The Sunday Harvest

15 06 2008

Player of the Week: CF Lee Haydel

Last 10 Games:  .359 BA, 1 2B, 2 3B, 2 BB, 2 SB

In a week where many of the bats in Milwaukee’s farm system lay dormant, Lee Haydel stepped it up.  His stat line may look a little bare, but the young center fielder is starting to produce down in West Virginia.  Perhaps the fastest player in the Brewers system, Lee appears to have figured out his game.  Get the ball on the ground and run.  His stolen base total is a little low this week, as he has 23 stolen bases overall.  That will come though.  Nice week for an under-the-radar prospect.

Honorable Mention

3B Mat Gamel – (Last 10: .375 BA, 4 2B, 1 HR, 11 RBI, SB) – This classifies as a “down week” for Mat, which is downright scary for opposing hitters.  Doug Melvin said this week that Mat will stay in Huntsville all season to help his defensive skills get polished up a bit.  We all know his offensive skills are second-to-none.  I don’t even know what else to say about Mat.  He can flat out rake.

3B Zelous Wheeler – (Last 10: .359 BA, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 2 SB) – Zelous has been a pretty big power threat in WV, stacking up extra-base hits like it’s his job (which it is).  After struggling for a couple weeks, it is nice to see the young infielder get some life in his bat.  The extra-base hits were not there this week, but everything else was.  He’s even drawing walks, as his 3:6 BB:K ratio suggests.

CF Tony Gwynn Jr. – (Last 10: .316 BA, 2 2B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 3 SB) – Again, the stat line may be a little underwhelming, but this is the type of production Milwaukee needs from Tony.  He is walking more than he is striking out (with a 14:10 BB:K ratio), and he’s stealing some bases.  The young center fielder is pushing again to make a big league appearance.  It will be interesting to see whether or not Doug Melvin trades Tony this season.  My guess is that he does not.

Pitcher of the Week: LHP Steve Hammond

Steve started the season on fire, but he had regressed a bit in the past couple weeks.  That changed this week, as he had two fantastic starts.  Going 5.0 innings in one and 6.1 innings in the other, the southpaw did not yield a run to the opposing team.  Not too bad for a lefty.  His walks are still a little high, but he is once again dominating hitters in the Southern League.

Honorable Mention

RHP Evan Anundsen – Evan has been the model of consistency thus far in 2008.  He’s not giving up too many runs, but not shutting the opposing team down either.  You can count on Evan to give you five or six innings and give up two or three runs.  Nothing more, nothing less.  This week, however, Evan went 6.1 innings of shutout ball.  He had the strikeout pitch working, as he whiffed eight hitters.  The young right-hander is quietly having a nice season in West Virginia.

LHP Mike Ramlow – After starting the season as a starter, Mike has moved to the bullpen where he has flourished.  In his last 11.1 innings pitched, the left-hander has not given up a run.  He has notched seven saves since moving to the ‘pen, while only giving up six walks in 45.1 IP.  That’s some control right there.

RHP Joshua Butler – Tampa Bay’s former second-round pick came into the system this year with big expectations from Brewers fans.  To this point in the season, the young man has largely disappointed.  He’s had high strikeout numbers, but lots of walks and hits to go with it.  He found his stuff this week, however.  The right-hander went six innings, allowing no runs and giving up four hits to go along with three walks.  The strikeouts remained quite solid, as he whiffed seven batters in those six innings.  Fans could get used to those numbers by Josh.




2 responses

15 06 2008

This is my favorite weekly post of yours Jim. It’s a lot of work, and it doesn’t go unappreciated. Hammond has very similar numbers to Villanueva in Huntsville which is interesting, but the WHIP could go down a little bit. It’s hard to get excited about a guy who has to spend an extra year at AA, but at least his numbers have improved from last year.

Two years before the bigs? That’s my assessment. What’s yours?

15 06 2008

One last thing. There’s a section at Baseball America that constantly gives Gamel and LaPorta their props. This week they actually mention your boy LuCroy. Check out the Prospect Hot Sheets. They’re fun stuff.

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