This is what we signed up for in 2016, isn't it? It's going to be one of those years where there are a few highs (like the 5-game unbeaten streak to start the spring), but the lows are also going to hit, and they will hit hard. Jimmy Nelson struggled in his two innings of work, though he was encouraged by the start. The Brewers also only managed three hits, and Jonathan Villar drove in the lone run.
Links from BCB
- The countdown to Opening Day is at 24 days. Today's post focuses on #24 Eric Young Jr.
- What prospects do you need to know about for the upcoming season? Kyle has the answer for you, providing profiles on any hitting prospect that could impact the Brewers in 2016.
- Yesterday, Goose Gossage came out and blasted several aspects about the game of baseball that he doesn't like in an interview with ESPN. One of those was Ryan Braun getting a standing ovation after returning from his PED suspension, asking how parents can explain that to their kids. Derek responded to those comments in a post yesterday, explaining exactly how parents can explain what Braun did to their kids.
Other Brewers News and Notes
- In his notes from camp yesterday, Adam McCalvy of Brewers.com notes that outfielder Brett Phillips is making progress from his oblique injury, but may not get a chance in major-league camp to show what he can do. Also, Franklin Morales is throwing bullpen sessions, but is still some time away from entering a game, which could limit how much of an opportunity the Brewers get to see him pitch.
- Is this year's team really tanking? Nicholas Zettel of Disciples of Uecker lets you be the judge by comparing the 25-man roster from 2002 with the expected roster from 2016.
- There's no strong candidate for the leadoff position entering the season, though a few players can make a case for it. Seth Victor of BP Milwaukee looks at the options and predicts who should take the leadoff spot.
- Coming out of a disastrous 2015, Matt Garza is entering 2016 with a lot to prove, and clearly on the bottom of the rotation in many people's minds. Ryan Romano of BP Milwaukee argues that the Brewers should consider placing Garza in the bullpen to let their other starting pitchers have a chance to develop.
- Do you think that the Brewers pitching prospects should avoid Colorado Springs? Well, the Brewers don't agree with you, and Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to send their pitchers there as normal.
- Over on Miller Park Prospects, Dustin Mazurek breaks down the current depth chart for right field in the Brewers organization. Also, Chris Collins takes a look at the Brewers minor and major league career of Gary Sheffield.
- Over on MLB Trade Rumors, Charlie Wilmoth recaps the offseason for the Brewers.
- The broadcast schedule for 2016 is out, with 150 of the 162 games televised for the Brewers in 2016.
- Athletics pitcher Jarrod Parker suffered a lateral elbow impingement during his first action back from an elbow injury, and will undergo an MRI today.
- Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera has a strained patellar tendon in his left knee and is expected to start the 2016 season on the DL.
This Weekend's Action
It's another full weekend of spring training games as the Brewers continue to prepare for the season. Here is what is on the schedule for the weekend (and make sure to note the time change this weekend):
Friday: Brewers vs. Rangers (2:05 pm CST, FS Wisconsin / Brewers Radio Network)
Saturday: Brewers vs. Rockies (2:05 pm CST, FS Wisconsin / Brewers Radio Network)
Sunday: Brewers @ Indians (3:05 pm CDT, MLB.com)