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Jeffress Wows the Crowd At AFL Rising Stars Game

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The fifth annual Arizona Fall League Rising Stars was played last night at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Ariz.  The Brewers had three representatives in the game.  OF Caleb Gindl, who started in left field and batted second and RHP Jeremy Jeffress will pitch out of the bullpen for the West squad.  Mike Guerrero, who is managing the Surprise Rafters and is the manager of Double-A Huntsville, managed the West team.

After the West tied the game at 2-2 in the third, neither team scored until a walk off home run by Leslie Anderson.

The home run dazzled the crowd, but it was Jeffress who drew what were perhaps the loudest cheers of the night.  The crowd rose to its feet and cheered his final pitch of the inning to strike out Brandon Laird that read 101 mph on the stadium scoreboard.  Earlier in the at bat, the scoreboard read 99 and “00″ for 100.

asgjeffress.jpgJeffress pitches during last night’s AFL Rising Stars game in Surprise, Ariz.

“I don’t know if I had ever received an ovation like that,” said Jeffress. “The home run was a bigger deal than me hitting 100 tonight.  That won us the game which is the most important thing.  I was just trying to get the outs, hit my spots and I really let it go.  I guess it’s the All-Star game and everyone is watching, so why not?”

Jeffress pitched one inning, struck out two, walked one and allowed one hit.  Gindl finished the night 0-for-4.

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Gindl at bat in last night’s AFL Rising Stars Game in Surprise, Ariz.

A showcase game that features the top talent here in Arizona, 4,749 fans and scouts from every Major League team were in attendance.  The game was broadcast on the MLB Network and on mlb.com.

Guerrero was excited for the opportunity to manage the West team.

“It is exciting to be here with all these future stars,” said Guerrero.  “This is such a special league and to be a part of this game is an honor.  It was nice to see Jeremy show everyone what he has.  He has a bright future in the Brewers organization.”

Gindl is currently hitting .298 (14-for-47) with two home runs and six RBI in 13 games.  He also has four doubles and one triple in Fall League play.  Jeffress has allowed only one earned run in 9.1 innings pitched in Fall League play this year.  His 0.96 ERA ranks fourth among pitchers in the AFL.  Today was a scheduled off day for the AFL.

The teams were selected by scouting and minor-league directors from every Major League organization, in consultation with Fall League Director Steve Cobb and his staff.  Twenty-eight of the 50 players who appeared in last year’s Rising Stars Game played in the Major Leagues in 2010.

I’m currently at Sky Harbor International Airport about to board my flight back to Milwaukee.  I’m trying to soak in the last couple minutes of sunshine before returning to Milwaukee and the beginning of winter.  I have a couple of stories I will continue to post throughout the week regarding the Arizona Fall League.  Also, please continue to send us your questions for Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin regarding the Brewers Minor League system.  I can’t wait until I return to Phoenix for Spring Training!
 

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

 

 

Day One in Arizona: It’s a Tie!

For some reason, I found it funny that the first game I saw here in Arizona finished in a tie.  I know it is all about seeing players get work and the prospects working on mechanics, but ties are for soccer (and no, I’m not trying to offend any soccer fans out there, I do enjoy soccer)! 

 
Arizona Fall League rules state that if the teams are tied after 11 innings of play, the game will go down in the books as “suspended.”  The game will not be made up, but all of the stats will count.  Today’s game between Surprise and Phoenix ended in a 2-2 tie.  Brewers pitcher Jeremy Jeffress, who earlier in the day was named to the Rising Stars game, pitched two scoreless innings and got out of two jams to keep the game tied.

Jeffress saw his ERA dip to 0.96 today as he struck out two.  In the tenth and eleventh innings, he had runners in scoring position with only one out and was able to end both innings without allowing a run to score.

“The Fall League is great,” Jeffress said after the game.  “It’s really a great experience for all of the players.  You get to battle down here; today’s game was really a battle there at the end.  I was happy to pitch in a tough situation like that.  It’s those kinds of situations that will really make me a better pitcher.  I really love it here.”

Jeffress talked about the importance of his time here in Arizona.

“It’s been going good (in Arizona),” Jeffress said.  “I’m just here to get some innings in and work on some pitches and different pitches in different situations.  I’m really trying to get my changeup back to where it can be effective, I’m not really sure where I will be next year, but I want to have that just to be sure.  It’s a good pitch to have and will help me out.”

Although he has only pitched 9.1 innings in the Arizona Fall League, Jeffress has pitched for Class-A Wisconsin, Class-A Brevard County, Double-A Huntsville and the Brewers, making for a long season–especially after missing most of the 2009 season.

“I’m a little fatigued, but it is good to work through all of this,” Jeffress said.  “I went straight from Milwaukee to here, but it has been good.  It was good to just stay in the flow of things.  I need this work to help me develop into what I want to become as a player.”

JAMES WAIVER CLAIM:  Brewers Vice President–Assistant General Manager Gord Ash called me this afternoon to alert me to a Brewers waiver claim, RHP Justin James from Oakland.  I looked him up and learned that he was playing in the Fall League this year representing the A’s, ironically, he was at today’s Surprise-Phoenix game as a member of the Desert Dogs.  I caught up with him after the game to hear his thoughts on becoming the newest Milwaukee Brewer.

