Milwaukee Brewers All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy will appear at the Miller Park Brewers Team Store by Majestic for an autograph signing on Friday, July 25 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm.
Autographs will be free, and the first 250 people in line will receive a wristband guaranteeing a signature. If time allows, additional fans will be accommodated until 1:30 pm.
Fans will be allowed to enter through the Miller Park Hot Corner entrance at 9 am, and autographs will be first come, first served. There is a limit of one autograph per person and no photos will be permitted in order to accommodate as many fans as possible.
In the sequel to the pre-All-Star break roster shuffle, the Milwaukee Brewers today announced that they have made a move in an attempt to bolster the big league bullpen.
The move required both a 25-man roster spot as well as a 40-man roster spot. To facilitate those moves, RHP Rob Wooten was optioned to Triple-A Nashville (25-man) and rehabbing right-hander Jim Henderson was placed on the 60-day disabled list (40-man).
All this was done so that the Brewers could select the contract of RHP Jeremy Jeffress.
Jeffress was made headlines more than once in Milwaukee. He was a part of the package of prospects sent to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Zack Greinke. Earlier this season, he chose to re-sign with the Brewers organization after being designated for assignment by the Toronto Blue Jays and electing free agency after clearing waivers. He also was almost out of baseball completely during his first turn in Milwaukee’s system as he was suspended more than once for marijuana use. By multiple accounts, he’s clear of that recreational drug use though, but is now back on a 40-man roster anyway.
Much more importantly than his off-the-field history is his on-the-field production so far in 2014. In other words, there’s a much better reason that he was added to the 40-man roster this time around.
While pitching for Nashville this season, the former first-round draft pick of the Brewers (16th overall in 2006) has posted the following line:
30 G, 1.51 ERA, 41.2 IP, 0 HR, 45 K, 18 BB, 1.224 WHIP
That’s good for a 9.7 K/9 and a 2.50 K/BB, but it’s also worth noting that he’s been even better recently. Jeffress hasn’t given up a run since June 23rd, a span of nine appearances. He’s only given up two runs in his last 15 games and just three total in his last 24 trips to the mound.
Jeffress has always brought the gas on his fastball, but it will be his ability to command his breaking ball that will translate to big league success. He’s shown the other sought-after ability to miss bats at multiple levels as well, something which would serve him and his new team very well moving forward for the balance of 2014.
As for the others involved, Wooten hasn’t been bad and will likely be back up in September if not sooner. In fact, by effectiveness, Brandon Kintzler may have been a better candidate to go down, but Wooten’s option year is already burned and that likely played a part in the decision.
For Jim Henderson, this must be seen as a referendum on where he’s at physically. Recent reports show him lagging behind the needed 97 MPH on his fastball. I haven’t seen any recent accounts of his slider command nor how his “work-in-progress” change up have fared since he got back on the mound, but without the heat I’m not sure the other pitches matter a lot. The timing doesn’t make much difference on his being moved to the 60-day DL though (he’s already spent more than 60 days on the DL having been placed on it on May 2nd), so maybe everything is progressing fine, but you normally wouldn’t make the move with a guy set to return any time soon.
Time will tell, I suppose.
GUESS WHO’S BACK — BACK AGAIN?
While I was eating supper with my parents who are in from out of town, the Milwaukee Brewers made official was has been danced around and toward for some time now.
Jimmy Nelson has been recalled from the minor leagues.
He’ll start on Saturday against St. Louis at Miller Park, his first home start of 2014. With the gap in the National League’s Central Division at 2.0 games (as of publishing on Thursday, July 10) the Brewers brass must have felt that rolling the dice with Marco Estrada against a Cardinal team he’s historically struggled against wasn’t what is best for the business of winning baseball games.
Nelson comes with plenty of acclaim and hope, and hopefully plenty of aplomb as he’ll be thrown right into the thick of a divisional race that is as tight as it’s been in roughly three months.
Around making one spot start — for Yovani Gallardo who sprained his ankle — Nelson has spent his season with the Class-AAA Nashville Sounds. In a nutshell, Nelson was the top vote-getter for the Triple-A All-Star Game and was going to start the same for his Pacific Coast League squad. To go a little deeper, here’s Nelson’s season line at Nashville:
10-2, 1.46 ERA, 111.0 IP, 70 H, 23 R (18 ER), 3 HR, 114:32 K:BB, 0.919 WHIP, .179/.247/.245 slash line against
Some ratios: 0.2 HR/9, 9.2 K/9, 3.56 K/BB
And some more advanced stats: 2.47 FIP, 2.84 SIERA, 57.3% GB%
In summary, Nelson has been a dominant force in Triple-A this season and is clearly ready to try the next level. But let’s be fair to him. He should not be seen as a savior or the next coming. He’s got the goods to compete, and will likely struggle from time to time as he adjusts to the best hitters in the world, but as he showed in that spot start against the Marlins, he has the chance to compete. That’s something that the team hasn’t always gotten out of Marco Estrada, whose spot in the rotation Nelson will be taking.
