Circling the Bases will be another new weekly feature here at MPP this season, taking a look back at the previous week and also a look ahead at what’s to come for the Brewers and their minor league affiliates.
NEWS AND NOTES
Brewers pitching prospect Cody Ponce got a bit of bad news as he landed on the disabled list with High-A Brevard County this past week. The injury isn’t thought to be serious at this point, but the former second rounder is battling through a bit of arm fatigue and the Brewers opted to put him on the shelf to get back to 100%. One other name missing from the box scores so far has been right-handed pitcher Devin Williams. After spending last season at Class-A Wisconsin, Williams was slated to begin the year with Brevard County, but the right-hander was held back in Maryvale after experiencing a minor shoulder issue. Meanwhile, the Colorado Springs staff could get a boost this week as Ariel Pena was outrighted to the Brewers Triple-A club. He’ll need to decide in the next few days if he will report to the Sky Sox or opt for free agency.
We’re only three games into the season, so there’s not much to analyze in the way of statistics, but through the first few games of the year, shortstop Angel Ortega (Brevard) is off to a quick start with six hits in fourteen at-bats and a .429 average. Brett Phillips (Biloxi) and Dustin Houle (Brevard) have each homered and knocked in five runs for their teams while outfielder Brandon Diaz (Brevard) has a pair of stolen bases. On the pitching side of things, Junior Guerra (Colorado Springs), Zach Davies (Colorado Springs) and Javi Salas (Biloxi) each racked up eight strikeouts in their first start of the year.
It’s been a busy week here at MPP and we’ve been churning out the posts so it’s quite possible that you may have missed a few. Here are some of our more popular posts from the past week. Our staff took a fun little stab at how we see the season shaking out with our Opening Day Predictions on Thursday. Also, our man in Colorado Springs, Ryan Kaufman, had a chance to speak with some of the Sky Sox and turned in an excellent piece on shortstop Orlando Arcia. Brad Krause had team-by-team previews, with looks at Colorado Springs, Biloxi, Brevard County and Wisconsin, as well as a peek at utility-man Colin Walsh, who made his big league debut with the Brewers. And finally, I posted some game notes from Friday night’s Colorado Springs game.
Elsewhere around the web, Biloxi pitcher Tristan Archer was featured in his local newspaper, the Bristol Herald Courier on Wednesday, talking about his relief appearance with the Brewers in last Saturday’s exhibition game against the Shuckers. Tim Froberg of the Appleton Post Crescent profiled Wisconsin infielder Isan Diaz, whom the Brewers acquired from Arizona in the offseason and figures to be one of the more exciting prospects on a loaded Timber Rattlers squad, while Thaddeus Krzus broke down the Biloxi Shuckers 2016 roster on the Shuck Dynasty blog. Finally, the rumored move of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox became a reality as it was announced that the team would be moving to San Antonio beginning in 2019.
THE WEEK AHEAD
The Brewers hit the road tomorrow to start an eight game road trip that will see them head to St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Minnesota. Meanwhile, Colorado Springs has four more on the road against Nashville before coming home on Friday for their home opener against Memphis. The Shuckers are at home through Wednesday, then head to Mobile for three before returning to MGM Park on Sunday. In the Florida State League, Brevard County travels to Fort Myers for four, then comes back home on Friday night. Last, but not least, Wisconsin starts a brief, three game road trip in Burlington on Monday, then returns home to open a seven game homestand on Thursday.
There are several fun promotions coming up this week throughout the Brewers system, highlighted by Matt Erickson Bobblehead Day with the Timber Rattlers next Sunday, April 17th. The Colorado Springs Sky Sox will host a Team Poster Giveaway on Sunday, the 17th as well as Magnet Schedule Giveaways throughout their first home series of the season. In Biloxi, the Shuckers have a Family Fun Day on the docket for the 17th, which includes pre-game autographs and post-game catch on the field, while Brevard County will host their annual Bark in the Park game on Saturday, the 16th.