Milwaukee Brewers: What’s the latest on Winter Ball Leagues?
Australian Baseball League
Zach Clark, OF, Auckland Tuatara
The 23-year-old Zach Clark has been in Appleton the last two seasons with the Timber Rattlers. This off season he took his bat to Auckland to play for the Tuatara. For the Rattlers, Clark hit .246/.317/.390 with 94 hits, but with 166 strikeouts. In Auckland, Clark as stayed consistent with his seasonal stats, hitting .242/.277/.323 in 18 games. He has 15 hits with 20 strikeouts in 62 at-bats.
Alex Hall, C, Perth Heat
Like Clark, the Australian born Alex Hall is staying consistent as well with is 2018 stats. In Rookie League, he hit .244/.305/.407 with 21 hits and 20 strikeouts in 27 games. The 19-year-old played stellar defense with the Brewers as he averaged a .993 fielding percentage in 124 innings.
Hall is playing well with the Heat as he is hitting .247/.337/.493 in 20 games. He has 26 strikeouts with 18 hits including three doubles and five home runs. As of posting the Heat are leading the standings with a 14-6 record.
Jess Williams, SS, Perth Heat
Jess Williams, another Australian born player and member of the 2018 Arizona Rookie League Brewers played well during the 2018 season with a .270/.309/.348 line in 39 games. Williams returned home to play for the Heat and has hit .217/.309/.233 in 18 games.
Christian Meister, P, Melbourne Aces
The lone Brewer pitcher in the Australian league, Christian Meister has only pitched in two games this winter, not faring well in his last game on Dec. 14th. In 1.2 innings he struck out three but gave up three runs on three hits and four walks. The 25-year-old only played in 13 games in 2018 in the Rookie League and in Appleton with the Rattlers.
Spring Training is only about two months away, but several players have already gotten a head start. For some, Winter ball serves as a tune up for their off season program, and for others it’s a chance to earn valuable experience. Hopefully, everyone will make it through the Winter season healthy, and ready to go in February.