned run allowed. Nash Walters led the way. He struck out six batters over three scoreless, one-hit innings. Robbie Hitt gave up one walk and five strikeouts over 2 2/3 scoreless, hitless innings. What’s Next? The Shuckers will be traveling to Pensacola to take on the Blue Wahoos. Pitching Probables (RHP Lucas Erceg (opener), RHP Justin Bullock, RHP JT Shook, RHP Victor Castaneda, RHP Noah Zavolas, TBD) High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 3-3, @ Cedar Rapids Season: 28-17 overall, 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division, 1.0 game behind Cedar Rapids. They are also one game ahead of South Bend. The Timber Rattlers were able to go on the road and split their six-game series against the division-leading Kernels, staying just one game behind. That is especially noteworthy when they were outscored 23-38 in the series. The Tuesday and Thursday losses were both blowouts (2-13 and 0-9) which accounted for that differential. Justin Jarvis had the best start of the week for Wisconsin. He struck out nine batters over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and walked two. Three Rattler relievers pitched twice and didn’t give up a run. Kent Hasler walked two and struck out six batters over 3 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings. Joey Matulovich struck out four batters in 2 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings. Cam Robinson picked up the save on Sunday. He pitched twice and gave up no runs on three hits, a walk, and a hit batter over three innings. He struck out four batters. Carlos Rodriguez played in all six games. He went 10-for-23, hitting .435/.435/.913 (1.348) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, and four RBI. Tristan Peters went 6-for-22 and hit .273/.385/.682 (1.067) in six games. He hit a double, a triple, two home runs, and drove in seven runs. He also walked four times and stole two bases. Tyler Black also went 6-for-22 over six games. He hit .273/.407/.545 (.952) with two homers. He walked five times and stole three bases. Wes Clarke had just four hits in 19 at-bats, but he had three triples and a home run. He also walked five times. The rest of the offense really struggled. Micah Bello posted an .828 OPS. No other Rattler hitter posted an OPS over .283. Joe Gray went 1-for-18 (.056 BA, .283 OPS). Zavier Warren went 1-for-20 (.050, .195). Darrien Miller went 1-for-16 (.063, .126). What’s Next? The Timber Rattlers return home to take on Peoria. Tickets are still available! Pitching Probables (RHP Justin Jarvis, LHP Russell Smith, LHP Brandon Knarr, LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Ryne Moore, RHP Justin Jarvis) Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 5-1, hosting Kannapolis Season: 26-19 overall, 1st place in the Carolina League North Division, 1 1/2 games ahead of Lynchburg and 2 1/2 games ahead of Fredericksburg It was a very good week for the Mudcats. Their offense helped them to three big wins in which they scored more than 10 runs However, they also won two one-run games. Overall, they outscored the Cannon Ballers 48-22. Plus, Mudcat fans got to watch Willy Adames rehab on Sunday. He went 1-for-2 with a walk and a two-run homer. They also handed out bobbleheads with his likeness. Hedbert Perez had a big week. In five games, he went 9-for-19 and hit .474/.500/.947 (1.447) with four doubles, a triple, a home run, and five RBI. Arbert Cipion played just three games, but he went 9-for-15 (.600) with a homer and three RBI. He also walked twice and was on base 65% of the time. Jose Sibrian also played just three games. He went 4-for-13 (.364) with three doubles. Jesus Chirinos played all six games. He went 6-for-19 and hit .316/.417/.526 (. 943) with a double, a homer, and nine RBI. He also walked four times. Jackson Chourio played in six games too. He went 11-for-27 and hit .407/.429/.481 (.910) with two doubles and seven RBI. Alexander Cornielle dropped his season ERA to 2.76 with five innings of shutout ball. He gave up two hits, walked two, and struck out seven batters. Edwin Jimenez also went five innings in his start. He gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits and two walks. Michele Vassalotti had a save. He struck out four batters in 2 1/3 innings over two appearances. Carlos Rodriguez had a four-inning save. He gave up no runs on two hits and two walks. He struck out eight batters. Pablo Garabitos struck out six batters over three scoreless, hitless innings in his outing. In all, eight Mudcat relievers pitched and did not allow a run. What’s Next? The Mudcats hit the road to take on Lynchburg this week. Pitching Probables (RHP Carlos Rodriguez, RHP Jeferson Figueroa, RHP Stiven Cruz, RHP Israel Puello,, RHP Fernando Olquin, RHP Alexander Cornielle) PROSPECT SUMMARY This Prospect Summary shows our current Brewers Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week (May 24 to May 30). #1 - LHP Aaron Ashby (Milwaukee) - 2 G, 11.2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 5 BB, 17 K (Season: 11 G, 5 GS, 40.0 IP, 16 R, 12 ER, 31 H, 22 BB, 51 K, 1-3, 1 S, 2.70 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 5.0 BB/9, 11.5 K/9) #2 - OF Joey Wiemer (Biloxi) - 4 G, 3-for-17 (.176), 1-2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K (Season: 43 G, 50-for-171, .291/.365/.587 (.952), 15-2B, 12-HR, 34 RBI, 18 BB, 57 K) #3 - OF Garrett Mitchell (Biloxi) - Injured List (Season: 30 G, 24-for-107, .224/.331/.346 (.676), 3-2B, 2-3B, 2-HR, 11 RBI, 13 BB, 40 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Wisconsin) - Season: 21 G, 23-for-79, .291/.391/.456 (.847), 5-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 6/9 SB, 13 BB, 14 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Biloxi) - 4 G, 5-for-20 (.250), 1-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K (Season: 14 G, 17-for-64, .266/.309/.328 (.637), 2-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 3 RBI, 2/3 SB, 4 BB, 8 K) #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Nashville) - 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 3 K (Season: 8 GS, 38.1 IP, 10 R, 8 ER, 22 H, 21 BB, 49 K, 3-1, 1.88 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 4.9 BB/9, 11.5 K/9) #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Milwaukee) - 1 GS, 2.