Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:35 am
Edited on: December 7, 2011 12:00 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule/past entries of this feature, click here.
Last offseason the Brewers made two huge moves that powered them to a National League Central title -- trading for Zack Greinke from the Royals and Shaun Marcum from the Blue Jays. One look at roster of players the Brewers have drafted and signed out of Latin America tell you exactly why the Brewers had to reach outside the organization for starting pitching. While the team has consistently developed position players, its track record with pitchers -- both starters and relievers -- is not so good. So, check out one of the best lineups in this exercise, and worst pitching staffs.
1. Corey Hart, RF
2. J.J. Hardy, SS
3. Prince Fielder, 1B
4. Ryan Braun, LF
5. Rickie Weeks, 2B
6. Brett Lawrie, 3B
7. Lorenzo Cain, CF
8. Jonathan Lucroy, C
1. Yovani Gallardo
2. Manny Parra
3. Dana Eveland
4. Mark Rogers
5. Tim Dillard
Closer - Mike Adams
Set up - Craig Breslow, Jeremy Jeffress, Zach Braddock, Tom Wilhelmsen, Michael Fiers, Mike McClendon
Notable Bench Players
The bench actually has a nice mixture of bats -- Mat Gamel, Matt LaPorta and Michael Brantley, along with two outstanding defensive replacements in Alcides Escobar in the infield and Tony Gwynn Jr. in the outfield. There's also a super-utility guy in Bill Hall.
The lineup is ridiculous. It's like the team's lineup from this year, but better. Lawrie at third base adds serious pop, while Hardy is an upgrade at shortstop (and really, who isn't an upgrade from Yuniesky Betancourt?) The core of the lineup is about the same, and shows the team knows how to spot bats that will play in the big leagues. This lineup is certainly one a manager would love to pencil in every, single day.
That pitching staff is ridiculous -- and not in a good way. Yovani Gallardo is a really good pitcher, but the rest ... woof. The fourth starter (Rogers) has 10 innings in the big leagues. The back of the bullpen with Adams, Breslow and Jeffress, well, it's better than the rest of the bullpen. Really, this is all a mess. There's no way this team could compete with this pitching staff. Just brutal.
Comparison to real 2011
Well, the pitching staff ensures this team wouldn't win the division or even sniff the playoffs. The staff is so bad, that even with all the runs they put up, there's likely no way this team wins 70 games. The Brewers tried to slug their way to titles in the past and it was proven it doesn't work. In the end, it's why the Brewers had to gut their minor league system to get Greinke, and trade away an impact bat to get Marcum -- pitching is vital to the success of a baseball team and this hypothetic team has next to none.
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Posted on: April 6, 2011 10:38 pm
By Evan Brunell
Veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins, sidelined due to recovering from labrum surgery last August, will pitch for Class A Brevard County on Friday, while starting catcher Jonathan Lucroy will head to Double-A Thursday to begin his return from a broken finger.
Lastly, reliever Manny Parra will make an appearance on Saturday for Class A Wisconsin. Parra threw two simulated innings at Miller Park on Wednesday and came through it with flying colors. If the Brewers can get Parra back quickly, it could be a big shot in the arm. While Parra has clearly shown he can't start, he does have promise in the bullpen.
Returning from an injury to his back, Parra (pictured) is encouraged by his process.
"I’m at the point now where I don’t even think about it," he told MLB.com. "I get my treatment and do other stuff to maintain where I’m at right now, but I’m past [the injury]. I felt really good. I just have to get my endurance up. You can run all you want, but it’s not the same as throwing."
Parra is expected to toss one inning Saturday, conduct a bullpen session a few days later and then pitch two or more innings in another game. The Brewers may want to lengthen Parra out for a possible return to the rotation should Marco Estrada and Sergio Mitre flop in their auditions with the team.
Posted on: March 26, 2011 7:23 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
"He said he felt great," manager Ron Roenicke told reporters, including Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "The pain is gone."
Greinke's DL trip is retroactive to March 22, meaning he could technically come off of the DL a week into the season, but that's highly unlikely. The team won't have any kind of timetable until he gets back on the mound, and that's likely a couple of days away.
Greinke suffered the injury early in the spring playing basketball.
