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  1. We are now about six weeks into the season, and several players (hitters and pitchers) have really stood out. This is the time of year when we will start seeing more and more merit-based promotions (and potentially demotions) beyond transactions for injury-related purposes. As the day goes on, the Brewers’ affiliates will be making those announcements. Also, remember that several full-season minor league leagues are comprised of two half-seasons. The season essentially starts over at the halfway point and a couple of playoff spots will be up for grabs. That is something we’ll need to pay attention to over the next month. TRANSACTIONS Nothing is official yet, but there will be several player promotions announced on Tuesday. RHP Cristian Sierra has been released. RHP Fernando Olguin promoted from the Arizona Complex to Carolina. RESULTS Last week’s Week in Review (5/3-5/9): Chourio Debuts in Carolina, Rattler Pitchers Continue to Dominate Tuesday: Break out the Brooms, It’s a 4-0 Affiliate Evening Sweep! Wednesday: T-Rats Win Ensures Affiliates Avoid 0-4 Night Thursday: Nashville and Wisconsin Lead the Way Once Again Friday: Shuckers and Mudcats Avoid Any Friday the 13th Voodoo Saturday: Thirty-Five Runs Power a 3-1 Night Sunday: It’s a Four-Game Affiliate Sweep, Including Stiven Cruz’s Sterling Debut and Team-Record Six Biloxi Home Runs! WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds Week: 4-2 @ Jacksonville Season: 24-11 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 1/2 game ahead of Columbus and 4 1/2 games ahead of Toledo and Memphis. Nashville just continues to play great each week. In Jacksonville, they outscored the Jumbo Shrimp 40-28 over the week, largely due to a 10-1 win on Thursday. Ethan Small made a start and gave up one run on four hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out nine batters. Five Sounds relievers pitched twice last week without allowing a run. Connor Sadzeck led the way with five strikeouts in three innings. Obviously when he was optioned, Keston Hiura had to be disappointed. However, he didn’t let it affect how he performed. In four games with the Sounds, he went 7-for-15 and hit .467/.556/1.067 (1.623) with three home runs and nine RBI. Two of those homers came against Marlins’ pitching prospect Max Meyer. Hiura did miss the final two games of the week with a minor injury. Mario Feliciano played in just three games. He went 7-for-11 (.636) with a double. Mark Mathias played in four games and went 7-for-16, hitting .438/.471/.625 (1.096) with a home run. On the other side, Tyler White had a rough week. He played in four games and went 1-for-17 (..059) with seven strikeouts. What’s Next? The Sounds will return home to take on Louisville. Pitching Probables (RHP Caleb Boushley, LHP Ethan Small, RHP Dylan File, RHP Jason Alexander, RHP Josh Lindblom, TBD) Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 4-2, hosting Birmingham Season: 16-17 overall, 2nd place in the Southern League. They are 2.0 games behind Pensacola. A week after they lost all six of their games, the Shuckers were back on their winning ways. After winning the first game, they lost the next two. However, they won the final three games by a combined score of 30-10. This week, it was the offense that carried their success. Joey Wiemer played in all six games. He went 10-for-24 and hit .417/.500/1.083 (1.583) with one home run and five RBI. Jakson Reetz played in five games and went 7-for-17. He hit .412/.524/1.000 (1.524) with a double and three homers. Thomas Dillard played all six games. He went 7-for-20, hitting .350/.500/.650 (1.150) with three doubles and a home run. He also walked six times. Felix Valerio played in six games. He went 8-for-25. He hit .320/.393/.680 (.1.073) with three home runs. Noah Campbell played in four games and went 5-for-14 (.357) with two doubles. He added three walks. Victor Castaneda went six scoreless innings in his first start last week. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out ten batters. He pitched three innings out of the bullpen on Sunday. Overall, he gave up two runs on five hits and two walks. In nine innings, he had 16 strikeouts. Tyler Herb had another terrific start. He tossed six scoreless innings. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out three batters. Five Sounds relievers worked at least two scoreless innings during the week. What's Next? The Shuckers will travel to Mississippi to take on the Braves. Pitching Probables (LHP Nick Bennett, RHP Justin Bullock, TBD, RHP Victor Castaneda, RHP Noah Zavolas, LHP Nick Bennett) High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 5-1, @ Quad Cities Season: 22-11 overall, 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division, 2.0 games behind Cedar Rapids. The Timber Rattlers went 5-1 for the week, but they were unable to make up any ground to the Cedar Rapids Kernels. These two teams are likely to remain at the top of the division, and after the upcoming week hosting South Bend, the Rattlers will head to Iowa to take on the Kernels. The pitchers have really led the way for Wisconsin much of this season, but last week, the offense really had a big week. It started with a 17-4 win, and over the six games, the Rattlers outscored the Bandits 49-24. Tyler Black played in all six games and went 11-for-25. He hit .440/.500/.800 (1.300) with a double, a triple, two homers, and 11 RBI. He also walked three times. Tristan Peters also played all six games. He went 9-for-24 and hit .375/.467/.833 (1.300) with two doubles, three triples, and a home run. He also walked five times. Zavier Warren played six games and went 7-for-24. He hit .292/.433/.583 (1.016) with four doubles and a home run. He also walked five times. Darrien Miller played in five games and went 8-for-21. He hit .381/.480/.524 (.1004) with a double and a triple. Cam Robinson recorded saves in both of his appearances last week. In four scoreless innings, he gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out five batters. Kent Hasler pitched twice and gave up just a walk over 3 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings. He struck out nine batters. Brandon Knarr made two starts for Wisconsin. He went 2-0 and gave up just two runs. He gave up eight hits, walked two, and struck out 15 batters in 12 innings. Antoine Kelly gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out two batters. What’s Next? The Timber Rattlers return home to take on the South Bend Cubs. Pitching Probables (LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Ryne Moore, RHP Justin Jarvis, TBD, TBD, TBD) Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 3-3, @ Fayetteville Season: 17-16 overall, tied for 3rd place in the Carolina League North Division with Salem, 1/2 game behind Lynchburg and 2 1/2 games behind Fredericksburg. As you would expect from a 3-3 week, the teams were very closely matched. In fact, Carolina was outscored 27-28 for the week. Four of the games were settled by two runs or less. As you’ll see below, the Mudcats got a nice, long start, but it was the relief corp that really got the job done. In his start, Ryne Moore gave up one run on six hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out six batters. Stiven Cruz pitched three innings in his bullpen appearance. He gave up just one hit and walked one, and he struck out eight batters. Edwin Jimenez also worked three scoreless innings out of the bullpen. He gave up one hit, walked one, hit one and struck out four batters. Michele Vassalotti finished two games and went 2-0. In four innings, he gave up only an unearned run and struck out six batters in four innings. Carlos Rodriguez pitched just once, four innings in relief. He gave up an unearned run on two hits and a walk, and he struck out seven batters. Christian Tripp worked three innings over two relief outings. He gave up no runs on two hits. He walked none and struck out five batters. Herbert Perez played in five games. He went 5-for-19 and hit .263/.391/.474 (.865) with a double and a home run. He also walked four times. Jesus Chirinos played in all six games. He went 5-for-19 and hit .263/.417/.421 (.838) with a home run. He also walked five times. Of players with more than seven plate appearances, no one had an OPS higher than .626 What’s Next? The Mudcats will be hosting the Down East Wood Ducks. Pitching Probables (RHP Edwin Jimenez, RHP Fernando Olguin, RHP Carlos Rodriguez, RHP Jefferson Figueroa, RHP Stiven Cruz, RHP Israel Puello) PROSPECT SUMMARY This Prospect Summary shows our current Brewers Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week (May 10 to May 16). #1 - LHP Aaron Ashby (Milwaukee) - 1 G, 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 8 K (Season: 8 G, 3 GS, 27.1 IP, 14 R, 11 ER, 17 BB, 33 K, 0-3, 1 S, 3.62 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 5.6 BB/9, 10.9 K/9) #2 - OF Joey Wiemer (Biloxi) - 6 G, 10-for-24 (.417), 1-2B, 5 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K (Season: 33 G, 39-for-129, .302/.375/.605 (.980), 12-2B, 0-HR, 27 RBI, 13 BB, 45 K) #3 - OF Garrett Mitchell (Biloxi) - 4 G, 4-for-14 (.286), 0-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 1 BB, 3 K (Season: 30 G, 24-for-107, .224/.331/.346 (.676), 3-2B, 2-3B, 2-HR, 11 RBI, 13 BB, 40 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 8-for-26 (.308), 1-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K (Season: 21 G, 23-for-79, .291/.391/.456 (.847), 5-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 6/9 SB, 13 BB, 14 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Biloxi) - 3 G, 4-for-13 (.308), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K (Season: 9 G, 9-for-39, .231/.268/.256 (.456), 1-2B, 0-3B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 1/2 SB, 2 BB, 7 K) #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Nashville) - 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 9 K (Season: 7 GS, 32.1 IP, 9 R, 7 ER, 17 H, 21 BB, 46 K, 3-1, 1.95 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 5.8 BB/9, 12.8 K/9) #6 - SS Brice Turang (Nashville) - 6 G, 8-for-28 (.286), 0-2B, 1-HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K (Season: 31 G, 38-for-132, .288/.354/.424 (.778), 7-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 