Several of baseball’s fall and winter leagues got underway on Tuesday with a handful of Brewers seeing action, and many of them turned in solid debuts to their “second season.”
In the Arizona Fall League, three Brewers appeared for the Salt River Rafters as they edged Surprise by a score of 4-3. Corey Ray got the start in right field and finished the day by going 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored. Lucas Erceg entered the game as a replacement for Ryan Mountcastle of the Orioles, and collected a pair of doubles in his only two trips to the plate. Right-handed reliever Nate Griep also got some work, pitching the seventh inning for Salt River, allowing one run on two hits in his lone inning of work.
Meanwhile, over in Venezuela, several other Brewers farmhands got some at-bats as the Venezuelan Winter League kicked off. Utility man Nathan Orf turned in a huge day at the plate, going 4-for-4 and scoring a run as his team, Tiburones de La Guaira, squeaked out a 4-3 win in their opener. Their opponent, Leones del Caracas, also had a Milwaukee prospect on their squad, as 22-year-old Javier Betancourt got the start at second base and finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk.