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Hot hitting Haniger Huntsville hopeful

By Jason Arndtafllogo.preview
Brewers Farm Report

If Mitch Haniger’s Arizona Fall League stint is any indication into where he will head in 2014, it should be no surprise to see him as a member of the Huntsville Stars.

The former first round selection by Milwaukee made an immediate impact in the Arizona Fall League with his first career professional grand slam in the off-season opener for the Surprise Saguaros.

Haniger

Haniger

In his first nine games with the Saguaros, where he is alongside six other Brewer farmhands, he is tied for the league lead with 12 runs batted in and is tied for third in doubles with three.

Additionally, the outfielder ranked 12th among Brewers prospects leads the Arizona Fall League with 13 hits and is second with 22 total bases.

Haniger was awarded Fall League’s Co-Player of the Week honors after his scorching start including a six-game stretch where he produced three multi-hit games.

Haniger reached base safely in the first six games of the Fall League season where he batted 11-for-24 (.458) with a home run and seven RBI. He also collected three doubles and scored four runs.

Defensive development

In conjunction with his offensive production, Haniger is displaying versatility in the outfield by playing all three positions and

Haniger with California Polytechnic Institute prior to being drafted in the first round

Haniger with California Polytechnic Institute prior to being drafted in the first round

observers indicate two could be in his future.

Reports indicate he could be an ideal right-field candidate with the ability to play center field in the later innings of games.

Observers indicate Haniger exhibits the arm strength and demonstrated he will not loft the ball to the cutoff man.

While Haniger presently does not have the prototypical power numbers a corner outfielder needs, many scouts believe it will develop as he progresses through the organization.

And given his short and rapid progression through the organization after his first full season in the Brewers’ organization, it brings plenty of promise.

Quick Progression

Haniger’s performance in the Fall League speaks high volumes for the quick progression through his first full professional season in 2013.

The outfielder entered the 2013 season with Single A Wisconsin and immediately made the jump to High A Brevard County 41 games into the season – where he belted five home runs with 25 RBI and 12 doubles with the Timber Rattlers.

Haniger’s initial season was cut short due to a season-ending leg injury 12 games into the 2012 Timber Rattlers’ season and there was initial doubt following the injury.

However, Haniger told Brewers Farm Report in August he was fortunate his ligament did not require surgery and all he needed was a long rehabilitation stint to rebuild strength.

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Ramirez, Toledo ‘Tees stat leaders

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Florida State League North
Club W L PCT GB
Daytona Cubs (CHC) 75 51 .595
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

Ramirez

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.

Suter

Suter

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

All-Stars

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

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High stakes for Brewers’ AFL reps

By Jason Arndt afllogo.preview
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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

Rogers

Rogers

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

Jungmann

Jungmann

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

Goforth

Goforth

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

Weisenburger

Weisenburger

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

Shackelford

Shackelford

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

Haniger

Haniger

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.

Haniger fortunate for rapid recovery

By Jason Arndtmanatees
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Haniger

Haniger

It took just 55 games with Single A Wisconsin for 2012 first round selection Mitch Haniger to convince Milwaukee to move him up the organizational ladder to Brevard County.

The decision to promote him to the Florida State League team even caught Haniger off guard as he was in the middle of an Iowa road trip with the Timber Rattlers.

“I was in Quad Cities when I got the call to Brevard, and the next day I traveled to Wisconsin and packed up and got down to Florida,” Haniger said.

Haniger’s promotion was near improbable given his season-ending injury just 12 games into the 2012 season after sustaining a partial tear to a knee ligament at play at the plate.

However, the 22-year-old California-born outfielder made a rapid recovery and considers himself grateful the injury was not as terrible as originally believed.

“I found out pretty quickly that I did not need surgery,” Haniger said. “Luckily things went very well and came back very quickly.”

Haniger with California Polytechnic Institute prior to being drafted in the first round

Haniger with California Polytechnic Institute prior to being drafted in the first round

Haniger made a statement early in the season for the Brewers’ Single A affiliate.

He gathered 43 hits in 145 at bats (.297 batting average) and knocked in 25 runs prior to the promotion.

Of his 43 hits, 19 were extra base hits (12 doubles, two triples, five home runs) and scored 24 times.

