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Let The Affiliated Organization Shuffle Commence!

Nashville Sounds

I’m here this evening on a truncated timetable to chime in on the upcoming Affiliate Shuffle. And I’m not talking about the latest dance craze sweeping the internet.

(To be honest though, how much fun would a dance be called the “Affiliate Shuffle”? You could get front offices from around the different affiliated minor league franchises to participate. They could film videos. YouTube would go crazy. The best part? It only comes around every other year and last no longer than a couple of weeks. You wouldn’t have time to get sick it. You’d bob your head and stomp your feet. A little rhythmic clapping to go along with it. Yes, the “Affiliate Shuffle” would take the world by storm! Sell t-shirts. Sell lunchboxes! Sell VHS tapes teaching you the dance in the comfort and anonymity of your own home!)

You know what the least likely part of that entire digression is? That you wouldn’t have time to get sick of it. MLB is tremendous at a lot of things, and it’s ability to overplay a song is breathtaking.

But anyway, like I said earlier, I’m on a time crunch here.

That being the case, let’s lay out the facts:

  • Player Development Contracts (“PDCs”) are agreed to in even-numbered totals of years. This is because when affiliates change, there is a ton of work that goes in. It would be wildly unfair to expect an affiliated organization to potentially overhaul so many parts of their organization on an annual basis.
  • Affiliated organizations agree to these PDCs with Major League Baseball clubs. To put it plainly, these contracts result in the team where organizations send their minor league players to compete and develop.
  • The Brewers have five organizations under such contracts during these two-year windows.
  • At the conclusion of 2014, four of those PDCs (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A, rookie ball) were set to expire.

So that’s where we found ourselves with the 2014 season winding down. The only affiliate under a PDC after 2014 was set to be the Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, who currently are signed through 2016.

First, some good news came down the pipe as it was announced in August that the Brewers and their rookie ball affiliate in Helena were signing a four-year PDC extension. One down, three to go.

It had been widely assumed that the moving-to-Biloxi-Mississippi Huntsville Stars would stay with the Brewers. The Biloxi team even hired the outgoing Huntsville Stars’ general manager Buck Rogers, so continuity appeared to be a goal. As of the moment I hit publish, there has been no official announcement from either side that the relationship will continue. That being said, Baseball America was operating under the assumption that the PDC renewed automatically for two years. I spoke to someone who said that if the relationship is going to continue, he assumed it would be guaranteed for longer than just a two-year auto renewal. It remains to be seen how it ultimately shakes out.

In the same way as the Double-A affiliate, High-A Brevard County in Florida was shown on the same report from Baseball America to have been renewed for two years. There are some extenuating circumstances surrounding the Manatees, but it appears for now as though the PDC will be renewed there as well.

So if that accounts for three of the four expiring PDCs, we’re brought to the situation in Nashville.

The Nashville Sounds have been the Triple-A affiliate of the Brewers since 2005, which adds up to a cool decade in the Music City. The Brewers put up with an aging facility at the end of this most recent PDC extension. And when Nashville and the Sounds finally got together on a new facility at Sulphur Dell, it was hoped that the Brewers would be benefitting from enduring Greer Stadium. Instead, however, it appears that the Sounds want a new tenant beginning in 2015. That would be unfortunate timing for the Brewers what with the new facility, but then again the PDC almost wasn’t renewed following the 2012 season due to Greer Stadium and a bit of contentiousness.

The bottom line as things stands today is that the Brewers have some potential flux in their minor league system. Tuesday, September 16, 2014 is the first day that teams can officially announce new affiliations. There’s a bit of a potential carousel effect which could take place if rumors hold true.

Those rumors include the A’s leaving Sacramento and affiliating with Nashville (as already mentioned), the San Francisco Giants affiliating in Sacramento and leaving Fresno, and the Brewers possibly ending up affiliating with the Fresno Grizzlies who have been the Giants Triple-A affiliate since 1998. The franchise moved to Fresno in 1998 and was, ironically, a Brewers affiliate in their final season as the original incarnation of the Tucson Toros.

So, there’s much to be revealed beginning Tuesday. Hopefully the dust settles quickly and the Brewers will know where their top prospects will be playing ball for at least the next two years, be that in Fresno or some other option.

2014 Opening Day Affiliates Rosters

Opening Day is here for the minor leagues!

What follows are the announced rosters for each of the full-season minor-league affiliates for the Milwaukee Brewers, broken down by position group.

