The Sunday Harvest

1 06 2008

Player of the Week: 1B Brad Nelson

Last 10 Games – .400 BA, 2 2B, 2 HR, 7 HR, 13 BB, 4 K, 1 SB

Brad Nelson used to be the #1 prospect in the Brewers system, but he fell in a prolonged slump the last couple years.  The first baseman lost weight to gain some speed.  It didn’t help like he thought it would.  This season, Brad regained some of the weight he lost in 2007.  The results have been dramatic.  His plate discipline has been superb, as is evidenced by the 13:4 walk-to-strikeout ratio in his past ten games.  Some players on the Brewers could learn from that.  Brad Nelson has thrust his way back into the spotlight in Nashville.

Honorable Mention

3B Mat Gamel – Last 10: .465 BA, 5 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 1 SB – I think Mat needs his own category in The Sunday Harvest.  He certainly deserves player of the week again this week, but the time in the top spot needs to be shared.  The power numbers have arrived for Mat.  The plate discipline is still a plus.  He hasn’t made an error in a while either.  I have nothing bad to say.  He’s a freak.

SS Alcides Escobar – Last 10: .475 BA, 2 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 3 SB – Alcides is very young at the Double-AA level, but he has officially figured out the pitching at the higher level.  The power has increased, which is a fantastic sign for Alcides.  He is filling into his young body still, and the results are coming quickly.  One of the major knocks on the young shortstop has been his plate discipline.  Alcides is trying to break that mold, however, as he has a 3:5 walk-to-strikeout ratio.  Solid.

3B Taylor Green – Last 10: .308 BA, 3 2B, 4 HR, 14 RBI – If Mat Gamel were not raking in Huntsville, scouts would be talking about young Taylor Green much more.  The winner of the Brewers organization Player of the Year in 2007 is not disappointing in 2008.  His defense has remained solid, and he is hitting for a high average.  The power was lacking at the beginning of the season, but Taylor has turned it on in May.  There is much to like here.

C Jonathan Lucroy – Last 10: .389 BA, 4 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 SB – Jonathan is making himself comfortable in the Player of the Week category.  The young catcher is producing week after week.  If his defense can improve like he has said it has in our interview, Jonathan may rise quickly in the system.  No matter what the scouts say about his defense, he can flat out hit.

Pitcher of the Week: RHP Omar Aguilar

Omar pitched so well in Brevard County that he got called up to Huntsville this past week.  One would expect a young closer to struggle a bit in a new environment with better players.  Not Omar.  In two outings, the young man has pitched three scoreless innings and notched a save in the process.  A sparkling 0.00 ERA will earn you a spot as the pitcher of the week.  A well-deserved promotion never hurts either.

Honorable Mention

LHP Brae Wright – The southpaw has been relatively inconsistent throughout 2008, much more than his 3.80 ERA suggests.  He had not had a dominating performance this season until this week.  Brae pitched eight innings of shutout ball, striking out five and walking one.  His peripheral stats suggest that his ERA is lower than it would normally be, but you cannot argue with results.  Brae got it done this week.

LHP Zach Braddock – After being regulated to a strict pitch count to start the season, Zach is beginning to be stretched out in his starts.  This week, he has his “invisi-ball” working.  In 6.0 innings of work, the young left-hander struck out 11 and only gave up one run.  He may only be 20-years old, but Zach is making a name for himself in the minors.

RHP Patrick Ryan – Patrick has not been overly dominate this past week, but his mentioning has been a long time coming.  With a 0.71 ERA in 25.1 innings pitched, he deserves some praise.  His 4.42 ground-out to air-out ratio is just plain silly.  It’s ridiculous.  He has been overshadowed by Omar Aguilar this young season, but Patrick deserves his due.  Nice pitching, young man.

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13 08 2008
Right Field Bleachers » Blog Archive » In the News (6/2)

[…] BrewersNation does a fantastic job of breaking down the Brewers minor-league action each week. This week’s rundown, like most this season, is very encouraging. Brad Nelson is killing the ball in Nashville and Gamel […]

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