Al's Ramblings

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

(10/04/2016 10:38:00 AM) - Al

End of season presser:

Stearns--Goal continues to be the same...want to add and develop as much you talent as possible.That remains the goal in both the major and minor leagues.

Counsell--Not satisfied with 73 wins.

Stearns--Not going to say we had a successful season until team makes playoffs.

Stearns predicts quieter winter, looks forward to when they have more quality major league players than they have roster spots.

Counsell--Villar better at 2B than 3B, no idea where he ends up in 2017.

Stearns announces entire coaching staff will return next season.

Stearns did not expect Villar to produce like he did, but knew he had talent.

Counsell said SEP was important for Santana, played as well as they thought he could last six weeks. Love to see depth and competition.

Stearns very happy how much pride is in organization, players and everyone wants to be in MIL, be part of next winning cycle.

Stearns--As of now, I expect Carter to be the 1B next year. Pleased with him, can still improve.

Counsell says Perez's versatility is his calling card right now. Plans to continue to take advantage of that.

Counsell says Braun is a role model as far as preparing himself to play, works out and gets ready as well as anyone. High expectations for him.

Stearns--Offense is measured by runs created. Some teams do it one way, some another. Take what the market gives you. Run creation includes all things like baserunning, stealing bases, and so on. Would like to add some LH bats, but will see who is available. Balance is nice.

Stearns--Hader is in the picture, will be considered as he develops. Right now, they have 6 SP's, he's right behind them.

Stearns--Most of 2017 roster will come from who finished this season. Looking to add young, exciting players to who is already in place.

Stearns--Still working on scouting rearrangement.

Stearns says Nieuwenhuis is only player scheduled for offseason surgery.

---end of presser

By far the most interesting thing I heard was Stearns saying they have 6 starting pitchers. If you count Jungmann, they have, that tells me he is not counting Taylor, as of today at least, to be considered for a rotation spot in early April, barring injury/trades/moves, of course.

Also, almost a complete lack of discussion about the bullpen. The Astros treated their relievers like disposable lighters during their rebuild, signing retreads, giving injured guys a chance, adding/dropping regularly. I would say that Stearns simply does not value them due to the limited amount of innings they pitch, and that often, you can find them via waivers (Torres/Marinez/Boyer) and young guys (Suter/Barnes/Knebel).

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