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Today, Reviewing the Brew’s daily series of “Grading the Brewers” continues with reliever Jim Henderson. Find the rest of the gradebook here.  Jim Henderson was an effective closer for the Brewers in 2013. Mandatory Cre...
Today, Reviewing the Brew’s daily series of “Grading the Brewers” continues with reliever Jim Henderson. Find the rest of the gradebook here.  Jim Henderson was an effective closer for the Brewers in 2013. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry – Getty Images Jim Henderson’s extended minor league career has turned out to be rather worthwhile, as in 2013, he became the anchor for one of the best bullpens in the National League. Henderson pitched for three organizations in the minor leagues from 2003 until July 27, 2012, when he finally received the promotion to the majors for the Brewers. Imagine that: It’s kind of like graduating college and then having to move back into your parents’ basement and working at a kind-of-cool job for ten years before Doug Melvin  your boss puts you in charge of a bunch of people and gives you a lot more money. Aside from the life lessons and the narrative, “Gentleman”  Jim Henderson has performed astutely for the Brewers ever since his call-up. This season, he took over the closer role for the Brewers, saving 27 games with a 2.70 earned-run average, 30.4 K percent, and 1.133 WHIP in 61 appearances that spanned 60 innings. He finished tied for tenth in the N.L. in saves despite missing two weeks with an injury and fifth in K/9 and K percent. Henderson utilized his four-seamer to much more success in 2013; it registered a 8.7 wFB (runs above average with the fastball), up from his 1.2 mark in his rookie season. View his pitch f/x breakdown here, via Fangraphs. Season Team FA% FT% FC% FS% FO% SI% SL% CU% KC% EP% CH% SC% KN% UN% 2012 Brewers 56.3 % 10.6 % 32.6 % 0.6 % 2013 Brewers 75.1 % 1.6 % 22.9 % Total - – - 68.8 % 4.6 % 26.2 % 0.2 % Why did Henderson really more on the fastball in 2013? It would be something I’d like to ask, but I don’t believe he has really made it public yet. His velocity remained similar, staying around 95 mph, but his vertical movement was one of the best in the game. Henderson averaged a VMov (vertical movement) on his fastball of 8.18 inches, per Brooks Baseball. For comparison, Max Scherzer of the Tigers, with one of the most dynamic fastballs in the game, sits at 8.07 inches for his career. Per Brooks Baseball, here’s the average VMov on his four-seam since his Big League debut in 2012: From July 11 until August 25 Henderson had a stretch of 14 consecutive scoreless appearances that spanned exactly 14 innings. His splits got a little shaky in June and then again in September. His ERA rose to 5.03 over 19.2 innings in those two months. Outside of that, however, Henderson was one of the game’s best relievers. His ERA in three out of the six months of the season was below 2.00. The one alarming mark from Henderson’s stat line–despite his overall great campaign–is his opponents’ BABIP of .261. Though his ERA was 2.70, his tERA, which takes into account an estimated ERA based on all types of batted balls, was 4.67–12th among NL relievers with at least 50 innings pitched. Henderson may have been the recipient of some good luck this season, but will have to improve on his 27.6 ground ball percent and 0.63 GB/FB rate in 2014. It’d be hard to complain much about Henderson after he established himself as the Brewers’ closer in 2013. The advanced stats may point to the need for improvement in a few areas, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a Brewers’ reliever that performed head-and-shoulders better than he did in his second season (yes, I know Brandon Kintzler rocked that FIP and xFIP, thus why I included “head and shoulders”). Grade: A- Grading the Brewers: Jim Henderson - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
about 2 hours ago
Some things to read while getting new scouts. We've long suspected this was coming, but yesterday it was made official: The Milwaukee chapter of the BBWAA voted unanimously to name Carlos Gomez team MVP for the 2013 Brewers. BCB readers...