In addition, the speedy outfielder stole seven bases in seven attempts and walked 25 times for an On Base Percentage of .399.

Following an adjustment to the pitching-rich Florida State League his first 20 games, Haniger is catching on rapidly.

In the last 26 games, he produced 29 hits in 100 at bats for an average of .290 and tabulated 13 walks to give him an On Base Percentage of .368.

Haniger collected three of his seven doubles in the span in the August 17 blowout victory over the Daytona Cubs. In addition to the three doubles, he drove in three of the ten runs and batted 3-for-5 with two runs scored.

“I just went with whatever they gave me and not try to do too much,” Haniger said. “And not start something up every time you come to the plate.”

The outfielder is looking to make a strong statement as the season draws to a close in Brevard County – after a struggling start with the team.

“I am not pressing at all. I am just trying to finish out the season,” Haniger said. “I am just taking it one at bat at a time, one game at a time. I am not trying to worry about the future.”

Brevard County one of two winning teams

The Manatees are one of two teams within the Brewer organization with winning records and Haniger does not seem surprised given the history and chemistry between teammates.

“We won the Midwest League last year and all of us in the clubhouse knew how to win,” Haniger said. “That is why we have been able to compete.”

In addition, he notes all of the players within the clubhouse knows the role they serve on the team.

“There is not one particular guy in the clubhouse that leads the team in the vocal standpoint,” Haniger said.

He also spoke highly when asked about the impression infielder Nick Delmonico is making on the team after being acquired from Baltimore for veteran reliever Francisco Rodriguez.

“He has a great approach at the plate and very disciplined,” Haniger said. “He is battling some injuries right now,” Haniger said.

The Haniger File

11th Rated Prospect in Brewers system

Position: Outfielder
Born: December 23, 1990
Birthplace: Santa Clara, CA
Height: 6’2”           Weight: 180

Bats: Right           Throws: Right

College: California Polytechnic State University

Drafted: First round (38th) overall by Milwaukee in 2012

Drafted alongside 10th rated prospect Clint Coulter and 8th rated prospect Victor Roache in the first round

Prospect Watch

By Jason Arndt
Brewers Farm Report

In an effort to bring a thorough review of Milwaukee’s top 20 prospects according to mlb.com, Brewers Farm Report is working to add player cards to the mix to better inform fans and followers.

While it remains a work in progress, here are the top 15 of 20. There will be further additions to the cards once the entire 20 is completed.

Jungmann

Hellweg

Morris

bradley

gennett

Roache

Nelson

Coulter

Haniger

Burgos

Gagnon

Taylor

KhrisDavis

Arcia

Gindl

Top 10 Prospects Update

By Jason Arndt
Brewers Farm Report

As the 2013 season is underway, Brewers Farm Report, is breaking down the Top Ten of 20 Brewers’ prospects in 2013 with some surprises.

Milwaukee could be taking a long look at Scooter Gennett if its second baseman Rickie Weeks continues to struggle for the parent club.

Gennett has been under pressure with the struggling Triple A Nashville Sounds as the team’s leadoff hitter as the scrappy infielder is trying to start and end rallies on his own.

Huntsville’s Jimmy Nelson has sizzled for the Stars to start the season and should climb the prospect charts if he continues to show success on the mound.

Victor Roache has made his first appearances in the Brewers’ organization with the Midwest League Champion Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and is on a four-game hit streak to start his young career.

1. RHP Tyler Thornburg, Triple A Nashville Sounds

Thornburg

Thornburg

Thornburg has struggled in his four starts to begin the 2013 season with an 0-2 record and 6.30 earned run average.
The right-hander averaged five innings per appearance, striking out 18 batters and walking seven. During the span of 20 total innings, he has allowed 21 hits and two home runs.
Nashville’s season opener was his strongest outing of the season striking out seven New Orleans batters in five innings of work. He received a no-decision allowing one earned run, three hits and walked only one batter.
However, the number one rated prospect has steadily declined since the April 4 start allowing 3, 5 and 5 earned runs.

