Player News: Never Stop Getting Better

The Milwaukee Brewers entered play on Saturday, April 19th with the best record in Major League Baseball. There are some inconsistencies at times, but for the most part the team is playing well.

There have been a couple of roster moves, one based on injury and one based on paternity, but stability has also been a calling card so far during this young season.

It’d be easy to rest on those laurels, but the Brewers are continually looking for ways to get better — either on the 25-man roster or in the minors.

JEFFRESS RETURNS

The Brewers recently signed back free agent RHP Jeremy Jeffress, who was their 1st round draft pick in 2006. Jeffress had some issues with drug suspensions (for marijuana) and if he’s caught one more time he receives a lifetime ban from MLB. That’s certainly a risk, however one that the Brewers have deemed worth taking as the 26-year-old still has a big fastball and late-inning relief potential. Jeffress would likely have been with the Brewers for his entire career if not for his being a part of the package sent to the Kansas City Royals in return for Zack Greinke prior to the 2011 season.

Jeffress was signed to a minor-league contract.

TOMMY JOEL

The Brewers also were confirmed to have attended the workout for free agent relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He could be ready to sign soon and if he regains the form he had in the years prior to injuring his UCL, he could be a major addition at the right time.

Hanrahan, 32, recorded 76 saves between 2011-2012 as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He could absolutely upgrade one of the bullpen spots were he to be added to the Brewers.

As always, breaking news hits Twitter first so follow me at @BrewerNation for the quickest announcements and then return to this space for expanded analysis and commentary.

Milestone Tracker Refreshed for 2014

Have you been by the Milestone Tracker yet this year?

It’s got a new permanent home URL: http://brewernation.mlblogs.com/brewers-milestone-tracker/ as well as being linked in the frame on the right hand side of the page.

It’ll be easier to update for me than last year’s proved to be and should be updated after every game. (There’s a handy date at the bottom of the post which will let you know when it is updated through.)

So please visit the page often and be aware of when the next run, hit, save, walk and more will mean more than just a +1 in the column.

Brewers To Present Award on Saturday

CARLOS GOMEZ GOLD GLOVE PRESENTATION SET FOR SATURDAY

Gomez to Receive Rawlings Gold Glove Award During Pregame Ceremony
 
Carlos Gomez, the winner of the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award among National League center fielders, will be presented with his Rawlings Gold Glove Award in a pregame ceremony this Saturday at Miller Park.  The ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. prior to the Brewers vs. Pirates game.
 
Gomez won the 10th Gold Glove Award in franchise history and became the fifth different Brewer to earn the honor, joining George Scott (first base: 1972-76), Cecil Cooper (first base: 1979-80), Sixto Lezcano (outfield: 1979) and Robin Yount (shortstop: 1982).  The Brewers had gone 30 seasons without a Gold Glove winner, which was the longest streak in the 57-year history of the award.
 
Gomez recorded a career-high 12 assists last season, which trailed only the Mets’ Juan Lagares (14) for the Major League lead among center fielders.  He also made five home run-saving catches and did not commit an error over his last 32 games.
 
Tickets for games at Miller Park can be purchased by visiting the Miller Park Box Office, online at Brewers.com or by calling the Brewers Ticket Office at 414-902-4000 or 1-800-933-7890.

2014 Opening Day Affiliates Rosters

Opening Day is here for the minor leagues!

What follows are the announced rosters for each of the full-season minor-league affiliates for the Milwaukee Brewers, broken down by position group.

Nashville Sounds

Class-AAA Affiliate (Twitter: @nashvillesounds)

Manager: Rick Sweet

28 Total Players

Pitchers (13)

Catchers (3)

Infielders (9)

Outfielders (3)

Huntsville Stars

Class-AA Affiliate (Twitter: @HuntsvilleStars)

Manager: Carlos Subero

28 Total Players

Pitchers (14)

Catchers (3)

Infielders (7)

Outfielders (4)

  • Kentrail Davis
  • Mitch Haniger (@M_Hanny19)
  • Brock Kjeldgaard
  • D’Vontrey Richardson

BC Manatees

Class-A Advanced Affiliate (Twitter: @BCManatees)

Manager: Joe Ayrault

26 Total Players

Pitchers (13)

Catchers (2)

Infielders (8)

Outfielders (3)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Class-A Affiliate (Twitter: @TimberRattlers)

Manager: Matt Erickson

27 Total Players

Pitchers (13)

Catchers (3)

Infielders (6)

Outfielders (5)

*Player/Coach

Brewers Player Music – As of Opening Day

2014 AT-BAT WALK-UP MUSIC

Jeff Bianchi – “Tonight” by Jeremy Camp

Ryan Braun – “Still In This” by B.o.B

Khris Davis – “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It” by Ice Cube