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 4 K (Season: 1 GS, 2.2 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 4 K, 6.75 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, 13.5 BB/9, 13.5 K/9) #6 - SS Brice Turang (Nashville) - 6 G, 8-for-28 (.286), 0-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K (Season: 42 G, 51-for-182, .280/.332/.385 (.716), 8-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 26 RBI, 15 BB, 41 K) #7 - OF Hedbert Perez (Carolina) - 5 G, 9-for-19 (.474), 4-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K (Season: 36 G, 31-for-144, .215/.271/.375 (.646), 9-2B, 1-3B, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 6/8 SB, 11 BB, 50 K) #8 - C Jeferson Quero (Carolina) - 4 G, 3-for-12 (.250), 1-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K (Season: 35 G, 32-for-136, .235/.303/.338 (.641), 9-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 17 RBI, 14 BB, 33 K) #9 - SS Freddy Zamora (Biloxi) - Injured List (Season: 24 G, 19-for-91), .209/.270/.286 (.556), 4-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 22 K) #10 - 2B Tyler Black (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 6-for-22 (.273), 0-2B, 0-3B, 2-HR, 2 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K (Season: 31 G, 33-for-112 (.295/.412/.464 (.876), 5-2B, 1-3B, 4-HR, 23 RBI, 20 BB, 21 K) #11 - 2B Felix Valerio (Biloxi) - 4 G, 6-for-21 (.286), 1-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K (Season: 37 G, 37-for-145, .255/.319/.435 (.754), 6-2B, 1-3B, 6-HR, 23 RBI, 14 BB, 25 K) #12 - OF Jackson Chourio (Carolina) - 6 G, 11-for-27 (.407), 2-2B, 0-HR, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K (Season: 22 G, 32-for-91, .352/.406/.506 (.911), 11-2B, 1-HR, 17 RBI, 9 BB, 22 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Nashville) - 4 G, 7-for-19 (.368), 1-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (Season: 29 G, 32-for-106, .302/.362/.359 (.721), 6-2B, 0-HR, 8 RBI, 6 BB, 23 K) #14 - LHP Antoine Kelly (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 4.2 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 7 K (Season: 9 GS, 44.0 IP, 19 R, 16 ER, 24 H, 23 BB, 60 K, 1-1, 3.27 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 4.7 BB/9, 12.3 K/9) #15 - OF Joe Gray, Jr. (Wisconsin) - 5 G, 1-for-18 (.056), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 4 BB, 8 K (Season: 44 G, 29-for-156, .186/.307/.372 (.678), 9-2B, 1-3B, 6-HR, 19 RBI, 7/7 SB, 27 BB, 67 K) #16 - SS Eduardo Garcia (Carolina) - 5 G, 8-for-24 (.333), 0-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 5 K (Season: 39 G, 46-165, 279/.310/.382 (.692), 7-2B, 2-3B, 2 HR, 27 RBI, 5 BB, 60 K) #17 - UTL Zavier Warren (Wisconsin) - 5 G, 1-for-20 (.050), 1-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K (Season: 42 G, 34-for-156, .218/.313/.346 (.659), 14-2B, 2-HR, 14 RBI, 6/6 SB, 18 BB, 38 K) #18 - RHP Abner Uribe (Biloxi) - IL (out for season) #19 - OF Hendry Mendez (Carolina) - 6 G, 2-for-20 (.100), 1-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K (Season: 38 G, 28-for-127, .221/.379/.307 (.686), 3-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 32 BB, 32 K) #20 - LHP Russell Smith (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 3.2 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K (Season: 7 GS, 27.2 IP, 21 R, 18 ER, 26 H, 16 BB, 29 K, 1-3, 5.86 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 5.2 BB/9, 9.4 K/9) PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Hedbert Perez, Carolina Panthers Hedbert Perez signed with the Brewers on July 2, 2019, from Caracas, Venezuela, for $700,000. So well thought of, the Brewers added him to their 60-player pool and alternate site in 2020 as a 17-year-old. He played in 32 games for the Brewers Gold Arizona Complex team where he hit .333/.394/.575 (.969) with 11 and six doubles. He moved up to Low-A Carolina for the final 16 games. That is where the 19-year-old started the 2022 season. Last week, he went 9-for-19 (.474). He hit four doubles, one triple, and one home run. Overall, he is hitting .215/.271/.375 (.646) in 36 games. He is the son of former big-league outfielder Robert Perez. Also an outfielder, Perez stands just shy of 6’0” and 190 pounds. He is strong and has an advanced knowledge of the game. He’s got the tools. He’s got a nice, left-handed swing and continues to gain strength. He could develop plus-power. He’s got good speed and could probably play center field now, but his future is in the corner outfield. He can be good defensively, and he’s got an average arm. He’s a long way from the big leagues, but a 19-year-old having a big week in Low-A is very encouraging. Pitcher of the Week: RHP Justin