21 RBI, 14 BB, 31 K) #7 - OF Hedbert Perez (Carolina) - 5 G, 5-for-19 (.263), 1-2B, 1-HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K (Season: 27 G, 19-for-108, .176/.246/.296 (.542), 4-2B, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 5/6 SB, 10 BB, 41 K) #8 - C Jeferson Quero (Carolina) - 5 G, 4-for-18 (.222), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K (Season: 26 G, 25-for-106, .236/.291/.349 (.640), 7-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 14 RBI, 9 BB, 28 K) #9 - SS Freddy Zamora (Biloxi) - 2 G, 0-for-8 (.000), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K (Season: 24 G, 19-for-91), .209/.270/.286 (.556), 4-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 22 K) #10 - 2B Tyler Black (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 11-for-25 (.440), 1-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 11 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K (Season: 19 G, 21-for-66 (.318/.439/.500 (.939), 4-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 21 RBI, 12 BB, 10 K) #11 - 2B Felix Valerio (Biloxi) - 6 G, 8-for-25 (.320), 0-2B, 3-HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K (Season: 27 G, 27-for-98, .276/.353/.520 (.874), 4-2B, 1-3B, 6-HR, 18 RBI, 13 BB, 15 K) #12 - OF Jackson Chourio (Carolina) - 4 G, 4-for-18 (.222), 2-2B, 0-HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K (Season: 10 G, 16-for-43, .372/.413/.605 (1.018), 7-2B, 1-HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Nashville) - 3 G, 7-for-11 (.636), 1-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K (Season: 21 G, 20-for-73, .274/.338/.343 (.680), 5-2B, 0-HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 21 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Milwaukee) - (Season: 1 G, 0-for-0, R, BB) #14 - LHP Antoine Kelly (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 5.2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 K (Season: 6 GS, 27.1 IP, 9 R, 7 ER, 12 H, 17 BB, 35 K, 1-0, 2.30 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 5.6 BB/9, 11.5 K/9) #15 - OF Joe Gray, Jr. (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 5-for-23 (.217), 3-2B, 2-HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 8 K (Season: 33 G, 22-for-116, .190/.304/.388 (.692), 9-2B, 1-3B, 4-HR, 14 RBI, 7/7 SB, 19 BB, 48 K) #16 - SS Eduardo Garcia (Carolina) - 5 G, 3-for-21 (.143), 0-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 10 K (Season: 30 G, 34-124, 274/.311/.395 (.706), 7-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 23 RBI, 4 BB, 51 K) #17 - UTL Zavier Warren (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 7-for-24 (.292), 4-2B, 1-HR, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 6 K (Season: 31 G, 29-for-112, .259/.359/.393 (.752), 12-2B, 1-HR, 13 RBI, 5/5 SB, 14 BB, 31 K) #18 - RHP Abner Uribe (Biloxi) - IL (out for season) #19 - OF Hendry Mendez (Carolina) - 5 G, 5-for-20 (.250), 0-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 4BB, 7 K (Season: 27 G, 20-for-91, .220/.388/.275 (.663), 2-2B, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 24 BB, 28 K) #20 - LHP Russell Smith (Wisconsin) - Did Not Pitch (Season: 5 GS, 20.0 IP, 13 R, 11 ER, 17 H, 13 BB, 22 K, 1-1, 4.95 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 5.9 BB/9, 9.9 K/9) PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Joey Wiemer, Biloxi Shuckers Wiemer had a big week for the Shuckers. He played all six games. He had ten hits including a double and five home runs. He also walked three times and showed his speed with a couple of stolen bases. Weimer was a star at Bedford High School in Michigan. Beyond baseball, he was on the varsity football team four years and the basketball team two seasons. He was a three-year starter at the University of Cincinnati before the Brewers made him their fourth-round pick in 2020. He began his professional career last year with 75 games in Carolina before ending the season with 34 games in Wisconsin. Combined, he hit .296/.403/.556 (.958) with 18 doubles and 27 home runs. He was also 30-for-36 in stolen base attempts. He did as much damage with the Rattlers in half the number of games. After the season, he played in the Arizona Fall League where he hit .467 with a 1.234 OPS. Wiemer is a fantastic prospect who has both power and speed. The 23-year-old will likely play mostly in the corner outfield spots, and his power has a chance to be really special. Consider he’s already got 12 doubles and nine home runs in just 33 games in Double-A. Pre-season, Baseball America named him the #100 prospect in baseball. Pitcher of the Week: LHP Brandon Knarr, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Here we are again, a Timber Rattler is the choice for Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Week. For the second time, that pitcher is left-hander Brandon Knarr. Last week, he made two starts and went 2-0. He posted a 1.50 ERA. In 12 innings, he gave up two runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out 15 batters. Possible it is his last start in High-A? Knarr has a career that has been quite circuitous to get to this point. The Pennsylvania native was a star at Eastern York High School. He started his college career at Notre Dame before transferring to the College of Central Florida. In 65 2/3 innings, he had 86 strikeouts. From there, he went to the Division II baseball powerhouse at the University of Tampa. In six starts before the season was shut down, he went 4-1 with a 2.55 ERA. He had 64 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings (16.3 K/9). Knarr went undrafted in the Covid-shortened, five-round 2020 MLB draft. As you recall, teams were able to sign non-drafted players for up to $20,000. Knarr had many options, but the Brewers offered the opportunity to work as a starter. He signed and has taken advantage. Last year in Carolina, he went 7-2 with a 3.84 ERA in 75 innings. He struck out 103 batters (12.4 K/9). He ended the season with five starts in Wisconsin, where he struggled some but also struck out more than a batter per inning. Knarr has worked hard to get to this point in his career. He stands less than 6-0 tall. He doesn’t throw real hard, but he is incredibly competitive. His fastball sits between 88 and 91 mph. He has a split-finger pitch that is sitting in the 72-76 mph range. He’s got two breaking balls, a slider in the low-80s and a slower curveball in the mid-70s. He works fast and really commands the zone. He’s known to ask questions and is always working to learn more about his craft. Feel free to discuss the Brewers' prospects and their affiliates in the COMMENTS below.
  2. Transactions are coming today. Some very exciting promotions at that. Check back throughout the day for more and do discuss those moves. Nashville remains in first place after a 4-2 week. Biloxi returned to their winning ways with a 4-2 week. Wisconsin went 5-1 again. Carolina played at .500. Several top prospects had huge weeks. How might an updated Brewers top prospect ranking look? We are now about six weeks into the season, and several players (hitters and pitchers) have really stood out. This is the time of year when we will start seeing more and more merit-based promotions (and potentially demotions) beyond transactions for injury-related purposes. As the day goes on, the Brewers’ affiliates will be making those announcements. Also, remember that several full-season minor league leagues are comprised of two half-seasons. The season essentially starts over at the halfway point and a couple of playoff spots will be up for grabs. That is something we’ll need to pay attention to over the next month. TRANSACTIONS Nothing is official yet, but there will be several player promotions announced on Tuesday. RESULTS Last week’s Week in Review (5/3-5/9): Chourio Debuts in Carolina, Rattler Pitchers Continue to Dominate Tuesday: Break out the Brooms, It’s a 4-0 Affiliate Evening Sweep! Wednesday: T-Rats Win Ensures Affiliates Avoid 0-4 Night Thursday: Nashville and Wisconsin Lead the Way Once Again Friday: Shuckers and Mudcats Avoid Any Friday the 13th Voodoo Saturday: Thirty-Five Runs Power a 3-1 Night Sunday: It’s a Four-Game Affiliate Sweep, Including Stiven Cruz’s Sterling Debut and Team-Record Six Biloxi Home Runs! WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds Week: 4-2 @ Jacksonville Season: 24-11 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 1/2 game ahead of Columbus and 4 1/2 games ahead of Toledo and Memphis. Nashville just continues to play great each week. In Jacksonville, they outscored the Jumbo Shrimp 40-28 over the week, largely due to a 10-1 win on Thursday. Ethan Small made a start and gave up one run on four hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out nine batters. Five Sounds relievers pitched twice last week without allowing a run. Connor Sadzeck led the way with five strikeouts in three innings. Obviously when he was optioned, Keston Hiura had to be disappointed. However, he didn’t let it affect how he performed. In four games with the Sounds, he went 7-for-15 and hit .467/.556/1.067 (1.623) with three home runs and nine RBI. Two of those homers came against Marlins’ pitching prospect Max Meyer. Hiura did miss the final two games of the week with a minor injury. Mario Feliciano played in just three games. He went 7-for-11 (.636) with a double. Mark Mathias played in four games and went 7-for-16, hitting .438/.471/.625 (1.096) with a home run. On the other side, Tyler White had a rough week. He played in four games and went 1-for-17 (..059) with seven strikeouts. What’s Next? The Sounds will return home to take on Louisville. Pitching Probables (RHP Caleb Boushley, LHP Ethan Small, RHP Dylan File, RHP Jason Alexander, RHP Josh Lindblom, TBD) Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 4-2, hosting Birmingham Season: 16-17 overall, 2nd place in the Southern League. They are 2.0 games behind Pensacola. A week after they lost all six of their games, the Shuckers were back on their winning ways. After winning the first game, they lost the next two. However, they won the final three games by a combined score of 30-10. This week, it was the offense that carried their success. Joey Wiemer played in all six games. He went 10-for-24 and hit .417/.500/1.083 (1.583) with one home run and five RBI. Jakson Reetz played in five games and went 7-for-17. He hit .412/.524/1.000 (1.524) with a double and three homers. Thomas Dillard played all six games. He went 7-for-20, hitting .350/.500/.650 (1.150) with three doubles and a home run. He also walked six times. Felix Valerio played in six games. He went 8-for-25. He hit .320/.393/.680 (.1.073) with three home runs. Noah Campbell played in four games and went 5-for-14 (.357) with two doubles. He added three walks. Victor Castaneda went six scoreless innings in his first start last week. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out ten batters. He pitched three innings out of the bullpen on Sunday. Overall, he gave up two runs on five hits and two walks. In nine innings, he had 16 strikeouts. Tyler Herb had another terrific start. He tossed six scoreless innings. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out three batters. Five Sounds relievers worked at least two scoreless innings during the week. What's Next? The Shuckers will travel to Mississippi to take on the Braves. Pitching Probables (LHP Nick Bennett, RHP Carlos Luna, TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD) High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 5-1, @ Quad Cities Season: 22-11 overall, 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division, 2.0 games behind Cedar Rapids. The Timber Rattlers went 5-1 for the week, but they were unable to make up any ground to the Cedar Rapids Kernels. These two teams are likely to remain at the top of the division, and after the upcoming week hosting South Bend, the Rattlers will head to Iowa to take on the Kernels. The pitchers have really led the way for Wisconsin much of this season, but last week, the offense really had a big week. It started with a 17-4 win, and over the six games, the Rattlers outscored the Bandits 49-24. Tyler Black played in all six games and went 11-for-25. He hit .440/.500/.800 (1.300) with a double, a triple, two homers, and 11 RBI. He also walked three times. Tristan Peters also played all six games. He went 9-for-24 and hit .375/.467/.833 (1.300) with two doubles, three triples, and a home run. He also walked five times. Zavier Warren played six games and went 7-for-24. He hit .292/.433/.583 (1.016) with four doubles and a home run. He also walked five times. Darrien Miller played in five games and went 8-for-21. He hit .381/.480/.524 (.1004) with a double and a triple. Cam Robinson recorded saves in both of his appearances last week. In four scoreless innings, he gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out five batters. Kent Hasler pitched twice and gave up just a walk over 3 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings. He struck out nine batters. Brandon Knarr made two starts for Wisconsin. He went 2-0 and gave up just two runs. He gave up eight hits, walked two, and struck out 15 batters in 12 innings. Antoine Kelly gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out two batters. What’s Next? The Timber Rattlers return home to take on the South Bend Cubs. Pitching Probables (LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Ryne Moore, RHP Justin Jarvis, TBD, TBD, LHP Russell Smith, RHP TJ Shook, LHP Brandon Knarr, LHP Antoine Kelly) Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 3-3, @ Fayetteville Season: 17-16 overall, tied for 3rd place in the Carolina League North Division with Salem, 1/2 game behind Lynchburg and 2 1/2 games behind Fredericksburg. As you would expect from a 3-3 week, the teams were very closely matched. In fact, Carolina was outscored 27-28 for the week. Four of the games were settled by two runs or less. As you’ll see below, the Mudcats got a nice, long start, but it was the relief corp that really got the job done. In his start, Ryne Moore gave up one run on six hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out six batters. Stiven Cruz pitched three innings in his bullpen appearance. He gave up just one hit and walked one, and he struck out eight batters. Edwin Jimenez also worked three scoreless innings out of the bullpen. He gave up one hit, walked one, hit one and struck out four batters. Michele Vassalotti finished two games and went 2-0. In four innings, he gave up only an unearned run and struck out six batters in four innings. Carlos Rodriguez pitched just once, four innings in relief. He gave up an unearned run on two hits and a walk, and he struck out seven batters. Christian Tripp worked three innings over two relief outings. He gave up no runs on two hits. He walked none and struck out five batters. Herbert Perez played in five games. He went 5-for-19 and hit .263/.391/.474 (.865) with a double and a home run. He also walked four times. Jesus Chirinos played in all six games. He went 5-for-19 and hit .263/.417/.421 (.838) with a home run. He also walked five times. Of players with more than seven plate appearances, no one had an OPS higher than .626 What’s Next? The Mudcats will be hosting the Down East Wood Ducks. Pitching Probables (RHP Brannon Jordan, RHP Edwin Jimenez, LHP Alexander Cornielle, RHP Carlos Rodriguez, RHP Brannon Jordan) PROSPECT SUMMARY This Prospect Summary shows our current Brewers Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week (May 10 to May 16). #1 - LHP Aaron Ashby (Milwaukee) - 1 G, 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 8 K (Season: 8 G, 3 GS, 27.1 IP, 14 R, 11 ER, 17 BB, 33 K, 0-3, 1 S, 3.62 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 5.6 BB/9, 10.9 K/9) #2 - OF Joey Wiemer (Biloxi) - 6 G, 10-for-24 (.417), 1-2B, 5 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K (Season: 33 G, 39-for-129, .302/.375/.605 (.980), 12-2B, 0-HR, 27 RBI, 13 BB, 45 K) #3 - OF Garrett Mitchell (Biloxi) - 4 G, 4-for-14 (.286), 0-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 1 BB, 3 K (Season: 30 G, 24-for-107, .224/.331/.346 (.676), 3-2B, 2-3B, 2-HR, 11 RBI, 13 BB, 40 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 8-for-26 (.308), 1-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K (Season: 21 G, 23-for-79, .291/.391/.456 (.847), 5-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 6/9 SB, 13 BB, 14 K) #4 - OF Sal Frelick (Biloxi) - 3 G, 4-for-13 (.308), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K (Season: 9 G, 9-for-39, .231/.268/.256 (.456), 1-2B, 0-3B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 1/2 SB, 2 BB, 7 K) #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Nashville) - 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 9 K (Season: 7 GS, 32.1 IP, 9 R, 7 ER, 17 H, 21 BB, 46 K, 3-1, 1.95 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 5.8 BB/9, 12.8 K/9) #6 - SS Brice Turang (Nashville) - 6 G, 8-for-28 (.286), 0-2B, 1-HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K (Season: 31 G, 38-for-132, .288/.354/.424 (.778), 7-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 21 RBI, 14 BB, 31 K) #7 - OF Hedbert Perez (Carolina) - 5 G, 5-for-19 (.263), 1-2B, 1-HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K (Season: 27 G, 19-for-108, .176/.246/.296 (.542), 4-2B, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 5/6 SB, 10 BB, 41 K) #8 - C Jeferson Quero (Carolina) - 5 G, 4-for-18 (.222), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K (Season: 26 G, 25-for-106, .236/.291/.349 (.640), 7-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 14 RBI, 9 BB, 28 K) #9 - SS Freddy Zamora (Biloxi) - 2 G, 0-for-8 (.000), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K (Season: 24 G, 19-for-91), .209/.270/.286 (.556), 4-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 22 K) #10 - 2B Tyler Black (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 11-for-25 (.440), 1-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 11 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K (Season: 19 G, 21-for-66 (.318/.439/.500 (.939), 4-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 21 RBI, 12 BB, 10 K) #11 - 2B Felix Valerio (Biloxi) - 6 G, 8-for-25 (.320), 0-2B, 3-HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K (Season: 27 G, 27-for-98, .276/.353/.520 (.874), 4-2B, 1-3B, 6-HR, 18 RBI, 13 BB, 15 K) #12 - OF Jackson Chourio (Carolina) - 4 G, 4-for-18 (.222), 2-2B, 0-HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K (Season: 10 G, 16-for-43, .372/.413/.605 (1.018), 7-2B, 1-HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Nashville) - 3 G, 7-for-11 (.636), 1-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K (Season: 21 G, 20-for-73, .274/.338/.343 (.680), 5-2B, 0-HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 21 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Milwaukee) - (Season: 1 G, 0-for-0, R, BB) #14 - LHP Antoine Kelly (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 5.2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 K (Season: 6 GS, 27.1 IP, 9 R, 7 ER, 12 H, 17 BB, 35 K, 1-0, 2.30 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 5.6 BB/9, 11.5 K/9) #15 - OF Joe Gray, Jr. (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 5-for-23 (.217), 3-2B, 2-HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 8 K (Season: 33 G, 22-for-116, .190/.304/.388 (.692), 9-2B, 1-3B, 4-HR, 14 RBI, 7/7 SB, 19 BB, 48 K) #16 - SS Eduardo Garcia (Carolina) - 5 G, 3-for-21 (.143), 0-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 10 K (Season: 30 G, 34-124, 274/.311/.395 (.706), 7-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 23 RBI, 4 BB, 51 K) #17 - UTL Zavier Warren (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 7-for-24 (.292), 4-2B, 1-HR, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 6 K (Season: 31 G, 29-for-112, .259/.359/.393 (.752), 12-2B, 1-HR, 13 RBI, 5/5 SB, 14 BB, 31 K) #18 - RHP Abner Uribe (Biloxi) - IL (out for season) #19 - OF Hendry Mendez (Carolina) - 5 G, 5-for-20 (.250), 0-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 4BB, 7 K (Season: 27 G, 20-for-91, .220/.388/.275 (.663), 2-2B, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 24 BB, 28 K) #20 - LHP Russell Smith (Wisconsin) - Did Not Pitch (Season: 5 GS, 20.0 IP, 13 R, 11 ER, 17 H, 13 BB, 22 K, 1-1, 4.95 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 5.9 BB/9, 9.9 K/9) PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Joey Wiemer, Biloxi Shuckers Wiemer had a big week for