Winter League Progress Report

Reliever Omar Aguilar still hadn't allowed an earned run through his first nine appearances in the Arizona Fall League, while Brad Nelson and Casey McGehee were still swinging good bats in the Dominican and Mexican leagues, respectively.

Here is a roundup and updates about what most of Milwaukee's farm hands are doing in fall/winter ball at this point.

Arizona Fall League

Right-handed reliever Omar Aguilar continues to impress as he remained unscored upon through his first nine appearances covering 9.1 innings. Aguilar had allowed eight hits while striking out eight and walking two. He had recorded one save.

Righty starter and No. 1 pitching prospect Jeremy Jeffress still hasn't pitched since shoulder stiffness sidelined him during his third outing Oct. 21.

After getting rocked for a combined 12 runs and 15 hits in four innings of back-to-back contests, Alex Periard worked four innings of one-run ball in his Nov. 11 outing. The righty allowed four hits and walked three while striking out two. That leaves him at 0-2 with a 9.42 ERA overall in eight games covering 14.1 innings.

Left-hander David Welch worked three innings and allowed one run in the Nov. 11 contest, giving up three hits. His totals through 10 games were 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 13.1 innings with eight strikeouts and three walks. He also had one save.

As for hitters with the Peoria Javelinas team, catcher Lou Palmisano was batting .360 (9 for 25) in nine contests with a homer and seven RBI and a .393 on-base percentage.

Shortstop Brent Brewer has accumulated 16 at-bats and three hits (.188) in five games with two doubles. His OBP is only .188 because he has seven strikeouts and no walks.

Outfielder Lorenzo Cain has remained hot and was hitting .375 (18 for 48) in his first 14 games, including a 4-for-4 effort that featured two homers and five RBI on Nov. 10. That gives him four long balls and 10 RBI overall with a .412 OBP, .667 slugging percentage and 1.078 OPS.

The season is scheduled to end Nov. 20.

Hawaiian Winter League

West Oahu, the team that Milwaukee's prospects play for, clinched its division as the regular season prepared to close Saturday night.

Members of the CaneFires include Cody Scarpetta, a righty who was the winning pitcher in the Nov. 11 West-winning game with five scoreless innings of eight-strikeout ball. That performance evened the Rockford, Ill., native's record at 2-2 and lowered his ERA to 8.03 and gave him 18 whiffs in 12.1 innings.

Meanwhile, southpaw Chris Cody had started seven of his first eight appearances, compiling a 3.90 ERA in 32.1 innings. He had struck out 32 and walked nine while giving up 14 runs on 28 hits.

Caleb Gindl was batting .308 in his last 10 games through Nov. 12, which included his second homer and eight RBI to give him two and 15, respectively. He was hitting .261 overall with six doubles and .340 OBP with 11 walks and 17 strikeouts in 92 official at-bats.

Fellow outfielder Logan Schafer was plugging away, too, having batted .297 in his previous 10 games to raise his average to .253 overall with one tater and 10 RBI and a .351 OBP helped by 13 walks and only six strikeouts.

Caribbean Winter Leagues

Mexican League

Casey McGehee was sitting sixth in the circuit with a .324 average through his first 24 contests. The third baseman had contributed six doubles, five homers and 19 RBI while going 34 for 105. McGehee had a .339 OBP, a .524 slugging percentage and .863 OPS.

Lefty Chris Narveson was fifth in the league with 34.1 innings pitching. He had a 2-2 mark and 3.67 ERA in his first six outings, all starts. Narveson had allowed 34 hits and 14 runs with a 36-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Erasmo Ramirez had given up runs in only two of his first 11 games with a 1-0 mark and 4.15 ERA with seven strikeouts and no walks in 8.2 innings.

Dominican League

First baseman Brad Nelson was batting .323 with a .389 OBP after clubbing eight homers and knocking in 21 through his first 19 games (21 for 65). He was slugging at an .800 clip and had a 1.189 OPS.

Righty Joe Bateman had tossed 14 innings in his first 12 outings, posting a 3-0 record and 3.21 ERA. He had allowed 11 hits and five runs with seven Ks and seven free passes.

Lefty Sam Narron continued to struggle, giving up two runs and five hits in 1.2 innings in his Nov. 12 outing. That left him 0-3 with an 8.16 ERA with 26 hits allowed in 14.1 innings.

Lefty Rafael Lluberes made his fifth appearance Nov. 10, giving him five games and 2.1 innings. He had allowed four hits, three walks and a run for a 3.86 ERA with three strikeouts.

Venezuelan League

Hernan Iribarren was tied for ninth in hitting at .341 with nine extra-base hits and 11 RBI in 88 at-bats covering 23 games. His numbers included a .416 OBP.

Tony Gwynn was batting .307 in his first 20 games with seven RBI and a .391 OBP despite 19 strikeouts and nine walks.

Brendan Katin had pushed his average up to .253 and had 10 homers and 22 RBI in 21 games. He had a four-game tear of 8 for 16 before going 0 for 6 in his last two contests. Katin's OBP was at .345, although he had 22 strikeouts in 75 at-bats.

Shortstop Alcides Escobar was hitting only .212 in 18 contests but had gone 5 for 8 from Nov. 11-12 with an RBI in each game. He was successful on four of his first five stolen base attempts.

Jay Gibbons also had been struggling but pushed his average up to .211 with back-to-back 1 for 3 outings. He had accumulated four homers and 10 RBI.

Luis Pena worked in his third contest Nov. 11, giving him a 3.38 ERA with one run in 2.2 innings.

Puerto Rican League

Righty Steve Bray had worked in four games, netting seven innings with three hits and no earned runs with three whiffs and two walks.

Richie Gardner allowed four runs on six hits and two walks in his first outing, a four-inning stint Nov. 8 that gave him a 9.00 ERA.

Jorge Crespo also saw his first action No. 8, working two-thirds of an inning while giving up three runs on four hits and a walk for a 40.50 ERA.


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