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Confirmed: Wagner en route to Milwaukee

By Jason Arndtbrewers
Brewers Farm Report

Tyler Wagner confirmed late Thursday night that he has been promoted from Double A Biloxi to parent club Milwaukee.

The confirmation comes after multiple news outlets, including FoxSports Ken Rosenthal, that the 24-year-old right-hander will make his Major League debut Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Miller Park.

He indicated that he will be boarding a flight to Milwaukee Friday.

Milwaukee’s 12th ranked prospect has started in nine games for the Shuckers this season, accumulating 53 2/3 innings and has allowed 12 earned runs on 45 hits (2.01 ERA).

He became the Southern League’s first four game winner in a Biloxi 8-2 victory against Pensacola April 27, and followed up with two consecutive seven inning starts, but yielded No Decisions.

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Wagner

Wagner has maintained steady control through the progression of the 2015 season, compiling a 38-15 strikeout-walk ratio, and has stated before that he relies heavily on the defense behind him in inducing ground ball outs.

In 401 minor league innings, he has struck out 319 hitters compared to 141 walks.

Milwaukee’s recall comes after the injury by starter Wily Peralta, necessitating the need to place him on the 15-day disabled list, leaving the Brewers without a viable fifth starter.

The Brewers kicked around the idea of starting reliever Michael Blazek, but opted to pitch Mike Fiers on short rest.

Speculation persisted that Milwaukee would call up lanky starter Taylor Jungmann from Triple A Colorado Springs, but the 6-6 native Texan has struggled the majority of the season.

In Jungmann’s first eight appearances, including two in relief, he has allowed 33 earned runs in 38.1 innings, giving up 45 hits and walking 21.

Jungmann made it to the sixth inning in just two of his appearances, including a victory May 1 against Omaha. He followed up with a six inning relief appearance at Memphis, holding the Redbirds scoreless, with six strikeouts and three walks.

Despite early struggles, Jungmann produced his best performances in his last two appearances.

Jungmann endured a tough loss May 23 at Salt Lake, striking out seven and walked one hitter through seven innings, and allowed two earned runs on seven hits.

The 6-6 pitcher picked up his second victory of the season May 28 at Las Vegas, striking out a season-high eight hitters, walking two and allowing two earned runs on four hits.Shuckers-262x200

Tyler Thornburg was another option, but has seen limited success at the Major League level, and has been knocked around in six appearances with the Sky Sox after being demoted from Milwaukee.

Meanwhile, in another development, the Shuckers will play at MGM Park June 6 amid speculation the opening would be delayed for another two months.

The City of Biloxi cited earlier in the week that the stadium would not be ready by the targeted June 6 date, but after intense negotiations with the Shuckers, an agreement was met.

According to WLOX in Biloxi, money was a primary concern, noting an expedition of construction could cost the city an extra $380,000.

In the same report, city officials anticipate economic growth will offset the cost of paying Yates Construction to expedite the process, with the Shuckers and city of Biloxi each pitching in $100,000.

Yates Construction agreed to the cost reduction, according to the report.

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BREWERS ANNOUNCE MINOR LEAGUE COACHING STAFFS

Cait Covers the Bases

The Milwaukee Brewers today announced their Minor League coaching staffs for the 2015 season. Each staff of the organization’s top three levels remain the same from last year.

Gary Lucas joins the Brewers organization as pitching coach at Class-A Wisconsin. He spent the past 15 years as a pitching coach in the Twins organization, most recently at Class-A Fort Myers of the Florida State League in 2014. Also joining the Timber Rattlers staff is Liu Rodriguez. The former middle infielder was a coach with the Rookie Arizona Brewers last season. Steve Timmers begins his first season as strength and conditioning specialist at Wisconsin following two seasons in the Minor League system of the Braves.

The coaching staffs at Rookie Helena and Rookie Arizona remain the same from last season with the exception of Rodriguez, who is now at Wisconsin. Jose Ramos joins the Rookie Dominican Summer League Brewers as…

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A farewell to old farmhands

Losses of Kentrail Davis, Halton, Gindl were inevitablebrewers

By Jason Arndt
Brewers Farm Report

A plethora of new outfielders at the upper levels of the Milwaukee Brewers’ minor league system will be evident entering the 2015 season following departure of key longtime farmhands.

The Brewers made their final farewells to a flurry of departing outfielders, including former first-round selection Kentrail Davis and two frequent fliers to Miller Park in Caleb Gindl and Sean Halton.

Milwaukee’s loss of Davis to the Los Angeles Angels in the Triple A phase of December’s Rule V draft should not come as a shock.

Davis

Davis

Davis, 26, did produce a solid, but unremarkable, minor league career with the Brewers and remained in a holding pattern of his development in Double A since 2012.

The first-round selection in 2008 batted a career .266 with a .358 on base percentage, stole 103 bases and collected 118 doubles, 34 triples and scored 326 runs in 596 career games dating back to 2010.

In Davis’ 2,518 career plate appearances, he drew 265 walks and struck out 482 times.

With the starting outfield core in place at Miller Park for at least another 3-5 years, including Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez and Khris Davis, the new Los Angeles Angel would be in his 30’s by the time he reaches Miller Park.

