Wiemer continues power surge with 2 homers

May 15th, 2022

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Wiemer crushes sixth homer in May (May 15)
A solid April has morphed into a power-packed May for Joey Wiemer. Baseball's No. 96 overall prospect went deep for a second consecutive day, homering twice to lead Double-A Biloxi past visiting Birmingham, 8-3. Wiemer has blasted five long balls in six games and has six overall this month. He left the yard three times in April.

The 23-year-old opened the scoring with a solo shot to left field and added a two-run shot to left-center in the fifth. Wiemer added a single for his fifth three-hit game of the season and is slashing .302/.375/.602 with 21 extra-base hits and 27 RBIs in 33 games.

The Ohio native and fourth-round pick in the 2020 Draft debuted with a 27-homer campaign last season with Low-A Carolina and High-A Wisconsin. -- Michael Avallone

Pair of top Brewers prospects flexing muscle again (May 11)
A day after belting his fifth homer of the season for Double-A Biloxi, second-ranked Brewers prospect Joey Wiemer cracked another one.

One step up the ladder with Triple-A Nashville, Milwaukee's No. 4 prospect Brice Turang did the same.

Wiemer's blast gave him homers in consecutive games for the first time this season and came in the bottom of the eighth inning. With one out and one on, Biloxi's cleanup hitter clubbed an offering from Birmingham reliever Brian Glowicki and deposited it beyond the wall in left-center field. It was Wiemer's third homer in his last eight games, matching the 96th overall prospect's total from his first 21 this season. Wiemer's average and on-base percentage have dipped a bit since his terrific April, but he's still batting .288/.358/.550 this season.

In Jacksonville, Turang ran a modest hitting streak to five games with his best performance of the stretch. The shortstop clobbered a sixth-inning solo shot to right and added a pair of singles. It marked Turang's first game with three hits since a 5-for-5 day on April 22 against Charlotte. Last year, he got 44 games of experience in Triple-A and batted just .245/.381/.315. Through 27 games with the Sounds, he is now a .307/.365/.465 hitter with three homers and 18 RBIs. -- Tyler Maun

Wiemer and Black find the seats (May 10)
Joey Wiemer clubbed his fifth home run of the season as part of a multihit night for Double-A Biloxi in the Shuckers' 7-6 win over Birmingham.

The second-ranked Brewers prospect ultimately provided the difference in the game with his seventh-inning solo blast that disappeared into the night beyond the center-field fence.

Tyler Black led the way in High-A Wisconsin's 17-4 drubbing of Quad Cities. The sixth-ranked Brewers prospect recorded his first three-hit game of the season -- with his first dinger of the year -- and drove in a game-best four runs while scoring twice.

Black launched a three-run shot to right-center field to cap a five-run fourth inning for the Timber Rattlers and drove in another run after legging out an infield single to short in the seventh. The 21-year-old is sporting a .283/.431/.413 slash line over 14 games this season. -- Rob Terranova

Chourio homers in third consecutive multihit game (May 8)
Jackson Chourio was an on-base machine.

Milwaukee's No. 9 prospect posted a perfect 4-for-4 appearance in Single-A Carolina's 9-7 loss to Augusta.

The 18-year-old was a triple shy of the cycle in his four-hit performance. He singled in his first two plate appearances, with both hits going up the middle to center field in the first and fourth inning. His next knock was an RBI double in the fifth inning, again to center field. The Venezuelan tallied his second and final RBI in the eighth inning on a solo shot, changing his trajectory and going to the opposite field for what the kids call an oppo-taco. The GreenJackets were more careful with Chourio in his last at-bat, walking him on five pitches and ending his night.

This is Chourio's third consecutive multihit game and fourth on the season after being promoted on May 3. The center field is in just his second season after being signed by the Brewers as a free agent to a Minor League contract in Jan. 2021. -- Ethan Sands

Small wins league pitcher of the month honors (May 4)
Top Brewers pitching prospect Ethan Small was named the Triple-A International League’s pitcher of the month for April after leading the league with a 0.77 ERA and a .114 opponents’ average over his first five starts of the season.

