It’s here! With the draft come and gone I have once again put together a podcast for your listening pleasure.
I talk to two of the Brewers draft picks this year, a tradition I started several years ago at this point, as I had the chance to interview top pick Corey Ray and 6th rounder Payton Henry. You’ll also hear some audio from the Director of Amateur Scouting for the Brewers, Ray Montgomery, as well as MLB veteran Curtis Granderson who has been a mentor for Corey over the last couple of years.
I might post a follow-up interview that I wanted to conduct but haven’t yet had a chance to complete due to scheduling conflicts but I wanted to get this up for now without it just in case it never happens.
But for now, listen to this and let me know what you think.
Team Selects OF Corey Ray, 3B Lucas Erceg and C Mario Feliciano
MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Brewers made three selections during day one of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft. The team selected outfielder Corey Ray (University of Louisville), third baseman Lucas Erceg (Menlo College) and catcher Mario Feliciano (Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy) with the fifth, 46th and 75th picks, respectively. The announcements were made by Vice President of Amateur Scouting/Special Assistant to the General Manager Ray Montgomery.
Ray, a junior at the University of Louisville, batted .319 with 55 runs, 16 doubles, a triple, 15 home runs, 60 RBI, 44 stolen bases, a .396 OBP and a .562 slugging percentage this season. He was previously drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 33rd round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Simeon Career Academy, but chose to enroll in college instead. The left-handed hitter is majoring in exercise science. He was scouted by area scout Jeff Simpson and regional supervisor Tim McIlvaine.
Erceg, 21, is a junior at Menlo College. He hit .308 (70-for-227) with 47 runs, 15 doubles, 20 home runs, 56 RBI with a .351 on-base percentage and a .639 slugging percentage in 56 games this season. He was scouted by area scout Joe Graham and regional supervisor Corey Rodriguez.
Feliciano, 17, is a senior at the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy. He was a 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game 2nd Team All-American and was scouted by area scout Charlie Sullivan and national supervisor Doug Reynolds.
The Draft will resume tomorrow at 12 p.m. CT with rounds 3-10. Day three of the Draft will begin at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday with rounds 11-40.
What follows are the announced rosters for the parent club Milwaukee Brewers as well as each of the full-season minor-league affiliates of the same, broken down by position group.
MLB Parent Club (Twitter: @Brewers)
Manager: Craig Counsell
25 Total Players (excluding disabled list)
- Chase Anderson (Twitter: @ChaseAnderson57)
- Michael Blazek (@MichaelBlazek34)
- Blaine Boyer (@btboyer81)
- Chris Capuano
- Matt Garza (@Gdeuceswild)
- Jeremy Jeffress (@JMontana41)
- Taylor Jungmann
- Jimmy Nelson (@Jimmy_J_Nelson)
- Ariel Peña (@ArielBrewers)
- Wily Peralta (@WilyPeralta38)
- Tyler Thornburg (@TylerThornburg)
- Carlos Torres
- Chris Carter
- Scooter Gennett (@Sgennett2)
- Aaron Hill
- Yadiel Rivera (@YADIELRIVERA13)
- Jonathan Villar (@JRvillar6)
- Colin Walsh (@colinwalsh13)
- Ryan Braun
- Keon Broxton (@KeonDDBroxton)
- Ramon Flores (@ramonflores16)
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis
- Domingo Santana
Disabled List (5)
- Yhonathan Barrios – RP
- Zack Jones – RP – (@Jack_Zones04)
- Corey Knebel – RP – (@coreyknebel29)
- Rymer Liriano – OF
- Sean Nolin – RP – (@SeanNolin)
- Will Smith – RP – (@White_Willy13)
