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
- The MLB Draft continued yesterday with the Brewers making eight more picks. They selected high school RHP Nash Walters in the third round, high school outfielder Demi Orimoloye in the fourth round, and Texas A&M shortstop Blake ALlemand in the fifth round. The Brewers followed that up by picking pitchers in four of the next five rounds. The final 30 rounds take place today, and you can join our conversation on the draft here.
- Prior to yesterday's game, the Brewers officially recalled Taylor Jungmann from Triple-A Colorado Springs and optioned Luis Sardinas to the Sky Sox.
- The comeback for Johnny Hellweg continued yesterday as he was officially activated from the DL. His comeback path starts in Brevard County, though it's hopeful that he will work his way up through the system before the end of the season. Since he is out of options after this season, the Brewers will have to make a decision on him by next spring.
- David Goforth has disappeared in the Brewers bullpen in recent games. Derek is confused by this, asking why Goforth is here if he is not being used at all. Goforth has not pitched since the seventeen inning game on May 31.
- The latest All-Star Voting update came out yesterday, and for the first time this year, a Brewer was on the leaderboard. Adam McCalvy of Brewers.com notes that Ryan Braun cracked the top 15 in the outfield, but is the only Brewer among the leaders at any position.
- Pete Schwichtenberg of Reviewing the Brew considers Demi Orimoloye to be the Brewers steal of the second day of the draft.
Minor League Update
|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
- Michael Trzinski of Reviewing the Brew has a farm report for the Brevard County Manatees.
NL Central Update
- 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
- The Angels released RHP Zach Stewart to allow him to sign with a team in the Korean Baseball Organization.
- The Cardinals placed Matt Holiday on the 15-day DL with a right quadriceps strain and recalled RHP Miguel Socolovich.
- The Rays placed starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi on the 15-day DL with a left oblique strain.
- The Yankees signed RHP Sergio Santos to a minor-league deal.
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.