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  1. As you'll read below, some of the 20 players looking at MiLB free agency this fall had already extended their Brewer tenures beyond that initial commitment. From a team perspective, the obvious way of keeping a player from walking away is to add him to the 40-man roster. Milwaukee did just this with Tyrone Taylor in October of 2018. The lone candidate among the players listed seems on the surface to be now-power reliever Lucas Erceg, but whether that ends up happening remains to be seen. In approximately ten days from now, I will release a similarly profiled piece on those players who qualify for consideration to be added to the Milwaukee 40-man roster in order to prevent another organization from plucking them away in the rule 5 draft in December, so be on the lookout for that. It may prove helpful if you bookmark this page for future access when needed. Listed alphabetically, current affiliate noted: Robbie Baker, RHP, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, age 27 Baker falls under the category of surprise minor league free agent qualifier as he only signed his initial pro contract in June 2018, when the Boston Red Sox made him a non-drafted free agent signing out of the University of Richmond. When the Red Sox released Baker as a victim of 2020 Covid roster-paring in May of that year, it effectively ended any seven-year hold that original contract had. When the Brewers signed Baker in August 2021 and assigned him to Carolina, they were not able to assume the seven-year control of the Boston contract. Instead, Baker signed for the remainder of 2021 and 2022. Clearly, Baker is much older than his competition, but he's in the midst of a near-perfect August, with only one baserunner reaching against him in four outings covering 9.1 innings (an HBP). The Brewers may choose to approach Baker to extend through 2023, one might think. Zack Brown, RHP, Nashville Sounds, age 27 It's a bit hard to believe that Brown, the Brewers 5th round pick out of the University of Kentucky in 2016 and Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2018, has yet to make his MLB debut, never mind be added to the 40-man roster. Brown did receive invites to big league spring training from 2019-2021 and was an alternate site participant in 2020. Brown, now strictly a reliever. is the owner of a 3.16 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with Nashville this summer, yet he has been bypassed by others, including those previously not on the 40-man roster, when callup opportunities were available. Brown should be able to find a landing spot elsewhere this fall. Harold Chirino, RHP, Biloxi Shuckers age 24 Earlier this year, I detailed the entirety of Chirino's Brewers baseball journey in this post. Chirino has been generally effective within the AA bullpen in 2022. He won't turn 25 until January and will be one of the younger minor league free agents available this fall. Yeison Coca, INF, Biloxi Shuckers, age 23 Speaking of being young, somewhat amazingly, Coca doesn't turn 24 until May 2023. Acquired from Boston as part of the Tyler Thornburg haul in June 2017, Coca was just short of two years of his initial signing with Boston. Because Coca was traded and not released, the Brewers maintained the full years of control over him. Known for his glovework, Coca has posted a .239/.304/.334 line in over 1700 minor league plate appearances (.638 OPS). Have glove, will travel. Organizations prize having defensive depth, and Coca likely will have suitors once he's deemed free. Lucas Erceg, RHP, Nashville Sounds, age 27 Erceg won't turn 28 until next May. Most are very familiar with the career path of the 2016 2nd round pick, drafted as a third baseman. This past spring, Erceg was quite open about his struggles with alcohol and depression and journey to the mound, as detailed here by Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. To this very day, Erceg seems to be tantalizingly close to being a fireballing major league bullpen contributor. This will be a decision to watch for sure. Hobie Harris, RHP, Nashville Sounds, age 29 The bullpen corps at Nashville in 2022 has been pretty phenomenal and add Harris' name to the list of contributors. An easy-to-root-for 2015 31st round pick of the Yankees out of the University of Pittsburgh, Harris had a long stint in the New York system before he was taken in the minor league phase of the 2019 Rule 5 draft by Toronto. Milwaukee quickly signed him when he reached free agency for the first time last November. All 210 of Harris' pro appearances have been out of the pen. Much like Zack Brown this year, Harris has been the victim of having too much talent surrounding him in the Crew's AAA ranks. Tyler Herb, RHP, Nashville Sounds, age 30 Herb was signed by the Brewers just prior to the start of the minor league season this past spring after time in the Seattle, San Francisco, and Baltimore systems. He was rightfully bumped up to Nashville after a month-plus with Biloxi. Primarily utilized as a starter, Herb has consistently posted solid numbers at the AA level and rough numbers at the highest minor league rung. It's inherently unfair to speculate, but it wouldn't appear Herb would be made a priority to bring back, but there is no risk in a minor league deal other than it's one less uniform to distribute to another. Josh Lindblom, RHP, Nashville Sounds, age 35 While Lindblom's three-year MLB contract for $9.125 million has proven to be mostly dead money on the big-league front, a rare David Stearns failed creative signing, Lindblom has at least been a useful innings-eater and clubhouse presence while with Nashville. Come this fall, the sides will shake hands and part. If Lindblom invested wisely, he's set for life. Matt Lipka, OF, Nashville Sounds, age 30 Lipka has been acquired by Milwaukee via trade in each of the 2021 and 2022 seasons to provide depth on the outfield grass. Even with the departures of David Dahl and Abraham Almonte, the sudden in-tandem promotions of the exciting law firm outfield trio of Frelick, Mitchell and Wiemer have relegated Lipka's role to fill-in as of the present. Carlos Luna, RHP, Biloxi Shuckers, age 25 (26 this September) Luna debuted with the Brewers way back in 2014 as a 17-year-old in the Dominican Summer League, and he absolutely dazzled in his DSL encore in 2015. We wouldn't see Luna again until 2018 when he finally came stateside after he lost two full seasons to Tommy John surgery and complications thereafter. Luna was an unfortunate Covid release in May of 2020 but was a welcome sight on a re-sign a year later. Luna has been serviceable in an unsung middle and long relief role with Biloxi this summer. Andruw Monasterio, INF, Biloxi Shuckers, age 25 Another former international signing (Cubs, 2014) who is set to reach minor league free agency at a very young age, though this is actually Monasterio's second spin as it's how the Brewers enticed him last November with a big-league camp invite. Monasterio played in mostly a reserve role for Nashville this season until a June 28th assignment down to a depleted Biloxi roster rejuvenated Monasterio big-time (.983 OPS in 43 games). Surely a minor league manager's dream, but unless the Brewers just like the continuity and the "we know you" aspect of their rosters, it's likely Monasterio will slide on out. (Has since been released) Andy Otero, LHP, Nashville Sounds, age 30 Otero's baseball journey began way back in 2009 in the Braves' organization. After pitching at high-A, ironically with the Carolina Mudcats in 2015, Otero did not pitch in affiliated ball again until the Brewers signed the Panamanian native in May of 2021 and assigned him to Biloxi. Since then, Otero has been effective in the underappreciated swingman role he has effectively occupied. Antonio Pinero, INF, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, age 23 Midway through Pinero's rookie season with Boston in 2016, the Red Sox were penalized for playing loose with the draft signing rules, and the Brewers scooped up the youngster. The owner of a .570 career OPS, you may as well insert the Yeison Coca career path seen above here for Pinero. Defensively a rock star and offensively limited, it will be interesting to see if the Brewer brass chooses to say goodbye to both infielders without an offer to tempt either or both back. Corey Ray, OF, Biloxi Shuckers, age 27 (28 this September) The first round of the 2016 MLB amateur draft became pretty much a wasteland, but that doesn't ease the pain of getting nothing but a memorable big-league debut game base on balls and run scored out of the #5 overall pick. It seems the Brewers organization has come to terms that this fall will bring the official termination of a failed partnership. Maybe Ray will reach out to White Sox management to see if his South Side roots can reignite the talent within. Jose Sibrian, C, Carolina Mudcats, age 23 (24 this October) Yes, a low-A ball player makes the list. Sibrian has battled injuries for much of his Brewer tenure, missing all of 2017 and of course, 2020. The five games played with Carolina in September of 2021 incredibly marked his first games with a non-rookie level affiliate. Known for his defensive acumen, it's possible this is an easy offer of a 2023 contract, but both parties need to be amenable. Jon Singleton, 1B, Nashville Sounds, age 30 (31 in September) If not fully familiar with Singleton's unique career path, revisit this Adam McCalvy feature from March. Singleton has had several highlight-worthy longball moments in 2022, has walked a ton, and has certainly contributed to the Sounds' success this season. It all made for some interest among fans, but it seems this will be a one-year visit in the Crew's system, barring a don't-jinx-it Rowdy Tellez serious injury down the stretch. (Has since been traded to San Francisco for cash considerations) Nash Walters, RHP, Biloxi Shuckers, age 25 Walters was Milwaukee's 3rd round pick in 2015 (90th overall) out of a Texas high school. Walters was actually a minor league free agent in the fall of 2021, but the Brewers and he were able to agree on a return for this year. The 2017 and 2018 seasons were lost to Tommy John surgery and a less-than-successful initial rehab. Losing 2020 didn't help. Walters has a 4.81 ERA and a more telling 1.28 WHIP in 39 appearances with the Shuckers in 2022. The very full and effective Nashville bullpen has served as a block in a sense to the AAA level. (Has since been traded to Atlanta for cash considerations) Tyler White, 1B/DH, Nashville Sounds, age 31 (32 in October) Like Jon Singleton, White has hardly been an anchor to the Sounds' lineup, but his numbers haven't truly popped either at .230/.357/.431. The Brewers didn't miss with this minor league signing, they just didn't reap an obvious reward beyond a healthy AAA contributor. If nothing else, the Singleton and White signings backfilled a pretty glaring system power need at 1B/DH heading into 2022. Garrett Whitley, OF, Biloxi Shuckers, age 25 Yes, Whitley's current age surprised me, too. We forget that amid the restocking of the Brewers system at the upper levels late last fall, Whitley's arrival after a disappointing seven-year run in the Rays' system, being drafted as a high schooler 13th overall in 2015, was included. Recently dropped to Biloxi to make room for the previously referred to bally-hoo'd prospect trio, a change of scenery to Milwaukee's system didn't ignite Whitley. Weston Wilson, IF/OF, Nashville Sounds, age 27 (28 in September) Some look at the term "organizational soldier" as demeaning, and it is true that I have come around in limiting my use of the wording, though I disagree in finding it truly derogatory. A 17th round pick out of Clemson in 2016, Wilson has done everything but catch in his solid contributor seven-year Brewer tenure. Wilson has managed a suitable .757 OPS along the way. I really hope we see Wilson netting a decent payday in minor league free agency for an organization realizing they'll be getting value in versatility. EDIT: Additions are Nashville C Pedro Severino and RHP JC Mejia.
  2. Five days after the conclusion of the World Series, minor league players who have reached the end of their seven-year commitment on their initial professional contract finally get to test free agent waters. In some cases, this is an opportunity to net a contract in the low six-figure range, which is not significant compared to big-league money, yet certainly can compare favorably to career earnings to date. While some players signed for considerable up-front money (hello, Corey Ray), many others did not. Image courtesy of © Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports - Corey Ray photo As you'll read below, some of the 20 players looking at MiLB free agency this fall had already extended their Brewer tenures beyond that initial commitment. From a team perspective, the obvious way of keeping a player from walking away is to add him to the 40-man roster. Milwaukee did just this with Tyrone Taylor in October of 2018. The lone candidate among the players listed seems on the surface to be now-power reliever Lucas Erceg, but whether that ends up happening remains to be seen. In approximately ten days from now, I will release a similarly profiled piece on those players who qualify for consideration to be added to the Milwaukee 40-man roster in order to prevent another organization from plucking them away in the rule 5 draft in December, so be on the lookout for that. It may prove helpful if you bookmark this page for future access when needed. Listed alphabetically, current affiliate noted: Robbie Baker, RHP, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, age 27 Baker falls under the category of surprise minor league free agent qualifier as he only signed his initial pro contract in June 2018, when the Boston Red Sox made him a non-drafted free agent signing out of the University of Richmond. When the Red Sox released Baker as a victim of 2020 Covid roster-paring in May of that year, it effectively ended any seven-year hold that original contract had. When the Brewers signed Baker in August 2021 and assigned him to Carolina, they were not able to assume the seven-year control of the Boston contract. Instead, Baker signed for the remainder of 2021 and 2022. Clearly, Baker is much older than his competition, but he's in the midst of a near-perfect August, with only one baserunner reaching against him in four outings covering 9.1 innings (an HBP). The Brewers may choose to approach Baker to extend through 2023, one might think. Zack Brown, RHP, Nashville Sounds, age 27 It's a bit hard to believe that Brown, the Brewers 5th round pick out of the University of Kentucky in 2016 and Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2018, has yet to make his MLB debut, never mind be added to the 40-man roster. Brown did receive invites to big league spring training from 2019-2021 and was an alternate site participant in 2020. Brown, now strictly a reliever. is the owner of a 3.16 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with Nashville this summer, yet he has been bypassed by others, including those previously not on the 40-man roster, when callup opportunities were available. Brown should be able to find a landing spot elsewhere this fall. Harold Chirino, RHP, Biloxi Shuckers age 24 Earlier this year, I detailed the entirety of Chirino's Brewers baseball journey in this post. Chirino has been generally effective within the AA bullpen in 2022. He won't turn 25 until January and will be one of the younger minor league free agents available this fall. Yeison Coca, INF, Biloxi Shuckers, age 23 Speaking of being young, somewhat amazingly, Coca doesn't turn 24 until May 2023. Acquired from Boston as part of the Tyler Thornburg haul in June 2017, Coca was just short of two years of his initial signing with Boston. Because Coca was traded and not released, the Brewers maintained the full years of control over him. Known for his glovework, Coca has posted a .239/.304/.334 line in over 1700 minor league plate appearances (.638 OPS). Have glove, will travel. Organizations prize having defensive depth, and Coca likely will have suitors once he's deemed free. Lucas Erceg, RHP, Nashville Sounds, age 27 Erceg won't turn 28 until next May. Most are very familiar with the career path of the 2016 2nd round pick, drafted as a third baseman. This past spring, Erceg was quite open about his struggles with alcohol and depression and journey to the mound, as detailed here by Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. To this very day, Erceg seems to be tantalizingly close to being a fireballing major league bullpen contributor. This will be a decision to watch for sure. Hobie Harris, RHP, Nashville Sounds, age 29 The bullpen corps at Nashville in 2022 has been pretty phenomenal and add Harris' name to the list of contributors. An easy-to-root-for 2015 31st round pick of the Yankees out of the University of Pittsburgh, Harris had a long stint in the New York system before he was taken in the minor league phase of the 2019 Rule 5 draft by Toronto. Milwaukee quickly signed him when he reached free agency for the first time last November. All 210 of Harris' pro appearances have been out of the pen. Much like Zack Brown this year, Harris has been the victim of having too much talent surrounding him in the Crew's AAA ranks. Tyler Herb, RHP, Nashville Sounds, age 30 Herb was signed by the Brewers just prior to the start of the minor league season this past spring after time in the Seattle, San Francisco, and Baltimore systems. He was rightfully bumped up to Nashville after a month-plus with Biloxi. Primarily utilized as a starter, Herb has consistently posted solid numbers at the AA level and rough numbers at the highest minor league rung. It's inherently unfair to speculate, but it wouldn't appear Herb would be made a priority to bring back, but there is no risk in a minor league deal other than it's one less uniform to distribute to another. Josh Lindblom, RHP, Nashville Sounds, age 35 While Lindblom's three-year MLB contract for $9.125 million has proven to be mostly dead money on the big-league front, a rare David Stearns failed creative