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  1. The Sounds raced to an 8-0 lead behind solid performances from Sal Frelick, Esteury Ruiz and young starter Victor Castaneda, then held on for a Game One victory. Image courtesy of BrewerFanatic Monday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Frelick, Ruiz and Castaneda, as well as Pedro Severino and Hobie Harris. Transactions: RHP Jake Cousins recalled to MLB Brewers from AAA Nashville RHP Trevor Kelley optioned to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers Game Action: Final: Nashville 8, Louisville 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Hold Off Louisville After Hot Start OF Sal Frelick (3-for-5, double, RBI) opened the game with a single to extend his on-base streak to a whopping 36 games and the Sounds were essentially off to the races from there. Two-out RBI singles from 1B Jon Singleton and 2B Patrick Dorrian gave Nashville an early 2-0 lead before starting RHP Victor Castaneda had even thrown a pitch. Not satisfied with just a two-run lead, Frelick smacked an RBI double for a third run in the 2nd inning, in which the Sounds poured misery on the Bats to score six runs on three doubles and three singles for an 8-0 advantage. In the offensive explosion, OF Esteury Ruiz (2-for-5, double, 2 RBIs, SB) and DH Cam Devanney each contributed two-run doubles and C Pedro Severino (2-for-5, RBI) added an RBI single. Castaneda (5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks) was solid in his second AAA start of 2022, conceding only two runs and exiting with an 8-2 lead after five innings of work. It was 8-4 when things tightened up against RHP JC Mejia in the bottom of the 8th inning, with Louisville snatching two runs on three hits and bringing the tying run to the plate twice. Thankfully, Mejia stepped up to induce a groundout and strike out to end the threat. Now 8-6 and with the Bats having a glimmer of hope, RHP Hobie “No Nonsense” Harris entered for the 9th inning, garnering three straight outs to earn his seventh save and lower his ERA to 2.13. Three Quick Strikes: A 5th inning stolen base for Ruiz gives him 80 thefts on the season (the most in the minors) vs. 13 times caught. Coupled with his OPS of 1.003 in 511 AA/AAA plate appearances, it’s difficult to contain excitement at the prospect of this 23-year-old eventually wreaking havoc for the Brewers in the majors. The 6th inning saw the return of RHP Dylan File, who gave up two runs in his first game action since August 26th. Welcome back Dylan! After scuffling a bit in some recent appearances, RHP Zack Brown gave the team a scoreless 7th inning, working around a one-out double in the process. Tuesday’s outlook: RHP Josh Lindblom is scheduled to take the mound for Game Two of this week’s series in Louisville, aiming to continue a highly productive run (5-0 record in last six starts, with an ERA of 2.06 and 40 Ks in 35 innings during this stretch). We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Tuesday! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  2. Monday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Frelick, Ruiz and Castaneda, as well as Pedro Severino and Hobie Harris. Transactions: RHP Jake Cousins recalled to MLB Brewers from AAA Nashville RHP Trevor Kelley optioned to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers Game Action: Final: Nashville 8, Louisville 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Hold Off Louisville After Hot Start OF Sal Frelick (3-for-5, double, RBI) opened the game with a single to extend his on-base streak to a whopping 36 games and the Sounds were essentially off to the races from there. Two-out RBI singles from 1B Jon Singleton and 2B Patrick Dorrian gave Nashville an early 2-0 lead before starting RHP Victor Castaneda had even thrown a pitch. Not satisfied with just a two-run lead, Frelick smacked an RBI double for a third run in the 2nd inning, in which the Sounds poured misery on the Bats to score six runs on three doubles and three singles for an 8-0 advantage. In the offensive explosion, OF Esteury Ruiz (2-for-5, double, 2 RBIs, SB) and DH Cam Devanney each contributed two-run doubles and C Pedro Severino (2-for-5, RBI) added an RBI single. Castaneda (5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks) was solid in his second AAA start of 2022, conceding only two runs and exiting with an 8-2 lead after five innings of work. It was 8-4 when things tightened up against RHP JC Mejia in the bottom of the 8th inning, with Louisville snatching two runs on three hits and bringing the tying run to the plate twice. Thankfully, Mejia stepped up to induce a groundout and strike out to end the threat. Now 8-6 and with the Bats having a glimmer of hope, RHP Hobie “No Nonsense” Harris entered for the 9th inning, garnering three straight outs to earn his seventh save and lower his ERA to 2.13. Three Quick Strikes: A 5th inning stolen base for Ruiz gives him 80 thefts on the season (the most in the minors) vs. 13 times caught. Coupled with his OPS of 1.003 in 511 AA/AAA plate appearances, it’s difficult to contain excitement at the prospect of this 23-year-old eventually wreaking havoc for the Brewers in the majors. The 6th inning saw the return of RHP Dylan File, who gave up two runs in his first game action since August 26th. Welcome back Dylan! After scuffling a bit in some recent appearances, RHP Zack Brown gave the team a scoreless 7th inning, working around a one-out double in the process. Tuesday’s outlook: RHP Josh Lindblom is scheduled to take the mound for Game Two of this week’s series in Louisville, aiming to continue a highly productive run (5-0 record in last six starts, with an ERA of 2.06 and 40 Ks in 35 innings during this stretch). We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Tuesday! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  3. Josh Lindblom covered six scoreless innings for the Sounds, Victor Castaneda delivered six innings of one-run ball for the Shuckers and Alexander Cornielle provided five innings of one-run ball for the Timber Rattlers in a winning night on the farm. Doston’s two homers tripled his career long ball production, as the speed-first 21-year old outfielder demonstrated his mettle and potential in a three-hit, four-RBI game for AA Biloxi. Thursday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Cornielle, Castaneda, Lindblom and Doston, as well as Pedro Severino, with an honorable mention to Patrick Dorrian. Transactions: RHP Justin Topa designated the 29th man for MLB Brewers' Thursday doubleheader, coming up from AAA Nashville OF Esteury Ruiz optioned to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers (with INF Mike Brosseau replacing him on the MLB roster) RHP Luis Contreras promoted to AAA Nashville from AA Biloxi Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 10, Charlotte 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Lindblom Stellar as Sounds Top Knights RHP Josh Lindblom (6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 Ks) gave Nashville the lift it needed with six scoreless, two-hit innings (95 pitches), his fifth straight solid start, exiting with a comfortable 5-0 lead. Offensively, the team pounded out 17 hits, with four hits in the 1st inning producing two runs on RBI singles from 1B Jon Singleton (2-for-5, double, RBI) and OF Joey Wiemer (2-for-5, 2 RBIs). Four more hits in the 5th inning extended the lead to 5-0, with Singleton (double), Wiemer (RBI single) and C Pedro Severino (RBI double; 2-for-5, HR, double, 2 RBIs, SB) in particular coming through. However, things tightened up in the bottom of the 7th inning, as RHP Hobie Harris had a rare rough outing, conceding three runs before being ejected alongside Manager Rick Sweet and hitting coach Al LeBoeuf with the score narrowed to 5-3. Leave it to the legendary Mr. Sweet to get ejected in the game which earned him his 2,181st victory, moving him into 6th all time in the history of minor league baseball. Thankfully, the hits just kept coming for the Sounds, who brought in three runs on four hits in the top of the 8th inning to get back to a more comfortable 8-3 position, including 3B Patrick Dorrian (2-for-4, HR, double, walk, RBI) hitting his ninth dinger of the season. The win cuts this week’s series deficit in Charlotte to 2-1, but with Columbus also winning the Sounds first place advantage remains just 3.5 games. Three Quick Strikes: Every Sound in the starting lineup collected a hit in this game, including three from OF Matt Lipka, two each from Pablo Reyes and Weston Wilson and one each from Cam Devanney and Sal Frelick, who extended his on-base streak to 26 games. Many online posters wonder why RHP Jake Cousins hasn’t gotten the recall to the majors yet after recovering from an injury, but the reality is that he’s still working his way back to form. On this night, Cousins conceded an 8th inning run, meaning he’s given up a run in six of his last ten outings, though thankfully with no multi-run catastrophes. Just-turned 23-year old RHP Cam Robinson also hasn’t quite adjusted to AAA ball yet, giving up two runs in the 9th inning of this game. After a Severino 9th inning homer to boost the lead to 9-4, Dorrian flied out and apparently decided to give the umpires his opinion on their earlier behavior, so he joined his coaches and teammate in receiving an early exit instruction. Friday’s outlook: 23-year old LHP Robert Gasser (3.82 ERA in High-A/AA) will make his second-ever start in AAA ball, as Nashville strives to even the series 2-2 and keep second place Columbus at bay. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 5, Mississippi 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Doston's Career Night Drives Shuckers 5-3 Victory In your daily reminder that everyone in the system is a legitimate prospect, speedy OF Terence Doston (3-for-4, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, SB) smacked two home runs and drove in four runs in a breakout performance for the 21-year old former two-sport high school star. Each of Doston’s hits was of the clutch variety, starting with a 5th inning solo shot to give Biloxi a 2-1 lead, an RBI single in the 6th inning to extend it to 3-1 and then a two-run homer in the 8th inning to provide much needed insurance after the Braves had clawed back to 3-2. On the mound, RHP Victor Castaneda (5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 5 BB, 3 Ks) brought his season ERA back down to 3.97 with a much-needed effort on Thursday, winning his fourth game of the year and exiting after five innings with a 2-1 lead. The walks will obviously worry him, but sometimes you have to bulldog your way through. The Shuckers win cuts their series deficit to 2-1, aided by four stolen bases (including 2B Felix Valerio’s 29th of the year and burly-looking yet fleet-of-foot 1B Thomas Dillard’s 13th) with nobody caught stealing. Three Quick Strikes: Rehabbing LHP Clayton Andrews (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks) delivered a second straight encouraging shutout inning as he sets his sights on big things in 2023, while Ryan Middendorf (2 IP, 1 R) continues to adjust to life in Biloxi and free agent-to-be RHP Robbie Baker earned his first AA save despite allowing one run. Some followers may have expected better hitting numbers from Doston (.692 career OPS; .640 OPS in AA/High-A ball this year) after he was given a $125,000 signing bonus in the 2019 draft, but it’s probably better to think of him along the lines of former Brewer OF Monte Harrison or current Nashville RHP Lucas Erceg: extremely athletic young men who need time to figure out how to get the most out of their talent on the field. Expect Doston to remain at AA Biloxi next season, with the Brewers hoping that his talent begins to shine consistently. 3B Yeison Coca unfortunately exited in the 6th inning immediately after being hit by a pitch. Friday’s outlook: LHP Brandon Knarr gets the call to start on Friday, with Biloxi needing a win to even the series 2-2. Solid work in Knarr’s last few outings have lowered his ERA in AA ball to 3.87 (76 2/3 IP), with a season ERA of 2.89 when including his early season domination for Wisconsin. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes (link goes to roster instead) Final: Wisconsin 5, Beloit 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Wisconsin Beats Beloit 5-1 for Third Straight Win As always for Wisconsin home games, nothing beats the video recap from the Timber Rattlers’ exceptional media team: 21-year RHP Alexander Cornielle (6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 7 Ks) continues to cement his prospect status, throwing six innings of one-run, four-hit ball in the Timber Rattlers third straight victory over the Sky Carp. However, it was a tight contest, 1-1 going into the bottom of the 8th inning after reliever RHP Joey Matulovich (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 Ks) followed up Cornielle’s work with two shutout innings of his own. After a 2B Jose Acosta walk and OF/2B Zach Raabe (1-for-2, double, walk, RBI) double to open the bottom of the 8th inning, OF Arbert Cipion broke the deadlock with a two-run single which somehow found its way through the drawn-in infield, followed by a run-scoring error and SS Eduardo Garcia providing the final run with an RBI single. Three Quick Strikes: The early runs came on solo homers from Beloit in the 1st inning and Acosta (1-for-2, HR, walk, RBI) in the 2nd inning. C Darrien Miller was hit by a pitch for the 24th time this year, but this one is more worrisome as he immediately exited after the 8th inning beaning, forcing DH/C Jeferson Quero to finish the game behind the plate. If Miller can’t go over Wisconsin’s remaining three games, don’t be surprised if young C/1B/OF Tayden Hall makes his High-A debut behind the plate in one contest. OF Jackson Chourio (1-for-3, walk, SB) reached base twice, while starter-turned-reliever RHP Brannon Jordan pitched a scoreless 9th inning. Friday’s outlook: 20-year old RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez (2.89 season ERA; 1.44 ERA in High-A ball) will make his 7th High-A start, as Wisconsin aims for a fourth straight victory in this week’s series. Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Myrtle Beach 8, Carolina 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Moore Hits Second Home Run in 8-2 Loss to Pelicans On the RHP Jacob Misiorowski-front (1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 3 Ks), the good news is that his second outing went much better than his debut, but the bad news is that he walked the last three batters he faced and needed RHP Trevor Tietz to bail him out of that bases loaded 2nd inning jam with consecutive strikeouts. RHP Max Lazar entered in the 3rd inning to continue his rehab work, but conceded three runs (two earned) on three hits in that frame before settling in with the Mudcats trailing 3-0. A SS Eric Brown Jr. (1-for-3, double, walk, SB) double and 2B Robert Moore homer cut the lead to 3-2 in the 4th inning, but Carolina would get no closer. In fact, these were two of Carolina’s measly three hits on the evening. The loss puts Carolina down 2-0 in this week’s road series. Three Quick Strikes: The Mudcats last major opportunity came via two 6th inning walks and a wild pitch. Down 3-2 with runners on the corners and one out, Moore unfortunately grounded into an inning-ending double play. RHP Edwin Jimenez entered in the bottom of the 6th inning and was greeted by a solo homer and triple before recording his first out. A two-run homer in the 7th inning and RBI double in the 8th inning completed a difficult three-inning, five-run (four earned) night for him. Three errors didn’t help Carolina’s cause, although the Pelicans also committed two though offset their own with two double plays. Friday’s outlook: 19-year old RHP Yujanyer Herrera (6.63 ERA in ACL/Low-A) is scheduled to make his fourth appearance (third start) for the Mudcats, eager to improve on his last two outings (5 2/3 innings pitched, 13 earned runs allowed). We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Friday to all teams! 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. Three starting pitchers combined to throw 17 innings of 2-run ball in victories for Nashville, Biloxi and Wisconsin. Terence Doston had a coming out party with two clutch homers. Jacob Misiorowski had an encouraging start in Carolina’s loss. Image courtesy of BrewerFanatic Josh Lindblom covered six scoreless innings for the Sounds, Victor Castaneda delivered six innings of one-run ball for the Shuckers and Alexander Cornielle provided five innings of one-run ball for the Timber Rattlers in a winning night on the farm. Doston’s two homers tripled his career long ball production, as the speed-first 21-year old outfielder demonstrated his mettle and potential in a three-hit, four-RBI game for AA Biloxi. Thursday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Cornielle, Castaneda, Lindblom and Doston, as well as Pedro Severino, with an honorable mention to Patrick Dorrian. Transactions: RHP Justin Topa designated the 29th man for MLB Brewers' Thursday doubleheader, coming up from AAA Nashville OF Esteury Ruiz optioned to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers (with INF Mike Brosseau replacing him on the MLB roster) RHP Luis Contreras promoted to AAA Nashville from AA Biloxi Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 10, Charlotte 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Lindblom Stellar as Sounds Top Knights RHP Josh Lindblom (6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 Ks) gave Nashville the lift it needed with six scoreless, two-hit innings (95 pitches), his fifth straight solid start, exiting with a comfortable 5-0 lead. Offensively, the team pounded out 17 hits, with four hits in the 1st inning producing two runs on RBI singles from 1B Jon Singleton (2-for-5, double, RBI) and OF Joey Wiemer (2-for-5, 2 RBIs). Four more hits in the 5th inning extended the lead to 5-0, with Singleton (double), Wiemer (RBI single) and C Pedro Severino (RBI double; 2-for-5, HR, double, 2 RBIs, SB) in particular coming through. However, things tightened up in the bottom of the 7th inning, as RHP Hobie Harris had a rare rough outing, conceding three runs before being ejected alongside Manager Rick Sweet and hitting coach Al LeBoeuf with the score narrowed to 5-3. Leave it to the legendary Mr. Sweet to get ejected in the game which earned him his 2,181st victory, moving him into 6th all time in the history of minor league baseball. Thankfully, the hits just kept coming for the Sounds, who brought in three runs on four hits in the top of the 8th inning to get back to a more comfortable 8-3 position, including 3B Patrick Dorrian (2-for-4, HR, double, walk, RBI) hitting his ninth dinger of the season. The win cuts this week’s series deficit in Charlotte to 2-1, but with Columbus also winning the Sounds first place advantage remains just 3.5 games. Three Quick Strikes: Every Sound in the starting lineup collected a hit in this game, including three from OF Matt Lipka, two each from Pablo Reyes and Weston Wilson and one each from Cam Devanney and Sal Frelick, who extended his on-base streak to 26 games. Many online posters wonder why RHP Jake Cousins hasn’t gotten the recall to the majors yet after recovering from an injury, but the reality is that he’s still working his way back to form. On this night, Cousins conceded an 8th inning run, meaning he’s given up a run in six of his last ten outings, though thankfully with no multi-run catastrophes. Just-turned 23-year old RHP Cam Robinson also hasn’t quite adjusted to AAA ball yet, giving up two runs in the 9th inning of this game. After a Severino 9th inning homer to boost the lead to 9-4, Dorrian flied out and apparently decided to give the umpires his opinion on their earlier behavior, so he joined his coaches and teammate in receiving an early exit instruction. Friday’s outlook: 23-year old LHP Robert Gasser (3.82 ERA in High-A/AA) will make his second-ever start in AAA ball, as Nashville strives to even the series 2-2 and keep second place Columbus at bay. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 5, Mississippi 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Doston's Career Night Drives Shuckers 5-3 Victory In your daily reminder that everyone in the system is a legitimate prospect, speedy OF Terence Doston (3-for-4, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, SB) smacked two home runs and drove in four runs in a breakout performance for the 21-year old former two-sport high school star. Each of Doston’s hits was of the clutch variety, starting with a 5th inning solo shot to give Biloxi a 2-1 lead, an RBI single in the 6th inning to extend it to 3-1 and then a two-run homer in the 8th inning to provide much needed insurance after the Braves had clawed back to 3-2. On the mound, RHP Victor Castaneda (5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 5 BB, 3 Ks) brought his season ERA back down to 3.97 with a much-needed effort on Thursday, winning his fourth game of the year and exiting after five innings with a 2-1 lead. The walks will obviously worry him, but sometimes you have to bulldog your way through. The Shuckers win cuts their series deficit to 2-1, aided by four stolen bases (including 2B Felix Valerio’s 29th of the year and burly-looking yet fleet-of-foot 1B Thomas Dillard’s 13th) with nobody caught stealing. Three Quick Strikes: Rehabbing LHP Clayton Andrews (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks) delivered a second straight encouraging shutout inning as he sets his sights on big things in 2023, while Ryan Middendorf (2 IP, 1 R) continues to adjust to life in Biloxi and free agent-to-be RHP Robbie Baker earned his first AA save despite allowing one run. Some followers may have expected better hitting numbers from Doston (.692 career OPS; .640 OPS in AA/High-A ball this year) after he was given a $125,000 signing bonus in the 2019 draft, but it’s probably better to think of him along the lines of former Brewer OF Monte Harrison or current Nashville RHP Lucas Erceg: extremely athletic young men who need time to figure out how to get the most out of their talent on the field. Expect Doston to remain at AA Biloxi next season, with the Brewers hoping that his talent begins to shine consistently. 3B Yeison Coca unfortunately exited in the 6th inning immediately after being hit by a pitch. Friday’s outlook: LHP Brandon Knarr gets the call to start on Friday, with Biloxi needing a win to even the series 2-2. Solid work in Knarr’s last few outings have lowered his ERA in AA ball to 3.87 (76 2/3 IP), with a season ERA of 2.89 when including his early season domination for Wisconsin. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes (link goes to roster instead) Final: Wisconsin 5, Beloit 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Wisconsin Beats Beloit 5-1 for Third Straight Win As always for Wisconsin home games, nothing beats the video recap from the Timber Rattlers’ exceptional media team: 21-year RHP Alexander Cornielle (6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 7 Ks) continues to cement his prospect status, throwing six innings of one-run, four-hit ball in the Timber Rattlers third straight victory over the Sky Carp. However, it was a tight contest, 1-1 going into the bottom of the 8th inning after reliever RHP Joey Matulovich (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 Ks) followed up Cornielle’s work with two shutout innings of his own. After a 2B Jose Acosta walk and OF/2B Zach Raabe (1-for-2, double, walk, RBI) double to open the bottom of the 8th inning, OF Arbert Cipion broke the deadlock with a two-run single which somehow found its way through the drawn-in infield, followed by a run-scoring error and SS Eduardo Garcia providing the final run with an RBI single. Three Quick Strikes: The early runs came on solo homers from Beloit in the 1st inning and Acosta (1-for-2, HR, walk, RBI) in the 2nd inning. C Darrien Miller was hit by a pitch for the 24th time this year, but this one is more worrisome as he immediately exited after the 8th inning beaning, forcing DH/C Jeferson Quero to finish the game behind the plate. If Miller can’t go over Wisconsin’s remaining three games, don’t be surprised if young C/1B/OF Tayden Hall makes his High-A debut behind the plate in one contest. OF Jackson Chourio (1-for-3, walk, SB) reached base twice, while starter-turned-reliever RHP Brannon Jordan pitched a scoreless 9th inning. Friday’s outlook: 20-year old RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez (2.89 season ERA; 1.44 ERA in High-A ball) will make his 7th High-A start, as Wisconsin aims for a fourth straight victory in this week’s series. Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Myrtle Beach 8, Carolina 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Moore Hits Second Home Run in 8-2 Loss to Pelicans On the RHP Jacob Misiorowski-front (1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 3 Ks), the good news is that his second outing went much better than his debut, but the bad news is that he walked the last three batters he faced and needed RHP Trevor Tietz to bail him out of that bases loaded 2nd inning jam with consecutive strikeouts. RHP Max Lazar entered in the 3rd inning to continue his rehab work, but conceded three runs (two earned) on three hits in that frame before settling in with the Mudcats trailing 3-0. A SS Eric Brown Jr. (1-for-3, double, walk, SB) double and 2B Robert Moore homer cut the lead to 3-2 in the 4th inning, but Carolina would get no closer. In fact, these were two of Carolina’s measly three hits on the evening. The loss puts Carolina down 2-0 in this week’s road series. Three Quick Strikes: The Mudcats last major opportunity came via two 6th inning walks and a wild pitch. Down 3-2 with runners on the corners and one out, Moore unfortunately grounded into an inning-ending double play. RHP Edwin Jimenez entered in the bottom of the 6th inning and was greeted by a solo homer and triple before recording his first out. A two-run homer in the 7th inning and RBI double in the 8th inning completed a difficult three-inning, five-run (four earned) night for him. Three errors didn’t help Carolina’s cause, although the Pelicans also committed two though offset their own with two double plays. Friday’s outlook: 19-year old RHP Yujanyer Herrera (6.63 ERA in ACL/Low-A) is scheduled to make his fourth appearance (third start) for the Mudcats, eager to improve on his last two outings (5 2/3 innings pitched, 13 earned runs allowed). We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Friday to all teams! 