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  1. Transactions: Technically, Lutz had been activated from the IL since April 30th when he went to the nebulously named "Development List". As you'll read below, he came back with a bang. I listened in to the first few innings in Biloxi Saturday, and there was no specific light shed on the reasons for the Mitchell and Zamora placements. Finally on the transaction wire, Milwaukee released two pitchers from their Dominican complex ranks, and one in particular is a surprise based on the numbers. This was detailed further over in our season-long transaction-tracking thread. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 8, Jacksonville (Marlins) 5 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: Balanced Attack Leads Sounds Past Jacksonville - Nashville Uses Four-Run Fifth Inning to Take Down Jumbo Shrimp The Nashville site game summaries are always very concise, but they do sneak in sweet nuggets of note each night, finding ways to add perspective to our overall understanding. For example, did you catch the Mario Feliciano note within? Mario walked and singled in this one. Only eight hits for Nashville, so the eight Sounds runs scored can be characterized as opportunistic. Seven walks drawn and three successful stolen base attempts helped. How deep is Rick Sweet's bench (if indeed his inactive bodies are healthy and available)? Catcher Alex Jackson was utilized as the designated hitter while Keston Hiura, Jon Singleton, David Dahl, and Abraham Almonte all had the night off. At the big-league level, Jandel Gustave is headed to the IL (hamstring). Brent Suter's return from paternity leave will help backfill, but you can bet that the Nashville bullpen has their eyes on both the injury (and the ineffectiveness) of the big-league middle relief corps. RHP Miguel Sanchez has a leg up with his 40-man spot, but don't put it past the Brewers to take a look at one of several non-roster candidates now dealing in the Sounds pen. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 13, Birmingham (White Sox) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Shuckers Clobber Franchise Record Five Homers In 13-3 Rout Of Barons - Herb Extends Scoreless Streak to 15.1 Innings Congrats to LHP Andy Otero on the bump back to AAA, but Tyler Herb sure has a case. Perhaps Otero will be utilized in more of a hybrid long role, we'll see. This box score is worth framing for the contributions throughout and my goodness, the top seven all reached at least twice. The catcher-as-designated-hitter theme continued but is totally justified as Jakson Reetz maintains his plus-1.000 OPS through 60 at-bats. Thomas, please run hard right out of the box -- Thanks to MLB Pipeline, we can condense five home run video clips down to three. We can continue to hear about Lucas Erceg's stuff and buzzard luck, but at some point a 10.29 ERA is a 10.29 ERA... Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 8, Quad Cities (Royals) 7 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Comeback Rattlers Score Four in Eighth and Hold on for Win - Wisconsin rallies for ninth comeback victory of the season Another pretty water view for those checking out MiLB.TV, nice ballpark landscape, Quad Cities! Peeked in because of the Micah Bello hit-by-pitch in the 2nd inning. Bello would remain in the game put was pulled to begin the 3rd. Looked like Bello's right wrist was getting checked out. Go the 01:25 hour/minute mark here if you are an MiLB.TV subscriber. We are pretty shook up over that T.J. Shook linescore. As you can see via his game logs, Shook had yet to give up even three runs in an outing this season. Shake it off, T.J. See what I did there? Speaking of game logs, check out Cam Robinson's. His last four saves, all scoreless, have been of the two-inning variety. Take that, Josh Hader! Eight runs on eight hits, with Zavier Warren and Ashton McGee combining for five knocks! Again, efficiency on this night! Final: Fayetteville (Astros) 8, Carolina 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Perez Homers and has RBI Double in 8-6 Loss - Hedbert Perez extended his hitting streak to five straight while going 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs and two RBI in the loss Outside of second baseman Jheremy Vargas, every Mudcat reached at least one time. Hendry Mendez (18 years old) joined Hedbert Perez (19) with a big night. Despite the five-game hit streak, Perez' May OPS is only at .489 (ten games). It was .576 in April. Mendez is at .697/.661 for the monthly splits. The Mudcats defense allowed three unearned runs to score. The Woodpeckers played clean defense. revisit the final score. There you go. It's all early action on a traditional Sunday schedule. RHP Noah Zavolas makes his season debut in Biloxi. Enjoy your day, all. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  2. The affiliate bats were up to the task on Saturday night, leading the way to wins at the top three levels of the Crew's system. RHP Tyler Herb, a recently-turned 30-year-old with two stints in the Seattle system on his resume, in addition to minor league stays with San Francisco and Baltimore, continued to shine in Biloxi, making his case for the Brewers to find room on a crowded Nashville roster. Though the kids in Carolina dropped their contest, their bats were hardly idle. Warmer temperatures bringing about crooked numbers, yeah, we're ready! Transactions: Technically, Lutz had been activated from the IL since April 30th when he went to the nebulously named "Development List". As you'll read below, he came back with a bang. I listened in to the first few innings in Biloxi Saturday, and there was no specific light shed on the reasons for the Mitchell and Zamora placements. Finally on the transaction wire, Milwaukee released two pitchers from their Dominican complex ranks, and one in particular is a surprise based on the numbers. This was detailed further over in our season-long transaction-tracking thread. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 8, Jacksonville (Marlins) 5 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: Balanced Attack Leads Sounds Past Jacksonville - Nashville Uses Four-Run Fifth Inning to Take Down Jumbo Shrimp The Nashville site game summaries are always very concise, but they do sneak in sweet nuggets of note each night, finding ways to add perspective to our overall understanding. For example, did you catch the Mario Feliciano note within? Mario walked and singled in this one. Only eight hits for Nashville, so the eight Sounds runs scored can be characterized as opportunistic. Seven walks drawn and three successful stolen base attempts helped. How deep is Rick Sweet's bench (if indeed his inactive bodies are healthy and available)? Catcher Alex Jackson was utilized as the designated hitter while Keston Hiura, Jon Singleton, David Dahl, and Abraham Almonte all had the night off. At the big-league level, Jandel Gustave is headed to the IL (hamstring). Brent Suter's return from paternity leave will help backfill, but you can bet that the Nashville bullpen has their eyes on both the injury (and the ineffectiveness) of the big-league middle relief corps. RHP Miguel Sanchez has a leg up with his 40-man spot, but don't put it past the Brewers to take a look at one of several non-roster candidates now dealing in the Sounds pen. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 13, Birmingham (White Sox) 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Shuckers Clobber Franchise Record Five Homers In 13-3 Rout Of Barons - Herb Extends Scoreless Streak to 15.1 Innings Congrats to LHP Andy Otero on the bump back to AAA, but Tyler Herb sure has a case. Perhaps Otero will be utilized in more of a hybrid long role, we'll see. This box score is worth framing for the contributions throughout and my goodness, the top seven all reached at least twice. The catcher-as-designated-hitter theme continued but is totally justified as Jakson Reetz maintains his plus-1.000 OPS through 60 at-bats. Thomas, please run hard right out of the box -- Thanks to MLB Pipeline, we can condense five home run video clips down to three. We can continue to hear about Lucas Erceg's stuff and buzzard luck, but at some point a 10.29 ERA is a 10.29 ERA... Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 8, Quad Cities (Royals) 7 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Comeback Rattlers Score Four in Eighth and Hold on for Win - Wisconsin rallies for ninth comeback victory of the season Another pretty water view for those checking out MiLB.TV, nice ballpark landscape, Quad Cities! Peeked in because of the Micah Bello hit-by-pitch in the 2nd inning. Bello would remain in the game put was pulled to begin the 3rd. Looked like Bello's right wrist was getting checked out. Go the 01:25 hour/minute mark here if you are an MiLB.TV subscriber. We are pretty shook up over that T.J. Shook linescore. As you can see via his game logs, Shook had yet to give up even three runs in an outing this season. Shake it off, T.J. See what I did there? Speaking of game logs, check out Cam Robinson's. His last four saves, all scoreless, have been of the two-inning variety. Take that, Josh Hader! Eight runs on eight hits, with Zavier Warren and Ashton McGee combining for five knocks! Again, efficiency on this night! Final: Fayetteville (Astros) 8, Carolina 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Perez Homers and has RBI Double in 8-6 Loss - Hedbert Perez extended his hitting streak to five straight while going 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs and two RBI in the loss Outside of second baseman Jheremy Vargas, every Mudcat reached at least one time. Hendry Mendez (18 years old) joined Hedbert Perez (19) with a big night. Despite the five-game hit streak, Perez' May OPS is only at .489 (ten games). It was .576 in April. Mendez is at .697/.661 for the monthly splits. The Mudcats defense allowed three unearned runs to score. The Woodpeckers played clean defense. revisit the final score. There you go. It's all early action on a traditional Sunday schedule. RHP Noah Zavolas makes his season debut in Biloxi. Enjoy your day, all. 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
  3. Clearly, ‘Player Development’ is the most important thing about minor league baseball. Organizations will always prioritize doing what is best for the big-league club, and that’s getting players ready to contribute at that level. That said, Winning is not only fun, but it can be a part of player development. Yes, players work on their individual performances and skills, but it’s also good to learn how to come together as a team to win games and learn that competitive fire. Last week, all four Brewers affiliates played all six of their games. Combined, they went 12-12 on the week, and that’s including an 0-6 by Biloxi. Wisconsin had another strong week thanks to some incredible pitching talent. Nashville remains in first place. Before we jump into Week 5’s games, let’s take one more look back at Week 4. See how each affiliate did, which prospects performed, and what’s next. And, at the end, find out who the Brewer Fanatic choices for Hitter and Pitcher of the Week are. TRANSACTIONS Last week, the Brewers Designated Jose Urena for Assignment, making room on their 26-Man Roster and the Brewers' 40-Man Roster. On Monday, the team announced that Urena had cleared waivers and was outrighted to Nashville. However, Urena chose to become a free agent. RESULTS Last week’s Week in Review (4/26-5/2): K is for Knarr Tuesday: Promotions and Releases and Retirements, oh My! Wednesday: Biloxi Loses Third Straight But Late Wins Abound Elsewhere Thursday: Nashville Wins on a Walkoff, but Blown Leads and Missed Chances Cost Other Affiliates Friday: Wild Walk-off for Wisconsin (Literally) Saturday: Sounds and Timber Rattlers Continue to Impress Sunday: Nashville Dominates. Three Stirring Comebacks Result in One More Affiliate Victory WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds : Week: 4-2 hosting Norfolk Season: 20-9 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 2 1/2 games ahead of Columbus and 4 1/2 games ahead of St. Paul. In a completely random fact about Nashville’s week of games. They won four games. Also, four times, they scored exactly four runs in a game. They went 3-1 in those games. The Sounds' offense wasn’t great, but they did outscore Norfolk 22-18. That may have been closer, but the pitchers earned a 1-0 win on Saturday and a 4-0 win on Sunday. The pitching, and specifically the bullpen, was strong. The Sounds become the first International League team to win 20 games this season. They also are 5-for-5 in their series so far this season. Jon Singleton found his way on base. He went 4-for-14 and hit .286/.565/.500 (1.065). He had one home run. However, in his six games, he walked nine times. Jonathan Davis played in five games. He went 8-for-18 and hit .444/.542/.444 (.986). He had four walks and stole two bases. David Dahl played in four games. He went 4-for-13 and hit .308/.471/.385 (.856) with a double and four walks. A few hitters struggled. Pablo Reyes went 1-for-12 (.083). Tyler White went 3-for-20 (.150). Corey Ray played in just two games and went 1-for-7 (.143) with five strikeouts. Six relievers didn’t allow a run this week. Miguel Sanchez worked 3 1/3 innings over three games. He struck out five batters. Dylan File went five shutout innings in his start. He gave up three hits, walked two, and struck out three batters. What’s Next? The Sounds hit the road to Florida to take on the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. Pitching Probables (RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Caleb Boushley, LHP Ethan Small, RHP Dylan File, RHP Jason Alexander, RHP Josh Lindblom) Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 0-6 hosting Montgomery Season: 12-15 overall. A seven-game losing streak has moved the Shuckers from first place to being tied for 2nd place in the Southern League South Division with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, 3.5 games behind Montgomery. That is a rough week for the Shuckers. It has been a rarity around minor-league ball for a team to win - or lose - all six games of a series. But that’s what Biloxi did. While three of the six losses were by one run, and another was by two runs, the team was outscored 19-37 for the week. The addition of top prospect Sal Frelick to a Shuckers outfield that already included Joey Wiemer and Garrett Mitchell is undoubtedly exciting. However, none of the three really hit last week. Harold Chirino, Arnaldo Hernandez, and Luis Contreras combined for six relief appearances and 9 2/3 scoreless innings, and ten strikeouts. On the other side of that equation, several in the bullpen struggled. Robbie Hitt, Zach Vennaro, J.T. Hintzen, Nash Walters, and Taylor Floyd combined for nine appearances and 7 1/3 innings. They gave up 17 runs on 21 hits and five walks. Tyler Herb made two starts. He worked ten innings and gave up one run on seven hits. He walked three and struck out 12 batters. Along with the pitching not being really strong, the offense was not good either. Brent Diaz led the team for the week with a .795 OPS. He played three games and hit .182. However, his two hits were a double and a home run. Freddy Zamora played in all six games. He went 8-for-25 and hit .320/.346/.400 (.746) with two doubles. The story for the week was the promotion of outfielder Sal Frelick to Double-A. He played in all six games. He went 5-for-26 and hit .192/.192/.231 (.423) with a double. What’s Next? The Shuckers will host Birmingham at MGM Park. Pitching Probables (RHP Victor Castaneda, LHP Nick Bennett, RHP Carlos Luna, LHP Andy Otero, RHP Tyler Herb, RHP Victor Castaneda) High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 5-1, hosting Ft. Wayne Season: 17-10 overall, 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division, 2.0 games behind Cedar Rapids. The Timber Rattler's pitching staff, led by pitching coach and former Minnesota Twins pitching prospect Patrick McGuff, has been unbelievable, and that remained true last week. They won the first two games of the week by scores of 9-0 and 4-0. Wisconsin pitchers allowed only 12 runs for the entire week. The Rattler bats scored 29 runs. However, three of the final four games of the series were decided by one run. TJ Shook pitched twice and worked ten innings. He did not give up a run. He gave up eight hits, walked none, and struck out 12 batters. Brandon Knarr tossed six shutout innings in his start. He gave up six hits, walked one, ten, and struck out six batters. Antoine Kelly struck out ten batters in five shutout innings. He gave up just one hit and one walk. Russell Smith went five scoreless innings in his start as well. He gave up just one hit, walked three, and struck out seven batters. Justin Jarvis gave up one run in his start. In five innings, he gave up six hits and walked two batters. Cam Robinson pitched twice and recorded two saves. In four innings, he did not allow a run or a hit. He walked two and struck out three. Joe Gray led the offense. He played all six games and went 5-for-17. He hit .294/.480/529 (1.009) with a double and a home run. He also walked seven times and stole two