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  1. Game 1 -- Brewers 7, Nationals 0 https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MIL/MIL202205200.shtml Eric Lauer tossed yet another gem, going seven strong shutout innings, striking out five, scattering five hits, and walking none. Lauer worked efficiently, using just 83 pitches to get through seven. Nationals starter Erick Fedde worked through five scoreless as well, pitching into the sixth, until the Brewers finally struck for a pair of runs. Rowdy Tellez's eighth home run of the season put the Brewers up 2-0, which would be all the lead the Crew needed. Tyrone Taylor would add his second home run of the season in the eighth inning, a three-run shot, as the Brewers put a five-spot on the board. Devin Williams and Aaron Ashby pitched the eighth and ninth innings to finish the game for Lauer, who picked up the win and pushed his record to 4-1, lowering his E.R.A to 2.16 on the season. Lauer makes a strong case each start for "ace" status. He's cut his walk rate almost in half while seeing a significant jump in strikeout rate. The Lauer/Urias for Grisham/Davies trade can and will be dissected and debated further, but in 2022, the Brewers are seeing the better end of it so far. Game 2 - Brewers 5, Nationals 1 https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MIL/MIL202205210.shtml The Brewers looked to break through against lefty starter Patrick Corbin, while Brandon Woodruff put together a pair of solid back-to-back starts for the Crew. Woodruff delivered, going six innings and allowing just one run on five hits and no walks. Unlike yesterday's game, the Brewers did not wait long to get the offense going. On the first pitch of the bottom of the first, Andrew McCutchen put the Brewers on the board. The Brewers tallied again in the first on a sacrifice fly by Hunter Renfroe. The Nationals struck back with a solo home run by Lane Thomas in the third, but that would be all Nat's offense would muster in this contest. The Brewers would put three on the board in the fifth, first with a solo home run by Luis Urias and with two outs, a two-run single by Keston Huira. Hiura has quietly pushed his line back up to a respectable .244/.333/.444 on the season for a .778 OPS. He's still striking out at a high rate, but if he's carrying an OPS around .775 - .800, the team must be willing to live with the lack of contact. He's handling first base adequately, and if he can fill in second base from time to time and spell McCutchen at DH, there's a role on the team for his power bat. After Woodruff worked through six innings, Trevor Gott and Brad Boxberger worked the seventh and eighth inning without incident. Hoby Milner came in to start the ninth. Josh Hader recorded the last out to rack up his fifteenth save after allowing two singles and getting the second out of the inning on a tapper back to the mound. Despite the uneven results experienced in the early season, today's victory moves Woodruff's record to 5-2. Game 3 - Nationals 8, Brewers 2 https://www.espn.com/mlb/boxscore/_/gameId/401354858 Freddy Peralta starts for the Brewers today. Mike Brosseau was given his first career MLB start at shortstop. He misplayed at least two balls and booted another, leading to multiple extra runners for Peralta early. Brosseau has done well with the bat off the bench and played a decent third base, but he looked completely out of place at short today. The Nationals tallied once in the second and third innings but seemed to be doing so on soft contact and fielding miscues. Going into the fourth, the first three batters reached base, and Peralta was pulled for what appeared to be a shoulder injury. This was later reported as "shoulder stiffness" and is concerning, so Brewer management (and fans) will wait to see what examination reveals Monday or later. The Nationals strung together seven straight base hits and scored six runs in the fourth, increasing the lead to 8-0 before Brent Suter could get out of the inning. The Brewers gave fans a brief glimmer of hope in the bottom of the fifth inning. Tyrone Taylor hit a solo home run to center. The Crew then loaded the bases with just one out. Andrew McCutchen grounded into a fielder's choice to drive in a second run, putting men on the corners with two outs, before Christian Yelich was retired to end the brief rally with a fly out to the warning track in deepest center field. The Brewers would threaten a few more times but grounded into three double plays on the day. The scoring would prove to be finished at 8-2, and the Brewers dropped the finale to the Nats and lost their starting pitcher. Peralta took the loss, dropping to 3-2 on the season. A minor bright spot on the day was Luis Perdomo pitching three quick scoreless innings in relief and soaking up some innings while hopefully proving he's capable of being a viable blowout time option for the bullpen. The Brewers take the series with the Nationals and head out on a three-city, eleven-game road trip, traveling first to San Diego. ETA: Per Lane Grindel on the post-game radio -- Freddy Peralta has been placed on 10-day IL as a precautionary measure.
  2. The Brewers come into a weekend set at AmFam field with the Nationals before heading out onto the road for an eleven game trip. The Brewers will send Eric Lauer, Brandon Woodruff, and Freddy Peralta to the mound in the three game series as the Crew looks to extend the four game lead they currently hold over the second place St. Louis Cardinals. Game 1 -- Brewers 7, Nationals 0 https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MIL/MIL202205200.shtml Eric Lauer tossed yet another gem, going seven strong shutout innings, striking out five, scattering five hits, and walking none. Lauer worked efficiently, using just 83 pitches to get through seven. Nationals starter Erick Fedde worked through five scoreless as well, pitching into the sixth, until the Brewers finally struck for a pair of runs. Rowdy Tellez's eighth home run of the season put the Brewers up 2-0, which would be all the lead the Crew needed. Tyrone Taylor would add his second home run of the season in the eighth inning, a three-run shot, as the Brewers put a five-spot on the board. Devin Williams and Aaron Ashby pitched the eighth and ninth innings to finish the game for Lauer, who picked up the win and pushed his record to 4-1, lowering his E.R.A to 2.16 on the season. Lauer makes a strong case each start for "ace" status. He's cut his walk rate almost in half while seeing a significant jump in strikeout rate. The Lauer/Urias for Grisham/Davies trade can and will be dissected and debated further, but in 2022, the Brewers are seeing the better end of it so far. Game 2 - Brewers 5, Nationals 1 https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MIL/MIL202205210.shtml The Brewers looked to break through against lefty starter Patrick Corbin, while Brandon Woodruff put together a pair of solid back-to-back starts for the Crew. Woodruff delivered, going six innings and allowing just one run on five hits and no walks. Unlike yesterday's game, the Brewers did not wait long to get the offense going. On the first pitch of the bottom of the first, Andrew McCutchen put the Brewers on the board. The Brewers tallied again in the first on a sacrifice fly by Hunter Renfroe. The Nationals struck back with a solo home run by Lane Thomas in the third, but that would be all Nat's offense would muster in this contest. The Brewers would put three on the board in the fifth, first with a solo home run by Luis Urias and with two outs, a two-run single by Keston Huira. Hiura has quietly pushed his line back up to a respectable .244/.333/.444 on the season for a .778 OPS. He's still striking out at a high rate, but if he's carrying an OPS around .775 - .800, the team must be willing to live with the lack of contact. He's handling first base adequately, and if he can fill in second base from time to time and spell McCutchen at DH, there's a role on the team for his power bat. After Woodruff worked through six innings, Trevor Gott and Brad Boxberger worked the seventh and eighth inning without incident. Hoby Milner came in to start the ninth. Josh Hader recorded the last out to rack up his fifteenth save after allowing two singles and getting the second out of the inning on a tapper back to the mound. Despite the uneven results experienced in the early season, today's victory moves Woodruff's record to 5-2. Game 3 - Nationals 8, Brewers 2 https://www.espn.com/mlb/boxscore/_/gameId/401354858 Freddy Peralta starts for the Brewers today. Mike Brosseau was given his first career MLB start at shortstop. He misplayed at least two balls and booted another, leading to multiple extra runners for Peralta early. Brosseau has done well with the bat off the bench and played a decent third base, but he looked completely out of place at short today. The Nationals tallied once in the second and third innings but seemed to be doing so on soft contact and fielding miscues. Going into the fourth, the first three batters reached base, and Peralta was pulled for what appeared to be a shoulder injury. This was later reported as "shoulder stiffness" and is concerning, so Brewer management (and fans) will wait to see what examination reveals Monday or later. The Nationals strung together seven straight base hits and scored six runs in the fourth, increasing the lead to 8-0 before Brent Suter could get out of the inning. The Brewers gave fans a brief glimmer of hope in the bottom of the fifth inning. Tyrone Taylor hit a solo home run to center. The Crew then loaded the bases with just one out. Andrew McCutchen grounded into a fielder's choice to drive in a second run, putting men on the corners with two outs, before Christian Yelich was retired to end the brief rally with a fly out to the warning track in deepest center field. The Brewers would threaten a few more times but grounded into three double plays on the day. The scoring would prove to be finished at 8-2, and the Brewers dropped the finale to the Nats and lost their starting pitcher. Peralta took the loss, dropping to 3-2 on the season. A minor bright spot on the day was Luis Perdomo pitching three quick scoreless innings in relief and soaking up some innings while hopefully proving he's capable of being a viable blowout time option for the bullpen. The Brewers take the series with the Nationals and head out on a three-city, eleven-game road trip, traveling first to San Diego. ETA: Per Lane Grindel on the post-game radio -- Freddy Peralta has been placed on 10-day IL as a precautionary measure. View full article
  3. The Crew looked to avenge last year’s playoff loss to the Braves with a three-game set at American Family Field. May 16 - 18 Braves @ Brewers recap Game 1 Brewers 1 – Braves 0 Braves 0, Brewers 1 (Final Score) on MLB Gameday Peralta, Williams, and Hader Combine for the Shutout A dominant start followed by two dominant innings from the Brewers best bullpen arms is the blueprint the Brewers followed much of last season, and it was an excellent return to form in game one of this series. Freddy Peralta went seven strong in his best start of the season, striking out 10 Braves batters against only one free pass. After giving up some hard contact early, he fell into a groove locating his slider and had the Braves lineup flailing. Freddy has pitched great since a hiccup against the Cardinals in start number two. Over his last five appearances since then, Peralta has logged 28 2/3 innings striking out 38 and walking only six with an ERA of only 1.57. Devin Williams came on in the eighth and looked like peak Devin Williams of old, striking out the side. Devin’s calling card is his change-up but equally as devastating is his four-seamer, particularly when he can locate said change. That was true against the Braves as Williams K’d each batter with the fastball after setting each up with a barrage of off-speed stuff. Josh Hader entered the game in the ninth, looking to extend his MLB record of saving 13 consecutive games to start the season. He made it look easy by striking out all three batters by throwing nine pitches over 98 mph. Hader has been nearly unhittable since last July. He is truly the best closer in baseball. The Brewers only run came on a sixth-inning wild pitch against starter Ian Anderson after he had laced a double and took third on a fielder’s choice. But that’s all the Brewers would need with Freddy painting corners like this: Game 2 Brewers 0 – Braves 3 Braves 3, Brewers 0 (Final Score) on MLB Gameday Missed Opportunities It was a tale of missed opportunities for the Brewers offense. They could not get the big hit when they needed it, leaving seven men in scoring position with two outs. Lorenzo Cain came close in the bottom of the eight with the bases loaded but a stellar pick and throw from Austin Riley thwarted Lo’s effort to drive in a run. Adrian Houser used his sinker and four-seamer to keep the Braves off balance for six innings. In the fifth, he gave up one unearned run on a Mike Brosseau error but otherwise held Atlanta in check. The Braves tacked on two runs in the eighth on a Marcell Ozuna home run against Brad Boxberger. It was the first home run Brad has given up this year and the first outing he’s thrown more than 15 pitches in a game. Game 3 Brewers 7 – Braves 6 (11 innings) Braves 6, Brewers 7 (Final Score) on MLB Gameday It’s a Walk-Off! In his first game back in the bigs after a stint down in AAA Nashville, Keston Hiura proved the hero slamming a two-run homer to dead center field to win the game for the Brewers in the bottom of the 11th inning. The hit and win had to feel good for Hiura, who was fighting a flu bug and had struggled since his rookie year when it seemed like he could anchor the middle of the order for years. Hitting walk-off homers doesn’t seem to be a problem for Keston, who now has as many as Paul Molitor and Don Money combined per Adam McCalvy. Starter Corbin Burnes was good but not great, going six innings with five strikeouts and zero walks. He had trouble with the long ball giving up a three-run shot to Austin Riley and a solo job to Marcell Ozuna in the third inning. The Brewers battled back from the four-run deficit to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, then again in the 10th, before Hiura’s blast in the 11th. The Brewers were without the services of Josh Hader, who is away from the team attending to a family matter. In his stead, Trevor Kelley, making his major league debut, got the first win of his career in relief. The Brewers have completed the regular-season series, with the Braves finishing up 3 – 3. Getting that last win may prove important come tie breaker time. Up Next The Brewers stick around Milwaukee for a three-game set against the Washington Nationals.