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. If you are wearied by the ongoing woeful performances at the MLB level, fear not, there is plenty to be excited about down on the farm. Let's get into the reports. Image courtesy of Brewer Fanatic Jeferson Quero , once again, did it all for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Throw a runner out on a perfect throw to second base? Check. Hit the game-winning 2-run homer in another multi-hit performance? Check. Call for the game winning off-speed pitch very much pleasing his shutdown specialist, RHP James Meeker , for a game-sealing strikeout? Check. Get this man in the Top 100 MLB prospects please. My goodness, we are witnessing greatness growing before our very eyes. Oh, and two other games were played (Carolina ran into the weather gods). Transactions: None Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes (No Media Notes were offered for today's game - this is yesterday's piece for those still interested) Final: Charlotte (White Sox) 9, Nashville 8 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Lipka's Two Homers Not Enough in Charlotte - Outfielder Collects First Career Multi-Homer Game in Loss to Charlotte You won't see this mentioned in the post-game presser, but I've talked about quite a bit recently and, well, that's because it continues to rear its head: the struggles of LHP Ethan Small are no longer a blip on the radar. He gave up multiple leads in a very ugly outing - yet again putting his team behind the eight ball. This is now a serious problem in 2022. At this point, we can only hope he gets the rest and reflection he needs and he continues to work tirelessly toward seriously developing and implementing his third and fourth pitches. It doesn't matter how impactful your fastball and change-up combinations are as a starting pitcher when you can't find the plate with any regularity. All told, he completes 4 2/3 IP, 10 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, 8 ER. His ERA moves to 4.53 on the year and his record falls to 6-6. It's been hard to watch. We can only hope he finds some semblance of his former form in the Sounds playoff push. Three Quick Strikes: 1) It was really wonderful to see Matt Lipka bounce back from a failed opportunity to cash in on a bases loaded situation earlier in the game - it was a big moment and it ended with a fly out. It obviously would have been really wonderful if a victory could have been paired with his first career multi-homer game, but recognition is deserved as the nine-hole hitter pulled the game within one run twice as the Sounds attempted their comeback bid. It wasn't to be this night in Charlotte, but he deserves special recognition and I'm giving it here. 2) Two more walks to one strikeout for OF Joey Wiemer . I am so here for this late-season development. This is the type of batting discipline that, if carried into 2023, could completely alter his career. That's now a 15:26 K:BB ratio. I'm tracking this until it's all said and done in 2022. We know the power stroke is there. We know the defense and speed and arm are there. But, this development opens up all sorts of interesting possibilities for his impact in a lineup. May it continue into his 30's! 3) I could defer to discussing the up and down nature of RHP Jake Cousins in 2022 (a pivotal HR surrendered proved very costly), but rather I'll passively mention it and bounce to the games of C Pedro Severino and INF Cam Devanney. Both men provided key AB's in key spots all game long. Severino, in particular, has been very hot of late and now has seven multi-hit games for the Sounds - 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Devanney follows through with a huge debut (2-for-5, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 K) - including the go-ahead (at the time) two-run jack over the wall in left field Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Mississippi (Braves) 13, Biloxi 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please visit and review: Déjà Vu: Shuckers Fall 13-2 for Second Straight Night - Valerio Goes Perfect 4-for-4 Three Quick Strikes: 1) There actually was a meaningful Shuckers highlight in this one to pull the game within 5-2: At this point, a mini-rally was certainly on the menu. It was right there in the 'Appetizer' section. RHP Harold Chirino did his part with two scoreless frames. It was still 5-2 headed to the eight. And, then, well it didn't go so well. 2) INF Felix Valerio is making a mini push to end what has been a mostly frustrating 2022 campaign on a more positive note. He started his 2022 campaign quite well but has never seen the same successful output since he injured himself months ago sliding into second base. Tonight he managed a 4-for-4 outing. Considering what I witnessed in the 8th and 9th frames, I'll take it! We need some positive takeaways. 3) Keeping the good mojo rolling, I want to formally acknowledge the ongoing work of OF Garrett Whitley who continues to give it his all in Biloxi and continues to perform admirably. It can't be easy for the former first round pick to have been sent down in the first place - especially considering Nashville is deep in a playoff push. However, it's worth point out: despite the ongoing Shuckers woes, Whitley keeps showing up. He continues to showcase his speed and athleticism in the outfield and on the base paths. He's hitting at a decent clip (0.250 BA/ 0.803 OPS) and his body language continues to be upbeat and positive. I hope the recent T-Rats call-ups take notice and pick his brain. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 4, Beloit (Marlins) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please visit and review: Quero Plays Hero with Late Home Run - Rattler Catcher's Eighth-Inning Homer Pushes Rattlers Past Beloit With no day game tomorrow, we get a beloved Post Game Podcast Full Game Highlights Here: Talk about snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. We have a new super prospect in town, folks, and his name is Jeferson Quero. I've been hinting at this for quite a bit, but, to see it unfolding before my very eyes in real time is just a sight to behold. He's hinted at the possibility of being an elite prospect for months. He's nibbled at it while maintaining an incredibly high floor. Well, what we're seeing at the close of the 2022 season should give each and every one of us joyous pause. This smash was after a very questionable strike one call high and inside on a breaking ball. Quero did not like the call. He collected himself admirably. And, well, won the game. 104 mph off the bat and out of the ballpark: Three Quick Strikes: 1) OF Jackson Chourio was dropped a spot in the batting order (3rd) to make way for rehabbing Mike Brosseau (who definitely looks healthy and ready to move back to the Brewers). All told, he struck out twice, hit into a double play, and made other inconsequential contact in a rare tepid outing for the young man - though, it should be noted he performed quite well defensively in center field. Between he and Joe Gray Jr. (batting 5th), they stranded 12 men on base going a combined 1-for-8, 3 K, 0 BB, and 1 3B. Let's at least take a look at Gray Jr's moonshot to the wall in deep right center field. I only wish he could find these swings and these types of results more often with men on base: 2) I remember a time, earlier in the Wisconsin season, when Joe Ayrault had RHP's Cam Robinson, Kent Hasler and James Meeker in his bullpen. This actually happened. A man can dream of a full-season of T-Rats baseball featuring this bullpen. Take a quick look at Meeker's 16th Save for the Rattlers here. Notice the competitive fire between he and Quero. This is everything you want as a fan of these full-season affiliates: 3) RHP Israel Puello has pitched much better in his last two outings - a more enjoyable experience all around, to be sure. But, he still has that propensity to lose his form and give out free passes. Given his unorthodox arm slot and lower velocity, like RHP Ryne Moore (who remains on the shelf), pinpoint accuracy is absolutely key to his deceptive pitching craft A prime example of what can happen when he loses the plate was his six straight balls to start the sixth inning. This led to a hanging off-speed pitch that was carried up and out over the left field wall. A 1-1 game was suddenly 3-1. He did manage to complete the fifth frame, a testament to his resilience. All told, his pitching line read 5 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 1 HR, 5 K, 3 ER. Carolina versus Myrtle Beach was postponed. We'll have updated notes on if and when this game will be rescheduled (end of season and all). Before we leave, however, take a quick sneak peak at RHP Fernando Olguin's latest and greatest outing for the Mudcats in the recent piggyback shutdown work off of RHP Logan Henderson's start : That's a wrap for me this week. We're back to an all evening slate tomorrow and my eyes will be on two young hurlers: Jacob Misiorowski in his second trip to the mound for Carolina and Alexander Cornielle looking to keep it rolling in Wisconsin. Both young guns are extremely exciting in extremely different ways. Nashville, down 0-2 in Charlotte, is still 'TBD' as is Biloxi as they trail the Braves 0-2. Tune in and support these young players as they chase their dreams. As always, thanks for reading. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  6. Jeferson Quero , once again, did it all for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Throw a runner out on a perfect throw to second base? Check. Hit the game-winning 2-run homer in another multi-hit performance? Check. Call for the game winning off-speed pitch very much pleasing his shutdown specialist, RHP James Meeker , for a game-sealing strikeout? Check. Get this man in the Top 100 MLB prospects please. My goodness, we are witnessing greatness growing before our very eyes. Oh, and two other games were played (Carolina ran into the weather gods). Transactions: None Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes (No Media Notes were offered for today's game - this is yesterday's piece for those still interested) Final: Charlotte (White Sox) 9, Nashville 8 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Lipka's Two Homers Not Enough in Charlotte - Outfielder Collects First Career Multi-Homer Game in Loss to Charlotte You won't see this mentioned in the post-game presser, but I've talked about quite a bit recently and, well, that's because it continues to rear its head: the struggles of LHP Ethan Small are no longer a blip on the radar. He gave up multiple leads in a very ugly outing - yet again putting his team behind the eight ball. This is now a serious problem in 2022. At this point, we can only hope he gets the rest and reflection he needs and he continues to work tirelessly toward seriously developing and implementing his third and fourth pitches. It doesn't matter how impactful your fastball and change-up combinations are as a starting pitcher when you can't find the plate with any regularity. All told, he completes 4 2/3 IP, 10 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, 8 ER. His ERA moves to 4.53 on the year and his record falls to 6-6. It's been hard to watch. We can only hope he finds some semblance of his former form in the Sounds playoff push. Three Quick Strikes: 1) It was really wonderful to see Matt Lipka bounce back from a failed opportunity to cash in on a bases loaded situation earlier in the game - it was a big moment and it ended with a fly out. It obviously would have been really wonderful if a victory could have been paired with his first career multi-homer game, but recognition is deserved as the nine-hole hitter pulled the game within one run twice as the Sounds attempted their comeback bid. It wasn't to be this night in Charlotte, but he deserves special recognition and I'm giving it here. 2) Two more walks to one strikeout for OF Joey Wiemer . I am so here for this late-season development. This is the type of batting discipline that, if carried into 2023, could completely alter his career. That's now a 15:26 K:BB ratio. I'm tracking this until it's all said and done in 2022. We know the power stroke is there. We know the defense and speed and arm are there. But, this development opens up all sorts of interesting possibilities for his impact in a lineup. May it continue into his 30's! 3) I could defer to discussing the up and down nature of RHP Jake Cousins in 2022 (a pivotal HR surrendered proved very costly), but rather I'll passively mention it and bounce to the games of C Pedro Severino and INF Cam Devanney. Both men provided key AB's in key spots all game long. Severino, in particular, has been very hot of late and now has seven multi-hit games for the Sounds - 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Devanney follows through with a huge debut (2-for-5, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 K) - including the go-ahead (at the time) two-run jack over the wall in left field Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Mississippi (Braves) 13, Biloxi 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please visit and review: Déjà Vu: Shuckers Fall 13-2 for Second Straight Night - Valerio Goes Perfect 4-for-4 Three Quick Strikes: 1) There actually was a meaningful Shuckers highlight in this one to pull the game within 5-2: At this point, a mini-rally was certainly on the menu. It was right there in the 'Appetizer' section. RHP Harold Chirino did his part with two scoreless frames. It was still 5-2 headed to the eight. And, then, well it didn't go so well. 2) INF Felix Valerio is making a mini push to end what has been a mostly frustrating 2022 campaign on a more positive note. He started his 2022 campaign quite well but has never seen the same successful output since he injured himself months ago sliding into second base. Tonight he managed a 4-for-4 outing. Considering what I witnessed in the 8th and 9th frames, I'll take it! We need some positive takeaways. 