We’re a weekend away from Opening Day at Miller Park. Three days until the games starting to matter. However, those aren’t the first games at Miller Park in 2013. Tonight there will be the first of a pair of exhibition games against the Chicago White Sox.
But for the wins and losses to start to matter in the standings, and what should be a holiday at work, Opening Day is three days away.
Now if you were expecting a profile of Yuniesky Betancourt in this space because after he was signed he took back his old number of 3, you’ll still get it, but not until much later today. Instead, this morning, I’m profiling the prospect who was been wearing number 3 for 99% of camp…
This is going to be a unique profile as I won’t do much explanation of background, or personal history here in the column itself. Why? Well that’s because of the convenience of modern technology coupled with the graciousness of Gennett himself. In other words, I interviewed Scooter last night and will be posting a link to that here.
It’s got the story behind his nickname if you don’t already know it. We discuss his childhood play and what led to him moving to Sarasota, Florida (where he was drafted out of high school) after being born in Cincinnati, Ohio. I ask him for a self-scouting report so you can get to know his game a bit better. There’s really a lot of information and a bit of fun involved in the conversation.
(To download an MP3 file of the interview from my Box.com site, CLICK HERE. I’m not sure if it can only be downloaded so many times, so get it while you can. I’ll replace this link with a permanent one after the file gets uploaded to our usual audio archive website.)
As for his 2013 outlook though, Ryan Joseph Gennett (soft G) told me in the interview where he is expecting to start play in the regular season. More than that though, this year will be another proving ground type year. Gennett has advanced up the organizational ladder every year since beginning professional play. He played in full-season affiliated ball right away in 2010 after signing in late 2009. He was with the Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in 2010, the Class-A Advanced Brevard County Manatees in 2011 and spent all of 2012 racking up a .293 batting average with five home runs, 44 RBI and 11 stolen bases at Class-AA Huntsville.
But as Scooter said in my interview with him, the location where he’s doing his work doesn’t matter as much as always working hard to get better with that work. He’s sounds like a hungry player who not only wants to get better but needs to get better. That’s a distinction in professional athletes where the drive to succeed burns within them.
Just a couple of final notes as an addendum to what you can hear in the audio of our interview:
- Scooter’s dad, Joe, was a scout with the Houston Astros.
- Gennett was added to the 40-man roster last year on November 20, 2012.
- Gennett hits left-handed, and is listed at 5’10″ and 157 pounds in this year’s Brewers Media Guide
And, as I mention in the interview, you can follow Scooter Gennett on Twitter: @Scooterg11
Miss anyone along the way? Catch up on the Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers profiles to this point:
- #5 Taylor Green
- #7 Norichika Aoki
- #8 Ryan Braun
- #9 Jean Segura
- #11 Alex Gonzalez
- #12 Martin Maldonado
- #14 Jeff Bianchi
- #15 Caleb Gindl
- #16 Aramis Ramirez
- #20 Jonathan Lucroy
- #21 Donnie Murphy
- #22 Logan Schafer
- #23 Rickie Weeks
- #24 Mat Gamel
- #27 Carlos Gomez
- #29 Jim Henderson
- #31 Burke Badenhop
- #32 Tom Gorzelanny
- #37 Mark Rogers
- #38 Chris Narveson
- #41 Marco Estrada
- #45 Kelvim Escobar
- #46 Hiram Burgos
- #48 Donovan Hand
- #49 Yovani Gallardo
- #51 Michael Gonzalez
- #53 Brandon Kintzler
- #54 Josh Stinson
- #57 Khris Davis
- #58 Josh Prince
- #59 John Axford
- #60 Wily Peralta
- #61 Darren Byrd
- #63 Tyler Thornburg
- #64 Mike Fiers
- #65 Miguel De Los Santos
- #67 Santo Manzanillo
- #68 Jesus Sanchez
- #70 Nick Bucci
- #71 Johnny Hellweg
- #73 Ariel Peña
- #74 Michael Olmsted
- #75 Travis Webb
- #77 Jed Bradley
- #78 Taylor Jungmann
- BONUS ARTICLE: #91-94 Adam Weisenberger, Hunter Morris, Kentrail Davis, Rafael Neda
Recorded last night over dinner and during a fantasy baseball draft, my podcast partner Cary Kostka and I get you ready for Opening Day!
We discuss the 25-man roster projection, lineup for Opening Day, rotation, Kyle Lohse, Yuniesky Betancourt and more!