signing, Lindblom has at least been a useful innings-eater and clubhouse presence while with Nashville. Come this fall, the sides will shake hands and part. If Lindblom invested wisely, he's set for life. Matt Lipka, OF, Nashville Sounds, age 30 Lipka has been acquired by Milwaukee via trade in each of the 2021 and 2022 seasons to provide depth on the outfield grass. Even with the departures of David Dahl and Abraham Almonte, the sudden in-tandem promotions of the exciting law firm outfield trio of Frelick, Mitchell and Wiemer have relegated Lipka's role to fill-in as of the present. Carlos Luna, RHP, Biloxi Shuckers, age 25 (26 this September) Luna debuted with the Brewers way back in 2014 as a 17-year-old in the Dominican Summer League, and he absolutely dazzled in his DSL encore in 2015. We wouldn't see Luna again until 2018 when he finally came stateside after he lost two full seasons to Tommy John surgery and complications thereafter. Luna was an unfortunate Covid release in May of 2020 but was a welcome sight on a re-sign a year later. Luna has been serviceable in an unsung middle and long relief role with Biloxi this summer. Andruw Monasterio, INF, Biloxi Shuckers, age 25 Another former international signing (Cubs, 2014) who is set to reach minor league free agency at a very young age, though this is actually Monasterio's second spin as it's how the Brewers enticed him last November with a big-league camp invite. Monasterio played in mostly a reserve role for Nashville this season until a June 28th assignment down to a depleted Biloxi roster rejuvenated Monasterio big-time (.983 OPS in 43 games). Surely a minor league manager's dream, but unless the Brewers just like the continuity and the "we know you" aspect of their rosters, it's likely Monasterio will slide on out. (Has since been released) Andy Otero, LHP, Nashville Sounds, age 30 Otero's baseball journey began way back in 2009 in the Braves' organization. After pitching at high-A, ironically with the Carolina Mudcats in 2015, Otero did not pitch in affiliated ball again until the Brewers signed the Panamanian native in May of 2021 and assigned him to Biloxi. Since then, Otero has been effective in the underappreciated swingman role he has effectively occupied. Antonio Pinero, INF, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, age 23 Midway through Pinero's rookie season with Boston in 2016, the Red Sox were penalized for playing loose with the draft signing rules, and the Brewers scooped up the youngster. The owner of a .570 career OPS, you may as well insert the Yeison Coca career path seen above here for Pinero. Defensively a rock star and offensively limited, it will be interesting to see if the Brewer brass chooses to say goodbye to both infielders without an offer to tempt either or both back. Corey Ray, OF, Biloxi Shuckers, age 27 (28 this September) The first round of the 2016 MLB amateur draft became pretty much a wasteland, but that doesn't ease the pain of getting nothing but a memorable big-league debut game base on balls and run scored out of the #5 overall pick. It seems the Brewers organization has come to terms that this fall will bring the official termination of a failed partnership. Maybe Ray will reach out to White Sox management to see if his South Side roots can reignite the talent within. Jose Sibrian, C, Carolina Mudcats, age 23 (24 this October) Yes, a low-A ball player makes the list. Sibrian has battled injuries for much of his Brewer tenure, missing all of 2017 and of course, 2020. The five games played with Carolina in September of 2021 incredibly marked his first games with a non-rookie level affiliate. Known for his defensive acumen, it's possible this is an easy offer of a 2023 contract, but both parties need to be amenable. Jon Singleton, 1B, Nashville Sounds, age 30 (31 in September) If not fully familiar with Singleton's unique career path, revisit this Adam McCalvy feature from March. Singleton has had several highlight-worthy longball moments in 2022, has walked a ton, and has certainly contributed to the Sounds' success this season. It all made for some interest among fans, but it seems this will be a one-year visit in the Crew's system, barring a don't-jinx-it Rowdy Tellez serious injury down the stretch. (Has since been traded to San Francisco for cash considerations) Nash Walters, RHP, Biloxi Shuckers, age 25 Walters was Milwaukee's 3rd round pick in 2015 (90th overall) out of a Texas high school. Walters was actually a minor league free agent in the fall of 2021, but the Brewers and he were able to agree on a return for this year. The 2017 and 2018 seasons were lost to Tommy John surgery and a less-than-successful initial rehab. Losing 2020 didn't help. Walters has a 4.81 ERA and a more telling 1.28 WHIP in 39 appearances with the Shuckers in 2022. The very full and effective Nashville bullpen has served as a block in a sense to the AAA level. (Has since been traded to Atlanta for cash considerations) Tyler White, 1B/DH, Nashville Sounds, age 31 (32 in October) Like Jon Singleton, White has hardly been an anchor to the Sounds' lineup, but his numbers haven't truly popped either at .230/.357/.431. The Brewers didn't miss with this minor league signing, they just didn't reap an obvious reward beyond a healthy AAA contributor. If nothing else, the Singleton and White signings backfilled a pretty glaring system power need at 1B/DH heading into 2022. Garrett Whitley, OF, Biloxi Shuckers, age 25 Yes, Whitley's current age surprised me, too. We forget that amid the restocking of the Brewers system at the upper levels late last fall, Whitley's arrival after a disappointing seven-year run in the Rays' system, being drafted as a high schooler 13th overall in 2015, was included. Recently dropped to Biloxi to make room for the previously referred to bally-hoo'd prospect trio, a change of scenery to Milwaukee's system didn't ignite Whitley. Weston Wilson, IF/OF, Nashville Sounds, age 27 (28 in September) Some look at the term "organizational soldier" as demeaning, and it is true that I have come around in limiting my use of the wording, though I disagree in finding it truly derogatory. A 17th round pick out of Clemson in 2016, Wilson has done everything but catch in his solid contributor seven-year Brewer tenure. Wilson has managed a suitable .757 OPS along the way. I really hope we see Wilson netting a decent payday in minor league free agency for an organization realizing they'll be getting value in versatility. EDIT: Additions are Nashville C Pedro Severino and RHP JC Mejia. View full article
  3. Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Wilson and Devanney, as well as Esteury Ruiz, Jon Singleton and Clayton Andrews, with honorable mentions to Trevor Gott and Jonathan Davis. Transactions: N/A Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 8, Jacksonville 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Take Series With Sunday Victory Nashville stormed back from early deficits of 3-0 and 4-1 to grab this series-clinching win. After the Jumbo Shrimp scored three runs on three hits off starting RHP Marcus Walden (4 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 3 Ks) in the top of the 3rd inning, 1B Weston Wilson (2-for-2, HR, walk, HBP, RBI, SB) was in the thick of the comeback contributions. Wilson led off the bottom of the 3rd inning with a single, stole second base, moved to third on an error and scored on an OF Sal Frelick sacrifice fly. The 4th inning saw a Jacksonville solo homer re-establish their three-run lead, then a two-run blast by SS Cam Devanney (2-for-5, HR, 3 RBIs) and solo shot by Wilson to knot the game 4-4. After LHP Ethan Small entered in relief with a clean 5th inning, OF Esteury Ruiz (2-for-5, double, RBI, SB) doubled, stole third (his 79th stolen base of 2022) and scored on a two-out, RBI single by DH/1B Jon Singleton (2-for-4, walk, RBI) to give the Sounds their first lead. Sensational relief work from rehabbing RHP Trevor Gott (1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks) covered most of the 6th and 7th innings, before OF Jonathan Davis (3-for-5, double), Ruiz, Singleton and Devanney collected consecutive hits to lead off the bottom of the 7th inning, opening up the game 8-4. Reliable RHP Hobie Harris collected his sixth save of 2022, working around a single in a scoreless 9th inning. Three Quick Strikes: Frelick didn’t collect a hit or a walk in this game, but a 1st inning hit-by-pitch was enough to extend his on-base streak to 35 games. The teams combined to collect five stolen bases (three by the Sounds: Frelick, Wilson, Ruiz), with no runners caught. The victory gave Nashville a 4-2 series win, but victories elsewhere by Columbus and Toledo mean that the Sounds’ first place advantage remains 4.5 games and 5.0 games over the two pursuers. Nashville has nine games remaining, Toledo 10 and Columbus 11. Toledo actually hosts Columbus for seven games this week, so hopefully they damage each other’s pursuit. Friday’s outlook: Nashville (85-55) travels to face Reds’ affiliate Louisville (56-85), with RHP Victor Castaneda scheduled to make his second AAA start (6 IP, 3 R, 2 Ks in his first start) of 2022 Monday’s contest. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Pensacola 5, Biloxi 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Shuckers’ Win Streak is Snapped at Nine Games A Sunday win in its season finale would have given Biloxi a 10-game winning streak and clinched a winning season, but alas it wasn’t meant to be and the team finished 67-68 in an up-and-down 2022 campaign. Making his second start of the week, RHP Carlos Luna (5 IP, 4 R, 9 H, 1 BB, 6 Ks) held up well through four innings, but three doubles and a single in the 5th inning gave Pensacola a 4-1 lead which it would not relinquish. OF Tristen Lutz (1-for-4, HR, RBI) had homered in the top of that 5th inning to tie the game 1-1, the second consecutive game in which he homered. SS Ethan Murray (1-for-3, double) and OF Terence Doston (1-for-2, walk, RBI) led an attempted 7th inning comeback with a double and RBI single, respectively, but a C Jason Lopez fly out to center field ended that threat with the Shuckers still down 4-2. The team did not register any baserunners in the 8th or 9th innings as it clearly ran out of gas. Speaking of Lopez, he nabbed a runner with a nice throw earlier in the game. Despite the loss, the Shuckers still won the road series 5-1. Three Quick Strikes and a Concern: 25-year old LHP Clayton Andrews (2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 5 Ks) ended the season on a very promising note, retiring six of seven batters, with five of them going down via strikeout. 18-year old OF Jackson Chourio’s thrilling 2022 season ended with this 0-for-4, 2K effort against the Blue Wahoos. Rest assured, he’ll come back with a vengeance to conquer AA baseball next season. Pensacola outhit Biloxi 11-to-3 in this contest and its own season will continue as it qualified for the playoffs by virtue of winning the First Half title. We’ve no word on the status of 25-year old 1B Thomas Dillard, who didn’t play in this final series after going 2-for-4 last week Sunday, last seen drawing an intentional walk as the designated hitter. Hopefully he’s healthy, as the team has an interesting decision on AA vs. AAA placement for 2023 (in what will be his 5th season of minor league ball), given his .755 OPS, supported by 81 walks (though with 157 strikeouts). We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. There’s no rest for the weary, as Nashville is immediately back in action today, Monday. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  4. The first place Sounds battled back from an early deficit thanks to homers from Cam Devanney and Weston Wilson. Biloxi’s win streak ended at nine games in its season finale, despite another Tristen Lutz blast. Image courtesy of BrewerFanatic Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Wilson and Devanney, as well as Esteury Ruiz, Jon Singleton and Clayton Andrews, with honorable mentions to Trevor Gott and Jonathan Davis. Transactions: N/A Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 8, Jacksonville 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Take Series With Sunday Victory Nashville stormed back from early deficits of 3-0 and 4-1 to grab this series-clinching win. After the Jumbo Shrimp scored three runs on three hits off starting RHP Marcus Walden (4 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 3 Ks) in the top of the 3rd inning, 1B Weston Wilson (2-for-2, HR, walk, HBP, RBI, SB) was in the thick of the comeback contributions. Wilson led off the bottom of the 3rd inning with a single, stole second base, moved to third on an error and scored on an OF Sal Frelick sacrifice fly. The 4th inning saw a Jacksonville solo homer re-establish their three-run lead, then a two-run blast by SS Cam Devanney (2-for-5, HR, 3 RBIs) and solo shot by Wilson to knot the game 4-4. After LHP Ethan Small entered in relief with a clean 5th inning, OF Esteury Ruiz (2-for-5, double, RBI, SB) doubled, stole third (his 79th stolen base of 2022) and scored on a two-out, RBI single by DH/1B Jon Singleton (2-for-4, walk, RBI) to give the Sounds their first lead. Sensational relief work from rehabbing RHP Trevor Gott (1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks) covered most of the 6th and 7th innings, before OF Jonathan Davis (3-for-5, double), Ruiz, Singleton and Devanney collected consecutive hits to lead off the bottom of the 7th inning, opening up the game 8-4. Reliable RHP Hobie Harris collected his sixth save of 2022, working around a single in a scoreless 9th inning. Three Quick Strikes: Frelick didn’t collect a hit or a walk in this game, but a 1st inning hit-by-pitch was enough to extend his on-base streak to 35 games. The teams combined to collect five stolen bases (three by the Sounds: Frelick, Wilson, Ruiz), with no runners caught. The victory gave Nashville a 4-2 series win, but victories elsewhere by Columbus and Toledo mean that the Sounds’ first place advantage remains 4.5 games and 5.0 games over the two pursuers. Nashville has nine games remaining, Toledo 10 and Columbus 11. Toledo actually hosts Columbus for seven games this week, so hopefully they damage each other’s pursuit. Friday’s outlook: Nashville (85-55) travels to face Reds’ affiliate Louisville (56-85), with RHP Victor Castaneda scheduled to make his second AAA start (6 IP, 3 R, 2 Ks in his first start) of 2022 Monday’s contest. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Pensacola 5, Biloxi 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Shuckers’ Win Streak is Snapped at Nine Games A Sunday win in its season finale would have given Biloxi a 10-game winning streak and clinched a winning season, but alas it wasn’t meant to be and the team finished 67-68 in an up-and-down 2022 campaign. Making his second start of the week, RHP Carlos Luna (5 IP, 4 R, 9 H, 1 BB, 6 Ks) held up well through four innings, but three doubles and a single in the 5th inning gave Pensacola a 4-1 lead which it would not relinquish. OF Tristen Lutz (1-for-4, HR, RBI) had homered in the top of that 5th inning to tie the game 1-1, the second consecutive game in which he homered. SS Ethan Murray (1-for-3, double) and OF Terence Doston (1-for-2, walk, RBI) led an attempted 7th inning comeback with a double and RBI single, respectively, but a C Jason Lopez fly out to center field ended that threat with the Shuckers still down 4-2. The team did not register any baserunners in the 8th or 9th innings as it clearly ran out of gas. Speaking of Lopez, he nabbed a runner with a nice throw earlier in the game. Despite the loss, the Shuckers still won the road series 5-1. Three Quick Strikes and a Concern: 25-year old LHP Clayton Andrews (2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 5 Ks) ended the season on a very promising note, retiring six of seven batters, with five of them going down via strikeout. 18-year old OF Jackson Chourio’s thrilling 2022 season ended with this 0-for-4, 2K effort against the Blue Wahoos. Rest assured, he’ll come back with a vengeance to conquer AA baseball next season. Pensacola outhit Biloxi 11-to-3 in this contest and its own season will continue as it qualified for the playoffs by virtue of winning the First Half title. We’ve no word on the status of 25-year old 1B Thomas Dillard, who didn’t play in this final series after going 2-for-4 last week Sunday, last seen drawing an intentional walk as the designated hitter. Hopefully he’s healthy, as the team has an interesting decision on AA vs. AAA placement for 2023 (in what will be his 5th season of minor league ball), given his .755 OPS, supported by 81 walks (though with 157 strikeouts). We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. There’s no rest for the weary, as Nashville is immediately back in action today, Monday. 