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  1. 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! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  2. 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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  3. The Biloxi Shuckers began our four-game slate with a disappointing Matinee session in Montgomery. The Shuckers did manage to pull within a run at 3-4, but Taylor Floyd's inaugural outing of his season went south in a hurry. Meanwhile, Carolina won in a walk-off after Jordan Tripp surrendered a tying two-run homer with two down in the top of the eighth. It was the Jose Sibrian and Zack Raabe show stepping up in a big way in the eighth and ninth spots in the batting order. Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, Brandon Knarr (third win), Kent Hasler, and Cam Robinson (fourth save) pitched a shutout while Wes Clarke continued his steady play of late, including some gems at first base. Nashville, trailing 2-1 late, shut things down via 3 1/3 clean bullpen innings and found timely hits in the bottom of the eighth. Let's get into the recaps! Transactions: None Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 4, Augusta (Braves) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Raabe Delivers Walk-Off Winner for Mudcats - Raabe and Sibrian Combined for Six Hits and Three Runs Scored in Carolina's 4-3 Walk-Off Victory AUDIO: Post-game interview with Manager Victor Estevez On a muggy and warm early evening in Zebulon, Ryne Moore took the hill for the Mudcats. Ryne started the tilt hitting his first two batters - a right-handed hitter and a left-handed hitter. He added another hit batter to the tally in the second inning on an inside breaking ball that was too far inside and too late to break. However, he left two men stranded in both innings. Ryne ultimately conceded his only un-earned run in the third after a catching error by Jesus Chrinos (on a challenging throw from Alberis Ferrer, I would add) allowed the lead-off batter to take second base. A walk to the next batter followed by a double steal allowed the run to score on a weakly hit ground-out to first. It's a telling sign when you struggle to find your best stuff early; you hit three batters; you find runners in three consecutive innings, and finish six complete innings with seven strikeouts and a mere three hits and a walk. That is battling for your team. Unfortunately, Ryne was not rewarded with a victory. Further Viewing Notes: Oswel Leones came into this tilt, having hit safely in six consecutive games. He finished this contest with an 0-2 batting line with two walks. The hitting streak ends, but the 'getting on base' streak continues at seven games. What incredible joy to be a young man, playing the sport you love, and walking off to an ice water bath! Here is the one-two punch of Jose Sibrian (lead-off double) and Zack Raabe winning the game in the bottom of the ninth. Both batters finished their evenings three of four : Game number two was a bit more challenging for youngster Jackson Chourio. He finished his evening 0-4 with three strikeouts. On to the next! Eduardo Garcia knocked in another runner in the three-run Mudcats' fifth innings. He now has 19 RBI on the season. I feel we might one day be saying: "Remember when Eduardo was a 19-year-old in Zebulon?!" Enjoy him in Low-A while you can. Michele Vassalotti continues to thrive in his shift to a bullpen role. He has solidified the make-or-break eighth and ninth innings. Tonight was no different as he pitched a scoreless and hitless (one strikeout) ninth inning for his third win of the season. The Mudcats are now winners of three straight games and have beaten Augusta in eight consecutive contests. Can they make it four straight and nine straight, respectively? Tonight's win was also their first walk-off in 23 games to start 2022. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 4, Fort Wayne (Padres) 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Rattlers Pitch a Shutout to Beat Fort Wayne - Knarr with Six More Scoreless Innings to Win Third Straight Please Tune Into the Post-Game Podcast - Always worth a listen Find your post-game YouTube recap here: Zavier Warren is a professional hitter. You can see it in his approach and his opening at bat walk was a testament to this approach as he laid off several enticing outside pitches. It's also good to know this young man is capable of sporting, undeniably I would offer, the best mustache in the Brewers lower levels. I propose the loss of Zavi's mustache in this early 2022 season is on par with losing the flowing golden locks of Joey Wiemer. It leaves a man pondering things. This is not the way. And, apparently, it's 'mustache month' in the Timber Rattlers' clubhouse! Lefty Brandon Knarr has a nasty sweeping curve for a strikeout pitch. This pitch is approaching true 12-6 territory and, I'm not kidding when I say this: It's approaching filthy status. Tune in (several examples in the YouTube highlight video above), watch for yourself, and experience a moment of wonder: "What's it like to execute a pitch as pretty as that?" Brandon finished his evening with six complete innings, six punch outs, six hits, and a lone walk on 80 pitches (57 strikes). The progress we are seeing in 2022 in the step-up from Carolina is poignant: He's not nitpicking like he did in Zebulon. His walks are down. He's pitching in the zone more, playing to his defense and, because of that, his strikeouts are down slightly. But, the evolution as a pitcher is real. After the Micah Bello double play grounder in the bottom of the second, the Timber Rattlers reached 17 already in their young season. It will be interesting to see how this trend evolves as the season progresses. Tristan Peters took the lead-off spot for the second consecutive night. With a single and a stolen base on the evening, Tristan extended his on-base streak to 17 games. There's a reason his name consistently finds his way into my reports: he is playing lights out baseball in 2022. Wes Clarke continues to come up clutch in this string of recent games. With two on (runners on second and third) and two down in the bottom of the sixth inning in a 0-0 game, Wes lined a blooping muscled single over second base and into shallow right field. The two-run rbi was a crucial knock in a hotly contested game. Let's also take note: Clarke is making incredible defensive plays at first base filling in for Ernesto Martinez. We salute you, Wes! Antonio Pinero now has now hit safely in seven of his last eight games. With a jam-shot muscled single over the third baseman into left field, he continued his string of recent offensive output. Carlos Rodriguez is a very solid defender in all outfield spots. He deserves some recognition for the under-appreciated Swiss army knife he is defensively. He came up with a couple key plays tonight and also knocked a key opposite field hit scoring two baserunners and extending the lead. Apparently, his girlfriend is in town for this series. Way to show out, young man! Outstanding pitching, great defense, and key hits: this is what winning baseball looks like. And, let me tell you: it feels good! Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Montgomery (Rays) 8, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Big Sixth Inning Separates Biscuits from Shuckers - Campbell and Zamora Each Record Multi-Hit Games Let us begin with the now familiar Joey Wiemer moment of Zen: Through his first 23 games with the Shuckers, Wiemer is hitting 27-for-89 (.303) with eight doubles, four home runs and 19 RBI. His 19 RBI are the fourth most in the early going in the Southern League. Backing up for one moment: the opportunities were limited in Montgomery on Tuesday, but the Shuckers did strand two runners in a pivotal late inning. During their series against Birmingham, the Shuckers stranded 36 runners and went 11-for-56 (.196) with runners in scoring position. Additionally, Biloxi hit just 5-for-47 (.106) in the series against Pensacola. If they are going to get trending more in favor of the win column, it would appear they need positive change in a couple of areas: improved hitting with runners on and some form of consistency from the lower part of the order. There's a lot of season left, but, in the early going these have been two primary every-day hindrances preventing a meaningful breakout from 0.500 ball. Here's to supporting our young men as they continue chipping away and putting in the hard work to get this going! Even though today ended in a tough loss, the Shuckers did manage to hit 4 of 13 with runners on. This is an improvement and something to build on. Sal Frelick slotted back to his familiar center field role while manning the lead-off spot in the order. Garrett