Arizona Complex League Brewers
Minor league affiliations
ClassRookie
LeagueArizona Complex League (2021–present)
DivisionCentral Division
Previous leagues
Arizona League (1988–1995, 2001–2020)
Major league affiliations
TeamMilwaukee Brewers
Minor league titles
League titles (4)
  • 1988
  • 1989
  • 1990
  • 2010
Division titles (1)2010
First-half titles (1)2017
Team data
Name
  • ACL Brewers Blue (2021–present)
  • ACL Brewers Gold (2021–present)
Previous names
  • AZL Brewers Blue (2019–2020)
  • AZL Brewers Gold (2019–2020)
  • AZL Brewers (1988–1995, 2001–2018)
ColorsNavy blue, yellow
   
BallparkAmerican Family Fields of Phoenix (2001–present)
Previous parks
Compadre Stadium (1988–1995)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Milwaukee Brewers
Manager
  • Rafael Neda (Blue)
  • David Tufo (Gold)

The Arizona Complex League Brewers are a Minor League Baseball team of the Arizona Complex League (ACL) and a Rookie-level affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. The are located in Phoenix, Arizona, and play their home games at American Family Fields of Phoenix. Milwaukee fields two squads in the Arizona Complex League: the ACL Brewers Blue and ACL Brewers Gold.

Established as members of the Arizona League (AZL) in its inaugural 1988 season, the Arizona League Brewers played at Compadre Stadium until 1995. Milwaukee did not operate a team in the league from 1996 through 2000, but it returned to play in 2001 at American Family Fields of Phoenix, then known as Maryvale Baseball Park. With the reorganization of Minor League Baseball in 2021, the AZL Brewers became the ACL Brewers after their league was renamed. The Brewers have won four ACL championships, including three consecutive titles in their first three seasons and most recently in 2010.

History

The Arizona League Brewers were one of four teams to compete in the inaugural Arizona League (AZL) season of 1988.[1] The short-season Rookie classification league was created to serve as a developmental league, similar to extended spring training, specifically for recently drafted high school and Latin American players.[2] The Brewers played their home games at Compadre Stadium in Chandler, Arizona.[2] This was the spring training site of the Milwaukee Brewers, who operated the team.[3]

The AZL Brewers' first game was a 13–11 victory over the AZL Mariners/Red Sox on June 23, 1988.[4][5] Managed by Alex Taveras,[6] the Brewers won the first Arizona League championship with a league-best 40–18 record.[1] Jeff Nate led the Brewers to a second AZL title in 1989, topping the league with a 40–15 mark.[7][8] They won a third consecutive AZL championship in 1990 with a league-best 36–17 record under the returning Taveras.[9][10] The Brewers posted winning records in each of their next five seasons, but did not finish atop the league standings.[11]

Following the 1995 season, Milwaukee moved their Rookie affiliation from Chandler to the Ogden Raptors of the Pioneer League in Ogden, Utah, to escape Arizona's summer heat and provide their players with better working conditions.[3] They returned to operations in the Arizona League in 2001.[11] From this point, they played their home games at Maryvale Baseball Park (now called American Family Fields of Phoenix), Milwaukee's spring training site since 1998.[12]

The Brewers have played at American Family Fields of Phoenix since 2001.
The Brewers have played at American Family Fields of Phoenix since 2001.

Unlike AZL Brewers teams from the initial 1988 to 1995 run, those in the second stretch starting in 2001 posted losing records through 2009.[11] Despite the team's results, two Brewers were selected for the Arizona League Most Valuable Player Award during this period: Hernán Iribarren in 2004 and Lorenzo Cain in 2005.[13][14]

In the 2010 season, manager Tony Diggs led the team to win the Central Division title and a berth in the AZL's limited playoffs. The Brewers defeated the AZL Rangers in a single semifinal game before winning the championship game versus the AZL Reds to earn their fourth league crown.[15] Diggs won the league's Manager of the Year Award.[16]

After this success in 2010, the Brewers returned to posting losing records each season from 2011 to 2016.[11] Rafael Neda's 2017 Brewers qualified for the playoffs by winning the First Half Central Division title,[17][18] but they were eliminated by the AZL Cubs in the quarterfinal match.[19] No Brewers team has reached the postseason since this most recent appearance.

In 2019, Milwaukee began fielding two Arizona League squads. AZL Brewers Blue and AZL Brewers Gold, named for their major league team's colors, were created to allow ample playing time for the Brewers' large number of recent high school draftees and international signings.[20] Prior to the 2021 season, the Arizona League was renamed as the Arizona Complex League (ACL).

