Farm Progress Report: 7/4/2016

Wei-Chung Wang has struck out 15 over his last 14.2 innings of work for Biloxi.

Wei-Chung Wang has struck out 15 over his last 14.2 innings of work for Biloxi.

I’ll be pinch-hitting for Marcus with the Farm Progress Reports for the time being and we’ve got plenty to talk about on both the hitting and pitching sides. With all seven of Milwaukee’s minor league affiliates now in action, here’s a quick glance at who’s been heating up throughout the organization over the past couple of weeks.

Kyle Wren (Colorado Springs Sky Sox) – The 25-year-old Wren has been on fire ever since his promotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs and has been raking to the tune of a .475 average over his last ten games, upping his on base percentage to .484 in 25 games with the Sky Sox.

Wei-Chung Wang (Biloxi Shuckers) – The former Rule 5 Draft choice has been dominant in his last two starts, going 6.2 scoreless on June 25th and following that up with eight innings of one run ball on July 1st, striking out more than a batter per inning over that span.

Lucas Erceg (Helena Brewers) – The Brewers second round pick in this year’s draft, Erceg has been tearing through the Pioneer League like good college bats do. In his first 12 games with Helena, he’s batting .400/.455/.560 with an OPS of 1.015.

Elvis Rubio (Brevard County Manatees) – The 22-year-old Rubio has been one of the few bright spots for Brevard County offensively this season. Over his last ten games, the Dominican outfielder is batting .342 with five multi-hit games.

Garrett Cooper (Biloxi Shuckers) – The often overlooked Cooper just continues to hit for the Shuckers. Over his last ten games, the 25-year-old first baseman is batting .375 and he has hit safely in eleven straight contests.

Gentry Fortuno (Helena Brewers) – Helena’s opening day starter, Fortuno has not given up more than two earned runs in any of his four starts thus far. Over the past two weeks, he has an ERA of 1.20, striking out 13 while allowing just two earned runs.

Jake Gatewood (Wisconsin Timber Rattlers) – Gatewood is in the midst of a solid season at the plate while also showing improvements defensively at third base. Over the past ten games, he’s batting .341 including a four hit game against Quad Cities on June 26th.

Jake Gatewood is batting .341 over his past ten games for Wisconsin.

Jake Gatewood is batting .341 over his past ten games for Wisconsin.

Joantgel Segovia (Helena Brewers) – The 19-year-old Segovia has been a steadying force at the top of the Helena lineup so far this season, hitting .361 over his last ten games, including a pair of three-hit games against Billings on June 21st and Missoula on July 1st.

Josmil Pinto (Colorado Springs Sky Sox) – The 27-year-old Pinto is batting an even .500 over his last ten games for Colorado Springs. The veteran backstop has six multi-hit games and three home runs over that span, raising his season line to .356/.410/.555.

Freddy Peralta (Wisconsin Timber Rattlers) – Acquired from Seattle as part of the Adam Lind trade this past offseason, Peralta has been better than advertised, allowing just one earned run over his last three outings for the Timber Rattlers while striking out 18 in 14.2 innings of work.

Yerald Martinez (Helena Brewers) – The 20-year-old Martinez already has racked up four home runs through his first 12 games of the season and is batting .314 over his last ten. He’s hit safely in seven of his last ten, including a two-home run game against Missoula on June 28th.

Stephen Kohlscheen (Biloxi Shuckers) – The Brewers signed the 6’6″ 27-year-old Kohlscheen in late March and he joined the Shuckers a month later, sliding into the closer’s role after the promotion of Jaye Chapman. He has not allowed an earned run in any of his last eight appearances and has converted safely on eight of nine save opportunities.

Clint Coulter (Brevard County Manatees) – It’s been a struggle for Coulter in his second stint in the Florida State League, but he’s shown signs of coming around lately, hitting .371 with eight runs batted in over his last ten games for Brevard County.

Quintin Torres-Costa (Timber Rattlers) – The left-handed throwing Torres-Costa has allowed just one run over his last eight relief appearances for the Timber Rattlers and has been dominant over the past two weeks, with 12 of the 15 strikeouts he’s recorded coming via the strikeout.

Nash Walters (AZL Brewers) – It was a mild surprise when Walters didn’t move up to Helena to begin his 2016 season, but he’s made the most of his first three AZL outings, allowing just two runs in 10.2 innings while racking up 17 strikeouts.

Isan Diaz (Wisconsin Timber Rattlers) – Acquired from Arizona this past offseason as part of the Jean Segura deal, the 20-year-old Diaz is batting .333 (12-for-36) over his last ten games, including a pair of home runs to run his season line to .249/.330/.403

Franly Mallen (Helena Brewers) – Mallen has hit safely in nine of his first eleven game for Helena, including four multi-hit games. The 19-year-old second baseman has an on base percentage of .419 and an .894 OPS.


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