3) Keeping the good mojo rolling, I want to formally acknowledge the ongoing work of OF Garrett Whitley who continues to give it his all in Biloxi and continues to perform admirably. It can't be easy for the former first round pick to have been sent down in the first place - especially considering Nashville is deep in a playoff push. However, it's worth point out: despite the ongoing Shuckers woes, Whitley keeps showing up. He continues to showcase his speed and athleticism in the outfield and on the base paths. He's hitting at a decent clip (0.250 BA/ 0.803 OPS) and his body language continues to be upbeat and positive. I hope the recent T-Rats call-ups take notice and pick his brain. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 4, Beloit (Marlins) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please visit and review: Quero Plays Hero with Late Home Run - Rattler Catcher's Eighth-Inning Homer Pushes Rattlers Past Beloit With no day game tomorrow, we get a beloved Post Game Podcast Full Game Highlights Here: Talk about snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. We have a new super prospect in town, folks, and his name is Jeferson Quero. I've been hinting at this for quite a bit, but, to see it unfolding before my very eyes in real time is just a sight to behold. He's hinted at the possibility of being an elite prospect for months. He's nibbled at it while maintaining an incredibly high floor. Well, what we're seeing at the close of the 2022 season should give each and every one of us joyous pause. This smash was after a very questionable strike one call high and inside on a breaking ball. Quero did not like the call. He collected himself admirably. And, well, won the game. 104 mph off the bat and out of the ballpark: Three Quick Strikes: 1) OF Jackson Chourio was dropped a spot in the batting order (3rd) to make way for rehabbing Mike Brosseau (who definitely looks healthy and ready to move back to the Brewers). All told, he struck out twice, hit into a double play, and made other inconsequential contact in a rare tepid outing for the young man - though, it should be noted he performed quite well defensively in center field. Between he and Joe Gray Jr. (batting 5th), they stranded 12 men on base going a combined 1-for-8, 3 K, 0 BB, and 1 3B. Let's at least take a look at Gray Jr's moonshot to the wall in deep right center field. I only wish he could find these swings and these types of results more often with men on base: 2) I remember a time, earlier in the Wisconsin season, when Joe Ayrault had RHP's Cam Robinson, Kent Hasler and James Meeker in his bullpen. This actually happened. A man can dream of a full-season of T-Rats baseball featuring this bullpen. Take a quick look at Meeker's 16th Save for the Rattlers here. Notice the competitive fire between he and Quero. This is everything you want as a fan of these full-season affiliates: 3) RHP Israel Puello has pitched much better in his last two outings - a more enjoyable experience all around, to be sure. But, he still has that propensity to lose his form and give out free passes. Given his unorthodox arm slot and lower velocity, like RHP Ryne Moore (who remains on the shelf), pinpoint accuracy is absolutely key to his deceptive pitching craft A prime example of what can happen when he loses the plate was his six straight balls to start the sixth inning. This led to a hanging off-speed pitch that was carried up and out over the left field wall. A 1-1 game was suddenly 3-1. He did manage to complete the fifth frame, a testament to his resilience. All told, his pitching line read 5 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 1 HR, 5 K, 3 ER. Carolina versus Myrtle Beach was postponed. We'll have updated notes on if and when this game will be rescheduled (end of season and all). Before we leave, however, take a quick sneak peak at RHP Fernando Olguin's latest and greatest outing for the Mudcats in the recent piggyback shutdown work off of RHP Logan Henderson's start : That's a wrap for me this week. We're back to an all evening slate tomorrow and my eyes will be on two young hurlers: Jacob Misiorowski in his second trip to the mound for Carolina and Alexander Cornielle looking to keep it rolling in Wisconsin. Both young guns are extremely exciting in extremely different ways. Nashville, down 0-2 in Charlotte, is still 'TBD' as is Biloxi as they trail the Braves 0-2. Tune in and support these young players as they chase their dreams. As always, thanks for reading. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  7. Milwaukee sent Omar Narvaez to Triple-A Nashville on August 16 to begin a rehab assignment. Now just three days later, he’s back in the major league clubhouse and looking to give the Brewers a boost as they angle towards the postseason. Craig Counsell’s club is locked in a race with the St. Louis Cardinals, the only other team in the NL Central trying this season. Narvaez brings a steadying veteran presence behind the plate, and that’s needed after the tumultuous tenure that Pedro Severino displayed this season. Although soft tissue injuries can linger, Narvaez and Milwaukee are both hoping the brief time off was enough to put this in the rearview mirror.
  8. The Milwaukee Brewers have been without the services of their veteran catcher Omar Narvaez since he was placed on the injured list on August 4th. Now over the left quadriceps strain, he’s back in the big leagues. He's expected to be activated by the club on Saturday. Milwaukee sent Omar Narvaez to Triple-A Nashville on August 16 to begin a rehab assignment. Now just three days later, he’s back in the major league clubhouse and looking to give the Brewers a boost as they angle towards the postseason. Craig Counsell’s club is locked in a race with the St. Louis Cardinals, the only other team in the NL Central trying this season. Narvaez brings a steadying veteran presence behind the plate, and that’s needed after the tumultuous tenure that Pedro Severino displayed this season. Although soft tissue injuries can linger, Narvaez and Milwaukee are both hoping the brief time off was enough to put this in the rearview mirror. View full article
  9. Dinelson Lamet has thrown just 12 1/3 innings this season for the Padres, and they haven’t been particularly good, but he’s also flashed impressive stuff when healthy. That’s really been the biggest struggle, health having eluded Lamet. That said, he’s got a career 11.7 K/9 and just recently turned 30-years-old. It was somewhat odd that the Brewers would take back a player with no desire to keep him, especially given the ability to ask for someone else in trade. At any rate, the Colorado Rockies found him desirable enough to put in a waiver claim, and he’s now headed to try and make things work at Coors Field. Catcher Pedro Severino was suspended for 80 games before the start of the season when he tested positive for a banned substance. Prior to his DFA, he appeared in just eight games for Milwaukee and was 4-for-18. Severino has never been a good offensive catcher and he’s routinely been looked at as little more than veteran depth. Clearing waivers, he accepted the assignment to the Sounds. A positive for Milwaukee, Severino remains in the organization at Triple-A Nashville should they need him again.
  10. The Milwaukee Brewers made a couple of curious moves at the trade deadline. In acquiring Taylor Rogers for Josh Hader, they also netted themselves former starter Dinelson Lamet. He didn’t last in the organization more than 24 hours. Pedro Severino saw a different fate following his DFA. Dinelson Lamet has thrown just 12 1/3 innings this season for the Padres, and they haven’t been particularly good, but he’s also flashed impressive stuff when healthy. That’s really been the biggest struggle, health having eluded Lamet. That said, he’s got a career 11.7 K/9 and just recently turned 30-years-old. It was somewhat odd that the Brewers would take back a player with no desire to keep him, especially given the ability to ask for someone else in trade. At any rate, the Colorado Rockies found him desirable enough to put in a waiver claim, and he’s now headed to try and make things work at Coors Field. Catcher Pedro Severino was suspended for 80 games before the start of the season when he tested positive for a banned substance. Prior to his DFA, he appeared in just eight games for Milwaukee and was 4-for-18. Severino has never been a good offensive catcher and he’s routinely been looked at as little more than veteran depth. Clearing waivers, he accepted the assignment to the Sounds. A positive for Milwaukee, Severino remains in the organization at Triple-A Nashville should they need him again. View full article
  11. At a glance, it appears the Brewers' offense isn't a concern at all. Milwaukee entered play Tuesday ranked 7th in MLB in scoring at 4.65 runs/game. They're 8th in OPS+ (106) and OBP (.320), which likely would surprise most fans. And yet, each night, it feels like a toss-up if the offense will actually show up. David Stearns, President of Baseball Operations, recently told reporters he was comfortable with their hitters. "And so if we are going to do something that impacts our position player group, it may require some level of creativity or some complementary piece. Or we may decide that ultimately what we have right now is better than what we can get elsewhere." Despite the surface-level stats favoring Stearns' comments, the lineup has holes, lacks depth, and always relies on hoping certain guys reach their supposed ceilings. A prime example of Milwaukee's issues showed up Tuesday night in a 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Trailing by a pair in the 7th inning with the tying runs aboard, Craig Counsell pinch-hit for his number three and five hitters in Rowdy Tellez and Kolten Wong. Not exactly a sign of confidence when you remove two of your middle-of-the-order hitters. How often are teams taking out their three and five guys because of a platoon disadvantage? That inherently tells you the lineup has plenty of room for improvement. Compounding the issue, Wong was replaced by Pedro Severino, the third catcher on the club. If you're going to pinch-hit in the five-hole in a high leverage situation, your backup to your backup catcher shouldn't be part of the plan. If that is how they "drew it up," then the Brewers will need a lot of help from luck and randomness to make a postseason run. How can Milwaukee's front office believe this offense is set? There are clear areas where the Brewers could improve without selling the farm for top talent. There are several things to consider: Milwaukee currently has a four-man bench, with two of those position players being catchers. The Brewers have the 6th-worst OPS (.663) and 5th-lowest SLG (.357) versus left-handed pitchers. Wong has a terrible .127/.238/.127/.365 line against lefty pitching this season. Tellez owns a .324 SLG and .626 OPS versus southpaws in 2022. Until his recent hot streak, Luis Urias was an up-and-down hitter with a .379 SLG and .690 OPS. These issues show that Milwaukee easily has at least two spots they could fill with a relevant hitter. No one is talking about a top position player, but guys that fill a need. First of all, they could have benefitted greatly from a right-handed infielder who could compete for time with Urias at third base and get starts over Wong against lefties. A guy like Brandon Drury (1.016 OPS versus left-handers this season) would have been a perfect fit. He ended up in San Diego for an 18-year-old shortstop. Tellez could also use a right-handed complement. Josh Bell and Trey Mancini were dealt on Tuesday. While their asset cost may have been higher, they both would have been an upgrade as a 1B/DH and pinch-hitter against lefties like the Brewers needed Tuesday. Is keeping another mid-level prospect going to make or break the farm system? And how about a left-handed outfield stick to counter the three non-Christian Yelich outfielders? A couple of these guys were moved a few days earlier (David Peralta, Tyler Naquin), and a handful of other teams had available players. None of these players could have cost much. It wouldn't have been a center field solution by any means, but it would have created more options and matchups, which Counsell and Milwaukee love. Even looking at it from a practical standpoint should have screamed "must add bats" as the clock ticked down. Having only four bench players - with only two of them non-catchers - again fails to take advantage of platoon strategies that the Brewers are built around. Not only should Milwaukee have a fifth position player as a sub, but they should also have a legitimate option that isn't primarily a catcher. This deadline was the ideal opportunity to build up their bench and strategic choices, but instead, the Brewers did nothing. Especially since there are no longer waiver-wire trades after the deadline, Milwaukee has put itself in a precarious position with its depth. If they suffer an injury or two to the position player group, the Brewers would need to rely on rookies and inexperienced minor leaguers who are likely unprepared for prime-time games. For a team with postseason and World Series aspirations, it's incredibly frustrating that the Brewers did not improve one iota offensively at the trade deadline. Fans can hope that one or two current players take a step forward and lead the lineup to consistent success. However, all signs point to another season of needing a lot of luck to score enough runs against the best teams in the league.