Season-by-season records

Key
League The team's final position in the league standings
Division The team's final position in the divisional standings
GB Games behind the team that finished in first place in the division that season
League champions League champions (1988–present)
* Division champions (2009–present)
^ Postseason berth (2001–present)
Season-by-season records
Season Regular-season Postseason Ref.
Record Win % League Division GB Record Win % Result
1988
League champions
40–18 .690 1st Won AZL championship [1]
1989
League champions
41–15 .732 1st Won AZL championship [8]
1990
League champions
36–17 .679 1st Won AZL championship [9]
1991 34–26 .567 2nd 5 [21]
1992 31–25 .554 4th 3 [22]
1993 29–27 .518 5th 6+12 [23]
1994 32–24 .571 2nd (tie) 2 [24]
1995 34–22 .607 3rd 3 [25]
2001 27–29 .482 4th 8 [26]
2002 26–30 .464 6th 9 [27]
2003 18–37 .327 9th 19+12 [28]
2004 24–32 .429 8th 13 [29]
2005 22–34 .393 8th 17 [30]
2006 21–35 .375 8th 15+12 [31]
2007 19–37 .339 9th 18 [32]
2008 13–42 .236 9th 25+12 [33]
2009 25–31 .446 7th 4th 14 [34]
2010
* League champions
34–22 .607 2nd 1st 2–0 1.000 Won Central Division title
Won semifinals vs. AZL Rangers, 1–0
Won AZL championship vs. AZL Reds, 1–0
[15]
2011 17–39 .304 13th 4th 17 [35]
2012 19–37 .339 11th 3rd 15+12 [36]
2013 23–33 .411 10th 3rd 11 [37]
2014 24–31 .436 10th 3rd 14 [38]
2015 23–33 .411 12th (tie) 4th (tie) 7+12 [39]
2016 24–29 .453 12th 4th 8 [40]
2017
^
33–23 .589 3rd 2nd 4 0–1 .000 Won First Half Central Division title[18]
Lost quarterfinals vs. AZL Cubs, 1–0
[19]
2018 22–33 .400 15th 5th 14+12 [41]
2019Blue 23–33 .411 16th 6th 10 [42]
2019Gold 16–40 .286 21st 6th 23 [42]
2020Blue Season cancelled (COVID-19 pandemic)[43] [44]
2020Gold [44]
2021Blue 21–33 .389 15th 6th 11+12 [45]
2021Gold 26–23 .531 8th 2nd 9 [45]
2022Blue 19–34 .538 17th 6th 14 [46]
2022Gold 32–21 .604 5th 2nd 1 [46]
Totals 828–945 .467 2–1 .667

Rosters

Blue

Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 47 Logan Adams
  • 28 Jared Albir
  • 15 Jonathan Beymer
  • 23 Ryan Brady
  • 11 Junior Castillo
  • 20 Jose Chavez
  • 31 Samuel Dario
  • 57 Brian Fitzpatrick
  • 22 Andy Garcia
  • 53 Nick Merkel
  • 41 Anthony Perez
  • 25 Nate Peterson
  • 30 Jesus Rivero
  • 33 Will Rudy

Catchers

  • 39 Jhonnys Cabrera
  •  9 Jason Ollarve
  • 37 Matthew Wood
    Injury icon 2.svg

Infielders

  • 13 Daniel Guilarte
  • 12 Jonatan Guzman
  • 48 Quinton Low
  • 26 Beyker Pastran
  • 35 Alexander Perez
  •  3 Ney Serrano
  •  6 Jamal Zalm

Outfielders

  • 36 Oswal Leones
  • 24 Luis Medina


Manager

  • -- Rafael Neda

Coaches

  • -- Hiram Burgos (pitching)
  • -- Brock Hammitt
  • -- C.J. Retherford (hitting)

60-day injured list

  • 14 Daniel Castillo
  •  5 Darlin Lora
  • -- Mario Perez
  • 27 Rosmel Reyes
  • 29 Edrian Robinson
  • -- Brailin Rodriguez
  • 21 Felipe Valderrama

Injury icon 2.svg
7-day injured list
* On Milwaukee Brewers 40-man roster
~ Development list
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporarily inactive list
Roster updated August 27, 2022
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • Arizona Complex League
Milwaukee Brewers minor league players

Gold

Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 33 Kevin Briceno
  • 46 Jakob Brustoski
  • 22 Gerson Calzadilla
  • 25 Yorman Galindez
  • 23 Delson Guzman
  • 12 Aidan Maldonado
  • 35 Fraudy Maldonado
  • 38 Domingo Mejia
  • 36 Raul Mendoza
  • 24 Henrison Mota
  • 47 Michael Perdomo
  • 30 Phili Silverio
  • 37 Caden Vire
  • 49 Tyler Wehrle

Catchers

  • 15 Blayberg Diaz
  • 14 Satchell Norman

Infielders

  • 28 Luke Adams
  •  6 Gregory Barrios
  • 10 Miguel Briceno
  •  2 Jose Caballero
  • 11 Kaylan Nicasia
  •  3 Dylan O'Rae
  • 27 Jesus Parra
  • 31 Reece Walling

Outfielders

  •  9 Eduarh Colina
  • 26 Diego Larez


Manager

  • -- David Tufo

Coaches

  • -- Mike Habas (hitting)
  • -- Paul Moeller (pitching)

60-day injured list

  • 18 Patricio Aquino
  • 39 Fray Morelo
  • -- Josh Shapiro

Injury icon 2.svg
7-day injured list
* On Milwaukee Brewers 40-man roster
~ Development list
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporarily inactive list
Roster updated August 28, 2022
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • Arizona Complex League
Milwaukee Brewers minor league players

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