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What We Learned: Ben Rowen joins the Brewers system

The Brewers were awarded RHP Ben Rowen yesterday via waiver claim to fill their 40-man roster. We discuss that and more in today’s What We Learned.

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays-Spring Training Media Day Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday's Results

The Brewers had the day off.

Brewers News and Notes

Links from BCB

Milwaukee Brewers Claim RHP Ben Rowen Off Waivers From Toronto | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

With a roster spot open, the Brewers claimed RHP Ben Rowen off of waivers and sent him right to Colorado Springs.

Trade Analysis: Will Smith to the Giants | Derek Harvey, BCB

With the Will Smith trade, the chain of value continued as the Brewers got two pieces from the Giants.

Yasiel Puig Could Fit in the Milwaukee Brewers Outfield | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

The Dodgers tried to trade Yasiel Puig at the deadline, but when they couldn’t trade him, they sent him to the minors. With the waiver trade deadline still out there, the Brewers could still try to work out a trade with him.

Links from Other Sites

Here are the names to watch at the MLB waiver trade deadline | Justin Klugh, MLB Daily Dish

One of the names included on this list is Ryan Braun, who could be let go if another team claims him and the Brewers decide they want the salary relief.

Grading Future Guerra: Splits and Age
Grading Future Guerra: Strike Zone
Nicholas Zettel, BP Milwaukee

Junior Guerra has been good so far this season in the Brewers rotation, but how will it hold up looking into the future?

The Problem with Valuing Releivers Via Trade | Julien Assouline, BP Milwaukee

Some of the more surprising deals at this deadline involved relievers. However, is the surprise that the relievers have more value than expected, or that the prospects aren’t valued as highly as we thought?

Minor League Update

Affiliate Update

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA) | 54-55

  • Thursday: Nashville 5, Colorado Springs 4
  • Friday: Nashville @ Colorado Springs | 8:05 pm
  • Saturday: Nashville @ Colorado Springs | 7:05 pm
  • Sunday: Colorado Springs @ Omaha | 5:05 pm

Biloxi Shuckers (AA) | 54-55

  • Thursday: Biloxi 5, Jacksonville 8
  • Friday: Pensacola @ Biloxi | 7:10 pm
  • Saturday: Pensacola @ Biloxi | 7:10 pm
  • Sunday: Pensacola @ Biloxi | 5:10 pm

Brevard County Manatees (A+) | 36-72

  • Thursday: Daytona 3, Brevard County 4
  • Friday: Dunedin @ Brevard County | 5:35 pm
  • Saturday: Dunedin @ Brevard County | 5:35 pm
  • Sunday: Dunedin @ Brevard County | 4:05 pm

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A) | 55-55

  • Thursday: Burlington 2, Wisconsin 9
  • Friday: Burlington @ Wisconsin | 7:05 pm
  • Saturday: Kane County @ Wisconsin | 6:35 pm
  • Sunday: Kane County @ Wisconsin | 1:05 pm

DSL Brewers (R) | 18-34

  • Thursday: DSL Braves 7, DSL Brewers 2
  • Friday: DSL Rockies @ DSL Brewers | 9:30 am
  • Saturday: DSL Brewers @ DSL Rockies | 9:30 am
  • Sunday: No Game

Helena Brewers (R) | 16-26

  • Thursday: Helena 3, Orem 6
  • Friday: Helena @ Orem | 8:05 pm
  • Saturday: Helena @ Orem | 8:05 pm
  • Sunday: Helena @ Orem | 5:05 pm

AZL Brewers (R) | 14-21

  • Thursday: AZL Reds 3, AZL Brewers 2
  • Friday: AZL Brewers @ AZL Reds | 9:00 pm
  • Saturday: AZL Dodgers @ AZL Brewers | 9:00 pm
  • Sunday: AZL Brewers @ AZL Dodgers | 9:00 pm

News and Notes

How did Brewers build their No. 1-ranked system? | Adam McCalvy,

It’s taken over a year, but the Brewers have rebuilt their minor-league system and made it one of the strongest in the league.

Interview with Brewers Farm Director Tom Flanagan | The Shuck Dynasty

Shuckers radio broadcaster Chris Harris spoke with farm director Tom Flanagan about many things related to the minor-league system.

Milwaukee Brewers Prospect Watch: Thomas Jankins | Michael Cambria, Call to the Pen

One player from June’s draft that has progress well through the minor-league system so far is Thomas Jankins, who has already stepped up from rookie ball to Class-A Wisconsin.

NL Central Updates

This Weekend's Games

  • Cardinals 0, Reds 7
  • Pirates 2, Braves 5

Yesterday's Games

Reds @ Pirates

  • Friday: Anthony DeSclafani vs. Jameson Taillon | 6:05 pm
  • Saturday: Homer Bailey vs. Ivan Nova | 6:05 pm
  • Sunday: Dan Straily vs. Gerrit Cole | 12:35 pm

Braves @ Cardinals

  • Friday: Joel De La Cruz vs. Jaime Garcia | 7:15 pm
  • Saturday: Mike Foltynewicz vs. Carlos Martinez | 6:15 pm
  • Sunday: TBD vs. Adam Wainwright | 1:15 pm

Cubs @ Athletics

  • Friday: Jon Lester vs. Dillon Overton | 9:05 pm
  • Saturday: Jake Arrieta vs. Sonny Gray | 3:05 pm
  • Sunday: Kyle Hendricks vs. Sean Manaea | 3:05 pm

This Weekend's Action

Brewers @ Diamondbacks

  • Friday: Chase Anderson vs. Braden Shipley | 8:40 pm
  • Saturday: Matt Garza vs. Patrick Corbin | 7:10 pm
  • Sunday: Jimmy Nelson vs. Archie Bradley | 3:10 pm