No-Hitter Cements Odorizzi's Status As Brewers' Best





Best Player: The sum of second baseman Brett Lawrie's production in the Double-A Southern League earns him the nod. At 20 years old, he was one of the youngest position players in the league, but he sure didn't play like it.

In 554 at-bats for Huntsville, the Brewers' 2008 first-round pick batted .285/.346/.451 with 36 doubles, 16 triples and eight home runs. Batting leadoff for most of the season, Lawrie stole 30 bases in 43 attempts.

He committed 22 errors but showed notable progress in the field. The Brewers kept Lawrie on the baseball Autobahn by assigning him to the Arizona Fall League.

Best Pitcher: In his next-to-last start of the season with low Class A Wisconsin, righthander Jake Odorizzi completed the first eight innings of a combined no-hitter against Cedar Rapids. It was a fitting end to a breakthrough season.

A supplemental first-round pick in 2008, the 20-year-old Odorizzi went 7-3, 3.43 in 23 games. Over 121 innings, he allowed just 99 hits and 40 walks while logging 135 strikeouts. Opponents batted a mere .220 against him.

The Brewers will not rush Odorizzi, but he could force the issue if he continues to pitch like this, especially seeing as he has a well-honed repertoire that guarantees he can stay in a starting role.

Keep An Eye On: Signed out of the independent American Association in July 2009, righthander Brandon Kintzler earned recognition with a stunning 20-game showing as closer for Huntsville. He converted all 10 save opportunities while striking out 23 batters in 22 innings and allowing just 11 hits.

The 26-year-old Kintzler did not slow with a promotion to Triple-A Nashville. In 42 games total at the two levels, he went 4-0, 1.47 and notched 44 strikeouts, seven walks and 30 hits allowed in 49 innings.

Though Kintzler is not big in stature (6-foot-1, 180 pounds), he throws in the low 90s with sink and keeps hitters off balance with a quality slider.

MICROBREWS

• The Brewers called up Huntsville righthander Jeremy Jeffress, their 2006 first-round pick, when rosters expanded on Sept. 1. He contributed a scoreless inning of relief in three of his first four big league appearances. Jeffress began the year on a 100-game suspension for testing positive for marijuana.

Tony Diggs earned manager of the year honors in the Rookie-level Arizona League after his club defeated the Reds 10-8 for the league championship.