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Each year, for quite some time now, prospects from every MLB organization come together to form six teams which compete over the course of about 5.5 weeks in the Arizona Fall League.
This year the AFL runs from October 8 through the league championship game on November 16. The annual All-Star Game, appropriately dubbed the “Fall Stars Game” will be held on November 2.
Brewers prospects will be a part of a new team this year. After a few years as a part of the Peoria Javelinas and competing last year with the Phoenix Desert Dogs, Milwaukee’s contributions to roster composition will play their home games at Surprise Stadium as members of the Surprise Saguaros.
(For the record, a “Saguaro” is a large, tree-sized cactus which can grow to 66 feet in height and whose branches are shaped like candelabra.)
Brewers prospects will join prospects from the Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, and Boston Red Sox.
The Brewers will be sending six players (and one Athletic Trainer, Steve Patera) to Surprise this fall. Here are the participants, broken down by position:
- David Goforth – RHP – Twitter: @DavidGoforth7 - (Highest Minor League level played at in 2013: Double-A)
- Taylor Jungmann – RHP - (Double-A)
- Kevin Shackelford – RHP – Twitter: @Shackeldaddy (Double-A)
- Jason Rogers – 1B – Twitter: @jasonrogers2003 - (Highest Minor League level played at in 2013: Double-A)
- Mitch Haniger – Twitter: @M_Hanny19 - (Highest Minor League level played at in 2013: Class A-Advanced)
- Adam Weisenburger - Twitter: @aweisenburger - (Highest Minor League level played at in 2013: Double-A)
Welcome to the first official installment of Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers as we countdown to Opening Day of the 2013 regular season!
After the bonus article was posted, I decided to skip #79 Anderson De La Rosa because, quite frankly, he’s really just a camp catcher at this point and there really isn’t anything particularly encouraging to point out about his career arc at this point.
Moving on though to today’s entry we find ourselves 78 days away from Opening Day which brings us to the man who wore #78 last spring following his selection as the Brewers’ first overall draft choice in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft…
Taylor Heath Jungmann was the 12th overall selection in the 2011 draft and thanks in part to now outdated rules didn’t sign until very late in the season. So late, in fact, that he didn’t throw a professional pitch for the Brewers in 2011.
Following his invitation big league camp in 2012, Jungmann performed about as you would expect before his reassignment to minor league camp. He saw 2.2 innings of work over two games. He hit a batter, walked three, struck out two, and allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits.
His minor league season would be significantly better.
Assigned directly to the Class-A Advanced affiliate Brevard County Manatees, Jungmann made his professional debut. He would stay with the Manatees for all of 2012 making 26 starts. He compiled an 11-6 record supported by the following numbers: 153.0 IP, 159 H, 70 R (60 ER), 7 HR, 46 BB, 99 K, 11 hit batsmen, 3.53 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 1.94 GO/AO. He had one complete game and held opponents overall to a .267 batting average.
Last year, I wrote about Jungmann’s repertoire. I said that “he will look to improve upon what scouts have labeled three “plus” pitches. A fastball with plus movement which has been thrown between 91-97 mph, even touching 98 mph, though tends to sit in the 93-95 MPH range. A curve, with a hard and tight 11-to-5 break. Along with a changeup. His command is usually considered average and he occasionally gets too much of the middle of the plate. Jungmann has demonstrated outstanding control though, throwing strikes and not hurting himself with walks.”
Those seemed to be tendencies which held true in 2012. He walked too many (2.71 BB/9), hit too many (though that’s partly a result of learning to work off the plate more than he did in college), but kept the ball in the yard well and induced nearly twice as many groundouts as fly ball outs. He needs to keep that ground ball rate up because, quite frankly, he doesn’t strike that many out.
Jungmann was just interviewed on a local radio station in the Milwaukee market and he was asked about his goals for the upcoming season. (You can listen to his interview here. It the last segment of the show.) Among the goals listed were maintaining his changeup and improving on his curveball. That’s a bit of a difference from when he was first drafted out of the University of Texas when it seemed more like his curveball was his second-best pitch.
