Brevard County Manatee’s Coulter Swings Lively Bat, Collects Five Hits, Four RBIs

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Brewers' No. 4 prospect went 5-for-8

Clint Coulter, the Brewers’ No. 4 prospect, went 5-for-8 with a homer and four RBIs as Class A Advanced Brevard County split its doubleheader with Lakeland. (Brevard County Manatees image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Perhaps more impressive than Clint Coulter’s hitting prowess Tuesday were his skills as a prognosticator.

The Brewers’ No. 4 prospect went 5-for-8 with a homer and four RBIs as Class A Advanced Brevard County split its doubleheader with Lakeland.

In the Manatees’ opening 4-3 loss, Coulter finished a triple short of the cycle. His third-inning homer gave the club an early 1-0 lead and he belted an RBI double in the fifth. The 21-year-old catcher then added two more hits, including another two-bagger, and two RBIs in Brevard County’s 8-6 win in the nightcap.

“I got some good pitches to hit and didn’t miss them,” Coulter said. “It’s as simple as that. Sometimes they find holes. Days like this are always good.”

Coulter’s offensive explosion extended his hitting streak to six games, during which time he is 12-for-23 with three homers and nine RBIs. Overall, the Washington native is batting .356 with eight extra-base hits, including four homers, and 10 RBIs for the Manatees. Coulter credited his coaches for teaching him intricacies about his craft.

“Just working with our hitting coordinator in the offseason, Jeremy Reed, and Ned Yost IV here in Brevard County — those guys know a lot about hitting,” he said. “Every day we’re talking about every at-bat. Sometimes it’s as simple as I swung at a bad pitch or where I was looking.”

But what Coulter told his teammates in the dugout in the final inning of the second game could be the most remarkable aspect of his day. After Victor Roache tied the game in the seventh with a solo homer, Rafael Nada reached on a one-out fielding error by shortstop Jared Reaves, setting the stage for Paul Eschelman and Coulter.

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“I actually called it,” Coulter said. “I said, ‘Hanging pitch, right here, he’s gonna take one deep,’ and he did. We all just looked at each other like ‘you gotta be kidding me.’ It was quiet for a second and then we celebrated.”

Roache had three hits in the opener and drove in a run while Chris McFarland scored three times during the double dip for the Manatees.

Tigers’ top prospect Steven Moya, coming back from a plantar fasciitas injury, homered in the second game for the Flying Tigers.