Jarvis, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Another week, another Timber Rattler starter wins the pitcher of the week honor. For the second straight week, the winner is Wisconsin right-hander Justin Jarvis. Against Cedar Rapids, the top team in the division, he held them to two hits and two walks over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He ended the game with nine strikeouts. He has now made nine starts this season and is 3-2 with a 4.50 ERA. In 42 innings, he has walked 20 and struck out 43 batters. He started slow, but he has had three straight terrific starts over the past two weeks. Jarvis was the Brewers fifth-round pick in 2018 out of Lake Norman High School in North Carolina. In 2019, he pitched for then Low-A Wisconsin where he went 4-1 with a 3.50 ERA. After a lost 2020 season, Jarvis went 1-7 with a 5.40 ERA with nearly a strikeout per innings for now-High-A Wisconsin in 2021. He pitched in the Arizona Fall League after that season. Feel free to discuss the Brewers' prospects and their affiliates in the COMMENTS below.
  21. We are now past Memorial Day, about two months into the season. The Brewers are in first place. Nashville is in first place. Double-A Biloxi is in first place by percentage points. Wisconsin split their series with Cedar Rapids to remain just one game behind. Carolina is in first place. Things are good. Find out more about another strong week in the Brewers farm system. Memorial Day was a day filled with transactions. The big-league club swept a doubleheader as two of their preseason top ten prospects made the starts. Ethan Small made his big-league debut in Game 1. Aaron Ashby struck out 12 batters in six innings in Game 2. Nashville played a rare Monday game in Durham. They wanted a Memorial Day game, so Dylan File took on Shane Baz, and the Sounds won again. They will have Tuesday off before continuing their series. It was a big week, so let’s get to the recaps and more. As always, feel free to discuss this report, the teams, and players or more in the Comments. TRANSACTIONS Monday was filled with transactions throughout the Brewers organization>Normally we would post them here, but since there was a Nashville game on Monday, there was a minor league report and transactions were covered nicely in there. RESULTS Last week’s Week in Review (5/17-5/23): Wisconsin Pitching and Wiemer Hitting Tuesday: Small Starts, Nashville and Carolina Win, Biloxi Postponed Wednesday: Mudcats Leap Into First Place; T-Rats Inch Closer Thursday: Wiemer - “Simply Addicted to Hitting Nukes” Friday: Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad Saturday: The Walk-off Wins Continue to Pile Up Sunday: Brewers’ Affiliates Achiever a 4-0 Sunday Sweep to Close Out the Week! Monday: Sounds Stay in Tune after Five-Run Eighth-Inning Rally Brewers Promoting Pitching Prospect Ethan Small WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds Week: 3-3, @ Toledo, 1-0, @ Durham (Monday) Season: 33-15 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 4 1/2 games ahead of Columbus and six games ahead of Memphis. The Sounds quickly became the first Triple-A team with 30 wins on Tuesday night. However, that was followed with their first three-game losing streak. However, they responded by winning the final two games of the series. Nashville did outscore Toledo 30-27 over the course of the week. There were a few minor league teams that played on Memorial Day, and Nashville was one of them. They beat Durham 7-5 in North Carolina. Ethan Small returned to the mound after a bout of illness and made the start on Tuesday. The lefty gave up one run on five hits over six innings. He struck out three batters. Of course, he got bumped from his Sunday start because he was promoted to the Brewers and made his MLB debut on Monday afternoon. Caleb Boushley tossed seven shutout innings in his start. He gave up just three hits, walked one and struck out four batters. Nashville is getting some length from their starters, at least some of the elder statesmen. Jason Alexander gave up two runs on four hits over seven innings. He had five strikeouts. The bullpen stalwart was Matt Hardy. He worked 5 1/3 innings over three games. He gave up no runs, two hits, walked three (though two were intentional) and struck out six batters. Andy Otero worked once in long-relief. He tossed 4 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings in his appearance. He walked three and struck out two batters. Zach Vennaro made his first Triple-A appearance. He tossed three scoreless innings. He gave up no hits, walked one and struck out three batters. Fair to say that Tyler Herb’s start didn’t go well. He was charged with nine runs (6 earned) on eight hits and two walks in just 2 2/3 innings. Abraham Almonte led the Sounds offense. He played in six games and went 7-for-24. He hit .292/.433/.875 (1.308) with two doubles, four homers, and eight RBI. He walked six times. Jonathan Davis played in six games. The outfielder went 8-for-25 and hit .320/.419/.560 (.979) with three doubles, a homer, and four RBI. Pablo Reyes went 7-for-25 over his six games played. He hit .280/.357/.520 (.877) with two homers and six RBI. What’s Next? The Sounds traveled to Durham and played a rare Monday game for Memorial Day. They will then have Tuesday off before playing the final five games of the series. Pitching Probables (RHP Tyler Herb, RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Caleb Boushley, RHP Dylan File, TBD) Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 