Brewers stacked with lefties at lower levels
Despite a career setback by Milwaukee’s top left-handed pitching prospect Jed Bradley with Brevard County in 2013, Double A Huntsville will still receive help as others are elevated.
Bradley, 23, struggled through a 2013 season hampered by shoulder injuries which eventually shut him down in August 2013.
Consequently, the Huntsville native dropped from fourth to 16th in the MLB.com prospect rankings by the conclusion of the 2013 season.
However, the Stars will likely get a glimpse of Harvard graduate and organizational All-Star Brent Suter along with reliever Stephen Peterson from Brevard County.
While Suter produced a solid year between Single A Wisconsin and High A Brevard County, Peterson excelled in the relief role for the Manatees.
Peterson, 26, was signed by Milwaukee as an undrafted free agent in 2011 after he recovered from Tommy John surgery during his 2010 season at University of Rhode Island.
In 41 relief appearances for Brevard County, Peterson struck out 58 batters and walked just 12 through 64 innings pitched.
Peterson has steadily improved through his first three seasons with the Brewers organization going from 27 innings his initial season to 64 in 2013. He also compiled a 5-1 record with Brevard County and decreased his walk totals from 27 with Wisconsin in 2012 to 12 in 2013.
Rice University graduate Taylor Wall exhibited promise his initial season with Helena in 2012 producing a 3-1 record in 13 games (10 starts) but found his way into the Timber Rattlers’ bullpen in 2013 where he collected seven saves in 33 relief appearances.
A New Era
It remains to be seen whether Milwaukee’s newest draft class will parlay their short success to an extended 2014 season.
Milwaukee drafted Clint Terry with the 18th round pick and he succeeded with the Arizona Rookie League Brewers.
Terry, 21, struck out 56 batters and walked ten in his 46.2 innings for the Brewers and allowed just eight earned runs to give him a meager 1.54 ERA.
In conjunction with ten walks, he gave up 36 hits to yield him a WHIP of under 1.00 (.986).
Milwaukee opted to get him additional work following the regular season when he was sent to the Fall Instructional League in October.
Brewers’ ninth round selection Tyler Linehan maintained a commendable 2.45 ERA through 40.1 innings in a hitter-friendly Pioneer League.
Linehan, 22, produced his best career outing September 3 when he pitched six scoreless innings and striking out seven batters. He allowed just two runners to reach base at Billings.
Hobbs Johnson, 22, pitched four productive outings with Helena before being elevated to Single A Wisconsin.
In Johnson’s four outings with the Pioneer Brewers, he allowed one earned run and struck out nine batters through eight innings for a 1.12 ERA.
Johnson’s game intensified upon his arrival to Wisconsin’s Fox Valley region when he struck out 23 batters in 13 innings for the Timber Rattlers. He also allowed one earned run.
Milwaukee made another left-handed selection with Tyler Alexander, 22, in the 27th round from Florida International.
Alexander allowed three earned runs in 15.1 innings for Helena and maintained control with 27 strikeouts and three walks. He posted a 2-0 record in his 13 games for the Pioneer Brewers.
Milwaukee acquired Luis Ortega from Boston for seldom-used reliever Burke Badenhop and could fill a role with Helena or Wisconsin in 2014.
Ortega, 20, began his career as a starter with the Red Sox Dominican Summer League team in 2012 where he posted a 6-3 record with a 2.13 ERA in 13 starts.
However, he was relegated to the bullpen once he arrived to the Gulf Coast League in 2013 but provided similar numbers.