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Posted: March 29, 2018, 8:40 AM Post
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We will begin to see some formal minor league roster announcements soon. The formal announcement will come directly from the Sky Sox, not the Brewers. All four minor league affiliates will likely send out their press releases within an hour or so of each other once the Brewers have given them the official go-ahead to do so.

Opening Night is Thursday 4/5!

NOTE: Last season, the affiliates released their rosters on Tuesday AM, just two days prior)

Feel free to link to any formal notices you see here.

Often we learn via farmhand tweets, who has been assigned where, prior to the formal affiliate announcements. We'll link to any of those posts in this thread as they come out.

As you might know, we use the "Your 2018" threads to post and link to feature stories that are outside the scope of game activity covered in the Daily Link Report.

These threads have become among the most popular for viewing here, and we look forward to kicking them off formally.

Please don't speculate here at this time, this is an anxious time for many on the farm, and unfortunately we're also likely going to learn about more player releases in the next few days, in addition to those players excited about their assignments.


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Posted: March 31, 2018, 2:13 PM Post
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Tucker Neuhaus heading to Carolina, via his Instagram story.


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Posted: March 31, 2018, 2:34 PM Post
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Braden Webb also heading the Carolina.


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Posted: April 01, 2018, 7:37 AM Post
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23-year-old catcher Robie Rojas jumps from Maryvale all the way to Carolina, as per his fiancé.


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Posted: April 02, 2018, 11:19 AM Post
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Braden Webb also heading the Carolina.

This staff is going to be loaded.


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Posted: April 03, 2018, 9:09 AM Post
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Carolina Mudcats roster announced.

ZEBULON, N.C. - The Carolina Mudcats, the Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, unveiled their initial roster for the 2018 season today. The Mudcats will open the new season with Milwaukee's top overall rated prospect Keston Hiura , former first round picks Nathan Kirby and Clint Coulter and 10 players returning from the 2017 team.

The initial 2018 Carolina Mudcats roster breaks down as follows:

PITCHERS: RHP Luke Barker, LHP Daniel Brown, RHP Victor Diaz, RHP Marcos Diplan, RHP Nattino Diplan, RHP Conor Harber, RHP Alec Kenilvort, LHP Nathan Kirby, RHP Jon Olczak, LHP Cameron Roegner, RHP Miguel Sanchez, RHP Trey Supak, RHP Braden Webb, RHP Chase Williams

CATCHERS: Cooper Hummel, Max McDowell, Robie Rojas

INFIELDERS: Luis Aviles, Dallas Carroll, Ronnie Gideon, Keston Hiura, Tucker Neuhaus, Weston Wilson

OUTFIELDERS: Ryan Aguilar, Carlos Belonis, Clint Coulter, Rob Henry

Hiura was selected by the Brewers in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft out of UC Irvine. He enters the 2018 season rated as the number one overall prospect in the Brewers system according to MLBPipeline.com. Hiura is also rated as the No. 56 overall prospect in baseball according to MLBPipeline.com. He is also rated as the No. 2 prospect in the Brewers system and No. 47 overall in MiLB by Baseball America. Hiura hit a combined .371/.422/.611 over 42 games with the AZL Brewers and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers last season.

Hiura will man the middle of the Carolina infield this season along with fellow infielder Luis Aviles. Aviles played in a Carolina League high 132 games last season. He also led the Mudcats and was second in the Carolina League with 38 stolen bases during the 2017 season. Infielder Weston Wilson is also among the returnees back from 2017, while Dallas Carroll, Tucker Neuhaus and Ronnie Gideon are among the newcomers to the Carolina infield this season. Gideon, however, is no stranger to Five County Stadium as his father Ron Gideon managed the Mudcats in 2000 and 2001 when Ronnie was a child.

The Carolina outfield will consist of returnee Carlos Belonis and newcomers in Coulter, Rob Henry and Ryan Aguilar. Cooper Hummel, one of Carolina's primary catchers during the 2017 season, will also see steady playing time in the outfield this year. Belonis started the 2017 season with the Mudcats before a mid-season transfer to Low-A Wisconsin. He later returned to the Mudcats in August for a few games before suffering an injury and finishing the season on the disabled list. Coulter spent the entire 2017 season with Double-A Biloxi where he finished the season as the club leader in home runs (14).

Both of Carolina's primary catchers from the 2017 season in Hummel and Max McDowell, as well as newcomer Robie Rojas, will act as battery mates for the Carolina pitching staff this season. McDowell closed out his 2017 campaign hitting .290 with three home runs and a 1.016 OPS over his final 10 games.

The 2018 starting rotation should initially be comprised of returnees in Marcos Diplan and Trey Supak who are rated as the No. 12 and No. 23 prospects respectively in the Brewers system by MLBPipeline.com. The rotation is rounded out with Kirby, Cameron Roegner and Braden Webb.

The Brewers selected Kirby in the first round (40th overall) of the 2015 draft out of the University of Virginia where he was named ACC Co-Pitcher of the Year in 2014 and named First Team College All-American in 2015. Kirby has been plagued by injuries throughout his professional career after being limited to just five games in 2015 with Low-A Wisconsin and missing both the 2016 and 2017 seasons due to injury. Webb was a third round pick by Milwaukee in 2016 out of the University of South Carolina where he was named Freshman Pitcher of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in 2016.