bases. Zavier Warren played in five games and went 4-for-16. He hit .250/.409/.375 (.784) with two doubles. He also had four walks. Wes Clarke hit just .143 (2-for-14) on the week, but he walked ten times and posted an on-base percentage of .500. Tyler Black, Ethan Murray, and Yeison Coca combined to go 0-for-31 last week. Micah Bello had a great first month in Carolina. He was promoted to Wisconsin. In six games this weekend, he went 3-for-19 and hit .158/.200/.211 (.411) with a double and five RBI. What’s Next? The Timber Rattlers will be traveling to Quad Cities to play at the beautiful Modern Woodmen Park. If you have seen the movie Sugar, it is the home field for the team. Pitching Probables (LHP Brandon Knarr, LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Justin Jarvis, LHP Russell Smith, RHP TJ Shook, LHP Brandon Knarr) Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 3-3, hosting Augusta Season: 14-13 overall, In 2nd place in the Carolina League North Division, 3.5 games behind Fredericksburg. After winning the first two games of their series, the Mudcats lost three of the last four to split the week’s series. The offense performed. They scored 14 in the first game of the week and scored 40 runs for the whole week. The pitching staff gave up 33 runs. The big story, of course, was the full-season debut of 18-year-old Jackson Chourio. Jackson Chourio played in his first six games and went 12-for-25. He hit .480/.519/.800 (1.319) with five doubles, a homer, and five RBI. He had two walks and two stolen bases. Arbert Cipion played in just three games. He had a single, a triple, and a home run. Oswel Leones played in four games. In 16 plate appearances, he hit .286/.375/.571 (.946) with a double and a home run. Jesus Chirinos went 6-for-20 (.300) with a home run. Zack Raabe went 5-for-16 (.313). Ryne Moore made one start. In six innings, he gave up only an unearned run. He gave up three hits, walked one, hit three and struck out seven batters. Karlos Morales, Junior Montero, and Pablo Garabitos combined to work 9 1/3 innings in five appearances. They gave up only one unearned run on six hits, one walk, and nine strikeouts. What’s Next? The Mudcats will be traveling to Fayetteville to take on the Woodpeckers. Pitching Probables (RHP Ryne Moore, RHP Israel Puello, RHP Alexander Cornielle, RHP Miguel Segura, RHP Brannon Jordan, RHP Ryne Moore) PROSPECT SUMMARY This Prospect Summary shows our current Brewers Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week (May 3 to May 9). #1 - LHP Aaron Ashby (Milwaukee) - 2 G, 1 GS, 6.1 IP, 6 ER, 8 H, 4 BB, 6 K (Season: 7 G, 3 GS, 23.1 IP, 14 R, 11 ER, 17 BB, 25 K, 0-3, 4.24 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, 6.6 BB/9, 9.6 K/9) #2 - OF Joey Wiemer (Biloxi) - 6 G, 4-for-24 (.167), 3-2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 12 K (Season: 27 G, 29-for-105, .276/.345/.495 (.840), 11-2B, 4-HR, 19 RBI, 10 BB, 38 K) #3 - OF Garrett Mitchell (Biloxi) - 5 G, 2-for-17 (.118), 1-2B, 0-HR, 4 BB, 7 K (Season: 26 G, 20-for-93, .215/.324/.333 (.657), 3-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 11 RBI, 12 BB, 37 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) - Week/Season: 6 G, 5-for-26 (.192), 1-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 4 K #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Nashville) - 1 GS, 4.0 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 K (Season: 6 GS, 27.1 IP, 8 R, 6 ER, 13 H, 18 BB, 37 K, 2-1, 1.98 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 5.9 BB/9, 12.2 K/9) #6 - SS Brice Turang (Nashville) - 5 G, 4-for-21 (.190), 0-2B, 0-HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K (Season: 25 G, 30-for-104, .289/.353/.433 (.786), 7-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 17 RBI, 11 BB, 25 K) #7 - OF Hedbert Perez (Carolina) - 5 G, 1-for-19 (.053), 0-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K (Season: 22 G, 14-for-89, .157/.211/.258 (.469), 3-2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 4/4 SB, 6 BB, 36 K) #8 - C Jeferson Quero (Carolina) - 4 G, 3-for-18 (.167), 2-2B, 1-HR, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 5 K (Season: 21 G, 21-for-88, .239/.266/.375 (.641), 7-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 14 RBI, 4 BB, 23 K) #9 - SS Freddy Zamora (Biloxi) - 6 G, 8-for-25 (.320), 2-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K (Season: 22 G, 19-for-83), .229/.278/.313 (.591), 4-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 22 K) #10 - 2B Tyler Black (Wisconsin) - 3 G, 0-for-8 (.000), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K (Season: 13 G, 10-for-41 (.244/.404/.317 (.721), 3-2B, 0-HR, 10 RBI, 9 BB, 8 K) #11 - 2B Felix Valerio (Biloxi) - 5 G, 3-for-17 (.176), 1-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K (Season: 21 G, 19-for-73, .260/.341/.466 (.807), 4-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 13 RBI, 11 BB, 10 K) #12 - OF Jackson Chourio (Carolina) - Week/Season: 6 G, 12-for-25, .480/.519/.800 (1.319), 5-2B, 1-HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K. #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Nashville) - 2 G, 1-for-7 (.167), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (Season: 18 G, 13-for-62, .210/.279/.274 (.554), 4-2B, 0-HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 19 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Milwaukee) - (Season: 1 G, 0-for-0, R, BB) #14 - LHP Antoine Kelly (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 10 K (Season: 5 GS, 21.2 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 9 H, 14 BB, 33 K, 1-0, 2.49 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 5.8 BB/9, 13.7 K/9) #15 - OF Joe Gray, Jr. (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 5-for-17 (.294), 1-2B, 1-HR, 7 BB, 4 K (Season: 27 G, 17-for-93, .183/.300/.333 (.633), 6-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 7/7 SB, 16 BB, 40 K) #16 - SS Eduardo Garcia (Carolina) - 6 G, 6-for-25 (.240), 1-2B, 0-HR, 5 RBI, 0 BB, 9 K (Season: 25 G, 31-103, 301/.330/.447 (.777), 7-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 3 BB, 41 K) #17 - UTL Zavier Warren (Wisconsin) - 5 G, 4-for-16 (.250), 2-2B, 0-HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K (Season: 25 G, 22-for-88, .250/.337/.341 (.678), 8-2B, 0-HR, 9 RBI, 4/4 SB, 9 BB, 25 K) #18 - RHP Abner Uribe (Biloxi) - IL (out for season) #19 - OF Hendry Mendez (Carolina) - 5 G, 2-for-13 (.154), 0-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K (Season: 22 G, 15-for-71, .211/.391/.282 (.673), 2-2B, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 20 BB, 21 K) #20 - LHP Russell Smith (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 BB, 7 K (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 Jackson Chourio, Carolina Mudcats Less than a month into the season, the Brewers decided to make some significant minor-league transactions last Monday. Sal Frelick moved from Wisconsin to Biloxi. Micah Bello was promoted from Carolina to Wisconsin. And Jackson Chourio was sent to Carolina from the Complex. Chourio played in all six games in his first week with the Mudcats. He went 12-for-25, and hit .480/.519/.800 (1.319) with five doubles and a home run. He also stole two bases. He made all 22 plays that came to him in centerfield. Covid moved the international signing date from July 2nd to January 15th. On that day in 2021, the Brewers signed the shortstop to a $1.9 million deal out of Venezuela. Chourio has all the tools. He is touted for his power potential and his overall hit tool. While he could stay at shortstop with a strong arm and range, he also has the speed to play in center field. People also talk about his maturity. All this makes him incredibly exciting. Chourio turned 18 in March and is currently the youngest player on any full-season affiliate's roster. Pitcher of the Week: RHP TJ Shook, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Get a dice and assign each of the six sides to a Timber Rattlers starting pitcher. Roll said dice, and that is the pick for pitcher of the week. OK, that isn’t true. I don’t actually roll dice to make this pick. However, we have now done three Brewers Minor League Week in Reviews, and the choice for pitcher of the week has been a member of the Wisconsin pitching staff. The first week, the choice was lefty Antoine Kelly, Jr. Last week, it was lefty Brandon Knarr. This week, those two could have taken this honor again, but the choice was right-hander TJ Shook. Shook has split time this season between starting and working in long relief. He has alternated between making a start and then, later in the week, working in long relief. That’s what he did this week too. On Monday, he tossed six shutout innings against Ft. Wayne to earn a win. On Sunday, he worked four innings in relief and did not give up a run. Combined, he gave up eight hits and didn’t walk anyone. He struck out 12 batters. TJ Shook grew up in South Carolina. After being an All-State selection in 2015 and 2016 (junior and senior seasons), he went to the University of South Carolina. He redshirted in 2017. The following year he worked 21 games out of the bullpen. He moved into the rotation during the next season (2019). In 2020, he pitched in six games, and in 8 2/3 innings, he had two walks and 16 strikeouts when the season ended. He went undrafted in 2020, but as a redshirt junior, he decided to sign as a free agent with the Brewers. Last year, he pitched in a couple of games in the rookie/complex league. He made six starts for Carolina and went 4-1 with a 3.86 ERA. He finished the season with five starts for Wisconsin. Combined in 2021, he went 5-2 with a 4.95 ERA. In 13 starts and 52 2/3 innings, he walked 28 and struck out 71 batters. Last year, he walked just over 12% of batters faced. This year, that number has dropped to 8%. At the same time, his strikeout rate has jumped from 26% to 35% Shook stands tall, at 6-4 and about 220 pounds. He throws a fastball, a cutter, a curveball, and a changeup, and all four can be good pitches. He gets some same-side run on his two-seam fastball. He has been executing his pitches very well. Along with the improved control, he’s been able to show command of his pitches. He is also really smart, including on the mound, understanding what he wants and needs to do on the mound. Your turn. Who would you have chosen for Hitter and Pitcher of the Week? Which prospects intrigue you the most? Which prospects have moved up (or down) your personal rankings so far this season? Let's discuss.
  4. While the Sounds cruised to a comfortable Mother’s Day win, each of the Brewers’ other affiliates was left for dead late in their matchups: Carolina trailed 7-2 in the 8th inning Wisconsin had been out-hit 10 to 1 and was down 3-0 entering the bottom of the 9th inning Biloxi had 1 hit through 7 innings and was behind 2-0… …but each of those squads made their mothers proud by never giving up: Jackson Chourio homered to spark a 5-run Mudcat rally, though they eventually fell 9-7 The Timber Rattlers drew 5 walks, before Alex Hall’s 2-out, 2-run game-winning single Brent Diaz clobbered a tying 2-run blast, before the Shuckers lost in extra innings A few Game Balls on this special Sunday are reserved for the pitchers who kept throwing blanks to give their struggling offenses a chance (Tyler Herb, Jason Alexander, TJ Shook), while Jackson Chourio (4-for-4, 1st homer) was the star hitter of the day and Alex Hall was an offensive and defensive hero. Transactions: P Alec Bettinger was transferred to AAA Nashville’s Active Roster from the Development List Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Augusta 9, Carolina 7 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: Chourio Goes 4-for-4 with a Home Run in 9-7 Loss Opening the game by giving up a leadoff double and then a run-scoring throwing error by 3B Alberis Ferrer on a sacrifice bunt obviously discombobulated normally solid RHP Brannon Jordan, who then walked a batter and gave up two singles to quickly put Carolina down 3-0 at home. Jordan was reasonably solid from that point, while OF Jackson Chourio kept trying to inspire the offense: Singling but not scoring in the 1st inning Singling, stealing second and scoring on a DH Hendry Mendez single to cut the Augusta lead to 3-1 in the 3rd inning Doubling in OF Arbert Cipion in the 5th inning to claw the game back to 5-2 Homering to cut it to 7-3 and lead a 5-run rally in the 8th inning Walking to lead off the 9th inning and bring the potential tying run to the plate with nobody out https://twitter.com/CarolinaMudcats/status/1523370833464692736?cxt=HHwWgMDU3fXsjKQqAAAA After a Green Jacket infield hit and outfield hit chased Jordan to lead off the 5th inning, a steal of home and then a third Ferrer error pushed the deficit to 5-1. https://twitter.com/CarolinaMudcats/status/1523375915325353984?cxt=HHwWgMDTxdyUj6QqAAAA It felt like the game was likely over in the top of the 8th inning, when an infield single, walk and 2-out, opposite field triple off LHP Jakob Brustoski stretched the score to 7-2, but it only added to the drama. Starting with Chourio’s homer opposite field homer, the first 5 Mudcat hitters reached base in the bottom of the 8th inning, ultimately tying the game on 2B Zack Raabe’s first-pitch single to center to score OF Hedbert Perez. https://twitter.com/CarolinaMudcats/status/1523386691280531456?cxt=HHwWgMCr1fuHlKQqAAAA Unfortunately, RHP Brandon Ramey wasn’t able to keep it knotted up, as Augusta’s Stephen Paolini pulled a 1-out pitch out to right field to re-claim a lead which would hold up, forcing Carolina to split the 6-game series 3-3. MLB Pipeline thankfully put the Chourio highlights in one clip: https://twitter.com/MLBPipeline/status/1523414349338931200?cxt=HHwWgMCjofDRoKQqAAAA Performances of Note: Jackson Chourio – 4-4, HR, double, BB, 2 RBIs, SB Jesus Chirinos – 2-5 Hendry Mendez – 1-3, BB, RBI Hedbert Perez – 1-4, RBI Zack Raabe – 1-4, RBI Brannon Jordan – 4 IP, 5 R (3 ER), 6 H, 2 BB, 1 WP, 4 K Trevor Tietz – 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 WP, 2 K Junior Montero – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Brandon Ramey (Loss) – 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 0 K Next week’s outlook: The 14-13 Mudcats return travel to Fayetteville (9-18), with RHP Ryne Moore (unless Mr. Moore (2.57 ERA through 28 innings) is on a bus to Quad Cities to join the Timber Rattlers) likely to start the first game of the series. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 4, Fort Wayne 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Rattlers Do It Again! Wisconsin’s media team always does an amazing job, so please read their write-up and enjoy the video summary: https://twitter.com/TimberRattlers/status/1523427911323500546?cxt=HHwWhIDS9aTnpqQqAAAA Players and fans may have been forgiven in thinking this was simply not Wisconsin’s day, as they’d had more players caught stealing (2) than hits (1) through 8 innings. However, Manager Joe Ayrault has instilled some crazy confidence in these Timber Rattlers, who found another way to win, this time despite being down 3-0 and out-hit 10-1 entering the bottom of the 9th inning. RHP Max Lazar got the start, but was limited to just two innings (plus two leadoff walks in the 3rd inning) after pitching on Tuesday earlier in the week. Three TinCap 2nd inning hits put the Rattlers behind 2-0, which seemed likely to hold up against stellar Fort Wayne pitching. Thankfully, Wisconsin’s pitching and fielding kept them in the game, starting with RHP Tyler Gillies and C Alex Hall combining to eliminate that 2-on, nobody out 3rd inning threat: Strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out to catch the lead runner at 3rd base Another caught stealing, this time at 2nd base RHP TJ Shook came into the 2-0 game in the 4th inning, providing a near-certainty that the game would remain within reach: Two infield singles in the 5th inning didn’t faze Shook, who induced two ground-outs to exit that inning cleanly Shook responded to a 1-out, 7th inning double by striking out the next two batters However, a Fort Wayne run-scoring double off RHP Robbie Baker extended the TinCap lead to 3-0 in the 8th inning, which looked somewhat insurmountable after no Rattlers reached base in the bottom half of the inning. RHP James Meeker pitched around one single in the top of the 9th inning to give his mates one more chance. What a crazy finish: 5 walks and 2 strikeouts in the bottom of the 9th inning brought the Rattlers back to 3-2 with the bases loaded and 2 outs. That 5th walk was enough for the TinCap manager to call on a reliever to attempt to close it out. Likely counting on a first pitch strike, Hall received it and smacked the ball into right field to score Joe Gray Jr. and Tristan Peters with the game-winning runs. https://twitter.com/TimberRattlers/status/1523412705981345792?cxt=HHwWgMCtpZzyn6QqAAAA Performances of Note: Micah Bello – 1-3, BB, RBI Alex Hall – 1-4, 2 RBIs Ethan Murray – 0-1, 2 BB, 1 HBP Max Lazar – 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 K Tyler Gillies – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K TJ Shook – 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 5 K James Meeker (Win) – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 WP, 2 K Next week’s outlook: The 17-10 Timber Rattlers take the bus to Quad Cities (11-16), with LHP Brandon Knarr the expected Game One starter. Again, that’s unless the excellent Mr. Knarr (1.27 ERA through 28 1/3 innings) is heading to Mississippi on a promotion. