Brewers minor-league stars of the week: June 22
Each week FOXSportsWisconsin.com identifies the top pitcher and position player from the Milwaukee Brewers’ top four main affiliates: Triple-A Colorado Springs, Double-A Biloxi, High-A Brevard County and Low-A Wisconsin. Here’s a look at all eight players who made the list for the week of June 15-21.
TRIPLE-A COLORADO SPRINGS (3-4)
Player of the Week: OF Logan Schafer
Week stats: .458 (11 for 24), 2 2B in seven games
Recent highlights: Schafer has struggled offensively for most of this season, but the 28-year-old is in the midst of a hot streak at the plate. By collecting 11 hits in his last seven games, Schafer has raised his batting average from .224 to .262. He had multi-hit efforts in Colorado Springs’ first four games this past week, including a three-hit game against Oklahoma City on Wednesday. When the Brewers were in need of a fourth outfielder in early June, Shane Peterson got the call to the big leagues over Schafer.
Pitcher of the Week: RHP Tyler Thornburg
Week stats: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Recent highlights: Like Schafer, Thornburg has not performed well since being sent to Triple-A. The right-hander bounced back from two consecutive rough starts to limit New Orleans to just two runs on six hits over six innings on Friday. Thornburg is 1-4 with a 5.11 ERA in 11 starts for the Sky Sox and has lasted more than six innings in just two of his outings.
DOUBLE-A BILOXI (4-1)
Player of the Week: 3B Taylor Green
Week stats: .348 (8 for 23), 2 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI in five games
Recent highlights: It has been a long road for Green since he appeared in 58 games with the Brewers in 2012. He missed all of 2013 due to a hip injury and spent 2014 between Double-A and Triple-A. Green is hitting just .241 with four home runs and 29 RBI for Biloxi this season, but the 28-year-old had a strong week in which he collected three multi-hit games.
Pitcher of the Week: LHP Brent Suter
Week stats: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 13 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 K in two starts
Recent highlights: Suter didn’t allow an earned run in either of his two starts this past week. He held Mississippi scoreless on three hits over six innings Monday and Montgomery scoreless over seven innings Saturday. The Harvard product has allowed just two earned runs in 24 innings (0.75 ERA) over his four starts in June. Suter is 4-2 with a 1.73 ERA in 12 appearances (eight starts) this season.
HIGH-A BREVARD COUNTY (2-2)
Player of the Week: C Cameron Garfield
Week stats: .353 (6 for 17), 2 2B, 1 RBI in four games
Recent highlights: The Manatees had just four games this past week due to the Florida State All-Star Game being held Saturday. Garfield continued his strong stretch at the plate by collecting six hits in 17 at-bats. Hitting .190 on June 3, Garfield is hitting .366 over his last 11 games to raise his average to .248.
Pitcher of the Week: RHP Jorge Ortega
Week stats: 1-0, 9 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Recent highlights: The starter for the North Division in the Florida State League All-Star Game, Ortega started his week by tossing a four-hit shutout against Jupiter on Monday. He then worked a scoreless first inning in the Florida State League All-Star Game on Saturday. Ortega has a 1.78 ERA in 11 outings (10 starts) in his first full season of professional baseball.
LOW-A WISCONSIN (3-4)
Player of the Week: OF Brandon Diaz
Week stats: .364 (8 for 22), 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI in seven games
Recent highlights: Diaz is heating up in June after a slow start. The 20-year-old had a strong weekend series against Beloit, including homering during Wisconsin’s 5-1 victory at Miller Park on Friday. Diaz is hitting .298 in June to raise his season batting average to .212.
Pitcher of the Week: LHP Zach Hirsch
Week stats: 8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Recent highlights: Hirsch continues to pitch well for the Timber Rattlers. The left-hander allowed just one run on four hits over eight innings in a win over Kane County on Thursday. Since missing close to a month with an injury, Hirsch has surrendered just one earned run over his last 19 innings.
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