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Here's another update by Tim Leonard of the official site on some young Brewers playing around the world.  Some highlights:

In fact, Bray has allowed just three batters to reach base over his last six innings. The New Haven, Conn., native has retired 12 of the last 13 hitters he's faced and lowered his ERA to 4.82.

Relief ERAs can be deceiving--in a short period of time, one or two bad outings can make your numbers look bad for a long time.  Bray has been great lately, and will deserve a long look in spring training.

Mexican Pacific League

RHP Joe Valentine -- Valentine picked up his first win after throwing 1 2/3 scoreless innings on Nov. 8. The 26-year-old righty has struck out 14 batters in 12 2/3 frames and has compiled a 1-2 record with five saves and a 2.84 ERA.

RHP Justin Lehr -- Lehr pitched five shutout innings in his first start of the season on Nov. 3. He scattered six hits, struck out two and did not walk a batter.

This probably just means that Nashville will be well-stocked with guys who can fill out the back of the bullpen if necessary, but I still harbor fantasies that Justin Lehr could be a useful pitcher someday, even if I'm the only one.

In other news, the managers in Venezuela don't care much about getting Brewers development time:

2B Hernan Iribarren -- Iribarren didn't get a chance to swing the bat last week, appearing only as a pinch-runner on Nov. 3. He's batting .200 with two RBIs in 25 at-bats.

CF Freddy Parejo -- Parejo has not seen any game action since pinch-running on Oct. 24.

SS Guilder Rodriguez -- Rodriguez has not appeared since Oct. 19, when he got a hit in his only at-bat.

Can't they at least go in as defensive replacements or something?  Anything?