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 — as well as noting others who might be stepping up — measuring, highlighting and evaluating their progress. Please note the glossary of advanced stats at the bottom of the story.
This is the 11th edition of the Young Brewers Tracker.
Notable: We were going to remove Broxton from the Tracker, but can’t do it after he hit his first major-league home run — a pinch-hit shot off Max Scherzer, no less. But unless Broxton can establish himself, this will be his last appearance here.
Notable: Villar is second in the majors in BAbip behind only Pittsburgh’s Starling Marte (.412). Hit his first triple of the season last week. Interestingly, despite his speed, Villar has only six career triples.
Notable: Milwaukee’s second-round draft pick this year is off to a good start in Helena, collecting a hit in eight of his first nine games. He hit his first professional home run on June 23.
Josh Hader (age 22/Triple-A)
Last week: 1 game (1 start), 0-0, 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K, 0.00 ERA.
Season (combined Double-A & Triple-A): 15 games (15 starts), 2-3, 1.87 ERA, 77 IP, 1.13 WHIP, 57 H, 2 HR, 30 BB, 99 K, .213 OBA.
Notable: Hader got back on track by getting out of Colorado, pitching five scoreless innings at Round Rock. He now has a 4.50 ERA and 1.50 WHIP with 26 K in 20 IP with the Sky Sox. At home he has an 8.00 ERA and 2.22 WHIP, on the road 1.64 ERA and 0.91 WHIP (2 starts each).
Adrian Houser (age 23/Double-A)
Last week: 1 game (1 start), 0-1, 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 6.75 ERA.
Notable: Lopez was roughed up on June 23 by Memphis. He lasted just 4 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs (six earned) on eight hits and five walks. Lopez walked four more in his next start — although he allowed just four hits — and has walked for or more in three straight starts and in seven starts overall.
Notable: Sent back to Colorado Springs on June 23, had a three-hit game June 24. Could see himself out of the Tracker until he establishes himself more as a legit prospect instead of a backup.
Others: SP Taylor Jungmann’s descent continues. He was sent to Double-A. He had a 9.87 ERA with Colorado Springs, including a 20.52 ERA and 3.72 WHIP in 3 home starts. OF Kyle Wren is batting .409/.473/.515 in 21 games with Colorado Springs. . . . 3B Garrett Cooper (6th round, 2013) leads Biloxi in OPS (.842). Wisconsin RHP Freddy Peralta has 73 K in 56 IP with a 2.64 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. . . 1B Juan Ortiz was promoted to Wisconsin after batting .362/.404/.553 in 12 games at Helena. . . . 3B Ronnie Gibson (26th round, 2016) has 2 HR in his first 8 games.
A glossary of some of the advanced statistics used:
OPS: On base percentage + slugging percentage
OPS+: OPS compared to league average of 100, adjusted to the player’s ballpark
sOPS+: OPS for the split (in our case the last 7 days) compared to the league’s split OPS (100 being average).
BAbip: Batting average on balls in play.
WHIP: Walks plus hits divided by innings pitched.
ERA+: ERA compared to league average of 100, adjusted to the player’s ballpark
FIP: Fielding Independent Pitching. Measures a pitcher’s effectiveness at presenting home runs, walks and hit by pitches while causing strikeouts. The MLB average FIP is the same as the MLB average ERA.
WAR: Wins Above Replacement value. Represents the number of wins the player added to the team above what a replacement player would add (we are using WAR from baseball-reference.com).
Statistics courtesy baseball-reference.com and milb.com