We’re a little over a week into the new season so that means it’s time for our first Farm Progress Report of 2017. Several players have gotten off to fast starts either at the plate or on the mound. As always, keep in mind this is a very small sample size and meant to be a snapshot of who’s been performing well recently, so with that in mind, here’s a look at the Brewers top organizational performers through the first week plus of the season.
Garrett Cooper (Colorado Springs) – The 26-year-old Cooper has hit safely in each of his first seven games for the Sky Sox, including a four hit performance on Thursday night that included his first home run of the year. In 30 plate appearances, Cooper has posted a line of .429/.484/.714 with an OPS of 1.198 with half of his hits going for extra bases.
Corbin Burnes (Carolina) – Milwaukee’s fourth round pick last season, Burnes got the Opening Day nod for Carolina and has turned in a pair of solid starts for the Mudcats, allowing just one earned run over 11 innings of work. He’s struck out nine while issuing just two walks and has held opposing hitters to a .162 average.
Angel Ortega (Biloxi) – The 23-year-old Ortega is slashing .375/.474/.625 through his first six games for the Shuckers, posting an OPS of 1.099. He went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs in Biloxi’s first game of the season and followed that up with a two-hit game on Sunday, that included his first home run of 2017.
Jake Gatewood (Carolina) – A first round pick in 2014, Gatewood has shown impressive development through the first week of the season, showing improved patience at the plate, resulting in eight walks in his first 31 plate appearances. He’s scored six runs in seven games for the Mudcats while posting an average of .304 with an on base percentage of .484.
Yadiel Rivera (Colorado Springs) – The versatile Rivera has seen all of action come at shortstop for the Sky Sox thus far, hitting safely in four of five contests. He had a three-hit game against Omaha on April 7th and followed that up with his first home run of the year a day later and has seven hits in his first 20 at-bats with an OPS of .850.
Trey Supak (Wisconsin) – Working as part of a tandem with the Timber Rattlers, Supak has pitched in two games, starting one, and has been dominant in both outings. He has yet to allow a run and has surrendered just two hits through 8.2 innings of work. Supak has struck out 11 while walking just one and opposing hitters are batting just 0.71 against the big righty.
Cody Ponce (Carolina) – The 22-year-old Ponce has made just one start for the Mudcats so far, but it was an impressive one, spanning seven shutout innings. Ponce scattered four hits while striking out five and did not walk a batter, earning his first win of the year while holding opposing hitters to a .174 batting average.
Dustin DeMuth (Biloxi) – The Brewers fifth round pick in 2014, DeMuth has recorded seven hits through his first seven games, batting .304 with a double and a home run. The 25-year old out of Indiana has reached base in over 40% of his plate appearances and has an OPS of .886
Ronnie Gideon (Wisconsin) – Last year’s 23rd round pick out of Texas A&M, Gideon has appeared in all eight of Wisconsin’s games to start the year and is batting an even .300. His best performance came in game two of a doubleheader on Tuesday, when he wound up going 3-for-4 with a game winning double.
Brandon Woodruff (Colorado Springs) – Woodruff is slated to make his second start of 2017 on Friday night and the Sky Sox are hoping it goes as well as his first, where he went 6.1 innings and allowed just one unearned run while scattering five hits. He struck out five and did not walk a batter, posting a WHIP of 0.79
Marcos Diplan (Carolina) – The 20-year-old Diplan got his first start of the year on Monday, where he twirled five no-hit innings for the Mudcats. He did walk three Wilmington batters but also racked up five strikeouts, giving him a WHIP of 0.60, second to only Cody Ponce through Carolina’s first week of action.