Alumni Spotlight: 6/14/16

We like to follow the Brewers and their prospects here as they work their way up through the minor leagues but as we start to get attached to some of these youngsters they will occasionally find their way to other organizations via trades, free agency or other means. Nevertheless, we still maintain an interest in their advancement and from time-to-time this season, we’ll take a quick pause from our normal day-to-day Brewers coverage to check in on some Brew Crew alumni. Here’s a quick look at how several familiar faces have performed thus far.

Diamondbacks outfielder Mitch Haniger is batting .400 with a pair of home runs through his first four Triple-A games.

Diamondbacks outfielder Mitch Haniger is batting .400 with a pair of home runs through his first four Triple-A games.

MITCH HANIGER

One of the Brewers three first round picks in 2012, Haniger was traded to Arizona in 2014 as part of a trade that brought Gerardo Parra to Milwaukee. The 25-year-old outfielder got off to a strong start at Double-A Mobile this season, hitting .294 with five home runs in 55 games, earning a promotion to Triple-A Reno. In four games since his promotion, Haniger is batting an even .400 with a pair of long balls.

JOHNNY HELLWEG

Part of the trade that saw Zack Grienke deal to the Angels in 2012, Hellweg’s time with the Brewers was marred by injuries and the Crew parted ways with the 6’7″ righty following the 2015 season. He signed on with the Padres and struggled in six Double-A starts this season, going 1-4 with a 10.97 ERA. After a stint in extended spring training, Hellweg recently was sent to the Padres Triple-A affiliate in El Paso.

JASON ROGERS

Traded to Pittsburgh this past offseason in exchange for pitcher Trey Supak and outfielder Keon Broxton, Rogers has appeared in nine games for the Pirates this year but has spent most of the season at Triple-A Indianapolis. In 43 International League games for the Indians, Rogers is batting .281 with six doubles and four home runs.

MIKE STRONG

It was a busy offseason for Strong who was claimed off waivers by the Marlins in December and then again by the Twins in January but he has settled into the bullpen with the Twins Double-A affiliate in Chattanooga. In 15 appearances, the left-hander has gone 0-3 with an 8.10 earned run average.

ZACH QUINTANA

Traded to Atlanta in the deal that brought outfielder Kyle Wren to the Brewers, Quintana has spent all of 2016 with the Braves High-A affiliate in the Carolina League. In 13 games for the Carolina Mudcats, three of which were starts, Quintana has a record of 1-5 with a 5.46 ERA.

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