Mitchell took over in the DH spot while Gabe Holt moved to third base and Noah Campbell was back in left field. Lots of changes for game number two. Freddy Zamora batted in the two-hole again - his second game in-a-row batting second. He rewarded his team with another two-hit outing. It has been a fairly rough transition into Double-A ball for the talented 23 year old - his strikeout to walk ratio is way up as are his errors but we're going to give this young man the time he needs to adjust to a higher level of competition. We are seeing small signs of better play ahead. We see you, Freddy, and we're rooting for you. Congrats to Sal on his first Double-A hit. At the time, it was a pivotal hit as Noah Campbell advanced to third and scored on a passed ball shortly thereafter. It was looking rosy up 2-1: Backing up for one moment: the opportunities were limited in Montgomery on Tuesday, but the Shuckers did strand two runners in a pivotal late inning. During their series against Birmingham, the Shuckers stranded 36 runners and went 11-for-56 (.196) with runners in scoring position. Additionally, Biloxi hit just 5-for-47 (.106) in the series against Pensacola. If they are going to get trending more in favor of the win column, it would appear they need positive change in a couple areas: improved hitting with runners on and some form of consistency from the lower part of the order. There's a lot of season left, but, in the early going these have been two primary every-day hindrances preventing a meaningful breakout from 0.500 ball. Here's to supporting our young men as they continue chipping away and putting in the hard work to get this going! Even though today ended in a tough loss, the Shuckers did manage to hit 4-for-13 with runners on. This is an improvement and something to build on. Sal Frelick slotted back to his familiar center field role while manning the lead-off spot in the order. Garrett Mitchell took over in the DH spot while Gabe Holt moved to third base and Noah Campbell was back in left field. Lots of changes for game number two. Freddy Zamora batted in the two-hole again - his second game in-a-row batting second. He rewarded his team with another two-hit outing. It has been a fairly rough transition into Double-A ball for the talented 23 year old - his strikeout to walk ratio is way up as are his errors but we're going to give this young man the time he needs to adjust to a higher level of competition. We are seeing small signs of better play ahead. We see you, Freddy, and we're rooting for you. Congrats to Sal on his first Double-A hit. At the time, it was a pivotal hit as Noah Campbell advanced to third and scored on a passed ball shortly thereafter. It was looking rosy up 2-1: Unfortunately, it wasn't the outing Taylor hoped for as it lasted a mere 1/3 inning and stymied the momentum gained after pulling within one. I'll just leave it at that. There's always next time. Here's hoping the rust has been shaken loose. With their third consecutive loss, the Shuckers fall to 12-11 on the young season and maintain a loose hold on first place. I would say this losing streak and their overall record validate what I've seen: up-and-down play throughout. We've had bright spots, rough spots, and everything in between. The talent is there to start playing more consistently but this is what a Minor League season is truly about: growth and discovery. I see plenty of both ahead and, thankfully, we have plenty of games remaining. Here's to getting back in the win column tomorrow! *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 4, Norfolk (Orioles) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Late Rally Leads Sounds Past Norfolk - Nashville Strikes with Two Eighth Inning Runs in 4-2 Bounce Back Win Viewing Notes: In a recorded conversation during the St. Paul Saints series with Tyler White and Mark Mathias, Josh Lindbolm mentioned throwing too many strikes during his most recent start. He wanted to work his way out of the zone to challenge hitters. He was aligned with these thoughts early as he was close to the zone but nibbling outside it with his vast blend of pitches. I've said it before, and I'll probably keep saying it: Josh really is an incredible AAAA pitcher. He has an uncanny ability to work in and around the zone. He's a thinker on the mound and has the toolkit to work with. Case and point, coming into tonight's contest with Norfolk he had kept opposing lefty batters to a 0.136 batting average. As a right-handed pitcher, at any level, that's just impressive stuff even if it is only a sample size in the 20's of innings. It's the 'Where is Weston?' traveling positional circus! In tonight's contest, Weston manned left field after appearing at the hot corner last night. The versatility of Wilson is incredible to witness on a night-in and night-out basis. He is as plug-and-play as it gets at this level. I continue to hope he gets an opportunity with the Big Club at some point in 2022. Both teams stranded seven baserunners but, the key in this one, was obviously the late work of Mark Mathias and Jon Singleton. Have I told you how much I love Jon Singleton as a player and comeback story? How about the night Mark Mathias had at the plate? His second home run on his season: And the crucial double to take the lead late? (Nice base running by Mike Brosseau here) Watch the call from the great Jeff Hem: Speaking of Home Runs, I'm still searching for this bomb from Jon Singleton - his sixth of the year. The bat drop says it all. Estimated 455 feet of chiseled sweetness: It truly was the 'Singleton and Mathias' show tonight. They both hit solo shots. They both knocked in the third and fourth runs in the crucial bottom of the eighth. What more is there to say? Ballers. Let's re-route and return to the season Mark Mathias is having. In 15 games, he’s batting .360 (18-for-50) with five doubles, a triple, two home runs and 10 RBI. He also has seven multi-hit games on the year. Under-the-radar, but definitely noticed. Another fine bullpen outing from the Sounds pitching staff. At this point, it's just to be expected (which is quite a thing to have as an organization): Miguel Sanchez, Hobie Harris, and Connor Sadzeck combined to go 3 1/3 scoreless inning of two hit, two walk, ball. Sadzeck closed out the ninth to get his first save while Hobie secured the win pitching a scoreless eighth. With tonights Singleton and Mathias homers, the Sounds have now homered 11 times over the past five games. They are tied with Memphis for the most home runs in the International League since April 28. About that pitching? Let's break it down after tonights work: Nashville remains unbeaten after leading through eight innings on the season (16-0). They’ve also held their opponents to three runs or less 16 times. The Sounds pitching staff holds the best ERA in the International League at 2.77. Nashville starters have the second-best ERA in the league (2.94), while the Nashville bullpen has a league-best ERA of 2.66... *** That concludes another Minor League Report for me. Brewers fans, let me tell you: We are truly blessed right now. Please take a moment in your days and consider what we are witnessing across the entire organization. This is a World Class thing we are witnessing at present. I, for one, will not take this current ride for granted. And, my hope is: you don't either. We have so much good happening and we have so much to look forward to. Here's to great games throughout the remainder of the week. All night games tomorrow - no matinee games on the slate. Enjoy! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  4. The Biloxi Shuckers began our four-game slate with a disappointing Matinee session in Montgomery. The Shuckers did manage to pull within a run at 3-4, but Taylor Floyd's inaugural outing of his season went south in a hurry. Meanwhile, Carolina won in a walk-off after Jordan Tripp surrendered a tying two-run homer with two down in the top of the eighth. It was the Jose Sibrian and Zack Raabe show stepping up in a big way in the eighth and ninth spots in the batting order. Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, Brandon Knarr (third win), Kent Hasler, and Cam Robinson (fourth save) pitched a shutout while Wes Clarke continued his steady play of late, including some gems at first base. Nashville, trailing 2-1 late, shut things down via 3 1/3 clean bullpen innings and found timely hits in the bottom of the eighth. Let's get into the recaps! Transactions: None Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 4, Augusta (Braves) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Raabe Delivers Walk-Off Winner for Mudcats - Raabe and Sibrian Combined for Six Hits and Three Runs Scored in Carolina's 4-3 Walk-Off Victory AUDIO: Post-game interview with Manager Victor Estevez On a muggy and warm early evening in Zebulon, Ryne Moore took the hill for the Mudcats. Ryne started the tilt hitting his first two batters - a right-handed hitter and a left-handed hitter. He added another hit batter to the tally in the second inning on an inside breaking ball that was too far inside and too late to break. However, he left two men stranded in both innings. Ryne ultimately conceded his only un-earned run in the third after a catching error by Jesus Chrinos (on a challenging throw from Alberis Ferrer, I would add) allowed the lead-off batter to take second base. A walk to the next batter followed by a double steal allowed the run to score on a weakly hit ground-out to first. It's a telling sign when you struggle to find your best stuff early; you hit three batters; you find runners in three consecutive innings, and finish six complete innings with seven strikeouts and a mere three hits and a walk. That is battling for your team. Unfortunately, Ryne was not rewarded with a victory. Further Viewing Notes: Oswel Leones came into this tilt, having hit safely in six consecutive games. He finished this contest with an 0-2 batting line with two walks. The hitting streak ends, but the 'getting on base' streak continues at seven games. What incredible joy to be a young man, playing the sport you love, and walking off to an ice water bath! Here is the one-two punch of Jose Sibrian (lead-off double) and Zack Raabe winning the game in the bottom of the ninth. Both batters finished their evenings three of four : Game number two was a bit more challenging for youngster Jackson Chourio. He finished his evening 0-4 with three strikeouts. On to the next! Eduardo Garcia knocked in another runner in the three-run Mudcats' fifth innings. He now has 19 RBI on the season. I feel we might one day be saying: "Remember when Eduardo was a 19-year-old in Zebulon?!" Enjoy him in Low-A while you can. Michele Vassalotti continues to thrive in his shift to a bullpen role. He has solidified the make-or-break eighth and ninth innings. Tonight was no different as he pitched a scoreless and hitless (one strikeout) ninth inning for his third win of the season. The Mudcats are now winners of three straight games and have beaten Augusta in eight consecutive contests. Can they make it four straight and nine straight, respectively? Tonight's win was also their first walk-off in 23 games to start 2022. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 4, Fort Wayne (Padres) 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Rattlers Pitch a Shutout to Beat Fort Wayne - Knarr with Six More Scoreless Innings to Win Third Straight Please Tune Into the Post-Game Podcast - Always worth a listen Find your post-game YouTube recap here: Zavier Warren is a professional hitter. You can see it in his approach and his opening at bat walk was a testament to this approach as he laid off several enticing outside pitches. It's also good to know this young man is capable of sporting, undeniably I would offer, the best mustache in the Brewers lower levels. I propose the loss of Zavi's mustache in this early 2022 season is on par with losing the flowing golden locks of Joey Wiemer. It leaves a man pondering things. This is not the way. And, apparently, it's 'mustache month' in the Timber Rattlers' clubhouse! Lefty Brandon Knarr has a nasty sweeping curve for a strikeout pitch. This pitch is approaching true 12-6 territory and, I'm not kidding when I say this: It's approaching filthy status. Tune in (several examples in the YouTube highlight video above), watch for yourself, and experience a moment of wonder: "What's it like to execute a pitch as pretty as that?" Brandon finished his evening with six complete innings, six punch outs, six hits, and a lone walk on 80 pitches (57 strikes). The progress we are seeing in 2022 in the step-up from Carolina is poignant: He's not nitpicking like he did in Zebulon. His walks are down. He's pitching in the zone more, playing to his defense and, because of that, his strikeouts are down slightly. But, the evolution as a pitcher is real. After the Micah Bello double play grounder in the bottom of the second, the Timber Rattlers reached 17 already in their young season. It will be interesting to see how this trend evolves as the season progresses. Tristan Peters took the lead-off spot for the second consecutive night. With a single and a stolen base on the evening, Tristan extended his on-base streak to 17 games. There's a reason his name consistently finds his way into my reports: he is playing lights out baseball in 2022. Wes Clarke continues to come up clutch in this string of recent games. With two on (runners on second and third) and two down in the bottom of the sixth inning in a 0-0 game, Wes lined a blooping muscled single over second base and into shallow right field. The two-run rbi was a crucial knock in a hotly contested game. Let's also take note: Clarke is making incredible defensive plays at first base filling in for Ernesto Martinez. We salute you, Wes! Antonio Pinero now has now hit safely in seven of his last eight games. With a jam-shot muscled single over the third baseman into left field, he continued his string of recent offensive output. Carlos Rodriguez is a very solid defender in all outfield spots. He deserves some recognition for the under-appreciated Swiss army knife he is defensively. He came up with a couple key plays tonight and also knocked a key opposite field hit scoring two baserunners and extending the lead. Apparently, his girlfriend is in town for this series. Way to show out, young man! Outstanding pitching, great defense, and key hits: this is what winning baseball looks like. And, let me tell you: it feels good! *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Montgomery (Rays) 8, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Big Sixth Inning Separates Biscuits from Shuckers - Campbell and Zamora Each Record Multi-Hit Games *** Let us begin with the now familiar Joey Wiemer moment of Zen: Through his first 23 games with the Shuckers, Wiemer is hitting 27-for-89 (.303) with eight doubles, four home runs and 19 RBI. His 19 RBI are the fourth most in the early going in the Southern League. Backing up for one moment: the opportunities were limited in Montgomery on Tuesday, but the Shuckers did strand two runners in a pivotal late inning. During their series against Birmingham, the Shuckers stranded 36 runners and went 11-for-56 (.196) with runners in scoring position. Additionally, Biloxi hit just 5-for-47 (.106) in the series against Pensacola. If they are going to get trending more in favor of the win column, it would appear they need positive change in a couple areas: improved hitting with runners on and some form of consistency from the lower part of the order. There's a lot of season left, but, in the early going these have been two primary every-day hindrances preventing a meaningful breakout from 0.500 ball. Here's to supporting our young men as they continue chipping away and putting in the hard work to get this going! Even though today ended in a tough loss, the Shuckers did manage to hit 4 of 13 with runners on. This is an improvement and something to build on. Sal Frelick slotted back to his familiar center field role while manning the lead-off spot in the order. Garrett Mitchell took over in the DH spot while Gabe Holt moved to third base and Noah Campbell was back in left field. Lots of changes for game number two. Freddy Zamora batted in the two-hole again - his second game in-a-row batting second. He rewarded his team with another two-hit outing. It has been a fairly rough transition into Double-A ball for the talented 23 year old - his strikeout to walk ratio is way up as are his errors but we're going to give this young man the time he needs to adjust to a higher level of competition. We are seeing small signs of better play ahead. We see you, Freddy, and we're rooting for you. Congrats to Sal on his first Double-A hit. At the time, it was a pivotal hit as Noah Campbell advanced to third and scored on a passed ball shortly thereafter. It was looking rosy up 2-1: Victor Castaneda got the nod on the mound today for the Shuckers. Now 23 years old, Victor was signed by the Brewers as a teenager out of the Mexican League in the summer of 2017. He features an 80 mph slider and a sinking change-up to off-set his varied fastball offerings. If you recall, Victor didn't get any real starting experience until the 2019 Arizona Fall League. He is very much a young starting pitcher in that regard. He struggled with a tight strike zone today and ultimately left after only three innings. This was a step back from his season high 5 1/3 innings pitched in just his last outing. Thomas Dillard made a heck of a diving