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Today is Thursday, January 29, 2015. It’s almost February, that wonderfully depressing month to everyone except for baseball fans. Football is over, pro basketball hasn’t yet hit its true playoff stride and nobody is dancing yet in college.
But alas we aren’t there quite yet.
Instead, here on January 29, we sit 67 days away from Brewers Opening Day on April 6 at Miller Park. In continuing my countdown series, it’s time to take a look at someone brand new to the organization…
Nevin Robert Ashley is a 6’1″, 215 lb catcher from Indiana by way of Indiana State University. Originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Early scouting reports said that Ashley is an average hitter though good defender. He was named as the “Best Defensive Catcher” in Tampa Bay’s system on more than one occasion by Baseball America.
The Brewers have long valued defense (receiving/throwing/game-management) in their would-be back up catchers. Guys like Adam Weisenburger are defense first, and it’s been well-covered just how good behind the plate current MLB-level backstop Martin Maldonado is. Even the offensively plus Jonathan Lucroy is a top notch receiver, though his throwing arm is a hole in his game.
With Ashley, the Brewers get another in a recent spate of MiLB free agents who sign on to catch at a Brewers’ affiliate in hopes of getting a September call-up and making something out of their opportunity. Matt Treanor, Blake Lalli, Lucas May, etc.
Ashley has been doing the same over the past couple of seasons. Following seven professional seasons with Tampa Bay, the now 30-year-old Ashley spent 2013 with Cincinnati’s top affiliate in Durham and was in Triple-A again all season but with the Pirates’ affiliate in 2014.
Still a defensive-minded backstop, Ashley owns a career .235/.322/.365 slash line in 224 games at the Triple-A level. He hasn’t slugged over .379 since his 2007 A-ball campaign in the Sally League with the Columbus Catfish. Ironically, Ashley’s team bested Milwaukee’s Class-A affiliate (the West Virginia Power) in that league’s playoff championship in 2007.
Ashley is behind, of course, Lucroy and Maldonado organizationally but with fellow newcomer (and tomorrow’s profile subject) Juan Centeno likely starting at Class-AAA Colorado Springs this year, Ashley could either back him up or possibly start in Biloxi dependent on what the club wants to do with a guy like Weisenburger.
At this point, Ashley is a guy to be aware of in spring. For the casual fan, that’s probably enough.
You can follow Nevin Ashley on Twitter: @nevin_ashley
Catch up on the countdown!
The Milwaukee Brewers today announced the Club’s 2015 Spring Training broadcast schedule that will include 16 radio broadcasts on 620 WTMJ and the Brewers Radio Network, 13 additional audio webcasts, and 12 games televised by FOX Sports Wisconsin.
All games played in the Cactus League are scheduled for 1:05 pm Arizona Time (except for March 13, March 23 and March 24, which will start at 7:05 p.m., 1:05 p.m. and 6:40 p.m. Arizona Time, respectively).
The only games that will not be broadcast on either radio, TV or webcast are the Wednesday, March 4 exhibition against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a road split-squad game on Sunday, March 15 at the Rangers (NOTE: The Brewers home game against the A’s that day will be broadcast on radio and TV).
Hall of Fame announcer Bob Uecker and his partner Joe Block will call the games on the Brewers Radio Network, and Jeff Levering will fill in on select games. Television announcers Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder will call the games on FOX Sports Wisconsin. Anderson, Block, Schroeder and Levering will team up on the Brewers.com webcasts. (NOTE: FOX Sports Wisconsin will simulcast the March 5 game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from FOX Sports West and the March 17 game against the San Diego Padres from FOX Sports San Diego.)
Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Spring Training on Friday, February 20. All position players have a report date of Wednesday, February 25. The first full workout is scheduled for Thursday, February 26.
Tickets for the Milwaukee Brewers home Spring Training games are on sale now via the internet at Brewers.com and by phone at 1-800-933-7890. Normal business hours are from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST. Sales at the Maryvale Baseball Park Box Office will begin on Monday, February 9, 2015. Tickets are available in four seating areas: Field Box ($23), Infield Reserved ($17), Outfield Reserved ($13) and Lawn Seating ($8) In addition, there will also be a limited number of advanced parking passes available for $5. Information on Spring Training Season Tickets can be obtained by calling the Milwaukee Brewers Ticket Office at 414-902-4000.
