Thornburg, Burgos Shine Bright For Brewers
Righthander Tyler Thornburg
was one of the top pitchers in the Southern League in the first half of the season, posting an 8-1, 3.00 record with 71 strikeouts and just 57 hits allowed in 75 innings for Double-A Huntsville. Opponents batted .212 against Thornburg, who touches 96 mph with his fastball and mixes in an effective curveball and deceptive changeup.
The Brewers promoted Thornburg, 23, to Triple-A Nashville at the all-star break, but he made a stop in Milwaukee first as a fill-in starter for injured Shaun Marcum. It was one-and-done for the 2010 third-round pick out of Charleston Southern, who yielded five earned runs in five innings against the Blue Jays.
Biggest Leap Forward:
A sixth-round selection in the 2009 draft out of Puerto Rico, righthander Hiram Burgos
was nothing to write home about last year at high Class A Brevard County, going 6-8, 4.89 in 24 games (22 starts) with 80 strikeouts and 35 walks in 120 innings. It all clicked for Burgos in a repeat trip to Brevard County this season. The 24-year-old went 2-1, 0.87 in seven outings (six starts), allowing only 21 hits in 41 innings with six walks and 41 strikeouts. That showing earned Burgos a promotion to Huntsville, where he continued to perform well, going 1-1, 2.11 in 55 innings.
Righthander Wily Peralta
, 23, entered the season as the Brewers' top-rated prospect but has not pitched like it. During one four-game stretch, he was tagged for 32 hits and 25 earned runs in 15 innings, with 13 walks and nine strikeouts. Facing command and confidence issues, Peralta was 3-8, 5.94 overall with 67 strikeouts and 48 walks in 77 innings. He seemed to be coming around in June after making three straight quality starts, but then failed to get out of the first inning after yielding four runs on four hits against Oklahoma City. Had Peralta lived up to expectations, he would have gotten called up by the Brewers in late May to fill a rotation spot. Instead, Mike Fiers got the call. The good news was that Peralta was not experiencing any physical problems
• Outfielder Lance Roenicke, a 25th-round draft pick out of UC Santa Barbara, was promoted from Rookie-level Helena to low Class A Wisconsin after going 7-for-13 (.538) with five RBIs in three games. Roenicke is the son of Brewers manager Ron Roenicke.
• Infielder Scooter Gennett, who was leading the Double-A Southern League in hits at the break, was selected to be the Brewers' lone representative in the Futures Game in Kansas City.