Sthervin Matos made his debut in Low-A Wisconsin on Monday replacing Dustin DeMuth who was sent back down to Helena. Matos is on his third level of the year after hitting his way out of Arizona and Helena Rookie ball levels. I am excited to get a look at Matos after checking out box scores for the past few months.
Demuth looked completely over matched at the Low-A level. It is important to note that Demuth played an entire college season before moving on to the professional level. It is completely excusable for him to be running on fumes at this point in the year. He should get another opportunity to handle Low-A to start next season.
High-A Brevard County got their chance to take on a top pitching prospect in Toronto's Roberto Osuna. The Manatees hit him around the park, notching seven hits and five runs in 3.1 innings for Osuna. Jorge Lopez pitched the game for the Manatees and struck out eight batters in five innings. Reports were good on Lopez as he sat 91-94 with his fastball and flashing two plus-potential off-speed pitches. This is big for Lopez, his curveball was known to be a plus pitch but reports have been mixed on his change-up.
Wei-Chung Wang got his second start in Low-A Wisconsin working 4.1 innings striking out four batters while allowing six hits, two walks and two runs. Wang reported feeling more confident on the mound and throwing a better curve.
The Dominican Summer League Brewers have just six games left and Joantgel Segovia leads the DSL in hitting by 12 points with a .382 batting average.
First round draft pick Kodi Medeiros is starting to turn things on in Rookie Ball. In the last 10 innings Medeiros has struck out 17 batters while walking just three and allowing only five hits. It will be very interesting to see if the Brewers push Medeiros to Low-A Wisconsin to set up a rotation with both Medeiros and Devin Williams in 2015.
Triple-A first baseman Matt Clark is 13-for-28 on the Sounds current road trip including six home runs and 10 RBI. For the season Clark now has 11 home runs in just 39 games for Nashville. The 27-year-old has never been in the Major Leagues, but may be earning himself a September call up when the rosters expand with his current performance.
The report from 12th round pick Jordan Yamamoto was positive from his appearance on August 13. His fastball sat 90-93, his slider looked to be a very solid pitch, while his change is still a work in progress. Evaluators liked his athleticism and how it projects to his future as a pitcher.
The Arizona Brewers had a chance to take on a first rounder in Tyler Beede, video of one inning available here. While he ended up striking out in the at-bat, many were impressed with second round pick Monte Harrison's approach against an advanced pitcher like Beede. He took multiple aggressive swings and looked comfortable in the box.