Based on the promotions/graduations in the system coupled with his success, look for Jungmann to begin the 2013 regular season assigned to the Double-A Huntsville Stars. It’ll be a good challenge for the talented right-hander and should go a long way in determining how soon we might see him throwing in Nashville and then ultimately Milwaukee.
Still only 23-years-old (he just turned such on December 18th), the track is laid out for Jungmann’s eventual ascent to the big leagues. He’s a smart pitcher, he knows his craft, and he’s much more interested in the process right now without worrying too much about the results. In other words, if he’s working on his curveball and gives up some hits because guys realize he’s throwing it a lot, he isn’t worried about those hits.
If you’re headed to spring training this year, keep an eye out for the big 6’6″ Texan with #78 on his back. He’ll likely be entering games out of the bullpen while in big league camp, but don’t let that fool you. His future success will come as the first man on the bump.
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Thirty-two current Milwaukee Brewers players from the 40-man roster plus a host of alumni, Minor League prospects, coaches, front office executives and broadcasters are scheduled to participate in Brewers On Deck, which is set to take place Sunday, January 27 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Delta Center. The event is presented by Time Warner Cable.
Brewers On Deck is the annual Fan Fest that bridges the gap between winter and Spring Training. Players, coaches and alumni scheduled to attend include the following (all subject to change):
- John Axford (@JohnAxford)
- Burke Badenhop
- Jeff Bianchi
- Ryan Braun
- Nick Bucci (@nickbooch)
- Hiram Burgos (@Burgos196)
- Khris Davis
- Marco Estrada
- Mike Fiers (@Fiers64)
- Yovani Gallardo
- Mat Gamel
- Scooter Gennett (@Scooterg11)
- Caleb Gindl
- Carlos Gomez (@C_Gomez27)
- Michael Gonzalez
- Tom Gorzelanny (@TGorz)
- Taylor Green
- Corey Hart
- Johnny Hellweg
- Jim Henderson (@JimHenderson29)
- Brandon Kintzler
- Jonathan Lucroy (@JLucroy20)
- Martin Maldonano (@Machete1224)
- Chris Narveson (@sleep_trick)
- Michael Olmsted
- Wily Peralta
- Josh Prince (@JoshPrince17)
- Mark Rogers
- Logan Schafer (@LoganS22)
- Josh Stinson (@JStinny19)
- Tyler Thornburg (@TylerThornburg)
- Rickie Weeks
- Ron Roenicke
- Joe Crawford
- Marcus Hanel (@Markoos55)
- Garth Iorg
- Rick Kranitz
- Jerry Narron
- Johnny Narron
- Ed Sedar
- John Shelby
- Lee Tunnell
- Clint Coulter (@ccoulter12)
- Kentrail Davis
- Drew Gagnon (@Dgags24)
- Mitch Haniger (@M_Hanny19)
- Taylor Jungmann
- Hunter Morris (@HunterMorris15)
- Jimmy Nelson (@Jimmy_J_Nelson)
- Victor Roache (@_Heavy28Hitter_)
- Matt Erickson (Mgr.)
- Jerry Augustine (@jaugie46)
- Jim Gantner
- Larry Hisle
- Gorman Thomas
- Bob Uecker
Tickets for Brewers On Deck are currently on sale. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children ages 14 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the Miller Park ticket office, by calling the Brewers Ticket office at 414-902-4000, or online at Brewers.com/ondeck. On the day of the event, only cash will be accepted for purchases made at the door. Tickets the day of the event are $20 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under.
Brewers On Deck will feature a number of activities for the entire family. Autographs and photos from Brewers players and coaches, interactive games in the Kids Area, Q&A sessions and game shows with coaches, players and staff, vendor booths with baseball memorabilia, the Brewers Community Foundation Treasure Hunt and many other activities will all be a part of Brewers On Deck.
