Wagner wows Midwest League, Rattlers


Midwest League Western
  Club W L PCT GB Home Away
Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN) 88 50 .638 48-23 40-27
Quad Cities River Bandits (HOU) 81 57 .587 7 41-28 40-29
Beloit Snappers (OAK) 77 62 .554 11.5 42-27 35-35
Peoria Chiefs (STL) 68 69 .496 19.5 39-27 29-42
Clinton LumberKings (SEA) 67 72 .482 21.5 37-32 30-40
* Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (MIL) 59 76 .437 27.5 30-37 29-39
Burlington Bees (LAA) 56 78 .418 30 27-39 29-39
Kane County Cougars (CHC) 55 80 .407 31.5 33-36 22-44

By Jason Arndt
Brewers Farm Report

It was a large leap for Wisconsin Timber Rattler outfielder Tyrone Taylor entering the 2013 season as Milwaukee’s 15th rated prospect by MLB.com – but by the conclusion he was the fourth rated prospect.

The large jump by Taylor was due to the electrifying start he had where he earned Midwest League’s Player of the Week in June with a scorching stretch.

Through the one week he produced a .522 batting average with three doubles, a triple and a home run to give him the honor of being the best in the Midwest June 3-9.

In addition, here are notes from MiLB.com regarding his stretch. Brewers Farm Report interviewed the outfielder towards the end of the season.

Taylor hit .236 in May, but the hits began coming in bunches as the calendar flipped to June. The 19-year-old outfielder — Milwaukee’s second-round pick in the 2012 Draft — is batting .500 with hits in each of his eight games this month, including a pair of three-hit contests against visiting Beloit on Wednesday and Friday. Along with the hits have come walks: six of his 16 on the season have come this month, allowing Taylor to score three times in the Timber Rattlers’ 11-9 win over Clinton Sunday.

There also was the emergence of 22-year-old pitcher Tyler Wagner where he led the Single A team in innings pitched and victories.

Wagner’s season has led him to the fringes of Milwaukee’s Top 20 Prospects. Reports from Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com indicated the Las Vegas native is “just outside the Top 20” at the moment and could be added to the list by the start of 2014.



RHP – Tyler Wagner
Tied for fourth in Midwest League with ten wins
Eighth in Midwest League with 3.21 Earned Run Average
Tied for fourth in Midwest League with 25 Games Started
Third in Innings Pitched with 148.2 in Midwest League
Sixth in Strikeouts with 116 in Midwest League
Eighth in Midwest League with a WHIP of 1.24



OF – Tyrone Taylor
Midwest League Player of the Week June 3-9
Fourth ranked prospect in Milwaukee organization
Tied for fifth in Midwest League with 33 doubles
Produced 16-game hit streak June 13-July 2 batting .429 with 11 runs scored and 7 RBI

OF- Victor Roache
Eighth ranked prospect in Milwaukee organization
Tied Khris Davis’ single-season team record 22 home runs in 2013
Third in Midwest League with 22 home runs
Drove in seven runs with two home runs July 22 at Dayton
Batted 4-for-5 with four RBI and a home run August 22 at Clinton

OF- Michael Reed
 Second in Midwest League with 13 triples
Sixth in Midwest League with 71 walks
Eighth in Midwest League with .385 On Base Percentage

Rattler All-Stars



RHP – Damien Magnifico 
Ranked 19th in Milwaukee organization
Promoted to Brevard County June 21
Recorded 5-1 record with 3.83 ERA prior to promotion
Struck out 46 batters compared to 24 walks in 54 innings
Allowed no earned runs through five innings and struck out five in season debut.

RHP – Austin Blaski

Produced 3-2 record with 2.01 ERA before season-ending injury.

Struck out season high seven batters in May 11 win against Burlington.
Allowed one earned run through 6.2 innings in win versus Burlington May 11

RHP – Ryan Gibbard 
Allowed 4 earned runs through first 23 innings (five appearances) of 2013
Notched 17 strikeouts in duration of initial span of five appearances

Pitcher of the Week



July 22-28 
RHP – Preston Gainey 

From MiLB.com 
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 3 BB, 1 K)

Before last week, Gainey was probably best known for eschewing his final two years at the U.S. Naval Academy to sign a contract with the Brewers. On Wednesday, he had his sharpest outing as a pro, holding visiting Clinton to one hit over seven scoreless innings in Wisconsin’s 9-1 win. Though Gainey sports a 6.28 ERA and has fanned just 43 while walking 37 over 67 1/3 innings, the 22-year-old right-hander has won his last three decisions and held Midwest League hitters to a .218 mark in July.



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