Following a tough 2013 campaign with the Brevard County Manatees where he faltered down the stretch, left-handed pitcher Brent Suter is making a statement with the Double A Huntsville Stars in 2014.
The 24-year-old Harvard graduate has produced a 3-0 record allowing a mere three earned runs through 25 innings pitched in the Southern League. He also has walked just four batters and allowed 11 hits for a WHIP of .600 to begin the season with a bang.
Suter produced a stellar eight inning appearance in his last start April 23 against Mobile and allowed one earned run to pick up his third victory of the season.
In his one No Decision April 12, he pitched six innings and allowed one earned run in a Stars’ ten inning loss against Pensacola.
The lanky pitcher from Cincinnati struck eight Mississippi Braves April 17 to match his second most strikeouts in a game, only to his 11 while a member of the Brevard County Manatees in 2013.
In his career high performance with the Manatees he took a rough loss allowing one earned run through his seven innings of work in his career best game.
Teammates of Suter through his career with the Brewers organization told Brewers Farm Report previously he is a fearless pitcher who has the composure to go after hitters.
When Milwaukee drafted right-hander Taylor Williams with the fourth round draft selection in 2013 – no one knew how well he would fair after a rough start to his college career.
The junior from Kent State started was seldom used as a freshman with Washington State in 2011 where he pitched 10 innings allowing 14 earned runs before transferring to Mount Hood Community College.
However, it took him until his final college season with the Golden Flashes to show some brilliance – in 15 starts for Kent State he struck out 110 batters in 115.2 innings and had a 10-1 record. Williams also demonstrated excellent control allowing just 18 walks through the course of his season before the Brewers made him the fourth pick.
After his inaugural campaign with Pioneer League Helena in 2013 where he produced a 3-1 record and a 4.25 ERA in 10 games for the Brewers, MLB.com named him the organization’s 16th rated prospect.
Williams has responded with success including a stellar start in his first appearance with Single A Wisconsin where he struck out seven batters and held Peoria scoreless through his five innings of work on April 3. The 22-year-old maintained composure allowing just one walk and one hit during the in the No Decision.
The 5’11” pitcher from Washington State earned his first victory in relief six days later holding West Michigan scoreless in four innings.
Williams’ produced similar numbers in his last appearance April 26 where he held Kane County scoreless through six innings and struck out six batters. He allowed just one walk and two hits, but again received a No Decision.
Aside from being ranked 16th by MLB.com, Baseball America has ranked him 19th in the Milwaukee Brewers’ minor league system.
Given his age and steady progression and performances, he might climb the ladder and make his way to High A Brevard County by the conclusion of the 2014 season.
If Garrett Cooper‘s inaugural 2013 campaign with the Milwaukee Brewers’ organization is any indication, the former Auburn first baseman could rapidly progress through the system.
Cooper, 23, was selected as the Brewers’ sixth round pick in the 2013 draft and made an immediate impact with two blasts in his professional debut with Pioneer League Helena June 20.
However, his 2-for-5 game with the Helena Brewers did not come as a surprise to the 6’6” Cooper as he maintains his objective as a power hitter.
“I am trying to improve on that this off season and add strength through the off season to hit more home runs,” Cooper said.
Cooper’s tour of the country did not start nor end in the Rocky Mountain region after signing his professional contract out of the University of Auburn where he batted .354 with 12 doubles, seven home runs and 37 walks in 56 games his senior season.
“It was a fun experience, moving around the country. Growing up in California, moving to Auburn, moving to Helena,” Cooper said. “It’s been a whirlwind of geographic locations.”
Despite possessing power potential, the first baseman has demonstrated the ability to hit for average at the early portion of his professional career.
Cooper not only began his career with two home runs but also rattled off a five game hitting streak from June 20-24 where he went 9-for-20 and belted three home runs. He also had a .500 On Base Percentage.
The California native hit safely in ten of his 16 games with Helena before Milwaukee made the decision to promote him to Single A Wisconsin. Through his short time with the Helena Brewers, he tabulated a .357 OBP with four doubles, four home runs and ten RBI.
Cooper said his time with Helena “was a good experience” and prepared him for Midwest League Baseball and life
alongside a loaded Wisconsin outfield of Tyrone Taylor, Michael Reed, Victor Roache and Max Walla.
“It was fun playing with them and it was nice hitting in front of them in the lineup,” Cooper said. “It was also good protecting them in the lineup.”
Cooper underwent roadblocks during his time with Wisconsin after missing time due to injuries but was able to come through with similar success.
In 32 games for the Timber Rattlers, he collected his first three career triples along with six doubles and blasted two home runs. He produced a .287 average and .346 OBP.
Cooper acknowledged his need to become a stronger and more durable presence in the lineup and maintained the off season objective of adding weight.
“Just getting stronger and being more flexible. That was my goal coming into the senior year of college was to get stronger and add more weight,” Cooper said.
Cooper responded by arriving to early winter session February 8 with a weight of 235 compared to 230 in his first season and feels “bigger and stronger.”