Some things to read while getting new scouts. We've long suspected this was coming, but yesterday it was made official: The Milwaukee chapter of the BBWAA voted unanimously to name Carlos Gomez team MVP for the 2013 Brewers. BCB readers also selected Gomez as 2013's most valuable Brewer, and you can see his profile here. Meanwhile, the BBWAA also selected Kyle Lohse as the team's best pitcher and top newcomer, Norichika Aoki as its Unsung Hero and Jonathan Lucroy as recipient of its "Good Guy" award. Wily Peralta didn't take home any awards this year, but his 2013 performance was almost certainly enough to net him another opportunity in the rotation in 2014. John Sickels of Minor League Ball reviewed his list of baseball's top 50 pitching prospects for 2013 (where Peralta was #38), and says "it would not surprise me at all if he is one of the top 10 starters in the National League three years from now." This is unlikely to earn him an award (or even a spot on the 2014 roster), but Burke Badenhop will take an honored position in the 2014 Brewers Media Guide: He's alphabetically ahead of Paul Bako for the first spot among B's in the historical player listing. (h/t @MikeVassallo13) Among all major leaguers Badenhop is 14th on that list, while 1903-05 NL infielder Charlie Babb is first. Logan Schafer is also likely going to spend much of the winter in limbo as the Brewers' offseason decisions will greatly impact his chances of making the Opening Day roster. Benjamin Orr of Reviewing the Brew gave Schafer a D+ for his first full season in the big leagues. Looking ahead to free agency: If the Brewers opt not to bring Corey Hart back this winter, it's possible former Mariners and Angels first baseman Kendrys Morales could be someone they'd consider. The Mariners are expected to make a qualifying offer to Morales (which he's expected to decline), though, so signing him would cost the Brewers their 2014 first round pick. In the minors: Congratulations are due out to Jimmy Nelson, who was the Huntsville Stars' lone representative on Baseball America's list of 2013's top 20 prospects in the Southern League. Nelson was ranked 18th. The Stars, by the way, play in the Southern League's oldest facility but that may be about to change: The Biloxi, Mississippi City Council recently approved a plan to construct a new ballpark in the city and the Stars are believed to be one of the teams that could move there. (h/t @Mass_Haas) Congratulations are also due out this morning to outfielder Mitch Haniger, who hit a grand slam in Surprise's 7-6 win to open Arizona Fall League play on Tuesday. Teddy Cahill of MLB.com talked to him about the experience. Tyler Cravy also pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in relief. Chris Mehring of Rattler Radio has a look at Wisconsin's top five home games from 2013 and all 22 of the home runs Khris Davis hit as a Timber Rattler in 2010. If you haven't yet, please take a moment to vote in a couple of our polls that remain active this morning. We're looking for your help assigning a grade to the 2013 starting rotation and selecting the season's second most valuable Brewer. Around baseball: Angels: Fired bench coach Rob Picciolo and hitting coach Jim Eppard.Cubs: Signed outfielder Ryan Sweeney to a two-year, $3.5 million contract extension.Diamondbacks: Fired first base coach Steve Sax.Mariners: Claimed outfielder Travis Witherspoon off waivers from the Angels and designated catcher Henry Blanco for assignment.Phillies: Hired former manager Larry Bowa as their new bench coach and announced that assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner will not return for 2014.Rockies: Are expected to exercise pitcher Jorge De La Rosa's $11 million club option for 2014. @Joe_block notes that Picciolo was a 1982 Brewer. Elsewhere in former Brewers: Chris Mehring of Rattler Radio has a look at old baseball cards featuring members of the Toronto Blue Jays, including one-time future Brewer Pete Vuckovich. Meanwhile, as the Diamond
about 4 hours ago
Good morning everyone and welcome to the Wednesday edition of Brewer Daily News. Yesterday, some of the Milwaukee Brewers were given awards by the eight members from Milwaukee who make up part of the Baseball Writers Association of Ameri...
Good morning everyone and welcome to the Wednesday edition of Brewer Daily News. Yesterday, some of the Milwaukee Brewers were given awards by the eight members from Milwaukee who make up part of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Secondly, the Surprise Saguaros won yesterday to start off the Arizona Fall League. (more…) Brewer Daily News for October 9th, 2013: Brewers’ awards, Saguraos win - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
about 5 hours ago
Kupno auta to niemały wydatek finansowy – i zapewne z tego powodu niesamowicie powszechne jest to by finansować takowe zakupy za pomocą kredytu bankowego. Witryna internetowa, którą odnajdziesz pod adresem ...
Kupno auta to niemały wydatek finansowy – i zapewne z tego powodu niesamowicie powszechne jest to by finansować takowe zakupy za pomocą kredytu bankowego. Witryna internetowa, którą odnajdziesz pod adresem www.kredyt-samochodowy.ecasa.pl została założona właśnie po to, aby absolutnie wszyscy ludzie, którzy zamierzają zakupić auto dobrze wiedzieli, który kredyt samochodowy to aktualnie najkorzystniejsza oferta. / Oczywiście można również załatwić za naszym pośrednictwem wszystkie formalności związane z kredytem – ale spokojnie! I tak jesteśmy obiektywnym źródłem informacji, w żadnym razie nie piszemy czegoś nieprawdziwego o kredytach samochodowych.
about 10 hours ago
It didn’t take Dale Sveum long to find a new gig after being fired by the Cubs, as Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that he’s joined manager Ned Yost’s coaching staff with the Royals. Sveum previously worked as a coach under Yo...