  4. You read the title right. I’m writing about the current Brewers. There’s no Jaha, no Robidoux, no Riles. Instead, let’s talk about Keston Hiura and his return to the majors. Keston Hiura was a highly-touted prospect for the Brewers when he debuted in 2019. He ended up having a solid rookie campaign and was a key component for the Crew on their run to the playoffs. Since his rookie year, there have been struggles for Hiura, both at the plate and in the field. He’s spent some stretches in AAA, including this month, and was just recalled to the Brewers earlier today. And hit a walk-off two-run homerun to defeat the Braves 7-6. During the past couple of seasons, Hiura has felt the wrath of Brewers fans. You can bet, however, that nobody has been more disappointed in his struggles than Hiura himself. I’m rooting for Keston Hiura. It’s tough to say at this point if he has a long-term future with the Brewers. In the world today, there seems to be a lot of people tearing others down. There should be more of people building each other up. That not only applies to sports but all aspects of life. It takes no effort to be kind. So Keston, if you read this, that was great. Keep grinding. Block out the noise from the haters. I’ll be cheering for you, along with many others. Baseball is a great game. It’s a funny game. It’s a weird game. Sometimes when you least expect it, those that are struggling come up huge. For instance, someone just called up from the minors may get a chance to come to the plate in extra innings. And then a Hiura comes along, with the strength to hit a bomb. View full article
  5. Keston Hiura was a highly-touted prospect for the Brewers when he debuted in 2019. He ended up having a solid rookie campaign and was a key component for the Crew on their run to the playoffs. Since his rookie year, there have been struggles for Hiura, both at the plate and in the field. He’s spent some stretches in AAA, including this month, and was just recalled to the Brewers earlier today. And hit a walk-off two-run homerun to defeat the Braves 7-6. During the past couple of seasons, Hiura has felt the wrath of Brewers fans. You can bet, however, that nobody has been more disappointed in his struggles than Hiura himself. I’m rooting for Keston Hiura. It’s tough to say at this point if he has a long-term future with the Brewers. In the world today, there seems to be a lot of people tearing others down. There should be more of people building each other up. That not only applies to sports but all aspects of life. It takes no effort to be kind. So Keston, if you read this, that was great. Keep grinding. Block out the noise from the haters. I’ll be cheering for you, along with many others. Baseball is a great game. It’s a funny game. It’s a weird game. Sometimes when you least expect it, those that are struggling come up huge. For instance, someone just called up from the minors may get a chance to come to the plate in extra innings. And then a Hiura comes along, with the strength to hit a bomb.
  6. Brewers shortstop Willy Adames has been sent to the 10-day Injured List for a high ankle sprain he received on May 15th while attempting to score on a sacrifice fly. The move is retroactive to the following day, May 16th. The injury is a significant blow to Milwaukee's offense, as Adames has a league-leading nine home runs and an OPS+ of 117. He has been a fixture of the middle of the Brewers order since he arrived via trade last season and outside of Yelich, is perhaps the most important offensive piece if the team makes a deep postseason run in 2022. Recalled is much-maligned infielder Keston Hiura, who struggled with contact early in 2022, striking out in nearly 50% of his plate appearances. High ankle sprains are tricky and particularly hard on infielders who rely on twitch reflexes and planting to pivot and dive for balls. It's very possible Adames could miss significantly more time than ten days, which puts the Brewers in a difficult position until his return.
  7. Transactions: RHP Jandal Gustave was recalled to Milwaukee. Gustave never actually left the big-league club after his recent option as the front office was aware Brent Suter would be going on a paternity leave. Nashville activated CF Abraham Almonte from the 7-day injured list. Almonte last played on April 23rd. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Jacksonville (Marlins) 7, Nashville 3 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: Hiura Homers Again But Sounds Fall - Multiple Nashville Rallies Fall Short in Jacksonville Oh Keston, to borrow from "Seinfeld", you are vexing. You are an enigma, a mystery wrapped in a riddle. We are enjoying your five-game stay and 1.417 OPS with the Sounds thus far. Friday night you played left field after three games at second base and one at first base. You did not strike out but have done so in six of your 19 at-bats thus far. You were caught stealing (now 0-for-2 on the basepaths with Nashville). Small 2022 AAA sample aside, Hiura will likely be with the Sounds long enough (20 days) to utilize the 2022 option in full, meaning he won't be able to be optioned in 2023. From a Milwaukee front office perspective, perhaps it's simply best if Hiura simply rakes all summer long. If Andrew McCutchen continues to middle along or is sidelined, Hiura is the logical primary designated hitter option. If he truly finds himself, Keston fills that DH role heading into 2023. But in the big picture, it's not hard to envision one of the many MLB have-nots trading for him and living with the various faults that keep Hiura a somewhat polarizing figure in Brewers circles. Pretty impressive that Jon Singleton is batting .207 but with an .859 OPS. OK, Brice Turang lining into a bases-loaded double play to end the game to cap his 0-for-5 night after so much recent success is likely a Friday the 13th moment. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 9, Birmingham (White Sox) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Five-Run Sixth Inning Catapults Shuckers to Win - INF Cam Devanney and C Jakson Reetz Homer in Victory Nice win, but the first thing box score browsers will notice is that pitchers came to the plate. Both Andy Otero and Arnaldo Hernandez struck out in their lone at-bats. How did this come about? Biloxi lost their designated hitter when an early Garrett Mitchell exit prompted a defensive shuffle, and the Shuckers tend to have the shortest bench of all the Brewers affiliates (this seems to be a consistent issue in recent Biloxi seasons). Mitchell left to begin the 4th inning. He made no defensive plays in the top of the 3rd nor did he come to the plate in the bottom of that inning. Hate to assume, but perhaps the exit was health-related, and you know what, to be fair, let's end the speculation right there. The Shuckers drew eleven walks in this game, and 1B Thomas Dillard grabbed three of those and was on base all five plate appearances. Dillard did commit his 6th error in 20 games at first base. Despite just a 1-for-5 night, 2B Felix Valerio stole three bases, giving him six in eight attempts. Though Mitchell, Sal Frelick, and Joey Wiemer each walked one time, they combined to go 0-for-8 on a night when the offense scored nine runs, allowing others to get the spotlight. You'll see evidence of that in the team's nicely-crafted highlight package Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Quad Cities (Royals) 8, Wisconsin 7 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Wisconsin Winning Streak Snapped - River Bandits outslug Rattlers 8-7 From Chris Mehring's summary you just devoured -- (Inheriting a bases loaded, no out situation, RHP Kent) Hasler struck out the first two batters and had a 1-2 count on Burle Dixon. Hasler pitched home and Dixon swung and missed for an apparent strike three to end the inning. However, a balk was called on Hasler, and the River Bandits scored a very important insurance run. Hasler would strike out Dixon two pitches later for the final out. Hasler's final box score line was two innings, six batters faced, six batters struck out, yet the one inherited runner who scored proved to be the deciding run in the game. Yes, Friday the 13th only impacts Brewer affiliate losses. Box scores can be so much fun to dive into regardless of outcome. Catcher Darrien Miller (four singles) and designated hitter Wes Clarke (two singles, home run) combined for four of the seven runs scored. Can we point out that yes, the Midwest League weather is finally warming up (wow, 88 degrees at gametime), but how darn impressive the OPS marks of Tyler Black (.922), Tristan Peters (.920), and Miller (.898) are given the early-season supression by otherwise frigid conditions. Yes, we're all going to have to learn to regularly spell "Tristan" and "Darrien" correctly as they climb the ranks. Manager Joe Ayrault was ejected in the 3rd inning, too bad we don't have the audio from that umpire session, as you'll want to find six minutes of time to invest in this "Mic'd Up" session with the personable skipper - Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 5, Fayetteville (Astros) 4, ten innings Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Carolina Wins Friday Night Thriller 5-4 in Fayetteville - Michele Vassalotti earned his MiLB leading sixth win of the season Five HBP's in this one, four by Mudcat hurlers. two by now 6-and-0 RHP Michele Vassalotti, who is not vulturing all these relief wins, evidenced by his 1.89 ERA, Vassalotti has only walked one in 19 innings in 2022, but he's found a way to fool the WHIP gods. He's now plunked five batters, and WHIP is not WHHBPIP because that acronym just looks silly. Nice going, Michele, as long as nobody charges the mound on you. That's now two consecutive outstanding staff-saving four-inning efforts by RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez, bouncing back after a rough start to the season. MVP for this game, to be sure. Here's my take as you review those very low batting averages and OPS marks in your daily Carolina box score. It's very cool that this very (repeat, very) young bunch - and you can add the pitchers into that ultra-youthful category - will have a chance to grow all summer long, and many of them will, several of them substantially. But even so, there's always going to be another young crop behind them, whether in Maryvale now, or part of the next draft class. How many of the current Mudcats will best be served by repeating the level in 2023? Is there a danger of moving some along without that extra development year in Zebulon? You know what, it's way too early to truly ponder that. I can remember some very veteran teams in Appleton when the Timber Rattlers were the low-A club, and they gave us some moments to enjoy, but in the end, they were a bunch of 23-year-olds with limited upside. Think we can all agree this Carolina team is unique in recent Crew affiliate history, so let's enjoy the baby steps (literally). Nice win Friday night (just ignore the 17 strikeouts for now), Fine effort in culling late-inning video from the road feed! The earliest gametime Saturday is 4:05 Central for the Mudcats. I'll be back for your Sunday AM report -- until then... 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
