Hello again everyone and welcome to the Monday morning edition of Brewer Daily 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.
It seems unlikely that the Brewers will trade right fielder Norichika Aoki. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Early last week, rumors circulated that the New York Mets were interested in free-agent first baseman Corey Hart, alongside with shopping Ike Davis and Lucas Duda. The Brewers had been linked to Davis, but trading right fielder Norichika Aoki remains to be out of the question.
Since then, the Brewers have not ruled out making a stab for Davis, though a deal looks unlikely, but it is unknown who they would offer in return. Hart has expressed his interest in returning to Milwaukee and they have considered re-signing him, however no formal plans have been made yet.
The Arizona Fall League ended this past Saturday with the Surprise Saguaros (who hosted seven Brewers’ prospects) beating the Mesa Solar Sox 2-0 in the Championship game. The Saguaros went 18-12-1 and were 3-2 in the last week of the league.
Overall, the Brewers’ pitching prospects did well during the fall league. Tyler Cravy was 0-1, but held an ERA of 2.76 in 16.1 innings and struck out 16 batters. David Goforth, who was primarily used as a closer, racked up four saves with an ERA of 3.76. Kevin Shackelford started off rough, but ended up 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA. Starter Taylor Jungmann only made three appearances and was hit for eight runs in 7.1 innings pitched.
Offensively, the prospects were solid, but one player ran into some issues. Outfielder Jason Rogers hit .311/.432/.459 with two home runs and eight RBIs in 61 at-bats. Top outfield prospect Mitch Haniger found himself as a starter and did well, hitting .280/.354/.480 with four homers and 24 RBIs, which led the team. Catcher Adam Weisenburger did not play much, only in nine games and hit .200/.263/.229.
Rogers announced that he will head to the Dominican Republic to play in the Winter League. The Tigres del Licey, who host four Brewers, went 1-4 in the past week. Juan Francisco has not had a hit in the last week while Sean Halton has not played. Alfredo Figaro pitched a scoreless inning and Ariel Pena has not been used since November 9. The Licey have the day off today.
Around the website, Justin Schultz looked at the Ike Davis situation while David Grant talked about his 2014 best case scenario for the infield. Ryan Connor looked at the Brew Crew’s top five prospects and Lou Olsen started his Anti-Hot Stove by talking about James Loney. The staff also voted on various Brewer awards, so be sure to check those out.