The Auburn alum was among 24 Brewers’ farmhands invited to attend the Minor League winter session which includes notable prospects Tyrone Taylor, Tucker Neuhaus and Damien Magnifico.
“It’s like mini camp and its a good thing getting out there sooner than all the other guys that come in and prepare to play every single day,” Cooper said.
Brewers’ officials are also providing Cooper additional options in advancing through the minor league system after taking repetitions at third base during the Fall Instructional League in October 2013.
“In high school it was the only time I ever played third base and little bit in junior college,” Cooper said.
He is looking at it as another opportunity to move forward and remains confident in his abilities at third base when needed.
“At third you have to get used to it and get back to the throwing across the diamond in every play at the hot corner,” Cooper said. “There is not much difference between first and third besides the throw.”
“Whatever they decide I will be happy with every chance I get. Just glad to be a part of the organization,” Cooper added.
Cooper told Brewers Farm Report he was surprised Milwaukee snagged him in the draft after receiving phone calls from two different organizations.
“The Brewers were definitely into my stuff. I talked to the Royals and Phillies a half an hour before I got drafted,” Cooper said. “The Royals and Phillies told me I was there next picks and all of sudden my name got popped up with the Brewers.”
Cooper credits his family for giving him unconditional support on maintaining his mission to become a professional baseball player and for preparing him for life traveling around the country.
“I grew up as the young kid and they are all pushing for me. I am the youngest, I am the baby and they are all just looking out for me,” Cooper said. “They are always there for me and give me whatever support I need.”
The youngest of seven children, he is grateful for his older siblings in taking the time out of their lives to play catch in the backyard of their California home during his childhood.
In addition to growing up along the California coasts where he also played beach volleyball, he has more than just Auburn as a southern connection.
Cooper gained early exposure to the Southern portion of the United States when he noted his mother being a part of the Louisiana community during times of her life.
“She took me down to the south a lot and I loved it down here,” Cooper said. “I have been all around the country to play baseball since I was a young kid.”
With the support of teammate Devin Williams and a developing curveball, left-hander Clint Terry is ready to move ahead in his young professional career.
“That is my pitcher and he is a dominating pitcher. That’s why I like him,” Williams told Brewers Farm Report in January. “He keeps hitters off balance and you never know what he is going to throw.”
The left-handed Terry struck out a stunning 56 batters compared to ten walks in 46.2 innings to start off his professional career with the Rookie League Brewers in Arizona.
“I think its the fastball and throwing strikes, its what people see and not walk people,” Terry said.
In addition to his strikeout-walk ratio, he allowed eight earned runs in 14 games to give him a meager 1.54 ERA for the season.
However, the 21-year-old from Palatine, Ill. acknowledged he has plenty of room for improvement which includes polishing off his curveball.
Terry believes he will accomplish substantially more once his breaking pitch is established and can utilize against left-handed hitters.
“As strange as this sounds, it is against right-handers I think,” Terry explained, in regards to whether he felt he pitched more effectively against left-handers.
“That is why I am working on my curveball right now and to reach the Majors you have to have a curveball. I need to have a curveball to go to and then I will feel comfortable throwing it to left handed hitters,” Terry added.
He has a slider, but is working on making the curveball more of a priority for his professional baseball future.
“It was a slurve and I barely threw it, like two or three times per inning in those 46 innings,” Terry said. “So I didn’t really have much control with it or confidence.”
Terry was on the scout’s radar screen in a year prior to Milwaukee drafting him with the 18th round pick in 2013 when San Francisco snagged him in the 36th round in 2012.
“It had to do with getting stronger and being drafted in the 38th round and financially it was not a good time and waiting another year was a good decision,” Terry said.
Terry has backed up his decision by adding additional weight to his 6’2” frame during off season workouts, bulking up to 208 lbs compared to his professional debut of 195 lbs.
The left-handed Palatine Fremd High School graduate has his eyes on the Midwest League entering Spring Training.
“I am hoping for Wisconsin right now and trying to get a spring spot there and that is what I am shooting for,” Terry said.
As for his relationship with fellow pitcher Williams, Terry stated the Brewers’ 2013 second round selection has pushed him to be the best on the pitching mound.
“We are always competing together and when he did good, I tried to one-up him and it worked out,” Terry said.
Veteran minor league catcher Lucas May will be reporting alongside other early reports to Spring Training Saturday after Milwaukee agreed to terms on a minor league contract January 30.
May, 29, began his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization when the team selected him with the eighth round pick in 2003.
The catcher played his first four professional seasons as a utility player primarily as a shortstop and left fielder from 2003-2006.
His best season came in 2007 as a member of High A Inland Empire where he belted 25 home runs with 89 RBI in 128 games. He also collected a career high 25 doubles and added three triples in his career season.
Baseball America took notice of his skills as a catcher and named him the Dodgers 17th ranked prospect following the 2007 season.
However, strikeouts plagued the Missouri native when he fanned 130 times in 2006 and 107 times during the 2007 season.
Los Angeles traded May prior to the trade deadline to the Kansas City Royals for former Brewers’ All-Star Scott Podsednik.