Marco Estrada – “Bodies” by Drowning Pool

Yovani Gallardo – “My Time” by Fabolous

Matt Garza – “Toss It Up” by Tupac

Scooter Gennett – “Courage To Grow” by Rebelution

Carlos Gomez – “All Me” by Drake

Kyle Lohse ­– “Next Episode” by Dr. Dre

Jonathan Lucroy – “You’re Going Down” by Sick Puppies

Martin Maldonado – “Watch Out for this” by Major Lazer or “Odio (Remix)” by Baby Rasta

Lyle Overbay –“Given to Fly” by Pearl Jam

Wily Peralta – “Ponteme Melia” by Chimbala

Aramis Ramirez – None (at his request)

Logan Schafer – “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison

Jean Segura – “Pa Que Tu Me Saluda” by Don Miguelo or “Dando Coriente” by El Alfa

Rickie Weeks – “Trophies” by Drake

2014 PITCHING ENTRANCE MUSIC

Zach Duke – “Outsiders” by Eric Church

Marco Estrada – “Bodies” by Drowning Pool

Yovani Gallardo – “My Time” by Fabolous

Matt Garza – “Ambitionz Az A Ridah” by Tupac

Jim Henderson – “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC

Kyle Lohse – “Wake Up” by Rage Against the Machine

Wily Peralta – “Ponteme Melia” by Chimbala

Francisco Rodriguez – “Sandunqueoso” by Tego Cableron

Will Smith – “Hell Yeah” by Rev Theory

Source: John & Cait Plus…Nine

Milwaukee Brewers 2014 Player Salaries

Here is a listing of the MLB salaries of the 26* men earning MLB-level pay from the Milwaukee Brewers as of Opening Day.

Quick math: The figures below total $101,219,338.00

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Aramis Ramirez $15,137,803

Matt Garza $12,209,424

Rickie Weeks $12,000,000

Yovani Gallardo $11,500,000

Ryan Braun $11,111,111

Kyle Lohse $11,000,000

Carlos Gomez $7,000,000

Marco Estrada $3,325,000

Francisco Rodriguez $3,250,000

Tom Gorzelanny* $3,150,000

Jonathan Lucroy $2,100,000

Mark Reynolds $2,000,000

Lyle Overbay $1,500,000

Zach Duke $850,000

Jean Segura $534,000

Wily Peralta $515,000

Jim Henderson $512,000

Brandon Kintzler $507,000

Logan Schafer $505,000

Tyler Thornburg $505,000

Scooter Gennett $504,000

Khris Davis $503,000

Jeff Bianchi $ 502,000

Martin Maldonado $ 502,000

Will Smith $502,000

Wei-Chung Wang $500,000


*Tom Gorzelanny is on the 15-day Disabled List to begin the season

Source: USA Today

2014 Milwaukee Brewers Opening Day Roster

Here is the breakdown of the Opening Day 25-man roster.

PITCHERS (12)
59 Zach Duke* – LHP
41 Marco Estrada – RHP
49 Yovani Gallardo – RHP
22 Matt Garza – RHP
29 Jim Henderson – RHP
53 Brandon Kintzler – RHP
26 Kyle Lohse – RHP
38 Wily Peralta – RHP
57 Francisco Rodriguez – RHP
13 Will Smith – LHP
30 Tyler Thornburg – RHP
51 Wei-Chung Wang – LHP

CATCHERS (2)
20 Jonathan Lucroy
12 Martin Maldonado

INFIELDERS (7)
14 Jeff Bianchi
2 Scooter Gennett
24 Lyle Overbay
16 Aramis Ramirez
7 Mark Reynolds
9 Jean Segura
23 Rickie Weeks

OUTFIELDERS (4)
8 Ryan Braun
18 Khris Davis
27 Carlos Gomez
1 Logan Schafer

DISABLED LIST (1)
32 Tom Gorzelanny LHP (left shoulder)

STAFF
10 Ron Roenicke – Manager
33 Mike Guerrero – Coach
35 Garth Iorg – 1B Coach
39 Rick Kranitz – Pitching Coach
36 Jerry Narron – Bench Coach
37 Johnny Narron – Hitting Coach
6 Ed Sedar – 3B Coach
31 John Shelby – Outfield Coach
43 Lee Tunnell – Bullpen Coach
56 Joe Crawford – Coaching Assistant
55 Marcus Hanel – Bullpen Catcher

Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers ’14 – #3 Elian Herrera

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And then there were three.

Just three days (or sleeps, depending on your preferred vernacular) remain until Opening Day at Miller Park on March 31. As such, today we profile the member of the Brewers organization who has been wearing #3 on his back throughout Cactus League play…

Elian Herrera.

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Elian Herrera is a 5’10″ switch-hitting utility player who hails from the Dominican Republic. He turned 29 years old just before Spring Training got underway this year. The Brewers claimed him off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers and were awarded his rights on November 4, 2013.

The Brewers are only Herrera’s second organization. He was originally signed into professional baseball as an 18-year-old amateur by the Dodgers back in 2003.

