April was a good month for the Milwaukee Brewers organization. The big-league club, fresh off a 9-1 beatdown of the Chicago Cubs, finished the month with a 15-7 record, which was good for their third best April winning percentage in a season in franchise history, and a three-game cushion atop the NL Central.
The month of April was good to the Brewers’ minor league affiliates as well. Every affiliate, from Low-A to Triple-A, finished the month with a .500 record or better, with one even finishing with the best record in their league.
Now that we are officially into the month of May, it’s time to take a look back at how the first month went for each of the team’s minor league affiliates. Where do they sit in the standings, how do they rank statistically, and what players have led the way so far in 2022?
Here are how the Milwaukee Brewers minor league affiliates performed in the month of April*.
*Stats and standings will also include games played on May 1st.
Brewers Triple-A Affiliate: Nashville Sounds (16-7, 1st in International League West)
Because of the MLB lockout, the 2022 Triple-A season actually ended up beginning just before the MLB season did, thus the Sounds began regular season play two days prior to the Brewers. Nashville won that series, just like they have done in every other series since then.
The Sounds currently lead not only their division, and not only the International League, but all of Triple-A with their 16-7 record. Their +53 run differential happens to also be best among all Triple-A teams as well.
The offense for Nashville has been decent in 2022 as they are tied for 10th out of 20 International League teams in home runs (23), 11th in batting average (.247), and 9th in OPS (.746). They’ve also been opportunistic on the base paths, sitting 5th in the league in stolen bases (25).
Like their parent ball club, the story of this team so far in 2022 has been pitching. The Sounds lead the league in ERA (2.61), WHIP (1.195), and opponents’ batting average (.205) and have given up the least amount of home runs (12) of any pitching staff.
The starting rotation has been led by MLB Pipeline’s No. 7 Brewers prospect Ethan Small, who has a miniscule 0.77 ERA through his first five starts. It doesn’t get much easier from there, though, as Josh Lindblom (2.11) and Jason Alexander (2.70) each have sub 3.00 ERAs while Caleb Boushley (3.38) and No. 24 Dylan File (4.84) haven’t exactly been pushovers either.
Oh, and don’t forget about the bullpen, which features six pitchers – Hobie Harris, Conner Sadzeck, Luis Perdomo, Trevor Kelley, Peter Strzelecki, and J.C. Mejia – who have appeared in at least seven games and have an ERA under 1.10.
On the hitting side, No. 4 prospect, shortstop Brice Turang, who has also now added outfield to his repertoire, has been as good as advertised. He leads all qualifying Sounds players with a .313 average and seven doubles through 13 games, one that included this Nashville franchise record-tying five-hit game from two Fridays ago.
A good chunk of the power production thus far has come from a pair off offseason first base minor league free agent signings. Tyler White leads the club with a .989 OPS and five homers while reclamation project Jon Singleton has five bombs of his own and leads Nashville with 15 RBIs.
Two other names worth noting from the month of April are third baseman Weston Wilson who was all around solid with a .273/.385/.491 slash line and a team-leading 17 runs scored and utility man Mark Mathias, who has returned from injury to play 14 games and has looked very good himself, slashing .348/.434/.543.