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  1. The Milwaukee Brewers are still attempting to secure a spot in the 2022 Major League Baseball postseason, but this afternoon the focus turned to minor league action. With the Arizona Fall League rosters being unveiled, Milwaukee fans found out who would be representing the Brewers in Glendale. Ultimately the Brewers chose eight prospects to roster with Glendale in the Arizona Fall League. Brewer Fanatic’s 7th ranked prospect Tyler Black headlines the group, but there’s plenty of intrigue to look into across the participants. Here’s a bit about each: Tyler Black (7) - 2B - A+ - 64 G .281/.406/.424 13 2B 4 3B 4 HR Black is a native Canadian and was selected in the 1st round (33rd overall) out of Wright State by the Brewers in the 2021 MLB draft. He posted a .748 OPS in his first pro season across 26 games. Playing the entirety of 2022 at High-A, Black has actually walked more than he’s struck out, and while power hasn’t played, he’s shown a good deal of plate discipline. Milwaukee is certainly looking to get him more game action with him logging so few this year. He’s coming back from a left scapula fracture over the summer. Jeferson Quero (9) - C - A/A+ - 95 G .286/.342/.439 22 2B 2 3B 10 HR The Brewers signed Quero out of Venezuela as an international free agent back in 2019. He debuted in the Arizona Complex League last season, and has been playing in full-seasons leagues for the duration of this year. Quero earned a promotion after posting a .757 OPS with Low-A Carolina, and while the sample size for High-A Wisconsin is just 20 games, he’s held his own with an .860 OPS. Russell Smith - LHP - A+ - 15 G 68.1 IP 4.87 ERA 8.2 K/9 3.6 BB/9 Drafted in the 2nd round of the 2021 MLB draft, Smith was taken from Texas Christian University. He didn’t pitch after being selected last season, and made his professional debut at High-A this season. Strikeouts have dropped a bit from where he was as a collegiate arm, and he just barely surpassed 100 innings over the course of three seasons with the Horned Frogs. Milwaukee is certainly looking to build up his arm a bit more before the offseason. Logan Henderson - RHP - Rk/A - 7 G 13.2 IP 3.95 ERA 15.1 K/9 4.0 BB/9 Taken in the 4th round of the 2021 MLB draft from McClennan Community College, this is Henderson’s first season of professional baseball. He’s been eased into action throwing less than two innings per start on average. The 23 strikeouts are impressive, and he’ll look to continue refining command against some solid competition. Abner Uribe - RHP- AA - 2 G 3.0 IP 0.00 ERA 4 K 4 BB A 22-year old reliever, Uribe is working his way back from injury. He tore his meniscus back in April and underwent surgery to repair his knee. Uribe pitched for Salt River last season in the Arizona Fall League, and will return again this year. Just recently turning 22-years-old, Uribe threw 33 2/3 innings for Carolina last season and could be an option for a longer Double-A stint in 2023. Ryan Middendorf - RHP - Rk/A/A+/AA - 21 G 41.1 IP 2.18 ERA 13.1 K/9 2.4 BB/9 Middendorft went undrafted out of Lake Erie College and was playing with Schaumburg in the Frontier League when the Brewers signed him. He’s made stops at four different levels of the Milwaukee system this season, and although he struggled most at Double-A, the strikeout numbers alongside command are encouraging. Purely a reliever, the Brewers are allowing him to test stuff against stiffer competition. Je’Von Ward - OF - Has not played in 2021 Milwaukee made Ward their 12th round pick back in 2017 and his career has been a bit stunted. Not playing at all in 2020 due to the pandemic canceled minor league season, and now having not appeared in 2022 due to injury, he’ll look to get in game action during the Arizona Fall League slate. Zavier Warren - INF - A+/AA 125 G .224/.304/.367 28 2B 2 3B 11 HR Taken in the third round of the 2020 MLB draft by Milwaukee, Warren has exclusively played first and third base on the farm this year. He’s struggled quite a bit offensively, although his plate discipline has actually been better since the move to Double-A. He has played 20 games at catcher during his pro career, and there’s some thought he may benefit from a switch back behind the plate. Who are you excited about seeing represent the Brewers in Arizona? Were there any prospects not invited you were disappointed about? View full article
  2. Ultimately the Brewers chose eight prospects to roster with Glendale in the Arizona Fall League. Brewer Fanatic’s 7th ranked prospect Tyler Black headlines the group, but there’s plenty of intrigue to look into across the participants. Here’s a bit about each: Tyler Black (7) - 2B - A+ - 64 G .281/.406/.424 13 2B 4 3B 4 HR Black is a native Canadian and was selected in the 1st round (33rd overall) out of Wright State by the Brewers in the 2021 MLB draft. He posted a .748 OPS in his first pro season across 26 games. Playing the entirety of 2022 at High-A, Black has actually walked more than he’s struck out, and while power hasn’t played, he’s shown a good deal of plate discipline. Milwaukee is certainly looking to get him more game action with him logging so few this year. He’s coming back from a left scapula fracture over the summer. Jeferson Quero (9) - C - A/A+ - 95 G .286/.342/.439 22 2B 2 3B 10 HR The Brewers signed Quero out of Venezuela as an international free agent back in 2019. He debuted in the Arizona Complex League last season, and has been playing in full-seasons leagues for the duration of this year. Quero earned a promotion after posting a .757 OPS with Low-A Carolina, and while the sample size for High-A Wisconsin is just 20 games, he’s held his own with an .860 OPS. Russell Smith - LHP - A+ - 15 G 68.1 IP 4.87 ERA 8.2 K/9 3.6 BB/9 Drafted in the 2nd round of the 2021 MLB draft, Smith was taken from Texas Christian University. He didn’t pitch after being selected last season, and made his professional debut at High-A this season. Strikeouts have dropped a bit from where he was as a collegiate arm, and he just barely surpassed 100 innings over the course of three seasons with the Horned Frogs. Milwaukee is certainly looking to build up his arm a bit more before the offseason. Logan Henderson - RHP - Rk/A - 7 G 13.2 IP 3.95 ERA 15.1 K/9 4.0 BB/9 Taken in the 4th round of the 2021 MLB draft from McClennan Community College, this is Henderson’s first season of professional baseball. He’s been eased into action throwing less than two innings per start on average. The 23 strikeouts are impressive, and he’ll look to continue refining command against some solid competition. Abner Uribe - RHP- AA - 2 G 3.0 IP 0.00 ERA 4 K 4 BB A 22-year old reliever, Uribe is working his way back from injury. He tore his meniscus back in April and underwent surgery to repair his knee. Uribe pitched for Salt River last season in the Arizona Fall League, and will return again this year. Just recently turning 22-years-old, Uribe threw 33 2/3 innings for Carolina last season and could be an option for a longer Double-A stint in 2023. Ryan Middendorf - RHP - Rk/A/A+/AA - 21 G 41.1 IP 2.18 ERA 13.1 K/9 2.4 BB/9 Middendorft went undrafted out of Lake Erie College and was playing with Schaumburg in the Frontier League when the Brewers signed him. He’s made stops at four different levels of the Milwaukee system this season, and although he struggled most at Double-A, the strikeout numbers alongside command are encouraging. Purely a reliever, the Brewers are allowing him to test stuff against stiffer competition. Je’Von Ward - OF - Has not played in 2021 Milwaukee made Ward their 12th round pick back in 2017 and his career has been a bit stunted. Not playing at all in 2020 due to the pandemic canceled minor league season, and now having not appeared in 2022 due to injury, he’ll look to get in game action during the Arizona Fall League slate. Zavier Warren - INF - A+/AA 125 G .224/.304/.367 28 2B 2 3B 11 HR Taken in the third round of the 2020 MLB draft by Milwaukee, Warren has exclusively played first and third base on the farm this year. He’s struggled quite a bit offensively, although his plate discipline has actually been better since the move to Double-A. He has played 20 games at catcher during his pro career, and there’s some thought he may benefit from a switch back behind the plate. Who are you excited about seeing represent the Brewers in Arizona? Were there any prospects not invited you were disappointed about?
  3. Thread will be utilized for any minor league news Thursday, lineup updates, etc. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League Scoreboard Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  4. Transactions: None *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 6, Columbus (Guardians) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Almonte Powers Sounds Past Clippers - Nashville Win Streak Reaches Seven with Fourth Straight in Columbus Lather. Rinse. Repeat. If the Sounds aren't on autopilot (In the best of ways), then it's pretty close. Power (Abraham Almonte HR #11, Jon Singleton HR #12), accompanied by speed (Pablo Reyes SB #10), joined by clean defense, and that's just on the position player side of things. Mix in another strong start (hello, wily Josh Lindblom) and stellar relief work, which is a given with this squad, and the proof is in the very tasty pudding. For someone who comments almost weekly on his pre-game interview show with Voice of the Sounds Jeff Hem about his lean roster, we currently count 17 (!) apparently healthy and active pitchers on Rick Sweet's squad. Almost surely at least one of the 40-man roster relievers (Trevor Kelley, Peter Strzelecki, Luke Barker) will accompany the Brewers on their upcoming road trip to Minnesota and San Francisco as a taxi squad member. But yeah Rick, on the mound, you're in good shape. Reyes, playing left field, walked three times here. Catcher Mario Feliciano played for the first time since July 2nd, 0-for-3 with a walk, but the fact that he was behind the plate pretty much indicates no concerning issue. Mini-trivia: How many catchers are currently on the 40-man roster? Four? Nope, it's five - Narvaez, Caratini, Severino, Feliciano, and don't forget Alex Jackson on the MLB IL. Jackson has a left middle finger sprain that has lingered for a full month now. Since we don't have video for this one, catch up down the foul line with starter Dylan File, and don't forget the most recent batch of Nashville pre-game audio. (We've asked if Biloxi's pre-games could be shared similarly, but it doesn't appear that's in the works for 2022 - next year we hope!) *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 10, Montgomery (Rays) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Biloxi Blasts Their Way To 10-4 Win Over Montgomery - Reetz Launches League-Leading 21st and 22nd Homers You just read the details, now watch multiple highlights, culled together by one of the two Biloxi sports outlets we often get reports from: Oh Jakson Reetz, your age 26 season continues to amaze. Reetz' previous career home run high was 13 at High-A in 2019. I do wish the MiLB Player Page game log included a running account of OPS by date, as it does for OBP and SLG, it would make my point here clearer -- Reetz has been remarkably consistent even on a day-by-day basis. But here we go on a broader and yet still gorgeous scale: April OPS: 1.041 May OPS: 1.066 June OPS: 1.017 July OPS: 1.156 vs. LHP: 1.176 vs. RHP: 1.015 Day night, home, away, it doesn't matter. Do the Brewers want to add Reetz to their 40-man roster before he exits in minor league free agency this fall, knowing they'd have three optionable years? Did he sign one of those two-year minor league deals last December? Is he playing his way into being an important part of an upcoming deadline deal? Whatever the case, thank you Jakson. Felix Valerio has been caught stealing seven times, but he's also been successful on 21 attempts. So, on the cusp of productive, but seven is seven... Wouldn't have thought LHP Brandon Knarr was at 91 pitches with that pretty line, but that explains the pull after five frames. As you just watched, Thomas Dillard is the most barrel-chested of all the classic barrel-chested Brewers players, majors or minors, in team history. Have we ever seen a switch-hitter with this physical profile? To top off being eminently fun to watch, Dillard has been increasingly productive. You rock it, Thomas, upper-body, thighs, etc. We should add he's avoided the injured list his entire career. It pains me to type this, but Joey Wiemer is broken, 3-for-42, all singles, with 17 K's and three walks. Would love to know the true status of the hand and/or thumb, everything has cratered at the plate since that missed week. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 11, South Bend (Cubs) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Wisconsin Bounces Back with 11-3 Win at South Bend - Smith strikes out Nine and Peters drives in three for Rattlers Now that's how you quickly recover from a walk-off grand slam loss! So much goodness here - the Canadian duo of Tyler Black and Tristan Peters were on base six times combined, though in very different ways, as the box score attests. Double-digit steal totals now for Joe Gray (13-for-13!), Black (12-for-18), and Peters (13-for-19). All successful on this night. LHP Russell Smith's last 19.2 IP - one walk, 25 strikeouts. Yee-hah! I realize his use has been in primarily lower-leverage spots, but RH reliever Tyler Gillies has tossed five shutout innings over his last three outings, and the F* Cancer comeback continues, yes, Tyler, keep pushing. *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Kannapolis (White Sox) 5, Carolina 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, details, please review: Carolina Totals Eight Hits in 5-0 Loss in Kannapolis - The Mudcats lost their third straight while suffering their league high eighth shutout loss When the Mudcats bats are quiet, they are really quiet. So sure, eight hits isn't awful, but they were all singles, the team was 0-for-7 with RISP, and stranded 11 overall. How good is Jackson Chourio? When you single and walk on a 1-for-3 night, and your OPS drops a point to .962, well, you've been solid. We'll give a shoutout to LH reliever Jakob Brustoski, who stranded two runners for RHP Fernando Olguin, who pitched well himself. That Cannonballers logo is glorious by the way. *** Up above, you watched Dylan File discussing the Arizona heat. Dry heat or not - it was 110 degrees at first pitch for both games in the desert Friday. Both games went nine innings! Final: ACL Brewers Gold 5, ACL Reds 3 Box Score / Game Log Twelve organizations field only one team in Arizona. Only the Giants and Diamondbacks, like the Brewers, field two. There is something to be said about having to spread the talent over two squads, so kudos to the Crew kids whenever they knock off one of these solo teams. The Golden Boys moved to 13-11 with this one, the first-place tied (w/Rangers) Reds falling to 17-7. 18-year-old middle infielder Jadher Areinamo (DH'ing here) was overmatched in a brief seven-game emergency stint in Wisconsin earlier this spring, but the talent he's shown in Arizona provides a hint as to why the organization trusted him with filling in for a bit. Two doubles and a single here, hitting .337 in Arizona now. Areinamo was part of the higher-profile group within the January 2021 international signing class that included Jackson Chourio (you've heard of him), Gregory Barrios (nice game here), Hendry Mendez, Luis Castillo and Daniel Guilarte, all performing well to very well in 2022. That signing class could prove to be looked back on very fondly down the road, we'll see. Free Ryan Middendorf. Like seriously, place the recent indy signing in the Biloxi bullpen already. Or Milwaukee, even... *** Final: ACL Brewers Blue 9, ACL Cubs 3 Box Score / Game Log Do they "fly the L" when the Cubs lose at their training complex? Because that would be awesome. Nice win for the 8-16 Blue Man Group. Garrett Mitchell was 0-for-4 with a walk and three K's, leading off as the designated hitter. He grounded out to second base in the lone plate appearance where the ball was in play. Career outing for 2nd-year RHP Yujanyer Herrera, who struggled when placed in Maryvale to begin his career in 2021. That'd be an interesting question for Tom Flanagan and the minor league staffs - a real analysis of what goes into the island vs. stateside placements, for instance would Herrera, a Venezuelan native, have benefited with a Dominican Summer League start to his career. For all the talk of successful Latin signings as of late, LH-swinging corner outfielder Luis Medina, who was MLB Pipeline's 13th overall ranked player for the July 2019 signing period, has not been on the good side of the fence. The $1.3 million signing added a low-pressure late home run to salvage a 1-for-5 evening. Medina now sits at a .560 OPS through his first 199 pro at-bats. Five-for-five in stolen base efforts here, including three by CF Reidy Mercado. The two Maryvale teams face each other Saturday morning. pre-game ritual includes cartoons on TV for the youngsters. *** Final: DSL Brewers #2 Squad 6, DSL Mets #1 Squad 2 Box Score / Game Log Both teams now 13-11 in a completely inconsequential factoid. 