Herrera made his big league debut in 2012 for Los Angeles, piling up 214 plate appearances over 67 games. He hit just .251/.340/.332 with very little power, but proved his value in the field as he logged time at all three outfield spots as well as second and third base, and even a pittance at shortstop.

His cup of coffee in 2013 was just four games, only two of which saw him line up defensively at all.

Throughout his minor league career he’s easily played the most second base but has had enough experience in all other spots (except right field) listed above. He’s capable defensively at many spots which makes him versatile and, especially in a league of double-switches and on a team with limited bench roles, particularly valuable.

He did impress the Brewers coaches in camp, however with limited space, Herrera didn’t make the 25-man roster out of spring training. He was added to the group of minor leaguers who traveled with the team to Milwaukee for the pair of exhibition games against the Kansas City Royals this weekend, however. There’s also still a chance that Herrera’s name will be announced during roster introductions on Monday, albeit one the Brewers are hoping to avoid.

If the shoulder of starting All-Star shortstop Jean Segura continues to ail him, there’s still a very real possibility that the Brewers would have to place Segura on the 15-day disabled list to begin the year. That would shift Jeff Bianchi into the starting lineup (most likely) and as the only other player on the 40-man roster who can handle shortstop defensively, Herrera would likely get the call.

Regardless of how that plays out, the Brewers have already used Herrera’s final option year. He can go up and down all year to and from Class-AAA Nashville. He’ll certainly be the guy who gets called up first if injury befalls any one of the infielders.

Milwaukee likes his switch-hitting, loves his versatility, and is happy with the player who they acquired for practically nothing from the west coast.

If only all acquisitions were that simple.

Miss anyone along the way? Catch up on the “Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers” profiles to this point:

Brewers Announce Opening Day Ceremonies, Info

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Joseph Attanasio to Continue Tradition of Performing the Opening Day National Anthem; Wisconsin’s Olympic Heroes Throw Ceremonial First Pitch

The Milwaukee Brewers begin the 2014 season at Miller Park on Monday against the Atlanta Braves.  Details for Opening Day ceremonies follow.

Ticket Availability: Tickets for Opening Day are sold out. Tickets remain available for the other two games of the homestand.

Other Details:

  • Parking Lots/Gate Opening Times: The Miller Park parking lots will open at 10 a.m. on Opening Day. The gates to Miller Park will open at 11 a.m.
  • First Pitch: A trio of Wisconsin-born Olympic heroes from the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi will throw out the first pitch.  Matt Antoine, born in Prairie du Chien, Wis., was a bronze medalist in the Skeleton competition.  Brianna Decker, from Dousman, Wis. and Jessica Vetter, from Cottage Grove, Wis., were each members of the USA women’s hockey team that won the silver medal.  Decker currently is on the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team and Vetter is a graduate of the university.
  • National Anthem: Joseph Attanasio, father of Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio, will sing the national anthem.
  • Brewers Magnetic Schedule Day: All fans in attendance will receive a Brewers 2014 magnetic schedule.
  • The 12th Annual Klement’s Opening Day First Brat Relay Race: Prior to first pitch on Opening Day, the Famous Racing Sausages will take part in the 12th Annual Klement’s Opening Day First Brat Relay Race, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Klement’s plant on Chase Ave. The Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages™ will deliver the “First Brat” all the way to Miller Park (weather permitting).

OPENING DAY PARKING INFORMATION

The Brewers are urging fans to plan ahead when considering parking options for all games at Miller Park, but in particular for Opening Day.  Fans may purchase parking passes in advance for all home dates at Miller Park through the Miller Park Box Office, Brewers.com or by phone at (414) 902-4000. Please note, a limited number of parking passes are available for Opening Day.

There will not be overflow parking at Wisconsin State Fair Park this year.

Please tune in to AM 1180 for up to the minute information.

Legends of the Field Giveaway #2

 

 

We gave away four autographed photos in our last contest featuring Jean Segura, Yovani Gallardo, and Scooter Gennett.

Next week Monday, my sponsor and I will be giving away the three autographed baseballs pictured below.

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Clockwise from upper left: Tyler Thornburg, Jean Segura, Rickie Weeks

 

This is a social media contest, and as such there are two ways to enter. You must be following both Legends of the Field and the Brewer Nation on Twitter (respectively: @lotfautographs & @BrewerNation) and/or like both of our pages on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/legendsofthefield & http://www.facebook.com/BrewerNation)

Note: There will be one ball guaranteed to go to a Twitter entrant and one ball guaranteed to go to a Facebook entrant. If you want a chance at all three baseballs, you must enter the contest on both platforms.

Then, once you’re in…

Find this tweet and retweet it:

Like this post on Facebook:

That’s it! We’ll select the winners at random on Monday, March 31st…just in time for OPENING DAY!!!

What better way to commemorate the start of a new season than with a new addition to your autograph collection from your trusted source of Brewers memorabilia, Legends of the Field?

Good luck and GO BREWERS!!

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