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  5. Transactions: None Officially Special Note: This just in (HERE) via our very own @ARobsBrewCrew: *** There were no DSL or ACL Brewers Affiliate Games today...stay tuned tomorrow as the young men will be looking to get back at it. All four squads will be taking the diamond throughout the day. Until then, here's a little bit of ACL Zen: *** Carolina Pre-Game Notes Final: Fayetteville (Astros) 8, Carolina 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please visit and review: Carolina Comes up Short in 8-5 Loss to Fayetteville - The Mudcats Went 0-for-10 with Runners in Scoring Position in Wednesday's Series Tying Loss I was hoping to see young Alexander Cornielle take the next step in his pitching development for his 2022 season. Instead, and unfortunately, I watched his worst outing of the year. All told, Alexander only made it 2 2/3 innings surrendering six runs on six hits (two 2-run HR's), three walks, and four punch outs. Let's hope he can bounce back in his next outing. Coming into this one he had been executing quite well since his maligned first outing where an error led to five runs and an early exit. The Mudcats did attempt their best to rally back into things late with one of their patented late-inning outbursts, but, unfortunately, their ninth inning mini-rally fell short after Jesus Chirinos hit into a game-ending double play. Further Notes: Not pictured above, but worthy of mention is Zach Raabe and his three walk and two run outing. Jackson Chourio finished 0-for-5 leaving five men on base while doing so. It's not often we see a goose egg with Chourio, but an 0-for-5 with no strikeouts is a good 0-for-5 in my book. Eduardo Garcia continued his recent run of excellence. From my side of the fence, his most noteworthy stat tonight is two free passes to one strikeout. His one absolutely necessary area of growth moving forward is plate discipline. This being said, he has been fantastic of late and it is awesome to witness. Jeferson Quero continues his offensive resurgence with a 2-for-4 outing with a walk and a run Hedbert Perez hit his 12th double of the season and continued his recent run of extra base hits. Here's hoping for a potent second-half! 0-for10 with RISP is not a number the Mudcats will want to repeat in the weeks ahead. It's dueling 8-5 final scores in Five County. The Mudcats took it 8-5 yesterday, the Woodpeckers 8-5 tonight. What will tomorrow bring? Stay tuned! *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Game 1: Cedar Rapids (Twins) 6, Wisconsin 2 Box Score / Game Log Game 2: Wisconsin 3, Cedar Rapids 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please visit and review: Game 1: Kernels Beat Wisconsin 6-2 in Conclusion of Tuesday's Game - Cedar Rapids 5-0 Lead Too Big for Timber Rattlers this Time Game 2: Warren Homers & Jarvis Strikes Out Ten in Wisconsin Win - Timber Rattlers Take 7-Inning Game 3-1 from Cedar Rapids Well, the T-Rats managed to win the remaining 6 innings of game 1, 2-1 but the opening 0-5 hole was too much to overcome. Miguel Guerrero and Tyler GIllies gave their all to close the game after Zach Mort's rough start the evening prior. The two combined for six innings of work with a mere single earned run allowed, two hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts. The mini two-run rally came in the bottom of the eighth as Tyler Black and Ethan Murray led the inning with back-to-back singles and were eventually plated by singles from Tristan Peters and Zavier Warren, respectively. That was all there was to it on the day, however, as both teams failed to get baserunners around third and home in the ninth inning. A special mention should be given to Tyler Gillies as he went three full scoreless and effective innings - his longest outing since 2019 and further showing his recovery process is evolving. Game 2 was an entirely different affair altogether as Justin Jarvis returned to his dominant form completing five full innings of one hit and ten strikeout ball. Cam Robinson did his thing grabbing his 18th Save of the season in a scoreless 7th. On the offensive side of things, it was definitely a top of the order performance: 6-for-14 combined for Tyler Black, Ethan Murray, Joe Gray Jr., Tristan Peters, and Zavier Warren. Black, Peters, and Warren each plate a run with Warren providing the pop with a 2-run homer - his 4th of the season. Extra special for Zavier: his Mom and Aunt were in attendance for the games. How awesome is that? Here's the early Tristan Peters infield single that scored the first run in the early going: All in all, the day was about Rattlers pitching: 13 innings pitched and a mere three hits allowed. Hear ye', hear ye'. Keep it coming with the Cam Robinson hype. I'm here for it 24/7. Your extra special Home-based Post-Game(s) podcast: Split Decision on a Positive Day (with Kyle Lobner and Chris Mehring). AND, our beloved full-game YouTube highlights: You just have to love those Timber Rattlers Home slates! It's a real special Minor League treat to get these full-game YouTube highlights - you'd be hard-pressed to find an organization that does it better postgame than the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers organization. Given pitching was the name of the game today, let's close today's T-Rats coverage with an homage to pitching stud Antoine Kelly with a secondary special tip of the cap to T-Rats pitching coach, Will Schierholz, who truly is doing a fantastic job in 2022: *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 7, Mississippi (Braves) 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please visit and review: Down to FInal Strike Reetz Walk-Off Homer Stuns M-Braves - Monasterio Drives in Three While Tying Franchise Record Andruw Monasterio began his Shuckers career a perfect 6-for-6. This tied former Shuckers Garrett Cooper (2015) and Dustin DeMuth (2016) for the Shuckers franchise record for consecutive hits. In his first at bat, in his second game as a Shucker, he blasted a 2-run homer over the wall in left field plating Noah Campbell who led the Shuckers' first frame with a walk: Andruw did prove his mortality by managing a fly out in his seventh at bat. A collective sigh was heard in the streets of Biloxi and children wailed at the ball park. The streak ended. BUT, alas, the game continued. Proving it isn't always how hard you hit it, Andruw later demonstrated sometimes you just need to make contact: Victor Castaneda struggled in an abbreviated 2 2/3 start (his second intentional condensed outing since his IL return) needing 73 pitches to collect his eighth out. Taylor Floyd came on in relief and his 2 1/3 scoreless, hitless, walk-less innings helped set the tone as he passed the ball to Harold Chirino. All told, Taylor and Harold didn't strike a single batter out but they relied on their defense and the defense provided all they needed. Nash Walters came on in the eighth inning and he showcased his change-up to good effect. Nash started his year strictly working his fastball and slider but, since that time, he has added his curve and change-up to the mix. I am eager to watch his outings in the games ahead as he looks on the cusp of some dominant relief work. What will he need to do this? Locate. Locate. Locate. Still too many 1-0 and 2-0 counts. But, the stuff is there. Zach Vennaro seemed to struggle with his slider a bit tonight and with a consistently very tight strikezone he was forced to try and work his fastball to three consecutive lefty bats. Ultimately, he was done in by a two-run bomb on a pitch that called for up and in. But not enough up and not enough in: This led to a sudden 6-5 deficit. Fear not, Jakson was in waiting in the wings. Jakson will get the majority of tonight's publicity, and rightfully so, but let us not overlook the work of Thomas Dillard. I've mentioned it a couple of time in my reports and I'm going to mention it again now: he's gotten better as the year has progressed. He is starting to heat up at the dish - 3-for-5 tonight - and his BA and OPS are rising as a result. 0.231 and 0.740, respectively. He stayed relevant all season with his impeccable ability to draw walks. Well, other pieces of the puzzle are starting to fit. He's a joy to watch. Joey Wiemer looked frustrated and uncomfortable at the plate. This is the first time I can say this to date. This will be a test of his ability to find and work his way out of this mini-slump. Several off-speed and breaking pitches were his demise tonight - he looked overeager and as though he hoped to meet and greet a misplaced fastball. He adjusted earlier in the season. I expect the same in the weeks ahead. This being said, manning center field again tonight, he made a very nice break on a shallow liner in the later innings and made the diving catch. All eyes are on you, Joey. No pressure. Where for art thou Gabe Holt? For that matter, where for art thou Sal Frelick? Ahhhh, the mysteries of Minor League injuries persist. Both remain 'Active' and, yet, both remain absent. To this end, is it me or has Garrett Mitchell been on the 7-Day IL since May? I hope to see each and every one these Shuckers very soon. Noah Campbell's recent hitting streak may have come to an end but his offensive impact continues: Ok. Let's take a peak at the view from the Hype Train. What's missing from this glorious scenery is the 1-2 count. The preceding pitch was a 91 mph fastball up and in Jakson swung on and missed violently. There's nothing like getting out ahead of an off-speed breaking pitch and carrying it deep over the wall in left field with one arm. What. A. Stud: *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 8, Indianapolis (Pirates) 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Complete Comeback to Even Series - Nashville Erases 4-0 Deficit for Come-from-Behind Win It certainly isn't often you witness Jon Singleton drive in Tyler White via a triple. But, I swear to you: I saw this phenomenon. And, my goodness it was beautiful. Jon continued his recent run of excellent results at the plate. I love to see it. Caleb Boushley managed to work his way through a 3-run inning but ultimately gave his club five complete - not his sharpest outing but he kept his team in it and his teammates answered in kind. All told, Caleb finished his evening with five complete innings, working around seven hits and a couple walks, with six key strikeouts and the four earned runs. Not his best outing by any measure but enough to allow his team to chip back into it and ultimately ahead. Further Notes: Yay for a Weston Wilson 3-for-3 outing. Man, was he due. Toss in a walk, two runs, and a rbi and Weston had to have felt some relief post-game. Here's to more production like this! He may have been slumping in recent games but let us not forget, after tonight’s three-hit evening, he's third on the Sounds ball club with 15 multi-hit games. An early absolutely key at bat of the game was Pablo Reyes' two-run jack. Let's take a peak (Oh, hey! That's Weston Wilson on base): The unsung and consistent work of the Nashville bullpen. Is there any bullpen arm more unsung than RHP Matt Hardy? (who, by the way, just continues to get people out): Patrick Dorrian with his first knock as a Sound. Congrats! It was a big insurance chopper with the infield in: I mentioned the Jon Singleton triple. Well, he also knocked in the go-ahead run with a single in the seventh inning. He's heating up, folks. The results may not be what he has hoped for (or fans were hoping for, more likely) but I am telling you: his impact on the field and in the clubhouse is undeniable. I'm glad he's in the Brewers organization. I have all the faith in the world in his talents. One of my Sounds bullpen favorites and recent Brewers call-up, Peter Strzelecki, picked up his second save with a scoreless three-strikeout ninth. When he deals, he deals. I hope to see him back with the big club at some point this season. *** Tune in tomorrow as Israel Puello gets his first start on a Wisconsin Timber Rattler mound. Additionally, Our DSL and ACL affiliates take the diamond after a well-deserved 'day off'. Dylan File will take the Hill in Nashville, Miguel Segura at Five County Stadium, and, well, Biloxi is 'TBD'. As always, thanks for reading! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League Scoreboard Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  6. Kudos to any of you Johnny Cash fans. Given his 2022 season and tonight's two-run walk-off blast over the wall in left field (that probably left many in my farmhouse wondering what all the hootin' and hollerin' was about), Jakson Reetz did it again. It's hard to fathom the depth of 2021 Minor League Free Agent signings impacting the Brewers organization in 2022. Speaking of which, Andruw Monasterio (signed in November of 2021) began his Shuckers career 6-for-6 with a 2-for-2 start to tonight's contest including a two-run blast in the first inning. That doesn't even sniff at Jonny Davis, Jason Alexander, Abraham Almonte, Jon Singleton, Tyler White, Tyler Herb, Trevor Kelley, and Hobie Harris etc. This just in: The Milwaukee Brewers personnel and player development departments are really good at their jobs. On to the reports! Transactions: None Officially Special Note: This just in (HERE) via our very own @ARobsBrewCrew: *** There were no DSL or ACL Brewers Affiliate Games today...stay tuned tomorrow as the young men will be looking to get back at it. All four squads will be taking the diamond throughout the day. Until then, here's a little bit of ACL Zen: *** Carolina Pre-Game Notes Final: Fayetteville (Astros) 8, Carolina 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please visit and review: Carolina Comes up Short in 8-5 Loss to Fayetteville - The Mudcats Went 0-for-10 with Runners in Scoring Position in Wednesday's Series Tying Loss I was hoping to see young Alexander Cornielle take the next step in his pitching development for his 2022 season. Instead, and unfortunately, I watched his worst outing of the year. All told, Alexander only made it 2 2/3 innings surrendering six runs on six hits (two 2-run HR's), three walks, and four punch outs. Let's hope he can bounce back in his next outing. Coming into this one he had been executing quite well since his maligned first outing where an error led to five runs and an early exit. The Mudcats did attempt their best to rally back into things late with one of their patented late-inning outbursts, but, unfortunately, their ninth inning mini-rally fell short after Jesus Chirinos hit into a game-ending double play. Further Notes: Not pictured above, but worthy of mention is Zach Raabe and his three walk and two run outing. Jackson Chourio finished 0-for-5 leaving five men on base while doing so. It's not often we see a goose egg with Chourio, but an 0-for-5 with no strikeouts is a good 0-for-5 in my book. Eduardo Garcia continued his recent run of excellence. From my side of the fence, his most noteworthy stat tonight is two free passes to one strikeout. His one absolutely necessary area of growth moving forward is plate discipline. This being said, he has been fantastic of late and it is awesome to witness. Jeferson Quero continues his offensive resurgence with a 2-for-4 outing with a walk and a run Hedbert Perez hit his 12th double of the season and continued his recent run of extra base hits. Here's hoping for a potent second-half! 0-for10 with RISP is not a number the Mudcats will want to repeat in the weeks ahead. It's dueling 8-5 final scores in Five County. The Mudcats took it 8-5 yesterday, the Woodpeckers 8-5 tonight. What will tomorrow bring? Stay tuned! *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Game 1: Cedar Rapids (Twins) 6, Wisconsin 2 Box Score / Game Log Game 2: Wisconsin 3, Cedar Rapids 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please visit and review: Game 1: Kernels Beat Wisconsin 6-2 in Conclusion of Tuesday's Game - Cedar Rapids 5-0 Lead Too Big for Timber Rattlers this Time Game 2: Warren Homers & Jarvis Strikes Out Ten in Wisconsin Win - Timber Rattlers Take 7-Inning Game 3-1 from Cedar Rapids Well, the T-Rats managed to win the remaining 6 innings of game 1, 2-1 but the opening 0-5 hole was too much to overcome. Miguel Guerrero and Tyler GIllies gave their all to close the game after Zach Mort's rough start the evening prior. The two combined for six innings of work with a mere single earned run allowed, two hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts. The mini two-run rally came in the bottom of the eighth as Tyler Black and Ethan Murray led the inning with back-to-back singles and were eventually plated by singles from Tristan Peters and Zavier Warren, respectively. That was all there was to it on the day, however, as both teams failed to get baserunners around third and home in the ninth inning. A special mention should be given to Tyler Gillies as he went three full scoreless and effective innings - his longest outing since 2019 and further showing his recovery process is evolving. Game 2 was an entirely different affair altogether as Justin Jarvis returned to his dominant form completing five full innings of one hit and ten strikeout ball. Cam Robinson did his thing grabbing his 18th Save of the season in a scoreless 7th. On the offensive side of things, it was definitely a top of the order performance: 6-for-14 combined for Tyler Black, Ethan Murray, Joe Gray Jr., Tristan Peters, and Zavier Warren. Black, Peters, and Warren each plate a run with Warren providing the pop with a 2-run homer - his 4th of the season. Extra special for Zavier: his Mom and Aunt were in attendance for the games. How awesome is that? Here's the early Tristan Peters infield single that scored the first run in the early going: All in all, the day was about Rattlers pitching: 13 innings pitched and a mere three hits allowed. Hear ye', hear ye'. Keep it coming with the Cam Robinson hype. I'm here for it 24/7. Your extra special Home-based Post-Game(s) podcast: Split Decision on a Positive Day (with Kyle Lobner and Chris Mehring). AND, our beloved full-game YouTube highlights: You just have to love those Timber Rattlers Home slates! It's a real special Minor League treat to get these full-game YouTube highlights - you'd be hard-pressed to find an organization that does it better postgame than the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers organization. Given pitching was the name of the game today, let's close today's T-Rats coverage with an homage to pitching stud Antoine Kelly with a secondary special tip of the cap to T-Rats pitching coach, Will Schierholz, who truly is doing a fantastic job in 2022: *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 7, Mississippi (Braves) 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please visit and review: Down to FInal Strike Reetz Walk-Off Homer Stuns M-Braves - Monasterio Drives in Three While Tying Franchise Record Andruw Monasterio began his Shuckers career a perfect 6-for-6. This tied former Shuckers Garrett Cooper (2015) and Dustin DeMuth (2016) for the Shuckers franchise record for consecutive hits. In his first at bat, in his second game as a Shucker, he blasted a 2-run homer over the wall in left field plating Noah Campbell who led the Shuckers' first frame with a walk: Andruw did prove his mortality by managing a fly out in his seventh at bat. A collective sigh was heard in the streets of Biloxi and children wailed at the ball park. The streak ended. BUT, alas, the game continued. Proving it isn't always how hard you hit it, Andruw later demonstrated sometimes you just need to make contact: Victor Castaneda struggled in an abbreviated 2 2/3 start (his second intentional condensed outing since his IL return) needing 73 pitches to collect his eighth out. Taylor Floyd came on in relief and his 2 1/3 scoreless, hitless, walk-less innings helped set the tone as he passed the ball to Harold Chirino. All told, Taylor and Harold didn't strike a single batter out but they relied on their defense and the defense provided all they needed. Nash Walters came on in the eighth inning and he showcased his change-up to good effect. Nash started his year strictly working his fastball and slider but, since that time, he has added his curve and change-up to the mix. I am eager to watch his outings in the games ahead as he looks on the cusp of some dominant relief work. What will he need to do this? Locate. Locate. Locate. Still too many 1-0 and 2-0 counts. But, the stuff is there. Zach Vennaro seemed to struggle with his slider a bit tonight and with a consistently very tight strikezone he was forced to try and work his fastball to three consecutive lefty bats. Ultimately, he was done in by a two-run bomb on a pitch that called for up and in. But not enough up and not enough in: This led to a sudden 6-5 deficit. Fear not, Jakson was in waiting in the wings. Jakson will get the majority of tonight's publicity, and rightfully so, but let us not overlook the work of Thomas Dillard. I've mentioned it a couple of time in my reports and I'm going to mention it again now: he's gotten better as the year has progressed. He is starting to heat up at the dish - 3-for-5 tonight - and his BA and OPS are rising as a result. 