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08-09

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Short Relief: The Button Masher of Baseball
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Jason Wojciechowski and Nathan Bishop

07-21

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Short Relief: Objection!
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Matt Sussman and Mary Craig

05-31

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Short Relief: On Fighting, Friendship, and Negotiation
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Patrick Dubuque, Jason Wojciechowski and Nathan Bishop

05-26

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Short Relief: The Intricate Dreams of Papas and Weavers
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Mary Craig and Matt Sussman

04-19

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Short Relief: Business Decisions, Minor League Affinities, and Unforgettable Oral Histories
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Mo Bjonski, James Fegan and Jason Wojciechowski

02-01

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Transaction Analysis: Segura-phobia
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Rian Watt, Ryan Romano, Christopher Crawford, Adam McInturff and Bret Sayre

10-09

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The BP Wayback Machine: A Tip of the Cap to Aramis
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Baseball Prospectus

08-27

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Field Generals: It's Ned Yost in a Box
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Ian Frazer

06-02

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The BP Wayback Machine: What It Means to Have the Best Farm System in Baseball
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Sam Miller

01-28

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BP Announcements: Baseball Prospectus Night at Miller Park - May 9, 2014
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Joe Hamrahi

06-04

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The Call-Up: Scooter Gennett
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Jason Cole and Bret Sayre

04-24

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Wezen-Ball: When Brewers and Beer Clash
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Larry Granillo

04-19

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BP Unfiltered: The Startlingly Selective Yuniesky Betancourt
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Ben Lindbergh

04-19

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The Call-Up: Hiram Burgos
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

04-08

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BP Unfiltered: The Eight-Man Bullpen Comes Back to Bite the Brewers
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Ben Lindbergh

03-28

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Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Maybe-Next-Years
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Bradford Doolittle and Harry Pavlidis

03-15

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Raising Aces: Trending: Over the Top
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Doug Thorburn

03-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 159: The Carlos Gomez Extension and the 2013-14 Free Agent Class
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

02-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 149: 2013 Season Preview Series: Milwaukee Brewers
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

02-18

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Painting the Black: Martin Maldonado and Learning to Love Defense-First Catchers
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R.J. Anderson

02-15

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Pitcher Profile: Milwaukee's Rotation Brew
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Harry Pavlidis

02-08

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Pebble Hunting: What it Means to Have the Best Farm System in Baseball
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Sam Miller

01-23

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Wezen-Ball: The Milwaukee Walk of Shame?
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Larry Granillo

12-22

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Overthinking It: The Winter's Quietest Contenders
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Ben Lindbergh

09-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 41: The Brewers Are Back in Contention, Technically/Max Scherzer and the Tigers' 2009 Trade Revisited
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-10

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Wezen-Ball: Milwaukee's Impossible Road to the Wild Card
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Larry Granillo

07-13

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Pebble Hunting: Making the Most of Mike Fiers
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Sam Miller

10-19

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Milwaukee Brewers
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Ben Lindbergh, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

09-22

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Overthinking It: Life Without Fielder
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Ben Lindbergh

08-30

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Divide and Conquer, NL Central: A Hot Cup of Brew (Crew)
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Larry Granillo

08-23

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On the Beat: Boom Times Back for the Brewers
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John Perrotto

08-16

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Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Winless in Milwaukee
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Larry Granillo

08-04

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Spinning Yarn: Counsell for the Defense
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Mike Fast

06-29

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Clubhouse Confidential: Melvin Making Moves
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Marc Carig

06-15

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Big Gamble
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Jay Jaffe

06-14

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Painting the Black: Something Brewing
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R.J. Anderson

04-25

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Divide and Conquer, NL Central: At Your Service
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Larry Granillo

03-31

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

12-20

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Transaction Analysis: The Greinke Trade
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Christina Kahrl

09-27

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Milwaukee Brewers
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Marc Normandin, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

07-08

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Ahead in the Count: Trading The Prince
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Matt Swartz

04-04

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

08-19

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On the Beat: Midweek Update
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John Perrotto

04-06

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

10-01

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On the Beat: Let the Games Begin
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John Perrotto

10-01

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Playoff Prospectus: Phillies versus Brewers
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Jay Jaffe

09-29

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Prospectus Hit and Run: A Strange but Memorable Brew
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Jay Jaffe

09-15

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Prospectus Today: Justice in Milwaukee
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Joe Sheehan

09-03

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On the Beat: Contenders and Pretenders
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John Perrotto

07-08

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Prospectus Today: Sabathia for LaPorta
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Joe Sheehan

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Has Yuniesky Betancourt left his free-swinging ways behind?