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Montgomery 4, Biloxi 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Walk-Off Home Run In Tenth Leads to Sweep of Shuckers After those amazing Carolina and Wisconsin comebacks, it really seemed too much to ask or expect that Biloxi would do the same. I mean, in the midst of a 6-game losing streak, down 2-0 with 2 outs in the 8th inning after mustering only 1 hit to that point in a frustrating contest, one could not reasonably expect the team to pull itself off the mat. And yet, the Shuckers showed their resiliency, tying it up against the odds and even taking an extra-inning lead before succumbing to the 7th straight loss, this one of the walk-off variety. RHP Tyler Herb was once again fantastic, starting a second game of the week and throwing blanks for 5 straight innings. Herb dispatched the most dangerous threat after a walk and hit in the 5th inning by notching a 3-pitch strikeout and inducing a 1-3 groundout. Unfortunately, Biloxi’s offense was downright pitiful through most of this one, putting the minimum number of men to the plate (21) through seven innings, though we must credit Montgomery’s terrific defense: A 1st inning walk by Sal Frelick was eliminated by being caught stealing A 5th inning Ashton McGee liner back to the pitcher enabled Felix Valerio (who’d singled) to be doubled up off of first base A 6th inning Cam Devanney liner to second base caught Brent Diaz (who’d walked) off of first base After solid 6th inning work by RHP Matt Hardy, the Biscuits ultimately grabbed a 2-0 lead with two doubles, a single and a sacrifice fly off of RHP Nash Walters in the 7th inning. However, with two outs in the top of the 8th inning, Biloxi responded, with McGee earning a full count walk and Brent Diaz pulling the first pitch he saw out to left field (his 3rd home runs of 2022) to knot the contest at 2-2. Diaz then threw out an attempted base stealer at 2nd base to send the game to extra innings, where McGee came through with a 2-out single to score Manfred’s ghost (Freddy Zamora) and give the Shuckers a 3-2 lead. However, the Biscuits’ opening hitter of the bottom of the 10th inning Evan Edwards gave his mother a nice memory, blasting a 1-2 pitch off of RHP JT Hintzen to score himself and Manfred’s ghost and give his squad 4-3 win and complete a 6-game sweep over Biloxi on the week. https://twitter.com/BiscuitBaseball/status/1523437862003220480?cxt=HHwWgICpob-qq6QqAAAA Performances of Note: Brent Diaz – 1-3, HR, BB, 2 RBIs Ashton McGee – 1-3, BB, RBI Felix Valerio – 1-3, BB Tyler Herb – 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 6 K Matt Hardy – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K Zach Vennaro – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K Arnaldo Hernandez – 1 IP,0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K JT Hintzen (Loss) – 0 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K Next week’s outlook: The 12-15 Shuckers come home to lick their wounds and face Birmingham (11-16). RHP Victor Castaneda (2.31 ERA, 1.11 WHIP in 23 1/3 innings) is the likely starter of the first game of the 6-game set. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 4, Norfolk 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Shutout Tides on Mother’s Day Only the heroics of Alex Hall could prevent OF Jonathan Davis from claiming one of the Game Balls on this Mother’s Day. As a leadoff hitter, the 29-year old Davis is problem for other teams, showing why he’s played in the majors in 4 consecutive seasons. While 40-man roster RHP Alec Bettinger made his 2022 debut, successfully working around 5 base runners (2 hits, 3 walks) through 3 innings, the pesky Davis kept creating opportunities for the Sounds: First inning infield single and stolen base, though stranded at 3rd base Second inning single, scoring on a Jon Singleton walk to follow-up Keston Hiura’s RBI hit-by-pitch and extend the Sound lead to 2-0 Sixth inning single, coming home on a Singleton base hit to left field. 3-0 Nashville Eighth inning walk, though stranded https://twitter.com/nashvillesounds/status/1523409308553125888?cxt=HHwWgICpvbusnqQqAAAA After OF David Dahl was scratched from the original Saturday line-up, it was great to see him back in right field on Sunday, with his 6th inning RBI single completing the scoring on this fine day. With Bettinger’s return, RHP Jason Alexander was bumped from starting but thankfully still got in his scheduled work, keeping zeros on the board from the 4th through the 8th innings to earn a deserved win. https://twitter.com/nashvillesounds/status/1523401764321787904?cxt=HHwWgIDUyar1mqQqAAAA While Keston Hiura continues to hit righties well, I’m sure that Brewers’ brass is hoping he can face some lefties in AAA. Unfortunately, his first inning strikeout was his only chance against a left-handed pitcher in this one, as he went 1-for-3 against righties the rest of the way. We should recognize the nice work by 3B Mark Mathias to help Alec Bettinger keep a clean sheet: https://twitter.com/nashvillesounds/status/1523388337590968321?cxt=HHwWgoCp0eXnlKQqAAAA Performances of Note: Jonathan Davis – 3-4, BB, SB David Dahl – 2-5, RBI Weston Wilson – 2-4 Jon Singleton – 1-3, 2 BB, 2 RBIs Keston Hiura – 1-4, HBP, RBI Brice Turang – 1-4, BB Brian Navarreto – 1-4, SB Alec Bettinger – 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 1 WP, 3 K Jason Alexander (Win) – 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K JC Mejia – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Next week’s outlook: Nashville (20-9) heads to Jacksonville (18-12) this week, aiming to keep the good times rolling. Veteran RHP Josh Lindblom (2.33 ERA, 0.96 WHIP in 27 innings) is the expected starting pitcher in the opening game. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Enjoy your travel day, young fellas! 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  5. Alex Hall delivered the game-winning single to snatch a Rattler victory from defeat. Jackson Chourio had a special day, as a Mudcat rally fell just short. The Sounds threw their 5th shutout of this young season. Biloxi gave it their all in another close loss. While the Sounds cruised to a comfortable Mother’s Day win, each of the Brewers’ other affiliates was left for dead late in their matchups: Carolina trailed 7-2 in the 8th inning Wisconsin had been out-hit 10 to 1 and was down 3-0 entering the bottom of the 9th inning Biloxi had 1 hit through 7 innings and was behind 2-0… …but each of those squads made their mothers proud by never giving up: Jackson Chourio homered to spark a 5-run Mudcat rally, though they eventually fell 9-7 The Timber Rattlers drew 5 walks, before Alex Hall’s 2-out, 2-run game-winning single Brent Diaz clobbered a tying 2-run blast, before the Shuckers lost in extra innings A few Game Balls on this special Sunday are reserved for the pitchers who kept throwing blanks to give their struggling offenses a chance (Tyler Herb, Jason Alexander, TJ Shook), while Jackson Chourio (4-for-4, 1st homer) was the star hitter of the day and Alex Hall was an offensive and defensive hero. Transactions: P Alec Bettinger was transferred to AAA Nashville’s Active Roster from the Development List Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Augusta 9, Carolina 7 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: Chourio Goes 4-for-4 with a Home Run in 9-7 Loss Opening the game by giving up a leadoff double and then a run-scoring throwing error by 3B Alberis Ferrer on a sacrifice bunt obviously discombobulated normally solid RHP Brannon Jordan, who then walked a batter and gave up two singles to quickly put Carolina down 3-0 at home. Jordan was reasonably solid from that point, while OF Jackson Chourio kept trying to inspire the offense: Singling but not scoring in the 1st inning Singling, stealing second and scoring on a DH Hendry Mendez single to cut the Augusta lead to 3-1 in the 3rd inning Doubling in OF Arbert Cipion in the 5th inning to claw the game back to 5-2 Homering to cut it to 7-3 and lead a 5-run rally in the 8th inning Walking to lead off the 9th inning and bring the potential tying run to the plate with nobody out https://twitter.com/CarolinaMudcats/status/1523370833464692736?cxt=HHwWgMDU3fXsjKQqAAAA After a Green Jacket infield hit and outfield hit chased Jordan to lead off the 5th inning, a steal of home and then a third Ferrer error pushed the deficit to 5-1. https://twitter.com/CarolinaMudcats/status/1523375915325353984?cxt=HHwWgMDTxdyUj6QqAAAA It felt like the game was likely over in the top of the 8th inning, when an infield single, walk and 2-out, opposite field triple off LHP Jakob Brustoski stretched the score to 7-2, but it only added to the drama. Starting with Chourio’s homer opposite field homer, the first 5 Mudcat hitters reached base in the bottom of the 8th inning, ultimately tying the game on 2B Zack Raabe’s first-pitch single to center to score OF Hedbert Perez. https://twitter.com/CarolinaMudcats/status/1523386691280531456?cxt=HHwWgMCr1fuHlKQqAAAA Unfortunately, RHP Brandon Ramey wasn’t able to keep it knotted up, as Augusta’s Stephen Paolini pulled a 1-out pitch out to right field to re-claim a lead which would hold up, forcing Carolina to split the 6-game series 3-3. MLB Pipeline thankfully put the Chourio highlights in one clip: https://twitter.com/MLBPipeline/status/1523414349338931200?cxt=HHwWgMCjofDRoKQqAAAA Performances of Note: Jackson Chourio – 4-4, HR, double, BB, 2 RBIs, SB Jesus Chirinos – 2-5 Hendry Mendez – 1-3, BB, RBI Hedbert Perez – 1-4, RBI Zack Raabe – 1-4, RBI Brannon Jordan – 4 IP, 5 R (3 ER), 6 H, 2 BB, 1 WP, 4 K Trevor Tietz – 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 WP, 2 K Junior Montero – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Brandon Ramey (Loss) – 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 0 K Next week’s outlook: The 14-13 Mudcats return travel to Fayetteville (9-18), with RHP Ryne Moore (unless Mr. Moore (2.57 ERA through 28 innings) is on a bus to Quad Cities to join the Timber Rattlers) likely to start the first game of the series. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 4, Fort Wayne 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Rattlers Do It Again! Wisconsin’s media team always does an amazing job, so please read their write-up and enjoy the video summary: https://twitter.com/TimberRattlers/status/1523427911323500546?cxt=HHwWhIDS9aTnpqQqAAAA Players and fans may have been forgiven in thinking this was simply not Wisconsin’s day, as they’d had more players caught stealing (2) than hits (1) through 8 innings. However, Manager Joe Ayrault has instilled some crazy confidence in these Timber Rattlers, who found another way to win, this time despite being down 3-0 and out-hit 10-1 entering the bottom of the 9th inning. RHP Max Lazar got the start, but was limited to just two innings (plus two leadoff walks in the 3rd inning) after pitching on Tuesday earlier in the week. Three TinCap 2nd inning hits put the Rattlers behind 2-0, which seemed likely to hold up against stellar Fort Wayne pitching. Thankfully, Wisconsin’s pitching and fielding kept them in the game, starting with RHP Tyler Gillies and C Alex Hall combining to eliminate that 2-on, nobody out 3rd inning threat: Strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out to catch the lead runner at 3rd base Another caught stealing, this time at 2nd base RHP TJ Shook came into the 2-0 game in the 4th inning, providing a near-certainty that the game would remain within reach: Two infield singles in the 5th inning didn’t faze Shook, who induced two ground-outs to exit that inning cleanly Shook responded to a 1-out, 7th inning double by striking out the next two batters However, a Fort Wayne run-scoring double off RHP Robbie Baker extended the TinCap lead to 3-0 in the 8th inning, which looked somewhat insurmountable after no Rattlers reached base in the bottom half of the inning. RHP James Meeker pitched around one single in the top of the 9th inning to give his mates one more chance. What a crazy finish: 5 walks and 2 strikeouts in the bottom of the 9th inning brought the Rattlers back to 3-2 with the bases loaded and 2 outs. That 5th walk was enough for the TinCap manager to call on a reliever to attempt to close it out. Likely counting on a first pitch strike, Hall received it and smacked the ball into right field to score Joe Gray Jr. and Tristan Peters with the game-winning runs. https://twitter.com/TimberRattlers/status/1523412705981345792?cxt=HHwWgMCtpZzyn6QqAAAA Performances of Note: Micah Bello – 1-3, BB, RBI Alex Hall – 1-4, 2 RBIs Ethan Murray – 0-1, 2 BB, 1 HBP Max Lazar – 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 K Tyler Gillies – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K TJ Shook – 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 5 K James Meeker (Win) – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 WP, 2 K Next week’s outlook: The 17-10 Timber Rattlers take the bus to Quad Cities (11-16), with LHP Brandon Knarr the expected Game One starter. Again, that’s unless the excellent Mr. Knarr (1.27 ERA through 28 1/3 innings) is heading to Mississippi on a promotion. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Montgomery 4, Biloxi 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Walk-Off Home Run In Tenth Leads to Sweep of Shuckers After those amazing Carolina and Wisconsin comebacks, it really seemed too much to ask or expect that Biloxi would do the same. I mean, in the midst of a 6-game losing streak, down 2-0 with 2 outs in the 8th inning after mustering only 1 hit to that point in a frustrating contest, one could not reasonably expect the team to pull itself off the mat. And yet, the Shuckers showed their resiliency, tying it up against the odds and even taking an extra-inning lead before succumbing to the 7th straight loss, this one of the walk-off variety. RHP Tyler Herb was once again fantastic, starting a second game of the week and throwing blanks for 5 straight innings. Herb dispatched the most dangerous threat after a walk and hit in the 5th inning by notching a 3-pitch strikeout and inducing a 1-3 groundout. Unfortunately, Biloxi’s offense was downright pitiful through most of this one, putting the minimum number of men to the plate (21) through seven innings, though we must credit Montgomery’s terrific defense: A 1st inning walk by Sal Frelick was eliminated by being caught stealing A 5th inning Ashton McGee liner back to the pitcher enabled Felix Valerio (who’d singled) to be doubled up off of first base A 6th inning Cam Devanney liner to second base caught Brent Diaz (who’d walked) off of first base After solid 6th inning work by RHP Matt Hardy, the Biscuits ultimately grabbed a 2-0 lead with two doubles, a single and a sacrifice fly off of RHP Nash Walters in the 7th inning. However, with two outs in the top of the 8th inning, Biloxi responded, with McGee earning a full count walk and Brent Diaz pulling the first pitch he saw out to left field (his 3rd home runs of 2022) to knot the contest at 2-2. Diaz then threw out an attempted base stealer at 2nd base to send the game to extra innings, where McGee came through with a 2-out single to score Manfred’s ghost (Freddy Zamora) and give the Shuckers a 3-2 lead. However, the Biscuits’ opening hitter of the bottom of the 10th inning Evan Edwards gave his mother a nice memory, blasting a 1-2 pitch off of RHP JT Hintzen to score himself and Manfred’s ghost and give his squad 4-3 win and complete a 6-game sweep over Biloxi on the week. https://twitter.com/BiscuitBaseball/status/1523437862003220480?cxt=HHwWgICpob-qq6QqAAAA Performances of Note: Brent Diaz – 1-3, HR, BB, 2 RBIs Ashton McGee – 1-3, BB, RBI Felix Valerio – 1-3, BB Tyler Herb – 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 6 K Matt Hardy – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K Zach Vennaro – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K Arnaldo Hernandez – 1 IP,0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K JT Hintzen (Loss) – 0 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K Next week’s outlook: The 12-15 Shuckers come home to lick their wounds and face Birmingham (11-16). RHP Victor Castaneda (2.31 ERA, 1.11 WHIP in 23 1/3 innings) is the likely starter of the first game of the 6-game set. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 4, Norfolk 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Shutout Tides on Mother’s Day Only the heroics of Alex Hall could prevent OF Jonathan Davis from claiming one of the Game Balls on this Mother’s Day. As a leadoff hitter, the 29-year old Davis is problem for other teams, showing why he’s played in the majors in 4 consecutive seasons. While 40-man roster RHP Alec Bettinger made his 2022 debut, successfully working around 5 base runners (2 hits, 3 walks) through 3 innings, the pesky Davis kept creating opportunities for the Sounds: First inning infield single and stolen base, though stranded at 3rd base Second inning single, scoring on a Jon Singleton walk to follow-up Keston Hiura’s RBI hit-by-pitch and extend the Sound lead to 2-0 Sixth inning single, coming home on a Singleton base hit to left field. 