Rivas, Schafer top farmhands in '09
The Brewers on Friday named right-hander Amaury Rivas and outfielder Logan Schafer their top Minor Leaguers for 2009. Both players earned a Robin Yount Performance Award, an honor typically bestowed upon home-grown prospects.
That was the case this year with Rivas (who signed as an undrafted free agent in 2005) and Schafer (Milwaukee’s third-round pick in 2008).
From the team’s press release:
Rivas, 23, spent the entire season with Class-A Brevard County where he posted a team-record 13 wins, going 13-7 with a 2.98 ERA (133.0ip, 44er) in 26 games (23 starts). He finished in the top five in several pitching categories in the Florida State League, including wins (T2nd), strikeouts (T3rd, 123) and ERA (5th). He was selected to the Florida State League All-Star and Postseason All-Star Teams.
Following the All-Star break, Rivas went 9-2 with a 2.26 ERA, including a 5-1 record with a 2.10 ERA in six starts during the month of August. He recorded a season-high 10 strikeouts at Dunedin in six innings on August 18. …
Schafer, 23, spent the majority of the season with Class-A Brevard County (.313, 6hr, 58rbi, 16 stolen bases in 113 games) and appeared in seven games with Double-A Huntsville, where he batted .217 (5-for-23). At Brevard County, Shafer earned the league batting title (.313) and finished among the league leaders in hits (2nd, 143), runs scored (2nd, 76) and doubles (3rd, 31). He was selected to the Florida State League Postseason All-Star Team.
As the team’s primary leadoff hitter, Schafer batted .334 (125-for-374) from the leadoff spot in the lineup. One of his best games of the season came against Clearwater on August 26 when he turned in a 4-for-5 effort with a home run, double, 5rbi and three runs scored.
Both Rivas and Schafer will be honored at Miller Park on Sept. 19 before the Brewers-Astros game.