2015 first-round pick Trent Clark made his season debut on Monday night after being promoted to Class-A Wisconsin, where Sthervin Matos was placed on the disabled list. The Timber Rattlers also added another top prospect with the addition of pitcher Devin Williams, who was called up to take the place of the Brewers April Pitcher of the Month, Jon Perrin, following his promotion to High-A Brevard. The Manatees outfield gained a little speed as well, as Omar Garcia was activated from the DL. Meanwhile, the bullpens at Colorado Springs and Biloxi received some reinforcements this week when David Goforth, Tyler Cravy and Sam Freeman were all sent to Triple-A and recently signed pitcher Brett Lee was promoted to Double-A from extended spring training. The Sky Sox also got some help on the middle infield with the addition of Yadiel Rivera, who was sent down from Milwaukee upon the return of second baseman Scooter Gennett from the disabled list. Finally, the Brewers made one other move on the minor league side, releasing pitcher Martin Viramontes, who made four appearances for the Shuckers this season.
A couple of Milwaukee’s top outfield prospects landed on the disabled list this past week, with Michael Reed being shut down for concussion protocol at Colorado Springs after running headfirst into an outfield wall and Clint Coulter being sidelined with an oblique injury. On a more positive note, Wisconsin second baseman Tucker Neuhaus, who has been out for several weeks after suffering a finger injury, stated that he’s only about two weeks away from returning to the Timber Rattlers lineup.
Colorado Springs is the hottest of the Brewers four affiliates after stringing together four straight victories. At 16-18 they still sit in last place in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division, but they now are just five games back of first place Oklahoma City. At Double-A, the Biloxi Shuckers have played .500 ball over their last ten but have seen their lead slip to just a half game over second place Pensacola at 22-13. At Brevard, the Manatees struggles continue as they still sit in last place in the Florida State League with a record of 12-24. Finally, at Class-A Wisconsin, the Timber Rattlers have lost two in a row, leaving them in sixth place in the Midwest League’s Western Division 5.5 games back of Clinton.
The Sky Sox are home all week and have several promotions planned, including a Microbrews T-shirt Giveaway to the first 1000 fans on Saturday night and a Cooler Bag Giveaway, also for the first 1000 fans on Sunday. Biloxi is on the road for an extended period of time and will return home on Friday, May 27th while Brevard hosts Bradenton for four games starting Monday. Finally, at Class-A Wisconsin, the Timber Rattlers homestand continues with a Jonathan Lucroy Lego Giveaway scheduled for Friday night and a Faith Night and Fireworks slated for Saturday evening.