4-0, hosting Montgomery Season: 22-21 overall, percentage points (.512 to .511) ahead of Mississippi in the Southern League South Division with Mississippi. They are 1/2 game ahead of Pensacola. Tuesday’s game was postponed by Covid. Wednesday’s game was postponed by weather. Once they started playing games again, the Shuckers had a terrific showing. They won all four games and outscored the Biscuits 35-26 in the four games. The offense certainly showed up again! He only played twice, but Brent Diaz went 5-for-7 with two home runs and two walks, oh, and he was hit by a pitch too. Tristen Lutz went 4-for-16 and hit .250/.333/.500 (.833) with a double, a home run, and six RBI. He also walked twice. The Shuckers had only 39 hits, but they were helped by 23 walks. Seven Biloxi relievers combined to make 11 appearances and throw 16 innings with just one unearned run allowed. Nash Walters led the way. He struck out six batters over three scoreless, one-hit innings. Robbie Hitt gave up one walk and five strikeouts over 2 2/3 scoreless, hitless innings. What’s Next? The Shuckers will be traveling to Pensacola to take on the Blue Wahoos. Pitching Probables (RHP Lucas Erceg (opener), RHP Justin Bullock, RHP JT Shook, RHP Victor Castaneda, RHP Noah Zavolas, TBD) High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 3-3, @ Cedar Rapids Season: 28-17 overall, 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division, 1.0 game behind Cedar Rapids. They are also one game ahead of South Bend. The Timber Rattlers were able to go on the road and split their six-game series against the division-leading Kernels, staying just one game behind. That is especially noteworthy when they were outscored 23-38 in the series. The Tuesday and Thursday losses were both blowouts (2-13 and 0-9) which accounted for that differential. Justin Jarvis had the best start of the week for Wisconsin. He struck out nine batters over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and walked two. Three Rattler relievers pitched twice and didn’t give up a run. Kent Hasler walked two and struck out six batters over 3 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings. Joey Matulovich struck out four batters in 2 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings. Cam Robinson picked up the save on Sunday. He pitched twice and gave up no runs on three hits, a walk, and a hit batter over three innings. He struck out four batters. Carlos Rodriguez played in all six games. He went 10-for-23, hitting .435/.435/.913 (1.348) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, and four RBI. Tristan Peters went 6-for-22 and hit .273/.385/.682 (1.067) in six games. He hit a double, a triple, two home runs, and drove in seven runs. He also walked four times and stole two bases. Tyler Black also went 6-for-22 over six games. He hit .273/.407/.545 (.952) with two homers. He walked five times and stole three bases. Wes Clarke had just four hits in 19 at-bats, but he had three triples and a home run. He also walked five times. The rest of the offense really struggled. Micah Bello posted an .828 OPS. No other Rattler hitter posted an OPS over .283. Joe Gray went 1-for-18 (.056 BA, .283 OPS). Zavier Warren went 1-for-20 (.050, .195). Darrien Miller went 1-for-16 (.063, .126). What’s Next? The Timber Rattlers return home to take on Peoria. Tickets are still available! Pitching Probables (RHP Justin Jarvis, LHP Russell Smith, LHP Brandon Knarr, LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Ryne Moore, RHP Justin Jarvis) Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 5-1, hosting Kannapolis Season: 26-19 overall, 1st place in the Carolina League North Division, 1 1/2 games ahead of Lynchburg and 2 1/2 games ahead of Fredericksburg It was a very good week for the Mudcats. Their offense helped them to three big wins in which they scored more than 10 runs However, they also won two one-run games. Overall, they outscored the Cannon Ballers 48-22. Plus, Mudcat fans got to watch Willy Adames rehab on Sunday. He went 1-for-2 with a walk and a two-run homer. They also handed out bobbleheads with his likeness. Hedbert Perez had a big week. In five games, he went 9-for-19 and hit .474/.500/.947 (1.447) with four doubles, a triple, a home run, and five RBI. Arbert Cipion played just three games, but he went 9-for-15 (.600) with a homer and three RBI. He also walked twice and was on base 65% of the time. Jose Sibrian also played just three games. He went 4-for-13 (.364) with three doubles. Jesus Chirinos played all six games. He went 6-for-19 and hit .316/.417/.526 (. 943) with a double, a homer, and nine RBI. He also walked four times. Jackson Chourio played in six games too. He went 11-for-27 and hit .407/.429/.481 (.910) with two doubles and seven RBI. Alexander Cornielle dropped his season ERA to 2.76 with five innings of shutout ball. He gave up two hits, walked two, and struck out seven batters. Edwin Jimenez also went five innings in his start. He gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits and two walks. Michele Vassalotti had a save. He struck out four batters in 2 1/3 innings over two appearances. Carlos Rodriguez had a four-inning save. He gave up no runs on two hits and two walks. He struck out eight batters. Pablo Garabitos struck out six batters over three scoreless, hitless innings in his outing. In all, eight Mudcat relievers pitched and did not allow a run. What’s Next? The Mudcats hit the road to take on Lynchburg this week. Pitching Probables (RHP Carlos Rodriguez, RHP Jeferson Figueroa, RHP Stiven Cruz, RHP Israel Puello,, RHP Fernando Olquin, RHP Alexander Cornielle) PROSPECT SUMMARY This Prospect Summary shows our current Brewers Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week (May 24 to May 30). #1 - LHP Aaron Ashby (Milwaukee) - 2 G, 11.2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 5 BB, 17 K (Season: 11 G, 5 GS, 40.0 IP, 16 R, 12 ER, 31 H, 22 BB, 51 K, 1-3, 1 S, 2.70 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 5.0 BB/9, 11.5 K/9) #2 - OF Joey Wiemer (Biloxi) - 4 G, 3-for-17 (.176), 1-2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K (Season: 43 G, 50-for-171, .291/.365/.587 (.952), 15-2B, 12-HR, 34 RBI, 18 BB, 57 K) #3 - OF Garrett Mitchell (Biloxi) - Injured List (Season: 30 G, 24-for-107, .224/.331/.346 (.676), 3-2B, 2-3B, 2-HR, 11 RBI, 13 BB, 40 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Wisconsin) - Season: 21 G, 23-for-79, .291/.391/.456 (.847), 5-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 6/9 SB, 13 BB, 14 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Biloxi) - 4 G, 5-for-20 (.250), 1-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K (Season: 14 G, 17-for-64, .266/.309/.328 (.637), 2-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 3 RBI, 2/3 SB, 4 BB, 8 K) #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Nashville) - 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 3 K (Season: 8 GS, 38.1 IP, 10 R, 8 ER, 22 H, 21 BB, 49 K, 3-1, 1.88 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 4.9 BB/9, 11.5 K/9) #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Milwaukee) - 1 GS, 2.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 4 K (Season: 1 GS, 2.2 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 4 K, 6.75 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, 13.5 BB/9, 13.5 K/9) #6 - SS Brice Turang (Nashville) - 6 G, 8-for-28 (.286), 0-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K (Season: 42 G, 51-for-182, .280/.332/.385 (.716), 8-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 26 RBI, 15 BB, 41 K) #7 - OF Hedbert Perez (Carolina) - 5 G, 9-for-19 (.474), 4-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K (Season: 36 G, 31-for-144, .215/.271/.375 (.646), 9-2B, 1-3B, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 6/8 SB, 11 BB, 50 K) #8 - C Jeferson Quero (Carolina) - 4 G, 3-for-12 (.250), 1-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K (Season: 35 G, 32-for-136, .235/.303/.338 (.641), 9-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 17 RBI, 14 BB, 33 K) #9 - SS Freddy Zamora (Biloxi) - Injured List (Season: 24 G, 19-for-91), .209/.270/.286 (.556), 4-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 22 K) #10 - 2B Tyler Black (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 6-for-22 (.273), 0-2B, 0-3B, 2-HR, 2 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K (Season: 31 G, 33-for-112 (.295/.412/.464 (.876), 5-2B, 1-3B, 4-HR, 23 RBI, 20 BB, 21 K) #11 - 2B Felix Valerio (Biloxi) - 4 G, 6-for-21 (.286), 1-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K (Season: 37 G, 37-for-145, .255/.319/.435 (.754), 6-2B, 1-3B, 6-HR, 23 RBI, 14 BB, 25 K) #12 - OF Jackson Chourio (Carolina) - 6 G, 11-for-27 (.407), 2-2B, 0-HR, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K (Season: 22 G, 32-for-91, .352/.406/.506 (.911), 11-2B, 1-HR, 17 RBI, 9 BB, 22 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Nashville) - 4 G, 7-for-19 (.368), 1-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (Season: 29 G, 32-for-106, .302/.362/.359 (.721), 6-2B, 0-HR, 8 RBI, 6 BB, 23 K) #14 - LHP Antoine Kelly (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 4.2 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 7 K (Season: 9 GS, 44.0 IP, 19 R, 16 ER, 24 H, 23 BB, 60 K, 1-1, 3.27 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 4.7 BB/9, 12.3 K/9) #15 - OF Joe Gray, Jr. (Wisconsin) - 5 G, 1-for-18 (.056), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 4 BB, 8 K (Season: 44 G, 29-for-156, .186/.307/.372 (.678), 9-2B, 1-3B, 6-HR, 19 RBI, 7/7 SB, 27 BB, 67 K) #16 - SS Eduardo Garcia (Carolina) - 5 G, 8-for-24 (.333), 0-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 5 K (Season: 39 G, 46-165, 279/.310/.382 (.692), 7-2B, 2-3B, 2 HR, 27 RBI, 5 BB, 60 K) #17 - UTL Zavier Warren (Wisconsin) - 5 G, 1-for-20 (.050), 1-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K (Season: 42 G, 34-for-156, .218/.313/.346 (.659), 14-2B, 2-HR, 14 RBI, 6/6 SB, 18 BB, 38 K) #18 - RHP Abner Uribe (Biloxi) - IL (out for season) #19 - OF Hendry Mendez (Carolina) - 6 G, 2-for-20 (.100), 1-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K (Season: 38 G, 28-for-127, .221/.379/.307 (.686), 3-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 32 BB, 32 K) #20 - LHP Russell Smith (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 3.2 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K (Season: 7 GS, 27.2 IP, 21 R, 18 ER, 26 H, 16 BB, 29 K, 1-3, 5.86 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 5.2 BB/9, 9.4 K/9) PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Hedbert Perez, Carolina Panthers Hedbert Perez signed with the Brewers on July 2, 2019, from Caracas, Venezuela, for $700,000. So well thought of, the Brewers added him to their 60-player pool and alternate site in 2020 as a 17-year-old. He played in 32 games for the Brewers Gold Arizona Complex team where he hit .333/.394/.575 (.969) with 11 and six