Hello again everyone and welcome to the Monday morning edition of Brewer News. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the news from the past week and reviewing what all happened in the world of the Milwaukee Brewers.
First off, the Brewers re-signed back-up first and third baseman Taylor Green to a deal which includes a major league invite to Spring Training and several opt outs. Green missed the entire 2013 season due to hip surgery.
With that signing, it almost seems like the Brewers will be expected to bring back first baseman Corey Hart as he has publicly stated his interest to return. A combination of Hart and Green at first would fill the void from this previous season.
Secondly, the Brewers’ All-Star center fielder Carlos Gomez was named as a finalist for the National League’s Gold Glove Award at his position. Joining Gomez in the top three spots are the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen and the Washington Nationals’ Denard Span.
During 2013, Gomez ranked among the top echelon of outfielders, hosting not only an UZR (ultimate zone rating) of 24.4, but a WAR (wins above replacement) of 8.4 which was the highest in the NL and second in the MLB only behind Mike Trout (9.2) of the Los Angeles Angels. The Gold Glove winners will be announced tomorrow night.
In the Arizona Fall League, the Surprise Saguaros (who host seven Brewers) have done well in the past week, going 4-2 and have a record of 10-6 which puts them in first in the West.
The Brewers’ prospects have been rather impressive this fall. Outfielder Jason Rogers is hitting .367 with two homers and six RBIs while Mitch Haniger is batting .315 with two homers and a team leading 13 RBIs. Catcher Adam Weisenburger hasn’t had much success though, hitting .071 in 14 at-bats.
Pitching wise, relievers Tyler Cravy (0.00 ERA in 9.1 innings) and David Goforth (1-0, 1.59 ERA, two saves) have been effective for the Saguaros. Kevin Shackelford (1-1) was roughed up at the beginning of the league, but has lowered his ERA to 4.50. Starter Taylor Jungmann has only made one start in which he pitched three scoreless innings.
Today the Saguaros host the Glendale Desert Dogs (8-7-1) at 2:35 p.m. ET / 1:35 p.m. CT.