When a pitcher is locked in on a hot streak – it is tough to maintain following a promotion to the next level of Minor League Baseball.
Huntsville’s David Goforth remained on a hot streak towards the end of his stint with Brevard County with play-off implications on the line.
“We were still in the playoff run when I was in Brevard the first half heading into the All-Star break,” Goforth said. “We were at a three-game set against Lakeland and I was scheduled to pitch that third game.”
Goforth pitched five innings and allowed two earned runs before being yanked from the game by Brevard County Manager Joe Ayrault.
“We missed out by half of a game that first half and I got pulled,” Goforth said. “In the third game I went like five or six innings and got taken out of the game.”
The Brewers’ 17th ranked prospect in the organization had a scorching stretch of winning three consecutive starts from June 7-June 19.
“I was kind of upset because I was throwing decent and I was starting to get in the groove in the fifth inning and he took me out. My pitch count wasn’t that high and (Ayrault) knew I was a little frustrated,” Goforth said.
Goforth produced near phenomenal numbers with the Florida State League prior to the promotion June 21.
In 14 games for the Manatees he compiled a 7-5 record with an earned run average of 3.08. The starter also accumulated 58 strikeouts compared to 28 walks in the span of 79 innings.
Midway through his stint with the Manatees he won a stretch of three games where he allowed just two earned runs through 21.2 innings pitched including a season-high eight strikeouts May 15 against St. Lucie.
Moving on up to Huntsville
After learning of the news he would don a Stars’ hat following the game against Lakeland, he met with Huntsville the following day.
“Huntsville’s next opponent was in Jacksonville and we played in Florida,” Goforth said. “So I was going to drive up to Jacksonville to meet the team there.”
After a tough initial appearance with the Stars, the pitcher rattled off three consecutive wins to earn him Southern League’s Pitcher of the Week July 8-14.
In his following three starts he struck out 16 batters allowing four earned runs and ten hits through 20 innings, including a complete game shut-out July 8 at Tennessee.
“I was throwing the ball well at that time and I was getting really comfortable out there,” Goforth added.
Goforth followed up his complete game shutout throwing seven scoreless innings allowing just four men to reach base before teammate Brooks Hall sealed the victory.
Goforth is taking the high road in regards to his newest endeavor – relief pitching when Milwaukee made the planned move July 20.
“The Brewers thought it was a good time to make the transition,” Goforth said. “Actually I was pretty excited about the move. I always wanted to pitch in the bullpen and I think it was a good time to do it.”
It took Goforth seven appearances before he notched his first save of the season August 10 and led to four straight save conversions.
“On the difference between starting and relieving, it is a totally different animal,” Goforth said. “When I actually come into relieve late in the ballgames. It’s a totally different mindset so that is something that gets harder (as pitchers advance through the system) so they wanted to make this transition now so that I could get used to it.”
Looking into the future
Goforth re-affirmed his role as a reliever despite multiple strong starts in the 2013 season.
“I am not sure on what the future plan as far as that goes,” Goforth said. “Right now I am going ahead as a reliever and there are still things I need to work on.”
In addition, he acknowledges he will need to be more “on the attack” in his new role.
“You come into games with people on in situations and you got to have your best stuff,” Goforth said. “As far as throwing harder and throwing more velocity I don’t think that is necessarily going to happen.”
Arizona Fall League
Goforth will begin his stint in the Arizona Fall League October 8 alongside six of his fellow Brewers’ farmhands – and looks forward to reuniting with teammate Mitch Haniger of Brevard County and meeting up with his Stars’ teammates.
“I always like coming to Arizona for spring training and stuff like that,” Goforth said. “I play golf a lot in my spare time and nice to do something on my off days or downtime and then hanging out with the guys I played with in Huntsville.”
Additionally, Goforth believes Milwaukee’s second rated prospect Taylor Jungmann has the tools necessary to rebound after a tough 2013 campaign.
“Just want to say everyone has their ups and downs and things are going to happen and its baseball,” Goforth said. “One thing about him is he still competes out there and gives the team a chance to win whether he has the best stuff or not.”
Jungmann is among the seven total prospects Milwaukee sent to the Fall League and Goforth is optimistic about the tall right-hander’s future.
“Just looking at the guy and watch him throw, he can pitch,” Goforth said. “I think he will definitely pitch in the big leagues one day.”