doubles. He moved up to Low-A Carolina for the final 16 games. That is where the 19-year-old started the 2022 season. Last week, he went 9-for-19 (.474). He hit four doubles, one triple, and one home run. Overall, he is hitting .215/.271/.375 (.646) in 36 games. He is the son of former big-league outfielder Robert Perez. Also an outfielder, Perez stands just shy of 6’0” and 190 pounds. He is strong and has an advanced knowledge of the game. He’s got the tools. He’s got a nice, left-handed swing and continues to gain strength. He could develop plus-power. He’s got good speed and could probably play center field now, but his future is in the corner outfield. He can be good defensively, and he’s got an average arm. He’s a long way from the big leagues, but a 19-year-old having a big week in Low-A is very encouraging. Pitcher of the Week: RHP Justin Jarvis, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Another week, another Timber Rattler starter wins the pitcher of the week honor. For the second straight week, the winner is Wisconsin right-hander Justin Jarvis. Against Cedar Rapids, the top team in the division, he held them to two hits and two walks over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He ended the game with nine strikeouts. He has now made nine starts this season and is 3-2 with a 4.50 ERA. In 42 innings, he has walked 20 and struck out 43 batters. He started slow, but he has had three straight terrific starts over the past two weeks. Jarvis was the Brewers fifth-round pick in 2018 out of Lake Norman High School in North Carolina. In 2019, he pitched for then Low-A Wisconsin where he went 4-1 with a 3.50 ERA. After a lost 2020 season, Jarvis went 1-7 with a 5.40 ERA with nearly a strikeout per innings for now-High-A Wisconsin in 2021. He pitched in the Arizona Fall League after that season. Feel free to discuss the Brewers' prospects and their affiliates in the COMMENTS below. View full article
  22. Seth chats with Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Development Coach Patrick McGuff. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2016 and pitched for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2017. He was hired by the Brewers in January. This week, he heads to Cedar Rapids with the Timber Rattlers in a big series matching the top two teams in the Midwest League's West Division. In this interview, we discuss his playing career, his transition to coaching, and about the talented Timber Rattlers roster.
  23. Seth chats with Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Development Coach Patrick McGuff. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2016 and pitched for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2017. He was hired by the Brewers in January. This week, he heads to Cedar Rapids with the Timber Rattlers in a big series matching the top two teams in the Midwest League's West Division. In this interview, we discuss his playing career, his transition to coaching, and about the talented Timber Rattlers roster. View full video
  24. Details forthcoming on a dominant performance by our precocious Mudcats, another fantastic outing for a resurgent Timber Rattler starting pitcher, a rare stumble for the Sounds bullpen, and another idle day for the Shuckers, this time via Mother Nature. Before we dig into the details, let's briefly discuss why the upcoming Memorial Day weekend is such an important marker in the minor league season from a fan perspective. You've seen them, we link to them often, heck, you'll view some in this edition of our report. We're talking about highlights with near-empty stands, particularly in Zebulon, North Carolina, and Biloxi, Mississippi. We're not quite sure what to make of light attendance for Shuckers games, and likely neither is the local Chamber of Commerce, as attendance has regularly fallen short of expectations for beautiful MGM Park since construction was completed in 2015. Carolina's Five County Stadium was built in 1991, and the Mudcats franchise has evolved (devolved?) from the AA level to High-A, and now single-A. I enjoyed this article by Cory Lavalette of the North State Journal and hope you will as well. It paints for us, in a positive way, the dichotomy of the experience of taking in a Mudcats game vs, that of the AAA Durham Bulls, merely 37 miles away. It seems that Zebulon itself is becoming a growing residential destination and with that, the potential for increased crowds at Carolina games exists. Of course, there are no such concerns in Nashville and Appleton. Several Timber Rattlers have expressed within interviews their pleasure with the larger crowds compared to their prior Zebulon home, Antoine Kelly the most recent. It's not surprising that in the business world of minor league baseball, this upcoming weekend is huge as the weather improves, and as most school systems wrap up or are on the verge of doing so. Here's to the crowds enhancing our own highlight-viewing pleasure while also giving the Brewers prospects the local audiences they deserve for the summer. Transactions: None Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Toledo (Tigers) 3, Nashville 2 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: Walk-Off Walk Dooms Sounds - Mud Hens score game two win in walk-off fashion RH reliever Thomas Jankins utilized a pickoff at second base to help escape his 8th inning jam, but as the summary detailed, couldn't quite seal the deal in the fateful 9th - You may have caught this from the Journal-Sentinel earlier