19-year-old rookie Dominican RHP Felipe De Los Santos allowed nothing but three singles in his five innings, striking out seven. Fellow countryman RHP Darling Solano, 18, did not allow an earned run in four-innings of piggy-back action, walking one and fanning seven. That's how you draw up a tandem for the day, folks, 18-year-old infielder Erick Reyes, in his 2nd season, pulled a line shot to left for his first professional home run. Doesn't matter who you are, that must have been a special moment for the Dominican native, who played third base Friday. 2022 has been a struggle for 2nd-year right fielder Jose Gonzalez compared to his 2021 figures, but he reached three times here and stole a base, thus Jose nets a deserved mention. *** Postponed: DSL Brewers #1 Squad at DSL Tigers #2 Squad, Rain It was 85 and sunny for the other contest. The island is larger than we think. Oh, those pop-up showers. Or, somebody left the sprinklers on the night before... Both DSL clubs are in action Saturday morning. *** The big-league Brewers have conveniently scheduled their Saturday late-afternoon game to allow everyone reading this to immediately turn to the men on the farm after the final pitch. Each of the four full-season clubs enjoys an early evening start, still all in road games. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League Scoreboard Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  5. Including the parent club, it was a 7-1 W-L record for the organization on Friday, which is a very pleasant way to start another summer weekend. We'll fill you in on Game Two of Garrett Mitchell's Arizona League rehab stint, while providing eyebrow-raising numbers on both Jakson Reetz and Joey Wiemer (as we search for the emoji with eyebrows moving in different directions ah, there it is). Plenty of insights to come, so let's kill the intro and move on, here we go! Transactions: None *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 6, Columbus (Guardians) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Almonte Powers Sounds Past Clippers - Nashville Win Streak Reaches Seven with Fourth Straight in Columbus Lather. Rinse. Repeat. If the Sounds aren't on autopilot (In the best of ways), then it's pretty close. Power (Abraham Almonte HR #11, Jon Singleton HR #12), accompanied by speed (Pablo Reyes SB #10), joined by clean defense, and that's just on the position player side of things. Mix in another strong start (hello, wily Josh Lindblom) and stellar relief work, which is a given with this squad, and the proof is in the very tasty pudding. For someone who comments almost weekly on his pre-game interview show with Voice of the Sounds Jeff Hem about his lean roster, we currently count 17 (!) apparently healthy and active pitchers on Rick Sweet's squad. Almost surely at least one of the 40-man roster relievers (Trevor Kelley, Peter Strzelecki, Luke Barker) will accompany the Brewers on their upcoming road trip to Minnesota and San Francisco as a taxi squad member. But yeah Rick, on the mound, you're in good shape. Reyes, playing left field, walked three times here. Catcher Mario Feliciano played for the first time since July 2nd, 0-for-3 with a walk, but the fact that he was behind the plate pretty much indicates no concerning issue. Mini-trivia: How many catchers are currently on the 40-man roster? Four? Nope, it's five - Narvaez, Caratini, Severino, Feliciano, and don't forget Alex Jackson on the MLB IL. Jackson has a left middle finger sprain that has lingered for a full month now. Since we don't have video for this one, catch up down the foul line with starter Dylan File, and don't forget the most recent batch of Nashville pre-game audio. (We've asked if Biloxi's pre-games could be shared similarly, but it doesn't appear that's in the works for 2022 - next year we hope!) *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 10, Montgomery (Rays) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Biloxi Blasts Their Way To 10-4 Win Over Montgomery - Reetz Launches League-Leading 21st and 22nd Homers You just read the details, now watch multiple highlights, culled together by one of the two Biloxi sports outlets we often get reports from: Oh Jakson Reetz, your age 26 season continues to amaze. Reetz' previous career home run high was 13 at High-A in 2019. I do wish the MiLB Player Page game log included a running account of OPS by date, as it does for OBP and SLG, it would make my point here clearer -- Reetz has been remarkably consistent even on a day-by-day basis. But here we go on a broader and yet still gorgeous scale: April OPS: 1.041 May OPS: 1.066 June OPS: 1.017 July OPS: 1.156 vs. LHP: 1.176 vs. RHP: 1.015 Day night, home, away, it doesn't matter. Do the Brewers want to add Reetz to their 40-man roster before he exits in minor league free agency this fall, knowing they'd have three optionable years? Did he sign one of those two-year minor league deals last December? Is he playing his way into being an important part of an upcoming deadline deal? Whatever the case, thank you Jakson. Felix Valerio has been caught stealing seven times, but he's also been successful on 21 attempts. So, on the cusp of productive, but seven is seven... Wouldn't have thought LHP Brandon Knarr was at 91 pitches with that pretty line, but that explains the pull after five frames. As you just watched, Thomas Dillard is the most barrel-chested of all the classic barrel-chested Brewers players, majors or minors, in team history. Have we ever seen a switch-hitter with this physical profile? To top off being eminently fun to watch, Dillard has been increasingly productive. You rock it, Thomas, upper-body, thighs, etc. We should add he's avoided the injured list his entire career. It pains me to type this, but Joey Wiemer is broken, 3-for-42, all singles, with 17 K's and three walks. Would love to know the true status of the hand and/or thumb, everything has cratered at the plate since that missed week. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 11, South Bend (Cubs) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Wisconsin Bounces Back with 11-3 Win at South Bend - Smith strikes out Nine and Peters drives in three for Rattlers Now that's how you quickly recover from a walk-off grand slam loss! So much goodness here - the Canadian duo of Tyler Black and Tristan Peters were on base six times combined, though in very different ways, as the box score attests. Double-digit steal totals now for Joe Gray (13-for-13!), Black (12-for-18), and Peters (13-for-19). All successful on this night. LHP Russell Smith's last 19.2 IP - one walk, 25 strikeouts. Yee-hah! I realize his use has been in primarily lower-leverage spots, but RH reliever Tyler Gillies has tossed five shutout innings over his last three outings, and the F* Cancer comeback continues, yes, Tyler, keep pushing. *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Kannapolis (White Sox) 5, Carolina 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, details, please review: Carolina Totals Eight Hits in 5-0 Loss in Kannapolis - The Mudcats lost their third straight while suffering their league high eighth shutout loss When the Mudcats bats are quiet, they are really quiet. So sure, eight hits isn't awful, but they were all singles, the team was 0-for-7 with RISP, and stranded 11 overall. How good is Jackson Chourio? When you single and walk on a 1-for-3 night, and your OPS drops a point to .962, well, you've been solid. We'll give a shoutout to LH reliever Jakob Brustoski, who stranded two runners for RHP Fernando Olguin, who pitched well himself. That Cannonballers logo is glorious by the way. *** Up above, you watched Dylan File discussing the Arizona heat. Dry heat or not - it was 110 degrees at first pitch for both games in the desert Friday. Both games went nine innings! Final: ACL Brewers Gold 5, ACL Reds 3 Box Score / Game Log Twelve organizations field only one team in Arizona. Only the Giants and Diamondbacks, like the Brewers, field two. There is something to be said about having to spread the talent over two squads, so kudos to the Crew kids whenever they knock off one of these solo teams. The Golden Boys moved to 13-11 with this one, the first-place tied (w/Rangers) Reds falling to 17-7. 18-year-old middle infielder Jadher Areinamo (DH'ing here) was overmatched in a brief seven-game emergency stint in Wisconsin earlier this spring, but the talent he's shown in Arizona provides a hint as to why the organization trusted him with filling in for a bit. Two doubles and a single here, hitting .337 in Arizona now. Areinamo was part of the higher-profile group within the January 2021 international signing class that included Jackson Chourio (you've heard of him), Gregory Barrios (nice game here), Hendry Mendez, Luis Castillo and Daniel Guilarte, all performing well to very well in 2022. That signing class could prove to be looked back on very fondly down the road, we'll see. Free Ryan Middendorf. Like seriously, place the recent indy signing in the Biloxi bullpen already. Or Milwaukee, even... *** Final: ACL Brewers Blue 9, ACL Cubs 3 Box Score / Game Log Do they "fly the L" when the Cubs lose at their training complex? Because that would be awesome. Nice win for the 8-16 Blue Man Group. Garrett Mitchell was 0-for-4 with a walk and three K's, leading off as the designated hitter. He grounded out to second base in the lone plate appearance where the ball was in play. Career outing for 2nd-year RHP Yujanyer Herrera, who struggled when placed in Maryvale to begin his career in 2021. That'd be an interesting question for Tom Flanagan and the minor league staffs - a real analysis of what goes into the island vs. stateside placements, for instance would Herrera, a Venezuelan native, have benefited with a Dominican Summer League start to his career. For all the talk of successful Latin signings as of late, LH-swinging corner outfielder Luis Medina, who was MLB Pipeline's 13th overall ranked player for the July 2019 signing period, has not been on the good side of the fence. The $1.3 million signing added a low-pressure late home run to salvage a 1-for-5 evening. Medina now sits at a .560 OPS through his first 199 pro at-bats. Five-for-five in stolen base efforts here, including three by CF Reidy Mercado. The two Maryvale teams face each other Saturday morning. pre-game ritual includes cartoons on TV for the youngsters. *** Final: DSL Brewers #2 Squad 6, DSL Mets #1 Squad 2 Box Score / Game Log Both teams now 13-11 in a completely inconsequential factoid. 19-year-old rookie Dominican RHP Felipe De Los Santos allowed nothing but three singles in his five innings, striking out seven. Fellow countryman RHP Darling Solano, 18, did not allow an earned run in four-innings of piggy-back action, walking one and fanning seven. That's how you draw up a tandem for the day, folks, 18-year-old infielder Erick Reyes, in his 2nd season, pulled a line shot to left for his first professional home run. Doesn't matter who you are, that must have been a special moment for the Dominican native, who played third base Friday. 2022 has been a struggle for 2nd-year right fielder Jose Gonzalez compared to his 2021 figures, but he reached three times here and stole a base, thus Jose nets a deserved mention. *** Postponed: DSL Brewers #1 Squad at DSL Tigers #2 Squad, Rain It was 85 and sunny for the other contest. The island is larger than we think. Oh, those pop-up showers. Or, somebody left the sprinklers on the night before... Both DSL clubs are in action Saturday morning. *** The big-league Brewers have conveniently scheduled their Saturday late-afternoon game to allow everyone reading this to immediately turn to the men on the farm after the final pitch. Each of the four full-season clubs enjoys an early evening start, still all in road games. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League Scoreboard Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  6. For a second consecutive day, large crowds in Nashville, Appleton and Zebulon were treated to exciting victories. For a second consecutive day in Biloxi, not so much. Don't worry, Shuckers fans, we're calling it now, big win coming Sunday. We've got the details on all of Saturday's action, including full recaps on the four rookie complex league games, so let's kick off the festivities this morning. Transactions: RHP Trevor Kelley optioned to Nashville. With the Brewers about to head back to Milwaukee, it's likely Kelley will actually return to the Sounds this time, rather than begin another taxi squad stint. We'll see. Catcher Brent Diaz was assigned to Nashville from Biloxi. This isn't the 26-year-old's first visit to AAA, as Diaz began the 2021 season with Nashville, but saw action in only two games before heading to Biloxi for the first time. In 31 AA games with the Shuckers this season, Diaz has a fine .262/.350/.495 line with six home runs. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 10, Indianapolis (Pirates) 8 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Singleton's Blast Lifts Sounds Past Indians - Sounds erase early five-run deficit, go-ahead with Singleton’s two-run homer in 8th It's more than just the outstanding 46-30 record. This Nashville team is consistently entertaining and simply put, fun to follow. Sounds management (as is Brewers brass) must be gleeful over the re-establishment of this relationship. Perhaps the best gift given to Manager Rick Sweet this season was the mid-May bump of 5'9" 30-year-old LHP Andy Otero from Biloxi. Otero's effective long relief stints have saved Sweet's bullpen load on basically each of his ten appearances thus far. In Saturday's case, it led to a win, as you just read in the summary. Following the Sounds-related Twitter feeds Saturday was like following an orchestral crescendo, fitting for the holiday. Allow eight second inning runs? No problem, let's tend to business at hand. Kudos, Otero, Zack Brown and Peter Strzelecki. What a bullpen masterpiece. Nashville rests Abraham Almonte (being careful with his status), Mark Mathias and Corey Ray yet recovers for the win. Keep this in mind as we visit Biloxi's roster shortly. One potentially important note to follow - the above-mentioned Brent Diaz pinch-hit for Mario Feliciano in the bottom of the 4th, still a close game at the time, Sounds down 8-7. Voice of the Sounds Jeff Hem had no immediate info as I reviewed the MiLB.TV archive, though he may have passed along information later in the broadcast. Newcomer Patrick Dorrian -- Behold the flip - *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Mississippi (Braves) 18, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Early Runs Lead To M-Braves Blitz of Biloxi - Devanney Hits 10th Homer of Season for Shuckers Plain and simple, RHP Noah Zavolas took one for the team's sake here. No need to detail the carnage, the links are above. The Harvard product will need to work his way past this one. Infield defensive specialist Yeison Coca started in center field, just the third outfield appearance of his career, all this season with Biloxi. Why? Well... With Brent Diaz gone, the Shuckers bench to begin the game consisted of young OF Terrence Doston and backup catcher Jason Lopez as the nationwide hiring dilemma extends to Biloxi. Doston would come in for Joey Wiemer, but Voice of the Shuckers Garrett Greene put any injury concerns about that to bed. Speaking of bed, Joey's trying to wake up his bat - love the playful attitude, it'll happen, Joey. There was a bright spot as Cam reached double-digits in home runs for the first time -- *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 7, Cedar Rapids (Twins) 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Timber Rattlers Take a Thriller from Kernels - Wisconsin record eighth walkoff win of the season with a 7-6 victory in eleven innings The T-Rats are 7-1 to begin the second half! Gotta be riding in first place, right? Not so fast, say the 8-0 South Bend Cubs. Really? Guess where Wisconsin travels to Monday! No home runs or triples for either side, but this contest pretty much had everything else, as Chris Mehring's write-up which included plenty of words (good ones!), video clips, and full-game video highlights details for you. If that doesn't entice you to click above on a game summary, nothing ever will... Sure, one double was a gift, but 2021 33rd overall pick Tyler Black is the real deal. This was start #13 in CF by the way, one error and one assist in those games. Hopefully this will be a huge confidence builder for 6'8" LHP Russell Smith, what a performance. Taken exactly twenty picks after Black, this was Smith's second start after a 19-day break (injury or reset, unknown), and clearly his best performance in this, the TCU product's first season of action. *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 4, Fayetteville (Astros) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, details, please review: Mendez Homers and Collects Four Hits in 4-3 Victory - The Mudcats won their third straight with a crowd of 5,582 on hand in Zebulon As good a place as any to remind you to at least occasionally dig into the various Media Notes that we link to, even if at minimum the first page of each. We know we provide a ton of information within each report, and you only have so much time each day to dedicate to consuming as much as possible (and we appreciate it!), but