Saturday, March 19, 2016
(3/19/2016 01:08:00 PM) - Al
Wondering when you're going to take a guess at the roster the Brewers will take up north. I feel pretty good about 20-22 players right now.
No better time, I suppose.
SP--Jungmann, Garza, Nelson, Peralta, Anderson
Davies is the #6 in case of injury.
Bullpen--Jeffress, Smith, Blazek, Knebel, Thornburg, Nolin, Pena
Tyler, Sean, and Ariel are out of options (as is Jeremy, though that's in consequential as of now), so I have them getting first crack at it. Morales and Capuano are still in the mix, per Counsell, both are in on minor league deals, and Franklin has a late MAR opt out. Chris likely does too, or a handshake deal to let him go if someone wants him on the 25 or maybe even a 40 man.
I've heard nothing to indicate otherwise, barring trade or injury. It will be interesting to see who is at AAA, as no other backstop has stepped forward at all.
Infield--Carter, Gennett, Villar, Hill, Walsh, Rivera
Starters seem certain, reserves are just a guess. Walsh looks as advertised, a good OBP guy, though with Scooter out, he has done little other than play 2B. A switch hitter with positional versatility seems a perfect fit, though at 26, that might be his ceiling too. Someone will platoon at 2B, most of the time at least.
Someone has to backup Villar at SS, so as of now, Rivera seems to hold that spot. Yadi has been a no hot/good field guy until the AFL, when a high BAbip led to stellar production. If the Crew still sees him as a backup, he might well hold that role. If they want him to play every day, splitting time mostly at 2B/3B (Arcia will play SS most of the time), he'll end up at Colorado Springs.
Other options include Wil Middlebrooks and Hernan Perez, both versatile and in on minor league deals.
Outfield--Braun, Santana, Flores, Liriano, Nieuwenhuis
All except the first two are out of options, so that's what I had in my head early and have kept. Broxton has played well and has looked very exciting. He is older (soon to be 26), so depending on how strongly they feel about the others, it might be a "now or never" scenario. Flores seems to be a nice fit, LH bat, able to play all 3 OF spots and back up 1B. Liriano has been driving the ball, but without numbers to back it up.
If you were going only for "fit," Peterson and Presley would be candidates too, but they lack the potential of the others.
One thing to keep in mind, the Brewers remain near the top of the waiver wire claim list, based on last year's record, until the end of April (after that, it is determined by 2016 record). They might well find a player worth claiming. If they decide that a player(s) without options are not worth the lack of roster versatility, they might remove them from the 40 in late March/early April, as dozens of players are in the process of being moved down then. That includes the Rule 5 picks of Walsh and Zack Jones (who appears DL bound to begin the season, along with Barrios).
3/19/2016 01:08:00 PM