Gray Jr. showcases power in multihomer game

June 26th, 2022

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Joe Gray Jr displays his power in multihomer game (June 25)
Joe Gray Jr.
showcased his power in a big way.

The Brewers’ No. 13 prospect has not been having the month he was hoping for, slashing .129/.222/.186 in the month of June. Gray Jr. broke out, going 3-for-4 with two homers and three RBIs in High-A Wisconsin's 5-0 win over Quad Cities.

The 22-year-old exhibited his power early, crushing a long ball to left-center field in his second at-bat. He was not finished there, blasting a solo shot to center field in his next at-bat.

The 2018 second-round pick had his first multihomer game of the season, which brought his HR tally to nine on the season. -- Edwin Perez

Frelick dealing with hamstring injury (June 22)
Sal Frelick, the Brewers’ top-ranked prospect and No. 61 on the Top 100, hit a leadoff triple for Double-A Biloxi in their 5-3 win over Pensacola but pulled up between second and third and left the game with a left hamstring issue. The following day, the Brewers and Biloxi’s medical staff were still assessing the severity of the injury and establishing a timeline for Frelick’s return.

The injury interrupts what has been a terrific season for Frelick, Milwaukee’s top pick in last year’s Draft. He began the year at High-A Wisconsin but is hitting .291/.391/.456 since a promotion to Biloxi. -- Adam McCalvy

Chourio clubs seventh homer with Carolina (June 18)
It was a productive doubleheader for Jackson Chourio, who capped it off with a home run in Single-A Carolina's 7-3 win over Columbia in the nightcap.

The third-ranked Brewers prospect blasted a 1-2 pitch to right-center for a go-ahead two-run shot in the third inning. The roundtripper was his seventh of the year.

Chourio also went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Game 1. The 18-year-old is batting .354/.401/.614 with 34 runs scored and 32 RBIs over 39 games this season. -- Rob Terranova

Valerio's career day yields 2 homers, 8 RBIs (June 10)
While it's the outfielders -- Jackson Chourio, Joey Wiemer, and Sal Frelick -- that have dominated the headlines in the Brewers system this season, No. 11 prospect Felix Valerio is making sure his efforts aren't going unnoticed on the infield.

Batting in the cleanup spot for Double-A Biloxi for just the third time this season, Valerio flexed his power stroke, homering twice and adding a double while driving in a career-best eight runs in the Shuckers' 14-10 win over the Tennessee Smokies.

With Biloxi already trailing by four entering the bottom of the first inning, Valerio began chipping away at the early deficit with a two-run homer, his eighth long ball of the year. He brought home two more runs via a groundout in the third and a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

The game was a certified slugfest by the time Valerio stepped to the plate in the bottom of the sixth. With his team behind 10-8, the 21-year-old drilled a three-run homer to left field to put the Shuckers in front for good. For good measure, Valerio added a double and an eighth RBI in the eighth inning. -- Jacob Resnick

Frelick finishes triple shy in 3-hit day (June 9)
Top Brewers prospect Sal Frelick fell a triple shy of the cycle in a three-hit day, scoring two runs and driving in one in Double-A Biloxi’s 10-9 loss.

After singling on the first pitch in the bottom of the first, the 22-year-old turned on the first pitch he saw in the third, homering to left-center for his second dinger with the Shuckers and his fourth overall. The lefty slugger doubled to left in the sixth to complete his day, and the 15th overall pick of the 2021 Draft is batting .272/.361/.422 with 22 walks and 10 steals across two levels. -- Stephanie Sheehan

Frelick, Chourio tally multihit games with monster blasts (June 5)
Sal Frelick is finding his footing at Double-A and Jackson Chourio is on a tear at Single-A.

Frelick, Milwaukee's top prospect (MLB's No. 64 overall), racked up his eighth multihit game since joining Biloxi on May 3. The 22-year-old went 2-for-5 in the Shuckers' 7-6 loss to Pensacola.

Frelick began his night with a double to left field to lead off the first inning, and it didn't take him long to top that with a two-run blast to left for his third homer of the season in the second.

The latest performance by the 15th overall pick in the 2021 Draft pushed his on-base streak to seven games.

Chourio, Milwaukee's No. 9 prospect, notched back-to-back three-hit games after going 3-for-4 in Carolina's 6-3 win over Lynchburg. The 18-year-old is sporting a 12-game hitting streak.

Chourio started off with a solo shot to left-center in the first. He followed that with a single to right in the fourth and a two-RBI single in the eighth.

In his second season since being signed as a free agent, the 18-year-old has shown why his bat is so highly valued for the Mudcats. Chourio has a .371/.417/.595 slash line with 25 RBIs on the season. His average has fallen below .300 just twice through 28 games. -- Ethan Sands

Gray Jr. starts night with HR, finishes with four hits (June 3)
It was Joe Gray Jr. night in Wisconsin.

The Brewers’ No. 13 prospect had not had a multihit game in his last eight outings, which saw him in a 3-for-30 funk. But the 22-year-old finally broke out, going 4-for-5 with a two-run home run in High-A Wisconsin's 7-4 win over Peoria.

Gray Jr. started the night off crushing, hitting a homer to center field. The outfielder struck out in his next at-bat, but then went on to reach base every at-bat after, collecting singles in the fourth, sixth and eight innings. He even added his ninth stolen base of the year in the eighth for good measure.

The Mississippi native brought his home run tally on the season to seven, while notching his eighth multihit game of 2022. -- Edwin Perez

Top prospects eyeing return from injured list (May 22)
A pair of top Brewers prospects have been out of action over the last week. Now, one has his sights set on a return, and Milwaukee hopes the other isn't far behind.

Outfielders  and Garrett Mitchell have been away from the field since May 17 and May 22, respectively. Frelick, the Brewers' top prospect, is likely on the verge of a return to the lineup. The No. 66 overall prospect in baseball was shaken up from a diving catch attempt on May 17, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. Milwaukee's vice president of Minor League operations Tom Flanagan told McCalvy that Frelick will likely rejoin Double-A Biloxi's lineup as the Shuckers return home to host Montgomery for a six-game series beginning on Tuesday.

Frelick started the season with High-A Wisconsin and impressed through 21 games, batting .291/.391/.456 with a pair of homers, nine RBIs and 13 walks against 14 strikeouts. That earned last year's 15th-overall Draft pick a promotion to Biloxi where he joined a talented Shuckers roster and has hit .273/.304/.341 through his first 10 Double-A games.

Mitchell hasn't played since May 13, when he exited Biloxi's game against Birmingham after just one at-bat with an oblique strain that landed him on the injured list. The third-ranked Brewers prospect has spent 30 games with the Shuckers and has posted a .224/.331/.346 slash line. -- Tyler Maun

Wiemer matches career-high hits with homer (May 21)
Joey Wiemer matched his career-high hits, including a homer. 

The 23-year-old began his hitting display with a single to center field in the first inning. He added a base in his next appearance by rocketing a double to left in the third. Wiemer's 11th big fly of the season came in the fifth into the bleachers in left. The center fielder's final hit of the night came on a single in the seventh. 

May has been kind to the 121st pick in the 2020 Draft, notching seven homers during the second month of the season, and hitting five of those blasts in the last seven games. -- Ethan Sands