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The Brewers signed a player development contract extension with rookie-level Helena on Tuesday that runs through 2012. In May, they signed a similar deal with advanced Class A Brevard County that covers the same years. The Brewers are already under contract with “low” Class A Wisconsin through 2012.
Bunch of happenings down on the farm tonight:
– Manny Parra took a tough loss in his second Triple-A start. He didn’t allow a run until the seventh inning in Albuquerque, and retired Manny Ramirez in both of the slugger’s plate appearances, but was on the wrong end of the decision in the Sounds’ 1-0 loss to the Isotopes. Parra threw 59 of his 93 pitches for strikes and allowed a run on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts. The lone run scored on a two-out single off Parra.
– Rookie-level Helena played their season-opener tonight behind Nick Bucci, who allowed only one run on three hits in five good innings with four strikeouts and — follow his lead, kids — no walks.
– A couple of 2009 Draft picks were enjoying big professional debuts as of this writing. Second-rounder Cameron Garfield started his career with hits in his first five at-bats, and three RBIs. Nineteenth rounder Scott Krieger hit a three-run homer. Thirty-second rounder Chris Ellington was a double shy of the cycle, scored three runs and drove in a pair.
– Eric Arnett, Milwaukee’s first-round Draft pick earlier this month, will make his pro debut on Wednesday night. He’s wearing uniform No. 95, according to his Twitter feed. “Dont think ill be keeping that one forever,” Arnett wrote.
– Right-hander R.J. Seidel is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with the rookie-level Arizona Brewers on Wednesday. Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told us in April that Seidel was out for the year after “tearing up” his knee when he slipped on some ice over the winter, but perhaps that assessment has changed. Seidel is a Wisconsin native drafted in the 16th round by the Brewers in 2006.
[Jeez, did I botch these before… Hopefully, it’s cleaned up now. Thanks for the messages.]
I know some of you have been asking about it, so here are the Opening Day rosters for Double-A Huntsville and advanced Class A Brevard County. (The Triple-A Nashville and Class A Wisconsin rosters are already available online: here and here.)
Huntsville Stars (open Thursday vs. Mobile)
Pitchers: Left-handers Casey Baron, Chris Cody, Bobby Bramhall, David Welch and Derrick Ellison and right-handers Jeremy Jeffress, Mark Holliman, Donovan Hand, Robert Hinton, Michael McClendon, Juan Sandoval and Josh Wahpepah.
Catchers: JR Hopf and Jonathan Lucroy.
Infielders: Chris Errecart, Shane Justis, Yohannis Perez, John Raburn and Vinny Rottino.
Outfielders Chuckie Caufield, Charlie Fermaint, Freddy Parejo and Adam Stern.
Disabled list: Pitchers Omar Aguilar, Alex Periard and Brae Wright, infielder Michael Garciaparra and outfielder Lorenzo Cain.
[To answer battlekow’s question, I don’t know exactly what the timetable is for Cain, but he did remain in extended Spring Training in Phoenix to rehab. That seems to me like a sign it could be a few weeks.]
Brevard County Manatees (open Thursday vs. Daytona)
Pitchers: Left-handers Lucas Luetge, Rafael Lluberes and Michael Ramlow and right-handers Rigoberto Almonte, Evan Anundsen, John Axford, Josh Butler, Mike Jones, Brandon Rapoza, Amaury Rivas, Mark Rogers, Roque Mercedes, Mark Willinsky and Robert Wooten.
Catchers: Anderson De La Rosa, Martin Maldonado and Brett Whiteside.
Infielders: Brent Brewer, Eric Farris, Sergio Miranda, Steffan Wilson and Zelous Wheeler.
Outfielders: Cole Gillespie, Caleb Gindl, Lee Haydel and Logan Schafer.
Disabled list: Left-hander Zach Braddock.
A couple of Minor League notes, courtesy of Brewers GM Doug Melvin:
–The team gave oft-injured former No. 1 pick Mike Jones the option of
starting another year at Class A Brevard County or taking his release,
and he wanted to keep pitching. Jones, the 12th overall pick in the 2001 Draft, will turn 26 on April 23 and has been dogged throughout his pro career by shoulder and elbow injuries. Fellow star-crossed former first-round
pick Mark Rogers should also begin the year at Brevard County.
— Club officials had considered assigning Wisconsin native Vinny Rottino to Double-A Huntsville so he could play third base every day, but they thought it might upset him. They were happy when Rottino brought up the idea himself.
— Playing time at Huntsville opened up for Rottino because prospect Taylor Green is “taking longer than we thought” to return from offseason wrist surgery, Melvin said. The Brewers don’t expect him back until June, and Green may be asked to return to the Arizona Fall League at the end of the season.
— Another Wisconsin native, right-handed pitcher R.J. Seidel, is out for the year with a knee injury. He slipped on some ice during the winter and “tore up” his knee, Melvin said, and underwent surgery. Fellow pitching prospects Zach Braddock and Alex Periard will also miss the start of the season with injuries. Periard was sidelined all spring by a sore right shoulder, but Melvin was not sure of the nature of the left-hander Braddock’s injury, but he did have offseason surgery. Both Braddock and Periard should be able to pitch in 2009.