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Minor League Report: Jul 29 - Aug 4

Harrmann
on 08/10/2002

 

Yet another month has passed since the last Player Of The Month awards were handed out, so it's about that time again. There is only one more month before the end of the minor league season, so all the players in contention for the end of the year awards are pretty much set, and now it's just a matter of finishing strong, for themselves, and for their team. It's been an exciting year as some of the Brewers' top prospects have really shined and some guys you wouldn't have expected to step up have. A number of the Brewers' top prospects have been promoted recently, so it's going to be a little extra tough for some of them to continue producing at they level they have been, but here's do hoping they all find success in their new homes.

Just a small note before the players of the week. I recently had a chance to sit down with Beloit Snappers starting pitcher Matt Yeatman, and Brewerfan will publish the interview in about a week's time. He was a very nice guy and I'm looking forward to sharing what he had to say with all of you. Now, on to the show.

Offensive Player Of The Week:
Though he split the week between Beloit and High Desert, outfielder Dan Boyd managed to keep up an amazing level of consistency at the plate last week, and he's our offensive player of the week. Dan played his first 3 games of the week as a Beloit Snapper, batting .273/.429/.545 in 11 at-bats. He drew three walks, drove in three runs and scored three times, stole a base and knocked a home run in his final game with Beloit. He finished the week with 3 games as a High Desert Maverick, batting a torrid .643/.625/1.143 there in 14 at-bats. Dan drew another walk, while scoring six times, with eight RBIs. He hit one double and added two more home runs. Between the two stops, Dan hit .480/.533/.880, with three homers, a double, eleven RBIs, nine runs scored, four walks and a stolen base. Dan was drafted in the 27th round of the 2001 draft out of the University Of South Florida. He stands 5'11, 190, bats and throws right, and turns 24 in September.
Last Week: Prince Fielder, 1B, Ogden
July 22nd: Jeff Deardorff, OF, Huntsville
July 15th: Prince Fielder, 1B, Ogden
July 8th: Nic Carter, OF, Ogden
July 1st: Izzy Alcantara, OF, Indianapolis
June 24th: Mario Mendez, OF, Ogden
June 17th: Ralph Santana, 2B, Beloit
June 10th: D.J. Clark, 3B, High Desert
June 3rd: Steve Scarborough, SS, Huntsville
May 27th: Corey Hart, 1B, High Desert
May 20th: Brad Nelson, 1B, Beloit:
May 13th: DJ Clark, 3B, High Desert
May 6th: Pete Zoccolillo, OF, High Desert
April 29th: Corey Hart, 1B, High Desert
April 22nd: Ryan Thompson, OF, Indianapolis
April 15th: Ryan Knox, OF, High Desert

Pitcher Of The Week:
Despite the general successes of the Huntsville pitching staff, no player from the Stars has won the pitcher of the week honors in more than a month, but starter Dave Pember finally breaks through, and he is our pitcher of the week. In his second nod for pitcher of the week honors, Dave made two starts, and won both decisions. He pitched 14.2 innings, allowing only 11 hits, 5 walks and 2 runs, for a 1.29 ERA. Pember struck out 10 and remained among the league leaders in ERA. Dave was taken in the 8th round of the 1999 June draft out of Western Carolina University. He's 6'5, 225 pounds, throws and hits right handed, and turned 24 in May.
Last Week: Aaron Sams, SP, High Desert
July 22nd: Ryan Poe, SP, High Desert
July 15th: Carlos Ramirez, SP, Arizona
July 8th: Tim Harikkala, SP, Indianapolis
July 1st: Jose Garcia, SP, Indianapolis
June 24th: Jimmy Osting, SP, Indianapolis
June 17th: Dave Pember, SP, Huntsville
June 10th: Luis Martinez. RP, Huntsville
June 3rd: Ben Hendrickson, SP, High Desert
May 27th: Jimmy Osting, SP, Indianapolis
May 20th: Derek Lee, SP, Huntsville
May 13th: Ryan Miller, SP, High Desert
May 6th: Doug Dent, SP, High Desert
April 29th: Justin Gordon, SP, High Desert
April 22nd: Brian Nielsen, SP, Beloit
April 15th: Andrew Lorraine, SP, Indianapolis

