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MILWAUKEE — Patience paid off for Keon Broxton. So did a significant change to his batting stance.

Broxton was back in the big leagues Wednesday after a rain-delayed overnight arrival in Milwaukee. He went right to work in center field in place of an injured Lorenzo Cain, the free-agent addition whose late-January arrival was one big factor in Broxton beg Ty Montgomery Jersey inning this season with Triple-A Colorado Springs.

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MILWAUKEE — Patience paid off for Keon Broxton. So did a significant change to his ba Ty Montgomery Jersey For Sale tting stance.

Broxton was back in the big leagues Wednesday after a rain-delayed overnight arrival in Milwaukee. He went right to work in center field in place of an injured Lorenzo Cain, the free-agent addition whose late-January arrival was one big factor in Broxton begi Randall Cobb Jersey nning this season with Triple-A Colorado Springs.

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“I can’t say it wasn’t hard,” Broxton said. “But every day, I show up with a job to do for myself.”

That job included another major adjustment to Broxton’s batting stance related to the position of his hands. He dropped them in 2016 with smashing success, leading to regular duty for the Brewers in ’17, when he was one of Major League Baseball’s nine 20-homer, 20-stolen base players.

But Broxton also had MLB’s highest strikeout rate at 37.8 percent, so change was needed.

“Down there, you get a lot of different things thrown at you,” Broxton said, “so it was a lot of fun to make adjustments on a day-to-day basis [based on] how they were pitching me compared to how they were pitching me last year in the big leagues. I got a new perspective on the game.

“I think last year I wasn’t getting as much offspeed, just because I wasn’t able to catch up to the fastball with the setup that I had. I moved my hands back up. They had to naturally move back up to catch up to the fastballs I was missing. This game is really big on adjustments.”

It won’t take a hitting coach to see the difference, according to Broxton.

“I think I’m starting to realize that I’m always a guy who has to make drastic adjustments from time to time,” Broxton said. “That’s something I’m learning about myself.”

Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell can relate, as he adopted one of baseball’s oddest batting stances in 2000, after he’d signed with the D-backs, raising his hands high in the air as the pitcher prepared to deliver.

Broxton’s positioning is nowhere near as extreme, but it’s the same idea. Find a good hitting position when it’s time to swing.

“Cal Ripken Jr. is the best example of a guy who showed up with a different stance every single season, and he’s a Hall of Fame player,” Counsell said. “Carl Yastrzemski had noticeable differences in his stance. I think some guys have to do it to stop something and try to get a feeling back, or stop a feeling. Keon happens to be one of those guys.”

Video: The origins of Counsell’s unique batting stance

Broxton hit  Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap .263/.336/.431 with 13 doubles and nine home runs in 295 plate appearances with Colorado Springs. He only marginally reduced his strikeout rate, to 35.6 percent.

Broxton had to bide his time while other Triple-A teammates, including fellow outfielder Brett Phillips, were called up. Domingo Santana‘s demotion last week, coupled with Cain’s injury, opened an opportunity.

“I definitely wanted to be here,” Broxton said. “You can’t just sit there and see guys going up and want to stay where I was. I wanted to be here. That was a big focus of mine.”

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.


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MILWAUKEE — The question was whether Christian Yelich has ever seen a rookie the likes of 22-year-old Freddy Peralta, who yielded a single hit and struck out 10 more batters over seven more scoreless innings in  Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap the Brewers’ 5-1 win over the Royals on Tuesday for a smashing Miller Park debut.

Yelich paused, as if contemplating whether to make such a lofty comparison.

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MILWAUKEE — The question was whether Christian Yelich has ever seen a rookie the likes of 22-year-old Freddy Peralta, who yielded a single hit and struck out 10 more batters over seven more scoreless innings in the Brewers’ 5-1 win over the Royals on Tuesday for a smashing Miller Park debut.

Yelich paused, as if Ty Montgomery Jersey  contemplating whether to make such a lofty comparison.

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“You want me to say Fernandez?” he said.

That’s the late Jose Fernandez, a former Marlins teammate of Yelich’s and the 2013 National League Rookie of the Year.

Perhaps Peralta is not Fernandez, but he is producing early results unseen in Major League history. Twice now in four big league starts, Peralta has struck out 10 or more while allowing one hit. According to STATS LLC, he is the first rookie in the live-ball era to do that. He’s the first Brewers pitcher to have two such games in an entire career.

Video: KC@MIL: Peralta opens the game with a strikeout

Through his first four starts, Peralta is 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA while allowing seven hits compared to 35 strikeouts over 22 2/3 innings. In his three victories, beginning with a one-hit, 13-strikeout gem on Mother’s Day in Denver, he allowed four hits and struck out 30 batters in 18 2/3 innings. In two starts since his latest promotion fro Randall Cobb Jersey m Triple-A Colorado Springs, he has allowed three hits with 17 strikeouts in 13 scoreless innings.

According to the Baseball-Reference.com database, Peralta is the only pitcher since at least 1908 to surrender three or fewer hits with five or more strikeouts in each of his first four career games.

So even comparisons that seem over the top are worthy of mention.

“Obviously, [Peralta] has been very dominant,” Yelich said, getting back to Fernandez. “They’re two different pitchers. Jose was mostly slider/fastball and Freddy is more that power cutter/sinker thing that does something different every pitch. But he’s been great for us. His stuff looks electric from center field, and you can see that in the swings and takes and called strikeouts.

“He’s been great every time he goes out there, and hopefully that continues.”

