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Vinny Rottino insists on a starting job

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Rottino told reporters yesterday that he would prefer to be traded than return to Triple-A. He feels like he's proven himself repeatedly, done everything the club has asked of him, and is disappointed that they aren't giving him a starting job, especially with so few options at third base.

Kidding! Vinny, if you're reading, I know you're a good guy with a great attitude; I picked you because there's no one on the team I think would be less likely to pull a Menchkins than our super-utility man of the future.

Still, despite the gallons ink being spent on the early days in Maryvale, nothing's really happening. Here's a Bill Hall puff piece; here's one on Graffy, which has this unrelated tidbit:

Braun was included with the base-stealing group. Third basemen normally have little speed but Braun is a former shortstop who can run, as evidenced by his 26 stolen bases in 30 attempts last season with Class A Brevard County and Class AA Huntsville.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Braun does not appear built for speed or power but has both, and much more, according to Yost.

I like the fact that the Brewers aren't pigeonholing their power hitters; sure, by the time Braun and Corey Hart are in their 30s, they won't be running much, but that's no reason not to see if they won't be good for twenty swipes a year in the meantime.

Here's another entry in the puff piece brigade, about Zach Jackson and Carlos Villanueva, including this good stuff about Zach:

"There was never a moment where I was intimidated, where I felt like those guys were that much better than me," Jackson said. "I caught a hot team when I faced the Twins [on July 2], and that was my worst outing. But for the most part, I kept us in games, and I'm proud of that. That's our job."

Jackson said he worked with some of his college coaches on a few minor adjustments during the offseason, related to getting his front foot down more quickly and not "flying off" during his delivery. He'll continue to work this spring on his changeup, and he tweaked his slider during the offseason so it has more depth and downward break. Before, Jackson's slider was too similar to his cut fastball.

"The average fan is still going to see how Zach still goes over his head [during his delivery] and has that quirky motion," Jackson said. "My changes have been a little more specific. I want to limit the walks and all the other little things that add up.

I just love the fact that we have somebody like Zach who could probably be league-average or better for a fifth starter, and we're barely talking about him at this point in the spring. That's isn't disrespect, it's just a sign that is #7 on the depth chart. While I hope we don't see him in Milwaukee this year (if we don't, it'll mean we've been unusually healthy), we'll know we're in good shape if he does get the nod.