Please note that games and times are subject to change.
Date – Time (CT) – Opponent – Place – Broadcast
Wed, March 4 – 2:05pm vs UW-Milwaukee – Maryvale – N/A
Thu, March 5 – 2:05pm at LA Angels of Anaheim – Tempe – TV/Radio
Fri, March 6 – 2:05pm vs Los Angeles Dodgers – Maryvale – TV/Radio
Sat, March 7 – 2:05pm vs Texas Rangers – Maryvale – TV/Radio
DAYLIGHT-SAVINGS TIME BEGINS MARCH 8
Sun, March 8 – 3:05pm at Los Angeles Dodgers – Camelback Ranch – Radio
Mon, March 9 – 3:05pm vs Kansas City Royals – Maryvale – Brewers.com
Tue, March 10 – 3:05pm vs Cincinnati Reds – Maryvale – TV/Radio
Wed, March 11 – 3:05pm at San Francisco Giants – Scottsdale – Radio
Thu, March 12 – 3:05pm vs Colorado Rockies – Maryvale – Brewers.com
Fri, March 13 – 9:05pm at Seattle Mariners – Peoria – Brewers.com
Sat, March 14 – 3:05pm vs Chicago Cubs – Maryvale – TV/Radio
Sun, March 15 – 3:05pm vs Oakland Athletics – Maryvale – TV/Radio
– 3:05pm at Texas Rangers – Surprise – N/A
Mon, March 16 OFF DAY
Tue, March 17 – 3:05pm at San Diego Padres – Peoria – TV/Brewers.com
Wed, March 18 – 3:05pm at Kansas City Royals – Surprise – Brewers.com
Thu, March 19 – 3:05pm vs San Francisco Giants – Maryvale – TV/Radio
Fri, March 20 – 3:05pm vs Arizona Diamondbacks – Maryvale – Brewers.com
Sat, March 21 – 3:05pm at Texas Rangers – Surprise – Radio
Sun, March 22 – 3:05pm vs Chicago White Sox – Maryvale – Brewers.com
Mon, March 23 – 3:10pm at Colorado Rockies – Talking Stick – Radio
Tue, March 24 – 8:40pm at Arizona Diamondbacks – Talking Stick – Brewers.com
Wed, March 25 – 3:05pm vs Oakland Athletics – Maryvale – TV/Radio
Thu, March 26 – 3:05pm vs Seattle Mariners – Maryvale – Brewers.com
Fri, March 27 – 9:05pm at Cincinnati Reds – Goodyear – Brewers.com
Sat, March 28 – 3:05pm vs Cleveland Indians – Maryvale – TV/Radio
Sun, March 29 – 3:05pm at Oakland Athletics – Mesa – Radio
Mon, March 30 OFF DAY
Tue, March 31 – 3:05pm vs Cincinnati Reds – Maryvale – TV/Radio
Wed, April 1 – 3:05pm at Chicago Cubs – Mesa – Brewers.com
Thu, April 2 – 2:05pm at San Diego Padres – Peoria – Brewers.com
Fri, April 3 – 3:05pm at Cleveland Indians – Goodyear – Brewers.com
Sat, April 4 – 2:05pm vs Cleveland Indians – Maryvale – TV/Radio
• Home games in bold
• Note: Daylight-Savings Time begins on March 8
• All Games/Times subject to change
• Television games aired on FOX Sports Wisconsin
• Radio games aired on WTMJ-AM 620 and the Brewers Radio Network
After having to write my bonus column today, you’ll forgive me if I end up cutting this one a bit shorter than I otherwise would.
That said, time is of the essence so let’s get right to the man who dons number 68…
Ariel Peña was the third piece of the trade that sent Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Dodgers. A big (6’3″, 240 lb) right-hander from the Dominican Republic, Peña carried with him a reputation of command problems. Just before the trade, he participated in the Rising Stars game on All-Star weekend. He got shellacked. The rest of his 2010 seemed to reflect some confidence issues.
The next year, Peña rebounded as he pitched a full season with Class-AA Huntsville. 2014 wasn’t as kind though.