ESTRADA LEASES A SPOT IN THE BULLPEN
Speaking of Estrada, of the 4.96 ERA, 5.71 FIP, and MLB-worst 27 home runs allowed, he will be contributing to the team from the bullpen for the foreseeable future.
Estrada should be somewhat useful if he’s able to embrace the role and get all the way back to his strike-throwing, command-heavy ways. Working against him are his splits in the first inning of his appearances so far this season. In his first inning of work in 2014, Estrada sports a 6.00 ERA, having allowed 12 ER in 18.0 IP. Seven of his 27 home runs allowed have come within the first three outs of his appearances and opponents are slugging .653 in the same. And for the sake of full disclosure, Estrada hasn’t walked a batter yet this year in his first innings of work.
But those numbers are why I’ve been a little confused when so many people have touted Estrada for a bullpen job. It doesn’t seem nearly as cut and dried as many say that Estrada will be “so much better” as a reliever.
Time will tell.
WANG INJURED, TRULY AND HONESTLY
The other thing time will tell is just how long Wei-Chung Wang will be on the disabled list. That’s right, conspiracy theorists: The Brewers placed Wang on the 15-day Disabled List with left shoulder tightness.
In all seriousness, I don’t believe that the team has made up this injury. Rule V Draft choices are closely monitored so that teams cannot simply stash them on the DL with false injuries.
But that’s beside the point of this article. The point of this article requires me to tell you that they opened up the spot on the 25-man roster to recall Nelson by placing Wang on the DL.
So, there you have it, Brewer Nation.
- Nelson up and into the rotation
- Estrada moved into the bullpen
- Wang placed on the disabled list
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BREWERS CELEBRATE MIDSUMMER CLASSIC SELECTIONS WITH “MY ALL-STAR” TICKET PROMOTION
Four Plans to Each Contain Unique T-Shirts Available Only with Package Purchase
Milwaukee Brewers fans once again showed the power of their vote this season as both Carlos Gomez and Aramis Ramirez were elected to start in this year’s All-Star Game, while Francisco Rodriguez and Jonathan Lucroy joined the All-Stars on the player vote. With a franchise-record-tying four players on the National League team, the Brewers will mark the occasion by offering a ticket and merchandise package featuring each of the Club’s four All-Star representatives.
The four “My All-Star” ticket packages each include tickets to any four midweek games of the fan’s choice (beginning July 21) plus a limited-edition t-shirt featuring their favorite All-Star player – not available for sale anywhere else. Each package is priced according to the uniform number of the designated All-Star player, meaning that fans will not only be able to show their support for their favorite Brewers All-Star, they’ll be able to select from packages starting at just $16 per game.
Fans will receive one t-shirt for each ticket package purchased. Shirt sizes are Adult Medium and Extra Large.
“We have seen how Brewers fans over-deliver in their All-Star voting efforts, and this ticket plan will give fans another opportunity to show their support for their favorite All-Stars,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “With the team leading the Central Division and games becoming more meaningful every day, we expect these packages to be very popular as we head into the stretch run.”
The ticket plan details are as follows:
The “Aramis is My All-Star” Plan: Terrace Box tickets to any four midweek games plus a limited-edition t-shirt for $64 (based on his uniform number 16 – $16×4=$64)
The “Luuuuc is My All-Star” Plan: Loge Bleachers tickets to any four midweek games plus a limited-edition t-shirt for $80 (based on his uniform number 20 – $20×4=$80)
The “Gomez is My All-Star” Plan: Loge Outfield tickets to any four midweek games plus a limited-edition t-shirt for $108 (based on his uniform number 27 – $27×4=$108)
The “K-Rod is My All-Star” Plan: Field Diamond Box tickets (Sections 110 and 125 only) to any four midweek games plus a limited-edition t-shirt for $228 (based on his uniform number 57 – $57×4=$228)
The ticket packages are currently on sale. Packages may be purchased online at Brewers.com/myallstar, or by calling 414-902-GAME.
