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Brewers 7, Royals 5

Sunday’s game between the Royals and the Brewers involved a bunch of players involved in “The Trade”.

The Brewers won the game 7-5.


Sean Halton (’10): 1-for-1, BB
Wily Peralta (’09): 3.2IP, 5H, R, BB, K, WIN
Cody Scarpetta (’09): IP, 2H, R

Lorenzo Cain (’09): 1-for-3
Jeremy Jeffress (’10): IP, H, R, 2BB, K

Adam McCalvy’s game story:

Jeffress allowed one hit, two walks, two runs and threw two wild pitches in a trying third inning against his former franchise. He was Milwaukee’s first-round Draft pick in 2006.

“It’s just a game, man, you’ve got to go in and do your job on the field,” Jeffress said. “It was just one of those days I couldn’t find the strike zone a little bit.”

He took some good-natured ribbing from former teammates.

“Some of the guys over there were trying to say stuff a little bit, but it’s all love,” Jeffress said.

“It’s so good to see the guys and see everybody’s faces.”

The Brewers play the Giants this afternoon.

In other news, six players in the big league camp were optioned to the minor league camp after the game.

The Brewers moved six players off the big league camp roster, including one potential fifth starter candidate, in the first round of cuts on Sunday.

That fifth starter candidate is right-hander Amaury Rivas, who was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. He was one of the players mentioned as a potential fill-in for Zack Greinke, who will miss the start of the season with a cracked rib.

The Brewers also optioned pitchers Dan Merklinger and Cody Scarpetta to Double-A Huntsville and returned pitchers Robert Hinton and Roque Mercedes and catcher Anderson De La Rosa to Minor League camp.

The first Minor League full-squad workout was Sunday, but all six players were given until Tuesday to report.

The item on the roster moves is at the bottom of this Adam McCalvy notebook, which you should read in full as it touches on Takashi Saito, the starter in yesterday’s game. Saito is from Japan and has family members and friends unaccounted for after the earthquake and tsunami in his homeland.

Rockies 9, Brewers 8 (10)

The Brewers lost 9-8 in ten innings to the Rockies on Thursday.

Ex-Rattlers for the Brewers in that game:

Dan Merlinkger (’09): IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
Cody Scarpetta (’09): IP, 2H, R, 0BB, K
Michael Fiers (’09): .2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K

Here is Adam McCalvy’s game writeup.

Milwaukee is playing the Athletics today at 2:05pm CST.  Yovani Gallardo is on the mound to start the game.  No word on any former Rattlers on the big league roster for today.  Check the Timber Rattlers twitter account later today.  Or, listen in on the Brewers free live webcast when the game starts.

Brewers 15, Reds 2

FOX Sports Wisconsin picked a good day to broadcast the Brewers in Cactus League play.  The Brewers beat Cincinnati 15-2.

Ex-Rattlers in the game for the Crew:

Hunter Morris (’10): 0-for-1
Martin Maldonado (’09): 0-for-1
Taylor Green (’09): 1-for-1, RBI

Morris and Maldonado both got a chance to face Aroldis Chapman…you know, Aroldis Chapman.

Milwaukee faces the Dodgers in Maryvale today at 2:05pm CST.

Brewers On Deck Wrap Up

Record numbers turned out for Brewers On Deck on Sunday.

Brewers vice president Rick Schlesinger just told me that 11,299 fans
turned out today for the team’s “On Deck” fan event at the Frontier
Airlines Center.

That turnout is a record for the four-year event, surpassing the 10,600 who attended last year.

Adam McCalvy has a post covering some of the major league portion of the event. (Thanks to Brew Crew Ball for the pointer).

You know who is looking forward to 2011?  Mr. Baseball.

Bob Uecker is the first to admit that he lives and dies baseball.
But, as he was so starkly reminded by undergoing two serious heart
operations in 2010, the game itself is not life and death.

“The doctors
said they didn’t want to do it a third time,” said the Milwaukee
Brewers’ Hall of Fame radio voice. “In this case, it’s three strikes and
you’re really out.”

Uecker, who
celebrated his 76th birthday a few days back, is looking forward to a
much brighter 2011, both on the personal health front and the Brewers’
fortunes on the field. As he prepared to participate in the club’s
“Brewers On Deck” fan event Sunday at the Frontier Airlines Center, the
baseball juices got flowing again.

“I’m excited
about it; I really am,” said Uecker, who has spent most of the winter at
his second home in Scottsdale, Ariz. “I think the Brewers are looking
pretty good.”

Like many of
the team’s fans, Uecker was re-energized by the team’s off-season
acquisitions of starting pitchers Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum.
Starting pitching had been the team’s primary weakness over the past two
seasons, knocking them out of the NL Central race in 2010 before the
end of May.

“As always,
everything hinges on what happens on the field, but it’s looking pretty
good,” Uecker said in a telephone interview. “The Greinke thing looks
really good. From what I’ve heard about him, he’s the real deal.

hasn’t been a problem for us. Now, with this pitching staff, I think
they’ve put the team in a spot where we can be competitive.”

Read all of Tom Haudricourt’s article.  And remember, we are just over nine weeks to Opening Day

On Deck Details

Adam McCalvy has the details on the Brewers On Deck Event that is set for January 30 at the Frontier Airlines Arena in Milwaukee in this post at Brew Beat.