yeah, do yourselves a favor and take that bit of advice. I'm on board with Victor, how much of a blast (literally!) is playing in front of 5,582 in Zebulon for these kids. Maryvale's attendance? Not quite. Did anybody else think like me within the hiring and service industry quagmire we're all facing, how were the Mudcats able to have enough help in place to service such a massive short-term bump in attendance? Since Mark Attanasio owns Carolina, was he behind the grill? Was David Stearns tossing peanuts? RF/CF Hendry Mendez posted an .879 OPS in 40 games as a 17-year-old in 2021. The sledding has been tougher in 64 2022 games, but Mendez raised his OPS 37 points to .665 in this one evening. What whip in this particular swing! MLB Pipeline is watching -- Admit it, you immediately overlayed this into the Milwaukee big-league dugout. *** Final: ACL Brewers Blue 4, ACL Brewers Gold 3, eight innings (scheduled for seven) Box Score / Game Log The Golden boys tied things up in the top of the final scheduled frame on catcher Jason Ollarve's two-run home run pulled to right. Ollarve only turned 18 in May, this is his second season (first stateside), and a big moment for his first professional home run. Loving all the LH-swinging catchers infused in the system. Blue then went down in order, sending the game to extra's and zombie/ghost runner territory. Bouncing back from surrendering the lead, Blue RHP Samuel Dario dominated the 8th, getting three consecutive swinging strike three's. Blue's victory came via K - intentional walk - wild pitch (runners now on 1st and 3rd) - pop out - stolen base - another intentional walk - and finally a traditional walk to end things. A bit of over-managing it seems. Three Gold batters were HBP, and one Blue batter plunked. One of those plunkees, Gold infielder Jose Caballero (playing second base Saturday), with a .366/.481/.415 line through 13 games, had to be lifted immediately. Hate to see that, especially in what is in effect, an intrasquad game. Caballero had stolen his 4th base of the season (in as many attempts) earlier in the game. Thirty-two K's in the game vs. four walks. Pitching coaches were pleased, anyway. The two most impressive pitching performances were from a couple of 24-year-olds who got late starts in affiliated ball - recent independent league signee RHP Ryan Middendorf who has been nearly perfect in his five appearances (0.55 WHIP, 0.00 ERA), and second-year Dominican signing LHP Leoni De La Cruz. As is the norm in the desert, both teams will enjoy Sunday off. *** Final: DSL Phillies Red 14, DSL Brewers #1 Squad 9 Box Score / Game Log A six-run 3rd inning saw the home team Brewers up 8-3 at that point. I'll help you with the math, it was 11-1 Phillies over the final six innings. Only one of six Uno pitchers represented well, and that was 16-year-old (17 in August) Mexican native Manuel Rodriguez. Rodriguez got two outs to strand an inherited runner upon entering in the 5th, then added two scoreless innings. Well, well, bonus baby Jhonny Severino, lookee here, 4-for-5 with a double. In his last four games, Severino is 12-for-18 with four doubles, a triple and a home run (two K's). So much for his slow start. He did commit an error at shortstop, his 11th overall on the season, his 6th while playing short (11 games there). Catcher Ludwin Tejada only turned 17 years old in May. Playing in his 7th pro game, Tejada singled four times and is now 8-for-19 (two walks, only two K's). Tejada is another LH-swinging catcher, as the Crew seems to have their fair share in the lowest levels of the chain, nice. Second baseman Angel Pereira exited the game after he grounded out in the bottom of the 7th. Simply noting this should his absence end up as extended. *** Final: DSL Tigers #1 Squad 6, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 4, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log Crew #2 led 4-3 after four, but a three-run Tiger 6th sealed the deal for the home club. It's just become a part of the box score perusal routine. Which position players left the game and if possible, determine why. Rookie infielder (played second base Saturday) Demetrio Nadal is celebrating his 18th birthday today, but hopefully he's not nursing a major injury. Nadal was hit by a pitch in the 2nd, and though he initially remained in the game, left to begin the 4th. Nadal's substitute, 16-year-old Donis Rodriguez, stole two bases after entering, though he also was picked off once. All six of the youngster's hits are singles thus far, though he's already stolen seven bases in eight attempts and has a .171/.383/.171 line after just 35 at-bats (nine walks, ten K's). Oh, the uniqueness we can find in those young teenage numbers. Like their Arizona counterparts, Sunday is Funday on the island. Wear your sunscreen! *** The only matinee on Sunday is in Appleton, as fireworks continue to be the star with a rare trio of Sunday evening games on tap. Reminder that due to the holiday, the four full-season affiliates will indeed play on Monday evening the 4th and enjoy Tuesday off instead. Not only that, but all four teams leave their comfy confines and hit the road for quick turnarounds. Travel safe, both our readers and all the teams! 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
  7. Transactions: RHP Trevor Kelley optioned to Nashville. With the Brewers about to head back to Milwaukee, it's likely Kelley will actually return to the Sounds this time, rather than begin another taxi squad stint. We'll see. Catcher Brent Diaz was assigned to Nashville from Biloxi. This isn't the 26-year-old's first visit to AAA, as Diaz began the 2021 season with Nashville, but saw action in only two games before heading to Biloxi for the first time. In 31 AA games with the Shuckers this season, Diaz has a fine .262/.350/.495 line with six home runs. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 10, Indianapolis (Pirates) 8 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Singleton's Blast Lifts Sounds Past Indians - Sounds erase early five-run deficit, go-ahead with Singleton’s two-run homer in 8th It's more than just the outstanding 46-30 record. This Nashville team is consistently entertaining and simply put, fun to follow. Sounds management (as is Brewers brass) must be gleeful over the re-establishment of this relationship. Perhaps the best gift given to Manager Rick Sweet this season was the mid-May bump of 5'9" 30-year-old LHP Andy Otero from Biloxi. Otero's effective long relief stints have saved Sweet's bullpen load on basically each of his ten appearances thus far. In Saturday's case, it led to a win, as you just read in the summary. Following the Sounds-related Twitter feeds Saturday was like following an orchestral crescendo, fitting for the holiday. Allow eight second inning runs? No problem, let's tend to business at hand. Kudos, Otero, Zack Brown and Peter Strzelecki. What a bullpen masterpiece. Nashville rests Abraham Almonte (being careful with his status), Mark Mathias and Corey Ray yet recovers for the win. Keep this in mind as we visit Biloxi's roster shortly. One potentially important note to follow - the above-mentioned Brent Diaz pinch-hit for Mario Feliciano in the bottom of the 4th, still a close game at the time, Sounds down 8-7. Voice of the Sounds Jeff Hem had no immediate info as I reviewed the MiLB.TV archive, though he may have passed along information later in the broadcast. Newcomer Patrick Dorrian -- Behold the flip - *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Mississippi (Braves) 18, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Early Runs Lead To M-Braves Blitz of Biloxi - Devanney Hits 10th Homer of Season for Shuckers Plain and simple, RHP Noah Zavolas took one for the team's sake here. No need to detail the carnage, the links are above. The Harvard product will need to work his way past this one. Infield defensive specialist Yeison Coca started in center field, just the third outfield appearance of his career, all this season with Biloxi. Why? Well... With Brent Diaz gone, the Shuckers bench to begin the game consisted of young OF Terrence Doston and backup catcher Jason Lopez as the nationwide hiring dilemma extends to Biloxi. Doston would come in for Joey Wiemer, but Voice of the Shuckers Garrett Greene put any injury concerns about that to bed. Speaking of bed, Joey's trying to wake up his bat - love the playful attitude, it'll happen, Joey. There was a bright spot as Cam reached double-digits in home runs for the first time -- *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 7, Cedar Rapids (Twins) 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Timber Rattlers Take a Thriller from Kernels - Wisconsin record eighth walkoff win of the season with a 7-6 victory in eleven innings The T-Rats are 7-1 to begin the second half! Gotta be riding in first place, right? Not so fast, say the 8-0 South Bend Cubs. Really? Guess where Wisconsin travels to Monday! No home runs or triples for either side, but this contest pretty much had everything else, as Chris Mehring's write-up which included plenty of words (good ones!), video clips, and full-game video highlights details for you. If that doesn't entice you to click above on a game summary, nothing ever will... Sure, one double was a gift, but 2021 33rd overall pick Tyler Black is the real deal. This was start #13 in CF by the way, one error and one assist in those games. Hopefully this will be a huge confidence builder for 6'8" LHP Russell Smith, what a performance. Taken exactly twenty picks after Black, this was Smith's second start after a 19-day break (injury or reset, unknown), and clearly his best performance in this, the TCU product's first season of action. *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 4, Fayetteville (Astros) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, details, please review: Mendez Homers and Collects Four Hits in 4-3 Victory - The Mudcats won their third straight with a crowd of 5,582 on hand in Zebulon As good a place as any to remind you to at least occasionally dig into the various Media Notes that we link to, even if at minimum the first page of each. We know we provide a ton of information within each report, and you only have so much time each day to dedicate to consuming as much as possible (and we appreciate it!), but yeah, do yourselves a favor and take that bit of advice. I'm on board with Victor, how much of a blast (literally!) is playing in front of 5,582 in Zebulon for these kids. Maryvale's attendance? Not quite. Did anybody else think like me within the hiring and service industry quagmire we're all facing, how were the Mudcats able to have enough help in place to service such a massive short-term bump in attendance? Since Mark Attanasio owns Carolina, was he behind the grill? Was David Stearns tossing peanuts? RF/CF Hendry Mendez posted an .879 OPS in 40 games as a 17-year-old in 2021. The sledding has been tougher in 64 2022 games, but Mendez raised his OPS 37 points to .665 in this one evening. What whip in this particular swing! MLB Pipeline is watching -- Admit it, you immediately overlayed this into the Milwaukee big-league dugout. *** Final: ACL Brewers Blue 4, ACL Brewers Gold 3, eight innings (scheduled for seven) Box Score / Game Log The Golden boys tied things up in the top of the final scheduled frame on catcher Jason Ollarve's two-run home run pulled to right. Ollarve only turned 18 in May, this is his second season (first stateside), and a big moment for his first professional home run. Loving all the LH-swinging catchers infused in the system. Blue then went down in order, sending the game to extra's and zombie/ghost runner territory. Bouncing back from surrendering the lead, Blue RHP Samuel Dario dominated the 8th, getting three consecutive swinging strike three's. Blue's victory came via K - intentional walk - wild pitch (runners now on 1st and 3rd) - pop out - stolen base - another intentional walk - and finally a traditional walk to end things. A bit of over-managing it seems. Three Gold batters were HBP, and one Blue batter plunked. One of those plunkees, Gold infielder Jose Caballero (playing second base Saturday), with a .366/.481/.415 line through 13 games, had to be lifted immediately. Hate to see that, especially in what is in effect, an intrasquad game. Caballero had stolen his 4th base of the season (in as many attempts) earlier in the game. Thirty-two K's in the game vs. four walks. Pitching coaches were pleased, anyway. The two most impressive pitching performances were from a couple of 24-year-olds who got late starts in affiliated ball - recent independent league signee RHP Ryan Middendorf who has been nearly perfect in his five appearances (0.55 WHIP, 0.00 ERA), and second-year Dominican signing LHP Leoni De La Cruz. As is the norm in the desert, both teams will enjoy Sunday off. *** Final: DSL Phillies Red 14, DSL Brewers #1 Squad 9 Box Score / Game Log A six-run 3rd inning saw the home team Brewers up 8-3 at that point. I'll help you with the math, it was 11-1 Phillies over the final six innings. Only one of six Uno pitchers represented well, and that was 16-year-old (17 in August) Mexican native Manuel Rodriguez. Rodriguez got two outs to strand an inherited runner upon entering in the 5th, then added two scoreless innings. Well, well, bonus baby Jhonny Severino, lookee here, 4-for-5 with a double. In his last four games, Severino is 12-for-18 with four doubles, a triple and a home run (two K's). So much for his slow start. He did commit an error at shortstop, his 11th overall on the season, his 6th while playing short (11 games there). Catcher Ludwin Tejada only turned 17 years old in May. Playing in his 7th pro game, Tejada singled four times and is now 8-for-19 (two walks, only two K's). Tejada is another LH-swinging catcher, as the Crew seems to have their fair share in the lowest levels of the chain, nice. Second baseman Angel Pereira exited the game after he grounded out in the bottom of the 7th. Simply noting this should his absence end up as extended. *** Final: DSL Tigers #1 Squad 6, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 4, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log Crew #2 led 4-3 after four, but a three-run Tiger 6th sealed the deal for the home club. It's just become a part of the box score perusal routine. Which position players left the game and if possible, determine why. Rookie infielder (played second base Saturday) Demetrio Nadal is celebrating his 18th birthday today, but hopefully he's not nursing a major injury. Nadal was hit by a pitch in the 2nd, and though he initially remained in the game, left to begin the 4th. Nadal's substitute, 16-year-old Donis Rodriguez, stole two bases after entering, though he also was picked off once. All six of the youngster's hits are singles thus far, though he's already stolen seven bases in eight attempts and has a .171/.383/.171 line after just 35 at-bats (nine walks, ten K's). Oh, the uniqueness we can find in those young teenage numbers. Like their Arizona counterparts, Sunday is Funday on the island. Wear your sunscreen! *** The only matinee on Sunday is in Appleton, as fireworks continue to be the star with a rare trio of Sunday evening games on tap. Reminder that due to the holiday, the four full-season affiliates will indeed play on Monday evening the 4th and enjoy Tuesday off instead. Not only that, but all four teams leave their comfy confines and hit the road for quick turnarounds. Travel safe, both our readers and all the teams! 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