The Milwaukee Brewers today had four players selected to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It marks only the fifth time in franchise history that the team has had four All-Stars. Center fielder Carlos Gomez (starter), third baseman Aramis Ramirez (starter), catcher Jonathan Lucroy and pitcher Francisco Rodriguez will represent the Brewers at this year’s Midsummer Classic, which will be played at Target Field in Minnesota on Tuesday, July 15 at 7pm CT.
In addition to the 2014 season, the Brewers had four All-Star selections in 1980 (Cecil Cooper, Paul Molitor, Ben Oglivie and Robin Yount), 1982 (Cooper, Rollie Fingers, Oglivie and Yount), 1983 (Cooper, Oglivie, Ted Simmons and Yount) and 2007 (Francisco Cordero, Prince Fielder, J.J. Hardy and Ben Sheets). The Brewers have multiple All-Star starters for the seventh time (1980, 1982, 1983, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2014).
Gomez, 28, has been selected to his second All-Star Game and first as a starter. He was a first-time All-Star last season. Gomez finished second among National League outfielders in fan voting (4,068,745), trailing only the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen (4,519,440) and just ahead of the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (4,059,746). He is batting .299 with 13 HR and 45 RBI in 80 games this season.
Ramirez, 36, has been selected to his third All-Star Game and second as a starter. He started the 2005 All-Star Game as an injury replacement for Scott Rolen. He was also an All-Star in 2008. Ramirez had 2,318,611 votes in fan balloting, finishing ahead of the Mets’ David Wright (1,979,883). He is batting .287 with 11 HR and 41 RBI in 63 games this season.
Lucroy, 28, has been selected to his first All-Star Game. He was selected via the player vote, finishing first among National League catchers with 420 votes. Lucroy is batting .329 with 9 HR and 44 RBI in 82 games this season. He entered today’s game leading the National League in multi-hit games (31) and among the league leaders in batting average (2nd), doubles (2nd), hits (T3rd), on-base percentage (4th), slugging percentage (5th), OPS (5th) and extra-base hits (5th).
Rodriguez, 32, has been selected to his fifth All-Star Game. He was also an All-Star in 2004, 2007 and 2008 with the Angels and in 2009 with the Mets. Rodriguez was selected via the player vote, finishing second among National League relievers with 138 votes, trailing only the Braves’ Craig Kimbrel (190). He is 3-2 with a 2.34 ERA and 27 saves in 42 appearances this season while holding opponents to a .187 batting average. His 27 saves tied Kimbrel for the Major League lead entering today’s game.
The Milwaukee Brewers today announced the signings of the team’s first three selections in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, including LHP Kodi Medeiros (First-Round selection, 12th overall), SS Jacob Gatewood (Competitive Balance Round A selection, 41st overall) and OF Monte Harrison (Second-Round selection, 50th overall).
In addition, the Brewers also signed C Matt Martin (27th round) from Wake Forest University and LHP Carlos Leal (34th round) from Delta State University. The Brewers have now signed each of their first eight draft selections and 22 overall draft picks from the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
Medeiros, a native of Hilo, Hawaii, went 7-1 with a 0.97 ERA in eight games as a senior at Waiakea (HI) High School. He struck out 83 batters compared to 17 walks and allowed just 14 hits in 43.1 innings pitched this past season. As a sophomore, Medeiros helped lead the Waiakea Warriors to their first-ever state championship. The 6-foot-2, 195 pound left-handed pitcher was selected for the Perfect Game All-American Classic. He is the highest-drafted player to be selected out of high school from Hawaii. Medeiros, 18, had a scholarship offer to Pepperdine University.
Gatewood, 18, batted .389 (44-for-113) with nine doubles, five home runs and 28 RBI as a senior at Clovis (CA) High School. The 6-foot-4, 180 pound shortstop won the junior portion of Major League’s Home Run Derby at the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field. A month later, he won the Baseball Factory Home Run Derby at the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field. Gatewood had a commitment to the University of Southern California.
Harrison, 18, batted .429 (36-for-84) with 11 doubles, two home runs, 33 RBI and 24 stolen bases during his senior season at Lee’s Summit (MO) West High School. Harrison was a 2013 Underclass First Team selection and a 2014 First Team All-American. A multi-sport athlete, he had a scholarship offer to play baseball and football (as a wide receiver) at the University of Nebraska. His older brother, Shaquille, plays basketball at the University of Tulsa.
