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2016 Organizational Opening Day Rosters

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.

Milwaukee Brewers
MLB Parent Club (Twitter: @Brewers)

Manager: Craig Counsell

25 Total Players (excluding disabled list)

Pitchers (12)

Catchers (2)

Infielders (6)

Outfielders (5)

Disabled List (5)

SkySoxPrimary

Class-AAA Affiliate (Twitter: @skysox)

Manager: Rick Sweet

28 Total Players

Pitchers (14)

Catchers (3)

Infielders (6)

Outfielders (5)

BiloxiShuckersOnWhite

Class-AA Affiliate (Twitter: @BiloxiShuckers)

Manager: Mike Guerrero

28 Total Players

Pitchers (14)

Catchers (4)

Infielders (7)

Outfielders (4)

BC Manatees

Class-A Advanced Affiliate (Twitter: @BCManatees)

Manager: Joe Ayrault

28 Total Players

Pitchers (14)

Catchers (2)

Infielders (6)

Outfielders (4)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Class-A Affiliate (Twitter: @TimberRattlers)

Manager: Matt Erickson

28 Total Players

Pitchers (14)

Catchers (3)

Infielders (6)

Outfielders (5)

Brewers Announce 2016 Affiliate Coaching Staffs

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)

SkySoxPrimaryManager – Rick Sweet

Pitching Coach – Fred Dabney

Coach – Bob Skube

Athletic Trainer – Aaron Hoback

Strength & Conditioning Specialist – Andrew Emmick

 

BILOXI SHUCKERS (AA)

Biloxi_Primary_ColorManager – Mike Guerrero

Pitching Coach – Chris Hook

Coach – Sandy Guerrero

Athletic Trainer – Steve Patera

Strength & Conditioning Specialist – Nate Dine

 

 

BREVARD COUNTY MANATEES (A)

BC ManateesManager – Joe Ayrault

Pitching Coach – David Chavarria

Coach – Ned Yost IV

Coach – Edwin Maysonet

Athletic Trainer – Tommy Craig

Strength & Conditioning Specialist – Jonah Mergen

 

 

WISCONSIN TIMBER RATTLERS (A)

Wisconsin Timber RattlersManager – Matt Erickson

Pitching Coach – Gary Lucas

Coach – Chuckie Caufield

Coach – Al LeBoeuf

Athletic Trainer – Jeff Paxson

Strength & Conditioning Specialist – Ben Mendelson

HELENA BREWERS (R)

helena brewers logoManager – Nestor Corredor

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

Shuckers To Host Exhibition Against Brewers On April 2

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Milwaukee to Visit MGM Park, Home of Double-A Affiliate Biloxi Shuckers

The Milwaukee Brewers announced today that the team will close the Spring Training schedule with an exhibition game against their Double-A affiliate, the Biloxi Shuckers. The game will take place on Saturday, April 2 at 1:10 p.m. CT at the Shuckers new ballpark, MGM Park.

“We appreciate all of the work that (President) Ken Young, (General Manager) Buck Rogers and the entire Shuckers staff do to provide a first-class home for our Double-A club,” said Brewers General Manager David Stearns. “MGM Park is a state-of-the-art facility and 2015 was a terrific first season there with the team advancing to the Southern League Championship. We look forward to the Major League club visiting next year and to many more seasons of a great partnership between our organizations.”

This is the first time the Brewers will play in Biloxi. It is the first time a Major League team has visited the Gulf Coast city since the 1935 Washington Senators held Spring Training at Biloxi Stadium, which is now the site of Keesler Air Force Base.

“Having our Major League affiliate come to play the Shuckers is a very special event for the entire community,” stated Biloxi Shuckers President Ken Young. “Fans will be able to get to see Major Leaguers up close and will have a chance to interact with them as well. Starting our second season by playing the Brewers is a terrific way to continue the momentum from the 2015 campaign.”

The Brewers will announce their complete Spring Training schedule at a later date. Milwaukee will open up the regular season on Monday, April 4 at Miller Park against the San Francisco Giants.

Top Brewers Prospect Nabs Top Defensive Accolade

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Minor League Baseball and Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. today announced Minor League Baseball’s recipients of the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® for defensive excellence.  Brewers prospect Orlando Arcia was awarded the Gold Glove at shortstop after an impressive all-around season at the plate and in the field, including just 13 errors in 585 total chances (.978 fielding percentage) for the Biloxi Shuckers (AA). This is the second consecutive season that a Brewers prospect has won the award, as outfielder Michael Ratterree received the Gold Glove with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A) last year.