Class-AAA Affiliate (Twitter: @skysox)
Manager: Rick Sweet
28 Total Players
- Jacob Barnes (@j_barnes30)
- Hiram Burgos (@Burgos196)
- Tyler Cravy (@TylerJayCravy)
- Zach Davies (@ZDavies3)
- Tim Dillard (@DimTillard)
- David Goforth (@DavidGoforth7)
- Junior Guerra (@juni1685)
- Brooks Hall
- Mitch Lambson (@lambda3x)
- Jorge Lopez (@yabiee18)
- Damien Magnifico (@D_Magno32)
- Jim Miller
- Austin Ross (@AustinNorthRoss)
- Brent Suter (@bruter24)
- Orlando Arcia (@orlandoarcia9)
- Garin Cecchini (@GarinCecchini)
- Jake Elmore (@JElmo10)
- Will Middlebrooks (@middlebrooks)
- Hernan Perez
- Andy Wilkins
Class-AA Affiliate (Twitter: @BiloxiShuckers)
Manager: Mike Guerrero
28 Total Players
- Tristan Archer (@TRISTAN_archer)
- Jed Bradley (@Jed_Bradley)
- Jaye Chapman (@jchappy33)
- Drew Gagnon (@Dgags24)
- Josh Hader (@jhader17)
- Adrian Houser (@AdrianHouser12)
- Hobbs Johnson (@hojo31)
- Jorge Ortega (@jorge_ortega39)
- Stephen Peterson (@SPetey22)
- Javier Salas (@javisalas22)
- Daniel Tillman (@dtillman24)
- Martin Viramontes (@martilious19)
- Wei-Chung Wang (@LeftyWang51)
- Javier Betancourt (@javierelbetica)
- Garrett Cooper (@CoopaLoop1)
- Brandon Macias (@Cias12)
- Chris McFarland (@cmcfarland936)
- Nate Orf (@NateOrf4)
- Nick Ramirez (@N_Ram33)
- Nick Shaw (@NShaw3)
- Brett Phillips (@Brett_Phillips8)
- Victor Roache (@_Heavy28Hitter_)
- Tyrone Taylor (@tyrone_taylor15)
- Kyle Wren (@KwrenGT)
Class-A Advanced Affiliate (Twitter: @BCManatees)
Manager: Joe Ayrault
- Bubby Derby (@Bderby11)
- Kaleb Earls (@K_Earls32)
- Eric Hanhold
- Zach Hirsch (@zhirsch57)
- Brad Kuntz
- Kodi Medeiros (@kodi_medeiros)
- Jon Olczak (@JonOlczak3)
- Cody Ponce (@Cody_Ponce48)
- Junior Rincon
- Tyler Spurlin (@TyroneG4)
- Josh Uhen (@joshuhen)
- Angel Ventura
- Kender Villegas (@Kendervillegas5)
- Brandon Woodruff (@B_Woody24)
- Blake Allemand (@blake_allemand1)
- Taylor Brennan (@TaylorBrennan88)
- Jose Cuas (@Jcuas28)
- Dustin DeMuth (@_doubled16)
- George Iskenderian (@giskenderian7)
- Angel Ortega
Class-A Affiliate (Twitter: @TimberRattlers)
Manager: Matt Erickson
28 Total Players
- David Burkhalter (@dmburkhalter1)
- Miguel Diaz
- Marcos Diplan
- Jake Drosser (@J_Dross10)
- Nathan Griep (@GrimGrieper)
- Scott Grist (@ScottGrist36)
- Conor Harber (@charber11)
- David Lucroy (@The_Lukey_Poo)
- Drake Owenby (@Dddrrraaaakkeee)
- Freddy Peralta
- Jon Perrin (@jperrin46)
- Quintin Torres-Costa (@Qtorres_costa)
- Christian Trent (@Ctrent47)
- Jordan Yamamoto (@jyamaz21)
- Luis Aviles (@Jarhol99)
- Isan Diaz (@diazisan)
- Jake Gatewood (@Jake_Gatewood2)
- Sthervin Matos (@sthervin)
- Tucker Neuhaus (@Tucker_Neuhaus)
- Alan Sharkey (@A_SHARKEY)
Through a series of tweets by beat writers Adam McCalvy (MLB.com), Tom Haudricourt & Todd Rosiak (Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel), several decisions which directly impact the 25-man roster of the Milwaukee Brewers were disseminated from Spring Training on Sunday morning.
With an opt-out decision looming today, first and foremost relief pitcher Blaine Boyer was told that he has made the 25-man roster. The move will eventually require a corresponding 40-man roster move as Boyer was in camp on a Minor League contract, but there are a handful of 60-day DL candidates so finding a spot (or two or three) won’t be difficult.
The other player who got the best news was OF/1B Ramon Flores who was also told he’ll make the 25-man roster. Flores was acquired this off-season in trade from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for infielder Luis Sardiñas in a swap of players who were likely to be waived by their original clubs. Flores had a strong Cactus League and also showed a little versatility in being able to potentially backup Chris Carter at first base.
