Nicholas Zettel | Disciples of Uecker - Part 4

Disciples of Uecker

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Posts by Nicholas Zettel

30 Farmhands #2: The Best of “The Rest”

One of the great aspects of cheering for the Milwaukee Brewers organization in 2014 is that the club arguably had one of their best drafts in GM Doug Melvin‘s tenure (maybe even in a decade). Certainly, Bruce Seid and his staff made a marked change… [More]

Memorable Brewers Moments: Gomez versus Kershaw

That change up was one of the strangest pitches I’ve ever seen. Clayton Kershaw, the top pitcher in baseball, possesses at least three excellent offerings to attack batters. His fastball is strong enough on its own, but he uses his slider and curveball to carve… [More]

Building & Rebuilding #6: Depth

According to Phil Rogers of MLB.com, Brewers President and GM Doug Melvin said that the Brewers’ roster “can play tomorrow.” Of course, this quote came nearly two weeks ago, prior to the Brewers’ recent 40-man roster upgrades: RHP David Goforth RHP Taylor Jungmann IF Yadiel… [More]

2014 NL SP Rankings: Dependability

In the 2014 National League, only 29 of the 69 regular starting pitchers with 100+ IP were dependable starters. This means that those 29 pitchers worked at least three or more consecutive seasons of 100+ innings. Kyle Lohse and Yovani Gallardo are included in this… [More]

30 Farmhands #1: Developing DSL

The Milwaukee Brewers opened their new Dominician Academy in November 2011. The Brewers’ Dominician Summer League (DSL) team plays in the San Pedro de Macoris division. MLB.com reported that the Academy was founded by former closer Salomon Torres, and the move undoubtedly served as an… [More]

2014 NL Team Pitching, Defense, and Parks

After a comment on my last 2014 National League Starting Pitching ranking post about Fielding Independent Pitching, I thought it would be valuable to present a basic resource about FIP to show its versatility and importance. In general, FIP is a statistic that is now… [More]

Depth Trade: Quintana Out, Wren In

Doug Melvin made a trade today, in what some Braves analysts are calling a “purge” of Wren from the organization. The Braves’ former GM, Frank Wren, drafted his son Kyle Wren in the 8th round of the 2013 draft. The young Wren is primarily a… [More]

2014 NL SP Rankings: FIP and True Brewers

One of the strangest elements of the 2014 National League season was not only that the NL rotation improved by expanding within the middle rotation, especially between -4 and 10 runs prevented (with 34 pitchers), but also that those performances largely agreed with pitchers’ fielding… [More]

2014 NL SP Rankings: Brewers Improvement

One of the most important stories of 2014 for the Brewers was their notably improved pitching staff. As the offense declined toward the end of the season, the pitchers jumped out of their August slump, and produced their best month of the season in September…. [More]

Building & Rebuilding #5: Front Office

There is an argument to be made that the Milwaukee Brewers are successfully rebuilding their franchise. Even if some fans are frustrated by the seemingly middle-of-the-road roster results from a perpetual “win-now” strategy, GM Doug Melvin has completely shifted draft and farm ideology within the… [More]