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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 […]

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What does success look like for Orlando Arcia in 2017?

Despite limited expectations, Brewers top prospect shortstop Orlando Arcia’s bat was still underwhelming in 2016. In his 55-game first stint with the big club, Arcia managed just a .219/.273/.358 batting line and struck out in 21.8 percent of his plate appearances. Arcia’s down year shouldn’t be much of a concern. Besides the fact that he […]

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Does Tyler Thornburg Have A Reverse Platoon Split?

The Brewers have quite a bit of familiarity with platoon splits, especially when it comes to relievers. During his two-ish years in Milwaukee, Jeremy Jeffress fared far better against right-handed batters (.242 wOBA against) than he did against lefties (.351 wOBA). A host of other faceless bullpen arms — Burke Badenhop, Neal Cotts, and Jonathan Broxton, […]

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The Rebuild Is Over

Three days ago, the Brewers rebuilding effort seemed to be making its last stop: veteran left fielder Ryan Braun cleared trade waivers, opening the opportunity for GM David Stearns to trade Braun to one of the contenders clear of his no-trade clause. In the offseason, Braun appeared to be a potential salary dump trade for […]