The Milwaukee Brewers are reshaping their franchise with an injection of youth and prospects.
Every Thursday for the rest of the season, FOX Sports Wisconsin will take a closer look at some specific young players in Milwaukee’s farm system — as well as noting others who might be stepping up — measuring, highlighting and evaluating their progress.
This is the 3rd edition of the 2017 Young Brewers Tracker.
Notable: After drawing just eight walks in his first 21 games, Brinson had seven last week and has a free pass in six straight contests. At El Paso on May 16, Brinson went 2 for 3 with two doubles, two runs, two RBI and two walks.
Notable: Dubon is riding an 11-game hitting streak and has had two hits in 10 of those contests. Dubon upped his season steal total to 22 — which is two times more than anyone else in the Southern League. Only one other player in all of organized baseball — Cole Tucker of Bradenton in the Single-A California League — has more steals (25).
Notable: For the third time this season, Ortiz allowed no hits in five innings. He did it May 16 vs. Mississippi and also April 15 vs. Pensacola. Ortiz has given up fewer hits than innings pitched in five of his seven starts and in the other allowed five in five innings. Ortiz is ninth in the Southern League in ERA and sixth in WHIP.
Notable: Phillips’ power surge continues. He had two home runs and a triple along with three runs and four RBI at El Paso on May 16. Those were Phillips’ first two homers on the road this season, but he is hitting .315/.362/.574 away from home. Phillips ranks fifth in the PCL in slugging percentage.
Notable: Ray nearly doubled his season walk total last week (8 to 15). On May 16, he went 3 for 3 with a double, two runs and two RBI and followed that up the next day with a bases-loaded triple.
Others: 1B Garrett Cooper (6th round, 2013) was placed on the disabled list. He’s batting .331/.370/.591 in 31 games. … Biloxi 2B Javier Betancourt batted .458/.462/.833 last week with three doubles, two homers, six runs and five RBI. … 2B Wendell Rijo, who was acquired in last year’s Aaron Hill trade, was promoted to Double-A Biloxi … Carolina RHP Cody Ponce (2nd round, 2015) has had three straight starts going seven or more innings and allowing two or fewer runs. … Not to be outdone, teammate Corbin Burnes (4th round, 2016) allowed his first run in three starts (1 R, 7 IP). … Wisconsin OF Demi Orimoloye hit .292 with three steals. He has a team-leading 11 stolen bases.