Why are people still hatin’ on the Brewers farm system?

    

Homer Bailey just got double B'd!!!

For those of you following along at home, this is not the first time I have openly discussed this subject.  Today the Brewers laid a 5th grade beat-down on the NL Central Champion Cincinnati Reds, final score 15-2.  Now, if the meat of the lineup had played today, this would not even be worth talking about.  Today’s 25 hit performance was done without Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Casey McGehee, or Corey Hart.  Eric Almonte and Brandon Boggs each went 4 for 5 and combined for 6 RBI’s.  What’s that?  You don’t know who Eric Almonte and Brandon Boggs are?  Well that could be because they play for the worst farm system in baseball……..right? 

     We are officially through a week of games.  At this point I am certain that there is plenty of MLB talent on this roster.  Today when Rickie Weeks left the game, his back-up went 2 for 3.  Eric Farris is the back-up second baseman.  Doubt that many people have ever heard of this kid, yet he is proving that he has the skills to play with the big boys.  Almonte is making it crystal clear that he is done playing in the minor leagues.  Prince Fielder has seen very little time at 1B so far this spring, which opens the door for a guy like Almonte (Especially considering how little we have seen Kotsay on the field……is he hurt?  Oh, that’s right!  He sucks.).  Brandon Boggshas also found himself withall kinds of field time, due to Corey Hart’s baby-back ribs injury.  These guys both hit home-runs today.  Yesterday against Oakland, guess what Mr. Almonte did?  Went 3 for 4.  B-Boggswent 1 for 3 with a stolen base. 

     Those are only three examples, this roster is full of terrific talent.  However, as I think back just a few weeks, it seems that most baseball “insiders” had dumped our lifeless bodies off of a bridge.  Even Good Housekeeping magazine had our farm system ranked dead last.  From what I can see so far of these guys, I think the farm system is doing just fine.  We might be a little light in the loafers as far as pitching goes, but we certainly have alot of great talent to look forward too. 

     The stolen base streak ends at…..well I am going to call it 8 games.  They stole 3 bases in one game yestrday, but zero in the other.  Whah whah.    

     Zack Greinke did not look too sharp yesterday.  Certainly no reason to hit the panic button.  Right now he seems to be giving each batter a 6 pitch minimum, it’s too bad most bars are not that lenient.  On the down side, he gave up 5 hits in 2 innings.  On the up side, he only gave up one run. 

     Corey Hart re-boobooed his ribs during some fielding drills on Sunday.  At this point, he might play this spring…….or he might not.  No one seems to be all that concerned. 

     Chris Narveson looked pretty solid yesterday.  Nothing flashy, 2 innings and 1 hit.  Every time he strings together consecutive solid outings, you have to acknowledge it.  Who knows when you will see it again?

     Yo Gallardo was spectacular today.  3 complete innings, only giving up 2 hits while striking out 5 batters.  Most impressively, he struck out NL MVP Joey Votto…..twice.  Once Yo-Yo was done, the Ax effect struck out 2 of the 3 batters he faced.  Followed by 2 more innings of shutout ball, thanks to Kam Loe.  Pitching staff was at full attention today!!  Well played soldiers, now put that away and save some for the games that matter. 

     Tomorrow the Brewers will be taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles.  Same bat time, same bat channel.  If you have a few minutes and want to read up on your enemy……I know a guy.  Kenny Shulsen over at Lasorda’s Lair talks about the Dodgers injury bug that’s already going around. 

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Topics: Brewers Hitting, Casey McGehee, Chris Narveson, Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks, Ryan Braun, Yovani Gallardo

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  • Kenny Shulsen

    Thanks for the shout out Lou. I had to crack a cold one after looking at your logo, good thing I don’t write for this site it could turn into a real problem. The Dodgers finally brought the lumber today, and based on early reports out of Brewers camp better do the same tomorrow. Keep your eye out for Jerry Sands, Dodgers Minor League hitter of the year last year topped out at AA. He’s currently leading the team in HR, SLG, OBP, AVG basically every stat that counts. He was a non-roster invite they wanted to give a taste of his 1st big-league camp prior to a full year at AAA, but if you look at the Dodgers planned platoon of Jay Gibbons/Marcus Thames in LF, many of us are hoping he hits his way on to the final 25 man roster at the age of 23.(He also plays a solid RF and 1B) He hit his team leading 2nd HR a 3 run jack today, then maybe more impressive hit a shot high off the 410ft CF wall at the new D-Backs/Rockies Park off of solid Rockies reliever Matt Belisle, but had to settle for a triple. You should also get to see Rubby De La Rosa tomorow, the Dodgers 2010 minors pitcher of the year, he brings heat. I’ll be interested in your impressions of him. Let’s catch-up after the game and see how both of our squads fare.

  • Lou Olsen

    Hey Kenny. I am really excited to see Sands in person today. There is really no reason that if he keeps up his current pace, he will play Thames or Gibbons right into free agency. The Crew has a ton of young guys worth watching, the current apples of my eye are Erik Almonte and Caleb Gindl. Almonte is finally showing that if given serious playing time he can play a huge part in a major league roster. Meanwhile Caleb Gindl has been given only a few opportunities, but has capitalized on every single one. In my opinion Gindl will find himself on the team within a season or two.

    Let’s definitely talk after the game tongiht. Would love to get your thoughts on what you saw and in turn, share what I saw.

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