3-0 Nashville Eighth inning walk, though stranded https://twitter.com/nashvillesounds/status/1523409308553125888?cxt=HHwWgICpvbusnqQqAAAA After OF David Dahl was scratched from the original Saturday line-up, it was great to see him back in right field on Sunday, with his 6th inning RBI single completing the scoring on this fine day. With Bettinger’s return, RHP Jason Alexander was bumped from starting but thankfully still got in his scheduled work, keeping zeros on the board from the 4th through the 8th innings to earn a deserved win. https://twitter.com/nashvillesounds/status/1523401764321787904?cxt=HHwWgIDUyar1mqQqAAAA While Keston Hiura continues to hit righties well, I’m sure that Brewers’ brass is hoping he can face some lefties in AAA. Unfortunately, his first inning strikeout was his only chance against a left-handed pitcher in this one, as he went 1-for-3 against righties the rest of the way. We should recognize the nice work by 3B Mark Mathias to help Alec Bettinger keep a clean sheet: https://twitter.com/nashvillesounds/status/1523388337590968321?cxt=HHwWgoCp0eXnlKQqAAAA Performances of Note: Jonathan Davis – 3-4, BB, SB David Dahl – 2-5, RBI Weston Wilson – 2-4 Jon Singleton – 1-3, 2 BB, 2 RBIs Keston Hiura – 1-4, HBP, RBI Brice Turang – 1-4, BB Brian Navarreto – 1-4, SB Alec Bettinger – 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 1 WP, 3 K Jason Alexander (Win) – 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K JC Mejia – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Next week’s outlook: Nashville (20-9) heads to Jacksonville (18-12) this week, aiming to keep the good times rolling. Veteran RHP Josh Lindblom (2.33 ERA, 0.96 WHIP in 27 innings) is the expected starting pitcher in the opening game. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Enjoy your travel day, young fellas! 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  6. With Micah Bello cashing in on a fantastic start to his season, he packed his bags and headed north to Appleton. In his wake, we watched the much anticipated promotion and debut of Jackson Chourio back in Carolina. Rex Brothers was sent packing from Nashville and Moises Gomez filed his retirement papers. Oh, and there were games. Four of them. I tuned in live for the full performance of newly promoted Sal Frelick (playing in left field tonight) filling out the Biloxi outfield with absolute studs. All in all, Carolina and Wisconsin raked and put up a combined 23 runs while Biloxi and Nashville each coughed up late leads. Let's get to the report! Transactions: Sal Frelick officially promoted to Double-AA Biloxi , Micah Bello (OF) promoted to High-A Wisconsin, Jackson Chourio promoted to Low-A Carolina, RHP Moises Gomez (2021 Minor League FA signing) retired, LHP Rex Brothers released from Triple-A Nashville. *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 14 , Augusta (Braves) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Carolina's Offense Comes Alive in 14-1 Victory - Alberis Ferrer went 2-for-3 with Three Runs, Three RBI and a Two-Run Home Run Additionally, please read the player promotion press release from Zebulon here: Official words on the Bello and Chourio promotions For those of you unfamiliar with Jackson, here's a brief introduction: *** When you pull out a 14-1 victory, it's apropos to start it off with some highlights. Some of these hits are so tasty, you'll see them twice. For your viewing pleasure: With the much anticipated Jackson Chourio debut, our Mudcats brought their celebratory bats to the ballpark. This one was filled with performances throughout the line-up. Consider the following box score: That's a whole lot of numbers. And, the end result speaks for itself. It had to have felt cathartic to get 14 across after a hard-fought series split this past week at Down East. Further Notes: Eduardo Garcia continues his feast or famine approach. I, for one, am highly anticipating his inevitable promotion to High-A. How will the strikeouts translate at a higher level of pitching? Will he continue achieving this type of success when he makes contact? For now, I will quite simply patiently wait the evolution and discovery while celebrating his play. Enjoy this tantalizing Low-A dynamo. His glove work, as I've mentioned before, is really good with a cannon for an arm as well. What a debut for Jackson Chourio. Thrown into the proverbial mix as the three-hole hitter, this is a testament to how he is viewed within the organization. I really look forward to upcoming games and sharing the good news. Hats off to the fine pitching performances from Brannon Jordan, Brandon Ramey, and Junior Montero. The three hurlers combined for nine complete innings pitched with five hits, five walks, and seven punch outs. The sole run was unearned. This is the type of Low-A pitching performance that puts a smile on your face. The Mudcats won all six contests versus the GreenJackets last season and, with this victory, are now 7-0 overall in the all-time series. Can they make it 8-0 tomorrow? *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 9, Fort Wayne (Padres) 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Wisconsin Starts Fort Wayne Series with Shutout Win - Shook Strikes Out Seven Over Six Scoreless Innings for the Rattlers *** Let's start it out with a light-hearted interview with guitar-loving hurler, and tonight's starter, TJ Shook. TJ is off to a fantastic start in 2022 and he kept it going tonight (more to follow). It's always nice to get a sneak-peak at these prospects beyond the diamond: This game was partially about the break out six-run fifth inning that put the game out of reach. But, folks, this game is also about the development we're seeing from TJ Shook. Check out the YouTube highlight package below to see what I'm talking about: tailing, dipping, moving action. This is an exciting pitching prospect. On the young season: TJ has three games started and five appearances with a 2-1 overall record. Furthermore, he is dialing in a 1.05 era with a 0.82 WHIP while surrendering a paltry 0.140 batting average. High-A hitters are simply struggling to make contact on his stuff and he's struck out 34 (third overall in the league) while walking a mere 9 batters in 25 2/3 innings pitched. Tonights line: six complete innings, four hits, seven strikeouts with none across. Do you think he adjusted over the off-season? It sure as heck looks like it to me. What a fun surprise of the early 2022 season! Here's the full highlights package: And, please listen in from the team in your Timber Rattlers Post-Game Podcast: Here Further Notes: Zavier Warren continues his resurgence at the plate. He is on an incredible run of late - 4 multi-hit games in the current five-game hitting streak and doubles in all five contests. With Frelick's promotion, Wisconsin is going to need his continued presence. With Frelick no longer in the lead off spot, Tristan Peters received the nod tonight. Let's hope he can keep his fine young season going in all facets. He showed up with a walk and a run scored in inning one and had a key double in the six-run fifth inning. Joe Gray Jr. will now see quite a bit more action at his more natural defensive position in center field. Hopefully, this will translate to more comfort at the plate as well - a walk tonight and a one of three overall line with a run is momentum continuing Antonio Pinero with two balls struck at over 100 mph tonight including a well-hit home run smash over the wall in left field. It's nice to see Antonio experience success at the plate given we know he'll be solid in the field. Micah Bello, in his Timber Rattlers debut, hit a two-run double in the six run fifth. Congratulations, Micah! We're all hoping your hard work pays off in High-A. Tristan got the nod in the lead off spot tonight, however, it should be noted, manager Joe Ayrault is mixing the lead-off position for now (in post-game podcast) especially with the continued injuries keeping Black and Martinez on the proverbial shelf. I anticipate we'll see various players filling that role - unless, of course, Tristan gets red hot and shows he's a natural. You'll notice Shook and Lazar are a current pitching tandem for the Timber Rattlers. Tonight it was Shook with the starting nod but, when they last appeared, it was Lazar with the start and Shook out of the Pen. This will most likely continue throughout the season. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Montgomery (Rays) 3, Biloxi 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Biscuits Walk Off Shuckers in Series Opener - Wiemer Homers, Mitchell Drives in Run in Ninth *** It had the makings of a sneaky road victory in Montgomery. Garrett Mitchell had knocked in the suddenly heating up Freddy Zamora (lead off double) on a line drive single to center field. The Shuckers were hoping Lucas Erceg could hold on to the victory. Leading 2-1, the game was tied on an opposite field home run to left after three pitches with a fairly questionable 2-0 count. And, three singles later (the latter a game-ending line drive to deep left center with the outfield in) the game was over - Montgomery's first walk off victory of the season. And, with that, your Joey Wiemer moment of Zen (4th home run of the season): The Shuckers really had nothing doing offensively after Joey tied it up with the above solo shot - the bottom of the order continues to struggle mightily. However, with fantastic pitching through eight complete, they nearly grabbed victory from the jaws of a pitching duel: Further Viewing Notes: 30 year old Minor League journeyman, Tyler Herb, is dealing for the Shuckers right now. This is back-to-back fantastic outings. Facing a Montgomery line-up loaded with left-handed bats, he kept hitters off-balance all night with a fantastic slider and a timely changeup. It's a real shame he wasn't in line for a victory but, at present, he gives his team a shot every outing. You can't ask for more than that. Harold Chirino continued his fantastic work out of the bullpen for the Shuckers. He is a fun pitcher to watch as he is efficient, fast-working, and knows how to pound the zone and keep hitters off balance as he matures and fine-tunes his arsenal. Given his solid track record previous this promotion to Double-A, I would propose he deserves more chatter if this keeps up. After tonight's 1 1/3 innings of no hit, no run, three strikeout ball, Harold has 11 1/3 innings of one run, eight hits, four walks, and ten strikeouts on the season. He's holding batters to a 0.205 combined batting average with a mere 1.05 WHIP. He has been quite good and deserving of mention. It was awfully nice to see the continued comfort for Freddy Zamora at the plate tonight. You could see it early, as he missed a home run down the left field line by mere feet past the foul pole before hitting the crucial double in the ninth (2 of 4 overall on the evening). He also made two stellar defensive plays early - snagging a looping liner and sprinting deep into the outfield to slide and scoop a very odd carom off the left field wall preventing a runner from advancing to third. However, in 22 games we now have ten errors. A throwing error on a high chopper could have proven costly as it put a runner on with two down. The ensuing batter walked. You get the point. I really hope Lucas Erceg can develop some type of off-speed 'something' with staying power. When he's on, he can touch 98 maybe 99 on the gun. But, if he can't set that up or keep batters on their heels, he's going to have trouble like he did tonight. The Montgomery hitters were sitting and waiting for something over the heart of the plate. We've seen mixed results for the young hurler through 22 games. Tonight's blown save, his second blown save in three opportunities, had to hurt. Sal Frelick debuted 0-4 with a strikeout. He made some decent contact in a couple at bats, but all in all it was a quiet debut. Though the results weren't there, it was quite nice to see Felix Valerio back in the lineup. His timing appeared just a bit off but that has to be expected after a brief spell out of the line up. Here's to future hot streaks for Felix! The Shuckers are a more enjoyable watch when he's got the jersey on. I miss Abner Uribe. His injury is an early 2022 lowlight for me as he's one of my favorite pitching prospects in the entire system. Get well soon, Abner! *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Norfolk (Orioles) 7, Nashville 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Tides Rally to Stun Sounds in Series Opener - Nashville falls to 16-8 with Loss in Series Opener *** Nashville nearly grabbed a big league victory, but when you fail to score a run from the third inning onward you are leaving quite a bit of stress on your pitching staff. In uncharacteristic fashion, the late work of Jason Alexander and Peter Strzelecki gave away the lead for good in the top of the eighth inning. For a staff who have collectively pitched as strong as they have, we'll toss this one up to 'natural wear and tear'. It was a Jon Singleton OBP Party. <Deal With It Gif goes here> Jon became only the second Sounds player in 2022 to earn three walks in a single game. He also added a blooping hook single down the left field line and scored a run. Careful rounding first, big fella, they almost snuck a tag on you there! The Sounds went with Luis Perdomo as a bullpen opener today. Typical starter Jason Alexander took over in the fourth inning and, by the beginning of the 7th, Alexander had a mere 53 pitches with one down. The Sounds have so many ways they can pitch to you and we are seeing more Perdomo bullpen openers in the past few weeks. Unfortunately, it didn't work out late tonight but a poor result has been the exception to the rule through 24 games in Nashville. Brice Turang pulled out a hit late to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Congrats Brice, this is quite the tear you are on! For those counting at home, Brice is hitting .404 (19-for-47) with eight runs, five doubles, two home runs, ten RBI and five walks during the streak. Red hot! Hey a Zach Brown sighting! 1/3 inning pitched and now a fresh total of 4 1/3 innings pitched on the year. He relieved Perdomo in the third and got the fly out to Dahl in right field. Weston Wilson continues to do Weston Wilson things. One of three with two rbi's on the evening... ...and stellar glove work at third base. He and Jackson were a part of a fantastic throw out at third base as runners attempted to advance on an Alexander wild pitch. Jackson got an incredible bounce off the brick wall behind home plate but I still have no idea how he threw the runner out other than: Oh right, cannon for an arm. I swear, before he threw the ball, the runner was a mere 8-10 feet from third base. A truly beautiful bang-bang play. *** That's a wrap for our Tuesday slate of games here on May 3rd. Some wonderful results in the Low and High-A levels. Some frustrating tough losses at Double and Triple-A. Here's hoping for some fantastic baseball Wednesday. Take a look at what's in store - the Shuckers game in Montgomery begins at 11:00 AM Central should you choose to listen in to the Biloxi call in the office or elsewhere: Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  7. Transactions: Sal Frelick officially promoted to Double-AA Biloxi , Micah Bello (OF) promoted to High-A Wisconsin, Jackson Chourio promoted to Low-A Carolina, RHP Moises Gomez (2021 Minor League FA signing) retired, LHP Rex Brothers released from Triple-A Nashville. Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 14 , Augusta (Braves) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Carolina's Offense Comes Alive in 14-1 Victory - Alberis Ferrer went 2-for-3 with Three Runs, Three RBI and a Two-Run Home Run Additionally, please read the player promotion press release from Zebulon here: Official words on the Bello and Chourio promotions For those of you unfamiliar with Jackson, here's a brief introduction: When you pull out a 14-1 victory, it's apropos to start it off with some highlights. Some of these hits are so tasty, you'll see them twice. For your viewing pleasure: With the much anticipated Jackson Chourio debut, our Mudcats brought their celebratory bats to the ballpark. This one was filled with performances throughout the line-up. Consider the following box score: That's a whole lot of numbers. And, the end result speaks for itself. It had to have felt cathartic to get 14 across after a hard-fought series split this past week at Down East. Further Notes: Eduardo Garcia continues his feast or famine approach. I, for one, am highly anticipating his inevitable promotion to High-A. How will the strikeouts translate at a higher level of pitching? Will he continue achieving this type of success when he makes contact? For now, I will quite simply patiently wait the evolution and discovery while celebrating his play. Enjoy this tantalizing Low-A dynamo. His glove work, as I've mentioned before, is really good with a cannon for an arm as well. What a debut for Jackson Chourio. Thrown into the proverbial mix as the three-hole hitter, this is a testament to how he is viewed within the organization. I really look forward to upcoming games and sharing the good news. Hats off to the fine pitching performances from Brannon Jordan, Brandon Ramey, and Junior Montero. The three hurlers combined for nine complete innings pitched with five hits, five walks, and seven punch outs. The sole run was unearned. This is the type of Low-A pitching performance that puts a smile on your face. The Mudcats won all six contests versus the GreenJackets last season and, with this victory, are now 7-0 overall in the all-time series. Can they make it 8-0 tomorrow? Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 9, Fort Wayne (Padres) 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Wisconsin Starts Fort Wayne Series with Shutout Win - Shook Strikes Out Seven Over Six Scoreless Innings for the Rattlers Let's start it out with a light-hearted interview with guitar-loving hurler, and tonight's starter, TJ Shook. TJ is off to a fantastic start in 2022 and he kept it going tonight (more to follow). It's always nice to get a sneak-peak at these prospects beyond the diamond: This game was partially about the break out six-run fifth inning that put the game out of reach. But, folks, this game is also about the development we're seeing from TJ Shook. Check out the YouTube highlight package below to see what I'm talking about: tailing, dipping, moving action. This is an exciting pitching prospect. On the young season: TJ has three games started and five appearances with a 2-1 overall record. Furthermore, he is dialing in a 1.05 era with a 0.82 WHIP while surrendering a paltry 0.140 batting average. High-A hitters are simply struggling to make contact on his stuff and he's struck out 34 (third overall in the league) while walking a mere 9 batters in 25 2/3 innings pitched. Tonights line: six complete innings, four hits, seven strikeouts with none across. Do you think he adjusted over the off-season? It sure as heck looks like it to me. What a fun surprise of the early 2022 season! Here's the full highlights package: And, please listen in from the team in your Timber Rattlers Post-Game Podcast: Here Further Notes: Zavier Warren continues his resurgence at the plate. He is on an incredible run of late - 4 multi-hit games in the current five-game hitting streak and doubles in all five contests. With Frelick's promotion, Wisconsin is going to need his continued presence. With Frelick no longer in the lead off spot, Tristan Peters received the nod tonight. Let's hope he can keep his fine young season going in all facets. He showed up with a walk and a run scored in inning one and had a key double in the six-run fifth inning. Joe Gray Jr. will now see quite a bit more action at his more natural defensive position in center field. Hopefully, this will translate to more comfort at the plate as well - a walk tonight and a one of three overall line with a run is momentum continuing Antonio Pinero with two balls struck at over 100 mph tonight including a well-hit home run smash over the wall in left field. It's nice to see Antonio experience success at the plate given we know he'll be solid in the field. Micah Bello, in his Timber Rattlers debut, hit a two-run double in the six run fifth. Congratulations, Micah! We're all hoping your hard work pays off in High-A. Tristan got the nod in the lead off spot tonight, however, it should be noted, manager Joe Ayrault is mixing the lead-off position for now (in post-game podcast) especially with the continued injuries keeping Black and Martinez on the proverbial shelf. I anticipate we'll see various players filling that role - unless, of course, Tristan gets red hot and shows he's a natural. You'll notice Shook and Lazar are a current pitching tandem for the Timber Rattlers. Tonight it was Shook with the starting nod but, when they last appeared, it was Lazar with the start and Shook out of the Pen. This will most likely continue throughout the season. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Montgomery (Rays) 3, Biloxi 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Biscuits Walk Off Shuckers in Series Opener - Wiemer Homers, Mitchell Drives in Run in Ninth It had the makings of a sneaky road victory in Montgomery. Garrett Mitchell had knocked in the suddenly heating up Freddy Zamora (lead off double) on a line drive single to center field. The Shuckers were hoping Lucas Erceg could hold on to the victory. Leading 2-1, the game was tied on an opposite field home run to left after three pitches with a fairly questionable 2-0 count. And, three singles later (the latter a game-ending line drive to deep left center with the outfield in) the game was over - Montgomery's first walk off victory of the season. And, with that, your Joey Wiemer moment of Zen (4th home run of the season): The Shuckers really had nothing doing offensively after Joey tied it up with the above solo shot - the bottom of the order continues to struggle mightily. However, with fantastic pitching through eight complete, they nearly grabbed victory from the jaws of a pitching duel: Further Viewing Notes: 30 year old Minor League journeyman, Tyler Herb, is dealing for the Shuckers right now. This is back-to-back fantastic outings. Facing a Montgomery line-up loaded with left-handed bats, he kept hitters off-balance all night with a fantastic slider and a timely changeup. It's a real shame he wasn't in line for a victory but, at present, he gives his team a shot every outing. You can't ask for more than that. Harold Chirino continued his fantastic work out of the bullpen for the Shuckers. He is a fun pitcher to watch as he is efficient, fast-working, and knows how to pound the zone and keep hitters off balance as he matures and fine-tunes his arsenal. Given his solid track record previous this promotion to Double-A, I would propose he deserves more chatter if this keeps up. After tonight's 1 1/3 innings of no hit, no run, three strikeout ball, Harold has 11 1/3 innings of one run, eight hits, four walks, and ten strikeouts on the season. He's holding batters to a 0.205 combined batting average with a mere 1.05 WHIP. He has been quite good and deserving of mention. It was awfully nice to see the continued comfort for Freddy Zamora at the plate tonight. You could see it early, as he missed a home run down the left field line by mere feet past the foul pole before hitting the crucial double in the ninth (2 of 4 overall on the evening). He also made two stellar defensive plays early - snagging a looping liner and sprinting deep into the outfield to slide and scoop a very odd carom off the left field wall preventing a runner from advancing to third. However, in 22 games we now have ten errors. A throwing error on a high chopper could have proven costly as it put a runner on with two down. The ensuing batter walked. You get the point. I really hope Lucas Erceg can develop some type of off-speed 'something' with staying power. When he's on, he can touch 98 maybe 99 on the gun. But, if he can't set that up or keep batters on their heels, he's going to have trouble like he did tonight. The Montgomery hitters were sitting and waiting for something over the heart of the plate. We've seen mixed results for the young hurler through 22 games. Tonight's blown save, his second blown save in three opportunities, had to hurt. Sal Frelick debuted 0-4 with a strikeout. He made some decent contact in a couple at bats, but all in all it was a quiet debut. Though the results weren't there, it was quite nice to see Felix Valerio back in the lineup. His timing appeared just a bit off but that has to be expected after a brief spell out of the line up. Here's to future hot streaks for Felix! The Shuckers are a more enjoyable watch when he's got the jersey on. I miss Abner Uribe. His injury is an early 2022 lowlight for me as he's one of my favorite pitching prospects in the entire system. Get well soon, Abner! Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Norfolk (Orioles) 7, Nashville 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Tides Rally to Stun Sounds in Series Opener - Nashville falls to 16-8 with Loss in Series Opener Nashville nearly grabbed a big league victory, but when you fail to score a run from the third inning onward you are leaving quite a bit of stress on your pitching staff. In uncharacteristic fashion, the late work of Jason Alexander and Peter Strzelecki gave away the lead for good in the top of the eighth inning. For a staff who have collectively pitched as strong as they have, we'll toss this one up to 'natural wear and tear'. It was a Jon Singleton OBP Party. <Deal With It Gif goes here> Jon became only the second Sounds player in 2022 to earn three walks in a single game. He also added a blooping hook single down the left field line and scored a run. Careful rounding first, big fella, they almost snuck a tag on you there! The Sounds went with Luis Perdomo as a bullpen opener today. Typical starter Jason Alexander took over in the fourth inning and, by the beginning of the 7th, Alexander had a mere 53 pitches with one down. The Sounds have so many ways they can pitch to you and we are seeing more Perdomo bullpen openers in the past few weeks. Unfortunately, it didn't work out late tonight but a poor result has been the exception to the rule through 24 games in Nashville. Brice Turang pulled out a hit late to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Congrats Brice, this is quite the tear you are on! For those counting at home, Brice is hitting .404 (19-for-47) with eight runs, five doubles, two home runs, ten RBI and five walks during the streak. Red hot! Hey a Zach Brown sighting! 1/3 inning pitched and now a fresh total of 4 1/3 innings pitched on the year. He relieved Perdomo in the third and got the fly out to Dahl in right field. Weston Wilson continues to do Weston Wilson things. One of three with two rbi's on the evening... ...and stellar glove work at third base. He and Jackson were a part of a fantastic throw out at third base as runners attempted to advance on an Alexander wild pitch. Jackson got an incredible bounce off the brick wall behind home plate but I still have no idea how he threw the runner out other than: Oh right, cannon for an arm. I swear, before he threw the ball, the runner was a mere 8-10 feet from third base. A truly beautiful bang-bang play. That's a wrap for our Tuesday slate of games here on May 3rd. Some wonderful results in the Low and High-A levels. Some frustrating tough losses at Double and Triple-A. Here's hoping for some fantastic baseball Wednesday. Take a look at what's in store - the Shuckers game in Montgomery begins at 11:00 AM Central should you choose to listen in to the Biloxi call in the office or elsewhere: 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
  8. It was a busy week for the four Brewers affiliates. Nashville was in St. Paul and fought the rains over the weekend, but they were able to increase their lead in the division. Biloxi split their series against Pensacola and remains in first place. Wisconsin had a rough week, winning just one game, but their overall record remains strong. And the Mudcats didn't score many runs but found ways to keep winning. There were a couple of solid hitting performances individually, but several very strong pitching performances were in the Brewers' system. Several were considered for pitcher of the week, and really, you could do a coin flip to pick between the top two. The windy, circuitous route to pro baseball for this week's choice is fascinating, and his story should be told. TRANSACTIONS While no official transactions have been made on Monday, we hear that transactions are coming. RESULTS Last week’s Week in Review: Sounds, Shuckers Run to First Place Tuesday: Carolina Postponed and Tough Losses Across the Board Wednesday: Carolina Wins, a Couple Eerily Familiar Late Losses, and Biloxi Hangs On Thursday: Dominant Pitching Leads Affiliates to 3 Wins, 1 Close Loss on the Night Friday: Taking Note of a Broadcasting Workhorse Saturday: Good Times Up Top - Nashville’s 16-7, Big League Crew 15-7 Sunday: Garcia Leads a Classic Mudcat Comeback, Followed by Two Losses and a Rainout WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds Week: 3-2 at St. Paul Season: 16-7 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 1/2 game ahead of Columbus and 2 1/2 games ahead of Memphis. It was a weird week in St. Paul, but the Sounds were able to increase their lead in the division. After two tight losses to start the week, the Sounds good a win, and then the rains came. They started a game on Friday and finished it on Saturday, but the regularly scheduled game was suspended. Sunday’s game was simply postponed. Seven Sounds relievers threw a combined 8 2/3 innings with just one unearned run allowed. Josh Lindblom had a fantastic start. He gave up one run on two hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out eight Saints batters. Caleb Boushley gave up one run on four hits and a walk over five innings in his start. He struck out three batters. Ethan Small struck out seven over five innings of one-run ball. He gave up two hits, though he did walk four batters. Despite the rainy conditions, a couple of Sounds hitters had big weeks. Here are the highlights: Weston Wilson played in five games. He went 5-for-14 and hit .357/.500/.857 (1.357) with a double. He also had a two-home run game. He also walked four times and stole two bases. Brice Turang played in five games as well. He went 7-for-20, hitting .350/.435/.750 (1.185) with two doubles and two home runs. What’s Next? The Sounds return home to face Norfolk, who is 12-12 on the season. Pitching Probables (RHP Luis Perdomo, RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Caleb Boushley, LHP Ethan Small, RHP Dylan File, RHP Jason Alexander) Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 3-3 vs. Pensacola Season: 12-9 overall, 1st place in the Southern League South Division. They have a 2 1/2 game lead over Montgomery. The Shuckers split their home series against the Blue Wahoos. The series began with a loss. Then Shuckers pitchers tossed two consecutive shutouts before being shut out on Friday. Let’s start with the pitching because they were really good. Tyler Herb made one start and tossed six scoreless innings. He gave up three hits, walked none, and struck out eight batters. Victor Castaneda went 5 1/3 innings in his start. He gave up no runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out five batters. Zach Vennaro pitched three times and finished three games. He gave up just one hit and struck out two batters in 2 1/3 innings. Harold Chirino, Matt Hardy, Robbie Hitt, and Nash Walters each pitched twice without allowing a run. There were a few solid Shuckers' offensive performances, but just three of 13 batters hit over .200 for the week. Jakson Reetz played three games and went 3-for-9 (.333) with a double and a walk. (.944 OPS) Joey Wiemer played all six games; he went 6-for-22 and hit .273/.360/.545 (.905) with three doubles and a home run. Cam Devanney played in five games and went 4-for-13 (.308) with a walk and a home run. What’s Next? The Shuckers will be playing host to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Pitching Probables (RHP Tyler Herb, RHP Victor Castaneda, LHP Nick Bennett, RHP Carlos Luna, LHP Andy Otero, RHP Tyler Herb) High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 1-5 at Peoria Season: 12-9 overall, Tied for 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division with Peoria, 3.0 games behind Cedar Rapids. It was a rough week for the Timber Rattlers. They had a 6-2 win on Thursday, but they were outscored 19-39 over the other five games. There was one blowout, but the other losses were by three runs or less. Darrien Miller played in five games. He went 6-for-17, hitting .353/.500/.588 (1.089) with a double, a homer, and four walks. Zavier Warren went 7-for-22 over six games last week. He hit .318/.375/.500 (.875) with four doubles. Carlos Rodriguez hit .313/.400/.500 (.900) with a homer and three walks. Sal Frelick played all six games. He went 8-for-26, hitting .308/.357/.538 (.895) with a double, a triple, a homer, and two walks. It was a rough week for the starting pitchers, the whole Timber Rattles pitching staff. Except for one guy…. Lefty Brandon Knarr went six innings during his start. He gave up two hits and a walk but no runs, and he struck out seven batters. Max Lazar made a start and gave up only an unearned run over 3 1/3 innings. What’s Next? The TimberRattlers will be hosting Fort Wayne. Pitching Probables (RHP TJ Shook, LHP Brandon Knarr, LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Justin Jarvis, LHP Russell Smith, RHP TJ Shook) Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 4-2 at Down East Season: 11-10 overall, Tied for 2nd place with Lynchburg in the Carolina League North Division, 3.0 games behind Fredericksburg. It was a closely-contested series Down East last week. Over six games, the Mudcats outscored their opponent 26-24 thanks to their Sunday, 6-4 win. It was a slow week for the Mudcats' offense. Just one batter posted an OPS over .700. Eduardo Garcia played in five games. He went 8-for-21 and hit .381/.391/.714 (1.105) with