  8. Transactions: ** A reminder: For any and all Sunday thru Monday transactions please peruse and participate in our ongoing '2022 Minor League Transaction Thread' . We will continue to provide cumulative tid-bits here but it is very worth your time to dig into that thread as the details are live and they are quite robust. Let's start with Monday: The Zach Vennaro and Kent Hasler 'sent down' moves make more sense when we consider what is happening in Biloxi: RHP Victor Castaneda, RHP Justin Bullock, RHP Harold Chirino, and RHP Luis Contreras were all moved to AA Biloxi's 7-day injured list. That's a BIG ouch here. Victor has been far and away the most dependable Starter since Andy Otero and Tyler Herb's well-deserved promotions and, until his recent ninth inning meltdown. (Perhaps, this injury gives the clue.) RHP Harold Chirino has been a bullpen stalwart. Luis had been pitching his best baseball of the season of late. No rest for the weary! Fear not, lastly, RHP Brandon Knarr has been promoted to Biloxi from Wisconsin. Let's get into some game reports. Sheesh! BOX: DSL Brewers (2) 10, DSL Brewers (1) 1 Well, this one was a a wee bit of a blow out it would appear. But, hey, it's a game amongst teammates and friends. Some of yesterday's successes carried over for the DSL Brewers 2 - notably, youngsters Juan Baez, Yeison Perez, and Brayan Oropeza continued their productive plate appearances - each with a double. Oropeza also hit his second home run in two games. This will play. Notably, let's give a mention to 18-year-old Erick Perez who tripled in his first DSL at bat - a pinch hit in the bottom of the eighth. He scored on a Perez double - his second of the game. Tasty! On the pitching side of things, the DSL Brewers 2 pitched to the tune of 16 strikeouts with a sprinkling of ... they did walk ten batters. 18-year-old, Anfernny Reyes (with an intriguing 6'3" frame), started and went 3 2/3 innings with 3 walks, no hits, and five punch outs. An intriguing line for the young hurler. Of note in the bullpen for the DSL Brewers 2, Jeral Vizcaino pitched a one hit, one walk scoreless inning with all three outs coming via strikeout. David Dominguez pitched two scoreless innings of one hit, two walk, and four strikeout ball. On the DSL Brewers 1 side of things, every pitcher gave up two or more runs and that'll lead to double digits across the plate. Luis Lara (2-for-5) did manage to plate a run on a single with two men on in the bottom of the ninth (both given free passes) for the lone DSL Brewers 1 run. The 17-year-old Lara is off to a fine start to his DSL season. BOX: ACL Brewers Gold 6, ACL Athletics 3 Hey! A second Brewers affiliate win? My goodness, it's the good old days of May all over again. And, my, how sweet it is. Second baseman, tonight, Gregory Barrios led off the batting order and went 2-for-4 with two rbi's off a triple to right field. Catcher Jason Ollarve managed to plate the other two rbi's via a sac fly and a ground out finishing his day 0-for-2. We also grabbed a run off the lower-levels vintage wild pitch - always in play in the lowest of lower levels. It wasn't all roses, however, as three errors by the Gold led to two unearned runs - a throwing and a fielding error by 19 year old shortstop, today, Jose Caballero are of note. Lastly, let's honor the fine pitching work of the duo of Yerlin Rodriguez and Jeison Pena. Pena managed two scoreless innings in late relief with 3 strikeouts and no other marks on his stat sheet. BOX: ACL Reds 6, ACL Brewers Blue 4 And, the losses begin here all the way down in Arizona. The Brewers Blue lost a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth as the Reds grabbed an illustrious five-spot to pull ahead for good. Let's take note of some young men, however. OF, Luis Medina knocked in three rbi's with his third inning home run. This gave the ACL Blue their 3-1 lead. As noted, it didn't last long. Who other than our very own @damuelleto give us the good details: Remember, Daniel and I are almost always in those daily game threads discussing the minor league contests - often in quite a bit of detail as they happen live. All told, this game really came down to the two-out unraveling by the Brewers Blue pitchers in the top of the fourth. The combined work of Yujanyer Herrera and Trevor Tietz produced the following with two down: walk, single, two-run home run, single, two-run home run, walk, strikeout to end the ordeal. And, well, that was ball game after all was said and finished. *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Myrtle Beach (Cubs) 10, Carolina 8 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please visit and review: Late Lead Wasted in Series Opening Loss - Leones Totaled a Career Best Four Hits and Chourio Extended His Hit Streak to 13 Games For the second week in a row, the Mudcats represented with the 'Player of the Week' honors. This time, the much deserved and perennially red hot Jackson Chourio received the award: Read Press Release Here. This is the second such award in two weeks' time (Hedbert Perez , if you recall, received last week's award). Let's keep this going, young men! Facing off against the red hot (21 games over 0.500) Pelicans felt like an extremely tall task for our young Mudcats but they were back home in Five County Stadium to take on such a challenge. Taking the hill for Carolina was Miguel Segura , and, I'd be lying if I said it looked promising early. BUT, baseball is a wily game and seemingly certain trouble can end with a sigh of relief as it did in the top of the first for Miguel. The first three batters Miguel faced got on base and a figurative ominous rustling wind swirled dust across the diamond. And, yet, a mere one run crossed the plate. It felt like a good omen and, boy, was it ever. The young upstart Mudcats plated five runs in the bottom half - including Perez's two-run blast. It was 5-1 Mudcats. Take a look at this incredible smack by Perez: And, once again, I'd be lying late if I said thought the Mudcats would blow the game after leading throughout. But, baseball is a wily game and even when you think the game is in the bag, all nine innings must be played. Let the Timber Rattlers tell you more about this aphorism further below. Further Viewing Notes: It's a baseball adage that walks will kill you. Jefferson Figueroa found this out in a weird way with a confidently called three-run home run after walking two men on in the top of the sixth. It appeared to almost all in the ballpark the ball hit was a double high off the wall in deep left center. But, it was somehow called a certain home run by the infield umpire. The Mudcats players were perplexed. Manager, Victor Estevez? I haven't seen him this animated all season. Nonetheless, it's a two-umpire crew in Low-A and that's sometimes a tall glass to fill. It was close. We can't begrudge the call. It was 6-5 Mudcats suddenly as they headed to the home half bottom of the sixth. With the double and the walk, further extending his hit streak, Chourio also moved his OPS north of 1.000. Will the hype ever end? I sure hope not. The results keep validating all the early accolades. The Pelicans came into this tilt 20-1 after scoring first in games in 2022. Quite the record. They finished 21-1 after pulling out the win with late-game magic. Winning teams find ways to win. It never ceases to amaze. This was a Mudcats victory until the game was decided. After the Pelicans had grabbed a run back to make it a 2-5 game in favor of the Mudcats, Oswal Leones grabbed that run right back: Speaking of which, I tend to see good things from Leones when I tune in live. This was a career-best 4-for-5 night (one rbi batting in the nine-hole) for the young man. Let's hope that continues as the season progresses. There's something here and Leones' game has the ongoing feeling of 'untapped potential'. If you were to pin anything of note on starter Segura and his piggy-back man Figueroa it would have to be walks. Both young men struggle with elevated WHIPS in 2022 and, much like tonight, you can point to their continued free passes. This is all too common for young hurlers. Both guys have solid stuff to work with and the frames to carry said stuff, but, it's the finer points that will ultimately test them as they move forward. Seven walks between the two pitchers in 8 1/3 innings is simply a lot to work around. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Beloit (Marlins) 6, Wisconsin 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please visit and review: Beloit Hands Wisconsin Costly Loss - Sky Carp Rally for 6-4 Win Over Rattlers **Before you read further, please check into this wonderful piece on Darboy, Wisconsin's (and Timber Rattlers' player hosts) Carpenter family: THIS is what it is all about. Family. Support. Togetherness. I love the prospects Justin Jarvis and Cam Robinson have become. But, apparently, I might like Jarvis' Hibachi even more? Who knew?! Russ Smith was looking to turn things around as the T-Rats were on the road all the way down to Beloit. Whew, my hats off to any young men having to live that close to the state of Illinois. As a born-and-raised Wisconsinite, I admit: perhaps I'm a tad biased. But, that's just sub 0.500 tough sledding. I can definitively say, from my vantage point, this was the best version of Russ we've seen to date. He was working fast and with a purpose. Nailing the zone with a mix of heat and off-speed and carried a 1-1 score into the fifth inning. My prospect antenna were perked up and shiny at the display I was seeing. Here's to many more of these types of outings ahead, Russ. RIP: Until our next Home series, here lies all those wonderful Home series YouTube Full Game Highlights and Post-Game Podcasts. Further Viewing Notes: Tyler Black . Baseball player. That is all. I love watching this young man play. He has that 'It' you look for in a Major League player. I love the way he carries himself. I love the build. He started tonight with a double and a triple. Enjoy him in Appleton as his days are numbered. His feisty 14-pitch strikeout to end the game was what I've come to expect from the young man. I just want to re-iterate: this is by far the best version of Smith I've seen all year. It was a joy to watch. I loved the speed. I loved the confidence. I loved the sprinkling of the change-up. He didn't receive any benefit from the home plate umpire. He didn't complain. Great body language. Just lots to love with this outing. Here's to many more ahead, Russ! Robbie Baker came on in relief of Smith with two down and men on first and second and the Rattlers clinging to a two-run lead. And, he proceeded to snag an absolute rope toward the mound. He made it look a lot easier than it was. It saved a run. And, it was on to the seventh. Joe Gray Jr. will fish anywhere. An avid outdoorsman, Gray showed up for today's game and proceeded to grab his fishing kit and head to the Rock River. Be true to you, Joe. We hope you caught some fish! May is obviously over. Cam Robinson gave us one more scoreless outing in June. Tonight? Not so much. Sent on in the bottom-half of the eighth inning to preserve a 4-3 ball game, Cam gave up three runs. Beloit earned every one of those runs. Disciplined at bats and the benefit of some seeing-eye hits. Good work from the Sky Carps. Shake it off, Cam. Let's get another scoreless streak going! After a 14-pitch battle to close the game, something I alluded to above: Black had words with home plate umpire Kenny Jackson. Something happened during the at bat that had bothered Tyler for many pitches and it seemed to be related to some form of time out call or step out by the umpire - it was unclear in the telecast. And, well, Tyler, I can honestly tell you Jackson bothered me with balls and strikes pretty much all game. Have at it and on to the next. The trivia question reads: When was the last time Robinson gave up a single run? My answer is, lazily, some time in April (the real answer is April 28th). His stuff still looked great tonight. No, really, it did. He still did that Cam thing going where he flirted around the zone risking walks and mixing in steep breaking balls with heat and movement. But, on this particular occasion, a red hot Beloit team was the beneficiary of some timely and, frankly, some lucky hitting early and, well, then they just broke it open a wee bit. And, so it goes. Baseball is such a wonderfully challenging game. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Tennessee (Cubs) 5, Biloxi 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please visit and review: Three Run Eighth Sinks Shuckers in Opener Against Smokies - Campbell Hits First Double-A Home Run My self-titled 'Where is Joey Wiemer ?' watch continues. We are seven days in and I am begrudgingly digging a bunker to weather this storm. Where for art thou, Joey? Where doth thy wicked swings go when you are dressed in warm-ups tossing baseballs in the dugout? Sigh. While I was drying salty tears from my work desk, TJ Shook took the hill for his third time as a Shucker. Let's take a look at how he fared. Here's a hint: this was his best Double-A start. Unfortunately, no win to tack on the good feelings. But, the lower levels are about much more than wins and losses. Hopefully, TJ's fine work can lead the way for some Brandon Knarr success tomorrow as he faces these tough Tennessee Smokies. Further Viewing Notes: This is my last unofficial 'Stop Sleeping on Jakson Reetz ' announcement. Without further ado: Please stop sleeping on this stud . He's had an absolutely incredible and consistent season. He deserves all the plaudits he isn't receiving - I swear, of all the young men raking in the Brewers system I feel as though I hear a mere collection of faint whispers when there should be loud chatter. Another rbi tonight. 3-for-4 throwing out runners. Oh, hey, here's an uber-athletic catcher who can fill-in as a left fielder in a pinch? Let's talk about all the other catching wealth? Not on my watch. I'm here for the whole story. I love this young man's game. Hop aboard my hype train: How about a casual 28th rbi oppo-dribbler? With Sal Frelick aboard, this is the type of hitting you want when you're fighting off a pitch. Savvy baseball is also in the Reetz tool-kit: In the ongoing recent game of 'Which Biloxi Shuckers Reliever Will it Be?", tonight's answer was, unfortunately, Kent Hasler. Kent came aboard late in this one with a 2-2 ball game in the balance. He left after two complete having conceded three earned runs on four hits and a walk with a single strikeout. Gone are those days of High-A dominance. It's been a tough promotional stretch for the previously lights out High-A reliever. Here's to finding that dominant form, Kent! All the tools are there. Give me some of the Tennessee Smokies Double-A Matt Mervis promotional vibe: 18 games. Seven home runs including the game-tying home run in the top of the fourth off of, until that moment, previously cruising Shook. What a run this young man is on. Game recognizes game. Like Smith in Beloit tonight, this was Shook's best work on the mound as a Shucker. Five complete. Four hits and two walks. Six strikeouts. That will give your team a chance on any night, anywhere. In a night where there were losses across the board, TJ's outing was definitively another small victory. Kudos to the young man. Noah Campbell has been playing fine baseball since returning from his IL stint. Here's an opposite-field solo home run (his first in Double-A!) to grab a 2-1 lead coming off his birthday just yesterday. Happy birthday, Noah! What more is there to say of this ongoing Biloxi season as a whole other than: you never really know what you're going to get. We know they can get above 0.500. We don't know they can maintain that above-board standing. We know they can get back to 0.500. Yet, we know they can certainly dip back below 0.500. After tonight's loss, they're back to four games under and, well, it's just re-affirming it's been 'that kind of season'. Across the board. Early it was errors, an inability to hit with RISP, and an under-performing bottom-half of the order that were the consistent record killers. Recently, sitting games above 0.500, the bottom of the order got red hot for a nice stretch but the bullpen started melting down on a night-in and night-out basis. That seems to be a continuing theme into this week. Will they set things straight and head for smoother and more lucrative waters? It's too early to tell. We sure hope they do. We'll keep you posted. *** Nashville vs. Norfolk - Postponed For those of you still so inclined, and to get up-to-date for the series start, here are your Game Notes regardless. Note: Make-Up Game is June 9th *** All too many 0-4, 0-5, 0-3 results on the Win/Loss column as of late. But, we're in it for the long haul. Let's tune in tomorrow and see if. when, and how we turn this ship around. I'll be here to provide your coverage. There are always small victories in every contest - tonight was no stranger to this truth. Let's hope we find bigger truths in the form of victories tomorrow. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  9. With the first games of the ACL and DSL now completed, it's really starting to feel like summer. Let's hope the bats heat up in concert with the weather. With this caveat, I will give daily updates and box score tid bits and any possible highlights to our DSL and ACL affiliates first and then carry into my usual Low-A to Triple-A routine. Firstly, let's take a look at yesterday's and today's many transactions and then head to Arizona and the Dominican locales and see how our young men fared. I can tell you, in the higher levels of our minor leagues...I'm getting a wee tired of losses across the board. Let's hope this recent run is just a spurt of hiccups and we rebound and head for greener pastures. Many games does a season make. Let's be honest: we've hit a rough patch. Transactions: ** A reminder: For any and all Sunday thru Monday transactions please peruse and participate in our ongoing '2022 Minor League Transaction Thread' . We will continue to provide cumulative tid-bits here but it is very worth your time to dig into that thread as the details are live and they are quite robust. Let's start with Monday: The Zach Vennaro and Kent Hasler 'sent down' moves make more sense when we consider what is happening in Biloxi: RHP Victor Castaneda, RHP Justin Bullock, RHP Harold Chirino, and RHP Luis Contreras were all moved to AA Biloxi's 7-day injured list. That's a BIG ouch here. Victor has been far and away the most dependable Starter since Andy Otero and Tyler Herb's well-deserved promotions and, until his recent ninth inning meltdown. (Perhaps, this injury gives the clue.) RHP Harold Chirino has been a bullpen stalwart. Luis had been pitching his best baseball of the season of late. No rest for the weary! Fear not, lastly, RHP Brandon Knarr has been promoted to Biloxi from Wisconsin. Let's get into some game reports. Sheesh! BOX: DSL Brewers (2) 10, DSL Brewers (1) 1 Well, this one was a a wee bit of a blow out it would appear. But, hey, it's a game amongst teammates and friends. Some of yesterday's successes carried over for the DSL Brewers 2 - notably, youngsters Juan Baez, Yeison Perez, and Brayan Oropeza continued their productive plate appearances - each with a double. Oropeza also hit his second home run in two games. This will play. Notably, let's give a mention to 18-year-old Erick Perez who tripled in his first DSL at bat - a pinch hit in the bottom of the eighth. He scored on a Perez double - his second of the game. Tasty! On the pitching side of things, the DSL Brewers 2 pitched to the tune of 16 strikeouts with a sprinkling of ... they did walk ten batters. 