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  1. Thursday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Gasser, Sal Frelick (39-game on-base streak) and record-setting Jon Singleton (112 walks on the season). Transactions: Signed 19-year-old RHP Yonawil Florimon on 9/17 - listed at 6'0", 150, no home country stated online at this time. Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 5, Louisville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Singleton Breaks Walks Record, Sounds Shut Down Bats 23-year-old starting LHP Robert Gasser (6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 5 BB, 1 WP, 8 Ks) is apparently unfazed by the bright lights of AAA baseball, making a superb fourth start at this level. Despite the leadoff Louisville batter reaching base in each of the first three innings (two via walk, one via single), Gasser buckled down each time to leave the runners stranded as the Sounds’ offense steadily compiled a comfortable lead. Catcher Mario Feliciano plated 1B Jon Singleton (2-for-3, 2 walks) with a 2nd inning RBI double for an early 1-0 lead. SS Cam Devanney (1-for-2, 3 walks) later singled and scored on an error in the 4th inning and 3B Brice Turang (1-for-4, double, walk) doubled and scored on a DH Pedro Severino RBI single in the 5th inning to extend the lead to 3-0. LF Sal Frelick (2-for-4, walk, 2 SBs) had already extended his on-base streak to 39 games with a leadoff walk in the 3rd inning, then singled to lead off the 6th inning, stole second base and scored on a 2B Pablo Reyes RBI single as Nashville’s lead grew to 4-0. With a Louisville runner on first base and Gasser needing one more out in the bottom of the 6th inning to complete a scoreless start, the Bats unfortunately notched an infield single and then an RBI double to bring the potential game-tying run to the plate. However, Sounds’ Manager Rick Sweet confidently kept the Gassmeister in to get the final out of that frame and he came through by inducing Michael De Leon to fly out to right field. RHP's JC Mejia, Lucas Erceg and Trevor Kelley were nearly flawless in three innings of bullpen work, allowing just one of ten hitters to reach base with a meaningless single. This was Kelley’s first action in Nashville since September 2nd, after spending nearly three weeks with the Brewers (part on taxi squad, part on MLB roster). The Sounds grabbed the final run of the game without a hit in the 8th inning, as CF Jonathan Davis was hit-by-pitch, stole second base, moved to third base on a wild pitch and scored on yet another wild pitch. With Toledo and Columbus splitting a Thursday doubleheader, Nashville’s magic number to clinch the International League’s West Division is down to one game. Any victory by Nashville in its remaining five games or loss by Toledo in its final six games will send the Sounds to Las Vegas for the AAA playoffs. Three Quick Strikes and a Footnote: Singleton drew his 111th and 112th walks of the season in this game, breaking Otis Nixon’s long-standing Nashville record. The Stolen Base is returning to Milwaukee next season. The Sounds grabbed six bases in this contest, with nobody caught stealing – two for RF Matt Lipka, two for Frelick and one each for Davis and Turang. With larger bases and speed to burn coming to the majors in 2023, expect a lot of exciting action on the bases next year. Leading 5-1 in the top of the 9th inning, Frelick exited for a pinch hitter, though I suspect that this was more about giving him a breather. We’ll have to watch the Friday and Saturday lineups to know if we should be concerned. Feliciano’s two passed balls give him 13 on the season, potentially raising concerns that an old problem is rearing its head. We believe in you Mario! Expect him to be back in top form by his next turn behind the plate. Friday’s outlook: Sounds’ Pitcher of the Year RHP Caleb Boushley (12-2 record, 3.34 ERA in 121 1/3 IP) goes for his 13th victory tonight (with no losses since April 12th!), as Nashville aims to take a 4-1 series lead. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Let’s clinch on Friday! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  2. While Robert Gasser and the bullpen registered mostly zeroes, the irrepressible Sounds collected nine hits, drew nine walks and stole six bases in a comfortable 5-1 victory. Image courtesy of BrewerFanatic Thursday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Gasser, Sal Frelick (39-game on-base streak) and record-setting Jon Singleton (112 walks on the season). Transactions: Signed 19-year-old RHP Yonawil Florimon on 9/17 - listed at 6'0", 150, no home country stated online at this time. Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 5, Louisville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Singleton Breaks Walks Record, Sounds Shut Down Bats 23-year-old starting LHP Robert Gasser (6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 5 BB, 1 WP, 8 Ks) is apparently unfazed by the bright lights of AAA baseball, making a superb fourth start at this level. Despite the leadoff Louisville batter reaching base in each of the first three innings (two via walk, one via single), Gasser buckled down each time to leave the runners stranded as the Sounds’ offense steadily compiled a comfortable lead. Catcher Mario Feliciano plated 1B Jon Singleton (2-for-3, 2 walks) with a 2nd inning RBI double for an early 1-0 lead. SS Cam Devanney (1-for-2, 3 walks) later singled and scored on an error in the 4th inning and 3B Brice Turang (1-for-4, double, walk) doubled and scored on a DH Pedro Severino RBI single in the 5th inning to extend the lead to 3-0. LF Sal Frelick (2-for-4, walk, 2 SBs) had already extended his on-base streak to 39 games with a leadoff walk in the 3rd inning, then singled to lead off the 6th inning, stole second base and scored on a 2B Pablo Reyes RBI single as Nashville’s lead grew to 4-0. With a Louisville runner on first base and Gasser needing one more out in the bottom of the 6th inning to complete a scoreless start, the Bats unfortunately notched an infield single and then an RBI double to bring the potential game-tying run to the plate. However, Sounds’ Manager Rick Sweet confidently kept the Gassmeister in to get the final out of that frame and he came through by inducing Michael De Leon to fly out to right field. RHP's JC Mejia, Lucas Erceg and Trevor Kelley were nearly flawless in three innings of bullpen work, allowing just one of ten hitters to reach base with a meaningless single. This was Kelley’s first action in Nashville since September 2nd, after spending nearly three weeks with the Brewers (part on taxi squad, part on MLB roster). The Sounds grabbed the final run of the game without a hit in the 8th inning, as CF Jonathan Davis was hit-by-pitch, stole second base, moved to third base on a wild pitch and scored on yet another wild pitch. With Toledo and Columbus splitting a Thursday doubleheader, Nashville’s magic number to clinch the International League’s West Division is down to one game. Any victory by Nashville in its remaining five games or loss by Toledo in its final six games will send the Sounds to Las Vegas for the AAA playoffs. Three Quick Strikes and a Footnote: Singleton drew his 111th and 112th walks of the season in this game, breaking Otis Nixon’s long-standing Nashville record. The Stolen Base is returning to Milwaukee next season. The Sounds grabbed six bases in this contest, with nobody caught stealing – two for RF Matt Lipka, two for Frelick and one each for Davis and Turang. With larger bases and speed to burn coming to the majors in 2023, expect a lot of exciting action on the bases next year. Leading 5-1 in the top of the 9th inning, Frelick exited for a pinch hitter, though I suspect that this was more about giving him a breather. We’ll have to watch the Friday and Saturday lineups to know if we should be concerned. Feliciano’s two passed balls give him 13 on the season, potentially raising concerns that an old problem is rearing its head. We believe in you Mario! Expect him to be back in top form by his next turn behind the plate. Friday’s outlook: Sounds’ Pitcher of the Year RHP Caleb Boushley (12-2 record, 3.34 ERA in 121 1/3 IP) goes for his 13th victory tonight (with no losses since April 12th!), as Nashville aims to take a 4-1 series lead. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Let’s clinch on Friday! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  3. Transactions: None, although the Brewers did name the eight participants for Arizona Fall League. Read about them here. Final: Jacksonville (Marlins) 4, Nashville 0 Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of your Link Report routine: Sounds Shut Out by Jumbo Shrimp - Nashville’s division lead remains at 4.5 games with 11 remaining Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log It was an uneven performance throughout. LHP Robert Gasser only allowed two runs (one earned) in his five innings, walking four. Free-agent-to-be RHP Zack Brown tossed a scoreless frame, but within that he gave up a single and plunked two batters. RHP Tyler Herb allowed two runs in two relief innings after being knocked around in his prior start, a start which had followed his best outing of the season - eight innings, one earned run. Catcher Pedro Severino with two passed balls, and I'm reminded that we may not be a fan of that recurring problem for him on the big-league stage next season if the Brewers decide to re-add Severino to the 40-man immediately after Nashville's season ends. Rehabbing CF Jonathan Davis was a late scratch, but Garrett Mitchell made sure we didn't mind Friday night. Final: Biloxi 2, Pensacola (Marlins) 1 Warren's Double Enough in Biloxi's Eighth Straight Win - Jarvis Throws Five Scoreless, Middendorf Earns First Double-A Save Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log This winning streak becomes the longest of Biloxi's season, surpassing their seven-game winning streak to begin the 2022 campaign. In between, the club has gone 51-67, though to be fair, if you took away a lot of clubs' two longest winning stretches, they may see a similar split. It's just so odd the Shuckers are bookending their season this way. Will they win the weekend games to sweep this road series and finish with ten in a row? Stay tuned. Zavier Warren celebrated his Fall League inclusion with the deciding knock -- 22-year-old RHP Justin Jarvis walked six in five scoreless innings. So, he and Robert Gasser combined to walk ten over ten innings Friday with only one earned run allowed between them. Jarvis has walked 4.2 per nine in his otherwise excellent 2022 effort. With the exception of RH reliever Ryan Middendorf, whose exploits you just read about in the game summary, and Warren, the rest of this group wraps up their season on Sunday, barring any promotions to fortify Nashville's playoff chase. We definitely could see a move or two in that regard. Guessing that Jackson Chourio (1-for-15, two walks, six K's) won't be going to the Sounds. So that would be fireballing RH reliever Harold Chirino, INF Yeison Coca, RHP Carlos Luna and OF's Corey Ray and Garrett Whitley potentially seeing their last bit of action in the Brewers' chain on Sunday. Both squads see traditional Saturday evening action tonight, and we'll detail those results for you in the AM. Must admit, I could get used to these mini-Link Reports (nothing against the A-Ball teams). Have a great day, everyone. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  4. The Brewers top two affiliates are dueling with the Marlins' clubs this week, and Friday saw a split decision. Nashville gave their fans a rare silent night, while Biloxi is reminding us of how their season began, and that's a very good thing. As of this coming week, the Sounds will stand alone, but Zavier Warren and the Shuckers are giving us reason to follow them to the very end. As much of a dud as Nashville played, the men still maintain a solid division lead as another page flipped on the calendar. Image courtesy of BrewerFanatic Transactions: None, although the Brewers did name the eight participants for Arizona Fall League. Read about them here. Final: Jacksonville (Marlins) 4, Nashville 0 Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of your Link Report routine: Sounds Shut Out by Jumbo Shrimp - Nashville’s division lead remains at 4.5 games with 11 remaining Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log It was an uneven performance throughout. LHP Robert Gasser only allowed two runs (one earned) in his five innings, walking four. Free-agent-to-be RHP Zack Brown tossed a scoreless frame, but within that he gave up a single and plunked two batters. RHP Tyler Herb allowed two runs in two relief innings after being knocked around in his prior start, a start which had followed his best outing of the season - eight innings, one earned run. Catcher Pedro Severino with two passed balls, and I'm reminded that we may not be a fan of that recurring problem for him on the big-league stage next season if the Brewers decide to re-add Severino to the 40-man immediately after Nashville's season ends. Rehabbing CF Jonathan Davis was a late scratch, but Garrett Mitchell made sure we didn't mind Friday night. Final: Biloxi 2, Pensacola (Marlins) 1 Warren's Double Enough in Biloxi's Eighth Straight Win - Jarvis Throws Five Scoreless, Middendorf Earns First Double-A Save Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log This winning streak becomes the longest of Biloxi's season, surpassing their seven-game winning streak to begin the 2022 campaign. In between, the club has gone 51-67, though to be fair, if you took away a lot of clubs' two longest winning stretches, they may see a similar split. It's just so odd the Shuckers are bookending their season this way. Will they win the weekend games to sweep this road series and finish with ten in a row? Stay tuned. Zavier Warren celebrated his Fall League inclusion with the deciding knock -- 22-year-old RHP Justin Jarvis walked six in five scoreless innings. So, he and Robert Gasser combined to walk ten over ten innings Friday with only one earned run allowed between them. Jarvis has walked 4.2 per nine in his otherwise excellent 2022 effort. With the exception of RH reliever Ryan Middendorf, whose exploits you just read about in the game summary, and Warren, the rest of this group wraps up their season on Sunday, barring any promotions to fortify Nashville's playoff chase. We definitely could see a move or two in that regard. Guessing that Jackson Chourio (1-for-15, two walks, six K's) won't be going to the Sounds. So that would be fireballing RH reliever Harold Chirino, INF Yeison Coca, RHP Carlos Luna and OF's Corey Ray and Garrett Whitley potentially seeing their last bit of action in the Brewers' chain on Sunday. Both squads see traditional Saturday evening action tonight, and we'll detail those results for you in the AM. Must admit, I could get used to these mini-Link Reports (nothing against the A-Ball teams). Have a great day, everyone. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  5. It was an upbeat Friday night for the most part on the Brewers farm. Southpaw Robert Gasser continues to show the parent club they were wise to make sure he was worth being targeted in the Josh Hader deal. Biloxi's collection of veterans about to hit minor league free agency aren't going quietly. Fans in Appleton were thoroughly entertained in a number of ways as the T-Rats are rolling to wrap up their season. While Carolina did stumble, the Mudcats did help us reach back into the archival jukebox with video and lyrics that encapsulate how all Brewers fans are feeling right now about the big-league shortcomings. Image courtesy of BrewerFanatic Transactions: - RHP Justin Topa returned to AAA Nashville, then immediately recalled to MLB Brewers (replacing injured RHP Freddy Peralta) - OF Jonathan Davis sent on rehab assignment to High-A Wisconsin from MLB Brewers Final: Nashville 9, Charlotte (White Sox) 1 Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of your Link Report routine: Sounds Extend Division Lead, Rout Knights - Robert Gasser tosses gem, Jon Singleton and Patrick Dorrian homer as Nashville evens series Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log First off, let's acknowledge that this nun in Charlotte would have had a better first inning than Jason Alexander Friday night - We don't know why Brice Turang had missed time since last playing on Saturday the 3rd, but it was nice to see him back at shortstop and not eased in with a DH role. We regularly link to Voice of the Sounds' Jeff Hem's pre-game interviews on our Minor League Forum, be sure you listen to Infield Coordinator Bob Miscik discuss Turang in detail here. Joey Wiemer on base four times including two walks and that .442 OPS for the month of July is a wondrously distant memory and outlier. Speaking of the pre-game interviews, be sure to bounce to the 4:30 minute mark of Manager Rick Sweet's latest chat here for his commentary on Wiemer's continued development. Not burying the lead - LHP Robert Gasser's line was very impressive for AAA start #2, just one walk, one HBP. Final: Biloxi 8, Mississippi (Braves) 3 Knarr's Quality Outing Supported By Early Runs In 8-3 Win - Ray, Whitley and Clarke Homer For Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Plenty of video highlights via the Shuckers' Twitter Media Feed. Wes Clarke and Nick Kahle will be back in 2023, Corey Ray and Garrett Whitley will not as minor league free agents. Felix Valerio now 30-for-39 in stolen base attempts in 2022. LHP Brandon Knarr making 15 starts with one more to go at the AA level this year portends well, remember, this is only his 2nd pro season. Fireballing RH reliever Zach Vennaro's season-long game log reveals six-run blow-up outings in June, August and September. Plenty of zeroes, but oh my, those poor outings decimate the year-end numbers. Final: Wisconsin 6, Beloit (Marlins) 5 Eighth-Inning Rally Does It for the Rattlers…Again! - García homers twice, including late, game-tying blast, for Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log What a final week the T-Rats are giving us and fans in Appleton! You can tell Voice of the Rattlers Chris Mehring is pumped, that is one wonderfully beefy game report. "Beefy" as the Wisconsin Brats, heh... The video package is as glorious as those "Brats" uniforms. There are literally five or six truly eye-opening moments, Be sure to note how right fielder Arbert Cipion covered first base - say what? Yes, wow. Eduardo Garcia is a physical specimen, do we have to wait until a big-league debut before his MiLB Player Page no longer lists him at 6'2", 160? Garcia only turned 20 in July; he was limited by injury to just ten games in 2019, lost 2020 as did so many others. The strikeout issues are clear, the OBP is weak, but have Garcia open in Wisconsin in 2023 and hope the spring training developments truly blossom. AUDIO via the Rattler Radio Soundcloud: "The Timber Rattlers rallied in the eighth inning to win a game from the Beloit Sky Carp for the third game in a row. Chris Mehring and Kyle Lobner talk about Eduardo Garcia's big night and a few other details. Then, Joe Ayrault joins the podcast for more discussion after a win on Bratoberfest!" Not one, but two jersey auctions? Yeah, the Jackson Chourio options are already climbing, less with Jeferson Quero, that may be where the value is. The Carlos F. Rodriguez and Stiven Cruz jerseys are there for the taking for those speculating on the future big-league aspirations of the RHP's. Final: Myrtle Beach (Cubs) 10, Carolina 3 Mudcats Drop Third Straight 10-3 in Myrtle Beach - Two three-run home runs in the first and second innings proved to be too much for the Mudcats Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log The Pelicans do a nice job with their own YouTube game highlights, though clearly here it's mainly a lowlights feature for Carolina. You'll see Robert Moore's RBI single, and the two-RBI base hit of Jace Avina (though to be honest, Avino's shallow fly to center field should have been caught). First round pick Eric Brown, Jr. with two hits to push his Mudcat OPS to .786 in 21 games. Remember how we just indicated Eduardo Garcia would benefit from beginning 2022 in Wisconsin? That's a conflict with Brown's trajectory, though with Brown's draft status, Biloxi may be his April landing spot. Player Development placement/assignments are such a jigsaw puzzle. It's been quite a while since we entered the BrewerFanatic Minor League Link Report Musical Time Machine, but my mention of "Jigsaw" just now brings us back to 1975 and an amazing musical arrangement for one of the greatest of all the one-hit wonders. On top of that, please read/listen to the lyrics of "Sky High" and tell me it's relatable to our Milwaukee big-league fandom right now. Blown round by the wind Thrown down in a spin I gave you love I thought that we had made it to the top I gave you all I had to give Why did it have to stop? You've blown it all sky high By telling me a lie Without a reason why You've blown it all sky high You, you've blown it all sky high Our love had wings to fly We could have touched the sky You've blown it all sky high Up, round, I've flown Then down, down like a stone I gave you love I thought that we had made it to the top I gave you all I had to give Why did it have to stop? You've blown it all sky high By telling me a lie Without a reason why You've blown it all sky high You, you've blown it all sky high Our love had wings to fly We could have touched the sky You've blown it all sky high You, you've blown it all sky high By telling me a lie Without a reason why You've blown it all sky high Don't worry, Brewers, I'm still with you -- wild card, then World Series 2022! Props to lead singer drummers (and lip-synching for these classic TV performances) Nashville has the earliest Saturday start at 4:35 Central. Promising RHP's Logan Henderson, the afore-mentioned Stiven Cruz, and Justin Jarvis will be toeing the rubber for their respective teams. Enjoy your Saturday, everyone! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  6. Transactions: - RHP Justin Topa returned to AAA Nashville, then immediately recalled to MLB Brewers (replacing injured RHP Freddy Peralta) - OF Jonathan Davis sent on rehab assignment to High-A Wisconsin from MLB Brewers Final: Nashville 9, Charlotte (White Sox) 1 Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of your Link Report routine: Sounds Extend Division Lead, Rout Knights - Robert Gasser tosses gem, Jon Singleton and Patrick Dorrian homer as Nashville evens series Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log First off, let's acknowledge that this nun in Charlotte would have had a better first inning than Jason Alexander Friday night - We don't know why Brice Turang had missed time since last playing on Saturday the 3rd, but it was nice to see him back at shortstop and not eased in with a DH role. We regularly link to Voice of the Sounds' Jeff Hem's pre-game interviews on our Minor League Forum, be sure you listen to Infield Coordinator Bob Miscik discuss Turang in detail here. Joey Wiemer on base four times including two walks and that .442 OPS for the month of July is a wondrously distant memory and outlier. Speaking of the pre-game interviews, be sure to bounce to the 4:30 minute mark of Manager Rick Sweet's latest chat here for his commentary on Wiemer's continued development. Not burying the lead - LHP Robert Gasser's line was very impressive for AAA start #2, just one walk, one HBP. Final: Biloxi 8, Mississippi (Braves) 3 Knarr's Quality Outing Supported By Early Runs In 8-3 Win - Ray, Whitley and Clarke Homer For Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Plenty of video highlights via the Shuckers' Twitter Media Feed. Wes Clarke and Nick Kahle will be back in 2023, Corey Ray and Garrett Whitley will not as minor league free agents. Felix Valerio now 30-for-39 in stolen base attempts in 2022. LHP Brandon Knarr making 15 starts with one more to go at the AA level this year portends well, remember, this is only his 2nd pro season. Fireballing RH reliever Zach Vennaro's season-long game log reveals six-run blow-up outings in June, August and September. Plenty of zeroes, but oh my, those poor outings decimate the year-end numbers. Final: Wisconsin 6, Beloit (Marlins) 5 Eighth-Inning Rally Does It for the Rattlers…Again! - García homers twice, including late, game-tying blast, for Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log What a final week the T-Rats are giving us and fans in Appleton! You can tell Voice of the Rattlers Chris Mehring is pumped, that is one wonderfully beefy game report. "Beefy" as the Wisconsin Brats, heh... The video package is as glorious as those "Brats" uniforms. There are literally five or six truly eye-opening moments, Be sure to note how right fielder Arbert Cipion covered first base - say what? Yes, wow. Eduardo Garcia is a physical specimen, do we have to wait until a big-league debut before his MiLB Player Page no longer lists him at 6'2", 160? Garcia only turned 20 in July; he was limited by injury to just ten games in 2019, lost 2020 as did so many others. The strikeout issues are clear, the OBP is weak, but have Garcia open in Wisconsin in 2023 and hope the spring training developments truly blossom. AUDIO via the Rattler Radio Soundcloud: "The Timber Rattlers rallied in the eighth inning to win a game from the Beloit Sky Carp for the third game in a row. Chris Mehring and Kyle Lobner talk about Eduardo Garcia's big night and a few other details. Then, Joe Ayrault joins the podcast for more discussion after a win on Bratoberfest!" Not one, but two jersey auctions? Yeah, the Jackson Chourio options are already climbing, less with Jeferson Quero, that may be where the value is. The Carlos F. Rodriguez and Stiven Cruz jerseys are there for the taking for those speculating on the future big-league aspirations of the RHP's. Final: Myrtle Beach (Cubs) 10, Carolina 3 Mudcats Drop Third Straight 10-3 in Myrtle Beach - Two three-run home runs in the first and second innings proved to be too much for the Mudcats Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log The Pelicans do a nice job with their own YouTube game highlights, though clearly here it's mainly a lowlights feature for Carolina. You'll see Robert Moore's RBI single, and the two-RBI base hit of Jace Avina (though to be honest, Avino's shallow fly to center field should have been caught). First round pick Eric Brown, Jr. with two hits to push his Mudcat OPS to .786 in 21 games. Remember how we just indicated Eduardo Garcia would benefit from beginning 2022 in Wisconsin? That's a conflict with Brown's trajectory, though with Brown's draft status, Biloxi may be his April landing spot. Player Development placement/assignments are such a jigsaw puzzle. It's been quite a while since we entered the BrewerFanatic Minor League Link Report Musical Time Machine, but my mention of "Jigsaw" just now brings us back to 1975 and an amazing musical arrangement for one of the greatest of all the one-hit wonders. On top of that, please read/listen to the lyrics of "Sky High" and tell me it's relatable to our Milwaukee big-league fandom right now. Blown round by the wind Thrown down in a spin I gave you love I thought that we had made it to the top I gave you all I had to give Why did it have to stop? You've blown it all sky high By telling me a lie Without a reason why You've blown it all sky high You, you've blown it all sky high Our love had wings to fly We could have touched the sky You've blown it all sky high Up, round, I've flown Then down, down like a stone I gave you love I thought that we had made it to the top I gave you all I had to give Why did it have to stop? You've blown it all sky high By telling me a lie Without a reason why You've blown it all sky high You, you've blown it all sky high Our love had wings to fly We could have touched the sky You've blown it all sky high You, you've blown it all sky high By telling me a lie Without a reason why You've blown it all sky high Don't worry, Brewers, I'm still with you -- wild card, then World Series 2022! Props to lead singer drummers (and lip-synching for these classic TV performances) Nashville has the earliest Saturday start at 4:35 Central. Promising RHP's Logan Henderson, the afore-mentioned Stiven Cruz, and Justin Jarvis will be toeing the rubber for their respective teams. Enjoy your Saturday, everyone! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  7. In the first of this three-part series on the state of the Brewers Minor Leagues, we looked at where the experts at MLB.com have some of our individual players as well as the organization as a whole compare to other organizations. Part two looked at how some of the individual players fit into the Brewers future in the OF and IF. In part three, we will now look at the Brewers pitchers and catchers listed among the Brewers Top 30 prospects. Image courtesy of © Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports For the past few seasons, the Major League team has relied heavily on its strength: their pitching. While the MLB team has experienced almost unprecedented success (for the Brewers anyway) with both their starters and relievers in recent years, they are currently struggling to replicate that success in the minor leagues. Of their current Top 10 prospects, only one, RHP Jacob Misiorowski, is a pitcher. This year’s second-round pick is only 20 years old, but has shown enough promise with his two-pitch arsenal (70-grade fastball, 55-grade slider) that he vaulted all the way to the top of the Brewers pitching prospects. The next pitcher on the list is a recent addition to the Brewers system, LHP Robert Gasser (#11). He arrived via the infamous Josh Hader trade with San Diego, as the front office really liked his abilities (55-grade fastball, slider, and changeup, 50-grade control). Right behind Gasser at #12 is 2019 first-rounder for the Brewers, LHP Ethan Small. Small has fallen recently, as he has not been able to take that final leap from AAA Nashville and establish himself at the MLB level. His 55-grade fastball and 60-grade changeup give him two really good pitches, which he uses to get lots of strikeouts, but he also has walked way too many batters in his minor league career. This might spell future relief pitcher if he can’t find the solution to this ongoing problem. Next is the Brewers other Carlos Rodriguez, the right-handed pitcher at High-A Wisconsin. The 2021 sixth-round pick has been very impressive in his first year of pro ball, using a three-pitch mix (55-grade fastball and changeup, 45-grade slider) to show promise of a real future with the Brewers. Two other players in the Top 30 that must be talked about are likely pure relief pitchers, but don’t let that fact fool you. RHP’s Abner Uribe (#26) and Cam Robinson (#27) are legitimate threats late in games, and each could be contributing at the MLB level sooner rather than later. Uribe has had some injury issues the past two seasons, both times with meniscus tears. When healthy, he might have the most potent fastball in the minors (80-grade), which routinely hits triple-digits. Pairing that with his 60-grade slider, if he can learn to harness those two pitches consistently, he could be a dominating force out of the bullpen. Robinson is a completely different animal, showing a much-more traditional low- to-mid-90’s fastball (55-grade), a 12-to-6 curveball (55-grade), and even an occasional cutter (45-grade). His control problems (45-grade) are what is keeping someone with a three-pitch mix in the bullpen, but he has thrived the past two seasons working primarily as a closer, earning 38 saves across all four full-season levels. Last but not least, let’s move our focus to the Brewers catching prospects. While only two players cracked the Top 30, one of those players has a chance to make a real impact at the Major League level someday. Seventh-ranked prospect Jeferson Quero, who doesn’t turn 20 until early October, is already playing at High-A Wisconsin, although he has struggled in his short time there. He is already a defensive stalwart, throwing out 30 percent of baserunners so far in his two seasons. His 60-grade arm and field show that defense is going to be a strength for Quero as he moves up the system. However, he also has the ability to be a strong offensive player as well. A 50-grade for both hit and power for a catcher with stellar defensive abilities shows why the Brewers are so high on him, and why he may be pushed a little as he continues his climb towards the Majors. The other catcher listed in the Top 30 is a newcomer to the Brewers, 2022 fourth- round pick and #29 prospect, Matt Wood . The left-handed hitter is probably more of an offensive-minded catcher (45-grade hit, 50-grade power) than defensive, but he has strong enough defensive skills (50-grade arm, 45-grade field) to stay behind the dish. It’s been exciting to watch the Brewers Minor League prospects, as both individuals and as a collective group, climb their way back to respectability. Not only have they accomplished that in a rather short period of time, they have several players that appear ready to contribute in a big way at the MLB level right now, or at least in the very near future. Let me know your thoughts on the Brewers Top 30 prospects. View full article