this week: Pitcher Peter Strzelecki, catcher Alex Jackson and utility man Mark Mathias were present in the visiting clubhouse at Petco Park. A team is permitted to carry up to five players on its taxi squad for all road trips. For Strzelecki, an undrafted free agent signing by Milwaukee in 2018, it marks his first time in a big-league clubhouse. The right-handed reliever wasn’t with the Brewers on the major-league side in spring training, either. Mathias was indeed activated to take Hunter Renfroe's roster spot. The report does shine a light on what the Brewers think currently of Strzelecki, perhaps just a bit higher on the reliever rung than Luke Barker, Zack Brown, Hobie Harris, and Connor Sadzeck. Based on their 2022 performances, it'd be hard to quibble with any of the choices. Jackson's absence from Nashville explains Nick Kahle's random callup to AAA. Brice Turang stole his 5th base in six attempts. Mario Feliciano has yet to go deep in 97 at-bats despite otherwise pretty numbers. It seems so long ago (2019 with then high-A Carolina) that Feliciano cranked 19 bombs. We didn't forget to give you a shout-out beyond what the game summary, provided, Jason Alexander. You've been wonderful, another zero-walk performance here (only 12 free passes in 47.2 IP). On the other side of the box score, yes, that was former Rule 5 loss Miguel Diaz pitching the top of the 9th, and Jamie Westbrook has walked plenty but otherwise struggled since his trade to the Tigers. Montgomery (Rays) at Biloxi, ppd., rain No makeup date announced, the series should finally get underway Thursday evening. No worries, here's an excellent video feature via Jeff Haeger on Joey Wiemer, including the latest quotes from the stud slugger - Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 5, Cedar Rapids (Twins) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Jarvis Jams Kernels with Nine Strikeouts - Rattlers win 5-1 at Cedar Rapids Raise your hand if you were suggesting that RHP Justin Jarvis should be moved to the bullpen after a rough April (five starts, 7.91 ERA, 1.60 WHIP). Oh wait, there I am, looking in the mirror, sheepishly now recognizing a stellar month of May (1.59 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 28 K, 8 BB in 22.2 IP). The Brewers seemingly have their system-wide pitching development system on cruise control, it's amazing. Sweet work, Justin. The Cedar Rapids newspaper report includes thoughts on Jarvis from the opposing dugout. Scary moment in the top of the 9th - MiLB.TV subscribers go the 03:08:00 hour/minute mark - as Antonio Pinero slid feet-first into a successful steal of second base, appeared to jam his leg going in, and was clearly in pain. After a few minutes with the trainer and acting Manager Liu Rodriguez (Joe Ayrault still away), in what I can only call a near-shocking decision, Pinero remained in the game for a few more pitches. Still clearly uncomfortable, he was then pulled for a pinch-runner. Please always act on the side of caution guys, that was not a good look. Outfielder Carlos Rodriguez has an .855 OPS in May. Still just in his age 21 season, yet it's season five overall (includes the lost 2020 season in which service time still applies). Folks may not remember that Rodriguez signed for $1.355 million in the summer of 2017. Although he didn't pitch in this game, WFRV provides the latest video entry in the inspiring story of RHP Tyler Gillies - And yes, at 10:00 AM Central this AM, bidding begins in the Udder Tuggers jersey auction. Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 13, Kannapolis (White Sox) 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Cornielle and Rodriguez Blank Ballers 13-0 - Alexander Cornielle and Carlos Rodriguez combined to nine scoreless frames and 15 strikeouts Always a bonus when we get the postgame chat, especially after a game such as this - LISTEN: Post-Game Interview with Manager Victor Estevez Twenty-three baserunners, 10-for-21 with RISP, shutout pitching, just ensconce this box score in velvet, as George Costanza might (remember, he was up for senior scouting positions with both the Yankees and Mets at various points - oh, those script writers...). Special shoutout to catcher Jose Sibrian on his three doubles. The 23-year-old Venezuelan native remarkably qualifies for minor league free agency at season's end (7th year in the Crew's chain). Back to all-evening action Thursday - Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  25. You've seen them, we link to them often, heck, you'll view some in this edition of our report. We're talking about highlights with near-empty stands, particularly in Zebulon, North Carolina, and Biloxi, Mississippi. We're not quite sure what to make of light attendance for Shuckers games, and likely neither is the local Chamber of Commerce, as attendance has regularly fallen short of expectations for beautiful MGM Park since construction was completed in 2015. Carolina's Five County Stadium was built in 1991, and the Mudcats franchise has evolved (devolved?) from the AA level to High-A, and now single-A. I enjoyed this article by Cory Lavalette of the North State Journal and hope you will as well. It paints for us, in a positive way, the dichotomy of the experience of taking in a Mudcats game vs, that of the AAA Durham Bulls, merely 37 miles away. It seems that Zebulon itself is becoming a growing residential destination and with that, the potential for increased crowds at Carolina games exists. Of course, there are no such concerns in