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Brewers sign Burch Smith to MiLB deal w/invite to ST

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Posted: January 11, 2019, 10:10 AM Post
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Minor League contract with invite to spring training.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/01/ ... inors.html

Likely a AAA rotation piece. But maybe a bullpen option at some point.

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Posted: January 11, 2019, 10:14 AM Post
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Burch Smith sounds like the name of an ill-fated sheriff in a mid 1960's western.

Also, he throws a FB/CH/CB, and I would imagine slot into San Antonio's rotation. He misses bats (especially with his FB) and I would not be surprised to see him in Milwaukee at some point. He was a Rule 5 pick last year and spent all season on KC's roster after recovering from Tommy John and missing all of '15-'16. Would probably benefit from re-asserting himself against AAA hitters.


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Posted: January 11, 2019, 10:55 AM Post
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1) He has Hader hair

2) He gives up a ton of HRs, walks everyone, ERA a tick under 7.00 and WHIP of 1.7. WAR -2.0 for his career. That's really hard to do in just 114 innings. Other than that, great pitcher.

3) My advice to him, study the flight schedules between SA and Milw


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Posted: January 11, 2019, 11:19 AM Post

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smith enters 2019 spring training with three minor league options. he has been outrighted to the minor leagues once before.

the brewers have five non-roster invitees for 2019.


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Posted: January 11, 2019, 12:53 PM Post
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What I find interesting is the Royals traded for him as a Rule 5 pick, kept him on the roster all of 2018 while he was getting blasted to keep his rights, and then released him. What exactly was the purpose of that?


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Posted: January 11, 2019, 1:36 PM Post
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jerichoholicninja said:
What I find interesting is the Royals traded for him as a Rule 5 pick, kept him on the roster all of 2018 while he was getting blasted to keep his rights, and then released him. What exactly was the purpose of that?


Pitching is worth rolling the dice on, hoping to get a player turned around, especially in a rebuild.

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Posted: January 11, 2019, 2:25 PM Post
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jerichoholicninja said:
What I find interesting is the Royals traded for him as a Rule 5 pick, kept him on the roster all of 2018 while he was getting blasted to keep his rights, and then released him. What exactly was the purpose of that?


Pitching is worth rolling the dice on, hoping to get a player turned around, especially in a rebuild.


That's my point. Why go through all that and then just dump him? Seems kind of dumb from the Royals perspective.


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Posted: January 12, 2019, 5:47 AM Post
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Smith was born in San Antonio, but went to high school in Tyler 300 miles away. But he'll be spending time near his roots with the Missions, to be sure.


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Posted: January 12, 2019, 9:15 AM Post
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I remember seeing this guy on TV last season (he's a memorable player), and he looked quite good. Granted it was against the Orioles I think, but I'm surprised at how terrible his end of season numbers are.


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Posted: January 12, 2019, 9:45 AM Post
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jerichoholicninja said:
3and2Fastball said:
jerichoholicninja said:
What I find interesting is the Royals traded for him as a Rule 5 pick, kept him on the roster all of 2018 while he was getting blasted to keep his rights, and then released him. What exactly was the purpose of that?


Pitching is worth rolling the dice on, hoping to get a player turned around, especially in a rebuild.


That's my point. Why go through all that and then just dump him? Seems kind of dumb from the Royals perspective.


The only thing worse than making one mistake is holding on to it. They only traded away cash, so its not like they gave up a player. At 29 this year, KC obviously didn't see enough last year to bother.


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Posted: January 12, 2019, 9:48 AM Post
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We absurdly hid Wei-Chung Wang on the major league roster for an entire season and then a couple years later let him go for nothing even though his minor league numbers were decent.


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And Wang promptly went to Taiwan and had a 4.26 ERA/1.48WHIP in the KBO league in this 26 yo season. More often than not those guys don't pan out. But occasionally you find gems.


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Posted: January 14, 2019, 9:45 AM Post
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SRB said:
We absurdly hid Wei-Chung Wang on the major league roster for an entire season and then a couple years later let him go for nothing even though his minor league numbers were decent.


Didn't let him go, he chose to go to Taiwan.


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