"If you clinch the last day or two," Jirschele said, "you continue with whatever you got. We have the opportunity to plan who will pitch when.
"[Verdugo] is going to be one of the guys we look to in the playoffs, a [No.] 1, 2 or 3 starter."
Verdugo struck out seven and allowed two runs on seven hits as Omaha held off visiting Nashville, 5-3, to clinch the PCL American North Division title -- with 16 games remaining in the regular season.
The Storm Chasers (76-52), who also won the division in their 2011 PCL championship season, will host the American South Division winner in the first two games of a best-of-5 first-round playoff series next month.
"They were excited," Jirschele said of his players. "It was a long travel day getting into town from Las Vegas, but they knew we had to get one win against Nashville and were glad to get it done the first night."
Does this Storm Chasers squad have the makeup of its 2011 predecessor?
"A lot can happen," the skipper said. "Last night, we lost Johnny Giavotella when he went to the big leagues."
So Jirschele can't plan for everything, but -- beyond the Verdugo-led rotation (which is third in the PCL with a 4.04 ERA) -- he should be able to count on an offense that features second-ranked Royals' prospect Wil Myers.
"We have swung the bats pretty well all year along and we don't depend on any one certain person," Jirschele said. "Clint Robinson is not having his best year, but he has come through time and again. Myers and [Anthony] Seratelli -- everyone steps up."
In Saturday's clincher, Seratelli went 4-for-4 to help Verdugo win his fourth straight start.
"Verdugo's fastball is very deceptive and he went right at them with his fastball and his changeup and mixed in enough sliders to keep them off-balance," Jirschele said. "He was pretty much in control the whole game."
Sounds counterpart Tyler Thornburg (1-1), the Brewers' No. 5 prospect, gave up two runs on four hits over four innings.