Farm Progress Report: 5/16/2014It’s the middle of May and the Brewers have two affiliates – Nashville and Huntsville – in first place, while Single-A teams Brevard County and Wisconsin hover around the .500 mark, within striking distance of a first half playoff spot.
Here’s a quick look at some of the players who have been excelling recently and helping the Brewers minor league clubs keep on winning.
Jimmy Nelson (Nashville) – Nelson has worked at least six innings in each of his eight starts this season. His last time out, on May 12th, he threw six innings of two hit baseball without allowing a run. For the season, Nelson is 4-1 with a 1.76 ERA and has struck out 53 batters in 51 innings.
Chris McFarland (Wisconsin) – McFarland strung together a ten game hitting streak from May 3rd-10th and is batting .368 with two home runs and five extra base hits in his last ten games. For the season, the 21-year-old second baseman is batting .291 with six home runs and 14 stolen bases.
Adam Weisenburger (Huntsville) – The 25-year-old catcher is batting .481 over his last ten games and has also drawn ten walks during that span. He has a season average of .325 with an on base percentage of .475.
Tyler Wagner (Brevard County) – Wagner has not allowed more than two earned runs in any outing this season and tossed five scoreless against Fort Myers his last time out. On the year, Wagner has a record of 3-2 with a 1.80 ERA.
Tyler Cravy (Huntsville) – Cravy has a record of 7-1 with a 1.87 ERA and has struck out 42 batters in 43.1 innings. He has won his last six straight starts, and has only given up more than two runs in a game once all season.
Sean Halton (Nashville) – The former big leaguer is batting .448 over his last ten games, including a pair of 3-for-4 performances against Iowa on May 4th and May 10th. Halton has a season average of .280 with three home runs for the Sounds.
Omar Garcia (Wisconsin) – In addition to having the #1 play on ESPN SportsCenter on Wednesday night, Garcia is also doing it at the plate, batting .351 over his last ten games. That boosted his season average to .252 and his 21 stolen bases are tops in the Brewers system.
Josh Prince (Huntsville) – Prince is batting .412 over his last ten games and hit his first two home runs of the season this past week. The speedy utility man has racked up 19 steals in 24 attempts for the Stars.
Brad Mills (Nashville) – Mills hasn’t given up a run in any of his last three starts. On May 1st against New Orleans he went six scorless, then tossed seven shutout innings on May 8th at Colorado Springs. He followed that up with six more scoreless innings against Iowa on May 13th. The lefty has a record of 3-0 with 1.45 in eight games this season, with six of his appearances coming as a starter.
Trevor Seidenberger (Wisconsin) – Seidenberger has not allowed a run in his last five relief outings for the Timber Rattlers. For the season he is 2-1 with a 1.72 ERA and hasn’t given up a run since April 17th.
Nick Ramirez (Huntsville) – The Stars first baseman is batting .326 over his last ten games with two doubles, two triples and two home runs. For the year he’s batting .287 with eight home runs and 33 runs batted in. 21 of his 45 hits have gone for extra bases.
Tyrone Taylor (Brevard County) – Taylor has racked up seven doubles and a home run while hitting .310 over his last ten games. Through 37 contests this year, Taylor has posted a slash line of .267/.329/.487 with 24 extra base hits, including 19 doubles.
Casey Medlen (Huntsville) – The 24-year-old Medlen hasn’t allowed a run since April 13th. He is 3-0 this year with a 1.64 ERA in 16 relief appearances.
Hector Gomez (Nashville) – Gomez is hitting .333 with two home runs in his last ten games. He went 9-for-19 from May 9th-13th and 15 of his 27 hits have gone for extra bases this year.
Shawn Zarraga (Huntsville) – Zarraga continues to hammer Double-A pitching, batting .333 in his last ten. That actually lowered his season average to .420. He has also drawn 17 walks while striking out just eight times and has an on base percentage of .515.