stop to close out and strand runners on first and second in the first inning. The stab itself was impressive, but the quick turn and toss to Castaneda covering first was equally impressive. He hit a deep deep fly to the warning track on his ensuing at bat and missed a home run or surefire double by mere feet. Keep at it, Thomas. Things can turn around in a hurry. Noah Campbell nearly made the sliding stop in the bottom of the second. He ranged quite well and got to the ball with an adept slide but his glove just couldn't get down in proper timing to corral the liner. He made a great throw to third base from the wall and missed the tag out by mere seconds. It feels like all Noah needs is a defensive play or two to turn it around. We're rooting for you, young man. Campbell did manage a nice two of four day at the plate. Here's hoping he can stay in the line-up mix to keep building on games like this. Two more errors on the day for Biloxi - one from Wiemer and one from Castaneda. This has been a recurring theme in the early season and one I'm sure the team would like to change. Congratulations to RHP Taylor Floyd on making his first appearance of his season after the Shuckers had creeped within 3-4 on a Gabe Holt rbi single up the middle: Unfortunately, it wasn't the outing Taylor hoped for as it lasted a mere 1/3 inning and stymied the momentum gained after pulling within one. I'll just leave it at that. There's always next time. Here's hoping the rust has been shaken loose. With their third consecutive loss, the Shuckers fall to 12-11 on the young season and maintain a loose hold on first place. I would say this losing streak and their overall record validate what I've seen: up-and-down play throughout. We've had bright spots, rough spots, and everything in between. The talent is there to start playing more consistently but this is what a Minor League season is truly about: growth and discovery. I see plenty of both ahead and, thankfully, we have plenty of games remaining. Here's to getting back in the win column tomorrow! *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 4, Norfolk (Orioles) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Late Rally Leads Sounds Past Norfolk - Nashville Strikes with Two Eighth Inning Runs in 4-2 Bounce Back Win Viewing Notes: In a recorded conversation during the St. Paul Saints series with Tyler White and Mark Mathias, Josh Lindbolm mentioned throwing too many strikes during his most recent start. He wanted to work his way out of the zone to challenge hitters. He was aligned with these thoughts early as he was close to the zone but nibbling outside it with his vast blend of pitches. I've said it before, and I'll probably keep saying it: Josh really is an incredible AAAA pitcher. He has an uncanny ability to work in and around the zone. He's a thinker on the mound and has the toolkit to work with. Case and point, coming into tonight's contest with Norfolk he had kept opposing lefty batters to a 0.136 batting average. As a right-handed pitcher, at any level, that's just impressive stuff even if it is only a sample size in the 20's of innings. It's the 'Where is Weston?' traveling positional circus! In tonight's contest, Weston manned left field after appearing at the hot corner last night. The versatility of Wilson is incredible to witness on a night-in and night-out basis. He is as plug-and-play as it gets at this level. I continue to hope he gets an opportunity with the Big Club at some point in 2022. Both teams stranded seven baserunners but, the key in this one, was obviously the late work of Mark Mathias and Jon Singleton. Have I told you how much I love Jon Singleton as a player and comeback story? How about the night Mark Mathias had at the plate? His second home run on his season: And the crucial double to take the lead late? (Nice base running by Mike Brosseau here) Watch the call from the great Jeff Hem: Speaking of Home Runs, I'm still searching for this bomb from Jon Singleton - his sixth of the year. The bat drop says it all. Estimated 455 feet of chiseled sweetness: It truly was the 'Singleton and Mathias' show tonight. They both hit solo shots. They both knocked in the third and fourth runs in the crucial bottom of the eighth. What more is there to say? Ballers. Let's re-route and return to the season Mark Mathias is having. In 15 games, he’s batting .360 (18-for-50) with five doubles, a triple, two home runs and 10 RBI. He also has seven multi-hit games on the year. Under-the-radar, but definitely noticed. Another fine bullpen outing from the Sounds pitching staff. At this point, it's just to be expected (which is quite a thing to have as an organization): Miguel Sanchez, Hobie Harris, and Connor Sadzeck combined to go 3 1/3 scoreless inning of two hit, two walk, ball. Sadzeck closed out the ninth to get his first save while Hobie secured the win pitching a scoreless eighth. With tonights Singleton and Mathias homers, the Sounds have now homered 11 times over the past five games. They are tied with Memphis for the most home runs in the International League since April 28. About that pitching? Let's break it down after tonights work: Nashville remains unbeaten after leading through eight innings on the season (16-0). They’ve also held their opponents to three runs or less 16 times. The Sounds pitching staff holds the best ERA in the International League at 2.77. Nashville starters have the second-best ERA in the league (2.94), while the Nashville bullpen has a league-best ERA of 2.66... *** That concludes another Minor League Report for me. Brewers fans, let me tell you: We are truly blessed right now. Please take a moment in your days and consider what we are witnessing across the entire organization. This is a World Class thing we are witnessing at present. I, for one, will not take this current ride for granted. And, my hope is: you don't either. We have so much good happening and we have so much to look forward to. Here's to great games throughout the remainder of the week. All night games tomorrow - no matinee games on the slate. Enjoy! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  5. Transactions: From our Minor League Forum season-long transaction thread - LHP Arman Sabouri (Tommy John surgery, September 2021) and OF Je'Von Ward were both placed on the Wisconsin 60-day IL on April 8th, though the transactions just posted online. I don't believe we ever saw a definitive report on the nature of Ward's injury, so we won't speculate, but he won't be back until mid-June at the earliest. RHP Juan Geraldo (Mudcats 2021) was placed on the Carolina 60-day, also as of this year's Opening Day, April 8th. He too underwent Tommy John surgery last fall. While technically not a transaction, for those of you who have been missing Biloxi's prized prospect Felix Valerio - MiLB.TV archive of Wed. 4/27 game (for subscribers) Go to the 3 hour, 3 minute mark. Valerio lines a double down the right-field line, beautiful (as always) piece of hitting for Felix. As the throw comes in to 2nd Valerio does an awkward stutter-step / half-slide as if he was indecisive about how he wished to approach the bag. Having been thrown out (insult to injury), Valerio sits by the bag grabbing the back of his left leg with his left hand just above the knee. A few seconds later, Valerio makes his way to a standing position on his own, but still with a bit of a cringe and effort. The telecast goes to a replay and Valerio is not on the field after that, having fairly quickly made his way to the dugout. Voice of the Shuckers Garrett Greene noted that Cam Devanney came in to replace Valerio (who was starting in left field for this game - Valerio has eight starts at second base, one at third base, and five in LF). No mention of Valerio's status was made at that immediate moment, understandably. Not being able to listen to every sound bite from every game, it's possible that Valerio's injury status has been discussed on air (in fact very likely considering Valerio's prospect pedigree and that he's now missed three games, but nothing has been in printed/online form). FYI - I did then listen to both the Wednesday postgame and the Thursday pre-game and first inning, but no specific Valerio mention. After all the angst, just watch, Felix will be in Tuesday's lineup (hopefully), as they will take advantage of Monday's day off, so don't expect him on Sunday. