Farm Progress Report: 5/1/2014The first month of the season is in the books and Milwaukee Brewers affiliates have enjoyed a successful start to the season, with Nashville, Huntsville, Brevard County and Wisconsin posting a combined record of 55-47.
Here is a quick look at some of the players who have been heating up over the past two weeks.
Mike Fiers (Nashville) – Fiers has had a remarkable start to 2014, going 5-0 with an 0.80 ERA. In 33.2 innings of work for the Sounds, Fiers has struck out 47 while walking just three and has not given up more than a single run in any outing.
Michael Reed (Brevard County) – Reed has been on fire over the past week, raising his season average to .282 and his on base percentage to a whopping .457. Reed has hit safely in eight of his last ten games, and is batting . 429 over that span.
Brent Suter (Huntsville) – Suter took a no-hitter in to the ninth inning against Mobile on April 23rd and has allowed only six runs in 30 innings of work in 2014. The lefty has a 3-1 record on the season and an ERA of just 1.80.
Clint Coulter (Wisconsin) – Over his last ten games, Coulter is batting .361 with five extra base hits. The former first-round pick has a season average of .324 and is tied for the Timber Rattlers team lead with 4 home runs.
Tyler Wagner (Brevard County) – Wagner has strung together six consecutive starts in which he’s gone at least five innings and has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of those six outings. On the season has a record of 3-1 with a 1.91 ERA.
Jimmy Nelson (Nashville) – Nelson’s performance has been a bit overshadowed by his teammate Fiers, but the Brewers top pitching prospect is 3-1 with a 1.97 ERA. In 32 innings, Nelson has fanned 31 batters and worked at least six innings each time he’s taken the mound.
Shawn Zarraga (Huntsville) – The switch-hitting catcher continues to get on base at an incredible clip for the Stars, batting .433 over his last ten games. To illustrate exactly how hot Zarraga has been, that stretch actually lowered his season average to .489.
Jed Bradley (Brevard County) – Bradley started off the season by allowing seven runs in 4.1 innings. Since that time he has given up only three earned runs in 22 innings over four starts. His last time out, Bradley punched out nine Daytona batters in five innings of work.Drew Gagnon (Huntsville) – Gagnon went six innings and allowed three runs his last time out to earn another quality start. The three runs are the most that the former third-round pick has given up all season. Through his first five starts, Gagnon is 2-1 with a 3.03 ERA.
Tanner Poppe (Brevard County) – Poppe has emerged as the closer for the Manatees, saving seven games and striking out 13 batters in 11 innings. More impressively, Poppe has yet to allow a run this season and has walked just one batter.
Caleb Gindl (Nashville) – After a slow start to the season, Gindl has started to heat up over the past week. He’s strung together a seven game hit streak and is hitting .385 over his last ten games with a home run and four doubles.
Nick Ramirez (Huntsville) – Ramirez is batting .282 over his last ten games, but what’s stood out most for the first baseman from Cal-State Fullerton are the extra-base hits. He’s homered in four of his last five games and has a team leading six home runs on the season.
Hobbs Johnson (Brevard County) – The lefty from North Carolina has allowed only one run in his last three starts while striking out 17 batters in 16 innings. Aside from his second outing of the year, in which he allowed six runs in five innings, Johnson has had little problem handling FSL hitters.