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 12th edition of the 2017 Young Brewers Tracker.
Notable: Brinson returned from the MLB Futures Game and Triple-A All-Star break and picked up right where he left off, hitting in five straight out of the break to give him a 14-game hitting streak. On July 17, he went 4 for 7 at Omaha — his third four-hit game of the season. He is now fourth in the PCL in batting average, although the leader, former teammate Garrett Cooper is now out of the league and with the Yankees. Nos. 2 and 3 in the PCL are major-league veterans Ivan De Jesus Jr. (also a Colorado Springs teammate) and Oswaldo Arcia.
Notable: Dubon had three two-hit games last week, including socking a pair of doubles at Omaha on July 19. However, he’s found it a little more problematic to steal at the Triple-A level. At Biloxi, before being promoted, Dubon stole 31 bases in 40 attempts. Thus far at Colorado Springs, he has two steals and been caught three times.
Notable: After tearing up Rookie ball, Hiura (who led the league in batting average, triples, slugging percentage and OPS) was promoted to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on July 18. He made his debut the next day at home against South Bend. Batting third as the designated hitter, he went 1 for 4 with an RBI.
Notable: On July 15, Nottingham was 2 for 2 with a double, a homer (his first since June 26) and four RBI. On July 19 he hit his second triple of the season, with the other coming exactly three months earlier.
Luis Ortiz (age 21/Double-A)
Last week: 2 games (2 starts), 0-1, 9.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 5 BB, 8 K
Notable: After a string of bad starts, including walking five in a short 3 2/3 inning stint July 13 vs. Birmingham, Ortiz twirled a beauty at Mississippi on July 19: 6 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, 6 strikeouts.
Notable: Ray had has first multiple-hit game of the month, going 2 for 5 with a pair of doubles on July 17 at Salem.
Others: RHP Brandon Woodruff (11th round, 2014) made a rehab start for Colorado Springs at Omaha on July 19 and allowed three runs on three hits in 3 2/3 innings. … Biloxi 2B Wendell Rijo was 2 for 19 and is now hitting just .183 in 31 games since being moved up to Double-A. … Carolina RHP Nate Griep (8th round, 2015) leads the Carolina League in saves with 17 (next closest has 12) and has allowed just two runs since June 1 (11 2/3 IP, 5 H, 11 K over that span). … Wisconsin 3B Weston Wilson (17th round, 2016) hit .348 with a .783 slugging percentage (including 2 HR) and 8 RBI. He has 20 RBI in his first 26 games with the team. … Helena OF Nic Pierre was 10 for 19 (.526) with three doubles last week. … Once-promising IF prospect Gilbert Lara, 19, was sent down from Wisconsin to Helena. He was hitting just .189/.226/.269 with the Timber Rattlers.