0.231 and 0.740, respectively. He stayed relevant all season with his impeccable ability to draw walks. Well, other pieces of the puzzle are starting to fit. He's a joy to watch. Joey Wiemer looked frustrated and uncomfortable at the plate. This is the first time I can say this to date. This will be a test of his ability to find and work his way out of this mini-slump. Several off-speed and breaking pitches were his demise tonight - he looked overeager and as though he hoped to meet and greet a misplaced fastball. He adjusted earlier in the season. I expect the same in the weeks ahead. This being said, manning center field again tonight, he made a very nice break on a shallow liner in the later innings and made the diving catch. All eyes are on you, Joey. No pressure. Where for art thou Gabe Holt? For that matter, where for art thou Sal Frelick? Ahhhh, the mysteries of Minor League injuries persist. Both remain 'Active' and, yet, both remain absent. To this end, is it me or has Garrett Mitchell been on the 7-Day IL since May? I hope to see each and every one these Shuckers very soon. Noah Campbell's recent hitting streak may have come to an end but his offensive impact continues: Ok. Let's take a peak at the view from the Hype Train. What's missing from this glorious scenery is the 1-2 count. The preceding pitch was a 91 mph fastball up and in Jakson swung on and missed violently. There's nothing like getting out ahead of an off-speed breaking pitch and carrying it deep over the wall in left field with one arm. What. A. Stud: *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 8, Indianapolis (Pirates) 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Complete Comeback to Even Series - Nashville Erases 4-0 Deficit for Come-from-Behind Win It certainly isn't often you witness Jon Singleton drive in Tyler White via a triple. But, I swear to you: I saw this phenomenon. And, my goodness it was beautiful. Jon continued his recent run of excellent results at the plate. I love to see it. Caleb Boushley managed to work his way through a 3-run inning but ultimately gave his club five complete - not his sharpest outing but he kept his team in it and his teammates answered in kind. All told, Caleb finished his evening with five complete innings, working around seven hits and a couple walks, with six key strikeouts and the four earned runs. Not his best outing by any measure but enough to allow his team to chip back into it and ultimately ahead. Further Notes: Yay for a Weston Wilson 3-for-3 outing. Man, was he due. Toss in a walk, two runs, and a rbi and Weston had to have felt some relief post-game. Here's to more production like this! He may have been slumping in recent games but let us not forget, after tonight’s three-hit evening, he's third on the Sounds ball club with 15 multi-hit games. An early absolutely key at bat of the game was Pablo Reyes' two-run jack. Let's take a peak (Oh, hey! That's Weston Wilson on base): The unsung and consistent work of the Nashville bullpen. Is there any bullpen arm more unsung than RHP Matt Hardy? (who, by the way, just continues to get people out): Patrick Dorrian with his first knock as a Sound. Congrats! It was a big insurance chopper with the infield in: I mentioned the Jon Singleton triple. Well, he also knocked in the go-ahead run with a single in the seventh inning. He's heating up, folks. The results may not be what he has hoped for (or fans were hoping for, more likely) but I am telling you: his impact on the field and in the clubhouse is undeniable. I'm glad he's in the Brewers organization. I have all the faith in the world in his talents. One of my Sounds bullpen favorites and recent Brewers call-up, Peter Strzelecki, picked up his second save with a scoreless three-strikeout ninth. When he deals, he deals. I hope to see him back with the big club at some point this season. *** Tune in tomorrow as Israel Puello gets his first start on a Wisconsin Timber Rattler mound. Additionally, Our DSL and ACL affiliates take the diamond after a well-deserved 'day off'. Dylan File will take the Hill in Nashville, Miguel Segura at Five County Stadium, and, well, Biloxi is 'TBD'. As always, thanks for reading! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League Scoreboard Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  7. The Shuckers’ return-to-expected-form continued on Thursday, as they handily defeated a decent Chattanooga squad 11-4 for a 2-1 series lead. This time it was starter Justin Bullock coming through with his best performance of 2022, though covering just three innings as he works back to full strength. Home runs by Thomas Dillard and Cam Devanney powered the offense, along with 2 RBI doubles from Gabe Holt. Nashville didn’t give in despite a 7-0 deficit on the road, cutting it to 7-6 with two runners on and nobody out in the ninth inning before the effort ended there. The Timber Rattlers had limited options for starting pitcher in their game, so Zach Mort had to step in and wear an eight-run, ten-hit nightmare. Carolina will need a win today and then sweep their doubleheader in Columbia on Saturday in order to turn their 0-2 series deficit around. In the Dominican Summer League, the Brewers-1 youngsters finally had their bats come alive, getting 13 hits in 25 at-bats in a lightning-shorted five-inning, 8-3 victory which boosted their record to 2-6. Impressive 17-year old OF Luis Lara went 3-for-3 as he makes his case to move stateside. Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Dillard, Devanney, Bullock and Holt, as well as Weston Wilson. Transactions: RHP Thomas Jankins retired from AAA Nashville Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Rainout – Rescheduled for Saturday Doubleheader 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: Mudcats and Fireflies Postponed Thursday INF Jean Carmona’s Grand Return to action in the Brewers’ organization will need to wait one more day. Friday’s outlook: Expect the same lineup intended for Thursday to go at it tomorrow, led by sterling RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez, though there’s a chance that RHP Fernando Olguin will make the start instead. Wisconsin Pre-Game Notes Final: Great Lakes 13, Wisconsin 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, rainout details: Great Lakes collects 19 hits in 13-4 win over the Rattlers The 13-4 score looks bad and the game wasn’t even as close as that line indicates, as the Timber Rattlers trailed 12-0 after five innings, going scoreless with nine strikeouts against Loon starter Nick Nastrini. Perhaps short of starting arms (where’s LHP Russell Smith ?), the team went with RHP Zach Mort as its starter, though he had not started a game since last September and had only thrown more than 50 pitches in a game once this year. Sorry Zach!! – you’ve been terrific in relief (0.95 WHIP entering the game)! Mort’s season ERA ballooned from 3.18 to 5.06. Offensively, Wisconsin left the bases loaded in the first inning and stranded two more in the second inning, which obviously didn’t help their cause. The Timber Rattlers finally broke against Great Lakes’ bullpen with four runs in the 6th inning on four hits (including a Wes Clarke homer, his 8th of the year; and an Arbert Cipion two-run double) and two walks, but unfortunately ran themselves out of the inning trying to reach 3rd base while down 12-4. Position player Ashton McGee moved over from 1st base to pitch the 9th inning and did not yield a run, while designated hitter Alex Hall moved to catcher and Wes Clarke moved from catcher to 1st base. Did you get all that? Performances of Note: Tyler Black – 3-4, walk Arbert Cipion – 2-3, double, walk, HBP, SB Wes Clarke – 1-4, HR, walk, RBI Zach Mort (Loss) – 3 2/3 IP, 8 R, 10 H, 0 BB, 2 HBP, 2 Ks Ashton McGee – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 1 K Friday’s outlook: RHP Justin Jarvis (4.14 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 9.4 K/9 in 58 2/3 innings) is set to take the mound, as Wisconsin aims to tie up their series in Great Lakes 2-2. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 11, Chattanooga 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Steady Offense Leads Biloxi To 11-4 Victory Things are really turning around nicely in Biloxi in all facets of the game, as evidenced in Thursday’s 11-4 victory when all nine Shucker batters got at least one base hit, along with either a run scored or an RBI. On the mound, RHP Justin Bullock had his best outing of 2022, covering three scoreless innings time with 41 pitches (28 strikes). This was in spite of a dangerous first inning where the first two Lookout batters reached via double and single and they ultimately loaded the bases with one out. However, Bullock escaped by striking out three hitters in the frame. After that initial trouble, Biloxi’s offense responded with three straight hits in the second inning, the last a Gabe Holt RBI double for a 1-0 Shucker lead. Jakson Reetz (a potential 40-man MLB roster add in the coming off-season) then smacked his 13th home run of 2022 on a 2-0 pitch to double the margin. RHP Carlos Luna came on for extended relief, ably covering five innings and largely saving the bullpen by throwing 94 pitches to earn the win, while the Shucker consistently added to their lead. He struck out eight batters in his strong effort, though yielded four runs. Thomas Dillard’s 5th home run of the season, a three-run shot in the fifth inning, stretched Biloxi’s lead to 5-0. Cam Devanney followed with a solo shot in the sixth inning (his 9th of the year), homering on consecutive days, before a Lookout error pushed the lead to 7-1. A run-scoring wild pitch, another Gabe Holt RBI double and a Sal Frelick sacrifice fly grew the margin to 10-2 in the seventh inning. RHP Nash Walters ably covered the ninth inning, striking out the first two Chattanooga hitters he faced. Performances of Note: Thomas Dillard – 2-6, HR, 3 RBIs Gabe Holt – 3-5, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs Cam Devanney – 2-3, HR, walk, HBP, RBI Sal Frelick – 2-4, triple, walk, SF, RBI Noah Campbell – 2-4, double, walk Felix Valerio – 2-5, double Jakson Reetz – 1-5, HR, walk, RBI Justin Bullock – 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks Carlos Luna (Win) – 5 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 8 Ks Nash Walters – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: Biloxi leads Chattanooga 2-1 thus far and will send LHP Nick Bennett to the mound to follow in the footsteps of Noah Zavolas and Justin Bullock in aiming for his best outing of 2022. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Memphis 7, Nashville 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Come Up Just Short in Memphis Our solid Nashville squad battled back gallantly in this affair, although the early seven-run deficit was just too much to overcome (bear?). Starting RHP Tyler Herb will need to have his breakout AAA performance another night. His three-up, three-down first inning was followed by a bases loaded escape in the second inning and then a six-run, 11-Redbird batter third inning which included seven hits and a walk. LHP Andy Otero entered for that 11th batter with two-on and two-out, inducing a fly out to mercifully end the frame. However, Memphis then tacked on a 7th run in the fifth inning, which ultimately proved valuable. Down 7-0 but not out of it, Nashville’s offense awoke in the sixth inning, with INF Andruw Monasterio smacking a three-run blast for his first home run of 2022. While Otero kept the Redbirds guessing in 3 1/3 innings of work, the Sounds clawed back to 7-5 in the sixth inning on a Tyler White RBI single and David Dahl sacrifice fly. Otero was relieved by the eminently capable Hobie Harris in the seventh inning, then the Sounds put a scare into Memphis by loading the bases in the eighth inning, though that opportunity went for naught. After Harris faced the minimum number of Memphis batters over two innings, Weston Wilson opened the ninth inning with his 5th homer of the year, cutting the deficit to 7-6. This was immediately followed by a Jonathan Davis double and Brice Turang infield single to put the potential game-winning runs on base with nobody out. Unfortunately, that was the last hurrah for Nashville, as Memphis’ Kodi Whitley struck out Pablo Reyes and Jon Singleton, before inducing a pop out to end the game. Performances of Note: Weston Wilson – 2-4, HR, RBI, SB David Dahl – 2-3, SF, RBI Andruw Monasterio – 1-4, HR, 3 RBIs Jon Singleton – 1-4, double, walk Tyler White – 1-4, walk, RBI Jonathan Davis – 1-5, double Pablo Reyes – 1-3, 2 walks Tyler Herb (Loss) – 2 2/3 IP, 6 R, 9 H, 2 BB, 1 WP, 5 Ks Andy Otero – 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Hobie Harris – 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: Nashville is down 2-1 in their series in Memphis, so now turns to RHP Caleb Boushley to start Game Four of the series. Boushley’s been excellent of late, winning his last four starts while throwing over 90 pitches in each of his last three games (0.90 ERA over last 20 innings). ARIZONA COMPLEX LEAGUE Final: ACL Athletics 5, ACL Brewers Blue 4 Box Score / Game Log Similar to the Sounds, the Brewers Blue squad simply ran out of time on their comeback, scoring in each of the last four innings to cut the deficit to 5-4 in this shortened seven-inning game. Unfortunately, the loss dropped the team to 1-7 on the season. Starting RHP Jared Albir was not able to reproduce his terrific performance last week, giving up three hits, a walk and hitting a batter in a three-run third inning. Recently-turned 18-year old INF Ney Serrano hit his first home run of the season to cut the deficit to 4-2 in the fifth inning. Then in a game of hero-to-goat on the same play, 18-year old INF Jonatan Guzman laced a two-on, two-out, RBI single in the sixth inning to make it a 4-3 game, but got himself thrown out trying for second base. After the Athletics restored their lead to 5-3, the final inning started promising for the Blue team with two walks and a hit-by-pitch and nobody out, but the team could not muster the big hit to tie it up, only getting one run home via wild pitch to close the gap to the 5-4 final scoreline. Performances of Note: Eduarqui Fernandez – 2-4, double, RBI Ney Serrano – 1-2, HR, HBP, RBI Alexander Perez – 1-3, double, walk Jonatan Guzman – 1-3, RBI Luis Medina – 1-4, SB Jose Chavez – 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Final: ACL Guardians 5, ACL Brewers Gold 3 Box Score / Game Log After getting their first run without a hit (error, two wild pitches) in the fourth inning to close to within 2-1, the Gold team earned their second run in the sixth inning on a Jadher Areinamo double and Luis Castillo sacrifice fly to make it a 2-2 game. 18-year old LHP Caden Vire got through two innings of relief work without yielding a run or hit, but the Guardians got to him in the seventh inning via a walk, single and three-run homer by 20-year old Wuilfredo Antunez (1.321 OPS in 26 plate appearances this year, with eight walks and two strikeouts), who is probably expecting a promotion to a full season squad soon. Two singles (by Gregory Barrios and Areinamo) and an error in the eighth inning enable the Gold team to reduce the deficit to 5-3 with two men on base, but potent Blayberg Diaz (.774 career OPS, all in the ACL) flied out to right field to end that threat. Then again in the ninth inning, boys two men reached (Eduarh Colina single, Gregory Barrios walk) with two outs, but also-potent Areinamo flied out to center field to end the game. Brewers’ 24-year old LHP Justin King (signed from independent ball on June 5th) kept his ERA at 0.00 in covering the two scoreless innings, as he aims for a promotion to Low-A Carolina. Performances of Note: Jadher Areinamo – 2-5, double Luis Castillo – 1-2, triple, walk, SF, RBI Gregory Barrios – 1-3, walk, HBP Blayberg Diaz – 1-3, walk, SB Justin King – 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE Final: DSL Brewers #1 Squad 8, DSL Tigers #2 Squad 3, five innings, lightning Box Score / Game Log In just their 2nd win of the young season (2-6), the #1'ers had 13 base hits, four for extra bases, despite the shortened affair. They only drew one walk, so they were hacking, and successfully so, Guys and gals - presenting again, Luis Lara. Lara has reached base in all eight games thus far, hitless only once. He has a four-hit game, this game that was cut short with three hits, and four two hit games. The 17-year-old switch-hitting Venezuelan bonus baby center fielder sports a 1.227 OPS, only four K's in 33 at-bats. In the top of the 4th, the Tigers had two runs in to tie the game at 3-3 with men on 2nd and 3rd and only one out. RHP Dikember Sanchez inherited that tough spot and immediately got a line drive to third base, doubling off the runner at 3rd, squashing the rally, Buoyed by that big moment, the Crew put up a five-spot in the bottom half highlighted by a three-run double by another high-bonus position player in 17-year-old switch-hitting Venezuelan shortstop Jhonny Severino. Roman La Torre, a left-handed swinging catcher out of Venezuela who just turned 17 last month, is 3-for-7 with two doubles and a walk to begin his career. La Torre signed in January for just $10,000. Yet another 17-year-old, starting LHP Wande Torres, posted a solid line in his 2nd pro appearance. He signed for $38,700, an odd number but we never quite know how the organization has to make the bonus dollars allocate into their overall pool Performances of Note: Luis Lara – 3-3, double, RBI Arnys Rodriguez – 2-2, walk, RBI Roman La Torre – 2-3, double Duncan Garcia – 1-2, triple, SF, RBI Jhonny Severino – 1-3, double, 3 RBIs Gery Holguin – 1-3, RBI Angel Pereira – 1-3, HBP Dikember Sanchez (Win) – 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 Ks Final: DSL Texas Red 7, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 3, six innings, lightning Box Score / Game Log Crew #2 falls to 3-5. They scored only one earned run on the day, as Texas' team won despite four errors. The Brewers committed two miscues of their own, including another by 17-year-old bonus baby Johan Barrios at third base, his 9th. That was the lone ground ball sent Barrios' way. Brewers batters had four singles and six walks. As we often saw last year, it was green lights a-plenty, as the organization develops stolen base techniques. Only 3-for-6 in attempts here. When Juan Baez was signed in January, he was listed as a catcher, but the 16-year-old (turns 17 in ten days) Dominican native has played all over the infield and primarily at shortstop thus far. He is also batting 3rd, and scorching with a .387/.412/.613 line (1.025 OPS). He too, signed for just $10,000. It's just such an incredibly unique dynamic among the players, a few among them are pre-tax millionaires, and most are just grateful for an opportunity. Here's the page you want to bookmark, as MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez provided bonus info on all the members of the large 2022 Brewers international signing class Performances of Note: Ludwin Tejada – 1-3, walk, RBI, SB Juan Baez – 1-2, walk, SB Johan Barrios – 1-2, walk Irving Iguales – 1-2, walk We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck in Friday’s Eight Games! 