The Milwaukee Brewers have announced that hitting coach Darnell Coles and third base coach Ed Sedar will return for the 2016 season.
The Club did not renew the contracts of first base coach Mike Guerrero, pitching coach Rick Kranitz, bench coach Jerry Narron, outfield coach John Shelby and bullpen coach Lee Tunnell. The announcement was made by General Manager David Stearns.
“Jerry, Rick, Lee, Mike and John have contributed to the development and growth of the Brewers organization in various capacities for many years. Their devotion to Brewers baseball and to Milwaukee is unquestioned,” said Stearns. “Decisions like these are challenging, but as our organization progresses through a period of change, we believe that new ideas and visions are needed in certain areas.”
Coles, 53, recently completed his first season on the coaching staff after he was named to the position last October 23. He is in his second stint in the Brewers organization, having served as minor league hitting coordinator (2010-11) and then manager at Double-A Huntsville (2012-13) during his first stint. Prior to his return, Coles spent one season (2014) as assistant hitting coach with the Detroit Tigers.
Sedar, 54, has been in the Brewers organization since 1992, including the last nine seasons (2007-15) on the Major League coaching staff. Sedar, who is the longest-tenured coach on the staff, has served as first base coach (2007-10) and third base coach (2011-15).
Guerrero, 47, completed his second season on the Major League coaching staff and his first as first base coach.
Kranitz, 57, spent five seasons as pitching coach with the Brewers. Narron, 59, and Shelby, 57, also spent five seasons on the coaching staff while Tunnell, 54, recently completed his third full season.
Minor League Baseball and Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. today announced Minor League Baseball’s recipients of the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® for defensive excellence. Brewers prospect Orlando Arcia was awarded the Gold Glove at shortstop after an impressive all-around season at the plate and in the field, including just 13 errors in 585 total chances (.978 fielding percentage) for the Biloxi Shuckers (AA). This is the second consecutive season that a Brewers prospect has won the award, as outfielder Michael Ratterree received the Gold Glove with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A) last year.
Arcia was named the organization’s Player of the year earlier this month and is widely regarded as one of baseball’s top prospects. He finished his first season at the Double-A level batting .307/.347/.453 with 37 doubles, seven triples, eight homers, 69 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 129 games. The 21-year-old finished his campaign among the league-leaders in several categories including average (5th), at-bats (2nd, 512), RBI (4th), doubles (1st), slugging percentage (5th), extra-base hits (3rd, 52), runs (5th, 74) and total bases (2nd, 232). He set new career-highs in almost every hitting category including runs, hits, doubles, triples and home runs.
The Venezuelan native was signed by the Brewers as a non-drafted free agent in 2010. He was named both a mid-season and postseason Southern League All-Star this year. Arcia was honored with the League’s Player of the Week award for May 25-June 1 when he batted .400 (10-25) with 6 runs, 5 doubles, a homer, 5 RBI and 2 walks in six games. In addition, Arcia was selected to represent the World Team in the 2015 Futures Game at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. Arcia is ranked as the top prospect in the Brewers organization, according to MLB.com.
Arcia will receive his Rawlings Gold Glove Award, molded after the iconic award given to Major League Baseball’s top defensive players, during the 2016 season.
The Milwaukee Brewers have named David Stearns as the organization’s General Manager. The announcement was made today by Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio.
Stearns, 30, comes to the organization after serving three years with the Houston Astros as Assistant General Manager. In that role, Stearns has been a key member of the Astros management team focusing on all areas of the Astros baseball operations, including player development, scouting, administration, and analytics.
“David is a rising star in Major League Baseball and has been an integral part of the rebuilding of an Astros organization that has begun to reap the benefits of his efforts,” Attanasio said. “David’s philosophy and skill set are an ideal match for the Brewers. His proven leadership and diverse set of talents will position us to consistently compete for a World Series championship.”
The Astros have put together one of Major League Baseball’s most dramatic turnarounds in recent history, going from 51 wins in 2013 to 70 last season and now currently occupying an American League Wild Card playoff spot with 79 wins though Sunday.
“This has been a position that I coveted for numerous reasons,” Stearns said. “First, I’m excited to continue building on what I believe is already a solid foundation of young talent with the Brewers, particularly in the Minor League system. And as someone coming from the outside, I’m impressed with the strong relationship between the community and the Club. The fan support is incredible, and I know that they will be behind us as we create something special here. I want to thank Mark Attanasio for bringing me on board, and appreciate all of the hard work that has been done by Doug Melvin and everyone at the Brewers to make this such a special opportunity.”
