Here's how many earned runs Milwaukee's relievers gave up in the past week: 0. Overall, it was 17 innings for the Brewers' bullpen, allowing 12 hits and five walks while striking out 24. OK, they did allow one unearned run, but still … wow (and that's an understatement).
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Keon Broxton, Brewers outfielder (↑ UP)
Something lit a fire under Milwaukee's center fielder -- or perhaps we should say someone (like the recall of prospect Lewis Brinson). Broxton hit .400 this past week with a double and two home runs -- good for a .750 slugging percentage -- as well as posting six runs, four RBI and four steals. In June, Broxton has a .590 slugging percentage thanks to his seven home runs and he's driven in 16 runs.
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Orlando Arcia, Brewers shortstop (↑ UP)
Arcia's glove has never been in question -- just look no further than his highlight-reel play to end the game against Pittsburgh at Miller Park on June 22 -- but now his bat is heating up, too. Arcia had a team-high nine hits last week, good for a .450 average, for of those were doubles and another a home run (that's an .800 slugging percentage, in case you were curious). That only continues what Arcia has been doing all month. In June he has a slash line of .325/.367/.494 with eight doubles and two home runs.
Malcolm Brogdon, Bucks guard (↑ UP)
Brogdon became the first player in 60 years who wasn’t a first-round pick to win the Rookie of the Year and was just the second Bucks player to ever win the award, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (not bad company to be in).
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Two NBA rookie of the year voters (↓ DOWN)
Antoni Daimiel of Moviestar+ (yeah, we don't know either) and Royce Young of ESPN didn't have Malcolm Brogdon on their ballots among their three choices. I mean, seriously?
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D.J. Wilson, Bucks forward (↑ UP)
Congratulations, kid. You just got drafted by an up-and-coming team and soon will be a millionaire. As usual, this is the time all is great for a first-round pick.
Sterling Brown (↓ DOWN)
On the night of the NBA draft, it was widely reported that the Milwaukee Bucks sold their second-round draft pick (Sindarius Thornwell) and acquired Sterling Brown, a second-round choice by Philadelphia. Here we are a week later and Thornwell is listed on Milwaukee's roster and Brown is MIA. Surely this is just procedural and perhaps cap related, but just another example of why we hate NBA trades around draft time (and them always being announced after the fact, even at the draft).
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Nigel Hayes, former Badgers forward (↓ DOWN)
Hayes went back to Wisconsin in part to improve his stock in the NBA draft. That didn't work out so well. Now Hayes has to work his way into the league by showcasing himself in the summer league and in training camp with the Knicks. Yeah, New York City, which he once blasted when the Badgers played there. This whole pro career thing isn't quite starting out like he planned. Perhaps the journey will be better.