Friday, April 17, 2009

Down on the Farm: April 17

The Minor League season is in full swing so the time has come to keep a close eye the top brewers prospects, and the Triple-A pitchers that will at some point this season replace Jeff Suppan.

Nashville Sounds(AAA)

Matt Gamel (3B): He can hit but we already knew that, in seven games to start the year his line is... .500, 2 HR, 10 RBI's... the defensive is still a concern though, he has 4 Errors already.

Alcides Escobar (SS): Three errors to start the season is, honestly, shocking; his defense will be fine. He's hitting .281, but what's nice to see is the early plate presence, his OBP is .361.

Angel Salome (C): Slow start for the stout catcher, hitting only .211 at the outset. OBP is .346 however.

Tony Gwynn Jr. (CF)
: Still has a lot to prove, TG Jr. is hitting .233 but does have four stolen bases without being caught.

Tim Dillard (P): The hard throwing righty has made only one start so far, and it was fairly good. He pitched five innings and gave up only one run, though his WHIP was high at 1.40.

Best of the rest:
Brendan Katin (OF) is hitting .367 with five driven in, Sam Narron(P) and Mike Burns(P) each sport 4.50 ERA's in multiple starts and Chris Narveson(P) has yet to give up a run in relief for the Sounds this season.

Huntsville Stars (AA)

Lorenzo Cain (CF): On the 7-day DL, hasn't played yet for the Stars.

Chris Errecart (1B): Off to a poor start, the First Baseman has only one extra base hit in the first eight games on his way to a .152 average.

Jonathon Lucroy (C): They say the Southern league is tough on hitters, Lucroy is only hitting .241, but he has driven in five.

Chris Cody (P)
: The lefty is off to a good start. In two starts he has 12 K's and an ERA of just 2.00.

Jeremy Jeffress (P): Jeffress has struck out 10 but walked seven in his two starts, his ERA sits at 3.86 but his WHIP is 1.71.

Best of the Rest:
Yohannis Perez(SS) is hitting .400, Joshua Wahpepah(P) hasn't given up a run in eight innings of relief and Donovan Hand(P) has an ERA of only 2.08.

Brevard County (High A)

Caleb Gindl (OF)
: The diminutive Gindl (5'9") is hitting .375 at the seasons start.

Cole Gillespie (OF): He won't be here long, Gillespie is rehabbing at Brevard County and will find himself in Nashville before long. He's hitting .259 for the Manatees.

Eric Farris (IF): Not a good start, hitless in six games.

Mark Rogers (P): He's pitching! Let's hope he stays on the mound after being sidelined last season. No runs allowed in 5.1 innings pitched.

Mike Jones (P): Remember him? The Brewers 2001 1st round pick gave up three runs in his first start, but his WHIP was only 1.20.

Best of the Rest:
Martin Maldonado(C) leads the team with a .429 average. Evan Anundsen(P) gave up only one run in six innings in his first start.

Wisconsin (Low A)

Brett Lawrie (IF)
: He's finally playing, and playing well at that. Lawrie is hitting .300 with an OBP of .385, he leads the team in total bases.

Cutter Dykstra (OF): A slower start for Lenny's kid, Cutter is hitting .214 for the new Brewers affiliate.

Cody Scarpetta (P): The fast tracked Scarpetta has been good so far, with an ERA of 1.59 and eight strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

Best of the Rest:
Trey Watten(P) and Efrain Nieves(P) are both off to good starts with 11 k's apiece and ERA's under three.

For the Record:

William Inman(P) (Traded for Scott Linebrink, 2007): Inman is still in Double-A, in two games this year he's given up a pair of long balls and six earned runs.

Michael Brantley(CF)(Traded for C.C. Sabathia, 2008): The speedy outfielder is hitting .278 with 4 stolen bases for the Indians Triple-A affiliate.

Matt LaPorta(OF)(Traded for C.C. Sabathia, 2008): LaPorta is hitting .375 with two homers for Cleveland's Triple-A squad.

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