the Shuckers. He played all six games. He had ten hits including a double and five home runs. He also walked three times and showed his speed with a couple of stolen bases. Weimer was a star at Bedford High School in Michigan. Beyond baseball, he was on the varsity football team four years and the basketball team two seasons. He was a three-year starter at the University of Cincinnati before the Brewers made him their fourth-round pick in 2020. He began his professional career last year with 75 games in Carolina before ending the season with 34 games in Wisconsin. Combined, he hit .296/.403/.556 (.958) with 18 doubles and 27 home runs. He was also 30-for-36 in stolen base attempts. He did as much damage with the Rattlers in half the number of games. After the season, he played in the Arizona Fall League where he hit .467 with a 1.234 OPS. Wiemer is a fantastic prospect who has both power and speed. The 23-year-old will likely play mostly in the corner outfield spots, and his power has a chance to be really special. Consider he’s already got 12 doubles and nine home runs in just 33 games in Double-A. Pre-season, Baseball America named him the #100 prospect in baseball. Pitcher of the Week: LHP Brandon Knarr, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Here we are again, a Timber Rattler is the choice for Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Week. For the second time, that pitcher is left-hander Brandon Knarr. Last week, he made two starts and went 2-0. He posted a 1.50 ERA. In 12 innings, he gave up two runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out 15 batters. Possible it is his last start in High-A? Knarr has a career that has been quite circuitous to get to this point. The Pennsylvania native was a star at Eastern York High School. He started his college career at Notre Dame before transferring to the College of Central Florida. In 65 2/3 innings, he had 86 strikeouts. From there, he went to the Division II baseball powerhouse at the University of Tampa. In six starts before the season was shut down, he went 4-1 with a 2.55 ERA. He had 64 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings (16.3 K/9). Knarr went undrafted in the Covid-shortened, five-round 2020 MLB draft. As you recall, teams were able to sign non-drafted players for up to $20,000. Knarr had many options, but the Brewers offered the opportunity to work as a starter. He signed and has taken advantage. Last year in Carolina, he went 7-2 with a 3.84 ERA in 75 innings. He struck out 103 batters (12.4 K/9). He ended the season with five starts in Wisconsin, where he struggled some but also struck out more than a batter per inning. Knarr has worked hard to get to this point in his career. He stands less than 6-0 tall. He doesn’t throw real hard, but he is incredibly competitive. His fastball sits between 88 and 91 mph. He has a split-finger pitch that is sitting in the 72-76 mph range. He’s got two breaking balls, a slider in the low-80s and a slower curveball in the mid-70s. He works fast and really commands the zone. He’s known to ask questions and is always working to learn more about his craft. Feel free to discuss the Brewers' prospects and their affiliates in the COMMENTS below. View full article
  3. Transactions: Jandel Gustave (RHP) was optioned to Triple-A Nashville, JC Mejía (RHP) was recalled by the Milwaukee Brewers, Brandon Ramey (RHP) was released by the Carolina Mudcats, Ernesto Martinez (1B) was placed on the IL retroactive to May 8th, Yeison Coca (INF) was transferred from Wisconsin to Nashville, Ashton McGee (3B/1B) was transferred from Biloxi to Wisconsin. Before you get started digesting the sweet tastes of four victories, take a moment to read up on our Minor League Players and Pitchers of the Month in Micah Bello, Brice Turang, TJ Shook, and Peter Strzelecki; all four young men were much deserving of these honors. Congratulations! Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 2, Fayetteville (Astros) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Mudcats Open Trip with 2-1 Victory in Extras - Eduardo Garcia Broke a 1-1 Tie in the Eleventh with a Go-Ahead Single Before this contest started, the Brewers Fanatic Minor League forum was abuzz with talk of young and exciting prospect Jackson Chourio (OF). He continued his torrid pace and discipline at the plate on this fine evening with a 2-5 outing and zero strikeouts yet again. This young man appears to be something else. For those simply reading these reports at home, please feel free to check that forum link and take a peek at what Baseball America is saying of our youngest and extremely talented prospect - you won't be disappointed. For the record: Chourio joined the Mudcats on May 3 and has totaled six doubles and five multi-hit games in just seven games overall. He has now hit safely in five straight games, with at least two hits in each of his last four games. He singled and scored in the fourth on a throwing error by Santos. This young man is about as exciting as it gets in Low-A. Ryne Moore took the hill tonight, and the young hurler pitched an absolute gem: a career-high seven complete innings of one earned run, six-hit, one walk, and six strikeout ball. What a night for the youngster. He handed the ball off to Christian Tripp and Michele Vassalotti for four scoreless innings. Michele will make special kudos as he stranded two straight 'Manfred Men', allowing no additional baserunners and striking out three. I'll keep saying it: Michele has taken his transition to the bullpen and run with it. What a godsend he's been on the backend. Further Notes: We send our best of luck in future baseball and life endeavors to now-former Mudcat, Brandon Ramey. Thank you for your time and commitment to the Mudcats and Brewers organizations. The two teams combined for a 1 of 27 output with RISP. That's going to lead to many an extra-inning affair. We're lucky our Mudcats came out on top, but we certainly won't complain! The Mudcats home run streak ended tonight in Fayetteville at four games. It was a good run. Here's to more long balls tomorrow! Appreciating the true youth movement in Carolina: At just over 18 years old, Jackson Chourio is now the youngest player in the Carolina League (as of 5/3). With Chourio's addition, and at just a smidge under 18.5 years old, Hendry Mendez is now the second-youngest player in the league. By average age (21.37 as of 5/3), the Mudcats are the second-youngest team in the Carolina League. Happy Birthday is for Mudcat Jheremy Vargas (INF), who turned 19 today (5/10/2003 birthday). To be that young and playing professional baseball is something else. To be that young and playing professional baseball but knowing you are older than some of your teammates? That's a whole other can of worms. What a season in Zebulon! With Fredericksburg's 3-2 loss to Kannapolis, the Mudcats have pulled within 2.5 games of first place. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 17, Quad Cities (Royals) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Rattlers Win Big at Quad Cities - Rattlers 17, River Bandits 4 In another showdown of tantalizing Low-A logos, the Rattlers and talented lefty Brandon Knarr took on the Quad Cities River Bandits for their second series of the young season. The game-time temperature in Quad Cities Modern Woodmen Park was 90 degrees - um, that's not a typo. The mere mention of these temps had me sweating in my swivel chair. Get me some ice water! These rising temps certainly aided some equally hot Rattler bats as they scored in every inning but the sixth and totaled 16 hits overall, including four home runs. No batter was more impressive than the consistently performing Tristan Peters and his 2 of 2 night with four walks (!!) to boot. If there is a more pleasantly surprising player in our lower levels, I am unsure if I can name him. Tristan has played a fantastic glove in the outfield (zero errors in 124 1/3 innings of combined left and right field ball), and his plate presence has been steady as they come through 28 games. With the four walks and his second home run of the season in the fifth innings, Tristan knocked his season OPS north of 0.900. This young man is still just a young 22 years old (February birthday). With output like this, he might find himself promoted for a shot at Double-A come summer. Further Game Notes: It's another one of those "Just look at this box score!" kind of nights. I said it last week - in forums and in passing in reports - but it is worth mentioning again: Joe Gray Jr. is back to his more comfortable position in center field, and he is simply getting more comfortable in every aspect. Since his April 30th low point and coming off an 0-4 day, Joe has hit safely in seven of eight games and gone 9 of 25 in that span. Here's to more of this, Joe! Brandon Knarr finished his evening after five complete innings. He allowed five hits, one walk, and two earned runs with five punchouts. It wasn't a completely dominant performance like we've seen from Brandon. Nonetheless, he did Knarr-like things in limiting damage and giving his team a legitimate chance at victory. Wes Clarke added two more walks to his lead-leading 24 walks on the season. He now has 26 total walks in 2022. He walked ten times in the most recent series versus Fort Wayne. Wes is sneakily having a very nice season even though a first glance at the peripherals wouldn't give you this story. A tip of the cap is for the scoreless three innings of work from Joey Matulovich. It's nice to see quality mop-up work when your team is up 15-4. Three strikeouts and a lone walk on the short stint with zero hits allowed. That's a good way to seal the 'W.' *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 7, Birmingham (White Sox) 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Valerio Walk-Off Single Snaps Shuckers Skid - Castañeda Strikes Out Career High 10 Batters Victor Castañeda came to the mound ready to deal early. He completed his first inning with two strikeouts on 11 total pitches. He opened his second inning with a punch-out on quite an excellent splitter and ended it with another punch out on yet another splitter. In addition to the splitter, his slider was getting several swings and misses. The stalky bowl-legged right-hander was dealing. Victor ended his night going a