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  8. Every Biloxi batter had at least one base hit in their 11-4 win. Nashville nearly turned around a seven-run deficit, but fell 7-6 in Memphis. Wisconsin fell behind 12-0 in their big loss. Carolina and Columbia were rained out, so will make up the game on Saturday. Only one of the four short season squads were victorious. The Shuckers’ return-to-expected-form continued on Thursday, as they handily defeated a decent Chattanooga squad 11-4 for a 2-1 series lead. This time it was starter Justin Bullock coming through with his best performance of 2022, though covering just three innings as he works back to full strength. Home runs by Thomas Dillard and Cam Devanney powered the offense, along with 2 RBI doubles from Gabe Holt. Nashville didn’t give in despite a 7-0 deficit on the road, cutting it to 7-6 with two runners on and nobody out in the ninth inning before the effort ended there. The Timber Rattlers had limited options for starting pitcher in their game, so Zach Mort had to step in and wear an eight-run, ten-hit nightmare. Carolina will need a win today and then sweep their doubleheader in Columbia on Saturday in order to turn their 0-2 series deficit around. In the Dominican Summer League, the Brewers-1 youngsters finally had their bats come alive, getting 13 hits in 25 at-bats in a lightning-shorted five-inning, 8-3 victory which boosted their record to 2-6. Impressive 17-year old OF Luis Lara went 3-for-3 as he makes his case to move stateside. Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Dillard, Devanney, Bullock and Holt, as well as Weston Wilson. Transactions: RHP Thomas Jankins retired from AAA Nashville Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Rainout – Rescheduled for Saturday Doubleheader 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: Mudcats and Fireflies Postponed Thursday INF Jean Carmona’s Grand Return to action in the Brewers’ organization will need to wait one more day. Friday’s outlook: Expect the same lineup intended for Thursday to go at it tomorrow, led by sterling RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez, though there’s a chance that RHP Fernando Olguin will make the start instead. Wisconsin Pre-Game Notes Final: Great Lakes 13, Wisconsin 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, rainout details: Great Lakes collects 19 hits in 13-4 win over the Rattlers The 13-4 score looks bad and the game wasn’t even as close as that line indicates, as the Timber Rattlers trailed 12-0 after five innings, going scoreless with nine strikeouts against Loon starter Nick Nastrini. Perhaps short of starting arms (where’s LHP Russell Smith ?), the team went with RHP Zach Mort as its starter, though he had not started a game since last September and had only thrown more than 50 pitches in a game once this year. Sorry Zach!! – you’ve been terrific in relief (0.95 WHIP entering the game)! Mort’s season ERA ballooned from 3.18 to 5.06. Offensively, Wisconsin left the bases loaded in the first inning and stranded two more in the second inning, which obviously didn’t help their cause. The Timber Rattlers finally broke against Great Lakes’ bullpen with four runs in the 6th inning on four hits (including a Wes Clarke homer, his 8th of the year; and an Arbert Cipion two-run double) and two walks, but unfortunately ran themselves out of the inning trying to reach 3rd base while down 12-4. Position player Ashton McGee moved over from 1st base to pitch the 9th inning and did not yield a run, while designated hitter Alex Hall moved to catcher and Wes Clarke moved from catcher to 1st base. Did you get all that? Performances of Note: Tyler Black – 3-4, walk Arbert Cipion – 2-3, double, walk, HBP, SB Wes Clarke – 1-4, HR, walk, RBI Zach Mort (Loss) – 3 2/3 IP, 8 R, 10 H, 0 BB, 2 HBP, 2 Ks Ashton McGee – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 1 K Friday’s outlook: RHP Justin Jarvis (4.14 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 9.4 K/9 in 58 2/3 innings) is set to take the mound, as Wisconsin aims to tie up their series in Great Lakes 2-2. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 11, Chattanooga 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Steady Offense Leads Biloxi To 11-4 Victory Things are really turning around nicely in Biloxi in all facets of the game, as evidenced in Thursday’s 11-4 victory when all nine Shucker batters got at least one base hit, along with either a run scored or an RBI. On the mound, RHP Justin Bullock had his best outing of 2022, covering three scoreless innings time with 41 pitches (28 strikes). This was in spite of a dangerous first inning where the first two Lookout batters reached via double and single and they ultimately loaded the bases with one out. However, Bullock escaped by striking out three hitters in the frame. After that initial trouble, Biloxi’s offense responded with three straight hits in the second inning, the last a Gabe Holt RBI double for a 1-0 Shucker lead. Jakson Reetz (a potential 40-man MLB roster add in the coming off-season) then smacked his 13th home run of 2022 on a 2-0 pitch to double the margin. RHP Carlos Luna came on for extended relief, ably covering five innings and largely saving the bullpen by throwing 94 pitches to earn the win, while the Shucker consistently added to their lead. He struck out eight batters in his strong effort, though yielded four runs. Thomas Dillard’s 5th home run of the season, a three-run shot in the fifth inning, stretched Biloxi’s lead to 5-0. Cam Devanney followed with a solo shot in the sixth inning (his 9th of the year), homering on consecutive days, before a Lookout error pushed the lead to 7-1. A run-scoring wild pitch, another Gabe Holt RBI double and a Sal Frelick sacrifice fly grew the margin to 10-2 in the seventh inning. RHP Nash Walters ably covered the ninth inning, striking out the first two Chattanooga hitters he faced. Performances of Note: Thomas Dillard – 2-6, HR, 3 RBIs Gabe Holt – 3-5, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs Cam Devanney – 2-3, HR, walk, HBP, RBI Sal Frelick – 2-4, triple, walk, SF, RBI Noah Campbell – 2-4, double, walk Felix Valerio – 2-5, double Jakson Reetz – 1-5, HR, walk, RBI Justin Bullock – 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks Carlos Luna (Win) – 5 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 8 Ks Nash Walters – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: Biloxi leads Chattanooga 2-1 thus far and will send LHP Nick Bennett to the mound to follow in the footsteps of Noah Zavolas and Justin Bullock in aiming for his best outing of 2022. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Memphis 7, Nashville 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Come Up Just Short in Memphis Our solid Nashville squad battled back gallantly in this affair, although the early seven-run deficit was just too much to overcome (bear?). Starting RHP Tyler Herb will need to have his breakout AAA performance another night. His three-up, three-down first inning was followed by a bases loaded escape in the second inning and then a six-run, 11-Redbird batter third inning which included seven hits and a walk. LHP Andy Otero entered for that 11th batter with two-on and two-out, inducing a fly out to mercifully end the frame. However, Memphis then tacked on a 7th run in the fifth inning, which ultimately proved valuable. Down 7-0 but not out of it, Nashville’s offense awoke in the sixth inning, with INF Andruw Monasterio smacking a three-run blast for his first home run of 2022. While Otero kept the Redbirds guessing in 3 1/3 innings of work, the Sounds clawed back to 7-5 in the sixth inning on a Tyler White RBI single and David Dahl sacrifice fly. Otero was relieved by the eminently capable Hobie Harris in the seventh inning, then the Sounds put a scare into Memphis by loading the bases in the eighth inning, though that opportunity went for naught. After Harris faced the minimum number of Memphis batters over two innings, Weston Wilson opened the ninth inning with his 5th homer of the year, cutting the deficit to 7-6. This was immediately followed by a Jonathan Davis double and Brice Turang infield single to put the potential game-winning runs on base with nobody out. Unfortunately, that was the last hurrah for Nashville, as Memphis’ Kodi Whitley struck out Pablo Reyes and Jon Singleton, before inducing a pop out to end the game. Performances of Note: Weston Wilson – 2-4, HR, RBI, SB David Dahl – 2-3, SF, RBI Andruw Monasterio – 1-4, HR, 3 RBIs Jon Singleton – 1-4, double, walk Tyler White – 1-4, walk, RBI Jonathan Davis – 1-5, double Pablo Reyes – 1-3, 2 walks Tyler Herb (Loss) – 2 2/3 IP, 6 R, 9 H, 2 BB, 1 WP, 5 Ks Andy Otero – 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Hobie Harris – 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: Nashville is down 2-1 in their series in Memphis, so now turns to RHP Caleb Boushley to start Game Four of the series. Boushley’s been excellent of late, winning his last four starts while throwing over 90 pitches in each of his last three games (0.90 ERA over last 20 innings). ARIZONA COMPLEX LEAGUE Final: ACL Athletics 5, ACL Brewers Blue 4 Box Score / Game Log Similar to the Sounds, the Brewers Blue squad simply ran out of time on their comeback, scoring in each of the last four innings to cut the deficit to 5-4 in this shortened seven-inning game. Unfortunately, the loss dropped the team to 1-7 on the season. Starting RHP Jared Albir was not able to reproduce his terrific performance last week, giving up three hits, a walk and hitting a batter in a three-run third inning. Recently-turned 18-year old INF Ney Serrano hit his first home run of the season to cut the deficit to 4-2 in the fifth inning. Then in a game of hero-to-goat on the same play, 18-year old INF Jonatan Guzman laced a two-on, two-out, RBI single in the sixth inning to make it a 4-3 game, but got himself thrown out trying for second base. After the Athletics restored their lead to 5-3, the final inning started promising for the Blue team with two walks and a hit-by-pitch and nobody out, but the team could not muster the big hit to tie it up, only getting one run home via wild pitch to close the gap to the 5-4 final scoreline. Performances of Note: Eduarqui Fernandez – 2-4, double, RBI Ney Serrano – 1-2, HR, HBP, RBI Alexander Perez – 1-3, double, walk Jonatan Guzman – 1-3, RBI Luis Medina – 1-4, SB Jose Chavez – 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Final: ACL Guardians 5, ACL Brewers Gold 3 Box Score / Game Log After getting their first run without a hit (error, two wild pitches) in the fourth inning to close to within 2-1, the Gold team earned their second run in the sixth inning on a Jadher Areinamo double and Luis Castillo sacrifice fly to make it a 2-2 game. 18-year old LHP Caden Vire got through two innings of relief work without yielding a run or hit, but the Guardians got to him in the seventh inning via a walk, single and three-run homer by 20-year old Wuilfredo Antunez (1.321 OPS in 26 plate appearances this year, with eight walks and two strikeouts), who is probably expecting a promotion to a full season squad soon. Two singles (by Gregory Barrios and Areinamo) and an error in the eighth inning enable the Gold team to reduce the deficit to 5-3 with two men on base, but potent Blayberg Diaz (.774 career OPS, all in the ACL) flied out to right field to end that threat. Then again in the ninth inning, boys two men reached (Eduarh Colina single, Gregory Barrios walk) with two outs, but also-potent Areinamo flied out to center field to end the game. Brewers’ 24-year old LHP Justin King (signed from independent ball on June 5th) kept his ERA at 0.00 in covering the two scoreless innings, as he aims for a promotion to Low-A Carolina. Performances of Note: Jadher Areinamo – 2-5, double Luis Castillo – 1-2, triple, walk, SF, RBI Gregory Barrios – 1-3, walk, HBP Blayberg Diaz – 1-3, walk, SB Justin King – 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE Final: DSL Brewers #1 Squad 8, DSL Tigers #2 Squad 3, five innings, lightning Box Score / Game Log In just their 2nd win of the young season (2-6), the #1'ers had 13 base hits, four for extra bases, despite the shortened affair. They only drew one walk, so they were hacking, and successfully so, Guys and gals - presenting again, Luis Lara. Lara has reached base in all eight games thus far, hitless only once. He has a four-hit game, this game that was cut short with three hits, and four two hit games. The 17-year-old switch-hitting Venezuelan bonus baby center fielder sports a 1.227 OPS, only four K's in 33 at-bats. In the top of the 4th, the Tigers had two runs in to tie the game at 3-3 with men on 2nd and 3rd and only one out. RHP Dikember Sanchez inherited that tough spot and immediately got a line drive to third base, doubling off the runner at 3rd, squashing the rally, Buoyed by that big moment, the Crew put up a five-spot in the bottom half highlighted by a three-run double by another high-bonus position player in 17-year-old switch-hitting Venezuelan shortstop Jhonny Severino. Roman La Torre, a left-handed swinging catcher out of Venezuela who just turned 17 last month, is 3-for-7 with two doubles and a walk to begin his career. La Torre signed in January for just $10,000. Yet another 17-year-old, starting LHP Wande Torres, posted a solid line in his 2nd pro appearance. He signed for $38,700, an odd number but we never quite know how the organization has to make the bonus dollars allocate into their overall pool Performances of Note: Luis Lara – 3-3, double, RBI Arnys Rodriguez – 2-2, walk, RBI Roman La Torre – 2-3, double Duncan Garcia – 1-2, triple, SF, RBI Jhonny Severino – 1-3, double, 3 RBIs Gery Holguin – 1-3, RBI Angel Pereira – 1-3, HBP Dikember Sanchez (Win) – 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 Ks Final: DSL Texas Red 7, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 3, six innings, lightning Box Score / Game Log Crew #2 falls to 3-5. They scored only one earned run on the day, as Texas' team won despite four errors. The Brewers committed two miscues of their own, including another by 17-year-old bonus baby Johan Barrios at third base, his 9th. That was the lone ground ball sent Barrios' way. Brewers batters had four singles and six walks. As we often saw last year, it was green lights a-plenty, as the organization develops stolen base techniques. Only 3-for-6 in attempts here. When Juan Baez was signed in January, he was listed as a catcher, but the 16-year-old (turns 17 in ten days) Dominican native has played all over the infield and primarily at shortstop thus far. He is also batting 3rd, and scorching with a .387/.412/.613 line (1.025 OPS). He too, signed for just $10,000. It's just such an incredibly unique dynamic among the players, a few among them are pre-tax millionaires, and most are just grateful for an opportunity. Here's the page you want to bookmark, as MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez provided bonus info on all the members of the large 2022 Brewers international signing class Performances of Note: Ludwin Tejada – 1-3, walk, RBI, SB Juan Baez – 1-2, walk, SB Johan Barrios – 1-2, walk Irving Iguales – 1-2, walk We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck in Friday’s Eight Games! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League Scoreboard 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
  9. 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.