Nashville Sounds

Class-AAA Affiliate (Twitter: @nashvillesounds)

Manager: Rick Sweet

28 Total Players

Pitchers (13)

Catchers (3)

Infielders (9)

Outfielders (3)

Huntsville Stars

Class-AA Affiliate (Twitter: @HuntsvilleStars)

Manager: Carlos Subero

28 Total Players

Pitchers (14)

Catchers (3)

Infielders (7)

Outfielders (4)

  • Kentrail Davis
  • Mitch Haniger (@M_Hanny19)
  • Brock Kjeldgaard
  • D’Vontrey Richardson

BC Manatees

Class-A Advanced Affiliate (Twitter: @BCManatees)

Manager: Joe Ayrault

26 Total Players

Pitchers (13)

Catchers (2)

Infielders (8)

Outfielders (3)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Class-A Affiliate (Twitter: @TimberRattlers)

Manager: Matt Erickson

27 Total Players

Pitchers (13)

Catchers (3)

Infielders (6)

Outfielders (5)


Official: Darnell Coles Named Nashville Sounds Manager


Remainder of Nashville’s Coaching Staff to Return in 2014

The Milwaukee Brewers announced today that Darnell Coles has been named manager at Triple-A Nashville. He fills the managerial role vacated by Mike Guerrero, who was promoted to the Brewers’ Major League coaching staff on September 28.

imageColes joined the organization in 2010 and spent his first two seasons as minor-league hitting coordinator (2010-11). He spent the past two seasons as manager at Double-A Huntsville (2012-13). Prior to joining the Brewers, Coles spent four seasons in the Washington Nationals organization, including two seasons as manager with Class-A Vermont (2007) and Class-A Hagerstown (2008). He served as Washington’s roving hitting instructor in 2006 and as hitting coach at Triple-A Syracuse in 2009.

The former utility player had a 14-year Major League career with Seattle (1983-85, 1988-90), Detroit (1986-87, 1990), Pittsburgh (1988), San Francisco (1991), Cincinnati (1992), Toronto (1993-94), St. Louis (1995) and Colorado (1997). He was a member of the 1993 World Series champion Blue Jays.

Selected by Seattle in the first round of the 1980 draft, Coles went on to become one of only 14 players, including Babe Ruth, to hit three home runs in a single game in both the American League and National League. He also worked as an ESPN baseball analyst from 2001-06.

The remainder of Nashville’s coaching and training staff will return for the 2014 season. They include: Pitching Coach Fred Dabney (third season), Coach Bob Skube (second season), Athletic Trainer Aaron Hoback (second season) and Strength and Conditioning Specialist Andrew Emmick (fifth season).

Minor League Affiliate Rosters Announced

Following the directive of the parent club, the minor-league affiliates for the Milwaukee Brewers have formally announced their lineups to begin their respective 2013 regular seasons.

Here are the positional breakdowns of these provisional lists.

Nashville Sounds

Class-AAA Affiliate

Manager: Mike Guerrero

25 Total Players

Pitchers (13)

  • Hiram Burgos
  • Frankie De La Cruz
  • Donovan Hand
  • Kyle Heckathorn
  • Johnny Hellweg
  • Jim Hoey
  • Chris Jakubauskas
  • Zach Kroenke
  • Michael Olmsted
  • Jesus Sanchez
  • Tyler Thornburg
  • Travis Webb
  • Rob Wooten

Catchers (3)

  • Dayton Buller
  • Anderson De La Rosa
  • Blake Lalli

Infielders (6)

  • Blake Davis
  • Scooter Gennett
  • Sean Halton (reportedly moving to RF this year)
  • Hunter Morris
  • Stephen Parker
  • Hainley Statia

Outfielders (3)

  • Cole Garner
  • Caleb Gindl
  • Josh Prince

Huntsville Stars

Class-AA Affiliate

Manager: Darnell Coles

25 Total Players

Pitchers (13)

  • Brian Garman
  • Greg Holle
  • Taylor Jungmann
  • Thomas Keeling
  • Arcenio Leon
  • Johnnie Lowe
  • Santo Manzanillo
  • Casey Medlen
  • Andy Moye
  • Jimmy Nelson
  • Ariel Pena
  • R.J. Seidel
  • Alan Williams

Catchers (3)

  • Robinzon Diaz
  • Adam Weisenburger
  • Shawn Zarraga

Infielders (6)