Nashville and Appleton. Several Timber Rattlers have expressed within interviews their pleasure with the larger crowds compared to their prior Zebulon home, Antoine Kelly the most recent. It's not surprising that in the business world of minor league baseball, this upcoming weekend is huge as the weather improves, and as most school systems wrap up or are on the verge of doing so. Here's to the crowds enhancing our own highlight-viewing pleasure while also giving the Brewers prospects the local audiences they deserve for the summer. Transactions: None Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Toledo (Tigers) 3, Nashville 2 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: Walk-Off Walk Dooms Sounds - Mud Hens score game two win in walk-off fashion RH reliever Thomas Jankins utilized a pickoff at second base to help escape his 8th inning jam, but as the summary detailed, couldn't quite seal the deal in the fateful 9th - You may have caught this from the Journal-Sentinel earlier this week: Pitcher Peter Strzelecki, catcher Alex Jackson and utility man Mark Mathias were present in the visiting clubhouse at Petco Park. A team is permitted to carry up to five players on its taxi squad for all road trips. For Strzelecki, an undrafted free agent signing by Milwaukee in 2018, it marks his first time in a big-league clubhouse. The right-handed reliever wasn’t with the Brewers on the major-league side in spring training, either. Mathias was indeed activated to take Hunter Renfroe's roster spot. The report does shine a light on what the Brewers think currently of Strzelecki, perhaps just a bit higher on the reliever rung than Luke Barker, Zack Brown, Hobie Harris, and Connor Sadzeck. Based on their 2022 performances, it'd be hard to quibble with any of the choices. Jackson's absence from Nashville explains Nick Kahle's random callup to AAA. Brice Turang stole his 5th base in six attempts. Mario Feliciano has yet to go deep in 97 at-bats despite otherwise pretty numbers. It seems so long ago (2019 with then high-A Carolina) that Feliciano cranked 19 bombs. We didn't forget to give you a shout-out beyond what the game summary, provided, Jason Alexander. You've been wonderful, another zero-walk performance here (only 12 free passes in 47.2 IP). On the other side of the box score, yes, that was former Rule 5 loss Miguel Diaz pitching the top of the 9th, and Jamie Westbrook has walked plenty but otherwise struggled since his trade to the Tigers. Montgomery (Rays) at Biloxi, ppd., rain No makeup date announced, the series should finally get underway Thursday evening. No worries, here's an excellent video feature via Jeff Haeger on Joey Wiemer, including the latest quotes from the stud slugger - Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 5, Cedar Rapids (Twins) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Jarvis Jams Kernels with Nine Strikeouts - Rattlers win 5-1 at Cedar Rapids Raise your hand if you were suggesting that RHP Justin Jarvis should be moved to the bullpen after a rough April (five starts, 7.91 ERA, 1.60 WHIP). Oh wait, there I am, looking in the mirror, sheepishly now recognizing a stellar month of May (1.59 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 28 K, 8 BB in 22.2 IP). The Brewers seemingly have their system-wide pitching development system on cruise control, it's amazing. Sweet work, Justin. The Cedar Rapids newspaper report includes thoughts on Jarvis from the opposing dugout. Scary moment in the top of the 9th - MiLB.TV subscribers go the 03:08:00 hour/minute mark - as Antonio Pinero slid feet-first into a successful steal of second base, appeared to jam his leg going in, and was clearly in pain. After a few minutes with the trainer and acting Manager Liu Rodriguez (Joe Ayrault still away), in what I can only call a near-shocking decision, Pinero remained in the game for a few more pitches. Still clearly uncomfortable, he was then pulled for a pinch-runner. Please always act on the side of caution guys, that was not a good look. Outfielder Carlos Rodriguez has an .855 OPS in May. Still just in his age 21 season, yet it's season five overall (includes the lost 2020 season in which service time still applies). Folks may not remember that Rodriguez signed for $1.355 million in the summer of 2017. Although he didn't pitch in this game, WFRV provides the latest video entry in the inspiring story of RHP Tyler Gillies - And yes, at 10:00 AM Central this AM, bidding begins in the Udder Tuggers jersey auction. Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 13, Kannapolis (White Sox) 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Cornielle and Rodriguez Blank Ballers 13-0 - Alexander Cornielle and Carlos Rodriguez combined to nine scoreless frames and 15 strikeouts Always a bonus when we get the postgame chat, especially after a game such as this - LISTEN: Post-Game Interview with Manager Victor Estevez Twenty-three baserunners, 10-for-21 with RISP, shutout pitching, just ensconce this box score in velvet, as George Costanza might (remember, he was up for senior scouting positions with both the Yankees and Mets at various points - oh, those script writers...). Special shoutout to catcher Jose Sibrian on his three doubles. The 23-year-old Venezuelan native remarkably qualifies for minor league free agency at season's end (7th year in the Crew's chain). Back to all-evening action Thursday - Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
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