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The Milwaukee Brewers have announced the recipients of the 2013 Robin Yount Performance Awards, which recognizes the Brewers Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year. Right-handed pitcher Johnny Hellweg was named Minor League Pitcher of the Year and first baseman Jason Rogers was named Minor League Player of the Year.
“We congratulate Johnny and Jason on their great seasons and well-deserved recognition,” said Brewers President of Baseball Operations – General Manager Doug Melvin. “In his first season at the Triple-A level, Johnny showed why he was chosen as the top pitcher in the Pacific Coast League and we’re excited to see him contribute at the Major League level. Jason had a great finish to the season in the Southern League as the league’s top run producer while playing nearly every game this season. This is also a reflection of our player development and scouting staffs as they work hard to provide young players the opportunity to play in Milwaukee.”
Hellweg, 24, spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Nashville and was named the 2013 Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year, going 12-5 with a 3.15 ERA in 23 starts (125.2ip, 44er). He led the PCL in winning percentage (.706) and opponent batting average (.228) and was among the leaders in ERA (2nd) and wins (T2nd, 12). The 6’9” right-hander won 11 of his last 12 decisions with Nashville and was named to the 2013 All-PCL team.
Hellweg made his Major League debut with the Brewers on June 28 at Pittsburgh. He has made four appearances (three starts) with Milwaukee and is currently in his second stint with the Brewers. Additionally, he made one start at Class-A Wisconsin on July 15 and picked up the win in a 6-2 Timber Rattlers victory vs. Lake County. Hellweg was selected as the Brewers Pitcher of the Month for July (4gs, 4-0, 0.75era, 24ip, 2er). The Missouri resident is in his second season as a member of the Brewers organization after being acquired from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last July in the Zack Greinke trade.
Rogers, 25, played the entire season at Double-A Huntsville, where he batted .270 with 22 HR and 87 RBI in 133 games. He led the Southern League in RBI and ranked among the leaders in HR (T2nd), total bases (3rd, 225) and extra-base hits (T4th, 49). Rogers was selected as an All-Star for the second straight season (Midwest League All-Star in 2012).
Rogers earned Brewers Player of the Month honors in July (.338, 24-71, 7hr, 20rbi) and August (.333, 34-102, 5hr, 15rbi). He was drafted by the Brewers in the 32nd round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Columbus State University. This marks the second straight season that a Huntsville first baseman has been named Brewers Player of the Year (Hunter Morris, 2012).
Former winners of the award who are currently on the Brewers include Logan Schafer (2009) and Yovani Gallardo (2006). Other Brewers who have one the award but are not currently on the active roster include Taylor Green (2011), Mat Gamel (2008) and Ryan Braun (2006). Hiram Burgos (2012) and Mike Fiers (2011), who have both spent time on the Brewers roster this season, also each have won the award.
Hellweg and Rogers will be honored prior to the Brewers game on Saturday, September 21 when the Brewers take on St. Louis at Miller Park. In addition to Hellweg and Rogers, Helena Brewers OF Michael Ratterree will also be recognized that night for his 2013 Pioneer League Most Valuable Player Award he recently received.
The Brewers are off today, so with no action on the field at the Major League level, we look to the Brewers minor leagues for some good news. Nashville Sounds RHP Johnny Hellweg was today named to the 2013 All-Pacific Coast League Team. The team consists of three pitchers–a right-handed starter, a left-handed starter and a reliever.
The 24-year-old is 11-5 with a 3.16 ERA (42er/119.2ip) in 22 starts for the Sounds this season. He ranks 2nd in the PCL in ERA and is tied for 2nd in wins, while leading the circuit in winning percentage (.688) and opponents average (.226).
Hellweg has gone 10-1 in his last 15 starts for the Sounds after opening the campaign by recording only one victory in his first seven outings.
The fireballer also struck out 84 batters on the year while leading the league with 79 walks issued and 13 hit batters. The Missouri native — who was acquired by the Brewers along with Brewers All-Star shortstop Jean Segura in last season’s Zack Greinke trade with the Los Angeles Angels — has posted a team-best 11 quality starts, including eight victories in a row from May 31 through July 30, and worked 24.0 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run during a four-start stretch in June and July.
Hellweg made his Major League debut for Milwaukee during a four-game stint in late June and early July (0-3, 10.97) and was named the Brewers’ Minor League Pitcher of the Month in July. The All-PCL squad is selected annually through voting by the league’s managers and media representatives.
Hellweg is the first Sound to be recognized on the All-PCL team since 2011, when third baseman Taylor Green was elected, and the first Nashville hurler chosen since R.A. Dickey and Adam Pettyjohn were both honored in 2007.
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In what was one of the biggest trades in Major League Baseball during the 2012 regular season, the Brewers acquired RHP Johnny Hellweg from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The 6 foot, 9 inch pitcher is known for his fastball, but one can’t ignore his height. It is hard to believe that Hellweg was only 6-5 when drafted by the Angels in 2008.
“I had a growth spurt after being drafted and that kind of disrupted my delivery for a bit,” Hellweg said. “There would be mornings I would get up and the ground would seem farther away, there were a lot of weird things like that. But I have grown into my body now and I’m used to it. I have a consistent release point, I’m starting to get there and I’m able to repeat my delivery better now that I have stopped growing.”
Hellweg started the season as a starter for Double-A Arkansas of the Texas League. There, he went 5-10 with a 3.38 ERA in 21 starts. After the July 27 trade that sent him to the Brewers organization, Hellweg joined the Huntsville Stars. The Brewers showed concern about his innings and shut him down after two starts and five relief appearances. Over seven appearances with the Stars, Hellweg was 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA.
“Hellweg has been lighting up the gun pretty good (in Arizona),” Brewers President – Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin said. “He has a good head on his shoulders. It took him some time to get used to his height, but now he knows where he is at and he has been throwing very well.”
Melvin also added that it has been good to see Hellweg pitch out of the bullpen while at the Fall League, a role he is adjusting to, but enjoys since his fastball is one of his best pitches. During the Rising Stars Game on Saturday, Hellweg hit 99 miles per hour on a few of his pitches and says he can turn it up to triple digits if needed.
“I throw a lot of fastballs and have a good breaking ball and have been working on my changeup too,” Hellweg said. “I like to challenge with my fastball. I know I have a pretty good fastball, which is what I have to keep telling myself. Sometimes a lot of pitchers give hitters a lot of credit, but hitting is hard and it is a lot harder to hit when pitches are coming in really fast. I have to remember that and keep firing them in there.”
Hellweg is 0-0 with a 2.00 ERA (9ip/2er) in six appearances out of the bullpen. He has held batters to a .233 average (7-for-30).
“I’m really down here just trying to work on maintaining a consistent delivery,” Hellweg said. “I feel really good with it right now. I’ve been taking notes, jotting a few things down and keep it fresh for spring. Just throwing strikes and knowing what I need to do to continue to throw strikes and place the ball.”
No matter where Hellweg ends up the 2013 season—Double-A, Triple-A, bullpen or starting role—he is excited to have an opportunity here at the Fall League and excited about the Brewers organization.
“Doug and Gord Ash have been great, I’m excited to be a Brewer, it is a great organization,” Hellweg said. “I look forward to getting to Milwaukee and I am going to continue to work hard to get there. I’m a Midwest boy so I’m happy to be a part of the organization.”