  8. Perhaps it's fitting that the four Brewers affiliates split their contests on Friday the 13th. It is also that day on the calendar for the opponents after all. Let's dive into the action and learn why it was a 50-50 kind of evening on the farm. Transactions: RHP Jandal Gustave was recalled to Milwaukee. Gustave never actually left the big-league club after his recent option as the front office was aware Brent Suter would be going on a paternity leave. Nashville activated CF Abraham Almonte from the 7-day injured list. Almonte last played on April 23rd. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Jacksonville (Marlins) 7, Nashville 3 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: Hiura Homers Again But Sounds Fall - Multiple Nashville Rallies Fall Short in Jacksonville Oh Keston, to borrow from "Seinfeld", you are vexing. You are an enigma, a mystery wrapped in a riddle. We are enjoying your five-game stay and 1.417 OPS with the Sounds thus far. Friday night you played left field after three games at second base and one at first base. You did not strike out but have done so in six of your 19 at-bats thus far. You were caught stealing (now 0-for-2 on the basepaths with Nashville). Small 2022 AAA sample aside, Hiura will likely be with the Sounds long enough (20 days) to utilize the 2022 option in full, meaning he won't be able to be optioned in 2023. From a Milwaukee front office perspective, perhaps it's simply best if Hiura simply rakes all summer long. If Andrew McCutchen continues to middle along or is sidelined, Hiura is the logical primary designated hitter option. If he truly finds himself, Keston fills that DH role heading into 2023. But in the big picture, it's not hard to envision one of the many MLB have-nots trading for him and living with the various faults that keep Hiura a somewhat polarizing figure in Brewers circles. Pretty impressive that Jon Singleton is batting .207 but with an .859 OPS. OK, Brice Turang lining into a bases-loaded double play to end the game to cap his 0-for-5 night after so much recent success is likely a Friday the 13th moment. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 9, Birmingham (White Sox) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Five-Run Sixth Inning Catapults Shuckers to Win - INF Cam Devanney and C Jakson Reetz Homer in Victory Nice win, but the first thing box score browsers will notice is that pitchers came to the plate. Both Andy Otero and Arnaldo Hernandez struck out in their lone at-bats. How did this come about? Biloxi lost their designated hitter when an early Garrett Mitchell exit prompted a defensive shuffle, and the Shuckers tend to have the shortest bench of all the Brewers affiliates (this seems to be a consistent issue in recent Biloxi seasons). Mitchell left to begin the 4th inning. He made no defensive plays in the top of the 3rd nor did he come to the plate in the bottom of that inning. Hate to assume, but perhaps the exit was health-related, and you know what, to be fair, let's end the speculation right there. The Shuckers drew eleven walks in this game, and 1B Thomas Dillard grabbed three of those and was on base all five plate appearances. Dillard did commit his 6th error in 20 games at first base. Despite just a 1-for-5 night, 2B Felix Valerio stole three bases, giving him six in eight attempts. Though Mitchell, Sal Frelick, and Joey Wiemer each walked one time, they combined to go 0-for-8 on a night when the offense scored nine runs, allowing others to get the spotlight. You'll see evidence of that in the team's nicely-crafted highlight package Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Quad Cities (Royals) 8, Wisconsin 7 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Wisconsin Winning Streak Snapped - River Bandits outslug Rattlers 8-7 From Chris Mehring's summary you just devoured -- (Inheriting a bases loaded, no out situation, RHP Kent) Hasler struck out the first two batters and had a 1-2 count on Burle Dixon. Hasler pitched home and Dixon swung and missed for an apparent strike three to end the inning. However, a balk was called on Hasler, and the River Bandits scored a very important insurance run. Hasler would strike out Dixon two pitches later for the final out. Hasler's final box score line was two innings, six batters faced, six batters struck out, yet the one inherited runner who scored proved to be the deciding run in the game. Yes, Friday the 13th only impacts Brewer affiliate losses. Box scores can be so much fun to dive into regardless of outcome. Catcher Darrien Miller (four singles) and designated hitter Wes Clarke (two singles, home run) combined for four of the seven runs scored. Can we point out that yes, the Midwest League weather is finally warming up (wow, 88 degrees at gametime), but how darn impressive the OPS marks of Tyler Black (.922), Tristan Peters (.920), and Miller (.898) are given the early-season supression by otherwise frigid conditions. Yes, we're all going to have to learn to regularly spell "Tristan" and "Darrien" correctly as they climb the ranks. Manager Joe Ayrault was ejected in the 3rd inning, too bad we don't have the audio from that umpire session, as you'll want to find six minutes of time to invest in this "Mic'd Up" session with the personable skipper - Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 5, Fayetteville (Astros) 4, ten innings Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Carolina Wins Friday Night Thriller 5-4 in Fayetteville - Michele Vassalotti earned his MiLB leading sixth win of the season Five HBP's in this one, four by Mudcat hurlers. two by now 6-and-0 RHP Michele Vassalotti, who is not vulturing all these relief wins, evidenced by his 1.89 ERA, Vassalotti has only walked one in 19 innings in 2022, but he's found a way to fool the WHIP gods. He's now plunked five batters, and WHIP is not WHHBPIP because that acronym just looks silly. Nice going, Michele, as long as nobody charges the mound on you. That's now two consecutive outstanding staff-saving four-inning efforts by RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez, bouncing back after a rough start to the season. MVP for this game, to be sure. Here's my take as you review those very low batting averages and OPS marks in your daily Carolina box score. It's very cool that this very (repeat, very) young bunch - and you can add the pitchers into that ultra-youthful category - will have a chance to grow all summer long, and many of them will, several of them substantially. But even so, there's always going to be another young crop behind them, whether in Maryvale now, or part of the next draft class. How many of the current Mudcats will best be served by repeating the level in 2023? Is there a danger of moving some along without that extra development year in Zebulon? You know what, it's way too early to truly ponder that. I can remember some very veteran teams in Appleton when the Timber Rattlers were the low-A club, and they gave us some moments to enjoy, but in the end, they were a bunch of 23-year-olds with limited upside. Think we can all agree this Carolina team is unique in recent Crew affiliate history, so let's enjoy the baby steps (literally). Nice win Friday night (just ignore the 17 strikeouts for now), Fine effort in culling late-inning video from the road feed! The earliest gametime Saturday is 4:05 Central for the Mudcats. I'll be back for your Sunday AM report -- until then... 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
  9. Keston Hiura (2) and Mark Mathis (1) hit three home runs over the first five innings to give Ethan Small plenty of cushion in a Nashville 10-1 rout in Jacksonville. The Timber Rattlers produced a similar scoreline 10-2 in Quad Cities, though the runs came late and without any long balls. I’m sure Wisconsin’s Tristan Peters and Tyler Black enjoyed some rest after recording a combined three triples in the game. By contrast, Biloxi and Carolina missed several chances to knock in runs, with each dropping their second consecutive game of the week. Game Balls go to Hiura, Mark Mathias, Ethan Small, Peters and Black. Transactions: RHP Ryne Moore promoted to High-A Wisconsin from Low-A Carolina RHP Stiven Cruz promoted to Low-A Carolina from DSL Brewers1 RHP Justin Bullock activated from AA Biloxi’s 7-day injured list Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Fayetteville 7, Carolina 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Mascai and Cerny Lead Fayetteville Offense to Second Win Over Mudcats As is often the case in sports and life, you’ve got to take advantage of the chances when they come, lest you regret it later. In this one, the Mudcats stranded five runners over the first three innings and six more over the final three innings, going 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position in their loss. RHP Alexander Cornielle took the loss after yielding two runs in the first inning and then giving up a two-run jack to .194-hitting Victor Mascal in the 4th inning to fall behind 4-2. However, let's take strong encouragement from his eight strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings, which looks like a sign of progress for the young hurler. That Woodpecker lead steadily grew to 7-2 by the 7th inning before the Mudcats loaded the bases with one out in the 8th inning. Credit must be given to Fayetteville’s Ian Foggo, who escaped that jam in his first appearance of the season, striking out six Carolina batters over the final two innings of the game. Performances of Note: Oswel Leones – 2-5, double Arbert Cipion – 1-3, triple, BB, RBI Hendry Mendez – 1-3, 2 BBs, SB Alexander Cornielle (Loss) – 4 2/3 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 5 H, 2 BBs, 1 WP, 8 Ks Junior Montero – 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Miguel Segura (5.21 ERA, 1.79 WHIP, 6.2 K/9 in 19 innings) is scheduled to start, as Carolina needs a win to tie up the series at two games apiece. However, let’s be on the lookout to see whether newly-promoted RHP Stiven Cruz gets his first full season action. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 10, Quad Cities 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Timber Rattlers Take Sixth Straight Win Although the final score suggests a blowout, Wisconsin actually trailed 2-0 after three innings in this one before the bats came to life in a big way. Kudos to Joe Gray Jr. and Ethan Murray for gunning down a River Bandit at third base to end a first inning threat. OF Tristan Peters collected Wisconsin’s first clutch hit, a triple in the 4th inning to score Zavier Warren (who’d walked), which 1B Wes Clarke followed up with a sacrifice fly to knot the contest at 2-2. An infield single by 2B Tyler Black accompanied by a Quad Cities throwing error gave the Timber Rattlers a 3-2 lead in the 5th inning, with RHP Justin Jarvis ultimately earning the win, though supported by RHP Robbie Baker's excellent 2 2/3 innings of scoreless work. Still tight heading into the 7th inning, Wisconsin opened the gap via an Alex Hall RBI-double, run scoring wild pitch and then a Tyler Black sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 6-2. In the bottom half, another solid defensive play (this time OF Micah Bello throwing out a River Bandit at home) wiped out another Quad Cities threat. The 8th inning saw Peters (another triple), Clarke (run-scoring single) and Tyler Black (3-run triple) again combine to put the game out of reach. Performances of Note: Tristan Peters – 3-5, 2 triples, RBI Tyler Black – 2-4, triple, SF, 4 RBIs Alex Hall – 2-3, double, BB, RBI Carlos D. Rodriguez – 1-3, double, BB, SB Wes Clarke – 1-4, SF, 2 RBIs Justin Jarvis (Win) – 5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 BBs, 2 WP, 6 Ks Robbie Baker – 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 WP, 3 Ks Brady Schanuel – 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 WP, 3 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Max Lazar (3.31 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 5.5 K/9 in 16 1/3 innings) is prepared to make his 7th long appearance (4th start) and extend Wisconsin’s winning streak to 7 games. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Birmingham 5, Biloxi 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Biloxi Falls To Birmingham Despite 11 Hits The return of RHP Justin Bullock, an early 3-1 lead and usually-solid RHP Carlos Luna on the mound for the middle innings looked like perfect ingredients for a Shuckers’ victory, but it was not to be on this day. Bullock hadn’t appeared in a game since leaving his first start on April 8th early, so the team must have been excited to have their dependable starter back on the mound. Bullock was limited to 35 pitches over two innings, exiting tied at 1-1 thanks to a Felix Valerio solo shot. Luna looked to have things in hand with a clean 3rd inning, followed by a two-run double by Jakson Reetz in the bottom half of the inning to score Garrett Mitchell and Joey Wiemer (who’d both singled). However, five consecutive Baron hits opened the top of the 5th inning to re-knot the game at 3-3 before Birmingham’s Jose Rodriguez produced a two-run, two-out single to take a 5-3 lead which held up the rest of the way. Credit goes to JT Hintzen, though, for entering with the bases loaded and one out, then stranded all three runners (soft infield line out, strikeout). Unfortunately, Biloxi was unable to match that clutch hitting, failing to score despite a one-out single (Brent Diaz) in the 6th inning and leadoff 7th and 8th inning singles (Noah Campbell, Thomas Dillard respectively). In addition to Hintzen, Nash Walters and Luis Contreras must also be recognized for giving their offense a chance, as the three relievers gave up zero runs over the final 4 2/3 innings. Performances of Note: Joey Wiemer – 2-4, double Garrett Mitchell – 2-4 Felix Valerio – 1-4, HR, RBI Jakson Reetz – 1-4, double, 2 RBIs Brock Holt – 1-4, SB Justin Bullock – 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 BBs, 0 Ks Carlos Luna (Loss) – 2 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 1 K JT Hintzen – 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K Nash Walters – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Luis Contreras – 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: Biloxi is counting on LHP Andy Otero (2.86 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 9.2 K/9 in 28 1/3 innings) to come through win a dominant effort to end their two-game skid and tie up this week’s series with Birmingham at 2-2. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 10, Jacksonville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Small Shines, Hiura Homers Twice in Sounds Victory If anyone needed a reminder that 2B Keston Hiura can hammer right-handed pitching, they certainly got it in this Nashville blowout. After LHP Ethan Small once again avoided big hits despite struggling with walks (two in the first inning, one to lead off the second inning), the Nashville offense blew up the game in the 3rd inning, starting with Mark Mathias’ 3rd homer of the season. Then after young prospects Mario Feliciano and Brice Turang each singled, Hiura pulled a two-out, 0-1 pitch out to left field for a three-run blast, his first since recently being optioned to AAA. Unfortunately, Hiura helped give a run back with a throwing error in the bottom of the 3rd inning, but he made up for it with a two-out, full count homer the other way in the 5th inning, scoring Weston Wilson (who’d doubled) and effectively putting the game out of reach at 6-1. With Small striking out nine batters in just five innings, the Sounds were comfortable on this evening. However, even with that large cushion, RHP Zack Brown and Luke Barker still took their work very seriously, combining to throw four hitless, scoreless innings to close it out. Performances of Note: Keston Hiura – 3-4, 2 HR, HBP, 7 RBIs Mark Mathias – 3-4, HR, RBI Weston Wilson – 2-5, double Mario Feliciano – 2-4 Brice Turang – 1-3, 2 BBs Ethan Small (Win) – 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 BBs, 1 WP, 1 balk, 9 Ks Zack Brown – 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K Luke Barker – 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Dylan File (3.95 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 6.3 K/9 in 27 1/3 innings), will try to replicate his last start, in which he gave up only three hits and no runs over five innings, as Nashville aims for a 3-1 series lead over Jacksonville. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck tonight, Brewers’ affiliates! 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  10. Keston Hiura drove in seven runs as Nashville cruised. Clutch hitting (including three triples) turned ten hits into ten runs for a Wisconsin victory, while Biloxi produced only three runs on 11 hits in a loss. The frustrated Mudcats left 11 men on base in their defeat. Keston Hiura (2) and Mark Mathis (1) hit three home runs over the first five innings to give Ethan Small plenty of cushion in a Nashville 10-1 rout in Jacksonville. The Timber Rattlers produced a similar scoreline 10-2 in Quad Cities, though the runs came late and without any long balls. I’m sure Wisconsin’s Tristan Peters and Tyler Black enjoyed some rest after recording a combined three triples in the game. By contrast, Biloxi and Carolina missed several chances to knock in runs, with each dropping their second consecutive game of the week. Game Balls go to Hiura, Mark Mathias, Ethan Small, Peters and Black. Transactions: RHP Ryne Moore promoted to High-A Wisconsin from Low-A Carolina RHP Stiven Cruz promoted to Low-A Carolina from DSL Brewers1 RHP Justin Bullock activated from AA Biloxi’s 7-day injured list Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Fayetteville 7, Carolina 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Mascai and Cerny Lead Fayetteville Offense to Second Win Over Mudcats As is often the case in sports and life, you’ve got to take advantage of the chances when they come, lest you regret it later. In this one, the Mudcats stranded five runners over the first three innings and six more over the final three innings, going 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position in their loss. RHP Alexander Cornielle took the loss after yielding two runs in the first inning and then giving up a two-run jack to .194-hitting Victor Mascal in the 4th inning to fall behind 4-2. However, let's take strong encouragement from his eight strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings, which looks like a sign of progress for the young hurler. That Woodpecker lead steadily grew to 7-2 by the 7th inning before the Mudcats loaded the bases with one out in the 8th inning. Credit must be given to Fayetteville’s Ian Foggo, who escaped that jam in his first appearance of the season, striking out six Carolina batters over the final two innings of the game. Performances of Note: Oswel Leones – 2-5, double Arbert Cipion – 1-3, triple, BB, RBI Hendry Mendez – 1-3, 2 BBs, SB Alexander Cornielle (Loss) – 4 2/3 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 5 H, 2 BBs, 1 WP, 8 Ks Junior Montero – 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Miguel Segura (5.21 ERA, 1.79 WHIP, 6.2 K/9 in 19 innings) is scheduled to start, as Carolina needs a win to tie up the series at two games apiece. However, let’s be on the lookout to see whether newly-promoted RHP Stiven Cruz gets his first full season action. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 10, Quad Cities 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Timber Rattlers Take Sixth Straight Win Although the final score suggests a blowout, Wisconsin actually trailed 2-0 after three innings in this one before the bats came to life in a big way. Kudos to Joe Gray Jr. and Ethan Murray for gunning down a River Bandit at third base to end a first inning threat. OF Tristan Peters collected Wisconsin’s first clutch hit, a triple in the 4th inning to score Zavier Warren (who’d walked), which 1B Wes Clarke followed up with a sacrifice fly to knot the contest at 2-2. An infield single by 2B Tyler Black accompanied by a Quad Cities throwing error gave the Timber Rattlers a 3-2 lead in the 5th inning, with RHP Justin Jarvis ultimately earning the win, though supported by RHP Robbie Baker's excellent 2 2/3 innings of scoreless work. Still tight heading into the 7th inning, Wisconsin opened the gap via an Alex Hall RBI-double, run scoring wild pitch and then a Tyler Black sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 6-2. In the bottom half, another solid defensive play (this time OF Micah Bello throwing out a River Bandit at home) wiped out another Quad Cities threat. The 8th inning saw Peters (another triple), Clarke (run-scoring single) and Tyler Black (3-run triple) again combine to put the game out of reach. Performances of Note: Tristan Peters – 3-5, 2 triples, RBI Tyler Black – 2-4, triple, SF, 4 RBIs Alex Hall – 2-3, double, BB, RBI Carlos D. Rodriguez – 1-3, double, BB, SB Wes Clarke – 1-4, SF, 2 RBIs Justin Jarvis (Win) – 5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 BBs, 2 WP, 6 Ks Robbie Baker – 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 WP, 3 Ks Brady Schanuel – 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 WP, 3 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Max Lazar (3.31 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 5.5 K/9 in 16 1/3 innings) is prepared to make his 7th long appearance (4th start) and extend Wisconsin’s winning streak to 7 games. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Birmingham 5, Biloxi 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Biloxi Falls To Birmingham Despite 11 Hits The return of RHP Justin Bullock, an early 3-1 lead and usually-solid RHP Carlos Luna on the mound for the middle innings looked like perfect ingredients for a Shuckers’ victory, but it was not to be on this day. Bullock hadn’t appeared in a game since leaving his first start on April 8th early, so the team must have been excited to have their dependable starter back on the mound. Bullock was limited to 35 pitches over two innings, exiting tied at 1-1 thanks to a Felix Valerio solo shot. Luna looked to have things in hand with a clean 3rd inning, followed by a two-run double by Jakson Reetz in the bottom half of the inning to score Garrett Mitchell and Joey Wiemer (who’d both singled). However, five consecutive Baron hits opened the top of the 5th inning to re-knot the game at 3-3 before Birmingham’s Jose Rodriguez produced a two-run, two-out single to take a 5-3 lead which held up the rest of the way. Credit goes to JT Hintzen, though, for entering with the bases loaded and one out, then stranded all three runners (soft infield line out, strikeout). Unfortunately, Biloxi was unable to match that clutch hitting, failing to score despite a one-out single (Brent Diaz) in the 6th inning and leadoff 7th and 8th inning singles (Noah Campbell, Thomas Dillard respectively). In addition to Hintzen, Nash Walters and Luis Contreras must also be recognized for giving their offense a chance, as the three relievers gave up zero runs over the final 4 2/3 innings. Performances of Note: Joey Wiemer – 2-4, double Garrett Mitchell – 2-4 Felix Valerio – 1-4, HR, RBI Jakson Reetz – 1-4, double, 2 RBIs Brock Holt – 1-4, SB Justin Bullock – 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 BBs, 0 Ks Carlos Luna (Loss) – 2 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 1 K JT Hintzen – 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K Nash Walters – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Luis Contreras – 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: Biloxi is counting on LHP Andy Otero (2.86 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 9.2 K/9 in 28 1/3 innings) to come through win a dominant effort to end their two-game skid and tie up this week’s series with Birmingham at 2-2. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 10, Jacksonville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Small Shines, Hiura Homers Twice in Sounds Victory If anyone needed a reminder that 2B Keston Hiura can hammer right-handed pitching, they certainly got it in this Nashville blowout. After LHP Ethan Small once again avoided big hits despite struggling with walks (two in the first inning, one to lead off the second inning), the Nashville offense blew up the game in the 3rd inning, starting with Mark Mathias’ 3rd homer of the season. Then after young prospects Mario Feliciano and Brice Turang each singled, Hiura pulled a two-out, 0-1 pitch out to left field for a three-run blast, his first since recently being optioned to AAA. Unfortunately, Hiura helped give a run back with a throwing error in the bottom of the 3rd inning, but he made up for it with a two-out, full count homer the other way in the 5th inning, scoring Weston Wilson (who’d doubled) and effectively putting the game out of reach at 6-1. With Small striking out nine batters in just five innings, the Sounds were comfortable on this evening. However, even with that large cushion, RHP Zack Brown and Luke Barker still took their work very seriously, combining to throw four hitless, scoreless innings to close it out. Performances of Note: Keston Hiura – 3-4, 2 HR, HBP, 7 RBIs Mark Mathias – 3-4, HR, RBI Weston Wilson – 2-5, double Mario Feliciano – 2-4 Brice Turang – 1-3, 2 BBs Ethan Small (Win) – 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 BBs, 1 WP, 1 balk, 9 Ks Zack Brown – 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K Luke Barker – 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Dylan File (3.95 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 6.3 K/9 in 27 1/3 innings), will try to replicate his last start, in which he gave up only three hits and no runs over five innings, as Nashville aims for a 3-1 series lead over Jacksonville. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck tonight, Brewers’ affiliates! 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  11. Transactions: RHP Luis Perdomo to the big league Brewers, as he was selected to the 40-man roster from Nashville. Keston Hiura will join the Sounds within the next day or so. The Perdomo/Hiura swap constituted the 22nd and 23rd player transactions for the Sounds this season. Nashville staff pointed out that in the first full calendar month of 2021, there had been 69 (!) player moves, in case you had forgotten about the injury madness that plagued the parent club last spring. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Norfolk (Orioles) 6, Nashville 5 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: Grand Slam Leads Tides over Sounds - Norfolk gets blast in the first inning to even series MiLB's near-consensus top prospect, Baltimore's Adley Rutschman, made his 2022 AAA debut as he works his way back from a triceps injury, though he played first base in this game rather than catcher. The Tides' backstop on this night was old friend Jacob Nottingham, and he played a part in Ethan Small's rough first frame, drawing a two-out walk to load the bases just prior to the grand slam you read about in the summary. You can watch the fateful blast here (the Sounds' staff saves the good camera work for their own grand slams). It is the only home run allowed by Small in 27 1/3 innings this season. RHP Zack Brown came on for Small to start the 5th and induced three groundouts in a 1-2-3 inning. Brown's 6th inning, however, went walk-walk-HBP-K-sac fly-walk. RHP Peter Strzelecki continued his excellent work by stranding all three of Brown's baserunners with a strikeout, then fanned the side in order in the 7th. Corey Ray and his .427 OPS (34% K rate on the relatively young season) sat for a second consecutive game. Milwaukee's 40-man roster is at only 39 even after the Luis Perdomo call-up, and RHP Justin Topa could be placed on the 60-day IL if need be, so Ray's 40-man roster spot isn't in imminent danger, but things are not trending well in his final option year. Despite the close final score, the only video the Sounds posted on this evening was from their Country Music Legend's between-innings race (Reba won on this night). Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Montgomery (Rays) 5, Biloxi 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Dillard Homers Again In Shuckers' 5-3 Defeat - Luna Strikes Out Season-Best Nine Batters Carlos Luna's K total is overshadowed however by the five earned runs allowed. Nice work by RHP's Taylor Floyd (with a bounceback perfect inning after his rough debut outing) and Harold Chirino. Garrett Mitchell is now 5-for-6 in stolen base attempts, and as you'll see below from the clips the Shuckers gleaned from the Biscuits' video feed, still has multiple tools. Making the most of the loss that placed Biloxi under .500 for the first time this season -- Saying this respectfully, but Thomas Dillard certainly has the Daniel Vogelback torso - Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 3, Fort Wayne (Padres) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Wisconsin Scores Twice in the Ninth to Beat Fort Wayne - Rattlers get their fifth walkoff win of the season in 3-2 victory Nice rebound mound effort by RHP Justin Jarvis, and fellow RHP Zach Mort is having a rebound season after a shaky 2021 campaign. (FYI - each of the Crew's four full-season affiliates currently has exactly one "Zach" or "Zack". Two of each in total, and it's maddening that I need to look up the spelling each time.) Hello to catcher Alex Hall, who finally made his season debut. Hall was not on any type of injured or restricted list, but the roster limits are such that players can sometimes avoid placements even if they are laid up in some way. Hopefully all is good with the switch-hitting Aussie. Via the T-Rats' You Tube page, the team asks "Is This Real?" Maybe not quite in the "Real, and They're Spectacular' category, but two walk-off wild pitches by May 6th, with Zavier Warren scoring the winning run each time, is pretty cool. Always fun to see the players try and figure out who they should mob when there's an untraditional walk-off celebration. The Timber Rattlers also made the headlines here - Minor League Baseball Team Has Been Launching Brats To Fans With A ‘Bratzooka’ For 24 Years Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 5, Augusta (Braves) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Leones Lifts Mudcats to 5-4 Comeback Victory - Oswel Leones hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth while helping the Mudcats to a 5-4 victory LISTEN: Post-Game Interview with Manager Victor Estevez Talk about worth the wait - mid-game rain delay after the 5th inning, then an 8th inning power outage delay. Can we hear it for the bullpen covering 8 1/3 innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts and only one walk and one HBP? By the way, Brewers front office, please work with MiLB to have LHP Pablo Garabitos' Player Page migrated to the pitcher side. The former two-way player last saw action in the outfield in 2019 but is still listed as an outfielder. For his pro career, Oswel Leones has 28 extra-base hits and 100 singles. Huge moment for him in this one, you just saw the home run within the game summary from the 'Cats. More video - Be still, our hearts, Jackson Chourio! I could be wrong, but I believe this is the first time Carolina has had an entire starting lineup including the pitcher spot made up solely of international signings (seven from Venezuela, three from the Dominican Republic), Usually it was Bronx native Arbert Cipion or Minnesota product Zack Raabe throwing a monkey wrench into this look (and yes, I did double-check the spelling of Raabe's first name). Given the organization's somewhat disjointed history of developing Latin players, this is pretty amazing. I apologize if this was not the first night this season this occurred - regardless, very cool. The Timber Rattlers have the day's lone matinee Saturday - listen in as you do your last-minute Mother's Day shopping! 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  12. For the second time on the young season, the Timber Rattlers walked off without having to lift the bat off a shoulder. The Mudcats rode a special starting lineup to a tight victory that went deep into the Carolina night. On the flip side of the W-L ledger, the Sounds' Ethan Small allowed twice as many earned runs in the first inning as he had allowed in his prior five starts combined. Remember when the Shuckers opened the season 7-0? Good times. Since then? 5-13, ouch. Ready for your daily round-up? Here we go! Transactions: RHP Luis Perdomo to the big league Brewers, as he was selected to the 40-man roster from Nashville. Keston Hiura will join the Sounds within the next day or so. The Perdomo/Hiura swap constituted the 22nd and 23rd player transactions for the Sounds this season. Nashville staff pointed out that in the first full calendar month of 2021, there had been 69 (!) player moves, in case you had forgotten about the injury madness that plagued the parent club last spring. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Norfolk (Orioles) 6, Nashville 5 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: Grand Slam Leads Tides over Sounds - Norfolk gets blast in the first inning to even series MiLB's near-consensus top prospect, Baltimore's Adley Rutschman, made his 2022 AAA debut as he works his way back from a triceps injury, though he played first base in this game rather than catcher. The Tides' backstop on this night was old friend Jacob Nottingham, and he played a part in Ethan Small's rough first frame, drawing a two-out walk to load the bases just prior to the grand slam you read about in the summary. You can watch the fateful blast here (the Sounds' staff saves the good camera work for their own grand slams). It is the only home run allowed by Small in 27 1/3 innings this season. RHP Zack Brown came on for Small to start the 5th and induced three groundouts in a 1-2-3 inning. Brown's 6th inning, however, went walk-walk-HBP-K-sac fly-walk. RHP Peter Strzelecki continued his excellent work by stranding all three of Brown's baserunners with a strikeout, then fanned the side in order in the 7th. Corey Ray and his .427 OPS (34% K rate on the relatively young season) sat for a second consecutive game. Milwaukee's 40-man roster is at only 39 even after the Luis Perdomo call-up, and RHP Justin Topa could be placed on the 60-day IL if need be, so Ray's 40-man roster spot isn't in imminent danger, but things are not trending well in his final option year. Despite the close final score, the only video the Sounds posted on this evening was from their Country Music Legend's between-innings race (Reba won on this night). Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Montgomery (Rays) 5, Biloxi 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Dillard Homers Again In Shuckers' 5-3 Defeat - Luna Strikes Out Season-Best Nine Batters Carlos Luna's K total is overshadowed however by the five earned runs allowed. Nice work by RHP's Taylor Floyd (with a bounceback perfect inning after his rough debut outing) and Harold Chirino. Garrett Mitchell is now 5-for-6 in stolen base attempts, and as you'll see below from the clips the Shuckers gleaned from the Biscuits' video feed, still has multiple tools. Making the most of the loss that placed Biloxi under .500 for the first time this season -- Saying this respectfully, but Thomas Dillard certainly has the Daniel Vogelback torso - Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 3, Fort Wayne (Padres) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Wisconsin Scores Twice in the Ninth to Beat Fort Wayne - Rattlers get their fifth walkoff win of the season in 3-2 victory Nice rebound mound effort by RHP Justin Jarvis, and fellow RHP Zach Mort is having a rebound season after a shaky 2021 campaign. (FYI - each of the Crew's four full-season affiliates currently has exactly one "Zach" or "Zack". Two of each in total, and it's maddening that I need to look up the spelling each time.) Hello to catcher Alex Hall, who finally made his season debut. Hall was not on any type of injured or restricted list, but the roster limits are such that players can sometimes avoid placements even if they are laid up in some way. Hopefully all is good with the switch-hitting Aussie. Via the T-Rats' You Tube page, the team asks "Is This Real?" Maybe not quite in the "Real, and They're Spectacular' category, but two walk-off wild pitches by May 6th, with Zavier Warren scoring the winning run each time, is pretty cool. Always fun to see the players try and figure out who they should mob when there's an untraditional walk-off celebration. The Timber Rattlers also made the headlines here - Minor League Baseball Team Has Been Launching Brats To Fans With A ‘Bratzooka’ For 24 Years Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 5, Augusta (Braves) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Leones Lifts Mudcats to 5-4 Comeback Victory - Oswel Leones hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth while helping the Mudcats to a 5-4 victory LISTEN: Post-Game Interview with Manager Victor Estevez Talk about worth the wait - mid-game rain delay after the 5th inning, then an 8th inning power outage delay. Can we hear it for the bullpen covering 8 1/3 innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts and only one walk and one HBP? By the way, Brewers front office, please work with MiLB to have LHP Pablo Garabitos' Player Page migrated to the pitcher side. The former two-way player last saw action in the outfield in 2019 but is still listed as an outfielder. For his pro career, Oswel Leones has 28 extra-base hits and 100 singles. Huge moment for him in this one, you just saw the home run within the game summary from the 'Cats. More video - Be still, our hearts, Jackson Chourio! I could be wrong, but I believe this is the first time Carolina has had an entire starting lineup including the pitcher spot made up solely of international signings (seven from Venezuela, three from the Dominican Republic), Usually it was Bronx native Arbert Cipion or Minnesota product Zack Raabe throwing a monkey wrench into this look (and yes, I did double-check the spelling of Raabe's first name). Given the organization's somewhat disjointed history of developing Latin players, this is pretty amazing. I apologize if this was not the first night this season this occurred - regardless, very cool. The Timber Rattlers have the day's lone matinee Saturday - listen in as you do your last-minute Mother's Day shopping! 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  13. Keston Hiura has been a polarizing figure among Brewers fans for several years. After a breakout 2019 season, he struggled through the shortened 2020 season before becoming borderline unplayable in 2021, posting just a 49 OPS+ 197 plate appearances. Huira has struggled to find a position and playing time in the current Brewer roster, as the Brewers have Kelton Wong entrenched at second base while Rowdy Tellez has thrived at first. His reverse platoon splits have also been working against Hiura, meaning the right-handed hitter struggles against left-handed pitching. This has led manager Craig Counsell to have difficulty regularly finding a place to play Hiura. Replacing Hiura is 28-year-old minor league journeyman Luis Perdomo, likely a stop-gap move as the Brewers want to bolster their bullpen during a stretch where the team plays nine games in nine days, the final six on the road. Suppose Hiura remains in the minor leagues for 20 days. In that case, the Brewers will burn his remaining option, which means they will need to make a difficult decision on Hiura this fall or next spring, as he will be required to remain on the 26-man Major League roster or be exposed to waivers. Was this the right move for the Brewers to make? Leave a comment and give us your opinion!
  14. Keston Hiura had some early season success but ultimately, it wasn't enough to prevent a demotion to AAA Nashville. Keston Hiura has been a polarizing figure among Brewers fans for several years. After a breakout 2019 season, he struggled through the shortened 2020 season before becoming borderline unplayable in 2021, posting just a 49 OPS+ 197 plate appearances. Huira has struggled to find a position and playing time in the current Brewer roster, as the Brewers have Kelton Wong entrenched at second base while Rowdy Tellez has thrived at first. His reverse platoon splits have also been working against Hiura, meaning the right-handed hitter struggles against left-handed pitching. This has led manager Craig Counsell to have difficulty regularly finding a place to play Hiura. Replacing Hiura is 28-year-old minor league journeyman Luis Perdomo, likely a stop-gap move as the Brewers want to bolster their bullpen during a stretch where the team plays nine games in nine days, the final six on the road. Suppose Hiura remains in the minor leagues for 20 days. In that case, the Brewers will burn his remaining option, which means they will need to make a difficult decision on Hiura this fall or next spring, as he will be required to remain on the 26-man Major League roster or be exposed to waivers. Was this the right move for the Brewers to make? Leave a comment and give us your opinion! View full article
  15. Brewers 3, Pirates 2 W: Hoby Milner (2-0) L: Chris Stratton (0-1) S: Devin Williams (1) Rotation Continues to Give the Brewers a Chance Freddy Peralta looked like the good version of himself - surely with some help from the generous strike zone of home plate umpire Vic Carapazza - and retired eight straight Pirates from the second inning through the end of the fifth. While he started to wear down in the sixth - not unusual for pitchers after the shortened spring training - his characteristic wildness was absent as he walked no Pirates while striking out seven over six innings. He allowed only three hits, all singles. Andrew McCutchen, You Have One Job Opposing Peralta, veteran Jose Quintana used his inherent left-handedness to give Brewer hitters fits through five innings of work, striking out nine batters and walking none. The sole exception to Quintana’s dominance was McCutchen, who homered on the first pitch of the game and later sharply singled to the outfield, accounting for two of the only four Brewer hits against the left-hander. The Brewers' offense needs to kick-start itself, especially against left-handed pitching (26th in MLB with a 73 wRC+), as they’re not going to face the hapless Pirates again until the final day of June after playing Pittsburgh six times in their first 20 games. A big reason why the Brewers lead the NL Central is thanks to their 6-0 record against the Pirates. Confusing Choices Continue to Confound Right-hander Miguel Yajure replaced left-handed Quintana to start the sixth. He walked Willy Adames to start the inning, which prompted Craig Counsell to continue his baffling platoon approach with Keston Hiura (career .838 OPS vs. RHP, .587 vs. LHP). Rowdy Tellez pinch-hit for Hiura and flew out to the warning track in right-center on a 106.7 mph towering fly ball. While Tellez missed giving the Brewers a three-run lead by only a few feet, consistently starting Hiura against left-handers and replacing him the moment a righty takes the mound is using the worst of both sides of Hiura’s stat line and minimizing his ability to create a positive impact on offense. As the team struggles to string together hits and runs, it’s hard not to be increasingly frustrated with this approach. Fans too often tout reverse splits, but Hiura appears to be one of the rare cases where a batter is legitimately better when the pitcher is same-handed. In all four of Hiura’s seasons as an MLB player - including 2022 - he has posted a better OPS against right-handed pitching over 821 total plate appearances. Hiura, ignoring his other offensive issues over the years, has enough data points to indicate this is probably not an aberration and should be factored into how he is used and platooned by Counsell. It Was Bound to Happen Brad Boxberger has been one of the stalwarts of the Brewers' bullpen, keeping the team and its low-scoring nature in the game through late innings; given the razor-thin margins the Brewers offense has given their pitching staff, days like today were inevitable. Boxberger entered the game and immediately began handing Pirate hitters BOGO rifle shots: Ben Gamel with a .970 xBA single, Michael Chavis with a .630 xBA double, followed by a Jack Suwinski .400 xBA grounder that was fumbled by Adames behind second base and ruled an error. One Diego Castillo .680 xBA sac fly later, and Boxberger’s day was over, having relinquished the lead to Pittsburgh in the form of a 2-1 score. Brent Suter was called in to clean up the damage with one out and a runner on first. One weak fly to left and another to center later, he had done just that. The Dead Cat Bunt? Chris Stratton came in to close the game for the Pirates and induced a weak fly out of Lorenzo Cain, which prompted Counsell to pinch-hit Christian Yelich. Yelich squared up to bunt on the first pitch, laying a beauty toward third for a single. Wong followed with a sharp grounder past the right-side infielders, sending Yelich to second. Omar Narvaez, the second pinch-hitter of the inning, blooped a single in front of the left fielder, loading the bases. Bringing the game full circle, McCutchen walked the plate. He rifled a line drive right at Pirates' second baseman Josh VanMeter who would only put a fraction of leather on the ball at a full leap, and the Brewers once again had the lead, 3-2. Stratton regained his composure, retiring Adames and Renfroe to stop the bleeding. Hold Onto Your Butts With Josh Hader having pitched in what feels like every Brewers win this season, Counsell had to lean on Devin Williams - always a controversial figure amongst Brewers fans, particularly early in seasons - to step into the closer role. Just as every Brewers fan across the country surely predicted, Williams quickly and effectively struck out the side, and the Brewers got to catch the early flight back home. WPA Heroes: Andrew McCutchen +54.1 (3-4, 1 BB, 1 HR) Freddy Peralta +38.9 (6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 7 SO) WPA Zero: Hunter Renroe -5.4 (0-5, 3 SO, 4 LoB) The Brewers head back to AmFam for a three-game set against the Northsiders. The Cubs will put the infamous TBD on the mound against Adrian Houser as the Brewers try to extend their lead in the National League Central division.