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|Clearwater Threshers (PHI)||67||68||.496||12.5|
|*||Brevard County Manatees (MIL)||66||68||.493||13|
|Lakeland Flying Tigers (DET)||64||68||.485||14|
|Dunedin Blue Jays (TOR)||63||68||.481||14.5|
|Tampa Yankees (NYY)||58||78||.426||22|
1B – Nick Ramirez
Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star
Home Run Derby Champion – FSL All-Star Game
Tied Hunter Morris’ single-season team record with 19 home runs
Tied for second in FSL with 19 home runs
First in FSL with 134 games played
Third in FSL with 500 at bats
Fourth in FSL with 81 RBI
Tied for fifth in FSL with 70 runs scored
Tied for third in FSL with 129 hits
Tied for second with 219 total bases in FSL
Tied for eighth in FSL with 54 walks
First in FSL with 171 strikeouts
RHP – Tommy Toledo
Second in team history with 20 saves
Tied for second in FSL with 20 saves
Tied for tenth in games with 43
LHP – Brent Suter
Tenth in FSL with a 3.63 Earned Run Average
Tossed complete game June 28 striking out five and allowing one walk
Tied for ninth in FSL with 97 srikeouts
Tied for tenth in FSL with 1.30 WHIP
SS – Yadiel Rivera
Ranked 20th among Milwaukee prospects
Tied for third in FSL with 129 games played
Seventh with 478 at bats in FSL
2B – Gregory Hopkins
Tied for third in FSL with 129 games played
Fourth in FSL with 497 at bats
Ninth in FSL with 63 RBI
RHP – Jacob Barnes
Tied for fifth in FSL with nine victories
Players of the Week
Period of July 8-14
Nick Ramirez, Brevard County
(.526/.571/1.000, 5 G, 10-for-19, 3 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, 2 BB, 3 K)
In the first 80 games of Ramirez’s season, the 23-year-old slugger had no more than two hits in any single contest. After going 3-for-4 on July 5, the floodgates opened as Ramirez collected four hits on both Tuesday and Friday last week, with the latter game including his 17th home run of the season. Ramirez went deep again Sunday and plated at least one run in each of his five outings. He leads the Manatees and ranks fourth in the FSL with 61 RBIs on the season.
Period of June 24-30
Brent Suter, Brevard County
(1-0, 1.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 9 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 5 K)
A Harvard product with a good hockey name, Suter has proven a steal as the Brewers’ 31st-round pick in 2012. The left-hander won his third straight outing Friday, allowing one run on five hits over nine innings in his first career complete game. Suter ranks fourth in the FSL with a 1.09 WHIP and sixth with a 2.87 ERA after going 4-1 with a 2.23 mark in five June outings.
Period of April 29-May 5
Drew Gagnon, Brevard County
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 10 K)
After yielding 18 runs over 16 2/3 innings in his first four starts, Gagnon has turned things around with two strong outings in a row. The Brewers’ No. 14 prospect held Dunedin to two hits in 5 1/3 scoreless frames on April 26, then tossed seven perfect innings, striking out 10, at Bradenton on Wednesday afternoon. Despite all the strikeouts, Gagnon needed just 84 pitches to get through the seven frames. Reliever Seth Harvey surrendered a one-out single in the eighth as the Manatees went on to edge the Marauders, 1-0, in a rain-shortened eight-inning one-hitter.
* Promoted to Double A Huntsville June 2
C – Cameron Garfield
First Half – 58 games
Belted seven home runs and drove in 29 runs
Collected 13 doubles and four triples
1B – Ramirez
First Half – 64 games
Hit 14 home runs with 43 RBI
Collected 12 doubles and two triples
RHP – David Goforth
First Half – 13 appearances
Recorded 3.04 ERA in 13 starts
Won three straight games May 9-20
Allowed 26 walks through 74 innings
Promoted to Double A Huntsville June 21
RHP – Seth Harvey
First Half – 16 appearances
Notched ten saves with a 4.02 ERA
Produced five straight scoreless outings April 25-May 13
Incurred season-ending injury May 15
RHP – Brooks Hall
Promoted to Double A Huntsville before All-Star game (June 2)
Produced 2-3 record with 2.76 ERA for Brevard County
Pitched seven scoreless innings April 11 and struck out six April 11
Arizona Fall League Participants
Begins October 8
OF – Mitch Haniger
Ranked 12th in Milwaukee organization
Promoted from Single A Wisconsin June 22
Batted .297 with five HR and 25 RBI in 41 games before promotion
Collected 12 doubles and two triples with Wisconsin
Stole seven bases of seven attempts
RHP – Tyler Cravy
Milwaukee’s Minor League Pitcher of the Month in August
Allowed seven earned runs in final 59.1 innings
Struck out 51 batters compared to 16 walks in final stretch
Compiled a 3-1 record with a 1.06 ERA
Of the six player representatives from the Brewers’ organization in the 2013 Arizona Fall League – one could be seeing big changes.
