In the latest installment of Brewers 2016, Chris Capuano. Capuano, who won 18 games with the Brewers in 2005 and over the course of five years with the Brew Crew, posted a 4.34 ERA while going 44-48. Brewers 2016 Chris Capuano looks to see the impact Capuano can make with the Brewers and whether he can make the 40-man roster.
In his Spring training debut with the Brewers, Chris Capuano came in relief for starter Wily Peralta. He pitched two scoreless innings for the Brew Crew giving up two singles contributing to the Brewers win over the Mariners. Capuano is 37 and a non-roster invite to Spring Training so he’ll have to show to the Brewers that he still has what it takes to play. He’s been around the block before, and his veteran experience and the lack of lefties in the bullpen give Capuano the edge over other relievers competing for a spot on the 40-man roster.
To say that 2015 was rough for Capuano is an understatement, to say the least. After signing a one-year contract with the Yankees worth $5 million ended up being cut five times by the Yankees in 2015.
Capuano cleared the waivers each time and made his way back to the majors for the last time on September 7. In 22 games for the Yankees (including four starts), Capuano went 0-4 with a 7.97 ERA and posted an FIP of 5.03. 2015 was Capuano’s worst season yet and only the second season where he posted an ERA above 5 (the other was in ’07 with the Brewers.
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FanGraphs ZiPS doesn’t think 2016 is going to be any better for Capuano either, projecting him to post an 8.14 ERA in 76.3 innings of work over 26 games going 3-4. Capuano has some advantages for the race to making the Brewers 40-man. However, his best years are behind him (they weren’t all that great to begin with) and at best he provides value as an emergency starter (think Peralta is getting severe food poisoning before a game) or as a bullpen lefty. The bullpen value only comes because the Brewers lack LHP depth.