It’s here! With the draft come and gone I have once again put together a podcast for your listening pleasure.
I talk to two of the Brewers draft picks this year, a tradition I started several years ago at this point, as I had the chance to interview top pick Corey Ray and 6th rounder Payton Henry. You’ll also hear some audio from the Director of Amateur Scouting for the Brewers, Ray Montgomery, as well as MLB veteran Curtis Granderson who has been a mentor for Corey over the last couple of years.
I might post a follow-up interview that I wanted to conduct but haven’t yet had a chance to complete due to scheduling conflicts but I wanted to get this up for now without it just in case it never happens.
But for now, listen to this and let me know what you think.
Team Selects OF Corey Ray, 3B Lucas Erceg and C Mario Feliciano
MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Brewers made three selections during day one of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft. The team selected outfielder Corey Ray (University of Louisville), third baseman Lucas Erceg (Menlo College) and catcher Mario Feliciano (Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy) with the fifth, 46th and 75th picks, respectively. The announcements were made by Vice President of Amateur Scouting/Special Assistant to the General Manager Ray Montgomery.
Ray, a junior at the University of Louisville, batted .319 with 55 runs, 16 doubles, a triple, 15 home runs, 60 RBI, 44 stolen bases, a .396 OBP and a .562 slugging percentage this season. He was previously drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 33rd round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Simeon Career Academy, but chose to enroll in college instead. The left-handed hitter is majoring in exercise science. He was scouted by area scout Jeff Simpson and regional supervisor Tim McIlvaine.
Erceg, 21, is a junior at Menlo College. He hit .308 (70-for-227) with 47 runs, 15 doubles, 20 home runs, 56 RBI with a .351 on-base percentage and a .639 slugging percentage in 56 games this season. He was scouted by area scout Joe Graham and regional supervisor Corey Rodriguez.
Feliciano, 17, is a senior at the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy. He was a 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game 2nd Team All-American and was scouted by area scout Charlie Sullivan and national supervisor Doug Reynolds.
The Draft will resume tomorrow at 12 p.m. CT with rounds 3-10. Day three of the Draft will begin at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday with rounds 11-40.
Official Release: Brewers Announce Donation of Over 20,000 Bat & Ball Sets and Books to Local Children
Effort is Part of “Play Ball Weekend,” Sponsored by Chevrolet
The Milwaukee Brewers announced the donation of over 20,000 plastic bat & ball sets to every student, grades K-5 through the 2nd Grade, in the Milwaukee Public School system. The announcement was made earlier today at a press conference at the Brown Street Academy by Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. Members of the team’s front office including Manager of Youth Outreach Larry Hisle, Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools Dr. Darienne Driver, Brown Street Academy staff, local officials, Chevrolet (sponsor) representatives as well as players Chris Capuano, Chris Carter and Alex Presley were on hand for the announcement and ensuing mini-clinics.
Each child will receive a brand new “Play Ball” bat and ball set, delivered to each Milwaukee Public Elementary School, courtesy of the Brewers and Chevrolet. In addition, the team announced that 125 schools all over the city will receive a set of baseball-related books. The effort is part of “Play Ball Weekend,” a Major League Baseball initiative, which is taking place today through Sunday.
Major League Baseball and USA Baseball launched “Play Ball” as the sport’s largest effort to encourage widespread participation in both formal and informal baseball activities. The goal of the program is to give kids the opportunity to enjoy the game in a fun environment by highlighting the many ways baseball can be played and introduce kids to the sport who otherwise may not have the chance to experience it. Additionally, the program offers a healthy and active lifestyle option where many of those opportunities are offered less frequently.
“The goal of this program is to get kids engaged with the game by giving them the tools to play and the resources to learn about the sport,” said Schlesinger. “It doesn’t take nine kids to play the game, and it doesn’t require expensive or elaborate equipment. Major League Baseball and the Milwaukee Brewers are committed to connecting with area children through the ‘Play Ball’ program, and we look forward to what we know will be a fun and successful long-term initiative.”
