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 played .500 ball this week, winning three of six with a couple rain outs mixed in. Their season record is 50-67, which places them fifth in the Florida State League North Division, 16 1/2 games behind front-running Daytona.
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As a squad, Brevard County ranks in a tie for fifth with 47 home runs and 31 sacrifice hits (sacrifice bunts to you and I), and second in plunks (hit-by-pitches) with 69.
On the pitching side, the ‘Tees are first with nine complete games, and tied for second with two shutouts and 290 bases-on-balls (fewest).
Individually, the usual suspects are among league leaders.
Outfielder Clint Coulter ranks in a tie for first with 12 home runs, and fourth with 28 doubles and 177 total bases. Infielder Taylor Smith-Brennan is fifth with 65 runs scored and second with 60 base on balls.
Garrett Cooper is tied for second in doubles (30) and tied for fifth with 171 total bags.
Jorge Ortega leads the league in complete games (5), shutouts (2), inning pitched (130.2), ERA among qualifiers (2.48), and WHIP (1.033). He is tied for fourth with nine wins.
Left-hander Wei-Chung Wang is also tied for fourth with his nine victories.
HITTER OF THE WEEK: Garrett Cooper, 1B
Cooper is a multiple winner of this award, and this week he went 8-for-22 (.364/.391/.545) with two runs scored, a double, homer, and 3 RBI.
Runners-Up: Chris McFarland (7-for-25) and Rafael Neda (3-for-10)
PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Jorge Ortega, RHP
Ortega is also a many-time winner of our prestigious award, and this week made one start, going seven innings, allowing four hits while whiffing seven in earning his ninth win.
Gainey made one relief appearance (two IP, one hit, three Ks, one save), while Sneed (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 8 K), Wang (6 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 K, one win), and Woodruff ( 7 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 K, one win) all made one start while earning the runner-up honors.
The Manatees face Daytona at home for one before moving to Daytona for a twin-bill, and then travel to Clearwater for three and to Lakeland for a pair to end our week.