The same system for autographs will be used for Brewers On Deck that was used last year. Recipients of any “PREMIER” autographs (players to be announced at a later date) will be chosen through a random selection process. Numbered coupons to be entered into the random selection process will be available the day of the event only and will be distributed beginning at 8 a.m. at the Delta Center. Coupon distribution will be available up to an hour before each designated autograph session. A schedule of players, their session times, and distribution info will be posted later this month.
Fans can receive one coupon per event admission ticket and can use that coupon to enter the random selection process for any one of the select Brewers players. There is no cost for coupons to enter the random selection process; however, those holding coupons that are chosen must pay $25 at the respective autograph stage to collect their player signature. There will be 250 winners for each of the PREMIER autograph sessions.
Players and staff not included in the PREMIER autograph list will not use the random selection process. Each of these players will sign 250 autographs at prices ranging from free to $10. The autograph opportunities are for signatures on photo cards provided by the team; the Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia. For additional information regarding the lottery process, visit Brewers.com/ondeck.
All autograph proceeds benefit Brewers Community Foundation. Please note that cash is the only acceptable form of payment for autographs. The Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia, and personalization of items is solely up to the discretion of each player.
Doug Melvin, General Manager of our beloved Milwaukee Brewers, was on the radio this afternoon on AM 1250 WSSP in SE Wisconsin for a few minutes talking about his off-season plans.
Here is a transcript of the interview (which you can listen to by clicking here):
On speculation connecting the Brewers to certain players (i.e. Josh Hamilton, Zack Greinke):
“Well, I don’t think those are the names that were gonna be involved with. I think this is gonna be a year we’ll take a look at the free agent market, but more than likely I don’t anticipate us being actively involved in free agency. We may try to find different ways to improve our ball club. We do like the current club we have. We were 36-23 with the third best record in the National League after August 1st with some of the young pitchers we brought up. We do have most positional guys back so I wouldn’t get too excited about those kinds of names. I think a lot of it is speculation. It often makes sense. This is the time of year when those kind of things happen.”
On having young pitching after years of waiting for some and if he may have to trade some of it away to acquire a proven starter:
“We feel right now there’s probably a better chance we’re going to hold onto our young pitching. We saw Mike Fiers come up last year. He struggled a little bit later (in the year). We saw Mark Rogers and Wily Peralta both come up with the power arms they showed us in the past. We had Tyler Thornburg. We’ve got Hiram Burgos who’s going to be added to the roster, had a very good year. We’ve had Taylor Jungmann who’s probably going to be at Double-A. We’ve got John Hellweg who’s pitched very well in the Fall League and was just picked by the scouting bureau as the best player on that Phoenix ball club. So, we do have some depth with our pitching. Jimmy Nelson we like; we’re very high on him. Nick Bucci (too) so. We’ve got a chance to have, out of 10 starters in Double-A and Triple-A, we have a chance to have 8 to 9 of them they’re gonna be legitimate prospects we think will pitch in the big leagues. The big league pitchers? It’s time to give Wily Peralta, time to give Mark Rogers that opportunity.”
In discussing fan support following a rough first half and the resultant decisions surrounding trading away Zack Greinke:
“Who’s not to say that if we kept Zack Greinke that we might’ve got back in this thing. You have to make some tough decisions sometimes. When a shortstop was included in a deal for Zack, we just had to make the decision at that particular time. … It’s a credit to Ron, the coaches, the players that they didn’t give up and it’s something that we can learn that in baseball you can be six, seven, eight games out and that can be made up in two weeks time. So, it’s a lesson we all can learn that sometimes you gotta be a little bit patient. It is a long season.”
Asked if there is any way Zack Greinke can be back in a Brewers uniform:
“I don’t know. I’m sorry but I don’t think that’s gonna happen. As much as Zack liked it here and enjoyed it here, there’s a couple clubs that are gonna get heavily involved with him. He is no doubt the number one pitcher out there…from the starting pitching standpoint. I think he’s gonna do very well but I would expect that we may get a phone call from his agent but I think in the end it’s going to be difficult for Zack to come back here to Milwaukee under the amount of money he’s probably gonna be offered.”