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final, Completion of Friday's Suspended Game: Nashville 7, St. Paul (Twins) 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: Since the Sounds posted a combined report Saturday, this was the summary we linked to yesterday - Sounds, Saints Suspended After Six Innings - Turang and Singleton each homer in second straight game Final, Regularly Scheduled Game: Nashville 12, St. Paul 3, five innings, rain Box Score / Game Log Sounds Rout Saints in Rain-Shortened Win - Nashville Wins Third Straight in St. Paul The Sounds squeeze ten hits and seven walks into just five innings. Every batter reached, and seven of them reached more than once! That is crazy impressive, just five innings! And Weston Wilson would have reached twice if he hadn't been robbed here - Mark Mathias worked really hard for his grand slam, and here's why. Normally the "Mic'd Up" player-with-teammates is not a worthwhile effort, but Mathias was actually very entertaining here! He indicated he needed his long ball. This squad is just so strong in all aspects of this sport. Keep it up, Nashville, you've been a joy thus far. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 9, Pensacola (Marlins) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Six-Run Inning Helps Shuckers Separate In 9-1 Win Over Wahoos - Cam Devanney Goes 3-for-3 With 3 RBI Luis Urias 1-for-5, saw action at both SS and 3B. Sure, Joey Wiemer was being his usual awesome self, on base three times and driving in two, but let's hear it for Cam Devanney. The versatile Devanney reached four times including - Devanney's 2021 in Biloxi was, as they say, the opposite of good. We will note that he was skipped two levels coming off the lost 2020 Covid season. So last summer in AA was the 2019 15th rounder's first taste of full-season ball. Devanney just posted a .746 OPS in April, It wasn't much of a big league cup of coffee in 2006, but did anyone think Chris Barnwell was on a big-league trajectory? That's why you keep the jersey on, men. Keep rockin' Cam. Lest we forget the afore-mentioned Mr. Joey - *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Peoria (Cardinals) 12, Wisconsin 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Chiefs Slug Rattlers 12-2 - Wisconsin falls behind early You'll notice when a game is pretty ugly (blowout loss, four errors, two balks), Chris' headlines are appreciably shorter. 22-year-old RHP Justin Jarvis' 2022 WHIP of 1.60 nearly matches last summer's 2021 unappealing 1.55 figure. Time is still on the side of the 2018 5th round pick out of a North Carolina high school, and the Brewers have been adamant in keeping Jarvis in a starting role. Might he find better success in shorter stints? If nothing else, the experienced infield duo of Yeison Coca and Antonio Pinero should be giving the T-Rats supreme defense up the middle as we await Tyler Black's return from the violent first base collision from earlier this week. But in this clumsy contest, even Coca committed a throwing error. A bit of a pattern developing within this box score - batters who have been warm-to-hot remain as such even in a lopsided defeat, and batters who have been hotsy-notsy continue to struggle. These fine athletes must really dislike the small-sample notes on the negative side. It's one reason we strive to highlight the positive, I'd say 95% of the time within these reports, over the years. *** Final: Down East (Rangers) 2, Carolina 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Mudcats Blanked Again, 2-0 in Kinston - The Carolina offense was held to just two hits in Saturday’s shutout loss to the Wood Ducks 20-year-old Dominican native RHP Alexander Cornielle (80 grade name) is sporting a shiny 1.56 ERA through four starts, but a deeper look shows that he has allowed 11 runs in 17.1 innings, but eight of those runs are unearned, and his WHIP sits at 1.85 with a base on ball per inning. So work to do. Sometimes you have to pick up your teammates in the field. In a repeated comment theme from yesterday's report, the nuances of a low-A box score in comparison with a AAA or AA box are glaring. You can just see the inexperience dripping off your screen as you review the Carolina boxes, and that's to be expected. Mudcats third baseman Alberis Ferrer was ejected after grounding out, and in my mind, an image of a frustrated helmet throwdown took place, whether that occurred or not. A commitment to bullpen work is really agreeing with 21-year-old Michele Vassalotti, a 13-to-1 K-to-BB ratio in 11 IP over seven appearances. It's Mi-kay-le (not Michelle, for those pronouncing in your heads). *** As expected on a Sunday but not always the case, it's afternoon start times throughout -- enjoy your day, everyone! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  6. The affiliates win three of five on Saturday and move to a cumulative 50-33 after one month of action. Combine that with the big-league Brewers tied for best in the National League with a 15-7 mark, and the organization is 65-40. Seems that "develop a winning culture" is a real thing, no affiliate under .500 as of this morning. Kudos to all! Transactions: From our Minor League Forum season-long transaction thread - LHP Arman Sabouri (Tommy John surgery, September 2021) and OF Je'Von Ward were both placed on the Wisconsin 60-day IL on April 8th, though the transactions just posted online. I don't believe we ever saw a definitive report on the nature of Ward's injury, so we won't speculate, but he won't be back until mid-June at the earliest. RHP Juan Geraldo (Mudcats 2021) was placed on the Carolina 60-day, also as of this year's Opening Day, April 8th. He too underwent Tommy John surgery last fall. While technically not a transaction, for those of you who have been missing Biloxi's prized prospect Felix Valerio - MiLB.TV archive of Wed. 4/27 game (for subscribers) Go to the 3 hour, 3 minute mark. Valerio lines a double down the right-field line, beautiful (as always) piece of hitting for Felix. As the throw comes in to 2nd Valerio does an awkward stutter-step / half-slide as if he was indecisive about how he wished to approach the bag. Having been thrown out (insult to injury), Valerio sits by the bag grabbing the back of his left leg with his left hand just above the knee. A few seconds later, Valerio makes his way to a standing position on his own, but still with a bit of a cringe and effort. The telecast goes to a replay and Valerio is not on the field after that, having fairly quickly made his way to the dugout. Voice of the Shuckers Garrett Greene noted that Cam Devanney came in to replace Valerio (who was starting in left field for this game - Valerio has eight starts at second base, one at third base, and five in LF). No mention of Valerio's status was made at that immediate moment, understandably. Not being able to listen to every sound bite from every game, it's possible that Valerio's injury status has been discussed on air (in fact very likely considering Valerio's prospect pedigree and that he's now missed three games, but nothing has been in printed/online form). FYI - I did then listen to both the Wednesday postgame and the Thursday pre-game and first inning, but no specific Valerio mention. After all the angst, just watch, Felix will be in Tuesday's lineup (hopefully), as they will take advantage of Monday's day off, so don't expect him on Sunday. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final, Completion of Friday's Suspended Game: Nashville 7, St. Paul (Twins) 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: Since the Sounds posted a combined report Saturday, this was the summary we linked to yesterday - Sounds, Saints Suspended After Six Innings - Turang and Singleton each homer in second straight game Final, Regularly Scheduled Game: Nashville 12, St. Paul 3, five innings, rain Box Score / Game Log Sounds Rout Saints in Rain-Shortened Win - Nashville Wins Third Straight in St. Paul The Sounds squeeze ten hits and seven walks into just five innings. Every batter reached, and seven of them reached more than once! That is crazy impressive, just five innings! And Weston Wilson would have reached twice if he hadn't been robbed here - Mark Mathias worked really hard for his grand slam, and here's why. Normally the "Mic'd Up" player-with-teammates is not a worthwhile effort, but Mathias was actually very entertaining here! He indicated he needed his long ball. This squad is just so strong in all aspects of this sport. Keep it up, Nashville, you've been a joy thus far. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 9, Pensacola (Marlins) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Six-Run Inning Helps Shuckers Separate In 9-1 Win Over Wahoos - Cam Devanney Goes 3-for-3 With 3 RBI Luis Urias 1-for-5, saw action at both SS and 3B. Sure, Joey Wiemer was being his usual awesome self, on base three times and driving in two, but let's hear it for Cam Devanney. The versatile Devanney reached four times including - Devanney's 2021 in Biloxi was, as they say, the opposite of good. We will note that he was skipped two levels coming off the lost 2020 Covid season. So last summer in AA was the 2019 15th rounder's first taste of full-season ball. Devanney just posted a .746 OPS in April, It wasn't much of a big league cup of coffee in 2006, but did anyone think Chris Barnwell was on a big-league trajectory? That's why you keep the jersey on, men. Keep rockin' Cam. Lest we forget the afore-mentioned Mr. Joey - *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Peoria (Cardinals) 12, Wisconsin 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Chiefs Slug Rattlers 12-2 - Wisconsin falls behind early You'll notice when a game is pretty ugly (blowout loss, four errors, two balks), Chris' headlines are appreciably shorter. 