The Milwaukee Brewers’ retooling happened quicker than expected, but the team still has a number of promising 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 2018 Young Brewers Tracker.
Corbin Burnes, SP (age 23/Triple-A)
Last week: 1 game (1 start), 0-1, 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K
Notable: Hiura had a hit in all six games for Carolina last week including three multi-hit games. Hiura was batting .264 on May 10. In the 18 games since, he’s 27 of 72 (.375) with a .464 on-base percentage and .583 slugging percentage. He has nine-multi hit games in that span. Hiura has played 15 games at second base this season and has yet to commit an error.
Notable: Ortiz returned from nearly a month on the disabled list with a hamstring injury and was pounded for five runs on five hits and two walks in just 1 2/3 innings at Mobile on May 24. However, he rebounded with a three innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits while whiffing four, on May 30 at home vs. Mississippi to earn his first save since 2014 (and just the third of his career).
Freddy Peralta, SP (age 21/Triple-A)
Last week: 2 games (2 starts), 1-0, 9 IP, 7 H, 3 R (2 ER), 6 BB, 13 K
Notable: After making to starts with Milwaukee, Peralta returned to Colorado Springs’ rotation and pitched five scoreless innings with eight strikeouts at Nashville on May 24. On Wednesday, he lasted just four innings at home vs. Iowa, giving up four runs (two earned) in four innings, but with five strikeouts.
Notable: While Phillips had a rough week, he went 2 for 4 on Wednesday, scoring three times and hitting his second home run of the season. Phillips has an ignominious streak going, having struck out in 16 straight games, which includes 10 multiple K games.
Notable: Ray went 2 for 4 with two steals at Mobile on May 25 and 3 for 4 with a home run on May 30. In 26 games in May, he’s slugging .570 and has a .395 on-base percentage.
Others: Colorado 2B Dylan Moore, who was signed as a minor-league free agent in the offseason, hit his first two home runs as a member of the Sky Sox. In 16 games with Colorado he’s batting .321/.356/.536. … Colorado C Christian Bethancourt hit .316 with a home run and six RBI in five games last week and now has a slash line of .327/.363/.467 with five home runs. He’s also throwing out 38 percent of attempted basestealers. … Biloxi OF Troy Stokes Jr. (4th round, 2014) hit three triples last week (as well as a double and homer). He had hit just one previously this season. … Shuckers 1B Jake Gatewood (1st round comp., 2014) .308/.385/.870 last week with four home runs and eight RBI. He is now tied for the Southern League lead in homers with 10 and third in RBI with 34. Gatewood also was named Southern League Player of the Week on May 29. … Carolina OF Weston Wilson (17th round, 2016) hit .346 with four doubles, two homers, five runs and seven RBI in six games. … Mudcats RHP Braden Webb (3rd round, 2016) pitched six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out nine. … Wisconsin OF Zach Clark (19th round, 2016) hit .364/.440/.646 over six games. … RHP Trey Supak was promoted from Single-A Carolina to Double-A Biloxi. He made his Shuckers debut May 27 (5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 4 B, 4 K).