Superstar Odds

Part One: Defining Elite Prospect Roles Milwaukee Brewers top prospect Keston Hiura is having a loud spring training campaign with the big league club. The bat-first second baseman boasted a .385 batting average / .407 on-base percentage / .538 slugging percentage entering play on Thursday in 26 at bats. Forget any warning about the validity […]

Brewers Farm Update

Luis Ortiz is Coming

Although fans have been clamoring for the team to add a rotation-topping starter to the mix (joining most fans of every team, everywhere), the Brewers have a rich seam of advanced arms surging towards Miller Park. Craig Counsell has singled out names like Corbin Burnes, Freddy Peralta, and Adrian Houser this spring as prospects with […]


The Rotation is Good

What is a good pitching rotation in an MLB environment in which pitching rotations do not exist? Following the ideal model, a pitching rotation is a mechanism that an MLB team can use to line up five “starting pitchers” to rotate on a set schedule, and hopefully produce value by preventing runs during the cumulative […]


Depth Beats Attrition

At what point does roster-building “theory” yield to the harsh facts of attrition that accumulate during a 162 game season? I ask this question because throughout the offseason, especially recently, Brewers fans appear upset with the depth that GM David Stearns has acquired for the 2018 season, and there are questions about whether this is […]


Tyler Webb’s Roster Fight

Barring injury, the  Milwaukee Brewers bullpen is already taking shape. Corey Knebel will be the closer; Josh Hader, the swingman; and Jacob Barnes, Matt Albers, Boone Logan, Oliver Drake, and Jeremy Jeffress will likely have roles. That makes seven. If the Brewers decide to go with eight relievers as reported, things get interesting. Related: Tyler […]


Milwaukee’s Intriguing Versatility

The Brewers roster may yet be complete — I certainly hope they have another move in them. Regardless of what David Stearns has left in the tank, the crew in camp is already plenty intriguing. The position players in particular are fascinating, as the Brewers are bringing in their most versatile group of glovemen in […]

Brewers Farm Update

Speculating on on Rookie Arms

The release of Baseball Prospectus PECOTA projections is exciting for many reasons, not the least of which is finding the player comparisons that helped inform the projection system. Since PECOTA (and its redesigns) is based in part on finding comparable players in order to assess “true ability” and design aging curves suitable to each prospect […]


Villar is the Answer at Second

The 2018 Brewers should hit. Barring a major Spring Training trade, they’re set to enter the season with the deepest lineup in recent Milwaukee history. The lone remaining area of uncertainty is at second base, where incumbents Jonathan Villar and Eric Sogard figure to squabble for playing time, each trying to prove that their respective […]