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Jeremy Jeffress, Fireman

Brewers right-handed reliever Jeremy Jeffress has been the unsung hero of the bullpen while lefty Josh Hader gets (justifiable) national hype for his incredible strike out performance and prospect comparisons (some prospect sources are now writing about “Josh Hader-type roles”). But Jeffress…Brewers fans know Jeffress as the situationally flexible groundball mechanic who typically gets the […]

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Last year, amidst some projections that suggested the Milwaukee Brewers would struggle to beat the 70-win mark, PECOTA stuck with bullish preseason estimates in the upper-70s. The deep Brewers roster was also bolstered by high floor developing players like Domingo Santana and Zach Davies, as well as second-chancers like Travis Shaw and Chase Anderson, and […]

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Roster Surplus and Depth Questions

The 2018 Milwaukee Brewers are in quite a strange position, representing the bundle of contradictions that defined their uncanny 2017 campaign. On the one hand, the organization dropped a “rebuilding” narrative in 2015, meaning that industry writers, analysts, and fans alike did not expect the club to compete, let alone contend, for several years; on […]

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Filling the Void Intelligently

Thankfully, after the roller coaster of emotions that was this past week, the Brewers are off on Monday. This off-day will give the Brewers a critical opportunity to skip their currently vacant fifth spot in the rotation and avoid either a start from Aaron Wilkerson or another Johnny Wholestaff game started by Jeremy Jeffress or somebody […]

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What Happened to Jeremy Jeffress?

On July 31st, the Brewers traded right-handed pitching prospect Taylor Scott to the Texas Rangers for Jeremy Jeffress. Jeffress, a right-handed relief pitcher, is now on his third stint with the Brewers organization, spending time with the Royals, Blue Jays, and Rangers in between. Jeffress was a secondary, but still important, piece in the Jonathan Lucroy […]

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Update: Cashing Out OFP 2

Earlier this week, I examined the surplus added by Brewers GM David Stearns, which is undoubtedly one of the reasons the club is performing quite well. Stearns, in stark contrast to recently famous rebuilds in Chicago and his previous front office (Houston), is building competitive clubs at the MLB level by cashing in on short-term […]

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Grading Trades V: The Long View

One of the most interesting aspects of the Brewers rebuilding thus far is that nearly everyone involved in the Carlos Gomez-Mike Fiers trade took a step back in 2016, or raised some question marks about their profile. Mike Fiers and Josh Hader arguably had the best years of the bunch, and even Hader himself still […]