Lucroy Up; Reed Designated For Assignment; Kottaras Safe! | Disciples of Uecker

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According to Bernie’s Crew, catcher Johnathan Lucroy will be returning to the big leagues. To make room on the 25-man roster, the Brewers have designated little-used reserve outfielder Jeremy Reed for assignment.

Most importantly, this means that actual live human being George Kottaras is still on the team, somebody who, unlike the corpse of Wil Nieves, is actually capable of hitting major league pitching. Kottaras clearly isn’t the best fielding catcher, but given that the difference between the worst regular catcher (Mike Piazza) and the best regular catcher (Ivan Rodriguez) only differ by about 20 runs per season, the hitting difference between Kottaras and Nieves (a career sub-.300 OBP AND SLG player) has to outweigh the fielding difference.

Of course, I highly doubt that Kottaras will survive the return of Corey Hart to the 25-man roster, but given his heroic stop of Marlon Byrd’s steal attempt in the 9th inning yesterday and his increased playing time this last week and his solid left handed bat, he has a shot. And he should stay over Nieves, there is no question in my mind at all.

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Tell us what do you think.

  1. nate says: April 11, 2011

    If the Brewer’s think-think really value defense, I think Nieves will stay. That said, I like the Accountant and hope he stays with the team.

  2. Chris says: April 11, 2011

    I agree — Keep the Greek!

  3. robby says: April 11, 2011

    I have to disagree, Nieves from what I’ve seen and heard seems to have a better feel for calling a game, which isn’t accounted for in the ‘defensive aspect’ of the game but is probably more important than the caught stealing rate. I would say that the brewers could use a few more ‘offensively inept’ players that excel on defense. All the new pitching needs quality defense in order to make an impact…

  4. Michael says: April 11, 2011

    I’m sorry, when the back up catcher is only going to play 20-25% of the games I’d much rather have an offensive threat instead of a Wil Nieves who is essentially Ben Sheets with the bat (ok not that bad, but he is beyond terrible).

  5. robby says: April 12, 2011

    and that’s what melvin’s been thinking since he got here and it hasn’t done much for us, you need more than just bats to win…

  6. Rob says: April 14, 2011

    Nieves isn’t going to come in as a defensive replacement for Lucroy so you are going to get maybe 20 games and 100 PA going forward. And Nieves is only considered good defensively because he can’t hit. He’s basically an average catcher behind the plate at best. Add in the fact that you are giving up multiple cheap years of Kottaras it makes no sense to keep Nieves.

  7. BrewsingBlue says: April 14, 2011

    I’m with you on the Kottaras. And I do think that having someone better at handling the bat is better to have around in emergencies. I think when you consider that your backup catcher is going to need to come off the bench sometimes in key situations to pinch hit, I think you want the offensive mind. I think a backup catcher could lose more games by coming up to the plate in a key situation than they can by spelling the starting catcher a day here and there. Plus Kottaras is still plenty capable of calling a good game. Look at Gallardo’s 2 hit shutout against the Braves.

  8. Jerry says: April 14, 2011

    Lucroy is a solid defensive catcher, so there’s little reason to keep Nieves. Kottaras has also shown improved defense, albiet in a small sample size. Catchers like Nieves are a dime a dozen.

  9. JOmo says: April 20, 2011

    Mike Rivera.


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