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The Land of Booms and Busts

Class-AAA baseball is the league of good-but-not-good-enough, the land of booms and busts. On one hand, that can be thrilling. You can find many of the game’s top prospects honing their talents in AAA before an inevitable ascent to the big leagues. On the other hand, it can be devastating. AAA rosters are littered with […]

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Draft Slot Strategy

On Wednesday afternoon, the 2017 Brewers draft came into sharper focus as KJ Harrison and Tristen Lutz both signed. If any prospects were to personify the Brewers’ draft strategy, Lutz and Harrison would be two of the best candidates as they are both huge risk projection plays by the Milwaukee scouting department. Lutz is a […]

Brewers Farm Update

Midseason 2017 #2: 3 Up 3 Down

One of the toughest aspects of following a rebuilding team like the Brewers, which exaggerates problems with following minor league baseball in general, is the sheer lack of information and nearly complete uncertainty involved with prospects. Fans can watch the box scores, and in some cases even the games, without gaining any particular idea of […]

Brewers Farm Update

Minor League Context: June 2

Where is the season going? In less than a week, the calendar will flip from June to July, Minor League All-Star games have been played in many leagues, and teams are recalling top prospects and depth prospects alike to give them a shot at an MLB role. With this in mind, it’s time for another […]

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The Other Overlooked Cooper

There’s a player named Cooper opening some eyes on the Brewers farm this year. He can hit for average, draw a walk, and slug one into the gap. He plays a position of recent organizational need, though a few shrewd offseason moves have clouded his path to the bigs. Sound familiar? You might be thinking […]

The Continued Costs of Miller Park

MLB Draft and OFP Surplus

The MLB Draft is a questionable institution at best, and an awful one in its worst aspects. From a labor standpoint, the Draft filters professional baseball talent through a non-competitive process, suppressing a player’s potential earning power from Day One. Even the (roughly) 300 players lucky enough to be written into one of the MLB’s […]

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Prospect Development 2015-2017

The folks up at the Baseball Prospectus mother ship have been slowly releasing the organizational top 10 prospect lists throughout the winter, and on Tuesday was the Milwaukee Brewers’ turn to be featured. If you are a fan of the Milwaukee Nine, it’s difficult not to get excited when reading the first sentence in the introduction to […]

Brewers Farm Update

Positional Flexibility and Minor League Development

Since taking over as Manager and General Manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, the duo of Craig Counsell and David Stearns have emphasized the importance of positional versatility. 15 of the 22 position players who took the field for Milwaukee this season appeared at multiple positions, with Hernan Perez (1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF, RF) and […]