Video: KC@MIL: Brewers on Peralta’s performance in 5-1 win

Yelich & Co. provided plenty of support with a trio of home runs off Royals starter Jakob Junis, the dubious Major League leader with 22 home runs allowed. Yelich hit a two-run home run in the first inning, before Jesus Aguilar smashed a solo home run in the third and Ryan Braun made it 5-0 with a two-run shot in the fifth.

Video: KC@MIL: Aguilar crushes a solo homer to center field

Peralta took care of the rest.

Did he ever dream about this much success, this soon?

“When I was growing up, sometimes I played PlayStation or something like that,” Peralta said with a big smile, “and I said, ‘Oh, I can be like that someday.’ And look, now I am here. We’ll see what the future has got for me.”

Peralta said he’d been waiting to pitch at Miller Park after outings on the road against the Rockies, Twins and Pirates, and the wait was worth it. He walked one and yielded only one hit — an Adalberto Mondesi double leading off the third inning. Mondesi, who was promptly erased at third base on a fielder’s choice, was the last Royals hitter to reach safely against Peralta, who retired the final 15 batters he faced while pitching into the seventh inning for the first time.

He started and ended his outing with strikeouts, catching Kansas City leadoff man Whit Merrifield looking at a curveball to end a nine-pitch battle to lead off the game and getting Lucas Duda to swing and miss at three straight curveballs to end the seventh. That was an important pitch for Peralta, who threw 24 curveballs among his 102 pitches, including five called strikes and nine swinging strikes.

“He was really good,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “It is hard to explain. He’s got a high spin rate and the ball just kind of jumps on you even though it’s 92 mph. Really good curveballs. Commanded it better than I thought he would.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
On the board early: Yelich hi Randall Cobb Jersey Cheap t a first-inning home run for the second straight game, giving the Brewers an early lead on a night they were without two of their top hitters in Lorenzo Cain and Travis Shaw. Cain was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left groin strain, and Shaw is expected to miss both games against the Royals with a right wrist injury. Yelich’s power has been a welcome sign.

“Both balls are no-doubters, up into the stands there,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He’s still growing into [his power], but it’s fun to see what he’s capable of.” More >

Video: KC@MIL: Yelich drills a two-run homer to left field

Braun hits one out: Braun also went to the opposite field when he took Junis deep to right-center field in the fifth. It was Braun’s first home run since he departed the team last week for a cryotherapy treatment on his troublesome right thumb, which had flared up again and sapped his power.

“He’s felt good for the last three days, so there’s been no issue with it,” Counsell said. “He’s confident that it’s worked for him and [he has] gotten results from it. I think we knew it was going to have a good result.”

Video: KC@MIL: Braun drives a two-run homer to center field

HE SAID IT
“Sometimes I took a breath and I looked up and looked at everything. Just to clear my mind. I saw everybody stand up [after the final out of the seventh]. That was very good, man. I took my hat off and everything, because that was awesome.” — Peralta, on pitching for the first time at Miller Park

UP NEXT
Brent Suter has matched his career high with seven innings in each of his past two starts, and will try to make it three in a row when he meets fellow left-hander Danny Duffy and the Royals on Wednesday in the finale of this two-game series. Suter is 6-1 with a 3.12 ERA over his last seven starts. His first pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. CT.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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MILWAUKEE — The Royal Ty Montgomery Jersey For Sale s hadn’t scored more than four runs in a game, much less in an inning, in more than three weeks. Brewers All-Star hopeful Josh Hader hadn’t surrendered multiple hits in an inning all year.

But both of those streaks came to an end Wednesday afternoon, when Brent Suter‘s solid start fell apart and Hader couldn’t find the strikeout he was seeking in what became a five-run seventh-inning rally for the Royals. They needed every one of those runs to beat the Brewers, 5-4, at Miller Park.

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MILWAUKEE — The Royals hadn’t scored more than four runs in a game, much less in an inning, in more than three weeks. Brewers All-Star hopeful Josh Hader hadn’t surrendered multiple hits in an inning all year.

But both of those streaks came to an end Wednesday afternoon, when Brent Suter‘s solid start fell apart and Hader couldn’t find the strikeout he was seeking in what became a five-run seventh-inning rally for the Royals. They needed every one of those runs to beat the Brewers, 5-4, at Miller Park.

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Jesus Aguilar hit his seventh home run in his past eight starts, and Brad Miller‘s first Brewers homer was good for three runs in the ninth. But the comeback bid fell just short, and Milwaukee settled for a two-game split.

“It’s going to happen,” said Hader. “We rallied that last inning to come [within] one run. It shows we don’t stop fighting. That’s what it’s been like all year.”

The Brewers finished a 3-3 homestand that could have been better. They won the first two of four games against the Cardinals before losing the next two days. Then the Brewers hit three home runs to beat the Royals on Tuesday before falling Wednesday afternoon.

Despite the recent trials, Milwaukee hits the road for four games against the red-hot Cincinnati Reds (winner of nine of their past 10 games) with the best record in the National League at 46-33.

“Even in our losses, we’re making the other team work a lot,” said Suter. “From that respect, I love how we’re playing. It would be nice to win these series instead of splitting them, but that’s part of the game.”

Suter, coming off consecutive starts of seven innings, sailed through six scoreless frames, while scattering three hits, making a spectacular defensive play and getti Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap ng a lead when Aguilar smacked his team-leading 18th home run off Royals starter Danny Ty Montgomery Jersey  Duffy in the sixth.

