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Monday's Daily Menu:

All times are Central

Nashville: RHP's Mike Fiers and Seth McClung in a doubleheader at home vs. Reno (Diamondbacks), 4:50 PM pre-game, 5:05 gametime

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Jeff Hem is the new play-by-play voice of the Sounds; follow him on Twitter @jeffhempbp; we'll link to his blog updates at On the Air…and Off

MiLB.TV -- for subscribers; all Nashville games, home and away, will be available to watch via MiLB.TV's $39.99 season-long package ($9.99 to pay for a single month). We imagine the audio feed is from the home team. All MiLB.TV details available at the link.

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Huntsville: RHP's Tyler Thornburg and Evan Anundsen in a doubleheader at home vs. Mississippi (Braves), 4:28 PM pre-game, 4:43 gametime

Free Live Audio Link -- Select the Huntsville feed from the MiLB main audio page

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Alex Cohen is the new play-by-play voice of the Stars; follow him on Twitter @alexmcohen. It's fantastic that Huntsville is returning to what will be a traditional broadcast format this year. All games, home and away, are scheduled to be broadcast.

MiLB.TV subsciption note: A total of 24 Stars' games (in Jacksonville and Tennessee) will be broadcast.

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Brevard County: LHP Jed Bradley at home vs. Daytona (Cubs), 5:35 PM gametime

Free Live Audio Link -- Select the Daytona feed from the MiLB main audio page

Once again this season, Brevard does not have its own audio coverage. It appears two teams in the Manatees North Division (within which the majority of games are played) have audio, and all six teams in the South Division have audio (at least for their home games), so there will be opportunities to listen to approx. 70% or Brevard's games this season, just all from the opponent's perspective. There are no Florida State League games on MiLB.TV this year.

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Wisconsin: RHP Chad Thompson at Kane County (Royals), 11:40 AM pre-game, 12:00 PM gametime

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Chris Mehring is back to do his customary fantastic work as the Voice of the Rattlers. Follow him on Twitter @CMehring; we'll link to Chris' infamous blog often -- Rattler Radio.

MiLB.TV -- for subscribers; Wisconsin is one of only two (Great Lakes) Midwest League clubs that have all their home games available via MiLB.TV; Chris' call provides the audio. So for the $39.95 season-long package, fans in Brewer Nation can watch all Sounds games, all Timber Rattlers home games, and 24 Stars' road games (one Helena series this summer, too).


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Follow Monday's action as it happens with box score / game log links:

Nashville Game One

Nashville Game Two

Huntsville Game One

Huntsville Game Two

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STANDINGS:

AAA - Pacific Coast League American Northern Division

AA - Southern League North Division

High-A - Florida State League North Division

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Former Manatees pitcher Burgos elevates among the Stars
Thrilled at Huntsville move
by Michael Parsons, FLORIDA TODAY

The Brevard County Manatees lost their most successful pitcher on Saturday afternoon, and that was a good thing.

Starter Hiram Burgos got the call every player on the Manatees hopes to get one day. He was moving up to Double A.

“I was really excited,” Burgos said while getting ready for a doubleheader with the Huntsville Stars on Sunday. “I have been working hard and am excited for the chance. I am just going to do the same thing that I have been doing.”

If he does that, he may be in Triple A by the end of the summer. Burgos started six games with the Manatees, putting together a 2-1 record with an ERA of 0.87. In 41 1/3 innings, he allowed just four earned runs and struck out 41 while walking just six.

That was not always the case for the right-hander, who spent most of last season with the Manatees. As a starter and reliever, he posted a 4.89 ERA with a 6-8 record.

“The biggest thing was mental toughness,” Burgos said of his start to this season.

“I just concentrate on making good pitches and throwing my pitches in any count. Becoming a pitcher and not a thrower.”

The results show that he is now a pitcher. And while he is not sure what his role will be for Huntsville yet, he is ready.

“I just have to keep it the same. Now I just need to keep going up and up,” the former Bethune-Cookman University player said.

Huntsville will not be entirely new to him as most of his teammates from last season are in Huntsville this season.

And he will be dressing for a pretty good team. The Stars entered Sunday just ½-game out of first place in the Southern League.

“I am just coming here to help the team win more games,” Burgos said. “The team is playing good, (a) really exciting time to be called up.”

But Burgos is keeping his eye on the prize and realizes this is just the first stop of many he would like to take in his journey to, hopefully, Milwaukee.

