Brewers Final Report





Best Player: Third baseman Taylor Green won the organization's minor league player of the year award in 2007 when he played at low Class A West Virginia. Then he had wrist surgery prior to the '09 season and endured two lost years. The 24-year-old bounced back in a big way this season at Triple-A Nashville, earning his first trip to the big leagues in late August.

Green hit .336/.413/.583 with 22 home runs and 36 doubles in 420 at-bats for the Sounds. Green has re-established himself as a prospect and might receive a serious look next spring.

Best Pitcher: Righthander Wily Peralta began meeting the Brewers' high expectations this season, emerging as the organization's top pitching prospect. The 22-year-old began the season at Double-A Huntsville, going 9-7, 3.46 while striking out 117 in 120 innings.

Peralta pitched even better after a promotion to Nashville. In five starts for the Sounds, the Dominican Republic native went 2-0, 2.03, allowing just 21 hits in 31 innings and compiling 40 strikeouts. He held Pacific Coast League opponents to a .185 average. Peralta has the weapons for success: a low-90s fastball that touches 96 mph, a swing-and-miss slider and a deceptive changeup that keeps hitters off his heater.

Keep An Eye On: Mike Fiers, a 26-year-old righthander, began the season in the Huntsville bullpen before moving to the rotation on May 27. He pitched well enough in eight starts to receive a bump to Triple-A, where he went 8-0, 1.11 with 69 strikeouts and 22 walks in 65 innings. That strong finish enabled Fiers to come from behind to win the minor league ERA title at 1.86, narrowly edging out Rays lefty Matt Moore.

In 18 starts on the year, Fiers went 11-2, 1.43 with strong peripherals—111 whiffs in 107 innings and a .170 opponent average. He may not overpower batters, but the 2009 22nd-rounder from Nova Southeastern (Fla.) works both sides of the plate and usually displays sharp command.

MICROBREWS

• Milwaukee traded Nashville lefty reliever Danny Ray Herrera and low Class A righthander Adrian Rosario to the Mets to complete the July 12 trade for Francisco Rodriguez.

• High Class A Brevard County second baseman Scooter Gennett made the Florida State League's postseason all-star team as a utility infielder.