  8. For the past few seasons, the Major League team has relied heavily on its strength: their pitching. While the MLB team has experienced almost unprecedented success (for the Brewers anyway) with both their starters and relievers in recent years, they are currently struggling to replicate that success in the minor leagues. Of their current Top 10 prospects, only one, RHP Jacob Misiorowski, is a pitcher. This year’s second-round pick is only 20 years old, but has shown enough promise with his two-pitch arsenal (70-grade fastball, 55-grade slider) that he vaulted all the way to the top of the Brewers pitching prospects. The next pitcher on the list is a recent addition to the Brewers system, LHP Robert Gasser (#11). He arrived via the infamous Josh Hader trade with San Diego, as the front office really liked his abilities (55-grade fastball, slider, and changeup, 50-grade control). Right behind Gasser at #12 is 2019 first-rounder for the Brewers, LHP Ethan Small. Small has fallen recently, as he has not been able to take that final leap from AAA Nashville and establish himself at the MLB level. His 55-grade fastball and 60-grade changeup give him two really good pitches, which he uses to get lots of strikeouts, but he also has walked way too many batters in his minor league career. This might spell future relief pitcher if he can’t find the solution to this ongoing problem. Next is the Brewers other Carlos Rodriguez, the right-handed pitcher at High-A Wisconsin. The 2021 sixth-round pick has been very impressive in his first year of pro ball, using a three-pitch mix (55-grade fastball and changeup, 45-grade slider) to show promise of a real future with the Brewers. Two other players in the Top 30 that must be talked about are likely pure relief pitchers, but don’t let that fact fool you. RHP’s Abner Uribe (#26) and Cam Robinson (#27) are legitimate threats late in games, and each could be contributing at the MLB level sooner rather than later. Uribe has had some injury issues the past two seasons, both times with meniscus tears. When healthy, he might have the most potent fastball in the minors (80-grade), which routinely hits triple-digits. Pairing that with his 60-grade slider, if he can learn to harness those two pitches consistently, he could be a dominating force out of the bullpen. Robinson is a completely different animal, showing a much-more traditional low- to-mid-90’s fastball (55-grade), a 12-to-6 curveball (55-grade), and even an occasional cutter (45-grade). His control problems (45-grade) are what is keeping someone with a three-pitch mix in the bullpen, but he has thrived the past two seasons working primarily as a closer, earning 38 saves across all four full-season levels. Last but not least, let’s move our focus to the Brewers catching prospects. While only two players cracked the Top 30, one of those players has a chance to make a real impact at the Major League level someday. Seventh-ranked prospect Jeferson Quero, who doesn’t turn 20 until early October, is already playing at High-A Wisconsin, although he has struggled in his short time there. He is already a defensive stalwart, throwing out 30 percent of baserunners so far in his two seasons. His 60-grade arm and field show that defense is going to be a strength for Quero as he moves up the system. However, he also has the ability to be a strong offensive player as well. A 50-grade for both hit and power for a catcher with stellar defensive abilities shows why the Brewers are so high on him, and why he may be pushed a little as he continues his climb towards the Majors. The other catcher listed in the Top 30 is a newcomer to the Brewers, 2022 fourth- round pick and #29 prospect, Matt Wood . The left-handed hitter is probably more of an offensive-minded catcher (45-grade hit, 50-grade power) than defensive, but he has strong enough defensive skills (50-grade arm, 45-grade field) to stay behind the dish. It’s been exciting to watch the Brewers Minor League prospects, as both individuals and as a collective group, climb their way back to respectability. Not only have they accomplished that in a rather short period of time, they have several players that appear ready to contribute in a big way at the MLB level right now, or at least in the very near future. Let me know your thoughts on the Brewers Top 30 prospects.
  9. After only four starts at the AA level, the Brewers moved their shiny new toy, LHP Robert Gasser, to Nashville for his AAA debut. Gasser squeezed a whole bunch into his evening, as we'll outline below. Corey Ray reminded us of all the "what ifs?" we'll be asking after he departs in minor league free agency this fall. Jackson Chourio should wear a Jackson Chourio costume this Halloween, he'd win every contest he enters. Carolina enjoyed the first few innings of their game, but little thereafter. Let's see how it all went down! Transactions: Timber Rattler LHP Karlos Morales ' MiLB Player Page still indicates "suspended" for his innocent role in the Wrestling Night dust-up, but he clearly is back as he played a big part Friday night. When this player eventually makes his way to Appleton for Lederhosen Night, he'll feel right at home: Final: Nashville 6, Memphis (Cardinals) 5 Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of your Link Report routine: Sounds Hold Off Redbirds at First Horizon Park - Rick Sweet wins 224th game as Nashville manager Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Prized trade acquisition LHP Robert Gasser 's AAA debut was eventful, to be sure. Walk-walk-K-K (both looking)-double steal-F8 for a scoreless 1st. K-groundout-walk-walk-popout for a scoreless 2nd. Single-8-4 double play-K for a scoreless 3rd, Sal Frelick doing Sal Frelick things all night OK, so a roundabout way to get to three scoreless, and then there's a five-run Memphis 4th. The game summary mentions consecutive two-run base hits to trim the Sounds' lead to 6-5. The game log will come in handy for you here to get the full breadth of that 4th inning. Note the two-run double deflected off the glove of Weston Wilson that drove Gasser from the game. Watching it live at the time, certainly not an error on a tough play that brought Wilson to the left field wall, but it was hit very high, and Wilson had time to get under it but kind of semi-leaped thinking it was going over perhaps. If asked, Wilson would probably say he should have caught it. That doesn't excuse Gasser's six walks, but it would have made for a slightly more appealing final line. Speaking of Wilson, the minor-league-free-agent-to-be had done this earlier: Used properly in single-inning doses, RHP Trevor Kelley can be so nasty. He was money locking down the save with his side-winding arsenal. I think he may stick on the 40-man all offseason and be looked upon to contribute at the MLB level in 2023, we'll see how things evolve. Final: Biloxi 4, Rocket City (Angels) 2 Knarr's Seven Sterling Innings Helps Secure Shuckers' Win - Ray Homers Twice for Biloxi Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Sterling is used as an adjective a lot more within the sports world than outside of it. I like it here. 24-year-old southpaw Brandon Knarr has had a heck of a year between his 10 Timber Rattler starts and 14 with the Shuckers. Yes, most of the heavy-lifting was at the lower-level, but Knarr has been a horse, avoiding the blow-up outing, never leaving without completing at least four innings, and only twice not making it through five frames. The peripherals are there to match as evidenced by a glance at his MiLB Player Page. Surely his managers appreciate Knarr's consistent efforts. Only four outfielders currently on this squad, and with Corey Ray getting the night at designated hitter, it was none other than 5'7" Felix Valerio patrolling center field for the first time in his professional career. It wasn't out of desperation but by choice as either Garrett Whitley or Terence Doston could have been stationed in center with Valerio in a more familiar left field. Valerio handled the two fly balls sent his way - neither apparently requiring a leap at the wall. As for Ray, Corey will have no difficulty finding suitors in minor league free agency aiming to finally get consistent production out of him. Both of his home runs, along with other highlights, are available via the Shuckers' Twitter Media Feed. Final: Wisconsin 6, Peoria (Cardinals) 1 Chourio Powers Wisconsin Past Peoria - Brewers outfield prospect breaks tie with his fourth homer in five games Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Well, between the Sounds and T-Rats, at least the St. Louis organization is being handed losses somewhere. One more homestand, fans, just one more Appleton homestand. See him while you can. Hello again, just-turned-21-year-old RHP Alexander Cornielle . Folks, when you do attend that Timber Rattler final homestand, you have a chance to see Cornielle, and 20-year-old RHP's Stiven Cruz and Carlos Rodriguez in a starting role. Not to mention 21-year-old RHP Israel Puello , who has flashed brightly at times in Appleton. That is a very exciting and exceedingly young foursome. Look for Rodriguez, with his JUCO background, to be the one to start 2023 in Biloxi - I wouldn't mind seeing the other three back at Wisconsin minimally for April and May 2023, but surely the young men's ambitions (and spring wardrobes for the location) have other things in mind. Talk about the fruits of one's labor and an organization seeing a development plan through, as 6th year LH reliever Karlos Morales (one of those years was the lost Covid season) has had a 2022 he'll remember for sure. The recently turned 23-year-old should be in Biloxi at some point next summer. I'm sure other since-released players might roll their eyes at the term "seeing a development plan through", but those are certainly stories for other days. Final: Columbia (Royals) 17, Carolina 8 Carolina Pitchers Walk 14 in 17-8 Loss - The Mudcats led 5-0 after the third and 7-3 after the fifth before losing 17-8 on Friday night Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Feel free to review just the first three innings of the game log - Mudcats up 5-0 after three. Go ahead, review another two innings after that - Mudcats up 7-3 after five. When you see those three double-digit ERA's of the three Mudcats recently promoted Maryvale pitchers, you're looking at a combined seven outings only. Regardless, that's some ugly stuff going on there. We just discussed all the Carolina pitching talent that has made its way up to Wisconsin, clearly backfilling is not always easy. The Mudcats reached base via HBP four times, including two by CF Jace Avina, who now remarkably has been plunked 18 times vs. 194 AB's in 2022. Compare that to Wisconsin single-season HBP leader Darrian Miller's 22 HBP's vs. 293 AB's. That's 9.3% for Avina, 7.5% for Miller. Avina did face a bunch of wild rookie arms while in Maryvale, though. Nice to see rehabbing Max Lazar's brief but effective start. Carolina has a 4:00 Central start Saturday, with the other clubs playing in the early evening. Thanks for joining us during this late stretch of the Minor League Link Report season. I'll catch you again Sunday AM. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  10. Transactions: Timber Rattler LHP Karlos Morales ' MiLB Player Page still indicates "suspended" for his innocent role in the Wrestling Night dust-up, but he clearly is back as he played a big part Friday night. When this player eventually makes his way to Appleton for Lederhosen Night, he'll feel right at home: Final: Nashville 6, Memphis (Cardinals) 5 Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of your Link Report routine: Sounds Hold Off Redbirds at First Horizon Park - Rick Sweet wins 224th game as Nashville manager Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Prized trade acquisition LHP Robert Gasser 's AAA debut was eventful, to be sure. Walk-walk-K-K (both looking)-double steal-F8 for a scoreless 1st. K-groundout-walk-walk-popout for a scoreless 2nd. Single-8-4 double play-K for a scoreless 3rd, Sal Frelick doing Sal Frelick things all night OK, so a roundabout way to get to three scoreless, and then there's a five-run Memphis 4th. The game summary mentions consecutive two-run base hits to trim the Sounds' lead to 6-5. The game log will come in handy for you here to get the full breadth of that 4th inning. Note the two-run double deflected off the glove of Weston Wilson that drove Gasser from the game. Watching it live at the time, certainly not an error on a tough play that brought Wilson to the left field wall, but it was hit very high, and Wilson had time to get under it but kind of semi-leaped thinking it was going over perhaps. If asked, Wilson would probably say he should have caught it. That doesn't excuse Gasser's six walks, but it would have made for a slightly more appealing final line. Speaking of Wilson, the minor-league-free-agent-to-be had done this earlier: Used properly in single-inning doses, RHP Trevor Kelley can be so nasty. He was money locking down the save with his side-winding arsenal. I think he may stick on the 40-man all offseason and be looked upon to contribute at the MLB level in 2023, we'll see how things evolve. Final: Biloxi 4, Rocket City (Angels) 2 Knarr's Seven Sterling Innings Helps Secure Shuckers' Win - Ray Homers Twice for Biloxi Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Sterling is used as an adjective a lot more within the sports world than outside of it. I like it here. 24-year-old southpaw Brandon Knarr has had a heck of a year between his 10 Timber Rattler starts and 14 with the Shuckers. Yes, most of the heavy-lifting was at the lower-level, but Knarr has been a horse, avoiding the blow-up outing, never leaving without completing at least four innings, and only twice not making it through five frames. The peripherals are there to match as evidenced by a glance at his MiLB Player Page. Surely his managers appreciate Knarr's consistent efforts. Only four outfielders currently on this squad, and with Corey Ray getting the night at designated hitter, it was none other than 5'7" Felix Valerio patrolling center field for the first time in his professional career. It wasn't out of desperation but by choice as either Garrett Whitley or Terence Doston could have been stationed in center with Valerio in a more familiar left field. Valerio handled the two fly balls sent his way - neither apparently requiring a leap at the wall. As for Ray, Corey will have no difficulty finding suitors in minor league free agency aiming to finally get consistent production out of him. Both of his home runs, along with other highlights, are available via the Shuckers' Twitter Media Feed. Final: Wisconsin 6, Peoria (Cardinals) 1 Chourio Powers Wisconsin Past Peoria - Brewers outfield prospect breaks tie with his fourth homer in five games Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Well, between the Sounds and T-Rats, at least the St. Louis organization is being handed losses somewhere. One more homestand, fans, just one more Appleton homestand. See him while you can. Hello again, just-turned-21-year-old RHP Alexander Cornielle . Folks, when you do attend that Timber Rattler final homestand, you have a chance to see Cornielle, and 20-year-old RHP's Stiven Cruz and Carlos Rodriguez in a starting role. Not to mention 21-year-old RHP Israel Puello , who has flashed brightly at times in Appleton. That is a very exciting and exceedingly young foursome. Look for Rodriguez, with his JUCO background, to be the one to start 2023 in Biloxi - I wouldn't mind seeing the other three back at Wisconsin minimally for April and May 2023, but surely the young men's ambitions (and spring wardrobes for the location) have other things in mind. Talk about the fruits of one's labor and an organization seeing a development plan through, as 6th year LH reliever Karlos Morales (one of those years was the lost Covid season) has had a 2022 he'll remember for sure. The recently turned 23-year-old should be in Biloxi at some point next summer. I'm sure other since-released players might roll their eyes at the term "seeing a development plan through", but those are certainly stories for other days. Final: Columbia (Royals) 17, Carolina 8 Carolina Pitchers Walk 14 in 17-8 Loss - The Mudcats led 5-0 after the third and 7-3 after the fifth before losing 17-8 on Friday night Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Feel free to review just the first three innings of the game log - Mudcats up 5-0 after three. Go ahead, review another two innings after that - Mudcats up 7-3 after five. When you see those three double-digit ERA's of the three Mudcats recently promoted Maryvale pitchers, you're looking at a combined seven outings only. Regardless, that's some ugly stuff going on there. We just discussed all the Carolina pitching talent that has made its way up to Wisconsin, clearly backfilling is not always easy. The Mudcats reached base via HBP four times, including two by CF Jace Avina, who now remarkably has been plunked 18 times vs. 194 AB's in 2022. Compare that to Wisconsin single-season HBP leader Darrian Miller's 22 HBP's vs. 293 AB's. That's 9.3% for Avina, 7.5% for Miller. Avina did face a bunch of wild rookie arms while in Maryvale, though. Nice to see rehabbing Max Lazar's brief but effective start. Carolina has a 4:00 Central start Saturday, with the other clubs playing in the early evening. Thanks for joining us during this late stretch of the Minor League Link Report season. I'll catch you again Sunday AM. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  11. Thread will be utilized for any minor league news Tuesday, lineup updates, etc. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  12. Friday saw a mixed bag of results, though contending teams Nashville and Carolina were victorious in their road tilts. Biloxi players finally got a chance to open their series after three days of rainouts and split their doubleheader efforts. Wisconsin had a disappointing evening. Along the way, there were two scary moments in which players were forced to immediately be pulled from the game. Some top prospects excelled. Here we go with another busy report! Transactions: - INF/OF Pablo Reyes optioned to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers (creating space for the reinstatement of INF/OF Jace Peterson) - RHP Arielbi Gonzalez promoted to Low-A Carolina from ACL Brewers Blue - RHP Yerlin Rodriguez promoted to Low-A Carolina from ACL Brewers Gold Final: Nashville 11, Durham (Rays) 8 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: Wiemer, Sounds Slug Past Durham - Joey Wiemer Hits Two of Nashville’s Four Homers in Road Victory Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log First order of business was confirming that Sal Frelick was in fact simply enjoying a day off (he was). A thank you to Spencer Michaelis for splicing these out from the road Bulls broadcast. The Joey Wiemer blasts are in reverse chronological order - In a down season in terms of average and OBP, Wiemer has 19 home runs and is 29-for-32 in stolen base attempts. Wish my down seasons in life were as productive. Take a gander at Wiemer's month-to-month splits. We may never know the extent of the still unconfirmed hand-related woes that apparently impacted his June and July, but with his promotion, Brewers brass saw past that impact. The roadrunner Sounds only attempted two stolen bases, but both Esteury Ruiz and Garrett Mitchell were successful (naturally). Although not snapped when he was with Nashville, have to love the photo of Ruiz sitting atop his MiLB Player Page. When they weren't crushing dingers, the Sounds were 4-for-5 with RISP. Take note, big league club. Not a stellar mound night, Dylan File 106 pitches in just 4.1 innings, and while Cam Robinson opened a get-some-work-in 9th with single-walk-two RBI double, he immediately buckled down to retire the final three batters. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final, Game One: Chattanooga (Reds) 4, Biloxi 2 Box Score / Game Log Final, Game Two: Biloxi 11, Chattanooga 5 Box Score / Game Log Warren Drives in Six Across Two Games as Shuckers Split Doubleheader - Whitley Homers, Walks Four Times for Biloxi Health concerns first from the 3rd inning of Game One - Tristen Lutz was drilled by a pitch right off the protective left ear of his batting helmet, or perhaps just a touch above it. MiLB TV subscribers, go the 01:57:00 hour/minute mark here. Clearly shaken up but somehow managing to stay on his feet, Lutz was immediately whisked into the dugout. Hopefully OK, and surely, Tristen was placed on concussion-watch protocol immediately. Best wishes, young man. Thomas Dillard saw his first 2022 defensive action at a position other than first base when he started for Lutz in left field of Game Two, and wouldn't you know, had an outfield assist. Don't expect days off for Corey Ray or Garrett Whitley while Lutz is sidelined, and Terence Doston remains on the roster and entered for Lutz in Game One. Thanks again, Spencer - a couple of filthy pitches from LHP Robert Gasser here. Gasser deserved a better fate in Game One, as the doubleheader summary detailed well. Gasser walked one, hit one batter, and fanned nine in 5.2 IP, touched for two solo home runs. Here is a direct link to the Shuckers' Twitter Media Page, where you will find ten, count 'em, ten videos from the Friday twinbill. RH starter Victor Castaneda can underwhelm as he did in the nightcap: four shutout innings and handed a six-run lead, then homer - bunt single - line drive single - line drive double - home run to start the 5th. Final: Lansing (Athletics) 3, Wisconsin 2 Rattlers Late Lead Disappears Against Lansing - Lugnuts beat Rattlers 3-2 Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Honestly, I'm trying to picture the combined frustration level of a fan in attendance in Appleton Friday night who was also simultaneously listening to the big-league Brewers game. That game summary is just dripping with what-if's and why's. Nice awaited rebound effort from RHP Israel Puello, though, sweet. Saturday marks ten days since Jackson Chourio (sore right elbow) played. While that Chourio note may bum you out, these two interviews were fun, especially Metzinger, who only learned a minute or two prior he'd be going on the air - Via WSCO's "The Show with Leo and Balky: Timber Rattlers 7th round Louisville third baseman Ben Metzinger (go to the 12:40 minute mark) - also 2021 5th round Duke infielder Ethan Murray (go to the 37:45 minute mark) Speaking of audio -- "The final Los Cascabeles Night of the season was a tough 3-2 loss for the Timber Rattlers. Chris Mehring & Kyle Lobner talk about the positives like Israel Puello, Joe Gray Jr. and Jose Acosta. Joe Ayrault chimes in with a brief history of Hit Batsmen in the Darrien Miller family and more in this edition of the Postgame Podcast." Did we link within our daily reports to the latest T-Rat talk yet, with Darrien Miller? Here you go. As of Sat. AM, about a day and a half left for those sweet jerseys via auction. Final: Carolina 4, Kannapolis (White Sox) 1 Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log At least for the moment, no game summary available for this road contest. The Voice of the Mudcats, Greg Young, Jr., hasn't traveled with the team this season, something hopefully rectified in 2023 and beyond, it's amazing he has provided us with as much as he has this season. Remember Brewers, you own this affiliate! Yes, LHP Leoni De La Cruz was already 23 years old when he signed with the Crew in 2021. Now 24, that should be taken into account. But De La Cruz got an out to strand three baserunners for starter Tyler Woessner and then went on to toss four additional scoreless. That's one of the more impressive relief performances in the system this season. This was Woessner's full-season debut. Via @Joseph Zarr in our Minor league Forum nightly thread: Uh oh, Woessner just took a hard-hit comebacker off his pitching arm/hand? It's hard to tell. The trainer came out and gave skipper Victor Estevez the 'no go' sign. MiLB TV subscribers: Go to the 01:26:25 hour/minute mark here. Ugh, but how lucky have we been to have Joseph somehow monitor so much game action live from his Pacific Northwest farm-cave. We've been privy to details we otherwise would not have been, so thanks, Joseph! 2022 first round pick Eric Brown, Jr. has been idle since Tuesday, three games missed. As is so often the case without a clear in-game exit, we are left to wonder. For all we know, Brown could be on a personal-related absence. No speculation on our part - yet. Monster game for 18-year-old LF Luis Castillo, 4-for-4 with two doubles. He factored into all three run-scoring innings, and in the unique summary-less scenario here, this is an ideal time for you to click on the game log and visit the 2nd, 6th, and 8th innings. It's four evening games for the affiliates Saturday night. Both Nashville (leading) and Carolina (trailing) see 3.5 game differences in their respective standings. Oh, and we kicked off a new "Alumni News and Notes Thread", be sure to check out the Friday nights of Ryan Aguilar and Cody Ponce! Catch you again Sunday morning, folks. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  13. Transactions: - INF/OF Pablo Reyes optioned to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers (creating space for the reinstatement of INF/OF Jace Peterson) - RHP Arielbi Gonzalez promoted to Low-A Carolina from ACL Brewers Blue - RHP Yerlin Rodriguez promoted to Low-A Carolina from ACL Brewers Gold Final: Nashville 11, Durham (Rays) 8 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: Wiemer, Sounds Slug Past Durham - Joey Wiemer Hits Two of Nashville’s Four Homers in Road Victory Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log First order of business was confirming that Sal Frelick was in fact simply enjoying a day off (he was). A thank you to Spencer Michaelis for splicing these out from the road Bulls broadcast. The Joey Wiemer blasts are in reverse chronological order - In a down season in terms of average and OBP, Wiemer has 19 home runs and is 29-for-32 in stolen base attempts. Wish my down seasons in life were as productive. Take a gander at Wiemer's month-to-month splits. We may never know the extent of the still unconfirmed hand-related woes that apparently impacted his June and July, but with his promotion, Brewers brass saw past that impact. The roadrunner Sounds only attempted two stolen bases, but both Esteury Ruiz and Garrett Mitchell were successful (naturally). Although not snapped when he was with Nashville, have to love the photo of Ruiz sitting atop his MiLB Player Page. When they weren't crushing dingers, the Sounds were 4-for-5 with RISP. Take note, big league club. Not a stellar mound night, Dylan File 106 pitches in just 4.1 innings, and while Cam Robinson opened a get-some-work-in 9th with single-walk-two RBI double, he immediately buckled down to retire the final three batters. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final, Game One: Chattanooga (Reds) 4, Biloxi 2 Box Score / Game Log Final, Game Two: Biloxi 11, Chattanooga 5 Box Score / Game Log Warren Drives in Six Across Two Games as Shuckers Split Doubleheader - Whitley Homers, Walks Four Times for Biloxi Health concerns first from the 3rd inning of Game One - Tristen Lutz was drilled by a pitch right off the protective left ear of his batting helmet, or perhaps just a touch above it. MiLB TV subscribers, go the 01:57:00 hour/minute mark here. Clearly shaken up but somehow managing to stay on his feet, Lutz was immediately whisked into the dugout. Hopefully OK, and surely, Tristen was placed on concussion-watch protocol immediately. Best wishes, young man. Thomas Dillard saw his first 2022 defensive action at a position other than first base when he started for Lutz in left field of Game Two, and wouldn't you know, had an outfield assist. Don't expect days off for Corey Ray or Garrett Whitley while Lutz is sidelined, and Terence Doston remains on the roster and entered for Lutz in Game One. Thanks again, Spencer - a couple of filthy pitches from LHP Robert Gasser here. Gasser deserved a better fate in Game One, as the doubleheader summary detailed well. Gasser walked one, hit one batter, and fanned nine in 5.2 IP, touched for two solo home runs. Here is a direct link to the Shuckers' Twitter Media Page, where you will find ten, count 'em, ten videos from the Friday twinbill. RH starter Victor Castaneda can underwhelm as he did in the nightcap: four shutout innings and handed a six-run lead, then homer - bunt single - line drive single - line drive double - home run to start the 5th. Final: Lansing (Athletics) 3, Wisconsin 2 Rattlers Late Lead Disappears Against Lansing - Lugnuts beat Rattlers 3-2 Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Honestly, I'm trying to picture the combined frustration level of a fan in attendance in Appleton Friday night who was also simultaneously listening to the big-league Brewers game. That game summary is just dripping with what-if's and why's. Nice awaited rebound effort from RHP Israel Puello, though, sweet. Saturday marks ten days since Jackson Chourio (sore right elbow) played. While that Chourio note may bum you out, these two interviews were fun, especially Metzinger, who only learned a minute or two prior he'd be going on the air - Via WSCO's "The Show with Leo and Balky: Timber Rattlers 7th round Louisville third baseman Ben Metzinger (go to the 12:40 minute mark) - also 2021 5th round Duke infielder Ethan Murray (go to the 37:45 minute mark) Speaking of audio -- "The final Los Cascabeles Night of the season was a tough 3-2 loss for the Timber Rattlers. Chris Mehring & Kyle Lobner talk about the positives like Israel Puello, Joe Gray Jr. and Jose Acosta. Joe Ayrault chimes in with a brief history of Hit Batsmen in the Darrien Miller family and more in this edition of the Postgame Podcast." Did we link within our daily reports to the latest T-Rat talk yet, with Darrien Miller? Here you go. As of Sat. AM, about a day and a half left for those sweet jerseys via auction. Final: Carolina 4, Kannapolis (White Sox) 1 Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log At least for the moment, no game summary available for this road contest. The Voice of the Mudcats, Greg Young, Jr., hasn't traveled with the team this season, something hopefully rectified in 2023 and beyond, it's amazing he has provided us with as much as he has this season. Remember Brewers, you own this affiliate! Yes, LHP Leoni De La Cruz was already 23 years old when he signed with the Crew in 2021. Now 24, that should be taken into account. But De La Cruz got an out to strand three baserunners for starter Tyler Woessner and then went on to toss four additional scoreless. That's one of the more impressive relief performances in the system this season. This was Woessner's full-season debut. Via @Joseph Zarr in our Minor league Forum nightly thread: Uh oh, Woessner just took a hard-hit comebacker off his pitching arm/hand? It's hard to tell. The trainer came out and gave skipper Victor Estevez the 'no go' sign. MiLB TV subscribers: Go to the 01:26:25 hour/minute mark here. Ugh, but how lucky have we been to have Joseph somehow monitor so much game action live from his Pacific Northwest farm-cave. We've been privy to details we otherwise would not have been, so thanks, Joseph! 2022 first round pick Eric Brown, Jr. has been idle since Tuesday, three games missed. As is so often the case without a clear in-game exit, we are left to wonder. For all we know, Brown could be on a personal-related absence. No speculation on our part - yet. Monster game for 18-year-old LF Luis Castillo, 4-for-4 with two doubles. He factored into all three run-scoring innings, and in the unique summary-less scenario here, this is an ideal time for you to click on the game log and visit the 2nd, 6th, and 8th innings. It's four evening games for the affiliates Saturday night. Both Nashville (leading) and Carolina (trailing) see 3.5 game differences in their respective standings. Oh, and we kicked off a new "Alumni News and Notes Thread", be sure to check out the Friday nights of Ryan Aguilar and Cody Ponce! Catch you again Sunday morning, folks. