The Milwaukee Brewers are keeping things in the family as they announced that they signed Josh Roenicke (nephew of Brewers’ manger Ron Roenicke) to a minor league deal. Last season the Brewers had several minor league contracts turn into major league performers, but this season Roenicke will face an uphill battle if he hopes to make the roster in 2015.
Though Roenicke is a six year veteran and appeared in 190 career games as a professional, he last pitched in the majors in 2013 with the Minnesota Twins. Throughout his career he has seen some successes, but often struggled with command. In his career he has put together a 8-3 record with a 4.17 ERA, but he also has averaged 4.8 walks per nine innings. These numbers are not the most attractive for a pitcher looking for a job.
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While it would be a nice story for Roenicke to make the team and play for his uncle, I simply do not see the 32-year-old making the roster at any point this season. He may end up being a piece used at AAA Colorado Springs, but with plenty of high upside arms, Roenicke would have a lot to prove if he would have any hope of making the big league roster.