2. RHP Taylor Jungmann, Double A Huntsville Stars

Jungmann

Jungmann

Aside from a rocky start against Jackson April 12 where he allowed seven earned runs in 2.1 innings pitched, the Brewers’ 2012 first-round draft selection has been solid for the Stars.
His sole victory came in his Stars’ debut tossing five innings and allowing one earned run while striking out four Chattanooga Lookouts.
Jungmann was handed a tough loss April 22 at Birmingham pitching six innings and allowing one earned run and striking out two before being relieved to start the seventh inning of the game. In the same game, the 6’6″ right handed pitcher had difficulty maintaining control allowing four walks and five hits.
In his last three starts, his game walk totals have climbed allowing nine walks (four each his last two starts).
Brewer fans need to be assured the pitcher is in his first full season of Minor League Baseball after being thrown to High A Brevard County to begin his career in the Brewers’ organization in 2012.

3. RHP Johnny Hellweg, Triple A Nashville Sounds

Hellweg

Hellweg

The tall right-hander is being groomed as a starter after splitting time between relief and spot starts his last two minor league seasons in both the Angels and Brewers systems.
In four starts, Hellweg has compiled a 1-2 record for the Sounds with an earned run average of 4.00. Hellweg is facing similar struggles to Thornburg after putting together a solid season debut against New Orleans April 6. In his first start, he allowed no runs and two hits in five innings.
However, the right-hander has been able to demonstrate the ability to bounce back after sustaining two rough outings following his only win of the season with a five-inning and six strikeout performance against Memphis April 25.
Hellweg has strucked out a total of 19 batters in 18 innings pitched but needs to work on his control after walking 13 batters through the duration of the season.

4. 1B Hunter Morris, Triple A Nashville Sounds

Morris

Morris

After beginning the 2013 campaign with a bang hitting a home run in his Triple A debut with Nashville, the Brewers’ 2012 Minor League Player of the Year has struggled to get into a consistent rhythm.
In 18 games for the Sounds, Morris has knocked four home runs and driven in ten. The left-handed hitter earned his 2012 Southern League Most Valuable Player award in Huntsville for his near Triple Crown season and ability to collect doubles. The 2013 season has been on the opposite end of the spectrum with four doubles.
Scouts long mentioned Morris’ plate discipline as the key “make or break” tool to earn him a shot to the Major Leagues. The 2013 season has been a tough start striking out 16 times and walking seven in 73 plate appearances.
However, Morris is slowly improving during the course of the season thus far. His batting average has jumped from .173 to .227 in 10 days.

5. LHP Jed Bradley, High A Brevard County Manatees

Bradley

Bradley

The left-handed Bradley sported his best outing April 9 against the Lakeland Flying Tigers going five innings and striking out six to give him the first of two victories this season for the Manatees.
Bradley snagged his second win his most recent start April 25 against the Dunedin Blue Jays striking out six and allowing one earned run and two walks.
Aside from a rough outing where he struggled to maintain control and was unable to make it out of the first inning against the Clearwater Threshers, he has been able to show some improvement compared to last season.
In his second straight season with the Manatees he has posted a 2-1 record with a modest 3.45 earned run average in 15.1 innings pitched. The areas in need of improvement would be to improve command of his pitches giving up 16 hits and 11 walks.

6. 2B Scooter Gennett, Triple A Nashville Sounds

Gennett

Gennett

Gennett has been highly consistent for the Sounds this season batting .417 with an on base percentage of .444 as the team’s primary leadoff hitter.
His ability to get on base has not translated to runs on the board as he crossed home plate nine times in 15 games.
The scrappy infielder has made attempts to ignite the team’s offense with two doubles and a triple and has been able to keep his strikeouts under control with eight in 60 at bats.
In the rough 6-12 start for the Nashville Sounds’ season, Gennett might be getting too aggressive with three stolen bases but was caught twice.
The pressure could be building on the second baseman to carry a struggling team.

7. OF Victor Roache, Single A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Roache

Roache

Roache was recently added to the Midwest League Champions roster a week ago after spending time in Arizona strengthening himself in extended spring training due to an injury he sustained when he was drafted by the Brewers in the first round last season.
The right-handed outfielder jacked his sole home run of the season in his Rattlers’ debut April 21. In the game, he went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored and a walk.
In the following night, he notched his first double going 1-for-3 with a walk. He has maintained a four-game hitting streak to start his early career in the Midwest League.
Roache will be the outfielder to keep an eye on as he officially begins his professional career in the Fox Valley region in Wisconsin.