18-year-old, Anfernny Reyes (with an intriguing 6'3" frame), started and went 3 2/3 innings with 3 walks, no hits, and five punch outs. An intriguing line for the young hurler. Of note in the bullpen for the DSL Brewers 2, Jeral Vizcaino pitched a one hit, one walk scoreless inning with all three outs coming via strikeout. David Dominguez pitched two scoreless innings of one hit, two walk, and four strikeout ball. On the DSL Brewers 1 side of things, every pitcher gave up two or more runs and that'll lead to double digits across the plate. Luis Lara (2-for-5) did manage to plate a run on a single with two men on in the bottom of the ninth (both given free passes) for the lone DSL Brewers 1 run. The 17-year-old Lara is off to a fine start to his DSL season. BOX: ACL Brewers Gold 6, ACL Athletics 3 Hey! A second Brewers affiliate win? My goodness, it's the good old days of May all over again. And, my, how sweet it is. Second baseman, tonight, Gregory Barrios led off the batting order and went 2-for-4 with two rbi's off a triple to right field. Catcher Jason Ollarve managed to plate the other two rbi's via a sac fly and a ground out finishing his day 0-for-2. We also grabbed a run off the lower-levels vintage wild pitch - always in play in the lowest of lower levels. It wasn't all roses, however, as three errors by the Gold led to two unearned runs - a throwing and a fielding error by 19 year old shortstop, today, Jose Caballero are of note. Lastly, let's honor the fine pitching work of the duo of Yerlin Rodriguez and Jeison Pena. Pena managed two scoreless innings in late relief with 3 strikeouts and no other marks on his stat sheet. BOX: ACL Reds 6, ACL Brewers Blue 4 And, the losses begin here all the way down in Arizona. The Brewers Blue lost a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth as the Reds grabbed an illustrious five-spot to pull ahead for good. Let's take note of some young men, however. OF, Luis Medina knocked in three rbi's with his third inning home run. This gave the ACL Blue their 3-1 lead. As noted, it didn't last long. Who other than our very own @damuelleto give us the good details: Remember, Daniel and I are almost always in those daily game threads discussing the minor league contests - often in quite a bit of detail as they happen live. All told, this game really came down to the two-out unraveling by the Brewers Blue pitchers in the top of the fourth. The combined work of Yujanyer Herrera and Trevor Tietz produced the following with two down: walk, single, two-run home run, single, two-run home run, walk, strikeout to end the ordeal. And, well, that was ball game after all was said and finished. *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Myrtle Beach (Cubs) 10, Carolina 8 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please visit and review: Late Lead Wasted in Series Opening Loss - Leones Totaled a Career Best Four Hits and Chourio Extended His Hit Streak to 13 Games For the second week in a row, the Mudcats represented with the 'Player of the Week' honors. This time, the much deserved and perennially red hot Jackson Chourio received the award: Read Press Release Here. This is the second such award in two weeks' time (Hedbert Perez , if you recall, received last week's award). Let's keep this going, young men! Facing off against the red hot (21 games over 0.500) Pelicans felt like an extremely tall task for our young Mudcats but they were back home in Five County Stadium to take on such a challenge. Taking the hill for Carolina was Miguel Segura , and, I'd be lying if I said it looked promising early. BUT, baseball is a wily game and seemingly certain trouble can end with a sigh of relief as it did in the top of the first for Miguel. The first three batters Miguel faced got on base and a figurative ominous rustling wind swirled dust across the diamond. And, yet, a mere one run crossed the plate. It felt like a good omen and, boy, was it ever. The young upstart Mudcats plated five runs in the bottom half - including Perez's two-run blast. It was 5-1 Mudcats. Take a look at this incredible smack by Perez: And, once again, I'd be lying late if I said thought the Mudcats would blow the game after leading throughout. But, baseball is a wily game and even when you think the game is in the bag, all nine innings must be played. Let the Timber Rattlers tell you more about this aphorism further below. Further Viewing Notes: It's a baseball adage that walks will kill you. Jefferson Figueroa found this out in a weird way with a confidently called three-run home run after walking two men on in the top of the sixth. It appeared to almost all in the ballpark the ball hit was a double high off the wall in deep left center. But, it was somehow called a certain home run by the infield umpire. The Mudcats players were perplexed. Manager, Victor Estevez? I haven't seen him this animated all season. Nonetheless, it's a two-umpire crew in Low-A and that's sometimes a tall glass to fill. It was close. We can't begrudge the call. It was 6-5 Mudcats suddenly as they headed to the home half bottom of the sixth. With the double and the walk, further extending his hit streak, Chourio also moved his OPS north of 1.000. Will the hype ever end? I sure hope not. The results keep validating all the early accolades. The Pelicans came into this tilt 20-1 after scoring first in games in 2022. Quite the record. They finished 21-1 after pulling out the win with late-game magic. Winning teams find ways to win. It never ceases to amaze. This was a Mudcats victory until the game was decided. After the Pelicans had grabbed a run back to make it a 2-5 game in favor of the Mudcats, Oswal Leones grabbed that run right back: Speaking of which, I tend to see good things from Leones when I tune in live. This was a career-best 4-for-5 night (one rbi batting in the nine-hole) for the young man. Let's hope that continues as the season progresses. There's something here and Leones' game has the ongoing feeling of 'untapped potential'. If you were to pin anything of note on starter Segura and his piggy-back man Figueroa it would have to be walks. Both young men struggle with elevated WHIPS in 2022 and, much like tonight, you can point to their continued free passes. This is all too common for young hurlers. Both guys have solid stuff to work with and the frames to carry said stuff, but, it's the finer points that will ultimately test them as they move forward. Seven walks between the two pitchers in 8 1/3 innings is simply a lot to work around. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Beloit (Marlins) 6, Wisconsin 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please visit and review: Beloit Hands Wisconsin Costly Loss - Sky Carp Rally for 6-4 Win Over Rattlers **Before you read further, please check into this wonderful piece on Darboy, Wisconsin's (and Timber Rattlers' player hosts) Carpenter family: THIS is what it is all about. Family. Support. Togetherness. I love the prospects Justin Jarvis and Cam Robinson have become. But, apparently, I might like Jarvis' Hibachi even more? Who knew?! Russ Smith was looking to turn things around as the T-Rats were on the road all the way down to Beloit. Whew, my hats off to any young men having to live that close to the state of Illinois. As a born-and-raised Wisconsinite, I admit: perhaps I'm a tad biased. But, that's just sub 0.500 tough sledding. I can definitively say, from my vantage point, this was the best version of Russ we've seen to date. He was working fast and with a purpose. Nailing the zone with a mix of heat and off-speed and carried a 1-1 score into the fifth inning. My prospect antenna were perked up and shiny at the display I was seeing. Here's to many more of these types of outings ahead, Russ. RIP: Until our next Home series, here lies all those wonderful Home series YouTube Full Game Highlights and Post-Game Podcasts. Further Viewing Notes: Tyler Black . Baseball player. That is all. I love watching this young man play. He has that 'It' you look for in a Major League player. I love the way he carries himself. I love the build. He started tonight with a double and a triple. Enjoy him in Appleton as his days are numbered. His feisty 14-pitch strikeout to end the game was what I've come to expect from the young man. I just want to re-iterate: this is by far the best version of Smith I've seen all year. It was a joy to watch. I loved the speed. I loved the confidence. I loved the sprinkling of the change-up. He didn't receive any benefit from the home plate umpire. He didn't complain. Great body language. Just lots to love with this outing. Here's to many more ahead, Russ! Robbie Baker came on in relief of Smith with two down and men on first and second and the Rattlers clinging to a two-run lead. And, he proceeded to snag an absolute rope toward the mound. He made it look a lot easier than it was. It saved a run. And, it was on to the seventh. Joe Gray Jr. will fish anywhere. An avid outdoorsman, Gray showed up for today's game and proceeded to grab his fishing kit and head to the Rock River. Be true to you, Joe. We hope you caught some fish! May is obviously over. Cam Robinson gave us one more scoreless outing in June. Tonight? Not so much. Sent on in the bottom-half of the eighth inning to preserve a 4-3 ball game, Cam gave up three runs. Beloit earned every one of those runs. Disciplined at bats and the benefit of some seeing-eye hits. Good work from the Sky Carps. Shake it off, Cam. Let's get another scoreless streak going! After a 14-pitch battle to close the game, something I alluded to above: Black had words with home plate umpire Kenny Jackson. Something happened during the at bat that had bothered Tyler for many pitches and it seemed to be related to some form of time out call or step out by the umpire - it was unclear in the telecast. And, well, Tyler, I can honestly tell you Jackson bothered me with balls and strikes pretty much all game. Have at it and on to the next. The trivia question reads: When was the last time Robinson gave up a single run? My answer is, lazily, some time in April (the real answer is April 28th). His stuff still looked great tonight. No, really, it did. He still did that Cam thing going where he flirted around the zone risking walks and mixing in steep breaking balls with heat and movement. But, on this particular occasion, a red hot Beloit team was the beneficiary of some timely and, frankly, some lucky hitting early and, well, then they just broke it open a wee bit. And, so it goes. Baseball is such a wonderfully challenging game. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Tennessee (Cubs) 5, Biloxi 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please visit and review: Three Run Eighth Sinks Shuckers in Opener Against Smokies - Campbell Hits First Double-A Home Run My self-titled 'Where is Joey Wiemer ?' watch continues. We are seven days in and I am begrudgingly digging a bunker to weather this storm. Where for art thou, Joey? Where doth thy wicked swings go when you are dressed in warm-ups tossing baseballs in the dugout? Sigh. While I was drying salty tears from my work desk, TJ Shook took the hill for his third time as a Shucker. Let's take a look at how he fared. Here's a hint: this was his best Double-A start. Unfortunately, no win to tack on the good feelings. But, the lower levels are about much more than wins and losses. Hopefully, TJ's fine work can lead the way for some Brandon Knarr success tomorrow as he faces these tough Tennessee Smokies. Further Viewing Notes: This is my last unofficial 'Stop Sleeping on Jakson Reetz ' announcement. Without further ado: Please stop sleeping on this stud . He's had an absolutely incredible and consistent season. He deserves all the plaudits he isn't receiving - I swear, of all the young men raking in the Brewers system I feel as though I hear a mere collection of faint whispers when there should be loud chatter. Another rbi tonight. 3-for-4 throwing out runners. Oh, hey, here's an uber-athletic catcher who can fill-in as a left fielder in a pinch? Let's talk about all the other catching wealth? Not on my watch. I'm here for the whole story. I love this young man's game. Hop aboard my hype train: How about a casual 28th rbi oppo-dribbler? With Sal Frelick aboard, this is the type of hitting you want when you're fighting off a pitch. Savvy baseball is also in the Reetz tool-kit: In the ongoing recent game of 'Which Biloxi Shuckers Reliever Will it Be?", tonight's answer was, unfortunately, Kent Hasler. Kent came aboard late in this one with a 2-2 ball game in the balance. He left after two complete having conceded three earned runs on four hits and a walk with a single strikeout. Gone are those days of High-A dominance. It's been a tough promotional stretch for the previously lights out High-A reliever. Here's to finding that dominant form, Kent! All the tools are there. Give me some of the Tennessee Smokies Double-A Matt Mervis promotional vibe: 18 games. Seven home runs including the game-tying home run in the top of the fourth off of, until that moment, previously cruising Shook. What a run this young man is on. Game recognizes game. Like Smith in Beloit tonight, this was Shook's best work on the mound as a Shucker. Five complete. Four hits and two walks. Six strikeouts. That will give your team a chance on any night, anywhere. In a night where there were losses across the board, TJ's outing was definitively another small victory. Kudos to the young man. Noah Campbell has been playing fine baseball since returning from his IL stint. Here's an opposite-field solo home run (his first in Double-A!) to grab a 2-1 lead coming off his birthday just yesterday. Happy birthday, Noah! What more is there to say of this ongoing Biloxi season as a whole other than: you never really know what you're going to get. We know they can get above 0.500. We don't know they can maintain that above-board standing. We know they can get back to 0.500. Yet, we know they can certainly dip back below 0.500. After tonight's loss, they're back to four games under and, well, it's just re-affirming it's been 'that kind of season'. Across the board. Early it was errors, an inability to hit with RISP, and an under-performing bottom-half of the order that were the consistent record killers. Recently, sitting games above 0.500, the bottom of the order got red hot for a nice stretch but the bullpen started melting down on a night-in and night-out basis. That seems to be a continuing theme into this week. Will they set things straight and head for smoother and more lucrative waters? It's too early to tell. We sure hope they do. We'll keep you posted. *** Nashville vs. Norfolk - Postponed For those of you still so inclined, and to get up-to-date for the series start, here are your Game Notes regardless. Note: Make-Up Game is June 9th *** All too many 0-4, 0-5, 0-3 results on the Win/Loss column as of late. But, we're in it for the long haul. Let's tune in tomorrow and see if. when, and how we turn this ship around. I'll be here to provide your coverage. There are always small victories in every contest - tonight was no stranger to this truth. Let's hope we find bigger truths in the form of victories tomorrow. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  10. Transactions: (RHP) Matt Hardy was added to Biloxi from Nashville, (Catcher) Alex Jackson recalled from Triple-A Nashville (Congrats, Alex!) Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina, Down East (Rangers) Postponed Box Score / Game Log - None This game can be summarized by an Eduardo Garcia HBP and an inning-ending double-play ball by Jeferson Quero. With Ryne Moore taking the mound ready to rip, the rains swept in, and the tarps were pulled over the field. This one was postponed, much to my chagrin. They'll pick up this game as an 8 1/2 inning affair, I believe, as a doubleheader this Friday. Stay tuned. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Peoria (Cardinals) 3, Wisconsin 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Chiefs Take Series Opener 3-1 - Miller Homers for Wisconsin A Note to Readers: With the Timber Rattlers back on the road, we will miss out on their incredible media coverage during their home games. Please, never take this for granted and indulge when you can. The Timber Rattlers came into this knock with Peoria leading the entire Midwest League in stolen bases with 29. Additionally, their 11-4 start matched organizational best records, through 15 games, of teams in 1998; 1998; and 2005 - all three made the playoffs. Where did I discover these incredible tidbits? The 'Pre-Game Notes' listed above are always worth your while. I can't impart this 'wisdom' enough: We re-hash and give you the bird's eye view of these contests, but the best information comes from the teams themselves. Please dive in and enjoy! The name of the game in this outing for talented left-handed hurler Russell Smith was pounding the zone. Unlike his last start, Russ threw ahead in most counts and pounded that strike zone early and often. Through four efficient innings, Smith had retired eight straight and punched out six to a tune of merely two hits. This is what we were looking for after the struggle in his last outing in miserably cold and windy weather in Appleton. He was aided by two very nice defensive plays from Ethan Murray in the bottom half of inning number two when he stabbed a grounder for a double play and then snagged a hard-hit liner to end the inning. However, by the end of the fifth inning, he ran into his only real trouble of his outing. He surrendered a run on a double and then walked a batter to put runners on first and second with two down. His night was over at 88 total pitches, and the score knotted one. Further Viewing Notes: After Smith left the game in the bottom of the fifth, Zach Mort made the first relief appearance. On a 2-0 pitch, Zach threw a beanball and loaded the bases. As Pete Campbell would opine: "Not great, Bob!" Facing his next batter, with a 2-2 count, he caught too much of the plate on a pitch middle and slightly to the outside portion of the plate and surrendered an opposite-field single: T-Rats trailed 1-3. An unfair ending to Russ's otherwise stellar outing as he inherited those runs. After the original HBP and single given up by Mort, he closed the game going 3 1/3 innings without incurring further damage - a mere two hits and one strikeout in total. Unfortunately, the bats never picked it up for Wisconsin as they did not find a hit in any fashion after that fifth inning. Peoria's Michael McGreevy (18th pick overall 2021 MLB draft, first round) was dealing in this one. He surpassed his recent career-high of 7 strikeouts - set during his last outing - and left after six innings of work with nine punchouts and 93 pitches. Punching out Sal Frelick in consecutive at-bats is always noticeable. A nice outing for the young hurler. Cardinals fans, much to my chagrin (), have to be excited about this young arm - he's living up to his draft status early in 2022. Darrien Miller collected two hits on the day, including his third homer of the young season. It was nice to see him knock the ball around after a recent cold spell at the plate. I don't say his name often, but he has picked it up a bit lately: Ethan Murray. As mentioned above, he had a couple of very nice defensive plays in the bottom of the second to hold onto the Rattlers' lead at the time. He followed that glovework with a hit at the plate in an otherwise sparse offensive day for the club. The Timber Rattlers have now lost two consecutive games. Here's hoping they can get back on track in Game 2 tomorrow! After two straight losses, how about a pick-me-up? Read about Joe Gray Jr's comeback story and how he has overcome adversity to get back on the field. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: you'll be hard-pressed to find a Minor Leaguer easier to root for than this young man. Read the Story Here Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Pensacola (Marlins) 7, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Late Error Costly in Shuckers 7-4 Defeat - Wiemer Goes for Two Hits, Knocks in 12th Run Get your 'Pre-Series' goods here: Series Pre-Amble After easy three-up and three-down work in the top of the first inning, Andy Otero ran into trouble akin to his most recent start in the top of the second. However, he avoided any damage after the bases were loaded by inducing two strikeouts - including the final whiff by former Shucker Hayden Cantrelle to end the threat. It was 3-0 Shuckers headed to the bottom of the second. If there were a theme for Otero's early season, it would have to be one of hard work. He is working with elevated pitch counts, runners on often as of late, and missing borderline strikes in seemingly every game he makes an appearance, but he often finds a way to keep his team in the game. Hopefully, he can start going deeper into games, however, as he lacks control and rarely gets into the fifth inning. Tonight was a better result: four innings pitched, four hits sprinkled, one walk, and five strikeouts on 79 pitches. I mentioned the 3-0 lead. This was due to the impact of the top of the order coming out of the gates. Hey, it's another Joey Wiemer double! It felt like the floodgates might open. Instead, they locked shut after the first inning. Further Viewing Notes: Ashton McGee continued to struggle at the plate in the early going. Frankly, he looked very comfortable and quite good in his initial outing of the season at Pensacola. However, since returning from that unfortunate game one injury, he has struggled mightily. He struck out in his first two at-bats and saw his average dip below .100. He'll look to find himself and turn it around in future games. I should point out. However, he did crush a rope for his first home run of the season straight out to the right-field wall. That could have been the game-winner if things had gone a wee bit smoother in the top of the ninth. I always love listening to Garrett Greene during the Shucker home game TV broadcasts - he's just fantastic at calling a game and always keeps me interested. However, I can't say the same for the TV feed I consistently get out of Biloxi. It is not easy to watch their games virtually, given a majority 50 feet above home plate bird's eye view of at-bats looking out at a panorama of darn near the entire stadium. Maybe, just maybe, I'm patting myself on the back for being so dedicated. Matt Hardy opened up the top of the fifth in relief of Otero. It's great to see him back healthy after hitting the shelf in 2021. He had appeared earlier in the 2022 season in a single outing at Triple-A Nashville - also scoreless. He could be a staple of the Biloxi bullpen if he happens to stick. However, he has very good stuff that will play in the back end. It would be unsurprising if he were eventually promoted back to Triple-A. Is he here to stay? Or is he just getting work in due to the incredible league-leading bullpen up in Nashville? Arnaldo Hernandez punched out three straight batters to end the sixth inning and start the seventh. His curveball and breaking ball were dialed tonight, and he offset those by keeping his fastball down. This being said, he was facing a red hot Jerar Encarnacion (bat to a 0.500 average in Pensacola's most recent series), and he blasted his sixth home run of the season on a mistake 1-2 pitch well over the left-field wall and into the street tying the game at 3-3 after seven innings. Joey Wiemer stayed hot with a 2-3 night at the plate, including a third time on base with a walk. Let us enjoy a moment of Zen: Speaking of walks, the Shuckers had been given seven free passes after eight innings. Only one of these walked batters came around to score, and the aforementioned Wiemer was picked off first base (the first such episode for a Shucker this young season) and ended the eighth. Untimely everything, it would appear, with free runners aboard the bases. The typically reliable Harold Chirino made his appearance to start the ninth inning and opened with his first walk of his season on four straight pitches. This was only the second walk of the night issued by Shuckers pitchers at that time. Chirino walked his next batter and missed an opportunity for the strikeout punchout as Jakson Reetz threw an absolute bullet nailing the runner stealing second base. Such is the game of baseball - everything is together until it isn't. What a fickle game we love! Let's dive deeper: Having a Major League third baseman manning the hot corner sure helps! With Chirino struggling to locate, he faced a batter looking to sacrifice the runners up the base paths. With the bunt down, Chirino threw a wild and inaccurate throw into the dirt at third, and had Urias not been manning that bag, that ball would have been into foul territory and possibly down the line into the outfield. However, Urias, the adept fielder he is, fielded the hot one-hopper and kept his foot on the bag, grabbing the improbable out. The next batter hit a high chopper to McGee at first base, where the base runner clearly interfered. It was inning over and still 3-3! Following Chirino was the enigmatic Lucas Erceg. He has the stuff to become an electric reliever in crunch-time innings, but his season has been up and down. This is understandable as he is still in the early stages of a transition to the mound, but as the season progresses, we'll want to see more efficiency (one hit and three free passes in 2/3 innings tonight). After this outing, he surrendered six unearned runs in his two outings versus the Wahoos. That's a fairly incredible stat. We'll just pretend we didn't see the fly-out gaffe, Noah Campbell. We'll pretend it was a much harder play than it looked. Because, let me tell you, folks, sometimes errors are what you might call 'bad ones.' With the bases juiced and two down, a loft fly ball found its way to deep left field but was quite playable. Noah parked underneath it. Waited for several seconds. And, well, it bounced elsewhere amidst the audible gasps and yips when he failed to close his glove. All three runs scored, and it was suddenly 3-6 when they should have been safely out of the inning. THANK YOU, Felix Valerio, for an epic snag to end the Wahoo ninth - on behalf of all our Shucker diehards, this one (and several others) are for you! What an over-the-shoulder grab on a blooping liner. I honestly don't know how he caught it. Here's the replay for you if you happened to miss it: One word can describe the Shuckers' recent string of games - in Birmingham and into this home contest - Frustrating. There's no other way to put it. They are losing leads often, and they are simply making too many mistakes in the field. This loss was a hard one for the squad. Let's hope they can come back fresh tomorrow and get back on the winning track! Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: St. Paul (Twins) 4, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Come Up Short, Fall to Saints - Multi-Hit Efforts by David Dahl, Bryce Turang Not Enough in 4-1 Loss Twins Daily Minor League Report (Nashville/St. Paul notes) This game had the makings of a more hotly and tightly played contest than the previous tilts for the Sounds, and, early, it certainly fits that bill. Both teams feature solid pitching and professional at-bats throughout their rosters. It was not to be for Nashville in a brisk affair in Saint Paul just off the 280 turnpike, as they ultimately fell 1-4. Jason Alexander took the rubber for the Sounds looking to build off a string of solid starts. He managed five innings for the club, but he had to work harder than in recent games. He surrendered two runs via seven hits and three walks while striking out a pair. That's too many base runners for a pitcher's liking, but he did limit any real damage while taking his first loss in four starts. Further Viewing Notes: Three straight two-out singles manufactured the Saints' second run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Those two-out hits will always sting you, and tonight was no different. The Yin to Biloxi's Yang? The Sounds played nine more innings of errorless baseball. They have not committed an error since April 14 at Gwinnett, a streak of 95 1/3 innings. Biloxi, please take note. I have spoken. This is the way. Brice Turang is dealing at the plate right now. He drove in the only Sounds run off highly effective Saints hurler (RHP) Dereck Rodríguez with a well-hit double. He proceeded to single in the top of the fifth inning (to end Rodríguez's fine outing) - his second hit of the night. He has now hit in 13 of his last 26 plate appearances with three runs, four doubles, 7 RBI, and two walks during the hot streak. Stay hot, young man! David Dahl is also hitting .500 (8-for-16) in his last four games, contributing three runs, a double, an RBI, and a walk in that span. Quite the resurgence of late for David and Bryce! Connor Sadzeck continued his string of scoreless relief work. He's been another rock in the solid Nashville bullpen. Oh yeah, Connor? Hobie Harris has not allowed a run through his first seven outings (7.0 IP). He has eight strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .190 to start the season. Let's go! It's early season, but I think it's fair to say age-old veteran Rex Brothers would like a reset to his season. Every time he enters a game out of the bullpen, it feels like certain walks and likely trouble. Tonight was no different. Walks and wild pitches (plural) and a 1-2 game became 1-4 just like that. Jon Singleton has hit a rough stretch at the plate. He is making contact, for the most part, but he isn't finding success. However, I will not waiver in my steadfast belief in this man. He has all the tools needed to turn things around in a hurry, and I'll be blowing a proverbial horn when he does. Confetti will rain forth at my computer desk, I say! That's a wrap for Tuesday. I'll simply end with: Let's get back to winning baseball! Please, peruse the links below to set yourself up for tomorrow's contests and the organizational depth and stats: Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  11. If you haven't reviewed the fantastic Brewers Minor League week in review by our own @Seth Stohs (read here), please do so. It will get you situated for the week ahead. As always, we all hope for winning results with a keener eye toward player development and game evolution. Unlike the large amounts of runs given up in the lower levels to close out last week, we began our Minor League Monday with several low-scoring affairs across the board throughout the majority of the contests - though Biloxi's contest ended a wee wonky after a tough error in left field. Let's see how the teams fared overall, knowing leads were lost in the middle innings and late. Transactions: (RHP) Matt Hardy was added to Biloxi from Nashville, (Catcher) Alex Jackson recalled from Triple-A Nashville (Congrats, Alex!) Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina, Down East (Rangers) Postponed Box Score / Game Log - None This game can be summarized by an Eduardo Garcia HBP and an inning-ending double-play ball by Jeferson Quero. With Ryne Moore taking the mound ready to rip, the rains swept in, and the tarps were pulled over the field. This one was postponed, much to my chagrin. They'll pick up this game as an 8 1/2 inning affair, I believe, as a doubleheader this Friday. Stay tuned. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Peoria (Cardinals) 3, Wisconsin 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Chiefs Take Series Opener 3-1 - Miller Homers for Wisconsin A Note to Readers: With the Timber Rattlers back on the road, we will miss out on their incredible media coverage during their home games. Please, never take this for granted and indulge when you can. The Timber Rattlers came into this knock with Peoria leading the entire Midwest League in stolen bases with 29. Additionally, their 11-4 start matched organizational best records, through 15 games, of teams in 1998; 1998; and 2005 - all three made the playoffs. Where did I discover these incredible tidbits? The 'Pre-Game Notes' listed above are always worth your while. I can't impart this 'wisdom' enough: We re-hash and give you the bird's eye view of these contests, but the best information comes from the teams themselves. Please dive in and enjoy! The name of the game in this outing for talented left-handed hurler Russell Smith was pounding the zone. Unlike his last start, Russ threw ahead in most counts and pounded that strike zone early and often. Through four efficient innings, Smith had retired eight straight and punched out six to a tune of merely two hits. This is what we were looking for after the struggle in his last outing in miserably cold and windy weather in Appleton. He was aided by two very nice defensive plays from Ethan Murray in the bottom half of inning number two when he stabbed a grounder for a double play and then snagged a hard-hit liner to end the inning. However, by the end of the fifth inning, he ran into his only real trouble of his outing. He surrendered a run on a double and then walked a batter to put runners on first and second with two down. His night was over at 88 total pitches, and the score knotted one. Further Viewing Notes: After Smith left the game in the bottom of the fifth, Zach Mort made the first relief appearance. On a 2-0 pitch, Zach threw a beanball and loaded the bases. As Pete Campbell would opine: "Not great, Bob!" Facing his next batter, with a 2-2 count, he caught too much of the plate on a pitch middle and slightly to the outside portion of the plate and surrendered an opposite-field single: T-Rats trailed 1-3. An unfair ending to Russ's otherwise stellar outing as he inherited those runs. After the original HBP and single given up by Mort, he closed the game going 3 1/3 innings without incurring further damage - a mere two hits and one strikeout in total. Unfortunately, the bats never picked it up for Wisconsin as they did not find a hit in any fashion after that fifth inning. Peoria's Michael McGreevy (18th pick overall 2021 MLB draft, first round) was dealing in this one. He surpassed his recent career-high of 7 strikeouts - set during his last outing - and left after six innings of work with nine punchouts and 93 pitches. Punching out Sal Frelick in consecutive at-bats is always noticeable. A nice outing for the young hurler. Cardinals fans, much to my chagrin (), have to be excited about this young arm - he's living up to his draft status early in 2022. Darrien Miller collected two hits on the day, including his third homer of the young season. It was nice to see him knock the ball around after a recent cold spell at the plate. I don't say his name often, but he has picked it up a bit lately: Ethan Murray. As mentioned above, he had a couple of very nice defensive plays in the bottom of the second to hold onto the Rattlers' lead at the time. He followed that glovework with a hit at the plate in an otherwise sparse offensive day for the club. The Timber Rattlers have now lost two consecutive games. Here's hoping they can get back on track in Game 2 tomorrow! After two straight losses, how about a pick-me-up? Read about Joe Gray Jr's comeback story and how he has overcome adversity to get back on the field. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: you'll be hard-pressed to find a Minor Leaguer easier to root for than this young man. Read the Story Here Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Pensacola (Marlins) 7, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Late Error Costly in Shuckers 7-4 Defeat - Wiemer Goes for Two Hits, Knocks in 12th Run Get your 'Pre-Series' goods here: Series Pre-Amble After easy three-up and three-down work in the top of the first inning, Andy Otero ran into trouble akin to his most recent start in the top of the second. However, he avoided any damage after the bases were loaded by inducing two strikeouts - including the final whiff by former Shucker Hayden Cantrelle to end the threat. It was 3-0 Shuckers headed to the bottom of the second. If there were a theme for Otero's early season, it would have to be one of hard work. He is working with elevated pitch counts, runners on often as of late, and missing borderline strikes in seemingly every game he makes an appearance, but he often finds a way to keep his team in the game. Hopefully, he can start going deeper into games, however, as he lacks control and rarely gets into the fifth inning. Tonight was a better result: four innings pitched, four hits sprinkled, one walk, and five strikeouts on 79 pitches. I mentioned the 3-0 lead. This was due to the impact of the top of the order coming out of the gates. Hey, it's another Joey Wiemer double! It felt like the floodgates might open. Instead, they locked shut after the first inning. Further Viewing Notes: Ashton McGee continued to struggle at the plate in the early going. Frankly, he looked very comfortable and quite good in his initial outing of the season at Pensacola. However, since returning from that unfortunate game one injury, he has struggled mightily. He struck out in his first two at-bats and saw his average dip below .100. He'll look to find himself and turn it around in future games. I should point out. However, he did crush a rope for his first home run of the season straight out to the right-field wall. That could have been the game-winner if things had gone a wee bit smoother in the top of the ninth. I always love listening to Garrett Greene during the Shucker home game TV broadcasts - he's just fantastic at calling a game and always keeps me interested. However, I can't say the same for the TV feed I consistently get out of Biloxi. It is not easy to watch their games virtually, given a majority 50 feet above home plate bird's eye view of at-bats looking out at a panorama of darn near the entire stadium. Maybe, just maybe, I'm patting myself on the back for being so dedicated. Matt Hardy opened up the top of the fifth in relief of Otero. It's great to see him back healthy after hitting the shelf in 2021. He had appeared earlier in the 2022 season in a single outing at Triple-A Nashville - also scoreless. He could be a staple of the Biloxi bullpen if he happens to stick. However, he has very good stuff that will play in the back end. It would be unsurprising if he were eventually promoted back to Triple-A. Is he here to stay? Or is he just getting work in due to the incredible league-leading bullpen up in Nashville? Arnaldo Hernandez punched out three straight batters to end the sixth inning and start the seventh. His curveball and breaking ball were dialed tonight, and he offset those by keeping his fastball down. This being said, he was facing a red hot Jerar Encarnacion (bat to a 0.500 average in Pensacola's most recent series), and he blasted his sixth home run of the season on a mistake 1-2 pitch well over the left-field wall and into the street tying the game at 3-3 after seven innings. Joey Wiemer stayed hot with a 2-3 night at the plate, including a third time on base with a walk. Let us enjoy a moment of Zen: Speaking of walks, the Shuckers had been given seven free passes after eight innings. Only one of these walked batters came around to score, and the aforementioned Wiemer was picked off first base (the first such episode for a Shucker this young season) and ended the eighth. Untimely everything, it would appear, with free runners aboard the bases. The typically reliable Harold Chirino made his appearance to start the ninth inning and opened with his first walk of his season on four straight pitches. This was only the second walk of the night issued by Shuckers pitchers at that time. Chirino walked his next batter and missed an opportunity for the strikeout punchout as Jakson Reetz threw an absolute bullet nailing the runner stealing second base. Such is the game of baseball - everything is together until it isn't. What a fickle game we love! Let's dive deeper: Having a Major League third baseman manning the hot corner sure helps! With Chirino struggling to locate, he faced a batter looking to sacrifice the runners up the base paths. With the bunt down, Chirino threw a wild and inaccurate throw into the dirt at third, and had Urias not been manning that bag, that ball would have been into foul territory and possibly down the line into the outfield. However, Urias, the adept fielder he is, fielded the hot one-hopper and kept his foot on the bag, grabbing the improbable out. The next batter hit a high chopper to McGee at first base, where the base runner clearly interfered. It was inning over and still 3-3! Following Chirino was the enigmatic Lucas Erceg. He has the stuff to become an electric reliever in crunch-time innings, but his season has been up and down. This is understandable as he is still in the early stages of a transition to the mound, but as the season progresses, we'll want to see more efficiency (one hit and three free passes in 2/3 innings tonight). After this outing, he surrendered six unearned runs in his two outings versus the Wahoos. That's a fairly incredible stat. We'll just pretend we didn't see the fly-out gaffe, Noah Campbell. We'll pretend it was a much harder play than it looked. Because, let me tell you, folks, sometimes errors are what you might call 'bad ones.' With the bases juiced and two down, a loft fly ball found its way to deep left field but was quite playable. Noah parked underneath it. Waited for several seconds. And, well, it bounced elsewhere amidst the audible gasps and yips when he failed to close his glove. All three runs scored, and it was suddenly 3-6 when they should have been safely out of the inning. THANK YOU, Felix Valerio, for an epic snag to end the Wahoo ninth - on behalf of all our Shucker diehards, this one (and several others) are for you! What an over-the-shoulder grab on a blooping liner. I honestly don't know how he caught it. Here's the replay for you if you happened to miss it: One word can describe the Shuckers' recent string of games - in Birmingham and into this home contest - Frustrating. There's no other way to put it. They are losing leads often, and they are simply making too many mistakes in the field. This loss was a hard one for the squad. Let's hope they can come back fresh tomorrow and get back on the winning track! Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: St. Paul (Twins) 4, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Come Up Short, Fall to Saints - Multi-Hit Efforts by David Dahl, Bryce Turang Not Enough in 4-1 Loss Twins Daily Minor League Report (Nashville/St. Paul notes) This game had the makings of a more hotly and tightly played contest than the previous tilts for the Sounds, and, early, it certainly fits that bill. Both teams feature solid pitching and professional at-bats throughout their rosters. It was not to be for Nashville in a brisk affair in Saint Paul just off the 280 turnpike, as they ultimately fell 1-4. Jason Alexander took the rubber for the Sounds looking to build off a string of solid starts. He managed five innings for the club, but he had to work harder than in recent games. He surrendered two runs via seven hits and three walks while striking out a pair. That's too many base runners for a pitcher's liking, but he did limit any real damage while taking his first loss in four starts. Further Viewing Notes: Three straight two-out singles manufactured the Saints' second run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Those two-out hits will always sting you, and tonight was no different. The Yin to Biloxi's Yang? The Sounds played nine more innings of errorless baseball. They have not committed an error since April 14 at Gwinnett, a streak of 95 1/3 innings. Biloxi, please take note. I have spoken. This is the way. Brice Turang is dealing at the plate right now. He drove in the only Sounds run off highly effective Saints hurler (RHP) Dereck Rodríguez with a well-hit double. He proceeded to single in the top of the fifth inning (to end Rodríguez's fine outing) - his second hit of the night. He has now hit in 13 of his last 26 plate appearances with three runs, four doubles, 7 RBI, and two walks during the hot streak. Stay hot, young man! David Dahl is also hitting .500 (8-for-16) in his last four games, contributing three runs, a double, an RBI, and a walk in that span. Quite the resurgence of late for David and Bryce! Connor Sadzeck continued his string of scoreless relief work. He's been another rock in the solid Nashville bullpen. Oh yeah, Connor? Hobie Harris has not allowed a run through his first seven outings (7.0 IP). He has eight strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .190 to start the season. Let's go! It's early season, but I think it's fair to say age-old veteran Rex Brothers would like a reset to his season. Every time he enters a game out of the bullpen, it feels like certain walks and likely trouble. Tonight was no different. Walks and wild pitches (plural) and a 1-2 game became 1-4 just like that. Jon Singleton has hit a rough stretch at the plate. He is making contact, for the most part, but he isn't finding success. However, I will not waiver in my steadfast belief in this man. He has all the tools needed to turn things around in a hurry, and I'll be blowing a proverbial horn when he does. Confetti will rain forth at my computer desk, I say! That's a wrap for Tuesday. I'll simply end with: Let's get back to winning baseball! Please, peruse the links below to set yourself up for tomorrow's contests and the organizational depth and stats: Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  12. Rattlers sweep a doubleheader. Shuckers move to 6-0. Sounds win a close one, Mudcats lose on a walk-off. Forget the organizational prospect rankings and look at the standings: AAA Nashville Sounds – 6-3 – 2nd place AA Biloxi Shuckers – 6-0 – 1st place High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – 5-1 – 1st place Low-A Carolina Mudcats – 4-2 – 2nd place Aggregate: 21-6 – Best in the World Thursday’s minor league action saw a strong debut from LHP Russell Smith, a 4-4 Felix Valerio night (with a home run), a game-winning homer by C Darrien Miller, first blasts of the season for Joey Wiemer, Joe Gray Jr., Micah Bello, Alberis Ferrer, and Brent Diaz, a continued resurgence by David Dahl and welcome returns to full action by three players we were concerned about (Garrett Mitchell, Ashton McGee, Oswel Leones). Transactions: RHP Matt Hardy activated by AAA Nashville Sounds RHP J.T. Hintzen transferred to AA Biloxi Shuckers from AAA Nashville Sounds, so he can finally get some playing time RHP Justin Bullock placed on AA Biloxi Shuckers’ 7-day disabled list retroactive to April 13th On to the Game Action: Final: Fredericksburg 7, Carolina 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, please review: House and FredNats Walk Off Mudcats 7-6 Despite their usual hot start, the Mudcats could not hold on to leads of 4-0 (5th inning) and 6-3 (7th inning), giving up three walks and a walk-off 2-run single with one out in the 9th to fall this time. Rare off nights from Eduardo Garcia and Jheremy Vargas couldn’t slow down the Mudcat offense, which started with an Albert Cipion 2-run single in the 3rd inning and Micah Bello 2-run homer in the 4th inning. RHP Ryne Moore was dominant through 4 shutout innings before faltering to give up a solo shot in the 5th, two more runs in the 6th inning, and not retiring a batter in the 7th. The runs stained Moore’s final line, but he exited with the lead, and the underlying metrics weren’t too bad: 6.0 innings, five hits, five earned runs, one walk, two hit by pitches, two wild pitches, and five strikeouts. An Alberis Ferrer 2-run homer had extended the lead to 6-3 in the 7th inning before Fredericksburg clawed back those two runs in the 7th to keep it tight at 6-5 Mudcats. RHP Christian Tripp covered two strong innings, yielding no runs (with one hit and three strikeouts) to set up RHP Trevor Tietz for the potential save. Unfortunately, after striking out the opening batter in the bottom of the 9th inning, Tietz gave up three consecutive, excruciating full-count walks before a 2-run opposite-field single to right field by 18-year old Nats’ prospect Brady House gave Fredericksburg the walk-off win and a 2-1 series lead against the Mudcats. Performances of Note: Micah Bello – 2-3, HR, walk, 2 RBIs Hendry Mendez – 2-3, walk Alberis Ferrer – 1-2, HR, 2 walks, 2 RBIs Arbert Cipion – 1-3, walk, 2 RBIs, SB Ryne Moore – 6.0 innings, 5 ER, 5 Ks Christian Tripp – 2.0 innings, 0 ER, 3 Ks Trevor Tietz (Loss) – 1/3 inning, 2 ER Friday’s outlook: Expect the tag team of RHP Brannon Jordan and RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez to stifle Frederickburg’s bat to even the series at two games apiece. *** First Game Final: Wisconsin 1, Beloit 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details, please review: Miller’s Late Homer Drops Sky Carp in Game One If you’re a fan of exceptional pitching, this was the game for you, as Wisconsin’s Russell Smith went toe-to-toe with Beloit’s Pat Monteverde, neither yielding a run nor even blinking over the first 4+ innings. In all, six pitchers covered the seven innings for the two clubs, giving up a combined one run and six hits while striking out 16 batters. Yes, the Rattler bats were a bit sleepy in this one, striking out ten times. However, the team still had solid chances, unable to convert bases loaded 2nd inning or leadoff 5th inning double (Darrien Miller) into runs before Miller took matters into his own hands in the top of the 7th and final inning. With one down and a 2-0 count, Miller blasted his second home run of the season, this one to right field for the game's only run. Have we told you before that this Timber Rattlers team is strong? Manager Joe Ayrault was undoubtedly spoiled for choice selecting between studs Cam Robinson, James Meeker, or Kent Hasler to close it out after an impressive 2-inning scoreless bridge provided by RHP Zach Mort in his first appearance of the young season. The call this time went to Meeker, who induced two groundouts and a fly ball to left to close out a clean save. Performances of Note: Darrien Miller – 2-2, HR, double, RBI Ernesto Martinez – 1-3 Carlos D. Rodriguez – 1-3 Russell Smith – 4.0 innings, 0 ER, 4 Ks Zach Mort (Win) – 2.0 innings, 0 ER, 2 Ks James Meeker (Save) – 1.0 inning, 0 ER *** Second Game Final: Wisconsin 7, Beloit 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details, please review: Gray Drives in Four for Wisconsin in Game Two Win at Beloit Wisconsin’s bats got an earlier start in this one, with Joe Gray Jr. breaking out of his early-season mini-slump in fine fashion. A Sal Frelick single drove in Ethan Murray in the 3rd inning before Gray’s 2-run double opened up a nice lead. Oh, wait, Gray also scored on his own double due to a catcher error. Let’s call it a little league homer. 