Arcia was named the organization’s Player of the year earlier this month and is widely regarded as one of baseball’s top prospects. He finished his first season at the Double-A level batting .307/.347/.453 with 37 doubles, seven triples, eight homers, 69 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 129 games. The 21-year-old finished his campaign among the league-leaders in several categories including average (5th), at-bats (2nd, 512), RBI (4th), doubles (1st), slugging percentage (5th), extra-base hits (3rd, 52), runs (5th, 74) and total bases (2nd, 232). He set new career-highs in almost every hitting category including runs, hits, doubles, triples and home runs.

The Venezuelan native was signed by the Brewers as a non-drafted free agent in 2010. He was named both a mid-season and postseason Southern League All-Star this year. Arcia was honored with the League’s Player of the Week award for May 25-June 1 when he batted .400 (10-25) with 6 runs, 5 doubles, a homer, 5 RBI and 2 walks in six games. In addition, Arcia was selected to represent the World Team in the 2015 Futures Game at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. Arcia is ranked as the top prospect in the Brewers organization, according to MLB.com.

Arcia will receive his Rawlings Gold Glove Award, molded after the iconic award given to Major League Baseball’s top defensive players, during the 2016 season.

Official Release (with quotes) Regarding Tyler Wagner’s Promotion

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TYLER WAGNER PROMOTED TO MILWAUKEE, BECOMES FIRST SHUCKER IN THE MAJORS

Wagner will make his Major League debut on Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Miller Park in Milwaukee

CHATTANOOGA, TN – In concordance with the Milwaukee Brewers, the Biloxi Shuckers are thrilled to announce that starting pitcher Tyler Wagner will be the first Biloxi Shucker to play in the big leagues, when he makes his Major League debut on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. CT for the Brewers against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Miller Park. Wagner will make the start for the “Brew Crew” in game three of the weekend series.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling to know how much you have worked to get to this point in your career and everybody that has helped you along the lines, said Wagner after learning that he would be promoted from the Shuckers to Milwaukee. “It’s a surreal feeling right now.”

In nine starts for the Shuckers this season, the 24-year-old was 5-1 with a 2.01 ERA, posting 38 strikeouts and 15 walks in 53.2 innings and a 1.12 WHIP. The Brewers’ fourth round selection in 2012 out of the University of Utah ranked third in the league in ERA and tied for second in wins. He has paced a starting rotation for Biloxi that has gone 18-12 with a 3.37 ERA this season.

Shuckers’ manager Carlos Subero announced the news to the entire clubhouse.

“I wasn’t expecting it,” added Wagner. “I believed I was ready for the moment but you never expect something like that. He built it up quite a bit and my heart was pumping a lot and then he finally broke the news that I was going up.” Everybody was cheering and happy for me and it was great to have the support from the clubhouse.”

The Las Vegas, NV native is rated by Baseball America as the Milwaukee Brewers’ No. 9 rated prospect and was a 2014 mid-season and postseason Florida State League All-Star. On May 14, infielder Yadiel Rivera become the Shuckers’ first position player to be promoted to Triple-A, but Wagner becomes the first to play in the big leagues.

“That’s an awesome honor to have,” Wagner stated on being the first Shucker to play in the Majors. “Hopefully it’s not too soon before someone else gets the call from this team.”

The parent club of the Shuckers are currently 16-32 on the young season. Wagner will be just the sixth Brewer to start a game this season.

“There is a whole bunch of emotions going through my head,” said Wagner. “Just thoughts of what I am going to do and how I am going to act – what I am going to wear – what kind of cleats I will wear. But, it all comes down to controlling what you can control and living in the moment.”

Wagner became the Southern League’s first four game winner after an 8-2 win over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on April 27, and followed it up with two consecutive seven inning outings that yielded no decisions.

The preceding press release was provided by the Biloxi Shuckers.

Segura Latest to Hit Disabled List for Brewers

In the time leading up to Wednesday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox at Miller Park, the Milwaukee Brewers alerted everyone that their posted lineup would be changing. Jean Segura, who had been set to play shortstop and lead off for Craig Counsell, would no longer be participating in that evening’s contest. The given reason was soreness in Segura’s pinky finger on his right hand.

Scorebook pages were swapped out or updated with the new player and the new batting order, but beyond that nobody gave it another thought, really. Well, until this morning anyway.

That’s when a pair of tweets hit the interwebz from the Brewers official account. The first alerted us that Segura’s finger soreness was being understandably caused by a fracture.

The second filled us in on how the Brewers would be managing the roster in light of the news.

While it’s obviously terrible news that “Seggy” will miss time, that he will is an unavoidable certainty. Therefore, let’s not dwell on that part of things. Instead, let’s focus on the latter half of this transaction news.

Luis Sardiñas, who will turn just 22 years old on Saturday, is a switch-hitting infielder who hails from Venezuela. He is the same switch-hitting Venezuelan infielder acquired from the Texas Rangers over the off-season in the Yovani Gallardo trade.

