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Gomez to Mets? Not So Fast (Or At All)

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Sandy Alderson, who is the General Manager of the New York Mets, told reporters following their game tonight that Carlos Gomez is not now and will not by Friday be a New York Metropolitan.

This is too convoluted to put together after midnight now, but here’s the short version of all the reports:

  • The deal (Gomez to NYM, Zack Wheeler & Wilmer Flores to MIL) was agreed to, pending physicals.
  • Gomez was informed while on the Brewers charter flight back to Milwaukee from San Francisco by manager Craig Counsell that a deal was in place, pending medicals, once the news was breaking on Twitter.
  • Flores was informed at some point during Wednesday evening’s game but remained in the game, an uncommon practice for a player in an agreed upon trade.
  • Word started coming out that the hold up was pending review of medical reports.
  • After the game, Alderson met with the media at CitiField to tell them that there was no trade for Gomez. Media talked to Flores who said he was told that there was no trade after all.
  • Assumptions were apparently made that it was Wheeler’s post-Tommy John surgery medicals that were the issue and that the Brewers backed out of the deal.
  • Reports then started to come out (likely leaked by the Mets) that they bailed on the deal over concerns about Gomez’s hip.
  • Those concerns were characterized as slight. Also, that they shouldn’t have nixed the deal.
  • Scott Boras (Gomez’s agent) was quoted that Gomez has no hip issue, never has, and anyone claiming otherwise is being untruthful.

Got all that? Good. I’m going to sleep at some point.

BREAKING NEWS: Carlos Gomez Reportedly Traded

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Joel Sherman of the NY Post was first to confirm that Carlos Gomez has been traded to the New York Mets, back where Gomez began his professional career.

The reported return?

Full thoughts coming soon.

Official Release: Brewers Send Ramirez to Pittsburgh

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Brewers Acquire Right-Handed Reliever Yhonathan Barrios

The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired right-handed pitcher Yhonathan Barrios from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for third baseman Aramis Ramirez and cash. The announcement was made by President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.

“Aramis has had a great career, and we have had the opportunity to be a part of it,” said Melvin. “He is still a very respected hitter when there is a chance to drive in runs. We wish Aramis and his family the best.”

Barrios, 23, has split the season between Double-A Altoona (20g, 0-1, 1.48 ERA, 10 saves) and Triple-A Indianapolis (13g, 1-2, 4.60 ERA, 1 save). He went a combined 1-3 with a 2.68 ERA and 11 saves in his 33 relief appearances (40.1 IP, 36 H, 15 R (12 ER), 17 BB, 21 K, 1 HR). Barrios will be assigned to Double-A Biloxi.

Barrios, who began his professional career as an infielder, was originally signed by Pittsburgh as a non-drafted free agent on July 5, 2008. He converted to pitcher in 2013. He led all Pirates farmhands in saves (15) last season while pitching at Class-A West Virginia (26 games, 4 saves) and Class-A Bradenton (15 games, 11 saves).

Ramirez, 37, batted .284 with 65 HR and 262 RBI in 455 games as a Brewer (2012-15). He was signed by Milwaukee as a free agent on December 14, 2011. He is batting .247 with 11 HR and 42 RBI in 81 games this season.

Ramirez, who has announced his intention to retire following the 2015 season, ranks fifth on the all-time Major League list for home runs as a third baseman (375). He returns to Pittsburgh where he began his Major League career (1998-2003). Overall, Ramirez is a career .284 hitter with 380 HR and 1,384 RBI in 2,138 games between Pittsburgh, Chicago-NL (2003-11) and Milwaukee.

Official Release: Brewers Sign National Champ Kirby, Three More

Milwaukee has Signed their Top 22 Selections and 38 Total Players

The Milwaukee Brewers today announced the signing of their Competitive Balance Round A selection, left-handed pitcher Nathan Kirby. The 40th overall pick was selected with the Brewers’ second pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Virginia. The announcement was made by Vice President of Amateur Scouting/Special Assistant to the General Manager Ray Montgomery.