Following the press conference, the players engaged with the children and put on a mini-clinic. The players demonstrated basic skills and taught useful lessons about the game.
In addition to today’s press conference, the team will continue to celebrate “Play Ball Weekend” with an on-field ceremony prior to tomorrow’s contest against the San Diego Padres. Nine players from the local Milwaukee RBI program will join Brewers players as they go to their respective positions on the field. The players will then present the kids with one of their very own Brewers caps.
For more information about Play Ball Weekend, the RBI Program or the Brewers involvement in the community, please visit Brewers.com.
What follows are the announced rosters for the parent club Milwaukee Brewers as well as each of the full-season minor-league affiliates of the same, broken down by position group.
MLB Parent Club (Twitter: @Brewers)
Manager: Craig Counsell
25 Total Players (excluding disabled list)
- Chase Anderson (Twitter: @ChaseAnderson57)
- Michael Blazek (@MichaelBlazek34)
- Blaine Boyer (@btboyer81)
- Chris Capuano
- Matt Garza (@Gdeuceswild)
- Jeremy Jeffress (@JMontana41)
- Taylor Jungmann
- Jimmy Nelson (@Jimmy_J_Nelson)
- Ariel Peña (@ArielBrewers)
- Wily Peralta (@WilyPeralta38)
- Tyler Thornburg (@TylerThornburg)
- Carlos Torres
- Chris Carter
- Scooter Gennett (@Sgennett2)
- Aaron Hill
- Yadiel Rivera (@YADIELRIVERA13)
- Jonathan Villar (@JRvillar6)
- Colin Walsh (@colinwalsh13)
- Ryan Braun
- Keon Broxton (@KeonDDBroxton)
- Ramon Flores (@ramonflores16)
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis
- Domingo Santana
Disabled List (5)
- Yhonathan Barrios – RP
- Zack Jones – RP – (@Jack_Zones04)
- Corey Knebel – RP – (@coreyknebel29)
- Rymer Liriano – OF
- Sean Nolin – RP – (@SeanNolin)
- Will Smith – RP – (@White_Willy13)
Class-AAA Affiliate (Twitter: @skysox)
Manager: Rick Sweet
28 Total Players
- Jacob Barnes (@j_barnes30)
- Hiram Burgos (@Burgos196)
- Tyler Cravy (@TylerJayCravy)
- Zach Davies (@ZDavies3)
- Tim Dillard (@DimTillard)
- David Goforth (@DavidGoforth7)
- Junior Guerra (@juni1685)
- Brooks Hall
- Mitch Lambson (@lambda3x)
- Jorge Lopez (@yabiee18)
- Damien Magnifico (@D_Magno32)
- Jim Miller
- Austin Ross (@AustinNorthRoss)
- Brent Suter (@bruter24)
- Orlando Arcia (@orlandoarcia9)
- Garin Cecchini (@GarinCecchini)
- Jake Elmore (@JElmo10)
- Will Middlebrooks (@middlebrooks)
- Hernan Perez
- Andy Wilkins
Class-AA Affiliate (Twitter: @BiloxiShuckers)
Manager: Mike Guerrero
28 Total Players
- Tristan Archer (@TRISTAN_archer)
- Jed Bradley (@Jed_Bradley)
- Jaye Chapman (@jchappy33)
- Drew Gagnon (@Dgags24)
- Josh Hader (@jhader17)
- Adrian Houser (@AdrianHouser12)
- Hobbs Johnson (@hojo31)
- Jorge Ortega (@jorge_ortega39)
- Stephen Peterson (@SPetey22)
- Javier Salas (@javisalas22)
- Daniel Tillman (@dtillman24)
- Martin Viramontes (@martilious19)
- Wei-Chung Wang (@LeftyWang51)
- Javier Betancourt (@javierelbetica)
- Garrett Cooper (@CoopaLoop1)
- Brandon Macias (@Cias12)
- Chris McFarland (@cmcfarland936)
- Nate Orf (@NateOrf4)
- Nick Ramirez (@N_Ram33)
- Nick Shaw (@NShaw3)
