Now that the Brewers top four affiliates have a few games under their belts, it’s time for our first Farm Progress Report of the season, checking in on who has been hot down on the farm over the course of the past few weeks.
Keon Broxton (Colorado Springs Sky Sox) – Broxton’s big league struggles to start he season were well documented, but he’s found his swing again since being sent down to Triple-A. Over the past two weeks he’s batting .347 (17-for-49) with four home runs and 11 runs scored.
Josh Hader (Biloxi Shuckers) – Hader’s future may well still be in the bullpen, but he’s enjoyed a lot of success in the Shuckers starting rotation this season. He hasn’t allowed more than one earned run in a start this season and has struck out eight, five and eight in his last three outings.
Jake Gatewood (Wisconsin Timber Rattlers) – Gatewood launched a pair of home runs on Saturday night, including an inside-the-parker and has managed to rack up ten total hits over his last five games for the Timber Rattlers.
Nick Ramirez (Biloxi Shuckers) – Playing time has been tough to come by for Ramirez, but the left-handed swinging first baseman has made the most of his opportunities lately, batting .345 over the past two weeks.
Brandon Woodruff (Brevard County Manatees) – Woodruff returned to Brevard for a second straight season but is doing his best to earn a call to Biloxi, allowing just two earned runs over his last 20 innings of work while racking up 20 strikeouts.
Jon Perrin (Wisconsin Timber Rattlers) – Perrin has been lights out for Wisconsin and was named the Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April after dominating the Midwest League. His pending bump to Brevard comes on the heels of a ten strikeout performance which gave him a 47:1 strikeout to walk ratio for the season.
Johnny Davis (Brevard County Manatees) – A year removed from ACL surgery, Davis appears to have found his groove again in the Florida State League. He’s batting .447 over his last ten games, including six multi-hit performances during that stretch.
David Burkhalter (Wisconsin Timber Rattlers) – The 20-year-old right-hander has not allowed an earned run in any of his last three outings for Low-A Wisconsin. Through his first six appearances for the Rattlers this season, he has held opposing hitters to a .165 batting average.
Brett Phillips (Biloxi Shuckers) – The 21-year-old Phillips erupted for three home runs on Saturday night and has hit safely in six of his last nine contests. Through 27 games he is batting .274 with four doubles, a triple and five home runs for the Shuckers.
Drake Owenby (Wisconsin Timber Rattlers) – Flying under the radar on a Wisconsin pitching staff that has been terrific in the early going, Owenby has allowed just three earned runs over 24.1 innings of work, striking out 25 while walking just five.