It didn’t take Dale Sveum long to find a new gig after being fired by the Cubs, as Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that he’s joined manager Ned Yost’s coaching staff with the Royals. Sveum previously worked as a coach under Yost in Milwaukee and in fact stepped in as interim manager… View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Milwaukee Brewers News
about 16 hours ago
It’s amazing that a guy who looks like he rolled out of an episode of Miami Vice, did not pan out in the big leagues. Nominee #1 Nominee #2 Nominee #3 Nominee #4 Sadly, the writer designated to take this spot has since left Reviewi...
It’s amazing that a guy who looks like he rolled out of an episode of Miami Vice, did not pan out in the big leagues. Nominee #1 Nominee #2 Nominee #3 Nominee #4 Sadly, the writer designated to take this spot has since left Reviewing the Brew.  I offered to let him still make his nomination, but he stabbed me with a spoon he whittled into a shank and left me for dead (this is a dramatization of actual events, which may not have happened).  Then when I was on the ground he dumped hot coffee on me and sang Nikki Minaj songs until I cried.  You know who you are Colin Bennett Mr. Guy Dudebro… That means that I will be making the 5th nomination. We have had a lot of more recent Brewers and for those of you not born in the 90’s, I thought I would go old school for my nominee. Nominee: Billy Jo Robidoux This is Billy’s second nomination.  Last year he was nominated by Justin Hull, star of WSCO Radio’s “Home Stretch” and friend of the site (follow him @JustinHullRadio).  I will share one of my thoughts from last year, followed by some new stuff. “What made Billy Jo Robidoux so depressing (aside from his name and general appearance) was that the team really gave him every opportunity to succeed as a player, and they got squat in return.  They gave him 4 seasons to prove that he belonged in the big show, but he could not stick.  Robidoux was the first, in a very long line, of strong minor league players in the Brewers farm system, who completely fizzled out when they got to the major league club.” When I look at what I wrote last year…there is not a lot to add.  BJ Robidoux is mostly forgettable because he was SO good in Triple-A.  He was supposed to be the next Matt LaPorta  Mat Gamel  superstar for this team.  He ended up averaging 1 Home Run, less than 10 RBI’s, and barely 20 hits per season as a Brewer.  The Brewers wanted the guy who had a career .412 on-base percentage during his minor league career.  We wanted to see the  power that racked up almost 700 hits, 73 HR’s, and 415 RBI’s…just in Triple-A.  We got a box of nothing. It’s like getting a check in the mail for $2,000 from your great-Aunt Maggie, only to realize she just forgot to put a period between the first zero and the second one.  Now your great-Aunt is over extended, evicted from her retirement home, and forced to sell crack on the mean streets of Whitefish Bay!!  This is the career of Billy Jo Robidoux.  An old ladies lack of correct fiscal punctuation… It is easy to not miss Billy Jo Robidoux, because many of you still have no idea who this guy is or was.  All you need to know is that he was one of those “#1, Can’t miss prospects”, who never became more than a bench warmer and pinch hitter. There are 3 categories that define a true HOBWWM nominee.  Here is how Billy Jo shapes up: Stats –  Awful, arguably some of the worst ever.  See above for career averages, or click on his name at the top if you want to witness the horror for yourself. Money/Contract – The Brewers drafted him and let him walk after his original contract was up, so this is probably not as bad as some of our other nominees. Likeability – Check out that mustache.  What more do you need to know than that?  Last time anyone heard from him, he was a High School umpire in Massachusetts.  So draw your own conclusion based solely on that information. Now it is up to you.  When it comes time to cast your vote…is Billy Jo Robidoux a player you Won’t Miss for all of eternity?  Or is he just that guy who you have never heard of and care nothing about?  You will have to decide soon enough. The Hall of Brewers We Won’t Miss: Nominee #5 - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
about 21 hours ago
Yesterday was one of the most exciting and longest days of the postseason. Today won't be as long, but it could be as exciting. The fun starts in Detroit at 4 when Doug Fister takes the mound for the Tigers against Dan Straily and the A...
Yesterday was one of the most exciting and longest days of the postseason. Today won't be as long, but it could be as exciting. The fun starts in Detroit at 4 when Doug Fister takes the mound for the Tigers against Dan Straily and the A's. Fister, who has a 3.29 ERA in 70 appearances since joining the Tigers in 2011, just might be the best #4 starter in all of baseball. He'll face an A's team that leads this series 2-1 despite having scored just nine runs in three games. Six of those runs came last night. At 7:30 we'll turn our attention to St. Petersburg, where the Rays will be looking to fight off elimination for the fourth time in eight days with Jeremy Hellickson on the mound. Hellickson had a 3.06 career ERA in 3 MLB seasons before posting a 5.17 mark in 2013, and hasn't started a game since September 27. He'll face Jake Peavy, who is pitching in the postseason for the first time since appearing in the 2006 NLDS as a Padre. Both games will be on TBS, with overflow coverage on TNT. Enjoy the games!
about 22 hours ago
After the end of every season, we see several different publications come out with their grades of the Brewers for the season. We are going to give you a similar opportunity starting today by splitting the team into seven parts and give...
