Riding a nine-game hitting streak was a clear indication Clint Coulter was ready to play fully following a season of injuries and missed time.
Milwaukee’s tenth rated prospect lost a month of the season after partially tearing a knee ligament and was a new experience for the 20-year-old catcher.
“I slid in late to second trying to break a double play and twisted my leg,” said Coulter in regards to how he was injured with Wisconsin early in the season.
Now the catcher is showing signs he is healthy given a torrid August with the Arizona League Brewers.
Coulter batted .420 (21-50) for the Arizona Brewers with five doubles, three home runs and 15 runs batted in which includes the nine-game hitting streak.
The hitting streak carried into the Pioneer League on his first game back with the team.
Helena Manager Tony Diggs gave Coulter the start August 21 and the catcher responded with a 3-for-4 game along with two runs scored.
“It was my first knee injury and it was new experience for me to miss a month and I was like ‘oh man’,” Coulter said. “Now I am officially healthy and ready to finish the season strong.”
The 20-year-old catcher began his second season with Single A Wisconsin where he sustained an injury.
Despite Coulter’s struggles with Wisconsin, he remained optimistic the experience and exposure to a tougher league will help him in the long run.
“Absolutely. Whenever you get a chance to compete at a higher level, it’s definitely an adjustment,” Coulter said. “Hopefully I will get another opportunity, not this year, but definitely next season.”
Coulter acknowledged the territory life in the Minor Leagues can be tough especially when being reassigned to different levels of system within the same year.
“When you are the minor leagues you are going to be traveling a lot and once you reach the big leagues there is going to be travel,” Coulter said. “You just got to go out there and play the season. Your sleep is messed up and body is messed up and you just show up and play hard.”
One of the areas in Coulter’s mind is helping the Pioneer League Brewers in the playoffs after the team clinched the first half North Division.
“I am working the playoffs here and hope it brings me something to carry into the offseason,” Coulter said. “I will keep doing the same thing every game and if it keeps working use it.”
Coulter made it a point to remain focused on the catching position even with some Major League catchers switching positions to extend their careers.
“There are elements of the game you cannot control and I can’t be thinking down the line,” Coulter said “Aside from my recent injury I am still pretty young so just cross your fingers.”
Milwaukee drafted Coulter in the first round from the State of Washington, home of the Seattle Mariners.
However, Coulter grew up a Red Sox fan and fellow catcher Mike Napoli is a player he enjoyed watching the most.
“They were the underdog at the time and hadn’t won a World Series in a bunch of years so I grew up liking them,” Coulter said.