By Jason Arndt
Brewers Farm Report
Stars’ first baseman Jason Rogers continues to be on a tear with his second multi-home run game in eight games in Sunday’s 7-2 win against Jackson.
The first baseman’s five runs batted in gives him 68 total for the season and puts him ahead for the league lead in runs batted in, just two ahead of Birmingham’s Dan Black.
Rogers’ two home runs puts him with 16 in the Southern League and ties him for second with Huntsville teammate Brock Kjeldgaard and Jackson’s Kyle Jensen.
His first two seasons within the Brewers’ organization with three different levels of minor league baseball have given him a combined 21 home runs.
Huntsville got off to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning with the a two-run bomb by Rogers to score second baseman Nick Shaw.
Jackson pitcher James Gillheeny appeared rattled and subsequently walked the bases loaded, including the eventual third run of the inning.
A sacrifice fly by Rogers in the second inning to score leadoff man Chadwin Stang put the Stars’ ahead 4-0. His second home run of the game came in the fourth inning with another two-run bomb to score Stang for the second time of the game.
Rogers’ last multi-home run game was in Huntsville’s July 20 victory against Pensacola where he also knocked in six runs in the 10-5 drubbing. The first baseman followed up the next game with his fourth in two games.
Starter Drew Gagnon notched his third consecutive victory with Huntsville after suffering through a string of five straight losses to begin his campaign with Double A Huntsville. The right-hander from California allowed two earned runs through six innings pitched. The pitcher improves to 4-5 with the Stars after his promotion from Brevard County.
Gagnon has struggled for most of the season after compiling solid numbers with Single A Wisconsin and High A Brevard in 2012 where he kept his earned run average below 2.90 and compiled a combined 7-3 record.
Victor Roache heats up for Wisconsin
Brewers’ first-round selection Victor Roache has batted safely in 19 of his last 25 games after struggling at the start of the season for Single A Wisconsin.
Roache has batted .410 with five home runs and 15 RBI in the last ten games and improves his batting average to .250 for the season.
There was concern for Roache’s shoulder injury following the Brewers’ selection of him in 2012 and was unable to play until 2013.
One of the major things to consider for Roache is he will only continue to improve as his career progresses, barring injury. Roache was immediately dispatched to Single A without a playing a game in Rookie ball.
Roache’s 15 home runs for the Rattlers’ puts him in a tie for third in the Midwest League with numerous other players. Not bad for a player sitting at ten a week and a half ago.
Delmonico makes Manatee debut
Infielder Nick Delmonico made his long-awaited debut with High A Brevard County Saturday and got his first hit in the Manatees’ 11-9 loss to Bradenton.
Delmonico was 1-for-5 with a run scored and a triple after going hitless in three at bats for the Manatees in his debut.
The infielder will be splitting time at third base with Brandon Macias and play Designated Hitter on days Macias receives the start at 3B.
Delmonico was acquired from Baltimore Tuesday for veteran reliever Francisco Rodriguez and is known as a contact hitter with enough athletic ability to play any infield position.
The 20-year-old from Knoxville, Tenn. played catcher in high school and many believed utilizing him behind the plate would be a waste of his athletic ability.
Subsequent to the trade, Delmonico is looking forward to reaching his final destination – Miller Park.