22-year-old RHP Justin Jarvis' 2022 WHIP of 1.60 nearly matches last summer's 2021 unappealing 1.55 figure. Time is still on the side of the 2018 5th round pick out of a North Carolina high school, and the Brewers have been adamant in keeping Jarvis in a starting role. Might he find better success in shorter stints? If nothing else, the experienced infield duo of Yeison Coca and Antonio Pinero should be giving the T-Rats supreme defense up the middle as we await Tyler Black's return from the violent first base collision from earlier this week. But in this clumsy contest, even Coca committed a throwing error. A bit of a pattern developing within this box score - batters who have been warm-to-hot remain as such even in a lopsided defeat, and batters who have been hotsy-notsy continue to struggle. These fine athletes must really dislike the small-sample notes on the negative side. It's one reason we strive to highlight the positive, I'd say 95% of the time within these reports, over the years. *** Final: Down East (Rangers) 2, Carolina 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Mudcats Blanked Again, 2-0 in Kinston - The Carolina offense was held to just two hits in Saturday’s shutout loss to the Wood Ducks 20-year-old Dominican native RHP Alexander Cornielle (80 grade name) is sporting a shiny 1.56 ERA through four starts, but a deeper look shows that he has allowed 11 runs in 17.1 innings, but eight of those runs are unearned, and his WHIP sits at 1.85 with a base on ball per inning. So work to do. Sometimes you have to pick up your teammates in the field. In a repeated comment theme from yesterday's report, the nuances of a low-A box score in comparison with a AAA or AA box are glaring. You can just see the inexperience dripping off your screen as you review the Carolina boxes, and that's to be expected. Mudcats third baseman Alberis Ferrer was ejected after grounding out, and in my mind, an image of a frustrated helmet throwdown took place, whether that occurred or not. A commitment to bullpen work is really agreeing with 21-year-old Michele Vassalotti, a 13-to-1 K-to-BB ratio in 11 IP over seven appearances. It's Mi-kay-le (not Michelle, for those pronouncing in your heads). *** As expected on a Sunday but not always the case, it's afternoon start times throughout -- enjoy your day, everyone! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  7. From sadness that .395-hitting (in AA in 1987) LaVel Freeman never became an MLB regular to anger at the 1995 release of AL Rookie of the Month Troy O’Leary and frustration at the 2013-14 failure to promote .328-hitting Eugenio Velez to allow the poor man to break his 0-for-46 MLB hitless streak, some of us spend a disproportionate amount of time pulling for Brewers’ fringe players (and Curtis Pride, but that was a more fulfilling story). But if there’s a charity case today, it’s the Brewers’ woeful offense, not our crop of “AAAA” veterans we have playing in Nashville. Here’s how that Brewer offense stacks up after nine games: 25th in OPS (.618) 28th in runs per game (2.78) 29th in home runs per game (0.56) With at least one open 40-man MLB roster spot, 15-person pitching staff, and optionable position players like Mike Brosseau and Keston Hiura, why not roll the dice on two or three of our hottest hitters in AAA? Remember, these are non-roster guys who actually played a full spring training and are now into grooves that might benefit our slumping offense. Without further ado, here are the top five early-season Sounds hitters that are just a phone call away from flying to Milwaukee to bolster the parent squad: David Dahl – OF – Left-Handed Hitter – 28 years old Are you tired of seeing the Brewers send out two right-handed hitting outfielders against opposing right-handed starters? Have you already given up hope of Hunter Renfroe coming through in the clutch against an opposing righty? Former Colorado Rockies’ 2019 All-Star outfielder David Dahl may be the man for you. Despite a Covid-disaster 2020 in Colorado (.470 OPS in 99 PAs) and similarly disappointing 2021 in Texas, Fanatic excitement around Dahl grew steadily with his August 2021 signing and .911 OPS in AAA Nashville, ultimately peaking with the December trade of fellow left-handed hitter Jackie Bradley Jr. With only one left-handed outfield bat (Yelich) remaining in an ocean of righties (Renfroe, Cain, McCutchen, Taylor), Dahl entered spring training with at least a chance to earn an MLB roster spot. Of course, such roster spots are not served on a silver platter, and while Hiura and Tyrone Taylor starred in 2022 spring training, Dahl put together a dismal .538 OPS in 16 plate appearances. But c’mon, the man just needed to shake off some rust. After a 2-for-19 start to the AAA season with no extra-base hits or RBIs, he’s 6-for-12 in his last three games, with two home runs, a double, and 7 RBIs. Mr. Dahl’s 2022 OPS in AAA is now up to a solid .808, and he’s ready to contribute on the big stage. Weston Wilson – IF/OF – Right-Handed Hitter – 27 years old The always-good, never-great 2016 17th round draft pick Wilson never seemed to make any prospect lists but consistently progressed nonetheless: 2016 - .887 OPS at Advanced Rookie Helena 2017 - .842 OPS at Low-A Wisconsin 2018 - .777 OPS at High-A Carolina 2019 - .739 OPS at AA Biloxi Then after the lost 2020 season, Wilson stepped into AAA Nashville in 2021 and showed more power than expected: 16 home runs in 246 plate appearances, with a .902 OPS before having his season cut short in early August due to thoracic outlet syndrome. With his consistent production, burgeoning power, and ability to play all over the field (2021: 20 starts at first base, 11 at shortstop, eight at second base, eight in the outfield, six at third base), some of us wondered whether an MLB club would take a flyer on Wilson in the offseason Rule 5 draft. But that draft was canceled for the first time since 1891. How’s Mr. Wilson performing through his first eight games at AAA Nashville this year?: .375 AVG / .464 OBP / .583 SLG through 28 plate appearances 9-for-24 with one home run and two doubles eight runs scored and 6 RBIs four walks vs. six strikeouts five starts at third base, one at second base, one at first base Whether it’s a Mike Brosseau swap or replacing Keston Hiura with a right-handed-hitting utility player (who hits better than Pablo Reyes), Weston Wilson is fully prepped to help the Brewers immediately. Jon Singleton – 1B – Left-Handed Hitter – 30 years old While perhaps not on the level of the remarkable comebacks of Josh Hamilton, Rick Ankiel, and Darryl Strawberry, a return to the majors for Jon Singleton would undoubtedly garner a solid bit of media attention. A former can’t-miss prospect who reportedly signed the first-ever extension by a drafted prospect with no major league service time (guaranteed $10 million, up to $35 million five year contract with the Astros in June 2014), Singleton made his major league debut as a 22-year old shortly after that, mashing 13 home runs over the remainder of that season. However, despite a solid 2015 in AAA, he struggled in his MLB opportunities, hitting .192 with one home run in 58 plate appearances, and was remarkably outrighted by November 2016, suspended 100 games in January 2018 for a third positive drug test (the first two were for marijuana in 2012) and released in May 2018. Singleton’s last organized baseball game was on September 4, 2017, before playing for Diablos Rojos del Mexico in the Mexican League on June 8, 2021. Oh, how’d he perform en La Ciudad de Mexico? He posted a 1.196 OPS with 15 home runs in 137 at-bats, with 51 walks and 50 strikeouts. Wowsers! So much for easing back into it! The Brewers signed Singleton in December 2021, and he’s been an immediate success in AAA Nashville, producing a .859 OPS over his first 38 plate appearances, including two doubles, a triple, two home runs, and six RBIs. Though he’s only drawn three walks against ten strikeouts thus far, this likely isn’t a concern if you look at his terrific BB/K ratios from 2014-2017 and 2021. Could Mr. Singleton be the instant offense that the Brewers require? Or would it be