Click here to download the podcast: Brewer Nation Podcast – 2013 Opening Day Preparedness
Here are some local (read: Milwaukee) radio spots archived for your listening regarding Ryan Braun and the reports of his connection to the Biogenesis Clinic.
Yup, over 90 minutes of just interviews. This doesn’t include the hours of time spent by these show’s hosts discussing the situation on their own.
I’ll add more as they happen and feel free to pass one along if I don’t have it listed.
(Unless otherwise noted, these interviews all took place on Wednesday, February 6, 2012.)
From the Chuck & Wickett show on Sportsradio 1250 WSSP
Host of the longest running Brewers post-game show in the market, Tim Allen (12:20)
Brewers.com beat writer Adam McCalvy (12:40)
Co-author of the Yahoo! Sports Report, Jeff Passan, discusses his report (14:07)
From the statewide Bill Michaels Show (heard in the Milwaukee market on WSSP, hence the links)
Former lawyer Craig Calcaterra of NBC’s Hardball Talk joined Bill to discuss the report from a legal point of view (11:10)
Co-author of the Yahoo! Sports report, Tim Brown, discusses the same (7:33)
From ESPN Milwaukee (AM 540)
Jeff Passan continues making the rounds as he chats with “The D-List” (14:24)
Brewers beat writer for the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel Tom Haudricourt joins “The D-List” (13:52)
From The Big 1070/The Big 920 (AM 1070 Madison & AM 920 Milwaukee, respectively)
Andy Baggot from the Wisconsin State Journal talks to Lucas & Lepay (9:06)
Tom Pippines of FOX6 in Milwaukee weighs in with Lucas & Lepay on Friday, February 8th (8:51)
From The Big Show on Sportsradio 1250 WSSP
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale discusses the situation (6:44)
On the Brewers Flagship, AM 620 WTMJ
CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman talks to Greg Matzek (4:17)
Haudricourt with Matzek (4:42)
And if you missed any of the written statements surrounding this situation:
The newest Brewer Nation podcast featuring your humble blogger and my podcast partner Cary Kostka has been uploaded to Cary’s site and US available for consumption!
We discuss a number of topics from hire the season finished up to off-season leagues to naming our rotations should the Brewers not add another starting pitcher.
Click the link to access the podcast and enjoy! http://sportprofiles.files.wordpress.com/podcast-central/2012/03/bnation_112712.mp3
Here is a link to the podcast of last night’s edition of Brewers Weekly on AM 620 WTMJ radio.
My segment on the show begins at the 24:35 mark, but make sure to listen to the entire recording for Dan O’Donnell’s thoughts and his conversation with Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel Brewers beat writer Tom Haudricourt as well.
The hour show without ads breaks down to 39:19 total.
Enjoy and let me know if you agree or disagree in the comments!
Ladies, gentlemen, friends, Romans, countrymen, et cetera…
The latest episode of the Brewer Nation podcast has found its way through the editing chamber and was (finally) accepted for upload by the host of the server on which it resides!
Please download or listen by utilizing the link:
On this episode we discuss (in no particular order):
- Record since last podcast
- Minor League news
- ESPN’s Battle of the Ballparks
- Ryan Braun and the All-Star Game
- Discussion topic: Would the Brewers benefit by acquiring a handful of bullpen arms?
- Discussion topic: Which pieces are worth something in trade should the team decide to sell?
- The latest in Greinke rumors
- Discussion topic: How would you handle the coming logjam in the starting rotation?
- Upcoming series and Decision Day 2012
The wait is over!
The latest edition of the Brewer Nation podcast (recorded last night) is now available for download.
It contains yesterday’s interview with compensatory draft pick Mitch Haniger as well but if you want to listen to just that interview (for some crazy reason) you can scroll down the main blog page and find that post.
But for now, check out the latest pod and hit us up with some feedback!
What better day than Milwaukee Day(4.14) to record the latest edition of the Brewer Nation podcast?
Well, we couldn’t think of one either and so Cary and I got together and did just that.
This edition features an interview with Brewers fan Megan Brown.
We also had planned on interviewing Brewers prospect Nick Ramirez (#10 on Keith Law’s top prospect list for the Milwaukee Brewers), but finished the podcast before we could connect. We ended up reaching him afterward so we recorded that interview on its own and have posted it as well.
Here is the link to the full podcast:
Here is the link to just the Nick Ramirez interview:
You can follow our guests on Twitter! We plug their accounts in the recordings.
The big Season Preview podcast is finally ready for download!
Click the link below to access it.
Thank you all so much for your listenership!