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Opening Day Countdown: 0.048 AVG

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We're a mere 48 days away from regular season baseball. SO CLOSE! To celebrate let's sort--but not really--talk about a player that produced a .048 batting average for the Brewers.

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Yesterday, a wonderful little, mythological creature that turns to stone when exposed to sunlight informed me that the article I wrote about Ryan Braun's throwing arm was the "dumbest article" he'd ever read--clearly not a long time reader--and suggested I could do better. Well actually, I think I can do a hell of a lot worseManiacal laugh...

Seeing as how we're 4x12 days away from opening day I thought, hey let's take a look at Juan Centeno's batting average during his major league stint with the Brewers last year. In ten games and twenty-three plate appearances Centeno hit one double and drew two walks. That added up to a 0.048 batting average. So there's the tie-in and that's the article. Have a good day kiddies and we'll see you tomorrow!

Okay, so I'm not actually going to end it there. But I don't have anything else to say about Centeno's offensive output at the major league level. What I did want to look at is the Brewers depth at catcher now compared to last year.

Obviously at the top the Brewers had Jonathan Lucroy and Martin Maldonado. At least for right now, those two remain. The next in line was Juan Centeno--then a waiver claim from the Mets. Word then was his defense was quality and his bat was not. That seems to be true--he hit 295/312/364--with the AAA team. Still just 26, he has plenty of time to etch out a solid career as a major league back-up though. Nevin Ashley was the other catcher that saw some time with the Brewers last year. It was the first major league appearance for the 30 year old journeyman.

The two minor league depth options have moved on to other clubs along--or are still minor league free agents as is the case with Robinzon Diaz. To address this lack of depth the Brewers did three things. First they acquired another minor league journeyman. This time it was Manny Pina who came to Milwaukee as the player to be named later in the K-Rod deal. He's supposed to be a solid defender and had a nice offensive season last year--although it was his age 28 season and fourth at AAA.

Next the Brewers signed minor league free agent Rene Garcia. He's another minor league depth guy with some experience at the upper levels. Perhaps he gets a September call-up, but things probably have to go pretty wrong for him to see anything more than that.

The more notable acquisition came in the form of waiver claim Josmil Pinto. He actually swings a very good bat for a catcher. If he could translate his minor league success to the major league level, there's a chance he could be one of the better offensive catchers in the league. Although chances are much greater he's not a catcher at all. If you're looking for hope, apparently Pinto "had a legitimately good framing season by (Baseball Prospectus') new framing metrics." So who knows? Maybe he's finally breaking through. My guess--and it is just a guess--when Lucroy gets traded Maldonado takes the No.1 spot and Pinto slides into a back-up role, maybe also doubling as the back-up 1B to get his bat in the lineup more frequently.

Of course the most notable acquisition is the most recent one: Jacob Nottingham. We spent all weekend talking about him, so I won't spend much time on him now. But even if he'll never be a gifted defender, the upside of a Top 5 or so offensive catcher has me salivating. He is likely a couple of years away though, so he won't factor onto the depth chart this year.

The Brewers haven't really set themselves up to have great catching depth. I think it's a bit better than last year. But it's a really tough position to fill. Teams all over baseball are struggling. That's why I was so pumped to see them get Nottingham in the Davis deal. In doing so, the Brewers have greatly increased their catching depth 1+ years out. And really that's much more important than this year's depth.

Statistics courtesy of FanGraphs