Prospects Competing in Winter Leagues

Milwaukee farm hands are playing in Arizona, Hawaii and Caribbean's leagues this winter. Check out how they're doing along with former No. 1 draft pick Matt LaPorta.

Eight members of the Milwaukee farm system are busy working on their games in the Arizona Fall League, trying to make names for themselves and join a list of former Brewers who've participated including Prince Fielder.

They are all members of the Peoria Javelinas, one of three squads in the National Division of the six-team circuit. Daren Brown of the Seattle system manages the team that also features players from Cincinnati, the New York Yankees, Mariners and Tampa Bay.

Milwaukee's contingent boasts of five pitchers, catcher Angel Salome, infielder Taylor Green and outfielder Lorenzo Cain.

Here's a rundown of their accomplishments through Oct. 15 as the team split its first eight contests:

Right-hander Omar Aguilar, who finished 3-3 with a 1.98 ERA at Brevard County and Huntsville this past season, had made two one-inning appearances, allowing two hits and a walk but no runs.

No. 1 pitching prospect Jeremy Jeffress (1-0) started once, working three innings. He registered four strikeouts while walking one and giving up two hits and a run.

Righty Alexandre Periard had made two relief outings totaling three innings in which he gave up two hits with three walks and three strikeouts while not allowing any runs.

Left-hander David Welch got off to a rocky start, allowing three hits and two runs in his first outing, a one-inning stint. However, he bounced back in his two most recent relief appearances, striking out in one inning Oct. 13 and then registering an out to record a save Oct. 15.

Fellow southpaw Brae Wright struck out four, walked two and allowed one hit in his first three one-inning outings without allowing a run.

Of the position players, Green and Cain had been the most impressive.

Green stayed with Milwaukee after Cleveland grabbed outfielder Michael Brantley to complete the CC Sabathia trade and apparently likes it. He was hitting .357 in four games, collecting five hits in 14 at-bats, including two doubles. His on-base percentage was .438 and he had a .500 slugging percentage.

Cain started out 3 for 8 (.375) in his first two games and had a stolen base.

Meanwhile, Salome had appeared in only one contest, going 0 for 4 with an RBI, walk and run scored.

Hawaii Winter League

Four Milwaukee prospects are enjoying the fun and sun with the West Oahu CaneFires, whose manager is Mike Guerrero, who was the skipper at Class A Brevard County in the Florida State League this past season.

The Brewers' representatives are pitchers Mike Ramlow and Chris Cody and outfielders Caleb Gindl and Logan Schafer.

The left-handed Ramlow (2-0) was credited with victories in his first two appearances. He worked two innings in each, allowing a combined three hits and two walks while striking out four. Ramlow then worked a total of six innings during three more starts, allowing three runs on seven hits with four whiffs.

He gave up two runs in his only inning Oct. 15, giving him three earned runs in 10 innings.

Cody (0-0), another southpaw, worked a scoreless inning of relief in his first appearance and then made three starts in which he gave up seven earned runs in 12.1 innings. He was roughed up for four runs on eight hits but struck out seven in 3.1 innings Oct. 7 and then bounced back with five innings of one-hit, one-run ball Oct. 12.

Gindl was batting .211 in his first 11 games, going 9-for-43 with two doubles, a homer and seven RBIs. He had scored six runs and walked five times, although he had struck out nine times for only a .292 OBP.

Schafer also got off to a slow start, batting 6-for-37 (.162) in 11 contests. He had scored seven runs with a double, triple and four RBIs. He had only three strikeouts with eight walks, so his OBP was still .304.

Caribbean Leagues

Pitcher Chris Narveson, who recently signed with Milwaukee with an invite to spring training, made his first start with in the Mexican Pacific League, working 4.2 innings in which he allowed six hits, two earned runs and two walks with eight strikeouts.

Hernan Iribarren went 1-for-7 (.143) in his first two games in Venezuelan Winter League action. His only hit was a double and he had struck out three times.

Brendan Katin and Tony Gwynn also were in Venezuela. Katin got off to a 1-for-8 start, his only hit being a homer. Gwynn began 1-for-9 with an RBI. Meanwhile, Jay Gibbons had gone 0-for-6 with an RBI in his first two contests.

Interestingly, former Milwaukee top prospect Matt LaPorta went 1-for-4 with a double and RBI in his first game.


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