By Jason Arndt
Brewers Farm Report
After a dismal 2014 season with High A Brevard County, Victor Roache has shown a resurgence in the first 18 games of the 2015 season, but has plenty of room for improvement.
Hopes were high for the 23-year-old Roache when he belted a team record 22 home runs for Single A Wisconsin in 2013, a year after being drafted in the first-round by the Milwaukee Brewers.
But plate discipline has plagued him since arriving from Georgia Southern University, striking out 137 times in his first professional season, and subsequently fanned 138 times last year.
While he supplanted Hunter Morris as Brevard County’s single season home run record holder with 18 home runs last year, his batting average plummeted from .248 in 2013 to .226 in 2014, and On Base Percentage took a harder nosedive from .322 to .298.
He walked 46 times in 2013, but experienced a decline of 9 walks last season.
However, he has substantially improved this season, accumulating a 9-game hitting streak, and has hit safely in 11 of the last 12 games.
In the span of 12 games, he is batting .388 with a line of .464 OBP and 1.179 OPS. He has accumulated 19 hits, collected two doubles, a triple and four home runs with 13 RBI.
In the first 18 games of his 2015 campaign, he has pounded out 23 hits, collected two doubles and has five home runs with 18 RBI in 70 at bats for a .329 batting average and 1.005 OPS.
At this time last year, he hit .188 with no home runs and drove in eight runs and plating six.
Despite showing glimmers of hope, Roache continues to be hindered by plate discipline, striking out 23 times in 18 games, compared to 15 at this time last year.
Additionally, the clock could be ticking for him, he will turn 24 at the end of the season and compared to another 2012 draftee, 21-year-old Tyrone Taylor, he is lagging behind schedule.
Roache, who shared the outfield with Taylor and Michael Reed at Single A Wisconsin, is the sole player remaining in Brevard County when Taylor was given the promotion to AA Huntsville (Biloxi) during the 2014 post season, and assignment of Reed to Biloxi prior to opening day.
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|Quad Cities River Bandits (HOU)||81||57||.587||7||41-28||40-29|
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|Clinton LumberKings (SEA)||67||72||.482||21.5||37-32||30-40|
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|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
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
RHP – Preston Gainey
(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.
Parker Berberet hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh inning to extend his hit streak to 19 games as the Single A Timber Rattlers defeated Beloit 6-1 Sunday.
The catcher’s hitting streak began July 8 at Burlington when he batted 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs batted in as the Single A Midwest League won 8-6 versus the Bees.
Berberet is batting .357 with three home runs and ten runs batted during the 19-game stretch. The catcher assumed the duties as the team’s full-time catcher following the planned re-assignment of Brewers’ first-round pick Clint Coulter to Rookie League Helena.
Outfielder Victor Roache (2-4) started the four-run inning with his 17th home run of the season on a tape-measure shot above the left center field scoreboard at Appleton’s Fox Cities’ Stadium.
Roache continues to be on a roll as he drove in three runs in the Midwest League victory (two from the home run).
Earlier in the game, the Brewers’ 2012 First-Round pick hit his tenth double of the season to score outfielder Michael Reed (1-4) in the bottom of the fifth inning to help the Rattlers pull ahead 2-1.
Roache is batting .312 with a .396 On Base Percentage in the last month and includes ten of his 17 home runs for the season.
Starter Eric Semmelheck of Milwaukee pitched six strong innings allowing one earned run and achieved his second victory of the season in 14 games started.
Semmelhack has allowed two earned runs in his last 11 innings (two starts) after suffering multiple rough outings for Wisconsin.
NOTES: Outfielder Tyrone Taylor expects to be activated from the Disabled List within the next couple days after sustaining a hip strain. Taylor was the Midwest League Player of the Week in June when he batted above .300 and began to show his ability to hit for power.
By Jason Arndt
Brewers Farm Report
Stars’ first baseman Jason Rogers continues to be on a tear with his second multi-home run game in eight games in Sunday’s 7-2 win against Jackson.
The first baseman’s five runs batted in gives him 68 total for the season and puts him ahead for the league lead in runs batted in, just two ahead of Birmingham’s Dan Black.
Rogers’ two home runs puts him with 16 in the Southern League and ties him for second with Huntsville teammate Brock Kjeldgaard and Jackson’s Kyle Jensen.
