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What We Learned: The Importance of the Draft

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The MLB Draft is an important tool in the development of a team, but it's true value needs to be properly understood. We discuss that and more in today's What We Learned.

79th MLB All-Star Game Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images

Yesterday's Results

The Brewers had the day off.

Brewers News and Notes

Links from BCB

For Fringe Big Leaguers, 43 Days of Service Time is an Important Threshold | Kyle Lesnieswski, BCB

43 days of major league service doesn't seem like a major threshold, but it is important for all players, especially those who may not have a long MLB career.

Brewers Rumors: Team Connected to Cuban Outfielder Yadiel Hernandez | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

With the new international signing period set to open in July, the Brewers have been linked to outfielder Yadiel Hernandez.

Brewers following the numbers | DaleCoop14, BCB FanPosts

Santos Saldivar was signed due to baseball writers analyzing a spreadsheet, and is now working his way through the Brewers system.

Links from Other Sites

Counterbuilding: Trading and Drafting | Nicholas Zettel, BP Milwaukee

Many people see the MLB Draft as a way for teams to build up their MLB team in a faster and more secure way. However, the draft gets too much credit, as results are inconsistent and can take years to develop, sometimes with other teams.

Junior Guerra's Splitter | Jack Moore, BP Milwaukee

Through four starts, Junior Guerra's splitter has been the pitch that has stood out so far, leading to his success.

Legends set to welcome stars of the future at 2016 MLB Draft | Mark Newman, MLB.com

Ben Sheets and Gord Ash will represent the Brewers at the MLB Draft in just over two weeks.

Minor League Update

Affiliate Update

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA) | 18-22

  • Yesterday: Sacramento 4, Colorado Springs 2
  • Today: Colorado Springs @ Sacramento | 9:05 pm

Biloxi Shuckers (AA) | 26-18

  • Yesterday: Tennessee 3, Biloxi 2 (12)
  • Today: No Game

Brevard County Manatees (A+) | 14-30

  • Yesterday: Jupiter 1, Brevard County 0
  • Today: Clearwater @ Brevard County | 5:35 pm

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A) | 21-23

  • Yesterday: Kane County 7, Wisconsin 1
  • Today: Wisconsin @ Clinton | 6:30 pm

News and Notes

Rays' Adames, Dodgers' Bellinger lead Prospect Team of the Week | Mike Rosenbaum, MLB.com

Josh Hader made MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week for his two starts for the Shuckers last week.

Crew's blueprint unfolding with Timber Rattlers | Curt Hogg, Brewers.com

The Brewers rebuilding process is evident at Class A Wisconsin, where players know that they can get a shot at the Brewers if they perform at the lower levels.

Frosty Microbrews: Roving Instructors Provide Experience, Insight | Kyle Lobner, TimberRattlers.com

Several instructors travel between the different Brewers affiliates to help players develop. They tend to watch the prospects and provide insight and advice to assist in their development.

Manatees attendance up 41 percent | ManateesBaseball.com

The Brevard County Manatees have seen an increase in attenance of 41% through the first two months of the season.

NL Central Updates

Yesterday's Games

  • Pirates 6, Rockies 3
  • Cardinals 4, Cubs 3
  • Dodgers 1, Reds 0

Today's Games

  • Diamondbacks (Shelby Miller) @ Pirates (Francisco Liriano) | 6:05 pm
  • Cubs (Jason Hammel) @ Cardinals (Michael Wacha) | 6:10 pm
  • Reds (Daniel Wright) @ Dodgers (Mike Bolsinger) | 9:10 pm

Around Baseball

Roster News

Baltimore Orioles

Boston Red Sox

Chicago Cubs

Cincinnati Reds

Minnesota Twins

Texas Rangers

Other Notes

Clint Barmes Retires | Jeff Todd, MLB Trade Rumors

Clint Barmes has decided to retire after a 13-year MLB career, finishing with a 9.2 fWAR and 15.4 rWAR over his career.

Tony Gwynn's family files wrongful death suit against the tobacco industry | R.J. Anderson, CBS Sports

Tony Gwynn's family is filing a lawsuit against Altria Group Inc., saying that Gwynn was targeted as part of an effort to get more African-Americans to use smokeless tobacco.

Padres take action after gay men's chorus controversy | Liz Roscher, Big League Stew

Following Saturday's incident during the Padres game involving the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, the Padres investigated what happened and determined that it was a mistake and there was no malicious intent. However, they did fire the third-party contractor who made the mistake, and disciplined the employee in charge of the game production that day. The DJ also has issued a statement apologizing for the incident.

Today's Action

Brewers (Jimmy Nelson) @ Braves (Julio Teheran) | 6:10 pm