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Five Brewers affiliates reach minor league playoffs

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Five Brewers affiliates, including Triple-A Nashville and Double-A Huntsville will participate in the minor league baseball playoffs this season.

By Chuck King

Milwaukee’s surprising major league success this season appears to be trickling down to its minor league baseball teams.

The Brewers are the only major league organizations to see five of their minor league clubs reach the minor league baseball playoffs, which begin tonight for many leagues.

Adding to major league Brewers “the future-is-soon” sentiment is that the top three clubs, Triple-A Nashville (Pacific Coast League), Double-A Huntsville (Southern League) and High-A Brevard County (Florida State League) will all be vying for their league titles.

“It’s a pretty special feeling,” said Milwaukee Reid Nichols, special assistant to the general manager for player development Reid Nichols. In the long time we’ve been doing this we’ve never had five teams make the playoffs.”

Nashville, Huntsville, Brevard County and West Virginia all won first-half division titles. Even though they’ve lost players to advancement in the second half, each team managed to contend for the second titles.

“Fortunately we had enough teams playing well that the team they were going to was also going to experience the playoffs,” Nichols said. “We had a lot of movement this year. Instead trying to fill holes, a lot of the movement this year was because the players were doing so well.”

San Francisco was the only organization to place four teams in the minor league baseball playoffs.

Unlike the Brewers, the Giants’ playoff clubs are mostly at the lower levels of minor league baseball. San Francisco’s rookie league club in the Arizona League lost the championship to the AZL Mariners last week.

The Single-A California League’s San Jose Giants and Low-A South Atlantic League’s Augusta Greenjackets begin their playoff series on Wednesday. The Salem Avalanche have already qualified for the Short Season Northwest League’s playoffs, which begin next week.

Florida and Washington are the only two major league organizations that haven’t had one of their minor league clubs reach the playoffs. Vermont, Washington’s affiliate in the New York-Penn League, still has a remote chance to reach the postseason.

Detroit, one of six organizations that placed three teams in the minor league baseball playoffs, hopes to see the Toledo Mudhens win its third consecutive International League championship.

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