Each week throughout the regular season, the staff at Reviewing the Brew will be bringing you a comprehensive minor league report about each of the Brewers’ affiliates. There hasn’t been much to write home about up at the big league level this season for the Brewers this season, but Milwaukee does have plenty of exciting prospects playing well throughout their minor league system. The Brewers’ high-A affiliate, the Brevard County Manatees, are no exception.
For the first time since Memorial Day week, the Manatees had a winning week, winning three of five contests, with a rain out thrown in for good measure. (For my reporting purposes, the week runs from Tuesday through Monday.) They impressively took three of four games against Florida State League South Division second place team Fort Myers.
The Manatees rank third as a team in the league with 40 home runs, and are fifth with a .247 team batting average. Interestingly enough, Brevard County is the only team in the FSL to not have an intentional walk. The pitching staff continues to lead the loop with seven complete games, is tied for fourth with one shutout, and has surrendered the fewest bases on balls (234).
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Individually, many ‘Tees rank among league leaders. Outfielder Clint Coulter is second with 11 home runs, leads the league in total bases (152), hit by pitches (13), and is fourth with 23 two-base hits. Third baseman Taylor Smith-Brennan is second with 58 runs scored and ranks third with 48 free passes.
First baseman Garrett Cooper ranks second with 26 doubles, second baseman Chris McFarland is tied for second with 109 hits, and center fielder Omar Garcia is runner-up with 34 steals. Promoted outfielder Victor Roache is tied for third with 10 home runs.
On the pitching side, the name you need to know is Jorge Ortega. He leads the league with four complete games and his one shutout. He ranks second among qualifiers (90 IP or more) with his 2.21 ERA and 0.981 WHIP. He is third in the league in innings pitched (106) and tied for third with eight wins. Once again, Ortega is arguably the best pitcher in the league.
HITTER OF THE WEEK: Garrett Cooper, 1B
Cooper was also named FSL Player of the Week. From July 14-20, Cooper went 9-for-19, scored three runs, knocked out a pair of doubles and a homer, and batted in six runs.
Runner-up: Omar Garcia, CF
Garcia hit .333 (7-for-21) with a triple, RBI, and three runs scored. He also stole three bases.
Sneed, the much-ballyhooed right-handed starter, made his best start among his three with Brevard County, but ended up with a no-decision against Fort Myers. He threw seven innings, allowing five hits and one earned run, while striking out six.
Williams, a righty reliever, appeared in one game (4 IP), allowing a pair of hits while whiffing seven.
Brevard County will have four games in two days against St. Lucie, thanks to a couple rain outs, and host Palm Beach for two games to end the week.