As right-hander Hiram Burgos moved up through the Milwaukee Brewers' farm system in 2012, he kept cautioning himself to keep things simple.

"The biggest key was having confidence in myself and my pitches," he said. "I just wanted to be myself out there."

Which proved plenty good enough. Burgos got off to a fantastic start at high Class A Brevard County, where he went 2-1 with a 0.87 earned run average in seven games (six starts), taking a no-hitter into the ninth inning in a start against Clearwater.

Burgos, 25, absorbed a tough 1-0 loss that night but that didn't diminish his outstanding performance. Because the Brewers don't allow pitchers to go much past 100 pitches in the minors, few make it to the ninth inning.

Burgos was promoted to Class AA Huntsville, where he didn't miss a beat. In 13 starts there, he went 6-1 with a 1.94 ERA, holding hitters to a .230 batting average.

The Brewers challenged Burgos again, moving him up to Class AAA Nashville. Again, he responded, posting a 2-2 record and 2.91 ERA in eight starts. For the season, he allowed only 128 hits in 171 innings with an outstanding walk/strikeout ratio of 49/153. Opponents batted a composite .210 against him.