Other than Peralta, there are two other pitchers we know will be in Milwaukee’s rotation in 2014- if they are here. Those pitchers would be Yovani Gallardo and Kyle Lohse. I say if they are here because those names keep floating around in trade rumors, and I believe Melvin should trade one now, and the other at the trade deadline next season. Lohse’s value is about as good as it will get right now, so I believe Lohse is the player they ought to trade now, as in this off season. Gallardo is due for a better season in 2014 as the way his career has gone so far says that 2013 was not the norm. In other words, I believe Gallardo should start opening day, and then he should be followed by Peralta.
I have spent some time recently writing about free agents Milwaukee should sign and prospects that could make an impact next season. I believe Scott Feldman would be a good fit and I believe
Milwaukee should sign him. They also have two
young pitching prospects that got a look late in the season, Johnny Hellwig and
Jimmy Nelson. I believe Hellwig will start the season in Milwaukee’s rotation and he will be joined very
soon by Nelson. There is also a former first round draft choice named Taylor Jungmann
who might make it to the major leagues late in the season.
So to sort this all out, this is how I would set up Milwaukee’s rotation if I were Doug Melvin. I would start out with Yovani Gallardo, Wily Peralta, Scott Feldman, Marco Estrada, and Johnny Hellwig. If Gallardo can regain his value, I believe
should trade him as soon as he does and replace him in the rotation with Jimmy
Nelson. Late in the season, if Jungmann is ready, I believe Milwaukee should go to a six man rotation.
However this is all subject to the rest of the off season moves and injuries
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