  12. The MLB trade deadline is often exciting and chaotic, but it's entirely disappointing for some teams. With one of the top rotations in baseball and a deep bullpen, the Milwaukee Brewers approached the deadline needing offensive consistency. They failed the fans by adding zero bats to the roster, a ridiculous and almost unacceptable result. At a glance, it appears the Brewers' offense isn't a concern at all. Milwaukee entered play Tuesday ranked 7th in MLB in scoring at 4.65 runs/game. They're 8th in OPS+ (106) and OBP (.320), which likely would surprise most fans. And yet, each night, it feels like a toss-up if the offense will actually show up. David Stearns, President of Baseball Operations, recently told reporters he was comfortable with their hitters. "And so if we are going to do something that impacts our position player group, it may require some level of creativity or some complementary piece. Or we may decide that ultimately what we have right now is better than what we can get elsewhere." Despite the surface-level stats favoring Stearns' comments, the lineup has holes, lacks depth, and always relies on hoping certain guys reach their supposed ceilings. A prime example of Milwaukee's issues showed up Tuesday night in a 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Trailing by a pair in the 7th inning with the tying runs aboard, Craig Counsell pinch-hit for his number three and five hitters in Rowdy Tellez and Kolten Wong. Not exactly a sign of confidence when you remove two of your middle-of-the-order hitters. How often are teams taking out their three and five guys because of a platoon disadvantage? That inherently tells you the lineup has plenty of room for improvement. Compounding the issue, Wong was replaced by Pedro Severino, the third catcher on the club. If you're going to pinch-hit in the five-hole in a high leverage situation, your backup to your backup catcher shouldn't be part of the plan. If that is how they "drew it up," then the Brewers will need a lot of help from luck and randomness to make a postseason run. How can Milwaukee's front office believe this offense is set? There are clear areas where the Brewers could improve without selling the farm for top talent. There are several things to consider: Milwaukee currently has a four-man bench, with two of those position players being catchers. The Brewers have the 6th-worst OPS (.663) and 5th-lowest SLG (.357) versus left-handed pitchers. Wong has a terrible .127/.238/.127/.365 line against lefty pitching this season. Tellez owns a .324 SLG and .626 OPS versus southpaws in 2022. Until his recent hot streak, Luis Urias was an up-and-down hitter with a .379 SLG and .690 OPS. These issues show that Milwaukee easily has at least two spots they could fill with a relevant hitter. No one is talking about a top position player, but guys that fill a need. First of all, they could have benefitted greatly from a right-handed infielder who could compete for time with Urias at third base and get starts over Wong against lefties. A guy like Brandon Drury (1.016 OPS versus left-handers this season) would have been a perfect fit. He ended up in San Diego for an 18-year-old shortstop. Tellez could also use a right-handed complement. Josh Bell and Trey Mancini were dealt on Tuesday. While their asset cost may have been higher, they both would have been an upgrade as a 1B/DH and pinch-hitter against lefties like the Brewers needed Tuesday. Is keeping another mid-level prospect going to make or break the farm system? And how about a left-handed outfield stick to counter the three non-Christian Yelich outfielders? A couple of these guys were moved a few days earlier (David Peralta, Tyler Naquin), and a handful of other teams had available players. None of these players could have cost much. It wouldn't have been a center field solution by any means, but it would have created more options and matchups, which Counsell and Milwaukee love. Even looking at it from a practical standpoint should have screamed "must add bats" as the clock ticked down. Having only four bench players - with only two of them non-catchers - again fails to take advantage of platoon strategies that the Brewers are built around. Not only should Milwaukee have a fifth position player as a sub, but they should also have a legitimate option that isn't primarily a catcher. This deadline was the ideal opportunity to build up their bench and strategic choices, but instead, the Brewers did nothing. Especially since there are no longer waiver-wire trades after the deadline, Milwaukee has put itself in a precarious position with its depth. If they suffer an injury or two to the position player group, the Brewers would need to rely on rookies and inexperienced minor leaguers who are likely unprepared for prime-time games. For a team with postseason and World Series aspirations, it's incredibly frustrating that the Brewers did not improve one iota offensively at the trade deadline. Fans can hope that one or two current players take a step forward and lead the lineup to consistent success. However, all signs point to another season of needing a lot of luck to score enough runs against the best teams in the league. View full article
  13. Freddy Peralta returned to a Major League mound for the first time since May 22. He worked 3 2/3 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday and allowed two runs on four hits. Throwing just 67 pitches, it’s to be expected that it would take time for him to fully rebuild durability in the rotation. No matter what, his presence back in the group is a great thing for manager Craig Counsell. After Luke Barker was designated for assignment on Tuesday, he ultimately passed through waivers and was released yesterday. Barker threw just four innings for Milwaukee this season but gave up five runs on seven hits. With the addition of Taylor Rogers to the bullpen, Peter Strzelecki was deemed unnecessary and optioned to Triple-A Nashville. Second basemen Keston Hiura was recalled from Nashville and returns to an .805 OPS in the majors this season. After two years of poor production, he’s bounced back in a big way. There are always concerns about his contact tool but he has performed well in short stints this season. Acquired in the Josh Hader trade, Dinelson Lamet was designated for assignment. He has pitched just 12 1/3 innings this season, all for the Padres, but it’s odd Milwaukee would acquire him in a deal and then immediately send him packing. Catcher Pedro Severino was also designated for assignment while the recently acquired Matt Bush was activated to the 26-man roster.
  14. Prior to yesterday’s action the Milwaukee Brewers made seven different roster moves. Shuffling players following their trade deadline activity, activations, releases, and options were all a part of the day’s work. Most notably, Freddy Peralta was activated from the 60-day injured list. Freddy Peralta returned to a Major League mound for the first time since May 22. He worked 3 2/3 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday and allowed two runs on four hits. Throwing just 67 pitches, it’s to be expected that it would take time for him to fully rebuild durability in the rotation. No matter what, his presence back in the group is a great thing for manager Craig Counsell. After Luke Barker was designated for assignment on Tuesday, he ultimately passed through waivers and was released yesterday. Barker threw just four innings for Milwaukee this season but gave up five runs on seven hits. With the addition of Taylor Rogers to the bullpen, Peter Strzelecki was deemed unnecessary and optioned to Triple-A Nashville. Second basemen Keston Hiura was recalled from Nashville and returns to an .805 OPS in the majors this season. After two years of poor production, he’s bounced back in a big way. There are always concerns about his contact tool but he has performed well in short stints this season. Acquired in the Josh Hader trade, Dinelson Lamet was designated for assignment. He has pitched just 12 1/3 innings this season, all for the Padres, but it’s odd Milwaukee would acquire him in a deal and then immediately send him packing. Catcher Pedro Severino was also designated for assignment while the recently acquired Matt Bush was activated to the 26-man roster. View full article
  15. The MLB season has reached its halfway point. With the All-Star break and the festivities taking the full front of attention, it may be time to take a break from the fun and reflect on the first half of the season. Like a teacher handing out the dreaded report card, it's time to see how the Brewers fared in half number one. Check out our stories earlier this week if you would like to see the infielders and outfielders grades. Before jumping into the grading breakdown, it's important to lay some guidelines. Grading is based on the players performance through the first 93 games of the 2022 season. Listed with the given grades is the players slash line (AVG/OBP/SLG) as of July 18, and either their OAA (Outs Above Average) or percentile grades in pitch framing. The grades are also based on both the offensive and defensive value the players should have been reasonably expected to provide, and is completely subjective. The purpose of the grades are simply to reflect, and not to promote any distaste towards any certain player. Omar Narváez * .236/.327/.356 * 83rd Percentile in Pitch Framing * Catcher Grade: B- Omar Narváez made his first All-Star team last year as the Brewers catcher, and in 2022, he hasn’t had the encore fans may have hoped. Outside of one singular hot streak, Narváez has been below average at the plate, and hasn’t produced much power. His defense remains good however, as Narváez deserves a large amount of credit for helping hold the Brewers staff together thus far. Narváez should benefit from the All-Star break just as much as anyone else on the Crew, and hopefully he can ride a new hot streak to the end of the season. If not, his work with the staff should continue to be excellent. Victor Caratini * .244/.362/.441 * 62nd Percentile in Pitch Framing * Backup Catcher Grade: A- A former division rival, Caratini is putting together a career year as part of Milwaukee’s catching platoon. Caratini has arguably been the team's best offensive player, and arguably been the team's most clutch one as well. His defense, while worse than Narvaez’s, is still above league average. If anyone has passed expectations this year, it’s been Caratini. The catching tandem in Milwaukee hasn’t generated many complaints, and Caratini is a large part of that. Looking forward, it’s hard to see things change, and fans should expect Caratini to continue to thrive in his new-found role. Pedro Severino * .214/.313/.357 * Doesn’t qualify for Pitch Framing * Third Catcher Grade: F Though the sample size is small, Severino has already shown he’s practically wasting a roster spot. Suspended for the first half of the season due to PED’s, Severino has returned to little fanfare. He’s easily the worst of the three catchers defensively, as if he isn’t going to hit, he has no place on the team, especially when bats like Hiura are stuck in AAA. In all honesty, Severino’s time as a Brewer should come to an end. Milwaukee needs to cut their losses with him, because right now, they can use his spot in much better ways. Now it's your turn. Are the grades fair? Would you give extra credit or demerits to some of the players? If so, let's hear it in the comments below.
