Thinking Outside the Box 4: The Future Cost Savings of the Inverted Staff

When comparing a traditional five-man rotation to the six, seven, and eight-man piggyback variations, at the end of the day you’re essentially comparing two different routes to the same destination. As with most ideological battles in life, which one is “better” is a factor of several other variables. Thinking Outside the Box: A Bullpen for […]


Thinking Outside The Box 3: A Bullpen for 2017

The Brewers’ starting rotation is set up pretty ideally for the piggyback rotation. As it turns out, the bullpen is a pretty snug fit for the unique responsibilities that would come with such a setup, too. Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at some of Milwaukee’s 2017 bullpen arms, and raise the question […]


Thinking Outside the Box 2: A Bullpen to Match

There are, naturally, reasons why the piggyback-style rotation has caught on in the low minors while failing to score more than a random cameo here or there at the upper levels of professional baseball. Traditionally, a team carries seven, sometimes even eight, bullpen arms. Downsizing the cleanup crew to a four-man unit would require a […]

Brewers Farm Update

Phil Bickford and Baseball’s Dumbest Rule

On Thursday, April 6 the Carolina Mudcats will take the field for the first time as the High-A affiliate of the Brewers. Phil Bickford, who the Brewers acquired in the Will Smith trade last summer, will not be making that historic first start for the Milwaukee-affiliated Mudcats–instead, he will be serving out game number one […]


A Tight Rotation

Spring Training starts soon, which means a number of things to everyone. It’s a chance for young players to make an impression with the big club. It’s two months to prepare for the season for those assured of a roster spot. And, in quite a few cases, it’s a semi-open audition for the unfilled spots […]

Brewers Farm Update

Brett Phillips’ Contact Issues are Officially Worrisome

In July of 2015, the Milwaukee Brewers traded away Carlos Gomez, and the centerpiece of the return package was centerfield prospect Brett Phillips. Later, that fall, I profiled Phillips as the newest impact prospect in the team’s rising farm system. In the context of evaluating Phillips, I took a long look at the evolution of […]