Missions player possibilities for 2020

Missions outfielder Tyrone Taylor chases down a fly ball at Wolff Stadium last summer. - photo by Joe Alexander
Missions outfielder Tyrone Taylor chases down a fly ball at Wolff Stadium last summer.
If and when the 2020 major league and Triple-A seasons get underway, here is a look at who might be playing for the San Antonio Missions:

These Milwaukee Brewers transactions from March list players the big club sent to San Antonio:

Brewers optioned 3B Ryon Healy to Missions.
Brewers optioned 2B Mark Mathias to Missions.
Brewers optioned SS Ronny Rodriguez to Missions.
Brewers optioned C David Freitas to Missions.
Brewers optioned CF Corey Ray to Missions.
Brewers optioned RHP Trey Supak to Missions.

The following players have minor-league contracts with the Brewers and were invited to spring training with the big club. They could end up in San Antonio and include six of last season’s Missions:

LHP Clayton Andrews
RHP Zack Brown
3B Andres Blanco
3B Lucas Erceg
C Payton Henry
RHP Thomas Jankins
RHP Mike Morin
C Mario Feliciano
RHP Drew Rasmussen
RHP Miguel Sanchez
LHP Ethan Small
RHP Aaron Wilkerson
1B Logan Morrison
C Tuffy Gosewisch

Other 2019 Missions who were in the Brewers’ minor league spring training were:

P Bubba Derby
C Skyler Ewing

Outfielder Tyrone Taylor had his 2019 season with the injured slowed by injuries. He is on the Brewers’ 40-man roster by wasn’t playing in spring training while he recovered from surgery.

Update on Friday, Feb. 27, 2020:

The Milwaukee Brewers optioned the following players to the San Antonio Missions:
C Jacob Nottingham
LHP Angel Perdomo
RHP Bobby Wahl
RHP Eric Yardley

Missions watch: Zack Brown

Zack Brown of the 2019 San Antonio Missions pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers in a 2020 spring training game on Feb. 24 at American Family Fields of Phoenix. - photo by Joe Alexander
Zack Brown of the 2019 San Antonio Missions pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers in a 2020 spring training game on Feb. 24 at American Family Fields of Phoenix.
One in a series of brief looks at players with ties to the San Antonio Missions as we get ready for the 2020 baseball season.

Zack Brown led the 2019 San Antonio Missions in games started on the mound.

The 6-foot-1 right-hander pitched in 25 games – 23 of them starts. He had mixed results and some tough nights and finished the season with a 3-7 record and 5.79 EAR.

Brown was second on the team in innings pitched with 116 2/3 and recorded 98 strikeouts and 64 walks.

Brown dominated in Double-A in 2018. He had a 9-1 record and 2.44 ERA in 22 games at Biloxi. He pitched 125 2/3 innings with 116 strikeouts and 36 walks.

The 25-year-old is currently with the big league Milwaukee Brewers in spring training. He was a fifth-round draft pick of the Brewers in 2016 out of Kentucky.

Brown has pitched 4.0 innings in three Cactus League games so far this spring and has a 6.75 ERA. He pitched two scoreless innings against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday and struck out four batters with no hits.

MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy on Twitter reported the following quote from Brewers manager Craig Counsell on Brown after Tuesday’s game:

“It’s a name we don’t talk about a lot, but a name who can help us this year,” Counsell said. “One of those we’re maybe not counting on on Opening Day, but one of those guys who can impact us during the season.”

Hernan Perez finishes another Missions win in extra innings

The Missions' Hernan Perez connects with the ball for the winning hit in the 12th inning Saturday night at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
The Missions’ Hernan Perez connects with the ball for the winning hit in the 12th inning Saturday night at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
For the second straight night the San Antonio Missions didn’t score through nine innings.

And for the second staight night the Missions came through in extra innings for the victory.

The Missions scored once in the 10th inning and twice in the 12th to beat the Fresno Grizzlies 3-2 on Saturday at Wolff Stadium.

Cory Spangenberg singled and drove in Blake Allemand to tie the game 2-2 with two outs in the bottom of the 12th. David Freitas walked to put runners on first and second.

Hernan Perez singled to left to score Spangenberg and win the game.

Missions starting pitcher Zack Brown went six scoreless innings and gave up four hits with seven strikeouts and one walk. Relievers Ray Black and Jake Faria both pitched one scoreless inning each.

The Missions’ Deolis Guerra (3-0) pitched the 11th and 12th innings to earn the win.

Mauricio Dubon, Zack Brown lead surging Missions past Aces

Missions shortstop Mauricio Dubon hits a second-inning home run Monday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Missions shortstop Mauricio Dubon hits a second-inning home run Monday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
The San Antonio Missions won their fifth straight and 10th of the last 14 games with Monday’s 8-4 victory over the Reno Aces at Wolff Stadium.

Mauricio Dubon had three hits including his 10th home run of the season.

