Good baseball is happening over at Franklin Field
The Milwaukee Milkmen are in first place and are 29-19. So far so good over at Franklin Field. The team continues to do well in close games. While the team is second to last in home runs (33 total team home runs) they are in the middle of the pack in terms of runs scored and lead the league in stolen bases (over 102).
The team has won its last two games, winning Thursday on the road 15-1. They also won Wednesday 9-3.
They won their first game 17-4 on May 12th and have had some nice winning streaks. Now, heading into the all- star break with the all-star game and home run derby being held at Franklin Field here in Wisconsin, the team looks to continue to build on its strong pitching and defense.
The attendance could always be better
Right now the Milkmen average 1,531 fans a game. That puts them 8th out of 12 teams in the American Association of professional baseball.
With some really cool promotions happening (Christmas in July on July 11th) the franchise hopes to continue to boast those numbers.
Individual Player Updates
Pitching has been at a premium this year in the AA and the Milkmen have some platinum stars. Starting pitcher Ryan Zimmerman is really pitching well. He has started nine games for Milwaukee, pitching 50+ total innings. He has a 2.34 ERA.
Pitcher Gregori Vasquez (from Brooklyn, New York) is leading the league with a 1.93 ERA. In 37 innings he has only given up 27 hits. Relief pitcher Nate Dadley has been a lock-down closer for the team. He is currently 2nd in the league with 11 saves.
Catcher Roy Morales leads the team in hitting with a .444 average. He is fifth overall in the American Association of professional baseball in individual batting average.
Infielder Bryan Torres leads the league and team with 31 stolen bases. In forty-four games played he has a .325 average. He had a stellar game on 7/5 in a 9-3 Milkmen win. He went 4 for 5 and scored a couple of runs.
Reggie Pruitt Jr. is 4th in the AA in stolen bases. (He has 22)
Another acquisition, Michael Crouse has yet to play due to injury. He has strong connections to Canadian baseball, having played for Team Canada. Crouse played 7 years in both the Blue Jays and Yankees affiliate system. According to his Fangraphs player page he has some speed. In 2011 he stole 38 bases for the Toronto Blue Jays “A” affiliate club.in 2013, in A+ ball he stole 21 bases and hit 9 home runs while batting .250.
That seems to be a typical profile for this Milkmen roster: lots of AA, A, and lower level MLB minor league experience.
More Milkmen Info
Last year was a good year for the Milkmen. However they were not 2022 playoff champions last season in the American Association of Professional Baseball. One would think that would be the goal for this year. Last year’s playoff champs were the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks. The Milkmen did have a strong season and expect to be competitive again. The club prides itself on a great game day experience. The team runs tons of special game day promotions.
The Milkmen are located at 7035 S Ballpark Drive in Franklin, WI. Five game “mini-packages” are now available via their website
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