But that starts now in Double A Huntsville and he seems ready for the challenge.

“Baseball is the same no matter where you go, the game is the same, Burgos said.

“You don’t want to change anything just because you move up. Just keep things the same and get hitters out.”
Just like he did in Brevard County this season.

Hiram Burgos, formerly of the Manatees, has been promoted to Double A. / Brevard County Manatees

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And while he is not sure what his role will be for Huntsville yet, he is ready.


Hiram, you will be starting. I think you earned it.


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And while he is not sure what his role will be for Huntsville yet, he is ready.


Hiram, you will be starting. I think you earned it.


Hopefully the role is temporary stud....I say temporary because if he keeps pitching well, I'd love to see him bumped to AAA in a month or two.


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Ryan over at Disciples of Uecker with their weekly look at Prospect of the Week, "Three Up, Three Down", etc.

If you're on our Minor League forum regularly, you're doing yourself a dis-service if you're not following the Disciples Guys as well. Either bookmark their site or follow them via Twitter @DisciplesUecker.


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craigharmann said:
Tedaldtada said:
And while he is not sure what his role will be for Huntsville yet, he is ready.


Hiram, you will be starting. I think you earned it.


Hopefully the role is temporary stud....I say temporary because if he keeps pitching well, I'd love to see him bumped to AAA in a month or two.



They've got a couple placeholders, Brian Baker and Seth McClung, currently in the Nashville rotation that hopefully will be pushed out fairly soon by Thornburg and perhaps Burgos or another Huntsville starter.


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Wisconsin Press Release: Andy Moye is MWL Pitcher of the Week


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The season hasn't even started yet!

Weather concerns in Maryvale, just brutal, dry heat or not...


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Sounds get a makeover for infield
Brewers injuries suddenly bring players up to majors
by Greg Sullivan, The Tennessean

It’s only May, but because of some costly injuries in Milwaukee, the Sounds’ infield already has a new look.

Jeff Bianchi, Andy Gonzalez and Jordan Brown joined the Nashville roster this month after three Sounds infielders were called up to the major leagues to plug roster spots.

Nashville’s game with Reno was rained out Sunday. The teams will play a doubleheader starting at 5:05 p.m. today. The homestand finale is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. Tuesday

Brewers first baseman Mat Gamel and shortstop Alex Gonzalez suffered possibly season-ending ACL injuries and outfielder Carlos Gomez is on the 15-day disabled list. That resulted in third baseman Taylor Green, shortstop Edwin Maysonet and utility player Brooks Conrad being promoted from Nashville.

Bianchi was hitting .351 in Double-A Huntsville at the time of his call-up and drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in his Triple-A debut last weekend at Albuquerque. He added another game-winning RBI last Wednesday against Colorado Springs and is hitting .350 in seven games.

“It definitely feels good to get off to a good start and that’s what I’ve done this year so far,” said Bianchi, 25, who is from Pennsylvania. “My role here is to come in and just fill that spot, go out and do the best I can every day.

“I wasn’t here the first month. I’ve heard we lost a lot of close games. But we’ve got a good group of guys; we’ve just got to put it all together.”

Brown is a former Triple-A International League batting champion who played with the Sounds part of last season. He was released by the Astros on the final day of this year’s spring training and had been playing in Mexico when the Brewers called him to return to his former team.

“When I came here last year (midseason) we weren’t hitting,” said Brown, who hit .317 with eight home runs in 353 at-bats with the Sounds last year as a first baseman and corner outfielder. “We were not exactly a solid offensive team, but then a few guys got it going and by the end of the year we had some really good numbers going for us. I’m hoping the same thing happens now.

“You don’t ever expect it to happen, move after move after move. But it doesn’t surprise you when it does. A lot of guys get hurt. That’s why you have depth.”

Brown has struggled so far, hitting .200 in nine games. Gonzalez is hitting .235 for the Sounds, who are 12-23.

Hainley Statia, Gonzalez and Erick Almonte have split time at third base, replacing Green.

“You never know what can happen,” said Statia, who is hitting .318. “Someday you might be here. Someday you’re in the big leagues. Some guys start spring training in Double-A, now they’re in Triple-A. You can’t predict anything, you know? You’ve got to take it day by day.”

Statia said he doesn’t expect the new-look infielders will take very long to develop a good chemistry.