Video: KC@MIL: Aguilar clubs 18th homer of the year

The 1-0 advantage didn’t last. Mike Moustakas started the decisive seventh with a solo home run off Suter, who faced three more batters and retired none before yielding to reliever Je Randall Cobb Jersey remy Jeffress with the bases loaded and no outs. Jeffress got one out on a fielder’s-choice comebacker before Hader took over against switch-hitting Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi.

“To me, Josh is the guy who has the best chance to get a strikeout, so we went for the strikeout with Mondesi, [thinking] he has the better chance of striking out,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Instead, Mondesi turned on an inside fastball and hit it midway up the left-field wall for a go-ahead two-run single. Lucas Duda and Whit Merrifield also delivered RBIs against Hader, who had stranded nine of his first 10 inherited baserunners and held opponents to a .100 batting average this season before Wednesday.

It marked only the second time this season Hader worked on back-to-back days. He threw two pitches for the final out in Tuesday’s win.

“Josh’s velocity was good. Everything was good,” Counsell said. “He threw the ball well. They jumped on the first pitch, and we’ve seen that a lot lately, but he’s been so effective that obviously multiple hits in an inning is something we haven’t seen. They got him today.”

Of Mondesi’s hit, Hader said, “I just didn’t execute my pitch. I think if I executed it, it would have played out differently.”

By the time the Royals’ nine-batter rally was over, Suter had been charged with four earned runs on six hits. Hader was charged with one run on two hits — only the third time in 27 appearances he’d allowed multiple hits, and the first time they came in the same inning.

“We’re all going to give up hits,” Suter said. “He just hasn’t given any up at all this year. He’ll get right back up on the horse.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Miller time: Down 5-1 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, Miller made it a ballgame by enduring a long at-bat against Royals left-hander Tim Hill that was interrupted by an injury to Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez. When play resumed with Drew Butera behind the plate, Miller pulled a fastball away into the visitors’ bullpen to make it a 5-4 game.

“Battling,” said Miller. “Hill is nasty. You don’t see too many guys with that stuff from that angle. Really, it was just survival.”

Video: KC@MIL: Miller hits 1st homer with the Brewers

‘Game-changer’: Suter’s biggest regret was his lone walk amid the Royals’ big rally in the seventh inning, but he admitted Moustakas’ home run was “definitely a game-changer.”

“We had the lead and that gave up the lead,” Suter said. “The defense was doing a great job and everything was clicking until the seventh inning. I want the Moustakas pitch back. That changed the whole game.”

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Suter says he likes to get his uniform dirty, and his fifth-inning putout of Alex Gordon helped him accomplish that feat Wednesday. Suter tumbled off the mound to grab the slow-rolling grounder, showed off some acrobatics with a somersault, stood back up and then applied a diving tag on Gordon at first, completing the inning’s second out.

“When the pitcher has dirt on his back,” said Miller with admiration, “that’s a good sign.”

Video: Must C Crafty: Suter tumbles, dives for athletic out

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
The game ended with a critical replay review after Ryan Braun was initially called safe on a fielder’s-choice groundout. It was induced by right-hander Wily Peralta, the longtime Brewers pitcher who has recently emerged as the Royals’ closer, and took over after Miller’s home run made it a one-run game. Erik Kratz grounded a one-out single against Peralta before Braun’s bouncer to third base. Kansas City manager Ned Yost won the challenge and the ballgame.

“It’s one of the best feelings I’ve ever had in my career, especially in that situation,” Peralta said. “I spent 12 years with the [Brewers] organization. I feel part of the family in a way. When you spend that much time with one organization, you know a lot of people there. I’m glad and feel happy to have seen them again.”

Video: KC@MIL: Peralta induces game-ending DP for the save

UP NEXT
Right-hander Junior Guerra (3-5, 2.82 ERA) takes the ball as the Brewers head to Cincinnati to start a four-game series with the Reds on Thursday at 6:10 p.m. CT at Great American Ball Park. Guerra threw five innings and allowed one run in a no-decision vs. the Cardinals last Friday, and he surrendered just one hit over 5 2/3 innings against the Reds on April 17. Right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (3-1, 4.09) starts for Cincinnati.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.


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MILWAUKEE — Brent Suter works fast, hits 430-foot homers off Cy Young Award winners, performs Jim Carrey impressions and uses the theme from “Jurassic Park” as his walk-up music, but it seems like his favorite thing might be dirtying his uniform.

Whether it be the Brewers left-hander’s dinger off Corey Kluber in May or when he had no other answer for trainers after taking a ball off the chest in early June than that “it hit off my nipple,” Suter is quite the jack-of-all-trades when it comes to doing the unexpected on the diamond, and his fifth-inning putout of Alex Gordon in Wednesday afternoon’s 5-4 loss to the Royals at Miller Park perfectly illustrated that.

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MILWAUKEE — Brent Suter works fast, hits 430-foot homers off Cy Young Award winners, performs Jim Carrey impressions and uses the theme from “Jurassic Park” as his walk-up music, but it seems like his favorite thing might be dirtying his uniform.

Whether it be the Brewers left-hander’s dinger off Corey Kluber in May or when he had no other answer for trainers after taking a ball off the chest in early June than that “it hit off my nipple,” Suter is quite the jack-of-all-trades when it comes to doing the unexpected on the diamond, and his fifth-inning putout of Alex Gordon in Wednesday afternoon’s 5-4 loss to the Royals at Miller Park perfectly illustrated that.

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Video: CLE@MIL: Suter crushes 433-foot homer to center field

Suter showed off some tumbling expertise, stumbling off the mound to grab Gordon’s slow-rolling grounder, getting back up and then diving to apply a tag on Gordon, who was sliding into first.

