BREWERS ANNOUNCE 2015 MINOR LEAGUE PITCHER AND PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Jorge Lopez and Orlando Arcia Named Recipients of the Robin Yount Performance Pitcher and Player of the Year Awards, Respectively
The Milwaukee Brewers have announced the recipients of the 2015 Robin Yount Performance Awards. Right-handed pitcher Jorge Lopez was named Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year and shortstop Orlando Arcia was named Brewers Minor League Player of the Year. Both players played for the Brewers Double-A affiliate, the Biloxi Shuckers.
“We are extremely proud of both of these young players,” said President of Baseball Operations & General Manager Doug Melvin. “Jorge and Orlando have grown tremendously this season and their hard work is paying off, helping Biloxi reach the Southern League Championship Series. We look forward to seeing their names in the Brewers lineup in the near future.”
Lopez went 12-5 with a 2.26 ERA in 24 starts for the Southern League South Division Champions this season. His 2.26 ERA was only behind teammate Tyler Wagner for the league-lead. The Cayey, Puerto Rico native struck out 137 batters, while walking 52. After going 5-2 with a 3.02 in 12 starts in the first half, the 22-year-old went 7-3 with a 1.59 ERA in his final 12 starts of the year. He finished his campaign tied for the league-lead in wins, placed third in strikeouts and led the league in WHIP (1.10), batting average against (.205) and fewest baserunners per nine innings ratio (10.05).
The Brewers’ second-round selection in the 2011 June Draft out of Caguas Military Academy (Caguas, PR) was named both a mid-season and postseason Southern League All-Star. The League also honored the righty by naming him the Most Outstanding Pitcher of the Year. In addition, Lopez was named Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Month for each of the last three months of the season. He is currently ranked as the ninth-best and the second-best pitching prospect in the Brewers system according to MLB.com. Lopez was signed by scouts Charlie Sullivan and Manolo Hernandez.
Arcia finished his first season at the Double-A level batting .307/.347/.453 with 37 doubles, seven triples, eight homers, 69 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 129 games. The 20-year-old finished his campaign was among the league-leaders in several categories including average (5th), at-bats (2nd, 512), RBI (4th), doubles (1st), slugging percentage (5th), extra-base hits (3rd, 52), runs (5th, 74) and total bases (2nd, 232). He set new career-highs in almost every hitting category including runs, hits, doubles, triples and home runs.
The Venezuelan native was signed by the Brewers as a non-drafted free agent in 2010. He was named both a mid-season and postseason Southern League All-Star. Arcia was honored with the League’s Player of the Week award for May 25-June 1 when he batted .400 (10-25) with 6 runs, 5 doubles, a homer, 5 RBI and 2 walks in six games. In addition, Arcia was selected to represent the World Team in the 2015 Futures Game at Great American BallPark in Cincinnati. Arcia is ranked as the top prospect in the organization according to MLB.com.
Both players are currently with the Biloxi Shuckers where they have a 1-0 lead against the Chattanooga Lookouts in the best-of-five Southern League Championship Series. The Shuckers swept the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in the Southern League Division Series to advance to the finals. Arcia is batting .625 (10-16) with 3 homers and 9 RBI in the playoffs, while Lopez is 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA (13.2ip, 1er) with 4 walks and 13 strikeouts.
The Milwaukee Brewers had a roster spot to fill prior to Friday’s game against the Nationals in Washington D.C. The opening was created Wednesday and at the time manager Craig Counsell said they would be calling up a hitter but declined to identify who at that time.
Following their 8-7 win on Wednesday afternoon over the Miami Marlins, the Brewers announced that Tuesday’s starting pitcher Tyler Cravy was headed to the disabled list with a right elbow impingement. Cravy says that elbow was first injured five days prior while batting in a start against the Chicago Cubs. The elbow was apparently hyperextended on a foul ball in the top of the 5th inning. Cravy was unable to get through the bottom of the fifth as he walked a batter and then allowed a pair of home runs all with one out.
It had been previously announced that Cravy would pitch out of the bullpen for the time being after a run of bad starts and because of a scheduling quirk which has the Brewers not in need of a fifth starting pitcher for two weeks, but then the injury was revealed. Without the need of that starter, the Brewers had the chance to add another hitter. They’d been playing with a four-man bench for some time.
With Friday morning came the announcement that some had expected and many had anticipated no later than September 1…
Santana has been absolutely mashing since he came over to the Brewers system. The recently turned 23-year-old is slashing .333/.426/.573 this year at the Triple-A level including a robust .380/.424/.544 line just with the Brewers’ Class-AAA affiliate Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
There is a lot of swing-and-miss in his game as evidenced by his 91 K in 275 Fresno ABs and 17 in 79 w/Colorado Springs. That said, in Fresno is K% was 33.1% whereas with Colorado Springs it has dropped to 21.5%. Still, it’s a lot. He does have a good batting eye and has walked 54 times against his 108 strikeouts this season in Triple-A.
