The Milwaukee Brewers have announced six player who will be participating in the 2016 edition of the Arizona Fall League — the annual showcase and proving grounds for many an up and coming prospect. (There will be a seventh player participating on their behalf as well but the Brewers are taking more time to determine who that will be before making an announcement.)
The Arizona Fall League (“AFL”) is a six-team league wherein prospects from five different MLB organizations combine forces to fill out each roster. The teams in the AFL are the Glendale Desert Dogs, Mesa Solar Sox, Peoria Javelinas, Salt River Rafters, Scottsdale Scorpions, and Surprise Saguaros.
This year the Brewers contingent will join forces with players from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies, and Detroit Tigers. And after spending the last four years bouncing back and forth between Desert Dogs and Saguaros, the Brewers will play this season for the Salt River Rafters. That team plays their home games at the much-lauded Salt Rivers Fields at Talking Stick which the Diamondbacks and Rockies share during Cactus League play in Spring Training.
Here are the players the Brewers will be sending to the AFL along with some information (statistical and otherwise) from their individual 2016 regular seasons.
- Josh Uhen – RHP – Twitter: @joshuhen (Highest Minor League level played at in 2016: Double-A)
- Wisconsin native (Oshkosh)
- Drafted in the 5th round of the 2013 MLB draft out of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Only recently promoted to Double-A (only 5.2 IP late this season, but scoreless)
- Tyler Spurlin – RHP – (Double-A)
- Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Rice University on June 25, 2013
- Split 2016 between High-A Brevard County and Double-A Biloxi.
- 1.69 ERA in 10.2 IP in High-A | 2.95 ERA in 39.2 Double-A innings
- Tayler Scott – RHP – Twitter: @taylerscottSA (Double-A)
- Signed as a minor league free agent in July.
- Had been pitching for the Indy League Sioux City Explorers (1.88 ERA, 28.2 IP, 32/6 K/BB
- Pitched to a 5.01 ERA in 23.1 IP for the Biloxi Shuckers
- Signed as a minor league free agent in July.
- Isan Diaz – SS – Twitter: @diaz_isan – (Highest Minor League level played at in 2016: Low-A)
- Former 2nd round draft pick (2014) by Arizona
- Acquired via trade with Arizona this last offseason as part of a package of players in return for Jean Segura and Tyler Wagner
- Slashing .273/.367/.486 at the time of his AFL announcement including
- Leads the Midwest League (Timber Rattlers) in several offensive categories
- Currently ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the Brewers’ #10 Prospect
- Brett Phillips – Twitter: @Brett_Phillips8 – (Highest Minor League level played at in 2016: Double-A)
- Acquired last July from Houston as part of a four-player package in return for Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers
- Currently ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the Brewers’ #8 Prospect, and the 69th best prospect in all of baseball
- Jacob Nottingham – Twitter: @JayNott – (Highest Minor League level played at in 2016: Double-A)
- Acquired via trade with Oakland last off-season (along with RHP Bubba Derby) for OF Khris Davis
- Currently ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the Brewers’ #15 Prospect
The Milwaukee Brewers made eight selections during the second day of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft today from Rounds 3-10. Milwaukee selected three right-handed pitchers, one left-handed pitcher, one infielder and three outfielders on Day 2.
The Brewers drafted RHP Barrett Astin from the University of Arkansas with their third-round selection (90th overall). He went 4-4 with a 1.79 ERA and one save in 18 games (14 starts) for the Razorbacks this season after spending 2012 as the team’s closer (11 saves in 2012). In 90.2 innings this season, he allowed 85 hits, including just one home run, and struck out 74 batters.
Milwaukee selected RHP Taylor Williams from Kent State University with their fourth-round selection (122 overall). A First Team All-MAC selection in his junior campaign, he led the Golden Flashes with a 10-1 record and a 2.47 ERA in 15 starts, including three complete games. He only surrendered 29 earned runs in 105.2 innings this season while striking out 110 batters.
With their fifth-round pick (152nd overall), the Brewers selected RHP Josh Uhen from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Uhen, an Oshkosh, WI native, made 21 appearances out of the bullpen for the Panthers in his redshirt sophomore season this year. He compiled a 1-0 record with a 3.80 ERA in 21.1 innings with 19 strikeouts.
The Brewers drafted 1B Garrett Cooper out of the University of Auburn with their sixth-round selection (182 overall). The 6’6” first baseman batted a team-leading .354 with seven home runs and 37 RBI this past season. He was named to the Second Team All-SEC squad.
Milwaukee selected CF Omar Garcia from Miami Dade Community College South with their seventh-round selection (212th overall). The speedy outfielder (6.3 in the 60-yard dash) batted .447, stole 32 bases and scored 39 runs for the Sharks, leading them to an overall record of 38-10 and the 2013 Southern Conference title.
With their eighth-round pick (242nd overall), the Brewers selected CF Brandon Diaz from American Heritage (FL) High School. The right-handed batter helped lead the Patriots to a 25-4 record in his senior season. He batted .478 with seven home runs, 22 RBI and 44 runs scored over 28 games.
Milwaukee drafted LHP Tyler Linehan out of Fresno State University with their ninth-round selection (272nd overall). Linehan was 3-7 with a 5.90 ERA in 19 appearances (seven starts) while striking out 28 batters over 50.1 innings in his junior season. The lefty compiled a 11-14 record with a 4.59 ERA over 46 appearances (28 starts) in three seasons for the Bulldogs. He was named the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week in his sophomore season (February 13-19, 2012) and the WAC Pitcher of the Week, also in his sophomore season (May 7-13, 2012).
The Brewers selected Rice University LF Michael Ratterree with their 10th-round pick (302nd overall), their last selection of Day 2 of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. Ratterree batted .282 with nine home runs and 41 RBI for the Owls in his senior season. He was chosen as a Freshman All-American in 2010 by Collegiate Baseball, a 2011 Second Team ABCA All-South Region selection and was named to the 2012 Conference USA Academic Honor Roll. In his four years at Rice, he batted .282 with 31 homers, 190 RBI and 193 runs scored in 244 games.
Overall, the Brewers have made 10 selections over the first two days of the draft, which includes seven college players and three high school players. Milwaukee has selected five pitchers (one left-hander and four right-handers), two infielders and three outfielders.