great six innings of two-hit, one walk, with 10 (!!) strikeouts. The ten strikeouts were both a season and a career-high for Victor. It was beautiful to watch. And, sadly, a theme is seen all too often in this young Shucker season (Tyler Herb, I see you) reared its head again: Victor lost a chance at victory as things started unraveling. I've discussed certain facets of Shuckers' play that have beleaguered the team throughout the early going. I've talked about hitting with RISP, and I've talked about the bottom of the order's struggles. Unfortunately, it's time to bring a dim spotlight to the other day-to-day struggle: Fielding. The Shuckers led the entire Southern League in fielding errors with 35 in 27 games, coming into our Tuesday night tilt. Unfortunately, they added five more to the total tonight - several of which played critical roles in the Barrons' six-run 8th inning. When you are managing to take and possess a lead in 25 of 28 games played in a young season, the tell-tale signs of why you are somehow a sub .500 club tend to rear their heads. With our beloved Shuckers, it's pretty simple: if they field and throw the ball cleaner, improve the plate discipline and efficacy with men on, and find more consistency in the deeper parts of the lineup, they'll see more positive outcomes. If and when these things come to fruition, a winning ball club (and, despite their current record and struggles, I would argue this is very much a winning ball club) will start winning. The talent is there. The precision, at the current moment, is not. And honestly, this is just the nature of sports. There is plenty of season left to reverse some of these trends—May the young men soldier on and find the finer-tuned baseball moments in the games ahead. Keep on Shuckin'! Further Viewing Notes: Joey Wiemer blasted the fifth home run of his season. The young man is an extra-base machine. Before going 0-4 this past Saturday, Joey had an extra-base hit in his six previous games (five doubles and one home run). He added a single earlier in the contest and finished his evening 2 of 3 at the plate. A note about tonight's errors: Gabe Holt and Cam Devanney played alternate positions - third and first base, respectively. Let's roll with that. Gabe misplayed a couple of tricky ground balls in the fateful eighth, and he compounded this with a wild throw to the dirt in second. An inning to forget. Unfortunately, we've seen too many of those through 28 games. Thomas Dillard knocked in two rbi's on the evening, including this bottom of the seventh left-center field double to the wall. Dillard also took another walk - his 20th free pass of his season How fast is Garrett Mitchell? He's this fast. Wow. Let me also take a moment to mention the calming influence of Felix Valerio. This game-winning walk-off single aside, he is a pleasure to watch at the plate. Felix is a disciplined batter. Now that he has a few games under his belt returning from injury, I anticipate the OPS and OBP to continue rising. Kudos to Taylor Floyd for getting out of his seventh-inning two-men on jam. He had men on the corners - from two absolute dribbler infield hits (one I would argue was simply a missed foul call over the third base foul line) - by inducing an excellent 6-4-3 double play to exit his inning of work. Ending a seven-game losing streak is cause for celebration. Here's to better results ahead! Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 3, Jacksonville (Marlins) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Rally in Ninth Inning to Sink Jumbo Shrimp - Jonathan Davis Gets Go-Ahead RBI Single, Mario Feliciano Cracks Four Hits in 3-2 Win I recently discussed the AAAA prowess of our very own 34-year-old Josh Lindbolm. He entered the bottom half of the sixth inning with a legitimate chance at a no-hitter. However, it was clear that he was likely facing his final outs within one pitch. A 1-0 lead vanished as he relinquished a first-pitch line-drive double to deep left-center field. A triple and a single later; it's 2-1 Jumbo Shrimp. Nonetheless, Josh completed the inning and grabbed another out in the bottom of the seventh before departing. Another fine outing of mound work from a Nashville Sounds starting pitcher. Rinse and repeat. It's clockwork in 2022. Further Game Notes: Mario Feliciano returned from a brief absence and had a splendid 4 of 4 (including his fifth double on the season) evening at the plate. He managed a good game behind the plate as well. It was nice to see him back on the diamond, and any lingering effects of his minor injury have passed. Apparently, all Jonathan Davis does these days is walk-off baseball games. Since returning from his COVID stint, he's been fantastic and is yet another excellent 2021 free-agent addition playing lights out in Nashville. What a luxury to have so many competent Triple-A players on the roster. 2 2/3 more scoreless innings from the Sounds' bullpen. Tonight's master class was put on by Trevor Kelley, Peter Strzelecki, and Hobie Harris. Speaking of Trevor Kelley, he has not allowed an earned run since April 7 against Durham and has a 0.79 ERA (11.1 IP/1 ER) on the season. On Thursday, Kelley earned his first win and has allowed only nine hits and three walks to go with his 13 strikeouts. Hobie Harris is unscored upon in over ten innings of bullpen work. Manager Rick Sweet earns his 2,122nd managerial victory tonight. WOW. He has now moved into a tie with Bill Clymer at eighth overall in the history of the Minor Leagues. Can you say: legendary? Brice Turang and Mark Mathias continued their hot hitting ways with two hits apiece on the evening. It's hard to find two steadier infielders than these two right now in the International League. I hope both get their shot with the big club this season to discover whether their hot play in Triple-A can translate to the majors. That's a wrap for me on this fine 4-0 evening of May 10th. Please tune in for tomorrow's games and report. Additionally, please visit our daily Minor League game threads (pre-report) to partake in the discourse of the games - @damuelle and I are often quite active in those threads. And lastly, a little heads up: We have Biloxi and Nashville matinee games tomorrow, so check in on the organizational scoreboard for updates earlier in your day. Organizational Scoreboard, including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  4. Four affiliate victories on the evening made for an exciting evening and a joyous recap. Wisconsin with the lone blow-out while Carolina and Nashville pulled out late victories. Josh Lindbolm lost his chance at a no hitter (and a 1-0 lead) in the sixth inning. Biloxi tried to showcase the error of their ways but managed to pull out the win regardless. Dive in for more details! Transactions: Jandel Gustave (RHP) was optioned to Triple-A Nashville, JC Mejía (RHP) was recalled by the Milwaukee Brewers, Brandon Ramey (RHP) was released by the Carolina Mudcats, Ernesto Martinez (1B) was placed on the IL retroactive to May 8th, Yeison Coca (INF) was transferred from Wisconsin to Nashville, Ashton McGee (3B/1B) was transferred from Biloxi to Wisconsin. Before you get started digesting the sweet tastes of four victories, take a moment to read up on our Minor League Players and Pitchers of the Month in Micah Bello, Brice Turang, TJ Shook, and Peter Strzelecki; all .f.o.ur young men were much deserving of these honors. Congratulations! Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 2, Fayetteville (Astros) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Mudcats Open Trip with 2-1 Victory in Extras - Eduardo Garcia Broke a 1-1 Tie in the Eleventh with a Go-Ahead Single Before this contest started, the Brewers Fanatic Minor League forum was abuzz with talk of young and exciting prospect Jackson Chourio (OF). He continued his torrid pace and discipline at the plate on this fine evening with a 2-5 outing and zero strikeouts yet again. This young man appears to be something else. For those simply reading these reports at home, please feel free to check that forum link and take a peek at what Baseball America is saying of our youngest and extremely talented prospect - you won't be disappointed. For the record: Chourio joined the Mudcats on May 3 and has totaled six doubles and five multi-hit games in just seven games overall. He has now hit safely in five straight games, with at least two hits in each of his last four games. He singled and scored in the fourth on a throwing error by Santos. This young man is about as exciting as it gets in Low-A. Ryne Moore took the hill tonight, and the young hurler pitched an absolute gem: a career-high seven complete innings of one earned run, six-hit, one walk, and six strikeout ball. What a night for the youngster. He handed the ball off to Christian Tripp and Michele Vassalotti for four scoreless innings. Michele will make special kudos as he stranded two straight 'Manfred Men', allowing no adthreeditional baserunners and striking out three. I'll keep saying it: Michele has taken his transition to the bullpen and run with it. What a godsend he's been on the backend. Further Notes: We send our best of luck in future baseball and life endeavors to now-former Mudcat, Brandon Ramey. Thank you for your time and commitment to the Mudcats and Brewers organizations. The two teams combined for a 1 of 27 output with RISP. That's going to lead to many an extra-inning affair. We're lucky our Mudcats came out on top, but we certainly won't complain! The Mudcats home run streak ended tonight in Fayetteville at four games. It was a good run. Here's to more long balls tomorrow! Appreciating the true youth movement in Carolina: At just over 18 years old, Jackson Chourio is now the youngest player in the Carolina League (as of 5/3). With Chourio's addition, and at just a smidge under 18.5 years old, Hendry Mendez is now the second-youngest player in the league. By average age (21.37 as of 5/3), the Mudcats are the second-youngest team in the Carolina League. Happy Birthday is for Mudcat Jheremy Vargas (INF), who turned 19 today (5/10/2003 birthday). To be that young and playing professional baseball is something else. To be that young and playing professional baseball but knowing you are older than some of your teammates? That's a whole other can of worms. What a season in Zebulon! With Fredericksburg's 3-2 loss to Kannapolis, the Mudcats have pulled within 2.5 games of first place. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 17, Quad Cities (Royals) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Rattlers Win Big at Quad Cities - Rattlers 17, River Bandits 4 In another showdown of tantalizing Low-A logos, the Rattlers and talented lefty Brandon Knarr took on the Quad Cities River Bandits for their second series of the young season. The game-time temperature in Quad Cities Modern Woodmen Park was 90 degrees - um, that's not a typo. The mere mention of these temps had me sweating in my swivel chair. Get me some ice water! These rising temps certainly aided some equally hot Rattler bats as they scored in every inning but the sixth and totaled 16 hits overall, including four home runs. No batter was more impressive than the consistently performing Tristan Peters and his 2 of 2 night with four walks (!!) to boot. If there is a more pleasantly surprising player in our lower levels, I am unsure if I can name him. Tristan has played a fantastic glove in the outfield (zero errors in 124 1/3 innings of combined left and right field ball), and his plate presence has been steady as they come through 28 games. With the four walks and his second home run of the season in the fifth innings, Tristan knocked his season OPS north of 0.900. This young man is still just a young 22 years old (February birthday). With output like this, he might find himself promoted for a shot at Double-A come summer. Further Game Notes: It's another one of those "Just look at this box score!" kind of nights. I said it last week - in forums and in passing in reports - but it is worth mentioning again: Joe Gray Jr. is back to his more comfortable position in center field, and he is simply getting more comfortable in every aspect. Since his April 30th low point and coming off an 0-4 day, Joe has hit safely in seven of eight games and gone 9 of 25 in that span. Here's to more of this, Joe! Brandon Knarr finished his evening after five complete innings. He allowed five hits, one walk, and two earned runs with five punchouts. It wasn't a completely dominant performance like we've seen from Brandon. Nonetheless, he did Knarr-like things in limiting damage and giving his team a legitimate chance at victory. Wes Clarke added two more walks to his lead-leading 24 walks on the season. He now has 26 total walks in 2022. He walked ten times in the most recent series versus Fort Wayne. Wes is sneakily having a very nice season even though a first glance at the peripherals wouldn't give you this story. A tip of the cap is for the scoreless three innings of work from Joey Matulovich. It's nice to see quality mop-up work when your team is up 15-4. Three strikeouts and a lone walk on the short stint with zero hits allowed. That's a good way to seal the 'W.' *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 7, Birmingham (White Sox) 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Valerio Walk-Off Single Snaps Shuckers Skid - Castañeda Strikes Out Career High 10 Batters Victor Castañeda came to the mound ready to deal early. He completed his first inning with two strikeouts on 11 total pitches. He opened his second inning with a punch-out on quite an excellent splitter and ended it with another punch out on yet another splitter. In addition to the splitter, his slider was getting several swings and misses. The stalky bowl-legged right-hander was dealing. Victor ended his night going a great six innings of two-hit, one walk, with 10 (!!) strikeouts. The ten strikeouts were both a season and a career-high for Victor. It was beautiful to watch. And, sadly, a theme is seen all too often in this young Shucker season (Tyler Herb, I see you) reared its head again: Victor lost a chance at victory as things started unraveling. I've discussed certain facets of Shuckers' play that have beleaguered the team throughout the early going. I've talked about hitting with RISP, and I've talked about the bottom of the order's struggles. Unfortunately, it's time to bring a dim spotlight to the other day-to-day struggle: Fielding. The Shuckers led the entire Southern League in fielding errors with 35 in 27 games, coming into our Tuesday night tilt. Unfortunately, they added five more to the total tonight - several of which played critical roles in the Barrons' six-run 8th inning. The tell-tale signs of why you are somehow a sub- when you are managing to take and possess a lead in 25 of 28 games you have played in a young season, the tell-tale signs of why you are somehow a sub-.500 tend to rear their heads. With our beloved Shuckers, it's pretty simple: if they field and throw the ball cleaner, improve the plate discipline and efficacy with men on, and find more consistency in the deeper parts of the lineup, they'll see more positive outcomes. If and when these things come to fruition, a winning ball club (and, despite their current record and struggles, I would argue this is very much a winning ball club) will start winning. The talent is there. The precision, at the current moment, is not. And honestly, this is just the nature of sports. There is plenty of season left to reverse some of these trends—May the young men soldier on and find the finer-tuned baseball moments in the games ahead. Keep on Shuckin'! Further Viewing Notes: Joey Wiemer blasted the fifth home run of his season. The young man is an extra-base machine. Before going 0-4 this past Saturday, Joey had an extra-base hit in his six previous games (five doubles and one home run). He added a single earlier in the contest and finished his evening 2 of 3 at the plate. A note about tonight's errors: Gabe Holt and Cam Devanney played alternate positions - third and first base, respectively. Let's roll with that. Gabe misplayed a couple of tricky ground balls in the fateful eighth, and he compounded this with a wild throw to the dirt in second. An inning to forget. Unfortunately, we've seen too many of those through 28 games. Thomas Dillard knocked in two rbi's on the evening, including this bottom of the seventh left-center field double to the wall. Dillard also took another walk - his 20th free pass of his season How fast is Garrett Mitchell? He's this fast. Wow. Let me also take a moment to mention the calming influence of Felix Valerio. This game-winning walk-off single aside, he is a pleasure to watch at the plate. Felix is a disciplined batter. Now that he has a few games under his belt returning from injury, I anticipate the OPS and OBP to continue rising. Kudos to Taylor Floyd for getting out of his seventh-inning two-men on jam. He had men on the corners - from two absolute dribbler infield hits (one I would argue was simply a missed foul call over the third base foul line) - by inducing an excellent 6-4-3 double play to exit his inning of work. Ending a seven-game losing streak is cause for celebration. Here's to better results ahead! Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 3, Jacksonville (Marlins) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Rally in Ninth Inning to Sink Jumbo Shrimp - Jonathan Davis Gets Go-Ahead RBI Single, Mario Feliciano Cracks Four Hits in 3-2 Win I recently discussed the AAAA prowess of our very own 34-year-old Josh Lindbolm. He entered the bottom half of the sixth inning with a legitimate chance at a no-hitter. However, it was clear that he was likely facing his final outs within one pitch. A 1-0 lead vanished as he relinquished a first-pitch line-drive double to deep left-center field. A triple and a single later; it's 2-1 Jumbo Shrimp. Nonetheless, Josh completed the inning and grabbed another out in the bottom of the seventh before departing. Another fine outing of mound work from a Nashville Sounds starting pitcher. Rinse and repeat. It's clockwork in 2022. Further Game Notes: Mario Feliciano returned from a brief absence and had a splendid 4 of 4 (including his fifth double on the season) evening at the plate. He managed a good game behind the plate as well. It was nice to see him back on the diamond, and any lingering effects of his minor injury have passed. Apparently, all Jonathan Davis does these days is walk-off baseball games. Since returning from his COVID stint, he's been fantastic and is yet another excellent 2021 free-agent addition playing lights out in Nashville. What a luxury to have so many competent Triple-A players on the roster. 2 2/3 more scoreless innings from the Sounds' bullpen. Tonight's master class was put on by Trevor Kelley, Peter Strzelecki, and Hobie Harris. Speaking of Trevor Kelley, he has not allowed an earned run since April 7 against Durham and has a 0.79 ERA (11.1 IP/1 ER) on the season. On Thursday, Kelley earned his first win and has allowed only nine hits and three walks to go with his 13 strikeouts. Hobie Harris is unscored upon in over ten innings of bullpen work. Manager Rick Sweet earns his 2,122nd managerial victory tonight. WOW. He has now moved into a tie with Bill Clymer at eighth overall in the history of the Minor Leagues. Can you say: legendary? Brice Turang and Mark Mathias continued their hot hitting ways with two hits apiece on the evening. It's hard to find two steadier infielders than these two right now in the International League. I hope both get their shot with the big club this season to discover whether their hot play in Triple-A can translate to the majors. That's a wrap for me on this fine 4-0 evening of May 10th. Please tune in for tomorrow's games and report. Additionally, please visit our daily Minor League game threads (pre-report) to partake in the discourse of the games - @damuelle and I are often quite active in those threads. 