As there are ultimately so few spots, many more players get the proverbial red ticket in their locker.
Among those informed that they’ll begin the regular season in the minors are catchers Josmil Pinto and Manny Piña who were told they’ll be in Triple-A. Catcher Adam Weisenburger will apparently join them, giving Colorado Springs a trio of backstops.
Will Middlebrooks was informed today that he’ll also be assigned to Triple-A after vying for a spot as a backup corner infielder. Once there he is expected to rotate at the corner infield positions with Andy Wilkins and Garin Cecchini.
Joining them in the high-altitude infield will be Jake Elmore who was hoping to make the big league team as a reserve but came up short.
In the outfield competition, Eric Young Jr. was told that he’ll also head to the Centennial State when camp breaks. He’ll be joined officially by Shane Peterson who, after passing through waivers earlier this winter, was also in camp on a minor-league deal.
And finally, one official optioning came down as reliever David Goforth was sent out. Even with all the injuries to the bullpen recently, Goforth having minor league options was likely a key factor as others in the running for just a couple of spots had less team control due to no options or contract opt-outs like Boyer.
All told, this leaves the following combination of players in camp:
- Yadiel Rivera, Rule 5 Colin Walsh, and non-roster invitee Hernan Perez are competing for what is likely two open infield jobs.
- Keon Broxton (options remaining), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (no options), and Alex Presley (NRI) competing for likely two backup outfield spots.
- Chris Capuano (opt-out), Franklin Morales (opt-out), Ariel Peña (no options), Tyler Cravy (options remaining) are in play for two bullpen jobs
These are the archived videos aired on MLB Network on March 4th as Greg Amsinger and Milwaukee’s all-time Saves leader Dan Plesac visited Brewers’ camp at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix, Arizona as a part of the Network’s “30 Clubs in 30 Days” series previewing the 2016 season.
GM David Stearns sits down with Amsinger & Plesac
Ryan Braun talks about his bounce back 2015 and looking ahead to 2016
Jimmy Nelson with Dan Plesac
Domingo Santana talks about his fresh start
Will Smith on the bullpen
Ryan Braun demos base running/stealing with Plesac
Chris Carter talks to Greg Amsinger
Lucroy talks 2016 with Amsinger
Matt Garza talks youth and rotation with Plesac
Counsell with Plesac
Brewers Prospects with Jonathan Mayo
Brewers Fan Vote
List is subject to change but here’s the original list as released by the Brewers.
Orlando Arcia(canceled 1/30 due to illness)
- Jacob Barnes
- Yhonathan Barrios
- Michael Blazek
- Ryan Braun
- Keon Broxton
- Chris Carter
- Garin Cecchini
- Trent Clark
- Clint Coulter
Tyler Cravy(canceled 1/30 due to illness)
- Zach Davies
- Ramon Flores
- Matt Garza (added 1/20)
Scooter Gennett(removed 1/26 due a conflict)
- David Goforth
- Junior Guerra
- Josh Hader
- Adrian Houser
- Jeremy Jeffress
- Taylor Jungmann
- Corey Knebel
- Jorge Lopez
Damien Magnifico(canceled on 1/29 due to illness)
- Martin Maldonado
- Jimmy Nelson
- Shane Peterson
- Brett Phillips
- Michael Reed
- Domingo Santana
- Will Smith
- Tyler Thornburg
- Jonathan Villar (added 1/20)
Tyler Wagner(traded to ARI 1/30)
- Colin Walsh
- Craig Counsell
- Darnell Coles
- Joe Crawford
- Derek Johnson
- Marcus Hanel
- Jason Lane
- Pat Murphy
- Ed Sedar
- Carlos Subero
- Lee Tunnell
- Matt Erickson (Timber Rattlers manager)
- Don August
- Jerry Augustine
- Jeff Cirillo (added 1/21)
- Rollie Fingers
- Jim Gantner
- Larry Hisle
- Davey Nelson
- Ken Sanders (added 1/20)
- Gorman Thomas
- Greg Vaughn
- Paul Wagner (added 1/20)
Robin Yount(canceled 1/22 due to personal conflict)
Here is some additional information from the official release about Brewers On Deck:
Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children 14 and under. Tickets on the day of the event are $20 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under. On the day event, cash is the only accepted form of payment for admittance. A portion of the proceeds from Brewers On Deck will benefit Brewers Community Foundation. Tickets may be purchased at the Miller Park ticket office by calling the Brewers ticket office at (414) 902-4000 or online at Brewers.com/ondeck through Friday, January 29.