  • Ozzie Chavez
  • T.J. Mittelstaedt
  • Jason Rogers
  • Nick Shaw
  • Shea Vucinich
  • Mike Walker

Outfielders (3)

  • Kentrail Davis
  • Brock Kjeldgaard
  • Rene Tosoni

BC Manatees

Class-A Advanced Affiliate

Manager: Joe Ayrault

25 Total Players

Pitchers (13)

  • Jacob Barnes
  • Jed Bradley
  • Drew Gagnon
  • David Goforth
  • Brooks Hall
  • Seth Harvey
  • Andre Lamontagne
  • Eric Marzec
  • Stephen Peterson
  • Chad Pierce
  • Kevin Shackelford
  • Tommy Toledo
  • Mark Williams

Catchers (2)

  • Cameron Garfield
  • Rafael Neda

Infielders (6)

  • Cody Hawn
  • Greg Hopkins
  • Brandon Macias
  • Nick Ramirez
  • Yadiel Rivera
  • Adrian Williams

Outfielders (4)

  • John Dishon
  • Ben McMahan
  • Lance Roenicke
  • Chad Stang

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Class-A Affiliate

Manager: Matt Erickson

24 Total Players

A 25th player will be added to the roster following the start of the season.

Pitchers (13)

  • Austin Blaski
  • Rodolfo Fernandez
  • Preston Gainey
  • Ryan Gibbard
  • Jorge Lopez
  • Leonard Lorenzo
  • Damien Magnifico
  • Eric Semmelhack
  • Mike Strong
  • Brent Suter
  • Martin Viramontes
  • Tyler Wagner
  • Taylor Wall

Catchers (3)

  • Parker Berberet
  • Clint Coulter
  • Brent Dean

Infielders (5)

  • Orlando Arcia
  • Mike Garza
  • Chris McFarland
  • Alfredo Rodriguez
  • Jose Sermo

Outfielders (3)

  • Mitch Haniger
  • Michael Reed
  • Tyrone Taylor

Brewers Finalize Minor League Coaching Staffs

The Milwaukee Brewers today announced the Minor League coaching staffs for the 2013 season.  In addition, Rick Tomlin has been named minor league pitching coordinator.  The position was previously held by Brewers Bullpen Coach Lee Tunnell.  Tomlin enters his 24th season in the Minor Leagues, which includes coaching roles with Minnesota (1989-1995), New York-AL (1996-2004), Washington (2005-08) and New York-NL (2009-11).  He previously served as a minor league pitching coordinator with the Yankees (2002-04) and Mets (2011).

Nashville Sounds

At Triple-A Nashville, Manager Mike Guerrero and Pitching Coach Fred Dabney each return for their second season.  Bob Skube joins the Sounds as coach after spending the past six seasons as a hitting coach in the San Diego Padres organization, including the previous two seasons at Triple-A Tucson.  He also spent two seasons in the Texas Rangers organization (2005-06).  In 2006, he managed the Rangers’ rookie-level affiliate in Arizona.  Skube, who was drafted by the Brewers in the 13th round of the 1979 June Draft, played in the Brewers organization from 1979-85.  He appeared in 16 Major League games with the Brewers during the 1982-83 seasons, batting .250 with 9 RBI.

Aaron Hoback enters his first season as Nashville’s athletic trainer and his seventh season in the organization.  He spent the past three seasons at Double-A Huntsville.  Andrew Emmick begins his fourth season as strength and conditioning specialist.

Huntsville Stars

The Double-A Huntsville Stars will see the return of Manager Darnell Coles and Pitching Coach Chris Hook.  The coach is to be announced.  Dwayne Hosey, who held the position last season, will serve as coach at Rookie Helena in 2013.  Athletic Trainer Steve Patera begins his first season at Huntsville following two seasons with the Rookie Arizona Brewers.  Tim Gifford returns for his second season as strength and conditioning specialist.

BC Manatees

The coaching staff at Class-A Brevard County will remain the same in 2013.  The staff includes Manager Joe Ayrault, Pitching Coach Mark Dewey and Coach Ned Yost IV, who all return to the Manatees for their second season.  Athletic Trainer Tommy Craig and Strength and Conditioning Coach Jonah Mergen also return.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

The Midwest League Champion Wisconsin Timber Rattlers return their entire coaching staff.  Manager Matt Erickson, an Appleton native, is joined by Pitching Coach David Chavarria, Coach Dusty Rhodes, Athletic Trainer Jeff Paxson and Strength and Conditioning Specialist Christian Polega.

 helena brewers logo

The Rookie Helena Brewers will be managed by Tony Diggs, who spent the previous seven seasons as manager of the rookie-level Arizona Brewers.  Pitching Coach Elvin Nina returns for his fifth season and coach Dwayne Hosey will make the move from Huntsville.  Don Money, who coached at Helena last season, will continue in his second season as special instructor, player development in the minor league system.  He spent 14 seasons managing at various levels in the organization from 1998-2011.