  10. What a terrific Sunday for our minor league affiliates, as each and every one jumped out to early leads which held up nicely: Nashville Sounds – 8-4 by the 4th inning Biloxi Shuckers – 4-1 by the 4th inning and 7-1 by the 5th inning Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – 3-0 through 5; 4-0 through 6 Carolina Mudcats – 5-0 in the 2nd inning; 9-1 in the 5th inning And let’s give a shoutout to the minor league staffers and players obviously working hard in extended spring training in Arizona. If the fabulous initial performances of OF Jackson Chourio and RHP Stiven Cruz are anything to go by, there’s some serious competition and development going on down there. The recently-promoted 20-year old Cruz had a scintillating debut for Carolina, striking out eight of the 11 batters he faced, whilst otherwise only conceding a walk, fly out and “soft line drive” single to right field. Who does he think he is, Brandon Knarr? Well, that’d be something special, as Knarr dazzled for Wisconsin on Sunday by shutting out the opposition over seven innings of three-hit, one-walk, ten-strikeout ball. Or if dominant pitching is too boring for you, Sunday saw a team-record six home runs for our Biloxi Shuckers, including two each for Joey Wiemer and Cam Devanney. Oh, and Alberis Ferrer jacked a grand slam for Carolina . Coupled with a Brewers’ victory, Sunday, May 15, 2022 almost went down in history as a perfect Wisconsin sports day. Almost… Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Knarr, Wiemer, Devanney, Cruz and Nashville’s Weston Wilson (three hits, four RBIs). Sorry Alberis – your grand slam would have been enough on any other day. Transactions: · None Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 12, Fayetteville 6 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: Cruz Totals 8 Ks; Ferrer Hits Grand Slam in 12-6 Victory It’s Stiven Cruz’s world and we’re all just enjoying living in it. The 20-year old Nicaraguan was more-than-ready for his 2022 debut, striking out the side in the first inning and then working around a 2nd inning walk to K the next three hitters. In all, he threw 60 pitches over three innings, with no runner reaching 2nd base. On this day, the opposing starter was not quite as sharp, to say the least. Five walks, a single and a wild pitch in the 2nd inning gave Carolina a 3-0 lead before OF Jackson Chourio lined a single to left field to extend the lead to 5-0. At 5-1 with two outs in the top of the 5th inning, 3B Alberis Ferrer blasted a grand slam to left field for his third home run of 2022, seemingly giving the team sufficient cushion. However, some scuffling by RHPs Trevor Tietz and Miguel Segura enabled Fayetteville to claw back to 9-6 in the 7th inning, before LHP Jakob Brustoski calmed nerves by striking out the side in the 8th inning. Thankfully, the Mudcats tacked on another three runs in the 9th inning to put the game out of reach, aided by four walks and a hit-by-pitch. Carolina’s win was enough to draw the week’s series 3-3 with Fayetteville and keep the Mudcats’ record above .500 in 2022. The main downside in this game was SS Eduardo Garcia’s early exit after a fielding error in the 7th inning. Hopefully he’ll be back in the lineup early this week. Performances of Note: Jackson Chourio – 2-5, double, 2 RBIs Jeferson Quero – 2-3, 2 BBs, 2 SBs Alberis Ferrer – 1-3, HR, BB, HBP, 6 RBIs Eduardo Garcia – 1-3, BB, RBI Jesus Chirinos – 1-2, 3 BBs Stiven Cruz – 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 8 Ks Junior Montero (Win) – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BBs, 2 Ks Jakob Brustoski – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BBs, 3 Ks Christian Tripp – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BBs, 3 Ks Next week’s outlook: The 17-16 Mudcats return home to face Down East (14-19) in the third series of 2022 between these rivals. Expect RHPs Edwin Jimenez and Israel Puello to start the opener of the six-game series. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 4, Quad Cities 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Knarr Quiets Quad Cities with Ten Ks LHP Brandon Knarr doesn’t ask for much from his offense, so Joe Gray Jr.’s two-run shot to left field in the 3rd inning surely had him smiling with a 2-0 lead. After working around a one-out single and walk in the first inning, Knarr only allowed two more River Bandits to reach base over his seven innings of work. This was Knarr’s 5th consecutive win. Of course, Quad Cities players and fans must have been excited upon seeing Knarr remain in the dugout in the 8th inning and their prayers seemed to be answered when RHP Joey Matulovich allowed the first three hitters to reach base (two hit-by-pitch, single). Matulovich nearly escaped unscathed, but a two-out walk brought the potential game-winning run to the plate. Timber Rattler Manager Joe Ayrault wasn’t messing around in this one, pulling Matulovich after 23 pitches to have RHP James Meeker end Quad Cities’ threat with a strikeout. Meeker remained in the game to cover the 9th inning, earning his 3rd save of 2022. Wisconsin’s victory gave them a second-consecutive 5-1 series win over their opponent, which is huge in light of 3rd place South Bend coming to town next week. Performances of Note: Tyler Black – 3-5, double, RBI Joe Gray Jr. – 1-5, HR, 2 RBIs Darrien Miller – 1-4, double, HBP, RBI Zavier Warren – 1-3, double, 2 BBs Tristan Peters – 1-4, double Brandon Knarr (Win) – 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 10Ks James Meeker (Save) – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Next week’s outlook: The 22-11 Timber Rattlers return home for their second series of the year against South Bend (20-13). LHP Antoine Kelly is listed as the Game One starter, but don’t be surprised if LHP Russell Smith (last pitched May 7th) or RHP Ryne Moore (recently promoted to High-A) get in some work as well. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 8, Birmingham 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: History Again! Biloxi Launches Franchise-Record Six Home Runs The Shuckers won their series! The Shuckers won their series! After a frustrating month, Biloxi’s bats have woken up and the squad notched a 4-2 series win over the Birmingham Barons, their first series victory since April 17th. RHP Noah Zavolas apparently does not subscribe to my “rust” theory, where I give athletes a few mulligans after a long lay-off. (Remember Michael Jordan putting his shorts on backwards and shooting 7-for-28 in his grand mid-season return to the Chicago Bulls?) Zavolas was cool, calm and collected through three innings of work in his 2022 debut, retiring nine of the ten batters he faced and getting the boost he needed when OF Joey Wiemer smacked his 8th homer of 2022 for a 1-0 Biloxi lead in the 3rd inning. However, the 4th inning looked like trouble, with a Birmingham single and two walks opening the frame. To my shock, Zavolas remained in the game, striking out dangerous veteran left-handed hitter Craig Dedelow (eight home runs in 2022) before then being lifted for RHP JT Hintzen. Hintzen was up to the task in this one, inducing a sacrifice fly and a ground out to keep the contest tight at 1-1. In the bottom half of the 4th inning, the Shuckers decided to make a winner of Hintzen, with Jakson Reetz connecting on his 7th home run of 2022 (for the 3rd consecutive day!) and then Cam Devanney blasting a 2-run homer to give Biloxi a 4-1 lead. The shock and awe kept coming, as Wiemer (two-run shot) and Felix Valerio went back-to-back in the 5th inning and Devanney added his 2nd of the game (and 4th of the year) in the 6th inning. The team decided to give RHP Victor Castaneda a bit of work in this one and he was unlucky to give up two runs in the 7th inning on a walk, infield hit and deflected single into left field. That said, Castaneda still struck out six batters over three innings and the Barons never seriously threatened. Performances of Note: Joey Wiemer – 3-5, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs Cam Devanney – 2-4, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs Jakson Reetz – 2-4, HR, RBI Tristen Lutz – 2-3, BB Sal Frelick – 2-5 Felix Valerio – 1-5, HR, RBI Noah Zavolas – 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 BBs, 3 Ks JT Hintzen (Win) – 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BBs, 0 Ks Nash Walters – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BBs, 1 K Arnaldo Hernandez – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K Next week’s outlook: The 16-17 Shuckers travel to face the 14-19 Mississippi Braves. LHP Nick Bennett (5.28 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 6.5 K/9 in 29 innings) is scheduled to get the first crack at the Mississippi lineup. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 11, Jacksonville 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Take Sixth Straight Series With Sunday Win Nashville had won five straight series entering this game and wasn’t ready to entertain any possibility of a 3-3 draw with Jacksonville this week, jumping out to a 4-0 first inning lead on two-out doubles by 3B Weston Wilson and OF Pablo Reyes. However, starting RHP Alec Bettinger is still rounding into 2022 form and was unfortunately roughed up in the 2nd inning (thus re-proving my rust theory), giving up three hits, a walk and sacrifice fly to quickly re-knot the contest at 4-4. RHP Luke Barker then served as an efficient bridge to innings-eater RHP Josh Lindblom, covering the 3rd inning before another Sounds’ barrage. Once again doing all their damage with two outs, Nashville posted another four runs in the 4th inning, including an RBI infield single by Tyler White (snapping an 0-for-27 skid) and a bases-clearing double by Wilson. Lindblom was his usual efficient self, allowing only two hits and two walks over five innings of work. SS Brice Turang had been in a mini-slump (0-for-10 before a first inning infield single), so his 7th inning two-RBI single extending the Sounds’ lead to 11-4 had to feel good. As if 11 runs weren’t enough, the scoreline could have ballooned much further if not for three tremendous defensive plays by the Jumbo Shrimp, which you can see on their twitter feed. Performances of Note: Weston Wilson – 3-5, 2 doubles, BB, 4 RBIs Pablo Reyes – 3-5, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, SB Alex Jackson – 2-5, double, SB Brice Turang – 2-6, 2 RBIs Jonathan Davis – 2-4, BB, HBP Abraham Almonte – 2-4, BB, HBP Andruw Monasterio – 1-4, BB Alec Bettinger – 2 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks Luke Barker (Win) – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BBs, 0 Ks Josh Lindblom – 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 BBs, 5 Ks Trevor Kelley – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks Next week’s outlook: Nashville (24-11) is home this week to take on the Louisville Bats (13-22). RHP Caleb Boushley (4.28 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 8.3 K/9 in 33 2/3 innings) is expected to make his 8th start of the year to open the series. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Enjoy your travel day, young fellas! 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  11. Biloxi crushes a team record six home runs in support of Noah Zavolas’ 2022 debut. A phenomenal eight-K, three-inning shutout debut for Stiven Cruz led Carolina to victory. Nashville racks up 11 runs for a comfortable win. Brandon Knarr is once-again dominant for Wisconsin, with ten strikeouts in seven shutout innings. What a terrific Sunday for our minor league affiliates, as each and every one jumped out to early leads which held up nicely: Nashville Sounds – 8-4 by the 4th inning Biloxi Shuckers – 4-1 by the 4th inning and 7-1 by the 5th inning Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – 3-0 through 5; 4-0 through 6 Carolina Mudcats – 5-0 in the 2nd inning; 9-1 in the 5th inning And let’s give a shoutout to the minor league staffers and players obviously working hard in extended spring training in Arizona. If the fabulous initial performances of OF Jackson Chourio and RHP Stiven Cruz are anything to go by, there’s some serious competition and development going on down there. The recently-promoted 20-year old Cruz had a scintillating debut for Carolina, striking out eight of the 11 batters he faced, whilst otherwise only conceding a walk, fly out and “soft line drive” single to right field. Who does he think he is, Brandon Knarr? Well, that’d be something special, as Knarr dazzled for Wisconsin on Sunday by shutting out the opposition over seven innings of three-hit, one-walk, ten-strikeout ball. Or if dominant pitching is too boring for you, Sunday saw a team-record six home runs for our Biloxi Shuckers, including two each for Joey Wiemer and Cam Devanney. Oh, and Alberis Ferrer jacked a grand slam for Carolina . Coupled with a Brewers’ victory, Sunday, May 15, 2022 almost went down in history as a perfect Wisconsin sports day. Almost… Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Knarr, Wiemer, Devanney, Cruz and Nashville’s Weston Wilson (three hits, four RBIs). Sorry Alberis – your grand slam would have been enough on any other day. Transactions: · None Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 12, Fayetteville 6 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: Cruz Totals 8 Ks; Ferrer Hits Grand Slam in 12-6 Victory It’s Stiven Cruz’s world and we’re all just enjoying living in it. The 20-year old Nicaraguan was more-than-ready for his 2022 debut, striking out the side in the first inning and then working around a 2nd inning walk to K the next three hitters. In all, he threw 60 pitches over three innings, with no runner reaching 2nd base. On this day, the opposing starter was not quite as sharp, to say the least. Five walks, a single and a wild pitch in the 2nd inning gave Carolina a 3-0 lead before OF Jackson Chourio lined a single to left field to extend the lead to 5-0. At 5-1 with two outs in the top of the 5th inning, 3B Alberis Ferrer blasted a grand slam to left field for his third home run of 2022, seemingly giving the team sufficient cushion. However, some scuffling by RHPs Trevor Tietz and Miguel Segura enabled Fayetteville to claw back to 9-6 in the 7th inning, before LHP Jakob Brustoski calmed nerves by striking out the side in the 8th inning. Thankfully, the Mudcats tacked on another three runs in the 9th inning to put the game out of reach, aided by four walks and a hit-by-pitch. Carolina’s win was enough to draw the week’s series 3-3 with Fayetteville and keep the Mudcats’ record above .500 in 2022. The main downside in this game was SS Eduardo Garcia’s early exit after a fielding error in the 7th inning. Hopefully he’ll be back in the lineup early this week. Performances of Note: Jackson Chourio – 2-5, double, 2 RBIs Jeferson Quero – 2-3, 2 BBs, 2 SBs Alberis Ferrer – 1-3, HR, BB, HBP, 6 RBIs Eduardo Garcia – 1-3, BB, RBI Jesus Chirinos – 1-2, 3 BBs Stiven Cruz – 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 8 Ks Junior Montero (Win) – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BBs, 2 Ks Jakob Brustoski – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BBs, 3 Ks Christian Tripp – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BBs, 3 Ks Next week’s outlook: The 17-16 Mudcats return home to face Down East (14-19) in the third series of 2022 between these rivals. Expect RHPs Edwin Jimenez and Israel Puello to start the opener of the six-game series. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 4, Quad Cities 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Knarr Quiets Quad Cities with Ten Ks LHP Brandon Knarr doesn’t ask for much from his offense, so Joe Gray Jr.’s two-run shot to left field in the 3rd inning surely had him smiling with a 2-0 lead. After working around a one-out single and walk in the first inning, Knarr only allowed two more River Bandits to reach base over his seven innings of work. This was Knarr’s 5th consecutive win. Of course, Quad Cities players and fans must have been excited upon seeing Knarr remain in the dugout in the 8th inning and their prayers seemed to be answered when RHP Joey Matulovich allowed the first three hitters to reach base (two hit-by-pitch, single). Matulovich nearly escaped unscathed, but a two-out walk brought the potential game-winning run to the plate. Timber Rattler Manager Joe Ayrault wasn’t messing around in this one, pulling Matulovich after 23 pitches to have RHP James Meeker end Quad Cities’ threat with a strikeout. Meeker remained in the game to cover the 9th inning, earning his 3rd save of 2022. Wisconsin’s victory gave them a second-consecutive 5-1 series win over their opponent, which is huge in light of 3rd place South Bend coming to town next week. Performances of Note: Tyler Black – 3-5, double, RBI Joe Gray Jr. – 1-5, HR, 2 RBIs Darrien Miller – 1-4, double, HBP, RBI Zavier Warren – 1-3, double, 2 BBs Tristan Peters – 1-4, double Brandon Knarr (Win) – 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 10Ks James Meeker (Save) – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Next week’s outlook: The 22-11 Timber Rattlers return home for their second series of the year against South Bend (20-13). LHP Antoine Kelly is listed as the Game One starter, but don’t be surprised if LHP Russell Smith (last pitched May 7th) or RHP Ryne Moore (recently promoted to High-A) get in some work as well. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 8, Birmingham 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: History Again! Biloxi Launches Franchise-Record Six Home Runs The Shuckers won their series! The Shuckers won their series! After a frustrating month, Biloxi’s bats have woken up and the squad notched a 4-2 series win over the Birmingham Barons, their first series victory since April 17th. RHP Noah Zavolas apparently does not subscribe to my “rust” theory, where I give athletes a few mulligans after a long lay-off. (Remember Michael Jordan putting his shorts on backwards and shooting 7-for-28 in his grand mid-season return to the Chicago Bulls?) Zavolas was cool, calm and collected through three innings of work in his 2022 debut, retiring nine of the ten batters he faced and getting the boost he needed when OF Joey Wiemer smacked his 8th homer of 2022 for a 1-0 Biloxi lead in the 3rd inning. However, the 4th inning looked like trouble, with a Birmingham single and two walks opening the frame. To my shock, Zavolas remained in the game, striking out dangerous veteran left-handed hitter Craig Dedelow (eight home runs in 2022) before then being lifted for RHP JT Hintzen. Hintzen was up to the task in this one, inducing a sacrifice fly and a ground out to keep the contest tight at 1-1. In the bottom half of the 4th inning, the Shuckers decided to make a winner of Hintzen, with Jakson Reetz connecting on his 7th home run of 2022 (for the 3rd consecutive day!) and then Cam Devanney blasting a 2-run homer to give Biloxi a 4-1 lead. The shock and awe kept coming, as Wiemer (two-run shot) and Felix Valerio went back-to-back in the 5th inning and Devanney added his 2nd of the game (and 4th of the year) in the 6th inning. The team decided to give RHP Victor Castaneda a bit of work in this one and he was unlucky to give up two runs in the 7th inning on a walk, infield hit and deflected single into left field. That said, Castaneda still struck out six batters over three innings and the Barons never seriously threatened. Performances of Note: Joey Wiemer – 3-5, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs Cam Devanney – 2-4, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs Jakson Reetz – 2-4, HR, RBI Tristen Lutz – 2-3, BB Sal Frelick – 2-5 Felix Valerio – 1-5, HR, RBI Noah Zavolas – 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 BBs, 3 Ks JT Hintzen (Win) – 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BBs, 0 Ks Nash Walters – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BBs, 1 K Arnaldo Hernandez – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K Next week’s outlook: The 16-17 Shuckers travel to face the 14-19 Mississippi Braves. LHP Nick Bennett (5.28 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 6.5 K/9 in 29 innings) is scheduled to get the first crack at the Mississippi lineup. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 11, Jacksonville 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Take Sixth Straight Series With Sunday Win Nashville had won five straight series entering this game and wasn’t ready to entertain any possibility of a 3-3 draw with Jacksonville this week, jumping out to a 4-0 first inning lead on two-out doubles by 3B Weston Wilson and OF Pablo Reyes. However, starting RHP Alec Bettinger is still rounding into 2022 form and was unfortunately roughed up in the 2nd inning (thus re-proving my rust theory), giving up three hits, a walk and sacrifice fly to quickly re-knot the contest at 4-4. RHP Luke Barker then served as an efficient bridge to innings-eater RHP Josh Lindblom, covering the 3rd inning before another Sounds’ barrage. Once again doing all their damage with two outs, Nashville posted another four runs in the 4th inning, including an RBI infield single by Tyler White (snapping an 0-for-27 skid) and a bases-clearing double by Wilson. Lindblom was his usual efficient self, allowing only two hits and two walks over five innings of work. SS Brice Turang had been in a mini-slump (0-for-10 before a first inning infield single), so his 7th inning two-RBI single extending the Sounds’ lead to 11-4 had to feel good. As if 11 runs weren’t enough, the scoreline could have ballooned much further if not for three tremendous defensive plays by the Jumbo Shrimp, which you can see on their twitter feed. Performances of Note: Weston Wilson – 3-5, 2 doubles, BB, 4 RBIs Pablo Reyes – 3-5, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, SB Alex Jackson – 2-5, double, SB Brice Turang – 2-6, 2 RBIs Jonathan Davis – 2-4, BB, HBP Abraham Almonte – 2-4, BB, HBP Andruw Monasterio – 1-4, BB Alec Bettinger – 2 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks Luke Barker (Win) – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BBs, 0 Ks Josh Lindblom – 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 BBs, 5 Ks Trevor Kelley – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks Next week’s outlook: Nashville (24-11) is home this week to take on the Louisville Bats (13-22). RHP Caleb Boushley (4.28 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 8.3 K/9 in 33 2/3 innings) is expected to make his 8th start of the year to open the series. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Enjoy your travel day, young fellas! 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  12. 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
