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First-half title for Huntsville one of Minors highlights

First-half title for Huntsville one of Minors highlights

A first-half title for the Huntsville Stars highlighted a strong start to the season for Milwaukee's Minor League affiliates.

The Stars, the Brewers' Double-A affiliate, clinched the first-half title of the Southern League North Division on June 2, thereby guaranteeing a playoff berth.

This will be the Stars' first postseason appearance since 2009. The team is 41-24 entering Tuesday.

"It means a lot," said first-year Huntsville manager Carlos Subero. "We're prepared to succeed. Our kids have been diligent. They grind it out. Every night is a different kid picking each other up. We still have a big challenge ahead of us. We still have 12 games to play in the first half and 70 in the second half. Still 82 games left. We've got to go about it the right way the rest of the way."

The Milwaukee farm system teams collectively began the season 134-110, good for a .549 winning percentage, fifth best among all organizations. Here are some other items of note from the last month in the Minors:

• Though the Triple-A All-Star teams have not been announced yet, 17 All-Stars have already been chosen from among the Brewers' affiliates: five from Class A Wisconsin, four from Class A Advanced Brevard County and eight from Huntsville.

• Brevard County outfielder Tyrone Taylor and Huntsville outfielder Kentrail Davis became the first players in their respective teams' histories to hit for the cycle. Taylor achieved the feat on April 29, with Davis following on May 22.

• Manatees outfielder Victor Roache, Milwaukee's first-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, hit three home runs on May 4 in a win over the Clearwater Threshers.

• Huntsville's Tyler Cravy leads the Southern League in both wins and ERA, sporting an 8-1 record and 1.63 ERA.

• Triple-A Nashville has three of the Pacific Coast League's top four pitchers in terms of strikeouts. Mike Fiers led the league with 92 before being called up to the big league club. Jimmy Nelson has 76 and Brad Mills has 70.

Caitlin Swieca is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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