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  14. There were lots of wins within the Brewers system Friday night, punctuated by the fact that several of the top prospects excelled. OK, so there was nothing but misery in the Dominican, but better that than reversed with the joy at the upper levels - those youngsters have years and years to lick their wounds. Let's get on with it! Transactions: - RHP Caleb Boushley placed on AAA Nashville's 7-day injured list retroactive to August 18 - LHP Clayton Andrews sent on rehab assignment to ACL Brewers Gold from AAA Nashville Final, Game One: Nashville 6, Jacksonville (Marlins) 5 Final, Game Two: Nashville 7, Jacksonville 2 Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Take Two, Sweep Jumbo Shrimp in Doubleheader - Brice Turang tallies five RBI in game one, Garrett Mitchell adds two doubles in game two Pre-Game Media Notes Game One - Box Score / Game Log Game Two - Box Score / Game Log Clearly, my note about the MLB debut is speculation. But when Tyrone Taylor's at-bats do get ugly (and not all do, clearly), but when they do, they really get ugly. And ugly has not been associated with Sal Frelick since, well, forever. Multi-hit games are more impressive in seven-inning affairs, by the way. So, in Game One, old friend Payton Henry set off a bench-clearing dust-up and got Esteury Ruiz and attempted peace-maker Pedro Severin ejected in the process. Our daily "as it happens" thread on the Minor League Forum (always a suggested follow) has some of the details. Lost in the offense's prospect goodness was the sour effort of LHP Ethan Small in the opener. After having his prior turn skipped (we assume for a rest/reset of sorts), Small walked six in 4.2 innings and can thank Jason Alexander for stranding two of his baserunners. Small's lack of development in 2022 despite an on-the-surface "OK" AAA ERA of 3.50 has been a disappointment. Not only does Brice Turang have 25 steals, but he's only been caught twice. Lost in the recent Frelick hoopla is that young Brice's 2022 has been nothing short of tremendous in every facet, overlooking a mysterious one-month black hole of XBH's that coincided exactly with the June calendar. Still a Dylan File fan; the Brewers control him for another season. Final: Biloxi 5, Montgomery (Rays) 4 Biloxi Rallies for Friday Night Win Over Biscuits - Kahle Homers as Part of Two Hit Night Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log OK, who would trade Robert Gasser for Josh Hader straight-up right now, one-for-one? That's not a lot of hands. Let's not get ahead of ourselves, but a 0.95 WHIP in his first three AA starts is nice. My goodness, closer Cam Robinson, what a season. Kudos to Nick Kahle on this shot, wow - I am all for poring through the boxes and giving love to any player with a standout game, as Kahle had here. That being said, it's now late August, and it's the time in my Link Report season where primary attention is truly drawn to those top prospects who have excelled consistently, which makes Gasser's outing and the exploits of the Nashville kids getting us off to a wonderful start here so exciting. Montgomery's LH starting pitcher was Mason Montgomery. Have to love the nuances of a box score. When I point out pitchers named Gasser and Gross also pitched in this game, well now I'm just being silly and am ready to host my 10-year-old great-nephew and his sisters, 7 and 6, for the weekend. Suspended, bottom of the 4th: Wisconsin 5, Cedar Rapids (Twins) 0 Rattlers and Kernels Suspended by Rain in the Fourth Inning - Rattlers lead 5-0 after top of the fourth inning; Game will restart at 5:30 PM on Saturday Pre-Game Media Notes / Gameday Thus Far Despite the shortened evening, Chris Mehring provides plenty of detail within that report, including the Wes Clarke (first game since July 30th) and Joe Gray, Jr. home runs. Final: Carolina 10, Fayetteville (Astros) 9 Jaraba Has 5 RBI as Carolina Wins Fourth Straight - Branlyn Jaraba hit a three-run home run and had a two-run single in Carolina’s series clinching victory Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Both Branlyn Jaraba hits featured here, and thank you Greg Young Jr., for the pronunciation assistance on the last name of the 20-year-old Colombian native - Inducing groundouts has not been a big part of RHP Alexander Vallecillo' s game in 2022, but he had a 7-to-0 ground-to-air ratio here. First-round pick Eric Brown Jr . is now 5-for-7 in SB attempts with the Mudcats and nine-for-11 overall (4-for-4 in Maryvale). The rookie league seasons in both Maryvale and the Dominican Republic both conclude this coming Tuesday. Final: ACL Angels 8, ACL Brewers Blue 1, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log Blue Man Group blue again after falling to 19-31. Reliever Anthony Perez only allowed one hit and one walk in his 2.1 innings, but wait - oh, he plunked four batters, giving him 12 in 33 innings on the season. Down to 86 degrees in the desert, just as the season winds down. Final: ACL Brewers Gold 6, ACL Rangers 3 Box Score / Game Log Trailing 3-1 heading to the bottom of the 9th, the 29-21 Golden Boys gave you a very good reason to click the game log link just above. There were two outs and nobody on when the five-run walk-off rally began! On August 7th, Brewers Player Development gave us this view of Friday night's home run hero - 22-year-old 6th round pick RHP Tyler Woessner (Central Arizona JC) has toyed with batters over his first three pro outings. Final: DSL Tigers #1 Squad 11, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 10, completion of July 7th suspended game Box Score / Game Log Tigers were down to their last out with no one on base when they rallied for two runs to win it. Final: DSL Tigers #1 Squad 3, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 0, regularly scheduled game Box Score / Game Log If I'm not mistaken, the Sounds, Timber Rattlers and now DSL #2 have all lost games in which they pitched one-hitters within the past month. Final: DSL Mets #1 Squad 5, DSL Brewers #1 Squad 2, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log @damuelle conveniently posted several other notes on these island misadventures in his forum post here. It's a changeup of a schedule on Saturday. Nashville enjoys a rare Saturday off, but they play two in Jacksonville Sunday. The Saturday game had to be postponed due to another event at the sports complex. Wisconsin completes Friday's contest before moving on to the nightcap. There will be three games in the Dominican, with Thursday's suspended game to be completed. It's another daytime meeting of the two Maryvale clubs. However you choose to spend your day, do feel free to mix in a rebound win for the Crew in Chicago this afternoon (please!). Take care, everyone. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  15. Transactions: - RHP Caleb Boushley placed on AAA Nashville's 7-day injured list retroactive to August 18 - LHP Clayton Andrews sent on rehab assignment to ACL Brewers Gold from AAA Nashville Final, Game One: Nashville 6, Jacksonville (Marlins) 5 Final, Game Two: Nashville 7, Jacksonville 2 Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Take Two, Sweep Jumbo Shrimp in Doubleheader - Brice Turang tallies five RBI in game one, Garrett Mitchell adds two doubles in game two Pre-Game Media Notes Game One - Box Score / Game Log Game Two - Box Score / Game Log Clearly, my note about the MLB debut is speculation. But when Tyrone Taylor's at-bats do get ugly (and not all do, clearly), but when they do, they really get ugly. And ugly has not been associated with Sal Frelick since, well, forever. Multi-hit games are more impressive in seven-inning affairs, by the way. So, in Game One, old friend Payton Henry set off a bench-clearing dust-up and got Esteury Ruiz and attempted peace-maker Pedro Severin ejected in the process. Our daily "as it happens" thread on the Minor League Forum (always a suggested follow) has some of the details. Lost in the offense's prospect goodness was the sour effort of LHP Ethan Small in the opener. After having his prior turn skipped (we assume for a rest/reset of sorts), Small walked six in 4.2 innings and can thank Jason Alexander for stranding two of his baserunners. Small's lack of development in 2022 despite an on-the-surface "OK" AAA ERA of 3.50 has been a disappointment. Not only does Brice Turang have 25 steals, but he's only been caught twice. Lost in the recent Frelick hoopla is that young Brice's 2022 has been nothing short of tremendous in every facet, overlooking a mysterious one-month black hole of XBH's that coincided exactly with the June calendar. Still a Dylan File fan; the Brewers control him for another season. Final: Biloxi 5, Montgomery (Rays) 4 Biloxi Rallies for Friday Night Win Over Biscuits - Kahle Homers as Part of Two Hit Night Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log OK, who would trade Robert Gasser for Josh Hader straight-up right now, one-for-one? That's not a lot of hands. Let's not get ahead of ourselves, but a 0.95 WHIP in his first three AA starts is nice. My goodness, closer Cam Robinson, what a season. Kudos to Nick Kahle on this shot, wow - I am all for poring through the boxes and giving love to any player with a standout game, as Kahle had here. That being said, it's now late August, and it's the time in my Link Report season where primary attention is truly drawn to those top prospects who have excelled consistently, which makes Gasser's outing and the exploits of the Nashville kids getting us off to a wonderful start here so exciting. Montgomery's LH starting pitcher was Mason Montgomery. Have to love the nuances of a box score. When I point out pitchers named Gasser and Gross also pitched in this game, well now I'm just being silly and am ready to host my 10-year-old great-nephew and his sisters, 7 and 6, for the weekend. Suspended, bottom of the 4th: Wisconsin 5, Cedar Rapids (Twins) 0 Rattlers and Kernels Suspended by Rain in the Fourth Inning - Rattlers lead 5-0 after top of the fourth inning; Game will restart at 5:30 PM on Saturday Pre-Game Media Notes / Gameday Thus Far Despite the shortened evening, Chris Mehring provides plenty of detail within that report, including the Wes Clarke (first game since July 30th) and Joe Gray, Jr. home runs. Final: Carolina 10, Fayetteville (Astros) 9 Jaraba Has 5 RBI as Carolina Wins Fourth Straight - Branlyn Jaraba hit a three-run home run and had a two-run single in Carolina’s series clinching victory Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Both Branlyn Jaraba hits featured here, and thank you Greg Young Jr., for the pronunciation assistance on the last name of the 20-year-old Colombian native - Inducing groundouts has not been a big part of RHP Alexander Vallecillo' s game in 2022, but he had a 7-to-0 ground-to-air ratio here. First-round pick Eric Brown Jr . is now 5-for-7 in SB attempts with the Mudcats and nine-for-11 overall (4-for-4 in Maryvale). The rookie league seasons in both Maryvale and the Dominican Republic both conclude this coming Tuesday. Final: ACL Angels 8, ACL Brewers Blue 1, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log Blue Man Group blue again after falling to 19-31. Reliever Anthony Perez only allowed one hit and one walk in his 2.1 innings, but wait - oh, he plunked four batters, giving him 12 in 33 innings on the season. Down to 86 degrees in the desert, just as the season winds down. Final: ACL Brewers Gold 6, ACL Rangers 3 Box Score / Game Log Trailing 3-1 heading to the bottom of the 9th, the 29-21 Golden Boys gave you a very good reason to click the game log link just above. There were two outs and nobody on when the five-run walk-off rally began! On August 7th, Brewers Player Development gave us this view of Friday night's home run hero - 22-year-old 6th round pick RHP Tyler Woessner (Central Arizona JC) has toyed with batters over his first three pro outings. Final: DSL Tigers #1 Squad 11, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 10, completion of July 7th suspended game Box Score / Game Log Tigers were down to their last out with no one on base when they rallied for two runs to win it. Final: DSL Tigers #1 Squad 3, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 0, regularly scheduled game Box Score / Game Log If I'm not mistaken, the Sounds, Timber Rattlers and now DSL #2 have all lost games in which they pitched one-hitters within the past month. Final: DSL Mets #1 Squad 5, DSL Brewers #1 Squad 2, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log @damuelle conveniently posted several other notes on these island misadventures in his forum post here. It's a changeup of a schedule on Saturday. Nashville enjoys a rare Saturday off, but they play two in Jacksonville Sunday. The Saturday game had to be postponed due to another event at the sports complex. Wisconsin completes Friday's contest before moving on to the nightcap. There will be three games in the Dominican, with Thursday's suspended game to be completed. It's another daytime meeting of the two Maryvale clubs. However you choose to spend your day, do feel free to mix in a rebound win for the Crew in Chicago this afternoon (please!). Take care, everyone. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  16. Transactions: RHP Alec Bettinger was released from AAA Nashville - it was a fantastic showing at AA Biloxi in 2019 (1.07 WHIP, 157 K in 146.1 IP) that netted Bettinger a late summer 2020 invite to the alternate training site and a 40-man roster spot that fall. Four 2021 MLB appearances, including a difficult debut start at the Dodgers. is what Bettinger can look back on at this time from a big-league perspective. His diminished role in the system came pretty abruptly this year. Hoping Alec can hook on quickly with another organization and flash his potential again, as he just turned 27 years old last month. RHP Adrian Houser sent on a rehab assignment to Nashville. Both INF Ethan Murray and LHP Russell Smith were placed on the Wisconsin 7-Day IL, each retroactive to August 4th INF Alberis Ferrer has been placed on the 7-Day IL at Carolina RHP Logan Henderson and 1B Ernesto Martinez commence rehab assignment with ACL Brewers Blue - both had been on the Wisconsin roster, though Henderson, the 2021 4th round selection, had yet to make his pro debut prior to Saturday INF Robert Moore, 3B Ben Metzinger and C/1B/OF Tayden Hall assigned to ACL Brewers Blue from ACL Brewers Gold (reversing yesterday’s musical chairs move) Here's a LHP Clayton Andrews (Tommy John) update. Final: Norfolk (Orioles) 3, Nashville 2 Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Stunned in Ninth by Tides - Nashville Suffers First Loss of Season When Leading After Eight Innings Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Three Quick Strikes: There are two strong suggestions this AM - be sure to read that game summary linked above, it's just one note of interest on top of another. The other is to indicate that while the Sounds bring a strong Twitter game, it's the Voice of the Sounds Jeff Hem who manages during the course of his broadcast to post more detailed nuggets, as he did last evening, so be sure to follow him as well. Take special note of his Joey Wiemer arm commentary, which we were aware, but always nice to re-confirm. Nashville 0-for-10 with RISP, Norfolk a bit better at 3-for-14, especially considering two of those knocks came in the fateful 9th. It appears that Jake Cousins may have the edge on Justin Topa in the rehab race, but the Brewers have more roster confusion ahead in order to free up 26-man and/or 40-man spots once either is activated from their 60-day IL stints. Look how very close Garrett Mitchell comes to saving the day - a catch here would have ended the game. The Tides wore Marvel Hulk jerseys, this game-winning double needed every inch of Hulk-power to escape Mitchell's glove. Final: Biloxi 5, Mississippi (Braves) 3 Gasser Hurls Five Scoreless in 5-3 Shuckers' Win - Robinson Records Third Double-A Save Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Three Quick Strikes: A reminder that each day we