- Brett Phillips (@Brett_Phillips8)
- Victor Roache (@_Heavy28Hitter_)
- Tyrone Taylor (@tyrone_taylor15)
- Kyle Wren (@KwrenGT)
Class-A Advanced Affiliate (Twitter: @BCManatees)
Manager: Joe Ayrault
- Bubby Derby (@Bderby11)
- Kaleb Earls (@K_Earls32)
- Eric Hanhold
- Zach Hirsch (@zhirsch57)
- Brad Kuntz
- Kodi Medeiros (@kodi_medeiros)
- Jon Olczak (@JonOlczak3)
- Cody Ponce (@Cody_Ponce48)
- Junior Rincon
- Tyler Spurlin (@TyroneG4)
- Josh Uhen (@joshuhen)
- Angel Ventura
- Kender Villegas (@Kendervillegas5)
- Brandon Woodruff (@B_Woody24)
- Blake Allemand (@blake_allemand1)
- Taylor Brennan (@TaylorBrennan88)
- Jose Cuas (@Jcuas28)
- Dustin DeMuth (@_doubled16)
- George Iskenderian (@giskenderian7)
- Angel Ortega
Class-A Affiliate (Twitter: @TimberRattlers)
Manager: Matt Erickson
28 Total Players
- David Burkhalter (@dmburkhalter1)
- Miguel Diaz
- Marcos Diplan
- Jake Drosser (@J_Dross10)
- Nathan Griep (@GrimGrieper)
- Scott Grist (@ScottGrist36)
- Conor Harber (@charber11)
- David Lucroy (@The_Lukey_Poo)
- Drake Owenby (@Dddrrraaaakkeee)
- Freddy Peralta
- Jon Perrin (@jperrin46)
- Quintin Torres-Costa (@Qtorres_costa)
- Christian Trent (@Ctrent47)
- Jordan Yamamoto (@jyamaz21)
- Luis Aviles (@Jarhol99)
- Isan Diaz (@diazisan)
- Jake Gatewood (@Jake_Gatewood2)
- Sthervin Matos (@sthervin)
- Tucker Neuhaus (@Tucker_Neuhaus)
- Alan Sharkey (@A_SHARKEY)
57 Chase Anderson
54 Michael Blazek
48 Blaine Boyer*
39 Chris Capuano*
22 Matt Garza
21 Jeremy Jeffress
41 Taylor Jungmann
52 Jimmy Nelson
58 Ariel Peña
38 Wily Peralta
37 Tyler Thornburg
59 Carlos Torres
20 Jonathan Lucroy
12 Martin Maldonado
33 Chris Carter
2 Scooter Gennett
9 Aaron Hill
29 Yadiel Rivera
5 Jonathan Villar
7 Colin Walsh
8 Ryan Braun
23 Keon Broxton%
18 Ramon Flores%
10 Kirk Nieuwenhuis
16 Domingo Santana%
DISABLED LIST (6)
50 Yhonathan Barrios (right shoulder – 60-day)
75 Zack Jones (right shoulder – 15-day)
46 Corey Knebel (left oblique – 15-day)
79 OF Rymer Liriano (face – 60-day)
53 LHP Sean Nolin (left elbow – 60-day)
13 LHP Will Smith (right knee – 15-day)
30 Craig Counsell – Manager
11 Darnell Coles – Hitting Coach
36 Derek Johnson – Pitching Coach
40 Jason Lane – Coach
49 Pat Murphy – Bench Coach
6 Ed Sedar – Third Base Coach
31 Carlos Subero – First Base/Infield Coach
43 Lee Tunnell – Bullpen Coach
56 Joe Crawford – Coaching Assistant
55 Marcus Hanel – Bullpen Catcher
OFFICIAL RELEASE: The Milwaukee Brewers have signed right-handed reliever Carlos Torres to a one-year Major League contract. The announcement was made by General Manager David Stearns. To make room on the 40-man roster, OF Rymer Liriano (facial fractures) has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Torres, 33, made 8 relief appearances with the Atlanta Braves this spring (0-0, 4.00era, 1sv, 9ip, 7h, 5r, 4er, 5bb, 6k, 2hr, .212ba). He went 5-6 with a 4.68 ERA in 59 relief appearances last season with the New York Mets. Torres owns a career record of 23-24 with a 4.26 ERA and 2 saves in 209 games (16 starts) with the White Sox (2009-10), Rockies (2012) and Mets (2013-15). He played for the Yomiuri Giants of the Nippon Professional Baseball League in 2011.