So far this season, Sardiñas has slashed .288/.324/.386 for Triple-A Colorado Springs. That includes seven doubles and three triples but no home runs. He’s struck out just 19 times in 141 plate appearances, but also walked but seven.

Defensively capable at shortstop, third, and second, Sardiñas is a true shortstop first and foremost. That’s been reflected in his defensive log with the Sky Sox inasmuch as he’s played in 31 games at shortstop with just one appearance at the keystone and zero at the hot corner.

Sardiñas made his Major League debut in 2014 for the Rangers, appearing out of necessity after that team suffered an ridiculous amount of injuries at the big league level. That’s how he gets his next opportunity as well, though his time was certainly coming at some point regardless of why.

It wouldn’t shock me if Sardiñas is given the opportunity to start some over the next two weeks. As mentioned, he’s a switch-hitter which gives Craig Counsell another player for whom he needn’t worry about late-game matchups.

All that said, let’s look at one more potentially impacted part of the Brewers organization by way of this promotion. The Sky Sox don’t exactly have another true shortstop on their roster. Donnie Murphy and Pete Orr could fill in (and maybe Chris Nelson too, though I don’t know if he’s played short and I don’t have time to check right now), but this seems like the right time to promote from within.

The Brewers are currently carrying two true shortstops at Double-A Biloxi in the persons of Yadiel Rivera and top prospect Orlando Arcia. They carry surprisingly similar stat lines to this point, for what it’s worth. Also, when a spot opened at Double-A last year, Rivera was promoted first. Granted he’s older (having turned just 23 in his own right on May 2nd) and has been a professional longer (by a year) than Arcia, but that doesn’t always amount to a hill of beans in the grand scheme.

Doug Melvin should use this opportunity to see what he’s got in one of these Double-A shortstops. I’d guess they’d opt to move Rivera first.

Either way, there exists a chance to make the most of this unfortunate situation. Sardiñas gets his call back to The Show and someone should, in my humble opinion, be given the chance to ply their trade just one step away from Milwaukee.

2015 Brewers Organizational Opening Rosters

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.

Milwaukee Brewers
MLB Parent Club (Twitter: @Brewers)

Manager: Ron Roenicke

25 Total Players

Pitchers (12)

Catchers (2)

Infielders (6)

  • Scooter Gennett (@Sgennett2)
  • Hector Gomez
  • Luis Jimenez
  • Adam Lind
  • Aramis Ramirez
  • Jean Segura

Outfielders (5)

Class-AAA Affiliate (Twitter: @skysox)

Manager: Rick Sweet

28 Total Players

Pitchers (15)

Catchers (3)

  • Nevin Ashley (@nevin_ashley)
  • Juan Centeno
  • Robinzon Diaz

Infielders (6)

Outfielders (4)

Class-AA Affiliate (Twitter: @BiloxiShuckers)

Manager: Carlos Subero (@csubero)

27 Total Players

Pitchers (14)

Catchers (3)

Infielders (6)

Outfielders (4)

BC Manatees

Class-A Advanced Affiliate (Twitter: @BCManatees)

Manager: Joe Ayrault

28 Total Players

Pitchers (15)

Catchers (3)

Infielders (6)

Outfielders (4)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Class-A Affiliate (Twitter: @TimberRattlers)

Manager: Matt Erickson

28 Total Players

Pitchers (15)

Catchers (3)

Infielders (6)

Outfielders (4)

Brewers Announce 2015 Affiliate Coaching Staffs

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The Milwaukee Brewers today announced their Minor League coaching staffs for the 2015 season. Each staff of the organization’s top three levels remain the same from last year.

Gary Lucas joins the Brewers organization as pitching coach at Class-A Wisconsin. He spent the past 15 years as a pitching coach in the Twins organization, most recently at Class-A Fort Myers of the Florida State League in 2014. Also joining the Timber Rattlers staff is Liu Rodriguez. The former middle infielder was a coach with the Rookie Arizona Brewers last season. Steve Timmers begins his first season as strength and conditioning specialist at Wisconsin following two seasons in the Minor League system of the Braves.

The coaching staffs at Rookie Helena and Rookie Arizona remain the same from last season with the exception of Rodriguez, who is now at Wisconsin. Jose Ramos joins the Rookie Dominican Summer League Brewers as a pitching coach. He previously worked as a scout with the Brewers in the Dominican Republic. Alex Mena joins the staff as athletic trainer and Alistair Matthews begins his first season as strength and conditioning specialist.

