The Milwaukee Brewers are still interviewing candidates for their opening at General Manager, Ryan Braun cheated, but who knows how much it actually helped, and Taylor Jungmann remains a popular player to write about. It’s your Disciples of Uecker Weekly Top-10.
Dayn Perry, CBSSports.com – 9/15/15
If you haven’t been paying attention to the Brewers at all this season, Perry does a nice job summarizing everything that’s happened with the organization. The one persistent narrative that I find odd is that people keep saying that Melvin has been nudged out of the GM position. It always seemed pretty obvious that he was on his way out after 2015.
Steve Adams, MLB Trade Rumors – 9/16/15
Citing a Ken Rosenthal tweet, the Trade Rumors blurb describes Bloom as a 32-year-old Yale grad with an analytics background. Considering that the organization is already connected to Tyrone Brooks of the Pirates and Dan Kantrovitz in Oakland, Mark Attanasio and Co. are doing a good job of bringing in young, well respected candidates.
Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – 9/12/15
Two things the Brewers have had trouble with in the past 10+ season: developing pitching and signing quality free agent pitchers. In all fairness, Milwaukee isn’t going to sign an elite free agent, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that all of these deals turn into fiascos by their final seasons. Now Haudricourt calling Jeff Suppan a “pioneer of sorts” is a funny way to describe that awful deal. He apparently paved the way for others, so that must mean other bad free agent pitchers.
John Sickels, Minor League Ball – 9/14/15
Taylor Jungmann has had an interesting career path so far. Drafted 11th overall in 2011, he was seen as a fast mover. Uninspiring as a prospect, he moved slowly through the minors and fans doubted his ability to reach the majors. Scouts didn’t like his delivery, stat heads didn’t like his lack of strikeouts. It also took a couple other call ups failing in their major league debuts before Jungmann got his shot in 2015. Sickels gave Jungmann a B- before the season (useful major leaguer) and thinks at this point that he shouldn’t be underestimated, even if it’s unlikely that he continues to have this much success.
Rob Neyer, FOXSports.com – 9/17/15
Neyer summarizes JP Breen’s article from BP Milwaukee and concludes that the narratives around PEDs are not as nuanced as they could be. I would like to personally welcome Mr. Neyer to the Internet. I suggest that he avoid reading the comments. Also, you should really read…
J.P. Breen, BP Milwaukee – 9/17/15
If Ryan Braun has a really good season on a really bad team, can he repair his image? Probably not. But as Jim points out, Ryan Braun can still rake. Even the fact that his numbers are below those peak seasons is deceiving since anyone watching those early season games could see that Braun was still working through some of those bad habits he developed due to that bad thumb. I feel pretty comfortable saying that PEDs never turned decent major leaguers into Hall of Famers.
Nicholas Zettel, Disciples of Uecker – 9/15/15
The Brewers fans that have stuck around for the slog through August and September have been rewarded with 14 home runs so far from Khris Davis. Nick suggests that the Davis brings a lot more to the team than just some showy power. Davis has a good batting eye, is a deceptively good fielder and a smart base stealer. If the Brewers do trade him this offseason, they should make sure to ask for a lot in return because Davis is worth it.
Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com – 9/17/15
I didn’t know there were other options. Garza is under contract for two more seasons, and he could be traded, but he’ll need to plan on spending next summer in Milwaukee until that happens.
By the way, trading Matt Garza has been a thing all season long and some fans hoped that with a strong couple starts, Garza and his “team-friendly contract” could be moved. In the Tom Haudricourt article linked earlier, Milwaukee’s front office knew they had no chance to trade Garza. Feel free to stock up on those Garza sherseys, because they’re still going to be relevant next year.
Caitlyn Moyer, Cait Covers the Bases – 9/17/15
It’s been a rough go rooting for the local nine in 2015, but there is help on the way. Jorge Lopez was named the Minor League Pitcher of the Year, posting a 2.26 ERA and leading the Southern League in wins, WHIP, and finishing third in strikeouts. Orlando Arcia was the easy choice for Player of the Year, hitting .307/.347/.453 and playing outstanding defence as a 20-year-old in Double-A Biloxi.
Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com – 9/17/15
Scary moment in the game last night as Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson took a comebacker from Tommy Pham off the right side of his head. MLB’s Statcast had the ball traveling 108 mph off the bat. Nelson was able to walk off the field, and as of this writing, he was being taken to a local hospital for further tests. We send Jimmy Nelson our best, and hope that he’s fully healthy before returning to the mound for the Brewers.