Its the final week of the minor league season and it was a shortened week at that. As such, we'll have a shortened Review.
Nashville (AAA): The Sounds finished their season on Monday and went 2-2 over their final four games, all against the New Orleans Zephyrs (FLA). They finished their season with an overall record of 77-67, five games back of the Memphis Redbirds and last place in the PCL American North Division. In addition to finishing their season, the Sounds are now done representing the Brewers. Next year they will be the AAA affiliate of the Astros. I now regret buying that Nashville Sounds hat a few months ago.
Huntsville (AA): The Stars played five games over their last four days, all against the Mobile Bay Bears (ARI), and only managed to win two. They finished with a second half record of 34-36, second place in the Southern League North Division and 10 gamed back of the first place Tennessee Smokies (CHC). The Stars may also have played their last game as a Brewers affiliate, although nothing seems quite as set-in-stone as the move out of Nashville. But I'd bet my Huntsville Stars hat that the Brewers do find a new home for their AA team.
Brevard Co (A+): The Manatees finished their season on Sunday and took two of their final three games against the Clearwater Threshers (PHI). They finished their second half with a record of 37-33, third place in the FSL North Division and 6.5 games back of the Tampa Yankees.
Wisconsin (A): The Rattlers finished up their season by losing three of the final four games. The lost the finale in their series against the Quad Cities River Bandits (SLT) and lost two of three to the Kane County Kernels (LAA). The only game that they won was the final one of the season, so at least they are finishing on a high note. With a second half record of 32-38 the Rattlers will finish second last in the Midwest League Western Division, 11.5 games back of first place Quad Cities.
Helena (R+): Helena is the only affiliate that has been playing all week, finishing 3-3 overall. They won the finale in their series against the Great Falls Voyagers (CHW) and then split two quick two game series with the Misoula Osprey and Great Falls again, before once again facing Missoula. The Brewers still have a couple more games left to play,so hopefully they have a little gas left in the tank. They'll finish their second half with a record of 22-15, second place in the Pioneer League North Division.
Since the week was too short for any player to really have a good week or a bad week, I've decided to switch things up for the final Review. Rather than do the normal Five Up and Five Down section, I'll just highlight a few of the more notable performances of the week.
- Eric Farris had 5 hits over his last four games including his second home run of the season.
- Brendan Katin had two hits each in his final two games and a homer in each of those games to finish with a tied-for-team-high 26.
- Tim Dillard pitched 7 innings and allowed only two runs against Zephyrs. In his final four starts he pitched at least seven innings and did not allow more than 2 runs in any of them.
- Lee Haydel finished his season with a 7-game hitting streak.
- Catcher Patrick Arlis pitched a scoreless inning for the Stars.
- Juan Sanchez, who spent most of the season wallowing in relative obscurity, also finished his season with a 7-game hitting streak.
- Khris Davis homered on Sunday, his 22nd of the year, setting a new Timber Rattlers franchise record.
- Chris Dennis homered in two of his final three games.
- Nick Bucci's final start of the season was an inspiring 7 inning 0 ER performance. He held the Kernels to only 2 H and 3 BB.
- Tyler Cravy threw 7.1 shut-out innings against Great Falls, holding the Voyagers to only 3 H and 2 BB while striking out 9.
No need to mention the down performances of the week, because that's just not fun.
Well, the 2010 minor league season is now over (for the most part). I might be in the minority here, but I certainly am going to miss following the daily progress of out prospects. That's about as depressing as the end of the major league season. But now, its onward to the AFL!