Prior to joining the Astros, Stearns served one year (2011-12) as the Director of Baseball Operations for the Cleveland Indians and three years (2008-11) with Major League Baseball’s Central Office, where he most recently held the position of Manager, Labor Relations. In that role, he assisted in the salary arbitration process, handling uniform player contracts, and was a member of MLB’s negotiating team for the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Before joining Major League Baseball, Stearns worked in the Baseball Operations Departments of the New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates and the Arizona Fall League. He is a graduate of Harvard University.
A native of New York City, Stearns is engaged to Whitney Ann Lee and will assume his new role with the Brewers on October 5.
Doug Melvin, who has been with the Brewers since 2002 and has served as President of Baseball Operations and General Manager since 2012, announced in August that he would be stepping down from the position.
Korn Ferry International assisted in the process of identifying and evaluating candidates in the search, led by Jed Hughes, its Vice Chairman, Global Sector Leader, Sports.
BREWERS ANNOUNCE 2015 MINOR LEAGUE PITCHER AND PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Jorge Lopez and Orlando Arcia Named Recipients of the Robin Yount Performance Pitcher and Player of the Year Awards, Respectively
The Milwaukee Brewers have announced the recipients of the 2015 Robin Yount Performance Awards. Right-handed pitcher Jorge Lopez was named Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year and shortstop Orlando Arcia was named Brewers Minor League Player of the Year. Both players played for the Brewers Double-A affiliate, the Biloxi Shuckers.
“We are extremely proud of both of these young players,” said President of Baseball Operations & General Manager Doug Melvin. “Jorge and Orlando have grown tremendously this season and their hard work is paying off, helping Biloxi reach the Southern League Championship Series. We look forward to seeing their names in the Brewers lineup in the near future.”
Lopez went 12-5 with a 2.26 ERA in 24 starts for the Southern League South Division Champions this season. His 2.26 ERA was only behind teammate Tyler Wagner for the league-lead. The Cayey, Puerto Rico native struck out 137 batters, while walking 52. After going 5-2 with a 3.02 in 12 starts in the first half, the 22-year-old went 7-3 with a 1.59 ERA in his final 12 starts of the year. He finished his campaign tied for the league-lead in wins, placed third in strikeouts and led the league in WHIP (1.10), batting average against (.205) and fewest baserunners per nine innings ratio (10.05).
The Brewers’ second-round selection in the 2011 June Draft out of Caguas Military Academy (Caguas, PR) was named both a mid-season and postseason Southern League All-Star. The League also honored the righty by naming him the Most Outstanding Pitcher of the Year. In addition, Lopez was named Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Month for each of the last three months of the season. He is currently ranked as the ninth-best and the second-best pitching prospect in the Brewers system according to MLB.com. Lopez was signed by scouts Charlie Sullivan and Manolo Hernandez.
Arcia finished his first season at the Double-A level batting .307/.347/.453 with 37 doubles, seven triples, eight homers, 69 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 129 games. The 20-year-old finished his campaign was among the league-leaders in several categories including average (5th), at-bats (2nd, 512), RBI (4th), doubles (1st), slugging percentage (5th), extra-base hits (3rd, 52), runs (5th, 74) and total bases (2nd, 232). He set new career-highs in almost every hitting category including runs, hits, doubles, triples and home runs.
The Venezuelan native was signed by the Brewers as a non-drafted free agent in 2010. He was named both a mid-season and postseason Southern League All-Star. Arcia was honored with the League’s Player of the Week award for May 25-June 1 when he batted .400 (10-25) with 6 runs, 5 doubles, a homer, 5 RBI and 2 walks in six games. In addition, Arcia was selected to represent the World Team in the 2015 Futures Game at Great American BallPark in Cincinnati. Arcia is ranked as the top prospect in the organization according to MLB.com.
Both players are currently with the Biloxi Shuckers where they have a 1-0 lead against the Chattanooga Lookouts in the best-of-five Southern League Championship Series. The Shuckers swept the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in the Southern League Division Series to advance to the finals. Arcia is batting .625 (10-16) with 3 homers and 9 RBI in the playoffs, while Lopez is 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA (13.2ip, 1er) with 4 walks and 13 strikeouts.
