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After a mild winter, the experts claimed that Wisconsin would see an increase in the number of insects that nobody likes this summer. Mosquitos, black flies, those annoying orange lady bugs. What the experts didn’t tell us in Milwaukee was that the injury bug would be the most prevalent before the calendar even turned to June.
The Brewers have now lost three starters (Chris Narveson, Mat Gamel, Alex Gonzalez) to injuries that, barring a quick recovery by the two surgically-repaired ACLs, will cost them the balance of the 2012 season. They’ve lost games by other players both on the Disabled List but already back (Carlos Gomez), not to the DL but just missed a few games (Rickie Weeks, Ryan Braun, and maybe Aramis Ramirez after getting drilled in the elbow last night), and finally two more players that have gone down to the DL over the past two games (Cesar Izturis, Marco Estrada) that were filling in for guys lost for the year.
The shortstop position has been a mess. The team claimed 36-year-old Cody Ransom off of waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks to replace Edwin Maysonet on the roster, but after Izturis’ hamstring injury Maysonet is coming back up to, presumably, backup Ransom now. There really isn’t much more that General Manager Doug Melvin can do about the shortstop position right now.
What he does have some options at, however, is what this post is here to discuss.
Melvin announced through the media that he expected recently-injured starting pitcher Marco Estrada to miss “three or four starts”. The diagnosis since then is that Estrada could miss “4-6 weeks” which of course is a lot more than four starts.
Given that Melvin has options, I took to social media and asked who my followers and friends would like to see fill Estrada’s void. This was asked when we were under the assumption of “three to four starts”, but I’m not sure that Estrada being out longer would affect the answers much.
Here now are the answers, ordered by the number of mentions the player received:
Total Votes: 51
Manny Parra: 13
Wily Peralta: 9
Tyler Thornburg: 8
Roy Oswalt: 7
Anyone but Manny Parra: 4
Michael Fiers: 3
(the rest of the list is presented alphabetically by last name since they’re all tied with 1 vote)
Jonathan Lucroy (with George Kottaras catching)
Kevin Millwood (via trade)
Obviously some people went for a humorous response (Higuera, Chorizo, Kieschnick), and I’m sorry to inform seven of you that Roy Oswalt isn’t coming to a team in the Brewers current state (record and otherwise).
The beat writers seem to think that Ron Roenicke is backing off of Manny Parra as an option, and that Parra will likely remain in the bullpen, but he got the most votes here. Also, assistant GM Gord Ash made comments that while Thornburg is “in the discussion”, his likelihood of getting chosen is low because he’s not on the 40-man roster already and that must be a consideration.
But, seeing the list here, do you agree? Who would you vote for if you haven’t already?
Or is this the guy you want on the mound on Tuesday?
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Anyway, let’s get to the reason that you’re here.
April 6th less February 2nd equals sixty-four.
If the end of 2011 is any indication, the man who will sport number 64 on his back when he heads to the field for his first official workout of Spring Training will be Michael Fiers.
Michael Bruce Fiers (26 – born June 15, 1985) is a right-handed pitcher listed at 6’3” and 200 lbs and was originally drafted by Milwaukee in the 22nd round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. He will join his fellow pitchers (and the catchers) in Maryvale on February 18th for the start of big league Spring Training.
It will be another chance to impress the Major League coaching staff and the organization’s front office that have already showed enough faith in Fiers to call him up last September and pitch him in a pair of games.
Fiers pitched two scoreless innings in those games, allowing two hits, striking out two batters, and walking three others.
You can definitely say that Fiers was justly rewarded with the September call-up after a season in the minors which saw him amass the following statistical line between Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville:
34 G (18 starts), 13-3 record, 126.0 IP, 1.86 ERA, 83 H, 39 R, 26 ER, 11 HR, 36 BB, 132 K
Fiers also held opponents to the .182 batting average in 2011.
For the record, it was at the higher level that Fiers pitched better. In Triple-A Fiers put together an 8-0 record in 12 games (10 starts) including a complete game, shut out. His Nashville ERA was 1.11 and he held opponents to a .174 average. So again, to say he earned his call up would be very accurate.
A cup of coffee is nice and undoubtedly feels amazing for professional ballplayer, but it isn’t a final goal. It goes without saying but I’ll type it anyway:
Michael Fiers wants to stick.
To that end he pitched some winter ball this off-season in the Venezuela Winter League for the Caracas Lions. Or, en español… Leones del Caracas en la Liga Venezuela Béisbol Profesionál.
There he started five of the six games in which he appeared, worked to a 3-2 record, struck out 18, walked 10, and surrendered seven earned runs on 20 hits over 28.1 innings pitched, good for a 2.22 ERA, while holding opposing hitters to a .196 batting average.
I think all can agree that based on those numbers, Fiers most definitely appears ready to contribute at the Major League level.
Aiding him in that effort is his four-pitch repertoire that includes a fastball, slider, curve, and change up. The fastball sits between 88-92 (his two strikeouts in the big leagues last year were recorded on 89 MPH fastballs, for what it’s worth) and has movement. His slider is thrown in the low 80s and is average at best. The curve is a slow pitch that clocks in the mid-70s. His best secondary pitch is his changeup. It’s around in the mid-to-upper 70s and has a good tail.
If I had to project where Fiers begins 2012, it will be in Nashville’s rotation. Fiers, along with Wily Peralta (series profile coming on Monday, February 6), looks to be one of the first options at Ron Roenicke’s disposal should he need a forecasted fill-in for the big league rotation.
In the meantime Nashville fans hope to enjoy continued success from the right-hander. Rest assured that Brewers Assistant General Manager Gord Ash and those involved in the development of the organization’s prospects will be keeping a keen eye focused on Fiers.
I was all set to post a profile of Brewers minor league pitching prospect Dan Merklinger today. Last spring Dan wore #65 so today would have been his day.
I normally wouldn’t mention the lack of an article, but had promised five straight days of profiles this week.
I remembered that it was Merklinger who had been designated for assignment when Marco Estrada was tapped to fill in for an injured Zack Greinke to begin last season. This came only about four months after Merkinger’s being added to the 40-man roster in the first place, but I still was going to profile Merklinger this off season anyway.
In performing my due diligence, however, I realized that Merklinger wasn’t invited to big league spring training this year as I guess I assumed he had been.
Therefore, I really didn’t feel it would be a good use of resources to draft an entire profile of him this year.
The series will officially resume tomorrow with a profile of #64: Michael Fiers. This week’s installments conclude Friday then with a look at Frankie De La Cruz.
Thanks for following along so far this winter. See you in this space again tomorrow.