Once again, food donations will be accepted through Hunger Task Force. Donations can be dropped off at two main entrances to the Wisconsin Center, located at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and 4th Street and Wells Street.
Brewers On Deck will feature a number of activities for the entire family. Autographs and photos from Brewers players, coaches and alumni; interactive games in the Kids Area; Q&A sessions and Klement’s Main Stage game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters; vendor booths with baseball memorabilia; Brewers Community Foundation’s Treasure Hunt, a 50/50 raffle, live auction and many other activities will all be a part of Brewers On Deck.
During the event, the Brewers will unveil a new book – Explore MKE: Your Neighborhood Our City. The Book is published by SHARP Literacy, Inc. and is sponsored by Brewers Community Foundation and Ryan Braun. It tells the story of two children who share their differing experiences of Milwaukee and are attempting to figure out how they fit in. It also features informational sections that weave together iconic Milwaukee institutions and neighborhood-based landmarks with important themes in common.
SHARP Literacy, Inc. is a non-profit organization that enhances future life success by energizing urban children and motivating them to identify themselves as confident, capable scholars and lifelong learners by inspiring engagement in reading, writing and research through hands on interaction and visual arts.
Details regarding autographs include the following: Recipients of “PREMIER” autographs (players to be announced at a later date) will be chosen through a random selection process. Each fan in attendance will receive one Premier Entry sheet which may be redeemed at the Random Selection area outside the Main Exhibit Hall of the Wisconsin Center. The Premier Entry sheet will be exchanged for a numbered coupon to be entered into the random selection process for any one of the select Brewers players. Coupon distribution will be available at 8 a.m. the day of the event and will continue up to an hour before each designated autograph session. There is no cost for coupons to enter the random selection process; however, those holding winning coupons must pay $25 at the respective autograph stage to collect their player signature. There will be 250 winners for each of the autograph sessions. The winning ticket numbers will be posted at the designated autograph stage no less than 30 minutes prior to each player’s session.
Players and staff not included in the PREMIER autograph list will not use the random selection process. Each of these players will sign 250 autographs at prices ranging from free to $10. A schedule of players, their session times, and distribution info will be posted later. The autograph opportunities are for signatures on photo cards provided by the team. For additional information, visit Brewers.com/ondeck.
Autograph proceeds benefit Brewers Community Foundation. Please note that cash is the only acceptable form of payment for autographs. The Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia, and personalization of items is solely up to the discretion of each player.
The Milwaukee Brewers today announced their Minor League coaching staffs for the 2016 season. In addition, the team announced several changes to the team’s Player Development department.
Eduardo Brizuela has been promoted to assistant farm director after spending the previous three years as director of Latin America scouting and operations. In his new role, Brizuela will be based out of the Brewers Maryvale, Arizona complex year-round.
In addition to his duties as Assistant to Director, Player Development, Tony Diggs will add the title of roving outfield coordinator. Diggs will continue his role as manager as well, but will move from Rookie Helena to Rookie Arizona. This marks his return to the team that he managed from 2008-12, which included an Arizona League championship in 2010.
The entire coaching staff at Triple-A Colorado Springs will return for a second straight season. The team will be managed by Rick Sweet and will be joined by Pitching Coach Fred Dabney, Coach Bob Skube, Athletic Trainer Aaron Hoback and Strength and Conditioning Specialist Andrew Emmick.
The Double-A Biloxi Shuckers, who advanced to the Southern League Championship Series in their first year of play, will have a new manager. Former Brewers First Base Coach Mike Guerrero will lead the Shuckers in 2016. This marks his return to the Double-A level, where he served as manager of the Huntsville Stars from 2010-11. Pitching Coach Chris Hook, Coach Sandy Guerrero, Athletic Trainer Steve Patera and Strength and Conditioning Specialist Nate Dinewill all return to the staff.
