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Brewers Sign 40th Overall Selection Nathan Kirby

Yesterday, we announced the signing of our Competitive Balance Round A selection, left-handed pitcher Nathan Kirby. The 40th overall pick was selected with the Brewers’ second pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Virginia. The announcement was made by Vice President of Amateur Scouting/Special Assistant to the General Manager Ray Montgomery.

Kirby, 21, recently completed his junior year at Virginia, where he helped lead the team to their first-ever NCAA Division I title. The lefty went 5-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 12 games (11 starts).  He produced 81 strikeouts in 64.0 innings pitched and held opponents to a .236 batting average.  Kirby earned a two-inning save, striking out five batters, on June 25 to clinch Virginia’s first championship in school history.
The Midlothian, Virginia, native was scouted by area scout Dan Nellum and will begin his professional career with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
In addition, the Brewers also announced the signings of C Max McDowell (13th Round – University of Connecticut), RHP Michael Petersen (17th round – Riverside Community College) and RHP Jordan Desguin (36th round – Florida Gulf Coast University).
The Brewers have signed their top 22 selections from the 2015 First-Year Player Draft and have signed a total of 38 players (31 drafted and 7 non-drafted).


The Milwaukee Brewers have announced that Miller Park will once again play host to a Midwest League game.  On Friday, June 19, at 7:10 p.m., the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Class-A affiliate of Milwaukee, and the Beloit Snappers, Class-A affiliate of Oakland, will square off at the home of the Brewers.

Ticket prices are set at $10 for Field Diamond Box seats and $5 for all other seat locations. Parking will be $5. Tickets are on sale beginning today at 9am CT and can be purchased by visiting the Miller Park Box Office, online at, or by calling the Brewers Ticket Office at (414) 902-4000.


“The annual game at Miller Park is a great showcase of the prospects with the Timber Rattlers and always a day our fans and players look forward to,” said Timber Rattlers President Rob Zerjav, “As an organization, we appreciate this opportunity the Brewers provide and we thank the Beloit Snappers for their willingness to relocate one of their home games to Miller Park.”

The game will once again be a home game for Beloit, with Wisconsin as the visiting team.

“The Beloit Snappers are pleased to return to Milwaukee to play our in-state rival, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, once again,” said Dennis Conerton, President of the Beloit Snappers. “Last year was an exciting experience for our fans and our players. It is a great opportunity to showcase our Major League players of tomorrow in a beautiful big league stadium like Miller Park.”

This will mark the fourth time that these two teams will face off at Miller Park. It is the eighth time in team history that the Timber Rattlers will play a game at Miller Park and the fourth for the Snappers.  Last season, the Timber Rattlers fell to the Snappers 4-2 and Beloit is 3-0 all-time against Wisconsin at Miller Park.  The Timber Rattlers own a 3-4 lifetime record at the current home of the Brewers.

Games in year’s past have featured future Brewers players such as Prince Fielder, Tony Gwynn, Manny Parra, and Rickie Weeks. Other current Brewers who have played in Minor League games at Miller Park include Khris Davis, Scooter Gennett, Jim Henderson and Wily Peralta.


The Milwaukee Brewers have announced a four-year player development contract extension with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Midwest League through the 2020 season. The announcement was made jointly by Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin and Timber Rattlers President Rob Zerjav.

“We thoroughly enjoy the professional working relationship that President Rob Zerjav and the Timber Rattlers provide to the Milwaukee Brewers,” said Melvin. “This long-term relationship continues to show the trust and confidence that we have in working together as we continue to develop future Major League players.”

The 2015 season will mark the seventh season of affiliation between the Brewers and Timber Rattlers. The partnership officially began on October 1, 2008 as part of a four-year agreement. The organizations announced a four-year extension through the 2016 season on June 29, 2011.

This past season, the Timber Rattlers went 72-67 during the regular season and qualified for the postseason after clinching a second-half Wild Card berth in the Midwest League’s Western Division. It marked Wisconsin’s second postseason appearance over the past three seasons (also 2012 when they won the Midwest League championship).

“Our relationship with the entire Brewers organization has been a special one for the Timber Rattlers, for the local business community in the Fox Valley and, most importantly, for our fans,” said Zerjav. “The Brewers provided us the team that brought home the first Midwest League championship in Timber Rattlers history and it has been great to see the success of former Rattlers now making an impact at the big league level in Milwaukee. We look forward to many more years of this great partnership both on and off the field.”

The Timber Rattlers play their home games at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Timber Rattlers Make Annual Visit to Miller Park Friday

The Brewers will kick off a road trip in St. Louis on Friday, but there will still be some action at Miller Park that night.  The Brewers’ Class-A affiliate, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and the Dayton Dragons, an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, will square off in a Midwest League Matchup set for a 7:05 p.m. start.

Every ticket will sell for just $10 (all seats reserved) and are on sale at, the Miller Park Box Office or by calling the Brewers Ticket Office at (414) 902-4000 or 1-800-933-7890.  Parking for all lots is $9.  Did I mention $1 hot dogs and sodas as well?!

The Timber Rattlers play just up the road from Miller Park in Appleton, Wis. at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  Wisconsin is 10-9 and tied for second place in the division.  The Timber Rattlers are led by Appleton native Matt Erickson who played 11 professional seasons and made his Major League debut with the Brewers in 2004.

The scheduled  starting pitcher for Wisconsin on Friday is RHP Drew Gagnon (gan-yo), who owns a 0.89 ERA (20.1ip, 2er)–the second lowest ERA in the Brewers Minor League system this season.  Gagnon was the Brewers third round draft pick last summer from Long Beach State University.  He pitched with Rookie Helena last season.

Ken Spindler, Brewers Media Relations Coordinator and my neighbor in the Media Relations Press Box offices, is our “Minor League Guru.”  Spindler puts together a daily Minor League Report for media and the front office.  In preparation of Friday’s game, I am posting today’s edition here for you all to enjoy.

Minor League Report – April 25

I will post the Minor League Report for you to all read here on a weekly basis.  it is full of Minor League stats and notes from every Brewers affiliate.  Until then, enjoy watching the future members of the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday at the current home of the Milwaukee Brewers.



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