two doubles, a triple, a homer, and eight RBI. The pitching wasn’t really strong either. Alexander Cornielle tossed five innings during his start. He gave up two unearned runs in five innings despite allowing four hits and walking five batters. Michele Vassalotti pitched twice. He gave up three runs (1 earned) over 4 2/3 innings. Ryan Moore gave up two runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out nine batters. Trevor Tietz pitched twice and recorded two saves. In two innings, he walked one and struck out three. No runs. No hits. What’s Next? The Mudcats will be back home to face Augusta for six games. Pitching Probables (RHP Brannon Jordan, RHP Ryne Moore, 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 (April 26 - May 1). #1 - LHP Aaron Ashby (Milwaukee) - 1 GS, 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 5 BB, 6 K (Season: 5 G, 2 GS, 17.0 IP, 8 R, 5 ER, 13 BB, 19 K, 0-2, 2.65 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 6.9 BB/9, 10.1 K/9) #2 - OF Joey Wiemer (Biloxi) - 6 G, 6-for-22 (.273), 3-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 9 K (Season: 21 G, 25-for-81, .309/.385/.519 (.903), 8-2B, 3-HR, 17 RBI, 9 BB, 26 K) #3 - OF Garrett Mitchell (Biloxi) - 6 G, 2-for-22 (.091), 3 BB, 9 K (Season: 21 G, 18-for-76, .237/.326/.368 (.694), 2-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 8 BB, 30 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) #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Nashville) - 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 7 K (Season: 5 GS, 23.1 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 9 H, 16 BB, 31 K, 2-0, 0.77 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 6.2 BB/9, 12.0 K/9) #6 - SS Brice Turang (Nashville) - 5 G, 7-for-20 (.350), 2-2B, 2-HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K (Season: 20 G, 26-for-83, .313/.380/.494 (.874), 7-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 14 RBI, 9 BB, 20 K) #7 - OF Hedbert Perez (Carolina) - 5 G, 5-for-19 (.263), 1-2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 10 K (Season: 17 G, 13-for-70, .186/.230/.314 (.544), 3-2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 3/3 SB, 4 BB, 28 K) #8 - C Jeferson Quero (Carolina) - 5 G, 3-for-23 (.130), 1 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 17 G, 18-for-70, .257/.290/.357 (.647), 5-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 10 RBI, 4 BB, 18 K) #9 - SS Freddy Zamora (Biloxi) - 5 G, 2-for-16 (.125), 1-HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 16 G, 11-for-58), .190/.250/.276 (.526), 2-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 17 K) #10 - 2B Tyler Black (Wisconsin) - (Season: 10 G, 10-for-33 (.303/.410/.394 (.804), 3-2B, 10 RBI, 5 BB, 3 K) #11 - 2B Felix Valerio (Biloxi) - 2 G, 1-for-7 (.143), 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (Season: 16 G, 16-for-56, .286/.368/.536 (.903), 3-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 12 RBI, 9 BB, 5 K) #12 - OF Jackson Chourio (Complex) - #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Nashville) - 4 G, 3-for-14 (.214), 2-2B, RBI, 2 BB, 3 K (Season: 16 G, 12-for-56, .214/.279/.286 (.564), 4-2B, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 17 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Milwaukee) - (Season: 1 G, 0-for-0, R, BB) #14 - LHP Antoine Kelly (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 3.0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 K (Season: 4 GS, 16.2 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 8 H, 13 BB, 23 K, 1-0, 3.24 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 7.0 BB/9, 12.4 K/9) #15 - OF Joe Gray, Jr. (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 3-for-25 (.120), 2-2B, 1 BB, 13 K (Season: 21 G, 12-for-76, .158/.247/.290 (.537), 5-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 6 RBI, 5/5 SB, 9 BB, 36 K) #16 - SS Eduardo Garcia (Carolina) - 5 G, 8-for-21 (.381), 2-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 8 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 19 G, 25-78, 321/.357/.500 (.857), 6-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 3 BB, 32 K) #17 - UTL Zavier Warren (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 7-for-22 (.318), 4-2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K (Season: 20 G, 18-for-72, .250/.317/.333 (.650), 6-2B, 5 RBI, 3/3 SB, 5 BB, 20 K) #18 - RHP Abner Uribe (Biloxi) - IL (out for season) #19 - OF Hendry Mendez (Carolina) - 5 G, 3-for-18 (.167), 2B, 2-RBI, 4 BB, 4 K (Season: 17 G, 13-for-58, .224/.384/.310 (.694), 2-2B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 15 BB, 16 K) #20 - LHP Russell Smith (Wisconsin) - 2 GS, 8.2 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 7 BB, 8 K (Season: 4 GS, 15.0 IP, 13 R, 11 ER, 16 H, 10 BB, 15 K, 0-1, 6.60 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, 6.0 BB/9, 9.0 K/9) PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Weston Wilson, Nashville Sounds Weston Wilson had a really strong week last week in St. Paul. He hit .357/500/.857 (1.357) in five games with a double and two homers. Both homers came in the same game on Thursday night at CHS Field. Wilson has been in the organization for quite a while. The 27-year-old Clemson alumnus was taken in the 17th round of the 2016 draft. He has progressed through the organization quite consistently. In 2017, he started in Low-A but spent the final four months of the season at High-A. In 2018, he played 105 games in Carolina before ending the season with a few weeks in Double-A Biloxi. He began the 2019 season with the Shuckers, where he hit 19 doubles and 19 homers in 127 games. Like others, he missed the 2020 season. When he returned in 2021, he played 70 games for Nashville. He hit .267/.354/.548 (.902) with 11 doubles and 16 homers. He also stole eight bases in 10 attempts. He struck out 23% of the time, which isn’t bad, but he also walked over 11.4%of his plate appearances. Wilson is big and strong with a lot of power. He’s also a good athlete and can play all over the diamond. He’s played eight games at third base, six at left field, and then at first base, second base, and right field. In 2021, he even played quite a bit at shortstop. Wilson is not currently on the Brewers' 40-man roster, but that could be possible sometime in 2022. Pitcher of the Week: LHP Brandon Knarr, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers If you want to tell me that Tyler Herb should have won this for the week, you aren’t going to get an argument from me. Tyler Herb – 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 8 K Brandon Knarr – 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 K They both went six innings and didn’t give up a run. They both had three base runners. Call it a tie? Maybe I should have. But after looking at each, I went with Brandon Knarr because if we had named a Brewer Fanatic Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month, it would have been Knarr. On the season, the 23-year-old has made four starts. He is 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP. In 22 1/3 innings, he walked six and struck out 27 batters. Knarr’s path to pro ball has taken many turns. The Pennsylvania native put up some crazy strikeout numbers at Eastern York High School. He went to Notre Dame as a freshman and pitched in 12 games. He transferred to the College of Central Florida and went 6-1 for head coach Marty Smith. In 65 2/3 innings, he had 86 strikeouts. From there, he went to the Division 2 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 fought to get this far in his career. He stands less than 6-0 tall. He isn’t a flamethrower, 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 always working to learn more about his craft. Feel free to discuss the Brewers' prospects and their affiliates in the COMMENTS below.
  9. The Brewers are in first place. Entering game action this week, the Triple-A Nashville Sounds and Double-A Biloxi Shuckers are also in first place. High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Low-A Carolina are currently in second place. The Brewers farm system is strong. Find out who performed well throughout the system over the past week. It was a busy week for the four Brewers affiliates. Nashville was in St. Paul and fought the rains over the weekend, but they were able to increase their lead in the division. Biloxi split their series against Pensacola and remains in first place. Wisconsin had a rough week, winning just one game, but their overall record remains strong. And the Mudcats didn't score many runs but found ways to keep winning. There were a couple of solid hitting performances individually, but several very strong pitching performances were in the Brewers' system. Several were considered for pitcher of the week, and really, you could do a coin flip to pick between the top two. The windy, circuitous route to pro baseball for this week's choice is fascinating, and his story should be told. TRANSACTIONS While no official transactions have been made on Monday, we hear that transactions are coming. RESULTS Last week’s Week in Review: Sounds, Shuckers Run to First Place Tuesday: Carolina Postponed and Tough Losses Across the Board Wednesday: Carolina Wins, a Couple Eerily Familiar Late Losses, and Biloxi Hangs On Thursday: Dominant Pitching Leads Affiliates to 3 Wins, 1 Close Loss on the Night Friday: Taking Note of a Broadcasting Workhorse Saturday: Good Times Up Top - Nashville’s 16-7, Big League Crew 15-7 Sunday: Garcia Leads a Classic Mudcat Comeback, Followed by Two Losses and a Rainout WEEK IN REVIEW Triple-A: Nashville Sounds Week: 3-2 at St. Paul Season: 16-7 overall, 1st place in the International League West. They are 1/2 game ahead of Columbus and 2 1/2 games ahead of Memphis. It was a weird week in St. Paul, but the Sounds were able to increase their lead in the division. After two tight losses to start the week, the Sounds good a win, and then the rains came. They started a game on Friday and finished it on Saturday, but the regularly scheduled game was suspended. Sunday’s game was simply postponed. Seven Sounds relievers threw a combined 8 2/3 innings with just one unearned run allowed. Josh Lindblom had a fantastic start. He gave up one run on two hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out eight Saints batters. Caleb Boushley gave up one run on four hits and a walk over five innings in his start. He struck out three batters. Ethan Small struck out seven over five innings of one-run ball. He gave up two hits, though he did walk four batters. Despite the rainy conditions, a couple of Sounds hitters had big weeks. Here are the highlights: Weston Wilson played in five games. He went 5-for-14 and hit .357/.500/.857 (1.357) with a double. He also had a two-home run game. He also walked four times and stole two bases. Brice Turang played in five games as well. He went 7-for-20, hitting .350/.435/.750 (1.185) with two doubles and two home runs. What’s Next? The Sounds return home to face Norfolk, who is 12-12 on the season. Pitching Probables (RHP Luis Perdomo, RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Caleb Boushley, LHP Ethan Small, RHP Dylan File, RHP Jason Alexander) Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers Week: 3-3 vs. Pensacola Season: 12-9 overall, 1st place in the Southern League South Division. They have a 2 1/2 game lead over Montgomery. The Shuckers split their home series against the Blue Wahoos. The series began with a loss. Then Shuckers pitchers tossed two consecutive shutouts before being shut out on Friday. Let’s start with the pitching because they were really good. Tyler Herb made one start and tossed six scoreless innings. He gave up three hits, walked none, and struck out eight batters. Victor Castaneda went 5 1/3 innings in his start. He gave up no runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out five batters. Zach Vennaro pitched three times and finished three games. He gave up just one hit and struck out two batters in 2 1/3 innings. Harold Chirino, Matt Hardy, Robbie Hitt, and Nash Walters each pitched twice without allowing a run. There were a few solid Shuckers' offensive performances, but just three of 13 batters hit over .200 for the week. Jakson Reetz played three games and went 3-for-9 (.333) with a double and a walk. (.944 OPS) Joey Wiemer played all six games; he went 6-for-22 and hit .273/.360/.545 (.905) with three doubles and a home run. Cam Devanney played in five games and went 4-for-13 (.308) with a walk and a home run. What’s Next? The Shuckers will be playing host to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Pitching Probables (RHP Tyler Herb, RHP Victor Castaneda, LHP Nick Bennett, RHP Carlos Luna, LHP Andy Otero, RHP Tyler Herb) High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Week: 1-5 at Peoria Season: 12-9 overall, Tied for 2nd place in the Midwest League West Division with Peoria, 3.0 games behind Cedar Rapids. It was a rough week for the Timber Rattlers. They had a 6-2 win on Thursday, but they were outscored 19-39 over the other five games. There was one blowout, but the other losses were by three runs or less. Darrien Miller played in five games. He went 6-for-17, hitting .353/.500/.588 (1.089) with a double, a homer, and four walks. Zavier Warren went 7-for-22 over six games last week. He hit .318/.375/.500 (.875) with four doubles. Carlos Rodriguez hit .313/.400/.500 (.900) with a homer and three walks. Sal Frelick played all six games. He went 8-for-26, hitting .308/.357/.538 (.895) with a double, a triple, a homer, and two walks. It was a rough week for the starting pitchers, the whole Timber Rattles pitching staff. Except for one guy…. Lefty Brandon Knarr went six innings during his start. He gave up two hits and a walk but no runs, and he struck out seven batters. Max Lazar made a start and gave up only an unearned run over 3 1/3 innings. What’s Next? The TimberRattlers will be hosting Fort Wayne. Pitching Probables (RHP TJ Shook, LHP Brandon Knarr, LHP Antoine Kelly, RHP Justin Jarvis, LHP Russell Smith, RHP TJ Shook) Low-A: Carolina Mudcats Week: 4-2 at Down East Season: 11-10 overall, Tied for 2nd place with Lynchburg in the Carolina League North Division, 3.0 games behind Fredericksburg. It was a closely-contested series Down East last week. Over six games, the Mudcats outscored their opponent 26-24 thanks to their Sunday, 6-4 win. It was a slow week for the Mudcats' offense. Just one batter posted an OPS over .700. Eduardo Garcia played in five games. He went 8-for-21 and hit .381/.391/.714 (1.105) with two doubles, a triple, a homer, and eight RBI. The pitching wasn’t really strong either. Alexander Cornielle tossed five innings during his start. He gave up two unearned runs in five innings despite allowing four hits and walking five batters. Michele Vassalotti pitched twice. He gave up three runs (1 earned) over 4 2/3 innings. Ryan Moore gave up two runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out nine batters. Trevor Tietz pitched twice and recorded two saves. In two innings, he walked one and struck out three. No runs. No hits. What’s Next? The Mudcats will be back home to face Augusta for six games. Pitching Probables (RHP Brannon Jordan, RHP Ryne Moore, 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 (April 26 - May 1). #1 - LHP Aaron Ashby (Milwaukee) - 1 GS, 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 5 BB, 6 K (Season: 5 G, 2 GS, 17.0 IP, 8 R, 5 ER, 13 BB, 19 K, 0-2, 2.65 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 6.9 BB/9, 10.1 K/9) #2 - OF Joey Wiemer (Biloxi) - 6 G, 6-for-22 (.273), 3-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 9 K (Season: 21 G, 25-for-81, .309/.385/.519 (.903), 8-2B, 3-HR, 17 RBI, 9 BB, 26 K) #3 - OF Garrett Mitchell (Biloxi) - 6 G, 2-for-22 (.091), 3 BB, 9 K (Season: 21 G, 18-for-76, .237/.326/.368 (.694), 2-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI, 8 BB, 30 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) #5 - LHP Ethan Small (Nashville) - 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 7 K (Season: 5 GS, 23.1 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 9 H, 16 BB, 31 K, 2-0, 0.77 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 6.2 BB/9, 12.0 K/9) #6 - SS Brice Turang (Nashville) - 5 G, 7-for-20 (.350), 2-2B, 2-HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K (Season: 20 G, 26-for-83, .313/.380/.494 (.874), 7-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 14 RBI, 9 BB, 20 K) #7 - OF Hedbert Perez (Carolina) - 5 G, 5-for-19 (.263), 1-2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 10 K (Season: 17 G, 13-for-70, .186/.230/.314 (.544), 3-2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 3/3 SB, 4 BB, 28 K) #8 - C Jeferson Quero (Carolina) - 5 G, 3-for-23 (.130), 1 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 17 G, 18-for-70, .257/.290/.357 (.647), 5-2B, 1-3B, 0-HR, 10 RBI, 4 BB, 18 K) #9 - SS Freddy Zamora (Biloxi) - 5 G, 2-for-16 (.125), 1-HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 16 G, 11-for-58), .190/.250/.276 (.526), 2-2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 17 K) #10 - 2B Tyler Black (Wisconsin) - (Season: 10 G, 10-for-33 (.303/.410/.394 (.804), 3-2B, 10 RBI, 5 BB, 3 