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What We Learned: Taylor Jungmann excels in his MLB debut

Taylor Jungmann made an unexpected excellent start in his MLB debut yesterday. We discuss that, the ongoing MLB draft, and more in today's What We Learned.

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Yesterday's Results

Brewers 4, Pirates 1

When Taylor Jungmann came up yesterday, the numbers that he had put up at Triple-A Colorado Springs didn't provide much encouragement for a good start. He had posted a 6.37 ERA in 11 starts for the Sky Sox. His BB/9 rate was 4.40. There were some encouraging signs from a 8.19 K/9 rate, a 3.87 FIP (mainly thanks to a 0.30 HR/9 rate), and had put up three better starts recently. However, most of us weren't expecting what we got.

Jungmann didn't look like a pitcher making his debut last night. He looked like a guy who belonged there. He pitched seven innings, allowing only one run on a solo home run. Overall, he allowed three hits and a walk while striking out five. In addition, home runs from Jason Rogers and Aramis Ramirez helped back him up, and the bullpen of Jeremy Jeffress and Francisco Rodriguez kept the Pirates locked down. In the end, it was the first career win for Taylor Jungmann.

Where the Brewers go from here remains to be seen. The Brewers will need a fifth starter going forward, and Jungmann made a strong case to be that starter yesterday. However, Tyler Cravy is also sitting in the minors and made his case last week, which was also pretty strong. It's only one start, so we don't want to get too excited about it. However, Jungmann proved yesterday that he deserves a shot to be in the Brewers rotation.

Brewers News and Notes
Minor League Update
Team Level Record Yesterday Today
Colorado Springs Sky Sox AAA 24-33 Colorado Springs 6, Omaha 3 OFF
Biloxi Shuckers AA 36-22 Biloxi 7, Mobile 5 Mobile @ Biloxi
Brevard County Manatees A+ 26-31 Brevard County 10, Palm Beach 1 Brevard County @ Palm Beach
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 18-40 OFF Wisconsin @ Dayton
DSL Brewers R 2-7 DSL Marlins 7, DSL Brewers 6 DSL Marlins @ DSL Brewers

News & Notes

NL Central Update
Team W L
Cardinals 38 21
Cubs 30 26
Pirates 31 27
Reds 26 31
Brewers 22 37
  • Rockies 4, Cardinals 3
  • Tigers 6, Cubs 0
  • Reds 11, Phillies 2

Today's Division Games

  • Phillies (Jerome Williams) @ Reds (Jon Moscot) - 11:35 am
  • Cardinals (Carlos Martinez) @ Rockies (Chad Bettis) - 2:10 pm
  • Cubs (Jake Arrieta) @ Tigers (Shane Greene) - 6:08 pm
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Today's Action

The Brewers make another attempt at getting their first sweep of the season tonight against the Pirates. Kyle Lohse pitches against Charlie Morton in the series finale. First pitch is at 6:05 pm.