The Milwaukee Brewers released the rosters for each of their minor league affiliates on Monday afternoon. Since this site will follow the farm system so closely this season, setting the stage with the individual rosters seems rather prudent.
Nashville offers no surprises. Perhaps the closest thing to a legitimate surprise lies in the fact that Amaury Rivas will pitch out of the bullpen. After his implosion last season, it makes complete sense to transition him to a relief role and see if his stuff and control can play up in shorter bursts.
Mark Rogers will serve the remainder of his suspension — which was 50-games for a banned stimulant last August — and subsequently join the Sounds’ rotation. Reports out of camp have been cautiously optimistic regarding Rogers, and some guns have clocked him into the mid-90s yet again this spring. Given the fact that he is attempting to overcome a bizarre carpel tunnel issue, that kind of velocity encourages the mind to fantasize about what he can ultimately be on the mound yet again.
Again, no surprises. Note that Josh Prince has been converted from shortstop to center field. No explanation from the organization has been given at this point, though he should not steal too much playing time from the starting outfielders in Huntsville.
The combination of Jim Henderson and Santo Manzanillo should have the Huntsville stars throwing heat out of the bullpen. Keep an eye on Rob Wooten, though. He enjoyed a very impressive spring camp and has begun to capture the attention of various scouts. Closing at the big league level may not be in the cards, but Wooten could develop into a very solid middle reliever for the Brewers.
This starting rotation is stacked. Just stacked. Even Eric Arnett is considered a sleeper prospect to bounce back this year. The right-hander continues to rebuild his mechanics and make his delivery more repeatable and less harmful on his arm, and the Brewers organization believes he still has something left in the tank.
It will be interesting to see how the Timber Rattlers attempt to dish out playing time between Rafael Neda, who should be on his way to Brevard County in short order with a hot April, and Tyler Roberts. Both deserve reps as a starter. Only one can receive the everyday job, however.
The starting rotation appears rather uninspiring. Can Tommy Toledo put his low-to-mid 90s fastball into the rotation? Can Chad Pierce impress in his home state? Can Drew Gagnon prove himself worthy of a third-round draft pick? Lots of questions for the starting rotation.