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  5. After collectively scuffling for four days, Milwaukee’s minor league pitchers stepped to the fore on Thursday night, giving up a combined 6 runs across four 9-inning contests, with Biloxi leading the way with a shutout at home. Nashville and Wisconsin were also winners this evening, although Carolina was done in by missed opportunities in the early innings. Despite pitchers only constituting 2 of the Brewers’ top 13 prospects (including Aaron Ashby – so let’s call it 1 of 12) in our Brewer Fanatic Pre-Season Top 25 Prospect Poll, those apparently under-appreciated arms have actually been doing the heavy lifting throughout this month: AAA Nashville – easily the top ERA in the 20-team International League at 2.52 (second place is Iowa at 3.15, third is Toledo at 3.53) AA Biloxi – also easily tops the ERA listing in the 8-team Southern League at 3.19 (second place is this week’s opponent Pensacola at 3.68) High-A Wisconsin – a more-than-respectable 6th place in ERA in the 12-team Midwest League at 3.97, skewed by an 18-run affair last week Low-A Carolina – not applicable. They’re young! Thursday night’s starting pitchers combined to cover 22 1/3 innings, yielding only 3 runs, 14 hits and 6 walks, while striking out 24 opposing hitters. Combined with solid relief pitching (12 2/3 innings, 2 runs), our hurlers are posting notice that they’re ready to move up the prospect lists. Of course, some offense was required as well and tonight was about solo homers: 2 by Weston Wilson and 1 each for Wes Clarke, Brice Turang, Jon Singleton and Freddy Zamora. And let’s not forget Antonio Pinero and his 2-run homer for Wisconsin. Game Balls this night go to RHP Victor Castaneda, LHP Brandon Knarr, RHP Caleb Boushley, RHP Ryne Moore and LF Weston Wilson. Transactions: None Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Down East 2, Carolina 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Carolina Shut Out 2-0 at Down East Although the squad had four promising scoring opportunities, none came to fruition on this frustrating night for our young Mudcats: Hedbert Perez was thrown out at home on Eduardo Garcia’s 1st inning single Leadoff 2nd inning hits by Jesus Chirinos and Oswel Leones produced nothing A leadoff Jesus Chirinos single and two-out Zack Raabe walk didn’t result in any run in the 7th inning A Hedbert Perez single and a Eduardo Garcia triple in the 8th inning didn’t result in a run, undone by an intervening double play RHP Ryne Moore’s first inning had a bit of everything: infield single, hit-by-pitch, throwing error, two stolen bases, walk, regular single, strikeout. But thankfully the damage was only one run, with 3B Luis Silva throwing out one Wood Duck at home. The second inning was a bit unfair to Mr. Moore, with a 2-out walk and a balk (after 2 strikeouts to open the frame) setting the stage for a run-scoring single to put the deficit at 2-0. Thankfully, C Jeferson Quero’s second throwing error in the first three innings did not cost Moore and the Mudcats a run in the 3rd inning. In all, Moore only yielded 2 hits and recorded 9 strikeouts in his 6 innings of solid work, but unfortunately had to take the loss. LHP Pablo Garabitos and RHP Junior Montero continued to baffle Down East hitters thereafter, but the Carolina offense couldn’t quite come through. Performances of Note: Eduardo Garcia – 2-4, triple Jesus Chirinos – 2-4 Hedbert Perez – 1-4, SB Ryne Moore (Loss) – 6 innings, 2 runs, 5 hits, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 1 balk, 9 Ks Pablo Garabitos – 1 inning, zero runs, 1 hit, 2 Ks Junior Montero – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, 1 walk, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: Today’s essentially a doubleheader, as the squads need to complete the remaining 8 1/2 innings from Tuesday’s contest before moving on to a 7-inning second game. RHP Israel Puello is slated to start one of the games, as he tries to forget his last appearance (7 earned runs in 2 innings). My money is on RHP Edwin Jimenez making the other start, with RHP Jefferson Figueroa also throwing a few innings. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 6, Peoria 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Knarr K’s Seven in Six Scoreless Innings for Rattlers Win at Peoria LHP Brandon Knarr decided to make a late run for Brewer Minor League Pitcher of the Month, blanking the Chiefs for 6 innings to lower his ERA to 1.61 after four terrific appearances this month, with 27 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings. It’s clear his mind is on earning a promotion to AA Biloxi before his 24th birthday coming in early June. The Knarr-ly effort was necessary, as the only thing which separated the Timber Rattlers and Chiefs after six innings was Wes Clarke’s solo home run on a 2-0 count in the 4th inning. Thankfully, Peoria’s impressive 21-year old RHP Dionys Rodriguez exited after six innings and Wisconsin immediately feasted on the relief core, starting with a Carlos D. Rodriguez single and then Antonio Pinero’s first home run of 2022, matching his total of last year. Two walks and a hit-by-pitch set up Clarke (single) and Zavier Warren to drive in 2 more runs and extend the lead to 6-0. RHPs Kent Hasler and RHPs Cam Robinson weren’t as sharp as usual (4 hits, 2 runs in 2 innings), but let’s blame it on rustiness. Hasler has only thrown 4 2/3 innings thus far and Robinson hadn’t pitched in a full week. Performances of Note: Wes Clarke – 2-5, HR, 3 RBIs Antonio Pinero – 2-4, HR, 2 RBIs Zavier Warren – 2-4, double, 1 RBI Sal Frelick – 1-4, walk, SB Brandon Knarr (Win) – 6 innings, zero runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, 7 Ks Kent Hasler – 2 innings, 1 run, 2 hits, zero walks, 3 Ks Friday’s outlook: Always-impressive LHP Antoine Kelly (2.62 ERA in 13 2/3 innings) makes his 4th start of the year as Wisconsin tries to even this week’s series in Peoria at 2 games apiece. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 3, Pensacola 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Shuckers Shutout Wahoos For Second Night Manager Mike Guerrero must have played a hunch. Moving SS Freddy Zamora up to 2nd in the lineup in spite of his .204 AVG / .245 OBP / .245 SLG slash line entering the game, Zamora came through in the bottom of the first inning with his first home run of the season. And for RHP Victor Castaneda, that was the only run he needed. After escaping a first-and-third, 1-out situation in the 1st inning by striking out Griffin Conine and inducing an infield pop up from old friend Luis Aviles Jr., Castaneda only allowed one more baserunner to reach over the next 4 innings. Oh, and he picked that runner off of first base to keep things neat and clean. Apparently tiring in the 6th inning by giving up consecutive walks, RHP Luis Contreras picked him up by stranding both runners and also blanking Pensacola in the top of the 7th inning. Being too close for comfort at 1-0 with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th inning, the Shuckers’ bats woke up, with a Cam Devanney single plating Brent Diaz (who had doubled) and then Jakson Reetz (don’t underestimate this man and his 1.096 OPS) scoring Devanney to extend the lead to 3-0. Thereafter, RHP Nash Walter and RHP Zach Vennaro continued the strong work to complete the shutout. Performances of Note: Jakson Reetz – 2-3, double, RBI Freddy Zamora – 1-4, HR, RBI Cam Devanney – 1-3, RBI Brent Diaz – 1-3, double Thomas Dillard – 1-3 Victor Castaneda (Win) – 5 1/3 innings, zero runs, 3 hits, 2 walks, 5 Ks Luis Contreras – 1 2/3 innings, zero runs, zero hits, 1 walk, 2 Ks Nash Walters – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Zach Vennaro (Save) – 1 innings, zero runs, 1 hit, zero walks Friday’s outlook: LHP Nick Bennett is scheduled to take this one, looking to bounce back from his last outing (5 runs in a loss), as Biloxi aims to seize a 3-1 series lead over Pensacola. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 6, St. Paul 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Solo Shots Power Sounds Past St. Paul A late switch saw RHP Caleb Boushley called to start a day earlier than expected, but the Hortonville and La Crosse man was unfazed and up to the challenge. Of course, it helps when super-prospect Brice Turang gets things rolling with a first-inning blast, his first of the year. In fact, it was a pleasant night of solo efforts, with four of the Sounds’ six runs coming on homers, including Weston Wilson extending the lead to 2-0 in the 2nd inning. Nashville then extended it to 4-0 thanks to a Pablo Reyes single, 4 walks and a wild pitch. It may have been a bigger inning if not for St. Paul gunning down Turang at home on an infield grounder. Boushley’s sole blemish was a run in the bottom of the third inning, in part created by the speed of the Twins’ own super-prospect Royce Lewis (infield single, stolen base, scored on a single). Jon Singleton joined the bachelor party in the 5th inning with a solo shot to authoritatively end his 0-for-19 skid at the plate, pushing the lead to 5-1. St. Paul managed to cut that deficit to 5-2 in the bottom of the 6th inning, with two singles and a double off RHP Thomas Jankins, but impressive field work caught a Saint at 3rd base to lessen the threat (LF Weston Wilson to SS Brice Turang to 3B Andruw Monasterio). In the 8th inning, Wilson added his second homer of the night for the 6-2 final margin. RHPs Zack Brown, Pete Strzelecki and Luis Perdomo were again solid to keep the Saints’ bats quiet, as Strzelecki and Perdomo in particular battle for the coveted Brewers’ Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month award. Performances of Note: Weston Wilson – 2-4, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs Pablo Reyes – 2-5, 1 SB Jon Singleton – 1-3, HR, walk, 2 RBIs Brice Turang – 1-4, HR, walk, RBI Andruw Monasterio – 1-2, 2 walks, 2 SBs Caleb Boushley – 5 innings, 1 run, 4 hits, 1 walk, 1 balk, 3 Ks Zack Brown – 1 inning, zero run, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Pete Strzelecki – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Luis Perdomo – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks Friday’s outlook: LHP Ethan Small (0.49 ERA in 18 1/3 innings) got an extra day of rest in advance of his 5th start of the month. Nashville needs a win to even this week’s series in St. Paul 2-2. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck tonight, Brewers’ affiliates! 