“I found out about the claim just before today’s game,” James said.  “When I found out, you know you don’t have control over that stuff, you just want to compete.  Being here in the Fall League really opens up a lot of other doors for you as a player and for many people to see you.  There are a large number of scouts at every game watching everyone.” 

James has bounced around throughout his career between the Reds, Blue Jays and A’s organizations as well as a stint in 2009 in the Independent Northern League with Kansas City.  He made his Major League debut this season with the A’s.

“If I’m not pitching for Oakland or another organization, I might as well be pitching for the Brewers.  I really am looking forward to being with Milwaukee and I think I can help the organization win.  I want to finish up strong here in Arizona with the Fall League, do what I did last year and come back ready to go in Spring Training.”

In the Fall League this season, James has made six relief appearances of one inning each and has a 4.50 ERA.

“It’s been going well here in Arizona,” James said.  “Numbers-wise it might not be the best, but I’m learning a lot and competing.  I’m throwing my change up a little bit more because that needs to be a little more polished.  I’m just trying to throw strikes more consistently.”

James will remain a member of the Phoenix Desert Dogs for the final two weeks of the Arizona Fall League but will don a Brewers uniform the rest of the way.

TUESDAY WRAP UP
Score
: Rafters 2, Desert Dogs 2
Weather: Sunny, 86 degrees
Tomorrow: Scottsdale at Surprise, 2:35 p.m. CT
Brewers In the Box Score: RHP Mike McClendon pitched 2.0 innings and allowed one unearned run on two hits, he also had one walk…..RHP Jeremy Jeffress pitched 2.0 scoreless innings and allowed one walk and struck out two…..OF Caleb Gindl entered the game in the 12th inning in left field, but did not have an at bat.
On the Other Team: Desert Dogs CF Trayvon Robinson had a beautiful diving catch in the sixth inning….Robinson is a prospect in the Dodgers organization.
Arizona Fall League Brewers History Note: Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy had a key hit in the bottom of the eighth inning that helped his team, the Peoria Javelinas, win the 2009 Arizona Fall League Championship.
Fall Fodder: There were no Brewers in today’s starting lineups for the Rafters…..INF Eric Farris entered today ranked third in the league in batting as he is hitting at a .413 clip (19-for-46).

PHOTOS FROM TODAY

 

 

farris.jpgInfielder Eric Farris takes infield practice prior to today’s game.

 

morris.jpgHunter Morris, a Brewers 2010 Draft Pick, takes groundballs at third base, a new position for him.

 

schafer.jpgLogan Schafer signs autographs before today’s game.
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Mike McClendon (top) and Jeremy Jeffress (bottom) pitch in today’s game for Surprise.

 

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

Jeffress and Gindl Set to Play in AFL Rising Stars Game

I made it here safe and sound (thanks to Frontier Airlines for what was probably the fastest flight ever between Milwaukee and Phoenix) after an early morning flight and headed straight to Phoenix Municipal Stadium for today’s game between the Surprise Rafters and Phoenix Desert Dogs.

The big news today from Arizona Fall League was the announcement of the teams for Saturday’s “Rising Stars” game.  Named to the team were Brewers RHP Jeremy Jeffress and OF Caleb Gindl.  Jeffress currently owns a 1.23 ERA (7.1ip/1er) in six relief appearances this fall.

 



Jeffress02.jpg“For Jeffress, we all know his repertoire,” said Mike Guerrero, manager of the Surprise Rafters and the Brewers Double-A affiliate Huntsville Stars.  “He has a Major League fastball and a Major League breaking ball and he has been working on his changeup which has a lot of promise.”

 
He is holding hitters to a .179 batting average (5-for-28) this fall.

 
“He is working with a good tempo throughout the fall,” Guerrero added.  “He needs to keep learning and specifically keep learning how the hitters play at this level.  He has the ability to do that and he has shown so far that he can do that.”

 
Gindl02.jpgGindl is tied for the team lead in hits with 13 and is hitting .325 (13-for-40) with five home runs and 23 RBI.

“Gindl is a quality guy, a guy who will give you great at bats,” said Guerrero.  “He can really swing the bat and be productive.  He has shown he is a good doubles hitter.  He is a plus defender with a plus arm. 

Both he and Jeffress have really stepped it up a notch during the fall and are deserving of their All-Star nomination.  I’m very happy for them, but for the most part, any one of the players representing the Brewers could have been selected.  They have shown strong numbers, but at the same time have showed us that they are ready to compete at a high level every day.”

Saturday’s Rising Stars game will be broadcast live on MLBTV at 8 p.m. Milwaukee time.  Former Brewers television play-by-play announcer Daron Suton will call the action.

Today’s game is just underway under clear skies in Phoenix.  The atmosphere is unique, relaxed like a Spring Training game, but without the same buzz.  Behind home plate sit around 25 scouts (more than I have ever seen for any Spring Training or Regular Season game).  There are around 200 fans here, more than I expected, but obviously not as many as a Spring Training game.  It is a cozy group, but a group that you can tell is interested in seeing the future stars of Major League Baseball.  You can follow today’s game via Gameday at www.mlbfallball.com.  

I will have a wrap up of the day later this afternoon.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

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