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Quick Profile: 2016 Arms

By on February 11, 2016

Given that the Brewers are gearing up for spring training, as pitchers and catchers are slated to report to camp very soon, now is as good a time as any to look at the prospective 2016 roster once more. To make this exercise easier to read, I am splitting it into two posts, for arms and bats. With the Jean Segura trade, the Brewers have undoubtedly improved the rotational depth and potential by adding Chase Anderson. So, there is an even greater question about whether Zach Davies will make the rotation out of spring training, or whether Ariel Pena will get another look in the bullpen.

For this exercise, the “final spot” debate is precisely between Pena and Davies, although there are other candidates that could be DFA’d depending on the types of pitchers available on waivers (or via trade) during camp.

Brewers Arms Player 2015 Brewers IP / Runs Prevented Note
SP1 Taylor Jungmann 119.3 / 2 0.59 FIP Ratio / 46% groundballs
SP2 Chase Anderson 118.0 / 0 Anderson’s stuff & outlook
SP3 Jimmy Nelson 177.3 / -4 Nelson’s Improvements (& New Approach?)
SP4 Matt Garza 108.7 / -8 Fastball Efficiency Improvement Needed
SP5 Wily Peralta 152.3 / -26 Fastball Efficiency Improvement Needed
SP6 Zach Davies [148.7 / -31] Davies’ In-Season Adjustments
CL Jeremy Jeffress 57.0 /12
CL Will Smith 57.0 / 12
RP3 Michael Blazek 49.7 / 10
RP4 Corey Knebel 63.3 / 7
RP5 Tyler Thornburg 50.3 / 6
RP6 Zack Jones 49.7 / 6
Final Spot Davies / Ariel Pena [36.7 / -6]
Option Jacob Barnes
Option Yhonathan Barrios
Option Tyler Cravy
Option David Goforth
Option Junior Guerra
Option Adrian Houser
Option Jorge Lopez
Option Damien Magnifico

Given the bullpen performance in 2015, one may wonder whether Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith can build on their great production. Perhaps an even greater question for 2016 than the rotational strength — how could the rotation be worse, anyway? — is the ability of a very good bullpen to further advance on their strengths. Smith and Jeffress especially have the stuff and approach to improve, so it remains to be seen whether this closing tandem begins the start of something great in Milwaukee’s pen. Based on stuff and potential, if optioned, there is an intriguing roster crunch involving¬†Jacob Barnes,¬†Yhonathan Barrios, Adrian Houser,¬†Jorge Lopez, Damien Magnifico, and/or Davies if all remain healthy and stay on track.

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