The most important parts of the program – from a former Timber Rattlers point of view – are these:

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. — Rising Stars Q&A
Brewers prospects Kentrail Davis, Eric Farris, Scooter Gennett, Caleb Gindl, Kyle Heckathorn, Erik Komatsu, Hunter Morris, Cory Scarpetta and Logan Schafer will take questions from fans regarding the future of the organization on the field.

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. – Brewers Face Off
It’s the Brewers ”family” of current stars Ryan Braun, Yovani Gallardo, Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum against the Brewers “family” of future stars Eric Farris, Kyle Heckathorn, Erik Komatsu and Logan Schafer in what will certainly turn out to be a “feud.”  Brewers television voice Brian Anderson will host this classic game show.

So get down there and have fun!

The reports of the demise have been greatly exaggerated

Tom Haudricourt had this article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Sunday.

Brewers say farm system not depleted by trades

After the Milwaukee Brewers traded away several highly rated prospects to acquire starting pitchers Shaun Marcum and Zack Greinke this off-season, some analysts suggested they had “gutted” their minor-league system.

Those who oversee the drafting and developing of players for the Brewers consider that assessment a bit harsh.

“I’m very tired of hearing that,” said scouting director Bruce Seid. “We have work to do, but our fans can feel good about what the future holds for the Brewers’ system down the road.  “A lot of them are down lower in the system at present, but we have more athletic, big arms in the system than at any other time I can remember.”

The Brewers acknowledge that they surrendered some of their best prospects to get Marcum from Toronto and Greinke from Kansas City in trades two weeks apart in December. Second baseman Brett Lawrie, a first-round draft pick in 2008 who was an advanced offensive player at age 20, returned to his native Canada in a one-for-one swap for Marcum.

Lawrie was slated to be ranked as the No.?1 prospect in the Brewers’ system for 2011 by Baseball America. When Lawrie was traded, right-hander Jake Odorizzi – a supplemental first-round pick in ’08 – was in line to move up from the No.?2 spot.

But Odorizzi didn’t last long as the heir apparent. The weekend before Christmas, he was included in the six-player deal with the Royals that netted Greinke and shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt. Shortstop Alcides Escobar, the Brewers’ No. 1 prospect entering 2010, also went to Kansas City along with centerfielder Lorenzo Cain, No.?8 on the 2010 list, and right-hander Jeremy Jeffress, a 2006 first-round pick slated to be the No. 3 prospect for 2011.

There’s no denying that the Brewers cut a wide swath through the top of their prospect list, but there were solid reasons they were willing to do so, not the least of which was improving a starting rotation that ranked near the bottom of the National League for two years.

The key takeaway quote from this article is this one from Gord Ash:

“We do have to be a development and scouting organization because we can’t go into the (free-agent) marketplace and sign whomever we want,” said assistant general manager Gord Ash.

“But that doesn’t mean you stockpile them. You use them to make your big-league team better, as (general manager) Doug (Melvin) has done. You can’t operate your farm system separate from your major-league club. There has to be a cooperative path between the two.

“If your team is positioned to win now, which ours is, you have to take advantage of that.”

Here are some names you may see on the back of Timber Rattlers jerseys in the near future.

Seid also thinks folks should keep an eye on four pitchers taken in the 2010 draft – Jimmy Nelson, Matt Miller, Austin Ross and third-rounder Tyler Thornburg, whose slight build and high-90s fastball has drawn comparisons to a younger Tim Lincecum.

“This past year, I’ve had several unsolicited compliments from player development directors, scouts and coaches who have seen these players we have infused into the system,” said Seid. “I respect those comments above anyone else who hasn’t seen these kids.

“These kids need time to develop, so patience is needed there. But some of these arms have front-line potential. There’s no way to predict what their roles will be in three to five years.  Time and development will reveal that, but I don’t remember us having this many power arms at one time.”

Time will tell.

Mail Call and on the 40

@Brewercom reported that there have been a few additions to the Milwaukee Brewers 40 man roster.

2B Eric Farris, LHP Dan Merklinger and RHP Wily Peralta added to the #Brewers 40-Man Roster.

Merklinger and Peralta were both Timber Rattlers in 2009.

Also, Adam McCalvy took a look at what was in his e-mail.  There are questions about trading Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun (BRAUN!?!?!?!!…oh, don’t worry.); Possibility of getting Cliff Lee or Jorge de la Rosa; New manager Ron Roenicke, and an interesting bit about Maryvale and what the future holds for a Spring Training site for the Brewers.

The excerpt from Adam’s column for this post deals with Brett Lawrie (’09):

Will we see Brett Lawrie in the bigs next year? Seems to be on the Braun/Rickie Weeks/Fielder track, but he’s blocked by Weeks at second base.
— Mark, Madison, Wis.

Lawrie is tough to figure out. He can hit, but word is that he still has some things to learn about professionalism and being a good teammate. In a perfect world, I think the Brewers would like him to play a full season at Triple-A before they consider him as a September callup. What happens with Weeks — who, like Fielder, has one arbitration season remaining before he hits free agency — will determine what happens with Lawrie.

Here’s another scenario we shouldn’t forget: If the Brewers are unhappy with their offers for Fielder, perhaps they would consider fielding interest in Lawrie. I could see him landing a pitching prospect in return.

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