Spring Training 2018


MILWAUKEE -- Jimmy Nelson's uncertain timetable means an opportunity for someone else as the Brewers use Spring Training to sort out the back end of the starting rotation.

On the eve of pitchers and catchers reporting to Maryvale Baseball Park, three spots were set with Chase AndersonZach Davies and free-agent acquisition Jhoulys Chacin. Nelson, Milwaukee's best starting pitcher last season when the team's rotation ranked 10th in the Major Leagues with a 4.10 ERA, will start the season on the disabled list and will miss a still-unknown portion of the first half as he recovers from shoulder surgery.

In his stead comes a group of in-house competitors -- including Brandon WoodruffBrent SuterYovani GallardoJunior Guerra and Aaron Wilkerson -- who technically begin Spring Training on equal footing.

It seems like every season a 'mystery' pitcher appears and holds down a portion of the rotation.  We had two last year with Anderson and Davies both taking big steps forward.  Year before some guy named Guerra.  And let's not forget Fiers and Estrada before that.  So who is the unknown or forgotten hurler that steps up this year?

Guerra figured out how to regain his speed this winter.  If he is back to full velocity why can't he reclaim opening day worthiness this Spring?  Gallardo lost his velocity and effectiveness which a return would make him a solid mid rotation starter.  Suter never was fast which hasn't hurt him of the 3.45 ERA in 14 starts last year.  With a year experience under his cap can he become even more effective?  And the kids are kids and there are a lot of them.  We already have a chance to make the mid season move by hopefully getting a healthy Jimmy Nelson.  

I don't think Stearns is done.  If he doesn't get the player he wants this staff doesn't lack for upside as is.  

Play Ball!!


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