2000 - 2009 - Hit Leaders
Here's a list of the top 5 hit seasons for Brewer minor leaguers over the last 10 years:
*179 - Alcides Escobar, 2008 (Huntsville)
**172 - Mat Gamel, 2008 (Huntsville 167/Nashville 5)
163 - Travis Hinton, 2004 (High Desert)
162 - Lorenzo Cain, 2006 (West Virginia)
161 - Vinny Rottino, 2004 (Beloit)
* Escobar also had 2 hits for Milwaukee that season
** Gamel also had 1 hit for Milwaukee that season
One other note, Travis Hinton was sent to the White Sox as a player to be named later for Carlos Lee after the 2004 season. He only played one season for the White Sox before leaving professional baseball.
A little more about the leader, Alcides Escobar
(photo from Yahoo!)
Drafted: Undrafted. Signed as a free agent in 2003 at the age of 16
How Acquired: Signed by Brewers
Years with Brewers: 6
Best Season: 2008 - Hit .328/.363/.434 with 95 R, 76 RBI and 34 SB in AA
Last Professional Season: Escobar is still going strong
Other Notes of Interset: Escobar started at shortstop for the World Team in the Futures game in 2009.
Escobar appeared on several of the Baseball America Milwaukee Brewers top prospect lists including:
As a side note, the best defensive infielder and best infield arm after the 2004 season was JJ Hardy.
148 - Logan Schafer (Brevard County 143/Huntsville 5)
142 - Eric Farris (Brevard County)
139 - Adam Stern (Huntsville 113/Nashville 26)