May batted .296 with 13 doubles and 11 home runs for the Albuquerque Isotopes of the Pacific Coast League before the trade. He also drove in 45 runs and scored 43 times in 73 games for the Dodgers’ Triple A affiliate.
The catcher made his sole appearance in the Major Leagues in 2010 as a member of the Kansas City Royals.
In 12 games with the Royals, he batted in six runs and snagged a double before being demoted back to the minors.
Following his stay with the Royals’ organization he was dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a small minor league trade.
The catcher’s numbers have steadily declined since the 2010 season and eventually served as reserve catcher for four different organizations including stops with Buffalo of the International League (Mets) and the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh).
May will likely be relegated to reserve duty with either Nashville or Huntsville following the departure of long-time Brewers’ farmhand Anderson De La Rosa, who left for the Los Angeles Angels’ organization early in the off-season.
With the Brewers’ minor league signing of veteran catcher Matt Pagnozzi, nephew of former Major Leaguer Tom, and retention of Robinzon Diaz – he will be faced with being third on the Sounds catching depth chart.
In the wake of news surrounding the surprise retirement of former prospect Vinnie Catricala in January, Milwaukee went ahead and agreed to terms with infielder Pete Orr.
The 34-year-old left handed hitter brings 443 games of Major League experience primarily with Atlanta from 2005-2007 where he batted .263 with 12 doubles, five triples and two home runs in 271 games.
Orr, 34, was originally drafted by the Texas Rangers with the 39th round selection in 1997 from Newmarket High School in Ontario, Canada.
Current Brewers’ General Manager Doug Melvin held the same position with the Rangers when Orr was picked.
However, Orr opted not to sign with Texas following the draft and later agreed to terms as an undrafted free agent in 2009 with the Braves.
The infielder had a solid 2004 season with Triple A Richmond of the International League where he batted at a .320 clip with 16 doubles, ten triples and 24 stolen bases.
Orr’s productive 2004 campaign earned him a trip to the Major Leagues where he served as a utility player with the Braves in 2005 with 25 games at second base, 15 at third base and made three appearances as a left fielder.
Through limited action his initial season he collected eight doubles and stole eight bases in 162 plate appearances. Orr maintained a .300 batting average with a .331 On Base Percentage.
Orr has not played full-time since his productive 2010 campaign with the Washington Nationals’ Triple A affiliate, the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League.
In 2010, he collected a career high 32 doubles with 12 home runs and eight triples in 489 at bats. He also notched a career best 25 stolen bases on 34 attempts.
Milwaukee will be looking to Orr as a reserve infielder with Nashville or Huntsville due to some inadequate depth up at third base.
Presently, Nashville has holdovers Stephen Parker and former prospect Taylor Green manning the hot corner. He also has experience at second base, which gives new Nashville Manager Rick Sweet more flexibility.
Originally posted on Rattler Radio:
January 17 was the last time I checked in on the field conditions.Since that day, the weather has stayed cold and there has been more snow…
Let’s take a look at how things stand with 62 days left until Opening Night:
From behind the camera platform in Center:
Think warm thoughts everyone!
|4||OF||Mitch Haniger||Brevard County|
|7||RHP||Devin Williams||AZL Brewers|
|9||3B||Tucker Neuhaus||AZL Brewers|
|10||3B||Nick Delmonico||Brevard County|
|15||LHP||Brent Suter||Brevard County|
|16||RHP||Damien Magnifico||Brevard County|
|19||LHP||Clint Terry||AZL Brewers|
|24||LHP||Jed Bradley||Brevard County|
|Players on the Radar|
|OF||Brandon Diaz||AZL Brewers|
|RHP||Tommy Toledo||Brevard County|
|OF||D’Vontrey Richardson||Brevard County|
Originally posted on Inside the Jackson Generals:
In 2011, Vinnie Catricala was the best player in the Mariners minor league system – two years later the Sacramento, California native is retiring from baseball.
“I am just moving on (with my life) and actually one month into the Sacramento Police Academy,” said Catricala on Monday night. “I am really excited about the police department and my future.”
Catricala batted .349 with a .421 on-base percentage that included 25 home runs, 48 doubles and 106 RBIs during the 2011 season combined between High-A High Desert and Double-A Jackson. After moving up from High Desert, he batted .347 for the Generals in 62 games to close out the year. He actually finished against better competition in and posted a higher slugging percentage of .632 in Double-A.
I remember a road trip…
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Originally posted on Sound Bytes Blog:
On Monday, January 27, the Sounds turned dirt towards a brand new ballpark at Sulphur Dell–the historic site of Nashville baseball. The moment was long-awaited, and many people were on hand to help make the event special: Sounds owner Frank Ward, Mayor Karl Dean, Brewers GM Doug Melvin, Sounds first baseman Hunter Morris, major league slugger Albert Pujols, President of Minor League Baseball Pat O’Conner and several long-time Sounds fans and supporters.
With all of the above coverage, you would think the bases were covered…but let’s be honest…what’s a great historic moment without an animated GIF?
That’s where Sound Bytes comes in! Enjoy the unending unearthing below!
L to R: Metro Councilman Jerry Maynard, Metro Councilwoman Erica…
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