We are now into Week 2 of Spring Training; here is some news from the past week....
The Brewers have a 2 x Gold Glover in Gerrado Parra as their fourth outfielder, which is something most (if not all) teams in the the NL Central or even the NL can say. It is obvious that Melvin will utilize him in appealing match ups and of course when injuries creep up. Most importantly, this will hold a fire under Khris Davis' ass to get him going. His arm out LF is a huge liability, but hopefully his stats will continue to improve off a decent 2014 season.
Taylor Jungmann is penciled in at the 6th pitcher in the starting rotation.
Brewers announced today (3/3) that they have outright Brooks Hall (RHP) to Colorado Springs.
Here is an interesting piece on the awarding bid for Cuban sensation Yoan Moncada (19 years old) that Boston made that will pay him $31.5M. Milwaukee allegedly made the first or one of the earliest bids at $10M. The Red Sox will also pay a 100% tax on that figure because it exceeded their "allotted pool". Big flipping deal when your pay roll is that of Boston's. This is why small market teams can't compete with larger market teams. It is an uneven playing field. Veteran pitcher Drew Smyly of the Rays makes a great point:
It's not right that a Cuban 19yr old gets paid 30m and the best 19yr old in the entire USA gets prob 1/6th of ... http://t.co/7aAZCwgm2t
— Drew Smyly (@SmylyD) February 23, 2015
Week 1 of Spring Training is officially in the books. Milwaukee will finally start their games on Wednesday against UW-Milwaukee (5-3) at the Maryvale complex in Arizona; Mike Fiers is scheduled to take to the mound for the Crew. This is the first time that the Brewers will take on UW-Milwaukee and only the second time every playing a college team (1983 against Arizona State). Keep in mind that it's not entirely impossible for a college team to beat a Major League team.
DontrelleWillis seems to be a very smart signing by Doug Melvin in more ways than one. Not only is he competing for a jam packed bull pen spot on the roster, but he is also a veteran leader that is taking to helping the younger players. It is a pretty interesting concept to have 3 left handed pitchers in the pen (including Willis) heading into 2015.
In our "Where Are They Now" news....
Hey, Corey Hart hurt himself in a hut tub. Is it minor? Yes, but it certainly feeds into his trend considering his knee injury with the Brewers and the fact that he only played 42% of the season last year. We here at Team Wisconsin certainly don't wish harm upon anyone. But we are more and more happy with the idea Milwaukee not signing him last off season.
Casey McGehee & Nori Aoki are finding settling with their new club, the Giants. Both are expected to contribute quite a bit with significant playing time.