K) #11 - 2B Felix Valerio (Biloxi) - 2 G, 1-for-7 (.143), 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (Season: 16 G, 16-for-56, .286/.368/.536 (.903), 3-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 12 RBI, 9 BB, 5 K) #12 - OF Jackson Chourio (Complex) - #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Nashville) - 4 G, 3-for-14 (.214), 2-2B, RBI, 2 BB, 3 K (Season: 16 G, 12-for-56, .214/.279/.286 (.564), 4-2B, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 17 K) #13 - C Mario Feliciano (Milwaukee) - (Season: 1 G, 0-for-0, R, BB) #14 - LHP Antoine Kelly (Wisconsin) - 1 GS, 3.0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 K (Season: 4 GS, 16.2 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 8 H, 13 BB, 23 K, 1-0, 3.24 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 7.0 BB/9, 12.4 K/9) #15 - OF Joe Gray, Jr. (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 3-for-25 (.120), 2-2B, 1 BB, 13 K (Season: 21 G, 12-for-76, .158/.247/.290 (.537), 5-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 6 RBI, 5/5 SB, 9 BB, 36 K) #16 - SS Eduardo Garcia (Carolina) - 5 G, 8-for-21 (.381), 2-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 8 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 19 G, 25-78, 321/.357/.500 (.857), 6-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 3 BB, 32 K) #17 - UTL Zavier Warren (Wisconsin) - 6 G, 7-for-22 (.318), 4-2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K (Season: 20 G, 18-for-72, .250/.317/.333 (.650), 6-2B, 5 RBI, 3/3 SB, 5 BB, 20 K) #18 - RHP Abner Uribe (Biloxi) - IL (out for season) #19 - OF Hendry Mendez (Carolina) - 5 G, 3-for-18 (.167), 2B, 2-RBI, 4 BB, 4 K (Season: 17 G, 13-for-58, .224/.384/.310 (.694), 2-2B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 15 BB, 16 K) #20 - LHP Russell Smith (Wisconsin) - 2 GS, 8.2 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 7 BB, 8 K (Season: 4 GS, 15.0 IP, 13 R, 11 ER, 16 H, 10 BB, 15 K, 0-1, 6.60 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, 6.0 BB/9, 9.0 K/9) PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Weston Wilson, Nashville Sounds Weston Wilson had a really strong week last week in St. Paul. He hit .357/500/.857 (1.357) in five games with a double and two homers. Both homers came in the same game on Thursday night at CHS Field. Wilson has been in the organization for quite a while. The 27-year-old Clemson alumnus was taken in the 17th round of the 2016 draft. He has progressed through the organization quite consistently. In 2017, he started in Low-A but spent the final four months of the season at High-A. In 2018, he played 105 games in Carolina before ending the season with a few weeks in Double-A Biloxi. He began the 2019 season with the Shuckers, where he hit 19 doubles and 19 homers in 127 games. Like others, he missed the 2020 season. When he returned in 2021, he played 70 games for Nashville. He hit .267/.354/.548 (.902) with 11 doubles and 16 homers. He also stole eight bases in 10 attempts. He struck out 23% of the time, which isn’t bad, but he also walked over 11.4%of his plate appearances. Wilson is big and strong with a lot of power. He’s also a good athlete and can play all over the diamond. He’s played eight games at third base, six at left field, and then at first base, second base, and right field. In 2021, he even played quite a bit at shortstop. Wilson is not currently on the Brewers' 40-man roster, but that could be possible sometime in 2022. Pitcher of the Week: LHP Brandon Knarr, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers If you want to tell me that Tyler Herb should have won this for the week, you aren’t going to get an argument from me. Tyler Herb – 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 8 K Brandon Knarr – 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 K They both went six innings and didn’t give up a run. They both had three base runners. Call it a tie? Maybe I should have. But after looking at each, I went with Brandon Knarr because if we had named a Brewer Fanatic Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month, it would have been Knarr. On the season, the 23-year-old has made four starts. He is 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP. In 22 1/3 innings, he walked six and struck out 27 batters. Knarr’s path to pro ball has taken many turns. The Pennsylvania native put up some crazy strikeout numbers at Eastern York High School. He went to Notre Dame as a freshman and pitched in 12 games. He transferred to the College of Central Florida and went 6-1 for head coach Marty Smith. In 65 2/3 innings, he had 86 strikeouts. From there, he went to the Division 2 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 fought to get this far in his career. He stands less than 6-0 tall. He isn’t a flamethrower, 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 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
  10. Transactions: None Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes - None for the Day Game Final: Carolina 8 , Down East (Rangers) 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review Skid Snapped as Mudcats Defeat Wood Ducks 8-6 - The Mudcats Snapped a Four-Game Losing Streak with a Daytime Victory in Kinston Full disclosure is in order for this series in Kinston: I'd love to give you honest reflections of these tilts but, the fact of the matter is, these are Box Score gleanings and considerations. So, without further ado, here's some quick thoughts: Eduardo Garcia is currently an all-or-nothing hitter at the Low-A level. Thankfully, he is hitting the ball well but when he isn't hitting he is striking out far too much. In 66 at bats on the season, he has 28 punch outs - that's roughly 45% worth of a whiff rate. As tantalizing as a prospect as he is, and I've opined before he has the whole set of tools to create a superstar tool kit, he has quite a bit of work to do. Currently, Garcia is only managing to see roughly 3.83 pitches per at bat. If we couple this with an unsustainable 0.545 BABIP, I would propose we apply the brakes somewhat and support more sustainable and foundational growth before we create unrealistic expectations. Perhaps, I'm simply talking to myself. Micah Bello continues his excellent play at the plate. This is a really nice season to date for Micah and a season that could see him earning a promotion by mid-summer if he can sustain a version of his current success. After today's 2-4 one rbi performance, Micah is batting 0.388 on the season with a 1.089 OPS. These aren't numbers fulfilled by one ridiculous hot streak - he has absolutely been hitting with regularity. Seven walks to 12 strikeouts in 48 at bats is what we want to see. I hope you're paying attention to your Low-A elder, Eduardo. Micah is showing plate discipline that could lift your game to new heights. A cursory glance at Brannon Jordan's outing for the Mudcats would indicate a typical Low-A start from a young pitcher: only 43 of 84 pitches for strikes, five walks, five strikeouts, but only one earned run. Hendry Mendez continues to show discipline at the plate well beyond his years. He is now sitting with 13 walks to 12 strikeouts on the young season. After today's 1-3 two walk offensive performance, Hendry is solidifying himself as a crucial piece to the Mudcats offense. I consider his young - in every facet of the word - season one of the highlights of 2022 for the Brewers organization. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Peoria (Cardinals) 5, Wisconsin 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Late Homers Beat Wisconsin - Rattlers Drop 5-2 Decision at Peoria Manager Joe Ayrault was tossed on 'Education Day' in Peoria with one down in inning number one. To all you kids at home: Stand up for what you believe in! My public service of the 2022 calendar year is completed. All joking aside, the play in question was a hard-hit liner down the first base line the camera crew failed to capture, so, hilariously, I have absolutely nothing to add to the argument. It's insights like these getting me the big bucks to write these reports, folks! Standing on the third base side, Joe clearly felt he had a perspective showing a different action than the view from home plate. Considering the state of umpiring I've witnessed at all levels of the Minor Leagues in the early 2022 season, I would gather Ayrault had a strong reason to voice his opinion. The Skipper was sent packing early and the team was left to rally and ultimately fall short. Further Viewing Notes: I don't know what was going on with the Peoria broadcast scoreboard feed to begin this game, but showcasing last night's score with no live pitch count adjustments was mildly confounding. I found myself continually migrating to the stale image from last night's game like a bug to a bright light. Hey Peoria: Where's the quality control?!? I already feel better. Thank you all for hearing my concerns. One thing is true in the current state of affairs in the Brewers lower levels (High-A through Double-A): You never really know where the throw from shortstop is going to end up. It's quite a theme in this early season. The first inning throwing error from shortstop Antonio Pinero was no different than the numerous poor throws I've seen from Freddy Zamora in Biloxi. Let's hope this changes as the season progresses. Sal Frelick showcased his arm and accuracy when he threw out a runner at home in the bottom of the second inning. A nice tag by Wes Clarke sealed the deal. It was a nice play all around and it obviously saved a run. Darrien Miller is a fine prospect and has a bright future ahead of him. I would share, however, what I observe in his approach at the plate at present is a need to flatten his swing. I see far too many swings with an upward lift or loss of a level plane for his bat, if makes sense. It is something I will be tracking as the season progresses. I do think this will need to evolve as he evolves as a player. TJ Shook relieved Max Lazar in the bottom of the fourth inning and pitched four innings of 2 run ball. Shook was cruising with two down in the same fourth inning when he walked four batters allowing a run. This happens in a hurry in the lower levels and it was nice to see the young hurler get his way out of the jam. He pitched into the early eighth when a single ended his outing. The aforementioned Frelick continues to show MLB potential at the plate. There is a distinct reason why Frelick is a top Brewers prospect and you see it in nearly every game he plays for the Timber Rattlers. Sal ended his day three for four at the plate with a run and an rbi. I am pining to see Frelick's bat with a Wiemer, Mitchell, and a Valerio. That is some potency and skill waiting to join forces. Check out this beautiful swing on an opposite field home run for the lefty: Wisconsin has now dropped three straight joining Nashville in the 'tough loss and tough losing streak' unofficial department. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Pensacola (Marlins) , Biloxi Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Triple-H Hurlers Spin Shutout for Shuckers - Wiemer's Third Blast Holds Up for Biloxi Tyler Herb was absolutely dealing on the mound tonight. A nice mix of heat effectively rubbing the outside of the plate with a very nice mix of breaking balls and curves and he was cruising through six full innings of three hit eight strikeout ball. Herb has been a steady presence in the Biloxi pitching staff this entire season offering the poise and presence of a well-tenured Minor League hurler. I have appreciated every outing of his I've seen and tonight was no different. Further Viewing Notes: TJ Hintzen escaped a no out lead-off double and an untimely and really poor error from Thomas Dillard on a ball hit directly to him managing to preserve the 2-0 lead. Hats off to TJ (two innings pitched of one hit four strikeout ball), avoiding damage at the hands of yet another Biloxi error. Fielding continues to be a major problem in Biloxi: In the 17 games played to date, Biloxi has been errorless in a mere three games. Yikes. Just like that, with a little call-out in last night's report (but a salute as well), Ashton McGee has a three-game hit streak. Let's hope the young man can continue his slight uptick in productivity. He did manage to strikeout twice but we're looking for progress and I see it. Thomas Dillard was incapable of hauling in a very sharply hit liner to start inning number five allowing the Blue Wahoo's second runner of the game. If you asked Thomas in the dugout tunnel, I'd imagine he'd tell you he should have had the grab though it certainly wasn't what you'd label a routine play. However, after seeing Thomas fail to corral the fairly routine eighth inning grounder mentioned above, I'm unsure what routine means for Mr. Dillard at present. Shout out to former Brewers organizational prospect Luis Aviles Jr. who went 2-2 off of the otherwise un-hittable Tyler Herb. He paired this fine evening with last night's success at the plate. It's always nice to see those former Brewers achieve some success elsewhere. The word from Garrett Greene tonight on Luis Urias' rehab stint is the plan for Luis is to get through as many at bats in these Minor League games as the Brewers batters got in their shortened spring training. Whether or not all these at bats all happen with Biloxi or some happen with Nashville is unknown. However, what is true is Luis won't be down in the Minor Leagues for much longer. As a Shucker viewer, this means I won't get his steadying presence at the top of the batting order: Joey Wiemer hit an absolute 'no doubter' bomb over the wall in left field on a hanging slider over the heart of the plate on an 0-2 count. It was a two run jack and the only runs for Biloxi the entire evening and it was a message sent on a mistake pitch. With two runners aboard, later in the contest, Joey missed another shot to left field by about an inch on the barrel - he was slightly in front of the pitch and a tick under it and was ultimately corralled at the edge of the warning track. I am an unabashed 'Wiemer Dreamer'. Enjoy your moment of Zen: The Shuckers entered the bottom of the sixth inning set to face lefty Josh Simpson. On the season, the Shuckers were batting 0.211 as a team versus left-handed pitching. They proceeded to strike out twice and fly out. Facing two more lefties to close the contest, the Shuckers finished the night one of nine at the plate versus southpaws. Is Felix Valerio in a mini slump? Not really. But, it certainly is rare to see Felix fail to reach base two consecutive evenings in a row. This being said, Felix did manage to rope a well hit ball into right field but the adept fielding and throw by the strong-armed Jerar Encarnacion gunned him down trying to stretch to second base. Encarnacion has a cannon of an arm and he is a surprisingly solid fielder - an enjoyable Double-A prospect. Garrett Mitchell with an absolute web gem to grab out number one in the top of the ninth: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: St. Paul (Twins) 3, Nashville 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Fall to St. Paul in Extra Innings - Missed Opportunities Prove Costly as Nashville Drops Back-to-Back Games Firstly, a nice piece on the rise of Nashville's home field attendance: There's a Reason We All Believe Nashville Will Get a Big Club. Next, you can also read the perspective of 'the other side' as our brother site, Twins Daily, also covered the Sounds/Saints game. I mentioned it yesterday and I'll mention it again today: if you are looking for AAAA-level pitching, tune into this series. There are Ace performances happening up and down both lineups on the mound. A rough sequence by the home plate umpire more than likely 'stole' one run from the Sounds on questionable strikes. In the ensuing half of the inning, during the Saints turn at the plate, the same ump blew a call at home plate in a bang bang play. Nobody is perfect and there is no replay in the Minor League system. What's more? There are no asterisks in any win/loss column. This will go down as a loss. I would argue, the game 'should' have been 2-1 Sounds with a chance at victory heading into the bottom of the ninth. Apparently, I'm not the only one: Further Viewing Notes: Jon Singleton continues to struggle at the plate. He made decent contact on two balls today and was not rewarded and that is definitely how the ball plays from time-to-time in baseball. However, he also came to the plate with the bases juiced and zero outs in the top of inning 10. He has to make contact in these situations - especially when he is facing a RHP - and, given his role on the team, he knows this. Unfortunately, in today's game, he did not. He swung for his second punch out on the afternoon and he will look back at this chance as a big missed opportunity to turn his offensive game around. The Sounds as a whole are hitting to a tune of 0.271 with RISP. Whereas, as a whole, they are hitting to a 0.246 batting average. Timely hitting and pitching has been their calling card in this early season. Let me exemplify this: With the score 1-1 in the top of the fifth inning, with the highly effective LHP Smeltzer having retired seven straight, David Dahl opened the inning with a walk. Weston Wilson followed with a single to right field and it was runners on first and second base with zero outs. Former Minnesota Twins farmhand (C) Brian Navarrato came to the plate and ripped a single to center field. Just like that it was a 1-1 ball game. Timely and situational hitting in real time. Tyler White took third base today for only the second time since 2018. Obviously, he isn't going to wow anyone with his lateral explosiveness, but, he did make several effective plays scooping slow or tricky grounders while calmly throwing the runner out at first base. Pablo Reyes had a day in left field I surmise he would like to forget. He made an unforced error on a fairly routine fly out that put a runner on second base with two down and, in general, he looked to be moving with less urgency than I am used to seeing. I expect better days ahead. And, for those of you tracking at home, the E-7 by Reyes ended the Sounds errorless streak at 101 innings. St. Paul's Drew Strotman continues to struggle locating his pitches in his ongoing transition to a relief role for the Saints. Some of you may recall, Drew was one of four players received by the Twins in the 2021 trade of Nelson Cruz to the Rays. Strotman was responsible for the bases loaded run giving the Sounds a brief lead in the late innings - a run sent home by yet another free pass. Drew owes a couple cold ones to Tyler Bashlor. Tyler inherited the bases loaded and one out jam. He proceeded to induce two punch outs of two extremely hot hitters in Brice Turang and Tyler White. Yennier Cano escaped trouble in the 10th but I found him to be quite a formidable reliever for the Saints. I would not be surprised in the least to see him get a call-up to Minneapolis some time this season. His stuff has lots of in-breaking and out-breaking movement and he touches 95-97 on the radar gun. In closing: That's a wrap for my early Minor League reports. Please check what's on the docket for tomorrow's games and stay tuned and current with the upcoming fine work of @damuelleand @Mass Haas. 