impossible to pair him with left-handed-hitting Rowdy Tellez, forcing either Andrew McCutchen or Renfroe to the bench? Tyler White – 1B – Right-Handed Hitter – 31 years old As Jon Singleton faded out of Houston’s plans, Tyler White tried to step into the void. A 33rd-round pick in 2013, White efficiently worked his way to the big leagues, having his contract selected in April 2016 and hitting eight home runs in 276 plate appearances that season. After limited MLB action in 2017, White returned in a big way in 2018, putting up a 140+ OPS in 237 plate appearances, with 12 home runs. Unfortunately for him, he disappointed in 2019, was designated for assignment in June, and struggled with the Dodgers as well, being outrighted in February 2020. White regained his form at AAA Buffalo in 2021, with a .292 AVG / .424 OBP / .476 SLG in 353 plate appearances, including 13 home runs, 80 walks, and only 73 strikeouts, but didn’t get the promotion to the Blue Jays. Though his 2022 start has not been other-worldly (.211 AVG / .375 OBP / .579 SLG in 24 plate appearances), perhaps Mr. White is the right-handed hitting platoon partner that the Brewers need at first base if Keston Hiura can’t quite put it together yet. Mark Mathias – IF/OF – Right-Handed Hitter – 27 years old I admit I was baffled when the Brewers traded a catching prospect and gave a 40-man roster spot in November 2019 to a 25-year infielder who’d only posted one encouraging OPS in his previous three seasons. But of course, the “In Stearns We Trust” motto runs deep, so I didn’t doubt the move. Mathias then appeared to be a serviceable utility man for Craig Counsell’s 2020 squad, though in limited action (16 games, 36 plate appearances, mainly in the outfield) and was poised for a potentially bigger role in 2021 before a March shoulder injury shelved him for the entire season. Designated for assignment in November 2021 and not claimed by any other club, Mr. Mathias is now doing his best to remind Brewers’ brass of why they grabbed him in the first place, with an early season .350 AVG / .435 OPS / .550 SLG through 23 plate appearances, all in the infield. While Mathias doesn’t offer the pop of Weston Wilson, could his prior MLB experience playing for Manager Counsell give him a selection advantage What do you think? Who should be the first position player called up to Milwaukee from our minors system in 2022?
  8. If the Brewers are looking for instant offense, they’re in luck. Five veteran players at AAA Nashville have broken out as top early-season performers, ready to step up and produce in Milwaukee. From sadness that .395-hitting (in AA in 1987) LaVel Freeman never became an MLB regular to anger at the 1995 release of AL Rookie of the Month Troy O’Leary and frustration at the 2013-14 failure to promote .328-hitting Eugenio Velez to allow the poor man to break his 0-for-46 MLB hitless streak, some of us spend a disproportionate amount of time pulling for Brewers’ fringe players (and Curtis Pride, but that was a more fulfilling story). But if there’s a charity case today, it’s the Brewers’ woeful offense, not our crop of “AAAA” veterans we have playing in Nashville. Here’s how that Brewer offense stacks up after nine games: 25th in OPS (.618) 28th in runs per game (2.78) 29th in home runs per game (0.56) With at least one open 40-man MLB roster spot, 15-person pitching staff, and optionable position players like Mike Brosseau and Keston Hiura, why not roll the dice on two or three of our hottest hitters in AAA? Remember, these are non-roster guys who actually played a full spring training and are now into grooves that might benefit our slumping offense. Without further ado, here are the top five early-season Sounds hitters that are just a phone call away from flying to Milwaukee to bolster the parent squad: David Dahl – OF – Left-Handed Hitter – 28 years old Are you tired of seeing the Brewers send out two right-handed hitting outfielders against opposing right-handed starters? Have you already given up hope of Hunter Renfroe coming through in the clutch against an opposing righty? Former Colorado Rockies’ 2019 All-Star outfielder David Dahl may be the man for you. Despite a Covid-disaster 2020 in Colorado (.470 OPS in 99 PAs) and similarly disappointing 2021 in Texas, Fanatic excitement around Dahl grew steadily with his August 2021 signing and .911 OPS in AAA Nashville, ultimately peaking with the December trade of fellow left-handed hitter Jackie Bradley Jr. With only one left-handed outfield bat (Yelich) remaining in an ocean of righties (Renfroe, Cain, McCutchen, Taylor), Dahl entered spring training with at least a chance to earn an MLB roster spot. Of course, such roster spots are not served on a silver platter, and while Hiura and Tyrone Taylor starred in 2022 spring training, Dahl put together a dismal .538 OPS in 16 plate appearances. But c’mon, the man just needed to shake off some rust. After a 2-for-19 start to the AAA season with no extra-base hits or RBIs, he’s 6-for-12 in his last three games, with two home runs, a double, and 7 RBIs. Mr. Dahl’s 2022 OPS in AAA is now up to a solid .808, and he’s ready to contribute on the big stage. Weston Wilson – IF/OF – Right-Handed Hitter – 27 years old The always-good, never-great 2016 17th round draft pick Wilson never seemed to make any prospect lists but consistently progressed nonetheless: 2016 - .887 OPS at Advanced Rookie Helena 2017 - .842 OPS at Low-A Wisconsin 2018 - .777 OPS at High-A Carolina 2019 - .739 OPS at AA Biloxi Then after the lost 2020 season, Wilson stepped into AAA Nashville in 2021 and showed more power than expected: 16 home runs in 246 plate appearances, with a .902 OPS before having his season cut short in early August due to thoracic outlet syndrome. With his consistent production, burgeoning power, and ability to play all over the field (2021: 20 starts at first base, 11 at shortstop, eight at second base, eight in the outfield, six at third base), some of us wondered whether an MLB club would take a flyer on Wilson in the offseason Rule 5 draft. But that draft was canceled for the first time since 1891. How’s Mr. Wilson performing through his first eight games at AAA Nashville this year?: .375 AVG / .464 OBP / .583 SLG through 28 plate appearances 9-for-24 with one home run and two doubles eight runs scored and 6 RBIs four walks vs. six strikeouts five starts at third base, one at second base, one at first base Whether it’s a Mike Brosseau swap or replacing Keston Hiura with a right-handed-hitting utility player (who hits better than Pablo Reyes), Weston Wilson is fully prepped to help the Brewers immediately. Jon Singleton – 1B – Left-Handed Hitter – 30 years old While perhaps not on the level of the remarkable comebacks of Josh Hamilton, Rick Ankiel, and Darryl Strawberry, a return to the majors for Jon Singleton would undoubtedly garner a solid bit of media attention. A former can’t-miss prospect who reportedly signed the first-ever extension by a drafted prospect with no major league service time (guaranteed $10 million, up to $35 million five year contract with the Astros in June 2014), Singleton made his major league debut as a 22-year old shortly after that, mashing 13 home runs over the remainder of that season. However, despite a solid 2015 in AAA, he struggled in his MLB opportunities, hitting .192 with one home run in 58 plate appearances, and was remarkably outrighted by November 2016, suspended 100 games in January 2018 for a third positive drug test (the first two were for marijuana in 2012) and released in May 2018. Singleton’s last organized baseball game was on September 4, 2017, before playing for Diablos Rojos del Mexico in the Mexican League on June 8, 2021. Oh, how’d he perform en La Ciudad de Mexico? He posted a 1.196 OPS with 15 home runs in 137 at-bats, with 51 walks and 50 strikeouts. Wowsers! So much for easing back into it! The Brewers signed Singleton in December 2021, and he’s been an immediate success in AAA Nashville, producing a .859 OPS over his first 38 plate appearances, including two doubles, a triple, two home runs, and six RBIs. Though he’s only drawn three walks against ten strikeouts thus far, this likely isn’t a concern if you look at his terrific BB/K ratios from 2014-2017 and 2021. Could Mr. Singleton be the instant offense that the Brewers require? Or would it be impossible to pair him with left-handed-hitting Rowdy Tellez, forcing either Andrew McCutchen or Renfroe to the bench? Tyler White – 1B – Right-Handed Hitter – 31 years old As Jon Singleton faded out of Houston’s plans, Tyler White tried to step into the void. A 33rd-round pick in 2013, White efficiently worked his way to the big leagues, having his contract selected in April 2016 and hitting eight home runs in 276 plate appearances that