  16. Catching has been a quiet strength for the Brewers, especially after the team scrambled to address a banned substance suspension just before Opening Day. Check our grades and see if you agree. The MLB season has reached its halfway point. With the All-Star break and the festivities taking the full front of attention, it may be time to take a break from the fun and reflect on the first half of the season. Like a teacher handing out the dreaded report card, it's time to see how the Brewers fared in half number one. Check out our stories earlier this week if you would like to see the infielders and outfielders grades. Before jumping into the grading breakdown, it's important to lay some guidelines. Grading is based on the players performance through the first 93 games of the 2022 season. Listed with the given grades is the players slash line (AVG/OBP/SLG) as of July 18, and either their OAA (Outs Above Average) or percentile grades in pitch framing. The grades are also based on both the offensive and defensive value the players should have been reasonably expected to provide, and is completely subjective. The purpose of the grades are simply to reflect, and not to promote any distaste towards any certain player. Omar Narváez * .236/.327/.356 * 83rd Percentile in Pitch Framing * Catcher Grade: B- Omar Narváez made his first All-Star team last year as the Brewers catcher, and in 2022, he hasn’t had the encore fans may have hoped. Outside of one singular hot streak, Narváez has been below average at the plate, and hasn’t produced much power. His defense remains good however, as Narváez deserves a large amount of credit for helping hold the Brewers staff together thus far. Narváez should benefit from the All-Star break just as much as anyone else on the Crew, and hopefully he can ride a new hot streak to the end of the season. If not, his work with the staff should continue to be excellent. Victor Caratini * .244/.362/.441 * 62nd Percentile in Pitch Framing * Backup Catcher Grade: A- A former division rival, Caratini is putting together a career year as part of Milwaukee’s catching platoon. Caratini has arguably been the team's best offensive player, and arguably been the team's most clutch one as well. His defense, while worse than Narvaez’s, is still above league average. If anyone has passed expectations this year, it’s been Caratini. The catching tandem in Milwaukee hasn’t generated many complaints, and Caratini is a large part of that. Looking forward, it’s hard to see things change, and fans should expect Caratini to continue to thrive in his new-found role. Pedro Severino * .214/.313/.357 * Doesn’t qualify for Pitch Framing * Third Catcher Grade: F Though the sample size is small, Severino has already shown he’s practically wasting a roster spot. Suspended for the first half of the season due to PED’s, Severino has returned to little fanfare. He’s easily the worst of the three catchers defensively, as if he isn’t going to hit, he has no place on the team, especially when bats like Hiura are stuck in AAA. In all honesty, Severino’s time as a Brewer should come to an end. Milwaukee needs to cut their losses with him, because right now, they can use his spot in much better ways. Now it's your turn. Are the grades fair? Would you give extra credit or demerits to some of the players? If so, let's hear it in the comments below. View full article
  17. Although most fans were reveling in the long weekend and taking part in Fourth of July activities, the Milwaukee Brewers kicked off a busy few days of transactions starting on Friday. Six total moves impacted the mound and lineup, moving plenty of players around. On Friday the first move came when right-handed pitcher Adrian Houser was placed on the 15-day injured list with a right flexor strain. Houser has made 15 starts this season for Milwaukee and has followed up a 2021 in which he established himself as a consistent part of the starting rotation. Replacing Houser on the active roster was right-handed pitcher Trevor Kelley. Kelley’s activation from Triple-A Nashville didn’t last long however, as left-handed pitcher Aaron Ashby was reinstated from the injured list on Saturday. Ashby last pitched on June 16 and has logged nearly 60 innings while pitching in both a starting and relief role. He made the start on Saturday going 3 2/3 innings allowing four runs on five hits while striking out six. Sunday saw The Crew sending outfielder Tyrone Taylor to the seven-day injured list with a concussion, retroactive to Saturday. Taylor has posted a .700 OPS across more than 200 at-bats this season. Catcher Pedro Severino was activated following a suspension for PEDs that he was handed prior to Opening Day of the 2022 season. This is Severino’s first season in Milwaukee, and he’s coming off a .690 OPS with the Baltimore Orioles last season. His 11 home runs were the second most in a single-season of his career, trailing only the 13 he hit with Baltimore in 2019. View full article
  18. On Friday the first move came when right-handed pitcher Adrian Houser was placed on the 15-day injured list with a right flexor strain. Houser has made 15 starts this season for Milwaukee and has followed up a 2021 in which he established himself as a consistent part of the starting rotation. Replacing Houser on the active roster was right-handed pitcher Trevor Kelley. Kelley’s activation from Triple-A Nashville didn’t last long however, as left-handed pitcher Aaron Ashby was reinstated from the injured list on Saturday. Ashby last pitched on June 16 and has logged nearly 60 innings while pitching in both a starting and relief role. He made the start on Saturday going 3 2/3 innings allowing four runs on five hits while striking out six. Sunday saw The Crew sending outfielder Tyrone Taylor to the seven-day injured list with a concussion, retroactive to Saturday. Taylor has posted a .700 OPS across more than 200 at-bats this season. Catcher Pedro Severino was activated following a suspension for PEDs that he was handed prior to Opening Day of the 2022 season. This is Severino’s first season in Milwaukee, and he’s coming off a .690 OPS with the Baltimore Orioles last season. His 11 home runs were the second most in a single-season of his career, trailing only the 13 he hit with Baltimore in 2019.
  19. Pedro Severino was assumed to be the backup catcher to Omar Narvaez following the departure of Manny Pina in free agency during the offseason. This plan was tossed out on April 5th, just before the season started, after the results of a PED test administered before the MLB lockout began on December 2nd showed Clomiphene in his body, a substance banned by the MLB. Reason for Suspension Severino accepted responsibility for his mistake and apologized immediately in a statement released via the MLBPA, saying that his wife and himself have been working to start a family and had been unsuccessful thus far. A doctor in the Dominican Republic, where Severino is from, prescribed him a medication which contained Clomiphene to help aid in this endeavor. Clomiphene is often used to improve fertility, but typically only in females as it is what is termed an “ovary stimulant,” as it facilitates ovulation. As such, it has only been approved by the FDA in women. The use in men has shown varying results by increasing sperm count, but will often decrease with improper dosing. Another use for Clomiphene in men is as a “downer” following a steroid cycle. This is done by rebalancing the testosterone levels within the body and hiding the usage of a steroid. There is obviously much more science involved, but this is a quick summary. Now I am not saying that Pedro used anything besides Clomiphene, and this all may be a huge mistake, I just want to explain a bit about what he was marked positive for. Career Batting The seven-year veteran started his career with the Nationals in 2015. After four years there, he was waived and claimed by the Orioles in 2019, spending the next three years there, before being granted free agency by the Baltimore club. He signed with the Brewers shortly thereafter. In his major league career, he has played in 362 games, 327 of them as a catcher. Most of these games were during his time with the Orioles, as he played in 257 games in his time there, compared to the 105 games in his four years with the Nats. He definitely had improved success with more consistent playing time, raising his batting average over 60 points, to .249, in his years with the Orioles. The twenty-eight year-old has hit 33 home runs in his time in the bigs, with 133 rbis, accruing an OBP of 0.305. Defensive Comparison Defensively, he has been consistently decent, with a career fielding percentage of 0.993. Severino has caught 28% of runners trying to steal a base on him. His pop time to second base is in the middle of the rankings for catchers at 51 percentile, averaging 1.97 seconds in 2021. For reference, this year both Victor Caratini and Narvaez have pop times of 2.01. Caratini has an exchange time of 0.75, while Narvaez has an exchange time of 0.72. Severino had an exchange time of 0.75 in 2021, and also has a slightly stronger arm. His pitch framing, however, is quite poor. By that, I mean he was ranked in the bottom 1% of the league for stealing potential strikes for his pitchers, with a strike rate of just 43.7% in 2021, and never reaching 47.5% in a season in his entire career. He is marginally better at getting strike calls on the inside or outside edges, like most other catchers, but overall it is quite poor, to the tune of an absolutely horrible -10 catcher framing runs in 2021, and -22 in his entire career. For this metric, you want to be positive. In 2021, Narvaez actually led the league with 10 catcher framing runs and had a strike rate of 49.2%, but Tomas Nido led the league with a strike rate of 53.5%. Severino is bad at getting an extra strike call. Roster Situation Due to the suspension of Severino, Milwaukee went out and got Caratini, who has formed a formidable duo with Narvaez behind the plate. Severino could look to replace Alex Jackson , the catcher who filled in while either Caratini or Narvaez were unavailable, but that would mean the Brewers would have to carry three catchers on their 26-man roster. This is due to the fact Severino has no options remaining. Despite it being unlikely either active catcher gets sent down, it is worthwhile to include that Narvaez also has no options remaining, but Caratini does have one. A quick comparison of the catchers shows that Caratini and Severino have quite similar career numbers and Narvaez leads the group, but this year he has exploded to an OPS+ of 129, which would lead all Brewers’ hitters if he were to qualify. Severino is unlikely to usurp this, as there is not a reasonable scenario where Caratini would be sent down, and Narvaez will not be moved out of the organization. Positional Flexibility There is the chance that one of these players would get some time at another position. Severino has been taking reps at first base in his rehab stint with Biloxi as he prepares to be reactivated. He has never played first before in his minor league career, let alone in the majors before his first recovery game on June 18th. Narvaez has a little bit of experience, appearing in one game at first base, playing in five innings in a game in 2017 while with the White Sox. In that appearance, he made one error in his six defensive chances. When he first became professional while within the Tampa Bay organization, he did have much more experience at first base, starting in 37 of the 42 games played there, and even started a game in left field. Caratini has significantly more broad experience on the field than either other player. He has started at first base in 23 games in the majors, playing in 59. Caratini has also been deployed at third base seven times and in the outfield in one game, though that was on an emergency basis. In the minors, Caratini played in 86 games at first base, starting 84 of those and played in 59 games at third base, starting 57 of those. He even made a start at shortstop once while playing rookie ball in 2013 while with the Braves. His last start in the minors at third base was in 2018, but has more recently during the winter in 2018-2019 and again in 2019-2020 while playing in the Puerto Rican Winter League. He made appearances in eight games at third base, starting seven of those. Caratini has also started six games, playing in seven at first in those two seasons. Concluding Thoughts This leads to the question, could Severino join the catching tandem and push Caratini into a corner infield spot? My guess is no. With postseason intentions, Milwaukee must consider the fact that Severino will not be eligible for the playoffs this year due to the suspension. There could be value in limiting reps for the current catchers, but Severino has horrible framing, and his hitting is enough. I expect him to be traded or designated for assignment once he returns barring all injuries. I have spoken of positional flexibility, but the Brewers will not be likely to utilize Caratini outside of catcher often. Third base, or especially first base, have been performing decently enough, with an OPS of 0.659 for third basemen and 0.789 for first basemen. The OPS at third is lower than the league average for third basemen, which is 0.719, while the overall league average is 0.705. I don’t expect him to man the hot corner at all, due to lack of recent experience there as well as the return of Mike Brosseau and rise of Jace Peterson this year. Caratini could see reps at first, but not enough to need to carry an additional catcher. Rowdy Tellez will remain the main option at first base. TL;DR Pedro Severino would be a very useful player to have within the organization despite his framing concerns due to the rest of his defense and decent hitting, but is not a better option than what the Brewers have right now. Victor Caratini filled in the void left by the suspension, and Narvaez has performed as expected. Due to not having an remaining options to the minors, I expect Severino to be leaving the Milwaukee Brewer organization following his suspension's completion.