4-0 Timber Rattlers’ lead through 3 innings. Starting pitcher, RHP Justin Jarvis cruised through the Beloit line-up the first time through 9-up and 9-down with four strikeouts. Unfortunately, things went a bit south for Jarvis, with two 4th inning walks and a single allowing Beloit to get back into the game at 4-2. This continued in the 5th inning, with a single and home run (by Marlins’ prospect David Bradshaw) tying it up 4-4 and Jarvis giving way to RHP Cristian Sierra for his first action of the year. Remember Joe Ayrault’s bullpen? Yeah, good luck scoring on them. Sierra threw 1.2 innings, striking out 3 to keep it knotted up, entering the 7th and final inning and Joe Gray Jr.’s heroics. Two strikeouts sandwiched a Yeison Coca single before Carlos D. Rodriguez reached on a well-timed (or ill-timed if you’re Beloit) throwing error from short. Enter Gray: called strike, called strike, foul ball, foul ball, 3-run home run to left-center field. Woo hoo! 7-4 Rattlers. Back to the bullpen, and RHP Cam Robinson got the call to close out this one, not allowing a ball out to leave the infield. That’s Robinson’s 2nd save of the year. Performances of Note: Joe Gray Jr. – 2-4, HR, double, 4 RBIs Zavier Warren – 2-4 Yeison Coca – 1-2, walk, SB Ethan Murray – 1-2, walk, SB Sal Frelick – 1-3, walk, RBI Ernesto Martinez – 1-3 Justin Jarvis – 4 1/3 innings, four earned runs, 5 Ks Cristian Sierra (Win) – 1 2/3 innings, 0 ER, 3 Ks Cam Robinson (Save) – 1.0 inning, 0 ER, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Max Lazar makes his second start of the season and will not disappoint. Expect RHP fire-baller Kent Hasler to close it out if needed. *** Final: Biloxi 8, Mississippi 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details, please review: Biloxi Slugs Three Home Runs, Pitching Stifles M-Braves in 8-1 Victory You’ve got to love a game where everything comes into place. From the relief of seeing CF Garrett Mitchell and 3B Ashton McGee healthy and back in the starting line-up, to knowing you’ve got always-dominant LHP Andy Otero on the mound and finally jumping out to a 4-0 lead by the 3rd inning. Felix Valerio and Joey Wiemer got things started quickly for the Shuckers with a 2-run home run (his first of the year) scoring Valerio after his single. Brent Diaz then doubled in Cam Devanney in the 2nd inning and Thomas Dillard drilled a double to score Valerio in the 3rd inning to extend the lead to 4-0. As for Otero, he cruised through four scoreless innings, not allowing any runner to reach 2nd base, before giving up two doubles and a run in the 5th inning. Felix Valerio added his third hit of the night in the bottom of that frame, but the squad wasn’t able to knock him in this time. Have no fear, a Gabe Holt single, Devanney double and Diaz homer extended the lead back to 7-1 in the 6th inning. Not quite content, Valerio decided to score himself by opening the 7th inning with a solo shot to left center for his 3rd home run of the year, giving us the final score of 8-1. With Biloxi advancing to 6-0, could there be any downside on the day? Well yes, the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels were also winners, leaving the Shuckers and Mighty Mussels as the only undefeated teams in MLB or MILB. Of course, Brewers’ affiliates won’t be playing Fort Myers anytime this year, but something tells me our new cyber overloads (hail thee, hail thee) are keeping a close eye on the Twins’ affiliate. Via WXXV: Additional highlights: Performances of Note: Felix Valerio – 4-4, HR, RBI Brent Diaz – 2-4, HR, double, 3 RBIs Joey Wiemer – 1-3, HR, walk, 2 RBIs Thomas Dillard – 1-3, double, walk, RBI Cam Devanney – 1-4, double, RBI Andy Otero (Win) – 5.0 innings, 1 ER, 4 Ks Robbie Hitt – 2.0 innings, 0 ER, 2 Ks J.T. Hintzen + Zach Vennaro – combined 2.0 innings, 0 ER, 3 Ks Friday’s outlook: With Justin Bullock injured, RHP Tyler Herb makes his first start of the year, as the Shuckers will extend their record to 7-0. *** Final: Nashville 5, Gwinnett 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, please review: Quick Start Leads Nashville to Another Win at Gwinnett Exploding to a 4-run lead in the 1st inning, then keeping it a close contest into the 9th inning is not a bad way to entertain the fans, even if they’re road fans and you’re actually just tormenting them . David Dahl knocked in the first run with a single, followed by Weston Wilson driving in another with a double, then a wild pitch and Corey Ray single extending the lead to 4-0. Undeterred, the Stripers answered back with a 2-run shot by Braves’ AAAA RF Travis Demeritte in the bottom of the frame to set the affair at 4-2. Sounds’ RHP Jason Alexander and Gwinnett reliever then settled in for three scoreless innings apiece, before each team added a run in the 5th inning, with Weston Wilson driving in his second run of the night on a base hit and the Striper stringing two hits together to keep it close at 5-3. A Pablo Reyes double in the 6th inning and Alex Jackson lead-off single in the 8th inning were not converted into runs, while the Sounds’ middle inning relievers were formidable: no hits and only one walk given up by Connor Sadzeck, J.C. Mejia, Thomas Jankins. Gwinnett nearly made the most of their final chance in the 9th inning, leading off with a Ryan Casteel homer, then coaxing a 1-out walk. But of course, RHP Pete Strzelecki responded to the pressure, with consecutive full-count strikeouts to end the game 5-4 for the Sounds’ second consecutive close win. Performances of Note: Weston Wilson – 2-4, double, 2 RBIs David Dahl – 2-4, RBI Pablo Reyes – 1-4, double Corey Ray – 1-4, RBI Brice Turang – 1-4, walk Jason Alexander (Win) – 5.0 innings, 3 ER, 3 Ks Connor Sadzeck, JC Mejia, Thomas Jankins – combined 3.0 innings, 0 ER, 4 Ks Pete Strzelecki (Save) – 1.0 inning, 1 ER, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Josh Lindblom makes his second start of the year, as Manager Rick Sweet must again juggle his vast roster of early season players to win a 3rd straight game over Gwinnett. Friday April 15th: Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Thank you all for reading my first-ever Brewers’ Minor League Link Report in the new format. I’ll try it again tomorrow, before handing it over to @Mass Haas for the weekend. Enjoy the games! View full article
  13. Forget the organizational prospect rankings and look at the standings: AAA Nashville Sounds – 6-3 – 2nd place AA Biloxi Shuckers – 6-0 – 1st place High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – 5-1 – 1st place Low-A Carolina Mudcats – 4-2 – 2nd place Aggregate: 21-6 – Best in the World Thursday’s minor league action saw a strong debut from LHP Russell Smith, a 4-4 Felix Valerio night (with a home run), a game-winning homer by C Darrien Miller, first blasts of the season for Joey Wiemer, Joe Gray Jr., Micah Bello, Alberis Ferrer, and Brent Diaz, a continued resurgence by David Dahl and welcome returns to full action by three players we were concerned about (Garrett Mitchell, Ashton McGee, Oswel Leones). Transactions: RHP Matt Hardy activated by AAA Nashville Sounds RHP J.T. Hintzen transferred to AA Biloxi Shuckers from AAA Nashville Sounds, so he can finally get some playing time RHP Justin Bullock placed on AA Biloxi Shuckers’ 7-day disabled list retroactive to April 13th On to the Game Action: Final: Fredericksburg 7, Carolina 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, please review: House and FredNats Walk Off Mudcats 7-6 Despite their usual hot start, the Mudcats could not hold on to leads of 4-0 (5th inning) and 6-3 (7th inning), giving up three walks and a walk-off 2-run single with one out in the 9th to fall this time. Rare off nights from Eduardo Garcia and Jheremy Vargas couldn’t slow down the Mudcat offense, which started with an Albert Cipion 2-run single in the 3rd inning and Micah Bello 2-run homer in the 4th inning. RHP Ryne Moore was dominant through 4 shutout innings before faltering to give up a solo shot in the 5th, two more runs in the 6th inning, and not retiring a batter in the 7th. The runs stained Moore’s final line, but he exited with the lead, and the underlying metrics weren’t too bad: 6.0 innings, five hits, five earned runs, one walk, two hit by pitches, two wild pitches, and five strikeouts. An Alberis Ferrer 2-run homer had extended the lead to 6-3 in the 7th inning before Fredericksburg clawed back those two runs in the 7th to keep it tight at 6-5 Mudcats. RHP Christian Tripp covered two strong innings, yielding no runs (with one hit and three strikeouts) to set up RHP Trevor Tietz for the potential save. Unfortunately, after striking out the opening batter in the bottom of the 9th inning, Tietz gave up three consecutive, excruciating full-count walks before a 2-run opposite-field single to right field by 18-year old Nats’ prospect Brady House gave Fredericksburg the walk-off win and a 2-1 series lead against the Mudcats. Performances of Note: Micah Bello – 2-3, HR, walk, 2 RBIs Hendry Mendez – 2-3, walk Alberis Ferrer – 1-2, HR, 2 walks, 2 RBIs Arbert Cipion – 1-3, walk, 2 RBIs, SB Ryne Moore – 6.0 innings, 5 ER, 5 Ks Christian Tripp – 2.0 innings, 0 ER, 3 Ks Trevor Tietz (Loss) – 1/3 inning, 2 ER Friday’s outlook: Expect the tag team of RHP Brannon Jordan and RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez to stifle Frederickburg’s bat to even the series at two games apiece. *** First Game Final: Wisconsin 1, Beloit 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details, please review: Miller’s Late Homer Drops Sky Carp in Game One If you’re a fan of exceptional pitching, this was the game for you, as Wisconsin’s Russell Smith went toe-to-toe with Beloit’s Pat Monteverde, neither yielding a run nor even blinking over the first 4+ innings. In all, six pitchers covered the seven innings for the two clubs, giving up a combined one run and six hits while striking out 16 batters. Yes, the Rattler bats were a bit sleepy in this one, striking out ten times. However, the team still had solid chances, unable to convert bases loaded 2nd inning or leadoff 5th inning double (Darrien Miller) into runs before Miller took matters into his own hands in the top of the 7th and final inning. With one down and a 2-0 count, Miller blasted his second home run of the season, this one to right field for the game's only run. Have we told you before that this Timber Rattlers team is strong? Manager Joe Ayrault was undoubtedly spoiled for choice selecting between studs Cam Robinson, James Meeker, or Kent Hasler to close it out after an impressive 2-inning scoreless bridge provided by RHP Zach Mort in his first appearance of the young season. The call this time went to Meeker, who induced two groundouts and a fly ball to left to close out a clean save. Performances of Note: Darrien Miller – 2-2, HR, double, RBI Ernesto Martinez – 1-3 Carlos D. Rodriguez – 1-3 Russell Smith – 4.0 innings, 0 ER, 4 Ks Zach Mort (Win) – 2.0 innings, 0 ER, 2 Ks James Meeker (Save) – 1.0 inning, 0 ER *** Second Game Final: Wisconsin 7, Beloit 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details, please review: Gray Drives in Four for Wisconsin in Game Two Win at Beloit Wisconsin’s bats got an earlier start in this one, with Joe Gray Jr. breaking out of his early-season mini-slump in fine fashion. A Sal Frelick single drove in Ethan Murray in the 3rd inning before Gray’s 2-run double opened up a nice lead. Oh, wait, Gray also scored on his own double due to a catcher error. Let’s call it a little league homer. 4-0 Timber Rattlers’ lead through 3 innings. Starting pitcher, RHP Justin Jarvis cruised through the Beloit line-up the first time through 9-up and 9-down with four strikeouts. Unfortunately, things went a bit south for Jarvis, with two 4th inning walks and a single allowing Beloit to get back into the game at 4-2. This continued in the 5th inning, with a single and home run (by Marlins’ prospect David Bradshaw) tying it up 4-4 and Jarvis giving way to RHP Cristian Sierra for his first action of the year. Remember Joe Ayrault’s bullpen? Yeah, good luck scoring on them. Sierra threw 1.2 innings, striking out 3 to keep it knotted up, entering the 7th and final inning and Joe Gray Jr.’s heroics. Two strikeouts sandwiched a Yeison Coca single before Carlos D. Rodriguez reached on a well-timed (or ill-timed if you’re Beloit) throwing error from short. Enter Gray: called strike, called strike, foul ball, foul ball, 3-run home run to left-center field. Woo hoo! 7-4 Rattlers. Back to the bullpen, and RHP Cam Robinson got the call to close out this one, not allowing a ball out to leave the infield. That’s Robinson’s 2nd save of the year. Performances of Note: Joe Gray Jr. – 2-4, HR, double, 4 RBIs Zavier Warren – 2-4 Yeison Coca – 1-2, walk, SB Ethan Murray – 1-2, walk, SB Sal Frelick – 1-3, walk, RBI Ernesto Martinez – 1-3 Justin Jarvis – 4 1/3 innings, four earned runs, 5 Ks Cristian Sierra (Win) – 1 2/3 innings, 0 ER, 3 Ks Cam Robinson (Save) – 1.0 inning, 0 ER, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Max Lazar makes his second start of the season and will not disappoint. Expect RHP fire-baller Kent Hasler to close it out if needed. *** Final: Biloxi 8, Mississippi 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details, please review: Biloxi Slugs Three Home Runs, Pitching Stifles M-Braves in 8-1 Victory You’ve got to love a game where everything comes into place. From the relief of seeing CF Garrett Mitchell and 3B Ashton McGee healthy and back in the starting line-up, to knowing you’ve got always-dominant LHP Andy Otero on the mound and finally jumping out to a 4-0 lead by the 3rd inning. Felix Valerio and Joey Wiemer got things started quickly for the Shuckers with a 2-run home run (his first of the year) scoring Valerio after his single. Brent Diaz then doubled in Cam Devanney in the 2nd inning and Thomas Dillard drilled a double to score Valerio in the 3rd inning to extend the lead to 4-0. As for Otero, he cruised through four scoreless innings, not allowing any runner to reach 2nd base, before giving up two doubles and a run in the 5th inning. Felix Valerio added his third hit of the night in the bottom of that frame, but the squad wasn’t able to knock him in this time. Have no fear, a Gabe Holt single, Devanney double and Diaz homer extended the lead back to 7-1 in the 6th inning. Not quite content, Valerio decided to score himself by opening the 7th inning with a solo shot to left center for his 3rd home run of the year, giving us the final score of 8-1. With Biloxi advancing to 6-0, could there be any downside on the day? Well yes, the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels were also winners, leaving the Shuckers and Mighty Mussels as the only undefeated teams in MLB or MILB. Of course, Brewers’ affiliates won’t be playing Fort Myers anytime this year, but something tells me our new cyber overloads (hail thee, hail thee) are keeping a close eye on the Twins’ affiliate. Via WXXV: Additional highlights: Performances of Note: Felix Valerio – 4-4, HR, RBI Brent Diaz – 2-4, HR, double, 3 RBIs Joey Wiemer – 1-3, HR, walk, 2 RBIs Thomas Dillard – 1-3, double, walk, RBI Cam Devanney – 1-4, double, RBI Andy Otero (Win) – 5.0 innings, 1 ER, 4 Ks Robbie Hitt – 2.0 innings, 0 ER, 2 Ks J.T. Hintzen + Zach Vennaro – combined 2.0 innings, 0 ER, 3 Ks Friday’s outlook: With Justin Bullock injured, RHP Tyler Herb makes his first start of the year, as the Shuckers will extend their record to 7-0. *** Final: Nashville 5, Gwinnett 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, please review: Quick Start Leads Nashville to Another Win at Gwinnett Exploding to a 4-run lead in the 1st inning, then keeping it a close contest into the 9th inning is not a bad way to entertain the fans, even if they’re road fans and you’re actually just tormenting them . David Dahl knocked in the first run with a single, followed by Weston Wilson driving in another with a double, then a wild pitch and Corey Ray single extending the lead to 4-0. Undeterred, the Stripers answered back with a 2-run shot by Braves’ AAAA RF Travis Demeritte in the bottom of the frame to set the affair at 4-2. Sounds’ RHP Jason Alexander and Gwinnett reliever then settled in for three scoreless innings apiece, before each team added a run in the 5th inning, with Weston Wilson driving in his second run of the night on a base hit and the Striper stringing two hits together to keep it close at 5-3. A Pablo Reyes double in the 6th inning and Alex Jackson lead-off single in the 8th inning were not converted into runs, while the Sounds’ middle inning relievers were formidable: no hits and only one walk given up by Connor Sadzeck, J.C. Mejia, Thomas Jankins. Gwinnett nearly made the most of their final chance in the 9th inning, leading off with a Ryan Casteel homer, then coaxing a 1-out walk. But of course, RHP Pete Strzelecki responded to the pressure, with consecutive full-count strikeouts to end the game 5-4 for the Sounds’ second consecutive close win. Performances of Note: Weston Wilson – 2-4, double, 2 RBIs David Dahl – 2-4, RBI Pablo Reyes – 1-4, double Corey Ray – 1-4, RBI Brice Turang – 1-4, walk Jason Alexander (Win) – 5.0 innings, 3 ER, 3 Ks Connor Sadzeck, JC Mejia, Thomas Jankins – combined 3.0 innings, 0 ER, 4 Ks Pete Strzelecki (Save) – 1.0 inning, 1 ER, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Josh Lindblom makes his second start of the year, as Manager Rick Sweet must again juggle his vast roster of early season players to win a 3rd straight game over Gwinnett. Friday April 15th: Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Thank you all for reading my first-ever Brewers’ Minor League Link Report in the new format. I’ll try it again tomorrow, before handing it over to @Mass Haas for the weekend. Enjoy the games!
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