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Recapping a busy home finale

The Brewers beat the Marlins in a 7-1 rout in Sunday’s home finale, but the result was secondary on an emotional afternoon at Miller Park. For those who have yet to sift through the links on Brewers.com, here’s a bit of a recap:

– Their 2010 season was a dud, so Brewers fans instead made the team’s home finale a celebration of individual milestones and sendoffs for players who are likely moving on. They turned a win over the Marlins into a series of standing ovations and almost made everyone forget that the team still has a week to play.
Ryan Braun came from behind to win the Brewers’ three-man race to 100 RBIs, Prince Fielder homered in what could be his final home game with the Brewers and Trevor Hoffman made one last entrance to AC/DC’s “Hells Bells.” All three players were showered with love from the 29,059 fans, who pushed the Brewers’ season attendance over 2.75 million.
– On more note on Hoffman: Sunday marked his 35th game finished, a milestone that pushed the cost of the buyout of his 2011 club option from $500,000 to $750,000. That financial boost aside, Hoffman once more thanked his supporters for never giving up on him.
“I can’t begin to say thanks enough,” Hoffman said. “For a guy sitting on a six-ERA and part of a big problem, to get treated like I did by the fans here — I appreciate their support.”
– Hoffman was offered a standing ovation and so was Fielder, who might just have played his final home game for the Brewers. Fielder commented before the game to me and after the game to me and 30 of my closest microphone-wielding friends about his uncertain future. 
He didn’t offer much in the way of insight, saying that he’s under contract for 2011 and planning to be back. Whether he departs this winter, Fielder said, “is not up to me,” once again glossing over the point that he reportedly turned down a significant contract offer earlier this year. 
– The only blemish of the Brewers’ win over the Marlins came in the seventh inning, when starter Chris Capuano exited with a groin injury. He downplayed its significance and talked instead about his inspiring comeback season from a second Tommy John surgery, and touched briefly on his own uncertain future. Capuano is a free agent for the first time. 
– Staying on the “uncertain future” theme, manager Ken Macha made sure to get Craig Counsell into the lineup for Sunday’s finale. Counsell, too, is a free agent, and said he’s going to take the best available offer this winter. He’s earned that right. 
– Then there’s Macha himself, who was asked by reporters after the game about his own contract status. Here are Doug Melvin’s brief comments on that situation, saying that the team will wait until after the season to announce any personnel decisions. 
And while we’re at it, here are a couple of other links you may have missed over the weekend:
Mark DiFelice is coming back to the Brewers in 2011. I learned subsequently that catchers Patrick Arlis and Anderson Delarosa, infielder Anderson Machado and left-hander Chase Wright have also already signed Minor League deals for next season. 
– Our report about the Brewers’ Minor League player and pitcher of the year includes video of both Erik Komatsu and Jake Odorizzi, not to mention amateur scouting director Bruce Seid. 
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Odorizzi, Komatsu named top farmhands

Hot off the presses from the Brewers. Jake Odorizzi is a no-brainer, but I’m probably not the only one surprised that Erik Komatsu got the nod over a higher-profile prospect like Brett Lawrie or Scooter Gennett:

The Milwaukee Brewers today announced the recipients of the 2010 Robin Yount Performance Awards which recognizes the Brewers Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year.  Outfielder Erik Komatsu was selected as the club’s Minor League Player of the Year and right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi was named the organization’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
Komatsu, 22, spent the entire season with Class-A Brevard County, where he batted .323 with 5 HR, 63 RBI and 28 stolen bases in 130 games with more walks (68) than strikeouts (61).  Komatsu led the Florida State League in runs scored (90), on-base percentage (.413) and walks and ranked second in the league in batting average and hits (157).  He was selected to the Florida State League Midseason and Postseason All-Star teams. 
Komatsu played all three outfield positions, making 73 starts in center field, 30 starts in right field and 22 starts in left field.  He had a 13-game hitting streak from July 15-30 and reached base safely in 23 straight games from May 3-27.  Komatsu was drafted by the Brewers in the eighth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Cal-State Fullerton and was signed by area scout Josh Belovsky.
Odorizzi, 20, spent the entire season with Class-A Wisconsin, where he went 7-3 with a 3.43 ERA (120.2ip, 46er) in 23 games (20 starts).  His ERA ranked ninth-best in the Midwest League.  He was selected to the Midwest League All-Star team and was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week for August 23-30.
                
