|Florida State League North|
|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
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
Seldom do people see the effect the loss of an All-Star caliber player has on an entire organization from top to bottom.
But when Milwaukee lost first baseman Prince Fielder to Detroit in free agency after the 2011 season, it led the Brewers to change development plans of its last two Minor League Players of the Year.
When Morris began his tenure with the Brewers organization for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Single A team sent him to the outfield where he played 13 of 71 games for the Timber Rattlers.
The left-handed slugger batted .251 with nine home runs and 44 runs batted in for the Midwest League team before moving on up to High A Brevard County in 2011.
Morris proceeded to belt a then-franchise record 19 home runs with 67 runs batted in for the Manatees and collected 28 doubles for the Florida State League team. The Auburn University alum made six appearances at third base of the 130 total games in 2011.
Milwaukee assigned Rogers to the Arizona Brewers of the Rookie League and played 42 games for the team posting a promising .281 batting average and .368 On Base Percentage.
Additionally, the right-handed first baseman from Columbus State University made one appearance of his 38 fielding opportunities at third base.
Rogers also belted three home runs with a stunning 32 runs batted in during his limited appearance with the Arizona Brewers.
In Fielder’s final season for the Brewers in 2011, Milwaukee drafted another first baseman with the fourth round selection – Nick Ramirez of California State – Fullerton.
All three players exhibited some of the same tools Fielder had including the ability to get On Base, hit for power or maintain a high batting average.
Morris’ presence with the Manatees in 2011 along with the addition of Ramirez led the Brewers’ organization to make plans for Rogers in the outfield for the Timber Rattlers.
Of Rogers’ 71 total games between Rookie League Helena and Wisconsin, he made 32 appearances playing the corner outfield spots and eventually shared the first baseman role with Ramirez for Wisconsin.
The left-handed Ramirez exhibited major power numbers early in his career between Helena and Wisconsin with 11 home runs and drove in 53 runs in just 59 games.
However, his plate discipline has haunted him for the duration of his career striking out 58 times compared to 11 walks.
Departure of Fielder, commitment to Gamel
Fielder left for Detroit and the Brewers committed to Mat Gamel to fill the large shoes entering the 2012 season.
But Gamel’s time was cut short weeks into the regular season after he tore an ACL grabbing for foul ball in San Francisco.
Morris completed his time with Brevard County and was assigned to play in his hometown of Huntsville for the Stars while Rogers and Ramirez were still in Single A Wisconsin.
Little did anyone know Morris would eventually earn Southern League’s Most Valuable Player for the Brewers’ Double A affiliate – and add Brewers’ Minor League Player of the Year to his trophy display case.
With his hometown, Morris played all 136 games at first base and belted a league leading 28 home runs with 113 runs batted in for the Stars. He also fell short of obtaining the league’s Triple Crown after coming within a few percentage points of the batting title.
After a convincing 66 games for the Timber Rattlers, Rogers earned a well-deserved promotion to Brevard County collecting 24 doubles and belting six home runs with 43 runs driven in.
Rogers played left field in 14 of the 66 games for the Rattlers and also exhibited athleticism with five stolen bases and no caught stealing.
Upon his arrival to the Manatees, he posted similar numbers in the same amount of games to end the season with a .301 combined batting average between both squads along with a stunning .405 OBP.
Ramirez 2012 season was hindered by extensive amounts of injuries and played 96 games for the Rattlers but managed to blast 16 home runs with 28 doubles and 70 runs batted in.
Time to Milwaukee nearing – 2013
Milwaukee made the decision to commit to all three playing first base exclusively after Gamel was lost for the entire 2013
season after injuring the same ACL during Spring Training.
It was a season of highlights for all three first baseman including an Rogers’ All-Star berth and Brewers’ 2013 Minor League Player of the Year honors.
The two accolades given to Rogers were well earned after he slugged a career high 22 home runs with a Southern League leading 87 runs batted in. His home runs were second in the league behind teammate Brock Kjeldgaard who belted 24 for the Stars’.
Rogers also produced a phenomenal 16-game hitting streak and blasted three home runs in one game for the Stars against Pensacola.
Morris had a scorching end to the 2013 season after struggling with the transition to Triple A where he batted .247 for the Sounds compared with his .303 average for the Stars.
Also, Morris hit safely in 10 of the final 11 games of the 2013 season for a .429 batting average and ten runs batted in with two home runs.
Morris compiled a nine-game hitting streak from July 29-August 6 producing three home runs and nine runs batted in along with a double and triple.
Despite his season struggles, Morris came within one home run of tying Pacific Coast League leader Brock Peterson with 24 home runs.
Had it not been for a trying season for the Sounds where the roster was stripped of players following a myriad of Brewers’ injuries throughout the season – he may have been able to incur more than 73 runs batted in.
Ramirez tied Morris for the most Manatee home runs in a single season after he hit 19 in the 2013 season.
The Brevard County first baseman was named to the Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star squad and won the league’s home run derby.
In a tough Florida State League, Ramirez knocked in 81 runs and collected 27 doubles for the High A affiliate.
However, Ramirez’s plate discipline significantly declined with 171 total strikeouts in 2013 compared to 144 with the Timber Rattlers.
Looking at 2014
Milwaukee will remain committed to Morris as the Sounds first baseman entering the 2014 season pending an outstanding Spring Training by the Huntsville native.
It will be the first year where Morris is eligible for the Rule V draft and will necessitate the Brewers to add him to the team’s 40-man roster in order to protect him from being snagged by other teams.
Rogers faces a similar fate being exposed to the Minor League portion of the draft – and due to the honor given to him by the Brewers – it could leave no doubt he will be added as well.
Both first basemen told Brewers Farm Report they have always been open to playing a position other than first base exhibited by their past experiences with the organization.
Rogers will be making appearances in the outfield during his Arizona Fall League stint in October in order to improve his chances of remaining with the Milwaukee organization.
But for Rogers, the transition could come easier due to his athletic background of playing football and basketball.
Ramirez might be looking over his shoulder at Single A Wisconsin where another Auburn first baseman, Garrett Cooper, produced phenomenal numbers in just his first professional season.
Had it not been for Fielder’s departure, the development of Rogers could have been far different than it stands today.