  16. The Milwaukee Brewers offense continued to struggle and nearly wasted an excellent start from Freddy Peralta; the lineup faltered for eight innings before coming up big in the ninth to snatch a victory and sweep from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Brewers 3, Pirates 2 W: Hoby Milner (2-0) L: Chris Stratton (0-1) S: Devin Williams (1) Rotation Continues to Give the Brewers a Chance Freddy Peralta looked like the good version of himself - surely with some help from the generous strike zone of home plate umpire Vic Carapazza - and retired eight straight Pirates from the second inning through the end of the fifth. While he started to wear down in the sixth - not unusual for pitchers after the shortened spring training - his characteristic wildness was absent as he walked no Pirates while striking out seven over six innings. He allowed only three hits, all singles. Andrew McCutchen, You Have One Job Opposing Peralta, veteran Jose Quintana used his inherent left-handedness to give Brewer hitters fits through five innings of work, striking out nine batters and walking none. The sole exception to Quintana’s dominance was McCutchen, who homered on the first pitch of the game and later sharply singled to the outfield, accounting for two of the only four Brewer hits against the left-hander. The Brewers' offense needs to kick-start itself, especially against left-handed pitching (26th in MLB with a 73 wRC+), as they’re not going to face the hapless Pirates again until the final day of June after playing Pittsburgh six times in their first 20 games. A big reason why the Brewers lead the NL Central is thanks to their 6-0 record against the Pirates. Confusing Choices Continue to Confound Right-hander Miguel Yajure replaced left-handed Quintana to start the sixth. He walked Willy Adames to start the inning, which prompted Craig Counsell to continue his baffling platoon approach with Keston Hiura (career .838 OPS vs. RHP, .587 vs. LHP). Rowdy Tellez pinch-hit for Hiura and flew out to the warning track in right-center on a 106.7 mph towering fly ball. While Tellez missed giving the Brewers a three-run lead by only a few feet, consistently starting Hiura against left-handers and replacing him the moment a righty takes the mound is using the worst of both sides of Hiura’s stat line and minimizing his ability to create a positive impact on offense. As the team struggles to string together hits and runs, it’s hard not to be increasingly frustrated with this approach. Fans too often tout reverse splits, but Hiura appears to be one of the rare cases where a batter is legitimately better when the pitcher is same-handed. In all four of Hiura’s seasons as an MLB player - including 2022 - he has posted a better OPS against right-handed pitching over 821 total plate appearances. Hiura, ignoring his other offensive issues over the years, has enough data points to indicate this is probably not an aberration and should be factored into how he is used and platooned by Counsell. It Was Bound to Happen Brad Boxberger has been one of the stalwarts of the Brewers' bullpen, keeping the team and its low-scoring nature in the game through late innings; given the razor-thin margins the Brewers offense has given their pitching staff, days like today were inevitable. Boxberger entered the game and immediately began handing Pirate hitters BOGO rifle shots: Ben Gamel with a .970 xBA single, Michael Chavis with a .630 xBA double, followed by a Jack Suwinski .400 xBA grounder that was fumbled by Adames behind second base and ruled an error. One Diego Castillo .680 xBA sac fly later, and Boxberger’s day was over, having relinquished the lead to Pittsburgh in the form of a 2-1 score. Brent Suter was called in to clean up the damage with one out and a runner on first. One weak fly to left and another to center later, he had done just that. The Dead Cat Bunt? Chris Stratton came in to close the game for the Pirates and induced a weak fly out of Lorenzo Cain, which prompted Counsell to pinch-hit Christian Yelich. Yelich squared up to bunt on the first pitch, laying a beauty toward third for a single. Wong followed with a sharp grounder past the right-side infielders, sending Yelich to second. Omar Narvaez, the second pinch-hitter of the inning, blooped a single in front of the left fielder, loading the bases. Bringing the game full circle, McCutchen walked the plate. He rifled a line drive right at Pirates' second baseman Josh VanMeter who would only put a fraction of leather on the ball at a full leap, and the Brewers once again had the lead, 3-2. Stratton regained his composure, retiring Adames and Renfroe to stop the bleeding. Hold Onto Your Butts With Josh Hader having pitched in what feels like every Brewers win this season, Counsell had to lean on Devin Williams - always a controversial figure amongst Brewers fans, particularly early in seasons - to step into the closer role. Just as every Brewers fan across the country surely predicted, Williams quickly and effectively struck out the side, and the Brewers got to catch the early flight back home. WPA Heroes: Andrew McCutchen +54.1 (3-4, 1 BB, 1 HR) Freddy Peralta +38.9 (6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 7 SO) WPA Zero: Hunter Renroe -5.4 (0-5, 3 SO, 4 LoB) The Brewers head back to AmFam for a three-game set against the Northsiders. The Cubs will put the infamous TBD on the mound against Adrian Houser as the Brewers try to extend their lead in the National League Central division. View full article
  17. Pitching results are like the points on Whose Line, and they don’t matter Starting with the concerning results of well-established pitchers - take a deep breath. These guys have a spot on the roster, and they’re not fighting to prove anything to the front office or dugout. They have the luxury of taking the mound and focusing on small things, such as executing a specific pitch to a specific location. They’re looking for live-action reps of particular things; sequencing be damned. This is true of all pitchers, but it is especially true of established players. As we move closer and closer to opening day, the box scores and pitching lines will matter more. They’re not the end-all, but players will be working to higher pitch counts and starting to round into regular-season form. As players transition toward games that matter, the gameplay starts to shift. Established guys will start sequencing more pitches, building a repertoire and trust with their catchers. Big league hitters will be consistently in more lineups every day, and pitchers will start facing higher-level hitters more often. Batters have goals, too Early spring results in the batter's box aren’t as laissez-faire as a pitching line, but they should still be taken with a grain of salt. Putting up good results is better than failing to produce, but the batters also work on specific parts of their game. Keston Hiura has been written about by Kyle Lobner, but he’s not the only Brewer with thunder in his bat. Tyrone Taylor is the early spring darling, crushing three no-doubt home runs in fifteen at-bats during his six appearances. Surely, this is promising? As above, so below: it’s better to post a 1.577 OPS than the .586 Lorenzo Cain currently has. Insider scoop, Lorenzo Cain is still your starter. Taylor is showing the ability to punish mistake pitches thrown by regular players, but he is not doing this against regular-season Logan Webb. Mentioned earlier, pitchers are working on specific goals early in the spring, not necessarily getting Taylor out. This spring, his most significant successes have also come against unproven arms trying to make their way to more consistent major league playing time. The good news is that Taylor is likely to get his at-bats against the bottom half of the rotation starting pitchers and pinch-hit opportunities specifically chosen for him by Craig Counsell. Pedro Severino is an exciting option at catcher, but he will not bat over .400 with an OPS of nearly 1.200. He doesn’t have to, but he is on the short side of the platoon. If he can find success against left-handed pitching, he will fulfill his duties. Much of the same things we noted for Taylor can be applied to Severino, and the takeaway is that he looks good for a player looking to get ABs off the bench and as a right-handed platoon catcher. Different players have different goals, but take it all with a grain of salt Veteran players have different goals than players trying to make the roster, and that’s okay. We don’t know all the details of what the team is working towards with each player, but we can trust they will put their best foot forward. Craig Counsell and David Stearns have put together competitive team after competitive team, and they’re great at interpreting these mixed results from Arizona. Get excited about the regular season, yearn optimistically for the promise of young players to breakthrough, don’t sweat pitchers that struggle early, and dust off your tailgating supplies.