season. After limited MLB action in 2017, White returned in a big way in 2018, putting up a 140+ OPS in 237 plate appearances, with 12 home runs. Unfortunately for him, he disappointed in 2019, was designated for assignment in June, and struggled with the Dodgers as well, being outrighted in February 2020. White regained his form at AAA Buffalo in 2021, with a .292 AVG / .424 OBP / .476 SLG in 353 plate appearances, including 13 home runs, 80 walks, and only 73 strikeouts, but didn’t get the promotion to the Blue Jays. Though his 2022 start has not been other-worldly (.211 AVG / .375 OBP / .579 SLG in 24 plate appearances), perhaps Mr. White is the right-handed hitting platoon partner that the Brewers need at first base if Keston Hiura can’t quite put it together yet. Mark Mathias – IF/OF – Right-Handed Hitter – 27 years old I admit I was baffled when the Brewers traded a catching prospect and gave a 40-man roster spot in November 2019 to a 25-year infielder who’d only posted one encouraging OPS in his previous three seasons. But of course, the “In Stearns We Trust” motto runs deep, so I didn’t doubt the move. Mathias then appeared to be a serviceable utility man for Craig Counsell’s 2020 squad, though in limited action (16 games, 36 plate appearances, mainly in the outfield) and was poised for a potentially bigger role in 2021 before a March shoulder injury shelved him for the entire season. Designated for assignment in November 2021 and not claimed by any other club, Mr. Mathias is now doing his best to remind Brewers’ brass of why they grabbed him in the first place, with an early season .350 AVG / .435 OPS / .550 SLG through 23 plate appearances, all in the infield. While Mathias doesn’t offer the pop of Weston Wilson, could his prior MLB experience playing for Manager Counsell give him a selection advantage What do you think? Who should be the first position player called up to Milwaukee from our minors system in 2022? View full article
  9. Transactions: Catcher Brett Sullivan and OF Korry Howell sent to San Diego's system in the Victor Caratini acquisition Infielder Hayden Cantrelle and RHP Alexis Ramirez head to Miami for additional catching depth in Alex Jackson LHP Clayton Andrews placed on Nashville's 7-day injured list (injury not revealed) C Brian Navarreto transferred from ACL Brewers Blue roster to Nashville (paper move, as Navaretto was likely with the team since spring training camp broke and was needed after the Brett Sullivan departure) RHP's Moises Gomez, Matt Hardy, and J.T. Hintzen were placed on the Nashville "Development List" - this could mean they are still in Maryvale or are on a taxi squad of sorts and are with the AAA club *** Final: Durham (Rays) 9, Nashville 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details: Singleton Homers Again but Sounds Fall to Bulls - Nashville First Baseman has Homered in Both Games of 2022 Among those making their 2022 debuts - 2B Mark Mathias (2-for-4), 3B Andruw Monasterio, and the entire starting outfield - LF Dustin Peterson, CF Jonathan Davis (on base three times), and RF Garrett Whitley (single, HBP). So all the Sounds but the newly-activated Navarreto have now seen action. Except for the fifth pitcher of the night RHP Peter Strzelecki, no ERA's went unscathed. The middle relief crew didn't have each others' backs as all three runners inherited scored. *** Very good video highlight report via WXXV on Biloxi's exhibition game against William Carey University, and the NAIA school more than held their own against the pros. Jeff Haeger of WXXV does a nice job on the Shuckers beat, as evidenced in his video report earlier in the day: Notes via the Voice of the Shuckers - *** It was a "Get To Know You" day in Appleton, and our Kyle Lobner was all over it: *** Bobbleheads (and Chris Mehring)! *** *** VIDEO via WBAY: Manager Joe Ayrault *** I know which section of the Media Guide I normally flock to each year, and that's the Minor League pages, and we're left with disappointment this year. The Brewers have scrubbed the injury histories from each player write-up. Each spring, we would collect all the notations from the guide, and those updates would fill in the gaps as to why players missed time during the prior season, or would even tell us what surgeries they may have had in the just-ended offseason. Now, we are left to wonder when players are missing in action. We had wondered each year (wondered out loud, perhaps we shouldn't have done that), as to why the Brewers (thankfully for us at the time) would be so up-front with surgery/injury details, listing specific dates and surgeons. Why be so tight-lipped during the season - unless an injury is clearly an on-field incident with video and such, you'll never see the organization or the affiliate announcers acknowledge the specifics of an injury. Heck, this is how we learned of LHP Antoine Kelly's Thoracic Outlet Surgery in November of 2020. We get it - HIPPA and all, but it leaves us guessing moving forward. *** One more night in the spotlight, Nashville, as RHP and 40-man roster member Dylan File toes the rubber: Thursday 4/7: Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores
  10. The Brewers made news that impacted their minor league rosters on Wednesday. The Sounds continued to have the game spotlight to themselves, although the Shuckers played an exhibition (highlights forthcoming!), the Timber Rattlers were busy in an introductory way, and oh, there's a change in the Milwaukee Media Guide that will disappoint prospect followers. Transactions: Catcher Brett Sullivan and OF Korry Howell sent to San Diego's system in the Victor Caratini acquisition Infielder Hayden Cantrelle and RHP Alexis Ramirez head to Miami for additional catching depth in Alex Jackson LHP Clayton Andrews placed on Nashville's 7-day injured list (injury not revealed) C Brian Navarreto transferred from ACL Brewers Blue roster to Nashville (paper move, as Navaretto was likely with the team since spring training camp broke and was needed after the Brett Sullivan departure) RHP's Moises Gomez, Matt Hardy, and J.T. Hintzen were placed on the Nashville "Development List" - this could mean they are still in Maryvale or are on a taxi squad of sorts and are with the AAA club *** Final: Durham (Rays) 9, Nashville 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details: Singleton Homers Again but Sounds Fall to Bulls - Nashville First Baseman has Homered in Both Games of 2022 Among those making their 2022 debuts - 2B Mark Mathias (2-for-4), 3B Andruw Monasterio, and the entire starting outfield - LF Dustin Peterson, CF Jonathan Davis (on base three times), and RF Garrett Whitley (single, HBP). So all the Sounds but the newly-activated Navarreto have now seen action. Except for the fifth pitcher of the night RHP Peter Strzelecki, no ERA's went unscathed. The middle relief crew didn't have each others' backs as all three runners inherited scored. *** Very good video highlight report via WXXV on Biloxi's exhibition game against William Carey University, and the NAIA school more than held their own against the pros. Jeff Haeger of WXXV does a nice job on the Shuckers beat, as evidenced in his video report earlier in the day: Notes via the Voice of the Shuckers - *** It was a "Get To Know You" day in Appleton, and our Kyle Lobner was all over it: *** Bobbleheads (and Chris Mehring)! *** *** VIDEO via WBAY: Manager Joe Ayrault *** I know which section of the Media Guide I normally flock to each year, and that's the Minor League pages, and we're left with disappointment this year. The Brewers have scrubbed the injury histories from each player write-up. Each spring, we would collect all the notations from the guide, and those updates would fill in the gaps as to why players missed time during the prior season, or would even tell us what surgeries they may have had in the just-ended offseason. Now, we are left to wonder when players are missing in action. We had wondered each year (wondered out loud, perhaps we shouldn't have done that), as to why the Brewers (thankfully for us at the time) would be so up-front with surgery/injury details, listing specific dates and surgeons. Why be so tight-lipped during the season - unless an injury is clearly an on-field incident with video and such, you'll never see the organization or the affiliate announcers acknowledge the specifics of an injury. Heck, this is how we learned of LHP Antoine Kelly's Thoracic Outlet Surgery in November of 2020. We get it - HIPPA and all, but it leaves us guessing moving forward. *** One more night in the spotlight, Nashville, as RHP and 40-man roster member Dylan File toes the rubber: Thursday 4/7: Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores View full article
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