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Brewers Announce Coaching Staff Changes

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.

Official Release: Brewers Introduce New General Manager


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.

Will Davies Be Joining Santana in Milwaukee This Week? Yup.

If you follow my timeline on Twitter (@BrewerNation), you are probably already aware of the following information. In fact, I’ll lay out the principal statements to this point by way of linking my tweets. That way, I’ll be able to simply supplement them.

Note the date. Manager Craig Counsell has said similarly themed words in the weeks since. Counsell also more recently reiterated that “the latest” they need a fifth starter would be in Cincinnati. That led me to believe that perhaps they’d call on someone earlier than the last possible day (Saturday, September 5) to join the rotation.

Counsell was asked before Sunday’s game whether he was willing to say who would be coming up and when they would arrive as far as September call-ups are concerned.

I did a little counting and realized that if the Brewers wanted Davies for a start this week, something would need to happen.

Then last night, I caught wind that Jorge Ortega was headed from High-A Brevard County to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

It stands to reason that Ortega was going up to Triple-A because a spot was opening. And nobody would be going up from Double-A Biloxi because of the moratorium on moving players away from that playoff-bound squad until said playoff run was concluded.

Then in a moment of connecting the dots, I tweeted the following about how perhaps 9/5 wasn’t the target date for a rotation addition after all.

And finally from this morning, what looks to be the account of Davies’ old high school coach tweeted this…

It certainly does appear as though things are lining up.



So to answer the question in the title? Yup.



Prodigiously Powerful Prospect Promoted


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.

BREAKING: More (Reported) Trades!

Here are the latest two trades breaking this morning:

(with a hat tip to Lookout Landing who heard of the discussions yesterday)

Nothing announced yet on that one.

The other deal, as first reported…

…has been announced.

BREAKING NEWS: Carlos Gomez Reportedly Traded (This is not a repost)


So after we got done talking to Carlos Gomez, Doug Melvin, and Craig Counsell all about the Gomez-to-Mets trade that got called off last night, and sitting at Miller Park preparing to watch Gomez man centerfield at least one more time, word is breaking that he’s been traded after all.

But not to the Mets. Melvin said earlier this afternoon that he doesn’t see any trades happening with the Mets anytime soon.

So where is he headed?

And the return?

Hey Ken, you got anything on the return?

But what about potential medical issues?

Friends, when it comes to Scott Boras clients, Jon Heyman is seldom never wrong.

More soon.

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


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.

Official Release: Brewers Send Ramirez to Pittsburgh


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).

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.


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