  18. Corbin Burnes debut was clunky, Brandon Woodruff has had a few tough outings, Keston Hiura is smoking the ball, Tyrone Taylor looks like peak Barry Bonds. What is life, and does this mean anything? Pitching results are like the points on Whose Line, and they don’t matter Starting with the concerning results of well-established pitchers - take a deep breath. These guys have a spot on the roster, and they’re not fighting to prove anything to the front office or dugout. They have the luxury of taking the mound and focusing on small things, such as executing a specific pitch to a specific location. They’re looking for live-action reps of particular things; sequencing be damned. This is true of all pitchers, but it is especially true of established players. As we move closer and closer to opening day, the box scores and pitching lines will matter more. They’re not the end-all, but players will be working to higher pitch counts and starting to round into regular-season form. As players transition toward games that matter, the gameplay starts to shift. Established guys will start sequencing more pitches, building a repertoire and trust with their catchers. Big league hitters will be consistently in more lineups every day, and pitchers will start facing higher-level hitters more often. Batters have goals, too Early spring results in the batter's box aren’t as laissez-faire as a pitching line, but they should still be taken with a grain of salt. Putting up good results is better than failing to produce, but the batters also work on specific parts of their game. Keston Hiura has been written about by Kyle Lobner, but he’s not the only Brewer with thunder in his bat. Tyrone Taylor is the early spring darling, crushing three no-doubt home runs in fifteen at-bats during his six appearances. Surely, this is promising? As above, so below: it’s better to post a 1.577 OPS than the .586 Lorenzo Cain currently has. Insider scoop, Lorenzo Cain is still your starter. Taylor is showing the ability to punish mistake pitches thrown by regular players, but he is not doing this against regular-season Logan Webb. Mentioned earlier, pitchers are working on specific goals early in the spring, not necessarily getting Taylor out. This spring, his most significant successes have also come against unproven arms trying to make their way to more consistent major league playing time. The good news is that Taylor is likely to get his at-bats against the bottom half of the rotation starting pitchers and pinch-hit opportunities specifically chosen for him by Craig Counsell. Pedro Severino is an exciting option at catcher, but he will not bat over .400 with an OPS of nearly 1.200. He doesn’t have to, but he is on the short side of the platoon. If he can find success against left-handed pitching, he will fulfill his duties. Much of the same things we noted for Taylor can be applied to Severino, and the takeaway is that he looks good for a player looking to get ABs off the bench and as a right-handed platoon catcher. Different players have different goals, but take it all with a grain of salt Veteran players have different goals than players trying to make the roster, and that’s okay. We don’t know all the details of what the team is working towards with each player, but we can trust they will put their best foot forward. Craig Counsell and David Stearns have put together competitive team after competitive team, and they’re great at interpreting these mixed results from Arizona. Get excited about the regular season, yearn optimistically for the promise of young players to breakthrough, don’t sweat pitchers that struggle early, and dust off your tailgating supplies. View full article
  19. Keston Hiura, a former first-round pick, a top prospect, and a key contributor to the Brewers' 2019 team as a rookie, has been labeled as an advanced hitter at every level since college. Sometime between the end of the 2019 season and the start of 2020 something came undone, however, and he's batted just ,192 with a .279 on-base percentage over 120 games in the last two seasons. He led the National League with 85 strikeouts in the abbreviated 2020 season and was on an even worse pace in 2021 before being sent down to the minors on multiple occasions. His approach got so far out of whack that even opposing broadcasters were picking it apart. As Will Sammon of The Athletic noted, Hiura spent the winter working with a personal hitting coach to tone down his leg kick and improve his timing. He's one of the primary candidates to benefit from the Brewers' hitting coach regime change, with Connor Dawson, Ozzie Timmons, and Hiura's former minor league manager Matt Erickson taking over for departed coaches Andy Haines and Jacob Cruz. Through the first week of spring training games, he was immediately productive, connecting for three home runs and a double in his first 13 at-bats. Hiura's resurgent spring raises a pair of questions. The first is how the Brewers would use him if he is, in fact, back to his prior levels of productivity at the plate. The experiment of moving him to first base last season didn't go well for anyone, and Rowdy Tellez now figures to capture the lion's share of playing time there. Kolten Wong figures to play most days at second base, and taking his glove out of the lineup even temporarily to make room for Hiura would be a defensive step back. Plate appearances in the new DH role are also at least partially spoken for with the addition of Andrew McCutchen and the ongoing productivity of Tyrone Taylor creating a roster with significantly more outfielders than spots to play them. Even if the Brewers have room to play Hiura, however, the second question is how much value to apply to a hot spring. Every spring some hitters feast on Cactus League pitching for a variety of reasons, whether it's altitude, dry air and its impact on breaking balls, or an increased number of plate appearances against veteran pitchers who are "just working on stuff" and young pitchers who are just trying to throw strikes. Hiura himself is an example of this phenomenon: Before the shutdown in 2020 he was one of the Brewers' best Cactus League hitters, batting .393 with a .414 on-base and .893 slugging, but he did not carry that momentum into the regular season. What follows is a quick look back at some of the Brewers' top Cactus League batters from recent seasons, and those hitters' results in the seasons that followed: Top spring performers by on-base plus slugging (OPS): 2021: Christian Yelich (1.357) Kolten Wong (1.097) Omar Narvaez (1.051) The Brewers tied for the Cactus League lead in runs scored, were second in home runs and third in slugging percentage in 2021. So a fair number of folks had nice offensive springs on their way to a season where the team ranked in the bottom third of the NL in hits, batting average, slugging, and strikeouts. Narvaez is probably the best example of good news here: He was coming off an awful offensive season in 2020 but parlayed the momentum of a nice spring into a first half that earned him his first All-Star appearance. Christian Yelich, meanwhile, did not carry his hot bat north with him. 2019: Christian Yelich (1.292) Yasmani Grandal (1.001) Mike Moustakas (.997) This group stands out as the best-case scenario: All three of the Brewers' best hitters in the 2019 Cactus League went on to be All-Stars during the regular season and big parts of the Crew's success. None are really parallels for Hiura, however: Yelich was the reigning NL MVP at the time and Grandal and Moustakas were both major offensive producers the year before. 2018: Ji-Man Choi (1.245) Nick Franklin (1.122) Christian Bethancourt (1.055) While several of the Brewers' projected regulars endured slow springs in 2018, a group of less-likely contributors carried the offense. Choi's resuscitation of his MLB career was the real deal but most of the best of it didn't happen in Milwaukee. He played his way onto the Opening Day roster but appeared in just 12 games for the Crew before moving on to Tampa, where he's been a solid contributor for the last 3+ seasons. Franklin played one game for the Brewers that season and hasn't appeared in the majors since, and Bethancourt never made it into a game in a Brewers uniform at all. Previous seasons have other examples for both sides: The 2017 Brewers got big springs from pre-breakout Jesus Aguilar and Travis Shaw, but also from Ivan De Jesus Jr. 2016's top performers included Scooter Gennett (on his way to his best season to date) and Alex Presley, whose Brewers tenure was over after 47 games with a .564 OPS. If he continues to play well and the Brewers find room for him in the lineup, a fully-operational Keston Hiura would be a major internal upgrade for an offense that was desperately in need of one for much of last season. Recent history would suggest, however, that Cactus League results alone aren't enough to prove he's back. What do you think? Has Keston Hiura turned a corner, or does his fast spring start mean little? If he is back, how would you get him in the lineup? Leave a COMMENT below.
  20. It would be a major development for the Brewers if Keston Hiura could regain even a fraction of his prior form and, if early spring training results are any indication, it's not outside the realm of possibility. But what does his spring training success mean? Keston Hiura, a former first-round pick, a top prospect, and a key contributor to the Brewers' 2019 team as a rookie, has been labeled as an advanced hitter at every level since college. Sometime between the end of the 2019 season and the start of 2020 something came undone, however, and he's batted just ,192 with a .279 on-base percentage over 120 games in the last two seasons. He led the National League with 85 strikeouts in the abbreviated 2020 season and was on an even worse pace in 2021 before being sent down to the minors on multiple occasions. His approach got so far out of whack that even opposing broadcasters were picking it apart. As Will Sammon of The Athletic noted, Hiura spent the winter working with a personal hitting coach to tone down his leg kick and improve his timing. He's one of the primary candidates to benefit from the Brewers' hitting coach regime change, with Connor Dawson, Ozzie Timmons, and Hiura's former minor league manager Matt Erickson taking over for departed coaches Andy Haines and Jacob Cruz. Through the first week of spring training games, he was immediately productive, connecting for three home runs and a double in his first 13 at-bats. Hiura's resurgent spring raises a pair of questions. The first is how the Brewers would use him if he is, in fact, back to his prior levels of productivity at the plate. The experiment of moving him to first base last season didn't go well for anyone, and Rowdy Tellez now figures to capture the lion's share of playing time there. Kolten Wong figures to play most days at second base, and taking his glove out of the lineup even temporarily to make room for Hiura would be a defensive step back. Plate appearances in the new DH role are also at least partially spoken for with the addition of Andrew McCutchen and the ongoing productivity of Tyrone Taylor creating a roster with significantly more outfielders than spots to play them. Even if the Brewers have room to play Hiura, however, the second question is how much value to apply to a hot spring. Every spring some hitters feast on Cactus League pitching for a variety of reasons, whether it's altitude, dry air and its impact on breaking balls, or an increased number of plate appearances against veteran pitchers who are "just working on stuff" and young pitchers who are just trying to throw strikes. Hiura himself is an example of this phenomenon: Before the shutdown in 2020 he was one of the Brewers' best Cactus League hitters, batting .393 with a .414 on-base and .893 slugging, but he did not carry that momentum into the regular season. What follows is a quick look back at some of the Brewers' top Cactus League batters from recent seasons, and those hitters' results in the seasons that followed: Top spring performers by on-base plus slugging (OPS): 2021: Christian Yelich (1.357) Kolten Wong (1.097) Omar Narvaez (1.051) The Brewers tied for the Cactus League lead in runs scored, were second in home runs and third in slugging percentage in 2021. So a fair number of folks had nice offensive springs on their way to a season where the team ranked in the bottom third of the NL in hits, batting average, slugging, and strikeouts. Narvaez is probably the best example of good news here: He was coming off an awful offensive season in 2020 but parlayed the momentum of a nice spring into a first half that earned him his first All-Star appearance. Christian Yelich, meanwhile, did not carry his hot bat north with him. 2019: Christian Yelich (1.292) Yasmani Grandal (1.001) Mike Moustakas (.997) This group stands out as the best-case scenario: All three of the Brewers' best hitters in the 2019 Cactus League went on to be All-Stars during the regular season and big parts of the Crew's success. None are really parallels for Hiura, however: Yelich was the reigning NL MVP at the time and Grandal and Moustakas were both major offensive producers the year before. 2018: Ji-Man Choi (1.245) Nick Franklin (1.122) Christian Bethancourt (1.055) While several of the Brewers' projected regulars endured slow springs in 2018, a group of less-likely contributors carried the offense. Choi's resuscitation of his MLB career was the real deal but most of the best of it didn't happen in Milwaukee. He played his way onto the Opening Day roster but appeared in just 12 games for the Crew before moving on to Tampa, where he's been a solid contributor for the last 3+ seasons. Franklin played one game for the Brewers that season and hasn't appeared in the majors since, and Bethancourt never made it into a game in a Brewers uniform at all. Previous seasons have other examples for both sides: The 2017 Brewers got big springs from pre-breakout Jesus Aguilar and Travis Shaw, but also from Ivan De Jesus Jr. 2016's top performers included Scooter Gennett (on his way to his best season to date) and Alex Presley, whose Brewers tenure was over after 47 games with a .564 OPS. If he continues to play well and the Brewers find room for him in the lineup, a fully-operational Keston Hiura would be a major internal upgrade for an offense that was desperately in need of one for much of last season. Recent history would suggest, however, that Cactus League results alone aren't enough to prove he's back. What do you think? Has Keston Hiura turned a corner, or does his fast spring start mean little? If he is back, how would you get him in the lineup? Leave a COMMENT below. View full article
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