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What We Learned: Camp is in full swing

First full squad workouts of the spring were held over the weekend. We discuss that and more in today’s What We Learned.

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MLB: Milwaukee Brewers-Workouts Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Countdown to Opening Day: 42

Brewers News and Notes

Links from BCB

Attanasio drops an f-bomb, talks Milwaukee Brewers payroll, Maryvale future | Jaymes L, BCB

Mark Attanasio had his yearly preseason talk with the team as position players reported last week, and discussed many topics while at camp.

Craig Counsell wants Milwaukee Brewers prospects to ignore rankings, and you should too | Jaymes L, BCB

While prospect rankings are great for evaluating a team, at the end of the day, it’s all about the performance on the field over the rankings on the web.

Manny Pina Could Be a Breakout Candidate for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2017 | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Though he’s essentially become the bottom candidate for the catcher position for the Brewers, Manny Pina could be primed for a breakout year.

BCB Mailbag 16: Passing Gas and Illegal Deliveries | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

In this week’s mailbag, topics include the 25th man on the roster, the top infielder, when to sign your left-handed kid up for baseball, and illegal pitching motion.

BCB Fanpost Prompt of the Week | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB
The Dark Ages, Straight Outta "Wah-KEY-shaw" County | tdgbp, BCB FanPost
Bill Spiers: A Milwaukee Brewers "Dark Age" Favorite | nullacct, BCB FanPost

This week’s FanPost prompt focuses on favorite players during the Brewers darker years. A few of our regulars have already written up their thoughts on this topic.

Milone, Duke and Gorzelanny... and LHP starters turned relievers. | justthestatsman, BCB FanPost

Being left-handed gives many pitchers a chance at a longer career just because they are left-handed, and many have also converted to relievers to help their cause further.

Links from Other Sites

Attanasio eager to settle plans for spring hub | Adam McCalvy,

While the Brewers want to stay in Arizona, the need to find a better home is growing by the year.

Brewers embrace owner's direct message | Adam McCalvy,

Mark Attanasio’s message to the players caught several of them off guard, but it’s one that they are happy to follow.

Villar embraces move across the diamond | Adam McCalvy,

Jonathan Villar moves to second base this season, and it’s a move that he’s more than willing to make.

Brewers will record early bullpens for reference | Adam McCalvy,

In an effort to get as much information as they can for their pitchers, the Brewers are recording the early bullpens for pitchers in camp.

Rivera hopes Caribbean Series success carries over | Adam McCalvy,

Yadiel Rivera had a great winter in winter ball, and comes to camp hoping to turn that into a job.

Milwaukee Brewers: Scooter Gennett Should Not Be a Utility Player | Tim Muma, Dairyland Express

While Scooter Gennett has the bat to be a bench player, he doesn’t have the defensive skills to work as a utility player.

Brewers by position: Ryan Braun is last man standing in rebuild
Brewers by position: Eric Thames has something to prove at first base
Brewers by position: Shortstop Orlando Arcia learning from tough early lessons
Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

In a position-by-position preview of the Brewers, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel looks at Ryan Braun, Eric Thames, and Orlando Arcia.

Notes: Pitcher Tyler Cravy proving he belongs in majors | Tom Haudricourt and Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Tyler Cravy brings a strong end to the 2016 season into camp as he looks to get a job in the Brewers bullpen.

Fans flock to Brewers box office for first tickets | Jacob Carpenter, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

The annual Arctic Tailgate was held this weekend as single-game tickets went on sale, but conditions this year weren’t as arctic as in the past.

Thinking Outside The Box 1: The Piggyback Rotation | Colin Anderle, BP Milwaukee

The piggyback rotation has received more attention recently, and with more starting pitchers available than spots, it’s something that the Brewers could consider for their rotation.

NL Notes: Brewers, Pirates, Diamondbacks | Connor Byrne, MLB Trade Rumors

A minor update was made to Ryan Braun’s no-trade clause during the offseason, with one team changed. Of course, this is only important until the end of May, when full no-trade rights kick in.

Friday Five: Five Players Who Could Be Cut Before Opening Day | Brad Ford, Disciples of Uecker

Not everyone will make the Brewers roster this season. Here are five candidates that could find themselves looking for a new team by the time camp ends.

Regression candidates for the Milwaukee Brewers | Justin Schultz, The First Out At Third

Meanwhile, other players who do make the team will likely regress in 2017, and there are some prime candidates who many have overperformed in 2016.

Matt Garza Attends Annual Daddy-Daughter Dance | Caitlin Moyer, Cait Covers the Bases

Matt Garza had a busy weekend, participating in camp activities and making a quick trip back to California for a Daddy-Daughter dance with his two daughters.

Rival Rankings: St. Louis Cardinals | Marcus Young, Miller Mark Prospects

Looking at the top of the prospect lists in other organizations, next up is the top prospects for the Cardinals.

When They Were Rattlers: Damien Magnifico | Chris Mehring, Rattler Radio

Continuing in a series on former Timber Rattlers, it’s a look back at the Timber Rattlers career of Damien Magnifico.