Circling the Bases: 4/17/16

Second baseman Tucker Neuhaus was off to a fast start for Wisconsin before suffering a hand injury on Friday night.

Second baseman Tucker Neuhaus was off to a fast start for Wisconsin before suffering a hand injury on Friday night.

NEWS AND NOTES

The injury bug has started to hit the Brewers at the minor league level, with several prospects landing on the DL. At Wisconsin, second baseman Tucker Neuhaus suffered a finger injury on Friday night and is expected to miss some time while outfielder Troy Stokes was placed on the disabled list after suffering an ankle injury while running to first base in Burlington. His spot on the roster was taken by Dominican slugger Elvis Rubio. Meanwhile, in Colorado Springs, third baseman Will Middlebrooks was also placed on the DL, with outfielder Ben Guez taking his place on the active roster. The Brewers also released a handful of minor leaguers earlier in the week and you can read up on those moves on our transactions page.

STAT PACK

At Colorado Springs, Michael Reed has reached base in each of his first nine games this season. The former fifth round draft choice is batting .371 and already has five stolen bases to his credit. Utility man Jake Elmore has also been on fire of late, hitting .455 through his first six games with the Sky Sox. At Biloxi, the outfield duo of Tyrone Taylor and Brett Phillips have been leading the Shuckers attack. Phillips has 12 hits thus far with Taylor right behind him with 11. In Brevard, shortstop Angel Ortega continues to thrive, hitting .324 while four different pitchers Bubba Derby, Brandon Woodruff, Eric Hanhold and Kodi Medeiros, have all reached double digits in strikeouts through their first two starts. For Wisconsin, Jon Perrin set a career high with nine strikeouts on Friday night while outfielder Carlos Belonis continues to rake, hitting safely in seven of his last eight, including his first home run of the season on Saturday afternoon.

ICYMI

A few stories from earlier in the week in case you missed them. Friday was Jackie Robinson Day and Brad Krause wrote an excellent piece featuring quotes from Biloxi second baseman Chris McFarland. Krause was also in Appleton earlier in the week to watch the Timber Rattlers home opener and had a photo gallery as well as some game notes. And finally, speaking of game notes, I had a chance to check out a Biloxi Shuckers game and posted a few notes of my own.

LINKED IN

Elsewhere around the internet, The Daily Astorian had a brief piece on Timber Rattlers pitcher Conor Harber as part of their Hometown Report while the Fort Myers News-Press posted an interview with Brevard County outfielder Clint Coulter. The Manatees will be leaving Brevard following the 2016 season and Jim Goulart uncovered this story from the Osceola News-Gazette about their new home.

THE WEEK AHEAD

The Brewers play two in Minnesota before returning home on Wednesday to start a five game homestand against the Twins and the Phillies. Colorado Springs continues their series with Memphis, then opens up a four game set with Nashville on Tuesday. Biloxi hosts Pensacola in a five game series beginning today, then hits the road on Friday for five against the Mississippi Braves. Brevard County plays on the road all week long, not returning to Viera until Tuesday the 26th. Finally, Wisconsin has three at home against Quad Cities, then hits the road for four games in Peoria.

PROMO PREVIEW

The highlight of the week ahead in promos will be in Biloxi where former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre will be throwing out the first pitch prior to the Shuckers game this afternoon as part of their Brest Cancer Awareness Day. Biloxi will also host Education Day on Wednesday, while Colorado Springs will celebrate Math Day in an afternoon contest and Wisconsin has their first Bang for your Buck night of the year on Wednesday as well.

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