Schafer Retakes Center Stage On Brewers Farm





MILWAUKEE—The Brewers surrendered Double-A Huntsville center fielder Erik Komatsu at the trade deadline to acquire utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr. from the Nationals.

What would compel the organization to part with its 2010 minor league player of the year? Simple: The return to form of '09 player of the year Logan Schafer.

"We think (Schafer will) be a big league center fielder," general manager Doug Melvin said. "He just needs to stay healthy."

Granted, that has been an issue for the 24-year-old Schafer, a third-round pick in 2008 out of Cal Poly.

He played in just seven games for high Class A Brevard County in 2010 after a groin strain in spring training that eventually morphed into a sports hernia. Shortly after returning to action, Schafer fouled a pitch off his right foot and broke a bone, ending his season.

The injury bug bit Schafer again this spring. He broke his thumb making a headfirst slide into second base, and he missed nearly two months before reporting to Huntsville.

Schafer quickly played his way back into game shape with the Stars, batting .302/.368/.392 in 50 games. Up he went to Triple-A Nashville, where he went 32-for-78 (.410) with 10 extra-base hits, seven walks, 16 RBIs and 16 runs.

"We sent Schafer to Triple-A and he really started hitting," Melvin said. "He's a good player. His defense is so good—he just needs the at-bats. He has missed some time with injuries, but he's a good athlete."

Melvin said the Brewers might send Schafer to winter ball to accumulate even more at-bats to make up for his lost time.

MICROBREWS

• After taking a couple of seasons to fully recover from wrist surgery, Nashville third baseman Taylor Green had found his stroke, batting .332/.414/.586 with 20 homers and 31 doubles through 365 at-bats.

• Huntsville righthander Wily Peralta picked up the pace in the second half, going 4-1, 2.20 through eight starts while striking out 42 in 49 innings. He ranked sixth in the Southern League ERA race at 3.46 and third with 117 strikeouts.