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  6. Castaneda & Co. tossed a shutout for Biloxi. Four solo home runs and strong pitching won it for Nashville. Knarr dominated again for Wisconsin. Carolina’s offense was unable to support a solid pitching effort. After collectively scuffling for four days, Milwaukee’s minor league pitchers stepped to the fore on Thursday night, giving up a combined 6 runs across four 9-inning contests, with Biloxi leading the way with a shutout at home. Nashville and Wisconsin were also winners this evening, although Carolina was done in by missed opportunities in the early innings. Despite pitchers only constituting 2 of the Brewers’ top 13 prospects (including Aaron Ashby – so let’s call it 1 of 12) in our Brewer Fanatic Pre-Season Top 25 Prospect Poll, those apparently under-appreciated arms have actually been doing the heavy lifting throughout this month: AAA Nashville – easily the top ERA in the 20-team International League at 2.52 (second place is Iowa at 3.15, third is Toledo at 3.53) AA Biloxi – also easily tops the ERA listing in the 8-team Southern League at 3.19 (second place is this week’s opponent Pensacola at 3.68) High-A Wisconsin – a more-than-respectable 6th place in ERA in the 12-team Midwest League at 3.97, skewed by an 18-run affair last week Low-A Carolina – not applicable. They’re young! Thursday night’s starting pitchers combined to cover 22 1/3 innings, yielding only 3 runs, 14 hits and 6 walks, while striking out 24 opposing hitters. Combined with solid relief pitching (12 2/3 innings, 2 runs), our hurlers are posting notice that they’re ready to move up the prospect lists. Of course, some offense was required as well and tonight was about solo homers: 2 by Weston Wilson and 1 each for Wes Clarke, Brice Turang, Jon Singleton and Freddy Zamora. And let’s not forget Antonio Pinero and his 2-run homer for Wisconsin. Game Balls this night go to RHP Victor Castaneda, LHP Brandon Knarr, RHP Caleb Boushley, RHP Ryne Moore and LF Weston Wilson. Transactions: None Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Down East 2, Carolina 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Carolina Shut Out 2-0 at Down East Although the squad had four promising scoring opportunities, none came to fruition on this frustrating night for our young Mudcats: Hedbert Perez was thrown out at home on Eduardo Garcia’s 1st inning single Leadoff 2nd inning hits by Jesus Chirinos and Oswel Leones produced nothing A leadoff Jesus Chirinos single and two-out Zack Raabe walk didn’t result in any run in the 7th inning A Hedbert Perez single and a Eduardo Garcia triple in the 8th inning didn’t result in a run, undone by an intervening double play RHP Ryne Moore’s first inning had a bit of everything: infield single, hit-by-pitch, throwing error, two stolen bases, walk, regular single, strikeout. But thankfully the damage was only one run, with 3B Luis Silva throwing out one Wood Duck at home. The second inning was a bit unfair to Mr. Moore, with a 2-out walk and a balk (after 2 strikeouts to open the frame) setting the stage for a run-scoring single to put the deficit at 2-0. Thankfully, C Jeferson Quero’s second throwing error in the first three innings did not cost Moore and the Mudcats a run in the 3rd inning. In all, Moore only yielded 2 hits and recorded 9 strikeouts in his 6 innings of solid work, but unfortunately had to take the loss. LHP Pablo Garabitos and RHP Junior Montero continued to baffle Down East hitters thereafter, but the Carolina offense couldn’t quite come through. Performances of Note: Eduardo Garcia – 2-4, triple Jesus Chirinos – 2-4 Hedbert Perez – 1-4, SB Ryne Moore (Loss) – 6 innings, 2 runs, 5 hits, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 1 balk, 9 Ks Pablo Garabitos – 1 inning, zero runs, 1 hit, 2 Ks Junior Montero – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, 1 walk, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: Today’s essentially a doubleheader, as the squads need to complete the remaining 8 1/2 innings from Tuesday’s contest before moving on to a 7-inning second game. RHP Israel Puello is slated to start one of the games, as he tries to forget his last appearance (7 earned runs in 2 innings). My money is on RHP Edwin Jimenez making the other start, with RHP Jefferson Figueroa also throwing a few innings. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 6, Peoria 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Knarr K’s Seven in Six Scoreless Innings for Rattlers Win at Peoria LHP Brandon Knarr decided to make a late run for Brewer Minor League Pitcher of the Month, blanking the Chiefs for 6 innings to lower his ERA to 1.61 after four terrific appearances this month, with 27 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings. It’s clear his mind is on earning a promotion to AA Biloxi before his 24th birthday coming in early June. The Knarr-ly effort was necessary, as the only thing which separated the Timber Rattlers and Chiefs after six innings was Wes Clarke’s solo home run on a 2-0 count in the 4th inning. Thankfully, Peoria’s impressive 21-year old RHP Dionys Rodriguez exited after six innings and Wisconsin immediately feasted on the relief core, starting with a Carlos D. Rodriguez single and then Antonio Pinero’s first home run of 2022, matching his total of last year. Two walks and a hit-by-pitch set up Clarke (single) and Zavier Warren to drive in 2 more runs and extend the lead to 6-0. RHPs Kent Hasler and RHPs Cam Robinson weren’t as sharp as usual (4 hits, 2 runs in 2 innings), but let’s blame it on rustiness. Hasler has only thrown 4 2/3 innings thus far and Robinson hadn’t pitched in a full week. Performances of Note: Wes Clarke – 2-5, HR, 3 RBIs Antonio Pinero – 2-4, HR, 2 RBIs Zavier Warren – 2-4, double, 1 RBI Sal Frelick – 1-4, walk, SB Brandon Knarr (Win) – 6 innings, zero runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, 7 Ks Kent Hasler – 2 innings, 1 run, 2 hits, zero walks, 3 Ks Friday’s outlook: Always-impressive LHP Antoine Kelly (2.62 ERA in 13 2/3 innings) makes his 4th start of the year as Wisconsin tries to even this week’s series in Peoria at 2 games apiece. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 3, Pensacola 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Shuckers Shutout Wahoos For Second Night Manager Mike Guerrero must have played a hunch. Moving SS Freddy Zamora up to 2nd in the lineup in spite of his .204 AVG / .245 OBP / .245 SLG slash line entering the game, Zamora came through in the bottom of the first inning with his first home run of the season. And for RHP Victor Castaneda, that was the only run he needed. After escaping a first-and-third, 1-out situation in the 1st inning by striking out Griffin Conine and inducing an infield pop up from old friend Luis Aviles Jr., Castaneda only allowed one more baserunner to reach over the next 4 innings. Oh, and he picked that runner off of first base to keep things neat and clean. Apparently tiring in the 6th inning by giving up consecutive walks, RHP Luis Contreras picked him up by stranding both runners and also blanking Pensacola in the top of the 7th inning. Being too close for comfort at 1-0 with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th inning, the Shuckers’ bats woke up, with a Cam Devanney single plating Brent Diaz (who had doubled) and then Jakson Reetz (don’t underestimate this man and his 1.096 OPS) scoring Devanney to extend the lead to 3-0. Thereafter, RHP Nash Walter and RHP Zach Vennaro continued the strong work to complete the shutout. Performances of Note: Jakson Reetz – 2-3, double, RBI Freddy Zamora – 1-4, HR, RBI Cam Devanney – 1-3, RBI Brent Diaz – 1-3, double Thomas Dillard – 1-3 Victor Castaneda (Win) – 5 1/3 innings, zero runs, 3 hits, 2 walks, 5 Ks Luis Contreras – 1 2/3 innings, zero runs, zero hits, 1 walk, 2 Ks Nash Walters – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Zach Vennaro (Save) – 1 innings, zero runs, 1 hit, zero walks Friday’s outlook: LHP Nick Bennett is scheduled to take this one, looking to bounce back from his last outing (5 runs in a loss), as Biloxi aims to seize a 3-1 series lead over Pensacola. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 6, St. Paul 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Solo Shots Power Sounds Past St. Paul A late switch saw RHP Caleb Boushley called to start a day earlier than expected, but the Hortonville and La Crosse man was unfazed and up to the challenge. Of course, it helps when super-prospect Brice Turang gets things rolling with a first-inning blast, his first of the year. In fact, it was a pleasant night of solo efforts, with four of the Sounds’ six runs coming on homers, including Weston Wilson extending the lead to 2-0 in the 2nd inning. Nashville then extended it to 4-0 thanks to a Pablo Reyes single, 4 walks and a wild pitch. It may have been a bigger inning if not for St. Paul gunning down Turang at home on an infield grounder. Boushley’s sole blemish was a run in the bottom of the third inning, in part created by the speed of the Twins’ own super-prospect Royce Lewis (infield single, stolen base, scored on a single). Jon Singleton joined the bachelor party in the 5th inning with a solo shot to authoritatively end his 0-for-19 skid at the plate, pushing the lead to 5-1. St. Paul managed to cut that deficit to 5-2 in the bottom of the 6th inning, with two singles and a double off RHP Thomas Jankins, but impressive field work caught a Saint at 3rd base to lessen the threat (LF Weston Wilson to SS Brice Turang to 3B Andruw Monasterio). In the 8th inning, Wilson added his second homer of the night for the 6-2 final margin. RHPs Zack Brown, Pete Strzelecki and Luis Perdomo were again solid to keep the Saints’ bats quiet, as Strzelecki and Perdomo in particular battle for the coveted Brewers’ Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month award. Performances of Note: Weston Wilson – 2-4, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs Pablo Reyes – 2-5, 1 SB Jon Singleton – 1-3, HR, walk, 2 RBIs Brice Turang – 1-4, HR, walk, RBI Andruw Monasterio – 1-2, 2 walks, 2 SBs Caleb Boushley – 5 innings, 1 run, 4 hits, 1 walk, 1 balk, 3 Ks Zack Brown – 1 inning, zero run, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Pete Strzelecki – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Luis Perdomo – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks Friday’s outlook: LHP Ethan Small (0.49 ERA in 18 1/3 innings) got an extra day of rest in advance of his 5th start of the month. Nashville needs a win to even this week’s series in St. Paul 2-2. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck tonight, Brewers’ affiliates! 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