  13. After collectively scuffling for four days, Milwaukee’s minor league pitchers stepped to the fore on Thursday night, giving up a combined 6 runs across four 9-inning contests, with Biloxi leading the way with a shutout at home. Nashville and Wisconsin were also winners this evening, although Carolina was done in by missed opportunities in the early innings. Despite pitchers only constituting 2 of the Brewers’ top 13 prospects (including Aaron Ashby – so let’s call it 1 of 12) in our Brewer Fanatic Pre-Season Top 25 Prospect Poll, those apparently under-appreciated arms have actually been doing the heavy lifting throughout this month: AAA Nashville – easily the top ERA in the 20-team International League at 2.52 (second place is Iowa at 3.15, third is Toledo at 3.53) AA Biloxi – also easily tops the ERA listing in the 8-team Southern League at 3.19 (second place is this week’s opponent Pensacola at 3.68) High-A Wisconsin – a more-than-respectable 6th place in ERA in the 12-team Midwest League at 3.97, skewed by an 18-run affair last week Low-A Carolina – not applicable. They’re young! Thursday night’s starting pitchers combined to cover 22 1/3 innings, yielding only 3 runs, 14 hits and 6 walks, while striking out 24 opposing hitters. Combined with solid relief pitching (12 2/3 innings, 2 runs), our hurlers are posting notice that they’re ready to move up the prospect lists. Of course, some offense was required as well and tonight was about solo homers: 2 by Weston Wilson and 1 each for Wes Clarke, Brice Turang, Jon Singleton and Freddy Zamora. And let’s not forget Antonio Pinero and his 2-run homer for Wisconsin. Game Balls this night go to RHP Victor Castaneda, LHP Brandon Knarr, RHP Caleb Boushley, RHP Ryne Moore and LF Weston Wilson. Transactions: None Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Down East 2, Carolina 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Carolina Shut Out 2-0 at Down East Although the squad had four promising scoring opportunities, none came to fruition on this frustrating night for our young Mudcats: Hedbert Perez was thrown out at home on Eduardo Garcia’s 1st inning single Leadoff 2nd inning hits by Jesus Chirinos and Oswel Leones produced nothing A leadoff Jesus Chirinos single and two-out Zack Raabe walk didn’t result in any run in the 7th inning A Hedbert Perez single and a Eduardo Garcia triple in the 8th inning didn’t result in a run, undone by an intervening double play RHP Ryne Moore’s first inning had a bit of everything: infield single, hit-by-pitch, throwing error, two stolen bases, walk, regular single, strikeout. But thankfully the damage was only one run, with 3B Luis Silva throwing out one Wood Duck at home. The second inning was a bit unfair to Mr. Moore, with a 2-out walk and a balk (after 2 strikeouts to open the frame) setting the stage for a run-scoring single to put the deficit at 2-0. Thankfully, C Jeferson Quero’s second throwing error in the first three innings did not cost Moore and the Mudcats a run in the 3rd inning. In all, Moore only yielded 2 hits and recorded 9 strikeouts in his 6 innings of solid work, but unfortunately had to take the loss. LHP Pablo Garabitos and RHP Junior Montero continued to baffle Down East hitters thereafter, but the Carolina offense couldn’t quite come through. Performances of Note: Eduardo Garcia – 2-4, triple Jesus Chirinos – 2-4 Hedbert Perez – 1-4, SB Ryne Moore (Loss) – 6 innings, 2 runs, 5 hits, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 1 balk, 9 Ks Pablo Garabitos – 1 inning, zero runs, 1 hit, 2 Ks Junior Montero – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, 1 walk, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: Today’s essentially a doubleheader, as the squads need to complete the remaining 8 1/2 innings from Tuesday’s contest before moving on to a 7-inning second game. RHP Israel Puello is slated to start one of the games, as he tries to forget his last appearance (7 earned runs in 2 innings). My money is on RHP Edwin Jimenez making the other start, with RHP Jefferson Figueroa also throwing a few innings. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 6, Peoria 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Knarr K’s Seven in Six Scoreless Innings for Rattlers Win at Peoria LHP Brandon Knarr decided to make a late run for Brewer Minor League Pitcher of the Month, blanking the Chiefs for 6 innings to lower his ERA to 1.61 after four terrific appearances this month, with 27 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings. It’s clear his mind is on earning a promotion to AA Biloxi before his 24th birthday coming in early June. The Knarr-ly effort was necessary, as the only thing which separated the Timber Rattlers and Chiefs after six innings was Wes Clarke’s solo home run on a 2-0 count in the 4th inning. Thankfully, Peoria’s impressive 21-year old RHP Dionys Rodriguez exited after six innings and Wisconsin immediately feasted on the relief core, starting with a Carlos D. Rodriguez single and then Antonio Pinero’s first home run of 2022, matching his total of last year. Two walks and a hit-by-pitch set up Clarke (single) and Zavier Warren to drive in 2 more runs and extend the lead to 6-0. RHPs Kent Hasler and RHPs Cam Robinson weren’t as sharp as usual (4 hits, 2 runs in 2 innings), but let’s blame it on rustiness. Hasler has only thrown 4 2/3 innings thus far and Robinson hadn’t pitched in a full week. Performances of Note: Wes Clarke – 2-5, HR, 3 RBIs Antonio Pinero – 2-4, HR, 2 RBIs Zavier Warren – 2-4, double, 1 RBI Sal Frelick – 1-4, walk, SB Brandon Knarr (Win) – 6 innings, zero runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, 7 Ks Kent Hasler – 2 innings, 1 run, 2 hits, zero walks, 3 Ks Friday’s outlook: Always-impressive LHP Antoine Kelly (2.62 ERA in 13 2/3 innings) makes his 4th start of the year as Wisconsin tries to even this week’s series in Peoria at 2 games apiece. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 3, Pensacola 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Shuckers Shutout Wahoos For Second Night Manager Mike Guerrero must have played a hunch. Moving SS Freddy Zamora up to 2nd in the lineup in spite of his .204 AVG / .245 OBP / .245 SLG slash line entering the game, Zamora came through in the bottom of the first inning with his first home run of the season. And for RHP Victor Castaneda, that was the only run he needed. After escaping a first-and-third, 1-out situation in the 1st inning by striking out Griffin Conine and inducing an infield pop up from old friend Luis Aviles Jr., Castaneda only allowed one more baserunner to reach over the next 4 innings. Oh, and he picked that runner off of first base to keep things neat and clean. Apparently tiring in the 6th inning by giving up consecutive walks, RHP Luis Contreras picked him up by stranding both runners and also blanking Pensacola in the top of the 7th inning. Being too close for comfort at 1-0 with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th inning, the Shuckers’ bats woke up, with a Cam Devanney single plating Brent Diaz (who had doubled) and then Jakson Reetz (don’t underestimate this man and his 1.096 OPS) scoring Devanney to extend the lead to 3-0. Thereafter, RHP Nash Walter and RHP Zach Vennaro continued the strong work to complete the shutout. Performances of Note: Jakson Reetz – 2-3, double, RBI Freddy Zamora – 1-4, HR, RBI Cam Devanney – 1-3, RBI Brent Diaz – 1-3, double Thomas Dillard – 1-3 Victor Castaneda (Win) – 5 1/3 innings, zero runs, 3 hits, 2 walks, 5 Ks Luis Contreras – 1 2/3 innings, zero runs, zero hits, 1 walk, 2 Ks Nash Walters – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Zach Vennaro (Save) – 1 innings, zero runs, 1 hit, zero walks Friday’s outlook: LHP Nick Bennett is scheduled to take this one, looking to bounce back from his last outing (5 runs in a loss), as Biloxi aims to seize a 3-1 series lead over Pensacola. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 6, St. Paul 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Solo Shots Power Sounds Past St. Paul A late switch saw RHP Caleb Boushley called to start a day earlier than expected, but the Hortonville and La Crosse man was unfazed and up to the challenge. Of course, it helps when super-prospect Brice Turang gets things rolling with a first-inning blast, his first of the year. In fact, it was a pleasant night of solo efforts, with four of the Sounds’ six runs coming on homers, including Weston Wilson extending the lead to 2-0 in the 2nd inning. Nashville then extended it to 4-0 thanks to a Pablo Reyes single, 4 walks and a wild pitch. It may have been a bigger inning if not for St. Paul gunning down Turang at home on an infield grounder. Boushley’s sole blemish was a run in the bottom of the third inning, in part created by the speed of the Twins’ own super-prospect Royce Lewis (infield single, stolen base, scored on a single). Jon Singleton joined the bachelor party in the 5th inning with a solo shot to authoritatively end his 0-for-19 skid at the plate, pushing the lead to 5-1. St. Paul managed to cut that deficit to 5-2 in the bottom of the 6th inning, with two singles and a double off RHP Thomas Jankins, but impressive field work caught a Saint at 3rd base to lessen the threat (LF Weston Wilson to SS Brice Turang to 3B Andruw Monasterio). In the 8th inning, Wilson added his second homer of the night for the 6-2 final margin. RHPs Zack Brown, Pete Strzelecki and Luis Perdomo were again solid to keep the Saints’ bats quiet, as Strzelecki and Perdomo in particular battle for the coveted Brewers’ Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month award. Performances of Note: Weston Wilson – 2-4, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs Pablo Reyes – 2-5, 1 SB Jon Singleton – 1-3, HR, walk, 2 RBIs Brice Turang – 1-4, HR, walk, RBI Andruw Monasterio – 1-2, 2 walks, 2 SBs Caleb Boushley – 5 innings, 1 run, 4 hits, 1 walk, 1 balk, 3 Ks Zack Brown – 1 inning, zero run, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Pete Strzelecki – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Luis Perdomo – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks Friday’s outlook: LHP Ethan Small (0.49 ERA in 18 1/3 innings) got an extra day of rest in advance of his 5th start of the month. Nashville needs a win to even this week’s series in St. Paul 2-2. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck tonight, Brewers’ affiliates! 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  14. Castaneda & Co. tossed a shutout for Biloxi. Four solo home runs and strong pitching won it for Nashville. Knarr dominated again for Wisconsin. Carolina’s offense was unable to support a solid pitching effort. After collectively scuffling for four days, Milwaukee’s minor league pitchers stepped to the fore on Thursday night, giving up a combined 6 runs across four 9-inning contests, with Biloxi leading the way with a shutout at home. Nashville and Wisconsin were also winners this evening, although Carolina was done in by missed opportunities in the early innings. Despite pitchers only constituting 2 of the Brewers’ top 13 prospects (including Aaron Ashby – so let’s call it 1 of 12) in our Brewer Fanatic Pre-Season Top 25 Prospect Poll, those apparently under-appreciated arms have actually been doing the heavy lifting throughout this month: AAA Nashville – easily the top ERA in the 20-team International League at 2.52 (second place is Iowa at 3.15, third is Toledo at 3.53) AA Biloxi – also easily tops the ERA listing in the 8-team Southern League at 3.19 (second place is this week’s opponent Pensacola at 3.68) High-A Wisconsin – a more-than-respectable 6th place in ERA in the 12-team Midwest League at 3.97, skewed by an 18-run affair last week Low-A Carolina – not applicable. They’re young! Thursday night’s starting pitchers combined to cover 22 1/3 innings, yielding only 3 runs, 14 hits and 6 walks, while striking out 24 opposing hitters. Combined with solid relief pitching (12 2/3 innings, 2 runs), our hurlers are posting notice that they’re ready to move up the prospect lists. Of course, some offense was required as well and tonight was about solo homers: 2 by Weston Wilson and 1 each for Wes Clarke, Brice Turang, Jon Singleton and Freddy Zamora. And let’s not forget Antonio Pinero and his 2-run homer for Wisconsin. Game Balls this night go to RHP Victor Castaneda, LHP Brandon Knarr, RHP Caleb Boushley, RHP Ryne Moore and LF Weston Wilson. Transactions: None Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Down East 2, Carolina 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Carolina Shut Out 2-0 at Down East Although the squad had four promising scoring opportunities, none came to fruition on this frustrating night for our young Mudcats: Hedbert Perez was thrown out at home on Eduardo Garcia’s 1st inning single Leadoff 2nd inning hits by Jesus Chirinos and Oswel Leones produced nothing A leadoff Jesus Chirinos single and two-out Zack Raabe walk didn’t result in any run in the 7th inning A Hedbert Perez single and a Eduardo Garcia triple in the 8th inning didn’t result in a run, undone by an intervening double play RHP Ryne Moore’s first inning had a bit of everything: infield single, hit-by-pitch, throwing error, two stolen bases, walk, regular single, strikeout. But thankfully the damage was only one run, with 3B Luis Silva throwing out one Wood Duck at home. The second inning was a bit unfair to Mr. Moore, with a 2-out walk and a balk (after 2 strikeouts to open the frame) setting the stage for a run-scoring single to put the deficit at 2-0. Thankfully, C Jeferson Quero’s second throwing error in the first three innings did not cost Moore and the Mudcats a run in the 3rd inning. In all, Moore only yielded 2 hits and recorded 9 strikeouts in his 6 innings of solid work, but unfortunately had to take the loss. LHP Pablo Garabitos and RHP Junior Montero continued to baffle Down East hitters thereafter, but the Carolina offense couldn’t quite come through. Performances of Note: Eduardo Garcia – 2-4, triple Jesus Chirinos – 2-4 Hedbert Perez – 1-4, SB Ryne Moore (Loss) – 6 innings, 2 runs, 5 hits, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 1 balk, 9 Ks Pablo Garabitos – 1 inning, zero runs, 1 hit, 2 Ks Junior Montero – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, 1 walk, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: Today’s essentially a doubleheader, as the squads need to complete the remaining 8 1/2 innings from Tuesday’s contest before moving on to a 7-inning second game. RHP Israel Puello is slated to start one of the games, as he tries to forget his last appearance (7 earned runs in 2 innings). My money is on RHP Edwin Jimenez making the other start, with RHP Jefferson Figueroa also throwing a few innings. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 6, Peoria 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Knarr K’s Seven in Six Scoreless Innings for Rattlers Win at Peoria LHP Brandon Knarr decided to make a late run for Brewer Minor League Pitcher of the Month, blanking the Chiefs for 6 innings to lower his ERA to 1.61 after four terrific appearances this month, with 27 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings. It’s clear his mind is on earning a promotion to AA Biloxi before his 24th birthday coming in early June. The Knarr-ly effort was necessary, as the only thing which separated the Timber Rattlers and Chiefs after six innings was Wes Clarke’s solo home run on a 2-0 count in the 4th inning. Thankfully, Peoria’s impressive 21-year old RHP Dionys Rodriguez exited after six innings and Wisconsin immediately feasted on the relief core, starting with a Carlos D. Rodriguez single and then Antonio Pinero’s first home run of 2022, matching his total of last year. Two walks and a hit-by-pitch set up Clarke (single) and Zavier Warren to drive in 2 more runs and extend the lead to 6-0. RHPs Kent Hasler and RHPs Cam Robinson weren’t as sharp as usual (4 hits, 2 runs in 2 innings), but let’s blame it on rustiness. Hasler has only thrown 4 2/3 innings thus far and Robinson hadn’t pitched in a full week. Performances of Note: Wes Clarke – 2-5, HR, 3 RBIs Antonio Pinero – 2-4, HR, 2 RBIs Zavier Warren – 2-4, double, 1 RBI Sal Frelick – 1-4, walk, SB Brandon Knarr (Win) – 6 innings, zero runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, 7 Ks Kent Hasler – 2 innings, 1 run, 2 hits, zero walks, 3 Ks Friday’s outlook: Always-impressive LHP Antoine Kelly (2.62 ERA in 13 2/3 innings) makes his 4th start of the year as Wisconsin tries to even this week’s series in Peoria at 2 games apiece. