Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Minors Update-May 3

     As there was no game to get mad about last night, I'll take a look at the Brewers' minor league affiliates and some performances from last night.
Nashville (AAA) lost 12-4 against Oklahoma City.
     Caleb Gindl-2x4, 2B, BB, 2K-Gindl is a 22 year old outfielder that may be end up being something of a tweener. Gindl hasn't hit enough in the high minors to warrant a corner outfield spot in the big leagues (let alone an organization with Braun and Hart), but isn't quite a good enough defender to be a regular center fielder. That skill set probably leads a future as a fourth outfielder, perhaps the only role in which the talents of a 5'9 tweener with an awesome name are really appreciated.
     George Kottaras-1x3, BB, K- Fans of Kottaras should root for him to improve on his .259  Triple-A OPS, as even Wil Nieves is hitting .172/.250/.241.
Huntsville (AA) was rained out.
Brevard County (A+) lost 4-3 against Dunedin.
     Hunter Morris-2x4, 2B-Morris was a 2010 4th rounder out of Auburn who spent last season at low-A Wisconsin and finished his season in the Arizona Fall League. To date, Morris hasn't posted the numbers you would hope for from a first-base prospect, and is definitely a first baseman, as last year I saw him misplay multiple balls and flat-out miss two cutoffs in one game in left field for Wisconsin. It's almost certain that the Brewers will need a first baseman in the coming years, but whether Morris is the answer even in say, 2013, is still an open question.
Wisconsin (A) won 3-1 against Quad Cities.
     Franklin Romero-3x4, 3B-As a 20th round pick/soon to be 23 year old in low-A, Romero isn't exactly a hot prospect, but he definitely hit his way into being mentioned here.
     Tyler Thornburg-6 IP, 6 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 4 K Standing 5'11 and armed with a low to mid 90's fastball, Thornburg is a little man (at least by the standards of professional pitchers) with a big arm. Cliché quota filled, Thornburg certainly has the raw stuff to make it in a big league rotation, but concerns about his size and command (he walked 11 in 23.1 innings of rookie ball last year) could push him to a bullpen role later.

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