Peña pitched to a 4.56 ERA in 128.1 innings across 25 games (24 starts). His FIP was 4.10 though his SIERA was 3.90. He wasn’t particularly unlucky as his opponent batting average on balls in play was .269 and he even returned to a great strikeout form tallying 140 on the year.
His biggest problems were a 5.3 BB/9 — which is painfully high — and a 20.4% line drive percentage, his career-worst by more than 4 percent.
Peña was outrighted to Triple-A in November of last year, which took him off of the 40-man roster and exposed him to the Rule 5 Draft. Perhaps it was his rough season that led to no one selecting him, but it also likely had something to do with the elbow injury that ended his season early.
Still just 25, the Brewers have experience with pitchers needing a while to “get it”. Peña still has a big fastball, but until he knows where it and his other pitches are going more often that he seems to now, he’ll never realize the potential he showed when he signed as an 18-year-old.
For now, the erratic Peña will be in big league camp as he’s still someone the organization would very much like to see succeed. Time isn’t infinite in the cases of baseball prospects, even prospects with Peña’s kind of heat.
Catch up on the countdown!
As happened last year, the Milwaukee Brewers only recently announced the rest of their Spring Training jersey number updates for 2015. There are six players to catch up on who missed their own dates as a result.
The reason for this bonus article is that, as mentioned above, these players were announced after the day on which they would have otherwise had their individual article written and posted.
As in 2014, these won’t be in-depth profiles of these players but I wanted to make sure you knew a little something about them before camp opens and you see their names popping up in box scores.
Tyler Jay Cravy, 25, is a 6’3″ right-handed pitcher from California who the Brewers drafted out of Napa Valley College in the 17th round of the 2009 draft. He’s been a 40-man roster consideration each of the last couple of years, especially the most recent one where Cravy posted a combined 1.64 ERA in 17 games (15 starts) for three different spots in the Brewers system. In 82.1 innings, Cravy struck out 76 batters, walking just 20.
It may not have done the trick to get him on someone’s Rule 5 Draft board, but it was enough to garner him an invitation to big league camp this year. He’s likely to break camp with the new Class-AAA affiliate Colorado Springs, and it would seem as though he’s ticketed for their rotation after 2014. Cravy was primarily a bullpen arm for the three years prior.
In contrast to how long it’s taken Cravy to reach big league camp, Jeffrey Hobbs Johnson will join the big leaguers in what is just his second spring training. Drafted in the 14th round out of North Carolina, the 23-year-old Rocky Mount native has performed very well as a professional. He had limited reps after signing in 2013 (11 games, no starts) between Helena (R) and Wisconsin (A) but posted very good numbers. Last year in his first full professional season, Johnson compiled a 12-8 record in 25 games (24 starts). He pitched to a 2.93 ERA in 147.1 innings for Class-A Advanced Brevard County.
At 5’11”, the left-handed Johnson being a starter is something in which the Brewers are not exactly flush throughout their minor league system. The invite to big league camp should be viewed as the honor it is, a reward for a great season, but don’t take it to mean that Johnson has any shot at breaking camp on the 25-man roster. He’s still got a ways to go, especially when considering the standard Brewers development plan.
Another smaller pitcher than the Brewers have targeted in recent years, Taylor G. Williams at 5’11” still has managed to turn heads in the organization and out. He’s got a quality profile and pitch arsenal, and has been putting things together nicely to this point in his young pro career. 2014 saw Williams post a combined 2.72 ERA between Class-A Wisconsin and Class-A Advanced Brevard County. He appeared in 27 games, making 17 starts. Williams pitched to a FIP and SIERA both until 3.00 as well, showing that the peripherals are supportive of his strong season as opposed to being red flags of regression. Williams kept his WHIP at 1.02 on the year as well, along with striking out 137 hitters in 132.1 innings pitched.
At times, shorter pitchers have trouble keeping the ball down effectively. While it’s hardly an exact illustration of his ability, Williams allowed just eight home runs all of last year. His strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.89 is high quality as well.
The bottom line is that Williams is jumping up Top Prospects lists around the industry. He’s definitely one to keep an eye on over the next year or two. He could force his way onto the 40-man roster by way of call up before he needs its protection.
