Once some of the new draft picks are brought into the fold we'll start looking at rookie ball a bit, although rookie ball stats are very misleading. In the meantime, there has been some movement throughout the minor leagues. A couple of pitchers moved up, as did a hitter.
And don't forget about Lorenzo Cain, he should be returning from his injury sooner than later, and when he does you'll hear about it here. On to the report.
Nashville Sounds (AAA)
Alcides Escobar (SS)(Right): May was good for Escobar, June has been even better. In his last ten games he is hitting .400 with eight extra base-hits. The second base experiment did not work, Escobar committed five errors in the roughly two weeks worth of games there. The only reason he isn't in the bigs is because you don't throw a rookie into a playoff race.
Joe Koshansky (1B): Over his last ten games, Koshansky is hitting .265. Only one home run in that stretch but it'd be nice to see that average go up, he's hitting .227 on the year.
Angel Salome (C): Still struggling, at this point Salome looks like he's destined for another year at triple-A. He's hitting .233 this month which is bad, but only slightly worse than his season average (.242). He's driven in 19 on the year.
Brendan Katin (RF)(Left): I debated putting Katin into the last edition, but elected against it. This time his production has been too good to ignore. Over his last ten games he's driven in 16 and had a pair of two home run games. He now leads Nashville in homers (13) and RBI's (51).
Cole Gillespie (LF): He's still hanging around .200 with his batting average. Gillespie does have 18 extra base hits and his OBP is .323, so there's that. If there will be any Corey Hart trade talk, it won't be until Gillespie gets his bat going.
Josh Butler (SP): Between injuries and callups, a couple of spots have opened up in the triple-A rotation. Butler got the call for one of those spots, jumping from Brevard County. He's made three starts for the Sounds and been pretty impressive. His ERA sits at 3.60, but he's struck out 15 against just one walk.
Tim Dillard (SP): Not impressive. Dillard hasn't given up less than four runs in a start since May 15. His last time out he gave up seven runs and walked three while striking out none.
Chris Cody (SP): Cody took the other spot in Nashville, he's made just one start for the Sounds thus far but it was a good one. The lefty gave up one run in 6.1 innings, walking one while striking out one.
Best of the Rest: Hernan Iribarren(2B) has pushed his average up to .328. Adam Heether (3B) is hitting .328. And to complete the impressive play by the utility players, Michael Garciaparra(SS), Nomar's brother, is hitting .317.
Huntsville Stars (AA)
Taylor Green (3B): He's been solid so far for the Stars. Green is hitting .288 and driven in 17 runs. He's hit two home runs for the Stars but what is most impressive is his plate presence. He has as many walks as strikeouts (10) which puts his OBP at .366.
Logan Schafer (OF): Schafer has really put himself on the map as an Outfield prospect this season. Bumped up to Double-A after his strong start to the season at High-A, he's hitting just .217 for Huntsville but he's walked (4) more than he's struck out (3).
Jonathan Lucroy (C): In his last ten games, Lucroy is hitting .286. He's had three multi-hit games in that stretch and drove in nine. He continues to impress with his eye at the plate, Lucroy's OBP is .357, over .100 points higher than his season average (.254).
Mike Jones (SP): It's been hit or miss at the Double-A level for Jones so far. In his two June starts he's given up 11 runs in 9.1 innings, I expect he is in Double-A to stay though.
Best of the Rest: Donovan Hand (P)(Left) has been outstanding, he's 4-1 with a 1.84 ERA in 44 innings. Mike McClendon (P) has been solid too, with a 2.64 ERA and 30 strikouts against just five walks.
Brevard County Manatees (High A)
Eric Farris (2B): The streaky hitting continues for Farris, after batting .330 in May, he's hitting just .186 in June. His 27 stolen bases are good enough for second in the Florida State League though.
Caleb Gindl (OF)(Right): He's hitting just .242 over his last ten games but he did his fifth home run of the year. What's impressive is a .361 OBP against a .274 average. 51 strikeouts in 53 games is not good.
Evan Anundsen (SP)(Left): To put Anundsen into perspective, most Brewers prospect lists at the start of the year didn't even include him. After a no-hitter and fantastic start, he has to be considered one of the system's top pitchers. Anundsen's 1.95 ERA is second in the FSL, and his 60 strikeouts are third. Most impressive is the 1.03 WHIP and the fact that he has yet to give up a long ball.
Jeremy Jeffress (SP): A-ball was apparently just what the doctor ordered. In his last two starts he's pitched 14 innings, given up four hits, no runs, struckout 15 and walked just three. A couple more good starts and he'll head back to double-A.
Zach Braddock (P): The key to Braddock has been health so far. This year he has stayed on the field and the results have been impressive. Braddock has struckout 30 batters in just 18.2 innings and his ERA is .96.
Best of the Rest: Robert Wooten(RP) continues to pitch well, his ERA is 1.00. John Axford(P) has struck out 43 in 27.2 innings. Roque Mercedes(P) has an ERA of 1.05 and Mark Rogers(SP) has pitched 18.2 innings and has his ERA at .96.
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Low A)
Brock Kjeldgaard (1B): Only seven hits in his last 10 games is not good. Six of those seven hits went for extra bases though, including one home run, one triple and four doubles. Brock is hitting .241 in June.
Brett Lawrie (2B): No numbers for Law this edition. He's getting some time off to get that broken nose taken care of. Lawrie is hitting .264 on the season and has eight homeruns.
Wily Peralta (P): 55 strikeouts in 46.1 innings. As a starter Peralta has an ERA of 3.26, out of the bullpen however, his ERA is 5.06.
Daniel Meadows (P)(Right): He pitches and he wins, theres not much more to say. Meadows has pitched in 16 games and has 10 wins. His WHIP is 1.12, good enough for second on the team and he has yet to give up a home run.
Cody Scarpetta (P): He's been up and down this year, much like many of his teammates at Wisconsin. June has been good to him though, in his two appearances he's pitched eight innings, struckout nine and has an ERA of 1.13.
Best of the Rest: Corey Kemp (C) is hitting .370 in his last ten games, his OBP in the year is an impressive .390. Chris Dennis (OF) is hitting .315 after taking Cutter Dysktra spot with the Timber Rattlers.
For the Record:
Steve Braun (2B): Ryan's brother is filling in for Brett Lawrie for the time being. He's played in two games so far and is 1-for-7 with a walk, he'll likely head to rookie ball once Lawrie is back.
Eric Arnett (SP): I already like this kid, he let us know a deal is in place via twitter. It's not official as Arnett has yet to sign the contract, but both sides have agreed to terms. He'll head to rookie ball this year after throwing a ton of pitches for the Hoosiers.
Matt LaPorta (1B/OF): Back in Triple-A, and still hitting. LaPorta is batting .366 for the Indians affiliate.