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Posted: May 17, 2017, 10:46 AM Post
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Brew4U said:
With having Thames and Perez on the roster, I'm not sure having Franklin's versatility to play OF is that big of a deal. If Stearns feels that Sogard will bring this team a better bat to the lineup and bench, then he should be the one to stay up. Franklin hasn't done enough to warrant keeping him just because he can stand out in LF and catch routine fly balls.


Plus, Franklin plays an atrocious LF anyway. I thought Franklin was actually versatile, not Scooter Gennett versatile.


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Posted: May 17, 2017, 11:24 AM Post
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Brew4U said:
RoCoBrewfan said:
The problem here is playing the extreme small sample/hot bat game. Sogard has 1300 plate appearances in MLB, with a .615 OPS. He's had a great week, but if he gets 200 plate appearances and puts up a .700 OPS going forward, I'd be supremely shocked.

That's not so much I'm saying Franklin should stay as I'm just saying Sogard is what he is.


While true most of the time, it is not an always. Thames is a perfect example of why someone should never be written off if they are willing to continue to work extremely hard at their craft. Not saying Sogard is another guy that we'll catch lightning in a bottle, but you just never know.


Yeah, Sogard had surgery in 2016. So maybe he has the same deal as that little kid that hurt his arm, and could throw heat after his arm was healed. Or maybe they put some bionics in while doing surgery.
[laughing]

Sogard's daughter

http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/20 ... 327389001/


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Offline  lack of infield depth
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Posted: August 09, 2017, 7:58 PM Post

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considering that the brewers have spent a chunk of the season without a true backup center fielder, the club has certainly operated on thin ice with a short bench. hernan perez can certainly be the backup center fielder, but then you lose a backup infielder.

this is compounded with travis shaw's absence tonight. as pointed out in the start of this thread, the club isn't deep at all with infielders on the 40-man, and two of the 25-man infielders are struggling mightily (jonathan villar and eric sogard).

will be ideal to see yadiel rivera (out of options in 2018) outrighted this month and mauricio dubon (and possibly ivan de jesus, jr.) called up to give the club more depth on the infield.


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Offline  lack of infield depth
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Posted: August 14, 2017, 1:04 PM Post

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we'll see how long the club goes with 13 position players, but at least for now, on the 25-man roster, the brewers have plenty of infield depth. the brewers made quick use of that depth yesterday by starting neil walker at third, and have stated that he could see action at first as well as his primary position of second base.

but still, there is a true lack of reserve depth on the 40-man roster for infielders (only yadiel rivera) . . . part of that is due to the unusual practice of carrying four catchers on the 40-man and part of that is due to thus far (knock on wood) being able to handle day-to-day injuries (i.e. travis shaw) with other infielders on the 25-man.


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Posted: August 14, 2017, 1:50 PM Post
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Wouldn't surprise me if they continue to carry 13, they may shuffle who those 13 are a bit. But with the off days, a couple pitchers capable of going more than one inning, etc. I think they stick with 12 pitchers. Plus, closing in on the end of the year means you ask starters to go deeper if they're pitching well, have that reliever throw an extra inning, etc. Not there's no more concern about limiting innings on everyone's arms, but that does get more relaxed for the stretch run.


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Posted: August 14, 2017, 10:58 PM Post
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I just started at the start of the thread then skipped to these last few posts. I have 2 reactions:

1. I totally agree that (reasonably safely) reliable minor-league depth is thin at best in the Brewers' top levels of the minors.

2. With 8 proven major-league infielders now on the 25-man roster, IF depth at AAA thankfully shouldn't be much of a concern for the balance of this year.

Re: #2, I would be quite surprised if Stearns doesn't beef up IF depth at AAA more going into next year, whether via trades, signings, younger players developing, and so forth.


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