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What We Learned: Stumbling to Opening Day

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With just one week to Opening Day, the Brewers are stumbling in their last few games of the spring. We discuss that and more in today’s What We Learned.

MLB: Spring Training-Milwaukee Brewers at Texas Rangers Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

Countdown to Opening Day: 7

This Weekend’s Results

Reds 12, Brewers 11
Royals 1, Brewers 0
Athletics 11, Brewers 1


Brewers News and Notes

Links from BCB

Milwaukee Brewers acquire Tyler Heineman from Astros | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Milwaukee Brewers Roster Updates: Hiram Burgos cut, Manny Pina and Jhan Marinez make the team
Milwaukee Brewers Option Brent Suter to Minor League Camp
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Roster moves to finalize the 25-man roster for the season are slowing starting to trickle in. Over the weekend, Brent Suter and Hiram Burgos were sent back to minor-league camp, while Manny Piña and Jhan Mariñez were both informed that they had made the team.

2017 NL Central Preview: Cincinnati Reds | Jaymes L, BCB

Rounding out the previews of the NL Central is a look at the team projected to finish at the bottom of the division, the Cincinnati Reds.

BCB Mailbag 19: Eating Pizza on the Bench | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Topics from this week’s mailbag include All-Star candidates, 25-man roster decisions, and finding good pizza.

Sunday Sundries - Spring Training Week 4 | eddiemathews, BCB

Spring training is coming to a close, and it was a rough week for the Brewers last week in camp.

Constructing the Ideal Opening Day Roster | Jack Stern, BCB FanPost

If you could construct the Brewers Opening Day roster, how would you put it together? Over in the FanPosts, Jack Stern has put together his ideal Opening Day roster based on the candidates currently in camp.

Sad minor league news | icelandreliant, BCB FanPost

Though it wasn’t as notable on the Brewers end, several players in the Brewers minor league system saw their tenures in the system end as the Brewers released them.


Links from Other Sites

Aguilar pushing to earn final roster spot | Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com
Versatile De Jesus pushing for roster spot | Daniel Kramer, MLB.com
Barnes returns to hard-throwing form in 'pen | Daniel Kramer, MLB.com

As the final days of spring training pass, a few players are still fighting to make the Brewers roster this season. Two of those are Jesus Aguilar and Ivan De Jesus, who both are hoping to make it onto the Brewers bench. Meanwhile, Jacob Barnes is working his way towards making his first Opening Day roster.

The Platoon You Wish Existed | Jack Conness, BP Milwaukee

Eric Thames is the expected starter at first base this season, but there’s a case to be made for platooning Jesus Aguilar with him at first. However, the case isn’t as solid when looking at the platoon numbers.

Command and Curves: Paolo Espino | Kyle Lesniewski, BP Milwaukee

After dominating for years in the minor leagues, Paolo Espino is ready to prove himself at the major league level. He just needs the opportunity to do it.

The Inner Monologue of @DimTillard Part 2 | Tim Dillard, MLB Trade Rumors

In a special piece for MLB Trade Rumors, Tim Dillard goes through some of the inner workings of his mind.

2017 Brewers Fantasy Preview | Seth Victor, BP Milwaukee

For those that play fantasy baseball, here’s a preview of Brewers players that could be valuable to own this fantasy baseball season.


Minor League Notes

Player Pages: Michael Blazek
Player Pages: Brandon Diaz
Miller Park Prospects

As the minor league season approaches, Miller Park Prospects has a few profiles on some of the more notable players in the minors.

Burgos returns to camp with silver medal | Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

Hiram Burgos is back in Brewers camp following his stint in the World Baseball Classic, reporting directly to minor-league camp with his silver medal.

Prospect Ray returns to game action after surgery | Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

Corey Ray is also back in action in the minor-league camp, getting into game action for the first time this spring on Thursday.

Cactus Shuckers roll again on Friday thanks to Hader, Roache | Chris Harris, The Shuck Dynasty

As the major league team comes into focus, so do the minor league teams. The Biloxi squad has been playing well lately, thanks to some projected past, present, and future Shuckers.


Today’s Action

The Brewers are off today. They play their final two games of the spring in Arizona starting tomorrow with a game against the Indians. First pitch is at 3:05 pm.