“I got it and I felt my body saying, ‘Roll and just flip it to [first baseman Jesus Aguilar],'” Suter said. “But I got up and saw that Aggy wasn’t there, so I just had to run and get him. It was kind of a blur, and it kind of knocked the wind out of me for a bit, but then my adrenaline came back. It was definitely one of those energy-expending plays, but I was happy I was able to make the out there.”

Brewers manager Craig Couns Randall Cobb Jersey ell and Ty Montgomery Jersey  athletic trainer Dan Wright went out to check on Suter, but the “Raptor” stayed in the game.

“We just wanted to give him a little time,” Counsell said. “He dove on the ground twice, and the second fall was pretty hard, so just to make sure everything was OK. He knocked the wind out of himself just a little bit, but he was fine.”

Brad Miller, who made hi Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap s Brewers debut last weekend and hit a three-run homer in the ninth, was sitting on the bench next to Travis Shaw when Suter showed off the acrobatics.

That’s when Shaw turned to Miller and told him, “Yeah, that’s pretty standard.”

Video: ARI@MIL: Suter makes athletic diving play on a bunt

Suter retired the first 11 Royals he faced Wednesday before Mike Moustakas broke through with a fourth-inning single. He was sharp until the seventh inning when Moustakas drilled a home run to right field, the first of five runs — four of which were credited to Suter — in the frame.

“In retrospect, the home run just got him off track,” Counsell said. “He was pitching very, very well. He was efficient, pounding the strike zone, to that point there were no walks. Pitching very well, and Moustakas hit a nice pitch, and then a base hit, walk, base hit, and we were in a tough spot.”

Suter exited after six-plus innings with the bases loaded in the seventh, and the Royals cleared them off Josh Hader to take a 5-1 advantage.

Stephen Cohn is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee. Follow him on Twitter @Stephen__Cohn.


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MILWAUKEE — Lorenzo Cain is hoping to avoid a stint on the 10-day disabled list as the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot enters the home stretch.

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MILWAUKEE — Lorenzo Cain is hoping to avoid a stint on the 10-day disabled list as the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot enters the home stretch.

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Brewers teammate Christian Yelich held steady in the 10th spot (545,044 votes), and Cain moved up a spot to 12th (422,252 votes) in the latest National League update released by Major League Baseball on Monday. Only the top three vote-getters will be named starters. As of the update, Nick Markakis of the Braves leads with 1,829,276 votes, followed by Matt Kemp of the Dodgers (1,498,827 votes) and Bryce Harper of the Nationals (1,403,335 votes).

Fans may cast votes at MLB.com and all 30 club sites — on computers, tablets and smartphones — exclusively online using the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot until Thursday, July 5, at 10:59 p.m. CT. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Each fan can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period, for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.

Cain continues to lead all NL players in the Baseball-Reference version of wins above replacement, but he was banged up during the Brewers’ four-game series split with the Cardinals. Cain left Thursday’s game with cramping in his right hamstring, was hit on the elbow with a pitch Friday, then endured a double dose of discomfort on Saturday when he was hit by another pitch and left a Milwaukee loss with a groin tweak.

On Sunday, Brewers manager Craig Counsell left Cain out of the lineup for the first time in a month. In the same game, Milwaukee lost third baseman and fellow All-Star Game candidate Travis Shaw to a recurrence of pain in his right wrist.

Asked whether either player was a candidate for the DL, Counsell said, “Not right now. We’ll see how [Monday] goes with treatment for them, but if we have two players who are unable to play for a while, we’ll just see what [Monday] brings. The off-day Ty Montgomery Jersey For Sale  is helpful, for sure.”

Shaw ranked outside the top five NL third Randall Cobb Jersey Cheap  basemen, a race being dominated by the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado (1,706,923 votes).

Following the announcement of this year’s All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote for the final player on each league’s roster. Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 89th All-Star Ga Randall Cobb Jersey me, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS;  Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.

Though it’s no easy task, Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio are doing their best to carry Double-A New Hampshire in the absence of injured phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.

Though it’s no easy task, Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio are doing their best to carry Double-A New Hampshire in the absence of injured phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Bichette and Biggio both hit home runs and combined for five hits and five RBIs, providing the bulk of the offense in the Fisher Cats’ 7-5 loss against Portland.

Bichette, Toronto’s No. 2 prospect (No. 9 overall), scored a team-high three runs and recorded three extra-base hits, hitting a two-run homer along with a pair of doubles to finish 3-for-4.

Bichette hits two-run homer

The three-hit performance gives the 20-year-old shortstop an Eastern League-best 84 hits on the season — one more than Guerrero, whom he surpassed on Monday — as well as a .285/.352/.458 batting line through 73 games. Bichette also leads the circuit with 24 stolen bases and ranks among the top three with 56 runs scored (second), 20 doubles (tied, second) and 135 total bases (third).

As for Biggio, the Blue Jays’ No. 16 prospect put the Fisher Cats on the board with a two-run shot in the first inning and later pushed across a run on a groundout to finish 2-for-4 with three RBIs. It was his second multihit performance in 22 games this month.

One of the Minors’ top breakout prospects so far in 2018, the 23-year-old Biggio is hitting .278/.399/.561 and leads the Eastern League with 16 home runs and 60 RBIs.