Missions starting pitcher Zack Brown (2-4) got the win and also hit an RBI double and walked. Brown pitched five innings and allowed four earned runs. He gave up six hits, struck out five and walked three.

In addition to his home run, Dubon had a single and a double. It was his fifth straight game with multiple hits. During that stretch he has raised his batting average from .290 to .312.

The Missions took control of the game with three runs in the second inning and four runs in the third.

All the Missions’ damage in the second inning came with two outs. Lucas Erceg started the rally with his seventh double of the season. Brown doubled down the first base line to score Erceg. Dubon’s homer with Brown on gave the Missions a 4-1 lead.

The Missions’ half of the third inning included a sacrifice fly by Erceg and a two-RBI single by Dubon. Dubon had four RBIs in the game and now has 36 for the season.

Huira’s homers power Missions past Dodgers

Keston Hiura celebrates as he nears home after hitting his first home run of the game in the Missions' 4-3 victory over the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Friday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Keston Hiura celebrates as he nears home after hitting his first home run of the game. – photo by Joe Alexander
Keston Hiura hit his sixth and seventh home runs of the season Friday as the San Antonio Missions beat the Oklahoma City Dodgers 4-3 at Wolff Stadium.

Hiura hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning off of Dodgers starting pitcher Brock Stewart. Hiura added a solo home run in the seventh inning off of reliever Zach McAllister.

Hiura also doubled and walked. He scored twice and had three RBIs and raised his season batting average to .316.

Missions catcher Jacob Nottingham had an RBI single in the second inning for the team’s other run.

San Antonio starting pitcher Zack Brown earned his first win of the season. He pitched five innings and allowed five hits and one earned run. He struck out five batters and had three walks.

Missions closer Jay Jackson entered the game in the eighth inning with a man on base and no outs. He recorded the final six outs and picked up his third save.

Milwaukee Brewers prospect and San Antonio Missions pitcher Zack Brown

Missions pitcher Zack Brown in a Flying Chanclas uniform playing against the Memphis Redbirds at Wolff Stadium on April 11. - photo by Joe Alexander
Missions pitcher Zack Brown in a Flying Chanclas uniform playing against the Memphis Redbirds at Wolff Stadium on April 11. – photo by Joe Alexander
Zack Brown will go for his first win of the season tonight. He is the scheduled starting pitcher in the San Antonio Missions’ road game against the Memphis Redbirds (6:35 p.m. Central).

Tonight’s game game will be Brown’s third start of the season, all in Triple-A. He didn’t get a decision in either of his first two starts. He has a 3.00 ERA with 10 strikeouts and three walks in 12.0 innings pitched.

Last year Brown went 9-1 in Double-A Biloxi in 22 games, 21 starts.

  • Brewers prospect Zack Brown a rising star – on jsonline.com
  • Zack Brown bio – on milb.com
  • Brewers Top Prospects List: Zack Brown – on reviewingthebrew.com

  • Flying Chanclas fall to Redbirds

    Lucas Erceg dives into home in the second inning with the Flying Chanclas' first run of the game. - photo by Joe Alexander
    Lucas Erceg dives into home in the second inning with the Flying Chanclas’ first run of the game. – photo by Joe Alexander
    The San Antonio Missions, playing as the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio, fell to the Memphis Redbirds 6-3 Thursday at Wolff Stadium.

    The Missions won the previous two games in the series with ninth-inning rallies.

    The Missions briefly led after scoring three runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 3-2 lead. Nate Orf had an RBI double, Cory Spangenberg had an RBI single and Jacob Nottingham had an RBI double.

    The Redbirds tied it 3-3 with a run in the top of the third and took the lead with three runs in the top of the seventh.

    Zack Brown to start tonight for Missions

    Missions pitcher Zack Brown talks to members of the media on Tuesday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
    Missions pitcher Zack Brown talks to members of the media on Tuesday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
    Right-handed pitcher Zack Brown is slated to start on the mound tonight for the San Antonio Missions in their road game against the Oklahoma City Dodgers.

    Brown pitched in 22 games, 21 starts, last season at Double-A Biloxi. He had a 9-1 record with a 2.44 ERA.

    Tonight’s game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. – weather permitting. The Missions and Dodgers split their first two games of the season. The Dodgers won 4-3 on Friday night.

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  • Missions media day starts with interviews

    Members of the San Antonio media talk to new Missions outfielder Corey Ray on Tuesday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
    Members of the San Antonio media talk to new Missions outfielder Corey Ray on Tuesday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
    Some of the members of the 2019 San Antonio Missions baseball team talked to members of the media on Tuesday at Wolff Stadium.

    The list included:

    Keston Hiura, infielder, No. 18, former 1st-round draft pick.

    Corey Ray, outfielder, No. 9, former 1st-round draft pick.

    Zack Brown, right-handed pitcher, No. 33, former 5th-round draft pick.

    All three spent time last season with the Milwaukee Brewers’ Double-A team in Biloxi, Miss.