When the Phillies offered Yuniesky Betancourt an invitation to spring training, we wondered why a team would give even a non-guaranteed contract to a player whose career stats suggested he was without any upside. When Betancourt hit .446/.450/.625 in spring training and landed a major-league contract with Milwaukee, we wondered A) why teams allow themselves to be seduced by spring statistics and B) what it is about Betancourt that makes teams who’ve already seen him firsthand for full seasons decide to bring him back for more. When we last saw Betancourt in the big leagues, he was getting released by the Royals. It was fair to wonder why he’d be any better at age 31 than he was during his replacement-level prime.

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April 19, 2013 2:05 am

The Call-Up: Hiram Burgos

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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

The skinny on the Brewers' new starter.

The Situation: After an impressive 127 2/3 innings with the Brewers in 2012, right-hander Mike Fiers has fallen flat on his face to start the 2013 season. As a result, the Brewers will give fellow 2009 draftee Hiram Burgos a try in the rotation. Burgos will be called up in time to make his major-league debut against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

Background: A native of Puerto Rico, Burgos was drafted by the Brewers in the sixth round of the 2009 draft. The then-21-year old product of Bethune-Cookman College scuffled to a 5.62 ERA in his professional debut with rookie-level Helena. After showing significant improvement in a return trip to Helena in 2010, Burgos was promoted to Low-A, where he posted a 4.48 ERA in 74 1/3 innings split between the rotation and bullpen. Burgos struggled again in 2011, sporting a 4.89 ERA in 22 High-A starts and allowing 142 hits in just 119 2/3 innings.

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The Brewers fail to put their best foot forward.

Maybe, just maybe, this will turn out to be a significant moment in the history of baseball roster construction:

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The fourth installment of a five-part series on the pressing questions confronting each team in 2013.

In the week leading up to Opening Day, we're asking and answering three questions about each team in a five-part series ordered by descending Playoff Pct from the Playoff Odds Report. Today, we continue with a look at the group of six teams with the second-worst odds of winning at least a Wild Card. As a reminder, you can find links to our preview podcasts for each team here.

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March 15, 2013 6:30 am

Raising Aces: Trending: Over the Top

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Doug Thorburn

Comparing the rotations of the Rays and Brewers reveals two organizations with drastically different philosophies about pitching mechanics.

I wrote an article last September in which I detailed the surprising pitching of the Oakland Athletics. The piece included a breakdown of four different A's pitchers, and I noted that many of the players shared specific similarities which reflected an organizational trend toward mechanical efficiency. The A's have a long history of successful pitching development, and the team's mechanical points of emphasis were apparent by looking at the tendencies of the players whom they had developed and/or acquired over the years.

I spent much of the offseason poring over pitcher mechanics and preparing over 100 mechanical report cards for the pitchers in the 2013 Starting Pitcher Guide in my first year working with Paul Sporer on his annual project. I had already watched the majority of these pitchers in the past, spread out over months or sometimes years, but the examination of so many pitchers over such a short timeframe revealed a number of other patterns that cropped up with pitchers from certain organizations.

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Ben and Sam discuss the Brewers' Carlos Gomez extension and the increasing scarcity of impact free agents.



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Ben and Sam preview the Brewers' season with Ken Funck, and Pete talks to MLB.com columnist Mike Bauman (at 19:37).



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Sure, some catchers can't hit. But are we learning to look on the bright side?

Mark Smith wrote an interesting piece last week about Braves prospect Christian Bethancourt. Bethancourt is, of course, the top defensive catching prospect in the minors and the owner of superhuman pop times. Bethancourt is also an unpolished hitter with a poor plate approach and raw power that has yet to show up in games. Despite the negatives Smith arrived at a logical conclusion by writing that Bethancourt could contribute to a team with his defense even if he never reaches his offensive potential.

Smith’s post about coming to terms with Bethancourt’s offense is just the latest example in what amounts to a paradigm shift in the analytical community regarding defense-first catchers. Think of it in terms of prospect theory: We're no longer looking at what they cost you at the plate, but what they gain you behind it. Teams may be thinking this way, too.

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A look at what the Brewers' rotation options offer from a stuff (and beer) perspective.

I like the old cliché, “You go as far as your starting pitching takes you.” It's best to have about seven to nine arms handy to get through the season, because pitchers often get hurt or fail to meet expectations.

Brewers fans may recall a recent season where they barely used six starters. Then, of course, there's last year, when they needed 11. Somewhere in between is normal. For the 2013 Brewers, the question is not if they will go deep into their rotation, but when. And as the summer nears, manager Ron Roenicke will be handing the ball to quite a few young arms.

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In a few weeks, we'll deem one organization's minor-league talent the best in baseball. What will that portend for the team?

In three weeks or so, Jason Parks is going to publish his organizational rankings. Rankings like these, prospect writers will remind you, are a snapshot. They capture reality at a particular moment, the publication upon which that reality immediately shifts into something slightly different or significantly different. There’s no permanent truth for prospects.

But there is the snapshot, and snapshots can be powerful. We weren't ranking organizations yet in 2004, but just before that season Baseball America ranked the Brewers the best farm system in baseball. The Brewers were otherwise in a lousy place: They hadn’t had a winning record in 11 seasons, tied for the longest streak in baseball at the time. The team president predicted Milwaukee would snap that streak in 2004, but when ownership instead chose to cut payroll to $28 million—lowest in baseball, and $35 million below the league median—the Brewers fired the team president (and traded Richie Sexson). But at least the Brewers had the snapshot of that farm system. When GM Doug Melvin wrote a letter to Brewers fans that offseason and had it published in Milwaukee newspapers, the farm system was something to feel good about:

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Media members in Wisconsin take their voting rights very seriously.

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December 22, 2012 10:03 am

Overthinking It: The Winter's Quietest Contenders

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Ben Lindbergh

Which of last season's contending teams have been least active this offseason, and why?

With only 50 days remaining until the first February report dates—and 100 until Opening Day—most teams have already crossed off the majority of the items on their winter to-do lists, and only a handful of the top 20 free agents are still looking for work. But while many of baseball’s best clubs have stayed busy bringing in new players or bringing back old ones, a few of the teams that made (or came close to making) the playoffs last season have been quiet. Here’s a look at four teams with more tumbleweeds than transactions this winter:

Baltimore Orioles
Biggest move they’ve made:
Re-signing Nate McLouth to a one-year contract
Why they haven’t been busier: The Orioles went from last place to the playoffs without making many major moves last winter, and they didn’t stop tinkering after Opening Day. Unlike the Yankees, who’ve spent much of the winter trying to keep or replace free agents, the O’s entered the offseason with most of their important players under team control for 2013. However, they will have to pony up for arbitration raises, which restricts their financial flexibility.
Will they wish they’d done more? The Orioles’ run differential didn’t prevent them from making the playoffs last season, but the odds aren’t good that they’ll be able to replicate their 29-9 regular-season record in one-run games. Balitmore can hope for better health and better production from their young players, but with their division rivals all active since October, the O’s run a real risk of falling prey to the Plexiglas Principle and losing ground to the teams they leapfrogged last season.
What might they still do? Last winter, Dan Duquette waited until January to sign Wei-Yin Chen and February to trade for Jason Hammel, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he took the patient approach again. This year, Joe Saunders is the most likely late entry to the rotation. It’s a long shot, but the O’s have also been linked to Adam LaRoche, who’d fit in nicely at first with Mark Reynolds off the roster.





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