After the end of every season, we see several different publications come out with their grades of the Brewers for the season. We are going to give you a similar opportunity starting today by splitting the team into seven parts and give you the opportunity to give a grade for that part of the team. Today, we will start with the starting rotation. I've provided the stats for the rotation below, and then you can give a grade in the poll below. Voting will stay open until 3 pm tomorrow, then we will follow that up with the results of the vote and open the vote for the next part of the team. Also, include some comments on why you voted that way in the comments section below. We will include some of the better comments in tomorrow's post. Stats: Player GS QS W L IP ERA FIP K BB Kyle Lohse 32 20 11 10 198.2 3.35 4.08 125 36 Wily Peralta 32 17 11 15 183.1 4.37 4.30 129 73 Yovani Gallardo 31 17 12 10 180.2 4.18 3.89 144 60 Marco Estrada 21 12 7 4 128.0 3.87 3.86 118 29 Tom Gorzelanny* 10 3 2 5 48.2 4.81 3.68 48 12 Donovan Hand* 7 2 0 4 36.2 4.17 6.10 19 10 Tyler Thornburg* 7 7 2 1 43.0 1.47 2.65 34 16 Johnny Hellweg* 7 1 1 4 29.2 6.67 7.16 8 25 Hiram Burgos 6 2 1 2 29.1 6.44 5.37 18 11 Alfredo Figaro* 5 1 1 2 25.0 6.48 6.25 21 6 Mike Fiers* 3 0 0 3 10.2 12.66 9.61 7 2 Jimmy Nelson 1 0 0 0 5.0 1.80 2.95 4 3 Totals 162 84 48 62 918.2 4.20 4.26 675 283 Average/GS 1 - - - 5.2 4.20 4.26 4.17 1.75 Average/9 IP 1.59 - - - 9 4.20 4.26 6.61 2.77 * - Stats only include games started Now that you've seen the stats, make sure to vote below and let us know why you voted that way, then come back tomorrow to see the results as well as vote in the next part of the report card. Poll What grade do you give the Brewers starting rotation? A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F 26 votes | Results
about 23 hours ago
Carlos Gomez was a runaway winner in our first vote. Here are the nominees for #2: Norichika Aoki Yovani Gallardo Kyle Lohse Jonathan Lucroy Jean Segura You have until noon Wednesday to vote, and the winner will be unveil...
Carlos Gomez was a runaway winner in our first vote. Here are the nominees for #2: Norichika Aoki Yovani Gallardo Kyle Lohse Jonathan Lucroy Jean Segura You have until noon Wednesday to vote, and the winner will be unveiled at 1 pm. Poll Who was 2013's second most valuable Brewer? Norichika Aoki Yovani Gallardo Kyle Lohse Jonathan Lucroy Jean Segura 38 votes | Results
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If you had asked me before the season to make a list of players likely to be 2013's most valuable Brewer, I might have started and stopped with Ryan Braun. If pressed further I probably would've named Yovani Gallardo, Aramis Ramirez or p...
If you had asked me before the season to make a list of players likely to be 2013's most valuable Brewer, I might have started and stopped with Ryan Braun. If pressed further I probably would've named Yovani Gallardo, Aramis Ramirez or perhaps Kyle Lohse. I might even have rattled off a few more names before I would've gotten around to our winner, Carlos Gomez. Gomez had a breakout year in 2012, posting a .260 batting average and an OBP over .300 for the first time. He hit 19 home runs, stole 37 bases and finally, after years of waiting, became the player we all thought he could be someday. Combine that with Gold Glove-caliber defense (although not the actual award) and you've got a solid organizational building block, if not an offensive star. Gomez, though, wasn't done. He followed his career-best year in 2012 with another improvement in 2013. He set new career highs for hits (152), runs (80), doubles (27), triples (10), home runs (24), RBI (73), stolen bases (40) and walks (37). His .284 batting average, .338 on base percentage and .506 slugging were all the best marks of his career, and he was an All Star for the first time. Gomez has now played seven seasons in the big leagues as a member of three organizations, so it's easy to forget that he's still only 27 (and turns 28 in December). He had a great year in 2013, but it's possible his best is yet to come. Best Game Gomez had three or more hits in 12 games this season, scored three runs a couple of times and even posted the first multi-homer games of his career (two in three days on May 25 and 27). His biggest moment of the season had to come on defense, though, when he made this game-saving walkoff catch against the Reds on July 8: Your browser does not support iframes. Contract Status The Brewers may have made one of their best moves in recent memory when they signed Gomez to a three-year, $24 million contract extension in March. Without that deal, Gomez would have been a free agent heading towards an enormous payday this winter. Instead, he's a long-term Brewer due just $7 million next season.
1 day ago