Huntsville’s Jason Rogers will be making a switch to the outfield after playing his entire season manning first base for the Stars.
In addition, there is plenty more at stake – and room for some improvement – for the other five players as they play through November.
Here are the following players headed to the Fall League following their team’s seasons and what they need to do:
Jason Rogers, 1B, Huntsville Stars
Given the circumstances involving teams above the organization, the potential look at Rogers in the outfield should not be considered a surprise.
After a powerful 2012 season where he is waging in a see-saw battle with Stars’ teammate Brock Kjeldgaard and Chattanooga’s Joc Pederson for the Southern League lead in home runs – Milwaukee could be attempting to keep him every way possible.
Rogers, 25, is subjected to the minor league portion of the Rule V draft held in December and faces an uncertain future given Milwaukee’s commitment to Hunter Morris at first base in Nashville for 2014.
However, Rogers told Brewers Farm Report earlier in August he has experience playing the corner outfield positions and is open to the opportunity of switching positions.
The 32nd round selection from the same draft as Morris in 2010 already notched career highs in home runs with 22 and with 85 runs batted in for Huntsville.
In 374 career games spanning four seasons he appeared in left field for 66 games and right field in one game.
Additionally, he made a sole appearance at third base his first season.
Rogers has demonstrated the ability to hit for a high average through the progression of his career and his power numbers have improved considerably since the 2012 season.
He will need to show he is capable of playing the outfield when he is given the opportunity in the Arizona Fall League.
Additionally, his odds will be better at staying with the organization given the outfield depth in Nashville.
Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Huntsville Stars
One of two first round picks by Milwaukee in 2011, the tall right-hander will need to redeem himself in the AFL after hitting a roadblock with Huntsville in 2013.
Milwaukee’s number two ranked prospect has shown the capability of producing impressive outings and physical endurance of taking on a tremendous amount of innings.
Jungmann produced a near unbeatable string of games May 9 until June 9 where he compiled a 6-1 record in seven starts.
The Southern League mid-season All-Star held opponents to nine earned runs in 45.1 innings during the hot streak. His 113.2 innings is second on the team to Ariel Pena’s 137.2.
However, his ability to get out of long-term slumps is seemingly difficult given his recent rough stretch games where has not captured a victory since July 6.
When the 6’9” pitcher is not showing impeccable location on his pitches, Huntsville Manager Darnell Coles has not hesitated to remove him from games early.
Jungmann will need to use the AFL to get out of the slump and set the tone for Spring Training in 2014.
David Goforth, RHP, Huntsville Stars
Milwaukee’s 16th rated prospect is undergoing a pitching adjustment after starting nearly every game during his minor league career.
Many national scouts project him to be a highly regarded reliever in the Major Leagues and in a purely player development move, the Stars moved him to the bullpen.
After compiling a 10-8 record with a 4.66 earned run average with Single A Wisconsin in 2012 the 2011 seventh round selection is making a statement in 2013.
Goforth produced a 7-5 record with Brevard County and allowed 27 earned runs in 78.1 innings before his promotion to Huntsville.
His control in his pitches has been remarkable allowing 44 walks in 123 innings combined between both levels.
Since the move the bullpen, he has notched four saves and just one earned run in 13 innings.
If Goforth maintains his successful stretch with the AFL, it will re-affirm Milwaukee’s confidence in him.
Adam Weisenburger, C, Huntsville Stars
The Southern League mid-season All-Star will need to stand out in the AFL and prove he should be promoted to Nashville in 2014.
In addition, the catcher is in need of more work behind the plate after accumulating 60 of Huntsville’s 133 games.
Weisenburger, 25, has not accumulated any more than 100 games in any of his three seasons with the Brewers’ organization.
With the emergence of Robinzon Diaz with Nashville and potential advancement of Brevard County’s Cameron Garfield, Weisenburger could be sandwiched in the organization.
Milwaukee could stick with Diaz, 29, heading into the 2014 season given his success at the plate.
Kevin Shackelford, RHP, Huntsville Stars
After three below average seasons, Shackelford has finally caught on with Double A Huntsville. Milwaukee likely sent the reliever to the AFL to get a longer look at his development.
Shackelford posted a 7-10 record in 55 games between Helena in 2010 and Single A Wisconsin with an earned run average above 4.00.
The right-hander from North Carolina snapped out of it following a promotion to Double A Huntsville 24 games into the 2013 season with High A Brevard County.
In 18 games for the Stars he has allowed three earned runs in 26.1 innings pitch for a meager 1.03 earned run average.
Additionally, the 24-year-old saved five games to match his season best in an entire 2012 season with Single A Wisconsin.
