With the deadline for teams to set their official 25 man rosters coming tomorrow at 11 AM CST, the Milwaukee Brewers got closer to finalizing their 13 man bullpen after today’s game when it was announced that both Rob Scahill and Tyler Cravy would not make the Opening Day roster. Taylor Jungmann will make the team as a reliever, and GM David Stearns told reporters that an outside move is in the works to fill the final open roster spot. He couldn’t get into specifics about which player will be added, of course.
Jungmann, the 2011 first round pick who looked like he was on the verge of becoming a useful cog in the Brewers rotation after posting a 3.77 ERA across 21 starts in 2015, spent most of last season in the minor leagues after getting lit up by MLB hitters during the first month of 2016. He was told to be prepared to compete for a bullpen role this spring, and worked diligently to realign his crossfire mechanics in order to find the strike zone more consistently. The results were a 2.45 ERA and 14:7 K/BB ratio in 14.2 innings this spring and another chance to prove that he can provide MLB value for the Brewers going forward.
Both Scahill and Cravy pitched well enough to make the team this spring and neither were reportedly happy about getting cut. Scahill, who was claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh last summer and appeared in 18 games for the Brewers during the final two months, registered an 0.73 ERA and 8:1 K/BB ratio in 12.2 innings this spring. Unfortunately Scahill was in camp as a non-roster invitee, which Stearns acknowledged worked against him as the club tries to hoard as much pitching depth as possible.
Cravy authored a 2.03 ERA and 11:3 K/BB ratio across 13.1 innings pitched during camp. Cravy specifically has bounced back and forth from the minors to the majors during the last two seasons, pitching in 34 games (9 starts) in the big leagues and 38 games (26 starts) for the AAA Sky Sox. He was very vocal about being the last man cut from the big league roster for the second spring in a row:
Scahill will report to SkySox. Cravy will think about it. "I'd rather just find a 9-5 job where I get treated like a human at this point."— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) April 1, 2017
More Cravy about possibly quitting: “I’m not sure I want to play for guys that treat you like this."— Tom (@Haudricourt) April 1, 2017
Regarding Cravy’s comments, Stearns said that it is natural for a player to be “disappointed and emotional” when they receive news such as this. He added that there’s “a very high likelihood” that both players will have an impact at the major league level at some point this year.
As things stand now, the pitching staff is comprised of:
Stay tuned for an announcement regarding the outside move that Milwaukee has in the works.
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