Cody Hawn, the Brewers’ sixth-round pick in the most recent First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Tennessee, homered twice and drove in eight runs Thursday to lead rookie-level Helena to the Pioneer League championship.
Hawn led Helena with 13 homers and tied for the league lead with 61 RBIs in 65 regular season games. He had never driven in more than four runs in his 69 games as a pro.
“The last three months been above and beyond everything I thought and hoped,” he said. “There was something special about this team. Even back when we started, we had a unique chemistry. They’re a great bunch of guys. It makes winning tonight that much better.”
Also, Brewers farm director Reid Nichols is scheduled to take part in an MLB.com online chat today at 1:30 p.m. CT
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The Brewers just announced a new, two-year player development contract extension with the Helena Brewers of the Rookie Pioneer League that runs through the 2012 season.
“We are very pleased to extend our player development contract with the Helena Brewers,” general manager Doug Melvin said in a statement. ”The Pioneer League provides a competitive experience for our younger players. Many of the players in our organization began their professional careers at Helena including Ryan Braun, Alcides Escobar and Jonathan Lucroy.”
The Helena Brewers are owned and operated by the Helena Baseball Club, LLC. DG Elmore serves as the principal owner.
“We are excited to renew our affiliation with the Milwaukee Brewers,” Elmore said. ”The Brewers are a first class operation and they have consistently provided Helena with exciting competitive teams.”
Helena has been home to the Brewers’ rookie affiliate since the 2003 season. The baby Brewers play their home games at Kindrick Legion Field.
“The Helena Brewers look forward to continuing its working relationship with our parent club in Milwaukee. We have had a great history with the affiliation between our two organizations and look forward to welcoming more Milwaukee farmhands and staff members into our wonderful community,” Helena Brewers General Manager Paul Fetz said.