Santana’s calling card though is that when he hits balls they tend to stay hit. He is still developing of course but the power is what makes people drool over Santana as a prospect. He has 18 home runs in Triple-A this season to go along with 23 doubles and four triples. That’s 45 extra-base hits in 354 at-bats.
In his brief call-up to the Astros earlier this season, Santana hit a pair of home runs and a pair of doubles in 39 at-bats.
The future is coming over the next couple of seasons. Santana is the first piece of what plans to be many.
Here are the latest two trades breaking this morning:
(with a hat tip to Lookout Landing who heard of the discussions yesterday)
Nothing announced yet on that one.
The other deal, as first reported…
…has been announced.
Sandy Alderson, who is the General Manager of the New York Mets, told reporters following their game tonight that Carlos Gomez is not now and will not by Friday be a New York Metropolitan.
This is too convoluted to put together after midnight now, but here’s the short version of all the reports:
- The deal (Gomez to NYM, Zack Wheeler & Wilmer Flores to MIL) was agreed to, pending physicals.
- Gomez was informed while on the Brewers charter flight back to Milwaukee from San Francisco by manager Craig Counsell that a deal was in place, pending medicals, once the news was breaking on Twitter.
- Flores was informed at some point during Wednesday evening’s game but remained in the game, an uncommon practice for a player in an agreed upon trade.
- Word started coming out that the hold up was pending review of medical reports.
- After the game, Alderson met with the media at CitiField to tell them that there was no trade for Gomez. Media talked to Flores who said he was told that there was no trade after all.
- Assumptions were apparently made that it was Wheeler’s post-Tommy John surgery medicals that were the issue and that the Brewers backed out of the deal.
- Reports then started to come out (likely leaked by the Mets) that they bailed on the deal over concerns about Gomez’s hip.
- Those concerns were characterized as slight. Also, that they shouldn’t have nixed the deal.
- Scott Boras (Gomez’s agent) was quoted that Gomez has no hip issue, never has, and anyone claiming otherwise is being untruthful.
Got all that? Good. I’m going to sleep at some point.
Brewers Acquire Right-Handed Reliever Yhonathan Barrios
The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired right-handed pitcher Yhonathan Barrios from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for third baseman Aramis Ramirez and cash. The announcement was made by President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.
“Aramis has had a great career, and we have had the opportunity to be a part of it,” said Melvin. “He is still a very respected hitter when there is a chance to drive in runs. We wish Aramis and his family the best.”
Barrios, 23, has split the season between Double-A Altoona (20g, 0-1, 1.48 ERA, 10 saves) and Triple-A Indianapolis (13g, 1-2, 4.60 ERA, 1 save). He went a combined 1-3 with a 2.68 ERA and 11 saves in his 33 relief appearances (40.1 IP, 36 H, 15 R (12 ER), 17 BB, 21 K, 1 HR). Barrios will be assigned to Double-A Biloxi.
Barrios, who began his professional career as an infielder, was originally signed by Pittsburgh as a non-drafted free agent on July 5, 2008. He converted to pitcher in 2013. He led all Pirates farmhands in saves (15) last season while pitching at Class-A West Virginia (26 games, 4 saves) and Class-A Bradenton (15 games, 11 saves).
Ramirez, 37, batted .284 with 65 HR and 262 RBI in 455 games as a Brewer (2012-15). He was signed by Milwaukee as a free agent on December 14, 2011. He is batting .247 with 11 HR and 42 RBI in 81 games this season.
Ramirez, who has announced his intention to retire following the 2015 season, ranks fifth on the all-time Major League list for home runs as a third baseman (375). He returns to Pittsburgh where he began his Major League career (1998-2003). Overall, Ramirez is a career .284 hitter with 380 HR and 1,384 RBI in 2,138 games between Pittsburgh, Chicago-NL (2003-11) and Milwaukee.
Milwaukee has Signed their Top 22 Selections and 38 Total Players
The Milwaukee Brewers today announced the signing of their Competitive Balance Round A selection, left-handed pitcher Nathan Kirby. The 40th overall pick was selected with the Brewers’ second pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Virginia. The announcement was made by Vice President of Amateur Scouting/Special Assistant to the General Manager Ray Montgomery.
Kirby, 21, recently completed his junior year at Virginia, where he helped lead the team to their first-ever NCAA Division I title. The lefty went 5-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 12 games (11 starts). He produced 81 strikeouts in 64.0 innings pitched and held opponents to a .236 batting average. Kirby earned a two-inning save, striking out five batters, on June 25 to clinch Virginia’s first championship in school history.
The Midlothian, Virginia, native was scouted by area scout Dan Nellum and will begin his professional career with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
In addition, the Brewers also announced the signings of C Max McDowell (13th Round – University of Connecticut), RHP Michael Petersen (17th round – Riverside Community College) and RHP Jordan Desguin (36th round – Florida Gulf Coast University).
The Brewers have signed their top 22 selections from the 2015 First-Year Player Draft and have signed a total of 38 players (31 drafted and 7 non-drafted).