The Milwaukee Brewers will formally unveil the “Brewers Wall of Honor” at Miller Park today. The Wall of Honor will commemorate Milwaukee Brewers players that meet a set criteria based on service to the club. A total of 36 former Brewers players will attend today’s ceremony, marking the largest single gathering of Brewers alumni in team history, surpassing the 31 players who came in for the final game at County Stadium in 2000.
A private ceremony for inductees, their families and special guests will take place at 4 p.m. and the wall will be available for viewing to the general public beginning at 6:35 p.m. A pregame ceremony honoring the inductees will take place on the field prior to the game.
The Wall of Honor will be a permanent display outside of Miller Park on a wall on the North side of the ballpark. Players on the Wall of Honor will each have a plaque with their photo and a brief synopsis of their playing career. The plaques are designed by Matthews International, designers of the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame as well as the plaques on the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor at Miller Park.
Players who meet any of the following criteria while wearing a Brewers uniform will be inducted into the Wall of Honor:
- 2,000 or more plate appearances
- 1,000 or more innings pitched
- 250 appearances as a pitcher
- Winner of a major award (MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, or Fireman of the Year)
- Manager of a pennant-winning team
- Individuals recognized with a statue on the Miller Park Plaza
- Members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame who have played for the Brewers
Currently, there are 58 persons who meet the above criteria and will be recognized on the Brewers Wall during the 2014 season. In addition to the 58 members of the inaugural class, there are seven active players in Major League Baseball that meet the criteria. Upon retirement, players who meet the criteria will be added to the Wall of Honor.
A total of 38 honorees are scheduled to attend the event six honorees will be represented by family members. The complete list of players who will grace the Brewers Wall of Honor at the unveiling ceremony today is as follows (attendees subject to change, those who will be present for the event are in BOLD, those who will be represented by a family member at the event are in ITALICS and those not able to attend the event are in PLAIN text):
Allan H. “Bud” Selig
Note: John Axford, Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Yovani Gallardo, J.J. Hardy, Corey Hart and Rickie Weeks are the seven active players that, as of today, qualify for induction into the Wall of Honor following their retirement. Active players closing in on the thresholds include Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez.
Following Saturday’s game, the Brewers announced that they had place right-handed relief pitcher Tyler Thornburg on the 15-day Disabled List. The official cause for the designation was termed as “elbow soreness”. Before the game, manager Ron Roenicke said that it was something that had been there for a little while. That would explain both Thornburg’s limited use lately and lack of effectiveness with Friday’s game as the most glaring example.
In his place, the Brewers have recalled right-hander Mike Fiers. Fiers dazzled for much of 2012 both as a starting pitcher and a reliever before a late season swoon chalked up mostly to workload concerns. 2013 got off to a rough start as Fiers dealt with off-field distractions and was eventually lost almost entirely to injury.
This season has been phenomenal for Fiers at Triple-A Nashville. His season line for the Sounds reads as such:
6-3, 2.53 ERA, 67.2 IP, 11 GS, 54 H, 21 R (19 ER), 5 HR, 9 BB, 92 K, 0.931 WHIP, 12.2 K/9, 10.22 K/B
I have to point out a couple of things again for you.
- A league-leading 92 strikeouts (ninety-two)
- A 12.2 K/9 ratio
- A 10.22 K/B ratio because he’s walked nine (9) in 67.2 innings pitched
I know it’s the Pacific Coast League and not the National League, but these are the kinds of encouraging numbers that belie that Fiers’ command and control are with him this season.
Welcome back to The Show, Mike!
Official Release regarding the Day 2 Draft Choices:
The Milwaukee Brewers made eight selections during the second day of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft from rounds 3-10 this afternoon. Milwaukee selected four right-handed pitchers, two outfielders, one infielder and one catcher today.
The Brewers drafted RHP Cy Sneed From Dallas Baptist University with their third-round selection (85th overall). He went 8-3 with a 3.55 ERA in 16 starts (104ip, 41er) during his junior season. Sneed, the 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Idaho, was drafted out of high school by the Rangers in the 34th round of the 2011 draft, but chose to attend Dallas Baptist University. His older brother, Zeb, is a pitcher in the Kansas City Royals organization.
Milwaukee selected CF Troy Stokes, Jr. from Calvert Hall College (MD) High School in the fourth round (116th overall). The speedy outfielder has a commitment to the University of Maryland. In the fifth round, the Brewers chose 3B Dustin DeMuth from Indiana University. DeMuth led the Hoosiers with a .374 batting average (79-for-211) and added five home runs and 40 RBI in 57 games during his senior season. As a junior, he was named a First Team All-Big Ten selection. Demuth was previously drafted by the Twins in the eighth round of the 2013 draft, but did not sign.