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The rest of the best performances from top prospects Monday

• Fresh off of earning MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week honors earlier in the day, No. 10 overall prospect Kyle Tucker (Astros’ No. 1) hit a solo homer and went 2-for-3 as he extended his hitting streak to 14 games for Triple-A Fresno. Behind nine multihit games as well as a .509 average in that span, the 21-year-old outfielder has improved his 2018 average from .269 to .318. Tucker’s home run, meanwhile, was his 11th of the season, and he Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap ‘s now tallied 58 runs scored and 58 RBIs in 70 games.

Tucker goes yard

• No. 12 overall prospect Michael Kopech (White Sox No. 2) put his recent struggles behind him by tossing six scoreless innings for Triple-A Charlotte in a no-decision versus Durham. He mixed four hits with two walks and nine strikeouts and threw 63 of his 95 pitches for strikes. The 22-year-old righty had struggled over his past four starts, posting a 9.00 ERA with 21 walks and a .928 OPS against in 16 innings. Kopech owns a 4.66 ERA through 15 starts, during which he’s compiled 97 strikeouts in 73 1/3 innings while holding hitters to a .214 clip.

Kopech notches strikeout number nine

• No. 14 overall prospect Mitch Keller (Pirates’ No. 1) allowed a single to the second batter of the game but retired 21 of the final 24 batters to complete a season-high eight scoreless innings and lead Double-A Altoona past Harrisburg, 4-0. The first-inning single was the only hit permitted by Keller, as he issued two walks, struck out six and induced another seven outs on the ground before departing with 92 pitches (58 strikes). The 22-year-old righty has little left to prove in the Eastern League, where he currently ranks among the circuit leaders with a 2.72 ERA (fourth), 86 innings pitched (first) and nine wins (first).

Keller’s sixth strikeout

• Making his season debut, No. 33 overall prospect Franklin Perez (Tigers’ No. 1) allowed one earned run on one hit with two strikeouts in two innings in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. It also marked Perez’s first action as a member of the Tigers organization after they made the 20-year-old right-hander their key return from Houston in last summer’s Justin Verlander blockbuster.

• No. 100 overall prospect Chris Paddack (Padres’ No. 8) recorded nine of his 12 outs via the strikeout in another dominant performance for Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore. He permitted one hit and one walk in the outing and threw 43 of his 61 pitches for strikes. Paddack continues to be sensational in his return from Tommy John surgery, as this latest gem gives the 22-year-old right-hander a 1.75 ERA and 0.80 WHIP in 46 1/3 innings (eight starts) on the season. What’s more, Paddack has racked up 79 strikeouts against four walks in that span while stifling hitters at a .196 clip. A promotion to Double-A could soon be in store for the fast-rising hurler.

Brewers No. 17 prospect Jake Gatewood blasted his Southern League-leading 14th home run and finished 4-for-5 at the plate as Double-A Biloxi downed Chattanooga, 4-2. It was the 22-year-old first baseman’s second four-hit game of the season and improved his batting line to .246/.304/.470 through 71 games. Keston Hiura (Brewers’ No. 1, No. 32 overall) gave the Shuckers some breathing room by hitting a solo shot in the ninth inning, his second homer in 21 games at the Double-A level. He’s hitting .331/.389/.537 on the season, with nine home runs, 26 doubles and 53 runs scored in 71 games.

Giants No. 2 prospect Chris Shaw hit a solo homer and later delivered a three-run shot to finish 3-for-5 with four RBIs in Triple-A Sacramento’s 9-4 win over Albuquerque. The 24-year-old slugger has produced a .260/.303/.530 batting line with 14 homers in 53 games this season in his second tour of the Pacific Coast League. Playing in 88 games with Sacramento in 2017, Shaw batted .289/.328/.530 with 18 home runs.

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Indians No. 4 prospect Bobby Bradley’s second two-homer game of the season for Double-A Akron pushed his season total to 14, good for a share of third place in the Eastern League. The 22-year-old first baseman connected on a two-run shot in the fourth and added a solo shot in the ninth to finish 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBIs. He’s hitting .198 in 66 games this season, albeit with a tolerable .726 OPS.

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• Mets first-round Draft pick (No. 6 overall) Jarred Kelenic recorded his first pro double and recorded multiple hits for the third time in as many games in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. He also recorded his first pro steal in the contest before finishing 3-for-4. Signed for $4.5 million, Kelenic — an 18-year-old, left-handed-hitting outfielder from the Wisconsin prep ranks — is 8-for-13 (.615) at the plate to open his career.

Red Sox No. 24 prospect Chad De La Guerra hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and added a solo shot in the sixth in Double-A Portland’s win over New Hampshire. It was the first career multihomer performance by De La Guerra, who finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs in his third straight two-hit game. Overall, eight of the 25-year-old second baseman’s nine home runs this season have come in the 42 games since his demotion from Triple-A.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Cardinals, Ty Montgomery Jersey Brewers benches clear after slide

MILWAUKEE — Tempers flared briefly during the eighth inning of the Brewers’ 2-1 victory over the Cardinals on Friday night at Miller Park, after Yairo Munoz and Eric Sogard traded words following a play at second base. But after the game, both characterized the incident as a misunderstanding.

“We got caught up in the moment,” Munoz said. “He didn’ Randall Cobb Jersey t say anything [bad] at all. I  Ty Montgomery Jersey just want to leave it at that.”

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MILWAUKEE — Tempers flared briefly during the eighth inning of the Brewers’ 2-1 victory over the Cardinals on Friday night at Miller Park, after Yairo Munoz and Eric Sogard traded words following a play at second base. But after the game, both characterized the incident as a misunderstanding.

“We got caught up in the moment,” Munoz said. “He didn’t say anything [bad] at all. I just want to leave it at that.”

