The 2015 Dominican Summer League Brewers finished with a record of 32-40 under second-year skipper Jose Pena, ending the year in sixth place in the ten team San Pedro de Macoris division.
The Brewers offense was paced by switch-hitting Yerison Pena, who hit a team high .327 with five home runs before being promoted stateside in early August. The club was strong up the middle, with infielders Ignacio Otano and Franly Mallen both putting up nice offensive numbers, while also getting solid contributions from first baseman Nicol Valderrey who appeared in 68 of the Brewers 72 games.
The pitching staff had their share of bright spots as well, led by 18-year-old Panamanian righty Carlos Luna and his 1.46 earned run average. 21-year-old Rodrigo Benoit, pitching in his third season in the DSL, shined as well, recording a team leading six wins in twelve starts.
The Brewers struggled out of the gate, dropping both ends of a doubleheader to one of Boston’s two DSL squads on June 1st after having their opener rained out a day earlier. The Brewers lost their first three contests and seven of their first nine, finishing the month of June with a record of 10-17.
Things started to turn around in July for the Cerveceros, as they opened the month with a four game winning streak, capped by a 10-0 stomping of the Pirates behind the pitching of Luna. They dropped six out of seven games from July 11th-20th however, and wrapped up July at 23-31, finishing a game under .500 for the month at 13-14.
The season’s final month was the Brewers best, with many of the youngsters showing signs of development. The team went 10-9 in August, including a five game winning streak from August 10th-14 that included sweeps of the Tigers and Marlins.
The Brewers had three players selected to participate in the DSL’s mid-season All-Star game. First baseman Nicol Valderrey, shortstop Ignacio Otano and pitcher Carlos Luna represented Milwaukee on the National League squad. The game, played on Sunday, July 19th, ended in a 2-2 tie with Luna being named the contest’s Most Valuable Pitcher after striking out the side in an inning of relief. Otano started as the designated hitter for the NL. He grounded into a force out in the bottom of the second inning in his only at bat. Valderrey entered the game at first base in the top of the fourth and struck out in his lone at bat.
Games Played: Nicol Valderrey (68), Franly Mallen (60), Anderson Jesus (58).
Runs: Ignacio Otano (34), Nicol Valderrey (33), Franly Mallen (33).
Hits: Nicol Valderrey (79), Ignacio Otano (67), Franly Mallen (63).
Doubles: Franly Mallen (20), Ignacio Otano (20), Nicol Valderrey (14).
Triples: Anderson Jesus (4), Yerison Pena (3), Ignacio Otano (3).
Home runs: Yerison Pena (5), Franly Mallen (4), Anderson Jesus (2).
RBI: Yerison Pena (34), Anderson Jesus (28), Franly Mallen (28).
Walks: Franly Mallen (25), Yerison Pena (25), Henry Correa (21).
Stolen Bases: Marcos Pinero (18), Ignacio Otano (17), Ariel Estades (15).
Batting Average: Yerison Pena (.327), Ignacio Otano (.322), Bismar Nunez (.311).
OPS: Yerison Pena (.975), Jay Feliciano (.869), Ignacio Otano (.821).
Wins: Rodrigo Benoit (6), Carlos Luna (4), Nelson Hernandez (4).
ERA: Carlo Luna (1.46), Rodrigo Benoit (2.10), Boanerges Nova (2.72).
Appearances: Juan Diaz (21), Jesus Brea (17), Isaac Silva (15).
Saves: Juan Diaz (4), Starling Duval (2), Jesus Brea (2).
Innings Pitched: Rodrigo Benoit (73), Nattino Diplan (63.1), Wuilder Rodriguez (60.2).
Strikeouts: Rodrigo Benoit (52), Carlos Luna (49), Juan Diaz (46).
WHIP: Rodrigo Benoit (0.92), Carlos Luna (1.01), Boanerges Nova (1.21).
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ignacio Otano: The 18-year-old Dominican born shortstop got off to a hot start to the season, batting .343 in June and .3664 in July before cooling off in August. He finished the season with a .322 average, which was second on the team to Pena. His 34 runs scored led the ballclub while he also finished among the team leaders in hits, doubles and stolen bases.
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Carlos Luna: After pitching in 12 games out of the bullpen in 2014, Luna was inserted into the starting rotation in 2015 and thrived. In nine appearances, eight starts, Luna went 4-2 with a 1.46 earned run average. He held opposing hitters to a .220 average and struck out 49 batters while walking just ten in 55.2 innings of work.