As a starter, Odorizzi went 7-2 with a 3.20 ERA (112.2ip, 40er).  He made three relief appearances, going 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA (8ip, 6er) and one save.  Odorizzi was drafted by the Brewers in the supplemental first round (32nd overall) of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Highland (IL) High School.  He was signed by area scout Harvey Kuenn Jr.
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After no-no, Odorizzi to make one more start

Yes, Brewers pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi admitted, his arm was a bit sore in the days following the most memorable start of his career. 
The 20-year-old Odorizzi threw 117 pitches in eight brilliant innings for Class A Wisconsin on Tuesday and combined with fellow Timber Rattlers right-hander Adrian Rosario on a combined no-hitter, the first by a Brewers Minor League affiliate this season. The pitching duo was invited to Miller Park on Sunday and recognized on the field before the Brewers-Pirates game. 
“It’s been a hectic week,” Odorizzi said. “But worth it.” 
Some Brewers front office officials consider Odorizzi to be Milwaukee’s best pitching prospect. The team drafted him in the supplemental phase of the first round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, one of four pitchers selected by Milwaukee before the end of the second round and the only one having success in 2009. 
In 22 games, 19 starts, Odorizzi is 7-3 with a 3.34 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 116 innings. He’ll make one last start on Tuesday at home against Kane County. 
It will be tough for Odorizzi to top his gem last week in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he matched his career high with 10 strikeouts. A 28-pitch eighth inning, including an 11-pitch battle with the last hitter he faced, put him at 117 pitches for the night and forced a call to the bullpen. 
“I wasn’t happy about coming out until I was told my pitch count, and then I was like, OK, that is a very good reason to come out,” Odorizzi said. “I was told I wasn’t allowed to go over 120 [pitches], and I didn’t think I was going to be able to get three quick [outs on three pitches], so they gave it to Rosario.” 
Rosario, signed out of the Dominican Republic in August 2006, worked a hitless ninth with two strikeouts. 
“It felt so good because they gave me a chance to finish inning No. 9,” Rosario said. “I wasn’t nervous. I knew what was going on.” 
“You get remembered by what you do, and this is a pretty good thing to be remembered by,” Odorizzi said. “It’s something to build off of. When you have this kind of success, you want to go out there and do it every time. It helps you push yourself more, knowing you can do this.” 
He almost did it in April. Odorizzi worked the first five innings on April 16 without allowing a hit, and Damon Krestalude preserved the no-hitter until the ninth inning, when he surrendered a two-out double. 
“This one had a better feeling to it,” Odorizzi said. “Everything worked the whole night. You knew it was going to happen.” 
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Odorizzi pushed past pitch limit

There might have been some drama in Cedar Rapids, Iowa after Brewers pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi preserved his no-hitter through eight innings on Tuesday night, but back at Miller Park there was no doubt about it. 
Odorizzi was absolutely not going back out for the ninth. 
The 20-year-old right-hander was supposed to be on a limit of 105 pitches, but his 28-pitch eighth inning pushed him well over that mark. Word during the game broadcast was that Odorizzi threw a total of 107 pitches, but the official report from the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers’ medical staff was that he threw 117. 
So Odorizzi made way for right-handed reliever Adrian Rosario, who finished the no-hitter and a 3-0 win. Odorizzi watched the final three outs from the top step of the dugout. 
“I was fired up at the moment,” Odorizzi told the Cedar Rapids Gazette. “Wasn’t too happy about it then they told me how many pitches I had. You just have to let it go. Your career is more important than just one game.” 
Lee Tunnell, the Brewers’ Minor League pitching coordinator, was on hand for the game and consulted with Timber Rattlers manager Jeff Isom before pulling the plug on Odorizzi, a supplemental first-round Draft pick in 2008. 
Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said he did not anticipate Odorizzi’s next start being impacted by Tuesday’s longer-than-usual effort. It helps that the Timber Rattlers have been juggling their starting rotation this month, giving Odorizzi seven full days off before each of his past two starts. 
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Timber Rattlers' roster rich with pitchers

arnett.jpgA slew of the Brewers’ top prospects, especially in the pitching department, are set to begin their season just up the road from Miller Park. 

Three of Milwaukee’s first five picks in last year’s Draft — pitchers Eric Arnett (right, foreground) and Kyle Heckathorn and catcher Cameron Garfield — headlined the Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers’ roster unveiled by the Brewers on Monday amid big-league Opening Day festivities. The Timber Rattlers will also feature pitching prospects Jake Odorizzi, Del Howell, Nick Bucci and Maverick Lasker, plus Florida State University quarterback-turned-Brewers outfielder D’Vontrey Richardson. 
The Timber Rattlers are scheduled to play their season opener on Thursday at 6:35 p.m. CT, an off-day for the big league club. Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute, Wis. is about 100 miles north of Miller Park via U.S. Hwy. 41, and tickets are still available on the team’s website.
“You look up and down the roster, and it’s just prospect after prospect,” Rattlers president Rob Zerjav told the Appleton Post-Crescent’s Brett Christopherson. “I’d get the daily [Minor-League Spring Training] box scores from Brewers, and these guys were quite impressive. It seems like they’re the real deal.”
Timber Rattlers manager Jeff Isom told the Post-Crescent that all of the team’s starting pitchers but Arnett would work in tandems to start the season. The day’s starter will get 75-80 pitches to start the season before turning it over to the designated reliever. The next time through the rotation, the pitchers will switch roles. 
Arnett and Heckathorn were a part of the Brewers’ Major League Spring Training camp this year but neither appeared in a Cactus League game. Arnett, a 22-year-old power right-hander and the 26th overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, posted a 4.41 ERA at rookie-level Helena last summer. He struck out a batter an inning (35 strikeouts, 34 2/3 innings) but also issued 21 walks. 
In all, the Timber Rattlers’ roster includes 14 players drafted by the Brewers in 2009. The full roster is available here.
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