Mitch Haniger, OF, Brevard County Manatees
The 2012 first round selection has been on a hot streak with Brevard County after making adjustments to a tougher pitching environment compared to the Midwest League.
Haniger was promoted instantly from Single A Wisconsin after belting five home runs and collecting 12 doubles in just 41 games for the Rattlers.
Milwaukee is likely taking a look and see how he fares against other team’s pitching prospects and how he will stick with his inevitable move to Double A Huntsville.
It has been a tough season for many pitching prospects with Double A Huntsville as they are struggling to find the right momentum.
First round selection Taylor Jungmann posts a 9-7 record with an Earned Run Average of 3.70 in his first season with the Stars.
The tall right hander bounced back with six victories after starting the season with a 1-4 record and eventually earned himself a spot on the Southern League All-Star team.
Jungmann won four consecutive outings May 25 through June 9 where he allowed five earned runs through 26 innings with 12 hits and ten walks.
He dealt with a tough No Decision June 21 where he pitched seven strong innings and allowed no earned runs but the bullpen was unable to deliver the victory to him. Jungmann is in a logjam tie for the third most victories in the Southern League.
Roundtripper battle brewing
Teammates Jason Rogers and Brock Kjeldgaard are having a see-saw battle for the most home runs in the Southern League.
Both presently are tied for the league lead with 19 home runs and when Rogers struggled with injuries around the All-Star break, he stepped down from the Home Run Derby and passed the baton off to Kjledgaard to represent the Stars.
Rogers compiled four multi-home run games during the season including three home runs July 20 against Pensacola with six runs knocked in. He has belted nine home runs and driven in 23 runs.
In addition, the first baseman compiled a 16-game hitting streak between July 19 and August 4.
Goforth to bullpen
In purely a player development move, Huntsville made the decision to move starter David Goforth to the bullpen despite posting a complete game shutout and two consecutive scoreless outings.
Goforth is the Brewers’ 17th rated prospect and scouts believe he could project into a better long reliever than starter at the Major League level.
Owings to Huntsville
Milwaukee recently added former Major League pitcher Micah Owings to the roster as an outfielder and spot reliever.
Owings spent six seasons with Cincinnati, Arizona and most recently San Diego in 2012 where he posted a career 32-33 record.
In his Stars’ debut, he appeared as a Pinch Hitter and struck out the side in one inning of work the following evening.
By Jason Arndt
Brewers Farm Report
Rattlers’ outfielder Michael Reed has emerged into a formidable offensive threat after playing two sample-sized seasons within the Brewers organization.
The 20-year-old from Leander, Tex. hit his first home run of the season in the bottom of the 12th inning to give Single A Wisconsin the victory July 13 and has two in his short career.
Known for his speed, he is tied for third in the Midwest League with nine triples and also has collected 21 stolen bases on 28 tries.
Reed’s plate discipline and ability to get on base puts him sixth in the Midwest League with 47 walks.
Subsequently, he has tabulated a .392 On Base Percentage with a batting average of .295 for Wisconsin.
Reed expected to be drafted in the first three rounds and hoped he would be a first-rounder in the 2011 draft out of Leander High School, where he also served as a pitcher, but fell in to Milwaukee’s lap in the fifth round.
Milwaukee gave Reed a significantly higher signing bonus of $500,000, above the slotted value in the draft after learning he was offered a full athletic scholarship to play both positions for Ole Miss.
The selling point for Reed was the ability to receive a paid education while playing professional baseball, which the Brewers obliged.
Reed was unable to play a full season due to two months of negotiations and signed in August 2011. Prior to his 80 games with Wisconsin, Reed played just 76 games from 2011 through 2012 between Rookie Pioneer League Helena, Brevard County and Huntsville.
Huntsville’s David Goforth compiled two consecutive scoreless outings for the Double A Southern League club – in four starts since being promoted from High A Brevard County.
The right-hander recorded his first career shutout pitching seven innings (shortened due to doubleheader) allowing two hits and a walk at Tennessee July 8.
Goforth followed up with another seven inning gem five days later in a narrow 3-0 victory against Birmingham striking out five with two walks and two hits.
His last two starts were a significant difference to his first two with the Stars where he suffered two rocky starts allowing eight earned runs in 8.2 innings.
Prior to his promotion, the 24-year-old accumulated 78.1 innings in 14 starts for the Manatees with a 7-5 record and 3.10 Earned Run Average.
Goforth has demonstrated the ability to maintain control by allowing 28 walks compared to 58 strikeouts with the High A Florida State League team.
Second baseman Chris McFarland is riding a seven game hitting streak with Single A Wisconsin after struggling early in the season. McFarland is 10-for-27 with five RBI and two triples in the streak.