post a thread on our Minor League Forum, and while the volume of posts varies, it's often a running commentary from @Joseph Zarr and @damuelle of our reporting team, along with additional thoughts from our readers. Saturday's thread began here, while Joseph's Robert Gasser observations began here. Joseph, not sure if you have four monitors simultaneously up each night or how you do it but thank you! And don't you have a farm to maintain :)? Shuckers win despite their own RISP struggles, 0-for-8, Braves 1-for-7. About that clutch gene... Glad catcher Brent Diaz still has another year of organizational control before hitting minor league free agency, there is value in the glove and bat. Final: Wisconsin 3, Quad Cities (Royals) 2 Wisconsin Rallies Past River Bandits - Piñero’s 2RBI single gives Rattlers 3-2 lead; Bullpen holds on to the end Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Three Quick Strikes: Must be a misprint - Jackson Chourio, 0-for-5, three K's - K rate is 23.4% in 47 T-Rat at-bats; it was 30.4% in 250 Carolina at-bats, as impressive as those at-bats were otherwise First base hit at the High-A level for shortstop Eduardo Garcia With Ashton McGee still sidelined, I went to the MiLB TV archive from Tuesday's game (subscribers 02:33:45 hour minute mark) It was a nasty HBP on his right hand. Incredibly, McGee remained in the game for another inning before he was pinch-hit for next time up. With Wes Clarke still sidelined (no news there) and Ethan Murray formally placed on the IL as indicated atop this report, the T-Rats bench remains extremely thin. Final: Carolina 9, Kannapolis (White Sox) 3 Mudcats Win 9-3 as Avina Homers Twice in Debut - Starter Alexander Cornielle pitched through six scoreless while earning the victory Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Three Quick Strikes: Nice photo of Jace Avina in his Mudcat debut at that game summary link - that is my sneaky way of making you read the report from Carolina, loaded with nuggets well beyond what we could provide in quick blurbs. In 37 pro games, Avina is slugging .675. He's hit 12 home runs in 123 at-bats. Just a ridiculous find in the 14th round last year out of his Nevada high school. Mudcats didn't draw a single walk, yet everyone in the lineup had a base hit, and six players had two knocks. the boys were a-hackin', and effectively so! Dominican native RHP Alexander Cornielle turns 21 later this month. It's not easy to accumulate decisions at this level, Cornielle (now 7-7) has consistently pitched deep into games, has struck out 110 in 90.2 innings, and has only walked five in his most recent 28 frames as he's now overcome early-season control difficulties. This young man has been coached up since April, kudos Brewers! Final: ACL Brewers Gold 8, ACL Brewers Blue 4, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log A combined fifteen walks (one intentional), two HBP's and five wild pitches likely had coaches frustrated for the intra-squad battle, all in a truncated game, remember. Notes below from the Minor League Forum thread: 17 hours ago, CheeseheadInQC said: Nice to see Ernesto Martinez and Logan Henderson getting back on the field in Arizona. NOTE: This was Henderson's pro debut, a scoreless inning, one base hit allowed. 18-year old LHP Caden Vire is also seeing his first action since June 30th in this game, along with OF Luis Medina returning after missing a few games this week and 9th round pick Tayden Hall getting his first start at catcher in organization. Meanwhile, it seems a little odd that 4th round pick C Matthew Wood is missing his 2nd consecutive game. Perhaps his early exit in the 3rd inning on Thursday wasn’t pre-planned. SS Daniel Guilarte and C Darlin Lora also continue to miss time. In your daily reminder that every single player in the organization is a prospect, 19-year old 1B Jesus Parra (.718 season OPS) has a homer and a double, while 20-year old OF/INF Kaylan Nicasia (.817 season OPS) smacked a grand slam. Both play for ACL Brewers Gold. Final: DSL Brewers #1 Squad 5, DSL Texas Red 4 Box Score / Game Log Notes via @damuelle - Good 12-hit, come-from-behind, 5-4 victory for DSL Brewers1, scoring 2 runs in the top of the 9th inning to defeat DSL Texas Red. 18-year old RHP Aneuris Rodriguez (5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1 balk, 1 K) had his 2nd straight solid start. 17-year old 2B Angel Pereira (4-for-5) notched four singles and super signing SS Jhonny Severino (2-for-5; stole his 10th base, though committed his 17th error) had a key 9th inning double. RHP Bryan Rivera also returned after a five-week absence. Suspended: DSL Tigers #2 Squad 0, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 0, rain with two outs in the bottom of the 3rd inning Box Score / Game Log Notes via @Joseph Zarr - The DSL Brewers 2 game versus the DSL Tigers 2 was suspended in the bottom of the 3rd inning. 18-year- old righty, Daniel Corniel, was dealing through 3 IP with a sole hit surrendered and four strikeouts in the tally. However, the real news of this game, perhaps: Yeison Perez, playing right field today, hit his 15th double of the season in his sole AB. That’s now a .351 BA with a 1.127 OPS after 114 registered AB’s. All afternoon action on Sunday for the full-season affiliates, while as the norm, the rookie teams enjoy their Sunday off. Here's to a nice summer Sunday for all! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  17. We are not used to what we witnessed in a Nashville game Saturday evening, but we'll dust that off and enjoy the victories elsewhere in the chain. As usual, there was news on a number of fronts throughout the system beyond the box scores. Let's begin our daily journey in another effort to distract you from big-league woes. Transactions: RHP Alec Bettinger was released from AAA Nashville - it was a fantastic showing at AA Biloxi in 2019 (1.07 WHIP, 157 K in 146.1 IP) that netted Bettinger a late summer 2020 invite to the alternate training site and a 40-man roster spot that fall. Four 2021 MLB appearances, including a difficult debut start at the Dodgers. is what Bettinger can look back on at this time from a big-league perspective. His diminished role in the system came pretty abruptly this year. Hoping Alec can hook on quickly with another organization and flash his potential again, as he just turned 27 years old last month. RHP Adrian Houser sent on a rehab assignment to Nashville. Both INF Ethan Murray and LHP Russell Smith were placed on the Wisconsin 7-Day IL, each retroactive to August 4th INF Alberis Ferrer has been placed on the 7-Day IL at Carolina RHP Logan Henderson and 1B Ernesto Martinez commence rehab assignment with ACL Brewers Blue - both had been on the Wisconsin roster, though Henderson, the 2021 4th round selection, had yet to make his pro debut prior to Saturday INF Robert Moore, 3B Ben Metzinger and C/1B/OF Tayden Hall assigned to ACL Brewers Blue from ACL Brewers Gold (reversing yesterday’s musical chairs move) Here's a LHP Clayton Andrews (Tommy John) update. Final: Norfolk (Orioles) 3, Nashville 2 Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Stunned in Ninth by Tides - Nashville Suffers First Loss of Season When Leading After Eight Innings Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Three Quick Strikes: There are two strong suggestions this AM - be sure to read that game summary linked above, it's just one note of interest on top of another. The other is to indicate that while the Sounds bring a strong Twitter game, it's the Voice of the Sounds Jeff Hem who manages during the course of his broadcast to post more detailed nuggets, as he did last evening, so be sure to follow him as well. Take special note of his Joey Wiemer arm commentary, which we were aware, but always nice to re-confirm. Nashville 0-for-10 with RISP, Norfolk a bit better at 3-for-14, especially considering two of those knocks came in the fateful 9th. It appears that Jake Cousins may have the edge on Justin Topa in the rehab race, but the Brewers have more roster confusion ahead in order to free up 26-man and/or 40-man spots once either is activated from their 60-day IL stints. Look how very close Garrett Mitchell comes to saving the day - a catch here would have ended the game. The Tides wore Marvel Hulk jerseys, this game-winning double needed every inch of Hulk-power to escape Mitchell's glove. Final: Biloxi 5, Mississippi (Braves) 3 Gasser Hurls Five Scoreless in 5-3 Shuckers' Win - Robinson Records Third Double-A Save Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Three Quick Strikes: A reminder that each day we post a thread on our Minor League Forum, and while the volume of posts varies, it's often a running commentary from @Joseph Zarr and @damuelle of our reporting team, along with additional thoughts from our readers. Saturday's thread began here, while Joseph's Robert Gasser observations began here. Joseph, not sure if you have four monitors simultaneously up each night or how you do it but thank you! And don't you have a farm to maintain :)? Shuckers win despite their own RISP struggles, 0-for-8, Braves 1-for-7. About that clutch gene... Glad catcher Brent Diaz still has another year of organizational control before hitting minor league free agency, there is value in the glove and bat. Final: Wisconsin 3, Quad Cities (Royals) 2 Wisconsin Rallies Past River Bandits - Piñero’s 2RBI single gives Rattlers 3-2 lead; Bullpen holds on to the end Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Three Quick Strikes: Must be a misprint - Jackson Chourio, 0-for-5, three K's - K rate is 23.4% in 47 T-Rat at-bats; it was 30.4% in 250 Carolina at-bats, as impressive as those at-bats were otherwise First base hit at the High-A level for shortstop Eduardo Garcia With Ashton McGee still sidelined, I went to the MiLB TV archive from Tuesday's game (subscribers 02:33:45 hour minute mark) It was a nasty HBP on his right hand. Incredibly, McGee remained in the game for another inning before he was pinch-hit for next time up. With Wes Clarke still sidelined (no news there) and Ethan Murray formally placed on the IL as indicated atop this report, the T-Rats bench remains extremely thin. Final: Carolina 9, Kannapolis (White Sox) 3 Mudcats Win 9-3 as Avina Homers Twice in Debut - Starter Alexander Cornielle pitched through six scoreless while earning the victory Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Three Quick Strikes: Nice photo of Jace Avina in his Mudcat debut at that game summary link - that is my sneaky way of making you read the report from Carolina, loaded with nuggets well beyond what we could provide in quick blurbs. In 37 pro games, Avina is slugging .675. He's hit 12 home runs in 123 at-bats. Just a ridiculous find in the 14th round last year out of his Nevada high school. Mudcats didn't draw a single walk, yet everyone in the lineup had a base hit, and six players had two knocks. the boys were a-hackin', and effectively so! Dominican native RHP Alexander Cornielle turns 21 later this month. It's not easy to accumulate decisions at this level, Cornielle (now 7-7) has consistently pitched deep into games, has struck out 110 in 90.2 innings, and has only walked five in his most recent 28 frames as he's now overcome early-season control difficulties. This young man has been coached up since April, kudos Brewers! Final: ACL Brewers Gold 8, ACL Brewers Blue 4, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log A combined fifteen walks (one intentional), two HBP's and five wild pitches likely had coaches frustrated for the intra-squad battle, all in a truncated game, remember. Notes below from the Minor League Forum thread: 17 hours ago, CheeseheadInQC said: Nice to see Ernesto Martinez and Logan Henderson getting back on the field in Arizona. NOTE: This was Henderson's pro debut, a scoreless inning, one base hit allowed. 18-year old LHP Caden Vire is also seeing his first action since June 30th in this game, along with OF Luis Medina returning after missing a few games this week and 9th round pick Tayden Hall getting his first start at catcher in organization. Meanwhile, it seems a little odd that 4th round pick C Matthew Wood is missing his 2nd consecutive game. Perhaps his early exit in the 3rd inning on Thursday wasn’t pre-planned. SS Daniel Guilarte and C Darlin Lora also continue to miss time. In your daily reminder that every single player in the organization is a prospect, 19-year old 1B Jesus Parra (.718 season OPS) has a homer and a double, while 20-year old OF/INF Kaylan Nicasia (.817 season OPS) smacked a grand slam. Both play for ACL Brewers Gold. Final: DSL Brewers #1 Squad 5, DSL Texas Red 4 Box Score / Game Log Notes via @damuelle - Good 12-hit, come-from-behind, 5-4 victory for DSL Brewers1, scoring 2 runs in the top of the 9th inning to defeat DSL Texas Red. 18-year old RHP Aneuris Rodriguez (5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 1 balk, 1 K) had his 2nd straight solid start. 17-year old 2B Angel Pereira (4-for-5) notched four singles and super signing SS Jhonny Severino (2-for-5; stole his 10th base, though committed his 17th error) had a key 9th inning double. RHP Bryan Rivera also returned after a five-week absence. Suspended: DSL Tigers #2 Squad 0, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 0, rain with two outs in the bottom of the 3rd inning Box Score / Game Log Notes via @Joseph Zarr - The DSL Brewers 2 game versus the DSL Tigers 2 was suspended in the bottom of the 3rd inning. 18-year- old righty, Daniel Corniel, was dealing through 3 IP with a sole hit surrendered and four strikeouts in the tally. However, the real news of this game, perhaps: Yeison Perez, playing right field today, hit his 15th double of the season in his sole AB. That’s now a .351 BA with a 1.127 OPS after 114 registered AB’s. All afternoon action on Sunday for the full-season affiliates, while as the norm, the rookie teams enjoy their Sunday off. Here's to a nice summer Sunday for all! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  18. Tommy Ciacciio "It finally happened" is a weird way to start a conversation about something that feels counterintuitive and inorganic. I understand that the identity of the closer is outsized relative to their actual value. That said, since the moment Josh Hader was acquired for Carlos Gomez all those years ago, he's been inextricably attached to the identity of the Brewers as fearless small market titans who are perpetually competitive. It's rational to react negatively when the author of so many emotional moments is abruptly and permanently absent from the role you've associated them with for years. It's important to take a birds-eye view of the situation and assess whether or not those emotions have purchase when considering the trade's effect on the team. And my (unsolicited) objective, sterile and emotionless opinion? They do not. Sports are about the moment. As much as the spindly flamethrowing Josh Hader may have appeared nearly superhuman in his dominance, the metrics don't suggest irreplaceability. The most immediately useful piece is Taylor Rogers. An All-Star last year, Rogers doesn't have what it takes to replace Hader directly, but he does have what it takes to set up for Devin Williams, who hasn't allowed a run since May 10th. Dinelson Lamet is the player with the second most major league experience. While less effective due to a series of injuries, he is only two years separated from a fourth place Cy Young finish. And then there is Robert Gasser and Esteury Ruiz to complete the trade. A pitching and outfield prospect respectively, each comes with an exciting high ceiling. Gasser is a crafty control pitcher who, despite not having dominating velocity, has managed a 30.5% strikeout rate. The speedy Ruiz maintained a gaudy .450 OBP in double and triple-A over 374 plate appearances. There are worse problems than being loaded with a bastion of young, elite talent, but with elite talent comes commensurate paydays. The Brewers will soon be forced to navigate paydays for Woodruff and Burnes, Adames and Urias. Investing heavily in a one-inning asset, even one of historical domination, just wasn't tenable. Fortunately, the savvy Stearns regime has found a way to trade him for a hefty bounty and remain at least as close to competitive as they were Monday morning. Kyle Ginsbach I'll admit I was initially shocked when the trade was first broken. After the initial shock died down, I was on board. I think what many fans are missing with this deal is the real value of the return. Though Rogers isn't the same caliber as Hader, he's a proven major league reliever, and the Brewers might not even ask him to close. Neither Ruiz nor Lament are proven big leaguers, but both ooze with potential. Ruiz boasted an OPS over 1.000 and stole over 60 bags in AAA this year. Lament arguably boasts Cy-Young caliber stuff when he's healthy and has command. Though Gasser's numbers don't jump off the page, any pitcher the Brewers front office is high on is worth noting. Most Brewer fans are aware of what they're losing, and as hard as it may be to see Hader go, now was probably the right time. More than ever, the Brewers can replace a closer, and there's never a bad time to add young talent. Obviously, the Brewers are betting they can replace Hader's production and add for the future. If that's the case, I'm sold. Caswell Dommisse Do I think the Crew could have gotten more? Probably. But the reliever market has changed so much since that huge Aroldis Chapman trade that brought him to Chicago back in 2016. This trade seems pretty fair overall. Rogers and Lamet are both exciting pitchers. Rogers has 28 saves on the year, second to Hader's 29 across the entire MLB, and offers an intriguing approach. His numbers are drastically elevated from one appearance back on June 2nd in Milwaukee, where he took the loss with four earned runs. Rogers is a free agent at year's end, but Lamet will be arbitration-eligible for one more season. He has struggled with injuries but has elite stretches. Looking at both of these guys makes it seem like the Padres limit their pitchers quite a bit, as each has decreased their pitch repertoire this season, so both could be a little different than what we've seen thus far. I am wondering what the plan will be with Lamet, who is a better starter than a reliever (3.78 ERA versus 6.90). Gasser looks to be quite good, and with the way the Crew has been developing pitchers, I'd be very excited if I were him to work in the pitching lab. I expect him to make a jump shortly and for fans to hear from him soon. He will need to limit the extra-base hits against right-handed batters, who have slugged .457 despite an average of .262. Lefties need to be concerned, though, with only 1(!) extra-base hit, a double, against him and an average of just .216. I am underwhelmed about Ruiz, but he has had some really good numbers in the minors this year, so maybe David Stearns sees him filling in that center field gap I talked about in my article a couple of days ago. Overall, I am very happy with this deal; it gives quite a bit of insight into the general direction the Brewers have as an organization. Rather than draining the farm for one huge run, a sustained attack with many runs where the team hopes to get lucky is critical for a small market team who won't pay those big free agents.
  19. We asked a few or our writers for their initial reactions and to breakdown the trade that send Josh Hader away from the Brewers during a NL Central division race. Here were their reactions. Tommy Ciacciio "It finally happened" is a weird way to start a conversation about something that feels counterintuitive and inorganic. I understand that the identity of the closer is outsized relative to their actual value. That said, since the moment Josh Hader was acquired for Carlos Gomez all those years ago, he's been inextricably attached to the identity of the Brewers as fearless small market titans who are perpetually competitive. It's rational to react negatively when the author of so many emotional moments is abruptly and permanently absent from the role you've associated them with for years. It's important to take a birds-eye view of the situation and assess whether or not those emotions have purchase when considering the trade's effect on the team. And my (unsolicited) objective, sterile and emotionless opinion? They do not. Sports are about the moment. As much as the spindly flamethrowing Josh Hader may have appeared nearly superhuman in his dominance, the metrics don't suggest irreplaceability. The most immediately useful piece is Taylor Rogers. An All-Star last year, Rogers doesn't have what it takes to replace Hader directly, but he does have what it takes to set up for Devin Williams, who hasn't allowed a run since May 10th. Dinelson Lamet is the player with the second most major league experience. While less effective due to a series of injuries, he is only two years separated from a fourth place Cy Young finish. And then there is Robert Gasser and Esteury Ruiz to complete the trade. A pitching and outfield prospect respectively, each comes with an exciting high ceiling. Gasser is a crafty control pitcher who, despite not having dominating velocity, has managed a 30.5% strikeout rate. The speedy Ruiz maintained a gaudy .450 OBP in double and triple-A over 374 plate appearances. There are worse problems than being loaded with a bastion of young, elite talent, but with elite talent comes commensurate paydays. The Brewers will soon be forced to navigate paydays for Woodruff and Burnes, Adames and Urias. Investing heavily in a one-inning asset, even one of historical domination, just wasn't tenable. Fortunately, the savvy Stearns regime has found a way to trade him for a hefty bounty and remain at least as close to competitive as they were Monday morning. Kyle Ginsbach I'll admit I was initially shocked when the trade was first broken. After the initial shock died down, I was on board. I think what many fans are missing with this deal is the real value of the return. Though Rogers isn't the same caliber as Hader, he's a proven major league reliever, and the Brewers might not even ask him to close. Neither Ruiz nor Lament are proven big leaguers, but both ooze with potential. Ruiz boasted an OPS over 1.000 and stole over 60 bags in AAA this year. Lament arguably boasts Cy-Young caliber stuff when he's healthy and has command. Though Gasser's numbers don't jump off the page, any pitcher the Brewers front office is high on is worth noting. Most Brewer fans are aware of what they're losing, and as hard as it may be to see Hader go, now was probably the right time. More than ever, the Brewers can replace a closer, and there's never a bad time to add young talent. Obviously, the Brewers are betting they can replace Hader's production and add for the future. If that's the case, I'm sold. Caswell Dommisse Do I think the Crew could have gotten more? Probably. But the reliever market has changed so much since that huge Aroldis Chapman trade that brought him to Chicago back in 2016. This trade seems pretty fair overall. Rogers and Lamet are both exciting pitchers. Rogers has 28 saves on the year, second to Hader's 29 across the entire MLB, and offers an intriguing approach. His numbers are drastically elevated from one appearance back on June 2nd in Milwaukee, where he took the loss with four earned runs. Rogers is a free agent at year's end, but Lamet will be arbitration-eligible for one more season. He has struggled with injuries but has elite stretches. Looking at both of these guys makes it seem like the Padres limit their pitchers quite a bit, as each has decreased their pitch repertoire this season, so both could be a little different than what we've seen thus far. I am wondering what the plan will be with Lamet, who is a better starter than a reliever (3.78 ERA versus 6.90). Gasser looks to be quite good, and with the way the Crew has been developing pitchers, I'd be very excited if I were him to work in the pitching lab. I expect him to make a jump shortly and for fans to hear from him soon. He will need to limit the extra-base hits against right-handed batters, who have slugged .457 despite an average of .262. Lefties need to be concerned, though, with only 1(!) extra-base hit, a double, against him and an average of just .216. I am underwhelmed about Ruiz, but he has had some really good numbers in the minors this year, so maybe David Stearns sees him filling in that center field gap I talked about in my article a couple of days ago. Overall, I am very happy with this deal; it gives quite a bit of insight into the general direction the Brewers have as an organization. Rather than draining the farm for one huge run, a sustained attack with many runs where the team hopes to get lucky is critical for a small market team who won't pay those big free agents. View full article
  20. Firstly, I think it's fair to say: this isn't how any of us imagined the Brewers trade deadline kicking off. Like many Brewers fans, I was quite shocked when I saw the news alerts begin rapid firing in succession on my iPhone screen. Josh Hader has become synonymous with pretty much all facets of Milwaukee Brewers success. And, poof, just like that, our stud closer was gone. If there's anything we've come to learn since David Stearns took the helm atop the Brewers decision-making ladder it most certainly is: expect the unexpected. Just when you think they're targeting a Josh Bell or a Ramon Laureano, they go right ahead and send out their HOF closer in the midst of a division lead and a mad dash for the playoffs. And, so here we are. If we step back and consider what Stearns shared publicly post-trade this all starts to make a bit more sense. Take a look here: A significant piece of the Hader trade haul puzzle is the difficult decision of letting a HOF closer go for a very good MLB replacement - i.e. staying relevant now - while also keeping a keen eye toward future competitiveness - i.e. having multiple more chances to be relevant in the future. This is an extremely difficult thing to do. I'm unqualified to make salary prognostications but suffice to say: the Brewers saved salary NOW and have more flexibility during the next 24 hours. I commend the personnel department for their willingness to see the forest for the trees - even if it means sending out an all-time great. They've also added a tantalizing outfield talent to an already robust outfield pool and they've acquired a very toolsy lefty to add to a pitching pool that, frankly, needs depth. I will simply say: from my vantage point, today the Milwaukee Brewers Minor League system improved considerably. The Brewers acquired two very interesting and exciting players. And, in Gasser, they may have simply acquired the best pitcher in their entire system. OF Esteury Ruiz You'll be hard-pressed to find a more dominant and improved season at any level in Minor League baseball than the 2021 to 2022 quantitative and qualitative output of OF Esteury Ruiz . It's quite obvious, the Brewers see staying power with Ruiz's improved plate output and they already love his speed. And, frankly, they aren't the only ones. Consider these examples: Dive into that 'Prospect Larceny' list and you'll see two things: the Brewers have seven top-100 prospects offensively (list on the left) and, in this particular metric, Esteury Ruiz is the Brewers highest rated offensive player. Yes, ahead of super-phenom OF Jackson Chourio. You can pick and choose amongst stat metrics, obviously, and I'm not going to do that here (even if I did!), but the main point is: in 2022, at least, Esteury Ruiz is really really good. Top 10 talent good. However, to simply claim he just suddenly broke out also isn't true. This is a player who has taken a gradual path of meaningful Minor League improvement. As noted by Prospects 1500's Alex Sanchez in early June: Some have pointed to his 60 stolen bases in MILB this season and offered sentiments like: "Well, he just knows how to steal bases." Ummmm, yes. And, to be frank: he's just extremely fast. See the following: You've seen the above run-down diving catch in center field. Well, how about a chase-down extremely difficult catch in right field? How about a running and diving catch in right field at the Major League level? A successful steal off an obvious fastball? It would appear he's safe by a couple seconds: Hey, guess what? Esteury Ruiz is extremely fast on a baseball field. Ruiz batted primarily lead-off and in the two-hole for San Diego. Obviously, they wanted to get that speed on the base paths. Have I mentioned he's fast? Ok, good. Phew. So, what it would appear it comes down to with Perez is quite simple: can he maintain the batting improvements we see in his 2022 Minor League season and maintain some semblance of this at the Major League level? It's much too early to tell but, but it's easy to see why the Brewers wanted him in this deal. As for the 2022 Double and Triple-A numbers: I'm excited to see how he fares in Nashville! This is a player David Stearns believes might appear with the Brewers this season. And, certainly, this is another player in the outfield mix for the seasons ahead. Does this mean other moves are on the trade deadline horizon? Possibly. It might also simply mean a bigger apple. LHP Robert Gasser I definitely am intrigued and love what I see from Esteury Ruiz - I feel he offers an extremely enticing toolkit to an MLB club. However, if I'm being honest, I'm more excited about what Robert Gasser brings to the Brewers' organizational pitching depth. Gasser seems like a young pitcher tailor-made for the Brewers esteemed 'pitching lab'. Just look at this interview from the beloved Fangraphs website. Notable quotes of intrigue: This is a young hurler that embodies what every modern pitching program is striving to achieve: a player invested in analytic-driven tweaks, implementation, and evolution-driven results. And, there are distinct reasons Gasser won the Midwest League's pitcher of the week in late June: he's gotten better this season and he's seeing the fruits of his labor. Honestly, it's a shame the Brewers couldn't have placed him in High-A Wisconsin to kick off his Brewers career; the Timber Rattlers would have briefly had the 1,2,3 spots in the Midwest League strikeout leader board with Jarvis, Gasser, and Kelly. Keep in mind, Gasser has more K's than coveted LHP Antoine Kelly (now with the Rangers, it would appear), but, half the walks. Gasser will join Brandon Knarr and T.JShook in Biloxi and help stabilize an improving starting rotation down south. And, who knows, maybe Jarvis heads south as well. I first became aware of this 2022 improved version of Gasser when I watched him absolutely dominate the Timber Rattlers bats on May 8th (6 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 BB, 6 K). I continued to watch him peripherally as I monitored the Midwest pitching leader board - and, yes, he had some hiccups as High-A pitchers do. But, he had absolutely found aspects of his stuff in the past two months that would leave any organization wanting more: Here's Fort Wayne's Journal Gazette writer, Dylan Sinn, sharing locally. As noted in this article, and discussed in the trade aftermath: there is more significant speed discrepancies available between his fastball repertoire and his off-speed stuff. When that speed gap widens, we'll most likely see even more swings and misses. Given his commitment to horizontal and vertical movement, I firmly believe this is in the cards. And, make no mistake, Gasser had clearly become the Tin Caps' ace: A Double-A promotion is the obvious next step. Let's see what he can accomplish in Biloxi! So where will Gasser and Ruiz land in our 'Top Prospects' lists? It's very easy to see, in my humble opinion, both prospects will immediately fall in the Brewer Fanatic Top 10 (Brewer Fanatic Prospect Tracker Here). I advise: don't get caught up in early-season rankings placing Ruiz #28 on the MLB Pipeline Padres list - this is an ascending player who's already made it to the Major Leagues this year which is something we can't say for Chourio, Frelick, Wiemer, or Mitchell. This being said, both players are changing organizations and with that comes an unknown period of adjustment(s). So, without further ado, I will offer you my Brewers post-trade Top 10 as I see it: (1) Jackson Chourio (2) Sal Frelick (3) Brice Turang (4) Robert Gasser (5) Esteury Ruiz (6) Garrett Mitchell (7) Eric Brown Jr. (8) Joey Wiemer (9) Tyler Black (10) Hendry Mendez Apologies to my 'Spirit Animal', but, Joey Wiemer's offensive slump is real - I'm simply waiting for an exodus into expected XBH pastures. No apologies for the talent I am sharing here. Absolutely none at all.
