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What We Learned: Spring Games Begin Today

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The team gets to work today as the first games of the spring begin. We look at that and more in today’s What We Learned.

Milwaukee Brewers v Colorado Rockies Photo by Joe Mahoney/Getty Images

Countdown to Opening Day: 38

Brewers News and Notes

Links from BCB

Report: Jonathan Villar turned down extension offer from Milwaukee Brewers | Jaymes L, BCB

The Brewers had approached Jonathan Villar during the offseason with an extension offer, but Villar decided to turn it down. If Villar continues to play at a high level, he could end up making much more than that.

Craig Counsell won’t settle on Milwaukee Brewers batting order until after the World Baseball Classic | Jaymes L, BCB

As games are starting today, manager Craig Counsell will be experimenting with different lineups, but doesn’t plan to have a definitive lineup in place until after the WBC.

Milwaukee Brewers are “Expected to be Active” on International Free Agent Market | eddiemathews, BCB

As the Brewers continue to find any talent they can to improve their system, they are expected to take a hard look at the international market this year.

What We Learned: Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day Edition! | -JP-, BCB

Photo Day happened on Wednesday, and we’ve got some highlights from the yearly photo shoot.

Your 2020 Milwaukee Brewers | Adam Bray, BCB FanPost

What will the Brewers look like in four years? Which prospects will step up to form the future core of the team?

Links from Other Sites

Brewers by position: Keon Broxton looks to take the next step in center | Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Keon Broxton was really putting a great season together before a broken wrist ended his season. Will he be able to pick up where he left off?

Brewers by position: Domingo Santana flashes potential in right | Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

It was a rough year last year for Domingo Santana, but the potential is still there. The question is if he can take the next step.

Brewers count on Carlos Torres to be a bullpen ace again | Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Carlos Torres was an unexpected hero in the Brewers bullpen last season. Can he repeat that performance in 2017?

Brewers' Rob Scahill captures life on the road | Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Rob Scahill is in camp as a non-roster invitee, and he’s taking the opportunity to get plenty of pictures while in camp.

Joba dialed in for first session with Brewers | Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

Joba Chamberlain is working to earn a roster spot on the Brewers this spring, and had his first bullpen session with the Brewers recently.

Oh, snap: Topps photographer visits Crew camp | Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

The Topps photographer visited camp recently as well, getting some pictures for next year’s baseball cards.

Optimal PECOTA Roster | Sean Roberts, BP Milwaukee

If the Brewers put together a roster based solely on PECOTA projections, what would it look like?

Knowing Your Surroundings | Dylan Svoboda, BP Milwaukee

Building a team to Miller Park could give the Brewers an advantage, as left-handed hitters have had much more success at Miller Park.

Minor League Notes

Rival Rankings: Chicago Cubs
Rival Rankings: Pittsburgh Pirates
Marcus Young, Miller Park Prospects

Continuing to look at the minor-league systems for other teams, it’s a look at the rankings for the Cubs and Pirates.

Projecting the Biloxi Shuckers infield in 2017 | Chris Harris, The Shuck Dynasty

The Brewers are loaded with outfield prospects in their system. Which prospects will play for the Shuckers this year?

Around Baseball

MLB players' union agrees to pitchless intentional walks | The Associated Press

In one change to the rules this season, pitchers will no longer have to throw four pitches for an intentional walk. Instead, a signal will be made to indicate giving an intentional walk.

This Weekend’s Games

It’s finally time for some spring training games this weekend. Here is what is on the schedule for the weekend:

Friday: Brewers vs. UWM Panthers | 2:05 pm
Saturday: Brewers @ Angels | 2:10 pm
Sunday: Brewers vs Dodgers | 2:05 pm