Torres enjoyed his best Major League season two years ago as he went 8-6 with a 3.06 ERA in a career-high 73 relief appearances (1 start) with New York. He led all Major League relievers with 92.0 innings pitched in 2014 and was tied for ninth in the National League in appearances that season.
Through a series of tweets by beat writers Adam McCalvy (MLB.com), Tom Haudricourt & Todd Rosiak (Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel), several decisions which directly impact the 25-man roster of the Milwaukee Brewers were disseminated from Spring Training on Sunday morning.
With an opt-out decision looming today, first and foremost relief pitcher Blaine Boyer was told that he has made the 25-man roster. The move will eventually require a corresponding 40-man roster move as Boyer was in camp on a Minor League contract, but there are a handful of 60-day DL candidates so finding a spot (or two or three) won’t be difficult.
The other player who got the best news was OF/1B Ramon Flores who was also told he’ll make the 25-man roster. Flores was acquired this off-season in trade from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for infielder Luis Sardiñas in a swap of players who were likely to be waived by their original clubs. Flores had a strong Cactus League and also showed a little versatility in being able to potentially backup Chris Carter at first base.
As there are ultimately so few spots, many more players get the proverbial red ticket in their locker.
Among those informed that they’ll begin the regular season in the minors are catchers Josmil Pinto and Manny Piña who were told they’ll be in Triple-A. Catcher Adam Weisenburger will apparently join them, giving Colorado Springs a trio of backstops.
Will Middlebrooks was informed today that he’ll also be assigned to Triple-A after vying for a spot as a backup corner infielder. Once there he is expected to rotate at the corner infield positions with Andy Wilkins and Garin Cecchini.
Joining them in the high-altitude infield will be Jake Elmore who was hoping to make the big league team as a reserve but came up short.
In the outfield competition, Eric Young Jr. was told that he’ll also head to the Centennial State when camp breaks. He’ll be joined officially by Shane Peterson who, after passing through waivers earlier this winter, was also in camp on a minor-league deal.
And finally, one official optioning came down as reliever David Goforth was sent out. Even with all the injuries to the bullpen recently, Goforth having minor league options was likely a key factor as others in the running for just a couple of spots had less team control due to no options or contract opt-outs like Boyer.
All told, this leaves the following combination of players in camp:
- Yadiel Rivera, Rule 5 Colin Walsh, and non-roster invitee Hernan Perez are competing for what is likely two open infield jobs.
- Keon Broxton (options remaining), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (no options), and Alex Presley (NRI) competing for likely two backup outfield spots.
- Chris Capuano (opt-out), Franklin Morales (opt-out), Ariel Peña (no options), Tyler Cravy (options remaining) are in play for two bullpen jobs
The Milwaukee Brewers are proud to announce the all-new Brewers Ballpark Pass. You can gain access to every home game in the month of April (excluding Opening Day) for just $49. Tickets will be delivered digitally via your mobile device, and seats will vary from game to game. Seat locations include, but are not limited to: Terrace Box, Terrace Reserved, Loge Bleachers and Loge Outfield sections.
The Brewers Ballpark Pass is a new ticket deal that allows you access to every home game in the month of April. The pass allows you to attend as many games in April as your schedule allows, for one low set price.
