Each week FOXSportsWisconsin.com identifies the best pitcher and position player from the Milwaukee Brewers' top four main affiliates: Triple-A Colorado Springs, Double-A Biloxi, High-A Brevard County and Low-A Wisconsin. Here's a look at all eight stars who made the list this week.
TRIPLE-A COLORADO SPRINGS (4-3)
Player of the Week: Matt Clark
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Week stats: .381 (8 for 21), 1 HR, 5 RBI
Recent highlights: Several Sky Sox hitters had big weeks, including center fielder Kyle Wren (.367, six RBI) and newly acquired right fielder Domingo Santana (.345, seven RBI), but Clark gets the nod here because of his extra-base production. The 28-year-old first baseman had four doubles and a home run in the seven games, continuing to anchor the middle of Colorado Springs' potent lineup. For the season, Clark is batting .280 (.799 OPS) with 15 homers and 58 RBI in 102 games.
Pitcher of the Week: Brent Suter
Week stats: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Recent highlights: Like Clark, Suter had competition for this honor, as Hiram Burgos (15 strikeouts and three earned runs in 12 innings pitched) and Zach Davies (seven strikeouts and one earned run in six innings pitched) both had strong weeks. But Suter didn't allow a run in his Aug. 7 start against Oklahoma City, showing great control and picking up the win with an understatedly stellar performance. For the season, the 25-year-old left-hander is 6-3 with a 1.82 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP combined between Double-A and Triple-A.
DOUBLE-A BILOXI (3-4)
Player of the Week: Nathan Orf
Week stats: .391 (9 for 23), 4 RBI
Recent highlights: Orf raised his batting average nine points and had two multi-hit games with a steady, consistent offensive week. The 25-year-old left fielder also had a triple and scored three runs. For the season, Orf is hitting .272 (.741 OPS) with 22 doubles and 35 RBI in 105 games for the Shuckers.
Pitcher of the Week: Yhonathan Barrios
Week stats: 4 1/3 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Recent highlights: Making three appearances out of Biloxi's bullpen, Barrios didn't allow a run and picked up the win Aug. 9 against Mississippi. The 23-year-old right-hander, who the Brewers acquired from the Pirates in the Aramis Ramirez trade, threw 43 of his 55 pitches for strikes. In 38 games this season, Barrios is 2-3 with a 2.31 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP in 46 2/3 innings.
HIGH-A BREVARD COUNTY (2-4)
Player of the Week: Garrett Cooper
Week stats: .346 (9 for 26), 2 RBI
Recent highlights: Batting mostly in the Manatees' cleanup spot, Cooper had multiple hits four times in six games last week. The 24-year-old third baseman had two doubles and a triple and scored a couple of runs. (He also had a Golden Sombrero game, going 0 for 4 with four strikeouts in an Aug. 7 loss to Dunedin.) For the season, Cooper is hitting .293 (.785 OPS) with six homers, 29 doubles and 49 RBI in 104 games.
Pitcher of the Week: Cy Sneed
Week stats: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
Recent highlights: Brevard County lost Sneed's Aug. 8 outing against Dunedin, but the starter had his best performance in a month. The 22-year-old right-hander pitched seven strong innings, allowing just three hits and a walk, while striking out a season-high eight batters. For the season, Sneed is 6-8 in 20 starts with a 2.71 ERA (1.09 WHIP) and 98 strikeouts to just 22 walks over 116 1/3 innings.
LOW-A WISCONSIN (2-4)
Player of the Week: Alan Sharkey
Week stats: .333 (7 for 21), 2 RBI
Recent highlights: Not too many Timber Rattlers hitters were productive at the plate, but Sharkey had a good week. The 21-year-old first baseman had a double, scored a run, drew four walks and only struck out twice, raising his batting average eight points. For the season, Sharkey is batting .248 (.693 OPS) with 30 RBI in 78 games, walking 41 times and striking out 46.
Pitcher of the Week: Angel Ventura
Week stats: 6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Recent highlights: Ventura picked up one of Wisconsin's two wins last week, throwing six strong innings and allowing just one run against Lansing. The 22-year-old right-hander didn't walk a batter and struck out seven, tying for his second-most this year. For the season, Ventura is 6-5 in 23 games with a 3.09 ERA (1.26 WHIP) and 98 strikeouts to 35 walks over 96 innings.
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