Season recap: AZL Brewers

As the minor-league season comes to a conclusion, I take a look at how each team fared this year in a quick recap:


Final record: 11-17 (six games behind AZL Dodgers in Central Division; third-worst record in 14-team league)

Team notes
— Hit .258 as a team, fifth-best in league

— Stole 97 bases, second-best in league; 43 times caught stealing, second-worst in league

— Averaged 4.52 runs per game, eighth-best in league

— Hit 23 homers, third-best in league

— Had 3.96 ERA, 11th-best in league

— Posted four shutouts, tied for fourth-best in league

— Allowed 14 homers, tied for 11th-best in league

— Recorded 446 strikeouts, ninth-best in league

— Had 1.39 WHIP, tied for 10th in league

— Finished with six-game losing streak

Individual notes
— OF Joantgel Segovia had .368 batting average and .434 on-base percentage, team highs

— OF Demi Orimoloye had six home runs and 26 RBIs, team highs

— OF Trent Clark had 51 hits, six triples and 34 runs scored, team highs; hit .309, second on team

— OF Juan Ortiz had team-best 11 doubles

— Caleb Smith had team-high 45.2 innings pitched

— Shawn Clowers and Aaron Myers tied for team lead with three saves

— LHP Brad Kuntz had team-high 37 strikeouts (27.2 innings); had 0.65 ERA and 0.83 WHIP in nine games

— Only two pitchers allowed more than one homer for the season

Position player to watch: While everyone has had an eye on the tremendous starts of high draft picks Trent Clark and Demi Orimoloye, I wanted to pick another player who should be on the prospect radar. That would be Joantgel Segovia, who hit .368 with no homers and seven RBIs in 25 games. He also stole seven bases (and was caught seven times). The 18-year-old came out of the Brewers’ Dominican Republic academy. Hitting is his primary tool as Segovia led the Dominican Summer League with a .384 average in 2014. Only two of his 35 hits in the AZL were extra-base hits. Segovia needs to add another tool and a bit of extra-base power to continue his progression.

Pitcher to watch: Brad Kuntz certainly is taking advantage of the opportunity given to him. The left-hander was an undrafted free-agent signee out of Baylor this summer and all he did was dominate AZL hitters. Kuntz struck out 37 in 27.2 innings, with a 0.65 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. He allowed just 15 hits, but did walk eight in nine games. Those numbers earned him a promotion to Helena in the rookie-level Pioneer League. Kuntz had Tommy John surgery in 2013, but did pitch for Baylor this spring, going 1-1 with two saves while striking out 26 in 24.1 innings with a 2.22 ERA in 12 games, all relief appearances. Kuntz could be a great free-agent find.