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. Baseball is a game of situational demand: you either meet the moment in a timely and skillful fashion, or you do not. In some games, you earn multiple opportunities to meet that moment, and in other games, you receive but one or two. The Sounds left the bases loaded in the seventh and tenth innings and suffered for it; Wisconsin came back to tie their game in the eighth inning but relinquished this tie in the following half of the same inning. All was not lost, metaphorically speaking, organizationally - Carolina fought their way back into the victory column, and Biloxi held on by the strength of pitching and a two-run bomb by Joey Wiemer. Let's get into the recaps! Transactions: None Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes - None for the Day Game Final: Carolina 8 , Down East (Rangers) 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review Skid Snapped as Mudcats Defeat Wood Ducks 8-6 - The Mudcats Snapped a Four-Game Losing Streak with a Daytime Victory in Kinston Full disclosure is in order for this series in Kinston: I'd love to give you honest reflections of these tilts but, the fact of the matter is, these are Box Score gleanings and considerations. So, without further ado, here's some quick thoughts: Eduardo Garcia is currently an all-or-nothing hitter at the Low-A level. Thankfully, he is hitting the ball well but when he isn't hitting he is striking out far too much. In 66 at bats on the season, he has 28 punch outs - that's roughly 45% worth of a whiff rate. As tantalizing as a prospect as he is, and I've opined before he has the whole set of tools to create a superstar tool kit, he has quite a bit of work to do. Currently, Garcia is only managing to see roughly 3.83 pitches per at bat. If we couple this with an unsustainable 0.545 BABIP, I would propose we apply the brakes somewhat and support more sustainable and foundational growth before we create unrealistic expectations. Perhaps, I'm simply talking to myself. Micah Bello continues his excellent play at the plate. This is a really nice season to date for Micah and a season that could see him earning a promotion by mid-summer if he can sustain a version of his current success. After today's 2-4 one rbi performance, Micah is batting 0.388 on the season with a 1.089 OPS. These aren't numbers fulfilled by one ridiculous hot streak - he has absolutely been hitting with regularity. Seven walks to 12 strikeouts in 48 at bats is what we want to see. I hope you're paying attention to your Low-A elder, Eduardo. Micah is showing plate discipline that could lift your game to new heights. A cursory glance at Brannon Jordan's outing for the Mudcats would indicate a typical Low-A start from a young pitcher: only 43 of 84 pitches for strikes, five walks, five strikeouts, but only one earned run. Hendry Mendez continues to show discipline at the plate well beyond his years. He is now sitting with 13 walks to 12 strikeouts on the young season. After today's 1-3 two walk offensive performance, Hendry is solidifying himself as a crucial piece to the Mudcats offense. I consider his young - in every facet of the word - season one of the highlights of 2022 for the Brewers organization. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Peoria (Cardinals) 5, Wisconsin 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Late Homers Beat Wisconsin - Rattlers Drop 5-2 Decision at Peoria Manager Joe Ayrault was tossed on 'Education Day' in Peoria with one down in inning number one. To all you kids at home: Stand up for what you believe in! My public service of the 2022 calendar year is completed. All joking aside, the play in question was a hard-hit liner down the first base line the camera crew failed to capture, so, hilariously, I have absolutely nothing to add to the argument. It's insights like these getting me the big bucks to write these reports, folks! Standing on the third base side, Joe clearly felt he had a perspective showing a different action than the view from home plate. Considering the state of umpiring I've witnessed at all levels of the Minor Leagues in the early 2022 season, I would gather Ayrault had a strong reason to voice his opinion. The Skipper was sent packing early and the team was left to rally and ultimately fall short. Further Viewing Notes: I don't know what was going on with the Peoria broadcast scoreboard feed to begin this game, but showcasing last night's score with no live pitch count adjustments was mildly confounding. I found myself continually migrating to the stale image from last night's game like a bug to a bright light. Hey Peoria: Where's the quality control?!? I already feel better. Thank you all for hearing my concerns. One thing is true in the current state of affairs in the Brewers lower levels (High-A through Double-A): You never really know where the throw from shortstop is going to end up. It's quite a theme in this early season. The first inning throwing error from shortstop Antonio Pinero was no different than the numerous poor throws I've seen from Freddy Zamora in Biloxi. Let's hope this changes as the season progresses. Sal Frelick showcased his arm and accuracy when he threw out a runner at home in the bottom of the second inning. A nice tag by Wes Clarke sealed the deal. It was a nice play all around and it obviously saved a run. Darrien Miller is a fine prospect and has a bright future ahead of him. I would share, however, what I observe in his approach at the plate at present is a need to flatten his swing. I see far too many swings with an upward lift or loss of a level plane for his bat, if makes sense. It is something I will be tracking as the season progresses. I do think this will need to evolve as he evolves as a player. TJ Shook relieved Max Lazar in the bottom of the fourth inning and pitched four innings of 2 run ball. Shook was cruising with two down in the same fourth inning when he walked four batters allowing a run. This happens in a hurry in the lower levels and it was nice to see the young hurler get his way out of the jam. He pitched into the early eighth when a single ended his outing. The aforementioned Frelick continues to show MLB potential at the plate. There is a distinct reason why Frelick is a top Brewers prospect and you see it in nearly every game he plays for the Timber Rattlers. Sal ended his day three for four at the plate with a run and an rbi. I am pining to see Frelick's bat with a Wiemer, Mitchell, and a Valerio. That is some potency and skill waiting to join forces. Check out this beautiful swing on an opposite field home run for the lefty: Wisconsin has now dropped three straight joining Nashville in the 'tough loss and tough losing streak' unofficial department. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Pensacola (Marlins) , Biloxi Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Triple-H Hurlers Spin Shutout for Shuckers - Wiemer's Third Blast Holds Up for Biloxi Tyler Herb was absolutely dealing on the mound tonight. A nice mix of heat effectively rubbing the outside of the plate with a very nice mix of breaking balls and curves and he was cruising through six full innings of three hit eight strikeout ball. Herb has been a steady presence in the Biloxi pitching staff this entire season offering the poise and presence of a well-tenured Minor League hurler. I have appreciated every outing of his I've seen and tonight was no different. Further Viewing Notes: TJ Hintzen escaped a no out lead-off double and an untimely and really poor error from Thomas Dillard on a ball hit directly to him managing to preserve the 2-0 lead. Hats off to TJ (two innings pitched of one hit four strikeout ball), avoiding damage at the hands of yet another Biloxi error. Fielding continues to be a major problem in Biloxi: In the 17 games played to date, Biloxi has been errorless in a mere three games. Yikes. Just like that, with a little call-out in last night's report (but a salute as well), Ashton McGee has a three-game hit streak. Let's hope the young man can continue his slight uptick in productivity. He did manage to strikeout twice but we're looking for progress and I see it. Thomas Dillard was incapable of hauling in a very sharply hit liner to start inning number five allowing the Blue Wahoo's second runner of the game. If you asked Thomas in the dugout tunnel, I'd imagine he'd tell you he should have had the grab though it certainly wasn't what you'd label a routine play. However, after seeing Thomas fail to corral the fairly routine eighth inning grounder mentioned above, I'm unsure what routine means for Mr. Dillard at present. Shout out to former Brewers organizational prospect Luis Aviles Jr. who went 2-2 off of the otherwise un-hittable Tyler Herb. He paired this fine evening with last night's success at the plate. It's always nice to see those former Brewers achieve some success elsewhere. The word from Garrett Greene tonight on Luis Urias' rehab stint is the plan for Luis is to get through as many at bats in these Minor League games as the Brewers batters got in their shortened spring training. Whether or not all these at bats all happen with Biloxi or some happen with Nashville is unknown. However, what is true is Luis won't be down in the Minor Leagues for much longer. As a Shucker viewer, this means I won't get his steadying presence at the top of the batting order: Joey Wiemer hit an absolute 'no doubter' bomb over the wall in left field on a hanging slider over the heart of the plate on an 0-2 count. It was a two run jack and the only runs for Biloxi the entire evening and it was a message sent on a mistake pitch. With two runners aboard, later in the contest, Joey missed another shot to left field by about an inch on the barrel - he was slightly in front of the pitch and a tick under it and was ultimately corralled at the edge of the warning track. I am an unabashed 'Wiemer Dreamer'. Enjoy your moment of Zen: The Shuckers entered the bottom of the sixth inning set to face lefty Josh Simpson. On the season, the Shuckers were batting 0.211 as a team versus left-handed pitching. They proceeded to strike out twice and fly out. Facing two more lefties to close the contest, the Shuckers finished the night one of nine at the plate versus southpaws. Is Felix Valerio in a mini slump? Not really. But, it certainly is rare to see Felix fail to reach base two consecutive evenings in a row. This being said, Felix did manage to rope a well hit ball into right field but the adept fielding and throw by the strong-armed Jerar Encarnacion gunned him down trying to stretch to second base. Encarnacion has a cannon of an arm and he is a surprisingly solid fielder - an enjoyable Double-A prospect. Garrett Mitchell with an absolute web gem to grab out number one in the top of the ninth: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: St. Paul (Twins) 3, Nashville 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Fall to St. Paul in Extra Innings - Missed Opportunities Prove Costly as Nashville Drops Back-to-Back Games Firstly, a nice piece on the rise of Nashville's home field attendance: There's a Reason We All Believe Nashville Will Get a Big Club. Next, you can also read the perspective of 'the other side' as our brother site, Twins Daily, also covered the Sounds/Saints game. I mentioned it yesterday and I'll mention it again today: if you are looking for AAAA-level pitching, tune into this series. There are Ace performances happening up and down both lineups on the mound. A rough sequence by the home plate umpire more than likely 'stole' one run from the Sounds on questionable strikes. In the ensuing half of the inning, during the Saints turn at the plate, the same ump blew a call at home plate in a bang bang play. Nobody is perfect and there is no replay in the Minor League system. What's more? There are no asterisks in any win/loss column. This will go down as a loss. I would argue, the game 'should' have been 2-1 Sounds with a chance at victory heading into the bottom of the ninth. Apparently, I'm not the only one: Further Viewing Notes: Jon Singleton continues to struggle at the plate. He made decent contact on two balls today and was not rewarded and that is definitely how the ball plays from time-to-time in baseball. However, he also came to the plate with the bases juiced and zero outs in the top of inning 10. He has to make contact in these situations - especially when he is facing a RHP - and, given his role on the team, he knows this. Unfortunately, in today's game, he did not. He swung for his second punch out on the afternoon and he will look back at this chance as a big missed opportunity to turn his offensive game around. The Sounds as a whole are hitting to a tune of 0.271 with RISP. Whereas, as a whole, they are hitting to a 0.246 batting average. Timely hitting and pitching has been their calling card in this early season. Let me exemplify this: With the score 1-1 in the top of the fifth inning, with the highly effective LHP Smeltzer having retired seven straight, David Dahl opened the inning with a walk. Weston Wilson followed with a single to right field and it was runners on first and second base with zero outs. Former Minnesota Twins farmhand (C) Brian Navarrato came to the plate and ripped a single to center field. Just like that it was a 1-1 ball game. Timely and situational hitting in real time. Tyler White took third base today for only the second time since 2018. Obviously, he isn't going to wow anyone with his lateral explosiveness, but, he did make several effective plays scooping slow or tricky grounders while calmly throwing the runner out at first base. Pablo Reyes had a day in left field I surmise he would like to forget. He made an unforced error on a fairly routine fly out that put a runner on second base with two down and, in general, he looked to be moving with less urgency than I am used to seeing. I expect better days ahead. And, for those of you tracking at home, the E-7 by Reyes ended the Sounds errorless streak at 101 innings. St. Paul's Drew Strotman continues to struggle locating his pitches in his ongoing transition to a relief role for the Saints. Some of you may recall, Drew was one of four players received by the Twins in the 2021 trade of Nelson Cruz to the Rays. Strotman was responsible for the bases loaded run giving the Sounds a brief lead in the late innings - a run sent home by yet another free pass. Drew owes a couple cold ones to Tyler Bashlor. Tyler inherited the bases loaded and one out jam. He proceeded to induce two punch outs of two extremely hot hitters in Brice Turang and Tyler White. Yennier Cano escaped trouble in the 10th but I found him to be quite a formidable reliever for the Saints. I would not be surprised in the least to see him get a call-up to Minneapolis some time this season. His stuff has lots of in-breaking and out-breaking movement and he touches 95-97 on the radar gun. In closing: That's a wrap for my early Minor League reports. Please check what's on the docket for tomorrow's games and stay tuned and current with the upcoming fine work of @damuelleand @Mass Haas. 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
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