- Part 10

Disciples of Uecker

We'd like to go to the Playoffs, that would be cool.

Posts by Nicholas Zettel

Rickie Weeks & Khris Davis

By on September 21, 2015

Rickie Weeks & Khris Davis

During our rousing Khris Davis debates over the last few weeks, it occurred to me that these disagreements are rather similar to those involving Rickie Weeks. Both players exhibited true strengths around the peripheries of the game (including plate discipline / walking, power, and speed… [More]

David Stearns & Analytics

By on September 21, 2015

David Stearns & Analytics

Reports surfaced on Sunday that the Milwaukee Brewers may have ended their general manager search: David Stearns, previously Assistant GM in Houston, will allegedly be taking the organizational reins in Milwaukee. The club has yet to make the official announcement, but many are already touting… [More]

Wily Peralta’s “Down Year”

Entering 2015, one of 18 “super-dependable” (100+ IP / 4+ consecutive seasons) starting pitchers exhibited a true, consistent career arc: Tim Hudson was in the process of redefining his career, or reclaiming it, after his 2008 and 2009 injury-shortened seasons. For the Braves, he prevented… [More]

Building & Rebuilding #6 (Update): Depth

Last night, RHP Ariel Pena made his second career start for the Brewers, this time facing the St. Louis Cardinals. Pena showcased some command issues and an ability to limit the damage in Miami, and the righty was even more successful against St. Louis last… [More]

Khrush: Ballplayer

By on September 15, 2015

Khrush: Ballplayer

Throughout the season, Khris Davis has remained a steadily popular and dividing player among Brewers fans. One common phrase about Davis, uttered on Twitter and in comments sections, is that the left fielder’s arm apparently impacts the Brewers in a negative manner. The obvious defenses… [More]

Zach Davies: Strike Zone Approach

Upon throwing 33 change ups against 40 sinkers, 5 curves, and 2 cutters to begin his MLB career (according to Brooks Baseball; alternate count here), Brewers righty Zach Davies immediately added intrigue to his scouting report and physical profile. Fans already knew about scouting reports… [More]

30 Farmhands #10: Improvements

Along with a set of Brewers prospects that produced steady seasons behind the stars of the system, there is another group of players that presented notable improvements on the field in 2015. These players will be scattered across my offseason rankings; some, like Jake Gatewood… [More]

Lucroy’s Improvement

By on September 9, 2015

Lucroy’s Improvement

In the middle of August, I looked at the slumping Jonathan Lucroy‘s strike zone swings, pitching approaches, and batting results, in order to explain his uncharacteristic struggles. This article is meant to be read in conjunction with the strike zone maps and analysis in “Jonathan… [More]

30 Farmhands #9: Sleepers (Part Two)

As many, many sources have documented throughout the season, there is a lot to like about the Brewers minor league development during the 2015 season. The AA Biloxi Shuckers had an amazing season while facing a seemingly insurmountable roadtrip; several key minor leaguers exhibited breakthroughs… [More]

Tank Standings & Narratives

As early as July 10, MLB run differentials (Runs Scored / Runs Allowed, one easy measure of a team’s “true” performance) suggested that the Brewers were firmly the fourth or fifth worst team in the league, but also showed that the club would certainly have… [More]