  21. An important part of the Josh Hader trade - and long may Josh Hader live joyously in the hearts of Brewers fans - were two highly-touted but possibly (probably likely) off-your-radar Padres prospects in OF Esteury Ruiz and LHP Robert Gasser. Ruiz will begin his Brewers career in Nashville (AAA) while Gasser will take the mound for Biloxi (AA). So, who are these prospects anyhow and what might we expect? And do you have any cool clips of them playing? Yes. Yes, I do. I am here to give you a brief overview and some general thoughts. So, let's get to it! Firstly, I think it's fair to say: this isn't how any of us imagined the Brewers trade deadline kicking off. Like many Brewers fans, I was quite shocked when I saw the news alerts begin rapid firing in succession on my iPhone screen. Josh Hader has become synonymous with pretty much all facets of Milwaukee Brewers success. And, poof, just like that, our stud closer was gone. If there's anything we've come to learn since David Stearns took the helm atop the Brewers decision-making ladder it most certainly is: expect the unexpected. Just when you think they're targeting a Josh Bell or a Ramon Laureano, they go right ahead and send out their HOF closer in the midst of a division lead and a mad dash for the playoffs. And, so here we are. If we step back and consider what Stearns shared publicly post-trade this all starts to make a bit more sense. Take a look here: A significant piece of the Hader trade haul puzzle is the difficult decision of letting a HOF closer go for a very good MLB replacement - i.e. staying relevant now - while also keeping a keen eye toward future competitiveness - i.e. having multiple more chances to be relevant in the future. This is an extremely difficult thing to do. I'm unqualified to make salary prognostications but suffice to say: the Brewers saved salary NOW and have more flexibility during the next 24 hours. I commend the personnel department for their willingness to see the forest for the trees - even if it means sending out an all-time great. They've also added a tantalizing outfield talent to an already robust outfield pool and they've acquired a very toolsy lefty to add to a pitching pool that, frankly, needs depth. I will simply say: from my vantage point, today the Milwaukee Brewers Minor League system improved considerably. The Brewers acquired two very interesting and exciting players. And, in Gasser, they may have simply acquired the best pitcher in their entire system. OF Esteury Ruiz You'll be hard-pressed to find a more dominant and improved season at any level in Minor League baseball than the 2021 to 2022 quantitative and qualitative output of OF Esteury Ruiz . It's quite obvious, the Brewers see staying power with Ruiz's improved plate output and they already love his speed. And, frankly, they aren't the only ones. Consider these examples: Dive into that 'Prospect Larceny' list and you'll see two things: the Brewers have seven top-100 prospects offensively (list on the left) and, in this particular metric, Esteury Ruiz is the Brewers highest rated offensive player. Yes, ahead of super-phenom OF Jackson Chourio. You can pick and choose amongst stat metrics, obviously, and I'm not going to do that here (even if I did!), but the main point is: in 2022, at least, Esteury Ruiz is really really good. Top 10 talent good. However, to simply claim he just suddenly broke out also isn't true. This is a player who has taken a gradual path of meaningful Minor League improvement. As noted by Prospects 1500's Alex Sanchez in early June: Some have pointed to his 60 stolen bases in MILB this season and offered sentiments like: "Well, he just knows how to steal bases." Ummmm, yes. And, to be frank: he's just extremely fast. See the following: You've seen the above run-down diving catch in center field. Well, how about a chase-down extremely difficult catch in right field? How about a running and diving catch in right field at the Major League level? A successful steal off an obvious fastball? It would appear he's safe by a couple seconds: Hey, guess what? Esteury Ruiz is extremely fast on a baseball field. Ruiz batted primarily lead-off and in the two-hole for San Diego. Obviously, they wanted to get that speed on the base paths. Have I mentioned he's fast? Ok, good. Phew. So, what it would appear it comes down to with Perez is quite simple: can he maintain the batting improvements we see in his 2022 Minor League season and maintain some semblance of this at the Major League level? It's much too early to tell but, but it's easy to see why the Brewers wanted him in this deal. As for the 2022 Double and Triple-A numbers: I'm excited to see how he fares in Nashville! This is a player David Stearns believes might appear with the Brewers this season. And, certainly, this is another player in the outfield mix for the seasons ahead. Does this mean other moves are on the trade deadline horizon? Possibly. It might also simply mean a bigger apple. LHP Robert Gasser I definitely am intrigued and love what I see from Esteury Ruiz - I feel he offers an extremely enticing toolkit to an MLB club. However, if I'm being honest, I'm more excited about what Robert Gasser brings to the Brewers' organizational pitching depth. Gasser seems like a young pitcher tailor-made for the Brewers esteemed 'pitching lab'. Just look at this interview from the beloved Fangraphs website. Notable quotes of intrigue: This is a young hurler that embodies what every modern pitching program is striving to achieve: a player invested in analytic-driven tweaks, implementation, and evolution-driven results. And, there are distinct reasons Gasser won the Midwest League's pitcher of the week in late June: he's gotten better this season and he's seeing the fruits of his labor. Honestly, it's a shame the Brewers couldn't have placed him in High-A Wisconsin to kick off his Brewers career; the Timber Rattlers would have briefly had the 1,2,3 spots in the Midwest League strikeout leader board with Jarvis, Gasser, and Kelly. Keep in mind, Gasser has more K's than coveted LHP Antoine Kelly (now with the Rangers, it would appear), but, half the walks. Gasser will join Brandon Knarr and T.JShook in Biloxi and help stabilize an improving starting rotation down south. And, who knows, maybe Jarvis heads south as well. I first became aware of this 2022 improved version of Gasser when I watched him absolutely dominate the Timber Rattlers bats on May 8th (6 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 BB, 6 K). I continued to watch him peripherally as I monitored the Midwest pitching leader board - and, yes, he had some hiccups as High-A pitchers do. But, he had absolutely found aspects of his stuff in the past two months that would leave any organization wanting more: Here's Fort Wayne's Journal Gazette writer, Dylan Sinn, sharing locally. As noted in this article, and discussed in the trade aftermath: there is more significant speed discrepancies available between his fastball repertoire and his off-speed stuff. When that speed gap widens, we'll most likely see even more swings and misses. Given his commitment to horizontal and vertical movement, I firmly believe this is in the cards. And, make no mistake, Gasser had clearly become the Tin Caps' ace: A Double-A promotion is the obvious next step. Let's see what he can accomplish in Biloxi! So where will Gasser and Ruiz land in our 'Top Prospects' lists? It's very easy to see, in my humble opinion, both prospects will immediately fall in the Brewer Fanatic Top 10 (Brewer Fanatic Prospect Tracker Here). I advise: don't get caught up in early-season rankings placing Ruiz #28 on the MLB Pipeline Padres list - this is an ascending player who's already made it to the Major Leagues this year which is something we can't say for Chourio, Frelick, Wiemer, or Mitchell. This being said, both players are changing organizations and with that comes an unknown period of adjustment(s). So, without further ado, I will offer you my Brewers post-trade Top 10 as I see it: (1) Jackson Chourio (2) Sal Frelick (3) Brice Turang (4) Robert Gasser (5) Esteury Ruiz (6) Garrett Mitchell (7) Eric Brown Jr. (8) Joey Wiemer (9) Tyler Black (10) Hendry Mendez Apologies to my 'Spirit Animal', but, Joey Wiemer's offensive slump is real - I'm simply waiting for an exodus into expected XBH pastures. No apologies for the talent I am sharing here. Absolutely none at all. 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  22. Per a report from Jeff Passan, Brewers left-handed reliever Josh Hader has been traded to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Taylor Rogers and prospects. More information to come as details unfold. Taylor Rogers, who is a free agent at the end of the season, is also left-handed and after several successful seasons with the Minnesota Twins, was traded to San Diego just before Opening Day. Rogers has struggled in the closer role for the Padres, blowing seven saves and posting a WPA of -0.5. Josh Hader leads MLB with 29 saves. Rogers is second with 28 saves. This marks the third time that Hader has been traded at the July deadline in his career. A 19th-round pick in 2012 by the Orioles, he was traded to the Astros in a deal that sent Bud Norris to Baltimore. Then at the July deadline in 2016, he and three others were traded to the Brewers for right-hander Mike Fiers and Carlos Gomez. Hader made his debut in 2017 and has been named to each All Star team since 2018. In his six seasons with The Crew, he pitched in 269 games, all out of the bullpen. He is 17-17 but has 125 career saves. In 316 1/3 innings, he struck out an incredible 541 batters (15.4 K/9). Robert Gasser is a 23-year-old left-handed pitcher in A-Ball. He is the Padres #7 prospect according to MLB Pipeline. Esteury Ruiz is a 23-year-old outfielder. ranked #28 on the Padres MLB Pipeline rankings. He has spent time with the Padres. Dinelson Lamet, 29, has recently been brought back to the Padres after fighting injuries the last couple of years. He has shown flashes of brilliance recently out of the bullpen, though the sample size is very small and the ERA isn't pretty (9.49 in 12 1/3 innings). If he can harness some control, he could provide depth to the Brewers bullpen. Heading into play on Monday, the Brewers are 57-45, three games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals atop the NL Central division. The Padres are 57-46 which puts them 12 games behind the NL West-leading Dodgers (68-33). There it is. How do you feel about the Brewers trading Hader, and specifically, how do you feel about the reported return?
  23. Rumors have circulated that Hader could be dealt but most expected it to occur in the offseason, not during a division race. Per a report from Jeff Passan, Brewers left-handed reliever Josh Hader has been traded to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Taylor Rogers and prospects. More information to come as details unfold. Taylor Rogers, who is a free agent at the end of the season, is also left-handed and after several successful seasons with the Minnesota Twins, was traded to San Diego just before Opening Day. Rogers has struggled in the closer role for the Padres, blowing seven saves and posting a WPA of -0.5. Josh Hader leads MLB with 29 saves. Rogers is second with 28 saves. This marks the third time that Hader has been traded at the July deadline in his career. A 19th-round pick in 2012 by the Orioles, he was traded to the Astros in a deal that sent Bud Norris to Baltimore. Then at the July deadline in 2016, he and three others were traded to the Brewers for right-hander Mike Fiers and Carlos Gomez. Hader made his debut in 2017 and has been named to each All Star team since 2018. In his six seasons with The Crew, he pitched in 269 games, all out of the bullpen. He is 17-17 but has 125 career saves. In 316 1/3 innings, he struck out an incredible 541 batters (15.4 K/9). Robert Gasser is a 23-year-old left-handed pitcher in A-Ball. He is the Padres #7 prospect according to MLB Pipeline. Esteury Ruiz is a 23-year-old outfielder. ranked #28 on the Padres MLB Pipeline rankings. He has spent time with the Padres. Dinelson Lamet, 29, has recently been brought back to the Padres after fighting injuries the last couple of years. He has shown flashes of brilliance recently out of the bullpen, though the sample size is very small and the ERA isn't pretty (9.49 in 12 1/3 innings). If he can harness some control, he could provide depth to the Brewers bullpen. Heading into play on Monday, the Brewers are 57-45, three games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals atop the NL Central division. The Padres are 57-46 which puts them 12 games behind the NL West-leading Dodgers (68-33). There it is. How do you feel about the Brewers trading Hader, and specifically, how do you feel about the reported return? View full article
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