His first two seasons within the Brewers’ organization with three different levels of minor league baseball have given him a combined 21 home runs.
Huntsville got off to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning with the a two-run bomb by Rogers to score second baseman Nick Shaw.
Jackson pitcher James Gillheeny appeared rattled and subsequently walked the bases loaded, including the eventual third run of the inning.
A sacrifice fly by Rogers in the second inning to score leadoff man Chadwin Stang put the Stars’ ahead 4-0. His second home run of the game came in the fourth inning with another two-run bomb to score Stang for the second time of the game.
Rogers’ last multi-home run game was in Huntsville’s July 20 victory against Pensacola where he also knocked in six runs in the 10-5 drubbing. The first baseman followed up the next game with his fourth in two games.
Starter Drew Gagnon notched his third consecutive victory with Huntsville after suffering through a string of five straight losses to begin his campaign with Double A Huntsville. The right-hander from California allowed two earned runs through six innings pitched. The pitcher improves to 4-5 with the Stars after his promotion from Brevard County.
Gagnon has struggled for most of the season after compiling solid numbers with Single A Wisconsin and High A Brevard in 2012 where he kept his earned run average below 2.90 and compiled a combined 7-3 record.
Victor Roache heats up for Wisconsin
Brewers’ first-round selection Victor Roache has batted safely in 19 of his last 25 games after struggling at the start of the season for Single A Wisconsin.
Roache has batted .410 with five home runs and 15 RBI in the last ten games and improves his batting average to .250 for the season.
There was concern for Roache’s shoulder injury following the Brewers’ selection of him in 2012 and was unable to play until 2013.
One of the major things to consider for Roache is he will only continue to improve as his career progresses, barring injury. Roache was immediately dispatched to Single A without a playing a game in Rookie ball.
Roache’s 15 home runs for the Rattlers’ puts him in a tie for third in the Midwest League with numerous other players. Not bad for a player sitting at ten a week and a half ago.
Delmonico makes Manatee debut
Infielder Nick Delmonico made his long-awaited debut with High A Brevard County Saturday and got his first hit in the Manatees’ 11-9 loss to Bradenton.
Delmonico was 1-for-5 with a run scored and a triple after going hitless in three at bats for the Manatees in his debut.
The infielder will be splitting time at third base with Brandon Macias and play Designated Hitter on days Macias receives the start at 3B.
Delmonico was acquired from Baltimore Tuesday for veteran reliever Francisco Rodriguez and is known as a contact hitter with enough athletic ability to play any infield position.
The 20-year-old from Knoxville, Tenn. played catcher in high school and many believed utilizing him behind the plate would be a waste of his athletic ability.
Subsequent to the trade, Delmonico is looking forward to reaching his final destination – Miller Park.
By Jason Arndt
Brewers Farm Report
In the midst of the Ryan Braun suspension there were highlights among the Brewers’ affiliates including the seven RBI game by Wisconsin’s Victor Roache and recall of outfielder Khris Davis to take the spot of Braun.
Just moments after the completion of Milwaukee’s game and within an hour of Davis belting the game-winning home run in Nashville – he was recalled to Milwaukee.
Davis collected four RBI (37) and his decisive home run gives him 13 for the season with Triple A Nashville.
ROACHE – WISCONSIN
Victor Roache belted two home runs and collected seven RBI in Single A Wisconsin’s tough 10-9 loss at Dayton. After Roache smacked a three-run shot in the first and followed up with a grand slam in the second inning, it was all Dayton.
Two relievers struggled to maintain the victory and the floodgates opened in the bottom of the eighth inning when Dayton posted four runs.
Roache’s two home runs is the first for a Rattler since Huntsville outfielder Chadwin Stang in 2012 when he was with the club.
The 2012 First-Round draft pick has heated up considerably in the last week and a half batting .364 with six home runs and 14 RBI in ten games.
Roache has reached base safely in nine of the last 11 games and leads the team with 14 home runs, six ahead of Tyrone Taylor.
In addition, he has surpassed Taylor for the team-lead in RBI with 53.
RATTERREE – HELENA
Michael Ratterree extended his hitting streak to 13 games in Helena’s 8-3 win at Ogden Monday night and batted 1-for-5.
Fellow draftee Omar Garcia has stolen 13 bases on the season collecting two in the victory for the Pioneer League Brewers.
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 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
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
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
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
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 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 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 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 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
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.