ESPN Power Rankings Week 21: Perez Stays Hot, Moves Crew Up | Disciples of Uecker

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

ESPN released their latest rankings, which has the Brewers up one spot at No. 22. It’s safe to say that’s sort of difficult to justify after getting swept by the Pirates, but hey, we’ll take it!

Hernan Perez continues to ride a hot streak. We all know it. I can throw out some fancy stats right now, but I simply don’t have the time right now (I’ll explain in the next few paragraphs). Perez has gone from simply being a waiver claim to earning a spot on the roster for the rebuild. A utility man is extremely important in contending times, along with times in which the competition level remains low (like we are currently in). When players such as Corey Ray, Trent Clark & Co. start making their rounds in the MLB, you hope Perez is still around to keep producing at the level he is.

Onto my next and final point of the column (again, I apologize for the extremely brief piece this week). What’s one good thing about a rebuilding process besides developing players? Baseball is a game of redemption — that’s what makes it so great. You could strike out, give up a HR, but you are immediately given a chance to redeem yourself. Now, on a grander scale of that message, some players who are currently in the Brewers farm system could receive a chance of doing that.

Craig Counsell recently stated that once Junior Guerra comes off the DL and his rehab stints, he plans to begin a six-man rotation. It’s unclear of exactly who that will entail, but one player who might gain an opportunity in the coming days is Taylor Jungmann. Yes, that Taylor Jungmann. The man who began the year in Milwaukee with an 0-4 record and an ERA that jumped over 9.00 right out of the gates. However, after being demoted to Double-A Biloxi, his numbers have been…serviceable (2-3 with a 2.37 ERA). He made an extremely bright start in his most recent one back on August 23 against Mississippi, a game in which he went eight scoreless innings and racked up eight strikeouts. Cross your fingers that he continues to make strides in his mechanics moving forward, as it could play strongly into his chances of receiving another shot at the big leagues. At this point, what do the Brewers have to lose?

So, that will do it for this week’s comments. Once again, I apologize for the shortness. I’m typing this in the heart of downtown in Kansas City at my brother’s apartment. Back in 2012, my family was a host player for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, a member of the Northwoods League (some of you may have heard of it, they’re in the same league as the Lakeshore Chinooks). Our player that year, Ben, was drafted by the Cleveland Indians. This past trade deadline, he was traded to the Yankees in the Andrew Miller deal. He was recently called up to the MLB they’re beginning a three-game set with the Royals tonight, so we decided we had to come. We actually have to leave soon to pick up his wife from the airport, so this is where I’ll sign off.

Even though I’m wearing Yankees gear as I type this and I’ll be cheering for them the next three nights, (I know, I already puked), my true love will always ride with the Crew.

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