RHP David Burkhalter was the last high school player taken by the Brewers on Day Two (6th round, 176th overall). The high school senior finished the year 7-3 with a 0.70 ERA this season and gave up seven earned runs in 70 innings pitched and recorded 104 strikeouts.
A redshirt junior at Kansas State University, RF Mitchell Meyer was selected in the 7th round (206th overall) by the Brewers. He hit .264 (39-for-148) with eight doubles, one triple, three homes and 26 RBI in 51 games for the Wildcats this season.
The Brewers used their 8th and 10th round selections to select a pair of college right-handed pitchers. Jeffrey (J.B.) Kole was selected 236th overall and finished his 2014 campaign strong for Villanova, finishing 3-0 and allowing just three earned runs over his final 21.1 innings pitched this season. Javier Salas, a senior from the University of Miami, was selected with the 296thoverall selection today. Salas went 4-3 with a 2.92 ERA in 52.1 innings. On March 4, against Kole’s Villanova Wildcats, Salas tossed the second perfect game in Hurricanes history.
The only catcher selected by the Brewers today was Greg McCall from the University of Texas-Arlington (9th round/266th overall). A junior, McCall hit .238 (51-for-214) with 11 home runs and 48 RBI for the Mavericks.
Overall, the Brewers have made 11 selections over the first two days of the draft, which includes six college players and five high school players. Milwaukee has selected five pitchers (one left-handers and four right-handers), two infielders, three outfielders and one catcher.
Round: 3, Overall pick: 85
Cy Sneed – RHP – Dallas Baptist
6’4″ – 185 lbs – Age: 21
MLB.com profile: The younger brother of Royals right-handed pitching prospect Zeb Sneed, Cy could have preceded him in pro ball, but he declined to sign with the Rangers as a 35th-round pick out of an Idaho high school in 2011. He instead headed to Dallas Baptist, where he has been a rotation mainstay since the first weekend of his college career. Like his brother, Sneed relies mainly on his arm strength. He maintains a 90-92 mph fastball deep into games and is capable of reaching 95, though his heater is a bit straight. For now, the rest of Sneed’s arsenal is ordinary. He has some feel for using a three-pitch mix, though neither his curveball nor his changeup is a consistently average pitch. He throws a decent amount of strikes, but his command isn’t terribly reliable, so he could wind up as a reliever down the road.
MLB.com Scouting Video:
Round: 4, Overall pick: 116
Troy Stokes - CF – Calvert Hall College High School
5’8″ - 182 lbs – Age: 18 – B/T: R/R
MLB.com profile: Stokes may not have a true plus tool but he lacks any real weakness in his game with all of his tools having the chance to be average or better. Stokes’ best tool is his speed which will allow him to have solid range in center and steal a good amount of bases in pro ball. At the plate, he has shown a very advanced approach along with great discipline and many feel that he has a chance to be an above-average hitter in the future. He also has shown more power and harder contact lately, but at this point, it is more double power than home run pop.
Round: 5, Overall pick: 146
Dustin DeMuth - 3B – Indiana University
6’3″ - 215 lbs – Age: 22 – B/T: L/R
MLB.com profile: The Indiana senior has had a great spring, and his bat is most likely what will get him drafted. At the plate, DeMuth has a smooth swing and decent bat speed, and he has always shown the ability to hit for a high average. He also has good power to the gaps, but some wonder if he will have enough power to profile at a corner. Defensively, DeMuth has a strong arm and good actions at third, and he should be able to stick there long term. A team that wants an advanced, fast-moving college hitter could overlook his lack of homer power and take him as a senior sign.
Round: 6, Overall pick: 176
David Burkhalter - RHP – Ruston HS (Louisiana)
6’3″ - 190 lbs – Age: 18
Round: 7, Overall pick: 206
Mitch Meyer - RF – Kansas State University
6’2″ - 190 lbs – Age: 22 – B/T: L/R
Round: 8, Overall pick: 236
J.B. Kole - RHP – Villanova
6’4″ - 200 lbs – Age: 21
Round: 9, Overall pick: 266
Greg McCall - C – University of Texas – Arlington
6’1″ - 215 lbs – Age: 22 – B/T: L/R
Round: 10, Overall pick: 296
Javi Salas - RHP – University of Miami
6’4″ - 225 lbs – Age: 22