Last year in this same “Bonus” article, I told you that Cameron Garfield is not simply “organizational catcher guy” who comes to big league camp for a couple of weeks while extra pitchers are in camp too.
Garfield, now 23, played in 95 games a year after appearing in 109. He repeated Class-A Advanced Brevard County and did see his offensive numbers slip a bit year over year. It can’t ever be forgotten that the Gulf Coast League is tough on hitters though Garfield certainly has room to grow at the plate as he continues to improve behind it.
A second round draft pick in 2009, Garfield is a bit behind where he’d normally be because of some significant injuries early in his professional career. But he is a guy to which the Brewers will give plenty of opportunities to realize his potential. Catching is always a premium.
Another catcher who repeats in this bonus column all the way down to his uniform numbers, Adam Robert Weisenburger continues to carry the reputation as a very good receiver. Weisenburger caught most of 2014 as Double-A Huntsville before moving up to Triple-A in August after their top backstop (Matt Pagnozzi, now with the Diamondbacks) got a September call up.
Weisenburger posted offensive numbers roughly in line with where you’d hope a quality receiver/second catcher could consistently put up. As a 34th round draft pick, if he’s able to get there one day, that would be a big win for the Brewers development staff.
The only new-to-the-organization guy in this column, Matthew Eugene Long is a primary outfielder who has played some second base as well. Drafted by the Angels in the 30th round back in 2009, the California native has played as high as Class-AAA each of the last three seasons. His career Triple-A slash line is .279/.358/.442 over 1102 plate appearances across 262 games.
Long has played the majority of his games in the outfield the last two seasons, after playing mostly at second base in 2012. It’s been a return to familiar ground for Long who spent all of his time in the outfield from 2009-2011. Long even found a handful of games at the hot corner last year at Triple-A Salt Lake.
Versatility is the key for many minor leaguers, and if Long is to one day make his major league debut, being able to fill in at multiple positions is one way he might be able to get there. For now, he looks ticketed to the thin aired outfield in Colorado Springs to start the season.
You can follow all of the players profiled in this article on Twitter.
- #75 – Tyler Cravy: @TylerJayCravy
- #74 – Hobbs Johnson: @hojo31
- #73 – Taylor Williams: @twillyflash
- #72 – Cameron Garfield: @CAMgGARFIELD
- #71 – Adam Weisenburger: @aweisenburger
- #70 – Matt Long: @MattELong
So there you have it. We’re caught up to today with #68 Ariel Peña coming later.
According to a tweet that came in just after midnight CT on Friday morning, the Brewers are in “serious discussions” to acquire Jonathan Papelbon from the Philadelphia Phillies.
Sources: Milwaukee in serious discussions with Phillies to acquire Jonathan Papelbon. Unclear if Brewers are on Papelbon’s no-trade list.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 23, 2015
The Phillies have been selling off several of their high-priced veterans, and Papelbon fits that M.O. The 6’4″ veteran closer is set to make $13 million in 2015 and has a vesting option for 2016 as a part of his contract as well. The Brewers did just save ~$9 million when they traded Yovani Gallardo, so conventional logic would seem to infer that the Phillies might be paying a portion of Papelbon’s contract in any deal.
The now 34-year-old Papelbon saved 39 games for a Phillies team that only won 79 all season. He pitched to a 2.04 ERA in 66.1 IP. He struck out 63 batters and walked just 15. In stark contrast to the outgoing Brewers closer of 2014, Francisco Rodriguez, Papelbon gave up only two (2) home runs last year. His FIP (2.53) and WHIP (0.905) are encouraging peripherals as well.
Papelbon does have a 17-team no-trade list, but it’s unknown whether the Brewers are on the list.
An acquisition of Papelbon would certainly satisfy Doug Melvin’s oft-stated desire to have multiple guys in the his bullpen who have experience closing games. In fact, Papelbon was a rumored target for the Brewers last season before they ultimately acquired Jonathan Broxton from the Cincinnati Reds. At the time, the idea of Papelbon in Milwaukee was panned due to the financial commitment due him. For the record, his 2016 option (also at $13 million) vests if Papelbon finishes 48 games in 2015 as that would bring his two-year total up to 100.