Carolina's bullpen will feature returnees Jon Olczak and Luke Barker, as well as newly added arms with Daniel Brown, Nattino Diplan, Alec Kenilvort, Miguel Sanchez and Chase Williams all joining the Mudcats. Olczak pitched for NC State and went 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA over 23 games in 2015 for the Wolfpack. Brown pitched to a 1.98 ERA over his final 19 games with Low-A Wisconsin last season. The 6'6" Kenilvort signed with the Brewers in July of 2017 after originally beginning his career in the Colorado Rockies system and playing in the Frontier League at the beginning of the 2017 season. Williams missed most of the 2017 season due to injury, but has pitched to a 1.54 ERA over 17 games and two starts (23.1 IP) since his selection by the Brewers in the 2016 draft.

Joe Ayrault will return for his second straight season as manager of the Mudcats in 2018. Ayrault is joined this season by pitching coach Bob Milacki, hitting coach Bobby Bell, coach Edwin Maysonet , athletic trainer Jeff Bodenhamer and strength and conditioning specialist Jonah Mergen.


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Posted: April 03, 2018, 9:13 AM Post
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Note the Mudcats' release lists 27 players, so they need to cut down 2 more players in the next couple of days. Likely one of the catchers and one of the pitchers.

And yes, that's Clint Coulter on the advanced-A roster after playing all of last season in AA.


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Posted: April 03, 2018, 10:44 AM Post
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Wonder what the goal with Coulter is at this point. His breakout year was so long ago....


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Posted: April 03, 2018, 11:16 AM Post
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I don't see Mario Feliciano listed on either Mudcats or TRats roster?


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Posted: April 03, 2018, 11:17 AM Post
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I don't see Mario Feliciano listed on either Mudcats or TRats roster?


I thought he was on the injured list....see the other thread


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Posted: April 03, 2018, 11:21 AM Post
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FVBrewerFan said:
I don't see Mario Feliciano listed on either Mudcats or TRats roster?


I thought he was on the injured list....see the other thread


Thanks!


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Posted: April 03, 2018, 11:31 AM Post
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Feliciano was bumped down to Helena's roster along with a number of other injured players. We'll post the full "Helena" roster once the dust settles on the full season ones.

Cooper Hummel is listed as an OF after being a catcher to this point in his career.


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Posted: April 04, 2018, 2:37 AM Post
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Mudcats toiling under new rules in 2018
By Jimmy Lewis, Wilson Times

Did you know new Mudcat Ronnie Gideon's dad managed Carolina for two seasons? Learn about that and read additional Mudcat quotes in this article.


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Posted: April 04, 2018, 2:50 AM Post
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Mudcats' Hiura on the rise after hot spring with Brewers
Samuel Evers, Rocky Mount Telegram


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Posted: April 05, 2018, 3:02 AM Post
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First-year Mudcat Ronnie Gideon no stranger to Zebulon
By Samuel Evers, Rocky Mount Telegram

Also notes on Nathan Kirby and Marcos Diplan...


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Posted: April 05, 2018, 3:11 AM Post
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Carolina players, coaches weigh in on new MiLB rule changes
By Patrick Mason, Rocky Mount Telegram


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Posted: April 06, 2018, 1:11 AM Post
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Mudcats pitcher Trey Supak eyes bright future
By PATRICK MASON, Rocky Mount Telegram

"A big donkey", says Joe Ayrault

Full article a fine read, includes this info we hadn't seen previously:

Supak was drafted by the Pirates with the 73rd overall pick in 2014, but had been on the Brewers’ radar. The major league club called Supak on draft day to express interest in drafting the pitcher out of La Grange High School in Texas.

The Brewers, instead, drafted Monte Harrison who Milwaukee later flipped to the Marlins for big league outfielder Christian Yelich. But the Brewers still kept tabs on Supak, and when the opportunity to snag Supak in a trade popped up with the Pirates in 2015, they went in and got their man that slipped away on draft day.

“I got a call from them on draft night, but they took Monte Harrison,” Supak said. “It was a great pick, honestly, he’s got a lot going for him and was a great teammate last year. But it’s nice knowing you’re wanted somewhere as well when they traded for me."


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Posted: April 10, 2018, 2:14 AM Post
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Mudcats pitcher Braden Webb packs fun into pitching journey
By Patrick Mason, Rocky Mount Telegram

As mentioned:

Now that it's over, let's all just have a nice laugh and watch me ninja roll outta this nicely #SCNotTop10


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Posted: April 27, 2018, 1:19 PM Post
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Mudcats Fan and Mini-Umpire Vincent Stio to Appear on CBS Evening News
Mini-Umpire to be featured during "On The Road with Steve Hartman" tonight at 6:30 p.m.

This little kid dresses up as an umpire and "calls " the game. You can see him in the background every so often on MiLBTV.


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Posted: May 03, 2018, 5:36 PM Post
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Nice story. The young man involved is the brother of Weston Wilson. He hits a last second shot to win a basketball game with a twist.

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