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“The first words that came out of my mouth were, ‘Are you all right?'” Sogard said. “I don’t know if he understood what I was saying, but he got a little mad and I guess we both got a little fired up.”

Video: STL@MIL: Sogard, Counsell on slide in 8th inning

With the score tied at 1, Munoz and Sogard collided when Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks threw to second after fielding an attempted sacrifice bunt by Hernan Perez. Hicks fired to get the lead runner, but his throw led Munoz into Sogard, who slid into the base and was out on the play. Teammates of both players rushed onto the field in the moments that followed, and the conflict fizzled shortly after. No one was ejected.

“The ball just took me into where he was coming,” Munoz said. “I don’t think [the slide] was inappropriate or anything.”

It was an important play in the flow of the game. Hicks took a chance throwing to second, and it proved large when he walked Christian Yelich two batters later to set up a two-on, two-out situation for  Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap Lorenzo Cain. Hicks struck out Cain to strand the potential go-ahead run at second. The Brewers won an inning later when Jesus Aguilar walked it off with a solo home run off Bud Norris, largely overshadowing the spark of fireworks that came before.

“It was just kind of a heat of the moment thing,” Sogard said. “I’m glad it didn’t escalate into anything further.”

Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz.


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MILWAUKEE — Joe Gray Jr. signed a contract to play professional baseball on Friday, and when he came to Miller Park, the thing he was most excited for was to meet Brewers left fielder Christian Yelich.

“That’s my favorite guy, no offense to anyone else on the team, but that’s my guy,” said Gray, the Brewers’ second-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. “When I got to the park, I really wanted to make sure I met Yelich and [Lorenzo] Cain before I left.”

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MILWAUKEE — Joe Gray Jr. signe Randall Cobb Jersey Cheap d a contract to play professional baseball on Friday, and when he came to Miller Park, the thing he was most excited for was to meet Brewers left fielder Christian Yelich.

“That’s my favorite guy, no offense to anyone else on the team, but that’s my guy,” said Gray, the Brewers’ second-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. “When I got to the park, I really wanted to make sure I met Yelich and [Lorenzo] Cain before I left.”

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When Gray was playing catch in foul ground on the first-base side of the field before Friday’s game between the Cardinals and Brewers, Yelich was right beside him.

On if that was cool, Gray nodded and smiled, “That’s, mm-hmm, yeah.”

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Gray’s goal is to one day be manning the outfield at Miller Park alongside Yelich, but the 18-year-old — the Brewers’ first Draft pick born in the 2000s — has a way to go.

“I had a little bit of knowledge about the Brewers,” Gray said. “It’s a phenomenal organization, they’re really playing well this year, and I hope I can be a part of that the next few years.”

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The Hattiesburg, Miss., native made the trip to Milwaukee on Friday with his mother, father and younger sister, but he is headed to Arizona to begin his professional career Saturday. He had been committed to Ole Miss to play college baseball. Gray, the 60th overall pick, signed for the full slot value at $1,113,500, according to MLB.com’s Jim Callis.

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At 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, Gray hit .474 with seven home runs and 45 RBIs last season, and comes from the same high school program that has produced five Major Leaguers, including former outfielder Wendell Magee.

“It’s always a great day when there’s an opportunity for somebody to start their dream,” said Brewers scouting director Tod Johnson. “We’re happy it came together for us.”

Video: Draft 2018: Brewers draft OF Joe Gray No. 60

Before heading off to Maryvale, Gray is just a kid soaking it in and standing next to his idol.

“It’s an unreal situation right here,” Gray said. “It’s what every kid would dream of, and I can’t Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap  be any happier.”

Milwaukee’s first-round pick, shortstop Brice Turang, has not signed, but Johnson said the organization is “still working through the process.” Ninth-round pick Arbert Cipion also remains unsigned inside the top 10 rounds. The deadline for players to sign is July 6.

Video: STL@MIL: Stearns on Draft picks, team’s defense

Barnes continues to attack
Jacob Barnes was a fixture in the Brewers’ bullpen a season ago, but he was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on May 12. Since being recalled May 28, he has appeared in nine games and allowed zero runs over 9 1/3 innings.

“Jacob has been really good since he got back,” said manager Craig Counsell. “For him it’s all about attacking hitters, go after the hitters. When he does that, he always gets good results.”

The strikeout numbers are down for Barnes — he had eight since returning from Triple-A and just one multi-strikeout appearance after having six such outings over his first 10 appearances — but his ERA is down to 1.91 after reaching 2.84 at the time of the demotion.

“When he’s on the attack, making them swing the bat or offering pitches right on the end of the strike zone, he’s going to have success,” Counsell said.

Amid a stretch of 24 games in 24 days leading into the All-Star break, the Brewers need options in the bullpen, especially because no starter has worked into the eighth inning this season. Brent Suter has lasted seven innings twice in his past two starts, and Jhoulys Chacin finished seven frames once.

Stephen Cohn is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee. Follow him on Twitter @Stephen__Cohn.


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MILWAUKEE — Between Chase Anderson‘s electric start and Brad Miller‘s Brewers debut on Saturday, Milwaukee might have fewer questions entering the final month before the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Anderson rebounded from a home run-heavy outing against the Phillies to strike out a season-high nine and Miller drove in a run, but Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina‘s second multi-homer game in four days handed the Brewers a 3-2 defeat on Saturday afternoon at Miller Park. Milwaukee stayed two games ahead of the Cubs in the National League Central after Chicago lost to Cincinnati on Saturday.