The Milwaukee Brewers announced today that tickets for Brewers On Deck 2016 will go on sale tomorrow at 9 a.m. CT. Set to take place on Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center, Brewers On Deck is the winter fan festival that bridges the gap between the Wisconsin winter and Spring Training.
Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children 14 and under. Tickets on the day of the event are $20 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under. A portion of the proceeds from Brewers On Deck will benefit Brewers Community Foundation.
Fans who purchase a ticket before December 1st will receive a voucher for a ticket to a select 2016 April game.
Tickets may be purchased beginning Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Miller Park ticket office, by calling the Brewers ticket office at 414-902-4000, or online at brewers.com/ondeck.
Brewers On Deck will feature a number of activities for the entire family. Autographs and photos from Brewers players, coaches and alumni, interactive games in the Kids Area and Fan Cave, Q&A sessions and game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters, vendor booths with baseball memorabilia, the Brewers Community Foundation Treasure Hunt and live auction, as well as many other activities will all be a part of Brewers On Deck.
The price structure for autographs, along with the schedule of players, their session times, and distribution information will be posted in early January 2016. Cash will be the only form of payment accepted at the pay stations in the autograph areas. For more information regarding the lottery process, visit brewers.com/ondeck. Additional details regarding the autograph schedules will be available at a later date.
This year’s crop of seven initially named Milwaukee Brewers prospects participating in the annual Arizona Fall League include three who weren’t even a part of the organization 32 days ago.
Brewers prospects will be a part of the Surprise Saguaros roster in 2015. They last were a part of that squad in 2013. In 2012 and 2014, the Brewers prospects were Desert Dogs. (Maybe next year will bring something new and exciting.)
Farmhands from the Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, and Texas Rangers will work alongside those of the Brewers as members of the Saguaros this year.
By position, here are those players and some supplemental information:
- Jacob Barnes – RHP – Twitter: @j_barnes30 (Highest Minor League level played at in 2015: Double-A)
- Josh Hader – LHP – Twitter: @jhader17 (Double-A)
- Adrian Houser – RHP – Twitter: @AdrianHouser12 (Double-A)
- Damien Magnifico – RHP – Twitter: @D_Magno32 (Double-A)
- Yadiel Rivera – SS/2B – Twitter: @YADIELRIVERA13 – (Highest Minor League level played at in 2015: Triple-A)
The Milwaukee Brewers had a roster spot to fill prior to Friday’s game against the Nationals in Washington D.C. The opening was created Wednesday and at the time manager Craig Counsell said they would be calling up a hitter but declined to identify who at that time.
Following their 8-7 win on Wednesday afternoon over the Miami Marlins, the Brewers announced that Tuesday’s starting pitcher Tyler Cravy was headed to the disabled list with a right elbow impingement. Cravy says that elbow was first injured five days prior while batting in a start against the Chicago Cubs. The elbow was apparently hyperextended on a foul ball in the top of the 5th inning. Cravy was unable to get through the bottom of the fifth as he walked a batter and then allowed a pair of home runs all with one out.
It had been previously announced that Cravy would pitch out of the bullpen for the time being after a run of bad starts and because of a scheduling quirk which has the Brewers not in need of a fifth starting pitcher for two weeks, but then the injury was revealed. Without the need of that starter, the Brewers had the chance to add another hitter. They’d been playing with a four-man bench for some time.
With Friday morning came the announcement that some had expected and many had anticipated no later than September 1…
Santana has been absolutely mashing since he came over to the Brewers system. The recently turned 23-year-old is slashing .333/.426/.573 this year at the Triple-A level including a robust .380/.424/.544 line just with the Brewers’ Class-AAA affiliate Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
There is a lot of swing-and-miss in his game as evidenced by his 91 K in 275 Fresno ABs and 17 in 79 w/Colorado Springs. That said, in Fresno is K% was 33.1% whereas with Colorado Springs it has dropped to 21.5%. Still, it’s a lot. He does have a good batting eye and has walked 54 times against his 108 strikeouts this season in Triple-A.
Santana’s calling card though is that when he hits balls they tend to stay hit. He is still developing of course but the power is what makes people drool over Santana as a prospect. He has 18 home runs in Triple-A this season to go along with 23 doubles and four triples. That’s 45 extra-base hits in 354 at-bats.
In his brief call-up to the Astros earlier this season, Santana hit a pair of home runs and a pair of doubles in 39 at-bats.
The future is coming over the next couple of seasons. Santana is the first piece of what plans to be many.