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It was another interesting week for the Brewers, as the season continues to wind down and new general manager David Stearns prepares to take over on this coming Monday. Steve is out this week, but I’m here instead to wrap up five of the biggest stories impacting the Brewers over the past week. Normally it’s ten, but because sleep is a precious thing to get before one goes flying off into a hurricane, you’ll take five and like it.
More in just a moment, but in the meantime, can I interest you in this article of mine?
Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – 9/29/2015
The Brewers had an off day Monday in advance of their final road series of the year in San Diego, and the Brewers incoming GM David Stearns used it as an opportunity to get better antiquated with many of the players and the major league coaching staff. Also in the article was an interesting note about how Stearns plans to approach building his new front office:
“From a definitive standpoint, it’s probably a little too early but there are a number of really good people in this organization – people who have been here a while and people who are new. I’m confident a large portion of them are going to help me going forward.”
Bill Mitchell, Baseball America – 9/22/15
OK, so technically this isn’t an article and it wasn’t last week, but it is worth skimming through to find the Brewers related questions and answers, because there were quite a lot of them. Between those two leagues, the Brewers placed a total of six players in the BA League Top 20’s that have already been announced, and as Mitchell mentions in the chat, they were in consideration for a number more. Regular readers here know that the Brewers farm system is getting better in a hurry, and this was just more evidence of it.
Kyle Lesniewski, Reviewing the Brew – 9/30/2015
Earlier this week in fall instructional league, a place where many top prospects get to work closely with coaches from around a team’s entire system, Brewers 2015 second rounder Cody Ponce got to face a rehabbing Yasiel Puig, and he turned some heads in the process. Ponce is an immensely talented pitcher with a real chance to rocket up prospect lists in 2015 and perhaps to move quite quickly through the system if things break right for him next season.
Jack Moore, Baseball Prospectus Milwaukee – 9/28/2015
This week, Jack took a look at Prince Fielder‘s resurgence with the Texas Rangers after missing much of 2014, including some interesting analysis of his apparent effect on the Rangers team chemistry. Of course, the subject of team chemistry was all the rage this week in internet baseball writing after Jonathan Papelbon assaulted Bryce Harper in the Nationals dugout on Sunday. I just had to work than one in here somehow.
Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com – 9/28/15
Brewers fans reading this are probably well aware that Jorge Lopez had a solid debut with the Brewers on Wednesday night allowing three runs and striking out seven while walking two over five innings. Adam McCalvy did a great job in this piece giving us the background on Lopez, including just how much this shot to pitch at the big league level means to him and his family, especially considering the health issues his young son has dealt with so far in life.
Before letting you get back to setting your fantasy lineups, there are a couple more things of note to mention:
– Though not explicitly a “Brewers story” it’s worth checking out Nicole Haase’s thoughtful piece on the “selfie girls” over at Brew Crew Ball.
– If the season ended today, the Brewers would be picking sixth in next June’s amateur draft, which is based on the reverse order standings, the higher pick being awarded to the team who finished worse the previous season in the event of a tie. To move up, the Brewers probably would have to get swept by the Cubs over the weekend, with the fourth pick being the highest possible outcome. Lurking just a single game back (or is that ahead?) are the Miami Marlins, so a good (or is that bad?) weekend against the Northsiders could move the Crew down as low as pick seven.