“Some players want the ball to be thrown to them at the back of the bag or the front of the bag (on double-play balls). You just ask them,” Statia said. “Everybody’s got a different way of doing it so you just ask them and you work on it between batting practices. We’ve all practiced together in spring training, so we kind of know each other already. We’ll be OK.”

Maysonet has already made an impact for the Brewers, hitting a grand slam in Saturday’s win over the Cubs.

Green has been splitting time at first base with Travis Ishikawa and is hitting .267. Conrad has no hits in 11 at-bats with the Brewers.

Jordan Brown / Photo by MIKE STRASINGER

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Mark this day down - articles from Florida Today and The Tennessean on the same day.


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Catching up on divisional prospect happenings since Friday, Miguel Sano is getting a ton of run now that Harper and Trout are up. Taveras was mentioned a couple of times though no questions specifically targeted his tools this week.

BA's Hot Sheet Chat:

Reds:

Ben (Miamisburg, OH): Was Reds AA CF Ryan Lamarre considered for the list this week? He raised his batting average over 75 points, walks a ton, and runs the bases well (even if he is no Billy Hamilton, but who is?). Could he be a potential lead off hitter for the Reds in a couple years?


Matthew Eddy: Double-A CF Ryan LaMarre had a fantastic week, going 9-for-22 with eight walks and five steals in six attempts. The only thing keeping him off Hot Sheet was a lack of thump (one double), and if that trend continues it may limit his upside to outfield backup in the big leagues. That goes double with Billy Hamilton facing a likely shift to center field if he plays his way off shortstop.


Scouting Report post 2011: In any other season, LaMarre's 55 stolen bases would have stood out among Reds farmhands. No one in the system had swiped that many since 1994, but he took a back seat to Billy Hamilton, who led the minors with 103. LaMarre might have been even more prolific if not for a series of minor hamstring injuries. An outstanding athlete, he was the leading tackler on consecutive state-championship football teams in high school and was also a hockey star. He has well above-average speed and shows a feel for getting leads and reading pitchers. LaMarre had a quick bat and shows solid raw power in batting practice, but it hasn't come through in games. Instead he uses a top-of-the-order approach with good selectivity and an all-fields mentality. He also has a knack for laying down bunts. In the field, LaMarre is average defensively in center field with an arm that's strong enough to let him handle right field as well. He got a taste of Double-A at the end of the season, and will head to Pensacola to begin 2012. His bat will determine whether he ends up as a regular or a useful fourth outfielder.

Cubs:

Dan (Israel): What should we know about Arismandy Alcantara who had a monster offensive week at SS in the FSL?


Matthew Eddy: Cubs 20-year-old Arismendy Alcantara (linking to MiLB since no scouting report exists) possesses some loud tools — he can field, throw and run — and the shortstop reminded us this week that he also has potential with the bat, going 12-for-29 with two doubles and three triples for High-A Daytona. He very nearly made the Hot Sheet in the Helium section. If the offensive gains are real, then he's a prospect. Even if they're not he might make a fine utility player or quality system depth.


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Top Pitching Performances Over The Weekend, May 11-13

No divisional mentions for hitting over the weekend but the Cubs and Reds get a mention in the pitching section.

Reds RHP Kyle Lotzkar:
Lotzkar has been around for so long that he was drafted with a supplemental firstround pick the Reds got for losing free agent Scott Schoeneweis. With the way that Lotzkar burst onto the scene in 2008, blowing away the low Class A hitters for 10 midseason starts as a teenager, he could have made his big league debut by now. Instead, he still hasn't gotten past the Midwest League because injuries have slowed his development. He developed a stress fracture in his elbow in 2008 and had Tommy John surgery the following season. His 67 innings last year were a career high, but he missed more time with a strained hamstring. Lotzkar's stuff didn't hold up as well with his increased workload. After showing a 90-94 mph fastball in 2010, he worked more at 89-91 last season. He also battled control problems, leading the MWL with 15 hit batters in 14 starts. Lotzkar still has a plus curveball, while his changeup remains below average. Though he has progressed much slower than hoped and he's not close to being big league-ready, Cincinnati still opted to protect him on its 40- man roster in November. His stuff likely would play up in the bullpen, and he might be able to stay healthy by working shorter stints. If he can stay on the mound, he'll finally reach high Class A in 2012.