The complete Minor League coaching staffs are listed below (new staff members are in bold):

COLORADO SPRINGS SKY SOX (AAA)

SkySoxPrimaryManager – Rick Sweet

Pitching Coach – Fred Dabney

Coach – Bob Skube

Athletic Trainer – Aaron Hoback

Strength & Conditioning Specialist – Andrew Emmick

 

BILOXI SHUCKERS (AA)

Biloxi_Primary_ColorManager – Carlos Subero

Pitching Coach – Chris Hook

Coach – Sandy Guerrero

Athletic Trainer – Steve Patera

Strength & Conditioning Specialist – Nate Dine

 

 

 

BREVARD COUNTY MANATEES (A)

BC ManateesManager – Joe Ayrault

Pitching Coach – David Chavarria

Coach – Ned Yost IV

Coach – Reggie Williams

Athletic Trainer – Tommy Craig

Strength & Conditioning Specialist – Jonah Mergen

 

 

WISCONSIN TIMBER RATTLERS (A)

Wisconsin Timber RattlersManager – Matt Erickson

Pitching Coach – Gary Lucas

Coach – Chuckie Caufield

Coach – Liu Rodriguez

Athletic Trainer – Jeff Paxson

Strength & Conditioning Specialist – Steve Timmers

HELENA BREWERS (R)

helena brewers logoManager – Tony Diggs

Pitching Coach – Rolando Valles

Coach – Jason Dubois

Athletic Trainer – Luke Greene

Strength & Conditioning Specialist – Tim Gifford

 

ARIZONA BREWERS (R)

Manager – Nestor Corredor

Pitching Coach – Steve Cline

Coach – Al LeBoeuf

Athletic Trainer – Greg Barajas

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE BREWERS (R)

Manager – Jose Pena

Pitching Coach – Geraldo Obispo

Pitching Coach – Jose Ramos

Coach – Luis De Los Santos

Coach – Victor Estevez

Coach – Joan Abreu

Athletic Trainer – Alex Mena

Strength & Conditioning Specialist – Alistair Matthews

Brewers’ Biloxi-Based Baseball Business Broadcasts Branding

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Monday evening saw the new Biloxi baseball franchise unveil its name, logo, and overall branding at a well-attended, public event in Biloxi, Mississippi. An announcement weeks in the making, the tightest of lids was kept before the unveiling to build excitement and anticipation among the locals as well as those watching from afar.

A fan vote provided the ownership group with a list of six names to choose from. The finalists all had local ties, from community to economy to industry.

The name was chosen and the build up commenced to Monday’s announcement which coincided with social media postings.

Congratulations to all involved.

And the best of luck to the Biloxi Shuckers — Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers — in 2015 and beyond!

Here is the official press release…

PLAY BALL: THE BILOXI SHUCKERS COME TO LIFE 
“Original Seafood Capital of the World” hosts Professional Baseball in 2015 
The new Biloxi professional baseball team revealed their identity today as the Biloxi Shuckers took center stage during a ceremony inside Biloxi’s historic Saenger Theatre. The Shuckers will begin play in the Southern League next April as the new Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.
“We are very excited to introduce our name and logos to the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” stated Shuckers President Ken Young. “The anticipation in the community has been tremendous. Our logo depicts the fun and exciting atmosphere that Minor League Baseball is known for throughout this country. We think that kids are going to love it. The seafood industry is so important to the entire region, and we wanted a name that means something to the community.”
The team name was selected after nearly 60,000 votes were cast after the month-long “Name the Team” contest yielded six finalists. The Shuckers will host a separate event to select the winner of the “Name the Team” contest.
A tenacious oyster is the centerpiece of the identity, seen both in the club’s primary logo, home and alternate caps. The letters “BS” to make up the road cap designation. Fans will love seeing the Biloxi Lighthouse logo, resiliently rising above historic storm waters. Gulf Blue, Sand, Coral, and Black make up the club’s new official colors, paying tribute to the Gulf Coast. The Shuckers are the first professional sports team to use this color combination. The logos and color scheme will be seen throughout the home of the Shuckers, MGM Park.
Official Shuckers merchandise is available immediately at the Shuckers Team Store, which is located inside the Biloxi Coast Transit Authority Building at 820 MLK Jr. Blvd, Suite B. There is also a tremendous selection of merchandise available on the Shuckers’ official website, www.biloxishuckers.com
 
The Shuckers will unveil their new uniforms for the 2015 season at a later date.
In addition to the Shuckers website, the Shuckers can also be followed on Twitter (@biloxishuckers) and Facebook (Biloxi Shuckers).
 
LOGO CREATORS 
The Shuckers’ look was brought to life by Brandiose, an industry leader in team identity creation. The development process began in March when Brandiose’s partners Jason Klein and Casey White met in Biloxi with fans, staff and community members to learn about the stories, history, and personality of Biloxi. Brandiose developed the logos and is dreaming up elements of new fan experience.
“Biloxi is one of the most resilient cities in America,” said Klein. “Our goal is to integrate Biloxi folklore in the Shuckers brand, and to create the most legendary entertainment experience on the Gulf Coast.”