Kirby, 21, recently completed his junior year at Virginia, where he helped lead the team to their first-ever NCAA Division I title. The lefty went 5-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 12 games (11 starts).  He produced 81 strikeouts in 64.0 innings pitched and held opponents to a .236 batting average.  Kirby earned a two-inning save, striking out five batters, on June 25 to clinch Virginia’s first championship in school history.

The Midlothian, Virginia, native was scouted by area scout Dan Nellum and will begin his professional career with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

In addition, the Brewers also announced the signings of C Max McDowell (13th Round – University of Connecticut), RHP Michael Petersen (17th round – Riverside Community College) and RHP Jordan Desguin (36th round – Florida Gulf Coast University).

The Brewers have signed their top 22 selections from the 2015 First-Year Player Draft and have signed a total of 38 players (31 drafted and 7 non-drafted).

Legends of the Field Giveaway

 

So there’s this one former Brewer who is coming to town this weekend with the team he manages. Ring any bells? His number is retired by the team and adorns the Miller Park roof track façade. He’s a member of baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Need another hint? Okay, how about a visual instead.

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Look familiar? How about a personally signed photo of in-game action that looks sneakingly similar to that which they must have based the Brewers based the upcoming Molitor bobblehead?

Molitor’s hustle is well-documented and now you have a chance to own this autographed photo, signed in person by Paul Molitor himself during his public appearance at Legends of the Field’s store in Delafield back in January of this year.

In order to qualify to win it, make sure you go RT this tweet…

…You also must be following @BrewerNation and the supplier of this excellent giveaway item, Legends of the Field (@lotfautographs) on Twitter in order to qualify.

Brewers Officially Announce Three Draft Pick Signings

(The text between the —‘s and the photo of Trent Clark signing are from the Brewers official press release.)

The Milwaukee Brewers today announced the signings of three selections from the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. The signings include 15th pick outfielder Trent Clark, right-handed pitcher Cody Ponce (second round, 55th pick) and right-handed pitcher Nash Walters (third round, 90th pick). The announcements were made by Vice President of Amateur Scouting/Special Assistant to the General Manager Ray Montgomery.

Trent Clark (Photo credit: Scott Paulus)

Trent Clark (Photo credit: Scott Paulus)

Clark, 18, batted .552 with 3 HR, 24 RBI and 11 stolen bases during his senior season at Richland (TX) High School.  He bats left-handed and plays center field.  Clark was ranked as the number 10 prospect entering the draft according to Baseball America. He was scouted by area scout KJ Hendricks and national crosschecker Steve Riha.

Cody Ponce (Photo credit: Dave Coggin)

Cody Ponce (Photo credit: Dave Coggin)

Ponce, 21, recently completed his junior year at Cal Poly Pomona, going 5-3 with a 1.44 ERA in 13 starts.  The 6’6 right-handed pitcher struck out 67 and walked 14 on the season. Ponce entered the draft as the number 36 prospect according to Baseball America. He was scouted by area scout Josh Belovsky.

Walters, 18, attended Lindale High School in Texas. The third-round draft pick was a 2015 Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-America and a member of the Texas-All Region First Team.  He was scouted by KJ Hendricks.

Here’s the audio from their introductory press conference, recorded earlier tonight at Miller Park.

2015 Helena Brewers Preliminary Roster

While this is subject to some possible additions/changes if and when more 2015 draft picks sign, here is the preliminary roster for the short-season Rookie level affiliate Helena Brewers.

Pitchers (12)

  • Bubba Blau
  • David Carver
  • Marcos Diplan
  • Milton Gomez
  • Nate Griep
  • Donnie Hissa
  • Brock Hudgens
  • J.B. Kole
  • Cody Ponce (UPDATED: Ray Montgomery said Ponce will join Helena right away.)
  • Chad Reeves
  • Junior Rincon
  • Jordan Yamamoto

Catchers (2)

  • Kevin Martinez
  • Milan Post

Infielders (6)

  • Blake Allemand
  • Luis Aviles
  • Jose Cuas
  • Steven Karkenny
  • Jake Gatewood
  • Edwin Maysonet*

Outfielders (4)

  • Carlos Belonis
  • Omar Cotto
  • Monte Harrison
  • Troy Stokes

* – Player/Coach

2015 BrewerNation Post Draft Recap Extravaganza Podcast

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Here it is!

