Welcome to the inaugural Disciples of Uecker Weekly Top 10. Instead of a daily round up of every mention of the Milwaukee Brewers online, we’re going to rank the Top 10 Brewers related articles for the week.
The two hot topics for the week were the debut of outfielder Domingo Santana and the worry over Wily Peralta’s diminished velocity. We’ve seen both sides of Santana so far with a couple home runs and not much else in his other at bats, but at least there is some hope for an organization that hasn’t had much in the past year.
Tom Pippens, Fox6Now.com
Corey Knebel and David Goforth, along with Ed Sedar and Bill Schroeder attended a veteran’s homecoming at the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee last week.
James Carlton, Fox Sports Wisconsin
A recap of the week’s top performing minor leaguers doesn’t seem noteworthy, but the link on Facebook was displayed like this:
Hey, this answer is easy: No. Sure, it would be fun to call up a bunch of kids to see what they can do, but there is absolutely no need to rush anyone. Plus, Jean Segura and Luis Sardinas provide the Brewers cover to keep Arcia in the minors for another season. No need to screw around with the best prospect to move through the system in the past 5 years.
Ryan Romano, BP Milwaukee
Kyle Lohse has been terrible for the Brewers this season, but Romano notes that around the same time he moved to the bullpen, he also changed his position on the mound when pitching out of the stretch. In his next 10 innings, he only allowed 3 runs and looked to be getting back on track. Of course the day after this was published Loshe was hammered in Cleveland, giving up 5 runs in 2.1 innings. Pitching is hard, and discovering magical mechanical adjustments is even harder.
Eno Sarris, Fangraphs
Sarris talked to Taylor Jungmann about his success with his sinker and why he doesn’t use it more often. Jungmann’s understanding of how to use the pitch is a good reason why the information overload found on stats sites often doesn’t give casual fans the full picture of the strengths and weaknesses of a pitcher’s repertoire.
Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Domingo Santana has proved he can hit Triple A pitching (.33/.426/.573 in 95 games), so he’s getting his shot with the major league club the rest of the season. Of course it will take some creative line-ups to get him in regularly with Ryan Braun and his immovable contract in right field and Khris Davis’ power binge in left.
Kyle Lesniewski, Reviewing the Brew
How good can Domingo Santana be for the Brewers? Sure, he can hit for power, but that hit tool is the real question. Lesniewski cites Kiley McDaniels at Fangraphs giving Santana a 40+ and MLB Pipeline putting a 55 on him. It’s probably going to be a bumpy road before this gets figured out.
Adam McCalvey, Brewers.com
Wily Peralta’s velocity was so diminished in his start in Tuesday that the home plate umpire commented in it to Jonathan Lucroy. Hopefully Rick Kranitz’s attitude that Peralta has to “just throw through it,” is a little more nuanced than what came through in print, because that seems like a really bad idea. Peralta has pitched six seasons since his last Tommy John surgery, and it’s probably optimistic to this that was his last one.
J.P. Breen, Baseball Prospectus (Subscription Required)
Is Wily Peralta really just going through a “dead arm” phase? Breen points out that his velocity has been down all season (though not as bad as Tuesday night), and there aren’t any positive signs for the rest of this year. Hopefully we can look back on this season as a lost year for Peralta and he bounces back in 2016.
Nicholas Zettel, Disciples of Uecker
Nick argues that you can’t have too much of a good thing while rebuilding, so even if it means playing guys out of position, the Brewers can figure out ways to get guys on the field so they can evaluate their talent. And let’s be honest, there is more than one way to rebuild, so there’s no point to boxing yourself in by making unnecessary moves. The kicker in the post is the mention of similar career arcs between Ryan Braun and Matt Kemp.
Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
One year ago this past Monday, the Brewers looked like a lock for the postseason. Then the historic collapse happened and the organization went from contender to past due for a rebuild faster than anyone could have imagined. Haudricourt gets an interesting perspective from Craig Counsell who last year was travelling with the team as a front office representative, before taking over for Ron Roenicke this year.