Similar to last season’s Rule V loss of infielder Eric Farris, Milwaukee might have looked out for Kentrail Davis’ best interests, with hopes the once-promising outfielder can latch on to another organization and succeed.

Halton

Halton

Outfielder Sean Halton was plucked by the Baltimore Orioles in the same Rule V draft after accruing time with Triple A Nashville and parent club Milwaukee the last two seasons.

Halton, 27, batted .238 with a .291 on base percentage in 42 career Major League games with the Brewers in 2013. In his 42 games, he collected four doubles, belted four home runs and drove in 17 runs. Halton drew just five walks and struck out 31 times in 111 plate appearances.

Halton also remained in a holding pattern in Triple A, playing his last three of six seasons with Nashville.

The new Orioles’ farmhand had his best season in 2011 while a member of the Huntsville Stars, collecting a career-high 39 doubles and batted .298 with a .346 OBP.

Gindl, 26, signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays after Milwaukee attempted to outright him off the 40-man roster to make room for new additions, and led to his subsequent release by the Brewers.

Gindl

Gindl

The 26-year-old left-handed hitter played 65 career Major League games between 2013-14, batting .232 with a .335 OBP. He collected seven doubles, two triples and belted five home runs with 14 runs driven in.

Other key losses were veteran outfielder Jeremy Hermida, who initially agreed to a minor-league contract at the start of the off season after one season with Nashville, was released so he could further his career in Japan.

Josh Prince, considered an Arizona Fall League wonder, made an appearance at Miller Park but his career never flourished following his AFL campaign in 2012.

62 Days to Opening Day

Rattler Radio

January 17 was the last time I checked in on the field conditions.Since that day, the weather has stayed cold and there has been more snow…

Let’s take a look at how things stand with 62 days left until Opening Night:

From the top of the Left Field berm:
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From behind home plate:

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From the top of the Right Field berm:
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From the camera platform in Center:

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From behind the camera platform in Center:

Think warm thoughts everyone!

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Pre-Season Brewers Prospect Rankings

By Jason Arndtbrewers
Brewers Farm Report

  Pos Player 2013 Team
1 OF Tyrone Taylor Wisconsin
2 RHP Jimmy Nelson Nashville
3 SS Orlando Arcia Wisconsin
4 OF Mitch Haniger Brevard County
5 OF Victor Roache Wisconsin
6 RHP David Goforth Huntsville
7 RHP Devin Williams AZL Brewers
8 RHP Taylor Jungmann Huntsville
9 3B Tucker Neuhaus AZL Brewers
10 3B Nick Delmonico Brevard County
11 1B Hunter Morris Nashville
12 RHP Johnny Hellweg Nashville
13 1B Jason Rogers Huntsville
14 C Clint Coulter Helena
15 LHP Brent Suter Brevard County
16 RHP Damien Magnifico Brevard County
17 RHP Tyler Wagner Wisconsin
18 OF Michael Reed Wisconsin
19 LHP Clint Terry AZL Brewers
20 RHP Ariel Pena Huntsville
21 1B Garrett Cooper Wisconsin
22 RHP Brooks Hall Huntsville
23 RHP Jorge Lopez Wisconsin
24 LHP Jed Bradley Brevard County
25 RHP Drew Gagnon Huntsville
Players on the Radar
OF Brandon Diaz AZL Brewers
OF Omar Garcia Helena
OF Michael Ratterree Helena
LHP Hobbs Johnson Wisconsin
RHP Tommy Toledo Brevard County
OF D’Vontrey Richardson Brevard County

Catricala retires from baseball to pursue law enforcement

Inside the Jackson Generals

In 2011, Vinnie Catricala was the best player in the Mariners minor league system – two years later the Sacramento, California native is retiring from baseball.

“I am just moving on (with my life) and actually one month into the Sacramento Police Academy,” said Catricala on Monday night. “I am really excited about the police department and my future.”

It has been a rough 16 months since earning Mariners Minor League Player of the Year honors in 2011.Catricala Lloyd Gallman

Catricala batted .349 with a .421 on-base percentage that included 25 home runs, 48 doubles and 106 RBIs during the 2011 season combined between High-A High Desert and Double-A Jackson. After moving up from High Desert, he batted .347 for the Generals in 62 games to close out the year. He actually finished against better competition in and posted a higher slugging percentage of .632 in Double-A.

I remember a road trip…

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Groundbreaking Loop

Sound Bytes Blog

On Monday, January 27, the Sounds turned dirt towards a brand new ballpark at Sulphur Dell–the historic site of Nashville baseball. The moment was long-awaited, and many people were on hand to help make the event special: Sounds owner Frank Ward, Mayor Karl Dean, Brewers GM Doug Melvin, Sounds first baseman Hunter Morris, major league slugger Albert Pujols, President of Minor League Baseball Pat O’Conner and several long-time Sounds fans and supporters.

Fans wanting to relive the fun can check out this video of the speeches; our Facebook photo gallery of the ceremony; and/or broadcaster Jeff Hem’s photo gallery on his blog “On the Air…And Off”.

With all of the above coverage, you would think the bases were covered…but let’s be honest…what’s a great historic moment without an animated GIF?

That’s where Sound Bytes comes in! Enjoy the unending unearthing below!

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L to R: Metro Councilman Jerry Maynard, Metro Councilwoman Erica…

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