The setup is simple. Purchase your pass at brewers.com/ballparkpass and then download the MLB.com Ballpark app for your phone. Two hours before each home game, you will receive a text message alerting you of the seat location you have been assigned for that game.
Your seats will vary from game to game and will be located in the Terrace Box, Terrace Reserved, Loge Bleachers or Loge Outfield sections. You will receive your specific seating location on the day of each game, and you will be able to manage your tickets and enter Miller Park directly from your phone. Fans can purchase a total of up to six (6) passes with one account.
The Brewers Ballpark Pass is fast, simple, flexible and most of all, it’s incredibly affordable. To learn more about how you can get access to every Brewers home game in April for just $49, visit brewers.com/ballparkpass.
These are the archived videos aired on MLB Network on March 4th as Greg Amsinger and Milwaukee’s all-time Saves leader Dan Plesac visited Brewers’ camp at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix, Arizona as a part of the Network’s “30 Clubs in 30 Days” series previewing the 2016 season.
GM David Stearns sits down with Amsinger & Plesac
Ryan Braun talks about his bounce back 2015 and looking ahead to 2016
Jimmy Nelson with Dan Plesac
Domingo Santana talks about his fresh start
Will Smith on the bullpen
Ryan Braun demos base running/stealing with Plesac
Chris Carter talks to Greg Amsinger
Lucroy talks 2016 with Amsinger
Matt Garza talks youth and rotation with Plesac
Counsell with Plesac
Brewers Prospects with Jonathan Mayo
Brewers Fan Vote
As I did last year, and the year before, and the year before, and the year before that, I’ll be keeping a running list of the Top 100 Players Right Now as they are revealed on MLB Network, eventually compiling the entire list.
They will have revealed all 100 by the end of Thursday, February 25th. I’ll update this same space as they reveal the remaining entries.
The criteria for the list remains the same:
- Emphasized stats from the last three (3) seasons, weighting 2015
- Projected 2016 performance
- Defensive position
Here now are the Top 100-1* Players as listed by MLB Network:
100. Alex Rodriguez – DH/3B – New York Yankees
99. Corey Seager – SS – Los Angeles Dodgers
98. Aroldis Chapman – CL – New York Yankees
97. Andrew Miller – RP – New York Yankees
96. David Ortiz – DH – Boston Red Sox
95. Kyle Schwarber – LF – Chicago Cubs
94. Miguel Sano – RF – Minnesota Twins
93. Jose Fernandez – SP – Miami Marlins
92. Stephen Strasburg – SP – Washington Nationals
91. Andrelton Simmons – SS – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
90. Craig Kimbrel – CL – Boston Red Sox
89. Daniel Murphy – 2B – Washington Nationals
88. Matt Carpenter – 3B – St. Louis Cardinals
87. Carlos Gomez – CF – Houston Astros
86. Ryan Braun – LF – Milwaukee Brewers
85. Yasiel Puig – OF – Los Angeles Dodgers
84. Justin Turner – 3B – Los Angeles Dodgers
83. Albert Pujols – 1B – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
82. Prince Fielder – DH/1B – Texas Rangers
81. Jordan Zimmermann – SP – Detroit Tigers
80. Dustin Pedroia – 2B – Boston Red Sox
79. Adrian Gonzalez – 1B – Los Angeles Dodgers
78. Eric Hosmer – 1B – Kansas City Royals
77. Alex Gordon – LF – Kansas City Royals
76. Todd Frazier – 3B – Chicago White Sox
75. Stephen Vogt – C – Oakland Athletics
