Brewers News and Analysis
- The #1 vote in our BCB Community Prospect Rankings was revealed, and it went to Orlando Arcia. There's still time to vote for #2, where Tyrone Taylor has taken a commanding lead.
- Does it count as being in the "best shape of his life" when a player just joined the Brewers organization? It might in this case. Noah found a picture of 2015 Brewers draft pick Jake Gatewood on his Instagram account, showing off the results of his offseason workout plan.
Notes from Brewers Camp
- Today is the day for the remaining position players to report. As of yesterday, only Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez had not reported yet. The first full team workout will be tomorrow.
- Mike Fiers had a rough end to the season in 2014 when he accidentally hit Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton in the face with a pitch. McCalvy notes that he is trying to move on and not let it affect the way he pitches in 2015.
- Though he may not be the face of the franchise anymore, the success of this year's Brewers team will still depend on Ryan Braun. Tracy Ringolsby of MLB.com examines how important Braun is to the Brewers success in 2015.
- Jean Segura reported to Brewers camp this year hoping for better days after a horrible 2014 season, both on and off the field. McCalvy looked back at what happened to Segura in 2014 and what's changing for him in 2015.
- As Tyler Thornburg begins camp, his role in the bullpen is not set yet. He is currently being stretched out for long relief, but could end up as as a setup guy or even back in the starting rotation if something goes wrong for one of the other starters.
- The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel continued their preview series with Todd Rosiak's profile of first baseman Adam Lind, who will get a chance vs. left-handed pitchers this spring.
- Adam McCalvy also has a roundup of notes from the day in Brewers camp, including a change to this year's Arctic Tailgate, Adam Lind getting work vs. LHP in Spring Training, and Wei-Chung Wang's goal for 2015.
- Rumors of Francisco Rodriguez getting close to signing are picking up, and both the Brewers and Marlins are the teams listed as the most likely destination. Over on Reviewing the Brew, Pete Schwichtenberg says that fans should root for Rodriguez to sign with the Marlins.
- Chris Cwik of RotoGraphs takes a look at the Brewers outfield and what to expect from them this season.
- While Hank the Ballpark Pup isn't making the trip to Arizona this year, he still made an impact in the area. Supplies were sent to the Arizona Humane Society on his behalf, and Cait Covers the Bases has pictures of them accepting the donation.
- Cait Covers the Bases also has a first look at this year's BobbleHank giveaway for Mother's Day.
NL Central Update
- Starting pitcher Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals returned to St. Louis to be examined by a doctor after experiencing abdominal pain during a workout on Tuesday.
- Mike Oz of Big League Stew notes that Manny Ramirez has been hired by the Cubs to be a hitting consultant this season.
- Nicholas Zettel of Disciples of Uecker analyzes the weaknesses of the NL Central teams entering the 2015 season.
- Over on Miller Park Prospects, Marcus Young looks at the top 10 prospects in the Cardinals system.
- The Tigers signed reliever Joba Chamberlain to a one-year, $1 million deal.
- There's not many cases where a player reporting early would cause anger, but this one did. Alex Rodriguez reported to Yankees camp on Monday, a few days ahead of schedule. Israel Fehr of Big League Stew notes that the Yankees management was unhappy that he reported to camp early without notifying them..
- Rob Manfred made some waves again yesterday by suggesting that he could shorten the MLB series to 154 games. David Schoenfield of ESPN SweetSpot says that while a 154 game schedule is a great idea, it will never happen.