Brewers News and Notes
Links from BCB
Appreciating the all-around hitting skills of Eric Thames | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB
Eric Thames has shown off his skills at the plate during this road trip, and many are taking notice. It’s an effort that has been impressive all-around.
John Lackey might’ve implied that Eric Thames is on PEDs | Jaymes L, BCB
Of course, his surge to start the season is also attracting some negative attention. In his press conference after Monday’s game, John Lackey didn’t directly accuse Eric Thames of anything, but there may have been an implication of PED usage.
Optimizing the Brewers' Bullpen Usage | Jack Stern, BCB
In Wednesday’s game, the bullpen imploded and it led to the Cubs rally and eventual victory. Did Craig Counsell screw up his bullpen usage?
Links from Other Sites
Brewers recall Easter miracle, 30 years later | Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com
Thirty years ago, the Brewers extended their season-opening winning streak thanks to a tying home run from Rob Deer and a game-winning home run from Dale Sveum.
Counsell preaches patience with slow starts | Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com
A few players are struggling with slow starts this season, and Craig Counsell is asking for patience for now as the players are allowed to play through their struggles.
Brewers on record-setting homer pace | Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com
Through sixteen games, the Brewers have hit 29 home runs, and are on pace for a record-setting season if the rate holds.
Could Jacob Barnes be another hidden gem for Milwaukee? | Gabe Stoltz, Disciples of Uecker
In his few appearances so far Jacob Barnes has shown some impressive results with his fastball and his slider.
The Scariest Eric Thames Stat | Jeff Sullivan, FanGraphs
While hot starts aren’t always a predictor of a player’s season, the fact that Eric Thames is showing good selection on his pitches is evidence that he could maintain his pace.
Kyle Hendricks Walked Tommy Milone on Four Pitches | Jeff Sullivan, FanGraphs
Walks issued to a pitcher at the plate are a rare thing. It’s even rarer for a pitcher to be walked on four pitches.
On Eric Thames, Hot Starts, and Baseball Fandom | Seth Victor, BP Milwaukee
After just two weeks, it’s impossible to tell if Eric Thames is a one-season wonder or if he will have the staying power closer to one of the superstars.
Thames and LaHair | Nathan DeSutter, BP Milwaukee
The story of the season so far for Eric Thames can draw comparisons to one of a former Cub: first baseman Bryan LaHair, who put together a big year in 2012 for the Cubs.
It’s National Look-alike Day: Let’s Look at Brewers Doppelgängers | Caitlin Moyer, Cait Covers the Bases
On National Look-alike Day, here are some of the Brewers and some famous people that each of them resembles.
Minor League Update
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA) | 9-3
- Tuesday: Memphis 4, Colorado Springs 14
- Wednesday: Memphis 4, Colorado Springs 13
- Thursday: Memphis @ Colorado Springs | 7:40 pm
Biloxi Shuckers (AA) | 6-7
- Wednesday: Biloxi 1, Chattanooga 3
- Wednesday: Biloxi 7, Chattanooga 4
- Thursday: Biloxi @ Chattanooga | 6:15 pm
Carolina Mudcats (A+) | 6-6
- Tuesday: Lynchburg 1, Carolina 0
- Tuesday: Lynchburg 7, Carolina 1
- Wednesday: Off Day
- Thursday: Buies Creek @ Carolina | 6:00 pm
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A) | 6-7
- Tuesday: Wisconsin 9, Clinton 5
- Wednesday: Wisconsin 3, Clinton 6
- Thursday: Peoria @ Wisconsin | 6:35 pm
Check out our prospect reports for more information on minor league performances.
News and Notes
2013 Top 10 Lists 2: The Organizations | Nicholas Zettel, BP Milwaukee
Though building through the draft is important, one draft class doesn’t define an organization, and shouldn’t be expected in this year’s draft.
Brewers prospect thankful for ‘second chance, second life’ in Biloxi | Patrick Ochs, Sun Herald
Art Charles is getting a second chance to make the majors after a stint in independent ball. He’s playing with Double-A Biloxi this season after being selected in the Rule 5 draft during the offseason.
Minor League Mailbox: April 2017 | Miller Park Prospects
In an early season mailbag on the minors, topics include the struggles of Kodi Medeiros, the hot start for Mario Feliciano, and Eric Hanhold getting starts for Carolina.
NL Central Updates
- Orioles (Wade Miley) @ Reds (Scott Feldman) | 6:10 pm
- Cubs and Pirates have the day off.
Brewers (Zach Davies) vs. Cardinals (Carlos Martinez) | 7:10 pm