As often happens when one baseball writer breaks news, others react to it by checking in with their own sources and then share what they’ve learned. So far today, that role has been filled by FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal and ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 23, 2015
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 23, 2015
To this point, none of those things have occurred. But deal certainly not out of question, given #Phillies’ motivation to move Papelbon.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 23, 2015
Source: Papelbonlikely would require team on no-trade list to guarantee $13M vesting option for ’16. Opt will vest if he finishes 48 games
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 23, 2015
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 23, 2015
So all that seems to counter, to a degree, what Jeff Passan originally reported. However, Jayson Stark then chimed in.
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) January 23, 2015
Just to clarify, Papelbon would waive no-trade & accept deal to #Brewers but would want option guaranteed if teams agree how to split the $
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) January 23, 2015
This is a list I’m parking here, basically for my own reference, because the Brewers.com website isn’t updated yet.
Here is list, broken down by position, of the announced non-roster invitees that will be initially assigned to the big league side at Spring Training 2015. I’ll update the list as players are added and do my best to remember to do the same when they are reassigned.
- Tyler Cravy
- Hobbs Johnson (L)
- Brent Leach (L)
- Ariel Peña
- Taylor Williams
- Dontrelle Willis (L)
- Nevin Ashley
- Parker Berberet
- Cameron Garfield
- Adam Weisenburger
- Pete Orr
- Matt Long
- Bryan Petersen
Will Broadcast Select Games and Provide Content for Brewers.com and Social Channels
MILWAUKEE, WI – The Milwaukee Brewers today announced that Jeff Levering will join the organization as the newest member of the Brewers radio broadcast team. Levering will serve as a play-by-play broadcaster on select road games on 620 WTMJ and the Brewers Radio Network, as well as provide content for the Brewers online, social and new media channels.
In his new role, Levering will handle three innings of play-by-play as he fills in on games missed by Brewers Hall of Fame broadcaster, Bob Uecker. For days when he is not on the air, Levering will provide video, photo, audio and written content for Brewers.com and various other Brewers social media platforms.
Levering’s first official day with the Brewers will be this Sunday as he will be welcomed on the Main Stage at Brewers On Deck (10 am-5 pm at the Wisconsin Center).
“Jeff will be a great addition to the organization, and this is an opportunity for him to contribute both in the radio booth and in our new media efforts,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “By creating this role, we have a consistent voice filling in when Bob elects to stay home on occasional road trips, and we add resources to our expanding social media outreach. We welcome Jeff to the organization and look forward to introducing him to Brewers fans at Brewers On Deck.”
Levering spent the past two seasons as the lead play-by-play broadcaster of the reigning International League champion Pawtucket Red Sox. In addition to his game-day broadcasting duties, he hosted the pre- and post-game shows, “PawSox” Insider, a weekly, one-hour radio magazine show; provided video content for the team website and wrote a blog, “45 Miles from Fenway,” which ranked in the Top-15 nationally among Minor League writers.
“I am thrilled beyond words to be joining the Milwaukee Brewers broadcast team as well as their talented front office,” Levering said. “Being part of a radio booth that features the legendary Bob Uecker and Joe Block is a tremendous honor, and a responsibility that I don’t take lightly. Calling games in the Major Leagues has been a dream of mine since I was a kid and to have a chance to realize it is truly amazing. I can’t thank the Brewers enough for their faith in me and allowing me the opportunity to work in such a terrific organization. My family is excited to immerse ourselves in Milwaukee and be diehard Brewers fans.”
Levering received his degree in broadcast journalism from Chapman University in Orange, California where he also played baseball all four years and was the starting designated hitter on the 2003 D-III National Championship baseball team in Appleton, WI. He and his wife, Ashley, have a son, Brock, who was born in October of 2014.
“We’re excited to integrate Jeff into the Brewers radio broadcast with Bob and Joe,” said Carl Moll, Director of Network Operations for Journal Broadcast Group. “His work in the minor leagues has been impressive and he’s ready to move to the Major League level.”
ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick tweeted this a few minutes ago…
DontrelleWillis has agreed on a minor league deal with #brewers. Includes invite to big league camp.