74. Carlos Carrasco – SP – Cleveland Indians
73. Carlos Martinez – SP – St. Louis Cardinals
72. Jonathan Lucroy – C- Milwaukee Brewers
71. Gerrit Cole – SP – Pittsburgh Pirates
70. Jhonny Peralta – SS – St. Louis Cardinals
69. Russell Martin – C – Toronto Blue Jays
68. George Springer – RF – Houston Astros
67. Ian Kinsler – 2B – Detroit Tigers
66. Chris Archer – SP – Tampa Bay Rays
65. Kevin Kiermaier – CF – Tampa Bay Rays
64. Yadier Molina – C – St. Louis Cardinals
63. Dellin Betances – RP – New York Yankees
62. Salvador Perez – C- Kansas City Royals
61. Brandon Belt – 1B – San Francisco Giants
60. Johnny Cueto – SP – San Francisco Giants
59. Xander Bogaerts – SS – Boston Red Sox
58. Logan Forsythe – 2B – Tampa Bay Rays
57. Sonny Gray – SP – Oakland Athletics
56. Brian McCann – C – New York Yankees
55. Chris Davis – 1B – Baltimore Orioles
54. Jung Ho Kang – 3B – Pittsburgh Pirates
53. J.D. Martinez – LF – Detroit Tigers
52. Jason Kipnis – 2B – Cleveland Indians
51. Adam Wainwright – SP – St. Louis Cardinals
50. Mookie Betts – RF – Boston Red Sox
49. Justin Upton – LF – Detroit Tigers
48. Kyle Seager – 3B – Seattle Mariners
47. Edwin Encarnacion – 1B – Toronto Blue Jays
46. Wade Davis – CL – Kansas City Royals
45. Ben Zobrist – 2B – Chicago Cubs
44. Randal Grichuk – OF – St. Louis Cardinals
43. Starling Marte – LF – Pittsburgh Pirates
42. Francisco Lindor – SS – Cleveland Indians
41. Dee Gordon – 2B – Miami Marlins
40. Madison Bumgarner – SP – San Francisco Giants
39. Jose Abreu – 1B – Chicago White Sox
38. Troy Tulowitzki – SS – Toronto Blue Jays
37. Jacob deGrom – SP – New York Mets
36. Matt Harvey – SP – New York Mets
35. Felix Hernandez – SP – Seattle Mariners
34. Adam Jones – CF – Baltimore Orioles
33. Brandon Crawford – SS – San Francisco Giants
32. Jason Heyward – CF – Chicago Cubs
31. Michael Brantley – LF – Cleveland Indians
30. Corey Kluber – SP – Cleveland Indians
29. Dallas Keuchel – SP – Houston Astros
28. Yoenis Cespedes – CF – New York Mets
27. Nelson Cruz – RF/DH – Seattle Mariners
26. Jose Bautista – RF – Toronto Blue Jays
25. Chris Sale – SP – Chicago White Sox
24. Adrian Beltre – 3B – Texas Rangers
23. Nolan Arenado – 3B – Colorado Rockies
22. Lorenzo Cain – CF – Kansas City Royals
21. Max Scherzer – SP – Washington Nationals
20. A.J. Pollock – CF – Arizona Diamondbacks
19. Kris Bryant – 3B – Chicago Cubs
18. Anthony Rizzo – 1B – Chicago Cubs
17. David Price – SP – Boston Red Sox
16. Zack Greinke – SP – Arizona Diamondbacks
15. Robinson Cano – 2B – Seattle Mariners
14. Giancarlo Stanton – RF – Miami Marlins
13. Carlos Correa – SS – Houston Astros
12. Jose Altuve – 2B – Houston Astros
11. Joey Votto – 1B – Cincinnati Reds
10. Miguel Cabrera – 1B – Detroit Tigers
9. Jake Arrieta – SP – Chicago Cubs
8. Manny Machado – 3B – Baltimore Orioles
7. Buster Posey – C – San Francisco Giants
6. Paul Goldschmidt – 1B – Arizona Diamondbacks
5. Josh Donaldson – 3B – Toronto Blue Jays
4. Andrew McCutchen – CF – Pittsburgh Pirates
3. Clayton Kershaw – SP – Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Bryce Harper – RF – Washington Nationals
1. Mike Trout – CF – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Ryan Braun has been revealed as the 86th best player in Major League Baseball “Right Now” entering 2016.
After a rough 2015 campaign, Jonathan Lucroy plummets from 23 all the way to 72.