8. RHP Jimmy Nelson, Double A Huntsville Stars

Nelson

Nelson

Nelson has been near lights out for the Stars starting the season 3-0 with a meager 1.30 earned run average in five starts.
In 27.2 innings, the right-hander has struck out 32 and walked just five.
The 23-year-old gave the Stars’ a season-opening victory striking out eight Lookouts and not allowing a walk in five innings of work but allowed two earned runs.
Since his opening night win, he has held teams nearly scoreless allowing an earned run in two starts (April 15, April 25) but keeping hitters at bay in his other two (April 10, April 20).
Nelson matched his season-high in strikeouts with a no decision April 15 against the Tennessee Smokies lasting five innings and allowing one earned run and three hits.

9. C Clint Coulter, Single A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Coulter

Coulter

Coulter has been having trouble with a tougher Midwest League compared to his stint with the Rookie League Arizona Brewers in 2012 batting .160 with two home runs and five RBI in 13 games for the Rattlers.
The Brewers’ number one catching prospect had his best game April 8 against the Cedar Rapids Kernels going 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI but had a difficult time with plate discipline, striking out three times.
After being given a couple days off to rest, he hit his second home run the following game against the Kane County Cougars April 13 hitting a solo home run in a 1-for-3 game.
Milwaukee might be better served to send him to Rookie League Helena when the H-Brewers begin its season in June following the amateur draft.
The youthful 19-year-old will need time to succeed and he has been overmatched against pitchers with more development in the Midwest League.

10. OF Mitch Haniger, Single A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Haniger

Haniger

After sustaining a season-ending injury early in the 2012 season, Haniger is attempting to redeem himself with a full season of Minor League baseball under his belt this season.
Haniger, one of the few first-round picks (sandwich selection) the Brewers made in 2012, could be climbing the prospect charts during the progression of 2013.
In 16 games, Haniger has sprayed the field with a variety of different hits. In addition to notching five doubles, the 22-year-old has jacked two home runs and driven in ten runs for the Rattlers.
Furthermore, he has walked eight times and stolen three bases (no caught stealing) for a .382 on base percentage to compliment his .286 batting average.
At the same point last season, Haniger was already sidelined with a partial tear of his posterior cruciate ligament of his right knee.
Alongside Roache and another hot hitting outfielder, Tyrone Taylor, the Rattlers have a strong core of speedy young outfielders to help them defend their Midwest League title.

Friday night lights – 4/5/13

By Jason Arndt
Brewers Farm Report

Huntsville at Chattanooga

J_Nelson

Nelson

Four top 20 prospects are set to take the mound tonight for the Brewers farm system headlined by Huntsville’s Jimmy Nelson.

The ninth rated prospect in the system, will attempt to give the Stars an opening night victory after last night’s contest was rained out in Chattanooga.

Nelson finished the 2012 season with a 6-8 record and 2.83 earned run average in 23 starts between High A Brevard County and Double A Huntsville.

New Orleans at Nashville

After a spectacular pitching display in the World Baseball Classic representing his native Puerto Rico, Hiram Burgos (No. 13) will be on the hill for Nashville tonight.

Burgos

Burgos

Burgos posted a 10-4 record with a sub-2.00 earned run average as he sped through three levels of the Brewers’ organization last season. In 27 starts, the right-hander struck out 153 batters in 171 innings.

Nashville will attempt to maintain a steady beat after first base prospect Hunter Morris put the Sounds to an early 2-0 lead in last night’s 5-4 victory against New Orleans.

Daytona at Brevard County

The Sea Cows of Brevard County will be sending number 14 rated prospect Drew Gagnon to the hill at Space Coast Stadium in Florida State League action.

Gagnon remained consistent last season posting a 7-3 record with an earned run average of 2.83 with Single A Wisconsin and High A Brevard County.

With legitimate run support, Gagnon could prove to be a sleeper prospect in the Brewers’ minor league system. After being rated below the Top 20 entering the 2012 season, the right-handed pitcher jumped to No. 14 with solid command of his pitches.

Wisconsin at Peoria

Wisconsin will send fireballer Damien Magnifico (No. 20)  to face off against Midwest League rival Peoria tonight. The Rattlers are loaded with top position prospects including catching prospect Clint Coulter and outfielders Tyrone Taylor and Mitch Haniger.

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