The team also officially put LaTroy Hawkins (shoulder) and Manny Parra (back) on the DL, also retroactive to March 22. Right fielder Corey Hart (oblique) and catcher Jonathan Lucroy (finger) will also start the season on the DL.
With Greinke on the disabled list, the Brewers are expected to break camp with four starters and decide on another starter when they need one, April 6 against the Braves.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: March 25, 2011 4:04 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2011 4:05 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
"He'll give us experience there; length there," Roenicke said in his daily media briefing (via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). "He gives us the ability for a guy to come out of the bullpen [to start] instead of bringing somebody up [from the minors] or carrying somebody extra. Having that flexibility was important."
Mitre started three games last season and 14 of his 24 relief appearances were longer than an inning.
Posted on: March 9, 2011 3:08 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2011 3:08 pm
By Evan Brunell
The right-hander has yet to pitch in a game in spring training, but that could come as soon as this weekend. Rogers was picked with the No. 5 overall pick back in 2005, has been set back by two shoulder surgeries. The first came in January 2007 when he needed his right labrum repaired in the shoulder. A year and a half later, Rogers underwent surgery again to clean up scar tissue. That caused him to miss all of 2007 and 2008, but he returned in 2009 with a sterling campaign, albeit at high-Class A.
Rogers took another step forward in 2010 as a 24-year-old, making 24 starts at Double-A with a 3.71 ERA. He also made one start in Triple-A and then was called up to the majors where he contributed 10 innings, coughing up just two earned runs and three walks against 11 strikeouts. Rogers' injury is still enough of a concern that his future is considered to be a reliever, but it's too early to make that permanent switch, as his talent is still high despite struggling with control as his 5.6 BB/9 mark in the minors last season indicates.
The Brewers have virtually no depth behind the front five for the rotation, partly a casualty of all the money and players invested in Greinke and fellow newcomer Shaun Marcum. Rogers, along with Manny Parra, should be considered the front-runners to replace Greinke. Parra is a failed starter who profiles better in the bullpen, but could be asked to fill in until Greinke returns. Past that, the Brewers could ask 21-year-old Wily Peralta to fill in, but he has just eight starts in Double-A as his highest level reached.
Amaury Rivas is a better bet as the 25-year-old posted a 3.37 ERA in 25 starts for Double-A last season. Still, the choices here are lacking. Milwaukee will certainly be on the prowl for starters that become available later on in spring training, but don't expect a deal for someone like Kevin Slowey. After all, whoever the Brewers acquire will be bumped from the rotation upon Greinke's arrival. That limits the Brewers to internal options who either have options or would move to the bullpen or externally, those Milwaukee wouldn't mind parting with after only a few starts.
Posted on: September 11, 2010 3:00 pm
As a starter, a certain left-hander has a 6.16 ERA in 16 starts. He's struck out 88 and walked 48, giving up 16 home runs in 84 1/3 innings.
As a reliever, he's got a 2.90 ERA in 31 innings, punching out 30 and walking 11.
In his career, his starting ledger has a 23-26 record and 5.44 ERA in 74 trips to the mound. Relief has 55 1/3 innings, an additional strikeout per nine innings and a 3.58 ERA.
At 27, one would think it pretty clear where the lefty's future belongs -- the bullpen.
Not so fast, manager Ken Macha says about Manny Parra.
"I thought that he had tremendous progress this year regardless of what his numbers are," Macha told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel . Macha says this despite a clear indication that Parra struggles to pitch deep into games.
"I still view his body of work as a starter this year," Macha said before Friday's game. "His delivery is much better, his curveball is much better, the [splitter] has been good. ... Perhaps just coming out of the bullpen and letting it rip is going to help him.
"You've got to give him credit. He's corrected a lot of [problems]."Parra was yanked from the rotation after posting a 7.45 ERA in his last eight starts, which may have (should have?) closed the book on his attempts to be a starter.
On a team desperate for starting pitching depth and with a pitcher of Parra's talent, however, it's understandable why Milwaukee isn't prepared to make such a leap on Parra's career.
It's not a good idea for GM Doug Melvin to go into 2011 with Parra penciled in as a member of the rotation, however. To contend, Milwaukee has to bring in at least two solid starters to pair with Randy Wolf and Yovani Gallardo. Having Parra contend for the fifth spot in the rotation makes sense -- but that's as far as Parra's chances at the rotation should go.
-- Evan Brunell
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