The Brewers have a well-stocked starting rotation in the Majors that includes two left-handers in Eric Lauer and swingman Aaron Ashby, but Small, the club's No. 7 prospect, has been doing his part to be ready for the first opening. He had a 1.98 ERA over 18 starts last season for Double-A Biloxi and Nashville and made the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, then pitched winter ball in the Dominican Republic to make up innings lost to a midseason finger injury. Now he’s off to a stellar start for the Brewers’ top affiliate, especially over back -to-back starts for Nashville on April 16 at Gwinnett and April 22 vs. Charlotte in which he shut out both teams while limiting them to one hit apiece. During the month of April, he ranked fifth in the league with 31 strikeouts. -- Adam McCalvy

Top prospect Frelick promoted (May 3)
Three of the Brewers’ best outfield prospects earned promotions, including top-ranked Sal Frelick, who is No. 68 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects list.

Frelick was bumped from High-A Wisconsin to Double-A Biloxi and he battled leadoff for the Shuckers on May 3. Also on the move was No. 9 Brewers prospect Jackson Chourio, who was assigned to Single-A Carolina, and Micah Bello, who sits just outside of the current Top 30, but he is highly regarded in the system. Bello was promoted from Carolina to Wisconsin.

Frelick, who was Milwaukee’s top pick in last year’s MLB Draft, slashed .291/.391/.456 with five doubles, a triple, two home runs, nine RBIs and 12 runs scored in 21 games at Wisconsin to start the season. The 15th overall pick out of Boston College is the first member of the 2021 Draft class to reach Biloxi.

Chourio’s promotion was equally notable. At 18, he became the youngest player at any full-season affiliate -- more than three months younger than the next youngest full-season player and the only one born in 2004, according to the Brewers. Chourio, who was signed as a shortstop out of Venezuela in 2021, mostly played center field in the Dominican Summer League last season and he started there in his debut for the Mudcats on May 3. -- Adam McCalvy

Garcia drives in five for Carolina (May 1)
After a solid April, Eduardo Garcia looked like he was ready for even more in May.

Milwaukee's No. 12 prospect drove in five runs, including his team's game-winning tallies, on three hits to carry Single-A Carolina to a 6-4 win in extra innings at Down East.

Garcia's big run-producing afternoon didn't start until the game's later innings. At 1-for-3 with just a third-inning single to center heading into the eighth, the shortstop came through in his fourth at-bat, belting a three-run blast to get the Mudcats on the board and reduce their deficit to just one run. After Carolina knotted things in the ninth to force extras, Garcia capitalized again in the 10th with a two-run double to left to plate two more.

The five-RBI afternoon was one shy of Garcia's career-best mark, which came on July 19, 2021 when he drove in six in an Arizona Complex League game. Through 19 Single-A games this season, the 19-year-old is batting .321/.357/.500 with two homers to go along with six doubles and a triple as well as 16 RBIs. -- Tyler Maun

Uribe undergoes knee surgery (April 26)
Abner Uribe underwent surgery on his left knee to repair a torn meniscus on Tuesday, with Brewers head team physician Dr. William Raasch performing the operation. The organization estimates Uribe will be out of action for six to eight months.

Uribe, Milwaukee's No. 19 prospect, features an 80-grade fastball and a 60-grade slider. He's been known to hit triple digits with his heater and threw 13 of the 14 fastest pitches recorded by Statcast during the 2021 Arizona Fall League. Although he struck out 16 over nine innings in the AFL, he also walked 17. The 21-year-old right-hander was off to a similar start to this season, fanning four and walking four over three innings across two appearances out of the Double-A Biloxi bullpen. -- Josh Jackson

'It just clicked': Turang finds rhythm during 5-hit night (April 22)
Brice Turang struggled in Cactus League play this spring with the Brewers, hitting .231 (3-for-13, with a pair of walks). The organization’s No. 4 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, then got off to a slow start at the plate with Triple-A Nashville, entering play Friday slashing .220/.291/.300 over his first 12 games of the season.

That changed in a big way Friday night.

Turang went 5-for-5, upping his batting average on the young season by 71 points. His three singles and two doubles, along with three RBIs, helped the Sounds beat Charlotte at Nashville’s First Horizon Park, 12-2. Read more >>

Frelick goes 5-for-5 for High-A Wisconsin (April 20)
Sal Frelick, who was the Brewers' first-round pick (No. 15 overall) in the 2021 Draft, had a monster day at the dish for the Timber Rattlers, who put up 10 runs in a win. Frelick tallied a career-high five hits, three runs, three RBIs and a two-run homer, his first dinger of the season.

The Brewers' top prospect (No. 69 overall) is now slashing .300/.404/.854 through 40 at-bats. Frelick also added a stolen base, his fifth of the season.

Frelick, who has a career .323 average in the Minors, climbed his way to High-A in his first full season last year after being drafted out of Boston College.