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 fourth edition of the Young Brewers Tracker.
Notable: Davies has had back-to-back strong starts and even picked up his first win of the year last time out. In three April starts, Davies had an 8.78 ERA and opponents had a slash line of 411/485/625. In his two May starts, Davies’ ERA is 3.27 and the opponents are batting 244/340/390.
Notable: Broxton’s big week includes being a home run short of the cycle on May 5, stealing at least one base in four games and now owning a 10-game hit streak. He boosted his average nearly 60 points in the past seven days.
Notable: The 2015 first-round pick was assigned to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers last week and was installed as the center fielder and leadoff hitter. Last season with the AZL Brewers and Helena he batted 309/424/430 with 25 steals in 55 games.
Notable: Picked up decisions in both his starts last week. Got the loss while allowing two runs (one earned) in 5 2/3 innings and the win by allowing one run in six innings. He allowed four hits in both starts. He also finally allowed a hit to a lefty, who are now batting .042 against him.
Adrian Houser (age 23/Double-A)
Last week: 1 games (1 start), 1-0, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 1.50 ERA.
Notable: A rough week which started out with an 0 for 4 game with four strikeouts on May 5.
Others: Colorado Springs catcher Manny Pina is batting .371 over the last 10 days and is batting 367/412/595 on the season. That’s just not because of playing in Colorado — Pina is batting 357/413/619 on the road. . . . Taylor Jungmann’s first two starts at Colorado Springs did not go well: 8 IP, 14 H, 14 R (13 ER), 10 BB, 8 K. . . . Biloxi 3B Garrett Cooper (3rd round, 2013) leads the team in OPS (.837) with a slash line of 297/404/432. . . . Brandon Woodruff (11th round, 2014) of Brevard County is 3-1 with a 1.66 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 39 K in 38 IP. . . . Wisconsin 3B Jake Gatewood (1st round compensatory, 2014) had a big week, blasting four home runs. He is batting .417 with 5 HR, 8 R and 14 RBI in his last 10 games. . . . RHP Jon Perrin (27th round, 2015), who finally walked a batter, was promoted to Brevard County and RHP Devin Williams to Wisconsin.
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).
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