  20. Pedro Severino is slated to come off the restricted list after the game on Saturday following his 80 game suspension for a positive PED test. What will happen when he returns? Pedro Severino was assumed to be the backup catcher to Omar Narvaez following the departure of Manny Pina in free agency during the offseason. This plan was tossed out on April 5th, just before the season started, after the results of a PED test administered before the MLB lockout began on December 2nd showed Clomiphene in his body, a substance banned by the MLB. Reason for Suspension Severino accepted responsibility for his mistake and apologized immediately in a statement released via the MLBPA, saying that his wife and himself have been working to start a family and had been unsuccessful thus far. A doctor in the Dominican Republic, where Severino is from, prescribed him a medication which contained Clomiphene to help aid in this endeavor. Clomiphene is often used to improve fertility, but typically only in females as it is what is termed an “ovary stimulant,” as it facilitates ovulation. As such, it has only been approved by the FDA in women. The use in men has shown varying results by increasing sperm count, but will often decrease with improper dosing. Another use for Clomiphene in men is as a “downer” following a steroid cycle. This is done by rebalancing the testosterone levels within the body and hiding the usage of a steroid. There is obviously much more science involved, but this is a quick summary. Now I am not saying that Pedro used anything besides Clomiphene, and this all may be a huge mistake, I just want to explain a bit about what he was marked positive for. Career Batting The seven-year veteran started his career with the Nationals in 2015. After four years there, he was waived and claimed by the Orioles in 2019, spending the next three years there, before being granted free agency by the Baltimore club. He signed with the Brewers shortly thereafter. In his major league career, he has played in 362 games, 327 of them as a catcher. Most of these games were during his time with the Orioles, as he played in 257 games in his time there, compared to the 105 games in his four years with the Nats. He definitely had improved success with more consistent playing time, raising his batting average over 60 points, to .249, in his years with the Orioles. The twenty-eight year-old has hit 33 home runs in his time in the bigs, with 133 rbis, accruing an OBP of 0.305. Defensive Comparison Defensively, he has been consistently decent, with a career fielding percentage of 0.993. Severino has caught 28% of runners trying to steal a base on him. His pop time to second base is in the middle of the rankings for catchers at 51 percentile, averaging 1.97 seconds in 2021. For reference, this year both Victor Caratini and Narvaez have pop times of 2.01. Caratini has an exchange time of 0.75, while Narvaez has an exchange time of 0.72. Severino had an exchange time of 0.75 in 2021, and also has a slightly stronger arm. His pitch framing, however, is quite poor. By that, I mean he was ranked in the bottom 1% of the league for stealing potential strikes for his pitchers, with a strike rate of just 43.7% in 2021, and never reaching 47.5% in a season in his entire career. He is marginally better at getting strike calls on the inside or outside edges, like most other catchers, but overall it is quite poor, to the tune of an absolutely horrible -10 catcher framing runs in 2021, and -22 in his entire career. For this metric, you want to be positive. In 2021, Narvaez actually led the league with 10 catcher framing runs and had a strike rate of 49.2%, but Tomas Nido led the league with a strike rate of 53.5%. Severino is bad at getting an extra strike call. Roster Situation Due to the suspension of Severino, Milwaukee went out and got Caratini, who has formed a formidable duo with Narvaez behind the plate. Severino could look to replace Alex Jackson , the catcher who filled in while either Caratini or Narvaez were unavailable, but that would mean the Brewers would have to carry three catchers on their 26-man roster. This is due to the fact Severino has no options remaining. Despite it being unlikely either active catcher gets sent down, it is worthwhile to include that Narvaez also has no options remaining, but Caratini does have one. A quick comparison of the catchers shows that Caratini and Severino have quite similar career numbers and Narvaez leads the group, but this year he has exploded to an OPS+ of 129, which would lead all Brewers’ hitters if he were to qualify. Severino is unlikely to usurp this, as there is not a reasonable scenario where Caratini would be sent down, and Narvaez will not be moved out of the organization. Positional Flexibility There is the chance that one of these players would get some time at another position. Severino has been taking reps at first base in his rehab stint with Biloxi as he prepares to be reactivated. He has never played first before in his minor league career, let alone in the majors before his first recovery game on June 18th. Narvaez has a little bit of experience, appearing in one game at first base, playing in five innings in a game in 2017 while with the White Sox. In that appearance, he made one error in his six defensive chances. When he first became professional while within the Tampa Bay organization, he did have much more experience at first base, starting in 37 of the 42 games played there, and even started a game in left field. Caratini has significantly more broad experience on the field than either other player. He has started at first base in 23 games in the majors, playing in 59. Caratini has also been deployed at third base seven times and in the outfield in one game, though that was on an emergency basis. In the minors, Caratini played in 86 games at first base, starting 84 of those and played in 59 games at third base, starting 57 of those. He even made a start at shortstop once while playing rookie ball in 2013 while with the Braves. His last start in the minors at third base was in 2018, but has more recently during the winter in 2018-2019 and again in 2019-2020 while playing in the Puerto Rican Winter League. He made appearances in eight games at third base, starting seven of those. Caratini has also started six games, playing in seven at first in those two seasons. Concluding Thoughts This leads to the question, could Severino join the catching tandem and push Caratini into a corner infield spot? My guess is no. With postseason intentions, Milwaukee must consider the fact that Severino will not be eligible for the playoffs this year due to the suspension. There could be value in limiting reps for the current catchers, but Severino has horrible framing, and his hitting is enough. I expect him to be traded or designated for assignment once he returns barring all injuries. I have spoken of positional flexibility, but the Brewers will not be likely to utilize Caratini outside of catcher often. Third base, or especially first base, have been performing decently enough, with an OPS of 0.659 for third basemen and 0.789 for first basemen. The OPS at third is lower than the league average for third basemen, which is 0.719, while the overall league average is 0.705. I don’t expect him to man the hot corner at all, due to lack of recent experience there as well as the return of Mike Brosseau and rise of Jace Peterson this year. Caratini could see reps at first, but not enough to need to carry an additional catcher. Rowdy Tellez will remain the main option at first base. TL;DR Pedro Severino would be a very useful player to have within the organization despite his framing concerns due to the rest of his defense and decent hitting, but is not a better option than what the Brewers have right now. Victor Caratini filled in the void left by the suspension, and Narvaez has performed as expected. Due to not having an remaining options to the minors, I expect Severino to be leaving the Milwaukee Brewer organization following his suspension's completion. View full article
  21. Transactions: - CF Jonathan Davis' contract selected (congrats!) by MLB Brewers from AAA Nashville (replacing CF Lorenzo Cain, who was designated for assignment in what Cain described as a mutual decision after reaching ten years' MLB service time) - RHP Brandon Woodruff sent to AAA Nashville on rehab assignment Earlier this week it was noted that Nashville RHP Thomas Jankins retired (MiLB Player Page). This occurred exactly one week after he had been placed on the Sounds' IL - unclear whether this was for an actual injury or a roster-juggling paper move. Regardless, Daniel posted a Jankins career summary and best wishes post. Hope things go well post-baseball for my fellow Bay State native. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 5, Memphis (Cardinals) 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: Sounds Power Past Redbirds - Quartet of Nashville Pitchers Records Fifteen Strikeouts We see that first home run of the year, Brian Navarreto, plus Tyler White, your OPS nudging over .800 with a blast of your own, but clearly for the organization, this game was all about Big Woody, and it appears things went well. Brewers still getting Brice Turang center field starts at least once a week. Three straight games off for OF Abraham Almonte and his .888 OPS, perhaps something to monitor there. Shoutout to catcher Nick Kahle, with one lone at-bat since his placement in Nashville May 24th. Important note: While Jason Alexander was with Nashville, it was known as the Penske File. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 15, Chattanooga (Reds) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Eight-Run First Sets the Tone In Shuckers' 15-3 Victory - Shook Strikes Out Seven In Six Frames For Biloxi Oh hello, first baseman Pedro Severino and your four singles. Thread - Sal Frelick riding an eight-game hit streak, ten-of-eleven games, and multiple-hit efforts in eight of those. Hie is 20-for-53 (.377) in that stretch, five XBH's, four BB's, ten K's). Meanwhile Garrett Mitchell continues to nurse a strained oblique, having last played back on May 13th. I'm assuming starting pitcher TJ Shook is a "Junior", because his given name is Franklin Todd Shook. Upon his promotion from Wisconsin, where he excelled to begin the season, Shook tossed three scoreless innings in a get-acquainted Biloxi debut, but it had been a bit of a struggle since, not terrible mind you, but this outing hopefully sets the tone for the reminder of the season. Forgive the camera work on this road game, Joey Wiemer, wonderful night for you, three hits and a walk. Tristen Lutz is having a quietly fantastic "remember me?" extended stretch of play. Similar to all the Brewers' "Zach's and Zack's", it pains me that because of the Timber Rattlers' also-talented outfielder Tristan Peters, I need to confirm the spelling of their names each time out. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Great Lakes (Dodgers) 8, Wisconsin 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Loss Knocks Rattlers Out of Playoff Picture - Cartaya breaks tie with two-out, two-run double in eighth inning As we noted yesterday and Chris Mehring mentions in his game recap, RHP James Meeker with his first pro start, including his independent league days. Meeker threw strikes and was solid enough in his three innings of work. Second baseman Tyler Black's left-handed bat is really good, folks. On base four times here, now at .294/.417/.466 (.883 OPS for those mathematically challenged). Joe Gray's legs are fine even if other parts of his game are still developing - 11-for-11 in stolen base attempts in 2022, 43-for-48 as a pro. *** Carolina Pre-Doubleheader Media Notes Final, Game One: Carolina 8, Columbia (Royals) 7 Box Score / Game Log Final, Game One: Carolina 7, Columbia 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, details, please review: First Place Mudcats Slug Out Doubleheader Sweep - The Mudcats hit four home runs in game 1 and three in game 2 while sweeping Saturday’s doubleheader Yee-hah! OK, hope it was a heck of a post-twinbill celebration, but yikes, check out the standings with four games left in the first half. Down 5-4 to begin the top of the final inning, it was groundout-walk-flyout before Jackson Chourio lined an opposite field single to right. Then, on a 1-0 count, Jeferson Quero snatched the deficit and deposited it in the left field seats, my goodness. The only thing that could have been better about Carolina's day would have been if it had been in Zebulon. As it is, the Mudcats made things convenient with the two best sports minutes you'll spend this morning. I understand it's so easy to get caught up in the moment and be hyperbolic, but take a look at the top four in that Game One scorecard and tell me it's very reasonable that those four names will be in a big-league Crew starting lineup in five years or less. On to Game Two, and well-well, that OPS has snuck back over the 1.000 mark - We're a little video-heavy today, but why the heck not? Still can't get past how physically solid Eduardo Garcia appears - 3as long as we're going over the top this morning, a Carlos Correa vibe, anyone? Thank you to RHP's Miguel Segura and Jeferson Figueroa for allowing us to sweat less in this game. *** Final: ACL Brewers Blue 10, ACL Brewers Gold 2, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log Brewers management can be pleased in that five of the seven pitchers here fared reasonably well to very well. For the sake of time this morning, I'll borrow from Daniel's post in our Minor League Forum - The ACL clubs played a friendly seven-inning contest, with solid starting pitching (combined eight innings, one run, five hits, eight Ks for RHPs Arielbi Gonzalez and Henrison Mota) before OF Eduarqui Fernandez's show: grand slam, double, 6 RBIs, also threw out a runner at home. The game included stateside debuts for INF Miguel Briceno, C Darlin Lora and RHP Michael Perdomo (who earned the win), as well as INF/OF Kaylan Nicasia's (16th round draft pick last year) first home run as a Brewer Let's not forget that 20-year-old Dominican outfielder Eduarqui Fernandez, a right-handed bat, was a very prominent signing in July of 2018, $1.1 million. He has shown both significant pop and effective speed, along with the ability to cover at least some time in center (MiLB.com Player Page), but strikeouts have been a major issue. *** Final: DSL Brewers #2 Squad 7, DSL Phillies White 6 Box Score / Game Log Had to double-check the game log to make sure this one was scheduled for nine, as the game was tied at five after seven innings - no ghost runners were deployed. Crew #2 walks it off on a Philly error - I see that organization's defensive issues run deep! 17-year-old Venezuelan LHP Daniel Flores' first pro start (2nd appearance) was very good - 5 IP, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 WP, 1 HBP, 6 K's. Brewers went heavy on LHP's in the most recent international class after a big drought in that regard. Home run #4 (!) in 31 at-bats for 18-year-old lefty-swinging first baseman Yeison Perez, now slugging .903. Wowza! Our 16-year-old friend, shortstop Juan Baez, with two doubles and a 1.027 OPS though 37 at-bats. Wowza again! Small samples be damned... *** Final: DSL Brewers #1 Squad 10, DSL Tigers #1 Squad 6, 11 innings Box Score / Game Log This was a wild one. Tigers tied the game at 5-5 with a single run in the bottom of the 9th when the inning began walk-HBP-walk. Remarkably, Crew #1 avoided the walkoff loss by inducing a couple of pop-outs within the mini-chaos. Both teams had a ghost runner thrown out at home in the scoreless 10th inning. The Tigers made the egregious decision as their man was tagged as the first out, Brewers play ended their half-inning. A five-run Crew 11th was punctuated by a bases-clearing three-RBI double by 17-year-old Venezuelan shortstop Angel Pereira. Every Brewer fanned at least once and six did multiple times, for a total of 18. Brewer runners stole four bases and were eliminated four times also, Brewer fielders committed three errors. Growing pains galore, but a fun win for the 3-7 team. *** Carolina's 4:05 Central gametime is the latest on Sunday. Rookie-ballers off on Sunday, as usual. On this Father's Day, we leave you with Curt Hogg's fantastic Journal-Sentinel piece on the Brewers' farmhand development success story, Peter Strzelecki. Also, BrewerFanatic's Sean Franken penned a moving Father's Day piece, currently featured at our site. I hope your own Sunday is wonderful, until next time... 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  22. My Link Report cohorts Joseph and Daniel (co-Rookie of the Year Awards for them, by the way) have taken a bottom-to-top approach this season in that their reports have kicked off from Class A Carolina and worked their way up to AAA Nashville. I will have to re-think my more traditional approach because the 2022 Mudcats have been great fun from the start given their energetic youth and exciting moments. Saturday's doubleheader sweep did not clinch a first-half playoff spot, not at all (one game lead over two other clubs with four games to play), but it put the exclamation point that included Brandon Woodruff's promising K-fest rehab start, Biloxi winning in a rout, and the formal end of the Timber Rattler first-half playoff hopes. All that being said, here's another "traditional" top-to-bottom review. Transactions: - CF Jonathan Davis' contract selected (congrats!) by MLB Brewers from AAA Nashville (replacing CF Lorenzo Cain, who was designated for assignment in what Cain described as a mutual decision after reaching ten years' MLB service time) - RHP Brandon Woodruff sent to AAA Nashville on rehab assignment Earlier this week it was noted that Nashville RHP Thomas Jankins retired (MiLB Player Page). This occurred exactly one week after he had been placed on the Sounds' IL - unclear whether this was for an actual injury or a roster-juggling paper move. Regardless, Daniel posted a Jankins career summary and best wishes post. Hope things go well post-baseball for my fellow Bay State native. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 5, Memphis (Cardinals) 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: Sounds Power Past Redbirds - Quartet of Nashville Pitchers Records Fifteen Strikeouts We see that first home run of the year, Brian Navarreto, plus Tyler White, your OPS nudging over .800 with a blast of your own, but clearly for the organization, this game was all about Big Woody, and it appears things went well. Brewers still getting Brice Turang center field starts at least once a week. Three straight games off for OF Abraham Almonte and his .888 OPS, perhaps something to monitor there. Shoutout to catcher Nick Kahle, with one lone at-bat since his placement in Nashville May 24th. Important note: While Jason Alexander was with Nashville, it was known as the Penske File. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 15, Chattanooga (Reds) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Eight-Run First Sets the Tone In Shuckers' 15-3 Victory - Shook Strikes Out Seven In Six Frames For Biloxi Oh hello, first baseman Pedro Severino and your four singles. Thread - Sal Frelick riding an eight-game hit streak, ten-of-eleven games, and multiple-hit efforts in eight of those. Hie is 20-for-53 (.377) in that stretch, five XBH's, four BB's, ten K's). Meanwhile Garrett Mitchell continues to nurse a strained oblique, having last played back on May 13th. I'm assuming starting pitcher TJ Shook is a "Junior", because his given name is Franklin Todd Shook. Upon his promotion from Wisconsin, where he excelled to begin the season, Shook tossed three scoreless innings in a get-acquainted Biloxi debut, but it had been a bit of a struggle since, not terrible mind you, but this outing hopefully sets the tone for the reminder of the season. Forgive the camera work on this road game, Joey Wiemer, wonderful night for you, three hits and a walk. Tristen Lutz is having a quietly fantastic "remember me?" extended stretch of play. Similar to all the Brewers' "Zach's and Zack's", it pains me that because of the Timber Rattlers' also-talented outfielder Tristan Peters, I need to confirm the spelling of their names each time out. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Great Lakes (Dodgers) 8, Wisconsin 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Loss Knocks Rattlers Out of Playoff Picture - Cartaya breaks tie with two-out, two-run double in eighth inning As we noted yesterday and Chris Mehring mentions in his game recap, RHP James Meeker with his first pro start, including his independent league days. Meeker threw strikes and was solid enough in his three innings of work. Second baseman Tyler Black's left-handed bat is really good, folks. On base four times here, now at .294/.417/.466 (.883 OPS for those mathematically challenged). Joe Gray's legs are fine even if other parts of his game are still developing - 11-for-11 in stolen base attempts in 2022, 43-for-48 as a pro. *** Carolina Pre-Doubleheader Media Notes Final, Game One: Carolina 8, Columbia (Royals) 7 Box Score / Game Log Final, Game One: Carolina 7, Columbia 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, details, please review: First Place Mudcats Slug Out Doubleheader Sweep - The Mudcats hit four home runs in game 1 and three in game 2 while sweeping Saturday’s doubleheader Yee-hah! OK, hope it was a heck of a post-twinbill celebration, but yikes, check out the standings with four games left in the first half. Down 5-4 to begin the top of the final inning, it was groundout-walk-flyout before Jackson Chourio lined an opposite field single to right. Then, on a 1-0 count, Jeferson Quero snatched the deficit and deposited it in the left field seats, my goodness. The only thing that could have been better about Carolina's day would have been if it had been in Zebulon. As it is, the Mudcats made things convenient with the two best sports minutes you'll spend this morning. I understand it's so easy to get caught up in the moment and be hyperbolic, but take a look at the top four in that Game One scorecard and tell me it's very reasonable that those four names will be in a big-league Crew starting lineup in five years or less. On to Game Two, and well-well, that OPS has snuck back over the 1.000 mark - We're a little video-heavy today, but why the heck not? Still can't get past how physically solid Eduardo Garcia appears - 3as long as we're going over the top this morning, a Carlos Correa vibe, anyone? Thank you to RHP's Miguel Segura and Jeferson Figueroa for allowing us to sweat less in this game. *** Final: ACL Brewers Blue 10, ACL Brewers Gold 2, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log Brewers management can be pleased in that five of the seven pitchers here fared reasonably well to very well. For the sake of time this morning, I'll borrow from Daniel's post in our Minor League Forum - The ACL clubs played a friendly seven-inning contest, with solid starting pitching (combined eight innings, one run, five hits, eight Ks for RHPs Arielbi Gonzalez and Henrison Mota) before OF Eduarqui Fernandez's show: grand slam, double, 6 RBIs, also threw out a runner at home. The game included stateside debuts for INF Miguel Briceno, C Darlin Lora and RHP Michael Perdomo (who earned the win), as well as INF/OF Kaylan Nicasia's (16th round draft pick last year) first home run as a Brewer Let's not forget that 20-year-old Dominican outfielder Eduarqui Fernandez, a right-handed bat, was a very prominent signing in July of 2018, $1.1 million. He has shown both significant pop and effective speed, along with the ability to cover at least some time in center (MiLB.com Player Page), but strikeouts have been a major issue. *** Final: DSL Brewers #2 Squad 7, DSL Phillies White 6 Box Score / Game Log Had to double-check the game log to make sure this one was scheduled for nine, as the game was tied at five after seven innings - no ghost runners were deployed. Crew #2 walks it off on a Philly error - I see that organization's defensive issues run deep! 17-year-old Venezuelan LHP Daniel Flores' first pro start (2nd appearance) was very good - 5 IP, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 WP, 1 HBP, 6 K's. Brewers went heavy on LHP's in the most recent international class after a big drought in that regard. Home run #4 (!) in 31 at-bats for 18-year-old lefty-swinging first baseman Yeison Perez, now slugging .903. Wowza! Our 16-year-old friend, shortstop Juan Baez, with two doubles and a 1.027 OPS though 37 at-bats. Wowza again! Small samples be damned... *** Final: DSL Brewers #1 Squad 10, DSL Tigers #1 Squad 6, 11 innings Box Score / Game Log This was a wild one. Tigers tied the game at 5-5 with a single run in the bottom of the 9th when the inning began walk-HBP-walk. Remarkably, Crew #1 avoided the walkoff loss by inducing a couple of pop-outs within the mini-chaos. Both teams had a ghost runner thrown out at home in the scoreless 10th inning. The Tigers made the egregious decision as their man was tagged as the first out, Brewers play ended their half-inning. A five-run Crew 11th was punctuated by a bases-clearing three-RBI double by 17-year-old Venezuelan shortstop Angel Pereira. Every Brewer fanned at least once and six did multiple times, for a total of 18. Brewer runners stole four bases and were eliminated four times also, Brewer fielders committed three errors. Growing pains galore, but a fun win for the 3-7 team. *** Carolina's 4:05 Central gametime is the latest on Sunday. Rookie-ballers off on Sunday, as usual. On this Father's Day, we leave you with Curt Hogg's fantastic Journal-Sentinel piece on the Brewers' farmhand development success story, Peter Strzelecki. Also, BrewerFanatic's Sean Franken penned a moving Father's Day piece, currently featured at our site. I hope your own Sunday is wonderful, until next time... 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  23. The Milwaukee Brewers made a couple of procedural moves prior to action on Friday night. Former 5th overall pick from the 2016 draft, Corey Ray, was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville. Pitcher Jandel Gustave and catcher Pedro Severino also began rehab assignments with the Sounds. Corey Ray made his Major League debut in April last year appearing in a single game for Milwaukee. The outright removes him from the 40-man roster, a disappointing development for a guy that was a former top 100 prospect. Playing through injuries this year, he’s struggled mightily at Triple-A. Jandel Gustave has been out since mid-May with a hamstring injury. He’s pitched 13 innings for Milwaukee this season and has posted some of the best strikeout numbers in his career. Pedro Severino is getting game action in as his 80-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance is nearing an end. The Brewers roster shuffle will continue as Josh Hader is not with the team this weekend either. View full article
  24. Corey Ray made his Major League debut in April last year appearing in a single game for Milwaukee. The outright removes him from the 40-man roster, a disappointing development for a guy that was a former top 100 prospect. Playing through injuries this year, he’s struggled mightily at Triple-A. Jandel Gustave has been out since mid-May with a hamstring injury. He’s pitched 13 innings for Milwaukee this season and has posted some of the best strikeout numbers in his career. Pedro Severino is getting game action in as his 80-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance is nearing an end. The Brewers roster shuffle will continue as Josh Hader is not with the team this weekend either.
  25. Victor Caratini is a 28-year-old backstop from Puerto Rico. He made his MLB debut with the Cubs back in 2017. He played in 246 games for Chicago between 2017 and 2020. After that season, he was traded with Yu Darvish to the Padres. The Brewers needed a backup catcher since Pedro Severino was suspended 80 games for PED usage. They certainly have seen Caratini a lot during his time with the Cubs. In 2021, he played a career-high 116 games and hit .227/.309/.323 (.632) with nine doubles and seven triples. In his five-year career, Caratini has hit .242/.321/.355 (.676) with 37 doubles and 22 homers. The cost, however, was quite high. Brett Sullivan was looking to be the backup to Omar Narvaez in 2022. Sullivan was signed to a major league contract as a minor league free agent on September 30th. He played 90 games at Triple-A Durham (Rays) last year and hit .223/.302/.375 (.678) with 20 doubles and nine homers. Korry Howell was the team's 12th round pick in 2018. He started the 2021 season in Wisconsin before finishing with 28 games in Double-A Biloxi. Combined, he hit .244/.349/.455 (.805) with 17 doubles, five triples, and 16 homers. He also stole 24 bases in 30 attempts. What are your initial thoughts on the deal?
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