Nestor Corredor will manage the Arizona Brewers in 2013 following three seasons at the helm of the Rookie Dominican League Brewers.  Pitching Coach Steve Cline returns for his 33rd season as a pitching coach in the minors, including his 18th season as a member of the Brewers farm system.  Coach Kenny Dominguez and Strength and Conditioning Specialist Jake Marx also return.  Greg Barajas, who spent last season as athletic trainer at Triple-A Nashville, will fill the same role with the Arizona Brewers.  The staff for the Rookie Dominican Summer  League Brewers will be announced at a later date.

Manager Mike Guerrero
Pitching Coach Fred Dabney
Coach Bob Skube
Athletic Trainer Aaron Hoback
Strength & Conditioning Specialist Andrew Emmick
Manager Darnell Coles
Pitching Coach Chris Hook
Coach TBD
Athletic Trainer Steve Patera
Strength & Conditioning Specialist Tim Gifford
Manager Joe Ayrault
Pitching Coach Mark Dewey
Coach Ned Yost IV
Athletic Trainer Tommy Craig
Strength & Conditioning Specialist Jonah Mergen
Manager Matt Erickson
Pitching Coach David Chavarria
Coach Dusty Rhodes
Athletic Trainer Jeff Paxson
Strength & Conditioning Specialist Christian Polega
Manager Tony Diggs
Pitching Coach Elvin Nina
Coach Dwayne Hosey
Athletic Trainer TBD
Strength & Conditioning Specialist TBD
Manager Nestor Corredor
Pitching Coach Steve Cline
Coach Kenny Dominguez
Athletic Trainer Greg Barajas
Strength & Conditioning Specialist Jake Marx

Transactions – Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Just in case you missed the announcements when they officially came out this afternoon, the following roster moves took place today…

RHP Livan Hernandez and C Yorvit Torrealba have refused outright assignments to Triple-A Nashville (which is their right with their respective statuses as MLB veterans) and elected free agency.

RHP Jesus Sanchez, a relief pitcher, had his contract selected from Triple-A Nashville and was thereby added to the 40-man roster. Sanchez would have been exposed in the upcoming Rule V Draft had he not been added to the 40-man roster.

With these three moves, the Brewers’ 40-man roster stands at 37. Remember too that Mat Gamel and Chris Narveson will need to be reinstated from the 60-day disabled list at some point. Also, should the club decide to exercise its option on Alex Gonzalez he too would need one if those currently open spots.

Brewers Extend Affiliation With Nashville Sounds

The Milwaukee Brewers and Nashville Sounds have extended their player development contract for two more seasons through the completion of the 2014 season. The announcement was made jointly today by Brewers President of Baseball Operations –General Manager Doug Melvin and Sounds co-owner Frank Ward.

“We are pleased to extend our working agreement with the Sounds,” said Melvin. “While the current facility and conditions are not totally satisfactory, we remain loyal and are very supportive of the ownership and Frank Ward in his continued efforts to get a much-needed new park. As General Manager of a Major League franchise, I totally believe in this ownership, and if we can get the same support from the city, Nashville will be one of the most desirable franchises in minor league baseball.”

The Sounds have served as the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate since the start of the 2005 season. In eight seasons as a Brewers affiliate, Nashville has produced five winning records, made the playoffs three times, and captured the 2005 Pacific Coast League title. The Sounds carry a 589-559 record over that stretch.

“We are pleased to continue our relationship with the Brewers,” said Ward. “They are an organization that produces quality major leaguers through their minor league system, and we are looking forward to watching Milwaukee’s next tier of stars continue to develop in Music City.”

The Sounds play their home games at Greer Stadium and are managed by Mike Guerrero.

Possible Bullpen Help is Headed North

Well, it appears that Jonathan Lucroy had a flight partner on his trip from Nashville, Tennesse to Milwaukee, Wisconsin tonight.