Asked if he would like to add a veteran starting pitcher and if any free agents intrigue him:
“Yeah, there’s a few names out there. Obviously we’re gonna lose Marcum and we’re gonna lose Greinke so we’ve talked about adding a starting pitcher. We do have to add to our bullpen too. Edwin Jackson’s another name that’s been out there. I don’t know where he’s headed or what his thought process is. We do have an opportunity; we can go with the current guys we have. The tough part with that is that any kind of injury, then you really tap into not having the depth that’s needed over the course of 162 games. Going with the younger guys and Yovani, Marco Estrada, Mike Fiers, Rogers, Wily Peralta, Chris Narveson will be back and be healthy. The part of that is you really cross your fingers that everybody’s going to stay healthy and everybody’s gonna produce. So you would like to have a veteran that you could put out there in the rotation that could eat up a couple hundred innings, but you also want quality innings. In the past, we’ve had the Jeff Suppan, Randy Wolf. They both came in here when we didn’t have the younger pitching and they gave us innings and that but obviously you’d like to get the quality. Pitching takes a long time to develop.”
On Manny Parra and fans growing impatient:
“He’s on the roster now and we’ll wait and see. I can’t indicate at this time, but…there comes a time when changes of scenery do help players and that happens sometimes. That’s what we’ve talked about before and if you look at Manny’s numbers and break them down, the numbers are there. You’d like to see more consistent performance, so you know, there’s a possibility. Manny right now’s on our roster at this time and we’ll wait and see.”
On arbitration, bullpen changes:
“I think you’ll probably see three to four new faces out there. I think John Axford, Jim Henderson, I think Brandon Kintzler pitched well enough that he can step in and perform in one of those roles. We would like to maybe try to get a left-hander but we also want a left-hander of quality if we can otherwise we’ll just stay right-handed. But I can see where you could turn three or four names over in that bullpen. Also with the starting pitchers there’s going to be one of those guys that will lose out (on a rotation spot) and will probably go to the bullpen and be a long guy.”
On Axford sticking as closer in 2013:
“I’d like to think that John can. As I said in the press conference at the end of the year, he had two months where he had more than one blown Save. He does strike out people. His strike out rate is still one of the best in the game. His walk rate was too high this year and he needs to get that back down. I do like having a closer and a guy in the bullpen that’s gonna strike people out. I think that’s important. That’s why I like a closer that’s gonna get strikeouts so I lean a little bit towards (Axford) but they also have to reduce the walks. We’re confident, in John, the stuff is still there but gonna have to improve on his command and control.”
On how he feels about the hitters:
“We look at it and we feel pretty good about the ball club we put out positional-wise. Offensively, it’s a pretty good ball club. It fits both what Doug Melvin looks for and what Ron Roenicke looks for. I’m a home run and doubles guy and Ron likes the aggressive style. We fulfilled both those (philosophies) leading the leagues in home runs and also stolen bases we were first or second. We were very aggressive on the bases scoring runs, second in the league in sacrifice bunts. We scored runs in a lot of different ways. I do believe with our ballpark we’re always gonna be a team that’s gonna rely on the home runs just because of the facility we play in and that. But I’m pleased with the positional aspect of our game. I think I’m more than pleased in the fact that Maldonado coming on the scene we’re very set at catching. Having a young shortstop in Jean Segura, being young up the middle with catching, shortstop, Rickie bounced back, and then Carlos Gomez in center field. Carlos is a five-plus guy so we’ve gotta determine is Carlos is here over the long haul or is he here for (only) one more year.”
On Alex Gonzalez possibly returning:
“We’ve gotta make that decision yet. Alex is a free agent so he could test the market too. When it comes down to asking players, when you’re a free agent, he’s gonna want to know his playing time. How much time is he gonna play or do we view him as an extra guy and are we going with Segura. We have to answer that question. Jean is playing winter ball right now and is hitting almost .400 and he hit very well the month of September for us. We’re pretty high on (Segura) at this point. We can go with Jean Segura. We just want to make sure that is the right thing to do. Alex would love to return to us but it’s probably going to be about playing time. ‘Are we the right fit for him?’ And if you do bring Alex back, what impact does that have on Jean Segura? We haven’t made that final call yet. Right now we’re probably leaning toward Segura and just letting Jean do the job because we do think the resources are going to be needed for pitching.”
