Minor League Box Scores: 05.21.12 | Disciples of Uecker

Disciples of Uecker

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Nashville Sounds: (16-26), 10.0 GB

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
Tucson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 0

RHP Seth McClung:  (W, 1-4) 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K — 5.12 ERA
RHP Mike McClendon:  (S, 3) 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K — 4.42 ERA

3B Andy Gonzalez:  1-3, BB, R, K — .316 AVG
1B Sean Halton:  1-4, RBI, K — .267 AVG
SS Hainley Statia:  1-4, 2B, RBI, 2 K — .291 AVG

Huntsville Stars: (23-20), 3.0 GB

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Huntsville 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 7 0
Chattanooga 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 7 9 0

RHP Kyle Heckathorn:  (L, 2-3) 2.0 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR — 5.32 ERA
LHP Dan Merklinger:  3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K — 6.10 ERA
RHP Brandon Kintzler:  1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K — 0.00 ERA

1B Hunter Morris:  2-3, 2B, RBI, R — .307 AVG
C Jason Jaramillo:  1-3, RBI, BB — .250 AVG
CF Josh Prince:  1-3, 2B, 2 BB, R, K — .242 AVG

Brevard County Manatees: (17-25), 10.5 GB

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Fort Myers 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 1
Brevard County 0 2 2 0 0 9 0 0 x 13 14 2

RHP Andy Moye:  (W, 1-0) 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K — 1.80 ERA
RHP Stosh Wawrzasek:  (H, 1) 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K — 5.79 ERA
LHP Thomas Keeling:  1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K — 4.50 ERA

3B T.J. Mittelstaedt:  1-5, HR (4), 3 RBI, R, 2 K — .241 AVG
LF Scott Krieger:  2-4, 2B, HR (1), 4 RBI, 2 R, K — .182 AVG
2B Shea Vucinich:  3-3, 2B, HR (2), 3 RBI, BB, 3 R — .252 AVG

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: (27-17), — GB

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kane County 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 6 9 2
Wisconsin 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 2 7 9 2

RHP David Goforth:  5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 3 K — 5.74 ERA
RHP Chad Pierce:  3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K — 3.16 ERA
RHP Seth Harvey:  (W, 3-0) 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR — 2.60 ERA

C Tyler Roberts:  1-3, HR (3), 3 RBI, BB, R, 2 K — .188 AVG
1B Nick Ramirez:  2-5, 3 RBI, K — .256 AVG
RF Max Walla:  2-3, 2 BB, SB (5), 2 R — .260 AVG

Prospect of the Day:  2B Shea Vucinich

The Brewers drafted Vucinich in the 20th round of the 2010 Draft out of Washington State University. He put up decent numbers in his professional debut with Helena in the Pioneer League, hitting .265/.371/.393 with 14 doubles, 3 triples, and 5 home runs. Reports came out last season that the organization really liked the 23-year-old, as they skipped Class-A Wisconsin and promoted him all the way to High-A Brevard County.

Vucinich showed flashes with Brevard County last year, but ultimately posted a similar slash line to the one he compiled in Helena. He hit .260/.348/.379 with 22 doubles, a triple, and 9 home runs over 125 games at mostly third base. The scouting reports cooled on the young man, and as a whole, the scouting reports on the entire crop of position players at Brevard County (aside from Scooter Gennett and Hunter Morris) were not positive whatsoever.

This season, Shea Vucinich scuffled to start the season, but has really come on as of late. He is hitting .370/.482/.543 in the month of May and once again has his OPS above the .700 mark as a middle infielder. The majority of his damage at the plate comes against left-handed pitching. Here is the breakdown:

vs. RHP:  .213/.337/.293
vs. LHP:  .318/.412/.455

Those types of massive platoon splits are not uncommon, especially at the lower levels of the minor leagues. If Vucinich wants to potentially make the big leagues as a platoon player, who can handle the majority of the infield — aside from shortstop — he must somehow develop a passable approach against right-handed pitchers. Otherwise, his value is far too limited to even have a chance to stick on a big league roster in even an ancillary capacity.

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