Saturday, February 24, 2007

Things Shaping Up NIcely In Camp

It looks like the Milwaukee Brewers are already having a spirited and competitive spring training. Both Geoff Jenkins and Kevin Mench are already talking about how each wants to be the everyday leftfielder. Neither appears ready to platoon and each is expressing their desire to play elsewhere if Ned Yost doesn't put them in the lineup everyday.

Derrick Turnbow has not resigned himself to being Francisco Cordero's set up man. He wants everyone to know that he intends on getting his "nasty" stuff back that he had before the all-star break and wants to be the Brew's closer.

Even though Billy Hall has been named the everyday centerfielder, both Brady Clark and Tony Gwynn Jr. will be playing their hearts out. They both know that baseball can be a very unpredictable game and either could be called upon to log substantial innings.

Tony Graffanino and Craing Counsell are going head to head for some considerable playing time at third base. With the uncertainty of Corey Koskie's playing status, either or both are most likely going to be inked on the lineup card at the hot corner on a daily basis. Tony and Craig are team players and are willing to come off the bench and play where ever Yost needs them. Don't kid yourself....... both players want to play everyday and will compete hard to do so.

It's great to see such a considerable amount of competitive spirit so early in camp. This will bode well for the younger players and the team as a whole.

I can't wait for opening day!!

What say you?

JB

Monday, February 19, 2007

Infield Depth A Real Bonus

Thank goodness Bob Melvin and The Milwaukee Brewers signed quality utility infielders this past off-season. It looks like Tony Graffanino and Craig Counsell are going to have to log some innings at third base since Corey Koskie looks like he won't be ready to go by early April.

I remember hearing some grumblings when the Brew signed both Graf and CC. Not from me.
With a young infield of Fielder, Weeks and Hardy and Bill Hall moving to the oufield, I knew that the Crew needed to sign a couple of reliable gloves. Both Tony and Craig can play at least three infield positions and both can give the Brewers some decent at bats. Counsell can move runners over and is a good bunter. Tony can be a tough out and has shown that he can get hot.

It would be great to see youngster Ryan Braun get some good AB's in Maryville. Obviously, he'd be a real longshot to make the team out of spring training. I would think that Melvin and company will give Braun many at bats at AAA this season. We'll see.

Kudos to Melvin, Ash and Yost for signing some reliable "leathernecks".

What say you?

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Yost Makes Right Decision On Outfield

Milwaukee Brewers manager Ned Yost's decision to set his outfield prior to the opening of Spring Training is right on the money. Bill Hall needs as much time as possible in Maryville to learn a new and extremely important position. He doesn't need to be guessing where he might play. Now he can spend his time working on his sweet stoke at the plate and soaking up the knowledge from new outfield coach Ed Sedar.

I love Yost's move of Jenkins to left. Even though Geoff handled the transition from left to right pretty well, he is a far superior leftfielder. The move of Corey Hart to rightfield isn't anything that Hart can't handle. He played numerous positions in the minors and he's only played just over 100 games in the majors. It's early in his career and he should be able to make the adjustment. Who knows? He might be back in leftfield sometime this year.

It's good to see that there are not many question marks as to where our everyday players are going to play. Go Brewers!!

What say you?

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Brewers' Pitching Should Be Solid

A starting staff of Sheets, Capuano, Suppan (The "Soup Can"), Bush and Vargas should help give the Brew a real fighting chance in the NL central. One can see some real depth when you consider how Villaneuva pitched to close the season and the number of young arms moving up in the farm system.

The bullpen is a good one. Cordero was as solid as any closer last year. Turnbow was lights out in the first half of '06 and was an All-Star. It's too bad he struggled so mightily in the second half of the season. There's no question Derrick has the ability. He lost his confidence and desperately needs to get it back. If he can get that nasty breaking ball over like he did before the break, it will obviously bode well for the Brew. Capellan logged a lot of innings last year and should give Milwaukee a real workhorse it can count on.

Hopefully, Matt Wise comes back strong after his surgery and Shouse proves strong as the Brew's situational lefty.

I like the staff. What say you?

Jbone

Monday, February 12, 2007

Milwaukee Brewers Miller Park