Joe Ayrault returns for his fifth season as manager of the Class-A Brevard County Manatees. He is joined by Pitching Coach David Chavarria, Coach Ned Yost IV, Athletic Trainer Tommy Craig and Strength and Conditioning SpecialistJonah Mergen, who are all returning. Edwin Maysonet joins the staff as the newest coach. He retired from playing at the end of last season after spending 12 seasons in the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros and Milwaukee Brewers systems. Maysonet reached the Major Leagues in 2008 and 2009 with the Astros and played 30 games for the Brewers in 2012.
There will be three new members on the Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers staff next season. Manager Matt Erickson will return for his sixth season along with Pitching Coach Gary Lucas, Coach Chuckie Caufield and Athletic TrainerJeff Paxson. Coach Al Leboeuf moves from the Rookie Arizona Brewers to take the same position with the Timber Rattlers. Ben Mendelson joins the T-Rats as the strength & conditioning specialist. He previously served in the same role with the Arizona League Brewers last year.
The Helena Brewers will feature an entirely new staff in 2016. The team will be led by Manager Nestor Corredor, who served as the Arizona Brewers Manager last season. He is joined by Pitching Coach Mark Dewey, who also serves as the Brewers assistant pitching coordinator, and Coach Liu Rodriguez, who served as coach for Wisconsin in 2015. Reggie Williams joins the staff as a coach after serving in the same role for Brevard County last year. Jeff Bodenhamerwill become the team’s athletic trainer. This will be his first season with the Brewers after spending the previous 11 seasons in the Texas Rangers organization. Alistair Matthews rounds out the staff as the strength and conditioning specialist. He served in the same role with the DSL Brewers in 2015.
Rolando Valles and Steve Cline will join Tony Diggs’ staff as pitching coaches at Rookie Arizona. Valles joins the Arizona crew in Maryvale as pitching coach after serving in the same position with Helena last season, while Cline will return for his 16th season with the team. The team will feature Coach Hainley Statia, who joins the team after retiring from playing following last season. Statia played 10 seasons professionally with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Brewers. Matt Deal has been named the Arizona Brewers athletic trainer. Deal spent the 2015 season with the DSL Brewers and was an athletic training intern with the Major League club in 2014.
Victor Estevez moves from coach to manager and will lead the DSL Brewers in 2016. He is flanked by Pitching Coach Geraldo Obispo and returning Coaches Luis de los Santos and Joan Abreu. Jose Pena will move from manager to coach. Alex Mena returns as the team’s athletic trainer for the second straight season and will be joined by new Strength and Conditioning Specialist Sam Hoffman.
The complete Minor League coaching staffs are listed below (new staff members/assignments are in bold):
The complete Minor League coaching staffs are listed below (new staff members are in bold):
COLORADO SPRINGS SKY SOX (AAA)
Pitching Coach – Fred Dabney
Coach – Bob Skube
Athletic Trainer – Aaron Hoback
Strength & Conditioning Specialist – Andrew Emmick
BILOXI SHUCKERS (AA)
Pitching Coach – Chris Hook
Coach – Sandy Guerrero
Athletic Trainer – Steve Patera
Strength & Conditioning Specialist – Nate Dine
BREVARD COUNTY MANATEES (A)
Pitching Coach – David Chavarria
Coach – Ned Yost IV
Coach – Edwin Maysonet
Athletic Trainer – Tommy Craig
Strength & Conditioning Specialist – Jonah Mergen
WISCONSIN TIMBER RATTLERS (A)
Pitching Coach – Gary Lucas
Coach – Chuckie Caufield
Coach – Al LeBoeuf
Athletic Trainer – Jeff Paxson
Strength & Conditioning Specialist – Ben Mendelson
HELENA BREWERS (R)
Pitching Coach – Mark Dewey
Coach – Liu Rodriguez
Coach – Reggie Williams
Athletic Trainer – Jeff Bodenhamer
Strength & Conditioning Specialist – Alistair Matthews
ARIZONA BREWERS (R)
Manager – Tony Diggs
Pitching Coach – Steve Cline
Pitching Coach – Rolando Valles
Coach – Hainley Statia
Athletic Trainer – Matt Deal
DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE BREWERS (R)
Manager – Victor Estevez
Pitching Coach – Geraldo Obispo
Coach – Luis De Los Santos
Coach – Jose Peña
Coach – Joan Abreu
Athletic Trainer – Alex Mena
Strength & Conditioning Specialist – Sam Hoffman
Coordinator – Manuel Vargas