BREWERFAN.NET'S MINOR LEAGUE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE MONTH:
PRINCE FIELDER, 1B, OGDEN

Any usual #1 draft pick has enough scrutiny on him. They are expected to be the future of the major league team, and they are expected to perform at any level they are at. Sometimes this pressure can be too much for high draft picks, and struggles abound in their initial seasons. What made the pressure even worse for recent #1 Brewers draft pick Prince Fielder was his last name. When he was drafted, both local and national media outlets immediately latched onto his story due to the fact that he was the son of one of better home run hitters of the last few decades, and that his physique was also similar. It would have been very easy to write off any struggles Prince might have had as an overburdenment of pressure, but Prince let his natural ability to hit come through during July, and that's why he is Brewerfan.net's Offensive Player Of The Month for July. Not only did he hit well last month, the big first baseman was hitting so well that by the end of the month, opposing teams just chose not to pitch to him more often than not, and possibly for good reason. Prince possesses an extraordinarily quick and powerful lefthanded stroke, and kills any mistakes that pitchers make anywhere over the plate. Prince used that batting stroke, which he has been perfecting since he was old enough to hold a bat, to post the best single month of any Brewers farmhand so far this season. In 102 at-bats in Ogden, the younger Fielder hit an astounding .421/.546/.873. When pitchers did pitch to him, he knocked eight doubles and nine more home runs, while driving in 30 runs and scoring 26 more times. When they weren't pitching to him, which was often towards the end of the month, Prince drew 23 walks, and was hit by a pitch 4 times. He was among both team leaders and league leaders in most offensive catagories. And despite being promoted to Beloit at the beginning of the month, Prince is still on many of the league leaderboards. Of course, being a #1 draft pick, Prince is still going to have to prove himself at every level, but he's well on his way towards Milwaukee. He won't turn 19 until next May, and he's only 4 steps away from the bigs.

June's Offensive Player Of The Month: Israel Alcantara, OF, Indianapolis
May's Offensive Player Of The Month: Corey Hart, 1B, High Desert
April's Offensive Player Of The Month: Ryan Knox, OF, High Desert

BREWERFAN.NET'S MINOR LEAGUE PITCHER OF THE MONTH:
ANDREW LORRAINE, SP, INDIANAPOLIS

AAA is the place for minor leaguers to prove that they are ready for a shot in the big leagues. If Andrew Lorraine's performance in July was indicative of his mastery of AAA batters, he should be ready for Milwaukee whenever they give him the call. The just-turned-30 lefty starter has been dealing all season in Indianapolis, but his outstanding July was even better than his first three months in the organization, and he is Brewerfan.net's Pitcher Of The Month. Though a slumping Indy offense didn't help him rack up the wins, Andrew was solid start in and start out. He started six games during the month, pitching 41 innings, and allowed only seven earned runs the entire month. In those 41 innings, Lorraine allowed only 34 hits and 11 walks, while striking out 17 and logging a complete game. His 2-3 record wasn't much to speak of, but you can look past that when a guy's ERA is a scant 1.54. If he gets the call to Milwaukee by the end of the season, it won't be the first time Andrew has seen the majors. He has 163 big league innings under his belt, for six different major league teams: California in 1994, Chicago (A) in 1995, Oakland in 1997, Seattle in 1998, Chicago (N) in 1999 and 2000, and Cleveland in 2000. He was signed by the Brewers as a minor league free agent over the winter after pitching for Florida's AAA team last season. Lorraine was originally drafted by the Angels back in the 4th round of the 1993 draft and Milwaukee is the 9th organization which he has spent time with. Andrew stands 6'23, 205, and will become a free agent again at the end of the season if the Brewers' don't add him to the 25-man roster.

June's Pitcher Of The Month: Paul Stewart, SP, Huntsville
May's Pitcher Of The Month: Ryan Miller, SP/RP, High Desert
April's Pitcher Of The Month: Matt Yeatman, SP, Beloit

 




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