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MILWAUKEE — Between Chase Anderson‘s electric start and Brad Miller‘s Brewers debut on Saturday, Milwaukee might have fewer questions entering the final month before the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Anderson rebounded from a home run-heavy outing against the Phillies to strike out a season-high nine and Miller drove in a run, but Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina‘s second multi-homer game in four days handed the Brewers a 3-2 defeat on Saturday afternoon at Miller Park. Milwaukee stayed two games ahead of the Cubs in the National League Central after Chicago lost to Cincinnati on Saturday.

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With Zach Davies, Wade Miley and Jimmy Nelson all sidelined for the Brewers, Milwaukee needs the Anderson it became accustomed to last season when he finished 12-4 with a 2.74 ERA and only allowed 14 home runs in 141 1/3 innings — otherwise, they might need to shop for an extra starter at the Deadline. Except for seven shutout innings against the Cubs on June 12, the 2017 Anderson had been nowhere to be seen since getting off to a strong April, entering Saturday with already 16 homers surrendered.

Video: STL@MIL: Counsell on Anderson’s outing, quiet offense

Despite a second-inning shot to Molina, Anderson was dominant against a Cardinals lineup that has managed seven total runs over three games this series. He struck out seven batters looking, the second most in a start by any Major League pitcher this season (Corey Kluber, nine).

“The strikeouts were really good,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He struggled with his command a little bit, but it’s close. The misses were good, the stuff was really good, crisp. It’s just the next step of pushing the strike zone a bit more. But he gave us a chance today and did a nice job.”

Video: STL@MIL: Molina crushes a solo jack to right-center

It wasn’t the most efficient outing for Anderson — 100 pitches and just 57 strikes with four walks over five innings — but he avoided any big frames and exited with the lead.

On his up-and-down outing, Anderson liked that he was more consistent than he has been but still said he was “spotty” and must work on the fastball up in the zone to be the ace the Brewers need.

“I’d have it one hitter, but I wouldn’t have it the next,” Anderson said. “Overall, I kept us in th Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap e game, but the four walks are still what I’m working on. I’m either getting guys 3-0 or 0-2 and the pitch count is getting up there. But that’s something that you do as you try to be more consistent. I call this a good building game.”

Milwaukee built its advantage on a first-inning rally, capped by Miller’s RBI single on his first pitch as a Brewer. Miller, who also drew a walk in the seventh inning and converted all of his defensive chances at second base, was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Saturday morning as the Brewers optioned right fielder Domingo Santana.

Video: STL@MIL: Miller hits an RBI single in 1st Brewers AB

With Tyler Saladino still serving a stint on the disabled list and Orlando Arcia batting .220 since returning from a brief stay in Triple-A in late May, the Brewers can sur Randall Cobb Jersey ely use Miller’s bat — which had 30 home runs in 2016 — for middle-infield depth.

The Brewers struggled to hit Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas after the first, recording one hit over his final 5 2/3 innings.

“It’s one of those things where he was locating his pitches pretty well,” said Eric Thames, who went 1-for-4. “As hitters, we have to Ty Montgomery Jersey For Sale  do a better job of not swinging at balls in the dirt and barrel the balls he leaves us to barrel.”

Video: STL@MIL: Mikolas fans 5 across 6 2/3 solid innings

Jeremy Jeffress allowed the go-ahead two-run homer to Molina in the sixth. Jeffress’ season ERA dipped to 0.32 on May 27 but has jumped to 1.19 after allowing four earned runs since May 30.

” Randall Cobb Jersey Cheap I think that’s the fine margins of relief pitching,” Counsell said. “He made some good pitches that a good hitter got him on a pitch that probably got a little too much of the plate.”

Video: STL@MIL: Molina hammers second homer for the lead

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Brewers unable to solve Hicks: Jordan Hicks continued a spectacular rookie campaign for the Cardinals by leaving the tying run on third base by inducing a Manny Pina groundout to end the seventh inning. Hernan Perez reached second base on a throwing error by Jedd Gyorko and stole third during Pina’s at-bat, but the Brewers’ catcher couldn’t cash in on one of Milwaukee’s late opportunities to tie the game.

The Brewers are 2-for-21 (.095) against the 21-year-old Hicks this season.

“We did a nice job late in the game,” Counsell said. “We put pressure on all of their relievers and made it tough on their relievers, just couldn’t get that next hit.”

Video: STL@MIL: Hicks retires Pina, strands runner at third

Aguilar can’t deliver: Jesus Aguilar had another chance to tie the game or put the Brewers ahead late, but he grounded out with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning. One night after being the hero with two home runs — one to end Jack Flaherty‘s no-hitter in the seventh and a walk-off blast off Bud Norris — Aguilar produced his 50th RBI of the season on a first-inning sacrifice fly but finished 0-for-3 for the game.

“We wanted to pitch [Aguilar] tough,” Molina said. “We knew he was seeing the ball good. That’s the guy we didn’t want to beat us again.”

Video: STL@MIL: Aguilar plates Yelich on sacrifice fly

Milwaukee left six runners on base and went 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position in the loss.

“It’s tough to put us down,” Counsell said. “They beat us today, they won out, but we made it tough on them. We had the guy up there a couple times to break it open or get that next hit, and we couldn’t do it today.”

Video: STL@MIL: Tuivailala retires Aguilar, escapes trouble

CAIN LEAVES GAME
Lorenzo Cain exited after the fourth inning — the second time this series he was unable to finish a game (right hamstring strain on Thursday) — with groin tightness. Cain went 0-for-1 and was plunked in the left shoulder by Mikolas in the first inning — his second time getting hit this series.