— Jerry Crasnick(@jcrasnick) January 21, 2015
Willis, 33, hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2011 as a member of the Cincinnati Reds, though he has spent time in the minor leagues of the Orioles, Angels, and Giants over the past three years. He infamously lost his control at a relatively young age after being dynamic and electric early in his career with the Florida Marlins.
This brings the group of Brewers non-roster invitees up to six when camp opens in February.
It’s been 76 days away from Opening Day all day today, Tuesday, January 20. Unfortunately, sometimes life gets you backed up and you can’t get your release until late in the day. Innuendo aside, let’s dispense with the typically lengthy open and drop right into my profile of the player who will wear #76 in spring training this year…
Michael Joseph Strong is a 26-year-old left-handed pitcher from Minnesota, by way of Oklahoma State University. He was drafted three times as an amateur in three consecutive years. The Chicago White Sox drafted him in 2009 in the 25th round. The Oakland Athletics chose Strong in the 22nd round in 2010. Finally, the Brewers selected as signed the southpaw as a 10th round selection in 2011.
Strong pitched as a rookie in 2011 and had a rough go of things. In six of this 15 appearances, Strong allowed at least 4 ER, with his worst being an 8 ER outing on August 31st of that year with the rookie ball affiliate Helena Brewers. Strong made 13 starts in those 15 games in 2011 and finished with a combined 6.10 ERA.
The next season would find Strong pitching for the Class-A affiliate Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Midwest League. 21 regular season games, zero starts, 2.76 ERA. Strong didn’t get going in 2012 until May, but it was enough to earn himself a ring as the Timber Rattlers won the Midwest League Championship! Perhaps the limited games is partly why he repeated Class-A in 2013. 25 games, eight starts and 87.0 IP for Strong in 2013 earned him an off-season promotion to the Class-A Advanced Brevard County Manatees.
It’s 2014 that really paved the way for the situation Strong finds himself in today. That situation, of course, is having been added to the 40-man roster and attending his first legitimate big league spring training. In 2014, as mentioned, Strong began his season by breaking camp with the Manatees. There he pitched in 30 games including six starts, compiling a 2.50 ERA in 75.2 IP. He would strike out 78 hitters while walking 23 and allowing 56 hits. Strong was used in a variety of roles as has been his M.O. to this point in his career. It was a good season for Strong in the Florida State League.
With an eye on sending him to the Arizona Fall League (a proving ground of sorts for up-and-coming players), the Brewers promoted Strong to Class-AA Huntsville for one appearance. He would pitch 4.0 hitless and scoreless innings in relief, allowing one walk while striking out six. After that, Strong would be ticketed for Arizona where he made 11 more appearances, totaling an additional 13.2 IP. Strong was quite good in the AFL, pitching to a 1.98 ERA (3 ER) while striking out 14 and walking three.
Then it became decision time on the lefty. Was he to a point in his development where it made sense to protect him from Rule 5 exposure? The Brewers lost another left-hander recently in Lucas Luetge when the Seattle Mariners plucked him in a Rule 5 Draft. Strong’s case was solid that he deserved at the very least another season of minor league ball in the Brewers system to see what they really have.
Looking ahead to 2015, Strong has an outside chance to impact the big league bullpen out of camp. After carrying four southpaws in their 2014 bullpen at different times, the Brewers currently only have setup man Will Smith coming back in a similar role. And despite Ron Roenicke saying in previous years that he doesn’t feel it a necessity to have even one lefty, I think he enjoyed being able to play matchups when situations warranted. Strong probably isn’t ready for primetime just yet as it relates to full innings of work for Milwaukee, but as a situational lefty who could pitch his way to more responsibility, there’s opportunity.
Still, all likelihood has Strong starting 2014 with the now-based-in-Biloxi Class-AA affiliate, the Biloxi Shuckers. Give him time there, move him up to Class-AAA Colorado Springs when he’s ready, and just maybe Strong ends up contributing down the stretch in September when the Brewers are hopefully looking to save some innings on Smith’s arm.
Bottom line though, Mike Strong is one to watch in 2015. If the Brewers front office thinks he’s worthy of a 40-man roster spot, he’s worthy of our attention.
(I just did that whole thing without one pun on his name. That’s a strong effort on my part.)