Winter News and Notes

Helena Brewers:

Tony Diggs

Tony Diggs

Brewers promoted former Helena Brewer and long-time system coach Tony Diggs to Manager after he was in the dugout for the Arizona League Brewers in 2012. Diggs has spent more than a decade serving in a variety of instructional capacities within the Brewers farm system.

Joining Diggs in the dugout is former Major Leaguer Dwayne Hosey, whom will serve as the team’s hitting instructor. Elvin Nina was also named as pitching coach for the Pioneer League team.

Outfielder Tyrone Taylor was promoted to Rookie League Helena at the conclusion of the season. Taylor is one of a few outfielders in the lower levels touted as potential big leaguers to move up within the system quickly.

Raul Mondesi Jr. yielded the Brewers a solid bullpen piece in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays for right-hander Burke Badenhop.
Badenhop led the Rays in relief appearances in 2012.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers:

Matt Erickson

Matt Erickson

Manager Matt Erickson and his entire coaching staff will return for the 2013 season after his crew helped lead the Rattlers to the Midwest League title in 2012. The Appleton native Erickson has enjoyed his time leading his hometown squad.

In addition to rewarding its coaching staff for a championship season, Wisconsin continues to improve Fox Cities Stadium with a series of off-season renovations.

Brevard County Manatees:

Nick BucciRight-handed Canadian Nick Bucci was the story of the Manatee off-season after solid pitching performances in the Arizona Fall League.

Milwaukee added Bucci to it’s 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule V Draft. Brewer officials were highly concerned teams would snag the 22-year-old, whom the organization could be a formidable middle of the order starter if he climbs the ladder to the Major Leagues.

The Manatees’ field staff will remain unchanged including the return of Ned Yost IV, son of former Brewers manager Ned Yost, as hitting coach. Other returnees will be Manager Joe Ayrault and pitching coach Mark Dewey.

Huntsville Stars

Darnell Coles

Darnell Coles

Manager Darnell Coles was rewarded with another season as the Stars’ Manager after helping a strong core of Huntsville players get to the next level of Minor League baseball.

The development of Hunter Morris, Scooter Gennett and the emergence of utility player Josh Prince were the stories of the 2012 Huntsville Stars.

After being named the Southern League MVP for a near Triple Crown season for the Stars, Morris added the honor of being selected as Huntsville Times’ 2013 Sportsman of the Year.

Prince became the Star of all Brewer farmhands making an appearance in the 2012 Arizona Fall League with a convincing showing notching the top five in nearly all statistical categories.

The utility player gave the Brewers no other option but to add him to the 40-man roster for fear of losing him in the Rule V Draft and added several new positions to his toolbelt.

Second baseman Gennett was added to the Brewers 40-man squad after earning a spot as an off-season All-Star in the Southern League.

The trio of players are bound for Triple A Nashville for the 2013 season. Milwaukee officials project Morris to reach the parent club by the 2014 season.

Unless Rickie Weeks falters by mid-season for Milwaukee, the organization will remain patient with the 22-year-old Gennett as he continues to mature.

Nashville Sounds

Burgos

Hiram Burgos

Right-hander Hiram Burgos was named the Brewers’ 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year after jetting through the farm system.

The 25-year-old began the season with High A Brevard County before heading to Double A Huntsville and Triple A Nashville last season.

Following the Arizona Fall League season, Burgos was rewarded a spot on the 40-man roster in order to protect him from the Rule V Draft.

Infielder Taylor Green made a brief appearance in the Venezuelan Winter League playing 11 games posting a .300 batting average with an On Base Percentage of .333 in 40 at bats.

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