Just when you think a certain power-hitting Brewers prospect can’t impress you any further, he up and has a week like the last one.
Joey Wiemer, a 4th-round pick by Milwaukee in the 2020 draft, proved in 2021 that he was a power bat to watch in the Brewers system. With a .959 OPS and 27 homers in 109 games that resulted in him winning the organization’s minor league player of the year award, that sentiment was tough to argue.
The performance earned him the No. 2 spot on MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 Brewers prospects list and a spot with the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers to start the 2022 season. All eyes would be on him to see if a repeat of last year would be in store.
Heading into last week, the numbers were very good for Wiemer as he was slashing .276/.345/.495 on the season up to that point. And in those 27 games, he had 11 doubles and four homers. Generally, not too shabby.
Last week’s performance, though, was a little better than “not too shabby.”
Last week, No. 2 Brewers prospect Joey Wiemer turned in a performance that saw him named one of the Double-A players of the week.
Wiemer won the award as the representative of Double-A’s Southern League, where the Shuckers reside. It was the first such win by a minor leaguer from the Milwaukee Brewers organization so far this season.
Looking at his line from the last week, the award should come as no shock. In six games, Wiemer went 10-for-24, putting up multi-hit games in four of the six contests, and compiling a slash line of .417/.500/1.083.
Wiemer also scored eight runs, walked three times, stole two bases, and knocked in eight runs. The power is what impressed the most, however, and last week saw him slug a double and five homers, the most bombs of anyone at the Double-A level last week.
He may have saved his most impressive game for last. On Sunday, Wiemer went 3-for-5 hitting a pair of homers and driving in three runs on the way to an 8-3, series-clinching win for the Shuckers.
Being only 33 games into the season, not to mention getting his first taste of Double-A ball, there’s a chance Wiemer’s production could level off some. But if he continues to impress, it’s still well within the realm of possibility that he could earn himself a promotion to Triple-A later this season.
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Wiemer has been far from the only Brewers minor leaguer to impress in 2022. Perhaps some of them can follow his lead and bring more trophies home as the season progresses.