The Milwaukee Brewers will send some of their top prospects such as Orlando Arcia, Jacob Nottingham, Trent Clark, Jorge Lopez, Cody Ponce and Marcos Diplan to Tempe later tonight to take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the Angels annual prospect game at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
The Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers held a similar contest on Wednesday night and the idea of a prospect game is one that seems to be gaining more and more traction throughout baseball, pitting some of the game’s best up-and-coming talents against each other under the lights in Arizona as they prepare for their minor league seasons.
In 2011, the Brewers had a similar idea as they brought many of their top prospects to Miller Park prior to the start of the season to play an exhibition game in front of their fans in Milwaukee, who otherwise may have had limited opportunities to see them play.
The April 2nd contest saw future Brewers such as Wily Peralta, Martin Maldonado, Scooter Gennett, Khris Davis, Yadiel Rivera, Taylor Green, Caleb Gindl and Tyler Thornburg match up against in each other in a battle between the blue team, managed by Don Money, and the white team, managed by Matt Erickson.
The game was dominated by pitching, with the teams managing just a grand total of five hits. It was Peralta who stole the show that day, tossing three dominating innings, striking out five and not allowing a run. What little offense there was, came via the longball, with Green and outfielder Max Walla each belting a solo home run for the white squad as they walked away with a 2-0 victory.
The exhibition drew over 11,000 fans to Miller Park and introduced many Brewers fans to some of the players they now cheer for today. Unfortunately the Rising Stars Game at Miller Park lasted only one year, but with the Brewers big league struggles and improved farm system, the interest in their minor league affiliates is at a high point and games like tonight’s in Tempe will certainly garner interest from prospect followers.