Lucroy, who was with the Sounds on a rehab assignment, is set to return from the disabled list Thursday evening when the Milwaukee Brewers take on the Washington Nationals at Miller Park. Joining him on the 25-man roster, however, will be the season-long closer for the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate: Jim Henderson.

Henderson, 29, is a 6’5″, 190 lb, right-handed relief pitcher. Over the course of his All-Star 2012 season for the Sounds, Henderson’s line reads thus:

4-3, 1.69 ERA, 35 G, 48.0 IP, 36 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 2 HR, 22 BB, 56 K.

He has held opponents to a .214 batting average though his ground out to fly out ratio is a potentially frightening 0.55 meaning that he gets almost twice as many outs in the air as on the ground.

He is not a savior by any means, but Henderson, who has worn the uniform of 11 different minor league teams without a previous call up to The Show,  has certainly pitched well enough that he has earned this promotion. It isn’t simply coming because the rest of the bullpen has been pretty shaky all season. He deserves the opportunity which will come at the expense of……

George Kottaras.

With the combination of Lucroy’s return and Henderson not having been on Milwaukee’s 40-man roster, Kottaras was Designated For Assignment to make room on both rosters. (The other 25-man spot was cleared by optioning Jeff Bianchi to Nashville.)

For now, here is a link to Henderson’s MiLB.com player page along with his bio from the same:

“Signed by the Milwaukee Brewers to a minor league contract on April 1, 2009 … previously selected by the Chicago Cubs from the Washington Nationals in the Minor League portion of the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 7, 2006 … originally selected by the Montreal Expos in the 26th round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft out of Tennessee Wesleyan College … graduated from Central Memorial (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) High School in 2000.”

Tyler Thornburg Promoted

Thanks once again to the magic of social media, we have learned today that following the Minor League All-Star break pitching prospect Tyler Thornburg will not head back to meet the AA Huntsville Stars where he has pitched the entirety of the 2012 season to this point.

Instead, Thornburg himself tells us that he’ll be driving to Nashville to meet up with the Sounds, the Brewers AAA affiliate.



It is a promotion that is well-deserved for the young right-hander.

Thornburg is 8-1 in 13 starts on the season for the Double-A Stars with an even 3.00 ERA. He’s tallied 71 strikeouts in 75.0 innings pitched and has held opposing hitters to a .212 batting average. He’s walked 24 on the year and allowed 57 hits which equates to a 1.08 WHIP.

The 6’0″, 190 lb starter has a career 19-7 record in the minor leagues after being drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Charleston Southern University.

There was some talk of Thornburg being under consideration to skip the AAA level altogether when Brewers’ right-hander Marco Estrada was put on the Disabled List after straining his quadriceps muscle while running the bases. Mike Fiers got that call instead and has pitched admirably over four starts.

Thornburg is definitely on everyone’s radar when it comes to lists of Brewers prospects, and one that will reach the Major Leagues in all likelihood. Where he’ll pitch when he gets to Milwaukee is a point of contention though.

Some see him strictly as a relief pitcher at the big league level where others, including the Brewers own scouts and instructors (for now at least) believe he can start.

Either way, following Thornburg so far this season and since his signing back in 2010 has been a fun ride. Hopefully he’ll continue his strong play now with the Sounds and the top level of Minor League competition.

Congratulations, Tyler! You’re one step closer.

Milwaukee Brewers Announce Rosters for Minor League Affiliates

Here are the full rosters as listed on various websites. Each states that the announcement of the rosters comes from the front office.

All players are listed by position group, alphabetically by last name.

Triple-A Nashville Sounds – @nashvillesounds

  • Catchers
    • Dayton Butler
    • Martin Maldonado – @Machete1224
    • Paul Phillips
  • Infielders
  • Outfielders
    • Caleb Gindl
    • Corey Patterson
    • Logan Schafer
  • Pitchers
    • Brian Baker – @TheBakeShow14
    • Zach Braddock
    • Josh Butler
    • Vinnie Chulk
    • Mike Fiers
    • Victor Garate – @vick_garate
    • Donovan Hand
    • Mike McClendon
    • Seth McClung
    • Daniel Meadows  – @danmeadows35
    • Wily Peralta
    • Juan Perez
    • Amaury Rivas
    • Mark Rogers (this isn’t an official roster inclusion, but an educated guess)

Double-A Huntsville Stars – @HuntsvilleStars

High-A Brevard County Manatees – @BCManatees

Low-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – @TimberRattlers

***Note: Any italicized names are players on the Brewers 40-man roster.***