We talk all things 2015 Brewers Draft including a pair of draft pick interviews as well as touching base with the first Brewers draftee interview I ever did for the podcast. I also sit down with Nick Faleris of PerfectGame.com and BaseballProspectus.com for his tuned in take on the Brewers draft.

The Day 1 audio I recorded at Miller Park is included as well so you’ll hear from the general manager Doug Melvin, and the director of amateur scouting Ray Montomgery and his staff on the first three picks.

Enjoy!

Official Release: Brewers Make First Selection in 2015 Draft

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MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Brewers selected outfielder Trent Clark out of Richland (TX) High School with their first pick (15th overall) of the First-Year Player Draft. Vice President of Amateur Scouting/Special Assistant to the General Manager Ray Montgomery made the announcement.

“We are excited to have Trent in the organization,” said Montgomery. “He has proven to be a team leader and is one of the better bats in the draft. He is a potential five-tool player and we are excited to get that type of player with the 15th selection”

Clark, 18, batted .552 with 3 HR, 24 RBI and 11 stolen bases during his senior season. He bats left-handed and plays center field. He was scouted by national crosschecker Steve Riha.

The Brewers have two more draft picks tonight, coming in Competitive Balance Round A (#40 overall) and in the second round (#55). The Draft will resume tomorrow at 12pm CT with rounds 3-10. Day three of the Draft will begin at 11am CT with rounds 11-40.

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Official Release (with quotes) Regarding Tyler Wagner’s Promotion

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TYLER WAGNER PROMOTED TO MILWAUKEE, BECOMES FIRST SHUCKER IN THE MAJORS

Wagner will make his Major League debut on Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Miller Park in Milwaukee

CHATTANOOGA, TN – In concordance with the Milwaukee Brewers, the Biloxi Shuckers are thrilled to announce that starting pitcher Tyler Wagner will be the first Biloxi Shucker to play in the big leagues, when he makes his Major League debut on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. CT for the Brewers against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Miller Park. Wagner will make the start for the “Brew Crew” in game three of the weekend series.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling to know how much you have worked to get to this point in your career and everybody that has helped you along the lines, said Wagner after learning that he would be promoted from the Shuckers to Milwaukee. “It’s a surreal feeling right now.”

In nine starts for the Shuckers this season, the 24-year-old was 5-1 with a 2.01 ERA, posting 38 strikeouts and 15 walks in 53.2 innings and a 1.12 WHIP. The Brewers’ fourth round selection in 2012 out of the University of Utah ranked third in the league in ERA and tied for second in wins. He has paced a starting rotation for Biloxi that has gone 18-12 with a 3.37 ERA this season.

Shuckers’ manager Carlos Subero announced the news to the entire clubhouse.

“I wasn’t expecting it,” added Wagner. “I believed I was ready for the moment but you never expect something like that. He built it up quite a bit and my heart was pumping a lot and then he finally broke the news that I was going up.” Everybody was cheering and happy for me and it was great to have the support from the clubhouse.”

The Las Vegas, NV native is rated by Baseball America as the Milwaukee Brewers’ No. 9 rated prospect and was a 2014 mid-season and postseason Florida State League All-Star. On May 14, infielder Yadiel Rivera become the Shuckers’ first position player to be promoted to Triple-A, but Wagner becomes the first to play in the big leagues.

“That’s an awesome honor to have,” Wagner stated on being the first Shucker to play in the Majors. “Hopefully it’s not too soon before someone else gets the call from this team.”

The parent club of the Shuckers are currently 16-32 on the young season. Wagner will be just the sixth Brewer to start a game this season.

“There is a whole bunch of emotions going through my head,” said Wagner. “Just thoughts of what I am going to do and how I am going to act – what I am going to wear – what kind of cleats I will wear. But, it all comes down to controlling what you can control and living in the moment.”

Wagner became the Southern League’s first four game winner after an 8-2 win over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on April 27, and followed it up with two consecutive seven inning outings that yielded no decisions.

The preceding press release was provided by the Biloxi Shuckers.

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