Cubs RHP Jose Rosario:
Rosario has yet to make it to full-season ball after four years as a pro, including three in the United States, but he'll get there in 2012 after making impressive strides last season. After his fastball worked at 90-93 mph in 2010, it jumped to 93-97 and exploded on hitters last year. One scout saw him throw five consecutive 97-mph heaters in one game. Rosario has good life to go with his velocity, and he also has improved his ability to command his fastball. He has a chance to develop a plus slider, though his is presently more notable for its mid-80s velocity than its bite. It lacks consistency and gets slurvy at times. His changeup is even more rudimentary, and some scouts wonder if he'll develop a deep enough repertoire to remain a starter in the long run. His lack of size also may not be conducive to the durability needed to stay in the rotation, though he generates his velocity with arm speed and not effort. Rosario has the ceiling of a No. 3 starter or a set-up man, but it will take a few more years before the Cubs know exactly what they have in him

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Top Three College Pitchers From 2011 Draft Make Ace Turns

Pirates 1st Round selection and #1 overall Gerrit Cole is discussed in this post.

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PCL notes: Adams not feeling pressure
Cardinals' No. 8 prospect taking advantage of his Triple-A time
By Chris Jackson / Special to MLB.com

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Matt Adams has hit .322 with six home runs and 17 RBIs through 32 games. (Jamie Harms/MiLB.com)

The trend in baseball in recent years has been for many top prospects to skip Triple-A entirely, jumping straight from Double-A to the big leagues.

St. Louis Cardinals prospect Matt Adams, however, is content to be at Triple-A with the Memphis Redbirds, because he feels it will make him a better player in the long run.

"I'm definitely facing good pitching and they're definitely going to make it tough up here at the Triple-A level, facing a lot of the veteran guys," said Adams, the Cardinals' No. 8-ranked prospect.

The slugging first baseman put himself on the map last season when he hit .300 with 32 home runs and 101 RBIs at Double-A Springfield.

This season Adams has hit .322 with six home runs and 17 RBIs in 32 games.

"I think the pitchers here they think more, they use a lot more pitches," he said. "They'll show you a fastball here and there, but they don't give in during a hitter's count. Here as a hitter, you've got to prepare; you're not getting a lot of straight, four-seam fastballs."

Facing a lot of breaking balls and pitchers who live and die with offspeed pitches can only help, Adams said.

"I definitely think that," he said. "It's going to make me a better hitter for the future."

Hitting is only one part of the game, though, and Adams remains committed to improving his fielding as well.

"I feel good, I worked hard in the offseason," Adams said. "I've got a bit more range out there. I'm definitely happy with where I'm at, but I still plan to work hard and keep getting better."

Adams was a catcher at Slippery Rock University, a Division II school, when the Cardinals took him in the 23rd round of the 2009 Draft. He was moved to first base that summer at Rookie-level Johnson City and has moved quickly through the Minors ever since.

With the departure of Albert Pujols and the fact that current Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman is 36 years old, the door seems to be wide open for Adams to seize a job in St. Louis in the near future.

For now, however, Adams is focused on helping the Redbirds (13-23) turn around their season.

"We've got a lot of talent here," he said. "We've kind of gotten off to a slow start. We're losing a lot of one-run ballgames. We're just coming up short. I think in the future we're going to turn things around."

Memphis will continue its series with Colorado Springs through Tuesday before starting an eight-game road trip on Thursday.

In brief

Reborn on a bayou: New Orleans right-hander Tom Koehler has begun to reestablish himself as a top prospect. After getting shelled for seven runs on eight hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings on April 18, Koehler has allowed just five earned runs in 23 innings over his last four starts, winning three. Koehler struck out eight over six shutout innings of a 2-0 win over Tucson on Thursday.

The Bell tolls: Third baseman Josh Bell, whom the D-backs acquired from the Orioles last month, has caught fire since joining the Reno Aces. Bell has hit .421 (32-for-76) with four home runs and 29 RBIs in 19 games since the trade. As a point of comparison, he was hitting .049 (3-for-32) in nine games with the Norfolk Tides prior to the swap.

Catching up: Las Vegas catcher Travis d'Arnaud saw his 14-game hitting streak come to an end May 5 when he was 0-for-3 against Salt Lake. Since then he's hit safely in four games, going 5-for-17 to further erase the memories of his slow start to the season.

The Blue Jays' No. 1 prospect, d'Arnaud has raised his average from .182 two weeks into the year to .274 through Saturday.

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