Round ’em Up: Tuesday

17 06 2008

The Milwaukee Brewers enjoyed an off-day yesterday, but they will get back on the horse this evening against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Anyone see Tiger Woods win yesterday?  Fantastic golf tournament.

  • Bill Hall admits that the game wasn’t much fun for him a few weeks ago.  He had been sidelined by the emergence of Russell Branyan, and the fans were and are booing him relentlessly.  The long-time Brewer has turned over a new leaf in his game, however.  Hall is focused on enjoying the game of baseball and hoping everything else simply works out on its own.  That’s finally the right attitude.
  • After receiving mountains of flack for signing Jason Kendall during the off-season, Doug Melvin is looking pretty smart these days.  Jason has been a fine addition to the Milwaukee Brewers, and he seems to have made an impact on the starting rotation as a whole (Dave Bush excluded).  I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Brewers pick up Kendall’s option for next season.
  • The Junkball Blues notes that the starting pitching has been pulling its weight lately.  Manny Parra has been serviceable the past couple weeks, and Seth McClung has become extremely reliable at the back-end of the rotation.  Perhaps the biggest news is the play of Jeff Suppan.  He’s finally pitching like the $40M man he’s supposed to be.  Oh yeah, Ben Sheets is a stud too.
  • Brew Crew Pub has a Brewers preview for the Brewers-Blue Jays series.  Give it a look.
  • Adam McCalvy writes a piece on North Carolina reliever, Rob Wooten.  The Brewers drafted the Tar Heel in the 13th-round of the 2008 MLB Draft, and the team is excited to see what they have in the young man.  He projects to be a solid reliever, but that is still up in the air.  Wooten is presumably waiting until after the College World Series to sign with the Crew.
  • Brewers Locker notes that Brad Nelson is blocked by Prince Fielder in the big leagues.  He could become a very valuable trading chip at the deadline.  I suspect he stays though.  The Brewers are reportedly open to trading Prince in the off-season, and Brad Nelson would be an optimal candidate to step in at first.  If Nelson is traded, the Brewers are keeping Prince through next season.
  • The Nashville Sounds played the Iowa Cubs, but no one was at the park.  No, not because the Sounds have been terrible this year.  The devastating flooding caused the ballpark to not allow any fans into the ballpark.  I hope things get better down in Iowa in a hurry.
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17 06 2008
bernie carbo

Trading Fielder seems to be gaining in popularity the last few days. I am stunned by the thought of Fielder being dealt. It makes no sense to me. In my little opinion, Prince is still climbing and has not reached his full potential. Yes, last year was a homerun bomb…and now he is adjusting to being pitched differently.

I have complete confidence that Prince will make the necessary adjustments and be a complete hitter…someone who walks, hits for average to all fields with power….If we trade him now, we are trading away someone whose value will be even higher in say, 2 years.

It’s hard to not regret spreading out our money too much…to Cameron..to Gagne…..when we could have invested in Fielder…..The trend today is to trade players at their peak and receive prospects in return or to sign them prior to becoming free agents. Prince is not peaking right now. He is still learning…..so I hope we can sign him to a Braun like contract..

On the fielding side, Prince and pitchers must get on the same page about covering first base…..Gallardo’s fall was not the only danger this year…McLung also fell. This has to be addressed if Fielder is gonna stay at first base which I think he can.

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