“He’s a little beat up right now,” Counsell said. “We’re just being cautious with it.”

Counsell said Cain will have Sunday’s series finale off, signaling Ryan Braun‘s first start since Tuesday.

Braun came in to play left field, with Thames moving over to right on Saturday. The action for Braun was his first since spending Wednesday in Los Angeles getting cryotherapy on his right thumb.

UP NEXT
Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (6-2, 3.18) will get the start when the Brewers and Cardinals conclude their four-game series at 1:10 p.m. CT on Sunday at Miller Park. Chacin pitched six innings and allowed one run against the Pirates last Monday, but he took the loss in a 1-0 game. He surrendered nine runs (six earned) over 10 1/3 innings against St. Louis in consecutive April starts. Right-hander Luke Weaver (3-6, 4.69) starts for the Cardinals.

Stephen Cohn is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee. Follow him on Twitter @Stephen__Cohn.


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MILWAUKEE — With a crowded outfield since the return of Eric Thames from left thumb surgery earlier this month, the Brewers optioned right fielder Domingo Santana to Triple-A Colorado Springs and added some infield depth on Saturday morning.

After hitting 30 home runs in 2017 and starting on Opening Day in right field for Milwaukee, Santana has struggled to find any pop. The 25-year-old has three homers in ’18 and has not started since June 12 against the Cubs, only filling in as a pinch-hitter since.

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MILWAUKEE — With a crowded outfield since the return of Eric Thames from left thumb surgery earlier this month, the Brewers optioned right fielder Domingo Santana to Triple-A Colorado Springs and added some infield depth on Saturday morning.

After hitting 30 home runs in 2017 and starting on Opening Day in right field for Milwaukee, Santana has struggled to find any pop. The 25-year-old has three homers in ’18 and has not started since June 12 against the Cubs, only filling in as a pinch-hitter since.

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“I think as we really just looked at what Domingo’s role was going to be moving forward, we know at some point we’re going to need Domingo going, and we’d both prefer that he’s rolling and clicking when that time comes,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s tough to do when you’re not playing that much.”

Counsell credited Santana for being “a big part of the Brewers’ success last season” and believes he will return to the Majors at some point this season.

“We’re hoping we’re putting him in a spot to be successful,” Counsell said. “When that time comes for him to be up here, we’ll want him to be able to carry that load and count on him regularly.”

Video: NYM@MIL: Santana flicks go-ahead 2-run double into RF

Milwaukee already se Ty Montgomery Jersey For Sale nt down struggling Opening Day shortstop Orlando Arcia this season, but he was swiftly called back up after Tyler Saladino‘s ankle forced him onto the disabled list.

The Brewers called up infielder Brad Miller from Triple-A as Saturday’s corresponding move. They will look for Miller, who was acquired from the Rays in a trade for Ji-Man Choi earlier this month, to add some offense to a scuffling middle infield.

“I’m pretty excited to get the call and come to a team in first place,” Miller said. “Just getting in this organization, everybody so far to me has been first class, and I want to contribute to this winning culture.”

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This is Miller’s first stint with a National League team after spending six seasons with the Mariners and Rays. He has started everywhere except pitcher and catcher in his career, and Miller thinks his skillset should work with an NL team, especially during double switches and pinch-hitting scenarios.

“In Interleague games, the few of them I’ve had, it’s kind of fun,” Miller said. “Definitely, I think my ability to play everywhere and be a left-handed bat fits well.”

Miller knocked 30 home runs in 2016 with Tampa Bay, but he hit .201 last season. Still, he believes he can get back to his ’16 level and contribute offensively for the first-place Brewers. In 48 games primarily at first and second base with the Rays in ’18, Miller hit .256 with five home runs and 21 RBIs. Miller hasn’t been at shortstop for a couple of seasons, but Counsell said his ability to play all over the field regularly makes him “versatile and a very good athlete.”

“Each year’s different, and you kind of go with the ebbs and the flows,” Miller said. “But being in this environment, the culture they’ve created here, it seems pretty positive for everyone involved.”

Miller, who started at second and batted sixth, drove in a run with a bloop single and drew a walk in his Brewers debut in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Cardinals. He was pulled in favor of Eric Sogard during a double switch in the seventh inning. His performance came one night after Milwaukee’s middle infielders — Arcia, Hernan Perez and Jonathan Villar — combined to go 0-for-7. But getting the start just hours after arriving in Milwaukee didn’t startle the newest Brewer.

“That first day — no matter how much sleep you have, no matter the travel — it d Randall Cobb Jersey oesn’t really matter,” Miller said. “You’re just running on adrenaline and want to get out there and get going.”

Video: STL@MIL: Miller hits an RBI single in 1st Brewers AB

Brewers sign sixth-round pick Rasmussen
The Brewers on Friday agreed to terms with another one of their top picks from the 2018 Draft, signing Oregon State right-hander Drew Rasmussen.

Rasmussen, Milwaukee’s sixth-round selection, signed for $135,000, although his pick value (No. 185) was $251,700, according to MLB.com’s Jim Callis. A redshirt junior, Rasmussen has undergone two Tommy John surgeries and missed all of last season. He was drafted as a supplemental first-rounder by the Rays in 2017, but he failed his physical and returned to college.

Only first-rounder Brice Turang and ninth-round pick Arbert Cipion remain unsigned for the Brewers in the top 10 rounds.

Stephen Cohn is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee. Follow him on Twitter @Stephen__Cohn.


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