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.
The Manatees had a tough week, going 2-5 with three one-run losses. They are fifth in the Florida State League North Division with a 47-64 record, 15 1/2 games out of first.
Brevard County ranks fifth as a team with 45 home runs and is second in hit-by-pitches with 68. On the pitching side, the ‘Tees rank first with eight complete games and are tied for fourth with one shutout.
Individually, top prospect Clint Coulter is among the league leaders in four categories. He ranks second with 11 home runs, fifth with 25 doubles, is tied for fourth with 167 total bags, and is the league leader with 16 plunks (ouch!).
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Pitcher Jorge Ortega earned several spots on the leader board, as did three other hurlers. Ortega is first among qualifiers (110 IP min.) with a 2.62 ERA, first with four complete games, tied for first with 123 2/3 innings and one shutout, second among WHIP qualifiers (1.059) and tied for fifth with eight wins.
HITTER OF THE WEEK: Garrett Cooper, 1B
Cooper, an unheralded sixth round pick in 2013, has been making noise all year. He is among team leaders in all major categories, leading the team with his .290 batting average. For the week, Cooper went 9-for-29 with two runs scored, two doubles, one triple and two RBIs. For the week, he slashed .310/.355/.448.
Runners-up: Chris McFarland, 2B and Jose Pena, OF
McFarland went 9-for-30 with two runs, one double and four RBIs. Pena, a 22-y-o outfielder, was 5-for-14 with three runs, two homers, and a pair of RBIs. He had a perfect 4-for-4 game against Dunedin on August 9.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Cy Sneed, SP
Sneed made his seventh start at the A Advanced level and made it a good one. He went seven innings against Dunedin, allowing three hits and one earned run while walking one and striking out eight. Sneed did not get a decision in a 3-2 loss.
Runner-up: Johnny Hellweg, SP
Hellweg, still on rehab after Tommy John surgery in the spring of 2014, made one start, going five innings, allowing no hits and one earned run, giving up four walks and striking out three.
Johnny Hellweg, earning his first Brevard County victory. Photo credit/permission to Dennis Greenblatt/Hawk-Eye Sports Photography.
The Manatees open up with a pair at Tampa, then host Dunedin for a three-pack, and then host Daytona for one before closing with a doubleheader at Daytona.