On Josh Hamilton again:
“No. There’s nothing going on. If he wants to sign that “Andre Dawson” contract…that $500 thousand contract that Andre Dawson did for the Cubs. I think it’s about time a player did that so I’m waiting for that one.”
On any off-season proclamation like he did in 2010 before acquiring Greinke and Marcum by stating he was going to go get some pitching:
“I don’t have any right now. I gotta go check the piggy bank.”
Alright, Brewer Nation. What do you think of what the GM had to say today?
Welcome to the first installment of the 2012 series “Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers”!
As a brief reminder of how this work, as we approach Opening Day on April 6, 2012 I will be reviewing/previewing players in the the Milwaukee Brewers organization that are either on the 40-man roster or have been given an invitation to Major League camp in Spring Training and have a legitimate chance to make the 25-man roster. It’s a way to focus on the individual members of this team sport.
Today is January 19, 2012 which leaves 78 days until Opening Day. Taylor Jungmann was invited to big league camp this spring and assigned jersey number 78. Therefore…
Today I take a look at Taylor Jungmann, a 6’6″, 220 lbs right-handed pitcher.
This will quite probably be the shortest post in the series. That’s not because of a lack of potential on Jungmann’s part. It’s mostly based on the fact that part of what I do in these posts is review the player’s previous season in professional baseball. Jungmann didn’t have a professional season in 2011.
After being drafted by Milwaukee with the 12th overall pick in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Jungmann waited until the last day he could to sign his professional contract. Part of the reason for that is because he was still pitching in the College World Series for the University of Texas Longhorns and part of the reason is that there is the idea that waiting until the last possible minute to sign somehow leverages your contract value to its highest point.
Jungmann did have a bit of leverage in draft negotiations because he was drafted as a junior in college. He had the right to return to the Longhorns for his senior season and re-enter the draft in 2012. The Brewers got him signed to a contract, of course, which probably included an invitation to to big league camp for his first Spring Training. Putting a player in that position not only gives him a taste of what to expect in the future (if he’s successful in the minor leagues) but also can serve to fuel the player’s hunger to get back into a position to be back on the Major League side of things sooner rather than later.
Again, though, Taylor Jungmann did not throw a pitch for the Brewers’ organization after being drafted. This is probably a good thing because he was thrown often and long while playing for Texas.
Jungmann wore number 26 in college so don’t let the assigned jersey number throw you. 78 isn’t exactly something you normally see worn by a big league starting pitcher. The 70s are usually reserved for minor-leaguers that don’t have much chance at all of breaking camp with on the 25-man roster. (There are exceptions, of course, like once-again-Brewer Seth McClung who chooses to wear 73 on his back regardless of where he’s throwing.)
This is no different for Jungmann. He has a lot of potential that he will spend all of 2012 in the minor leagues refining. There have already been reports that he will bypass the Low-A level of the minor leagues and begin the 2012 season with the High-A Brevard County Manatees. There he will look to improve upon what scouts have labeled three “plus” pitches. A fastball with plus movement which has been thrown between 91-97 mph, even touching 98 mph, though tends to sit in the 93-95 MPH range. A curve, with a hard and tight 11-to-5 break. Along with a changeup. His command is usually considered average and he occasionally gets too much of the middle of the plate. Jungmann has demonstrated outstanding control though, throwing strikes and not hurting himself with walks.
Jungmann is the kind of college arm that could be on the relative fast track to the bigs, but he will have to prove himself along the way to realize that goal.
So keep an eye on Taylor Jungmann this spring. Just remember that while his results on the mound may or may not be very good, the experience is something that should only benefit him in the long run.
Next in the series: #77 Jed Bradley will be profiled on January 20, 2012.