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 3, Pensacola 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Shuckers Shutout Wahoos For Second Night Manager Mike Guerrero must have played a hunch. Moving SS Freddy Zamora up to 2nd in the lineup in spite of his .204 AVG / .245 OBP / .245 SLG slash line entering the game, Zamora came through in the bottom of the first inning with his first home run of the season. And for RHP Victor Castaneda, that was the only run he needed. After escaping a first-and-third, 1-out situation in the 1st inning by striking out Griffin Conine and inducing an infield pop up from old friend Luis Aviles Jr., Castaneda only allowed one more baserunner to reach over the next 4 innings. Oh, and he picked that runner off of first base to keep things neat and clean. Apparently tiring in the 6th inning by giving up consecutive walks, RHP Luis Contreras picked him up by stranding both runners and also blanking Pensacola in the top of the 7th inning. Being too close for comfort at 1-0 with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th inning, the Shuckers’ bats woke up, with a Cam Devanney single plating Brent Diaz (who had doubled) and then Jakson Reetz (don’t underestimate this man and his 1.096 OPS) scoring Devanney to extend the lead to 3-0. Thereafter, RHP Nash Walter and RHP Zach Vennaro continued the strong work to complete the shutout. Performances of Note: Jakson Reetz – 2-3, double, RBI Freddy Zamora – 1-4, HR, RBI Cam Devanney – 1-3, RBI Brent Diaz – 1-3, double Thomas Dillard – 1-3 Victor Castaneda (Win) – 5 1/3 innings, zero runs, 3 hits, 2 walks, 5 Ks Luis Contreras – 1 2/3 innings, zero runs, zero hits, 1 walk, 2 Ks Nash Walters – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Zach Vennaro (Save) – 1 innings, zero runs, 1 hit, zero walks Friday’s outlook: LHP Nick Bennett is scheduled to take this one, looking to bounce back from his last outing (5 runs in a loss), as Biloxi aims to seize a 3-1 series lead over Pensacola. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 6, St. Paul 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Solo Shots Power Sounds Past St. Paul A late switch saw RHP Caleb Boushley called to start a day earlier than expected, but the Hortonville and La Crosse man was unfazed and up to the challenge. Of course, it helps when super-prospect Brice Turang gets things rolling with a first-inning blast, his first of the year. In fact, it was a pleasant night of solo efforts, with four of the Sounds’ six runs coming on homers, including Weston Wilson extending the lead to 2-0 in the 2nd inning. Nashville then extended it to 4-0 thanks to a Pablo Reyes single, 4 walks and a wild pitch. It may have been a bigger inning if not for St. Paul gunning down Turang at home on an infield grounder. Boushley’s sole blemish was a run in the bottom of the third inning, in part created by the speed of the Twins’ own super-prospect Royce Lewis (infield single, stolen base, scored on a single). Jon Singleton joined the bachelor party in the 5th inning with a solo shot to authoritatively end his 0-for-19 skid at the plate, pushing the lead to 5-1. St. Paul managed to cut that deficit to 5-2 in the bottom of the 6th inning, with two singles and a double off RHP Thomas Jankins, but impressive field work caught a Saint at 3rd base to lessen the threat (LF Weston Wilson to SS Brice Turang to 3B Andruw Monasterio). In the 8th inning, Wilson added his second homer of the night for the 6-2 final margin. RHPs Zack Brown, Pete Strzelecki and Luis Perdomo were again solid to keep the Saints’ bats quiet, as Strzelecki and Perdomo in particular battle for the coveted Brewers’ Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month award. Performances of Note: Weston Wilson – 2-4, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs Pablo Reyes – 2-5, 1 SB Jon Singleton – 1-3, HR, walk, 2 RBIs Brice Turang – 1-4, HR, walk, RBI Andruw Monasterio – 1-2, 2 walks, 2 SBs Caleb Boushley – 5 innings, 1 run, 4 hits, 1 walk, 1 balk, 3 Ks Zack Brown – 1 inning, zero run, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Pete Strzelecki – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Luis Perdomo – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks Friday’s outlook: LHP Ethan Small (0.49 ERA in 18 1/3 innings) got an extra day of rest in advance of his 5th start of the month. Nashville needs a win to even this week’s series in St. Paul 2-2. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck tonight, Brewers’ affiliates! 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  15. From sadness that .395-hitting (in AA in 1987) LaVel Freeman never became an MLB regular to anger at the 1995 release of AL Rookie of the Month Troy O’Leary and frustration at the 2013-14 failure to promote .328-hitting Eugenio Velez to allow the poor man to break his 0-for-46 MLB hitless streak, some of us spend a disproportionate amount of time pulling for Brewers’ fringe players (and Curtis Pride, but that was a more fulfilling story). But if there’s a charity case today, it’s the Brewers’ woeful offense, not our crop of “AAAA” veterans we have playing in Nashville. Here’s how that Brewer offense stacks up after nine games: 25th in OPS (.618) 28th in runs per game (2.78) 29th in home runs per game (0.56) With at least one open 40-man MLB roster spot, 15-person pitching staff, and optionable position players like Mike Brosseau and Keston Hiura, why not roll the dice on two or three of our hottest hitters in AAA? Remember, these are non-roster guys who actually played a full spring training and are now into grooves that might benefit our slumping offense. Without further ado, here are the top five early-season Sounds hitters that are just a phone call away from flying to Milwaukee to bolster the parent squad: David Dahl – OF – Left-Handed Hitter – 28 years old Are you tired of seeing the Brewers send out two right-handed hitting outfielders against opposing right-handed starters? Have you already given up hope of Hunter Renfroe coming through in the clutch against an opposing righty? Former Colorado Rockies’ 2019 All-Star outfielder David Dahl may be the man for you. Despite a Covid-disaster 2020 in Colorado (.470 OPS in 99 PAs) and similarly disappointing 2021 in Texas, Fanatic excitement around Dahl grew steadily with his August 2021 signing and .911 OPS in AAA Nashville, ultimately peaking with the December trade of fellow left-handed hitter Jackie Bradley Jr. With only one left-handed outfield bat (Yelich) remaining in an ocean of righties (Renfroe, Cain, McCutchen, Taylor), Dahl entered spring training with at least a chance to earn an MLB roster spot. Of course, such roster spots are not served on a silver platter, and while Hiura and Tyrone Taylor starred in 2022 spring training, Dahl put together a dismal .538 OPS in 16 plate appearances. But c’mon, the man just needed to shake off some rust. After a 2-for-19 start to the AAA season with no extra-base hits or RBIs, he’s 6-for-12 in his last three games, with two home runs, a double, and 7 RBIs. Mr. Dahl’s 2022 OPS in AAA is now up to a solid .808, and he’s ready to contribute on the big stage. Weston Wilson – IF/OF – Right-Handed Hitter – 27 years old The always-good, never-great 2016 17th round draft pick Wilson never seemed to make any prospect lists but consistently progressed nonetheless: 2016 - .887 OPS at Advanced Rookie Helena 2017 - .842 OPS at Low-A Wisconsin 2018 - .777 OPS at High-A Carolina 2019 - .739 OPS at AA Biloxi Then after the lost 2020 season, Wilson stepped into AAA Nashville in 2021 and showed more power than expected: 16 home runs in 246 plate appearances, with a .902 OPS before having his season cut short in early August due to thoracic outlet syndrome. With his consistent production, burgeoning power, and ability to play all over the field (2021: 20 starts at first base, 11 at shortstop, eight at second base, eight in the outfield, six at third base), some of us wondered whether an MLB club would take a flyer on Wilson in the offseason Rule 5 draft. But that draft was canceled for the first time since 1891. How’s Mr. Wilson performing through his first eight games at AAA Nashville this year?: .375 AVG / .464 OBP / .583 SLG through 28 plate appearances 9-for-24 with one home run and two doubles eight runs scored and 6 RBIs four walks vs. six strikeouts five starts at third base, one at second base, one at first base Whether it’s a Mike Brosseau swap or replacing Keston Hiura with a right-handed-hitting utility player (who hits better than Pablo Reyes), Weston Wilson is fully prepped to help the Brewers immediately. Jon Singleton – 1B – Left-Handed Hitter – 30 years old While perhaps not on the level of the remarkable comebacks of Josh Hamilton, Rick Ankiel, and Darryl Strawberry, a return to the majors for Jon Singleton would undoubtedly garner a solid bit of media attention. A former can’t-miss prospect who reportedly signed the first-ever extension by a drafted prospect with no major league service time (guaranteed $10 million, up to $35 million five year contract with the Astros in June 2014), Singleton made his major league debut as a 22-year old shortly after that, mashing 13 home runs over the remainder of that season. However, despite a solid 2015 in AAA, he struggled in his MLB opportunities, hitting .192 with one home run in 58 plate appearances, and was remarkably outrighted by November 2016, suspended 100 games in January 2018 for a third positive drug test (the first two were for marijuana in 2012) and released in May 2018. Singleton’s last organized baseball game was on September 4, 2017, before playing for Diablos Rojos del Mexico in the Mexican League on June 8, 2021. Oh, how’d he perform en La Ciudad de Mexico? He posted a 1.196 OPS with 15 home runs in 137 at-bats, with 51 walks and 50 strikeouts. Wowsers! So much for easing back into it! The Brewers signed Singleton in December 2021, and he’s been an immediate success in AAA Nashville, producing a .859 OPS over his first 38 plate appearances, including two doubles, a triple, two home runs, and six RBIs. Though he’s only drawn three walks against ten strikeouts thus far, this likely isn’t a concern if you look at his terrific BB/K ratios from 2014-2017 and 2021. Could Mr. Singleton be the instant offense that the Brewers require? Or would it be impossible to pair him with left-handed-hitting Rowdy Tellez, forcing either Andrew McCutchen or Renfroe to the bench? Tyler White – 1B – Right-Handed Hitter – 31 years old As Jon Singleton faded out of Houston’s plans, Tyler White tried to step into the void. A 33rd-round pick in 2013, White efficiently worked his way to the big leagues, having his contract selected in April 2016 and hitting eight home runs in 276 plate appearances that season. After limited MLB action in 2017, White returned in a big way in 2018, putting up a 140+ OPS in 237 plate appearances, with 12 home runs. Unfortunately for him, he disappointed in 2019, was designated for assignment in June, and struggled with the Dodgers as well, being outrighted in February 2020. White regained his form at AAA Buffalo in 2021, with a .292 AVG / .424 OBP / .476 SLG in 353 plate appearances, including 13 home runs, 80 walks, and only 73 strikeouts, but didn’t get the promotion to the Blue Jays. Though his 2022 start has not been other-worldly (.211 AVG / .375 OBP / .579 SLG in 24 plate appearances), perhaps Mr. White is the right-handed hitting platoon partner that the Brewers need at first base if Keston Hiura can’t quite put it together yet. Mark Mathias – IF/OF – Right-Handed Hitter – 27 years old I admit I was baffled when the Brewers traded a catching prospect and gave a 40-man roster spot in November 2019 to a 25-year infielder who’d only posted one encouraging OPS in his previous three seasons. But of course, the “In Stearns We Trust” motto runs deep, so I didn’t doubt the move. Mathias then appeared to be a serviceable utility man for Craig Counsell’s 2020 squad, though in limited action (16 games, 36 plate appearances, mainly in the outfield) and was poised for a potentially bigger role in 2021 before a March shoulder injury shelved him for the entire season. Designated for assignment in November 2021 and not claimed by any other club, Mr. Mathias is now doing his best to remind Brewers’ brass of why they grabbed him in the first place, with an early season .350 AVG / .435 OPS / .550 SLG through 23 plate appearances, all in the infield. While Mathias doesn’t offer the pop of Weston Wilson, could his prior MLB experience playing for Manager Counsell give him a selection advantage What do you think? Who should be the first position player called up to Milwaukee from our minors system in 2022?
  16. If the Brewers are looking for instant offense, they’re in luck. Five veteran players at AAA Nashville have broken out as top early-season performers, ready to step up and produce in Milwaukee. From sadness that .395-hitting (in AA in 1987) LaVel Freeman never became an MLB regular to anger at the 1995 release of AL Rookie of the Month Troy O’Leary and frustration at the 2013-14 failure to promote .328-hitting Eugenio Velez to allow the poor man to break his 0-for-46 MLB hitless streak, some of us spend a disproportionate amount of time pulling for Brewers’ fringe players (and Curtis Pride, but that was a more fulfilling story). But if there’s a charity case today, it’s the Brewers’ woeful offense, not our crop of “AAAA” veterans we have playing in Nashville. Here’s how that Brewer offense stacks up after nine games: 25th in OPS (.618) 28th in runs per game (2.78) 29th in home runs per game (0.56) With at least one open 40-man MLB roster spot, 15-person pitching staff, and optionable position players like Mike Brosseau and Keston Hiura, why not roll the dice on two or three of our hottest hitters in AAA? Remember, these are non-roster guys who actually played a full spring training and are now into grooves that might benefit our slumping offense. Without further ado, here are the top five early-season Sounds hitters that are just a phone call away from flying to Milwaukee to bolster the parent squad: David Dahl – OF – Left-Handed Hitter – 28 years old Are you tired of seeing the Brewers send out two right-handed hitting outfielders against opposing right-handed starters? Have you already given up hope of Hunter Renfroe coming through in the clutch against an opposing righty? Former Colorado Rockies’ 2019 All-Star outfielder David Dahl may be the man for you. Despite a Covid-disaster 2020 in Colorado (.470 OPS in 99 PAs) and similarly disappointing 2021 in Texas, Fanatic excitement around Dahl grew steadily with his August 2021 signing and .911 OPS in AAA Nashville, ultimately peaking with the December trade of fellow left-handed hitter Jackie Bradley Jr. With only one left-handed outfield bat (Yelich) remaining in an ocean of righties (Renfroe, Cain, McCutchen, Taylor), Dahl entered spring training with at least a chance to earn an MLB roster spot. Of course, such roster spots are not served on a silver platter, and while Hiura and Tyrone Taylor starred in 2022 spring training, Dahl put together a dismal .538 OPS in 16 plate appearances. But c’mon, the man just needed to shake off some rust. After a 2-for-19 start to the AAA season with no extra-base hits or RBIs, he’s 6-for-12 in his last three games, with two home runs, a double, and 7 RBIs. Mr. Dahl’s 2022 OPS in AAA is now up to a solid .808, and he’s ready to contribute on the big stage. Weston Wilson – IF/OF – Right-Handed Hitter – 27 years old The always-good, never-great 2016 17th round draft pick Wilson never seemed to make any prospect lists but consistently progressed nonetheless: 2016 - .887 OPS at Advanced Rookie Helena 2017 - .842 OPS at Low-A Wisconsin 2018 - .777 OPS at High-A Carolina 2019 - .739 OPS at AA Biloxi Then after the lost 2020 season, Wilson stepped into AAA Nashville in 2021 and showed more power than expected: 16 home runs in 246 plate appearances, with a .902 OPS before having his season cut short in early August due to thoracic outlet syndrome. With his consistent production, burgeoning power, and ability to play all over the field (2021: 20 starts at first base, 11 at shortstop, eight at second base, eight in the outfield, six at third base), some of us wondered whether an MLB club would take a flyer on Wilson in the offseason Rule 5 draft. But that draft was canceled for the first time since 1891. How’s Mr. Wilson performing through his first eight games at AAA Nashville this year?: .375 AVG / .464 OBP / .583 SLG through 28 plate appearances 9-for-24 with one home run and two doubles eight runs scored and 6 RBIs four walks vs. six strikeouts five starts at third base, one at second base, one at first base Whether it’s a Mike Brosseau swap or replacing Keston Hiura with a right-handed-hitting utility player (who hits better than Pablo Reyes), Weston Wilson is fully prepped to help the Brewers immediately. Jon Singleton – 1B – Left-Handed Hitter – 30 years old While perhaps not on the level of the remarkable comebacks of Josh Hamilton, Rick Ankiel, and Darryl Strawberry, a return to the majors for Jon Singleton would undoubtedly garner a solid bit of media attention. A former can’t-miss prospect who reportedly signed the first-ever extension by a drafted prospect with no major league service time (guaranteed $10 million, up to $35 million five year contract with the Astros in June 2014), Singleton made his major league debut as a 22-year old shortly after that, mashing 13 home runs over the remainder of that season. However, despite a solid 2015 in AAA, he struggled in his MLB opportunities, hitting .192 with one home run in 58 plate appearances, and was remarkably outrighted by November 2016, suspended 100 games in January 2018 for a third positive drug test (the first two were for marijuana in 2012) and released in May 2018. Singleton’s last organized baseball game was on September 4, 2017, before playing for Diablos Rojos del Mexico in the Mexican League on June 8, 2021. Oh, how’d he perform en La Ciudad de Mexico? He posted a 1.196 OPS with 15 home runs in 137 at-bats, with 51 walks and 50 strikeouts. Wowsers! So much for easing back into it! The Brewers signed Singleton in December 2021, and he’s been an immediate success in AAA Nashville, producing a .859 OPS over his first 38 plate appearances, including two doubles, a triple, two home runs, and six RBIs. Though he’s only drawn three walks against ten strikeouts thus far, this likely isn’t a concern if you look at his terrific BB/K ratios from 2014-2017 and 2021. Could Mr. Singleton be the instant offense that the Brewers require? Or would it be impossible to pair him with left-handed-hitting Rowdy Tellez, forcing either Andrew McCutchen or Renfroe to the bench? Tyler White – 1B – Right-Handed Hitter – 31 years old As Jon Singleton faded out of Houston’s plans, Tyler White tried to step into the void. A 33rd-round pick in 2013, White efficiently worked his way to the big leagues, having his contract selected in April 2016 and hitting eight home runs in 276 plate appearances that season. After limited MLB action in 2017, White returned in a big way in 2018, putting up a 140+ OPS in 237 plate appearances, with 12 home runs. Unfortunately for him, he disappointed in 2019, was designated for assignment in June, and struggled with the Dodgers as well, being outrighted in February 2020. White regained his form at AAA Buffalo in 2021, with a .292 AVG / .424 OBP / .476 SLG in 353 plate appearances, including 13 home runs, 80 walks, and only 73 strikeouts, but didn’t get the promotion to the Blue Jays. Though his 2022 start has not been other-worldly (.211 AVG / .375 OBP / .579 SLG in 24 plate appearances), perhaps Mr. White is the right-handed hitting platoon partner that the Brewers need at first base if Keston Hiura can’t quite put it together yet. Mark Mathias – IF/OF – Right-Handed Hitter – 27 years old I admit I was baffled when the Brewers traded a catching prospect and gave a 40-man roster spot in November 2019 to a 25-year infielder who’d only posted one encouraging OPS in his previous three seasons. But of course, the “In Stearns We Trust” motto runs deep, so I didn’t doubt the move. Mathias then appeared to be a serviceable utility man for Craig Counsell’s 2020 squad, though in limited action (16 games, 36 plate appearances, mainly in the outfield) and was poised for a potentially bigger role in 2021 before a March shoulder injury shelved him for the entire season. Designated for assignment in November 2021 and not claimed by any other club, Mr. Mathias is now doing his best to remind Brewers’ brass of why they grabbed him in the first place, with an early season .350 AVG / .435 OPS / .550 SLG through 23 plate appearances, all in the infield. While Mathias doesn’t offer the pop of Weston Wilson, could his prior MLB experience playing for Manager Counsell give him a selection advantage What do you think? Who should be the first position player called up to Milwaukee from our minors system in 2022? View full article
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