A look at May stats for top Brewers prospects

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 5th edition of the 2017 Young Brewers Tracker.

Lewis Brinson (age 23/Triple-A)

Last week: 4 games, 15 AB, 4 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 R, 1 RBI, 0 SB, 3 BB, 5 K, .267 BA.
Season: 36 games, 135 AB, .304 BA, .395 OBP, .481 SLG, .877 OPS, 10 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 31 R, 16 RBI, 5 SB, 19 BB, 35 K.
Notable: After hitting a solid .362/.391/.586 in 14 April games, Brinson slipped to .260/.398/.403 in 22 May games. However, he had 16 walks in May compared to just three in April.

Ryan Cordell (Age 25/Triple-A)

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Last week: 6 games, 21 AB, 5 H, 2 R, 2 RBI, 0 SB, 3 BB, 4 K, .238 BA.
Season: 45 games, 176 AB, .295 BA, .364 OBP, .500 SLG, .864 OPS, 14 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 34 R, 30 RBI, 5 SB, 17 BB, 36 K.
Notable: Has gone seven straight games without an extra-base hit. In May, Cordell had a slash line of .305/.373/.457 in 27 games.

Isan Diaz (age 21/Single-A)

Last week: 6 games, 22 AB, 2 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 0 SB, 2 BB, 9 K, .091 BA.
Season: 51 games, 188 AB, .245 BA, .329 OBP, .447 SLG, .776 OPS, 11 2B, 0 3B, 9 HR, 32 R, 33 RBI, 5 SB, 23 BB, 54 K.
Notable: Diaz batted .220/.325/.470 in 28 games in May with six home runs.

Mauricio Dubon (Age 22/Double-A)

Last week: 5 games, 21 AB, 5 H, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 BB, 3 K, .238 BA.
Season: 51 games, 198 AB, .298 BA, .349 OBP, .379 SLG, .728 OPS, 10 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 22 R, 19 RBI, 24 SB, 15 BB, 28 K.
Notable: After hitting .266/.349/.379 in April, Dubon raised his game in May, batting .327/.377/.433 with 13 steals (although he was caught five times; compared to 11 SB and 2 CS in April).

Jake Gatewood (Age 21/Single-A)

Last week: 6 games, 23 AB, 6 H, 2 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI, 0 SB, 2 BB, 9 K, .261 BA.
Season: 52 games, 193 AB, .306 BA, .380 OBP, .518 SLG, .898 OPS, 20 2B, 0 3B, 7 HR, 35 R, 28 RBI, 4 SB, 23 BB, 57 K.
Notable: It would have been hard for Gatewood to match his April (.329/.433/.573) but he still hit a respectable .288/.336/.477 in May with 12 doubles and 19 RBI.

Josh Hader (age 23/Triple-A)

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Last week: 1 game (1 start), 0-0, 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K.
Season: 11 games (11 starts), 3-4, 5.58 ERA, 50 IP, 48 H, 14 HR, 30 BB, 47 K, .257 OBA, 1.56 WHIP.
Notable: Hader closed out his May (1-2, 6.75 ERA, .297 OBA, 1.70 WHIP in 6 starts) by pitching only two innings, although this was reportedly just to keep his innings at a manageable level for the season.

Jacob Nottingham (age 22/Double-A)

Last week: 4 games, 11 AB, 2 H, 1 2B, 1 R, 0 RBI, 0 SB, 1 BB, 3 K, .182 BA.
Season: 39 games, 125 AB, .216 BA, .324 OBP, .336 SLG, .660 OPS, 10 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 13 R, 11 RBI, 3 SB, 11 BB, 29 K.
Notable: After hitting a miserable .150 in April, Nottingham rebounded in May with a slash line of .277/.373/431.

Luis Ortiz (age 21/Double-A)

Last week: 1 game (1 start), 0-0, 4 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 4 K.
Season: 9 games (9 starts), 2-3, 3.71 ERA, 43.2 IP, 29 H, 7 HR, 21 BB, 40 K, .191 OBA, 1.15 WHIP.
Notable: For the second straight start Ortiz failed to go five innings. Beyond allowing four runs and walking four in just four innings at Tennessee, he gave up two homers and hit two batters. Ortiz finished May with a 3.70 ERA, .195 OBA and 1.32 WHIP in five starts.

Brett Phillips (Age 23/Triple-A)

Last week: 7 games, 25 AB, 8 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 R, 5 RBI, 0 SB, 0 BB, 9 K, .320 BA.
Season: 46 games, 165 AB, .297 BA, .369 OBP, .588 SLG, .957 OPS, 10 2B, 4 3B, 10 HR, 34 R, 39 RBI, 2 SB, 20 BB, 58 K.
Notable: Phillips continues to rake and had both a two-hit and three-hit game last week. In 29 May games, Phillips batted .304/.381/.608 with eight doubles, four triples, five home runs, 23 runs and 24 RBI.

Corey Ray (age 21/Single-A)

Last week: 6 games, 24 AB, 7 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 1 BB, 8 K, .292 BA.
Season: 38 games, 156 AB, .269 BA, .333 OBP, .410 SLG, .744 OPS, 12 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 20 R, 22 RBI, 10 SB, 16 BB, 50 K.
Notable: Ray had a solid May, batting .290/.368/.430 in 25 games.

Others

May totals from around the farm clubs: Colorado Springs 1B Garrett Cooper (6th round, 2013) hit .384/.434/.616 with 20 runs and 23 RBI in 20 games. . . . Veteran IF Ivan DeJesus hit .376/.408/.505. . . . Biloxi 2B Javier Betancourt batted .355/.412/.579. . . . Biloxi RHP Jorge Lopez struggled to a 8.61 ERA. . . . Carolina C Cooper Hummel (18th round, 2016) got into six games and batted .278/.381/.722. . . . Wisconsin RHP Corbin Burnes (4th round, 2016) had an 0.55 ERA and 0.745 WHIP in 32 2/3 innings. . . . Carolina RHP Freddy Peralta had 36 K in 22 IP. … RHP Trey Supak was promoted to Carolina after posting a 1.76 ERA, .156 OBA and 0.76 WHIP at Wisconsin (0.83 ERA in May). He was touched for five runs on seven hits in four innings in his first start with the Mudcats. . . . SS Gilbert Lara struggled at Wisconsin, batting .154/.176/.262 and was reassigned to Helena, whose season starts June 19.

Statistics courtesy milb.com

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